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Thursday, April 2, 2020

2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies in corrections test positive for COVID-19

A pair San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies have tested positive for COVID-19, department officials said Wednesday. The two deputies, who are “assigned to corrections,” are currently resting at home and “experiencing flu-like symptoms,” according to a statement from Sheriff’s officials. “The deputies entered self-quarantine due to an onset of flu-like symptoms prior to receiving test results and have been off of work for a week,” the statement said. Sheriff’s officials said they are investigating how the correctional deputies were infected. “Although we do not know when and where the deputies were exposed to the virus, we continue to encourage all members to heed the warnings of health officials while on and off duty,” the statement said. “Out of respect for our deputies, no additional details regarding their identity or medical treatment will be released.”
Victorville Daily Press

Follow Up: Santa Rosa PD mourns detective who died from COVID-19

Flags were at half-staff at the Santa Rosa Police Department after Detective Marylou Armer died of complications from the coronavirus. "This is a very difficult situation. She was way too young. Something very unexpected," said Police Chief Rainer Navarro. Armer's death Tuesday was the first from the coronavirus in Napa County where she lived. Her death was also believed to be the first law-enforcement death from the coronavirus in the state. "We are considering this a line-of-duty death," Navarro said. Armer, 43, was a 20-year veteran and was married. She worked as a field evidence technician before becoming a sworn police officer in 2008. As a detective with the domestic violence and sexual assault team, she interviewed crime victims at hospitals and jail inmates. Her last day at work was March 11.
KTVU-TV Fox 2 Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

Fired LA County sheriff’s deputy attempting again to return to LASD

Fired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Caren Carl Mandoyan is attempting to return to the department again as a deputy trainee, Eyewitness News has learned. A preliminary court ruling last summer upheld his termination. Now, letters from the L.A. County Director of Personnel Lisa M. Garrett to Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Mandoyan state that Mandoyan applied for a position as "Deputy Sheriff, Trainee" last month and was then placed on the department's list as eligible to be hired. Mandoyan's lawyer Greg Smith tells Eyewitness News that there is no backdoor attempt to re-enter the department - that Mandoyan won't be rehired until a judge allows it. Mandoyan says that what he is doing is "totally legal and legitimate," and that the county told him previously that "he can always re-apply." "I am not going to be homeless, I have to provide for my family," Mandoyan tells Eyewitness News. "I haven't done anything wrong -- I am not a problem child."
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Manufacturer repurposes lab to produce sanitizer, donates first batch to Lompoc’s police department

Lompoc's police officers will have a bit of added protection as they continue to perform their duties amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the efforts of the city’s largest private employer. DenMat, a company that normally specializes in manufacturing dental products, recently used its labs and equipment to produce dozens of bottles of hand sanitizer. The first batch of the sanitizer was donated Monday to the Lompoc Police Department, which has since placed 18 bottles at key work stations in the department’s headquarters and in each of its marked police vehicles to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. DenMat CEO David Casper said Wednesday that the inspiration for the donation was borne out of an impromptu conversation he had with Lompoc Police Chief Joe Mariani a few weeks ago at a Lompoc grocery store.
Santa Ynez Valley News

Victim Dies Of Injuries From San Mateo Gang Shooting In Which Husband, Wife Are Accused

One of two people shot in San Mateo in what police call a gang-related shooting has died of his injuries, according to police. The victim had been in critical condition after being shot in the head on March 27 in the area of Rogell Ave. and N. Kingston St. just south of Coyote Point. A second shooting victim was listed in stable condition. San Mateo police said the 22-year old victim succumbed to his injuries Tuesday night at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. A San Mateo married couple, Nathan Rodriguez, 32, and Karla Rodriguez, 31, were arrested in the shooting, which police say was a targeted gang-related attack. Nathan Rodriguez was originally charged with attempted murder and assault with a firearm, while Karla Rodriguez was charged with being an accessory.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Santa Rosa Police Detective Dies From COVID-19 Complications

A Santa Rosa Police Department detective has died from health complications after contracting COVID-19, the department announced Tuesday. Detective Marylou Armer previously tested positive for coronavirus and succumbed to the illness on Tuesday. Armer was a longtime veteran of the SRPD, serving for the past 20 years. She was most recently assigned to the department’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Team. “Our hearts are with the family and Detective Armer will be deeply missed,” Santa Rosa police chief Rainer Navarro said in a statement. The department did not release any further details on Tuesday as they continue to process the loss of their “SRPD family member.”
KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

California to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons

California is planning to release within days as many as 3,500 inmates who were due to be paroled in the next two months as it tries to free space in cramped prisons in anticipation of a coronavirus outbreak, state officials said Tuesday. The move comes a week after Gov. Gavin Newsom halted intakes from jails, a move projected to lower the prison’s population by about 3,000 inmates in the next 30 days. The combination is edging closer to the drop of at least 10,000 inmates that advocates say is a baseline for creating enough space particularly in crowded dormitories so that prisoners have a chance to maintain a safe social distance like the rest of the state’s population. Most people with the virus experience mild or moderate fever and coughing that clear up in two to three weeks.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

More Than 30 LAPD Personnel Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus, Chief Says

There are 29 Los Angeles Police Department officers and five department civilian personnel who have contracted the coronavirus, one of whom is in critical condition, Chief Michel Moore told the Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday. The others are recovering at home. The majority of the cases have been identified in officers working out of the LAPD's downtown and central locations, Moore said. "I'm proud of the work of the men and women of LAPD. I think that they, during some troubling and unsettling times, have risen to the occasion wonderfully and are at risk today, as every American is," Moore said. "The LAPD has not been immune (from the coronavirus)."
KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Lompoc teenager arrested on attempted murder, gang-related charges

An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly flashed gang signs and shot a person in late February, according to the Lompoc Police Department. Daniel Diaz Salazar was booked on felony charges of attempted murder and participating in a criminal street gang. The victim of the shooting survived. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Feb. 29, according to Lompoc Police. Salazar reportedly walked up to a vehicle and displayed gang signs before shooting the victim, who was standing outside his vehicle. Salazar then fled the area, police said. Officers and detectives with the Lompoc Police Department identified Salazar as the suspected shooter through follow-up investigation and obtained an arrest warrant.
Santa Ynez Valley News

Santa Clara Deputies Blast COVID-19 Response at County Jails

Inside the tight confines of Santa Clara County’s jails, where COVID-19 already has a foothold, correctional deputies and inmates alike fear the virus could run rampant and tell NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit insufficient protective measures are placing their health, and potentially their lives, in jeopardy. “Yes, I’m scared. We’re all scared,” one veteran officer told the Investigative Unit. Three separate officers who work inside the walls of the Main and Elmwood jail facilities told NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit the department's coronavirus response put them and their colleagues at risk. As of Friday, March 27, six Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies have tested positive for COVID-19, five of whom work in the County’s jails, according to the Sheriff’s official count. The Sheriff’s Office also said at least one inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.
KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area

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