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October 27, 2014

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Overturned Vehicle Closes McClure

An overturned vehicle in the McClure Tunnel shut down all eastbound lanes of the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica late Thursday evening, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. and appears to have only involved one vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos. At least one person was injured and taken to a hospital, Villalobos said.

A SigAlert was issued after the crash. All lanes were expected to be opened by about 10 p.m. after a tow truck removed the overturned vehicle.

Water Main Breaks Again

A water main break will continue to affect the busy Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Tuesday after a second rupture occurred just as repairs were wrapping up overnight, utility officials said.

Crews were completing repairs after the first break, which was reported at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and had started reopening traffic lanes at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday when a new break developed east of the repair site, according to an update posted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Northbound Highland Avenue and eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard will now remain closed until further notice as crews work to repair the second rupture, the utility tweeted.

Man Arrested after Kicking Woman in the Head in Park

A 30-year-old Santa Monica resident was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 18 after kicking a woman in the head for no apparent reason.

Officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 2900 block of Barnard Way at 10:14 pm on this day in order to investigate a report of aggravated assault.

Upon arrival the officers spoke with the female victim who told them that she had been taking a nap in the park when she had been suddenly woken up by music emanating from the suspect’s cell phone.

The victim told the officers that she had asked this man to leave her alone and the suspect had responded to that request by systematically kicking the victim about the head and face.

The victim then told the officers that she had yelled for help and at that moment the suspect had fled the scene, but had been spotted by nearby witnesses.

These witnesses provided valuable information that allowed the officers to locate the suspect a short while later.

The officers spoke with this suspect and immediately noticed that he appeared to be displaying the subjective symptoms of alcohol intoxication.

The officers thus arrested this local resident and he was charged with aggravated assault. Bail was set at $30,000.


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