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Man, Woman Found Dead In Street After Shooting In Hyde Park

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Law Enforcement News

Man, Woman Found Dead In Street After Shooting In Hyde Park
Two people were fatally shot Tuesday in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police responded to a shots fired call at 12:20 a.m. to 6329 10th Ave., east of the Crenshaw Inn where they found a woman, who they say was the victim and a man who they say is the suspect in the shooting, in the street with gunshot wounds, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Lizeth Lomeli told City News Service. The victim and the suspect were pronounced dead at the scene. There was no suspect description and Lomeli said LAPD’s Homicide Unit is investigating the shootings.

LAPD Investigating Deadly Stabbing In Canoga Park
The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help to find the person or people responsible for killing a man in Canoga Park Monday morning. Police responded to the intersection of Deering Avenue and Gault Street around 7 a.m. for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival they found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said. Paramedics from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene. His identity has not yet been released while police inform his loved ones of his passing. The early investigation indicates that the man was standing on the sidewalk with his suspected killer and several other people. The suspect stabbed the man and then fled the scene, police said. Police say the suspect is a Hispanic man who was wearing a blue shirt and a black baseball cap. Anyone with information related to this deadly stabbing is urged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department at 818-374-9550. You can also submit an anonymous tip online at

Driver Sought After 1 Killed In Violent Hit-and-Run Crash In Canoga Park
One person was killed in a violent hit-and-run crash in Canoga Park overnight, prompting a search for the driver. The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at De Soto Avenue and Vanowen Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators believe a dark-colored Dodge Ram ran a red light while traveling at a high rate of speed, possibly around 80 mph, and hit a Lexus that was driving westbound on Vanowen. The impact of the collision knocked over some poles in the intersection that threatened power lines in the area. The driver of the Lexus, only identified as a man anywhere from 25 to 30 years old, died at the scene. The suspected hit-and-run driver abandoned the Dodge at the scene and fled on foot. Authorities believe that person may be a vendor of items such as baseball and basketball hats. A suspect description was not available.

Three Wounded, Three Arrested In Stabbing At Hollywood Bar
Authorities were called to the scene of a stabbing in Hollywood early Tuesday morning. They were initially dispatched to the Yucca Street and Whitley Avenue area after receiving reports of two people suffering from stabbing wounds in the area. Investigating officers with Los Angeles Police Department learned that the pair had run from the initial location at a bar two blocks away following some sort of altercation. One other person was also stabbed in the incident. Authorities arrested three people for assault with a deadly weapon. The status of the victims was not immediately known.

Man Allegedly Beaten During South LA Street Takeover
A man accused of lighting fireworks close to a crowd during an illegal street takeover in Willowbrook was allegedly beaten by spectators. The violent street takeover occurred at the intersection of East 135th Street and Avalon Boulevard in South LA’s Willowbrook neighborhood. Officials said it’s one of several intersections police responded to due to a series of illegal street takeovers Sunday night into early Monday morning. The activity began around 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Denker and Manchester in Gramercy Park before a second street takeover was reported at Caldwell Street and South Central Avenue in Compton. The crowd at the second street takeover then moved to another takeover at S. Western Avenue and W. Century Boulevard, back in Gramercy Park, where the takeover was broken up by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department. The last takeover of the night occurred in Willowbrook just after 12:30 p.m. Monday. Video taken from the scene shows spectators flooded the intersection as drivers performed dangerous stunts, all while commercial-grade fireworks were lit in the middle of the street.
FOX 11

Downtown Real Estate Developer Found Guilty In Jose Huizar Bribery Case
Five years ago, real estate developer Dae Yong Lee had a big problem: A labor group with serious political connections had filed a challenge against his plan for a 20-story tower in downtown Los Angeles. Lee, also known as David Lee, paid $500,000 in cash to get rid of the union opposition. That decision had enormous consequences for the businessman, forming a major part of the FBI’s corruption case against former City Councilman Jose Huizar. On Monday, a jury found Lee guilty of paying a $500,000 bribe to ensure Huizar would shepherd his project through the city’s planning process. The jury also found Lee guilty of wire fraud and obstruction of justice. And they handed guilty verdicts on the same three counts to his company, 940 Hill, which had sought city approval for the residential tower. The verdicts delivered a critical victory to the U.S. attorney’s office in the first of three trials encompassing the sprawling corruption case against Huizar.
LA Times

LAX Cargo Handler Sentenced For Stealing $200k In Gold Bars
A man who worked at Los Angeles International Airport for a cargo-handling company was sentenced Monday to 12 months behind bars for stealing gold bars that were part of an international shipment. Marlon Moody, 39, of South Los Angeles, also was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Moody pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit theft of an interstate or foreign shipment. Co-defendant Brian Benson, 36, also of South Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced in November to four months behind bars. Both men worked for Alliance Ground International, a company that provided ground handling services at LAX. On the evening of April 22, 2020, a shipment of gold bars arrived at LAX on Singapore Airlines. A total of 2,000 gold bars, each weighing 2.2 pounds and each valued at $56,000, were being shipped from Australia to New York at the direction of a Canadian bank.
FOX 11

6 Stolen Vehicles Recovered, 9 People Arrested: Glendale PD
Glendale police recovered six stolen vehicles in the last month and arrested nine people in connection to the thefts. Around 4:30 p.m. June 21, patrol officers located a stolen vehicle in a parking lot on the 1400 block of E. Colorado Street. The officers observed a man who appeared to be sleeping inside of the vehicle. They also saw the steering column was severely damaged, and found 25 additional keys on the driver’ side floorboard of the vehicle. The man, identified as 32-year-old Omar Marrufo of Panorama City, was subsequently arrested for vehicle theft and receiving known stolen property. At approximately 4 p.m. June 15, patrol officers located a stolen vehicle travelling near the intersection of Colorado and Louise streets, and subsequently conducted a felony traffic stop. The officers arrested the driver, 29-year-old Nieves Olivar and passenger, 25-year-old Arthur Delaroca, both of Van Nuys, and booked them on suspicion of vehicle theft.

Man Sentenced To Life Term For Killing Of Iowa State Trooper
An Iowa man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year during a standoff and shootout with police. The mandatory sentence was handed down a little more than a month after a jury found Michael Lang, 42, guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assaulting a police officer for his actions on April 9, 2021, that killed 51-year-old patrol Sgt. Jim Smith in Grundy Center. The city of nearly 3,000 people is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Des Moines. Judge Joel Dalrymple also ordered Lang to pay $150,000 in restitution to Smith's estate. Smith, a 27-year patrol veteran, was shot as he led a team of officers into Lang’s home in Grundy Center. Lang had barricaded himself inside the home after he assaulted another officer during a traffic stop that day, police said. Lang was also shot by officers but recovered. Smith was the 11th trooper to die in the line of duty in the Iowa State Patrol’s history. Since then, a 12th trooper has died in the line of duty.

Washington Officer Shot, Seriously Wounded Investigating Drive-By Shootings
Two suspects are in custody after a spree of reported drive-by shootings Sunday afternoon in east Spokane left one officer seriously injured, according to the Spokane Police Department. Police released preliminary details Sunday afternoon, with more information expected from a news conference at 5:30 p.m. The first drive-by was reported just before 2 p.m. in the area of Garland and Perry, said Spokane police Cpl. Nick Briggs. As officers investigated, another report of a drive-by shooting came in less than 15 minutes later, this one from the 3000 block of Martin Street, Briggs said. Officers were there searching for the suspect vehicle, which then encountered a Spokane police car. Shots were fired "unprovoked" at a Spokane police vehicle from the suspect vehicle, striking and seriously injuring one officer, Briggs said. The officer was taken to local hospital for treatment. Police pursued, eventually taking the suspects into custody. At least one firearm was recovered, police said.
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Law Enforcement News

LAFD EMS Captain Injured In Three-Vehicle Crash In Reseda While Responding To Emergency Call
A Los Angeles Fire Department Emergency Medical Services captain was injured in a three-vehicle crash in Reseda Monday while responding to an emergency call. The captain was traveling in a department SUV with the lights and siren activated around 12:50 p.m. when the crash occurred in the 10300 block of West Roscoe Boulevard. According to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department, the captain was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. Humphrey said the crash was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division. No other injuries were reported.

Fire Ignites Inside Canoga Park Skilled Nursing Facility
Twenty patients were evacuated in their hospital beds after a fire broke out at a skilled nursing facility in Canoga Park on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just before 5 a.m. at Topanga Terrance & the Villas located in the 22100 block of Roscoe Boulevard. The other 70 patients who were not evacuated were sheltered in place inside the building. Firefighters at the scene reported thick black smoke coming from the laundry room. They later discovered the fire started in a small bathroom nearby in the facility. "Convalescent facilities like this are our worst-case scenario because they are going to generate a lot of patients. They have a lot of sick patients inside, they have a lot of different medical problems," Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Andrew Wordin explained. No injuries were reported in the fire. Los Angeles County health inspectors were en route to give the go-ahead and to ensure there was no danger from the smoke.
FOX 11

Fire Officials Strongly Condemn Fireworks Use On 4th Of July As Drought Conditions Could Spark Fire
Fourth of July weekend is just around the corner and that means renewed warnings about the danger of illegal fireworks. Getting the word out is especially critical with California's extreme drought conditions. The persistent drought has firefighters on high alert and they're encouraging residents to be mindful and use "safe and sane" fireworks, which don't fly or explode. They also strongly urge people to stay clear of any illegal fireworks. "Any fireworks, even though they state 'safe and sane' are not necessarily safe and sane," Los Angeles County Fire spokesperson Craig Little said. "A sparkler can burn to a temperature of 2,000 degrees. A sparkler thrown into a high brushy area or on top of a house can be catastrophic as far as any kind of a damage concern." Fireworks throughout L.A. County are illegal in most cases. Fire experts warn that any kind of firework could spark an unintended blaze.

Coronavirus In California Is Becoming Easier To Get, Much Harder To Avoid. Here’s Why
The number of coronavirus cases reported in California is on the brink of crossing 10 million, a milestone that probably undercounts the total significantly yet still carries an increasing sense of inevitability. Since the hyper-transmissible Omicron variant stormed onto the scene in early December, the virus has wormed its way into seemingly every family and social circle. Residents who for years escaped infection were swept up in the resulting tidal wave of cases, though for many, the severity of illness has been lessened by vaccines, the availability of therapeutics and other factors. A plethora of high-profile people who have recently tested positive — among them Vice President Kamala Harris, Gov. Gavin Newsom and even Dr. Anthony Fauci — have also fueled the notion that catching the coronavirus is no longer a matter of if, but when. “It’s going to get easier and easier to get and harder to escape infection. But that doesn’t mean we put ourselves in a sort of mind-set that, ‘You know, to hell with it. I’m just going to do anything I want to do anyway,’” Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, a UC San Francisco infectious-disease expert, said during an interview Friday.
LA Times



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