97-year-old woman dies in apartment fire
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Coroner's Office today named a 97-year-old woman as the person killed in an apartment fire in Ladera Heights, which remained under investigation by sheriff's homicide detectives.
The woman was identified as Brunetta Rhoden, 97, said Coroner's Investigator Dana Bee.
Two other people suffered smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene of the fire, which was reported at 10:53 p.m. Friday in a unit of a multi-story structure at 6721 Springpark Ave., said Robert Diaz, a dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Rhoden was pronounced dead at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, said Coroner's Investigator Elissa Fleak.
The fire was put out in just under an hour, Diaz said.
Members of the Los Angeles County Arson/Explosives Detail were dispatched to the scene a short time after the blaze. The Sheriff's Headquarters issued a statement saying homicide bureau detectives were conducting an investigation into the deadly fire.
As of today, they had no new information, according to a deputy at the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Three people were injured today in a fire at an Inglewood apartment building, including one who suffered second-degree burns, authorities said.
The fire at the two-story building at 109 N. Eastwood Ave. was reported at 1:16 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor Andre Gougis.
Firefighters were on scene by 1:20 a.m. and knocked down the blaze 17 minutes later, he said.
CARSON, Calif.—Sheriff's homicide detectives today were investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in Carson after a call for a welfare check.
The woman was found around 4 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Poppy Drive and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Homicide detectives were sent to the address to investigate what is being called a suspicious death, sheriff's officials said.
Los Angeles police say two suspects have been arrested for the murder of 5-year-old Aaron Shannon, and are being held without bail. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, was taken into custody today (Friday) about at 2:10 a.m. at an apartment in the 200 block of West. 27th Str. Marcus Denson, 18, was arrested Thursday evening by Sheriff’s deputies in the 1100 block of East 83rd Street. Law enforcement officials say both suspects are active gang members.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Every issue in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is so disputed that even giving candy to jurors caused an argument.
AEG lawyers gave a bag of peppermint candy to the bailiff to hand out to the jury this week. Even Katherine Jackson — the pop icon’s mother — enjoyed the treat.
But Jackson’s lawyer raised an objection Tuesday afternoon, suggesting jurors might be influenced if they realized the source of the sweets.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A man in his early 20s suffered life-threatening wounds to his upper back this morning in a shooting in the Leimert Park, police said.
The shooting in the 3800 block of Third Avenue, near 39th Street, was reported around 12:20 a.m., said Lt. H. Fanfassian, watch commander of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Station.
The victim, who was hospitalized “in extremely serious condition,” did not provide police details of the shooting or a suspect description, Fanfassian said.