Deputy crashes patrol car into shelter for women and children in South Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Two Los Angeles police officers were treated today for injuries they suffered when they crashed into a shelter for women and children in South Los Angeles while pursuing a reckless driver, making the building unsafe and prompting the evacuation of 32 people, authorities said.
The pursuit started at Florence Avenue and San Pedro Street around 9:10 p.m. Sunday and went southbound, said Sgt. Lawrence Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Station.
About a minute later, the driver of the gray BMW being pursued hit the curb while turning westbound on 85th Street, Martinez said, and the officer following close behind lost control, causing the cruiser to strike a corner of the shelter building.
The driver got away, and the BMW was later found abandoned a couple of blocks away with its left front tire blown out from hitting the curb, Martinez said. The car was not reported stolen.
The search was continuing for the driver who could face felony evading charges, he said.
The air bags in the police car deployed, but the two officers were injured and transported to a hospital.
One officer was released after he was treated for bumps and bruises, the sergeant said. The other suffered a broken ankle and was expected to be held at least 24 hours for observation.
The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety deemed the structure unsafe and 11 adult and 21 minors were taken by MTA bus to other accommodations, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.
None of them were injured, she said.
A boy scout troop had spent part of the weekend renovating parts of the shelter, including the room into which the cruiser crashed, a representative from the troop told a news photographer at the scene.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Los Angeles County probation officers asked for help today in finding a parolee who threatened to kill school children.
Frank Edward Edmonds, 40, who authorities consider “extremely violent and an imminent public threat,” may be in Compton, South Los Angeles or Inglewood, his last known address.
The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is gearing up for a possible showdown over additional funding for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line, including a Leimert Park Village Station, but may have to await a May 23 decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on just how bruising—or necessary—a showdown will be.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Jurors deadlocked today in the trial of a reputed gang member charged in the 2010 Halloween killing of a 5-year-old South Los Angeles boy who was shot while showing off his Spider-man costume in his backyard.
Superior Court Judge Bob S. Bowers declared a mistrial after the jury’s foreman said the panel was not able to reach a unanimous verdict in Leonard Hall Jr.’s trial.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—An 82-year-old Los Angeles woman who disappeared more than a week ago turned up unharmed in Maywood, police said today.
Fannie Luesendy Brown had been reported missing by her brother, who had last seen her March 9 at her home in the 1000 block of East 33rd Street, near Central Avenue.
Family members and police had been concerned because Brown had medical issues that required treatment, police said.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Police today asked for the public’s help in locating a missing 82-year-old woman from South Los Angeles who may be in need of treatment because of a medical condition, her family told police.
Fannie Luesendy Brown was last seen by her brother about 8:30 p.m. Friday at her home in the 1000 block of East 33rd Street, near Central Avenue.
Brown has brownish gray hair and brown eyes, weighs 130 pounds and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall. She has a dark complexion.