Thursday morning report, Jan. 7

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) The makeshift memorial created in the parking lot where Downey police officer Ricky Galvez was killed last November has been cleared, and authorities are asking that going forward memorial items such as flowers and candles be placed in the fallen officer monument located between the police station and city hall. 

The police department made the announcement in a Facebook post yesterday. 

"The men and women of the Downey Police Department want to thank you, our community, for whom we proudly protect and serve, for the overwhelming outpouring of support since the tragic passing of Officer Ricardo Galvez. An example of that support included creating and assisting in maintaining a memorial in the west parking lot of our police station.

"Going forward, we ask that any memorial items set up at the police station be appropriately placed at our Police Officer Memorial statue located adjacent to the main doors of the police station within the civic center complex.

"Again, thank you for your support and understanding. Words cannot express how much it continues to mean to us."


2.) Nine vehicles, including a Sheriff's patrol car, were badly burned yesterday in the MTA Green Line Station parking lot, and investigators think the fire may have been intentionally set. 

The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. Authorities described the fire as "possible arson" but said the investigation was continuing. 

There were no injuries. 


3.) Meanwhile, multiple commercial trucks caught fire while parked near the 12200 block of Woodruff Avenue. 

There is no word on the cause of that fire or whether it was related to the MTA incident. 


4.) Brent Shubin, the Doty Middle School principal who has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness, has been diagnosed with Giant Cell Myocarditis, friends and family said in an online posting

"This is very rare, only 300-400 known cases. His immune system is attacking his heart and is causing heart failure. They are currently trying to strengthen his heart by suppressing his immune system. If that is not successful, a heart transplant may be needed."

The link includes an opportunity to send Shubin positive messages and notes of encouragement. 


5.) CrossFit Downey will be featured live on Univision Channel 34 today throughout the morning.