<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:07:04 -0700 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:07:04 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Report Highlights State of Child Abuse]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:54:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Gabriel+Fernandez1.JPG

Better training and communication were among the recommendations made at a meeting Monday on the state of child abuse in Los Angeles County.

The meeting comes in the wake of the death of Gabriel Fernandez that ignited the push to revamp the child welfare system in the county. Gabriel, 8, died after being tortured and abused allegedly by his mother and her boyfriend while under the guidance of the county child welfare system.

The year he died, 19 children died at the hands of a parent or caregiver, more than the year before, according to a review by the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect.

"We are a large county with a lot of departments and we need to figure out a way of how to communicate better," said Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, a co-chair of the panel whose office has made changes recommended by a blue ribbon commission following Gabriel's death. "We assigned just one prosecutor to handle a case from beginning to end."

Deanne Tilton Durfee, the executive director of ICAN, said one of the 12 recommendations is to establish training so law enforcement can better detect child abuse.

"You talk to the children even if the child is not at the house at the time," Durfee said. "You find that child and you talk to that child in a safe place."

That take-a-second-look mentality is being applied to physicians. Work has already started with the newly formed Office of Child Protection that oversees multiple agencies to discuss best practices, including treatment.

"Basically do a convening for medical professionals in LA County regarding psychotropic medication with children ages 0-5," said Fesia Davenport, the interim director for the Office of Child Protection.

But tracking abuse cases remains an issue. For example, if a young child with an injury goes to a hospital, Durfee said there is no system to record what care was given and what happened next.

"We want all hospitals to advise us on how many child abuse reports they've made with children under 3," Durfee said.

Another recommendation was to create countywide guidelines to follow domestic abuse cases and, at times, link them to cases of child abuse and neglect because more young people are becoming the abusers.

"There's a 20 percent increase in juvenile offenders while the adults are decreasing by 6 percent," Durfee said.

There is also a disparity with the data reported to a state index that is used to clear a person to become a caregiver to a child. Durfee said thousands of cases of abuse are not reported.

A time table has not been set as to when these recommendations will become reality.

<![CDATA[Clippers and Spurs Down to Best of Three]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:08:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/167*120/471278122.jpg

If you thought the Los Angeles Clippers would just roll over and die after two straight losses to the San Antonio Spurs, you were mistaken.

Chris Paul came out in Game 4 with a vicious demeanor, playing like vintage CP3 with 34 points and seven assists.

But who'd have thought it would be Austin Rivers, and not Paul, who would have the biggest impact on the game?

Rivers delivered a much-needed boost off the bench, as his 16 points in 17 minutes helped LA tie up the series with a pivotal 114-105 victory at the AT&T Center.

Despite a potential momentum shift in favor of the Clippers, Game 5 at Staples Center still appears to be a contest they need to win more so than the Spurs.

As we've seen in this series, the importance of home court is not exhaustive — with both sides so far 1-1 at home — but to lose on their home floor and then fly back to San Antonio, with the Spurs winners of three of the series' last four games, could be too much to overcome.

To anyone who watched Game 4, it was clear the Clippers benefitted immensely from the Spurs missing a plethora of shots they normally make and an allotment of needless fouls on Chris Paul — a 90 percent free throw shooter on the year — while the team was in the bonus.

It's safe to say neither of those circumstances will persist at the same rates in Game 5, but that aside, a Clippers victory starts and ends with the play of Chris Paul.

In their two wins in the series, Paul is averaging 33 points, shooting over 61 percent from the field on 19 field goal attempts and turning the ball over 2.5 times a game.

But in their two losses, CP3 has averaged 14 points, shot 42 percent on 13 field goal attempts, and saw his turnovers jump to 4.5 per game. They need a stellar, dominant and efficient Paul to win Game 5.

The other key besides Paul is not a trick question by any means: it's the bench. As the series wears on, the Spurs should be fresher with more depth, which is why the x-factor for Doc Rivers' team is for someone other than Jamal Crawford to step up for his second unit, much like his son did in Game 4.

And it doesn't even necessarily have to be in terms of scoring, they simply need positive minutes. That could come in the form of Glen Davis grabbing five boards and drawing a charge or Hedo Turkoglu boxing out his man on every defensive possession. When your bench is as empty as the Clippers, you need all the help you can get.

On the flip side, Kawhi Leonard has been lethal in this series and the Clippers may want to consider putting Paul on him, at least late in the game.

Another thing to watch out for in Game 5 is Doc putting DeAndre Jordan on the bench to avoid the intentional fouling implemented by Gregg Popovich on the big man, who is shooting under 40 percent from the charity stripe.

The Clippers probably cannot play better than they did in Game 4, but if they limit fouls on Jordan, Paul comes out like the alpha dog he is, and the bench, beyond Crawford, makes an impact, they'll have a good shot to take a 3-2 series lead back to the Alamo.

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<![CDATA[Nepal Relief Effort Kicks Up Across SoCal]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:24:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nepal-destruccion.jpg

At Operation USA, relief warehouse manager Tony Shannon is busy sorting through donated medical equipment to send to earthquake victims in Nepal.

Among the items to be shipped are vital sign monitors, medicine, hospital beds, and anesthesiology machines.

Medical supplies are needed in the wake of the 7.9 magnitude quake which has left buildings — including hospitals — in shambles in Kathmandu and surrounding villages.

But getting the supplies into Nepal is the biggest challenge.

"It’s a landlocked country — no shipping port — airports and roads damaged — in the middle of the Himalayas — mountains and dirt roads," Shannon said.

Santa Monica-based relief agency International Medical Corps is also sending help, organizing teams of doctors and nurses who are sending back photos online, but communication is severely limited.

Facebook announced Monday it will match up to $2 million in donations with all money going to International Medical Corp to help their teams on the ground in Nepal who are treating thousands of people injured in the quake.

"There might be a need to build field hospitals, tents and equipment, infrastructure there until they get back on their feet," said Jaya Vadlamudi, of the International Medical Corps.

Over the weekend three Pasadena firefighters and an elite team of 57 LA County firefighters left for Nepal to help in search and rescue operations.

Other local agencies including the Los Angeles Fire Department are on standby, ready to go if needed.

Operation USA needs medical supplies, generators, and water purification kits. They need corporate partners to step up and donate.

If individuals want to help — the best way is to donate money — so supplies like blankets and food can be bought in India — instead of having to shipped:

Nepal Earthquake Support

International Medical Corps

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<![CDATA[LAPD Orders Officers to Ride in Pairs]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:39:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/lapd+cruiser.jpg

LAPD officers will be riding in pairs for safety out of "an abundance of caution" after news out of Baltimore that street gangs may be targeting police.

Baltimore police announced they had received a “credible threat” that three violent gangs, the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips, were teaming up to “take out” law enforcement officers.

The Baltimore Police Department has advised other law enforcement agencies to take precautions to secure the safety of their officers, in a written statement.

The order comes amid protests and violence surrounding the in-custody death of Freddie Gray April 19.

Baltimore police and protesters clashed Monday, with at least seven officers injured.

Los Angeles Police Department officials said the so-called “blue alert” will remain in effect citywide until they can get more information on the source and scope of the threat.

It is not clear how many, if any, other metropolitan police agencies had issued similar orders across the country.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Commuter Furious Over Huge Toll Fines]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:27:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/bridgefastrak.jpg

Some Southern California drivers are being hit with fines of tens – even hundreds -- of thousands of dollars because of toll road billing disputes with the Orange County Transportation Authority.

One Canyon Lake woman told the NBC4 I-Team that excessive penalties for unpaid fees left her on the hook for more than $15,000.

Commuter Leslie Vecchione, who takes the 91 Freeway, says it all started in 2010, when FasTrak informed her that she owed $340 in delinquent toll fees. Because the credit card she had on file with FasTrak had been hacked, she says she called to cancel the old account, and provide a new card number to take care of the debt.

"I called FasTrak, and I gave them all my new banking information and they said they had it," Vecchione said.

She believes the information was never processed.

In the following weeks, she noticed her credit card account was no longer recording any charges from FasTrak, but the toll transponder was still beeping each time she drove the car on the 91 Freeway.

Vecchione says she called OCTA again, and was told the problem could be a simple delay in transferring to her new account.

At the end of the month, she received a $3,000 bill. She says she tried to negotiate a settlement with OCTA, but "there really is no opportunity to talk to anybody and get it resolved."

Hoping the charge would be dismissed, she put off paying, but kept on driving. Each time she or a family member commuted on the 91 Freeway, the tolls were accumulating, along with fines assessed under the California Vehicle Code. Each violation earned a penalty of $190.

In February, Vecchione learned that OCTA was preparing to sue her $15,410.40 in tolls, penalties and fines. She was given 30 days to respond, and warned that if she didn’t, judgment would be "entered against you without trial or hearing."

At this point, she turned to Orange County attorney Roger Buffington, who’s represented more than 70 clients like Vecchione in cases against OCTA.

"Judgment can be entered against them without any other due process and that is unusual under American and Californian law," Buffington said.

He adds that Vecchione’s bill is far from the largest he’s seen.

"We’ve handled cases where people have had cumulative charges as high as $350,000," he said.

OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik told the I-Team he could not discuss specific cases, but he did say notices are commonly sent to a customer’s address for each violation.

If outstanding tolls and penalties reach $5,000, the case is sent to collections attorneys and a notice of intent to sue for the money is sent to the customer.

"They want it to build to as big as it can get and then they’ll try to deal with you," Vecchione said.

In 2009, the Orange County Toll Authority and the Transportation Corridor Agencies agreed to waive $41 million in commuter penalties, and pay $1.4 million in restitution, to settle a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of people who say they were charged excessive penalties for toll violations.

Since the I-team’s investigation of Vecchione’s case began, she’s reached a settlement with OCTA for $4,500. But she blames OCTA’s original error in not charging her new credit card for putting her on a costly five year journey.

"I’d be happy to pay my $340. You know, it’s been a big mistake and it wasn’t even my mistake, but I’m paying for it," said Vecchione.

If you have any discrepancy in your FasTrak billing, here are some tips:

  • Stop using toll lanes until the problem is resolved.
  • Act promptly. Contact OCTA (or the agency overseeing the toll road you use) immediately to request an inquiry into your bill.
  • Regularly check your email "junk" folder for communication from OCTA or other toll agencies.
  • Make sure you receive confirmation in writing if any error has been corrected.

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<![CDATA[QUIZ: Who Can Save Us From the Drought Now?]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:08:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/drought-quiz-5-save-california-water-shatner.jpg

You've stopped taking long showers. You're only watering your lawn twice a week. Your car is covered in grime because you think car washes are for water-wasting chumps.

But do you really know it all about California's extreme drought? Test your knowledge here, and let's hope it's deeper than the state's water supply...

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<![CDATA[Reward to Find Sea Lion Pup Kidnappers Grows to $10K]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:40:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+stolen+la+beach.JPG

The search for kidnappers who took a sea lion pup from a Southern California beach has intensified as a reward for the culprit's arrest doubled on Monday to $10,000.

The sea lion pup was snatched from Dockweiler State Beach around 3:30 a.m. on April 19 after being harassed by a group of people who were seen throwing rocks and cinder blocks at the pup.

A witness reported the group had carried the sea lion away from the beach in a blanket, put the baby animal in the trunk of a black Honda Civic and drove off, Los Angeles police said. The license plate number may have ended in numbers 5 and 6.

PETA announced a $5,000 reward last week for information to help nab the sea lion pup's kidnappers. On Monday, Shera Danese, the widow of longtime PETA supporter Peter Falk, doubled the reward to $10,000, according to a PETA statement.

"Someone knows who was out on the beach that night, who stole the pup, and who drove away, separating this vulnerable baby from his or her mother and the sea," PETA Senior Director Martin Mersereau said in a statement. "PETA is calling on anyone with any clues about this case to contact the authorities immediately so that these cruel people can be held responsible for their crimes."

When officers arrived to the beach the morning of the sea lion kidnapping, they found a second sea lion trying to make its way out of some bushes and back to shore. That pup was able to escape the attackers and was picked up by Marine Animal Rescue.

A witness described the group as two men and two women in their early to mid-20s, last seen heading south on Vista Del Mar in a black Honda Civic. according to PETA.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's hotline at 1-800-853-1964.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns in San Fernando Valley]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:10:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/04-27-2015-brush-fire-granada-hills-5.JPG A brush fire burns on a hillside Monday April 27, 2015 in the San Fernando Valley area.

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<![CDATA[Two Brush Fires Burn During High Wind Threat]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:49:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/04-27-2015-brush-fire-granada-hills-aerial.jpg

A second brush fire broke out in the San Fernando Valley on Monday as a small blaze about a mile away threatened 10 homes, prompted evacuations and put firefighters on high alert as winds kicked up during a wind warning.

Firefighters put out a blaze near a reservoir at the Golden State (5) Freeway and Roxford Street in Mission Hills. The fire burned less than 1 acre of grass in a remote area. No homes were threatened.

That blaze was being fought as some 200 firefighters doused a 5-acre blaze in the 12000 block of Highwater Road in Granada Hills at 11 a.m.

Residents were on high alert.

"I followed a fire engine up the hill and I realized it's right across the street from my house," said Chris Serimian.

Officials from several schools in the area sent alerts to parents saying they could pick up their kids.

"In all the years we've been here — 18 years — we've never seen it come this close," said Maria Turley, a teacher at St. Euphrasia who also lives nearby.

The fire broke out on a day that a wind advisory was in effect until 2 p.m. along the Los Angeles County coast, in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, and in the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains as strong Santa Ana winds buffet the region Monday, creating a threat of wildfires, forecasters said.

Winds in the area where the fire broke out gusted up to 20 mph.

Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, credited the fact that there were no homes damaged and no injuries to aggressive brush clearance efforts in the neighborhood.

But he urged residents to continue to be vigilant as the combination of gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity continues to bring elevated fire danger to the region.

"If anyone had any doubt we are certainly in our long, steady march toward the peak of fire season," Humphrey said.

Winds were expected to blow at sustained speeds of between 25 and 35 miles per hour with 55-mph gusts in the San Gabriels, slightly less in the Santa Monicas, 20 and 30 mph with 45-mph gusts in the Santa Clarita Valley, 15 and 25 mph with 40 mph gusts in the San Fernando Valley, and 15 and 25 mph with 35 mph gusts along the coast.

Forecasters say they expected winds of between 25 and 35 mph with 55- mph gusts, and isolated 65-mph gusts are possible along the coastal slopes of the Santa Ana Mountains.

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<![CDATA[Infant Dies in OC Rollover Crash]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:32:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/placentia+infant+death+family+crash.jpg

An SUV carrying a family veered off a road and into a utility pole, killing a baby and injuring four others in Orange County on Monday, police said.

The infant was pronounced dead at the scene, while the family's father, mother and two other children were taken to a hospital, according to Lt. Eric Point of the Placentia Police Department.

The collision occurred in the 700 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia at 10:10 a.m. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, Point said.

Firefighters cut through the vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, to reach the infant, Point said. The SUV rolled over after striking the power lines, and its roof was crushed. The infant was in a car seat.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Precautionary Moorpark High School Lockdown Lifted]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:43:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/moorpark-hs-lockdown-dec19.jpg

Moorpark High School was on lockdown but there was no imminent danger, school officials said.

The threat was triggered by a threatening voicemail left on a school answering machine, according to Ventura County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Someone had made a general threat referencing the school.

The school went into lockdown at 8 a.m., with students staying in their classrooms, according to Capt. John Reilly.

A tweet from the school's account said the lockdown was a precautionary measure as administrators search for a student.

The lockdown was lifted at around noon, according to a Sheriff's Dept. news release. The investigation was concluded, but further details were not available.

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<![CDATA[Inside the Nation's West Coast Trade Gateway]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:42:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/82733691_master.jpg A look at the nation's busiest port complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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<![CDATA[Basement Fire in LA Near 5 Freeway]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/lincoln+heights+basement+fire+lafd.JPG

Smoke poured out of a burning home in Los Angeles Monday morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the fire in the 2318 N. Coral Street, in Lincoln Heights near the 5 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A heavy fire showed from the basement of a home in Los Angeles, according to an LAFD spokesman.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[LA, Long Beach Port Truck Drivers on Strike]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:55:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/162925583_master.jpg

Some truck drivers who haul goods from the nation's busiest port complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike Monday in the latest action as part of a long-running labor dispute at the West Coast's shipping gateway.

The strike targeting four companies doing business at the Los Angeles-Long Beach and San Diego complexes comes after a weekend vote from Teamsters. Drivers from the four companies are striking, but it wasn't immediately clear how many of the 16,000 truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would walk off the job.

About 200 of the estimated 500 drivers associated with the four companies were on the picket lines Monday, and the job action will expand to cargo terminals later in the day, a Teamsters union representative said during a morning conference call announcing the strike. Some secondary  picketing will target specific trucks as they arrive at other locations.

The strike involving drayage firms, which specialize in short-haul transport, is not expected to shut down all port business. All port terminals remained opened Monday morning.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach ports are the primary West Coast gateway for hundreds of billions of dollars of annual trade with Asia. Drivers also walked picket lines Monday morning at an Otay Mesa freight drayage company in San Diego.

About 16,000 drivers work at the ports, most of them independent contractors for trucking companies. The truckers say they face shrinking wages and want to become employees of the trucking companies, which they say would mean better wages and workplace protections.

The drivers have been subjected to "persistent wage theft," said Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard. Striking truckers argue they are improperly classified as independent contractors.

It was too soon to say what, if any, effect a work stoppage would have on business, said ports representatives. Earlier this year, tough contract negotiations with dockworkers nearly closed 29 seaports from San Diego to Seattle, causing major delays in the delivery of billions of dollars of imports and exports.

Trucking companies have argued that driver pay is good and picketing at the ports did not represent the majority of drivers. They object especially to the timing of the unrest as the port is still recovering from a dockworkers strike.

"I believe now is a horrible time to introduce any slow-downs to the supply chain," Weston LaBar, executive director of the Harbor Trucking Association, said in a statement late last week. "If they want to be a part of the real solution perhaps they should suspend these efforts until we get closer to a normal flow of cargo in the San Pedro Bay. We don't want to put any more jobs in our region in jeopardy."

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<![CDATA[SB 710 Fwy Reopens After Tanker Fire]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:17:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/04-27-2015-710-freeway-tanker-crash-1.jpg

All southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway have reopened in Bell a day after a gasoline tanker exploded in flames and damaged the road, California Highway Patrol officials say.

A ball of fire consumed the gasoline tanker truck on the freeway southeast of downtown Los Angeles Sunday afternoon, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare. The double-tanker truck was hauling 8,800 gallons of gas when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell, CHP officials said.

The fire's intense heat damaged the road, according to the California Highway Patrol. A section of concrete had to be replaced, which required removal, repaving and re-striping of the roadway.

Drivers were advised to use the 605 or 110 freeways to get around the closure. The southbound 5 Freeway connector to the southbound 710 Freeway was expected to remain closed into Monday evening.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles. Crews extinguished the flames about an hour later.

The driver escaped the crash with minor bumps and bruises, fire officials said. A passenger in the truck was also not seriously injured.

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<![CDATA[LA County Firefighters Deployed to Nepal]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:56:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150426-LA-county-fire-deployed.JPG

An elite team of 57 Los Angeles County firefighters was deployed to the earthquake-ravaged nation of Nepal to assist in rescue and recovery efforts on Sunday.

A massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck the South Asian nation on Saturday, killing more than 3,200 people and causing widespread destruction.

The USA - 2 Medium Urban Search and Rescue team departed from the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County on Sunday and are expected to arrive in Kathmandu on Monday, according to an LA County Fire Department news release.

The search and rescue team is trained to use special equipment to rescue people from collapsed structures and confined spaces. At the request of the Nepal government, the group will assist with rescue and recovery efforts.

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<![CDATA[Padres Cool Off Dodgers' Hot Hitting]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:48:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150426-matt-kemp-dogers-padres-sunday-april-26.jpg

With injuries mounting the Los Angeles Dodgers were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle when they called up one of the fabulous Baker boys from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday.

Scott Baker, 33, made his first major league start since 2011 and was solid in his Dodgers debut, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings.

"I thought he was good," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "He gave us a chance to win and that's what we ask of all our starters."

Two of those hits were home runs however and the Padres defeated the Dodgers 3-1 to snap San Diego's four-game losing streak.

Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris went deep for the Padres and Brandon Morrow picked up his first win of the season holding the Dodgers to just one run through seven strong innings.

Morrow (1-0) pitched his best game of the season for San Diego allowing one home run on just five hits while striking out four. Both Morrow and Norris were acquired this winter as part of the revamped roster that is the 2015 Padres.

The only offense the Dodgers could muster came from the hot-hitting bat of Alex Guerrero. An early rookie of the year candidate, Guerrero leads the team in batting average, and is second in hits, homers and RBIs. What makes his numbers even more eye-popping is he has done it in a reserve role on the team and with just 22 at-bats.

It was a tough luck loss for Baker (0-1) who pitched well in his Dodgers debut, albeit for just a few mistakes throughout the game. 

One of those mistakes came in the third inning when Baker left a 3-2 pitch up in the zone to Amarista, who led off third inning and put the Padres on the board 1-0.

"I was a little jumpy at first, but I feel like I settled in there," said Baker. "There's a couple pitches I wish I could have back."

When asked after the game if he thought he had done enough to earn a permanent spot in the Dodgers rotation, Baker left that up to the organization.

"That's a little above my pay grade," joked Baker. "I'm going to give it my all no matter where it's at. I'm excited for the opportunity and the rest is up to them."

After an RBI single by Norris in the fourth, the former Oakland A's catcher hit a hanging curve into the left field porch for his first homer of the season. Norris carried the Padres offensively going 2-for-3 with a double, home run and two RBIs.

After hitting seven home runs the previous night, the two teams that lead the NL West combined for three on Sunday. In total, they've hit 10 homers in the past two games and 11 in the three game series.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save of the season.

Game Notes:
Yasiel Puig and Joel Peralta were placed on the 15-day DL before the game. Sunday's starter Scott Baker and Carlos Frias took their place on the 25 man roster.

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<![CDATA[Santa Monica Filmmaker Killed in Everest Avalanche]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:53:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/image00111.jpg

The grieving wife of a Southern California filmmaker who was killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal says her husband lost his life while "doing what he loved."

Southern California-based filmmaker Tom Taplin was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp when the avalanche hit, his wife Cory Freyer said Sunday. Her husband had worked on the documentary for years and now was finally making it, she said.

Taplin, 61, was among 17 people whose lives were taken on the mountain.

Taplin's guide called Freyer at her Santa Monica home to notify her that her husband had been killed as a result of the quake Saturday, NBC News reported.

"It's devastating to know he's not coming back," Freyer told NBC4.

One of the last texts Taplin sent his wife read: "It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen."

The couple shared a love of mountain climbing and the outdoors.

"The first thing we did about a year after we met was to go trekking to the Khumbu, to the Everest region, together," she said. "Here we are back to Everest."

The couple was married for three years, but had been together for more than 24 years prior to exchanging vows.

Taplin was a passionate photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer. He wrote a book about his experiences climbing South America's tallest peak, Aconagua, in the 1990s.

"He died in a place where he loved being," Freyer said.

"His spirit will always be with me. It's the best that I can do for now," she added.

Taplin was one of three Americans killed in Saturday's earthquake-triggered avalanche.

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<![CDATA[Gas Tanker Explodes]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:31:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bell-gardens-tanker-fire-710.gif A tanker truck went up in flames on the southbound 710 Freeway in the Bell Gardens area Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and forcing a full closure in both directions.

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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Ball of Flames Engulfs Tanker Truck]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:35:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bell-gardens-tanker-fire-710.gif

A huge ball of flames engulfed a gasoline tanker truck on a freeway outside of Los Angeles on Sunday, sending black plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles and causing a traffic nightmare.

The double-tanker truck was hauling 8,800 gallons of gas on the southbound 710 Freeway when it jackknifed near the Florence Avenue exit in Bell and exploded in flames, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Dozens of firefighters arrived just after 3:30 p.m. to battle the huge fire, which could be seen as far as downtown Los Angeles.

Crews managed to extinguish the flames about an hour later. No injuries were immediately reported.

The driver escaped the crash with minor bumps and bruises, fire officials said. A passenger in the truck was also OK.

"(The driver) heard a loud pop. He looked in his rearview mirror and he noticed that the rear trailer had overturned," said CHP Officer Juan Galvan.

Northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway reopened about 9:30 p.m. after an hours-long closure that backed up traffic for miles.

Southbound lanes were expected to remain closed through mid-Monday morning, CHP officials said.

Crews were working to clean up what was left of the charred tanker and Caltrans officials were assessing the severity of the damage to the road.

The cause of the crash was unclear. CHP officials said no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

NBC4's Kate Larsen contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Clippers Win Game 4]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:29:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clippers-Spurs-Game-4_Playoff-2015.jpg

The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 114-105, in Game 4 to tie the series Sunday in Texas.

After a demoralizing loss in Game Three, the Clippers came out ready to compete in Game Four. The Spurs seemed to counter every punch the Clippers threw early, as the two teams played an entertaining first half in San Antonio.

In the first quarter, Spurs point guard Tony Parker came out aggressive and scored eight points to match teammate Kawhi Leonard with game-high honors after 12 minutes. While the Spurs managed to finish the quarter level with the Clippers at 25 points, the visitors looked like the better team early on.

Ten of the Clippers' first 12 baskets were assisted, and six different players had scored at least one bucket. Blake Griffin led the visitors with six points and four assists at that point, and the second quarter would continue to provide intense playoffs basketball.

At halftime, the Clippers took a four-point lead into the locker room. With Chris Paul and J.J. Redick leading the way with 12 points apiece, the Clippers should have commanded a larger lead, but the Spurs' bench came into the ball game and made an instant impact.

Off the bench, Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Manu Ginobili combined for 24 first-half points, which trumped the Clippers bench by 11 points. LA's bench has been a cause for concern throughout the season and postseason, but backup guard Austin Rivers hit three of four shots for seven points in the first half. Even with Rivers on fire, the Spurs' reserves edged the Clippers' reserves in the first half.

In the third quarter, the Spurs would continue to get production from Mills off the bench, as the speedy Australian would reach 12 points in his first 11 minutes on the court. Countering Mills for the Clippers, Rivers would continue to hit shots and tabbed 11 points in his first 10 minutes on the court.

For the starters, Leonard followed up on his 32-point performance in Game Three with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists through the first three quarters of Game Four. Paul, though, would shepherd his team through the Spurs' third quarter rally. The 29-year-old Clippers star point guard led all scorers with 24 points through three quarters--12 of which came in the third period. Griffin's 10 points in the period also played a part, as the Clippers managed to quickly erase the Spurs' three-point edge.

Entering the fourth quarter, the Clippers led by five points, 81-76. Almost immediately, that lead would grow to 13 points, as Rivers continued to play above his head in a pressure situation on the road. Also, Jamal Crawford hit two of his first three shots to start the final quarter to further add to the Clippers' bench impact.

The defending champions at home, however, would not roll over. With seven minutes to play in the game, the Spurs again only trailed by five points. Credit to the visitors, they remained resolute and extended that lead back to 11 points with about four and a half minutes remaining in the contest.

Although the Spurs would provide a couple scares, the Clippers kept hold of their lead down the stretch. Paul finished with 34 points, seven assists and three rebounds. Griffin added 20 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists, but Rivers' 16 points on seven of eight shooting off the bench stood out as the difference when the final buzzer sounded.

"This was a total team effort. Game ball goes to Austin Rivers," Paul told ABC cameras after the game.

Tim Duncan, who turned 39 years old on Saturday, finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Leonard 26 points, five assists and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

Game Five will be at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Found in Dumpster in 1989 Meets Rescuer, Dad]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:22:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dumpster-robin-barton-dads.jpg

A man who was rescued from a Southern California dumpster as an infant has been reunited with his birth father after 25 years, thanks to the Santa Ana police officer credited with once saving his life.

Robin Barton's adoptive family only recently told him his infamous origin story: that he was left to die in a  dumpster until his rescuer discovered him and resuscitated him.

Barton, known as Baby "Adam" in the news reports surrounding the 1989 rescue, was barely breathing when officer Michael Buelna found him in Santa Ana. Buelna was investigating a stabbing in the area when neighbors waved him down, saying they'd heard a baby crying.

Barton, now 25, and Buelna reunited earlier this week. "When I first met him, it was slightly overwhelming. But it was just a wonderful moment," Barton said.

Barton said he and Buelna caught up on each other's lives when they reunited.

In their meeting, Barton mentioned that he was looking for his birth mother, who served time in prison for abandoning her child and was eventually deported.

Bartone hoped his mother might hear the story of his reunion with his rescuer and find him. Instead, news reports caught the attention of Barton's birth father, Marcos Meza, who'd been looking for him for years.

On Sunday, they finally met, along with two of Barton's five sisters. The reunion was thrilling, he told NBC4.

"Shock and awe, joy, happiness. I'm just overwhelmed," Barton said.

He was able to speak with his mother as well by phone, he said -- Santa Ana police said she was deported to Mexico after being released from prison.

Sunday morning, Barton was able to pose for pictures with both of his fathers -- all thanks to the police officer who stopped what he was doing when residents told them they'd heard a baby crying.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Beth Slepp-Paz/Archival photo]]>
<![CDATA[For-Profit College Network Ends Classes for 16,000]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:54:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP726758529250.jpg

Roughly 16,000 students enrolled in a chain of troubled for-profit colleges are no longer able to take classes after the schools' parent company, Corinthian Colleges, Inc., announced Sunday it is ceasing all of its operations.

The Orange County-based school network has not yet made arrangements with other schools to find "continuing educational opportunities" at its 28 remaining campuses, which are closing effective Monday, the school said.

CCI added that it would rely on the help of regulatory agencies and partner institutions to place students enrolled at Heald College campuses in California, Hawaii and Oregon, as well as Everest and WyoTech schools in California, Arizona and New York.

“Now we're going have to make a mad dash to find another option. For some of us this was our last resort," said Krisa Mata, a student who said she took out loans to attend CCI's Everest College in Reseda.

"It's the first thing I saw on my phone when I woke up. I have no idea what I'm gonna do now," she said.

The announcement occurs less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education said it was fining the institution $30 million over misrepresentation. The department contends that Corinthian has not addressed allegations of falsifying job placement data and altering grades and attendance records, The Associated Press reported.

The school was unable to sell off all its schools under a deal with the U.S. Department of Education, it said in a statement, though it has sold 56.

"Largely as a result of recent state and federal regulatory actions, we were unable to complete a sale, and our only option was to close our schools," CEO Jack Massimino wrote in a letter to students posted on the school's website. 

California Attorney General Kamala Harris sued Corinthian in 2013 for allegedly misrepresenting how many of its graduates were placed in jobs in actions she called “unconscionable” and “predatory." She also alleged that the chain advertised that it offered classes it did not.

It agreed the next year to sell 85 campuses and close a dozen more in an agreement with the Department of Education, which was closely monitoring school data, according to information submitted to a federal regulatory agency.

Corinthian was one of the country's largest for-profit educational institutions, according to the AP. It collapsed last summer amid a cash shortage and fraud allegations.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[9-Year-Old Does 42 Aerials in World Record Attempt]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:09:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/042615+Guinness+Aerials+Record.JPG

A 9-year-old girl from Orange County, Califronia, was head over heels Saturday as she attempted to break a world record for most consecutive aerials.

Ollivia Nguyen completed 42 of the handless cartwheels on a mat in an Anaheim gym in front of a cheering crowd and a Guinness World Record camera, according to her mother.

"In the beginning it feels easy because I have a lot of oxygen but at the end my breathing kind of gets heavy," Nguyen said in a practice before the record attempt.

Nguyen practiced for over six months to accomplish the feat, said her current coach, Sarah Eshom.

"We've worked on different techniques," Eshom said, "and once we found the technique that best fit her we started building up the numbers. We went from 10 to 20 to 30 and then now she's doing 40 consecutive with no problem."

The current record for “Most Consecutive Aerials-Breakdance,” is six, Anthony Yodice, a spokesman for Guinness World Records North America Inc., told the OC Register.

The idea of Nguyen breaking the record came from a conversation her mother, Nicholle Aguilar, had with another of Nguyen's coaches.

"(He) said, 'You know I think that she can really do this,'" Aguilar said. "He kind of put this in her heart or the inspiration in her heart."

The attempt was recorded and sent to Guinness World Record officials to verify the two-and-a-half minute video, according to the OC Register. Two certified gymnast instructors and a notary were present at the event.

"I believe in her and I knew she could do it, so we pursued it," Aguilar said at the pre-record attempt practice.

Photo Credit: Kevin Dahlgren]]>
<![CDATA[Officer Shot Burglar Who Bit Him, Grabbed for Gun: PD]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:33:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/rite+aid+burglary+police+shooting.JPG

A drugstore burglar bit a police officer and grabbed for another's handgun when he was fatally shot in Orange County Sunday morning, police said.

Officers found the man standing on a ladder in a Fountain Valley Rite Aid and tried to take him into custody when the struggle began, according to a news release from the Fountain Valley Police Department. Hit with a single gunshot, the burglar was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Two officers in total were injured in the incidient.

Police were called to the Rite Aid, in the 18300 block of Brookurst Avenue, when a store employee reported that a man had broken through a locked door. Police surrounded the store, which the employee fled, and called in a police dog to help locate the burglar, according to the release.

He struggled when officers tried to arrest him, biting one and grabbing for another's handgun.

"After repeated commands to release the officer’s firearm, the officer who suffered the bite wound fired a single round at the suspect, which stopped the struggle," the statement said.

Another officer's hand suffered a minor injury.

As with other local officer-involved shootings, the Orange County District Attorney's Office is investigating.

Photo Credit: Beth Slepp-Paz]]>
<![CDATA[Officers Fire at Stolen Car Attempting to Ram Them]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:02:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/huntington+harbour+stolen+police+shooting+abandoned+car.JPG

Police are searching for the occupants of a stolen car that tried to ram two officers after a pursuit through Huntington Beach, then escaped after gunshots were fired Sunday morning. 

The car, a green Honda Accord, was found abandoned in a cul-de-sac near Warner Avenue and Algonquin Street in the Huntington Harbour area, according to Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Marlatt. It was unclear if the car's two or three occupants were hit by officers' gunfire.

Officers first made contact with the car, which was later determined to be stolen, when it failed to yield to a traffic stop in the area of Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street, Marlatt said.

Officers shot at the car on Davenport Island, a marina community in the Harbour, after police made what Marlatt called a "felony stop." Police got out of their vehicle, then the car spun around and attempted to ram them.

The car drove off, but was discovered a short way away as police scoured the area, Marlatt said. It was unoccupied, and bullet holes could be seen in the windshield.

Police believe the suspects fled the scene, but were investigating at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.  Because it was an officer-involved shooting, the Orange County Sheriff's Department will be investigating, Marlatt said.

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<![CDATA[Woodland Hills Condo Fire Leaves 1 Dead]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150425-woodland-hills-condo-fire.jpg

A woman was killed and her relative was hospitalized with burns after a fire broke out at a three-story condominium complex in Woodland Hills on Saturday night, fire officials said.

The fire was reported just after 9:30 p.m. in the 21600 block of Burbank Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man was taken to a hospital for treatment, said Brian Humphrey of the LAFD.

It took 49 firefighters 24 minutes to knock down the flames at the 92-unit complex, Humphrey said. The flames were confined to one unit.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Defeat Padres 11-8 Behind Home Run Barrage]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:28:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150425-adrian-gonzalez-dodgers-padres.jpg

It was a home run barrage at the pitcher friendly Petco Park in San Diego on Saturday. The stadium that is notorious for not allowing home runs, yielded a total of seven on the night.

Andre Ethier, Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe all went deep for the Dodgers who defeated the Padres 11-8 for their second consecutive win.

Wil Myers and Justin Upton hit homers for the Padres, with Upton crushing two separate blasts off Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy.

McCarthy has an affinity for the long ball as he has allowed nine home runs in just four starts this season. Despite an ERA of nearly 6.00, McCarthy moved to 3-0 on the year.

McCarthy allowed six runs on six hits through five innings of work. Every run he allowed came off of a home run.

The Dodgers jumped all over San Diego starter Ian Kennedy in the first inning. Ethier hit a two-run blast into the right field seats and Carl Crawford hit an RBI double four batters later and it was 3-0 after the top half of the first.

"The universe was a little off track there in the first inning," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly.

Kennedy (0-1) lasted only 4 1/3 innings allowing eight runs on eight hits surrendering three homers. His record dropped to 0-6 with an ERA over 5.00 against the Dodgers.

Gonzalez hit his seventh home run of the season and sixth against his former club in the second inning when he sent an 85 MPH slider into deep right field for a three-run blast and the Dodgers led 6-3.

"It was a different game," Mattingly continued. "We get three in the first and they got three back, but we answered the next inning with three more and that changed the momentum of the game. That second inning was a huge inning for us."

They would pile on more in the top half of the 5th thanks to consecutive two-run jacks by Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe in the inning. The Dodgers took a dominant 10-3 lead, but it was only a matter of time before McCarthy let the Padres back in.

"We were able to get some balls to fall today," said Kendrick of the home run medley. "The ones out of the yard you can't predict that stuff. When the ball flies like that here in a park that is normally not a home run park it's an uncharacteristic day, but we'll take it."

McCarthy surrendered yet another home run to Upton in the bottom half of the sixth inning. It was Upton's second homer of the game and his third on the season against McCarthy.

"I've never seen the ball flying out of here like it was tonight," said Upton. "The ball was carrying to right-center and to right field, so like you saw there was an elevated number of runs."

McCarthy's cutter to Upton turned out to be his last pitch of the game as he immediately called for the medical staff and was removed from the game with a right elbow injury.

"It started hurting towards the end of the Rockies game last week," said McCarthy of his elbow. "Today, early on it really started to hurt. My stuff was diminishing and the pain was increasing. I should have probably called it in the second, but I didn't and it was pretty stupid in hindsight."

McCarthy is scheduled for an MRI exam on Monday in Los Angeles to determine if there's any more serious damage to the elbow.

Matt Kemp was ejected from the game in the bottom of the seventh inning for arguing a called third strike that he felt was below the knees.

Ethier was named player of the game going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, falling a triple short of the cycle. Ethier started in right field in place of injured star Yasiel Puig who re-aggravated his left hamstring a night prior.

"It's nice when you have Gonzo standing behind you and they don't want to put another guy on base for him to drive in more runs," said Ethier of his performance in the two-hole. "I try and put good swings on the ball and I just make the most of the opportunity in that situation."

Chris Hatcher was wild in the bottom of the ninth has he had three wild pitches, allowing a run before closing the door on the Padres.

Game Notes:
Kennedy returned to the Padres rotation after injuring his hamstring in his season debut against the San Francisco Giants on April 9th.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Exposing Self at School: Deputies]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:00:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

Deputies arrested a man who allegedly exposed himself at an elementary school in Riverside County on Saturday morning.

An adult victim reported seeing the man exposing himself about 8 a.m. in the lunch area of Todd Elementary School in Temescal Valley, a small community about 10 miles south of Corona, according to a Riverside County Sheriff's Department news release.

There were no children present at the time of the crime, deputies said.

The man fled the school, but the victim allegedly followed him to a home around the corner in the 11000 block of Marygold Way.

Deputies arrived to the home and took the man into custody without incident. He was identified as 26-year-old Andrew Isaac Foster of Temescal Valley.

Foster was booked at the Southwest Detention Center for indecent exposure, under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, deputies said.

Deputies declined to specify what the controlled substance was.

<![CDATA[NBC4 Family Assembles Care Packages for US Troops]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:13:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*161/042515+Patrick.JPG

Anchors, reporters and staff from NBC4 Southern California assembled more than 7,000 military care packages in Van Nuys on Saturday as part of the 14th annual Comcast Cares Day.

More than 500 volunteers, including family and friends, assembled and cased support packages at the California National Guard Armory for troops overseas. The packages included letters, cards, books, candy, toiletries and more.

"At NBC4, our whole mission is about being '4You,' the community, so this is a chance for us to give back on a local level," said NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston.

The packages were set to be shipped Monday.

On April 18, NBC4 staff also volunteered at Valley View Elementary in Los Angeles, where they painted, landscaped and decorated the school.

Photo Credit: Patrick Healy]]>
<![CDATA[Newborn's Body Parts Found in Westmont Back Yard]]> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:41:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150425-infant-remains-westmont.jpg

The remains of a newborn were found in a Westmont backyard Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

A homeowner in the 1500 block of West 104th Street, an unincorporated area east of Inglewood, reported finding the remains just after 10 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

The 1- to 3-days-old baby was apparently dismembered, deputies said. "Significant portions" of the infant's body were missing.

Neighbors were asked to look in their yards and trash cans for "suspicious items that have been discarded," deputies said.

"Detectives would like to speak with any females who were recently pregnant, are no longer pregnant, and the baby is absent," deputies said.

Britany Placencia, 9, said she found a body part while playing with her dog in her backyard, then ran to tell her mother.

"The dog was sniffing the ball... so I was going to get the ball and I got it. I saw the leg," the girl said.

The girl's mother came out, saw the leg near a bicycle and called 911. Then she found a baby's head in her side yard.

"This was kind of shocking to me, when you hear anything about an infant," said neighbor Lawrence Alston.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Family Assembes Care Packages]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:40:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/042515+Adrian+Photo.jpg NBC4 anchors, reporters and staff volunteered on Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015 and Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Photo Credit: Adrian Arambulo]]>
<![CDATA[Gunman Sought in Deadly LB Shooting]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:21:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/042515+LB+Shooting.JPG

Police are searching for the person who gunned down a man Friday night in Long Beach, police said.

Donald Parks was outside of a home with a group of people in the 100 block of Platt Street when a gunman approached and fired several rounds at the group, according to a Long Beach Police news release.

Police arrived to the scene at about 11:42 p.m. and found an injured Parks, 34, in the streets, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Long Beach Fire Department paramedics, police said. No other injuries were reported.

Police are searching for the gunman and are investigating the shooting as possibly gang-related. They ask anyone with information to call 562-570-7244.

Photo Credit: RMG News]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighter Injured Trying to Save Burning Man]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:04:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/4-25-2015-TireFire.JPG

Firefighters tried in vain to save a badly burned man from a burning tire shop Saturday in a fire that may have been started by Molotov cocktails, authorities said.

Two other bodies were later found at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

The burning man was trapped behind a locked industrial fence and trying to escape, but he was overcome by the flames before firefighters could break through to him, according to Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff's department officials.

"By the time they got into the location, the male had already started to go the other way and ran further into the location, where he succumbed to the flames," said Lt. Victor Lewandowski, with the sheriff's department.

A firefighter's face was burned trying to rescue the man, a fire official said. Lewandowski said he would be OK after being taken to a hospital.

"He was making a heroic effort to cut the lock," fire inspector Chris read said.

The two-alarm blaze broke out at a single story tire shop on the 1200 block of North Santa Anita Avenue at around 5:30 a.m., a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said.

The person who called 911 said Molotov cocktails were thrown at the business, a tire shop. Witnesses saw a white pickup truck leaving the area when the fire was started, but detectives had no information about suspects.

Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames at 6:26 a.m. They rescued a dog from the business.

The name of the first deceased person to be found was not being released. There was no immediate information about the other two bodies found.

<![CDATA[Man, Woman Shot in the Buttocks in Baldwin Park]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:13:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shooting-generic.jpg

A man and a woman were both hit in the buttocks in two separate shootings in Baldwin Park early Saturday, police said.

The male was the first to be gunned down, and was shot once in the rear on the 3200 block of Athol Avenue at around 1:15 a.m., a Baldwin Park Police Department spokesman said.

The woman was hit once in the buttocks in the area of Los Angeles Street and Walnut Avenue at around 2:16 a.m., according to police.

Both were taken to the USC Medical Center in a stable condition for surgery.

Police are treating both shootings as attempted murders, and they are being treated as separate incidents.

The man was shot by a heavyset male who was wearing dark clothing. He was seen getting into a silver vehicle occupied by up to four other people, police said.

There were two men involved in the second shooting, with the first being described as heavy set. The second man was thin and wearing dark clothing. They fled the scene in a gray vehicle.  

<![CDATA[System Crash Closes Starbucks, Some Give Free Coffee]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:18:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/4-25-2015-Starbucks.JPG

Customers were left in a bind after Starbucks shops across Southern California closed Friday due to a nationwide systems crash.

Some stores gave out free coffee to java fans or took cash, however many were forced to go elsewhere for their caffeine fix.

A company spokesman said the problem that stopped them from processing credit cards had been caused by a glitch during a routine system refresh. The problem affected 8000 shops in the U.S. and Canada, but that did not offer comfort to those who could not get their favorite beverage.

"I was thinking, 'well it's awfully early for Starbucks to be closed. It's a good night for dessert, what's going on?'" Disappointed Geoffrey Jowett, who was visiting a Long Beach store said.

"How can this be? Starbucks is never closed when i need it," frustrated coffee Drinker Jerry Geier said.

Some regulars were still looking on the bright side, despite the inconvenience.

"(I'll get) Jack in the Box coffee. It's cheaper," Greg Margosian said.

Starbucks stores will be reopening as normal Saturday, as the problem has been resolved.

<![CDATA[Person Dies in Fatal Freeway Race Crash]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:47:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A person died after being flung from their car when they crashed during a high speed race on a freeway in Westchester Saturday.

The driver lost control of the vehicle, which spun out and hit the central divider on the 90 Freeway at Centinela Avenue just after 1 a.m, A California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The person, who was the only rider in the car, died at the scene.

Police said another vehicle was involved in the race, but it is unknown where

A sig alert was issued for the eastbound 90 Freeway east of Centinela Avenue just after 1am, and the number four and the on-ramp was open at 2:30 a.m.  The other lanes remain closed for unknown duration.

<![CDATA[People Hurt in Suspected DUI Gas Station Crash]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 03:05:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/4-25-2015-DUICrash.JPG

Some customers were hurt after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a gas station in Riverside Friday night.

The woman smashed her Ford F-150 into the into a 76 on the 2200 block of Main Street at around 10 p.m, a Riverside Police Department spokesman said.

There were people inside the gas station at the time of crash but they escaped with scratches. No major injuries were reported.

The driver, who is in her 20's was taken to a local hospital for treatment to minor injuries before later being booked for driving under the influence. 

<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed in Pomona Hit-and-Run, Arrest Made]]> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:43:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/4-25-2015-FatalHR.JPG

A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run in Pomona Friday night.

Lindsey Ann Prieto, 30, of Pomona was hit at the intersection of Philadelphia Street and South Garey Avenue at around 8:30 p.m, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said.

Witnesses provided a vehicle description, and Pomona Police Department investigators later arrested 29-year-old Ontario resident Christopher Acosta .

He has been booked at the for felony hit and run causing injury or death.

<![CDATA[Watch Live: NBC4 News]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:38:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VallesArambuloTLAW.jpg

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<![CDATA[LAX Beefs Up Security Following Terror Threat]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:38:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LAX15.jpg

LAX is increasing security following what is being called a "broad" terror threat, federal officials said.

The move is in response to an evolving threat from ISIS over the last month.

The target of the threat appears to be military and law enformcement personnel.

Security will be increased at LAX and other select airports as a precaution.

Department of Homeland Security officials wouldn't comment on specific intelligence, but said they've enhanced screening at select overseas airports and increasing random searches of passengers and carry on luggage on flights to the U.S. over the last several months.

<![CDATA[Mountain Lion Crosses 101 Freeway]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:11:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/042415+P32+Crosses.jpg

A male mountain lion followed in his sister's footsteps - well, almost -- after crossing the Ventura (101) Freeway, park officials said Friday.

P-32 crossed the 101 Freeway on April 3, less than a month after his sister, P-33, crossed the same freeway, according to a National Park Service news release.

The big cat became the first male to successfully disperse in the National Park Service's 13-year mountain lion study.

"Almost all of the young male mountain lions we’ve studied die prematurely, either from a vehicle collision or after a fight with a dominant adult male," Dr. Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, said in a statement. "It's hugely significant that P-32 was able to disperse out of the Santa Monica Mountains so that he has a chance to avoid larger males and eventually establish his own territory."

The 17-month-old cat dispersed north after crossing the far western end of the Santa Monica Mountains similar to his sister's crossing, officials said.

He then voyaged across State Route 23 into the central natural area of Simi Hills, unlike his sister, who ventured into State Route 23, but went back near her original crossing area, officials said.

P-32, his female siblings and their mother were recently captured in a series of photographs.

Photo Credit: National Park Service]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Breaks Out at Los Feliz Home]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:48:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/4-24-15-Fire.JPG

A fire in Silver Lake leveled a house and destroyed several cars and police believe it was an illicit drug operation that went awry.

LAPD Capt. Jeff Bert said witnesses saw three men running out of the house saying, "It's gonna blow! It's gonna blow!" before an explosion happened.

Capt. Daniel Curry of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said 911 calls came into dispatch reporting small explosions as if ammunition were cooking off in the house.

Investigators say hundreds of scattered butane canisters and other evidence proves that someone was extracting THC from the marijuana as part of a so-called "honey oil" operation, police said.

There was an empty swimming pool at the house, filled with marijuana plants, police said.

Alex Perez says he was playing basketball at King Middle School and he saw the hill burning and heard cans popping.

"Popping, pop, pop, pop, pop — like 10 minutes straight," he said. "That's what caught our attention."

Police don't know how long this "illegal grow" was operating. They're looking for the men who responsible.

<![CDATA[SoCal Landlords Call For Water Bill Changes]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:14:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/drought-generic-hose-off.jpg

In the midst of a crippling statewide drought, some landlords responsible for tenants' water bills in Southern California were suggesting tenants paid their own bills as an incentive to conserve water.

Not everyone agreed, including Roberta Morris who showed NBC4 around her apartment at her rent-controlled Los Feliz complex to make a point.

Although the landlord paid for her water, Morris was adamant she conserved every precious drop of the H2O.

"I'm a conservationist extraordinaire," she said.

Morris wasn't the majority, according to James Clarke from The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles--A trade group for landlords.

"We're just not seeing it," he said.

After months of screaming headlines in the media about drastic drought conditions, Clarke said, renters who didn't have to pay their own water bills had no incentive to save it.

Clarke also alleged that the water bills landlords picked up have increased by double digits.

The association called for rent-controlled complexes like Morris' to have water meters installed, run by outside companies. This would allow tenants to be billed individually and take the responsibility of the water bill off the landlord.

Morris saw it a different way.

"That mean's there's a rent increase and I have to budget for it," she said.
Her suggestions for landlords who wanted to decrease their water bills included installing drought-friendly landscaping or grey water recycling systems.

"The most effective way of turning this around is not downloading your cost of water on the tenant." she said.