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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 8, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Capitol Police Officer Dies After Sustaining Injuries During Pro-Trump Riot At U.S. Capitol
A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died after sustaining injuries at the pro-Trump riot in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Capitol police said Thursday night. At least four civilians also died, including three people who police said suffered medical emergencies and one woman who was fatally shot by police. United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick "was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters," Capitol police said in a statement. "He returned to his division office and collapsed." Sicknick was hospitalized and died at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night, police said. His death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Branch, Capitol Police, and federal partners. Sicknick joined the Capitol police in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department's First Responder's Unit, authorities said. More than 50 officers were injured when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers who were counting the Electoral College votes.

2020 Was A Deadly One For L.A., With Most Killings In Years
A violent year for Los Angeles continued into the holidays, with police responding to dozens of shootings across the city between Christmas and New Year’s Day. LAPD Chief Michel Moore, in a call with reporters on Tuesday, Jan. 5, said 47 victims had been shot since Christmas – including a 15-year-old boy shot dead in East L.A. and a 16-year-old killed in the west San Fernando Valley. It’s such violence that made 2020 a particularly deadly one for L.A. “It’s the velocity of this violence, it’s a great concern to me,” Moore said. “We’ve seen this continuation of violence for the last six months.” In all, there were 349 homicides in 2020 – nearly 100 more than the year before and easily the worst figure in years. Still, that number is well below the homicide counts in the early 1990s, when each year the figure was more than 1,000. Many of 2020 homicides were shootings, with gang violence exploding in South L.A., LAPD officials have said. Moore and other commanders have blamed conflicts between gang members with access to guns as one of the primary drivers of the violence. The COVID-19 pandemic contributed as well in 2020, the chief said. 

San Diego DA Sends George Gascón Scathing Letter Criticizing Policies, Rescinds Permission To Prosecute Case
The San Diego County District Attorney has sent newly-elected Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón a scathing letter criticizing his policies as not "in the interest of justice," and rescinding permission for Gascón to prosecute an accused Los Angeles cop killer’s San Diego armed robbery charges. "I did not want to pick this fight, but I just can’t be silent," San Diego County DA Summer Stephan told FOX 11 in an interview on Thursday. The letter revolves around the case of Rhett Nelson, who in 2019 was charged in LA County with the shooting and killing of an innocent skateboarder named Dmitry Koltsov in downtown LA. Hours after that murder, Nelson is accused of fatally shooting off duty LA County Sheriff’s deputy Joseph Solano execution-style while he was standing in line at an Alhambra Jack in the Box. Before those shootings, Nelson is accused of using a gun to commit five armed robberies at convenience stores in the San Diego areas. "It is common to defer jurisdiction to the county that has the higher crimes, we had done so, but now the circumstances have changed," Stephan said. Stephan told FOX 11 she was appalled to learn of new LA District Attorney George Gascón’s intention to drop all gun enhancements against Nelson for the shootings and robberies, as well as Gascón’s intention to drop special circumstances of multiple murders. Dismissal of these special charges would take life without parole off the table if Nelson were convicted, and could potentially drastically shorten his prison time. "This doesn’t require creativity," Stephan said. "Two people were killed, you don’t get two lives for the price of one, that’s not how this works. The polices that have been set forth, I think they’re unlawful. I think you cannot stand up in front of a judge and say that it’s in the interest of justice because those words cannot come across any prosecutor’s lips and be truthful about it.”

LA Man Arrested In Fatal Stabbings Of Mother And 6-Year-Old Nephew
A man accused of fatally stabbing his mother and 6-year-old nephew last month was in custody Thursday, with bail set at $5.02 million, Los Angeles police reported Thursday night. David Cordoba, 26, was taken into custody about 10 p.m. Wednesday at Third and Berendo streets, near Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Cordoba is accused of killing 60-year-old Maria Rodas-Lemus and Alan Cordova-Robles during a family dispute on Dec. 21. Police were called about 10:30 that night to a home in the 1800 block of 11th Place, where Cordoba lived with his mother, to conduct a welfare check. When they arrived, they found the boy and his grandmother dead, LAPD officials said. Police said Cordoba also allegedly stabbed a third family member, who was taken to a hospital with injuries of undisclosed severity, then fled the scene.

Police Arrest Man In Fatal Shooting Outside Target
A 27-year-old man accused in a December fatal shooting outside the Baldwin Hills Target store has been arrested, authorities announced Thursday. Allen Robinson, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody Dec. 29 by an FBI and Los Angeles Police Department task force team in Moreno Valley, the LAPD announced. Police said Robinson shot 30-year-old Jabree Magee, of Gary, Indiana, about 3:15 p.m. Dec. 16, during a robbery in the parking lot of the Target at 3535 S. La Cienega Blvd., near Obama Boulevard. Magee and another person were getting into a car after exiting the store when Robinson allegedly shot at them, according to police. Magee was taken to a hospital, where he died. Robinson was charged Dec. 31 by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with murder and robbery, LAPD said. Robinson is being held on $2 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 15 at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

Man Injured In Pacoima Shooting
A 33-year-old man was wounded in a residential portion of Pacoima and police asked the public Thursday evening for information about the shooting. Officers responded about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday to the 13900 block of Weidner Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard, and found the victim, who had sustained gunshot wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man’s condition was not disclosed. A preliminary investigation revealed several gunshots were heard, but no suspects were seen. A dark-colored sedan was seen leaving the area, police said. The name of the victim was not immediately available. Anyone with information about this shooting was asked to call Detective Sharon Kim at 818-374-9550. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

Woman In Custody Following Toluca Lake Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed 85-Year-Old Woman
A 59-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left an 85-year-old woman dead in Toluca Lake, authorities said Thursday. Surveillance video from the sight of the collision led to the identification of Lisa Lipman as the suspect driver, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. Lipman was driving her model 4-door sedan in the area of Studio City and Valley Village when she struck a pedestrian on the crosswalk of Lankershim Boulevard around 5:40 p.m. on Dec. 27, according to a police report. Lipman left the scene and did not stop to help, police said. Paramedics responded to the scene and transported the victim to a hospital, where she died. She has not yet been identified. Officers took Lipman into custody on Dec. 30 after they found her driving the same car they believe she used in the crash as she left her Santa Monica home, officials said. She was booked into jail and then released after posting $50,000 bail, according to inmate records. Lipman is set to appear back in court on June 24, 2021. 

Man Struck And Killed In Koreatown, Driver Speeds Away
Investigators are searching for a driver who struck and killed a man while he was crossing a street in Koreatown in the early morning hours Friday. The hit-and-run collision occurred at about 2:15 a.m. in the 4100 block of West Beverly Boulevard, according to Los Angeles police. The victim, a man in his 20s, was struck while in the middle of the street. He was not in a crosswalk at the time, police said. He died at the scene and was not immediately identified. The driver sped away and remains at large. It’s unclear if police have obtained any surveillance video of the collision or if there were any witnesses.

LAPD Searches For Maserati Driver Who Crashed Into Construction Equipment And Workers
Police Thursday sought the driver of a Maserati that crashed into a piece of construction equipment in downtown Los Angeles, injuring two workers. The crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. near Fourth and Spring streets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The workers were in a hydraulic lift mechanism of the type used to perform maintenance on utility poles, police said. The severity of their injuries was not immediately known. Witnesses told police the driver got out of the car and ran off. He was described as being in his 20s, and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, the LAPD reported. The car was impounded by police. 

In Parts Of Southern California, A Renewed Focus On Security At Public Buildings Following Capitol Siege
A Los Angeles city councilman said he plans to introduce a motion calling for an assessment of City Hall’s security after the siege on the U.S. Capitol provided a stark reminder that public buildings in Southern California also could be targeted for violence. Some cities and counties, citing a lack of current threats, said Thursday, Jan. 7, that they are not discussing increasing the fortification of their buildings, which include infrastructure such as water treatment and power plants. But officials added that they are continually assessing security needs. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, referring to Wednesday’s events as an “attack on democracy,” will introduce the motion when the council reconvenes on Jan. 12 following the winter break. Among the messages he said the Capitol unrest highlighted was the importance of keeping police and public safety funding levels strong. “What that mob did was overwhelm a minimal police force,” he said in a telephone interview. “The literal seat of government was overtaken by a mob; do we still want to defund the police?” Buscaino, a former LAPD officer, has fought efforts to cut police funding that came in calls following other unrest in 2020. This week, he said, members of Congress were essentially held captive and under physical threat. “I think those same congressional members who are calling to defund the police had a real-life experience yesterday,” he said.

Feds Expect To Arrest More Than A Dozen Involved In Capitol Siege
Federal authorities expect to arrest more than a dozen pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent assault, with some suspects likely to be picked up on Thursday, officials said. Acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a statement Thursday denounced the violence that left four people dead -- a woman identified as Ashli Babbitt, who was trying to break through a door inside the Capitol building, and three others from unknown medical emergencies. “Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the night with special agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators, and charge federal crimes where warranted,” Rosen said. “Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today, and we will continue to methodically assess evidence, charge crimes and make arrests in the coming days and weeks to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law,” he added. Investigators are combing social media and cellphone records to determine who was involved in the destructive security breach that made international headlines. The U.S. Secretary of the Army also said some 800 security personnel will be on U.S. Capitol grounds for next 30 days, according to reports.

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battle Stubborn Blaze At Hollywood Hills Home
A fire erupted at a home in the Hollywood Hills early Friday morning. The blaze broke out at a two-story wood-sided home in the 1700 block of North Courtney Avenue before 4:50 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, about a block off Hollywood Boulevard near Nichols Canyon and just southwest of popular Runyon Canyon Park. Crews arrived on scene to find heavy fire coming from the home, which is directly adjacent to a large apartment complex. Sky2 showed flames shooting out of the roof of the structure. An excessive amount of storage both inside and outside the home was making it difficult for crews to reach pockets of the blaze, the fire department said. It was still burning as of 6 a.m. and was expected to take significant time to extinguish. There were no reported injuries.

Drug Overdose Deaths Rise Sharply Among Homeless Population In Los Angeles County
Deaths among the homeless population have risen sharply due to drug overdoses, the county Department of Public Health said Thursday. Drug overdoses have been the leading cause of death among the homeless in LA County since 2017, increasing 84% between 2016 and 2019. According to the county, a person experiencing homelessness is 36 times more likely to die of a drug overdose than a person in the general population. The findings were included in the county’s annual report on mortality among the homeless. The report noted that the overall mortality rate increased only slightly even as the homeless population grew, but drug overdose mortality increased substantially during the same time. The report released Thursday only included data for the first seven months of 2020. But it showed that deaths in January to July from overdoses were up 33.2%, from 205 in 2019 to 273 in 2020. County officials say methamphetamine is the drug most frequently involved in overdose deaths, but fentanyl-related deaths also increased significantly in 2019, then doubled during the first seven months of 2020.

Los Angeles County Seeing COVID-19 Death Every 8 Minutes
New tragic records continue to be set in Los Angeles County and throughout the state of California for deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19. A person in Los Angeles County now dies every eight minutes from the coronavirus, according to health officials. In December, the figure was every 10 minutes. And the state of California for the first time reported a record of 1,042 deaths over a two-day period,while the nation as a whole for the first time reported more than 4,000 deaths in a single 24-hour period. In Los Angeles County, another 258 deaths were reported Wednesday. Much of the current surge started in early November after Halloween and was then accelerated by gatherings over the Thanksgiving holiday. Now officials are expecting what they have called a surge-upon-a-surge in January following the winter holiday season, in which millions of Americans traveled and far-too-many gathered together in a single place.

California Sees Two-Day Record Of Coronavirus Deaths
California health authorities reported Thursday a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. The state Department of Public Health’s website listed 583 new deaths, a day after 459 deaths. The previous two-day record total was 1,013 deaths at the end of December. California’s death toll since the start of the pandemic rose to 28,045. The state’s hospitals are trying to prepare for the possibility that they may have to ration care for lack of staff and beds — and hoping they don’t have to make that choice. California avoided surging cases for months, but now the virus is raging out of control there and across the nation in the wake of Thanksgiving holiday gatherings that authorities say vastly spread infections. Only Arizona tops California in cases per resident. A travel advisory issued Wednesday "strongly discouraged" people from out of state from entering California. It also said Californians should avoid traveling more than 120 miles from home except for essential purposes.
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