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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

October 22, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Two LAPD Officers Hospitalized After Two-Car Crash In South LA
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in a South Los Angeles neighborhood. The crash occurred in the 1000 block of East Vernon Avenue, near Central Avenue, about 10:20 p.m. Firefighters worked to free a trapped officer and a second officer was out of the vehicle and being assessed for injuries, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Both officers and one person in the second vehicle were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Stewart said. Circumstances of what led up to the crash were not immediately available from police.

Woman Charged With Murder In Fatal Stabbing Of Metro Employee On Train In DTLA
A 25-year-old L.A. woman has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of a transit employee on a Red Line train near a station in downtown L.A., prosecutors said Wednesday. Irma Monroy also faces an allegation of using a knife as a deadly weapon, according to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Monroy is accused of stabbing 54-year-old Louis Rabinowitz once in the chest after getting into an argument with him on the train near the 7th Street/Metro Center Station last Friday night, the DA’s Office said. Rabinowitz died a short time later. The victim was an employee of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to the agency.

Man Charged With Carjacking Vehicle Containing Baby, 93-Year-Old Woman
Criminal charges have been filed against a Compton man who allegedly carjacked a vehicle with a 9-week-old baby and the child’s 93-year-old great-grandmother inside, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Maaliki Grant, 22, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of kidnapping for carjacking and one felony count of resisting arrest with serious bodily injury. The kidnapping charges include allegations that one of the victims was over 65 and that the other was under 14. Grant allegedly took a car that was parked Saturday in front of a fabric store on Ninth Street and Maple Avenue with the baby boy and his great-grandmother seated inside. He returned to the area two hours later, and police laid out a spike strip that seriously injured an officer when Grant drove over it, prosecutors said. Grant was subsequently arrested without further incident.

Las Vegas Man Arrested, Extradited To LA For Alleged Gang-Related Killing
A Las Vegas man suspected in a possible gang-related killing of an 18-year-old in Long Beach last October was extradited to L.A. Wednesday. Kumari Powell, 18, was arrested on Oct. 8 near his home in Las Vegas, according to the Long Beach Police Department. He was booked for murder and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $2 million bail. Powell is the sixth person to be arrested in connection with “ambush style attack” on Eronald Deas who police said did not have ties to gangs. The shooting occurred about 7 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2019 as Deas walked near his home in the 100 block of East 69th Way, police said. He died at the scene. Police served eight search warrants on Aug. 20 in Long Beach, Bellflower, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Fullerton and arrested four suspects.

Driver Pleads No Contest To South L.A. Apartment Crash That Killed Mother Sleeping Next To Child
A woman has pleaded no contest to drunken driving and other charges in a crash into a South Los Angeles apartment building that resulted in the death of a mother sleeping beside her child, prosecutors said Wednesday. Connie Jo Howard, 60, entered the plea to one count apiece of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She had originally pleaded not guilty to charges. Howard faces a prison term of eight years when she returns to court for sentencing on Jan. 13. In the pre-dawn hours of July 3, 2019, Howard was behind the wheel when her vehicle slammed into an apartment building near Main Street and 87th Place, in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood, according to prosecutors. The car crashed into the bedroom of 44-year-old Nicole Marks, killing her as she slept next to her 4-year-old daughter, officials said. The girl was not seriously hurt.

Nearly 25 Years After Boyle Heights Teen’s Slaying, DNA Leads To Arrest
Nearly 25 years after a Boyle Heights teenager was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted, authorities say they have identified the man who killed her and dumped her body in a ravine. The partially clothed body of Gladys Arellano was discovered Jan. 30, 1996, in Topanga Canyon. An autopsy concluded the 17-year-old had been sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled. On Monday, prosecutors charged Jose Luis Garcia, 42, with murder in the girl’s death. He was 19 when the crime occurred. When Gladys’ body was found, DNA taken as evidence was uploaded into state and federal databases. No match to her killer was identified at the time, and the case remained unsolved for decades. There are about 15,000 unsolved cold case homicides in Los Angeles County, according to sheriff’s Lt. Hugo Reynaga, and investigators got a break in Gladys’ case last year. On Nov. 10, Garcia was arrested by Los Angeles police on suspicion of domestic assault. During his booking, Garcia’s DNA was collected and uploaded into a state database. It matched the sample from the 1996 slaying, and Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives in the homicide bureau’s unsolved cases unit were alerted.

‘We Want To Know What Happened': A Los Angeles Man Remains Hospitalized After Apparently Being Attacked For No Reason
The family of a Hispanic man seeks answers to the alleged attack in a Los Angeles supermarket that keeps him bedridden to a hospital while the perpetrator remains at large. The incident occurred on October 5 when Raúl Cabrera, who lives in Bell Gardens, stopped to make some purchases in a supermarket in Pacoima. There, he was attacked by a man without provocation, motive or apparent cause. The man did not steal any money nor Cabrera's belongings, according to the police report. Cabrera, 55, will need several surgeries. He got a skull fracture, possibly caused by falling to the ground during the altercation. Los Angeles police investigate the incident as an assault or battery without a specific motive, and they believe that the assailant is a Hispanic male. Cabrera has not been able to give his version of what happened that day. According to his family, he does not remember anything, and he is very confused. The family is asking witnesses of the alleged attack to collaborate in the investigation. Investigators ask anyone with information about an incident to contact the LAPD Division in the Foothill area at (818) 756-8861.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Woman In His Car, Attacking Police During Glendale Pursuit
A man accused of assaulting a woman was arrested after leading Glendale police on a chaotic pursuit with the victim in his vehicle Wednesday, officials said. The woman called 911 around 5:15 p.m., and a dispatcher overheard her screaming hysterically following a struggle between her and the man, said Glendale police Sgt. Christian Hauptmann. An officer responded to the area of Harvard Street and Chevy Chase Drive, where he tried to speak with the man he believed was involved. But the suspect fled with the woman in his vehicle, Hauptmann said. During the pursuit that ensued, the driver allegedly collided with several other cars, some of them occupied. He also intentionally struck Glendale police vehicles, according to Hauptmann. The chase came to an end when the suspect collided with a car parked on Glendale Avenue just south of Broadway, causing his vehicle to become disabled.

Man Killed In Willowbrook Shooting
A man was shot and killed Wednesday evening in the unincorporated Willowbrook area near Compton. Deputies responded to the 13500 block of South Avalon Boulevard, near 135th Street, about 7:55 p.m. and located the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The age and name of the victim were not disclosed.

30 Arrested, Over 200 Illegal Gambling Machines Seized In Lancaster
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested more than 30 people and confiscated tens of thousands of dollars in U.S. currency from illegal gambling establishments in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday. On Tuesday, LASD's Lancaster Sheriff’s Station’s LAN-CAP Team completed operation "Gambling Suppression," after executing seven search warrants throughout the city of Lancaster. In addition to the arrests and money recovered, several illegal firearms were taken off the streets and over 200 illegal gambling machines were seized from the locations. "Illegal gambling is not a victimless crime; it is an organized crime that may increase the chance of more criminal traffic to a certain area or city to network with others and commit more crime," LASD wrote in a press release. If you believe there is an active illegal gambling house or establishment operating in your area, you're asked to call your local sheriff’s station.

Public Safety News

Los Angeles County Revises Health Order To Allow Small Private Gatherings
Los Angeles County recently revised its health officer order, allowing small outdoor private gatherings of people from no more than three households. Private gatherings that include more than three households remain prohibited. "The smaller the number of people, the lower the risk," the revised health order states. County Public Health Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, noted that large gatherings remain prohibited, other than those involving a public protest or outdoor worship services, stating that "there's nothing in the state's revised guidance that changed this.'' The county says to keep it short, stating that private gatherings should be two hours or less. Attendees are also expected to wear face coverings when not eating or drinking and seating should allow for social distancing between members of different households.

California Has Escaped The National Surge In Coronavirus Cases. But New Dangers Lie Ahead
California has largely avoided a new wave of coronavirus cases that has sparked alarm elsewhere in the country, but the state faces new dangers in the coming weeks as key businesses reopen and the holidays arrive. In what health experts describe as a significant achievement, California over the last two months has managed to reopen key parts of the economy without seeing the widespread spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths that occurred this summer. They credit Gov. Gavin Newsom’s overhauled system — introduced Aug. 28 and much tougher than the state’s disastrous first reopening — as a big reason for California having so far staved off a new surge in cases. Moreover, the state has been sticking to the rules, a change from the more haphazard approach taken in the spring.

Local Government News

L.A.'s Ryu-Raman Council Race Reflects Wider Battle Over Policing Among Democrats And The Left
The day U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was tapped to be the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee, L.A.'s chapter of Democratic Socialists for America had a blunt message for its followers. “Kamala is a cop,” the group wrote on Twitter. “And our stance will always be: abolish the police.” DSA-LA has shown far more enthusiasm for a candidate in a more local contest, raising money, phone-banking and sending postcards for Nithya Raman, the urban planner looking to unseat one-term Councilman David Ryu. With the campaign in its final weeks, Ryu is now attempting to make Raman supporters like DSA-LA a potent election issue. In campaign mailers, he has told voters that her campaign is powered by “divisive radicals” whose publicly stated agenda is to eliminate the LAPD entirely, leaving Angelenos vulnerable to violent crime. While the People’s Budget found overwhelming public support for deep cuts at the LAPD, other surveys have been less clear. The Police Protective League, the union representing most LAPD officers, commissioned a poll in August that found that only 13% of L.A. residents favor a reduction of 90% or more in police spending.

LA City Council Calls On Mercury Public Affairs To End Association With Turkey, Amid Conflict In Armenia
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, joined by all 15 LA City councilmembers, are demanding Mercury Public Affairs end its association with Turkey, amid growing hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Krekorian, who authored the letter to the firm wrote “Our outrage is particularly acute right now, because the military forces of Azerbaijan have launched a full scale surprise attack against the ethnically Armenian people of the Republic of Artsakh. That ongoing aggression was fully orchestrated with your client, the Republic of Turkey, which had transferred thousands of extremists Jihadist militants from the battlefields of Syria and Libya into the Caucasus to support the slaughter of Armenians.” In the letter, Krekorian noted that Mercury provides a substantial amount of strategic, political and/or public relations advice to the Republic of Turkey. California State Senator Anthony Portantino also sent a letter to Mercury urging them to cancel their business contract with Turkey.

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