(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) #Coronavirus Report: On Day One of class, the father of a little girl got so angry because she had to wear a face mask that he cussed out a principal and punched a teacher in the face #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: By the second week, students in this small county in the Sierra Nevada foothills started testing positive for the coronavirus as the highly contagious Delta variant pummeled rural California.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says the #COVID19 vaccine and mask fury shakes up California schools according to Los Angeles Times some teachers vowed to quit if vaccines become mandated. Families had pulled children out of sports to avoid weekly coronavirus testing. Outraged and crying parents had flooded school board meetings, disparaging masks as a “dirty piece of cloth” and a face-covering requirement as “a fear-based decision.”

JACKSON, Calif. —

Welcome to your new job, Torie Gibson: This summer, Gibson started as superintendent for the Amador County Unified School District. Just before school started, things looked bright: Coronavirus case numbers were down, California was reopening and masks were coming off. But she soon realized that as the Delta variant emerged, masks, testing and quarantines would once again be required. That meant trouble.

“I was feeling PTSD,” said Gibson, 45, said from her office in Jackson. “Not much rattles me. I can go with the punches, I can be screamed at, I can have complete chaos erupt and am like, ‘We’ve got this.’ … But I said, ‘This is going to be a really rough year.’”

Anti-maskers have emailed her death threats. In late September, police came to one of her schools after a family directed their child to attend class unmasked and refused to leave until authorities were called. 

In the second full academic year of the pandemic, such behavior has reared its head on school campuses across the U.S. 

A woman holds a sign that reads, "No warp speed experimental vax on our kids!"
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Demonstrators opposed to masking and mandatory vaccination for students gather outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Sept. 9 as board members voted that children 12 and older in L.A. public schools must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January to enter campus.

Last week, the National School Boards Assn. sent a letter to President Biden asking for federal assistance to prevent violence and investigate threats against public school officials and children.

“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the letter said. 

The organization asked the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service and its National Threat Assessment Center for help.

After withstanding heated debates over reopening classrooms, schools are now bearing the brunt of public anger as the pandemic continues to drag on with new variants, said Chip Slaven, interim executive director of the National School Boards Assn.

“America, everyone needs to take a step back here and take a deep breath. We all care about our students and our public schools,” Slaven said. He added that threatening outbursts — many of them fueled by conspiracy theories and misinformation — have “become very common, and that’s troubling.”

The school boards group called threats and violence against schools “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

In Michigan, a father was ejected from a school board meeting because he gave the Nazi salute and yelled, “Heil Hitler!” after another parent spoke in favor of masks. The father of a boy who was ordered to quarantine came to the child’s Arizona elementary school with two other men carrying zip ties and threatened a principal with citizen’s arrest. At a school board meeting in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has banned mask mandates in public schools, a protester doused a tray of masks with lighter fluid and set it on fire

Here in California, members of the extremist Proud Boys have joined anti-mask and anti-vaccine protesters at school board meetings in Placer County

“The mood is grim,” said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the California School Boards Assn. “School board members in many cases feel unsafe, they feel threatened, or they feel that they have been made the villain in a play where they weren’t able to write the script.”

On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the country’s first statewide mandate requiring all eligible public and private schoolchildren to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes full approval of the shots for their age groups. He also announced that school employees — who have had the option to test weekly if they are unvaccinated — would be required to get inoculated once children are required to. 

“On one hand, a statewide mandate removes some of the pressure from school boards,” Flint said. “But in areas where there is strong resistance, it could intensify the backlash.” 

Last month, the California school boards organization sent a letter to Newsom asking for state intervention. Often, the letter says, school districts contact authorities to restore order to raucous meetings or to enforce mask mandates, but law enforcement declines to do so.

A boy holds a sign that reads, "Unmask the kids."
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

A protest supported by Let Them Breathe, an anti-mask group, outside the Redondo Beach Unified School District building in July.

“In numerous cases, law enforcement officers — in brazen defiance of the law and their professional oath — have explicitly stated they will not enforce safety mandates or restrain those whose actions willfully disrupt a meeting and prevent it from proceeding,” says the letter from Vernon M. Billy, the group’s chief executive.

In San Diego County last month, anti-mask protesters forced their way into a Poway Unified School District board meeting — which had limited in-person attendance and was being livestreamed for the public — and refused to leave. According to the school district, officers with the San Diego Police Department advised board members to adjourn to deescalate the situation. The police department did not respond to requests for comment.

Social media video showed officers standing by as protesters who declared the board members had vacated their seats tried to swear themselves in as the new school board. 

At a later meeting, Superintendent Marian Kim Phelps said that most of the unruly demonstrators did not have children attending Poway schools. 

Even without the threats, this academic year has been overwhelming for administrators now tasked with coronavirus contact tracing, testing and the complicated logistics of quarantine, said Stuart Packard, president of the Small School Districts’ Assn. 

Across the state, he said, many superintendents retired last year, and “it is on the mind of every school administrator near the end of their career right now — ‘How much more can I take?’”

Packard, superintendent of the Buttonwillow Union School District in Kern County, said his school erected a tent to let half the student body sit outside to maintain social distance. Cafeteria workers take pictures during lunch to see who is sitting with whom so they can do contact tracing. And Packard himself gives students rapid coronavirus tests. 

When asked how his staff was faring this year, Jon Ray, the superintendent-principal at Weed Union Elementary School in Siskiyou County laughed ruefully.

“I’ve gotta be honest, we’re running full-tilt and it’s stressful,” he said. “I feel like we’re a medical clinic.”

At his rural school — where enrollment shot up nearly 40% because it stayed open for on-campus instruction last year — any adult who enters the campus must provide proof of vaccination or be tested on site, he said. That includes parent volunteers and construction workers repairing buildings that were evacuated this year because of black mold.

The second week of class had to be all-virtual as coronavirus cases peaked in Siskiyou County in August. Last week, a staff member’s mother died from COVID-19. And Ray has had to hire therapists to help children dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts exacerbated by the pandemic. 

A school official poses outside a school building.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Torie Gibson just started her job as superintendent of the Amador County Unified School District and has had to deal with coronavirus unrest among parents – in addition to area wildfires. 

In Amador County — a conservative county where coronavirus hospitalizations hit a high this summer — Torie Gibson’s husband, Mark, worries for her safety during school board meetings and finds himself monitoring social media for threats. He looks over his shoulder when they’re in public in their new town. 

“We live in the community, which we love, but at the same time, it’s, what do we come up against?” said Mark Gibson, a therapist. “I find myself, when we’re out and about, I’m always kind of observing. I’m not really anxious, but I wonder, ‘Is this person going to know who she is?’”

It was on Aug. 11, the first day of class, that a father showed up late to pick up his fourth-grader from Sutter Creek Elementary School, Torie Gibson said. He became irate as his daughter and the principal walked outside wearing masks because he could see inside a teachers’ lounge where teachers were unmasked. 

If teachers are vaccinated and there are no students present, they can remove their masks indoors, Gibson said. 

“Dad saw that and just flipped his lid,” she said. “The little girl tried to explain to her dad, ‘Dad, it’s fine. I don’t wear it outside; I only wear it indoors. It’s OK.’” 

The father left with the girl, then returned to confront the principal. A teacher who figured “it would get volatile” went into the principal’s office, Gibson said, and was punched by the father several times in the head and face. The teacher is still having vision issues in one eye, Gibson said. 

The father, Jason Wages, 49, of Sutter Creek, has been charged with multiple misdemeanor counts, including battery on a school employee, according to the Amador County district attorney’s office. 

Wages could not be reached for comment.

The story went viral, and the new superintendent spent the rest of that first week juggling media interviews, student coronavirus testing — and moving into her new home. 

Then there was the Caldor fire, which started that first weekend of class, forcing evacuations in Amador County and early school closures because of smoke. 

Gibson said she’s now worried that teachers and other school staff will quit over the new vaccine mandate. Her district is already short-staffed. Bus routes are canceled when there are not enough drivers, and it can be tough to cover for teachers quarantining after exposure to the virus. 

Meanwhile, it’s the children in her countywide district of 4,200 pupils who seem to be behaving best.

“The kids are like, ‘Please just let me go to school. Don’t make me stay home with my parents all day,’” she said. “The adults haven’t always behaved real well.”

Times researcher Scott Wilson contributed to this report.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Oct.07: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) ICE/HSI Report: A former Long Beach Police officer has been arrested pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment alleging he possessed and distributed child pornography when he was working as a law enforcement officer #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: According to the indictment returned on September 21, Brown used MeWe, an internet-based messaging application, to distribute sexually explicit images of girls in November 2019 and April 2020.

#AceDailyNews reports that Anthony Brown, 57, of Lakewood, was arrested Wednesday morning by special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles. At his arraignment in U.S. District Court Wednesday afternoon, Brown pleaded not guilty to three counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography at Wednesday’s arraignment, Brown was released on bond. A trial was scheduled for November 23.

From October 2019 through May 2020: Brown also knowingly possessed a sexually explicit image of a girl who had not yet reached the age of 12, the indictment alleges.

Brown was a Long Beach Police officer for 27 years. He left the force earlier this year after his arrest on state charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed those charges in light of the federal case.

If convicted of all charges, Brown would face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison.

HSI Los Angeles and the Long Beach Police Department investigated this matter.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Public Corruption and Civil Rights and General Crimes Sections.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Federal Court Report: Special agents (HSI) arrested two people named in an indictment alleging a scheme to launder the proceeds of scams sent to fraudsters via Target gift cards #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: Two other defendants named in the indictment – Blade Bai, 33, of El Monte, a U.S. citizen, and Yan Fu, 58, of Chino Hills, also a Chinese national – will be summonsed to appear in federal court next month….

#AceDailyNews reports that a federal grand jury indicts 4 SoCal defendants in scheme to launder Target gift cards purchased by fraud victims from across the US: Bowen Hu, 26, of Hacienda Heights, and Tairan Shi, 27, of Diamond Bar, both Chinese nationals, were taken into custody today and are expected to be arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.

The one-count indictment unsealed today charges all four defendants with conspiring to launder proceeds of wire fraud that were stored on gift cards issued by Target. The indictment alleges that Bai, Hu and Shi obtained more than 5,000 gift cards from a group that called itself the “Magic Lamp” and sold gift card information via an online messenger application.

This case is the result of an investigation by HSI Los Angeles’ El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency task force comprised of federal and state investigators focused on financial crimes in Southern California, with substantial assistance from the FBI.

Bai, Hu and Shi oversaw the distribution of gift cards to “runners,” including Fu, who used the funds on the cards at Target stores primarily in Los Angeles and Orange counties to purchase consumer electronics, other gift cards and other items, according to the indictment. Through the purchases and other transactions at multiple Target stores, the defendants and their co-conspirators sought to conceal the fact that the gift cards had been originally funded with fraudulent proceeds.

The indictment alleges that perpetrators of fraud schemes induced victims across the United States to purchase Target gift cards. Then, the indicted defendants in Southern California conspired to launder the proceeds. The victims, who were often older adults, were tricked into buying the gift cards based on various fraudulent schemes, including:

  • Government-imposter scams, in which fraudsters impersonate government officials, such as officials with the Social Security Administration or local police officers, and falsely claim that victims need to purchase gift cards to resolve an issue, such as a pending arrest warrant or a problem with the victims’ Social Security number; and
  • Tech support scams, in which fraudsters trick victims into believing there is a serious problem with their computer or with account access which can only be solved by paying substantial amounts through gift cards.

“The case against these defendants is the result of the impressive work by HSI’s El Camino Real Financial Crimes Task Force,” said David A. Prince, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Los Angeles. “These types of crimes have devastating effects on the victims. Through coordinated investigative efforts by law enforcement and our prosecution partners, HSI will continue to aggressively investigate those who prey on our elderly population.”

“The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners are committed to tackling fraud schemes from every angle,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Individuals who knowingly facilitate the victimization of American consumers make fraud possible, are criminally culpable for the offenses and should expect to be held accountable.”

According to court documents, Bai, Hu and Shi obtained the gift card numbers from the Magic Lamp group, often on the same day fraud victims had purchased the gift cards at the direction of a telephone scammer. Fu travelled to as many as 17 Target stores in a single day to conduct gift card transactions, and Bai resold the purchased consumer electronics, using some of the proceeds to pay the Magic Lamp group, the court documents allege.

Investigators conservatively estimate that the defendants laundered more than $2.5 million in gift cards between approximately June 2019 and November 2020.

All four defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, a felony offense that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Bai and Fu were initially arrested in this matter on November 17, 2020 pursuant to criminal complaints. Bai was released on bond and was subsequently named in a criminal information charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Bai pleaded not guilty to the charge in the information. The indictment announced today supersedes the criminal information. The complaint against Fu was dismissed in December 2020 to further the investigation that has resulted in the indictment.

“This case offers an important reminder to consumers that gift cards are for presents to friends and loved ones – they should never be used for payments to any government or corporate entity,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison for the Central District of California. “Don’t be fooled by callers claiming to be with a government agency, a bank or any other institution demanding that you purchase gift cards. There is no reason to purchase a gift card to resolve a problem with an account, your Social Security number or a supposed criminal case.”

The Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General also provided assistance during the investigation, as did the following: the Brea Police Department, the Glynn County (Georgia) Police Department, the Fontana (California) Police Department, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (North Carolina) Police Department, the Streamwood (Illinois) Police Department, the Cleveland (Ohio) Police Department, the Madera County (California) Sheriff’s Office, the New York Police Department, the Norwood (New Jersey) Police Department, the Loudon County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office, the Waukesha County (Wisconsin) Sheriff’s Department, the Fremont (California) Police Department, the Marin County (California) Sheriff’s Office, the County of Hawaii Police Department, the Henderson (Nevada) Police Department, the Wilmington (Massachusetts) Police Department, the Las Vegas (Nevada) Metropolitan Police Department, the Lewisville (Texas) Police Department, the Gardena (California) Police Department, the Des Moines (Iowa) Police Department, the Cobb County (Georgia) Sheriff`s Department, the Millburn (New Jersey) Police, the Wauwatosa (Wisconsin) Police Department, the San Angelo (Texas) Police Department, the Fairfax City (Virginia) Police Department, and the Virginia Beach (Virginia) Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Major Frauds Section and the Justice Department Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Consumer Protection Branch are part of the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, which investigates and prosecutes scams run by transnational criminal organizations, including mass mailing, telemarketing and tech support scams.

If you fall victim to a gift card scam, immediately call the gift card issuer and ask them to freeze the gift card numbers involved – and save your receipt and the gift card. Then, report the crime to the Federal Trade Commission at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/ or 877-382-4357, and your local police department.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Oct.01: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES) Court Report: A US jury on Friday found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.19: The verdict is the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three US states over the past 39 years.

#AceDailyNews says that US real estate heir Robert Durst — subject of HBO series The Jinx — convicted of murdering friend Susan Berman in 2000 and now at 78yrs-of-age he faces up to life in prison…..after the nine-woman, three-man jury had deliberated for seven and a half hours over three days.

Posted 14h ago, updated 14h ago

Los Angeles County prosecutors called Durst a “narcissistic psychopath” who killed Ms Berman in an attempt to cover up the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, in New York in 1982.

Durst was only on trial for killing Ms Berman in California, but prosecutors argued he murdered three people: his missing wife, Ms Berman and a neighbour in Texas who discovered his identity at a time when Durst was hiding from the law.

Deputy District Attorney John Lewin presents opening arguments with a photo displayed of Susan Berman
Susan Berman was killed in California in 2001. (AP: Etienne Laurent/pool, file)

Despite long being a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, a 29-year-old medical student, Durst was never charged.

Prosecutors said he killed her then decided to kill Ms Berman 18 years later because she had told others that she helped Durst cover up the crime.

Defence lawyers in turn portrayed Durst, a frail cancer survivor who uses a wheelchair, as a “sick old man”, referencing Durst’s claim he is on the autism spectrum.

They noted prosecutors, who questioned him for nine days of cross-examination, were unable to produce forensic evidence linking Durst to the murder of Ms Berman, 55, who was shot in the back of her head inside her Beverly Hills home.

The trial came six years after Durst’s apparent confession in the HBO television documentary series The Jinx, in which he was caught on a hot microphone in the bathroom saying to himself, “What the hell did I do? … Killed them all, of course.”

In 58 days spread over a year and half, including a one-year suspension after the trial began due to the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors presented mountains of circumstantial evidence pointing towards Durst, who testified that he discovered Ms Berman’s murdered body when he went to visit her but did not call police.

The prosecution also delved into the 2001 death and dismemberment of Morris Black, who was Durst’s neighbour in Galveston, Texas.

Robert Durst in a face shield answers questions from the defence attorney during his murder trial
Robert Durst answered questions from the defence while testifying in his murder trial.(AP: Gary Coronado/pool, file)

A Galveston jury acquitted Durst of murder, even though Durst admitted he chopped up Mr Black’s body and dumped it in Galveston Bay.

In Texas, and again in the Los Angeles trial, Durst testified that Mr Black pulled a gun on him and was shot accidentally when the two men wrestled over the firearm in Durst’s apartment.

The California prosecutors argued that Durst murdered Mr Black because he discovered Durst’s identity, and Durst feared Mr Black would turn him in.

At the time Durst was using an assumed name and disguising himself as a woman because he feared he might be arrested by New York investigators who had reopened the case of his missing wife.

Mr Black’s death marked the second time Durst had a dead body at his feet, according to his own testimony.

In the deaths of both Mr Black and Ms Berman, Durst said he at first planned to call the 911 emergency number but later decided against it, fearing nobody would believe he was not guilty.

Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, who oversaw the trial, will set a date for sentencing.

AP

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.19: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES) Justice Dept Court Report: A South Bay man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for producing thousands of sexually explicit images and videos of nearly three dozen children and developing a relationship with at least one boy in the Philippines who performed sex acts online in exchange for money #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews reports that Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty to producing thousands of sexually explicit images and videos involving children following HSI investigation

As the result of a probe by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, Billy Edward Frederick, 51, of Redondo Beach, pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with production of child pornography for transportation into the United States and enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

According to his plea agreement, Frederick stored various images and videos depicting child pornography in his Google accounts, at least some of which he obtained from video calls on Google Hangout.

One video from July 2020, in which a boy who appears to be between 11 and 14 years old, engages in sexual activity while Frederick records the video call. In messages sent relating to the video call, the victim calls Frederick “MASTER.” In chats between Frederick and the victim prior to the video call, the boy asks to borrow money to purchase underwear. Immediately after the call, Frederick chatted online with the boy, who asked for money to be sent to his brother.

Frederick admitted to producing more than 5,000 images and videos of child pornography involving at least 35 different children by requesting these children engage in specified sexually explicit activity in exchange for money. Some of the videos and images depicted minor victims under the age of 12 being used for sexual acts.

A sentencing hearing has scheduled for March 14, 2022, at which time Frederick will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

HSI takes a victim-centered approach to child exploitation investigations by working to identify, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with NCMEC, ICAC partners, and other federal, state and local agencies to help solve cases and rescue sexually exploited children. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST. HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Violent and Organized Crime Section.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.18: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES) LAPD REPORT: Panorama City: Police Department’s Valley Bureau Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left a man dead #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.07: Officers responded to the location and discovered the victim laying in the parking lot area suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was unconscious and not breathing.

#AceDailyNews reports on Shooting That Leaves a Man Dead NR21236ml: News Release: On September 5, 2021, at 1:20 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Mission Area patrol officers were flagged down by citizens regarding a shooting at the 14600 block of Titus Street…..

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced the victim dead. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Walter Morales, a resident of Hawthorne.

Detective’s investigation revealed that Morales had attended a party at the location. Detectives discovered casings of different calibers at the crime scene and were in the process of of obtaining video evidence from several surveillance cameras at the location.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Detective Steve Castro, Los Angeles Police Department, Valley Bureau Homicide, at (818) 374-1925. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: 07: 2021:

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(IOWA) Global Warming/Climate Change Report: Ponder this: A new tally of global cities’ emissions finds that the top 25 are responsible for 52% of the planet’s urban greenhouse gas emissions. Twenty-three of those are in China #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: In other words, the U.S. – including each of the major cities – is outperforming the world when it comes to emissions: All this data begs a question of our elected leaders who say we have to do more for our environment…

#AceDailyNews says that Iowa Climate has said that 23 of the world’s top 25 greenhouse gas emitting cities are in China with New York City being the first American city to appear, at No. 26. Out of the top 75, just four other American cities are listed – San Diego, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles – all of them ranked 41 or higher….

IOWA CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT:

We are already leading the world in terms of environmental regulations and controls, and again, we’ve – by far – reduced our emissions more than any country year after year for more than 20 years. 

By 2025, we will be more than two-thirds of the way to reaching our targeted emissions reduction of 28% from 2005 levels under the Paris Climate Agreement, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies. Part of that is owing to the good work we’ve done in our cities to reduce emissions.

Contrast this with the facts about China, which recently won plaudits from many in the “we must do more” crowd for promising to stop increasing emissions before 2030. While we’re cutting our emissions, China’s pollution by then will have surged an estimated 14%-25%. On top of that, China’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 exceeded those of the entire developed world.

Say that again: more than the entire developed world.

Those are facts, undisputed by even the most hardcore anti-business zealot masquerading as an environmentalist.

“Dirtiest cities” isn’t the correct phrase to use because the “new tally” is of urban greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, not actual pollutants; however the author raises a very good question…

All this data begs a question of our elected leaders who say we have to do more for our environment…

Why are our politicians badgering us about pollution? Particularly, the non-pollutant CO2? Whether or not you view GHG emissions to be a problem, the United States have done more to reduce GHG emissions than has any other nation.

BP’s recently released Statistical Review of World Energy 2020 shows that in 2019 the United States led all nations in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions for the 10th time this century. U.S. CO2 emissions fell 152 million metric tons in 2019, three percent below 2018 levels, according to BP.

This continues a trend that has been observed more often than not since since the turn of the century. In fact, BP data show that the U.S. has reduced CO2 emissions a world-leading 755 million metric tons since 2000, outpacing the next four leading nations combined.

Experts agree that fuel-shifting to clean-burning natural gas from higher-emitting fuels in the power sector is the primary reason the U.S. has achieved these reductions over the past decade-plus. For example, the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently noted:

“The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis – a fall of 140 Mt, or 2.9%, to 4.8 Gt. US emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period. 

A 15% reduction in the use of coal for power generation underpinned the decline in overall US emissions in 2019. Coal-fired power plants faced even stronger competition from natural gas-fired generation, with benchmark gas prices an average of 45% lower than 2018 levels. As a result, gas increased its share in electricity generation to a record high of 37%.”

U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data show that from 2005 to 2018, a rapid shift to natural gas in the power sector reduced U.S. CO2emissions 57 percent more than the emissions reductions realized through renewables, as the following Energy In Depth graphic shows.

Yet, we’re supposed to blithely starve to death while freezing in the dark because the wind doesn’t always blow at just the right speed and the Sun doesn’t always shine, so that Red China can do whatever they want?

If there is a GHG emissions problem, it’s in Red China.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.07: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES) LAPD REPORT: Westwood: Detectives from the Operations West Bureau, Special Assault Section (SAS), are seeking the community’s help in identifying a sexual predator who burglarised an apartment and sexually battered a sleeping female #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.05: Detectives anticipate that there may be more victims or witnesses in the area who have not yet come forward. They are encouraged to call the Special Assault Section to report what occurred…..

#AceDailyNews reports that LAPD: Detectives Seeking Sexual Predator NR21229rc Latest: News Release: On August 27, 2021, around 4 a.m., a resident in the 11000 block of Strathmore Drive was awakened by movement in her bedroom. She observed a suspect, whom she described as a white male standing over her. He groped her over her clothes before she jumped up and pushed him out of the apartment….

Suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 30 years old with brown hair and short facial hair, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, medium-heavy build.

Community members and video surveillance have played a key role in stopping other sex crimes suspects in the area in recent years, the LAPD is asking anyone with evidence or tips on the suspect’s identity to come forward as soon as possible.  

In addition to requesting video footage, detectives are also reminding residents to remain vigilant about locking their doors and closing their windows at night. Property managers are encouraged to service their video systems and outdoor lighting to help reduce future incidents.

Anyone with information about this incident are urged to call Operations West Bureau, Special Assault Section detectives at 213-473-0447. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) LATEST: A father of two lost an eye after he and his family were attacked last weekend by a homeless man with a machete on a beach in Malibu, an affluent city in L.A County, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: The suspect, identified as Richard Franck, was charged this week with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported….

#AceDailyNews says that a Malibu machete attack against family costs dad an eye; 2 homeless suspects arrested: The primary suspect had pulled a knife on a sheriff’s deputy back in April — but liberal DA George Gascon’s office filed only a misdemeanor charge, the county sheriff claims

Fox News Flash top headlines for Sept. 3
Fox News By Brie Stimson6 hours ago

Another homeless man who was with Franck during the alleged attack was charged with accessory to attempted murder, the Malibu Times reported. He was identified as Benjamin Mast. 

The out-of-town visitors – three adults and two children — were eating lunch last Sunday at Dan Blocker Beach in Malibu when the suspects approached them, claiming falsely that the family wasn’t allowed to be there, reports said.  

An argument ensued and Franck allegedly brandished his weapon and began attacking the father, cutting his face, an eye and his tongue, chest and one of his hands, according to FOX 11 and the Times

Both suspects then chased the family to the parking lot, authorities said.

The father was taken to a hospital in stable condition, the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station reported. 

The two suspects were arrested after briefly barricading themselves in a public restroom near the parking lot. 

County Sheriff Alex Villanueva alleged in a tweet Thursday that Franck had threatened a sheriff’s deputy in April with a knife but was released four days after his arrest because the office of liberal L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon had filed only a misdemeanor charge. 

Gascon has been under fire by crime victims and many in law enforcement for policies that they view as being soft on crime. The district attorney has countered that some criminal justice practices have treated suspects unfairly.

Villanueva hosted a community event on Thursday to discuss safety concerns in Malibu. 

Homelessness in Malibu and other areas of Los Angeles has increased recently and other homeless-related crimes have been reported in the area, FOX 11 reported.

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(LOS ANGELES) JUST IN: LASPD REPORT: A high school was on lockdown Thursday afternoon in response to a nearby shooting that injured two people, authorities say Suspect at large #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.03: Los Angeles School Police were called to Santee High School at 1921 Maple Ave around 2 p.m. LASPD spokesman Rudy Perez told Fox News that the shooting occurred next to the school’s football field…..

#AceDailyNews says LASPD spokesman told Fox News that an L.A student was among 2 injured in shooting near football field: The school lockdown has been lifted but the suspect remained at large

FOX News13 hours ago

Fox News Flash top headlines for September 2

Officers arrived on scene and found a male student of the school with an apparent gunshot wound in his upper left leg. The officers applied a tourniquet to his leg and he was transferred to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition, Perez said.

Police responding to a reported shooting outside Santee High School. 

His identity has not been released because of his age. 

Officers also found another gunshot victim, a male adult, who had been grazed by a bullet. It is unclear if both injuries are related. The second was transported to a hospital for treatment. 

Police securing the perimeter of the school. 

The suspect remains at large. An LAPD officer told Fox News that the suspect is a Hispanic male wearing a dark blue shirt, blue jeans, dark shoes and last seen on a light blue bicycle. 

Lockdowns at the school were lifted around 3:15 p.m., FOX 11 reported

Fox News reached out to the school district who referred all questions to the authorities. 

Thursday’s shooting comes one day after a teen was killing in another shooting that broke out at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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(LOS ANGELES) Court Report: Six Southern California companies convicted of scheming to avoid payment of $1.8 billion in duties on imported Chinese aluminum following HSI probe #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: A federal jury today found six corporate entities guilty of participating in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud the United States via a wire-and-customs fraud scheme in which huge amounts of aluminum – disguised as “pallets” to avoid $1.8 billion in customs duties – were exported to the United States and were “sold” to fraudulently inflate a China-based company’s revenues and deceive investors worldwide.

#AceDailyNews reports that businesses also found guilty of conspiring with Chinese billionaire to defraud investors by inflating value of company via sham sales of aluminum in US the case is the result of a massive probe conducted over several years by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles and IRS Criminal Investigation…..

The jury found the following two aluminum businesses and four warehousing companies – all of which were related to one another – guilty of one count of conspiracy, nine counts of wire fraud and seven counts of passing false and fraudulent papers through a customhouse:

  • Perfectus Aluminum Inc., an Ontario-based business;
  • Perfectus Aluminum Acquisitions LLC, a subsidiary of Perfectus Aluminum formed in 2014 to oversee several companies that received aluminum pallets shipped to the United States after duties were imposed on Chinese aluminum in 2011;
  • Scuderia Development LLC, which owns a warehouse in Riverside;
  • 1001 Doubleday LLC, which owns a warehouse in Ontario;
  • Von Karman – Main Street LLC, which owns a warehouse in Irvine;
  • 10681 Production Avenue LLC, which owns a warehouse in Fontana.

The two Perfectus companies also were found guilty of seven additional counts of international promotional money laundering….

According to evidence presented at the nine-day trial, China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., Asia’s largest manufacturer of aluminum extrusions, Zhongtian Liu, the company’s former president and chairman, several individual defendants and the corporate defendants found guilty today lied to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to avoid paying the United States $1.8 billion in anti-dumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) that were imposed in 2011 on certain types of extruded aluminum imported into the United States from China.

The aluminum sold to United States-based companies controlled by Liu was simply aluminum extrusions that were spot-welded together to make them appear to be functional pallets. In fact, there were no customers for the 2.2 million pallets imported by the Liu-controlled companies between 2011 and 2014, and no pallets were ever sold.

The vast majority of the pallets were imported through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and then stockpiled at four large warehouses in Southern California, all of which were purchased at Liu’s direction.

Liu and his co-defendants orchestrated the bogus sales of aluminum to Liu-controlled companies in Southern California to falsely inflate China Zhongwang’s value. Liu was the majority owner of China Zhongwang, which has been listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since a 2009 initial public offering that raised $1.26 billion.

After the AD/CVD duties were put in place in 2011, the company’s annual reports falsely claimed that there was a robust demand for the aluminum pallets in the United States. Although the annual reports asserted that the aluminum pallets were being sold to independent third parties, and defendants used these reported “sales” to inflate China Zhongwang’s reported sales volume and purported volume of exports to the United States, in fact the aluminum was being stockpiled by Liu-controlled entities in more than 2 million square feet of warehouse space owned by the warehouse defendants in Southern California, as well as at Liu’s New Jersey facility.

Since there was no actual demand for the pallets, defendants Liu and China Zhongwang arranged for aluminum melting facilities to be built and acquired, which were to be used to reconfigure the aluminum imported as pallets into a form with commercial value.

The defendants facilitated their schemes by laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through shell companies to the U.S.-based aluminum companies controlled by Liu. The funds were then transferred to China Zhongwang and the other shell companies as payments for the aluminum.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner has scheduled a December 13, sentencing hearing in this case.

The remaining four defendants charged in the 2019 federal grand jury indictment in this case have yet to appear in court in the United States to face the criminal charges in this matter:

  • Zhongtian Liu, 57, a billionaire Chinese citizen who is a former Tustin resident, and who is the former president and former chairman of the board of China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd.;
  • China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd., a publicly traded aluminum company based in Liaoyang City that at the time of the indictment was the largest aluminum extrusion manufacturer in Asia and the second largest in the world;
  • Zhaohua Chen, 62, a Chinese national who allegedly was a close friend of Liu and a key player in the scheme; and
  • Xiang Chun Shao, a.k.a. “Johnson Shao,” 60, most recently of Irvine, who allegedly managed a collection of Southern California businesses that pretended to be independent third parties importing the Chinese aluminum.

In 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed civil forfeiture actions against the four Southern California warehouses used by Perfectus to store the pallets. In 2018, the government filed a fifth civil forfeiture complaint against “approximately 279,808 Aluminum Structures in the Shape of Pallets,” about half of which were seized in early 2017 at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the other half were seized from three other warehouses Perfectus was using to store the pallets. Those civil asset forfeiture cases have been stayed pending the completion of the criminal prosecution, in which the government is seeking the criminal forfeiture of the warehouses and seized aluminum.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Major Frauds, General Crimes and Asset Forfeiture Sections.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Aug.30: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) ICE REPORT: Maritime smuggling events in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties increased significantly this summer reaching record levels #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.28: Just in the month of July, members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Regional Coordination Mechanism (ReCoM), in coordination with local law enforcement agencies, have responded to 12 smuggling events in the area.

#AceDailyNews reports that maritime smuggling activity increases in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties as DHS Regional Coordination Mechanism (ReCoM) responds to record number of smuggling events…..

The ReCoM comprises Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and CBP’s Office of Field Operations (OFO).

These smuggling attempts along the coastline of Palos Verdes, Long Beach, San Pedro, Malibu, Newport Beach, and the first-ever panga landing in Santa Catalina Island, resulted in the apprehension of 90 undocumented individuals. While most were adult males of diverse nationalities, females and teenagers were also among those apprehended.

Although smuggling activity through the coastline is nothing new, it was an activity traditionally seen near the Southwest border. As enforcement operations ramp up at the border, criminal organizations have expanded their area of operations further north.

“The transnational criminal organizations involved with maritime smuggling are a continuing threat to border security, public safety and national security,” said David A. Prince, Special Agent in Charge for HSI Los Angeles. “Identifying, targeting and reducing these security vulnerabilities affecting the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex, Southern and Central California coastlines and the waterways and transportation infrastructure that tie into them — is a priority for HSI and HSI’s Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST). Working closely with our federal and local partners, HSI will use all the resources and tools at our disposal to dismantle these organizations at every level of operation.”

The ReCoM is working tirelessly to identify, intercept, and disrupt criminal organizations operating in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. These smuggling events often use pleasure crafts and repurposed Mexican fishing vessels known as “pangas,” to smuggle migrants and narcotics into the area.

“With the support of our strategic ReCoM partners we stand united in combating and disrupting the transnational criminal organizations behind this illegal activity,” said USBP San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke. “We will continue to work collaboratively with our domestic and international partners to detect, intercept and disrupt these dangerous smuggling events.”

“This concerted effort demonstrates our ability to work seamlessly with our partners to combat maritime smuggling by criminals who have a blatant disregard for human life”, said Carlos C. Martel CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles. “In coordination with our strategic partners we will continue deploying strategic resources as well as information-sharing strengthening our posture to deter and disrupt human smuggling activities.”

“Heartless and unscrupulous smugglers continue exposing undocumented individuals, men, women and children to the grave dangers associated with maritime smuggling including capsizing, hypothermia and drowning,” said AMO’s Deputy Director, Air Operations
San Diego Air and Marine Branch, Brandon Tucker.

“It is because of the unity of effort of our ReCoM, law enforcement and public safety partners that we are able to impede the flow of smuggling and save lives.” said Captain Rebecca Ore, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach.

Smuggling along the California coastline is inherently dangerous and criminal organizations are not concerned with public safety. They see migrants and narcotics as simply cargo.

This has been evidenced by the nationally publicized smuggling event that occurred on May 2, at Point Loma in San Diego, were a shipwrecked vessel smuggling 33 people into the United States, resulted in three fatalities and numerous hospitalizations.

On July 8, two migrants were hospitalized with hypothermia after a panga capsized in Encinitas. Before that, on May 20, a migrant perished after smugglers aboard a panga dropped-off migrants into the surf. Also this year, on April 17, a deceased migrant was found onboard an abandoned panga in Carlsbad.

The safety of the community is the ReCoM’s top priority, and they are vigilant 24/7. To report suspicious maritime activity in Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties, please contact the USCG Sector LA-LB Command Center at (310) 521-3801 or call (562) 283-7820 and request to be transferred to the Maritime Coordination Center (MCC).

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.

HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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(LOS ANGELES) Court Report: Ron Jeremy, an adult film star who has featured in more than 1,700 X-rated movies since the 1970s, has been formally charged with the rape or sexual assault of 21 women and girls #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.27: In June 2020 he was accused of raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, with his appearance in a Los Angeles court on those allegations sparking a wave of further abuse claims……

#AceDailyNews says the porn-star Ron Jeremy has been charged with rape, sexual assault of 21 women the 68-year-old, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, has been the subject of criminal allegations within the adult industry for years…..

The charges date back to 1996 and involve 21 alleged victims between the ages of 15 and 51, Los Angeles county prosecutor George Gascon said on Wednesday.

Mr Hyatt, who has previously declared himself “innocent” on Twitter, denied all charges.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

One of the world’s most recognisable porn stars

Hyatt appeared in famous adult movies including Deep Throat II and John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut.

With his trademark moustache, he was one of the industry’s most recognisable stars among the wider public.

But he has long been dogged by assault claims and was barred from industry events in recent years.

After the initial charges were brought against Mr Hyatt last year, his attorney Stuart Goldfarb denied all the allegations and insisted his client was “not a rapist”.

“Over the years, because of who he is, [he] has essentially been a paramour to over 4,000 women,” he said.

“And to allege that he is a rapist is beyond … I mean, women throw themselves at him.”

Mr Hyatt is the latest high-profile entertainment industry figure to be investigated for sexual abuse in Los Angeles since the #MeToo movement began in 2017.

A task force established to investigate sex crimes in Hollywood has so far focused on at least 20 men in the entertainment industry.

Among them is disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is already serving 23 years in prison in New York, but now faces further charges in California.

AFP/ABC

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(CALIFORNIA) #DixieFire Report: #CalFire announced early Wednesday that the blaze was 30 percent contained along the more than 465 miles of fire lines, the equivalent of traveling from Chico to Los Angeles #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: SUSANVILLE (CBS SF/AP) — The Dixie Fire advanced on several fronts along the northern and eastern edges of the massive blaze early Wednesday with the burn zone topping 500,000 acres and damage assessment teams visiting Greenville and other sites of widespread destruction to determine the fire’s toll.

#AceDailyNews says here is Dixie Fire Update: Massive Blaze Grows To 501,00 Acres; Widespread Destruction In Greenville; Crews Battle Flames Near China Gulch as Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for northern Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties. The declaration frees up state resources to help fight fires in those counties and give assistance to residents affected by he blazes.

Dixie Fire Report:

The fire has destroyed at least 557 homes and leveled the communities of Greenville and Canyondam. A stunning aerial photo of the destruction on Greenville was posted Wednesday.

The firefight has moved on from those two towns toward the east and in the north where flames were burning in the Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Incident commander Jack Cagel said crews were being challenged just south of China Gulch and a ‘catcher’s mitt’ of dozer and fire lines were being strengthen to slow the fire’s advance toward Susanville and Janesville.

“If you hear people (fire crews) aren’t in Greenville, people aren’t in Crescent Mills, that’s because we are fighting the fire on the edge,” he said. “We are not going to put equipment (in Greenville, Crescent Mills) and just shove it there and do nothing. We are going to be employing all our resources on the fire’s edge to be as successful as possible.”

Clear skies over parts of the month-old Dixie Fire have allowed aircraft to rejoin nearly 6,000 firefighters in the attack this week, but the weather was beginning to take a dramatic shift on Wednesday.

Gusty winds, temperatures approaching triple digits, humidity levels dipping into single digits and a monsoonal plume bringing with it the threat of lightning will challenge firefighters.

“Whether or not we can fly depends very much on where the smoke is. There’s still some areas where it’s just too smoky,” fire spokesman Edwin Zuniga said.

Crews have cut thousands of acres of new fire lines aimed at preventing the fire from spreading. Officials believe the fire lines created on the blaze’s southern side will hold the fire at bay there, but the fire’s future is unknown.

“We don’t know where this fire is going to end and where it’s going to land. It continues to challenge us,” said Chris Carlton, supervisor for Plumas National Forest.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.12: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Justice Dept Court Report: A San Gabriel Valley man pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for participating in a multimillion-dollar scheme to manufacture and ship counterfeit laptop computer batteries and other electronics from China to the U.S where the bogus batteries were sold to unsuspecting buyers in online marketplaces #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.05: According to his plea agreement, Cai conspired to import batteries, labels for batteries in laptop computers, cellphones, and other electronics from China to the United States.

As a result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles with assistance from the brand-holding companies, Zoulin Cai, a.k.a. “Allen Cai,” 29, of La Puente, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Cai then sold and shipped the counterfeit batteries to unsuspecting individual buyers via eBay and Amazon, falsely advertising them as brand-name new, genuine, original, or OEM (original equipment manufacturer) products. Those batteries bore counterfeit trademarks of companies such as Apple, Dell, HP and Toshiba, as well as counterfeit certification marks of UL, a company that tests and certifies the safety of electronic products.

Counterfeit lithium-ion laptop batteries pose significant safety risks – including the risk of extreme heat, fire and explosions – and the batteries that Cai and his co-conspirators shipped frequently lacked required and essential internal safeguards.

Cai and his co-conspirators established numerous U.S.-based corporations to facilitate the importation and sale of counterfeit lithium-ion batteries and other electronic accessories for laptop computers and cellular telephones.

Co-conspirators in China packaged counterfeit batteries and electronics and shipped them to the United States, sometimes covering the trademarks with black tape or a similar material, so that a quick inspection of the items by customs officials would not reveal the trademark. The counterfeit batteries were imported, sold and shipped from Cai-controlled warehouses in La Puente.

In December 2019, Cai’s warehouse (including containers on the premises) contained approximately 44,000 batteries, as well as approximately 175,000 labels, bearing the counterfeit marks of multiple companies, including Apple, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer and Samsung.

Cai admitted that from March 2014 to June 2019, he and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained approximately at least $3.5 million and as much as $23,831,668 from the sale of laptop batteries through eBay and Amazon. During that time, Cai and his co-conspirators sent approximately $18,094,960 through wire transfers from U.S.-based bank accounts that they owned and controlled directly to Chinese bank accounts.

U.S. District Judge John F. Walter has scheduled an October 4 sentencing hearing, at which time Cai will face a statutory maximum sentence of 22 years in federal prison.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s General Crimes and Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Sections.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.05: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) LAPD REPORT: Mid-City: On June 23, 2021, at around 12:40 p.m., Officers responded to the area of Wilshire Boulevard and Ridgely Drive for a radio call of a shooting that just occurred #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.26: Upon arrival, the officers located a male in his forties that had been shot. The Los Angeles Fire: Department was requested and responded. The Los Angeles Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

#AceDailyNews Release: Homicide in Mid City NR21162ll: Friday, June 25, 2021: Mid-City: On June 23, 2021, at around 12:40 p.m., Officers assigned to LAPD Wilshire Area responded to the area of Wilshire Boulevard and Ridgely Drive for a radio call of a shooting that just occurred.

The suspect fled from the location prior to police arrival: Both the victim and the suspect are homeless, and it is believed that they did not know each other. The two had been involved in a verbal dispute prior to the shooting:

Just after 7:00 p.m., Officers assigned to Wilshire Area were conducting visible patrol in the area of the homicide, and they observed the suspect’s vehicle: The suspect was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered:

The suspect has been identified as Eva Fekete, 60 years old, currently living in Los Angeles: She is being held on $2,000,000.00 bail (Booking No. 6202699). The suspect was booked for 187 PC and the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration:

At this time the victim’s identity has not been confirmed.

Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is asked to call West Bureau Homicide detectives at 213-382-9470. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.26: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) LAPD REPORT: Gramercy Park: The city of LA is offering a reward for information leading to the identity, arrest, and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 16-year-old-teen #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.04: While driving northbound on Western Avenue approaching 98th Street, an unknown person(s) fired multiple gunshots at Jeremy Nathaniel Jackson’s vehicle striking him in the neck. Paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and rendered aid, but Mr. Jackson succumbed to his injuries:

LAPD: News Release: Murder Investigation: $50,000 Reward Offered NR21138jcn Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Jeremy Nathaniel Jackson: On October 6, 2020, around 8: 50 p.m., Jeremy Nathaniel Jackson was driving his vehicle in south Los Angeles in the company of some friends.

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The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is requesting your help in identifying the person or persons responsible for this murder. If you know who committed this crime or if you have any information about the murder, please contact the LAPD. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact South Bureau Homicide Detective T. Callian or Officer G. Medina at (323) 786-5113. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to (323) 846-6553 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.04: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Court Report: An Orange County man who led police on a high-speed car chase with more than 75 pounds of cocaine stashed in his vehicle was sentenced today to 186 months in federal prison, following an investigation by HSI & DEA #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.23: Anthony Martinez, 40, of La Habra, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald. Martinez pleaded guilty on January 15, to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Martinez is one of eight defendants charged in an indictment alleging a conspiracy to traffic cocaine throughout Southern California:

ICE Report: Orange County man who led police on high-speed chase with 75 pounds of cocaine in his car sentenced to 15½ years in federal prison following HSI probe:

On July 25, 2019, in Whittier, Martinez received two boxes from a co-defendant that contained 75.2 pounds (34.1 kilograms) of cocaine, placed the boxes in his car and drove off’

When Whittier Police officers attempted to pull Martinez over, he initially pulled over, then sped away, refusing to stop, and led police on a car chase in which Martinez veered into oncoming traffic and drove on the wrong side of the road, the plea agreement states.

“In so doing, [Martinez] recklessly created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to individuals in the community and law enforcement by fleeing from officers,” prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.

When police finally pulled Martinez over for good in Fullerton, they discovered the box of cocaine.

Martinez also possessed 132.6 pounds (60.2 kilograms) of cocaine, separately wrapped in one kilogram “bricks” located in a storage locker, and 52.9 pounds (23.98 kilograms) of cocaine located inside a duffel bag.

In total, Martinez admitted to possessing 260.6 pounds (118.2 kilograms) of cocaine.

This case’s lead defendant, Jesus Manuel Landeros-Cisneros, 51, of Covina, pleaded guilty in August 2020, to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He is serving a 174-month federal prison sentence for that offense.

Three other defendants in the case – Ryan Alexander Fischer, 23, a.k.a. “Flaco,” of Covina; Manuel Angel Landeros-Lopez, 43, of Covina; David Elgrably, 51, of Suisun City, California – are scheduled to go on trial on July 27. Three defendants – Harnidhan Bhangu, 30; Harmanjot Singh, 29; and Gurpreet Chahal, 41; all Canadian nationals – are fugitives.

The investigation was conducted with the support of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). As to these seizures, substantial assistance was provided by the South Gate Police Department, the Brea Police Department, and the West Covina Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Violent and Organized Crime Section.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: A fading #coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars have reshuffled the emerging recall election, and talk ending #COVID19 restrictions #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.17: The governor spent much of 2020 on the defensive for whipsaw decisions during the depths of the pandemic that angered many business owners and residents. But more recently he has appeared to steady his stride with the all-but-certain election looming this fall:

LOS ANGELES: ‘Cash windfall helps Newsom shake California recall election allowing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newscom to talk about an end to most #COVID19 restrictions and propose billions in new spending as he looks to fend off Republicans who depict him as a foppish failure’

AP Health Report:

The first-term Democrat unleashed a torrent of new spending after the state’s budget was blessed with a $76 billion surplus and $27 billion in federal pandemic aid. This week, he crisscrossed the state to unveil a string of proposals sure to bring smiles from many voters: $12 billion to fight homelessness; checks up to $1,100 for millions of low and middle-income earners who struggled during lockdowns; $2.7 billion to pay for all of the state’s 4-year-olds to go to kindergarten for free; and hundreds of millions to help small businesses recover from the economic downturn.

His budget released Friday was studded with initiatives favored by his progressive base, including $7.2 billion to pay off people’s outstanding rent and utility bills and $300 million to forgive traffic and other fines for lower-income residents. There also was $35 million to encourage local universal basic income programs and money to give Medicaid benefits to people 60 and older living in the country illegally. 

As the virus threat diminishes, the economy rebounds and Californians return to familiar routines, Republican candidates will need to emphasize policy differences on issues like taxes and homelessness, rather than banking on lingering resentment from lockdowns and the pandemic, said Tim Rosales, a veteran GOP strategist who is sitting out the recall.

With conditions in the state improving “it’s harder and harder to maintain that level of … anger” during the worst days of the pandemic, he said, conceding Newsom is “on the right trajectory in terms of his approval ratings.” 

The goal for Newsom’s team is not just surviving the recall. They are looking to position the governor for an expected 2022 re-election campaign that will kick off immediately following the recall election and, as importantly, restore his name to the national discussion about potential White House contenders. 

Under a best-case scenario for the governor, a comeback story line from the recall might even help Newsom discredit the image popularized by his GOP gubernatorial rivals of a preening lightweight. 

Republican businessman John Cox mocks Newsom as a “pretty boy.” Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says the race is about “genuine versus phony.”

Faulconer rolled out his own attention-grabbing proposal Wednesday: Ending the state income tax for individuals making up to $50,000 and households up to $100,000, which could find wide appeal with voters in a state where taxes seem to go relentlessly in one direction: higher.

Newsom was elected in a 2018 landslide over Cox, but his popularity tumbled as he contended with public unrest over long-running school and businesses closures during the pandemic, fallout from a multibillion-dollar unemployment benefits scandal and embarrassment over his decision to attend a lavish birthday dinner at an exclusive restaurant in November while lecturing residents to stay home for safety.

Look for the Republicans to continue to attack his image — he remains shackled to the French Laundry debacle. In one night at that restaurant with lobbyists and friends, he managed to reinforce a trifecta of loathsome stereotypes about politicians – hypocrisy, elitism and the whiff of improper backroom deal-making. He later apologized for what he called a “bad mistake.”

While Newsom dominated the narrative of the race all week — the economy is “roaring back,” he told reporters in Los Angeles — a sudden spike in virus cases or another epic season of wildfires would test him again. And schools could also be a vulnerable flank. California badly trailed other states in getting children back into classrooms, a reality Republicans repeat at every turn. 

The leading GOP candidates in the race start at a disadvantage in heavily Democratic California, where registered Democrats outnumber GOP voters by nearly 2-to-1. A Republican candidate hasn’t won a statewide race since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won re-election after gaining office in a recall election.

Newsom’s team has worked for months to tie the recall to national Republicans and supporters and operatives of former President Donald Trump, who is broadly unpopular in California outside his GOP base.

For Newsom, one of his advantages as a candidate was on vivid display this week: He used the power of his office to dominate the public stage as he made appearances in San Diego, Los Angeles, Oakland and the Central Valley, among other locations.

Cox, meanwhile, has been campaigning with a bear in a bid to attract publicity. He criticized Newsom Friday for the surge in spending: “We should be slashing taxes and making California more affordable and not ballooning the size of our government,” he said.

Reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner so far has appeared more curio than contender, barely registering in recent polling. She tweeted Friday that “California should already be fully open!”

Faulconer’s biggest challenge is becoming known outside his hometown area in San Diego. He said he intends to take his campaign to communities around the state, where voters are looking for “somebody who actually has the experience … who can bring positive change and reform.”

Thad Kousser, a political science professor at the University of California, San Diego, said a lot will change by the time voters go to the polls. Will the massive investment in homelessness make a change? Will Newsom suffer another self-inflicted wound like his trip to the French Laundry?

“Right now the recall is not in the hands of the governor or its backers. This is all about the direction of the state,” he said. “What really matters is where we are in the fall.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.17: 2021:

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) LAPD REPORT: Police Department announced the indictment and arrest of 12 individuals on 133 felony counts for allegedly operating a sophisticated mortgage fraud and green loan scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.10: The Los Angeles Police Department announced the indictment and arrest of 12 individuals on 133 felony counts for allegedly operating a sophisticated mortgage fraud and green loan scheme throughout Southern California. The scheme resulted in a loss of approximately $15 million over the course of several years:

LAPD Report: Announces Arrests for a $15 Million Mortgage Fraud Case Number: NR21125wc between 2014 and 2020, defendants collectively ran a scheme that used stolen identities to obtain mortgage and green loans: The identities belonged to real persons, some of whom were in state prison, had developmental disabilities, or were deceased. Defendants seized control of these identities and commonly constructed synthetic identities with the real identities’

News Release

Thursday, May 6, 2021

A Los Angeles County grand jury indicted Tamara Dadyan, Richard Ayvazyan, Artur Ayvazyan, Grigor Tatoian , Andranik Petrosyan , Artashes Martirosyan, Arshak Bartoumian , Lilit Malyan , Lubia Carrillo, Rosa Zarate, Estephanie Reynoso, and Vanessa Bell for conspiracy, mortgage fraud, grand theft, identity theft, forgery, filing a false or forged document, money laundering, as well as a special allegation for aggravated white-collar crime. Eleven out of the twelve defendants were arrested on April 29, 2021. Eleven of the twelve defendants pleaded not guilty at their arraignments on May 5, 2021.

The arrests were the result of a multi-year investigation led by the Los Angeles Police Department, assisted by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General (FHFA-OIG). The Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit of the California Department of Justice is prosecuting this case.

In constructing the synthetic identities, defendants created email accounts, shell companies, and bank accounts. They altered tax documents, payroll statements, and bank statements to reflect the identities as high-net worth individuals. They also forged the signatures, names, and personal information of the identities on loan applications, financial documents, and county recorder documents. Using this fake construction, defendants applied for millions of dollars in loans from unsuspecting lenders of mortgage and green loans, which were subsequently wired to bank accounts within the defendants’ control.

As a part of their operation, defendants exploited Ygrene Energy Fund and Renew Funding. These companies provided funding to licensed contractors for energy-efficient home improvements for homeowners. Defendants also used the identities to obtain mortgage loans from conventional banks and hard money lenders. For years, they successfully applied for loans, culminating to a $15 million loss. Defendants forged court stamps, generated false court documents, or filed false bankruptcies to avoid responsibility for their actions.

Statement By LAPD Captain Lillian Carranza, Commanding Officer of Commercial Crimes Division

“This was very lengthy and complex investigation. We are very proud of the work done by our Commercial Crimes Detectives and the lead investigator Detective Lyle Barnes. This case could not have been brought to fruition without their work ethics, tenacity and commitment to duty. The victims of these crimes deserve justice and due process. We are tremendously grateful to Attorney General Rob Bonta, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Office of Inspector General and the Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit of the California Department of Justice for their partnership and support.”Arrest warrants were issued for all defendants with the following bail amounts:

Tamara Dadyan Richard Dadyan Artur Ayvazyan

($4,750,000) In Custody ($4,750,000) In Custody ($3,875,000) In Custody  

Age 39, Encino, CA Age 42, Encino, CA Age 41, Encino, CA  

Grigor Tatoian Andranik Petrosyan Arshak Bartoumian

($4,035,000) In Custody ($1,735,000) In Custody ($1,905,000) In Custody  

Age 50, Van Nuys, CA Age 46, Tujunga, CA Age 48, Northridge,CA

Artashes Martirosyan Lilit Malyan Lubia Carrillo

($3,490,000) In Custody ($2,540,000) In Custody ($1,455,000) In Custody 

Age 43, Sylmar, CA Age 38, Porter Ranch, CA Age 40, Mission Hills, CA

Rosa Zarate Estephanie Reynoso Vanessa Bell

($4,750,000) In Custody ($4,750,000) In Custody ($2,230,000) In Custody

Age 49, Palmdale, CA Age 31, Lancaster, CA Age 60, North Hills, CA  

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Detective Lyle Barnes, Commercial Crimes Division, at (213) 486-6979 or e-mail him at 27186@lapd.online. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.10: 2021:

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