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    SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The family of a man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies last summer is seeking $35 million in damages from the county.Dijon Kizzee, 29, was killed Aug. 31 in South Los Angeles after two deputies tried to stop him for riding a bicycle in the wrong direction. He dropped the bike and ran away, carrying a bundle of clothing that authorities say contained a firearm.The deputies told investigators they didn't know there was a gun in the clothes and they fired at Kizzee after he picked up the handgun when it fell out during a struggle with one of them. A video showed him stooping down, but a wall blocked a full view. No weapon could be seen in the video, although authorities found a gun at the scene.Kizzee's family filed a legal claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, Wednesday against...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Attorneys for the family of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies last August, have filed a $35 million damages claim against the county. “We intend to bring a bright light on the virus that is raging in South Los Angeles, and the vaccine for that virus is truth,” Carl Douglas, an attorney for the family, said. The claim was seeking $25 million for “severe and substantial” damaged incurred by Kizzee’s father, Edwin, and $10 million for economic and injury costs to his estate “stemming from the intentional and/or negligent infliction of harm on Mr. Kizzee until the moment that he took his last breath.” RELATED: Rep. Maxine Waters Calls For Probe Of LASD Following Fatal Shooting Of Black Bicyclist Kizzee was shot Aug. 31 by two sheriff’s deputies in the unincorporated community of Westmont, near South Los Angeles,...
    LA HABRA HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — A helicopter landing pad appears to have been in the works on a piece of property right behind the La Habra Heights home of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. A helicopter landing pad appears to have been in the works on a piece of property right behind the La Habra Heights home of Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. (CBSLA) The problem is that the property owner said the department started work there without permission and, according to a $4,950 receipt provided to CBS Los Angeles by county attorneys reviewing the claim, Los Angeles County is paying for it. RELATED: CDC Suggests Wearing 2 Masks For Better Protection Against COVID-19 Variants “That’s not what we pay taxpayer dollars for,” Arnold Leos, a La Habra resident, said. Not only does Leos think the helipad is unnecessary, SoCal Gas is attempting to put an end to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says his department has launched a civil rights investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.Becerra made the announcement Friday, adding the California Department of Justice is probing whether the "rights of the people of L.A. County'' have been violated."Because there are serious concerns and reports that accountability and adherence to legit policing practices have lapsed at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, my office is undertaking a civil rights investigation into the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department," he said.RELATED | Violent arrests help officers earn notoriety in LASD 'Executioners' gangEMBED More News Videos "Inking parties" are a secret ritual to initiate deputies into the alleged "Executioners" gang in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to a sworn deposition testimony by LASD Deputy Art Gonzalez. Becerra adds the investigation will look into whether the department engaged in a "pattern or...
    A California air quality agency has temporarily suspended limits on how many bodies can be cremated amid a lack of storage space for those who died from the novel coronavirus. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) issued an emergency order on Sunday that temporarily suspends permit requirements for crematoriums for at least the next 10 days in Los Angeles County. The air pollution agency limits the number of human remains that may be cremated each month, based on potential air quality impacts. However, the pandemic has caused the current death rate to skyrocket, placing a strain on hospitals, funeral homes, and crematoriums. CORONAVIRUS HAS INFECTED 1 IN 3 PEOPLE IN LOS ANGELES SINCE START OF PANDEMIC: OFFICIALS National Guard members assist with processing COVID-19 deaths and placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in Los Angeles on Jan. 12, 2021.  (Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner via AP, File) "The current rate...
    The lack of storage space for those who have died of the coronavirus forced the agency which regulates air quality across the Southland to issue an emergency order Sunday night lifting the limit on the number of cremations allowed. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the emergency order temporarily suspending permit requirements for crematoriums. CBS Los Angeles reports the order was issued at the request of both the Los Angeles County coroner's office and the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The air quality management district limits the number of cremations which can be conducted each month due to air quality regulations. However, the pandemic has caused the death rate across the region to more than double, which has put a strain on hospitals, funeral homes and crematoriums, the agency reported. As of Jan. 15, more than 2,700 bodies are stored at both hospitals and the coroner's office, according...
    Los Angeles County scientists now estimate that one in three residents have contracted COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday. That would mean at least 3 million of the county's 10 million residents have been infected — more than triple the number confirmed through testing, according to the Times. "Unfortunately, we are still engaging in behaviors that facilitate spread of the virus, so it is still able to find plenty of susceptible people to infect,” Roger Lewis, director of COVID-19 hospital demand modeling for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, told the newspaper. In order for herd immunity through vaccination to become an effective strategy for controlling the disease, about 75 percent of the county's residents would need to develop immunity, Lewis estimated.  The county has become a hotspot for the coronavirus in a state that leads the nation in infection rates. As the virus continues...
    A CALIFORNIA "Covid superspreader" swinger party was busted by Los Angeles police on Saturday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's "Super-Spreader Taskforce" found more than 200 people at a warehouse party in LA's South Central region. 4Partygoers are seen covered in blankets outside the warehouse where a 'superspreader' swinger party took placeCredit: Twitter 4Law enforcement action was taken against the 'underground party event' on SaturdayCredit: Twitter Dozens of partygoers were led out of the event wearing face masks and covered in blankets. LA County Sherriff tweeted on Monday night: "On Saturday January 9, 2021 #LASD Super-Spreader Taskforce continued enforcement of the Los Angeles County health orders to address underground party events. "The results of the operation included 2 commercial building locations, and a total of 182 adult arrests (cited out)." In a followup tweet, the department issued a reminder of what Alex Villanueva, the Sheriff of LA County, has told residents...
    Massive job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide will leave tens of thousands of low-wage workers without homes over the next three years, a report published Tuesday by a Los Angeles-based research group forecasts. Los Angeles County, already struggling with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations, will be especially hard hit, on a per-capita basis, because of its large low-wage labor force and high housing costs. Based on the effects of the 2008 recession, the Economic Roundtable report “Locked Out” concludes that pandemic-related unemployment will start a brutal cycle of homelessness. It says the uptick began as a trickle in 2020, but will triple this year and peak by 2023. By then, the number of additional working-age adults with no place of their own to sleep will reach more than 52,000 in Los Angeles County, 131,000 in California and 600,000 across the nation, it said. The most recent...
    More On: los angeles FEMA calculates riskiest, safest places in US California city to remove public seating as coronavirus cases spike Activists call for arrest of ‘Soho Karen’ in march to police station California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages A 25-year-old counselor was fatally attacked by seven youths at the Los Angeles facility he worked at on Saturday night, authorities said. David Mcknight-Hillman was beaten after trying to break up a fight at Wayfinder Family Services, a non-profit organization that provides residential therapeutic services to youths, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Mcknight-Hillman, who provided daily care to the residents, appeared to sustain blunt force trauma and died at a nearby hospital, the sheriff’s department said in a Monday news release. Six of the suspects have been arrested, including two 18-year-olds charged with murder, the department said. Four youths were booked at a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A new risk index from FEMA has ranked Los Angeles County the riskiest in the country, and Riverside and San Bernardino counties are not far behind in the top 10. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Risk Index looked at 18 kinds of natural disasters, such as coastal flooding, drought, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes, wildfires, strong winds, volcanic activity and heat and cold waves. The ranking also takes into account economic damage and the community’s ability to recover from a disaster. (credit: FEMA) With Southern California’s abundance of earthquakes, wildfires and heat waves, the entire region’s risk was deemed very high, but Los Angeles County ranked No. 1 in the country for risk. Riverside County was ranked No. 7, and San Bernardino County followed right behind at No. 9. From just wildfires in 2020 alone, CalFire says the state battled 9,639 blazes that burned more than 4...
    (CNN)Overflowing hospital morgues, increased 911 wait times, beds only opening when patients die. Hospitals in California, where almost all of the state's 40 million residents are living under stay-at-home orders, are seeing historic stress points.The surge of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations is pushing hospitals in Los Angeles County to the "brink of catastrophe," a top health official there said.To the north in Santa Clara, one doctor said: "What we are seeing now, is not normal."Every day since November 7, Covid-19 hospitalizations in California have increased. As of Thursday, 21,449 Covid-19 patients were in hospital beds throughout the state, with more than 4,500 of those in intensive care units.Read MoreHealth officials in West Virginia mistakenly gave 42 people Covid-19 antibodies instead of the vaccine"We are in the midst of a disaster," Los Angeles County Director of Emergency Medical Services Agency Cathy Chidester said, talking about the challenges faced by hospitals...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom Thursday scheduled a May 4 special election to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Holly Mitchell, who was recently sworn in to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The primary election will be held on March 2. Mitchell earned a landslide victory over Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson in their race to replace termed-out L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on the board’s 2nd District, and in the process made some history. Mitchell cruised to victory with 60.89% of the vote, compared to Wesson’s 39.11%, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office. Mitchell held a lead of more than 106,000 votes. Her victory meant the county board once referred to as “five little kings” is now run by five women for the first time in its history. The 30th Senate District covers a large swath of the Metro area, including Culver...
    (CNN)The mayor of Los Angeles said the city will run out of hospital beds by Christmas if the coronavirus spreads at its current rate as he urged residents to "cancel everything" to help stop the spread of the virus.Residents should stay home as much as possible as the city faces stark choices between "health and sickness, care and apathy, life and death," said Mayor Eric Garcetti during a Wednesday news conference.The US has reported its highest one-day Covid-19 death tally: More than 2,800"It's time to hunker down. It's time to cancel everything. If it isn't essential, don't do it," Garcetti said. "Don't meet up with others outside your household, don't host that gathering, don't attend a gathering."The number of daily coronavirus infections in Los Angeles has tripled since early November. Hospitalizations have more than tripled and are at a new peak, Garcetti said. "The public health condition of our city...
    Getty A French feminist (L) of the "Ni Putes, Ni Soumises" (Neither Whores Nor Submissive - NPNS) movement with her face covered with fake blood arrives with other NPNS activists prior to simulate agressions on November 25, 2012. A mother and sister are credited for saving the life of their respective daughter and sister after her estranged boyfriend broke into a California home where his girlfriend was and attacked her. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on November 28, they responded to a domestic violence call at around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. When they arrived at the South Pasadena home they heard women screaming and found a broken window. Deputies went into the home through the broken window, according to a press release, and once inside they found a “white male suspect in his 40s stabbed and beaten.” South Pasadena Fire Department and efforts were made...
    The mother and sister of a woman whose estranged boyfriend broke into their Los Angeles County home and began strangling her managed to fend off the attacker by beating the man with golf clubs before ultimately stabbing him to death, authorities said. Officers with the South Pasadena Police Department responded to a domestic violence call Saturday in the 500 block of Five Oaks Drive to find a window had been shattered at the home. A woman could be heard screaming from inside, police said. Officers entered the home through the broken window and found a suspect described by police as a White male in his 40s stabbed and beaten. LAPD SEARCHING FOR 3 SEPARATE DRIVERS WHO HIT PEDESTRIAN AND LEFT HIM TO DIE  Officers administered aid before the South Pasadena Fire Department arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene. He was later identified by the Los...
    Los Angeles could lock down as soon as Sunday following a record-high number of coronavirus infections on Thursday, a county health official said.  A Sunday lockdown would bar any Thanksgiving gatherings this upcoming week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against travel and gathering on the holiday.  Los Angeles tallied a record 5,031 new coronavirus cases Thursday. L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said the average number of cases over the past two days was 4,500. If cases average over 4,500 for five consecutive days, the county will issue a safer-at-home order as it did in the spring, shuttering all non-essential businesses and urging Angelenos to leave only for necessities or essential work. It also would include a countywide curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.  CALIFORNIA COUNTY TASK FORCE TO FINE RESIDENTS FOR MASK VIOLATIONS  Davis pointed out that cases rose 68% from Oct. 28 to Nov. 10. ...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The U.S. has the highest coronavirus death toll and case count of any country worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.The number of Americans taken by coronavirus is equivalent to more than 11 times the number of Americans who died during the last flu season, according to the CDC; more than the entire population of Santa Clarita, according to Census data; and more than three sold out games at the Los Angeles Coliseum.Map not displaying correctly? Click here to open in a new window.In California, Imperial County, has been among the top 150 counties in the country experiencing high rates of death.In Los Angeles County, places like Little Armenia which as of Nov. 18 had a death rate nine times above the Los Angeles County death rate and Westlake which had a death rate four times higher than the Los Angeles County death rate have been particularly...
    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A 38-year-old man who was shot in a Southern California hospital by a sheriff's deputy last month has died, authorities said Tuesday. Nicholas Burgos Jr. was shot and wounded during a confrontation with the deputy Oct. 6 at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Burgos remained in the hospital's intensive care unit until his death Nov. 1. The department and the coroner's office confirmed the death Tuesday. Autopsy reports have not been completed. On Oct. 6, sheriff's deputies were working a security detail at the hospital and guarding another patient, authorities have said. Burgos was allegedly destroying medical equipment and trying to smash a window with a metal medical device. Officials said he tried to get into the other patient's room and turned toward one of the deputies there, who was trying to move other patients, and...
    HAWTHORNE, Calif. (CNS) -- A man who tried to run for mayor in Hawthorne is among two people charged in a voter fraud case in which thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications were allegedly submitted on behalf of homeless people, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro -- also known as Mark Anthony Gonsalves -- was set to be arraigned Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged instrument, two felony counts of perjury and one felony count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud, along with nine misdemeanor counts of interference with a prompt transfer of a completed affidavit, according to the District Attorney's Office.Montenegro, 53, allegedly submitted more than 8,000 fraudulent voter registration applications between July and October, as well as allegedly falsifying names, addresses and signatures on...
    Los Angeles County was jolted by its second straight day of more than 3,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, Nov. 15, as the “second surge” continued to send daily statistics soaring to levels not seen since summer. The 3,061 cases came on the heels of Saturday’s total of 3,780, both numbers topping recent levels and hearkening back to the alarming rates of mid-July. Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials have reported 339,560 cases since the pandemic began. Sunday’s three new fatalities increased the county’s death toll to 7,269. The rising numbers are particularly concerning because weekend totals tend to dip because of scaled-back record keeping. The low number of deaths, however, reflects the usual weekend reporting delays, officials said. The department said Saturday the elevated number of cases — not associated with any kind of backlog related to technical problems, like some other spates of elevated totals...
    The death of a teenager who was shot dead by a California sheriff's deputy in June will be investigated in the first inquest to be held in Los Angeles in more than 30 years.  In a rare move, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Dr Jonathan Lucas, called for the inquest into the shooting death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado.  Guardado was shot in the back five times by a sheriff's deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on June 18.  Police claimed he 'produced a gun and ran away' from the deputies outside an auto body shop where he worked as a security guard. The county Board of Supervisors identified the deputy who shot Guardado as Manuel Vega.  Scroll down for video   The death of Andres Guardado (left and right), 18, who was shot dead by a California sheriff's deputy in June will be investigated in the first inquest to...
    As signs of a new coronavirus spike in Los Angeles County continue to emerge, one health official is concerned that gatherings to watch the area's numerous sports teams may be driving the area's increased caseload. This week, the county passed two grim milestones — 300,000 cases and 7,000 deaths. The county has the most cases of any county in the state and has the third-highest seven-day average increase per capita in the state, according to the New York Times. “Today marks another tragic milestone as 7,000 L.A. County residents have passed away from COVID-19. We report these numbers each day understanding how many people across our community are grieving someone who has passed away from COVID-19,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a press release. "This pandemic has forced so many to sacrifice so much this year, and we recognize the frustration and disappointment with...
    Los Angeles County is outlawing trick-or-treating for 2020, amid fears that the Halloween custom could inadvertently spread COVID-19.  Public health officials announced the ban Tuesday, also declaring that outdoor parties and carnivals scheduled for October 31 will also be prohibited.  In an official memo, the LA County Department of Public Health stated: 'Door to door trick or treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick-or-treaters.'  The document additionally stated: 'Gatherings or Parties with non-household members are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors. Los Angeles County is outlawing trick-or-treating for 2020, amid fears that the Halloween custom could inadvertently spread COVID-19 .Stock image  Walt Disney Privacy Policy 'Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are [also] not allowed.' Officials also preempted that locals may use...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nearly 70,000 voters in Los Angeles County have requested election materials, including Vote by Mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election, in a language other than English, according to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) Los Angeles County provides fully translated voting materials in Armenian, Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Thai and Russian. Facsimile ballots are also available upon request in Burmese, Telugu, Gujarti, Indonesian, Mongolian and Bengali. The county had issued a notice in late July that all registered voters would be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters are typically asked at the polls what language they would like their ballot in, so another county mailer was sent out, notifying voters that ballots are available in languages other than English. “In a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nearly 70,000 voters in Los Angeles County have requested election materials, including Vote by Mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election, in a language other than English, according to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) Los Angeles County provides fully translated voting materials in Armenian, Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, Vietnamese, Hindi, Japanese, Thai and Russian. Facsimile ballots are also available upon request in Burmese, Telugu, Gujarti, Indonesian, Mongolian and Bengali. The county had issued a notice in late July that all registered voters would be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters are typically asked at the polls what language they would like their ballot in, so another county mailer was sent out, notifying voters that ballots are available in languages other than English. “In a...
    Los Angeles County has sent notice to Grace Community Church that the county is terminating the church's parking lot lease, the latest development in a continued legal conflict between the church and the county over the church's refusal to comply with COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Grace Community Church, pastored by prominent evangelical John MacArthur, has been open for in-person services since late July in defiance of the state's COVID-19 restrictions. MacArthur has stated publicly that state and local government officials have overstepped their authority by restricting churches, and that the severity of the pandemic doesn't justify the restrictions. Grace Community Church n Sun Valley now has 30 days to vacate the lot or risk having any private property left there be confiscated. The church has leased the parking lot from the county for decades. Los Angeles County has been seeking to shut the...
    VAN NUYS (CBSLA) — The estate of Ara Zobayan, who piloted the plane that killed Kobe Bryant, himself and seven others, has been denied the motion to move a case to a different location to ensure a fair trial based on Bryant’s celebrity status in Los Angeles County. Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who lost her husband and one daughter in the January 26 crash in the Calabasas hills, brought the lawsuit in February in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit was filed on behalf of Vanessa and her three surviving daughters, with the estate of Zobayan, Island Express Helicopters and Island Express Holding Corp. listed as defendants. The Zobayan estate wanted to change the venue where the case was heard from Los Angeles County to Orange County, but the judge ruled that the claim of an unfair trial could not be proven. “The court finds… Zobayan has not made a...
    Up to $ 10,000 for rent payment will deliver the LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief program to those who qualify Thousands of tenants across the country face problems paying rent. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / . / . Los Angeles County renters who have suffered financial setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic they will soon be able to request thousands of dollars in assistance to help cover their payments. The application period for the COVID-19 rent relief program LA County based on income starts on Monday and will remain open until August 31. Up to $ 10,000 will be awarded to households that meet the program’s income guidelines. Emergency rental relief is funded by $ 100 million in federal money from the CARES Act. Its goal is to help about 9,000 households, reports the LA Times. Half of the money available will go to residents who live...
    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to include a November ballot item that would redirect $880 million away from police and the court system over four years. The board voted 4-1 to include the policy, dubbed “Reimagining L.A. County,” which would divert the funds from police, the district attorney’s office and the court system to “low income areas/social programs,” according to a Tweet from Fox 11 reporter Bill Melugin. Los Angeles previously defunded law enforcement by more than $150 million in an early July vote, ABC 7 reported. BREAKING: L.A. County Board of Supervisors votes 4-1 to put “Reimagining L.A. County” proposal on November ballot for voters. It would strip $880 million away from Sheriff’s Department, court system, DA’s office, and redistribute it to low income areas/social programs. @FOXLA — Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 4, 2020 If approved by voters, the measure would divert...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been plagued by a gang of deputies who sport tattoos with Nazi imagery and have infiltrated a station to enact civil rights abuses against the public, according to a claim made by a whistleblower. In a claim filed in June against Los Angeles County, Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez details that roughly a fifth of the 100 deputies at the Compton Station (CPT) are a part of the gang - called the Executioners.  Another 20 deputies are considered to be 'prospects' or close associates of the gang, the filing states.  The filing has prompted a response from Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who took to Facebook to announce that the department was putting its foot down when dealing with disingenuous deputies. 'Swift administrative action' is taking place as they look into the allegations.  In a claim filed against Los Angeles County, Deputy Sheriff Austreberto Gonzalez claims the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating two children abducted from the County USC Medical Center in Los Angeles by a man believed to be their biological father.According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff, 14-year-old Anyssa Cortez and 12-year-old Christopher Cortez were taken from county USC Medical Center around 9 p.m. Saturday.Anyssa was wearing a dark green tank top and white shorts with red polka dots. She stands 4 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 106 pounds.Christopher was wearing a white shirt, black sweat pants and black and white sandals. He is also 4 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 147 pounds.Investigators believe the siblings are with their father, 38-year-old Christopher C. Cortez. He is 5'9" and weighs about 185 lbs with black hair and brown eyesThey were last seen in a dark-colored SUV, the sheriff's department says.Anyone with information about this incident is urged to...
    LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KABC) -- Pacific Islanders living in Los Angeles County among those hit the hardest by COVID-19.According to the Los Angeles Times, county data shows Pacific Islanders suffer the highest infection rate of any racial or ethnic group, more than 2,500 per 100,00 people.Factors include reduced access to healthcare, multi-generational households and higher rates of underlying health conditions.Many Pacific Islanders also reportedly work in frontline jobs, where they are more likely to contract the virus.
    At least 15 children in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with a rare and potentially deadly inflammatory syndrome.According to the Los Angeles Times, doctors believe the syndrome is associated with coronavirus.It can cause different parts of the body to become inflamed -- such as the heart, lungs, kidney or brain.RELATED: Local doctor explains what you should know about rare condition in kids linked to COVID-19EMBED More News Videos Doctors across the country are trying to piece together information involving a seriously inflammatory condition in children that may be linked to the coronavirus. Most of the children have developed the syndrome about two to four weeks after being infected with COVID-19.RELATED: 12-year-old girl who suffered heart failure after COVID-19 diagnosis speaks out
    By Rong-Gong Lin II | Los Angeles Times A rare but serious and potentially deadly inflammatory syndrome believed to be associated with the coronavirus has now been identified in 15 children in Los Angeles County, officials said. Of the children, 73% were Latino, representing a disproportionate burden for the ethnic group. Latino residents are the largest ethnic group in L.A. County, making up about half of the county’s residents. Nationally, about 70% of the cases of the inflammatory syndrome have been either Latino or Black patients. Multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, can cause different parts of the body to become inflamed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Symptoms include fever, pain in the abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes and exhaustion. The syndrome has also been called pediatric inflammatory multisystem...
    If we’re indeed only as strong as our weakest link, we’re in trouble, California. Big trouble. For proof, look no further than the Orange County-inspired lunacy that went down hundreds of miles away on the rustic streets of Nevada City. Mere hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars, gyms, houses of worship and indoor dining to shut down again, blaming a nasty spike in coronavirus cases, a ragtag group of anti-mask activists, anti-vaxxers and anti-government types tried to barge into a Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Broadcasting their ill-advised mission live on Facebook, they strolled into the lobby and announced that they were there to challenge a supposed violation of open meeting laws. Reinette Senum, who recently stepped down as mayor and a member of the Nevada City Council after attacking Newsom’s mandate for face coverings, came prepared with legal documents ready to be hand-delivered....
    The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old man by a sheriff's deputy last month, when he was struck five times in the back, was a homicide, according to the autopsy report released Friday. The cause of death for Andres Guardado was certified July 7 as multiple gunshot wounds and certified as a homicide, the coroner's office said in a statement. The report was released despite a security hold that had been requested by the sheriff's department. Earlier this week, Guardado's family released the results of an independent autopsy that also concluded he was shot five times in the back. A demonstrator holds signs during a protest in honor of Andres Guardado on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in Gardena, Calif. Guardado was shot and killed on June 18 by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy near Gardena. Patrolling deputies said they saw Guardado talking to someone in...
    A demonstrator holds a sign in support of Andrés Guardado, who was shot and killed by an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy last month. An independent autopsy performed at the request of the family of Andrés Guardado has found that the 18-year-old student and part-time security guard was shot in the back five times by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy last month, NBC News reports.  Guardado’s family, already frustrated over the lack of answers regarding his killing by police on June 18, requested the independent autopsy after the department put a “security hold” on the L.A. County coroner’s results. “These findings confirm what we have known all along,” his family said according to LAist, “which is that Andrés was unjustifiably killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy.” “Lawyers for the Guardado family have said that officials’ failure to explain exactly what prompted the shooting has made the family's grieving process that much more difficult,” NBC News said, as well...
    An independent autopsy of Latino teen Andres Guardado revealed Wednesday that he was shot five times in the back by an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy last month. The findings of the initial autopsy by the L.A. County Medical Examiner has not yet been released by the sheriff's department.  Guardado, 18, was fatally shot on June 18 after L.A. County deputies said they spotted him with a gun in front of an auto body shop and he tried to run away. The law firm representing his family released the results from the autopsy report that was conducted independently by forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu on June 26.  According to the autopsy, he had five bullet wounds in his back and a graze abrasion on his left forearm.   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "It has been 20 days since Andres was tragically gunned down by a Los Angeles...
    Attorneys representing the family of a Southern California man who was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy last month said Wednesday that an independent autopsy found he was shot five times in the back. Andres Guardado, 18, a security guard at an autobody shop, died after he was shot on June 18 in Gardena, setting off a wave of protests amid tense relations between police departments and minority communities nationwide. The attorneys said the autopsy revealed Guardado suffered a graze abrasion to his left forearm with a forward trajectory and did not have alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death. They said it proves the shooting was "without a doubt, the result of unjustified police violence against an innocent young man." A lawyer for the family of Andres Guardado, who was killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, said Wednesday that an independent...
    An 18-year-old Los Angeles man shot and killed last month by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in an unincorporated area near Gardena was struck five times in the back, attorneys representing the man’s family said on Wednesday, July 8. Andres Guardado was also grazed in the left forearm with an upward trajectory, according to findings of an independent autopsy performed at the request of the family after the Sheriff’s Department placed a security hold on the Los Angeles County medical examiner’s autopsy report, attorneys said. “Right now, it’s important that we receive, first the autopsy report conducted by the medical examiner’s office and all other evidence being withheld by the Sheriff’s Department,” attorney Nicholas Yoka said in an interview. “Andres was fatally shot in the back five times,” he said. “It’s irrefutable, undisputable, so our question is, does the Sheriff’s Department dispute this?” A photo, and a graphic signed...
    By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a man killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy said Wednesday that an independent autopsy revealed 18-year-old Andres Guardado was shot five times in the back. The independent autopsy was performed after the sheriff’s department placed a security hold on a report by the county’s medical examiner-coroner office, attorney Adam Shea said in a statement that called for release of the official autopsy. The attorney released a black-and-white photo showing holes in Guardado's back. According to the June 26 autopsy by Dr. Bennet I. Omalu, a forensic pathologist, Guardado also suffered a graze abrasion to his left forearm. Preliminary toxicology testing showed Guardado did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system, the independent report said. Guardado was shot June 18 near the city of Gardena. The Sheriff’s Department has said deputies saw...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday said the surge in coronavirus cases hitting California was due in part to younger people who might believe “they are invincible” but nonetheless are becoming sick from COVID-19. These are younger adults — who Newsom called “the young invincibles” — who are testing positive for the disease, a trend that has become apparent as the economy has reopened and working-aged adults return to work and had resumed social gatherings. “So a lot of these younger folks may be coming into hospitals, but with not as acute needs as what we were seeing in the past,” Newsom said. In L.A. County, working-age adults are making up an increasing share of the percentage of those who are hospitalized, while seniors are making up a declining share. Some young people think “they are invincible but don’t feel it’s going to impact them and if it does, it’s...
    The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved an immediate 35% cut to its school police force, a reduction of $25 million, in response to weeks of protests by student activists and community groups who had called for the elimination of the department. The board action also calls for officers to give up their uniforms and patrol off campus, and will lead to the layoffs of 65 officers in the 471-employee department. The money saved will be allocated to fund staff to specifically serve the needs of Black students and a task force that will study ways to re-imagine the issue of student and campus safety. “L.A. Unified has to continue to be a leader in showing what can happen when we believe in self-determination, when we empower communities to help this organization transform itself,” said board member Monica Garcia. The 4-3 vote was supported by Garcia, Jackie Goldberg,...
    GARDENA, Calif. (KABC) -- The family of Andres Guardado says they are being stonewalled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. They want information and they say they aren't getting anywhere."I want to make sure that this doesn't happen to any other mother. It's painful. My son wanted to be a doctor, my son wanted to take care of me. Who's going take care of me now?" said a translator, speaking on behalf of Alicia Guardado.They came to court on Tuesday as they file claims against the county and the sheriff.Guardado was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy on June 18.Lawyers for Guardado's family say the sheriff's department has put a "security hold" on the autopsy results and they've taken all surveillance cameras and video from the area."We want transparency, we want the community to know what's happening and they've just locked down on this, they're...
    Because of concerns about the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom last month ordered that ballots be mailed to all of California’s 20.6 million voters for the Nov. 3 general election. Although President Trump has baselessly called mail-in ballots “dangerous,” California leaders are worried that millions of people showing up at polling places could be dangerous to people’s health as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Here’s what to know about voting by mail, from Dean Logan, who runs elections in Los Angeles County as the registrar-recorder/county clerk. Registering to vote You can register to vote or confirm your registration at the L.A. County registrar’s website. To verify that you’re registered, you’ll be asked for your last name, date of birth, house number and ZIP Code. You can also call (800) 815-2666. You can register in person at libraries, post office branches or Department of Motor Vehicles offices. You can even register...
    A COVID-19 statistical model followed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts that half the deaths in the state of California by Oct. 1 will occur in Los Angeles County. COVID-Projections estimates 14,674 deaths by October in the state, and more than half that number, 7,833,  in Los Angeles County. There were 5,632 deaths in the state of California as a result of COVID-19 on June 24, according to the California Department of Public Health. In contrast in the Bay Area, COVID-Projections estimates 220 deaths in Santa Clara County  and 206 in Alameda County during the same time period. Created by independent data scientist Youyang Gu, COVID-Projections uses artificial intelligence and an epidemiological methodology called SEIS (susceptible, exposed, infectious, susceptible again) to make its predictions. It touts itself as one of the top 5 most accurate statistical models followed by the CDC. LA County with a...
    The sheriff of Los Angeles County is reportedly planning to increase the number of concealed carry gun permits in his city by a significant amount. “NEW: In a live stream just now, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he expects to begin increasing the amount of concealed carry permits he issues by as much as 400%. CCWs are notoriously difficult to obtain in LA. @FOXLA” Fox 11 Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin tweeted Wednesday. NEW: In a live stream just now, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he expects to begin increasing the amount of concealed carry permits he issues by as much as 400%. CCWs are notoriously difficult to obtain in LA. @FOXLA— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 24, 2020 Historically, acquiring a concealed carry permit in Los Angeles has been extremely difficult and is usually reserved for celebrities and those who can prove they are high-profile targets. ...
    Gardena, California (CNN)A makeshift shrine has formed outside an autobody shop in Gardena, California, where mourners have left bouquets of flowers, balloons, notes and pictures of 18-year-old Andres Guardado, who was shot and killed Thursday by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy. "He was a baby, he was a baby," Guardado's cousin, Celina Abarca, told CNN through tears on Sunday. "I don't know -- it's still not real. I close my eyes and I hope and I pray that it's not really happening." On Sunday, Guardado's family, which hails from El Salvador, gathered at the body shop for a march to honor the late 18-year-old. They wore the blue and white of the Salvadoran flag -- and the blue and white of the Los Angeles Dodgers, of which Guardado was a fan."We just want answers," Celina Abarca said. Guardado's cousins remembered him as an "energetic" and "happy" person, someone...
    GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers called Sunday for California’s Attorney General to investigate the fatal shooting of a young man by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. Reps. Maxine Waters and Nanette Diaz Barragán said in a statement there’s a need for an independent investigation into the death of 18-year-old Andres Guardado so the public will trust the findings. “Another day, and another Black or Brown kid has been shot in the back by police,” said the representatives for Southern California districts. “These killings must stop. We demand it. The American people demand it.” Messages seeking comment were sent to the state Attorney General’s office and the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department. Guardado was shot Thursday after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies spotted him with a gun in front of a business near Gardena. Several hundred people gathered near the site on Sunday to protest the shooting,...
    Go Fund Me Robert Fuller. Robert Fuller’s family attorney announced early Thursday morning that Fuller’s brother was killed by police in Kern County. Fuller was found dead hanging from a tree in Palmdale last week. Hicks wrote in a statement that Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. “This afternoon I had to notify the sisters of Robert Fuller that their brother Terron Jammal Boone was killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Kern County,” he said. Adding, “At this time, until we receive all of the information, the family and their legal team does not have any further comment on this incident. The family respectfully asks that their privacy be respected. Our prayers remain with the Fuller family.” This is a developing story. READ NEXT: Attorney General, FBI to Investigate Robert Fuller’s Hanging Death
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