<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 22:08:56 -0700Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:08:56 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Emotional Dodgers No-Hit by Matt Moore, Giants in 9th]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/Matt+Moore+No+Hitter.png

This is why the Giants won the MLB trade deadline.

San Francisco acquired lefty Matt Moore at the trade deadline in order to thwart the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who are last in the league at hitting left-handed pitching.

On Thursday, their plan of attack was realized, and boy was it a beauty. 

Moore is currently pitching a no-hitter through eight innings as the Giants are leading the Dodgers 4-0, heading into the ninth inning.

Moore is just three outs away from history as he would give the Giants an MLB-record fifth consecutive season with a no-hitter. 

Moore will also earn his first victory with San Francisco as the 27-year old is 0-3 in four starts for the Giants since the trade deadline.

If San Francisco holds on to win the finale of the series, they will trail the Dodgers by just two games in the NL West heading into a three-game series at AT&T Park with the worst team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves.

Up Next:

Giants (68-57): San Francisco returns to the comfy confines of AT&T Park where they will open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Dodgers (70-55): Los Angeles welcomes the best team in baseball in the Chicago Cubs for a three-game weekend series starting on Friday. Bud Norris will start the opener at 7:10 PM ST.

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



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<![CDATA[Dodger Players and Coaches React to Ellis Trade]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:44:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Ellis+Trade+Teammates.png

Baseball is a business, but that doesn't mean it's not emotional or personal at times.

Such is the case with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team announced on Thursday that they had traded popular catcher A.J. Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz.

Ellis was a fan favorite and spent the better part of nine seasons with the Dodgers. He is a voice of leadership in the locker room and a mentor to many. He was the personal catcher and best friend of three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP Clayton Kershaw, and beloved by the front office.

"It was a tough decision on a personal level," Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said before the game. "I wrestled with this trade for days."

That's why the trade sent ripple effects through the Ravine on Thursday as players and coaches shed tears along with heartfelt goodbyes to their friend and teammate.

"It's a tough day for everyone. I'm a little shocked," Justin Turner told reporters from his locker. "On a personal level AJ is a great friend of mine both on the field and off the field. I've spent a lot of time with him and built a friendship with makes this a lot harder." 

Ellis agreed and went as far as anointing Turner the new leader of the Dodgers.

"Justin Turner is the new heart and soul of this team," said Ellis. "He's the new leader and has become the voice of this club, not just in the clubhouse but on the field."

Ellis was the longest tenured Dodger on the roster entering Thursday as he spent the better part of 13 seasons with the organization and nine with the Major League club. He said his tenure in particular was something he was very proud of.

"To almost be a 10-year Dodger was something I was really proud of," a tearful Ellis said from the Dodgers dugout as he sat in front of reporters. "It's tough. This is really hard. Dodger Stadium is the greatest office in America and not to be able to call it home anymore is really tough."

Ellis was emotional in his exit interview with the media as he recanted the moment that he received a vague text message from the front office telling him to meet at the stadium hours before the game. 

"It's amazing how fast things can change. I was at the park shooting basketball with my kids and an hour later you have to pick things up and move your life," Ellis said. "It's hard for me, and even double as hard for my wife and kids. It's our family members who are left to pick up the pieces."

After calling his wife and agent, the next person he contacted was Kershaw. Luckily, his best friend was still at the stadium and the battery mates met in the dugout where emotions spilled over.

"I texted Clayton and had him meet me here in the dugout," Ellis recalled. "Not much was said. He was shocked. It hit us both simultaneously and we both cried. To know that I might not ever get to catch him again is the most devastating thing. It's very difficult. I'm almost out of tears now."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed just as shocked as anyone and credited Ellis with making him a better manager and person in his inaugural season with Los Angeles.

"When a guy like A.J. Ellis gets traded it's impactful. AJ has a away about him that's infectious," Roberts said. "He's contributed a lot to the culture that's here and the winning environment. He helped me grow as a first year manager and I hope I helped him grow as a player. Being around him made me better. When he's gone, it's a big blow.

The blow will be most felt by Ellis and his family as he heads to Philadelphia on Friday to meet his new teammates. Leaving behind a team that is built for a deep postseason run without him. Nonetheless, Ellis will still be cheering on his teammates from afar in their quest for their first World Series title in 28 years.

"There's nothing like wearing a Dodger jersey. Nothing like it in sports," Ellis added. "I love the Dodgers. I love Los Angeles. Baseball is funny. I have nothing but respect."



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<![CDATA[Car of Woman Missing for 2 Years Found Down Cliff]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:55:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/human-remains-082416.PNG

After a vehicle and skeletal human remains were discovered 500 feet down an embankment near the Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest Wednesday, investigators revealed Thursday the identity of the missing woman connected to the car.

Kimberly Blum, 47, was reported missing in June 2014, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Her car, a silver Honda CRV, was discovered to have plunged off the side of the highway and down a steep ravine 17 miles from La Canada.  

While skeletal remains were found near the car, the coroner's office was still investigating. 

The cause of death would need to be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

"By running the VIN, we learned that the vehicle is associated to a missing person investigation out of Los Angeles Police Department from several years ago," Lt. Steve Jauch said.  He emphasized that the skeletal remains have not yet been identified, and may not be for several weeks. 

Discovery of fresh skid marks pointed toward the edge of a turnout had prompted the search of the area beginning Tuesday.  Late in the day, crews hiking into the ravine found the vehicle, and returning Wednesday morning they discovered the skeletal remains.

The skid marks, investigators determined, came  from a recent close call, and not from the vehicle found.  The circumstances of it going into the ravine remain unclear.  

"We're going to have to do a real biopsy of that scene to see if we can figure out how this happened, whether it's a criminal investigation,  a non-criminal death.  And certainly it's going to be a while before we're able to identify the victim," Jauch said.

For investigative purposes, the area was secured and probed as a crime scene, though it's not yet known if the death resulted from homicide or something else, Jauch said.



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<![CDATA[San Francisco Artist Paints a Picture in Your Cup of Joe]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/birdcoffee.jpg Artist and barista Mel Aquino paints pictures of birds, the Golden Gate Bridge, dogs and you-name-it in cups of coffee at the Elite Audio Coffee Bar in San Francisco. Her mediums? Milk and chocolate. She can create her masterpieces in less than five minutes. The temporary nature of the art that some say are too pretty to drink really "takes the pressure off me," Aquino said. Bob Redell reports.

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<![CDATA[Help Sought to Find Killer of 4-Year-Old Boy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:30:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/justice-altaena-082516.PNG

Detectives and family members of a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot in Altadena appealed for the public's help Thursday in identifying the person responsible for the child's death.

Salvador Esparza III of Monrovia was shot about 10:40 p.m. July 5 at 384 W. Figueroa Drive. The kindergarten-bound boy had been visiting family friends when he was shot, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He died at a hospital. A 27-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting, officials said.

"If anybody knows any information regarding this, please, please, please don't be scared to talk," the boy's mother, Coral Salvador, said. "Please just talk to the detectives, talk to somebody about it. I really want justice for my son."

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the boy's death. At the time of the shooting, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said a person of interest had gotten into a heated alcohol-fueled argument in the street with the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother an hour or two before the shooting.

The boyfriend and his brother were the shooter's intended targets, Corina said.

"It's never easy when you see a child lose his life and it's never easy for anybody and of course he's not the intended target, not the intended victim in this," Corina said. "You know a bullet has no name so it just ends up striking a child who just happened to be on the porch."

Both victims were visiting the home and several other young children were asleep inside when the gunfire broke out, Corina said. The gunman walked up to the home, located just east of the Foothill (210) Freeway, and fired at least 13 rounds, striking the victims as they sat on a porch, according to the sheriff's department.

Both were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where the boy was pronounced dead, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The wounded man was a family friend not related to the child, according to the sheriff's department.

The gunman, who Corina said is possibly a gang member who lives in the neighborhood, got into a dark car and fled the scene. The attack was initially described as a drive-by shooting but investigators later determined the gunman walked toward the victims from the direction of Olive Avenue.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to contact the sheriff's department at (323) 890-5500 or, anonymously, Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty to Lewd Acts Charges]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:05:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg

An entertainment industry attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to sex-related charges involving a 14-year-old boy.

Benjamin Lawson Adams, 31, of Los Angeles, was charged with three counts each of oral copulation of a person under 16 and lewd act with a child, along with two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of sodomy of a person under 16, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred between last September and last October.

Adams allegedly initiated contact with the teen through a social media app and then arranged to meet with the teen, according to Deputy District Attorney Chad Gillette.

Adams was arrested May 25 and released later that day on a $200,000 bond.

Manhattan Beach police said shortly after his arrest that Adams allegedly met with the victim "multiple times" and that they "engaged in sexual activity."

Police said Adams may have used his title of entertainment attorney to attract the boy's interest.

He is due back in a Torrance courtroom Sept. 27, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.

If convicted, Adams could face more than eight years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

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<![CDATA[Dog Who Ingested Meth Now Helps Rehab Patients]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:14:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG

A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his owner said Thursday.

Jack Sparrow made headlines in July after his owner brought him into the Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland. Veterinarians said the dog was acting erratically, suffering from seizures and convulsions.

They tested him, and found methamphetamine in his system.

Jack's owner, 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, told the veterinarians the dog may have eaten meth, according to Fontana police.

When the test results came back positive, Sais took off with Jack.

Police arrested Jack Sparrow's owner, and he was taken to doggie rehab.

After Jack Sparrow's detox, a woman who works at an alcohol and drug treatment center adopted Jack.

The patients benefiting from his company renamed him Micah, which means "new beginnings."

"I think they had an instant bond with him. When he first came in and they heard his story, many of them could relate to him. They seemed to have that instant connection with him, wanted to bond with him and wanted to show him love," said Erin Hill, the pup's new owner.

NBC4's Tony Shin contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Free: The Bacon-Stuffed/Wrapped Hot Dog]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:06:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/5050furter12345.jpg

Grand leaps forward, in the edible innovation sense, often come when you weren't expecting them, from the tried-and-true foodstuffs you thought you knew, through and through.

Take the hot dog. For sure, a strip of bacon wraps around the tubular icon quite nicely, and many a cook has walked the bacon-wrapped hot dog road, successfully, for years.

But what if in addition to that outer bacon there was inner bacon, the better to be-bacon the whole frankfurter, start to finish?

That's the mouthwatering musing behind the new Furter 50/50 hot dog from regional burger chain Slater's 50/50. Sit down somewhere, quietly gather your thoughts, and then picture an "all-beef frank, stuffed with freshly chopped, crispy smoked bacon and then blanketed in bacon strips."

Blanketed. If ever a description called out for italics, it is that one, though stuffed qualifies here, too.

To celebrate the delectable debut of this bun-based work of bacon-filled art, all Slater's 50/50 restaurants will offer free Furter 50/50s on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 in the a.m. to 5 o'clock.

We fairly sure you don't even have to glance at your calendar to know that's International Bacon Day. You probably already have an alert set, right? Thought so.

The new hot dog will be available beyond International Bacon Day, though do note that the frankfurter's free-ness concludes at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Also? There are some variations on the theme, if you want to venture beyond your Furter 50/50 served neat.

Consider making your Furter 50/50 a Classic 50/50, which includes an egg served sunny side up, pepper jack cheese, chipotle adobe mayo, and avocado. The Chili Cheese Ripper boasts onions (both red and green), a cheesy beer sauce, and Guinness bacon chili, which will up the whole bacon-o-sity of the dish, which is already mighty bacon-y. A couple of other choices add comfort-food-y oomph to the new menu.

The 50/50 Furter will be priced at eight bucks, with the specialty variations going for $9.

And you're absolutely correct when you recall that Slater's 50/50 is home to the burger that's 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef. Changing up meaty staples from the inside out is something that the Anaheim Hills-founded burgery has been doing since 2009.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:54:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/AJ+Ellis+Trade.jpg

They say you can’t really miss someone if they don’t go away.

Dodger fans will certainly miss catcher A.J. Ellis after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in a swap of backup catchers.

In exchange for Ellis, the Dodgers acquire veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz as they make the push for their fourth consecutive National League West Division title and perhaps their first World Series birth since 1988.

Ruiz is a native of Venezuela and has played his entire career with Philadelphia after he made his debut with the team in 2006. He won five NL East Division championships with the Phillies, two NL Pennants, and one World Series Championship in 2008.

Ruiz, 36, joins fellow Dodger teammates Chase Utley and Joe Blanton as three of the active eight players on in the league to play on the Philadelphia World Series Title team.

Ruiz is batting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season, but he’s been hot since the All-Star Break smacking .340 in 47 plate appearances.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he was relegated to a backup role behind Cameron Rupp this season, and will keep the same position behind Yasmani Grandal despite the fact that Ruiz owns the second best WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of any catcher in Phillies history with 21.7.

Acquiring Ruiz is a modest improvement at the backup catcher position for the Dodgers, especially against left-handed hitters. However, the loss of Ellis will be felt greater than just the occasional day behind the plate.

Ellis,35, was one of the most popular players on the team, and was beloved by ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw and Ellis have their lockers located next to each other in the Dodger clubhouse and are likely each other’s best friends on the team.

According to Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times, Ellis said that Kershaw was “shocked” when he told him and that the two men shared a good cry together. Not being able to catch Kershaw again was what Ellis called “the most devastating thing.”

“It’s a really sad day for me,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Rips your heart out. I’m almost out of tears now.”

The eight-year veteran of the Dodgers was batting .194 and is a free agent at the end of the season and it was unlikely the team was going to re-sign him as they were grooming minor league catcher Austin Barnes for the backup role. It’s possible the Dodgers pick up the final option on Ruiz’s contract if he performs well down the stretch, but he can also be a free agent at the end of the season.

In addition to Ellis, the Dodgers sent Class-A Rancho Cucamonga pitcher, Tommy Bergjans, to the Phillies in addition to a player to be named later. Philadelphia send cash to the Dodgers to cover the difference in the two catchers’ contracts.



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<![CDATA[Accused Kidnappers Who Fled State Arrested]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:19:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-joshuan-robertson-brittany-humphrey-gorman-body.jpg

A man and the younger sister of a woman found dead in northern Los Angeles County were arrested Thursday in Colorado, as detectives continued to investigate the motive for the slaying and the subsequent kidnapping of the victim's children.

The three young children of 26-year-old Kimberly Harvill of Fresno, whose body was found two weeks ago, were found safe Wednesday in a motel outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the care of a good Samaritan who notified local law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Their alleged kidnappers, Harvill's 22-year-old sister, Brittany Humphrey, and her friend, 27-year-old Joshua Robertson, were arrested in Pueblo, Colorado, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Robertson's 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Madisyn Harper, was located at a motel along with Humphrey by Pueblo police officers conducting an unrelated investigation, Medrano said. The child, who had reportedly been handed over to Robertson by her mother before she went to jail, was unharmed and is now in the custody of local authorities in Pueblo.

Robertson was located about two blocks from the hotel and both he and Humphrey were taken into custody without incident, according to Medrano.

Humphrey and Robertson were wanted in connection with the kidnappings of the children and for questioning in connection with their mother's slaying, authorities said.

Harvill's body was found Aug. 14 in some brush by a motorist traveling along Gorman Post Road, north of State Route 138. She had been shot in the upper body, the sheriff's department reported.

The sheriff's department was working with the Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for the safe return of Harvill's children -- Joslynn Watkins, 2, Brayden Watkins, 3, and Rylee Watkins, 5 -- to California.

Robertson has a criminal history, is on post-release community supervision and has a previous arrest for possession of a firearm, according to the sheriff's department.

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<![CDATA[Mother Charged After Boy Found Dead in Closet]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/mom-arrest-closet-boy.jpg

An Echo Park mother was charged Thursday after the physically-abused, malnourished body of her 11-year-old son was discovered by his stepfather in the closet, the Los Angeles District Attorney said.

The boy was discovered wrapped up in a blanket in the closet on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He had been dead for hours, investigators revealed. 

Veronica Aguilar, the 39-year-old mother of the boy, was charged Thursday with murder and child abuse resulting in death after prosecutors alleged he died due to neglect and severe malnutrition. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office had yet to reveal the cause of death. 

The boy was identified by the coroner's office as Yonatan Daniel Aguilar.

Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death or great bodily injury Tuesday after the child's stepfather, Jose Pinzon, discovered him in a closet in the mother's home in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez St.

Pinzon called police after Aguilar allegedly told him that her son was dead. 

When officers and paramedics arrived at the home, they confirmed he was deceased.

The boy was discovered to be starved, physically abused, and had been dead for hours.

The recommended bail amount was set at $2 million, and if Aguilar is convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

Other media sources reported the Department of Children and Family Services was called to the home on several occasions prior to the boy's death.

"By law, we cannot disclose any information, including confirmation, regarding services that may have been provided to this family or address," the agency told NBC4.



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<![CDATA[Blue Cut Donations Fraud]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fireGettyImages-590514608_master.jpg

A man claiming he represents CalFire has been calling residents asking for donations to help people displaced by the Blue Cut Fire, authorities said Wednesday.

The Blue Cut Fire burned 105 homes last week, as it scorched more than 56 square miles in San Bernardino County. Many residents and homeowners were affected by the blaze, and lots of people wanted to help.

However, when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department received reports of calls claiming to represent CalFire, they confirmed with CalFire that it has not been soliciting for donations, and that they will not call and ask for donations, according to SBSD.

The Sheriff’s Department said it advises against giving personal or banking information on the phone for donations.

People who have been contacted by anyone asking for donations on CalFire’s behalf, or anyone who made a donation based on one of these phone calls is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency to report it.

Anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to call Deputy H. Hubbard at the Phelan Sheriff’s Station at 760-868-1006.



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<![CDATA[New: Trejo's Tacos Food Truck]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:21:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dannytrejofoodtruck.jpg

When word arrived at the start of 2016 that Trejo's Tacos, the new eatery from actor Danny Trejo, would soon be doing delicious business on La Brea Avenue, fans of the star got super-stoked.

Super-stoked over the notion of savory and authentic noshables created by Mr. Trejo, a performer known for pivotal roles in "Sons of Anarchy" and "Machete" and numerous other high-profile projects.

But if making it to the corner of La Brea and Sycamore hasn't yet been in the cards for you, or you can't go nearly enough to suit your horchata- and brisket-loving hankerings, prepare to get happy: Trejo's Tacos, the food truck, will make its take-to-the-streets debut on Monday, Aug. 29.

What will the wheeled restaurant serve, at least to begin with? Look for a selection of tacos including cauliflower, grilled chicken, pork, and brisket. That's the starter quartet of tortilla-wrapped goodness, but word is different tacos will go onto rotation, depending upon the week (stay tuned).

Every taco worth its fire needs a refreshing libation to complement its piquant awesomeness, and the Trejo's Tacos food truck will be stocked with drinks. There shall be agua fresca action to keep your palate cooled down, and, you got it, Trejo's Tacos creamy horchata will be in the house (er, truck). 

And prepare to devour chips, guac, and salsa on whatever curb you happen to find the mobile taco-torium.

As for locating Mr. Trejo's truck and its next SoCal stop, best follow @trejostruck on Instagram and Twitter.

Could you do both the La Brea restaurant and the food truck in a single day? Absolutely.

What if you had a pork taco at 11 a.m. but need a brisket at 6 in the evening? There are essential matters to consider as you plan your day around the important pursuit of tasty tacos.



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<![CDATA[Police Pursue Driver Through North San Fernando Valley]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:16:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/8-25-16+Pursuit..JPG

The Los Angeles Police Department pursued a driver suspected of stealing a red newer Mercedes Benz Thursday through the north San Fernando Valley, police said. 

The pursuit started at 10:41 a.m. at San Fernando Road and Kadota Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The pursuit ended when the when the woman driving the car pulled over in Sylmar. She was taken into custody, along with a man who had been riding in the passenger seat of the car.

This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.



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<![CDATA[Pursuit Ends With Crash in Eagle Rock]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:02:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Eagle+Rock+Pursuit+Crash+8-25-16.JPG

One man was in custody and a woman was at large after a pursuit early Thursday morning in Eagle Rock, authorities said. 

Just before 2 a.m., a pursuit ended in a crash at Yosemite Drive and Ellenwood Drive, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division. A man and a woman in the car were wanted for a stolen vehicle, and fled the scene.

One car was left smashed in the middle of the street, and two other cars were severely damaged left smashed on top of each other. It was not immediately clear how the crash happened, or why the car was on top of the other. 

Around 5:30 Thursday morning, the man had been arrested, but there was no information available on the woman who had been in the car, according to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northwest Division.

The perimeter was called off Thursday morning, police said.

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<![CDATA[Weekend: Happy 100th, National Park Service]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:39:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yosemitevalley.jpg

Happy 100th, National Park Service: The Ponderosa pines won't be wearing paper party hats upon their highest boughs, and Half Dome will not be covered in streamers. But national parks and monuments throughout the nation will honor the National Park Service's centennial in multiple and merry ways from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28. One major happening? Admission is waived at all fee-charging parks for those dates (that includes Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Lassen Volcanic...).

FYF Fest: Exposition Park is the scene for one of Southern California's largest music festivals, a sound-packed two-dayer that brims with major names (Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Grace Jones, LCD Soundsystem) and a caboodle of acts-o'-tomorrow, those buzzed-about artists primed to headline a soon-to-happen festival. Eye all that you can show with, who is playing when, and the must-knows for this Aug. 27 and 28 tune-stravaganza.

Beatles at Dodger Stadium: If you were in Elysian Park on Aug. 28, 1966, there was a good chance you were experiencing the Fab Four in concert. The Dodgers and fans will come together to remember this historic show, one of the group's final public performances, on Friday, Aug. 26 with tribute tunes, fireworks, and more. But do you have your mop top trimmed? Best ready your Beatles-loving look for a memory-nice night at the stadium.

Bon Voyage Summer Weekend: So you spent a few warm-weather nights around Downtown Santa Monica, taking in the scene, the music, the movies, and the everything-ness? Third Street Promenade is prepared to do it up as August ends with a screening of "Jaws" (just a short walk from the beach) and a DJ set from Sonic Submarine. The shark swims on Friday, Aug. 26 while the spin flows shimmer on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Laguna Art-A-Fair Customer Appreciation Weekend: The mondo art-themed alfresco festivals are taking their final bows just about now, but it isn't quite time to bid the warmest season goodbye just yet. This venerable and big-of-size art extravaganza is thanking its fans by ditching admission for its final two days of 2016. Want to stroll and see works by some 125 artists? Leg it to Laguna Beach on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Runaway Gravel Truck Careens Off Cars, Median]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:10:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08-25-2016-dump-truck-crash-san-gabriel-1.JPG

Five people were injured Wednesday when a gravel truck rear-ended cars and careened off a median on a busy San Gabriel Valley street.

The driver might have suffered a medical emergency when the truck was traveling east on Valley Boulevard at midday, according to police. Callers reported the out-of-control truck and at least one driver captured the collisions on camera.

The truck struck at least five vehicles, some in the center lanes and others in a left turn lane. The truck came to a stop at Valley and San Gabriel boulevards, where the driver was found "semiconscious" on a nearby bus bench, police told the Pasadena Star News.

Two other people were hospitalized and two were treated at the scene, according to police. Details about the hospitalized victims' conditions were not available, but none were considered life-threatening.



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<![CDATA[Crews Repair Sinkhole on Riverside Roadway]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:11:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/riverside-sinkhole-082516.PNG

A street in front of a Riverside high school was closed as crews were working to repair a 15-by-15 foot sinkhole that developed on a roadway after a water main broke and buckled a street Wednesday night.

A 10-inch water main, a cast-iron pipe installed in 1931, broke on the 1500 block of Third Street, near John W. North High School, according to Riverside Public Utilities officials.

Crews were working on the street earlier to repair the water main when they discovered the street began to buckle at around 9 p.m.

Third Street, from the 215 Freeway exit to Chicago Avenue, was closed as crews were working to fill in the 9-foot-deep sinkhole, a process that could take nearly all day.



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<![CDATA[Woman Shot to Death Discovered in Front of Garden Grove Home]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:09:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/garden-grove-shooting082516.PNG

Authorities discovered a body of a woman lying on the front lawn of a Garden Grove home following reports of a shooting Wednesday night.

Police responded to a shooting in front of a residence at 11:15 p.m. in the 13000 block of Purdy Street and discovered a 31-year-old woman dead with gunshot wounds, Lt. Robert Fowler of the Garden Grove Police Department said. 

Firefighters and police began treatment on the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police identified her as 31-year old Kellie Nichol of Trabuco Canyon.

"She was someone's kid, someone's mom, you know she's going to be missed, and her family is just going to be devastated," said Tami Butcher, a friend of the victim.

The owner of the house rents out the rooms to different people, police said.

One neighbor, Randy Smith, has lived in his home for 30 years. He said the owner started renting out rooms to make ends meet after his mother died, and believes the people he was renting to were taking advantage of him. 

Investigators said the woman was a guest at the house, had been in a physical fight with another woman outside of the home.

The women stopped fighting and a man walked up to them and pulled out a small caliber handgun, fired four or five shots and struck the woman, said Sgt. Richard Burillo of the Garden Grove Police Department.

He said she was the intended target since the two women were standing together, and because she was the only one hit. It was not clear why the man targeted her.

After the shooting, the seven or eight people who were hanging out in the front of the house all jumped into cars and fled, Burillo said.

Smith, who sleeps with his window open, says he heard the shooting.

"This one guy says, 'What'd you do, man? What did you do?' and then about two seconds after that says, 'You better get out of here!'" Smith said.

The gunman was not a renter, police said.

The owner of the home, Tom Whetro, was inside of the home at the time of the shooting, but was unable to identify the shooter or any witnesses who may have been outside.

Court records show Whetro pled guilty to possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance in 2004. He was sentenced to more than a year in prison.

Burillo said a lot of people hang out in front of the house, and that neighbors often complain about the house. He added that they have been to the house multiple times for different calls.

Police were asking for witnesses to come forward to help determine the motive of the shooting.

"It's obvious that they all know who did it, and they all know what it was all about, and they all obviously didn't want to be witnesses to what occurred, so that's why they all left," Burillo said.



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<![CDATA[Residents Demand Shut Down of Canoga Park Strip Club]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:45:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/strip-club-protest-082516.PNG

Residents are demanding city officials to shut down a Canoga Park strip club, days after two robbery suspects were shot and killed by a club security guard.

Dozens of demonstrators picketed outside of Xposed Gentlemen’s Club on Wednesday night, claiming that the club is a haven for violence, prostitution and more.

"My kids are growing up here," Adriana Garcia said. "I don't trust my kids passing by here. The cops are here every weekend."

Police said two people attempted to rob the club early Saturday morning before they were shot and killed by a security guard, but some of the demonstrators do not believe this is true.

Xposed's owner did not want to comment on camera Wednesday night but said over the weekend that the robbery happened and the guards acted in self defense.

Surveillance footage released by the club shows one of the suspects pointing an object -- workers said it was a gun -- to another worker's head. The other suspect walks another worker into the club.

The demonstrators plan to return to picket the club Thursday night after 10 p.m.

"(It's) been a problem for a long time," Breanna Wizar said. "I hope it closes. We'll be here every day, every night."

"It's time to speak up, it's time to stand up for our community," Garcia said. "I think the place has to be closed."

The club's owner provided a written statement to NBC4 saying the club has had no alcohol, drug or prostitution violations; that there is no LAPD cover-up; and that the club is fully complying with the police regarding the robbery.



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<![CDATA[Cited Market Gets OK to Re-Open]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:18:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/el-super-082416.PNG

After being shut down two days for health violations,  a South Los Angeles market received clearance Thursday evening to re-open.

Four citations for "vermin infestation," including one classified as "high risk," were issued Tuesday after an inspection by the LA County Department of Public Health. 

"El Super fullly cooperated with the Health Department and took immediate action to address the comments noted in the inspection," reads in part a statement issued Thursday evening by the grocery company.

The store has been "thoroughly sanitized," according to the statement.  "We will continue to perfom stringent food safety and quality audits; oversee established quality assurance, conduct meticulous employee training and certifiction programs in all areas of food safety, and employe safety and quality assurance personnel to ensure compliance among our stores," the statement read in part.  

Last week, shopper Pedro Diaz said he was sifting through the corn when he made a surprising discovery.

"We found one that was already chewed up, and there was a small black dot over the chew," he said. "So we kinda figured it was feces."

Earlier this month, a video surfaced online of a mouse weaving in and out of a vegetable display at another El Super store on Arrow Highway in Covina. The company discarded the produce and sanitized the area.

"They have to really clean up for me to come back here, that's the thing," said Paulette Jones, a customer at the Gage Avenue store. "It's sickening."

"It's a hit for us, because it's really pretty much all we can afford for now," Diaz said. "It's the only grocery store in the community."

In recent years, El Super has built a chain of some two dozen markets in the Los Angeles Area.  The company, a subsidiary of a Mexican company, has its corporate offices in Paramount.  The past two years, some of its markets have been targeted with a boycott stemming from a labor dispute.   



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<![CDATA[Hill Delivers in Debut as Dodgers Defeat Giants]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:37:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Justin+Turner+homers+against+Giants.png

Good things come to those who wait. 

Rich Hill made his long awaited Dodger debut on Wednesday night and did not disappoint as the left-hander threw six scoreless innings, outdueling Johnny Cueto, and Los Angeles extended their lead in the NL West to three games with a 1-0 victory against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. 

The Dodgers had to wait over three weeks on Hill to make his debut as he was immediately placed on the disabled list with a blister on his left hand after he was acquired at the trade deadline.

"It was great to get back out there. I've emphasized to stay within the moment and execute one pitch at a time," Hill said of his return. "It sounds cliche, but if you can do that it's extremely beneficial."

Hill (10-3) delivered in his first taste of one of baseball's best rivalries as he threw six shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts as he stood in the spotlight of a pressure-packed pennant race.

"You can feel the passion that's out there," Hill said of pitching in the rivalry in the heat of a division race. "Fans come to see effort and for me, that's what I like to bring out there to the environment. It was extremely exciting. The intensity overall was a lot of fun."

Cueto (14-4) had a no-hitter through 3 and 1/3 before Justin Turner broke it up like a branch in autumn with a solo shot to left field, providing the only run of the game.

"My first at-bat he pounded me in with fastballs, so on that at-bat he threw slider-slider and then threw a third one in a row that he left up," Turner said of his home run. "I just barely got enough of it to get out, but I'm happy it did."

The blast was Turner's team-high 24th of the season, the most of his career and ties him with Albert Pujols and Mike Trout for 31st in the Major Leagues.

Turner's run would turn out to be all the Dodgers needed as Hill and four relievers combined to shutout San Francisco the remainder of the way.

"I was hoping we would score a lot more," Turner joked after the game. "Tip your cap to Rich [Hill] and the bullpen. They came in and did an unbelievable job."

Pedro Baez, Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Kenley Jansen combined to hold the Giants to just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. For Jansen, he picked up his second straight save, his 37th save of the season, and first one-run save since June.

Cueto was the hard-luck loser, allowing just the one run on four hits with six strikeouts in six strong innings of work. The loss was Cueto's first in the month of August.

"It's part of the game. There's nothing you can do when you lose one to nothing," Cueto said after the game through a translator. "You just have to keep on grinding and keep your head up."

However, the night was all about the return of Hill who gave the 44,000 fans in attendance their first taste of the soft-throwing southpaw.

"This was the first time I had a chance to see him pitch in person and up close," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "As much energy there was in the ballpark tonight, Rich rasied that level of intensity even more." 

Fresh as the first beam of a sun, Hill earned his first victory in a Dodger uniform in his first game on the mound since he threw a few pitches on July 17th. The last full start Hill made was on July 7th when he allowed one run on three hits in six innings against the Houston Astros. 

Hill was acquired alongside his teammate Josh Reddick at the MLB trade deadline for three pitching prospects and is undefeated in his last nine starts overall, posting a record of 7-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

"I wasn't that surprised. I've seen it all year," Reddick said of Hill's outing. "That goes to show the kind of competitor he is after not pitching for so long to go out there and shutout a lineup like those guys."

Adrian Gonzalez had a single in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 17 games.

Corey Seager saw his 14-game hitting streak snapped, and San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan went 0-for-3 and saw his season-high 19-game hitting streak get snapped.

The Dodgers recorded their MLB-leading 12th shutout of the season and their first 1-0 victory over the Giants since July 20, 2011 at AT&T Park.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are now tied at six wins apiece through the teams first 12 head-to-head matchups. They will meet seven more times over the next month in a sprint to the finish in the National League West. 

"Now is the time to put your foot on the pedal and keep going," Turner said of the Dodgers three-game lead in the division. "You don't ever want to relax with those guys. We have to keep working hard every day."

Players of the Game:

Justin Turner: Game Winning Home Run
Rich Hill:
Six shutout innings
Kenley Jansen: 37th Save. 

Three Takeaways:

1. E is for 'Eephus': Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill tried to throw a 52 MPH eephus pitch past Angel Pagan in the top of the fifth inning. The pitch was a ball, but it surprised Pagan.

2. The Bold and the Beautiful: Dodgers super utility player Kiké Hernandez celebrated his 25th birthday today and made a guest appearance on the CBS Soap Opera "The Bold and the Beautiful." Hernandez played himself and the episode is expected to air on Sept. 12 when the Dodgers play the Marlins in Miami.

3. Third Base: Justin Turner needs just four more home runs to join an elite list of Dodger third baseman with 30 or more home runs in a single season.

Up Next:

Giants (68-58): Matt Moore takes the mound for the first time against the Dodgers wearing a Giants uniform for San Francisco on Thursday.

Dodgers (71-55): Rookie Ross Stripling will make another spot start as LA goes for the sweep on Thursday in the finale of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry at 7:10 PM PST.

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



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<![CDATA[Woman Wins $10.7 Million on Penny Slots in Vegas]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:29:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_1_wynn_las_vegas.jpg

A Hawaii woman has won more than $10 million playing the penny slots in Las Vegas.

The Wynn Las Vegas said the unidentified woman from Oahu won a total payout of $10,777,270.51 after betting $3 on a penny slot machine.

The jackpot happened about 9 p.m. Sunday at the Strip casino on an IGT Megabucks Wynn Wheel slots machine.



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<![CDATA[Venice Wants to Leave City of LA]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:53:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/257*120/160824-venice-beach.JPG Venice wants to leave the city of Los Angeles. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 4 on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Feds Investigate Hollywood 'Topless' Tour Van Operators]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:09:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/Hollywood-Tour-Dangers2.JPG

The federal government is now investigating one of the most famous tours in the world because of an NBC4 investigation. The I-Team series documented potential safety hazards of Hollywood tour buses, including showing how some seatbelts have been modified or removed altogether. The series also looked at how the buses have been customized so that they are "topless," leading experts and officials to question their ability to protect passengers in the event of an accident.

The United States Department of Transportation has mailed certified letters to more than two dozen tour bus companies stating it believes the convertible tour buses lining Hollywood Boulevard are not safe and should not be taking passengers anywhere.

"It instantly became clear to us that this was a safety issue that we needed to take action," said Bryan Thomas, the communications director for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"We're advising the tour operators that we don't believe these vehicles are safe in their present condition and they shouldn't be transporting passengers," Thomas added.

NHTSA also issued a "special order" to each tour bus operator, demanding information about the customized tour vans, so that it can investigate potential violations. It is specifically asking about whether seatbelts were modified, and details about the roof removal. Thomas told NBC4, "We're very curious as to how the modifications were made, who made those modifications and we'll be collecting a lot more information about that in the coming weeks."

"Our main concern is making sure no crashes, no accidents happen in these vehicles; no one is injured," Thomas continued. "We're taking action to prevent any tragedy like that."

California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian has told the I-Team he's taking action to better regulate the Hollywood tour industry as well. He plans to introduce at least one new piece of legislation on the first day of the Assembly's next session in January.

Dozens of the "open" tour vans transport thousands of tourists and residents every week into the hills above Hollywood and Beverly Hills to point out landmarks and celebrity homes.

The NBC4 I-Team interviewed one mechanic who cuts the tops off vans for several Hollywood tour companies. Pedro Rodriquez of "Rudy's Custom Tops" said he does reinforce the structure, but added that he cuts out the shoulder belts that are attached to the roof.

Many of the modified vehicles used for "open" Hollywood tours are Ford vans. When contacted by the I-Team, a Ford spokeswoman said it's the first the company has heard of its vehicles being customized in this way, and added that the mechanic or auto shop that did the modifications would be responsible for adhering to all safety standards.

Ford added that "Rudy's Custom Tops" is not one of the company's "approved [vehicle] upfitters," or modifiers.

The National Transportation Safety Administration has also sent a special order to "Rudy's Custom Tops," urging the owner "to discontinue making such modifications," and warning owner Rodriguez that by altering the vehicles, he could be violating federal safety standards.

Companies that don't respond to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration's special order by Sept. 19 could be subject to civil penalties of up to $21,000 per day.

The National Transportation Safety Administration is now urging tourists and residents to steer clear of the modified tour vans.

As the I-Team first revealed, many of the celebrity homes they point out are lies anyway.

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<![CDATA[Once-Starved Pit Bulls Need Rescue Homes]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:45:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rescuedogs-3-082316.jpg

After a horrific discovery that one animal control officer said was reminiscent of the "Silence of the Lambs" where nearly 40 starved and dead pit bulls were discovered in a home, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services Wednesday said it was seeking rescue homes for 26 of the surviving pups.

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Now jubilant and plump, the pit bulls pictured in a news release were drastically healthier than the skeletal, starved dogs found in an Inland Empire home on July 19.

Eight animal control officers raided the home on Avocado Lane between La Sierra Avenue and Greentree Drive in the Lake Mathews area after a neighbor reported a foul stench emanating from the residence.

"We're talking a scene from 'Silence of the Lambs,'" said Riverside County Animal Services' John Welsh. "It was the smell of death."

Inside, officers found 39 dogs with protruding rib cages -- 11 of which were dead. Some were so weak they could not walk out of the home.

On Tuesday, Riverside County Department of Animal Services began asking for help in finding rescue homes for 26 of the pit bulls who lived.

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Some of the dogs are available for adoption, but many are not "social," the news release said.

Wags and Walks, an LA-based rescue, was taking in some of the dogs.

An arrest warrant was issued for the suspected owners of the dogs, Carl Dixon.

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Police still want to question Dixon's wife, Kim Delagos. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call (951) 358-7387.

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<![CDATA[Portion of 101 Freeway to Close Four Nights in a Row]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:30:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/160824-101-fwy-closure.JPG

Drivers using the 101 Freeway between Echo Park and Hollywood overnight next week should expect delays due to rolling construction closures. 

The California Department of Transportation will close all lane portions of the northbound 101 Freeway from Glendale Boulevard to Cahuenga Boulevard from Sunday, Aug. 28, to Wednesday, Aug. 31., midnight to 5 a.m.

The closures will start during the morning of each day and end on the same morning.

This is not a full freeway closure. The 101 will be closed in small sections to install loop detectors in the pavement, officials said.

"There are no emojis to express how this is SO not a major closure," Caltrans wrote

These loop detectors track travel-time information and speeds to reflect real-time traffic conditions. 

The installation is one of the last phases of a $19.26-million project to repave the 101 Freeway from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood. 



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<![CDATA[New: A Bigger Butterfly Pavilion at NHM]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:39:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/newbutterflypavilionnhm2016.jpg

While the butterfly president of all the butterflies everywhere hasn't yet requested a trademark on springtime, it isn't too much of a wing-stretch to say that the floweriest of seasons is the one we associate with the flittery flying insects.

Summer, too, is synonymous with the butterfly, but, of course, the winged denizens of our gardens visit our region throughout the year (look to the Central Coast in winter, when the migrating Monarch turnout is wall-to-wall, or at least eucalypus-to-eucalyptus, in some butterfly-rich areas).

With this in mind, butterfly buffs best start preparing to associate autumn with these happy-hued petal-landers. For the Natural History Museum just revealed that its famous Butterfly Pavilion is getting another go, for a full month, starting in the middle of September.

But this isn't the Butterfly Pavilion you know, if you've visited the springtime walk-through experience in the past; rather, it is a "re-designed and re-built" space that is described as both "airy and roomier."

Some perks for the residents? The 25 North American butterfly species that call the updated pavilion home will have "more vertical fly space" as well as "a rounded structure."

And, for sure, they'll still gently alight upon nearby humans, if such a notion suits them (bright colors and smells can play a part here).

And if you're sensing more light as you stroll through, know your luminescence detection skills are up to par — there will be more light.

The autumn dates for the Butterfly Pavilion are Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 16, and while the structure is described as "permanent" the museum hasn't yet said if butterflies will make more regular cameos throughout the year.

You can also spot the critters winging about the Natural History Museum's extensive on-site Nature Gardens, though whether they choose to visit your shoulder or forearm is, literally, up in the air.

While this is the first-ever fall Butterfly Pavilion for the Exposition Park science institution, fear not that it will replace another outdoorsy insect extravangaza, one that is an autumn staple for the museum. The Spider Pavilion is expected to return to its own space in September or October of 2016, though there are no dates yet as to when it'll begin to spin its wonderful web.



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<![CDATA[Three Kidnapped Siblings Found Safe in New Mexico Motel]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/8-23-16-Kidnap.JPG

The three young children of a woman found dead in the Gorman area were located safe in New Mexico Wednesday, but the victim's half sister and her friend, who are both suspected of kidnapping the youngsters, remained at large.

The body of 26-year-old Kimberly Harvill was found Aug. 14 in some brush by a motorist traveling along Gorman Post Road, north of State Route 138 in an unincorporated area near Lebec. She had been shot in the upper body, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported.

The sheriff's department had earlier said she had suffered head trauma.

Detectives allege the woman's children -- Joslynn Watkins, 2, Brayden Watkins, 3, and Rylee Watkins, 5, were kidnapped by 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey and her friend, 27-year-old Joshua Robertson, who are both the subject of an arrest warrant for the alleged kidnapping and are also wanted for questioning in connection with Harvill's homicide.

The children were located in a motel on the outskirts of Albuquerque, where they were left in the care of a good Samaritan who notified local law enforcement, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

The children's godmother, Michelle Elf, 40, said she is a mix of emotions.

"I'm amazingly relieved," she said. "They'd been gone for 10 days. I did fear the worst."

"To hear that they were safe, to know that they had been found, that's the best feeling in the world," the children's goffather, Tso Yanez, told NBC4. 

Authorities were working with the Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for the safe return of the children to California, Alexander said.

Humphrey and Robertson "are still on the run and believed to be eastbound from Albuquerque toward neighboring states," she said. Investigators have also learned that Robertson has an infant in his care, the deputy said. At a news conference Wednesday morning, sheriff's homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza said the identification of the victim led detectives to conduct interviews in Fresno -- where Harvill lived -- and in Lebec.

"During that investigation, in the following days, we also learned that the victim was the mother of three children," Mendoza said. "Our investigators continued ... trying to inquire about the whereabouts of these children and who they were with."

The children's father committed suicide within the past year.

The suspects may have family in Nebraska, and have some ties to Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, Mendoza said. Investigators have yet to disclose a motive for the kidnappings. Robertson and Humphrey are believed to be traveling in Harvill's silver 1999 Ford Expedition, which may bear California license plate number 7BEK024, or paper plates.

Robertson has a criminal history, is on post-release community supervision, and has a previous arrest for possession of a firearm, authorities said. He should be considered armed and dangerous and the public is advised to not approach the suspects if they are spotted but to notify law enforcement, according to the sheriff's department.

Investigators said the couple is still on the run with an 18-month-old girl whose mother gave Robertson caretaker status before she went off to jail.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. To provide information anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or access the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Bessie]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:29:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/08-25-2016-bessie-pet-week.jpg

Bessie is the pet of the week for Thursday Aug. 25, 2016.

Her ID is A1649543.

Bessie is a friendly 2-year-old Chihuahua/pug mix. She came in as a stray and gets along with other small dogs. She's just a very happy-go-lucky dog who will do well in any family. She needs love and affection and will give it right back to you.

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



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<![CDATA[4 to Watch: Clinton Plans Response to 'Bigot' Comments]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:00:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-genericsla-nbc4-logo.jpg

Hillary Clinton plans to respond Thursday to comments her Republican rival delivered in Nevada, including an accusation that the former Secretary of State is a "bigot."

Also today, two Southern California Olympians are back in action, National Parks visitors have another reason to celebrate and the Dodgers are looking to gain more ground on their NL West foes.

Here are 4 to Watch for Thursday Aug. 25, 2016:

1. Clinton Responds

Hillary Clinton is set to address Donald Trump's recent attacks in a speech in Nevada on Thursday afternoon. In a speech Wednesday, the Republican candidate accused Clinton of being a "bigot" who panders to minorities. NBC4's Conan Nolan will have updates.

2. Bronze Medalists at the Beach

Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross will be back in action today in the $800,000 World Series of Beach Volleyball on Alamitos Beach in Long Beach. Seven days after winning Olympic bronze medals, Walsh Jennings and Ross defeated Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke, 21-16, 21-17, in 37 minutes, in their opening match on Wednesday. They'll take on Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Lili in a match set to begin at 5 p.m. today.

3. Joshua Tree for Free

Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park will be free for four days, starting today in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The usual $20 entrance fee will be waived for the National Park Service's birthday weekend, which will feature free admission at all 412 national parks through Sunday.

4. Dodgers Go for Giant Sweep

The Dodgers are looking for a sweep of the Giants as the two rivals prepare for a sprint to the finish in the National League West. LA and San Francisco square off tonight at 7:10 p.m. with the Dodgers three games ahead of the Giants. 


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<![CDATA[Lakers Sign Yi, Ingram, Black]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:11:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Lakers-sign-Brandon-Ingram.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers completed and confirmed a trio of expected signings on Wednesday, when Tarik Black joined Brandon Ingram and Yi Jianlian in putting ink to paper in the same week.

With the three latest signings, the Lakers are now carrying 15 players, which is the maximum number allowed by the NBA. As such, the Lakers have effectively filled their roster.

At point guard, the Lakers have D'Angelo Russell, who is in his second year, with crafty veterans Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon backing up the youngster. Brazilian Huertas came over from Spain a year earlier, while Spaniard Calderon arrived via trade earlier in the summer.

Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams continue as the team's primary options at shooting guard for the second year running, and Nick Young is still on the roster. Earlier in the summer, Young told the LA Daily News he had been mending broken fences with Russell over an infamous video leak, but Young's future with the team remains in serious doubt.

At small forward, the Lakers signed Luol Deng to be the starter over the summer, and the 31-year-old expects to be as important as a veteran presence in the locker room as he does as a versatile player on the court.

Ingram, who was the Lakers' no. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, expects to be the backup behind Deng, with second-year Anthony Brown providing depth.

At power forward, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. expected to split minutes, but the addition of Jianlian complicates matters. The Chinese international can either slot into a center role or play as a stretch power foward, but minutes at both positions expect to pose a problem.

In truth, the Lakers have a backlog of big men. Timofey Mozgov came to the Lakers on a four-year contract and expects to be the starting center. Black's signing expected to make him the backup center, but Jianlian may steal minutes at the spot.

Also, rookie Ivica Zubac showed promise in the NBA Summer League, but the likelihood of the 19-year-old Croatian center seeing meaningful minutes during the 2016-17 season is low.

While the signings of Black, Jianlian and Ingram came as no surprise, they more importantly signify the conclusion of free agency for the Los Angeles Lakers. Like it or not, the Lakers' roster appears to be set.



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<![CDATA[Skeletal Remains Found Near Angeles National Forest]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:27:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/human-remains-082416.PNG

Skeletal human remains discovered near the Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest Wednesday have led investigators to look anew at the disappearance of a person reported missing two years ago, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The remains were found near a vehicle that had plunged off the side of the highway and down a steep ravine 17 miles from La Canada.  Vegetation around the car indicated it had been there some time, said Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Steve Jauch. 

"By running the VIN, we learned that the vehicle is associated to a missing person investigation out of Los Angeles Police Department from several years ago," Lt. Jauch said.  He emphasized that the skeletal remains have not yet been identified, and may not be for several weeks. 

Discovery of fresh skid marks pointed toward the edge of a turnout had prompted the search of the area beginning Tuesday.  Late in the day, crews hiking into the ravine found the vehicle, and returning Wednesday morning they discovered the skeletal remains.

The skid marks, investigators determined, came  from a recent close call, and not from the vehicle found.  The circumstances of it going into the ravine remain unclear.  

"We're going to have to do a real biopsy of that scene to see if we can figure out how this happened, whether it's a criminal investigation,  a non-criminal death.  And certainly it's going to be a while before we're able to identify the victim," Jauch said.

For investigative purposes, the area was secured and probed as a crime scene, though it's not yet known if the death resulted from homicide or something else, Jauch said.

At this point, Jauch is withholding the name of the person who went missing. He said family members would be notified of the discovery on Angeles Crest.

"Ultimately we want to talk to the detective that handled the missing case from the Los Angeles Police Department, and go into detail as to what the circumstances were surrounding that disappearance.  But again, right now, we don't even know if the human remains found near that vehicle are related necessarily to that missing person case," Jauch said.



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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:19:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/8-24-16+hitandrun.JPG

Authorities are searching for a driver wanted in a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcyclist Wednesday morning, police said.

Police were notified about the crash at the intersection of Vanowen Street and Tampa Avenue in Reseda around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver of a truck was making a left-hand turn onto Vanowen Street, and it appeared that he did not yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, said Detective Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department. The truck driver left after the crash, heading westbound on Vanowen Street.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene, Bustos said. He added that the victim was a man in his late teenage years or early 20s, and had not been identified.

Surveillance video shows the truck police believe was involved in the crash. Authorities are looking for the driver of a white stakebed truck with significant damage on the passenger side of the vehicle, Bustos said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the crash to call the Los Angeles Police Department at 818-644-8000.

"The city of Los Angeles has a reward program for the identification, the arrest, and the conviction of anybody involved in fatal hit-and-run traffic collision," Bustos said, adding that anyone who provided that information would be "entitled to $50,000."



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<![CDATA[Army Soldier From Irvine Killed in Afghanistan Blast]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:04:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/08-25-2016-irvine-army-thompson.jpg

A 28-year-old Army soldier from Irvine was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Department of Defense said.

Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson was patrolling the Helmand Province as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when he was injured by an improvised explosive device, the DoD announced Thursday. Thompson died of his injuries.

The incident was under investigation, the DoD said.

"He was an exceptional man, he was talented, and a great leader. He was a leader in all areas," said his mother-in-law, Karen L. Beyer.

Thompson was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Beyer said Thompson went to college in Irvine. He and his wife had no children together.



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<![CDATA['NO Tax on Tampons' Bill Headed to California Governor]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:07:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tampons-GettyImages-487461415.jpg

A bill that would end taxes on women's menstrual products in California is headed to the governor’s office for final approval.

The State Assembly unanimously approved Assembly Bill 1561 Tuesday, which would make tampons, sanitary napkins, menstrual cups, and menstrual sponges exempt from state sales and uses taxes, according to a spokeswoman for Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, D-Downey.

"Every month, for 40 years of our lives, we are taxed for being born women," Garcia said. "Every month of our adult life we are taxed for our biology. Every month we are told our periods are a luxury, while also being told they are something to be ashamed of and we must hide. Periods are not luxuries and they are definitely not something women should be ashamed of, period!"

The so-called "NO Tax on Tampons" bill is joint authored by Garcia and Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar.

"It's great that my colleagues in both the Assembly and Senate unanimously agree that it is time to end this out of date practice and support gender equity in the State of California's tax code and I hope the governor agrees," Garcia said.

If it is passed, California will join eight states, Canada, and the U.K., that have all ended the tax. New York, Connecticut and Illinois all voted to end the tax this year, according to a spokeswoman for Garcia's office. There are five additional states in the U.S. that do not have a tax because they did not have a tax in place to begin with.

Although California introducted this legislation early, California's state legislative process takes longer than some of the other states that have passed legislation this year, said a spokeswoman for Garcia's office.

Ohio and Michigan are also trying to pass tampon tax bills, but are still in committee, a spokeswoman for Garcia's office said.

Some cities have also taken action. The city of Chicago eliminated the tax before the entire state of Illinois, and the Council of Washington D.C. is currently reviewing getting rid of the tax.

The measure now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown. If it is passed, the bill will go into effect on Jan. 1.



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<![CDATA[Opening: 'South Park' 20 Experience]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:50:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/southparkpaley.jpg

So you say you're super-duper into a TV series lately, the thriller/comedy/drama that you've binge-watched a few times. Could you name your top five most memorable moments from the show? How about fifteen? Twenty?

The task becomes a bit more challenging once you get into the realm of a series that's coming upon its 20th anniversary. And picking best moments becomes especially sticky when you're dealing with a phenom that's famed as an issue-tweaking convention-twister, one that's built around a gaggle of bundled-up wiseacres livin' life in a small but spectacularly eventful Colorado town.

It's "South Park," as if that needed to be said, but say it we shall, for it is now having a big-time, museum-style shebang, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, no less.

The theme of the "South Park 20 Experience" is built around 20 iconic moments from the Comedy Central show, moments recreated in 3D form, the better to allow fans to "step into" the scene (and take a few snapshots, if they like).

Another reason for all the partying: All 20 seasons are now headed for The Paley Center's impressive archives.

The exhibit is on at the Beverly Drive-located television institution from Wednesday, Aug. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 25. And if you attend on opening day? You might detect the scent of Salisbury Steak in the air, as the first 100 visitors to the exhibit will be treated with Chef's trademark dish.

"Curated artwork" and oodles of screenings each day are also part of the celebration of the made-for-adults phenom, a classic that's easily accumulated a caboodle of Emmys and Peabodys in its time.

Could creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have imagined long ago that Cartman, Kyle, Stan, Kenny, and everyone in their orbit would one day be museum'd in such colorful style? "South Park" did begin as a short in the early '90s, back when the internet was doing its whole still-in-its-infancy thing.

But its mouthy charms and iconoclastic themes proved to be magical, and it landed on Comedy Central in 1997. Which means, yes, the "20" in the name of the Paley Center exhibit pertains to both the moments on display and the show's sassy stamina (a stamina built around the show's fearless willingness to take on all topical issues, both serious and light-of-heart).

Have your knit cap and camera at the ready? Don it and head for Colorado, via Beverly Hills, through Sept. 25, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.



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<![CDATA[Beatles at Dodger Stadium: 50th Anniversary]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:28:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/Beatles_1603597.jpg

While many of us can't exactly pinpoint what we were doing a month ago, there are some lucky people who know just where they were, and what was happening, on Aug. 28, 1966.

That was the date The Beatles played Dodger Stadium, a concert that is still murmured about — strike that, sung and shouted about — by the Fab Four's legions of devotees. It was a Sunday, yes, and the price on the ticket? A whooping four bucks plus a pair of quarters.

That's right, it cost $4.50 to catch Paul McCartney crooning "Yesterday," live, on a soft summer's evening not long after the sun had set. Pair this with the fact that it was one of the group's last shows, and you have a memory that is both lovely and bittersweet, one that lingers for all who were present.

But that memory will be revisited, with tributes, fireworks and plenty of yeah, yeah, yeahs, on Friday, Aug. 26. The Dodgers will celebrate The Beatles, and you can still book a 50th anniversary package to join in the mop-toppy merriment.

The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute begins the evening ahead of the game, with an on-the-field performance, a performance that will indeed include tunes from the Aug. 28, 1966 concert.

After the game? Beatles expert Chris Carter (of the ever-popular "Breakfast with the Beatles" radio program, yep) has created a fireworks-ready mix, so stay put, shimmy along to the songs you know so very well and ooh/ahh over the mondo sky show.

True, John, Paul, Ringo, and George also famously played the Hollywood Bowl, if you want to get deep into LA/Beatles trivia, but Dodger Stadium came a year after the band's final Bowl performance.

Fans who were at both the '64 and '65 Hollywood Bowl shows and the 1966 concert at Dodger Stadium likely have different takes on the vibes experienced at each. After all, The Beatles evolved from year-to-year, in the studio and on the stage, and the chance to see them juuust at the cusp of their magical Sgt. Pepper-tastic transformation had to have been the moment of a lifetime.

Need more Beatles? Of course you do. The Grammy Museum exhibit celebrating Beatlemania is on through Sept. 5, 2016.



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