Eastside Review: Eagle escapes Dodger Stadium; finding a 1,000-foot hole in Echo Park; Councilman O’Farrell files restraining order

Eastside Review

A recap of some of the past week’s scenes, sightings and stories from across the Eastside.

  • A bald Eagle that was released during pre-game festivities at Dodger Stadium on the 4th of July flew out of the ballpark instead of back to its handler. The eagle, which is from the L.A. Zoo, was caught later. KTLA
  • Carnitas Michoacán #3, the 24-hour Boyle Heights taco stand that promotes itself with a giant double cheeseburger made from painted tractor-trailer tires, will be closing after 33 years to make way for a Panda Express. L.A. Now
  • A fire that one witness said was ignited by skyrockets scorched an approximately half-acre of brush and trees in the L.A. River amid July 4 celebrations. The Eastsider
  • Project Coyote, a wildlife conservation group, is offering a $1,000 reward in connection with last month’s fatal shooting of a coyote in Silver Lake. CBS2
  • What effect does a dry reservoir have on home prices in Silver Lake? The Eastsider
  • A property in south Echo Park turned out to have an abandoned oil well buried in the front yard – confronting the new property owner with a 100-year-old problem. The Eastsider
  • A homeless man has been arrested for throwing rocks and other items onto the Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Freeway) because he “allegedly liked watching cars get into accidents.” Fox 11
  • The city’s first major roundabout, a 100-foot-wide circle, is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year in Cypress Park. The Eastsider
  • The members of a Latino gang have been charged with the May 2014 fire bombings that targeted the homes of African Americans living at the Ramona Gardens public housing project in Boyle Heights.  L.A. Now
  • A 23-year-old man was charged with two counts of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of two brothers at Ruben Salazar Park in East Los Angeles last November. Pedro Vasquez pled not guilty to the charges. KTLA
  • Living in New York City, Daniella Kertesz had never seen a skunk. Until recently, the closest thing she’d encountered was a squirrel. But thanks to a recent stay in Echo Park, she has now seen her first. And second. And third … And ninth! She took a video of the black-and-white parade. The Eastsider
  • The family of a man shot more than 17 times by deputies in East L.A. has filed a federal lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies have alleged Eduardo Edwin Rodriguez reached for his handgun during a traffic stop, but Rodriguez’s family said he was not armed. ABC 7

 Photo of the Week

Echo Park Lake

Echo Park Lake

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