<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:39:38 -0700 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:39:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Knight to Appear in Court for Murder, Robbery Cases]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:16:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/04-30-2015-suge-knight-court-1.JPG

Marion "Suge" Knight is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court for hearings in separate murder and robbery cases filed against the former rap music mogul.

Knight changed attorneys in late May and his new counsel was given time to figure out how to proceed on the cases, both of which carry long prison sentences if the 50-year-old is convicted as charged.

The Death Row Records co-founder faces murder and attempted murder charges in a case filed after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January. Knight's attorneys have said he was fleeing an attack.

Months earlier, a celebrity photographer accused Knight and comedian Katt Williams of stealing her camera in Beverly Hills.

No trial date has been set in either case.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Floods Brentwood Streets]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:13:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/7-7-2015-MainBreakBrentwood.jpg

Streets were flooded after a water main broke in Brentwood early Tuesday.

The pipe, which is believed to be a six-inch main from 1926, was reported to be gushing at the intersection of Vicente Boulevard and Montana Avenue. at around 2:40 a.m, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters requested Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews come to switch off the gusher. While they are currently at the scene, they are trying to determine the exact root of the leak and the water has yet to be shut off.

Locals were unhappy they have yet again been hit by a leak.

"How many episodes have we had in the last year," resident Betty Zamost said. "Until we take it seriously and invest the money in the infrastructure and conservation this is the way it will be."

While it is thought the six-inch main is causing the problem, it could possibly be a seperate eight-inch main causing the flooding.



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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Gardena Shooting]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:07:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/siren3.jpg

A man was found fatally shot in Gardena Monday.

The victim was discovered on Vermont Avenue between Artesia Boulevard and West 170th Street, a Gardena Police Department spokesman said.

The man, who was in his mid-30s, was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but he later died.

No further information on the shooting has been released at this time.

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<![CDATA[Son Still in Intensive Care After Stabbing That Killed Father]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A man remained hospitalized Monday following a stabbing in Eagle Rock Saturday night involving him and his father who was killed.

The fight occurred at about 8 p.m. near Figueroa Street and La Loma Street, south of Colorado Boulevard. The confrontation began with an argument between the two men and their neighbors, a pair of men who were also father and son, police said.

One of two men, identified as local transients, allegedly hit the other two men with a canister. The other two men, both identified as Kenneth Brice, followed the men to the 7300 block of Figueroa Street and a fight ensued, with one of the men fatally stabbed and his son seriously injured.

Both men were taken to a hospital. The father died while at the hospital and the son remains in intensive care suffering from bleeding from the brain.

Neigbors who said they knew the Brice's said they were surprised by the incident and their neighbor's alleged actions.

A neighbor who said she knew the Brice's said the father and son must have been provoked.

"Coming at Kenny and his son, it takes a lot for someone to take a knife and stab someone," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Both Brice's remained in jail each on $1 million bond and charged with murder.



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<![CDATA[Family Displaced by Blaze Possibly Caused by Fireworks]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:41:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*128/LAgenerics+firefighter+fires.jpg

A family was displaced after a blaze possibly caused by fireworks broke out in an apartment building in Garden Grove late Monday.

The fire on the 13100 block of Jefferson Street broke out just after 10:45 p.m, a Garden Grove Fire Department spokesman said.

When crews arrived smoke was coming from the roof, however they managed to confine the fire to a small bedroom. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

A family of four adults and one child were driven from their home as a result of the blaze. They will be receiving emergency aid if required. 

Investigators are looking into the possibility illegal fireworks cause the fire.

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<![CDATA[Fire Shuts Down 5 Freeway in Commerce]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 05:17:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-07-2015-traffic-5-freeway-fire-1.JPG

The 5 Freeway was closed in both directions in Commerce overnight Tuesday after a fire broke out in a ravine.

It was closed in both directions after the blaze broke out along a riverbed near the Slauson Avenue exit at around 11:30 p.m Monday, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The 2 acre fire was finally extinguished just before 1 a.m, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said. There were no reports of any injuries.

Two lanes reopened northbound by 2:20 a.m, and the rest reopened just before 5 a.m. All the southbound lanes remained closed. 

The northbound Paramount on-ramp was closed, and traffic was being diverted to the 605 Freeway. The southbound Slauson on-ramps was also closed.

Cal Trans was requested to the scene to inspect the over pass bridge for any damage.



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<![CDATA[3 Injured, Including Girl, in Compton Shooting]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:57:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150706-compton-shooting.jpg

Three people, including a 9-year-old girl, were injured when gunfire broke out in Compton on Monday night, sheriff's deputies said.

The shooting was reported about 8:15 p.m. near Alondra Boulevard and Central Avenue, said Sgt. K. Ebbinga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. Witnesses described hearing up to eight shots.

"At this time, it is unknown if the shootings are gang related," deputies said in a news release.

All three people were taken to the hospital, but the severity of their injuries was not immediately clear. Deputies at the scene said the girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story
 



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<![CDATA[Deputies Kill Man Who Fought With Them: Authorities]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Deputies_Shoot_Kill_Man_in_Lakewood_1200x675_478577731746.jpg

A man who fought with deputies and whose car twice stuck patrol vehicles was killed Monday in a deputy-involved shooting in Lakewood, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 10:40 a.m. in the 5500 block of Adenmoor Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The man, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene.

Deputies from the sheriff's Lakewood Station were first called to the scene because of a person acting erratically.

The first deputy saw the suspect seating in a vehicle parked along the curb, said Deputy Amber Smith.

When the suspect saw the deputy, he suddenly and without provocation accelerated the car, colliding with the front end of the patrol vehicle, Smith said.

There were further attempts to restrain the suspect when a second deputy arrived, but the suspect continued to fight. The deputies tried to put the suspect's car in park, but he punched and shoved them. Additional deputies were called and they tried to subdue the suspect, using various less than lethal options, including OC Spray and a Taser, but neither had any effect, Smith said.

The suspect then purposely put his car in reverse, with the driver's door open. The vehicle struck the rear bumper of an adjacent patrol vehicle. A deputy trying to subdue the suspect was crushed between the suspect's car and an adjacent sheriff's patrol car.

It was at this point assisting deputies, fearing for the deputy's life, fired at the suspect, striking him in the upper body, she said. The injured deputy was treated at a hospital for abrasions, bruising and cuts to both legs and his left arm. Anyone with information related to the shooting was asked to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

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<![CDATA[Yimi Garcia Makes Surprise Start Against Phillies]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:15:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-06+at+6.54.22+PM.png

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia has been selected by manager Don Mattingly as his starter for Monday's opening game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The move came as a surprise to many in the media who cover the team as left-hander Eric Surkamp, who was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the day, was thought to be be the presumed starter.

The Dodgers regularly slated starter, Carlos Frias, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back problems, and is the reason the Dodgers are in this predicament currently.

More than likely, the Dodgers will invoke a strategy similar to their June 2nd game at Colorado in which Los Angeles started reliever Juan Nicasio for two innings before giving way to starter Ian Thomas who had been recalled earlier that day.

Mattingly confirmed as much once he posted the official starting lineup three hours before the game and Garcia was batting eighth.

"I don't expect him to bat," Mattingly said when asked about Garcia. "I don't know for sure, but I can't see him getting an at-bat."

Expect Garcia to pitch two innings before being removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the second or bottom of the third depending on how deep they can go in the lineup. Surkamp will more than likely pitch innings 3, 4, and 5 before being lifted for another pinch-hitter.

After that, it will be a combination of relievers to finish the game and we fully expect the usual suspects: Adam Liberatore, Juan Nicasio, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen to make an appearance.



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<![CDATA[Hero Dog Awards: Sun Valley Pup Nominated]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:13:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/226*120/herodogawardsfinalists2015.jpg

There isn't a person out there who could honestly say that, when it comes to the major award ceremonies -- the Golden Globes, the Emmys, the Oscars -- that they want every performer and every film and every show to win.

"A trophy for everyone!" is distinctly not our unified rallying cry.

That widespread feeling changes dramatically when it comes to the Hero Dog Awards. Presented each year at the Beverly Hilton to the truest, the sweetest, and the bravest pups in all the land, the Hero Dog Awards are helmed by the American Humane Association and votes are cast by the pup-lovin' public.

Like the heart-tugging Ugliest Dog Competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, and other Fido-focused gatherings that bestow honors, pretty much all people want all the dogs to get a medal and all the treats they want (well, a sensible, let's-not-make-'em-sick amount of treats, anyway).

Even if you can't be at the Beverly Hilton ceremony with your hound-hugging arms spread wide on Sept. 19, you can vote now, and daily if you wish, for the 2015 Hero Dog.

There are eight finalists and each has a story that stirs the feelings and summons the awwws.

Glory, an eight-year-old bloodhound from Sun Valley, is "trained and certified to track lost pets." Her Hero Dog biography says that Glory has "helped bring closure to hundreds of families" even while working under "difficult conditions."

Keep the tissue box near as you scroll.

All of the eight dogs -- and there are, in fact, two dogs named Glory among the finalists -- have beautiful stories that brim with inspiration and pathos. Read them here and then consider how you will cast your vote.

But also consider this: You can vote once a day, through Sept. 7. Maybe you'll spread the love a little further and wider among the deserving pups? 

Again, we want them to all win, but perhaps they already have. For through their heroic deeds they've been recognized, loved upon, and presented with challenges that dog lovers know dogs do crave.

That sounds like a pretty amazing calling for a canine, whether or not they leave the Beverly Hilton with the big prize.



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<![CDATA[Fans Pay Tribute to Late Producer Jerry Weintraub]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:10:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jerry-Weintraub-6-July-2015.jpg Friends and fans in Hollywood paid tribute to the late Jerry Weintraub, the mega-producer and onetime head of United Artists studio. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Victorious U.S. Women's Soccer Team Arrives in LA]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:22:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150706-us-womens-soccer-team-lax.jpg

The U.S. women's national soccer team returned to the Southland Monday following its victory over Japan to claim the team's third FIFA Women's World Cup, and a celebratory rally is planned Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles.

The team arrived late Monday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport. The squad defeated Japan 5-2 during Sunday's World Cup final in Vancouver, avenging their loss to Japan in the 2011 final.

A series of boisterous watch parties were held Sunday in Los Angeles and Orange counties, organized by local chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams.

A celebratory rally is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Microsoft Square, 777 Chick Hearn Court at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Gates will open at 9 a.m.

The event, which will be attended by all members of the Women's National Team, is free to attend. But fans are being encouraged to RSVP online by filling out a registration form at www.lalive.com/forms/us-womens-soccer-rally.

Free public parking will be offered after 9 a.m. in West Garage.

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<![CDATA[Judge: Chief Beck Must Testify in Ezell Ford Case]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:25:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/06-10-2015-ezell-ford-police-lapd-shooting-1.jpg

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck must answer questions posed by attorneys for the family of an unarmed, mentally ill black man who was shot dead by LAPD officers last summer, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Nagle denied a protective order sought by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which would have barred lawyers for the family of Ezell Ford from deposing Beck about circumstances surrounding the death. Ford family attorney Federico Sayre said he expects to question Beck for two hours next month in the chief's office at LAPD headquarters downtown.

Sayre said that as far as he knew, the only other time a sitting Los Angeles police chief was deposed in a civil lawsuit was his own questioning of Daryl Gates in the Rodney King civil case in 1994.

Ford's family filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit last winter against the LAPD, alleging Ford was shot in the back as he lay on the ground.

According to the lawsuit, Officer Sharlton Wampler and partner Antonio Villegas -- who are named plaintiffs -- engaged in an unlawful search and seizure of Ford, denied him due process, used excessive force and violated his civil rights.

Ford, 25, was shot on Aug. 11, 2014, near 65th Street and Broadway. Police said the officers approached Ford for acting suspiciously, and he lunged at one of them and began trying to grab Wampler's weapon.

Beck and the department's independent watchdog, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, each concluded in separate reports that the officers were justified in their actions, although Bustamante faulted the tactics used by one of the officers in approaching Ford in the first place.

However, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that Wampler violated department policy, but Villegas was justified in firing his weapon at Ford to protect his partner. In its ruling, the commission rejected Beck's finding that Wampler had adhered to policy. Community activists have urged Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file criminal charges against Wampler.



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<![CDATA[Pet Owners: Don't Leave Your Furry Friends in Hot Cars]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/162767130.jpg

Southern Californians are being sent a renewed warning not to leave dogs in hot cars with a new PSA released Monday by the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office.

Animals can suffer long term health effects like brain damage or death in under 15 minutes, according to Claudia Swing, coordinator for the San Bernardino County Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Swing said dogs can't release their body heat like people do when they sweat. Instead, dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, and sweating through their paw pads, but a car doesn't provide them with enough fresh air.

"Cars literally turn into ovens in a matter of moments, regardless of whether the windows are rolled down or not," Swing said.

In 80-degree weather, a car's internal temperature can rise to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and 120 in about half an hour, according to the DA's office.

District Attorney Mike Ramos enlisted the help of "Buddy Dog" for a video that stresses the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars.

"The short video we released today is a humorous approach to a very serious topic," Ramos said. "That shouldn't change the overall message, though."

Although the public service announcement released Monday focuses on dangers to dogs, it is important to remember not to leave adults, children, or animals in parked cars.

People who see distressed animals left inside parked cars are encouraged to contact nearby security or local law enforcement, and should be prepared to give a description of the vehicle and its license plate number.



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<![CDATA[Man Barricades Self in Canoga Park Home ]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:38:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-1-a-breaking-news-la-generic-graphic-april2014.gif

A block in the San Fernando Valley was shut down while police deal with a man barricaded inside a home.

The incident was reported at 3:24 p.m. in Canoga Park after a 45-year-old man had not taken his medication.

The man's mother, who also lives at the loaction, has not been able to get into the residence for the past two 2 days. police said.

When police knocked at the door, the man called 911 not understanding that the armed men at his door were police.

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<![CDATA[Shark Week Snackage: Playa Treats]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:45:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/playasharkweek.jpg

Thanks to the proliferation of nature shows and travel-oriented cable channels, many of us now know, in colorful detail, what sharks like to eat, how they eat, where they eat, and how all of those famous teeth play an impressive role in the shark's digestive process.

But what do we eat when it comes to our shark-focused education?

Sure, you could vote "popcorn" and that wouldn't be entirely incorrect; "Jaws" is still, by far, the best known/beloved/watched shark-obsessed movie of all time, a blockbuster that plays on numerous big screens come early July. (A given, as it is set over the Fourth of July weekend.)

Noshing while we watch various Shark Week programs, though, is up for debate. The popular run of educational fare just kicked off on Discovery and with it, a pair of pretty approachable, not-too-scary desserts at Playa Provisions.

Which, let us note, is a very short walk from the beach, should you want to eat your "shark food" while Pacific-adjacent.

The Playa del Rey eatery is offering both a Shark Sundae -- bet you've never put those two words together before -- and a red velvet cupcake that comes topped with the ocean's powerful, big-finned superstars.

The sundae is "sea foam mint ice cream" plus gummy sharks and candy shark teeth, if you're curious what makes a cold confection sharky. Pastry chef Kristin Feuer created both, and, in a stroke of knowing one's audience, will make sure they're both on the menu throughout July (and not just for the duration of Shark Week).

If we were to add "kids'll love 'em!" here we'd only be half-correct; we all know a few shark-obsessed grown-ups who happen to have a sweet tooth, too.

And if you're visiting such a grown-up to watch documentaries about the gill-laden, prehistoric-looking wonder of the deep, showing up with a few shark-topped cupcakes may earn you a high fin.

Er, a high five, though "high fin" must be what sharks give each other when the camera are off.



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<![CDATA[Dalai Lama Celebrates Birthday in Irvine]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:59:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/dalai+lama+birthday+uc+irvine.jpeg

Celebrating his 80th birthday, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama spoke of living with compassion to a crowd of about 3,500 people in Irvine Monday.

The 14th Dalai Lama spoke about the transformative power of creativity and art on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim and, as part of his third trip to the University of California, Irvine, participated in a panel discussion about the effects of climate change Monday morning. He was set to participate in another panel about wisdom, holiness and vision Monday afternoon.

"Actually taking care about our planet is something like taking care one's own room, one's own home," the Dalai Lama said to the crowd Monday morning.

His last panel will be on youth leadership on Tuesday morning at UC Irvine. At the conclusion, an estimated 30,000 people will have attended the Dalai Lama's three-day birthday celebration, UCI spokeswoman Janet Wilson said.

For the Dalai Lama's birthday, well-wishers are asked to use the hashtag #WithCompassion on social media to spread messages of peace and kindness.

But not everyone is happy about His Holiness visiting Southern California. Hundreds of Buddhists from the International Shugden Community organized a protest against the Dalai Lama, accusing him of religious persecution of Shugden Buddhists. Protesters chanted, holding signs that read "Dalai Lama Stop Lying" and waving colorful flags outside of the panel venue in Irvine.

"For the last 20 years he's been abusing his power by creating an atmosphere of religious hatred within the Buddhist community and we're here to ask him to stop, to stop discriminating against people for their religious beliefs," said Len Foley, a representative for the International Shugden Community.

Al Jazeera reported in 2009 that the Dalai Lama banned the worship of Tibetan Buddhism's deity known as Dorje Shugden.

Foley said if the Dalai Lama preached equal treatment of Shugden Buddhists, discrimination against them would end.

"The Dalai Lama started this," Foley said. "He can end this right now by just telling people to just treat people equally. Let people do whatever they want, let them practice the religion that they choose."

Vikki Vargas contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Shots Fired After Domestic Disturbance, Fatal Stabbing]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:09:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150706-sylmar-ois.jpg

Officers fatally shot a man Monday after responding to a domestic violence report in the northern San Fernando Valley.

The report came at about 10:30 a.m. from the 13000 block of Gavina Avenue in Sylmar. Authorities responded to the home after a report of a domestic disturbance involving a mother, two sons and the mother's fiance, officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Neighbors said the man had emerged from the home holding a knife and covered in blood.

"One of the sons ended up attacking, stabbing and ultimately killing the fiance of the mother," LAPD Capt. Todd Chamberlain said.

Officers opened fire after confronting the 29-year-old son, who died at the hospital Monday night, police said.

Neighbor Tom Krohmer said the man did not comply with the officers' orders.

"When he dropped to his knees, he was still cussing and he was crawling toward them, yelling," Krohmer said.

Aerial video showed officers taking a man into custody in front of a home.

Neighbors reported the sound of about five gunshots.



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<![CDATA[Weapons Melted to Make Steel Rebar]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:08:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/226*120/gun+melt+weapons+repurpose+steel+rebar.jpeg

Approximately 5,000 confiscated weapons will be melted and repurposed as steel rebar on Monday as part of an effort to reduce the number of weapons in the Los Angeles area.

The LA County Sheriff's Department and Steelmaker Gerdau, the largest recycler in the state, have partnered for the steel melt's 22nd year at the Rancho Cucamonga steel mill.

"The conversion of thousands of weapons into rebar has assisted the reconstruction of many highways and, dually, the lives of those who were impacted by them," Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a statement. "Many are able to heave a sigh of relief today, knowing an implement which was used to intimidate, harm or kill someone they love is being changed for good."

The weapons are inspected for any ammunition and bent so they cannot be used before being combined with scrap metal in the furnace to become billets. The billets are reheated and put through a rolling mill to become steel rebar, which can be used for projects such as freeways and parking garages.

Law enforcement agents will be present for the melt to ensure the weapons are destroyed safely and completely.



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<![CDATA[Boy Walks From Home During SWAT Standoff]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:15:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-06-2015-swat-deputy-boy-standoff-bell-gardens.JPG

A boy walked out of a Bell Gardens home early Monday during an hourslong standoff involving SWAT members and an individual possibly wanted in connection with an arrest warrant.

Deputies responded at about 4 a.m. to the home near Live Oak Street and Ira Avenue, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. SWAT members positioned armored vehicles in front of the residence and neighbors evacuated.

Aerial video showed a boy dressed in a black T-shirt and jeans walk out of the home just before 7 a.m. The child walked alone from the front door and across a lawn to a group of deputies in SWAT gear. One of the deputies knelt in the street to speak with the boy behind an armored vehicle.

The boy was one of five people in the house at the start of the standoff.

"They told us to come out, one by one," said Leslie Navarro, the subject's sister.

The standoff ended at about 9 a.m. with the suspect, wanted in connection with a shooting last week, in custody. Officers threw tear gas inside the home before entering and arresting the suspect.



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<![CDATA[Gunman Shoots, Kills Woman Walking With Boyfriend]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:22:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-carrie-jean-melvin.jpg

A man with a shotgun walked up behind a woman walking with her boyfriend and fatally shot her in the head Sunday night near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood in what police said appears to be a random act of violence.

The man left the scene in a black car after the 10 p.m. shooting on McCadden Place near Sunset Boulevard. The woman, who lived nearby, died at the scene after suffering a single gunshot to the head.

The victim was identified as Carrie Jean Melvin, 30, who lived in a nearby apartment building on McAdden Place.  The boyfriend, who was not injured, told police no words were exchange before the shooting.  

Speaking from the family home in Morro Bay, her father Bernard Melvin said Carrie was "the light of our life."

"She lit up a room. She was bright and multi-talented." her devestated father added. "It's the call that no parent wants to get."  

Melvin also said his daughter had been living in LA for the past four years as she tried to establish a career in the entertainment industry. He added that he would speak often with Carrie, and that she was in a happy relationship with her boyfriend.

Witnesses meanwhile described the shocking scene that unfolded after the shooting.

"We didn't hear any shots, only screaming," said Shany Miron, a tourist from Israel who was staying at a motel across Sunset Blvd. from the shooting scene.

Melvin and her boyfriend had just left their apartment, walking south of McCadden Place to a restaurant. No items were taken from the shooting victim or her friend, police said.

"A killer is on the loose," said LAPD detective John Skaggs. "We don't see any reason somebody would assault this woman or her companion. We're look at all leads, right now."

Other witnesses in addition to Melvin's boyfriend were in the area and have provided information, Det. Skaggs said.  But investigators are also asking additional witnesses to come forward and contact LAPD West Bureau Homicide. 

The location just east of Highland Avenue is home to several restaurants and businesses. It was not immediately clear whether security cameras captured video of the slaying.

Melvin worked for Web to World Media, according to information on her Facebook page.  She grew up in Morro Bay and studied film and digital media production at UC Santa Cruz before moving to Hollywood.

On her twitter page, her final posting Friday was a re-tweet:  "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count.  It's the life in your years."

The gunman was described as a man in his 20s.   He wore a hood.  After the shooting, he carried the firearm back to a smaller, black car parked on McAdden and drove off, according to Det. Skaggs.

About a dozen homicides have been reported within a mile of the area in the past year, Skaggs said. None of the previous cases have similarities to Sunday's shooting, he added.

No arrests were reported Monday night.

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Fans Rejoice as US Takes Women's World Cup Title]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 01:03:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/socal-womens-world-cup.jpg Southern California fans celebrated after the U.S. women's soccer team defeated Japan to win their first World Cup title since 1999. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News on Sunday, July 5, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Deputies Shoot, Kill Father in Hawaiian Gardens: Family]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:35:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-6-15-Hawaiian+Gardens+Johnny+Ray+Anderson.jpg

A man identified by his family as a husband and grandfather was shot and killed by deputies Sunday night in the side yard of a Hawaiian Gardens residence, officials said.

The shooting happened at 9:40 p.m. near a home in the 12200 block of 216th Street, after a report of a possible prowler knocking on the door of the house, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

The man was identified as Johnny Ray Anderson, a husband who had seven children and three grandchildren, according to his wife, Kathleen Anderson, and his brother.

Deputies did not immediately give details on what led up to the shooting, but Kathleen Anderson told NBC4 that her husband was fixing a bicycle before the shooting.

She said her husband jumped over a fence into the yard of the home on 216th Street, where deputies found him.

The family said Johnny Ray Anderson was knocking on the home's door because he wanted to escape authorities, but authorities said on Sunday that deputies came after the report of a prowler. Deputies could not immediately clarify the timeline of events to NBC4 on Monday.

No deputies were hit by gunfire, officials said. The man, who was shot in the upper body, died at the scene.

Kathleen Anderson added that she did not know he had been killed until deputies told her.

Additional details were not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Vietnamese Teens Planned to Split From Group at LAX]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:17:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150705-tourists-missing-lax.jpg

Officials called off a search for two teenage Vietnamese girls who went missing at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night after police learned they planned to leave their tour group upon arrival in the U.S.

The girls, ages 12 and 17, willfully left the airport and family members knew of their plan to leave the school group, airport police said.

Earlier, police reported the two girls did not speak English and have no connections in Los Angeles. They were last seen with a man, but authorities had no further information.

The investigation was being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, airport police said in a tweet.



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<![CDATA[LA Musicians Offer Free Music Lessons with New App]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:55:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/070515_band-blast-app.JPG

Funding for music in public schools has been slashed by more than 40 percent over the past five years, according to the Performing Arts Alliance.

But a group of Southern California musicians found a way to provide free music lessons over the Internet.

Gloria Lum, a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, got her music education in the public school system 30 years ago when funding for arts was more of a priority. She says access to music lessons changed the course of her life.

"When I’m playing, once I get beyond the notes and difficulty, what I’m looking to do is connect," Lum said. "That’s where our humanity lies in those moments where you have connection with somebody else."

But that connection is fading fast. Massive cuts to arts education in public schools means millions of low-income students no longer have access to music lessons.

Lum teamed up with LA musicians Brandon Bernstein and Terry Carter. The music teachers created a new app that offers free music lessons.

Lum is one of dozens of world class musicians who appear on the app. They give free music lessons that anybody can play along with.

The app called Band Blast also teaches rhythm, pitch and how to read music by making the lessons feel more like games.

“Kids growing up get entranced with these," Carter said. "If you can capture their imagination, but now do it in a way where they’re learning, but they don’t feel like they’re learning, they’re getting high scores and points and collecting stars, I think we really got something."

The musicians involved in the program say offering free lessons to a new generation is their way of giving back for the tremendous gift music has been in their lives.

"Any time you can get a bunch of kids together, get them to play together and listen to each other and try to create something greater than themselves, that’s what makes a society," Lum said. "That’s community, that’s connection. I think that’s what we desperately need today in our world.”

The music app is part of a program called Music Lifeboat. It is funded through the Pasadena Arts Council. The non profit is also working to get free instruments into the hands of public school kids.

If you’d like to donate or get involved visit their website musiclifeboat.org



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<![CDATA[Dog Dies, Man Hospitalized After Bee Attack]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:33:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/7-6-15-Daisy+the+Golden+Retriever.jpg

A dog died and her owner was hospitalized after being attacked by a swarm of bees at their Loma Linda home Sunday, authorities said.

The 43-year-old man was bathing his 12-year-old Golden Retriever, which had been sprayed by a skunk the night before, when both were attacked by bees just before noon, said Capt. Tom DeBellis of the East Valley Fire Department.

The dog, Daisy, received more than 100 bee stings, and her owner and firefighters who responded to the attack were also stung multiple times.

Daisy was sprayed with foam and given oxygen and Benadryl. She was taken to an animal hospital but died Monday morning, the family told NBC4

The man was hosed down with foam by firefighters and taken to a hospital for treatment.

San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control officials were called to the home to help control the swarm of bees.



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<![CDATA[Bomb Squad Gives All Clear in Van Nuys]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:23:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/file-grenade-generic.jpg

A bomb squad has given the all clear after the discovery of what appeared to be a hand grenade forced the evacuation of a Van Nuys motel and neighboring homes Sunday, police said.

Officers found the device as they responded to a call of a dispute between a man and woman at the La Posada Motel at 7615 Sepulveda Boulevard, officials with the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A bomb squad destroyed the device.



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<![CDATA[1 Fatally Stabbed in Dispute Between Fathers, Sons]]> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:32:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/crime+tape+generic+edit.jpg

A 53-year-old man father involved in a dispute between his son and another father and son was stabbed to death Saturday night in Eagle Rock.

The fight occurred at about 8 p.m. near Figueroa Street and La Loma Street, just south of Colorado Boulevard. The confrontation started when one of the men threw a tear-gas canister at two other men, who were followed by the attackers to the 7300 block of Figueroa Street, police said.

The 53-year-old father and his son -- one of whom threw the tear gas canister -- were both stabbed by the other two men. The father at a hospital. His son remained hospitalized Monday morning.

Details regarding his condition were not available.

On Monday, police announced the arrests of two men on suspicion of murder. The father and son are being held on $1 million bond.

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<![CDATA[Family, Dog Escape Apartment Fire]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:11:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/san+pedro+apartment+fire+firefighter+injured.jpg

One firefighter was injured in a San Pedro apartment fire Sunday morning that residents said began after someone outside threw some type of object through a window.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one unit of the four-unit apartment building in the 900 block of 25th Street in San Pedro, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman said. Four people and dog escaped uninjured.

Firefighters reported a knockdown in 21 minutes and damage was limited to the original unit. The firefighter was taken to a local hospital in good condition with minor injuries.

Authorities do not know if the unit had functioning smoke alarms.

Residents told investigators that some threw an object, possible a Molotov cocktail, through the window before the fire started. Authorities said they also are not ruling out fireworks as a possible cause.



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<![CDATA[Man Dead After Block Party Fight]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:22:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/getty+crime+scene.jpg

Police are investigating a man's death at a neighborhood Fourth of July block party as a homicide, authorities said Sunday.

The 55-year-old man died after participating in a fight that broke out at the large neighborhood party in Santa Ana. Officers came to the 2500 block of North Lindwood Avenue around 9:40 p.m. when the man was reported to be unresponsive in the street.

OCFA was performing CPR on the man when officers arrived, and he was taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities are still investigating whether the man died from injuries sustained from an assault during the fight or if he died from a medical condition. Homicide detectives are on the scene, but an autopsy had not been conducted early Sunday to determine a cause of death.

No arrests were reported Sunday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call SAPD homicide detectives at 714- 245-8390 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.



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<![CDATA[Mother, Daughter Arrested on Suspicion of Burglary]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:28:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/general+prison+tamms.jpg

A mother and her daughter were arrested on suspicion of burglary after neighbors of the Hacienda Heights residence saw the crime happening and reported it to deputies Saturday morning, authorities said.

Neighbors of the residence in the 1500 block of Flamsted Avenue reported a possible burglary to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, providing a detailed description of two people, their vehicle and a license plate number. Authorities tracked the vehicle's license plate registration to a home in the 1100 block of North Gordon Street in Pomona, where police later found the vehicle and Deana Stanley, 48, and her daughter Maria Tucker, 30.

Stanley and Tucker were taken into custody and jewelry other items taken during the burglary were found in their vehicle and residence, along with a handgun.

Stanley and Tucker were booked on suspicion of burglary, receiving stolen property, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy to commit burglary. Tucker is also facing charges for possession of counterfeit credit/access cards.

Details regarding court dates were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[NewsConference: C.L. Nikias' Vision for USC ]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:48:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_seg_1_Nikias_070515_1200x675_476179523685.jpg A conversation with USC President C.L. Max Nikias--one of the most intriguing university chiefs around. Dr. Nikias rose from the ranks as a professor, dean, provost and now 11th president of the University of Southern California. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, a number of patents that the US Dept of Defense uses and still holds seminars in the Greek classics. He's an innovator, a visionary and a money maker. His goal at USC: To raise $6-billion by 2018. He talks with NBC4’s Conan Nolan Sunday July 5, 2015 about the state of the university.]]> <![CDATA[Politics, Trade and SCOTUS]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 07:41:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NEWSCONFERENCE_EXTRA_DREIER_070515_1200x675_476121667863.jpg For 32 years, former House Rules Committee Chair David Dreier was a member of the US House of Representatives. He is now actively involved in a number of think tank organizations. He talks with NBC4's Conan Nolan about the 2016 Presidential race and the very important Trans Pacific Partnership. Video broadcast Sunday July 5, 2015 on NBC4. ]]> <![CDATA[OC Home Fire Likely Caused By Illegal Fireworks]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:14:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/07-05-2015-oc-fires-1.JPG

A fire that started on the roof of a Stanton home and quickly spread into the attic was one of three Orange County authorities believe was caused by illegal fireworks.

The Stanton fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in a home in the 8600 block of Lullaby Lane, said the Orange County Fire Authority's Captain Steve Concialdi. The flames were out at 10:10 p.m., Concialdi said.

Four people were displaced, said OCFA Captain Larry Kurtz.

At about the same time as the Stanton fire was reported, another fire started in two palm trees outside a two-story, multifamily building in the 800 block of South Townsend Street in Santa Ana, Concialdi said. The flames quickly spread to the structure, he said. Thirty OCFA firefighters put out the flames at 9:50 p.m.

A one-acre brush fire was reported at 10:45 p.m. on a hillside at Camino Jalisco and Caminito Arroyo Seco in Laguna Hills, Concialdi said.

Firefighters put out the fire at about 11:15 p.m., he said. Investigators found illegal fireworks at the scene.
 



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<![CDATA[2 Children Killed in Crash Off Mountain Road]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:08:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/07.04.15_Azusa-Ravine-Crash.JPG

Two children were killed and three other victims injured Saturday when their sport utility vehicle veered into a steep ravine off a Southern California mountain road.

Several people called the Azusa Police Department around 7:30 p.m. to report that they had seen a vehicle crash off the edge of Highway 39 near the U.S. Forestry information booth. The SUV landed on its roof, about 40 feet down from the road above the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa.

A 12-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy were found dead inside the vehicle, according to police.

The parents, a 32-year-old man and woman, were found injured outside the vehicle with a 13-year-old girl. At least one victim suffered critical injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and police do not yet know if alcohol played a role. Coroner's officials are withholding the names of the children pending notification of family.

Anyone with information is asked to call Azusa police at 626-812-3200.



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<![CDATA[Fireworks Found After Mattress Factory Fire]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 18:32:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-05-2015-fire-mattress-sla-3.JPG

Illegal fireworks were responsible for a fire that injured four firefighters and damaged three warehouses in South Los Angeles Saturday night, authorities said.

The fire broke out around 9:40 p.m. at a mattress warehouse in the 7500 block of Maie Avenue near Florence and spread to two other warehouses, causing $1 to $3 million in damage, the Arson Explosives Detail of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Firefighters battled the blaze for hours until it was extinguished just before 2 a.m. Sunday, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Miguel Ornelas said.

Four firefighters were treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

Witnesses reported seeing a group of men shooting illegal fireworks at mattresses just outside the warehouse where the fire originated. Investigators found illegal fireworks at the scene.

No suspects were taken into custody Sunday. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Pet Adoption Marathon Ongoing Through Sunday]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 20:53:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/070415_freedom-100-pet-adoption.JPG

There’s still time to find a new forever friend this Fourth of July Weekend through the #Freedom100 Pet Adoption Marathon in Mission Hills.

Until 8 p.m. Sunday, the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center will stay open 24/7 to help find homes for hundreds of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, all of which are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and available to take home immediately.

As of Saturday evening, the Best Friends Center was still offering $10 adoptions for the first 100 pets homed, and more than 400 dogs and cats were available for adoption from the shelter when the campaign kicked off Friday at noon.

The goal of the #Freedom100 marathon is not only to find homes for animals who are already in shelters, but also to make room for the high volume of animals that end up in Los Angeles area shelters around the Fourth of July each year, many after becoming scared of fireworks and running away from home.

"The goal is to get a hundred dogs and cats into homes," Michelle Sathe of the Best Friends Animal Society said. "July Fourth is the highest shelter intake time of the year."

LA Animal Services, which provides the Best Friends Center with all of its adoptable animals, experiences a 43 percent increase in new animals taken into shelters around the Fourth of July holiday, Sathe said.

For more information about the #Freedom100 Pet Adoption Marathon, visit the Los Angeles Best Friends Society website.



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<![CDATA[Bus Crashes Near San Bernardino]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:22:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/070415_SB-bus-crash.JPG

A Greyhound bus crashed into a ditch on the westbound 10 Freeway in San Bernardino Saturday after a passenger grabbed the steering wheel.

The crash was reported just before 3 p.m., a California Highway Patrol dispatcher told NBC4.

Some people escaped the Los Angeles-bound bus after breaking windows. The bus trip originated in Phoenix, according to Greyhound spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson.

"People were flying over my head and screaming and we were bouncing," said passenger Maurice Glover. "There was gas and smoke and people were kicking the windows out, panicking because we thought we were going to explode."

Five people were taken to local hospitals for minor to moderate injuries, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. There were 23 people on board the bus at the time of the crash, including the driver.

Bossie Manning was one of those five passengers taken to the hospital after the crash with minor injuries. He said Greyhound paid for his cab from the hospital in San Bernardino to LA.

He was shaken up, he said, and with an injured leg and high blood pressure, he said he was worried about getting on another bus to Washington state, his final destination.

"I don't know if I want to get on one. Everything flashed in front of me, everything," he said.

The passenger who grabbed the wheel was described as in his 20s. He fled the bus through the windshield after the crash and was later found in the parking lot of a nearby Olive Garden.

Both Glover and Manning said the man was wearing a hospital bracelet when they boarded the bus.

"Before we got on the bus, I guess the guy said to the driver, 'I don't feel OK, I got out of the hospital,'" said Glover.

Passengers said they did not blame the bus driver.

"It wasn't the driver's fault. It was just some guy, I don't know what his problem was," Andre Richardson told NBC4. His ankle was injured in the crash, and he limped to his sister's van after finally arriving in LA.

His sister said she was just happy to have him there safe after the ordeal.

"Well, I'm happy he's OK and everybody is here," she said.

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<![CDATA[Banner-Towing Plane Crashes]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:11:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/KAZ+CANNING+5.jpg

A single-engine Piper PA18 banner-towing plane has crashed into the beach in Carlsbad, officials said. 

The incident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon on the 4600 block of Carlsbad Boulevard near Cannon Road when the plane experienced a loss of engine power, FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager Ian Gregor and CHP officials said. 

The plane flipped over and was partially submerged, Gregor said. The 23-year-old pilot, the only person on board, was not injured. A 12-year-old boy was clipped by the plane or nearby debris, officials said, and was taken to Rady Children's Hospital. 

The plane crashed near the warm water jetty, close to a power plant. 

The plane is registered to Air Ads Inc., based out of Gillespie Field in El Cajon. The owner of the plane told NBC7 the pilot had 700 hours of training and the plane had just been serviced and checked out okay.

"This airplane, I inspected no more than last week," said Jim Oakley, the plane's owner. "Changed the oil. Everything was perfect, flew yesterday, everything was fine."

Eyewitness accounts from scene say a person was struck by the plane but officials cannot confirm any injuries or if anyone has been transported yet. 

Witness Cory Vaughn said she first saw the plane’s banner drop about 50 feet from the air before it made a 180 degree turn and crash-landed on the beach.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Sunrises and Sunsets]]> Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:22:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*161/sunset+picture+independence+day+weekend.JPG Images of sunrises and sunsets from across the Southland. Send your image to isee@nbcla.com.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 2 in Critical Condition After Fire]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/07-04-2015-fire-echo-park-ground-2.JPG

A 40-year-old man died and two people suffered critical injuries Saturday morning in a fire at an Echo Park home.

The deceased man was found inside the single story home, rented by several nightclub employees who had arrived home from work a few hours before the fire started. More than 50 firefighters responded to the location just west of Echo Park Lake in the 800 block of North Alvarado Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Five of the home's six residents, two of whom are related, were home at the time.

Four injured victims included two men in critical condition. A firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 30 minutes.

A cause was not immediately determined. The home was equipped with smoke detectors, but it was not immediately clear whether they were operational.



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<![CDATA[Hook, Line and Stinger: Ray Bites, Injures Fisherman]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:17:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/7-4-2015-StingrayBite.JPG

A fisherman was hurt after being bitten by a stingray he tried to release from his fishing line in Venice Beach overnight Saturday.

He was trying to take the hook out of the fish's mouth when it bit him on the left hand at around midnight, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

"He was taking the hook off and... seconds after he felt something, he felt numbness in his left arm," the victim's cousin Victor Reya, who was fishing with him at the time, said.

An emergency call was made after the man was bitten, however it was discovered he had only suffered minor injuries and he elected to take himself to a local hospital.

The stingray's whereabouts are unknown.

Stingrays generally do not attack aggressively or even actively defend themselves when threatened. Instead, their primary reaction is to swim away.

While they are related to sharks, their mouths  are only visible from underneath. They employ their teeth to crush and grind crustaceans, a main source of prey for the fish.



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<![CDATA[Teen Dies in Freeway Rollover Crash]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stng+wire+police+tape.jpg

A teenager died and six others were seriously injured in a freeway rollover crash near Perris Friday.

Four people were ejected when their SUV overturned after the driver lost control on the southbound 215 Freeway at around 1:10 p.m.

Eighteen-year-old Raymond Mendez Jr. was confirmed to have died at the hospital by the Riverside County Coroner's office Friday night.

The vehicle rolled over at least once in the crash. Afterwards all seven passengers were taken to the hospital by ground ambulance for treatment to major injuries.

The southbound 215 was partially closed while an investigation took place and wreckage was cleared. 

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<![CDATA[Cops Hurt After Crashing Into Tree in Hit-Run]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:14:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/7-4-2015-PoliceHR.JPG

Two police officers were hospitalized after crashing into a tree following a hit-and-run crash in Exposition Park early Saturday.

Their patrol vehicle was struck at the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and St. Andrews Place at around 2 a.m, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

The officers were driving when the other vehicle turned left in front of them. Despite trying to avoid a collision the other vehicle clipped the rear corner panel of their cruiser.

The unit crashed into another parked car before hitting a tree, causing significant front end damage. One of the officers had to be cut from the vehicle.

Both officers were taken to a hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries in the smash, though one did suffer a possible broken arm, an LAPD spokesman said.

A driver fled the scene. No arrests were reported Saturday morning. Investigators are looking into obtaining dash cam and surveillance footage.

West Jefferson Boulevard at  St. Andrews Place was closed for the investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect Dead in West Covina]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:47:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/7-4-2015-CovinaOIS.JPG

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly stabbed his brother Friday night in a West Covina home.

The man was shot in the area of Valley Boulevard and Nogales Street at 8:10 p.m, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The man allegedly stabbed his brother when he tried to stop him leaving their apartment with a knife, officials said.

The stabbing victim suffered stab wounds, but is expected to survive.

The West Covina Police Department officers involved in the shooting were not injured.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Man With Pistol Shot, Killed by Deputies]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:39:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/7-4-2015-LancasterDIS.JPG

Deputies shot and killed a man who brandished an assault pistol during a patrol Friday night involving gang unit detectives.

The man was gunned down near 30th Street West and Avenue K-4 at around 11 p.m. in Lancaster, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. He died at the scene.

Deputies had initially tried to carry out a stop on two pedestrians, however, the situation escalated, according to investigators. The man took an assault pistol from under his jacket and deputies opened fire, according to a sheriff's department statement.

The handgun, a semi-automatic assault pistol, was recovered next to the man's body, according to the statement.

A second subject is still outstanding, and a containment was established while deputies attempted to track the man down.

No deputies were injured, and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Hostage Taken in Standoff at Palms Metro PCS Store]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:33:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-3-15+Barricade+Hostages+Metro+PCS+Los+Angeles.JPG

A cell phone store owner was taken hostage Friday night when a robbery suspect took over the shop in Palms and barricaded the two inside.

The suspect took one person hostage just after 6 p.m. in the 9600 block of Venice Boulevard, according to LAPD.

Initial reports indicated two people had been taken hostage, but that was later revised.

Police said the store owner was injured and was later treated.

A marijuana dispensary located next door evacuated its employees as the standoff continued.

Witnesses said the employees and a security guard from the dispensary also helped provide information that helped officers during the standoff.

The standoff ended around 9 p.m. when the suspect was taken into custody by SWAT officers.

Additional details about the suspect were not immediately released.



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