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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

January 29, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Filing A Complaint Against A Chicago Cop? You Wouldn’t Have To Sign Your Name To It Under New Law.
Citizens who want to file complaints against Chicago police officers could eventually do so without signing their name to a document that warns they might be prosecuted if their allegations are determined to be false. The change could be codified in sweeping criminal justice reform legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly earlier this month, a bill championed by police accountability advocates and denounced by pro-law enforcement groups. The state legislature has until Feb. 12 to send the bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. From there, he has 60 days to sign it or it automatically becomes state law. If that happens, it will amend a 2004 law requiring citizens who’ve accused cops of misconduct to sign affidavits for police oversight investigators to fully review their complaints. It was a law intended to protect police officers from being targets of unfair accusations, or repeatedly named in anonymous false complaints as retribution for doing street work. There are some police departments in big U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Seattle that don’t require complainants to sign affidavits and do accept all anonymous complaints. “What we found is a lot of people lie,” said Craig Lally, president of the union and an LAPD lieutenant. “Because we capture a lot of stuff on body cameras that show that the incident never happened.” “A lot of people just put cases on cops,” he said, “so I think that’s an eye-opener for your average citizen.”

Police Seek Suspect In Shooting Of Father And Daughter In Northeast LA
Police sought the public's help Thursday in their search for a suspect and motive in a shooting that killed a man and wounded his daughter in northeast Los Angeles. Officers were called Monday to the 700 block of North Avenue 50 on a report of gunfire and found the wounded victims inside their vehicle, which had come to a stop at North Avenue 50 and Milo Terrace in Highland Park, on the border of Mount Washington, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Angel Carachure died at the scene and his adult daughter, Cynthia Carachure, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the LAPD reported. The ages of the victims were not immediately available. Police asked for help identifying a suspect, saying in a statement that the shooting “appears to be an isolated incident with no known motive.” Anyone with information was urged to call detectives Martinez or Obrecht at 213-486-8700 or email them at 31580@lapd.online.

Man Killed In Watts-Area Shooting, Suspect At Large
A man was killed in a shooting in an unincorporated area near Watts and the suspect was on the loose Thursday morning. Deputies from Century Station responded about 10 p.m. Wednesday to a “shots heard” call in the 8400 block of Lou Dillon Avenue, near 103rd Street, and found the victim, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, according to Deputy James Nagao of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Nagao said. A description of the shooter or motive for the shooting were not immediately available. The age and name of the victim was not disclosed.

Southern California Mother Of 4 Used Her Children’s Identities To Bilk EDD Out Of $56,000: Police
A San Bernardino woman has been arrested on suspicion of identify theft-related charges after using her four children’s identities to fraudulently obtain tens of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits from the state, police said Thursday. Detectives began investigating on Dec. 29, 2020, after a man called to report an identity theft case, according to a news release from the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department. The man explained that he had been contacted by the California Employment Development Department months earlier about two EDD accounts with his personal information. He learned one of the accounts was in his name, while the other was under his 11-year-old’s name, police said. He later found out that EDD accounts had also been opened in the names of his three other children. After reaching out to the bank where the money had been deposited, the man “obtained information on recent purchases in San Bernardino, Fontana, Diamond Bar and Rancho Cucamonga and several ATM withdrawals totaling over $17,000,” the release stated. The man suspected the accounts had been opened by the children’s estranged mother, 31-year-old Ashley Kelly, and alerted investigators.

LA County Sues 2 Restaurants For Allegedly Disregarding Outdoor Dining Ban
Although restaurants are scheduled to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday, Los Angeles County is suing two restaurants for allegedly ignoring the outdoor dining ban put in place in late November to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday is aimed at Cronies Sports Grill on Kanan Road in Agoura Hills and the Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. The suit asks for an abatement order directing both restaurants to bring their businesses into compliance with the health orders and to allow inspectors to enter to ensure compliance. The suit also seeks civil penalty assessments against the businesses for each day they allegedly did not abide by the health directives. The Office of Countywide Communications issued a statement explaining why the suit was filed two days before the outdoor dining ban is lifted. “The complaint asks the court to order the defendants … to comply with the health officer orders to safeguard the health of our county’s residents during this devastating public health emergency,” the statement said.

‘A Brave Boy’: San Diego Police Dog Gets 100 Stitches After Being Stabbed During Takedown
A San Diego police dog is recovering after undergoing surgery and receiving more than 100 stitches to repair wounds after being stabbed by a man accused of trespassing at a business Monday. Officers called to the local business around 11:30 a.m. found a 35-year-old man. They tried to talk to him, police said, but the man refused to give them any information and kept reaching for a bag. The officers tried to put the man in handcuffs, whereupon police said he punched the officers and ran. He then entered “military property” and climbed onto the top of a shipping container and refused to come down, according to police. He remained atop the shipping container, waving a knife, for four hours, police said. Negotiators who were summoned eventually were able to get the man to come down from the container, but he refused to drop the knife, police said. That’s when Officer Javier Morales released his canine partner, Titan. The man stabbed the police dog in the side. “A team of officers sprang into action to help their partner & arrest the man. Titan was rushed to an animal hospital for stab wounds to his side causing a laceration to his colon in 3 places,” the department said on Twitter.

1,700 Claims From 1 Address? How California Missed Widespread Unemployment Fraud
The state’s Employment Development Department’s response to massive fraud was “marked by significant missteps and inaction,” fraud that so far has resulted in more than $10 billion in suspicious claims, a state audit reported Thursday. “Despite repeated warnings, EDD did not bolster its fraud detection efforts until months into the pandemic,” wrote State Auditor Elaine Howle. The audit said $10.4 billion had been paid out to people that “might be fraudulent,” from March to December, and warned, “It is highly probable that EDD will ultimately determine that it improperly paid significantly more than the $10.4 billion we identify in this report as potentially fraudulent.” The audit listed several lapses, including a system that allowed claimants to collect benefits even though they were using suspicious addresses. In one case, it said, more than 1,700 claims were coming from a single address. People throughout the state had been reporting since August that they were getting mailings with unknown names from EDD, yet the audit found that as late as December the agency was “allowing claimants to continue to collect benefits using suspicious addresses because it did not establish payment blocks for their claims.”

Police Union: Over 140 Officers Injured In Capitol Siege
The physical toll of the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol continues to grow for law enforcement. According to The Washington Post, about 140 officers were injured in the violent siege. “I have officers who were not issued helmets prior to the attack who have sustained head injuries,” said the Capitol Police officer’s union chairman, Gus Papathanasiou, in a statement Wednesday. “One officer has two cracked ribs and two smashed spinal discs and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake, to name some of the injuries.” According to The Post, 65 D.C. police officers suffered concussions, swollen ankles and wrists, bruises, and irritated lungs from pepper spray. Officers were pushed down stairs, trampled and punched. 81 Capitol police officers were assaulted during the siege, but the extent of their injuries was not detailed in reports. “The officers are angry, and I don’t blame them. The entire executive team failed us, and they must be held accountable,” he said. “Their inaction cost one officer his life, and we have almost 140 responding officers injured. They have a lot to atone for.” The union chairman also said that 38 Capitol Police employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the attack. Almost all of them had responded to the riot.

FBI Arrests Huntington Beach Man For Suspected Involvement In U.S. Capitol Siege
A Huntington Beach man accused of filming himself entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C. was arrested by the FBI on Thursday, Jan. 28, and faces federal charges. Mark Simon has been charged with entering a restricted building or grounds and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds, according to a federal criminal complaint. According to a statement by an FBI agent filed with the complaint, Simon took video of himself saying, “In the Capitol, baby, yeah!” as well as “2021 Donald Trump!” as he allegedly joined others who pushed their way into the building. A detective from the Huntington Beach Police Department helped identify Simon, according to the FBI agent’s statement, describing him as a “known activist” in the city. According to the court filing, Simon came to the attention of federal investigators when they found a blog post that included photos of him and a woman in Washington, D.C. The post indicated that the two were helping “Storm the Capitol for Trump!” according to court papers. Investigators were able to find copies of the photos and video, which had been deleted from the unidentified woman’s Facebook page, according to court filings.

Coronado Man Arrested, Charged In Capitol Insurrection
Using social media posts and tips, federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a Coronado man who served five years in the U.S. Army and charged him with participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6. Jeffrey Alexander Smith, 33, was charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and unlawful entry into a restricted building, according to a federal complaint. Both charges are misdemeanors. He made his first appearance in federal court in downtown San Diego Thursday afternoon. U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard Skomal set bond at $25,000. Appearing via a video hookup from the downtown federal lockup, Smith — also known as Alex Smith — was calm and composed throughout the hearing. Two women identified as his mother and sister sat in the front row of the public gallery as the hearing went on. John Rice, the lawyer for Smith, said he expected that the bond would be posted immediately and Smith would be released Thursday. Skomal restricted Smith’s travel to Washington, D.C. — where the case against him will be prosecuted — and Colorado, where his estranged wife and two children live and where Rice said Smith was planning to move soon.

Sheriff: Deputy Used ‘Brute Strength' To Rescue Children From Sinking Truck
In the middle of the night, in a misty rain and fog, a deputy dove in a canal to punch out the window of a truck sinking in the water and pull a mother and her two children to safety, Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said. Webre said it appeared that the woman driving the truck veered off the right side of George Lambert Road near St. Amant, then over-corrected, spinning out and sending the truck backwards into New River Canal. The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. A passenger, another woman, was able to get out of the sinking truck and sit on its roof to call 911, Webre said. Deputies helped the passenger to safety, but the driver and her two children were still in the truck. Webre said deputies Daniel Haydel and Jamie Wolfe were at the scene, along with two Sorrento firefighters. "They could hear crying and moaning. "Out of brute strength, Deputy Haydel dove into the water and broke the truck window and was able to pull the mother and the two children, ages 3 and 4, to safety," Webre said. The mother and one of the children were taken to a hospital in critical condition, Webre said.

Public Safety News

Fire Damages Panorama City Building Where Marijuana Grow Operation Was Found
Fire in a reported marijuana grow house scorched one unit of a multi-unit commercial building in Panorama City early Thursday morning and caused smoke damage to nearby rooms. Firefighters were called about 3:15 a.m. to the 14700 block of Arminta Street, west of Van Nuys Boulevard, and found moderate smoke coming from the one-story building, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews made their way inside the building, but due to its layout, which consisted of several hallways and rooms, and heavy smoke throughout the building, it was difficult for firefighters to quickly locate the fire, she said. Holes had to be cut into the roof of each unit to clear smoke from the rooms, Stewart said. A total of 43 firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, and a knockdown was called at 3:56 a.m., said Stewart. Department arson investigators were headed to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

LA County Surpasses 16K Total COVID-19 Deaths, Nears 1.1M Cases
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday reported 6,592 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 213 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,097,941 cases and 16,107 deaths. “COVID-19 deaths reflect transmission that occurred weeks earlier,” the department said in a statement. “Because of the recent surge in cases and hospitalizations earlier this month, the County will likely continue to experience high number of deaths a day for some time.” On Saturday, the county surpassed the grim milestone of more than 15,000 total COVID-19 deaths. In less than one week, the county has reported nearly 1,000 additional fatalities. Of the new deaths reported Thursday, 62 people were over the age of 80, 69 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 38 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, 24 people were between the ages of 30 and 49, one person was between the ages of 18 and 29 and one death was under investigation. Health officials also reported that there have been a total of nine deaths among the 5,569 pregnant women who tested positive for COVID-19.
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