<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usSun, 23 Sep 2018 21:24:26 -0700Sun, 23 Sep 2018 21:24:26 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Yolanda's Art: Making the World a Better Place]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:52:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Yolanda-Gonzalez-art-9-23-18.JPG

For Yolanda Gonzalez, creating art is especially personal while painting portraits. She uses her art and talent to connect across cultures and generations.

"It taps into a part of our soul that is sacred and that is very personal," she says.

The daughter of Mexican-American parents, Gonzalez grew up in Southern California and attended San Gabriel Mission High School. It was an art teacher there who recognized Gonzalez's talent and potential. The teacher entered her art into a contest where Gonzalez won first place.

"I was so excited because I don't think I'd ever gotten recognition for anything in my whole life," she said.

It was the first of many honors.

Her art has been exhibited all over the world, and it is sought after by some of the top collectors of Chicano art, including actor Cheech Marin, whose wife Natasha is depicted in the ceramics.

Notably, Gonzalez's portraits of women exude confidence. She also believes people to be powerful, strong and beautiful.

Gonzales also likes to share her creativity and knowledge. She volunteers at the AltaMed Senior Center in Downtown Los Angeles, where she teaches art to a diverse class of senior citizens.

"It's like I'm in another place," art student Josefa Rayrucker says. "It relaxes me a lot."

For Gonzalez, though, the experience is more than simply teaching these seniors about art.

"Not only am I giving them the ability to create and to paint and to express themselves; I feel like I'm also feeding a part of them that needs to be nurtured, loved and cared for," she says.

She says, for her, teaching art is a form of mediation, a way of feeding "the whole energy of creativity" that siphons good feelings into the universe.

Photo Credit: Azucena Varela]]>
<![CDATA[Kohl's Hiring 90,000 Seasonal Workers for 2018]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:01:35 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kohls-hiring-seasonal-workers.jpg

Kohl's plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates, in addition to hosting a seasonal hiring day at select stores across the country on Oct. 20, the company announced in a statement.

Interested candidates can stop by participating Kohl's stores for an opportunity to interview for a seasonal position.

The company is looking for talented candidates interested in joining their team.

"Kohl's wants workers willing to help deliver an excellent shopping experience to customers," said Kohl's vice president Ryan Festerling.

The department store retailing chain said it plans to hire 90,000 seasonal associates across its more than 1,100 and plus stores, nine distribution centers, five e-commerce fulfilment centers and credit centers nationwide.

Kohl's has a variety of positions available, but hiring needs are determined on an individual store basis and may vary by location.

For more information, visit kohlscareers.com/hiring.

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<![CDATA[Milk or Water Must Be Default Kids' Meal Drink Under New Law]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:48:24 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Water+Resize.jpg

California restaurants that sell kids' meals will have to offer milk or water as the default drink option beginning in 2019.

Kids' meals will have to be served with non-dairy alternative of less than 130 calories, water or flavored water with no added sweeteners. Sodas and sugary drinks will be available by request.

The law follows ordinances enacted in a number of cities and counties around the state in recent years.

"Our state is in the midst of a public health crisis where rates of preventable health conditions like obesity and Type-2 Diabetes are skyrocketing, due in large part to increased consumption of sugary beverages," State Senator Bill Monning, the law's author, said in a statement.

According to Monning, parents are more likely to choose a sugary drink for their children when it is the default option, even when a healthier choice is available.

Restaurants failing to follow the new law will face a minor penalty, additional violations over five- year period would result in fines starting at $250, but only a single fine would be assessed by inspection.

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<![CDATA[Utley Shares Bittersweet Moment With Fans]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:57:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/Chase+Utley+Final+Game+at+Dodger+Stadium.png

The end is near.

For months now we've known that 2018 would mark the final season for Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley.

The 16-year veteran announced his retirement back in July, and after press conferences and farewell stops in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia, the season slowly slugged along, and Utley continued to appear in games with the occasional pinch-hit appearance or spot start.

As of Sunday, there's seven games left in the regular season, but the remaining six games are all on the road. With a deep roster of position players, even if the Dodgers hold on to win their sixth consecutive NL West crown and make the playoffs, it's likely that Chase Utley won't be on the postseason roster. That means that Sunday's game could be the last appearance for Utley at Dodger Stadium in his career.

Sure, there's a chance Utley could make the postseason roster as a pinch-hitter or injuries could force the front office's hand between now and October, but more than likely, Sunday marks the fans final opportunity to see the six-year All-Star and World Series Champion on the field.

The moment was not lost on Utley though. The soon-to-be 40-year-old posted a picture of an empty Dodger Stadium from behind home plate before the game, with a heartfelt caption.

"I watched my first Major League game at this stadium 32 years ago. Today will be the last time I get to play here during the regular season. #bittersweet #dodgers"

The post received a reply from super-utility player and "adopted son" of Utley, Kiké Hernandez who simply put a crying emoji. 

The future Hall-of-Famer hit .276 with 259 home runs, 1,025 RBIs, and four silver slugger awards in his career and will likely be remembered as one of the top second baseman in the big leagues.

The moment will probably go unnoticed amongst most Dodger fans until the end of the season and the announcement of the postseason roster for the National League Division Series or Wild Card Game, but for those fans in attendance in the regular season finale on Sunday who might happen to read this, tip your cap to one of the greatest who ever played the game.

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<![CDATA[23-Year-Old Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Oxnard]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:05:38 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Oxnard+Hit+and+Run1.jpg

The victim of a hit-and-run crash that took place in the early morning hours on Sunday has died, according to Oxnard police.

Police discovered the man in the intersection at Fifth Street and Meta Street at around 2:30 a.m. after reports he was struck by an older model white SUV. He was taken Ventura County Medical Center for emergency surgery and later died from his injuries.

Investigators are looking into reports that immediately after the victim was involved in a “possible altercation” and whether the crash may related.

Photo Credit: OnScene]]>
<![CDATA[Pink Taco to Give Away Free Tacos for National Taco Day]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:02:23 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Pink+Taco+Resize.jpg

National Taco Day is almost here. And what’s better than National Taco Day you may ask, well what about free tacos?

Pink Taco is giving away a free taco to the first 1,000 guests on Oct. 4 to mark the occasion.

They're also offering the chance for a tipsy-itsy taco day, Pink Taco will also be offering $8 Patron pineapple margaritas all day long.

Pink Taco is located on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.

Photo Credit: Pink Taco]]>
<![CDATA[Garden Grove House Fire Leaves 2 Dead]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:24:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/OC+GG+Fire+Resize.jpg

Two people were killed in a house fire in Garden Grove on Saturday night, authorities said.

It took as many as 30 firefighters nearly a full hour to contain the fire enough to begin searching the home for residents. The search turned up two bodies – one male, one female - inside the home, according to the Garden Grove Fire Department.

The fire caused an estimated $400,000 of damage, authorities said. The cause is unknown.

Photo Credit: OnScene]]>
<![CDATA[Machete Robbery Suspect Arrested]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 07:57:10 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Suspect_in_Machete_Robbery_Arrested.jpg

Surveillance video from a robbery at a Victorville Food4Less store was the break police needed to catch a man they say attacked a security guard with a machete in March.

Police arrested Kenneth Bryant, a 23-year-old Victorville resident who is seen in the footage walking out of the store with stolen food. As he headed toward the exit, a security guard approached him. Bryant then appears to pull a machete from his pants and slash the security guard on the hand, police said.

Two people who were with Bryant at the time of the alleged crime have not been identified.

<![CDATA[Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into Horse at Party]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:00:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Horse-DUI-Crash-9-22-18.JPG

A birthday celebration where a girl was riding a horse turned into a horror show when a suspected DUI driver crashed into and killed the animal on Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident occured in Mead Valley in the Inland Empire on the 21000 block of Markham Street and was reported at 8:16 p.m.

CHP Sgt. Erick Helvie said that the vehicle was traveling at 80 mph, which was well over the posted speed limit. In addition, the horse was believed to be female, and witnesses said the mare was pregnant.

The girl riding the horse was taken to a local hospital with what Helvie described as "major" injuries, while the driver of the vehicle was also taken to a local hospital for major injuries.

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<![CDATA[NC Extra: Politicon, a Competition of Ideas]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:45:06 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC+Extra+Thumb.jpg

Politicon, the unconventional political convention is back next month, but don’t look for it in Pasadena. Its popularity has grown so much that has it now being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Co- founder Simon Sidi tells NBC4’s Conan Nolan the purpose of the convention is to have people discuss and to listen to all sides.

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<![CDATA[NC Extra: Pivotal Week for Kavanaugh Nomination Ahead]]> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:25:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/NC_Extra_Pivotal_Week_for_Kavanaugh_Nomination_Ahead.jpg

A big week ahead our in nation’s capital with the possible senate judiciary committee hearing on the allegations of attempted rape by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. NBC’s Chuck Todd of Meet the Press talks with Conan Nolan about what to expect.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Machete Robbery Arrested]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:46:16 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Suspect_in_Machete_Robbery_Arrested.jpg

A man suspected of robbing a Food4Less in Victorville was arrested. Lolita Lopez reports on NCB4 News at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2018.

<![CDATA[Deputy Injured Trying to Break Up High School Fight]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:11:03 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/San+Jacinto+Blurred.jpg

A sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries while trying to break up a melee that erupted outside of San Jacinto High School and his alleged attacker was arrested, sheriff's officials said.

The fight broke out at about 1:30 p.m. Friday on Tiger Lane between North Ramona Boulevard and Santa Rosa Street, just outside of San Jacinto High School, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department reported.

The fight originally involved two female students, according a statement from the San Jacinto Unified School District.

When he came upon the altercation, the deputy - a school resource officer - ordered a group of students who had gathered to disperse but they did not comply, sheriff's officials said.

A short video showing a portion of the incident was posted on social media and shows a male student tackling the deputy to the ground while he is trying to break up the fight.

The video then shows a man shoving the male teen off the deputy, who gets to his feet and chases the teen into traffic on Tiger Lane, where another struggle ensues before the video ends.

Sheriff's officials said the teen was eventually arrested and the deputy was treated at the scene for minor injuries, though it was not clear if he was hospitalized.

"SJHS ... will be reviewing all video and dealing appropriately with anyone involved in creating an unsafe environment for students and staff,'' district officials said.

Photo Credit: Nina Rodriguez]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: 'Charlie Fire' in Castaic Visible Across SoCal]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:22:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Charlie-Fire-Castaic-9-21-18-3.jpg A brush fire in Castaic grew from a few acres to over 3,000 acres in a short period of time on Saturday afternoon. The "Charlie Fire" could be seen from as far away as the San Fernando Valley. Here are a selection of images provided by NBC viewers across Southern California.]]> <![CDATA[Petitioners Want Bill Cosby's Walk of Fame Star Removed]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:14:55 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_18205540699506-Bill-Cosby-Trial.jpg

A local activist said today that hundreds of signatures have been collected on a petition to remove comedian Bill Cosby's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said the signatures will be presented to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce on Monday, when Cosby is due to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania courtroom for his felony conviction on sexual abuse charges.

"The campaign to have Cosby's star removed from Hollywood Blvd has garnered thousands of signatures in the past three years and hundreds more have signed after his conviction,'' Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson said. "By keeping the Cosby star and ignoring the demand of thousands for removal the Chamber violates its own rules that an honoree must make worthy contributions to the community. Cosby's horrendous documented sexual abuses hardly qualify as worthy contributions to the community.''

The 81-year-old comedian was found guilty at an April retrial of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his Pennsylvania home in 2004. He's been accused by dozens of women of committing similar crimes, but has maintained his innocence.

The chamber has never removed a marker from the Walk of Fame and turned down a 2015 request to remove Cosby's star.

Hutchison added that the campaign will continue to gather signatures.

Photo Credit: Matt Slocum/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Trespassing Adds to String of Crimes at Yasiel Puig's Home]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:00:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Yasiel+Puig+Resize.jpg

A male suspect was spotted climbing the fence of an Encino home owned by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig just two days after it was burglarized.

Surveillance footage shows the man scaling the fence and making his way onto the property before leaving without entering the house itself.

Two days earlier, a pair of suspects "ransacked" Puig's home, causing as much as $10,000 in property damage after dragging a safe from the second floor down the stairs, according to the LAPD. It is unclear whether Thursday's trespassing may be related the Tuesday's burglary, though police believe the burglary suspects may have been involved in yet another attempt to rob the house that occurred in August.

When asked about the incidents, Puig said he's not allowing them to distract from his goals for the Dodgers' season.

"There's nothing I can do right now," he said. "I keep going to practice and doing my best for my team to make the playoffs and make the World Series. That's my focus right now and I'm not worried about these problems happening at my house."

Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Lakers to Host First-Ever Pride Night]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:33:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lebronbricks_0.jpg

The Los Angeles Lakers will host their first ever Pride night to celebrate the team's supporters in the LGBTQ community as part of their preseason matchup against the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 4.

As part of the event, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will perform the National Anthem. A basketball game featuring players from the Los Angeles Gay Basketball League will be held before matchup between the Lakers and Kings.

Jason Collins, who became the NBA's first openly gay active player in 2013, will be presented with an award for his work "promoting acceptance and inclusion" during the game.

All fans in attendance will receive a free Pride Night shirt.

Photo Credit: NBC Sports Bay Area staff]]>
<![CDATA[Abandoned Pug Found With Legs Severed Maintains High Spirits]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:47:37 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180919-mila-pug.jpg

Animal control officers are investigating what may be a terrible case of animal cruelty. Inside an abandoned cardboard box in Fullerton, they discover an 18-month-old pug. Her hind legs appeared to have been deliberately severed.

The pug, named Mila, is on the mend. She has even figured out how to walk without her hind legs.  Mila has a long road to recovery and investigators have a challenging task in finding out who did this to her.

After Mila was found, veterinarians rushed her into the first of many difficult surgeries. Her back legs are heavily bandaged as doctors determine the next steps in her treatment. If Mila is in any pain, she doesn't show it.

"I think it's really rallied all of us to see how resilient she is - and that's why we really want to provide her with the best life that we can," said Mike Kaviani the director of OC Animal Care. "To have experienced what she experienced and still not be holding it against humans - right?  She still loves every human she's ever met - and that's a miracle."

So far it does not appear there is any surveillance video that may have captured who dropped her off or did this to her.

Mila won't be up for adoption anytime soon, but if you'd like to help her recovery you can donate to OC Animal Care by visiting this link

Photo Credit: OC Animal Care]]>
<![CDATA[Icons o' the Foam: Sea Otter Awareness Week]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:34:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SeaOtter.JPG

NO DOUBT, no quibble, and no arguing the point: You're always aware of sea otters, whether you happen to be at the beach, or an aquarium, or at an ocean institute, or at any other place on this planet. You know a lot of about these playful mammals, their love of noshing upon urchins and crabs and mussels, their incredibly thick and toasty fur, and some of the trials they've faced in the not-so-long-ago past, in terms of extinction due to hunting. Asked to come up with a fact or two, on the spot, you might cite the close relationship between pups and their mothers as well as their ability to turn shells into tools when a potential meal is at hand. 

COMPLETELY AWARE, in short? You so are, dear otter aficionado. But when the close of September arrives, the wider profile of the sea otter rises, thanks to Sea Otter Awareness Week. The name of the week isn't simply a general suggestion that we should bone up on our otter-based facts, however; a number of Central Coast spots honor sea otters, and help educate we humans, through a variety of events. And you can find many of those happenings burbling up, like so much sea foam, from...

SEPT. 23 THROUGH 29, 2018: The events will include presentations on photographing otters, discovering how they've rebounded from the edge of extinction, and more. Where to go? Morro Bay, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Bay Aquarium are some of the locations. Wild for these wild and whiskery denizens of the not-so-deep? Spend a bit of Sea Otter Awareness Week getting to know these just-off-the-coast superstars and how we landlubbers can help otterdom to a brighter tomorrow.

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<![CDATA[San Bernardino County Sheriff's Rodeo Set to Hit Devore]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:45:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/2017+Bareback+with+full+bleachers+0917.jpg+0318.jpg The 19th Annual Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo is happening Sept. 28 through 30 at the Glen Helen Park in Devore.

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Macarockin: The Sweets Show Bakes in Anaheim]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:13:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/adriano-zumbo-cccpsweets.jpg

When people say "macaron," do you say "macarockin'"?

When friends say "frosting," do you ask "where's my spoon"?

And if think that dollops of dulce-delicious desserts are never enough, and you long for bowls with dozens of drizzly dollops of sugary goodness, should you get to the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23?

You probably should, if the pudding course, or the chocolate-y snack, or the munchable goodie, are all among your favorite things to eat.

For The Sweets Show is setting up pretty shop at the spot, for two days of appearances by celebrity sweet-making pros, such as Adriano Zumbo of Zumbo Patisserie, as well as a host of other icing-slathered, crumb-topped to-dos.

Also on the dessert-packed docket?

Think demos, so you can take tips home, as well as classes, which will also be filled with frosting-flavored learning. (Okay, the learning actually doesn't taste like frosting, but perhaps that's an invention some expert will look into immediately).

"The BIGGEST Baking and Pastry Convention on the West Coast" will also include vendors aplenty, should you want to purchase a bag or two or five of new-to-you treats.

Ticket details? A one-day entry is $25, plus a fee. Find all of your frosting-licious needs, or at least as many as you can fit into a cookie jar, at The Sweets Show site now.

Photo Credit: Adrian Zumbo]]>
<![CDATA[Gangsters Linked to Mexican Mafia Convicted of Racketeering]]> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:44:10 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/david-galvadon-mexicanmafia.jpg

Six members of a Mexican Mafia-linked street gang were convicted in a federal racketeering scheme that could send them to prison for life, prosecutors said Friday.

Officials described the gang that operated out of Santa Fe Springs and Whittier as a dangerous organization that caused misery in several communities.

"These convictions are part a larger case that illustrates our dedication to improve our communities by combating the mayhem caused by violent criminal gangs," said United States Attorney Nick Hanna in a statement.

Enrique "Boxer" Holguin, 56, was described as a senior member of the Canta Ranas gang. Authorities said he had direct communication with David Gavaldon, a Mexican Mafia member, currently serving a life sentence in state prison after being convicted of murder, authorities said. Holguin played a key role acting on behalf of Gavaldon and setting up a group of Mexican Mafia-affiliated inmates who controlled illegal activities inside the California Institute for Men in Chino, prosecutors said.

Holguin was also convicted of an attempted assault of a fellow inmate thought to be a police informant.

Donald "Wacky" Goulet, 31, collected taxes, once committed a violent home-invasion robbery and was tasked with helping Gavaldon expand the gang's territory into Riverside, authorities said.

Emanuel "Blanco" Higuera, 33, a member of the Brown Brotherhood, another gang controlled by Gavaldon, was found guilty of trafficking drugs on behalf of the gang, officials said.

Monica "Smiley" Rodriguez, 40, was described as one of Gavaldon's secretaries, who passed gang-related messages between Gavaldon and gang members, and acted as Gavaldon's eyes and ears on the street, prosecutors said.

Alexis "Lex" Jaimez, 30, a foot soldier, was involved in a an assault that left a victim with severe, permanent injuries, authorities said.

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Justice]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Swap Uniforms for Breast Cancer Awareness]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:52:33 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Swap_Uniforms_for_Breast_Cancer_Awareness.jpg

Firefighters come together to collect money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kathy Vara reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Police Probe Attacks on Men Sleeping Outdoors]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:26:23 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Police_Probe_Recent_Killings_at_Santa_Monica_Pier.jpg

A San Gabriel man who went fishing off Santa Monica  Pier, then camped out underneath, became the most recent victim in a series  of brutal bludgeonings of men caught unaware as they slept outside. Patrick Healy reports for NBC4 News at 4:59 p. m. on Sept. 21, 2018

<![CDATA[Lyft: Who's Behind the Wheel?]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:48:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lyft_Whos_Behind_the_Wheel.jpg

There's an underground market that allows people to drive for Lyft, even though the company hasn't vetted them. Randy Mac reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Man Gets Life for Killing UCLA Student]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:45:19 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Man_Gets_Life_for_Killing_UCLA_Student.jpg

Alberto Medina was sentenced to life in prison for killing a UCLA student. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Dodgers Will Honor Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey, and Fernando Valenzuela in 2019 Ceremony]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:36:18 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/Legends+of+Dodger+Baseball+Announced.png

It's Time for the Legends of Dodger Baseball. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Friday that they will honor former players Don Newcombe, Steve Garvey and Fernando Valenzuela as part of the inaugural class of the "Legends of Dodger Baseball," during a pregame ceremony in 2019.

The announcement comes ahead of legendary Dodgers Spanish Language broadcaster, Jaime Jarrín's Ring of Honor induction ceremony, an honor that none of the aforementioned players have achieved yet. 

In lieu of the Ring of Honor, the Dodgers have created the "Legends of Dodger Baseball," to recognize players that have made an impact on the franchise both on and off the field. It's no surprise that the team choose players who are still a part of the team in an official capacity. 

Newcombe rejoined the organization in 1970 as the team's Director of Community Affairs, and became a special advisor to the chairman in 2009. 

Garvey spent 15 years working for the Dodgers in the Community Affairs department and as a consultant for community relations. He is frequently in attendance for most home Dodgers games, and greets fans and signs autographs outside the left field pavillion throughout the season.

Valenzuela returned to the Dodgers organization in 2003 as the Spanish Language radio color commentator joining Jaime Jarrín and Pepe Ýñiguez. In 2015, he joined Spectrum SportsNetLA as the color commentator on the television feed.

All three legendary players will recive a plaque honoring their achievements that will remain on permanent display inside Dodger Stadium.

"We’re excited to launch the Legends of Dodger Baseball, and there couldn’t be more perfect franchise representatives to make up our inaugural class than Don, Steve and Fernando," said Mark Walter, Dodger Owner and Chairman, in a statement released by the team. "This group epitomizes what it means to be a Dodger, not only with their incredible careers on the field but also through their dedicated service to the Los Angeles community." 

Added Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten, "The Legends of Dodger Baseball program is the first of many new developments that we plan to roll out as we approach the 2020 All-Star Game, including the creation of a permanent home to celebrate the great players, personnel and moments that have helped make the Dodgers one of the most storied institutions in professional sports."

The Dodgers will recognize Newcombe, Garvey and Valenzuela prior to Sunday’s Dodgers-Padres game.

Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Hero': 13-Year-Old Thanks Officer Who Saved Her Life]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:36:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/_Hero___13-Year-Old_Thanks_Officer_Who_Saved_Her_Life.jpg

When a teen who lost both her parents collapsed at school, an officer helped saved her life. Ted Chen reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Sex Abuse Survivor Reacts to Kavanaugh Scandal]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:53:24 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sex_Assault_Survivor_Reacts_to_Kavanaugh_Scandal.jpg

As details surface about that testimony, the NBC4 I-Team sits down with an abuse survivor who waited years to tell her story and now goes to college football programs to educate about sex assaults. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.