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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

September 8, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Hundreds Mourn St. Louis Police Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty
Hundreds of mourners gathered Sunday to remember St. Louis police Officer Tamarris Bohannon as a family man and dedicated civil servant who was killed in the line of duty. The funeral events started with a procession from Serenity Memorial Funeral Home to the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica, where a service was held. Berenice Wilkerson, a lifelong St. Louisan, came to pay her respects outside the cathedral. “It’s a horrible thing that happened,” she said. “He put his life on the line every day for us. This is the least I can do.” Bohannon was shot Aug. 29 while responding to a shooting call in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, and died the next day. The suspect, Thomas Kinworthy Jr., 43, of Owensville, Missouri, has been charged with murder. Bohannon served in the police department for nearly four years.

Officers Capture 1 Of 2 Fugitives After Georgia Deputy Shot
Law officers have apprehended one of two Texas fugitives wanted after a Georgia deputy was shot during a traffic stop, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. Jonathan Hosmer, 47, is in custody, and Dalton Potter, 29, remains at large, the agency said in a statement. The gunfire happened around midnight Monday in Dalton, Georgia, when Potter fired numerous gunshots at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney from inside his vehicle, the GBI said. Hackney was struck, but his ballistic vest saved him, the GBI said in a statement. Authorities described Potter as “armed and dangerous.”

CHP Officer Shot At In Sylmar; No Injuries Reported
A California Highway Patrol officer responding to a stolen vehicle call in Sylmar was fired upon Monday night by a male suspect who remained at large. The shots were reported at 7:12 p.m. in the 12900 block of Little Tujunga Canyon Road, according to CHP Officer Tony Polizzi. The officer was not hit, Polizzi said. Several officers were at the scene, he said. A sheriff’s helicopter was overhead, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said, urging civilians to stay out of the area. CBSLA reported the suspect was getting in and out of CHP patrol cars that were abandoned when he opened fire on them, adding officers have not returned fire.

1 Man Dead, Another Hospitalized From Boyle Heights Shooting
One man died and another was hospitalized after they were shot in Boyle Heights, authorities said Tuesday. It happened at 9:20 p.m. Monday at Fresno and Winter streets, according to a dispatcher at the Los Angeles Police Departments Operations Center. A 32-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head, he said. A second man was rushed to a hospital for treatment of his wounds, which were not detailed. Police are looking for more than one suspect and believe the suspects fled the scene in a dark vehicle, the dispatcher said.

Hit-and-Run Driver In Mercedes Leaves 70-Year-Old Woman For Dead
A 70-year-old woman is clinging to life Saturday after a motorist hit her and sped off. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, a 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz C230 with dealer-issued plates struck the woman around 5 p.m. Friday at North Broadway and College Street in Chinatown. A preliminary investigation by Central Traffic Division officers revealed the driver stopped briefly, but then took off. “The driver failed to stop, remain at the scene, render aid and identify themselves as required by law,” an LAPD spokesperson said. “The pedestrian sustained multiple blunt-force trauma injuries because of the collision.” The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition. Police say the suspect is between 35 and 50 years old, about 6’4” and weighing 180 pounds, with short blond braids. You’ll know it’s him because of the tattoos on his arm and the number “1” inked on the left side of his face, police said.

Biological Father Sought In Abduction Of 6-Year-Old Boy
The Los Angeles Police Department sought the public’s help locating a 6-year-old boy who authorities believe was abducted by his biological father. On Sunday around 4 p.m., Rodney Dorsett Jr., 25, met with his father, Rodney Dorsett Sr., who has sole custody of his 6-year-old grandson Chance Dorset. The family met at a market located at Redondo and Washington boulevards in Los Angeles so Rodney Dorsett Jr. could spend time with his son. After hours went by, Rodney Dorsett Sr. contacted the LAPD after making several attempts to contact his son who failed to return his grandson. Rodney Dorsett Jr. is believed to traveling by bus with Chance. The pair is believed to be heading toward Texas where some family members reside, officials said. Chance is African American with brown eyes, black hair, weighing approximately 90 pounds and stands at 5 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a navy blue shirt with tan polks dots and tan shorts.

Police Called To Break Up Large Woodland Hills House Party
Police were called by neighbors to a Woodland Hills house early Tuesday, Sept. 8, to break up a party with about 100 people in attendance. They arrived about 3 a.m. to the house in the 5000 block of Escobedo Drive after neighbors complained the party was loud, that the streets were clogged with vehicles, and a man who looked like an armed security guard was trying to manage several angry partygoers, said Officer William Cooper, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The crowd dispersed without incident after police arrived. Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti authorized the Department of Water and Power to shut off water and power to properties where large parties and gatherings are held to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Violence Erupts Again Monday As Dijon Kizzee Protesters Square Off With Deputies
For the second straight night Monday, violence broke out between dozens of people protesting the shooting death of Dijon Kizzee and deputies outside the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station. With deputies stationed behind barricades, the demonstration in the 1300 block of West Imperial Highway was mostly peaceful until items such as rocks, mortars and bottles began to be thrown, according to the sheriff’s department. Deputies then used non-lethal weapons to disperse the crowd. At least five people were arrested, the sheriff’s department said. This is in addition to 12 who were arrested on Sunday night. Speaking earlier in the day, L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva warned about outsiders seeking to incite riots. “We definitely want people to protest peacefully, but when the sun goes down, people that show up here, they’re not from the community, they’re armed to the teeth; they have rocks, bottles, lasers, fireworks, mortars, hard hats,” Villanueva said. “They came here to cause trouble, to create damage.”

2 Arrested On Human Trafficking Charges, 3 Missing Teens Found, Long Beach Police Say
Long Beach police arrested a man and woman on suspicion of human trafficking and found three teens who were reported to be missing, authorities announced Friday. Mycal Ruff, 32, of Carson was taken into custody Aug. 28 on suspicion of three counts of false imprisonment and human trafficking, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release. Dezere Romero, 21, of San Bernardino was arrested Thursday on suspicion of three counts of human trafficking and one count of prostitution, police said. Detectives launched an investigation into the prostitution of a minor in the area near 28th Street and Pine Avenue on Aug. 13, police said. They arranged to meet with the teen and searched her phone, which led them to two other alleged victims, according to investigators. The girls — ages 15, 16, and 17 — were reported missing from Long Beach, San Bernardino and Hemet, respectively, police said. They told investigators that Ruff had forced them to perform acts of prostitution and Romero helped manage them, police said.

Authorities Seeking More Victims Of SoCal Business Owner Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Women
Authorities are seeking more potential victims of a Paramount silk screen business owner, who is accused of assaulting more than 22 young women and luring them to model his clothing while he photographed them, after more charges were filed against him. Randy Headley allegedly recruited and hired women between the ages of 17 and 25 to work in customer service and handle T-shirt merchandise and would eventually ask them to model "suggestive company apparel" and be photographed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Headley did businesses under "Logos Two," "LA Clothing Company," and "Downey Sporting Goods." He also served as youth baseball and softball coach in Downey, Paramount and Compton, authorities added. He was arrested on May 1 earlier this year on numerous counts of sexual battery and is currently in custody on more than $6 million bail.

Public Safety News

L.A. County Health Officials Report 5 Deaths, 798 Cases Of Coronavirus While Warning Of Potential Surge After Labor Day
Health officials on Sunday confirmed five new deaths and 798 new cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, continuing a steady decline in the region’s pandemic toll that began a month ago. But they also noted that the low death and case counts reflected a reporting lag over the three-day weekend. They also cautioned that new spikes in fatalities and hospitalizations could follow the Labor Day holiday if friends and families gather at crowded barbecues and parties, as they did on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. “If you have 10 guests over to your house to celebrate the holiday, you are adding risk that any of your guests could introduce the COVID-19 virus into your household,” warned the public health department.

COVID-19 Deaths Reach 6,000 In L.A. County
The coronavirus crisis has now caused 6,000 deaths in Los Angeles County, a new milestone as public health officials reiterated warnings Saturday to prevent a “great risk of community spread of COVID-19" by avoiding crowds and celebrating Labor Day weekend with members of one’s own household. Public health officials confirmed 24 new deaths, most of them among people age 65 or older who had underlying health conditions. New cases numbered 1,196, bringing the county’s cumulative number to 247,542. There are currently 984 people hospitalized, of which 32% are confirmed cases in the ICU. Latinos made up 51% of those who have died, with whites at 24%, Asians at 15%, Blacks at 10% and Pacific Islanders at less than 1%, according to race and ethnicity data available in 5,642 cases. “Each day, we join with those mourning the distressing loss of life to COVID-19 and we keep all who are grieving in our thoughts and prayers,” Barbara Ferrer, L.A. county public health director, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, today marks another devastating low point for L.A. County as we acknowledge that 6,000 residents have lost their lives to COVID-19.”

More Than 2 Million Acres – A Modern-Day Record – Have Burned In California So Far In 2020
More than 2 million acres of California have burned since the first of the year, a record since the agency began gathering such information from all areas in 1987, the State fire agency Cal Fire said Sunday. Sunday morning, the burned acreage since Jan. 1 was at 2,094,955, agency spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff. Since then, a new fire broke out in the Angeles National Forest, she said. “The number is certain to grow,” she said of the acreage tally. Fires burning in the state this summer include the 375,209-acre LNU Lightning Complex fire burning in Colusa, Lake, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties, and the 396,624-acre SCU Lightning Complex fire in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus counties. The previous record was in 2018. Cal Fire reported 1,963,101 acres burned that year, when the Camp fire in Butte County became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California, claiming 85 lives, destroying 18,804 structures, and burning 153,336 acres.

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