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  Daily Local & Regional NewsWatch

Daily News Digest
from LA Police Protective League

June 30, 2021
Law Enforcement News

Man Arrested In Slaying Of Mother's Boyfriend In Van Nuys
Police arrested a man suspected of killing his mother's boyfriend at a Van Nuys apartment on Monday morning, authorities said. LAPD officers responded to a call about an assault at an apartment in the 8100 block of Langdon Avenue around 2:30 a.m. and found the body of a man with blunt-force trauma wounds, lying on the floor of one of the units, police said Tuesday in a statement.
Los Angeles Daily News

$50,000 Reward Offered To Help Identify Driver In Hit-And-Run That Killed Leo Dimeglio
The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking information on the identity of a fatal hit-and-run suspect. The City of Los Angeles is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identity, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for striking and killing Leo Dimeglio. On June 10 around 11:41 p.m., Dimeglio was riding his bicycle eastbound on Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles when he was struck by a vehicle described as a dark-colored SUV with LED headlights.

Two LAPD Officers Hospitalized With COVID-19 Respiratory Distress
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers are hospitalized with respiratory distress due to COVID-19, Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday. Since the pandemic began, over 2,700 LAPD employees have tested positive for COVID, and 54 are currently recovering at home. Meanwhile, 2,680 have recovered and returned to work, the department said.

Mother Of 3 Children Found Dead In East L.A. Is Arrested On Suspicion Of Murder
The mother of three children found dead in an East Los Angeles home has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held on $2-million bail, officials of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday. Sandra Chico, 28, was taken into custody as a “person of interest” after deputies found her three young children unresponsive Monday afternoon, Lt. Charles Calderaro said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD Program Diverting Suicide Calls To Counselors Expands To 24 Hours
A pilot program to divert 911 calls from people experiencing suicidal thoughts to certified mental health providers instead of Los Angeles police officers is being expanded into a 24-hour operation. The amended contract, approved by the civilian Police Commission on Tuesday, increases the LAPD's one-year pilot with Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services from an eight-hour per day operation to an around-the-clock service.
Los Angeles Times

Bonin Staffer Asks City To Remove Homeless Blocking Westchester Office
An email sent to the L.A. city attorney's office from one of Councilmember Mike Bonin's staff members is getting a lot of pushback. The email sent by Hannah Levin, Bonin's Westchester district director, on Monday, complains about a homeless person impeding the ability of staff to access the Westchester office and for staff to do their work. 
Venice Current

LAPD, Local Officials Sound Alarm Over Illegal Fireworks Ahead Of July 4
Los Angeles city and county officials are warning residents against setting off illegal fireworks ahead of July 4. They said they can cause fires and serious injuries. Additionally, a fireworks buyback event will be held Wednesday at the Brand Park parking lot in Mission Hills.

Man Sought In Fatal Stabbing Of Girlfriend In Compton
A 25-year-old man is being sought on suspicion of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Compton earlier this year. Daisy Delao, 19, was found dead in an alley along the 1400 block of South Long Beach Boulevard on Feb. 23, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She had been stabbed several times, L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner records show. No further details about the stabbing have been released. Authorities also did not elaborate on how they determined her boyfriend, Victor Hugo Sosa, was responsible for the crime.

15-Year-Old Boy Reported Missing After Leaving Home To See Father In East LA
A 15-year-old boy was reported missing Tuesday after last being seen at his home in an unincorporated area near Industry. Ricky Sonny Juaregui was last seen at about 1:15 p.m. at his home in the 400 block of Coberta Avenue, near Avocado Creek, in Bassett, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The boy said he was going to his father's house in East Los Angeles, and he has no history of running away.

LA County Residents Found Guilty Of Fraudulently Taking $18M From COVID-Relief Programs
Four Los Angeles County residents were found guilty of illegally taking millions of dollars from COVID-19 relief programs. All four were convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud, eight counts of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. 
FOX 11

60 Charged With Running Nationwide Meth Ring Based In San Diego
Sixty people are charged with running a California-based drug ring that sold methamphetamine around the country and in Australia, authorities announced Tuesday. A federal jury in San Diego issued the indictments in May after a year-long investigation that led to the seizure of 220 pounds (100 kilograms) of meth, 90 guns and $250,000 in cash, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office. Forty-four people were in custody and 16 were being sought, authorities said.

Man Sentenced To 30 Years For Killing Navajo Police Officer
A man who shot and killed a tribal police officer in a remote corner of the nation's largest American Indian reservation has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. Kirby Cleveland, 37, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court for gunning down Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo four years ago. Cleveland's attorneys had sought several delays over the last year because of the coronavirus pandemic and to gather evidence and find witnesses to testify on his mental condition in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence.
Associated Press

Public Safety News

Firefighters Battle Playa Del Rey Apartment Fire
It took 40 firefighters more than 30 minutes to put out a "suspected" cooking fire in a one-unit apartment on the third floor of an apartment building Monday. It happened around 9:30 p.m. at 6204 S Visa Del Mar. Firefighters say the occupant was able to evacuate the building safely. No injuries were reported.
Venice Current

Heat Alert Extended Through Rest Of The Week For Parts Of LA County
Showers and storms are possible Wednesday in mountain and desert communities as temperatures continue to soar in Southern California. The returning marine layer is cooling coastal areas, but temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s are expected in some valley areas. Expect triple-digit heat in the desert areas, where dry conditions and wind will increase the fire dangers. 

Local Government News

LA City Council On Verge Of Creating Youth Development Department
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday will consider a motion to create a youth development department designed to centralize the city's response to programs geared towards young people. The motion, which was introduced by several city councilors back in February, argues that the city's youth programs are currently spread out across 26 departments.

LA City Council Authorizes Loading Zones For Zero-Emission Vehicles Only
In an effort to encourage clean renewable energy use, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday unanimously adopted an ordinance to create commercial loading zones exclusively available for zero-emission commercial delivery vehicles.

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