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Outreach operation relocates Hollywood Hills homeless

homeless outreach operation

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

LASD Parks Bureau deputies and numerous organizations responded to the hills surrounding the Hollywood Bowl for a Homeless Outreach Operation on Thursday, July 12, 2012.

Parks Bureau sheriff's deputies and homeless shelter outreach workers made contact Thursday with a community of transients living in brush encampments in the hills near the Hollywood Bowl, LASD announced.

Officials received numerous resident complaints about "threats and acts of violence, thefts, panhandling, littering, people bathing in residents pools, defecation, and fires started by transients," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced.

Nearly a dozen organizations collaborated and assisted on the outreach operation which resulted in the voluntary relocation of twenty five men and three women, six individuals accepting emergency shelter, and others obtaining social and health services, said LASD. One man, found with a broken leg, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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Man arrested at LAX in connection with death of LA firefighter (Updated)

Firefighter Funeral

Nick Ut/AP

A fire truck carrying the remains of fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen passes in review outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Friday, Feb 25, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A man was being held by authorities on Wednesday in connection with the death of Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen.

Allen, less than two years from retirement, died last year battling a Hollywood Hills blaze when the ceiling of a three-story house under construction collapsed on him. 

In an effort to determine who was responsible for the death, authorities have been investigating the construction of the property and an architect who redesigned the house, says the L.A. Times.

According to LAPD arrest records, a man who lives at the home where the fire occurred was arrested Feb. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. It was unknown if the person detained was the man under investigation.

Officials say the weight of soaked insulation -- caused by attic flooding after plastic sprinkler pipes melted -- appears to have caused the collapse which trapped Allen. His heart had stopped and he was not breathing when rescuers reached him. 

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No arrests, but lots of leads in Hollywood body parts case

Human Head Found

Jason Redmond/AP

Mounted Los Angeles Police officers search the Bronson Canyon area of Griffith Park after a human head was discovered Tuesday by two people walking their dogs below the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.

Last night at least one local media outlet — CBS LA — reported that according to its sources, LAPD had made an arrest in the Hollywood body parts case. They've since walked that back, and the L.A. Times, and now the LAPD themselves, have said no arrests have taken place. 

The Times continue to report, and the LAPD have neither denied nor confirmed, that search warrants have been served in the case. But few details have leaked, except these details CBS and KFI have reported. LAPD says its detectives are plowing through dozens of leads.

In other body parts news, KPCC's Tami Abdollah has this in-depth piece on Indiana Bones, the cadaver dog who found some of the parts, and her handler. 

Also, the park where two hikers found the original head has re-opened. LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith tells AP police scoured seven acres of Bronson Canyon for body parts but found nothing more. Smith says it's believed the victim's torso was not dumped in the park and no other remains are there.

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