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May 23, 2022
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Officer Hospitalized After Crash On 405 Fwy: LAPD
A Los Angeles Police Department officer was injured in a collision on the 405 Freeway Friday afternoon. The incident occurred just before 3:10 p.m. on the southbound 405, before Santa Monica Boulevard, the LAPD told KTLA. Sky5 was above the scene as an ambulance transported the officer. The officer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Hospital in unknown condition. A Sigalert was issued on the Freeway due to the crash, but the roadway has since reopened. KTLA 5

$50,000 Reward Offered To Help Solve Execution Killing Of Father
Calvin Peel was 37 years old when he went to see his 15-year-old son in Nickerson Gardens in Watts the night of Sept. 20, 2021. Peel was dropping off his son's school clothes when the two were walking near 114th Street and Hooper Avenue. LAPD South Bureau Homicide detectives say it was just after 9 p.m. when a dark-colored compact SUV turned the corner and a man jumped out. "I don't think it's fair," says his mother Keyshia Rivers. "I just want justice for Calvin." Multiple shots were fired toward Peel and his son who both took off running to escape. His son did. Calvin did not. He collapsed near the corner in front of a wall that bears the remnants of many killings before. And that's when the shooter stood over him and shot him one more time, says LAPD Officer Jocelyn Baguinat. Calvin's family sees it as an execution, stealing from them the family men they knew so well – a man that spent his whole life fighting for it. "He was born with fluid on his brain," Rivers says. "He was a daddy, brother, uncle, son, cousin, friend." But one thing she says he was not: a gang member. Police say the night this happened, the crime scene was surrounded by witnesses. They're hoping someone will have the courage to come forward – even in an area known to have multiple gang affiliations. There is a $50,000 reward for information in the case – a hefty price for anyone that could help police solve the murder and bring Peel's family – and his son who escaped the gunfire – peace. Anyone with information can call LAPD South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5113. NBC 4

2 Robbery Suspects Arrested After Woman, Her Children Held At Gunpoint In Hancock Park, LAPD Says
Two people who allegedly followed a woman home from a post office then robbed her at gunpoint while she was taking her two children out of their car seats in Hancock Park were behind bars Friday. Ashton Dwight Carter, 38, and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Teresa Whitaker, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday in connection with the brazen robbery, which occurred around 12:50 p.m. May 12 in the 300 block of South Muirfield Road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. According to police, the woman had been at a post office, and the suspects followed her home in a black BMW 535i. Whitaker, the suspected driver, stopped the car in the street next to the victim and Carter allegedly got out and pointed a gun at the woman and her children, demanding her watch and threatening to kill all three if she refused to comply, police said. Carter took the woman's watch, returned to the car and the pair fled, police said. Investigators said video from the post office caught images of Carter inside the office, closely watching the victim while she conducted her business. According to police, investigators served a warrant at Carter's home and found the BMW 535i, along with another BMW and a Mercedes owned by Carter and Whitaker. They also allegedly found a semi-automatic handgun, jewelry and more than $56,000 in cash, but the watch taken from the woman in the May 12 heist was not found, police said. ABC 7

LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger Supports Recall Of DA Gascón
LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger is voicing her support to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. The supervisor said public safety has deteriorated and blames the DA's zero-bail policy, calling it the last straw. "Today's LA Times article about how the no-bail policy has impacted the diversion program, the very program that people like Gascón touted as being better than incarceration, and what we are finding is that his bail policies are now impacting getting people the help they deserve," Barger told FOX 11. She said the DA's zero-bail policy has interfered with the diversion program and its ability to serve people who are suffering from addiction, mental illness and homelessness. "Diversion programs like this one seize a narrow window of opportunity to offer treatment and housing to arrested individuals who've hit rock bottom. But the quick release option put in place by Gascón's policies squanders that opportunity. If there's no rock bottom, there's no incentive to accept help – instead, we're left with a squandered opportunity to end suffering and help heal some of our community's neediest individuals. As a result, I feel compelled to add my voice in support of the recall effort," she stated online.  FOX 11

Woman Wounded In Early Morning Shooting In Downtown Los Angeles Authorities were investigating a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday morning in Downtown Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles police, a woman in her 30s was shot after her and a male companion were approached by a group of unknown individuals. The incident occurred on S. Hope Street, when the man and woman were approached by four men before an altercation took place. The man produced a handgun, which was stolen from him by one of the suspects, at which point multiple shots were fired, LAPD detailed. Both victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, though only the woman was struck by gunfire. Her condition was not immediately available. Her male companion was not hit, and did not sustain any injuries. Officers were investigating if the incident was yet another in a string of follow-home robberies that have been plaguing Southern California residents for months. They were also unsure if the shooting was gang-related. LAPD officers indicated that an update on the investigation would be provided on Monday.  CBS 2

LA To Donate Surplus LAPD Ballistic Helmets, Vests To Ukraine
Extra police department ballistic helmets and vests will be donated to the army in Ukraine, the Los Angeles City Council announced Friday. The 526 helmets and 378 vests will be donated to the First-In Fire Foundation which will ship the items to Ukraine to use in defense against Russia. According to the department, the items are prepared in pallets and ready for immediate shipping. "The equipment has no value to the LAPD," Chief Michel Moore wrote in a letter to the Los Angeles Police Commission, which also approved the donation. Moore also noted that Mayor Eric Garcetti "is aware of this donation and fully supports the transfer of the equipment to aid the Ukrainian people." Both the commission and the City Council passed the motion without discussion. CBS 2

Truck Covered In Antisemitic Messages In West Hollywood Being Investigated As Hate Incident
Authorities are investigating a truck displaying antisemitic messages in West Hollywood this weekend in what they characterize as a hate incident that was immediately decried by activists and city officials. Videos posted on social media show a rental box truck parked at a gas station on Saturday in the 7600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard covered with antisemitic phrases such as “Jewish lives matter most” and “resisting the great replacement,” a racist philosophy espoused by white nationalists. Investigators have identified the license plate for the truck and are working to identify who rented it, said Sgt. Joana Warren, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The West Hollywood Social Justice Coalition said that “a group of Nazis have rampaged down Santa Monica Blvd from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood, harassing Black people, gay people and Jewish people, in a Twitter post. “A big truck in their caravan is covered in hate propaganda surrounding the great replacement theory.” The incident and other reports of hateful speech drew condemnation from city officials Sunday, saying in a statement that “hate has no place in the City of West Hollywood.” Los Angeles Times

2 Arrested In Shooting That Injured A Man On The 110 Freeway
A man and a woman were in custody Friday in connection with a shooting on the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway that left a man hospitalized. The shooting was reported about 9:35 a.m. Wednesday just south of the Gardena (91) Freeway, in the Harbor Gateway North area, according to the California Highway Patrol. Anthony Ramos and Maura Sanchez, both 27, were arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, the CHP reported. According to a CHP statement, officers went to the shooting scene after receiving “a 911 call from a tow truck operator stating he was fired upon and struck.” “The victim described the suspect vehicle as a Volkswagen mini-SUV- type vehicle,” the CHP said. “The victim was transported and treated at Harbor UCLA Hospital and remains in stable condition.” The suspects were arrested about 6 a.m. Thursday by personnel from the CHP, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Banning Police Department. Investigators recovered a Volkswagen Tiguan and two firearms, the CHP reported. Los Angeles Daily News

Authorities Looking For 17-Year-Old Ramiro Madrigal Missing From East LA
Authorities sought the public's help to help locate a 17-year-old boy who went missing from the East Los Angeles area early Friday morning. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Ramiro Madrigal was last seen at 1 a.m. in the 300 block of North Marianna Avenue. Madrigal is described as a Hispanic male standing 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a purple hooded sweatshirt and green camouflage pants. "Madrigal does not have any known medical conditions but suffers from depression," a sheriff's department statement said. "He has no history of running away. His family is concerned for his well-being and asking for the public's help." Anyone with information about his whereabouts was urged to call the sheriff's Detective M. Ortiz at 323-365-2936; the watch commander at 323-264- 4151; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. CBS 2

Detectives Seek Public's Help In Finding 92-Year-Old Man
" Detectives from the Sheriff's Missing Persons Unit continued their search Sunday to find a 92-year-old man who was reported missing in Paramount nearly a year ago. Christopher “Chris” Davis was last seen in the 16700 block of Orange Avenue in June 2021. Davis is Black. He stands 5 feet, 11 inches and last weighed 176 pounds. He has brown eyes, curly black hair and wears glasses, said Deputy Brenda Serna of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. He was last seen wearing a gray sweater, khaki pants and white shoes, Serna said. Anyone with information about Davis or knows of his whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Nine Shot, One Killed Outside Party In San Bernardino County, Police Say
Nine people were shot, one of them fatally, outside a party in San Bernardino County late Friday, police said. Officers were dispatched to the scene in the city of Highland shortly before midnight and encountered a large crowd, Sgt. Equino Thomas, a spokesman for the San Bernardino Police Department, wrote in an email. Allen Gresham Jr., 20, of San Bernardino was fatally shot outside a business in the 3600 block of East Highland Avenue, San Bernardino police said. The incident took place during “an unpermitted special event held illicitly at Tha Blu Flame Lounge,” police said. Authorities later learned of eight other shooting victims, many of whom took themselves to hospitals, Thomas said. They were being treated for injuries that appeared to be non-life-threatening, he said. A witness told KTLA that shots were also fired at a Mobil gas station across the street from the shopping center. Video from the scene showed the gas station and shopping center roped off with crime scene tape. “We just heard gunshots and a lot of kids running,” said a witness who did not want to be named, KTLA reported. “Most of the kids were under 18 years.” There was no word on a suspect as of Saturday morning, and no arrests had been made. Los Angeles Times

CBP: Woman Tried To Cross Border With Condom Filled With Fentanyl Pills In Her Vaginal Cavity
A woman was arrested after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 0.006 pounds of fentanyl that was wrapped inside a condom the woman placed inside her vaginal cavity. Officers were working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing when they located the 40-year-old woman. Following a pat-down search and a CBP canine alert, the woman voluntarily removed a condom filled with fentanyl pills from her vaginal cavity. She was just one of many who were arrested during a narcotics bust along the border. In total, 25 people were arrested over the last week and officers seized cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. On May 9, CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 24.47 pounds of methamphetamine from a 24-year-old man. Following a canine alert and x-ray scan, officers then discovered 24 bundles hidden throughout the vehicle. Later that day, officers intercepted 18 pounds of methamphetamine from a 23-year-old woman. Officers then discovered a total of eight bundles hidden within the spare tire of the vehicle. On May 11, CBP officers intercepted 19.7 pounds of cocaine. And a few days later officers working at the port of Santa Teresa, New Mexico intercepted 39.24 pounds of methamphetamine.   FOX 11

Slain NYPD Officers Wilbert Mora And Jason Rivera Honored With Memorial At Precinct
NYPD Officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera are forever honored in the Harlem stationhouse where they worked. The young cops' names were added to the memorial wall inside the 32nd Precinct stationhouse on Friday. Mora, 27 and Rivera, 22, were gunned down on Jan. 21, when they responded to call for help from a woman whose son was threatening to hurt her. The woman's son, Lashawn McNeil, 47, came out of a back bedroom and ambushed the officers before another cop shot him, authorities said. Rivera died that night, Mora succumbed to his injuries four days later. The gunman also died. Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell assured the officers' families that the NYPD “would never forget our fallen.” “Their dedication to the Harlem community and the men and women of the NYPD was unwavering,” she said. “They were committed to the same mission that all those who wear our uniform swear to uphold.” Mora and Rivera were posthumously promoted to detective. The officers' families remain angry about bail reform and other legislation that they believe has created a climate that demonizes cops and goes easy on criminals.  New York Daily News

Public Safety News

Woman ‘Attacked By 7 Dogs' In Lake Los Angeles Area, Witness Says
A young woman was left face-down in the dirt and covered in blood after she was mauled by several dogs in an unincorporated area of Northeast Antelope Valley near Lake Los Angeles, a man who witnessed the attack said. “I was driving down the road and I witnessed a young lady being attacked by seven dogs,” said the man, who identified himself as Fred. Fred got out of his vehicle around midnight in the 39100 block of 182nd Street and attempted to help the wounded victim, who he said was left unconscious. “The dogs roam out here and attack cars and everything,” Fred said. Video from the scene showed arriving Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel treating the victim as she was on the ground and bleeding from apparent dog bites to her face and head. The unidentified victim was loaded into an ambulance and transported to a local hospital in unknown condition. Elia Rodriguez, who lives in the area, believes the victim was between 25 and 30 years old. There was no word on whether animal control was contacted or if anyone owned the dogs involved in the attack. KTLA 5

Fire Damages Unit At Housing Project In Watts
Fire damaged a unit at a two-story housing project in Watts Sunday, but no injuries were reported. The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched 28 firefighters to 2113 E. 102nd St. at 11:29 a.m., and the blaze was put out within 14 minutes of their arrival, the LAFD's Nicholas Prange said. “Firefighters performed a primary and secondary search of the building and, thankfully, found no patients,” Prange said. “The fire unit contained a functional smoke alarm, alerting occupants to the danger in adequate time to evacuate.” The cause of the fire was under investigation.

LA County COVID Hospitalizations Reach Highest Number Since March
The number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized in Los Angeles County has reached its highest number since March, according to the latest state data. As of Saturday, hospitalizations stood at 402, one more than on Friday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 44, down from 47 a day earlier. Health officials have noted in recent weeks that the vast majority of COVID-positive hospital patients were actually admitted for reasons other than the virus, with many only discovering they were infected when they were tested at the hospital. The county reported 3,180 new COVID infections on Friday, lifting the overall total from throughout the pandemic to 2,929,950. Ten more virus-related deaths were also reported, raising the cumulative local death toll to 32,074. The average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus rose to 3.7%, up from 3.5% a day earlier. Los Angeles County does not report coronavirus data on weekends.  FOX 11

LA County Health Officials Extend Mask Mandates On Public Transit
With COVID-19 case numbers steadily rising -- enough to push Los Angeles County into the "medium" virus risk level -- the mask-wearing requirement on public transit and at transportation hubs was officially extended Friday in the county. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department on Friday reported 10 additional deaths, nearly 3,200 new positive cases and 401 COVID-positive patients in the hospital. Due to the increasing rise in COVID infections, public health officials are extending the masking requirement on all public transit and indoor hubs. This includes commuter trains, subways, buses, ride-shares, airports, bus terminals and train stations. The county issued a health order in late April requiring masks on transit vehicles and at hubs such as airport and train stations. The requirement, however, was set to expire in a matter of days.  ABC 7

L.A. County Watching Out For Monkeypox, Health Director Says It's Very Rare
Los Angeles County health authorities said Friday that they are watching out for monkeypox amid a surprising outbreak of the disease that is rarely seen outside Africa. The comments from the health department came after U.S. health authorities this week confirmed a case of monkeypox in Massachusetts. New York City is also investigating one possible case of monkeypox, city health officials announced Thursday. Currently, there are no known monkeypox cases in L.A. County, and the county's health director, Barbara Ferrer, assured residents Thursday that the disease is “extraordinarily rare.” She said the the health department is issuing guidance to health care providers so that they'll report any cases involving patients with rashes consistent with monkeypox — even those who haven't recently traveled. “We've mostly looked toward people who had a travel exposure but now what we're seeing with these clusters in Europe is raising some questions,” Ferrer said. Monkeypox belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, but causes milder symptoms. It is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like  symptoms  like fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and swollen lymph nodes. It then progresses to a rash on the face and body. KTLA 5

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