A roundup of local news stories for Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26
Deputies Shoot, Kill Man Who Brandished Replica Handgun
Sheriff's deputies chased a man from a fast food restaurant armed robbery Sunday, and shot and killed him when he pointed what turned out to be a replica of a handgun at them, authorities said. Deputies were chasing a suspect after the armed robbery of a fast food restaurant and ordered him to stop, when he turned and pointed what seemed to be a black, semi-automatic pistol at them, said sheriff's Deputy Lillian Peck. The deputies opened fire, striking the man multiple times in the upper body, said Peck. The man died at the scene, and his name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin. The item he was carrying turned out to be a replica of semi-automatic handgun, Peck said. The shooting occurred in the 800 block of North Santa Fe Avenue about 2:20 a.m. and the original robbery was in the 500 block of Rosecrans Avenue, about four blocks away, she said. Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating.
CHP: Witness Stops Driver After Fatal Hit-and-Run
An alleged hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a man in South Los Angeles was in jail Sunday, thanks to a witness who chased him down and held him for authorities. Julio Santa Cruz, 19, of Los Angeles, was being held in the hit-and-run death of 51-year-old Lazaro Miranda, who was struck on Imperial Highway near New Hampshire Avenue about 10:15 p.m. Friday, according to the California
Highway Patrol. Cruz, who was driving a silver-colored BMW 325 west on Imperial Highway, allegedly struck Miranda and sped away, according to the CHP. A witness followed Cruz and stopped him less than a mile away, holding him for CHP officers. He was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run resulting in a death.
Council to Vote on Jet Fuel Pipeline
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote next month on approving a pipeline that would carry jet fuel from Wilmington to Los Angeles International Airport. The council's Transportation Committee approved the proposal last week, and the full panel is set vote on the issue May 13, the Daily Breeze reported. The first phase of the 62-mile underground pipeline would go from Wilmington storage tanks to Kinder Morgan Watson Pump Station in Carson. Some Harbor Gateway and Gardena residents, however, are opposed to the Smart Energy Transport System pipeline and say it is unnecessary and dangerous.
REPORT BLAMES UTILITY POLES FOR 2007 MALIBU CANYON FIRE
That Malibu Canyon brushfire that took out 14 structures in 2007 was caused by utility poles that fell over in winds just half as strong as what they should have withstood. That's the finding of a state utility safety commission, which has ordered Southern California Edison to explain why the power poles failed. The state is looking into how heavy cellular telephone cables and antennas were added to the poles and why the Edison company claims that the new weight load calculations were the responsibility of the phone companies.
JUDGE TO MAKE RIHANNA JEWELRY RULING MONDAY
Give us our bling-bling back. That's the message from some fancy jewelry designers who lent singer Rihanna some expensive baubles last Feb. 8. That's when boyfriend Chris Brown allegedly assaulted her in a car on a Hollywood street. Three rings, some earrings and a Gucci dress are still locked up in LAPD custody as evidence, but the designers want their stuff back. A judge will decide Monday. (NBCLA)
ARGUMENT LEADS TO SHOOTING IN WATTS, POLICE SAY
A 18-year-old man was shot in the leg in Watts on Saturday when he got into an argument with three men in their 30s, police said. The shooting occurred about 12:15 a.m. near Wilmington Avenue and 113th Street when the men got into some kind of verbal dispute, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. Police do not believe the shooting was gang-related, said Herrera.
ALLEGED DRUNKEN DRIVER BLAMED IN FATAL CRASH
A passenger in his 20s was killed on impact when a vehicle piloted by an alleged drunken driver slammed into a street sign in the Baldwin Village today, police said. The crash occurred about midnight at La Cienega Boulevard and Rodeo Road, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Herrera. The driver, a woman, was arrested and taken to a hospital in critical condition, said Herrera. The crash occurred at a major intersection at the northern end of a busy expressway linking the Central City part of Los Angeles with Inglewood and Los Angeles International Airport.
ALHAMBRA SEEK MISSING BOYS
Alhambra police Saturday, looking for two Burmese-speaking brothers who never made it to a tutoring session on Wednesday, said the older boy had a history of running away, but they were especially concerned about his younger brother. The brothers, whose names were given as Tial Thawn, 14, and Hniang Nawl Thawn, 11, were last seen Wednesday about 3:15 p.m. in the 100 block of South Olive Avenue, near West Main Street in Alhambra, police said. Alhambra Police said they were not certain on how the boys' surname was spelled, and said it could either be Thawn or Thawng. The two boys were supposed to be on their way to a tutoring session, but never arrived. The 14-year-old was described as 5 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build, wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black T-shirt, blue shorts and a black and white backpack. The younger brother was described as 4 feet tall with a thin build, wearing a white T-shirt, tan shorts, a black jacket and a red backpack. Both boys speak Burmese and some English, police said. Alhambra Police Department asked anyone with information to contact them at 626-570-5151.
GRAND OPENING SET FOR LAPD'S NEW HARBOR STATION
On Saturday, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton and other city officials will attend the grand opening of the LAPD's new Harbor Station. The $40 million police station at 2175 John S. Gibson Blvd. replaces the nearly 100-year-old Harbor Station, which serves San Pedro and the Harbor Gateway area. The station will be home base for more than 260 patrol officers, detectives and support staff. Next door is a 100,000-square-foot garage for fueling and maintaining police vehicles, a 400-space parking structure and a helipad. The station was built with Proposition Q funds. The bond issue approved by voters in 2002 provided $600 million for public safety improvements.
FIRE DAMAGES CARSON STORAGE BUSINESS
A three-alarm fire that gutted most of a self-storage business in Carson burned for more than four hours and left a Los Angeles County firefighter with a shoulder injury, a fire captain said. The fire at Extra Space Storage No. 392, a two-story building at 219 E. Alondra Blvd., broke out about 11 p.m. Friday, Capt. Mike Brown said. "One firefighter suffered a shoulder injury and was transported to the hospital for treatment," Brown said. "His injuries were not considered serious."
WOMEN SHOT IN SANTA MONICA
Three women shot at in an alley just off of Santa Monica's Palisades Park may have been targeted because of some sort of dealings in their past, and one of the two people hit by gunfire remains in critical condition, police said Saturday. Doctors passing by the shooting chaos Friday night stopped and immediately began lifesaving efforts that may have prevented one of the women from dying, police and a witness told reporters Saturday. The shootings rang out at about 9:30 p.m. Friday behind an apartment at the corner of Ocean Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard, Santa Monica police Sgt. Mario Toti said. The ocean-view neighborhood is one of the priciest on the Westside. (NBCLA)