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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

August 13, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Man Shot To Death On Harbor Gateway Street
Less than 24 hours after five people were wounded in a shootout outside a large party at a warehouse in Harbor-Gateway, a man was killed Tuesday night in the same neighborhood in what investigators believe was a gang-related shooting. The latest shooting occurred in the area of 209th Street and Harvard Boulevard just before midnight. Los Angeles police responded to find a man in his 30s dead at the scene. He was not identified. The circumstances were not confirmed. A Honda Civic at the scene had several bullet holes and its rear window was shattered. No arrests have been made and there is no suspect information or a possible motive. It comes after gunfire erupted during a party at a warehouse in the 22900 block of Lockness Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

LAPD Videos Show Violent Clashes With Protesters In Fairfax District In May
Newly released videos from protests near the Grove in May show intense clashes between activists and Los Angeles police officers and shine new light on two of the most controversial moments of the unrest. The LAPD body-camera footage makes clear that a brutal moment involving multiple officers swinging their batons into a crowd — which had previously gone viral after being captured on video by a protester — occurred after another officer was yanked into the crowd by the neck. The new footage also shows multiple exchanges between Bradley Steyn, a famed anti-Apartheid activist and former spy for Nelson Mandela’s party who now lives outside L.A., and officers on the skirmish line. One of the officers appears to get kicked by Steyn before another fires a tactical round into Steyn’s groin. The video was released Wednesday as part of an investigation into Steyn’s injuries. Steyn, 49, said in a recent interview, of the officer who shot him. “He was not aiming for my center body mass or my belt buckle. He was trying to put the hurt on.” Police, citing the newly released body-camera footage, tell a very different story.

LAPD, LAFD Each Report 1 Additional Coronavirus Case As County Officials Say Numbers Are Looking Better
One additional Los Angeles Police Department employee tested positive for coronavirus as of Wednesday, according to the city’s Emergency Operations Center. To date, the LAPD has reported a total of 499 confirmed coronavirus cases among its employees and two deaths that were announced last month. Officials said 144 LAPD employees are at home recovering or self-isolating due to exposure to the virus, and 401 have returned to work. One additional positive coronavirus case was also reported on Wednesday within the Los Angeles Fire Department, where 157 employees have tested positive for the virus, 145 have recovered and returned to work, and 11 are recovering at home. One coronavirus-related death, 44-year-old firefighter-paramedic, Jose Perez, was reported late last month.

Missing L.A. Woman Identified As Body Found In Kansas Creek 3 Decades Ago
Authorities say a beaten body found 34 years ago in a Kansas creek has been identified as a Los Angeles woman. Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said Tuesday that the woman, long referred to as “Miss Molly,” was Robin Ann Green. She was last seen in December 1985 after visiting family members in Minnesota. Her body was found one month later in Mulberry Creek along Interstate 70. Her grave was exhumed last summer for DNA testing. Soldan said the case remains an open homicide investigation. Investigators don’t know how she came to Kansas.

Police: Lompoc Felon Tried To Sell Guitar Signed By Tom Petty Stolen In LA-Area Heist
A 35-year-old felon faces charges of possession of guns, drugs and a stolen guitar signed by rocker Tom Petty. Dylan Isaacs was arrested Friday after an LAPD investigation into a major storage commercial burglary in the Los Angeles area led to Lompoc, according to police. One of the items stolen from the storage space was a guitar signed by Tom Petty, worth more than $10,000, police said. LAPD’s investigation turned to Lompoc after learning Isaacs was trying to sell the guitar on local social media sites, according to Lompoc police. Isaacs was arrested near a Walmart, where police say he believed he was going to meet with a legitimate buyer. Instead, the buyer turned out to be detectives from the LAPD and Lompoc Police Department.

Authorities Seek Help To Find Man Who Stole 4-Month-Old Chihuahua In Larchmont
Authorities Wednesday sought public help to find a suspect who stole a puppy after pushing the owner to the ground in the Larchmont area of Los Angeles. Bean, a 4-month-old Chihuahua, was taken about 12:55 p.m. on July 29 in the 5000 block of Maplewood Avenue, near North Wilton Place, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The dog’s owner was looking down while using a cell phone when the suspect pushed the victim to the ground, stole the puppy, and got in a vehicle that sped off northbound on Van Ness Avenue, police said. Bean is brown, with white chest markings, and weighs about six pounds. The suspect is described as a man in his late 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 180 pounds. His vehicle is described as a white 2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt.

76-Year-Old Man Found After Going Missing In Echo Park
A 76-year-old man who went missing in Echo Park has been found, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. The announcement was made within hours of a police request for help in finding Rodolfo Foster Correa, who hadn’t been seen since Tuesday in the 1800 block of Lucretia Avenue, near Echo Park Avenue. The California Highway Patrol, which had issued a Silver Alert on behalf of the LAPD, reported Wednesday afternoon that Correa had been found, but released no details.

L.A. Father Whose Tip Exposed Rick Singer’s College Admissions Scandal Gets 1 Year In Prison
Morrie Tobin, the Los Angeles financier who tipped federal authorities in Boston to William “Rick” Singer’s college admissions scam, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison for selling stock at fraudulently inflated prices to unwitting investors, robbing them of millions. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton acknowledged Tobin’s “extraordinary” cooperation in helping unravel both his own securities fraud and “the infamous college admissions case,” but he said he could not allow a felon who has admitted trying to fleece investors of $15 million to avoid prison. “Your motive was pure and simple greed,” Gorton told him. He ordered Tobin, 57, to report to prison by Sept. 23. Before he was sentenced, Tobin told the judge he was “extremely, sincerely sorry and ashamed” of his crimes and said he had since tried “to do everything possible to make amends.”

LA County Sheriff’s Department Will Roll Out Its First 1,200 Body Cameras On Oct. 1
Some Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies will soon be wearing body-worn cameras after the Department entered into a contract with Axon Enterprises for the devices this week, officials said Wednesday, Aug. 12. Speaking at a press conference about a deputy’s shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado near Gardena in June, Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced a five-year, $25 million contract that will eventually secure 5,200 cameras. The deputy who shot Guardado has said, through his attorney, that the teen was lying facedown on the ground and reached for a gun he had set aside when the shooting occurred. Family members have said Guardado did not have a gun. Getting the deputies cameras has been considered for years. The first 1,200 will be deployed starting Oct. 1 on deputies in the Lakewood, Century, Lancaster, West Hollywood and Industry stations, Villanueva said.

Public Safety News

First 2020 Death Due To West Nile Virus Reported In LA County
Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday confirmed the first death due to West Nile virus in the county this year. The patient was described only as an "elderly resident'' of the South Los Angeles area. The person was hospitalized and died from West Nile virus-associated neuro-invasive disease. West Nile virus continues to be a serious health threat to residents in Los Angeles County,'' county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a statement. "We encourage residents to check for items that can hold water and breed mosquitoes, both inside and outside their homes, and to cover, clean or clear out those items. Residents should protect themselves from diseases spread by mosquitoes by using EPA-registered mosquito repellent products, especially during the peak mosquito season, which lasts from June to November in Los Angeles County.''

Coronavirus Trends Continue To Improve In Los Angeles County, But Deaths Continue
While insisting that death rates are continuing to decrease overall, Los Angeles County reported nearly 60 more fatalities due to the coronavirus Wednesday, along with more than 2,400 new confirmed cases. County public health director Barbara Ferrer said the 2,428 new cases announced Wednesday included about 700 that were part of a backlog of testing results at the state due to a breakdown in the statewide electronic reporting system. That backlog dated back about two weeks and stalled results of about 300,000 tests statewide. The new cases reported by the county, along with 73 announced by health officials in Long Beach, increased the cumulative countywide total of cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic to 214,270.

Local Government News

L.A. Is Working With Experts To Accelerate Research On Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Los Angeles has convened a national group of medical experts, bioscience firms and government leaders in an effort to accelerate research into rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday. Such testing is still in development and has yet to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but Garcetti said in an evening briefing that he hopes the working group will create momentum for the “innovative tool to radically increase virus detection.” The city will research the cost of such testing and its ability to scale up volume, working with partners like USC, which will conduct studies on the tests’ efficacy. The mayor said it could eventually help identify outbreaks more quickly and “get our children back to school, having daily tests for workers, teachers and students who could see the results and know if they are infectious.”

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