<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 17 Mar 2018 07:30:33 -0700Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:30:33 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jim Brown Becomes Stan Lee's Superhero After Returning Dog]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:07:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/stan+lee+with+charlotte+missing+dog.jpg Stan Lee found a new pair to call superheroes after one legendary NFL player and his wife saved the famous comic-book writer lost one of his most prized beings.

Photo Credit: Keya Morgan]]>
<![CDATA[Assault Suspect Who Escaped Chino Prison is Found]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:23:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/juan+guzman+chino+prison+escape.jpg

An inmate from the California Institution for Men was found early Saturday after a brief disappearance, according to the Chino Police Department.

Thirty-four-year-old Juan Guzman, who was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, escaped from the prison’s north yard, according to officials. Upon learning of Guzman’s disappearance, the prison activated its alarm and conducted an emergency count, leading to the revelation of his escape.

Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, he was found hiding on prison grounds.

Photo Credit: Chino Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Thieves Ransack Navy Veteran's Home in Mid-City]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 02:53:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/mid+city+navy+veteran+burglary.jpg

Thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry was taken from a former U.S. Navy aviator Tuesday, March 13 from his Mid-City home.

Bradley Myslinski was at work when brazen thieves committed the break-in in broad daylight while he was at work. The victim’s surveillance camera captured one intruder knock on his door several times as he strategized with an accomplice on how to commit the burglary.

"I have an audio of him talking to people in the car, parked in front of my neighbor’s house," Myslinski said. "They were describing the hallway and that there was no one home."

The footage then shows a gray Lexus pull up to the home's driveway as a getaway driver waits for two burglars who ransack the house.

"They had gone through every single drawer in the master bedroom, the bathroom, this office," the veteran said. "Contents emptied out all over the floor."

Myslinski estimates that the burglars were inside the home for less than 20 minutes.

"The insurance company is covering one-fifth of the amount that was stolen," he said. "(The burglars) directly hurt hard-working people. It’s not a victimless crime. They should be ashamed of themselves."

The veteran says that although his home’s security alarm system did not go off, he is thankful his security camera clearly recorded the intruders.

Anyone who recognizes the thieves or who has information on the burglary is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Police Department Wilshire Division at 213-473-0476.

Photo Credit: Bradley Myslinski]]>
<![CDATA[Dragic, Heat Burn Lakers 92-91]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:29:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Isaiah-Thomas-Lakers-lose-to-Heat.jpg

Isaiah Thomas had the ball in his hands, drove left and got a look at the basket but came up just short moment before the final buzzer sounded, as the Los Angeles Lakers lost 92-91 in a back-and-forth contest against the Miami Heat on Friday night at STAPLES Center.

"Isaiah got a clean look though," Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the game. "We can't complain about that. I think he was probably a little cold. He had been on the bench for a while, but if you get an open look for someone like I.T. at the end like that, you live with that."

Julius Randle and Goran Dragic played starring roles for their respective teams on the night, with Randle scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Dragic finished with a game-high 30 points, including the game-winning bucket with 15.2 seconds remaining in the game.

Instead of immediately calling timeout, Walton allowed his team to get the ball up the court and make something happen. With 7.5 seconds remaining in the game and the Lakers barely past half court, Walton called time out to design a play.

The coach wanted to get the ball in to Randle, but the Heat double-teamed the Lakers' player of the game, so Lonzo Ball in-bounded the ball to Thomas. The former University of Washington Huskie had only entered the game following Walton's late timeout after playing one of the more forgettable games of his Lakers' tenure.

Thomas ended up short on his attempt, and the game ended with the Lakers' backup point guard missing eight of his nine shots from the field on the night and recording five points, three assists and three turnovers.

In order to get Thomas into the game, Walton took out Brook Lopez. Lopez finised the night with 18 points, four rebounds and two assists, including four of six from three-point land.

Lopez and Travis Wear, the latter of which is on a 10-day contract, combined to hit seven of the Lakers' nine three-pointers on the night. Ball and fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma both made one of their three attempts from distance on the night.

Kuzma added to his tally after becoming the rookie record holder in made three-pointers a couple games earlier. Kuzma took the mantle from D'Angelo Russell, who made 130 deep daggers in his first season. Prior to that, the record had been held by Nick Van Exel for over 20 years.

With 132 three-pointers, Kuzma sat in front of his locker and said, "It's pretty special, anytime you have any record but especially with the Lakers. It's pretty special."

The 21-year-old forward added, "It's also pretty cool just the simple fact that everybody said, pre-draft, I couldn't shoot. It's pretty funny how it works."

Ultimately, the Lakers lost on Friday night in a close game against a team that has a winning record and looks like it will ease into the Eastern Conference playoffs. With the loss, the Lakers fell to 31-38 on the season, while the Heat improved to 37-33.

Walton, though, seemed particularly agitated with the loss and said, "They were tougher than we were tonight, which is really frustrating. I don't want to lose, but I don't mind losing when other teams make plays."

The Heat also collected five more offensive rebounds than the Lakers on the night. Walton lamented the team's 20 turnovers and the Heat's 18 extra field goal attempts on the night.

"We couldn't even make a post pass, which is the basic fundamentals of passing, so that is frustrating."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Judge to Bar City From Enforcing Gang Injunctions]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:00:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Judge_to_Bar_City_From_Enforcing_Gang_Injunctions.jpg

A federal court judge said the injunctions "impose significant restrictions on plaintiffs' liberty'' and have "truly weighty'' implications. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Firefighters, Foundation Unite to Keep Kids Safe]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:59:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/4_Our_Heroes.jpg

The Pasadena Fire Department and The Hero in You Foundation join forces to help address something on the minds of many parents, keeping kids safe. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Broken Water Heater Cause of Koreatown Apartment Leak]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:04:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Social_Koreatown_Hazmat_Carbon_Monoxide_1200x675_1181040707631.jpg

Tenants of a Koreatown apartment building are back home. But last week it was the scene of dangerous and potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide leaking into the building, forcing residents to evacuate.

Residents were kept out of the building for several days while hazardous materials crews investigated. The cause was a malfunctioning water heater in the basement sending poisonous gas into the apartments above according to Los Angeles' Housing and Community Investment Department.

A tenant of the building told the NBC4 I-Team carbon monoxide detectors were taken down during recent renovations.

"I actually had one in my hallway and they painted my apartment and they took it off the wall and they never put it back on," said Lashawn Kennard, a tenant.

A representative for the building owner says the tenant did have a carbon monoxide detector. In fact, it was a dual carbon monoxide and smoke detector.

It isn't just the building owners' responsibility to keep everyone safe. State law says "the carbon monoxide device shall be operable at the time that the tenant takes possession.

A tenant shall be responsible for notifying the owner if the tenant becomes aware of an inoperable or deficient carbon monoxide device within his or her unit."

<![CDATA[Rain Does Not Ruin NASCAR Parade in Fontana]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:16:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rain_Does_Not_Ruin_NASCAR_Parade_in_Fontana.jpg

Thousands of NASCAR fans in the Inland Empire didn't let the scattered showers rain on their parade as they eagerly anticipated an upcoming race. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Costco Celebrates Military with 'Costco Military Hour']]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:21:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Robo_a_mano_armada_causa_panico_en_una_tienda_Costco.jpg

Costco is celebrating military personnel and their families by inviting them to a special shopping event called Costco Military Hour on March 24, 2018.

The open door event provides the opportunity for the military community to connect, enjoy free samples, experience product demos and delicious snacks.

There are 117 Costco warehouses nationwide participating in this event.

At 0800, the first 100 attendees who arrive will be treated to swag bags filled with goodies.

For those who are not Costco members, Costco is offering an exclusive deal for military members who want to join.

For more information click here.

<![CDATA[How Do You Know You Have Carbon Monoxide Leak?]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:00:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Carbon_Monoxide_Poisoning_1200x675_1188064323699.jpg

We are still awaiting the official cause of death of a man killed inside a Koreatown apartment building last week. Firefighters rushed to the complex and found high levels of carbon monoxide. The NBC4 I-Team discovered a history of complaints at the building and just learned something surprising about who is responsible when carbon monoxide detectors aren't working properly. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 news on Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Shamrock Out, SoCal, at St. Patrick's Day Revelries]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:33:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/caseysDSC_9283.JPG

St. Patrick's Day can be quite the prismatic holiday, for the variety of celebrations, and what revelers seek from those celebrations, is impressive and vivaciously varied.

True, the green beer and Guinness'll be flowing in points from Pasadena to the South Bay, and if finding a frosty mug to raise is part of your plans, also line up your ride home, or what kind friend'll be doing the designated driving.

As far as food, music, and friendly camaraderie? That's all blooming, clover-like, across Southern California on Saturday, March 17.

Best find your céili now, merrymakers of St. Patrick's Day, and don't forget to garb up in green, if that's essential to the essence of the occasion for you. Note that many celebrations are for revelers ages 21 and over. 

Casey's Irish Pub: This is the mondo, huge, four-blocks-shuttered celebration in downtown Los Angeles. The 21+ street fest kicks off at 11 a.m. and is free to join if you get there before 1 p.m. (details here). Did we truck out "mondo" and "huge" already? Believe it.

Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub: The 7th annual Block Party will raise the non-roof at the Sunset Strip venue's back lot. The hours are 1 to 10 p.m. and Merging Vets & Players is the beneficiary. Is the party 21-and-over? You bet. Do you want to find your way to a ticket now? Here's where to start.

Pub Crawls Aplenty: Join the St. Patrick's Crawl of Fame II by heading for MiniBar Hollywood in the mid-afternoon. There's a 3:30 p.m. start time and the cost is $25. Your cost of admission covers a few select libations at MiniBar plus entrance elsewhere. Read up before you go. More pub crawling, as in, separate events found downtown and in Tinseltown? Your information on both is this way. As for the block party on Cahuenga? Details are here.

Tam O'Shanter: You're in Atwater Village and you hear the stirring sounds of classic Celtic tunes? Follow them to the historic eatery, and find your way inside the large-scale music tent. It's an all-day festivity at the landmark restaurant, one that includes raffles, Guinness kegs, and more. Five bucks is the admission to the tent.

The Original Farmers Market: It's a daylong whoopdidoo at the corner of Third & Fairfax, with live tunes from Celtic Camerata, Glen the Bagpiper, The Blackwaterside Trio, and Lilt'N'Tang. Oh yeah, and Magee's Kitchen'll be serving up their famous corned beef and cabbage dinners. This is a party that isn't solely 21-plus, do note; the tots are welcome.

Tom Bergin Public House: This decades-old Fairfax Avenue treasure recently moved to a shorter open schedule, but take heart: The holiday will be a lively and long one, beginning at 6 in the morning, on Saturday, March 17. Been missing the Bergin-style spirit? Get there, just south of Wilshire, as the sun rises on St. Patrick's Day.

The Cauldron: The still-new spooky-sublime bar and restaurant in Buena Park is casting a delicious spell for the holiday. Check out the menu: Guinness-glazed lamb chops, emerald eggs, and corned beef cabbage wraps are all available. Bonus? You can order these specialties throughout the weekend. This is more of a foodie experience, one that's as ethereal and estoteric as the venue's theme.

Angel City Brewery: So you're in the Arts District on March 17, and it is after noon o'clock but before 7 p.m., and you've got a hankering for delicious corned beef tacos, sip-ready Irish Coffee Stout, and a moving line-up of Irish ditties? You know where to go. (Angel City Brewery, indeed.)

Your Favorite Pub: Taverns, hangouts, favorite spots, and beloved local watering holes across the region will be raising the spirits on March 17, from The Morrison in Atwater Village to The Venice Whaler to Molly Malone's in the Fairfax District to The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach.

Some parties at some pubs'll stay low-key, some will lean into a rollicking vibe, and some will put the emphasis on food or tunes. Check with your neighborhood go-to to see how it is greeting the shamrockingest day of the calendar.

Photo Credit: Linnea Stephan]]>
<![CDATA[Coconut's Fish Cafe Swims for DTLA]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:18:58 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tableshotcoconuts123.jpg

The ocean has many wonderful lessons to teach us, but we can put "patience" right at the top of the list.

After all, a wave doesn't travel miles in a second, nor does a beautiful, iridescent shell form overnight, and trying to claim that a beach popped in a day reveals you need to go back and study Beach 101.

Likewise, when we learn that a restaurant might be heading for Los Angeles, one that's quite big and beloved in another state, we can draw from the ocean's wisdom and also choose to practice patience.

Which fans of Coconut's Fish Cafe, a restaurant that opened in Maui nearly a decade ago, are practicing now, and have been practicing since 2015, when word arrived that the first Coconut's in Southern California would eventually be on its flavorful way.

That journey is nearly over, for Los Angeles is listed under the "LOCATIONS" section of the Coconut's Fish Cafe web site, complete with a (sort of) address: "At the Corner of 8th and Hill St." in downtown LA.

The actual address will be 809 S. Hill Street, so best put that in your contacts ASAP, because you'll want to find your way to your first Coconut's fish taco the instant the eatery's door is thrown wide to the very first LA customers.

"Early 2018" is the open date, and if you want think of "early" as the first half of a year, or the first third, well, we're in that time period, right now, so it shouldn't be too much longer.

Plus? The sign is up, at the restaurant, per @thenextlevel. Oh yeah.

So, the upshot: It isn't open yet, but all signs point to an imminent debut, with a possible opening around the middle of April 2018, or late April, per the company.

On the menus of other Coconut's locations? The fish tacos, and, yes, the fish taco mountain are much-rhapsodized-over, but so is the grilled ono, the seared ahi, and the macadamia-crusted mahi-mahi.

The locations roster also reveals that DTLA will not be the first California outpost for Coconut's Fish Cafe; there's one in Cupertino, and another in Sacramento, too, if you really need that grilled ono pronto and don't have any immediate plans to journey over the ocean, as lovely as that idea sounds.

Stay tuned; like the expansive ocean, this is one company that is happily making waves, far and wide.

Photo Credit: Coconuts Fish Cafe]]>
<![CDATA[Arson Attack Destroys Cars at Inglewood Apartment Complex]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:22:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20180316_061201_resized.jpg

Photo Credit: Toni Guinyard]]>
<![CDATA['Star Wars Nite' Alights at Disneyland After Dark]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:35:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3_11_DCA_00870-2-horz.jpg

When the very first Disneyland After Dark, a special, one-night-only event, twirled into the Happiest Place on Earth with retro chic in late January, Mouse mavens got to pondering the possible theme of the next post-sundown party.

For multiple Disneyland After Dark nights was the promise, when the series was announced at the end of 2017, and it was revealed that each night would rock its own thematic vibe.

So hold the hand of your dearest Wookiee, and tell your Porg to strap in, for this ship is headed straight for the very next Disneyland After Dark on Thursday, May 3.

It's "Star Wars Nite", you most definitely guessed, and while Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is still slated for a 2019 debut — repeat, the rising Batuu cityscape at the northwest corner of the Anaheim theme park remains under wraps — Disneyland will boast as many "Star Wars"-related happenings as the moon of Endor holds Ewoks.

Okay, right, so Endor probably has more Ewoks. Let's be real here.

But, on "Star Wars Nite," guests can expect galaxy-packed line-up of to-dos, with "(s)pecial entertainment, including character encounters" on the schedule.

Also? "Themed décor" will add to the far, far away fun, and places for a great photo, and a neato lanyard, and, yes, a first crack at buying May the 4th merchandise.

For this is all happening on the night before Star Wars Day, May the 4th, as in May the Force Be with You, which has long been an occasion observed by fans around the globe. 

Hyperspace Mountain'll zoom back into Space Mountain in time for "Star Wars Nite," Rey'll meet fans at the "Star Wars" Launch Bay, and "March of the First Order"?

Prepare to behold Captain Phasma as she "...guides a squad of First Order stormtroopers through Tomorrowland in a dramatic show of force."

Trembling, our knees are, at the mere thought. Wishing, we are, that Yoda was nearby to give us sage advice.

Impossible to stop, it is, when thinking in Yoda-style speak.

Our knees are not trembling, however, at the notion of the ticket on-sale dates.

On the contrary, those dates are coming up, soon, as fast as the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run, or just about.

Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders can purchase an entry to the May 3 party on March 27, while tickets for the general public go on sale on March 29. A ticket is $99, for guests 3 and older, and a "limited quantity" will be made available.

Details? Kindly ask your favorite Porg to fly in this direction and kindly fetch all the info you need now.

Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Lakers' Julius Randle Free Agency Dilemma]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:14:37 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Julius-Randle-Free-Agency.jpg

The Ides of a March, which is the 15th of March, was traditionally deadline day for the Romans to settle their debts, but it's perhaps more famously known as the anniversary of the day a rather large group of powerful people got together and publicly stabbed Roman Emperor Julius Caesar.

Entirely unrelated to that random bit of history, the Los Angeles Lakers host the Miami Heat at STAPLES Center on the day after the Ides of March. The hometown's modern day gladiators, injured and exhausted, take that court on Friday night to perform for the fourth time in six nights.

With Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Channing Frye all ruled out for Friday night's game with various injuries, Alex Caruso reaching the maximum on his NBA days with his two-way contract and Kyle Kuzma's status up in the air with a sprained ankle, the Lakers are limping into a lengthy four-game road trip that won't see the purple and gold back at STAPLES Center for twelve days following Friday's game against Miami.

So, after 31 wins in 68 games, it's time to talk about Isaiah Thomas, Julius Randle and where the Lakers are heading after the four game road trip and the final 14 games of what has undoubtedly been a positive season for the purple and gold.

The past few days have been eventful, as Isaiah Thomas came out and told USA Today's Sam Amick that he's not a sixth man on the same night Lakers coach Luke Walton game the 29-year-old his first start with the Lakers. Watching Thomas play since his arrival in LA, his demeanor and confidence on the court left little doubt about Thomas' thoughts before he ever opened his mouth.

Overall, the Thomas in LA experiment has been working out, and Walton tends to play the experienced point guard late in games—occasionally when he probably shouldn't.

All that said, Thomas' decision in the upcoming free agency will likely be based on dollar value, and if the Lakers don't land all their targets, Thomas could fit as a short-term, big money contract, keeping the Lakers financially flexible for the summer of 2019. Of course, at age 29, Thomas could not be blamed for taking a longer-term contract elsewhere, rather than waiting around to see if the Lakers fail in free agency and offer him the leftover scraps on a short-term deal.

While not out of the question, Thomas' return to the Lakers seems unlikely.

While Thomas' future and fit with the Lakers may be a fun thought experiment, the current conversation clogging up the calculating zone of the Lakers' brains is figuring out how exactly Randle fits into the Lakers' future. The Lakers drafted Randle in 2014, though he broke his leg and didn't play his first complete game until the 2015-16 season—Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott's farewell tour.

Over the two seasons under Luke Walton that followed, Randle has improved immensely, and the player and coach seem to share a special professional relationship that mixes in positive messaging, along with tough love. More than any other player, Walton had tested and tried Randle, openly admitting that he treats the forward differently than he does other players on the team. Walton would talk about expecting more from Randle than any other player on the roster long before the unique forward began to turn heads.

Now, Randle suddenly looks like a player the Lakers can ill afford to watch walk away. Randle has been his own special form of beast on the court recently, with one struggling to find comparisons for his level of play.

Over the past 11 games, Randle is averaging 21.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game and shooting 61 percent from the field. Over the stretch, the Lakers have won eight of 11 games, and the forward has seven double-doubles. With Randle starting and leading from the front, the Lakers have won 20 of their last 30 games despite a spattering of injuries taking hold of the team.

At age 23, Randle is still a full three or four years away from the age most players consider the prime of their careers. The former University of Kentucky forward, though, poses a bit of a conundrum for the team. If the Lakers truly believe they can get LeBron James and Paul George in the summer, the restricted free agent would have to be incredibly understanding not to sign an offer sheet if a team comes in at the start of free agency with an offer. Considering his recent play, one has to expect Randle will draw interest and an offer from other teams.

While James and/or George are still making their respective decisions, the Lakers may be forced to make their decision on Randle.

Only, Randle told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk in no uncertain terms that he'd welcome playing with James: Randle said, "I would love to play with Bron and learn the same things."

So, is it possible to keep both James and Randle, while also making space for George, who has seemed like the most likely free agent to commit to LA. Bleacher Report's Eric Pincus, who is widely regarded as a salary cap expert, explained that if the team renounced every single free agent not named Randle, including the non-guaranteed players, the team would have roughly $48 million in salary cap space.

Then, the team would need to stretch out Luol Deng's contract for either five or 11 years to maximize its salary cap space but still fall short on giving George and James maximum level contracts by $3.3-$6.8 million if they held onto Randle, according to Pincus.

A trade involving Deng and packaged with draft picks would help the Lakers out, but that doesn't appear to be likely before the start of free agency—if at all. So, the Lakers simply may have to make a decision on Randle while the man famous for his drawn out "The Decision" announcement about leaving Cleveland makes his latest decision about, well, possibly leaving Cleveland, again.

If the Lakers decide to keep Randle, they'll have to work out a deal with Randle's agent, who also happens to be George's agent and let him know that George can only get a maximum contract if James passes on the Lakers. Funny enough, James will likely be sitting at his $23 million Brentwood home when he decides on whether he wants to go back to Cleveland, join his buddy Chris Paul in Houston or take his talents to Venice Beach.

So, can the Lakers keep Randle? Will the Lakers keep Randle?

At the moment, even the Lakers probably don't know the answers to those questions. If Randle is sacrificed for George and James, however, the front office of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Rob Pelinka won't shed any tears. They walked out smiling ear-to-ear when they traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. to Cleveland for expiring contracts and a draft pick.

Noting that he's the last Laker remaining from Bryant's final season, Randle has slowly ascended to Caesar's throne as the team's leader on the court, and the Dallas native would be wise to keep alert to avoid being stabbed in the back in free agency.

With only 14 games remaining in the Lakers' season and the playoffs not a realistic target, deep dives ahead into free agency are inevitable. At the moment, the Lakers may not exactly know how to keep Randle, but one clearly gets the sense that the team wants to keep Randle.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Teen With Mental Disabilities Found Dead, Parents Charged]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:03:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/parents+arrested+murder+charge+teen+special+needs.jpg

After an 18-year-old woman with mental disabilities was found dead in her Riverside County home, her mother and stepfather were charged with murder, abuse and child endangerment Friday.

Riverside County sheriff’s deputies responded to an unattended death call just after midnight on March 10 to a home on the 18000 block of Palowalla Drive in Mesa Verde. They discovered Kaylina Anderson’s body in her bedroom.

It is unknown how long the body had been in the room or the cause of death.

Anderson’s mental disabilities required full-time care and supervision, according to deputies. Officials described the victim’s appearance as "diminished" and the home was deemed the home as substandard. Child Protective Services removed three children under the age of 6 from the house.

On March 14, Central Homicide investigators arrested the victim’s mother, 35-year-old Jill Williams and her stepfather, 40-year-old Steven Williams.

The couple was held at the Indio Jail with $1 million bail each. It is unclear if either suspect has a lawyer.

Anyone with information on Anderson’s death is asked to call the Central Homicide Unit at 951-955-2777.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[RuPaul Honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:06:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-932919220.jpg

Entertainment icon and world-famous drag queen RuPaul received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday.

RuPaul Andre Charles is the 2,631st celebrity to get his own star.

The two-time Emmy winner was introduced by Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda at the ceremony, who remarked that his star should be "at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the Walk of Fame."

RuPaul reflected on his lifelong aspiration to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sharing, "It was a dream I wasn't sure how I would achieve it but I had so much support from my family and from my faith in a benevolent universe. And that is what has brought me here today."

The ceremony took place outside of World of Wonder production offices -- the company that produces VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' which brought RuPaul prime-time Emmys as outstanding host of a reality or reality-competition program in 2016 and 2017.

"RuPaul is a revolutionary performer who brought the art of drag into the American public eye and made it mainstream,'' said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Born RuPaul Andre Charles on Nov. 17, 1960, in San Diego, he later studied theater at the North Atlanta School of Performing Arts. He settled in New York City in the mid-1980s, becoming a popular fixture on the nightclub scene earning himself the title "Queen of Manhattan.''

RuPaul's first prominent national exposure came in 1989, with a featured role dancing in the B-52's "Love Shack'' music video.

RuPaul released his first album, "Supermodel of the World'' in 1993, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart for new and developing recording artists. He has released 10 more studio albums, two soundtrack albums, six compilation albums, three remix albums, one extended play and 32 singles.

RuPaul has produced and hosted the competition series "RuPaul's Drag Race,'' since 2009. He also hosted "RuPaul's Drag U,'' where women are given drag makeovers and "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul,'' both on Logo.

RuPaul has also been a judge on the Game Show Network's body-painting competition, "Skin Wars.''

RuPaul has appeared in more than 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag including "Crooklyn,'' "The Brady Bunch Movie,'' "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar,'' and "But I'm a Cheerleader.''

Photo Credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Make Merry in Murphys for Irish Day]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:44:41 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MurphysIrishDayJimLast-08.jpg

THE VILLAGES OF GOLD COUNTRY... each boast somewhere around 19 to 297 layers of history, when it comes to anecdotes about local characters, how the bank and/or hotel and/or saloon began, and why a particular event is observed on a particular day of the calendar. But figuring out why Irish Day, a lively celebration in Murphys each late winter, is celebrated around the middle of March, doesn't take too much investigating: It is, indeed, a St. Patrick's Day party, one that keeps a sweet, small-town-y spirit close to its heart. For sure, there's a parade, because it would hardly seem like the 17th of March without a few bagpipes and waving parade participants, and there are booths, too, brimming with "... hand crafted items, original art, tasty food, wine, and other beverages." You'll want cash on hand, of course, for any vittles or merch you want to leave Murphys with, but the whole happy party?

IT'S FREE, so there's no admission booth at one end of Main Street, asking for an entry fee. The revelries dance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, with a pancake breakfast kicking it all off, carb-tastically (and a good thing, too; you'll want the power to go, go, go all day). The parade begins at 11 o'clock, so find your curb for some of that bag-pipean bliss, and enjoy celebrating alongside "thousands of people from Northern California" who are looking for a more low-key, more historic, and certainly more Gold Rush-inspired expression of the holiday. The town does boast ties to Ireland, making it one of the musts around the Golden State, should you want to know all of the places that truly do it up for St. Patrick's. To note? Irish Day is usually celebrated on the third Saturday of March in Murphys, which, yep, just happens to be March 17 in 2018.

Photo Credit: Jim Last]]>
<![CDATA[Game Wardens Set Trap for CSULA Coyote]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:57:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Game_Wardens_Set_Trap_for_CSULA_Coyote.jpg

Game wardens set traps around the California State University, Los Angeles campus in an effort to capture a vicious coyote that bit a child just a day prior. Hetty Chang reports for Today in LA on Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Magical: The Broad Adds a Second Kusama Infinity Room]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:19:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yayoieternitybroad.jpeg

What's bigger?


Or the anticipation held by thousands of Southern Californians over the October 2017 opening of "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Rooms" at The Broad downtown?

There's nothing worth quibbling about regarding that question: Infinity is, of course, bigger, but the anticipation and excitement felt by oodles of art fans over the beyond-buzzy exhibit was vast, passionate, and, at times, seemingly infinite.

Tickets sold out, twice, as quickly as light travels, or seemingly so, to the ethereal exhibit.

And stand-by lines in front of the Grand Avenue institution? Hoo goodness. They were, if not exactly infinite in length, impressively sized, and remained so through the exhibit's closing day of New Year's Day 2018.

But now Kusama fans and lovers of mysterious and thought-provoking artworks will have a second Infinity Mirror Room to ponder, whenever they'd like to ponder it, at The Broad: "Longing for Eternity," from 2017, will join The Broad collection, as a new acquisition, starting on Saturday, March 17.

This is not a step-inside Infinity Mirror Room, like the other permanent, oft-photographed Infinity Mirror Room at The Broad, "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away"; rather, you peer inside a small portal, only to be dazzled by a kaleidoscopic landscape of glittery lights and dark pockets of depth.

The Broad announced several other major acquistions on Friday, March 16, along with "Longing for Eternity," including Mark Bradford's "Helter Skelter I" (2007).

As for seeing both, as in two, as in plural, Infinity Mirror Rooms at The Broad?

General admission to the museum is free, but important steps must be taken should you desire to visit one or both Kusama pieces.

The museum lists several need-to-know tips here, including information about that all-important visit to the iPad kiosk in the museum's lobby, which enables a visitor to secure her place in the queue (it's virtual, so no need to stand in place for hours).

So what will "Longing for Eternity" discuss with "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away," after hours, after the museum has shuttered for the night and all of the guests are gone?

If artworks talk to each other when people disappear, as is sometimes the rumor?

Each piece is filled with big ideas and big beauty and plenty of twinkle and dazzle. One artwork can be entered, one must be viewed by looking inside a small space, but both share a sense of upbeat wonder about the universe, our place in it, and general unabashed uplift-a-tude.

Photo Credit: Yayoi Kusama]]>
<![CDATA[Free or Cheap Things to Do in Los Angeles]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:27:03 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cbGettyImages-670643326+%281%29.jpg Want to explore LA but don't want to spend a lot of money? No worries — there's plenty of fun things to do in Los Angeles that cost next to nothing.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stars Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:55:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rupaul-walk-of-fame-getty.jpg Hollywood's A-listers, from "X-Files" sleuth Gillian Anderson to Disney icon Minnie Mouse, here are the stars who have been honored and forever immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Photo Credit: Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mammoth Mountain's Mid-March Is Mighty Snowtastic]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:13:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mammothandrew+miller+-+20180315_chris+benchetler_mammoth_miller_07.jpg Some 10 feet has fallen at the summit in March alone.

Photo Credit: Andrew Miller]]>
<![CDATA[Summon Magical Meals at Disney Food & Wine Festival]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:36:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Food-and-Wine-2018_Black-Garlic-Soy-Braised-Pork-Belly-Banh-Mi_011718_09932DN-1024x576.jpg

WHAT TO RIDE FIRST? Grizzly River Run or Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! or Mater's Junkyard Jamboree or Soarin' Around the World? Deciding which attraction to visit as you walk in the gate at Disney California Adventure requires some planning, some deciding, some conferring with friends, some re-configuring of previously agreed-to plans, and then just going for it, which means dashing for the decided-upon ride. And by "dashing" we mean walking at a normal speed, politely, with consideration of others, which helps everyone. But how, though, to apply those ride-picking techniques to choosing what to chow down upon first while visiting the Disney Food & Wine Festival? There are so many goodies, of both the vittles and drinkables varieties, and all of those many booths to call upon, too. The annual food fair is now, through April 12, 2018, so best get to studying what's available, edibles-wise, before you go. There's...

A FOODIE GUIDE, which lists everything you can buy 'n try during the special event. Highlights? Well, they all qualify for the "Highlights" category, but check it out: Pineapple mimosas, Mexican chocolate custard, and a black garlic soy-braised pork belly banh mi would probably make an ideal meal, as would a chicken teriyaki slider with spice DOLE pineapple jam and a glass of Mango Aqua Fresca. You could just go sweet, and order Watsonville strawberry pie, a Meyer lemon macron, and bourbon chocolate Whoopie pie, or you could stick to finger foods like salt & beer vinegar Parmesan chicken wings. Here's the whole tempting shebang, and where to find each food and drink, but dally not: While the rides you love will roll on past April 12, the Food & Wine Festival will, quite sadly, end.

Photo Credit: Disneyland Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Yep, Knott's Boysenberry Festival Tasting Cards Are a Whole Thing]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:34:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tastingcard18knottsboysen.jpg

If only, and we do mean this sincerely, we had tasting cards, the kind of clear and helpful tasting cards seen at the annual Knott's Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm, in our everyday lives.

And these straightforward, life-assisting cards wouldn't only deal with food. They'd tell us what errands we had to run and what appointments we had to make, and there'd be pull-off tabs we'd hand to various people to complete various transactions.

Alas, those don't exist, yet, but Knott's has the whole Tasting Card plan wrapped up when it comes to its famous springtime food festival.

A food festival that opens on Friday, March 16, and runs through Sunday, April 8, and if you're suddenly pre-overwhelmed with choices, because there are over 75 boysenberry-themed eats and drinks to try, best buy a card as fast as it takes to pop a boysenberry in your mouth.

It's thirty dollars, this magical Tasting Card, and it provides you an edible, enchanting entryway to trying eight different popular boysenberry dishes, including a Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib, Boysenberry Pierogies, and Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla.

All eight dishes will be found around the Ghost Town. Easy.

And all eight dishes are listed clearly on the 2018 Tasting Card, so if you're not jazzed about some of 'em, you might consider buying each boysenberry dish as you go, because there will be plenty to buy at the the Buena Park theme park. 

And by "plenty" we mean over 75 different boysenberry eats and drinks. Oh boy(senberry)!

If you do go with the Tasting Card option, best know what that means. The message seen at the top of the card tells a happy story: You can try all eight dishes offered, down the line, one after the other, or you're welcome to "mix and match," if that's your pleasure. 

Yep, this is "(n)ew this year," this mixing and matching, so hurrah.

Getting into the festival? It requires Knott's admission.

Getting food and drink at the festival? That's not included with admission, so do bring money.

Getting a Tasting Card? You can buy online.

The nice Knott's people have so many solid tips for enjoy this bustling berry bash, including when the Tasting Card stands are the busiest, so you'll probably want to study up before loading up your berry-lovin' crew for Buena Park.

For now, we don't have Tasting Cards in our day-to-day lives, unfortch.

But no unfortch-a-tude here: Knott's Berry Farm has boysenberry fans covered, for the next few weeks, when it comes to trying offbeat treats 'round the Ghost Town, all for the price of a single, tab-lined, temptation-filled card.

Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm]]>
<![CDATA[Multiple Vehicles Charred in Inglewood Arson Attack]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:40:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/vehicles+charred+in+inglewood+carport+fire.jpg

Multiple vehicles were charred early Friday after a carport in an Inglewood apartment complex caught flames in an arson attack, according to Los Angeles County Fire Investigator Raul Ramirez.

Fire crews received a call at 2:45 a.m. of a car on fire in the 10200 block of Doty Avenue. Upon arrival, officials found multiple cars on fire under the apartment’s carport.

Five cars and one motorcycle were damaged or destroyed in the attack, Ramirez said. Investigators are working to determine what kind of accelerant was used in the fire.

Flames extended to the building, but none of the 20 residents in the complex were displaced.

The blaze, which was dubbed a first alarm fire, was doused within 45 minutes and one person has been detained, according to LACFD. A witness alleged that a man holding a gas can fled the scene.

Photo Credit: OnScene.TV]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Detained After Car Crashes Into Westwood Home]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:56:35 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/westwood+car+crashes+into+house.jpg

Residents of a Westwood home had a rude awakening when a vehicle crashed into their house Thursday night.

Officials received a call at 11 p.m. of a car in a structure in the 10800 block of West Wellworth Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Both LAFD and the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene. They found that the vehicle jumped the curb and crash-landed in the home, officials said.

One room in the house was yellow-tagged due to the damage the crash caused.

No injuries were reported and the driver of the crashed vehicle was detained, LAFD said.

Photo Credit: ANG News]]>
<![CDATA[Underdog CSUF Takes on Purdue and Fans Are Pumped]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:36:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Underdog_CSUF_Takes_on_Purdue_and_Fans_Are_Pumped.jpg

Vikki Vargas reports live from BIGS sports bar in Fullerton where fans are watching the exciting game Friday, March 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Chase With Domestic Violence Suspect Ends by Camp Pendleton]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:58:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/anaheim+pursuit+dv+suspect.jpg

California Highway Patrol were in pursuit Thursday of a driver suspected of domestic violence. 

The chase began at approximately 10:30 p.m. in Montebello after police received a call of domestic violence potentially involving a child. The driver sped down the southbound 5 Freeway at speeds that reached up to 90 mph until the vehicle's tire fell off.

Speeds dramatically slowed down to about 30 mph as the chase approached the Camp Pendleton area, where officials engaged in a PIT maneuver. The driver behind the pursuit surrendered at around 11:35 p.m.

Photo Credit: NewsChopper4 Alpha]]>
<![CDATA[Deadly Hit and Run Kills 10-Year-Old]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 20:02:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Deadly_Hit_and_Run_Kills_10-Year-Old.jpg

The man accused of killing a 10-Year-Old boy in a hit and run accident has turned himself in. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

<![CDATA[Parents Reunite with Deputies Who Saved Toddler With CPR]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 22:24:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Save+Toddler+12.JPG

Two deputies who saved the life of a La Puente 16-month-old got to meet with him again in person Thursday, as the boy's parents thanked the men in uniform for rendering aid in the nick of time.

On March 12, 2018, the Industry Sheriff’s Station received a 911 call of a baby not breathing after being trapped by a motorized gate. The caller reported the boy, Kevin Lopez, was turning a purple color and was unsure if he was dead.

Neighbors rescued the boy from the gate but still, Kevin wasn’t breathing.

"I asked for him to hand over baby Kevin to me, he took a second or two and once he did, I was able to start the CPR process," Deputy Erik Nava said.

Deputy Nava and Deputy Jose Cruz arrived at the scene and administered lifesaving CPR for approximately four minutes before paramedics arrived.

"It was only two to three minutes of CPR that was done and thankfully so we were able to get some grasp of air and ultimately some signs of crying."

Once the paramedics arrived, the deputies coordinated the blocking of streets and intersections for a clear path of travel to the hospital.

The paramedics and the physician who treated the toddler said it was the CPR that saved Kevin’s life.

“You do feel heroic. You consider the efforts that you’ve done with your partner; ultimately there was a life that has been saved,” said Nava. “So yes, heroic yes but again this is what I signed up for. I’m a police officer and ultimately I’m just here to help and do my job.”

This is the second time Deputy Nava saved a child's life. He was also credited for with saving the life of a 7-month-old child who also stopped breathing in November 2015.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Snow Dumps Onto Mammoth Mountain Overnight]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:59:54 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Snow_Dumps_Onto_Mammoth_Mountain_Overnight.jpg

Good news for skiers: more snow is expected through the weekend, as reported on the NBC4 News at 11 Thursday, March 15, 2018.

<![CDATA[Flutter by as Butterfly Season Opens at Kidspace]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:57:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ButterflyGirlKidspace12345.jpeg

No way, no how, and nope: You'd never, ever stop a butterfly as it went about its important daily business, the business of sipping nectar, of alighting upon flowers and leaves, and of blithely flitting about, hither and thither.

But you can stop for butterflies, to learn more about these iconic in-the-air insects, and to help your tots grow their knowledge of how butterflies come to be.

A chrysalis plays an essential role, no spoiler alert required, and, inside that chrysalis, a caterpillar, but finding a caterpillar/chrysalis combo to observe can be a mite tricky.

Thank goodness Kidspace Children's Museum is standing by for the inquisitive, butterfly-loving families of Southern California. More than standing by, really, for each springtime the Pasadena-based learning institution hosts a popular Caterpillar Adoptions program, which gives kids the chance to "...experience the magic of metamorphosis."

Those adoptions open for 2018 on Saturday, March 17, and tots can welcome a single caterpillar into their lives for $5.49 or a quintet of catties for $19.99.

The spot? Slink, caterpillar-style, over to the museum's Busy Bee Learning Store.

"Newly hatched caterpillars arrive weekly," states a note on the museum's web site, and "sales are while supplies last."

And you bet: An adoption certificate is part of the the deal, as is food and instructions on taking care of your little furry, ready-to-transform charge.

When your butterfly is ready for release, you'll want to return to Kidspace to grandly and sweetly send it out to the sky. There are several butterfly-y happenings throughout late March and April at the museum, and a Grand Butterfly Celebration over the first weekend in May.

All the tips and need-to-knows about helping your caterpillar eventually, post-metamorphosis, spread its colorful wings? Kidspace staffers will kindly advise and take you through the steps. 

Observing the timeless transformation while feeling the wonder of it all? That's up to each individual to experience or not, but it is difficult not to be dazzled by this eternal process, one that feels as synonymous with spring as new grass and warm breezes.

Find out more at Kidspace Children's Museum, and adopt your caterpillar soon, to begin the imminent butterflycation, which isn't a word that's found in any textbook, but feels appropriately intense for this way, way cool cattie-to-flutterby event.

The 22nd Annual Butterfly Season flaps its wee wings from March 17 through May 6, 2018.

Photo Credit: Kidspace Children's Museum]]>
<![CDATA[Interactive Map: See Areas Most Vulnerable to Landslides]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:31:29 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/california-landslide-map-esri.jpg

Southern California's dramatic and varied landscape can be breath-taking, but at the same time vulnerable to dangerous landslides.

The map above shows areas susceptible to deep-seated landslides based on past landslides in each location, steepness of the slope and rock characteristics. Darker reds indicate areas of increased landslide susceptibility.

App UsersClick here to see a larger version of the map

You can also explore decades of landslide history. Click the forward icon to advance to "Landslide Inventory" and view a display of landslides documented by the California Geological Survey. Click on the map to see more information about each landslide.

Note: The information used to compile this map was calculated by the California Geological Survey.

Photo Credit: ESRI/California Geological Survey
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<![CDATA[Map: See Street Closures for the 2018 LA Marathon]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:50:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/la-marathon-2017-generic.jpg

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The Los Angeles Marathon is coming up on Sunday, forcing street closures across a swath of the city to accommodate the stadium-to-the-sea route.  

The 26.2-mile race is called "from the stadium to the sea" because it extends from Dodger Stadium to near the Santa Monica Pier, ending at the intersection of Ocean and California avenues. 

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The marathon runners cross several areas of Los Angeles County including West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and pass through tourist and historic points of the city such as Chinatown, Los Angeles City Hall, Dolby Theater, part of Route 66 and Rodeo Drive. 

The closing of the streets will begin at midnight. Roads will reopen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Drivers are advised to avoid downtown Los Angeles. Metro service also can help avoid traffic headaches. 

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