Tuesday morning report, Jan. 19

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) In a Facebook post, Downey mayor Alex Saab said that Sunday's deadly home invasion "does not appear to be a random break in."

"It appears at this time that the victim was being specifically targeted," Saab said. "I want to repeat this; it does not appear to be a random crime."

Jim Rudometkin, 59, died after three intruders forced their way into his home on the 10300 block of Lesterford Avenue, authorities said. A cause of death has not been publicly released. 


2.) Los Lonely Boys singer Henry Garza is suing VenueTech, alleging negligence after he fell into an orchestra pit during a 2013 performance at the Downey Theatre. 

According to the suit, Garza fell six feet into the pit. The fall required hospitalization and forced the band to cancel 43 shows. 

“I remember going unconscious and I remember when I tried to come to, my immediate thought in my brain was there’s a bomb here,” Garza said in a deposition. “I couldn’t figure out where I was, what was wrong, what happened or anything. I had no clue.”


3.) Councilman Sean Ashton is on Twitter, tweeting under the handle @RealSeanAshton


4.) The L.A. Times published a bombshell of a story last week, reporting that the informant in a FBI bribery case was a Huntington Park councilmember. 

The Times claims that Councilman Valentin Amezquita wore a wire for the FBI to implicate a local tow company that was paying bribes in exchange for permission to raise its impound fees. 

From the Times: 

"The case has brought a taint of scandal to Huntington Park, making it the latest in the cluster of small, industrial cities south of Los Angeles to be touched by allegations of corruption and political shenanigans.

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"Poor civic engagement by residents and political volatility are the norm in the heavily immigrant, mostly Latino cities, where frequent, intensely contested elections are decided by a small fraction of voters. Amid the turmoil, special interests such as trash haulers or tow truck operators have seized on opportunities to sway votes in their favor."


5.) Warren High grad Christopher Flicker, now working as a photojournalist for the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs, was honored by the Boy Scouts for saving a life. 

Flicker was on assignment when he spotted an elderly man being swept away during a severe storm. Flicker went into the river and pulled the man to safety.

"It's actually the only time I ever put the camera down and I just had to act, I didn't think that I could be that good of an example to my kids if I couldn't help out," Flicker told his employer, KESQ.