<![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 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:37:06 -0700 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:37:06 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Dead, 2 in Critical Condition After Fire]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/07-04-2015-fire-echo-park-ground-2.JPG

A 40-year-old man died and two people suffered critical injuries Saturday morning in a fire at an Echo Park home.

The deceased man was found inside the single story home, rented by several nightclub employees who had arrived home from work a few hours before the fire started. More than 50 firefighters responded to the location just west of Echo Park Lake in the 800 block of North Alvarado Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Five of the home's six residents, two of whom are related, were home at the time.

Four injured victims included two men in critical condition. A firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 30 minutes.

A cause was not immediately determined. The home was equipped with smoke detectors, but it was not immediately clear whether they were operational.

Photo Credit: Melissa Etezadi, KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[San Diegan Wins $430K in Lottery]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 14:47:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lotto-Winner-Ranch-Market-0703.jpg

A San Diego resident won close to a half-million dollars in the Mega Millions Lottery and was left completely speechless, triple-checking his ticket in awe.

According to California Lottery officials, Sonier De La Cruz matched five of the six numbers on a ticket he purchased for the June 23 Mega Millions drawing, winning $430,295.

Busy with family visiting from out of town, the lucky winner didn’t check his lotto ticket for more than a week and was in utter shock when he saw those matching numbers on Thursday after scanning his ticket on a Lottery machine.

“I said, ‘Maybe it’s wrong,’ so I checked it three times,” De La Cruz told the California Lottery Office.

But the numbers didn’t lie and the store clerk confirmed it. At that moment, De La Cruz said he “just went quiet,” and couldn’t believe his luck.

The newest lotto winner bought his ticket at Ranch Market at 7330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in San Diego. The five numbers he matched were 38, 70, 56, 13 and 6.

Lottery officials say De La Cruz now plans to buy a house and says the money will change his life.

“It’s going to make my life a lot easier because I’m not going to have to worry about renting,” he said.

News of the winning ticket had customers excited at Ranch Market on Friday.

This included Julia Donnell, a regular customer at the market.

“I’m shocked. I’m going to go buy one now,” Donnell told NBC 7. “I’ve never bought a ticket here before but now that I know someone won, I’m going to make it a point to get one myself. I’m on it!”

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego/California Lottery]]>
<![CDATA[Campers Injured by Falling Tree in Mount Diablo State Park ]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:26:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/mtdiablo2.JPG

A tree fell on campers Friday night at the Live Oak Campground in Mount Diablo State Park.

The incident occurred at roughly 10:40 p.m., injuring two campers.

This story is developing. Check back for updates. 

NBC Bay Area's Stephen Wheelock contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Stephen Wheelock ]]>
<![CDATA[SoCal Sunrises and Sunsets]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:34:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/191*120/07-04-2015-inez-plasencia-fourth-july-sunset-1.jpg Images of sunrises and sunsets from across the Southland. Send your image to isee@nbcla.com.

Photo Credit: Inez Plasencia]]>
<![CDATA[9 Hurt as Fireworks Hit Crowd in Colo.]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fireworks-Show-Avon-Colorado-3-July-2015.jpg

A set of fireworks malfunctioned at a Colorado fireworks show Friday night, sending fireworks into a crowd of people and injuring nine spectators, fire officials said.

About 17 minutes into the "Salute to the USA Fireworks Show" in Avon, a shell in the middle of a rack of fireworks exploded in its tube instead of shooting into the air, the town confirmed to NBC News.

The explosion then caused the rest of the shells to tip over, sending "two or three" fireworks over Nottingham Lake and toward the tightly-packed spectators.

"There was not a lot of room in between groups of people, so when it happened no one could really get up and run," a spectator, Jane Imber, told NBC News. "It was so scary."

The nine injured people suffered "minor abrasion burns" at the scene, and were quickly helped by police and medical teams who were at the event, the town said in a statement.

"This is Avon's 29th year of presenting one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Colorado, and we have never had any failure in the production," said Deputy Chief Greg Daly, who oversaw the response. "It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor."

The town also said the "safety distance" between the crowds and the fireworks, as well as the firework crew's rapid shutdown of the show, likely prevented any further harm.

Photo Credit: YouTube / Jesus Ramirez
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<![CDATA[Teens Injured by Explosive Device ]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:50:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/police+line2.jpg

Six teenagers in northern California were hurt Friday night when an explosive device was tossed into a backyard party, according to Manteca police.

Officers arrived on the 300 block of Santiago Way at roughly 11:15 p.m. in response to reports of “numerous” injuries due to an explosion.

A department statement said that roughly 60 “high-school aged kids” were at the house party when “an unknown subject intentionally threw an explosive device over a fence.”

“The device exploded in close proximity to the party goers, injuring many of them,” the statement continued.

"Preliminarily, we're thinking that it's a modified firework that was thrown into the backyard," Manteca police Chief Nick Obligacion told NBC News.

Police said that two victims were seriously injured while one was airlifted to a Bay Area hospital for a "more severe facial injury that doesn't require surgery," Obligacion told NBC News. 

All of the victims were juveniles, Obligacion added.

People with information about the incident can call the Manteca Police Department at (209) 456-8101.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Clerk Attacked By Robber Armed With Soda]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:22:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/07-04-2015-soda-attack.JPG

A man armed with a cup of soda tossed the beverage in a convenience store clerk's face before a frantic scramble for cash from the register in an unusual attack caught on security cameras.

The attack occurred June 11 in the central California community of Madera, northwest of Fresno. The video was released by police this week in an effort to identify the attacker at the Madera Avenue Market.

Security camera video showed the man turn away from the counter before quickly turning back to throw the drink in the clerk's face after the cash register opened. The man reached with both hands inside the cash register and pulled out as much cash as he could grab, fumbling some bills on the floor.

The man then jumped over the counter to take more cash.

No serious injuries were reported.

Photo Credit: Madera PD]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Store Soda Attack]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:24:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/07-04-2015-soda-attack.JPG A man armed with a soda attacks a store clerk June 11, 2015 in Madera, California. Police released security camera video of the attack as they continue to search for the assailant. Video broadcast Friday July 3, 2015 on NBC4.

Photo Credit: Madera PD]]>
<![CDATA[2 of Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivors Reunite]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:05:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pearl-Harbor-Reunion-KNSD-3.JPG

Two of Pearl Harbor's oldest known survivors, veterans Ray Chavez, 103, and Jim Downing, 102, share an unbreakable bond.

The two met for the first time Friday, sharing the same eyewitness moments and deep memories of the horrific, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago. Still, for Downing, “most of what happened is just as clear as if it were last week.”

Downing, who lives in Colorado Springs, believed he was the oldest survivor of the attack until he read a news article about Chavez, who lives in Poway and is 103 years old.

“Well, I’m not going to check your birth certificate, so I’ll take your word for it”, Downing joked after meeting with Chavez.

Downing was asked to speak during a Fourth of July celebration in San Diego and decided to take the opportunity to meet with Chavez. Each of the men have an incredible story of service and bravery.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, when the waters and skies surrounding Pearl Harbor were still quiet, Quartermaster First Class Chavez and his crew were out on the water.

“We were sweeping restricted water. Nobody was supposed to be there except us” Chavez remembers.

Somewhere near the harbor they spotted a Japanese submarine and immediately notified others. A short time later, another ship bombed and sank the sub and Chavez went back to his Navy housing nearby to sleep.

But it was just a couple of hours later that Chavez’s wife shook him out of a deep sleep. She told him the Japanese were invading and that the “whole harbor was on fire."

“The first thing was surprise. Then I was scared. I thought the next plane would get the right angle, then I was angry,” Downing says of the experience.

Downing was 28 years old at the time and served on the USS West Virginia, though the morning of the attack he wasn’t on board the ship. If he had been he says he wouldn’t be here today.

“The saddest thing I saw that morning was sailors being blown off the ship, come up out of the water, feel the oil on their bodies...and they just became human torches.”

He and the other survivors did their best to defend the harbor but he says the power quickly went out and “they couldn’t even get off one shot.”

“Once the Japanese had sunk our ship they didn't care so all we had to do was fight the fires and take care of the wounded,” Downing says.

But it's what Downing did after the initial attack that’s had more of a lasting impact.

He began memorizing the name tags of the dead and wrote letters to as many of their families as he could to let them know what had happened to their son.

He says it was so “gratifying” that he decided to go to where many of the wounded were being treated and offered to write their families letters also.

Downing and Chavez shared many memories from decades ago. But all of the stories make celebrating the birth of their country so much more meaningful.

The lesson Downing learned from Pearl Harbor is: “Weakness invites aggression...keep America strong.”

Photo Credit: Matt Rascon]]>
<![CDATA[Free 4th of July Fireworks Shows in Southern CA]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:21:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4th+fireworks.jpg

With the Fourth of July around the corner, these are some of the free fireworks shows taking place in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties. While all of these events are free, some events may charge a nominal fee for parking.

If you know of a free fireworks show not listed, contact us.

Los Angeles County

Agoura Hills

Summer Concerts in the Park
When: July 5, Fireworks will follow concert
Where: Chumash Park
5550 Medea Valley Dr.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301


Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Almansor Park
When: July 4, 2 p.m.- 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Almansor Park
700 S. Almansor St.
Alhambra, CA 91801

Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park's 4th of July Spectacular
When: July 4, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Fireworks start around 9 p.m.
Where: Sierra Vista High School
3600 Frazier Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Diamond Bar

4th of July Blast
When: July 4, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Diamond Bar High School
21400 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

La Mirada

La Mirada Independence Day Celebration
When: July 3, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: La Mirada Community Regional Park
13701 S. Adelfa Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90638

Los Angeles

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party
When: July 4, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4th of July Community Festival Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 12:00 p.m.- 10 p.m., Fireworks start at dusk
Where: Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, 90037
Christmas Tree Lane- South Lawn

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Event coordinators recommend viewing from:
Burton Chase Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Fisherman’s Village
13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292


Independence Day Pageant
When: July 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Civic Center Lawn
12700 Norwalk Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650

Pico Rivera

City of Pico Rivera Fireworks Spectacular

When: July 3, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: El Rancho High School
Don Memorial Stadium
6501 Passons Blvd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Porter Ranch

17th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
When: July 4, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Shepherd Church
19700 Rinaldi St.
Porter Ranch, CA 91326-4100

San Pedro

65th Annual John Olguin July 4th Spectacular
When: July 4, Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Cabrillo Beach
3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Santa Clarita

City of Santa Clarita Fourth of July Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 9:15 p.m.
Where: Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 West Valencia Blvd.
Valencia, CA 91355

Westlake Village

4th of July Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 6 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9:10 p.m.
Where: Westlake Golf Course Driving Range
4812 Lakeview Canyon Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Woodland Hills

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
When: July 4, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Orange County

Anaheim Hills

Anaheim Hills 4th of July Celebration
When: July 4, 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Canyon High School
220 S. Imperial Highway
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

Peralta Canyon Park
115 N. Pinney Drive
Anaheim Hills, CA 92807

Dana Point

Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
When: July 4, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Doheny State Beach
23500 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629


4th of July Festival and Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 5 p.m.- 9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Fullerton High School Stadium
201 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Huntington Beach

2015 Huntington Beach 4th of July Festival
When: July 3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., July 4, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m., July 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Huntington Beach Pier
325 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Note: Fireworks can be viewed from the beach for free, but tickets to view the show from the pier seating are available for $10 here.

Los Alamitos

4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
When: July 4, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Drive
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Mission Viejo

Fourth of July Street Faire & Fireworks Spectacular
When: July 4, 12 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Olympiad Road between Marguerite Parkway and Melinda Road
Mission Viejo, CA

San Clemente

San Clemente Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: San Clemente Pier
611 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92672

San Juan Capistrano

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks Display
When: July 4, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Where: San Juan Sports Park
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-4302

Santa Ana

4th of July Celebration
When: July 4, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Centennial Park
3000 W. Edinger Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92704


City of Tustin’s July 4th Celebration
When: 5 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Tustin High School Football Stadium
1171 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780

Yorba Linda

City of Yorba Linda 4th of July Spectacular
When: July 4, 5 p.m.-9:30p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Between Yorba Linda Middle School and Veterans Park
Yorba Linda Middle School
4756 Casa Loma Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Veterans Park
4756 Valley View Ave.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Ventura County

Simi Valley

Simi Valley 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza
When: July 4, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park
5005 East Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93063


Annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks
When: July 4, 9 p.m.
Where: Marine Emporium Landing
3600 S. Harbor Blvd.
Oxnard, CA 93035

Riverside County


4th of July Pyro Spectacular
When: July 4, 4 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Where: Stewart Park
653 East 9th Street
Beaumont, CA 92223


Santana Park Festival & Fireworks Show
When: July 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Where: Santana Park
598 Santana Way
Corona, CA 92881

Palm Desert

City of Palm Desert Independence Day Celebration
When: July 4, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 9 p.m.
Where: Palm Desert Civic Center Park
73600 Fred Waring Dr.
Palm Desert, CA 92260-2524

Palm Springs

4th of July Fireworks & Power Baseball Game
When: July 4, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m., Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m.
Where: Palm Springs Baseball Stadium
1901 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262


4th of July Fireworks Show and Family Fun in the Park
When: July 4, 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Sports Park
30875 Rancho Vista Road
Temecula, CA 92592

San Bernardino County

Big Bear Lake

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular
When: July 4, 8:45 p.m.
Where: Various locations, Fireworks will be shot over Big Bear Lake


Highland Community 4th of July Fireworks Celebration
When: July 4, 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Where: Immanuel Baptist Church
28355 Base Line
Highland, CA 92346

Lake Arrowhead

4th of July
When: July 4, Around 9 p.m., after concert ends at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Various locations, Fireworks will be shot over Lake Arrowhead
Tickets are also being sold for reserved seating in Lollipop Park and Woody’s Beach


Fireworks Spectacular Show
When: July 4, 5 p.m., Fireworks will start at 9 p.m.
Where: Westwind Park
2455 E Riverside Dr.
Ontario, CA 91761


4th of July Celebration
When: July 4, 9:15 p.m.
Where: Yucaipa High School
33000 Yucaipa Blvd.
Yucaipa, CA 92399

<![CDATA[4th Forecast: Monsoonal Moisture Moves Out]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:29:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/07-04-2015-fourth-july-forecast.JPG

The Independence Day forecast includes temperatures ranging from the lows 70s along the coast to near 100 in the high desert with a drop in humidity and partly cloudy skies for Saturday night's fireworks shows.

Temperatures in Pasadena, site of the Rose Bowl fireworks show, will climb to the high-80s Saturday evening with clear skies in the San Gabriel Valley. The humid conditions that blanketed Southern California for the past week will ease Saturday afternoon.

"We are going to see more sunshine today, and that's going to warm things up," Mendiola said. "For your afternoon, we're going to feel lower humidity because all that monsoonal moisture has moved east. That really is going to cool things down."

Onshore winds will contribute to the cool-down.

Clear conditions are in the forecast throughout the evening for the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.

The morning marine layer will stick around for a few hours on the coast, with some clouds lingering into the afternoon. The marine layer might return around 6 p.m. along the Orange County coast, rolling into the South Bay later Saturday night.

"Depending on where you're at, you may be seeing some variable cloud cover tonight," Mendiola said.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[AM Forecast: Less Humid]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:26:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fourth_of_July_Weather_Forecast_Humidity_1200x675_476737091978.jpg The Independence Day forecast includes temperatures ranging from the lows 70s along the coast to near 100 in the high desert with partly cloudy skies for Saturday night's fireworks shows. Shanna Mendiola reports for the Today in LA on Saturday July 4, 2015. ]]> <![CDATA[Boy Stands on Corner for Days, Asks Drivers to "Honk for USA"]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:58:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/boy+flag+sign.jpg

A 14-year-old New Jersey boy eager to express his patriotism has been standing on a street corner in front of his house with an American flag and a sign reading "Honk if you love the USA," and he says he'll continue to stand there until the fireworks go off on the Fourth of July. 

Shpejtim Zenelej has been standing on the corner of Harold Avenue and Franklin Street in Rahway all day every day since Sunday, inspired to show his love for America after he saw reports of flag burning last week. 

"It's the best country in the world," he said.

Zenelej was born in the U.S. but his parents are from Kosovo. He said he's been to the republic and knows how fortunate his life has been in America. 

In recognition of Zenelej's efforts Thursday, Rahway put on an impromptu parade of police and other first responders. It only lasted a couple minutes, but "it was the best day of my life," the teen said. 

The parade was organized by the mayor and some city employees during break and lunch times, with a hidden motive, according to Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman.

"There's people that are deplorably trying to hang onto the Confederate flag," he said. "He's reminding them there's only one flag in the U.S.A. It has the colors red, white and blue." 

The boy's parents say they're very proud of their son, whom they characterized as "14 going on 40." 

<![CDATA[Cops Hurt After Crashing Into Tree in Hit-Run]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:14:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/7-4-2015-PoliceHR.JPG

Two police officers were hospitalized after crashing into a tree following a hit-and-run crash in Exposition Park early Saturday.

Their patrol vehicle was struck at the intersection of West Jefferson Boulevard and St. Andrews Place at around 2 a.m, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

The officers were driving when the other vehicle turned left in front of them. Despite trying to avoid a collision the other vehicle clipped the rear corner panel of their cruiser.

The unit crashed into another parked car before hitting a tree, causing significant front end damage. One of the officers had to be cut from the vehicle.

Both officers were taken to a hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries in the smash, though one did suffer a possible broken arm, an LAPD spokesman said.

A driver fled the scene. No arrests were reported Saturday morning. Investigators are looking into obtaining dash cam and surveillance footage.

West Jefferson Boulevard at  St. Andrews Place was closed for the investigation. 

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Serial Stowaway Arrested Twice More]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:25:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hartman-polizon-ohare.jpg

Marilyn Hartman, the so-called "serial stowaway," was arrested twice more in the 48 hours after she was released from the Cook County Jail, where she spent nearly two months behind bars for trying to board planes without a ticket.

Hartman, 63, was first arrested at Midway International Airport on Friday and then again at O'Hare International Airport on Saturday.

Hartman was charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct for causing a "disturbance" inside the cabin of a Southwest Airlines plane leaving Midway around 5 p.m., according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Authorities did not say what kind of disturbance Hartman caused, but they say she did have a ticket to board the plane.

The Southwest Airlines plane was headed for LaGuardia Airport, officials said. 

She was caught again at O'Hare Saturday afternoon in Terminal One. The details of her arrest and possible were not available.

Hartman was nicknamed the "serial stowaway" after she made five attempts to get past security at O'Hare and Midway Airports in late April and early May. She was arrested twice at O'Hare, and a third time at Midway May 3. As she left the jail, she insisted her stowaway days are over.

During hearings Wednesday and Thursday, two different Cook County judges accepted Hartman's guilty pleas on separate charges, sentencing her to the two months she had already served.

It was not known if Hartman had an attorney.

<![CDATA[Hook, Line and Stinger: Ray Bites, Injures Fisherman]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:17:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/7-4-2015-StingrayBite.JPG

A fisherman was hurt after being bitten by a stingray he tried to release from his fishing line in Venice Beach overnight Saturday.

He was trying to take the hook out of the fish's mouth when it bit him on the left hand at around midnight, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

"He was taking the hook off and... seconds after he felt something, he felt numbness in his left arm," the victim's cousin Victor Reya, who was fishing with him at the time, said.

An emergency call was made after the man was bitten, however it was discovered he had only suffered minor injuries and he elected to take himself to a local hospital.

The stingray's whereabouts are unknown.

Stingrays generally do not attack aggressively or even actively defend themselves when threatened. Instead, their primary reaction is to swim away.

While they are related to sharks, their mouths  are only visible from underneath. They employ their teeth to crush and grind crustaceans, a main source of prey for the fish.

Photo Credit: ANG]]>
<![CDATA[Brush Fire in Laguna Beach]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:36:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/laguna_beach_fire_070315.PNG

A fire burned about 12 acres in Laguna Beach in an area with heavy brush Friday afternoon.

More than 150 firefighters battled the blaze, which began shortly after 3 p.m. 

No structures were threatened and no injuries were reported, according to Orange County Fire Authority.

As of 10:30 p.m., some firefighters remained on the scene to manage hot spots, and there are deactivated electrical wire down on Arroyo Drive that can only be accessed on foot.

No evacuations were planned because the fire was moving away from homes.

The likely cause of the fire was a tree that fell on power lines, causing them to collapse and hit a transformer, which then exploded, according to Sgt. Tim Kleiser.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Community Leaders Decry Black on Black Crime]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:11:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-2-15+Michael+Davis+Lancaster.JPG

Residents in Lancaster are taking a stand against violence after a deadly incident last week that left one man dead.

Michael Davis was gunned down June 26 in broad daylight by a man he confronted who he thought ran over his dog. When Davis asked the man to help pay the vet bill, the man opened fire and shot Davis at least six times, neighbors said.

Community members are calling the shooting "senseless" and "reckless."

The father in his 20s was left to die in a parking lot in front of an apartment complex in the 600 block of East Avenue H-14.

Witnesses said the gunman was a black male in his early 20s, who possibly drove away in a black pickup truck.

Through tears, Yolanda Davis talked about her son, Michael, whom she said loved dirt bikes, playing with his child and his dog.

"For him to be gunned down like this is just wrong," she said. "If you was coward enough to kill my son, be man enough to turn yourself in."

Members of the Community Action League, along with members of the Nation of Islam decried the shooting Thursday during a news conference and said black on black crime needed to stop. A reference to "black lives matter" was used and suggested that the quote also needed to extend to the kind of violence that killed Michael as much as any other.

"We cannot point our finger at white people, we cannot point our finger at nobody when we are doing this to ourselves," Ansar Muhammad said, from the Community Action League.

Pharah Mitchell, also from the Community Action League, called the shooter a "coward."

"Too many of us are being targeted this way, by our own," he said.

Dressed in familiar Nation of Islam garb, some speakers claimed steps were already underway to find Michael's killer, who remains at large. Steps that were outside of the murder investigation already being conducted by Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives.

Muhammad said calls were made to what he called "The Gang Element" in Los Angeles, to identify the shooter and bring him to justice.

"The leadership is gonna get him and check him and force him to turn himself in," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 323-890-5500.

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<![CDATA[Attorneys Allege Corruption in Santa Ana Pot Raids]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 20:21:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/150615-Santa_Ana_Mayor_Responds_to_Pot_Shop_Raid_Accusations_1200x675_465143875962.jpg

A coalition of attorneys held a news conference Friday to discuss additional video of alleged inappropriate behavior by Santa Ana police officers during pot raids in Santa Ana in April and May. Officials also announced details about a multimillion dollar claim against the state for damages on behalf of plaintiffs "attacked" during the raids.

Attorneys previously filed lawsuits in June against the City of Santa Ana, which also named Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, claiming the city accepted bribes in exchange for guaranteeing licenses to distribute marijuana. The lawsuit also alleged the city solicited $25,000 payments and gifts from marijuana dispensaries which would guarantee businesses would be granted a license in a lottery system. It also claims police were used to shut down operations that did not pay up.

The joint news conference comes after the raid of pot shop Sky High Holistic, which was caught on surveillance video that appeared to show questionable behavior by 10 officers on May 27.

At one point, Marla James, who is wheelchair bound with an amputated leg, was escorted out of the shop by a female officer. The same officer is later heard on the profanity-laced edited video saying she wanted to kick her in the "nub."

At least two of the officers wore ski masks and several of them dismantled surveillance videos and a DVR in the store. After most of the cameras were taken down, an officer played darts while others joked around and at least one allegedly ate marijuana-laced edible products from the shop.

Santa Ana Police Department said all of the officers would be interviewed as part of an internal investigation.

<![CDATA[Meet the Candidates: Who Is Running in 2016]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bush-hilary-sanders-triptych.jpg 2016 Presidential Candidates ]]> <![CDATA[Teen Dies in Freeway Rollover Crash]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 03:47:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/stng+wire+police+tape.jpg

A teenager died and six others were seriously injured in a freeway rollover crash near Perris Friday.

Four people were ejected when their SUV overturned after the driver lost control on the southbound 215 Freeway at around 1:10 p.m.

Eighteen-year-old Raymond Mendez Jr. was confirmed to have died at the hospital by the Riverside County Coroner's office Friday night.

The vehicle rolled over at least once in the crash. Afterwards all seven passengers were taken to the hospital by ground ambulance for treatment to major injuries.

The southbound 215 was partially closed while an investigation took place and wreckage was cleared. 

<![CDATA[Police Shoot Stabbing Suspect Dead in West Covina]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:47:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/7-4-2015-CovinaOIS.JPG

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly stabbed his brother Friday night in a West Covina home.

The man was shot in the area of Valley Boulevard and Nogales Street at 8:10 p.m, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. The man allegedly stabbed his brother when he tried to stop him leaving their apartment with a knife, officials said.

The stabbing victim suffered stab wounds, but is expected to survive.

The West Covina Police Department officers involved in the shooting were not injured.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Trump Blames Border for SF Shooting]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 01:14:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/DonaldTrump_Getty_07032015.jpg

Donald Trump on Friday blamed the United States' vulnerable southern border for this week's fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle at Pier 14 in San Francisco.

“This senseless and totally preventable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately," the Republican presidential hopeful said in a statement.

Steinle, 32, of Pleasanton, was gunned down Wednesday evening near the Embarcadero and Mission Street in the city's South Beach neighborhood. Police arrested Francisco Sanchez following what they believe is a random incident.

New details emerged about the suspect Friday when the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reported that Sanchez is an undocumented immigrant with nearly a dozen aliases and a long criminal history. He has previously been deported to Mexico five times, according to authorities.


San Francisco County Sheriff's Legal Counsel Freya Horne told NBC Bay Area Friday that the city and county of San Francisco are sanctuaries for immigrants, and they do not turn over undocumented people – if they don't have active warrants out for them – simply because immigration officials want them to.

For his part, Trump deemed the situation “absolutely disgraceful” and blasted his fellow candidates for lacking the “guts to even talk about it.”

“The American people deserve a wall to protect our jobs, economy and our safety,” he added. “I am the only candidate who would build it. I will make America great again!”

Trump’s candidacy announcement June 16 had a similar flavor.

"The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," he said. "And these aren't the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best...they're sending people that have lots of problems...they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

But several business organizations — including NBC, Univision, Macy’s and NASCAR — have disassociated themselves from Trump after his incendiary comments came to light.

Hispanic leaders have also pressed the rest of the GOP presidential candidates to condemn Trump. So far, most of the candidates have either stayed mum or quietly sidestepped his statements. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has even defended him, saying that "I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration."

Only Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is Hispanic, denounced Trump's statements as "not just offensive and inaccurate, but also divisive."

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<![CDATA[Man With Pistol Shot, Killed by Deputies]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:39:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/7-4-2015-LancasterDIS.JPG

Deputies shot and killed a man who brandished an assault pistol during a patrol Friday night involving gang unit detectives.

The man was gunned down near 30th Street West and Avenue K-4 at around 11 p.m. in Lancaster, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. He died at the scene.

Deputies had initially tried to carry out a stop on two pedestrians, however, the situation escalated, according to investigators. The man took an assault pistol from under his jacket and deputies opened fire, according to a sheriff's department statement.

The handgun, a semi-automatic assault pistol, was recovered next to the man's body, according to the statement.

A second subject is still outstanding, and a containment was established while deputies attempted to track the man down.

No deputies were injured, and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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<![CDATA[Hostage Taken in Standoff at Palms Metro PCS Store]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 23:33:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-3-15+Barricade+Hostages+Metro+PCS+Los+Angeles.JPG

A cell phone store owner was taken hostage Friday night when a robbery suspect took over the shop in Palms and barricaded the two inside.

The suspect took one person hostage just after 6 p.m. in the 9600 block of Venice Boulevard, according to LAPD.

Initial reports indicated two people had been taken hostage, but that was later revised.

Police said the store owner was injured and was later treated.

A marijuana dispensary located next door evacuated its employees as the standoff continued.

Witnesses said the employees and a security guard from the dispensary also helped provide information that helped officers during the standoff.

The standoff ended around 9 p.m. when the suspect was taken into custody by SWAT officers.

Additional details about the suspect were not immediately released.

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<![CDATA[Kings Terminate Mike Richards Contract]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:58:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-03+at+7.27.06+PM.png

It's been a busy week for the Los Angeles Kings. The 2014 Stanley Cup Champions lost stars Justin Williams, Martin Jones and Andrej Sekera, but gained goalie Jhonas Enroth and rugged forward Milan Lucic in a trade with the Boston Bruins.

Williams signed a two-year deal with the Washington Capitals, Sekera a six-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers and Jones was packaged with draft picks to the Bruins for Lucic, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all was when the Kings terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards.

Earlier this week, the Kings were supposedly in talks to either trade Richards or buy him out of his contract when the bombshell fell. The Kings found a clause in Richards' contract that allowed them to terminate his contract for a "material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract."

Days later, experts tried to speculate as to what the mysterious "material breach" was until news from Canada came out that Richards was under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegal possession of OxyContin pills while trying to cross the U.S.-to-Canada border on June 17th.

The Kings forward was immediately detained by Canadian police and questioned at the border crossing which was located between North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba. Richards has not been officially charged with a crime yet, but the Kings believed it was enough for them to terminate Richard's contract.

Richards was supposed to make roughly $5.75 million this season and over the next five seasons under his current contract. Richards is expected to fight the contract termination with the help of the NHL Player's Union, but the Kings are staying steadfast in their decision.

"We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination," the team said in a statement.


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<![CDATA[Parents Rally Against Vaccination Requirements]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:54:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/189*120/07.03.15_Vaccination-Rally-Santa-Monica.JPG

Hundreds of parents gathered in Santa Monica Friday to call for the repeal of a controversial new state law that would require vaccinations for all school-age children in California.

Despite being signed into law from the governor, many parents said that doesn’t mean their fight for vaccination freedom is over.

"In communist countries they force you to do things, but in America, that’s the most un-American thing I’ve ever heard of," said Karen Aelle of Altadena.

When SB 277 goes into effect in January, it will require vaccinations for all school children before entering public or private school, regardless of religious or personal beliefs. The only exception would be kids whose doctors say the vaccine could hurt them.

"We want freedom of choice. We want parental rights," said Cathey Painter of West Hollywood.

The parents argue that they have the right to make the decision for their kids — not politicians — or doctors.

"You have to choose between the best education for your child or what you feel is the safest way to vaccinate and I think that goes against everything our country was founded on," Painter said.

But many doctors say the required vaccines would make all children safer.

Dr. Jaime Lara is a family physician at the Universal Community Health Center in downtown LA. He said parents who opt out of the vaccine could potentially endanger their child’s life.

"That’s just a dangerous idea," he said.

He also dismissed concern that the vaccinations could lead to illness.

"We have all the evidence in the world that these vaccines are very safe and they aren’t linked to any of these terrible diseases," he said.

Lara said the state’s move to require the vaccines was necessary, claiming too many parents risked the lives of other children, too, by not vaccinating their own.

"I think it’s a victory for education, medicine and science as well as reason," he said.

But organizers of Friday’s health freedom rally said they won’t stop trying to get the state of California to change its stance and is now pushing a referendum to overturn the law.

"We are losing our medical freedom, not at the hands of our enemy but at the hands of our own citizens and it is now time for Americans to wake up and pay attention to what their elected officials are doing," said Cathey Painter.

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<![CDATA[Pursuit Driver Parks, Surrenders in Gated Apartment Lot]]> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:14:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/7-3-15+Pursuit+Fairfax+101+Apartment+Parking+Lot.JPG

A driver wanted in connection with suspected "reckless driving"  led officials on a pursuit through several Southern California counties Friday evening before he surrendered in a parking lot. 

A man driving a black Isuzu Rodeo first  caught authorities' attention when he allegedly failed to yield for a traffic stop in Santa Barbara, a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol said. He drove erratically on the southbound 101 Freeway  just after 6 p.m. as authorities followed him in the Moorpark area. 

Speeds exceeded 100 mph as officers pursued the driver who weaved through lanes on the busy roadway during what is commonly rush-hour traffic. 

Officers continued to follow the SUV onto the southbound 405 Freeway and eastbound 10 Freeway, before the driver exited at Fairfax Avenue where he drove into a gated parking lot of an apartment complex.

He exited the vehicle and appeared to change his clothing before authorities entered the parking lot and took him into custody without incident. 

The chase lasted about an hour and a half, officials said.

Additional details were not immediately available. 

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<![CDATA['Sloppy' Thieves Crash Into Jewelry, Video Game Stores]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:18:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/07-03-2015-game-stop-jewelry-store-burglary-long-beach.jpg

Thieves crashed a stolen pickup into a jewelry store before ramming into a nearby video game shop Friday morning in a smash-and-grab rampage caught on at least one store's security camera system.

A red pickup was seized after the heists and two people were later taken into custody when police searching for a dark-colored vehicle, which was likely the getaway car, witnessed three men burglarizing a Sprint Store at Westminster Center. Two men were apprehended and a third ran into a nearby neighborhood, Westminster police said.

Officers found the men in possession of about $25,000 worth of stolen items, likely merchandise taken during the thefts, police said.

The smash-and-grab crime spree began just after 2 a..m. when officers responded to a Long Beach jewelry store in the 4600 block of Los Coyotes Diagonal. About 15 to 20 Long Beach police officers arrived, some less than a minute after the getaway, the store's owner of 24 years said.

A witness in a nearby camper called police, she said.

New digital color cameras installed about a month ago captured the rampage "clear as day" inside the store, said owner Janis Krantz. The pickup crashed through a glass door, window and security gate before three men sneaked through the side of the gate as a female driver waited outside.

"One was smashing all the cases, the others had trash bags grabbing what they could," said Krantz. "They did more damage to showcases than they got merchandise.

"Things were strewn all over the place. They missed a lot. They were just grabbing what they could grab. Very sloppy."

Most of the store's highest-value items were locked away in a different area, Krantz said. They hastily grabbed items, including some made of cubic zirconia -- a low-cost colorless crystal similar in appearance to diamonds.

"I was really sick," Krantz said. "You work hard to get a business going. I love what I do. It's like a personal assault to have things smashed and destroyed."

Strips of carpet were torn from the floor where the pickup slid to a stop.

About 30 minutes later, police received another report of red pickup slamming into a Game Stop in the 400 block of West Anaheim Street in Long Beach. Merchandise also was stolen from the video game store.

The pickup was recovered about two blocks away from the Game Stop.

The two men taken into custody in Westminster are believed to be connected to the Long Beach crimes. Authorities are still searching for the third man and female driver.

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<![CDATA[2016 Hopefuls Flood NH for July 4 Weekend]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:33:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

Presidential hopefuls are going on parade throughout the Granite State this July 4. 

At least seven 2016 candidates will spend Independence Day courting residents who will vote in the nation's first presidential primary contest next year, according to scheduled logged in necn's 2016 New Hampshire Primary Candidate Tracker, making a combined 14 stops.

While parades are by far the most popular stops during the holiday tour — at least 11 such appearances are expected — candidates' Saturday calendars also include breakfasts, cookouts and grassroots events. Revelers along the routes in Amherst and Merrimack will watch no fewer than three candidates strut by. The resort town of Wolfeboro, where 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney owns a home, will be greeted by at least two GOP hopefuls.

For some candidates, one parade just isn't enough. Republicans Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, and Rick Perry, as well as Democrat Lincoln Chafee, are marching in two apiece. Perry, the former Texas governor, appears to have the busiest public schedule on Saturday so far, stopping by parades in Amherst and Merrimack before greeting crowds at the Windham GOP July Fourth Cookout later in the day.

The holiday hand-shaking isn't limited to July 4 itself. Christie, New Jersey's Republican governor, has been barnstorming the state since making his official entry into the race on Tuesday, including several events on Friday. Perry and Democrat Hillary Clinton are also getting their patriotic partying started early with Friday events, while former New York Gov. George Pataki and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both candidates for the GOP nomination, will join New Hampshire residents wishing America a belated birthday with Sunday celebrations.

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<![CDATA[Grandson Arrested in Couple's Slaying]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:12:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/6-29-15-Glendale+Couple.jpg

The grandson of a couple found dead in a Glendale home was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of murder, according to Glendale police.

Nathaniel Scheiern was hospitalized Monday after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash on the 5 Freeway. He was arrested Thursday night on two counts of murder and booked into jail, police said.

The case will be presented to the district attorney for consideration of charges next week, police said.

Police found the couple, a man and woman, dead inside of a home on Alexander Street in Glendale on Sunday morning, Glendale Police Sgt. Robert William said. Officers came to the home after getting a call from a concerned family member who asked for a welfare check, he said.

A Calvary Bible Church representative identified the couple as William and Verna Scheiern.

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<![CDATA[Poway Dumps 550K Gallons of Water After It Goes 'Bad']]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:38:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Blue+Crystal+Reservoir+0702.JPG

The city of Poway recently dumped 550,000 gallons of drinking water from a reservoir tank into a canyon because the water inside the tank went bad.

“Into the canyon, yeah. And it pains me,” said Poway Mayor Steve Vaus.

Vaus said the city is a victim of its water conservation success after the water went "bad." Poway topped the county in water conservation in May with a 45-percent reduction. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, that meant the water in the Blue Crystal reservoir wasn’t used and sat stagnant.

The water eventually exceeded state limits for chloramines.

“But here’s the thing,” said Vaus. “I’d much rather be standing here talking about having to dump a half million gallons of water than talking about people getting sick from drinking water that wasn’t safe.”

The reservoir serves a small group of residents on the eastern edge of Poway, west of Highway 67.

Many homeowners have their own tanks that draw from wells on their property. Some residents wondered why the water wasn’t used for irrigation or even taken back to the Lake Poway treatment facility. Vaus said it would have taken about 100 trips for a tanker truck and it just wasn’t feasible.

Vaus said in the big picture it was a relatively small amount of water – 2/100ths of 1 percent of what Poway used last year. The approximate cost of the water is $2,000.

Moving forward, city officials say they will take a close look at how to prevent the problem from happening again.

“We can’t get too low because we need it for fire protection, yet folks there aren’t using as much because we’re asking them to conserve. So combine with the heat and it, just pains me,” said Vaus.

<![CDATA[Man Dies in Montclair Police Custody]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:45:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/7-3-15+Christian+Siqueiros+in-custody+death.JPG

An investigation has been launched into the death of a man who went into cardiac arrest while in police custody and died at a hospital in the Inland Empire, officials said Friday.

The man, identified as Christian Siqueiros, was first contacted by officers on Thursday afternoon after a report of someone causing a disturbance and behaving strangely, according to the Montclair Police Department.

Siqueiros allegedly "became combative" when police arrived, and officers took him into custody, police said.

While in custody, Siqueiros went into cardiac arrest and later died at the hospital, police said.

His family was overwhelmed by their loss, describing Siqueiros as a proud uncle who was giving, happy and healthy. His alleged good health was the reason his sister Maria Siqueiros couldn't understand how he could of had a heart attack during the arrest.

"They don't need 20, 30, 10 cops to be on top of the guy just to stop him," she said.

One neighbor saw the aftermath and said she witnessed between five-to-eight officers around Christian.

"When I came out, I saw they were sitting on him and that they had tied his legs," she said.

She said she watched the police try to help him once she thinks they realized it.

Christian died a short time later. Mourners left candles at the spot where he died. He family was left with more questions than answers.

"I just want to know the truth so we can be at peace," his sister said.

Officials from the Montclair Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department did not return phone calls from NBC4 by the time of this report.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[Double-Decker Bus Strikes, Pins Man Walking in NYC]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:09:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bus+sightsee.jpg

A double-decker sightseeing bus struck a man walking in Greenwich Village Friday afternoon, dragging him several feet and pinning him beneath the vehicle, fire officials and witnesses said.

A witness told NBC 4 New York the bus was turning left onto West Fourth Street when it struck the man in the crosswalk near Sixth Avenue and dragged him several feet. The witness said the man was screaming as he was being dragged; photos showed blood streaking the pavement near the bus.

A woman who works nearby and ran to help said the man was conscious. She said she repeatedly asked his name, but he kept screaming "at the top of his lungs."

"He really couldn't say his name because it was so, so much excruciating pain," said Shante Service. "When I looked under the bus, his leg was dislocated. I could see flesh and bone." 

Another witness said emergency responders had to use blocks to lift the bus off the victim. Police said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his leg.

Images on social media showed a crowd of bystanders around the scene as police cars and emergency vehicles swarmed the area.

The bus driver remained at the scene. He has not been charged, according to police. 

In a statement, a spokesman for the Twin America bus company said, "We are aware of this the accident this afternoon and deeply regret this very unfortunate incident. We are fully cooperating with the authorities while this accident is being investigated."

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<![CDATA[Park La Brea Burglar Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:35:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/park_la_brea_burglary_suspect.jpg

The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of two burglaries and assault with a deadly weapon at Park La Brea Apartments in Los Angeles.

Police said a man entered two separate apartments at the complex, with the first burglary occurring March 10 at about 1:40 p.m in the 400 block of Curson Avenue. The first victim was in his bedroom when heard the intruder in his living room. He approached the man who then brandished a handgun and pointed it at the victim. The man instructed the victim to back away before fleeing the apartment, according to an LAPD news release.

A man whom police believe to be the same person returned April 28 around 4:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Burnside Avenue and was found looking through the second victim's mail. The victim recognized that the subject was Korean and asked, speaking Korean, if he was lost, to which the man replied "Yes" in English before fleeing through the front door. After the suspect left, the victim discovered her credit card was missing, according to the news release.

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry and the victim's believe the man may have been in possession of a key to the apartments.

Park La Brea Apartments is reportedly the largest apartment complex on the West Coast.

Video surveillance showed the man used the second victim's credit card at a convenience store after the burglary, police said. Police said the man also used the credit card at a restaurant and a game store.

The LAPD is asking anyone with information about the burglaries or the suspect to call police at 213-486-5350.

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<![CDATA[Man Hit by Car While Mowing Lawn]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:48:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lawn+mower+crash+0702.JPG

A man mowing his lawn in Chula Vista Thursday night was hit by a driver who may have been intoxicated, police said.

The Southern California man and the driver, both not yet identified, were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Police said the motorist was driving a black Ford Focus when he lost control of the car, hit an electrical box, plowed through a fence and then hit the man.

Firefighters had to extricate the driver from the car using the Jaws of Life. The area of Fifth Avenue in Chula Vista, about 10 miles from downtown San Diego, was closed after the incident.

Thursday evening, a crumpled lawn mower was seen near the damaged car. The victim's flip-flops were thrown across the lawn.

The victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center and admitted into the ICU. He was seriously injured but responsive as of 11 p.m., officials said.

Police said the driver may have been driving under the influence of alcohol, though the crash remains under investigation.

One neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told NBC 7 she heard the loud crash and immediately ran over to help the victim.

“He had to have flown pretty far because it looked like he was here opening his side gate while he was mowing his lawn, putting his lawnmower in, and he was found all the way at the other corner of the block,” she explained. “He did fly quite a bit.”

Neighbors said the man mowing his lawn is a well-known realtor in the community.

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<![CDATA[JetBlue's First Flight to Cuba]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:55:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/flight+to+cuba.jpg

JetBlue officially began direct flights to Cuba out of New York's Kennedy Airport Friday, becoming the first major carrier to make the trip after travel restrictions were eased by the White House earlier this year and making passengers who got to be on the virgin flight feel like part of history.

The Queens-based airline announced its plan to offer the weekly direct flights in May, but the first flight, on an Airbus 150-seat A320, was made Friday. It left JFK at noon en route to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. 

Carlos Infante, a Cuba native who lives in Brooklyn and was aboard that first flight to Havana, said before he boarded the plane that he felt like he was a part of history.

"This is something we're gonna talk about for years and years and years; this is an opportunity for American people to go to Cuba," said a smiling Infante, holding his boarding pass in front of him.

Infante said he treasured the freedom to travel to his country of birth, direct from New York, for the first time in at least 50 years.

"I can't explain, it's something that's in your heart," Infante said. "I don't have words to say how I feel -- this is a beautiful day."

The weekly charter flights will leave JFK at noon each Friday, with a scheduled landing time in Havana at 3:30 p.m. Return flights leave Cuba at 4:30 p.m. and land in New York around 8 p.m.

While operated by JetBlue, the flight is being offered by Cuba Travel Services, and travelers should make arrangements directly with the carrier service provider at cubatravelservices.com.

A smaller airline, Sun Country, has been offering direct flights between JFK and Havana for several months. JetBlue is the first major carrier to do so. 

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in High-Speed OC Pursuit Crash]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:52:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-3-2015-BikerCrash.JPG

A motorcyclist died after crashing during a high speed pursuit that ended in the city of Orange early Friday.

Officers found the motorcyclist at the intersection of North Batavia Street and West Katella Avenue, an Orange police spokesman said.

The man had earlier refused to pull over for speeding on the 55 Freeway, and managed to briefly outrun a CHP cruiser, with the chase at time reaching speeds of more than 100 mph. They lost sight of the motorcycle after it left the freeway.

"The biggest challenge is not having any witnesses to tell us what happened," Orange Police Lt. Fred Lopez said.

Officers got a call of a motorcyclist being down, and he died at the scene.

"The motorcycle was wrapped around the pole," said Bob Drobish, who drove by around the same time paramedics arrived. "The gentleman was lying on the sidewalk in front of it."

It was not clear why the man initiated the pursuit.

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