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May 17, 2022
Law Enforcement News

Behind The Post: Is L.A.'s Paper of Record Missing the Story?
Indeed, for a lot of voters overwhelmed by the number of choices in any given election year, their endorsements -- particularly of candidates for lesser-known offices -- have become indispensable, and are trusted to be thoroughly researched by fair-minded Editorial Board members who are paid to do so. But this year, things are different. In a reply made in a social media thread by politically active, Biden-supporting, "average" Democrats, a member stated, "I've been reading the LA Times since I was a kid. It's like finding out some creepy radical socialist has hijacked my Grandma's Facebook account." Indeed, thanks to social media, Mejia's political views are painfully transparent, as was revealed just two days later in a Times article entitled, "He called Biden a rapist. Now his deleted tweets are shaking up the city controller's race." Just two years ago, Mejia proclaimed Biden (for whom 71% of Los Angeles County voted) both a "corporate loving rapist" and a racist. Their article didn't indicate whether or not the Times' editorial board was aware of these tweets when it endorsed Mejia, although it did say they'd been "circulating for weeks".  Westside Current

Elderly Man Stabbed To Death Inside His Vehicle In South LA, Suspect Arrested
A suspect has been arrested after stabbing a 70-year-old man to death inside his car in South Los Angeles. 25-year-old Keonte Woods was arrested Thursday, about a week after murdering the victim, Dal Lee. The Los Angeles Police Department says Lee's car was in a parking lot in the 100 block of East 50th Street. He walked to his van and sat in the front seat, that is when Woods approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck. The suspect then fled on foot. Lee was taken to the hospital where he later died. It is unknown what led to the stabbing or if the victim and suspect knew each other. Woods is behind bars with bail set at $2,000,000.  FOX 11

Man Beaten To Death On Downtown LA Street
A man was killed in an assault on a street in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday morning. The attack occurred at around 12:30 a.m. on a sidewalk in the Flower Street and 7th Avenue. Witnesses told Los Angeles police that the victim was walking south on Flower Street when he got into a dispute with the suspects that devolved into a physical assault. Responding officers found the victim lying on the sidewalk with a head injury. He died at the scene. The victim was described as being in his late 20s or early 30s. No arrests have been made and there was no word on what prompted the altercation. There was no immediate description of the suspects. CBS 2

Gunfire Exchanged During Attempted Robbery In Downtown L.A.
A man was hospitalized early Sunday morning after shots were fired during an attempted robbery in downtown Los Angeles. It happened around 3:10 a.m. on the 800 block of South Hope Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police say a man in his 30s was inside the lobby of a high-rise apartment building when he was approached by at least five other men. The suspects demanded that the man hand over his property, but he refused, police said, and pulled out a handgun. Both the man and his attackers began exchanging gunfire, which led to the man being hit. He was transported to a local hospital where he is currently in stable condition. The suspects fled the scene. They have been described only as a large group of Black men. The shooting and attempted robbery is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Los Angeles Police Department Central Station at 213-486-6606. KTLA 5

Woman Arrested After Ramming LAPD Vehicle During Pursuit
A woman suspected of stealing a car was arrested Monday night in Hollywood when she slammed into a police patrol car in reverse after leading police on a chase that began in Monterey Park. The pursuit began at 10:07 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Norma Eiseman. The suspect drove a gray older model Toyota on the 10, 710 and Hollywood freeways. A standoff between police and the suspect occurred after she put the Toyota in reverse and rammed into a LAPD vehicle on the Western Avenue off-ramp of the northbound Hollywood Freeway, causing smoke and water to leak out of the police vehicle. Close to a dozen LAPD officers with guns drawn surrounded the suspect's vehicle during the standoff. The LAPD's Central Area sent a tweet at 10:29 p.m., reporting that ``Officers are currently negotiating with the suspect for a peaceful surrender.'' A team of officers used a shield to smash the car's driver's side window and removed the woman at approximately 10:35 p.m. NBC 4

Man Dies After Being Pushed Off Bike, Hitting Head In Downtown L.A.
A man found dead in Downtown Los Angeles overnight was likely pushed off his bicycle, police said. A call reporting a man down near the intersection of West 7th and Flower streets was made just after midnight, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson confirmed. Investigators believe a man in his 30s was riding his bicycle near the intersection when a male suspect pushed him off the bike. The victim fell and suffered a head injury, the spokesperson said. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded and pronounced the unidentified victim dead at the scene. Police are working to determine who pushed the bicyclist and why. No suspect information has been released. KTLA 5

Carjacking Suspect Leads Police On Chase In Santa Monica, Venice
The Los Angeles Police Department is assisting the Santa Monica Police Department in a carjacking pursuit. LAPD said they were called by the SMPD to assist in a pursuit that ended on 4th Street and Rose Avenue Sunday morning. Police say they are looking for a black male with facial hair and a tattoo on their neck.  WestSide Current

Florida Family Left Reeling After Dog Stolen While On Vacation In Los Angeles
A Florida family vacationing in Los Angeles fell victim to the recent trend plaguing Southland communities after their beloved pet was stolen almost two weeks ago. Sonora Breault's vacation took a tragic turn on May 1, when she went to visit her friend's house on 83rd Street and Figueroa Street in South Los Angeles, where her dog Oreo, an eight-month-old English Bulldog, just seemed to disappear. "I saw her take Oreo out with her but when she came back to the car I was like, 'Where's Oreo?' and she was like, 'Oh my god, where's Oreo?'" Neighbors in the nearby area explained that they had seen someone in a black, hooded sweatshirt "carrying him down the street." "I just want him back," she said. "He's very special to me. He's my missing piece." She was gifted Oreo by her boyfriend, who died in a tragic car wreck months later. “That's why he's my last little piece," Breault said. Her father made the trip from Florida to help his daughter search for the English Bulldog, who bears the unique distinction of double "cherry eye" or an inflamed third eyelid on both eyes. He also has "a white nose with pink on it, a lot of them have black noses," Breault noted.  CBS 2

Man, 83, Suffering From Alzheimer's, Dementia Goes Missing In Lakewood
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sunday circulated a photo of an 83-year-old man suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease who went missing in Lakewood. William Edward Blair was last seen at midnight Saturday at his home in the 4100 block of Los Coyotes Diagonal, the Sheriff's Information Bureau reported. Blair was described as a 5-feet-7-inch tall white male weighing 140 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a red, black and white flannel shirt, blue jeans and gray shoes. He was possibly driving a silver 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan with California license plate numbers 7FGP821. The sheriff's Missing Persons Detail urged anyone with information regarding Blair's whereabouts to call them at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

LASD Searching For Missing 15-Year-Old Lancaster Girl
Sheriff's detectives asked for the public's help to find a 15-year-old girl who went missing Saturday in Lancaster. Su'Miracle Raymond was last seen in a white vehicle in the 2100 block of East Avenue J-8 around 12:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Raymond is Black. She stands 5 feet, 4 inches and weighs an estimated 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes, the LASD reported. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, a black-and-blue necklace with a cross, black shorts and black shoes, the LASD said. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was asked to call the Lancaster sheriff's station at 661-948-8466 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. FOX 11

Several Southland Camera Stores Taking Protection Measures After Being Robbed By Same Thieves
Several camera stores in Southern California have been robbed by the same two thieves who reportedly grab expensive cameras and other equipment and run out. In one recent incident, surveillance video from Mac Star Cameras & Electronics in Corona shows one of the suspects walking in, grabbing a couple of cameras and bolting out. The same suspects allegedly robbed the store's other location in Anaheim. When the suspects came into the Corona location Saturday, the employees recognized them and did not pull any cameras out of their boxes to show them. The suspects left. "One of them came back, fully covered with a mask and a hoodie, and then took a few items off the shelf," said Melissa Delgado, who manages Mac Star Cameras & Electronics. Delgado said other camera store managers in the Inland Empire, Orange and Los Angeles counties have been emailing one another with warnings that these suspects are stealing from camera shops. Corona police along with other departments are investigating. Like other electronics, there is a shortage of inventory. ABC 7

New Video Shows Hotel Gun Battle That Ended In 3 Cops Shot
Body cam footage captured gunfire erupting from behind a door as officers attempted to force entry into a hotel room, and the intense gun battle that followed. WISN reports newly released video shows the Nov. 2021 incident in which three LEOs were shot. Officers originally responded to the hotel after a call about a shooting in the hallway. The videos show officers going door to door to search for the gunman when they come upon a room that couldn't be opened with the master key. As Sgt. Kurt Svatek used a battering ram to breach the door, gunfire erupted from the other side. The video shows officers taking cover and returning fire. A total of three officers were shot during the incident - all have since recovered. Suspect Kenneth Burney faces multiple charges in the incident, including attempted intentional homicide. He surrendered to officers after about 20 minutes, according to the report. Police found two guns inside the room.   PoliceOne

New York Trooper Honored After Crawling Through Burning House To Rescue Teen
Trooper Robert P. Stawicki crawled toward an unconscious 13-year-old boy on the floor of a rural Oswego County home that was fully engulfed in flames last December. “Immediately it was we have to get him out,” Stawicki said. “We knew someone was in there and we knew we had to get them out.” Stawicki and a sheriff's deputy, who arrived at the home about 15 minutes before firefighters, dragged the boy by his feet out of the house as melting shingles dripped down on them from above, the trooper said. Stawicki started CPR on the boy, who regained his heartbeat by the time paramedics arrived to take him to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He died from his severe burns the next morning. For his actions during that Dec. 15 house fire, Stawicki, 24, of Cicero, this week received the Brummer Award, which honors a member of the New York State Police Department for valor, heroism and outstanding performance of duty. PoliceOne

Public Safety News

Lopez Canyon Fire Contained Within An Hour: LAFD
A brush fire broke out in Lopez Canyon Saturday afternoon and was under control within an hour, officials said. The four-acre blaze burned light grass and medium brush in the 12000 block of North Lopez Canyon Road, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. The total acreage was later updated to 8.29 acres. Joining the LAFD were the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Angeles National Forest in battling the blaze, which took 69 firefighters 55 minutes to get under control. As of 6:38 p.m. Saturday, the blaze was 60% contained, the LAFD said in an update, and that figure was up to 90% by 9 p.m. “Firefighters will remain at scene tonight to check for hotspots, extinguish smoldering debris and further contain the fire's perimeter. The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” the department added. While no injuries were initially reported, the LAFD confirmed Saturday night that one person was taken to a local hospital for treatment. KTLA 5

Over 100 Firefighters Battle Major Emergency Brush Fire In Porter Ranch
Over 100 firefighters are battling a major emergency brush fire in the Porter Ranch area Sunday afternoon. The fire broke out shortly before 3:30 p.m. in the 11200 block of Porter Ranch Drive. As many as seven acres of grass were scorched south of the 118 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. About 140 LAFD firefighters responded to the scene for a ground and aerial assault on the fire. Crews managed to stop the fire's forward progress at about 4:30 p.m., LAFD says. Officials are calling the blaze the Porter Fire. The flames were fanned by 10-15 mph winds from the south, according to LAFD. Some spot fires were reported near and within Monteria Estates but LAFD says no homes are threatened at this time, and there are no evacuations. No injuries have been reported. The California Highway Patrol issued a SIG alert in Porter Ranch. The eastbound 118 Freeway off-ramp to Porter Ranch Drive, will be closed for at least one hour due to the fire, CHP said. Drivers should seek alternate routes. ABC 7

COVID Hospitalizations On The Rise In LA, OC Counties
COVID hospitalizations in Los Angeles County are now above 300 for the first time since March. Around 319 patients were hospitalized in the county due to the coronavirus as of Sunday, up 21 since Friday. Hospitalizations were also up in Orange County with 87 patients. In the Inland Empire, hospitalizations were down with 59 people. As of Friday, LA County recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID since February 18 at 4,025 cases, a stark increase, as well as six additional deaths. Public health officials were urging the public to get vaccinated, if unvaccinated, and get boosted. "Vaccines still provide the strongest protection against the more infectious subvariants, but their effectiveness wanes over time, making it critical for residents to become fully vaccinated, if not already, and to receive their boosters, if due, against COVID-19 now," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a press release on Friday.  CBS 2

Local Government News

Mayoral Candidates Attend Forum Hosted By Los Angeles Latino Equity And Diversity Initiative
The race for mayor of Los Angeles was focused on the Latino vote Monday night, as four candidates appeared at a forum held by the Los Angeles Latino Equity and Diversity Initiative. Candidates laid out their ideas for solving the numerous problems plaguing the city, particularly those impacting the Latino community. "I'm very excited, we're on the countdown. We're out every day," said Congresswoman and mayoral candidate Karen Bass. "We have volunteers out, talking to voters. So, it's an exciting time." Bass was among several of the mayoral contenders who were hosted by the Los Angeles Latino Equity and Diversity Initiative, a forum designed to allow candidates to address the unique concerns of the Latino community. Bass' fellow frontrunner, billionaire developer Rick Caruso, was invited, but did not attend. "I think that he needs to participate in these debates," Bass said when asked about Caruso's absence. "You can't just run a campaign where you don't interact with the voters. The voters need to see you, they need to understand what's going on, but I'm here talking about my campaign."  CBS 2

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