<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - National & International News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:44:21 -0700 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:44:21 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[James Foley's Dad: We Hoped We Could Negotiate With ISIS]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:42:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/james+foley+pic.JPG

The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they had hoped to negotiate with ISIS terrorists before their son was executed and his killing broadcast in a YouTube video.

“I didn’t realize how brutal they were and I actually hoped we would engage in negotiations with them if they were willing to send us any sort of communication because we had none prior,” John Foley said on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.

The group sent John and Diane Foley an email on Aug. 12, stating that their son would be “executed.” It was the first communication the Foleys received from the captors since December 2013. On Aug. 19, ISIS posted a video claiming responsibility for Foley's beheading.

A French journalist who was released in April and shared a cell with Foley reportedly said he was singled out for abuse because he was American. Yet Foley was said to be a source of comfort and strength for other captives.

“Jim’s courage and particularly his compassion and love in that box, which they called it, was an answer to prayer,” said Diane Foley. “We had so many people praying for Jimmy. We had begged for prayer but we didn’t need to. Everyone was so good in praying and Jim’s strength and love was the answer to prayer.”

U.S. special operations units were sent into Syria this summer to rescue Foley and other hostages, but the mission was unsuccessful because the hostages were not where they were expected to be, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

President Barack Obama denounced Foley's execution and pledged to continue to "do what is necessary" to protect Americans and support the Iraqi forces fighting back ISIS.

The Foleys said Friday they were deeply moved that Pope Francis called them after three of his relatives were killed in a car accident in Argentina.

“Pope Francis was so dear because he is grieving himself having just lost three members of his family, his nephew critically ill, so here in the midst of his tremendous grief he took the time to call and our whole family was there,” Diane Foley said.

The parents vowed to keep their son’s legacy alive and said they are praying for the release of Steven Sotloff, another American journalist held captive by ISIS, as well as other hostages.

“We pray that they are set free and Jim will live on we are going to establish a fund in his memory so that his compassion can live on,” Diane Foley said.

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<![CDATA[Police Kick in NJ Family's Door, Save Unconscious Baby]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:31:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hopatcong+baby+saved.jpg

A 5-day-old New Jersey boy is in critical but stable condition after he stopped breathing suddenly over the weekend, possibly because of a bacterial infection, his parents say.

The boy's grandmother called 911 Saturday afternoon to report the Hopatcong infant appeared jaundiced and "non-reactive," while the child's mother, Andrea Suarez, frantically tried to revive little Maddox.

Suarez said it seemed like a minute later when "Hopatcong police literally kicked my front door open and just took him."

Officer Bob Haffner, who is also an EMT, told NBC 4 New York he couldn't find a pulse. Haffner began to perform CPR and then he and his colleague, Lt. Bob Unhoch, transferred the boy to an ambulance.

Police dispatchers in Hopatcong alerted dispatchers in nearby Roxbury to the emergency, and Roxbury police stationed officers at every intersection on Route 46 on the way to St. Claire's Hospital in Dover.

Maddox's parents say his condition has improved since he was admitted to the hospital, and that doctors are investigating whether he may have a bacterial infection.

Haffner says he was glad to help.

"It's one of those things where you go home that night and you think about it, and you go, 'It worked,'" he said.

Suarez said there are no words to describe her gratitude.

<![CDATA[Calif. Lawmaker Accused of DUI]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:30:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP395938103154.jpg

California State Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested in Sacramento Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities say.

Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, holds the 40th Senate District seat. 

The California Highway Patrol arrested Hueso in the south Sacramento area Thursday, according to booking information on the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department website.

Hueso was booked at 3:42 a.m.

Hueso represents Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado, a portion of the City of San Diego, Imperial County and the southern part of Riverside.

Before serving in the State Senate, Hueso held the 80th District seat in the California Assembly from 2010 to 2013.

He also served on on the San Diego City Council from 2006 to 2010 and as Council President from 2008 to 2010.

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<![CDATA[Teen "Fire Challenge" Warning]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fire+Challenge+NJ+Warning.jpg

Officials with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety have issued a statewide emergency bulletin about a dangerous "fire challenge" being completed by teens.

They are dousing their bare skin in flammable liquids, like alcohol, and lighting it on fire.

The teens are recording the acts and posting the videos on websites like YouTube and Facebook. But the stunt has already resulted in serious injuries across the nation.

In Arkansas, a 14-year-old girl suffered second degree burns to 27 percent of her body after pouring nail polish remover on her skin and igniting it.

"I saw a lot of people do it and I never saw anyone die from it," the girl, Monica Hamilton, told the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark. as she discussed her motivation.

A mother in Charlotte, North Carolina was arrested after allegedly helping her 16-year-old son undertake the dangerous act.

While there haven't been any reported injuries to New Jersey teens, officials want everyone to be aware of how dangerous lighting yourself on fire is.

"I have seen some people who have died from burns. It's just devastating," said Frank Primavera, an official with the Hamilton Township, N.J. Fire Department.

Officials say not only can someone suffer burns to their skin, but also their respiratory system by inhaling the ignited vapors.

Primavera is hoping parents will talk with their kids to help put an end to the risky challenge.

"The adults need to speak with their teenagers and find out why they would even want to do something like this and explain to them how devastating burns can be. They're forever," he said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California

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<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Michael Brown Police Shooting Unrest]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP495086005647.jpg After 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police Aug. 9, multiple days of rioting and protests have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Woman Fined for Saving Water]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:31:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/water-drops.P2.jpg

A San Ramon homeowner is up in arms over being punished for her efforts to conserve water during California's severe drought.

Fran Paxson recently spent thousands of dollars transforming her front lawn by replacing what used to be dead grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. She now faces fines from the homeowners association, who said the changes to her property were not approved.

Paxson said she presented her plan twice to the homeowners association and got denied.

"The only real reason they could give me for denying the ground cover against lawn was that it would look better," Paxson said, who went ahead with plan anyway because she wanted to save water.

Paxson was told she will be fined $50 a month by the homeowners association until she replaced part of her front yard with grass.

"For all practical purposes I thought they should have applauded her," said Frank Mellon, a board director for East Bay Municipal Utilities District. "Yes, she should have followed the rules. But if she had done something really ugly, I think I could understand it a little bit. But I don't understand this."

EBMUD is giving Paxson a rebate for taking out her lawn, but she said that's not the reason she made the move.

"I feel it was the right thing to do, given the fact that we're in the drought," Paxson said.

The homeowners association did not return requests to comment on the issue. Paxson said a board member told her the association will take another vote on the matter.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Tricks Cops, Claimed He Was Former STP Singer]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:39:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/scottweiland+-+14.jpg

A shoplifting suspect who identified himself as former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland managed to mislead law enforcement for nearly four weeks and will likely face additional charges after police discovered he had lied about his identity.

Beverly Hills Police arrested a man at a Rite Aid drugstore on the 400 block of North Bedford Drive on July 26 after receiving a call about shoplifting. He identified himself as Weiland and was taken into custody on drug possession and burglary charges.

Police discovered Thursday that the man was not the former Stone Temple Pilot through an FBI fingerprint return. The man was then identified as 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley. 

Weiland posted a video on his Facebook page Thursday in response to an article he read on TMZ that day that said he had been in jail for weeks.

"I just got done reading something interesting. A nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying I was in jail and have been. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album," Weiland said.

Weiland told his fans not to worry and that the report was a lie.

"TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys," Weiland said.

Police have requested that Hurley also be charged with furnishing false information to a peace officer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California

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<![CDATA[Boy Burned After Riding Bike Onto Paving Site Filled With Hot Tar: Family]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:35:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/boy+burned+bike+islip.jpg

An 11-year-old Long Island boy was badly burned when he rode his bicycle into a street filled with hot tar that had no warning signs, his family alleges.

Public work crews were repaving the area at Tillie and Brooke streets in the town of Islip Wednesday afternoon, and there were no signs or barriers around the site, the boy's mother claims. 

The boy, David Jordan, said he thought the tar was dry and as he rode over it, his bicycle got stuck and he fell onto the scorching asphalt mix. 

"My bike got caught up and flipped over, and I hit my knee," he said. 

Jordan was badly burned on his hand and leg, and went to the hospital with second-degree burns. He has gauze bandages on his hand and leg and has trouble sleeping, he said. 

"Last night, the way he slept, he kept moaning in his sleep," said his mother, Nakita Jordan. "As his mother, as a mother, am I going to be able to sleep listening to my son in pain? With blisters on his leg and hand?" 

Nakita Jordan shot cellphone video after the accident purportedly showing no warning signs around the project, She said the public works crew didn't check on her son, and it was neighbors who swooped in to help, including one couple who put water over the boy's burn wounds. 

"Very kind, good people and I thank God for them," she said. 

Family attorney Kenneth Mollins said the Jordans are considering legal action against the town. 

"Putting down asphalt knowing the temperature is so high, and not cordoning off the area, forcing people away goes to a greater degree of negligence than just plain unreasonableness," said Mollins. 

In a statement, Islip Public Works Commissioner Thomas Owens said the paving work was done by a vendor who assured the town that "all of the appropriate and required safety measures were met and monitored."

Owens added that the town sent notices about the project to residents in the area, and that a town paving supervisor was also on site. 

"The town regrets the unfortunate injuries that this child sustained, and wish him a speedy recovery," said Owens, adding that the town is continuing to investigate.  

Nakita Jordan said she hopes the town will be more cautious.

"This is a neighborhood children live in," she said. 

<![CDATA[Woman Saves Dog Running in Freeway Traffic]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/08-21-14_Dog-Freeway-Rescue.JPG

A woman who braved getting out of her car during rush-hour traffic on Thursday rescued a pooch wandering a Southern California freeway.

Just after 6 p.m. a black dog could be seen zigging and zagging into lanes of the Long Beach (710) Freeway near Atlantic Avenue, causing motorists to slow down and try to corral the pooch.

At one point, a motorcyclist rode next to the dog, ushering it to the shoulder of the freeway.

The dog was in the far left lane of the freeway, dodging vehicles as it crossed to the shoulder.

Motorists turned on their emergency lights, working like a mobile fence, to keep the pooch coralled on the side of the freeway.

Andie Valerio pulled her car over and was able to rescue the dog, who had climbed an embankment.

"I turned my hazards on and I made sure she was kind of going towards the shoulder," Valerio said.

The female dog was scooped up by Valerio. The dog was wearing a collar, but did not have any tags.

"She's super sweet," Valerio said. "I was sittin gwith her the whole time and she just licked me and she was just sitting there on the floor, calm."

After Valerio coaxed the dog into her arms and got her off the freeway, she was turned over to the local animal shelter, which will assist in locating the owner or someone to adopt the dog.

<![CDATA[Death Penalty for Ex-Marine in Brutal Slayings]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pietrzaks.jpg

Jurors have ruled a former Marine in Southern California who went by the nickname “Psycho,” should get the death penalty for the execution-style murders of a fellow service member and his wife.

A Riverside County Superior Court jury deliberated for about half a day before handing down the decision Thursday against Fallbrook resident Kesaun Sykes, 27.

It was the same jury to find him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of newlyweds Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who were found brutally killed in their home near Murrieta in October 2008.

Former Lance Cpl. Sykes was also found guilty of special circumstances of murder during the commission of a robbery, burglary and rape by an instrument.

His sentence is scheduled to be certified by a judge on Nov. 7.

Three other former Marines – Kevin Cox, Emrys John and Tyrone Miller – were convicted last June on the same counts in the Pietrzak slayings.

Juries ruled John and Miller should also be put to death and that Cox should get life in prison without the chance of parole.

Sgt. Pietrzak, a helicopter airframe mechanic at MCAS Miramar, once worked with Cox, John and Miller while they were stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Before the killings, the four convicted Marines went to the victims’ home to rob them, forcing their way inside, the DA says.

Pietrzak was later found bloodied and beaten to death inside his home, while his wife’s body was discovered naked. Investigators say she had been sexually assaulted before her murder.

Both victims were bound and shot in the head.

Jewelry, including the couple’s wedding rings, as well as Pietrzak's dress uniform were found at the suspects' homes, authorities said.

Sgt. Pietrzak, who was born in Poland and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., joined the Marines in 2003 and served in Iraq from July 2005 to February 2006. Relatives of the victims said Quiana was from San Bernardino and was a 2005 graduate of San Diego State University.

The couple met in San Diego through a mutual friend who also attended SDSU. Quiana was studying to become a doctor.

<![CDATA[Sacramento Patient Tests Negative for Ebola]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:04:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola.jpg

Health officials said Thursday a patient who was being tested for Ebola in Sacramento has tested negative for the virus.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in California.

"We are pleased with the negative outcome of the Ebola test and wish the patient a speedy recovery," Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health Director and state health officer, said in a statement. "The case in Sacramento County demonstrates that the system is working. This patient was quickly identified, appropriate infection control procedures were implemented, and public health authorities were notified."

State and federal officials earlier in the week said they will not divulge which West African country the patient traveled to or from in order to protect the individual's privacy.

Officials also said they will not be releasing the patient's identity, gender or whether the patient is an adult or minor.

On Tuesday, health officials announced that the patient who was admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center worked with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient.

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDPH home page's "Other Hot Topics" and the CDC's page on information and updates.

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<![CDATA[Dad Wants Son's Name Cleared After Selfie Links Him to Burglary]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:02:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Santa+Clarita+Valley+Selfie.jpg

Upset parents want the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to clear their son's name after they said a selfie making the rounds on social media and news reports connected the innocent man with a home burglary investigation.

Larry Beltran showed up to the Santa Clarita Valley station Wednesday with his son, Larry Beltran Jr., to speak with deputies about the apparently stolen cellphone, but was told to return Thursday because the detective on the case had already gone home.

"We are here trying to do the right thing," the father said. "I'm just upset that everybody is calling me saying 'Your son is on the news, your son did this.' Here I am at the station and they're telling me they don't know anything about it."

"I would like an apology for my son," Irene Cabrera said.

While Irene Cabrera said she hopes for an apology, Larry Beltran contacted NBC4 on Thursday to stress his concern over getting his son's name cleared.

Detectives identified Beltran Jr. and his girlfriend as "people of interest" in a news release containing the image. Detectives hoped that the photo would help lead them to the burglars who ransacked a Newhall home on July 30. Detectives said the selfie was discovered after the victim logged on to her online cloud account and realized some photos were uploaded of people she did not know.

"It's embarrassing," Larry Beltran Jr. said. "I had no idea it would be all over the news or anything. That was just between me and my girlfriend."

"I come in and they gave me the runaround," Beltran Jr. said.

His aunt, who also showed up to the station to help clear him from any wrongdoing, told deputies that she bought two phones for $80 from a man at a swap meet and gave one to her nephew.

"I thought I got a good deal but I didn't know I put my nephew in a bad situation," said the aunt, Angie Cabrera.

Deputies told NBC4 on Thursday the family was cooperating with deputies at the station.

Sheriff's officials declined to comment to NBC4 on whether he was still considered a person of interest.

Christina Cocca contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the mother of Larry Beltran Jr. as Irene Beltran. Her name is Irene Cabrera.

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<![CDATA[$780K in Meth Seized; 2 Arrested]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:20:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/228*120/methlede.JPG

Border Patrol agents in Southern California seized 78 pounds of vacuum-sealed methamphetamine hidden inside the body of a car stopped at a San Clemente checkpoint Thursday morning, officials said.

The bust occurred at 2 a.m. Thursday when a police dog alerted agents to the meth in a 2008 Chrysler Sebring that authorities had flagged into the checkpoint, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a press release.

A 33-year-old Mexican national and his passenger were arrested, officials said.

Agents searched the vehicle and found 19 vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamines throughout the body of the car and inside the gas tank.

Tthe drugs had a value of $780,400, officials said.

The men booked into custody on suspicion of possession of meth with intent to distribute.

"Drug smugglers are unyielding in their attempts to bring illicit drugs into our country for sale within our communities," said David BeMiller, an agent in charge of the San Clemente checkpoint.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Southern California

<![CDATA[City Hall Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:57:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/drone+free+lapd+4.JPG

Protesters gathered outside LA's city hall Thursday morning, chanting "drone-free LAPD" to demand a halt to what they called an LAPD plan to use drones to spy on citizens.

Demonstrators from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition pushed up against the City Hall entrance, trying to get a meeting with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti over two silent, camera-equipped drones the police department has recently acquired.

"What's going to happen when they have a drone that you can't ever hear is around, that can come into close radius?" protester Jamie Garcia said. "What are they going to do with this data? They haven't told us."

LAPD got the state-of-the-art Draganflyer X-6 drones for free from the Seattle Police Department in May. Civil rights activists on Thursday said Seattle residents' protests over drone testing in their city got their mayor involved to stop the drone use. They hope they can get Garcetti to do the same.

LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihahn said a federal agency is storing the drones. He said he doesn't know the drones' capabilities.

"We're not even in possession of these things," Borihahn said.

Police will not use the drones in LA before a "lengthy approval process" by the civilian police commission, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and civil rights groups, Borihahn said.

Protesters said the Draganflyer website and videos posted by other police departments using the drones around the country show the devices are small, indetectable and much less expensive than the manned helicopters currently used by the LAPD.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California applauded the department's transparency about receiving the tool, but questioned whether its use outweighs the potential for invasion of privacy, Hector Villagra, the executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement in June.

Beck has promised the public the drones would only be used in tactical situations such as manhunts and standoffs.

"The Los Angeles Police Department will never, ever give up public confidence for a piece of police equipment," he said in June.

<![CDATA[Woman, 92, Tricks Scam Suspects]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:18:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/elderly+woman+bellport+violet.jpg

A pair of alleged scam artists pretending to be chimney workers had the tables turned on them when the elderly Long Island woman they tried to burglarize figured out their scheme and had them arrested when they returned to her home, police say. 

The 92-year-old woman, who is being identified only as Violet, said the two men came to her Bellport home last Saturday claiming to be from a company called New York's Finest Home Improvements. 

They told her they'd made an appointment with her regarding chimney work, and while she was distracted outside with one of the men, the second stole prescription drugs and $165 in cash from inside the home, she said. But the alleged thieves didn't stop there: they told her they'd come back and fix her chimney for $3,000. 

Violet decided to do some investigating, and when she looked through her phone book, she could not find a listing for New York's Finest Home Improvements. She called police. 

"It's kind of funny to us. We would use Google, or we would use the Internet," said Suffolk Det. William Madigan. "A 92-year-old woman is going to use the phone book to see if she can find the company name." 

When the two suspects returned, police were waiting for them and made the arrests. The convicted felons were charged with burglary. 

Violet said she's learned her lesson and told reporters Thursday, "You folks tell your folks to be careful. They might not realize, but they could be a victim next." 

<![CDATA[Girl, 7, to Testify at Rape Trial]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:41 -0700 Christina Regusters was arrested. and charged with the abduction and rape of the 5-year-old. ]]> Christina Regusters was arrested. and charged with the abduction and rape of the 5-year-old. ]]> http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Christina_Regusters-MUG1.jpg

A 7-year-old girl will testify in court against the woman accused of abducting her from a Philadelphia school and brutally raping her last year, prosecutors say.

The trial of Christina Regusters, 21, was set to begin inside a city courtroom on Thursday, but was delayed after two jurors were dropped from the case.

In January 2013, the former daycare worker dressed in a burqa, or traditional Muslim face covering, and signed the girl, then 5 years old, out of Bryant Elementary School in the Cobbs Creek section of the city, according to police and a grand jury. Surveillance video captured the woman leaving the school.

Then, officials say Regusters took the girl to a nearby home where she blindfolded and then assaulted her. The girl was found early the next morning, in the freezing cold, on a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, playground. She had been dumped there wearing only a T-shirt.

Criminal prosecutors say they were planning to interview the victim via video, but withdrew that request on Thursday. They instead confirmed that the girl, who still must undergo reconstructive surgery because of the severity of her injuries, would come into the courtroom and testify in person. She is set to take the stand on the second or third day of trial.

During pre-trial arguments on Thursday, prosecutors fought to include evidence they allegedly found on Regusters’ bedroom computer. The district attorney said they uncovered graphic cartoons depicting sexual humiliation were often watched. But Common Pleas Judge Jeffery Minehart ruled the the drawings were inadmissible because it’s not a crime to possess such images in Pennsylvania.

However, prosecutors will be allowed to introduce other evidence that they say points to Regusters' guilt. They say Regusters' internet history showed the woman searched for Muslim clothing and how to get rid of rape DNA.

Investigators said they were able to pull DNA from the shirt the girl was wearing to link the case to Regusters.

W. Fred Harrison, Jr., the defendant's attorney, argued anyone could have used the woman's computer to watch the videos and search the internet.

Prosecutors will also highlight allegations from Regusters’ past. The woman was accused of touching the 7-year-old daughter of a cousin, prosecutors said. They say there was also another incident at a daycare, but did not expand on those allegations.

There is a gag order in effect with the case, but in the past Regusters and her attorney have denied the rape claims. She had to be moved to a Lehigh Valley prison to await trial after being assaulted in a city prison.

The case has rocked the city, resulted in criminal and civil lawsuits and inquiries about school security. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the case gave him nightmares. The girl's family filed civil lawsuits against Regusters and the School District of Philadelphia.

There have been allegations that other people were involved in the girl's kidnapping and assault, but Regusters stands as the only one charged.

The trial is now set to begin on Monday at 9 a.m.

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<![CDATA[NYC Mother Alleges 911 Mistake Cost Her Baby's Life]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bronx+baby+dies+911+questions.jpg

A Bronx mother claims a mistake by a 911 dispatcher cost her infant daughter her life when emergency responders were sent to the wrong address while the baby was unconscious. 

Julia Knight called 911 after finding her 5-month-old daughter Isabella unresponsive while sleeping facedown in her crib. 

"When I put her on her back, she was unconscious," she said. "I started screaming and hollering. I dialed 911 and let them know my baby wasn't breathing: 'Help, help, I need the EMS.'"

"I kept telling her 450 East 169th Street. She kept telling me it's a bad address, it's a bad address. I'm like, 'No, it's not,'" said Knight. 

A spokesman for the FDNY confirmed the medic went to the wrong address before making it to the correct one. EMS treated Isabella on site and then at the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"The doctor didn't say anything about 'She's already dead' or 'We tried to bring her back,'" said Knight. "I heard him say, 'Time of death, 8:10 a.m.,' and then he came to me and was like, 'I'm so sorry.'"

Knight said it took more than 24 minutes for medics to arrive and take Isabella to the hospital -- critical minutes, she believes, that were a matter of life or death. 

A spokesperson for the NYPD, which dispatches EMS workers in the city, said the matter is being reviewed internally and that the dispatcher who picked up Knight's call has been reassigned. 

As Knight grieves her daughter, she says she hopes dispatchers receive more training in a system that she feels has failed her. 

A report recently issued by the city's Department of Investigation found that a decade-long, $2 billion-plus project to modernize the 911 system has been plagued by poor management, shoddy oversight and a lack of planning. 

The current 911 program has suffered from disputes between involved agencies like the NYPD and FDNY being allowed to develop their own dispatch sysems instead of having a unified one, as well as lack of planning about the program's specifications and objectives. 

-- With AP reporting

<![CDATA[SoCal Man Shares ALS Reality]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:46:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ALSchallenge.JPG

It starts off hilarious: A jocular guy in a bikini challenging Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Then, it gets personal, real and heartbreaking.

Anthony Carbajal, a Murrieta native and owner of a Temecula wedding photography business, shares in a new YouTube video about a family history of ALS and how he was diagnosed with the debilitating disease earlier this year at age 26.

“I hate talking about it. That’s probably why no one talks it. Because it’s so challenging to watch,” Carbajal says in the video. “No one wants to talk about it. They don’t want it to ruin their day.”

His YouTube video has reached more than 4 million views in just three days and has been spotlighted by Time, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post, among other media outlets.

The video is a challenge to naysayers of the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — those who express annoyance that the craze is filling up their Facebook newsfeeds.

“I promise your newsfeed will go back to cat videos and ‘Let It Go’ covers,” he says. “But now, for once, the ALS community has the main spotlight. And for once in my entire life, I’ve seen it in the forefront.”

“Eventually I won’t be able to walk, talk and breathe on my own,” he says. “And that’s the real truth of what ALS is.”

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge took over the Internet, the ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 to Thursday. That's compared to $2.1 million in the same time period last year.

You can watch the video here. (Warning: It contains some profanity.)

His YouTube video also drew the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who accepted his challenged and tweeted this morning:

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<![CDATA[Tsarnaev's Friend Pleads Guilty]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:14:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP53751794299.jpg

As the November trial of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev inches closer, many of his friends also facing federal charges are learning their fate.

Twenty-year-old Dias Kadyrbayev pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for taking a backpack, fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev's UMass-Dartmouth dorm room after Tsarnaev was identified by the FBI as one of the marathon bombing suspects. He faces up to seven years in prison if the judge accepts his plea deal.

"Dias understands that he should not have gone to that room and should not have taken items from that room and he hopes by accepting responsibility that people here in Boston and around the world will eventually understand that he did not do so out of malice or in any way to condone what the Tsarnaevs have allegedly done," Kadyrbayev's defense attorney Robert Stahl said.

Last month, Kadyrbayev's roommate Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of similar charges and now faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 16. A third friend accused of lying to investigators, Robel Phillipos, is set to go on trial Sept. 29.

NECN Legal Editor Randy Chapman says it wouldn't be surprising to see Phillipos going after his own plea deal.

"Now that he knows he's probably not going to get any more than seven years, you would expect he might give some serious consideration to some type of a sentence," Chapman said.

Kadyrbayev's attorney would not comment Thursday if part of his client's deal was to testify against Tsarnaev, but Chapman says he thinks testimony from Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov or Phillipos could actually be detrimental to the government's case.

"If anything they're likely to add some degree of mitigation because they can talk about his background history in a way that might humanize him a little bit, so I don't really think he's going to be helpful to the government in any respect," Chapman said.

The judge will decide whether to accept or reject Kadyrbayev's plea deal on Nov. 18.

Tsarnaev's trial is currently scheduled for Nov. 3, but his defense attorneys have said they intend to file a motion by next Friday asking to delay the trial. They have also filed a motion to move the trial to Washington, D.C.

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<![CDATA[Video Clue in Gay Activist's Death]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:19:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08212014-castro-suspect-top.jpg

San Francisco police have released taxi dashcam video of a person of interest in the case of the gay activist who was found brutally beaten and left for dead in San Francisco’s Castro District.

Police are actively searching for the person responsible for fatally beating Bryan Higgins, whom passers-by found seriously injured around 7 a.m. on Aug. 10 at the corner of Church and Duboce streets, SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza said Thursday.

Higgins was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but was taken off life support three days later.

The video footage from a passing taxi shows a man in a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath and a baseball cap. Police also released a still photo showing the person of interest wearing a red shirt.

Police are investigating Higgins' death as a homicide and have not yet made any arrests.

Higgins, 31, also used the name "Feather Lynn" and was a member of the Radical Faeries, a movement of gay and queer-identified men searching for a spiritual dimension to their sexuality.

Police had originally not known his identity, but a photo released to the public helped to identify him.

Higgins described himself as a "starving artist" who worked at Rosenburg's Delicatessan at 276 Noe Street on his Facebook page. He is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

At a prayer circle held at Duboce Park on the day his family removed him from life support, friends described Higgins as having a big impact on the local LGBT community.

Anyone with information on the case should contact SFPD at 415-575-4444.

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<![CDATA[Man's Fire Rescue Is Doubly Heroic]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:27:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/New+Milford+fire+1200.jpg

As flames tore through a condo complex in New Milford on Thursday morning, a North Haven dad who was delivering school supplies to children of soldiers injured in war became a hero for residents and saved lives.

A fire broke out in a ground-floor apartment at 466 Danbury Road in New Milford this morning, damaging eight condos. Everyone made it out safely, but a dog was lost.

Angelo Appi, who had just delivered 110 boxes of school supplies to Operation Homefront, a program to support children of wounded veterans, was driving by on Route 7 and stopped when he saw smoke pouring from the building.

Appi said he spotted an elderly woman trying to get back into her burning condo in search of her dog, so he stopped her from going inside and went after the pooch himself.

"The woman that was living downstairs just fell into my arms and she couldn't breathe. I was holding her," said Nicole Whitaker, who lives nearby. "I had soot all over me. She would not leave her house because of her dog."

Try as he might, Appi couldn't find the woman's pet.

"I went inside as far as I could to try and help the dog," he explained. "Unfortunately, I got overcome by smoke and flames."

Other residents told Appi a woman who lives above the apartment where the fire broke out was still unaccounted for. He and another man went up after her.

"We banged on the door numerous times to the point that we were going to break the door down. But then she opened the door," Appi explained. "She actually answered the door and we got her out safely. Not even one minute after we got her off the second floor, it went up in flames."

The three rushed downstairs just in time.

"He's a hero," said Nicole Whitaker, who lives in nearby in a building firefighters managed to shield from the flames.

Photos from the scene this morning show flames shooting through the roof. The fire spread and caused heavy damage, and firefighters had to lay their hoses along Route 7 to connecto to a hydrant.

One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation but no other injuries were reported, according to the deputy fire chief.

Part of Route 7 North in Danbury was closed as a result, according to state police.

Firefighters are investigating to determine the cause of the fire. The American Red Cross is helping 11 residents affected by the blaze, including a family of three in need of emergency housing.

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<![CDATA[Death of Connecticut Baby Left in Hot Car Ruled a Homicide]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:48:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ben+seitz+ridgefield.jpg

The death of a 15-month-old boy who was left in a hot car in Ridgefield, Connecticut, on July 7 has been ruled a homicide.

Benjamin Seitz died of hyperthermia due to environmental exposure, the medical examiner has determined. Detectives are in the process of meeting with officials from the state's attorney's office.

"The criminal investigation is ongoing and as such this office will have no comment on the status or details of the investigation including the autopsy report," said State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, of the Judicial District of Danbury, in a statement.

Police said the child's father was supposed to drop the little boy off at daycare but instead drove to his workplace, Owl Computing Technologies, at 38A Grove Street in Ridgefield, with the baby still in the car.

According to investigators, the baby's father parked his vehicle at work with Benjamin still inside and left him there for "an extended period of time," on a day when temperatures in the area reached 88 degrees.

Lindsay Rogers-Seitz, Benjamin's mother, said her husband went to the daycare to pick up Ben. When he learned his son wasn't there, he asked the staff if his wife had picked him up earlier in the day.

He was told she had not, and so he went back to his car, found Ben and rushed him to Danbury Hospital, according to Rogers-Seitz.

William Dunlap, associate dean of Quinnipiac School of Law, said "the essence of homicide is that it was caused by another person" but emphasized that Ben's death has not been ruled a murder or criminal homicide.

"Prosecutors could decide to go with a murder charge if they think there's evidence of intent to kill, they could go with recklessness if they think he was aware there was a risk that this could happen but he consciously disregarded it, or they could charge him with criminally negligent homicide if they think he acted negligently, irresponsibly," Dunlap explained.

As she deals with the grief of losing her son, Lindsay Rogers-Seitz said she forgives her husband for leaving their son in the car and has decided to channel her grief into activism.

The couple is spreading the word about hyperthermia in children and Rogers-Seitz started a blog, The Gift of Ben, to raise awareness of heatstroke in children and help others avoid the tragedy she suffered.

According to the NHTSA, hyperthermia is the leading cause of non-crash-related death in children under the age of 15. 

<![CDATA[Steve-O Behind SeaWorld Sign Prank]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:02:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sea-World-Sign-Steveo.jpg

A well-known reality television trickster is claiming responsibility for a prank that included changing the words on a SeaWorld exit sign along a San Diego freeway.

Back in late May, “Jackass” star Steve-O took it upon himself to scale a highway sign on southbound Interstate 5 and express his strong dislike for SeaWorld.

Using tape, white letters and some “Jackass” determination, he plastered the word “SUCKS” over the highway sign, which includes the SeaWorld Drive exit information. In the end, the sign read “SeaWorld SUCKS.”

Steve-O released a video of the prank on his YouTube channel Wednesday. As of 6 p.m., the clip had been viewed nearly 200,000 times.

The clips starts with Steve-O stating, "I'm putting my foot down for Shamu."

According to the video, Steve-O says it took him five attempts over a span of two days to pull the prank. He can be seen falling several times as he tries to get himself to the top of the sign. He’s accompanied by a group of friends, but seems to accomplish the final task on his own -- with the help of a ladder.

“If doing that was wrong, I don’t want to be right. Screw you, SeaWorld!” he says to the camera after completing his mission.

“SeaWorld sucks terribly,” he adds, asking fans to share the video on social media using the hashtag #SeaWorldSucks.

Steve-O’s stunt came just days after People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) unveiled an anti-SeaWorld sign that caused controversy at the San Diego International Airport.

Steve-O is a known animal rights activist who has posed for PETA public service campaigns in the past. Still, there was never any evidence to link PETA to the roadside prank.

It is unknown, at this time, if Steve-O will face any charges for the stunt. NBC 7 reached out to both the California Highway Patrol and Caltrans for comment on the matter.

Chief Steve Saville of the Caltrans District 11 Public Information Office had this to say Wednesday night:

“We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. We will refer all information to the California Highway Patrol.”

Meanwhile, CHP officials told NBC 7 investigators were reviewing the incident and Steve-O's video to determine whether or not charges will be filed.

NBC 7 also reached out to SeaWorld Wednesday, but the a spokesperson said the park would not be releasing a statement.

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<![CDATA[Drought Ordinance Targets Swimming Pools in OC]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:47:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/swimming+pool+-+orange+county.PNG

Some Orange County pool owners may not be able to fill their pools if a strict water-saving ordinance goes into effect in response to California's drought concerns.

Officials estimate it takes 20,000 gallons of water to reach the top of most swimming pools. The ban would prevent new pools from being filled, refilled or even topped off if they drop a foot of water.

"The major concern is that we don’t know if we’re in the third year of a drought, or we’re in the third year of a 10-year drought,” Santa Margarita Water District official Daniel Ferons said. “And so we do have to really plan ahead what is efficient use of water.”

The ban on water for new pools applies to the city of Rancho Santa Margarita and other cities served by that water district. The new ordinance is considered one of the strictest in the state.

Pool builder Cecil Fraser builds about 100 pools a year. In some ways, pools are no more of a water guzzler than a backyard sprinkler, he said, adding that if pools are covered most of the surface evaporation is eliminated.

"I'm saying that the water loss is half what it was with grass and that half, we can solve that problem…by covering," Fraser said.

The district has 56,000 water connections in Orange County, including community pools. District officials said that about four feet of water disappears annually from both pools and lawns.

Some pool builders are concerned that the cost on conservation could run into the millions if jobs are lost and supplies aren’t needed.

"I think it’s responsible for us to look at all these issues and figure out a smart solution," John Shippy of Geoscape Landscape said.

Pool builders and homeowners who hope to change the ordinance are expected to be in attendance at a district meeting Friday morning.

<![CDATA["We Believe We Can Police Ourselves": Armed Group Kicks Off Dallas Patrols]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/self+defense.jpg

A new group calling itself the Huey P. Newton Gun Club launched armed self-defense patrols Wednesday with one stated purpose: to protect Dallas neighbors from police.

Group leader Charles Goodson said recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown by a white police officer is only part of the reason for the new Dallas patrols.

The group is named after Huey P. Newton, a founder of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s who was killed by a rival militant in 1989.

"We don't think that what happened to Michael Brown in St. Louis is an isolated incident. We have so many Michael Browns here in the city of Dallas," Goodson said.

Another leader, Huby Freeman, said the group wants to educate neighbors about the right to bear arms and the need for it.

"We believe we can police ourselves and bring security to our community, ridding our community of black-on-black crime, violence, police terror, etc., etc.," Freeman said.

Freeman and more than two dozen other people, many carrying rifles, marched Wednesday afternoon along Martin Luther King Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard, streets named for civil rights leaders.

David Harrison, whose mentally disabled brother was killed by Dallas police two months ago, attended the march in support. Harrison said an autopsy showed his brother was shot six times, twice in the back.

"When you have to plant your loved ones, it's rough. And it's forever," Harrison said.

At one point, the march went to Elaine's Restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard, where demonstrators piled rifles on tables as they ordered cold drinks and food.

A Dallas police lieutenant and deputy chief were eating lunch in the restaurant at the time. They politely spoke to the demonstrators as they paid their bills.

Owner Elaine Campbell said police officers look out for her and she is not worried about them.

"No, I'm here over 25 years and I'm not afraid of them," she said.

Campbell also welcomed the extra business from the armed demonstrators.

"I just happen to go with the flow and don't let them bother me," she said.

Watching the march go by on Malcolm X Boulevard, tire store owner George Rogers said he was not ready to join.

"If you're not doing anything wrong, you don't have to worry about the police," he said. "As long as you're abiding by the law, I think you're all right."

Huey P. Newton Gun Club organizers hope neighbors will take up arms and join future patrols.

"We think we can lead by example, so hopefully they will see that they have the ability to do this and they will exercise this pertaining to the issues that we're dealing with in this city," Goodson said.

In response to a request to Dallas police for comment about the Huey P. Newton Gun Club patrols, Chief David Brown issued a statement saying, "the Dallas Police Department supports the constitutional rights of all."

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<![CDATA[Manhattan Hair Stylist Gives Homeless Free Cuts]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:36:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Haircut-Generic.jpg

A stylist at a high-end West Village salon is taking his skills to New York City’s streets every weekend, offering free haircuts to the city’s homeless.

Mark Bustos spends his days off from Three Squares Studio roaming the city with his scissors and battery-powered clippers and giving out haircuts, reports TODAY.com. He said he’s been doing it since 2012, but recently started posting photos of the cuts to Instagram to inspire others to do good as well.

“There is so much negativity in this world today,” Bustos told TODAY.com. “And I just simply wanted to bring some positive energy and hope into this world.”

Bustos, who has been cutting hair since he was 14, told TODAY.com that he started giving out free cuts during a trip to his family’s native country, the Philippines. While there, he said he rented a chair at the same barber shop where his grandfather once worked and styled underprivileged children’s hair.

He decided to continue helping people in need after coming back, and made a habit of giving out free cuts every Sunday.

He said he finds potential clients by walking around the city’s neighborhoods, but he usually has better luck asking his clients at Three Squares Studio if they’ve seen any homeless people that they think could use a clip.

“(Asking clients) helps save me time,” he told TODAY.com. “Sometimes I can walk around for hours looking for a haircut recipient on the streets.”

Bustos said he hopes the haircuts will help boost recipients' confidence.

“I do believe people with a proper, professional haircut receive more respect than those who do not have a proper haircut,” he said. “Having a proper haircut also gives the recipient much more confidence.”

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<![CDATA[2 Dead, 2 Hurt During Violent Night in Philly]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:12:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/South-Philly-Fatal-Shooting.jpg

Four shootings took place within the span of an hour and a half in Philadelphia overnight leaving two people -- including a teenage boy -- dead and two others hurt.

Two of the shootings occurred in South Philly, a third occurred in Grays Ferry while the fourth happened in the Germantown neighborhood.

In South Philadelphia, Damien Jones died after being shot twice in the chest while on the 1500 block of South 21st Street just after 10:15 p.m. He was just 16 years old.

A private auto rushed James -- who hailed from the 1400 block of S 31st Street -- to Methodist Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

"Based on witness information we know that our shooter was a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage-type shorts," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "He was last seen running south on 21st Street -- the 1500 block -- towards Tasker Street."

Small said real-time crime cameras in the area could help identify James' killer.

During the second South Philly shooting, a man was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 1800 block of Snyder Avenue. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

In the Grays Ferry section of the city, a man seated in the driver's seat of a Jeep on the 2500 block of Manton Street was found unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds to the head around 11:15 p.m. The unidentified man was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where doctors pronounced him dead.

Finally, a woman was struck by an unidentified gunman on the 100 block of West Abbottsford Avenue in the Germantown section of the city. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

No arrests have been made in any of the shootings and police have not identified any of the victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[More Charges in Videotaped Beating of Autistic Teen]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:49:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs12.jpg

An 18-year-old man police say beat up a 16-year-old boy with autism in a brutal attack captured on video will not be charged with a hate crime but does face tougher new charges, according to WPTV in West Palm Beach.

Andrew Wheeler, 18, is accused of choking the teen unconscious at a house party earlier this month, beating him until he regained consciousness, threatening him with a knife and dragging him by his hair.

Wheeler now faces a new charge of aggravated child abuse, in addition to the child abuse charge he already faced, the Okeechobee County State Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Evadean Dailey, the woman police say hosted the party, has also been rearrested on three more child abuse charges, after having earlier been arrested on charges concerning the party.

She now faces charges of aggravated child abuse, child abuse and child neglect, in addition to the earlier charges of hosting an open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

It's unknown if either have an attorney.

Police said the victim was at the party on August 8 when he was told to go outside to fight someone. When he refused, Wheeler was called over and began to beat him, the victim told police.

The victim told police Wheeler followed him outside, choked him until he lost consciousness and kept hitting him until he woke up. Wheeler then held a small knife to the victim's throat and ordered him to leave, the report said.

Video of the beating posted to Facebook that and shows a person police have identified as Wheeler punching and kneeing the victim, then dragging him across the floor by his hair. The victim, crying throughout the video, holds up his arms to cover his head.

Police found the victim after midnight lying in the street on Southwest 6th Street. He said he had been battered and forced to walk to that location. Police said he appeared intoxicated, was complaining of chest pains and had vomited on the street.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with a concussion, a sprained neck and bruises on his face and scalp, the police report said.

Wheeler, meanwhile, told police he had received a call from someone at the party saying there was a drunk person in her house who wouldn't leave. Wheeler said he went inside the house to help the teen before stepping outside to take a phone call. Wheeler said that when he went back inside, the teen was punching and pushing someone else.

Wheeler told police that when he tried to take the teen outside, the teen tried to hit Wheeler but missed. Wheeler told police that he lost his temper and struck back at the teen.

Wheeler’s bond was set at $100,000, while Dailey’s bond is $200,000. Prosecutors said more arrests are pending in the case.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Accused of Distributing Child Porn]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:32:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs12.jpg

A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of distributing child pornography on the Internet, authorities said.

Lorne Reed, 32, was taken into custody at his Santa Fe Springs home after detectives served a search warrant there in connection with an investigation that began in April, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Reed, who was at home with his two children, was arrested without incident, the LAPD said. The children were taken into protective custody by Department of Children and Family Services.

No further details into the investigation were released.

Reed was booked on suspicion of distributing child pornography and held on 20,000 bail. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

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