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Two suspects arrested after a high-speed pursuit through South LA, multiple vehicles damaged
A man along with a woman was involved in a pursuit leaving many others injured and destroying their way across South Los Angeles. The driver was at a speed of more than 100 mph and damaged multiple vehicles during that erratic police chase. Scott Reiff told that AIR HD started tracking the pursuit in the Monterey Park region where the driver reached up to 100mph. From 10:30 am, the drivers were involved in their destructive driving, followed by police, and they drove past residential streets, taking very sharp turns and blowing through the intersections. The driver circled S. Central Avenue, appeared to lose control of the truck, regained control, and avoided a spike strip put by the officers and this chase continued to 110 Freeway. The truck almost missed many vehicles before running into a sedan. A driver in the pick-up truck tried to block the suspect near E. Florence Avenue. Smoke emitted from the vehicle’s backside and the vehicle driver rammed into the other truck. They continued to Florence, and after some time, the rear tire blew. The suspects continued driving on the rim with less speed. The worn-out rim caught fire, the driver and passenger jumped off and were immediately arrested.
A family in Glendale, sued a medical facility with the blame of the death of their loved one
Now, a family is blaming the nursing home for the death of their loved ones. For this, they filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility on Thursday.
According to the suit, the nursing home practiced inadequate safety conditions during the pandemic.
Ricardo Saldana was living in the Glenhaven Healthcare in Glendale, and then a 77-year-old man contracted COVID-19.
"They put a patient with COVID-19 in my dad's room. They killed my dad," said Jackie Saldana.
Jackie, his father, suffered a stroke six years ago and was relatively healthy until the pandemic arrived. And the family said that he would have stayed safe and healthy if Glenhaven had kept proper precautions at the time of the pandemic outbreak.
The family also claimed that a nurse who was exposed to Coronavirus at another facility was serving in the Glenhaven facility.
Now Saldana family is suing the facility for elder abuse, willful misconduct, and negligence.
Scott Glovsky, the family's attorney, said that Ricardo is just one of the 10 cases of deaths due to COVID-19 in the facility, but the Los Angeles County Public Health Department had reported only five such deaths.
"His death has hit me like 100 knives going in my heart. My family is devastated," Jackie said.
Pilot died in a plane crash in Santa Maria school ground
A single-engine plane crashed on the ground of a school in the Santa Maria killing the pilot, said authorities. The flight departed from Van Nuys.
At around 10:45 a.m., the single-engine Cirrus SR20 crashed near the basketball court, on the grounds of Ralph Dunlap Elementary school.
The doorbell camera in the neighborhood captured the loud sound of the crash. The camera also captured a parachute coming to the ground, followed by a scene of black snow rising from the area.
The aircraft caught fire after falling to the ground.
The plane departed from Van Nuys Airport to come to Santa Maria airport. The pilot was the only person on board. No injuries were reported on the ground.
The authorities did not release the identity of the pilot.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
A new antibody study of LA: LA County may have had asymptomatic COVID-19
According to a new antibody study of Los Angeles County published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a large population may be affected with COVID-19 without exhibiting symptoms. In this study, the researchers with USC had tested the blood samples of 863 LA County residents in April. These antibody tests investigate if the person had coronavirus in the past, which made the body develop antibodies to fight the virus. As per experts, people can have the virus inside and be asymptomatic.
The collaborative effort of USC and the county's department of public health concluded that more than 4% of the tested individuals had antibodies to the coronavirus. According to the researchers extrapolating these results to LA County's 8 million adult population, approximately 360,000 adults might have got the infection without realizing.
If this turns to be true, it would also mean the country's death rate per person from COVID-19 is much lower than that presently calculated. Currently, LA has reported 39,000 cases.
According to Neeraj Sood, a teacher of wellbeing strategy at USC, the spread of COVID-19 through LA County is products higher than specialists suspected. But the outcomes show that they stay a long way from arriving at herd immunity - where enough individuals have the antibodies that the infection starts coming up short on new hosts to cause disease.
The examination likewise found that about 60% of the individuals who tested positive for antibodies were asymptomatic, giving barely any indications of contamination.
Long Beach may vote to launch Open streets initiative on Tuesday
Long Beach City would be having a vote on Tuesday for the open streets initiative, which will provide people with extra room in public spaces and restaurants struggling during Coronavirus pandemic can do outdoor dining to serve customers better.
According to orders from Mayor Robert Garcia, the plan will help to "open more public space throughout Long Beach to allow for increased outdoor activities, safer access to public transit, and stronger economic recovery" while maintaining social distancing.
Garcia said that he talked to some restaurant owners around the city, and they spoke about the need for more outdoor space like roads, sidewalks, and parking lots to serve people safely.
According to the proposed legislation, the plan should include options that " enable additional and creative opportunities" for restaurants and bars to serve outdoor as per the local health orders.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday that the state is planning to open more businesses in the coming weeks.
According to the criteria by Newsom, many counties willing to reopen faster than the state can open. Newsom estimated 53 of 58 counties could meet the new rules.
Los Angeles Health officials said that they are working with the governor's guidance and trying to see how they can be applied locally.
The Montrose Harvest Market reopens with some restrictions and guidelines
The Montrose Harvest Market had reopened on Sunday after about two months of being closed in March due to pandemic.
Despite pandemic and widespread risk, vendors hope that local shoppers will buy their produce. Some local shoppers said they were happy to see it open, which will help grow the local business again.
The vendors had changed their working methods, which include wearing face masks and maintain distance. The customers will not be able to pick the produce themselves. Instead, the vendors will do that by themselves.
According to Market operators among the 31 vendors working on Sunday, most were primarily focused on grocery and produce items. But customer's will not be allowed to touch or sample any of the products.
The market's manager, Mark Sheridan, said, "I'm afraid we're going to have to do virtual samples, somehow. You know, you can take it to your car and try it out as soon as you leave the market, but we ask that nobody is eating in the market."
Organizers also said that the vendors' fees were increased as the costs of paper towels and masks for the customers who forgot to bring them are also included. The timings for the market will be from 8 a.m. to noon.
Explosion in Downtown Los Angeles: 230 firefighters responded, several injured
Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed that an explosion shook the downtown and left eleven firefighters suffering from burn injuries. This incident was reported after 6:30 pm near Boyd and San Pedro streets.
Mayor Eric Garcetti informed that three of the injured firefighters are in a critical state and one suffered from fatal injuries although their injuries are not lethal.
Authorities told that several injured firefighters are in the ICU and two of them are on ventilators at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Fire authorities had reported that a butane honey oil supplier is the site where the blaze initiated and Chief Terrazas told that there was moderate smoke when he reached. The smoke pressure was consistently increasing as the firefighters went inside the building. While they were moving out, the explosion took place.
More than 230 firefighters reacted to the flash, and as per the fire authority, the fire calmed down after 8:30 pm. Chief Terrazas informed that on-scene investigation is yet to be completed and this would take several days.
Slow Streets program launched in some parts of LA to keep roads free for pedestrians
To help pedestrians on the roads and give them more room, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Friday, a new program to stop traffic on some street in Los Angeles.
Before this, the Slow Streets program was launched to allow physical distancing and avoid overcrowding when people exercise and walk on the streets in their neighbourhood.
"This is an exciting moment for us to have a little more space in our neighbourhoods to do what we're already doing: walking, taking a young baby out in the stroller, skating, biking," he said.
The streets which will be taken in this program will not be fully closed, and local parking and emergency evacuation routes will be open, said Garcetti. Signs will be deployed to those areas temporarily.
The program was already implemented in Sawtelle and Del Rey, which is about seven miles in the West L.A. neighbourhoods. Slow Street restrictions will be limited to only 25 city blocks and that also only in residential streets.
People can apply for the program to make any neighbourhood street a slow street. But residents in those areas where it is already implemented are dissatisfied with the initiative.
"I've lived here for 50 years; I know a lot of people (and) none of us want this slower street proposal. All of us are against it," said Catherine Pincu of Del Rey.
A woman was arrested in Santa Monica for selling unapproved testing kits for COVID-19
A 37-year-old woman selling unapproved kits COVID-19 test kits on Craigslist in Santa Monica was got arrested. According to the Los Angeles Police, some undercover officers bought three testing kits from Ying Lien Wang before she got arrested Tuesday around 2 p.m. in the 800 block of Broadway, near Lincoln Boulevard.
Police said that they recovered 61 testing kits from the scene, and none of them met the Federal Drug Administration safety standards.
In a press release, LAPD said, "The suspect sold her products on Craigslist. None of the Covid-19 test kits recovered had been tested to meet United States safety standards and could pose a risk to anyone using them."
The detectives with LAPD's commercial and intellectual property crimes unit joined by Homeland Security Investigation searched the location for information before the arrest.
Wang was arrested with charges of false advertising and for violating health and safety codes.
Agency reminded people that L.A. is offering free tests to all.
If you have any information regarding the case, then contact detectives at (213) 486-5940.
Voting by mail encouraged for Tuesday's election
As the people of Santa Clarita go for voting for Katie Hill's congressional seat, both the Democrat and Republican candidates are encouraging the people to vote by mail instead of physical voting to follow social distancing. From the Republican side Mike Garcia, a former navy pilot is contesting election against Christy Smith, who is a former Democratic Assemblymember.
Christy Smith supported the statement of the Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Governor Newsom that" this is an all vote-by-mail ballot if people choose." He further said that there would be a voting centre across the city, but if people want, they can receive the ballot by mail, which they can fill and drop it in the mail. Smith campaign has been based on the fact that the city needs a strong leader to manage this health crisis.
The vote centre location has been expanded with a new centre located in National Soccer Center in Lancaster which became the epicentre of politics after the Democratic Party claimed that the new voting centre is the result of their efforts. However, the reality is that the centre was added on the request of Republican mayor of Lancaster, R. Rex Parris, who is a Mike Garcia supporter. Garcia quickly reacted to the issue and said that Smith is trying to steal the election. The city has seven physical voting centre and voting by mail can be done by May 12.