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South Los Angeles Serial Killer Dies in Prison at Age 67

Share this article:Lonnie David Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 people between 1985 and 2007 — mainly in the South Los Angeles area — has died at the age of 67, officials at San Quentin State Prison said Sunday. Franklin, who was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 2016, was found unresponsive in his cell at about 7:20 p.m. Saturday. “Medical assistance was rendered and an ambulance was summoned. Franklin was pronounced deceased at 7:43 p.m. His cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy; however, there were no signs of trauma,” prison officials said. Franklin was a former Los Angeles city garage attendant and sanitation worker who was also suspected in several other killings. Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman once said he was “certainly” one of Los Angeles’ most prolific killers. Franklin was convicted of killing: — Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old mother of two who was found dead from three gunshot wounds to the chest in an alley in South Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1985; — Henrietta Wright, a 34-year-old mother of five who was shot twice in the…

Street Artist Creates Positive Murals

Some call her the yarn lady or even the yarn bomber. During this time, where many things feel uncertain her goal is simple, to spread positive messages around the community in hopes that it will bring someone joy and put smiles on people’s faces. Stephanie Buriel has been creating her yarn murals for little over a year now, but she says now, more than ever, is a time where communities need to come together and stay positive. “This one, I just want it to be a reminder that we are all in this together, we all have to live with this. this Covid-19 thing that’s going on now and so I want them to be reminded that they’re not alone,” said Buriel. Some of the yarn murals have messages on them and others are left without words for you to interpret what the art means. Stephanie has multiple yarn installations around Desert Hot Springs and says she plans on creating more.

Non Profit ‘Lift To Rise’ Creates Fund and Coordinates Resources To Help During COVID-19 Crisis

Heather Vaikona, president and CEO of the non profit Lift to Rise says they were already fighting for the most vulnerable in the valley but COVID-19 has not only unleashed a health crisis but an economic one too, “So when we think about increased stressed increased stressed and the volume of both layoffs and furloughs and the public health impact it’s a really, really difficult time particularly for low income residents.” That’s why they’ve stepped up their efforts to link people with resources. Their website Lift To Rise .org / Protection is a one stop shop to finding what you need to get through. “So if you go to that web page it lists, it categorizes the different forms of public assistance and also the different available forms of public assistance and also the other resources that are available in the community,” says Vaikona. She says people need cash in hand now, “You can imagine for folks who have lost their job who have access to food not have any disposable cash to make emergency decisions.” To help families now, they’re launching the Economic Protection…

3 people shot and killed in Lomita

Three people were shot and killed near a commercial area in Lomita Sunday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The shooting was reported about 11 a.m. in the 25800 block of Hillworth Avenue. Deputies responded to find three wounded people who were pronounced dead at the scene, the department said in a news release. Authorities did not identify the victims and it’s unclear what led up to the fatal shooting. No description of a suspect in the shooting was released and no further details were immediately available. Anyone with information was asked to call the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to provide information anonymously can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

City of Torrance offers to deliver groceries to at-risk community members

Starting Tuesday, Torrance residents who are seniors, have a disability or have underlying health conditions can request to have groceries delivered to their door by city employees. In announcing the service on Sunday, officials said they want to help out vulnerable residents as Los Angeles County remains under a “safer-at-home” order during the coronavirus outbreak. Each package costs $70 and will be limited to one household per week, a statement from Torrance officials said. Those interested in placing an order can call 310-618-6339 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or submit an order online on www.cityoftorranceca.com/TC2Go.html. A uniformed city official in a marked city vehicle will make deliveries as quickly as possible but may take three business days, authorities said. The employee will either ring a resident’s doorbell or knock before placing the order down and stepping 6 feet away from the door. A Torrance employee stands next to a city vehicle in this photo released by the city to promote a grocery delivery service for at-risk community members set to begin on March 31, 2020. “You are welcome to wave at…

CBS News executive who contracted the coronavirus dies in New York

CBS News veteran Maria Mercader has died from complications of COVID-19, the first media executive to die as a result of the pandemic. The network confirmed that Mercader, 54, died Sunday in a New York hospital. A former producer who spent her career at the network, she was director of talent strategy at the news division. Mercader, who lived in Manhattan, had been on medical leave from CBS since late February. She was a cancer survivor who had undergone numerous treatments and surgeries that left her among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Mercader was involved in much of the network’s coverage of foreign and domestic breaking news for three decades and lately helped shape talent strategy for the news division. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

‘Grim Sleeper’ Lonnie Franklin, serial killer who preyed on South L.A. women for 2 decades, dies on death row

Lonnie Franklin, the convicted serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who preyed on the women of South Los Angeles for more than two decades, has died in prison. He was 67. California corrections officials said Franklin was found unresponsive in his cell at San Quentin State Prison on Saturday evening. An autopsy will determine the cause of death; however, there were no signs of trauma, corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said in a statement. The stepmother of a victim named Barbara Ware told People magazine she was shocked by the news. “I won’t say I’m pleased he died but at the end there was justice for all the bad things he did in his life,” Diana Ware said. “We can now be at peace.” Franklin had been on death row since August 2016 for the deaths of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin was linked at trial to 14 slayings, including four women he wasn’t charged with killing. Police have said he may have had as many as 25 victims. Most of the victims were fatally shot at close range, though two were strangled.…

Coronavirus: San Francisco reports two death, 61 new cases of coronavirus in two days

SAN FRANCISCO — Health officials reported on Sunday two deaths from coronavirus as well as 61 new positive cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 340 and five deaths. On Friday, for a third straight day, San Francisco reported a record number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19, more than twice what it was when the week began. There was no immediate information available on Sunday as to the victims’ ages or whether they had any underlying health issues. San Francisco officials said the city’s first victim, who died Tuesday, was a man in his 40s with multiple medical conditions but have provided little information on the two who have died since. When officials announced the city’s first death on Tuesday, there were 152 people in San Francisco confirmed to have the coronavirus. By Friday, that number had grown to 279. Now it is 340.

The Latest: Puerto Rico closes police station due to virus

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — New York state nearing 1,000 coronavirus deaths. —Britain on emergency footing for first time since WWII. —Trump says administration has identified cases of ‘hoarding’ supplies. ___ SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico has closed a second police station in less than a week after another officer tested positive for COVID-19. The government says more than 30 officers at the Aguas Buenas station in the island’s eastern region were sent home under a two-week quarantine. The closure comes after authorities shuttered a police station in the popular tourist town of Rincon late Wednesday after officials said the wife of a policeman died from the coronavirus. The U.S. territory has reported five deaths and more than 120 confirmed cases. ___ CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has announced tough new foreign investment rules to prevent corporate predators from taking over companies amid plunging…

Coronavirus: Santa Clara County announces 55 new cases; overall total doubles in one week

Santa Clara County announced 55 new confirmed cases of coronavirus Sunday, meaning that the county’s number of people known to have the virus has more than doubled in a week’s time. The newest total now stands at 646, compared to the 302 cases reported as of March 22, according to data released by the county Public Health Department. There was one respite in the new figures: No new deaths were recorded in the 24-hour period that ended Saturday evening. The county’s total of COVID-19 fatalities remains at 25. It’s unclear how many total cases there are in the county, which has been under a shelter-in-place order for nearly two weeks as part of a wide-ranging effort to slow the spread of the virus. The first confirmed case in the county, which has nearly 2 million residents, was on Jan. 31. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during a visit to Sunnyvale on Saturday that the number of people in intensive care beds across the state because of the virus doubled overnight to 410 from 200 on Friday. Officials said they hoped the weekend’s rainy weather would prompt…

CBS News executive who contracted the coronavirus dies

By Stephen Battaglio | Los Angeles Times CBS News veteran Maria Mercader has died from complications of COVID-19, the first media executive to die as a result of the pandemic. The network confirmed that Mercader, 54, died Sunday in a New York hospital. A former producer who spent her career at the network, she was director of talent strategy at the news division. Mercader, who lived in Manhattan, had been on medical leave from CBS since late February. She was a cancer survivor who had undergone numerous treatments and surgeries that left her among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. Mercader was involved in much of the network’s coverage of foreign and domestic breaking news for three decades and lately helped shape talent strategy for the news division. As a producer, Mercader played a key role in the network’s coverage of the death of Princess Diana and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She won an Emmy in 2004 for a “CBS Sunday Morning” piece on computer spam. In her role as director of talent strategy, Mercader led the effort to improve workplace diversity at CBS News.…

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