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Fire and blackouts in record rain | 9-year-sentence for immigration scam | 1,467 unclaimed bodies buried in Boyle Heights

EDITED by BARRY LANK

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

More than 2,600 homes and businesses in Echo Park and Highland Park lost power Thursday as heavy rains fell across the area. Echo Park’s House of Spirits liquor store also suffered a fire during the heavy rain. All told, the Downtown L.A./USC rain gauge for the National Weather Service recorded 1.90 inches of rain — a record rainfall amount for the day. The previous record was 1.1 inches. The Eastsider

A 64-year-old woman who ran an immigration business out of her home in East L.A. was sentenced to 9 years in jail for selling fake visas and passport stamps. According to the District Attorney’s office, Over several years through 2015, [Dalila Moreno] told her 32 victims that she worked for the government and had special government connections, then falsely promised to expedite the processing of visas, resident alien cards and citizenship petitions. The Eastsider

The owner of a vintage clothing store in Echo Park has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after prosecutors said he failed to report nearly $4 million in income to the IRS over several years. Jose Martin Andrade Flores, 53, owns and operates American Superior Used Clothing, a small chain that includes AS American Vintage on Sunset. The Eastsider

1,467 dead bodies that were never claimed by loved ones were buried in a mass grave at the Los Angeles County Crematory and Cemetery in Boyle Heights – an annual county ritual for bodies that have gone unclaimed for three years. “We do not know much about them, but we know their lives mattered,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, noting that some of the dead were homeless, many were poor and some were children. My News L.A.

Firefighters rescued a small dog stuck on the ledge of the Sunset Boulevard Bridge where it crosses over Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park. Some bystanders on Glendale stretched out a piece of fabric to catch the dog in case it fell off the bridge. A witness said the dog would try to bite anyone who tried to grab it. A firefighter managed to grab the dog by the back of the neck so it couldn’t bite him. The Eastsider

Remember last month’s chase of armed suspects that ended with a crash in Echo Park? The two suspects who were captured have been identified as Enrique Edward Rugelio of Highland Park and Christian Manuel Cuevas of Las Vegas. The chase began after Rugelio and Cuevas allegedly pointed the gun at the owner of a Highland Park auto repair shop after taking a battery. My News L.A.

Actress Kirstie Alley of “Cheers” TV fame has put her Los Feliz mansion on the market for nearly $12 million. The 8,600-square-foot Italianate-style home backs up to Griffith Park and has six bedrooms, library, three stone fireplaces and a pool. Alley bought the Aberdeen Avenue home 20 years for $3 million. L.A. Times

East College Prep in Lincoln Heights is building a larger high school campus to accommodate increasing enrollment, at a time when other charter school operators are closing amid growing competition for a shrinking pool of students. The Eastsider

RVs, campers and large trucks would be prohibited from parking overnight on several streets in Elysian Valley, under a proposal made by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Officials have been imposing similar restrictions across the city to deal with people who live and sleep in vehicles parked on city streets. In this case, however, this overnight parking ban says it is intended to deal with “public safety issues” and “dangerous situations” created by the parking of large vehicles that “constrict travel lanes.” The Eastsider

Portrait of a 63-year-old man who is determined to be the first in his family to finish college. L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez gets the story about one of his own journalism students. L.A. Times

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