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Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck By Two Drivers In Sun Valley Hit-And-Run

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Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Valley Traffic Division detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in providing any information that would lead to the identification of two drivers involved in a Sun Valley hit-and-run crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian. 

On Feb. 26, about 7:40 p.m., a 2001 Toyota Camry was traveling northbound on Glenoaks Boulevard, north of Vinedale Avenue, when the vehicle collided with a pedestrian that was crossing eastbound outside of the marked crosswalk, according to the LAPD in a statement. 

“The pedestrian landed on the roadway and was struck by a second and third vehicle,” LAPD officials said. 

The driver of the Toyota Camry immediately stopped and remained at the scene as required by law, according to investigators. 

However, the second and third vehicles that were involved fled the scene. The two vehicles are described as a dark gray sports utility vehicle and a dark sports utility vehicle, police said.

Both drivers failed to stop, render aid, and/or identify themselves as required by California law, according to the LAPD. 

Paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced the pedestrian dead.  The victim is described as a 60-year-old female, according to investigators. 

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.

“Drivers are reminded that if they become involved in a collision, they should pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves,” said LAPD officials.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division investigator Officer Garcia at (818) 644-8117.  During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247.  

Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go directly here

This is the third fatal hit-and-run in the San Fernando Valley in the past two months. 

On Jan. 6, a 72-year-old man was in the crosswalk at Webb Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard when he was struck by a vehicle. 

The elderly man died a month later after succumbing to injuries sustained in the crash. 

As of Monday, the suspect in this crash is still at-large, according to the LAPD.

Last month, a man was killed after a driver ran a red light on Coldwater Canyon Avenue in Sun Valley.

The two suspects in connection with the Sun Valley crash were arrested last week, however, detectives are unable to release details about the arrest. 

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One Killed In Saugus Stabbing, Deputies In Standoff With Suspect

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James Mathew Dorsey, the suspect wanted in connection to the Saugus stabbing. Photo Courtesy of the LASD.

A woman was killed in a Saugus stabbing Thursday morning, with the suspect — the estranged husband of the victim — in a standoff with deputies after fleeing at high speeds.

The incident occurred on Thursday at about 5:10 a.m. on the 22800 block of Fir Court, according to Deputy Grace Medrano, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Information Bureau. 

Homicide Detectives have identified the suspect as 41-year-old James Mathew Dorsey from Washington State. He is described as a male White, 5’06, 165 lbs, according to Medrano.

Dorsey is the estranged husband of the victim, according to LASD Lt. Barry Hall.

“The information we have right now is that he’s not even living in the state, and they were certainly estranged, he’s not even welcome at the house,” Hall said. “He probably forced his way through the door at the back.”

Dorsey fled the scene driving a white Chevy Malibu, 4-door sedan with a California plate of 7ALF904.

“The suspect is considered armed and dangerous,” Medrano said. “Call 9-1-1 if you see the suspect and do not approach.”

At about 4:40 p.m., deputies initiated a pursuit, following the suspect at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

Dorsey the crashed on 300th Street, near the border of Los Angeles County and Kern County.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Dorsey is still in the vehicle, with the LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) responding to the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or the website.

Note: This story has been updated with information on the standoff between deputies and the suspect.

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Former Catholic Priest Charged With Sexual Assault Of Four Children

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A former Catholic priest has been charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting four boys at two different parishes, including one in Palmdale, dating back more than two decades.

Christopher John Cunningham, 58, is facing 12 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. Arraignment will be scheduled for a later date, according to Greg Risling, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“The victims were innocent children who have spent most of their lives with the trauma caused by the abuse alleged in this case,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “My office is committed to holding accountable anyone who abuses and takes advantage of our children, especially when they hold a position of trust.”

The case was filed for a warrant on April 2, according to investigators.

While working as an associate pastor at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale, the defendant is accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy on two occasions between November 1995 and September 1997. Cunningham also allegedly sexually assaulted a boy at the victim’s home sometime between June 1996 and June 1998, prosecutors said.

Cunningham also worked at Saint Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Redondo Beach. While there, he is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old on two occasions between July 1998 and January 2001. During that same time frame, the defendant allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy on multiple occasions, according to the D.A’s Office.

The case remains under investigation by the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. If anyone has additional information or was a victim, call the bureau at (562) 946-8531.

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UPDATE: No Barricade Suspect Located After Tactical Operation In Lancaster

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After several hours, no suspect was found after the report of a person wanted for burglary was barricaded in Lancaster Monday morning.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) personnel responded to assist Lancaster Station with a barricaded armed burglary suspect, according to Deputy Trina Schrader.

The incident was reported on April 12, at about 5:09 a.m., on the 3800 block of Avenue K in Lancaster, according to investigators. 

SEB personnel will assume tactical command and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is attempting to make contact with the suspect to bring this to a peaceful conclusion, Schrader said.

The surrounding homes have been evacuated for the safety of the residents.

After several hours and many verbal attempts by Lancaster Station deputies, SEB Tactical Team and the Crisis Negotiations Team there was no contact with the suspect.

SEB Tactical Team cleared the premises just before 1 p.m. and no suspect was located, according to Sheriff’s officials.

There is no additional information available, according to Schrader.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466.

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