News Roundup – Dec. 14, 2008

Here are some of the stories in the Southland on Sunday...

We Need This Rain

Forecasters have upped projected precipitation totals for the cold storm headed this way, prompting the National Weather Service to warn of possible flooding in burn areas. Sunday started out clear and sunny, and the main event wasn't expected to arrive until around midnight. Rainfall totals through Monday are expected to range from .75 inches to 1.5 inches and as much as twice that in the mountains. A limited number of sandbags are available for free at most fire stations. Chains are required if you're headed for the ski hills, and high-profile vehicles should be aware of possible damaging winds along the Grapevine section of Interstate 5. (

Reputed Gang Members Arrested in Deputy's Killing

Two reputed gang members are behind bars in the shooting death of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was killed before dawn Aug. 2 in front of his parents' home in Cypress Park. So far, police haven't disclosed a motive. Juan Abel Escalante, a 27-year-old father of three, worked at Men's Central Jail, but it's unclear if his killing was related to his job. There's still a $95,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction, even though police have 20-year-old Guillermo Hernandez and 24-year-old Carlos Hernandez in custody.

Bentley Driver Mystery Continues

Police say the 25-year-old man found shot behind the wheel of a Bentley on a downtown LA freeway remains in critical condition at County-USC Medical Center. But who is he, and who owns the expensive car? Police won't say. (

Double Hit-and-Run

Los Angeles police say a man struck by one vehicle and then another just south of downtown is hospitalized in critical condition, and neither of the two drivers stopped. Police say one of the suspect vehicles from the 10:15 p.m. Saturday accident at San Pedro and 27th streets is a white compact. No description of the second car that hit the man was available.

Crack in Crystal Cathedral

The Crystal Cathedral pastor known as Robert Junior has left the iconic Orange County church and plans to start his own ministry. Already ousted from the pulpit by his 82-year-old father, Rev. Robert A. Schuller resigned to start his own ministry. (

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