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Jestice James Charged With Murder In Fentanyl Deaths Of Twins

July 17, 2024 ·

A woman has been charged with the death of her twin boys who overdosed on fentanyl. Photo by Wesley Tingey via Unsplash.

TOPANGA CANYON—On Tuesday, July 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that a woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of her three-year-old twin sons who were allegedly exposed to drugs laced with fentanyl, the highly potent synthetic opioid.

Jestice James, 22, is charged in case 24VWCF01433 with two counts of murder and two counts of child abuse/endangerment under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily harm or death. She is being held in lieu of $4 million bail. Arraignment is set for today, Dept. 10 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Van Nuys Branch.

On July 11, shortly after 11 a.m., emergency crews responded to a home in the San Fernando Valley, where paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the twin boys, Josiah and Jestine. Both were taken to the hospital. Josiah died on July 11 and Jestine was pronounced deceased on July 13.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces life in prison. The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

Jeffery Brewer Jr. Charged With Sexual Assault

July 16, 2024 ·

Photo by David Veksler via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On July 10, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office disclosed that Jeffery Brewer, Jr., 41, was charged with breaking into a UCLA student housing apartment occupied by two female exchange students, and sexually assaulting one of them on July 5.

Jeffery Stott Brewer, Jr. was charged in case 24ARCF00986with one count of sexual penetration by use of force; and one count of first-degree residential burglary with person present.

It is further alleged Brewer committed the sexual assault during the commission of a burglary of the first degree. He was arraigned on July 9 and pleaded not guilty to all charges. A preliminary hearing setting is set for August 13 in Dept. 31 of the Airport Courthouse.

The LADA announced on July 5, at approx. 1:30 a.m., Brewer allegedly loitered outside of a UCLA student housing building before entering one of the residences. He knocked on one of the apartment doors and entered when a student opened the door. He left when he was asked to leave by two student residents.

Less than an hour later at approximately 2:40 a.m., the defendant allegedly broke into another residence within the same student housing, went into one of the student’s bedrooms and sexually assaulted her.

Brewer is being held on $1,150,000 bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life, plus 6 years, in state prison. The case is being investigated by the University of California Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

Lisa Ann Heflin Charged In High-Speed Pursuit

May 23, 2024 ·

Los Angeles Police Department. Photo by JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—On Wednesday, May 22, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office disclosed a woman has been charged with leading Los Angeles Police officers on a high-speed pursuit throughout Los Angeles that ended in a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound 405 Freeway on May 17.

Lisa Ann Heflin, 41, was charged in case 24ARCF00739 with 10 counts of assault upon a peace officer; four counts of assault with a deadly weapon; one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. She pleaded not guilty to all charges at arraignment on May 22. A preliminary hearing setting is scheduled on June 20 in Dept. 31 of the Airport Courthouse.

On May 17, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division responded to a disturbance call where they encountered Heflin. When approached by officers, she allegedly got into her vehicle, crashed into a police cruiser and proceeded to lead officers on a 30-minute, high-speed pursuit through the cities of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles before entering the northbound 405 Freeway and crashing into multiple vehicles.

Five police vehicles, two civilian vehicles and a tractor trailer were damaged during the chase. None of the victims sustained significant injuries.

If convicted as charged, the maximum sentence is 22 years and 8 months in state prison. The court has set bail at $695,000. The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

Larry Ameyal Cedeno Charged With Stabbing Two Tourists

May 22, 2024 ·

A suspect who stabbed two tourists from Germany has been charged in court. Photo by Thanh Tran via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, May 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a man has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing of two German tourists near the Santa Monica promenade.

Larry Ameyal Cedeno, 29, was charged in case 24ARCF00735 with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. It is further alleged that in the commission of the offenses, the defendant both used a knife and caused great bodily injury to the victims.

On May 19, at approximately 8 p.m., Cedeno allegedly stabbed two victims on the 1500 block of 4th Street in Santa Monica. The victims were taken to the hospital with injuries.
In an unprovoked incident, he assaulted three individuals. Two victims suffered stab wounds; one remains in critical but stable condition; the third victim was assaulted with no major injuries. The two individuals who were stabbed have been identified as tourists who are not related to each other.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers immediately started CPR on the first victim while additional officers located the suspect. The suspect was detained and arrested a short time later and remains in custody at the Santa Monica Jail pending arraignment and the official filing of charges.

Cedeno is scheduled to be arraigned on May 22 in Dept. 30 of the Airport Courthouse. If convicted as charged, the maximum sentence is life in state prison, a bail of $2,155,000 was recommended for the defendant. The case is being investigated by the Santa Monica Police Department.

Anyone with details related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Burciaga at George.Burciaga@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor