LA County Sheriff’s Department Assisting Hermosa Beach Police In Homicide Investigation

HERMOSA (CBSLA) – A male adult victim suffering from a blunt force wound to the head was transported to a local hospital in the early morning hours Saturday where he was pronounced dead. The victim was found on 15th Street and Hermosa Avenue, with a report of the incident coming in at approximately 4 a.m. At this time, law enforcement officials have no suspect information, nor any additional details. Anyone with knowledge of the incident is urged to contact LA County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anyone wishing to leave an anonymous tip may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS or by using the Crime Stoppers website.

Car-To-Car Shooting On Eastbound 60 Freeway At 7th Street Takes Life Of 31-Year-Old Luis Mendoza, Injures Two Teenage Sons

HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CBSLA) – Officials at the California Highway Patrol are confirming a car-to-car shooting on the the eastbound 60 Freeway at 7th Street that caused a collision has also claimed the life of 35-year-old Luis Mendoza and critically injured his two teenage sons. At this time, it is unknown if the victims were injured after being hit by bullets or by the accident after the father was struck. The 13-year-old son is said to be in serious condition, while his 16-year-old brother is reportedly injured, though not as seriously. All three victims were taken to USC medical center where the father died from his wounds. CHP said they have received calls from multiple witnesses of the shooting and crash. The incident was reported at approximately 12:35 p.m. The suspect, driving a gray sedan shot at a white Chevy Avalanche the victims were in, killing Mendoza. The shooting caused the victims to crash into another car and a wall. A woman in another car was involved in the vehicle accident, but did not suffer any injuries. So far, there is not motive for the shooting, nor…

Arturo Ceja, Arrested In Connection To South LA Fireworks Explosion, Charged By Department Of Justice

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms charged 27-year-old Arturo Ceja III, arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department for tons of illegal fireworks that led a botched detonation that injured 17 people, with illegally transporting explosives without a license. Boxes of illegal fireworks prior to a detonation gone wrong in a bomb disposal truck in South Los Angeles on June 30, 2021. (LAPD) The criminal complaint, filed late Friday, alleges the 27-year-old made several trips to Nevada in late June in order to buy various types of explosives, including aerial displays and large homemade fireworks, that he transported to his South LA residence in rental vans. Most of the explosives, according to the complaint, were purchased at Area 51, a fireworks dealer in Pahrump, Nevada. Agents who wrote the complaint noted that fireworks in California can be sold for as much as four times what buyers pay for them in Nevada. Ceja told agents that he bought the fireworks from an individual selling them out of the trunk of a Honda in the Area 51 parking lot. “Ceja did…

ATF Team Investigating South LA Fireworks Blast

Share this article:A 26-year-old man was arrested for the fireworks that caused that massive explosion that rocked a South Los Angeles neighborhood, authorities said Saturday. Arturo Ceja was arrested by Los Angeles police on suspicion of reckless or malicious possession of a destructive device around 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to jail records and the LAPD. He was released on $500,000 bail the following morning. Jail records indicate he is scheduled to head to court in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 27. Arson and explosives investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intend to accurately map the scene of the explosion caused after the LAPD attempted to safely detonate a cache of illegal fireworks. “What we are trying to do at this point to support getting folks back into their residences is to shrink the footprint of the actual scene,” said Michael Hoffman, the ATF’s assistant special officer in charge. The investigation has no definitive timeline, but will continue over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and at least into early next week, Hoffman said. The evacuation area is Adams Boulevard to…

LAFD Knocks Down Small Brush Fire in Elysian Park, Half-Acre Burned

Share this article:Firefighters knocked down a small brush fire Saturday that scorched an estimated half-acre of grass in Elysian Park. The fire that ignited near 1381 N. Broadway was reported at 4:25 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. The department dispatched 32 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in about 37 minutes, Prange said. No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, he said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation. LAFD Knocks Down Small Brush Fire in Elysian Park, Half-Acre Burned was last modified: July 3rd, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Crews Search For Missing Man In River Near Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – Crews on Saturday were searching for a man who went missing in the river near Rancho Cordova, Sacramento Metro Fire said. Witnesses at the scene told CBS13 a boat capsized and a man was struggling to swim without a life vest. Metro Fire said just after 5 p.m. that the man is possibly in his 30s but they were still working on a description of the individual. Air and water units were in the area conducting the search. Witnesses tell me they saw a boat flip and a man struggling without a life vest. Sac Metro Fire confirms to me they are looking for a man, possibly in his 30s – but no exact description yet. — Heather Janssen (@Heather_Janssen) July 4, 2021 This is a developing story. CBS13 will provide you more details as they become available.

Front Street Shelter Waives Pet Reclamation Fees For 1 Year As Surge Of Lost Animals Expected After Fourth Of July

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Front Street Animal Shelter said it is waiving fees to reclaim pets for an entire year as it anticipates a large number of lost animals following the Fourth of July weekend. The program goes into effect immediately as Front Street says the days and weeks following Independence Day are usually the busiest for shelters nationwide as the sounds of fireworks could lead to runaway pets. Front Street also said it hopes this new program helps improve its turnover rate. The shelter said, nationally, few than one in three dogs and one in ten cats are reclaimed by their owners. Front Street said 44% of animals in its care were reclaimed in 2020, though, it believes improvements are possible. “Caring for so many lost pets is expensive, and reclaim fees have helped to offset some of those costs,” said Phillip Zimmerman, Front Street Animal Shelter manager. “However, we are concerned that many animals may not be picked up because their families are experiencing financial hardship, and we don’t want cost to be a barrier.” With the program, Front Street said the nonprofit…

Electric Scooter Rider Fatally Struck By 2 Vehicles On Business 80

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A 21-year-old Sacramento man riding an electric scooter on Business 80 died after being struck by multiple vehicles early Saturday, the California Highway Patrol said. The CHP said South Sacramento units were dispatched just after 3 a.m. to northbound Business 80 just south of the American River bridge for reports of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. North Sacramento CHP units received reports of an electric scooter rider in the center median. Investigators arrived to find the 21-year-old dead at the scene and the electric scooter in the middle of the roadway with significant damage. The CHP said a man driving a Nissan Altima reported he was traveling in the northbound lanes when he noticed a figure veer in front of his car. After striking the 21-year-old, the man pulled to the side of the road to notify authorities of the collision. Several vehicles had pulled over to the right shoulder after the crash. The CHP said, at around 3:19 a.m., a woman driving a Toyota 4Runner on Business 80 toward Thunder Valley Casino reported that she observed the vehicles on the side…

Drugs, Alcohol Suspected After Driver Killed In Collision With Tree In Jamestown

JAMESTOWN (CBS13) – Drugs and alcohol are believed to be factors in a deadly crash in Jamestown that saw a vehicle slam into a tree, the California Highway Patrol said on Saturday. The crash happened Friday afternoon along westbound Rawhide Ride near Pulpit Rock Road. Investigators said 45-year-old Michael Bowers, who was driving a Ford Focus,  veered off the north shoulder of the road and hit a tree. The collision caused the vehicle to bounce off the tree and continue to roll down an embankment, where it came to a stop. Bowers died at the scene and his passenger, 34-year-old Samantha Tarango, was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center for major injuries. Both are from Sonora. Investigators said both individuals were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash and at least one of them was under the influence. The crash remains under investigation.

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