<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 26 Sep 2016 10:33:59 -0700Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:33:59 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jury Mulls Death Penalty in Decades-Old Glendale Murder]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:34:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/09.26.16_Darrell-Gurule.JPG

The jury that convicted a man -- already in prison for one murder -- of murdering a young woman during a rape in Glendale about 37 years ago is due back in court Monday for the trial's penalty phase, when the panel will be asked to recommend a sentence of death or life in prison without parole for the defendant.

Darrel Mark Gurule, 57, was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Barbara Ballman, whose naked body was found in the early morning hours of Sept. 21, 1979, inside her Volkswagen sedan, which was parked across from Edison Elementary School . The criminal complaint alleges she was killed on or about Sept. 20, 1979.

Jurors found true the special circumstance allegations of murder during the commission of a rape and murder with a prior conviction but deadlocked on a third special circumstance allegation -- murder during the course of a robbery.

Glendale police said semen evidence was recovered from the victim, who had been shot in the abdomen, but DNA analysis was not available at the time.

In 2009, Glendale police re-opened an investigation into Ballman's killing and submitted the semen evidence to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's crime lab, police said.

The DNA was linked to Gurule, who was 19 at the time of the killing and who has been serving a life prison sentence since 1987 for the kidnap-murder of a man in a case detectives believe was a drug deal gone wrong, according to police. Jurors are expected to hear more about the prior murder case during the trial's penalty phase.

Gurule was also been convicted of attacking a woman in Los Angeles in 1977, according to police.

Gurule was arrested in 2010 in connection with Ballman's killing and has remained behind bars without bail since then.



Photo Credit: Courtesy Glendale Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Officer Grabs Chase Driver From Edge of Freeway Overpass]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:28:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/09-26-2016-pursuit-bernardino-1.JPG

A driver who led officers on a pursuit through three Southern California counties, smoking a cigarette and throwing trash out a window, was pulled from a freeway overpass by an officer, ending a tense standoff Monday morning in San Bernardino.

The hourlong pursuit came to an end when the driver of the stolen Toyota Camry exited the vehicle on the side of 215 Freeway with what appeared to be a windshield wiper blade. He walked across all freeway lanes and climbed onto the edge of an overpass as officers approached with a K-9.

As he gestured at one group of officers, another officer dashed up from behind the man and pulled him back from the ledge and onto the ground. Other officers joined the struggle and took the man, who appeared to be bleeding from his leg, into custody. 

Paramedics treated the man on the side of the freeway. Details regarding his condition were not immediately available. 

The pursuit began at about 8:45 a.m. after a report of a stolen vehicle near Morongo Valley, just west of Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County.

The black Toyota Camry was on the westbound 60 Freeway, near Moreno Valley, before the driver entered the Pomona and Diamond Bar areas. The driver exited onto the northbound 605 and eastbound 10 freeways in the Covina area and threw items, including a plastic bag, out the window before lighting a cigarette. 

The driver, the vehicle's lone occupant, doubled back into eastern Riverside County, passed the 15 Freeway transition and headed north on the 215 Freeway into San Bernardino County. 



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<![CDATA[Carport Fires Damage Vehicles, Apartment]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:12:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/09-26-2016-fire-carport-1.JPG A carport fire burned vehicles overnight in Florence. Michelle Valles reports for Today in LA on Monday Sept. 26, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Gunman Sought in Fatal Shooting Outside Mall]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:02:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/09-26-2016-car-club-san-bernardino-shooting.JPG

A man was shot and killed late Sunday when a gunman opened fire outside a mall during a car club event in San Bernardino. 

No arrests were reported Monday morning in the shooting outside Carousel Mall. Cars streamed out of the mall parking lot after several gunshots.

The victim was found on the ground and later died at a hospital.



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<![CDATA[A Whole New World of Alan Menken]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:27:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Alan-Menken-segerstrom.jpg

The story of Disney history is a tail — er, tale — that includes several dozen Dalmatians, a steamboat-piloting mouse, hippo ballerinas, and a singing governess with a penchant for the surreal adventure.

But it is a story that can't be fully told without a look at the company's animated renaissance of the late 1980s and early '90s, when "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" were not only a return to Disney form, in the cinematic sense, but something rather new.

Thank composer Alan Menken in large and lively scored part for that. Along with lyricist Howard Ashman, Mr. Menken fashioned a fully scoped universe for a new crop of instant Disney classics, lending an aural feel, and memorable hooks, to everything from Beast's castle to Aladdin and Jasmine's planet-wide carpet ride.

Hear the opening of "A Whole New World" from the 1992 film and you'll be humming it all day long, it's pretty much guaranteed.

And to hear Mr. Menken unpack the stories behind these films, and his multiple other movies and stage shows (think "Little Shop of Horrors," "Enchanted," "Tangled") is a treat as rare as meeting a genie, but magic does happen, and will, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 30.

Mr. Menken's yarn-filled one-man show, "A Whole New World of Alan Menken," will include both music-sweet moments and "behind-the-scenes stories." It's a big night for both Broadway fans (where the composer has left his merry-hearted mark over the years) and animation aficionados who thrill to the opening notes of "Be Our Guest" and "Kiss the Girl."

Making it all a bit more sentimental is the not-so-far distance from the Segerstrom to the Happiest Place on Earth. A walk through Disneyland is an ear-happy visit with Mr. Menken's many fantastical compositions, tunes that enhanced both fictional worlds and the memorable characters inhabiting them.

Perhaps a stop by the world's most famous theme park, followed by a 20-minute drive to Costa Mesa to see Alan Menken in person, is about as Disney a day as Disney days come. 

But like so many things in the magical universe, this day won't happen often: Sept. 30 is your chance, so rub that lamp, or wave that sparkly wand, if you prefer, now.



Photo Credit: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Best Waves Go to the Dogs at Surf Contest]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:33:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Surf_Dog_OC_Beach_1200x675_773165635827.jpg There were wipeouts and wagging tails Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 at the annual surf dog competition off Huntington Dog Beach.]]> <![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Expo Line Train]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:32:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/09-26-2016-motorcycle-crash-metro-expo-train.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he collided with a Metro Expo Line train west of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 1:29 a.m. at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, according to the sheriff's Transit Services Department. The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed before hitting the train, which stopped several blocks later at Flower and 30th streets, investigators said.

The train operator and passengers were not aware of the collision until the train reached the next stop, authorities said. Eight passengers were aboard the train.

Train passengers were transferred to buses during the investigation. The Expo Line began operating again later Monday morning.

The victim was identified only as a man in his 20s.

The fatality is the first on the Expo Line, which connects downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica, since it opened last year. 



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<![CDATA[Southern California Faces Triple-Digit Heat, Winds]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:55:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/09-26-2016-weather-heat-red-flag-1.JPG

A fire weather warning is in effect Monday in almost all of Los Angeles County because of strong wing gusts, heat, low humidity and extremely dry vegetation.

The warning will extend to in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills -- but not the Antelope Valley. Red flag warnings are also in force in Ventura County. Winds will blow through the warning areas at between 15 and 30 miles per hour, gusting to 45 mph.

Expect highs of 92 on Mount Wilson; 94 in Avalon and Palmdale; 95 at LAX and Lancaster; 100 in downtown L.A.; 101 in Long Beach and Saugus; 103 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; and 105 in Woodland Hills.

Temperatures will decrease Tuesday -- by as little as 3 degrees in some communities and by as much as 9 degrees in others -- and fall again progressively over the ensuing days. By Sunday, downtown is forecast to have a high of 79, 21 degrees lower than Monday, and Woodland Hills will top out at 83, or 22 degrees below Monday's high.

In Orange County, where a heat advisory will be in force until 8 p.m., expect sunny skies and highs of 91 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 92 in San Clemente; 101 in Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Fullerton; 102 in Yorba Linda; and 103 in Irvine.



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<![CDATA[Teen Trapped Under Tree Survives]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:38:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/160925-agua-dulce.jpg

A 17-year-old is recovering in the hospital after a downed tree fell on top of him. 

"We heard a cracking noise," Brenda Flinders told NBC4. "I heard screaming and apparently it was our neighbor boy." 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded Sunday evening to a teen trapped under a downed tree on Agua Dulce Canyon Road. The tree also brought down wires.

Flinders' pine tree snapped in half, and on its way down took out live power lines. The downed tree trapped Flinders' teenage neighbor who happened to be in the street when the tree fell around 6:45 p.m.

LA County Fire said they do not know if wind was a factor in the tree falling.

Firefighters initially could not access the victim because of the wires. Crews had to wait for Edison to arrive and de-energize the power lines so they could rescue the teen. 

He was rescued shortly after 8 p.m. and suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Clinch Fourth Straight NL West Title]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:18:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Vin+Scully+Salute.png

As if it would end any other way…

So pull up a chair, we're going to tell you a story.

Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West in dramatic fashion in Vin Scully's final game at Dodger Stadium.

Corey Seager hit the game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Culberson hit his first home run of the year in the bottom of the 10th as the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, clinching their fourth consecutive NL West title in a storyook ending to Scully's career at Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers had their destiny in their own hands before the game: a win and they clinch their fourth consecutive NL West Division title. A loss, and the celebration would have to wait. 

Thankfully, they took the bull by the horns and sealed their own fate with one swing. Here's how it went down:

Colorado got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third inning. Christhian Adames led off the inning with a single and scored on a double one play later by Dustin Garneau.

The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Yasiel Puig hit a sacrifice fly to deep center that scored Howie Kendrick from third.

Seager tied the game with a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh that scored Justin Turner from first base.

Tyler Anderson was terrific for Colorado, but was chased from the game in the seventh inning after surrendering the triple to Seager.

The left-hander gave LA fits at the plate, allowing two runs on 10 hits with one strikeout in 6 and 1/3 innings of work.

Brandon McCarthy was activated from the disabled list before the game and made his ninth start of the season for the Dodgers.

McCarthy was effective and efficient, allowing just the two runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. The lanky right-hander's command was much better than before he went on the disabled list, and he'll likely make another start before the season ends next Sunday. 

The game stayed tied into the ninth inning when manager Dave Roberts inserted his closer, Kenley Jansen, in hopes of giving the Dodgers a chance to win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth.

After retiring Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, Dahl crushed a 96MPH cutter into the seats in right-center to give the Rockies the lead.

Next, Colorado closer Adam Ottavino entered the game to try and earn his sixth save of the season.

Like Jansen, Ottavino retired the first two hitters before serving up the game-tying home run to Seager on a cut-fastball that sent the crowd into a frantic frenzy.

Then, Culberson sent them into a fever pitch as he stroked a fastball from Boone Logan into the short porch in left field and the Dodgers celebrated with champagne on the field, making sure to toast Scully the entire time.

Players of the Game:

Charlie Culberson: Walk-off home run.
Corey Seager: Game-tying home run.
David Dahl: Go-ahead home run in the 9th.

Three Takeaways:

1. Thank You, Vin: Sunday marked the final home game of the 2016 regular season for the Dodgers, and the final game of legendary broadcaster, Vin Scully, at Dodger Stadium. Fans in attendance chanted "Vin, Vin, Vin!" throughout the game along with "Stay! Stay! Stay!"

2. Salute to Vin: Every member of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup tipped their cap before entering the batter's box as a salute to Vin Scully.

3. The Greatest Storyteller: Vin Scully told his last story ever at Dodger Stadium and wouldn't know the baseball gods were not content with the best broadcaster the game has even seen putting down the mic quietly after nine innings. No, as fate would have it, this game needed a dramatic finish, fitting for the best storyteller since Shakespeare. 

Up Next:

Rockies (73-83): Colorado heads to San Francisco for a three-game series at AT&T Park starting Tuesday.

Dodgers (90-66): The Dodgers have an off day on Monday before heading South on the I5-freeway to San Diego for three-game series with the Padres. Jose De Leon will start at 7:10PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats and player reactions…



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<![CDATA[LA Rams Beat Tampa Bay Bucs 37-32 in Shootout]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:42:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Todd-Gurley-Rams-vs-Bucs.jpg

When quarterback Case Keenum found wide-receiver Brian Quick for a 44-yard pass in the first quarter, the Los Angeles Rams ended a 22-year drought and scored the team's first touchdown since Dec. 24, 1994.

Yes, the LA Rams finally scored a touchdown, but more importantly, they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and collected an important road victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.

In an exciting contest, Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers played their part in a back-and-forth game that was probably best categorized by the Rams' second possession, as much as it was defined by Keenum's 44-yard bomb on the opening drive.

Attempting to force a ball to Tavon Austin, Keenum threw an interception that was immediately returned for a touchdown.

By the time time ran out on the game clock, LA had scored four touchdowns, including one by the defense. Just as Keenum made history on his opening drive, he also made history with the interception for a touchdown, which was the first time that had happened to the LA Rams since Nov. 27, 1994.

After Gregg Zuerlain hit a field goal, Winston and the Buccaneers responded by putting together a 75-yard drive to take the lead. Then, the home team added to its points off turnovers after Rams wide-receiver Kenny Britt coughed up the football early in the second quarter. Winston led another impressive drive for a touchdown that gave the Buccaneers a 20-10 lead.

That score should have held for the half, but Tampa Bay threw an interception and set up the Rams on Tampa Bay's 22-yard line just shy of the two-minute warning. LA would hand the ball off to Todd Gurley III, and the talented running back scored his first touchdown of the season to bring LA within three points at the intermission.

The second half started with a series of punts before the game continued being anything but ordinary. Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, after having missed an extra point earlier in the game. Seemingly, the miss spurred the Rams forward, and the ensuing drive finished with Gurley claiming his second touchdown of the day.

As the game rounded into the fourth quarter, the Rams' defense got into the scoring act, too. Defensive-end Robert Quinn stripped Winston and defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks picked up the football and ran it in for a touchdown and gave LA a 31-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

However, Winston and the Buccaneers simply refused to go gently. Less than three minutes later, the Bucs had scored anothe touchdown, as Winston found tight-end Cameron Brate for the score. Tampa tried for a two-point conversion and failed, so the score stuck at 31-26.

Thankfully for the visitors, they did not close the playbook and focus on simply running the clock out. Instead, Keenum found speedy receiver Tavor Austin, who did a quick move and waltzed in for a 43-yard touchdown. LA attempted a two-point conversion and also failed, but the scoreboard read 37-26 with 4:38 remaining in the game.

While fans around LA began prematurely celebrating, Winston and Tampa Bay responded with yet another touchdown to draw the home team within five points. Again, the Buccaneers went for two-points and, again, the Buccaneers failed to commandeer any points.

If Tampa Bay had only hit the extra point after every touchdown and also hit the missed field goal, the home team would have been ahead.

Instead, the Rams got the ball back leading 37-32 with 2:23 remaining in the game, and Austin made a poor decision to return the kickoff to only the six-yard line. Backed up deep into their own end of the field and facing 3rd and long, a lightning storm forced a stoppage at the two-minute warning.

After about 70 minutes of waiting for the weather to approve, the Rams and Bucs finally got back onto the field for two vital minutes of football. Predictably, the Rams did not get the first down and had to punt.

So, Winston and the Buccaneers started in good field position at their own 45-yard line with 1:42 to play in the game. Immediately, Winston found Vincent Jackson for a 16-yard gain into Rams' territory. From there, Winston led the Bucs to the 20-yard line.

However, poor clock management and dropped balls led to Tampa Bay running out of time. As Winston was pummelled on the final play, the Rams jumped in celebration as the final score read "37-32."

LA improved to 2-1 on the season and is now tied for first place in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks.

Notes: (LA) Keenum threw for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on 14/26 passing. Gurley rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Austin led the team with five receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown. (TB) Winston threw for 405 yards with three touchdowns and one interception on 36/58 passing. Charles Sims rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Mike Evans led the team with 10 receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown. 



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<![CDATA[Couple Searches for Cure to Fatal Brain Disease]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/09-26-2016-brandi-father-1.JPG

Three years ago, Brandi Evans' father, Neil Foster, started experiencing a pain in his leg. What seemed like nothing at first quickly became much worse: Brandi and her family learned that her father had something called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, otherwise known as CJD. His brain was slowly destroying itself.

"It just takes everything away from you,” Brandi said. “It takes away your ability to function properly, carry a conversation, losing your motor skills.”

Her father’s death gave Brandi a new purpose. Now she and her husband Jeffrey are doing everything they can to educate the public about CJD and to find a cure. The two have become somewhat experts on the disease, but they never expected a chance encounter over a cup of coffee to give them hope for a cure.

Jeffrey is the director of Nespresso’s boutique shop in Beverly Hills. One day, he struck up a casual conversation with a customer.

“I just matter-of-factly said, ‘And what do you do, sir?’” Jeffrey said. “And he said, ‘I’m a neuroscientist.’”

That customer was Dr. Babak Kateb, the scientific director at California Neurological Institute and president of the Brain Mapping Foundation. After meeting Jeffrey, Kateb spoke to his own team of researchers. They have since developed a new approach that uses light to detect brain abnormalities like CJD.

The research is complicated, but Brandi says any attempt to discover why CJD happens is a step forward.

“I would hope physicians would see this and would be curious to gain more information,” she said.

CJD is so rare that only 350 cases are diagnosed every year in the U.S, according to the Center for Disease Control. However, research is still necessary to find a cure for the devastating disease.

That is where the CJD Foundation can help. Its president Debbie Yobs says the foundation works with families to connect money for research with scientists willing to take on the challenge. Every year, the foundation presents a Strides for CJD 5k run/walk to raise awareness.

“It’s just so important for us to get out there and do something about it,” Brandi said.

For Brandi and Jeffrey, the CJD Foundation is an opportunity to further support the cause they both care about. The two are hosting a Strides for CJD event at Beverly Hills High School on Sunday, Oct. 2.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Players React to Death of Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Puig+and+Fernandez.jpg

So fast, so far. You were gone too soon.

News of the death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez spread like a wildfire on Sunday as it sent shockwaves up the spines of the small circle that is Major League baseball.

Players and coaches were emotional on Sunday morning when they work up to the news that Fernandez and two passengers had been killed in a boating accident in the early morning hours. 

The news hit the Dodgers here on the west coast as they awoke to play their final home game of the season against the Colorado Rockies.

For obvious reasons, Dodger players and former teammates of Fernandez were stunned and at a loss for words in the clubhouse before the game. 

None were more emotional than Yasiel Puig, who like Fernandez, was also Cuban-born, and lived in Miami. Puig said that he and Fernandez were close friends who hung out together in the offseason. Puig dedicated Sunday's game to Fernandez and as tears rolled down his face as he said:

"My friend, my brother. You know how much I loved you. I have no words."

Fernandez almost became a Dodger in the offseason as trade rumors flew like wild swans, last winter. The front office was actively trying to acquire Fernandez, even willing to part with top pitching prospect, Julio Urias, at one point.

However, after the rival Diamondbacks traded away No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson and two others for right-hander Shelby Miller, the price tag for Fernandez went up considerably.

According to sources, the Marlins asked for three players in exchange for a deal with Fernandez: Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson. Naturally, the Dodgers said, "No Thanks."

A No. 16 Los Angeles Dodgers jersey with the name "Fernandez" written across the back hung in the Dodgers clubhouse throughout the game, and alone before the game as the Dodgers stood on the third baseline along with the 50,000 fans in attendance for a moment of silence in Hernandez's memory.

Flags at Dodger Stadium flew at half-mast and the Dodgers shared this picture of Fernandez watching fireworks on a Friday night from the field after a game between the Marlins and Dodgers earlier this season.

Here are the tweets and reactions from the Dodgers and players of the passing of their friend, Jose Fernandez:



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<![CDATA[Police: Avoid Area After Shooting Near Cal State Northridge]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:51:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/lln-northridgeshooting.PNG

Police were asking the public to avoid the area east of Cal State Northridge campus as they searched for a gunman suspected in a shooting that left two critically wounded Sunday.

A report of three shots fired came in at about 8 a.m. in the 9800 block of Zelzah Avenue, near Lassen Street.

Officers were told that three men were fighting in an apartment when residents heard screams. 

Police discovered a man who had been battered, and took one person into custody. 

Three men were taken to the hospital: a 25-year-old and 27-year-old who had been shot and critically wounded, and another man in his 20s, according to Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart.

They set up a perimeter to search for the gunman northeast of the college campus. 

Police were asking the public to avoid the area just east of the Cal State Northridge campus. The perimeter is bounded by Zelzah Avenue on the west, Lassen Street on the north, White Oak Avenue on the east, and Superior Street on the south.



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<![CDATA[2 Men, Teen Girl Arrested in Fullerton Triple Homicide]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:45:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Acosta-Felix-Mug.jpg

Two adults and a teen girl were arrested in connection with a triple homicide in Fullerton, police announced Sunday. 

A child called police and "indicated" her parents had died, prompting officers to go to the home where they found three dead adults Saturday inside a Fullerton home, Fullerton police said in a statement.

A 17-year-old named Katlynn Goodwill Yost went missing after the three were found dead and was later found the day after the murders. 

Fullerton police said they received the call around 8:21 a.m. Saturday. They responded to a home in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street where they found two men and a woman dead. The victims' identities have not yet officially been released.

Two children – a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old – were also found in the home, but both were safe, authorities said.

Fullerton police noted the incident was being investigated as a triple homicide. 

As of 8:45 a.m. Sunday, two adult males were arrested in connection with the three murders. A 17-year-old girl was also detained in connection with the murders, but police would not release the girl's name.

"State laws prevents law enforcement from releasing the names of juveniles arrested for crimes. That being said, a 17-year-old female juvenile has also been detained in connection with the murders and is in the custody of the Orange County Juvenile Hall," Sgt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department said. 

Anyone with information about the deaths was urged to call Det. Coffman 714-738-5361, or Sgt. Rowe 714-738-6776, both of the Fullerton Police Department Crimes Persons Unit.



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<![CDATA[Police Pursue Stolen Vehicle in West LA Area]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:29:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/160924-police-pursuit.JPG

Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle in the West LA area on Saturday evening.

The pursuit ended around 11:10 p.m. in the Brentwood Heights area where several people were taken into custody. 



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<![CDATA[Vin Scully's Final News Conference]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Vin_Scullys_Final_News_Conference_1200x675_772674115744.jpg Vin Scully gives his final press conference with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[East LA Community Takes Part in Live Disaster Drill]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:29:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/258*120/disaster-drill.JPG In East Los Angeles, volunteers are actively participating in disaster drills in order to be able to help in case of an emergency. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Inch Closer After Kershaw Gem]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:36:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Kershaw+leads+charge+over+Rockies.png

"The Rockies dugout looks like they're hypnotized watching Kershaw," – Vin Scully

Those immortal words were spoken by the great Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on June 19, 2014, during Clayton Kershaw's no-hitter against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.

The Rockies were once again hypnotized by Kershaw as the three-time Cy Young Award winner threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated Colorado in a runaway, 14-1, on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw (12-3) was brilliant, forcing out hitters like a forked flash of lightning, as he regained his MVP form, earning his first victory since June 20th.

"Physically I feel really good," Kershaw said following the game. "I need to get more consistent with some things, but overall it was better tonight." 

In his last three starts since coming off the disabled list, Kershaw has allowed just one unearned in 18 innings, with an ERA of 0.86 to go with 23 strikeouts and just one walk.

The 2014 MVP said he's feeling close to 100 percent and it showed on the field as he struck out six and walked none in seven scoreless innings on Saturday.

"He's got stuff, deception, command and all of his pitches are plus pitches," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of Kershaw. "He's got the total package."

Among pitchers with 125 innings or more, Kershaw leads the Majors in ERA (1.65), WHIP (0.69) and strikeouts to walks (16.80). Kershaw has 168 strikeouts in just 20 starts this season. 

Josh Reddick hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Dodgers offense erupted against the Rox on Vin Scully Commemorative Coin night.

"I had a feeling I would get a first pitch fastball. The first two I swung at I was actually trying to hit a grand slam," Reddick said of the at-bat. "I slowed things down and then I saw it and put a good swing on it. I need to slow things down and let the hands work."

The grand salami (yes, that's what it's called), was the fourth of Reddick's career and the seventh for the Dodgers on the season. Reddick finished the night 3-for-4 with the slam, a double, five RBI and three runs scored. The right-fielder is on fire in September, batting .397 with five doubles, two homers and eight RBI this month.

"I've been a little more lucky this month," Reddick said of his September turnaround. "You just have to keep grinding. The baseball Gods always bring you back to reality at some point. That was one thing that got me through."

Joc Pederson, Justin Turner, and Adrian Gonzalez all knocked in two runs for the Dodgers as every player in the starting lineup but Corey Seager had a hit.

"Our offense has been doing a good job," Turner said. "When you're playing good in all three phases of the game, it makes it really fun to come to the ballpark."

Pederson scored three runs and also reached base three times as the center fielder is also batting .304 this season. 

Even Kershaw got it on the action with an RBI single in the fifth inning.

"We scored a bunch of runs early and just never stopped," Kershaw said. "It was a fun game to be a part of."

Chad Bettis (13-8) got beat around by the boys in blue, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on eight hits with four walks and just three strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 innings.

"It was a pretty embarrassing outing," Bettis said. "I have to do better than that. The pitches have to be better."

The catastrophe that is the Colorado bullpen didn't fair much better, as three relievers combined to allow seven earned runs in the final three innings.

"It wasn't pretty all the way around," Weiss said of his bullpen.

Newhall native and UCLA standout, Pat Valaika, was the lone bright spot for the Rockies, as he hit a home run in the first big league start of his career.

"I wanted to get Pat a start in front of his hometown and family," Weiss said of his rookie. "He came threw with his first MLB home run. There's some thunder in that bat."

Los Angeles continues to lead the NL West by seven games with seven to play after the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Padres 9-6, in San Diego in extra innings. The Dodgers Magic Number to clinch the division is down to one.

"It was 6-to-nothing at one point, so I figured our chances were slim," said Kershaw of the Giants-Padres score during the game. "They gave us a lot of hope there, but we'll save the celebration for tomorrow."

Players of the Game:

Clayton Kershaw: Seven shutout innings.
Justin Turner: 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Josh Reddick: 3-for-4 with a grand slam, double, 5 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Three Takeaways: 

1. There's No Place Like Home: Clayton Kershaw lowered his ERA at Dodger Stadium this season to a measly 1.08, the third lowest ERA (tied with Hershiser -1985) in Dodger Stadium history.

2. Gotta' Catch Em' All: Japanese right-hander, Kenta Maeda, leads the Los Angeles Dodgers in strikeouts this season with 171 in 30 games. After Saturday, Kershaw has 168 in just 20 games. Both starters will take the mound one more time to decide who wears the team's strikeout crown.

3. Let Them Eat Cake: Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was honored with a cake before the game. Needless to say, it did not last long after it was cut into by the hungry LA media.

Up Next:

Rockies (73-82): Tyler Anderson will start the finale for Colorado on Sunday.

Dodgers (89-66): Brandon McCarthy will be activated from the disabled list and start on Sunday as LA goes for the sweep at 1:10 PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats and player reactions…



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<![CDATA[New Shake Shack Opens in Glendale]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:52:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Glendale_Shake_Shack_1200x675_772666947709.jpg There's a new Shake Shack in town and it's located in Glendale. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[Dodgers Injuries: Kazmir Reinjures Ribs and McCarthy Returns]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:48:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Scott+Kazmir+Reinjures+Ribs.png

There's just eight games left in the season, so this should be our final Los Angeles Dodgers injury update of the year.

The team is closing in on clinching their fourth consecutive NL West Division title, despite the fact that they set the all-time MLB record for most players on a disabled list this season.

The Dodgers have sent 28 different players to the DL this season, and according to MLB Disabled List Tracker, those players have missed a total of 2,087 days because of injury. 

For the most part, there are no new injuries to report, but starting pitcher, Scott Kazmir was activated off the disabled list on Friday, and he re-aggravated a right intercostal injury during the game and was removed after the first inning.

He said he felt his right-side tighten up and thinks with treatment he'll be able to start one last time this season, but at this point, it's doubtful he pitches again in 2016.

Alex Wood and Brett Anderson came off this list, with Wood pitching a scoreless inning of relief on Wednesday, and Anderson starting on Thursday. Brandon McCarthy will be activated and start Sunday's home finale against the Colorado Rockies and has also been removed from this list.

Here's the latest injury updates:

Trayce Thompson (Lower back injury): Thompson has started doing baseball activities again and seems to be in good spirits. However, with the team's 40-man roster set, it's likely Thompson will not return again this season.

Chris Hatcher (strained left oblique): Hatcher was moved to the 60-day disabled list on July 20th and is not expected to pitch again this season.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (left elbow tendinitis): Ryu has built up to long toss, but with a week left in the season he needs to set his sights on 2017. Manager Dave Roberts said for Ryu, it's about building confidence for next seasion.

Scott Van Slyke (Right Wrist irritation): Van Slyke finally underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist, effectively ending his season.

Carlos Frias (right oblique): Frias was recalled from OKC last Friday as a procedural move to make room on the 40-man roster. Frias has been on the disabled list for a while and was moved to the 60-day DL.



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<![CDATA[Suspect Holds Baby, Grandmother at Knifepoint]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:27:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police+car+siren2.jpg

A highway pursuit ended in a hostage situation when the knife-wielding driver of a stolen vehicle holed herself up with family in Moreno Valley on Saturday, police said.

Briana Ashton Duru, 26, led police on the chase while driving a stolen white pickup truck hauling a trailer, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Riverside police first pursued the vehicle around 1:30 a.m. on the eastbound 91 freeway, before the CHP took over when Duru continued on the 215 and 60 Freeways.

After exiting on Perris Boulevard, Duru collided with the entrance gate of an apartment complex and entered one of the apartments, where she held her grandmother and baby at knifepoint.

CHP officers surrounded the apartment, and a patrol sergeant negotiated with Duru for three-and-a-half hours before she allowed her grandmother to leave. Duru eventually put the knife down and was taken into custody.

Duru, the hostages and CHP officers sustained no injuries.

Duru now faces charges of vehicle theft, evading, assault with a deadly weapon and carjacking, among other charges.

No further information was immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Boy Fights Rare Disease That Killed Brother]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:10:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/batten%27s+disease+kid2.JPG

Like many other three-year-olds, Ely Bowman is rambunctious and likes to play, but Ely is also battling a rare terminal disease that took his brother's life just one week ago.

At five years old, Ely's brother, Titus, was diagnosed with Batten's Disease, a rare nervous system disorder that affects two to four of every 100,000 U.S. births, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

"(Titus) was blind. He couldn't talk anymore, he couldn't walk and he could not feed by mouth anymore," said Bekah Bowman, the boys' mother.

Yet his smile stayed with him until the end. "He smiled. He loved life. He loved people," said Danny Bowman, the boys' father.

Now, the Irvine couple is hoping that a trial treatment can save their younger son's life.

Ely is scheduled to undergo brain surgery next week to replace the enzyme missing in his system that causes the disease.

Friends are cycling across the country to raise the money needed for the family to fly out to Ohio so Ely can receive the treatment. This bike ride, they say, is like Titus' journey: solo and filled with ups and downs.

The Bowmans have thus far raised over $32,000 on their GoFundMe page, Ride for Ely. The goal is $35,000.

Ely has continued to ask his parents to read him a book filled with pictures of his older brother. That's the only time it's clear to him that his brother is gone, they say.

"I would love to have (Titus) by my side," Rebekah said, "but he left such a legacy that I hope I - we - can carry on and keep making a difference."



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<![CDATA[Officials Warn of Rabid Bat Found in Irvine]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:33:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rabid+bat.jpg

After a bat found in an Irvine shopping center tested positive for rabies, officials are warning shoppers who may have encountered the bat to determine their risk for the virus.

The bat was found in the parking lot behind Zion Market in Northwood Town Center in the 4800 block of Irvine Boulevard, the Orange County Health Care Agency said in a statement Friday.

Officials said the bat was found Tuesday, and tested positive for rabies.

Rabies can be transmitted to people if they are bit by a rabid animal, as the virus is found in the saliva of animals that have rabies, according to the OC Health Care Agency. Rarely, the virus can be transmitted if the animal’s saliva contaminates a person’s eyes, mouth, or an open wound.

"Anyone who may have had physical contact with this bat or saw someone else having contact with the bat" was asked to call OC Health Care Agency at 714-834-8180, "to determine the risk for rabies," the statement read.

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<![CDATA[3 Adults Found Dead in Home After Child Calls Police]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:15:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/9-24-16+Fullerton+3+found+dead.jpg

After a child called police and "indicated" her parents had died, officers found three adults dead in a Fullerton home, Fullerton police said in a statement.

Fullerton police said they received the call around 8:21 a.m. Saturday. They responded to a home in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street where they found two men and a woman dead.

A 17-year-old named Katlynn Goodwill Yost is also missing. 

Two children - a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old- were also found in the home, but both were safe, authorities said.

Fullerton police noted the incident was being investigated as a triple homicide as of Saturday evening. 

Police say Yost is not a suspect in the killings. 

Yost's relationship with the victims was not immediately clear.  

Fullerton police was to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Sunday to provide updates. 

Anyone with information about the deaths was urged to call Det. Coffman 714-738-5361, or Sgt. Rowe 714-738-6776, both of the Fullerton Police Department Crimes Persons Unit.



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<![CDATA[6 People Stabbed at House Party in Pasadena]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:35:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/9-24-16+Pasadena+stabbing+party.JPG

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after six people were stabbed at a Pasadena house party early Saturday morning, police said.

Police responded to a residence on the 3100 block of East California Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. after a fight broke out during a house party, according to Lt. Vasken Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department. About 100 to 150 people were in the home.

When officers arrived, they found six victims with stab wounds. According to police, a fight broke out after someone bumped into the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Aaron Te, and the San Gabriel resident pulled out a knife and began stabbing people around him.

Te was in front of the home when responding officers arrived and detained, Pasadena police said in a statement.

Police recovered Te's knife, which he had before he came to the party, Gourdikian said.

It was unclear if the man knew the victims or if he was an uninvited guest.

The victims were transported to local hospitals. All of the victims were described by police as Asian men in their early 20's. As of Saturday morning, one victim was in serious condition, two of the victims were in critical condition, and three others had moderate to severe injuries, but were expected to recover, police said.

"Te was arrested for attempted murder and booked at the Pasadena City Jail," Pasadena police said in statement. It was not known if Te had an attorney.

Anyone with information about the stabbing was asked to call 626-744-4620. 



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<![CDATA[Couple Sought in Attack of Boy With Autism]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:53:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/oc-autism-attack092416.jpg

The mother of a teenage boy with autism says a couple who attacked her son after he took photographs of them wouldn't stop even when she told them about his disability.

Beatriz Fox, of Newport Beach, said taking pictures of people with his iPad calms her 16-year-old son Christopher McVay.

"It's not with bad intent," Fox said. "It's what he likes to do."

On Saturday, McVay was sitting in the back seat of his mother's car, in front of their house on Balboa Boulevard, when he snapped photos of a man and woman walking by.

The couple became upset, and the woman allegedly approached the car, opened the door and started pushing him, Newport Beach police said.

"She's shoving him and she's pushing him, she's yelling and cursing him," said Christopher's sister Mila McVay. "I was yelling, 'What are you doing? Why are you pushing my brother?'"

Fox ran out and tried to explain to the couple that her son has a disability, but she said that didn't stop them.

"She was cursing me out, she was cursing my child out," she said. "My worst nightmare, ever."

Police are now seeking the public's help in identifying the man and woman. The woman is described as Caucasian with long, dark hair, approximately 24 to 27 years old, 5 feet and 5 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She was wearing an olive green jacket and cropped black leggings during the attack.

The other alleged suspect, is described as a dark-haired Caucasian male with facial hair, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs between 200 and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a "Newport Beach Lifeguard" novelty t-shirt.

The boy's family wants everyone to learn from this attack.

"I've always known there's a possibility that people might not understand my brother's disability," Mila McVay said. "So, to finally see somebody actually going after him — it was really scary."

"He's a child, he's a child with a disability," Fox said. "He wasn't hurting them -- they need to come forward. They need to turn themselves in and be responsible for what they did to another human being."



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Go Back to Back to beat Rockies]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:00:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/Dodgers+go+back-to-back+Etheir.png

"I have always felt that I needed you, more than you need me." – Vin Scully

The Dodgers need just two more wins to clinch their fourth consecutive NL West division title after they defeated the Colorado Rockies, 5-2, on Vin Scully Day at Dodger Stadium.

"It's getting smaller," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the number of wins combined with Giants losses in order to clinch the division.

After an hour long pregame ceremony that paid tribute to the legendary broadcaster, Joc Pederson and Andre Ethier went back-to-back in the fourth inning to lead Los Angeles over Colorado.

"That was a neat ceremony to start the game," Ethier said. "You can see what he means to this organization and the fans. Being selfish, what he means to me, and all the games in my career he's called. He's probably called every at-bat I've ever had in this stadium. I've been extremely lucky and I was able to reflect on that."

The Dodgers choked back their emotions from saying goodbye to their broadcaster long enough to jump out to an early two-run lead.

Thursday night's hero, Yasmani Grandal, kick-started the action with a two-run broken-bat bloop single to right field that scored the first two runs of the game for the boys in blue. 

Grandal has now knocked in seven runs in the last two games, and 12 overall in 14 games against Colorado this season. 

Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir lasted just one inning after he left the game before the second frame with spasms in his right rib cage area. 

"It was the same thing I felt in OKC," Kazmir said of the intercostal injury. "Everything in my right side tightened up. It was tough for me to swallow to only go one inning. I'm thankful the bullpen picked me up."

Kazmir was activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game, and was making his first start since Aug. 22nd. It's doubtful he starts again this season.

Ross Stripling (5-8) entered the game in his familiar role as "emergency starter," and shutdown the Rockies for three consecutive innings.

"It's interesting every time," Stripling said of his emergency relief role. "We heard that Scott [Kazmir] wasn't feeling quite right, so I went down and got ready. Then I was told he wasn't coming back out for the second, so I was able to get ready ahead of time. Thankfully, I was able to give us three zeroes and keep the momentum on our side."

Pederson and Ethier went back-to-back off Colorado starter Jon Gray in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was the ninth time the Dodgers have gone back-to-back this season, and the first home run of the year for Ethier.

"They told me to 'stay ready' and so I was prepared for the at-bat," Ethier said of the pinch-hit. "I was able to watch Joc's at-bat and he threw him a lot of pitches. He threw me a breaking ball and I put a good swing on I and was able to double-up with Joc right there."

Pederson flexed his power on a towering fly ball to right-center on his 24th dinger of the year, and 50th of his career. Ethier followed with a first-pitch home run to right that wrapped just inside the foul pole. For Ethier, it was his fourth career pinch-hit home run, with his last one coming on Aug. 13, 2013. 

Gray (10-9) was chased after the inning, allowing four runs on three hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts in four innings.

"I had no fastball command," Gray said in the clubhouse. "I was just trying to keep us in the game without it. I really didn't have a good feel. Without a fastball, it's incredibly tough to succeed."

The right-hander's double-digit strikeouts gave him 26 in his last two games, the most in a two-game span in Colorado Rockies history. It was the sixth time this season Gray has recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a start. 

Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 40th home run of the season as the Rockies scored their only two runs of the game in the top half of the sixth inning. 

"It's elite. He's doing big time stuff," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said of his third baseman. "To do that in his first few years in the league, he's a special player."

Arenado leads the Major Leagues in RBIs with 129, and became the third Colorado Rockie's hitter to belt 40 or more home runs in conseuctive seasons, joining Vinny Castilla and Andres Galarraga, immortal members of the "Blake Street Bombers" from the mid-nineties. 

Chase Utley scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to give the Dodgers a much-needed insurance run.

Kenley Jansen once again pitched a perfect ninth inning for his career-best 47th save of the season. 

Los Angeles now leads the NL West by seven games over the San Francisco Giants who lost in San Diego earlier in the night. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to just two games, meaning they can clinch the division and a playoff spot as earlier as Saturday. 

Players of the Game:

Joc Pederson: Home run.
Andre Ethier: Home run.
Yasmani Grandal: Two-run single.

Three Takeaways:

1. Vin Scully Day: It was a sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium as 53,000 fans gave a standing ovation to the Hall-of-Fame broadcaster in an hour-long pregame celebration. Scully said that everyone wants to know what he's going to do after he retires. His answer? "I'm going to live!"

2. Win For Vin: Vin Scully announced that he would not do any radio or tv broadcasts for the Dodgers during the playoffs. Scully said he may attend a game if they reached the World Series, but primarily he'll watch on T.V. Did you know, that Scully is the youngest broadcaster to ever call a World Series game? He was just 25 in 1955 when the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in seven games.

3. Thank You, Vin: After he drops the mic in San Francisco for the final time, Vin Scully will have been the announcer for the Dodgers for 24,274 days, over half of the games in franchise history. We'll miss you, Vin.

Up Next:

Rockies (73-81): Colorado starts Chad Bettis on Saturday.

Dodgers (88-66): Los Angeles will throw Clayton Kershaw to the mound with a possible chance to clinch the division at 6:10 PM PST.



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<![CDATA[Boo at the LA Zoo: October-Long Festivities]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GL-BooHippo_jamiepham.jpg

While we humans have alerts and apps and alarms to remind us of the exact dates our favorite pumpkin treats hit the stores and restaurants, the animals residing at Los Angeles Zoo only need wait for the arrival of October to nosh upon fall's most famous gourd.

That's when Boo at the LA Zoo begins, and while the animal park's eerie festivities were once scheduled solely over a single weekend, the party has expanded to fill out the whole macabre month.

Well, it isn't too macabre. After all, the animals are pretty stoked to dig into those pumpkins, and the public is stoked to watch the critters enjoy their crunchy, seedy treats. (The feedings happen on "select dates," and the carnivores, of course, receive meals that are decidedly not pumpkins, so check with the zoo as to when this popular event will happen, if you want to see it or forgo seeing it.)

Loads of "(f)ang-tastic activities" are on the Oct. 1 through 31 schedule, with crafts, "strolling characters, pumpkin carving," a "costume-encouraged dance party," and "Animals and You" encounters with all sorts of spidery, snaky sweeties, from tarantulas to scorpion.

A few haunted highlights? The "Mad Science Fire and Ice Show," the Spooky Caves at the Winnick Family Children's Zoo, and weekend appearances by Peppa Pig are all sure to be popular. It's good to note, before you and yours slither to Boo at the Zoo, that some of the special to-dos go down at specific times and days, so if your heart is set on a particular event, check out the web site or contact the zoo to make sure you coordinate your visit just so.

It's all as big as a sprawling pumpkin patch, schedule-wise, so study up on your Boo doings ahead of its October start.

Ultimately, it is more sweet than scary. There's nothing too goosebumpily about animal education, which is at the heart of this yearly not-too-frightful festival. 

Okay, the tarantulas might deliver a goosebump or two, but they're gentle creatures. Call this month-long party the flip side of the spookiest holiday, the behind-the-curtain peek at its scurrying symbols and how they really live.

(Nope, tarantulas do not dangle from strings or pop out of paper decorations in real life, despite decorative evidence to the contrary.)



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<![CDATA[Canadian Actor Found Dead Inside Hollywood Hills Home]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:07:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/hollywood-beating-092416.jpg

A Canadian actor was found beaten to death Friday inside of a Hollywood Hills home, and neighbors say the man suspected in the homicide has been seen in the area before.

The male victim -- identified as Richard Hong, 41 -- was found at 2:17 a.m. as officers investigated a reported burglary in the 6700 block of Milner Road, said Los Angeles police Officer Drake Madison of the department's Media Relations Division.

Police said a man wearing a black jacket was seen "fleeing" the area, according to the LAPD. That man was described as black, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build and short black hair, according to Madison.

The Whitley Terrace Association said surveillance video turned into the LAPD shows the same man casing the area for the past two weeks.

"Many of you have seen the reports of a homicide, which occurred early this morning in the home I rent in Los Angeles,'' Canadian TV talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos, who owns the home, wrote in a statement. "I only have a few details but it seems like it was the result of a break-in. The victim was a dear friend of mine, who was staying at my place while I was away. I am heartbroken."

The broadcaster said he was "writing this from a plane en route to Los Angeles from New York, so I can be with my friends there, who are also devastated. There's so much to say but I'm at a loss for words so just love your people. I will have more to say when we know more about what happened."

Stroumboulopoulos hosted the CBC TV talk show "George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight" from 2014 to this year.



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<![CDATA[Top Moments From Dodgers' Vin Scully Pregame Celebration]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:59:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Vin+Scully+Day.png

"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."

That's right folks, the impossible has happened. Vin Scully is calling it a career.

After 67 years behind the mic, Scully has called more than half of the games the Dodgers have ever played in a 100+ year history.

On Friday, before the team took on the Colorado Rockies, 67 years of gratitude, generosity and dedication poured over onto the field as the city of Los Angeles said goodbye to the greatest broadcaster in the history of sports.

The pregame tribute to Scully started promptly at 6:30PM as the Dodgers aired a video tribute on their two big screens honoring Scully. The short film was narrated by the great Bob Costas and featured congratulatory words from Kobe Bryant, Kirk Gibson, Magic Johnson, Al Michaels, and more.

Immediately following, Dodgers radio announcer Charley Steiner introduced the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, the commissioner of MLB Rob Manfred, Dodgers chairman, Mark Walter, Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw, Spanish Language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, and Kevin Costner. Finally, Scully and his wife Sandi were introduced.

After a three-minute standing ovation for Scully, those aforementioned people who were present on the stage, delivered speeches for Scully.

Garcetti got the ceremony going by presenting his first key to the city during his tenure as Mayor to Scully.

Manfred presented Scully with a check for $50,000 from MLB in Vin Scully's name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The Dodgers then played a clip of Scully's greatest call, as voted on by the fans, the walk-off home run by Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Steiner said it best about the call, "Nineteen words that will last as long as baseball has been played."

Dodgers chairman Mark Walter then stepped up to the microphone and announced that Scully would enter the Dodgers ring of honor located in the left field foul pole area next season.

Next was Koufax, who said he was more nervous than any time he played on the field, and told a story about Scully going to church to pray before every World Series game he ever called. Koufax mentioned that he didn't pray for the Dodgers to win, or for certain players to play well, but simply prayed for heroes, not goats on the field.

Kershaw then took the microphone on behalf of the Dodgers team and simply said, "Thank you."

Finally came Costner who brought everyone in attendance to tears, including the media in the press box and those watching at home.

Costner called Scully, "The Chosen One," and said that "The game will not lose its way, but it loses its perspective, a singular voice."

As the Field of Dreams soundtrack played in the background Costner continued with these gems:

"You tricked us into thinking you were a sports announcer. When really, you were a poet."

"When we were at a loss for words, you were the Norman Rockwell, painting us the clearest of pictures."

"Shame on us if you ever have to pay for another meal in public again."

"You're our George Bailey, and it has been a wonderful life."

Finally, Scully himself was introduced to the crowd who roared to life with excitement and gratitude.

"Oh, it's just me," said Scully smiling.

He started his speech by saying, "Welcome to my Thanksgiving."

He went on to thank everyone, from every player who ever put on a uniform, to the media and sportswriters, to his family and finally the fans.

"When you roar, when you cheer…for a brief moment, I am 8 years old again," he said.

He told the sold-out crowd that he's going to spend time with his wife, children and many grandchildren in retirement and said, "I am going to try and live."

After Scully sat back down, out of the dugout came the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra led by John Williams, one of the most storied film composers ever. He played a rousing rendition of the national anthem, and then Scully stepped back to the mic to unearth his historic words that will live on forever, "It's time for Dodger baseball."

After another standing ovation from the crowd, Scully left the field down a blue carpet, surrounded by the current Dodger players. Now that's a way to go out.

Thank you, Vin.



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<![CDATA[LA Rams Wrap Up Practice Week, Take-off For Tampa]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:37:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams-vs-Buccaneers-practice-9-23-16.jpg

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – Following Friday's practice, Todd Gurley rolled his eyes and laughed, "I don't know. You tell me."

The question was about whether defenses had been setting up a little differently this season to limit the running back to 91 rushing yards in two games. In his rookie season, rushed for over 100 yards in five of the 13 games he played, so the answer is pretty apparent.

"It be crazy [sic]," Gurley said when asked about what he sees facing him when he's in the backfield. "I be like [sic], 'Man, there's 12 people on the field.' There's [sic] definitely a lot of people, but it is what it is. Sometimes, it's a good thing because if you get past that first level, then you're gone. But you go to get past that first level first."

Against Tampa Bay during the 2015 season, Gurley only averaged 2.3 yards per carry and finished with 48 yards, which is just about his season average thus far. In terms of giving up rushing yards, the Buccs rank in the top 10 in the NFL. As such, a breakout game may be a tough proposition for the 22-year-old.

Gurley added, "We know what they're going to do."

The Rams' defense is still the strong point on the team, and defensive coordination Gregg Williams did not shy away from showering Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston with praise.

"I have a lot of respect for Jameis, especially after we played him last year – we had a lot of contact on him last year," Williams said on Friday.

Williams continued, "He's a legitimate tough guy in our league. He took a lot of contact in our game (last year) and he kept on going. Even last week, (Buccaneers Head Coach) Dirk (Koetter) was answering a question about why he had him in in the end of a game–because Jameis wanted to play. The good players want to do that all the time, that's why Russell played last week. Good players want to play. I have a lot of respect for him. He's fearless on how he goes about the approach of playing that position."

The Rams managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks despite failing to score a touchdown, and seemingly, the offense appreciates the effort.

"It's always inspiring," Gurley said of his defense. "You kind of get out there, and you're just playing for them because they're always on the field, and you're just like, 'C'mon man, these guys are doing a great job for us, and we need to do a great job for them.' It's all about the team coming together."

Head Coach Jeff Fisher also appeared to be happy with the team's practices. After practicing on Tuesday and Wednesday, the team took Thursday off before wrapping up the practice week on Friday.

"We healed up," Fisher said on Friday. "It was good to see the guys on the field. Yesterday's day off was good, great. A lot of energy today. Now we're going to deal with the travel. They understand what it takes to get ready for Sunday – we're in a good place."

On Sunday, the Rams will face Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time.

Notes: Tampa Bay reportedly cut tight-end Austin Seferian-Jenkins following an arrest for a suspected DUI on Friday. Fisher commented on the incident and pointed out how it hurt Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are down to two tight-ends on Sunday, so Fisher said the news did have an effect on the Rams from a defensive standpoint. Also, the Rams announced that the team had waived cornerback Steve Williams and promoted defensive back Isaiah Johnson from the practice squad.



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<![CDATA[LA Rams Ready For Jameis, Bucaneers]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:16:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams-Practice-Video-Sept-23-16_1200x675_772261955783.jpg LA Rams head coach Jeff FIsher talks about the practice week that was and speaks about stopping Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 23, 2016 in Thousand Oaks, California]]> <![CDATA[Phone Call Provides Clues in Marine's Death]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 04:10:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/220*120/09-19-2016-marine-shot-1.jpg

A cellphone call has given detectives a glimpse into the last moments of the young Marine slain a week ago in Los Angeles, but more clues will be needed to identify the killer, police said Friday as the city council approved a $50,000 reward fund.

"Don't give up on this. We need justice," implored Claudia Perez, a friend of the family of Lance Cpl. Carlos Segovia Lopez.

He was on weekend liberty from Camp Pendleton and had just left the home of his girlfriend's family when he was fatally wounded with a single shot to the head. He was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car.

Segovia Lopez was having a cellphone conversation when it appeared he became aware of something suspicion, and then the line went silent, according to Capt. Peter Whittingham, commander of the LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide section.

"It is very possible that he might have seen some suspicious activity or maybe even a crime in progress," Whittingham said. "And it appears to us that something happened in that instant where he was killed, I'm sure by the person or persons who he observed and who he had some concerns about their activity."

Nevertheless, investigators so far have been unable to obtain direct witness counts or evidence that incrimates a specific individual, and there does not appear to be any security camera video that could shed light on what happened, Whittingham told the council.

A solemness descended on council chambers as Whittingham and loved ones of Segovia Lopez spoke of his dedication to service. In high school, he had begun volunteering for a number of non-profit causes, including LA on Cloud 9, which aids the homeless. After graduating from Foshay Learning Center last year, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, but during leave time continued to volunteer, said Perez, the organization's founder. 

After the shooting, which did  devestating damage to the brain, Segovia Lopez remained on life support for several days before it was determined the injury was irreversible. He had chose to be an organ donor.

His kidneys and pancreas were transplanted to recipients in northern California, a man in his 40's and a woman in her 70's, it was revealed Friday by Tom Mone, executive director of OneLegacy.

Memorial arrangements for Segovia Lopez will include a viewing 4-9pm Thursday, October 4, at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles.

His life will be commemorated during a funeral mass at 9:30am the following morning at the Cathedral of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street.

"He was more than a brother. He was my hero," said his sister, Cynthia, 13. She spoke of her brother's ambitions someday to attend the University of Southern California and to become a leader.

"Now I want to finish his dreams," she said, pledging to work for admission to USC, and to explore enlisting somebody in the US Navy.

Family and investigators ask anyone with information on the case to contact detectives directly at 323-786-5110, or 877-LAPD247.



Photo Credit: Claudia Perez]]>
<![CDATA[Debate Viewing Parties]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:02:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-funny.jpg

Below is a list of debate viewing parties around Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[2016 Lakers Training Camp Roster: World Peace Added]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:39:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Metta-World-Peace-signs-with-Lakers-.jpg

On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Metta World Peace to cap their 2016 Training Camp roster at 20. World Peace is a fan, media and locker room favorite, so his addition is a welcome sight for just about everyone looking forward to another season of purple and gold.

Most famously, World Peace won a title with the Lakers and hit the shot that won Game 7 over the Boston Celtics during the 2010 NBA Finals. After that moment, local fans seemingly universally show love to World Peace around Southern California. At Staples Center, World Peace regularly draws loud ovations when entering a game.

For the press, World Peace's name provides for wonderful headlines. For example, if one wanted to make a case for World Peace, the headline "All We Are Saying is Give Peace a Chance" would be tough to pass up. Even in the current instance, the thought of "World Peace Joins Lakers" can't help but draw a smirk.

NBCLA.com already made the case for World Peace to make the Lakers' final roster earlier in the week, when the news first broke, and it had a great deal to do with his locker room and end of the bench experience. Younger players swarmed around the 36-year-old veteran during games to better understanding the nuances of the game from the sidelines. World Peace also provides a wealth of knowledge on the practice court and serves as an example of the benefits of sustaining a healthy diet to maintain longevity.

However, the bigger meaning behind World Peace is that the Lakers' training camp roster is full. Yes, Nick Young is still with the team. One would imagine, it's his spot to lose, so if everything works out in camp and he fits in with Luke Walton's vision, Young will make 2016/17 roster.

The Lakers will hold Media Day on Monday, Sept. 26 in El Segundo before opening camp in Santa Barbara the following day. The Lakers will have double practice sessions Wednesday through Saturday and finish camp with a single practice on Sunday Oct. 2.

The Lakers open preseason on Oct. 4 against Sacramento at the Honda Center in Anaheim, before playing at Staples Center on Oct. 7 against the Denver Nuggets. LA opens its regular season on Oct. 26 against Mike D'Antoni's Houston Rockets in Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[Claws Up: Redondo Beach Lobster Festival]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:28:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lobsterfestredondo12345678.jpg

One of the calendar's most charming quirks isn't the fact that some months have 31 days, and some have 30, and some one has 28; it's that there are so many sayings and rhymes that are associated with particular times of the year.

Chestnuts like "in like a lion, out like a lamb" for March and "thirty days hath September" help us keep track of our days, but there's no rhyme for the end of lobster festival season around Southern California. It arrives at the very start of fall, and whoosh! The buttery, bib-wearing weekends are done.

While someone gets to work on dreaming up a seasonally appropriate rhyme, lobster lovers can make for Seaside Lagoon, where the annual Redondo Beach Lobster Festival begins to round the stretch of festivals out. The Port of LA, and Newport Beach, and Long Beach are now done for 2016 on the lobster party front, but Redondo Beach is ready for some lobster & steak dinners.

Accompaniments include "buttered and herbed red potatoes, buttery dipping sauce, cole slaw, and a roll," and there are a trio of meals to choose from, so browse all.

The dates? Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. The non-buttery doings? There shall be bands, like a Beatles-y, Stones-y showdown on Sept. 23, and there shall be an appearance by Ambrosia, the hit-making outfit behind the sublime "Biggest Part of Me" and oodles of other great tunes (they'll be at the fest on Sept. 25). More bands are on the schedule, and more chances to dance, listen, chillax, repeat.

Tickets and such? Here. Thinking up a rhyme to signify the end of lobster festival season around Los Angeles? Well, not really necessary, we suppose, if you keep in mind that the autumn equinox usually is a pretty clear reminder to get out and fest it up, if that's your jam. 

Not jam, but rather, your buttery dip.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Prep for Extreme Fire Conditions]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 03:54:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/firefighters-prepare-092416.PNG

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Friday announced it has increased firefighter staffing in preparation for several days of Santa Ana winds and extreme fire conditions in Southern California.

Fire danger warnings are in effect through Sunday in parts Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties, and the "Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index" is showing a "high" category for many areas, according to Cal Fire.

"Traditionally, late September through mid-November is Santa Ana season," Cal Fire Southern Region Director Chief Thom Porter said. "Many of California's largest and most damaging wildfires coincide with this time of year," Porter said.

With the heightened fire danger and increased potential for new fires, Cal Fire has placed additional firefighters on duty to staff extra equipment and aircraft across the state, Chief Ken Pimlott said.

"We have increased our staffing, but need the public to be vigilant in reporting fires and follow the Ready, Set, Go principles," Pimlott said. "It is important to follow evacuation orders and leave early as fires move very fast under these conditions, especially with the high level of tree mortality we are experiencing in many areas."

Pimlott urged people to be extra cautious during the heightened fire danger period in order to prevent wildfires.

"One less spark means one less wildfire," Pimlott said. For more fire prevention tips and evacuation steps visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.



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<![CDATA[Pomona College Mourns Death of Physics Professor]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:31:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/knbc-professor-alfred-kwok.jpg

Students, faculty and staff at Pomona College are mourning the death of physics professor Alfred Kwok, who died recently while on a trip to Kings Canyon National Park. He was 50 years old.

According to the Tulare County Coroner’s Office, the cause of death for Professor Kwok was blunt force trauma. He fell from a great height, causing trauma to multiple parts of his body.

The school held a gathering for students and faculty to share memories of the late professor. Students also wrote their memories on whiteboards:

"Kwok always stayed in Millikan until 2-3 a.m. and would always help with whatever class you were working on – even philosophy."

"Professor Kwok single-handedly bridged the gap between profs and students."

"He always knew what each person was interested in, and always had advice and experience to share."

According to the school, Kwok had been a faculty member at Pomona since 2000. He taught physics and astronomy. As a researcher, some of his interests included laser spectroscopy and nonlinear optics.

Kwok had previously received the Becton Prize for Excellence in Engineering and Applied Science, according to the school. He had also been a finalist for the Optical Society of America’s Newport Research Award.

Aside from his research and teaching, he was an avid climber and loved being outdoors in the mountains, the college said.

"Anything he loved in life, he always wanted to share, whether it was physics or food or hiking," said one message on the whiteboard. "His joy in life always bubbled over."

The college has not yet released any memorial service information, but the school said they will provide information as details become available.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pomona College
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<![CDATA[Nanny Sentenced to Jail for Taking Nude Photos of Young Boys]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:32:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Prison-Generic2.jpg

A Westwood nanny was sentenced to a year in jail Friday, for taking naked pictures of three boys in her care, authorities said.

Matilde Flores, 48, took care of a 6-year-old boy and his two 3-year-old brothers at their home in Westwood for two years, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer's office.

According to prosecutors, in December 2013 Flores started taking naked photos of the boys secretly in a bathroom in their home.

After one of the boys told their parents "Flores had taken naked photos of them on her phone," their father found such photos on the phone and both parents called police, a spokesperson for Feuer said in a statement.

Police arrested Flores on June 10, 2016, and found 199 photos of naked children on her phone, according to Feuer's office.

Flores was sentenced to one year in jail, five years probation, and is prohibited "from being alone with any minor children or performing any work with minors," a spokesperson for Feuer said in a statement. She must also register as a sex offender.

Flores had entered a no contest plea to possession of child pornography and two counts of child annoying, according to Feuer’s office.

A restraining order was granted for the victims, and will last 10 years.



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<![CDATA[Watch: German Shepherd Opens Doors in Shelter Escape]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/09-23-2016-dog-shelter-counter.JPG

Staff members at a Southern California animal shelter thought they had an intruder on their hands this month after alarms were set off one weekend inside the building.

A check of the shelter in the San Bernardino County community of Apple Valley revealed items scattered around the front desk, but no sign of anyone in the building. Staff members said they found phones, papers and files pulled off the front counter, evidence that initially suggested the work of an escaped cat.

Because usually, it is the cat.

But the first clue came Sunday when a staff member noticed a dog missing from her adoption kennel near the back of the shelter.

It wasn't a case of an intruder -- they had a furry fugitive on their hands.

The missing dog was reported to the shelter Monday morning, about the time that staff members reviewed security camera video. The video showed Ginger the resourceful German shepherd as she opened doors and hopped on a counter to have a look around, explaining the untidy front desk.

Ginger needed to open three doors between her kennel area and the front parking lot to make her great escape, according to staff. She can be seen on her hind legs in the front lobby, unlatching the last barrier to the parking lot and the wonders of Southern California's Victor Valley.

Ginger was found safe about three miles from the shelter. She was returned to her kennel and is waiting for a loving, and secure, home.

Visit the shelter's Facebook page for more information. 



Photo Credit: AV Animal Shelter
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<![CDATA[Disneyland's Annual Passport for Sale Again — and Pricier ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:52:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MickeyandMinnie60thDL.jpg

After two years, Disneyland is once again offering its Southern California Annual Passport.

The annual admission program is different than the park's Southern California Select Passport. The cost is higher but passholders receive fewer blackout dates.

People living in ZIP codes 90000 to 93599 can purchase the passport in person at the box office beginning this weekend. It will be offered online later this year.

The annual pass will cost $459 for a new passholder and $439 for anyone renewing a passport.

The pass will give you access to both parks for 227 days from September 2016 to October 2017. Parking fees are not included.

When it was last offered, the same type of passport cost $359. Since 2014, the park has raised daily and annual ticket prices three times. Each time there was a ticket adjustment, the cost of passports also increased.

The Southern California Select Passport can still be purchased online. It runs $329.00 and provides entry into the park on most weekdays except for June 9 – August 18. Check out the calendar for 2017 here.

The Southern California Annual Passport allows entry into the park for 13 more days in the month of June, according to the blackout calendar.



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<![CDATA[Irvine Park Railroad's Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:59:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/171*120/zNqEPLKwLicOpLGCqX_t-2.jpg

Colossal gourds and Orange County have a rather long history, thanks in part to the sightings of a certain clock-watching, glass slipper-wearing princess 'round Anaheim.

Of course, Cinderella doesn't have much need for her pumpkin-turned-carriage at Disneyland nowadays, but that doesn't mean that gargantuan, patch-grown gourds can't be sighted pretty close to Anaheim, especially around the start of fall.

If you make your way over to Orange, and the Irvine Park Railroad, in fact, you'll see pumpkins so large that they'd do any kingdom proud. You'll need to be there on the first Saturday of autumn to behold this wondrous sight, as that's the date of the annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

A host of huge-normous pumpkins will be out at the railroad's charming Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Sept. 24, with their proud growers in tow. The goal of the day? Determine the very biggest of the lot (and, yep, "cash prizes" are part of the vine-tastic scene).

It's one of the surreal sights of the season, the over-sized pumpkins, a fall-specific gathering celebrated from Irvine Park Railroad up to Half Moon Bay, where some of the world's largest pumpkins show at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off.

That showdown is still a few weeks away, so should you want to get your fall moving forward now, with some mega pumpkin admiring, be at the family-cute railroad in Orange County on Sept. 24. A bonus? The patch'll also be open during the midday weigh-off, meaning you can partake in some of the hands-on activities, as well as purchasing your own traditionally sized pumpkin or two.

Hello, fall, and welcome, giant pumpkins. We're not sure if one will turn into a Cinderella-esque carriage come midnight, after the competition, but we're inclined to think the magical potential is there.



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<![CDATA[Police Catch Driver Using Mannequin to Drive in Carpool Lane]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/9-22-16-Driver-Mannequin.jpg

When a Brea police officer pulled up next to a truck driving in a carpool lane Wednesday, he was surprised to find a mannequin sitting shotgun.

Brea police wrote in a Facebook post that a motorcycle officer spotted the pickup truck around 5 p.m. while traveling northbound on the 57 Freeway in heavy traffic.

When the truck "suddenly veered out of the carpool" or HOV lane and came close to the police officer, the officer rode up to the driver's open window to advise him to drive more carefully while changing lanes, according to Brea police.

"He was surprised to see that the passenger in the vehicle was actually a mannequin," Brea police wrote in the post, adding that it was a first for their department.

From the picture, the mannequin seemed like it was missing some of its appendages, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

Brea police tweeted out the photo Thursday, and said, "Nice try," in the post.

The officer pulled over the driver and gave him a ticket for driving alone in the carpool lane, police wrote in the post.

"The driver admitted to having done this for quite some time," Brea police added. He told police "he would now just accept the fact he needed to sit in traffic like everyone else."



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