Edited by BARRY LANK
A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.
- A suspected drunk driver who allegedly crashed into two cars was taken to his home in a police vehicle rather than going to jail, and the LAPD officers involved later lied about it on a police report, according to the L.A. County District Attorney. The Eastsider
- A professional muck remover talks about cleaning scum and garbage out of Echo Park Lake – including that time he found a bicycle in there. Vice
- An Echo Park home that was undergoing foundation work partially collapsed, injuring a woman who was inside. The Eastsider
- A suspected vehicle thief being pursued by officers was struck and killed while running across the northbound 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights. L.A. Now
- A Metrolink locomotive sustained minor exterior damage after it derailed at the commuter railway’s central maintenance yard in Cypress Park. The Eastsider
- Cal State L.A. was ranked No. 14 among public regional universities in the West in the most recent survey of best colleges by U.S. News & World. Last year the El Sereno school came in at No. 18. Cal State L.A.
- The 9/11 memorial at Occidental College was vandalized – with 2,997 tiny flags being crushed, snapped and thrown in the garbage. CNN
- Those massive traffic jams in Echo Park Wednesday night resulted from Beyoncé’s appearance at Dodger’s Stadium. Traffic was so bad, the concert had to start late. The Eastsider
- Russell Harrison, who police claim is responsible for a series of assaults and burglaries aimed at female apartment dwellers in East Hollywood, Echo Park and elsewhere, pled not guilty to seven felony counts. The 34-year-old suspect could face a life sentence if convicted of the charges. NBC L.A.
- A memorial was held for 11-year-old Yonatan Daniel Aguilar, as officials revealed that the boy weighed only 34 pounds when he was found dead in a closet in Echo Park last month. The Eastsider
- The Silver Lake Neighborhood Council voted against supporting the construction of nine homes in the 700 block of Parkman Avenue after residents raised concerns about the size of the project, impact on local schools and noise from roof decks. SLNC
- The LAPD celebrated the grand-reopening of the police academy in Elysian Park after an extensive renovation and the construction of new facilities. The Eastsider
- Spectators who attend today’s Mexican Independence Day Parade in East L.A. will be prohibited from bringing weapons, sticks, poles, glass bottles and drones. CMCP
- Two people were killed and two others critically injured on Friday night when a gunman shot into a crowd in the 500 block of N. Helioptrope Drive in East Hollywood. L.A. Now
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