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April 15, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Authorities Looking For Offender Who Left Los Angeles Rehabilitation Facility
Authorities are looking for a 31-year-old man who left a rehabilitation facility for offenders without authorization Wednesday. Jaime Clara walked away from a community reentry program facility for men in Los Angeles at about 11:45 a.m., according to a release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An emergency search was launched, but Clara was not found. Clara was remanded to CDCR from Los Angeles County last February after being sentenced to four years for corporal injury on specific persons resulting in traumatic condition, according to authorities. He arrived at the reentry program on March 18 and was scheduled to be released from custody June 17, 2022. The program is voluntarily attended by male offenders who have about one year left on their sentence, and gives them access to community-based rehabilitative services. Clara is described as 5-foot-8 inches tall and weighing 265 pounds. He has several tattoos on his face. Anyone with information about Clara's whereabouts was asked to call 911.

Police Searching For Suspects In Fatal South LA Hit-and-Run; $50K Reward Offered
The LAPD sought the public's help Wednesday to identify suspects and witnesses involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision in which a man was struck by two vehicles. The victim was standing in the southbound lanes of Main Street and W. 70th Street just north of 71st Street at about 1:20 a.m. Monday when a light-colored two-door car struck him. He was flung into the air and landed on the northbound lanes of Main Street, while the light-colored car fled the scene. A woman driving northbound on Main Street spotted the man lying in the road and exited her vehicle, police said. She spoke with the man briefly before she re-entered her vehicle and left the scene. A man driving a Prius -- which appeared to be a taxi -- spotted the man soon after and stopped his car. The driver of the Prius appeared to check on the man in the road from his car when a dark sedan traveling northbound on Main Street ran the man over and dragged him about 60 feet, police said. The driver of the dark sedan fled the scene, and the man in the Prius drove away soon after. LAPD detectives are seeking both the light-colored car and the dark sedan.
FOX 11

Former Classmate Accused Of Killing Kristin Smart Linked To 3 New Sexual Assault Cases, LAPD Confirms
In San Luis Obispo, District Attorney Dan Dow addressed reporters on Wednesday on the widening investigation into Paul Flores, a man who for decades had been the prime suspect in the disappearance of freshman Cal Poly student Kristin Smart. Smart vanished on May 25, 1996, while walking back from an off-campus party. Flores had offered to walk her home. On Wednesday, the chief prosecutor announced Flores would be charged with first-degree murder in Smart's disappearance. And then, Dow dropped a bombshell. He alleged Smart had been killed by Flores during an attempted rape in his dorm room. He called Flores' dorm room a "crime scene." Dow also claimed Flores may have gone on to sexually assault more women in Southern California. The prosecutor asked any women who may have been sexually assaulted by Flores to come forward saying, "Flores frequented bars in San Pedro" since 2005. Also charged on Wednesday was Flores' father. The prosecutor said 80-year-old Ruben Flores, of Arroyo Grande, was charged as an accessory because investigators believed the elder Flores helped his son dispose of the body. The LAPD also confirmed three new cases against Paul Flores were being investigated by the LA County DA's Office. Local prosecutors will decide if there's sufficient evidence to file. If so, these cases could help SLO prosecutors make their murder case; which could be a steep climb unless Kristin Smart's remains are located.
FOX 11

Protesters Gather By LAPD Downtown Headquarters In Wake Of Daunte Wright Shooting
Protesters rallied in front of the LAPD's downtown headquarters Wednesday night in the wake of the killing of Daunte Wright, a Black man fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb. LAPD spokesman William Cooper said around 10 p.m. that about 100 people had gathered outside the building earlier in the evening and that police were in the process of dispersing the crowd. He did not know whether an unlawful assembly had been declared or whether any protesters had been arrested. Video of the scene showed a police officer with a megaphone telling demonstrators to leave the area. Protests have erupted in Minneapolis and cities across the country denouncing the death of Wright, 20, who was killed Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The city's police chief said Monday that he believed the officer who killed Wright intended to use a Taser, not a firearm. Officials from the Washington County attorney's office Wednesday announced that they were charging the officer with second-degree manslaughter.
Los Angeles Times

Mother Suspected Of Killing Three Children In Reseda Pleads Not Guilty In Carjacking Case
A California woman suspected of killing her three children in Reseda pleaded not guilty Wednesday to carjacking during an alleged escape to the Central Valley. Liliana Carrillo, 30, entered pleas in a Kern County courtroom to four felony counts of carjacking, attempted carjacking and auto theft. Her bail was set at $2 million. Carrillo's three children were found dead Saturday by their maternal grandmother in her apartment in Reseda. She was arrested later that day in Tulare County, nearly 200 miles north of the scene. Kern County prosecutors alleged that Carrillo crashed a car near Bakersfield, carjacked a truck from someone who stopped to help her, and tried to steal another truck before she was arrested Saturday afternoon in the San Joaquin County community of Ponderosa. The community is near Porterville, where Carrillo and her family lived until Feb. 25, according to court records. Authorities say Carrillo is suspected in the deaths of 3-year-old Joanna Denton Carrillo; her 2-year-old brother, Terry; and their 6-month-old sister, Sierra. She hasn't been criminally charged in their deaths pending an ongoing investigation. Autopsies to determine the cause of the children's deaths are pending.
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Arrested After Report Of 70-Year-Old Woman Badly Hurt In Racially Motivated Attack On Bus In Eagle Rock
A 70-year-old woman was left with a concussion, severely battered face and other injuries after being assaulted by a fellow passenger on a Metro bus in Eagle Rock last week, her son told The Eastsider. The Mexican American victim was profiled as Asian by her attacker, who hurled a racial epithet used against people of Chinese descent before attacking the grandmother as she got off the bus to go grocery shopping, according to the son, who gave his name only as Pete. Los Angeles police say they are still gathering information on the incident. But a department spokesperson confirmed 23-year-old Yasmine Beasley was arrested following the incident at about 1:30 p.m. Friday at the corner of Figueroa Street and La Loma Road.

Man Shot To Death In Unincorporated Area Near South Los Angeles
A man was shot to death Wednesday evening in an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the 12000 block of South Vermont Avenue, near the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway and Los Angeles city limit, at about 8 p.m. on reports of a man suffering from gunshot wounds, according to Deputy Miguel Meza of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released. Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at .

Police Release Photo Of Car Believed To Be Involved In Double Fatal Shooting At Pasadena Park
Police have released a photo of a vehicle believed to have been involved in a December shooting that left two men dead and another injured in a Pasadena park. The shooting was reported just before 3 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 300 block of Parke Street. Responding Pasadena Police Department officers found three shooting victims near a soccer field in the northeast area of Villa Parke. One victim, 51-year-old Cristino Medellin Avila, died at the scene, while a second, 40-year-old Aaron Flores, died after being taken to a hospital. The third man was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, officials said. Detectives determined the victims were sitting on a park bench when at least one person approached and opened fire. The shooter then fled in a car, possibly a dark-colored sedan. Since then, officials have obtained a description of one of the people involved in the shooting and two of the vehicles believed to have fled the scene. One of the people believed to be involved is described as a Black male in his late teens to early 20s, who is tall and thin and was wearing black clothing.

7 Men Charged With Running Massive SoCal Recycling Fraud Scheme
Six men have been charged with running a recycling fraud scheme that trucked tons of trash from Las Vegas casinos into California in order to collect state redemption money, authorities announced Wednesday. A criminal complaint filed in February in San Bernardino County charged seven men with conspiracy, grand theft and unlawful recycling, including the owner of West Coast Waste Industries, the state's third-largest recycling processor, authorities said. Six have been arrested and one man remains at large, according to a statement from the state Department of Justice and CalRecycle, which oversees the state's recycling program. Under the program, Californians pay a deposit on cans and bottles they buy and receive a refund when the empties are returned to a certified recycling center. Prosecutors contend that last year, the men trucked tens of thousands of pounds of aluminum and plastic beverage containers from casinos to Southern California recycling centers in order to collect the 5- or 10-cent cash refunds.

Public Safety News

LAFD Union Will Defer Raises To Keep Fire Stations Open; Police Have Already Made A Deal With The City
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved an agreement Wednesday with the union representing Los Angeles Fire Department personnel to avoid station closures amid the city's economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal with the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City defers a base wage increase, initially scheduled for July 4, to Jan. 1, 2023. The deal, expected to save $23.7 million during the next fiscal year through the raise deferment and retirement incentive pay, will prevent the city from imposing temporary closures of fire stations, also known as “brown outs.” The City Council also approved a similar deal with the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association to defer raises for the same amount of time. That deal is expected to save about $1 million, according to the city administrative officer. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Jan. 14 that the city had struck the deal with the firefighters' union.
Los Angeles Daily News

High Blood Pressure, Diabetes Found To Be Most Common Underlying Conditions In L.A. County COVID-19 Deaths
High blood pressure and diabetes were the most common underlying conditions found among those with comorbidities who died from COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, health officials announced Wednesday. Having an underlying condition can strongly increase the risk of death from COVID-19, and about 85% of Angelenos who died from the virus had at least one comorbidity, which is the presence of one or more additional conditions, L.A. County public health officials said in a news release. High blood pressure was the most common, seen in 52% of deaths. Another 41% of decedents had diabetes, and 26% had a cardiovascular disease other than hypertension, officials said. A neurologic disease was the fourth-leading preexisting condition, noted among 21% of those who died, and 16% had chronic renal disease, according to the Department of Public Health.

California Focusing On Urgent Projects As Wildfire Season Looms
California is in such an urgent race with another devastating wildfire season that officials began soliciting local project ideas even before they had money to pay for them. It faces such a threat of drought that the governor said Tuesday that he has executive orders drafted and ready to sign as needed. In normal years, the worst of the fires don't start until late summer or fall, leaving a window through about May to thin forests, clear buffer zones designed to slow the spread of fires near communities, and beef up the state's seasonal fire crews. Not this year, officials said. Right now, crews are monitoring the amount of water in vegetation and being more aggressive with fuel reduction. There have also been upgrades to detection systems helping crews identify fires when they start early. Cal Fire is now preparing for the worst after the state's last wildfire season stretched resources thin. “Fire seasons are getting longer, the winters are getting shorter and it's getting drier and hotter,” said Batallion Chief Jon Heggie. “All the miles I drove over the summer, I could have driven from San Diego to Columbia.” A dry winter is already blending into a tinder-dry summer that has produced twice as many wildfires as this time last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
CBS Sacramento

Local Government News

LA City Council President Urges Equitable Allocation Of Coronavirus Relief Funds
Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez introduced a motion on Wednesday, April 14, calling for the city to consider using the $1.35 billion it's getting from the federal American Rescue Plan to help women, families, children and underserved communities. “We cannot simply balance the budget and return to business as usual,” she said in a statement. “This pandemic has highlighted systemic inequities throughout this city. We must use this budget and any future federal funding, to lift up women and these often overlooked, under-served communities so they can not only thrive but can survive god forbid we have another crisis.”
Los Angeles Daily News

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