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Detectives searching for man who attacked people with hammer

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EAST LOST ANGELES (CNS) – Sheriff’s detectives asked for the public’s
help today to find a man who hit two people in the head with a hammer.
The attacks took place on March 25, 2016, according to the sheriff’s
department. The suspect hit two people in the head at the corner of Bonnie
Beach Place and Triggs Street between 2 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The suspect is Hispanic, between 5 feet 8 and 6 feet tall and between
200 and 240 pounds. He is believed to be between 40 and 50 years old, the
sheriff’s department said. The suspect had a goatee. When the attacks occurred,
he was wearing a hat, sunglasses, blue windbreaker, brown cargo shorts and
white shoes.
The suspect fled in a dark 1990s Toyota Tacoma pickup with an extended
cab.
Anyone with information on this suspect was asked to call sheriff’s
detectives at 661-255-1121. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-
8477.

Cannabis cafe gets green light from West Hollywood

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – West Hollywood’s Business License Commission
has made a landmark decision, approving a space within city limits for what’s
billed as the nation’s first-of-its-kind cannabis cafe.
Lowell Farms promises cannabis cuisine and a smoking area, too.
However, it’s an open air restaurant at 1201 N. La Brea Ave, directly across
the street from a synagogue, which has an outdoor area used by the
congregation. A rabbi at Tuesday’s city meeting asked for the business license
to be rejected, NBC4 reported.
To gain resounding unanimous approval from the city of West Hollywood,
Lowell Farms promised an air filtration system like the one used in casinos.
While the approval is historic and many believe the move by the
progressive city is only the start, the cannabis consumption area licenses are
only good for a year. Skeptics are watching to make sure these marijuana
milestones are here to last. The restaurant will be alcohol free since state
law prohibits the consumption of cannabis and alcohol on the same site. Doors
could open within months.
A National Restaurant Association survey released earlier this year
showed that plant-based ingredients, including cannabis and CBD, were
considered some of the top trends in the industry. Seventy-six percent of the
650 association-member chefs surveyed identified cannabis/CBD-infused food as
the second-most popular trend.  Cannabis-infused drinks were identified as the
top trend.

Jewish Community Foundation awards $600,000 for homelessness

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Three Los Angeles nonprofits received Tuesday $200,000 in grant money dedicated to developing new solutions for homelessness, courtesy of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

The grants, which total $600,000, were awarded to Brilliant Corners, LA Family Housing and The People’s Concern. All three organizations have spent the past year hard at work finding housing for homeless Angelenos.

“Homelessness in Los Angeles has reached unprecedented levels, with alarming double-digit (percentage) increases in the past year alone, and tens of thousands of individuals living without a roof over their heads each night,” Jewish Community Foundation CEO Marvin Schotland said.

Brilliant Corners launched a program in 2018 designed to convert motels into housing. Currently, the organization is planning to renovate a Mid-City motel to house dozens of Angelenos, as well as provide technical support to other housing providers. Although that project will create 18 supportive housing units, a veritable drop in the ocean compared to the estimated 35,000 homeless counted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Brilliant Corners CEO William Pickel said the conversion could serve as proof of concept for future endeavors.

During a two-year period, LA Family Housing will work on its own conversion plans, this time turning three houses in the San Fernando Valley into shared interim housing for homeless families.

According to the foundation, instead of using motel vouchers, the shared-housing model will place families in neighborhoods with access to schools, parks, supportive services and a community setting, which can help children coping with homelessness.

The final grant will support The People Concern’s permanent supportive housing project in South Los Angeles. The project will invest in a partnership between The People Concern and FlyawayHomes aimed at developing supportive housing by leveraging private investment and manufactured housing to reduce the cost and time it takes to put in place.

The organization will manage an additional two facilities within a year and potentially 10 to 15 facilities within two years, housing at least 300 homeless people, according to the foundation.

22 indicted in suspected gang killings following MS-13 crackdown

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Officials announced Tuesday that 22 members and associates of the MS-13 transnational gang have been charged with a series of murders in the Angeles National Forest.

The United States Attorney’s Office described those charged as members of the Fulton Clique, a particularly violent subset of the gang operating in the San Fernando Valley. The Fulton Clique’s initiation ritual involved murdering enemies of the gang, prosecutors said.

Many of these “enemies” were immigrants looking for a better life, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. Lacey’s office assisted federal authorities investigating MS-13.

“The greatest tragedy in these cases is that these young victims likely left their homelands hopeful that in the United States they would find safety and prosperity,” Lacey said. “Instead, these victims had the misfortune of crossing paths with violent gang members who preyed on the vulnerabilities of their immigrant experience.”

According to U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, one of the murders involved kidnapping a rival believed to have defaced MS-13 graffiti. He was driven to a remote location in the Angeles National Forest, where six people attacked him with a machete. The victim was dismembered, and his body parts were thrown into a canyon after one of the defendants allegedly cut the heart out of the victim’s body.

The indictments also include conspiracy to traffic drugs, four counts of first-degree murder related to machete and baseball bat killings in the Angeles National Forest, and two other murders in Los Angeles.

Paul Delacourt, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, called the violence “medieval-style” and “senseless,” adding that such violence will not be tolerated in Los Angeles.

“Working with our local partners, we expect to impact MS-13’s influence in gang-occupied communities,” Delacourt said.

Man dies in shooting in Temple City, suspect detained

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TEMPLE CITY (CNS) – A suspect was detained this morning on suspicion he shot a neighbor in Temple City who later died at a hospital.

Deputies from the sheriff’s Temple Station responded to the 9400 block of Workman Avenue at about 6 p.m. Monday and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Koerner said.

“It was determined there was an altercation between him (the victim) and a neighbor,” according to sheriff’s Lt. Robert Westphal. “One individual has been detained and a firearm has been recovered.”

Two witnesses were also questioned by detectives, Westphal said.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Confrontation at La Mirada home leaves suspect, two deputies hospitalized

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LA MIRADA (CNS) – A man in his 30s was hospitalized this morning following a fight with two Orange County sheriff’s deputies who suffered moderate injuries as they served a restraining order at a home in La Mirada.

Deputies responded at 8:40 p.m. Monday to a call of a family disturbance and to serve the order on the man who lives at the home in the 8100 block of Barrington Lane, near Fairhope Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Shortly after deputies arrived, the man confronted them and the deputies used physical force to subdue him, OCSD spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

The suspect and deputies were taken to a hospital where the suspect was sedated and the deputies were treated for their injuries, the sheriff’s department said.

Neither the name of the suspect nor the extent of his injuries was immediately disclosed.

The OCSD patrols the portion of La Mirada where the incident occurred, Braun said.

Car makers get a break under new Trump administration ruling

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US automakers got a big break last week when the Trump adminstration suspended an Obama-era regulation that penalized them for failing to meet fuel-efficiency standards.

After Congress ordered federal agencies to adjust existing penalties in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued rules that more than doubled fines — from $5.50 per 0.1 mile to $14 for the same distance — for automakers that consume more fuel than standards allow.

The rules issued under former President Obama called for a fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2026, while the Trump administration’s rules call for 37 miles per gallon, according to published report in The Hill.

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Recent heat wave comes to a close, but Angelenos still face danger

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Angelenos can rejoice this week, as the Southland’s most recent heat wave ends. According to the National Weather Service, parts of Los Angeles County could see highs in the low 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, but the rest of the week will see temperatures in the mid-70s.

Nevertheless, the National Weather Service made no bones about the dangers of overheating. The front page of the meteorological organization’s Southern California portal warned visitors to stay hydrated and keep an eye on children, animals and the elderly, who are most at risk of heatstroke.

According to experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Staying cool starts with staying indoors during the hottest periods of the day, the CDC advises. Air conditioning is key, and contrary to popular belief, fans are ineffective at preventing heat-related illnesses past 90 degrees.

Angelenos without air conditioning might find it harder to keep cool, which is why many cities across California have turned to public cooling centers for its community. Often set up at community and senior centers, these locations offer safety from the sweltering sun, water to stay hydrated and special accommodations for those living with disabilities.

The CDC also warned Angelenos to know the signs of heatstroke, which include hot, red, dry, or damp skin, racing heartbeat, headache and confusion, and nausea. The CDC said not to delay with such symptoms, and call 911 right away. In the meantime, anyone experiencing such symptoms should be moved to a cooler area and given water.

Heat exhaustion and heat cramps, while requiring less immediate medical attention, are just as serious. Heat exhaustion presents with cold, pale and clammy skin, a fast but weak pulse, and heavy sweating. Heat cramps, on the other hand, occur during exercise and other physical activities. Taking a break and moving somewhere cooler can help both conditions, while taking a cool bath can also help with heat exhaustion. However, if symptoms last longer than an hour in either case go to the emergency room.

Southland communities to hit triple-digit heat Monday

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Some Southland communities will continue to wilt in 100-degree weather today as the region’s first heat wave of Summer 2019 enters its 5th day.

A heat advisory issued by the NWS will go into effect at 10 a.m. in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational area. It will expire at 8 tonight.

“The heat will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible, especially for the elderly and for people working outdoors,” warned the NWS in issuing the heat advisory.

The National Weather Service forecast a combination of partly cloudy and sunny skies in L.A. County, along with highs of 77 degrees in Avalon and at LAX; 87 in Downtown L.A. and Long Beach; 89 on Mount Wilson; 97 in Pasadena; 101 in Palmdale; 102 in Saugus and Lancaster; and 103 in Woodland Hills.

The NWS forecast sunny skies in Orange County today and highs of 74 in San Clemente; 75 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 81 on Santiago Peak; 87 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 90 in Anaheim; 91 in Mission Viejo; 92 in Fremont Canyon; and 93 in Trabuco Canyon.

Tuesday’s temperatures in Orange County mostly will be marginally lower.

Man’s body found near Metrolink tracks in Pico Rivera

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PICO RIVERA (CNS) – A man’s body was found today near the Metrolink tracks in Pico Rivera, authorities said.

The discovery was made about 8:30 a.m., Metrolink spokesman Paul Gonzales said.

The man’s name was withheld pending family notification.

The discovery halted train traffic for about an hour between Los Angeles and Orange County, Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson said, adding one of the scheduled trains was canceled.

Johnson also said Sunday evening that all trains were running on schedule and this event would not affect traffic Monday morning.

The death investigation was being handled by the sheriff’s homicide bureau, Pico Rivera sheriff’s station watch commander Lt. Joe Gonzales said.

Gonzales also confirmed the body found was a man.