Arrests in homeless shooting; Dodgers pre-season ends on a ‘foul’ odor; Boyle Heights students win robotics prize


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

  • Two suspects were arrested in connection with shooting two homeless men in an encampment next to the Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Freeway) in Montecito Heights. One of the victims, 31-year-old Daniel Duarte, died of his injuries.  Police said they believe the January shooting may have been prompted by a dispute. KTLA
  • The final game of the Dodgers-Angels pre-season series ended abruptly after what was described as a smelly sewage leak in Dodger Stadium flooded the field near the home dugout. “Crappy way to end the spring,” said pitcher Ross Stripling L.A. Times
  • A team of Boyle Heights students won a regional robotics contest against 53 other schools across Southern California, and are now headed for the national competition. The group from STEM Academy on Mott Street worked in an old auto shop that had been turned into an engineering lab. ABC 7
  • Two Eastside schools placed in the top 10 of the California Academic Decathlon. Highland Park’s Franklin High came in at 4th place, while Garfield High in East Los Angeles placed 7th in the Division 1 schools. El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills took first place and will compete in the national competition. California Academic Decathlon
  • A state senate bill would override local limits on height, size, design and parking, and the L.A. City Council has voted unanimously to oppose it. The largest potential impact from Senate Bill 827 – which is intended to create more housing – would take place in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes that are near certain bus lines and transit centers. But even more dense neighborhoods, such as many on the Eastside, could see more multi storied residential buildings. L.A. Times
  • Three men were each sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for the 2013 East L.A. killing of 21-year-old Gabriel Soto, who was shot while visiting friends during a college break. Soto, who had no gang connections, was not the intended victim  of a shooting that a judge described  as “driven by a gang mentality.” Soto was studying engineering at Lincoln University in Missouri. The victim’s mother, Sylvia Soto, told the court that her son’s killers didn’t know him or care about anything. “They sentenced me to a life of pain and desperation.” Daily News
  • A look at the how President Trump’s anti-immigration policies and a wave of gentrification are triggering anxiety and worry among the low-income Latino residents of Lincoln Heights. First of four parts. L.A. Times
  • Workers are installing mosaic artwork inspired by Highland Park landmarks – including Chicken Boy – into the sidewalks along Figueroa Street.  KPCC
  • What was initially called a pedestrian fatality on the 101 is now being investigated as a possible homicide. Initial reports had said the man was killed on the northbound 101 Freeway in Boyle Heights after being struck by several vehicles. Now, police say the man, 39-year-old Martin Lopez, may have been the victim of a homicide, and that his body was left or had fallen on the roadway. My News LA
  • A man claims he was punched and beaten by security guards at Dodger Stadium on opening day. But LAPD said the man himself may face possible charges over allegations related to the incident. ABC 7
  • A jury deadlocked in the trial of three men charged in the 2001 murder of a 13-year-old runaway who was kidnapped and then raped and shot in Elysian Park. The judge declared a mistrial when jurors said they could not reach a unanimous verdict after two weeks of deliberation. L.A. Times
  • A Boyle Heights art space that had been targeted by anti-gentrification activists will be closing at the end of May – but reportedly not because of the protests. Wendy Yao, one of the owners of 356 Mission, said, “It was just time. It was a labor of love, with finite resources, and never intended to last forever.” L.A. Times
  • An L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries while making a traffic stop in East L.A., when a vehicle driven by a suspected DUI driver slammed into his vehicle. The Eastsider
  • Police released a rendering of a man they think sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy inside a Boyle Heights church. The suspect is described as a male black, bald or shaved head, beard, light colored eyes, possibly green. He was last seen wearing a yellow long sleeve T-shirt, light blue jeans with designer tears, and red Timberland boots with light tan colored soles. The Eastsider

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