Infamous 4-20th Building Apt Up In Flames From MethHead

UPDATE: Via twitter:

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Around 3 a.m. Reports came in for a person screaming in the alley at 20th & Speedway. Turns out the guy was reportedly screaming because he was high on meth and had lit his apt on fire – and was stuck on the balcony as the flames poured out. LAFD rescued him from his balcony which was a raging inferno. He was taken to Marina Hospital with minor injuries. He admitted at scene to starting the fire. LAFD evacuated the building and put out the flames which were still smoldering 2 hours later. Arson investigators were on scene…. Residents were with LAFD & LAPD in the parking lot by the paddle tennis courts trying to figure out next steps. Big mess. Repairable. No permanent structural damage.

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Firefighters put up a ladder to get screaming meth-arsonist down from his handywork

Firefighters put up a ladder to get screaming meth-arsonist down from his handywork

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Thanks to Rebekah for the snap!

Thanks to Rebekah for the snap!

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Another crazy awesome photo from @timogeo

Another crazy awesome photo from @timogeo

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Busted Hydrant Spews All Night – Shut Off After 9 Hours

How’s this for an impressive view? @pgasound sent this, as many others did while the water was shooting almost 100 ft in the air. Took em almost 9 hours to get it shut off. Near Washington & Marr

Thx @pgasound!

Thx @pgasound!

Still going strong!

Still going strong!

Bryan Found In Venice, Family Contacted.

Bryan has been located. He contacted his family. All is good.

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LAPD Nabs Stolen Car Stealers On Pacific Ave & Windward

LAPD ran the plate of a guy driving like an idiot on Pacific today, and the plate came back as a stolen car. Saturday traffic snarled the two in the vehicle … which allowed for backup units to arrive. The two were taken down at Pacific & Windward. A crowd gathered as LAPD officers drew their guns. When the two were cuffed, the crowd cheered. Amazing.

Thx to @chancersurfer for the great photo!

Thx to @chancersurfer for the great photo!

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Westside Vikings Youth Football & Cheer Signups TOMORROW!

Westside Vikings Youth Football & Cheer will have sign-ups Wednesday July 16 at the Venice Boys & Girls Club From 4pm to 6pm. Participants may also sign up at www.westsidevikings.com.

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Summer Handball Tournament: Pacific Coast Challenge Big Ball Aug 9th & 10th

Event:          Pacific Coast Challenge Big Ball
Date(s):       Saturday, August 9th & Sunday, August 10th, 2014
Time(s):       Early registration:       January 1st  August 3rd -$20/team
Late registration:         August 4th  August 9th -$40/team

Location:1800 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291
Recreation and Parks / Venice Beach Recreation Center

CONTACT PERSON(S) AND TELEPHONE (S):

Fred Ealey Jr / Victor Jauregui
Tel:      (310) 399-2775

Fax:     (310) 396-6873

Divisions: Open       A          B       Youth
Registration Begins at 8:30am
Tournament starts at approx. 9:45am
Tournament Format: Single Elimination

Awards: 1st & 2nd place awards in all divisions.

Free refreshments for all participants. While supplies last

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Seemingly Yearly Water Main Break Floods 20 Homes In Venice Canals

From NBCLA

Twenty-five homes in Venice were heavily flooded Monday night due to a water main break, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The water main break was discovered around 10:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Carroll Canal. As a result, the heaviest flooding was found along South Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue.
Twenty-five homes in Venice were heavily flooded Monday night due to a water main break, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The water main break was discovered around 10:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Carroll Canal. As a result, the heaviest flooding was found along South Venice Boulevard and Dell Avenue.

Read: City Council Considers Venice Boardwalk Segway Ban
The underground garages of the homes were flooded with approximately two feet of water. Some belongings were destroyed, according to LAFD.

This is the second time a water main break has caused major flooding in the area, according to residents.

Approximately 100,000 gallons of water were released due to the water main break, LAFD said, but the Department of Water and Power says its too early too tell how much water was lost.

With the help of the Department of Water and Power, the water was shut off after approximately 40 minutes.

Twenty DWP customers are without water. Repairs are not expected to be complete until Tuesday afternoon.

Toni Guinyard contributed to this report.

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Alert Neighbor Sees Burglar – Calls Cops – Foot Pursit Lands Him (And His Meth) In Cuffs. [AUDIO]

Around 3 p.m. an alert neighbor saw a suspect trying to break into a nearby apartment. The suspect was scared away by a security guard who saw him running…. they called cops and gave a good description. LAPD officers and Senior Lead Officer Acosta responded to Tuller & Regent and engaged the suspect in a foot pursuit… and quickly had him at gunpoint. Not enough evidence to charge him with burglary… but he did happen to have meth on him! Here is the call and audio of the foot pursuit!

Check this out on Chirbit

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800 Block Of Milwood – Female Black Climbs On Roof Of House – Refuses To Come Down

At around 10 p.m. LAPD was called to a home on the 800 block of Milwood for a possible burglar. When officers arrived, they called an airship for assistance doing a roof check…and discovered that a female black had set a ladder up to the side of a house ( where she didn’t live ) and climbed on the roof. She covered her head when the airship shined the light on her… and she refused to come down when ordered by LAPD. They called LAFD for a hook & ladder truck so officers could safely go on the roof and take her into custody. There was a delayed response… so two officers made it up to the roof… but the female was not responsive. It seemed to the officers that she might have a medical issue because she wouldn’t respond to anything…. so they needed her to be medically evaluated before taking her off the roof for safely. Turns out she was playing opossum … she was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Also, she was violating a restraining order.

Been a while since we had a nice dose of crazy.

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“Smoky” The Cockatiel Missing Near Whaler

If you see him send us an email to smoky@venice311.org

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