<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 05:08:51 -0700Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:08:51 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Car of Woman Missing for 2 Years Found Down Cliff]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:55:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/human-remains-082416.PNG

After a vehicle and skeletal human remains were discovered 500 feet down an embankment near the Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest Wednesday, investigators revealed Thursday the identity of the missing woman connected to the car.

Kimberly Blum, 47, was reported missing in June 2014, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Her car, a silver Honda CRV, was discovered to have plunged off the side of the highway and down a steep ravine 17 miles from La Canada.  

While skeletal remains were found near the car, the coroner's office was still investigating. 

The cause of death would need to be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

"By running the VIN, we learned that the vehicle is associated to a missing person investigation out of Los Angeles Police Department from several years ago," Lt. Steve Jauch said.  He emphasized that the skeletal remains have not yet been identified, and may not be for several weeks. 

Discovery of fresh skid marks pointed toward the edge of a turnout had prompted the search of the area beginning Tuesday.  Late in the day, crews hiking into the ravine found the vehicle, and returning Wednesday morning they discovered the skeletal remains.

The skid marks, investigators determined, came  from a recent close call, and not from the vehicle found.  The circumstances of it going into the ravine remain unclear.  

"We're going to have to do a real biopsy of that scene to see if we can figure out how this happened, whether it's a criminal investigation,  a non-criminal death.  And certainly it's going to be a while before we're able to identify the victim," Jauch said.

For investigative purposes, the area was secured and probed as a crime scene, though it's not yet known if the death resulted from homicide or something else, Jauch said.

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<![CDATA[Dog Who Ingested Meth Now Helps Rehab Patients]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:57:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG

A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his owner said Thursday.

Jack Sparrow made headlines in July after his owner brought him into the Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland. Veterinarians said the dog was acting erratically, suffering from seizures and convulsions.

They tested him, and found methamphetamine in his system.

Jack's owner, 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, told the veterinarians the dog may have eaten meth, according to Fontana police.

When the test results came back positive, Sais took off with Jack.

Police arrested Jack Sparrow's owner, and he was taken to doggie rehab.

After Jack Sparrow's detox, a woman who works at an alcohol and drug treatment center adopted Jack.

The patients benefiting from his company renamed him Micah, which means "new beginnings."

"I think they had an instant bond with him. When he first came in and they heard his story, many of them could relate to him. They seemed to have that instant connection with him, wanted to bond with him and wanted to show him love," said Erin Hill, the pup's new owner.

NBC4's Tony Shin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['They Know She Cares': Michelle Obama's School Nutrition Legacy]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:07:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-491569906.jpg

Fried chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, and patties are the thing of the past at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Healthier options have been on the menu thanks to Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch initiative. 

When Rodney K. Taylor, director of food and nutrition services at the schools, received a directive to make lunch food healthier, by adding fruits, veggies and whole grains, he decided to take it a step further and eliminate the fried options. 

He begun serving grilled spice-rubbed chicken to students instead.  

“No-one made a peep,” Taylor said of the reaction among students.

The new nutritional standards in schools were spurred by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, one of the central policies at the heart of Obama’s effort to address childhood obesity. It was signed in 2010 and took effect in 2014. The legislation required schools to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables, increase the amount of whole grains, and reduce the amount of sodium and sugar in meals provided to students.

As Obama prepares to leave the White House at the end of 2016, it's not clear yet whether the changes are helping reduce childhood obesity. But supporters say the program is already a win because kids are eating whole grains and lower-sodium options.

“It was revolutionary, it took away the focus from the bottom line and moved it to nutrition,” said Taylor, who has over a decade of experience as food director. “When I first started no-one was talking about nutrition so we really contributed to the obesity epidemic. It’s a good thing the legislators stepped in.”

The act encountered heavy pushback from conservatives who viewed it as executive overreach. Obama, however, has never relented, exerting pressure on the GOP, including in a 2014 New York Times op-ed piece.

“Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense,” she wrote.

Later that year, at a White House event, she said, “I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools.”

The first lady’s strategy paid off because in late January the Senate Agriculture Committee released a statement in favor of reauthorizing the program.

“Folks said we couldn’t come to an agreement on child nutrition reauthorization – let alone a bipartisan agreement – but we did,” chairman Pat Roberts said. “This bipartisan legislation is a true compromise. Not everyone got everything they wanted, but a lot of folks have a lot to be happy about.”

The School Nutrition Association, a nonprofit professional organization that advocates for healthful school meals, is one such party. The group previously criticized the new standards as financially prohibitive, too strict, and unfeasible for schools to adopt so quickly. HHFKA originally required 100 percent of all grains served at schools be whole grain rich and that sodium levels be cut in half by 2017. Those standards have been loosened—the whole grain requirement to 80 percent of all grains served and the sodium deadline extended to 2019.

“The SNA was pleased to work with the USDA and the White House to reach an agreement,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner, director of media relations at the SNA.‚Ä®Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services, said “we didn’t want to punish schools who were struggling to meet the standards.” Concannon went on to say, though, that more than 98 percent of schools are meeting the guidelines.

Sept. 30, 2015, marked the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the HHFKA but lawmakers blew past it. While the lack of reauthorization didn't impact existing programs, advocates pushing for reauthorization look at it as an opportunity to increase funding for school lunches. 

HHFKA is relatively new and measurable public health outcomes will take years if not decades.

Margot Wootan, director of of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, though, expects a positive effect. Wootan called the act “enormously important” and explained that her expectations are not unreasonable because children get a third to half their daily calories from school meals. With the calories now coming from more nutritionally dense foods, positive outcomes are likely. Jessica Donze Black, director of Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods at The Pew Charitable Trusts, said with all the sound science behind the policy she expects that HHFKA will "significantly impact the health outcomes of children."     

Schools across the country have been reporting other positive outcomes. Since the widespread acceptance of the standards independent studies have shown that plate waste, where uneaten food ends up in the trash, is actually down while fruit and vegetable consumption has gone up.

Lynette Dodson, director of school nutrition of Carrolton City schools in Carrolton, Georgia, said that the children are eating the fruits and vegetables, going through three times as many bananas alone compared to before the act. Schools in Carrolton track the amount of fruit and vegetable consumption using production records. She also said that teachers in her district saw almost immediate positive impacts on student attentiveness and behavior.

Because of this Dodson said the district has adopted a new mantra. “Whole food is good food.”

Undersecretary Concannon, said he hears similar stories during his visits to schools all over the country. He called a lot of the early criticisms of the first lady’s initiative “more noise than anything else.” Concannon said families are on board, given that the school lunch program now serves close to 31 million children and the school breakfast program serves almost 15 million children, about 5 million more than before HHFKA was enacted. Statistics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation support Concannon’s claim, with the number of parents who support the new standards outnumbering parents who do not 3 to 1.

“For kids, Michelle Obama has become a symbol," Concannon said. "They know she cares.” 

The first lady has vowed to continue to work on issues of childhood obesity even after her time in the White House is up.

“It's not like I have a one-year or two-year time frame on this issue. For me, this issue is the rest-of-my-life kind of time frame," she said at the White House earlier this year. "Because I know that's what it's going to take to truly solve this problem."

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<![CDATA[Why Back-to-School Is Becoming a Summer Thing]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:51:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/denver-back-to-school.jpg

Though the weather is still hot enough to go swimming, many public school students across the country are staring at the summer sun through a classroom window.

Many schools have done away with the tradition of beginning classes after the Labor Day weekend. While many classes are already in full swing, some schools are already looking ahead to next year and debating whether to begin fall classes even earlier. 

There are more than 13,000 school districts across the country, all of which have their own rules for determining the academic calendar. But pushing fall start dates forward is usually driven by an effort to improve academic performance, by giving teachers and students more time to prepare before end of the year exams in the spring.

Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland is currently considering a proposal to shift its scheduled summer up and end the break earlier in August. If approved in November, the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Aug. 21, two weeks before Labor Day and a week sooner than its 2016 start date.

Derek Turner, the Montgomery County spokesperson, said the proposal has received mixed reaction from the community and that more than 1,000 people have submitted feedback online, with some parents concerned about an earlier fall start date conflicting with summer camp end dates.

The county proposes that moving up the calendar will give teachers an additional week of instruction before end of the year assessments like national Advanced Placement exams.

Turner said the beginning of the school year can lend itself to increased productivity in the classroom.

"As we get further in the year students get more and more distracted," Turner said. "So the earlier we start…the better off we are."

Rebecca Kaye, the policy and governance adviser for Atlanta Public Schools, said having an early August start date allows the Atlanta school system to include breaks more frequently throughout the 180 class days.

“The longer you go in school with no breaks we have more student discipline incidents,” Kaye said. “I think that’s a combination of kids having more conflict and emotional stuff built up as well as teachers having more anxiety.”

Atlanta Public Schools has one of the earliest fall start dates in the country, starting their 2016-2017 school year on Aug. 3. Kaye said classes will begin next year on Aug. 1.

"What we saw when we mapped it out was that [incidents of student discipline] would increase, increase, increase, increase, and then we would have a break and it would drop," she said. "That's why we try not to go too long without people having a break to let off some steam and come back refreshed."

Kaye said Atlanta’s early August start date allows the first instructional semester to end by winter break at the end of December, so high school students don't have to spend the holiday break studying for exams.

Pedro Noguera, a professor of education at New York University, said an earlier fall start date does not have any direct effect on student learning.

"The research shows that 180 school days across the year in different ways doesn't necessarily make a difference for kids," Kaye said. "It's about how you use the time and quality instruction."

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<![CDATA[High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Fiery Crash Near Cajon Pass]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 04:50:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/cajon-crash-pursuit082616.png

A driver was killed in a crash when their vehicle fell down in an embankment and caught on fire near the Cajon Pass after leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit that began in Orange County early Friday morning.

Police responded to a domestic violence call around 12:15 a.m., authorities said.

The pursuit began before 12:30 a.m. in Huntington Beach, where the driver shot at Huntington Beach Police Department officers, authorities said. Another officer fired at the driver.

One of the officers was struck and was taken to the hospital, where he was expected to recover, police said.

The driver traveled through Costa Mesa, where the pursuit was handed off to the Costa Mesa Police Department, and then to the California Highway Patrol when the driver hit the freeway.

The driver traveled north up the 15 Freeway, hitting speeds up to 100 mph, according to the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle went down in an embankment near Cleghorn Road in Cajon Pass, where it caught on fire, police said.

Firefighters responded to the scene.

Refresh for updates.

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot by Sheriff's Deputies in Compton]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:04:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/compton-dis-082616.PNG

A man was fatally shot by sheriff's deputies after leading authorities on a foot pursuit Thursday night in Compton.

The shooting occurred at 8:28 p.m. in the area of West Arbutus Street and Kemp Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies encountered a man standing on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Wilmington Avenue, authorities said.

When deputies approached him, the man produced a handgun and ran northbound on Wilmington, leading to a chase on foot.

The deputies caught up with the man in the wash near the intersection of Arbutus and Kemp. When the man pointed his handgun at one of the deputies, one of them shot at the man, authorities said.

The man, described by deputies as a black male, was dead at the scene.

The deputies were not injured.

A sheriff's deputy K-9 was assisting in the search for the suspect's handgun in the wash and the surrounding area.

Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Burglars Ransack Sherman Oaks Home]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:57:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/burgalrs.PNG A family speaks out after burglars hit their Sherman Oaks home, stealing valuables that's worth thousands of dollars. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Man Shot by Sheriff's Deputies in Compton]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:58:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/compton+dis.PNG A man was shot by sheriff's deputies in Compton. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Family Wins Suit Over Lost Ashes]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:14:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/082516+annie+hughes.jpg

A jury awarded a South Florida family $3.5 million Thursday, blaming a funeral home for mixing up their mother's ashes with someone else.

The state revoked the license for the funeral home permanently, but there's another one operating in the same location with the same owner and the same woman working inside, who the family blames for causing them so much pain.

Ronda Mitchell was in court hoping for answers as to what happened to their mother, 54-year-old Annie Hughes, who died two years ago.

"Right now I still cry for her," said Mitchell.

Hughes' body was turned over to the Taylor Smith West Funeral Home. Her family from Homestead and Belle Glade, where the funeral home was located, were in court Thursday in West Palm Beach.

The family's attorney, Vincent Paravato, says the ashes given back to the family in the box were not their mothers.

"They did not give her back her mom's remains," said Pavarato. "They strung her along, lied to her, fabricated documents, committed crimes, and five to six months later they gave her somebody else's remains. Basically a monster of a funeral home."

Two years ago the family started a search to find what happened to Hughes.

"Where is my sister, where is she?" asked Mayley Michel, Hughes' sister.

The place where the funeral home said, in their documents, the body was cremated never had Hughes' body.

"It's devastating. I don't have any closure, (but) I still have more questions," said Ronda Taylor, daughter of Hughes. "My mom's body is still out there. I don't know where she's at and it's heartbreaking."

The state revoked the funeral home's license calling it a danger to the public and said it delivered a body in a body bag wrapped in a blanket to a consumer. They added that on multiple occasions the funeral home provided consumers with incorrect remains.

"I can't imagine how many people are out there. The state closed them down and now they are back operating under a different name," says the family's attorney. "Stevens Funeral Home, I believe. Same actors, same location, same story."

NBC 6 went looking for the owners of the funeral home at an official address listed and ended up at the pack and ship store in Pompano Beach.

At at the funeral home itself, no one answered the door. A new name is outside, but when we called the woman we spoke with was Sonya Rumph, the same woman the family says handed them the wrong ashes.

"Justice, I want them to go to jail," said Taylor. "I want them to be closed down and I want everyone that was involved to be locked up, it's like they are still free to do it to other families."

NBC 6 asked the state how this could happen and it told us the license for the current funeral home was transferred there from another funeral home owned by the same company that didn’t have issues.

The jury awarded damages to punish the funeral home and prevent others from doing this and now attorney Paravato is on a mission to collect this money from the owners. Rumph had no comment and the lawyers for the funeral home did not show up Thursday.

<![CDATA[Man Suspected in Fatal Hit-and-Run Collision Turns Self In]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:44:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/8-24-16+hitandrun.JPG

A 54-year-old San Fernando man suspected of driving a truck during a hit-and-run collision that killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist in Reseda turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, police said.

Pedro Ramos turned himself in about 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Station and was arrested by Valley Traffic Division officers on suspicion of felony hit and run, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 7 a.m. Wednesday at Vanowen Street and Tampa Avenue, according to the LAPD. The motorcyclist, identified by the coroner's office as Erwan McKeown, died at the scene.

The LAPD reported that the Thousand Oaks resident was riding a 2013 Kawasaki Ninja sportbike south on Tampa Avenue when it collided with the right side of a northbound truck that was turning left onto Vanowen Street.

A distraught friend told reporters the young man was on his way to his job as a barista at a Malibu coffee house when he was killed.

Investigators circulated security video of a large white 2000s model pickup truck that left the scene, heading west. Ramos was jailed in Van Nuys in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to sheriff's online inmate records.

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<![CDATA[Accused Kidnappers Who Fled State Arrested]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:40:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-joshuan-robertson-brittany-humphrey-gorman-body.jpg

A man and the younger sister of a woman found dead in northern Los Angeles County were arrested Thursday in Colorado, as detectives continued to investigate the motive for the slaying and the subsequent kidnapping of the victim's children.

The three young children of 26-year-old Kimberly Harvill of Fresno, whose body was found two weeks ago, were found safe Wednesday in a motel outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the care of a good Samaritan who notified local law enforcement, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Their alleged kidnappers, Harvill's 22-year-old sister, Brittany Humphrey, and her friend, 27-year-old Joshua Robertson, were arrested in Pueblo, Colorado, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Robertson's 1 1/2-year-old daughter, Madisyn Harper, was located at a motel along with Humphrey by Pueblo police officers conducting an unrelated investigation, Medrano said. The child, who had reportedly been handed over to Robertson by her mother before she went to jail, was unharmed and is now in the custody of local authorities in Pueblo.

Robertson was located about two blocks from the hotel and both he and Humphrey were taken into custody without incident, according to Medrano.

Humphrey and Robertson were wanted in connection with the kidnappings of the children and for questioning in connection with their mother's slaying, authorities said.

Harvill's body was found Aug. 14 in some brush by a motorist traveling along Gorman Post Road, north of State Route 138. She had been shot in the upper body, the sheriff's department reported.

The sheriff's department was working with the Department of Children and Family Services to arrange for the safe return of Harvill's children -- Joslynn Watkins, 2, Brayden Watkins, 3, and Rylee Watkins, 5 -- to California.

Robertson has a criminal history, is on post-release community supervision and has a previous arrest for possession of a firearm, according to the sheriff's department.

<![CDATA[Emotional Dodgers Nearly No-Hit by Matt Moore]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:10:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Moore+loses+no+hitter.png

Maybe the Dodgers do miss A.J. Ellis.

Just hours after the team announced they had traded away their most popular and longest tenured teammate, the emotional Dodgers were nearly no-hit by Matt Moore as the San Francisco Giants salvaged their series with Los Angeles, 4-0, on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

"It's hard to lose a guy like that before the game," said Corey Seager who had the game's only hit. "There might have been some emotions spilling over into the game. It's one of those things that you'd like to put behind you, but it's human nature to miss a guy like that."

San Francisco acquired the lefty Moore at the MLB trade deadline in order to thwart the rival Los Angeles Dodgers who are last in the league at hitting left-handed pitching.

"They acquired him for a reason and we've had our struggles against left-handed pitching but everyday is a different game," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "I'm sure we're going to see him two more times. If he throws like that, we're going to have our work cut out. We need to make adjustments."

On Thursday, the Giants plan of attack was realized, and boy was it a beauty.

Moore (8-10) was one out away from history when rookie Corey Seager sliced a single to right field to end the no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning.

"You're still going up there and competing, you're still trying to get on base, still trying to win a game," Seager said of his approach in that final at-bat. "He was really good tonight. Tip your hat to him."

After a pitching change, San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy brought in closer Santiago Casilla who made one-pitch for the final out of the game.

"He was excited to have a chance at it, but he knew he was coming out," Bochy said after the game. "He showed some signs of frustration giving up the hit there, but he pitched his heart out tonight.

Otherwise Moore was absolutely dominant against the Dodgers. Allowing just one hit with three walks and seven strikeouts in 8 and 2/3 innings of fantastic pitching. Moore threw a career-high 133 pitches on the night, the most in the Major Leagues this season.

"He had everything working tonight and saved us from getting swept," Bochy said of Moore's performance. "We had to win today, this game was bigger than any game we've had all year."

Moore's bid for history would have also been a historic moment for the San Francisco Giants organization as they could have set an MLB record for five consecutive seasons with a no hitter (Matt Cain – 2012, Tim Lincecum -2013, Lincecum -2014, Chris Heston -2015).

"Probably the fifth inning or something I realized I hadn't given up a hit," Moore said of when he knew he was chasing history. "I threw one before in the minor leagues in Double-A, but nothing like this. Overall it was a fun day."

The victory salvaged the three-game series as San Francisco chases the Dodgers for first place in the NL West and also was the first win of the season for Moore as a member of the Giants. The 27-year-old is now 1-3 in five starts with the Giants since the trade deadline.

"I'm happy. You never want to get sweeped under any circumstances," Moore added. "No-hitters are a personal milestone and achievement. Just in general to have an opportunity for a complete game, that's what pitchers want. It's going to be a happy flight home."

Ross Stripling (3-5) took the loss, allowing three runs on seven hits in five innings. It was the first time the rookie right-hander faced San Francisco since he threw 7.1 no-hit innings on April 8 at AT&T Park in his MLB debut.

Joe Panik hit a two-run home run off Stripling in the top of the fourth as San Francisco never relinquished the lead after that. 

"That swing he took right there was so smooth. You could tell by the trajectory it was going out," Moore said of Panik's homer. "I've only been here three weeks, but the way he's been playing past couple weeks has been very big for our club."

San Francisco now trails the Dodgers by two games in the NL West heading into a three-game series at AT&T Park with the worst team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves.

Adrian Gonzalez's 17-game hitting streak was snapped just one-game shy of tying his career-high.

"He was pitching away from what he was doing in the past and we were not ready for that," Gonzalez said of Moore. "Whether we got a hit in the first or the ninth, we got a hit. We won the series and lost a game that's how we look at it."

The Dodgers have now lost six of their 13 games to the Giants in their head-to-head matchups this season.

Moore's no-hitter would have been just the second no-hitter in the Major Leagues this year following Jake Arrieta who threw a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds on April 22nd. 

Players of the Game:

Matt Moore: One-hitter.
Joe Panik: Two-run home run.
Corey Seager: Broke up no-hitter with two outs in 9th.

Three Takeaways:

1. Moore is Money: San Francisco Giants starter Matt Moore was just one out away from history before a bloop single by Corey Seager ended his run at baseball immortality. Not only was Moore one-out away from throwing the first no-hitter of his MLB career, but it would have been the first no-hitter by the Giants over the Dodgers in 101 years (Rube Marquard). It would have also given the Giants five no-hitters in five consecutive seasons, breaking an all-time baseball record. 

2. Thank You, A.J. Ellis: It was a bittersweet day for the boys in blue as the organization and the fans said goodbye to catcher A.J. Ellis. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully announced to the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium that Ellis had been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz and fans erupted in boos as they said goodbye to one of the team's most popular players.

3. Sellout: 53,300 fans came out to witness the Dodgers-Giants rivalry firsthand as Dodger Stadium hosted it's fifth sellout crowd of the season on Thursday.

Up Next:

Giants (69-57): San Francisco returns to the comfy confines of AT&T Park where they will open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Dodgers (70-56): Los Angeles welcomes the best team in baseball in the Chicago Cubs for a three-game weekend series starting on Friday. Bud Norris will start the opener at 7:10 PM ST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats and player reactions…

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<![CDATA[Dodger Players and Coaches React to Ellis Trade]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Ellis+Trade+Teammates.png

Baseball is a business, but that doesn't mean it's not emotional or personal at times.

Such is the case with the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team announced on Thursday that they had traded popular catcher A.J. Ellis to the Philadelphia Phillies for Carlos Ruiz.

Ellis was a fan favorite and spent the better part of nine seasons with the Dodgers. He is a voice of leadership in the locker room and a mentor to many. He was the personal catcher and best friend of three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 MVP Clayton Kershaw, and beloved by the front office.

"It was a tough decision on a personal level," Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said before the game. "I wrestled with this trade for days."

That's why the trade sent ripple effects through the Ravine on Thursday as players and coaches shed tears along with heartfelt goodbyes to their friend and teammate.

"It's a tough day for everyone. I'm a little shocked," Justin Turner told reporters from his locker. "On a personal level AJ is a great friend of mine both on the field and off the field. I've spent a lot of time with him and built a friendship with makes this a lot harder." 

Ellis agreed and went as far as anointing Turner the new leader of the Dodgers.

"Justin Turner is the new heart and soul of this team," said Ellis. "He's the new leader and has become the voice of this club, not just in the clubhouse but on the field."

Ellis was the longest tenured Dodger on the roster entering Thursday as he spent the better part of 13 seasons with the organization and nine with the Major League club. He said his tenure in particular was something he was very proud of.

"To almost be a 10-year Dodger was something I was really proud of," a tearful Ellis said from the Dodgers dugout as he sat in front of reporters. "It's tough. This is really hard. Dodger Stadium is the greatest office in America and not to be able to call it home anymore is really tough."

Ellis was emotional in his exit interview with the media as he recanted the moment that he received a vague text message from the front office telling him to meet at the stadium hours before the game. 

"It's amazing how fast things can change. I was at the park shooting basketball with my kids and an hour later you have to pick things up and move your life," Ellis said. "It's hard for me, and even double as hard for my wife and kids. It's our family members who are left to pick up the pieces."

After calling his wife and agent, the next person he contacted was Kershaw. Luckily, his best friend was still at the stadium and the battery mates met in the dugout where emotions spilled over.

"I texted Clayton and had him meet me here in the dugout," Ellis recalled. "Not much was said. He was shocked. It hit us both simultaneously and we both cried. To know that I might not ever get to catch him again is the most devastating thing. It's very difficult. I'm almost out of tears now."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed just as shocked as anyone and credited Ellis with making him a better manager and person in his inaugural season with Los Angeles.

"When a guy like A.J. Ellis gets traded it's impactful. AJ has a away about him that's infectious," Roberts said. "He's contributed a lot to the culture that's here and the winning environment. He helped me grow as a first year manager and I hope I helped him grow as a player. Being around him made me better. When he's gone, it's a big blow."

"I lost a good friend in the clubhouse," Adrian Gonzalez added. 

The blow will be most felt by Ellis and his family as he heads to Philadelphia on Friday to meet his new teammates. Leaving behind a team that is built for a deep postseason run without him. Nonetheless, Ellis will still be cheering on his teammates from afar in their quest for their first World Series title in 28 years.

"There's nothing like wearing a Dodger jersey. Nothing like it in sports," Ellis added. "I love the Dodgers. I love Los Angeles. Baseball is funny. I have nothing but respect."

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mother Charged After Boy Found Dead in Closet]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/mom-arrest-closet-boy.jpg

An Echo Park mother was charged Thursday after the physically-abused, malnourished body of her 11-year-old son was discovered by his stepfather in the closet, the Los Angeles District Attorney said.

The boy was discovered wrapped up in a blanket in the closet on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He had been dead for hours, investigators revealed. 

Veronica Aguilar, the 39-year-old mother of the boy, was charged Thursday with murder and child abuse resulting in death after prosecutors alleged he died due to neglect and severe malnutrition. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office had yet to reveal the cause of death. 

The boy was identified by the coroner's office as Yonatan Daniel Aguilar.

Aguilar was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death or great bodily injury Tuesday after the child's stepfather, Jose Pinzon, discovered him in a closet in the mother's home in the 2100 block of Santa Ynez St.

Pinzon called police after Aguilar allegedly told him that her son was dead. 

When officers and paramedics arrived at the home, they confirmed he was deceased.

The boy was discovered to be starved, physically abused, and had been dead for hours.

The recommended bail amount was set at $2 million, and if Aguilar is convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

Other media sources reported the Department of Children and Family Services was called to the home on several occasions prior to the boy's death.

"By law, we cannot disclose any information, including confirmation, regarding services that may have been provided to this family or address," the agency told NBC4.

Photo Credit: LAPD]]>
<![CDATA[Horse Deaths Prompt Track Changes, Call for Investigation]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:24:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/11PW_VO_DEL_MAR_RACE_TR_KNSD55XH_1200x675_353914947846.jpg

So many horses have died at Del Mar this season, a California lawmaker is calling for a state investigation and track managers have decided to delay the start of the 2017 racing season.

Animal advocates claim 19 race horses have been euthanized since the summer season of racing at Del Mar began on Friday, July 15. According to the track president, the number of horses euthanized due to injury this season is 12.

According to the state’s weekly reports, 16 horses have died since the season began.

Both sides agree the loss of one horse is too many.

On Thursday, State Rep. Lori Saldana urged the California Horse Racing Board to investigate deaths and injuries at Del Mar.

“No spectator sport should ever have to put up with this type of loss of animals especially when it happens in view of families that are here for race day,” Saldana said.

She cited recent changes at SeaWorld San Diego and traveling circuses as evidence that there has been a shift when it comes to interacting with animals during our leisure time.

“It could be that people’s attitudes are changing,” she added.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), facing increased criticism over the deaths, will push back the 2017 season start date and implement new biomarker technology on horses next year.

Track president Joe Harper said both moves are to prevent further deaths.

“Believe me, when one [horse] is injured, we all feel it,” Harper said.

After an early rash of horses suffering fatal injuries at the track, Harper brought in a specialist who studied the turf. The expert found it was “where it should be,” Harper said.

Harper said he also added more veterinarians to check the horses. Every horse is examined at least three times a day, he said, in the morning, in the afternoon in the receiving barn and again in the paddock to ensure they warm up properly.

In 2017, Del Mar will schedule Opening Day later in the summer to give horses a chance to adjust to the track, Harper said.

The club will also start a program using biomarker technology on the horses through funding with the Jockey Club and the DMTC. Blood samples will be taken from competition horses, according to Harper, giving them a picture of what’s going on with the horse before and after the race.

“This is a fairly new procedure,” he said. “I think it will certainly tell us a lot about what’s in these horses as they get to the starting gate.”

The first fatality happened on Opening Day when a horse named Presidential Air “broke down badly” in the sixth race according to the Daily Forum. The horse was euthanized.

On July 21, Pacific Swell broke down in the fifth race.

On July 23, the Los Angeles Times reported that Dutchessa collapsed 40 yards past the finish line during Race 2 and had to be euthanized.

On July 24, Fasnacloich broke down in the second race and was euthanized according to the track steward’s minutes.

On August 11, Summer Scorcher was euthanized after breaking down in Race 6.

On August 12, Hadfunlastnight was pulled post-race and euthanized according to the track steward’s minutes.

The Jockey Club monitors injuries and fatalities on tracks and offers a set of statistics for Del Mar from 2015. In 60 race days, there were 10 fatalities. The year before, in 2014, there were nine fatalities in 51 days.

<![CDATA[Glimpsing the Colonel's KFC REcipe]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:20:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kfc+GettyImages-72301196.jpg

The Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe is famous for two things: being "finger lickin' good," and being incredibly secret. 

It's so secret, in fact, that KFC sued the last person who claimed to have found it. But now, the cat may be out of the bag, thanks to a reporter at the Chicago Tribune who traveled to Corbin, Kentucky, to interview the nephew of Colonel Sanders himself.

Joe Ledington flipped through a family photo album with the reporter, stopping to pull out the last will and testament of his aunt Claudia, Sanders' second wife. 

On the back of the document, the Tribune reports, was the top secret 11 herbs and spices that were notoriously transported via armed guard to a secure location in 2008. 

The full recipe as shown is: 

11 spices — mix with 2 cups white flour


  • 2/3 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil
  • 1/3 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried mustard
  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons white pepper
After revealing the possible recipe, however, Ledington walked back the claim in a phone interview, saying he did not "know for sure" if it was authentic. 
A KFC spokesperson later told the Tribune via email, "We go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America's most valuable trade secrets."


"Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one's ever been right," the spokesperson added.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Andy's Smoke Shop Employee Arrested for Selling Spice: SDPD]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:59:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8-25-16-Spice-SDPD.JPG

An employee at Andy's Smoke Shop in Hillcrest has been arrested for selling the synthetic drug spice after the store was caught in violation of a City ordinance and a recent cease and desist order, San Diego Police (SDPD) said.

The City of San Diego ordinance, considered the toughest of its kind in the state of California, bans the sale, manufacture, possession and distribution of spice and related drugs. 

Spice, or K2, is a chemical mixture sprayed on to a plant substance that users can then smoke or ingest to achieve a similar effect to marijuana. It is sold under a variety of names, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Employees at Andy’s Smoke Shop, located at 550 University Avenue, were first found to have sold the drug earlier this year. The city issued a cease and desist notice after the first violation.

When the owners of the store met with a City Attorney representative in May 2016, the owners agreed to permanently stop selling spice.

Approximately month later, on June 14, the City of San Diego enacted a new ordinance banning the possession and sales of synthetic drugs, including spice.

The owners were notified of the ordinance, but on June 28, they were served with a court order prohibiting spice sales from the store.

Several months later, in August, narcotic detectives learned the illegal drug was still being sold at the smoke shop.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives searched the property and recovered approximately two pounds of spice in bulk quantity and packaged for sale. The drug can lead to medical emergencies such as seizures, comas and hallucinations.

Store employee Ossam Shaba, 55, was arrested for violating a court order and possession for sales of synthetic drugs, police said. Authorities said they found the drugs on Shaba, in his car and inside the store. He was booked into jail; the City Attorney’s office will prosecute the case.

NBC 7 spoke to several people at businesses near Andy's Smoke Shop who said they are hoping that after Thursday's incident, the drug and transient culture in the area will change.

Matthew Lowe works at a restaurant close by and told NBC 7 that his tip jar was looted, ice cream had been stolen and his facade defiled by intoxicated individuals passing by.

“You see the people around here that are under the influence spice, it just gives it a bad look,” Lowe said. “If they can't get [spice] in the neighborhood, then they're not going to be around here."

Kassidy Recendiz runs the spa next door.

“It's definitely very sad. We don't want to see people dying or getting sick, we already have enough drugs out there that are not good for people,” she said.

Meanwhile, an employee from Andy's Smoke Shop was left to clean up after detectives searched through the store on Thursday.

Samir Kazkorkis told NBC 7 that the store does not sell spice and that it was unfairly targeted.

But police said the store had been selling the synthetic drug after it had been banned.

Those who violate the drug ordinance face criminal and civil penalties up to and including six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or three years’ probation and a $2,500 fine, depending on the circumstances of the violation.

Photo Credit: San Diego Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Spider-Man Visits Pediatric Patients in South Bay]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:55:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0825-2016-SpiderMan.jpg

About a dozen patients and their families were greeted by Spider-Man Thursday, and took photos, received toys and words of encouragement from the superhero.

Ricky Mena of Pittsburg visits the pediatric wing of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara as Spider-Man at least once a month to bring smiles to kids battling illnesses and their families.

“When I first started this journey I didn’t think it would be popular or go anywhere,” Mena said. “I just wanted to make a few kids smile as Spider-Man.”

He started being Spider-Man in 2014, after a dream in which he says his late grandmother told him to dress up as the superhero and give gifts to children in hospitals.

Since then, he started the non-profit Heart Of A Hero and has visited kids across the country who are terminally ill, have life-threatening illnesses, kids with special needs, foster kids and homeless kids.

Mena has now visited over 7,000 kids in the past two years.

He believes each patient is the real superhero.

Photo Credit: Ryann Vargas/NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Who Lodged Man's Body in Car Faces Murder Charge: DA]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:44:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8-25-16-Sanchez-Readiness.JPG

A woman accused of killing a pedestrian in a bloody hit-and-run and then driving for half a mile with his body lodged in the front seat will now be charged with murder, according to an amended complaint filed by the San Diego County District Attorney's office Thursday. 

Esteysi Sanchez Izazaga, 29, who goes by Stacy Sanchez, will now face a murder charge, in addition to several felonies, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a measurable blood alcohol causing injury and a misdemeanor count of driving without a license.

When asked why the office filed the amended complaint and what evidence they have to support it, Deputy District Attorney Bob Bruce said that information would come out at the preliminary hearing, set for Oct. 26. 

"There will be a time and a place for the facts to come out on record," Bruce said. 

At her arraignment, Sanchez pleaded not guilty to the charges. Her bail was previously set at $1.5 million. 

Outside the court hearing, protesters with The Remembrance Project rallied. When they learned officials had filed a new charge, protesters were happy. 

"Very thankful," said Brenda Sparks, whose son died from injuries suffered in a crash. "I was very happy. At least she is getting charged with something that she did."

On Monday, June 27, Sanchez veered onto the sidewalk on the 4000 block of Mission Avenue in Oceanside and hit victim Jack Tenhulzen at random, police said. 

Prosecutors say Sanchez was driving so fast, she hit Tenhulzen and stripped him of his clothing.

"He went head first through her windshield, landing in a crumpled heap on her passenger seat," Aimee McLeod, a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, said.

Two hours after the crash, prosecutors said Sanchez had a blood alcohol level of 0.18-0.19, more than double the legal limit. 

Tenhulzen's leg detached from his body and flew through the back window, landing on the trunk of the car, police said. 

Sanchaz continued driving for approximately half a mile, police said. She parked the vehicle and walked away before officers arrived, police said.

"She claimed she fell asleep and only woke up when she felt glass covering her face and saw this dead person in the passenger seat," McLeod said.

Shortly after she abandoned the car, prosecutors say Sanchez called her boyfriend, walked home and changed her outfit. 

"She wasn't contacted by law enforcement for an hour," McLeod said. "At that time, she had changed her clothing and she still had pieces of windshield in her hair."

Police say her live-in boyfriend at some point called the police and reported the incident, police said. Officers found her at her house, approximately two blocks from where she left the car. 

Sanchez could face 15 years to life if convicted. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information is asked to call the Oceanside Police Department at (760) 435-4911.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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<![CDATA[Man Took Video of 10-Year-Old in Walmart Bathroom: SDSO]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:03:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Robert-Becker-Walmart-Bathroom.jpg

A registered sex offender has been arrested for allegedly taking cell phone video of a 10-year-old girl in a restroom, San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) said. 

Robert Becker, 21, is facing attempted lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, annoying or molesting a child with a prior conviction and disorderly lewd contact charges. 

Deputies were first called to a Walmart at 13487 Camino Canada in unincorporated El Cajon on Wednesday, Aug. 17. 

The victim, 10, told deputies a man followed her into the women's restroom at the store. 

She told officials the man got into a stall next to her and used his cell phone camera to record her while making lewd comments. 

"The girl protested and batted away the phone and the man ran from the restroom and ran from the store," said Lt. Dan Brislin with the SDSO Family Protection Detail.

The suspect fled before deputies arrived. However, deputies were able to identify Becker as the suspect through the store's surveillance video. On Monday, detectives with the Sheriff's Family Protection Detail arrested Becker at his home in Alpine. 

In a statement, Walmart said: 

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our customers and associates every time they're in our stores. We've worked closely with local police through their initial investigation, and we'll continue assisting law enforcement as they move toward a conviction in this case."

Deputies believe Becker may have committed similar crimes in San Diego's East County; officials are urging any potential victims to come forward. 

"We found he had entered that restroom the day prior and spent some time in there as well, so we want to make sure there are no other victims out there," said Brislin.

Local residents said the incident horrified them.

"That's nasty, Oh my gosh," said Tina Emanuel. "These are just little girls, you know."

Local Joan Hall said it was good to know the incident occured so she could keep a careful eye out going forward. 

"It's good to know to keep an eye out for that sort of thing," Hall said. "I go in the restroom; I don't have children but I do see children go in by themselves. Gotta keep an eye on them."

Anyone who may have further information on the crime, or who may have been a victim, is asked to call (858) 974-2417. Those who would like to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a felony arrest.

<![CDATA[Escaped Inmate Still at Large: SDSO]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:53:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DEMETRIUS-B-ROBERTSONcrop.jpg

An inmate who escaped from a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) facility in Otay Mesa over the weekend remains at large, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Four days ago, officials at Facility 8 near the George Bailey Detention Facility on Alta Road were conducting an inmate headcount when they discovered Demetrius B. Robertson was missing.

As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the SDSO said Robertson was still on the lam. Investigators with the San Diego County Fugitive Task Force (FTF) are still actively searching for him.

Details of his escape have not been released.

Officials said Robertson – who sometimes goes by the name Demetrius Roberson – is described as 5-foot-9 and 195 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, jeans and a baseball cap.

He’s been known to visit in Chula Vista, College Grove and Chollas View, according to the SDSO.

Robertson was arrested on May 23 on a probation violation on theft-related charges. He was considered a “low-risk” inmate and was placed in Facility 8, a 300-bed facility that houses inmates listed as “low-medium security.”

According to the SDSO, the facility, built in 2007, is considered a maximum security jail although it houses lower-security inmates.

Officials said the fugitive is not considered violent and is not a documented gang member. Anyone who spots Robertson can call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Photo Credit: NBC 7, SDSO]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Artist Paints a Picture in Your Cup of Joe]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:00:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/birdcoffee.jpg Artist and barista Mel Aquino paints pictures of birds, the Golden Gate Bridge, dogs and you-name-it in cups of coffee at the Elite Audio Coffee Bar in San Francisco. Her mediums? Milk and chocolate. She can create her masterpieces in less than five minutes. The temporary nature of the art that some say are too pretty to drink really "takes the pressure off me," Aquino said. Bob Redell reports.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Free: The Bacon-Stuffed/Wrapped Hot Dog]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:06:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/5050furter12345.jpg

Grand leaps forward, in the edible innovation sense, often come when you weren't expecting them, from the tried-and-true foodstuffs you thought you knew, through and through.

Take the hot dog. For sure, a strip of bacon wraps around the tubular icon quite nicely, and many a cook has walked the bacon-wrapped hot dog road, successfully, for years.

But what if in addition to that outer bacon there was inner bacon, the better to be-bacon the whole frankfurter, start to finish?

That's the mouthwatering musing behind the new Furter 50/50 hot dog from regional burger chain Slater's 50/50. Sit down somewhere, quietly gather your thoughts, and then picture an "all-beef frank, stuffed with freshly chopped, crispy smoked bacon and then blanketed in bacon strips."

Blanketed. If ever a description called out for italics, it is that one, though stuffed qualifies here, too.

To celebrate the delectable debut of this bun-based work of bacon-filled art, all Slater's 50/50 restaurants will offer free Furter 50/50s on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11 in the a.m. to 5 o'clock.

We fairly sure you don't even have to glance at your calendar to know that's International Bacon Day. You probably already have an alert set, right? Thought so.

The new hot dog will be available beyond International Bacon Day, though do note that the frankfurter's free-ness concludes at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Also? There are some variations on the theme, if you want to venture beyond your Furter 50/50 served neat.

Consider making your Furter 50/50 a Classic 50/50, which includes an egg served sunny side up, pepper jack cheese, chipotle adobe mayo, and avocado. The Chili Cheese Ripper boasts onions (both red and green), a cheesy beer sauce, and Guinness bacon chili, which will up the whole bacon-o-sity of the dish, which is already mighty bacon-y. A couple of other choices add comfort-food-y oomph to the new menu.

The 50/50 Furter will be priced at eight bucks, with the specialty variations going for $9.

And you're absolutely correct when you recall that Slater's 50/50 is home to the burger that's 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef. Changing up meaty staples from the inside out is something that the Anaheim Hills-founded burgery has been doing since 2009.

Photo Credit: Slater's 50/50]]>
<![CDATA[Help Sought to Find Killer of 4-Year-Old Boy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:30:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/justice-altaena-082516.PNG

Detectives and family members of a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot in Altadena appealed for the public's help Thursday in identifying the person responsible for the child's death.

Salvador Esparza III of Monrovia was shot about 10:40 p.m. July 5 at 384 W. Figueroa Drive. The kindergarten-bound boy had been visiting family friends when he was shot, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

He died at a hospital. A 27-year-old man was also wounded in the shooting, officials said.

"If anybody knows any information regarding this, please, please, please don't be scared to talk," the boy's mother, Coral Salvador, said. "Please just talk to the detectives, talk to somebody about it. I really want justice for my son."

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the boy's death. At the time of the shooting, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said a person of interest had gotten into a heated alcohol-fueled argument in the street with the live-in boyfriend of the boy's mother an hour or two before the shooting.

The boyfriend and his brother were the shooter's intended targets, Corina said.

"It's never easy when you see a child lose his life and it's never easy for anybody and of course he's not the intended target, not the intended victim in this," Corina said. "You know a bullet has no name so it just ends up striking a child who just happened to be on the porch."

Both victims were visiting the home and several other young children were asleep inside when the gunfire broke out, Corina said. The gunman walked up to the home, located just east of the Foothill (210) Freeway, and fired at least 13 rounds, striking the victims as they sat on a porch, according to the sheriff's department.

Both were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where the boy was pronounced dead, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The wounded man was a family friend not related to the child, according to the sheriff's department.

The gunman, who Corina said is possibly a gang member who lives in the neighborhood, got into a dark car and fled the scene. The attack was initially described as a drive-by shooting but investigators later determined the gunman walked toward the victims from the direction of Olive Avenue.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to contact the sheriff's department at (323) 890-5500 or, anonymously, Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

<![CDATA[US Navy Ship Fires Shots at Iranian 'Fast Boat']]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:03:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/IranShip-AP_16238734274681.jpg

A U.S. Navy ship fired several warning shots near an Iranian “fast boat” on Wednesday, according to a senior Department of Defense official, NBC News reported. 

The USS Squall and the USS Tempest were operating in close formation with a Kuwaiti Navy ship when the Iranian boat came dangerously close. The Iranian vessel passed between the two American ships at one point, coming within a couple hundred yards of the two ships. 

The U.S. fired flares and attempted radio communication, but both were unsuccessful. The Squall fired a few shots into the water as a deterrent. The U.S. rarely fires warning shots, according to the defense official. 

On Thursday, Iran's defense minister said those Iranian vessels were just doing their job and that the American ships crossed into Iran’s maritime region. The U.S. asserts that the ships were in international waters at the time.

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<![CDATA[Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty to Lewd Acts Charges]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:05:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg

An entertainment industry attorney pleaded not guilty Thursday to sex-related charges involving a 14-year-old boy.

Benjamin Lawson Adams, 31, of Los Angeles, was charged with three counts each of oral copulation of a person under 16 and lewd act with a child, along with two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of sodomy of a person under 16, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred between last September and last October.

Adams allegedly initiated contact with the teen through a social media app and then arranged to meet with the teen, according to Deputy District Attorney Chad Gillette.

Adams was arrested May 25 and released later that day on a $200,000 bond.

Manhattan Beach police said shortly after his arrest that Adams allegedly met with the victim "multiple times" and that they "engaged in sexual activity."

Police said Adams may have used his title of entertainment attorney to attract the boy's interest.

He is due back in a Torrance courtroom Sept. 27, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.

If convicted, Adams could face more than eight years in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.

<![CDATA[University in Kabul Will Reopen After Attack]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:41:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/KabulAmericanUniversity-AP_16238095788048.jpg

The nonprofit that supports the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul said the school would reopen following the attack that killed 14 people on Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

"AUAF is dedicated to its educational mission in service to Afghanistan and has no intention of giving into terror," the Friends of the American University in Afghanistan said in a statement, using an acronym for the learning institution. 

Militants detonated a car bomb outside the university's gate and stormed the complex with guns in a 10-hour attack that ended Thursday morning. 

Fourteen people — seven students, one professor, three police and two security officers — were killed. One attacker died in the car bomb blast and two militants were killed by police, authorities and a hospital official said. Forty-eight people were injured and taken to hospitals, according to a medical official.

The university in Afghanistan is not affiliated with American University in Washington, D.C. 

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Co-Pilot Arrested After Captain Suspects Him of Flying Drunk]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:32:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

A charter plane pilot was abruptly grounded Thursday at a Michigan airport after police discovered he was allegedly too drunk to fly, NBC News reported. 

The captain of the plane notified the Cherry Capital Airport tower in Traverse City that there was something wrong with his co-pilot as he prepared to land. 

When police arrived, the co-pilot was at the controls and preparing to take off for Bedford, Massachusetts, with a dozen passengers on board. 

The co-pilot, who was not named, was fired from Talon Air. Police said he was arrested after registering a blood alcohol content of .30 — four times the legal limit for driving a car.

<![CDATA[Cited Market Gets OK to Re-Open]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:18:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/el-super-082416.PNG

After being shut down two days for health violations,  a South Los Angeles market received clearance Thursday evening to re-open.

Four citations for "vermin infestation," including one classified as "high risk," were issued Tuesday after an inspection by the LA County Department of Public Health. 

"El Super fullly cooperated with the Health Department and took immediate action to address the comments noted in the inspection," reads in part a statement issued Thursday evening by the grocery company.

The store has been "thoroughly sanitized," according to the statement.  "We will continue to perfom stringent food safety and quality audits; oversee established quality assurance, conduct meticulous employee training and certifiction programs in all areas of food safety, and employe safety and quality assurance personnel to ensure compliance among our stores," the statement read in part.  

Last week, shopper Pedro Diaz said he was sifting through the corn when he made a surprising discovery.

"We found one that was already chewed up, and there was a small black dot over the chew," he said. "So we kinda figured it was feces."

Earlier this month, a video surfaced online of a mouse weaving in and out of a vegetable display at another El Super store on Arrow Highway in Covina. The company discarded the produce and sanitized the area.

"They have to really clean up for me to come back here, that's the thing," said Paulette Jones, a customer at the Gage Avenue store. "It's sickening."

"It's a hit for us, because it's really pretty much all we can afford for now," Diaz said. "It's the only grocery store in the community."

In recent years, El Super has built a chain of some two dozen markets in the Los Angeles Area.  The company, a subsidiary of a Mexican company, has its corporate offices in Paramount.  The past two years, some of its markets have been targeted with a boycott stemming from a labor dispute.   

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Blue Cut Donations Fraud]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:35:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fireGettyImages-590514608_master.jpg

A man claiming he represents CalFire has been calling residents asking for donations to help people displaced by the Blue Cut Fire, authorities said Wednesday.

The Blue Cut Fire burned 105 homes last week, as it scorched more than 56 square miles in San Bernardino County. Many residents and homeowners were affected by the blaze, and lots of people wanted to help.

However, when the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department received reports of calls claiming to represent CalFire, they confirmed with CalFire that it has not been soliciting for donations, and that they will not call and ask for donations, according to SBSD.

The Sheriff’s Department said it advises against giving personal or banking information on the phone for donations.

People who have been contacted by anyone asking for donations on CalFire’s behalf, or anyone who made a donation based on one of these phone calls is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency to report it.

Anyone with information about the investigation is encouraged to call Deputy H. Hubbard at the Phelan Sheriff’s Station at 760-868-1006.

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<![CDATA[New: Trejo's Tacos Food Truck]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:21:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dannytrejofoodtruck.jpg

When word arrived at the start of 2016 that Trejo's Tacos, the new eatery from actor Danny Trejo, would soon be doing delicious business on La Brea Avenue, fans of the star got super-stoked.

Super-stoked over the notion of savory and authentic noshables created by Mr. Trejo, a performer known for pivotal roles in "Sons of Anarchy" and "Machete" and numerous other high-profile projects.

But if making it to the corner of La Brea and Sycamore hasn't yet been in the cards for you, or you can't go nearly enough to suit your horchata- and brisket-loving hankerings, prepare to get happy: Trejo's Tacos, the food truck, will make its take-to-the-streets debut on Monday, Aug. 29.

What will the wheeled restaurant serve, at least to begin with? Look for a selection of tacos including cauliflower, grilled chicken, pork, and brisket. That's the starter quartet of tortilla-wrapped goodness, but word is different tacos will go onto rotation, depending upon the week (stay tuned).

Every taco worth its fire needs a refreshing libation to complement its piquant awesomeness, and the Trejo's Tacos food truck will be stocked with drinks. There shall be agua fresca action to keep your palate cooled down, and, you got it, Trejo's Tacos creamy horchata will be in the house (er, truck). 

And prepare to devour chips, guac, and salsa on whatever curb you happen to find the mobile taco-torium.

As for locating Mr. Trejo's truck and its next SoCal stop, best follow @trejostruck on Instagram and Twitter.

Could you do both the La Brea restaurant and the food truck in a single day? Absolutely.

What if you had a pork taco at 11 a.m. but need a brisket at 6 in the evening? There are essential matters to consider as you plan your day around the important pursuit of tasty tacos.

Photo Credit: Trejo's Tacos]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Trade A.J. Ellis for Carlos Ruiz]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:54:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/163*120/AJ+Ellis+Trade.jpg

They say you can’t really miss someone if they don’t go away.

Dodger fans will certainly miss catcher A.J. Ellis after the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday in a swap of backup catchers.

In exchange for Ellis, the Dodgers acquire veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz as they make the push for their fourth consecutive National League West Division title and perhaps their first World Series birth since 1988.

Ruiz is a native of Venezuela and has played his entire career with Philadelphia after he made his debut with the team in 2006. He won five NL East Division championships with the Phillies, two NL Pennants, and one World Series Championship in 2008.

Ruiz, 36, joins fellow Dodger teammates Chase Utley and Joe Blanton as three of the active eight players on in the league to play on the Philadelphia World Series Title team.

Ruiz is batting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games this season, but he’s been hot since the All-Star Break smacking .340 in 47 plate appearances.

Unfortunately for Ruiz, he was relegated to a backup role behind Cameron Rupp this season, and will keep the same position behind Yasmani Grandal despite the fact that Ruiz owns the second best WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of any catcher in Phillies history with 21.7.

Acquiring Ruiz is a modest improvement at the backup catcher position for the Dodgers, especially against left-handed hitters. However, the loss of Ellis will be felt greater than just the occasional day behind the plate.

Ellis,35, was one of the most popular players on the team, and was beloved by ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw and Ellis have their lockers located next to each other in the Dodger clubhouse and are likely each other’s best friends on the team.

According to Andy McCullough of the L.A. Times, Ellis said that Kershaw was “shocked” when he told him and that the two men shared a good cry together. Not being able to catch Kershaw again was what Ellis called “the most devastating thing.”

“It’s a really sad day for me,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Rips your heart out. I’m almost out of tears now.”

The eight-year veteran of the Dodgers was batting .194 and is a free agent at the end of the season and it was unlikely the team was going to re-sign him as they were grooming minor league catcher Austin Barnes for the backup role. It’s possible the Dodgers pick up the final option on Ruiz’s contract if he performs well down the stretch, but he can also be a free agent at the end of the season.

In addition to Ellis, the Dodgers sent Class-A Rancho Cucamonga pitcher, Tommy Bergjans, to the Phillies in addition to a player to be named later. Philadelphia send cash to the Dodgers to cover the difference in the two catchers’ contracts.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Dramatic Images: Deadly Quake Rocks Central Italy]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:04:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16238629738584.jpg Searchers scrambled to rescue people in central Italy where a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck early Wednesday, collapsing homes as residents slept and killing dozens.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Runaway Gravel Truck Careens Off Cars, Median]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:10:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/08-25-2016-dump-truck-crash-san-gabriel-1.JPG

Five people were injured Wednesday when a gravel truck rear-ended cars and careened off a median on a busy San Gabriel Valley street.

The driver might have suffered a medical emergency when the truck was traveling east on Valley Boulevard at midday, according to police. Callers reported the out-of-control truck and at least one driver captured the collisions on camera.

The truck struck at least five vehicles, some in the center lanes and others in a left turn lane. The truck came to a stop at Valley and San Gabriel boulevards, where the driver was found "semiconscious" on a nearby bus bench, police told the Pasadena Star News.

Two other people were hospitalized and two were treated at the scene, according to police. Details about the hospitalized victims' conditions were not available, but none were considered life-threatening.

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<![CDATA[Portrait Honors Nation's Oldest Living Veteran]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:50:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_overtonportrait0825_1920x1080.jpg An artist known for painting more than 300 portraits of fallen soldiers presented a portrait to the nation's oldest living veteran, Richard Overton of Austin, who turned 110 in May.

Photo Credit: KXAN]]>