Silver Lake teacher — aka Hiccups The Clown — honored with bobblehead; fatal East L.A. crash details revealed; 28,000 complaints filed over city recycling program

Bobblehead: Frankie Mercado works as a Silver Lake preschool teacher. But he’s also a Dodger “super fan” who shows up at games dressed as  Hiccups The Clown. Now, for the second time, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has created a Hiccups The Clown Bobblehead that is being sold to raise money for charities that Mercado supports. San Bernardino Sun

Crash: The sheriff’s patrol vehicle involved in a deadly crash in East Los Angeles last November had its warning lights on but not its siren, according to new information released by investigators. Two boys standing on the sidewalk next to their mother were killed in the collision outside a bank at Whittier Boulevard and Lorena Street. L.A. Times

Boxer: Fans and acquaintances of 1984 Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzales expressed shock and sadness over his arrest for allegedly molesting a girl who was part of a youth boxing club in East L.A. where he was a trainer. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the former boxer’s arrest “shocking and disappointing.” L.A. Times

Homeless: Volunteers are needed to conduct the annual Greater L.A. Homeless Count on Jan. 23 – 25. Training will be provided before the volunteers undertake the census of people living on the streets. The 2017 count found 58,000 homeless people — a 23% increase over the previous year. Daily News

Complaints:  More than 28,000 complaints have been received since July about missed garbage collections under a new city recycling program for large apartment and condo complexes as well as businesses.  L.A. Now

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