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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

September 21, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Female Deputy Ambushed In Compton Shooting Remains Hospitalized In ICU
One of two deputies ambushed in Compton a week ago remains hospitalized, but her partner has been released. The LASD Transit Services Bureau released an image of the 31-year-old female deputy who remains in an intensive-care unit. Her 24-year-old partner is now in a long-term care facility as he continues to recover. Officials also said President Trump called both of those deputies to wish them a speedy recovery. The gunman is still on the run as of Sunday morning. A $700,000 reward was being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspected shooter.

A Week After LA Deputies' Shooting, Search For Gunman Continues
Authorities said there were no new developments in the search for the gunman who wounded two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies as they sat in their parked patrol SUV at a rail station in Compton last Saturday. No suspects have been identified in the attack, which occurred at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Metro Blue Line station at Willowbrook Avenue and Palmer Street. Surveillance video shows the suspect approaching the patrol vehicle from behind, walking up to the passenger side of the vehicle, pulling out a handgun and firing through the passenger side window. The gunman is then seen running away. A 24-year-old male sheriff's deputy who was injured in the ambush has been released from St. Francis Medical Center and will be going to a long-term care facility, according to Sheriff Alex Villanueva. “He has a long road ahead for recovery. But he's not alone. We, as a community, are in this together,” Villanueva said earlier this week.

Hundreds Of LEOs Sign Flags For LA Deputies Shot In Ambush
Hundreds of law enforcement officers across Utah and Nevada have signed two thin blue line flags bound for California. The flags are a gift for the two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were shot and wounded in an ambush last week. According to St. George News, the flags have journeyed throughout Utah this week collecting signatures. The project was organized by a non-profit, Blue Line Unites Everyone (BLUE), that was started a couple months earlier. Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Trent Lindstrom, who is associated with BLUE, said the idea came together as a collective effort to honor the two deputies. “We are family and are here to protect and support each other,” Lindstrom told St. George News.

Former Employee Stabs 3 People At Harbor City Business: LAPD
A man who had been fired from a Harbor City business returned Friday and allegedly stabbed three people with a knife, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Police responded to an altercation at a business in the 25000 block of Belle Porte Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Three people at the business were taken to a hospital with stab wounds, and the alleged assailant was taken into custody, police said. The victims were reported to be in stable condition. A preliminary investigation revealed that an employee had gotten a restraining order against the suspect, who was subsequently fired. The suspect returned to the business with a knife and stabbed three employees, police said. It is unclear, however, if the person who had filed the restraining order was injured in the ordeal. The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, also suffered stab wounds during the incident. Police did not elaborate on how he was injured.

Motorist, Passenger Killed In Single-Vehicle Crash In South Los Angeles
A motorist and passenger were killed in a single-vehicle crash Sunday in the Crenshaw area of south Los Angeles, police said. The crash occurred at about 3:20 a.m. in the area of Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw boulevards, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section. “There’s a lot of construction around there,” Eisenman said. The motorist was going westbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when the vehicle struck a center median and caught fire. The motorist and a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. Firefighters and paramedics dispatched to the location took no one to any area hospitals, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles Man Arrested For Luring Ventura County Minors For Sexual Purposes Over Social Media
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office arrested a Los Angeles man after their investigation revealed inappropriate interactions between him and multiple minors. From July through September, detectives with the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit received tips that a man was believed to have been in communication with 17-and 15-year-old girls who lived in Ventura County. The man allegedly used a social media platform to lure the girls into sending him sexual pictures for money and even engage in sexual intercourse. During their investigation, detectives identified a 20-year-old Los Angeles man as the suspect. A search warrant was acquired and served at the man's home at the 700 block of Oakford Drive in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. There, he was arrested on charges of luring a minor for sexual purposes. The man was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.

Man Stabbed In Culver City Hotel Lobby After Argument With Person Who Was ‘Harassing’ Patrons: Police
A man was repeatedly stabbed and left in critical condition in a Culver City hotel lobby after an argument with a person who was “harassing” patrons, police said Saturday. Officers responded to the Double Tree Hotel on 6161 Centinela Ave. around 9 p.m. Friday to find the victim lying on the lobby floor, bleeding profusely and losing consciousness, the Culver City Police Department said in a statement. The man was taken to a hospital where he was treated for multiple stab wounds and abrasions. He was listed in in critical condition but was expected to survive, police said. Witnesses at the hotel said another man was “harassing patrons by asking them what gang they are from,” according to the Police Department. He then focused on the victim and they started arguing before he stabbed him multiple times with a knife.

Security Camera Catches Woman Stealing ‘Trump 2020’ Banner From Long Beach Home; Running Away
A recently-installed security camera caught video of a woman walking into a Long Beach man’s property, ripping down a ‘Trump 2020’ sign, and running away. Shane Morin said that his house started being targeted after he put up flags in support of the president. Earlier this week, Morin said he found a produce bag full of feces and a dirty diaper that had been tossed under one of his flags. He then put up a ‘Trump 2020’ banner over his garage, and the next day, a similar feces-filled produce bag appeared on the trunk of the car parked in the driveway. He then bought and installed several security cameras. Last night, the cameras picked up a group of people walking along Morin’s street. Moments later, the camera above the garage caught a clear video of a woman with light-colored hair walking up Morin’s driveway, snatch the banner, and run away.

2 Dead, 14 Wounded In Rochester Mass Shooting
Two young adults, a man and a woman were killed and 14 people wounded early Saturday in the largest Rochester shooting in memory, an act of violence that occurred at a backyard house party with more than 100 people present. The shooting occurred on the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, at a residence located in the city's Marketview Heights neighborhood. The identities of the deceased victims have not been released pending notification of next of kin. Acting Police Chief Mark Simmons said both victims were in their late teens or early 20s. "This is truly a tragedy of epic proportions" Simmons said at a 3:45 a.m. briefing at the scene. "I mean 16 victims is unheard of, and for our community, who's right now going through so much, to have to be dealt this tragedy, needlessly, for people who decide to act in a violent manner is unfortunate and shameful, and we're going to do everything that we can as a department to bring those people involved to justice."

Public Safety News

Sheriff's Deputy Loses Home In Bobcat Fire
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy was one of the many people who lost their homes in the Antelope Valley due to the Bobcat Fire, the lawman revealed Sunday. Deputy Josh Stamsek shared a video of his burned down home, left in rubble, and confirmed that his home was destroyed Friday in the Bobcat Fire that grew to nearly 100,000 acres on Sunday. Stamsek said he had received tremendous support from the Sheriff's Relief Association and from Sheriff Alex Villanueva personally. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the deputy, and he asked the community to help those in need and others in his community, who have also suffered tremendous losses. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe, you my do so here. Please note that GoFundMe takes a percentage of all funds raised in the form of platform and other fees.

Bobcat Fire Passes 100,000 Acres In Second Week, Becomes One Of LA County’s Largest Fires
Firefighters Sunday continued to battle the ever-growing Bobcat fire burning for nearly two weeks in the mountains of northeast Los Angeles. On Saturday, winds pushed the fire toward the foothill communities in the Antelope Valley, spurring a new round of evacuations for the area south of the 138th Street East, north of Big Pines Highway and Highway 2, west of 263rd East, and east of Largo Vista Road. In Juniper Hills, some homes and cars were destroyed, while others have been saved. Firefighters credit the saving of homes to residents, who took the time to clear brush and debris. “That is really a testament to the residents,” said Andrew Mitchell, a Bobcat fire public information officer. “What we always say, if you provide the defense, we’ll provide the offense.” The fire erupted Sept. 6th near Cogswell Dam and the West Fork Day Use area.

Firefighters Battle Exhaustion Along With Wildfire Flames
They work 50 hours at a stretch and sleep on gymnasium floors. Exploding trees shower them with embers. They lose track of time when the sun is blotted out by smoke, and they sometimes have to run for their lives from advancing flames. Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state are constantly on the verge of exhaustion as they try to save suburban houses, including some in their own neighborhoods. Each home or barn lost is a mental blow for teams trained to protect lives and property. And their own safety is never assured. Oregon firefighter Steve McAdoo’s shift on Sept. 7 seemed mostly normal, until late evening, when the team went to a fire along a highway south of Portland. “Within 10 minutes of being there, it advanced too fast and so quick … we had to cut and run,” he said. “You can’t breathe, you can’t see.”

Uptick In L.A. County’s COVID-19 Case Rate Raises Concerns Over Increased Transmission During Labor Day Holiday
After weeks of improvement, a recent uptick in Los Angeles County’s daily coronavirus case rates is raising concerns over potential increased virus transmission from Labor Day holiday celebrations, public health officials said Saturday. “The recent increases in the number of new cases is of concern because it may reflect increased exposures associated with Labor Day activities,” County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. Daily case rates have risen over the past four days and while health officials say the change can be attributed to the reopening of testing sites and more people getting tested this week, it may also suggest increased transmission over the Labor Day holiday. “We will be following our case numbers carefully over this upcoming week” the health department said in the statement.

California Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 15,000 Mark
California’s death count from the coronavirus surpassed 15,000 on Sunday even as the state saw widespread improvement in infection levels. A tally by Johns Hopkins University put California’s death toll at 15,026, the fourth highest in the country. New York has suffered by far the most deaths -- 33,081 -- followed New Jersey, which has about half as many. Texas is third. California, which is the nation’s most populous state, has the most confirmed virus cases in the U.S. with about 775,000, but key indicators have fallen dramatically since a spike that started after Memorial Day weekend prompted statewide shutdowns of businesses. The state’s infection rate has fallen to 3% in the last week, the lowest level since the first days of the pandemic. Hospitalizations have dropped below 2,700, the lowest since early April, and the number of patients in the intensive care unit has dropped below 850.

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