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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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April 20, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Vehicle Involved In Crash In Winnetka Area
An LAPD vehicle was involved in a crash Monday in the Winnetka area, authorities said. The crash was reported about 12:20 p.m. near Roscoe Boulevard and Winnetka Avenue, according to the LAPD. Paramedics were sent to the scene as a precaution, but no one was transported for hospital treatment. The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

Man Critically Injured In Highland Park Shooting
A 24-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting on a bike path in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported at 7:20 p.m. Sunday around Avenue 64 and Marmion Way, according to a desk officer in the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. A male suspect approached the victim on foot and shot him, the officer said. No further information was available.

LAPD Warns 4/20 Revelers To Not Smoke And Drive
Police in Los Angeles are warning residents planning on smoking marijuana this week not to hit the road after they do. If caught, they'll face stiff penalties, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jayson Siller. The penalties are the same as anyone caught driving under the influence of alcohol. In California, that means potentially up to six months in jail, fines starting at $1,400, up to $3,000, for a first offense, a misdemeanor. In addition to the fines, anyone guilty of a first DUI faces from one to three years of probation. DUI becomes a felony on a third offense, if drivers are caught speeding, or if they hurt or kill anyone while driving drunk or high, according to the California penal code. 
Los Angeles Daily News

Older Korean Americans In L.A. Are Fearful Amid Increase In Anti-Asian Attacks
Yong Sin Kim, an 85-year-old Korean immigrant living in a senior apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles, says he rarely leaves home these days. When he does, he carries a whistle with him; at least he could call for help if he's attacked. Three floors up in the same building, Hyang Ran Kim, 74, waits for her daughter to pick her up. She is temporarily moving into her daughter's place in a quieter neighborhood in the suburbs. Kim says her daughter is worried about her safety. Amid a surge of anti-Asian violence, fear creeps in and alters the daily life of vulnerable Asian seniors. Asian Americans have been targets of discrimination, threats and violence that have escalated in the past year because the coronavirus pandemic originated in Wuhan, China. People of Asian descent have been spit on, beaten and told to go back to where they came from. Reports of violence have been on the rise, most notably when a white gunman killed eight people — six of them Asian women — in a string of shootings at Atlanta area spas in mid-March. Four of the women were of Korean descent. While police haven't said that was a hate crime, overt examples of racism have surfaced, such as a surveillance video showing a man in New York City kicking an Asian American woman and stomping on her face while shouting anti-Asian slurs. In L.A.'s Koreatown, Denny Kim, a U.S. Air Force veteran said he was beaten in February by two men who shouted slurs such as “ching chong” and “China virus.” Police were investigating it as a hate crime.

Mother Charged With Killing 3 Young Children In Reseda Apartment
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed three murder charges Monday against Liliana Carrillo, accusing her of killing her three young children in a Reseda apartment before absconding to the San Joaquin Valley. Prosecutors alleged that Carrillo, 30, killed her 3-year-old daughter, Joanna; her 2-year-old son, Terry; and her infant daughter, Sierra, 5 months, on April 10, and said she used a knife as a deadly weapon during the slaying of her youngest child. The L.A. County district attorney's office opted not to file a special circumstance allegation for multiple murders, thereby preventing prosecutors from seeking life without parole upon conviction. After taking office in December, Dist. Atty. George Gascón barred prosecutors in L.A. County from filing special circumstance allegations that result in a prison sentence of life without the possibility of parole, part of a wave of measures that align with progressive criminal justice policies.
Los Angeles Times

Actor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Several Women Released On Reduced Bail Due To Pandemic
Rapper and actor Kaalan Walker is accused of sexually assaulting several women, allegedly targeting aspiring models. Back in 2018, he was arrested and charged with nine counts of felony sexual assault. But due to COVID-19, Walker was released on reduced bail and the victims were never notified. Some of the women say they found out through social media. Sydney Stanford is still in shock. "That just tells you right there, how little they care about the girls in this case," said Stanford. "Why -- by the way -- are mostly women of color." Jaira Noelani is also shocked. "It makes me feel like girls and young girls are not valued," Noelani said. Women are not valued, sexual assault survivors are not valued." Both Stanford and Noelani are among the women accusing Walker of sexual assault. The actor is accused of using social media to contact the women. Once they agreed to meet Walker under the guise of a photoshoot, the women claim the actor then sexually assaulted them. While out on bail, Walker is back on social media promoting himself as a photographer on Instagram. That worries his accusers. 
FOX 11

Investigation Underway After 24-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot In Compton; Gunman At Large
Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old man in Compton Sunday afternoon. The incident was reported at about 3:20 p.m. near the 1200 block of Central Avenue, according to a news release by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies responded to the incident after they were flagged down by a passerby who indicated that there was a gunshot victim nearby, authorities said. At the scene, officers found the victim seated in the driver's side of a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso, the Sheriff's Department said. Officials said the victim, only described as a young man, was pronounced dead. Detectives are canvassing the area for possible witnesses and evidence as they investigate the homicide. No further details were immediately available.

Possible Bomb Threat In Beverly Hills Investigated
A possible bomb threat was reported Monday evening in Beverly Hills. Authorities learned of the threat at about 8 p.m. in the area of Rexford Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard, near the Beverly Hills Police Department and City Hall, according to Beverly Hills police. Part of the building was evacuated as officers checked for suspicious devices, CBS2 reported. Vehicles and the department headquarters were being searched, Lt. Max Subin told the Beverly Hills Courier.

Kristin Smart Case: Paul Flores Pleads Not Guilty To 1996 Murder Of Cal Poly Classmate
A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart pleaded not guilty Monday and his father denied helping to hide the young woman's body. Paul Flores, 44, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing that authorities said happened as he tried to rape Smart in his dorm room at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo after an off-campus party. Witnesses said Smart was intoxicated and Flores had said he would walk her home. Ruben Flores, 80, pleaded not guilty to a charge that he was an accessory after murder. Paul Flores was held without bail, but the judge said he would release his father on bail he could afford, which will be determined at a later hearing in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. The city is 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The arrests last week followed significant developments in the case in recent years as new witnesses came forward, investigators monitored Paul Flores' cellphone and text messages, and searches were conducted at separate homes where Flores, his father, mother and sister live.
FOX 11

Southern California Law Enforcement Agencies Prepare For Verdict In Derek Chauvin Trial
Law enforcement agencies across Southern California were in a state of readiness Monday as the Minnesota murder trial of a former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd neared an end, raising concerns about a repeat of mass protests and unrest that occurred last summer. Jurors were handed the case in the trial of Dererk Chauvin on Monday afternoon after lawyers for both sides wrapped up their closing arguments. It is unknown how long it will take the jury to reach a verdict. In Los Angeles, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Police Chief Michel Moore have been vocal in urging people to protest peacefully following the verdict. Villanueva said the sheriff's department is communicating with state and local law enforcement agencies “as to their state of readiness,” including the California National Guard, which could be sought for assistance if conditions demand. “I strongly support the First Amendment and the people's right to protest, but if these actions become violent or shift into lawlessness, then swift and decisive action will be taken to protect life, protect property and maintain civil order,” Villanueva tweeted over the weekend. “This will be accomplished in a fair, firm and impartial manner, in accordance with the law and 21st century policing concepts.” “All of us will do all within our power to support and facilitate these expressions within our community,” LAPD's Moore said of possible protests following the verdict. “As one community, our Los Angeles community, we must also strive to not allow legitimate anger and frustration to spiral into violence, or allow others to hijack community emotions for their own destructive purposes.”
Los Angeles Daily News

Sheriff: Oregon Deputy Dies From Injuries Sustained On Duty In 1980
More than 40 years after he was shot twice in the line of duty, a former Douglas County sheriff's deputy has died, and Sheriff John Hanlin said his death was directly related to the injuries he sustained in 1980. Hanlin announced over the weekend that retired Deputy Stanley "Allen" Burdic died March 11, saying he was saddened by the line-of-duty death. Burdic began his law enforcement career in 1976, when he was hired by the Canyonville Police Department. He served in that position until July 1979, when he was hired as a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. On Aug. 12, 1980, Burdic responded to a report of a shooting at the Nutshell Tavern in Myrtle Creek. Sometime early in the moring of August 13, Burdic located the suspect, Jack Flack, at a gravel turnout north of the Myrtle Creek Bridge near Interstate 5. The suspect opened fire of Burdic, striking him twice. Flack then stole Burdic's patrol car, running over his legs while fleeing the scene. Flack was later captured, convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The World, Coos Bay, Ore.

North Carolina Police Officer Shot, Paralyzed While On Duty In 1992 Dies
David Parde, the former Lexington Police Officer shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in May 1992, passed away Saturday night, April 17. The community is flooding social media with their memories of the beloved officer whose career in law enforcement was cut short. At this time, Parde's cause of death is not known. Parde and a rookie officer were dispatched to the Fairview Village Apartments off Fairview Drive on May 5, 1992, after a resident called 911 reporting that three teenagers were knocking on doors in the apartment complex pretending to be Domino's Pizza delivery employees. It was about 12:30 a.m., and the resident knew Domino's was not delivering pizzas at that time. One of the officers asked Parde to turn around and look in one of the apartment's windows to see if a light was on. He turned around to look, at which time Parde said in previous interviews he thought he had tripped or fallen. Instead, his life would be changed forever after he was struck by a bullet. The bullet damaged Parde's left shoulder and left lung and caused irreparable damage to his spinal column, causing paralysis from his mid-chest down.
The Dispatch, Lexington, N.C.

Public Safety News

LA County Reports Its Lowest COVID-19 Positivity Rate Since Pandemic Began
Los Angeles County reported 466 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths Sunday, along with a drop in hospitalizations related to the virus. Officials noted that the low number of deaths reflects a lag in weekend reporting. The number of COVID-19 patients in county hospitals dropped from 486 Saturday to 470. There were 106 people in intensive care, down from 112 on Saturday. The latest numbers come one day after officials reported the county's daily test positivity rate of 0.9% was the lowest it's been since the beginning of the pandemic. That number dropped again to 0.7% on Sunday. Officials have now logged 1,228,997 cases of COVID-19 and 23,623 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “As the weather gets warmer and we go out to enjoy all what our beautiful county has to offer, let's keep up with the straight-forward safety measures that have reduced transmission,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Saturday.

Los Angeles County Expecting Increased Supply Of COVID Vaccine Doses This Week
Los Angeles County is expecting an uptick in its supply of COVID-19 vaccines this week, providing a welcome boost to the region's inoculation efforts. The county's latest allocation, pegged at approximately 362,000 doses, is up nearly 39,000 from last week, according to the Department of Public Health. That number is only one piece of the wider pharmaceutical pie. Allocations sent directly from the federal government to qualified health centers and pharmacies are expected to swell the region's total haul this week to more than 600,000 doses. County officials say they can more than handle shipments of that size. From April 4 through 11, the county reported an average of nearly 100,000 doses administered per day, according to Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the L.A. County Department of Public Health.

Local Government News

Garcetti Seeks To Stem Poverty, Boost Social Justice In Vision For L.A.'s Recovery
Mayor Eric Garcetti offered his vision on Monday for helping Los Angeles emerge from the financial devastation of COVID-19, saying city leaders should commit to economic justice by pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into relief programs and ramping up initiatives that keep residents safe, employed and out of poverty. In his annual State of the City address, Garcetti promised to spend nearly $1 billion on initiatives for addressing homelessness and increase funding for gang intervention workers, sidewalk vending programs, arts activities and relief for businesses. The mayor, speaking at the Griffith Observatory with the downtown skyline behind him, also laid out plans for delivering $1,000 per month to 2,000 of the city's neediest households over the next year, as part of a “guaranteed basic income” pilot program that he described as the biggest of any city in America.
Los Angeles Times

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