<![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-usTue, 31 May 2016 05:08:03 -0700Tue, 31 May 2016 05:08:03 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Plane Goes Missing After Departing From Catalina Island]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:08:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/missing+pilot.JPG

A pilot-in-training and flight instructor went missing in a single-engine Cessna 172 after departing from Catalina Island airport over the weekend, launching a coordinated search Monday.

The Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration launched a search Monday after the four-seater plane did not land at the Van Nuys Airport as scheduled.

The small plane took off from Catalina Island and was expected at Van Nuys Airport Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. 

The FAA said in preliminary reports that two people were aboard.

The training pilot's family identified him as Edmond Haronian. They said he was to arrived at Van Nuys Airport with his flight instructor from Encore Flight Academy.

Haronian posted pictures to social media on Saturday, the day the plane went missing. 

"Since Saturday, which is May 28, we have not had any news from him. We have not heard from him — no calls, no texts. We are very worried," Saeed Majdipour, the pilot's brother-in-law, said.

Haronian's brother-in-law said the family became worried when Sunday came, and no one had heard from the pilot.

They contacted the flight academy, and employees confirmed that Haronian and his instructor were missing. 

The family was upset as the academy did not contact them right away.

Haronian's Mercedes remained in the parking lot over the weekend.

Encore Flight Academy did not immediately return calls for comment. 

The U.S. Coast Guard released photos as the team searched Monday evening. The team spent 10 hours searching around Catalina Island, and didn't find any signs of wreckage or debris.

Haronian's last call was to his sons shortly before 1 p.m. when he told them he would be taking off.



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<![CDATA[Vandalized Veterans Mural Will Need to Be Redone]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:25:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160530-venice-mural-vandalized.jpg

A mural in Venice honoring veterans of the Vietnam War will need to be redone due to the extent of the graffiti damage it sustained last week, according to a city official, who also said a reward totaling $20,000 was in the works to find the vandals.

Metro workers on Memorial Day used a tarp to cover what's been viewed as not just as vandalism but an insult. The painting of graffiti over a mural honoring POWs and MIAs is something Marine veteran Wayne Brown is struggling to understand.

"This is one of the many reasons why I think everyone should serve their country in one way or another, so they can come to appreciate it," Brown said.

Volunteers tried on Sunday to remove some of the graffiti, but the scrubbing also meant removing some of the names of the more than 2,000 veterans honored. The city may have no choice but to start all over again and restore a mural that was created nearly 25 years ago.

"We're asking folks who have historical photos of the mural, details of the names, to make sure they send them to us just so we can make sure we don't forget anybody," City Councilman Mike Bonin said.

Not everyone agrees with the idea of covering up the vandalism with a tarp. Marine veteran John Scudder told Metro workers he thinks it sends a signal that the vandals won.

"That's like giving into the graffiti artist that he won," he said. "The whole goal out here is to make a statement that hey, we're not going to stand for this."

But veterans say they appreciate the overwhelming support they've received from the public.

"We even had people that took shifts last night that volunteered to watch this wall," Scudder said.

Bonin says detectives are looking at surveillance video and social media to see if they can identify the vandals. Three murals have been vandalized in the last couple of weeks, he said.



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<![CDATA[8 Dead as Nation's Midsection Prepares for Severe Storms]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:38:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TWISTER_AP_16147814352305.jpg

Funnel clouds and twisters swept through Nebraska and Colorado on Monday as several other states in the country's mid-section — including flood-battered Texas — prepared for potentially powerful wind gusts, hail and heavy rain.

The forecast came after a "siege of severe thunderstorms," as The Weather Channel described it, washed out bridges, swamped homes and left at least eight people dead in Texas since Friday.

Rescue workers found the eighth victim, a woman in her 30s, Monday night in Barton Springs, Texas, the Austin-Travis County Emergency Management Service said. She was reported to have been seen entering a water-choked tunnel but never came out, the agency said.

Earlier Monday, a 16 year-old boy working with a church cleanup crew in Brenham, northwest of Houston, was killed when a pine tree limb that had broken during the recent round of storms fell on him, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Inside the Lab That Found the Latest Superbug]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:54:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superbugmcr%281%29.jpg

The news startled doctors across the country last week. 

A small team at the Multidrug Resistant Organism Repository and Surveillance Network (MRSN) lab in Maryland that specializes in testing germs for antibiotic resistance, found mcr-1, a drug-resistant superbug in a Pennsylvania woman.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden upstaged his own speech about Zika virus to warn about what the arrival of mcr-1 means for people everywhere.

"The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently," he said.

The MRSN team has not yet found another example of the mcr-1 gene in any of the samples they have tested. The lab tests samples from around the world, not only from U.S. military hospitals but from Israel, France's Institut Pasteur and elsewhere. The hope is to catch and stop outbreaks of dangerous new pathogens fast.



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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Drugging Woman's Drink to be Arraigned]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:33:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/michael_hsu.jpg

A man accused of drugging a woman's drink to commit rape – which was thwarted by three women – was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Michael Hsu, 24, was arrested Thursday for allegedly attempting to commit rape and allegedly drugging a drink to commit rape, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Greg Smiley.

Hsu was being held at SMPD Jail on $1 million bail, authorities said.

The incident allegedly happened on Thursday at the Fig Restaurant in Santa Monica when three women observed Hsu allegedly drop an unknown substance into a woman's drink, police said.

The three witnesses followed the woman to the restroom and alerted her.

Police arrived and arrested Hsu at the restaurant, and collected the drink as evidence.

On Tuesday, detectives were asking for the public's help in identifying any other witnesses or possible victims in connection with their investigation, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

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<![CDATA[Husband Kills Would-Be Rapist]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:18:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HUSBAND+BEATS+ALLEGED+RAPIST.jpg

A man who tried to rape a woman in a Bronx apartment building Tuesday morning was beaten to death by her husband, police said.

The woman’s 61-year-old husband was arrested on manslaughter charges Tuesday, hours after police say he fatally beat the would-be rapist in a hallway of a Washington Avenue apartment building. 

The alleged rapist, 43-year-old Earl Nash, forced his way into the building shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said. Other relatives were outside at the time, and the woman's husband was at his car about to go to work. 

That's when the couple's son said he witnessed his mother and aunt in the lobby being attacked. 

"He started beating on my mother and my aunt, and they started fighting back," the son said. "He tried to rip their clothes off and he tried to sexually harass them."

The husband was told about the attack by his son and ran inside to find the suspect assaulting his wife, police said. The two got into a fight and Nash was severely beaten. 

"I ran upstairs and saw the guy was in the elevator and he was bleeding, and my mother was sweating, her clothes were off," the son said. "I didn't know what to think."

Nash was taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition and died at 1:30 a.m.

The husband's family defended him Tuesday morning, claiming he was trying to protect his wife. 



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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot Inside East LA Home]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:35:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/east_la_fatal_home_shooting.PNG

Detectives were searching for two men in connection with a fatal shooting Monday night at a home in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

The shooting was reported around 9:55 p.m. in the 600 block of South Ford Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Detectives said two men came to home and knocked on the front door. The victim began speaking to the two men through a metal screen door. During the conversation, one of the two men fired multiple shots at the victim, striking him in the upper torso, according to a news release.

The two men fled northbound on foot away from the scene.

A description of the shooter was not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Armed Robbers Target Cal State Northridge Student]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:34:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/csun_robbery_attempt.PNG

Poilce were searching for two armed men who attempted to rob a student at California State University, Northridge late Monday night, campus police said.

The attempted robbery was reported around 11 p.m. as the student was traveling on his skateboard on Prairie Street eastbound toward Etiwanda Avenue, according to the CSUN Police Department.

The victim was approached from behind by two men. One of them asked the victim "what you got" and pulled out a possible handgun, police said.

The victim refused to give the men any property and continued traveling to campus.

The student said he saw the two men get into a gray sedan that drove towards Reseda Boulevard, according to campus police.

Campus police sent an email around midnight alerting students about the attempted robbery.



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<![CDATA[Sanders Attends Warriors Game]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 04:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535938760_594_screen.jpg

Dub Nation meet Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic presidential hopeful wore a yellow Golden State Warriors hat prior to addressing supporters at a rally late Monday at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. Sanders has been campaigning in California ahead of the states' June 7 primary.

"Thank you Oakland!" Sanders said to cheers to launch his address. "First thing I need to know is do I have the right hat?"

Sanders' question was met with roaring cheers from the crowd.

"Does this guarantee me the California primary?" Sanders then asked the crowd before chuckling and taking the cap off.

Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally.

After the rally, Sanders attended Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

More on Sanders' Oakland visit.



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<![CDATA[Man Seen With Gun in Santa Ana Barricade]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 02:36:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/snata-ana-barricade.JPG

Neighbors were evacuated after a man was seen with a gun during a barricade Monday night at a home in Santa Ana, police said.

The barricade began around 6 p.m. in the 2200 block of South Oak Street when officers tried to make contact with the man, according to the Santa Ana Police Department.

Police said he was seen with a gun before he ran into a home, but it wasn’t clear if he lived there.

It also wasn't immediately clear if anyone else was inside of the home with the man.

SWAT arrived after 9 p.m., and neighbors living nearby were evacuated.

Officers used flares to close South Oak Street for one block in each direction from the home.

Around 2:30 a.m., police reported the man had been taken into custody.

No injuries were reported.



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<![CDATA[More Than 60 People Shot in Chicago]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:10:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/violence.png

Chicago police beefed up patrols for Memorial Day as more than 60 people were shot during the violent three-day holiday weekend. 

By Monday evening, at least 63 people had been shot across the city since Friday afternoon, including five who were killed. This surpasses the number of people shot during last year's Memorial Day weekend, though Chicago Police News Affairs said murders are down 50 percent compared to last Memorial Day.

Among the youngest shooting victims, a 15-year-old girl was fatally shot while riding in a car with a documented gang member on Lake Shore Drive. 

First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the department’s plan for Monday was to increase patrols in designated areas, including along Lake Shore Drive. 

“As we’ve said before, it’s about 1,500 people that are driving the violence,” Escalente said. “Those are the people we’re trying to concentrate on.” 

Chicago has been pulled into headlines nationwide this weekend as police struggle to curtail the city’s growing reputation for violence. Escalante said he is confident the department can get things under control, but others are skeptical. 

“The police cannot stop the killings in the Chicagoland area and it’s not their fault,” community activist Tio Hardiman told NBC 5. “The community needs to organize in high numbers and work with these guys on street corners in an aggressive way.” 

As the city wraps up the fifth month of 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports there have already been more than 1,400 shooting victims so far this year.

Shootings across the city included the following:

FRIDAY

  • The first shooting of the holiday weekend occurred at just before 1 p.m. Friday, when a 52-year-old man was shot in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. Details on the shooting weren't immediately known. 
  • At least four others were shot within an hour and a half across the city, including a 16-year-old boy who was wounded in the city's Washington Park neighborhood. 
  • Just after 2:30 p.m., the city's first fatal shooting took place in the 6700 block of South Loomis. Two men were sitting on a porch when a gunman came out of a gangway and opened fire before fleeing the scene. A 39-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg and lower back and listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital. 
  • At 9:25 p.m. Friday, a teen boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. Police said an 18-year-old man was standing on a front porch in the 1200 block of W Grenshaw in the University Village neighborhood when a dark car drove by and someone inside fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to both legs, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
  • A 25-year-old man was the second person killed over the weekend, when he was fatally shot at 10:55 p.m. in the Ashburn neighborhood. Later identified as Mark Lindsey by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was sitting in a car parked in the 3700 block of W 75th Pl at 10:55 p.m. when an unknown offender approached on foot and fired shots, police said. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and body, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Centr, where he was pronounced dead.

SATURDAY

  • Two people were shot at 1:10 a.m. in the South Deering neighborhood. A 50-year-old man was standing on the front porch of a home in the 9900 block of S Paxton when 2 men walked up and fired shots. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right forearm and refused medical attention at the scene. A 53-year-old woman was inside a bedroom in the home and was struck in the lower back. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • A 15-year-old girl was killed and a man in his twenties was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park early Saturday. Veronica Lopez was a passenger in a car in the 2400 block of N Lake Shore Drive just before 1:30 a.m. when a black Nissan pulled alongside them and someone inside fired shots, police said. They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, but Lopez was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The man, a documented gang member and convicted felon, was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the head, according to police. He’s listed in stable condition.
  • At 1:45 a.m., three men were standing outside in the 3300 block of W Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when someone in an unknown vehicle drove up and fired shots. A 26-year-old man was taken to Stroger hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, a 27-year-old man was taken to Stroger in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh and a third man, 23, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in guarded condition, meaning very critical, with a gunshot wound to the back.
  • At 2:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing outside in the 1200 block of S Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood when the occupant of a black SUV fired shots, striking the victim. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee, police said.
  • A 21-year-old man was driving in the 4300 block of N Kimball in Irving Park at 2:55 a.m., according to police, when someone fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to the clavicle and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to police.
  • A 25-year-old man was standing outside in the 4600 block of S Honore in the Back of the Yards neighborhood at 3:13 a.m., according to police. An unknown offender fired shots, striking him in the leg, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.
  • Around 4 a.m., a 24-year-old man was outside in a park in the 4600 block of W Jackson St in Austin when an unknown offender approached and fired shots, according to police. The victim, a documented gang member, was hit in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.
  • At 4:35 a.m., a 24-year-old man was walking in the 4300 block of W West End in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when two unknown offenders approached, produced a handgun, and opened fire, according to police. He suffered graze wounds to the arm and hand and was taken to Stroger in good condition, police said. According to authorities, he is a documented gang member.
  • The fourth fatal shooting of the weekend happened in a normally quiet area of the Portage Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man later identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Damien Cionzynski of Harwood Heights was one of two men who walked into a business at 5:15 a.m. in the 6300 block of W Montrose, according to police. The men got into an altercation, at which point one produced a weapon and shot Cionzynski in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
  • Two men were shot in a robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Saturday, according to police. At around 3:45 p.m., the victims, both 46, were walking in the 3900 block of W Erie when three unknown male offenders approached, fired shots and stole the victims’ property before fleeing. One man was shot in the left leg, the other in the right ankle, according to police, and both were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 24-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 1400 block of W 99th St in the Longwood Manor neighborhood at 4:20 p.m., police said, when an unknown offender opened fire. Authorities said the victim, a documented gang member, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. According to police, he was not cooperating with investigators, and a weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting.
  • A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood on Saturday evening. Later identified as 27-year-old Garvin Whitmore by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was in the driver’s seat of a car in the 200 block of W Root when someone approached on foot and fired shots, striking him in the head. A 26-year-old woman in the vehicle with him then exited the vehicle and fired shots at the offenders. She was not injured but was taken into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a FOID card, both felonies, according to police. Whitmore was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • A 19-year-old man was walking in the 8300 block of S Dante in the Avalon Park neighborhood, according to police, when he heard shots and felt pain. Authorities said a dark colored vehicle drove by and an unknown offender inside opened fire, striking him in the buttocks. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.
  • A 26-year-old woman was driving eastbound in the 3900 block of W Lexington in Lawndale at 8 p.m. when someone fired shots, striking her in the neck, police said. She continued to drive on Lexington, police said, before crashing her vehicle into a parked car. She was discovered unresponsive in her car and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
  • Around 8:40 p.m., two men were in a car stopped at a red light in the 1600 block of W 47th St in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when another car pulled up from behind and passengers in that car opened fire. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and a 22-year-old man in the left leg, according to police. Both were taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital and officials believe the incident may have been gang-related.
  • Around 9 p.m., a 23-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 5100 block of W Chicago in Austin when a light-colored car drove by, and occupants opened fire, police said. He was struck in the upper right leg and taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.
  • Three people were shot in a shooting around 9:40 p.m. in 2000 block of W 68th Pl in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to police. The first victim was a 48-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car heading south on Damen. Police said she was the unintended target, struck when occupants of two separate vehicles fired shots. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a graze wound to the neck. Two men standing on a front porch at that time were struck in the shooting. A 17-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the right knee and a 23-year-old man was shot in the right foot. Both were listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
  • At 10:15 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of S Ridgeway in Lawndale when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was then dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower left leg, authorities said.
  • Just before midnight, two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 700 block of S Independence in West Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain, police said. A 28-year-old was hit in the left thigh, and a 29-year-old man in the left ankle. Both were taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition, according to police, and both are documented gang members.

SUNDAY 

  • A 37-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at 12:20 a.m. in Austin, according to police. He was standing in an alley in the 4700 block of W Erie when a male offender approached on foot and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and leg, police said.
  • At 1:05 a.m., two men were walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of N Kedzie in East Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain. A 21-year-old man had a graze wound to the back and a 22-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the left hand, according to police. They drove to Norwegian American Hospital, where the younger man was transferred to Stroger. Both were listed in stable condition, authorities said, and the shooting may have been gang-related.
  • At 2 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of N Cambridge in the Near North Side neighborhood, police said. He was involved in a verbal dispute with another person when the offender pulled out a gun and shot the victim twice in the arm. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was unknown, according to police.
  • A 23-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 9700 block of S Vincennes in the Washington Heights neighborhood when he was shot, police said. Authorities said a man exited another vehicle and approached on foot. They men exchanged words when the offender produced a handgun and opened fire, police said. The victim drove himself to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left thigh, police said.
  • Around 4:40 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was shot while driving in the 3900 block of W Wilcox in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Two men approached her car and opened fire, according to police, striking her in the back. She had other passengers in the car who were documented gang members and convicted felons, police said, but no one else was hit. She was dropped off at Loretto Hospital and transferred to Stroger in serious condition.
  • Just five minutes later, a 27-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of W West End Ave in Austin when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He took himself to Stroger Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the right leg, according to police.
  • Around 5:15 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the 300 block of West 108th Street, police confirmed. Further details on the shooting weren't immediately known.
  • A 20-year-old man was shot around 12 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to police. He was standing outside in the 8500 block of S Ashland when he heard shots and felt pain. He took himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
  • A 24-year-old man was shot during an argument with someone he knows in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. in the 11500 block of S Peoria, police said. He was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  • At 4:40 p.m., a 23-year-old man was in the 1200 block of W 85th St in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood when he was shot in the right hip, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, in unknown condition, and authorities said he is a documented gang member. 
  • Just before 6 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot walking out of a store in the 11500 block of South Wentworth in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood. He was shot in the shoulder and drove himself to be treated to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, police said.
  • At 10:45 p.m. a 25-year-old was shot in the left hand in the 3800 block of South Lake Park Avenue of the city’s Oakland neighborhood, police said, before being taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital to be treated.
  • At 11 p.m., two men were shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. Police said the men were walking in the 2100 block of South Harding when another man approached them and started firing. One of the men, a 35-year-old, was hit in the buttocks and the other, a 58-year-old, was shot in the right leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital to be treated, police said.
  • A half hour later, a 21-year-old who police say was a documented gang member was shot in the leg in the 5900 block of South Princeton in Englewood. He showed up with the gunshot wound at St. Bernard Hospital, police said.

MONDAY

• About 12:30 a.m., police said a 35-year-old was injured in a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. The man was standing on a porch in the 900 block of North Massasoit when a car drove past and fired shots, police said. He was hit in the leg and taken to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated, police said.

• Around 1 a.m., a man was shot during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. Police say the 28-year-old was in the 400 block of East 74th Street when two men approached him and announced a robbery. When he tried to run away, he was shot in the back, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital to be treated.

• At 1:30 a.m., two documented gang members were shot while walking in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The men, both 18, were in the 1300 block of North Pulaski when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. One was struck in the back and the other in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.

• At 10:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot twice in the hip when someone in a black SUV fired shots in his direction. The vehicle fled the scene and the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

• Just before 11 a.m., two men were shot while standing on a street in the 3800 block of West Gladys in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 21-year-old man was shot in the left elbow and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition and a 28-year-old man was shot in the lower back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Police said a black Nissan drove by the pair and someone inside the vehicle opened fire. No one was in custody as of Monday evening.

• Around 4 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back while walking in the 6700 block of South Sangamon. Police said the teen was walking on the street when he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. 

• An hour later, a 16-year-old boy was shot while talking to someone in the 8700 block of South Escanaba. Police said a gunman emerged from a gangway in the area and fired several shots at the pair striking the teen in the right leg. 

• Around 5:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right thumb in the 3600 block of West 30th Street. The teen told police he was walking down the block when a man across the street, who was walking with another man, fired shots at him. The victim was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in good condition.



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<![CDATA[Man Killed, Left Lying in Road in Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 18:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/ventura-hit-run-fatal-053116.JPG

After a man was struck and killed in the roadway in the middle of the night in Ventura, police were searching for the driver Monday.

Ventura police responded to the intersection of Blackburn Road and Tracy Place at 3 a.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting that someone got hit by a car.

When officers arrived, they found a man with severe injuries lying in the two-lane roadway with skid marks streaking across the ground. He died at the scene, Ventura police said.

Ventura Police Commander David Dickey said it was believed that the man who was killed was a pedestrian hit by a passing car. There are no sidewalks along the road.

Blackburn Road between Wells Road and Saticoy Avenue was shut down to traffic for several hours as authorities investigated.

The victim was not yet identified as next of kin had not been notified.

There was no vehicle description available.

Anyone with information on the crash or suspected driver was encouraged to call Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4323.



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<![CDATA[Group Walks for Veteran Suicide Awareness]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:00:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/ll-vet-walk.JPG

A group of people Monday finished a 40-mile march from Pomona to Riverside to raise awareness about veterans and suicide.

Veterans, active-duty servicemen and their families arrived at the Riverside National Cemetery at 22495 Van Buren Boulevard this morning after departing Pomona at around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Each member carried a backpack weighing 22 pounds to symbolize the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day due to mental disorders.

Each walker carried a flag and a photo of a veteran who committed suicide, the organization said.

Funds raised by the event were to go toward Christmas Eve gift boxes to children of service members who have committed suicide.



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<![CDATA[Witness: Driver 'Was Drowning' in Hydrant Crash]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:31:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/geyser-crash-053016_5.jpg

Passersby say they felt they had to rescue a driver trapped Sunday inside a car by water falling from 17-story high water geyser in downtown San Diego.

"I mean all the geyser, like thousands of gallons of water just dropping on him, it felt like he was drowning in the car," witness Scott Alaman said.

A fire hydrant shot water high into the air after a car hit the hydrant just after 4 p.m. Sunday, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) confirmed. 

Traffic was backed up in all directions after the two-car crash at 10th and A Street. 

The driver who hit the hydrant was unable to get out of his car so people in the street pulled him out.

"We realized the guy was still in the car, so there was a crowd of people rushed over there tried to get the car open," Alaman said.

 

The driver was taken to the hospital. No one else was injured. 


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<![CDATA[Police Search for Man Accused of Shooting Pregnant Woman]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 03:41:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/carjack-pregnant-shot-sb.jpg

An attempted murder suspect was on the run Monday after police said he shot a pregnant woman in a car and carjacked a Jeep at a gas station minutes later, according to California's San Bernardino Police Department.

On Sunday evening at 8:55 p.m., the man, identified by police as Twonn Alonzo McCoy, 28, was sitting in a car with the pregnant victim in the 1300 block of North F Street when they began to argue, police said.

Police said McCoy pulled out a gun and shot the pregnant woman multiple times before taking off. 

McCoy then ran to a nearby Arco gas station on Base Line Street where police said he robbed the store for cash.

"He attempted to rob that gas station for an undetermined amount of money," Eileen Hards, San Bernardino Police Department spokeswoman, said. "He then went to the parking lot, attempted to carjack one vehicle but was not able to, and eventually carjacked another vehicle and fled the scene."

He then came upon a customer sitting in the parking lot and demanded the 1998 black Jeep Cherokee at gunpoint, Fontana police said.

He fled in the stolen Jeep, police said. Fontana police said the Jeep was found abandoned near another carjacking that occurred an hour after the shooting in the 16100 block of Valley Boulevard.

The man in the second carjacking was not initially confirmed to be McCoy, Fontana police said. 

In the second carjacking at 9:55 p.m., a woman and her adult daughter were sitting in their van when a man approached them, brandished a gun, and demanded they get out, Fontana police said.

They surrendered their green 1997 Dodge Caravan, and the carjacker was last seen heading south on Citrus Avenue toward the 10 Freeway.

The pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, and she and the baby were in critical but stable condition, police said.

Police were searching for McCoy and encouraged anyone with information to contact the San Bernardino Police Department at (909) 383-5311.



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<![CDATA[Protesters Interrupt Sanders Rally]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 03:36:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0530-2016-BernieProtest.jpg

Protesters jumped barricades and interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland.

The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when at least four people hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium.

The group was stopped by Secret Service and agents also immediately surrounded Sanders during the incident.

Video appears to show a Secret Service agent strike one of the barricade jumpers several times with a night stick. The protesters were detained by authorities.

"We don't get intimidated easily," Sanders said after the incident.

Sanders' campaign said the group who jumped the barricades appear to be animal rights protesters.

Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally, where Sanders donned a Golden State Warriors cap and told the crowd why he would be the best option for Democrats come November.

"In virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," he said.

But Sanders faces an uphill battle as his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is about 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. A large number of those are superdelegates who could change their minds, and that's what Sanders and his supporters are banking on.

Sanders believes a win in California, a state with 475 delegates, would be a giant first step in the right direction.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win and win big," he told the gathering in Oakland.

Supporters aren't giving up either.

"He should stay in to the very last minute," said Joshua Harris, who was at the Oakland rally. "He should stay in as long as he can."

Another Sanders supporter, Jeff Nibert, agreed: "If California can send a message to the country next Tuesday, that would be a shocker around the world."

Earlier in the day, Sanders visited one of Oakland’s most influential black churches – Allen Temple Baptist along International Boulevard – with actor Danny Glover.

Sanders spoke to about 200 people inside the church, stressing economic equality and more access to education.

Sanders will be in Emeryville on Tuesday for a health care conference, followed by another rally in Santa Cruz. He'll wrap up his Bay Area tour Wednesday with a rally in Palo Alto.



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<![CDATA[Driver Throws Objects Out Window During Chase]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 14:19:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160530-memorial-day-chase-275px-gif.gif

Authorities arrested the driver of a stolen SUV who crisscrossed Los Angeles County at high speeds — and at one point threw stacks of what appeared to be paper out of the window.

Light traffic on Memorial Day cleared the path for the driver to lead police on the more than two-hour chase across multiple cities, beginning about 11 a.m. in South Gate where officers spotted the man driving recklessly.

On a freeway transition road, the driver threw some sort of paper material out of the window and sideswiped a barrier.

Moments later as the driver went off road to avoid cars at a freeway exit, a bicyclist nearly crossed the SUV's path.

The SUV struck and pushed another car blocking its way at a red light, and may have sideswiped another car when the driver appeared to have lost control and swerved.

Police believed the man, later identified as 32-year-old Gilbert Barajas, may have been heading to a home improvement store in Costa Mesa, though the city's police department would not say why.

Just after 1 p.m., the gray Kia came to a stop on the 405 Freeway in Long Beach, where the man was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers after a brief stand off.

Barajas, the only occupant of the vehicle, was arrested on suspicion of felony evading, driving a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property found in the stolen SUV, and assault with a deadly weapon, the South Gate Police Department said.




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<![CDATA[Fugitive on FBI's Most Wanted List Captured]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:52:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/knbc-fbi-most-wanted-philip-policarpio.jpg

A convicted felon on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list accused of killing his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn baby in Los Angeles last month has been captured, according to FBI officials. 

Philip Patrick Policarpio was apprehended Sunday by agents with the U.S. Customs Border Protection, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed. Policarpio was taken into custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry as he was crossing into the United States from Tijuana, Eimiller said. 

The FBI said Policarpio and his 32-year-old girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, were visiting a friend's home in the Rampart area April 12 when the crime was committed.

Policarpio had allegedly become angry and beat Olguin in the face with his fists before pulling out a handgun and shooting her in the forehead, the FBI said.

It's unclear if he knew Olguin was 17 weeks pregnant at the time.

Olguin died instantly and Policarpio went on the run, the FBI said.

Olguin mother's, Jerilyn Olguin, said she was relieved to find out her daughter's suspected killer was in custody.

"Although my daughter's gone, my biggest fear was, 'God, I hope he doesn't do this to someone else,'" Olguin said.

"I thought maybe we could be waiting for years, who knows? Maybe never," she said.

At the time of the incident, was on parole for a 2001 conviction. In that prior case, Policarpio fled to the Philippines after he was suspected of firing nine shots into another car over a dispute in Burbank in 2000. He was deported to the U.S. the following year and was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released on parole in May 2015.

Policarpio has ties to Las Vegas, Florida and the Philippines, where, according to investigators, the 39-year-old has family members — including multiple wives and children.

Investigators said Policarpio's aliases include Damon Hiromi Tanaka, Paul Policarpio, "Bugsy," "Sinister" and "Sins." 

The FBI added Policarpio to its most wanted list earlier this month. The list has featured 508 people since it was established in 1950, leading to the arrests of 475 fugitives.

Policarpio is expected to be arraigned this week. 

"My daughter's not coming back but it does like a weight's lifted, like there is some closure," Olguin said.

Jaime Bankson and Kate Larsen contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Free Day at LACMA on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:07:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/lacmabrogan12.jpg

Finding a family go-out on Memorial Day, after a Memorial Day parade, can be as simple as packing a picnic with all of the traditional patriotic holiday items -- lemonade, corn, and so forth -- and making for a grassy space in which to enjoy it.

One such grassy space is Hancock Park off the Miracle Mile, which sees a host of visitors hanging out on most days of the week ("hanging out"=walking the dog, visiting the tar pits, playing catch).

But many of those park visitors on Monday, May 30 will not be there solely to picnic but to enjoy the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for free.

As in, totally free. As in, you can stroll in and behold a beautiful painting, or 50 of 'em, without reaching for your wallet. As in, you'll pay nada, courtesy of Target, which is sponsoring the pay-no-admission day at the giant art museum, as it has over several holidays in the past.

Things to know?

1) The free admission extends to LACMA's permanent exhibits, but not the exhibits requiring a separate ticket (Rain Room, Light Reignfall, and so forth). If there's a wing you've missed on past visits, consider May 30 your day to make it up.

And second on the list? The Target Free Holiday Monday always arrives with an extra entertainment component. A dance presentation by Burat Wangi: CalArts Balinese Gamelan will happen twice around mid-day and early afternoon, and live music is part of the program. Times? They're here.

You don't need to pack a picnic -- restaurants are close at hand -- but if picnicking is part of your Memorial Day tradition, you've got an adjacent park to enjoy, before calling upon LACMA for your free holiday stroll-through.

Open time? The museum gates swing wide at 11 o'clock.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Wall at Long Beach Park Unveiled ]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:05:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LB+Wall_2+05.27.16.JPG

A memorial wall that lists the names of nearly 7,000 military service members killed in action since the 9/11 attacks was unveiled in Long Beach Memorial Day.

At an early morning ceremony active duty military, police, veterans and the families of the fallen read 6,864 names inscribed on the "Honoring Our Fallen Memorial Wall'' at Rosie the Riveter Park.

A 1,200 foot long section of a pre-existing wall holds ten granite slabs engraved with the names of the fallen. The names appear in order of the date each service member was lost, beginning Sept. 2001.

"The wall will be a place where families and friends can come to visit, do a name rubbing, place a flower and see their loved one's sacrifice is not forgotten,'' said Laura Herzog, founder and CEO of Honoring Our Fallen, a Cypress-based nonprofit organization which conducts programs helping the children and spouses of service members killed in the line of duty.

"For some families in California, this wall will be the closest place they can come as their hero is buried out of state or a distance too far to travel on a moment's decision.''

Herzog says the total cost for the memorial will be close to $70,000. About $17,000 was donated by the family of a young Marine killed in combat, while an online fundraising campaign has raised over $14,000.

The unveiling ceremony was held at 4 p.m. at Rosie the Riveter Park located at Clark Avenue and Conant Street on Memorial Day.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day: Find Events Around SoCal]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:11:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CarnationFlowerDropPS.jpg

It isn't every day of the week when one witnesses thousands of carnations drifting down from the sky above.

But if you're at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Monday, May 30, you will see the sight, which is as stirring a Golden State tradition as Memorial Day observances come. 

Ready to find your place to reflect, show your gratitude, and honor the day, which is built on the foundation of remembering those who have served? Then make for...

Long Beach: The unveiling of a memorial is always a major moment, and one such moment is happening at Rosie the Riveter Park over several hours on Monday, May 30. The Honoring the Fallen Memorial Wall will make its debut via the reading aloud of all 6,864 names (starting at 6 a.m.). The wall pays tribute to the "nearly 7,000 military service members killed in action since the 9/11 attacks..." and the official unveiling is at 4 o'clock.

Brentwood: Support the early-in-the-day Walk for Warriors by coming out and cheering those making their way around a 3.1-mile route at the Veterans Affair Campus. Can't join the walk but still want to show your support? Donate at New Directions for Veterans now.

Rancho Palos Verdes: Several memorial parks and cemeteries throughout Southern California will host remembrances, and the Green Hills Memorial Park is the location for one of the largest. It begins at 10 a.m., a "moving tribute to our fallen service men and women," a tribute that will include speeches as well as fly-overs.

Huntington Beach: The Huntington Beach High School Band will play at the Pier Plaza on May 30 as residents gather to remember those locals who gave their lives in service. Bagpipers will also be on hand, and a rifle salute is expected at the 11 a.m. ceremony. A Memorial Day Walk is also part of the day.

Palm Springs: This large celebration revs up at 10 a.m., with speeches, vintage plane fly-overs, medal presentations, and more. The Flower Drop Memorial Service begins promptly at 1 o'clock, when some 3,000 carnations will fall to the area near the airport. Guests may take one home, to remember.

Canoga Park: The city hosts one of the largest of Southern California's Memorial Day observances each year, in its grand band-filled parade. There are floats, and displays of community and fun, and more, all under the thematic banner of "Saluting the Price of Freedom." The opening ceremony is at 10, with the parade to follow at 11.

Boyle Heights: One especially emotional display of the day happens at Los Cinco Puntos Memorial Park each year, when a 24-hour "stand guard" is held at the memorial found there, an obelisk to those who have served in every war. The vigil began on Sunday morning and will conclude at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day.

Pico Rivera: If you or your loved one served in the Korean War, consider attending the Memorial Day Ceremony at the city's Veterans Monument on Monday, May 30 at 10 o'clock. While the day is for all veterans and their families, the 2016 observance will include a special tribute to those who served in the 1950-1953 war.

San Pedro: While no specific Memorial Day plans are in the works for the USS Iowa, it has become local tradition for veterans and their families to pay the ship a visit on Memorial Day. It did serve in World War II -- "the battleship of presidents" is its nickname -- and it is open for tours and more on Monday, May 30.

Queen Mary: The battleship's nearest WWII neighbor, the Queen Mary, has a package deal for visiting both, but if you just want to do the Long Beach landmark, you'll get in free on May 30 with your military ID. The ocean-liner was called into service during the war, and its historical displays are impressive and moving, both.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Disappoint on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:30:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/Dodgers+Memorial+Day.png

CHICAGO -- Off the field it was a day to honor and pay tribute to those who perished while serving their country.

On the field, it was the Dodgers offense who perished.

The Los Angeles Dodgers managed only one hit on Memorial Day as they lost the opener to the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on Monday at Wrigley Field.

Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Justin Grimm, Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon combined to allow just one-hit against the Dodgers as Justin Turner was the only batter to get a hit, on a single in the first inning.

Hammel had to leave the game with an apparent leg injury in the top of the third inning, making way for Travis Wood who pitched opposite Alex Wood in a classic Wood vs. Wood matchup.

Travis Wood (3-0), got the win, throwing a no-hitter through four innings with four strikeouts in four innings of relief for Chicago.

Alex Wood (1-4) got the loss, despite pitching well, surrendering just two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Wood struggled in his four starts of the season, allowing 14 runs with 12 strikeouts and 11 walks through April. However, Wood has been fantastic since, allowing just 11 runs in his last six starts since with 50 strikeouts and just eight walks.

Wood was bitten with a bit of bad luck in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist started the inning off with a single to right field, but Yasiel Puig misplayed the ball, allowing Zobrist to reach third on the error.

"Yasi has done a great job all year, but he misplayed it," Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts told reporters about the mistake. "It would have been a single, but it ended up runner on third with no outs. Otherwise, he's given us good defense all year."

Jason Heyward followed with a swinging bunt single to score Zobrist  and Anthony Rizzo hit a double to right field one batter later, as Puig was unable to throw out Heyward at the plate.

"He's argubaly their best hitter," Wood said of facing Zobrist. "It was my first time facing him, I was happy to get out of it without too much damage."

Those two runs were all that the Cubs pitching staff needed on Monday as Chicago went into cruise control from there, earning their MLB-leading 35th victory of the season.

The Dodgers dropped a substantial opportunity to steal a game at Wrigley Field after Hammel had to leave the game in the third inning.

"It was unfortunate what happened to Hammel," Roberts told the media. "But when you get into the pen that early, you feel pretty good about it. For us to muster just one hit and get out 25 straight was not what we were expecting."

Fatigue may have played a factor in LA's performance as they did not arrive at their hotel in Chicago until 3 a.m. local time after playing in the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball against the Mets earlier.

"We were conscience of having a 4 o'clock afternoon game after an 8 o'clock night game," Wood said about the short rest. "We were definitely conscience of that today."

On days that the Dodgers travel through different time zones to play a game on the same day, they are now 1-6 on the season.

Things only get worse from here for the boys in clue as they will face Jake Arrieta on Tuesday and Jon Lester on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.

Players of the Game:

Cubs Pitching Staff: No runs on 1 hit, with 11 strikeouts.

Three Takeaways:

1. Defense Wins Championships: The Dodgers and Cubs are the two best teams in baseball when it comes to defensive efficiency rating, which measures the percentage of balls in play turning into outs. The Cubs are the best team in baseball with a 72.4% efficiency rating, and the Dodgers are second.

2. Memorial Day: Major League Baseball found a great way to honor military veterans who perished while serving our country as both teams wore specifically designed caps and jerseys with camouflage on them as a tribute to those great countrymen before them.

3. Missing in Action: The Los Angeles Dodgers offense was nowhere to be found on Memorial Day as the team failed to get a hit or even so much as a baserunner after the first inning. Historically, the Dodgers have been doughty on the May holiday, with a 14-6 record, the best in baseball, on Memorial Day since 1993.

Up Next:
Dodgers (27-25): Scott Kazmir gets the tough task of going against the best team in baseball on Tuesday night.

Cubs (35-14): Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta gets the ball on Tuesday as first pitch is scheduled for 5:05 PM PT.



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<![CDATA[Driver Surrenders After Fatal Hit-Run in Van Nuys]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 07:07:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Van+Nuys+hit+run+05.30.16.JPG

A 57-year-old woman was killed when she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in Van Nuys Sunday night, police said.

The collision occurred at 11:40 p.m. near the 16400 block of Victory Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police said a 2006 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound when it struck the woman and drove off. The woman died at the scene.

It is unclear if the woman was crossing in an unmarked crosswalk.

The driver later turned himself in to police, detectives said. 

He was arrested on suspicion of felony hit and run and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police initially believed two vehicles were involved but later confirmed only one was responsible.

The crash was under investigation. 



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<![CDATA[Opening: Blue Star Museum Deal]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:26:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bluestarmuseums123456789.jpg

It's a lovely and touching thing, when an institution of some sort, be it a cinema or restaurant or gallery, pauses to say thank you to our military members. A free day, or an on-the-house meal, or a gratis event is usually part of the plan, one that incorporates both the person being thanked and the person's loved ones, too.

But Blue Star Museums, a summertime program from National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and Blue Star Families, extends that day-long thank you to nearly 100 days, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

It's the program called Blue Star Museums, and it returns for another run in 2016 with the help of its partners as well as hundreds of participating museums across the nation.

How does it work? The "nation's active-duty military personnel, and their families, including National Guard and Reserve..." will see their admission waived at over 2,000 institutions across the U.S., places that cover culture and sculpture and history and nature.

Around California, those free-to-see destinations include the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum in Long Beach, Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, and the Ojai Valley Museum, as well as dozens of others.

"(U)p to five family members" may enter with the member of the military, and the IDs will need to be shown (types listed here). 

Best of all? There is no limit on how many spots you can call upon. There are 96 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with loads of idea-filled, painting-packed, brimming-with-beauty to take on. How many can you and your crew do over the summer of '16?



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<![CDATA[Shoplifter Shot Stealing Crab Legs]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:51:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/crime+scene+tape+3.jpg

A man who was attempting to steal crab legs from a grocery store was shot by an off-duty D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer working as security for the store after the man pointed a gun at the officer, according to a police report.

The officer, Theodore Dyson, said he was standing beyond the cash register and checkout area in the Giant store located at 300 H Street Northeast early Sunday morning. Dyson said he saw a man holding a large bag, which appeared to contain large items, and acting suspiciously.

The report said Dyson approached the man and found the bag contained two bags of crab legs, which had been taken from the store without payment. Dyson asked the man to follow him to the back of the store, but the man refused and drew a handgun, pointing it at the officer.

Dyson drew his service weapon and fired once, striking the man, according to the report. The man fell to the ground and was later transported to the Washington Hospital Center.

According to the report, the man was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and shoplifting. The man’s identity is not listed in the report.

The value of the crab legs was listed as $76.54.

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<![CDATA[Stretch of Newport Beach Closed After Shark Attack]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:14:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/corona-del-mar-shark-052916.JPG

A stretch of the shoreline at Corona del Mar State Beach in Southern California remained closed Monday after a swimmer was bitten in a shark attack, lifeguards and city officials said.

No ocean access will be allowed until at least Tuesday morning in the section of Newport Beach that stretches from the Balboa Pier south to the city's border with Crystal Cove State Beach, officials said. The latest closure is a change from Sunday's three-mile closure.

Newport Beach police said they received reports that a woman swimming in the water was bitten at Corona del Mar State Beach around 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Lifeguards found the woman in distress in the water about 150 yards off shore, and they pulled her out to find large bites on her upper torso and shoulder, Newport Beach City spokeswoman Tara Finnigan said.

She was conscious and breathing when she was taken to a nearby hospital. Police could not comment on the extent of her injuries.

The woman was described as an experienced swimmer.

The wounds were consistent with shark bites, Finnigan said in a statement released from the city. 

Officials, however, said they could not find a shark in the water when the attack happened. Rob Williams, a lifeguard with Newport Beach Fire, at one point said it was possible the animal bite may have come from a sea lion.

A three-mile stretch from Newport Pier to Corona del Mar beach was closed after the attack Sunday. The water was evacuated, and the stretch of beach was to remain closed for 24 hours, Newport Beach Lifeguard Captain John Moora said. 

As NewsChopper4 flew overhead the beach, the shoreline was packed with Memorial Day weekend beachgoers.

Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. 

A shark sighting in October of 2015 shut down a stretch of the beach near Newport Pier. In that sighting, an 8-foot shark was spotted along the coast. Newport Beach Pier is about 5 miles north of Corona del Mar State Beach.

A month prior in September 2015, a hammerhead was caught on camera acting aggressively toward a kayaker.

The warm weather may draw more sharks to the Southern California coast, experts said in a previous report.

NBC4's Marin Austin contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Veterans Rally to Clean Defaced Vietnam Veteran Mural]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 21:23:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/184*120/vets-mural-052916.JPG

Word of a vandalized Vietnam memorial in Venice, California, inspired scores of veterans — some from as far as Arizona — to clean up the spray-painted mess ahead of Memorial Day. 

Extensive graffiti — a thick sheen of silver paint — covered the mural, which bears the names of 2,273 veterans who vanished in Vietnam and has stood untouched since 1992. 

LA County Sheriff's Department investigators showed up Saturday night to assess the wall on Pacific Avenue near Sunset Court and take pictures.

"This is about as bad as burning an American flag, stomping on it," said John Scudder, a Marine veteran of 11 1/2 years who brought his construction truck and paint remover to help organize a cleanup. "Just like that flag is a symbol of freedom, this is a symbolization of names of people who gave their lives for this country."

Word of the vandalized mural spread all the way to Arizona, where Navy veteran Kelly Townsend packed up her kids and made the drive from Phoenix to LA.

"I was reading about it this morning. It upset me," Townsend said.

She was among dozens of volunteers who showed up Sunday morning ready to work.

"I was so hurt by what I saw on the news this morning," said Charlie Saulenas, a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient. "I knew that this was my job for Memorial Day."

A graffiti removal team said with no protectant having been applied to the wall, removing the graffiti would also remove the veterans' names. As the volunteers worked, names began to come off.

But volunteers said they will repaint the names — every single one of them.

"People give up their lives for our life, our way of life, and for them to just basically spit on stuff like this, it's so saddening," said Esmeralda Jordan, an Air Force veteran.

The president of the National Veterans Foundation, Floyd Meshad, said he's been working for years to have the wall restorey.

Meshad said he hopes this will expedite those efforts, as the overwhelming response from volunteers has proven the community wants the wall there for good.



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<![CDATA[Entertainment Executive Inspires Teens to Give Back]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Life+Connected+05.29.16.JPG

An entertainment industry executive is inspiring students in a Latino working-class suburb of El Monte to succeed in life without forgetting to give back.

Cris Abrego, co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America, which has produced a slew of successful reality television shows, says while he was climbing up the ladder of success, he saw few people he could relate to.

"I'd come to work and see no one who looked like me," Abrego said. "I think about my path to this chair and the number of times I didn't see anyone who looked like me."

Before joining Endemol shine, Abrego started his own company, which pioneered what was to become celeb-reality. But he says his path to success was an unlikely one.

While a student at Mountain View High school in El Monte, Abrego says felt he was not shown how to create goals beyond the city's boundaries.

That's what led him to write a book called "Make it Reality. Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success."

He hopes it inspires young people to not let where they start in life determine where they end up. It's a message he often shares with students at his alma mater.

"There's a sense of pride because I think it gives you this edge, this toughness, this resilience, this ability to not be fearful and I love that," Abrego says of his upbringing. He says he hopes to help others "strive to move forward but not to forget to bring others with you."

Abrego is taking it a step further. Every year he awards a full, four-year college scholarship to one female and one male student athlete from his alma mater.

For Alma Zarate, who just finished her first year at UC Berkeley, the help came as a relief.

"It was like having another layer of stress off my back lifted, just not having to call my parents and say, 'I need money for this,' " Zarate said.

William Barrios is finishing his third year at the University of La Verne and says Abrego's support has also inspired him to move forward.

"The money is a great thing to have because school is super expensive but the whole moral support from behind it is great," Barrios said.

Zarate agrees the scholarship, which is named After Abrego's high school friend who died in a motorcycle accident, is all the more valuable because it comes from someone who knows how tough the transition can be and is willing and able to do more than write a check.

"They're just looking to have your best interests at heart," Zarate said. For Abrego, it's a way to honor his childhood friend and his parents who taught him.

"You can leave and still bring el monte with you," Abrego said. "You can go anywhere and do whatever you want."



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<![CDATA[Residents Honor the Fallen with Memorial Day Tributes]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 12:37:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/LB+memorial+3+05.30.16.JPG Residents honored fallen veterans with Memorial Day tributes across the Southland.

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<![CDATA[Holder Says Snowden 'Performed a Public Service']]> Mon, 30 May 2016 10:33:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-465224972holder7615.jpg

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Edward Snowden performed a "public service" by leaking National Security Agency documents but should still be punished, NBC News reported.

"We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made," Holder told former White House adviser David Axelrod on an episode of "The Axes Files" podcast Monday.

Holder, however, quickly added that Snowden "harmed American interests" by acting in a way that was "inappropriate and illegal."

Snowden leaked documents about government surveillance programs while working as a contractor in 2013 and is now exiled in Moscow.



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<![CDATA[Transgender Man Beaten to Death]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 09:55:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A 38-year-old transgender man died after he was attacked at a homeless encampment in Burlington, Vermont, in what police are calling a possible "bias incident."

Amos Beede, of Milton, suffered facial fractures, a subdural hematoma and several broken ribs in the beating on May 25. Police found him lying on the ground at a homeless encampment in the area of Barge Canal on Pine Street.

Beede was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment. His initial prognosis was good, but Beede died of his injuries Sunday, according to police.

The office of the state's chief medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine Beede's cause of death.

Detectives are searching for two people of interest — 21-year-old Erick Averill and 23-year-old Myia Barber — in connection with the attack. Both are transient residents of Burlington, authorities said.

Police said they believe the attackers had motives that were "independent" of Beede's gender identity but that his status as a transgender man may have been an "additional motive."

Authorities will "continue to view this homicide as a possible bias incident" as they investigate, police said.

Anyone with information about the assault or the whereabouts of Averill or Barber are asked to call city police or Champlain Valley Crime Stoppers at 802-864-6666.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Security Breach at German Airport]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 05:52:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Airport-GettyImages-106444351.jpg

Flights were halted and a German airport terminal was evacuated Monday after a person allegedly entered a restricted area without going through security, NBC News reported.

Five flights were affected by the disruption at Cologne Bonn Airport's Terminal 1. Officials said a man walked into an exit-only area meant for arriving passengers traveling with only carry-on luggage around 11 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET).

The terminal was shuttered for 2 1/2 hours while teams with dogs searched for the suspect and dangerous materials, according to NBC News.

Officials have not released any information about the man, who was arrested.



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<![CDATA[Flooding in Texas, Kansas as Wild Weather Hits Carolinas]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:25:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NCFlooding.jpg

Five people were killed and at least three others were reported missing after heavy rain hammered the Plains states, triggering flooding over the holiday weekend, NBC News reported. 

Four bodies were discovered in Washington County, Texas, and another was found Saturday in Travis County, according to emergency services officials. Officials were still searching for three missing people, including a 10-year-old boy who was pulled into the swollen Brazos River. 

An 11-year-old Kansas boy was swept away after falling into the fast-moving Gypsum Creek in Wichita. 

Other parts of the country were also dealing with wild weather. Tropical Storm Bonnie weakened to a tropical depression, bringing winds up to 35 mph and high surf to the Carolinas and Georgia through Monday.



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