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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Bomb squad called to Elysian Valley [update]

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ELYSIAN VALLEY — Police have closed Riverside Drive to traffic this morning to allow the LAPD’s bomb squad to inspect a suspicious item that was reported on top of an electrical utility box, said an officer at the Northeast Division Station.  Police began sealing off the ... Read More »

More than 40 vehicle tires slashed in Silver Lake

Numerous vehicles, including the one pictured above, had their tire damaged in October | Photo by Kevin

SILVER LAKE – Car owners say the tally of slashed and punctured tires plaguing the intersections of Crestmont and Golden Gate avenues with Maltman Avenue has topped more than 40 vehicles during the last two months, a Silver Lake Neighborhood Council joint committee learned Thursday night. Read More »

Why did the police shoot “Dizzy” Martinez of Echo Park? The LAPD’s answer does not satisfy his family

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ECHO PARK -- David “Dizzy” Martinez was waiting for his common-law wife and sister to buy tacos when he found himself surrounded by police officers pointing guns at him on a March night in 2013. According to police, Martinez was pointing a “black object” believed to be a gun when officers opened fire on the 47-year-old Echo Park man. But that black object turned out to be a cellphone, which was found damaged and splattered with blood next to Martinez as he lay wounded on the sidewalk, according to an internal LAPD investigation. Read More »

Silver Lake tire slasher returns

Numerous vehicles, including the one pictured above, had their tire damaged in October | Photo by Kevin

Silver Lake -- The tires of at least five vehicles were slashed or punctured on Monday night in an area where similar vandalism took place last month. The tires were damaged sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight on Nov. 16 near Crestmont and Maltman avenues, according ... Read More »

101 Freeway lanes closed following pedestrian death

A pedestrian was hit and killed while running along the 101 Freeway near Vermont Avenue, prompting the closure of at least two southbound lanes, reports KTLA. A SigAlert was declared and the freeway was not expected to full reopen until after 7 a.m., said the L.A. Now. Read More »

Power outage leaves Los Feliz & Silver Lake in the dark

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Power went for as many as 1,200 LADWP customers across Los Feliz and Silver Lake tonight after a problem in an underground vault, according to the utility. Homes, stores, cafes and yoga studios went dark and traffic at some intersections was snarled after the traffic lights stopped working, according to posts on Twitter and other social media. Read More »