<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usWed, 26 Apr 2017 22:19:06 -0700Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:19:06 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mother Who Allegedly Abducted 6-Year-Old Son Arrested]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:17:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-west-burnett-nisha-burnett.jpg

A mother who allegedly abducted her 6-year-old son from his elementary school in Venice was arrested and the boy rescued Wednesday evening after a short police pursuit.

The mother, identified as Nisha Burnett, was taken into custody around 7:30 p.m. after she ditched the car and ran with the boy in her arms into a Venice motorcycle shop. 

Officers took the boy from the shop after the woman was taken into custody. 

An Amber Alert was issued earlier in the day for the mother and her 6-year-old child, last seen by the boy's aunt when he was dropped off for school in the Venice area.

Authorities were searching for a gold 2004 BMW with license plate 6WAP644. Burnett does not have legal guardianship of the child, police said.

The boy's aunt told authorities she last saw the child when she dropped him off at school Wednesday morning.

The family says a restraining order has been in place against Burnett for the last year for child endangerment and that she had not seen her son for the last few months until Wednesday. 

It was not immediately clear what charges, if any, will be filed against Burnett. 

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Correction: A previous version of this story identified the child as a girl.



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<![CDATA[Police: Captive Woman Found Crying in Pit in Neighbor's Shed]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:59:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*121/AP_17116672729543.jpg

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<![CDATA[Neighbors Help Thwart Four Burglars in Loma Linda]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:49:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/fourburglars.JPG

Four suspected burglars were apprehended thanks to a watchful neighbor in Loma Linda. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.



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<![CDATA[Driver Describes Surviving Fiery I-5 Collision]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:04:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/170425-5-fwy-crash.jpg

What was planned as a getaway to Las Vegas descended into chaos for a woman and her aunt as they headed south on Interstate-5 past Griffith Park on Tuesday.

Kim Busacay was at the wheel of the Toyota Camry, thinking of changing lanes, when she caught sight of an 18 wheeler crossing the center divider from the northbound side, right in front of her, blocking the southbound lanes.

"My first reaction -- uh oh, we're going to die. Because it's really big," recalled Busacay, 26, back home in Chatsworth after being treated for multiple injuries to her face, including a broken nose, a severe gash at the ridge, and bruising so severe around her left eye it is swollen shut.

Yet the immigrant from the Philippines considers herself fortunate--because she survived.

Busacay and her aunt Bertha Busacay are among the ten injured who were transported to hospitals from the fiery pile-up Tuesday morning. One 27-year-old woman had critical injuries. One victim, believed to be the driver of the initially northbound 18 wheeler, was found dead on the pavement, the remains so severely burned that a day later the coroner had yet to be able to make positive identification.

Busacay said she remembers braking, but not being able to stop in time. The Camry ended up wedged up to its windshield beneath the trailer of the 18-wheeler.

The impact Busacay does not recall.

"I didn't know what happened. My aunt said we have to get out of the car."

The roof was pushed down on her side. Worse, the front doors were jammed shut, and neither would open. The 18-wheeler had caught fire, and the flames were spreading.

Busacay remembers thinking to herself -- don't panic!

"Maybe if i panic, I cannot get out," she said.

The two women squeezed into the back seat to use the right rear passenger door to escape.

"I saw this black smoke. We have to move," recalled Busacay.  She was becoming aware of the blood pouring down her face, and her vision being blurred as she struggled to get to safety.

"I don't know what happened to other people," she said. "I need help because I'm really bleeding."

A woman in the traffic backup called out for her and aunt Bertha Busacay to come sit in her car until paramedics arrived. 

Investigators have yet to conclude what caused the northbound 18 wheeler to go out of control. After crashing through the center divider, it collided with a tanker trailer carrying raw milk. Also becoming entangled in the chain reaction were a pickup truck with trailer, a passenger van, and a total of three sedans, including the Busacay Camry.

Viewing photos and video of the collision scene at home Wednesday, Kim Busacay said it was even worse than she realized at the time, noting that the fire eventually came within feet of her aunt's car.

"I'm very thankful," she said. "If we didnt get out, we might die already."

Busacay does not know when she will be well enough to return to her work as a care-giver. She was told she likely will need surgery.



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<![CDATA[Costa Mesa to Use Silent Fireworks in 4th of July Display]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:24:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-2701553.jpg

Quieter fireworks may take to the sky this 4th of July in Costa Mesa. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.



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<![CDATA[SDPD Helicopters Getting High Tech Upgrade]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:22:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/san-diego-police-helicopter.jpg

The San Diego Police Department's helicopters will soon be feature new, high-tech upgrades, including internet and GPS systems in each copter. 

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and SDPD Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and representatives from AT&T, announced the new technology at a press conference Wednesday. 

The highly secure network, which will bring internet service to police helicopters for the first time, will better help pilots communicate with ground support. 

“When police officers are protecting our communities, I want to make sure they have the best technology at their disposal,” Faulconer said. “This idea came directly from our one of our officers and AT&T was enthusiastic about working with us to make it a reality. This now gives officers in the air powerful new tools to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Prior to this technology, tactical flight officers in helicopters could not access the police department's computer-aided dispatch system. The system lets officers on the ground keep up with the latest information on unfolding incidents. 

Now, officers can locate and track police copters while airborne using the helicopter's GPS. The technology also logs and provides post-flight mission reporting data such as flight paths. 

“With the help of AT&T, we’re able to bring innovation and efficiency to our City’s finest and improve services to all San Diegans,” Chief Zimmerman said. “Our ‘Connected Copters’ are just the latest example of how we can make our city better through technology.”



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<![CDATA[After High Speed Chase, Man in Business Suit Surrenders]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:20:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4-26-17-Pursuit+Ends+Ramona+Police.gif

A wanted armed robbery suspect driving in a gray sedan took police on a high-speed chase across San Diego County Wednesday. Twice, the suspect escaped police spike strips before finally surrendering near Mount Woodson in Ramona. 

The high speed pursuit started at approximately 12:32 p.m. Wednesday in National City when National City police were conducting a follow-up investigation to an armed robbery. 

During the investigation, detectives identified and found the suspect, police said. When they tried to pull the suspect over, he took off, leading officers on a pursuit. 

The driver traveled north through Mission Valley and up Interstate 15, where he exited near Miramar. The suspect raced down Scripps Poway Parkway, yet stopped at major intersections cautiously.  

At two points during the chase, law enforcement officials tried to stop the suspect with spike strips. The first time, the suspect's last-minute maneuvering allowed him to escape the strips and race on.

However, the second time, the spikes worked. The suspect made it slightly north on State Route 67 before he was forced to pull over due to at least one flat tire. 

The suspect cautiously exited his vehicle with his hands up. Police took the man, dressed in a business suit, into custody without incident. 

No one was injured. 

No other information was available.



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<![CDATA[Father of Missing South Pasadena Boy Has Gaps in Memory Says Attorney]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:59:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Attorney_for_Father_of_Missing_Boy_Speaks_South_Pasadena_1200x675_929768003526.jpg

The father of a missing South Pasadena boy has gaps in his memory, according to his attorney. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Potent Strain of Heroin Gripping Santa Clarita Valley]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:34:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/heroin23.jpg

An especially potent strain of heroin is wreaking havoc across the Santa Clarita Valley.

The number of overdoses has spiked in the last three days, in what doctors are calling an "alarming" trend.

"Two nights ago, we saw eight patients come in," said Dr. Bud Lawrence, of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. "Last night, we saw an additional OD that has come in."

But as the overdoses increase, some people are trying to do something to avoid becoming just another statistic.

In Bouquet Canyon Park, drug counselor Cary Quashen meets a man named Kevin, who is trying to get clean.

Quashen knows Kevin, his opiate addiction, his current use of methadone. He fears Kevin's addiction could soon end up killing him.

And Kevin knows, too, the dangers of a drug epidemic. He knows about David Alexander Esquivel, the 28-year-old man from Castaic who just on Sunday died of an overdose in a bathroom in the same park where Kevin now sits.

"Yes, I'm concerned," says Kevin, "not for me, but for other people."

Kevin makes plans to go to rehab with Quashen. If he stays there, he'll get treatment for a month or more. Others, however, may never get the chance.

The number of overdose outbreaks in Southern California will continue to rise, says Quashen; taking street heroin is like playing Russian roulette: you just don't know what's in that syringe.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Trying to Lure 11-Year-Old Girl for Sex]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:43:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CourtDocumentsMiguelCervantes.JPG

A San Diego man is facing multiple charges for attempting to lure an 11-year-old girl to sexually exploit her in San Diego, according to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California.

Miguel Cervantes, 24, faces charges of sexual exploitation of children and the attempted enticement of a minor, according to unsealed court documents. He contacted the minor using a phone and computer in an effort to coerce the victim, according to court documents.

Cervantes first contacted the minor on March 16, when she began chatting with him online through a mobile application called "Candid," according to the unsealed documents. 

Soon after they began talking, Cervantes asked the girl how old she was. He quickly discovered she was a minor and lied about his age, telling the victim that he was 18 years old when he was really several years older. 

Cervantes allegedly continued to message the victim, with increasingly lewd conversations that eventually led to him to send her photos of his genitals. 

On March 21, the minor contacted Cervantes and told him she was moving away from San Diego. In response, Cervantes tried to persuade her into traveling to San Diego for a weekend to meet him in a motel, and then tried to persuade her into saving her allowance money to buy him a plane ticket to visit her and a motel room, according to court documents.

Later, he coerced her into exchanging lewd photos. Shortly after he allegedly asked her, "Are you really only 11 tho?"

When she replied that she was only 11, he warned the minor not to tell anyone about their interaction.

"If anyone finds out that we're doing this, I could go to prison," said Cervantes, according to court documents. "So I just want you to know that."

On Mar. 22, Cervantes asked the minor for her street address, then encouraged her to leave her house and meet him. At that point, the victim became scared but Cervantes continued to pressure her and demand nude photos, according to court documents.

A few days later, the victim's mother found the lewd conversations on her daughter's iPad and called police.

Detective Elliot Shaffer, a Chula Vista police officer assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), investigated the case. Detective Shaffer located the Candid mobile app as part of the ICAC investigation.

Shaffer communicated with Cervantes while posing as the 11-year-old victim and made plans to meet with him at a nearby McDonald's restaurant, according to court documents.

Cervantes was arrested when he showed up at McDonalds.

After his arrest, Cervantes waived his Miranda rights and admitted to knowing that the victim was a minor, and that he sent her multiple photos of his genitals using the Candid app, according to court documents.

He also acknowledged that he would have sexually exploited the minor if possible, according to court documents.

The date of Cervantes' court appearance was not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Ella Fitzgerald at 100: Grammy Museum New]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:02:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Ella_Fitzgerald_Campaign-grammy.jpg

If you've ever heard the opening swirl of a melody straight from the Great American Songbook, the kind of unmistakable flourish that lets the listener know that a classic composition is on its way, you likely paused, and made a wish, and that wish was this: May I soon, in moments, hear the singular voice of Ella Fitzgerald.

For while many accomplished chanteuses and crooners covered some of the most romantic and stirring works of the mid-century, Ms. Fitzgerald was known as the First Lady of Song for excellent reason. She brought a Certain Something to each famous number she sang, a Certain Something full of depth and wit and jazzy joy, elevating a bevy of already sublime ballads as she winningly went.

The Grammy Museum is remembering the life of the unparelleled Ella Fitzgerald during this, her centennial year, with a new exhibit called "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald." The memorabilia-laden presentation is on display at the LA Live music institution through Sunday, Sept. 10.

What can fans of the icon, who won 13 Grammys, expect to see? Her first Grammy Award, an award that "...made her the first African-American Grammy Award-winning artist." "Rare sheet music and recordings" are also available for viewing and listening, as well as her "well-known" beaded gown by Don Loper (other wardrobe pieces are also part of the exhibit). 

A number of fan-fabulous happenings are flowering during the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial, both inside the museum and beyond. Fresh album releases, featuring many Fitzgeraldian classics like "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," debuted on April 21 on a new collection called "100 Songs for a Centennial."

Duets with Louis Armstrong and an album of Ms. Fitzgerald's "... classic vocal recordings accompanied by new orchestral arrangements by the London Symphony Orchestra" are also ahead for music mavens.

A fine place to start, to make sure you don't miss a thing? Keep up with the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation to stay up-to-date on releases, tributes, and the glorious goings-on. 

And, here in Southern California, pay a visit to the fourth floor of the Grammy Museum, before Sept. 10, 2017, to learn more about the First Lady of Song, who passed away in 1996.

The icon's many concert clips, her impressive catalog, and her charitable, give-back legacy, continue into the future, where new fans will be made, again and again, joining the lifetime fans of today.

So have you ever hoped for a just-starting tune to be an Ella-led one, and, delights of delights, found your hopes answered? 

The new "Ella at 100" exhibit is that feeling taken museum form, a respect-filled look-back at the top-notch, music-changing career of the First Lady of Song.



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<![CDATA[Pesticide Harms Honey Bees' Ability to Fly: UCSD Study]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:35:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/471414294_BeesIsrael.jpg

A study conducted by biologists at UC San Diego suggests a common pesticide impairs the ability of honeybees to fly.

“Our results provide the first demonstration that field-realistic exposure to this pesticide alone, in otherwise healthy colonies, can alter the ability of bees to fly,” said UC San Diego postdoctoral researcher Simone Tosi, a co-author of the study, in a statement.

It was published Tuesday by UCSD Researcher Simone Tosi, Biology Professor James Nieh and Associate Professor Giovanni Burgio, from the University of Bologna, Italy. 

The study describes in detail how Neonicotinoid pesticides hurt honeybees.

Neonicotinoid is a relatively new form of insecticide commonly used on grains, fruit, vegetables and other crops to kill insects, according to the study.

In the past the insecticide was thought to not have a negative impact on honeybees because of its low toxicity levels, but this new research suggests otherwise.

“Honeybee survival depends on its ability to fly because that’s the only way they can collect food. Their ability to fly is also crucial to guarantee crop and wild plant pollination," said Tosi.

For over a decade scientists have been searching for the cause of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which occurs when worker bees disappear, leaving behind food, their queen bee, bee larvae and not enough nurse bees to care for the hive.

UCSD biologists aimed to test whether neonicotinoids are a possible factor. They used a bee flight testing instrument called a flight mill. This allows the researchers to test the bees' ability to fly under consistent and controlled conditions.

Long term exposure to the pesticide over one or two days showed the distance, duration and velocity of bee flight were significantly altered, according to the study.

Short term exposure caused an increase in activity levels for a short amount of time, but their behavior was erratic and they flew farther from their hive, according to the study.

“Bees that fly more erratically for greater distances may decrease their probability of returning home,” said James Nieh, a UCSD biology professor and co-author of the study.

The decline in honeybee populations is cause for concern because of its close association with the human diet and nutrition, said Nieh.



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<![CDATA[CA Drought Raised Electricity Costs, Greenhouse Gases: Study]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:15:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AGUA-FLORIDA.jpg

When water rushes through California’s hydroelectric dams, it creates power.

Problem is that didn’t happen during the historic drought that gripped the state.

Oakland-based nonprofit Pacific Institute says that drop increased the cost of electricity by nearly $2.5 billion between 2012 and 2016. That amounts to about $12 a year on people’s power bills.

And without that clean energy source, utility agencies used more natural gas, increasing smog and greenhouse gases.

A January study by the Pacific Institute also pointed to higher water costs as providers tried to make up for the fact that people were using less water.

Also, many families incurred additional costs, buying more efficient appliances and low-flow attachments, and replacing landscaping.



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<![CDATA[Man Seeking Donations for Children's Charity Gunned Down]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:02:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/norwalk-charity-worker.JPG

A search intensified Wednesday for the killer of a 50-year-old man gunned down in Norwalk while going door to door collecting donations for a children's charity.

Matthew Glover was gunned down at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 14400 block of Dinard Avenue, near Rosecrans Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

Glover was going door to door seeking donations for Care for the Children after members of the charity had painted addresses on curbs in the neighborhood several weeks ago. He was struck several times in the upper body and died at the scene. 

The group's director told the station that he thinks Glover, who had recently moved back to Los Angeles from Arizona, was caught in a cross-fire.

Evidence at the scene suggests there were two assailants firing shots.

Ted Goslin, a resident who lives nearby, said he heard six to 10 shots ring out shortly after Glover had knocked on his door.

"A few minutes later I heard the shots -- high pitch rapid fire," he said. "I didn't know until I walked out there had been a shooting and it was the same gentleman who had knocked on my door."

Glover's father told NBC4 that his son had a history of drug use, but had cleaned up and was living at a sober living house.

Family said he ad never been in a gang and don’t know of any reason he might be targeted.

Investigators said that part of the neighborhood is dangerous, and there have been other shootings in that area, but they still don’t know why this one occurred. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

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<![CDATA[15 Kilos of Substance Believed to Be Cocaine Seized in LA]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:07:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/composite-cocaine-boyleheights.jpg

Investigators from the LA County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau seized 15 kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine and cash during a raid Monday in Boyle Heights.

Investigators assigned to the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team observed the men offloading narcotics from a car at an apartment complex in the 700 block of S. Bernal Avenue.

They found 15 kilos, about 33 pounds, of what appeared to be cocaine, deputies said. 

Four men, Hugo Rueda, 50, Enrique Rueda, 47, Erasmo Pimentel, 28, and Jose Gutierrez, 46, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of selling it. Investigators also found an undisclosed amount of cash in a tire.

Two of the suspects live in the complex and all are residents of Los Angeles.

Agents then searched the apartment, where they seized more cash believed to be tied to drugs.

The seizure amounts to 700,000 street doses of cocaine, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

Although the operation was conducted by border patrol agents, deputies did not ask for the immigration status of the suspects.

A statement released by the sheriff's department said immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government and deputies who inquire about the immigration status of anyone are subject to disciplinary action.



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<![CDATA[Home in 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians,' 'True Blood' for Sale]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:59:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/iredell+4+main.jpg See inside the home famously used in the opening credits of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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<![CDATA[With Dry Spell Over, Expect to See More Spiders in CA]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:46:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/04-26-2017-spider-web-generic.jpg

More rain equals more spiders.

Weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order that lifted the drought emergency for most of California, experts say the state should expect to see an increase of the crawlers,  NBC4 media partner KPPC reported.

Because increased rain has caused more plant growth, the number of insects that feed on those plants has surged. In turn, the number of spiders that feed on those insects has also risen, said Brian Brown, curator of etymology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

"We have moister conditions for the spiders to live in," Brown said. "Not so many of them will just desiccate and dry out because of the dry conditions."

One of the newer species of spiders in the area is the brown widow, native to South Africa.

The spiders, which Brown said started making its way to Southern California 15 years ago on shipping containers, have been squeezing out the black widow.

"Brown widows are found under almost every piece of yard furniture in the Los Angeles area," Brown said.

While people should still be careful, the species is not very aggressive, he said.

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<![CDATA[TCL Chinese Theatre at 90: Landmark Look Back]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:30:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chinesetheatreStarWars_Chinese.jpg In honor of the anniversary of the theater, one of the world's most famous, the recently restored 1934 "Cleopatra" will screen

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<![CDATA[Woman Rescued From Crane Hook]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:18:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CRANE16.jpg

A young woman who became stuck on a downtown Toronto construction crane's hook block, dangling some 12 stories above the ground, was rescued by emergency workers Wednesday morning. Police said the woman did not appear to be in any distress. She was placed in handcuffs by police officers, placed in an ambulance and taken to hospital in stable condition. Toronto police confirmed that she has been placed under arrest for mischief.



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<![CDATA[Swamp Fire Sparked by Lightning Continues to Grow]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_swampfire0426_1920x1080.jpg

Firefighters are working to contain the massive West Mims wildfire burning in the Okefenokee Swamp along the Florida-Georgia border.



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<![CDATA[Ram in Iceland Resembles Unicorn]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:15:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/UNICORN2.jpg

During the peak of unicorn food trends, Icelandic farmers came across the real thing. The farmers in southern Iceland appropriately named the ram 'Unicorn'. 'Unicorn' has two horns that are fused together at the top of his head, forming one large horn that resembles that of the mythical creature. 'Unicorn' will live out his days at the Reykjavik Zoo.



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<![CDATA[Student's Prom Dress Is A 'Scream']]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:14:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_screamdress_1920x1080.jpg

Florida high school student, Jadyn Duguyd, was determined to stand out at her senior prom by making folks "scream" in awe over her $40 dress. The Douglas Anderson School of the Arts student bought an old thrift store wedding dress and painted Edvard Munch's "The Scream" on it.
 



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<![CDATA[Dashboard Camera Captures Fiery Crash and Rescue]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:12:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_fierycrash0425_1920x1080.jpg

Florida sheriff's deputies pulled a man from a burning vehicle Sunday just moments after he crashed while trying to avoid capture. Deputies said they received a call about an attempted home-invasion robbery involving a man who goes by the alias "Gold Teeth".



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<![CDATA[Crews Douse Brush Fire in Montecito Heights]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:08:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/170426-fire-highland-park.JPG

A fire scorched about 15 acres of grass and brush Wednesday in Montecito Heights but no structures were threatened and no injuries were reported.

The slow-moving fire was reported at 3:40 p.m. in the 4000 block of North Monterey Road, near Via Marisol, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

City and county fire department crews battled the flames on the ground and helicopters made water drops on the terrain-driven fire on the edge of Ernest E. Debs Regional Park, according to the LAFD's Amy Bastman.

By about 4:30 p.m., the fire appeared all but out, with no flames visible and only wisps of white smoke rising from the blackened scene.



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<![CDATA[Will Trump’s Border Wall Prevent Human Trafficking?]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:52:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mexicowall_1200x675.jpg

President Donald Trump has said that his border wall could potentially curb human trafficking, but experts say that isn’t a sure thing, NBC News reported.

Traffickers could use different paths as leverage over their victims if they have trouble getting into the United States, according to one expert. The Department of Homeland Security is unable to comment on whether a border wall could curb human trafficking through the border.

Polaris, a partner of "Blue Campaign," the DHS program to combat human trafficking, keeps records of calls made to Línea Nacional Contra la Trata de Personas and Polaris' National Human Trafficking Resource Center to gain data on trafficking at the border.

Between Sept. 30, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016, 508 human-trafficking victims were reported. The data also said a majority of traffickers were male adults of Mexican nationality.



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<![CDATA[Knock-knock Burglars Terrorize San Fernando Valley]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:02:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/knockknock-sfv.JPG

The quiet, the calm, the peace that the San Fernando Valley once brought to those who live here has been shaken over the last year - particularly over the last few months - as Los Angeles Police Department detectives say they've seen a spike of more than 30 percent in residential and commercial burglaries in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.

"It's an emotional topic, it's difficult to talk about because we're all feeling violated," said Neila Ruben Lee, a Sherman Oaks resident who recalls finding herself a victim of a burglary in January.

"The door was open and then I noticed a gate was propped open in the backyard," she said. "And then I noticed out front someone had pried open our iron fence just enough so they could get out."

Another neighbor who asked not to be identified lives off Valley Vista and says she's frustrated with how her neighborhood appears to be changing.

"You move out to a nice neighborhood to get away from the crime and the crime follows you," she said. "I think the reason why people are coming into the nicer neighborhoods is because we're a little more laxed about leaving stuff out and they know we're at work all day."

LAPD's Knock-Knock Task Force has been working non-stop on cases that come in almost daily: residents who come home to find they've been burglarized and neighbors calling in tips when they see things suspicious.

Police admit the suspects have more to gain than they do to lose, often getting away with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and electronics.

"And you're looking at 120 days in jail and maybe three years of probation if we're lucky enough to get on some of them," Task Force Coordinator Det. Armando Monarrez said. "Right now what you're seeing is Encino, Tarzana -- south of the 101 Freeway -- then moving into Sherman Oaks as well. That's the Van Nuys area. On the Devonshire area north of the 118 Freeway, north of Rinaldi, we see a lot of residential burglaries."

For some neighbors though, they don't need stats to state the obvious.

"It seems like it's hitting every few houses and they're cleaning out the neighborhood," Lee said.

While many residents have added surveillance cameras to their home and video doorbell systems, it's not always a catch-all. One homeowner who allowed NBC4 to use his Ring doorbell video says even his alarm system didn't deter the two burgalrs who he says broke in through a back window and ransacked the bedroom while the alarm was going off.

"They want easy access," Monarrez said. "They get in and out within a matter of minutes before police arrive and they get caught."

That's not a surprise for Lee.

"They don't care if they set off an alarm," she said. "They don't care if you have a camera. Because they get in and out so fast, they know what they're looking for."

LAPD is again warning residents and asking neighbors to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. At the same time, neighbors themselves are using apps like "Nextdoor" and a Facebook page called "SFV Door Knockers" to share social media video and images of suspicious people.

"If we don't talk to our neighbors and start looking out for people, it's never gonna get better," one resident said.

LAPD suggested five tips for homeowners:

  1. Neighborhood communication - social media posts of pictures and video of anything that looks suspicious
  2. Install video cameras to monitor all four sides of your home
  3. Doorbell video cameras connected to Wi-Fi
  4. Use window coverings so potential thieves can't peer inside
  5. Get a dog - they may hear someone before you do and the sound of a dog could deter potential thieves

LAPD adds that no one should attempt to approach a burglary in progress. They say often times the criminals could be armed and that they've noticed an influx of people who belong to South LA gangs, but also gangs from Riverside and as far away as Oakland coming to the San Fernando Valley to pillage.



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<![CDATA[Carvel Free Cone Day: Just Ahead]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:54:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carvelfreecone2017.jpg

The notion of a Carvel junior soft-serve ice cream cone is so quintessentially summerlike, and so thoroughly weaved through many people's memories of warm afternoons, that the mere thought of one is enough to transport a daydreamer to a swimming pool or sprinkler-splashed lawn.

Maybe you grew up with another type of soft-serve-y treat, but if you spent your childhood in New York, or Florida, or one of the many states that boasts a fleet of Carvels, that was probably one of your good times go-tos. 

While there are but a few Carvels in California, you can find your way to a free junior soft-serve ice cream cone on Thursday, April 27, which just happens to be Free Cone Day at Carvel.

We know, 'tis the season, with other major ice cream companies also giving away gratis cones on special days. Which makes April, of course, one of the merriest and meltiest of months, a true jimmies-topped harbinger of summer.

The delicious details on Free Cone Day? You'll need to make your way to a participating Carvel between 3 and 8 p.m. on April 27 to score your sweet. (Solid idea: Phone your local shop if you want to know if they're part of Free Cone Day.)

Your choices include chocolate, vanilla, and Cookie Butter, the ice creamery's "newest, limited-time flavor, inspired by the irresistibly creamy, spreadable treat from Louis Biscoff."

While your ice cream is free, do keep in mind that the good-hearted day is a fundraiser for the American Red Cross, Carvel's longtime beneficiary on Free Cone Day.

How's does Giving Day work? The started-in-1934 company will offer a coupon book for $1 in support of the charity. The coupons are worth "more than $20 in Carvel savings" while that dollar will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Sweet stuff for a sweet day, one that feels like summer in springtime.



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<![CDATA[Man Shot, Killed as He Collected Donations in Norwalk]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:57:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/04-26-2017-matthew-glover-norwalk-charity-1.JPG

A man who was working for a Santa Fe Spring non-profit group was shot and killed in Norwalk as he went door-to-door seeking donations for curb painting. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 26, 2017. 



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<![CDATA[Trump Tax Reform Plan Cuts Personal and Corporate Rates]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:48:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-673416756.jpg

A tax reform plan outlined by the Trump administration two days before the president's 100th day in office proposes deep cuts to personal income tax as well as corporate taxes. The plan also repeals the estate tax. 



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<![CDATA[Gas Station Cashier Recalls Terror of Los Angeles Riots]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:38:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4-19-17-Son-Park.jpg

From inside a bulletproof cashier's booth at her Compton gas station 25 years ago, Son Park watched in horror as rioters threw rocks and yelled at her to leave.

The Korean mother of three had only inherited the duties of running the gas station two years earlier after her husband died.

Now, she was faced with a harrowing decision.

Should she leave and risk being hurt by other rioters or stay and risk being hurt if rioters were to get inside her business?

"I was very afraid. I wanted to go home, but I was very scared," she said in Korean as her daughter translated.

Park was caught in the middle of one of LA's worst riots. She recalled the memories from 25 years ago, when the city exploded in violence.

Park spent more than 12 hours in that cramped gas station cashier's space -- just 25 feet by 10 feet -- with a fellow employee in the early hours after the riots erupted on April 29, 1992. Her view of the mayhem and destruction was through several-inch thick glass windows looking out onto Rosecrans and Atlantic avenues.

The Los Angeles riots erupted over six days after a jury acquitted four members of the Los Angeles Police Department of charges of using excessive force in the videotaped beating and arrest of black motorist Rodney King after a high-speed pursuit.

More than 60 people were killed, 2,000 were injured and more than 1,000 buildings were destroyed in fires.

Park came to the United States at age 25 in the mid 1970s seeking the American dream. But she had never seen such violence before that day in Compton. Her biggest hurdle up to that point was overcoming a life of poverty on a South Korean farm after the Korean War.

"When I came to the United States I was shocked because there was just so much food," she said. "I could eat oranges and bananas like they were nothing. In Korea, I couldn't do that. But in America, I could work, I could make money, I could buy food."

Even as she watched the disorder in her adopted homeland, she still believed in the American dream, even as the city ignited in flames and businesses were looted.

Despite the tensions she made a lot of money that day. She sold nearly all of her gas and made thousands of dollars. People streamed in to fill up their tanks. She kept money in the register. When it filled up, she wrapped the money in bags and hid the cash under the counter.

Eventually, she thought, "I need to get out of here."

But if she left with the money, someone would likely steal it and set back her livelihood.

"I need to leave and I have to take this money," she said. "If I take this money and they see me, my life will be in danger."

She and the co-worker hid the money in a bucket and covered it with rags and trash to conceal it. They carried the bucket together and walked out of the gas station to their cars before driving away.

"I was super-relieved that Mom had come home unharmed," said her youngest daughter, Carol Park, an award winning journalist and researcher at the Young Oak Kim Center at UC Riverside.

She was 12 at the time. Park recently published a book about their life called "Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism, and Riots."

"I worried that someone would try hurt her, would try to beat her," Carol Park said. "I was always afraid that someone would blow up the gas station, whether it was somebody smoking cigarettes while pumping gas or throwing a Molotov cocktail during the riots."

Today, at age 66, on dialysis and in failing health, Son Park doesn't think about the riots much. She sold the gas station in 2014 and put the violence behind her. Instead she tries to stay as healthy as she can and maintains her relationship with her children, one of whom takes care of her.

"I've always tried to think positively and always tried to teach my children to think positively," she said.



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<![CDATA[Jazz Push Clippers to Brink of Elimination]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:49:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/Jazz+Take+Control+of+Series+with+Game+5+win.png

It's a familiar feeling for Clippers' fans.

The Los Angeles Clippers are on the brink of another first round exit after a disappointing, 96-92 loss at home to the Utah Jazz in Game 5 at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

Joe Johnson or "Iso Joe," as he's known, continues to be a thorn in the Clippers side as he scored 14 points off the bench, including a dagger three with 2:59 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Gordon Hayward, back from a bout with food poisoning in Game 4, led the Jazz with 27 points as Utah dominated the paint for the second straight game.

"I didn't have very much legs out there," admitted Hayward who was still feeling some flul-like symptoms. "I think it was good I got some open looks early. It definitely helps when you see the ball go through the hoop, but I was definitely tired out there." 

After an ugly affair for the first three quarters, both teams caught fire in the final frame with the Jazz draining five three-pointers, including three of them by Rodney Hood.

"We finished the game with Rodney [Hood] and Joe Johnson, two guys that aren't starters," Utah head coach Quin Snyder said of his bench. "Rodney hit a couple of big ones. I think that's one of the good things about this group is I don't think guys care that much whether they're starting or not, and everybody is behind each other."

In all, six different players scored in double-figures for Utah with center Rudy Gobert dominating the defensive end with 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.

"Rudy is not wired that way," said Snyder of how is young center plays under the bright lights of the NBA Playoffs. "If anything, we've got to tone him down, but he was great tonight."

The Clippers kept it close as they came back from an 11-point fourth quarter deficit, but the Jazz quickly went on an 8-0 run, and would never trail again.

"They got the momentum and went up 11," said Clippers' head coach Doc Rivers. "We called a time-out. We go on an 11-0 run and we got it back. Then there was some big plays that changed the game. The offensive rebound that I think Hayward kept alive and Joe Johnson makes a three, it just seemed like they made timely plays down the stretch and we didn't."

Chris Paul once again led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick had his best game of the series with 26 points.

"Our back's agains the wall, down 3-2," said Paul following the loss. "Fortunately, we've got a lot of guys in the locker room who had to this a couple years ago. We had to go into a tough environment, win a game, come back home and win Game 7. We've got to do what we've got to do."

The game marked the return of Austin Rivers who missed the last month with a hamstring injury. Unfortunately for the Clippers, Rivers was atrocious in his return, shooting 0-for-4 from the field in just 16 minutes.

Utah can close the series out in Game 6 in Salt Lake City on Friday. If so, it would mark the second consecutive season the Clippers have been eliminated in the first round after being a heavy favorite to win the series. 



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