Local News Roundup — Feb. 1

Prominent Figure in Buddhist Community Found Stabbed to Death

The Long Beach Police Department is requesting the public’s help in the investigation surrounding the death of a 76-year-old woman, who was found inside her bedroom Saturday morning. Leam Sovanasy, a prominent figure in the local Buddhist community, had been stabbed multiple times. Her son, who made the initial discovery, called 9-1-1. Police have not confirmed if a break-in or a robbery had occurred.

76-Year-Old Grandmother Stabbed to Death

A 76-year-old grandmother was found dead in her Long Beach home from multiple stab wounds, police said today. Leam Sovanasy was found by a family member in her home in the 1400 block of Peterson Avenue about 11 a.m. Saturday, said coroner's investigator Kelly Yagerlener.

Join the Souper Bowl Lineup

Churches throughout the Southland will participate in Sunday's Souper Bowl of Caring, a nationwide youth-led effort to help the needy, inspired by a prayer on Super Bowl Sunday in 1988. Worshippers will be asked to put a dollar bill or one non-perishable food item into a large soup pot. The money raised and food collected will be given to various area food banks, soup kitchens and other charities. Click here for more information.

CHP Asks Motorists to Make Right Call

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the year's most dangerous days on the nation's roadways and law enforcement officers around Southern California will be on the lookout for drunken drivers.

"We're not discouraging the celebration," California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow said. "We're asking fans to make the right call, so they won't find themselves in a jail cell."

The CHP and local law enforcement organizations will deploy extra DUI patrols, and Farrow encouraged people to call 911 if they see anyone driving drunk. Last year on Super Bowl Sunday, 12 people were killed and 167 others were injured in alcohol-related traffic accidents statewide, and CHP officers arrested 403 motorists on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Vehicle Fire Spreads to Brush Near La Tuna Canyon Park

A vehicle fire today spread to brush fire near La  Tuna Canyon Park and grew to about 20 acres, a city fire official said. The blaze was reported at 2:50 p.m. near 8300 W. La Tuna Canyon Road, said d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Davies said the fire was spreading uphill, away from homes. As of 4 p.m., no evacuations were ordered and no structures were threatened, but firefighters were "in place for structure protection just in case the wind changes direction,'' Davies said.Air and ground crews were battling the blaze.


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Gas Co., Union Reach Tentative Agreement

Southern California Gas Co. and an employee union some 5,000 members strong reached a tentative agreement that averted a strike that was to have started at midnight, a union spokeswoman said today.

"The settlement literally came together in the last minute," said Mary Gutierrez of Utility Workers Union of America Local 132.

The tentative deal includes a three-step wage increase, totaling more than 10 percent; and preserves the workers' pension plans and sick time benefits, she said.

One Person Critically Injured in 10 Freeway Crash

One person was critically injured in a two-vehicle collision on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway Sunday, prompting authorities to close all eastbound lanes, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The crash occurred about 4 a.m. on the eastbound side of the freeway at
Garfield Avenue, said CHP Officer Patrick Kimball. The cause of the crash was under investigation, he said.

15-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed in Long  Beach

A 15-year-old boy was shot to death in Long Beach, a police detective said early Sunday. The shooting occurred about noon Saturday in the 800 block of Washington Place, said Detective Daniel Mendoza of the Long Beach Police Department. When officers arrived they found the boy lying near the sidewalk suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper body, Mendoza said. The boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he died, he said.

Man Shocked at Sun Valley Market

A 43-year-old man who suffered an electrical shock at a market in Sun Valley was hospitalized, but was expected to survive, a city fire official said. Paramedics called to the market in the 8000 block of North Vineland Avenue at 1:04 p.m. Saturday found the man unconscious and not breathing near an electrical panel, Davies said. He was revived and taken to an area hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition, she said.

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