Monday, January 20, 2014
2 shot to death in LA's Koreatown
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say two people have died in a shooting in Koreatown.
Officer Sara Faden tells City News Service that the attack was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. Two men found at the scene were pronounced dead at hospitals.
Police were looking for two people who were seen running from the scene. One wore a gray and white shirt and the other was wearing a black sweater.
It's not immediately clear whether the attack was gang-related.
Wildfire in suburban LA 84 percent contained
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service said Monday the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is 84 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday.
The roughly 3-square-mile blaze destroyed six homes and 10 outbuildings after erupting Thursday in the Angeles National Forest. Flames spread quickly when Santa Ana winds hit a campfire that authorities said was recklessly set by three men.
Some 3,700 residents of Glendora and Azusa had to evacuate at the fire's peak.
Officials caution that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.
1 held for OC club attack; victim on life support
(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com)
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a woman for an Orange County nightclub attack that left another woman on life support.
The Orange County Register reports Santa Ana police arrested a woman in her 20s Monday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Her name wasn't released.
Police say the 23-year-old victim and some friends were outside The Crosby nightclub shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday when they got into an argument with another group. The woman was beaten and left unconscious on the sidewalk.
In a statement, the family of Kim Pham said she's being kept on life support until she can become an organ donor.
There's no word on what sparked the argument.
Police are looking for two men and two women. Investigators are reviewing surveillance and cellphone videos.
Body of man found in burned garage in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 61-year-old man has been discovered by Los Angeles firefighters putting out a pre-dawn fire in a detached garage that had been converted into a home in the San Fernando Valley.
Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in a residential area of Winnetka.
The fire was knocked down in less than 20 minutes. After putting out the flames firefighters discovered the man's body.
Fire Battalion Chief Steve Ruda tells City News Service the victim, whose name was not released, was living amid pack-rat conditions.
Ruda says the victim was a longtime friend of the property owners.
No other injuries were reported. An arson unit is investigating.
LAX saw jump in crime last year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police at Los Angeles International Airport reported a 17 percent increase in the number of arrests last year, as the total number of crimes jumped along with the volume of passengers who used LAX.
Airport officials released crime statistics Monday that show crime spiked 10 percent in 2013. There were 1,569 criminal incidents, compared to 1,425 in 2012.
Police made 1,235 arrests in 2013, compared to 1,057 two years ago — an increase of 178.
So-called Part One crimes — violent and property violations — were up 37 percent. That includes the Nov. 1 shooting death of a federal transportation security officer and the wounding of three others.
Passenger volume at LAX increased nearly 4.4 percent in 2013. Nearly 66.5 million travelers used the airport, up an additional 2.8 million in 2012.
Mayor leads LA's Kingdom Day Parade
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti led a procession of marching bands, local dignitaries and celebrities to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The mayor was grand marshal of Monday's 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which included appearances by Police Chief Charlie Beck and congress members Karen Bass, Janice Hahn and Maxine Waters.
Former Dodgers "Sweet" Lou Johnson, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas rode aboard the Dodger fire truck.
Thousands of people lined the streets of South LA for the event, which featured dancers, singers and honor guards.
It one of many celebrations, marches, parades and community service projects held across the nation to honor the slain civil rights leader. It was 50 years ago that King won the Nobel Peace Prize.