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Oct 2023
Law Enforcement Stepping Up Patrols In LA After Call For Hamas ‘Day Of Rage'
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Law Enforcement Stepping Up Patrols In LA After Call For Hamas ‘Day Of Rage'

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and law enforcement agencies say there is no known credible threat to the local Jewish community after a former Hamas leader has called for a "day of rage" on Friday. "The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of recent statements made calling for action as it relates to the conflict in the Middle East," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. "We have no information of any specific or credible threats to the City of Los Angeles but we are continuing to assess the situation for any potential impact to our communities." The police department said it will provide extra patrol. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department issued a nearly identical statement, adding, "We are conducting extra patrol checks and supplementing additional personnel from detective division and specialized units to have high visibility in strategic locations throughout the county. Additionally, we are reaching out to our local religious communities to reassure them during this tumultuous time." Various other local law enforcement agencies also issued statements with similar themes of enhanced patrols, calls for vigilance by residents and insistence that there are no known credible threats in the area.


1 Killed In Shooting Near South LA Gas Station

One person was killed in a morning shooting in South Los Angeles Wednesday, officials said. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at an ARCO gas station located near the intersection of West Manchester and South Van Ness avenues around 7:40 a.m. Once officers arrived at the scene, they discovered a body in an alley. A suspect was taken into custody at the gas station. The name of the suspect has not been released by authorities and no further information was immediately available. Those with information are asked to contact the LAPD.

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Search Ongoing For Violent Sex Offender Who Cut Off Monitoring Device, Fled From Program In LA

Police are searching for a violent sex offender who successfully escaped from a state mandated program on Tuesday after cutting on a monitoring device. According to a statement from Los Angeles Police Department, 71-year-old John Scott Carver was last seen near Olympic Boulevard and Masselin Avenue at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday when he cut off his monitoring device and fled from the area towards San Vicente Boulevard and Sierra Bonita Avenue. Investigators believe that he may have been on foot. Police say that Carver is a "mentally disordered violent sex offender" and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described as a White man who has brown/grey hair and green eyes. He is around 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He is known to use alternate names Scott Carver and Michael Meadows. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement immediately. 


1 Person Stabbed At Grant High School In Van Nuys; Investigation Underway

One person was injured Wednesday in a stabbing at Grant High School in Van Nuys. It happened around 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot area of the campus. According to police, the victim, who has not yet been identified, was rushed to the hospital in an unknown condition. It's unclear if the victim is a student or an adult. Five teenagers, who were all between 15 and 18, fled the scene in a Honda hatchback, police said. An exact model wasn't immediately available. A description of the suspects also wasn't available. AIR7 HD was above the scene as the investigation was unfolding and captured what appeared to be blood on the concrete ground of the campus. No other injuries were reported.


Koreatown Security Guard Arrested For Sexual Assault, Police Seeking Additional Victims

Authorities arrested a 38-year-old man last week for alleged sexual assaults in the Koreatown area, and Thursday are asking other potential victims to come forward. On Sept. 29, a 20-year-old woman claimed that she was abducted and sexually assaulted by Matthew Scott Reyes near Third Street and Western Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said a witness in the area subdued Reyes, causing the alleged assailant injuries which would require hospitalization. Responding officers from the LAPD's Olympic Division arrived and took Reyes into custody. Investigators conducted further investigation into Reyes and linked him to two additional sexual assault victims in the area in the previous month, according to police. On Oct. 4, detectives arrested Reyes and two days later, the District Attorney's Office filed six felony counts against him for alleged sexual assault, including two counts each of rape, forced oral copulation and robbery, police said. He remains in custody on $1.5 million bail.


LAPD Investigators Searching For Grand Theft Auto Suspect Who Fled From Pursuit On Foot In August

Los Angeles Police Department investigators are seeking help from the public in locating a grand theft auto suspect who led them on a pursuit through downtown Los Angeles before successfully fleeing on foot back in August. According to a statement released by the department, officers were patrolling near 5th Street and San Julian Street at around 1:50 a.m. on August 13, when they spotted a stolen 2006 Chevy Silverado truck. They followed the car to an area near 8th Street and Olive Street where they called for additional officers to respond to the area as they still. Police say that it was around that time that the driver began to "conduct evasive maneuvers to elude the officers by not stopping for red phase tri-lights and accelerating at a high-rate of speed," prompting them to officially engage in pursuit. After chasing him through several downtown streets, the suspect was able to briefly avoid the officers just long enough to abandon the truck in the 600 block of Lebanon Street, at which point he fled from the car on foot.


D.A. Sends Audio Leak Eavesdropping Probe Back To LAPD For Additional Investigation

The Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation into last year’s incendiary audio leak focuses on two former Los Angeles County Federation of Labor employees who now face potential felony eavesdropping charges, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. No charges have yet been filed and the LAPD “is actively following up on requests for additional information made by the District Attorney’s office,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday night. Prosecutors sent the case back to Los Angeles police for “further investigation” last week, according to Tiffiny Blacknell, director of communications for Dist. Atty. George Gascón’s office. It is not uncommon for prosecutors to ask a law enforcement agency to gather additional evidence or interview additional witnesses during the charge evaluation process. But the district attorney’s office asked for further work because of shortcomings in the police’s initial investigation, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation. The LAPD statement did not identify the employees being investigated, but the sources confirmed that they are Santos Leon and Karla Vasquez, a married couple who worked for the federation when the conversation was recorded in late 2021. Police searched Leon and Vasquez’s Eagle Rock home in July and Leon’s computers were taken by police around the same time.

Los Angeles Times

Fake Cop Accused Of Conducting Illegal Traffic Stops Arrested By LA Sheriff's Deputies

Authorities have arrested a person impersonating a police officer who has allegedly been conducting illegal traffic stops in the City of Industry. According to officials, the fake cop - who has not been publicly identified - was pulling people over in the East Valinda area near Nogales High School. No other information was immediately released. Authorities are asking anyone who was pulled over by the police impersonator to come forward with any information and contacgt Detective Walker at 626-934-3313.

FOX 11

Former NFL Player Sergio Brown Arrested In San Diego On Suspicion Of Mother’s Murder

Former NFL safety Sergio Brown was arrested in San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of the murder of his mother, Myrtle Brown, in their hometown of Maywood, Ill. Brown, 35, was taken into custody Tuesday as he was reentering the United States from Mexico after a warrant was issued for his arrest on first-degree murder, according to the Maywood Police Department. The agency had been investigating the death of Brown’s mother after discovering her body near a creek in the vicinity of the house the two shared in Maywood, a Chicago suburb. Police began the search for Brown on Sept. 16 when family members reported neither he nor his mother could be found. Brown played in the NFL as a safety from 2010 to 2016, first joining the New England Patriots, then going on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. Brown remains in custody at the San Diego County Jail, where he awaits extradition to Illinois. The Associated Press reported Brown agreed to be extradited during a court hearing Wednesday. Illinois authorities have until Nov. 13 to extradite him, according to online jail records.

Los Angeles Times

Nearly Naked Prostitutes Prowl Streets In Broad Daylight, But California Law Ties Police Hands: Mayor

Women wearing only "g-strings" while bending over in front of traffic has become an increasingly common sight in National City, California, as prostitution issues spiral after the implementation of a controversial state law, the city’s mayor told Fox News Digital. "They're waving to people on the freeway or, just to be honest with you, they are bending over for the freeway. I don’t know how else to put it; they're showing their wares," National City Mayor Ron Morrison told Fox News Digital in an interview this month. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 357 in July 2022, which repealed a previous law that banned loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution. The law took effect in January this year, with Morrison arguing that the moment Newsom’s pen touched the bill, pimps in the state knew they could expand their prostitution ventures with little repercussions from law enforcement. "The moment it was signed by the governor, boom, everyone knew the rules were out the window," Morrison told Fox News Digital. 

FOX 11

Man Who Shot Oklahoma Deputy Found Dead After 6-Day Manhunt

Kameron Jenkins, the man accused of shooting a deputy during a traffic stop gone wrong, has been found dead less than 200 yards away from the scene of the incident after a six-day manhunt, KOCO reports. The shooting occurred last week when Deputy Sean Steadman exchanged gunfire with Jenkins after he drove away from a traffic stop. Steadman was shot in the jaw and is reported to be recovering at home. A passerby was killed by a stray bullet during the incident. Jenkins was believed to be on the run. Law enforcement initiated a manhunt involving local, state and federal authorities, according to the report. After six days of searching, his body was found about 150 yards away from the location of the shooting in heavy brush with a firearm. “He was within our perimeter. He never got out. Once we set up such a tight perimeter, there was no way for him to get out. Where he’s at, where we found him, is so thick that you could walk by him and never see him," Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett told KOCO. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation technicians are pulling out the foliage to try to get to the body, according to the report. Authorities said it's still unclear how and when Jenkins died. 


BWC: Man Shoots At Florida Deputies After Pointing Gun At His Roommate

Body camera video released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on Monday showed the moments leading to a Sept. 24 shooting by deputies that killed a 45-year-old man authorities said had pointed a gun at his roommate while standing in the street near his home in Oak Ridge. That night around 12:47 a.m., deputies arrived at the 5500 block of Suncreek Court and tried to get Jorge Ramirez-Rivera to surrender peacefully. Hours earlier, there were reports of him firing a gun in the backyard of the home. Deputies couldn’t contact him at that time, but later spoke to him to 40 minutes to try getting him to surrender peacefully. Body camera video shows he insisted on leaving the property with his gun in hand, but a deputy who appeared to speak with him over the phone warned that he could get shot. “Leave the gun inside and nothing will happen,” the deputy said in a video posted to the Sheriff’s Office’s YouTube channel. “Don’t come out with the gun, because they’re going to think you’re threatening them.” “I’m going to come out with the gun,” Ramirez-Rivera appears to reply.

Orlando Sentinel

Public Safety News

Unidentified Man Found With Traumatic Brain Injury, Japanese Currency In San Pedro

Public health officials in Los Angeles County are asking for help identifying a patient who was badly injured in San Pedro earlier this week. The patient, an Asian male in his mid-20s, was found in the 3700 block of South Meyler Street, a residential area near Wilders Addition Park, on Monday after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, according to L.A. County Health Services. The cause of his injury was not released. He was found with a black backpack, a wallet containing Japanese currency, and several travel-size personal hygiene items, officials said. He does not have any visible tattoos or other distinguishable marks. Authorities say the man is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 158 pounds. He was listed in grave condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center where he was intubated and sedated as of Wednesday. Anyone with information that may help to identify him is asked to contact the hospital at (424) 306-5305.


It’s Time To Get Your COVID Shot, CDC Director Says Like, Now

A month after officially recommending that everyone 6 months and older get an updated COVID-19 vaccination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Mandy Cohen rolled up her sleeve Wednesday in Los Angeles for the latest shot. At a mobile clinic operated at Stovall Terrace Apartments, where many low-income seniors reside, Cohen and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer touted the importance of the updated vaccine, which is formulated to target an Omicron subvariant that was dominant earlier this year: XBB.1.5. “October is the right time to get vaccinated,” Cohen said. “As we get into late fall and winter ... what we expect is to see more COVID circulation in November, December and January.” And the new CDC director, who took over in June, didn’t just talk the talk: She told residents she was excited “to make sure that I’m protected.” “I wouldn’t recommend something for the American people that I wouldn’t do for myself and my family,” Cohen said, adding that her husband, her 9- and 11-year-old children and her parents, both of whom are over 65, are all getting their updated shots too.

Los Angeles Times

Local Government News

LA City Council Designates Street Section As Oaxacan Corridor

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday designated a section of Pico Boulevard between Arlington Avenue and Westmoreland Avenue as the “Oaxacan Corridor,” in an effort to celebrate the people of Oaxaca. The Council voted 14-0 on the matter with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez absent during the vote. The motion instructed the Department of Transportation to designate and post ceremonial signs no later than Nov. 17. Additionally, the motion directed the Bureau of Street Services and other relevant departments to conduct an analysis for a proposed streetscape project along the corridor to uplift the Oaxacan community and local businesses. Council members Eunisses Hernandez and Heather Hutt introduced the motion in September. “In response to the hateful, anti-indigenous comments made last year by several elected leaders, the City Council has worked vigorously to empower and to give voice to the grievances and pain experienced by those affected communities,” the motion states.


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