$50,000 reward issued in Echo Park murder case; Boyle Heights theater threatened with shutdown; Congressman man wants weed killer out of L.A. River

Reward: Councilman Mitch O’Farrell is scheduled to announce today a $50,000 reward in connection with last September’s fatal stabbing of Juan Carlos Luna in the south end of Echo Park. Luna, a 21-year-old Glendale resident, had attended a party in Koreatown before he was found stabbed to death on the sidewalk near Court Street and Burlington Avenue. The reward would be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the killing.

Theater: A fundraiser has been launched to prevent Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights from closing.  “We are on the brink of closing down because we can’t pay our rent,” said founder and Real Women Have Curves author  Josefina Lopez in a video fundraising appeal. “So, we need your financial support – now.”  The nonprofit theater is seeking monthly contributions of at least $25 from 350 donors.  Broadway World

Church Fires: The man who was arrested for allegedly setting fires at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights and three other houses of worship during the past two years has been identified as 27-year-old Christian Michael Garcia of La Puente.  Garcia faces a maximum prison sentence of 23 years  if convicted of  20 felony counts that include arson, vandalism of religious property and other crimes.  L.A. Times &  District Attorney

Weed Killer: Congressman Adam Schiff has asked the Army Corps of Engineers to stop using an herbicide in the L.A. River that some studies and government health agencies have linked to cancer. Pasadena Star News

Out of Silver Lake: Weezer bassist Scott Shriner has put his three-bedroom Silver Lake home on the market for $2.149 million. That’s $429,000 more than what he paid for the home in the 1800 block of Micheltorena Street. Variety

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