Thursday morning report, Oct. 22

Five things to know this Thursday morning: 

1.) Three people, including a toddler, were found dead inside a Downey apartment last night. Police suspect murder-suicide. 

Family members checked on the family, who lived inside an apartment unit on the 7300 block of Neo Street, after not hearing from them for two days. 

"I saw a lady coming down the stairs from the apartment, crying, and it looked like she had blood all over her shirt and hands," neighbor Carolina Martinez told NBC-4. "She was just crying hysterically."

Authorities told ABC-7 that the home had a history of domestic violence. 

The identities of the victims have not been released. 


2.) A Downey woman pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in Iowa last week and was ordered to pay a $625 fine, plus fees and victim restitution. 


3.) Fresh & Easy announced it is closing all its stores and has begun liquidating its assets. 

From the L.A. Times: "Fresh & Easy failed to personalize its merchandise selection by neighborhood, often ran out of popular items and charged as much as 20% more for its private-label products than its name-brand counterparts, analysts said.

"Tesco also sunk millions into an 850,000-square-foot distribution center in Riverside County, which put enormous pressure on the chain to swiftly expand."

The big question now is what will happen to Fresh & Easy's building at Downey Avenue and Firestone Boulevard. 


4.) By most accounts, last night's DUSD candidates forum, held at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, went pretty well. All candidates attended, except for Maria Avalos and Claudia Medina. 

One big issue where incumbents and challengers disagree: term limits. All incumbents oppose term limits, while Linda Saldana and Vanessa Rodriguez are in favor. 


5.) The Downey Historical Society is hosting an open house this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.