Morning report: Two die in Newhall crash, three hit in gang-related shooting, man shot in South L.A., and more

Morning report: Two die in Newhall crash, three hit in gang-related shooting, man shot in South L.A., and more
Jason Kandel’s morning report
LA Daily News
Article Last Updated:07/06/2007 12:17:19 AM PDT

Oxnard woman, girl, killed in Newhall crash

NEWHALL – A 37-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed in a solo-vehicle crash on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway in Newhall, and four other people were injured, a California Highway Patrol officer said today.

The victims, all from Oxnard, were in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado that overturned off the southbound shoulder, just south of Highway 138, about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Carlos Alvarez Uribe, 38, was driving the pickup about 65 mph when he apparently lost control of the vehicle and went over the right shoulder and down a dirt embankment, where the vehicle rolled over, Porter said. It was unclear what caused Uribe to lose control, he said.

Selvia Sandoval, a 37-year-old passenger, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. Elena Alvarez, 10, who suffered head injuries, also was killed.

Two other passengers – Jolanda Rodela, 47, and Mayra Alvarez, 12 – were airlifted to County USC-Medical Center in Boyle Heights with major injuries, Porter said.

Uribe and 70-year-old Manuel Sandoval were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Lancaster with minor injuries, police said.

Man shot in South L.A.

A man was shot once in each knee on a street in South Los Angeles, police said today.

The shooting occurred at 77th Street and Budlong Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital where he was in stable condition, police said.

According to the victim, a man of about 40 approached him, produced a handgun and shot him once in each knee, then ran off, police said.

Three men shot in Cypress Park

CYPRESS PARK – Three men were wounded today – at least one critically – in an apparently gang-related shooting in Cypress Park, police said.

The shooting occurred at 1:10 this morning in the 3400 block of Alice Street, police said.

The victims, men in their 40s and 50s, were standing on a sidewalk in front of a residence when they were approached by a man, police said.

The man produced a handgun and shot each victim in the torso, then fled on foot, police said.

The victims were transported to County USC-Medical Center in Boyle Heights, police said. At least one of the victims was in critical condition, he said.

Both the shooter and the victims are suspected gang members, police said.

Two stabbed, one shot, in Inglewood

INGLEWOOD – Two men were stabbed and a 16-year-old boy was shot at an Inglewood park, police said today.

The shooting, believed to be gang related, occurred at Edward Vincent Jr. Park, near Centinela and Florence avenues, about 8:05 last night, police said.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy whose name was withheld, was transported to a local hospital where he was in serious condition.

About the same time, a man at the park was found with a single stab wound to his chest, he said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to the same hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was expected to survive.

Another man was also stabbed, but it was unclear if it was part of the same incident. It was also unclear if the stabbings were gang related, police said.

The victim was hospitalized and is expected to survive, police said.

The stabbing victims were described as a 26-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, police said.

No arrests were immediately made. The victims were not cooperating with the investigation.

A fireworks show at the park was canceled as a result of the attacks, police said.

Two feet of water pumped out of school

PANORAMA CITY – Firefighters today pumped about two feet of water out of a Panorama City high school auditorium after a water pipe ruptured, authorities said.

Los Angeles firefighters responded to an automatic alarm at Panorama High School in the 8100 block of Van Nuys Boulevard about midnight and discovered about two feet of water in the auditorium, firefighters said.

There were no injuries, Markota said.

The pipe was part of the sprinkler system. Investigators were trying to determine what caused the break.

More triple-digit heat expected

As another day of triple-digit heat continues today in some areas of Southern California, the operator of the statewide power grid is asking Californians to scrimp on electricity during the heat of the day to help keep demand from outstripping supplies today.

The California Independent System Operator, or Cal-ISO, does not anticipate any problems but projects demand to be near record-levels as people in inland area crank up their air conditioning amid triple-digit heat.

Putting off high energy consumption jobs, such as laundry and dish washing, until after 6 p.m. will help.

By about 4 p.m., demand is expected to peak around 43,500 megawatts. The record for demand is 50,720 megawatts, set July 24 last year, according to Cal-ISO.

When reserve generating capacity and demand start to converge, Cal-ISO first simply asks people to conserve. Cal-ISO also suggested:

setting thermostats at 78 degrees or more;

cooling with fans;

drawing drapes;

and turning off unnecessary lights and appliances.

When the grid operator needs to start shedding some of the load, utility customers with “interruptible” contracts – generally high-consumption businesses that opt for lower rates in exchange for the possibility of a planned outage – are the first to lose power.

The next step is cutting off customers in series of “rolling” blackouts to manage supply and demand until the crunch has passed.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which generates its own electricity, is separate from the state grid and rarely has a problem meeting demand. It typically sells into the grid during periods of high consumption.

Temperatures, meanwhile, today are expected to rise above 110 in the Antelope Valley – and a Red Flag Warning signifying a high risk of wildfire will remain in effect through at least tonight.

The warning – issued by the National Weather Service because of high heat, strong winds and low humidity – applies to the mountains and forests of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and the western portion of the Antelope Valley.

Temperatures are expected to be 85 in downtown L.A.; 91 in Burbank; 102 in Woodland Hills; 103 in Newhall; 112 in Palmdale and Lancaster.

Temperatures were expected to be slightly lower tomorrow, with a cooling trend coming about Saturday.

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