<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 22 Jan 2017 16:27:07 -0800Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:27:07 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officials Urge Evacuations as Major Storm Hits SoCal]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:04:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/iron-canyon-mud-012117.png

Officials are urging some Southern California residents to evacuate their homes during the major storm. The notices were issued in advance of a storm which that brought heavy rainfall and increased risk of mudslides.

Santa Clarita

Mandatory evacuation orders remained in place Sunday for residents in the Sand Canyon impacted by the Sand Fire and other burn areas, officials said.

The National Weather Service has advised that the Santa Clarita Valley is under a flash flood watch through Sunday night.

Several roads leading into the Val Verde area are washed out. Residents in the area are being urged to shelter in place.

The area includes Placerita Canyon Road to the south, Sand Canyon Road to the west boundary, and Iron Canyon Road on the northern boundary.

The evacuation center is at Canyon High School located at 19300 Nadal Street in Santa Clarita. 

Animals may be taken to the Castaic Animal Shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic.

Livestock may be taken to Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills.


All homes in the Fish Fire impact area in Duarte will be under mandatory evacuation orders starting Sunday. 

The Duarte Community Center (1600 Huntington Dr.) will serve as an evacuation site beginning Sunday at 7 a.m. 

Animals are not allowed at the shelter and residents are encouraged to make arrangements for them. 

Camarillo Springs

Similarly, residents in Camarillo Springs have received voluntary evacuation orders which will begin Sunday at 6 a.m.

The Red Cross Emergency Shelter in Camarillo opens Sunday at 6 a.m. It is located in the Leisure Village Recreation building at 1200 Leisure Village Drive in Camarillo.


Voluntary evacuation orders are in effect for the Colby Fire Impact Area in Glendora, according to the Glendora Police Department. 

This area encompasses about 1,000 homes north of Sierra Madre Avenue between the western city boundaries of Azusa/Glendora to the eastern boundary of properties on the western side of Little Dalton Wash. 

The evacuation center is located at the Crowther Teen and Family Center at 241 West Dawson Ave. in Glendora. 

Silverado Canyon 

Voluntary evacuations have also been ordered for the Silverado Canyon burn area beginning 9 a.m. Sunday. The evacuation advisory is for homes east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Rd., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. 

Silverado Canyon residents with large animals should make personal arrangements to move their animals before the rainfall Sunday morning, fire officials said.

Sandbags or rice bales are available at OC Fire Authority's Station 14, at 29402 Silverado Canyon Road.

More information: 714-628-7085.

If you need to move small pets here is the info, and fees are waived for either location:

The Orange County Animal Care Shelter  
561 The City Dr S, Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6848
Open until 5 p.m.

VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
1 South Pointe Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Open until 5 p.m.

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<![CDATA[List: Historic California Winter Storms, Devastating Floods]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:50:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/221*120/1938-LA_River_Flood_06.jpg

California's wettest winter in years has led to flooding and landslides in parts of the state -- and more strong storms are expected.

Below, a look back at some of the most devastating winter storms on record in California. Some changed the way the state plans for severe weather and altered landscapes.

Great Flood of 1862

It remains the worst floods in California's recorded history. Steady rain and snow that began falling across the West Coast in December 1861 served as the buildup to the Great Flood. Record rain in early January proved to be too much for rivers and streams from Oregon to San Diego. Adding to the destruction -- a warm storm that melted snowpack, causing it to run off into already flooded areas. Researchers widely agree that the storms were powered by an atmospheric river, a stream of tropical moisture that can create a conveyor belt of storms. 

March 1907, December 1909 Floods

The flooding of all major rivers in the Sacramento Valley led to a change in the way engineers looked at California’s flood control system, which had been based on a Midwestern strategy of confining floodwaters between levees. The idea of using bypasses and overflow weirs, dam-like structures designed to change a river’s flow, had previously been rejected. The death toll exceeded 

1938 Los Angeles Flood

A storm that arrived Feb. 28, 1938 brought rainfall that intensified before finally moving out of Southern California five days later. It left behind a catastrophe in LA, Orange and Riverside counties and other parts of the region. Bridges, homes, businesses and roads were washed away as rivers overflowed their banks due to consecutive whopping storms. More than 100 people were killed.

September 1939 Tropical Storm

A tropical storm lost its hurricane status just before moving onshore, but still packed enough power to cause significant destruction. The storm brought sustained wind gusts of 50 mph and more than 5.6 inches of rain to Los Angeles in a 24-hour period. The storm illustrated the state’s vulnerability to tropical storms. Forty-five deaths were reported.

December 1955 Flooding

More than 70 deaths were attributed to the devastating floods in central and northern California, deluged by rain in the days before Christmas. A statewide disaster was declared as rivers overflowed their banks, resulting in an estimated $200 million in economic losses.

1969 Winter Storms

Forty California counties were declared disaster areas during the series of storms that contributed to nearly 50 deaths and $300 million in economic losses. The storms caused significant flooding in the Central Valley and the reformation of the Tulare River in the San Joaquin Valley.

December 1977 Wind/Dust Storm

Excessive rainfall isn’t the only problem Californians have faced from winter storms. Wind gusts reached nearly 200 mph in the Kern County community of Arvin, lifting soil from the ground. Sand and dirt piled up on highways, buried cars and blew out vehicles’ windows. The winds turned once fertile grazing and agricultural lands into a vast swath of sandy soil. Three deaths were attributed to the storm.

1982-1983 El Nino Storms

The weather phenomenon that influences California’s weather ushered in rain and snow for several days throughout the state. Coastal areas were hit hard by wind and rain, but the storms also caused flooding in valley areas and mountain landslides. Although the storms brought record rainfall to the Sierras, much of that snowpack melted and poured into overwhelmed rivers. The storms heightened Californians’ awareness of El Nino-influenced weather, leading to a strategy of reservoir releases during the 1997-1998 El Nino. Thirty-six deaths were reported and more than 6,600 homes were destroyed.

1995 Winter Storms

Relentless rainstorms cut off parts of the Monterey Peninsula along the central California coast from areas to the east. The Salinas River topped its previous record height by four feet. Downpours pushed other rivers in central and northern California to new records and bloated there region’s streams. The storms caused an estimated $1.8 billion in economic losses and led to 28 deaths, according to the Western Regional Climate Center. 

1997 New Year’s Flood

The holiday storms delivered rain and snow in central and northern California from Dec. 26, 1996 to Jan. 3, 1997 with the worst conditions arriving on New Year’s Day. The Yosemite Valley flooded for the first time in more than a century, and the problems didn’t stop after the storms — rivers continued to overflow their banks and loosed soil led to landslides in the following weeks, blocking roads and leading to disaster declaration for most of northern California. Eight deaths were reported.

Editor's Note: The information above was compiled using resources from the Western Regional Climate Center, NOAA and USGS.

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<![CDATA[Crowds Flood Downtown Los Angeles for Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:51:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/March+aerials+2+1-21-17.JPG

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<![CDATA[Anniversary of the LA River Flood]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:43:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*124/LA_River_Flood_01.JPG March 2, 2016 marks the 78th anniversary of the 1938 flood of the Los Angeles River, an event that prompted the transformation of the river into a series of channels. Here's a look at the destruction of the floods and what it looks like today.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Will Not Release Tax Returns: White House Adviser]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:56:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kellyanneeee.jpg

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said Sunday the president would not be releasing his tax returns, reversing months of repeated campaign-trail promises to do so after an audit is completed, NBC News reported.

The comments were a response to a Whitehouse.gov petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on Trump to release his tax returns.

Conway also added that Trump's returns are irrelevant. "They voted for him, and let me make this very clear: Most Americans are very focused on what their tax returns will look like while President Trump is in office, not what his look like," Conway said in an interview on ABC's "This Week."

Conway's statements are false — multiple polls showed a majority of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns, including an ABC News/Washington Post survey out last week that found three-fourths of Americans believe he should release them.

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<![CDATA[10,000 Affected by Power Outages in LA Area ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:35:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/04-08-2016-ladwp-generic-outage-1.JPG

Around 10,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were affected by power outages due to a massive rainstorm moving through the LA area on Sunday afternoon.

Earlier in the day tree branches fell onto a distributing station that serves portions of Van Nuys and Panorama City, knocking out power to at least 1,000 customers in the area. Power was restored in this area around 1:45 p.m., according to LADWP.

During times of severe weather, dried palm fronds, tree branches and other debris can fall and make contact with power lines which frequently causes outages.

LADWP is working to restore power to affected customers “as quickly and safely as possible,” the utility company said in a news release.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Attempted Robbery at San Antonio Mall]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:17:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SA+Mall+Shooting+12217.jpg

Officials now say that one person was killed and five others were injured in an attempted robbery at the Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday.

The robbery happened at the KAY Jewelers store in the mall, Leslie Garza, San Antonio mayor's director of communications, told NBC News.

According to San Antonio police, two people tried to stop the two suspects as they were fleeing the store.

One of the suspects shot and killed one of the Good Samaritans. The other Good Samaritan, who has a concealed carry license, shot and wounded that suspect, police said. 

The other suspect then fled through the mall, shooting as he ran, police said. 

At least two people were shot and three others were injured, Garza said. City and police officials had previously said seven people were injured. 

The conditions of those injures were not immediately known.

Garza said police are searching for the second suspect.  

"Today's deadly shooting at Rolling Oaks Mall is a tragedy for everyone involved and all of us affected," San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor said in a statement posted on Facebook. "As SAPD and Live Oak Police continue to search for a second suspect, ensure the safety of mall employees and shoppers and clear the scene, I ask everyone to remain calm, vigilant, safe and report any info you may have about the suspect who remains at large."

Police responded to a shots fired call around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. The spokesperson said earlier that people were injured in the shooting, but the nature of their injuries was not immediately known.

The mall was evacuated and many of the stores were placed on lockdown, Garza said. Police are conducing a store to store sweep.

Video from NBC affiliate WOAI-TV showed multiple police cars, ambulances and law enforcement outside of a Dillard's department store.

A person inside the mall who spoke to WOAI-TV said he heard six shots.

The Rolling Oaks Mall is located along Loop 1604 on the northeast side of San Antonio.

Check back for more on this developing story. 

<![CDATA['Boy Meets World' House Gets Price Cut]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:30:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg Feeling nostalgic? The price of a Los Angeles house featured in the beloved 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has been reduced to $1.29 million.

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<![CDATA[Lakers Pull-off 'Alternative Win' in Dallas]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:15:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-lose-to-Mavs-.jpg

On a day that "Alternative Facts" entered American popular culture, the Los Angeles Lakers provided an alternative win against the Dallas Mavericks, 122-73. As the final score suggested, LA was alternative competing for the majority of the afternoon in Dallas and eventually suffered the worst defeat in the history of the franchise.

"We didn't show up to play, honestly," Lakers coach Luke Walton explained the alternative win on Spectrum SportsNet after the game.

Walton added, "Honestly, it's embarrassing for us as a team, for us as an organization, for our Laker fans that are so good for us. At this point, it's not about every night going out and winning. It's playing a certain style that allows you a chance to win." 

Following a competitive first quarter, LA only scored 11 points in the second quarter and trailed the Mavericks by 34 points at halftime. What made that difference even more incredible was that the Lakers only had 33 points at halftime. Yes, Dallas had more than twice as many points as the Lakers after 24 minutes of play.

LA did not have a banner day. On the 11-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant's 81-point game, Sunday was an alternative day to remember for the Lakers. As a team, the Lakers could not even manage 81 points against the Mavericks. LA scored 73 points at American Airlines Center.

For the Mavericks, individual player statistics didn't mean much on this day, as the bow-tie wearing Rick Carlisle used his reserves due to the blowout circumstances of the game. Worth noting, however, Dirk Nowitzki played 20 minutes, scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds in the win. While Nowitzki was on the court, the Mavs had a net-positive score of plus-28 points.

With the win, the Mavs moved to 15-29 on the season, meaning they now had a better winning percentage than the Lakers in the standings. LA is second from the bottom in the Western Conference and fourth from the bottom in the NBA with a record of 16-32.

Due to the Steve Nash trade, the Lakers only keep their first round draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft if it lands as a top three pick in the lottery. Considering the season is nearly 60 percent complete, the Lakers look like they'll have decent odds at keeping their draft pick.

And so, in a way, the Lakers did win on Sunday in Dallas, but for anyone dressed in purple and gold, it was clearly an alternative win, i.e. a loss. The 49-point defeat was an huge loss.

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<![CDATA[Rare "Hole Punch" Clouds Captivate SoCal Residents]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:34:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/6600d43b-a6c5-4b4b-a966-1773d69c1a8f.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Southern California Soaked by Strongest Storm in Years]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:10:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/1-22-17+camarillo+flooding.jpg

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<![CDATA['Despicable': Ex-CIA Boss Rips Trump Speech at Memorial]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:40:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trumpattheciafeuerherd.jpg

Donald Trump traveled to CIA headquarters Saturday to offer reassurance to the workforce after he spent weeks criticizing American intelligence, but his unscripted, self-referential remarks before a wall of stars memorializing fallen officers are drawing criticism, including a pointed denunciation from the agency's recently departed director, NBC News reported.

"Former CIA Director Brennan is deeply saddened and angered at Donald Trump's despicable display of self-aggrandizement in front of CIA's Memorial Wall of Agency heroes," Nick Shapiro, a former aide to John Brennan at CIA, told NBC News' Andrea Mitchell.

Brennan, Shapiro said, believes Trump "should be ashamed of himself."

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<![CDATA[Locals Unite for San Diego Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:37:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SD-Womens-March-0121-2.jpg Crowds united in San Diego Saturday for two peaceful demonstrations: the San Diego Women's March in downtown San Diego and the Sister March in the North County. Here, snapshots of both events.

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<![CDATA[Inauguration Weekend in Photos ]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:55:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-632223148.jpg

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<![CDATA[750K Flock to Downtown LA for Women's March Los Angeles]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:54:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17021652524781.jpg

Some 750,000 people flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday to march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, according to organizers for the event.

Event organizers for the Women's March-Los Angeles say the day is designed to unify communities and make a stand for "justice and equity for all."

The mission statement for the march reads in part, "We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

The march came a day after Donald Trump's inauguration. Although it appears nowhere on the site for the event, the march appears to be in direct response to the election of Trump. But organizers have to be clear to point out the march will be "pro-woman" rather than "anti-Trump.

"Women's March Los Angeles is about having our voices heard, activating our community and unifying our community. Women's rights are human rights," said organizer Emiliana Guereca.

Organizers for Women's March Los Angeles estimated three-quarters of a million people came out for the event. The Los Angeles Police Department deferred to the organizers for the march when asked about a crowd estimate.

The march in LA is a sister march to a massive gathering planned in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out, including Gloria Steinem as well as many celebrities like America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, and others.

Marchers in Los Angeles enjoyed a break in the rain between a series of storms that have drenched Southern California this week.

Participants began meeting at Pershing Square at 9 a.m., and the official march was slated to commence at 10 a.m. The march was expected to end at City Hall, and speakers including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are expected to attend. Other notable attendees include Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox, Debbie Allen, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was also planning to attend.

"I am marching Saturday because I want to show my support for the millions of Americans who continue to believe that we should be a nation that respects and supports everyone whether they are a woman, a man, an immigrant, gay, straight, trans, poor or Muslim," Hahn said. "We need to lead by example and fight to make Los Angeles County a model for the nation."

As of Saturday morning, 93,000 people said they were attending on the event's Facebook page, and another 73,000 noted they were interested in attending the event.

Street closures will be in place and traffic delays are expected due to the march, which is expected to end at 4 p.m.

Organizers highly reccommended that participants take public transit to the event. More information about what you need to know about the Los Angeles march can be found here or on the event website.

Trains on the Metrolink's San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines were at capacity Saturday morning and could not pick up additional passengers as they traveled to Union Station, said Scott Johnson a spokesman for Metrolink. The San Bernardino Line was carrying about 1,000 people, and the Antelope Valley line out of Lancaster was carrying about 600.

Amtrack 763, traveling through Orange County, was also at capacity but Johnson could not confirm whether or not it was picking up additional passengers.

NBC4's Jessica Rice, Heather Navarro and City News Service contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Docs Detail Evidence in Mission Valley Xmas Eve Killings]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:16:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Carlo-Mercado-0112.jpg

One week after a San Diego Man pleaded guilty to murdering three young San Diego residents by shooting them to death in the parking lot of Mission Valley mall on Christmas Eve 2013, NBC 7 has obtained records detailing, for the first time, the evidence prosecutors planned to present to a jury, had the case gone to trial.

On Jan. 12, Carlo Mercado, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of murder for the December 2013 killings of  brothers Gianni and Salvatore Belvedere and Gianni's fiancee, Ilona Flint.

Originally, Mercado pleaded not-guilty and was scheduled to face trial in June. At one point, Mercado’s attorneys told the court Mercado was incompetent to stand trial, a claim later determined to be inaccurate and the decision overruled by the judge in the case.

The mysterious murders shook San Diego to its core and left most residents, including family members of the victims and suspect, asking one question: why? To read a timeline of the events behind the triple homicide, click here.

On Friday, NBC 7 obtained the Statement of Facts Deputy District Attorney Brian Erickson submitted to the court on the day of the plea change.

While the documents do not provide major updates to information previously released, the documents did detail a clear timeline of what investigators believed led up to and followed the triple homicide along with new information about Mercado’s history leading up to the crimes. 

To read the records in full, click here.

In the documents, Erickson said investigators confirmed through cell phone tower records neither Mercado, nor all three victims’ phones were ever in the same place at the same time in the year prior to the murders taking place.

“There was absolutely no connection found between the victim’s alleged drug use and their deaths,” Erickson said, adding that investigators found no evidence anyone had any reason to want to kill the victims or their families.

In the Statement of Facts, Erickson also details evidence, found by investigators, that suggests Mercado had a history of motorcycle accidents and attempting to “fleece” money from other drivers involved.

One incident was in August 2012. According to court records, Mercado crashed his motorcycle into the back of a man’s truck and later that day sent the driver “an aggressive email” where a list of motorcycle parts were listed with prices for each repair. 

In that situation, according to the court records, Mercado told the driver the total cost for repairs came out to over $2,000 but Mercado said he would be willing to settle for half of the amount.

The records state a San Diego District Attorney Investigator contacted the driver of that vehicle who explained Mercado had crashed his motorcycle into the back of the driver’s truck while at a stop light and the driver assisted Mercado with his bike and called police.

When the driver received the “aggressive email” from Mercado, the records show the driver verified with his father and insurance company he would not be responsible for the costs Mercado was asking for and ignored Mercado’s email and text messages.

The Statement of Facts presented evidence Mercado filed a false insurance claim on his motorcycle days after the triple-homicide took place.

Mercado’s motorcycle played a role in the investigation as according to prosecutors, Mercado, after killing Gianni and fleeing the scene in Gianni’s car, returned to the parking lot of Westfield Mission Valley mall to remove his motorcycle he had left behind.

It was then, according to prosecutors, Mercado came into contact with Flint and Salvatore, murdering them both, fearing they would report seeing Mercado driving Gianni’s car.

According to the records, Mercado fled the scene that night, leaving his motorcycle behind, and returned the next day with a rented U-Haul truck and trailer to remove the motorcycle from the crime scene after San Diego Police Department investigators were no longer at the scene.

Two days later, prosecutors said Mercado, fearing his motorcycle could tie him to the crime scene, staged a fake motorcycle accident and filed a claim with his insurance provider.

The Geico Insurance Adjuster that handled Mercado’s claim told investigators that he doubted the story Mercado told about the fake accident, but processed the claim anyway for a total of $2,539.

At the change of plea hearing for Mercado, Erickson credited Border Patrol officers who pulled over and inspected Mercado’s vehicle less than a month after the homicides as providing the critical evidence that led to Mercado’s arrest. 

On Jan. 18, 2014, a day after Gianni’s car and body were discovered in the city of Riverside, which prosecutors believe Mercado planted, agents at the Border Patrol Checkpoint on the I-5 near San Clemente pulled Mercado over for a routine stop.

While searching Mercado’s vehicle at that checkpoint stop, Border Patrol agents found an AR-15 assault rifle, a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a .22 caliber handgun with a modified silencer.

Agents eventually released Mercado from that stop, unaware of his connection to the murders, but held Mercado’s weapons for further investigation.

It was that move by Border Patrol Agents that Erickson credits as a major turning point in the investigation, as the DNA on those firearms was uploaded to California’s DNA database system CODIS and was linked to DNA that was discovered at the Mission Valley and Riverside crime scenes.

Three days after the DNA match was determined, Mercado was arrested on June 21, 2014 for the murders of Gianni and Salvatore Belvedere and Ilona Flint.

In the court records, Erickson said investigators found gun manuals and instructions for making a homemade silencer for the .22 handgun on Mercado’s computer.

The court records also detail new information about Mercado’s mental health and suicide attempt following his arrest. 

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA['A Little One': Seniors Walk in Support of Women's March]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:06:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/senior+march.PNG

At 88 she may look unassuming, but Alice Morawetz wanted to be part of something bigger than herself.

“I have strong feelings about the change in our democracy,” the Seacrest Village Retirement Center resident says. “We wanted to be unified with other women.”

Morawetz began organizing a march at the North County San Diego senior center last week, in support of the hundreds of women’s marches that took place across the country and internationally Saturday.

She said although the administration initially thought the march might be divisive, she wanted to avoid any political confrontation. “It is not in the style of an expression of protest,” she says, calling their walk positive, supportive and unifying.

“Because we are seniors we have to be smart about this. We can’t go running around. It’s not possible,” Morawetz explains.

It wasn’t the largest march in San Diego; two other marches in downtown and the North County drew tens of thousands of demonstrators, but the approximately 50 seniors were not going to be silenced.

Resident Trudi Kranitz says two of her daughters marched in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

“I'm doing this for my children, my grandchildren, my daughters,” Kranitz tells NBC 7. “We're trying to make a difference in the world.”

She says the residents at Seacrest Village stick together because they’re like family.

“Whether it’s this particular thing that we did today of for anything, we are always together … We’ve been walking with our walkers right here,” she says. “We’ve been walking around and around trying to make a difference in the world.”

The march was brief: just two laps inside the center. But it was a meaningful statement they hope will reach far beyond the Seacrest Village.

“It’s really inspirational to see women in their 80s and 90s organizing to make a difference,” Carly Stockdale, who flew to San Diego to march with her mother and grandmother instead of attending the New York demonstration, says. "This might have been much more meaningful in many ways." 

Dee Rudolf, who also marched Saturday, says that although they’re “old ladies” they want to be a part of the world too.

“We can't do much, but this is what we can do and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that can march in big parades. This is a little one.”

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<![CDATA[DC Metrorail Trips for Women's March Top One Million]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:42:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DC+metro+train+front.jpg

Metrorail set a record, carrying the second most number of trips in its history on the day of the Women’s March in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

Metro said 1,001,613 entries were recorded into the rail system. News4’s Adam Tuss said the busiest Metrorail day was Jan. 20, 2009, the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, where 1.12 million trips were taken.

“We can all feel proud of providing safe, reliable service for large numbers of riders over two consecutive days on a world stage,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul Wiedefeld. “This success is especially impressive given the monumental challenge of sustaining such an operation over back-to-back days, along with the logistical challenges that come from national special security events.”

Tuss reported Saturday was only the second time Metrorail has surpassed 900,000 trips.

Metro said over the two days of the presidential inauguration and Women‘s March, trains, buses, and paratransit served over 2 million passenger trips. Metrorail trains provided 1.6 million trips over the two days.

Roughly 600,000 Metrorail trips were recorded on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Rifle, Bullet Proof Vest Stolen Out of Agent's Vehicle: FBI]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:03:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FBI-Generic2.jpg

A rifle, three magazines and bullet proof vest were stolen out of an FBI agent's vehicle this month in Contra Costa County, authorities confirmed Friday afternoon.

The FBI said the theft occurred between 6 p.m. January 8 and 10 a.m. January 9 in Concord, Orinda or Lafayette.

The FBI is working with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office to locate and recover the items.

Anyone with information regarding the weapons should contact the FBI San Francisco Field Office at 415-553-7400 or visit tips.fbi.gov.

No other information was immediately available.


<![CDATA[Bay Area Woman Makes Giant Suffragette Banner for D.C. March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:41:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GEESE6.jpg

A few weeks ago, Susan Jackson let out a sigh and plunked herself down on her dining room chair. The retired teacher promised over 1,000 people that she would write their names on a banner she’s taking to the Women’s March on Washington — but the clock was ticking.

“Well, it started out with 250 names,” she said dryly, waving a hand toward the white banner and pens littering the table in her San Francisco home. “But then it became, ‘oh no,’ let’s do 400. Then 700. Now we’re at over 1,000.” 

The banner Jackson made honors the Suffragettes and is modeled on sashes they wore while fighting for a woman’s right to vote. She posted her idea for it on Together We Will, a Facebook group made up of progressives, and the response was overwhelming. Within a few short days, Jackson had hundreds of comments from people requesting the addition of their name or the name of one of their ancestors.

“The response was really amazing,” Jackson said, adding that she found the group to be a solace after the election. “It’s a lot of work…but I’m proud and happy to do it!” 

The election was a devastating blow to Jackson. On Nov. 8, she had been at a comedy club in the Mission District when the results started coming in, and recounted seeing updates on a muted television stationed near the comedy set. When it became clear Trump was headed for a victory, she bolted from her seat. 

“I said, I’m sorry. I have to go,” she recalled. “Nothing’s funny anymore.” She remembered running outside crying, wondering why others on the street weren’t weeping too.

Since then, the North Carolina transplant has yet to find a “silver lining” in what she sees as a black cloud hanging over the county for the next four years, but the banner and women’s march renewed her sense of purpose

To accommodate all the names, the banner is much bigger than she had originally intended – it’s easily over five feet long and a foot wide. She also reduced the size of her penmanship, which starts fairly large and gets smaller and smaller, until you have to squint to see each name on the banner.

“We’re going to make them fit, one way or another” she laughed, noting the size discrepancy. “They’re all going on there. I’ve been adding to it almost every day, and I’m checking each name several times to make sure it’s there.”

The names belong to people of different genders, sexual identities and cultural backgrounds, making it far more inclusive than the sashes modeled by the suffragettes.

“I’m marching for everyone who has been left out. I have decided I will never be quiet again," she said. "If someone calls me a bad name, I will no longer just duck my head and pretend I didn’t hear it. Or if someone says something bad about someone I’m with, I will not be silent." 

When the march is over, Susan says she’s planning on mailing it to Hillary Clinton. Although the Democratic Nominee’s loss continues to sting, Susan says she’d like to honor the trailblazer for putting another major crack in a seemingly shatterproof glass ceiling.

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<![CDATA['We Will Not Be Silent': Bay Area Women's Marches Packed]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:18:47 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1-21-17_SF_March.jpg

As the nation comes to grips with Donald Trump assuming his seat in the Oval Office, thousands of people from across the Bay Area on Saturday continued to take the opportunity to voice their opinions about the new reality.

People scattered across the region's three major metropolitan areas, in addition to a number of other smaller communities, gathered at a multitude of locations to either fight for women's rights, decry the election of Trump, safeguard the environment or stand up for immigrant communities among a slew of other issues.

Police said an estimated 25,000 people flocked to San Jose City Hall for a roughly one-mile-long walk and rally in solidarity with the national Women's March in Washington D.C., an event that witnessed hundreds of thousands of people pack the National Mall.

Signs spotted in the San Jose crowd read, "We Will Not Be Silent," "Stop the War on Women" and "Women Can!" Men, women and children could also be heard chanting, "Yes we can!"

Nicole Hadsell of San Jose partook in Saturday's event because she is concerned about the future of reproductive rights.

"No one should have a choice about what we can and cannot do with our own bodies," she said.

Fellow San Jose resident Anette Dow is worried about Trump's stand on climate change.

"I'm worried he's going to roll back and that any gains made over the last year will be undone and the health of the planet will deteriorate past the point of saving," she said.

Droves of people clad in pink, pointy-eared "pussyhats" also took to the streets of Oakland to take aim at the new president and propagate the message that women will not remain silent over the coming years. The scene was raucous, but people remained peaceful while voicing their opinions.

"It's just amazing, so amazing that so many people are opposed to the new regime and what's happening with women's rights," Kathryn White from Oakland.

An estimated 60,000 people walked in unison near Frank Ogawa Plaza and Lake Merritt during the march, according to city officials.

Hours later, droves of people stood shoulder-to-shoulder outside San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza preaching similar messages.

Marchers could be seen flashing signs reading "Women's Rights are Human Rights" and "We are All Immigrants."

The Women's March in San Francisco just so happened to take place hours after anti-abortion advocates graced city streets during the Walk for Life West Coast rally.

Those taking part in Bay Area marches and rallies were advised to expect traffic delays both on city streets and public transportation. BART and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority increased service in hopes of accommodating those attending the various events.

Smaller scale marches also popped up in Bay Area cities such as Albany, Walnut Creek and Redwood City.

A unifying theme among speakers in Redwood City was a call for active citizenship as community leaders each vowed to continue work at the local level on education, protection of minorities and constitutional rights for all Americans.

Aside from the national Women's March in the nation's capital, an estimated 600 "sister marches" were planned to stretch across the United States, according to The Associated Press. In total, organizers believe roughly three million people took time on Saturday to speak up for women.

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<![CDATA[Conway: White House Gave ‘Alternative Facts’ on Crowd Size]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:26:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/conwayfeuerherdINB.jpg

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave "alternative facts" when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as "the largest ever" during his first appearance before the press this weekend.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered the press to deliver a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued multiple falsehoods, including declaring erroneously that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe," NBC News reported.

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Asked on "Meet the Press" why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back.

 "You're saying it's a falsehood and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that," she told NBC's Chuck Todd.

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<![CDATA[Attack on Transgender Woman Caught on Facebook Live]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:30:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Man+Attacks+Transgender+Woman+_22240557.jpg

Philadelphia Police have arrested a 25-year old homeless man accused of attacking a transgender woman while yelling anti-gay slurs in an assault captured on Facebook Live.

Ryannah Quigley, 23, of Seattle, Washington, told NBC10 she was attending the Creating Change conference in Philadelphia. Quigley said she was walking along the 1300 block of Filbert Street in Center City at 4:40 p.m. Friday with two of her friends when an unidentified man began staring at her. She greeted the man, but he continued to stare at her.

"I said, 'Is there a reason why you're staring at me up and down?' And he stopped and turned and looked and he said, 'Whatever bro.' So that's when I said, 'Please don't call me bro,'" Quigley said.

Quigley said the man then started shouting at her and yelling anti-gay slurs.

"He just kept telling me, 'You're a f-----,' and 'You're going to hell.' Then he kept saying, 'You'll never be a real woman,'" Quigley said.

Quigley told NBC10 she then took out her phone and began recording the encounter on Facebook Live. That’s when she says the man threw a bag of food at her and then punched her in the face before running away.

She reported the incident to Philadelphia Police. On Sunday morning, officers saw a man standing in the Frankford Terminal, wearing the same clothes that the suspect in the Facebook Live attack had on. He was arrested and will be charged for the assault, police said.

Quigley said she suffered cuts and a bruise but is doing okay. Quigley told NBC10 she’s been the victim of violence before. She was attacked by a group of people a few years ago.

"Often times we are not believed," Quigley said. "We are often looked at as the problem. Because as trans women people assume that, 'Oh, you must have been hitting on him.'"

Quigley's friend Keyonna Fowler witnessed the incident and said the suspects comments were "horrible."

"Just because a trans woman speaks to you does not mean that she wants you," Fowler said.

Quigley said the video of the attack was later taken down by Facebook administrators who claimed it violated their terms of service. Quigley also claimed she was blocked from accessing her Facebook account. Her friends and supporters have posted updates on her recovery to her page for her.

"Transgender individuals, they are people," Quigley said. "They are living and they will continue to be here."

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<![CDATA[George H.W. Bush Breathing on His Own in Texas Hospital ]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:53:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1943442.jpg

A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said the health of the former president and former first lady Barbara Bush is improving.

In a statement on Sunday afternoon, Jim McGrath said the President could be moved out of the Intensive Care Unit of Houston Methodist Hospital "in the next day or two."

Even better news for former First Lady Barbara Bush. Mrs. Bush could have been discharged Sunday, but decided to remain in the hospital for another night to finish her recovery and stay close to her husband. 

The two became hospitalized last week, missing the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump.

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<![CDATA[Trump Official Blasts Media, Madonna in Response to Marches]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:19:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/AP17021755160983_opt.jpg

A Trump administration official responded to the women's marches yesterday after Press Secretary Sean Spicer ignored shouted questions about the matter on Saturday, NBC News reported.

The comment from the Trump administration official said it was a "shame" that the March for Life next Friday "will not get anywhere near the same amount of coverage that this march got—and those pro-life members were NOT welcome at the Women’s March."

"The organizers noted that their platform is pro-choice and they revoked partnership status’ from pro-life groups," the comment continued.

The comment also called out Madonna, one of many celebrities to speak at marches across the country, for telling crowds that she had "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."

The administration official's comment does not include the rest of Madonna's comment, which continued: "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair." Instead, Madonna called for a "revolution of love."

"Comments like [Madonna's] are absolutely unacceptable and had they been said about President Obama, the mainstream media would be in an uproar," the official continued. "The Trump administration welcomes a robust discussion regarding the critical issues facing America’s women and families."

Hundreds of thousands of women and men poured into the nation's capital Saturday for a march aimed at showing Donald Trump they won't be silent over the next four years.

The Washington, D.C., event was the largest of more than 600 "sister marches" planned across the country and around the world. Organizers estimated 3 million people would march worldwide, and city centers across the U.S. were flooded with people in rallies that lasted for hours.

President Trump responded to the march on Twitter Sunday morning, accusing the marchers of not voting and adding more criticism to the celebrities who attended. 

"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly," Trump wrote. 

About an hour and a half later, Trump responded with another tweet, writing, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."

The marchers brandished signs with messages such as "Women won't back down" and "Less fear more love" and decried Trump's stand on such issues as abortion, health care, diversity and climate change.

The rallies were a peaceful counterpoint to the window-smashing unrest that unfolded on Friday when self-described anarchists tried to disrupt the inauguration. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades against demonstrators. More than 200 people were arrested. 

But the Women's March on Washington didn't yield a single arrest, according to D.C. Homeland Security Director Christopher Geldart.

While the march organizers' "mission and vision" statement never mentions Trump and stresses broad themes, including the message that "women's rights are human rights," the unifying factor among those turning out appeared to be a loathing for the new president and dismay that so much of the country voted for him.

The administration official's full reaction is below:

It's a shame that the March for Life, which estimates the same number of marchers in DC (650,000 in 2013) and will be happening next Friday, will not get anywhere near the same amount of coverage that this march got — and those pro-life members were NOT welcome at the Women’s March. The organizers noted that their platform is pro-choice and they revoked partnership status’ from pro-life groups.

Madonna, who was one of the celebrities headlining the march, was quoted saying “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House” — comments like these are absolutely unacceptable and had they been said about President Obama, the mainstream media would be in an uproar.

The Trump administration welcomes a robust discussion regarding the critical issues facing America’s women and families.

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<![CDATA[Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale List Extravagant $35M Estate]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:55:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-gwen-stefani-gavin-rossdale-house-for-sale-tn.jpg Following their high-profile divorce last year, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are hoping to sell their extravagant Beverly Hills estate for $35 million.

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<![CDATA[Choir Group Shows Support for Womens March Through Song]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:52:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Choir_Group_Shows_Support_for_Womens_March_Through_Song_1_1200x675_860010051557.jpg One group at the Women's March in downtown Los Angeles chose to show their support through the power of music and melody. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. ]]> <![CDATA[Robbery Suspects Ditch Black BMW Following Pursuit Crash]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:17:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/012117-pursuit-crash-bellflower.JPG

Three men bailed from a black BMW Saturday afternoon after a pursuit ended in a crash in Bellflower. 

The pursuit car T-boned into another car at Somerset and Clark Avenue in Bellflower shortly after 5 p.m.

The three robbery suspects ran from the vehicle, with one even running on the roof of a nearby automotive and body shop in an effort to elude authorities.

All three men were arrested, according to the sheriff's department. 

One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries following the crash.

It's unclear where the chase began. 

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<![CDATA[Long Lost Flag Goes Home]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:46:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_lostflag0120_1920x1080.jpg A Minnesota UPS store co-owner works for years to find the rightful owner of a package containing a veteran's mementos and funeral flag.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Bee Bandits]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:45:28 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_beesstolen0120_1920x1080.jpg One beekeeper drove hundreds of miles with his bees from Montana to Yuba City, California and promptly had them stolen: all 190,000 of them.

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<![CDATA[Monkeys Enjoy Hot Bath]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:42:53 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monkeys3.jpg On January 20th, the coldest day of the Japanese calendar, shivering monkeys at a zoo in Fukuoka got a special treat. A hot outdoor bath opened in the monkey enclosure. The group of monkeys enjoyed a warm dip.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Steals Pills From Student]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:40:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_stolenpills0120_1920x1080.jpg A Tennessee elementary school teacher was caught on camera stealing prescription pills from one of her students, but she was never fired.

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<![CDATA[Woman Disappears After Traffic Stop]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:33:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_missingstudent0119_1920x1080.jpg Kansas police are searching for a young woman who hasn't been seen since an early morning traffic stop over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Disabled Paraglider Inspires]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:15:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Disabled_Paraglider_Inspires__1200x675_859381827964.jpg A disabled paraglider is inspiring folks in Japan. Kenichi Kato was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy four years ago, but he didn't let that slow him down. With help from an instructor, Kato took to the skies. Kato went to a special course that has a one-man wheelchair paraglider and mastered it.

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