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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 5, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LA Police Officer Dies After Being Struck By A Vehicle
A Los Angeles police officer died Wednesday from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle last month while on duty, officials said. Officer Jose Anzora, 31, joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 2011 and spent most of his career in the department's Newton Division, south of downtown. “He tragically lost his life in the selfless service in the communities in South LA,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said on Twitter. Anzora is survived by his wife, mother and other family members, the LAPD said in a statement. Anzora was directing traffic on Feb. 26 when he was hit by a vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reported. The motorist has cooperated with police but additional details have not been released. “For over 10 years, Officer Jose Anzora protected our residents and worked to keep Angelenos safe by protecting neighborhoods from violent street gangs that victimized the communities he served," said Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, in a statement.
US News

LA Shootings Up Sharply In First Months Of 2021
In the first two months of this year, Los Angeles police officers fielded 570 reports of shots fired, up 88% from the 303 incidents during same time frame in 2020. In this year's shots-fired reports, 267 people were hit by gunfire, a 141% increase from the 111 people wounded in the same period last year. Homicides in Los Angeles are also up, according to Crosstown, a nonprofit news organization based out of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Through Feb. 27, 64 people had been killed in the city, an increase of 39% from the 46 homicides during the same period last year, Crosstown reported. “We continue to struggle with homicides and shooting violence,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore told the Los Angeles Police Commission on Feb. 23. “We have a concern about the level of violence that is still ahead of last year.” The shootings come as the city has experienced a nearly 26% drop in overall crime during the first two months of the year. LAPD Deputy Chief Regina Scott, commanding officer of LAPD Operations-South Bureau, told the Police Commission that through Feb. 13 the bureau had recorded a 165% increase in shots fired and a 358% spike in victims shot while walking along the street or sitting in cars or homes. “If you compare South L.A. to the rest of the city, we represent 65% of the city's shooting victims,” Scott said at the Feb. 23 meeting. “In just six weeks, we've had 110 victims shot compared with just 24 last year. These are numbers we haven't seen since the late nineties or early 2000s.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Attack On Lady Gaga's Dog Walker Fits ‘Disturbing Trend': More L.A. Robbery Victims Being Shot
When Lady Gaga's dogwalker was shot in Hollywood last week as he tried to fend off assailants who stole two of the singer's French bulldogs, the attack not only made international headlines, but fit into a local crime pattern raising alarm among Los Angeles police officials: More robbery victims being shot. Calling it a “disturbing trend,” LAPD Asst. Chief Beatrice Girmala told the L.A. Police Commission this week that 18 robbery victims had been shot in L.A. through Tuesday, compared with just one such shooting during the same period last year. Of the 18 shootings, 14 occurred on city streets. “This is extremely concerning to the department and to the public,” Girmala said. The increase comes amid a more general surge in serious violence in the city, where higher rates of shootings and homicides that began last year amid turmoil brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have carried over into 2021. As of Tuesday, L.A. had recorded 64 homicides and 267 shootings, compared with 46 homicides and 111 shootings at the same point last year, Girmala said. “Shooting violence continues to plague our communities with citywide increases,” she said. Why the overall increase in violence has now spilled over into robberies is not clear. Although gang violence is blamed for much of the increase in homicides, Girmala said police have linked just two of the 18 robbery shootings to gangs.
Los Angeles Times

Woman Killed In Collision At South LA Intersection
One driver was killed and a second critically injured in a collision in South Los Angeles early Friday morning. The crash occurred in the 200 block of 43rd Street near Broadway at around 12:30 a.m. According to Los Angeles police, a car was traveling north on Broadway when in slammed into a car that was stopped at a traffic light. The impact sent the second car careening into several parked vehicles, police said. The driver of that car, described as a woman in her 40s, died at the scene. She was not identified. The driver that caused the crash was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. Investigators are unsure if speed or street racing contributed to the crash.

Beverly Hills Shooting Latest In String Of Brazen Robberies Of High-End Jewelry
A shooting at a Beverly Hills restaurant marks the latest in a string of brazen robberies involving high-end jewelry. On Thursday, a woman shot in the leg at Il Pastaio on North Canon Drive as three male suspects demanded property from a different restaurant diner. The suspects got away with an expensive wristwatch as all three of them remain on the run, police in Beverly Hills said. A day before the restaurant shooting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a different robbery in West Hollywood. LASD responded to a call near the intersection of Norton Avenue and North Hayworth Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Three male suspects stole a watch and a Louis Vuitton satchel from the victim, LASD said. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of a robbery in the 8200 block of 3rd Street in Beverly Grove a little before 7:30 p.m. Three suspects targeted two women and stole their jewelry.
FOX 11

Driver Sought In Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Woman Dead Near Woodland Hills
Authorities are asking the public for help in their search for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a pedestrian in the unincorporated Topanga area just south of Woodland Hills Wednesday. Investigators determined the crash took place about 6 p.m. near the 4200 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, a news release from the California Highway Patrol stated. The woman's dead body was found lying along the road shortly after 7:30 p.m., but detectives believe she was hit sometime between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. Authorities have identified the victim only as a 40-year-old woman. Officials said the driver fled in an unknown direction. No suspect description was available. The make and model of the vehicle involved in the crash has not been determined. Haver noted that the stretch of road involved is somewhat remote, curvy and doesn't have a lot a street lights. “We really have little leads to go on, and so we're reaching out to the public,” he said. Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have been in the area Wednesday evening. Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP's West Valley Office at 818-888-0980.

1,500 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Worth $112 Million Seized In Paramount
The FBI says a joint investigation with the LAPD into organized crime resulted in the seizure of $112 million worth of methamphetamine. The FBI Los Angeles' office tweeted an image of several bags and bricks of drugs, cash and a gun they say was seized from a location in Paramount. The investigation apparently involved a new cartel out of Jalisco, Mexico “facilitating the movement of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin & meth in LA & elsewhere,” the FBI's tweet said. More than 1,500 pounds of methamphetamine, worth approximately $112 million, were seized from the unspecified location. No further information was released about the investigation.

Granada Hills Junk House: ‘Hoarders' TV Show, City, LAPD Get Involved As Junk Remains Piled In Yard Of Granada Hills Home
Residents of a Granada Hills neighborhood fear for their safety and property values after what looks to be a junkyard has taken over one home's yard. Neighbors have been trying to get the city to force the owner to clean it up for nearly three years, but to no avail. “They failed to protect us, they failed services, and the property taxes that we're paying right now is for nothing, we're not getting anything from the city,” said Sam Meldonian, a concerned neighbor. Now, the city, the Los Angeles Police Department, and even the television show “Hoarders,” have gotten involved. CBSLA learned that the city is finally going to stand up and try to fix the problem for neighbors by filing a nuisance abatement. The Los Angeles Police Department was also seen on Bircher Street, going door-to-door interviewing neighbors — the same people who say they have been fighting for years to get the mess cleaned up. 

DEA Warns Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Agents, Demanding Money
The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning that telephone scammers have been impersonating DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. A new public service announcement says the DEA will never phone to demand money or ask for personal information. There are variations in the false narrative, among them, that the targeted person's name was used to rent a vehicle which was stopped at the border and contained a large quantity of drugs, the DEA said. The caller then has the target verify their Social Security number or will claim that the their bank account has been compromised. In some cases, the caller threatens the target with arrest for the fictional drug seizure and instructs the person, over the phone, to send money via gift card or wire transfer to pay a “fine” or to assist with the investigation or with resetting the bank account. Also, scammers have “spoofed” legitimate DEA phone numbers to convince their target that the call is legitimate — or texted photos of what appears to be a legitimate law enforcement credential with a photo.
Los Angeles Daily News

7 Arrested In Connection With Operating Sex And Labor Trafficking Ring Out Of Businesses In 3 SoCal Counties
Seven people were arrested this week and two remain outstanding in connection with operating an extensive sex and labor trafficking ring out of businesses in three Southern California counties, Ventura County Sheriff's Office investigators announced Thursday. The investigation began in January after the agency's special crimes unit received information about sex and labor trafficking occurring at several massage parlors and skin care businesses in the county. The businesses were apparently owned and operated by a family in the Inland Empire and were working under false names in Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, officials said in a news release. Investigators learned that those involved targeted women from Mexico to work in these businesses, some of whom were living in Southern California on refugee visas. The suspects allegedly used human smugglers to recruit women in Mexico and bring them into the U.S. to work at the illicit businesses, officials said. “Once these women were recruited, sex advertisements were placed on various internet sites depicting them,” authorities said in the news release.
Public Safety News

LA County Reports 2,253 New COVID-19 Cases, 119 Deaths; Residents Urged To Avoid Spring Break Travel
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday reported 2,253 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 119 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,198,098 cases and 21,778 deaths. Of the new deaths reported, 43 people were over the age of 80, 41 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 21 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, six people were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Long Beach reported six deaths and the Pasadena added one. And while COVID-19 numbers have decreased, Public Health said transmission remains widespread in L.A. County and urged residents to avoid non-essential travel for spring break. “We may just be weeks away from reducing transmission in L.A. County enough so that additional re-openings are permitted,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “However, with increased case numbers in other states, and more circulating variants of concern, spring travel can lead to another surge that frankly would be almost impossible to tolerate. “Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19,” she continued. “To avoid this, please postpone travel and continue doing your part to slow the spread so that our recovery journey isn't sidelined.”
COVID-19 Numbers Improve, Restrictions Likely To Be Lifted Soon In LA County
As COVID-19 numbers continue to improve in Los Angeles County, and with more restrictions likely to be lifted in coming weeks, the county's public health director has warned that while an end to the pandemic is in sight, it's not over yet. "Our biggest worry is, of course, that people will relax too much, decide not to wear their face mask, decide not to keep their distance, decide to go back to having big parties,'' Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday during a virtual briefing. "We're just not there yet. None of that would be safe at this point, and all of it can cause spread.'' Her warning came amid continuing downward trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, but with daily deaths regularly topping 100 and more variants of the virus appearing that could more quickly spread through a community still struggling to get fully vaccinated. Ferrer said the county has now confirmed the first case of a COVID variant first discovered in Brazil, and the number of cases of a variant that originated in the United Kingdom has shot up to 27, a 50% jump from the 18 cases known as of last week.
FOX 11

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