<![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 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:42:14 -0800 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:42:14 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Aircraft Incident Reported in Santa Monica]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:36:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-1-a-breaking-news-la-generic-graphic-april2014.gif

The Santa Monica Fire Department is responding to an aircraft incident near the Santa Monica AIrport Thursday afternoon.

The nature of the incident is not yet known.

Residents are being asked to avoid the area near the 3300 block of Donald Douglas Loop.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

<![CDATA[Gunshots Reported Near CSUN Dorms]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/3-5-15-cal_state_northridge_patrol_cars_1024.png

Police are searching for two men near dorms at Cal State Northridge after reports of gunshots Thursday afternoon.

At 1:10 p.m. gunshots were heard near Lindley Avenue and Kinzie Street, according to LAPD.

Two men were seen running from the location, jumping fences in the area, according to LAPD.

Aerial footage showed four men detained by officers just south of Lassen Street at 2:20 p.m. It is unclear if the men are the suspects initially sought.

The university issued an emergency alert to students and faculty at 1:42 p.m. and said police are searching the area. Residents and students are being asked to avoid the area.

The campus is not on lockdown, according to university spokeswoman Carmen Ramos-Chandler.

The reported shooting happend just off campus in a student housing area called University Park Apartments.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

<![CDATA[SoCal Mountain Lion Cubs Caught on Camera]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:39:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/3-5-15+P32+male+mountain+lion.jpg The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area released photos this week of mountain lion P-19 and her two cubs feeding on a deer carcass in mid-February.]]> <![CDATA[2 Arrested After High-Speed Pursuit]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:59:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/229*120/3.5.15_pursuit.jpg

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pursued a vehicle on the freeways and streets in Los Angeles County, officials said.

A white car, reported stolen, sped down freeways from Norwalk, sheriff's deputies said. Two people were reportedly in the car: a man, who was driving, and a woman.

The car pulled into the parking garage of a Target in Azusa. Minutes later, police were seen arresting a man and woman.

Sheriff's deputies confirmed that officers with the Azusa Police Department took two people suspected of stealing the car into custody.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Snarled on 10 Freeway in Santa Monica ]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:47:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/3.5.15+10+FWY+Investigation.JPG

Traffic snarled in Santa Monica on the westbound 10 Freeway at Lincoln Boulevard due to police activity Thursday morning.

Officials shut down the left lane of the westbound offramp due to reports of a person suffering from a possible injury on the highway, Jaimie Hernandez said, a Santa Monica Police Department spokesman.

A Sigalert was issued shortly before 11 a.m.

Aerial footage showed crime tape strung across the grassy divider between the Lincoln Boulevard exit and highway. Several SMPD officers were on scene investigating the area.

This is a developing story, refresh for details.

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<![CDATA[Third Person Dies in San Bernardino Night Club Shooting]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:17:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/3-4-2015-SBShootings.JPG

A third shooting victim died Thursday, one day after gunshots were sprayed into a crowd outside of a nightclub and gas station in San Bernardino.

Up to 30 shots were fired into a crowd of around 200 people in the parking lot of the Stingers Bar and NightClub before 2 a.m. Wednesday, killing one person, officials said. Minutes later, another person was fatally shot at a nearby ARCO gas station.

A third shooting died about 5 a.m. Thursday, San Bernardino Police Lt. Richard Lawhead said.

Lawhead also said one person was taken into custody but did not release additional details.

One person remained in critical condition Thursday, and three others were treated and released from the hospital.

The ordeal began earlier in the evening when a group of people had been denied entry into the club, police said, because security recognized them as gang rivals of patrons who were already inside.

After they were turned away, they hung around the parking lot, and police were called to remove them from the property, police said. The group left when police arrived, but returned to confront the other group as the club was closing.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5742.

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<![CDATA[Truck Plows into House in Gardena ]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:06:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3.5.15+truck+into+house+gardena.jpg

A utility truck plowed into the front of a home in Gardena Thursday morning causing major structural damage to the residence.

The crash happened at the 2900 block of W 139th Street shortly before 11 a.m.

A large pulley attached to a Los Angeles County Fire Department truck was used to pluck the white vehicle out of the house settled on a cul de sac. 

It took firefighters nearly an hour to remove the truck.

It is unclear if anyone was injured or at home at the time of the crash.

This is a developing story, refresh for updates.

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<![CDATA[Second Man Charged in Fatal Chatsworth Street Race Crash]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:41:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/chastworth+street+racing+crash.JPG

A second man has been charged with murder in connection with a fatal car crash that left two spectators of a Chatsworth street race dead one week ago, authorities said Thursday.

Irael Valenzuela, 38, has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. His arrest Tuesday followed the Saturday arrest of a 21-year-old man as police investigated a deadly hit-and-run crash.

A Ford Mustang was racing another car when it lost control, skipping over a curb and plowing into a crowd of spectators on a sidewalk in Chatsworth at about 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, police said.

The crash left two people dead and a third in critical condition, according to police. Eric Siguenza, 26, and Wilson Thomas Wong, 50, were identified by the LA County Coroner's office as the two people who died.

He is slated to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Prosecutors are asking that bail be set at more than $2 million.

On Tuesday, Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with their deaths. Prosecutors allege that Valenzuela and Gevorgyan promoted and organized the street race.

Prosecutors connected Gevorgyan to the car, but his attorney said cell phone video shows he was standing on the street at the starting line of the race, not driving one of the cars.

Both men face 33 years to life in prison if convicted.

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<![CDATA[Woman Shot Dead, Boy Injured, in San Gabriel]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:41:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stock-breaking-news-graphic-generic.jpg

A woman was found fatally shot in a San Gabriel residence along with a wounded 12-year-old boy believed to be her son, authorities said.

The shooting, reported at 6:40 a.m., appears to have been a product of domestic violence, according to Lt. Victor Lewandowski, with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau.

The boy was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Lewandowski said. The woman was declared dead at the scene, a residence in the 5000 block of Rosemead Boulevard in San Gabriel.

Lewandowski said detectives are actively following up on finding the shooter, but did not have details about him or her. There is no apparent danger to the public, he said.

Family members of the victim were turned away from the residence Thursday morning because it remained an active crime scene.

The woman was in her 30s, according to the LA County Coroner's Office.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story. City News Service contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[1 Hurt in Compton Collision Involving School Bus]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:53:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/schoolbus+traffic+collision.JPG

A person was hit by a vehicle in a traffic collision involving a school bus at a Compton intersection Thursday morning, officials said.

A person was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries from the intersection of Wilmington Avenue and Laurel Street, where the collision was reported at about 6:25 a.m., according to the Compton Fire Department.

Authorities didn't say what vehicle struck the pedestrian, but confirmed that a school bus was involved in the collision. A short school bus was seen at the intersection.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Crashing Into Parked Big Rig, Building]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:19:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/3-5-15-pasadena+fair+oaks+crash.JPG

A man in his 20s died after crashing his car into a parked big rig and plowing into a Pasadena building early Thursday, police said.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m. when the man lost control of his car on Fair Oaks Drive, Pasadena police said.

The man smashed into a parked semi-truck before crashing into the side of the building, police said. He died at the scene.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Police Release Photos of Hit-and-Run Suspect's Car]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:56:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/Juan-for-fb.JPG

Police released surveillance photos Thursday that may help locate the driver who struck a 14-year-old boy in Santa Ana and took off over the weekend.

The boy suffered a severe brain injury in the hit-and-run, and is fighting for his life, his family said Monday.

The high school freshman, only identified by his family as Juan, was struck as he walked to school on Saturday.

The surveillance photos released Thursday morning showed a black BMW. The driver is not visible in the photos and the license plate number is difficult to make out.

Investigator Laure Bao of the Santa Ana said that if the driver stayed, he or she would have likely only been questioned at the scene and released.

Bao said a witness told police that the boy was stepping into the street to pick up a skateboard that he had apparently lost while riding when he was struck by the car.

"It's hard to fathom how someone can place somebody else's life so low of a priority they couldn't even stop to render aid to this person," Bao said. "It's just it should just be human nature that if you're involved in an accident you should make sure that the other person's OK."

Detectives said they were searching for a 2001-2006 BMW 300 series. It has a missing mirror and fog light with damage to the passenger side fender, police said.

Police found the teen lying in the street unconscious at the intersection of Fairview Street and Civic Center Drive at 8:10 a.m. Saturday.

The boy’s family said he loves science and the band "Coldplay."

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Juan is a freshman at a local charter school who spends his Saturdays at school studying for upcoming state tests.

"The detectives are passionate about this. We're going to go through every camera. We're going to go through every piece of technology to find you," Bertagna said of the search for the driver. "Do the right thing and turn yourself in."

Juan remained in critical condition at UC Irvine Medical Center in a medically induced coma as of Thursday.

Photo Credit: Family photo]]>
<![CDATA[Police Shoot, Kill Man After Short Pursuit]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:48:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/burbankois.PNG

A man who led police on a short pursuit through North Hollywood and Burbank early Thursday was shot and killed after officers say he rammed into an LAPD patrol car, police said.

The chase began when Los Angeles police officers of the North Hollywood Division followed a suspected stolen car with paper plates driving erratically near Magnolia Boulevard and Riverton Avenue about 1:45 a.m., LAPD Officer Preciado said.

Officers followed the car, and the driver sped off, leading to a pursuit into Burbank that lasted only six minutes, Preciado said.

After pulling into a "makeshift cul-de-sac" near Pass Avenue and National Boulevard in Burbank, the driver then began ramming the passenger side of the patrol car, Preciado said.

The officer in the passenger side fired shots at the man, and the man ran away on foot down an alley west of Pass Avenue, he said.

Preciado said officers took the man into custody after the chase, and then Burbank firefighters arrived and pronounced the man dead.

Additional details about when exactly the man died after being struck by gunfire were not clear.

Preciado said the car was stolen, and it was not known if the man was armed.

<![CDATA[Police Seek Flasher Targeting Children]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:15:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-long-beach-flasher.jpg

Long Beach police were asking for the public's help in finding a flasher who has exposed himself to children walking to school, and tried to grab at least one girl.

Six incidents have been reported since Feb. 11, the Long Beach Police Department said Wednesday. They occurred between 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. in the area between Coronado and Euclid avenues to 7th and 10th streets.

The man has been seen sitting in the passenger side of his parked car with his pants down, and sometimes masturbating as girls walk by, police said. He has called out to get girls to come closer.

In one incident, the man called out to a girl and another child near Euclid Avenue and 7th Street. Police said he opened his car door as the children were walking by and tried to grab the girl, who fled.

Police released a sketch, hoping for the public's help. The man is described as a white, in his mid-20s to mid-30s with brown hair. He was seen wearing a black shirt and black Dickies pants.

The man's car was described by police as a white "passenger" vehicle with tinted windows.

At least three women in the neighborhood said they recalled seeing the man.

"He was standing here one time a couple of weeks ago, just watching kids go by," said neighbor Rondi Lumpkin. "I've seen that car many of times."

Jacquie Janes said she once questioned him about what he was doing.

"He was kind of distant, a little aloof, and then when I said something to him, he just (acted) like he was doing something," she said.

Police said they have beefed up patrols in the area.

"Don't let me catch the guy," Lumpkin said, "because if I see him again, he's not going to walk out of here."

Anyone with information was urged to call Long Beach detectives at 562-570-7372.

Photo Credit: Long Beach Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Accused of Killing Teen Girl at Motel]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:11:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A 22-year-old man faces murder charges in the killing of a teenage girl at a San Fernando Valley motel, police said Wednesday.

Louie Lopez was arrested after police officers, responding to a call of a shooting at the motel on Roscoe Boulevard in Panorama City, discovered 17-year-old Wendy Martinez shot to death, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

Investigators said Martinez was visiting Lopez at the motel when she was gunned down. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

Lopez was arrested on suspicion of murdering Martinez, police said. He was being held on $1 million bail.

A motive was unclear.

<![CDATA[Miami Heat Burns Lakers 100-94]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:42:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jeremy-Lin.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers played their 60th game and collected their 44th loss of the 2014/15 season on Wednesday night in Miami.

Jeremy Lin put in another noteworthy performance, but Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside stole the show with 25 rebounds in the 100-94 win for Miami.

The Lakers started the games strong with usual suspects Wayne Ellington, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Clarkson combining for 18 points in the first quarter. When Lin entered the game, he quickly stamped his mark on the contest with five points and six assists before the halftime intermission.

At the halfway mark, Boozer and Ellington led all scorers with 12 points apiece. Heat forward Luol Deng led the home team with 11 points, but Whiteside had already started to disrupt the Lakers' shots and control the boards.

At the break, Whiteside already had nine points and eight rebounds. At the final buzzer, the towering center would walk off the court with 18 points, 25 rebounds and four block shots. As a team, the Lakers finished with only one block shot on the night.

"Well, you got one guy that out-rebounded all our bigs," Lakers coach Byron Scott said after the game on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. "I think that says enough."

Dwyane Wade may not be the same player he was five years ago, but he still finished with a game-high 25 points to go along with six assists. The Lakers shared the ball and finished with seven players scoring in double figures. No coincidence, all four bench players scored at least 10 points, as Lin continued to dish with precision and set up teammates.

On Wednesday, Lin continued to look comfortable wearing purple and gold. The 26-year-old entered the contest averaging 18.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists over his past six games, and the backup point guard finished Wednesday's game with 12 points and nine assists. He also added four steals to the box score.

In terms of game-flow, the Lakers and Heat went back and forth throughout the night. Leading by five points at the half, LA predictably came out slow in the third quarter and fell behind by 10 points. After a Lin-inspired rally (it took real effort not to use "Linspired"), the Lakers and Heat had a tie ball game with just under 11 minutes to play.

In the deciding quarter, the Lakers took hold of a slim lead early in the period and held on until Heat point guard Goran Dragic hit a three-pointer with 3:30 remaining to give Miami a 90-88 lead. From that point forward, the Lakers never tied or led the game again. Clarkson had an open look at a three-pointer to tie the game with 16.9 seconds to play. The shot did not fall, and the Lakers lost. 

Next, the LA Lakers travel to Tennessee and play the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday evening at 5 p.m. PT.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Studio City Dog Rescue and Retail Face Eviction: Owner]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:04:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/030415-lucky-puppy-photo-web01.jpg

A pet rescue and retail store in Southern California that places dogs in their "forever homes" may be looking for a new home of its own.

The landlord of the Studio City property is attempting to evict Lucky Puppy Rescue and Retail from its current unit, the rescue's owner said.

"It’s not fair. It’s Lucky Puppy. We save dogs for goodness sake. They don't have to do it the way they’re doing it. They're just being nasty," owner Rachel Kennedy said.

The optical business that was operating next store has since moved out, complaining of a stench. The pet shelter claims they looked into the matter and had the building's air systems examined and cleaned. The health department also inspected the space twice.

"Both times we passed with flying colors, we got an A," Kennedy said.

The property owner has asked Lucky Puppy to leave the space, citing an addendum that the owner says is fraudulent. Kennedy maintains she never signed the document.

The landlord's attorney declined to comment on the pending eviction.

Kennedy told NBC4 that she didn’t think "he [the landlord] ever expected us to fight back and the community has helped us so much."

Lucky Puppy retained a lawyer and is "fighting back," she said. "We won our first round in court."

The shelter's supporters have started a petition and are raising money for their next battle in court.

Community members often stop by the Studio City shop simply to see the rescue dogs. A little girl named Sophie told NBC4 that she's heard the news about Lucky Puppy and "it makes me feel sad and disappointed."

Those who wish to donate to Lucky Puppy can do so at their Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[Owner of Dangerous Dog Charged]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:51:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/03-04-15_Akita-Dangerous-Dog.jpg

In a rare case of a pet owner being held criminally responsible for its dog’s behavior, a Studio City woman has been criminally charged after her Akita attacked three people in the last year and a half.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Cheryl Hargrove Hooks, 56, with three felony counts of "failure to control a mischievous animal."

"It’s very unusual" to criminally charge a pet owner when their dog bites, DA spokesman Richard Santiago told NBC4.

The felony charges come in the wake of an NBC4 I-Team investigation, which revealed how the Akita, named Brody, viciously attacked a woman in April 2013, then mauled a 7-year-old boy the next year, and then ripped off part of a man’s face last November.

After each instance, the I-Team learned that the city of LA failed to impound the dog.

But the victims told the I-Team they held the dog’s owner responsible for not controlling the combative Akita.

"We have three victims from the same dog, and unfortunately the owner still feels that it’s a safe dog," said Jon Hinton, whose son Jack was mauled by Brody in front of their home, requiring stitches and hospitalization.

The DA’s office also felt the dog’s owner was responsible.

"Looking at the picture of one of the victims, it’s just pretty graphic. You just can’t let your dog do that," said Deputy District Attorney Ron Carey.

Cheryl Hooks attorney, Carl Douglas, told the I-Team in a statement, "Ms. Hooks is innocent of these charges filed against her." He added that she is looking forward to telling her side of the story in court.

While nine years is the sum of the maximum three 3-year terms she would serve if found guilty on all counts, it’s likely she would be permitted to serve the terms concurrently, meaning the total maximum served would be four years and four months.

If you have a tip on this story — or anything else — the I-Team wants to hear from you. Give us a call at 818-520-TIPS or email nbc4iteam@nbcuni.com.

Clarification: Based on information provided to NBC4 by the LA County District Attorney’s office. our original story reported that if found guilty on all counts, Hooks could face up to 9 years in prison. The district attorney’s office subsequently clarified that while nine years is the sum of the maximum three 3-year terms she would serve if found guilty on all counts, it’s likely she would be permitted to serve the terms concurrently, meaning the total maximum served would be four years and four months. The story reflects this change,

<![CDATA[Three Arcadia High Students Get Perfect Score on SAT]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:39:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/030415-arcadia-high-school-sat-03.jpg

Three Southern California High school students scored a perfect 2,400 on the SAT, according to the Arcadia Unified School District.

Hanah Lee, Jeffrey Wang and Titus Wu of Arcadia High School took the standardized test in November. The SAT is designed to assess a student's academic readiness for college, and it's evident that these high school juniors are more than ready. The 16-year-olds received a perfect score in each of the test’s three sections: reading, writing and math.

Although test scores were mailed out shortly after the November test-taking date, the school district was unaware of the students' perfect scores until recently, AUSD spokesperson Ryan Foran said.

The trio of students all took the same SAT preparation course at Elite Educational Institute, however their interests and hobbies couldn't be more different.

Lee's favorite class at Arcadia High is AP biology. She hopes to attend Stanford University and study biology after graduating high school.

Wang's favorite class is also AP biology. He is close to earning the Eagle Scout ranking within the Boy Scouts of America organization and also plays on the volleyball team.

Wu works on Pow Wow, the student-run newspaper at Arcadia High. He said his "dream college" is New York University, where he hopes to major in journalism one day.

He said he was "very surprised" of his perfect score.

"I expected it to be a lower score… I think the major thing is that you read a lot on your own."

"All three juniors have worked very hard and are involved in numerous clubs and teams at the high school. Congrats guys!" the school district posted on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Arcadia Unified School District]]>
<![CDATA[Search for Gunman Turns Up Empty]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:09:59 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150304-police-lockdown-mlk-elementary-south-la.jpg

Police turned up empty handed after an hours-long search for a gunman in South Los Angeles that forced the lockdown of a nearby school, where some 100 children were participating in after-school programs, officials said.

Officers spotted a man with a gun about 5:25 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Western Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, LAPD officials said.

Police said he had a gun tucked in his waist band and ran into the school.

Officers chased the man, but lost track of him.

A perimeter was set up in the area near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, according to the Los Angeles School Police Department. The district's police department initially tweeted it was a middle school.

"We were in the library for the tutoring session and a half hour into it the LAPD came in and said that everybody had to exit the building," said parent Dorian Esters.

Police gave the all-clear about five hours after the search began and the lockdown was lifted.

Families were reunited with their children at a nearby restaurant

The after-school programs, Beyond the Bell and Youth Services, typically end at 6 p.m., district officials said.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[The Mistake That's Costing You at the Grocery Store ]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:26:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0415-foodprices.jpg

If you feel you’re paying more to put food on the table, it’s not your imagination. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the weekly grocery bill for a family of four, eating moderate amounts, has risen to about $247, about $30 more than in 2010. 

What’s surprising:  nearly half of that food isn’t even being eaten!

According to research conducted by the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the U.S. food supply is tossed – unused. That translates into more than $160 billion worth of edible food, wasted annually.

The NRDC says in many cases, consumers are throwing out perfectly good food because of confusion over the dates stamped on food packaging.

"Those dates you see on foods, ‘sell by’ or ‘use by,’ … are actually not federally regulated," says study co-author Dana Gunders, a staff scientist with the NRDC’s food and agriculture program. "They are not meant to indicate safety."

Here’s what the dates do indicate:

"Use By" or "Best By": These are typically the dates the manufacturer decides the product will reach peak freshness. The dates do not necessarily indicate spoilage, or that the food is unsafe to eat.

"Sell By": This date is aimed at manufacturers and retailers to help ensure proper turnover in the store, so the product will still have a long shelf-life once consumers take it home.

Gunders says it can be safe to eat foods weeks, even months, past these dates. Eggs, for example, can be good 3-5 weeks after their “sell by” date.

Of course, once you open the packaging, the clock starts ticking on freshness. No matter the date, if a food’s color doesn’t look right, or it emits a foul odor, you should probably toss it.

For more information, check out the interactive guide at StillTasty.com

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<![CDATA["Superbug" Reported at Cedars-Sinai]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:32:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_superbug_gordon_5p_1200x675_401693763890.jpg

Four people were infected with a drug-resistant bacteria spread by a device used in medical procedures and another 71 are at risk because they were exposed to the same scope, officials with Cedars-Sinai hospital said Wednesday.

The device is used in some endoscopic procedures.

In a written statement, officials with the hospital said they have linked the bacterial infection to one device, and have increased the level of disinfection required between patient uses.

The hospital initially said 68 people would be receiving notification that they had been exposed to the bacteria that causes the infection, but changed that number to 71.

The hospital will be provided at-home kits for self-testing to those people to determine if they have the infection.

A similar device was traced back to an outbreak of the "superbug" at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center last month.

Two people died as a result of that outbreak.

The devices are difficult to sterilize completely, and even feature warnings from the manufacturer.

The bacteria exists naturally in many people’s intestines and will not affect them, but once it enters the bloodstream it can be deadly.

<![CDATA[Pipe Bomb Threat Investigated at OC Schools]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:19:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/03-04-15_Orange-County-Lockdown.JPG

Students at several Orange County schools "sheltered in place" while sheriff’s deputies combed the campuses after receiving a phone call reporting pipe bombs may have been placed at the schools Wednesday.

All middle schools and high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District were affected, as well as some elementary schools.

The focus was later narrowed to San Juan Hills High School and San Clemente High School, and both campuses were deemed safe just after 3 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Free Rain Barrels for Angelenos ]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:20:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rain+drops+rain+generic+wet+weather.jpg

Hundreds of rain barrels will be given away during the month of March as part of an initiative to conserve water in drought-stricken Los Angeles.

Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, was spearheading the 1,000-barrel project.

More than 600 residents in LA who pre-registered for the barrels in 2014 were given the rain catching drums last year. A new batch will be handed out over the next few weeks.

Keep Los Angeles Beautiful secured the 55-gallon syrup barrels that were converted to harvest rain from soft drink giant Coca-Cola.

Residents wishing to take part in the program can register by attending a community event listed online.

The Department of Water and Power is offering a $100 rebate for anyone who purchases a rain barrel, limited to four drums.

Capturing water is literally music to the ears of Silver Lake resident Craig Collins - he's got chimes that are triggered by rainfall. The water he captures are kept in six large barrels.

"I looked at my water bill and I thought this is something that I can really make a difference in my own pocket book and the well-being of the whole city," Collins said. 

<![CDATA[Two Officers Injured in Skid Row Struggle]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:58:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/03-04-15_Skid-Row-Scuffle.JPG

Two police officers were hurt in a struggle with a homeless man after he attacked a TV cameraman on Los Angeles’ Skid Row Wednesday, authorities said.

A KTTV cameraman was filming outside the Midnight Mission around noon when the homeless man assaulted him, according to an officer with LAPD’s media relations section.

At least one witness said the man bit an officer on the arm.

Officers tried to subdue the man, and during the confrontation, the man reached for an officer's holstered gun, according to police spokesman Officer Jack Richter.

Two officers received minor injuries in the scuffle, but police were able to subdue the man with a Taser, the LAPD said.

The man was uncooperative and would not immediately give his name to police after his arrest.

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<![CDATA[Lantern Festival Lights Up Downtown LA]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:28:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/lanternfestival_1.jpg

There's a rather satisfying "click" of sorts when two puzzle pieces slide together, but the click also occurs when two disparate happenings dovetail together in a delightful way over a single weekend.

Daylight Saving Time is on approach, on Sunday, March 8, which makes the evening before a prime moment to contemplate darkness, sunshine, and the falling of evening, which, of course, falls later, to the joy of many, come the spring.

Holding a lantern is a lively way to bid the final early evening adieu, an activity you can take part in at the Chinese American Museum's Lantern Festival. The downtown museum's free event is the last, last wrap-up, as in the very last, of the Lunar New Year celebrations, a happening that "occurs annually on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month to mark the closing of the Chinese New Year festivities."

The Lantern Festival is on Saturday, March 7.

It's a gathering that also looks to "foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of American's diverse heritage by sharing the history, cultural legacy, and continuing contributions by Chinese Americans ..." through the free festival.

The cultural traditions, kidly activities, and general try-your-hand-at-this opportunities are plentiful: Calligraphy, the making of abacuses, the building of sheep (in honor of the new year), the creating of red envelopes, the fashioning of kites, and, you bet, lantern-making.

Food trucks and community booths will dot the grounds, which are just a tuck up from Olvera Street.

Everything starts at noon, well before the time lanterns take center stage, and end at 7 p.m., which gives you plenty of time to get home and set those clocks forward. 

Will the Lantern Festival inspire more contemplation in the areas of light, evening, endings — the closing of the Lunar New Year — and the start of brighter nights? We suppose it can, but every traditional happening always works on a few levels: the fun had there, with the kites and lanterns, and the meaning we take when we leave.

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<![CDATA[Teen Allegedly Threatens to "Shoot Up" School ]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:08:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/police_tape_crime_generic.jpg

A teenager was arrested Tuesday for allegedly making threats over a social media account to "shoot up" a high school in Lake Elsinore, police said.

The 17 year old allegedly sent out the messages a few days before his arrest and detailed the criminal threats against Lakeside High School with a plan to possibly commit suicide.

School officials were notified of the messages Tuesday when they contacted police.

Is was unclear how school officials became aware of the messages.

He was arrested at his Lake Elsinore home, according to the Lake Elsinore Police Department. His parents were cooperative in the investigation, authorities said.

He was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats and taken to juvenile hall.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 951-245-3361.

<![CDATA[Deputies Search for Masked Home Intruders]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:59:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/3-4-15-east+la+home+invasion+search.JPG

Authorities were searching the streets of East Los Angeles on Wednesday for two masked intruders who tied up a woman during a home invasion, officials said.

Two masked men, one armed with a gun, entered a home in the 4200 block of Fisher Street in East LA about 8 a.m., according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

The pair was surprised by the victim ,who came home during the robbery after dropping off her children at school. Wearing ski masks, they bound her with duct tape and continued to ransack the home, officials from the LA County Sheriff's Department, East LA Station said.

They ran away on foot.

The woman called 911 and reported the attack, officials said.

Torres High School was temporarily locked down as deputies searched the area, but classes were not affected, according to the Los Angeles Unified School Police Department.

Neighbor Maria Estrella said she was shaken up after hearing about the crime.

“You always have to be alert,” she said.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Skull Fractured in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:00:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/000675656cms.jpg

A 65-year-old woman was critically hurt with a fractured skull and pelvis after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles, police said.

The crash happened Sunday about 7:35 a.m. near Pasadena Avenue and Avenue 21 in Lincoln Heights when an older-model BMW swerved into the next lane, Los Angeles police said Wednesday.

The dark gray BMW then struck the woman as she was crossing the street outside of the marked crosswalk, police said.

The woman had numerous injuries including a fractured pelvis, dislocated leg, abrasions to her right knee and fractured skull, police said. She was hospitalized in critical condition.

Detectives are asking for the public's help to find the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at 213-833-3713 or Detective Michael Kaden at 213-486-0750 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-486-8344. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Dog Killed in Baldwin Park House Fire]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:32:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/3-4-15-Baldwin+Park+Fire+HD.JPG

A dog was killed when flames erupted in a Baldwin Park home Wednesday morning where firefighters described "packrat conditions," officials said.

The fire erupted about 5:45 a.m. in a single-family home in the 4300 block of Alderson Avenue, according to the LA County Fire Department.

Firefighters described the blaze as a "fully-involved structure fire" that was put out by 6 a.m.

Three adults and two dogs were displaced after the fire, and one dog died, officials said.

Additional details were not immediately clear.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Basketball Team Reinstated After Being Kicked Out of Playoffs]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:05:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Narbonne-high-school-girls-bball.JPG

A Southern California girls’ basketball team has been reinstated after it was denied participation in the playoffs for donning uniforms with pink lettering promoting breast cancer awareness.

A three-person panel reinstated the Narbonne High School team after they were disqualified from the City Section Open Division playoffs and forced to forfeit a Feb. 28 semifinal win over View Park.

"This can’t be happening," Alicia Harris said, a junior guard. "We worked super hard to get where we were."

The team was forced to forfeit the win because they wore illegal pink-lettered uniforms. The decision to prohibit the team from playing in the state playoffs was lifted Tuesday, the California Interscholastic Federation Los Angeles City Section announced.

The Gauchos were originally removed from the playoffs on Monday because their uniforms did not meet City Section rules. According to Article 1305 in the LA City Section Goldbook, "Uniform colors may only be a combination of the official school colors." The school was in violation of this rule because Narbonne’s official school colors are green and gold.

"Pink is not a school color at Narbonne," a CIF statement read.

The team wore the colors in support of breast cancer awareness, and team officials, players and parents said they had no idea they were in violation of any rule.

"We were unaware that honoring cancer victims with uniforms was against California Interscholastic Federation rules," Principal Gerald Kobata said in a Los Angeles Unified School District statement.

The high school appealed the CIF’s decision and won.

"In the spirit of the game and for the kids, the appeals committee has decided to grant Narbonne’s request for reinstatement into the 2015 CIF LA City Section basketball playoffs," CIF LA City Section Commissioner John Aguirre said in a statement.

"We will continue to review Narbonne’s athletic program and compliance with the Section policies and bylaws over the next year."

Although the team will play the championship game on March 7 against Palisades Charter High School, the appeals committee issued three penalties. Head Coach Vicky Sanders will be suspended for the remainder of the season, Narbonne High School will not be allowed to host any home playoff contests in 2016 and the school will remain on probation for the 2015-2016 calendar year.

Sanders told NBC4 she "felt horrible" about the situation.

"It was for a good cause," she said. "Our hearts were in the right place."

Sanders takes "full responsibility" and is already prepping for next season with a rosy outlook. She said she'll submit a waiver to CIF next season before making alterations to the team uniform.

The girls' basketball team will compete in the championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Floods East LA Street]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:17:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/3-4-2015-Mainbreak.JPG

A water main break sent water gushing down an East Los Angeles street as crews expected to work more than 12 hours on Wednesday to repair it.

The 6-inch main burst with fast-moving water in the 5100 block of Dartmouth Avenue Tuesday night, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A homeowner getting ready for bed thought it was raining outside, opened the door and called the sight of rushing water "incredible."

Crews turned off the water just after 12 a.m., but the repairs weren't expected to be complete until 2 p.m. Wednesday. About 20 to 30 businesses and homes were without water, officials said.

Crews checked out Lombardy Boulevard and Dartmouth Avenue to see if the road might be compromised, though there was no obvious damage.

A house on Dartmouth Avenue suffered unspecified damages.

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<![CDATA[Police Search for Nightclub Gunmen]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:19:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/3-4-2015-SBShootings.JPG

Two men are dead and five people injured after gang-related shootings at a nightclub and a gas station in San Bernardino early Wednesday.

One of the men killed was gunned down at Stingers Bar and Nightclub in the 190 block of West Club Center Drive just before 1:47 a.m, San Bernardino police said. Up to 30 shots were fired into a crowd of around 200 people in the parking lot.

Minutes later, another person was fatally shot at a nearby ARCO gas station. A car that had previously been seen at the club was located at the second crime scene, police said. Several vehicles were also hit during the shootings.

Police said it started earlier in the evening when a group of people had been denied entry into the club because security recognized them as gang rivals of patrons who were already inside.

After they were turned away, they hung around the parking lot, and police were called to remove them from the property. The group left when police arrived, but returned to confront the other group as the club was closing.

Investigators said the club has been linked to criminal activity in the past.

The two men who were killed have been identified as Petetrial Michael Scott and Jerry Jamale Jackson.

An additional five people were hurt, with two in critical condition.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5742.

Tony Shin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Two Women Stabbed in Burbank Home ]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:31:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/188*120/3-4-2015-BurbankStab.JPG

A man was arrested in connection with a violent attack at a Burbank home Tuesday night that left three women injured.

Cameron Hanson, 29, of Valencia was arrested around 4:15 a.m. near the scene of the crime, which occurred in the 700 block of Roselli Street, the Burbank Police Department reported.

Hanson faces attempted murder charges, said Burbank police Officer Cindy Guillen.

Neighbors reported hearing screams coming from the home just after 11 p.m.

Two women were stabbed and one was assaulted; three are hospitalized in critical but stable condition, police said. They are 21, 41 and 67.

At least one of the victims knew the suspect and all three women were related, police said.

Hanson was arrested when he returned to the neighborhood, possibly to retrieve his vehicle, police said. No other suspects were being sought.

Correction: Earlier reports said a dog was also injured but officials later said the dog was OK. Officials originally said three women were stabbed. Officials later said two women were stabbed and one was injured during the attack.

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<![CDATA[Winning Night for LA City Council Incumbents, LAUSD Runoff]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:56:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/3-4-2015-Vote.JPG

It was a winning night for Los Angeles City Council incumbents Tuesday, but several LAUSD board members will have to compete in a runoff.

Jose Huizar swatted aside a challenge from former LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina to retain his 14th District seat in the evening's headline result.

His battle with Molina, billed a heavyweight bout between two Eastside political veterans, was more of a one-sided knockout.

Huizar grabbed a commanding lead when vote-by-mail ballots were tallied, and never looked back. He will return for his third and final term representing the district that stretches from Boyle Heights to downtown Los Angeles.

His victory came despite his most recent term being  marred by sexual harassment allegations.

In the eastern San Fernando Valley's 6th District, incumbent Nury Martinez emerged victorious in a rematch with former Assemblywoman Cindy Montanez, who was the top vote-getter in the 2013 primary election to complete Tony Cardenas' unexpired term, but lost in a runoff election upset.

Herb Wesson, who represents the 10th Council District, cruised to victory over Koreatown activist Grace Yoo, who had previously clashed with the council president during contentious proceedings to redraw district lines in Koreatown. 

Councilman Paul Krekorian also held onto his early lead in his bid for a second term representing the 2nd District, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and Van Nuys, against challenger Eric Preven, a television writer who regularly spurs heated debate at City Council and County Board of Supervisor meetings.

Councilman Mitch Englander ran unopposed in the 12th District, which includes Reseda, North Hills, Northridge, Chatsworth and Porter Ranch.

In the 8th District, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a former executive director of a nonprofit founded by Rep. Karen Bass to improve economic conditions in South Los Angeles communities, defeated three other candidates to replace termed-out Councilman Bernard Parks.

The race to replace termed-out Tom LaBonge in the 4th District will move to a May 19 runoff election, with 14 candidates splitting the vote and preventing any candidate from earning the more than 50 percent needed to win the seat outright.

Carolyn Ramsay, who is hoping to succeed her former boss, led the pack of hopefuls in the Fourth District, and unofficial results released by the City Clerk's Office showed David Ryu, a director at the Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center, placing second and appearing to earn a runoff spot.

The council members elected today will serve five-and-a-half-year terms. The passage of Charter Amendment 1 will mean a one-time lengthening of the terms of city and school board officials elected in the 2015 and 2017 elections, with future elections being held in even-numbered years.

Meanwhile Los Angeles Unified School District board members Tamar Galatzan, Bennett Kayser and Richard Vladovic will have to compete in a May 19 runoff election as they fight to retain their seats, while incumbent George McKenna won re-election thanks to having no challengers.

The school board will have to tackle some tough issues in the coming months. It is still searching for a permanent superintendent, since Ramon Cortines was appointed merely on an interim basis to replace John Deasy. The district is also locked in difficult contract negotiations with the teachers' union, United Teachers Los Angeles, with the possibility of a strike looming as educators push for higher salaries and smaller class sizes.

City News Service contributed to this report

<![CDATA[Hermosa Beach Voters Reject Oil Drilling Proposal]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:14:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/167*120/3-4-2015-OilProposal.JPG

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal for additional oil drilling in Hermosa Beach Tuesday night.

However La Habra Heights residents shot down a measure that would have banned the drilling of new wells and restricted drilling techniques such as fracking.

Hermosa Beach's Measure O would have allowed a drilling project proposed by E&B Natural Resources Management Corp, however final results showed 78.9 percent of voters had voted against.

The defeat of the proposal will prove costly however, as it means the city will have to pay E&B $17.5 million stemming from a lawsuit over drilling. 

Supporters said in a ballot argument the project would have generated "hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue,'' that could be used to hire firefighters and police officers, while also providing funds to upgrade the city's aging infrastructure.

The drilling proposal would also not involve fracking or off-shore drilling platforms and "no permanent equipment visible above the walls at the currently contaminated city maintenance yard."

Opponents of the project claimed the project would have included a roughly nine-story-tall drilling rig, 30 oil and gas wells and miles of dangerous underground pipelines that would "threaten our quality of life and our health."

They said the project will lead to increased air pollution, and also claimed any accidents at the drilling site could have endangered lives.

"By rejecting Measure O, Hermosa Beach votes are protecting underground aquifers, which supply water for 11 cities in Los Angeles County, from the threat of toxic wastewater, which would, had Measure O passed, have been dumped into four injection wells," said Breanna Norton, Southern California organizer with Food and Water Watch.

In La Habra Heights, meanwhile, voters on Tuesday defeated Measure A, which would have barred the drilling of new wells and the use of certain drilling techniques, most notably fracking. 

Proponents claimed fracking presents a health risk to residents, but opponents said such a ban would have meant a severe limiting or end to any drilling in the city, costing the municipal coffers about $370,000 a year, or about 13 percent of the general fund.

City News Service contributed to this report

<![CDATA[Five Men in Custody After OIS, Pursuit in Boyle Heights]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:54:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3-4-15-boyle+heights+OIS++3.jpg

Five men are in custody after an officer-involved shooting and high-speed chase in Boyle Heights Tuesday night.

The incident began after officers spotted a van at around 11:20 p.m that was linked to three separate potentially gang-related shootings that took place over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The men were followed to an alley, where one of the men who got out of the vehicle had a gun, police said. He was then shot by an officer, but it is not known if he shot at the cops first.

He and another person were taken into custody near Malabar Street and Ficket Street, police said.

The man who was shot was in stable condition with a non life-threatening wound. A weapon was recovered at the scene, but no officers were hit, officials said.

Another person was taken into custody after leading police in a high-speed pursuit which lasted 15 minutes. The driver blew through stop signs, spinning out several times, before jumping out of the still-moving van in a residential neighborhood, aerial footage showed.

As a group of LAPD officers gave chase, he jumped fences and ran through several yards — losing his shirt in the process — before being tackled by an officer in a driveway. Two other men who interfered with the arrest were also taken into custody.

One man faces a minimum of a charge of possession of a firearm. The driver who led officers on the pursuit is facing a minimum charge of evading.

Willian Avila contributed to this report

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<![CDATA[Shooting Leaves 3 Wounded in Reseda]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:52:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/3-4-2015-Reseda.JPG

Three people were wounded in what appeared to be a gang-related shooting in or near a CVS parking lot in Reseda on Tuesday night, officials said.

The shooting took place about 9:10 p.m. near the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Valerio Street, Los Angeles Police Department officials said.

Officers set up a perimeter in search of six people - four males and two females - officials said.

One person was taken into custody, police said. Five others were sought.

Police initially said two people had been struck by gunfire, but later revised that number to three. None of the wounds were life-threatening, officials said.

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Children Hurt in Wrong-Way Crash on 605 Fwy]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:19:23 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150303-wrong-way-crash-605-freeway.jpg

A wrong-way driver crashed head-on with another car on the 605 Freeway, leaving three children and a woman hospitalized Tuesday night, officials said.

The collision forced the closure of three northbound lanes in Irwindale. Aerial footaged showed traffic backed up for miles.

The driver, who was in a Honda, was going southbound in the northbound lanes for about 3 minutes, beginning about 8:45 p.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.

The crash happened near Lower Azusa Road.

A woman and child were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with unknown injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.

The two other victims, confirmed to be children by a first-responder at the scene, were also taken to hospitals. Officials did not provide details on the extent of their injuries.

Officers initially said the driver may have struck multiple cars on the freeway, but later said the Honda may have hit one other car on a surface street prior to entering the freeway.

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<![CDATA[Hornets Swarm Lakers 104-103]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:05:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jeremy-Lin-Lakers.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers kicked off their three-game road trip with a 104-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. In a fiery game that started out as a competitive contest, the Lakers did not return for the second half with the correct level of sharpness, rallied back in the fourth quarter but ultimately threw the game away late.

For the first half, Lakers guards Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson helped LA to 50 points. Lin led the team with six assists at the intermission, and Clarkson led LA in scoring with 11 points at halftime. Carlos Boozer managed 10 points and eight rebounds, which would eventually lead to the forward's 10th double-double of the season.

For the Hornets, Al Jefferson lived up to his well-earned reputation and led all scorers with 13 points at the break. Mo Williams, who has been a catalyst for the Hornets since joining the team at the trade deadline, matched fellow backcourt mate Gerald Henderson with seven points and four assists.

With the game tied at 50-50, the Lakers came out flat and fell behind by double digits. Henderson led the home side with eight points in the third quarter, but all five of the Hornets' starters made at least one basket in the period.

Down 11 points less than five minutes into the second half, the Lakers fought back to trim the lead to only four points by the end of the third quarter. Clarkson, Boozer and Lin led the rally and combined for 14 of the Lakers' 20 points in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Lakers earned another boost from Lin. The Lakers' backup point guard took the initiative early in the period to keep the Lakers close and even tie the game a couple times. However, Lin wasn't perfect. He committed three horrendous errors--the last of which took the air out of the Lakers' late rally.

Clarkson, who returned to the game with slightly fewer than four minutes remaining, got a couple open looks from behind the three-point line, but the rookie could not hit. Lin's late trio of turnovers combined with Clarkson's long-range misses hurt the Lakers' chances and lost the game ultimately.

Eventually, the one-point loss only looked that close due to late missed free throws by the Hornets and a futile made three-pointer by Lin at the final buzzer.

On the whole, both Lin and Clarkson played well. Clarkson finished with 19 points and four assists, while Lin led all scorers with 23 points and added eight assists and six rebounds. Boozer finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds despite not playing any of the fourth quarter.

Next, the Lakers play the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Trade Commission Warns of Bad Debt Collectors]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:13:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/03-03-15_Debt-Collectors-Bad.JPG

The Federal Trade Commission is warning about debt collectors who use abusive tactics to get consumers to pay debts they may not even owe.

The FTC has received more than 280,000 reports of bad behavior by collection agencies since 2014, making it one of the top complaints submitted to the government’s consumer watchdog. Federal law makes it illegal for debt collectors to "harass, oppress or abuse" consumers in the pursuit of payment.

The Better Business Bureau has posted an alert on its website about one Los Angeles collection agency, "The Lincoln Group."

For the FTC's tips on how to spot a bad debt collector, see its list here. You can also contact the agency by calling 877-FTC-HELP or visiting its website.

For the full story, please click here.


If you have a tip on this story — or anything else — the I-Team wants to hear from you. Give us a call at 818-520-TIPS or email nbc4iteam@nbcuni.com.

<![CDATA[Off-Duty Deputy Hurt in Norwalk Crash]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:00:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/150303-deputy-motorcycle-crash-norwalk.jpg

An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was hurt Tuesday in a Norwalk crash involving a motorcycle, officials said.

The crash took place at 4:24 p.m. at the intersection of Pioneer Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue, officials said.

The deputy was taken to the hospital, where he was in stable condition, sheriff’s officials said.

It was unclear whether the deputy was riding the motorcycle or in another vehicle.

The deputy is assigned to the sheriff's Norwalk station.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Murder in Fatal Street Race]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:18:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-henry-michael-gevorgyan-chatsworth-street-race.jpg

A 21-year-old man faces murder and other charges in connection with an illegal street race that led to a crash that killed two people and left another injured last Thursday.

Henry Michael Gevorgyan pleaded not guilty in connection with the deaths of Eric Siguenza, 26, of Los Angeles, and Wilson Thomas Wong, 50, of Torrance.

The race happened on a stretch of road popular among street racers in Chatsworth Feb. 25 when Gevorgyan's Mustang went out of control, hopped a curb and struck a crowd of spectators.

The Mustang was one of two cars racing west on Plummer Street when the vehicle crashed into the victims, who were among an estimated 60 people watching the cars race, police said.

Authorities allege Gevorgyan was behind the wheel of the Mustang, which had been modified for illegal racing and which was abandoned at the scene. He surrendered to police on Saturday night, police said.

Gevorgyan's attorney, Kate Hardie, said outside court on Tuesday that her client was not behind the wheel of the car during the street race.

She said she didn't know who was behind the wheel and advised her client not to talk. Hardie said cellphone video shows her client standing on the street between the two vehicles at the starting line.

"Charging him with murder for just being there is a stretch," she said.

Gordon Tokumatsu contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Survey Finds "Steep Decline" in California Water Conservation in January]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:13:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/191*120/01-15-2015-chowchilla-drought-454716928.jpg

Californians are back-sliding when it comes to saving water.

After exceeding Gov. Jerry Brown's call to reduce water use by 20 percent, California residents' water conservation has dropped from 22 percent in December to almost 9 percent in January, the State Water Resources Control Board said Tuesday.

A "very wet" December 2014 may have lowered the need for outdoor water use and probably contributed to that month's high conservation rate, officials said. Conversely, January 2015 was the driest January on record, according to the report.

"Today’s announcement is a disappointment, but not a surprise considering how dry January was," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus in a statement. "Clearly state residents used their outdoor irrigation in January, which appears to account for the decline in water conservation."

A breakdown of results by hydrologic region show that some areas improved in their efforts to save water, including the Colorado River region that doubled water conservation from 6.3 percent in December to 12.3 percent a month later.

Meanwhile, two of the most heavily populated regions conserved much less water and affected the statewide average, according to survey results.

The South Coast saved two and a half times more water in December than it did in January. Similarly, the San Francisco Bay Area, which accounts for about one-fifth of residential water customers in California, had savings of 21.6 percent in December and 3.7 percent in January.

The water board survey also found a slight increase in per capita daily water use, from 67.2 gallons in December to 72.6 gallons in January.

The State Water Board will meet on March 17 to discuss renewing the Emergency Water Conservation Regulation that "restricts outdoor water use and authorizes penalties for water use."

In certain regions, outdoor watering can compose up to 80 percent of urban water use, according to the report. Ninety-five percent of water agencies had established restrictions in January.

"If 2015, and then 2016 continue to be dry, we will look back on today, and this month, let alone the last year, wishing we’d saved more water now," Marcus said. "This board is prepared to make some tough decisions in the coming months, including adopting permanent, rather than emergency water conservation measures, going forward. It is that serious."

Though these emergency regulations will be in effect until April 25, officials say they will likely be extended if current drought conditions continue.

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<![CDATA[Deputies Shoot, Wound Man in Lakewood]]> Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:14:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-1-a-breaking-news-la-generic-graphic-april2014.gif

Sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a man in Lakewood on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The shooting took place at 2:34 p.m. in the 12400 block of 215th Street, according to a news release by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Deputies went to the location after receiving a call that an estranged family member refused to leave a house.

When police arrived, the 50-year-old man approached them from across the street, with a knife in his hand. Police fired at the man after they say he refused orders to drop the knife.

He was struck multiple times in the upper torso and taken to a hospital, where he was in fair condition.

No deputies were hurt, officials said. The knife was recovered at the scene

Michael Larkin contributed to this story.