<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:41 -0800 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:51:41 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Winds in Malibu Spur Diver Rescue]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:30:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/09-24-2014+beach+erosion+pch+malibu.jpg

Five scuba divers swimming in high winds off Malibu Monday morning were visited by a lifeguard boat that took some to shore, authorities said.

High winds were blowing hard off the coast Monday morning. When the five divers in the group came up to the water's surface in the Nicholas Canyon Beach area, officials were afraid the wind would take them out to sea, according to LA County Fire and LA Lifeguar officials.

No one was in distress when two were pulled out of the water on an LA County Lifeguard boat, an LA Lifeguard spokesman said. The other three made it to shore on their own.



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<![CDATA[Driver Runs Onto Rooftop After 100-MPH Pursuit]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:06:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/11-24-2014-water-break-pursuit-culver-city.jpg

The driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a pursuit that exceeded 100 mph ran from the vehicle and onto a Culver City rooftop after driving on the wrong side of streets and narrowly missing pedestrians in crosswalks

Authorities have surrounded the what appeared to be an apartment complex property in the 9600 block of Lucerne Avenue. Aerial video showed the man walking on the roof of the complex before turning on a water supply pipe and taking a drink.

The man then wedged a board against what appeared to be a rooftop access door and placed cinder blocks in front of it to prevent it from opening.

The pursuit involving a white sport utility vehicle began in the Palmdale area after a report of an individual sought in a drive-by shooting. The driver was on the 14 and 5 freeways at midday and nearly clipped several vehicles at speeds around 100 mph.

Aerial video showed the driver swerving across lanes and driving on the shoulder of the southbound 5 Freeway before transitioning on the southbound 170 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. The driver then exited onto Vermont Avenue in the Hollywood area, speeding the wrong way on several busy streets and narrowly missing pedestrians and vehicles at intersections.

At about 1:20 p.m., the driver reversed into a covered parking area before exiting back onto the street in front of a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle. The pursuit continued westbound on streets bordering the 10 Freeway and into Culver City.



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<![CDATA[Water Main Break at LAX, Terminal Lost Water]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:35:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/LAX-fire-trucks-main-break-aerial.JPG

A water main broke under a parking structure at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday morning, cutting water pressure across the airport, LAX officials said.

Terminal 2 remained without water for over three hours, officials said -- porta-potties were delivered to the terminal's curb. Fire trucks were on-scene to serve as a fire watch.

Water pressure was restored by 1:30 p.m., and facilities except for airport lounges were back to normal, according to an update from LAX.

The Bob Hope Hollywood USO center was without water, officials said. It is next to Parking Structure 2A, where the main broke.

Water pressure problems at other terminals were resolved within an hour of the roughly 10 a.m. break, according to the officials. Flight operations were reported normal at all terminals.

Parking Structure 2A was closed until further notice, the officials said, but anyone with a car inside may claim it and leave the structure for free.



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<![CDATA[Tree Crashes Down on Cars, Blocks Street]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:11:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/239*120/Capture45.JPG

Three or four vehicles were damaged by a fallen tree, likely brought down by high winds, in Northridge Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to the 18500 block of Napa Street where they found the tree blocking the entire street and several power lines down. Two Mercedes were trapped under the tree, which neighbors said set off car alarms when it fell.

"I got a call saying that the trees fell down. According to them, it was like a ginormous thump," said Andy Gonzales, owner of the crushed Mercedes.

Gonzales said the value of the cars was about $6,000.

"I'm glad nobody else got hurt. I know the cars took a lot of damage," said Gonzales, who said he'll contact the city about dealing with the damage.

It was one of four fallen trees to caused damage across Southern California on Sunday night and Monday morning. Gusty winds were blowing across the Valley over night and, while a fire weather watch is in effect for the the coasts and valleys of LA and Ventura counties through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.



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<![CDATA[K-9 Wounded After Search for Gunman in Fatal Shooting ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:44:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-24-2014-dog-reiko-west-convina-shooting.jpg

A man who opened fire on a police dog after jumping from the roof of a home was shot and killed by police after a search for a gunman involved in a nearby fatal shooting outside a church.

The officer-involved shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of East Elgnenia Street in West Covina. At least one West Covina officer was involved in the shooting.

The dog, a Belgian Malinois, underwent surgery Monday morning and was expected to make a full recovery, according to the West Covina Police Department.

The shooting occurred just minutes after the discovery of a shooting victim on lawn outside a church. The victim died at the scene.

"Limited" information was available regarding the shooting and reports of an argument between the two men, police said.

"It was right in front of the church," said Cpl. Rudy Lopez. "The witness was able to provide us with the direction and a description."

Authorities are attempting to determine whether a Yellow taxi cab parked outside the church was connected to the shooting. The cab was towed from the scene.

The taxi cab company confirmed that the driver was not injured.

Witnesses told police they heard gunfire and saw a man running from the scene. Authorities towed a Yellow taxi cab from the scene of the church shooting, but it was not immediatley clear whether the vehicle is part of the investigation.

The gunman jumped from the roof onto a driveway and opened fire as a K-9 handler released the police dog, which was struck by one round. 

The 2-year-old dog, Reiko, has been with the department since 2013.

"He's done a magnificent job," said Lopez. "He's just one of those kinds of dogs that's got the drive that does the job. His handler is an excellent handler and they make a great team, and that's why I'm sure he's taking it as hard as he is because of that relationship.

"They are officers. They're treated as such. When you've injured a K-9, you've basically injured an officer."

Reiko is one of the dogs assigned to the department. The department is attempting to acquire protective body armor for the K-9 unit, Lopez said.



Photo Credit: Friends of West Covina PD K-9
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<![CDATA[Turkey Giveaway in Compton ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:25:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/turkey.PNG

Community leaders are set give away more than 10,000 turkeys in Compton Monday morning.

The giveaway was set to kick off at 9 a.m.

In addition to passing out free turkeys, families can obtain health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, hypertension and more. The event will be held at El Camino College’s Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy located at 901 E. Artesia Blvd. in Compton.

The 10th annual event was to provide turkeys on a "first come, first serve" basis.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Radio Free KJLH 102.3, Progress California and local Assemblymember Isadore Hall among others hosted the event.

Representatives from Covered California were also scheduled to be available to help residents sign up for low cost health insurance.

The event was to end at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Falter Late, Lose in Overtime]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:34:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Kobe-Bryant.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity and fell to the Denver Nuggets in an overtime loss on Sunday night at Staples Center.

"It was ugly. I mean, they shot terrible. We shot terrible," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If you win it, it's not that ugly."

The reason they didn't win was tough to swallow.

"Defensively, we did a pretty good job all night long," the defensive-minded coach said after the game. "[It was] definitely tougher to take [this loss]. The effort was there, and the things that we talked about yesterday were all there."

Scott said, "We just kind of blew it, basically, at the end."

The "end" Scott was likely referring to was the end of regulation rather than the overtime. Time and again, the Lakers allowed Kobe Bryant to take the ball in his hands and attempt to go one-on-one in isolation against an opponent. Bryant, who was 6-10 for 16 points through the first three quarters, went 3-11 for seven points over the final nine minutes of regulation. The Lakers only scored 11 points in the quarter and gifted the Nuggets an overtime session.

To be fair, Denver did not fare much better. Although they distributed their shots, the Nuggets only scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

In the overtime period, Nuggets' point guard Ty Lawson put on the jets and scored four points to finish the night with 18 points and 16 assists. The entire Lakers' team only racked up 15 assists. Former UCLA Bruin Aaron Afflalo also added four points in the extra session, as the Nuggets made four shots in overtime, and the Lakers made two shots in overtime.

Bryant was 4-14 after going into isolation mode down the stretch and in overtime, but Coach Scott persisted that the team got good shots but just did not make them. The problem, of course, was that the team was not involved in most of those shots. Despite having Jeremy Lin on the court, Bryant would accept the in-bounds pass in the back court, make his way into the front court and look to shoot. That was the Lakers' offense down the stretch, and frankly, the results were pathetic.

Lin, who finished with 17 points on 15 shots, had a respectable outing and shot over 50 percent from the field. In the third quarter, the point guard did not miss a single shot, going 5-5 and scoring 11 points. As a reward for his hot hand, Lin only managed two shot attempts in the fourth quarter. On several possessions, the point guard did not even touch the basketball.

"We kind of got away from things...just sharing the ball," Lakers guard Nick Young said after the game. "At times, we fall into relying on [Bryant] a lot."

Young did not overtly blame Bryant for the loss, taking blame for "standing around" and not demanding the ball. Young, however, was likely not in the best position to "demand" the ball considering the streaky shooter missed 10 of his 12 shots on the night.

Still, this loss stung more, and Young summarized the feelin: "We felt we had this one tonight. We just let it slip up."



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<![CDATA[Santa Anas Bring High Fire Danger]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:06:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/11-23-14-fallen-tree.JPG

Weather experts have issued a red flag warning across much of Southern California until mid-week, because of strong winds and high fire danger.

Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds will bring high fire risk to Los Angeles, the mountains of Ventura County and the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The red alert applies starting Sunday night and lasts through Wednesday afternoon, though critical fire weather conditions may remain because of extremely dry fuels and low humidity.

Southern Californians can expect high northeast wind gusts, low humidity and high temperatures of up to 90 degrees, heavily drying out the area. If something ignites, rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior would be likely.

On Sunday, six kayakers in Malibu were blown a mile out to sea after Santa Ana winds of 50 mph picked up suddenly. They were rescued by squid fishing boat crews. The sea had been calm when they pushed off earlier in the morning.

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<![CDATA[Driver ID'd in Fatal NorCal Tour Bus Crash]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:22:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141123-norcal-bus-crash.jpg

California Highway Patrol officials have identified the driver of a charter bus that rolled off the 5 Freeway in Northern California on Sunday, killing a passenger and sending 30 more to hospitals.

The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington when it ran off the highway in northern Shasta County about 7:40 a.m. and overturned on an embankment, landing wheels up on a side street, CHP officials said.

The driver was identified as 67-year-old Jose Victor Garcilazo Palencia of Los Angeles. He voluntarily went into CHP headquarters for questioning, according to NBC affiliate KNVN. CHP officers say the driver showed signs of fatigue.

All but one of the other 32 people aboard were taken to hospitals in Redding and Mount Shasta, investigators said.

Most had minor injuries and were treated and released. Two patients were in critical condition and three more were in serious condition at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where most of the patients were taken, hospital spokeswoman Heather Nichols told the Associated Press.

The 33-year-old man who died has not been identified. Investigators said he was a resident of Parlier, a small community in Fresno County.

Earlier Sunday morning during the same trip, the bus had been involved in a minor crash when it struck a Denny's in Red Bluff, CHP officials said. No injuries were reported in the collision, but the building's roof was damaged.

Photos of the all-white bus, a 1996 Vanhool, showed no large logos, but a sign on the door said the bus belonged to a company called Transporters Yellow Arrow.

The bus departed from Huntington Park on Saturday night.

The bus operator, Yellow Arrow LLC, is based in Othello, Washington. It has a current license and before Sunday had no reported accidents in the past two years, according to federal records. It appears to be related to a Mexican bus line.

Families of victims in the crash said they had never heard of Yellow Arrow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Evacuation Lifted After Santa Paula Chemical Explosion]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:35:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/11-18-2014-santa-paula-fire-2.jpg

Federal and local officials are starting to clean up an area in Ventura County after an explosion of hazardous materials on Tuesday sent dozens of people to hospitals for decontamination.

At about 3:45 a.m., a vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. west of Santa Paula, emptying businesses and homes for a mile around. The incident spread 1,200 gallons of a mysterious waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

The explosion, chemical spill and fire sent 52 people to area hospitals, including 10 firefighters, according to a statement from the Ventura County Fire Protection District released Saturday.

All but two of these people were treated and released.

"Kind of scary ... I didn't really know what's going on," said parent Lisa Williams soon after the explosion. "And I was like, 'Oh, I need to go get my baby.'"

An evacuation order in place since the incident Tuesday was lifted Saturday, according to the Ventura fire officials, who expect residents and business owners to return to the area promptly. All businesses may open except for the Waste Water facility.

The Ventura County Fire Department is now working with the Environmental Protection Agency, county Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County Environmental Health to clean up the hazardous materials, according to the statement. There is no estimate for how long the clean-up will take.

Residents can follow updates at the Ventura County emergency website.

Ted Chen and Kelly Goff contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Fishermen Save Kayakers from Windy Odyssey]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:19:03 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/squid-boat.jpg

Six kayakers were blown a mile out to sea, and rescued by squid fishing boat crews, as 50-mile-per-hour Santa Ana winds cropped up suddenly in Malibu Sunday.

Sustained winds of 47 miles per hour, and a gust of 81 mph, were recorded in the hills above Malibu Sunday, as the six kayakers were blown south.

A large fleet of squid-fishing boats from Port Hueneme had been clustered near Point Mugu, taking advantage of ocean currents that concentrate squid there.

At least two of the kayaks were snared by the squid fleet to prevent them from being blown further out to sea. Lifeguards then used "Jetski"-type watercraft to tow the kayaks back to shore at about 9 a.m.

The rescue was a joint operation of lifeguards from Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and California State Parks.

Paramedics examined the kayakers at Countyline Beach and pronounced them fine. Lifeguards said the people had been fishing just west of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line.

Winds had been calm in western Malibu at 7 a.m., but were blowing at up to 50 miles per hour at Leo Carrillo Beach, straight out to sea, when the rescue occurred.

In Malibu, power lines were reported down on Latigo Canyon Road, one mile uphill from Pacific Coast Highway. Traffic was getting through in the area, a deputy said, and no fire was reported.

"When the winds are blowing offshore, it's a bad time to kayak," observed LA County Lifeguards Capt. Dan Murphy. "Make sure to have a signal device, and a personal flotation device."

Earlier in the day, four paddleboarders were reported in distress to LA County lifeguards at around 11:30 a.m.

They were out in sustained 45 mph winds that stopped them from paddling back to shore, so the Malibu watch boat picked them up.

The hurricane-force, 81 mph wind gust was reported at a Mesonet weather station operated by a homeowner near Saddle Peak, at the 1,500 foot elevation. It was reported on the National Weather Service website at 10:15 a.m. That was not an official NWS reading, however.

Along the beach, palm fronds, eucalyptus branches and tumbleweeds were observed blowing across PCH at 8 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Escape Police by Busting Car Window]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:43:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/11-23-14-police-car.jpg

A man tried to escape from an Alhambra police squad car early Saturday when he kicked out the back-seat window on his way to the city jail.

Officers arrested Israel Berumen, 32, of Pico Rivera, on charges of being under the influence of drugs and trespassing, said Sgt. Esther Rodriguez. Alhambra residents had called police shortly after 3 a.m. about a man who broke into their home and was screaming for help.

Police were taking him to jail when he tried to escape by kicking out the car window, breaking the window frame. Berumen was still strapped in by a seatbelt and never made it out of the car, Rodriguez said.

He now faces an additional charge of vandalism, and is set to appear in court in 2015.

Police estimate repairs to the car to be more than $400, and plan to seek restitution.



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<![CDATA[Nearly $250,000 Embezzled by Bank Teller: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:17:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MONEY+HANDCUFFS+GENERIC+RESIZED.jpg

An elderly man was defrauded of almost $200,000 by his Wells Fargo bank teller, allegedly one of two people swindled by the man, according to authorities.

Tustin resident Jake Chih Wei Cheng, 23, was arrested Friday at his home by Secret Service agents and Huntington Beach police officers, according to a Facebook post by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

He's accused of forging checks from one victim's account for almost year, taking almost $200,000, police said.

Cheng allegedly defrauded another elderly person out of over $40,000 after he transferred to a different branch.

Wells Fargo's internal fraud investigators discovered the fraud and terminated Cheng, police and a Wells Fargo spokeswoman said.

"The two affected customers have been made whole," said Wells Fargo spokeswoman Lisa Woolery in an e-mail.

Cheng faces charges of embezzlement and money laundering, and is in custody in Santa Ana.

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<![CDATA[Home's Roof Damaged by Fallen Tree]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:19:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Capture44.JPG

A tree toppled into a home in Highland Park Sunday morning, taking down power lines with it, police said.

The homeowner was not in the home at the time, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, but was notified and allowed to retrieve belongings from the home, located near the intersection of Armdale and Lincoln avenues.

The tree damaged the home's roof at about 2:40 a.m., though the cost of the damage was unknown. Police suspected the tree fell because rain had saturated the soil, but the investigation was ongoing.

The LA Department of Water and Power was asked to shut off power to the downed power lines, police said.



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<![CDATA[Woman Crashes Into 7-Eleven Store]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:17:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/7115.JPG

A car crashed into a 7-Eleven convenience store in La Habra just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

An elderly woman driving a Lexus sedan crashed into the front of the 24-hour convenience store located on 2001 W. Central Avenue, La Habra Police Department Sgt. Kyle Davis said.

The crash caused major damage to both the outside and the inside of the store, Davis said.

Two employees were inside at the time but were not near the impact of the crash, Davis said.

The driver of the car mistook the gas pedal for the brakes and accelerated into the 7-Eleven, officials said. She was able to walk away with no injuries.

Workers with the 7-Eleven company are expected to come out to repair the damages to the store sometime later Sunday, Davis said.

The amount of damage to the store and merchandise was not immediately known.

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<![CDATA[3 Deputies Sickened Responding to Domestic Dispute]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:29:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-deputies-sickened-palmdale.jpg

Four people, including three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, were hospitalized Saturday night after being sickened by a chemical at a home on the outskirts of Palmdale, officials said.

The deputies were responding to a domestic violence call at about 9:40 p.m. when they encountered chemical fumes at the home on the 36400 block of Sierra Highway, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

This story originally reported the home was a drug lab, which was being reported by county fire officials. There were medical marijuana plants, but they were allegedly being grown for medical needs.

The chemicals, originally thought to be part of the drug lab operations, were simply household fumes.

One of the three deputies was still being evaluated at the hospital, a fire official said. A fourth person, a female resident of the home, was also being treated at the hospital.

Authorities were investigating at the scene.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Beats USC 38-20 in Battle for LA]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:30:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-ucla-bruins-usc-trojans-victory-bell-november-22.jpg

The No. 11 UCLA Bruins beat the No. 24 USC Trojans 38-20 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, extending the Bruins’ winning streak in the Los Angeles rivalry to three.

Brett Hundley passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, and Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington caught scoring passes as the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) confirmed their Los Angeles supremacy and closed in on the Pac-12 South title with a one-sided romp over their biggest rivals at a festive Rose Bowl.

Paul Perkins rushed for 93 yards and a score for UCLA, which hadn't won three straight over USC since 1998.

Pasadena police said 23 arrests were made at the Rose Bowl, including 11 for drunk in public and two for assaults. However, there were no serious injuries, police said.

USC fans began to trickle out of the stadium in the fourth quarter.

After five consecutive wins down the stretch of a slow-starting season, UCLA can advance to the Pac-12 title game with a victory over Stanford on Friday.

Cody Kessler passed for 214 yards for the Trojans (7-4, 6-3), who struggled mightily against UCLA's inspired defense.

The winning team was awarded the Victory Bell, a 295-pound bell originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive.

The bell was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it was taken by a group of USC students.

A year later, the student body presidents of both schools signed an agreement providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession for the next year, a tradition that has continued.



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<![CDATA[Cafecito: Rosie Perez on Importance of Art in Schools]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:17:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/11-22-14-rosie-pic.JPG

Actor, activist and the first Latina co-host of "The View," Rosie Perez, joins host Feliciano Garcia to talk about the challenges she faced through her youth and why she fights to keep the arts in underserved schools in New York and Los Angeles through the Urban Arts Partnership.

The proud Puerto Rican also discusses what it was like to introduce hip-hop into the mainstream as the choreographer of the Fly Girls on the classic variety show "In Living Color." She even expresses her thoughts on how to succeed in the industry with dignity.

For more on Rosie Perez and her current role in the film "Fugly!" (available on demand Nov. 24th), her autobiography "Handbook for and Unpredictable Life" and her upcoming role in Larry David's "Fish in the Dark."

Previous interviews on Cafecito:

Producer/Host: Feliciano Garcia
Editor: Michael Tomczyk
Director of Operations: Brian Caraveo
Camera: Steven Diaz and Andre Pitt
Music: RoYal Z for Humbled Soul Productions

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<![CDATA[Escaped Sheep Struck by Hit-Run Driver]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:37:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-escaped-bighorn-sheep-los-feliz.jpg

A bighorn sheep that escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in a Los Feliz neighborhood Saturday, police said.

The adult female sheep went missing from an exhibit about noon and  traversed the Santa Monica Mountains from the area in Griffith Park where the zoo is located, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said.

It was struck by a car near the Greek Theatre about two hours later.

Los Angeles park rangers and police found the sheep on a home driveway in the 2200 block of North Commonwealth Avenue.

When zoo personnel and veterinarians got to the sheep, they tranquilized the animal with a dart to bring it back to its habitat but it died at the scene about 3 p.m., Spurlock said.

The sheep is believed to have died from its injuries, but the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy, Spurlock said.

The sheep was one of five bighorns at the zoo. Officials are trying to figure out how it escaped.

The desert bighorn sheep has been listed as endangered since 1998 due to loss of habitat, disease brought by domestic sheep and cattle and predation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Officer Tried to Stop Motorcyclist Killed in Crash: PD]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:25:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1870623321.jpg

A Burbank police officer attempted to stop a motorcyclist driving erratically on Alameda Avenue Saturday morning, but the driver did not respond to the officer’s sirens and was found dead shortly after, police said.

The motorcycle driver nearly collided with a speeding vehicle at a red light and skidded halfway through the intersection, according to a press release from the Burbank Police Department.

The officer turned his sirens on, but the motorcyclist sped off on Buena Vista Street, turning west onto Riverside Drive and crossing over multiple lanes of opposing traffic.

Due to the drivers’ extreme speed and unpredictability, the officer decided not to pursue, according to the release.

The officer drove down the same street the motorcyclist did, where he found that the motorcyclist had struck a fire hydrant and light pole.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the scene, but the 40-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers’ identity is being withheld so his family can be alerted.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Burbank Police Department Traffic Bureau at 818-238 3100.



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<![CDATA[Long Beach's First Latino PD Chief Sworn In]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:18:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-11-14_Robert-Luna-Long-Beach.jpg

Long Beach has its first Latino police chief as Robert Luna was sworn into the post Saturday.

"I'm excited. I'm proud. I'm very humbled and honored," Luna said at the ceremony.  

A 29-year-veteran, Luna was most recently deputy police chief. He takes over a force with over 1,200 personnel and a reputation for officer-involved shootings -- most recently Friday, Luna's first day in charge of the department.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to give back and serve the community that has given so much to me," Luna said in a press release.

Luna replaces Jim McDonnell, who was elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Nov. 4 after a nearly uncontested race -- McDonnell's opponent, Paul Tanaka, made few public appearances after narrowly making it past the primary election. Luna has McDonnell's endorsement.

"I've been working closely with Robert Luna. He's a true leader, a man of integrity. Log beach is in good hands," McDonnell said.

Luna was selected to replace McDonnell a week later. He has a degree in state and local government management from Harvard and worked his way up through the Long Beach Police Department, starting as a beat cop.

Jackie Giordano contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[SWAT Arrests Man in Domestic Dispute]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:36:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/11-22-14-SWAT.JPG

SWAT officers arrested a man Friday, reportedly wearing a bulletproof vest and gas mask, who allegedly threatened to harm his wife and deputies, officials said.

Adam Gadbois’ wife fled the scene, warning responding deputies that he was armed with firearms, according to a press release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

When she called in the domestic violence incident, she also said Gadbois, 26, was wearing a gas mask and bulletproof vest. 

SWAT officers were joined on the scene by deputies and air support from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, according to deputies. Law enforcement set up a perimeter outside the 300 block of Park Point Court in Murrieta.

SWAT units were able to get Gadbois to step out of the house and surrender without any trouble, deputies said.

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<![CDATA[LAPD Prepares for Ferguson Reaction Amid Calls for Calm]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:29:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Capture42.JPG

With a decision looming in the controversial grand jury investigation into Michael Brown's shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department is preparing for demonstrations in LA when the announcement is made.

Some groups have already said they would demonstrate regardless of whether the Ferguson grand jury says charges should be filed aginst the Missouri police department and officer Darren Wilson, who allegedly shot Brown after a confrontation in Ferguson.

The grand jury's decision -- which will not issue a verdict in the case -- may be released over the weekend, and officials held a press conference Saturday morning where they asked citizens to protest peacefully.

"There are situations like this where individuals who don't even live in the community want to create chaos," said LA City Council President Herb Wesson, acting mayor while Eric Garcetti is in China.

Congresswoman Karen Bass and several other politicians and faith leaders also attended the South LA press conference.

"People will do the right thing," Bass said: "discuss what the decision is," have meetings, hold vigils and protest "in the right way."

The LAPD has set up a command post at the 77th Street Division. The planning is precautionary, police said, in case there is a large-scale reaction.

"We will facilitate lawful demonstration, just as we always do," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

Sources told NBC News on Saturday afternoon that a grand jury decision wasn't due until Monday at the earliest, but an LAPD spokesman said preparations would not change.



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<![CDATA[Pomona Street Flooded, Driver Shears Hydrant]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:49:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/11-22-2014-PomonaShear.JPG

A street in Pomona was flooded after a hit-and-run driver sheared a fire hydrant early Saturday.

The water started gushing at around 3:45 a.m. after a white Honda Civic crashed into a parked Ford Mustang, which slammed into the hydrant in the 700 block of East La Verne Avenue

No one injured, and witnesses saw the driver fleeing the scene

The street and a residential lawn were flooded, but Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters were able to turn the hydrant off.

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<![CDATA["Child Services Take Newborn" From IE Fire Mother]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:13:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-20-2014-fire-san-bernardino-fatal.jpg

A woman whose two children died in an apartment fire in San Bernardino this week has allegedly had her newborn child taken from her by child protection services.

She and her partner, who was critically injured in the blaze, are also both under investigation by Children and Family Services after it emerged they were living in the home illegally, according to ABC7.

The parents could face criminal charges if investigators determine their actions led to the death of the children.

The father, who has been identified as Saul Leech, had taken the pregnant woman to St. Bernardine Medical Center on Wednesday. She gave birth on Thursday afternoon, just hours after the deadly fire.

The family had been staying in an apartment in the 260 block of West 14th Street, which had a history of code violations.

The property was a foreclosure and had been boarded up just 10 days ago, San Bernardino Police Department said. The electricity, water and gas had been turned off, but were illegally reactivated.

The family had previously been forced to leave the property numerous times, and last week police removed them because of the fire danger it posed.

The city had issued more than $100,000 in fines because of code violations at the property since 2009.

Fire officials say the 2-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, identified as Candra Leech, were found unconscious huddled behind the living room couch, and paramedics were unable to revive them. They were pronounced dead after being transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.



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<![CDATA[Santa Ana Toddler to Be Autopsied Monday]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:56:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043312.jpg

A two-year-old toddler who died in Santa Ana on Saturday morning under what police deemed suspicious circumstances will be autopsied Monday, police said.

The baby boy was pronounced dead at the scene after officers found him not breathing in a bedroom in the 2500 block of South Linda Way, according to officials with the Santa Ana Police Department. Police had been responding to a medical aid call at 1:45 a.m.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case based on suspicious circumstances at the scene, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told reporters. After the boy was found dead, a search warrant was obtained and served at the residence, he said.

Police questioned and released both parents pending further investigation. No arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon.

The child's body was picked up by the coroner.

City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[One Critical After Car Plunges 300ft Down Malibu Hill]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:43:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/11-22-2014-MalibuHillCrash.JPG

One person was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after a car plunged 300 feet down the side of a hill in Malibu early Saturday.

The vehicle ran over the side of Kanan Dume Road, near Zuma Edison Road, and flipped as it went down a hill, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A helicopter was deployed to rescue the occupants, and the person with critical head injuries was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The rescue mission took around 90 minutes to complete.

Two other people were hurt, one with a broken leg and the other with minor injuries.



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<![CDATA[Upland Woman, 80, Killed While Crossing Street]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:02:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/11-22-2014-UplandFatal2.JPG

An 80-year-old woman died after being hit by a Jeep as she crossed a road in Upland with the aid of her walker on Friday.

The senior, who lived nearby, was hit at around 5:15 p.m. and is said to have been loved by locals. Some residents were in tears as Upland Police Department officers investigated the scene.

The vehicle's driver stopped after hitting the woman, and it is not being treated as a criminal incident.

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<![CDATA[Daughter Convicted of Killing Her Elderly Father]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:35:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/siren3.jpg

A woman has been convicted of killing her 90-year-old father and hiding his body in the backyard of their Bellflower home.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for three days before finding 62-year-old guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Ralph Stofleth.

The World War II veteran was believed to be have been killed sometime between Feb. 1-8, 2008.

His remains were found partially buried near a backyard shed in May of that year after neighbors became concerned that they hadn't seen the man for three months.

Evidence presented at trial showed Copeland continued to collect her father's retirement benefits after he was killed.

Copeland faces up to 15 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on Jan. 9.
 

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<![CDATA[Soda Ads Target Minority Children: Study]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:12:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/11-21-14-soda-shakira.JPG

Soda ads increasingly target Latino and African-American children, a new study said.

Ads for the sugary drinks, linked to weight gain, are worrying researchers who say the trend is tied to the rising obesity epidemic, according to a recent study by Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

Children, some as young as toddlers, face a future of health challenges including diabetes and heart disease, said Dr. Janesri DeSilva.

"I'm seeing children who are having difficulty with crawling and walking," DeSilva said. "They have problems with their bones carrying their weight."

The new study tracked 23 beverage companies and the way they market their products to kids.

In 2013, black children and teens were exposed to twice as many sugary soda and energy drinks than their white counterparts, the study found.

Marketing of such beverages to Latino children and teens is also increasing, as Spanish language populations grow in size.

Natalie Martinez said her 4-year-old son Jacob always says, "Mom, I want some of that" after seeing soda commercials on TV and mobile phones and billboards.

She said she tries to feed him healthy food, but it becomes difficult.

"The commercials ... They make it seem so delicious," Martinez said.

A spokesman for the American Beverage Association, the trade association that represents America's nonalcoholic beverage industry, said the study is "somewhat misleading."

None of them advertise beverages other than juice, water or milk-based drinks to any audience under 12 years old, the spokesman said.

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<![CDATA[Mom-and-Pop Store Clerk Shot in Robbery]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:31:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/226*120/11-21-Video_Store_Clerk_Shot.JPG

Two men held up a Pasadena mom-and-pop store and shot the clerk after a struggle before disappearing, police said.

Police were using bloodhounds to try and find the men after the shooting about 7:45 p.m. on Orange Grove Boulevard between Los Robles and Marengo avenues, said Lt. Art Chute of the Pasadena Police Department. The animals lost the scenet, which suggests the suspects later got into a car.

The search continued well into the night.

"I saw them (police) like, with their flashlights lighting up the street and everything. They did a full search of the whole streets," resident Victor Delao said.

The clerk, who was shot in the upper torso, was in stable condition after being taken to a hospital, police said.

Orange Grove Boulevard was closed between Los Robles and Marengo avenues until about 8:30 p.m., police said.



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<![CDATA[Black Friday Deals Debunked]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:51:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Black-Friday-Kmart-1.jpg

Just a week away from Thanksgiving, people are gearing up for turkey — and the next day's epic shopping opportunities. But it turns out, Black Friday may not be the best day for bargains after all.

Recent pricing data from Adobe Systems from 2013 reveals the best overall prices weren't offered the Friday after Thanksgiving, but the Wednesday before.

This year, Adobe predicts you'll find the best prices on Thanksgiving Day itself, with an average discount of 24 percent. The Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving are also a great day for deals.

So why aren't those days approached with the same consumer intensity? Because Black Friday is the day retailers have spent millions in advertising on, in order to motivate spending.

"You're not going to get the same level of attention on Wednesday before Thanksgiving unless you do a very massive publicity effort, heavy advertising," said Lars Perner, Ph.D., a professor of marketing at Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.

That could mean a more pleasant shopping experience for customers on those other days.

"The best time, it's starting early. It started this week already, but definitely after Black Friday as well," said Moises Camacho, the manager of Steve Madden Shoes at Glendale Galleria.

What if you brave the Black Friday crowds, only to discover what you bought got cheaper a few days later?

"You can always come back and get a price adjustment," advised Camacho.

Knowing all this won't deter die-hard Black Friday shoppers.

"It's an experience," said Glendale Galleria browser Karen Rebillaco. "It's always an experience, so I love it."



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<![CDATA[SoCal Family 1st in U.S. to Buy Back Foreclosed Home: ACCE]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:16:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/11-21-14-azusa-buyback.JPG

Millions of people who lost their homes to foreclosure have a long way to go in getting them back, but they can look to one family in Azusa for a glimmer of hope.

The Coronels were among the 5 million families whose homes foreclosed during the recession — but now they are the first ones in the country to buy their home back, a home finance group said.

Juana and Jaime Coronel bought back their home for $280,000 through principal reduction.

"I got a lot of memories. My brother, sister and my son — everybody," said Juana Coronel. "That's why I don't want to move."

The reportedly unprecedented victory came with the help of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, the nonprofit group of financial and home experts that helped them with financial solutions.

It was a four-year fight.

"(The bank) took their house from them and decided to rent it back to them for more than what they were paying in a house note," ACCE volunteer Peggy Mears said. "Just like you reduce the banks' liability, let's start reducing homeowners' liability."

Peter Kuhns of ACCE said the family convinced bank officials to sell them their house.

"It doesn't make sense to sell this house to someone else when we are qualified to pay the exact same amount," Kuhns said.

The housing industry will be looking to see if it was a one-time deal or a sign of things to come, lifting a ban on principal reduction to allow people to buy their houses back.

The ACCE hopes it's the latter.



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<![CDATA[Three Dead, Three Hurt After Jeep "Runs Red Light"]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:00:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-21-14_Lancaster_Crash.JPG

Three people died and three others were injured when a Jeep Cherokee crashed after allegedly running a red light at more than 80 mph in Lancaster on Friday.

A male adult, female adult and teenage boy were killed, and another person in the vehicle was left in a critical condition after the smash at at 25th and Avenue K just before 6 p.m.

The vehicle collided with a Dodge Ram which had been turning left.  5 people were travelling in the Jeep and four were ejected because they were not wearing seatbelts, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Locals said accidents regularly occur there due to people going much faster than the posted 50 mph limit.

Resident Debbie Calvert consoled a neighbor who saw the crash, and who ended up with human remains landing in her yard.

"The Jeep Cherokee, travelling at a high rate of speed, running a red light. Unfortunately the majority of the people in the Jeep Cherokee have perished. How many more people have to die before the speed limit is lowered?"  Calvert said.

Jason Larimore rushed home from a basketball game after his wife called him to tell him about the accident.

"She called me and said, 'honey, this one's really bad. People in the street,... I came back because she was really upset," Larimore said, "But it happens all the time. First thing I did was say a quick prayer, because that is hard to see."

Jason Kandel also contributed to this report

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<![CDATA[Nerve Freezing Procedure Offers Alternative Pain Relief]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:20:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/LAgenerics+health+medical+doctor+01.jpg

Sharon Basham-Dominguez of Helendale, who has been struggling with knee pain for decades, says it’s "an effort to move day-to-day."

Even a walk along the beach with her grandchildren had proved impossible for the 61-year-old.

"I apologize to the grandkids that gran-gran can’t do nothing today," said Basham-Dominguez.

But Sharon no longer has to apologize for missing family moments. She underwent a unique procedure using a device called iovera that literally froze the nerves responsible for causing pain in the knee.

"It’s so practical and easy to perform, I can do it in my office," said Dr. Vernon Williams of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. "And it doesn’t kill a nerve it just stops it temporarily from sending pain signals."

And that can significantly reduce or eliminate the pain for 3 to 6 months according to Dr. Williams. He said in some cases, the pain relief lasts even longer. And during that time, he works with his patients to fix the structural problems causing the discomfort.

"During the period of time when the nerve is quiet and not sending pain signals, we work really hard at physical therapy," explained Dr. Williams. "We try to improve strength and stability so hopefully when the procedure has worn off there is less pain or no pain."

The device works by using nitrous oxide, laughing gas, to temporarily freeze the nerves in the knee causing the pain. Dr. Williams first identifies the troubled area and then numbs those areas using an ultrasound machine to guide him. He then inserts the iovera probe into each spot and begins the freezing process. It only takes several minutes to complete.

For Basham-Dominguez, the 45-minute process fixed years of suffering.

"It’s been so long since I’ve felt normal but my knees feel great," said Basham-Dominguez.

Dr. Bruce’s Advice –

  • This procedure can help reduce the pain temporarily but it’s not a cure. You need to find out what’s causing the pain and address those issues.
  • Don’t suffer through knee pain. There are a lot of treatments available including knee replacements. You don’t have to live in constant pain.
  • This is a fairly new procedure and it’s not yet covered by insurance so expect to pay around $1,000 per treatment.

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<![CDATA[Immigration Advocates Encourage Asian Communities to Embrace Reform]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:37:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/11-21-14-immigration-API.JPG

While many prepare to take advantage of the new temporary relief immigration program announced by President Obama Thursday, many in the Asian Pacific Islander community are still scared to come out of the shadows, due to lingering feelings of fear, shame or family reasons.

Trina Lei Pasumbal only recently decided to speak out about her immigration status, and now hopes others will do the same.

"We still feel in the API community there is still a lot of fear in coming out and a lot of shame in being undocumented," Pasumbal said.

Fifteen percent of undocumented individuals in California fall under the Asian Pacific Islander category.

Michelle Yoon, who was born in South America, said she’s still hesitant to share pictures of her family. For the next three years, she is in the U.S. legally, under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

She said she didn’t apply right away because her mom is undocumented and did not qualify for deferred action.

But now she said she believes taking advantage of immigration reform — albeit temporary — is a must.

"We need this," Yoon said. "(To) really show politicians."

Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu, who represents California’s 27th District, said she’s well aware of the statistics.

"There are about 8 percent of young people who are API who are eligible for DACA, but only 2.6 percent that actually applied," Chu said at a news conference.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, is also helping with the effort to encourage young people in the community to utilize their legal options.

Stewart Kwoh, executive director, said the organization provides legal assistance at little or no charge, and holds monthly information sessions in multiple languages. His legal advice is to take advantage of the immigration plan Obama has presented.

"It will provide relief for their family situation," Kwoh said.

Pasumbal and Yoon said they plan to share their experiences with different communities, and encourage others to also come out of hiding.

"No one’s going to come after you, you’re going to get the help that you need," Pasumbal said.

And they vow to fight past fear for a more permanent solution.

"I am afraid but I also think it’s important that we tell people to apply," Yoon said. "Show them the faces. We are here and we want to stay."

The group warns people to be wary of scammers offering money to help fill out applications that don’t yet exist. They advise to seek immigration advice from a qualified professional whom you can trust.

To contact the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, you can call 213-241-8885, 213-241-8886, or visit their website for various language options.



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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Crash Reported in Long Beach]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:26:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-1-a-breaking-news-la-generic-graphic-april2014.gif

A child was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Long Beach on Friday, authorities said.

The incident happened before 3:30 p.m. at 10th Street and Temple Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

Refresh this page for updates.

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<![CDATA[Brothers Arrested in Chuck E. Cheese Shooting]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:11:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/233*120/Chuck-E-Cheese1.JPG

Two brothers have been arrested in connection with a September shooting at a Pico Rivera Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, sheriff’s officials said Friday.

Jesse Ortiz, 33, and Jimmy Ortiz, 31, both from Pico Rivera, initiated a gang-related shooting outside the restaurant, investigators said. Both have been charged with attempted murder and shooting into an inhabited dwelling.

Jimmy Ortiz remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail; Jesse Ortiz’s bail was set at $1 million.

The shooting was reported Sept. 28, and deputies found multiple rounds had been shot into the front of the restaurant, narrowly missing children and adults inside.

Investigators believe a gang-related confrontation in the parking lot led to the shooting, and both brothers have ties to a local gang, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Balderama at 562-949-2421.

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<![CDATA["My Faith in God is Strong": Pastor Cleared of Rape]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:06:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-21-14_Pastor.JPG

A rape charge against a 41-year-old pastor from a Southern California church has been dropped, prosecutors said Friday.

Prosecutors dismissed the case against Jerome Anthony Clay Sr., after determining that the evidence they had wasn't enough to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

In an interview with NBC4, Clay said he thrilled, but wants to regain the trust of the community.

"My faith in God is strong," he said. "It was difficult. I wasn't expecting anything like this. It shocked me."

He was arrested on suspicion of rape in March, according to the Perris Police Department. The accusations were from a woman with whom he had a previous relationship.

"Anyone can get this kind of allegation said about them but our judicial system did wonders," he said.

Clearing his name in the court of public opinion will be an uphill battle.

"Being charged with a crime and being publicly humiliated is a very difficult thing to get over," said his attorney Kia Feyzjou.

Clay is no longer a pastor at the Compassion Church.

His attorney is working on getting the arrest cleared from his record.

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<![CDATA[Man Gets Death Penalty in Murder of Ex-Girlfriend]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:58:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/11-21-14-tyrone-harts-mug.JPG

A man who shot his former girlfriend and lit her on fire in front of her children was sentenced to death Friday, prosecutors said.

In February 2011, Tyrone Harts, 41, killed Brandi Morales in the Los Angeles-area home she shared with her six children. Officials said Harts had previously lived there, but the couple had split up several weeks before.

On the night of the murder, police said he called the house and spoke to her children, telling one of them to leave the sliding glass door unlocked.

Morales’ two oldest children were awakened by their mother’s screams on Feb. 21, prompting the oldest boy to grab a kitchen knife and go to her room, officials said. Harts shot at the boy, who ran away while the other four children woke up. At the time of the murder, Morales' children ranged in age from 6 to 15.

The four younger children saw their mother lit on fire and attempted to put out the fire with cups of water, police said.

Police and fire officials arrived and Morales was pronounced dead on the scene. She suffered first and second-degree burns over more than half of her body, officials said.

Last month, Harts was convicted of one count each of murder and attempted murder, five counts of child endangerment and one count of being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to a news release from the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. The jury also found a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, making Harts eligible for the death penalty.

The same jury Friday sentenced him to death. He is ordered to be formally sentenced on Jan. 30.



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<![CDATA[Suspicious Package Reported near Sunset and PCH ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Breaking+News.gif

The LAPD Bomb Squad has been called to investigate a suspicious package near Sunset and Pacific Coast Highway on Friday just after noon, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Police Department is asking people to avoid the area due to the package, which was reported at 12:20 p.m.

The LA Fire Department is on the scene with the LAPD.

The north- and southbound lanes of PCH were opened as of 1:55 p.m., according to a tweet from the LAPD, but a spokesman said the investigation was continuing. Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Obama Immigration Speech Draws Eager Eyes in SoCal]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:43:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Immigration_CHIRLA_chen_noon_1200x675_361905219771.jpg

A group of Southern California immigration reform advocates gathered at LA City Hall Friday to watch a landmark speech from President Barack Obama.

The speech was streamed to a meeting room from Las Vegas for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, where Obama outlined the details of his recent executive order to give nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants protection from deportation.

The Coalition has advocated for the rights of undocumented immigrants and some members of the group went to Las Vegas to see the speech live.

The immmigant community has mostly -- though not entirely -- cheered the news that Obama won't pursue deportations for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents if the parents have resided in the U.S. for at least five years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[South Pasadena High School on Lockdown]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:00:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/01-precaution.jpg

South Pasadena High School is on lockdown after authorities received a threat.

The threat was received Thursday night, according to the South Pasadena Police Department.

Parents are encouraged to pick up their children off of Fremont Avenue -- Diamond Avenue is closed, police said.

Two South Pasadena High School students were arrested in August for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at the school.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Victim Info Sought on Teacher's Aide Accused of Sex Crime]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:52:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Richard-Green-booking-photo.jpg

A former Orange County teacher's aide charged with carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl may have had other victims, authorities seeking help from the public said Friday.

The Orange County DA and sheriff are looking for help identifying other children Richard Nolan Green, 28, may have victimized.

Green has been charged with unlawful sexual intercourse oral copulation with a minor and lewd act upon a child, all felony counts, for allegedly beginning a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl -- not a student in his class -- at his home, authorities said.

Green was a teacher's aide for troubled youth in the Orange Unified School District. The Yorba Linda resident is out on $100,000 bail.

Anyone with information is asked to call 714-347-8794 or 714-647-7452.



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<![CDATA[Police Fatallly Shot Man During Search for Runaway]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:26:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Capture41.JPG

Police responding to a call about a runaway girl fatally shot a man inside a house in Long Beach Friday.

Officers were sent to the 2300 block of Eucalyptus Avenue about 8:10 a.m. to assist in locating the girl, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

During the investigation, police shot a man.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a responding officer made contact with the person who called police and determined that the girl was inside a residence with a man with whom she had a prior relationship, police said.

The officer also learned there was an valid restraining order on file prohibiting the man from having contact with the girl and there was a history of multiple domestic violence cases on file involving the two, police said.

Police shot the man after he armed himself with a knife and began arguing with the girl.

"Fearing for the safety of the parties, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect," police said.

A knife was recovered.

Authorities withheld the man's name because they hadn't notified his relatives.

As is standard in such cases, the shooting will be investigated by the Long Beach police Homicide Detail as well as the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Neighbors said they awoke to the sounds of shouting, yelling and then gunfire.

Karen Garcia said she could hear the commotion from next door.

"I could hear a woman break down crying then someone screaming 'Put down the knife,' then six to eight gunshots," she said.

Roy Ferguson was walking his son to school when the shots rang out.

"When I was outside I heard two to three shots and people started ducking behind cars," he said.

Lafayette Elementary School nearby was briefly placed on lockdown.

Neighbors said police had been called to the residence more than once.

"He was all crazy. Wild. Wild hair and another time police had to come again," Joseph Blake said. "It's the same dude right here."

Hetty Chang contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Man on Bike Arrested With Gun, Knives: Police]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:07:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HB-gun-knives-discovery.jpg

A handgun, several ammunition magazines and knives were found on a man arrested in Huntington Beach Wednesday night, police announced.

The man also had collapsible baton in his bag, Huntington Beach Police said. He was arrested on various weapons charges Wednesday night, first stopped for violating the vehicle code on a bicycle near Beach Boulevard and Garfield Avenue.

No information about the man was released, including his name and age.



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<![CDATA[Auto Show: Chevrolet Gran Turismo Concept]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:03:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/11-21-2014-la-auto-show-459259756_10+%281%29.jpg Chevrolet brought its design for a downloadable Gran Turismo 6 concept car to the 2014 LA Auto Show. The design was inspired by the outrageous Chaparral Can-Am race cars of the 1960s and 70s.

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<![CDATA[Southern California November Weather Images]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:23:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/531d80b2dfbb42a7ac38ca50e7108154.jpg A fall storm moved through Southern California Nov. 21, 2014

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