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  • Body found floating in Echo Park Lake over the weekend

    Body found floating in Echo Park Lake over the weekend

    A body found floating in Echo Park Lake on Saturday morning appears to be that of a 27-year-old man who was reported missing days earlier, according to officials and family members. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said on its website that 27-year-old Ramon Piche Beltran died Saturday and...

  • One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute

    One shot and gravely wounded in Echo Park dispute

    A dispute that might have been between neighbors led to a shooting Wednesday night in Echo Park that left one person gravely injured, police said. The person was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of North Benton Way, near the 101 Freeway, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department....

  • L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending

    L.A. lawmakers vote to reinstate ban on park and beach vending

    In recent years, people who hawked ice cream or hot dogs, taught yoga or shilled other goods and services in Los Angeles parks were effectively in the clear.Selling their wares on city sidewalks was banned. But the city had suspended similar rules prohibiting vending in parks and beaches when the...

  • Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park

    Dognappers pose as LAPD officers to steal pet in Echo Park

    A pair of dognappers posed as Los Angeles police officers and stole a man’s dog in Echo Park, police said Thursday. Police are now looking for the impersonators, who they fear may continue their ruse targeting dog owners. Dressed in green uniforms, the dognappers knocked on the front door of a...

  • Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested

    Metro bus driver wounded by gunfire in Echo Park; one man arrested

    A man was taken into custody late Sunday evening, hours after a bullet struck a Metro bus in Echo Park, wounding the driver, authorities said. The bus was near Coronado Street and Bellevue Avenue about 2:50 p.m. when the driver heard a "popping noise" and a bullet pierced the windshield, Metro...

  • A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

    A high-profile shooting can taint a gang's business dealings, so the certainty of a walk-up may be preferred to a drive-by.

  • Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody
    Smoke shop shooting spawns police pursuit; 3 people in custody

    A shooting at an Echo Park smoke shop Tuesday evening left one person injured and spawned a half-hour police pursuit that ended with three people in custody and officers searching for a fourth connected with the incident, authorities said.

    Just before 5:50 p.m., a shooting occurred at smoke shop...

  • Man shot outside Burger King in Echo Park; gunman remains at large
    Man shot outside Burger King in Echo Park; gunman remains at large

    Los Angeles police are looking for a gunman who shot a man outside a Burger King in Echo Park on Tuesday morning.

    The shooting was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. at Reservoir Street and Glendale Boulevard, LAPD officials said. A person reported hearing a gunshot then found a man wounded on the...

  • Body of woman found floating in Echo Park Lake
    Body of woman found floating in Echo Park Lake

    A woman's body was discovered floating in Echo Park Lake on Saturday morning, officials said. 

    Authorities were called to the 700 block of Echo Park Avenue about 7:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters pulled the woman out of the water and pronounced her dead at the...

  • With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf
    With gentrification, Echo Park gang members move outside their turf

    Displaced by trendy coffee shops and rising rents, many gang members have been forced out of Echo Park, returning to their old turf on weekends. A new injunction targets those who are left.

  • Two robbers get life for shootings of marijuana dispensary workers
    Two robbers get life for shootings of marijuana dispensary workers

    Raymond Lemone Easter and Daniel Deshawn Hinton get life terms in the killing of Matthew Butcher and wounding of Urban Jones Jr.

  • Men who killed L.A. marijuana dispensary worker get life in prison
    Men who killed L.A. marijuana dispensary worker get life in prison

    Two robbers convicted of fatally shooting an Echo Park medical marijuana dispensary employee in 2010 were sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Raymond Lemone Easter, 31, and Daniel Deshawn Hinton, 35, were convicted in November of one count of first-degree murder...

  • Two dead, 25 evacuated in Echo Park apartment fire
    Two dead, 25 evacuated in Echo Park apartment fire

    Two people were found dead and 25 others were evacuated after a fire broke out in a two-story Echo Park apartment building early Thursday.

    The fire started around 12:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Bonnie Brae Street, near Echo Park Lake, authorities said. When firefighters crews arrived on...

  • Does Echo Park need a gang injunction?
    Does Echo Park need a gang injunction?

    New City. Atty. Mike Feuer wants one, but critics say the area is well past its gang emergency days.

  • 2 held after confronting traffic officer working Dodgers game
    2 held after confronting traffic officer working Dodgers game

    Two people were in custody on suspicion of tagging a traffic officer's car and trying to assault the officer Thursday evening as he directed cars headed to the Dodgers game.

    An adult male was tagging the vehicle when he was confronted by the officer shortly before 7:30 p.m. near Sunset Boulevard...

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