<![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-usSun, 19 Feb 2017 18:07:45 -0800Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:07:45 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Interactive: Winter Storm Batters SoCal]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:20:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/big-rig-flooding-1280.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Historic California Floods in Photos]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:32:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/BM_Oroville_Flood_2438-2_Color_12_23_1964.jpg From the Great Flood of 1862 to this winter's soaking rains in Northern California, take a look back at some of the state's major floods.

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<![CDATA[Naked Parolee Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Mail]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:50:34 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/170219-daniel-rueda.jpg

A Riverside transient was in custody Saturday after the same police officer responded to two unrelated calls within minutes regarding the same man.

A victim witnessed the man stealing mail from her mailbox around 10 a.m on the 3200 block of Mulberry Street in Riverside. She confronted the suspect and recovered the stolen mail before he ran away. 

An officer with the Riverside Police Department responded to the mail theft complaint and got a "good description" from the victim.

The officer was then dispatched to a nearby alleyway with a naked person close to the intersection of Lemon Street and Hewett Street. The naked person was identified as the same man involved in the earlier mail theft.

Daniel Rueda, a 42-year-old transient, was arrested for mail theft, indecent exposure and parole violations.

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<![CDATA[Most Santa Clarita-Area Roads Reopened Following Major Storm]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:22:57 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632499320.jpg

Southern California's wet winter continued over the weekend as a historic storm swept through the region, flooding streets, causing mudslides and downing power lines. Several roads reopened Sunday after heavy rain subsided. 

Road Closures

  • Arizona crossings in Placerita Canyon
    • Golden Oak Lane remains closed
    • Meadview Avenue is passable only by truck
    • Quigley Canyon Road is now open
    • Choke Cherry Lane is now open
    • Oak Creek Avenue is now open
  • Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Crown Valley Road is now open
  • Bouquet Canyon two miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road to five and a half miles north of Vasquez Canyon Road is now open
  • Hasley Canyon Road at Del Valle Road is now open

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<![CDATA[Man Identified After He Was Found Dead in Submerged Car]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:44:37 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/victorville-submerged-021917.PNG

A man found dead inside a car fully submerged in storm waters on a day of widespread flooding and torrential downpour across Southern California that claimed two other lives was identified early Sunday, officials said.

Michael Douglas Williams, 41, a resident of Victorville, was identified Sunday by the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

The victim's car was in the area of La Paz and Pebble Beach drives, a Victorville residential neighborhood, Friday evening, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

Crews responded to reports of flood waters sweeping cars off the roadway.

When a rescue group reached the car, they found the victim dead inside.

One other man, 46-year-old Jerry Parker of Victorville, was rescued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department from the top of a partially submerged vehicle nearby, firefighters said. He was sitting on his car while flood waters swept around it, authorities said. 

A rescue helicopter hovered over Parker and he was hoisted up. He was not hurt. 

Williams' death was one among three in Friday's storm. In Sherman Oaks, a man died after being shocked by downed power lines.

On Saturday, a rescue crew found a teen's body in Arroyo Conejo Creek. He was reportedly swept into the gully amid the downpour.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Beauty After the Storms]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:54:10 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-beauty-storm-tn-2.jpg The sun is shining and skies are blue again in Southern California following a series of punishing storms.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot to Death While Ordering From Taco Truck]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:17:07 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/taco-truck-shoting-021917.PNG

A man ordering food from a taco truck was shot to death and two employees working behind a table near the truck were also wounded, a sheriff's deputy said Sunday.

The shooting occurred a little before 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 13500 block of Alameda Street, which borders Compton and Willowbrook, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

A brown sedan stopped next to the taco truck and a gunman got of the vehicle, walked up the sidewalk and opened fire, Alexander said.

A man ordering food was struck in the torso and was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

Two employees, a man and a woman, who were working behind a table were struck in the lower torso. Paramedics rushed them to an area hospital, where their conditions were not immediately known, she said.

The gunman got back into the brown sedan, which drove southbound on Alameda Street, she said.

Sheriff's homicide detectives asked anyone with any information to call them at (323) 890-5500.

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Activist Danny Bakewell Shares His Story]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:43:55 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Danny_Bakewell_1200x675_880425027859.jpg

We hear from civil rights activist, philanthropist and L.A. Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, as he tells his story in his own words for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

<![CDATA[11-Year-Old Boy is a Young Voice With an Old Soul]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:04:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/170218-motown-musical-prodigy.JPG

CJ Wright, an 11-year-old musical prodigy from Upland, is playing a young Michael Jackson in the Broadway hit "Motown the Musical." John Cádiz Klemack reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Woman Breaking Through Walls, Knocking Down Barriers at LA City Fire Department]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:56:11 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/170218-kris-larson.JPG

Kristine Larson became the first black captain and is now the soon-to-be battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Lolita Lopez reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Disney's First African American Animator Encourages, Inspires Students]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:16:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/170218-ron-husband-animator.JPG

Retired animator Ron Husband is one of the first African American Walt Disney Studios animators. Toni Guinyard reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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<![CDATA[NHL Bye Week Format Takes Center Ice]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:08:00 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-633229644.jpg

This is a story about stats, with a dash of opinion sprinkled in.

It's an honest question that should seemingly have a singular answer: how do professional sports teams perform after a bye week?

This question has been unearthed thanks in large part to a new scheduling change by the National Hockey League this season. After years of complaints by players that the season is too long and arduous, the NHL gave every team a week off for the 2017 schedule.

If you didn't notice that your favorite hockey team had a bye week, don't worry, you're not alone. The NHL's new schedule has snuck up on everyone, including the players.

Ironically, it was the players who negotiated for the extra five days of rest in the new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL. The NHL  Players' Association negotiated the "five-day bye week," which takes place between January 1 and March 1.

As part of the agreement, there is no practice for five consecutive days, with the team only allowed to practice after 4:00 PM PST on the fifth day.

Despite the fact that the extra week of rest should be seen as a good thing, the new break has many coaches across the league fuming.

"I think it's 100 percent wrong for player safety," Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock told the Buffalo News earlier in the season. "You've got so many games in such a short period of time and you're jamming in more. To me, the more days rest you can have by not playing back-to-backs and jamming it in, the healthier you have a chance to be." 

The NHL's "bye week" model follows the National Football League who first implemented a bye week during the regular season in 1990. Many believe that the extra week of rest in the NFL works in the favor of the team coming off a break, but statistics don't necessarily back that up.

In the NFL's bye week format, all 32 teams are given an extra week of rest during the course of the 17 week season. Proponents of the bye week believe that it gives players and coaches an extra week to prepare, scout, and game plan for their opponent coming off the break, not to mention, more time to heal from injuries.

However, in a five-year case study of how NFL teams performed after a bye week, ironically, the numbers suggest that the extra week of rest has little to no impact on the outcome of the game.  

Fantasy football players and sports book handicappers pay extra attention to teams on a bye week during the season, but according to Cheat Sheet War Room, the odds of a team winning a game after an extra week of rest are about the same as a coin flip. 

The study researched all NFL teams between the 2009 and 2014 seasons, with teams returning to the field after a bye week winning only 52.2 percent of the time, and losing 47.8 percent of the time.

While some teams like the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos were perfect over that span coming off a bye, other teams like the Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings struggled to get wins.

The numbers are even worse in the NHL with the bye week format set to end in a couple weeks. NHL teams are a shocking 3-9-1 this season in their first game following the mandated five-day break. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Kings became the most recent victim of the "rusty from rest" outcome.

"We didn't look at it as coming off a break. We just looked at it as coming home and trying to get a win," said Kings' head coach Darryl Sutter after his team lost to the last-place Arizona Coyotes 5-3 at Staples Center on Thursday. "I've watched a lot of these games where guys are coming off the break and the goaltenders are not very sharp. Team's are 3-9 this season after a bye. We would have liked to make it 4-8, but we couldn't get it done."

Kings' goalie Peter Budaj was the net-minder for the game against the Coyotes and he definitely did not look like the player who leads the league in shutouts and is in the top 10 of nearly every goaltending statistical category this season.

Budaj allowed two goals within a 16-second span in the first period that all but sealed the two-time Stanley Cup Champions' fate as they chased the game the remainder of the way.

The Kings showed some fight in the third period and outshot the Coyotes two-to-one, 44-22, over the course of the game, but it was the rust shown by Budaj that made the difference. The Czechoslovakian goalie allowed two easily savable shots to get past him late in a close game.

"It was definitely a factor," Kings' forward Tanner Pearson said of the rust coming off the bye week. "Hopefully, we got it all out of our system. It's tough. We just have to be able to wrap our heads around it, and go out there and do our jobs."

Theoretically, the extra week of rest should be beneficial to an athlete's body and their overall performance. After all, any trainer will tell you that rest and recovery are two non-negotiable components when it come's to allowing your body to operate at peak performance.

"It's tough, you want to get right back in the thick of things, but teams that are hockey-ready, teams that are playing a ton of games when you're on vacation on the beach, it's tough," New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall told NJ.com after the Devils lost 4-1 following their bye week last Sunday. "Over the course of time, it helps out a lot, being able to rest and heal injuries, but certainly a first tough game back."

Time will tell if the NHL's new bye-week format is beneficial or detrimental to teams. Sports schedules are grueling on the body and mind, and a much-needed reprieve from the monotony of the day-to-day can ultimately behoove an athlete in the long run.

Clearly, it's difficult for teams to jump right back into the thick of things following a week in which absolutely zero hockey activity takes place, but in the long run, it could be the difference during the final stretch run of the season when rest and health can decide whether or not a team makes a deep Stanley Cup run or heads home early.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Bruins Beat Trojans, Get Revenge on USC]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:13:39 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/UCLA-beat-USC-Lonzo-Ball.jpg

In front of a packed Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, the no. 6 UCLA Bruins entered Saturday's rivalry game against the unranked USC Trojans with revenge on their minds, and revenge is exactly what they got with a convincing 102-70 victory.

Steve Alford's team had won four straight since the shocking 84-76 defeat to the Trojans at Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 25, and Saturday’s game pushed the Bruins to their third straight win at home and fifth straight win over all. On the season, UCLA improved to 24-3 and 11-3 in conference.

Saturday's game started with the Trojans riding sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright to 10 early points and a five-point lead just past the quarter mark in the ball game. However, the Bruins managed to weather USC's early outburst.

From there, the Bruins called upon a raucous home crowd to surf to a fantastic finish to the first half and never looked back. Over the final 9:30 of the first half, the Bruins outscored the Trojans 30-13 to take a 46-34 lead, punctuated by freshman Lonzo Ball's deep three-pointer four seconds shy of the halftime break.

Ball, who is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, entered the locker room with nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Though the Trojans attempted to rally back and hung with the Bruins for the first 10 minutes of the second half, UCLA eventually blew the doors off the contest in an embarrassing manner. What was an 11-point contest with 10 minutes to play suddenly turned into a 20-point difference with six minutes remaining in the game.

The party was on in Westwood, as the Bruins continued to pile on.

After Ball ignited the crowd by completing an alley-oop, Bryce Alford hit a three-pointer to put the Bruins up by 30 points. At that stage, the fans began to clear out, but those who stayed behind witnessed Ball throw down another slam dunk before being substituted out. UCLA led 100-66 at that point, as the clock could not run out fast enough for the Trojans.

Ball exited the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Alford finished as the game's highest scorer with 26 points and six assists. Forward Thomas Welsh collected 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Leaf finished with 19 points and eight rebounds as the other forward.

"It's special. He's a great scorer for us," UCLA Coach Alford said about his son, Bryce, after the game. "He's phenomenal."

Boatwright led the Trojans with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

USC dropped to 21-6 with the defeat.

Next, UCLA heads on the road for two games in Arizona, starting with a game against the Sun Devils on Feb. 23.

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<![CDATA[Union Station's Donald Young Helps Others Get From Here to There]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:53:12 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/170218-union-station.JPG

Donald Young sat in segregation on the railway to ride to a better life and eventually became the face of the welcome desk at Union Station. Conan Nolan reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Tuskegee Airmen Share a Battle on Two Fronts]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:52:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tuskegee_airmen_1200x675_880422979836.jpg

One of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen Theodore Lumpkin shares his story of how he and the other Airmen helped win a war and change society. Beverly White reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

<![CDATA[WATCH: DeAndre Jordan Dunks Over DJ Khaled]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:01:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/DJ+Dunks+Over+DJ+Khaled.jpg

Yo DJ, pump this party up.

In his first ever All-Star appearance, Los Angeles Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan got the NBA Slam Dunk Contest started in exciting fashion as he jumped over celebrity, DJ Khaled, and his DJ booth to start the show.

Jordan was selected to go first, and brought the crowd at the Smoothie King Center to their collective feet when he brought out Khaled (and his keys), along with a DJ booth, complete with turn tables, and a microphone.

Khaled held a basketball over his head with his left hand, and with his right hand, was streaming live with his cellphone.

The other DJ, Jordan, easily lept over Khaled and dunked the ball to start the show, but Jordan simmered out in his second attempt, and missed out on the final.

Jordan told Mark Medina of the OC Register that he had practiced over 100 dunks entering the contest, but said he was "more nervous," to perform at the Dunk Contest then the All-Star Game itself. 

"I just think the worst," he told Medina on Saturday. "Getting hung out there, my shorts falling down, trying to do a dunk 20 times. I don't want the crowd giving me a pity cheer."

Indiana Pacers forward Glenn Robinson II and Phoenix Suns rookie Derrick Jones Jr. met in the finale, but both dunkers were underwhelming as Robinson III ultimately took home the trophy.

In case you missed it, Jordan's dunk of Khaled is below.

Got on my snap �� #wethebest #shining #GRATEFUL

A post shared by DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) on

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<![CDATA[Ski Trip is Reward for Family Escaping Car Fire]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:48:53 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IE_Mountain_Snow_1200x675_880407107724.jpg

With rain, snow, slick highways, wind, and fog--not to mention chain control--the powerful storm made it challenging to get to the mountains this holiday weekend. The Bettinger family of Orange County faced an even bigger obstacle: driving up to a ski resort, their car caught fire and burned intensely. Shaken, suddenly car-less, but undeterred, they found a way to finish their trip. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

<![CDATA[Santa Clarita Residents Help One Another With Storm Cleanup]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:53:24 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/258*120/170218-storm-cleanup.JPG

Residents and officials in Santa Clarita begin cleanup efforts following heavy rains. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. 

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<![CDATA[Teen's Body Found in Creek After Being Swept Away]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:51:43 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Thousand-Oaks-River.jpg

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department found a teen's body in a remote area of the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks on Saturday morning. The person was swept away by swift water during Friday's historic storms, officials said.

At about 2:30 p.m. Friday, the sheriff’s department received a call about three people stranded in Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks, Detective Timothy Lohman told NBC4. After rescuing the three people, detective learned a fourth person had been swept away by the strong current.

Officials continued their search efforts Saturday morning and found a man's body around 8:45 a.m. 

The man was identified Saturday as 18-year-old Josue Trinidad of Thousand Oaks.

Lohman said swift currents posed a serious danger during times of heavy rainfall.

"With situations like this the trails normally close during rainfall and the reason is because people don’t understand how fast water can rise," Lohman said.

"We had a lot of rain in the past couple of days so all of that water drains into these arroyos causing it to surge very quickly. If people are down in those Arroyos they don’t realize there might be an area where they might get trapped." 

The Conejo Valley trails and creeks are closed due to flood conditions.

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<![CDATA[Duarte Residents Begin to Recover After Storm]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:47:37 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Storm_Duarte_Burn_Area_1200x675_880394819999.jpg

Duarte residents say one neighbor's invention helped them avoid more extensive damage from the heavy rains. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. 

<![CDATA[How to Report Storm Related Damage in Los Angeles County]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:11:50 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17048765875081.jpg

Following heavy rains and powerful winds that drenched southern California this week, Los Angeles County officials are asking residents to report storm related damage.

Residents and business owners can complete an online damage assessment survey by clicking here or visiting www.211la.org and clicking on the banner for Damage Assessment Survey.

Residents can also call 211 LA County by dialing 211 to complete the survey and get information and referrals for assistance. The toll-free 211 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week

"This information will be used to determine if the County has enough damages to seek a Federal declaration for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration," Leslie Luke, OEM Deputy Director said in a press release.

The 211 LA County website also provides up-to-date weather outlooks, road closure notices and information on being prepared for emergencies.

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<![CDATA[Crowds March Through Downtown LA in Immigration Protest]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:07:03 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/2-18-17+march+2.JPG

A coalition of groups and activists marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday in protest of Trump's immigration policies, and to call on city leaders to make Los Angeles a sanctuary city, according to a statement about the event.

About 2,500 demonstrators gathered across the park from City Hall to protest President Trump's immigration policies, and about 25 Trump supporters were nearby to voice their concerns as well.

People gathered in Pershing Square for "Free the People Immigration March / Sanctuary for All," Saturday around 11 a.m. for a rally, before a march to City Hall which was slated to start at 12:15 p.m. 

The lengthy list of demands listed on a Facebook page for the event included, "an immediate stop to the ICE raids and deportations," for Mayor Eric Garcetti to make Los Angeles a sanctuary city, and for Los Angeles to refuse to work with ICE.

"We march today because we know where our power lies - it's here, locally. And it is here at the city and state level where we need to make sure our officials are doing what they can," said David Abud, an organizer for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, in a statement. "No excuses, and no exceptions."

Some 21,000 people said they were interested in attending the event on Facebook, and another 64,000 people marked they were interested.

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<![CDATA[Raw Video: Moorpark Street Flooding]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:22:59 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/02-18-2017-moorpark-street-flooding.JPG

Dan Buck captured this video of a flooded Moorpark Street in Studio City Friday Feb. 17, 2017.

<![CDATA[Katherine Heigl's Former Home Finds a Potential Buyer]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:04:46 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Heigl-Home-Thumbnail.jpg Actress Katherine Heigl's former Los Feliz home, listed at nearly $3 million, has found a potential buyer.

Photo Credit: Jo David/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Your February Storm Damage Photos]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:21:34 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3d67e2a8097c442c8cf262c59879cc10.jpg A Friday Feb. 17, 2017 storm turned out to be one of the strongest in years in Southern California with downpours and damaging winds. NBCLA users captured these images from around the region of downed trees, flooding and more damage.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Hodgson]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Engine Falls 50 Feet Down the Side of Freeway]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:55:22 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/fire-engine-falls-021717.PNG

Three firefighters managed to safely escape before their fire engine fell down 50 feet off the side of the freeway Friday in the Inland Empire.

The San Bernardino County firefighters were returning from a swift water rescue in the West Cajon Valley when they drove into a far right lane on the southbound 15 Freeway that was undermined due to runoff from the storm, said fire department spokesman Eric Sherwin.

The engine was hanging onto a portion of the remaining lanes, which gave the firefighters enough time to escape before it fell off the side, Sherwin said.

All three firefighters were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

There was a long-term closure of the southbound 15 Freeway from the 138 to Cleghorn as Caltrans assessed the damage.

West 138 reopened Saturday but the east 138 remains closed. 

Friday's storm was forecast as the biggest storm Southern California's had in years. Flooding, downed trees and power lines, sinkholes and numerous closures were reported all across the region.

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<![CDATA[Southern California Rain: Your Videos of Torrential Downpour]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:32:42 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/north-hollywood-rescue.JPG

Videos shared with NBC4 News on Friday showed flooded streets, downed power lines and mudslides in Southern California. 

<![CDATA[Person Found Dead Inside Car Submerged in Flood Waters]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:24:31 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police+lights+rain3.jpg

One person was found dead inside a car fully submerged in storm waters on a day of widespread flooding across Southern California, officials said.

The victim's car was in the area of La Paz and Pebble Beach drives, a Victorville residential neighborhood, Friday evening, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. When a rescue group reached the car, they found the victim dead inside.

One other person was rescued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department from the top of a partially submerged vehicle nearby, firefighters said.

Further information was not immediately available.

The death marked at least the second attributed to Friday's storm. In Sherman Oaks, a man died after being shocked by downed power lines.

<![CDATA[SoCal's Wettest Winter in Years]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:16:04 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/AP_17048602869388.jpg

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<![CDATA[Flooding Shuts Down Parts of 5, 110 Freeways]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:41:28 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/110-flooding-.jpg

Parts of freeways across Southern California were closing due to storm flooding, causing big problems for drivers during rush hour Friday night.

The 5 Freeway remained closed early Saturday at Lankershim Boulevard in Sunland, where as much as 3 feet of water pooled on the roadway. The lanes have since been reopened, according to Caltrans.

Burbank police also closed the northbound Buena Vista on-ramp to the 5 Freeway due to flooding.

The No. 1, 2 and 3 lanes of the southbound 5 in East Los Angeles remained closed early Saturday due to potholes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both directions of the 110 Freeway at Slauson Avenue reopened early Saturday morning after Caltrans closed it hours before due to flooding.

Despite warnings to stay away from the freeway, drivers still barreled through the barriers, and some vehicles got trapped in water that stood several feet high.

All road closures due to flooding in Los Angeles County were reopened by Saturday evening, according to Caltrans. 

NBC4's Mekahlo Medina, Marin Austin and City News Service contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[The Great Backyard Bird Count: It's On]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:26:13 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/swallowsshutterstock1.jpg

If you've ever broken out the old-timey phrase "what a day for ducks!," you were likely referring to soggy or damp weather, the kind of weather we imagine waterfowl might be excited about.

Ducks, let it be said, haven't yet been interviewed on this particular topic, as far as we know, so a final determination is still outstanding.

Soggy weather has arrived in Southern California, though, on the very day when one of the biggest bird-focused events around officially begins. It's The Great Backyard Bird Count, and people around the world will head outside from Friday, Feb. 17 through Monday, Feb. 20.

Not only will they be enjoying some fresh air, but bird buffs will be taking a look up in the trees, the sky, and all around, all to assist scientists in knowing more about those feathery, on-the-wing wonders who flit about our homes.

You don't need a degree in ornithological research to participate, however. "You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!," says the online HQ for The Great Backyard Bird Count.

The count, which was started by National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab for Ornithology, will turn 20 in 2018.

How to get your wings flapping on this project? Best register first — it is a brief set-up — and then commit to just 15 minutes of bird-counting. And that's not 15 minutes each day of The Great Backyard Bird Count, should that seem like a big time commitment.

Rather, you can choose your day, any part of the day, and count for just half of a half hour. (Though organizers do note you can, of course, spend more time observing during the long weekend.)

Just know that you'll be joining scores of sky watchers doing the very same thing you're doing. Some 160,000 people participate in the count, share the organizers.

Many people around our region have volunteered with "citizen scientist" programs through the Natural History Museum and other organizations. If you've wanted to participate in something that connects you with the natural world just beyond your front door, this birdly celebration is a good start.

What will you see, Southern California? A spotted sandpiper, dashing along the sand outside your window? A cactus wren perched upon the prickly pear near your kitchen? A crow holding court on the lightpost down the street?

One good thing to know, among many good things to know: Despite the catchy name, you don't have to stick to your home's immediate environs. A park is okay, or your favorite stretch of beach. Chirp your way over the FAQ so you can stick your beak into all of the helpful must-knows.

Ready to join avian enthusiasts the world over, all during the Presidents Weekend? Give 15 minutes and help science know more about those cherished sky soarers, our bird friends.

Yes, and lake- and stream-dwellers, too. It may be a day, or weekend, for ducks, but finding a few feather-rocking wonders around SoCal may be as easy as looking out your front window.

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<![CDATA[Thinking of Driving Through Flooding? Consider This]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:09:42 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Biggar_Water_Car_Social_1200x675_879943235577.jpg

With so much flooding on the roads, it may be tempting to try to drive through standing water. NBC4 meteorologist David Biggar explains how a small amount of water can cause big problems.

<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Shocked by Downed Power Lines]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:25:41 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Aerials_Storm_Weather_Rain_Chopper_1200x675_879663171783.jpg

A 55-year-old man died Friday after coming in contact with downed power lines in Sherman Oaks during a powerful storm, authorities said.

The incident was reported about 12:43 p.m. in the 5300 block of north Sepulveda Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A large tree crashed down on a vehicle, bringing power lines with it.

The man suffered an electrical shock and was taken to a hospital in serious condition. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, the LAFD said.

His identity was not released.

On Friday, firefighters responded to nearly 150 911 calls of downed power lines between noon and 4 p.m., the LAFD said.

<![CDATA[Thousands Without Power as Storm Downs Trees, Power Lines]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:51:14 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Storm-Friday-0217.jpg

As strong winds and drenching rain moved slammed into Southern California, thousands of people lost power as downed trees and debris took down power lines.

About 61,000 people are currently without electricity in LA, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Neighborhoods affected include:

  • Hyde Park – 3,300 customers
  • Del Rey - 8,000 customers
  • Green Meadows - 6,400 customers
  • Canoga Park – 3,055 customers
  • Larchmont – 3,200 customers
  • Mid-Wilshire – 1,600 customers
  • Van Nuys – 2,000 customers
  • Sherman Oaks – 3,300 customers

The totals were reported at 4 p.m. There was no current estimated time of restoration for the outages.

The agency urged customers to remember to avoid downed power lines and poles.

For the latest updates on current outages, visit the site here.

Southern California Edison also reported outages to about 67,000 customers as of 9 p.m., including:

  • Oxnard -- 1,103 customers
  • Unincorporated Ventura County -- 639 customers
  • Thousand Oaks -- 703 customers
  • A power blackout in Orange with the boundaries "East of Tustin, West of Camden, South of Nohl Rnach and North of Santiago Boulevard."

Edison customers can get latest updates and details here.

<![CDATA[Young Lakers Feature on All-Star Friday]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:06:46 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-All-Star-2017-Lakers-Russell-Ingram.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers have no All-Stars or players even on the fringes of the All-Star Game, but their young talent will be on display in the Friday Night All-Star Rising Stars Challenge, which is intended to be a precursor to the main event and is slated to tip-off at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

Second-year D'Angelo Russell, who also appeared at the same event a year ago, and rookie Brandon Ingram will represent the Lakers in New Orleans.

"It's a great opportunity to represent the organization," Russell spoke about the selection a couple days before boarding a flight to Louisiana. "We got two Lakers in there that are young guys and went high in the draft (and) still have a lot to prove in this league. So, (you're) trying to go out there and dominate guys at your age."

A year ago, Russell played a shade over 16 minutes off the bench for Team USA, while teammate Jordan Clarkson started and played 24 minutes. Russell finished the night with 22 points and seven assists in a 40-minute game that is known far more for its offense than defense. With rosters comprised exclusively of rookies and sophomores, the 2016 Rising Stars Challenge finished with a score of 157-154 in favor of Team USA.

While the game itself may not exactly be worth studying on film, Ingram and Russell's selections do speak highly of the Lakers' future.

"We got some good young talent," Lakers coach Luke Walton explained what he took away from the selections. "That's what happens when you're trying to climb back up after you lose Hall of Fame players. We got some young guys that obviously are playing well. It's nice of them to be recognized by the other coaches in the NBA as far as being at All-Star Weekend."

In addition to Russell and Ingram in the Rising Stars Challenge, Lakers guard Nick Young, who  is shooting 41.3 perfect from distance on the season, also a contestant in the three-point shootout on All-Star Saturday night. Young ranks 10th in three-pointers made but shoots  higher percentage than six of the nine players ahead of him.

Notes: LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will take part in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest and also take part in the main event on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Vintage NoHo Depot Now a Coffee House]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:26:50 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/depotnohogroundworkmetro.jpg

Waiting for your train while sipping a cup of joe? It's as traditional as searching out a window seat for your rail ride or asking for an extra hit of milk for your coffee.

It's pretty standard, in short, to find a beverage kiosk or cart, the kind of place readymade for fueling up pre-trip, near your platform. But to find it in a building that's existed within three centuries, one that had clearly seen brighter days in the past, is rather more unusual.

There's a happy ending, or, rather, beginning, for the Lankershim Depot in North Hollywood, which now houses Groundwork Coffee, the Venice Beach-started beans-and-more business.

Commuters and neighbors and travelers know this building, which didn't weather the years too well. There've been quite a few years to weather, too, as the structure was constructed just a few years before the dawn of the 20th century.

As for the modern reconstruction, which can only be described as major? Metro "completed the $3.6 restoration of the Lankershim Depot, a registered State Historic Landmark Building, in 2014." 

That was a few years back, yes, but due to work on a pedestrian tunnel connecting two lines — the Red and the Orange — the depot had to wait on the beginning of its next chapter.

That chapter officially starts on Friday, Feb. 17 when Groundwork Coffee opens inside the handsome building. It's open 12 hours a day, from 6 in the morning through to 6 at night, and if you've already grabbed a latte there, well, you enjoyed the coffee house's soft opening.

There's more to come in terms of development for the site, a bustling 15.6-acre expanse which sees plenty of foot traffic each day, as people dash for their train, or head home, or, as of Feb. 17, stop to sip a macchiato in a landmark depot, a North Hollywood landmark that's endured the decades and emerged with a fresh, piping-hot future.

Photo Credit: LA Metro]]>