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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

May 27, 2020
Law Enforcement News

North Carolina Officer Shot, 3 Suspects Still At Large
A police officer was flown to the hospital after being shot in Anson County Tuesday night, officials confirmed. The incident happened near Myrtlewood housing on Myrtlewood Drive. According to the Wadesboro Town Manager, the Wadesboro Police Department was involved in a brief chase with a vehicle. Officials say one person from that vehicle shot at police, hitting one of the officers. The officer was said to be alert but was airlifted via medical helicopter to Atrium Main. The suspect who fired the shot was also shot and taken to the hospital. There are three suspects still at large. Union County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and other agencies were on scene providing assistance and support.

Manhunt Underway After Baltimore Officer Shot
A manhunt is underway after a policeman was shot in 1000 block of Light St. in Federal Hill late Tuesday night and taken to Shock Trauma, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. Harrison said in an 11 p.m. news conference that the suspect is considered “armed and dangerous” and that his whereabouts are unknown. The police commissioner also said that thanks to a bulletproof vest, the officer is in non-life-threatening condition. The commissioner said that around 9:25 p.m. an officer on routine patrol saw someone driving erratically near Light and Lombard and Pratt streets and tried to pull him over, believing the individual may have been intoxicated. After the officer flipped his sirens and lights on, the vehicle fled, Harrison said. The officer followed the vehicle for several blocks before it crashed into a parked car.

Arrests Made In Gang-Related Shooting That Killed 27-Year-Old Mother
Authorities revealed Tuesday they have made arrests in a gang-related shooting last month that killed a 27-year-old woman in the Manchester Square area of South Los Angeles. Magali Alberto, a single mother and project manager, was waiting at a red light at Manchester and Denker avenues while on her way home from a small, family birthday celebration about 12:20 a.m. April 26 when “three local gang members” pulled up alongside and “indiscriminately fired gunshots” through her sedan’s tinted windows, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Alberto was pronounced dead at the scene. The LAPD scheduled a news conference at the LAPD’s 77th Area Community Police Station at 10 a.m. Thursday to release the names of the suspects taken into custody. The victim’s family members are scheduled to attend.

5 Injured In South Los Angeles Shooting
Five people were hospitalized Wednesday morning with injuries suffered in a shooting in the unincorporated Athens area near South Los Angeles. Deputies responded to a shooting in the 11800 block of Berendo Avenue, near 119th Street, about 10:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The LASD said the victims were in front of a house when gunfire erupted and that the suspect was dressed in dark clothing and took off on foot, ABC7 reported. The victims were reported to be stable, ABC7 reported.

LAPD Reports 121 Employees Have Tested Positive For COVID-19 Since Pandemic Began, 75 Have Recovered
The Los Angeles Police Department reported Tuesday that 121 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of Tuesday, 75 LAPD employees have recovered and returned to work, and no members are hospitalized, according to Emergency Operations Center’s Jessica Kellogg. All other individuals are self-isolating at home and recovering. The number of Los Angeles Fire Department employees who have tested positive for the virus remained at 28 Tuesday, Kellogg reported. Out of the LAFD employees, 25 have recovered and returned to work, and none are hospitalized. The remaining three employees are isolated and recovering at home.

‘Please Don’t Come Up Here To Party’: Authorities Crack Down On Underground Parties In Hollywood Hills
With nightclubs shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak, short-term rentals of Hollywood Hills homes have become a spot for illicit underground parties. Now, the Los Angeles city attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are warning homeowners they can be held accountable criminally and civilly for renter’s unruly parties. The LAPD said it has responded to complaints about several parties in recent weeks. The biggest occurred last week when police arrived at a home to find 100 people partying. They then heard a gunshot and found a partygoer with an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. “Due to all the clubs being closed due to COVID we are having a challenging problem with party houses in the hills,” said LAPD Officer Ralph Sanchez, senior lead officer for the area. “Please don’t come up here to party.”

Innocent Pedestrian, Dog Struck And Killed By Pursuit Suspect During Long Beach Chase
A man and his dog were struck and killed by a Long Beach burglary suspect during a police pursuit late Tuesday night. The incident began at 11:10 p.m. when officers responded to a burglary at a marijuana business in the 2100 block of Gaylord Avenue, Long Beach police report. One of the suspects fled in car, with officers giving chase. During the pursuit, the suspect struck a man and his dog in the area of Magnolia Avenue and 6th Street. The man and his dog died at the scene. His name was not released. The suspect was then involved in a second crash at Locust Avenue and 6th Street before being arrested. He was also not immediately identified.

L.A. County Renews $10,000 Reward In Unprovoked Westmont Fatal Shooting
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to an arrest and conviction in an unprovoked attack in the unincorporated community of Westmont last summer that left a 42-year-old man dead. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended extending the reward, which was set to expire May 29 but will now be available for at least another 90 days. Investigators say Corey Devaughn Pickett was visiting a friend about 11:30 p.m. last July 12 in the 1000 block of West 94th Street, near Vermont Avenue and the border with Los Angeles, when his brother drove up in a new Maserati. When Pickett and his friend went out to the driveway to check out the luxury car, a four-door sedan coming from Budlong Avenue made an abrupt stop and two young men jumped out and fired about 20 rounds at the men.

L.A. County Starts Planning For Shift In Juvenile Justice System
As Gov. Gavin Newsom moves to close California’s youth prison system, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began planning Tuesday for a shift of juvenile offenders from state to county supervision. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion calling the existing Youth Justice Work Group to come up with strategies for supervising what will likely be hundreds of youth charged with more serious crimes than those committed by minors currently in county juvenile halls and camps. The motion also calls for increasing community-based alternatives to detention. “The closure of the Division of Juvenile Justice presents both a challenge and an opportunity for Los Angeles County, and we must begin planning immediately to ensure we are ready,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Connecting this planning effort with the work of restructuring and reimagining the county’s juvenile justice system, already underway, is an opportunity to ensure a rehabilitative model for youth who may otherwise be sentenced to adult prison.”

Public Safety News

Coronavirus Testing Site Opens At Dodger Stadium
Dodger Stadium could see large crowds Tuesday, but visitors will not be coming to watch baseball. Los Angeles is opening a coronavirus testing site there, which officials say can test as many as 6,000 people per day. Mayor Eric Garcetti says that number is three times more than any other testing site in the county. At the site, there will be big screens playing videos showing how to complete a test. The goal is to inform drivers exactly what to do when they reach the front of the line. Los Angeles was the first major city to offer testing to all residents, regardless of symptoms. Free coronavirus testing is available to everyone in L.A. County.

Garcetti Announces Los Angeles Can Reopen For In-Person Shopping Starting Wednesday With Safety Protocols
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that all retail businesses may reopen for in-person shopping starting Wednesday and that houses of worship can resume, as long as they adopt the county's COVID-19 safety protocols. He says although all retail businesses will be allowed to let customers into their shops, personal service locations like hair salons will not be permitted to reopen, and dining in at restaurants will still not be allowed just yet. The announcement today comes after Governor Newsom gave the green light for 47 California counties, not including Los Angeles,  to reopen barbershops and hair salons. Garcetti also announced, that houses of worship in Los Angeles will be allowed to reopen Wednesday at 25% of their capacity or less than 100 people, whichever is smaller.

Coronavirus ‘Silent Spreaders’ Become A Bigger Risk As California Reopens
The role of “silent spreaders” in transmitting the coronavirus is becoming an even greater issue for health officials as they ease stay-at-home rules and slowly reopen the economy. Health officials have stressed the importance of creating an army of disease detectives — investigators who can interview newly infected people and find their close contacts, telling them to quarantine themselves for 14 days in hopes of keeping other people from getting infected. But if many people who get the virus don’t show symptoms and yet are infectious, the disease could spread invisibly, beyond the reach of county health officials. Health experts say it can take a few days from the time a person becomes infected, and could infect others, and the point at which they begin to show signs of illness. It’s called “presymptomatic transmission.” There’s also “asymptomatic transmission,” in which infected people show no serious signs of illness but still can spread the disease.

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