Valley News: Pot Grow House Discovered After Fire, Police Say; Drive-By Victim ID'd

Here are some of the top stories from around the San Fernando Valley recently.

Here are some of the top police and fire stories recently in the San Fernando Valley from areas not directly covered by Patch. Go to Calabasas Patch, Encino-Tarzana Patch, North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch, Northridge-Chatsworth Patch, Sherman Oaks Patch, Studio City Patch or Woodland Hills Patch for news in those areas.

North Hills

Firefighters knocked down a house fire at a North Hills home Friday and discovered about 300 to 500 marijuana plants as well as an interior irrigation system inside the residence to cultivate the plants, a police sergeant said.

Police have arrested at least one suspect, who appears to be a resident at 9137 Monogram Ave., said Los Angeles police Sgt. Umberto Najera of the Devonshire station.

Najera said firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 12:15 a.m.

An official from the Los Angeles City Fire Department could not be reached for comment.

"Right now, the place is being locked down and we're attempting to get a search warrant to recover the remaining evidence," Najera said.

See the attached photos of the fire, which were sent to Patch by Rick McClure.



A 27-year-old man killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting in Pacoima was identified Sunday night by the coroner's office.

The victim was identified as Saul Aguirre of Pacoima, coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

The shooting took place around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Kagel Canyon Street and Telfair Avenue, where a car pulled up to Aguirre and another man and fired multiple rounds, according to Officer Christopher No of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

Aguirre, who suffered at least one gunshot wound to the back, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was pronounced dead, No said.

No suspect information was available.

Grant Miles January 29, 2013 at 01:05 AM
I'll bet those firefighters were feeling pretty alright after that fire.


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