News in Brief
A man in his mid-50s who was in critical condition after last month’s fire at the Mariners Bay Apartments and Anchorage died on May 2, a fire investigator said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Arson Explosives Unit is investigating the cause of the April 16 fire that consumed two second-story units, including the victim’s, and spread to the third floor of the building on Palawan Way.
“Right now there is nothing that raises any suspicion about how the fire started. We are still investigating it, and we’re waiting for the coroner’s report to determine the [victim’s] cause of death,” said Sgt. John Hanson of the Arson and Explosive’s Unit.
Panay Way Shooting is Now a Murder
A 45-year-old man shot in the chest near Panay Way and Via Marina on April 10 has died from his wounds, and Sheriff’s Department homicide investigators are still trying to locate any possible witnesses.
Officials are withholding the identity of the shooting victim pending notification of next of kin, said county coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call (323) 890-5500 or (800) 222-TIPS.
The Panay Way shooting is now the third murder to happen in Marina del Rey since Oct. 25, when a 27-year-old man was shot to death at around 4 a.m. in the parking lot of Island’s Restaurant on Washington Boulevard.
On Jan. 6, a 17-year-old girl visiting from Houston was shot to death outside Jerry’s Famous Deli in the Marina Marketplace parking lot near Glencoe Avenue and Mindanao Way.
Marina Traffic is about to Get Brutal
Gridlock is on its way to Marina del Rey, with lane closures for infrastructure repairs beginning this month along Via Marina and expected to continue into 2018.
In a matter of weeks, northbound Via Marina traffic will be re-routed to a single lane between Marquesas Way and Panay Way from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for up to four days per week over the next 11 months, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.
That closure is expected to wrap up just in time for more closures to accommodate the Venice Dual Force Main sewer replacement project.
Slated to begin near Marquesas Way in the spring of 2017, the sewer project will reduce both northbound and southbound traffic along Via Marina to one lane in each direction, with a center lane reserved for turning and emergency vehicles. That traffic pattern is expected to remain in effect around the clock for 10 months or longer.
Los Angeles city officials are in charge of the sewer replacement project. Los Angeles County officials, who govern Marina del Rey, fought in court to keep the sewer line from running under Via Marina.
Lifeguards Rescue 12 People at Sea
A distress call from a high-performance speedboat’s marine radio may have saved the lives of 12 people on board.
At about 5 p.m. Sunday, county lifeguards and firefighters rescued six men and six women from the water nearly two miles off the coast of Marina del Rey, Lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett said.
Their vessel was leaking and had rapidly taken on water but was not yet sinking, said Haskett. While some of the passengers experienced mild hypothermia, there were no serious injuries.
“We plugged the leak, dewatered the boat and then towed it to the Sheriff’s dock,” he said.
The rescue got considerable media attention, however, because one of those involved posted video of the experience to social media. She described the rear of the boat filling with water and the front of the boat pitching upward, preventing passengers from staying aboard.
Haskett urges boaters to always wear a life preserver and keep a two-way marine radio on board.
“It could make all the difference in a quick response that saves a life,” he said.