What You Need to Know in SoCal January 14, 2021

Hello, SoCal. Here’s what you need to know today.

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Santa Ana winds will pick up which will keep the dry air mass in place over SoCal on Friday. Maximum wind gusts in windy mountains, passes and valleys will peak this afternoon with gusts of up to 50 mph.

Normally we have sunshine with Santa Anas, but a stubborn low pressure area that has sent clouds and chances of light rain to SoCal for the past few days will continue into today.

Cloud cover will help keep temperatures in check with mostly high 60s and 70s across SoCal. The best chance of raindrops reaching the ground will be in the mountains where a few drops landed yesterday.

You may get a notice on your smartphone app that a downpour is approaching, but it’s likely to stay dry. These raindrops will likely evaporate as they fall through the layer of dry air.

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Around SoCal

1. Four accused of fatally shooting off-duty LAPD officer to appear in court

Three suspected members and an associate of a street gang are set to make their first appearances in federal court on Friday in downtown Los Angeles in connection with the shooting death of an elderly Los Angeles Police Department officer. 27 years old.

The three men and the 18-year-old girlfriend of one were charged Thursday night with violating a federal racketeering law for their role in the robbery and shooting death of officer Fernando Arroyos on Monday evening, according to US attorney Tracy L. Wilkison. .

The racketeering violent felony charge carries a potential death penalty and a minimum sentence of life in federal prison without the possibility of parole, as the fatal shooting occurred during a a robbery, Wilkison said.

The defendants are expected to make their first appearances in U.S. District Court after 1 p.m.

Charged with violent crimes for the purpose of racketeering to increase and maintain their position within the Florencia 13 gang were: Luis Alfredo De La Rosa Rios, 29, an F13 member also known as “Lil J”; Ernesto Cisneros, 22, member of F13 also known as “Gonzo”; Jesse Contreras, 34, a member of F13 who claimed the nickname “Skinny Jack”, but who may also be known as “Flaco”; and Haylee Marie Grisham, 18, Rios’ girlfriend.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he ordered detectives to take the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office because of his opposition to District Attorney George Gascon’s decision to no longer prosecute the sentencing improvements in gang cases.

2. Los Angeles County Sues Warehouse Owner Over Gasoline Smell

Los Angeles County said Thursday it is suing tenants and owners of a warehouse where a fire released illegally stored chemicals into a drain and caused a stench that lasted for weeks.

The smell of hydrogen sulfide gas caused a public nuisance affecting thousands of residents in the town of Carson, according to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that tenants and owners of the storage facility were aware of the dangers at the site and failed to take steps to prevent the unsafe conditions that led to the fire.

Complaints about a stench of rotten eggs began on October 3 and eventually came from thousands of people in at least half a dozen communities across the region.

3. LA County’s COVID-positive hospital patient count tops 4,000

The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals passed the 4,000 mark on Thursday as the highly contagious omicron variant continued to fuel a winter spike in infections.

According to state figures, there were 4,175 COVID-19 positive patients in county hospitals as of Thursday, of which 586 were being treated in intensive care. That’s up from 3,912 total patients and 536 in intensive care on Wednesday.

The number of hospitals is the highest since early February 2021.

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday that the surge in COVID patients is pushing the county’s overall inpatient population to levels rivaling those of last winter’s spike in cases. She said the overall daily patient count — both COVID and non-COVID — is about 15,000 in the county, close to last winter’s peak of 16,500.

She also noted that the increase in hospitalizations is a natural consequence of the increase in the number of cases, as are deaths, which are expected to continue to increase, even after infection figures start to drop.

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SoCal Snapshot

A pedestrian walks past a new mural of the late actor Betty White by artist Corie Mattie in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Mattie added a QR code to the mural so passers-by can donate to the local Wagmor Pets Dog Rescue in honor of White, an animal welfare advocate. White died Dec. 31 at age 99. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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