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Windsor Hills Suspect Involved In 13 Other Crashes Before Fiery Wreck, Prosecutors Say

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Law Enforcement News

Windsor Hills Suspect Involved In 13 Other Crashes Before Fiery Wreck, Prosecutors Say
A 37-year-old traveling nurse charged with six counts of murder from last week's fiery crash in Windsor Hills is expected back in court next week for a bail review hearing. This comes as Nicole Linton made her first court appearance in connection to the deadly crash on Monday. As Linton tearfully sat through her court appearance, her attorneys said they're looking into her potential mental health issues. On the other hand, investigators claim Linton has a history of crashes. Prosecutors allege Linton, who is from Texas, was involved in 13 crashes outside of California. One of the crashes allegedly took place as recently as 2020, where it ended with people getting hurt, prosecutors said Monday. Linton went through a defensive driving course after the 2020 crash, prosecutors told a judge. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said there was no evidence of alcohol playing a factor in the Windsor Hills crash, but the DA said investigations are ongoing. The crash from last week killed six people, including a pregnant woman, her 11-month-old son, her unborn baby and the baby's father. Linton did not have a criminal history prior to the Windsor Hills crash.
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Woman Found Burning, Hanging From Tree In Griffith Park Apparently Took Her Own Life
The body of a woman who apparently took her own life was found burning and hanging from a tree in Griffith Park Tuesday, authorities said. Firefighters were sent to the area near the park’s Merry Go Round at about 12:30 p.m., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The body was that of a woman, Stewart said. Information on her age and identity was not immediately available, though the woman’s body was on fire at the time of the discovery, Stewart said. The death has been classified as an apparent suicide, pending the results of a coroner’s investigation, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department.
LA Daily News

Texas Man Pleads Not Guilty In Killing Of Man Walking Dog
A Texas man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the shooting death of a man who was walking his dog in his Mid-City Los Angeles neighborhood in March. Cliffton Kamal Styles, now 21, is charged with murder in the March 12 slaying of Marcos Sandoval. The 52-year-old man was walking his dog about 5 a.m. that day near the corner of Genesee Avenue and Saturn Street when a dark-colored sedan approached and stopped at the northwest corner of the intersection. Styles exited the car, exchanged words with Sandoval and fired multiple shots at him, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Styles allegedly got back into the sedan and drove northbound on Genesee, police said. Sandoval was discovered about 6:15 a.m. by a passerby, who called 911. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The small white dog was not injured and returned home on its own, police said. “Detectives determined that Styles traveled from San Marcos, Texas, and arrived at Florida,” police said. “Styles then drove cross country from Florida to Los Angeles where he committed the murder… Thereafter, he traveled to San Diego, returning to San Marcos, Texas.”

Shooting Near West Hollywood Leaves One Wounded
A man is hospitalized Wednesday after being shot near West Hollywood. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday to the 7100 block of Waring Avenue west of La Brea Avenue where they found a man suffering from gunshots wounds, LAPD Office Annie Hernandez told City News Service. The victim was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition. Witnesses say three suspects — two men and a woman — ran away from the scene south toward Melrose Avenue. No motive for the shooting was immediately available.

Authorities Investigating Car-to-Car Shooting In Sylmar
A man is hospitalized Wednesday after being shot near West Hollywood. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday to the 7100 block of Waring Avenue west of La Brea Avenue where they found a man suffering from gunshots wounds, LAPD Office Annie Hernandez told City News Service. The victim was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition. Witnesses say three suspects — two men and a woman — ran away from the scene south toward Melrose Avenue. No motive for the shooting was immediately available.

LAPD Investigating Paintball Shooting Of Man At Bus Stop
A man sitting at a Florence bus stop was shot early Saturday morning by a man armed with a paintball gun. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after the man was hit several times by paintballs while he waited for a bus around 4:30 a.m. at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Avalon Boulevard. Police say the man, who is in his 60s, was shot by an unidentified man riding in the passenger seat of a gray vehicle. Investigators currently have not announced a vehicle or suspect description, but a young woman apparently filmed the entire incident. It’s unclear at this time if the paintball shooting was a random attack or a cruel prank for an online audience. Although they might not appear dangerous, paintballs can cause serious injuries and painful bruises. In 2008, more than 600 people received emergency care from injuries suffered from a paintball gun, according to a study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In California, firing a paintball at an unsuspecting person outside of a sanctioned environment could result in charges of assault and battery.

Chase Of Assault Suspect Ends With PIT Maneuver In North Hills Area
Police used the PIT maneuver to end a slow-speed chase involving an assault suspect in the San Fernando Valley Wednesday morning. The chase of the white Chevy pickup started in Burbank, but exact details of the alleged assault were not immediately available. The vehicle traveled on the 118 and 405 Freeways before exiting onto surface streets in the North Hills area. Authorities managed to deploy the PIT maneuver due to the vehicle's relatively slow speed. The impact caused the suspect vehicle to spin around, hit some palm trees and nearly flip over. A short standoff ensued as the suspect remained inside the vehicle. Eventually, a group of officers approached the car and took the suspect into custody.

Police Searching For 81-Year-Old Woman Missing From Koreatown Area
Authorities sought the public's help Tuesday to help locate an 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who was last seen in the Koreatown area. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Isabel Basulto was last seen on Aug. 4 at about 9 p.m. near the 300 block of South Catalina Street. Officers said she does not operate a vehicle and was last seen on foot. Basulto is described as a Hispanic woman who is 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD Olympic Station at 213-382-9102, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

How California Detectives Found A Suspect In Teen’s 40-Year-Old Rape And Killing
Authorities in Northern California have arrested a 75-year-old Hawaii man in connection with the rape and killing of a teenager in Sunnyvale nearly 40 years ago, using forensic genealogy to zero in on the suspect from his family tree. Gary Ramirez was arrested Aug. 2 at his home in Makawao on the island of Maui, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office said Tuesday. Once extradited, he will be arraigned on a charge of murder with rape and kidnapping special circumstances, as well as being armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. Karen Stitt, 15, of Palo Alto was last seen the night of Sept. 2, 1982. She and her 17-year-old boyfriend met at a 7-Eleven shortly before 9 p.m., walked to a miniature golf course and continued on to Ponderosa Elementary School, according to a statement by Sunnyvale Det. Matthew Hutchison. Hutchison’s statement was included with charging documents filed against Ramirez. Stitt’s then-boyfriend was not identified. Around midnight, Stitt’s boyfriend walked her from the school back to the area near the convenience store so she could take a bus back to Palo Alto, Hutchison said.
LA Times

Colorado Deputy Killed While Responding To Shooting; Suspect Dead
A deputy who responded to a shooting was shot and killed Sunday night after a suspect opened fire. El Paso County Sheriff's Office Deputy Andrew Peery, 39, was among three officers who responded to a 911 call near a high school. "We had additional callers who were also hearing gunfire in the same area. Two of our deputies, alongside a Fountain police officer, arrived on scene almost simultaneously. As soon as they arrived, they were immediately met with gunfire," Sheriff Bill Elder told Peery, a six-year veteran with the sheriff's office, was shot and later died of his injuries. He leaves behind his wife and two children. "Our deputies returned fire with at least one round, and after additional personnel arrived on scene, they immediately rendered aid and lifesaving measures,” Elder continued. After the shooting, the suspect, John Paz, remained at large. However, police later found him dead, according to The incident remains under investigation.

NYPD Cops Get Into Shootout With Gunmen Who Opened Fire At House Party
Cops opened fire on four armed men during a wild gunfight that erupted at a Queens house party Friday night, leaving a 16-year-old boy and three men wounded. It was not immediately clear if the officers actually hit any of the victims, one of whom was in critical condition, police said. The detectives, members of the Queens Violent Crime Squad were in plain clothes monitoring a house party near 219th St. and 130th Ave. in Springfield Gardens about 11:30 p.m. Friday when a group of men entered the intersection, pulled guns and began shooting at those attending the large gathering, NYPD Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey said. “(The suspects) pulled out at least three firearms and began firing in the vicinity where the party was at,” Maddrey said at an early Saturday morning press conference. “There were 75 to 100 people at the party. “They were firing toward the direction of the party,” Maddrey added. “They were basically firing into a crowd.” Some attending the party had fired back at the intruders before the cops drew their weapons and engaged the suspects, cops said. “Our detectives exchanged gunfire with the group of males and were able to apprehend three of them,” Maddrey said.
New York Daily News

Public Safety News

Body Found After Fire Erupts In Boyle Heights Apartment
One person was found dead inside a Boyle Heights apartment building that caught fire Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at the two-story building in the 500 block of South Clarence Street shortly after 4 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Margaret Stewart stated in a news alert. Smoke was showing when firefighters arrived and went into an offensive mode to attack the blaze. It took 44 firefighters 21 minutes to extinguish the fire, preventing it from spreading beyond the point of origin, Stewart said. A victim was located as firefighters were conducting a search of the apartment. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said. A Fire Department arson team was conducting an investigation, which was expected to remain active for the duration of the morning. Commuters were asked to avoid the area of South Clarence Street south of East 4th Street due to the investigation.

Local Government News

LA City Council Bans Homeless Encampments Near Schools, Daycare Centers In Final Vote
The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved a ban on homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers in public places on an 11-3 vote, following protests that forced a recess for the second straight time this item has come before the council. This was the council's third and final vote on the measure. The council voted 11-3 in favor of the measure on the third and final time that it came up for a vote, with Council Members Mike Bonin, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Nithya Raman dissenting. As they did last week, opponents interrupted the meeting with chants and shouts in the council chamber. But on Tuesday, during public comment, a woman attempted to climb over the barrier separating the council from members of the public. While police attempted to take the woman into custody, a man tried to prevent officers from arresting her -- he was in turn arrested on suspicion of vandalism and resisting arrest. The woman was not taken into custody, according to Capt. Elaine Morales of the Los Angeles Police Department, who added that she was pulled away from police by other protesters. Three officers, including a sergeant, suffered minor injuries, Morales said.
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