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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 14, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Dragging Kentucky Trooper
A Kentucky man has been hospitalized and charged with attempted murder and drug trafficking after he allegedly hit a state trooper with his car during a traffic stop, according to Kentucky State Police. Randy Sullivan, a 21-year-old Williamsburg resident, was pulled over by a state trooper Tuesday evening. The trooper saw drugs in the car and asked Sullivan to get out, according to police. Sullivan allegedly refused, and attempted to flee the scene, hit the officer and dragged him with his car, police said. The officer shot Sullivan, but his injuries weren’t life threatening. He was airlifted to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, police said.

Video Shows OIS Of Man Shooting At Deputies With Tactical Shotgun
Video released Thursday from Volusia deputies' body cameras and the Sheriff's Office helicopter shows the pursuit of Gregory Howe, who was killed after shooting at deputies with a tactical shotgun. While Howe's weapon isn't visible in the video, Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the 37-year-old was still sitting in his pickup when he leveled and fired a Kel-Tec KSG tactical shotgun at deputies Tuesday afternoon. Those deputies — identified Wednesday as Sgt. John McDonald, 52; detective Shawn Adkins, 29; detective John Frazzini, 50; and deputy Graeme Foster, 30 — were uninjured and have been placed on administrative leave while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

LAPD Training Academy Outbreak: 17 Recruits Infected With Coronavirus
An outbreak at Los Angeles Police Department training center has seen 17 police and detention officer trainees infected with the coronavirus, and officials say they are now implementing weekly testing for academy classes and instructors. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department documented the outbreak at the Ahmanson Recruit Training Center in Westchester. The training center is one of several non-nursing home and medical facilities identified by county public health officials as having multiple people infected with the coronavirus. Nine police officer recruits in one academy training class and eight jailer trainees have tested positive, leading to the brief suspension of those classes to allow recruits to recover, said LAPD Cmdr. Ruby Flores.

LAPD Hopes Public Can Identify Suspect Who Robbed Downtown Wells Fargo Bank
The Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday released video of a man suspected of robbing a bank branch in downtown Los Angeles late last year. The robbery occurred Dec. 18 at about 1:20 p.m. at a Wells Fargo in the 700 block of West Olympic Boulevard, near Flower Street. Police said the suspect gave the bank teller a demand note, the teller complied and the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect — described as a 23- to 26-year-old male, standing about 6 feet tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds — was wearing a long-sleeve shirt, sweatpants and a blue surgical mask, police said. Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity was asked to call LAPD detectives F. Arroyo or C. Mrakich at 213-486-6840.

8 Arrested, 93 Cited For Illegal Street Stunt Riding In Granada Hills, Northridge
Eight people were arrested and 93 were cited for illegal street stunt riding Wednesday night in Granada Hills and Northridge, authorities said. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol broke up the illegal activities, which involved vehicle stunt riding in the middle of the street. Authorities impounded sixteen vehicles. "Our Community will not tolerate this dangerous behavior and neither will we!" wrote Andy Neiman, Commanding Officer of LAPD Valley Traffic Division.

Man Who Surrendered Baby After L.A. Pursuit Charged With Child Abuse, Assault
The man who led authorities on a chase across central Los Angeles with an infant in his car was charged in the incident Thursday, prosecutors said. Michael Callendar, 29, faces three felony counts: assault with a deadly weapon, a car; child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily or death and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly. He’s also accused of misdemeanor domestic battery, according to Ricardo Santiago, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from an incident Tuesday, when Callendar allegedly used his silver Toyota Prius to attack sheriff’s deputies who were seeking him for suspected spousal assault.

Authorities Concerned About Spike In L.A. Traffic Deaths
With motorists reportedly driving at high speeds on less-congested streets during the pandemic, authorities and a traffic safety group on Thursday said they were concerned about a recent spike in Los Angeles traffic fatalities despite a decrease in overall collisions. Los Angeles has seen a 38% decrease in traffic collisions during the pandemic, said Damian Kevitt, executive director of Streets Are For Everyone, a nonprofit focused on street safety. However, traffic fatalities have increased by 15% compared to the same time last year, and pedestrian fatalities have increased by 33% with a majority occurring in the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Bureau area, Kevitt said. A coalition of nonprofits aimed at making streets safer teamed up with the LAPD at a Thursday morning news conference to “raise the alarm about this issue and take actions to prevent further loss of life,” Kevitt said.

Southern California Man Arrested On Suspicion Of ‘Lewd Acts’ With Minor
The Santa Maria Police Department arrested a Southern California man suspected of committing lewd acts with a Santa Maria girl. Jason Taylor, 40, was arrested Tuesday in Fontana, according to a police news release. According to detectives, Taylor contacted a female minor over the internet before traveling to Santa Maria to meet her. The Santa Maria Police Department worked with the Guadalupe Police Department, Fontana Police Department and agents from the FBI to find and arrest Taylor, according to the release. Detectives said they believe there may have been additional incidents in the Santa Maria area involving the suspect.

Public Safety News

Abandoned Koreatown Strip Mall Burns Again
Flames ripped through a Koreatown strip mall early Friday, causing parts of the building to collapse. The fire was called in just after midnight on South Vermont Avenue, near 3rd Street. Seventy-one firefighters were called in to battle the greater-alarm fire, which was declared out about 45 minutes later. Officials say the building is abandoned and has burned several times in the past, which contributed to collapse of the building’s facade. Arson investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

51 New Deaths Logged As L.A. County Officials Defend Effectiveness Of Coronavirus Orders
With deaths and hospitalizations refusing to budge downward, Los Angeles County public health officials Thursday, May 15, strongly defended two months of Safer-at Home orders that have upended lives and rattled the economy. The county reported 51 more deaths, 925 new cases and 1,742 currently hospitalized related to the novel coronavirus. Among cities that operate their own health departments, Pasadena reported 55 new cases (662 total) but no new deaths (69 total) and Long Beach reported 63 more cases (1,157 total) and two additional deaths (51 total). “This virus has taken an incredible toll on our community, ourselves and one another,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, health services director. “Many of us have lost loved ones.”

Los Angeles County Announces New 'Safer-At-Home' Order With No End Date
Los Angeles County officials announced a new "Safer-at-Home" health officer order Wednesday, two days before the county's initial order was set to expire. County officials said they continue to refer to the orders as "safer-at-home" because currently, residents are safer when they stay home. "While the Safer at Home orders will remain in place over the next few months, restrictions will be gradually relaxed under our 5-stage Roadmap to Recovery, while making sure we are keeping our communities as safe as possible during this pandemic,” said the county's Public Health Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer. Ferrer said the new health officer order does not have an end date, but it will be modified to loosen restrictions as it is warranted.

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