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El Camino Real's goalkeeper Francisco Rodriguez was fatally shot last week in Winnetka. (Photo used with permission from the L.A. Daily News)
A LAPD spokesman confirmed two people are in custody in connection with the murder of high school soccer player Francisco Rodriguez. Details regarding the suspect arrests will be announced by officials at a news conference this afternoon.
The El Camino Real student was fatally shot in front of his Winnetka home last week in what police called a "targeted" killing. Witnesses initally reported a red-haired, teenage girl knocked on the door and lured the victim outside where he was shot four times.
The suspects' names have not yet been released. The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the LAPD Topanga Division.
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An appetizing shot inside a Pinkberry.
News broke last night that the co-founder of the Pinkberry yogurt chain was arrested at LAX on a warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.
Then the L.A. Times reported, that Young Lee is accused of chasing down a homeless man last June and beating him with a tire iron.
According to the AP, police spokesman Bruce Borihanh says 47-year-old Lee was arrested by a joint police and FBI fugitive task force Monday afternoon as he arrived at LAX on a flight from South Korea. He is in jail on $60,000 bail.
AP's call for comment to the Pinkberry headquarters in L.A. wasn't immediately returned.
Lee co-founded Pinkberry with Shelly Hwang in Los Angeles in 2005. It now has more than 150 franchised stores, though it has seen the closure of its original West Hollywood location.
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Seemingly in line with the collaborative spirit of what was the Occupy LA encampment at City Hall, the city is presenting refurbishment options to the downtown community and trying to make what was once mostly a plain patch of grass better than ever. The plans are available on a Department of Recreation and Parks site labeled the "Restoration of City Hall Park."
It has already presented a set of three options to the Downtown Neighborhood Council, and according to the L.A. Times, the second choice is in the lead. That option would replace some of the grassy area with drought-tolerant plants, but maintain some room for public events.
You might recall that there was a lot of chatter about how much money it was going to cost to refurbish the lawn after a nearly two-month-long stay by Occupy LA protesters left it in tatters. The number the city settled on was big. Also, it pondered suing protesters to recoup that big number. Blogdowntown reports that the options would range from $350,000 to $1 million to execute.
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House Armed Services Committee ranking member Rep. Buck McKeon (center) before a hearing in 2009.
Two veteran House Republicans from California — Reps. Buck McKeon and Elton Gallegly — were among four congressmen who got mortgages from the now-defunct Countrywide Financial under a VIP program, the Wall Street Journal first reported on Saturday.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating whether some members of Congress got discounts from Countrywide under its VIP program. The AP has reported that that four House members had received the VIP loans, and one of the four remains unidentified. The three identified congressmen, including Rep. Edolphus Towns, a Democrat from New York, told the Journal they were unaware their mortgages were sent to a special VIP unit of Countrywide or that they might be receiving special discounts.
A 1998 loan to McKeon, who is chairman of the Armed Services Committee, was for $315,000. Gallegly's 2005 loan was for $77,000.
This photo provided by the Anaheim Police Department shows Itzcoatl Ocampo. Investigators are "extremely confident" that Ocampo is responsible for all four recent killings of homeless men in Orange County.
Who is the man suspected in the serial killings of four Orange County homeless men during the last three weeks?
He is an Iraq war veteran who was a 2006 graduate of Esparanza High School. Twenty-three-year-old Itzcoatl Ocampo, who lived in Yorba Linda, was chased away from a Friday night attack behind an Anaheim Carl's Jr. and, with help from more than two dozen witnesses, caught about a quarter-mile away in next-door Yorba Linda.
Police arrested him for suspicion of murder, and on Saturday announced they believed they had found the serial killer who had been targeting homeless men in the county, successfully stabbing four of them to death, including the last on Friday night.
"We are extremely confident that we have the man who is responsible for all four murders of homeless men in Orange County," Anaheim police Chief John Welter said Saturday.