Local News Weekend Roundup — June 28

A roundup of local news stories for Sunday, June 28:


A man was fatally shot in the head at a party in Arleta early Sunday morning in a gang-related incident, police said.The victim was at the rear of a house in the 13200 block of Bromwich Street about 3 a.m. when a gunman walked up and shot him, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman.The name of the man, who was between 20 and 30 years old, was withheld pending notification of his next of kin, Eisenman said.Detectives say the incident is gang-related.


A teenager knocked into a Huntington Beach street and fatally struck by a passing car during a fight instigated by road rage was identified as 17-year-old Los Angeles boy. Joel Edwardo Sanchez, 17, of Los Angeles, died Friday night on Beach Boulevard south of Slater Avenue, Huntington Beach police Lt. Mike Reynolds told the Orange County Register. Shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, the occupants of three vehicles got into an argument as they traveled north on Beach Boulevard, Reynolds said. The drivers pulled over on the east side of Beach, and the occupants got out and started to fight, he said.


The Jackson family is working on putting together a funeral for the "King of Pop," while investigators work to pin down the cause of death. It's still unclear who will be in charge of Jackson's estate. The three children are staying with Michael's 79-year-old mom, and the two oldest will likely be turned over to their mother Deborah Rowe. The mother of Prince Michael The Second, 7, has never been disclosed. It could be a month or longer until toxicology tests are completed, but medical professionals say mixing Demerol and other drugs, such as antidepressants, can be deadly. (NBCLA)


At least 100 firefighters needed nearly two hours to knock down a blaze at a long-vacant 100,000 square foot industrial building near Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, authorities said. The fire was reported at 6:35 a.m. at 1875 W. Mission Blvd. in a complex once occupied by defense contractors and aircraft parts manufacturers, said Los Angeles County fire spokesman Frederic Stowers. The building, one of two adjoining properties in a 300,000 square foot facility, has been vacant for years, Stowers said. The cause of the fire was under investigation and a damage estimate was not immediately available. The fire was extinguished at 8:31 a.m. and no one was injured, Stowers said.


Two men were killed and another seriously injured after an inflatable boat crashed into a bridge in Huntington Harbour early Saturday, officials said. The operator of the 12-foot Zodiac-style boat was seen doing "doughnuts" shortly before it hit the Gilbert Drive bridge in the waterfront community about 12:50 a.m., said Jeff Lopez of the Huntington Beach Fire Department. A 37-year-old man, possibly the driver, managed to swim to shore and was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center with serious head trauma, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. A 35-year-old Huntington Beach man was found by arriving rescue teams and died at the scene, Amormino said. A third boater was initially missing and the Orange County Sheriff's Department dive team arrived about 4 a.m. to help Huntington Beach and other sheriff's personnel in the search. The search ended at 9 a.m., when a 32-year-old Huntington Beach resident was found dead, said sheriff's Lt. Ted Boyne. The names of both of the deceased were withheld pending notification of their next of kin. (NBCLA)


A motorist was fatally slashed and stabbed by a passenger in the Jeep he was driving in Northridge, and the slasher fled in a second car that seemed to have been waiting for him, authorities said Saturday. Joaquin Rodriguez, 23, was driving a 1995 Jeep northbound on Yolanda Avenue near Roscoe Boulevard about 10 a.m. Friday, when a front-seat passenger in the vehicle attacked him, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman. The Jeep then crashed into a parked trailer in the 18600 block of Frankfort Street. The passenger jumped out and got into another vehicle that appeared to be waiting nearby, Eisenman said. Rodriguez, who had been stabbed and cut multiple times, died at the scene, she said.


Paramedics have been busy overnight, taking about 40 people to hospitals from the annual rave-style Electric Daisy Carnival at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Police say they made a handful of arrests, and about 40 intoxicated people were taken to hospitals to be checked out. Most of them, according to police, had taken a dose of the speed-laden hallucinogen Ecstasy.


Temperatures in the hottest corners of the San Fernando Valley may top 100 degrees this weekend, but one crucial body of cool water has been drained. The huge pool at Reseda Park is dry for the second summers, it was reported Saturday. The 79-year-old pool leaks so much water that it has been drained and slated for a $4.7 million replacement project that will be finished in two years. "We already have the funds identified and are ready to proceed," said city council member Dennis Zine. "We are in the pre-design stage and now are in the works of awarding a construction contract." The Reseda Pool is the only municipal aquatics facility that will remain closed this summer in the Valley. Eight other pools are open for business, the Daily News reported. (ContraCostaTimes.com)


Sheriff Lee Baca says he'll close one of five county lockups if the Board of Supervisors continues to demand that he reduce spending by at least $25 million in the fiscal year starting July 1. If the 16-bed North Facility in Castaic is closed, some inmates would be released early. Others would be transferred, but Baca has no plans for reducing his workforce. (NBCLA)

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