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July 11, 2022
Law Enforcement News

715,833 Signatures Turned In To Recall L.A. County D.A. Gascón, Election Officials Say
A preliminary count of signatures submitted in a petition to recall Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón totals 715,833, L.A. County elections officials reported Saturday. L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said his office has completed the first step in the review of the petitions submitted Wednesday and is now working on verifying signatures. The process must be completed no later than Aug. 17. At least 566,857 valid signatures are required before voters can decide whether to recall Gascón from office. Fueled in part by rising crime and homelessness, Gascón and his progressive policies have been the subject of intense criticism since he was elected in 2020. Although the recall campaign said it turned in more than 715,000 signatures, some of those will be disqualified during the verification process conducted by the county registrar. Election officials plan to use the random sampling technique for the verification of petition signatures, which is allowed under the California Elections Code. The random sample is 5% of the total number of signatures submitted. If the petition meets the sufficiency requirement, it must be certified by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at its next regular meeting. Los Angeles Times

Olympian Kim Glass suffers gruesome injuries after she was attacked in Los Angeles
Kim Glass, an  Olympic volleyball  silver medalist, said over the weekend she was attacked by a homeless man in Los Angeles while she was saying goodbye to a friend. "As I was leaving lunch, I was outside saying goodbye to a friend and this homeless man ran up. He had something in his hand, he was on the side of the car in the street, and he just like looked at me with some pretty hateful eyes and as I go to tell my friend I think something is wrong with him, before I knew it a big metal bolt like pipe hit me. It happened so fast, he literally flung it from the street," she said. Fox News

LAPD Teams Up With Red Sled Santa Foundation For 'Christmas In July'
Children in South Los Angeles Saturday received sporting goods as part of a summer Christmas event put on by the LAPD and the Red Sled Santa Foundation. Yahoo! News Video

Arrest Made After Person Found Shot Dead In Camper In North Hollywood
Los Angeles police arrested a man wanted in connection to a deadly shooting inside a camper trailer that happened Friday afternoon in North Hollywood. Around 2:20 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Vanowen Street and Camellia Avenue for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival they found a person inside a parked camping trailer suffering from a gunshot wound. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives took over the investigation and interviewed several witnesses. Through their interviews, detectives were able to identify the suspect in the shooting as 25-year-old Ricardo Martinez of North Hollywood. Martinez allegedly fled the scene of the shooting in a white Toyota Camry, which was located later that day on the 7000 block of Worster Avenue. It has since been impounded as evidence, according to the LAPD. On Saturday around 3 a.m., officers received a report of a battery at a convenience store in Valley Glen. The suspect in that battery incident was taken into custody by police and transported to the North Hollywood police station. Martinez, whom witnesses described as having a distinctive facial tattoo, was positively identified as the suspect in the camper shooting and the battery incident. KTLA 5

Man Fatally Wounded At South Los Angeles House Party
A man, approximately 25 years old, was fatally wounded while attending a house party Sunday morning in South Los Angeles, authorities said. Detectives believe the shooting in the 2000 block of West 78th Street was gang-related, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. The victim was shot at about 2:30 a.m. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No further information was immediately available.

LAPD: 19-Year-Old Behind Wheel Of Fiery Crash in Orange
LAPD says a 19-year-old was behind the wheel of the vehicle that ended in a fiery crash in Orange, killing three people. As seen on air on July 10, 2022. NBC 4 Video

Rapper `Snoopy Blue' Fatally Shot In South LA
A man known as rapper Snoopy Blue was shot to death Saturday in South Los Angeles. The shooting was reported at 1:35 a.m. in the 11600 block of South Central Avenue, according to Los Angeles police Officer Tony Im. Officers called to the scene found the victim in a vehicle to the rear of the location, Im said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Im said. The coroner's office identified him as 45-year-old Demond Camper of Los Angeles. The circumstances of his death were not immediately released and there was no suspect or possible motive information provided. The music website identified Camper as the rapper known as Snoopy Blue. Apple Music listed some of his songs as “C Day Song,” “Ridin Wit the Locz” and “Shooters.” Los Angeles Daily News

Man Fatally Shot In Wilmington: LAPD
A man is dead after he was shot while standing on a Wilmington sidewalk Saturday afternoon, police said. The shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. near the intersection of Watson Avenue and L Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim, a man believed to be about 20 years old, was standing on a sidewalk when his assailant's vehicle pulled up. The shooter, a man, got out and fired multiple rounds before getting back in the car and fleeing the scene, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police do not yet have a description of the suspect's vehicle, and the investigation is ongoing. KTLA 5

2 Home Invasion Suspects Arrested After Wild Chase Through Panorama City
Two men suspected of a home invasion were taken into custody Friday evening after leading police on a wild chase in Panorama City. Los Angeles Police Department officers began pursuing the two men in a silver SUV just before 8:10 p.m., according to the LAPD. The suspects led police through Panorama City, at one point driving on a curb and crashing into debris on a sidewalk, damaging the SUV. The SUV came to a stop near some train tracks in the area of Willis Avenue and Cabrito Road and the suspects ran to the area of Blythe Street and Strathern Street, where they hopped several fences into backyards in an attempt to evade authorities. Police eventually tracked the men to the area and managed to take both into custody by about 8:25 p.m. No further details were available. ABC 7

Armed La Muggers Wrestle Man To Ground And Steal His $60,000 Rolex Before Pistol-Whipping Victim
Two Los Angeles armed robbers beat a man and woman in broad daylight in a supermarket parking lot to steal the man's $60,000 Rolex watch. The video shows two men in black hoodies and gray sweatpants wrestling a man and a woman in a parking lot in broad daylight, while the woman could be heard for help. Walnut Sheriff's Station officials say the incident happened just after noon Saturday at 99 Ranch Market on Nogales Avenue in Rowland Heights. The couple was unloading groceries into their car at the time, authorities say, when the unidentified men rushed toward them and demanded the man's $60,000 Rolex watch. Before he could respond, authorities said, one of the suspects punched him with a gun and knocked him to the ground. The second suspect then gunned down the woman he was with, and footage of the aftermath showed the two victims still daubing their heads on the ground.  WhatsNew2Day

Two Arrested In California After Lighting Man On Fire
Two people were arrested after pouring gasoline and lighting a man on fire. Sanger police responded to the 700 block of Faller Ave. on July 7 around 9:15 p.m. regarding an injured person. The victim told police that a woman set him on fire at Sanger Park. Surveillance video shows one of the suspects, Patricia Castillo, throwing some type of liquid on the victim. The two then appear to argue before Castillo sparks a lighter and sets him on fire. Investigators say another suspect, Leonard Hawkins, provided the accelerant used to light the man on fire. The victim was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive. Castillo and Hawkins were arrested and booked into the Fresno County Jail for attempted murder and conspiracy. Sanger is located 13 miles east-southeast of Fresno.  FOX 11

Video: Deputy, Good Samaritans Flip Over Submerged Car With Trapped Driver
An unconscious driver trapped in a flooded vehicle was saved after bystanders and a deputy waded into a murky Florida canal to flip her car back onto its wheels. The identity of the driver was not released, but the Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports she is in critical condition at a hospital. It happened around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, on Maytown Road in Oak Hill, 60 miles northeast of Orlando. Body cam video shows a Volusia County sheriff's deputy arrived to find the driver's side of a vehicle submerged in about 4 feet of water, and an “unresponsive” woman belted inside. Two people are seen attempting to flip over the vehicle, and the deputy quickly walks into the canal and joins them. “Can we get this thing flipped or not?” he asks. “We need some help pushing.” Grunts are heard as multiple sets of hands push against the vehicle's roof. It slowly begins to move and is shown falling back onto its wheels in the water. The deputy then works to cut the driver free from a tangle of seat belts and deployed airbags. The Charlotte Observer

Public Safety News

Woman Hiking Hollywood Hills Taken To Hospital For Heat-Related Symptoms
A woman was taken to the hospital Sunday suffering from heat-related symptoms while hiking in the Hollywood Hills, according to firefighters with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 11:39 a.m. to 6530 Forest Lawn Drive, the LAFD said. Sunday's high temperature in the Hollywood area was 88 degrees. The woman's condition was not immediately known. CBS 2

LA County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Top 1,000 As Virus Spread Continues
The number of COVID-19-positive patients in LA County hospitals has jumped past the 1,000 mark and the county has reported its highest daily number of virus-related deaths since late March. The county Department of Public Health reported 18 COVID deaths on Friday, the largest daily number since March 30. The fatalities raised the county's virus-related death toll to 32,413. According to state figures, there were 1,021 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Friday, up from 989 on Thursday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 99, down from 103 a day earlier. Hospital numbers have been steadily rising in recent months, an increase health officials have attributed to renewed rapid spread of the virus thanks to the infectious BA.4 and BA.5 variants, which authorities say are highly contagious and capable of re-infecting previous patients. Health officials have said that many of those patients entered the hospital for other reasons before testing positive for COVID, but they still place an added burden on hospital staff as they require special infection-control measures. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday roughly 40% of patients with the virus were admitted for COVID illness, while 60% were admitted for other reasons. NBC 4

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