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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

March 11, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Man Shot To Death In El Sereno
A man was shot to death Wednesday in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles. The shooting was reported at about 12:30 p.m. at Eastern Avenue and Klammath Street, according to Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Im said.

Driver Sought In Hit-and-Run That Killed 38-Year-Old Bicyclist In Van Nuys Area
Police are asking for the public's help in finding the driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in the Van Nuys area last weekend. The deadly collision happened at 4:20 a.m. on Saturday near the intersection of Roscoe and Sepulveda boulevards in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division reported. Video released on Wednesday by LAPD shows the 38-year-old man on a bike riding through a gas station before he was hit by the car. According to police, a vehicle was traveling eastbound on Roscoe Boulevard when it collided with the victim who was bicycling across the intersection within the crosswalk at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard. “The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid or identify themselves as required by California law,” police said in a news release. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced the bicyclist dead at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family. Police believe the vehicle involved is a dark-colored 2007-2011, 4-door Toyota Camry. Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Martinez at 818-644-8022.

Suspect Sought In Stabbing Near Golds Gym In Venice
The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for a suspect involved in a stabbing near Golds gym. It happened around 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Sunset Ave and Hampton Drive, according to LAPD. Officers say the 25-year-old victim is being treated for lacerations to his hand. The suspect fled on foot heading westbound, according to LAPD. He is described as wearing a green shirt black pants. 
Venice Current

Man Sentenced For Triple-Murder In Harbor Gateway Area
One of two men convicted of the shooting deaths of three men in the Harbor Gateway area in a confrontation over a missing batch of marijuana was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The third jury to hear the case found Randall Weir, now 39, guilty of first-degree murder for the May 10, 2013, killings of Dwayne Cover, 33, of Torrance; Laurent Latty, 33, of Jonesboro, Georgia; and Courtney Murray, 44, of Torrance, at an apartment in the 1600 block of West 205th Street. Two other juries had deadlocked on the charges. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, along with gun discharge allegations against Weir, according to Deputy District Attorney Rachel Hardiman. Sentencing was postponed until April 2 for co-defendant Howard Williams, 37, who was also convicted of the murders.

Los Angeles:  18 Shootings In 47-Hours Digital Ad Highlights L.A. Rise In Shootings
Over 47 hours in L.A. (Feb 26-28) 18 people were shot, 4 of them murdered. The youngest was 19. Click the image to view the LAPPL's latest digital ad. Send a clear message that it's time to end the violence in our city by going to:

17-Year-Old Booked On Suspicion Of Vehicular Manslaughter In West LA Crash That Left Woman Dead A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with a February crash in West Los Angeles that left a 32-year-old woman dead, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday. Police said the crash happened Feb. 17 at about 5:10 p.m. when the teen, who was driving a black Lamborghini SUV eastbound on Olympic Boulevard, collided with a silver, four-door Lexus turning left onto Overland Avenue. The woman, identified as Monique Munoz, died at the scene and the teen was taken to a local hospital where he was treated. Police said the teen was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter on Feb. 23 and that the case would “proceed through the judicial process.” The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said it had not yet filed charges, but was reviewing the case. LAPD said the teen, whose name was not being released because he is a minor, cannot be held in jail because he has not yet been charged. The investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing, and anyone with information about the case was asked to call West Traffic Detectives as 213-473-0234. CBS 2

West Hollywood Man, 82, Reported Missing
An 82-year-old man who was last seen in West Hollywood was reported missing Wednesday. Lev Nudel was last seen at around 3 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Ogden Drive, near Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Nudel is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and short gray hair. He was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes and a black Nike baseball cap. Anyone with information on Nudel's whereabouts can contact the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Two Arrested In Culver City For Alleged Drug And Firearm Violations
Two suspects were arrested after Culver City police stopped a vehicle and found more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine inside, along with three loaded firearms, authorities said today. The traffic stop occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near Slauson Avenue and Buckingham Parkway, the Culver City Police Department reported. "After contacting the two occupants, officers developed cause to search the vehicle,'' police said in a statement. "Inside the vehicle officers located (a) loaded and illegally possessed assault rifle, 2 loaded handguns, (and) approximately 21 lbs. of Methamphetamine.'' Officers arrested the suspects and then went to a hotel in the 6100 block of West Centinela Avenue where the pair were staying, police said. "After obtaining a search warrant, a search of the room was executed which yielded an additional 61 lbs. of Methamphetamine,'' police said. The suspects, whose names were not released, were booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while armed, police said.
Venice Current

2 L.A.-Area Postal Workers Linked To California Unemployment Fraud
Two U.S. Postal Service employees were arrested Wednesday on charges that they abused their positions to purchase postal money orders with thousands of dollars in California unemployment benefits obtained through false claims of pandemic-related job losses, authorities said. A March 3 criminal complaint unsealed after the arrests alleges conspiracy, aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits, the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release. Christian Jeremyah James, 31, of South Los Angeles and Armand Caleb Legardy, 32, of Inglewood were expected to make initial appearances in a Los Angeles court Wednesday afternoon. The two, who work at different Los Angeles-area post offices, allegedly obtained debit cards that had been issued by the California Employment Development Department based on applications submitted under 10 stolen identities.

2 L.A. Residents Arrested In Murrieta, Suspected Of Transporting 4.5 Pounds Of Fentanyl
A man and woman were allegedly caught transporting more than four pounds of fentanyl in Murrieta, authorities said Wednesday. Cristobal Chavez, 45, and Yesica Hernandez, 39, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of transportation of narcotics for sale. They were booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. According to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, members of the county's Gang Impact Team, which includes D.A.'s office investigators, were tipped that Chavez and Hernandez were allegedly bringing a quantity of fentanyl into the county, prompting the team to track the pair down. The suspects were located on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, near the 215 Freeway, where they were stopped and searched. Roughly 4 1/2 pounds of powdered fentanyl was seized during the search, according to the D.A.'s office. “It only takes about two milligrams of fentanyl to potentially be lethal for most people,” according to an agency statement. “For perspective of how small that amount is, it takes 5,000 milligrams to make one teaspoon.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Deputies: LA County Seeing 400% Increase In Catalytic Converter Theft
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is raising the alarm on catalytic converter thefts after deputies arrested nearly 20 people in a recent warrant operation. According to LASD's Santa Clarita Valley station, deputies led a search warrant operation that ended in 19 arrests and 250 catalytic converters being recovered -- a total value estimated at $750,000. LASD also recovered a "ghost" handgun and about $100,000. LASD said in a press release that catalytic converter theft continues to be a growing trend. Deputies say it became an alarming trend in 2020, with a 400% increase throughout Los Angeles County. "Catalytic converters are attached to the exhaust system of a vehicle. They contain precious metals and can be 'scrapped' for quick profit," LASD's press release said, in-part. LASD shared the following tips on how to avoid getting your catalytic converter stolen: park in well-lit areas with surveillance cameras, weld the bolts on your catalytic converter shut, engrave or etch the license plate number onto your catalytic converter, and always report suspicious activity – If you see something, say something. Anyone with information on catalytic converter thefts across the Santa Clarita Valley is asked to call 661-255-1121.
FOX 11

Public Safety News

LA County Could Qualify For Red Tier By Friday
Angelenos could very soon have the option of dining indoors or catching a movie in a theater. After spending more than six months in the purple and most restrictive tier of the state's reopening metrics, Los Angeles County could qualify to move up to the red tier as early as Friday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed Wednesday that L.A. County could be upgraded to the red tier by Friday, when the state is slated to meet the goal of administering two million COVID-19 vaccines in low-income, hard-hit communities across California. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said it will take 48 hours after the state announces the vaccination threshold is met for the county to officially move into the red tier. If the goal is met by Friday, the county could advance as early as Sunday.

Local Government News

L.A. Expects To Receive $1.35 Billion From The Relief Bill. Garcetti Is ‘Ecstatic'
L.A.'s political leaders have been buffeted by bad budget news since the outbreak of COVID-19 — business shutdowns, plummeting tax revenues, a hollowed-out tourism sector and a financial gap that has steadily grown to $750 million. On Wednesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders received an unmistakably positive sign of a turnaround, with passage of a massive federal relief package that's expected to send $1.35 billion directly to Los Angeles. Garcetti said this week that he was “ecstatic” about the relief bill, predicting it will help the city cover coronavirus expenses, pay off key debts and rebuild government operations that were diminished during the pandemic. The Police Protective League, which represents rank-and-file LAPD officers, voted last month to delay two scheduled pay increases until 2023 as part of an effort to help the city cut costs. That agreement is now heading to the City Council for a final vote. Under that agreement, the city's negotiators promised to meet with the LAPD union in late July to discuss the possibility of restoring the two police raises ahead of schedule. However, if the city receives a “substantial amount” of federal funds in the interim, city negotiators must notify the police union immediately so that the two sides can meet and confer on the use of the money, according to the agreement. On Wednesday, with the relief bill heading to Biden's desk, the LAPD union's board said it planned to work with city leaders collaboratively on ways of using federal funds to “reduce the increase in shootings and random violence plaguing our city.”
Los Angeles Times

L.A. County Won't Expand Program To Shelter Homeless People In Hotels
Citing concerns about the budget, Los Angeles County officials said they don't plan to expand the number of hotels they're renting to shelter homeless people who are at risk of contracting COVID-19. As of late last month, the county was renting 12 hotels with 1,350 rooms through a program known as Project Roomkey, according to a county report on the program released this week. It plans to keep 11 of those 12 sites open through September, at the latest. The majority of these sites were slated to close by March, but a change in how the federal government reimburses the costs associated with the hotels meant the county could keep them open longer. Under the Trump administration, the federal government reimbursed 75% of the costs; the Biden administration has raised that to 100% through September. The change, though, still left municipalities looking for cash to front the cost of using the hotels while waiting to get reimbursed by the federal government.
Los Angeles Times

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