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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

November 6, 2020
Law Enforcement News

2 Wisconsin Officers Shot, Wounded In Exchange Of Gunfire
Two officers were shot and wounded early Friday after confronting a hit-and-run suspect in Wisconsin, police said. Delafield Police Chief Erik Kehl said that one of his officers and another from nearby Hartland confronted a man suspected in the hit-and-run crash outside a Holiday Inn at Interstate 94 and Highway 83 in Waukesha County, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) west of Milwaukee. Shots were exchanged and the two officers were hit, Kehl said. The officers wounds are not believed to be life-threatening, the chief said. Kehl urged residents in the area to stay home because the suspect in the shooting is still at large. Two people were detained, but they are not believed to be directly involved in the shooting, Kehl said.

Massachusetts Cop Hit On Head With Hammer, Severely Injured
A city police officer is hospitalized after he was struck in the head with a hammer Thursday morning in a disturbance on Fenwick Street, and a 61-year-old resident is charged with attempted murder, police said. The officer, whose name was not being released to the press, was hospitalized with what were described as severe but not life-threatening injuries, said police spokesman Ryan Walsh. The officer is a 25-year-old veteran of the department. Police have arrested and charged Leon Moultrie of 35-37 Fenwick St. with assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Moultrie is a retired police officer. According to city records, he retired in January 2017 after 32 years and 3 months on the job. According to Walsh, police were called to Fenwick Street just before 6 a.m. for a reported disturbance. When officers arrived, they saw Moultrie yelling and acting in “a volatile manner," he said.

Search Underway For Pursuit Suspect Who Crashed In South Los Angeles
A search was underway Thursday evening for a pursuit suspect who fled from his vehicle after crashing it in South Los Angeles. The suspect crashed about 5:30 p.m. near Wall and 43rd streets, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. A woman at the scene was detained and taken to a hospital, and a perimeter was established at Trinity Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Lopez said. The search was still underway at 6:45 p.m. It was not immediately clear where the chase started or what the suspect was originally wanted for.

California proves it’s not as liberal as you think
The myth of lockstep liberal California took a hit this election. Voters in the deep-blue state rejected a progressive push to reinstate affirmative action, sided with technology companies over organized labor and rejected rent control. They are poised to reject a business tax that had been a decadeslong priority for labor unions and Democratic leaders.

What the failure of Prop. 25 means for racial justice in California
Proposition 25 would have made California the first state to end cash bail by allowing each county to use an algorithm to assess a person’s flight risk or likelihood of reoffending while awaiting trial. Supporters pitched the referendum as the Legislature’s best plan for advancing racial justice by upending a system that preys on communities of color and the poor for profit. But opponents, including the bail industry fighting for its survival and law enforcement groups, argued the existing system could — and should — be reformed. They were joined by a small but vocal number of civil liberties advocates who opposed or refused to endorse the measure. 

Rapper Nuke Bizzle Pleads Not Guilty To EDD Fraud Charges
A rapper who boasted in a YouTube music video about getting rich w from committing unemployment benefits fraud pleaded not guilty Thursday in Los Angeles to federal charges of carrying out the scheme by fraudulently applying for more than $1.2 million in jobless benefits. The 31-year-old Nuke Bizzle, whose real name is Fontrell Antonio Baines, was ordered to stand trial on Dec. 29 in downtown Los Angeles. He was arrested in September on allegations that he fraudulently obtained jobless benefits under the CARES Act. Baines, who resided in the Hollywood Hills, is accused of applying for $1.2 million in unemployment benefits. He is charged with access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transportation of stolen property. When he was arrested Sept. 23 by Las Vegas police, officers found eight Employment Development Department (EDD) debit cards in his possession, seven of which were in the names of other people, prosecutors alleged in charging documents.

32-Year-Old Long Beach Man Accused Of Murdering Wife
A 32-year-old Long Beach man was arrested Thursday for allegedly killing his wife nearly seven months ago. About 3:15 a.m. on April 18, officers were dispatched to a hospital on a report of an unresponsive patient with suspicious upper body injuries, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Yesenia Carnes, 32, had been physically assaulted in her home in the 2800 block of Pacific Avenue, where she was found unresponsive by Long Beach Fire Department personnel, police said. Homicide detectives were sent to her home that morning as part of the investigation due to the severity of her injuries, and she died the following day, according to police. Investigators determined that the woman was home with her husband, Alexandro Carnes, when he allegedly assaulted her, police said.

Deputies Seek 4 Gunmen In Caught-On-Video Shooting That Killed Victim In His Car In Willowbrook
Investigators released surveillance video Thursday that captured a deadly shooting two weeks ago in Willowbrook in hopes of finding the gunmen. The video shows what appears to be an ambush-style attack that Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say occurred Oct. 22 on the 2200 block of East 121st Street, near Mona Park. Edward Gray, 34, was sitting in the driver’s seat of his car when a white Tesla Model 3 pulled up shortly before 4:30 p.m. At least one person inside the Tesla shot him, authorities said in a news release. The security footage shows three other armed men approach on foot from the opposite direction the Tesla was traveling, unloading a barrage of bullets aimed at Gray’s car. They continue shooting as the Tesla drives away. Coroner’s records show Gray died after being taken to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso.

74-Year-Old Man Dies Weeks After Being Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver In Long Beach
A man who was struck in a hit-and-run crash in Long Beach in August died from his injuries weeks later, police announced Thursday. The crash occurred about 3:10 p.m. Aug. 23, in the parking lot along the 1990 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release. Leonard Smith, of Long Beach, had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene, but the motorist returned shortly after police arrived. The victim was taken to a hospital with injuries to his lower torso that did not appear to be life-threatening at the time, police said. He remained hospitalized, and on Sept. 6, police were notified that Smith had died. A month later, coroner’s officials determined that he died of blunt force trauma related to the injuries he suffered in the crash. The driver was described as a 30-year-old man from Lancaster who was driving a 2000 Cadillac SUV. He was not arrested after the crash.

Three People, Including Two Teenagers, Struck By Gunfire In Long Beach
Three people, including two teenagers, were struck by gunfire Thursday afternoon in Long Beach, and officers detained two potential suspects. The shooting occurred about 4:40 p.m. in the 700 block of Chestnut Avenue, near Seventh Street, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Investigators believe the three victims were standing on a sidewalk when someone opened fire. The victims were taken to a hospital, and two “potential suspects” were detained, according to police. A motive was not immediately known. Officers remained at the scene as of 6 p.m.

California: Former MLB Prospect Found Guilty Of Beating 3 People To Death With Baseball Bat In 2015
A former Major League Baseball prospect was convicted Thursday of beating three people to death, including his disabled father, at their family home in Corona in 2015, prosecutors said. On Tuesday, Brandon Willie Martin, 27, was found guilty of the murders of his father, Michael Martin, 64; his uncle, Ricky Andersen, 58; and Barry Swanson, 62, an ADT alarm installer. After four hours over two days of deliberating, the jury found Martin guilty on all seven counts, including first-degree murder. The jury also found the special circumstance of multiple murders to be true, which makes Martin eligible for the death penalty. On Monday, the same jurors will begin hearing evidence and testimony in the penalty phase of the trial and will ultimately decide whether Martin should be sentenced to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Public Safety News

Gas Explosion At Home In Signal Hill Rattles Neighborhood, Injures 2 People
Fire crews Thursday afternoon extinguished a blaze ignited by a natural gas explosion at a two-story house in Signal Hill, that injured two people. Both victims suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital, according to authorities. Both are believed to have been outdoors at the time of the explosion. The blast happened about 4:30 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Ohio Avenue, near East 21st Street, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. All occupants were already outside of the home when crews arrived. A 66-year-old woman and her 38-year-old son were slightly hurt when something inside the home sparked an explosion, which the homeowner thinks stems from suspicious petroleum-based smells.

Los Angeles County COVID Cases Continue Rising; Holidays Could Worsen Matters
Los Angeles County continues to see an upward surge in COVID-19 cases, with the daily number of new cases rising to levels not seen since a mid-summer spike. And the upcoming winter holiday season is leading to fears that extended gatherings among family and friends could exacerbate matters further. Although the county had not officially released its daily case numbers as of early Thursday afternoon, Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health, said the number of newly confirmed cases was expected to be about 2,065. Simon said the number was the highest seen since a summer spike in cases that began several weeks after the Fourth of July holiday. "Again, it's not a rapid increase, but it's been kind of a slow,steady increase,'' he said. The county on Wednesday reported 1,843 new cases of COVID-19, saying that figure was the highest seen since late August, outside of sporadically higher reports that involved backlogs of testing results.

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