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Atwater murder/suicide | Rangers return to Elysian Park | Occidental honors Obama with a staircase

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

A murder-suicide exploded in Atwater Village, when a man shot and killed another man and a woman before fatally shooting himself, police said. On Nov. 11, on the 3100 block of Glenmanor Place, the suspect, described as a Latino male in his 50s, was involved in a dispute with the male victim, then began shooting. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The Eastsider

Elysian Park has been assigned a pair of park rangers — the first time rangers have been dedicated to the park since the jobs were lost a decade ago during the budget cuts of the great recession. The two new rangers — Andres De Ocampo and Joseph Fuentes — will be working primarily as ambassadors for the city’s second largest park. Hiring new rangers was one of the top requests when the city’s parks department held a public meeting to discuss what possible improvements might be made to Elysian Park. The Eastsider

The City Council rejected a proposal to declare a former Texaco gas station in Silver Lake a cultural-historic monument. The 10-0 vote comes after officials struck a deal with the property owner to move the 1940s-era station to a site along the L.A. River so a residential and commercial development could be built on the site. Today’s vote was a defeat for local preservationists, who wanted the gas station, now a car repair shop, restored and left in place near other Streamline-modern buildings that line Silver Lake Boulevard. It was also a blow to the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission, which voted in favor of declaring the building a historic cultural monument as “a rare, surviving example of an automobile commercial development from the 1940s.” The Eastsider

One of the last Mexican panaderias in the gentrifying Echo Park closed its doors after nearly 50 years. Celaya Bakery, which opened on May 3, 1970 (taking over a Jewish bakery), closed its doors on October 28. “A combination of the changing demographic in Echo Park and costs of operating business began to take a toll,” said Andres Quiles, grandson of the original owners, Socorro and Manuel Caudillo. “It wasn’t an easy decision.” The Eastsider

A man was stabbed seven times at the Metro line platform in Boyle Heights, but police say they found the victim uncooperative, and the reasons for the stabbing remain unknown. Officers at the Pico Aliso open-air Gold Line stop at 1st Street and Utah Street found a man in his early 20s with multiple stab wounds, along with his friend. “They said the guy just fell down, but he had seven stab wounds,” said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Kevin Moore. “We don’t know if it was some kind of feud between the two of them, if it was a narco deal that went wrong,” he said. “There is a whole bunch of speculation but no real facts.” The victim is reported in stable condition. The Eastsider

The man charged with a deadly hostage taking at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s this summer will represent himself in court. Gene Evin Atkins insisted on this, even after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gustavo N. Sztraicher warned him against a move that could result in life in prison. The 28-year-old is accused of killing his grandmother, kidnapping his girlfriend and leading the police on a chase that ended when he hit a light pole in front of Trader Joe’s. Dash cam video shows a gunmen running into the busy market, while shooting at LAPD officers whose return fire that fatally hit the 27-year-old store manager, Melyda Corado. Her family has filed a damage claim against the department. He is facing 51 criminal counts, including murder, attempted murder of a peace officer and kidnapping. L.A. Times

A Gold Line train collided with a vehicle in Highland Park, leaving a woman with undisclosed injuries. The train hit the vehicle near Avenue 61 and Figueroa Street. Twitter photos of the aftermath of the collision, which was reported at about 9 a.m. Friday, showed a heavily damaged red car with its front end nearly ripped away. The Eastsider

Police have released surveillance video of the hit-and-run crash that killed an an 18-year-old jogger who was running across Virgil Avenue south of 1st Street near Historic Filipinotown. The driver struck the teenager last Saturday while heading south on Virgil Avenue. Andy Olivera Monoscano, who lived nearby, was struck at around 1 a.m. He died shortly after the crash. The suspect’s vehicle is possibly a red, Honda Odyssey, police said. The Eastsider

Police have also released an image of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Echo Park earlier this month as she slept. The LAPD says the man used a fire escape to enter the woman’s apartment in the 1800 block of Sunset Boulevard on Nov. 4 at about 5 a.m. In a surveillance video, the suspect is a clean-shaven, male Latino with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a green jacket with an unknown logo on the front, dark pants, and black Adidas shoes, police said. He was 5-feet 5-inches tall, 150 pounds, and is between 19-25 years old. The Eastsider

The Woolsey Fire last week didn’t stop the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival a week ago at Dodger Stadium – a two-day R&B, pop and rap extravaganza. Revelers wore masks while a red-tinged sky and the smell of smoke hung over the packed event. Pitchfork and L.A. Times.

Occidental College in Eagle Rock is naming a staircase after former President Obama – specifically, the staircase where Obama, as a sophomore, gave his first public political speech at an anti-apartheid rally. Obama credits his time at the school for helping him find his political voice, although he transferred to Columbia University to earn his bachelor’s degree. The small liberal arts college expects to finish the stairs featuring quotes from Obama’s speeches and connecting the administrative building to Emmons Road in the next several weeks. The Occidental

Scene of the Week

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Unique theater sign | Aurelio Jose Barrera

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