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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

December 1, 2020
Law Enforcement News

Man’s Body Found At Base Of Cliff In San Pedro
A man’s body was found Monday at the base of a cliff in a park near Point Fermin in San Pedro. Firefighters were sent to the area about 11 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Los Angeles Police Department was investigating the death. Information on the man’s identity was not immediately available.

LA Serial Killer’s Conviction Overturned In Case Of Unborn Baby, But Death Sentence Remains For 14 Other Murders
The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering 10 women in Los Angeles over an 11-year period, but overturned his conviction for the death of the unborn baby of one of the victims. In a 59-page ruling, the state’s highest court wrote that Chester Dewayne Turner is a “convicted serial killer who preyed on vulnerable women for over a decade.” “A jury convicted him of strangling his victims and abandoning their corpses in degrading conditions,” Justice Carol A. Corrigan wrote on behalf of the panel. “Apart from the fetal death, the jury found that defendant murdered 10 women.” The panel noted that jurors heard from a deputy medical examiner who did not perform the autopsy and recounted “case-specific facts from the (autopsy) report and invited the jury to compare that hearsay to the medically accepted guidelines for determining viability” of Regina Washington’s unborn baby, requiring the reversal of his second-degree murder conviction for the fetus’ death. But the justices rejected the defense’s argument that the error undermined his death sentence.

16-Year-Old Girl Found After Going Missing In Pacoima
A 16-year-old girl was found after going missing in Pacoima, police announced Monday. Jenalyn Meraz was reported missing after being last seen Nov. 13 in the 12700 block of Louvre Street, near Dronfield Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPD announced Monday that she was located, but no details were released.

Member Of Hacking Group Sentenced In L.A. To Federal Prison
A member of a worldwide computer hacking group was sentenced Monday to nearly eight years in federal prison for making bogus shooting and bombing threats against schools both abroad and domestically, including some in Southern California, and possessing child pornography. Timothy Dalton Vaughn, 22, of North Carolina, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to make threats and damage a computer, computer hacking and possession of child pornography. U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II sentenced Vaughn to a prison term of 95 months on the child pornography possession charge and 60 months for each of the other charges. The terms are to be served concurrently. According to his plea agreement, Vaughn admitted providing a co-defendant with contact information for at least 86 school districts that later received emailed threats of an armed student, imminent detonation of bombs or the placement of explosives under school buses or on athletic fields.

Former L.A. Deputy Mayor Charged In Federal City Hall Corruption Probe
Federal authorities announced new charges and additional defendants Monday in a wide-ranging corruption case against a Los Angeles city councilman and his alleged associates. The new defendants include a former deputy mayor, the billionaire chairman of a Chinese real estate company and a Bel Air developer, according to a superseding federal indictment unsealed Monday in the Central District of California. The case is the first time federal prosecutors have levied charges under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in a public corruption investigation that ensnared a Los Angeles elected official. The city councilman, Jose Huizar, was arrested in June on allegations he masterminded a $1.5 million pay-to-play scheme tied to the approval of large building projects. Prosecutors say the scheme sought to illegally profit from development of the city’s burgeoning downtown district.

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer Warns Against Falling For Santa Letter, Gift Exchange Scams
With the holiday season upon us, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has issued a warning that people feeling generous should beware of two holiday scams that have emerged. “In what has been an extremely challenging year, we want people to protect themselves from becoming victims this holiday season,” Feuer said in a statement. One scam comes in the form of an unsolicited email selling a hand-written letter from Santa for $19.99. Feuer said recipients should not click the link in the email – at best, the consumer is out about $20, but worse, could have shared their credit card information with a scammer. People were also warned about social media gift exchanges, or a “Secret Santa” exchange. Users are invited via email or social media to participate by sharing their names, addresses and personal information, and the information of a few friends, then send the same invitation out to their contacts to participate in the exchange. In this scam, people are left buying and shipping gifts to people in the hopes of receiving a gift – but Feuer said this exchange is more like a pyramid scheme that depends on recruiting people to keep the exchange afloat.

Los Angeles County Taking Stand Against Hate Crimes With ‘United Against Hate Week’
Los Angeles County’s United Against Hate Week began on Monday in the Los Angeles area as part of the L.A. vs. Hate coalition. The initiative was led in part by the county’s Commission of Human Relations, at the request of L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, to address the “troubling trend of increases in hate crimes and acts in the county.” Several other Los Angeles officials are also taking part in the week-long effort. Information about the events planned throughout the week can be viewed at “I think it’s really important to know that we’ve learned that love is love, but hate is hate, and so regardless of which group they’re coming against … we all need to stand up against hate because hate anywhere is hate everywhere,” said Capri Maddox, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Civil and Human Rights. “And we are not going to tolerate hate in Los Angeles, and therefore I’m pleased to stand against hate. With this united partnership, and I really look forward to the work that we’re going to do this week.” Residents of L.A. County are encouraged to call the 24-hour hotline at 211 to report hate acts.

Inglewood Woman, 3 Children Reported Missing
A 28-year-old woman, an 8-year-old girl and 2-year-old twins were reported missing Tuesday morning in Inglewood, officials said. Ashley Heath, Aaliah Reyes and twins Amiyah and Amir Rolison were last seen at about 11 p.m. Monday walking in the 800 block of Centinela Avenue, according to the Inglewood Police Department. Heath is Black, 5-feet-4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. Reyes is Black with brown eyes and black hair. Amiyah is female and Amir is male, both are Black and have brown eyes and black hair, the department said. A description of what they were wearing was not immediately available. Anyone with information on their whereabouts was asked to call police at 310-412-5206.

Man Killed After Attempting To Carjack Vehicle Stopped At Red Light In Compton, Authorities Say
A man was shot and killed after attempting to carjack a vehicle that was stopped at a red light in Compton, authorities said Monday. Deputies responded to the intersection of Compton Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue Sunday night after receiving a report of gunshots in the area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They arrived shortly before 9 p.m. and found a man lying in the intersection. The man sustained at least one gunshot wound and "appeared to have been struck by at least one vehicle that fled the scene," the department said in a press release. Investigators later learned that the man was reportedly armed with a handgun and was shot during the attempted carjacking, authorities added. It's unclear if the man died as a result of being shot or being hit by a car. The driver who was stopped at the red light stayed at the scene and was to be interviewed by investigators, authorities said.

California Man Attacking Estranged Girlfriend Killed By Victim’s Mother, Sister
A man beating and choking his estranged girlfriend in a Southern California home was killed by the woman’s mother and sister Saturday as they tried to rescue her, authorities said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the South Pasadena home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The woman’s mother and sister are not expected to face charges, Sheriff’s Lt. Barry Hall told the Los Angeles Times. They had beaten the man with a golf club and stabbed him with a kitchen knife. “They were well within their right to act in defense of their sister and daughter,” Hall told the newspaper. The woman was treated for facial injuries and has been released from the hospital, authorities said. Hall told The Times that the man had thrown a large concrete paver through the home’s window to get inside. South Pasadena police officers, responding to a report of domestic violence, arrived to find the broken window and heard women screaming inside.

Massachusetts lawmakers strike deal on landmark police reform bill
Lawmakers on Monday struck a deal on a long-stalled landmark police reform bill that would institute a certification system for officers but backs off substantial changes to qualified immunity protections from liability. Filed Monday, the bill represents a compromise between House and Senate versions passed in July and drafted at the height of protests around police killings of unarmed Black people following the high-profile deaths of Breonna Taylor and Floyd.

Minneapolis mayor, police chief call proposed police cuts 'irresponsible'
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Monday struck back at a proposal by three of City Council members to cut the Minneapolis police budget by nearly $8 million, with Frey calling the plan "irresponsible and untenable" amid a year of rising violent crime and a shrinking police force. Although both said they support some community alternatives and reforms in policing, they said it cannot come at the cost of further cuts to the department already facing historic attrition rates — the department is down 120 officers since the start of the year, with more destined for departure.

Public Safety News

LA County Passes 400,000 COVID-19 Cases, Marking Grim Milestone
Los Angeles County reached a grim milestone Monday as health officials reported 5,150 new cases bringing the county’s total over 400,000. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday the county has “far surpassed” the surge in cases this summer as she reported the new cases along with 17 additional deaths. The new numbers brought the county’s total caseload to 400,919 and the death toll to 7,655. “Six people who died are between the ages of 65 and 79 and five of the people in this age group had underlying health conditions. Two people who passed away are between the ages of 50 and 64 and one person in this age group had underlying health conditions,” Ferrer said. “One of the people who passed away was a resident at a skilled nursing facility,” she said. As of Monday, the number of county residents hospitalized with the virus rose to 2,185 and 24% of the people who are hospitalized are in the Intensive Care Unit.

California May Need New Stay-at-Home Order To Slow Coronavirus, Newsom Says
California is considering a renewed stay-at-home order for counties where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rates are rapidly increasing to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed before the end of the year. With the state experiencing a caseload higher than its summer surge, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that he was assessing whether to impose new restrictions similar to the March lockdown that prohibited Californians from leaving home for all but essential activities and exercise. “The red flags are flying in terms of the trajectory in our projections of growth,” Newsom said at a news conference. “If these trends continue, we’re going to have to take much more dramatic, arguably drastic, action.” The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases has risen to 14,657, Newsom said, far above the peak of the summer surge when the state averaged 9,881 new cases daily over a week in July.

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