RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Three people face several drug-related charges Friday after a honey oil lab exploded inside a Riverside apartment. (credit: Riverside Police Department) The explosion happened at about 6 a.m. Monday morning in the 600 block of Central Avenue, in the Canyon Crest neighborhood of Riverside. Police officers and firefighters were called out to respond to the fire, which was determined to have been caused by a butane honey oil lab set up inside one of the apartments and displaced several neighbors. A 38-year-old man with severe burn injuries was taken to the hospital shortly after the explosion, police said. Officers went to the hospital to talk to him and the woman who took him to the hospital and identified them as the residents of the apartment where the explosion happened. (credit: Riverside Police Department) The unidentified man was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Burn Unit for further medical treatment, but faces charges in the explosion to be filed at a later date, according to police. The woman who took him to the hospital, 41-year-old Lisa Marie Twyman, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit a felony, and outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Twyman is being held on $50,000 bail. Cutter Mendonca, 22, was also arrested in a car nearby on outstanding warrants, weapons violations, and drug violations. He is also believed to be affiliated with the two suspects and their apartment, police said. The displaced neighbors were assisted by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit. Anyone with more information about the suspects or the investigation can contact the Riverside Police Department’s narcotics unit at (951) 353-7200.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Twelve more buildings that were evacuated following last week’s steam pipe explosion in the Flatiron District are expected to reopen Tuesday. It’s been five days since the explosion shook the area of Fifth Avenue and 21st Street , shutting down streets and forcing people out of their apartments and businesses. “We really have no indication how long it will be before we can fully return and actually live in our homes again,” said displaced resident David Bass. Thursday’s blast sent asbestos-filled steam into the air, which has been the overriding concern in the area. Officials said air samples have tested negative and about half of the roughly 45 affected buildings have now been given the all clear following testing. But officials say a dozen buildings have tested positive inside for asbestos contamination. “We are constantly testing the air outside,” said NYC OEM Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Before we let people re-enter the building, we are testing the air inside in all common areas of the building.” There was a tense meeting Monday night as city and Con Edison officials answered a firestorm of questions from those impacted. About 400 businesses have been affected. “My people, they all want to come back to work and live life normal again,” said store manager Danielle Storno. “As a restaurant, people are not going to come if the whole area is blockaded and looks like a war zone,” said restaurant owner Renee Typaldos. Bus traffic was allowed on Fifth Avenue Monday, but it’s unclear when the area will be back to business as usual. Con Ed says it is giving $500 to everyone displaced and those who need to file claims for things such as hotels can do that. The city is also providing live updates as buildings are cleared for reoccupation through information on the city’s website
LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Wearing a hospital gown and sitting in a wheelchair, a Long Beach man appeared in court for the first time to face charges he killed a fire captain in a botched murder-suicide attempt. Thomas Kim, 77, appeared frail as he faced a judge Monday morning. Neighbors tell KCAL9’s Dave Lopez that Kim was receiving treatment for cancer and a kidney disorder at the time of the deadly incident. Kim is accused of killing Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa, 45, as he responded to reports of a fire and explosion at Kim’s apartment complex, Covenant Manor. Prosecutors say Kim set off a firebomb, which triggered the alarm and the building’s sprinkler system, then shot Capt. Rosa, another firefighter and a male resident. The second firefighter survived his gunshot wounds, but the other victim is still hospitalized. Authorities previously said that Kim was trying to kill his upstairs neighbor and himself by setting off the explosion. A handgun and gasoline were recovered from his apartment, police say. Thomas Kim appeared frail during a court appearance Monday morning.(credit: CBS) A massive memorial for Capt. Rosa was held last week in Long Beach, drawing hundreds of firefighters from across America to pay tribute to their fallen comrade. At least six firefighters were present in the courtroom today, all of whom told Dave Lopez they were personal friends of Capt. Rosa. Kim remained silent throughout the hearing and did not enter a plea. He is due back in court August 15.
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