Local songstress, Alori Joh, found dead
Reportedly jumped from radio tower
Authorities Wednesday said the woman found dead at the base of a radio transmission tower in the unincorporated Rancho Dominguez area near Compton apparently committed suicide by jumping from the structure.
Deputies were called to the 2200-block of University Drive at 4:38 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Christopher Bergner of the sheriff’s Carson Station. The woman, now identified as Loriana Johnson, died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Johnson, 25, was an aspiring recording artist better known as Alori Joh, a West Coast native who worked alongside some of Top Dawg Entertainment’s rising artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul.
Emerging singer Alori Joh’s musical journey ended last week when the vocalist, known for her staple contributions to Top Dawg affiliated projects, took her own life at 25 years old.
Joh, whose real name was Loriana Johnson, was featured on songs such as Kendrick Lamar’s popular single “Hiiipower,” SchoolBoy Q’s “Phenomenon” and a AB-Soul’s “Euphoria.” Joh’s collaborations with the label sprang from her close friendship with AB-Soul, with whom she began working musically when they were teenagers.
COMPTON, Calif. — A fire broke out today in a commercial building in Compton, possibly compromising power lines, county fire officials said.
The blaze was reported at 3:24 p.m. in the 5000 block of Compton Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
The structure was engulfed in flames and continued to burn as of 4 p.m., fire officials said.
There may be power lines down behind the burning building, fire officials said. Southern California Edison were dispatched to the scene.
COMPTON, Calif. — Former Compton Fire Department Deputy Chief Marcel Melanson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on grand theft and arson charges related to a fire at the department’s headquarters.
Melanson is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Motorola radios, selling them online and intentionally setting the Dec. 11, 2011 fire to destroy evidence of the thefts, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff’s department said.
Two forums will be held to give voters an opportunity to hear the viewpoints of candidates in runoff elections in Compton.
The first is May 23 from 6-8 p.m. in the Compton City Council Chambers, 205 S. Willowbroook Ave.
The second will follow on May 25 at noon, also in the City Council Chambers.
The forums will feature mayoral runoff candidates Aja Brown versus former mayor Omar Bradley; and Second District Councilwoman Lillie Dobson facing off against challenger Isaac Galvan.
Hip Hop artist Drake earned a leading 12 nominations today for the 2013 BET Awards, while fellow Hip Hop act Kendrick Lamar and rapper 2 Chainz earned eight each.
Drake was nominated five times in the video of the year category, which also features big names such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz and Miguel.