This Week In The News (07/15-07/19)

One Hurt In Violent Crash Following Shooting Outside Alhambra 7-Eleven

Tuesday, July 16 (CBS Los Angeles) – Police were investigating whether an SUV crash in Alhambra on Tuesday morning was related to an earlier shooting. The car-to-car shooting occurred outside a 7-Eleven about a half-mile from the accident scene. The white SUV crashed at Cabrillo Avenue and Valley Boulevard at around 2:00 a.m. A female passenger sustained serious injuries. The driver was arrested at the scene.

Big Rig Driver Killed After Truck Hits Freeway Bridge Pillar In Sylmar

Thursday, July 18 (CBS Los Angeles) – The 51-year-old driver of a big rig was killed after crashing on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. At about 11:45 p.m., the vehicle crashed on the southbound truck route when the driver lost control and struck a bridge pillar part of the 210 Freeway transition road. A 61-year-old passenger was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. The truck was transporting grapes and other produce at the time.

Car Plunges 100 Feet Off Road, Starts Fire In Angeles National Forest

Monday, July 15 (CBS Los Angeles) – On Monday, a car went off Glendora Mountain Road and plunged one hundred feet into vegetation in the Angeles National Forest. A small fire started as a result. The driver was treated by a tactical team sent by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department, while L.A. County firefighters extinguished the fire. The driver was airlifted to a trauma center and their condition remains unknown.

Berkeley First City in California to Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings

Wednesday, July 18 (Berkeleyside) – Following a unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night, a ban on natural gas pipes in new buildings will go into effect January 1, 2020. Berkeley is the first city in California to pass such a measure, according to officials. Public support for the legislation is strong. Once in effect, the law will apply to building types reviewed and analyzed by the California Energy Commission. It includes exemptions for internal accessory dwelling units, while natural gas may be allowed in new projects if required for construction and the building can be converted to all-electric later.

California’s $1 Billion Trial Over Pelvic Mesh Device Kicks Off

Monday, July 15 (Courthouse News Service) – In opening statements Monday to a trial involving Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc., California’s Deputy Attorney General said Ethicon used deceptive marketing practices to convince 50,000 California women and their doctors to use risky pelvic mesh to treat incontinence and organ prolapse. Attorneys are asking for nearly $1 billion in damages. The state claims the companies violated unfair competition and false advertising laws and failed to disclose the risks of the procedure. The trial is expected to last from seven to eight weeks.

1 Dead, 15 Injured in House Explosion in Murrieta

Monday, July 15 (Fox 5 San Diego) – A Southern California Gas employee died and 15 others were injured, including firefighters, in a house explosion in Murrieta that occurred on Monday afternoon. SoCalGas crews were fixing a natural gas line in the home at the time, and had arrived there an hour before the explosion. Following the incident, residents were kept away and nearby roads were closed.

Four People Are Killed in Southern California in Crash Between Two Motorcycles on a Country Road

Wednesday, July 17 (Brinkwire) – A motorcycle collision at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Orange County killed two men and two women. The accident occurred on Santiago Canyon Road, near Modjeska Canyon Road. The Orange County Fire Authority didn’t release the victims’ names and ages; all four were pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

22 Alleged MS-13 Gang Members Indicted in Series of ‘Grisly’ Southern California Murders

Wednesday, July 17 (ABC 7) – On Tuesday, federal and local authorities announced 22 alleged members of the MS-13 gang were indicted. Sixteen of them are accused of the murders of seven people in Southern California, including a dismembered gang rival, and a homeless man targeted in a gang-controlled park. The 12-count indictment alleged gang leaders authorized and coordinated the murders carried out by those named in the documents. Formed by refugees from El Salvador, MS-13 has been active in Los Angeles since the 1980s.