<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 22 Oct 2016 06:38:47 -0700Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:38:47 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jack in the Box Employee Shot to Death by Masked Robber]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:42:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/jackinthebox-shooting-102216.PNG

A Jack in the Box employee died after he was shot Friday night by a masked man who attempted to rob the fast-food restaurant in El Monte.

The attempted robbery and shooting occurred at around 7:30 p.m. in the 9200 block of Flair Drive, said Lt. Mike Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A man wearing a Halloween mask -- it was unclear what kind -- entered the restaurant, jumped the counter and shot a male employee before he ran off with nothing and fled in a vehicle.

It was unknown how many times the robber fired his gun. Employees and patrons ran away when he started shooting.

The employee died at the hospital. His identity was withheld pending family notification.

Detailed descriptions of the shooter and his vehicle were not immediately available.

Authorities plan to look through surveillance video, Rosson said.

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<![CDATA[Driver of Stolen Accord Leads Police Chase]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:04:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/239*120/Capture98.PNG

A driver suspected of stealing a car was arrested Friday night after leading police on a chase in South Los Angeles.

The chase started before 10:45 p.m. at the southbound 710 Freeway at the 91, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver of a green Honda Accord drove up to 80 mph and was taken into custody not long after he led the chase to the streets.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Smoke Advisory Issued After Recycling Plant Fire]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:36:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/161021-ontario-fire.jpg

A smoke advisory was issued Friday night for the Inland Empire as a fire burned through a recycling plant in Ontario.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the advisory for Friday night and Saturday morning.

A fire, fueled by tall stacks of wood pallets and cardboard at a recycling business near Ontario International Airport, sent a massive column of black smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

The inferno was burning Friday near East State Street and South Bon View Avenue, about a mile west of the Ontario International Airport, in a yard roughly the size of a city block. Aerial footage showed flames spreading to at least one structure and three flatbed pickup trucks.

"I really thought that our house was going to be gone," said Gabriel Lopez, a nearby resident who had to evacuate. "It was really that bad."

The blaze appeared to be contained within the yard. Airport officials said it was not affecting flights or airport operations.

Ontario Fire Department officials hope the blaze will be out by 10 a.m. Saturday.

The smoke advisory urges residents to avoid "vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion."

"People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors," the advisory said. "Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter."

A firefighter suffered burns to his hand and a bystander suffered smoke inhalation, according to the fire department.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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<![CDATA[Man With 3rd Eye Tattoo Sought in Attempted Kidnapping]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:51:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-20-16+IB+Attempted+Abduction.jpg

Law enforcement officials are searching for a man with a third eye tattooed on his forehead in an attempted kidnapping reported Wednesday in Imperial Beach.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), the incident occurred on 13th Street and Fern Avenue between 5 and 5:45 p.m. A pickup truck pulled up next to the 11-year old, who had been riding a scooter, and a man sitting in the passenger seat got out and attempted to grab the child.

The child was able to escape to a relative who lived nearby.  

SDSO released a sketch of the suspect on Thursday. He is described to be have salt and pepper hair and a mustache, about 5-feet 11-inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He also has a number of tattoos, including an eyeball on his forehead and a skull on his neck. 

Patti Wringel lives in the area and said the tattoos are so unique, someone would recognize the suspect.

She said she will be paying more attention to her surroundings in an effort to protect her grandchildren.

“I think we’ve become too lax and we think we’re safe again and we stop being as vigilant as we used to be,” she said. “We just need to remember it can happen anywhere to anybody.”

The suspect was riding in Royal Blue, lifted, Ford F250 pickup. SDSO says the truck appeared to be a newer model, probably 2015 or 2016. At this time, the identity of the pickup truck driver is unkown. 

The child was not hurt, SDSO said.

Anyone who has information or recognizes the suspect can call SDSO at (858)974-5200.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Construction Worker Who Fell Into Well Dies]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/10-21-16-Well.JPG

A 27-year-old construction worker who fell 60 to 70 feet Friday into a well in Bel-Air has died, firefighters said.

The man was found face down and motionless and "beyond medical help," said Briand Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Search-and-rescue specialists were called to pull him out.

Firefighters were summoned at 2:48 p.m. to the 900 block of North Bel Air Road, where the man had fallen into a 4-foot sump well, according to Brian
Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

<![CDATA[Free: Play Ping Pong at a Museum]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:36:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/pingpong2928922.jpg

If you know the work of Machine Project, the Echo Park-located art collective, you know that simply saying the group's artworks are "offbeat" doesn't quite encapsulate the surreal, sensory-cool experiences.

It might be more apt to say that the people behind the collective are constantly asking the viewer to engage with their senses in unusual ways. You may recall the recent program that pondered how a UFO might smell, or the Underwater Art Show in Santa Monica. (Yes, it was underwater.)

So your next question on the quirky sensory experience quiz is this: What does a Ping Pong ball sound like as it comes into contact with a table?

Parents may be putting that unusual question to their kids, and vice versa, on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Hammer Museum when "Sound piece for the Hammer Museum by Machine Project," which includes a Ping Pong table, is made the fun focal point for a family-centered showdown.

The event is called "Game On: What Does Ping Pong Sound Like?," and visitors are invited to ponder exactly that (families, in fact, "are invited to engage with the sounds of the tournament through drawing and movement activities").

Ah yes, there's a tournament that'll go down, in addition to the art-focused listening afoot. It's the Hammer Kids Ping Pong Tournament, a "first-ever" for the Westwood institution, and families'll meet on either side of the net to spend late Sunday morning, and the noontime hour, showing off their skills. 

The free program is designed for kids who are 7 and up, and their grown-ups. (Parking under the museum is six dollars, do note.)

So, what exactly does Ping Pong ball connecting with a table or paddle sound like? Is it more of a thwack or a thump? Is hearing it an important part of enjoying the beloved game? And what other impressions might be gleaned from an offbeat outing like playing a time-honored pursuit inside a museum?

Question, questions. Play in the tourney, have a ball, and, on the ride home, discuss just what sound a ball makes, and see how many varied descriptions you get from your crew.

Photo Credit: Ping Pong]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested in Death of Toddler]]> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:30:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/10-21-16-Fire.JPG

Police launched a homicide investigation Friday into the death of a toddler and the man suspected in the case was taken into custody after setting an apartment unit on fire and stabbing himself, police said.

He had been under the influence of methamphetamines, said LAPD Capt. Steve Carmona.

The 13-month-old victim's mother took the child to a hospital, where the toddler died, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section.

An officer answering an assault with a deadly weapon/man with a knife call about 2:05 p.m. in the 13200 block of Vanowen Street encountered a "somewhat combative" man -- with a knife protruding from his chest -- and took him into custody, Carmona said.

About the same time, firefighters were dispatched to the apartment blaze in the 13100 block of Vanowen, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"The mother rolled in, just started yelling at him," said Guillermo Voadz, a witness. "Flames were out of control. He reached outside window, and just fell out. He landed on his feet, and just continued walking like nothing happened."

The man, who police said was the child's father, was not immediately identified and was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive and to be booked once medically cleared, police said.

Madison said investigators were working to determine what caused the child's death.

Police said earlier that the girl had been thrown from the apartment window. Police also initially said the girl was 2 years old.

<![CDATA[Sexual Predator Got Inside Homes, Groped Females]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:31:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police+car+siren2.jpg

Authorities Friday sought public help to find a sexual predator suspected of getting inside four residences in Maywood this month and groping female victims.

The first crime occurred about 1:30 a.m. Oct. 5 in the 6100 block of King Avenue, the sheriff's department reported.

"As the victim sat in her living room, the suspect emerged from her bathroom hallway, approached her and grabbed her breasts," according to a sheriff's statement. "As the unwanted sexual touching continued, the victim fought against the suspect, pushing him away and forcing him out of the house."

The second crime occurred about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 4300 block of 53rd Street, about a mile from the first crime. The suspect sneaked into a unit while the residents were asleep in their bedroom.

"One of the victims, a male adult, was awakened by the sound of a door opening," according to a sheriff's statement. "After seeing a dark silhouette and the light illumination of a cellphone, the victim yelled at the suspect. The suspect immediately ran and jumped out of an apartment window."

About 90 minutes afterward, the suspect entered a residence in the 4100 block of 53rd Street.

"The victim was asleep in her bedroom when she was awakened by the sense of someone touching an intimate body part," the statement said. "Realizing it was an intruder, she ran and locked herself in a bedroom and called 911.

Upon the arrival of East Los Angeles deputies, the suspect could not be located."

On Wednesday about 4:30 a.m., the suspect entered a residence in the 3600 block of 53rd Street and covered the mouth of a girl sleeping in her bed. She yelled for help, and her father came to her aid.

"The father confronted the suspect and punched him before losing balance and falling to the floor," the sheriff's statement said. "This allowed the suspect to run out through the front door and flee the scene."

Investigators believe the crimes were committed by the same suspect, described as an Hispanic man in his 20s, between 5 feet 2 and 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a thin build and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on the crimes was urged to call detectives at (323) 264-4151, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Near Sylmar Neighborhood]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:05:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-21-2016-sylmar-brush-fire-3.JPG

Water-dropping aircraft attacked a brush fire that sent smoke Friday afternoon over a northern San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

The fire was reported in the 12600 block of Maclay Street in Sylmar. No buildings were threatened, but firefighters were positioned near houses to prevent the fire from spreading to residences, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

At least three firefighting aircraft responded to the riverbed area northeast of the 210 Freeway.

The fire burned about 2 acres as of 2 p.m.

Maclay Street was closed for the firefight.

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<![CDATA[Doo Dah Parade: Queen Tryouts]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:56:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IMG_710doodah.jpg

Heads that wear crowns have long been described as uneasy — we pause to tip our hat to William Shakespeare here — but a royal person isn't always shown rocking a sparkly tiara or other similarly bejeweled noggin-topper.

Sometimes, instead of a crown, a queen wears a top hat, or paper flowers, or twinkly lights, or a quirky combination of the three. That is, of course, if that queen is heading up an especially zany event like Pasadena's long-running, laffy-wacky, anything-goes-y Doo Dah Parade.

As is tradition with many other processions of note, the annual Crown City strut has a respected and admired queen at its helm, a royal personage whose mere presence brings many benedictions to the esteemed event.

But how she or he came to the role of queen is a tale that begins long before the Doo Dah Parade, and typically starts with a cast of colorfully attired contestants arriving at the American Legion Bar to show off their best stuff.

Such stuff might be a musical performance, or imitating bird calls, or some tap dancing, but show it they shall, with oomph, on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 22.

That's the 2016 date for Queen Tryouts, while the Doo Dah Parade will march, with not too much dignity but oodles of panache and humor, on Saturday, Nov. 20.

That means the new queen will have a full five weeks, or nearly, to enjoy her or his reign, though official appointments and ribbon-cutting photo ops may be few. Still, the queen will need to hold the Doo Dah's have-fun, be-creative tenets at heart and lead the whimsical way to the official event.

An event that started decades ago as an offbeat answer to the stately Tournament of Roses. An event that's hopped around the calendar over the years, with cheek and devil-may-care-a-tude. An event that has tweaked its location, and, yes, rarely starts on time (the 11 a.m. on the web site should be read as "11-a.m.-ish, probably closer to 11:15, so maybe bring a book").

That is not a complaint in the least. On the contrary, the Doo Dah's commitment to remaining light-hearted, unworried, and it's-all-goodly is commendable. ("Remember the rules: DOO DAH RULES!" is about the only firm instruction a potential participant will receive.)

As for participants? It still costs ten bucks to enter, and you can dress up how you want to dress up. That's been the way of the Doo Dah for about a thousand years (which is like 962 years longer than the Doo Dah has been around, but this is a parade that embraces exaggeration and hyperbole with glee).

As for the 39th annual Doo Dah Parade Queen? Judges will make that important determination after all the auditions conclude on Oct. 22.

Crock pot chili, hot dogs, and cold brews will keep contenders and judges fortified at the American Legion Bar, as hopeful after hopeful takes to the stage, in full, fabulous regalia, to play the harmonica or do a headstand or ably enact both at the same time.

Best of luck to the queens-in-waiting, the Doo Dah staff, and the whole quirky-chaotic, heart-huge happening to come. No crowns are required for this queen, just an approach to doing life the Doo Dah way. (See the rules above for further clarification.)

Photo Credit: Brian Biery]]>
<![CDATA[Join Us in Virtual Reality for Our 'Pot, Guns & Death: California Votes' Town Hall]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:47:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/VR+thumbnail.JPG

We're teleporting ourselves into AltspaceVR to hang out with people in virtual reality.

Join NBC4’s Conan Nolan and Mekahlo Medina this Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. for a virtual discussion about the propositions on California’s ballot this November.

In "Pot, Guns & Death: A Conversation about California Propositions," we’ll discuss three hotly debated props involving the death penalty, gun regulations and marijuana.

We'll speak with a live audience of people from around California and the world to discuss and help you make an informed decision about some controversial propositions.

NBC4 is excited to take this leap with you.

Anyone can join in VR on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Samsung Gear VR. If you don't have a VR headset, join us in 2D mode on qualifying Mac or PC.

You can RSVP for the event here.

Visit us here to find out more.

Can’t join us in virtual reality? No worries! Follow along in 2D on your computer by following the live stream here.

<![CDATA[Pentagon IDs US Sailor Killed by Roadside Bomb in Iraq]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jason+Finan+1021.jpg

A sailor with the U.S. Navy based in Coronado, California, was the American service member killed in Iraq Thursday, Defense Department officials confirmed Friday.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, died Thursday from injuries suffered by an "improvised explosive device," or roadside bomb, officials said.

Finan was from Anaheim, California, and was serving in Iraq with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in an advisory capacity, according to the Pentagon. 

"The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the Sailor we lost," said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command/NECC Pacific, in a news release.

Finan was the first U.S. service member to die in combat since the launch of a massive operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul earlier this week.

More than 100 U.S. special operations forces are embedded with Iraqi units, and hundreds more are playing a supporting role in staging bases.

As of early this month, there were 4,565 U.S. troops in Iraq, according to the Pentagon. That doesn't include another 1,500 troops considered there "on temporary duty," whose number changes daily, according to the U.S. officials.

Three other service members have died in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against IS in August 2014.

<![CDATA[Counting Down to Voter Registration Deadline]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:42:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vote+sign+generic.jpg

The clock is ticking for Californians who plan to vote in the November election.

Monday is the last day to register to vote. Applications submitted after Monday will be processed, but only for future elections -- not the Nov. 8 election.

Online registration is available by clicking here.

To register, you'll need a California driver's license or ID card number, the last four digits of your social security number and your birth date.

Applications also can be picked up at county elections offices, California Department of Motor Vehicles offices and many post offices, public libraries, and government offices. Call the state's voter hotline at 800-345-8683 to have an application sent to your address.


Phone: Contact the California Secretary of State office at 800-345-8683

Email: Click here to email the California Secretary of State office.

Online: Voter Registration FAQ

Other Important Dates

  • General Election: Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Personally Delivered Ballots: Must arrive by close of polling stations on Nov. 8.
  • Mailed Ballots: Must be postmarked on or before Nov. 8 and received by elections office no later than Nov. 14.

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<![CDATA[Ex-California Lawmaker Gets Prison in Bribery Case]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:02:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/california-senator-ron-calderon.jpg

A former California state senator who took bribes in exchange for supporting legislation has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison.

A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles imposed the sentence Friday on Ron Calderon after listening to the former legislator ask for house arrest instead.

Federal prosecutors had sought a five-year prison term.

Calderon earlier pleaded guilty to mail fraud and acknowledged taking bribes in two instances.

Calderon's "trafficking in his legislative votes" for over $150,000 in cash and other benefits "caused a reverberation of negative effects throughout California and put a stain not just on his career, but on the reputation of the state legislature," Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack E. Jenkins wrote in a pre-sentencing brief.

Jenkins noted that Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, "admitted to participating in two substantial and complex bribery schemes that entailed multiple forms of bribes, concealment and sophisticated money laundering. Here, defendant sold his vote not just to help pay for the expenses of living beyond his means, but for the more banal and predictable aims of corruption -- fancy luxuries, fancy parties and fancy people."

Calderon's attorney has suggested that U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder sentence the 59-year-old former lawmaker to time already served or a period of home detention.

Jenkins proposed that Calderon be sentenced to five years in custody, one year of supervised release, a $7,500 fine and 250 hours of community service.

Calderon's elder brother, Tom, was sentenced in September to a 10-month split sentence of federal prison and electronic monitoring for helping conceal bribe money that his brother received during an FBI sting.

The former Montebello-area assemblyman pleaded guilty to a money laundering count in which he admitted allowing $30,000 from an undercover agent to be funneled through his Calderon Group as payment for his younger brother to support lowering the threshold for California's film tax credit from $1 million to $750,000.

The Calderon brothers were indicted in February 2014 on two dozen counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud, honest services fraud, bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

Jenkins wrote that the case was representative of a climate in Sacramento "where waves of dark money infect politics and flood the worlds of many politicians."

Ron Calderon was accused of soliciting and accepting $100,000 in cash bribes, in addition to getting a raft of plane trips, gourmet meals and golf resort junkets in exchange for championing laws favorable to those who paid him and working against laws that could do them harm.

He was suspended from the state Senate in March 2014, and his term in office ended nine months later.

Tom Calderon represented his Montebello-area district in the California Assembly from 1998-2002.

In sentencing Tom Calderon, Snyder said a longer custodial sentence was warranted, but she took into account the 62-year-old defendant's health problems, which resulted in recent triple bypass surgery.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell]]>
<![CDATA[Gourds on the Go: Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:53:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mbpumpkinrace2016.jpg

October is awash in quirky attributes, but one of the most prominent, if notably unsung, is the fact that we invite a certain foodstuff into our home for the better part of the month, an edible that we don't eat (at least not yet) but instead decorate and display.

Other fruits don't receive the cushy, month-long welcome of the pumpkin, but our devotion to the stem-topped icon goes well beyond lattes, jack o'lanterns, and centerpieces: Sometimes we put pumpkins on wheels and send 'em off to the races.

Well, one well-known race in particular: The World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race, a long-runner of a fundraiser that puts an emphasis on joyful absurdity, creative can-do, and helping others.

The date? It's Sunday, Oct. 23. The time? The squashy shenanigans rev up at noon.

The beneficiary of the afternoon-long happening, which takes place at the pier? Make Autism Work. Funds from the day will "provide MBUSD Transition Program students with extra vocational training and local employment opportunities they need to succeed in their transition goals," including learning "to live and work in our community as neurodiverse young adults."

True story, then: Showing up to cheer on the turbocharged pumpkins isn't all about seeing which wheeled wonder crosses the finish line first. There are bigger, longer-lasting things at work in this venerable event.

True story, contd.: The tenets of the day include "creativity, ingenuity, diversity, and fair play," so, really, if you want to jump up and down for all the speedy seedy competitors, go for it. 

Also true? It's free to attend.

As for top honors? For sure, design and adorableness will be rewarded, but the "Worst Crash" will also be given due recognition. The guts-glorious orbs, as every pumpkin purchaser knows, can make a rather spectacular, stringy mess with very little provocation.

The World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race passed its quarter-century mark in 2015, making the yearly event a true-blue — or true-orange, perhaps — community stalwart, a fun fundraiser that wears its giveback spirit, and seasonal zaniness, proudly.

Can't attend but want to donate? Start here. Thinking of putting your own pumpkin, the one sitting sedately upon the dining room table, on wheels? Vroom.

Photo Credit: Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race]]>
<![CDATA[Intruders Caught on Homeowner's New Security Cameras]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:06:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/10-21-2016-south-pasadena-home-intruder-cameras-1.JPG

A South Pasadena homeowner installed security cameras just in time to capture close-ups of intruders Tuesday inside the residence. 

Three men broke into the home in the 1200 block of Via Del Rey by climbing over a side gate and smashing through a sliding door at the rear of the property. The men are not in the house for long -- the break-in triggered an alarm.

Security camera video shows one of the men looking around with a flashlight. At one point, he appears to look at the camera, one of several installed just a few days before the break-in, as he shines the light in its direction.

It was not immediately clear whether any items were stolen.

No arrests were reported.

Photo Credit: South Pasadena PD]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrities in the Stands: Dodgers Edition]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:33:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/227*120/10-18-2016-dodgers-fan-ferrell-milano-lopez.jpg Hollywood celebrities show off their Dodger blue.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Man Plows Stolen Work Truck Into West Hollywood Business]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:22:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/car-into-structure-102116.PNG

A driver fled after he plowed a work truck he stole from street cleaners into a business in West Hollywood early Friday morning.

The crash occurred at around 3:54 a.m. near West Santa Monica Boulevard and Croft Avenue, after a man stole the truck from workers who were cleaning the streets at San Vicente Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department West Hollywood Station.

Los Angeles County firefighters pulled the truck from Mail, Boxes and Things, a notary public and mailing service.

A detailed description of the driver was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Free: ArtNight Pasadena]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 03:19:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ArtNightPasadena_ArtCenter015.jpg

A rather obvious statement to make when the spooky season rolls around is about to follow: People like to be transported. And that transportive moment can arrive via a neighborhood haunted house, or a ghostly bit of symphonic music, or a classic horror film.

There are other avenues, though, to walking through the doors of one's mind. More than anything, art seems to have a knack for opening brain doors, and inviting the person seeking a fresh outlook with a new notion, an intriguing angle, or something to chew upon, contemplatively.

Imagine all of the new-notion-ing you'll do, without spending any money, in Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 21. ArtNight Pasadena is back, the keep-your-cash-stowed event, unless-you-want-a-nosh-from-a-food-truck to-do, the happening that includes a caboodle of stellar institutions.

Is it really a caboodle, though, or have we walked through some door in our own mind to a different, exaggeration-prone reality?

Nope, we stand by the word, firmly: Eighteen museums and galleries and art-cool destinations are on board, and if you can visit the entire caboodle from 6 to 10 o'clock in the evening, well, we do doff our cap. (Of course we're wearing a cap, because it is now fall, despite what the thermometer says.)

ArtCenter College of Design, the Armory Center for the Arts, the Jackie Robinson Community Center, Norton Simon Museum, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and several other crown jewels of the Crown City have a part to play in the popular must-do.

How popular? And how must-do-y? Check it out: Some 28,000 art aficionados and music mavens and fans of sauntering about the lovely historic city called upon ArtNight Pasadena in the fall of 2015.

That sounds like a lot of people (and it is), but don't be dissuaded. You can take the Metro Gold Line, and be semi-adjacent to the thick of the action, and plus? There's a sizable spread of goings-on, meaning you and your 27,999 BFFs won't all be calling upon the same location at the same time.

It's solid art appreciation, it is cockles-warming community-style sweetness, and it is a fall tradition around a town that does dearly love tradition. But expect works that aren't too traditional, at many places, in addition to classical paintings and such.

Will you walk through a new door in your mind and leave with a different way of thinking? Autumn has a way of transporting a person, whether via a scary flick or a host of fantastic pieces and sounds, savored on a fall night, without paying for the savoring.

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham/Visit Pasadena]]>
<![CDATA[Brandon Ingram For Rookie of the Year]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:25:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brandon-ingram-rookie-of-the-year.jpg

The campaign for Brandon Ingram to win Rookie of the Year should begin before the season starts because Brandon Ingram is showing signs that he can contribute at a high level before the start of the 2016-17 season.

On Wednesday in San Diego against the Golden State Warriors, a "super team" that played all its regular starters until the end of the game, Ingram finished the night as the Los Angeles Lakers' top scorer with 21 points, to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Ingram, who only turned 19 in September, had a positive plus-minus statistic in 28 minutes against the Western Conference champions, after they added 2014 NBA M.V.P. Kevin Durant.

Despite Ingram's efforts, the Lakers lost due to awful starts to each half, as Lakers coach Luke Walton continued to work out whether to start Lou Williams or Jordan Clarkson alongside D'Angelo Russell in the backcourt. After two tries with Clarkson, Williams appears to be the better choice. Friday's game could be Clarkson's final chance to claim the starting spot, but Williams' leadership in the locker room also plays a role in the decision, along with his uncanny ability to consistently draw fouls in the act of shooting.

Ingram, however, will be coming off the bench and play behind Luol Deng. Deng is meant to be a veteran presence in the locker room and a versatile forward on the court. Due partly to design and partially to a sore calf, Deng has not featured a great deal during the preseason, so Ingram has enjoyed a significant chunk of NBA preseason basketball. And the minutes have helped.

"Brandon is further along as a basketball player than I would expect any kid coming out of college after one year," Walton said after Ingram's 21-point performance.

The most impressive aspect of Ingram's development in the preseason has been his clear improvement on both ends of the floor.

Defensively, Ingram was already ahead of the curve due to his length and the fact that the game has changed to be more technical and less physical at the small forward position. The 19-year-old looks fluid and is a lanky, wiry ball player that should be able to contribute on the first day of the season.

A season ago, Trevor Ariza finished as the top non-guard in the steals category. Though Ingram likely won't play enough minutes to reach Ariza's 1.98 steals per game, he has the length and defensive desire to disrupt passing lanes and find his way onto that list when his minutes in the coming years.

"I think he's getting better at defense," Walton answered when NBCLA.com asked where the coach has seen the most improvement from the Lakers' no. 2 pick since he arrived at training camp. "There's so many differences between defenses in college and the NBA."

After listing the technical areas Ingram has improved defensively, Walton concluded, "On defense, I think he's made the most progress."

Offensively, Walton has been sporadically trying Ingram as a point forward for a couple of preseason games with notable success. Ingram finished the game in that role in Wednesday's loss to Golden State, and the young forward did not record any turnovers against Golden State's starting lineup.

Added to his unique understanding of the game, Ingram is a sharp shooter. He's not nervous with the ball in his hands, and the preseason allowed him a chance to settle in and get his timing. After missing all five of his shots in his preseason opener, the 19-year-old rookie-to-be made seven of his 10 shot attempts and two of his three-point attempts against Golden State on Wednesday.

Unlike most rookies requiring adjustment time with the NBA three-point line, Ingram has range for the NBA on opening night of the season.

"He's a much better shooter than his numbers have shown in the preseason," Walton said about Ingram. "He's a much better free throw shooter than his numbers have shown. He's a better passer."

Walton trailed off and added, "He's a solid, all-around basketball player for someone his age."

The preseason displayed healthy simple trends, as Ingram steadily improved in scoring and hit double-digits in his final two outings. Likewise, the former Duke Blue Devil's assists rose with him improving on those numbers in each of the final three games prior to Friday's preseason finale in Anaheim.

Ingram's positive play on the ball has now provided Walton the opportunity to drop both Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon out of the second unit, rather than pick one or the other, and push Nick Young into the second unit.

Young has been the biggest surprise of training camp and the preseason, as the former USC Trojan and Cleveland High School graduate has played himself into a rotation spot.

"[Young] is playing as well as anyone on our team, if not the best on our team, honestly," Walton said after San Diego's preseason game.

Since Young's play requires a spot in the rotation, the most logical outcome would be to utilize Ingram as a point forward on the second unit, with Young joining Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Tarik Black. Both Huertas and Calderon struggle on the defensive end, so as long as Young continues to play defense, he'll keep the crafty point guards off the court. As it stands, the Lakers' second unit is a far better defensive team with Young than without, which seems unbelievable but is actually accurate.

Also, Young has been on fire during preseason and in practice, so he needs to play.

Ultimately, Ingram's ability to handle the ball and be a versatile point forward helps the Lakers accommodate Young into the rotation. Defensively, Young can guard shooting guards, while Clarkson can guard point guards.

The fact that a barely 19-year-old kid that has not yet even played a single NBA regular season game is already having such a major impact on LA's rotations speaks volumes to the special type of talent the Lakers have drafted.

Even before the season starts, the campaign for Ingram to win Rookie of the Year should begin because the impact he's having on the Lakers is noteworthy already.

On Friday, the Phoenix Suns arrive Orange County to play against Ingram and the Lakers in LA's final preseason game. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Pacific Time at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

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<![CDATA[Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Man Seen Cutting Own Throat]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:54:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/long-beach-ois-102116.PNG

A police officer opened fire at a knife-wielding man seen cutting his own throat near a residence in Long Beach on Thursday night.

Long Beach police officers were dispatched around 9:30 p.m. to a residence in the 100 block of The Colonnade Canal regarding reports for the man, who appeared intoxicated, trying to enter through the front door, said police department spokeswoman Marlene Arrona.

An officer confronted the man, who was cutting his own throat with a knife, Arrona said. When the officer tried to negotiate with him, the man advanced toward the officer and the officer shot him.

The man was taken to the hospital and was in critical but stable condition. It was not immediately clear if he was struck by gunfire, and his condition was not immediately reported.

No officers were injured in the incident, Arrona said.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Human Remains]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:13:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/10-21-2016-mansion-fire-mount-washington.JPG

Firefighters said they would resume their search Saturday for human remains that may be inside a burned mansion in Mount Washington.

A fire ripped through a 9,000-square-foot hillside home Thursday night. Three tenants had to be pulled from the burning and a 74-year-old woman was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, officials said. The cause of the fire was not known.

The structure was so badly damaged that fire officials said its walls were "teetering."

"There is still currently fire moving up the inside of those walls, so we have to be very cautious about how we proceed," said Los Angeles Fire Department Assistant Chief Tim Ernst. "So we're actually going to have to start dismantling the building from the top down so we can get to the void where we believe the missing occupant is located."

That made it unsafe for search teams to go in. Searchers believe they might have found remains, but they didn't know whether or not they were human.

Authorities sent several cadaver dogs through the window of the second floor of the home on Sea View Avenue to search on Friday.

Neighbors say an 84-year-old man owns the home and rents out rooms to more than a dozen tenants.

Witnesses said the elderly owner of the house warned the others about the fire, but then he was seen going back into his bedroom and shutting the door. They suspect he might have gone back in to rescue a litter of puppies.

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<![CDATA[Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Again Friday Night]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:55:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_0910210590-Orionid-meteor-shower-bulgaria-telescope.jpg

There is something magical about seeing "shooting stars" and you'll have your chance from midnight to dawn Friday and again Saturday night.

Don't get your hopes up that the Orionids will be a spectacular showing though. The end of the full moon, or the waning gibbous moon, will wash out the faintest meteors. If you can find a spot away from the city, you may see a maximum of 10 to 15 meteors per hour.

Halley's comet is really far away but we are intersecting the comet's orbit. What's really cool about the Orionids is the debris comes from the most famous of all comets. Halley's comet's last visit was in 1986, and it will return again in 2061. The comet is no where nearby but this time every year the Earth intersects with its orbit.

The meteor shower is called the Orionids because it appears to fan out from the constellation Orion, the Hunter. These particles, or meteors, are about the size, shape and color of Grape-Nuts cereal.

These tiny pieces of debris slam the top of the Earth's atmosphere 80 miles up. Each meteor hits the atmosphere at 37 miles per second, creating a hot streak of superheated air that you see on the ground as a streak of light. They burn up, never reaching the surface of the Earth. It is inaccurate to call them "shooting stars" because they are bits of rubble.

You don't need any special equipment to watch, simply go outside with an open view and away from as many city lights as possible. Lay down on a blanket or a lawn chair and keep an eye on the sky.

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<![CDATA[LA Sparks Win 2016 WNBA Finals]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:13:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2016-WNBAFinals-Sparks-win.jpg

The Los Angeles Sparks pulled off a harrowing comeback and won their final two road games to win the 2016 WNBA Finals 3-2, after a dramatic and controversial 77-76 victory in Thursday's deciding Game 5.

Candace Parker, who was named 2016 WNBA Finals MVP, led the way with 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds on the night, but the fight of 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike in the final seconds of the deciding game proved to make the championship difference.

After Maya Moore made a 16-foot shot to give the Minnesota Lynx a one-point lead with only 15 seconds showing on the game clock, Sparks guard Chelsea Gray drove the length of the court and took a contested shot that did not fall.

Luckily for LA, Ogwumike gobbled up the rebound but had her first attempt blocked. The 26-year-old gathered the rebound and managed to convert with only two seconds remaining in the game. With no timeouts in the bag, Lindsay Whalen's Hail Mary heave hit high off the backboard as time expired.

And the LA Sparks celebrated.

Parker emotionally dedicated the victory to the Late Pat Summit.

Ogwumike, who also won the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Award, finished with 12 rebounds and 12 points on the night. While her final two points could not be disputed, an earlier shot Ogwumike converted in the fourth quarter appeared to come after the shot clock had expired. The officials, however, could not review the call, so those two points stood on the scoreboard and provided a major talking point following the narrow one-point victory.

Thursday clinched the LA Sparks' third WNBA Finals victory and the first since 2002.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Face Elimination After Lopsided Loss in Game 5]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:08:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Cubs+Crush+Dodgers+in+Game+5.png

The impossible becomes possible when your back is against the wall.

For the second consecutive postseason series, the Los Angeles Dodgers face another daunting impossible task as they leave the confines of Chavez Ravine facing elimination in a hostile environment. 

Addison Russell homered for the second straight game and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Dodgers, 8-4, in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS as the series shifts back to Chicago.

Russell homered in back-to-back games when he took relief pitcher Joe Blanton deep in the top of the sixth inning. The two-run blast put the Cubs in front and they only piled on from there, scoring five more runs in the eighth inning.

"I was looking for something up in the zone and he threw me a slider that was elevated and I put the barrel on it," Russell said of his game-changing home run. "It was pretty exciting. I was pumped up. Not only for myself, but for the team."

Blanton has now been burned twice in the NLCS as he allowed a grand slam to Miguel Montero followed by a solo shot from Dexter Fowler in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field.

"That's been my go to pitch for the past year and a half," Blanton said of his slider that has turned into three homers and seven runs for the Cubs this series. "To hang it twice and get beat on it twice, hurts. It's all over the place right now."

The right-hander entered the game in relief after starter Kenta Maeda left the game with two runners on in the fourth inning.

Maeda struggled out of the gate, surrendering a leadoff single to Fowler and an RBI double down the right field line to Anthony Rizzo. Maeda was able to minimize the damage by striking the next two batters out to end the inning.

"In the first inning they got some hits off me and the pitch count went up, but after that I was able to settle in," Maeda said. "I was focused all game, but unfortunately it didn't work out."

The Japanese right-hander settled in for the next two frames, before running into trouble again in the fourth. Maeda did not factor in the decision, and allowed one run on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in 3 and 2/3 innings.

"I was a little surprised, but my job as a starter is to go deep in the game and I couldn't do that," he said. "As a result, it put a lot of stress on the entire team."

All season long, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has gone to the bullpen early and often, making the most pitching changes in MLB history. During the regular season, the moves paid off as the Dodgers won the NL West Division and defeated the Nationals in the NLDS with their relievers pitching more innings than their starters.

"I'm going to the pen a lot. I am," Roberts said after the game. "There are certain times where I feel like the game might be in the balance and I've got to make a decision. So it doesn't always work."

However, in the NLCS, the pitching changes have backfired as the bullpen has struggled outside of Kenley Jansen all series long. The bullpen has allowed 18 runs over the course of the five games in the NLCS and cost the Dodgers a pivotal game on Thursday night.

"It's been a battle for the bullpen," continued Roberts. "These are the guys we have, and these are the guys that got us here. I'm not going to shy away from any of these guys, they've gotten big outs for us all year long."

Chicago tacked on five runs in an atrocious eighth inning that saw the Dodgers commit an error and multiple mental mistakes.

Russell reached base to start the inning after Pedro Baez bobbled a throw to first from Adrian Gonzalez on a slow roller up the line. A single moved the batter over and Fowler brought him home when Gonzalez hesitated on a ground ball.

"Petey [Baez] got in there and and there was some soft contact and the game got away," Roberts said of the eighth inning. "Overall, I just felt that we got beat tonight."

A broken-bat bleeder to third base scored the second run of the inning and the floodgates opened from there as Baez walked the bases loaded before Roberts finally came and got him in favor of Ross Stripling.

Stripling immediately served up a bases-clearing double to Baez and the Cubs took a commanding 8-1 lead.

"I left balls right down the middle sitting on a tee," Stripling said of the at-bat with Baez. "We're not executing pitches the way we were earlier in the year and we have to go back to that."

Jon Lester was marvelous for the second time in the series as he allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven superior innings for Chicago.

Lester's only mistake, was a one-out double to Howie Kendrick in the fourth inning. Kendrick stole third and went on to score the tying run on a groundout to first base by Gonzalez.

"People have been doing that all year," Lester said of the bunts and base stealing. "I'd rather them put the ball on the ground and let these guys try to field it and take my chances that way."

Lester improved to a perfect 3-0 in Game 5 starts in his postseason career and has an ERA of 1.80 in those decisive games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Lester is the only pitcher in MLB history to go 3-0 in Game 5 starts when a series is tied 2-2.

"We've been doing this all year," Lester said of the team's success in his starts and overall. "Addison and Javier won the game for us tonight. I was just kind of along for the ride."

The Dodgers got a run in the eighth on a RBI double by Carlos Ruiz and two in the bottom of the ninth off Cubs' closer Aroldis Chapman. Neverthless, Chicago was never in any danger and are now in the driver's seat to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Chicago leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2, as the series shifts back to Wrigley Field for Game 6 on Saturday.

"It's win or go home," said Dodgers shorstop Corey Seager. "It's just like last series and we have to be ready to play. We're looking forward to battling on Saturday."

Vin Scully was among the 54,449 in attendance at Dodger Stadium as the sellout crowd watched in stunned silence as the Cubs manhandled the Dodgers bullpen for the second straight night.

"It's frustrating," added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. "We had a chance to keep this game close and we didn't. We have to do a better job of making outs."

Meanwhile, the odds of the Dodgers reaching their first World Series since 1988 are signficantly against them as the winner of Game 5 in a best-of-seven series goes on to win that series 70 percent of the time.

Players of the Game:

Addison Russell: Game-winning two-run home run.
Javier Baez: 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored.
Jon Lester: One run over seven innings. 

Three Takeaways:

1. One Win From World Series: Since 2003, National League teams that have taken a 3-2 series lead in the NLCS and hosted the final two games at home are a perfect 7-0. However, the last team to blow that lead was the Cubs in 2003.

2. Elite Company: Addison Russell (22) joined Corey Seager as the youngest shortstops in MLB postseason history to home in consecutive games. Seager (22) is the youngest after homering in Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS in Washington D.C.

3. He Stands Alone: Justin Turner set the all-time Dodgers postseason franchise mark by reaching base in 15 consecutive playoff games.

Up Next:

Cubs (3-2): Kyle Hendricks heads back to the mound with a chance to clinch as the series returns to Wrigley Field for Game 6 on Saturday night.

Dodgers (2-3): Clayton Kershaw will look to save the season for Los Angeles in an elimination game scheduled for 5:08PM PST at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[911 Call Made by Ex-'Power Rangers' Actor Played in Court]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:34:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-ricardo-medina.jpg

The voice of a former "Power Rangers" actor charged with killing his roommate filled a courtroom Thursday, when a 911 audio tape was played of him saying the two had gotten into an argument over the actor's then-girlfriend.

Ricardo Medina was arrested in January on suspicion of stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, several times in the abdomen a year earlier at their house in Green Valley, California.

Thursday's preliminary hearing was supposed to decide whether there's enough evidence to prove a crime was committed.

"Damn it, Josh. Why did you do this, man? Why did you make me do this?" Medina can be heard saying in the recording.

Medina's attorney, Allen Bell, said his client was acting in self-defense. He hopes the judge will toss the case.

"Obviously it would be a victory for the defense if he was not held to answer," Bell said.

Sutter's family thinks there is no doubt Medina was the aggressor.

"Josh don't have that in his heart to attack anybody," said Donald Sutter, the victim's father.

Sutter's father and sister were both in the courtroom as the prosecutor laid out graphic photographs of the crime scene and autopsy.

"It's the first time we've seen those photos so it's a massacre, it's awful," Rachel Kennedy said.

The sole witness of the incident is Medina's ex-girlfriend.

In court, she said she couldn't remember much about that night, except that she didn't think the stabbing with the samurai-type sword would be so severe as to lead to Sutter's death. She described the stabbing as "a poke."

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<![CDATA[Swimmer Pulled Lifeless From Waters Off Hermosa Beach]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:19:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HermosaSearchJPG.JPG

A swimmer who went missing in the water off Hermosa Beach today was pulled lifeless from the water and pronounced dead.

The male swimmer was reported missing about 6:40 p.m. near the Second Street lifeguard tower, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"A body was pulled from the water at Fourth Street," according to a statement from Hermosa Beach police.

"Medical personnel attempted to resuscitate but (the victim) was pronounced dead on scene. Investigators are trying to identify body."

<![CDATA[Vin Scully Surprises Dodger Fans Before Game 5 of NLCS]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:54:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Vin+Scully+NLCS+Game+5.png

It's time for Dodger baseball.

Vin Scully told reporters (and Jimmy Kimmel) that he would watch the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason from the friendly confines of his living room at home, but he surprised fans on Thursday night when he triumphantly returned to Dodger Stadium for Game 5 of the NLCS between the Cubs and Dodgers. 

For the first time in his 67-year broadcasting career, Scully took in the game as a casual fan, observing the pivotal MLB playoff game from the owner's suit alongside his wife Sandy and legendary Dodger pitcher Don Newcombe.

Before the game, PA announcer Todd Leitz introduced former Dodger greats Eric Karros and Steve Garvey who after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch were set to say the immortal words of Scully that are said before every Dodger home game, "It's time for Dodger baseball!"

Then, as a surprise to the sold out crowd in attendance, Karros and Garvey said that they couldn't do it. "There's someone here who's better suited to say it than us."

Suddenly, Scully appeared from his suite, microphone in hand, and rallied the fans in attendance at the Ravine with the words that only the recently retired Hall-of-Fame broadcaster could deliver.

The Dodgers and there fans are hoping that Scully's presence can help push them over the edge in a pivotal Game 5 that could ultimately decide who moves on to the World Series to face the Cleveland Indians.

The series is tied at 2-2 and the winner of Game 5 will have a commanding 3-2 lead with the loser facing elimination for the first time at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Throughout the season, the Dodgers mantra has been "Win For Vin," a slogan that was echoed by fans across the stadium on Thursday as they showed their support for Scully and the team.

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<![CDATA[103-Year-Old Dodgers Fan Celebrates Birthday]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:12:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/103_Year_Old_Dodgers_Fan_Celebrates_1200x675_790464579995.jpg It was a big day for longtime Santa Margarita resident Henry Barba. Not only were his Dodgers playing in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series, but the lifelong fan turned 103 years-old. ]]> <![CDATA[How You Can Be Earthquake Prepared]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/How_You_Can_Be_Earthquake_Prepared_1200x675_790468675584.jpg On the day of the Great American Shakeout, experts point out the ways residents can prepare for an earthquake. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Oct. 20, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Law Enforcement Officials Blast Prop. 57]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:25:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/Law+Enforcement+Pushes+Back+on+Prop+57.JPG

A group of law enforcement officials gathered in downtown Los Angeles Thursday to blast a measure on the November ballot billed as an effort to keep "non-violent" convicts out of prison, saying the proposition will put dangerous people back on the streets.

"Do we really need more parolees and hard-core criminals on the streets? That's what Proposition 57 does," said Brian Moriguchi, president of the Professional Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles.

The proposition, backed heavily by Gov. Jerry Brown, would allow parole consideration for people convicted of "non-violent" felonies after serving the minimum amount of time required as part of their sentence and authorize the awarding of sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior and education.

It would also give judges the final say over whether juvenile offenders at least 14 years old should be prosecuted as adults. Brown and other backers of the measure insist it will put an emphasis on rehabilitation, reducing the likelihood of felons to commit new crimes.

They also deny that it will put violent offenders back on the streets, and even non- violent offenders eligible under the proposition would have to prove they are rehabilitated and do not present a danger to the public before they are released.

But Moriguchi and other officials -- including Sheriff Jim McDonnell, District Attorney Jackie Lacey and county Supervisor Mike Antonovich -- said the measure is essentially an effort by the state to relieve its prison- overcrowding problem at the expense of community safety.

Moriguchi said the recent killings of Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen and Palm Springs police Officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose Gilbert Vega were carried out by parolees. Antonovich said Proposition 57 will follow the path of legislation known as AB 109, which redirected some low-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons, often leading to them serving less time than they otherwise would.

He said that legislation was also expected to apply to only "non- violent" offenders. "What happened? Seventy percent are either high-risk or very high risk," Antonovich said. "It's time that we wake up and get realistic," he said. "We need to protect our communities, we need to protect our people. ... We need to unite to return this state to a Golden State where it's safe to walk the streets instead of having fear where people in the community are now having to buy private security to supplement the local law enforcement to protect their property and protect their lives and families."

Supporters of the measure deny allegations that the measure would result in felons being automatically released from prison or authorize parole for violent offenders.

"Overcrowded and unconstitutional conditions led the U.S. Supreme Court to order the state to reduce its prison population," Brown and other supporters wrote in its ballot argument in favor of the measure. "Now, without a common-sense, long-term solution, we will continue to waste billions and risk a court-ordered release of dangerous prisoners. This is an unacceptable outcome that puts Californians in danger -- and this is why we need Prop 57."

<![CDATA[Man, Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Diamond Bar]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:40:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/10.20.16_Diamond-Bar-Stabbing.JPG

A man and a woman were found stabbed to death and a longtime family friend found their bodies on Thursday in Diamond Bar, authorities said.

Detectives were sent to the 3300 block of Bent Twig Lane at about 9:45 a.m., the sheriff's department reported.

Chao Ho Chen said he got a call from family members asking him to check on the two-story home.

When he went inside he found the two bodies of his married friends -- the husband, 60, and the wife, 57.

"She was a really nice person," Student Annabelle Yeh said of the woman, who was her former teacher. "She was really successful and I don't know why anyone would want to murder her.

Chao said both of them were on the ground on the first floor and it was a gruesome sight.

"They are a very nice couple, so I can't imagine who would do this," said Kevin Lu, a family friend.

Investigators said it appears both victims were stabbed to death, but officials are waiting for confirmation from the coroner.

Chao said it didn't appear the house had been broken into and nothing appeared stolen.

Investigators also said the home did not appear to be ransacked and they are not ruling out the possibility that it could be a murder suicide.

No arrests were reported.

<![CDATA[P-22 Fest: Following in His Footsteps]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:58:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/p-22.jpg

Spying a celebrity standing regally before the Hollywood Sign is not an uncommon sight, especially in glossy magazine spreads, the kind of features that capture the star with the iconic hillside letters in the background.

Without argument, though, the most obsessed-over luminary to be seen in front of the sign in recent years is P-22. The mountain lion appeared in the December 2013 National Geographic, thanks to a stunner of a photograph by Steve Weber.

But fans of the roam-about feline also have followed his adventures via his Facebook page, which frequently shares snapshots and video of the big cat as he makes his moonlit way around Griffith Park. 

It's a devotion that's deep, so much so that P-22 has his own festival, a party that's part of the larger Urban Wildlife Week, which is on now through Saturday, Oct. 22.

Two major components of this cat-tastic happening? Mavens of Mr. P-22 are re-tracing his "historic 40-mile trek from the Santa Monica Mountains to his new home in Griffith Park." The multi-day hike's purpose? To, in part, "point out vital connections that are still needed for both wildlife and people along the way."

"Residents and businesses along the route are encouraged to come cheer on the hikers," reveals the National Wildlife Federation.

You can eye the route and follow along here.

Capping off the multi-day walk in a wonderful and celebratory fashion is P-22 Day in Griffith Park on Saturday, Oct. 22. Attendees are invited to hike the final half mile with those on the long hike, and then join a jamboree that has a love of nature at its heart.

Will you get a pic with P-22, or at least a handsome cut-out? You just might. Will there be drumming, mariachis, food trucks, animal yoga, and letters written to P-22 by students read aloud at the daytime gathering? There will be.

Entry is free, by the by. Free as a mountain lion or other city-living critter on a nocturnal ramble. Free as a crisp autumn breeze through a clutch of Griffith Park oaks.

The notion of living right alongside wildlife in our big ol' megacity might seem fanciful to some, or even something out of science fiction or the movies. But those Southern Californians who've watched a raccoon ramble down their street, or squirrels at play in their garden, know that for all of that asphalt and glass and steel we see, we make our home in a wild-lovely place.

Photo Credit: P-22
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<![CDATA[Retro LA Home Once Owned by Ike and Tina Turner for Sale]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:29:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-tina-turner-ike-turner-home-for-sale.jpg Perched on a hill in a South Los Angeles neighborhood often called the "Black Beverly Hills," a retro residence Ike and Tina Turner once called home is being sold for $999,000.

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<![CDATA[California Wildfires: Prevention, Safety Tips]]> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:37:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-24-2016-fire-sand-wildfire-clarita-1.JPG

Red flag warnings are issued in California when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires, but there are fire prevention and home protection steps that can be taken well in advance of hot, dry and windy conditions.

Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency, provided the following advice to help Californian's prevent a small spark from becoming a devastating wildfire. These safety tips, including how to prepare your property and family for wildfires, can save property and lives. 

Below, you'll find a printable evacuation plan and homeowner's checklist, emergency supply kit details and tips to reduce the risk of wildfires in the first place.

Before the Fire

When fires threaten homes, local fire and law enforcement agencies may order evacuations to save lives. That means residents should be prepared by following these pre-evacuation tips.

Protecting Your Home: Defensible Space

Cal Fire inspects homes in fire-prone areas for defensible space -- a barrier around the home designed to prevent fires from spreading to buildings. Defensible space is considered the area 100 feet around the home, divided into two zones.

  • Zone 1: This area extends to 30 feet from the home. It should be clear of dead plants, grass and weeds, dry leaves and pine needles. Tree branches should be 10 feet apart.
  • Zone 2: This area is 30 to 100 feet from the home. Grass should be kept to a maximum of 4 inches high. The lowest branches of trees should be trimmed to provide at least 6 feet of clearance from the ground to avoid a "fire ladder" that allows flames to spread up trees. 

When to Evacuate

When fire officials recommend evacuations, it's time to go. Remember that neighbors will be evacuating, too, so roads that firefighters use to do their jobs will likely be congested. A few things to keep in mind.

  • Authorities will outline evacuation routes after studying fire behavior, winds, terrain and the weather forecast
  • Law enforcement agencies, such as sheriff and police departments, are charged with enforcing evacuations. They also will provide updates on evacuations and shelter for evacuated residents
  • If it's too late to evacuate, fire officials suggest staying inside and calling 911. Fill sinks and tubs with water, close windows and doors, but make sure they're not locked in case rescuers need to enter the home

Wildfire Prevention

About 95 percent of California's wildfires are caused by people who fail to follow a few safety steps when using equipment outdoors, camping, burning debris and even driving a car.

Outdoor Equipment Use

Lawn mowers and other types of outdoor equipment need to be used with caution, especially during red flag conditions when a spark can quickly grow into a brush fire.

  • Mow before 10 a.m.
  • Avoid mowing when conditions are windy and dry
  • Watch for rocks and other objects than can generate sparks when struck by metal blades
  • Keep a phone nearby. If you need to call 911 to report a fire, do it right away

Vehicle Maintenance

Hundreds of brush fires start alongside California's roads each year. The cause is often sparks produced by a vehicle that land in dry brush on the roadside.

  • Don't let chains dangle from a vehicle and drag on the road. Safety pins should be used to keep chains in place
  • Check under your car to make sure no parts, such as the muffler or other parts of the exhaust system, are coming into contact with the road
  • Have a fire extinguisher in your car
  • Avoid driving onto dry grass, such as parking areas in fields and narrow shoulders on the side of the road. The brush can burn when ignited by a hot car part
  • Check your brakes. Worn pads can mean metal-to-metal contact, which can produce sparks that fly into dry brush on the side of the road


Campfires on public land require a permit from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.

  • Build the fire on level ground away from brush or anything else that could catch fire. You'll need at least 10 feet of diameter space
  • Make sure the fire is out using the "drown, stir and feel" method. Douse the fire with water, stir the area with a shovel and then put dirt on the site to smother coals and embers. Use the back of your hand to "feel" whether the area is still hot

Debris Burning Safety

It's best to check with the fire department before burning debris, which might require a permit.

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<![CDATA[Weekend: Vintage Halloween Thrills]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:12:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/elcapGettyImages-703414-horz.jpg

Vintage Halloween Thrills: While the eeriest of occasions is known for cool tech, reveling in the charms of days gone by can give the ghouly time of year atmospheric oomph. Look to Old Town Music Hall, which is screening "The Wolf Man" on Oct. 21-22 and "Bride of Frankenstein" on Oct. 22-23, or the historic El Capitan Theatre, which is offering a "spooktacular" backstage tour. Nearby, Paramount Pictures has a After Dark Tour on (complete with "exclusive access to Hollywood Forever Cemetery"), and Heritage Square's Victorian Mourning Tours are haunting the storied spread on Oct. 22 and 23.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles: Have your team together? Walking with your cousins or best friends? Or maybe going on your own? It's all good, and all a part of this long-running heart-big happening, one that's headed to Grand Park in 2016. That's the beginning of the 10K, and that's where it'll all wrap up, too. Can you give your time, or donate, to assist APLA Health? Awesome. Start here, and, if you can, join the important downtown walk on Sunday, Oct. 23. 

Brand Boulevard Block Party: Don't believe for a second that easy-breezy block parties solely belong to summertime. This ticketed to-do has a lot of that alfresco spirit, and a bunch of local restaurants providing tastes and samples (as part of the entry price). On the stage? That's Wayward Sons. The beneficiary? Careers through Culinary Arts Program. The price? It's $50 early, $60 there, and the "there," of course is Glendale (and the "when" is Oct. 22).

Strut Your Mutt LA: It's a mega, shaggy, tail-waggy, arf-happy fundraiser that's found in cities across the country, and it is an event that invites humans to include their pooch pals. So leash up your lovebug and make for Exposition Park on Saturday, Oct. 22 for a short or longer walk, all to help out a host of organizations devoted to assisting animals in numerous ways. No Halloween costume is necessary, just a desire to do right by dogs everywhere.

Vegan Taco Competition: You've loved the recent vegan-esque outings around town, from the chili-themed showdowns to the oompah-fun Oktoberfest. Now make for Café Gratitude, the Larchmont location, for some of the tastiest, lime-loveliest, tofu-rockingest tacos around, from a cadre of chefs ready to show off their most sublime and spicy creations. A ticket is twenty bucks, which covers a few libations, too. Chow down details? Here. Date? It's Oct. 22.

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<![CDATA[Mother Arrested for DUI in School Zone With Child in Car]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:52:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/10-19-16-Simi-Valley-DUI.jpg

A mother was arrested for DUI while driving through a school zone after she picked up her 7-year-old child from school Wednesday. 

As part of a campaign to "slow drivers and keep children safe," the Simi Valley Police Traffic Bureau sent four officials to enforce speeds in front of Hillside Middle School Wednesday around 3:05 p.m., Simi Valley police said in a statement.

Christina Politis, 47, was pulled over after a Simi Valley police officer spotted her driving 35 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour school zone, after picking her 7-year-old up from another school, according to police. She was driving past the middle school on her way home when the officer saw she was driving erratically.

After stopping Politis, the officer "observed the signs and symptoms of an alcohol impaired driver," and saw the child sitting in the back seat, Simi Valley police said in a statement. An investigation found her blood alcohol level was over .08 percent, and she was arrested for DUI and child endangerment.

Politis was booked at the Ventura County Jail, and her car was impounded.

The Simi Valley Police Department urged anyone who consumes alcohol, drugs, or both to use a driving service such as a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or to make other arrangements to avoid driving drunk.

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<![CDATA[Common Earthquake Myths Exposed]]> Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:51:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web-vine-earthquake-091615_1200x675_526586947741.jpg

Here are seven common myths about earthquakes, exposed:

Myth 1: "Go for the doorway when an earthquake strikes."

A lasting earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. This image spurred the myth of doorways as the safest place to be during a quake. Modern homes are built so that doorways are no safer than any other part of the house. You are much safer under a table.

Myth 2: "Big earthquakes always happen in the early morning."

It's common for people to notice the earthquakes that fit the pattern and forget the ones that don't. Earthquakes strike at all times throughout the day. Several recent damaging earthquakes have occurred in the early morning, so people tend to believe all big earthquakes happen then.

Myth 3: "Earthquake faults can open wide enough to swallow people and buildings."

A popular literary device is a fault that opens during an earthquake to swallow up an inconvenient character. Gaping faults exist only in fiction. During an earthquake, the ground moves across a fault, not away from it. If the fault could open, there would be no friction. If there were no friction, there would be no earthquakes.

Myth 4: "California will split apart from the United States and sink into the ocean."

Those envious of sunny California and its beaches like to believe this myth. The motion of plates will not cause California to sink, as western California is moving horizontally along the San Andreas fault and up around the Transverse ranges (mountains to the northeast of the L.A. basin). (The sections of land on both sides of the San Andreas fault are converging and getting closer together.) The ocean is not a great hole into which the state can fall, but is itself land at a somewhat lower elevation with water above it.

Myth 5: "We must have good buildings, because we have good building codes."

What if buildings were built before a code was enacted? Codes may be updated, but the older buildings are what exist. This is why retrofitting older buildings is a key responsibility of the building's owner. Simply checking to make sure your building has been retrofitted, if necessary, can save lives.

Myth 6: "Everyone will panic during the big one."

The idea that people generally always panic and run around madly during and after earthquakes, creating more dangerous situations for themselves and others, is a common belief. Research shows, however, that people are prone to protect themselves and help others during and after earthquakes. Most people don't get too shaken up about being "shook up."

Myth 7: "The weather is hot and dry; you know what that means? Earthquake."

It's a common belief that earthquakes are more common in certain types of weather. Earthquakes, however, start many kilometers below the region affected by surface weather. People notice earthquakes that fit a pattern and disregard the ones that don't. Every region of the world has a story about earthquake weather, but the type of weather is basically what the weather was like, when they had their most memorable earthquake.

Myth 8: "Dogs or other animals know when an earthquake is coming."

There is no evidence to suggest that any animal behavior is in response to a future earthquake. While some animal behavior changes have been observed before earthquakes, such behavior is not consistent or guaranteed. In an earthquake, it is possible that animals can feel the very early stages before humans are aware.

Myth 9: "Earthquakes are becoming more frequent."

Due to technological advancements, scientists are able to measure smaller earthquakes that previously went unrecorded, so there is more information about quakes happening. Earthquakes with magnitudes greater than 7.0 have actually decreased in recent years after remaining fairly consistent throughout the last century.

Myth 10: "We can predict earthquakes."

There is currently no scientific way to determine when earthquakes will occur. Scientists can make statements about earthquake rates and where earthquakes are likely to occur at some future point, but they cannot calculate when and where earthquakes of certain magnitudes will strike.

Sources: The information here is available in partnership between the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles, Earthquake Country Alliance, CA Department of Conservation and US Geological Survey.

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<![CDATA[Sailor Was Drunk, Speeding Before Fatal Bridge Crash: DA]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:54:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/10-16-16-Richard+Anthony+Sepolio-2.jpg

The U.S. Navy Service Member accused in the fatal Coronado Bridge crash Saturday was allegedly driving drunk and speeding when his car plunged 60 feet off the Coronado Bridge ramp and onto a crowd below, killing four, according to the District Attorney's office.

Richard Anthony Sepolio, 24, an active duty service member stationed in Coronado, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges related to the fatal crash, including four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury or death, and four different great bodily injury allegations.

However, after his hospital arraignment Wednesday, Sepolio's attorney Paul Pfingst said he had yet to receive paperwork indicating his client was under the influence of alcohol to support the related charges. 

"We are confident that my client was not under the influence at the time of this tragedy," he said. "This tragedy in large part is a result of a conceitedly dangerous situation that has been in existence at that bridge since it was built."

Following the arraignment, Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright detailed what lead up to the fatal crash. 

Bright said Sepolio took a ride sharing service to a restaurant with a friend earlier that Saturday, where the pair had a bottle of wine and a couple cocktails. They used a ride sharing service to take them back to a friend's home, which is where Sepolio got in his truck and headed home to Coronado, Bright said. 

At the time of the crash, Pfingst said, his client was cut off on the road and driven into the side of the bridge, where his car was forced off the ramp. He alleged the retainers on the bridge, meant to prevent accidents at merge points, were the reason the crash happened. 

"My client was cut off when he was on the roadway. He was driven into the side of the bridge and that caused the car to go over the bridge. It was not a result of alcohol. It was not a result of impairment," he said.

Investigators told the DA's office that at the time of the crash, Sepolio was speeding to pass a car and was driving approximately 80 miles per hour when he lost control of his car and spun over the right hand side of the bridge. The recommended speed at that juncture was 45 miles an hour, Bright said. 

Sepolio suffered a broken hand, broken in two places, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae and additional injuries, Pfingst said.

Pfingst said his client is a service member aspiring to be a Navy SEAL and had just qualified to begin the training program.

"He's a patriotic young man with no prior criminal record who was out and was coming back to the base," he said.

When authorities measured Sepolio's blood-alcohol content an hour after the crash in the hospital, he had a 0.08 BAC -- the legal driving limit in California, Bright said. Officials estimate at the time of the crash, his blood-alcohol was at 0.08 or 0.09, according to Bright. 

Four people were killed when the car crashed onto a crowd at Chicano Park, and seven injured. 

Sepolio is facing a maximum sentence of 23 years and eight months in prison. 

"For just the people that have died, they're looking at 2 years for each additional victim so for the 4 people that are killed that max amount of time a judge can impose is 16 years," Bright said.

That is 16 years for those killed and then an additional seven years for those injured.

He is being held on $2 million bail. 

That is 16 years for those killed and then an additional seven years for those injured.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
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