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Meth ‘burritos’ in Angeleno Heights; Children’s Hospital stem cell study; arrest in Cypress Park killing & dismemberment

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EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

  • Fourteen foiled-wrapped “burritos” containing about 25 pounds of methamphetamine were seized during a police traffic stop at Boston and E. Edgeware in Angeleno Heights, ABC7 reported. Officers said they also recovered a handgun and large amounts of cash. ABC7
  • The arrests of homeless people in the city jumped 31% between 2011 and 2016 to about 14,000. The vast majority of the arrests were for low-level crimes, with the most common being failure to appear in court for unpaid citations. L.A. Times
  • Children’s Hospital in East Hollywood will be part of the first nationwide clinical trial involving the use of stems cells to prevent heart failure among patients born with only half a heart. L.A. Business Journal
  • The parents of a 16-year-old boy who was fatally shot by police two years ago in Boyle Heights have filed a wrongful death suit against the city and the two officers involved in the shooting. My News LA
  • Occidental College’s plan to step out onto York Boulevard is coming together, with the college expecting to open a new arts facility this coming fall. The building at the northwest corner of York and Armadale Avenue that Occidental bought for $1.59 million is currently being renovated. In addition to the arts center, two of the seven units within the 5,400-square-foot building have been set aside for commercial use – possibly restaurants. The Eastsider
  • The legend grows for the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign on Sunset Boulevard. It has now become an animated music video for YACHT’s song “Hard World.” A day in the life of Happy Foot and Sad Foot becomes fully realized in a five-toed world where one unlucky foot hits all the red lights. The Eastsider
  • A 56-year-old man was charged today with murder and arson after police say he killed and dismembered a woman, transported her remains in a suitcase onboard a Gold Line train and then set the suitcase on fire in the parking lot of the Cypress Park Home Depot. The Eastsider
  • A man was shot to death allegedly while driving a patrol vehicle toward an sheriff’s officer. The Eastsider
  • Glassell Park residents are seeking to buy land in Walnut Canyon and preserve it as public open space before a developer implements plans to build 32 homes on about a third of the canyon. The Eastsider
  • Two Echo Park groceries have closed over the last few months – LG Market on Sunset and the Super Save at Temple and Union – leaving residents with fewer shopping alternatives. The Eastsider
  • City crews have begun to repair and replace damaged sections of bike lanes and bike ways as the city pays out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by cyclists and their families. Repairs have been made in 300 locations, but the problem is far larger and would require the city to spend about $2.5 million a year in proactive repairs, according to the Bureau of Street Services. L.A. Times
  • The mother of four children struck by a car and killed while jogging by Huntington Drive, just west of Eastern Avenue. The LAPD is asking the public for help tracking down the motorist who was driving what is believed to be a black, 4-door Volkswagen Rabbit with a damaged front end and windshield. The vehicle fled westbound on Huntington after the collision. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer J. Mendoza, Central Traffic Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746. CBS LA
  • A new walking path atop the South Dam of the Silver Lake Reservoir has been opened to the public. The Eastsider
  • An El Sereno family claims their fire-damaged home was burglarized by squatters who lived in the apartment next door where the fire originated. ABC7

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