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Memorial Services Held for WeHo Detective Amber Leist

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In September, 2007, Amber Leist took a solemn oath of office to faithfully discharge her duties as a freshly-graduated peace officer.  She came from a family that is dedicated to serving others.

In the late morning of Sunday, June 12, 2020, Amber was sitting in her vehicle, stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue. She saw an elderly pedestrian fall in the crosswalk in front of her vehicle, and immediately got out to assist her. Amber assisted the pedestrian safely across the crosswalk to the other side of the street. As she made her way back to her car, Amber was struck by a vehicle.

The driver stayed on the scene to get help, but the 12 year veteran of the department, Leist, 41, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Although she was transported to a local hospital where staff worked vigorously to keep her with us, she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries later on that evening.  

FULL MEMORIAL SERVICE VIDEO

On Saturday January 25th 2020, her friends, coworkers and family came together to honor the memories they shared of Amber inside Mosaic Church in Hollywood. Services were closed to the public, but were live streamed on the LASD Facebook page.

During the service, people shared their personal encounters, and friendships with Amber that will live on. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said, “Amber’s commitment to service is a reflection of what the men and women of the Sheriff’s department do every day.”

Her partner Deputy Yensenia Olvera said, “Amber’s energy was so magnetic.”

“Our hearts are broken,” Amber’s father, Daniel Leist, told LA Times’ reporters at a vigil earlier this month. `”This is the most heart-rending thing you could ever experience. You never think you’re going to lose your baby. But Amber came into this department and she knew what she had to do.”

Ebony Jackson, another friend and long time colleague at the West Hollywood Station said, “I hit the jackpot with her.”

Amber is survived by her two sons and parents. “She was just a hero,” her 17-year-old son, Daniel Laney, in an interview with KTLA. “She was always caring. She would always come home and talk about the victims, and how she felt so sorry for them. I’d listen.”

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Rita Walters First Black Woman Elected to LA City Council Dies at Age 89

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rita Walters, the first Black woman ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council and a former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, has died. She was 89.

Walters, a former teacher, served on the LAUSD board for more than a decade before being elected to the city council — filling the 9th District seat left vacant by the 1990 death of Councilman Gilbert Lindsay. She held the seat until 2001.

In 2002, she was appointed to the city’s Library Commission where she served for 15 years, retiring in 2017 with a commendation from Mayor Eric Garcetti, who took to Twitter Thursday to pay his respects to a woman he called “a model public servant.”

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Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton’s Estate Worth At Least $17M

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Pink Taco Founder Harry Morton's Estate Worth At Least $17 Million

(TMZ) — The estate of the late-Pink Taco founder and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy, Harry Morton, is worth at least $17 million … TMZ has learned.

Harry’s father, Peter Morton, just filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, to take control of his son’s estate … and the docs say Harry had over $17 million in personal property when he died.

According to the docs, Harry’s personal property is worth $17,293,187 … but the total value of the estate could be higher if there are any separate trusts that are not part of the probate estate.

TMZ broke the story … Harry was found dead in his Los Angeles residence back in November, this after suffering a heart attack. Harry, who had no partner or children, died without a will.

Harry founded the popular restaurant chain in 1999 when he was only 18. He was also the owner of the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

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Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg Among Many at Kirk Douglas Funeral

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LOS ANGELES (TMZ) — Michael Douglas was among the many celebs who poured in from afar to bid Kirk Douglas goodbye at his funeral.


Michael, his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Steven Spielberg were among the many who at the funeral at Westwood Memorial in L.A.

Kirk’s wife, Anne Buydens, arrived as well. As we reported … the legendary actor died on February 5th.

Michael announced, “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard of us all to aspire to.”

Kirk, who earned Oscar nominations as an actor and producer, served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 by President Jimmy Carter.

Kirk is survived by Anne, his 3 sons and seven grandchildren. He was 103.

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