<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Tue, 05 May 2015 06:21:04 -0700 Tue, 05 May 2015 06:21:04 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Neighbors Decry Dangerous High Desert Road]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 20:55:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/05.04.15_Dangerous-Roads-Victorville.JPG

Neighbors in a high desert community call it a dangerous and deadly road, and they say a simple stop sign could save lives.

The road in question is Cantina Drive in the city of Victorville. It’s only a mile long, but neighbors say the speeding is out of control, and are pushing for a stop sign to help solve the problem.

Just about a year ago, home surveillance cameras recorded video of an SUV clipping a car driven by Keith Gustafson’s mother-in-law and then launching into Gustavson’s home.

He says the driver of that SUV was speeding and couldn't stop in time as Gustafson’s mother-in-law tried to make a legal left turn.

"It did about $4,000 in damage to her car and about $50,000 to the house," he said.

Cantina Drive parallels Highway 395, and it’s often used as a bypass.

Neighbors say the problem is, some drivers aren’t obeying the 45 and 50 mile per hour speed limits.

"It's probably 70 or 80," Gustafson said.

Others agreed.

"It's pretty frustrating to see people speed," said Patrick Gatten.

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Six months ago, the speeding issue took a deadly turn when an SUV tried to make a left turn on Cantina Drive and it was broadsided by another car.

"The speed is definitely a factor," said Lani Baker.

Baker’s father George Wiley was sitting in the front passenger seat of the SUV. He suffered a broken back and later died from health complications.

Since that fatal crash, the city has made a few safety changes, including reconfiguring the road by putting in a middle turn lane.

But neighbors say it still hasn’t stopped the speeding.

"It's a simple thing,” Baker said. "A stop sign can't cost that much money. What's my dad’s life worth?"

NBC4 spoke to city engineers about placing a stop sign on Cantina Drive, but they said that according to state and federal guidelines, there isn’t enough cross traffic to warrant it, so they can’t put one here.

"It's just a ticking time bomb. Sooner or later it's going to happen again," Gustafson, whose house was plowed into, said.

City engineers say they are now planning to add a speed zone sign, so drivers are reminded about how fast they are going, and they talked with the sheriff’s department about adding more patrols on this road to help catch the speeders.

<![CDATA[Clippers Beat Rockets 117-101]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 21:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NBA-Clippers-vs-Rockets-Game-One-2015.jpg

The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, 117-101, with Blake Griffin recording his second consecutive triple-double.

At the onset, the Rockets showed a bit of rust when they turned the ball over nine times in the first 12 minutes. Off those early turnovers, the Clippers converted an extra 12 points. Despite the gifted points, Houston still led by six points at the end of the first quarter.

After hitting the dramatic game winning shot in Game Seven of the opening round, Chris Paul sat out of the series opener against the Rockets with a strained hamstring. The 29-year-old point guard suffered the strained hamstring during the first half of Game Seven but managed to play through a couple instances where he came up lame.

Considering the short turnaround and travel, Clippers coach Doc Rivers seemed comfortable with sitting down his superstar point guard, even leaving open the door for Paul to sit out a second game.

With Paul out, the Rockets should have run away with the contest early. And in the second quarter, Houston jumped out to a 13-point lead fairly quickly. At that moment, the home team should have been able to roar past the exhausted and short-handed visitors. However, Griffin would lead the Clippers into the halftime intermission trailing by only four points.

At the break, Griffin had 16 points, which was a game high, to go along with his six rebounds and three assists. For the Rockets, Trevor Ariza scored 11 points in the first quarter with Dwight Howard adding 11 points of his own in the second quarter. The duo led the Rockets in scoring at the break, as MVP runner-up James Harden entered the locker room with eight points and six assists, but he also accounted for four turnovers.

To be fair, the Clippers also played a sloppy half, as Jamal Crawford committed six turnovers to help the visitors to 13 turnovers at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Clippers caught fire from beyond the arc with J.J. Redick and Austin Rivers helping the visitors make all six of their long-range shots in the quarter. The Clippers would pour in 37 points in the third period, which added up to the Clippers' highest scoring quarter in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Entering the fourth quarter, the Clippers led by six points.

On the road on short rest and without their star point guard, the Clippers felt great about where they stood entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Clippers would not let up. After the Rockets made a push to draw within one point at the 7:20 mark, the Clippers responded with three triples over the next two minutes. With 4:24 to play, Redick would hit a jump shot to extend the game to 13 points. The crowd in Houston seemed stunned, as the clock slowly counted down.

Free throws and intentional fouls turned the game into an ugly affair for a stretch of the fourth quarter. Eventually, Griffin would earn his second consecutive triple-double and third of the postseason. To this point, the 26-year-old forward has been the standout performer of the 2015 NBA Playoffs. For Game One, Griffin finished with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.

Game Two will be in Houston on Wednesday night.

Notes: Austin Rivers, who started in place of Paul, finished with 17 points, four steals and three assists. Dwight Howard finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. 

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<![CDATA[CA Water Regulators to Consider Restrictions]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 06:19:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/drought8.jpg

California water regulators are considering sweeping restrictions that would require businesses and resident to slash water use to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown's drought conservation order.

The State Water Resources Control Board is taking up a proposal Tuesday that would set unprecedented limits and create new regulations to save water. The two-day meeting in Sacramento follows Brown's executive order to protect water supplies in the fourth year of drought.

Under the rules, cities could not use drinking-quality water for grass on street medians, and homeowners are encouraged to let their lawns go brown to meet their community's mandatory water-reduction target.

The local water targets have drawn the most attention, with some cities blasting them as unrealistic and unfair. They call for cities to cut water consumption by as much as 36 percent compared to 2013 -- the year before Brown declared a drought emergency for the state during an historic dry spell that left water reservoirs at critcally low levels.

The state is now in a fourth years of drought.

The regulations would take effect in June if approved and board officials have said they expect to start seeing water savings this summer. If not, they are willing to intervene to add restrictions and penalties for agencies that lag.

Summer is the peak water-guzzling season in California, which just finished a disappointing wet season that brough little snow to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Spring runoff from the Sierras provides water for the state's reservoirs.

The proposed conservation targets are assigned on per-capita water use in homes last summer, hitting hardest in inland and desert communities that have large lawns. The board rejected alternative proposals that would create easier targets for communities in more arid parts of the state and for cities that began conserving long before the start of the drought.

Some water departments have begun submitting revised water use numbers in hopes of getting lower revised conservation targets.

To aid water departments in meeting their goals, Brown last week said he would push for legislation to that would make fines of up to $10,000 possible for extreme water wasters. Another tool, tiered pricing in which the price rises as water use goes up, is in question after a court struck down water rates designed to encourage conservation in the Orange County city of San Juan Capistrano.

The regulations before the board Tuesday would also ban new California homes and buildings from watering lawns unless they meet new efficiency standards. With public comments, a vote on the rules might not come until Wednesday.

The board has already adopted other water restrictions: Californians cannot water lawns two days after rainfall, wash cars with hoses that don't shut off or hose down pavement, hotels must offer guests a chance to reuse sheets and towels and restaurants can only serve water upon request.

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<![CDATA[Hugely Underpaid Lotto Winner Really Undercover Agent]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 06:12:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/050115+Lotto+Ticket1.jpg

A man who walked away from a Los Angeles-area gas station with a $75 win after handing over a $75,000 scratcher was really an undercover lottery agent.

The man handed over the card at about 4:15 p.m. on March 25 at a Chevron station in Palmdale. The cashier who was working at that time has claimed to have been unaware how much the ticket was worth when they handed over just $75, the store's manager Shamsun Nahar Islam said.

Islam claims they only realized the ticket was worth $75,000 after the undercover agent left.

She said she realized the mistake and contacted the California State Lottery, however an investigation has now been launched to find out if there was any wrongdoing.

A lottery spokesman said it appears the store kept the decoy ticket for 40 days before contacting the Lottery, though they did not try and cash the ticket.

Store workers claimed they called the Lottery the day after they cashed the ticket for $75 to report what had happened, and officials are not looking into phone records.

Photo Credit: David Gregory/Palmdale Chevron Station]]>
<![CDATA[High Surf Slams Southern California Coast]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 10:29:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/05-04-2015-surf-oc-1.gif A high surf advisory was in effect Monday May 4, 2015 for Southern California beaches.

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<![CDATA[Fiery Crash Closes 405 Freeway Near Carson]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:39:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/05-05-2015-crash-405-freeway.JPG

At least two vehicles were involved in a fiery crash that closed lanes on the 405 Freeway near Carson early Tuesday.

Details regarding how the crash occurred and possible injuries were not immediately available.

Lanes were closed on the southbound 405 Freeway, north of Alameda Street. The closure is expected to continue until about 6:30 a.m.

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<![CDATA[Watch Live: NBC4 News]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:15:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsTeams_5p_1280x720.jpg

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<![CDATA[Toddler Drowns After Being Left Alone Near Pool]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:08:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A toddler died after drowning in a swimming pool at her Orange County home.

Lucia Ulrich, 2, had been playing with some siblings, but they briefly left her on her own near the water at the Coto De Caza house at around 5:30 p.m, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said.

When the child's mother went outside she found her in the pool unresponsive.

She was taken to the Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center in Mission Viejo, but was found to be dealt at 6:35 p.m. Monday, the coroner's office reported.

An OC Sheriff's Department spokesman said the drowning has been thoroughly investigated and is being treated as an accident.

<![CDATA[Hit-Run Crash Leaves 1500 Without Power]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 04:13:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/lageneric+power+outage+electricity+utility+LADWP.jpg

More than 1500 customers have been left without power after a hit-and-run driver crashed into a hydrant and power lines in North Hollywood late Monday.

The smash happened on the  7000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard at around 11 p.m, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said. The driver had fled the scene of the crash.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers responded, shutting down the power to the poles so the water could be shut off. It was finally turned off at around 1 a.m.

In total 1518 customers are affected, and the LADWP estimates electricity will be restored at around 10 a.m.

<![CDATA[Olive Garden's Free Seconds Offer Around SoCal ]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 03:09:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*160/Generic-Dining-Out-4-thumb.jpg

Attention Olive Garden fans - dozens of local restaurants are offering free second helpings.

Customers ordering from the "cucina mia" menu have their choice: a free refill of pasta, or a "dolcini" dessert.

The deal is available on Mondays only at Olive Gardens eateries all over Southern California.

Here is a full list of participating restaurants:

Cerritos, Whittier, Brea, Glendale, Thousand Oaks, Montebello, Torrance, Orange, Huntington Beach, Buena Park, Palmdale, Downey, Oxnard, Santa Clarita, Culver City, Puente Hills - City of Industry, Northridge - Chatsworth, Arcadia, Burbank, West Hills, Montclair, Victorville, Chino, Moreno Valley, San Bernardino, Ontario, Riverside, San Dimas, Cypress, Irvine, Santa Ana, Laguna Hills, Manhattan Beach, Carson, Temecula.

<![CDATA[Pedestrian Seriously Injured in OC Hit-and-Run]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:53:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/siren3.jpg

A man was seriously hurt after being thrown several feet into the air by an SUV in a hit-and-run crash in Garden Grove late Monday.

He was hit by a white Ford Excursion at the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Benton Way at around 9:30 p.m, a Garden Grove Police Department spokesman said.

After striking the victim, the SUV continued across the sidewalk and crashed into a building on the 10700 block of Garden Grove Boulevard, causing major damage. The property has since been red-tagged by a building inspector.

The driver, who was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, ran from the scene.

Officers checked with the registered owner of the SUV and discovered it had been stolen, but this had not been reported to the police at the time of the accident.

The pedestrian sustained serious injuries but is in stable condition in a UCI Medical Center intensive care unit.

<![CDATA[Blaze Guts Monterey Park Home]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 05:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/5-5-2015-HouseFire.jpg

A fierce fire ripped through a home in Monterey Park early Tuesday.

Firefighters tackled the blaze in the 800 block of Hershey Avenue at around 1:21 a.m, a Monterey Park Fire Department spokesman said.

They encountered severe pack rat conditions in the single story house, with items being stacked as high as the windows inside, but they managed to extinguish the blaze at 2 a.m. Fire crews experienced difficulty gaining access due to security bars on the windows and door.

It is believed the fire was sparked by candles burning in the back room of home. The family of the mentally challenged male occupant told investigators he had been lighting candles.

Monterey Park Police Department officers had to drag the man from the front porch, as he did not want to leave even though the house was fully engulfed.

A 15 minute search was carried out inside the burning home for the other occupant, the man's brother, however it  was later determined he was at a different location with his wife.

The home is a total loss.

<![CDATA[Body Found in Closet; Roommate Arrested]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 02:25:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/5-5-2015-ClosetBody.JPG

A neighbor has claimed a man killed his roommate because she was "trying to take over his apartment."

A tip-off led Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives to the discovery of a 48-year-old woman's body in an apartment building on the 8700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard Monday.

The unidentified woman, who is believed to have been dead for two days, was found stuffed in a closet. Police subsequently arrested 58-year-old Mario Villalobos.

A neighbor told NBC4 there had been a long-running dispute between the pair, and claimed he had told her he strangled the woman.

"She ended up kicking his dog, trying to take over his apartment and attacked him," the neighbor said, "He said he'd had enough and he grabbed her by the neck. He said he squeezed it and squeezed it and she stopped moving."

"He's not a very good friend, he's done a lot of very bad things to me. But nobody deserves that... she's very innocent," the neighbor added.

"The suspect and witnesses in this case, including the citizen who initially called the front desk, are all cooperating with police and providing information," said Lt. Kathleen Burns, commanding officer of the Mission Detective Division. "What is interesting about this incident is that it started with a phone call to the front desk and detectives had to put together the puzzle pieces just to find the body."

The victim and suspect were roommates, but he was in the process of evicting her, Burns said. This caused several arguments.

City News Service contributed to this report

<![CDATA[Missing Children Found Safe]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 01:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/5-5-2015-Missing.JPG

The 14-year-old boy who went missing with a 12-year-old girl in the Venice area over the weekend both showed up safe at the girl's home Monday night.

Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Jacob Reed, 14, had been missing since Saturday.

A friend told police the pair had been planning to run away for some time, while her sister told NBC4 her mother had been trying to get the pair to separate.

"My mom told her to break up with him, but she didn't want to listen she wanted to be with him," sister Megan Montes said.

Ashley Montes was embraced by her family when she finally showed up, with a towel in hand. Both Montes and Reed were being interviewed by detectives Monday night.

Police originally thought they boarded a bus bound for the beach on Saturday. But that was based on incorrect information, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department said.

It was their friend, who is not missing, who got on the bus, police said. That friend said the two missing children walked away from the bus stop, which is near Mark Twain Middle School.

<![CDATA[Dog Treat Warning: "Made in USA" Doesn't Guarantee Safety]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 16:19:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dog+treat+still1.jpg

Southern California dog owners have been wary of feeding their pets jerky treats made in China, ever since the products were linked with the deaths and illnesses of thousands of animals. But jerky treats labeled "Made in the USA" may pose a risk to your pets’ health as well, the NBC4 I-Team has learned.

Since 2007, the Food and Drug Administration has received approximately 5,000 reports of illnesses which may be related to consumption of the jerky treats. While a specific toxin or poison has never been identified, the FDA believes there is an association between many of the complaints and consumption of jerky pet treats imported from China.

This year, pet store chains Petco and PetSmart pulled all China-made jerky treats from store shelves. (Smaller pet stores have made no such announcements, and the I-Team found "Made in China" jerky treats for sale at several Los Angeles area stores.)

But even treats manufactured in the United States could be dangerous, because while many of the products are, in fact, assembled in the USA, they could still include ingredients sourced in China, the Food and Drug Administration has confirmed to the I-Team.

"Manufacturers do not need to list the country of origin for each ingredient used in their products," said Martine Hartogensis, Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer for the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Compliance, in a new video released in response to questions about ongoing safety concerns.

"I don’t recommend pet owners feed their pets jerky treats until the FDA can actually tell us what in the jerky treat is actually causing the sickness," said Studio City veterinarian Dr. Julio Lopez.

Los Angeles residents Henry Alvarez and Lynn Thanarajakool say they’ll never feed a pet a jerky treat again, no matter where it’s manufactured, after their beloved Dachshund Kingsley died within days of eating a treat from a package labeled "Made in China."

"I only gave him one treat and it was Wednesday night and he started feeling sick by I would say noon the next day," Alvarez recalled.

The couple rushed Kingsley to the veterinarian, but by Friday evening his system completely collapsed.

"We watched him die and it was tragic," Thanarajakool said.

The Alvarezs told the I-Team their vet ruled Kingsley’s cause of death as kidney failure, one of the many symptoms identified in FDA warnings related to feeding pets chicken, duck or sweet potato jerky treats.

"If I hadn’t bought (them), he’d still be alive right now," Alvarez said.

The couple has since adopted two dogs who they say will never know the taste of a jerky treat.

The FDA says it will continue to work with laboratories around the country to investigate the causes of the illnesses.

If you choose to feed your dog jerky treats, the FDA offers this advice:

  • Adhere to weight guidelines listed on the package; smaller dogs may be more vulnerable to health problems related to the treats
  • Monitor your pets for signs of illness
  • Report any serious symptoms to your veterinarian and to the FDA
  • Keep the packaging, so the FDA can track the origins of ingredients if your pet gets sick

To report a complaint about any pet food to the FDA, visit their pet food complaint page here.

If you want to submit a complaint to the FDA specifically about the jerky treat products or want to learn more about the issue, visit the FDA's jerky pet treat information page.

<![CDATA[Whooping Cough Warning Signs]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:15:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/WHOOPING-COUGH-VACCINE.jpg

While many think of babies when they think of whooping cough, adults and teens can still contact it even if they're vaccinated.

Last year's epidemic of pertussis or whooping cough continues into 2015 with more than 1,600 cases reported across the state.

Babies are the most at risk of suffering serious health problems, but adults can easily be misdiagnosed because whooping cough is associated with children.

One Southern California woman told NBC4 about her recent bout of whooping cough, something she says she had to point out to doctors as a possibility.

"I was just coughing ... gasping and trying to get my breath back," Meher McArthur said. Her symptoms started with a dry persistent cough that slowly got worse.

After being told her lungs seemed fine and that she probably had a virus by the urgent care clinic, she went to the emergency room after a coughing fit left her unable to breathe for a minute.

"I was in hospital for two nights," McArthur said, adding that she was the one who finally suggested maybe it was whooping cough.

"It was a pretty dry cough, but there was a tiny bit of phlegm that would get caught," she said. "And my airwaves were tightening at the same time."

According to the California Department of Public Health, pertussis is cyclical and peaks every three to five years.

About 1,674 cases whooping cough have been reported statewide through March of 2015, with 11,000 cases 2014.

Dr. James Cherry of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has been studying pertussis for almost three decades.

He says the number of cases are up in part because of better tests to diagnose pertussis. The new vaccines are not as good as previous ones that had more side effects and getting vaccinated does not give you life long immunity.

"Your immunity lasts maybe 10 years at most," Cherry said.

Cherry said pregnant women and those around them should be vaccinated. Adults, who are often misdiagnosed, should be aware of the symptoms of whooping cough before it gets to the point where breathing is affected.

"If you have, say, bronchitis, you will frequently have fever and you also raise something when you cough," he said.

With whooping cough there is no fever, no wheezing like asthma and symptoms are worse at night. A diagnosis should be made with a lab test. As always, call your doctor to see what's right for you.

<![CDATA[Testimony Reveals Bell Gardens Mayor's Shooting]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 17:58:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/file-bell-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo-wife-lyvette.jpg

The son of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo told a police officer that his mother shot his father three times in the side last fall during an argument that he tried to break up but couldn't after his father punched him in the eye.

Daniel Crespo Jr. had come home from school early Sept. 30 after getting a text message from his mother saying, "Come home, it's your father," according to Bell Gardens Police Officer Victor Ruiz in grand jury testimony released Monday.

When Daniel Jr. arrived home he told his mother to defend herself and later heard his parents arguing in a closed office in the home, the officer said.

Daniel Jr. said that he heard his mother scream and then numerous thuds before he knocked on the office door, the officer testified.

At that point, the son said his father answered the door and said, "Don't f--- with me," and punched him in the eye.

The impact left a cut on the boy and caused him to fall backward down the flight of stairs.

The son told the officer he coaxed his father down the stairs to protect his mother. At that point, according to the officer, Daniel, Jr. saw his mother appear at the top of the stairs and shoot his father three times in the side.

The son said his mother had been beaten numerous times by his father over the previous 15 years.

The 1,500-page transcript details the questions and answers from April hearings that lead to a criminal indictment against Crespo Sr.'s wife Lyvette, whose attorney claim was a battered spouse.

Testimony comes from witnesses to the shooting as well as police officers who arrived on the scene that afternoon.

Crystal Crespo, the couple's daughter also testified about prior physical abuse in the home. She claimed her dad choked her once after she got into trouble at school when she was 15, claiming he would always make it up to her by taking her to Disneyland.

Crystal Crespo denied she embellished any testimony to help her mother avoid prosecution.

Lyvette Crespo, 43, has pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges.

The former mayor's brother denied the abuse claims and has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. The lawsuit seeking punitive damages portrayed Lyvette Crespo as a "coldblooded killer" who threatened many times to kill her husband.

Photo Credit: William Crespo]]>
<![CDATA[Former Marlborough Teacher Charged With More Sex Crimes]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 15:54:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lafile-marlborough-school-hancock-park-sign.jpg

A former teacher at the exclusive all-girls Marlborough School in Hancock Park accused of having sex with a former student was charged with 10 additional sex crimes Monday, prosecutors said.

Joseph Koetters, 47, pleaded not guilty to the charges, stemming from allegations that he had sex with a second former student.

His attorney declined to comment.

Koetters was charged in February with sex crimes stemming from his alleged sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl between June 2000 and June 2002. During their relationship, she allegedly miscarried the former English teacher’s baby.

Another former student recently came forward and said she had a sexual relationship with Koetters between February and June 2004 when she was 16, resulting in the additional charges.

He is now charged with seven counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18 and sexual penetration by a foreign object of a person under 18.

If convicted, he faces more than 11 years in state prison, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Koetters was released after posting $350,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[Escaped Horses' Highway High Jinks Stop Traffic]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 10:03:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/pomona+horse+escape+trailer+freeway.JPG

A pair of escaped animals went horsing around on a busy Southern California highway early Monday morning, authorities said.

Two horses ran free from a horse trailer after it was involved in a traffic collision at the Reservoir Street exit in Pomona at about 1:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The 60 Freeway had to be briefly closed as authorities corralled the animals.

The free-running horses are back with their owners and the highway reopened.

Video from the scene showed the horses being led back into a horse trailer.

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<![CDATA[L. Ron Hubbard's Great-Grandson Targets Scientology]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 17:54:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/JamieTourettes.jpg

Jamie DeWolf, great-grandson of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, is a vocal critic of the family legacy.

The Bay Area native is the host of Tourette's Without Regrets, a long-running Oakland variety show described on the website as, "One part poetry slam, one part freestyle battle, and one part psychotic erotic vaudeville showcase."

A special event on May 22, to be held across the Bay in San Francisco, takes specific aim at Scientology through a "circus game show" format featuring performers including burlesque artist and former Scientologist Christa Quinn, Oakland Grand Slam poetry champion Joyce Lee and various artists who will offer "Cult Creation Myths Retold in Interpretive Dance."

Before the game show portion of the evening begins, DeWolf will lead a conversation with journalist Tony Ortega, who recently appeared in HBO's Scientology documentary "Going Clear," and Paulette Cooper, author of "The Scandal of Scientology."

Admission to the event is $20. It will be held at a secret Mision District location revealed to ticket buyers upon purchase.

DeWolf, who says on his website that he shares his great-grandfather's red hair and "knack for inspiring mass insanity," rarely minces words when asked about Scientology publicly.

"I think it's one of the most brilliant and devious systematic brainwashing systems that's ever been invented," he told Current TV host Cenk Uygur in 2013. "[It] works through electrified hypnosis. It works through past life regression therapy. It works through a lot of hodgepodge of ideas thrown together with this extremely brutal sort of security sense and this kind of like CIA-like structure that becomes really intoxicating to people. But to meet people who’ve been out of the cult — I mean, yeah, you want to ask them about Xenu and aliens — but the fact is these are smart people. They’ve just been completely destroyed."

Photo Credit: Jan Stürman]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Introduces Plan to Eliminate All Traffic Deaths]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:41:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0504-2015-SJLiccardo.jpg

San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo and other city leaders announced a new traffic safety plan on Monday in hopes to eventually eliminate all traffic deaths and make the city more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.

The plan, dubbed Vision Zero San Jose, includes lighting and sidewalk improvements, as well as additional safety improvements to thoroughfares such as Almaden Expressway and Capitol Expressway.

According to the City of San Jose, “The goal of Vision Zero San Jose is to create a community culture that prioritizes traffic safety and ensures that mistakes on our roadways don’t result in severe injury or death.”

City leaders hope Vision Zero San Jose will lead to the adoption of a national Vision Zero policy.

“If at a national or state level, new technologies are mandated. That will get us to eliminating fatalities faster if we have that policy support," said Hans Larson, San Jose's director of transportation.

SJPD previously had more than 40 officers dedicated to traffic enforcement. The department now has 10 officers specifically focusing on speeders and distracted drivers.

Automated speed enforcement is currently illegal in California, something Larson is looking to change.

"If you have automated speed enforcement people will drive slower," Larson said.

Last year, 42 people died in traffic-related accidents in San Jose. The safety report said technology used in smart cars and road sensors have the potential to save lives.

The City of San Jose has intentionally avoided setting a particular deadline for achieving these goals, instead opting to “continue to make progress with advocacy, action and results, ASAP!”

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[No Charges for Ex-Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Subway]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 18:57:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/borough+hall+station+shooting+march+10.jpg

The retired New York City correction officer who fatally shot a man in a Brooklyn subway station in March won't be charged in man's death, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced Monday.

The officer, 68-year-old William Groomes, fatally shot Gilbert Drogheo inside the Borough Hall subway station on March 10 after the two got into an argument that turned physical on board a No. 4 train.

District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement that he's determined criminal charges are not warranted in the matter.

"Based on interviews of multiple eyewitnesses to the events leading up to the shooting, our review of video tapes of the shooting itself and other evidence, I have decided not to put this case into the grand jury and will not bring criminal charges against Mr. Groomes," he said. "While the death of this young man was indeed tragic, we cannot prove any charge of homicide beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Norman Seabrook, the president of the city Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, told NBC 4 New York in March that they believe the retired officer was acting in self-defense when he shot Drogheo. 

Groomes got into an argument with two men after he boarded a Brooklyn-bound No. 4 train at the Bowling Green station in Manhattan on March 10. The altercation turned physical, and one of the men pushed Groomes into an empty subway seat, a source told NBC 4 New York at the time.  

Groomes and the two men got off the train at the Borough Hall stop and started fighting on the platform, the source said. That’s when Groomes allegedly identified himself as an officer and told Gilbert Drogheo and Joschelyn Evering that they would be put under arrest.

The source says that the men ran away, with Groomes following. As the men tried to walk out of an exit gate, Drogheo and Groomes began scuffling again. Then, the source says, Groomes pulled out a gun and fired one round, which fatally hit Drogheo in the abdomen.

The retired officer and Evering stayed at the scene. They were not hurt and no bystanders were injured, police said.

Grooms was questioned by police and released. Evering, 28, of Brooklyn was charged with assault and menacing. 

<![CDATA["It's Time to Dance": 6-Year-Old Copes With Chemo]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 10:39:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_dancingchemo0430001_1500x845.jpg

A 6-year-old boy with brain cancer is inspiring others with his unique way of coping with chemotherapy: dance parties.

Braylon Bream rallies his father, fellow patients and even the staff at his Charlotte, North Carolina, hospital at to groove, pop-lock and even twerk after undergoing his grueling treatments every Friday.

"Just do whatever Braylon does — that's what we usually do," Braylon's father Jesse, who wants to show the challenges young kids with cancer face, told NBC affiliate WCNC.

Last Friday, Braylon underwent an MRI at St. Jude Affiliate Clinic Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital that would reveal if his cancer was spreading. Even though his treatment exhausted him — he slept three hours after one procedure — there was only one thing he wanted to do when he woke up.

"When he woke up, he said, 'We need to dance. It's time to dance.' He said, 'It's time to dance, because it's Friday,'" Jesse said.

While Braylon continues to battle his brain cancer, his father told WCNC that the latest MRI showed the cancer's spread had stopped.

"Came back, and said his spine was clean, and there's no progression in his optic nerve. Just fantastic news," said his father. "I feel like the weight is off my shoulders — just amazing."

Photo Credit: WNCN]]>
<![CDATA[Rising Gas Prices: "Can't Just Ride a Bike"]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 14:55:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/web_gas_prices_Etezadi_TLA_1200x675_439289923846.jpg Get ready to pay more at the pump -- the rise in gas prices isn't slowing down after an 8-cent rise overnight. Melissa Etezadi reports from Torrance for Today in LA on Monday, May 4, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Mystery Marathon Kiss: Man's Wife Responds With Letter]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 14:29:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rainy+marathon+getty.jpg

Barbara Tatge successfully finished her first ever Boston Marathon this year. If that was not exciting enough, she also snagged a surprise kiss from a spectator in Wellesley, Massachusetts, following a dare from her daughter, Paige. After seeing the photo of the kiss, her daughter began a quest to find the man her mother smooched, reaching out to the Townsman last week.

According to Wicked Local Wellesley, the mystery man's wife was also running the marathon for the first time and saw the media attention the story has been receiving. She wrote a letter to Tatge via the Townsman saying the story has been fun, but she and her husband would like to stay anonymous.

"When the story aired on the news we were pretty surprised," said the kisser's wife. "I'm not mad. Believe me, our friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them give my husband grief!"

The Townsman verified the woman's claims by asking for photos of the man's outfit from the original kiss picture.

"I accepted my daughter's good-hearted dare of reversing the Wellesley tradition" said Tatge, in reference to the women of Wellesley College who traditionally smooch passing runners. "And a good natured man accepted my request for a photo. Moving forward i will revert to only kissing single men."

Tatge also apologized to the man for any unwanted media attention it has caused him and his wife. Tatge has been contacted by various talk shows and television stations in her hometown of Memphis.

Although Tatge did not find her prince charming, she said, "I am touched by the outpouring of support of strangers that wanted a fairytale ending."

"While this may not be the ending that you had hoped for, the spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy and spirit of the Boston Marathon," the man's wife said in her letter to Tatge. "I greatly admire your spunk and courage and wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston finish!"

Tatge, who began running after surviving a rare form of cancer, said she is not done with running.

She hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2017 but won't be accepting any more dares to kiss strangers again.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Train Crash Driver's Family Suing]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 20:15:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/brody+inset.jpg

The family of Ellen Brody, the New York woman who died when her SUV got trapped in a railroad crossing and was hit by an oncoming Metro-North train, sparking an explosion that also killed five train passengers, says they're suing the railroad and the MTA for her death.

Lawyers for the family filed a notice of claim Monday, initiating the process for filing a wrongful death law suit.

"This horrific accident was not the fault of Ellen Brody," lawyer Philip Russotti said. "All of these deaths could have been avoided if this hazardous, redundant and unnecessary crossing had been closed or if the entities had followed federal guidelines establishing standards for safe signage and lights."

The Feb. 3 crash in the Westchester County community of Valhalla sparked an explosion and fire that burned out the first car of the train and sent pieces of the third rail stabbing through the passenger area.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Brody's SUV was stuck inside the railroad crossing gates moments before the train hit, but instead of backing up, she drove forward onto the tracks.

"I know who my mom was," Brody's daughter Alexa Brody said in an interview with NBC last March. "I know that she would never, never intentionally hurt people."

The crossing where the crash occurred in the Westchester County community of Valhalla has no barrier between the street and the tracks, and such crossings present safety issues, MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast has said in the past.

On Monday, the MTA said they could not confirm receipt of a notice of claim.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Today in LA Sends Moms-to-Be to The Ellen Show]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 12:42:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/tla1111.jpg


Today in LA is jumping for joy at the opportunity to send moms-to-be to The Ellen Show!

Ten lucky moms are on their way to attending Ellen’s special Mother’s Day giveaway show where first-time expecting mothers will get gifts to welcome their bundle of joy. Winners were randomly selected.

All winners are subject to verification. Look out for a phone call or email from NBC4!

The Facebook contest winners are as follows:

Winner 1:
Congrats, Karen Vera from Panorama City!

Winner 2:

Dianna Dianna from Bellflower! Way to go!

Winner 3:
Yay, Melissa Bustos from Temecula!

Winner 4:
Congratulations, Aasma Maqbool of Murrieta!

Winner 5:
You’re on your way, Taylor Simmons from Palmdale!

Winner 6:
Congrats, Jennifer Dicecca from Glendale!

Winner 7:
Shannen Brechbiel Beckman from Long Beach is another lucky winner!

Winner 8:
Austria Jovel of San Bernardino - it’s your lucky day!

Winner 9:
Hooray to Stevie Lawson from La Habra!

Winner 10:
And last but certainly not least, Kat Mutuc from Glendora!


Note: This list has been updated per qualifying winners.

<![CDATA[Corinithian Colleges, Inc. Files Bankruptcy; Graduates Seek Debt Relief ]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 19:59:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP726758529250.jpg

A major for-profit education chain declared bankruptcy Monday, forcing graduates seeking relief from student loan debt to reconsider their legal options.

Santa Ana-based Corinthian Colleges, Inc., is accused of misleading students about its finances and job placement rates, and has faced lawsuits and regulatory pressure.  Last year it agreed to sell a major portion of its holdings.  The bankruptcy filing came one week after Corinthian  shut down its remaining campuses, leaving some 16-thousand students enrolled in Everest and Heald Colleges with unfinished course work.

Graduates seeking debt relief contend they were induced to enroll with false promises of job placement opportunities.

"They promised us they had a network of employers ready to interview their students upon graduation," said graduate Tasha Courtright, who majored in business at the Ontario Everest campus.

Some of the job openings to which she was referred by the college's career counseling office came from postings on Craig's List, she said.  In another case, she was sent to interview at a real estate office for what turned out to be a temporary two week position as a receptionist.

"I missed special events, I missed birthdays, I missed a lot of stuff because I thought I was bettering my life," said Courtright, who put her student loan debt at $41,000.

Students told NBC4 they were misled about how much debt they would need to take on.

Last fall, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a civil suit against the chain, which at one point had dozens of campuses across much of the nation and, including online enrollment, counted more than 100,000 students.

Attorneys with Public Counsel Monday were preparing to file a motion to enable former students to intervene in the Attorney General's suit when they received word of the Chapeter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Students are entitled to a voice in the legal proceedings, according to Public Counsel.

"They are the centerpiece of what is hte most massive fraud in the area of educationn in the history of this country," said Mark Rosenbaum, director of Public Counsel Opportunity Under Law.

"We are going to pursue this, in bankruptcy court or in superior court," said associate director Anne Richardson. "They can run but they can't hide."

The bankruptcy filing limits the recovery of assets or damages in proceedings outside the bankruptcy court.  But forgiveness of the federal student loan debt could be granted by the federal government, Richardson said.

In its filing, Corinthian stated  bankruptcy would help it "complete the orderly wind-down of its operations." 

Calls to its Santa Ana corporate office and a public relations firm retained by Corinthian were not returned.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[24 Years in "2 Drunk 2 Care" Crash]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 20:32:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/050415+kayla+mendoza+crying+on+stand.jpg

The young Florida woman who tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" just minutes before a deadly head-on collision that killed two on the Sawgrass Expressway was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday.

Kayla Mendoza pleaded guilty in February to two charges of DUI manslaughter in the November 2013 deaths of Kaitlyn Ferrante and her best friend Marisa Catronio, both 21 at the time.

She had been facing a maximum of 30 years in prison. The 22-year-old will also serve six years of probation after her prison sentence and will have a lifetime driving ban.

Before she was sentenced, a tearful Mendoza read a letter in court to ask for forgiveness.

"I know that I have made mistakes and the outcome is so much more than I could ever imagine," she said.

Mendoza also spoke about Ferrante and Catronio.

"No matter how much time passes they will never leave my heart. I think about them everyday and I regret my choices everyday," she said. "I don't remember deciding to drive that night so I can't even tell you what was going through my mind when I made that decision. I have no excuses for anything I've done, I just ask for forgiveness."

The families of Ferrante and Catronio begged the judge for the maximum of 30 years and addressed Mendoza.

"Kayla, you changed all that, you took all those dreams away," mother Christine Ferrante said. "And then I had to make the choice to pull her off of life support, that's something a mother should never have to do."

"How do you forgive someone who's ruined your life and family's lives forever?" brother Justin Catronio said.

Authorities said Mendoza, who was 20 years old at the time, had gone out to a Coral Springs bar after work where she drank two large fish bowl-sized margaritas.

After the infamous tweet, Mendoza drove her white Hyundai the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway and slammed into a red car driven by Ferrante.

It was later discovered that Mendoza was driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, according to police.

Photo Credit: NBC6.com]]>
<![CDATA[Chipotle Unveils Guacamole Recipe]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 13:31:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/476810321.jpg

Yes, everyone knows the guacamole costs extra – but now it doesn’t have to.

Chipotle has gifted us all with the secret recipe for their worth-every-penny guacamole, one day ahead of Cinco de Mayo celebrations on May 5.

The company says it starts with getting the best ingredients possible – but it only takes 7 simple steps for a batch made in heaven.

What you’ll need:

• 2 ripe Hass avocados (In the restaurant, we use 48 per batch, multiple times per day)
• 2 tsp lime juice
• 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
• 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
• 1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
• 1/4 tsp kosher salt


How to do it:

1. Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Second Line Lifts Ducks to Victory ]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 13:26:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/472098830.jpg

In Game 1 of the Anaheim Ducks’ series against the Calgary Flames, the team’s top line played one of its best games of the season as Corey Perry and Ryan Getlzaf helped drive the team to a 6-1 victory to get the series off to a roaring start.

On Sunday, the first line took a bit of a back seat in the game, and the second line stepped up to the forefront as they helped beat the Flames by a score of 3-0. Matt Beleskey got the scoring started for the Ducks as he scored his second goal of the postseason, and Ryan Kesler and Jakub Silfverberg each picked up assists on the tally.

While some goals are exclusively about the pass that created it or the shot that ensured it, this tally had a little bit of everything for the Ducks. The pass from Silfverberg up the boards got in behind the defense and created the 2-on-1 opportunity. The saucer pass across the ice from Kesler was perfect in every way, with the speed meaning that it hit Beleskey in stride and the height of the pass ensuring that it got over a defender’s stick on its way to the winger.

Finally, Beleskey’s shot was exactly on point. On the rush, sometimes it’s tempting to try rushing the shot, and it can end up coming off of the heel of the stick and skipping wide of the net. In Beleskey’s case, he waited until the puck was on his stick before firing it, and it went into the open net behind Karri Ramo to give Anaheim the lead.

Aside from their first period goal, the line as a whole played a really effective game for the Ducks. Combined, the three players accounted for eight of Anaheim’s shots on goal, and their dominance of puck possession didn’t end there, as they finished at a cumulative plus-13 in the Corsi department. Holding onto the puck for that long prevents an opponent from making an effective comeback attempt, and the trio certainly kept the Calgary offense at bay with their play in that area.

They were even solid in the physicality department, collecting a total of eight hits in the game as they continued their dominance from their series against Winnipeg. Generally if a team is racking up a good number of hits, it means that they aren’t possessing the puck effectively, but in this line’s case, they use their physical strength to get the puck back, and that’s an idea scenario.

With good games from each of their top two lines in this series, the Ducks are establishing themselves as a team to look out for based on their depth and their skill at both ends of the ice. Sure there are still question marks about the blue line, but in the forward department at least, things continue to look up for Anaheim.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Husband of Victim Testifies About Boardwalk Crash]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 13:12:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gruppioni-alice-venice-boardwalk-1.jpg

The husband of a woman struck and killed when a man drove his car on the crowded Venice Beach boardwalk, hitting 17 people, testified Monday about the final moments of her life.

Christian Casadei took the stand Monday morning in the trial of Nathan Campbell, who has pleaded not guilty to murder, 17 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 10 counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

Casadei and his wife, Alice Gruppioni, were on their honeymoon Aug. 3, 2013 after two weeks of marriage when a driver rammed through barricades at the popular tourist spot. Casadei testified that he grabbed his wife when he saw the car continue in their direction and told her to follow him to a nearby hotel entrance.

But both newlyweds were struck by the Dodge Avenger that prosecutors said was driven by Campbell, allegedly bent on revenge against a drug dealer who ripped him off. Casadei, from Bologna, Italy, recalled getting up off the ground and searching for his wife.

Gruppioni, 32, could be seen on a surveillance video standing on the walkway as the car suddenly appeared and struck her before disappearing into a sea of people. She was carried 300 feet on the hood of the car and then rolled off, hitting the pavement.

She died from head injuries.

Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila said Thursday in opening statements in Los Angeles Superior Court that Campbell's boardwalk rampage was sparked by the suspect's anger over a $35 methamphetamine deal.

Campbell, 39, of Colorado, does not deny hitting the pedestrians at one of Los Angeles' top tourist destinations. But his lawyer disputed the drug deal motive and said his client weaved to avoid people. He asked jurors not to convict Campbell of murder.

Defense lawyer James Cooper III said Campbell took out tents, an ATM, a row of bikes and a mannequin, but swerved to dodge people, which is how Gruppioni fell off the car's hood. Cooper did not explain during opening statements why Campbell drove on the walkway that is closed to cars.

Millions of visitors from around the world are drawn to the funky mix of jugglers, musicians and dancers hustling for tips while merchants peddle handcrafted art, tapestries and knickknacks. With a scent of pot — sold legally in nearby medical dispensaries — often permeating the surroundings, the vibe hearkens back to its hippy past.

The 2013 boardwalk rampage left a path of casualties including merchants and people from England, France and China. The driver then turned on a side street and vanished.

Campbell, a transient with a history of petty crimes, surrendered to police in neighboring Santa Monica a couple of hours later.

Casadei was too distraught to speak with reporters after his testimony, but her family issued a statement through their attorney.

"Today was a very difficult day for Christian and the Gruppioni family. Reliving the senseless tragedy of Aug. 3, 2013 has been a very difficult experience causing great sorrow and heartache. At the same time, we want to extend our wholehearted gratitude to the District Attorney's Office for its efforts in prosecuting Mr. Campbell, with the family hopeful and confident that justice will prevail. Our family lost a beautiful wife, daughter, family member and friend who brought so much love to all. We will forever mourn her loss."

Photo Credit: Family Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Today in LA's 4 in Forty: Surrogate Mom Seeks Good Samaritan Nurses]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 12:50:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/baby2.PNG Witnesses say “dust devil” hits outdoor market in Palm Springs, Van Nuys suspected street race involving five cars, surrogate mom who suffered mid-flight miscarriage wants to thank nurses who helped, catch of a lifetime at Dodger game – all of these stories were featured in Monday’s edition of Today in LA's 4 in Forty. Catch Today in LA every morning with Whit Johnson, Daniella Guzman, Crystal Egger and Holly Hannula 4:30-7 a.m. You wake up, we'll open your eyes. (Aired May 4, 2015.)]]> <![CDATA[Woman Searches for Fellow Passengers]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 12:13:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/liberty11P0503_1200x675_439099459896.jpg A San Diego woman said she began to have a miscarriage on a flight to San Diego and now she's hoping to find the people that rushed to help her. NBC 7's Liberty Zabala reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Southern California Traffic Headaches]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 06:18:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/05-04-2015-traffic-west-la-405-freeway-crash.JPG Southern California is known for its traffic and congestion. Here are some snapshots to prove it.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[High Surf Pounds OC, LA County Beaches]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 23:44:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/05-04-2015-seal-beach-flooding-2.JPG

Residents woke up to minor flooding Monday morning in a Southern California beach community under a high surf advisory that is expected to continue into Tuesday.

The advisory is in effect Monday for coastal communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties, including the beach town of Seal Beach where there was standing water on the boardwalk. No damage was reported overnight, but another high tide is expected around 10 a.m.

The flooding occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Water did not enter homes along the boardwalk.

Crews were working Monday morning to rearrange the sand to prevent a repeat of the flooding. A 20-foot winter sand berm was removed last month.

The high surf advisory, indicating surf from 6 to 10 feet with 12-foot sets, will remain in effect through at least Monday. Powerful rip currents are possible and a National Weather Service statement said minor to moderate beach erosion is possible.

Swimmers are "strongly encouraged" not to enter the water, according to the statement.

The most dangerous conditions in Orange County are expected near Seal Beach and Sunset Beach. In Los Angeles County, the highest surf will be across south facing beaches, including the Malibu, Zuma and Palos Verdes areas. Surf will peak this afternoon in LA County.

The waves are being generated by a Southern Hemisphere storm rolling toward the Southern California coast. The weather service said rough conditions extend up the coast to San Luis Obispo County. Avalon, Port San Luis, San Simeon, and Cayucos could see currents capable of dislodging moored vessels and docks.

On Sunday, large waves forced a Carnival cruise bound to Mexico to leave from San Diego instead of Long Beach. More than 2,000 guests with tickets to board the cruise ship Carnival Imagination in Long Beach were bussed 100 miles south due to dangerous conditions in the water, a Carnival spokeswoman said.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Search Continues for Children Missing From LA]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 12:59:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/5-3-15+Missing+Juveniles+Venice.JPG

As the search continues for two children missing since Saturday, police are revising their account of what the pair did when they were last seen in the Venice area.

Police originally thought that Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Jacob Reed, 14, boarded a bus bound for the beach on Saturday. But that was based on incorrect information, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department said Monday.

It was their friend, who is not missing, who got on the bus, police said. That friend said the two missing children walked together away from the bus stop, which is near Mark Twain Middle School.

Another friend told police that the pair had been planning to run away for some time.

Their parents distributed fliers Monday in hopes somebody will recognize the pair. The parents haven't been able to call the children's cell phones since Saturday afternoon

Montes, from the Venice area, is 4-foot-8 and approximately 80 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, police said. Reed, who lives in West LA, is 5-foot-7 and about 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

City News Service contributed to this report.