<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 30 Apr 2017 19:41:38 -0700Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:41:38 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Riverside County Fire Responding to Fire in Corona]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/coronafireaerial.JPG

The Riverside County Fire Department was responding to a fire in the Corona area on Sunday evening. 

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates. We'll have the latest details live on the NBC4 News at 11. 

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<![CDATA[Search for Missing South Pasadena Child Continues]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:39:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/pasadenaboyfam.JPG

Family members of Aramazd Andressian Jr. gathered to pray and hand out fliers Sunday in Pasadena. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017.


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<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos of the 1992 LA Riots]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:52:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-la-riots-gallery-thumbnail1.jpg More than 60 people were killed, more than 12,000 others were arrested and $1 billion in property damage was recorded during the five days of rioting.

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<![CDATA[250 Firefighters Battling 150-Acre Wildfire Near Cajon Pass]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:26:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/170430-cajon-pass-fire-victor-valley-news.JPG

Approximately 250 firefighters were battling a 150-acre wildfire near the Cajon Pass on Sunday afternoon.

The fire was burning just off Cleghorn Road, east of the I-15 north of Devore, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire was assisting the San Bernardino National Fire with the fire fight. 

The fire was 10 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m. and was progressing in a northward direction, according to the San Bernardino National Forest twitter account

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates. We'll have the latest details live on the NBC4 News at 6. 

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battle 300-Acre Fire in Riverside County]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:27:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/170430-highgrove-fire-for-web.JPG

Firefighters were battling a 300-acre brush fire in Riverside County on Sunday afternoon. 

The Opera fire was reported around 3:45 p.m. near Opera Loop and East Palmyrita Avenue in the Highgrove community. 

The Riverside County Fire Department said the fire was "burning in light fuels at a rapid rate of spread."

The fire was 5 percent contained as of 6 p.m. 

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates. We'll have the latest details live on the NBC4 News at 11. 

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<![CDATA[Then and Now: Compare Scenes From the LA Riots]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-la-riots-sliders-then-and-now-thumbnail.jpg

These side-by-side images are from March 2017 and during the Los Angeles riots in April and May 1992. Compare the scenes by using the slider.

To View Full Photo: Click the bar in the middle of each image and slide it.

1. A structure burns at La Brea Avenue and 8th Street in the Miracle Mile area.

2. A soldier stands near a burned down business at the corner of Vermont Avenue and 8th Street in Koreatown.

3. Black smoke from a structure fire billows into the air near Pico Boulevard and Hayworth Avenue in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

4. A wing of a Koreatown strip mall on Vermont Avenue near 1st Street is engulfed in flames.

5. Looters run away from a Payless shoe store on Crenshaw Boulevard near 28th Street.

6. Firefighters douse a Crenshaw Boulevard Payless shoe store that was first looted and then went up in flames.

Photo Credit: AP Images/KNBC-TV
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<![CDATA[LA Loses to Jazz 104-91 in Game 7]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:41:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clippers+eliminated+in+7+.png

Leave it to the Clippers to do the most "Clipper" thing possible.

In a series where nothing made sense, where the team that was supposed to win would lose, and the team that was supposed to lose would win, the Los Angeles Clippers forced a Game 7 only to get blown out at home, 104-91, to the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Staples Center.

Gordon Hayward scored 26 points for the Jazz who advance to the secound round against the Golden State Warriors. 

"It was a fun atmosphere out there," said Hayward of playing in his first game 7. "You just want to make sure you leave it all out there because you never know when you'll get that chance again."

DeAndre Jordan had 24 and 17 rebounds for the Clippers, Chris Paul chipped in with 13 points and nine assists, and Jamal Crawford got hot late, scoring 20 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough. 

"We were prepared, we had the right intentions, but we really didn't relax and breathe and play like we've been playing," said Crawford. "By the time we settled in and got back in to our game, it was too little too late."

Maybe it was the early start time, maybe Blake Griffin's injury final caught up to them, or any other bevy of excuse you can think of. Either way, the outcome is the same: the Clippers season is over after another underachieving playoff performance.

"Not having Blake obviously is a major wound," said head coach Doc Rivers after the loss. "When you take your best scorer, your second best rebounder, your second best passer off a team...but give Utah credit. They won the series."

Only the Clippers could follow up their grittiest and most impressive victory of the season with their ugliest game of the season.

L.A. had just 39 points at halftime, and more turnovers (8) than they had assists (7). The Clippers also were atrocious from beyond the arc, shooting 6-of-25 from the three-point-line. 

The veteran-laden Clippers were the ones with more playoff experience, they were the ones with more Game 7 experience, they were the ones with the better player (Chris Paul), yet they were the team that looked like they were not ready to take the court on Sunday.

"It all came down to today to keep us afloat, keep us alive," added Paul. "The start don't mean nothing it's how you finish and once again, we're done."

The entire game was encompassed during a play in the middle of the third quarter. After an impressive defensive effort by Paul on the much bigger, Boris Diaw, the French forward appeared to have traveled, but it was not called. As the clock winded down, the Clippers forced a last second shot by Diaw who naturally drained the three-pointer and a foul was called on Paul Pierce on the shot.

The Clippers never recovered, and the mistakes snowballed as L.A. said goodbye to Pierce amidst grunts and groans from fans. Even Jay Z and a very pregnant Beyonce who watched the game courtside, could barely watch the final few minutes of another first round playoff exit for the Clippers.

The underdog Jazz survive and advance, with their second round series with the Warriors slated to start on Tuesday.

For the Clippers, the spotlight turns to the future as this could be the last time Lob City as we know it are on the same roster.

"We'll figure that out," said Rivers who is also the General Manager of the team. "We've been reading about our obituary for about three months now, so I'm sure everyone will have that."

Both Blake Griffin and Chris Paul can opt out of the final year of their contracts and become free agents, J.J. Redick is an unrestricted free agent, as are many of the role players on the Clippers bench.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Paul told NBC LA reporter Michael Duarte after the game. "Right now, I don't know, but I promise you guys [the media] will be the first to know when I do." 

The Clippers could blow the whole thing up and rebuild, an idea called for by many critics. Doc Rivers likely won't stick around for that as he has stated publicly he wants to keep the "Big Three" together.

With the future in doubt, one thing is for certain, the "Clippers Curse" continues to rear it's ugly head, year after year, and this roster will definitely look drastically different next season.

Photo Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Makeup Artists Help Cancer Patients Put on a Brave Face]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:17:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/lipstickangels.JPG

Many of the powerful drugs used to fight cancer result in hair loss and negatively affect the skin, leaving patients feeling less than their best. That's where a team of volunteers comes in, to not only restore their appearance, but also their dignity.

"The people you meet that take care of you make it so easy. I come in with a smile on my face because I know they're going to be here," patient Jennifer Morton said.

When she arrives for chemotherapy treatments, she is prepared for battle. Her weapons of choice; a positive attitude and a genuine smile.

Although she comes to treatment by herself, she is never alone.

On a recent visit, she was accompanied by Amy Holiber, a makeup artist with Lipstick Angels. The nonprofit provides facial treatments, hand massages and makeup applications to cancer patients at their bedsides, or while they're receiving infusions.

"You come in and you're not there to give them chemo, you're there to give them love and joy," Holiber said.

Holiber works as a makeup artist in Hollywood but said her time with Lipstick Angels is more emotionally fulfilling.

When Lipstick Angels founder and CEO Renata Helfman started the nonprofit five years ago, she was also working as a professional makeup artist in Hollywood.

"I just wanted to do something outside of the pretentiousness," Helfman said.

She decided to use the skills and talent she already possessed to restore and strengthen the dignity of seriously ill people while they're undergoing treatment. She now has a host of professional makeup artists volunteering for Lipstick Angels.

"Feeling empowered and feeling supported and knowing when you get here there's going to be someone holding your hand through this journey," Helfman said. "The Angel part of this is helping another fellow human being so selflessly."

Some may doubt the power of a personal makeup session for a woman, or a hand massage for a male patient, but medical experts see the benefits.

"Feeling mentally stable, joyful, comfortable, finding things to look forward to, being able to feel more positive about what is otherwise not a positive situation, I think can really help patients get through the challenges and prolonged nature of cancer treatment," Dr. B.J. Rimel said.

Morton calls makeup her coat of armor in her battle against cancer.

"I'm going to look good and I'm going to feel good. I think attitude is so much part of the overall treatment plan," Morton said. "It's kind of my first step to coming in and kicking this thing."

She is determined to beat cancer, with a medical team and Lipstick Angels by her side.

Lipstick Angels started at Cedars Sinai five years ago but has now expanded to Long Beach Memorial, City of Hope and New York Presbyterian.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Preliminary 3.1-Magnitude Earthquake Rattles San Bernardino]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:11:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/earthquake-sanbernardino-sunday-043017.JPG

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake shook the San Bernardino area Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

More than 70 people in the Colton, Fontana, Riverside and other Inland Empire areas reported feeling the shaker. 

There were no immediate reports of damage. 

<![CDATA[Hermosa Beach Pier: 'La La Land' Day]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:16:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hermosabeachpier013923.jpg

If you've ever sauntered along Hermosa Beach Pier just as our nearest star is touching, then sinking into, the Pacific Ocean, you know that particular velvety feeling of pure spellbound-a-tude.

It's a feeling that the 2016 film "La La Land" aptly captured in the memorable "City of Stars" scene featuring Ryan Gosling, a dancing couple, a line-up of vintage lampposts, and the pier that Southern Californians know so well. 

To honor the historical, felled-by-a-storm, then-grandly-rebuilt century-plus landmark, and its fresh stardom in the new musical movie, "the Hermosa Beach Pier was transformed back into a set from the Academy Award-winning film 'La La Land,' hosting members of the film's production team for a mayoral proclamation ceremony."

The ceremonial spellbound-a-tude took place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. And the soundtrack? Musicians, straight from the flick itself, provided the tunes.

It's a time of day that arrived just a smidgen before the twilight-y time in which the film's mood-laden scene took place, making the moment a perfect dovetailing of real-life ceremony and movie-based magic.

Of course, this wasn't the only "La La Land"-lovely event of the week; hoofers in hue-bright attire danced on the side of City Hall on Tuesday, April 25, which was proclaimed as "La La Land" Day in Los Angeles. (Yes, on the side.)

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<![CDATA[Truck Slams Into Fullerton Apartment]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:04:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/17-26850+Big+Rig+Collision+2.jpeg

A Fullerton family awoke to chaos after a truck slammed into their apartment Sunday morning.

Multiple people were taken to the hospital after the large truck slammed into the complex, according to the Metro Net Fire Authority.

The crash occurred at 6 a.m. in the 650 block of Imperial Highway when the truck veered, hit the curb and struck the building. Police said the driver of the tractor-trailer was traveling within the speed limit before the sudden crash. 

The family told NBC4 a concrete wall fell on the mother. Two of her teen boys lifted the wall off her to free her before firefighters arrived. The wall missed her 1-year-old daughter by a few feet. 

Two apartments were damaged in the crash, and multiple people were taken to the hospital. It wasn't clear what their conditions were. Two of the people taken to the hospital were the driver, a 44-year-old man, and passenger, a 42-year-old woman. 

A 40-year-old man, a 40-year-old woman, and their 2-year-old daughter were taken to the hospital as well.

Nine adults and seven children were displaced after five apartments were evacuated and deemed unsafe. 

Imperial Highway was closed in both directions, Fullerton police said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the driver to veer and crash. 

NBC4's Marin Austin contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: Fullerton Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[VIDEOS: The Best of Steve Ballmer]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:35:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Steve+Ballmer+Biggest+Fan.png

Welcome to the best of Ballmer. 

It's safe to say that Steve Ballmer is a national treasure. Not only is the Microsoft billionaire the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, he's also their biggest cheerleader. 

If you've followed Ballmer's exploits over the past few years, you know the eccentric CEO loves to scream, shout and dance during Clippers games, just look at this video from 2015 of Ballmer dancing to a performance by Fergie.

Ballmer has been there with each and every Clippers fan during their first round playoff series with the Utah Jazz. The matchup has easily been the most hotly contested and closest series of the playoffs so far, and the only one that has gone seven games.

Through major injuries to Utah's Rudy Gobert and L.A.'s Blake Griffin, Ballmer was there. He cheered loudly during every exciting moment, and stood stunned during every disappointing one as well.

So in honor of Sunday's Game 7 at Staples Center, we thought we'd bring you the best of Ballmer during this first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Hopefully, the Clippers can win and advance so we can get more of Ballmer, a.k.a. the dancing machine.

Here is Ballmer during the Clippers game 2 win:

Here's Ballmer at Staples Center going through the ebbs and flows of the pivotal Game 5 loss to the Jazz:

The Clippers stunned the Jazz in a closeout game in Game 6 in Utah to force a Game 7 back in L.A. This was the highlight of the game as Austin Rivers nailed a three to give the Clippers an 11-point lead late in the fourth quarter. L.A. went on to win 98-93.



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<![CDATA[March for Babies: Thousands March in Exposition Park]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:05:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/260*120/170429-march-for-babies.JPG

Thousands joined the March for Babies march in Exposition Park on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Cap Off Incredible Comeback]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:46:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/175*120/AP_17120129835782.jpg

This will make the hair on your neck stand up.

The Dodgers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the ninth and walked off on an RBI single by Adrian Gonzalez to shock the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-5, on the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots. 

Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger, and Justin Turner started the bottom of the ninth with solo home runs off Phillies closer Hector Neris to complete a three-run comeback, that felt eerily similar to the Dodgers "four homers" game in September of 2006. 

As a prime example of just how eerie and cyclical life is, the Dodgers played host to the Phillies at Dodger Stadium on April 29, 1992, the day that a jury in Simi Valley found the four police officers caught beating Rodney King on camera not guilty.

The verdict sparked one of the worst riots in history, and a dark day for the city of Los Angeles. Chavez Ravine was a safe haven of sorts on that night, as players and fans enjoyed a baseball game, unbeknownst to them, the city was crumbling around them.

The Dodgers lost that night, 7-3, and 25 years later, they were about to suffer the same fate until they chose to turn destiny on it's head with one of the more epic comebacks you'll ever see. 

Grant Dayton, who was activated off the 10-day disabled list before the game, picked up the win after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth. 

"With this team, I never felt like being down three runs was really a big deal," said Dayton after his first win. "Obviously tonight, it wasn't. I just kept saying, 'We can do this!'"

The comeback let starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy off the hook as the right-hander remains undefeated on the young season. 

"The end was nice, for those guys to rally up like that and do what they did in the ninth inning was a good statement for us," said McCarthy of the comeback. "We made a statement that said, 'we're not willing to accept our fate, but we're going to be the ones that dictate it.'"

McCarthy allowed four runs on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts in five innings.

"I had a really inconsistent night," said McCarthy. "It was a battle from the get go. Everything was a C- tonight. Not enough to get destroyed, but not enough to go deep into the game."

Twenty-five years ago, it was current Dodgers' broadcaster, Orel Hershiser, who only lasted five innings as he took the loss on that historic night.

"I knew the riots were 25 years ago tonight, but I didn't know it was against the Phillies," said McCarthy who grew up in nearby Glendale. "My family was living in Pasadena at the time. I was nine years old, my parents were nervous, it was a crazy time."

Cody Bellinger hit his first Major League home run when he sent right-hander Zach Efflin deep in the bottom of the seventh inning and then added the first multi-homer game of his career to his resume when he clanged one off the right field foul pole in the bottom of ninth. 

"I've never been a part of anything like this," said Bellinger. "I'm speechless right now."

Bellinger became the first player Dodgers player since Yasiel Puig (6/4/13) to have multiple homers in a game in which he hit his first career home run.

"I think I acted more wild on the second one," added Bellinger. "I think I'll remember the second one more because of how it ended."

Efflin's only other run allowed was a leadoff home run to Andew Toles, the fourth big fly of the season for the young outfielder.

Other than those two mistakes, Efflin was superb, allowing just two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts in seven strong innings.

Brock Stassi hit a three-run homer off McCarthy in the fourth inning to give the Phillies the lead, and Andrew Knapp followed up Bellinger's first career blast, with the first big league homer of his career in the top of the eighth inning off Hatcher.

Neris blew the save, and then took the loss, his first of the season, after he allowed a single to pinch-hitter Austin Barnes. Two batters later, Corey Seager singled to left field, putting the game-winning run in scoring position. 

"It was a bad day. It's going to happen," said Neris after the game. "They were all fastballs, but I missed my location."

Gonzalez hit a grounder between third and short, Maikel Franco, couldn't make the play and the Dodgers capped off the comeback for their third win in a row. 

"It was extremely exciting," said Gonzalez of the comeback. "I thought it was a routine ground ball to where the third baseman usually plays me, but when I saw he was playing close to the line, I thought it had a chance to get through. Luckily for us it his glove and trickled away from the shortstop.

The bottom of the ninth inning was the first time the Dodgers have gone back-to-back-to-back since Hanley Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz did it on Aug. 18, 2012 in Atlanta. 

Turner's home run, the third and final of the back-to-back-to-back series, was his first of the season, and extended his hitting streak to a career-high, 15 games. 

Up Next:

Nick Pivetta will make his MLB debut for the Phillies on Sunday opposite Hyun-Jin Ryu is still in search of his first win since 2014. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10PM PST. 

Photo Credit: AP/Mark J. Terrill]]>
<![CDATA[Rally and March Held on LA Riots 25th Anniversary]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:47:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rally_and_March_Held_on_LA_Riots_25th_Anniversary_1_1200x675_933012035817.jpg

A rally and march were held in South Los Angeles at the intersection where truck driver Reginald Denny was attacked and mobs of people poured into the street unleashing violence 25 years ago. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 8 on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

<![CDATA[On 25th Anniversary of LA Riots, Sports Comes Full Circle ]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:05:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Screen+Shot+2017-04-29+at+8.46.37+PM.png

It's been said that "everything is cyclical."

You have no idea.

April 29th, 2017 marks the 25-year anniversary of the LA Riots and for the sports teams in the City of Angels, life is truly coming full circle.

Twenty-five years ago to the date, it was the first round of the NBA Playoffs and the Los Angeles Clippers were doing battle with the Utah Jazz. Game 4 was scheduled to tip-off at the Sports Arena the night of the Rodney King verdict, but the NBA postponed the game, moving it to Anaheim for safety reasons.

The world turned, but 25 years later history repeated itself. A day after the riots the Clippers would win Game 4, to force a do-or-die Game 5 in Salt Lake City. On Friday, the Clippers won Game 6 to force a winner-take-all Game 7 at Staples Center.

"It was a great series if you remember," said Clippers head coach Doc Rivers who ironically was the starting point guard for the Clips during that 1992 series. "It had the interruption with the Rodney King riots. We won Game 3 and felt like we had some momentum going."

The disruption of the riots had many players on both teams fearing for their safety as rioters and looters set the city ablaze. Rivers remembers the Clippers not being able to even find a gym to practice in at the time.

"I can remember us trying to find a practice (place)," continued Rivers. "We had calls out every day. There was nowhere open."

The coincidences don't end there. As feelings of fear and uncertainty gripped the Southland, helicopters flew overhead at Dodger Stadium where the Boys in Blue were hosting the Philadelphia Phillies.

On Saturday, the Dodgers once again played host to the Phillies at Chavez Ravine, 25 years to the day that a jury in a Simi Valley courtroom acquitted the police officers caught beating Rodney King on videotape.

Current Dodgers broadcaster Orel Hershiser was the starting pitcher for that game, the reigning NL Cy Young winner didn't last long as he surrendered five runs in five innings.

By that time, news of the riots had already flashed on the in-stadium video boards as the organization warned fans to avoid the 110 Freeway on their way home.

By the time Hershiser had left the game, the glow from the fires going on down the street in South Central could be seen from the top deck, and once the wave of smoke hit the stadium, fans started to quickly head for the exits.

"By the time the game was in the seventh, eighth inning, there was hardly anybody in the stands at all," current Kansas City Royals hitting coach, Dale Sveum told the L.A. Times. "Then, of course, when the game got over, all hell was breaking loose all over the city."

Sveum was an infielder for the Phillies at the time and remembers Lenny Dykstra hitting two doubles during that game, and current Phillies broadcaster John Kruk scoring two runs off Hershiser.

"It was a bad game and a bad night for LA," Hershiser recalled. "I have nothing else to say."

The riots predated WiFi and smartphones, so news travelled a lot slower back then. The players in the clubhouses had no idea of the chaos occurring around them, but when the team bus had to drive on to the field to pick them up outside the dugouts, everyone, including Dodger stars Darryl Strawberry and Eric Davis, both LA natives, knew something was terribly wrong.

The Dodgers would cancel the next three games and the series picked back up on May 5th in Philadelphia. The Dodgers lost the game on April 29, 7-3, and would go on to lose the series, 2-1, after it reconvened in the City of Brotherly Love.

They went on to lose 99 games that year, one of the worst marks in franchise history. The Clippers of course would drop the decisive game in Salt Lake City and be eliminated from the playoffs.

Here's hoping history doesn't repeat itself. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Dunn/ALLSPORT]]>
<![CDATA[1 Man Killed, 3 Wounded in Carjacking, Cross-City Shootings]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:48:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/170429-lasd-multiple-shootings-new.JPG

A man and woman were arrested in connection with a carjacking and string of Los Angeles County shootings, including one that left a man dead and at least three people wounded Saturday, authorities said.

The carjacking and subsequent shootings spanned Pico Rivera, Whittier, La Mirada and Santa Fe Springs. 

The Coroner's Office identified 44-year-old Jose Sahagun of Norwalk as the victim Sunday.

A man and a woman connected to the final hotel shooting in Santa Fe Springs were taken into custody in a stolen car. They matched descriptions of the people involved in the first shooting, but it wasn't clear if they were suspects, authorities said.

The carjacking was reported about 2:15 p.m. in the Pico Rivera area, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The carjacked vehicle was found abandoned at 6:30 p.m. at Amelia Mayberry Park, at Painter Avenue and Lakeland Road in unincorporated South Whittier.

The shooters were described as a man and a woman.

Someone in the car began shooting at people about 4 p.m. in Pico Rivera, sheriff's officials said. The exact location was not available. 

More shootings occurred in other locations.

One shooting occurred at about 4 p.m. at Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Alicante Road in La Mirada, where a man was wounded. He was taken to a hospital where he died, Rouzan said.

Sheriff's officials said at least four shooting victims were taken from multiple locations to hospitals for treatment, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. They are on the lookout for other possible victims.

A shooting at about 8 p.m. in Santa Fe Springs was also being investigated as related to the others. It was at the Budget Inn near the Santa Ana 5 Freeway and Carmenita Road, Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff's Information Bureau said.

A man and woman were taken into custody at 8:30 p.m. and were being held at Whittier Police Department.

There was no word if anyone was wounded in the final shooting. 

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<![CDATA[Hamilton Tickets on Sale Sunday Morning]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:39:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3-9-17-hamilton-musical-tickets-orpheum.jpg
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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns 16 Acres in Riverside ]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:17:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/170429-riverside-fire.JPG

One residential structure was destroyed and 16 acres burned Saturday by a brush fire in the city of Riverside, authorities said.

It was reported at 3:24 p.m. in the 6900 block of Gaylord Avenue, said Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Jennifer McDowell.

The first engine company on the scene reported the fire was moving quickly in light vegetation towards structures, McDowell said. Multiple spot fires were reported.

A third alarm was called bringing the firefighters' numbers to 50 to help put out the flames and protect structures, she said. The flames were out at 5 p.m.

There were no firefighter or civilian injuries, McDowell said.

Photo Credit: NewsChopper 4]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Apologizes to Store Owner She Robbed During LA Riots]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:40:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/LA+Riot+Forgiveness.JPG

When Precious Hayes brought her grandchildren to the LA riots Peace Parade in Koreatown on Saturday, she wanted to tell 9-year-olds London and Paris about the time 25 years ago when racial tensions reached a tipping point. She had no idea she'd get to teach them a lesson about the value of an apology and forgiveness.

On April 29, 1992, Hayes -- then 20 years old -- was part of a group of people that looted nearby shops. It's a detail she initially neglected to mention to her grandchildren.

"I was hand in hand, slipping, falling, taking food, taking liquor," Hayes said.

One of the stores she broke into was Tom’s Liquor on Florence Avenue and Normandie Avenue.

While speaking with Hayes, NBC4 learned that Simon Choi, owner of Tom’s Liquor was also at the parade, standing just a few hundred feet away.

A quarter of a century later Hayes and Choi came face to face -- this time under much different circumstances.

"During the riots I was a partaker in the madness," Hayes told Choi.  "I am so honored to have the opportunity to apologize. I am so remorseful for my actions."

The apology was well received by Choi, who has since rebuilt his store. He said he still remembers when Tom's was broken into but was surprised Hayes remembered him after so long. 

"I never expected this," said Choi. "I am very happy today to be friends."

Hayes said she’s thankful for the unexpected turn of events at the parade and hopes the experience demonstrates an important lesson.

"The message is not to participate, not do things in the heat of the moment [because] later you'll be sorry," Hayes said.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV ]]>
<![CDATA[Lottery Ticket Worth $61 Million Sold in Orange County]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:11:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/Lottery+Store+Owner.jpg

Winner winner, so much more than a chicken dinner.

A lottery ticket worth an estimated $61 million was sold at a 7-Eleven in Laguna Hills.

The winning numbers, drawn Friday, are 6-13-18-20-31 with Mega number 13. The ticket matches all six.

The store, located at 27001 Moulton Parkway, will receive a whopping $305,000 retailer bonus from a separate lottery fund for selling the ticket.

If you happen to have the winning ticket, the California Lottery recommends you sign the back in ink, keep it in a safe place and visit any of the nine Lottery District Offices or contact Lottery officials.

Monday is the first day ticket holders can contact the California Lottery to claim their prize, but the winner will have one year from the date of the draw to claim the jackpot, California Lottery said in a statement.

The ticket holder will have the option of receiving the prize money incrementally in annual payments spread out over 30 years, meaning he or she will pay less in federal taxes, or accepting a lump sum of an estimated $37.3 million upfront.

This is the second time the golden state has been home to a Mega Millions jackpot this year, the California lottery said. In January, Jack Freney won the $191 million Mega Millions jackpot with a ticket purchased in Nipton, California.

Photo Credit: California Lottery ]]>
<![CDATA[CA Bill Seeks to Limit Funding for Jails with ICE Contract]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:45:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sb10062143p-001.jpg

A California Senate bill that aims to prevent jails from collecting some state grants if they have a contract with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is drawing praise from immigrants’ rights advocates and the ire of local law enforcement agencies.

Senate Bill 630, if passed, would prohibit jails that lease space to "public and private entities" from receiving money set aside for expanding and improving jail facilities. It would also require any jail receiving those funds to certify that space will not be rented out for at least 10 years after the expansion’s construction. The provisions exempt jails that rent out beds to another county or state, but it would affect facilities across California that assist ICE by detaining immigrants.

The goal, according to State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who introduced the bill, is to ensure that the state's law enforcement agencies are prioritizing local obligations. If a jail has enough room to sublet beds to an outside agency, then it casts doubt on its need for a multi-million dollar expansion, she reasoned.

“We have limited state funds,” Skinner said in a phone interview with NBC Bay Area. “We want to make sure that we’re really building capacity where it’s needed, and not where there already is existing capacity."

The senator was careful to note that the bill wouldn't abolish contracts between ICE and local law enforcement. Instead, it will simply disqualify jails that participate in them from receiving funds that were earmarked as part of the 2011 state-mandated prison realignment.

"While it does not prevent (the contracts), it is certainly sending a clear message that we want to make sure our state priorities are being met," Skinner said. "The feds can build their own facilities."

The bill has garnered support among criminal justice reform advocates in Contra Costa County, who for months have been protesting against the Sheriff’s Office for leasing out 200 beds to ICE at the Richmond jail. Sheriff David Livingston currently has a $70 million grant proposal to expand the facility before the Board of the State and Community Corrections. Livingston's critics are hoping that Skinner's bill, if passed, will torpedo the deal.

“In Contra Costa County, this is a huge thing if it passes,” said immigrants’ rights activist Claudia Jimenez, who is helping lead the #ServicesNotCells campaign against the jail expansion. “We’ve been following the bill very closely. There is a lot of fear here in the community about the tight relationship ICE has with the sheriff’s department, so we want this to pass."


Jimenez and other allies are advocating for the release of nonviolent offenders and severing the ICE contract. They are also pushing the county to redirect $25 million it approved for the jail expansion to community programs that would help prevent incarceration.

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt also voiced his support for SB 630, issuing a public letter that called into question the use of "scarce" county and state funds to pay for the 150,000-square-foot expansion plan.

"The growing needs in communities like Richmond require that public funds be invested in advancing outcomes in education, community health and improving quality of life," Butt wrote. "We cannot afford to redirect scarce public funds for projects that counteract local public safety and community policing efforts."

If passed, the bill wouldn't go into effect until 2018, but Skinner, who wrote a letter to the County opposing the Richmond expansion, said she is hopeful the Board of State and Community Corrections will "take the intent of the legislature into account" before signing off on any current proposals.

The California Sheriff's Association, which has a history of opposing legislation that limits cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement, has come out against the bill. Association representatives testified before the Senate that it would limit the ability to perform crucial repairs. They also allege that it is too "late in the process" to "change the rules" for grant approval.

"These jail improvements are a direct benefit to the persons housed in these facilities and they demonstrate the sheriffs' commitment to providing appropriate services and treatment to our inmate populations," wrote Cory Salzillo, the legislative director for the sheriffs' association, in a letter to Skinner. 

Livingston, who was unavailable for comment, has argued that the Richmond jail expansion will provide much-needed rehabilitative and re-entry services to inmates. He also maintains that his plan will not add to the net number of beds, and will instead reduce existing overcrowding at in the Martinez and Richmond jails. 

The Board of State and Community Corrections will issue a decision on the Richmond grant in June. SB 630 passed through the State Senate's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday and is going back to the floor for a third reading. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illness of Year]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:08:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mosquito-GettyImages-563546355.jpg

The first case of human West Nile Virus (WNV) illness for this year was confirmed in Central California, according to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

The case was discovered in Kings County, CDPH confirmed--which includes cities such as Corcoran and Hanford.

According to public health officials, WNV activities were found in San Diego, Orange and San Mateo counties. The rainy season has also effected the mosquito breeding sites.

WNV can be transmitted to humans and animals through infected mosquitoes--although the risk serious illness for people is low, CDPH said.

But the virus can cause serious neurological illnesses in less than one percent, including meningitis or encephalitis. Individuals over the age of 50, or those with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick.

The CDPH is urging all Californians to take necessary precautions against the virus by doing the following:

  • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, eucalyptus or lemon oils, picaradin
  • Watch out for mosquitoes in the early mornings and evenings since they usually bite around that time
  • Drain any standing water on your property, including flower pots and buckets to stop mosquitoes from laying eggs
You can also vist the WNV website for more information.

Photo Credit: LA Times via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Suspected DUI Driver in Custody After Fatal Crash on 405 Fwy]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:57:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/4-29-17+Deadly+405+Crash.JPG

Northbound lanes of the 405 Freeway were temporarily closed Saturday morning after a deadly crash, and a driver was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened just after 3:30 a.m. at Century Boulevard on the northbound side of the freeway, according to CHP. One of the cars involved burst into flames.

A person died at the scene, CHP said. It was not immediately clear if that person was outside of his or her vehicle, or if the person was ejected.

CHP said a driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.

What led up to the crash was not immediately clear.

The crash prompted the closure of all northbound lanes near LAX early Saturday morning. Three northbound lanes remained closed just before 8 a.m. for the investigation, but all lanes were reopened later Saturday morning, CHP said.

A second crash snarled traffic on the southbound side of the freeway in that same area early Saturday morning, a county fire dispatcher said. Two people were taken to hospitals from that crash, which involved four cars.

The southbound lanes, which were first closed at 4:41 a.m., were re-opened at 7:58 a.m., according to CHP Officer Dion Conley.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: OnScene.TV
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<![CDATA[Free: Brewery ArtWalk]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:28:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/BreweryArtWalk_site_102808.jpg

Standing before a painting and pondering it is never just about its intrinsic here-and-now-ness nor the moment you're occupying.

You might be thinking about the future, and what people who live centuries from now will make of its subject matter or style. Or you might be wondering how many viewers have enjoyed it over the years.

And you're definitely, almost totally thinking about the artist, as well as the setting where the painting was once but a blank canvas.

The Brewery Art Complex is a colossal collection of such settings, and has been since 1982. It's where dozens of creative visionaries and iconoclasts call home, or call work, either keeping a residence at the former Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery or using a space on its gargantuan grounds as a studio.

You know The Brewery's can't-miss-it smokestack: It's at the 5 Freeway and Main Street. The spread below the stack is hard to miss, too, seeing as how it encompasses 16 acres and multiple structures.

Peeking at where so many blank canvases, and lumps of clay, and unwoven fabrics first get lift-off, first take shape, isn't too hard, if you're patient. The Brewery, which is billed as "the world's largest art complex," opens its gates to visitors two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

The spring weekend is here, which means art lovers'll descend, with no dollars paid for admission nor parking, on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 for the Brewery ArtWalk. The times, both days, are 11 to 6.

That's the beautiful takeaway: Pay nothing to wander among studios galore. You'll see completed works and pieces that are only just starting, and you may just meet more than a few artists, too.

Need a preview of what you might spy while saunter through studio after studio? Expect a heaping of everythingness, in terms of the materials and means the artists are employing. But here's a peek.

Photo Credit: The Brewery]]>
<![CDATA[Renderings: Future Metro Station Will Connect Riders to LAX]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:22:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/apm-edit.jpg Angelenos will soon be able to hop on the train and and get to LAX. Metro recently released renderings of the 96th Street station on the 8.5-mile Crenshaw/LAX line.

Photo Credit: LAWA]]>
<![CDATA[LAPD Struggles for Suspects in Saturday Morning Murder]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:30:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/seeking-justice-042817.PNG

The neighbors were there. That's what LAPD detectives believe about a Saturday morning murder that sent echoes of criminal gang activity across the neighborhood.

This particular shooting happened July 22, 2006. When the shotgun smoke cleared, 24-year-old Duane Anthony Burks was dead.

"It's been 10 years that my brother's been resting in peace and nobody knows nothing," said sister Sherry Henderson. "I'm tired of crying. I don't want other people crying like this."

Henderson said she and her brother were very close. They were the only two children whose mother passed away on Christmas Day while they were very young, and whose guardian and grandmother passed away years later. She said she and her brother only had each other in this life, so when she got word that her brother was shot, she rushed to the scene.

"And when we hit Florence and 11th Ave, I could just see detectives," she sobbed. "I see police, I see everything!"

LAPD South Bureau Criminal Gang Homicide Division Detective Ricardo Feria said he believes a number of witnesses saw everything, too, but are afraid to come forward even a whole decade later.

"There was a lot of people out here," Det. Feria said. "It was a Saturday morning. People were here, people saw it."

Feria said he hopes that shining light on the cold case will warm up witnesses to come forward. He said Burks was sitting in his car just outside his apartment complex after going to buy juice for his newborn baby.

"There's an exchange of words and shots are fired," Feria said. "He's shot multiple times while sitting in his vehicle in the driver's seat."

Henderson said her brother left behind three kids and a tumultuous marriage. The man she described as loving his family and loving his life had avoided criminal activity.

"I just want to know, I'm tired of hurting," she said.

And more than 10 years later, she said her pain hasn't changed. Now she's seeking justice for her brother, his kids and for the hundreds of other families who have had to deal with murder on South LA streets.

"It's sad that there's a lot of us like this," she said. "And it's sad that we die by our own hands."

LAPD believes there are four suspects involved – all of them in their 20s at the time of the shooting. They say two men fired two different guns, killing Burks, with a third man in the getaway vehicle and a female behind the wheel of the blue mini van.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact LAPD South Bureau Criminal Gang Homicide Division at 323-786-5100 and ask for Det. Feria.

Photo Credit: Sherry Henderson]]>
<![CDATA[Maeda Looks Like Old Self in Dodgers Win]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:31:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/164*120/GettyImages-674633888.jpg

Is Kenta Maeda back?

The Japanese right-hander recorded his best outing of the season as the Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3, on Friday night, snapping their six-game winning streak.

Maeda (2-2) entered the game with an 8.05 ERA and had never pitched deep into any game on the season. In fact, in his four starts, Maeda never even reached the sixth inning. 

On a windy Friday night at the Ravine, Maeda returned to his 2016 form, striking out a season-high eight batters as he allowed only two runs on five hits in seven strong innings. 

It was the longest Maeda had pitched into a game since July 10, 2016 against the Padres. 

"It was a huge boost of confidence," he said through a translator after going deep into the game. "It was a really good day."

Maeda worked in one of his new pitches, a cutter, for the first time this season, as he told reporters he hopes his new pitch will be another way to get hitters out moving forward. 

Meada got plenty of run support thanks to Justin Turner who went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as he extended his hit streak to a career-high 14 games--the longest active hitting streak in MLB.

Since April 13, Turner is batting .400 with five runs, five doubles and seven RBI.

Freddy Galvis knocked in the Phillies first two runs of the game as he extended his own hitting streak to 10 games with a double in the third inning.

Jerad Eickhoff (0-2) gave up nine hits and five runs. It was the first time Eickhoff had given up more than three runs in his last 13 starts.

"I had it in the first inning there and then just couldn’t find the release point," Eickhoff said of his performance. "I struggled with it. I kept them off-balance with the slider and located fastballs. I mean they had seven and eight singles or something like that? So the ball just fell where it did today. It was kind of frustrating but yeah, just the curveball, I couldn’t put them away."

The Phillies pushed a run across in the eighth against two relievers, but Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save.

"I hope this win starts something for us," said Jansen. "I tried to come out more focused tonight."

The postgame fireworks show was cancelled due to the high winds.

The game marked the return of veteran Howie Kendrick to Dodger Stadium. Kendrick spent the last two seasons with the Dodgers, but was traded to the Phillies in the offseason. 

Unfortunately for fans, Kendrick is currently on the disabled list with a right abdominal strain, and is not expected to be activated during the series with the Dodgers. 


Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (0-0, 2.25) will make his third start of the season Saturday. He last pitched seven innings and gave up three hits and one run in a no decision against Atlanta on April 23.

Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 2.25) will make his third career start against the Phillies. He is 0-1 against Philadelphia with 17 strikeouts. McCarthy last pitched vs Philly on April 27, 2014 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks and lost a 2-0 decision.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jayne Kamin-Oncea]]>
<![CDATA[Chase Ends in Smoky Heap as Another Pursuit Breaks Out]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:01:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/238*120/4-28-17-Chase.JPG

As one dangerous chase ended in a smoky heap on a Southern California freeway Friday night, another pursuit broke out miles away.

The first chase began at around 9 p.m. for a man suspected of firing several shots at an unoccupied vehicle in Santa Fe Springs, according to Whittier police.

It ended in a smoky heap on a freeway in Orange County on Friday and the driver putting his hands out of the car to surrender peacefully.

No one was injured in the shooting and the man returned to the scene as police were responding, which is when the chase ensued, police said.

The chase lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, mostly on the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway, police said.

The man was taken into custody in the San Clemente area. No one was injured in the chase.

A second chase began at around 10:21 p.m. in West Los Angeles for two suspects in a white Cadillac, according to the LAPD Southwest Divison.

Police said they were wanted for "criminal threats" but couldn't elaborate.

The Cadillac chase began on surface streets at Western and Washington and through the westbound 10 Freeway. The suspects exited the freeway and surrendered at Wilshire and Veteran about 20 minutes after the chase started.

<![CDATA[Bellinger Ready for Bright Lights of Dodger Stadium]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:55:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Bellinger+Debut.png

It's time to separate the men from the boys.

Cody Bellinger, the Los Angeles Dodgers' top prospect, made his MLB debut on Tuesday in San Francisco, but on Friday he will start under the bright lights of Dodger Stadium for the first time.

Bellinger started the season with the team's Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City as once again the Dodgers opened the year with an overcrowded outfield.

The young left-hander can play both corner outfield positions and first base in the major leagues, and is seen by many executives in the Dodgers' front office as the heir apparent to Adrian Gonzalez.

However, after a wrath of injuries struck the Dodgers to start the season—an MLB-leading 12 players on the disabled list—the front office felt that the time was now to call up their top prospect.

No coincidence, the move came less than 24 hours after the rival Giants called up their top prospect, Christian Arroyo, who started at third base against the Dodgers on Monday.

Bellinger was promoted to the Big Leagues on Tuesday, and the 10th ranked prospect in all of baseball wasted no time getting his feet wet as he started in left field with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

Reportedly, Bellinger was asleep early Monday morning when Dodgers' Director of Player Development, Gabe Kapler, started calling his cellphone around 2:00AM CST. 

The phone rang four different times before roommate and OKC pitcher, Trevor Oaks, woke up Bellinger and told him to take the call.

At just 21 years of age, Bellinger became the youngest Dodger to start in left field, surpassing Frank Howard, who was 22-years-old when he made his MLB debut for the Dodgers in 1958.

Bellinger went 1-for-3 with a walk in his debut, beating out an infield single to short for his first career hit.

"That's not how I imagined it would be, but I'll take it." Bellinger told reporters of the first hit of his career. "Every kid growing up wants a home run as their first hit."

Bellinger's dream of reaching the big leagues was forged in childhood. Born into a baseball family, Bellinger's father, Clay, played 15 years in baseball, including for the New York Yankees between 1999-2001.

Bellinger grew up alongside Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, and watched his father play in three consecutive World Series.

"It was awesome," Belinger said of growing up around baseball. "Ever since I was little, I was around baseball, in a baseball clubhouse around big leaguers. I took it for granted as a kid. I look back at it now, I was pretty fortunate to hang out with Jeter, Posada and Pettitte, go over to their houses and hang out. I didn't know how lucky I was back then."

Clay coached his son in little league and led Cody's team to the 2007 Little League World Series.

"It was unbelievable," Bellinger said of the LLWS. "I was 11 and on ESPN in front of 30,000 people. It's kind of weird just looking behind me and having all those people watch 11-12 year-olds play, but it was cool getting that experience on Baseball Tonight."

Bellinger was selected out of Hamilton High School in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Dodgers and only had to wait four years to make his MLB debut. Outside of his first at-bat, Bellinger said he felt comfortable at the big league level.

"I was comfortable," he said after his first game. "I felt like I belonged."

Bellinger is expected to stay with the Dodgers until outfielders Joc Pederson and Franklin Gutierrez are ready to return from the disabled list next week. 

Photo Credit: Rob Tringali/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Young Woman Back Home After Mysterious Disappearance]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:58:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/4-29-17-Flores.jpg

UPDATE: The woman has been found.

An 18-year-old woman is back home Friday night after disappearing while on her way to her school in Rowland Heights.

Cristal Flores left her home Friday morning but never arrived to school on Otterbein Avenue, according to Lt. David Buckner, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

She apparently called her friends around 8 a.m. saying she was being followed possibly by someone who was armed. Friends notified family who called authorities, officials said.

Authorities did not provide details on where she was and how she was found.

Family members passed out fliers while police patrolled near the school searching for signs of the woman.

Anyone with information can reach the sheriff's Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

<![CDATA[Wave of Strong Arm Robberies, Assault Hits Pasadena]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:09:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/fiverobberiespas.JPG

A wave of at least five strong-arm street robberies and one assault surged through Pasadena Thursday into Friday morning. Two of the incidents targeted members of the Caltech community, according to police.

A Caltech staff member was attacked by a group of men as he was walking early Friday morning off-campus on Blanche Street approaching Wilson Avenue, according to a Caltech security bulletin.

He was punched in the face and body, suffering cuts and abrasions, but was not seriously injured. No property was taken from him.

In another incident near Del Mar Boulevard and Hudson Avenue, an international student was beaten during a street robbery. His backpack, laptop and wallet were taken, according to a second Caltech security bulletin.

Earlier Thursday night, around 9 p.m., in two separate incidents only blocks apart, individuals walking with their cellphones were robbed of phones and other possessions.

The man victimized on Oak Knolls near Green Street made his way to Colorado Boulevard, where he attracted the attention of an employee at the Nine & Nine restaurant, who saw his bloodied face.

The good samaritan brought him ice and got him to sit at a patio table until emergency responders arrived. He did not require hospitalization.

On nearby El Molino at California, a woman was also robbed of her cellphone, according to Pasadena Police Lt. William Grisafe.

"Both victims were walking on the street with their phone in their hand. At some point, subjects came up from behind them, assaulted them and took their phones, and fled," Grisafe said.

The Oak Knolls victim did not see the attackers, but believes there were two, because he heard two distinct voices, Grisafe said.

In two of the incidents, suspected getway cars were seen. A silver Mercedes Benz was seen leaving one of the robberies; two apparently different vehicles from the assault on Blanche.

The other two robberies occured in the 1300 block of Colorado Boulevard, not far from Pasadena City College, and in the north 1400 block of Raymond Avenue.

Pasadena had been hit by another wave of street robberies earlier this year in February. What prompted this resurgence is not clear to police, who believe the same crew may be responsible for a number of the incidents, but not all.

The targeting of victims appears to be opportunistic.

"The two victims from the Caltech area were both Asian," said Grisafe. "But other than that, there's no indication that they're targeting anybody in particular."

For those who walk, especially at night and alone, Grisafe said it is important to maintain situational awareness.

Police are in contact with Caltech and the Institute's security is increasing security patrols, including near off campus housing, one bulletin stated.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Chance the Cat Survives 15 BB Gun Shots]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:34:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chance-the-cat-la.jpg

An eight-month-old kitten is recovering after being shot 15 times with a BB gun earlier this week.

The stray feline came in to Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital with multiple puncture wounds, all of them aimed at his head, according to hospital officials. Five BB gun pellets went through the cat's skull; surgeons were able to remove all but one, which was too deeply embedded. 

Hospital workers have named the cat "Chance" because he miraculously survived the attack. Veterinarians said that cats are normally quick to run away once they've been attacked, raising questions about how 15 shots were fired at the kitten. 

"We would think he would have ran, so it's a possibility that he could've been held down or tied down," Dr. Janie Guirguis said. "But we're not sure."

Chance was found hovering under a truck just a few blocks from the Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital in Orange County, California.

Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals.

Chance will continue to recover before Nohl Ranch begins searching for a suitable home.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Family Mourns Loss of 3-Year-Old Boy Fatally Struck by Car]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:31:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/crosswalkkid.JPG

A 3-year-old boy walking with his parents was struck and killed by a car in a San Bernardino crosswalk and the driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The parents of Michael Flores are mourning the heartbreaking loss.

“He was a very great boy,” said the boy’s father, Saint Christian Flores. “He was the best boy out there.”

The crash happened Thursday evening as the boy and his family walked in a marked crosswalk on Base Line Street.

Surveillance video shows a pickup truck heading eastbound, failing to stop and striking Flores as he walked in front of his parents.

Police say the driver of the truck, 34-year-old Crystal Fuentes didn’t stop until she struck a vehicle about two blocks away. Investigators arrested her on suspicion of DUI.

"The person that did this is behind bars and they are going to get what they deserve," the boy’s father said.

People who live in this area say the tragic death highlights the danger they face every day at this crosswalk

Maya Miranda, the boy’s relative, described him as a "very active and happy baby. He was just very loved.”

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help Michael Flores, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Urban Ocean Fest: Recycled Fashion Show]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:30:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trashinfashion_900_720.JPG

When we land dwellers pause to picture the ocean, we'll sometimes let our minds zoom straight to the deepest part of the humongous H20, miles away from land, where boats are few and islands are fewer.

But the fact is that the ocean and the land have a rather time-honored way of meeting in many places, and the vast water's colorful cornucopia of residents don't only exist far from where we are.

They're right next door, really.

That's where the Aquarium of the Pacific's annual Urban Ocean Festival steps in, with education, art, and some fashion fun, too. To help us get better acquainted with our neighbors and what's happening in their home, the land-adjacent waters.

The "urban" part of the yearly weekend-long happening reminds us that what we do here on terra firma can and does impact the nearby waves, from random littering to the sustainable/not-sustainable seafood choices we make.

The 2017 festival, which will dive into the Long Beach-based ocean-everything destination, will unfold on Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30.

A stylish centerpiece? The Trashin' Fashion Show on Sunday at 1:20 in the afternoon. Look for an array of get-ups and sartorial details made from recycled goods as well as "other found objects." Meaning a series of candy wrappers might serve as a eye-popping belt or a few bottle tops could be woven into a hat.

And on Saturday, be sure to join the Sustainable Seafood Tasting at noon. That's one of the major themes of the Urban Ocean Festival, and this foodie element will spotlight on just what sustainable means, and how we can support the concept.

Live tunes, an Urban Ocean Poetry Cruise on Saturday, Urban Ocean Film, and chances to create some art are also on the schedule. Just be sure to look everything over, to make sure you time your aquarium visit to the events you want to join.

Adding to it all? A celebration of harbors, the ships and day-to-day doings that happen in a port, and life along a coast.

There is, of course, ocean in the middle of the ocean (spoiler alert). But the waves also lap upon those busy spots where we landlubbers live, making a weekend dedicated to pondering our relationship with the vast water a positive thing, for sure.

Positive for the seals and sea lions and gulls who live very close to us, and all of the other Pacific-based critters, too. And, while we're at it, positive for all of those living on land. 

Photo Credit: Anitza Valles]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Band Together to Raise Cancer Awareness]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:59:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/friedersfire.JPG

Firefighters risk their lives to help others but when they're fighting cancer, they could use some help of their own.

One Pasadena Deputy Fire Chief is helping firefighters and their families not only cope with cancer, but maybe even help to prevent it.

"We are in the business of helping people and when we need help ... That doesn't really compute well with us," Pasadena Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Frieders said.

He wants to spread a warning message to his fellow firefighters: the job comes with an increased risk of cancer.

"There are more than 250 known carcinogens in an ordinary house fire so you can imagine what building fire, vehicle fire and other fire we go to on a regular basis may expose us to," Frieders said.

That is why as President of the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, he's helping firefighters and their families in the event of a cancer diagnosis.

The nonprofit that started in LA in 2005 has more than 350 volunteers nationwide.

"Firefighters, when they talk to other firefighters tend to open up and get comfortable very quick because it's really a brotherhood and sisterhood," Frieders said.

Firefighters battling cancer are matched with a mentor like Pasadena firefighter Tony Zee, who was diagnosed with stage four bone cancer.

"I just thought it was from training. Twenty-seven years old, who thinks they have cancer," Zee said.

He's doing what he can to battle back by working for the deputy chief's team.

"My job as a firefighter is to help the public, but now my job is to help other firefighters," Zee said.

In addition to support, the group educates firefighters about their risk of cancer. The goal is to reach every firefighter, from the recruit to the veteran.

"We have an old culture where the dirtier you look, the more manly you are," Zee said, "But you have to keep yourself clean because these carcinogens that stick to our gear are absorbing into our skin."

Frieders said one in three firefighters will be diagnosed with cancer during their career. With help, he's hoping to change that statistic.

"In your career you want to leave a good legacy and you want to figure out what your legacy is and for me to be involved in an organization that helps firefighters when they are dealing with the most tumultuous time in their life, that is a calling," Frieders said.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Mourn Colleague Who Died Suddenly on Duty]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:05:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4-29-17-Boyd.jpg

Los Angeles firefighters mourned on Friday the death of a beloved colleague who died unexpededly from an undisclosed medical emergency while driving on duty near downtown LA, officials said.

Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd, 55, had served more than 30 years with the department. He had been assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau's Public Safety Section, said Amy Bastman, a department spokeswoman, in a news release.
"I join the men and women of the LAFD in mourning Chief Boyd's sudden passing," said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas in a statement. "It is always an unexpected tragedy to lose one of our own and my thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time."

Boyd's car rear-ended a pickup truck in the area of 17th and Los Angeles streets about 11 a.m. He was taken to a hospital, but attempts to save him were unsuccessful.

Funeral details will be announced in the coming days, officials said.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Halfoween: Halloween Fest Sales]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:02:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/iHorrorRyanTCusick.jpg

While May 1, or May Day, or the First of Merry May, brims with plenty of petal-sweet, flower-fragrant symbolism, a person could also braid a few pumpkin vines through the occasion, and invite a spider or two to weave a web.

For this is the time of year when we're halfway to Halloween night, and the six-months-out marker is observed under various handles, from Halfoween to Walpurgis Night, and in various ways, from renting a monster movie to seeking out a caramel and/or apple treat.

But for our out-sized, spooky-rific summertime Halloween conventions, Halfoween can mean one thing for fans of goosepimply fun: Ticket savings.

ScareLA, which got its ghoulish start in 2013, is holding a special Halfoween Tickets Pre-scare sale on Friday, April 28. If you're an email subscriber, you'll get a "secret Pre-scare ticketing link," so float, like a ghost, to this page and find out more.

Time and place for the chilling con? Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

And over at Midsummer Scream, which lands, like a raven on a branch at the Long Beach Convention Center over the final weekend in July? There's also a ticket sale haunting fans, through Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m. (so you have a few days past Halfoween to nab a ticket for up to 50% off).

No ifs, ands, or bats about it: Southern California likes its scary stuff, and thousands of fright fans seek out fresh 'n fearsome ways to turn their yards into one-night-only graveyards, their patios into mad scientist labs, and their costumes into something that's worthy of a blockbuster film.

These titans of terror are where many fans go to learn more about the craft of Halloween, from a caboodle of experts, many from the movie industry. That both Midsummer Scream and ScareLA fall about three months ahead of Halloween speaks to how seriously fans pursue the best yard, the best make-up, the best home haunt: They need time ahead of October to gleefully prepare a whimsical and spooky abode and outfit.

If this is you, fly upon your trusty broomstick to those discount tickets, now.

Photo Credit: Ryan T. Cusick]]>
<![CDATA[China Café Reopens: Free Wonton Soup]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:50:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chinacafe9232-horz.jpg

Los Angeles, downtown, 1959. 

City Hall was there, an already iconic tower over the surrounding area, while the decades-old movie palaces of Broadway lined the busy thoroughfare, names like the Palace, the Los Angeles, and United Artists, now The Theatre at Ace. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was still a few years away from construction, and all of our ubiquitous skyscrapers were also, at that time, a little ways away.

Inside Grand Central Market, a new eatery serving chow mein, won ton soup, and other fill-the-tum delectables debuted in 1959, and soon became known not only for the tasty noshing but those famous neon signs: China Café.

The restaurant is a long-runner, in short, with its 60th anniversary coming in a couple of years, and a recent refurbishment gave that bright neon some new life. The neon's once again glowing, and the stoves and lights are on, too, as China Café has its grand re-unveiling on Friday, April 28.

So how does a restaurant that's been shuttered for a bit celebrate its big "hello, again, everyone"? Why with a giveaway, of course. The first 100 customers will receive a free bowl of wonton soup, a staple of the spot.

The soup isn't the only spectacular element to the day, however: Lion dancers "will weave their way through the Market" in honor of the 11 a.m. kick-off, and a roasted pig will give the auspicious moment a bit of traditional luck.

If you can't make the opening but find yourself at the 100-year-old public market, hankering for a quick and classic meal, look to the boiled noodles and egg fo yeung, two other savory staples on the China Café menu.

By the by, that's the significance of the "100" in the 100 bowls wonton soup giveaway on April 28: Grand Central Market is celebrating its centennial in 2017.

Photo Credit: @mmijjung]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Strong Overnight Gusts Sweep Across LA]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:53:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/04-28-2017-palm-tree-fire-1.gif Strong wind gusts knocked down trees and fueled a fire overnight Friday April 28, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: LoudLabs]]>