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February 7, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Gascón Recall is Being Funded by Hollywood Power
The list of early contributors to the campaign to oust Gascón, obtained exclusively by  Los Angeles  and not yet released to the public, includes Orion Pictures co-founder Mike Medavoy and his wife, socialite Irene Meadavoy; supermarket magnate and President Clinton confidant Ron Burkle; President Biden's pick for ambassador to Norway, Holmby Hills media-real-estate billionaire Marc Nathanson; Hillary Clinton bundler and Pacific Palisades real-estate baron Jordan Kaplan; and Malibu-based developer of malls and condos Richard Weintraub and his wife Liane. “The spin that Gascón has used effectively before, that it's all Trump supporters, is not going to work this time,” says Irene Medavoy, who with her husband helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Obamas and other prominent Democrats. A major studio executive told Los Angeles, “People can be liberal in ideology but they don't want crime in their city.” Los Angeles Magazine

Prosecutors Accuse 9 Alleged Crips Members Of Carrying Out Retaliatory Killings In South L.A.
Law enforcement officials in Los Angeles have charged nine alleged gang members with committing six homicides, multiple shootings and various other crimes in a pocket of South L.A. hit hard by the city's recent surge in violence. Police said all nine men — identified in charging documents as members of the Kitchen Crips — regularly committed violence in furtherance of the gang and in retaliation for threats to its members, instilling fear and attempting to assert control in neighborhoods including Florence-Firestone and Watts. The Kitchen Crips is a predominantly Black gang that claims as its territory an area of South Los Angeles east of the 110 Freeway. Among its victims were individuals whom the gang believed to be members of rival Bloods sets and whom it conspired to kill, prosecutors alleged. One was a 61-year-old bystander killed when the men opened fire at a rival on a scooter, and another was killed when they opened fire into a crowd of people at the Nickerson Gardens public housing development, prosecutors alleged. “It was one gang that was terrorizing several communities,” said Capt. Adrian Gonzalez, commander of the LAPD South Bureau's Homicide Division. “It's the gang life, and part of what they try to do is spread fear and influence.” Los Angeles Times

2 Men Shot, 1 Killed In Central-Alameda: LAPD
Two men were shot by a pair of suspects in the Central-Alameda area of South Los Angeles early Sunday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victims, a 45-year-old man and a 60-year-old man, were attacked at about 2:15 a.m. in the 5500 block of Alba Street, according to LAPD Officer Eisenman. The two men were approached by two attackers who fired multiple rounds before fleeing, Eisenman said. The younger victim was declared dead at the scene, while the older victim is in stable condition at a local hospital, Eisenman added. It is unknown if this shooting is gang-related, and police did not provide information on the suspects or the vehicle in which they fled, though Eisenman did clarify that the two victims are not homeless. KTLA 5

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Stabbing, Killing 85-Year-Old Stepfather In Marina Del Rey
A man was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his 85-year-old stepfather Friday night in Marina del Rey, Los Angeles police officials said. The stabbing happened around 5:30 p.m at home on Glencoe Avenue, according to police. Police say a stepson, 45, fatally stabbed his 85-year-old stepfather. Police say the suspect took off but was taken into custody shortly after near the Centinela Bridge, just south of Route 90. West Bureau Homicide is on scene. No further details are available at this time. WestSide Current

Man Shot To Death At Multi-Million Dollar Mansion In Encino, One Person In Custody
A deadly shooting at a multi-million dollar mansion in Encino Thursday night, sparked a homicide investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department who says they have arrested a man they suspect of being the gunman. Officers responded to the home located in the 16800 block of Encino Hills Drive shortly after 7 p.m., and found a man, in his 60s, suffering from gunshot wounds, according to LAPD detectives. The victim died at the scene. LAPD arrested another man suspected of being the shooter, who was also in his 60s. Neither the suspect nor the victim has been identified by police. Homicide detectives are still looking into a possible motive for the shooting. No further details were immediately known. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who has information on this case is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department. ABC 7

LAPD Investigating Friday Night Homicide In Nickerson Gardens
A man was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds behind the wheel of his vehicle near Nickerson Gardens on Friday evening. The incident was reported to authorities just around 10:45 p.m., where they found the victim dead on the scene. The victim's vehicle was found running on the side of Alvaro Street near Nickerson Gardens Skate Park. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Authorities are still investigating the incident and searching for the suspect who is still at large. CBS 2

Law Enforcement Ramps Up Security Around Inglewood, SoFi Stadium In Preparation For Super Bowl LVI
As promised, the Los Angeles Police Department has made a drastic increase in patrols in the area surround SoFi Stadium in preparation for Super Bowl LVI, set to take place in just a week's time. The increase isn't just being felt at SoFi Stadium though, as attendees at the Super Bowl Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. Live and other hotspots around the city have reported a much larger law enforcement presence in recent days. Officers could be seen standing by at each entrance to the Super Bowl Experience, a “football theme park” allowing fans to experience NFL history up close, on Sunday, as thousands of fans flooded in and out of the convention center for the event. Along with the LAPD, members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and federal partners of the FBI, the Secret Service and Department of Defense have all begun to descend upon the Southland in order to prepare for the week-long party that is planned for Super Bowl LVI. CBS 2

LAPD Searching For Missing 83-Year-Old Woman
Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol officials are seeking public assistance in locating a missing 83-year-old woman from North Hollywood. Beverly Armelin, 83, was last seen at around 9:30 on Sunday morning, prompting CHP to issue a Silver Alert for the missing octogenarian. She was last known to be in the area of Burbank and Laurel Canyon Boulevards, and was wearing a green jacket with a black-and-white striped shirt. She was also wearing blue pants, black shoes and a gray hat, with a blue facemask and a large black purse. She is 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. Armelin has gray hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to cal the LAPD Missing Persons Unit at (213) 996-1800. CBS 2

LA County Supervisors Offer $10,000 Reward For Info In Killing Of Teen
Sheriff's detectives were set to announce the reward of $10,000 for information on the killing of 16-year-old Ricardo Trujillo, it was announced Sunday. Trujillo was shot to death about 11:45 p.m. on September 24 as he was leaving a party in Compton with a group of his friends, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Eva Jimenez. Trujillo and his friends were confronted by a group of people as they left the party. One of the people pulled out a handgun and shot Trujillo, Jimenez said. Trujillo died at the scene. The announcement of the reward will come Monday at 10 a.m. at the LASD's homicide bureau office at 1 Cupania Circle in Monterey Park, Jimenez said. The reward was sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell of the 2nd District and later approved by the Board of Supervisors. For questions and information contact the LASD's Information bureau at 213-229-1850. Tipsters can call the LASD's homicide bureau at 323-890-5500.

LA County Department Of Health Services Seeks Help To Identify Two Hit-and-Run Victims
Authorities on Friday sought public help to identify two men who were hospitalized after being hit by vehicles in Los Angeles County. On Jan. 27, a Black man in his 50s was found injured at 73rd and Figueroa streets, and paramedics brought him to a hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The man had no documentation of his identity, and is unable to communicate, officials said. He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has gray-and-black hair and brown eyes. On Jan. 20 about 5 a.m., a Latino man in his 40s, who was found injured in the 200 block of West Manchester Avenue in the Playa del Rey area, was brought to a hospital by paramedics. He also had no identification, and cannot communicate information that will help identify him. He is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about either man was urged to call the Department of Health Services at 424-306-7718. NBC 4

Feds Crack Down On Fake NFL Gear Coming Into SoCal As Super Bowl LVI Nears
Federal agents are cracking down on counterfeit NFL gear worth millions of dollars, pouring into Southern California as Los Angeles gets ready to host the Super Bowl. Thousands of fans are expected to make their way to Inglewood for Super Bowl LVI. And in anticipation, federal agents are already confiscating fake NFL merchandise headed our way. Fake, or counterfeit NFL merchandise, is big business for criminals. During last year's Super Bowl, federal authorities say they confiscated nearly $45 million dollars in fake merchandise. "Simply put, counterfeiting is a crime. It's nothing more than stealing," said Carlos Martel, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection showed off some of the fake goods they've already confiscated, including a fake Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy. E-commerce has increased tremendously in recent years, and that means sports fans are ordering their team's merchandise. "Now, when consumers purchase good in support of their favorite teams, they expect to get the real deal," said Martel. "Criminals and counterfeiters are doing nothing more than deceiving and exploiting fan enthusiasm by sending low-quality fake goods to them." ABC 7

L.A. Man Faces Decades In Prison After Allegedly Extorting, Threatening ‘Real Housewives' Star In Newport Beach
Police had to break down the front door of reality television star Elizabeth Vargas' Newport Beach home during the Tuesday arrest of an armed man who was barricaded inside. Los Angeles resident Ryan Matthew Geraghty, 33, now faces multiple felony charges after he threatened to kill a former girlfriend after extorting money from her, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a press release. The victim has since been identified as Vargas, star of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” who briefly dated Geraghty, by her manager, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Beginning on Christmas Eve 2021, Geraghty is accused of beginning to extort money from the woman in exchange for not selling nude photos of her to the media,” the District Attorney's office said. When Vargas refused to provide more money, Geraghty punched her in the face, held her at gunpoint and threatened to kill her, according to the DA. He also forced her to buy him a BMW and shot a gun into the ceiling during a Jan. 31 argument, the day before he returned to point the gun at the victim's face and threatened to kill her, the release added. KTLA 5

SoCal Man Gets Life For Killing 2 Women With Meat Cleaver As Wife, Son Waited In Car
A Southern California man who killed two women with a meat cleaver after a New Year's Eve party while his wife and son waited in a car outside was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Christopher Ken Ireland, 42, of Huntington Beach was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court by a judge who called the killings vicious and callous. He was convicted of murder in November. Ireland testified that he killed Yolanda Holtrey, 59, and Michelle Luke, 49, on Jan. 1, 2017, and then returned to set fire to Holtrey's home, which prosecutors said was an attempt to destroy evidence. Ireland said the killings occurred after Holtrey caught him having sex with Luke while Ireland's wife and 11-year-old son were in a car parked outside, waiting for Ireland to leave. He said he was defending himself after Holtrey attacked him with the cleaver and later Luke attacked him with a kettlebell. However the prosecutor, Mark Birney, said it was "absurd" that Ireland, an army veteran with hand-to-hand combat training, could have been afraid of the older, smaller women, the Orange County Register reported. After killing Holtrey, Ireland testified that he walked out of the home but then returned and killed Luke. He returned a third time hours later to set fire to the home, authorities said. FOX 11

Off-Duty Officer Shot In Seventh Shooting Of NYPD Cop In 2022
An off-duty NYPD officer visiting family in a Harlem housing project was shot in his foot Saturday by ski-mask wearing suspects, said police sources. The officer, whose name has not been released, saw a group of ski-masked men entering the a building at the Manhattanville Houses, on Broadway near W. 126th St. just after 4:35 p.m., said police and police sources. As the officer argued with the men, one of them pulled out a gun and fired three shots, said police sources. The officer was hit in the left foot, and did not himself fire any shots, said the sources. The suspects ran off. The police officer was taken for treatment at Mount Sinai/Morningside Hospital, and reported in stable condition, the sources said. Police were searching late Saturday for three men involved in the shooting, sources said. It was the seventh time an NYPD officer was shot in 2022. New York Daily News

Michigan Police Captain Killed In On-Duty Crash
Flint Police Capt. Collin Birnie died Friday in a traffic crash while on duty, police wrote in a Facebook post. Birnie was a Flint police officer for 26 years, according to the post. "Captain Birnie was a respected leader in our community and beloved by the members of our agency," the police department said in a statement. "We offer our condolences to his family and all those that loved him." Detroit Police Chief James White wrote on Twitter: "On behalf of the Detroit Police Department, I send my heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families and friends of Flint Police Captain, Collin Birnie, who was tragically killed in the line of duty. We grieve with you." The Detroit News

Maryland Officer Saves Student From Being Hit By Car
A Maryland police officer is being credited with saving a middle school student from being hit by a car, officials say. Cpl. Annette Goodyear of the North East Police Department was directing traffic on Friday at a crosswalk when the North East Middle School student entered the intersection. The officer then realized that an approaching car was not going to be able to stop in time and reacted quickly by pushing the student out of the way. The officer herself was struck by the car. The incident was caught on camera,  WUSA  reported. After the officer was struck, the student and the driver were seen attending to her. Cecil County Executive Danielle Hernberger shared the video on her Facebook page. Hernberger said she has spoken with the town's mayor and they are working on commendations for Goodyear. Cpl. John Fakner of the North East Police Department said Goodyear was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was later released. The driver of the car was cited for several traffic violations including negligent driving, the Cecil County Sheriff's Office said. Associated Press

Public Safety News

LAFD Extinguishes Apartment Fire In West Los Angeles
Firefighters knocked down a fire this evening inside one unit in an apartment building that threatened offices above a parking area in west Los Angeles. The blaze at 10642 W. Santa Monica Blvd., just east of Manning Avenue, was reported at 5:05 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. The fire spread to the building's attic and threatened three units with fire and smoke damage, Prange said. The department dispatched 30 firefighters to the scene and they extinguished the flames in about 26 minutes, Prange said. No injuries were reported, he said and the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

LAFD Firefighters Rescue Workers Trapped In 4-Foot Trench At Sun Valley Home
Two construction workers were hospitalized Saturday after being trapped when the wall of a 4-foot deep trench gave way at a Sun Valley home. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 10:13 a.m. to 9031 N. El Dorado Ave., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One of the men escaped from the trench with a leg injury prior to the arrival of the LAFD, Humphrey said. He was taken to a trauma center with non-life-threatening leg injuries. Responders stabilized the trench, provided concurrent medical care, and rescued the second worker in about 77 minutes. He was also taken to a trauma center for non-life-threatening leg injuries. A third person at the scene later came forward with a complaint of back pain and was taken to a hospital. ABC 7

LA County Sees Big Drop In COVID Hospitalizations
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals dropped by more than 200 people -- falling from 3,233 to 3,012 -- continuing the downward trend of the last couple weeks, according to the latest figures out Saturday. Of those patients, 616 were in intensive care, down from 652 on Friday. Some patients entered hospitals for other reasons and only discovered they had COVID after a hospital-mandated test. The latest numbers come one day after local health officials reported another 85 deaths associated with the coronavirus and 15,427 new positive COVID- 19 tests, bringing the county's totals to 2,710,362 cases and 29,280 deaths since the pandemic began. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Friday that if the county wants to end the winter surge of COVID infections, "we'll need to continue the common-sense protective measures that we know can slow COVID-19 transmission. FOX 11

California COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 80,000 In Two Years
California's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 80,000, a sobering number that undoubtedly will continue to climb in the days and weeks ahead even as the state emerges from the worst of this winter's Omicron surge. The milestone came on the same day the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 900,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Experts now expect that the U.S. death toll will eventually exceed 1 million. While much has been made about this latest variant's generally milder nature compared with strains that came before, officials have long cautioned that the sheer avalanche of infections would almost assuredly lead to more illness and death. “Omicron is milder than Delta and than some of the ancestral strains. But let's not fool ourselves that this is inconsequential illness because, for many people, it's not,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

Venice Attorney Erin Darling Announces Run City Council District 11
Criminal defense and civil rights attorney Erin Darling announced Friday he will run for Council District 11 after the Westside district's current council member Mike Bonin announced he would not seek reelection. "We're not just faced with a housing crisis. Climate change threatens the Pacific and Santa Monica Mountains. We can't delay our efforts for climate change resiliency," Darling wrote on Twitter shortly after announcing his run. Darling has lived in Venice his entire life and began his legal career as an attorney for low-income tenants, including those in Venice, facing eviction, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, which interviewed Darling. He told The Daily News that his run for City Council was prompted by progressive council member Mike Bonin announcing he won't run for reelection for the district that includes Venice, Pacific Palisades, Mar Vista and Westchester.  FOX 11

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