<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 25 Jun 2016 10:54:00 -0700Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:54:00 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Security Stepped Up for OC Pride Parade]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:51:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pridewesthollywoodGettyImages-450302900+%281%29.jpg

Extra security measures will be in place Saturday as thousands are expected to attend Orange County's first Pride parade in downtown Santa Ana, less than a month after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Organizers of the event, which begins at 11 a.m. on Main Street between Washington and 3rd streets, partnered with the city and police to help ensure public safety. Police said uniformed officers and those on horseback will be highly visible on the grounds. They will also be monitoring social media for any potential threats.

The beefed-up security comes in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S., when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub, leaving 49 dead.

Organizers said Orange County's first-ever pride parade, which celebrates the LGBT community, will have to be a balance between remembering lives lost and celebrating the lives that will gather.

"I encourage everyone to come out," said Zackery Glass, president of LBGT Pride in Orange County. "T celebrate, to enjoy life, to remember those we've lost in last couple weeks and those we've lost in last couple decades and to honor their lives and to live your life"

The Pride Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. and end at 1p.m. The festival will continue through 11p.m.

For more information about the festival and parade, click here.

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<![CDATA[Deadly Kern County Fire Grows to Nearly 47 Square Miles]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:53:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/kern+County+Fire+6.25.16.jpg

A vast and voracious wildfire that has burned at least 80 homes in central California killed an elderly couple as they tried to flee, authorities said.

The two were outside their house when they were overcome with smoke, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a Friday evening news conference on the fire that has burned nearly 47 square miles and forced the evacuation of 1,500 homes near Lake Isabella, a popular recreation area east of Bakersfield.

The names of the two dead, whose bodies were found Friday, have not been released. The sheriff said his department hasn't been able to search very extensively and would be looking through burned homes with cadaver dogs seeking more possible victims.

At least 80 houses were destroyed as the fire leveled neighborhoods and forced thousands to flee.

David Klippel, 78, a retired police officer, said he didn't see much of a threat after receiving an automated call advising him to leave. That changed dramatically within an hour Thursday afternoon.

"I've never been so close to a fast-moving, ferocious fire. It was unbelievable," said Klippel, who later learned his house had caught fire. "I almost didn't have time to get out."

Neighborhoods of mobile homes were charred to their foundations. Gusty winds pushed the flames and smoke farther into drought-starved terrain. The fire is 5 percent contained.

"The forces of nature collided with a spark," Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said. "The mountainous terrain, five years of drought and wind gusts of over 20 mph all drove a fire over 11 miles in 13 hours."

Scorching heat and tinder-dry conditions across the West have contributed to massive wildfires in the past week that have destroyed properties and sent residents to seek shelter and hope for the best.

Laura Rogers was one of those who thought she'd never see her home or her brother's home again. Instead, she was lucky to find both standing in a neighborhood of mobile homes that was devastated.

"I was sure this place was gone last night," Rogers said through tears as she gestured at the destruction around her. "I mean look at this, I can't believe it. It's like a scary movie."

The downspout of her brother's home was melted on the ground, but the structure was intact.

Dozens of other homes were gone, left in piles of charred sheet metal and cinderblock foundations. Scorched tricycles, air conditioners and TV dishes littered the landscape. Burned-out cars sat on tireless rims and leafless trees poked from barren, blackened dirt.

The California blaze erupted quickly, putting some 1,500 homes in jeopardy. Officials said they expect to find many more homes destroyed as the smoke clears and they do a more thorough check of smoldering neighborhoods.

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, freeing up money and resources to fight the fire and cleanup its aftermath.

Dramatic video from Thursday night showed homes fully engulfed and others already gone as propane tanks flared up and popped. Flames glowing in the steep, rocky hillsides were reflected on the lake.

Residents described a frantic flight from communities surrounding the lake, a dammed section of the Kern River that is a destination for boating, fishing, rafting, hiking and camping.

Cachet Kirby, 22, of Mount Mesa and her neighbors grabbed clothes, blankets and their dogs and fled through thick smoke as flames charged down the slopes. "It was to the point you couldn't see, you couldn't breathe," she said.

She and others, exhausted Friday morning after little sleep in shelters and cars, were desperate for information about their homes. "We could have gotten lucky and the wind shifted, or our house could be burned down," Kirby said.

Photo Credit: Patrick Healy/KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:44:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/542736486-donald-trump-brexit-vote-election.jpg

Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts cautioned against too close a comparison of anti-immigrant sentiment in the two countries.

There are lessons to be taken from the Brexit decision, but more important are the very different heritages of U.S. and the United Kingdom, they said. 

Together with Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's immigration reforms, the vote did put some wind back in Trump’s sails, said Kevin Appleby, the director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. And it showed that an anti-establishment movement is not unique to the United States.

But the presidential election is months off. American voters are more diverse and the country’s history is one of immigrants building the country, he said.

"It doesn't mean that we'll have the same result on this side of the pond as Britain did, because I think our nation is different in a lot of ways," he said.

Tapping a 'Well of Anxiety' on Immigration
The EU is the world's largest zone of free movement, letting anyone with its passport settle in any of its member nations, and the Brexit victory was as much a referendum on open borders and immigration policies as on British sovereignty. An Ipsos MORI poll found last week that immigration was the most important issue to voters in the UK.

"Free movement is basically the defining achievement of the European Union," said Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, assistant director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program.

But although economists agree that globalization brings benefits, the effects can be jarring locally. When the EU opened up to 10 new member states in 2004, the result was an influx of Eastern European workers to the UK. 

"It's harder to point your finger at this amorphous, global event, and it's much easier to point your finger at a foreign worker who's still employed," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

The decision to leave reflected a populist, anti-elite sentiment and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would step down in October. 

In Scotland on Friday for the re-opening of his historic golf course in Turnberry, Trump praised the results and said that the British had reasserted control over their politics, their borders and economy. In November, Americans also will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put Americans first, he said.

"They took their country back, just like we will take America back," the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.

Since he entered the race last June, Trump has promised to build a wall to stop undocumented immigrants from Mexico whom he has called rapists and criminals, and wants a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the country as a way to combat terrorism.

"Both are tapping into this well of anxiety about the fast pace of change that has brought about unfavorable conditions for a lot of people, and they've really tapped into this sense that people are being left behind," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

But the British experience of immigration largely began after its colonies became independent and, more recently, after the formation of the European Union, according to Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law.

The U.S., by contrast, is a country that has long thought of itself as a destination for people hoping to improve their lives, and throughout American history, impulses to close borders or restrict immigration have largely failed, he said. Phenomena such as the Know-Nothing Party, the anti-immigrant party of the mid-1800s and the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1880s, prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers, are looked back at with disapproval. Even Trump focuses on "illegal" immigration, he said.

"In our history there have been many moments of anti-immigrant sentiment and we have gone beyond them," Chishti said.

Today, in the U.S., only one third of people say immigrants are a burden to the country by taking jobs, housing and health care, while about 60 percent say their hard work and talent strengthen the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March. 

Referendum vs. General Election
Plus, Chishti said, the U.S. elections are not determined by popular vote. If the British parliament had taken that vote instead of opening it up into a referendum, the outcome would have been very different, he said.

Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress Action Fund faulted Cameron for allowing the far right and its anti-immigrant message to play an outsized role in the Conservative Party's policy and campaign messages.

Republicans leaders in the United States have allowed a similar anti-immigrant feeling to flourish, he said. That Trump is the party's presumptive nominee should come as no surprise, he said. 

"David Cameron rolled the dice on a very bad gamble in order to try to appease that extreme right wing of his party," he said. "That's very similar to what Republican leadership has done in the United States. They rolled the dice, and the dice came up Trump."

But he also predicted that the Americans would reject targeting immigrants.

"Allowing the card of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment to be played again and again will have toxic results," he said. "But what I think it will do in the United States is create very severe electoral problems for the Republican Party."

Activists say they are prepared to fight Trump's portrayal of immigrants as dangerous and a drain on the economy.

"We're worried but we're also ready to fight back against Trump's scare tactics and lies," said Pili Tobar, the director of communications at the Latino Victory Project. 

NBC's Asher Klein contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot to Death on Front Lawn of Glendale Home ]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:52:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/Glendale+Homicide+6.25.16.JPG

A man was found shot to death in the front yard of a home in Glendale early Saturday morning, in what police say is the city's first homicide of the year.

The shooting was reported around 3:55 a.m. in the 1600 block of The Midway Street, according to a news release from the Glendale Police Department.

Officers arrived and found a 20-to-30 year old man suffering from several gunshot wounds on the front lawn. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homeowners said they did not know the man, and neighbors said they heard about five gunshots overnight.

Police were searching cars parked in the area for leads. 

The Midway Street was closed between Kirkby Road and Towne Street for investigation.

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<![CDATA[Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot Swells to $390M]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:05:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mega-Millions-142148892.jpg

There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Friday night's drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery and the estimated jackpot for Tuesday's drawing will grow to $390 million.

One ticket each with five numbers, but missing the Mega number, was sold in Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina and Texas. They are each worth $1 million, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association which conducts the game.

The numbers drawn tonight were 11, 14, 54, 57, 63 and the Mega number was 11. The estimated jackpot was $363 million.

The drawing was the 30th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 258,890,850, according to the Mega Millions website. The overall chance of winning a prize is 1 in 14.71.

The Mega Millions game is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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<![CDATA[Wildlife Near Us: Urban Nature Festival]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:22:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nhmurbansweet12345.jpg

Wherever you happen to live around Southern California, the chances of you stepping outside your door and encountering A) a squirrel or B) a butterfly or C) a raccoon or D) a coyote or E) a bear playing with a pool noodle is likely on the high side.

If you see all five at once? A slim chance, but not entirely outside of the realm of the possible.

For we live in a wild stretch of land, ocean to mountains to desert, and just because we've built a few (correction: many) freeways and the occasional skyscraper slide along the way does not mean our area's critters have vamoosed.

The Natural History Museum loves upon our local fauna each year during the annual LA Urban Nature Fest, which will scurry with squirrel-like efficiency into the museum's Nature Gardens on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.

Demos on wildlife photography (with scientific purposes), meet-and-greets with real beasties, silk screening projects, a demonstration on how to feed a snake, and more connect-with-nature doings are on the two-day schedule.

The cost for all this creatureful, educational, hands-ons-y goodness? Just your admission to the Exposition Park institution.

Beyond the crafty fun times, and snake-feeding interesting moments, LA Urban Nature Fest serves as a sweet reminder that we share this land with loads of local residents that boast tails and scales and wings.

We may have laid some asphalt, and put in structures built of cement and glass, but look to the trees, and rivers, and canyons, for beautiful proof that Southern California is now, and always was, deeply wild.

Photo Credit: NHM]]>
<![CDATA[Flight Canceled After Plane's Wheel Gets Stuck in Pothole]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:26:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PlaneAlaskaBWIStuck.jpg

An Alaska Airlines flight from Maryland to Seattle, Washington, was cancelled after one of the plane’s wheels got stuck in a pothole on the tarmac.

Flight 761 was scheduled to leave Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday at 5:25 p.m. According to a passenger, Elizabeth King, the plane, heading to Seattle-Tacoma Internatinal Airport, was originally delayed due to approaching weather.

King said as they prepared to move to the runway, one of the tires got stuck in a pothole. She said the pilot attempted to power out of the hole, but the plane would not move.

She said three tow cables broke as ground crews tried to get the plane to move.

Cole Cosgrove, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines, said the passengers deplaned on the tarmac. He said there was damage to the wheel, which is why the flight was cancelled.

Cosgrove said repairs to the plane were being made, and they plan to have it ready for an 11 a.m. Saturday departure.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth King (@ElizabethKingEM)]]>
<![CDATA[Lanes Shut on 5 Freeway After Debris Spills in Crash]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:20:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/5_freeway_gravel_spill.png

Four lanes were closed on the 5 Freeway Saturday morning after a crash involving a semi spilled thousands of pounds of gravel and asphalt debris on the road, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 2:30 a.m. on the southbound 5 Freeway near Osborne Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP said debris spilled into all lanes on the freeway after the semi and a pick-up truck collided. An estimated 27,000 pounds of debris spilled in the crash.

All lanes were closed except two far right lanes, according to the CHP.

It was unknown if any motorists or passengers suffered injuries.

Crews were at the scene cleaning up the spill, which was expected to take at least one hour, according to the CHP.

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<![CDATA[Four Sunshiny Soirees: Summer Solstice Contd.]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:25:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SolsticeParade_Steve+Hospodar_VSB.jpg

Daylight, says science and people and magazines and TV shows and every other source that produces opinions, is on the whole good for us and everything that's alive.

We know this — we crave a dose of beamful rays come the gloomier days of winter — but we don't often pause to give the daytime its full and festive due.

A prime moment to give due typically arrives on the longest day of the year, which was June 20 in 2016. But as that was a workaday Monday, the biggest bashes surrounding the summer solstice are scheduled to fall over the first weekend of summer.

Or perhaps "rise" is more accurate. The two-day stretch of sunny soirees begins at sunrise at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Saturday, June 25. Actually, make that 5 a.m., which is a pinch before sunrise. What's the theme of the gathering? Watching our nearest star come up over "Levitated Mass," the mega boulder at the mid-city museum. 

Yoga and morning beverages are part of the ticketed LACMA Local event.

Later in the day, and up the coast, one of California's biggest solstice celebrations will unfurl like a colorful banner. It's Santa Barbara's famous Summer Solstice Parade, a procession that has been around since the '70s. Costumes, inflatables, and pretty things that flap in the breeze are hallmarks of the popular event.

Should you want to keep the beams turned up high through the following day, both Fullerton and Santa Monica will be going the solstice-honoring route, and both for free (like the Santa Barbara parade).

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center's afternoon jamboree on June 26 will include tunes -- zydeco favorites Lisa Haley and the Zydekats will be there -- and food booths and craft beers, too. Meanwhile, on Main Street in Santa Monica, the Main Street Summer SOULstice will feature four stages, lots of live music, a petting zoo, and a food court and beer garden.

Our nearest star rises in the east once a day, and twice on the weekend — spoiler alert? — but there's a way to honor it four times over two days, in a quartet of SoCal and up-the-coast locations.

Four solstice parties in the span of a weekend won't change the sun's path, but it should remind revelers to stop and enjoy the sunshine, especially when summer kicks into full, glorious gear.

Photo Credit: Steve Hospodar]]>
<![CDATA[Man Tried to Kidnap Jogger in Park]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:47:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/cerritos_attempted_kidnapping.PNG

A man may have been watching his victim before he attempted to kidnap her.

Neighbors who live near Cerritos Park East feel their sense of safety shattered.

"It's crazy because nothing ever happens around here," said Samuel Kim.

The incident happened Monday night around 9 p.m. near Hampton Court and 166th Street in Cerritos. Detectives said a woman on an evening jog noticed a man ride past her on a bike and then moments later he came from behind, wrapped a cloth around her head and tried to kidnap her.

It is a frightening thought for Vivian Chen who said she's always felt safe until now.

"After dinner we will walk around -- there's so many neighbors that walk around and we don't have to be afraid of anything," she said.

Despite the attacker covering her head, the victim fought and screamed. She managed to get away but so did he.

"You always have to be careful," said John Crawford. "Just because you live in a neighborhood that has lower crime rate does not mean there's no crime."

Detectives had no description of the man.

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<![CDATA[Man Sentenced in Murder of Transgender Woman]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:37:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GAVEL_GettyImages-144096770.jpg

A 40-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison for choking a transgender woman to death during a sex act and dumping the body behind an Anaheim Dairy Queen.

Randy Lee Parkerson was convicted May 17 of second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Zoraida Reyes.

Parkerson, an unemployed methamphetamine user, routinely met men and transgender people online and got together with them in person for sex, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy.

The defendant met Reyes online, and he picked her up in Santa Ana on June 10, 2014, the prosecutor said.

They negotiated oral sex for $10 in his car, which led to another sex act that involved choking to deprive the recipient of oxygen to heighten sexual pleasure, McGreevy said.

Afterward, he noticed Reyes wasn't moving and saw blood on her face, the prosecutor said.

He pushed her body further down in the backseat and drove to a motel, where he dragged the body into the car's trunk, McGreevy said.

Parkerson drove around the Southland looking for a place to get rid of the body, which was in his trunk for two days, the prosecutor said.

He eventually dumped the victim at 201 N. State College Blvd. in a Dairy Queen lot, where she was found on June 12, McGreevy said.

Investigators matched DNA on the victim to Parkerson, whose DNA was collected after a DUI conviction, and by testing a beer can the defendant discarded while he was under surveillance, McGreevy said.

He was arrested in October 2014.

Records on Parkerson's smart phone show he searched for information on second-degree murder, manslaughter and how bad is it in prison," McGreevy said.

The cause of Reyes' death was asphyxiation, and a coroner told investigators it would take two to six minutes to choke a victim to death, the prosecutor said.

Parkerson's attorney, Sara Nakada, said her client "never intended to kill" Reyes, calling it a "tragic accident."

"The furthest thing from Randy Parkerson's mind was killing Zoraida Reyes," Nakada said.

"What was on his mind was oral sex." Parkerson started smoking methamphetamine in June 2014, prompting him to seek out sexual encounters with "strangers in motel rooms, his home and even in his car," Nakada said.

"The drugs made him more sexual and sexually curious," Nakada said.

During sex with Reyes, Parkerson touched her arm a few times and eased off because he was concerned about her choking, Nakada said.

However, Reyes said, "No, no, I like it. Keep going," the defense attorney said. When Parkerson saw the blood on Reyes' face from a nose bleed, he "panicked," Nakada said.

Reyes' friend, Jiselle Neel, said after today's hearing that she met Reyes through a support group for transgender people and that they were friends for about six years.

"She was just such a gentle, peaceful person," Neel said. "She lit up a room wherever she went. She had this gentle strength that brought people together."

In denying probation, Orange County Superior Court Judge Glenda Sanders noted the defendant "went to great lengths to cover up his conduct," which included, "the hiding and disposal of evidence, which indicated a lack of remorse."

Parkerson "did not come forward to explain what he says was an accident" until much later, Sanders said.

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<![CDATA[Rainbow Flags Stolen From Riverside County Church]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rainbowflagchurch.jpg

After two of its rainbow-colored flags were stolen earlier this year, a church in a Riverside County community on Friday mounted a new one on its outer wall in a display of solidarity with people of different faiths and orientations.

The flag is displayed to the side of the Menifee United Church of Christ. Below it sits a sign saying "Coexist," with a peace sign and symbols representing various religions embedded into its letters.

Congregants decided to hoist the flag June 12, the day a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history before he was shot by police. The gunman had expressed anti-LGBT views and declared his allegiance to ISIS.

"I hope especially in this post-Orlando time that we show solidarity with the lesbian and gay community and with our Muslim brothers and sisters," Reverend Bill Freeman said.

The church scheduled the vote before the shooting occurred, but ended up making the decision the same day.

The church put up rainbow flags twice before, but both times the flags were stolen.

The reverend said he hopes these flags will remain attached. Unlike the other ones, which were made of cloth, this one is stuck to the wall, he said. Any potential thief would have to peel it off piece by piece, and "in the time it takes them to do that, maybe a cop will drive by and catch them," Freeman said.

The old flags elicited positive reactions from people driving by, the reverend said. Several lesbian members of the congregation joined because of them.

"I hope that this time there is respect for the LGBT community. Universal respect for the LGBT community and the Muslim community and all faith communities," Freeman said. "And that our flag will just be left alone."

Photo Credit: Courtesy/Kathleen Freeman]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sentenced in OkCupid Extortion]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:49:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gavel15.jpg

A 20-year-old Simi Valley man was sentenced Friday for attempting to extort a woman he met through dating app OkCupid.

Alex Scott Roberts pleaded guilty to felony attempted extortion and misdemeanor unauthorized distribution of sexual images in May, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

In addition to serving 364 days in jail, Roberts is required to get sex offender counseling and pay more the $2,500 in fines. 

Roberts met the woman through the app in August 2015. He sent her photos he said were of himself, but were really of another man. He then requested she send him intimate photos.

The photos the woman sent were revealing but not nude images, and using the false identity, Roberts demanded nude photos.

When the woman refused, Roberts posted the intimate photos so that her family and friends could see them, later claiming that his OkCupid account had been hacked, authorities said.

Roberts is set to begin his sentence in July.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Scratch and Claw but Lose to Pirates]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:39:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/Puig+in+Pittsburgh.png

The Dodgers played a game of chase the dragon.

The Los Angeles Dodgers scratched and clawed to get back into the game multiple times, but were unable to complete the comeback in their 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park.

Jameson Taillon had LA chasing their tail all night as the Pirates staked an early 4-0 lead for their rookie pitcher.

Pittsburgh put up four runs on Nick Tepesch—who made his Dodgers debut—in the second inning surrendering two doubles and three singles as the Bucs beat up on the right-hander.

The Dodgers scored two in the top of the third to get back into the game, but the Pirates added another run in the bottom half to extend their lead to 5-2.

After a scoreless fourth, LA added two more in the top of the fifth, but the Pirates tacked on two more in the bottom half.

The cat-and-mouse game continued as the Dodgers got two more runs in the top of the sixth, one courtesy of a solo blast from right-fielder Yasiel Puig.

Jung Ho Kang and Matt Joyce both homered for the Pirates as Pittsburgh never relinquished the lead despite the best efforts by the boys in blue.

Tepesch (0-1) took the loss in his 2016 MLB debut, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. Tepesch was activated for a spot start before the game, but will more than likely get sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City tomorrow. 

His counterpart, Taillon, didn't fare much better, allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts in four innings for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh reliever, Neftali Feliz (2-0), vultured the win from Taillon's talons, allowing no runs in 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 21st save of the season.

The loss snaps LA's six-game winning streak, and is just the Pirates third victory in their last 16 games. 

Players of the Game:

Yasiel Puig:
2-for-4 with a home run.
Matt Joyce: 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI.
Corey Seager: 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored. 

Three Takeaways:

1. Opening Night: A couple of players made debuts on Friday. Before the game, the Dodgers purchased the contract of pitcher Nick Tepesch from Triple-A Oklahoma City, designating outfielder Will Venable for assignment. It was Tepesch's 40th career start, but his first of 2016 and first with the Dodgers. Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman, Adam Frazier, made his Major League debut during a double-switch and promptly singled in his first career at-bat.

2. Rib-Tickler: Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander, Frankie Montas, was expected to make the start on Friday, but it was announced before the game that he had a broken rib and would be out for the next 4-8 weeks. Montas had surgery to relocate a rib in February.

3. Puig Power: Yasiel Puig blasted a solo home run for Los Angeles in the top of the sixth inning and is now 5-for-10 since he was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Puig's blast was hit so far, the Pirates did not even move on contact as they watched the ball fly out of the park.


Up Next:
Dodgers (41-34): Kenta Maeda heads to the mound on Saturday on six-days of rest as Los Angeles looks to…

Pirates (35-39): Jeff Locke gets the job of making… at 4:15PST at PNC Park.


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<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Girl Who Was Shot in Drive-By Shooting Speaks Out]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Shooting+Boyle+Heights.jpg

The unintended victim of a drive-by shooting in Boyle Heights, 10-year-old Alyn vividly remembers what happened that night.

She and her sister were walking to the store, when she saw the gun.

"All I just heard in my head was, 'beeeep' and I fell down," said Alyn.

The bullet grazed her skull, authorities said.

"They haven't caught the person, I'm afraid if they'll want to shoot me again," said Alyn.

LAPD detectives said the shooter intended to fire at a man riding his bike nearby. Alyn does not remember the shooter's face, only the gray car the shooter was driving.

The LA City Council approved a $50,000 reward for any information that will lead to a conviction.

"Think of this young girl, it could be your own relative," said LA City Councilman Jose Huizar. The girl's mother said she was not angry.

"I only think that God can give justice, he will decide when that will be," she said.

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<![CDATA[Gay, Bisexual Men Warned of Meningococcal Outbreak]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:27:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mengitis-GettyImages-166665957.jpg

State health officials have issued an advisory in Southern California following an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease, primarily among gay and bisexual men.

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria and can cause meningitis and bloodstream infections, known as sepsis. Although rare, meningococcal disease is serious and potentially fatal.

Since the beginning of May, nine meningococcal disease cases have been identified in men living in Los Angeles and Orange counties. One patient died as a result of the infection. Six of the cases are known to have been caused by a particular strain of meningococcal bacteria.

Several outbreaks and clusters of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men have been reported in New York City, Los Angeles County, and Chicago since 2014. Similar outbreaks have also been reported recently in Europe Many of those affected were infected with HIV.

"We are concerned that gay and bisexual men in Southern California may be at increased risk for meningococcal disease," said Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "We encourage men who partner with other men to be aware of the risk of meningococcal disease and consider getting vaccinated."

HIV-infected people are at increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease. As a result, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended this week that all HIV-infected persons 2 months and older be routinely vaccinated with the meningococcal vaccine.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include fever, vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, rash and generalized muscle pains. The time from exposure to the start of symptoms is typically just a few days. People who experience these symptoms should seek medical care immediately.

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<![CDATA[Security Stepped Up for OC Pride Parade]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:28:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Security_Stepped_Up_for_OC_Pride_Parade_1200x675_712548419828.jpg Orange County prepares to celebrate its first Pride Parade this weekend, with increased security, in light of the Orlando shooting. ]]> <![CDATA[OC Pride: Celebrate in Santa Ana]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:38:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pridejune123.jpg

The first Saturday of summertime possesses a few mythic properties for many people. You want to get out and enjoy the sunshine, and celebrate with your friends, and be a part of a community, and welcome a season that has shine in both the literal and figurative sense.

The Orange County Pride parade, which will take place on Saturday, June 26, embraces those ideals, and does so in a hue-happy, dance-tastic, "Live Your Life!" kind of way. 

In fact, "Live Your Life!" is the 2016 theme of OC Pride Week, which was founded in 1989 and has become one of the Golden State's most vibrant gay pride happenings. The new theme was "(i)nspired by exciting changes, milestones and accomplishments in the name of LGBT pride," reveals the event's site. 

"(W)e decided to transform those feelings of admiration, gratitude, and happiness into something visual. Something creative. Something that vividly flaunts what it is we all feel inside!"

It's a festive feeling that will permeate other parties during the June 25 and 26 weekend, from the festival spreading out through a goodly chunk of downtown Santa Ana to the quartet of dance stages to the Kids' Club area to the multiple vendors selling merch that emphasizes unity, joy, and the spirit of "Live Your Life!"

How many people are expected? Over 10,000 attended in 2015. The cost to attend? Watching the parade is totally free, as is browsing the vendor area, but you'll want to alight upon a festival ticket asap.

Happy Pride, OC!

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<![CDATA[Man Dies in Confrontation With Police at McDonald's]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:26:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/McDonalds+OIS+6.24.16.jpg

A man died after exchanging gunfire with police and shooting himself at a McDonald's in Burbank early Friday morning, authorities said.

The incident began when officers responded to a disturbance call at the restaurant in the 2500 block of Hollywood Way near the Burbank Airport, according to the Burbank Police Department.

Officers evacuated employees, who were the only people inside the fast-food restaurant, after they learned the man was armed with a gun. Police attempted to communicate with him but he did comply with orders to exit, police said.

Just after midnight, the man fired multiple rounds and pointed the gun at the officers. Three officers fired their guns, striking him multiple times, according to Burbank police.

After he was shot, the man stepped out of the restaurant through a shattered glass window and into the drive-thru area, where he shot himself.

The wounded man was taken to a hospital where he later died. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.

No officers were injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Emil Brimway at 818-238-3210 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS to remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Community Rallies to Stop Man From Being Deported]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:55:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/6-24-16-Benitez.jpg

Josalin Benitez welled up in tears Friday when talking about the possibility that her father, Alvaro Benitez Reyes, a beloved fixture in Huntington Beach, would be deported.

"I'm not going to have my dad," she said. "I wasn't going to be able to go to school. My plans were ruined. I was confused, upset, sad."

But it didn't happen.

In a big show of community support this week, Benitez Reyes earned a reprieve from being deported to Mexico after the community made hundreds of calls to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and lawmakers demanding they stop his deportation.

"I never lost faith in God," he said in Spanish. "I said to myself, 'only a miracle will make them return me.'"

It all began Wednesday when he was required to check in at an ICE office. When he showed up, he was detained. The family got a call saying they weren't going to let him out, that he would be deported and was on his Tijuana.

In a statement, community groups RAIZ, Oakview Communidad and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said they forced ICE to stop the bus and returned Alvaro to his family.

The groups said in a statement that on the day when the U.S. government "once again failed our communities on the Texas v. U.S. case," the immigrant community didn't wait for the administration and "took matters into their own hands to keep a family together."

Alvaro, the father of four, is also a member of RAIZ, a migrant led group who focuses on stopping deportations and fighting against police abuse.

"Yesterday a man was being deported and the community of Orange County stepped up and successfully turned ICE's arm in order to bring back Alvaro from the bus heading to Tijuana," said Alexis Nava Teodoro, staff at NDLON and member of RAIZ. "The people spoke and it should be made clear to ICE and the Obama administration that we will only escalate our efforts when they deny us justice."

They pointed out that ICE eventually exercised discretion in releasing Alvaro, but it came only after "we launched a massive campaign."

Virginia Kice, an ICE spokeswoman, said authorities decided to delay the deportation after receiving inquiries about the case from several local congressional offices.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement remains focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes threats to national security, public safety, and border security," she said in a statement. "Based on his case history, which includes a final order of removal upheld by both the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Mr. Benitez fell within ICE's enforcement priorities."

<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:35:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. 

The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at the Abbey in West Hollywood on June 27, which is National HIV Testing Day, NBC News reports.

Celebrity advocates, including Daniel Franzese, Julie Benz, Lance Bass, Frances Fisher and Kyle Pratt, will be in attendance to encourage people to get tested, increase awareness and help eliminate the stigma surrounding HIV. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the U.S. More than 156,000 of them are unaware they are infected.

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<![CDATA[Missing 16-Year-Old Girl Sought]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:15:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/JeidaMoore.jpg

A 16-year-old girl from Alabama went missing in Van Nuys earlier this month, and now police are asking for help to find her.

Jeida Moore has not been heard from by her family since June 15, according to LAPD. She was last seen that night around 10:30 p.m., when Moore left a group home in the 14500 block of Sylvan Street in Van Nuys.

Moore has no family in California and is not familiar with the area. Police describe her as black, with brown hair and brown eyes, 5-feet-4-inches tall and 165 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a silver bow headband, black long-sleeved shirt, black pants and green shoes and carrying a green cinched backpack, police said.

LAPD asks that anyone who has seen Moore or has information about her whereabouts contact missing juvenile Detective Darrell Van Roy at (818) 374-0001 or Officer Roel at (818) 374-0005. Those with information can also call (877) 527-3247 or the anonymous line 800-222-TIPS, or text 274637 with a message beginning with "LAPD."

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<![CDATA[LA Considers Reducing Parking Ticket Fines]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:19:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tr_parking_tickets.jpg

The cost of some Los Angeles parking tickets could be reduced under a proposal being considered by city officials, KPCC reports.

A report by the Department of Transportation suggests various options for changing parking ticket fines, according to NBC4's media partner KPCC.

The options include dropping the fines for expired meters and street sweeping violations by $10. Together, the meter and street-sweeping violations make up about half of all parking citations issued. Currently fines for expired meters are $63 in L.A. while tickets for street sweeping are $73.

The lower fines would place Los Angeles in line with neighboring cities like Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Pasadena.

"We want to show people that government is on their side and not on their back," said Councilman Mike Bonin, chairman of the council transportation committee that discussed the issue Wednesday, KPCC reports.

The Los Ageles City Council also is considering a proposal to allow the homeless and low-income individuals to perform community service instead of paying fines.

Read more from KPCC

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<![CDATA[Punk Club The Smell Could Be Safe for Another Year]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-the-smell.jpg

A long-established downtown Los Angeles music space could be safe from the wrecking ball for another year.

Notices posted outside The Smell, an all-ages punk club, as well as the theater next door and another building on the block at the intersection of 3rd and Spring streets warned that an application for a demolition permit had been filed for the buildings.

"We didn't get any other notice prior from the city or the property owner," said Jim Smith, the club's owner and founder.

Smith contacted the L&R Group, which owns his building and his neighbors', as well as parking facilities like WallyPark and Joe's Auto Park, which have lots on each side of The Smell.

The company's COO, Kevin Litwin, told Smith there aren't any plans for his building, or any of the others.

Smith and Litwin met last week to discuss The Smell's options. Smith said Litwin told him his lease is good for at least a year, and he's helping Smith look for a new location.

Litwin said the demolition scare was accidental. L&R files demolition permits for all their buildings, and it's usually just over-the-counter. But because the buildings were over 30 years old, the city had to post a notice to let the community know.

Though The Smell is safe for now, Litwin said there will probably be plans for the building in the future. Just last year, the company put the property up for sale, pitching a retail and housing development they called "The Hub." Litwin took it off the market earlier this year.

Smith, hoping to avoid the panic of potential eviction in the future, started "Save the Smell," a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to buy a building of his own. So far, it has raised more than $20,000.

Smith said he understands why developers look to build in downtown, but he worries about what's lost in the progress.

"[We're] part of downtown's cool vibe," he said. "There is really not going to be anything to enjoy of what made downtown what it is."

Founded in 1998 in North Hollywood, The Smell calls itself an affordable, alcohol-free music and arts space for people "who are interested in participating in and supporting an environment of creativity and artistic innovation and freedom."

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<![CDATA[Pot Shop Robbers Shoot Security Guard in the Face]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:07:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/SB+Pot+Shooting+6.24.16.JPG

A search was security guard is in critical condition after he was shot in the face by robbers at a marijuana dispensary in San Bernardino, police said.

The shooting was reported just before 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Waterman Avenue, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. 

Investigators said three men armed with handguns entered the business and fired one round at the armed security guard, striking him in the face.

The guard, identified as a 35-year-old man from Victorville, was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

The thieves took off with cash and unknown amount of marijuana in a gray vehicle with a fourth suspect, police said. 

Police said the dispensary, running out of a mobile home-like shop, was already under investigation. 

"We have received some complaints on it," said Sgt. Viki Cervantes with San Bernardino police. "It is absolutely ilegal to run a marijuana dispensary in the city of San Bernardino however... like any other business, we can't just walk in and shut it down."

No description of the suspects was immediately available. Police will review surveillance video from the area. 

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 384-5742.

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<![CDATA[Woman, 20, Dies After Electronic Music Fest in Las Vegas]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:59:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kenani-Kaimuloa-2.jpg

A 20-year-old woman from San Diego who attended a popular electronic music and arts festival in Las Vegas last weekend has died, her father confirmed to KSNV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas.

Kenani Kaimuloa began convulsing at a bus stop early Monday after leaving the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), her father, U.S. military veteran Dane Kaimuloa told KSNV.

According to an online fundraising page created by family a friend, Kenani was taken to a Las Vegas hospital and remained in coma for two days before she died.

Her father, who lives in San Diego's North County, told KSNV his daughter's sudden death, attributed to heatstroke, is the most difficult obstacle he's ever endured.

"I’ve been to Iraq and this is way harder than Iraq," said Dane, holding back tears. "Iraq is a cake walk compared to this."

Dane said his daughter, affectionately known to loved ones as "Nani," had attended the three-day music event amid scorching hot Las Vegas temperatures.

He received a phone call on Monday from one of his daughter's friends who told him Nani had been hospitalized after convulsing and collapsing at a bus stop near the event.

Dane said heavy traffic surrounding the festival made it difficult for emergency responders to quickly get to his daughter. By the time they got to Nani, her body temperature was 109 degrees, her father told KSNV.

As a father, Dane said he feels deep guilt over his young daughter's untimely death. He's the person who gave Nani the money to attend the festival.

“She really wanted to go. She goes, ‘Dad this will probably be my last year, but I want to go.’ She had all her costumes and stuff,” he said.

Dane said Nani had attended EDC in the past with no problems.

“Who could ever think this could happen?” he cried.

Dane said the last time he heard from his daughter was Sunday night, when she sent him a text message wishing him a Happy Father's Day.

His wife then told him Nani had left a surprise gift for him at home for Father's Day. When he opened the gift, he found a ceramic mold of Nani's hand that read, "I love you. You're the best dad."

“I gave her $600 to go to this thing and I’m the best dad?" Dane said, weeping. "I just want my daughter back. I just wish I could see her just one more time and just tell her how much I love her; hold her.”

Dane said he's not angry at the organizers of EDC, but wonders why anyone would hold an outdoor event in such extreme heat.

He said he experienced temperatures in the triple-digits as he drove from his home in Southern California to the hospital in Las Vegas to be by Nani's side.

NBC 7 reached out to Insomniac, the company that produces EDC, on Friday regarding Nani's death.

Insomniac released the following statement:

"We were shocked and saddened to learn that a young woman who had attended the festival passed away on June 23, 2016. Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman. While the cause of this tragedy has not yet been determined, we ask everyone to keep her loved ones in their prayers during their time of grieving.”

Meanwhile, the GoFundMe page for Nani's family had raised more than $10,500 as of 2:45 p.m. Friday. The page was created by a friend of the Kaimuloa family, U.S. Marine Chief Foreign Officer Jerod Murphy.

An update posted to page said Nani was an organ donor, and her parents planned to give her organs to others in need.

NBC 7 spoke with Murphy who said he's doing everything he can to help Dane and his family during this difficult time. He described Nani as a "peaceful" and "beautiful" person.

"[She] went up to have some fun and a huge tragedy struck," Murphy said.

Nani was an alumna of Vista High School in Vista. The school posted a message regarding her passing on the Vista Wrestling team's Facebook page Thursday.

Vista Wrestling Coach Chris Davis told NBC 7 Nani was a student assistant to the Vista High School boys' wrestling team and also played softball for the school.

"You couldn't go to Vista High and not know Nani. She was positive, happy," Davis said. "Every teacher and student adored Nani. She was always willing to help and give an encouraging word."

"She was such a joy to everybody," her father added. "Kenani was always smiling, always giving, always laughing. She was the clown of the class."

In 2014, another California resident – 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang – died after attending EDC in Las Vegas after suffering a medical episode in the parking lot.

The three-day carnival, held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is billed as the “largest multi-day concert in North America.”

Nani's body will be transported back to north San Diego County for a memorial at a later time. Authorities will also perform a toxicology exam on the young woman.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kaimuloa Family
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<![CDATA[Southern California Images in the News]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:12:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160623-ventura-oil-spill.jpg Southern California images in the news during 2016.]]> <![CDATA[SoCal Gymanst Doesn't Bend to Injuries]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:49:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sammikulak.JPG

A couple weeks ago, Sam Mikulak won his fourth straight national championship.

The gymnast from Newport Coast, who hopes to lock up his spot on the Olympic team on Saturday night, makes it look simple. But it hasn't always been as easy as it seems.

"In college, I broke both ankles. Look at this pinky, it's like my E.T. Finger. Snapped the tendon there, dislocated this finger," Mikulak said.

And the list goes on and on. But when Mikulak had a broken ankle, he spent a lot more time on one of his weaker events, the pommel horse. He got so good, they named a new technique after him.

"I came up with my own skill, and it gave me a little more passion for that event, and it's something that I've now tried to make my best event," Mikulak said.

As a kid, his best event sure wasn't baseball. He played a lot of sports, but they all pointed back to gymnastics.

"You wanna know what my baseball career was like?" he said. "My biggest moment was when I was doing a dive to catch the ball, I think I was at 3rd base, and I turned it into a cartwheel."

No matter what he's doing, he's always having fun and always smiling. And half the time, he's dancing too.

"I've seen some comments, but I don't dwell on it. They're just like 'It needs to be professional,' and I'm like, 'Well, I am a professional and dance. I'm a man of multiple talents,'" Mikulak said.

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<![CDATA[Video - Luke Walton: Brandon Ingram "Is the Player I Wanted"]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:47:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Ingram-Lakers-draft-2016.jpg

Only a couple days on the job, Luke Walton took part in LA's draft night on Thursday and sounded ecstatic about LA's choice with the no. 2 pick in the 2016 Draft, Brandon Ingram.

"I don't know if he's the best (player in the draft) or not, but he's the player I wanted, for sure," Walton said. "What he has the potential of doing and what he can already do at his age, with his length and skill set, is very impressive and unique."

Walton added, "You can tell pretty quickly, when a kid is that special, what he can do on a basketball court."

Walton sounded enthusiastic about the choice and excited about working with the 18-year-old over the summer and into the 2016-17 season. Asked about what stood out with the newest Laker, Walton spoke about Ingram's natural ability to make reads on the court, especially defensively. The Lakers coach invoked the name of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green when talking about Ingram's ability to read the game and help defensively.

"It means that the player is inteligent," Walton said.

While Walton may not have been overtly smiling and cracking jokes, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was in rare form on Thursday night. Kupchak sounded thrilled with the team's selection, despite taking a subtle jab at Ingram coming from Duke University in the process. Kupchak went to rival University of North Carolina.

Kupchak said about Ingram, "We look at him and his age and his body type, his willingness to work and be coached, so we think the upside and the potential in him, right now, there is no ceiling on him."

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<![CDATA[Evacuations Lifted in San Gabriel Complex Fires]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:10:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/San+Gabriel+Fires+AP.JPG

About 1,250 firefighters continued their efforts to extinguish the 5,235-acre San Gabriel Complex Fire, which was 30 percent contained, but all evacuations were being lifted Friday.

As of noon, all residents who were evacuated will be allowed home, but access to evacuated areas will be restricted to residents only, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Livestock will not be allowed back in until 8 a.m. Saturday.

For those residents evacuated from the forest area, access to their homes can only be made by using East Fork Road because Highway 39 will remain closed.

Earlier Friday morning, the Sierra Madre Police Department announced that the Chantry Flats Recreational Area had been closed due to the fire danger.

"Law Enforcement realizes that this is a very popular area, especially during the weekends; however for the public's and the community's safety we must ask that you be diligent in remaining out of the area,'' police said.

The fires previously were called the Fish and Reservoir fires before authorities decided on the San Gabriel Complex Fire designation even though the blazes, burning about 1.5 miles apart, have not merged.

Firefighting personnel from both the county and U.S. Forest Service were working to extinguish the flames.

The Reservoir Fire broke out shortly after 11 a.m. Monday off Highway 39 near the Morris Reservoir dam north of Azusa, according to Sherry Rollman of the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire was sparked by a vehicle running off the highway, as officials received a report at 10:57 a.m. Monday of a fatal car crash along Highway 39 near the reservoir where the fire broke out, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.

About 90 minutes after the Reservoir Fire began, a second blaze was reported near Opal Canyon and Brookridge roads near the Duarte/Azusa border, about four miles southwest of the Reservoir Fire. That blaze, dubbed the Fish Fire, quickly roared into the foothills, burning north away from homes but threatening some remote horse stables.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital around 6 p.m. Monday with "minor injuries'' related to heat exhaustion, and a sheriff's deputy suffered similar injuries earlier that day, fire authorities said. No other injuries were reported.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory because of the blazes, urging residents in smoke-affected areas to avoid strenuous outdoor activity. Those with respiratory or heart disease, older adults and children were advised to remain indoors.

Copyright City News Service

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<![CDATA[Brothers Convicted in Murder Plot to Collect $2.5M]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/crime+scene+tape1.jpg

A 37-year-old man and his younger brother have been convicted in a plot to collect on a $2.5 million insurance policy by killing the man's ex-boyfriend, prosecutors said Friday.

A jury on Friday found Hovanes "John" Maskovian guilty of murder and attempted kidnapping in the 2013 slaying of 33-year-old Joshua West, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

He was also found guilty of special circumstances of lying in wait, murder for financial gain and murder during an attempted kidnapping.

Maskovian's 31-year-old brother, Hachik "Kriss" Maskovian, was also found guilty of the same charges by a separate jury a day earlier.

On April 24, 2013, the victim was lured to Sun Valley, where prosecutors say the brothers beat him, ran him over with a car and shot him. West's body was then dumped in the 10200 block of Penrose Street.

Sentencing is set to take place for Hovanes Maskovian on Aug. 25 and his brother the following day. They face a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A third co-defendant, 22-year-old Nazaret "Nick" Bayamdzhyan, is awaiting trial for his role, prosecutors said.

<![CDATA[Gay Marriage Plaintiff Shames Senate GOP on SCOTUS Stance]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:42:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/JimObergefell-AP_16175585049930.jpg

The lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case to legalize marriage equality nationwide is calling on Senate Republicans to “do their job” and hold a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, NBC News reported. 

Jim Obergefell said the 4-4 split to keep frozen President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration underscores the importance of having a full panel of justices to decide the most pressing legal issues. 

"If that had happened a year ago, and if it were a different justice who passed away, a 4-4 split could have meant we would have been denied the right to marry and have our lawful marriages recognized," Obergefell said. "It is unconscionable that these Republicans continue to obstruct." 

Obergefell won the right to have his marriage to his late partner, John Arthur, recognized by their home state of Ohio in last year’s Supreme Court case. The 5-4 decision, handed down on June 26, 2015, led the way for thousands of other same-sex couples to marry in any state.

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<![CDATA[DNA Evidence Links Man to 2012 Sex Assault]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:27:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/OC+Sex+Assault+6.24.jpg

A 26-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting an employee during a robbery at a Fountain Valley business four years ago was behind bars Friday, police said.

Danny Thein Nguyen, of Garden Grove, was arrested Thursday after DNA linked him to the sexual assault, which occurred on Jan. 10, 2012, according to the Fountain Valley Police Department.

Police said the female employee was working alone inside a business located in the 9000 block of Talbert Avenue when Nguyen entered and robbed the victim of her belongings at gunpoint.

Nguyen allegedly took the woman to a back room and sexually assaulted her.

He was booked on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and penetration with a foreign object, police said.

Nguyen, who is on probation from a robbery case in Westminster, was booked into an Orange County jail and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Any other potential victims are asked to contact the Fountain Valley Police Department at 714-593-4480.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fined $10K for Missing Public Space Hearing in NYC]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump-scotland.jpg

Donald Trump was fined $10,000 by New York City after his attorneys missed a hearing to determine if the company that manages his midtown tower violated an agreement with the city over a bench in the lobby.

Attorneys for the businessmen didn't show up at the hearing Thursday with the city's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings to determine whether he violated the public space agreement in Trump Tower in midtown, according to the city. 

The City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings said Trump and his counsel has 45 days to request a new hearing. If they don't, Trump will have to pay the fine within 60 days or risk being sent to collections.

Michael Cohen, an attorney for Trump, attributed the missed hearing to a "scheduling error."

"A rehearing will be immediately sought where evidence of compliance will be demonstrated," he said. 

The Wall Street Journal said the hearing stemmed from a series of citations from the city dating back to last summer, when a pair of 40-foot counters selling Trump-branded merchandise — including "Make America Great Again" hats — were installed.

The city ordered Trump to remove the kiosks and install a 22-foot bench that was part of a 1979 agreement to make Trump Tower bigger in January, the Journal reports. In March, Trump was cited again for not immediately removing the stores and installing the bench. 

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<![CDATA[Britain's Brexit: How Baby Boomers Defeated Millennials in Historic Vote]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:10:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-542742502.jpg

The United Kingdom's decision to sever itself from the European Union on Friday exposed something approaching an intergenerational war of ideas.

While the "leave" campaign won the referendum with 51.9 percent of the vote, young people — the ones who will likely grapple with the decision for decades — overwhelmingly wanted to remain part of the EU, NBC News reported.

According to data gathered by British pollster YouGov on election day, a staggering 75 percent of people between 18 to 24 voted for "remain."

What pushed the country toward Brexit, according to pollsters, was a remarkably high turnout among white, working-class older people — most of whom voted leave. Sixty-one percent of people over the age of 65 voted Leave, according to YouGov's data.

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<![CDATA[WADA Suspends Accreditation of Rio Olympic Lab]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:45:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-481591670.jpg

The World Anti-Doping Agency has stopped its accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro from conducting tests just weeks before the Olympic Games open in the city.

WADA says the lab's accreditation has been suspended due to "non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories." The suspension prohibits the laboratory from carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood samples, the world doping watchdog said in a statement.

No details of the laboratory's failings were specified. It may appeal the decision to the Court for Arbitration for sports within 21 days.

WADA's incoming director general Olivier Niggli says the agency "will work closely with the Rio Laboratory to resolve the identified issue."

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<![CDATA[Suspect Arrested in Shooting That Injured 2 Deputies]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:30:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/06-24-2016-bellflower-shooting-dis-2.JPG

A suspect was arrested Friday morning after an overnight search for the gunman in a shooting that left two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies critically injured in Bellflower, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 10:50 p.m. in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The deputies were conducting a DUI check point on Lakewood Boulevard and tried to conduct a traffic stop. A motorcycle deputy followed the driver who then stopped on Lisa Avenue, got out of the vehicle and pulled out a firearm, and shot at the deputy, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

It was not immediately clear why the man opened fired, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

More deputies responded to the scene and the gunman fired several more rounds, striking another deputy, according to the news release.

The deputies, both men, were rushed to a hospital where they were in critical, but stable condition early Friday morning. Both deputies were underwent surgery, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The suspected shooter, considered armed and dangerous, was taken into custody after deputies responded to a home where he was holed up, according to the sheriff's department. The gunman, who was holding someone hostage in the residence, was arrested after deputies tossed tear gas into the building, a guest house behind a main residence, McDonnell said.

Authorities also did not provide details about the suspect's identity or hostage situation. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the sheriff's department.

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<![CDATA[Search Underway in Canoga Park After Officer is Injured]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:28:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160624-canoga-park-search.jpg

Police were scouring a Canoga Park neighborhood for a man following a Friday morning altercation in which an officer was injured.

A citywide, modified tactical alert was ordered as officers set up a perimeter in the area of Vanowen Street and De Soto Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A description of the man they were searching for was not provided. Police said they know him and he is not wearing shoes. They identified him as 26-year-old Broomi Mansour.

"I almost hit him with the vehicle, because he just jumped straight into the road in front of us," said Dalton Richards describing the moment behind the wheel of his work van when the suspect ran through the street. "He was running like this, hands behind him, just running as fast as he could."

The officer suffered cuts to the head in a fall during the altercation, the LAPD said. The severity of the injury was not immediately known.

Dalton and his co-worker, Chanson Flowers, who work for a water conservation company, ran to the officer and pulled him out of the street and onto the sidewalk. Both have ROTC and medical training and used gauze from Dalton's first-aid kit to stop the bleeding.

"There was just blood everywhere, I thought he got shot," Flowers said.

The men said the officer had a gash over his eye and they could see a bone underneath.

Mansour took off running after officers handcuffed him when they saw him lying on ground and discovered he had an outstanding warrant.

While the officers were running after him, one of them tripped and fell on his face.

One person was questioned and released during the search.

Officers broke down the perimeter before noon.

Joe Studley contributed to this report.

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