A light rain’s gonna fall

first_imgCommuters flipped on long-unused windshield wipers this morning as much-anticipated rain began to fall. The National Weather Service forecast a chance of rain this morning and says it’s all but certain this afternoon and news reports found wet skies from Ventura County to the Antelope Valley, extending all the way south to Camp Pendleton. Though the weather service expects just a quarter-inch to half an inch of rain, there’s a flash flood watch in affect between 9 a.m. and tonight for fire-affected areas. Temperatures should be chilly, as well, with highs in the 60s during the day and lows close to 50 degrees overnight. “There’s just a huge load of calls going right now,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nuñez. “It’s almost too busy. We can’t say for certain yet, but it’s most likely that they’re from the rain.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings The most significant snarl came on the eastbound Foothill Freeway near the Pasadena tunnel, where a big rig overturned and dropped its load at 6:40 a.m. The wreck closed at least one lane as drivers shuttled around the crushed wood pallets. By 8:30 a.m., all lanes were clear of debris. The CHP also reported a lane closure on the northbound Hollywood Freeway’s Magnolia Boulevard onramp at 6:25 a.m., but expected it to reopen within an hour. To the south, another tractor-trailer went out of control before dawn, blocking all lanes of the Golden State Freeway near Santa Ana for hours. The wreck drew in several cars and backed up the freeway for miles hours after the crash. A suicidal person also threatened to leap off a bridge onto the Pasadena Freeway in Highland Park, shutting down traffic as crews deployed negotiators. They talked the potential jumper off the bridge, allowing the freeway to reopen after a several hour delay. Though the forecast calls for light precipitation, NWS says the rain gauge could get up to 2 inches. It’s much needed in the Los Angeles area, which hasn’t seen sprinkles since Oct. 12. The chance of rain drops to 50 percent tonight, then forecasters expect the pitter-patter to putter out by Sunday, when it should be mostly sunny.last_img read more

At least 18 arrested in L.A. gang probe

first_imgPolice and federal agents carried out raids Thursday against alleged members of a notorious street gang accused of conspiracy and drug trafficking, arresting at least 18 people and seizing stashes of crack cocaine. Nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers conducted sweeps targeting the Black P-Stones street gang – a Bloods set known for its violent history in Los Angeles and Chicago – in parts of Los Angeles’ Baldwin Village area, Hawthorne and Inglewood, FBI officials said. Eight defendants were indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and distributing cocaine base, with the remaining 10 facing various state counts. Another eight indicted on federal charges still were being sought, said J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s local office. The gang allegedly made one of its homes in Baldwin Village, a lower-income community in South Los Angeles that’s seen 28 murders and more than 1,500 assaults in the last five years, officials said. Also seized Thursday were weapons, including an AR-15 assault rifle and an AK-47. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are sending the gang a very clear message: You are not untouchable,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said. The sweep, dubbed “Operation Stone Cold,” was conducted by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies as part of a joint investigation aimed at “combating homegrown gang enterprises terrorizing the streets,” Tidwell said. Hoping to break up the gang, authorities targeted its leadership. Law enforcement officials said they plan to maintain a large presence in the affected areas in coming months in an effort to keep the group from regenerating. “We won’t forget about this gang,” Tidwell said. “We’ll continue to make sure we’ve … dismantled it.” Though the gang was believed to have partly originated in Chicago during the 1960s, there have been no sweeps there as part of the crackdown, officials said. last_img read more