<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 24 May 2016 02:56:35 -0700Tue, 24 May 2016 02:56:35 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Detectives Searching for Missing U.S. Veteran]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 02:26:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/benjamin_vogt.jpg

Detectives were asking for the public's help Monday to find a missing U.S. Army veteran, possibly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, authorities said.

Benjamin "Ben" Vogt, 38, was last seen on Saturday at 9:50 p.m. in Carson, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Vogt left in his 1999 blue Dodge Durango and said he was going to a rest stop, possibly along a highway, deputies said. His license plate number is 4TWB526.

Vogt served two tours in Iraq and appears to suffer from PTSD and depression. He is 5 feet 6 and weighs 255 pounds. He has brown eyes, short black hair and wears glasses., according to the department.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to called the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau Missing Person's Detail at 323-890-5500.

City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Gunman Behind Two Robberies at UC Irvine]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 02:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/uci_robbery.PNG

Police were searching for an armed man who robbed two people within minutes at University of California, Irvine, police said.

The robberies were reported around 6 p.m. when the first victim was approached at an ATM by a man who told the victim he had a gun, according to the UCI Police Department.

About 15 minutes later, the second victim was robbed by a man who appeared to have a weapon, according to UCI Police Department.

Campus police sent out a "zotAlert," which is used in emergency situations, police said.

Neither of the victims were injured.

The robber was seen driving a Chevrolet or Ford sedan, police said.



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<![CDATA[Victim Who Followed Robber Shot, Killed in San Bernardino]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 22:54:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/sb-shooting-robb-052316.JPG

A robbery led to a shooting, leaving the victim dead in San Bernardino Monday night, the San Bernardino Police Department said.

A man was robbed at Lytle Creek Park at 8:40 p.m., police said.

The victim followed the robber after the crime in his car to 1300 Poplar Street, police said.

The victim pulled behind the robber in a driveway.

As the victim got out of the car to confront the thief, he was shot and killed, police said.

The shooter fled, leading to a police search.

The area was cordoned off by yellow crime tape following the shooting.

No description of the shooter was available.

Police said it was the 27th homicide in San Bernardino this year.



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<![CDATA[Avengers Stars Visit Grossmont HS Student]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:19:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ryan-Wilcox-Visit-IMG_2231.jpg

A San Diego teenager who is battling cancer welcomed Captain America, Iron Man and Pepper Potts into his home, just two weeks after his classmates stood behind him in support.

Ryan Wilcox, 18, is a Grossmont High School student who is also a die-hard “Captain America” and “Avengers” fan.

On May 6, a video from Evans played at the school, offering Wilcox well-wishes and telling him simply to “stay strong.” The clip not only went viral but prompted actress Gwyneth Paltrow to suggest a trip to San Diego.

On Monday, the visit happened when she, Evans and actor Robert Downey, Jr. showed up at the Wilcox family's door.

Paltrow portrays Pepper Potts in the Avengers movies, Evans portrays Captain America and Downey portrays Iron Man. 

NBC 7's Greg Bledsoe visited the Wilcox family today to hear about Ryan's reaction.

"I saw this car pull up and I saw them walking. I was just like--what?" Ryan said.

The stars spent some time with Ryan in his room and even signed the wall. They left behind a whole lot of souveniers and a lot of memories for the teen.

"We're all a little numb. I knew for a couple it was gonna happen but until you see them walk through that door, you don't know how you're going to feel. And they just were awesome. They didn't want cameras, they just wanted to do it quietly," Ryan's mom Amy Wilcox said.

Amy says the trio sat down with the family and just talked with them.



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<![CDATA[Another Masterpiece for Kershaw]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 22:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Another+Kershaw+CG.png

LOS ANGELES – He's simply the best.

Clayton Kershaw threw another complete game masterpiece and the Los Angeles Dodgers sauntered past the Cincinnati Reds, 1-0, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw (7-1), threw yet another complete game shutout –his third of the season-- allowing just two-hits for the fifth time in his career.

"I'll celebrate tonight and enjoy the win," Kershaw said of his performance. "But tomorrow, I get ready for the Mets."

The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out just seven batters, snapping his streak of six games with 10+ strikeouts.

"It was pretty apparent early on that their game plan was not to strikeout," Dodgers' catcher A.J. Ellis said of the Reds at-bats. "They were very aggressive. I can't speak enough about what our guys did on defense."

The Reds threatened in the first inning after a leadoff double by Zack Cozart, but Kershaw got Joey Votto to line out and Brandon Phillps to ground out to end the inning.

"That first inning could have gone a lot different," Kershaw said. "Votto definitely deserved a hit on that one, but the defense did a great job."

Cincinnati would come no closer than that as Kershaw was completely dominant on the night. 

"I've seen enough of Kershaw in the past few years," said Reds' manager Bryan Price. "He really had it going tonight."

Fans started chanting "MVP, MVP, MVP" for the second straight day in a different city as Kershaw went back out onto the mound in the top of the ninth.

Reds' catcher Tucker Barnhardt had a rough night behind the plate as he was responsible for two errors, including one that led to the Dodgers only run.

Justin Turner led of the third inning with a walk, and took second when Barnhardt's pick-off attempt went into right field. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a single, and Turner scored on Howie Kendrick's double play ball four pitches later.

Brandon Finnegan was the bad-luck loser, allowing just one run on five hits with two strikeouts in the first complete game of his career.

"I was really proud and pleased to see what I saw from Brandon Finnegan tonight," Price said. "I'm really proud of the way he ran the table and went head-to-head with Kershaw."

Cincinnati has lost eight straight games, and seven in a row against the Dodgers.

Players of the Game:

Clayton Kershaw: Complete-game, two-hit, shutout.
Brandon Finnegan: 1 run, 5 hits, 2 SO, 8 IP

Three Takeaways:

Complete Game Kershaw: Clayton Kershaw threw the 15th complete game shutout of his career, and his third of the 2016 season, tying a career-high (2015). It was Kershaw's fifth career complete game shutout with two hits or fewer.

2. May Day: Clayton Kershaw is 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA in the month of May. He has limited opposing hitters to a .142 average and struck out 55 batters while only walking two. Just to put that in persepctive, Kershaw has more complete game shutouts (3) than walks in the month. He will make one more start before the month is over.

3. Day and Night: After a 5 hour and 47 minute day game on Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds completed a two hour and 11 minute game thanks to Clayton Kershaw and Brandon Finnegan. The short game was needed for the already taxed Dodgers' bullpen.

Up Next:

Reds (15-30): Right-hander Daniel Wright is expected to make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Dodgers.

Dodgers (23-23): Mike Bolsinger makes his second start of the season in place of Ross Stripling when Los Angeles hosts the Reds at 7:10PM PST.

 



Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Loose on Streets of Pasadena Shocks Residents]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 22:39:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/pasadena-bear-winton.JPG

A large bear was loose on the streets of Pasadena Monday night, surprising residents who never thought they'd see such a beast roaming around their neighborhood.

"I am freaking out in the house -- screaming," Elizabeth Holland said.

Holland was looking out of her window at her home south of Sierra Madre Boulevard on Rim Road when she saw it -- a bear just casually strolling through her backyard.

"He was sitting there, right there on his perch," she said.

The bear was spotted in the 900 block of Riviera Drive at 7 p.m. when the Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as city workers responded, trying to force the animal back to a wooded area.

Annie Winton also captured a video of the bear walking down busy Sierra Madre Boulevard before it crossed the street.

"It was huge,"  Winton said.

It crossed all six lanes without a hitch.

"It knew when to go," Winton said.

Her friend, Mia Fernandez, was driving as Winton recorded. After they say it ran away, neither were eager to see it return.

At about 8 p.m., the bear apparently retreated after its stroll through the neighborhood.

The Pasadena Humane Society told NBC4 the bear is a local, and lives nearby in the San Gabriel Mountains. 

Weeks before, a bear lead authorities on a wild chase through a Sylmar neighborhood. It was sedated and returned to the Angeles National Forest.



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<![CDATA[Preliminary 3.5-Magnitude Quake Rattles Upland Area]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 00:32:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/ipalnd-quake.JPG

A preliminary 3.5-magnitude earthquake shook the Upland area Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor, which hit about four miles northwest of the Rancho Cucamonga area at 7:28 p.m., had recorded more than 330 responses on the USGS website from residents who said they felt it.

"I felt it too..Felt like a truck hit the side of our building," Alejandra Cervantes said on NBC4's Facebook page.

Residents from Pasadena, Montclair, Ontario and beyond said they felt shaking.

"It was quite a rumble in northwest Ontario. Cats now hiding under the bed," S Kay Murphy said on NBC4's Facebook page.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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<![CDATA[Nowhere to Park: Valets Caught Swiping Spots From Drivers]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 00:25:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/05-23-2016-Valet-parking-3.jpg

Lauren Ressler often drives up and down Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, looking for an open parking meter -- a back-and-forth search that takes time and tests her patience.

"It's like a never-ending nightmare trying to find a spot," said Ressler. "I go up and down the block for twenty minutes looking for a spot."

The NBC4 I-Team uncovered one of the reasons why: valets are parking customers' cars at meters and sometimes even placing cones in the street to prevent drivers from getting parking spots. That's illegal, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"It's a major problem throughout the city," LAPD Detective Corey Harmon told NBC4. "It is not legal for (valets) to park at meters."

A City of Los Angeles Ordinance prohibits valets from parking customers' cars in the "public right of way," which includes parking meters and on side streets. The ordinance says valet companies must prove to the city that they have space in parking lots for their customers' cars.

But in various parts of the city, the I-Team found valets monopolizing meters, charging customers $5 or more to park their cars at $1 meters. It's a practice Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed seven years ago to stop when he was president of the Los Angeles City Council.

"Valets do not have a right to public parking spaces," Garcetti said in 2009, after another NBC4 investigation caught valets taking street parking away from the public.

But on streets like Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, the I-Team documented how valets were using most of the meters on some blocks to park cars, like the valets from the popular Katsu-Ya restaurant. When the valets used up all the open meters, they parked cars in loading zones, in front of driveways, even on the sidewalk -- all against the law, according to police.

Down the street, at the restaurant Barrel and Ashes, their valet company -- Bestway Valet Services -- told the city it's parking cars in a five-car lot behind the restaurant, according to the LAPD. But on numerous days and nights, the I-Team saw Barrel and Ashes valets parking cars in meters all along Ventura Boulevard and even in red zones.

When the I-Team told the manager of Barrel and Ashes that valets from the company his restaurant is using were illegally parking cars, Matt Carter said, "It's good news to know. That's definitely something I'll be talking to them about."

But the I-Team saw those valets continue to do it for weeks after.

"No more hogging of spaces. They will be prohibited from parking in public spaces on the street," Garcetti told NBC4 in 2013, after he sponsored a new City of Los Angeles law, requiring both individual valets and the valet companies to get city permits to operate.

That law went into effect in 2014.

"If you break the law, we're going to shut you down," Garcetti added.

But valet companies are still breaking the law and some are operating without the required permit, according to the LAPD.

On Fairfax Avenue, home to trendy shops and restaurants, numerous valet companies park cars all along the busy avenue, including Prime Time Parking Services. The I-Team noticed valets for Prime Time putting cones in the street to prevent drivers from parking at meters, so they can then charge customers $6 to park at a $1 meter.

The police say that's illegal, since LA's valet ordinance says, "cones shall not be placed on the road or on parking meters" by valets.

It's the job of the L.A. Police Commission to regulate valet companies and make sure they're following the law, but Detective Corey Harmon said, "We are outnumbered."

Harmon said the Police Commission only has a six-person team to watch over the hundreds of valets in Los Angeles, and that team also has to regulate towing companies and parking lots.

"With our limited resources, we're doing as much as we can. We can always do better," Harmon told NBC4.

Harmon said his team can only respond to complaints from the public.

When NBC4 questioned Harmon about the companies we saw breaking the law -- Bestway Valet, Prime Time Valet, and Katsu-ya -- he researched them and said none of them had permits to operate at those locations. It's unclear if the individual valets had their required permits.

The I-Team contacted those companies, and Mayor Garcetti, to talk for this story. None of them returned the I-Team's calls and emails.

The LAPD said if you know of a valet company that might be violating the law, call their valet hotline at 323-929-2568.



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<![CDATA[Drug-Addicted Puppy Recovers]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 01:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/bubba-drug-doggy-052316.jpg

After a puppy was found to be under the influence of heroin and meth in a motel drug bust in Southern California, the dog was recovering from his drug addiction Monday.

Amid a May 5 drug bust where officers arrested two people possessing large amounts of drugs in a Tustin, California, motel, officers found a pup named Bubba under the influence, Tustin police said.

Orange County Animal Car officials took Bubba in and began treating the pup, who had nicotine, heroin and methamphetamine in his system due to living with his "drug-using owners," police said, citing toxicology results.

The terrier mix was doing "excellent" and was still being treated, police said.

The former owners were facing animal cruelty charges.

Once Bubba is all better, he will be placed with a rescue organization.

On the Tustin Police Department's Facebook page, Bubba's story has received more than 500 reactions, and more than 100 shares.



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<![CDATA[Father Calls Coroner Fees Into Question After Son Killed]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:25:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/coroner-fees-052316.JPG

The father of a hit-and-run victim says the LA County Coroner’s office is billing him for work they had to do anyway, calling into question a transportation charge his family could never have avoided because the death involved a crime.

Bruce Redack’s grief is as raw as the day that he lost his son.

“Every single day, there isn’t a day that goes by that he isn’t in my thoughts,” he says. “He’s always with me.”

Redack keeps a vial of his son’s ashes tied on a necklace.

In January 2014, 29-year-old Marine Terry Redack was jogging in the Antelope Valley when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. He died in a hospital three days later.

More than two years later, Bruce Redack and his family still have bills from his son’s hospital stay and medical care. Then, there’s also the $300 bill from the LA County Coroner’s Office for taking Terry Redack’s body from the hospital so its investigators could document his injuries and medical reports.

“We are essentially the victim’s in this and why do we have to pay this?” Bruce Redack asks.

Bruce says it never occurred to him to question the bill, he was just trying to keep finances in order and so he paid $100 toward the transportation fee before realizing what it was for.

“I don’t understand why we are being charged at all,” he asks.

A spokesperson for the LA County Coroner’s Office says the agency waives transportation fees for babies and homicide victims but Redack’s death, despite the hit-and-run is ruled an accident because no one has been caught to prosecute it as a homicide.

This despite the LA County Sheriff’s investigation into his death and even an authorized reward to find the driver at the time.

California law says “the coroner may charge and collect from the person entitled to control the disposition of the remains… not to exceed $400.”

“I think that’s what our taxes are for,” Bruce Redack says.

Bruce says his son’s death is no accident: he was killed and his family is getting billed for part of the investigation while still suffering emotionally, wondering if anyone will ever pay for the crime.

“Maybe there was drinking involved or whatever but I think about that driver,” he says. “I don’t know how in their conscience that they can just continue their life and not turn themselves in.”

Redack has received a collections notice from the coroner’s office for the remainder of the bill.

He hasn’t decided whether to fight it but wanted others’ to know of its existence.

The LA County Coroner’s office says funeral homes used to do the billing for transportation fees, but the agency now handles its own billing.



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<![CDATA[SUV Plows Into Garage With Children Playing With Cats Inside]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:28:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160523-moreno-valley-suv-into-home.jpg

Three young children playing with a litter of kittens inside a Moreno Valley garage survived a brush with death Monday when a speeding SUV plowed through the wall — an impact so loud neighbors thought they'd heard a plane crash.

The children were inside the garage in the 23000 block of Via Montego playing with their cat, Vanilla, and her four kittens, when the 73-year-old driver suffered a medical emergency and hit the garage, damaging the door and wall, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said.

Sam Farha, who was getting ready to shower, recalled his wife's screams after the impact.

"My wife started screaming, 'My kids, my kids,' and that's when we came running," Farha said. "It was the 1-year-old, 2-year-old and 4-year-old that were playing in the garage."

Four-year-old Mohamed was knocked to the ground, but he and his brothers were uninjured.

"I'm surprised nothing happened to him," Farha said. "Thank God nothing happened to him."

Witnessed recalled seeing the SUV sideswiping a car and hitting a couple of palm trees before it careened into the garage.

"I just heard a big crash and came out and found the driver in there," Michael Garcia said.

Neighbor Yvonne Odom, a registered nurse, ran to help the driver.

"He was confused," she said. "He didn't know what was going on."

The impact rocked the foundation of the house so badly it had to be red-tagged.



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<![CDATA[Free: LA Film Fest Outdoor Screenings]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 20:48:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ghostbusters-bill-murray.jpg

Attempting to pin a person down to five favorite films is like trying to decide between the various chocolate bars at the cinema concession stand.

It's difficult, in short, and many people would wave their hands while claiming that choosing their top movies is an impossibility. (Though whether the chocolate bars would cause the same consternation is up for debate, but probably not, because people do resolve indecisiveness when it comes tempting snackfoods.)

No matter what flicks are on your top five, here's a probably true statement: One of your favorite films will play outdoors somewhere around Southern California over the summer of 2016. Why? We're spoiled with the number of alfresco cinema experiences, and the breadth of blockbusters they show. 

Even the Los Angeles Film Festival, which is known for its slate of lauded features and documentaries (all shown indoors), gets into the action with a few free movies each summer, including two to be screened outside.

"Ghostbusters" and "Independence Day" -- of 1984 and 1996, respectively -- will play at Figat7th during the June festival, and you won't need to pay a thing to see either.

The dates? The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stomps into downtown LA on Friday, June 3, while alien spacecraft visit Figat7th, at least via the big screen, on Saturday, June 4.

The buttery bonus? Free popcorn.

There are a few other free treats, too, during the multi-day festival, which is centered around the ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City and Hollywood. "Shrek" will screen at ArcLight Culver City on June 4, and there are other films, too, to watch for free.

As for the dates of the full festival? It's ready to celebrate celluloid, and story, and acting, and our local hometown industry, from June 1 through 9.

So can you name your top five films? Bet one of them is playing outside around town over the summer. Or at least one you really, really like a whole bunch.



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<![CDATA[Community Leaders Push for Hate-Speech Investigation]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 16:27:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/racial_threat_arrest.PNG

Leaders in the African-American community and rabbis on Monday called for the California State Bar Association to disbar attorney Wayne Spindler for the racially-charged comments he wrote on a public speaker card at a Los Angeles City Council meeting.

Daniel Bakewell, publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel, an African-American owned and operated newspaper, called on the state bar to take away Spindler's law license on grounds that he violated ethics.

A spokesperson at the state Bar Association said officials there will investigate but will likely wait to see if Spindler is convicted of a crime.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office is trying to determine whether his comments violate the law.

He was arrested on a charge of suspicion of making a criminal threat.

Spindler said City Councilmembers are out to take away his right to freedom of speech. He denies he was threatening Councilman Herb Wesson, the council president who is black.

Wesson has obtained a temporary restraining order Spindler, a gadfly, who used Ku Klux Klan imagery on a comment card.

The order requires Spindler, 46, to stay at least 10 yards away from Wesson during council and committee meetings.

Spindler can still attend the meetings and give public comment in a peaceful and orderly way. Spindler must also stay 10 yards from Wesson's vehicle and field office, and 100 yards from the council president's home.

Spindler also must keep two yards away from Wesson's City Hall office, which is meant to allow him to go down the hallway to get to other rooms. Spindler must also give up possession of any firearms, guns or ammunition within 24 hours of the order.

Police last week arrested Spindler on suspicion of making criminal threats on a public comment request card during a committee meeting chaired by Wesson.

The card features images of a burning cross and a person hanging from a tree by a noose. At the center of the card is a drawing of what appears to be a triangular-shaped person wearing a KKK hood carrying a noose and a sign that says "Herb = (N-word)."

Wesson said this week that he reported the public comment card to police "at the urging of my staff."

Spindler was arrested Friday and his bail was set at $75,000. He was released about 10 p.m. that day. Spindler was accused of submitting the public-comment card at a May 11 meeting of the council's Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhoods Committee.

City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Armed Robbers Targeting Gardeners in South LA]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 15:21:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lawnmower-generic-722.jpg

Armed robbers have been targeting gardeners working in South Los Angeles for the past several weeks, and police hope someone will provide information that will lead to their arrests.

There have been eight armed robberies reported since March 18, the Los Angeles Police Department said. In each case, gardeners have been approached by young men armed with a gun and demanding money.

Police said the men, who appeared to be in their early to mid-20s, may be getting away in a white Mercedes-Benz. They have been working in pairs, police said.

The men should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Carlos Valles, a Los Angeles gardener, said his friend was robbed at gunpoint, and the thieves took his van. The van turned up later, but all of the tools were gone. 

"It's pretty messed up," Valles said. 

Other victims have reported the duo approaching them with a gun and knife, and taking money, jewelry and gardening equipment.

Anyone with information was asked to call LAPD detectives at 310-367-3553 or 323-786-5422.

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<![CDATA[Crews Battle Brush Fire in Lake View Terrace]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 22:21:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fire-lakeview-0523116.JPG

Crews were attacking a wind-driven brush fire in the San Fernando Valley foothills Monday afternoon that burned 200 acres, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blaze was reported about 2:20 p.m. in the 11000 block of Wheatland Avenue, just north of the 210 Freeway in the Lake View Terrace area, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The fire, pushed uphill by 5 to 7 mph winds, was estimated to have blackened about five acres of light to medium brush in the early stages of the blaze, fire officials said.

By the afternoon, winds coming from the south were gusting at 19 mph, and the fire had consumed about 200 acres.

By 6 p.m., the fire was 35 percent contained. It was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday, officials said.

Crews were taking an aggressive stance as parts of California face a heightened risk of fire this summer.

Climate change has left the state’s winters drier and springs warmer, and it is beginning the fifth year of a drought so harsh that it has killed more than 29 million trees. The severe weather is even threatening the iconic giant sequoias in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.



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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Man Suspected of Shooting Officer]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 18:04:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/suspect-westcovina-ois-0521161.jpg

The search continued Monday for a man suspected of shooting and wounding a police officer in West Covina.

Jose Chavez, 47, is accused of shooting an officer Friday night near the intersection of North Yaleton Avenue and Badillo Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was shot in the lower torso. He was released from a hospital on Sunday and was back home resting, police said.

Authorities said the officer was out on patrol when he approached a Chavez, who was riding a bicycle. Chavez allegedly pulled out a gun and fired several rounds as the officer tried to detain him. Investigators said Chavez may have been wounded, as they followed a trail of blood a block south of the shooting.

"We believe the suspect is suffering from a gunshot wound based on the blood recovered at the scene," Lt. Joe Mendoza said.

A SWAT team conducted a search connected to the shooting at a home on Vineland Avenue in Baldwin Park Sunday, however, no arrests were made, LASD said.

The Sheriff's Department also said Chavez had an extensive criminal record, but did not provide specifics. He is considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.

Chavez's family pleaded with the suspect, asking him to turn himself in.

His neighbor spoke to NBC4 Monday, revealing that he took Chavez to court in West Covina the week before the shooting.

Chavez was supposed to be sentenced on a drug charge, his neighbor Mario Jacques said.

LA County Court records indicate Chavez was on probation for an assault and battery case from last September, but when he violated the law, his probation was revoked.

The sentencing hearing Jacques drove him to was where he could have been given time behind bars, but it was postponed and rescheduled for June.

"The court system let a drug addict back out on the street. I am not saying it's their fault that the policeman got shot but you know you put two and two together," Jacques said.

Detectives said the injured officer is a decorated Marine with four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jacques said he has not been in contact with Chavez.

"It's not going to end well if you stay out there. They are after you, Louie," Jacques said, pleading for his neighbor to turn himself in.

Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact sheriff's homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.



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<![CDATA[Suge Knight Murder Trial Postponed]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 14:35:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Suge-Knight-AP-881749640505.jpg

The murder trial of former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is likely to be postponed until early 2017, after his new legal representatives asked Monday for more time to prepare his defense.

Defense attorney J. Tooson told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen that no experts have been hired and "there hasn't been a single witness interviewed."

He said it was "impossible" for his team to be ready for the currently scheduled Aug. 1 trial date, in part because witness lists provided by prosecutors were "heavily redacted."

Coen warned that the court's calendar was already booked up until January or February of next year, but said he wouldn't object to a postponement and scheduled a July 6 pretrial/ trial-setting hearing.

Tooson also asked that Knight be allowed to see a doctor, telling the judge that the last time he visited with his 51-year-old client, Knight "became lightheaded, felt like he was going to pass out.''

Knight -- who has been plagued by health problems in jail while awaiting trial and underwent an emergency appendectomy in March -- was told a doctor wasn't available on that day and hasn't seen one since, according to Tooson. Coen ordered a medical visit.

Outside the courtroom, Tooson said not all, but the majority of witness names were blacked out on the discovery documents provided by the prosecution team.

"That's going to be litigated'' on July 6, he said.

When questioned about the redacted documents, Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes declined to comment.

Tooson and his firm -- Lessem, Newstat & Tooson -- are representing Knight on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges for allegedly killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and injuring Cle"Bone'' Sloan on Jan. 29, 2015, in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue.

"We strongly caution anyone from rushing to judgment in this case based on Mr. Knight's past,'' Tooson said when he took the case earlier this month, the latest in a series of defense team changes.

"We believe the evidence will show that on the day in question, Mr. Knight was ambushed by several perpetrators armed with firearms,'' Tooson said. "While under attack, Mr. Knight attempted to flee for his life.''

Tooson and his firm replaced attorney Thaddeus Culpepper, who for now remains counsel of record for a robbery case in which Knight and comedian Micah "Katt'' Williams, are accused of taking a camera from a female paparazzi in September 2014. A hearing in that case is set for June 21.

Knight's phone and visitor privileges in jail have been restricted due to a court order that was issued under seal. Culpepper's motion seeking to appeal that court order drew a rebuke from another judge who implied Culpepper's statements bordered on contempt.

When asked today how he felt about having his next pretrial date moved to July 6, Knight seemed to misunderstand the judge.

"I'm doing better, your honor, thanks for asking," Knight said. When the judge clarified his question, one of the defense attorneys explained that Knight had had "a rough morning." Tooson declined to go into detail about the particulars.

Copyright City News Service



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<![CDATA[Sour Sweet: Dill Pickle Sorbet in LA]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 13:05:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dillpicklesorbetsaltstraw.jpg

Mash-ups have become, if not mainstream, then an accepted and anticipated part of art-makery. Songs, films, books, and every other written and record work, pretty much, has now experienced the blending of two or more distinct themes, or vibes, or eras, or all of the above.

Thank the internet for much of the unexpected putting-togetherness we've all experienced in recent years, a quirky concept that's extended to all manner of cuisine.

For example? Where once fermented foodstuffs occupied jars of the refrigerator door — pickles, miso, fish sauce, and sourdough starter — those same foodstuffs now, for a limited time, will be a part of the ice cream line-up at a trio of Southern California ice cream shops.

We speak of Salt & Straw, the began-on-Larchmont, landed-next-in-Venice ice-creamery that just opened its third icy outpost in Studio City. ("Began" meaning here in LA; yes, it hails from Portland.)

And beginning on Friday, May 27, all three shops will offer mash-ups on the "fermented foods + ice cream" theme.

Yep, that means a Dill Pickle Sorbet, complete with a touch of fennel. And Fish Sauce Caramel with Palm Sugar. And Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries. Cacao Nib & Red Miso is also a frosty, fermented choice, as is California Avocado & Cardamom with Fermented Carrot Custard.

That's right: These are ice creams with fermented-foodie flair. Not only can we call these surprise additions to the sweet, with can call them lickable mash-ups of the most unusual, "can they do that?" sort.

Turns out they can do that at Salt & Straw, one of the innovators on the offbeat ice cream scene. And if you needed a harbinger that fermented foods would be one of the trends of summer, you only need to gaze back upon the middle of May, when a full day of fermented-themed festivities unfurled at Grand Central Market downtown, including the group-making of 1,000 pounds of kraut.

Will kraut ice cream be next? Surely you didn't think fish sauce would appear as a cone topper.

Or did you?

In a mash-up world, expecting the unexpected — as movie trailers so often advise us to do — is really the right thing to do. Still, edibles like Dill Pickle Sorbet can surprise one, from time to time.

But like fermented things, the Salt & Straw fermented flavors won't last for long. Get your sour/sweet lick on before June wraps.



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<![CDATA[Boy Hailed a Hero For Helping Dad Escape Fire]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:01:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/OC+Child+Fire+Hero+_2+05.23.16.JPG

A 7-year-old boy is being hailed a hero for saving himself and his dad from a fire that engulfed the garage in their Orange County home.

William Rimmer II was in his bedroom just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday when he noticed what he described as flashing lights coming out of the garage and ran to alert his father.

"He woke me up, yelling, 'Fire, fire, fire!'" said William Rimmer, William II's father, who was asleep in the living room. 

Rimmer opened the garage door at his house in the 3000 block of Warren Lane to a fiery inferno. He grabbed his son, their dog, and ran out of the house, he said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and were able to contain the blaze to the garage.

While at the home, firefighters recognized William II, who had attended a Fire Safety Day event at a Costa Mesa firehouse just a few weeks earlier.

"Here he was two or three weeks later--he found himself in a circumstance and he did was he was taught to do," said Costa Mesa fire Capt. Chris Coates. "He is wise beyond his years."

Thanks to William II, both he and his father, the only ones in the home, escaped the blaze uninjured.

"I'm very proud," Rimmer said. "My son really pulled through. He is definitely a hero."

The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

Coates encourages parents to have a fire safety plan in their homes and go over it with their children.



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<![CDATA[Disney Art Legend: Eyvind Earle Exhibit]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 09:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/THREENOBLEHORSESgallery.jpg

Many movie buffs can easily recall specific sights and locations from animated Disney classics, places they can describe down to the teeniest, most florid detail.

The chandeliered library from Beast's castle is a place entrenched in many a fan's memory, and the grotto where Ariel keeps all of her underwater thingamabobs is easily summoned to mind.

But the look of a Disney film goes beyond the places that pop up along the way. It's in the lines and colors and shadows and overarching style, too, all elements that weave into the larger story mythos.

Artist Eyvind Earle was a mid-century master of the form, as evidenced by his iconic background paintings for 1959's "Sleeping Beauty." Often cited as some of the most striking backgrounds in all of animation, Mr. Earle's densely drawn woods were lushly medieval, yes, but they also boasted a touch mid-century panache.

Forest Lawn Museum is celebrating Mr. Earle's singular style, and the many artworks he created beyond his time at the Walt Disney Studios. "Eyvind Earle: An Exhibit of a Disney Legend" will run through New Year's Day, 2017.

It's a comprehensive overview of how the Southern California-raised painter created an aesthetic within the larger, thrumming world of Disney dream-making. So quintessential are Mr. Earle's color combos and not-quite-from-real-life settings that other creators have found inspiration in his catalog (directors Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro are both Earle collectors).

Born a century ago, the artist eventually settled in Carmel-by-the-Sea before passing away in 2000. His works can often be found in galleries around the village, but the change for Angelenos to view them, and just a short drive from the studio where he once painted for Walt Disney, is a rare treat.

Of course, as a Disney devotee, you likely know he worked on "Lady & the Tramp" and "Peter Pan," too, as well as the dioramas inside Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

For a chance to enjoy the larger scope of his beyond-Disney pursuits, the hue-big paintings of natural subjects he became famed for, make for Forest Lawn Museum before the dawn of the new year.



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<![CDATA[SoCalGas to Stop Cleanup of Porter Ranch Homes]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:18:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Gas-Leak-AP_843940511978.jpg

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has ordered the Southern California Gas Co. to halt its cleanup of Porter Ranch-area homes following a months-long gas leak.

The stop-work order came late Sunday, two days after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge mandated the Gas Co. to clean up the homes of residents relocated because of the gas leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

Public Health officials assigned environmental health specialists to observe the cleaning performed by SoCalGas contractors over the weekend and determined the cleaning did "not comply with the cleaning protocol," according to a statement issued by the agency.

"Public health found that the contractor was neither equipped nor trained for proper cleaning as required by Public Health,'' the agency said.

In response, the Gas Co. said it will adhere to the Department of Public Health's proposed protocol and were working to address any issues.

"We are committed to coordinating with the Department of Public Health as they continue to provide details about how they interpret their protocol and, together with the Department of Public Health and our contractors, we will coordinate to implement the cleaning process and avoid delays in completing the cleaning and returning people to their homes," SoCalGas spokesman Chris Gilbride said. 

The Gas Co. was directed to immediately discontinue cleaning and meet with county officials Monday to discuss resolving the deficiencies and ensure strict compliance with the court-ordered protocol. The court's decision required the Gas Co. to offer cleaning services to owners of as many as 2,500 homes.

Residents in hotels have until 5 p.m. on May 25 to request cleaning, and residents in housing other than hotels have until 5 p.m. May 27 to request it.

Once homes are cleaned, the residents will have 48 hours to return under the ruling. Residents who do not request cleaning had 48 hours after those deadlines to return home.

Public Health announced last week that its environmental testing found no airborne contaminants, but surface dust contained "low levels of metal contaminants'' consistent with those found in "well-drilling fluid,'' suggesting they came from the Aliso Canyon gas leak that was discovered in October and capped Feb. 18. The finding prompted the cleanup operation.

City News Service contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Car on Tracks Delays Commute on Expo Line]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 10:36:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/05-23-2016-car-tracks-expo-line.JPG

The commute on a newly opened extension to the Metro Expo Line was delayed Monday morning due to a car that crashed through a fence and stalled on the tracks south of downtown Los Angeles.

The driver appeared to have crashed the vehicle through a fence near Western Avenue in Exposition Park. Aerial video showed a damaged segment of fence near the vehicle, which came to a stop on the rail line.

No injuries were reported.

"I was pretty irritated on the first day, and I can't ride the train," said passenger Deborah Taylor. 

Westbound trains were turned back at the Expo/Western station. Eastbound trains were turned back at Expo/Crenshaw, according to Metro.

The $1.5 billion, 6.6-mile Metro Expo Line Phase 2 extension opened to the public at noon Friday, stretching the line from its previous terminus near Venice and Robertson boulevards in Culver City to a station at Colorado Boulevard and Fourth Street in downtown Santa Monica. The extension includes seven new stations, with stops in Palms, West Los Angeles and the area just north of Santa Monica College.

It's the first time since the 1950s that Santa Monica has been accessible by rail.

With the extension, the Expo Line stretches from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, ending at the Seventh Street/Metro Center Station at Seventh and Flower Streets. Riders at that station can connect with the Blue, Red and Purple lines to Long Beach, Union Station, North Hollywood or the mid- Wilshire area.

 

Metro officials said the ride from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles is expected to take 46-48 minutes.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Sought in Fatal Shooting of Motorcyclist]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 07:52:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Wilmington+Shooting+05.23.16.JPG

A motorcyclist was shot and killed Sunday night in a neighborhood just west of Long Beach.

Police identified the victim, gunned down on D Street in Wilimington, only as a man in his 30s. No arrests were reported early Monday.

A resident told NBC4 she heard about 10 rounds fired late Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Motorcycle Crash Leaves 1 Dead in Norwalk]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 21:42:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/motorcycle-norwalk-052216.JPG

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Norwalk that shut down part of Imperial Highway Sunday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies were investigating the fatal crash at 6 p.m. just west of Curtis and King Road.

Investigators couldn't say what led to the wreck that left the motorcyclist, only described as a 38-year-old man, dead.

It wasn't clear how long the partial closure would be in effect, but it was still closed at 9:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Palmdale Crash Sends 5 to Hospital]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 20:37:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/palmdlae-crash-052216.JPG

A three-vehicle crash sent five people to the hospital Sunday in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Fire Officials said.

In all, nine people were involved in the wreck at Avenue S and 55th Street before 6 p.m.

Video from a passer-by showed a white pickup truck on its side, and a smashed up red sport utility vehicle.

Two were airlifted and three were taken to the hospital via ambulance, while four refused treatment.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the crash, but didn't have any additional details.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Avoid Sweep in Marathon Game]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 00:31:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Puig+Wins+it.png

SAN DIEGO – Good things come to those that wait.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run single in the top of the 17th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided the San Diego sweep, outlasting the Padres, 9-5, at Petco Park on Sunday. 

The nearly six-hour long, 17-inning game, was the longest in Major League baseball this season and saw a total of 42 out of a possible 50 players take the field. 

"There was a lot of strategy and a lot of great things that happened," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said of the war of attrition on the field. "As a fan, you can appreciate all the pitching, big hits and defense."

Rookie Ross Stripling (2-3) earned his second career win by throwing three innings of relief, just two days after he started in Anaheim on Thursday night.

"We needed that win," Stripling said. "It's great to steal one here. So many things had to come together for me to get in that game. I don't think I've ever been a part of a game that long. It's an unbelievable team win."

It felt like ages ago, but the Dodgers originally erased a four-run deficit, punctucated by Howie Kendrick's first home run of the 2016 season.

Kendrick was 4-for-8 and fell a triple shy of the cycle as he had a home run, two doubles and two runs scored. 

After blowing the lead in back-to-back games, the Dodgers came back from a four-run deficit to avoid a potentially disastrous five-game losing streak. 

After four no-hit innings, Dodgers' starter Kenta Maeda ran into trouble in the bottom of the fifth when he allowed a leadoff single to Melvin Upton Jr. After Upton stole second, Christian Bethancourt brought him home with a single to left field to give the Padres the lead.

Three batters later, Wil Myers broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple to right field and when the dust settled, San Diego had hung a four-run inning on Maeda.

"The ball fell passed me and turned into a triple," said Puig after his diving attempt on the play.

Maeda did not factor in the decision, allowing four runs on four hits, all of which came in the fifth inning, with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

Los Angeles chipped away at the lead in the top half of the sixth off San Diego starter Colin Rea. Corey Seager and Adrian Gonzalez hit RBI singles in the inning as the Dodgers cut the lead to 4-3.

Rea also got a no-decision, serving up three runs on three hits with three strikeouts in five innings.

Justin Turner became the first Dodger hitter to get to Padres' relief pitcher Ryan Buchter when he sent a 93MPH fastball into the upper-deck in left field for his third home run of the season and second of the series. 

Buchter, the former-Dodger, had an 18.1 scoreless innings streak entering Sunday, and appeared in all three games of the series.

In the top of the eighth, Kendrick swung at the first pitch he saw from Padres' reliever Brandon Maurer and crushed it into the "Sun Diego Beach" area in right-center field for the go-ahead blast.

The game hinged in the bottom of the 8th on a rematch between Upton and Dodgers' closer Kenley Jansen. On Friday night, Upton hit a two-run, walk-off homer off Jansen, the first of his seven-year career, in the Padres 7-6 victory. 

"Melvin's put some good at-bats on Kenley," Roberts said. "He told me he wanted the ball in a four-out save situation, so I gave Kenley the baseball and felt great about it. I would do the same thing tomorrow."

On Sunday, Upton got the best of Jansen again as he tripled to right-center with two outs, scoring Myers to tie the game. 

"Upton has made some good adjustments against him," Dodgers' catcher A.J. Ellis said. "He had a lot of confidence going into that at-bat and it showed."

The bullpens took over form there as the game went into extra innings for the second consecutive day. Both pens threw eight innings of scoreless baseball before the Dodgers finally broke the game open in the top of the 17th. 

"It was good to grind it out and get one in the win column," said Ellis who caught all 17 frames. "We got contributions from so many people, and hopefully we can build a lot of confidence off this moving forward."

Kendrick started the inning off with a ground-rule double and two intentional walks later, Puig singled home the go-ahead runs off Padres reliever Luis Perdomo (1-1). LA tacked on two more insurance runs thanks to a wild pitch and a fielder's choice.

"I knew I had to do something to help my team after the base-running blunder," Puig said through a translator. "Thankfully, I was able to make up for it."

Puig was on second with no outs in the top of the 9th, and did not advance to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ellis that had his coaches and teammates scratching their heads in confusion.

"Things happen," Ellis said of the play. "We all have our moments and mental errors. The thing that's great about Yasiel is he learned from it. I'm happy he was able to come up and get the big hit there to push us ahead."

The manager concurred. 

"I was shocked," Roberts said of the failed bunt. "But for him to get another opportunity to break it open and get the game winning hit was huge for him as well for us." 

Players of the Game:

Justin Turner: Game-tying HR in 7th.
Howie Kendrick: 4-for-8 with a HR, two doubles and two runs scored.
Wil Myers: Three-run triple. 

Three Takeaways:

1. #PuigWasLate: Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig was late to dive on a shallow pop fly to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning, allowing the ball to roll passed him and three runs to score for San Diego.

2. Upton Vs. Jansen Part Deux: San Diego Padres left-fielder Mevlin Upton Jr. hit the first walk-off home run of Kenley Jansen's career on Friday night in the Padres 7-6 victory over the Dodgers. It was Jansen's first blown save of the season, and on Sunday, he was given a shot of redemption in the rematch. Jansen entered the game with two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the 8th and Upton at the plate. Once again, Upton got the better of Jansen, tripling to right-center to tie the game, handing Jansen his second blown save of the season.

3. C'Mon Man! Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis laid down a sacrifice bunt with no outs in the top of the ninth and Yasiel Puig on second. Instead of advancing to third, Puig stood still on the play and was almost picked off by Upton who snuck behind him to cover the bag. A visibly upset Ellis yelled "C'Mon!" as he walked back to the dugout.

Up Next:

Dodgers (22-23): Los Angeles returns home from their atrocious five-game road trip to host the Cincinnati Reds in a short three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball in Game 1 at 7:10 PM PST.

Padres (18-26): After getting swept at home by the Giants, San Diego travels to San Francisco for an even more difficult three-game stretch at AT&T Park.



Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Documentary Explores Boyle Heights' History]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 23:54:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/boyle-heights-052216.JPG

Few residents know the history of Boyle Heights, one of the city's oldest neighborhoods just east of downtown Los Angeles.

Before it was sliced up by freeways and became the home of working-class immigrant Latinos, the neighborhood, had a rich convergence of cultures.

"It was the Ellis Island of the West Coast," said Betsy Kalin, the director and producer of a documentary called "East LA Interchange," which explores Boyle Heights from the 1940s to the present. "It was Asian, it was Latino, Jewish, African American really everybody was here."

The documentary tells the story of how Boyle Heights survived despite housing discrimination, crime and the largest freeway interchange system in the country.

Kalin interviewed longtime residents of Boyle Heights, local activists and academics, and explored how the community continued to connect and inspire diverse cultures.

"The thing I found the most fascinating about the neighborhood is that it wasn't a melting pot. It's where you were able to keep your culture and share your culture with your neighbors," Kalin said.

The diverse history could be seen throughout the neighborhood. The film captures places like the Breed Street Shul, one of the oldest synagogues in Los Angeles, which serves as a reminder of a time when Boyle Heights was home to the largest Jewish community on the West Coast.

The film also tells how at certain periods, Jews were wearing zoot suits and residents learned how to eat sushi.

While Boyle Heights was always seen as a working-class immigrant community, Kalin says residents lacked political representation to fight against public policy and government on real estate decisions.

But that started to change in the late 1940s, when a coalition of African Americans, Jewish Americans and Latinos came together, according to the film. Together they mobilized to elect the first Mexican-American to the LA City Council in the 20th century, Edward Roybal.

And the community's social activism continued in the decades to follow. Vanessa Luna Bishop, the film's producer and a fourth generation Boyle Heights resident, says people who left Boyle Heights are returning to the community because they have pride in their home.

Bishop grew up in the area at the same time as will. i. am, founder of the Black Eyed Peas and seven-time Grammy winner whose foundation supports Boyle Heights youth.

"I came back because I am who I am because of the community I grew up in," will.I.am says in the film.

"Not too many people know Boyle Heights and I think when they see the documentary they'll be surprised so much happened here, so many different cultures living together," Bishop said.

While Boyle Heights continues to evolve as it faces new challenges and opportunities, residents like actor Xavi Moreno say the love and pride for the community extends across generations.

"The kids who grew up here are coming back and saying 'Hey, we still love this community and we're tired of the violence and the negative stereotypes. How can we make that change?'"

Learn more about "East LA Interchange" on its Facebook page and the LA Film Fest website.



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<![CDATA[Montas Starts and Bellinger Finishes for Tulsa]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 16:06:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*130/Frankie+Montas+Rehab.png

ARKANSAS – The kids have come to play.

Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Frankie Montas made his first rehab appearance on Sunday in a two-inning start with the Tulsa Drillers.

Montas has not pitched since early February after he underwent surgery in spring training to have a rib resection procedure on February 12.

The 23-year-old prospect was touted as the best pitcher in the Chicago White Sox farm system last year and was acquired by the Dodgers on December 17, 2015 in a three-team trade with the Cincinnati Reds that saw Todd Frazier go to the Windy City.

Montas appeared in extended spring training last week at Camelback Ranch and was clocked on the gun at 100 MPH, an encouraging sign for the Dodgers' front office.

"Our scouts feel his fastball/slider combo is one of the best in the minor leagues," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said last Dec. "There's no question in my mind he could step into a major league bullpen right now. But we're more of the mind to develop him as a starting pitcher."

Friedman's plan for Montas could change quickly as the Dodgers are in desperate need of bullpen help immediately.

"His use for us I would assume would be out of the pen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. "I like hearing that he's hitting 100 MPH. I like 100. 100 is good. When you can throw 100 and have good command, I think you can help any Major League club."

Montas was supposed to appear in a relief role on Saturday night for Tulsa, but did not appear in the game as the Drillers lost 4-0. He started Sunday afternoon and served up a solo home run in the second inning. Montas allowed one run on two hits with two strikeouts and two innings in his first professional action since last season.

Meanwhile, another Dodgers top prospect, Cody Bellinger, continued to impress with his power and a promotion to Triple-A could be in the cards for the left-handed outfielder. Bellinger went 2-for-4 and hit the game-winning two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning to give the Drillers the 6-4 victory over the NW Arkansas Naturals.

The victory improved the Drillers record to 19-23 as they sit 3.5 games behind the Springfield Cardinals for first place in the Texas League's North Division.

Despite their sub-500 record, the Drillers are a team packed with prospects and have the potential to flourish in the Double-A circuit and beyond.

“I think our chemistry as a team is improving,” outfielder Alex Verdugo said.



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<![CDATA[Passengers Hospitalized in Church Bus Rollover Crash]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 07:32:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/Bus+Crash+05.22.16.JPG

More than two dozen people were taken to the hospital Sunday after a church bus traveling from a women's retreat in Big Bear crashed in the San Bernardino Mountains, officials said. 

The crash was reported shortly after 2 p.m. on Highway 330 north of Highland when the bus sideswiped a wall, according to the California Highway Patrol. The bus then rear-ended a Nissan Versa, CHP said. 

When crews arrived, the shuttle bus was on its side, and women inside were screaming for help, CHP said.

San Bernardino County Fire officials initially said more than 20 people suffered injuries and six were seriously hurt.

But CHP, which took over the investigation, later said out of the 22 on the bus, 21 were taken to the hospital and four have major injuries. None are life-threatening.

"I just recognized the bus and I was like, oh my gosh that’s from my church!" Sarahin Gurrola, church member, said after seeing the crash on news reports.

Highway 330 was shut down from Highland Avenue to City Creek Ranger Station, fire officials said.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the bus' brakes after the crash on the narrow road with blind turns. 

A spokesman from the Iglesia De Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final church in Downey said about 200 women were aboard six buses total heading to Big Bear for a yearly retreat.

The one that crashed was the last in the caravan. No one on the other buses saw what happened.

Parishioners were calling the driver of the bus a "hero" because of how she handled the bus after striking a wall.

"I think she’s a hero, I look up to her," Lesly Ortega said.

Ortega was on the bus when the crash occured, and said the driver steered the bus away from a cliff. She also said if a large rock hadn't been there to stop them, they may have gone over.

John Cádiz Klemack contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders to Speak at Campaign Rally in Irvine]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 11:01:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BernieSandersNewMexico-AP_508456751246.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will speak Sunday at a campaign rally at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. 

Gates to the public event, billed as "A Future to Believe In," will open at 3 p.m. and the program is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Sanders is also set to hold rallies Monday in Lincoln Heights and Santa Monica High School.

Following last Tuesday's Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Sanders holds 1,533 delegates, trailing behind front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is only 90 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination

On Saturday night, Sanders told supporters at Kimball Park in National City, "We need a massive federal jobs program to put our people back to work,'' calling for the federal government to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, including water treatment facilities and roads.

The 74-year-old Sanders also pledged that if elected he would "create an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy contributors.''

"(America needs) a democracy that does not mean a campaign finance system in which billionaires buy elections,'' said Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who would be the nation's first Jewish president.

Sanders also called on America to "invest in young people in jobs and an education, not in incarceration'' and to "make public colleges and universities tuition-free.''

Sanders also said he supports the right of states to legalize marijuana and would vote for an initiative likely to be on California's November ballot to do so if he lived here.

Sanders also visited Friendship Park on the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday and repeated past calls for "comprehensive immigration reform,'' after hearing the stories of families who can only see their loved ones on weekends.

"I would hope that the Republicans in Congress understand that we have a very, very broken immigration system and that it must be reformed and that they should in fact work with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform,'' Sanders said. "If not and if I am elected president of the United States, I will use the executive powers that the president has to do that the best that I can.''

Sanders' opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has called for comprehensive immigration reform to create a pathway to citizenship. Businessman Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has called for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to deter illegal immigration and deporting people without legal permission to be in the country.

Due to security concerns, attendees at Sunday's event at Irvine Meadows Amphitheater should not bring bags, and carry only small personal items, such as keys and cellphones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, signs, banners and sticks will not be permitted.

The rally is free and open to the public. Admission will be first come, first served. Limited parking is available for $10.

City News Service contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Stabbing Death of Woman]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 10:33:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Long+Beach+stabbing+05.22.16.JPG

A man was was arrested on suspicion of murder for allegedly stabbing a 68-year-old woman to death in Long Beach, police said.

Luis Antonio Jimenezmolina, a 32-year-old Long Beach resident, was accused of fatally stabbing Margarita Valdez Castro at a home on Saturday, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Police discovered the woman's body in the 1100 block of Locust Avenue just before 1 p.m.

Jimenezmolina was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Police said the attack does not appear to be random. A motive for the stabbing was unknown. The investigation was ongoing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at 562-570-7244.



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<![CDATA[Car Bursts into Flames Following Shooting in Torrance]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 07:53:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Torrance+Shooting+Fire+05.22.jpg

A wild scene that began with a shooting in Torrance ended with a vehicle erupting in flames in Lawndale, leaving one person wounded, police said.

The incident began when someone opened fire into a car with five people inside around 2:30 a.m. at Artesia Boulevard near the 405 Freeway in Torrance, according to the Torrance Police Department.

Police said the the driver of the vehicle then drove away and ended up at 173rd Street and Condone Avenue in Lawndale, where it somehow caught fire.

All five people were able to get out before the vehicle was engulfed. A 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. He is expected to survive. A woman suffered injuries from shattered glass, police said.

The car was left charred along a residential neighborhood, which police said made it difficult to collect evidence. Several cars were damaged by the intense fire.

Police were investigating what led up to the shooting and how the fire started. No suspect information was immediately available.

Artesia Boulevard between Prairie and Ainsworth avenues was shut down during the investigation.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Lose on Walk-Off Walk]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 00:31:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Wood+strikes+out+13.png

SAN DIEGO – It was literally a walk-off. 

Relief pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao walked three consecutive batters in the bottom of the 11th, including Yangervis Solarte with the bases loaded, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 at Petco Park on Saturday night. 

"We had two outs and then the wheels fell off with Tsao," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said. "He just couldn't find the strike zone."

The Padres scored two of their three runs on sac flys, and then the winning-run on a walk en route to defeating their Southern California rivals for the second consecutive night. 

"We're finding different ways to lose games," Roberts added. "I haven't seen this one before. It's a tough way to lose."

Winless in his last six starts on the road, Dodgers' starter, Alex Wood, was dominant through the first six innings. Wood struck out a career-high 13 hitters, including every Padres player with the exception of Wil Myers. 

"They have some good guys in that lineup and me and Yaz [Grandal] were able to weave in and out of it in those first few innings," Wood said of his start. "I felt like we made some pitches when we needed to."

Myers was Wood's Achilles' heel all night as he had half of the hits Wood allowed, and three of the Padres five in the game. 

Wood did not factor in the decision for the third straight game as he allowed two runs on four hits in six strong innings. His 13 strikeouts were the most in a six-inning start in Dodgers' history, and the most by anybody not named Clayton Kershaw since Brad Penny struck out 14 in 2007.

"It's been tough these last few games," Wood said of the no decisions. "We definitely need to come in here with some energy tomorrow and leave San Diego with a win."

The Dodgers trailed by one in the top of the seventh when Trayce Thompson continued his torrid month of May with a two-run blast into the "Sun Diego Beach" in right-center. The ball traveled an estimated 412-feet, and gave the Dodgers a brief lead. 

"I'm trying not to force it," Thompson said of his hot-hitting. "I stick to my routine. The biggest thing is not trying to force the issue and find a way to have good at-bats."

It was Thompson's seventh home run of the season, and sixth of the month as he's batting .304 with two doubles and 14 RBI in that span. It was also Thompson's team-leading fourth go-ahead home run this season, and snapped a scoreless streak of 11.2 innings thrown by San Diego starter Cesar Vargas against the Dodgers.

"He knows his strengths and has a good cut-fastball," Thompson said. "He knows exactly where to throw to guys, but as an offense we just need to pick it up."

Vargas threw a career-high seven innings, but is still in search of his first win of the season after he did not factor in the decision, allowing just the two runs on four hits with a career-high tying seven punchouts.

Wood ran into some tough luck in the bottom of the seventh when he allowed a broken-bat bloop double to Derek Norris to leadoff the inning.

"He made a good pitch, but broken-bat double," Grandal said of Wood's bad luck. "Sometimes that's just the way the game of baseball goes."

One pitch later, Brett Wallace singled to left field and Wood's night was done. The Padres would tie the game two batters later when pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Norris. 

The game was placed in the hands of both bullpens after that as each team took turns throwing three scoreless frames before the Padres recorded their first win with a walk-off walk since May 6, 2011. 

The victory was San Diego's second straight walk-off and the first time Los Angeles has allowed consecutive walk-off losses since April of 2015 against the San Francisco Giants.

"You never want a team to walk-off on you," Dodgers' catcher A.J. Ellis said who has behind the plate in the 11th. "It's never a good feeling when you're on the road."

Corey Seager went 0-for-5, snapping his career-high 11-game hit streak. On a bright note, the Dodgers stuck out 19 Padres in the game, the third-most in franchise history.

Los Angeles has now dropped four straight games and fall two games below .500 for the first time this year. 

Players of the Game:

Alex Wood: Career-high 13 strikeouts.
Trayce Thompson: Go-ahead two-run home run.
Cesar Vargas: 2 runs on 4 hits with 7 strikeouts in 7IP.

Three Takeaways:

1. Kershaw Who? Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher –not named Clayton Kershaw—since Brad Penny in 2007 to strikeout 13 or more batters in a game.

2. Wood you like some History? Alex Wood had 13 strikeouts in six innings of work. According to Baseball Reference, he's the first Dodger to record 13 strikeouts in six or fewer innings EVER.

3. K, We Get It: The Los Angeles Dodgers tied a franchise record on Saturday for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game with 18. Alex Wood (13), Adam Liberatore (1) and Joe Blanton (4) combined for the milestone which has been set multiple times and twice by Sandy Koufax alone.

Up Next:
Dodgers (21-23): Kenta Maeda returns to the place he hit his first career home run as Los Angeles finishes their series with San Diego.

Padres (19-25): Colin Rea faces the Dodgers for the third time this season at 1:40 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Girl Bitten by Rattlesnake Reunited With Rescuers]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 23:29:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/snake-bitereunion-052116.JPG

A 3-year-old girl bitten by a rattlesnake was reunited Saturday with the crew that rushed her to the hospital.

Olivia has been back with her family at home for weeks since her brush with a venomous snake on a Chino Hills trail as she hiked with her day care group, but it wasn't until Saturday morning when she and her family got to thank the crew who flew her to the hospital on April 18.

The reunion was at Cable Airport in Upland where Olivia met again with her rescuers in the helicopter.

Olivia was walking with her day care group on a trail on Soquel Canyon Road when a rattlesnake came out of nowhere and bit her left knee.

The paramedics rushed her to Loma Linda Hospital where she spent days in the hospital in critical condition.

She was able to go home after a few days, but her family remained grateful to the quick-thinking day care workers and heroic paramedics.



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<![CDATA[Horse Rescued After Falling Into Well]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 22:41:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/horse-well-rescue.JPG

A horse was rescued Saturday after it plunged into a well in Agua Dulce, Los Angeles County Fire officials said.

Fire crews responded to a rescue call in the 32500 block of Agua Dulce Canyon Road at 11:17 a.m. after a horse fell 10 feet down a well.

The horse fell into the well on the Agua Dulce Movie Ranch, a place where films are shot on occasion. 

The animal was hoisted to safety hours after it fell at 1 p.m.

The horse appeared to be OK.

It wasn’t clear if a movie was being filmed at the time.



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<![CDATA[Shuttle Tank Makes Its Way to LA]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 08:46:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/188*120/calif-science-aerial.JPG A gargantuan external fuel tank is being transported from New Orleans to Los Angeles, where it will go on display with the retired space shuttle Endeavour.

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<![CDATA[Yasiel Puig's Strategy: 'Open My Eyes']]> Sat, 21 May 2016 19:28:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Yasiel+Puig+Opens+Eyes.png

SAN DIEGO – "Abre tus ojos."

The phrase may have inspired the film Vanilla Sky, but it's become a mantra at the plate for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

Entering a three-game series in San Diego over the weekend, Puig was batting .180/.196/.300 over the past month and his approach at the plate was part of the problem for the Dodgers sputtering offense.

Therefore, Puig went back to the drawing board with team hitting coach Turner Ward as the duo watched film and worked on mechanics.

"They worked on rhythm. He's got a little bit more of a leg kick," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said when asked what specifically they've been working on with Puig. "They've worked every day, but ultimately it comes down to getting a good pitch to hit."

Roberts is right. Puig's kryptonite has been pitches off the plate and opposing pitchers have easily been able to exploit the slugger's weakness by throwing him balls low and away that he frequently swings it.

According to Fangraphs, Puig has been swinging at nearly 70 percent of pitches on the outer third of the plate or further. That would explain why he's worked just two walks in his last 126 plate appearances and when he does make contact, the outcome is usually a shallow pop up.

Puig pops up nearly five times more than the league average at the plate, and already has a career high for infield flies in a season at 13, and it's still only May. If not for his Gold Glove like defense in right field, Puig might not be in the lineup every day.

"When you're aggressive, it gives you a better opportunity to take a pitch that's not in the strike zone," Roberts added. "When you use your aggression to hit a strike, your body position is in a better place to stop on the baseball."

On Friday, Puig showed signs of improvement as he went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the team's 7-6 loss to the Padres. For Puig, he knows there's been a difference in his at-bats and he thinks its pretty simple to see.

"I was swinging at bad pitches," Puig said after the game, stating the obvious. "Open my eyes. Hit the ball. Wait for good pitches."

Sounds pretty easy, right? The good news is that Puig seems to be starting to understand how more power can come from patiently waiting for his pitch rather than swinging at anything that moves.

"The pitches today were in the zone, my hands and legs were on time and that is why I was able to get a hit and get a home run," Puig said in Spanish. "There is a difference."

Furthermore, Puig believes he can still be the aggressive hitter he's always been without comprising his personality at the plate.

"I've always swung at first pitches," Puig continued. "I swung at the first pitch today and got good results."

Puig hit a first pitch single in the second inning off Padres starter Christian Friedrich, and was able to wreak havoc on the base paths seconds later, when he scored from first on a double by Yasmani Grandal.

Puig followed up his single and run scored with a go-ahead two-run blast in the fifth inning. More important than the Wild Horse's fifth long ball of the season, was that it landed in right-center for an opposite field home run.

"To see him hit a baseball to right-center field like he did…his pulse is better," Roberts said of his right fielder. "He's swinging at strikes and taking balls. When he's in the strike zone, he'll be a lot more productive."

Puig's production is a cornerstone to the Dodgers' success and if the three-time National League West Division champions want to make it four in a row, they will need Puig to be productive at the plate.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Sought After Officer Shot in West Covina]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 16:18:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/suspect-westcovina-ois-0521161.jpg

The search for an attempted murder suspect continued Saturday after a West Covina police officer was shot and wounded, authorities said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department identified the suspected shooter as Jose Luis Chavez, 47. It wasn't immediately clear if Chavez was a resident of West Covina, but deputies said he is known to frequent the area.

The Sheriff's Department also said he has an extensive criminal record, but did not provide specifics. He is considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.

The shooting was reported around 11:30 p.m. Friday near N. Yaleton Avenue and Badillo Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Police said the officer was out on patrol when he approached a man on a bicycle who pulled out a gun. The man and officer exchange gunfire and the officer was struck in the chest, police said. It is unknown if the assailant was wounded.

The officer was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Multiple agencies were assisting with the investigation and search for the gunman. Chavez was described as 6-feet 1-inch tall, weighing 225 pounds, with a left eyebrow piercing.

The neighborhood was on lockdown as authorities searched for him early Saturday. Investigators said Chavez may have been wounded, as they followed a trail of blood a block south of the shooting.

Circumstances leading up to the shooting were unknown, but the Sheriff's Department said Chavez fired rounds as the officer tried to detain him. 

Chavez's family said they were confused by the entire situation, revealing he was a father and talented tattoo artist. 

"I don't want to believe he actually exchanged gunfire with a police officer," Maria Tijerina, Chavez's sister, said. 

His family said he told his daughter he would be right back, and he loved her, before leaving on his bike. 

"I can't deny the fact that that's his bike," Tijerina said.

His family told NBC4 he's been to prison many times for drug related offenses but not for violent crimes.

"I've never seen him with a gun or a knife," Tijerina said.

His family had a message for Chavez: 

"I can't believe this is something you have done. You need to think about your daughter and mother."



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<![CDATA[Time is now for the Dodgers to call up Urias]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 17:27:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/Urias2.JPG

He won't be "The Teenager" forever.

At just 19 years of age, Julio Urias is not just the Los Angeles Dodgers top pitching prospect, he might be the best prospect in all of baseball.

Urias continued to be a major topic of discussion in the big leagues on Saturday despite having never pitched in the show.

The left-hander threw five more scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday night, extending his scoreless streak to 27 consecutive innings.

"Julio continues to excel and dominate Triple-A," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said before his team squared off with San Diego on Saturday. "Everyone knows what he can to do, they know kind of an asset he is."

He lowered his Pacific Coast League leading ERA to a measly 1.10 and has 44 strikeouts in 41 innings.

His performances have been so outstanding, that as Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times pointed out, even the veteran players are asking about him.

"When is Julio Urias coming up? Asked a veteran in the Dodgers clubhouse.

The answer to that question is unknown, but with the bullpen and back end of the starting rotation severely underperforming, that time may come sooner, rather than later. His pitching coach, Matt Herges, thinks he's ready now.

"He's showing he's big league-ready now, in my opinion,” Herges told MiLB.com. “But I don't make those calls. We have some very smart people that make those decisions and they know what they're doing. But right now, he's just dominating Triple-A lineups.

"Coming into the season, I had a checklist of things I had for him to work on and he's been able to cross those things off. How he handles himself in-game has gotten so much better. The frustration he used to show hindered his performance and it hurt the next pitch. That's gone. How he holds runners was another box that needed to be checked off, and that's done. Tipping his pitches, that's checked. There's always something to work on, but the things I was most concerned about in terms of his big league readiness, those boxes have been checked."

Urias himself is pleased with his progress this season and is not concerned about when he will be called up to the Major Leagues.

"I know that whenever I threw consecutive balls last year, I would lose it," Urias told the LA Times. "Now, if I don't do what I wanted with a certain batter or certain pitch, I move on to the next batter, the next pitch and do better.

"It makes me proud that some people are saying they already want to see me there, but my time will come," he continued. "God's timing is always perfect."

In six of his seven starts this season, Urias has allowed zero runs, with just one bad outing on April 16th, when he allowed four runs against the Nashville Sound. Other than that one blemish on his record, he has surrendered just one run in 37 total innings.

OKC catcher Jack Murphy has been working the majority of Urias’ starts throughout the season and has seen enough from him to believe that he is ready for the big leagues.

“He’s pretty special,” Murphy said. “We talk about it all the time. He’s got a great mentality, a great repertoire of pitches, makes my job easy behind the plate. As much as people ask me and tell me, ‘you did a good job with Julio today,’ there’s a lot of guys who can catch him today. His stuff is fantastic. He’s got a four-pitch mix that he can locate to both sides. So he makes my job easy and he gives a lot of the guys confidence on the team because you know you’re going to be in the game late in the game. He’s the perfect combination of a command guy with power stuff. It’s hard to find that combo.”

The question now is whether or not Urias should be called up to be a reliever this year. The bullpen is a glaring weakness of the Dodgers and bringing him up could be just the spark the Dodgers need. 

 

Tony Capobianco of the Enid News and Eagle contributed to this story.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Allegedly Lighting 2 People on Fire]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 13:21:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Phillip+Darryl+5.21.16.JPG

Police have arrested a man who allegedly lit two people on fire at a South Los Angeles homeless encampment. 

Phillip Darryl Cole is accused of approaching an empty lot at 83rd Street and Vermont Avenue around 6:40 a.m. Thursday, throwing a flammable liquid on two people and lighting them on fire, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victims suffered serious injuries, police said.

Cole was arrested about 4 p.m. Saturday after patrol officers saw him sitting at a bus bench at Florence Avenue and Figueroa Street, LAPD said in a statement released Sunday. He was taken into custody without incident. 

Cole, described as a transient, was also a suspect in several robberies, police said. No details about the robberies were made available.

He is being held on $1.27 million bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's 77th Street Station at (323) 786-5420.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Put Out Blaze at Chevron Refinery ]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 16:41:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chevron+refinery+Fire+5.21.16.JPG

Firefighters doused a fire that erupted in a trash bin at the Chevron Refinery in El Segundo on Saturday, officials said. 

The fire was reported about 10:30 a.m. in the 300 block of El Segundo Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

When fire crews arrived, they found a trash bin on fire and quickly worked to put out the flames.

Clouds of black smoke could be seen billowing into the air.

There was no damage to the refinery.

Sepulveda Boulevard was temporarily blocked in both directions, El Segundo police said. 



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<![CDATA[Calvin Harris Injured in Studio City Crash]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 07:48:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Calvin-Harris-In-Concert.jpg

Superstar DJ and producer Calvin Harris was among two people injured following a head-on car crash in Studio City Friday night, Los Angeles police said.

Harris was a passenger in an SUV traveling in the 3500 block of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard around 11 p.m. when the collision occurred, according to the LAPD.

Police said a vehicle with three juveniles inside crossed over the center divider and crashed into the SUV.

Harris suffered a cut to his nose and was taken to a hospital. He was released shortly after.

The driver from the other vehicle involved was ejected from the car and suffered a broken pelvis, police said. 

The Scottish DJ, who is dating singer Taylor Swift, was headed to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas — where he was scheduled to perform Friday night at Omnia — when the collision occurred, according to a statement on his Facebook page. Harris was not able to perform as a result of the crash. 

No other injuries were reported.

Police said no drugs or alcohol were involved. The crash was under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 2 Critically Injured After OC Crash]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 08:13:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/oc_fatal_tanker_honda_crash.PNG

A woman was killed and two other people were critically injured after a crash involving a tanker in Anaheim early Saturday morning, police said.

The crash was reported around 1:30 a.m. near the inersection of Dale Street and Lincoln Avenue, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Three people were trapped in a Honda sedan and had to be extricated from the vehicle, police said.

A 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and two men were transported to a hospital in critical condition. The two men were declared brain dead, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

Preliminary reports indicated the Honda was traveling westbound on Lincoln Avenue and ran a red light. Marijuana was also found in the vehicle, but it was not known if that was a factor in the collision, according to the Anaheim Police Department.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Pizza Delivery Driver Hits Grandfather, Granddaughter]]> Sat, 21 May 2016 03:04:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/wilmington_pizza_crash.PNG

An elderly man and his 6-year-old granddaughter were injured Friday night after a pizza delivery driver struck and injured the two, leaving the grandfather in critical condition, police said.

The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. near Anaheim Street and Bay View Avenue in Wilmington, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The 88-year-old grandfather was transported to a hospital in critical condition and the girl was in stable condition, police said.

Police said the driver remained at the scene.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.



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