This Week In The News (06/10-06/14)
Off-Duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Shot in Head, Critically Wounded at a Jack in the Box
Monday, June 10 (Fox News) – An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the head at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Alhambra on Monday. According to the sheriff’s office, the shooting occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. as the 13-year veteran of the department waited in line. He was critically wounded and hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The gunman, described to be in his 20s and about 5-feet 9-inches to 5-feet, 11-inches tall, was later seen driving a 2006 Kia Sportage northbound on Freemont Avenue.
Former UCLA Campus Gynecologist Charged With Sexual Battery, Exploitation
Monday, June 10 (KTLA) – James Heaps, 62, a UCLA student health clinic gynecologist, has been charged with sexual battery by fraud and sexual exploitation with two patients, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Heaps, who retired last year amid a misconduct investigation, surrendered to law enforcement Monday but pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. The gynecologist worked for nearly 30 years at the student health clinic and is also being investigated for improper billing practices.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Trade to Meet New Orleans’ Asking Price
Tuesday, June 11 (Fansided) – Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN said he believes the L.A. Lakers are frontrunners for a trade involving Anthony Davis, who is currently with the New Orleans Pelicans. President of Basketball Operations David Griffin reportedly asked for an all-star player, a younger player with all-star potential, and two draft picks in the exchange. There is also speculation of a three-team deal involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, raising the possibility of the Lakers gaining another all-star such as Kyle Kuzma.
1 Dead, 2 in Critical Condition After Vehicle Slams Into Pole on Imperial Highway
Wednesday, June 12 (KTLA) – A speeding vehicle crashed and struck a power pole on Imperial Highway, near Pershing Drive, at about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Three people were thrown out of the vehicle, one of whom died. The two other individuals were transported to a hospital. No other vehicles are known to have been involved in the accident.
Fatal Crash Involving Box Truck, 7 Other Vehicles Shuts Down Southbound Lanes of 71 Freeway in Chino Hills
Wednesday, June 12 (CBS Los Angeles) – A chain reaction crash occurred on the southbound 71 Freeway at Butterfield Ranch Road on Wednesday morning, killing at least two people. The pileup involved a box truck and five other vehicles. A 15-year-old in another vehicle was severely injured and hospitalized, as were four other people. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
California Clears Way to Provide Health Care to Some Immigrants
Monday, June 10 (CBS News) – On Sunday, Democrats in the California State Legislature set a budget to make immigrant adults aged 19-25 eligible for the state’s Medicaid program. To cover an estimated 90,000 people, at a cost of $98 million, the benefits will be available to those with incomes low enough to qualify. The budget proposal also covers assistance to help families pay for monthly health insurance premiums. Republicans on the legislative committee voted against the proposal, while the full state Legislature must still approve the budget agreement.
Fast-Moving Wildfire Forces Hundreds to Evacuate California Six Flags
Monday, June 10 (CBS News) – Six Flags Magic Mountain was evacuated Sunday in the wake of a fast-moving wildfire, forcing hundreds of people to leave the park. The amusement park was reopened on Monday. However, road closures on Sunday forced officials to keep some guests in the parking lot. Six wildfires were burning across the state on Monday morning, including the Sand Fire north of Sacramento, where 500 firefighters battled the blaze and utility company PG&E cut power to over 20,000 people in the region as a precaution.
California Lawmakers Poised to Approve $214.8 Billion Budget
Thursday, June 13 (NBC Los Angeles) – California lawmakers appear set to approve a $214.8 billion operating budget Thursday. According to state law, lawmakers must pass the framework by midnight Saturday, or face lost pay. The bill totals more than 900 pages and is part of spending package that addresses health care, a teacher shortage, and funding a firefighting agency. The spending plan also restores a tax on people who don’t purchase private health insurance, which was eliminated by the Trump administration.