Body Found In LA Riverbed

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities on Wednesday identified a man whose body was found in the dry riverbed of the Los Angeles River in the Los Feliz area.

The discovery was made at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday near the 3200 block of Hyperion Avenue, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The man was identified by the coroner’s office as Jose Tejada, 27, of Los Angeles. An autopsy was pending.

First Responders Deploy to Texas

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to federal activation orders, many dozens of firefighters, urban search and rescue teams, along with dogs and support personnel, have been mobilized from across the Southland and deployed to Texas to join in rescue efforts and confront the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched California Task Force I, its urban search and rescue team consisting of 70 people, plus 10 logistics and support personnel accompanied by specially trained dogs and assorted equipment to Houston Saturday night, said fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatched a 15-member Swiftwater Rescue Team to Houston to help deal with rescue efforts across east Texas, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Keith Mora.

Breves de la Comunidad

January 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Este de Los Ángeles

(CNS) – Las autoridades identificaron el 9 de enero a un joven de 16 años quien fue asesinado en un tiroteo aparentemente relacionado con actividad pandillera en el Este de Los Ángeles.

El tiroteo ocurrió a las 2:40 de la mañana del domingo en el bloque 3800 del Bulevar Whittier, según la oficina de información del Sheriff.

Joanthony Rodríguez de Los Ángeles murió en el lugar del incidente, dijo el Jefe Asistente Ed Winter de la oficina forense.

Cualquier persona con información sobre el crimen es instada a comunicarse con la oficina del Sheriff al (323) 890-5500.

Cypress Park

(CNS) – Un hombre de 30 años de edad fue rescatado de una sección de agua estancada en el Río de Los Ángeles cerca del parque de Cypress el 8 de enero y fue trasportado a un hospital para ser evaluado, según el Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles.

El hombre fue encontrado atrapado por los bomberos a las 12:35 p.m. cerca del 2455 N. Shoredale Ave. Aun no está claro cómo o por qué el hombre terminó en el agua, dijo la portavoz del departamento de bomberos.

Commerce

(CNS) – Reparaciones de la losa de emergencia en la autopista 710 hacia Long Beach provocó un cierre de cinco horas el 5 de enero en un tramo de la autopista en Commerce.

Daños relacionados con condiciones meteorológicas forzaron el cierre alrededor de las 12:45 p.m. hacia el norte en el área cerca de la conexión con la Autopista Interestatal 5, según Caltrans y la Patrulla de Carreteras de California.

La sección de la autopista fue reabierta a eso de las 5:45 p.m. después de la finalización de las reparaciones, dijeron las autoridades.

El Monte

(CNS) – La policía de El Monte arrestó el 6 de enero a un automovilista quien según estrelló un Cadillac contra casi una docena de vehículos e intentó robarle un carro a un motorista mientras era perseguido por oficiales.

Michael Duran, de 19 años, fue arrestado bajo sospecha de intento de robo y por eludir a la policía. Él según huyó de la policía después de cometer una infracción de tráfico no especificada, según los oficiales. Durante la persecución él choco con cerca de una docena de carros.

Diego García, de 25 años iba como pasajero en el Cadillac y también fue arrestado. Aun no está claro por qué los sospechosos huyeron.

Breves de La Comunidad

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Boyle Heights

(CNS) – Un hombre de 26 años murió en un tiroteo, supuestamente vinculado con actividad pandillera en Boyle Heights, de acuerdo a un reporte de la policía el lunes 22 de agosto.

El incidente ocurrió a las 8:30 p.m. el domingo, 21 de agosto, en la intersección de las Calles First y Gless. De acuerdo a la policía, cuando los oficiales llegaron al lugar del tiroteo, ellos encontraron al hombre herido, tirado en el suelo en medio de dos vehículos estacionados.

Fue entonces cuando los paramédicos lo trasladaron a un hospital en donde murió, según el Departamento de Policías de Los Ángeles (LAPD).

Aun no se ha publicado el nombre de la victima, y no lo será hasta que sus familiares sean contactados.

Cualquier persona con información relacionada es urgida, por las autoridades, a contactar a los detectives a cargo en la Estación del LAPD en Hollenbeck al (323) 342-8960.

Pistas anónimas también pueden ser reportadas por medio de la línea de asistencia “Crime Stoppers” al (800) 222-TIPS o visitando la página web lacrimestoppers.org

Highland Park

(CNS) -Oficiales del SWAT de Los Ángeles arrestaron a un hombre la mañana del martes, 23 de agosto, después de un enfrentamiento en el área de Highland Park, de acuerdo a las autoridades.

El hombre, de 33 años de edad, fue trasladado a un hospital luego que un policía usó una pistola paralizante para contenerlo, de acuerdo a Liliana Preciado, oficial de la sección de relaciones públicas del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles.

Alrededor de las 10:15 a.m. se reportó que el hombre estaba amenazando de matar a un familiar con un cuchillo en una residencia ubicada en la Calle Meridian y la Avenida Norte 52, según la policía.

Cuando los oficiales llegaron, el hombre se atrincheró en la residencia y no quiso cooperar con la policía. Fue entonces cuando el equipo del SWAT fue llamado resultando en el arresto.

Ninguna otra persona, aparte del hombre, fue lesionada.

Highland Park

(CNS) – Un bombero se lesionó mientras combatía las llamas de un incendio en el área de Highland Park el sábado, 20 de agosto.

El incendio sucedió un poco después del medio día en un hogar desocupado en el 419 N. Avenue 54. Las llamas fueron contenidas a 18 minutos después de la llegada de los bomberos, de acuerdo a Margaret Stewart parte del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles.

Incendio Destruye Negocios en el Área de Hermon

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Un incendio dañó varios negocios en un centro comercial en la sección Hermon en Los Ángeles el miércoles por la mañana, pero nadie resultó herido.

Los bomberos fueron enviados al bloque 5900 de Monterey Road alrededor de las 4:30 a.m., dijo un portavoz del Departamento de Bomberos de Los Ángeles, y agregó que la estructura de un piso que alberga los negocios del centro comercial estaba totalmente en llamas cuando llegaron los bomberos.

El techo se había derrumbado parcialmente, por lo que los bomberos iniciaron una estrategia defensiva de “rodear y apagar” en un esfuerzo exitoso para evitar que las llamas se propagaran a otras estructuras.

Imágenes de televisión mostraron que el fuego dañó severamente a un restaurante de sushi, una tintorería, y un salón de belleza. Una tienda de donas también sufrió daños menores. Al amanecer, las llamas estaban contenidas, y para las 7 a.m. el fuego estaba completamente apagado.

Durante la lucha para apagar el fuego, agentes de la Policía de Los Ángeles de la División Hollenbeck desviaron el tráfico fuera de la escena, dijo el sargento Víctor Arellano.

La causa del incendio estaba bajo investigación.

(LAFD)

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Shrinking Debs Pond Worries Park Visitors

January 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

What started as a routine maintenance check up at Ernest E. Debs Park in Montecito Heights turned into a worrying issue for area residents and frequent park visitors who noticed a large pond at the park was rapidly losing water, endangering the fish and turtles living there.

The pond is man-made and gets it water through pipes connected to it rather than natural sources.

Former Montecito Heights resident Rosalio Munoz told EGP he started seeing the evaporation back in December and brought it to the attention of local Councilman Gil Cedillo, after getting no response from park staff.

Munoz told EGP he estimated the pond’s water level had dropped about four feet, noting that in addition to being a habitat for aquatic life, the pond also serves as an important water source in the event of a fire.

“I was told by a workman on clean up duty that a pipe had broken and I became alarmed,” he wrote in his letter dated Dec. 4 to the councilman. “I thought a major job needed to be done and was worried about the fish and turtles there…”
A month passed and Munoz said he didn’t see any repair work going on.

Reyes Rosales watches his children as they play along the lakeside, which has lost a significant amount of water. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Reyes Rosales watches his children as they play along the lakeside, which has lost a significant amount of water. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Last Friday, however, Montecito Heights resident Helen Driscoll told EGP she saw “about three trucks dumping water” in the pond, but the water was still down, significantly shrinking the size of the pond.

Recent rains have only raised the water level about two-inches, according to Munoz.

Reyes Rosales was out hiking last Friday with his children and stopped by the pond to play. Even with the water delivered earlier the pond still seemed very low, said the East LA resident.

“The drop in water goes back more than a month,” he told EGP in Spanish. “I think it will become dangerous for the animals, they may die.”

Cedillo Chief of Staff Arturo Chavez told EGP the problem started with the rupture of a valve that provides water pressure to a fire hydrant at the park.

“City plumbers noticed it and they closed the fire hydrants to do repairs,” he told EGP. “They also notified the local fire department station” about the situation, he said.

Although, people love the man-made pond and are worried about the wildlife, Chavez said the pond is really a reservoir that works with the irrigation system to the park, which he speculated could have contributed to the pond’s lower water level.

Park visitors worried that the pond was drying up started calling the park and elected officials.

In an effort to respond to their concerns, maintenance staff turned on the pipe to fill the pond and it broke another valve, Chavez explained.

Recreation and Parks staff would not comment on whether fire hydrants at the park had been impacted, but said “it is a complicated issue” and they are working on it.

“The pipes that are feeding the lake are old and ruptured,” Abel Perez, senior park maintenance supervisor told EGP via email.

According to Cedillo spokesperson Fredy Ceja, city crews started cutting asphalt Tuesday in search of the broken pipe disrupting the water flow.

“They will continue to cut asphalt until they find the broken pipe and fix it immediately, which should fix the problem,” he said.

Chavez told EGP the delay in getting to work on the broken water pipes could have been due to the holiday and staff shortages. He confirmed that the fire department is aware of the issue and has made plans for an alternate source of water if there is a fire emergency, either bringing in a water tank or using other fire hydrants.

City staff hopes to have the problem fixed by Friday.

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Prepared for these Wet Winter Days?

January 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The City and County of Los Angeles are working diligently to inform the community about the preparations that can be taken during these stormy days.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is informing the L.A.’s homeless population of the pending inclement weather, in an effort to keep them safe and dry.

Each geographical division of the LAPD has identified homeless encampments that are in areas subject to flooding, according to a press release sent to the media.

“Officers are out on foot, advising the homeless of the possible flood danger, as well as passing out flyers with locations of available shelters and property storage options,” stated LAPD.

 

Heavy rain flooded streets in Lincoln Heights Tuesday, causing some traffic incidents. (Photo by Nancy Martinez)

Heavy rain flooded streets in Lincoln Heights Tuesday, causing some traffic incidents. (Photo by Nancy Martinez)

 

Signs are posted, warning that heavy rain can cause floodwaters to rise, and public address systems are being utilized to ensure everyone hears the important information.

LAPD informed that if the Los Angeles Fire Department determines there is a predicted or anticipated rainfall within 24 hours, a Rain Notification Tracking Form must be completed, signed by a Watch Commander and forwarded to LAPD’s Real-Time Analysis & Critical Response Division. That form includes the date, time, location and method used for all notifications.

LAFD is Providing Sandbags

The Los Angeles area is periodically subject to floods that result in property damage. The potential for mudslides and debris flow is greatly increased near recent wildfires. Los Angeles residents—especially those in foothill and low-lying communities, are encouraged to prepare their properties in advance of coming rainstorms.

In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) works closely with the Department of General Services and has ordered more than 200,000 ready-to-fill sandbags, made available at all Neighborhood Fire Stations (Please note that residents are welcomed to no more than 25 bags).

LAFD also works very closely with the Bureau of Street Services and has ordered more than 250 tons of sand made available at several fire stations and convenient community locations.

These are some of the locations where residents can pick up their sand bags:

  • Fire Station 44 (Cypress Park), 1410 Cypress Ave., (213) 485-6244
  • Fire Station 42 (Eagle Rock), 2035 Colorado Blvd., (323) 254-5195
  • Fire Station 2 (Boyle Heights), CD 14 Office, 2130 E. 1st St., (323) 526-9332 .
  • Fire Station 42 (Eagle Rock), CD 14 Office, 2035 Colorado Blvd., (323) 254-5195
  • Fire Station 44 (Cypress Park), 1410 Cypress Ave, (213) 485-6244
  • Fire Station 47 (El Sereno), 4575 Huntington Dr South, (213) 485-6247

It is quite normal for potholes to form during heavy rain seasons. To report any new or existing potholes call 3-1-1.

More El Niño preparedness and emergency information can be obtained at the following websites:

LAFD sand bags pick up: http://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-provides-sandbags-homeowners-1

The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

Breaking El Niño emergency information

El Niño preparedness information website: http://www.elninola.com

Fire Destroys Highland Park Home

December 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles firefighters today extinguished a stubborn fire that destroyed a two-story wood frame house in Highland Park, injured a firefighter and a resident, and displaced eight people, authorities said.

The blaze inside the home at 128 S. Avenue 54 was reported at 4:26 a.m., said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The integrity of the second floor was compromised by the flames, which were showing when firefighters arrived, prompting them to assume a defensive stance and battle the blaze from the exterior, Stewart said.

A man of about 65 was taken to a hospital in fair condition, she said, adding the nature of his injuries was not immediately clear. A firefighter suffered a slight ankle injury and is in good condition, she said.

The department dispatched 55 firefighters to the scene and declared a knockdown after two hours and 20 minutes, Stewart said. The bulk of flames were out by 6 a.m. but firefighters stayed back to work on hot spots, she said.

The fire destroyed the 100-year-old home and all its contents, Stewart said. Seven adults and one juvenile were displaced.

Fire department arson investigators were sent to the scene, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

County Fire Chief Acts on Cheating Scandal

March 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby announced Wednesday he will be recommending discipline ranging from suspension to firing for employees who helped applicants cheat on firefighter employment exams.

Osby did not specify how many employees would be disciplined, but said a county audit of the hiring process implicated “fewer than 50” people in the cheating scandal.

“While the numbers show that cheating was far from endemic or widespread, I absolutely will not tolerate any behavior that undermines the integrity of our department,” Osby said. “We can’t afford the actions of a few to erode the public trust that has been hard-earned by generations of county firefighters.”

A Los Angeles Times investigation in July found an unusually high number of family members of firefighters were hired by the department and that insiders had access to the interview questions and answers for prospective recruits. Evidence of more widespread cheating was revealed during the county audit, which was spurred by The Times’ investigation.

Interviews and a search of 52 million department emails by auditors confirmed that test prep information for incoming candidates was circulated among employees, including captains and battalion commanders.

The audit found that employees also shared information on other tests, including civil service exams for promotion to fire captain and tests for driving and emergency medical skills.

A new written exam for firefighter hopefuls was given to applicants Wednesday, and will be again given again today, to more than 4,500 applicants at the Pomona Fairplex. The written portion of the test features “a fresh set of questions and will be administered only once” to prevent the sharing of questions and answers, according to the county Fire Department.

According to the department, previous versions of the written test recycled many of the same questions.

“Today we turn the page from our past and are beginning a new era in the 92-year history of the department,” Osby said. “We’re opening a chapter of test integrity with an exam process that is fair, transparent and provides equal opportunities for people to work in one of the county’s great public service agencies.”

She Was Brutally Attacked, Now Officers Try to Mend Her ‘Injured’ Spirit

December 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When Blanca Rodriguez received the call from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division last week that officers were on their way over to pick her up, she never imagined they would be taking her to a fire station in Highland Park where Santa Claus was waiting with gifts for her entire family.

A month ago, no one was even sure she would be alive this Christmas, the victim of a brutal and near fatal stabbing attack in her Highland Park home.

“I was very happy, it was a big surprise for me,” said the mother of three, glad to be alive.

On Nov. 20, a man knocked on Rodriguez’ door asking for her husband Jose who was at work . “Without saying anything else, he pushed the door and started stabbing me,” recalled the still shaken woman. “I asked him, ‘What did I do? Why are you hurting me?’ but he wouldn’t say anything,” she said, unable to hold back tears as she described how she tried to fight off her knife wielding assailant.

Third graders from Suva Elementary perform during their first winter concert Dec. 18. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

LAFD and LAPD officers gave Blanca Rodriguez and her family toys, food and gift certificates in Christmas. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

She was terrified; her two-year-old daughter was also in the house.

“Somehow, I was able to push him away and he ran out of the house,” said Rodriguez.

But not before he nearly killed her.

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When it was all over, Rodriguez had been stabbed 12 times in the chest, neck and face. The final stab hit her heart.

Bleeding profusely, she somehow managed to get out her door and scream for help.

When the paramedics arrived at the home on Polar Street, Rodriguez was near death.

“She was in front of her apartment, unconscious and [barely] breathing,” Michael Hayes, a paramedic assigned to the LAFD Highland Park station told EGP. Right away they noticed that her vital organs were damaged.

When LAPD detectives went to the hospital to question Rodriguez about what had happened, they found her in very serious condition.

“We thought she was going to die,” Sgt. Roberto Alaniz of the Northeast Division told EGP, incredulous she had survived.

Rodriguez required open-heart surgery and spent nearly a month in the hospital before being allowed to go home, barely able to walk and wearing a colostomy bag. Recovery, physical and emotional, will take a long time.

Police and firefighters were so moved by Rodriguez’s case they felt compelled to do something to help her and her family, especially her three daughters, ages 6, 4 and the two-year-old who was at home during the attack but not harmed. If nothing else, they wanted to relieve some of their pain and maybe bring them a little good cheer during the holidays.

Northeast police officers reached out to local organizations and companies for help and last Thursday the Rodriguez family was treated to the fruits of their compassion: bicycles, school supplies, toys, food and gift certificates for the family.

“LAPD ran [the toy giveaway] and asked our [Spark of Love] toy drive personnel if they wanted to get involved,” said the fire department’s Hayes. “Obviously, the scene between then [when the attack took place] and now was very different,” he said, noting how happy Rodriguez looked with her family.

Hayes, and the other paramedics who assisted Rodriguez in the aftermath of the attack, LAPD detectives, and other donors were on hand to help celebrate Rodriguez’s survival and recovery.

The store manager of the Superior Grocers in Highland Park, Matt Kovacs, said he was asked by Sgt. Alaniz to donate food and gifts to the family, and the company’s foundation responded by donating gift cards for “a Christmas feast.” He was also able to secure donations from Coca Cola and the Bimbo bread company.

Holding a bouquet of flowers, steadied with support from a neighbor helping to care for her, Rodriguez slowly walked around the bounty of gifts, overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from her community.

She told EGP she’s still afraid to go home, tortured by flashbacks of that horrendous day when her life nearly ended. The scars on her chest and face, which may never disappear, are a constant reminder, but it could have been worse, she said. She could have died, she said.

What matters now are her daughters, seeing them running around and happy, she said.

“They don’t know what happened to me,” she said. “My oldest daughter thinks I was run over by a car,” she says with a slight smile on her face as she thinks about the lie to spare them from the truth.

Five days after the brutal attack, police arrested and charged Ricardo Gomez Alanis, 22, with Rodriguez’s attack. Described by police as a gang member, Alanis was in court Monday where he was charged with one count of attempted murder. If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison. Bail was set at $1 million. His next court date is Jan. 22, 2015.

Police have not released a motive for the attack, but Rodriguez said she believes he had worked with her husband.

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