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March 7, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Manchester Square Shooting Leaves 1 Dead: Officials
A man was shot and killed in the Manchester Square area of South Los Angeles early Saturday morning. The shooting was reported shortly after 3 a.m. on the 1400 block of Manchester Avenue, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department and Officer Todd of the Los Angeles Police Department. A man believed to be about 30 years old was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Todd said. The investigation is ongoing. No suspect information was available, and it is unclear if the shooting was gang-related, Todd added. KTLA 5

Man Found Shot To Death In Boyle Heights; Investigation Underway
A man was found shot to death Friday in Boyle Heights, and an investigation was underway. The body was discovered about 6 a.m. in the 3100 block of East Washington Boulevard, East of South Soto Street, the LAPD reported. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the man. No arrests were reported, police said. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call 877-LAPD-247. CBS 2

Man Shot To Death In Crenshaw Area
A man was shot to death Saturday evening in the Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. The shooting occurred just after 8 p.m. at Nicolet Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a dispatcher at the Los Angeles Police Department's Operations Center. The 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. The shooting was believed gang-related, she said. Suspect information was not immediately available.

Sherman Oaks Man Sentenced To 49 Years To Life For Fatally Shooting His Wife, Injuring Her Father
A Sherman Oaks man convicted of gunning down his recently estranged common-law wife and wounding her father early on New Year's Day 2020 in Compton was sentenced Friday to 49 years to life in state prison. Eduardo Ubiarco Jr., 39, was found guilty last Nov. 4 of first-degree murder of his 37-year-old common-law wife, identified only as “Claudia L.,” and the attempted murder of her then-62-year-old father, who survived gunshot wounds to his upper body. Jurors also found true allegations that Ubiarco personally used a gun and inflicted great bodily injury on his common-law wife's father, according to Deputy District Attorney Courtney Dyer. “This was a relationship involving domestic abuse,” the prosecutor said, while noting that authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting. The couple had two children together, but they did not witness the shooting, according to Dyer. Ubiarco was arrested the day of the shootings by deputies and has remained behind bars since then. Los Angeles Daily News

Father Killed In Baldwin Hills Hit-and-Run
A Lancaster father who was visiting his mother in Baldwin Hills was killed after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver early Friday morning, police said. The victim was identified by family members as 32-year-old Joshua Brown. Los Angeles Police Department investigators said according to witness statements, Brown was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk when he was struck at the intersection of La Cienega and Obama boulevards around 2:30 a.m. On Friday morning, LAPD detectives were gathering evidence and were checking for surveillance footage at nearby businesses to help identify the suspect's vehicle. Brown is survived by his fiancé and son, Ace. Those who provide information leading up to the suspect's arrest and conviction or resolution are eligible for a reward of up to $50,000.  FOX 11

Man Killed After Collision On E-Scooter In Koreatown
Traffic detectives were asking the public for help locating the driver suspected of running over and killing a man who was knocked into the street by another vehicle Saturday while riding an E-Scooter in Koreatown. The fatal crash happened about 2:30 a.m. at Western Avenue and Olympic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The man identified by the coroner as 22-year-old Mario Ramos Morales was riding the E-Scooter eastbound on Olympic Boulevard when he was struck by a blue Dodge Caravan that was northbound on Western, police said. The impact caused the Los Angeles man to be ejected from the scooter and he landed in the roadway. An unknown vehicle that was southbound on Western hit the rider and dragged him about 60 feet before he came to rest in front of a bus stop, police said. The driver of that vehicle failed to stop, identify themselves or render aid. Morales was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner said. The 39-year-old Los Angeles man driving the minivan did stop, investigators said. Neither alcohol nor drugs were believed to be a factor in the first collision, police said. Under the city's Hit-and-Run Reward Program Trust Fund, a reward of up to $50,000 is available to people who provide information leading to an offender's identification, apprehension and conviction or resolution through civil compromise. NBC 4

Student Stabbed In Fight Outside West Adams Preparatory High School
A student was stabbed Friday afternoon outside West Adams Preparatory High School in Pico-Union, police said. Around 4 p.m., as class ended for the day and students streamed out of the school in the 1500 block of West Washington Boulevard, officers from the Los Angeles School Police Department spotted a fight break out among a large group of students, Sgt. Rudy Perez said. In breaking up the fight, they saw that a male student had been stabbed once in the back, Perez said. The student, who was either 17 or 18 years old, was taken to a hospital, where he was stable Friday evening, Perez said. Police have identified a possible suspect, a fellow student at West Adams Preparatory High, but he has not been taken into custody, according to Perez. Los Angeles Times

LAPD Wants To Name Police Station After 1st Female Deputy Chief
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday, March 1, unanimously recommended naming one of the Police Department's stations after the first female deputy chief, a woman who had already been a groundbreaking cop and helped inspire a TV show. Adding her name to the department's Northeast Station was “one way we can memorialize the legacy of a trailblazer,” Cmdr. Ruby Flores told the commission while briefly discussing the legacy of Margaret Ann “Peggy” York, part of the department's first all-female homicide detective team that served as inspiration for the 1980s television series “Cagney & Lacey.” “They never sought out to be trailblazers or ever think that this TV show would take off,” Flores said. “This was sadly because no one else wanted to work with the two women.” The vote by the commissioners sent the recommendation to the City Council for consideration, with a motion coming as early as the City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 2. The department chose the Northeast Station, which sits just south of the southern border of Glendale, because York was based there during her time as a detective, Flores said. Los Angeles Daily News

DTLA Hit-and-Run Victim Asks For Help Finding Driver, Reuniting Her With Pet Dog
A 61-year-old woman is recovering from serious injuries following a disturbing hit-and-run in downtown Los Angeles that was captured on camera. The collision occurred just before 3 a.m. on Feb. 28. LAPD says Sandra Martin was crossing the street in the 100 block of East 4th Street when the driver of a 4-door black vehicle suddenly starts driving in reverse, and hits her. The driver then fled the scene without helping Martin. Police describe the driver as a Black male with a thin build, between 170 and 190 pounds, and 25 to 30 years old driving a black 4-door passenger car. Martin was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and required surgery. She says the driver pulled her out from under the vehicle, and when asked if he was leaving, he responded "I sure am." Martin's light brown long-haired chihuahua mix called "Little Man" is seen in the video running away from the scene of the crash. She is asking the public for help reuniting her with her dog. The driver remains on the loose as police continue their investigation. Anyone with information regarding this hit-and-run case, and driver whereabouts, is urged to call LAPD Detective Juan Campos at (213) 833-3713 or email . ABC 7

Armed Felon Arrested After Nine Hour Standoff with Authorities In Downtown LA
Los Angeles Police Department officers were at the scene of a man who has barricaded himself at an undisclosed location in Downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. The site of the barricade was located on the 200 block of Main Street. An LAPD report disclosed that the standoff began at 6:40 a.m. Officers were working to coax the suspect from his location. The man, wanted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, finally surrendered to their attempts at around 3:45 p.m. No injuries were reported in the incident. CBS 2

LA Man Gets Life Sentence For Fentanyl Trafficking In St. Louis
A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to life in prison for leading a large-scale fentanyl distribution conspiracy in St. Louis. A federal judge in St. Louis on Friday handed down the sentence for 56-year-old Gerald Hunter. He was convicted in October of several drug charges as well as two money laundering counts. Federal prosecutors say a lengthy Drug Enforcement Administration investigation determined that Hunter was the out-of-state source supplying fentanyl for a drug organization in St. Louis. In April 2017, DEA agents seized 27 kilograms of fentanyl in suburban St. Louis, but Hunter ran from investigators. He evaded arrest for three years until U.S. Marshals arrested him in Los Angeles in 2020. Los Angeles Daily News

Suspect Arrested In Unprovoked Attack At Glendale Fashion Center That Was Caught On Camera
Police have arrested the person wanted in an unprovoked attack at the Glendale Fashion Center on March 2. Glendale police say that 33-year-old Margarida Eshan was caught on surveillance video punching a woman on her head in a parking garage. They say Eshan returned to the mall two days later, began screaming out of control, and a security guard recognized her from the earlier attack after he went to investigate. Officers responded to the Glendale Fashion Center, located on the 200 block of N. Glendale Avenue, at about 2 a.m. after the security guard called police, officials said. Eshan ran away from the scene before officers arrived, but eventually found her nearby and took her into custody. Authorities say Eshan was in possession of EBT and Social Security cards that did not belong to her, along with heroin. They say she also had multiple outstanding warrants for battery, identity theft, and petty theft. Eshan was booked for battery, identity theft, and possession of a controlled substance as well as for outstanding warrants. She remained in custody due to the bail on her warrants. ABC 7

Police Seek Public's Help Locating 48-Year-Old Man With Schizophrenia Missing In LA County
On Friday, authorities sought the public's help locating a 48-year-old man with schizophrenia who was last contacted in Los Angeles county. John Michael Wehrly last spoke with family members about 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 14, though his exact whereabouts were not known, according to Deputy David Yoo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Wehrly is white, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds, with brown eyes, curly brown hair and a full beard. He is also known to frequent the Whittier area. Anyone with information on Wehrly's whereabouts was asked to contact the LASD Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at . CBS 2

Man Used ‘Ghost Gun' To Kill 3 Daughters In Church
The gunman who killed his three daughters, a chaperone who was supervising his visit with the children and himself in a Northern California church this week was armed with an unregistered "ghost gun," authorities said Friday. David Mora, 39, was armed with a homemade semiautomatic rifle-style weapon. He had an illegal 30-round ammunition magazine and 17 bullets were fired, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office said. Mora was under a restraining order that barred him from possessing a firearm and authorities do not know how or when he obtained it. "The person who knows these answers is dead. I think I can safely say, he obtained it illegally," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Rodney Grassmann said. The Sacramento church where the killings occurred had been Mora's home since he was released from an involuntary mental health hold in April 2021 after threatening to harm himself and his estranged girlfriend, investigators said. The violence erupted Monday during a weekly supervised visitation Mora had with his daughters, ages 13, 10 and 9. Investigators have revealed no motive. FOX 11

Woman Arrested In Crash That Killed 2, Including New Mexico Police Officer
A New Mexico woman was arrested after authorities say she caused a crash that killed an officer and retired firefighter and then lied about having been kidnapped. Jeannine Jaramillo, 46, faces charges including two counts of first-degree murder, authorities said in a news conference Saturday. After a pursuit, the Wednesday crash on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe killed Officer Robert Duran, 43, and Frank Lovato, 62. Lovato was a retired firefighter from the northern New Mexico city of Las Vegas who was driving a pickup truck and not involved with the pursuit. Jaramillo had initially said she had been carjacked at knifepoint, according to authorities, and she was released after being treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. She was arrested Saturday, according to a New Mexico State Police news release, after evidence submitted to a lab Friday showed she was the sole driver of the stolen vehicle involved in the crash. DNA found on the airbag belonged to Jaramillo and evidence showed there was only one person inside at the time of the crash, according to New Mexico State Police. Associated Press

FBI Tracks Armed Robber Through TikTok Videos
Federal agents investigating a series of armed robberies across Metro Detroit have arrested a popular TikTok personality after he was spotted dancing in what investigators described as his stick-up shoes. Redford Township resident Chozen Terrell-Hannah, 22, admitted robbing four stores after investigators raided his home Wednesday despite eyewitnesses describing the armed thief as a white man, according to the FBI. Terrell-Hannah is African-American. A criminal complaint describes a three-month crime spree targeting retail shops, fancy footwear and a federal investigation aided by dozens of brief videos posted to Terrell-Hannah's TikTok account "ChozenWrld," which has more than 148,000 followers and 1.6 million likes. Terrell-Hannah is being held without bond while awaiting a detention hearing Monday in federal court in Detroit. He is charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce and possessing a firearm during a violent crime, charges that could result in a prison sentence of more than 20 years. His court-appointed lawyer, James Gerometta, declined comment Friday. The Detroit News

Public Safety News

LAFD Rescue Two Hikers, Dog Stuck Mid-Slope In Runyon Canyon
Urban search and rescue specialists and Los Angeles County firefighters used a two-line rope system on Saturday to bring two women and a canine to safety after they got stranded on a steep slope near Runyon Canyon road. Firefighters managed to rescue the mother and daughter, plus their dog, after the two had no way of getting back onto the trail. Fortunately, LAFD has reported no injuries to either the mother or her daughter. So far there is no information on how the two women got stuck in the slope that required firefighters to rescue them. CBS 2

Los Angeles County's COVID Hospitalizations Fall To 755
The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals has fallen again, dropping from 792 to 755, according to the latest state figures out Sunday. Of those patients, 131 were in intensive care, up three from the previous day. On Saturday, local health officials reported 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 and 48 additional deaths associated with the virus, bringing the county's totals to 2,803,476 cases and 31,005 fatalities since the pandemic began. The rolling average daily rate of people testing for the virus was 1%, down from 1.1% on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The department no longer updates COVID data on Sundays. As of midnight Friday, indoor mask-wearing went from mandatory to “strongly recommended” in most indoor spaces across the county. Masking is still required in higher-risk settings, including health care facilities, transit centers, airports, aboard public transit, in correctional facilities and at homeless shelters and long-term care facilities.

Local Government News

LA City Council President Introduces Motion To End COVID-19 Proof Of Vaccination Requirement
With the county easing back its COVID-19 masking and vaccine-verification rules, Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez has introduced a motion to end the city's mandate requiring proof of vaccination to enter many indoor establishments and large outdoor events. The city ordinance, which went into effect Nov. 8, requires people over age 12 to show proof of vaccination before patronizing indoor restaurants, gyms, entertainment and recreational facilities, personal care establishments and some city buildings. The law also requires people to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 case to attend outdoor events with 5,000 or more people. Martinez' motion essentially calls for rolling back the requirements, although individual businesses would be permitted to voluntarily require proof of vaccination from patrons. If the motion is passed by the full City Council, the city attorney will be instructed to prepare a new ordinance and bring it back to the council for a final vote. ABC 7

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