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19-Year-Old Killed In North Hollywood Shooting
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19-Year-Old Killed In North Hollywood Shooting

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed in North Hollywood Tuesday. Los Angeles Police Department patrol officers responded to multiple calls regarding a shooting at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Ethel Avenue at approximately 1:28 p.m. and upon their arrival, the officers found Jorge Ramos on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the North Hollywood resident dead, police said. There is no suspect information. Anyone with information about this shooting was asked to call Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Benyamin Sadeh at 818-374-9550. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be made to 310-726-7700 or 877-527-3247. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or go directly to


LAPD Shoot At Armed Suspect In Skid Row

Los Angeles police opened fire on an armed suspect in Skid Row Tuesday night. The ordeal started at about 8:35 p.m. when the suspect allegedly threatened a person with a gun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect barricaded himself inside an apartment on Fifth Street after the alleged crime. During this standoff, officers shut down Fifth Street between San Pedro and Wall Street and also closed San Julian Street at Sixth Street. The suspect remained inside the apartment for a couple of hours before officers took him into custody. It's unclear if he was struck by gunfire.


San Pedro Man Arrested In Fatal Long Beach Shooting

A 24-year-old man was taken into custody in the shooting death of a man in Long Beach, police said Tuesday. Christopher Rene Salguero of San Pedro was arrested Monday in the 1400 block of West Ninth Street in San Pedro, where detectives and SWAT team personnel executed a search warrant. Salguero was booked on suspicion of murder and discharging a firearm resulting in significant bodily injury. He also has a pending felony case in Riverside County, according to Long Beach police. He was being held in lieu of $3 million bail. Salguero is accused in a shooting that occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday in the 5300 block of East Second Street. Officers arrived to find Johnny Santos, 32, of Long Beach, suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police. Paramedics took him to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Detectives determined that Santos had been in a fight with Salguero before the shooting, police said. Anyone with information on the killing was asked to call Long Beach police detectives Jesus Espinoza or Alfredo Chairez at 562-570-7244. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Los Angeles Daily News

Russian Authorities Detain Los Angeles Woman On Suspicion Of Treason

A Los Angeles resident and dual national has been detained by Russian authorities on suspicion of treason, accused of raising funds to support Ukraine in its defense against Russia's invasion. The 33-year-old woman with dual Russian-American citizenship was detained for her involvement in "providing financial assistance to a foreign state in activities directed against the security of our country," the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg said early Tuesday. In a statement posted Tuesday about the detention, the woman was not identified. Loved ones in Southern California identified her as 33-year-old Ksenia Karelina. A senior U.S. official confirmed her identity to NBC News, describing Karelina as a Russian-American ballerina. That money was spent on medicine, equipment, weapons and ammunition, the statement said. No other details nor a description of any evidence were released. "Since February 2022, she has proactively collected funds in the interests of one of the Ukrainian organizations," the statement said. She also is accused by Russian authorities of "public actions in support" of Kyiv while in the United States.


Two Men Arrested For Robbing LA And Orange County Massage Parlors

Federal prosecutors charged two men for more than a dozen armed robberies at massage parlors across Los Angeles and Orange counties on Tuesday. The two LA County natives, 28-year-old Andy Cuellar and 27-year-old Arturo Morales, were arrested on Feb. 16. Both were charged with interference with commerce of robbery under the Hobbs Act and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. The Department of Justice defines Hobbs Act crimes as "actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce 'in any way or degree.'" The robbery charge carries a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison and the firearm charge carries a life sentence. The alleged robberies happened between Jan. 12-19 in Santa Ana, Reseda, Venice, Orange, Bellflower and Redondo Beach. Authorities believe that Cuellar is responsible for at least 50 massage parlor robberies throughout Southern California. Prosecutors claimed they robbed both the business and customers. Officers arrested the pair after they allegedly robbed a massage parlor in Torrance. Law enforcement tracked them down less than two miles away at a gas station, going through items they stole. 


Attacks On Minnesota Officers Surged Over 150% In Last Decade

For law enforcement in Minnesota, the slaying of two police officers and a paramedic in Burnsville last weekend serves as another bleak reminder: their line of work is dangerous. Lately it’s becoming more so — most commonly during responses to domestic disturbance calls like the one that precipitated the triple-homicide last Sunday. Reported assault incidents against officers across Minnesota are up 160% from a decade ago — a metric including everything from intimidation, biting and punching to an assault with a deadly weapon— according to data tracked by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Officers have reported at least 3,400 assaults in Minnesota since 2021, with a 10% increase last year, according to the BCA data. Ninety-four occurred last month, slightly behind the number reported in January 2023. Deadly attacks make up only small fraction of assaults. The killing of Burnsville police officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge, both 27, brings Minnesota’s total fatal assaults of officers to four since 2020. That’s the same number that occurred in the entire first decade of the 2000s, but roughly one-fourth of police murders in the 1970s, state data show, painting a complicated picture of how violence against law enforcement has ebbed and flowed over the past half-century.

Star Tribune

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Video: NYPD Officers Attacked While Detaining Man At Migrant Shelter

Startling video shows a group of NYPD cops being attacked by migrants at a shelter on Randall’s Island. Migrants surrounded about five uniformed officers and threw bottles and debris at them as the cops tried to apprehend a disorderly man inside the shelter last Thursday, the video shows. At one point, someone hurls a backpack, striking a cop in her head with it. A few moments later, a shelter resident with crutches tries to poke an officer. Shelter residents are seen screaming at the officers in Spanish. Cops are holding up their batons to deflect the objects being thrown at them. Cops were called to the shelter around 11 a.m. when a man began arguing with security guards and was “acting in a disorderly fashion,” an NYPD spokesman said. The man, wearing a white T-shirt, was not a shelter resident, a source said. In the video, the man sits on the floor while he’s surrounded by officers and struggles with cops who are trying to handcuff him, inflaming witnesses watching the arrest. By the end of the two-minute clip, shelter security guards are called in to surround the officers, who pick up the struggling man and remove him from the tent shelter. “Security! Surround the cops! Surround the cops!” someone can be heard yelling off camera.

New York Daily News

Stray Bullets Are Killing Kids Across The U.S.

In August 2022, I arrived in Minneapolis on a reporting trip. The murder of George Floyd and the resulting chaos still hung in the air like acrid smoke. I sat in a lofty food court in a desolate downtown mall, and hurriedly prepared for an interview, the picture of the city’s gun violence problem coming into focus on my phone as I searched the internet. As it had in most places, gun purchasing in the state had surged during the pandemic. So had homicides, 80 percent of which took place within the metro area. I was there to report on a suicide, and learned that statewide they were twice as common outside the Twin Cities as within. Despite making up less than 18 percent of the city’s population, Black people were disproportionately represented among shooting victims in Minneapolis, accounting for 83 percent in 2021 and 2022. One of every 150 Black residents was a victim of a shooting during those two years, compared to one in 3,769 white residents. My impromptu search billowed out further with each impulsive tap of my thumb. The history of redlining had relegated masses of Black people into under-resourced neighborhoods, where — about 20 minutes north of where I sat — children were being randomly shot, killed, and buried with impunity. In the spring of 2021, while America was trying to clear the racist air, three children in North Minneapolis were shot in the head by stray bullets within a month. I ended up writing a story about that community, and the man at its center, which is unique in many ways. But in cities across America, children are frequently caught in the crossfire and killed. 

The Trace

Public Safety News

Flash Flood Warning Issued For Parts Of LA County

A flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Los Angeles County until 9 a.m. Wednesday, and the possibility of landslides are expected. The life-threatening flash flood warning is in effect for Malibu, Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills, Encino, Beverly Hills, North Hollywood, Hollywood, Universal City, Burbank, Griffith Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Topanga State Park, Point Dume, Pacific Palisades, Newbury Park and Brentwood. Malibu Canyon Road has been closed in both directions at Corral Canyon Road in Malibu due to a rockslide, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The closure was ordered at 5:50 a.m., the sheriff's department reported. It is expected to be closed for at least three hours, according to media reports. A large rock is on Bouquet Canyon Road near Texas Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. Water across lanes of the 105 Freeway in Lynwood near Alameda Street has left one car disabled. Steady rain again fell across much of the Southland Tuesday as a three- day storm continued to soak the region, prompting concerns about flooding in already-saturated hillsides and prompting at least one evacuation warning as authorities urged motorists to be cautious on the slick roads.

Westside Current

Authorities Identify Compton Pit Bull Breeder Mauled To Death By His Own Dogs

Authorities Tuesday identified the man suspected of breeding pit bulls that was mauled to death by dogs last week in Compton. He was identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner as Dominic Cooper, 35, of Compton. His cause of death was listed as "deferred." Deputies responded to the 900 block of North Thorson Avenue, a residential area south of Rosecrans Avenue, around 7:10 a.m. Friday to a report of a man who had been mauled by several dogs, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Officials with the sheriff's office said the mauling was believed to have occurred around 7:30 or 8 p.m. Thursday, and there is surveillance video that depicts at least part of the attack. The investigator said Cooper appeared to have been feeding the dogs when some of them began fighting, leading to his attack. Investigators said there were 13 dogs total at the home, five of them adult and the others considered puppies ranging in age from four to six months. Los Angeles County Animal Control responded to the residence to remove the pit bulls from the backyard area. Cooper appeared to have been "involved in breeding and selling pit bulls," according to the county agency.

FOX 11

Large Study Links COVID-19 Vaccines To Possible Health Issues

A new study on COVID-19 vaccines examining nearly 100 million vaccinated individuals affirmed the vaccines’ previously observed links to increased risks for certain adverse effects, including myocarditis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. The researchers noted in their analysis that COVID-19 infections have consistently been found to be more likely to cause the conditions observed in this study than vaccinations, adding that factor should be considered when weighing the risk-to-benefit ratio of immunization. The Global COVID Vaccine Safety project conducted the study and took into account 99,068,901 vaccinated individuals across eight countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, New Zealand, and Scotland. The report specifically looked at adverse events following the administration of the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. The researchers looked for 13 adverse events of special interest that occurred in vaccine recipients for up to 42 days after shots were administered. These conditions included Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell’s palsy, convulsions, myocarditis and pericarditis.


About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents more than 8,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education.

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