<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 28 Jul 2016 07:34:55 -0700Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:34:55 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Midnight]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:57:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/07-28-2016-pet-week-midnight.jpg

Midnight is the pet of the week for Thursday, July 28, 2016.

She is a 3-month-old spayed female who came to the shelter as a stray. She's a  docile kitten who likes to be held.

ID: A1637957

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)

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<![CDATA[Stolen Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Compton]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:27:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/COMPTON_PURSUIT_WEB_IMAGE_2_1200x675_733834307656.jpg

Deputies are searching for a driver who led officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle early Thursday morning in Compton, authorities said.

The pursuit occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the area of Compton and Slater avenues, according to the Compton Division of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The pursuit ended in the area of 133rd Street and Slater Avenue. A deputy shot at the driver, who then fled, authorities said.

Sheriffs set up a perimeter in the area of El Segundo Boulevard near Centennial High School searching for the driver in the car. 

It was unknown whether the driver was hit or if he shot at deputies, authorities said.

No deputies were injured.

Refresh this developing story for updates.

Photo Credit: Loudlabs]]>
<![CDATA[Search for Driver After Car Plows Into House Killing 1]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:16:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/car-hits-homes-072716.JPG

Witnesses rushed to help after a car plowed into a prayer group at a Harbor Gateway home, prompting a search for the female driver Wednesday evening.

"I was like, 'did that really happen?'" Charry Madduma, a witness, said.

First responders confirmed 11 people, many of them elderly, were inside the home and pinned by the runaway red sedan just after 8 p.m. at 14837 S. Orchard Ave.

Witnessed rushed to help as the woman behind the wheel ran from the crash, leaving mangled bodies in her wake.

Five went to the hospital with critical injuries. One person died.

Authorities were searching for a female driver connected to the crash though no identification was found in the car.

Photo Credit: On Scene]]>
<![CDATA[Chelsea Tops Liverpool at the Rose Bowl]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:03:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Liverpool-Chelsea-7-27-16.JPG

In a surprisingly vicious preseason game, Premier League heavyweights Chelsea FC beat Liverpool FC 1-0 at the Rose Bowl in front of 53,117 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Wednesday's match started off with a headed goal from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill via a Cesc Fabregas corner, as the Blues took the early lead only 10 minutes into the contest. From there, though, the match was marred by fouls.

By halftime, the teams had combined for four yellow cards and a violent head collision that resulted in Liverpool's Marko Grujic not returning for the second half.

While the first half had its violent incidents, the second half provided the most gruesome moment of the match, as Chelsea midfielder Fabregas put his cleats into Ragner Klaven on a reckless challenge. The match referee did not hesitate to pull the red card, and the Blues played down a man for the remainder of the hot summer night.

However, Liverpool was unable to find a gap through Chelsea's defense over the final 20 minutes of the match. As such, Chelsea improved to 1-0 in the International Champions Cup, which is a preseason friendly tournament involving some of Europe's top clubs.

Next, Paris Saint Germain and Leicester City meet at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Shahan Ahmed]]>
<![CDATA[Mysterious Light in California Sky Was Chinese Rocket]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:30:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/234*120/mustery-light-streak.JPG

A mysterious light that streaked across the sky Wednesday night, igniting a social media firestorm from California to Nevada and Utah, was a Chinese rocket re-entering Earth's atmosphere, according to U.S. Strategic Command.

Videos and photos from across Southern California poured into NBCLA's Twitter feed after the light went streaking across the sky. The light was seen in skies around 9:30 p.m. PST over the Inland Empire, Ventura County, Orange County and beyond. Social media users also reported seeing it in Nevada and Utah.

Matt Holt, a Bay Area resident, shot video in San Jose of a large cluster of lights shooting across the sky to the bemusement of a large crowd.

U.S. Strategic Command spokeswoman Julie Ziegenhorn wouldn't say if the Chinese CZ-7 rocket ever posed danger to people on the ground. She said the command often sees re-entries.

Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, told the Los Angeles Times the Chinese rocket launched on June 25.

"Anytime you have a report of a luminous object, it's a fair bet it's a natural event," said Ed Krupp, Griffith Observatory's director of 45 years. "It's likely space debris or a meteor produced by interplanetary debris."

Krupp said it wasn't so much what the object was composed of that caused the light, but what the atmosphere around it was doing.

"Typically a small pebble that enters the Earth's atmosphere at that high altitude and is heated up by the friction that it encounters will become so hot that it will in fact cause the air around it to glow -- kind of a tube of glowing air -- maybe as much as 10 miles in diameter."

Photo Credit: Matt Holt
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<![CDATA[Governor Jerry Brown Criticizes Donald Trump in DNC Speech]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:18:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/194*120/JerryBrown9.JPG Among the many criticisms Governor Jerry Brown had for Donald Trump in his DNC speech, his biggest one was Trump's denial of climate change. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Arrest Made After Body Discovered in Shallow Grave]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:41:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160727-colton-body-buried.jpg

A man was arrested, after he allegedly led police to a shallow grave in a Colton backyard where he said his neighbor's body was buried, officials said Wednesday.

The investigation began about two weeks ago as a possible missing persons case involving Gary Titus, the man who owns the home, the Colton Police Department said. A family member had asked officers to perform a welfare check on Titus.

Officers went inside the home and were not able to find him or anything that aroused suspicion, police Cpl. Ray Mendez said.

On Monday, the Titus family asked police to check again, and that's when officers say Flávio Delgadillo approached them about Titus. Delgadillo said he was doing some landscaping work for Titus in the backyard, Mendez said.

Delgadillo allegedly also told police that he recently got into a physical altercation with Titus and then showed them where the body was buried in the backyard.

"It's shocking seeing two neighbors right across the street and this happens," said neighbor Ruben Castaneda.

Neighbors described Titus as a nice, quiet man in his 60s. They shared a similar opinion about Delgadillo.

Police have not released information about a possible motive for killing. They are also not confirming if the body belongs to Titus until the coroner positively identifies the remains.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Deaf Dogs Rescued From Sand Fire Find Home in Prison]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:13:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/deafdogs4.JPG The owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America decided to evacuate the animals from their Santa Clarita kennel Sunday night, after the fire started moving closer and closer to the property. Though they were not under mandatory evacuation, Mark and Lisa Tipton decided they were better safe than sorry. They said they're lucky the prison opened its doors.

Photo Credit: Deaf Dog Rescue of America]]>
<![CDATA[Testing Finds Fecal Bacteria in LA River Water]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:02:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lariver-bacteria-test-072716.JPG

Amid a flurry of planning to revitalize the Los Angeles River and increase recreational activities like kayaking, issues about contamination of the water were raised Wednesday.

"We found, unfortunately, there are high levels of bacteria in the water," said Katherine Pease, a Heal the Bay biologist who directed the water quality testing.

The study focused on two river stretches used for kayaking. All of the water samples taken last summer from the river in Elysian Valley contained levels of the indicator bacteria Enterococcus exceeding federal standards, as did half the sampling done in Sepulveda Basin, according to the Heal the Bay report.

Pease believes most of the pollutants come from untreated runoff channeled to the river by storm sewers.

"Our storm drain system is a huge culprit," she said.

The study quantifies a bacterial presence that had already been known. In fact, when approved kayaking in the Elysian Valley stretch began in 2013, signs went up with warnings to avoid swallowing the water or allowing it to contact the face, and advising that river water should be washed off from skin. Swimming in the river was specifically not permitted.

"From the beginning, we've given instructions about incidental contact with water," said Steve Appleton, co-founder and owner of LA River Kayak Safari, which offers guided kayak tours through Elysian Valley.

Kayakers occasionally fall into the water, but seldom get fully immersed in the shallow LA River. Appleton is not aware of any earaches or gastrointestinal distress or other illness from exposure to the river water, he said.

Once the principal source of drinking water for the fledgling city of the Angels, when its population was less than 100,000, the river underwent a metamorphosis during the first half of the 20th century when its principal role shifted to flood control. Much of the natural riverbed and banks were lined with concrete. The river has remained under the management of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Momentum to "revitalize" the LA River has been building in recent years. The Army Corps of Engineers is considering options for restoration of an 11-mile stretch near downtown. River LA, a corporation set up by the city of Los Angeles, is developing a master plan for the river's entire 51 mile length, from its headwaters at the west end of the San Fernando Valley to its mouth in Long Beach Harbor. River LA has retained architects including the renowned Frank Gehry.

River LA recently published an index of data for nine focus issues, including water quality.

The deadline for complying with federal water quality standards remains more than a decade away. 

"We definitely hope the study will encourage water quality improvements in the river," Pease said.

Simple steps include public education encouraging citizens to avoid runoff from yard watering, and to pick up animal defecation. Capturing and treating stormwater runoff is more difficult and expensive.

Appleton supports the development of long-term plans, but believes short term measures can make a difference.

"We should take the fastest possible approach," Appleton said.

But in the Elysian Valley, there is also suspicion that improvements to the river are driven by economic motives for development.

Using the riverfront area's longtime nickname of Frogtown, residents have organized as FROG — Frogtown residents Opposing Gentrification.

They welcome improvements to river water quality, but not restoration of the river, said member Alejandro Palomino.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Use Drone to Catch Illegal Fireworks]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:04:08 -0700

The Rialto Fire and Police departments took to the skies to fight illegal fireworks this Fourth of July. This year they added a drone to their effort to stop illegal displays.

Firefighter Ryan Cathy was the pilot. He said the anti-fireworks taskforce decided to use the drone as an experiment.

"We wanted to use it as a test to see how it would work," Cathy said. "[Illegal fireworks] are a big problem for us here."

The night of July Fourth, they launched the drone and sent it into neighborhoods that were calling in reports of illegal fireworks. Cathy navigated the drone, looking for the source of the illegal launches.

"I tried to fly it over the rooftops to stay away from the aerials," he said. "Usually they launch them from the street or the backyard."

Cathy pinpointed locations for the fireworks and let the ground crews know where to go.

The operation was not without its limitations — the drone could only stay in the air for 28 minutes before it needed to recharge.

"I launched it about five times that night," Cathy said. "We only have one [drone] so our resources were taxed pretty quickly."

The Rialto Fire Department is hoping to obtain five more drones, Cathy said. They're also applying for an exemption from the FAA so that more firefighters can become certified drone pilots.

This Fourth of July, Rialto firefighters confiscated more than 500 packages of illegal fireworks weighing more than 1,000 pounds altogether, the department said. Firefighters and police wrote more than 80 citations for illegal fireworks, a 400 percent increase from 2014, when they started issuing citations.

With more resources, Cathy said they plan to use the drone for active shooter situations and fires.

"We would use the drone to take a shot of a fire from above," he said, "to see where the air conditioning units are, where the windows are and where the flames are, so firefighters can go in knowing more about the situation."

<![CDATA[Elderly Man Shoots, Kills Wife in Venice Murder Suicide]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:40:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Elderly_Man_Shoots_Kills_Wife_in_Venice_Murder_Suicide_1200x675_733553219714.jpg Police were investigating a murder-suicide in Venice. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Deaf Dogs Rescued From Sand Fire Find Home in Prison]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:08:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deafdogs.jpg

Nearly 50 deaf dogs threatened by the Sand Fire have found a temporary home: behind bars. The rescue dogs are waiting out the fire in the Lancaster prison.

The owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America decided to evacuate the animals from their Santa Clarita kennel Sunday night, after the fire started moving closer and closer to the property. Though they were not under mandatory evacuation, Mark and Lisa Tipton decided they were better safe than sorry.

"We knew if we had an issue in the middle of the night, [we] would be here alone with 45 dogs to load up," she posted on the rescue's Facebook page. "Not a can-do."

But the Tiptons had a hard time finding a place that could hold all of their animals, which they've rescued from across the U.S. They were ultimately invited to bring them all to the prison, where Mark Tipton operates a dog training program, Karma Rescue.

"We arrived to find the man-cages ready for the dogs," Lisa Tipton said, with "food, water, beds, and igloos."

The couple returned to their home Sunday night, planning to show up to the prison for the dogs' breakfast the next day. Lisa said she was amazed at what she saw when they arrived.

"The inmates had handled breakfast beautifully," she said. "They were getting the dogs out for exercise and cleaning their runs... I have never, ever seen anyone clean up dog poop with such glee."

The dogs, even the ones that aren't always comfortable around strangers, were just as happy, she said.

"[They] were thriving under their care," she said, "and had wagging tales and smiles on their faces."

The Tiptons said they're happy their dogs had such a warm welcome.

"To see incarcerated men of all races working so beautifully together to help others is a really amazing experience," Lisa Tipton said. "If they had turned us away, with 97 degree [heat], we would've had dead dogs in the trailer."

The dogs will likely stay in the prison through the end of the week, until the fire is more contained.

Now the rescue is looking for donations to cover the expenses of moving the dogs. You can donate to the shelter on their website.

Photo Credit: Deaf Dog Rescue of America]]>
<![CDATA[Protests Continue Into Day 3 at DNC]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:59:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/07-27-16DNC.jpg Some Bernie Sanders supporters planned to express dissent when President Barack Obama takes the DNC stage. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[Rays Even the Score with Dodgers]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:35:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Evan+Longoria+Homer.png

The Dodgers have identified the enemy, and it's name is left-handed pitching. 

Tampa Bay southpaw Matt Moore allowed no earned runs and Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run as the Rays recorded their first victory at Dodger Stadium 3-1, over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a matinee performance on Wednesday.

LA is the basement dweller of the big leagues when it comes to hitting against left-handed pitching. The Dodgers are batting an MLB-worst .218 against left-handed pitching with a paltry 22 home runs and 76 RBI against southpaws this season.

Moore (7-7) was probably fully aware of LA's Achilles heel and he used their weakness as his strength on Wednesday. 

The left-hander allowed one run (not earned) on four scattered hits with five strikeouts in 6 and 2/3 innings in what may have been an audition for team's looking to lock up Moore at the trade deadline. 

"I'm here (with the Rays), and it doesn't feel like I'm going anywhere," Moore said of the trade rumors that surround him. "This season hasn't quite gone the way that a lot of us in the clubhouse expected it to go, but we're still here."

The Dodgers got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when they recorded an unearned run in the most unlikely of ways. 

After a two-out walk to Joc Pederson, A.J. Ellis singled to right-field, advancing Pederson to third. Minutes later, Ellis uncharacteristically broke for second, attempting to steal the first base in his nine-year career. 

Tampa Bay catcher Luke Maile tried to throw out his counterpart, but the ball got away, bouncing into centerfield, allowing Pederson to score from third and give the Dodgers an early lead. 

Maile made good on his mistake in the fourth inning when the Rays broke through off LA starter Brandon McCarthy.

Longoria blasted a two-run home run off the right-hander and Maile knocked in a run with an RBI double four batters later as the Rays scored three runs in the inning, all the runs Moore would need on the day. 

McCarthy (2-1) recorded his first loss in a Dodger uniform in two seasons as the California native saw his undefeated streak snapped at nine games.

"It was actually kind of a body letdown," McCarthy said of the disastrous fourth inning. "You can fool yourself for a while. 'I can keep going, I can keep going.' But eventually, the heat sucks it out of you." 

Temperatures reached triple digits on the field as the humidity reached record-highs on the field.

McCarthy's fatal mistake came on a curveball, the third such pitch of his fourth-inning encounter with Longoria. 

"I don't want to say I was sitting on it…" Longoria said of the curveball he homered off of. "But, I'm sure he didn't want to that with it."

LA's three-game winning streak was snapped, but Howie Kendrick—who saw his 16-game hitting streak also snapped a night prior—hopes to start a new streak as he finished 2-for-3 with a walk on Wednesday.

The victory was Tampa Bay's first at Dodger Stadium in franchise history as the American League East team was swept back in 2013 in their only other appearance at Dodger Stadium.

Overall, the Rays and Dodgers split a four-game series that saw each team host two games at their own ballpark this season.

LA wasted another opportunity to move up in the standings as their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, lost 2-1 at home to the Reds earlier in the day. The Dodgers remain 2.5 games behind SF for first place in the National League West.

Players of the Game:

Evan Longoria: Go ahead two-run home run.
Matt Moore: No earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts in 6.2 IP.
Howie Kendrick: 2-for-3 with a walk.

Three Takeaways:

1. Grand Theft: Dodgers' catcher A.J. Ellis stole the first base of his career (537th game) on Wednesday allowing the Dodgers to score the first run of the game. The steal was important not just for inaugural nature, but because Ellis had a bet with manager Dave Roberts in the preseason, promising an expensive dinner to the veteran catcher if he was able to swipe a bag. "I think he was pretty pleased," Roberts said after the game. "Big steak dinner." Teammate Clayton Kershaw made sure the team saved the second base bag as a souvenir for Ellis.

2. Head Over Heels: Rays' first baseman Logan Morrison made the play of the game when he fell head over heels into the stands to make a spectacular catch in the seventh inning.

3. Long Ball for Longoria: Evan Longoria hit his 23rd home run of the season, and more importantly, the first ever home run in Tampa Bay Rays history at Dodger Stadium.

Up Next:

Rays (39-61): Tampa Bay has a travel day on Thursday as they return to Florida where they will host the Yankees on Friday.

Dodgers (57-45): Los Angeles also has an off day before Kenta Maeda takes the mound on Friday as the Dodgers host the D-Backs for three.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Tied Up, Robbed in Sherman Oaks Home]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:01:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160727-sherman-oaks-home-invasion.jpg

Police were asking residents to be on high alert after home invasion robbers struck in Sherman Oaks, tying up a woman who freed herself and escaped, police said Wednesday.

The robbery was reported at about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of Ventura Canyon Avenue, said Sgt. S. Gottschalk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Station.

The woman walked out her front door to make sure her garage was closed when she was confronted by three armed suspects, Gottschalk said. The suspects, armed and wearing ski masks, forced her back into her residence where she was tied up while they robbed her, he said.

The woman managed to free herself and escape to a neighbor's house where she called police, Gottschalk said.

Police searched the area but the suspects were gone, he said.

The suspects took $60,000, jewelry and personal property, police said.

The suspects could not be spotted in surveillance footage, police said.

Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: OnScene.TV/KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Cleaning Phos-Chek Fire Retardant]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:19:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/firedropphoschek.gif

As the 38,000-acre Sand Fire reaches 40 percent containment in its sixth day, and many evacuated residents are allowed home, they may arrive to find their houses, cars, and even sidewalks covered in bright red fire retardant.

The Rancho Cucamonga-based company that makes the retardant, called Phos-Chek, along with Angeles National Forest Service Office Tuesday provided tips on how to clean the product.


  • Don't power-wash Phos-Chek. If using a higher pressure power-washer, the tool may force the product deeper into whatever is being cleaned, especially porous services like concrete, advised George Matousek of ICL Performance Products LP in Rancho Cucamonga. If you power-wash Phos-Chek, it might never come off.
  • Don't let pets eat the Phos-Chek, and be careful not to leave standing water that may have run off from washing.
  • The retardant has the ingredient ammonia, and may burn if it gets into cuts, so avoid getting it on your skin.


  • Rinse the Phos-Chek off of your home with water from your garden hose as there is no need for pressure higher than that. The Phos-Chek is 100 percent water soluble. Wet the red retardant down with the hose, wait 15-20 minutes and repeat, and the Phos-Chek will begin to come off.
  • The sooner you wash it off with water, the better.
  • Sometimes the Phos-Chek sticks to more porous surfaces like a roof, wood or sidewalk. Use a soft bristle brush to speed things up.
  • If it gets on your skin, wash it with gentle soap and water. Use a moisturizer as many fire retardant chemicals are drying to skin.

Good news:

The good news for the person who doesn't have time to clean it is the product should fade in direct sunlight over two weeks to two months, Matousek said. In Southern California and other parts of the country that see a lot of sun, exposure will fade the product until it's almost invisible, depending on how much sun it gets.

Photo Credit: 808 Fire/LSM]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Caught Smuggling $160K in Crystal Meth at LAX]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:29:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/MethStoryPhoto.jpg

A 27-year-old woman from San Ysidro, California, was arrested July 18 at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities found $160,000 worth of crystal meth hidden in the lining of her suitcase, customs officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed the woman's nervous behavior and conducted a secondary search of her suitcase, where they found 11.24 pounds of crystal meth in tape-wrapped packages, officials said.

The meth was confiscated, and the woman, who was arriving from Guadalajara, was arrested and turned over to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents for further investigation. 

"Once again, the training, expertise and commitment of our LAX CBP Officers prevented dangerous narcotics from entering and harming our community," said Mitchell Merriam, port director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at LAX.

Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection]]>
<![CDATA[Hello Kitty Food Truck Returns to SoCal ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:15:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/HELLOKITTY.JPG

Hello Kitty fans, get ready: the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is back in Southern California.

The bright pink truck will be back for round two in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, serving up Hello Kitty-themed macaroons and mini cakes, among other sweets. Thirsty? The truck serves sodas, tea and coffee drinks featuring Portola Coffee Lab coffee.

Hello Kitty collectibles, such as T-Shirts and coffee mugs, will also be available for purchase.

The mobile cafe has been driving around the country after its debut in 2014 at the first annual Hello Kitty Convention in LA. Last September, the truck made its first stop in Rancho Cucamonga, drawing over 500 customers.

The truck will be parked from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Victoria Gardens, on 12505 N. Main St. in Rancho Cucamonga. 

Can't get enough Hello Kitty? A Hello Kitty pop-up restaurant opened last week at the Irvine Spectrum Center, selling the same goodies and sweets, all with that iconic red bow.

Photo Credit: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Facebook Page]]>
<![CDATA[Elderly Couple Wins Temporary Reprieve From Eviction]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:27:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/07-18-16HelenandHank.jpg

An elderly couple thrust into the public spotlight when word spread about their pending eviction from the house they owned for half a century caught a break this week when a judge gave them a 60-day reprieve.

Hank and Helen Kawecki are being kicked out after they say their grandson defrauded them out of the deed, defaulted on loans and lost the house to foreclosure.

"Being kicked out of your home of 56 years is one of those things that can't be reversed very easily," said their attorney, Ed Elrod. "It affects your comfort. It affects your stability."

The Kaweckis faced a deadline to move out of their Thousand Oaks home by Wednesday. But they got a last-minute reprieve when a judge ruled Tuesday that they could stay for 60 more days.

Doug Emerson, the couple's neighbor, said their grandson convinced them to turn the deed over to him with the promise of supporting them financially for the rest of their lives.

The grandson mortgaged the property with loans, defaulted on the loans and lost the home, Elrod said.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is investigating the case, but detectives have made no arrests.

The Kaweckis have filed a lawsuit alleging fraud.

More than 2,000 people donated more than $76,000 for the couple on a GoFundMe page as of Wednesday evening.

Dennis Block, the attorney representing Coastal Capital Group LLC, a private lender that currently owns the house, said he sympathizes with the Kaweckis, but every day that they remain there, his client loses money.

"We're not arguing that they're not a victim," said Block. "But what we are arguing is that my client is a victim too."

Photo Credit: Courtesy/Doug Emerson]]>
<![CDATA[LAPD Sued for Withholding Records]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:43:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/lapd+cruiser.jpg

Muslim activists are suing the Los Angeles Police Department for withholding records about a long-stalled Muslim mapping plan that was "postponed indefinitely" due to public concerns over religious profiling.

Muslim Advocates, a nonprofit legal advocacy group, alleges in a lawsuit filed this week that the LAPD has offered "evolving justifications" for its refusal to produce the records.

First officials said they didn't exist, then they produced a handful of emails from a time well after the program ended, court documents said. Then LAPD officials said that the search for records would be too burdensome.

"The LAPD's arguments are not credible," court records said. "Indeed, they are contradicted by documents and statements authored by the LAPD itself, as well as by reliable press reports."

Muslim Advocates said that after repeated requests to refine the records request, officials at the LAPD have ceased responding, thus necessitating a lawsuit.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which voiced strong opposition to the program but is not a party to the lawsuit, said the government should be transparent.

"Any singling out of people of any faith, including the Muslim faith, for increased government scrutiny would violate the equal protection and freedom of religion guarantees of the U.S. Constitution," said Ahilan Arulanantham, the legal director of the ACLU of Southern California. "The government should be transparent about the processes that led it to initiate this misguided program and then to rescind it."

LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera, a department spokeswoman, said she couldn't comment on pending litigation.

Then-LAPD Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing, who headed up the counterterrorism bureau at the time, talked about the "Community Mapping" plan in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

He said it would "give our officers increased awareness of our local Muslim communities" and identify Muslim enclaves to determine which might be likely to become isolated and susceptible to "violent, ideologically based extremism."

Shortly after the announcement the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other Muslim rights activists, sent an open letter to the LAPD opposing the plan.

"There was a clear message from the Muslim community that they were not comfortable with it. So we listened," said Mary Grady, an LAPD spokeswoman told The Associated Press at the time.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rams Officially Release Nick Foles]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:35:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rams-release-Nick-Foles.jpg

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Rams officially announced that the team had released quarterback Nick Foles.

The news came with little surprise, as the Rams had traded up to pick quarterback Jared Goff with the no. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. With Case Keenum also on the roster, Foles appeared to be the odd man out, and the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback did not take part in offseason workouts, with Rams coach Jeff Fisher hinting that the team would be looking to trade the quarterback.

With training camp starting on Saturday for the Rams and no trade forthcoming, Fisher and company finally decided to release the quarterback considered surplus to requirements.

"We have been in contact with Nick and his representation throughout the offseason and we feel that this is the best decision for all parties involved," Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said in a team statement. "We appreciate the contributions that Nick has made to our organization in his time as a Ram and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."

Foles originally joined the Rams in 2015 via trade, started 11 games and threw for 2,052 yard and seven touchdowns during the 2015 NFL season.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Tie Up Woman in Sherman Oaks Home Invasion Robbery]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:18:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3_Thieves_Tie_Up_Woman_in_Sherman_Oaks_Home_Invasion_Robbery_1200x675_733332035765.jpg A Sherman Oaks resident said three men tied her up overnight while robbing her home. The woman managed to free herself and call the police, who are still searching for the suspects. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[Community Rallies Behind Football Player Battling Cancer]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:45:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-27-16-Kistner_Strong.jpg

Family, friends and teammates are rallying behind a community college football player battling cancer at a fundraiser at TGIFridays in Ontario.

The event was being held to raise money for medical expenses for first-season Chaffey College offensive lineman Ryan Kistner who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as Edwing's sarcoma.

"I don't have kids of my own, so my athletes are my children," said Justin Caudill, an equipment manager for the community college in Rancho Cucamonga whose mother is a breast cancer survivor and helped organize the event. "When one of my kids is in a battle, I'm all in."

Kistner, a bright, upbeat kid who loved being a team leader, got sick last winter and was diagnosed with cancer in March, Caudill said.

"He came into the coaches' office after winter break and I remember saying, 'something does not look right,'" Caudill said. "He was yellow, very weak-looking."

Until recently Kistner had to endure tough daily workouts on the community college team, but he now undergoes grueling chemotherapy sessions, with stretches that can last seven straight days in the hospital. His father, a high school football coach, recently took a leave of absence to take care of his son.

Despite his condition, Kistner has dropped in on a couple of team practices this summer with his dad, looking happy and positive, said Kiyoshi Harris, one of the team coaches.

"Knowing his personality, he's a strong kid," Harris said. "If anyone is up for the challenge, it's him."

Caudill wears a red T-shirt that reads #KistnerStrong, which he has been selling to raise additional funds for the family. So far, he has sold over 120, and hopes to sell more at the fundraiser that runs through Thursday at the TGIFridays at 3351 Centre Lake Drive in Ontario.

"The team has rallied behind Ryan, and the community has rallied behind him," said Caudill. "It really shows what community can mean to someone."

<![CDATA[California ISO Issues Flex Alert]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:12:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/power_lines_generic1.jpg

State power grid operators asked residents to conserve power into Thursday evening during another hot day in Southern California.

A Flex Alert was declared for the peak power use window of 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cal ISO, the state's independent system operator, issues the alerts when the power grid is stressed by high demand during hot days.

"Electricity supplies statewide are expected to be tight because of high summer temperatures driving up demand, power plant outages, and transmission line import capacity reductions," the agency said in a statement. "Power imports may be limited today because of high temperatures in neighboring states."

The alerts are calls for voluntary conservation to help balance supply and demand.

Conservation Tips

  • Set thermostat at 78 or higher and turn off, if away
  • Cool with fans and draw drapes
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
  • Use major appliances in morning or late evening

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive-heat warning for a vast swath of California's southeastern region. Heat advisories are posted for the high deserts, Coachella Valley and the Anza Borrego desert.

Coachella Valley residents, who last week endured scorching temperatures that triggered a heat advisory, might see temperatures well into triple digits. Highs of 110 to 112 degrees are expected for Coachella Valley cities each day this week, with Thursday and Friday expected to bring the hottest temperatures prior to a "minor cooling" period next week.

The NWS issued a heat advisory for Riverside County last week, amid sweltering conditions that included a new minimum temperature set for Indio on Friday.

Photo Credit: clipart.com]]>
<![CDATA['Cowboy Gun Bandits' Convicted in Robbery Spree]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:20:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-genericsla-nbc4-logo.jpg

Two Los Angeles men have been convicted of carrying out a string of mostly small-scale robberies attributed to the "Cowboy Gun Bandits" -- so named because of a distinctive long-barreled Colt six-shooter used in the heists.

Dominic Dorsey, 48, of Hollywood, and Reginald Bailey, 71, of Jefferson Park, were convicted by a downtown federal jury of conspiracy to interfere with interstate commerce in violation of the federal Hobbs Act, and five specific Hobbs Act robberies and five counts of using a firearm during the robberies.

The pair each face a mandatory 107 years behind bars for the weapons charges alone when they are sentenced Nov. 14 by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder. Prosecutors said each of the robberies was captured on surveillance camera, showing the masked thieves wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and face-obscuring bandanas.

However, in one instance, prior to an Encino gas station robbery, Dorsey's face and distinctive sneakers can be seen on video as he bought and pumped gas -- before he returned to rob the place wearing the same shoes and driving a similar car, prosecutors told the jury. As for the supposed "cowboy gun" that gave the case its name, the Colt 1873 revolver was never recovered.

The conspiracy count in the indictment alleges that Dorsey and Bailey participated in the winter 2013 robberies of gas stations in Woodland Hills, Newhall, Encino, Thousand Oaks and Atwater Village, and a Citibank branch in Glendale, a robbery that netted more than $55,000.

Investigators used the video footage to determine that one of the robbers was missing part of his left ring finger, like Bailey, prosecutors said. Each of the six Hobbs Act violations carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The gun violations carry potential life sentences, but also would bring mandatory minimum sentences of seven years for the first count and 25 years for each of the four additional counts.

<![CDATA[Drone Seized After Interfering With LA Brush Fire]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:49:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-27-16-Fire.png

Los Angeles police have seized a drone and are looking for its operator after the device interfered with authorities fighting a small brush fire burning alongside a freeway.

LAPD Officer Tony Im says a helicopter couldn't drop water on the fire Wednesday for fear of a possible collision with the drone.

The fire burned along State Route 134 in the Eagle Rock area and was contained in less than an hour.

Images posted on social media show the small white drone flying just beneath a firefighting helicopter.

Im says police were able to seize the drone after seeing it land but haven't found whoever was flying it. He says the operator could face a charge of unauthorized use of a model aircraft.

Photo Credit: Heather Brooker/NBCLA]]>
<![CDATA[Portuguese Phrases to Use for the #Rio2016 Olympics]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:01:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579466538-rio.jpg

Welcome to Brazil. Bem-vindo.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro takes place on Aug. 5, but a few competition will kick off two days earlier on Aug. 3. Whether you are headed to the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city) to cheer for Team USA from the stands or watching the cream of the world's athletes from home, we have put together some key Portuguese phrases you can learn to use throughout the Rio games.


Hello - Oi! (Oi)

Goodbye - Tchau (Chah-ooh)

Good morning - Bom dia! (Bom gee-ah)

Good afternoon - Boa tarde! (Boa tar-dee)

Goodnight - Boa noite! (Boa noy-chee)

How are you?: Tudo bem? (Too-doh bang?)

Well: Bem (Bang)

Great: Otimo/a (oh-chee-moh/mah)

Bad: Mal (Mau)

Horrible: Pessimo/a (Peh-see-moh/mah)

More or less: Mais ou menos (Mah-ees oh meh-nos)

My name is...: Meu nome é [your name] (Meh-oo nom-ee eh)

Please: Por favor (Pohr fah-vor)

Do you speak English?: Fala inglês? (fah-lah eeng-glehz?)

Thank you: Obrigado(m.)/Obrigada(f.) (Oh-bree-gah-doo/da)

Sorry: Desculpe (Des-coo-pee)

You're welcome: De nada (Dee nah-dah)

Hugs - Abraços (Ah-bra-soos)

Kisses - Beijos (Bey-joos)

See you later! - Até a proxima (Ah-teh ah pro-see-mah)


Olympic Terms:

Olympics - Olimpíadas (Oh-lim-pia-das)

Opening Ceremony - Cerimônia de abertura (Cer-i-mon-ia de bar-tu-ra)

Go Team USA! - Força Estado Unidos! (For-sa Eh-sta-dos Oo-nee-dos)

Good luck! - Boa Sorte (Bo-ah sort-chee)

Go for gold! - Vai para ouro! (Vye pah-ra oh-roo)

Cool! - Legal (Leh-gow)

Congratulations! - Parabéns! (Pah-rah-bangs)

Gold - Ouro (Oh-roo)

Silver - Prata (Prah-ta)

Bronze - Bronze (Brawn-zee)

Medal - Medalha (Meh-dah-leeya)

Champion/s - Campeão/Campeões (kuhm-pee-ah-ooh/Kuhm-pee-oins)

Swimming - Natação (nah-tah-sah-ooh)

Gymnastics - Ginástica (zheh-nash-chee-kah)

And lastly, Nossa! Club-goers may have heard this word before thanks to the popular dance song by Michel Teló that repeats the word in the chorus. It’s used as an exclamation, similar to "wow!," and is a shortened form of the phrase "Nossa Senhora" which translates to"Our Lady," referring to the Virgin Mary. You will definitely hear a lot of Brazilians shouting this when amazing things happen during the games, so feel free to join in.

Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Senior Couple Dead in Murder-Suicide]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:58:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wright-death.jpg

Neighbors were horrified by an apparent murder-suicide in Venice Wednesday, saying that by all accounts, the couple loved each other and were lifelong best friends.

When the 85-year-old woman, Nancy Wright, got Alzheimer's, her husband Jack doted on her, until apparently he saw no other way out. The two were found dead in their Venice home Wednesday morning.

"I know they always said they'd live and die together," said neighbor Diana Bergamini, who said she has known Jack and Nancy Wright for more than 50 years.

The Los Angeles Police Department was called to the couple's home in the 1000 block of Palms Boulevard at 7 a.m.

Investigators said construction workers building a home next door found the body of 83-year-old Charles "Jack" Wright hanging from a tree in the back yard. He'd also been shot.

"It appears the husband killed the wife and then took his own life afterwards," said Lt. John Radtke.

His 85-year-old wife Nancy was found shot to death in a front bedroom.

LAPD officers said they found a lengthy suicide note from Jack explaining he and his wife had previously discussed a murder-suicide plot.

"Based on his note, she suffered from dementia and pain," Radtke said. "It looks like they contemplated this for a while."

Bergamini said she never saw a couple so in love. They were inseparable -- retired teachers from Palisades High School.

Nancy's worsening dementia caused her to become increasingly agitated in recent months, Bergamini said.

"He said he was losing sleep. She wandered the house. He changed the locks so she wouldn't go out," Bergamini said.

California's Right-to-Die law legalizing assisted suicide took effect in June but requires the patient to be able to make health decisions, and have an illness that would end their life within six months, so it would not have applied in the Wright's case.

"I think it's a desperate decision and for him to take his life also," Bergamini said. "To know if she's going, he's going -- when he was completely healthy and had lots to live for."

The Wrights had no children, but are survived by several nieces.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Palisades High School ]]>
<![CDATA[Egyptian Theatre to Show Nitrate Films]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:22:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*121/EgyptianTheatre_BisonArchives.jpg

When a cinema goes for a major update in its projection booth, it typically adds a whole buffet of bells and whistles. A full tech upgrade is the norm, in short, the sort of upgrade that includes the latest cutting-edge whizbangery that guarantees a theater is ready to face the near future.

The Egyptian Theatre, however, is about to take a tantalizing trip to the past via its next projection booth update: It's kitting out its technology in order to screen nitrate movies, movies that were made with a film stock not seen in regular use since the beginning of the 1950s.

"Cellulose nitrate was the standard film stock in commercial use from the earliest days of cinema until it was discontinued in 1951," says a statement from the Hollywood landmark. "Widely agreed to possess a uniquely beautiful image quality, the stock was highly flammable and was replaced by cellulose acetate 'safety' film." 

Some nitrate films didn't stand the test of time, but those that have can only be viewed at "a handful of theaters equipped to screen them" around the country. The Egyptian will soon join that small and rare class once the retrofitting is complete.

The Film Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Turner Classic Movies, the Academy Film Archive, and American Cinematheque are all working with on the major projection booth project.

"When I was told that one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the country could be retrofitted for nitrate projection, I was overjoyed, moved, and excited by the potention," said filmmaker Martin Scorsese, the founder of the Film Foundation.

"I hope this is the beginning of a trend. The art of cinema developed with nitrate from its beginnings to the early '50s, and the silver content gave us a luminosity and a richness that was never quite matched by the safer stocks that followed or digital reproduction," continued the director.

The Egyptian Theatre, which was founded by cinema-creating visionary Sid Graumann, will mark its centennial in 2022. As for its current projectors, the ones that can screen 35mm and 70mm on widely used film stock?

Those machines remain at the Hollywood Boulevard venue. But with the projection booth update, the theater will be equipped to screen a notable breadth of movie types, including those historic, hard-to-find, silver-rich nitrate works that many thought they'd never experience in a theatrical setting.

Photo Credit: Bison Archives]]>
<![CDATA[Police Seek Attacker Who Hit 2 People With Hammer]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:22:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/east-la-hammer-atack-suspect-040616.jpg

Investigators are attempting to determine whether two hammer attacks this month are connected to similar assaults earlier this year.

The two most recent attacks occurred in Boyle Heights at Grande Vista Avenue, south of Union Pacific, on July 9 and at New Jersey and Savannah streets on July 21.

The victim in the July 9 attack was assaulted after approaching a man who was looking through his items under a bridge. The man was struck in the head several times, losing consciousness before he was hospitalized.

In the July 21 case, a person was a dog was struck from behind in the head with a hammer. That victim also was hospitalized.

Both injuries were not considered life threatening.

A witness described the attacker as a White male with long brown hair, black baseball cap, gray flannel shirt and carrying a backpack.

A man and a woman were injured in separate attacks March 25 in the East Los Angeles area. A $15,000 reward was offered for information about the attacks.

Call 323-342-8900 or 323-342-8900 to provide information about the assaults. 

Photo Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Several Injured in Glendale Apartment Fire]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:24:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/glendale-apt-fire-072716.PNG

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Wednesday night at an apartment building in Glendale that left several people injured, officials said.

The fire was reported at around 1:28 a.m. and was extinguished at 1:48 a.m. in the 1130th block of North Columbus Avenue, according to the Verdugo Fire Department.

It was unknown how many units in the apartment were affected. One apartment home had extensive damage to the kitchen area.

It was unclear how many injuries were reported.

One person was taken to the hospital, officials said. The status of their condition was unknown.

Whitney Irick and Annette Arreola contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: KVEA]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Displaces Music Composer Caring for Husband]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:11:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/sandfire_couple_displaced_072716.PNG

The home belonging to an accomplished music composer who cares for her Alzheimer's-stricken husband, is now part of the charred remains and devastation caused by the Sand Fire.

Jan Sanborn and her husband Loren Jane lost their Santa Clarita home of 18 years in the destruction of the Sand Fire, which had burned more than 37,000 acres and was only 25 percent contained on Tuesday.

Sanborn is a Christian music recording artist and educator at Cal State University Northridge. She and Jane escaped from their home on Little Tujunga Canyon Road Friday before the flames reached it.

"We got the call at midnight. We were sound asleep. We grabbed the dog, the clothes on our back, a couple of documents, and ran," Sanborn said.

Sanborn now speaks for her husband who lives with Alzheimer's disease and is non-verbal.

Forever perished in the fire were memories and keepsakes the couple accumulated, like Jane's scrapbooks which documented moments in his illustrious 50 years of working as a Hollywood stuntman.

"He was Steve McQueen's double his whole career. He was a stuntman for 50 years and founded the stunt man's association," Sanborn said.

Sanborn and Jane did not have homeowner's insurance when their house was destroyed by the fire. The two are currently staying with friends in Los Angeles.

Despite the loss, Sanborn said she and her husband will look forward in faith one day at a time.

"Focus on the positive, and with a great deal of thankfulness, because we do have a lot to be thankful for. We got out and we can start over."

Friends have set up a GoFundMe account for anyone who wants to help the couple.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[No Use in Crying Over Spilt Beer?]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:29:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/162*120/beer-spill6-072616.jpg

Photo Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Very Good Dog: K-9 Rescues Kidnapped Girl]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:51:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/k-9+and+handler.jpg

A K-9 named Deja was a doggone hero Tuesday after tracking down the scent of a kidnapped girl and not resting until she was rescued in Rancho Cucamonga.

A girl went missing from her home around 3 a.m. Tuesday, prompting a search in the mountains, according to the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.

Deja and her San Bernardino County Sheriff's Twin Peaks Station handler arrived, helping to find the girl after she was seen being taken by an unknown man into the woods.

The girl's purse was found in the area, and deputies found drag marks.

Deja jumped into action, sniffing around the girl's tracks. Deja began trailing the scent up into a wooded area where a house was found.

The dog sniffed all the way up to the front door, refusing to leave.

The reason why: The girl was inside of the home, along with the man who took her.

The man was arrested for kidnapping.

Photo Credit: Rancho Cucamonga Police Department
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<![CDATA[Norris Outduels Archer in Dodgers Victory]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:39:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/Bud+Norris+versus+Rays.png

If the Dodgers are looking for a right-handed pitcher at the trade deadline, they may need to look no further than right under their nose. 

On a day that many experts described as Chris Archer's audition in Los Angeles, it was the "other" Dodgers pitcher they traded for that impressed. 

Bud Norris threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hung on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

"I don't know what's going to happen, but he's a great kid with a great arm," Norris said of Archer. "If something happens great, but as far as I'm concerned I love the group we have in here and want to go forward with the group we have."

After he was roughed up in Washington D.C. and in a relief role in St. Louis, Norris shined at Chavez Ravine on a night that all eyes were on the Rays' ace. 

"The best of Bud Norris you still have yet to see," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts said. "He wanted to be a Dodger and to give us a huge lift tonight was big."

Norris (6-9) allowed no runs on just two hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 scoreless innings as he earned his third victory in a Dodger uniform since he was traded to LA on June 30th

"After we got two runs on the board I got in a groove from there," Norris said of his start. "Once the ball leaves your hand it's out of your control. I made better pitches and got some defense behind me."

It was by far Norris' best start with his new club has he's posted a 3-2 record with a 4.40 ERA in six games with Dodgers this season. 

"I absolutely love pitching here at Dodger Stadium," Norris said after he received a standing ovation for his performance when he exited the game in the seventh inning. "I've pitched well here and obviously I love pitching in front of this crowd."

Clutch hitting carried the Dodgers in the early innings as the boys in blue scored two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Corey Seager and Justin Turner with two outs in the third inning. 

"Earlier in the year we weren't able to find that big hit," Turner said of the clutch hitting. "I got a slider that he left up and was able to hit a line drive to left. It's all about capitalizing off of opportunities, earlier, we couldn't win those one-run games and now we're finding ways to win them."

Turner has 15 RBI since the All-Star break and is batting a whopping .400 with three doubles and five home runs over that span.

Yasmani Grandal tacked on what would turn out to be a crucial insurance run when he sent an Archer fastball into the Rays' bullpen in right field for his 14th home run of the season.

"Obviously that was a very important run," Grandal said. "It's a game of little things, and today it was a big thing. Being able to get that extra run there was huge."

Archer (5-14) would leave after the inning, allowing three runs (one earned) with four scattered hits and eight strikeouts in seven strong innings in his first career start against the Dodgers.

"I felt like it was a good outing, but we lost the game," Archer said following the loss. "I like the strikeouts, but I want to win more and that's all I care about right now."

Archer is a trade target for many teams in the league looking for starting pitcher and may have made his final start for Tampa Bay as the trade deadline is just four days away.

"There's a lot of things made of his track record with Andrew [Friedman] but for us, he was just another opposing pitcher," Roberts said of the trade rumors swirling around Archer. "I wouldn't say it was a try out tonight. He has a pretty good track record."

Joe Blanton nearly let the Rays back in the game as he allowed three straight hits to start the bottom of the eighth and Tampa Bay got within a run before Luis Avilan saved the day with a strikeout and an infield fly to end the inning. 

Kenley Jansen ran into trouble in the ninth, but managed to escape the inning unscathed for his 30th save of the season. In doing so, jansen joined Todd Worrell and Eric Gagne as the only closers in franchise history with three 30-save seasons.

"It's not going the way I want it to go right now," Jansen said of his struggles on Tuesday and the past few games. "Sometimes you need to back off a little bit in order to get it back." 

The victory put the Dodgers a season-high 13 games over .500 as they remain 2.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the National League West. 

"We're playing good baseball right now," added Norris. "We're more worried about the name on the front than the name on the back. We have a good rhythm going and want to go out there every day and play hard."

Players of the Game:

Bud Norris: No runs on 2 hits with 6 strikeouts in 6.1 IP.
Yasmani Grandal: Home run.
Justin Turner: 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Three Takeaways: 

1. Grand Ol' Bud: Dodgers' pitcher Bud Norris became the 490th pitching in MLB history to record 1,000 strikeouts in his career on Tuesday night. The right-hander struck out six in 6.1 scoreless innings. "It means a lot to me and my family. It's a testament to how hard I've worked in my career."

2. Gotta Catch Em' All: Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Yasmani Grandal hit a solo shot into the Rays' bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning for his 14th home run of the year. Grandal's 14 long balls puts him in second in the NL for most home runs by a catcher, one behind Wilson Ramos who has 15.

3. Domo Arigato: It was Japan Night at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night and fans in attendance received a Kenta Maeda bobblehead.

Up Next:

Rays (38-61): Matt Moore heads to the mound on a Wednesday matinee at the Ravine.

Dodgers (57-44): Brandon McCarthy makes the start and looks to stay undefeated at 12:10 PM PST.

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

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rising Temps Cause Transformers to Overheat in Inland Empire]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:25:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/246*120/knbc-transformer-fire.jpg

The hot weather isn't just creating fire conditions in the foothills — it's also contributing to fires in residential neighborhoods.

At least five transformer fires have been reported this month in San Bernardino County, firefighters said. One fire Tuesday night on Lancewood St. melted the front of an SUV.

Firefighters said the fire started in an underground vault holding a power transformer. Luis Soto saw the flames shooting up from the sidewalk outside his house and called Rialto firefighters. Once they arrived, they had to wait to put out the fire until SoCal Edison cleared the scene.

"The thing with electricity is that often times you can't see it," Rialto firefighter Jake Ploehn said. "We stay back and we contact Edison. They confirm to us that the electricity is out and it's de-energized."

Fires like these are particularly dangerous, because the combination of electricity and flames can cause explosions.

SoCal Edison said the recent heat wave is pushing transformers to the limit.

"It's the same as running your car at a very high rate of speed day after day, after day," SoCal Edison spokesman Robert Villegas said. "Eventually you'll get some overheating."

Edison officials are asking people to do their best to conserve energy and avoid overtaxing the already hot transformers.

If you see a fire that seems to come from a transformer, firefighters said you should not try to put it out yourself, even if it's destroying your property. You shouldn't spray water on it either — if the electricity is live, it could travel through the water and electrocute you.

"You don't expect that to happen in front of your house," Soto said. "Just call 911 and get away."

Photo Credit: Luis Soto]]>
<![CDATA[Police Searching for Suspect in Riverside Sexual Assaults]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:09:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/suspectpics.jpg

Riverside police were asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in at least two sexual assaults involving two girls.

Police identified the suspect as Domingo Juan Andres, a Riverside area man between the ages of 18 and 20, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing around 160 pounds. He may also go by "Junior," they said.

Andres is the suspect in the sexual assaults of a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl, police said. The first assault occurred in 2015 in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside near Grove Avenue and Woodbine Street. The second happened earlier this year near Rutland Park in the 7000 block of Rutland Avenue, in Riverside's Arlanza neighborhood.

Police said Andres first communicated with both victims using Facebook Messenger. He later met the girls in person and allegedly sexually assaulted them. There may be other victims who have not yet come forward, detectives said.

The Riverside Police Department is asking anyone with information about Andres' whereabouts or other potential victims to contact Det. Everth Bercian at 951-353-7950 or at ebercian@riversideca.gov.

Photo Credit: Riverside Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Powerball Jackpot Hits $422 Million]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:29:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TLMD-california-loteria-powerball.JPG

Get your lucky numbers ready: the Powerball jackpot has grown to a whopping $422 million ahead of Wednesday night's drawing. It is the eighth largest prize in the game's history and the 11th biggest in the U.S.

The jackpot amount has rolled over 22 times since the last lucky winner. On May 7, a New Jersey family purchased a ticket matching all six numbers, winning more than $284 million.

Marvin and Mae Acosta were the last Californians to win the Powerball. They purchased the winning ticket in Chino Hills in January, but they didn't come forward until last week. They shared the record-breaking $1.586 billion jackpot with winners in Tennessee and Florida.

If someone matches all six numbers Wednesday night, they will have the choice between taking the $422 million prize spread over 30 years, or taking the lump sum, estimated at $291.8 million before federal taxes.

The winning numbers will be drawn Wednesday at 7:59 p.m. 

City News Service contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rams Single-Game Tickets to Go on Sale Thursday]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:46:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TOPIC_VIDEO_RAMS_KNBCBIA2_1200x675_729059395532.jpg

A limited number of Los Angeles Rams single-game tickets will go on sale Thursday morning through Ticketmaster.

Rams season tickets sold out at the beginning of July. About 56,000 people put down deposits for season tickets, and the team ultimately sold about 70,000. Fans who placed deposits but did not get season tickets were given priority for single-game tickets sold over the past few weeks. The team held back some of those tickets so that other fans would have the chance to see a game.

"Our fans have welcomed us home to Los Angeles with great passion," Rams Vice President Jake Bye said. "We are pleased to be able to offer them an opportunity to purchase a ticket to experience Rams football in-person during this historic season."

A Rams spokesperson said a "very limited number" of tickets will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday. The tickets start at $40, and the team expects them to sell out that morning.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will hold about 80,000 people for Rams games this fall, though it may expand to 90,000 for certain games, the spokesperson said.

The Rams will play two preseason games at the Coliseum before the regular season starts in September. The first will be on Aug. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys, and the second will be on Aug. 20 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Their first regualr season game will be on Sept. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.

<![CDATA[Man Buys Scratchers While Waiting for Food, Scores $5M]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:13:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lottery12.jpg

Andres Ramirez told the California Lottery he purchased several scratchers tickets one day in May while waiting for his food at a Whittier doughnut shop.

When he got home he scratched off the last one, a $20 MAX-A-Millions ticket, to find that it was worth $5 million.

He triple and quadruple checked the ticket, and then shouted to his wife, "We're millionaires," the California lottery reported.

Ramirez and his wife said they plan to use their winnings to buy a new house and take a vacation.

The Ramirez family aren't the only big winners. US Donut and Yogurt, owned by Michelle Ny, will receive a $25,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

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<![CDATA[DNC Day 2 Clinton Makes History as First Woman to Lead Party]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:46:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DNC_Day_2_Clinton_Makes_History_as_First_Woman_to_Lead_Party_1200x675_732794947922.jpg Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major political party. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on July, 26, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[Rape Survivor Sues Uber]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:28:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-26-16ubersuit.jpg

A Hollywood woman is suing Uber after being raped by one of the company's drivers, saying his light sentence prompted her to fight harder for justice.

Keather Taylor, 27, said she woke up naked in her own bed after hiring an Uber driver to take her to her boyfriend's place in July of 2014. There was a condom wrapper on the nightstand, and her toilet seat had been left up.

"I was so disoriented, because the last thing I remember is heading to the guy that I was dating, his house -- and I wasn't there," Taylor said. "I started to panic."

She began to put together the horrifying situation.

"Through waking up and noticing my toilet seat was left up, which I obviously wouldn’t have done, plus the condom wrapper on my nightstand, I started to panic," Taylor said.

Taylor and her lawyers believe the driver drugged the bottled water he gave her. DNA evidence helped lead to his conviction on sexual battery. Because of a plea deal, he served six months in jail.

But Taylor believes Uber is equally responsible for what happened.

"My biggest drive is just to let this never happen to anyone else in the entire world," Taylor said.

Her lawyers say the company's criminal background checks on its drivers aren't enough. They say fingerprinting technology could prevent future attacks, although Taylor's driver did not have a criminal record prior to 2014.

"That perpetrator may now think about it -- it will act as a deterrent to them," her attorney Samuel Dordulian said. "[They may think] that, 'if I was going to do this and think I can get away with it, maybe I can't.'" 

Uber did not respond to requests for comment. Its CEO recently told CNN that it does not fingerprint drivers to protect those who he says have been unfairly arrested; to give them an opportunity to work.

<![CDATA[Homeowners Could Be Reimbursed for Sand Fire Evacuations]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:07:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/78daf2afff734a49a10fc41ff7d5d8ab.jpg

The Sand Fire in Santa Clarita has caused significant physical and financial damage to the area, but there may be some relief for evacuees.

It's called additional living expense, or ALE — a basic provision in most renters' and homeowners' policies. Most people are already paying for it and many don't know it exists.

Your home and property don't have to be a total loss to file a claim. In fact, you could have no damages at all to report. ALE coverage kicks in when you have a forced or mandatory evacuation. So if you have to leave your home in a disaster like a brush fire and you incur costs associated with that relocation, save your receipts and file a claim, because you're likely covered if you have insurance.

"If you are ordered to a mandatory evacuation and you have expenses while you are ordered out of your home for a hotel or for meals, things that you need, cleaning — any of those things — those are reimbursable up to the limit of your policy," said Nancy Kincaid, spokeswoman for the California Department of Insurance.

Kincaid says it must be a mandatory evacuation.

The Department of Insurance says most people aren't even aware they've paid for the coverage so they never use it.

For more information on the additional living expense coverage, see the Department of Insurance's earthquake insurance and Residential Property Claims Guide at insurance.ca.gov.

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