<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 25 Mar 2017 06:39:24 -0700Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:39:24 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lakers Win in Overtime on Shaq Statue Night]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:20:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-beat-T-Wolves-on-Shaq-statue-night_1200x675_906274371814.jpg The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-119 in Overtime with Jordan Clarkson scoring a career-high 35 points.]]> <![CDATA[Lakers Beat T-Wolves in OT on Shaq Statue Night]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:38:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jordan-Clarkson-career-night-3-25-17.jpg

With Shaquille O'Neal and a host of former Los Angeles Lakers in attendance to celebrate the former three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player's statue at Staples Center, the LA Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime, 130-119.

Jordan Clarkson scored 35 points and made eight of his 10 three-point attempts, both of which set new career-highs for the third-year guard. The combo-guard who recently returned to the starting lineup also scored seven points in the overtime period and only missed out on game-high honors by a single point.

Andrew Wiggins, who fouled out in overtime, finished with 36 points in the loss.

What started out as a back-and forth contest witnessed the Lakers falling behind by 12 points at halftime. LA appeared headed for a seventh consecutive loss and trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter.

However, LA's backups worked to get the Lakers back into the game and closed the gap to only eight points entering the fourth quarter. Less than five minutes into the fourth quarter, the Lakers' reserves had chopped the deficit entirely and faced a tie ball game with the home crowd roaring to mark O'Neal's special night with a rare victory at Staples Center.

In particular, Corey Brewer fueled the comeback with energetic defense and 10 points in the fourth quarter against his former team. Still, when Lakers home P.A. announcer Lawrence Tanter repeated his customary notification of "Two minutes" remaining in the contest, LA trailed by five points and seemed destined to fall short.

Eighteen seconds later, Clarkson hit a three-pointer and got fouled for a four-point play. Suddenly, LA had all the momentum, and when the game went to overtime, LA rode the crowd and Clarkson's career night to a victory.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Student Allegedly Grabbed by Unidentified Man]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-143309512.jpg

A UCLA student reported Friday afternoon she was grabbed by an unidentified man near the Public Affairs Building in the central area of the campus. 

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. after the student gave him directions to the men’s restroom, according to the UCLA Police Department. 

The victim reported no injuries.

The attacker is described as a Hispanic male between 30 to 40 years old. Police believe he is 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and medium-length dark hair.

Text and email notifications were sent to students alerting them of the alleged crime.

UCPD is investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[LAPD Officers Use Heimlich to Save Choking Man]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:28:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/237*120/4ohchoking.JPG

Two officers from LAPD's Hollywood Division were supposed to have dinner with their fellow officers, but got so busy they grabbed a bite by themselves.

They were in the right place at the right time to save the life of a man who was choking on his food.

"I could hear the gasping of air," officer Randal Kutscher told NBC4.

At the next table, Ivan Sandino was eating with a group of friends when he started choking.

"His eyes were popping out of his head and I knew right away he was suffering," officer Tim Talman said.

"I couldn't talk. I just went with my face like this: 'Aghhhh....Help me!" Sandino said.

He couldn't talk because he wasn't breathing. That's when Talman and Kutscher jumped out of their seats to help.

"He was able to grab him and start doing the Heimlich immediately," Kutscher said.

The restaurant's surveillance camera captured the rescue from beginning to end.

"It was just a flash, everything I've done, everything I could have done. Not even to say bye to my family," Sandino said.

The rescue took several attempts as restaurant patrons watched in disbelief.

"I felt his body starting to get heavier on me. He was about to pass out," Talman said.

And then finally, the Heimlich began to work.

"You could feel that obstruction leaving his airway," Talman said.

The officers stayed with Sandino, even after an ambulance arrived.

What was supposed to be a simple meal turned into a life saving rescue.

"You never know what is going to come your way from minute to minute," Kutscher said.

Sandino expressed his gratitude to the officers, who said they were glad to be in the right place at the right time.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[LA Carpool Lanes Could Require 3 Passengers]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:18:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/03-22-2017-traffic-la-generic-1.JPG

LA Metro may change carpool lane requirements from two passengers to three. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Third Victim Dies After Liquor Store Shooting]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:58:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/230*120/liquorstoreshooting.JPG

Two people were killed in a shooting Thursday at a liquor store in South LA. A third victim, Charles Harris, died Friday. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Shaquille O'Neal Gets His Statue...And It's Awesome]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:50:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Shaq-statue-Staples-Center-3-24-17.JPG

On Friday, Shaquille O'Neal finally got his statue at Staples Center.

The "Big Aristotle" earned a few jabs from LA Lakers royalty, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talked about O'Neal's memorable performance in Kazaam--memorable for all the wrong reasons, of course.

Jerry West, who is literally the logo of the NBA, arrived late due to traffic but offered a poignant speech about how O'Neal asked for $150 million from the Lakers, which was an absurd amount to request back in 1996. Instead, the Lakers gave the "Shaq" $120 million for a seven-year contract that yielded three NBA championships and three NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards.

While O'Neal's kids and Jeanie Buss spoke with emotion, feeling and humor, Kobe Bryant's presence on the stage next to his former side kick drew the most attention, and Bryant's speech drew the loundest cheers from the fans.

During his speech, Abdul-Jabbar even joked, "Some people thought the odds of Kobe Bryant showing up today were the same as Shaq making a free throw."

Bryant, though, gave a warm speech where he spoke about how dominant and great a basketball players O'Neal was, rather than the high character and larger than life personality the other speakers had focused in on. 

"I think we've heard a lot of stories about Shaq today, but what we haven't talked about is how good of a player he was," Bryant spoke over a crowd that had been chanting "Kobe! Kobe!" as he started speaking.

"The most dominant player I've ever seen," Bryant spoke about how O'Neal would be a fun loving guy, but before tip-off, the big center got serious and seemingly turned on a switch that showed that he wasn't out there to do work.

O'Neal played to win and to dominate.

When the big man took the microphone, he thanked all of his former teammates and told the story of how he came to LA. O'Neal thanked everyone in attendance. When he got to Bryant, O'Neal smiled.

"The next time we're out here for a statue, it'll probably be your statue," O'Neal said to Bryant.

Ultimately, though, the fan favorite finished with a focus on the crowd that had flooding behind the barricades.

"I just wanted you to know that I heard you in the games when I was missing free throws," O'Neal smiled. "I heard it. I heard you in the game when I wasn't rebounding like I was supposed to be. I heard it all, but thank you for staying on me. Thank you for motivating me."

O'Neal then continued by thanking familiar faces he saw in the crowd before turning out to the crowd of purple and gold assembled like they were once again celebrating a championship in 2000, 2001 or 2001.

"As I look here, I have to do it. You know what's coming," O'Neal primed the crowd that began to yell.

"Can you dig it!" O'Neal shouted.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Peacock Day at LA Arboretum]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:26:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/peacockprettyGettyImages-516484852+%281%29.jpg

A peacock rarely saunters, or gambols, or ambles, but he does, most assuredly, strut with flair, finesse, and fabulousness.

And there is truly no better place in Southern California to see this age-old, feather-large, look-at-me strut than at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia.

For while the sizable spread is known for a multitude of sights and features — Lucky Baldwin's Queen Anne Cottage, the Santa Anita Depot, the Redwood Grove, Turtle Pond — is it a certain superstar, one that is in possession of a tail that's ready to fan out a moment's notice.

It's hard to miss the peacocks that roam the Arboretum, and it will be especially difficult on Saturday, March 25, which is the birds' special holiday at the flora-elegant destination.

'Yes, that's Peacock Day, an occasion that spotlights the avian residents of the garden, residents that can claim an Arboretum storyline that stretches back to the 1800s and Mr. Lucky Baldwin, the former owner of Santa Anita Ranchero, himself.

And while the the Arboretum is no longer Santa Anita Ranchero, it still is home to a number of glorious, admire-from-a-distance peacocks.

And peafowl, too, of course. There are a few must-knows about watching these celebrity strutters while visiting the Arboretum, on Peacock Day or any day, so bone up on your feathery 411.

The doings on March 25 are as multi-shaded as a peacock's much-photographed fan. A Peacock Discovery Trail, a peacock-themed art exhibition, the exploration of the peacocks' "amazing habits and natural attributes," and a talk all about peacock plumage are some of the delightful diversions of the day.

Indian classical music and food are also on the roster.

How to join the birdly happening and connect with these iridescent-of-feather favorites? Just pay admission to the garden and join the activities for free.

Once you know more about the peacock, future visits to the Arboretum will see you breaking out the facts and lore for your friends whenever a peacock crosses your path. Which, at the Arboretum, definitely is a thing that happens on the regular.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Gas Debuts Monitoring Site for Porter Ranch]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:30:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Porter-Ranch-AP_51068591634.jpg

Residents curious about methane emissions from the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Porter Ranch can get up-to-the-minute data thanks to a website introduced Friday by Southern California Gas Co.

The website provides the public with access to data from eight pairs of methane monitors installed around the storage field -- the site of a four-month leak that forced hundreds of residents from their homes beginning in late 2015.

The monitors record methane levels at the facility around-the-clock. Visitors to the website can click on any of the fence monitors and access a chart showing methane levels over the past 24 hours.

"We are excited to launch this tool and make data from our fence-line monitors available to members of the community," said Lisa Alexander, SoCalGas vice president for customer solutions and communications. "This new tool will offer the community near real-time information about methane levels at the facility and will supplement a single methane monitoring station operated by the community."

The website also provides information from three weather stations in the area.

The website is available at https://socalgas.esriemcs.com/MethaneMonitoring/.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[6-Year-Old Brings Gun to Elementary Campus]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:03:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gun-generic-muzzle.jpg

A 6-year-old boy at an elementary school in Rancho Cucamonga took a gun to campus in early March, but parents didn’t hear about the incident until nearly two weeks later.

The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department received a call on March 10 from a grandmother who found a firearm in her grandson's backpack. Police learned the boy took the handgun from another student at Los Amigos Elementary School earlier in the day.

The elementary school was notified of the incident on March 20, according to the school district.

Unable to identify the student who initially brought the gun on campus, police investigated the case further.

Police used "school resources" on March 20 to identify the child who originally brought the gun to school.Their investigation revealed the child took the gun from his parents' safe. The parents were identified as Charles Neazer and Nikki Horseman.

After serving the family with a search warrant, police determined Neazer's safe was accessible to his children. Neazer was arrested for child endangerment and booked at the West Valley Detention Center.

Los Amigos parents were sent a letter about the incident on March 23. No one was harmed, according to Janet Temkin, the Cucamonga School District superintendent. 

Temkin said the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department directed the district to refrain from notifying parents until the investiation was completed. 

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<![CDATA[Aquarium Welcomes Admiral Fancy Pants]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:54:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20170304_AOPpenguin_admiral_9318.jpg

Your name, it is often said, says a lot about you, in terms of your quirks, your personality, and what your particular interests or life path might be.

What, then, to make of Admiral Fancy Pants? There's much to this moniker, so much so that it feels as though a team of naming experts could be brought in and not reach a definitive, put-it-on-the-books conclusion.

So let us clue you in: Admiral Fancy Pants, who lives in Long Beach, is about yeah tall — picture someone holding a hand a couple of feet of the ground — and he adores waddling, splashing about, preening his feathers, occasionally molting, and frequently dining upon delicious fish.

He is, in fact, a Magellanic Penguin, the newest of the colony at the Aquarium of the Pacific's June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

AFP, for short, penguin-strutted into his new home on March 15, but not without some important back story: The two-year-old male penguin has taken up residence at the aquarium as part of the "national conservation effort" overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Meaning that his keepers are fervently hoping that, one day soon, there might be new chicks at the Long Beach aquatic institution who'll call Admiral Fancy Pants their dad.

Newsome, another penguin seen at the Aquarium of the Pacific habitat, has moved onto a new location, also a part of the same conservation program.

There are some 20 penguins in the habitat, and if you've visited it before, you know they love to twirl beneath the waves, take breaks on the shore, and exhibit a lovable amount of curiosity.

Surely Admiral Fancy Pants is fitting right into the splashy scene. 

There's other news from another splashy scene at the aquarium, one that isn't too far from the penguins' pad. Shelby, a senior harbor seal who has lived at the Long Beach destination since she was 3, marked her 21st birthday on Wednesday, March 22.

The comically sweet seal, of course, had at treat-packed party, the kind of tasty to-do that befits barky, flipper-famous celeb.

Photo Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific]]>
<![CDATA[100 Iconic Marilyn Monroe Photos Up for Auction ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:59:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Monroe-5-edit.jpg More than 100 Marilyn Monroe photos featuring the iconic star's early Hollywood career will be sold through Julien's Auctions online collection in an auction that ends Sunday.

Photo Credit: Julien's Auctions/Douglas Kirkland ]]>
<![CDATA[NASCAR Returns for Auto Club 400 Race ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:24:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Monster_Nascar_Race_1200x675_905646659998.jpg

The energy drink company Monster will be sponsoring NASCAR in the Auto Club 400 in Fontana this weekend. Jonathan Gonzalez reports for NBC 4 News at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.  

<![CDATA[NASCAR Returns to Southern California This Weekend]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:57:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/3-24-17+NASCAR+thumbnail.JPG

NASCAR is coming to Southern California for the Auto Club 400 in Fontana this weekend, but NBC4's Jonathan Gonzalez got to take a ride ahead of the big event. Jonathan Gonzalez reports live for Today in LA on Friday, March 24, 2017. 

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<![CDATA[Family Reunited After Toddlers Found Safe Inside Stolen Car]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:13:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/17498987_739299022911611_3656795903458178363_n.jpg

A family was reunited Friday morning after two missing boys were found safe no more than 10 miles away from where a thief took their babysitter's car with the two toddlers still inside.

Carlos Cortez, the thankful father of the boys, expressed how grateful he was after hearing his "babies" were found safe in a Facebook post Friday morning.

The person who stole the vehicle has not been located.

Jayden, 1, and Carlos Cortez, 2, were in their babysitter's car when she stepped out for an errand. An unknown suspect stole the white 2016 Honda Accord around 6:45 p.m. Thursday with the boys inside.

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert Thursday night.

After an 8-hour-long search, the toddlers were found inside the abandoned car Friday around 2:40 a.m. The car, which was left with its engine still on, had been parked at a church in the 17400 block of Bubbling Springs Road in Desert Hot Springs.

The boys were taken to a hospital for evaluation and were later reunited with their family, authorities said.

Photo Credit: Cathedral City Police Department
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<![CDATA[Huntington Wisteria: The New Big Bloomer]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:13:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wisteriaarborhuntington.jpg

March around Southern California can be so flowery, so suddenly, that a local blossom buff can hardly know where to turn.

Do you try Lake Elsinore, for poppies, but very early, and maybe on a weekday? Or Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, for a host of arid-awesome bloomers, and also on a weekday, due to extreme interest? Should you go in search of the delightful daffodils that spring up around Twin Peaks and Lake Arrowhead?

Choices, choices, and more choices, with the added time constraint that wildflowers traditionally have a pretty notable window.

That window is definitely still open for many places as we roll into late March, and the Sierra petals haven't even truly begun to make a showing, up in the higher elevations, but there are some flowers hitting their showy strides at some Southern California public gardens as March winds down.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is the spot for a vivacious line-up of lovely buds, but let us highlight one that's rather unusual: the wisteria.

It's a purple drape-down gem, the kind of plant we look up to admire as it sprawls across pergolas and trellises.

This makes wisteria enjoyment a bit quirky, in the sense that California poppies and Death Valley sunflowers are of the stare-down genus while wisteria is firmly in the look-up family (or look-ahead).

But don't fall too deeply into the beautiful brevity of the moment, all while keeping your peepers solely trained on the wisteria flowers over your head; gaze also upon the many other petals springing up at the Japanese and Chinese Gardens, which is where wisteria may be found at The Huntington.

It can be a pleasure to fall into all of that purple, in a spring reverie, but there are other flowers doing their whole "look at me!" show, too, at the 120-acre San Marino-based landmark.

Unlike many out-in-the-country wildflower spots, there is an admission charge to The Huntington. But it is closer to home for many flower fans, too, and finding a thick pergola of lavender-hued wisteria is a sight that belongs to a public garden or other private space (such as the homes of the recent Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival).

Is it poppies or wisteria for you in the coming days? A wide 'n wild expanse or a carefully tended garden? Orange sunshine or purple deep? 

Most nature-obsessed seekers would likely love upon both. But don't dally too long, for flower blooms have their yearly moment and then fade away for another, long-off day.

Photo Credit: The Huntington]]>
<![CDATA[Statue Day: Celebrating Shaquille O'Neal]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:40:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3371092.jpg Shaquille O'Neal gets his statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center on Friday, March 24, 2017. Take a look back at his career in photos.

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<![CDATA[Driving with Danica: Fred Roggin Goes For a Ride]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:13:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/roggin+with+danica.PNG

When Danica Patrick tells you to get behind the wheel, you listen. Fred Roggin shares a few laughs and a candid conversation with NASCAR's leading lady in advance of this weekend's Auto Club 400 in Fontana.

<![CDATA[Woman Stranded in Car After Driving Over Downed Power Lines]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:17:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Downed_Power_Lines_on_Car_Leaves_Driver_Stranded_1200x675_905409603985.jpg

A woman was stuck in her car for hours when she drove over some downed power lines in Monterey Park. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

<![CDATA[Whittier Residents Rescue Puppy Stranded in Flood Channel ]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:50:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dog-rescued-edit.jpg

Residents in South Whittier came together Thursday to rescue a puppy who was stranded in a flood control channel for three days.

After failing to get local authorities to help, the good Samaritans took to the Whittier Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page to bring awareness to the helpless puppy. They received many responses from people looking to save the pup.

A man and a woman ended up climbing down into the channel and luring the small dog to them. They eventually carried the dog out of the channel and lifted it to safety inside a large bag.

"He was so scared when I first got him. He was shivering," said Yvann Montoya, one of the Whittier residents who helped rescue the pup. "I was able to lure him with some dog treats."

The puppy was transported to the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter in Downey for a check-up by a veterinarian. The shelter will hold the dog for five days, to see if the owner comes forward. If the dog isn't claimed after the fifth day, it will be open for adoption on the Los Angeles County Animal Shelter site with an ID number of A5043611.

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<![CDATA[Toddlers in Amber Alert Found Safe Inside Stolen Car: Police]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:30:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/blurred-toddlers.PNG

Editor's Note: The article has been updated to reflect that the boys have been found.

The two boys that were in the backseat of a car while it was stolen were found safe inside the abandoned vehicle early Friday in Desert Hot Springs, police said.

Jayden and Carlos Cortez were found by Riverside County Sheriff's deputies inside the abandoned white Honda Accord, with its engine still on, at around 2:40 a.m. parked at a church in the 17400 block of Bubbling Springs Road, Cathedral City police said.

Jayden, 1, and Carlos, 2, was taken to a hospital for evaluation and have since been reunited with their family, authorities said. 

The person who stole the vehicle has not been located.

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert Thursday night after a thief took the car with the two toddlers in the backseat.

An unknown suspect stole the white 2016 Honda Accord at around 6:45 p.m. in the 31500 Block of Whispering Palms Drive. They were last seen heading to Ramon Road, according to NBC affiliate KMIR. The car has tinted windows. The license plate is 7TJR654.

The boys were in their babysitters' car when she stepped out for an errand and someone stole it.

There were no immediate details about the person who took the car.

Anyone with information regarding this crime can contact Det. Alirio Moulin at 760-770-0381 or Sgt. Alberto Ruiz at 760-770-0320.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested in Carjacking, Kindapping Outside Jail]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/kidnap-arrest-hesperia.jpg

A 24-year-old woman from Hesperia who was trying to bum a ride outside a jail Wednesday was accused of carjacking and kidnapping an elderly woman just five hours after her first arrest, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department said. 

Monique Irene Cadena was arrested on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping hours after she was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

Fontana police officers arrested Monique Irene Cadena at 10 p.m. on Sierra Avenue and Foothill Boulevard when they found her in a 2004 Hyundai Sonata that was reported stolen.

Cadena had been arrested earlier in the day in Victorville, but was released around 5 p.m.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said that when she left the facility, she spoke to people in the visitor area of the jail asking them for a ride.

When she couldn’t find a ride, officials believe she saw the Hyundai running, hopped in and took off with an elderly woman inside. A witness in the parking area noticed the older woman yelling for help and quickly reported what she saw to a deputy.

Cadena later dropped the senior off at a gas station near Cherry and Valley Avenues. The woman was found at the gas station unharmed and taken back to the jail to be interviewed and reunited with her family, authorities said.

After searching for Cadena and the car, Fontana police found Cadena and arrested her without incident. She was transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for carjacking and kidnapping.

Cadena was being held on $250,000 bail at West Valley Detention Center and is expected to appear in a Rancho Cucamonga courtroom for arraignment Friday if criminally charged by prosecutors, according to booking records.

Photo Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Sought in Pasadena Murder]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:23:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/24_Year_Old_Man_Killed_in_Pasadena_1200x675_905233987710.jpg

Police have released a sketch of a man wanted for a double homicide. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 6p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

<![CDATA[Sea Turtle Tangled in Balloon Rescued]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:08:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/gturtle.PNG

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Thanks to two videographers that’s just what one sea turtle is doing Thursday.

Angel Hernandez and Bryce Trevett spotted what they thought was a balloon in the water off the Palos Verdes Peninsula on Tuesday, but when they got closer they realized it was a sea turtle tangled up with a balloon and string.

"This is why you always want to throw away your balloons after your parties," Trevett said in the viral video that the men posted to YouTube. "Sea turtles, they like to eat things like jelly fish, so it’s pretty easy to mistake a plastic bag or one of these shinny balloons for jelly fish."

Hernandez and Trevett frequently like to film sea life in the ocean. They said it’s common to see balloons in the water. The two are hoping to pitch a show to Netflix or Hulu about the importance of protecting sea life and they say this video is an important step in spreading that message. 

"It's amazing," Trevett said. "We feel good we reached that many people with that message... just with that video."

Trevett Scooped up the turtle and cut the balloon line with a knife. The duo released the turtle back into the water but not before naming him Crush after a character in one of Trevett’s favorite films, "Finding Nemo."

Photo Credit: Bryce Trevett and Angel Hernandez ]]>
<![CDATA[Double Slaying May Have Been Part of Gang Feud: Police]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:48:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/3-23-17-Slaying.JPG

Pasadena police this week said they believe an investigation into double slaying in January was part of a gang feud that goes back to December and is likely connected to at least one other killing in the area.

Police hope a composite sketch of one of the men involved will help lead to an arrest.

The man is described as black with a medium complexion, between 25 and 30 years old, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11 inches tall, and weighing about 215 pounds.

He's one of four men wanted for the killing of two people on Claremont Street in Pasadena on Jan. 6.

It wasn't until police put out a request for information from the public this week that witnesses came forward with new information which led to the composite sketch.

"For us to have something of this magnitude is something we take serious," said Lt. Jesse Carrillo, of the Pasadena Police Department. "We do our due diligence to investigate and we often do this in collaboration with our communities."

One of the victims was Antoine Sutphen, 23. He and the other victim were attending a vigil for another man who was shot and killed nearby in December.

Police believe both shootings are related and are looking into whether a third shooting at the same corner the next day is also connected.

Police believe the violence is connected to a feud between gang members from Pasadena and gang members from Duarte.

<![CDATA[Police Hunt for Motive in Pastor Attack]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:52:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/pasgor-attacked.PNG

A pastor is recovering from hip surgery after he was attacked, but detectives and family members aren't revealing the identity of a man who went after him.

The pastor's son said Thursday Rudy Trujillo's two-hour surgery went well, but he doesn't know why his father was attacked.

"Those who know him know he's a wisecracker, he's a jokester," his son Joshua said. "He's still keeping very positive and very strong in his faith."

Witnesses and the victim said a former member of his church attacked the pastor outside a building where he frequently has meetings. It was all caught on video as several surveillance cameras were posted nearby. The pastor's son Joshua said there's cellphone video of the attack that he hasn't seen, but detectives with San Fernando police have yet to release any footage, and have asked family members not to identify the accused attacker until they can investigate.

"I don't know a specific dispute that he had with my dad, but I've heard the same stories and comments that he's having major issues," Joshua said.

In addition to surgery, Trujillo also needed stitches on the back of his head.

Priscilla, the pastor's daughter-in-law, was also shaken up by the attack.

"I just lost my father a month ago on Valentine's Day. Just to hear the fact someone did this to him his very hard," she said.

Truillo is a well-known pastor in the San Fernando area who works with the mayor's gang reduction and youth development program. His son says his father was organizing an event next week to stop gang violence and they've already talked about the importance of forgiving his attacker.

"We already know that our faith requires us to love those that hurt us, to extend forgiveness. We know that love is greater than hate and forgiveness is greater than vengeance," Joshua said.

Police said they are still looking for attacker and are urging him to turn himself in. The family was told it would be a six-week recovery from the hip replacement surgery.

<![CDATA[Social Worker Arrested on Suspicion of Sex With Minor]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:27:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/mugshot-sexassault-t52.jpg

Police were looking for additional potential victims after a social worker was accused of having sex with a minor, the Los Angeles Police Department said Thursday.

Ruben Alonso Herrera, 26, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor after allegedly meeting the victim in his capacity as a contracted social worker, LAPD said.

The man was arrested in the 8400 block of Cedros Avenue in Panorama City.

He was being held on $25,000 bail.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services said Herrera was not employed with the agency, therefor not a county employee, but the agency was still reviewing whether he was a contracted employee.

Detectives with the Mission Division's Sex Crimes Unit was seeking possible additional victims as they believe there may be other unreported incidents.

Photo Credit: LAPD]]>
<![CDATA[Eggslut Glendale: Now Open]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:54:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eggslutglendale.jpg

No one would ever dare taunt a pancake, and few of us would want to snicker at a sweet roll or badger a bun. 

All breakfast food is to be enjoyed, appreciated, and devoured. Fact.

But a very impressive contigent of breakfast eaters have moved into a particular corner over the last decade, and it is a corner scented with eggs and bacon and sausage and slices of melty cheese and, almost above all, really toothsome, incredibly grippable, tie-it-all-together bread.

That corner we speak of belongs solely to the breakfast sandwich, which, of course, has been around as long as breakfast and sandwiches. In recent years, though, restaurants have been blithely experimenting with gourmet-quality sandwich add-ins, with local egg-porium Eggslut at the front of that innovative pack.

The company's beloved brioche bun, and those considerable queues out front of the truck and stores, are clues that something a little dif is afoot in the whole morning sammie game. What began as a food truck, then an always busy stall at Grand Central Market, is now a boutique eggery with outposts in Las Vegas and Venice.

And, as of March 23, 2017, Glendale, on Brand Boulevard, not far from Colorado.

It isn't all about eggs and other proteins and carbs stuff in a hunk of brioche at Eggslut. Coddled eggs, too, have gotten the love, and an egg salad boasts a hold-it-together elixir that's straight-up honey mustard aioli.

Where will The Sluts — those are the memorably monikered coddled eggs — get to crackin' next? No yolk: Eggslut is on the up and up and up and up, as is our nearly universal devotion to incorporating the sandwich format at every meal of the day.

Surely a dessert sandwich is the next soon-to-be classic around town?

Eggslut Glendale is located at 252 S. Brand Boulevard.

Photo Credit: Eggslut]]>
<![CDATA[Alligators Find Love at the LA Zoo]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:59:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ReggieTinaGator.jpg

Love comes in all shapes and sizes even for alligators. Reggie, the alligator at the Los Angeles Zoo has a new love interest.

Tina the alligator came to the LA Zoo in August 2016 after 18 years at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. The 100-pound reptile lived in an enclosed pond area on the property, soon becoming a "beloved local icon," according to the humane society.

Staff determined Tina would benefit from a larger habitat. That’s how she met Reggie. But it wasn’t love at first sight.

"It was a somewhat bumpy introduction period when she initially moved into his 'bachelor pad,'" the zoo wrote in a Facebook post about Reggie and Tina Thursday. "But they're now happily swimming, floating, and sunning themselves together in their Louisiana-inspired swamp habitat."

Experts don't expect Reggie and Tina to breed but there seems to be no love lost between these two.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Zoo via Facebook ]]>
<![CDATA['Harry Potter' Universal Ride: Cool Update]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:28:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/Harrypotterforbidden2382323.jpg

We live in the kind of city where "frames-per-second"-themed conversations happen as frequently as we chat about our favorite canyon hikes, secret beach coves, froyo toppings, and sunset-watching spots.

And with reason: When Hollywood is your home, an ideal viewing experience, which is very much related to how quickly we're seeing pictures over particular window of time, becomes an everyday, but still essential, kind of topic.

It's a topic that stretches beyond the cinema, too. Take Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, for example, the twisty, rollicking, head-over-feet thrill ride inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

If you know this comin'-right-atcha attraction, you just might know that the film has been, in the past, projected at a 60 frames-per-second rate.

Hold onto your broomsticks and tell your owls to fly far faster: Universal Studios Hollywood, the home Wizarding World, has now doubled that frame rate, to 120 frames-per-second, lending the visuals a richer flow.

Merlin's beard! That's certainly as exciting as catching The Golden Snitch on your first try.

This 4K-HD experience is on now, providing magic-seeking guests with a deeply you-are-there, oh-so-immersive adventure. An adventure that has a lot of enchantment in its soul, yes, but also the very up-to-date-iest technology.

How to see it? You'll need a ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood, which gives you access to the Hogwarts-handsome area.

And area that will soon celebrate its very first anniversary, in early April. How many times have you been? Are you ready to change it up, frames-per-second-style, on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?

Then don your house hues and head for the newest incarnation of the popular ride.

Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood]]>
<![CDATA[Boy's Laugh a Symptom of Rare Form of Epilepsy]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:02:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/LaughingEpilepsy_Cover.jpg

Justin Cho has always been a happy child. So his parents never gave it much thought when he would laugh. But after Justin suffered an epileptic seizure at home, hospital tests showed that his laugh was the symptom of gelastic epilepsy. The laugh was actually the result of seizures caused by a lesion inside Justin’s brain. In the past, the only treatment was risky open-brain surgery. But UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital surgeons used a different technique that involves inserting a tiny laser through a small incision in the skull. They then use GPS technology to locate the lesion and destroy it. After the surgery, Justin was able to get back to his favorite activities – like soccer – almost immediately. Now when his family hears him laugh, they know it’s the result of genuine joy.

Photo Credit: UCLA Health]]>