Singer Tamar Braxton Hospitalized Following Attempted Suicide At LA Live Ritz Carlton

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Tamar Braxton, a Grammy nominated singer, was hospitalized Thursday evening after police responded to a report of a possible suicide attempt at Ritz Carlton Residences in Los Angeles.

Braxton, 43, was transported to an area hospital after being found unresponsive of a possible overdose at the downtown Los Angeles “LA Live” high-rise.

Officers were called about 9:45 p.m. to the Ritz Carlton Residences in the 900 block of Olympic Boulevard, where Braxton was found unresponsive and unconscious, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said. She was transported to California Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition, reports ABC7.

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Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.

Downtown LA Explosion Injures At Least 10 Firefighters Saturday Night

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — A blaze inside a single-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles and resulting explosion left at least 10 firefighters injured Saturday night.

The flames quickly spread to several buildings, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) reported Saturday.

The incident was initially reported as “fire coming out of the roof of a building” at 6:26 pm at 327 East Boyd Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange.

Via Univision:

According to reports , about 10 firefighters were injured and their health status is unknown. Several ambulances, firefighting reinforcements were called, and a medical emergency area was established at the scene with stretchers located east of the fire.

Authorities reported that 230 firefighters responded to the emergency, including injured firefighters. After 7:30 pm, flames and smoke were still visible on the rooftops of the building where the explosion occurred and adjacent buildings.

Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.

Actor Matthew Faber Dead At 47 ‘Welcome To The Dollhouse’ ‘Natural Born Killers’

VAN NUYS, CA. (THECOUNT) — Actor Matthew Faber, who starred in the 1995 film “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” has died. He was 47.

Faber was found dead in his apartment in Van Nuys, California on Saturday, according to TMZ. His death appears to be from natural causes, a source told the outlet.

“A beautiful man. Incredibly talented. Wise beyond his years, quick-witted. Abundantly aware. He could really pay attention more than most,” Faber’s brother told TMZ. “He has such incredible focus and ability to sustain concentration — brilliant man, very aware, very smart,” reports B97.

Faber appeared in other films such as “Natural Born Killers” and “The Pallbearer” and on the television series “Law and Order.”

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Geo quick facts: Van Nuys is a neighborhood in the central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Home to Van Nuys Airport and the Valley Municipal Building, it is the most populous neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley – Wikipedia.

LA Man Herbert Diggs ID’d As Victim In Friday Night Double-Fatal Chackbay Crash

CHACKBAY, LA. (THECOUNT) — Herbert Diggs, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Friday night vehicle crash that also took the life of 71-year-old, Wayne Morvant, of Schriever.

Diggs, 50 and Morvant were both killed in a three-vehicle crash in Chackbay Friday night, State Police said.

According to reports, Diggs was operating a Ford Explorer Sport on La. 20 near Tower Road, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes. Diggs’ vehicle then collided with Morvant head-on.

A Chevrolet Trailblazer then collided with Diggs’ disabled vehicle.

Diggs and Morvant were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Trailblazer and five passengers were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries, reports DailyComet.

Impairment is unknown but toxicology samples were taken from the drivers to be tested.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Chackbay is a census-designated place in northern Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,177 at the 2010 census, up from 4,018 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Houma–Bayou Cane–Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. Chackbay is a part of the “Ward 6” area of Lafourche Parish – Wikipedia.

Rapper Pop Smoke Dead At 20 Wednesday In Hollywood Hills Home Invasion

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Rapper Bashar Barakah Jackson, who goes by the name “Pop Smoke,” has reportedly been killed in a Los Angeles home invasion Wednesday.

Jackson, 20, was shot and killed in the early hours of Wednesday (Feb. 19) in what appears to be a Hollywood Hills home invasion.

Jackson was staying at a home in Hollywood Hills when two masked men reportedly broke into the residence in an attempted robbery, law enforcement sources told the outlet.

Jackson was critical injured from multiple shot wounds and was transported to Cedars Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.

Price Is Right Drew Carey Ex ‘Dr. Amie Harwick’ Murdered In Hollywood Hills Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — The ex-fiancée of comedian Drew Carey, Dr. Amie Harwick, has been identified as the woman murdered early Saturday morning in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood.

Sherman Oaks man, Gareth Pursehouse, 41, has been arrested in Harwick’s slaying.

Harwick, 38, a well known celebrity family therapist, was found unresponsive below a third story balcony with significant injuries authorities said were “consistent with a fall.” She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Harwick was killed at her home and her ex-boyfriend, 41-year-old Pursehouse, was arrested Saturday afternoon on murder charges, Los Angeles police announced Sunday.

Officers responded to a call of a “woman screaming” at 2086 Mound Street in Hollywood Hills at around 1:16 a.m. Saturday, according to authorities. Police said a roommate told officers that the victim was being assaulted in the house, reports CBS2.

At around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, an FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force arrested Pursehouse outside his home in the 8100 block of Cabora Drive in Playa Del Rey.

Harwick “had recently expressed fear about a former boyfriend and had previously filed a restraining order” against him, which had since expired, police said in a news release. Harwick had seen Pursehouse two weeks prior to the killing, police disclosed.

Harwick was formerly in a relationship with comedian Drew Carey. A rep for Carey confirmed their engagement in February 2018, according to Entertainment Tonight. It’s unclear when the relationship ended.

Pursehouse is being held on $2 million bail. Investigators are presenting their case to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office for charges.

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Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.

Stolen CA Labradoodle ‘Stella’ Returned To Owner Barbara Goodhill Tuesday Night

SHERMAN OAKS, CA. (THECOUNT) — Stolen Labradoodle “Stella,” taken during a Sherman Oaks, CA, burglary Friday night, has been returned to its owner, Barbara Goodhill.

According to reports, a young man pushed Stella through a gate of a neighbor around 9 a.m. Tuesday and fled.

The neighbor reported the animal to be healthy and seemingly unharmed and she had since been reunited with Goodhill.

Stella had been dropped off at an animal hospital, and then taken again last week.

The incident was widely reported on KFI news radio.

Stella, a 4 1/2-year-old black Labradoodle, was taken when thieves broke into Barbara Goodhill’s Sherman Oaks home through a second-story window, ransacked her home, stole jewelry, electronics, reports CBSLosAngeles.

Goodhill was asking the thieves to return Stella, no questions asked and offered a $500 reward.

On Tuesday, Goodhill was at a local printer making lost dog posters when she received a call from her brother saying Southeast Area Animal Control Authority in Downey had contacted him regarding Stella.

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Geo quick facts: Sherman Oaks is a San Fernando Valley neighborhood that’s popular with families seeking suburban comforts. Bordered by busy freeways, it features a pair of slick shopping malls, including the open-air Sherman Oaks Galleria. On Ventura Boulevard, the area’s main commercial strip, gastropubs, wine bars and bright brunch cafes mix it up with old-school Mexican and burger joints – wikipedia.

CA Man Henry Dykes Reported Missing New Year’s ID’d As Victim Stuck By Los Angeles Train Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Henry Dykes, the South Los Angeles man suffering from dementia who had been reported missing since New Year’s Day, has been identified as the victim fatally struck by a train Saturday.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, who had been seeking Dykes, 64, since Wednesday, was named as the man fatally struck by a Metro Expo Line train in the Exposition Park area of South Los Angeles, authorities said Saturday.

The case was under investigation as an accident, officials said.

The deadly crash occurred at 12:51 a.m. Friday in the 2000 block of West Exposition Boulevard, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department, reports NBCLosAngeles.

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Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.

Pacific Palisades ‘Mandatory Evacuation’ Amid Flash Blaze Currently Taking Out Luxury Hillside Homes Monday Afternoon

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Authorities issued mandatory evacuations as flames raced up a hillside in Pacific Palisades hillside late Monday morning.

The fire chewed through trees and brush as the fire marched toward multimillion-dollar homes, where some residents were seen fleeing on foot to escape the blaze.

“There is a Mandatory Evacuation Order for all residents within the area bordered by Charmel Lane on the West, Bienveneda Avenue on the East, the end of Lachman Lane on the North, and Merivale Lane on the South. All persons in this area are directed to leave NOW in a calm and orderly manner. This is due to both potential fire and smoke behavior as well as the pending arrival of large fixed-wind retardant dropping aircraft. Evacuating residents are asked to notify their neighbors of this Mandatory Evacuation Order, and to offer what evacuation assistance they can to neighbors who have mobility or functional needs.” — Los Angeles Fire Department, reports FOXLA.

An evacuation center was set up at the Palisades Recreation Center.

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Geo quick facts: The Pacific Palisades is an affluent residential neighborhood tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Temescal Gateway Park offers hiking trails with sweeping coastline views, and the sandy Will Rogers State Beach provides access to a 22-mile beachfront bike path. Landmarks include the sumptuous Getty Villa museum showcasing Greek and Roman antiquities, and the mid-century modern Eames House – wikipedia.

South L.A. Fremont & Continuation HS On Lockdown Over Shots Fired Report

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — Police responded to reports of a shooting at Fremont High School and Hope Continuation High School in South Los Angeles Thursday morning, according to Los Angeles School Police.

It was unknown if there were any injuries.

The school is located at, 7676 San Pedro St, in Los Angeles, CA.

Both schools were on lockdown.

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LA School Police via Twitter:

@LASchoolPolice LAPD advised shots fired in the area of Fremont HS. Multiple units are on scene. LASPD is on scene at Fremont HS and Hope Continuation HS. Both schools are on lockdown. Follow for updates…

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Geo quick facts: Los Angeles is a sprawling Southern California city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Near its iconic Hollywood sign, studios such as Paramount Pictures, Universal and Warner Brothers offer behind-the-scenes tours. On Hollywood Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre displays celebrities’ hand- and footprints, the Walk of Fame honors thousands of luminaries and vendors sell maps to stars’ homes – wikipedia.