uLOS ANGELES (AP) — A city-wide promotion in Los Angeles for a popular Amazon television series caused chaos when drivers lined up for hours to cash in on 1950s gas prices.
Amazon partnered with nearly 30 businesses to roll back prices Thursday in honor of the show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” set in the ‘50s, as part of an Emmy Awards campaign.
Police had to shut down a 30-cents-per-gallon promotion at a Chevron gas station in Santa Monica after eager customers lining up caused traffic delays at the nearby westbound Santa Monica Freeway for hours.
One motorist took to Twitter to complain, saying it would have been a better idea “if we had the same number of cars on the road as in the ‘50s.”
The show is nominated for 20 Emmy Awards. The Emmys will air Sept. 14.
uOAKLAND POLICE CITE FBI AGENT AFTER GUN STOLEN FROM VEHICLE: OAKLAND (AP) — Officials say police issued a citation to an FBI agent last month after the agent’s gun was stolen from a parked vehicle in Oakland.
The East Bay Times reports the Oakland Police Department used a 2016 state law requiring law enforcement officers to put weapons in a lock box when leaving them in an unattended vehicle. It calls for officers who don’t use lock boxes, or other safety devices, to be cited and fined up to $1,000.
The .45 caliber gun and an FBI jacket were stolen from the agent’s vehicle in an Oakland parking lot on July 10. The weapon was later recovered.
uINMATE DIES AFTER FOUND UNRESPONSIVE IN REDWOOD CITY JAIL: REDWOOD CITY (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say they are investigating the death of an inmate found unresponsive during a security check on a housing pod.
The San Mateo Sheriff’s Office says deputies at the Maguire Correction Facility in Redwood City found the unresponsive inmate Thursday.
It says correctional staff and fire department personnel immediately responded and initiated CPR. The inmate was then transported to a local hospital where he died. The office says a preliminary investigation shows it was a “possible suicide.”
3 ARRESTED, 1 SOUGHT IN DEATH OF SOCAL HOMELESS MAN: WESTMINSTER (AP) — Police in Southern California have arrested three people suspected of beating a homeless man to death last month, and investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating a fourth alleged assailant.
Officers found a bloody Duc Le dead on a street in Westminster on July 20. The 45-year-old was known to sleep in the area where he was attacked.
The Orange County Register reported Thursday that police arrested 21-year-old Andrew Holguin and 19-year-old Christian Huerta in connection with the killing. The name of the third suspect, a 16-year old boy, was not made public. All could face murder charges. It’s not known if they have lawyers.
Police are searching for 18-year-old Jeffrey Andrade, who investigators have named as a homicide suspect.