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February 14, 2022
Law Enforcement News

3 Officers Injured, 2 Critically, After Crash On Southbound 110 Freeway In Downtown LA
Three Los Angeles police officers were injured after a crash involving a patrol car on the 110 Freeway in downtown L.A., prompting a full closure of all southbound lanes Monday morning. The crash happened around 2 a.m. at Olympic Boulevard near the 10 Freeway interchange, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Details about what led up to the collision were still being investigated, including how many other vehicles were involved. The three officers were taken to LAC+USC Medical Center. Two of them were in critical condition and the third was described as being in serious but stable condition. It's unclear if any arrests have been made in the crash. ABC 7

Former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Pulls Support From DA George Gascón
Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Friday rescinded his support of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, joining a chorus of law enforcement officials and victims' advocates who have expressed concern over what they deem Gascón's soft-on-crime policies. "I based my support for the election of District Attorney George Gascón on the hope he would advance public safety in Los Angeles and because of our close personal relationship of over 30 years. After observing the negative effects of his policies and practices on public safety, I am compelled to rescind that endorsement," Beck's statement said. "I have spent the majority of my life protecting and serving the people of Los Angeles and the men and women of its police department. I believe they would be made safer and be better served by a district attorney that emphasizes the rights of victims and the safety of our police officers," the statement continued. Gascón defeated two-term incumbent Jackie Lacey in 2020 on a platform of criminal justice reform, but now faces a possible recall election this year for policies that some say have gone too far in that direction at the expense of public safety. The policy changes include no longer seeking death sentences, abandoning sentencing enhancements that could lead to lifetime imprisonment for all but the most egregious crimes, and more lenient treatment of juvenile lawbreakers. FOX 11

Two Shot, One Dead In South Los Angeles Shooting
One man is dead and another is in critical condition Saturday after they were shot in South Los Angeles. Police responded at approximately 11:42 p.m. Friday to 1355 E. 42nd Place where they found two victims suffering from gunshots wounds, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses said the victims were seated in a vehicle when three suspects drove up in two cars and began to argue with the victims. The victims stepped out of their vehicle and the suspects shot at both of them. The suspects fled in their vehicles, police said. The victims were taken to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was in serious condition. CBS 2

One Shot In East Los Angeles During Super Bowl Celebrations
One person was shot and transported to the hospital during a Super Bowl celebration in East Los Angeles. The shooting happened on the corner of Atlantic and Whittier Boulevards. The Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol were on the scene. Fire crews helped the victim and transported the person to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time. No description of the suspect was immediately available. CBS 2

Young Woman Killed, 2 Others Seriously Injured After Tesla Slams Into Tree In Woodland Hills
One woman is dead and two others were seriously injured after their Tesla slammed into a tree in Woodland Hills Saturday night. The crash happened at about 10 p.m. in the 22000 block of Dumetz Road, near Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Two of the women were trapped in the wreckage, and were extricated by Los Angeles firefighters. A third victim was found outside of the vehicle, on the sidewalk, when emergency crews arrived on scene, said the L.A. Fire Department. Two of the victims were taken to a regional trauma center in critical condition. A third died at the scene. None of the victims have been identified, but officials say they were young in age. The roadway was partially closed while the investigation was underway. No further details were immediately known. The cause of the crash is under investigation. ABC 7

Rapper Kodak Black Among Four Injured In Shooting Outside Bieber Concert Afterparty In Beverly Grove Area
Rapper Kodak Black was among four people injured in a shooting in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles early Saturday outside a star-studded party that followed a Justin Bieber concert for Super Bowl weekend, according to authorities. Gunshots erupted after a fight broke out in the 400 block of North La Cienega Boulevard around 2:45 a.m., said Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman with the Los Angeles Police Department. Three men — ages 19, 24 and 60 — were struck by gunfire, Madison said. Paramedics took two to a hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, police said. The 24-year-old and another victim, whose age and gender were not disclosed, took themselves to hospitals. All four victims were stable, police said. Video posted by TMZ showed a group of people, including rapper Kodak Black, fighting just before the shots rang out. A man could be seen lying in the street next to a red Ferrari as partygoers crawled to take cover. Kodak Black, 24, whose real name is Bill Kapri, was shot in the foot during the confrontation, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. There was no word on a suspect, and a motive for the shooting was unclear. Los Angeles Times

Pedestrian Hit By Vehicle, Killed, In Wilmington
A man was killed when he was struck by a vehicle while walking in Wilmington, authorities said Sunday. The crash was reported just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Pacific Coast Highway at Fries Avenue, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The 40-45-year-old man driving the vehicle stopped and called for help, the officer said. The pedestrian, believed to have been 25-years-old, was taken by paramedics to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, he said.

Man Found Dead Near Overturned Skiff In Wilmington
A man was found dead near a small boat that overturned in a channel of water in Wilmington, just north of Terminal Island, Sunday, Feb. 13. Crews responded to reports a 10-foot skiff that had flipped over near Berth 194 of the Port of Los Angeles, between the Vincent Thomas and Henry Ford bridges, at about 1:43 p.m. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. First responders spotted a person floating in the water as they approached the boat. The person who was pulled out of the water by first-responders was a man in his 50s who was pronounced dead, Los Angeles Port Police spokesman Phillip Sanfield said. Coroner's investigators said his death was caused by an accidental drowning. Firefighters searched the area, and did not find any other people in the water. There was no indication that anyone else had been on the boat, Sanfield said. Los Angeles Daily News

Dispersal Orders Issued At Downtown And East Los Angeles Intersections After Rams Championship
Multiple dispersal order were issued for people gathering at downtown and East Los Angeles intersections late Sunday night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is ordering the public to clear out from the scene near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and Hendricks Avenue. According to FOX 11's Cristy Fajardo, a street takeover briefly took place near the area, with some cars spotted performing dangerous (and illegal) stunts like donuts. FOX 11's crews were on the scene a little before 10:30 p.m. Sunday where Los Angeles County deputies made their way to the East Los Angeles intersection to break up the crowd. The tense series of events came shortly after the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Over in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department announced officers have made several dispersal orders in the wake of "violent and destructive behavior by large crowds." SkyFOX captured the moment where several fans jumped on top of a Los Angeles Metro bus. As of late Sunday night, neither the LAPD nor LASD released an approximate number of arrests or the cost in total damage.  FOX 11

City Controller Candidate Rob Wilcox Attacked Outside City Hall
Rob Wilcox, a candidate for city controller and a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office, was the target of an unprovoked attack near City Hall on Friday, he said. Wilcox said he was walking near 1st and Los Angeles streets about noon when an “extremely agitated and angry” man approached him and began shouting. The man started shoving him and called him a slur, Wilcox said. Wilcox said he ran into the street and tried to flag down a car, but no one would stop. The man followed him into the street and continued to shove him, Wilcox said. At one point, the man kicked Wilcox in the shin, Wilcox said. Unable to stop the man, Wilcox said he ran to the Joy Picus Child Development Center, a child-care center housed in a city facility named after the former San Fernando Valley councilwoman. Wilcox banged on the door of the facility and yelled, “Help me, help me!” but no one came, he said. The man, who followed Wilcox, had him “hemmed in,” Wilcox said. Wilcox then ran toward a City Hall parking garage, but the man didn't come after him, he said. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said he did not have information about the incident. Los Angeles Times

NFL Player Adrian Peterson Arrested For Domestic Violence At LAX After Plane Returns To Gate: Police
NFL running back Adrian Peterson was arrested Sunday morning at Los Angeles International Airport after an alleged domestic violence incident prompted a departing flight to return to Terminal 7, authorities said. Officers responded about 8:30 a.m. to a plane that had been leaving for Houston before returning to the gate "due to a verbal and physical altercation between a male suspect and a female victim," the LAX Police Division said in a statement. Police initiated an investigation and notified the FBI as required, authorities said. Peterson, 36, was taken into custody and was later booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division for alleged corporal injury of a spouse. His bail was set at $50,000, online arrest records showed. "The passengers along with the female victim were able to continue with their flight plans," according to the airport police news release. Peterson, a 15-year veteran of the NFL, is fifth in league history in rushing yards and the only non-quarterback to win NFL MVP since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006. ABC 7

Man, 34, Missing In Stevenson Ranch
Sheriff's detectives continued their search Sunday to find a 34-year-old man who was reported missing in Stevenson Ranch. Najee Anthony Bright was last seen about 6 p.m. on Dec. 26 in the 25700 block of Wilde Avenue, near Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Bright is Black. He stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, a beard and a scar on his forehead. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, tan camouflage pants, a red hat, black boots and two silver necklaces. Anyone with information on Bright's whereabouts was asked to contact the LASD Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

2 California Men Indicted In Las Vegas Robberies, Shootings That Left 2 Dead Over New Year's Weekend
Two California men were indicted Friday on murder and other felony charges in a series of New Year's weekend robberies and shootings on the Las Vegas Strip that left two people dead. Jesani Carter and Jordan Ruby also face charges including attempted murder, armed robbery and conspiracy in the 13-count indictment filed in Clark County District Court. Attorney Caitlyn McAmis, representing Carter, said her client plans to plead not guilty at an arraignment Feb. 16 in state court. Ruby's appointed attorney, Ed Kane, did not immediately respond to a message about the indictment. Carter, 20, and Ruby, 18, are being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center. Prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo has said their case may be considered for the death penalty. The two men were arrested Dec. 31, hours before a Las Vegas Strip fireworks show that tourism officials said drew hundreds of thousands of New Year's revelers. A Las Vegas judge who last month ordered the two defendants held without bail said she believed they “came to town on the busiest weekend of the year to terrorize the community, to terrorize tourists.” The indictment alleges the two drove from Southern California to Las Vegas and acted together to kill Clarice Yamaguchi, 66, of Waipahu, Hawaii, on Dec. 31 during a purse-snatching-turned-shooting in a parking garage at the Fashion Show mall. KTLA 5

9 Officers Wounded, Including 5 Shot, In Ambush At Phoenix Home
Police have identified 36-year-old Morris Jones as the deceased suspect in a shooting in Phoenix that injured nine officers. Police say a woman was killed and five police officers were shot at a Phoenix home, including four who were wounded while trying to take a baby to safety. Four more officers were injured by shrapnel or ricocheting bullets in the early Friday ambush. Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams tells reporters that all of the officers are expected to survive. Police say the suspect was found dead in the home following a barricade situation. His ex-girlfriend was found shot in the home and died later Friday. Police say a baby had been inside and at some point was placed outside on the ground. The baby was unharmed.  Associated Press

2 Washington State Deputies Shot While Breaking Up Neighborhood Dispute
Two Whatcom County Sheriff's deputies were shot Thursday while responding to a dispute between neighbors in the rural Peaceful Valley area, southeast of Sumas. As of Thursday evening, both injured deputies were "conscious, alert and in stable condition," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Deputies responded to a report that two men were shooting at each other, arriving at the scene a little after 4:15 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said on Twitter. The deputies attempted to talk to a man armed with a shotgun, who apparently shot both deputies. The deputies were taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald reported that the hospital was put on lockdown for a few minutes before being switched to "restricted access," increasing security at the hospital's entrances as a precaution. State Patrol Trooper Jacob Kennett tweeted a little after 6 p.m. that the suspected gunman had surrendered and was taken into custody. Seattle Times

Public Safety News

Firefighters Douse Fire At Row Of Commercial Businesses In Koreatown
Firefighters knocked down a greater alarm fire Saturday at a row of single-story commercial businesses in Koreatown, authorities said. The 89 firefighters dispatched at 6:54 a.m. to 761 S. Vermont Ave. had the blaze out within 36 minutes, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze started as an exterior rubbish fire that extended into the wall and interior of a unit in a row of the businesses, Humphrey said. “Firefighters skillfully prevented the flames from extending laterally, preventing fire damage to the other ten-plus businesses in the structure,” he said. “The specific cause of the fire remains under investigation.” No injuries were reported. CBS 2

LA County's COVID Hospitalizations Plunge By More Than 100 Sunday
The number of COVID-positive hospital patients continues to plunge in Los Angeles County, declining by 125 people to 2,086, according to the latest state figures released Sunday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 439, down from 461 a day earlier. Hospitalizations had climbed to over 4,800 in mid-January at the height of the Omicron-fueled winter surge in cases. Under guidelines announced this month by county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, if the hospitalization number stays below 2,500 for seven consecutive days, the county will consider itself to be entering a "post- surge" phase, and will lift its mask mandate for outdoor "mega-events" and outdoors at schools and childcare centers. Saturday marked the third day of sub- 2,500 hospitalizations. Ferrer said last week that absent a sudden increase in hospitalizations, the outdoor mask mandate could be lifted as early as this Wednesday. FOX 11

Local Government News

Billionaire Developer Rick Caruso Enters L.A. Mayor's Race
Billionaire developer Rick Caruso announced Friday he is entering the crowded field of candidates hoping to become Los Angeles' next mayor, reordering a contest that already includes several established Democrats hoping to succeed outgoing Mayor Eric Garcetti. Caruso, 63, said in a statement posted on Twitter that the nation's second most populous city can reverse a spike in crime and an unchecked homeless crisis. Earlier, he filed paperwork declaring his intention to run, an initial step in entering the race. Caruso, who is best known for building high-end shopping malls, joins several locally prominent Democrats among a growing group of candidates. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass is hoping to become the first female and the second Black mayor, after Tom Bradley, who held the post from 1973 to 1993. Other candidates include city Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Kevin de Leon and City Attorney Mike Feuer. A first-time mayoral candidate and one-time Republican, Caruso is positioning himself as an outsider taking on the political status quo. He's already facing attacks from Democratic rivals. KTLA 5

Bonin Pushes To Put More Shelters In Residential Areas, Make Temporary Shelters Permanent
Councilmember Mike Bonin asked the City Council to allow temporary shelters, like A Bridge Homes and Project Roomkey Hotels, to be made permanent and to amend parts of the municipal code to allow shelters to be built in residential areas next to nonprofit organizations and religious institutions. In a motion submitted this week to the Homeless and Poverty Committee and the Planning and Land Use Committee, Bonin and Nithya Raman stated that temporary shelters for the homeless are allowed on City-owned and City leased properties in any zone, including residential and business, therefore wants nonprofit and religious organizations to be able to do the same. In his motion, Bonin states that the Los Angeles homelessness crisis requires the City to be innovative and cut red tape wherever possible. "The number of people sleeping on our streets every night far exceeds the beds we can offer," said Bonin. Bonin stated that there are churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other properties owned by nonprofits that are eager to be part of the solution but are barred based on the location of their property. "We need to continue to work to make it as easy as possible for these charitable organizations to build and operate homeless shelters in the City." Bonin has pushed to have shelters put up in residential areas for years—but, residents say a lack of rules and regulations at Los Angeles shelters, including allowing drug and alcohol use, creates a toxic environment and is not appropriate for residential areas—including near sensitive areas like schools.  WestSide Current

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