This Week In The News (02/11-02/15)

Los Angeles-to-San Francisco High-Speed Rail Project Abandoned by California’s New Governor

Tuesday, February 12 (MarketWatch) – In a State of the State address on Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom abandoned the idea of building a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Newsome cited time, little oversight, not enough transparency, and a $77 billion price tag as reasons for his decision. However, he announced intent to finish construction on a high-speed rail segment in the Central Valley.

Man Killed After Getting Trapped in Machinery in Gardena

Monday, February 11 (NBC Los Angeles) – An unidentified man in his 60s died Monday afternoon while performing maintenance on a machine, which was started by an employee while he was inside it. The incident occurred at German Machined Products in Gardena. Plant operations were shut down, while police were still determining if it was an accident or misunderstanding.

PCH Closure: Twin Geysers Triggered by Rollover Crash Shut Down PCH in Santa Monica         

Wednesday, February 13 (ABC7) – A rollover crash in Santa Monica sheared two fire hydrants, triggering two geysers and shutting down part of the Pacific Coast Highway. Water continued to gush for several hours before being shut off. Officials diverted traffic off the 4th street off-ramp to the westbound 10 Freeway.

Big Rig Crash on 118 Freeway Backs Up Traffic for Miles

Monday, February 11 (Los Angeles Daily News) – A big rig overturned on the eastbound 118 Freeway in Mission Hills. Reported at Woodley Avenue at about 5:50 a.m., the crash did not cause any injuries. However, a miles-long traffic jam lasted over two hours while the scene was cleared.

LA City Council Approves Ban on Fur Sales

Tuesday, February 12 (CBS Los Angeles) – An ordinance passed by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday banned the sale and manufacturing of fur in the city. It was approved by a 13-1 margin. A second vote is expected since it was not unanimous. The measure would ban products such as leather handbags, hats, shoes, earmuffs, and jewelry.

San Diego Police Arrest Man Suspected of Shooting into Asian Bistro Restaurant in Hillcrest

Wednesday, February 13 (ABC 10 News San Diego) – Stefano Markell, 29, was apprehended by police in a Hillcrest alley, following a shooting at Asian Bistro around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday. The gunfire shattered glass, although no one inside the restaurant was injured. According to SDPD officials, Markel faces nine attempted murder charges and felony possession of a firearm.

Navy Officer Guilty of Manslaughter in San Diego Bridge Plunge that Killed 4

Wednesday, February 13 (NBC News) – Richard Sepolio, 27, a Navy petty officer, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (for which he was acquitted by a jury), and driving under the influence causing injury. He could receive a prison sentence of up to 18 years. Prosecutors say, on October 15, 2016, Sepolio had been drinking, arguing with his then girlfriend via cellphone, and lost control of his pickup truck, plunging 60 from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The truck struck a crowd in Chicano Park, killing four people and hurting seven others.

2 Brothers Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Missing Moreno Valley Teen Aranda Briones

Tuesday, February 12 (KTLA 5) – On Monday, Gary Anthony Shover, 21, and Owen Skyler Shover, 18 were arrested at their Hesperia home at about 10:30 p.m. Both were arrested after a SWAT team searched their home, on suspicion of killing Aranda Briones, 16, who’d been missing for several weeks.  Briones disappeared on January 13 and was last seen Owen, whom she attended high school with.

SoCal Prepares for 2 Days of Heavy Rain; Evacuation Orders in Place for Some Riverside County Burn Areas

Wednesday, February 13 (KTLA5) – Riverside County officials issued evacuation orders and warnings ahead of a rainstorm expected to hit Wednesday and Thursday, with concerns areas affected by the Holy and Cranston fires could receive flash flooding and mudslides. For some areas, evacuation orders were effective immediately. Forecasters noted the Pacific storm could be the strongest of the season for the area.

Missing Jet Skier Dies After Rescue near Long Beach

Monday, February 11 (The Los Angeles Times) – Jean Carlos Cheryl, 20, died Sunday night after being found by rescue crews off Long Beach and transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Cheryl had gone missing while riding a jet ski toward Catalina Island. He was found by U.S. Coast Guard crews at around 7:45 p.m. A search began at about 10:50 a.m. after a friend reported Cheryl missing.