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818 Roundup: Glendale-area physician dies in motorcycle crash, Sheriff Baca to retire

January 08, 2014
  • File Photo: Sheriff Lee Baca speaks during a toy drive outside of sheriff's headquarters building in Monterey Park on Monday, December 16, 2013. The drive was held by the Los Angeles Country Sheriff's Department and the Fred Jordan Mission. Baca announced on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, that he would retire at the end of the month.
File Photo: Sheriff Lee Baca speaks during a toy drive… (Andrew Renneisen…)

Welcome to your daily roundup of news headlines, 818 readers. Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

The National Weather Service predicts it will be mostly sunny — nowhere near Arctic Vortex temperatures — with the high reaching about 66 degrees in the Glendale area, lows around 49 and partial clouds scattered in the evening.

Here are your top news stories in the region: 

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  • The Los Angeles Police Department will release a reward for any information in the killing last November of Joseph Gatto, a well-known artist and the father of area state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, found shot to death in his Silver Lake home. The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday morning to offer a $50,000 reward for information in the case, the Los Angeles Times reports. LAPD Robbery-Homicide Capt. William Hayes said he hopes the reward will spur the public to provide the information investigators need.

  • Actress Carmen Zapata, who was known for her role in the Latino arts community and roles in the film Sister Act (1992) and sequel, and television shows, including NBC soap Santa Barbara, died in her Van Nuys home on Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was 86. Zapata co-founded the Los Angeles’ Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in 1973. 
  • -- Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com

    Follow on Twitter: @Nicosharki.

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