Ex-ESPN host engaged in Echo Park | One month free rent at Cal State dorms | Arrests in East L.A. killing


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

Former ESPN host Jemele Hill got engaged on top of the Citibank building in Echo Park. Hill announced the news saying, “I’ve called this my year of transition. I left a job, started a new job, moved to a new city and now … I’m engaged to the love of my life. I’m overjoyed and immensely blessed.” The outspoken host, whose negative Twitter comments on President Trump led to her departure, was up on the roof’s heliport for a helicopter ride. Instagram and Page Six

Residents across Echo Park, Angelino Heights and parts of Silver Lake lost water service for several hours following a water main break. An 88-year-old, 24-inch, cast-iron water main broke near Sunset Boulevard and Beaudry on Wdnesday at about 10:30 pm. The cause of the break remains unknown. But the LADWP said it sees more main breaks in fall and winter months “due to colder water entering the distribution system from the Eastern Sierra Nevada.” “The colder water causes the pipes to shrink very slightly, known as thermal contraction, which can cause some pipes to break.” Eastsider

A woman’s body was pulled from the L.A. River near Atwater Village Saturday morning. Police and firefighters had responded to the area at around 9:09 a.m. after reports of a body in the water. Authorities said it appeared there was no foul play. ABC 7

Two men have been arrested in connection to the robbery and killing of a 22-year-old In-N-Out worker, who had just gotten off his shift in East Los Angeles. Abraham Julianny Cabrera, 19, of Alhambra, and Wayne Andrew Seare Jr., 22 of Montebello, were arrested on a variety of charges related to the incident. A female who caught on camera crossing paths with the victim has also been identified and is being investigated. The victim, Rene Lupian, 22, had stopped at a liquor store and was heading home when he was robbed. Lupian turned over his backpack but refused to give up a necklace his grandmother gave him, and he was shot. The Eastsider

Cal State L.A. students won’t have to pay for living in the dorms over the winter break. But the 1,000 students living on the El Sereno campus aren’t guaranteed the same courtesy next time around. Officials waived the rent after students, many of whom are low income, protested the fee. One student said she would have to pay  $1,115 to remain in housing for the five weeks of winter break. There’s no uniform policy across Cal State schools about free dorm stays during winter break. Los Angeles Times

A century-old Tudor Revival mansion that served as the home of Tokio Florist for more than 50 years has been put up for sale at an asking price of $5.5 million. The half-acre property surrounded by a Trader Joe’s and other Hyperion Avenue shops and restaurants was placed on the market about a month after an estate sale was held to clear out belongings of Sumi and Frank Kozawa. The Eastsider

A homeless man was found dead in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven in Lincoln Heights near a trash can. The man, who apparently died of natural causes, had been hanging around the convenience store on Eastlake Avenue and N. Broadway. He had gone into the store earlier and asked for a beer, but didn’t have enough money to pay for it. Los Angeles County Coroner officials have not identified the man, who was discovered at about 5 a.m., or cause of death. But said he’s believed to be in his 40s. Eastsider

The city has chosen a firm to revamp the master plan for Silver Lake’s reservoirs, now that they are no longer used to store water. San Francisco-based Hargreaves Associates was chosen from among three finalists to develop a $900,000 master plan of future improvements at Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs. The contract must still be approved by the Board of Public Works.

RV dwellers can now dispose of human waste at the North Central Sanitation Yard in Lincoln Heights, Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The proliferation of people living in their RV on city streets has created a problem about the dumping of human waste. An aide for Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose district includes Lincoln Heights, Cypress Park, Highland Park, said “we were starting to see illegal dumping all around the district.” Boulevard Sentinel

A man was found dead in a burning vehicle in East Los Angeles. A passerby reported a white sedan on fire at the 1500 block of Bonnie Beach Place, shortly before 8 pm. Firefighters found the man after they extinguished the fire. The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Fael Valente, according to the county coroner. The Eastsider

Fire broke out in a vacant East Hollywood apartment building that stood over the former Goody Goody restaurant on Vermont. Fire officials said the fire at 315 N. Vermont Ave. broke out before 6 am in the ground floor of the three-story brick building, next to the Metro station at Vermont Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. It took 38 firefighters 28 minute to knock down the blaze. There were no injuries reported. The Eastsider

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