Power back on in Silver Lake; fatal Highland Park hit-and-run suspect faces six years in prison

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MOrning Report

  • LADWP is investigating the cause of an electrical vault explosion that was blamed for cutting off power to more than 20,000 customers in the Silver Lake area last night. Service was fully restored by 4:17 a.m., the utility said.  L.A. Now
  • Alexis Virto, the 21-year-old man who was arrested in connection with last week’s fatal hit-and-run in Highland Park, could face up to six years in prison if convicted of charges, which include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Police say that Virto was driving between 60 mph to 80 mph when he struck 33-year-old cyclist Jose Luna and continued driving for about 200 yards with the victim on the hood of the car. EGP News
  • Mayor Garcetti wants to soften the city’s new ordinance that allows for faster clean ups of homeless encampments in parks and on sidewalks.  L.A. Times 
  • Charter school co-founder Ref Rodriguez, who won the District 5 school board race, will be sworn into office today.  The district stretches from East L.A. and Boyle Heights to Eagle Rock and Silver Lake.  Daily News

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  1. 6 years is not nearly enough for that worthless murderous trash.

  2. 6 yrs is shockingly low.

    Anybody know who is responsible for painting homemade bike lanes on Figueroa from Marmion north? The person was obviously drunk when they did it, based on their linework. This road was just resurfaced less than a week ago. Really disappointing to have somebody deface public property.

  3. 6 years for murdering someone? I don’t think that is justice at all.

    • Wonder if I’d get just six years if I got really drunk and ran down the street at 80mph while shooting my gun directly ahead of me. And if my bullets happened to hit anyone who got in my way, would Cedillo call their death an “accident”? I mean, I didn’t intend to kill a person, per se. I merely made a mistake.

  4. which means he will do three years, right? and the clock is ticking, time served from the moment of arrest. sadder though is the fact that if he had hidden the car well and kept quiet about it he would never have been arrested. 1 in 5 injury hit and runs cases are closed by arrest. hard to solve crimes when your policing consists of driving around in a car all day and night. stupid criminals and lazy cops, there is your reality.

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