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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

October 9, 2020
Law Enforcement News

‘It’s Just Not Fair’: Family Searches For Answers After Shooting Kills 2 Cousins
The family of 18-year-old Jesse Meza, and his cousin, 19-year-old Jarrod Santos, are devastated after both young men were shot and killed in South Los Angeles last month. “You took someone so dear to us,” said their relative, Ricardo Meza. “You need to find it in your heart to come clean and turn yourself in. Give us a little bit of closure.” Police said the cousins were hanging out in their car near Greenbelt Park in Wilmington on Sept. 30 around 3 a.m. when someone drove up, got out of their car, shot them, and drove away. LAPD said that they believe the shooter mistook the boys for rival gang members, even though they have no gang affiliations. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide Division.

Potential Murder-Suicide Attempt Under Investigation In Koreatown
Los Angeles Police Department officers are investigating what they say may be a murder-suicide attempt in Koreatown on Thursday afternoon near the intersection of West 8th and South Catalina streets. Authorities received a call at 2:26 p.m. of shots fired, said LAPD Officer William Cooper. Two people, a man and a woman believed to be his wife, were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Cooper said that the unidentified caller described the pair as a husband and wife and that the former shot the latter. “This is still an ongoing and fluid investigation,” Cooper said. “Detectives are on the scene. Much of the information we have is from the caller.” Cooper could not confirm whether a weapon had been recovered.

Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run In South LA
A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday morning in South Los Angeles and police are seeking the public's help to find the hit-and-run driver. The woman, believed to be in her 30s, died about 4:30 a.m. near 105th Street and Avalon Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was either dislodged from the top of the vehicle or dragged by it for a couple of blocks after the initial impact, an officer at the scene said. The victim's name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives. Neighbors said she lived nearby and was often seen walking in the area. Investigators did not immediately release a description of the vehicle or driver. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the LAPD's South Traffic Division at 323-421-2577.

Tory Lanez Charged With Assaulting Megan Thee Stallion In Hollywood Hills Shooting
Hip-hop artist Tory Lanez was charged Thursday with shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion during an argument earlier this year. Lanez is accused of shooting at Megan Thee Stallion’s feet, hitting her, after she left a SUV during a fight in the Hollywood Hills on July 12, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. He faces two felony charges — assault with a semiautomatic firearm and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. Prosecutors are also seeking a sentencing enhancement for the allegation that Peterson inflicted great bodily injury. A message sent to Lanez’s representative was not immediately returned. Lanez, a 27-year-old Canadian rapper and singer whose legal name is Daystar Peterson, is due to be arraigned Tuesday in L.A. He could face up to 22 years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged.

LAPD Breaks Up Hollywood Hills Mansion Party Thrown By Alleged Trespassers
The Los Angeles Police Department responded late Thursday night to reports of an illegal party at a Hollywood Hills Mansion. Sky9 was overhead as officers confronted dozens of people gathered at the home in the 1600 block of Blue Jay Way who quickly left the premises. The owner of the home told police the group entered the home without permission. Police briefly detained four partygoers, but they were eventually released.

Authorities Detain Suspected DUI Driver In Sun Valley After Pursuit
Authorities were in pursuit of a driver in the San Fernando Valley area Wednesday night. Sky5 was over the chase around 10:15 p.m. as police vehicles trailed behind the car in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles. The driver was suspected to be under the influence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers cornered the vehicle minutes later and took the driver into custody at Keswick Street and Beeman Avenue.

Jackie Lacey, George Gascon Hold Debate In Heated LA County DA’s Race
Incumbent Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey took part in a virtual debate Thursday night against George Gascón, the man attempting to unseat her, amid one the most closely watched Southern California races this November to decide will lead the nation’s largest local prosecutor’s office. “But now that he sees the job, he wants it, and he’ll say whatever he can to get it,” Lacey said.

Protests become a ‘lifestyle’ for some L.A. activists: ‘This has been like church for me’
Matthew Sanders had a broken rib and dried blood on his face when he was released from jail Sept. 9 after being arrested on suspicion of failure to disperse during a protest. For a moment, he questioned whether he could continue showing up at the demonstrations outside the South Los Angeles sheriff’s station.“ I think it’s become part of a lifestyle for many people who have lost employment or who are working the gig economy,” said Shannon Thomas, 28, a conflict resolution consultant who has driven to the South L.A. protests from Santa Monica. “If we’re working 24/7 on our computers, what are we going to do that feeds our souls? This has been like church for me.”

Woman Charged With Attacking West Hollywood Security Guard, Using Racial Slurs
A Malibu woman is facing felony charges for throwing a glass bottle at a grocery store security guard in West Hollywood Monday, while also hurling racial slurs at her. Kashmire Duran, 37, was charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, both felonies. She also faces one misdemeanor count of violation of civil rights, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office reported Thursday. The attack occurred on Monday morning in the parking lot of a supermarket when the security guard attempted to break up an argument involving Duran. Duran threw a glass bottle at the victim, assaulted her and used racial epithets against her, the DA’s office said. The exact circumstances of the attack and what lead up to it were not confirmed.

Investigation Underway Into Man’s Death In East Los Angeles
A man found by deputies in East Los Angeles Thursday evening was taken to a hospital where he died. The victim was located in the 500 block of Bonnie Beach Place, south of the Pomona (60) Freeway, about 7:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The man’s name and cause of death were not immediately disclosed.

LASD Seeking Public Help To Find Missing Woman
Authorities Thursday sought public help to find a woman who went missing in the Burbank area. Nina Ofek, 40, was last seen about 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30 driving a black 2018 Mazda CX5 SUV, license number 8EED262, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ofek is described as Chinese, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 130 pounds, with long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black dress with a black jacket. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to call 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Ex-Con Charged With Killing Homeless Man In Long Beach
An ex-con is set to be arraigned later this month in connection with a homeless man’s killing in Long Beach two months ago. Richard Eric Young, 48, of Long Beach, is charged with one count each of murder and fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, along with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Young was arrested Monday by Long Beach police in connection with the Aug. 4 shooting of Juan Moreno, 40, of Long Beach, who was gunned down in the 700 block of Cerritos Avenue. Detectives believe that Young and Moreno knew each other and were involved in an altercation before the shooting, according to police.

Law Enforcement Preps For Potential Election-Related Unrest
Federal and state law enforcement officials have begun expanded preparations for the possibility of widespread unrest at the polls on Election Day, a response to extraordinarily high tensions among voters and anxieties about safety stoked in part by President Donald Trump. FBI and local officials in several states have been conducting drills, running through worse-case scenarios, setting up command centers to improve coordination on reports of violence and voter intimidation, and issuing public warnings that any crime that threatens the sanctity of a Nov. 3 vote will not be tolerated. The efforts are broader and more public-facing than in past years as fears grow over the potential for violent clashes in cities across the United States. Law enforcement officials say they are not responding to any specific threats or information but are preparing for a host of different scenarios that could play out.

The Up-Beat: Cop Gifts Own Car, LEO Raises $20K For Cancer & Other Good Police News
From small gestures of kindness to incredible acts of heroism, police officers help their communities every day. The Up-Beat aims to bring greater attention to these positive stories at a time when we could all use some good news. 1. Atlanta cop gifts own car to mother of 5: An Atlanta cop went above and beyond for a mother who had recently fled domestic abuse. 2. Ill. Leos rescue man from burning home: First on the scene, the two officers didn’t hesitate when they were told someone was still inside the burning home. 3. Miami cop cycles 1,000 miles, raises 20K to fight childhood cancer: “If they can battle through that, I can get up off my butt and go ride a bike,” said Officer Joe McCrink. 4. Off-duty California LEO helps save man having heart attack: CHP Officer Matt Denton was the difference maker for a man who fell ill inside a Home Depot.

Public Safety News

LA County Reports 1,280 New COVID-19 Cases; Officials Closely Monitoring Numbers Following Spike
Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday that they will be closely monitoring the daily COVID-19 case numbers in hopes that Wednesday’s spike does not become a trend. “But if we’re seeing a few days or even throughout the whole week some increases, we’ll have to look closer at our data to figure out if there’s some commonality among those increases in cases,” said county’s public health officer, Dr. Muntu Davis. On Wednesday, the county reported 1,645 new cases — a six-week high. Davis added that the spike could not be linked to Labor Day because it is too far removed, but it is not clear if it could be connected to any recent reopenings of businesses. The county reported an additional 1,280 cases on Thursday, which is still well above the levels needed to potentially move out of the purple tier of the state’s monitoring system. The countywide total since the start of the pandemic is at 278,733.

Local Government News

LA Metro Offering Free Rides On Election Day, Place Ballot Drop-Off Boxes At Stations
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials announced Thursday that free service will be provided on Election Day, Nov. 3, and vote-by-mail ballot drop-off boxes have been placed at 19 rail and bus stations. The free service applies to rail and bus lines, and Union Station and El Monte Station will be used as official vote centers from Oct. 24 through Nov. 3. The voting center at Union Station will be located in the ticket concourse in the west (Alameda Street) side of the station, Metro officials stated. “The health of our democracy depends on our participation, and we have to do everything possible to empower Americans to exercise their fundamental rights,” Los Angles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti said. “From free rides on Election Day to new places to drop off a ballot, Metro is doing its part to make sure nothing stands between Angelenos and their ability to vote.”

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