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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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from LA Police Protective League

March 8, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer In Need Of Prosthetic After Tragic Vehicle Accident
A weekend camping trip with family took a tragic turn when an off roading vehicle flipped over on a fire road, landing on the driver's arm. The driver involved in the tragic accident was Officer Raul Ramirez with the LAPD. “I got trapped underneath and immediately I knew it was gone,” Ramirez said, looking back the incident that occurred on Feb. 27. Ramirez suffered a critical injury and had to be air lifted to a local hospital, where he had to have his arm amputated at the shoulder. Officer Ramirez survived two tours overseas as United States Combat Marine, and for nearly the past five years he's served as an LAPD officer on the streets of Los Angeles. “I had a couple major goals and one was to be a Marine the other was to be a police officer,” Ramirez said. “And now that I'm there I don't want to get it taken away for me based on my disability.” A GoFundMe account has been set up on behalf of Ramirez and his family to help cover the costs of the emergency services, getting a prosthetic arm, therapy sessions and any extra costs that his family will have to burden during Ramirez's road to recovery.

Teenager Shot In South Los Angeles
A teenager was wounded Saturday in a drive-by shooting in the Green Meadows area of South Los Angeles. The shooting was reported at 6:49 p.m. outside 8758 S. Broadway, said Officer F. Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk with others when a vehicle approached and at least one suspect fired multiple gunshots and fled northbound on Broadway, Gonzalez said. The boy was wounded and paramedics took him to a hospital. Officers awaited word on his condition, he said. It was not yet determined whether the shooting was gang related, Gonzalez said.

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Woman Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Security Guard In Hollywood
A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a security guard in Hollywood earlier this week. Stephanie Valle, of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting. The incident occurred about 6:25 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Orange Drive, according to the LAPD. The victim, identified as 24-year-old Joshua Brown, was found inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the chest. Witnesses reported hearing a shot before the victim got back into his vehicle. The female shooter was last seen walking away, heading east on Sunset Boulevard. An investigation revealed Brown was inside his own car, working as a security guard, when he observed possible theft suspects, according to the LAPD. Brown followed Valle a block down to Sunset Boulevard and Orange Drive when Brown got out of his car and confronted Valle, who then allegedly shot the victim, police said. Valle was taken into custody about 8:40 a.m. the following morning after a high-risk stop in the LAPD's Rampart area. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Valle with murder and her bail was set at $2 million, according to police.

Police Search For Driver Who Killed Bicyclist In North Hills
A 38-year-old man died early Saturday when his bicycle was struck inside the crosswalk of a North Hills intersection by a sedan that fled the scene. The fatal crash occurred around 4:20 a.m. at Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards, according to investigators from the LAPD's Valley Traffic Bureau. A dark-colored 2007-2011 Toyota Camry four-door sedan was eastbound on Roscoe when it struck the bicyclist who was southbound in the crosswalk at Sepulveda Boulevard. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop, call for help, render aid or identify themselves as required in California. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of relatives. Investigators noted drivers involved in a collision must pull over when it is safe and remain at the scene to identify themselves and that bicycles should be ridden in the direction of traffic, not facing traffic. Anyone with information about the hit-and-run driver was asked to call investigators at 818-644-8022 or through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Man Charged In Connection With Pursuit, Crash That Killed Innocent Driver In Fairfax District
A man is facing vehicular manslaughter, assault and DUI charges for leading deputies on a pursuit that ended with a fiery crash in the Fairfax District that killed a chef on his way home from work. Alex Lopez, 28, pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, assault on a peace officer and fleeing a pursuing peace officer's vehicle and two counts of DUI causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near Fairfax Avenue and Third Street when the driver of a silver sedan being chased by deputies crashed into a blue SUV that ended up on a sidewalk, pinned between a tree and a building, killing Jeeves Tangonan, 37, of Los Angeles. Earlier this week, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said a deputy had pulled the suspect over for a traffic stop, and that the suspect was believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The defendant, who was driving a gray Chevrolet Malibu, had been "lane straddling and driving without headlights on during time of darkness,'' according to a sheriff's department statement.
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2 Convicted Felons Arrested After Hollywood Traffic Stop Leads Police To Recover Stolen Guns, $40K In Cash
Two men were arrested in Hollywood Thursday night after a traffic stop led police to find several stolen weapons, officials said. Officers conducted a stop for a “simple” traffic violation in the 1300 block of La Brea Avenue around 7:10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Information on what type of violation the men were stopped for was not available. During the traffic stop, authorities recovered multiple high-capacity guns that were stolen, along with $40,000 in cash, the department said. Two men, both convicted felons, were arrested, police said. “What these guys were planning to do in Hollywood last night is unknown,” LAPD Hollywood Division said in a  tweet . “Happy we didn't have to find out.” The department posted photos showing seven recovered guns, the cash, and an orange Jeep truck that was pulled over. No further details were immediately available.

LAPD Breaks Up Large Party In South LA
Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department broke up a large party Friday night in South Los Angeles. According to the department, officers responded at about 9 p.m. to a home near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Central Avenue for reports of a large gathering that investigators called a gang party. Large gatherings, such as parties, are still prohibited in Los Angeles County due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. LAPD said officers recovered weapons from the scene and detained an unknown number of people. CBS 2

Man Arrested For Battery Of Los Angeles Firefighter
A suspect is in custody after police say he assaulted a firefighter. It happened Friday evening around 6:00 at the Oakwood Community Center. Witnesses say a firefighter was responding to a call when someone threw what appeared to be a rock at him. Police were called to the scene. While trying to arrest the suspect, his behavior escalated requiring additional backup, according to eye witness accounts. The Oakwood Community Center is being used as a temporary emergency winter shelter. The suspect was eventually taken into custody. 
Venice Current

LASD Searches For Boy, 15, Missing From East Los Angeles Authorities Sunday circulated a photo of a 15-year-old boy who went missing in East Los Angeles. Giovanni Cordova was last seen about 11 a.m. Saturday in the 6600 block of Olympic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Cordova was described as a 5-feet-8-inch tall Latino male weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes and black curly hair. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweater, black jeans and a gray backpack. The sheriff's Mission Persons Unit urged anyone with information regarding Cordova's whereabouts to call them at 323-890-5500.

Beverly Hills Police Beefing Up Patrols After Brazen Robbery Of Man's $500,000 Watch
After a brazen daylight robbery on Friday — a diner's $500,000 watch was stolen at gunpoint at a fashionable restaurant — Beverly Hills police have promised to bring in private security guards to patrol the city's business district. “I want the world to know that Beverly Hills is a very safe community,” Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti wrote in a statement released on Saturday. To that end, the city will add 12 armed security guards and six marked cars to protect the city's downtown for the “foreseeable future,” according to media reports. Jeweler Shay Belhassen was sitting at Il Pastaio, a restaurant across from his showroom, when he saw three men in hoodies coming his way. “One of them ran and pulled a gun from his jacket pocket, grabbed me from the back of my chair, choking me and putting a gun to my head,”
Los Angeles Times

U.S. Traffic Deaths Spiked In 2020, Even As People Stayed Off The Road
The covid-19 pandemic had a surprising effect on road fatalities in 2020, new data released this week suggests. Despite people staying at home more and driving less overall, more than 42,000 Americans were estimated to have been killed during a car crash last year—a higher death toll than seen in 2019. It's likely that increased reckless driving was to blame. On Thursday, the National Safety Council, a long-running nonprofit organization focused on public and occupational safety, released its latest report on motor vehicle fatalities. According to their report, which relies on mortality data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 42,060 people were killed by a motor vehicle in 2020. That's a number 8% higher than the 39,107 deaths estimated in 2019, and the first yearly increase seen in four years. In raw numbers, 2020 was the deadliest year in motor vehicle deaths since 2007. There were also 4.8 million people seriously injured by cars last year, along with an estimated $474 billion in societal costs. This increase in deaths came despite a significant decline in driving, largely due to the pandemic and related restrictions on social events.

Public Safety News

Panorama City Condo Fire Spreads To Adjacent Building; No Injuries Reported
Part of a condo went up in flames in Panorama City on Friday afternoon. Crews were working to extinguish the second-floor fire at the condo building at 8839 N. Cedros Ave. in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department and finally got it out around 4:30 p.m. About 90 firefighters were assigned to the blaze, which spread to the attic of a neighboring building. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No injuries have been reported. The Red Cross Los Angeles team is coordinating emergency aid for those affected by the fire, the organization told CBSLA in a statement.

LA County Reports 1,313 New Cases Of COVID-19; 22 Deaths
Los Angeles County Sunday reported 1,313 new cases of COVID-19 and 22 additional deaths. In addition, the number of coronavirus patients in L.A. County hospitals continued to fall, dropping to 1,132, according to state health officials. Meanwhile, in what county officials hope is the beginning of the end of severe COVID-19 vaccine shortages, the county will receive its largest vaccine allotment to date this week with nearly two-thirds of the supply being used to administer first doses. “Vaccines are our ticket to ending the pandemic, saving lives, rebuilding our communities, and delivering hope for a healthier future,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We still have a long way to go to safely and swiftly vaccinate as many Angelenos as possible — and a larger, steadier supply of doses this week means we can bring relief to more seniors, frontline and essential workers, and anyone eligible to receive a vaccine in our city.” The increase in doses is welcome news in a county with increasingly large numbers of residents eligible to receive shots. Roughly 1.7 million essential workers, including teachers, became eligible this week, on top of the health care workers and residents aged 65 and over who were already eligible.

Los Angeles Aims For 88,000 COVID-19 Vaccines This Week At City Sites
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that city vaccination sites will ramp up first dose appointments this week, administering a total of 88,000 shots across seven permanent locations and eight mobile clinics. "Vaccines are our ticket to ending the pandemic, saving lives, rebuilding our communities, and delivering hope for a healthier future,'' Garcetti said. "We still have a long way to go to safely and swiftly vaccinate as many Angelenos as possible -- and a larger, steadier supply of doses this week means we can bring relief to more seniors, frontline and essential workers, and anyone eligible to receive a vaccine in our city.” Last week, Garcetti said Los Angeles surpassed a half-million doses administered at city-run sites, and this week's expected supply will enable those sites to offer nearly 68,000 first dose appointments, along with 20,000 second dose appointments.
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