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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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September 14, 2020
Law Enforcement News

2 LA County deputies in stable condition after being shot in Compton; search for gunman continues
The two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies who were shot in the head in an ambush in Compton Saturday are now in stable condition, authorities confirmed Sunday. A senior official within the department tells ABC News that one of the deputies, only identified as a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy, was shot in the jaw and arms but is critical but stable condition. "She helped the other wounded deputy, got on the radio, provided medical care, got him to a place of safety 'cause they didn't know if there was another attack coming their way," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

$100K Reward Announced In Search For Man Who Shot 2 L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputies In Compton
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in the search for a man who shot and injured two deputies in an apparent ambush caught on video. The attack happened around 7 p.m. Saturday across from the Blue Line Metro station at 275 N. Willowbrook Ave., according to the Sheriff’s Department. Surveillance video released by the agency shows a person walking up to the passenger side of a parked patrol vehicle before appearing to open fire and running away. Sheriff Alex Villanueva identified the deputies as a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, who were both sworn in just 14 months ago and worked with the department’s Transit Services Bureau. At least one of them was shot in the face and the other in the head, law enforcement sources told the L.A. Times.

Social media post on LA County deputies shooting sees Lynwood distance itself from city manager
The City of Lynwood, Calif., issued a response Sunday to an Instagram post on its city manager's account that said the chickens came home to roost in wake of the ambush of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were shot while sitting in their patrol car on Saturday. The City of Lynwood, which is just outside Compton, issued a statement that appeared to be in response to Ometeotl’s post, that offered prayers to the deputies and their families. “There have been comments made today (Sunday) by our City Manager on his personal social media that are his personal opinions and don’t reflect the position of the Lynwood City Council,” the statement read.

2 Dead In Fiery, Wrong-Way Crash On 110 Freeway In Harbor Gateway
A motorist traveling in the wrong direction died along with another driver in a fiery collision on the 110 Freeway in the Harbor Gateway area early Saturday, officials said. The California Highway Patrol received calls about a vehicle heading south on the northbound lanes around 4:12 a.m., Officer Andrew Minor said. The first caller reported spotting a wrong-way driver in the El Segundo area, according to CHP. Responding officers later found an overturned vehicle and a second car engulfed in flames about 4 to 5 miles away, on the overpass near the 182nd Street onramp, Minor said. The crash left the vehicles, a sedan and an SUV, badly damaged, and it’s unclear which was traveling the wrong direction, Minor said. It remains under investigation whether speed, drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, according to the officer.

Van Nuys Man Stabbed To Death During Fight With Roommate
A man was killed in a stabbing which occurred during a fight with his roommate at a home in Van Nuys late Sunday night. The stabbing occurred during a small celebration at the home in the 13400 block of Valerio Street at about 10 p.m., according to Los Angeles police. The stabbing took place inside a bedroom of the home. The victim died at the scene. He was not identified. The suspect fled and remains at large. The home had three or four bedrooms which were being rented to multiple tenants, police said. It’s unclear what prompted the dispute that lead to the stabbing.

2 Hospitalized After Being Shot During Funeral In South LA; Shooter At Large
Two people were hospitalized Friday afternoon after being shot as a funeral was being held in South Los Angeles, authorities said. One victim was placed in an civilian SUV, whose occupants then flagged down a Los Angeles Fire Department engine that happened to be in the area. An ambulance was summoned to the scene and that patient, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, was transported to a hospital in nearby downtown Los Angeles. Other emergency responders were sent to the funeral home near West 50th and Hoover streets, where a second victim, identified only as a 35-year-old man, was found before also being hospitalized. The conditions of the victims were unknown. Police did not release a description of the shooter or shooters being sought.

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Pointing Gun At Pro-Trump Caravan In Woodland Hills
A 28-year-old man who allegedly pointed a rifle at a pro-Trump parade in Woodland Hills on Aug. 30 was being held Friday on $100,000 bail, police reported. Hundreds of Trump supporters took part in a vehicle caravan that morning along Ventura Boulevard, heading toward Studio City. At about 11:30 a.m., there was a report of a possible shooting targeting the caravan as it passed by the Chalk Hills Court building in the 20300 block of Ventura Boulevard. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the occupants of an apartment in the 20500 block of Ventura Boulevard shouted and threw bottles at rally participants. One of them also pointed a rifle at one of the rally participants who was arguing with the group, but did not fire any shots, LAPD Officer William Cooper said.

Woman Missing After Leaving Family Member’s Los Angeles Home
olice and family members are hoping the public can help find 24-year-old Danielle Aviva Krieger, who went missing earlier this month. According to police, Krieger was last seen leaving the Los Angeles home of a family member on Sept. 5 and may be in need of medical attention. Krieger, who goes by the nicknames Dani or Aviva, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She is white with brown shoulder length curly hair and green eyes. She has a long scar on the inside of her right forearm that goes from her wrist to the elbow and a small scar on her left cheek. Anyone with information about Krieger’s whereabouts was asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department — Adult Missing Persons Unit at 877-275-5273.

Man Charged With Alleged Unprovoked Bus Stabbing Near LAX Pleads Not Guilty
A man suspected in an alleged unprovoked stabbing attack on an LAX custodian aboard a shuttle bus has pleaded not guilty to an attempted murder charge, according to court records. Ryan M. Gimeno, 41, also denied a second charge of carrying a concealed dagger and was ordered to return to court in October to set a date for a preliminary hearing. Bail was increased to $2.1-million at an initial court appearance. NB4’s I-Team reported last week that Gimeno was arrested by near the scene of the attack September 2, after the male custodian was stabbed repeatedly in front of his wife when the bus stopped at a red light near 104th Street and Aviation Blvd. A previous version of this story reported the custodian who was attacked was a woman. A senior official at the LAX Police Department provided updated information Saturday that the stabbing victim was a man.

Crimes Against Delivery People In LA Have Increased As Demand Soars Amid Pandemic
Crimes against delivery people in Los Angeles have nearly doubled since last year, according to an analysis of LAPD crime data by USC's data journalism organization, Crosstown. Between Jan. 1 and July 31 of 2020, there were 58 crimes committed against delivery people. The same period the year before only saw 33. The entirety of 2018 saw just 48 crimes against delivery people. Of those 58 crimes, about 43% were robberies and about 22% were assaults. This comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced more people to stay at home and order things online.

TikTok Stars To Be Arraigned In Connection With Parties Held At Hollywood Hills Mansion Amid Pandemic
An arraignment is scheduled Friday for two TikTok personalities who hosted two parties at their rented home in the Hollywood Hills amid the coronavirus pandemic despite health restrictions banning such events. Bryce Hall, 21, and Blake Gray, 19, are charged with one misdemeanor count each of causing a public nuisance by conducting a loud and unruly gathering and violating the "Safer L.A.'' emergency declaration, according to a criminal complaint. Hall and Gray hosted two parties at the home they share on Appian Way within less than a week, including an Aug. 14 celebration for Hall's birthday, according to City Attorney Mike Feuer. Los Angeles police officers responded to both parties and stayed until the guests left, he said. Police initially issued Hall a "party house citation'' on Aug. 8 and left a warning that further violations may result in the power being shut off, according to the city attorney.

Public Safety News

Two Dead After Small Plane Crashes In Van Nuys Parking Lot
Two people are dead after a small plane crashed in Van Nuys. The single-engine plane crashed around 3 p.m. at a parking lot located near Hayvenhurst Ave. and Hart St., just west of the airport. Nicholas Prange with the Los Angeles Fire Department says two victims were found dead at the scene. Their identities have not yet been released. Preliminary information indicates the plane crashed just after taking off from Van Nuys Airport and was heading for Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's Ian Gregor. Firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the flames. Witnesses described it as a horrific scene they’ll never forget. Fire officials say there appears to be no damage to the surrounding structure but three vehicles suffered minor damages.

Los Angeles Reports Increase In Fires In 2020
New data from the city of Los Angeles showed a significant increase in the overall number of fires reported in 2020, and the records also revealed a growing portion of those fires were connected to the city’s homeless population. Firefighters responded to 7,422 fires as of this week, compared with 5,223 during the same period in 2019, a 42% increase, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Of the 7,422 fires, 3,756 of them are related to homelessness, or roughly 50% of all of the fires recorded in 2020. That represents a 77% increase in homeless-related fires when compared with the same period in 2019. A senior LA city official told the I-Team Friday the increase is most likely a partial side-effect of the city’s decision to relax enforcement of laws restricting encampments.

Los Angeles County Reports 1,177 New COVID-19 Cases And 29 Deaths
Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 1,177 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 29 more related deaths. The report brings the county’s total number of cases to 253,176 and deaths to 6,197, officials said. The new data includes three new deaths each in Long Beach and Pasadena. Among the new cases, 71% were people younger than 50, according to the Public Health Department. Those ages 30 to 49 accounted for 35% of the total, the most of any age group. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer called for the young to be more vigilant. “We need the help of our younger county residents to slow the spread even more than we are doing now, so that we can move into lower tiers that allow for the reopening of more business sectors and schools,” Ferrer said.

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