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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

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June 14, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Man, 63, Found Shot To Death In His Vehicle In Crenshaw District
A 63-year-old man was found shot to death in his vehicle early Saturday in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles police. Responding officers found the man suffering from multiple gunshots at 6719 8th Ave. at about 9:35 a.m., LAPD officer Mike Lopez said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Lopez said. His name was withheld pending notification of kin. A motive for the shooting was unknown.

LAPD K-9 Officer “Iggy” Struck In The Face By Armed Suspect, Remained Undeterred During The Incident
The Los Angeles Police Department is giving a “good boy” to one of it's K-9 officers, Iggy, after he located an armed suspect who hit the K-9 in the face. LAPD officials said Iggy was undeterred and helped police take the suspect into custody. K-9 Tessa was then able to locate the discarded firearm, and said LAPD officers, “Another gun off the street.” Iggy is recovering and doing just fine.

LAPD Makes 6 Arrests, Confiscates Vehicles And Firearm Related To Motorcycle Sideshows In Fairfax District
The Los Angeles Police Department cracked down on motorcycle sideshows that had been taking over the Fairfax District, snarling traffic and forcing one restaurant owner to change how it did business. Business owners in the area told CBSLA's Kandiss Crone that they are thankful that LAPD made some arrests in the case, but added that more needs to be done about the situation so that employees and customers are safe. “I'm relieved to finally see some work being done,” Irma Rodriguez, owner of Antonio's Restaurant, said. Cellphone video shows motorcycle riders doing dangerous stunts in the district. Earlier this week, however, officers tracked a group of more than 200 motorcyclists from Melrose to downtown LA following tips on social media. “They're all banded together and they were going all up and down the boulevard, all up and down here, just doing wheelies and doing all their tricks and just being very hazardous about their movements and everything,” Rodriguez said. LAPD released photos of dirt bikes and other vehicles confiscated during their illegal driving bust, which lead to six arrests and the recovery of one firearm.

LAPD Shootings Of Unstable People Wielding Sharp Objects A Deadly Problem
On a North Hollywood street last year, Los Angeles Police Officer Daniel Harty watched through his rifle scope as 50-year-old Rommel Mendoza walked “erratically” toward him and a line of other officers, waving a sword and holding the lid of a cooking pan like a shield. Mendoza, who lived on the block, seemed confused after being confronted at home by two officers investigating a report that he had hit a neighbor's car with a stick. Mendoza's family said he was sobbing, screaming, muttering incoherently and clearly needed help. Again and again as Mendoza slowly advanced, Harty lifted his gaze to a white SUV parked between them, which he guessed was 20 to 30 feet away, he said. His LAPD training taught him that such distances could be closed by suspects with “edged weapons” such as knives or swords in a matter of seconds, putting officers in imminent danger, Harty said. When Mendoza got to the SUV, Harty fatally shot him in the chest. “I believe that if I didn't press the trigger, he would have continued to close that distance,” Harty told investigators of the May 2020 shooting. “A lot of people don't ... appreciate the fact that our bulletproof vests don't stop swords.”
Los Angeles Times

Driver Of Stolen Truck Arrested After Crashing Into Pedestrian, Homeless Encampment In Arleta: Police
A driver of a stolen truck plowed through a sidewalk homeless encampment and struck a person in Arleta Sunday morning, officials said. The incident happened just before 9:30 a.m. in the 14000 block of W. Van Nuys Blvd. The driver lost control of the vehicle, went off the curb, struck a person and hit a homeless encampment, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, LAPD said. Meanwhile, the suspect was arrest at the scene and also transported to a hospital with minor injuries. No further details were immediately available.

Los Angeles Police Museum Celebrates Grand Reopening With Family Event
A museum dedicated to the Los Angeles Police Department celebrated its grand reopening Saturday with a family event. “We have been closed for about over a good year now,” said Erica Arias, the museum's executive director. “So we're all excited to have everybody back, welcome back our community, our officers and showcase the new revitalized and work in progress of the Los Angeles Police Museum.” The Los Angeles Police Museum, formerly known as the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, was established to showcase the history of the LAPD. A free event is open to the public from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the L.A. Police Museum, 6045 York Blvd. For more information about the museum, visit .

FBI Raids Home Of L.A.-Based Actor Who Entered Capitol Jan. 6 With Right-Wing Protesters
The FBI this week raided the home of a Los Angeles-based actor who was among a group of right-wing protesters who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, authorities said. About 20 agents armed and outfitted in tactical gear raided the North Hollywood home of Siaka Massaquoi shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Public records list Brian Burks, 42, at the same address. Burks did not return a call for comment, but his ex-wife, Luvelle Mendoza, confirmed Burks was briefly detained by federal authorities. Mendoza said their two sons, ages 3 and 7, were at Burks' home when it was raided. “My heart breaks,” Mendoza said Saturday. “They had to see the big guns and I just think, I wasn't there to console them.” The raid took place because of the two men's associations on “a social media app,” according to the law enforcement source. No further details of the raid were provided and it was unclear whether Massaquoi was arrested and released.
Los Angeles Times

LASD Recovers Abandoned Baby Boy From Lynwood Park, Seeks Info
An abandoned baby boy was found in a female restroom at Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park in Lynwood and sheriff's detectives asked for the public's help to identify the baby and the person who left him at the park. Detectives believe the child was born sometime between Wednesday and Friday and was found in the bathroom around 8 a.m. on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The infant was transported to a hospital and listed in stable condition, the LASD reported. Anyone with information on the baby or the person who abandoned him was asked to call the LASD's Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Compton Man Arrested In Hit-and-Run That Injured 7-Month-Old Baby In Long Beach
A 62-year-old Compton man was arrested Friday for allegedly hitting a 7-month-old baby pushed in a stroller by his mother with an SUV in North Long Beach and fleeing the scene. Burnett Livingston was booked into the Long Beach jail at 10:16 a.m. with bail set at $50,000. He was released on his own recognizance at 7:26 p.m., according to sheriff's inmate records. Livingston was booked for felony hit-and-run, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The infant suffered non-life threatening injuries at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and 67th Street, police said. Officers who responded to the scene took the boy and his mother to a hospital, police said. The mother was not injured. The early-1990s model Ford Explorer involved in the crash was recovered Thursday night in the Lindbergh neighborhood of Long Beach, police said. The officers who responded to the crash delivered a new stroller to the boy and his family Friday, police said. Police asked that anyone with information about the crash to call Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigative Detail Detective Shawn Loughlin at 562-570-5130. 

Authorities Searching For Woman Suffering From Depression Missing In Canyon Country
Authorities are searching on Sunday for a 30-year-old woman suffering from depression who went missing in Canyon Country. Kayla Ann Elmore last was seen about 8:20 a.m. Saturday in the 19200 block of Vicci Street, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department reported. Elmore is white. She stands 5-foot 5-inches tall and weighs about 235 pounds. She has blue eyes and straight blond hair. She wears glasses and has a "Beauty Most LALA" tattoo on her left forearm, authorities said. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and dark pants. Elmore's family is very concerned. The sheriff's Missing Persons Unit urges anyone with any information regarding Elmore's whereabouts to call 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
FOX 11

‘I Should Be Dead': Man Stabs Illinois Officer 10 Times, Video Shows
“I should be dead,” said Officer Jeffrey Bieber after watching dashcam video that shows a suspect stabbing him multiple times. New video obtained by WEEK-TV shows the February incident that left Bieber fighting for his life. The event begins when Bieber pulls over a pickup truck. After a conversation with the driver, Bieber sees that the driver's hands are bloody and decides to take him into custody. Bieber walks the suspect, identified as Joshua Crites, over to his squad car. That's when Crites stabs the officer several times, wrestling Bieber to the ground. The officer first uses his TASER. When that is ineffective, he fires four shots, killing Crites. Four months later, Bieber tells WEEK-TV that his 10 stab wounds are healing well. He was even able to return to work last week. 

Police Arrest 1 Of 2 Suspects In Austin Mass Shooting That Wounded 14
Police have arrested one suspect and are searching for another after a mass shooting on a crowded downtown Austin street left 14 people wounded early Saturday, two of them critically. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force assisted in making the arrest, but it provided no other details other than to say it is continuing to follow up on leads for the suspect still at large. Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. on a street packed with bars and barricaded off from vehicle traffic. He said investigators believe it began as a dispute between two parties. Chacon said both suspects are male, but declined to disclose details such as whether both fired shots, saying the investigation was ongoing. "Most of the victims were innocent bystanders, but we're still sorting out all of the victims to see what their involvement is in this case,” Chacon said. The mass shooting — one of at least three in the U.S. overnight — sparked panic along 6th Street, a popular nightlife destination in the city that's home to the University of Texas.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Man Rushed To Burn Center In Critical Condition After East Hollywood Fire In Vacant, Two-Story House
A vacant two-story home, built in 1913, caught fire Saturday morning with one man being rushed to an area burn center in critical condition due to severe injuries sustained in the blaze. Reports of the East Hollywood fire in the 4800 block of West Melrose Avenue came in at 6:56 a.m. Firefighters had the fire extinguished by 7:08 a.m., according to Brian Humphrey, of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The vacant home contained evidence of a homeless encampment and has been the site of a previous fire. Humphrey also said that the victim of the fire was encountered outside the home by Los Angeles Police Officers and that no other injuries were reported.

Days Ahead Of California's Official Reopening, COVID-19 Cases And Deaths Continue To Drop In L.A. County
Days ahead of California's official reopening, COVID-19 case numbers and deaths continue to fall. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health confirmed 196 new cases and four deaths; two of the dead were over 65 and two were over 80. To date, more than 1.2 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, and more than 24,000 have died. Currently there are 236 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 18% of them in intensive care. County health officials said testing will become an important tool to prevent outbreaks after the reopening, and recommended testing for anyone with symptoms — regardless of vaccination status or recent infection. Testing is also recommended for unvaccinated people in close contact with someone who has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or who spend time indoors around many unmasked people, regardless of symptoms.

World's Largest Firefighting Helicopters Join Orange, Los Angeles And Ventura County Fleets
Two of the world's largest firefighting helicopters are among the fleet of aircraft made available to firefighters in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties operating a joint disaster-response team set to debut on Tuesday, June 15. Southern California Edison provided about $18 million to fund the Quick Response Force, a multi-agency team assigned to battle wildfires across Southern California, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Thanh Nguyen said. The arrangement gives OCFA, as well as the Los Angeles County and Ventura County fire departments, access to a pair of Chinook CH-47s helitankers, which are capable of flying day or night and can each carry up to 3,000 gallons of fire-retardant or water. “That's a lot of firefighting power, if you will, when you can drop 3,000 gallons of water onto a brush fire,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Thanh Nguyen told City News Service. “It's an important tool.” A Sikorsky S-61 helitanker capable of dropping 1,000 gallon payloads is also part of the QRF's arsenal of firefighting equipment. The collaborative effort augments each participating agency's existing aerial fleet, and will operate for 180 days during the peak of summer.
Los Angeles Daily News

SoCal Braces For Triple-Digit Temps This Week Raising Concerns For Fires, Power Outages
It isn't quite summer yet, but the Southland will find itself baking in summer-like heat this week, with triple-digit record temperatures anticipated in the valleys and mountains, while even downtown could reach up to 100. The forecast is raising fears of heat-related illnesses, strain on the power grid and the possibility of brush fires that could quickly spread in the hot and dry conditions. The National Weather Service has already issued an excessive heat watch that will be in effect from Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening along the Los Angeles County Coast, including downtown, as well as an excessive heat watch through Friday night across the valleys and mountains. Forecasters said the extreme heat throughout the region will create "dangerously hot conditions" with temperatures possibly reaching 113 this week in the Antelope Valley.
FOX 11

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