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<![CDATA[Water Main Break at LAX, Terminal Affected]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:49:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/LAX-fire-trucks-main-break-aerial.JPG

A water main broke under a parking structure at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday morning, cutting water pressure across the airport, LAX officials said.

Terminal 2 remained without water just before noon, and porta-potties were delivered to the terminal's curb, the officials said. Fire trucks were on-scene to serve as a fire watch.

Water pressure problems at other terminals were resolved within an hour of the roughly 10 a.m. break, according to the officials. Flight operations were reported normal at all terminals

Parking Structure 2A, where the main broke, was closed until further notice, the officials said, but anyone with a car inside may claim it and exit the structure for free.

Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Officers Search for Driver After 100-MPH Pursuit]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:39:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/223*120/very-high-speed-chase1.JPG

The driver of a sport utility vehicle involved in a pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 mph on freeways north of Los Angeles before driving on the wrong side of streets in the Hollywood area.

The driver ran from the vehicle after pulling into a parking lot in the Culver City area. Authorities were searching for the man on what what appeared to be an apartment complex property.

The pursuit involving a white sport utility vehicle began in the Palmdale area after a report of an individual sought in a drive-by shooting. The driver was on the 14 and 5 freeways at midday and nearly clipped several vehicles at speeds around 100 mph.

Aerial video showed the driver swerving across lanes and driving on the shoulder of the southbound 5 Freeway before transitioning on the southbound 170 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. The driver then exited onto Vermont Avenue in the Hollywood area, speeding the wrong way on several busy streets and narrowly missing pedestrians and vehicles at intersections.

At about 1:20 p.m., the driver reversed into a covered parking area before exiting back onto the street in front of a Los Angeles Police Department patrol vehicle. The pursuit continued westbound on streets bordering the 10 Freeway.

It was not immediately clear whether the driver is armed or how many people are in the SUV.

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<![CDATA[UC Students Protest, Walk Out Over Tuition Hike]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:35:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/students11.jpg

University of California student activists protested and walked out of class at noon on Monday as they continue to make their opposition against tuition hikes known.

The loud protest, with people carrying signs that read "Free Education" was part of a statewide Day of Action.

The students have been sleeping over at Wheeler Hall at UC Berkley, and have been staging sit-ins there too all last week. Students have also taken over buildings at other UC campuses including at Davis and Santa Cruz.

"I have no doubt in my mind things will keep going regardless of how many people are here," Cal student Joseph Watkins said. "The message is still there that knowledge is not a commodity that its not a privilege that people should be taken away from public."
 

The protests stem from the UC Board of Regents 14-7 vote on Thursday to approve increases of as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years unless the state devotes more money to the 10-campus system.

A spokeswoman from UC Berkeley was not immediately available to comment.

Students have vowed to stay in the building until the regents rescind the tuition increases.

"With regards to the regents, we’re calling for them to rescind the tuition hikes," Watkins said, "and that it's just absurd the students voices were not heard."



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<![CDATA[Southern California November Weather Images]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:23:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/531d80b2dfbb42a7ac38ca50e7108154.jpg A fall storm moved through Southern California Nov. 21, 2014

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<![CDATA[Man Blinded in Hatchet Attack Faces Assailant]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:55:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chris+anguiano.jpg

Imagine being the victim of a brutal attack that put you in a coma for two months and left you with brain damage, speech problems and blindness. Now, imagine sitting down face-to-face with your attacker and finding it in your heart to not only forgive him, but also to listen to his side of the story.

It’s unfathomable on so many levels, and yet, Chris Anguiano has managed all of it. And it couldn’t say more about his character.

“He said he feels bad and he’s so sorry,” Anguiano told NBC 7 in an exclusive interview Saturday. “I took his apology. I accepted it.”

Anguiano’s referring to the former Border Patrol agent who attacked him and his then-girlfriend with two hatchets while they slept in their Escondido home in July 2009. Gamalier Rivera meant to kill his estranged wife and her new boyfriend but went into the wrong bedroom.

“I think it’s good to confront the person who harmed you,” said Dr. Skip Himelstein, Anguiano’s therapist. “It kind of raises you up and lowers them down.”

Himelstein traveled Saturday with Anguiano to Centinela State Prison where they sat down for a meeting with Rivera. They had prepared months for this.

Even if Anguiano didn’t believe Rivera’s side, hearing it brought him closure.

“How he’s so sorry what he’s done to me. How he’s changed his life forever, you know. I told him, 'You changed your life forever,’” Anguiano said.

Himelstein has seen Anguiano progress from rage and anger to where he is now, a state of peace and positivity. She’s incredibly proud of him.

“He was so glad and relieved to hear what Gamalier had to say,” she said.

“I'm in a better place. I have freedom. He doesn't have freedom,” Anguiano said. “I have life. I’m enjoying it in a different manner.”

Even if he can’t see images, Anguiano loves watching movies, listening to the dialogue and special effects. He also joked that he’s trying to convince his friends to let him drive their cars but hasn’t had any luck yet.

As impressive as Anguiano’s outlook on life and overcoming obstacles is his independence. He’s been living in an apartment alone for nearly a year and a half, and though he has a caretaker -- his father -- three days a week, he gets along just fine on his own as well.

In the past five years he’s adapted to his environment so he can carry out the simple tasks most of us take for granted. He’s organized his refrigerator so he knows exactly where everything is when he reaches in. He has an app on his iPhone that reads and identifies banknotes. He even has a way of navigating the remote so he can change the channel, or play and enjoy those movies he loves.

He’s even gone skiing, flown on a Dive Devil, and gone crabbing.

Anguiano has come a long way, but naturally, he can’t deny his deepest feelings.

“I feel like he should have been punished the way he punished me,” he said.

But he has taken an immeasurable step.

“I could say I forgive him, but I'm never going to forget,” Anguiano said. “The rest of my life I'll remember.”

When all this happened, Anguiano was studying nursing. He's on a different track now, taking classes at Palomar College and encouraging other victims of violent crime not to give up on life, even speaking about his trauma in college classes taught by his therapist.
 

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<![CDATA[K-9 Wounded After Search for Gunman in Fatal Shooting ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:44:05 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11-24-2014-dog-reiko-west-convina-shooting.jpg

A man who opened fire on a police dog after jumping from the roof of a home was shot and killed by police after a search for a gunman involved in a nearby fatal shooting outside a church.

The officer-involved shooting was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of East Elgnenia Street in West Covina. At least one West Covina officer was involved in the shooting.

The dog, a Belgian Malinois, underwent surgery Monday morning and was expected to make a full recovery, according to the West Covina Police Department.

The shooting occurred just minutes after the discovery of a shooting victim on lawn outside a church. The victim died at the scene.

"Limited" information was available regarding the shooting and reports of an argument between the two men, police said.

"It was right in front of the church," said Cpl. Rudy Lopez. "The witness was able to provide us with the direction and a description."

Authorities are attempting to determine whether a Yellow taxi cab parked outside the church was connected to the shooting. The cab was towed from the scene.

The taxi cab company confirmed that the driver was not injured.

Witnesses told police they heard gunfire and saw a man running from the scene. Authorities towed a Yellow taxi cab from the scene of the church shooting, but it was not immediatley clear whether the vehicle is part of the investigation.

The gunman jumped from the roof onto a driveway and opened fire as a K-9 handler released the police dog, which was struck by one round. 

The 2-year-old dog, Reiko, has been with the department since 2013.

"He's done a magnificent job," said Lopez. "He's just one of those kinds of dogs that's got the drive that does the job. His handler is an excellent handler and they make a great team, and that's why I'm sure he's taking it as hard as he is because of that relationship.

"They are officers. They're treated as such. When you've injured a K-9, you've basically injured an officer."

Reiko is one of the dogs assigned to the department. The department is attempting to acquire protective body armor for the K-9 unit, Lopez said.



Photo Credit: Friends of West Covina PD K-9
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<![CDATA[Turkey Giveaway in Compton ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:25:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/turkey.PNG

Community leaders are set give away more than 10,000 turkeys in Compton Monday morning.

The giveaway was set to kick off at 9 a.m.

In addition to passing out free turkeys, families can obtain health screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, hypertension and more. The event will be held at El Camino College’s Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy located at 901 E. Artesia Blvd. in Compton.

The 10th annual event was to provide turkeys on a "first come, first serve" basis.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Radio Free KJLH 102.3, Progress California and local Assemblymember Isadore Hall among others hosted the event.

Representatives from Covered California were also scheduled to be available to help residents sign up for low cost health insurance.

The event was to end at 1 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Dog Left in NY Park Bathroom]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:52:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/abandoned+dog+park.jpg

Authorities are searching for the person who left a small white dog in the women's bathroom at a New York state park over the weekend.

The Putnam County SPCA says the pooch, possibly a Maltese mix, was found in a plastic crate in the ladies' restroom at Pelton Pond off Route 301 in Kent's Fahnestock State Park Saturday morning.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, where it was found to be in a severe state of neglect. Both of its ears were infected and its fur was so heavily matted that it couldn't relieve itself, the SPCA said.

The pup, believed to be 3 or 4 years old, was also underweight.

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call the Putnam County SPCA at 845-520-6915. 



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<![CDATA[Challenge Spotlight: To Protect and To Serve]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:50:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CHALLENGE_SPOTLIGHT_1200x675_362995779963.jpg "To protect and to serve," a simple but important motto that a local football family is upholding on the streets and on the field. Mario Solis has their story in the Challenge Spotlight presented by Dodge on Sunday Nov. 24, 2014.]]> <![CDATA[2 Armed Men Sought in Cupertino Home Invasion: Sheriff]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:15:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cupertino4.jpg

Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies investigated a home invasion Monday morning in an upscale part of Cupertino where a family reported that two masked men broke into their house and stole undisclosed property.

Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said deputies were called about about 5 a.m. the in the area of Garden Gate and Glencoe drives to look for two men - one possibly armed with a gun. Inside the home were a mother, father and possibly two children. No one was hurt.

But the men got away after stealing some property items and running out of the back of the house, leaping over a fence before deputies arrived, Stenderup said.   

"We just missed them," he said. The family said the robbers wore black pants, black hoodies and white masks. Stenderup said deputies were trying to figure out why this particular house was targeted.

Aerial footage showed several patrol cars in the neighborhood surrounding large, affluent homes.

No one was injured and it wasn't immediately clear if anything was taken.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Activists Rally at Levi's Against Washington's NFL Mascot]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:52:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/B3J6E-eCMAAobud.jpg+large.jpg

Community groups and human rights activists rallied and marched to Levi's Stadium before Sunday's game against Washington, D.C. to protest the name of the team's mascot.

The protesters said Native Americans deserve the right to determine how their culture and identity is represented in the National Football League and in the media.

The protest is part of a series of similar nationwide actions held at other games played by the Washington team.

Sunday's game kicked off at 1:25 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Death of Man in NYPD Stairwell Shooting Ruled Homicide: ME]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:27:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gurley+stairwell+shooting.jpg

The death of the unarmed man shot by a probationary NYPD officer in a Brooklyn stairwell last week has been ruled a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said Monday.

Akai Gurley was shot and killed in a stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York late Thursday by officer Peter Liang, who was assigned to the public housing complex as part of a violence reduction overtime detail.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has called the shooting an accident and said Gurley was a "total innocent."

Liang and his partner, both of whom have less than 18 months on the force, were conducting a floor-by-floor sweep of the building and had gone to the roof when they noticed there were no lights in the stairwell leading up to it. Given the location and lack of light, Liang drew his weapon and a flashlight for safety reasons, police have said. The other officer kept his service weapon holstered.

As the officers were entering the eighth-floor landing, Gurley emerged on the seventh-floor landing. He heard a noise and turned to look up at the two officers a floor above him, a law enforcement source said. Then Liang, who had his gun in his left hand and his flashlight in his right, fired accidentally, hitting Gurley 11 feet below him, according to Bratton.

Gurley was shot in the chest. He stumbled down to his girlfriend, who was by that point on the fifth floor, and she tried to administer first aid, authorities said. Liang and his partner found the couple on the fifth floor; 911 had already been called. Gurley was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The medical examiner's ruling came shortly after Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced he would launch an investigation into Gurley's death. Thompson met with community leaders on Sunday, a day after more than 250 people marched in protest outside Liang's 75th Precinct, chanting and holding signs calling for justice.

The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating along with the district attorney's office. Liang has been placed on modified duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

The police union has called for a thorough investigation. Neither the union nor the NYPD could immediately be reached for comment on the medical examiner's ruling. 
 



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<![CDATA[Tree Crashes Down on Cars, Blocks Street]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:11:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/239*120/Capture45.JPG

Three or four vehicles were damaged by a fallen tree, likely brought down by high winds, in Northridge Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to the 18500 block of Napa Street where they found the tree blocking the entire street and several power lines down. Two Mercedes were trapped under the tree, which neighbors said set off car alarms when it fell.

"I got a call saying that the trees fell down. According to them, it was like a ginormous thump," said Andy Gonzales, owner of the crushed Mercedes.

Gonzales said the value of the cars was about $6,000.

"I'm glad nobody else got hurt. I know the cars took a lot of damage," said Gonzales, who said he'll contact the city about dealing with the damage.

It was one of four fallen trees to caused damage across Southern California on Sunday night and Monday morning. Gusty winds were blowing across the Valley over night and, while a fire weather watch is in effect for the the coasts and valleys of LA and Ventura counties through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.



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<![CDATA[Bear Sightings]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:56:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bearaltadena.jpg Bears digging through trash for food and climbing trees are somewhat common sights in Southern California. This gallery chronicles bear sightings in 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Lakers Falter Late, Lose in Overtime]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:34:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Kobe-Bryant.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity and fell to the Denver Nuggets in an overtime loss on Sunday night at Staples Center.

"It was ugly. I mean, they shot terrible. We shot terrible," Lakers coach Byron Scott said. "If you win it, it's not that ugly."

The reason they didn't win was tough to swallow.

"Defensively, we did a pretty good job all night long," the defensive-minded coach said after the game. "[It was] definitely tougher to take [this loss]. The effort was there, and the things that we talked about yesterday were all there."

Scott said, "We just kind of blew it, basically, at the end."

The "end" Scott was likely referring to was the end of regulation rather than the overtime. Time and again, the Lakers allowed Kobe Bryant to take the ball in his hands and attempt to go one-on-one in isolation against an opponent. Bryant, who was 6-10 for 16 points through the first three quarters, went 3-11 for seven points over the final nine minutes of regulation. The Lakers only scored 11 points in the quarter and gifted the Nuggets an overtime session.

To be fair, Denver did not fare much better. Although they distributed their shots, the Nuggets only scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

In the overtime period, Nuggets' point guard Ty Lawson put on the jets and scored four points to finish the night with 18 points and 16 assists. The entire Lakers' team only racked up 15 assists. Former UCLA Bruin Aaron Afflalo also added four points in the extra session, as the Nuggets made four shots in overtime, and the Lakers made two shots in overtime.

Bryant was 4-14 after going into isolation mode down the stretch and in overtime, but Coach Scott persisted that the team got good shots but just did not make them. The problem, of course, was that the team was not involved in most of those shots. Despite having Jeremy Lin on the court, Bryant would accept the in-bounds pass in the back court, make his way into the front court and look to shoot. That was the Lakers' offense down the stretch, and frankly, the results were pathetic.

Lin, who finished with 17 points on 15 shots, had a respectable outing and shot over 50 percent from the field. In the third quarter, the point guard did not miss a single shot, going 5-5 and scoring 11 points. As a reward for his hot hand, Lin only managed two shot attempts in the fourth quarter. On several possessions, the point guard did not even touch the basketball.

"We kind of got away from things...just sharing the ball," Lakers guard Nick Young said after the game. "At times, we fall into relying on [Bryant] a lot."

Young did not overtly blame Bryant for the loss, taking blame for "standing around" and not demanding the ball. Young, however, was likely not in the best position to "demand" the ball considering the streaky shooter missed 10 of his 12 shots on the night.

Still, this loss stung more, and Young summarized the feelin: "We felt we had this one tonight. We just let it slip up."



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<![CDATA[SD Woman Alleged Bill Cosby Drugged, Attacked Her]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:32:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tamara+green+cosby.jpg

A North County lawyer is one of the women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Tamara Green of Fallbrook first shared her story on the “Today” show in 2005.

Green said Cosby tried to sexually assault her in her Los Angeles apartment around 1970, when she was a model and an aspiring actress. She said Cosby gave her two pills that made her almost lose consciousness and attacked her.

Green and other women have renewed their sexual assault allegations against the 77-year-old entertainer in recent weeks, prompting several of his standup comedy shows to be canceled.

Despite the scandal, Cosby received a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd Friday night in Melbourne, Florida. Before the show, Cosby broke his silence regarding the accusations. He told the Florida Today newspaper, in part, "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos.”
 



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<![CDATA[Woman Crashes Into 7-Eleven Store]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:17:15 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/7115.JPG

A car crashed into a 7-Eleven convenience store in La Habra just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

An elderly woman driving a Lexus sedan crashed into the front of the 24-hour convenience store located on 2001 W. Central Avenue, La Habra Police Department Sgt. Kyle Davis said.

The crash caused major damage to both the outside and the inside of the store, Davis said.

Two employees were inside at the time but were not near the impact of the crash, Davis said.

The driver of the car mistook the gas pedal for the brakes and accelerated into the 7-Eleven, officials said. She was able to walk away with no injuries.

Workers with the 7-Eleven company are expected to come out to repair the damages to the store sometime later Sunday, Davis said.

The amount of damage to the store and merchandise was not immediately known.

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<![CDATA[Bombing Victim Out of Hospital]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 09:27:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/141109-rebekah-gregory-boston-marathon-245p_dcc82314c6be1ae7336460e9b55c0ca7.nbcnews-fp-1360-600.jpg

A woman injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who had several surgeries before having part of her leg amputated recently was discharged from a rehab facility Saturday and has vowed to run the race next year.

Rebekah DiMartino said she looks forward to getting her stitches out in early December and being fitted for a prosthetic left leg.

"The prognosis is great. I chopped off what was holding me back," DiMartino said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press as she packed up to leave. "The prognosis, is you'll see me running the Boston Marathon next year."

DiMartino had more than a dozen operations but still dealt with lingering pain. She had surgery Nov. 10 at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital to remove her left leg below the knee. She entered rehab Nov. 14 and was going home Saturday to nearby Richmond.

Rebekah Gregory was watching last year's Boston Marathon when bombs exploded. Her son, now 7, and her then-boyfriend, Peter DiMartino, were also hurt. The couple wed last spring in Asheville, North Carolina.

Their Houston-area home still needs some modifications for accessibility, she said.

"I have been wheelchair bound for the last 18 months basically, so when we built our house we built it with wider doors," said DiMartino, 27.

She does not expect her loss of a limb to adversely affect the rest of her life.

"This is about to be Rebekah unleashed. They haven't seen anything yet. This is the good part of the story," DiMartino said. "Not only am I moving on, I am trying to do my part in changing the world while doing it."

A suspect charged in the bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, awaits trial. His older brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.



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<![CDATA[Nearly $250,000 Embezzled by Bank Teller: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:17:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MONEY+HANDCUFFS+GENERIC+RESIZED.jpg

An elderly man was defrauded of almost $200,000 by his Wells Fargo bank teller, allegedly one of two people swindled by the man, according to authorities.

Tustin resident Jake Chih Wei Cheng, 23, was arrested Friday at his home by Secret Service agents and Huntington Beach police officers, according to a Facebook post by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

He's accused of forging checks from one victim's account for almost year, taking almost $200,000, police said.

Cheng allegedly defrauded another elderly person out of over $40,000 after he transferred to a different branch.

Wells Fargo's internal fraud investigators discovered the fraud and terminated Cheng, police and a Wells Fargo spokeswoman said.

"The two affected customers have been made whole," said Wells Fargo spokeswoman Lisa Woolery in an e-mail.

Cheng faces charges of embezzlement and money laundering, and is in custody in Santa Ana.

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<![CDATA[Mom Who Killed Kids, Dies: Police]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:28:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Tabernacle+NJ+shooting-2.jpg

A Burlington County, New Jersey, mother accused of shooting her three kids in her bedroom before turning the gun on herself has died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Jeaninne LePage, 44, died at Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Sunday morning, police confirmed to NBC10.

LePage, who was hospitalized since she and her three children were found shot in her bed last Thursday, is the responsible for killing two of her kids before turning the gun on herself inside their Holly Park Drive home in Tabernacle, said New Jersey State Police.

Police found the weapon — which has been in the family for a long time — close to LePage.

Eight-year-old Nadia Harriman and her 14-year-old brother, Nicholas Harriman, died, according to New Jersey State Police.

Alexander Harriman, 11, remained in severely critical condition at Cooper University Hospital Sunday, officials said.

Neighbors identified the victims Thursday, but authorities waited to confirm their names until they family members, including the children's father who was located in Maryland, were informed of the deaths.

Another relative who lives in the house found the victims around 9 a.m. and called for help.

"When police got there, they found a really horrific scene,’ said Jones. The victims were found in the same room and police believe they were shot with the same handgun, which was found at the scene."

Neighbors said that LePage shared the bed with her children and was in financial troubles.

Investigators believe the shootings occurred sometime between 5 and 9 a.m.

Nine people live in the house. They have all been accounted for and were interviewed by police, who assured neighbors early in the investigation that there was no manhunt and no reason for anyone to feel threatened or alarmed.

LePage tried to hide the shootings, according to police.

"A pillow was used to muffle the gunshot sounds, which we believe is why the other members of the house didn't hear the gunshots," said Noble.

The shootings shock the quiet community.

Members of the community organized a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Tabernacle's Town Hall, located at 163 Carranza Rd. At the vigil, children remembered their classmates.

Students and staff at Seneca High School — where Nicholas attended — had a moment of silence for the family Friday morning. Grief counselors were also on hand at local schools Friday to talk with grieving students and staff.

A trust fund was set up at PNC Bank under LePage-Harriman Memorial Fund.



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<![CDATA[Rapper Who Shot Cop to Be Executed]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:00:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Cool-C.jpg

A Philadelphia hip hop artist convicted of shooting and killing a female police officer will be executed next year.

Christopher Roney was convicted of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Lauretha Vaird Jan. 2, 1996. Governor Tom Corbett signed an execution warrant for Roney on Friday. He is scheduled to be executed Jan. 8, 2015. Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection.

Roney, 44, was found guilty of first-degree murder and other offenses Oct. 30, 1996. The jury also returned a death verdict Nov. 1, 1996 in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

On Jan. 2, 1996, around 8:20 a.m., Roney, Ernest Canty and Warren McGlone tried to rob a PNC Bank at 4710 Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia. As the assistant manager arrived at the bank, Canty grabbed her as well as the bank manager and forced them inside at gunpoint. Roney then grabbed the head bank teller as she arrived.

A nearby business contacted police. Officer Lauretha Vaird, a nine-year veteran with the 25th District, was the first officer to arrive at the scene. As she entered the bank, Roney opened fire, striking her in the abdomen, according to officials. He and the other two men then fled the scene as other officers arrived.

Vaird, a 43-year-old single mother of two boys, died from her injuries. She was the first Philadelphia female police officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Roney and his two accomplices were arrested after police received statements from eyewitnesses.

Prior to his arrest, Roney was a hip hop artist who released two solo albums under the stage name “Cool C” in 1989 and 1990 as well as an album with the hip hop group C.E.B. in 1993.

Roney was recording a comeback EP at the time of Vaird's death. McGlone, who performed under the stage name "Steady B" was another member of C.E.B. while Canty was also a local hip hop artist.

Aside from Roney, Governor Corbett also signed execution warrants for Mark Duane Edwards, who was convicted of murder in the shooting deaths of a husband, wife and their pregnant teen daughter in 2002 as well as Dennis Reed, who was convicted in the shooting death of his girlfriend and mother of his son in 2001.

The three execution warrants signed Friday were Corbett’s 41st, 42nd and 43rd warrants signed since he took office.



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<![CDATA[Santa Anas Bring High Fire Danger]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:06:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/11-23-14-fallen-tree.JPG

Weather experts have issued a red flag warning across much of Southern California until mid-week, because of strong winds and high fire danger.

Weak to moderate Santa Ana winds will bring high fire risk to Los Angeles, the mountains of Ventura County and the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

The red alert applies starting Sunday night and lasts through Wednesday afternoon, though critical fire weather conditions may remain because of extremely dry fuels and low humidity.

Southern Californians can expect high northeast wind gusts, low humidity and high temperatures of up to 90 degrees, heavily drying out the area. If something ignites, rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior would be likely.

On Sunday, six kayakers in Malibu were blown a mile out to sea after Santa Ana winds of 50 mph picked up suddenly. They were rescued by squid fishing boat crews. The sea had been calm when they pushed off earlier in the morning.

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<![CDATA[Driver ID'd in Fatal NorCal Tour Bus Crash]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:22:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141123-norcal-bus-crash.jpg

California Highway Patrol officials have identified the driver of a charter bus that rolled off the 5 Freeway in Northern California on Sunday, killing a passenger and sending 30 more to hospitals.

The bus was traveling from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington when it ran off the highway in northern Shasta County about 7:40 a.m. and overturned on an embankment, landing wheels up on a side street, CHP officials said.

The driver was identified as 67-year-old Jose Victor Garcilazo Palencia of Los Angeles. He voluntarily went into CHP headquarters for questioning, according to NBC affiliate KNVN. CHP officers say the driver showed signs of fatigue.

All but one of the other 32 people aboard were taken to hospitals in Redding and Mount Shasta, investigators said.

Most had minor injuries and were treated and released. Two patients were in critical condition and three more were in serious condition at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where most of the patients were taken, hospital spokeswoman Heather Nichols told the Associated Press.

The 33-year-old man who died has not been identified. Investigators said he was a resident of Parlier, a small community in Fresno County.

Earlier Sunday morning during the same trip, the bus had been involved in a minor crash when it struck a Denny's in Red Bluff, CHP officials said. No injuries were reported in the collision, but the building's roof was damaged.

Photos of the all-white bus, a 1996 Vanhool, showed no large logos, but a sign on the door said the bus belonged to a company called Transporters Yellow Arrow.

The bus departed from Huntington Park on Saturday night.

The bus operator, Yellow Arrow LLC, is based in Othello, Washington. It has a current license and before Sunday had no reported accidents in the past two years, according to federal records. It appears to be related to a Mexican bus line.

Families of victims in the crash said they had never heard of Yellow Arrow.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Attempted Child Assault at San Francisco Park: Police]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:49:07 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/park_assault_sf.jpg

San Francisco police are investigating an attempted assault on a 7-year-old child, possibly inside a park bathroom.

The attempted assault happened at about 4 p.m. Friday, according to police. Neighbors said police spent lots of time investigating the bathroom area of Lafayette Park at Gough and Sacramento streets.

Police described the suspect as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, and about 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt, with gray and black letters on the front.

He also wore blue jeans with green, black, and white tennis shoes.

Neighbors said the park is usually busy.

Police said he was last seen running parallel to the park to Washington Street and on to Gough Street.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect:



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<![CDATA[Man Steals Airport Vehicle: Police]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:05:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Zaragoza.jpg

San Jose police are investigating a security breach at San Jose airport Sunday - the third since April at this airport - and have arrested a suspect on charges of trespassing and stealing a maintenance worker's vehicle.

San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol said Miguel Zaragoza, 39, breached the airport on Sunday about 10:15 a.m. along the Coleman Avenue side of the airport. Employees of Atlantic Aviation captured him as he entered the property, escorted him to a lobby, and alerted police.

While waiting for police to arrive, he ran from the company's lobby to the public side of the airport and asked an employee driving a maintenance truck for a ride, police said. When the airport worker said no, the suspect stole it, according to police.

Police caught up with  Zaragoza, and arrested him at Terminal B. He never made it to the runway area, Randol said.

He will be booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and trespassing, Randol said.

No one was injured in the incident and no further details were immediately available. And no flights were affected because of the incident.

Still, the breach had some passengers concerned.

"If a guy can come in and steal a maintenance vehicle, who knows what else they could do? " asked Sky Windsor of Santa Clara.

"It just makes you wonder about security," added Regina King.

And U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell commended San Jose police in this case for stopping the suspect so quickly, but overall, he said that security should be notified immediately after a breach occurs.

In August, Marilyn Hartman, 62, was arrested for taking a Southwest Airlines flight from the San Jose airport to Los Angeles, sneaking by a security screener without a ticket. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of willfully and unlawfully entering Los Angeles as a stowaway.

In April, a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy hopped the fence at the San Jose wheel well before hiding in the wheel well of a plane  and flying to Hawaii, miraculously landing safe in Maui.



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<![CDATA[Evacuation Lifted After Santa Paula Chemical Explosion]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:35:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/11-18-2014-santa-paula-fire-2.jpg

Federal and local officials are starting to clean up an area in Ventura County after an explosion of hazardous materials on Tuesday sent dozens of people to hospitals for decontamination.

At about 3:45 a.m., a vacuum truck exploded into flames at the Santa Clara Waste Water Co. west of Santa Paula, emptying businesses and homes for a mile around. The incident spread 1,200 gallons of a mysterious waste chemical mixture that contained sulfuric acid and a highly combustible organic peroxide, fire officials said.

The explosion, chemical spill and fire sent 52 people to area hospitals, including 10 firefighters, according to a statement from the Ventura County Fire Protection District released Saturday.

All but two of these people were treated and released.

"Kind of scary ... I didn't really know what's going on," said parent Lisa Williams soon after the explosion. "And I was like, 'Oh, I need to go get my baby.'"

An evacuation order in place since the incident Tuesday was lifted Saturday, according to the Ventura fire officials, who expect residents and business owners to return to the area promptly. All businesses may open except for the Waste Water facility.

The Ventura County Fire Department is now working with the Environmental Protection Agency, county Sheriff’s Office and Ventura County Environmental Health to clean up the hazardous materials, according to the statement. There is no estimate for how long the clean-up will take.

Residents can follow updates at the Ventura County emergency website.

Ted Chen and Kelly Goff contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Fishermen Save Kayakers from Windy Odyssey]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:19:03 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/squid-boat.jpg

Six kayakers were blown a mile out to sea, and rescued by squid fishing boat crews, as 50-mile-per-hour Santa Ana winds cropped up suddenly in Malibu Sunday.

Sustained winds of 47 miles per hour, and a gust of 81 mph, were recorded in the hills above Malibu Sunday, as the six kayakers were blown south.

A large fleet of squid-fishing boats from Port Hueneme had been clustered near Point Mugu, taking advantage of ocean currents that concentrate squid there.

At least two of the kayaks were snared by the squid fleet to prevent them from being blown further out to sea. Lifeguards then used "Jetski"-type watercraft to tow the kayaks back to shore at about 9 a.m.

The rescue was a joint operation of lifeguards from Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and California State Parks.

Paramedics examined the kayakers at Countyline Beach and pronounced them fine. Lifeguards said the people had been fishing just west of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line.

Winds had been calm in western Malibu at 7 a.m., but were blowing at up to 50 miles per hour at Leo Carrillo Beach, straight out to sea, when the rescue occurred.

In Malibu, power lines were reported down on Latigo Canyon Road, one mile uphill from Pacific Coast Highway. Traffic was getting through in the area, a deputy said, and no fire was reported.

"When the winds are blowing offshore, it's a bad time to kayak," observed LA County Lifeguards Capt. Dan Murphy. "Make sure to have a signal device, and a personal flotation device."

Earlier in the day, four paddleboarders were reported in distress to LA County lifeguards at around 11:30 a.m.

They were out in sustained 45 mph winds that stopped them from paddling back to shore, so the Malibu watch boat picked them up.

The hurricane-force, 81 mph wind gust was reported at a Mesonet weather station operated by a homeowner near Saddle Peak, at the 1,500 foot elevation. It was reported on the National Weather Service website at 10:15 a.m. That was not an official NWS reading, however.

Along the beach, palm fronds, eucalyptus branches and tumbleweeds were observed blowing across PCH at 8 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Man Tries to Escape Police by Busting Car Window]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:43:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/11-23-14-police-car.jpg

A man tried to escape from an Alhambra police squad car early Saturday when he kicked out the back-seat window on his way to the city jail.

Officers arrested Israel Berumen, 32, of Pico Rivera, on charges of being under the influence of drugs and trespassing, said Sgt. Esther Rodriguez. Alhambra residents had called police shortly after 3 a.m. about a man who broke into their home and was screaming for help.

Police were taking him to jail when he tried to escape by kicking out the car window, breaking the window frame. Berumen was still strapped in by a seatbelt and never made it out of the car, Rodriguez said.

He now faces an additional charge of vandalism, and is set to appear in court in 2015.

Police estimate repairs to the car to be more than $400, and plan to seek restitution.



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<![CDATA[LAPD Prepares for Ferguson Reaction Amid Calls for Calm]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:29:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/Capture42.JPG

With a decision looming in the controversial grand jury investigation into Michael Brown's shooting, the Los Angeles Police Department is preparing for demonstrations in LA when the announcement is made.

Some groups have already said they would demonstrate regardless of whether the Ferguson grand jury says charges should be filed aginst the Missouri police department and officer Darren Wilson, who allegedly shot Brown after a confrontation in Ferguson.

The grand jury's decision -- which will not issue a verdict in the case -- may be released over the weekend, and officials held a press conference Saturday morning where they asked citizens to protest peacefully.

"There are situations like this where individuals who don't even live in the community want to create chaos," said LA City Council President Herb Wesson, acting mayor while Eric Garcetti is in China.

Congresswoman Karen Bass and several other politicians and faith leaders also attended the South LA press conference.

"People will do the right thing," Bass said: "discuss what the decision is," have meetings, hold vigils and protest "in the right way."

The LAPD has set up a command post at the 77th Street Division. The planning is precautionary, police said, in case there is a large-scale reaction.

"We will facilitate lawful demonstration, just as we always do," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.

Sources told NBC News on Saturday afternoon that a grand jury decision wasn't due until Monday at the earliest, but an LAPD spokesman said preparations would not change.



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<![CDATA[Christian Mingle Rapist Hacked, Stalked Me: Woman]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:12:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Liberty6p1121_1200x675_362071107928.jpg

The Del Mar man serving a 37-year prison sentence for raping two women he met online targeted others through hacking and stalking that made one alleged victim feel "endangered," she told NBC 7.

San Diego resident Victoria Kinney said met former Navy Lt. Sean Banks before his arrests, before his rape trial and before his sentencing.

To her, he was "Rylan," a man with similar morals, values and beliefs who she met through the online dating website ChristianMingle.com.

After messaging back and forth, Kinney told NBC 7 she felt something was off about Banks, so she stopped replying.

"And shortly after that, he called me, letting me know that he had found my phone number on the Internet and had my address and my family's address and my email accounts," she said.

He told her he was a hacking forensics specialist for the Navy, so he was able to pull up things a simple search on Google couldn’t find, Kinney said. But Banks claimed he told her this to keep her safe and protect her.

All too soon, she discovered this was the farthest thing from the truth.

As they continued to talk, Banks brought up things Kinney had only told one friend through text messages, making her suspect he was hacking into her phone.

Then, out of the blue, he called her and said he had been accused of rape. According to Kinney, he told her she could not talk to police because it would be obstruction of justice.

But Kinney did just the opposite, going to investigators with her suspicions that Banks hacked her phone.

“I felt like I wasn't safe. I would like wake up in the middle of the night and just have like hot flashes and shaking and just freak out, but not because it was more scary knowing that he knew everything about me, he knew my family,” said Kinney. “I felt like I endangered my family. Not knowing what he was capable of doing was the scariest."

Soon after, she got a text message from someone claiming to be police, asking her to click on a link for the investigation. The district attorney’s office told her the message was not from law enforcement.

They believe Banks asked someone to send it so if Kinney clicked on it, he could wipe evidence that they every communicated from her phone.

"So I wanted the police to know that in order to help the rape victims because I knew if he can erase evidence, if he can delete things, delete emails, texts, that may be why he was able to get away with it for so long,” she told NBC 7.

Kinney is telling her story now in hopes that other people will protect themselves from online vulnerability.

She learned from police not to click on unknown links that could open you to hacking, use protected Google Voice for calls and texts and download a virtual private network (VPN) app, which essentially encrypts your data.

Above all, trust your instincts.

"For women it's just very important to know that even if someone is claiming to be a Christian or on a Christian website — Christian Mingle says, ‘Find God's match for you.’ And nobody would think that God's match for you is a rapist hacker,” she said.

She believes some blame lies with Christian Mingle and other dating sites, for she said one of Bank’s rape victims tried to contact the website administrators after her encounter with him. However, Bank’s profile was not removed, and a month later, he met Kinney.

Kinney said the site should have a hotline for people to call if something bad happens or offer a way to verify users.

NBC 7's calls and emails to Christian Mingle’s legal department requesting comment have not been returned, but the website says experts manually review all profiles and use automated tools to identify questionable ones.

While she never met him in person, Kinney went to Bank’s trial, an experience she calls the worst in her life.

When prosecutors revealed the GPS and hacking equipment Banks allegedly used to stalk women, Kinney said she started shaking and threw up.

But now, she said she’s happy it happened.

"I think that it made me smarter and it made me keep myself safer and keep my family safer so I'm glad that it happened,” said Kinney. “I don't want him to feel like he won or that he hurt me because he didn't. He made us all smarter."


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<![CDATA[One Critical After Car Plunges 300ft Down Malibu Hill]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:43:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/11-22-2014-MalibuHillCrash.JPG

One person was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after a car plunged 300 feet down the side of a hill in Malibu early Saturday.

The vehicle ran over the side of Kanan Dume Road, near Zuma Edison Road, and flipped as it went down a hill, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A helicopter was deployed to rescue the occupants, and the person with critical head injuries was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The rescue mission took around 90 minutes to complete.

Two other people were hurt, one with a broken leg and the other with minor injuries.



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<![CDATA[Stranger's Photo Washed Up in Sandy]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:59:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sandy+wedding+photo+copy.jpg

When Hurricane Sandy hit Massapequa two years ago, so much was lost but at least one special thing survived all the destruction.

Inside a pile of debris on her front lawn, homeowner Leah Welsh found a vintage black-and-white photo showing a woman in a dress pinning a flower onto a man's tuxedo.

"I called my husband over and I said, 'Can you believe that I just found a picture? And look at the condition of it, it's perfect,'" said Welsh.

The picture is from a different time. Welsh does not know who the two people pictured are, but it's clear the photo captured a special moment.

"I think this is a photo of daughter putting a boutonniere on her father on her wedding day," she said.

She noted how apparent it was the two were happy.

"Just the smiles on their faces and the love you can see between them," she said.

"It actually brought tears to my eyes because... I couldn't believe that I found it," she added.

Welsh tried her best to find the owners but had no luck. Two years later, she dug up the photo again in another effort to locate the owners.

"Sandy was a huge devastation for a lot of people, and you can replace materialistic items and personal belongings, but a picture is really special," she said.

There was a promising development after her interview with NBC 4 New York late Friday: Welsh said she got an email from someone saying they were related to the people in the photo. She's hoping this may finally be her chance to return the photo to its rightful owners.

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<![CDATA[Woman Running to Honor Navy Seals]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:18:09 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/christina+runs+america+3+hashtap.jpg

A California woman has been on the road for over four months, running across more than a dozen states and covering 2,700 miles in honor of the Navy Seals. Christina Lee hopes her journey from New York to the Bay Area will raise $100,0000 for the Navy Seal Foundation and allow her to cross another challenge off her bucket list.

The 23-year-old from San Jose was sitting in her New York University dorm room two years ago and thought a bucket list is just what her life needed.

"I didn't want a bunch of things I could do in a weekend," Lee says. "I wanted some real challenges I would have to work for."

That’s when she came across a Facebook post about a woman who was running across the country to raise money for charity. She decided to add that to her list.

"Once I wrote it down I was going to do it," Lee says. "There are no halfsies on the bucket list."

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She set out on her trek right after graduating college this spring, hoping her effort will raise money and recognize the work of the Navy Seals in serving our country.

"We don't thank our military enough," Lee says.

She is running without any support, pushing a jog stroller filled with her extra clothing and supplies. Lee says she is doing it the hardest way she knows how because something meant to honor Navy Seals shouldn't be a "walk in the park."

She had chosen the Navy Seal Foundation as her beneficiary because she felt the Seals, working in secrecy, didn't get all the attention and respect they deserve.

The run has also gained a deeper purpose.

Christina, a life-long supporter of the military, had chosen the Navy SEAL Foundation as her beneficiary because she felt the SEALs, working in secrecy, didn't get all the attention and respect they deserve.

She began her run as a way to honor all of them, but her effort gained a deeper purpose along the way.

In the first week of the run, somewhere in Pennsylvania, she received an email from Jennifer Collins, the widow of Navy Seal David Collins. 

Collins wanted to thank Lee for what she was doing for the foundation.

"She just sent me this email that said these people changed my life,” Lee said.

Collins told Lee how her husband has suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving overseas and how the injury plagued him after his return home. Collins shared how David had eventually killed himself and how the foundation had been there to help her and their two children.

"It just put it all in perspective," Lee recalls.

She now says she is always thinking of David during her run, particularly during the most challenging times.

"I think, so what if your feet hurt? At least there's no one shooting at you," Christina says.

Lee has fewer than 300 miles to go in her journey. She hopes to put her feet in the Pacific Ocean on December 6th.


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<![CDATA[Marion Barry Dies at 78]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:46:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP070613024655.jpg

Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics good and bad for more than 40 years, has died at age 78.

"It is with deep regret that the family of former four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed," read a statement early Sunday from Barry's family.

Barry had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital Thursday after complaining of a urinary tract infection. He was released Saturday, and family members said he seemed to feel well. "In his own words, he was 'fantabulous' -- his words, not mine," said Barry spokeswoman LaToya Foster at an early-morning press conference at United Medical Center.

After he was released from the hospital, Barry visited with his son, Christopher, and then stopped to eat. On his way back into his home from the car, Barry collapsed. His driver brought him inside the home, unresponsive.

Barry was taken to United Medical Center at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, and was pronounced dead at about 1:45 a.m. The District of Columbia's medical examiner said Sunday that Barry died of natural causes due to heart problems. A contributing factor was chronic kidney disease that complicated Barry's diabetes.

Reaction poured in as news of Barry's death spread early Sunday morning. "He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most."

Barry had recently taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey for her show, "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" The Barry family statement indicated that the interview — which featured his new book, "Mayor For Life: the Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." — still would air Sunday at 9 p.m.

Barry served four terms as mayor and had a lock on the D.C. Council’s Ward 8 seat. But along with that huge political success, many personal failures marked his turbulent life.

Early on in his career, the Washington City Paper dubbed him “Mayor for Life.” He confounded critics who railed against his melodramatic life, even as he basked in the admiration of forgiving citizens who looked to him as their champion.

The son of a Mississippi sharecropper, Barry emerged from the student and civil rights activism of the 1960s to serve on the elected D.C. school board and D.C. Council.

In 1979, Barry began serving the first of three consecutive terms as D.C.’s second elected mayor. His pro-business policies helped spur economic development. He built civic programs for youth and senior citizens, and opened the city government to many African-American professionals, who previously had been shut out.

But lackluster city services, like slow snow removal and lost city ambulances, dogged Barry's administration. He battled a soaring homicide rate among the worst in the nation, and vowed a war on illegal drugs even as rumors about his own drug addiction swirled around Washington.

Barry's stature crumbled spectacularly in 1990, when an FBI sting videotaped Barry smoking crack cocaine in Washington’s Vista Hotel.

Barry famously complained that he had been set up by former girlfriend Rasheeda Moore, an FBI informant.

Barry’s federal trial turned into a drama of prosecution charges and persecution complaints. Out of 14 drug charges, a jury convicted Barry of a single misdemeanor possession charge. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson sentenced him to six months in prison, the maximum punishment.

Many thought the scandal would finish Barry's political career.

But in 1992, Barry emerged from prison and began his comeback right at the prison gate. Just months later he won the Ward 8 council seat from longtime ally and four-term incumbent Wilhelmina Rolark.

In 1994, he swept back into the mayor’s office for a fourth term, trouncing failed reform Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. Congress reacted sharply to concerns over another term for Barry and Kelly’s massive debt by creating a five-member federal control board to run the city over Barry.

Barry appointed then-obscure Anthony Williams as his chief financial officer. Acerbic and shy compared to Barry, Williams won the mayor’s office in 1998 when Barry chose not to seek re-election.

Barry returned to the political limelight in 2004, winning Ward 8 over another former ally, Sandy Allen. Waving off criticism of disloyalty, Barry said it wasn’t personal — it was politics.

In recent years, Barry easily won re-election in Ward 8. But he suffered from declining health, and received a kidney transplant.

Other controversies endured: failing to file income taxes, being censured for steering a city contract to a girlfriend, and making insensitive remarks about Asian storeowners and Filipina nurses, to whom he later apologized after stinging public criticism.

In August, Barry was involved in a wrong-way accident on Pennsylvania Avenue. Barry blamed low blood sugar that had made him disoriented.

But of the six mayors who’ve served the city since home rule began in the 1970s, it was Barry’s Mayor for Life personality and rollercoaster career that helped define D.C. politics for decades.

Barry first came to D.C. with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He later helped establish and run Pride, an inner-city help group. When Congress granted limited home rule to D.C., Barry won a first seat on the D.C. Council in 1974.

Shot in the chest by Hanafi Muslims when they overran at the Wilson Building in 1977, Barry used the publicity to help launch his 1978 campaign for mayor. He was a brash reformer, equally eloquent on the streets and in boardrooms. He narrowly won a three-way battle after The Washington Post editorial page heavily and repeatedly endorsed him.

But his terms in office were marred by investigations into cronyism, those drug abuse allegations and his image as a self-professed night owl.

Despite his faults, Barry is also credited with creating a massive summer jobs program that, while wasteful in many cases, offered a job or paid internship to any city youth who wanted one; and for treating senior citizens as a top priority with homes and programs for those in the twilight of life.

He completed the city’s first convention center on time and on budget. In his last term as mayor, Barry landed the deal to get the MCI Center (now the Verizon Center) built downtown.

Still, his national reputation is one of a promising politician undone or diminished by his personal failings; a politician who rose against seemingly hopeless odds to win and stay in the life of politics, often in spite of himself.


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<![CDATA[3 Arrested in Stabbing Outside Walmart]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:06:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

Deputies have arrested three men who they say have been in hiding since a stabbing outside a local Walmart.

On Thursday, 29-year-old Roady Briley, 24-year-old Randy Briley and 24-year-old Kevin Cave were arrested at Lilac Oaks Campground in Valley Center.

The suspects are accused of stabbing a 20-year-old man and stealing his backpack outside the Santee Walmart at 170 Town Center Parkway Nov. 9, according to the sheriff's department.

Officials said the victim suffered five stab wounds to his lower back. He was treated and released from Sharp Memorial Hospital.

All three suspects face charges of attempted murder and robbery. They are being held in the central jail without bail.



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<![CDATA[Marion Barry Remembered]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:04:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/marion+barry+flag+half+staff.jpg

Friends and colleagues remembered former four-time D.C. Mayor Marion Barry who died early Sunday morning at age 78.

President Barack Obama added his thoughts to the many reactions on the passing of Barry.

"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper's son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advanced the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion's family, friends and constituents today."

Barry collapsed early Sunday morning and was taken to United Medical Center where he was pronounced dead around 1:45 a.m. ET.

"He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him," D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement that expressed "deep sadness" and promised "official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia."

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Gray ordered flags at all D.C. buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Sunday in Barry's honor.

In a statement released Sunday, incoming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said, "Mayor Marion Barry gave a voice to those who need it most. I – along with all Washingtonians – am shocked and deeply saddened by his passing, and we send out condolences to Cora Masters Barry, Chris Barry and the entire Barry family. He has been a part of my family for decades, and he will continue to be an example to me and so many others.”

While speaking on News4, Ward 1 DC Councilmember Jim Graham lamented Barry's passing and its impact on the city he loved.

"The city has lost a huge chunk of its soul today with the passing of Marion Barry," Graham said.

Radio station host Donnie Simpson added his thoughts as well.

"Marion Barry was always about the people of DC from day one, long before he got that Mayor's seat."

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered condolences to Barry's family.

“From my earliest encounter with Marion Barry, when he was the first chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee until I came back home and found him mayor of my home town, I have seen Marion take hold and write his signature boldly on his own life and times and on the life of the nation’s capital. Many took his struggle to personify in some way their own, endearing him and making him a larger-than-life figure as he became a creator of post-home-rule D.C.”

Councilmember David Grosso issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor Marion Barry:

"I was saddened to learn of the passing of my D.C. Council colleague. Marion Barry was a strong advocate for Ward 8 and devoted his life to the residents of Washington, D.C. His strong passion for making our city a great city was only surpassed in effort by his incredible commitment to ensuring that the poorest of our residents were never forgotten. It has been an honor for me to sit next to Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry on the dais and serve with him on the education committee for the past two years. I learned a lot about my beloved city from him and a lot about him. I will forever respect what he has done for this city in spite of his many challenges over a 40-year career."

Barry's annual turkey giveaway will go on despite his death.

Barry's spokeswoman LaToya Foster said Sunday at an early morning press conference at United Medical Center, where Barry died, that the annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for needy residents would continue because ``that's what he would have wanted.''

The giveaway is scheduled for Tuesday at Union Temple Baptist Church in southeast Washington.

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<![CDATA[Home's Roof Damaged by Fallen Tree]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:19:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Capture44.JPG

A tree toppled into a home in Highland Park Sunday morning, taking down power lines with it, police said.

The homeowner was not in the home at the time, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, but was notified and allowed to retrieve belongings from the home, located near the intersection of Armdale and Lincoln avenues.

The tree damaged the home's roof at about 2:40 a.m., though the cost of the damage was unknown. Police suspected the tree fell because rain had saturated the soil, but the investigation was ongoing.

The LA Department of Water and Power was asked to shut off power to the downed power lines, police said.



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<![CDATA[3 Deputies Sickened Responding to Domestic Dispute]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:29:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-deputies-sickened-palmdale.jpg

Four people, including three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, were hospitalized Saturday night after being sickened by a chemical at a home on the outskirts of Palmdale, officials said.

The deputies were responding to a domestic violence call at about 9:40 p.m. when they encountered chemical fumes at the home on the 36400 block of Sierra Highway, officials with the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

This story originally reported the home was a drug lab, which was being reported by county fire officials. There were medical marijuana plants, but they were allegedly being grown for medical needs.

The chemicals, originally thought to be part of the drug lab operations, were simply household fumes.

One of the three deputies was still being evaluated at the hospital, a fire official said. A fourth person, a female resident of the home, was also being treated at the hospital.

Authorities were investigating at the scene.

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<![CDATA[UCLA Beats USC 38-20 in Battle for LA]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:30:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/141122-ucla-bruins-usc-trojans-victory-bell-november-22.jpg

The No. 11 UCLA Bruins beat the No. 24 USC Trojans 38-20 at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, extending the Bruins’ winning streak in the Los Angeles rivalry to three.

Brett Hundley passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score, and Devin Lucien, Thomas Duarte and Eldridge Massington caught scoring passes as the Bruins (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) confirmed their Los Angeles supremacy and closed in on the Pac-12 South title with a one-sided romp over their biggest rivals at a festive Rose Bowl.

Paul Perkins rushed for 93 yards and a score for UCLA, which hadn't won three straight over USC since 1998.

Pasadena police said 23 arrests were made at the Rose Bowl, including 11 for drunk in public and two for assaults. However, there were no serious injuries, police said.

USC fans began to trickle out of the stadium in the fourth quarter.

After five consecutive wins down the stretch of a slow-starting season, UCLA can advance to the Pac-12 title game with a victory over Stanford on Friday.

Cody Kessler passed for 214 yards for the Trojans (7-4, 6-3), who struggled mightily against UCLA's inspired defense.

The winning team was awarded the Victory Bell, a 295-pound bell originally hung atop a Southern Pacific freight locomotive.

The bell was given to the UCLA Alumni Association in 1939. In 1941, it was taken by a group of USC students.

A year later, the student body presidents of both schools signed an agreement providing that the winner of the football game would keep possession for the next year, a tradition that has continued.



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<![CDATA[Baby Accidentally Shot by Dad]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:12:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/112214babyshot.jpg

 

The parents of a 9-month-old girl who was accidentally shot in her Brooklyn home are being criminally charged, investigators said Sunday.

 

The baby's father, Pedro Rosales, 47, faces a slate of charges, including second-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a court document.

Rosales was cleaning an illegally owned Colt .45 handgun at their home in East New York at about 4 p.m. Saturday when it discharged, police said. His daughter Jessica was hit in the hip. She underwent surgery at the Bellevue Hospital and was recovering in stable condition.

Rosales and Jessica Aguilar, the baby's mother, flagged down a police car outside their home on Sutter Avenue after the shooting and officers escorted parents and child to the hospital.

Police charged Aguilar with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Rosales is being held on $100,000 bond or $50,000 bail. Aguilar is being held on $10,000 bond or $5,000 bail.

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