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May 18, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Man Who ‘Senselessly Executed' LASD Sergeant Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole
A Lancaster man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the execution-style slaying of a Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant five years ago. Trenton Trevon Lovell, 31, had two prior convictions and was on parole at the time of the slaying of Sgt. Steve Owen, 53, who was shot five times on Oct. 5, 2016, after responding to a burglary call in Lancaster. Family and friends of Owen addressed the court in downtown Los Angeles before the sentence was imposed. "Mercy? Screw that," one of Owen's colleagues told Lovell. "I wish the same mercy on you that you had on him." Owen was answering a report of a break-in when he confronted Lovell at gunpoint. Lovell shot the veteran sergeant once in the head before standing over him and firing additional fatal shots. A second deputy who arrived on the scene shot and wounded Lovell, who attempted to steal the officer's car before fleeing on foot. Lovell then broke into a nearby home and held two teenagers hostage for an hour. The teens were not physically injured, and Lovell was captured after leaving the home. During a videotaped interview with investigators later that day, Lovell confessed to fatally shooting Owen, according to evidence presented before Lovell's guilty plea to a first-degree murder charge. Prior to the imposition of the sentence, Owen's daughter, Shannon, told the court that she spoke to her father the day he died, "and hoped my words were heard by his soul." As for the defendant, she said, "We are now all serving life sentences because of your choice."
FOX 11

Investigation Underway After Body Discovered On Downtown L.A. Rooftop
An investigation is underway after a body was discovered on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles Monday morning. Officers responded to the building in the 500 block of Ceres Avenue after getting a call from someone who found the body around 4:30 a.m., a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said. They arrived to find a man dead on the rooftop. Officials have yet to publicly identify the man. It's unclear how the man died. LAPD said his cause of death will be determined by the coroner's office. Residents told KTLA the man lived in the building and was in his 20s. The residents believed he may have died from a drug overdose. As of Monday afternoon, no suspect was being sought in connection with the man's death, police said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed police officers surrounding a tarp near a small structure on an apartment building's roof.

City Of Azusa Issues Vote Of No Confidence In District Attorney George Gascón
The city of Azusa becomes the latest to issue a vote of no confidence in District Attorney George Gascón.
FOX 11 Video

Mike Bonin Booed at Pacific Palisades Fire Press Conference
Councilmember Mike Bonin was booed by his residents during a press conference yesterday. The group is upset by the impacts of homelessness on their community and Bonin's proposal to temporarily house the homeless on some of the area's beaches.
FOX 11 Video

Venice Residents On Edge After Another Fire Breaks Out At Boardwalk Encampment
Cellphone video shows flames once again erupting on the Venice Boardwalk over the weekend from one of the hundreds of tents that line the iconic space. “I worry about the people out there,” Geno Quaid, a resident, said. “I mean, those are people, they're part of our community.” Quaid lives in a house that overlooks the boardwalk and the sprawling encampment. He said the fires happen all the time. “There's violence, I'd say, every night: screaming, yelling, people creating anarchy,” he said. “Used to be a beautiful place to have friends over. Now, no one wants to hang out on Venice Beach.” This weekend's fire was just one in a string of blazes and violent incidents reported in recent months. One blaze from January spread to nearby buildings, causing massive amounts of damage. The incidents have started to take a toll on residents. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Fire Department launched a new fast response paramedic and fire unit — known as FR-9 — devoted to calls from along the boardwalk. Personnel have even introduced themselves to the unhoused who live on the boardwalk in an attempt to ease tensions and increase safety. The new unit was formed after dozens of fires and violent incidents were reported. 

Rapper T.I. And Wife Being Investigated By LAPD After Allegations Of Sexual Abuse
The Los Angeles Police Department Monday confirmed it is investigating rapper T.I. and his wife Tiny after 11 alleged victims accused them of sexual abuse. An attorney representing the alleged victims said the rapper and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris have been accused of multiple incidents of sexual abuse and other allegations in Georgia and California, according to reports. Attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn asked authorities in two states earlier this year to investigate allegations against the rapper, née Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., and his wife that go back more than 15 years. He alleges the two, as well as others in their circle, were involved in instances of drugging, kidnapping and sexually assaulting women. One alleged victim spoke to LAPD detectives in April regarding allegations of an assault that occurred in 2005, and a second alleged victim filed a report with similar allegations to Las Vegas police, the website Daily Beast reported. The rapper and Harris have denied the allegations and said any encounters were consensual.

Man Taken Into Custody After Leading Police On Pursuit In Sylmar
A man was taken into custody after leading police on a pursuit in a stolen car in Sylmar Monday night. Police began pursuing the car on the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in the San Fernando Valley after discovering it was stolen. The man driving the car eventually exited the Foothill Freeway in Sylmar and led police on a pursuit on surface streets. The car briefly slowed, and two female passengers got out and ran away. It was not immediately known if they were taken into custody. Police ended the pursuit and tracked the man as he continued driving at high speeds on surface streets. The man eventually drove into a cul-de-sac, exited the car and ran away in the area of Polk Street and Ranch Crest Lane. He attempted to climb up an embankment that led into the yards of some residences, but police caught up with him and took him into custody.

Man Who Stabbed Cheesecake Factory Employees Over Bakery Item At Large In Woodland Hills
Police are searching for a man who stabbed a Cheesecake Factory employee as he tried to get away with some baked goods. The stabbing was reported just after 1 p.m. Sunday at the Cheesecake Factory at the Westfield Topanga mall, along Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Los Angeles police say the man walked into the restaurant and tried to steal a bakery item when a female employee tried to stop him. The man pulled out a knife and slashed the woman in the left arm, then stabbed her male coworker who stepped in to help her. The man ran from the scene with the unidentified baked item and remains at large Monday. Both employees were taken to the hospital, the woman in stable condition, and the man in critical condition for a severe cut to the right arm, according to the LAPD. The suspect was described as a heavyset white or Hispanic man wearing dark jeans, a black hoodie and face mask. No other information was released. 

Authorities Seek Help To Locate Missing 58-Year-Old Man Last Seen In Pasadena
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Monday sought the public's help to locate a missing 58-year-old man who was last seen in Pasadena. George David Null was last seen at about 7 a.m. Saturday in the 200 block of East Del Mar Boulevard, said Deputy Maria Lucero of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. Null's vehicle was found in the Angeles National Forest Sunday, and he may have been hiking Mount Waterman area, Lucero said. Null is white, 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds, with straight blonde shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt, grey plaid shorts, a bright blue backpack, brown hiking boots and a tan baseball cap with a red truck logo on the front. Anyone with information about Null's whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at .

4 Alabama Cops Wounded In Fatal Shootout With Double Homicide Suspect
The suspect in a Sunday morning shooting that left two people dead near a Southside park shot four Birmingham police officers before they returned fire, killing him, authorities said. The four officers – all members of the department's tactical team – are expected to recover. Two were shot, and two were grazed, said Sgt. Rod Mauldin. The slain suspect, an adult, white male, has not been publicly identified. The ordeal began at 6:30 a.m. when South Precinct officers responded to Brother Bryan Park at 10th Avenue South and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard. Mauldin said investigators received information that an argument took place moments before the shooting. The victims were approached by a male and a verbal altercation occurred. According to witness accounts, a dog was mentioned during the argument. The victims were walking a dog at the time of the incident. Investigators have established the suspect and the female victim were in a dating relationship. The suspect fled the scene prior to officer's arrival.

2 Maryland Sheriff's Deputies Shot Trying To Serve Warrant
Two Maryland sheriff's deputies were shot and wounded Monday while trying to serve a warrant for a probation violation on an assault charge, a spokeswoman said. Charles County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson told The Associated Press that deputies responded to a call at around 3:30 p.m. from a home in Waldorf about a man who the caller, identified as a family member, wanted out of the house. Additional deputies were dispatched to the home, Richardson said, because there were concerns about the man's mental condition and the danger he might pose. He was said to be experiencing a “mental health episode,” she said, citing the caller. The family member let the deputies inside the home, and as they began going upstairs, the suspect came out of a room and opened fire, Richardson said. Two deputies were shot multiple times, but managed to get out of the house and were flown to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries that didn't appear to be life-threatening, she said. Richardson said it wasn't known if deputies returned fire, and she didn't know how many deputies entered the home.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Teens Are Being Vaccinated At ‘Decent Pace,' LA County Health Officials Say
Just a few days after Los Angeles County began offering COVID-19 vaccinations to youths as young as 12 years old, health officials say thousands of residents ages 12-15 have been vaccinated. There has been “a great turnout” among eligible teens, said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's director of public health, on Monday, May 17. As of Friday, more than 16,000 12 to 15-year-olds had been vaccinated. Teens who are 16 and 17-year-old have continued to get vaccinated at a “decent pace,” Ferrer added. More than 95,000 teens or 38% of all 16 and 17-year-olds countywide have received at least one dose of the vaccine. To get vaccinated, teens must present some documentation of their age, school ID card, or any other record that shows their birthday. Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved for children. Currently, the county is aiming to help maximize site capacity and expand efforts to vaccinate teens in the parks, day camps and other places where they spend their summer days. 
Los Angeles Daily News

L.A. County To Follow State Guidance Saying Californians Must Keep Wearing Masks Indoors
Public health officials highlighted the need for Los Angeles County residents to keep wearing masks indoors over the next month on Monday as the region's vaccination rate declines amid a push toward herd immunity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its federal guidance last week to say fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in most indoor spaces. But earlier Monday morning, state officials said California's own rules requiring masks for all indoors will stay in place until June 15, at which point the state will align with CDC guidance. Dr. Mark Ghaly, head of the state's health and human services agency, said the delay in adopting the federal rules “will give Californians time to prepare for this change, while we continue the relentless focus on delivering vaccines particularly to underserved communities and those that were hard hit throughout this pandemic.” In a news briefing follow the state's announcement Monday, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said the extra month “gives us time to make sure we do this responsibly.” L.A. County will follow the state's guidance on masking, and expects to lift the mandate for fully vaccinated people on June 15 provided health indicators are still headed in the right direction, county public health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

California Will Wait Until June 15 To Adopt New CDC Mask Guidelines
Californians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go mask-free in most indoor settings starting June 15 — which also is the target date for reopening the state's economy, officials announced. Next month's change will bring the state into alignment with recently released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Federal health officials said last week that available evidence demonstrated it was safe for fully vaccinated people to go without masks in most places, whether outdoors or inside. That was only a recommendation, though, and the final call was largely left to state and local governments — one exception being public transportation, such as trains, buses and airplanes, and at airports and other transit hubs. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's Health and Human Services secretary, said state officials were opting to wait a bit before implementing the new guidelines to give residents more time to receive their vaccine shots and businesses and workers time to prepare for the change.
Los Angeles Times

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