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July 29, 2021
Law Enforcement News

LAPD Officer Who Suffered Brain Bleed During BLM Riots: We Felt Like Nobody Had Our Backs
Anthony Diaz tells his story and the reason why he will be running in this year's Boston Marathon on 'The Ingraham Angle'.
FOX News Video

1 Dead In Shooting In South Los Angeles, Suspect On The Run
One person is dead after a shooting in South Los Angeles Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call in the 8300 block of South Figueroa Street in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood a little after 4 p.m. A male victim was pronounced dead at the scene, LAPD said. The suspected gunman drove off in a silver Infinity G35 sedan. Officials have not released the identity of the person shot and killed in the incident.
FOX 11

Anthony Lemus Charged In Killing Of Rite Aid Employee Miguel Penaloza
A 20-year-old man was charged Wednesday in the slaying of a 36-year-old Rite-Aid employee in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Glassell Park earlier this month. Anthony Lemus is set to be arraigned Aug. 26 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on one count each of murder and second-degree robbery involving the killing of 36-year-old Miguel Penaloza. The charges include allegations that Lemus personally used a handgun in the commission of the crime. Lemus surrendered at about 7:45 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles police confirmed to CBSLA. He was booked on suspicion of murder. A second suspect was still being sought, police said. On the night of July 14, Penaloza was shot and killed while trying to stop two shoplifting suspects from escaping a Rite-Aid store on Eagle Rock Boulevard. According to the LAPD, Penaloza confronted two suspects who grabbed two cases of beer and tried to leave without paying. Investigators say he struggled with the shoplifters briefly before one of them produced a gun and shot and killed him. Penaloza had given his two-week notice and was working his last shift at the store on the night of the incident.

Man Gets 50 Years To Life In Prison For Setting Fire That Killed 2 People Asleep At Studio City Recording Studio
A man who set a fire that killed two people and severely injured two others inside a Studio City recording studio was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in state prison, officials announced. Efrem Zimbalist Demery, 31, of Los Angeles, pleaded no contest Wednesday to two counts of murder and one count of arson of a structure, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. On the morning of April 14, 2018, Demery used gasoline and a lighter he bought from a gas station across from Top Notch Recordings, located in the 3700 block of Cahuenga Boulevard, to set fire to the recording studio where two people were asleep. Devaughn Carter, 28, and Michael Pollard, 30, were burned alive and two others, including a 15-year-old girl and a man in his 20s, were critically injured, officials said. Both Carter and Pollard knew Demery and were believed to be his intended targets, police said at the time. The three men had been out together the day before the fire and were involved in some sort of confrontation of unknown origin. Police said at least one of the men killed had been friends with Demery for several years.

Authorities ID Driver Fatally Shot In Venice
Authorities identified the man who was killed in a shooting in Venice Tuesday. Lucas Zamora, 20, of Fresno was shot about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at Brooks and Pacific avenues, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. After nearby neighbors heard the shooting, Zamora drove a short distance away and crashed into the Westminster Senior Center, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner's office reported. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call 877-LAPD-247.
Westside Current

Hollywood Freeway Shutdown Due To Possible Jumper
Both sides of the Hollywood (101) Freeway near Sunset Boulevard were closed Wednesday evening due to reports of a jumper in the area. Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the overpass at Sunset Boulevard just after 9:10 p.m. on reports of the jumper, according to Officer William Cooper. KCAL9 reported the jumper was dead at the scene, though the LAPD could not confirm the report as of about 9:35 p.m. Sunset Boulevard was also closed in the area.

Authorities Arrest Woman Suspected Of Stabbing Partner To Death
A 34-year-old woman suspected of stabbing her partner to death in their apartment in Bell Gardens Wednesday was taken into custody. Detectives went to the apartment in the 6200 block of Agra Street, near Bell Gardens High School, at about 8:30 a.m. and found a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. The 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name was not released pending notification of her next of kin. Witnesses in the apartment building heard a “loud commotion” in the complex just before the woman was found dead, Medrano said. Medrano announced at about 7:55 p.m. that the victim's live-in partner was arrested on suspicion of the stabbing and was booked into the Bell Gardens Police Department jail for murder. Her name was not immediately released.

Man Suffering From Depression Missing In Lancaster
Authorities Thursday were asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk 33-year-old man suffering from depression who was last seen in Lancaster. Daniel Sierra was last seen at 8:23 p.m. Wednesday in the 1300 block of East Avenue, said Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department's Information Bureau. Sierra is Latino, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a L/S ORG shirt and black shorts. Anyone with information regarding Sierra's whereabouts was asked to contact the Sheriffs Department's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online .

As Violent Crimes Surge, Californians' Faith In Gun Control Slips In New Poll
Amid a surge in shootings this year, a majority of California voters say that they believe gun control laws are effective in reducing violent crime, but confidence in them has slipped, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. The poll released Thursday found that 56% of the state's voters surveyed believe stronger laws restricting the sale and possession of guns help make their communities safer, but the number is down from 60% who felt that way three years ago. The poll also found that 57% of California voters say it is more important to place greater controls on gun ownership than it is to protect Americans' rights to own guns under the 2 nd Amendment, but that number is down from 64% who felt that way in 2018. The decline in confidence in gun laws is a response to what people are seeing in their communities, said Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll. “I think it's due in large measure to the increase in crime, especially violent crime,” DiCamillo said. “But still, this is a very Democratic and very liberal constituency and gun control laws have traditionally been quite popular among those voters not only here in California but nationwide.”
Los Angeles Times

Suspect Arrested In Ambush Killing Of Alabama Police Officer
A man sought in the killing of an Alabama police officer who was gunned down in an ambush while taking a lunch break has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday. Javonte Stubbs, 18, was arrested overnight in the death of Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer and the wounding of Moorer's female companion, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said. Stubbs was charged with capital murder and attempted murder following his arrest at apartments in Tuscaloosa, Jackson said. He was taken to the jail in rural Chilton County and is set for a hearing Friday morning in Selma, he said. Court records weren't immediately available to show whether Stubbs had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
Associated Press

Minnesota Saw Record Number Of Murders, Assaults On Cops In 2020
Violent crime increased dramatically last year across Minnesota, which saw a record number of murders, the highest number of bias crimes in 15 years and a record number of assaults against on-duty police officers. The number of murders hit 185 last year, up 58% from 117 in 2019, according to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report released Tuesday. Minneapolis police investigated 82 of last year's murder cases and St. Paul police 32, according to the agency's 2020 Uniform Crime Report. Bloomington and Rochester police each investigated five. Overall, the rate of violent crimes increased by 16.6% compared with 2019. Reports of robberies were up 26% to 3,885, and aggravated assaults increased 22% to 8,203 between 2019 and 2020. Arson cases and car thefts also jumped. Rapes decreased 9% to 2,222 last year, according to the report. The surge of violence came amid a year marked by economic uncertainty during the pandemic and unrest after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Staffing and morale problems have plagued the police department in Minnesota's largest city.
Star Tribune

Public Safety News

Studio City Home Damaged By Early Morning Blaze
A fire broke out at a home in Studio City early Thursday, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 2:40 a.m. at a one-story, single-family home in the 4100 block of North Vantage Avenue. The residence appeared to be surrounded by temporary fencing, possibly indicating a construction site, so it's unclear if the home was currently occupied. Firefighters were able to put out the fire within 26 minutes, according to LAFD's Margaret Stewart. No injuries were reported, a damage estimate was not immediately available, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

L.A. Sends Out Public Safety Alert To Cellphones, Urges Residents To Get COVID-19 Vaccine
The city of Los Angeles sent out cellphone alerts Wednesday, urging residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as case numbers “rapidly” rise amid the spread of the more contagious delta variant. “Protect yourselves, loved ones and your community by getting vaccinated now,” read the public safety message, which appeared around 11 a.m. “Vaccines are free, safe, and highly effective.” The alert went on to urge people experiencing coronavirus symptoms to get tested. L.A. residents can find a vaccination or testing site by visiting the website  or by dialing 833-540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., the alert concluded. The city's move marks the latest effort to combat a recent surge in cases in the L.A. area. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 2,067 new COVID-19 cases, 825 hospitalizations and 15 deaths.

Over 25% Of New COVID-19 Cases In Los Angeles County Are Fully Vaccinated People
COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County continue to rise. The county has been averaging daily new cases between 2,000 and 2,500 over the past week. Numbers like these haven't been seen since February. During a meeting with the County Board of Supervisors, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said over the past few weeks case rates have risen drastically among unvaccinated people. Cases also rose among vaccinated people, but at a smaller and slower rate. According to data from the county, over 25% of new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County are from fully vaccinated people. "Over the period of July 1 through July 16... There were 13,598 cases diagnosed in LA County and unvaccinated people represented 74% of all of the cases, fully vaccinated people represented 26% or 3,592 of the cases," Ferrer stated. In June fully vaccinated people accounted for 20% of all the cases diagnosed in LA County, while unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people accounted for 80% of the cases. "As more people are vaccinated the number of fully vaccinated people becoming infected will increase and with the Delta variant that's far more infectious, exposures to infections have also increased," she added.  
FOX 11

In Major Change, California Recommends Everyone Wear Masks Indoors Again
California public health officials recommended Wednesday universal masking for state residents in all public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status, following similar guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control a day earlier. “The delta variant has caused a sharp increase in hospitalizations and case rates across the state,” Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, the state's public health officer, said in a statement. “We are recommending masking in indoor public places to slow the spread while we continue efforts to get more Californians vaccinated.” Within California, only Los Angeles and Yolo counties are currently mandating — as opposed to recommending — that vaccinated people as well as unvaccinated ones wear masks indoors. Eight of nine Bay Area counties — Solano being the exception — have already advised residents to wear masks in indoor public spaces to help counter the surge of the highly infectious delta variant.
San Francisco Chronicle

Local Government News

Los Angeles City Council Passes Plan To Restrict Homeless Encampments In Public Spaces
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to approve an ordinance that would restrict the homeless from camping in certain public places and make sure sidewalks are passable. The ordinance, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, would restrict the presence of encampments, as well as sitting, lying and sleeping, in several areas of the city. Councilman Joe Buscaino, who proposed the ordinance 10 months ago, acknowledged it doesn't go far enough. He had tried to amend the ordinance to stop people from camping anywhere in the city if they have already been offered shelter. "If we all agree that the status quo is unsustainable, that street encampments are dangerous to the housed and unhoused, why would we allow them anywhere if an alternative exists?" Buscaino said. Similar anti-camping laws already exist in a number of cities, including San Francisco, Santa Monica and Long Beach. Some residents say simply clearing the unhoused from sidewalks doesn't help solve the ultimate problem. Many frustrated residents say the crime and trash created by the encampments is getting out of hand and are wondering what it will take for the city to finally take action.

LA City Councilwoman Urges Ban On Strobe Lights At Protests Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez called Wednesday, July 28, for the city to ban strobe lights from protests and demonstrations, calling them capable of disorienting or temporarily blinding police officers and protesters. In a motion introduced Wednesday, Rodriguez said that while the vast majority of protests in Los Angeles are peaceful, “there have been incidents of violence between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators, as well as acts of violence targeting police officers.” “The use of strobe lights can be extremely harmful as the lights can disorient and/or temporarily blind both police officers and protesters,” according to the motion, which also states that people used strobe lights against officers during demonstrations in Echo Park and Hollywood. “Additionally, intermittent light patterns created by strobe lights may cause seizures in persons that are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy, impacting police officers and demonstrators alike,” the motion says.
Los Angeles Daily News

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