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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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May 27, 2021
Law Enforcement News

17-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot In South LA
A 17-year-old girl was fatally shot Wednesday in South Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, officers were called to the 400 block of East 49th Street at about 1:45 p.m. for reports of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, the found a girl suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police said the suspects — a man and a woman — fled the scene in a dark gray Honda Odyssey heading westbound on Avalon Boulevard.

10-Year-Old Girl And Her Father Stabbed In Sun Valley; Suspect In Custody
A suspect was in custody after a 10-year-old girl and her father were stabbed in Sun Valley Wednesday evening, police said. The Los Angeles Police Department says officers responded to the 7600 block of Claybeck Avenue, near San Fernando Road, around 9:45 p.m. after a fight broke out between the suspect and the girl's father. During the fight, the girl was somehow stabbed, LAPD said. The suspect was seen handcuffed to a stretcher as he was being loaded into an ambulance. The girl and her father, who were taken to an area hospital, are expected to be OK, officials say.

Gascón Recall Effort Begins Public Circulation: 'You, George Gascón Have Put Criminals Before Victims'
"Recall George Gascón" organizers and supporters held a press conference Wednesday to kick-off the signature-gathering effort for the recall of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón. Relatives of those killed in violent crimes spoke up in favor of the recall, claiming that LA County's new DA has put the rights of criminals before the rights of victims. "The sad truth — is that he has revictimized me and my family. He has total, utter disregard for us victims. You, George Gascón have put criminals before victims. I truly believe you have confused your role as a district attorney and a public defender," said Desiree Andrade, whose son was brutally murdered and thrown off a cliff in Azusa. "This is not political, this is a fight for what's right and what's wrong. You don't have to be a victim to understand the importance of this." Among those who signed the recall petition at the press conference was Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who, along with several law enforcement associations, has publicly supported the recall. Gascón has vowed to put an end to the death penalty in LA County, trying juveniles as adults and eliminate all special enhancement allegations, which would make about 20,000 inmates eligible for re-sentencing consideration. Campaign officials said they need about 590,000 signatures from registered Los Angeles County voters within a 160-day period to trigger a recall election. If the petition gets enough signatures, the recall election could happen sometime in 2022.
FOX 11

California Prosecutors Sue Over Rules That Could Free Thousands Of Inmates Early
Three-quarters of California's district attorneys sued the state Wednesday in an attempt to block emergency rules that expand good conduct credits and could eventually bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates. The lawsuit objects on procedural grounds, arguing that Corrections Secretary Kathleen Allison used the emergency declaration to bypass the usual regulatory and public comment process. The rules affecting 76,000 inmates, most serving time for violent offenses, took effect May 1, although it will be months or years until inmates accumulate enough credits to significantly shorten their sentences. Forty-four of the state's 58 district attorneys brought the lawsuit, which says the only stated emergency was the corrections department's desire to follow the “direction outlined in the Governor's Budget Summary” nearly a year earlier. Plaintiffs included district attorneys for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
Los Angeles Daily News

Corn vendor shot in a series of armed robberies in Watts
A street vendor is recovering after he was shot in the stomach. According to LAPD, two juveniles were arrested in connection with the shooting and two other armed robberies. The shooting left 32-year-old Jose Luis Millan, a father of four with this scar on his stomach. Photos of the incident show the aftermath and his street vending cart is still stained with blood.

LASD Searching For 13-Year-Old Raymond James Last Seen In Lynwood
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is looking for 13-year-old Raymond James who was last seen Wednesday afternoon at his Lynwood home. Authorities said the teen was last seen at about 2:10 p.m. at his home in the 12600 block of Antigua Court. He is described as a 4-foot-10 Black teen weighing 90 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt with an Adidas logo, blue jeans and black shoes. Authorities said Raymond has the mental capacity of a 6-year-old child. Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts was asked to call the LASD Century Station at 323-568-4800.

Woman, 35, Missing
Authorities asked for the public's help Wednesday evening in locating a 35-year-old woman missing for nearly two months after last being seen in the unincorporated View Park-Windsor Hills area near South Los Angeles. Sarah Marie Campagna was last seen about 1 p.m. April 9 in the 5800 block of La Brea Avenue, near Slauson Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Campagna is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 115 pounds with brown eyes and wears a brown frizzy wig. She was last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie with white trim, blue jeans and gray shoes, the department said. Anyone with information on Campagna's whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500.

Compton Accuses L.A. County Sheriff's Department Of ‘Ghost Car' Patrol Scam
The city of Compton accused the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department of “rampant” fraud on Wednesday, claiming the agency routinely charges for patrol work that is not done. The allegations were made in a legal claim filed with the county, which is a precursor to a lawsuit. In it, Compton attorneys said the alleged deception has led to “major understaffing” and “a lack of responsiveness” to calls for service in the city. Compton pays the Sheriff's Department more than $22 million a year to police the city, and in exchange sheriff's deputies are obligated to spend a certain amount of time each month patrolling Compton's streets. “What is happening is fraudulent billing,” said Jamon Hicks, an attorney representing the city. “What that means is that we have deputies that are saying they're at locations that they're not at. That we have deputies that are saying they're patrolling the streets of the residents when they are not.” The fraud allegations surfaced earlier this year when a lawyer representing an anonymous deputy assigned to the Sheriff's Compton station contacted city officials. 
Los Angeles Times

34-Year-Old Anaheim Man Arrested In String Of More Than 100 BB Gun Freeway Shootings In SoCal
A 34-year-old Anaheim man has been arrested in connection with a weekslong series of of BB gun shootings that targeted drivers and vehicle occupants in Southern California, authorities said Wednesday. As of Tuesday morning, more than 100 shootings involving a BB or pellet gun had been reported in Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties in the past month, most of them taking place along the 91 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Suspect Jesse Leal Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday night after a series of calls from motorists whose windows were being shot out in the area of the 91 Freeway at Tyler Street in Riverside, CHP said Wednesday evening. Information provided by the victims helped Riverside police and CHP officers find Rodriguez and the “suspect vehicle.” Investigators are still trying to determine if Rodriguez is a suspect in the other BB gun shootings that have occurred over the last two months.

A Fire, Bomb Threat And Mass Shooting Rattle San Jose, Leaving 10 Dead
First, the gunman set his house on fire. Then he drove to work Wednesday morning and shot nine co-workers to death in two separate buildings at a San Jose light rail yard, after possibly setting explosives. As Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies ran on scene just moments after the first 911 calls came in, he apparently shot himself to death. Witnesses said the gunman wiped out most of the early shift at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority facility, in California's worst mass shooting of the year and one of the deadliest in the country in 2021. “What the hell's going on in the United States of America?” Gov. Gavin Newsom asked at an afternoon briefing after meeting with members of the victims' families. “What the hell's wrong with us? … When are we going to put down our arms, literally and figuratively?” Law enforcement sources identified the alleged shooter as Samuel Cassidy, a 57-year-old maintenance worker who had been employed at the VTA for at least eight years. Authorities are still searching for a motive in the shooting, although early indications point to a work-related issue that did not involve riders on the Silicon Valley's light rail system. Investigators said Cassidy only targeted co-workers during the attack and did not fire at police.
Los Angeles Times

Mom Conspired With Inmate Son In San Quentin To Steal $145,000 In Stimulus Checks, Prosecutors Say
A California woman is accused of filing stimulus check claims for $145,200 using stolen personal information from more than 9,000 people that was obtained by her son, a San Quentin State Prison inmate, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco. Sheila Dunlap, 50, of Modesto was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. She faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison and fines up to $500,000 for both charges. She was arraigned in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Thursday. Officials said Dunlap used stolen personal identifiable information from 9,043 people to submit 121 stimulus check claims between March and July last year. All applications directed payment to her bank account. Prosecutors said Dunlap communicated with her incarcerated son through telephone and text messaging. Officials said her son sent her the personal information of San Quentin inmates and other individuals around April 2020 and coordinated with an unknown third party to email Dunlap a spreadsheet containing the information of 9,043 people.
San Francisco Chronicle

2,421 Pounds Of Meth Found In Truck At San Diego County Border Crossing
Federal agents confiscated more than 2,400 pounds of methamphetamine last week at the Otay Mesa commercial border crossing in San Diego County that was found hidden in a shipment of plastic parts. Officials say it is the third seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine in a six-day stretch. The drugs were found about 4:45 p.m. Friday when a truck heading into the U.S. was flagged for an “intensive examination” and sent to be scanned by the port's imaging system. A drug-sniffing dog made the find. The meth, which weighed 2,421 pounds, was worth an estimated $5.5 million. A 25-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt. Customs and Border Protection agents turned the driver over to the custody of agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This seizure follows two other incidents in the same week at the same commercial border crossing. The first was on May 15, when Customs and Border Protection officers discovered nearly 2,500 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in a shipment of medical supplies. The second occurred on May 18, when more than 1,100 pounds of methamphetamine was found hidden in a shipment of watermelons.
Los Angeles Times

CHP To Intensify Patrols For Holiday Weekend Campaign
CHP will ramp up operations on highways, freeways and roads throughout Riverside County this Memorial Day weekend to snare drunken and other unsafe drivers as part of a statewide campaign. Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, the CHP will initiate its holiday weekend "maximum enforcement period," during which all available officers hit the streets to catch impaired motorists, as well as other traffic violators. The crackdown will conclude at 11:59 p.m. Monday. CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray said seatbelt safety will be a priority, as the agency completes a weeks-long "Click It or Ticket" campaign sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. During last year's Memorial Day weekend enforcement effort, the CHP arrested 854 motorists on suspicion of drunken or drug-impaired driving, compared to just over 1,000 in 2019. Thirty-one vehicle occupants were killed in collisions investigated by the CHP during the 2020 operation.
FOX 11

3 Officers Shot In Dallas Suburb, Suspect In Custody
A suspect was taken into custody Thursday morning in a Dallas suburb after an hourslong standoff during which three police officers were shot and wounded, police said. The officers were responding to a 911 call about a suicidal person at about 7 p.m. Wednesday at a house in Flower Mound, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Dallas. According to a police statement, they were trying to contact the man, who was alone in the house, when gunfire erupted from inside. The officers returned fire, but police had no contact with the man for hours. Two officers were taken to hospitals in stable condition and had been released by early Thursday morning, the agency said. The third was treated at the scene of the shooting and cleared. Officials said all three officers were "doing well.” Police said at 5:45 a.m. Thursday that the man was taken into custody but did not provide further details.
Associated Press

'Unprecedented Surge': California Gun Purchases Spiked In The Pandemic As Unrest, Violence Rose
Gun purchasing among Californians rose sharply during 2020, and the trend is likely related to the increase in gun violence currently happening across the Golden State. Gun violence experts look at federal background checks to determine the rate of firearm purchasing, and evidence shows that purchasing increases during periods of unrest or crisis. Prior to the pandemic, California was reporting about 100,000 checks in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System per month, according to statistics collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In March 2020, that number shot up to 164,000. Background check rates in California have remained high throughout the pandemic, racial reckoning protests and presidential election of the last year. Now, those like Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, say the state is starting to experience the effects of that purchasing surge. He said the mass shooting in San Jose on Wednesday, which left nine dead and several injured, is part of an increase in gun violence in California this year. A purchasing surge can contribute to that, he said.
Sacramento Bee

Public Safety News

LA County: Dropping COVID-19 Cases Among Health Workers Prove Vaccine Is Working
While COVID-19 cases continue declining generally across Los Angeles County, health officials today pointed to plummeting infections and deaths among health care workers as evidence of vaccine effectiveness. Health care workers were the first group of people to become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines beginning in December, just as a winter surge in cases was taking hold. According to the county Department of Public Health, nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 infections among health care workers were confirmed in the last week of December. Last week, there were 24. Since March, the county has averaged less than 50 cases per week among health care workers. Throughout the pandemic, there have been 265 deaths among health care workers due to the virus, with 24 occurring during one week at the height of the winter surge in early January. Only one health care worker has died in the past month. Health officials cited the numbers in a continuing effort to convince an increasingly hesitant public about the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines, for which demand has dropped sharply in recent weeks.
Los Angeles Daily News

Local Government News

Judge Hears Efforts By LA County And City To House Homeless
A judge heard from lawyers from both the county and city of Los Angeles but postponed a ruling about whether to reinstate an order to compel authorities to move thousands of homeless people away from freeways and ramps because of deadly hazards like pollutants, passing cars and potential earthquakes. The hearing in downtown Los Angeles examined agreements between the government entities to provide shelter to individuals camping within 500 feet of freeway overpasses and underpasses, as well as indigent people over age 65. The court previously put the preliminary injunction on hold to allow the city and county to develop their own plan to provide alternative shelter to 6,000 to 7,000 people living near area highways. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter postponed a decision about whether to reinstate the May 2020 order, pending the outcome of an audit on the issue to be provided by the county in July.
FOX 11

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