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818 Roundup: Arrests made in connection with 15 burglaries, Schiff's software app challenge, LCF tree removal

February 21, 2014

Good morning and happy Friday, 818 readers! Temperatures for today -- Feb. 21, 2014 -- are expected to reach a high of 81 degrees and a low of 51.

Here's our roundup of the top headlines in the area:

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  • Could the creator of the next WhatsApp be from the 818 region? That may be what Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Burbank) has in mind as he launches a first-ever congressional challenge for students to create software applications that demonstrate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Police on Thursday arrested a 54-year-old man who was allegedly growing hallucinogenic mushrooms inside a north Glendale apartment that they described as riddled with cockroaches and rotting food.

  • Three companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso are looking to recover at least $2.1 million from a maintenance company for allegedly failing to pay its legal fees stemming from a water-damage claim filed by a restaurant formerly located in the Americana at Brand.
  • -- Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com

    Follow on Twitter: @SameeaKamal.

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