<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usWed, 16 Jan 2019 11:02:50 -0800Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:02:50 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[KNBC Celebrates 70 Years]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:20:44 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*124/NBCHollywood1.jpg

KNBC-TV is celebrating 70 years in the news business this week.

It all began in Hollywood back in 1949. Four months after the station went on the air on Jan. 16, 1949, the 10-minute newscast featured the stories of the day in black and white. Viewers didn't even see the announcer’s face back then.

But that was 70 years ago. And in all those decades, we've come a long way. As journalism has transitioned from analog to digital, KNBC's storytelling methods have kept pace.

"Seventy years is, sort of, a history of television … and this station is a part of that history," KNBC President and General Manager Steve Carlston said.

Film was a cumbersome, time-consuming process where canisters had to be driven back to the station before footage could be spliced and then aired. Then came videotape followed by the digital revolution.

With today's technology, we’re able to broadcast with either a live truck or a full-sized camera, showing you the action as it happens.

The way news is gathered and presented may have changed over the last seven decades, but KNBC's mission remains exactly the same: Tell your stories and tell them well. Connect with your community and your world.

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<![CDATA[Rain Causes 19-Car Wreck in Cajon Pass, Full Closure of Southbound 15]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:00:45 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cajon-new-crash-011618.PNG

The southbound side of the 15 Freeway in the Cajon Pass area was shut down after rain and poor visibility caused a 19-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning, authorities said.

The southbound 15 was set to be closed for an unknown amount of time to clear the vehicles off the road at 10 a.m. in the Oak Hills area, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

Most of those who were hurt had minor to moderate injuries, and did not wish to go to the hospital.

Authorities said to expect delays as the remove cars via Ranchero Avenue in Hesperia.



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<![CDATA[Woman attacked with chainsaw tells her story]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:38:48 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chainsaw_Atack_Survivor_Shares_Her_Story.jpg

Gloria Mojica was attacked with a chainsaw in the summer of 2018 allegedly by her husband.

Several months later, she tells the story of her journey to recovery, both medical and psychological.

The macabre event occurred on July 11 when her husband, Alejandro Álvarez, attacked her in a moment of rage.

Apparently, Mojica had told her neighbor that her partner needed psychological help because he suffered from anxiety and depression.

"What I remember [is] that I grabbed my arm and blood burst everywhere," says Mojica. "I thought I was going to die [but] God was here."

Mojica and Álvarez were married for 11 years, lived in Whittier and had three children.

"Still talking about it, it still hurts," says Mojica. "You expect it from someone else, maybe. But not him. "

Her husband fled after the attack but was captured shortly after.

She ended up bathed in blood and wounded in the head, face and arms.

As a result of the injuries, she underwent multiple surgeries.

But, while her partner remains imprisoned and faces multiple charges, Mojica must also face another problem, derived from the action of her husband's attack on her.

When her husband escaped from the police, he crashed the car in which he was traveling.

However, the insurance company held her responsible for the damages that Álvarez caused to the car and sent her the $11,000 bill.

"It wasn't me," Mojica said. "They took me to the hospital. I did not take the car. "

Telemundo 52 contacted the insurance company Foremost and, in less than 24 hours, they absolved it of responsibility.

Now, the mother can continue with her recovery in the company of her children.

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<![CDATA[The Northridge Earthquake: 25 Years Later]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:29:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/northridge_1994_a.jpg

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<![CDATA[Meet Jasmine, Snow Valley's New Search & Rescue Pup]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:38:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Snow+Valley+Search+and+Rescue+Dog+Jasmine1+by+Mike+Lee.jpg

The search & rescue canines spied around California's ski resorts?

They absolutely elicit the "awwws" on the part of we humans.

They inspire our hearts to melt, just a little, even in a place that's experiencing incredibly cold temperatures. And while we long to pause and cuddle them, these important pups have critical tasks to perform, out on the slopes and beyond.

One of the newest members of this elite and essential band o' tail-wagging workers is Jasmine, a brand-new search & rescue trainee at Snow Valley Mountain Resort in Running Springs.

The Golden Retriever is currently sharpening her rescue skills in frosty conditions, but she had a far more temperate beginning: She was born in June 2018 in Oxnard.

But she's taking to the mountain snow like a duck to water, learning how to "clear the mountain at the end of the day and rescue people who get lost out of bounds." 

The resort's in-bounds terrain isn't avalanche territory, so honing that particular rescue skill is not on Jasmine's impressive list of things to learn.

In her downtime, Jasmine enjoys barking at dogs she sees on TV, per her trainer Dennis Bentson, a longtime search and rescue volunteer with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department.

Mr. Bentson, who has some 40 years experience as a ski patroller and 18 years of training dogs like Jasmine, also confirms that Jasmine "... likes to slide down the snow on her back," to play with balls that squeak, and to give snowboarders kisses (when, of course, they're taking a break).

Riding the chairlift? Totally easy for the pooch, who takes being high above the ground in confident stride.

Same goes for her snowmobile-riding abilities. No worries for this woofer when she's on the motorized move.

As for her current level of training?

She is working on locating Mr. Bentson when he hides behind trees, scoring a treat when she locates him.

Jasmine will soon she'll move on from finding with her eyes to seeking out "those in need of help" with her nose, a more advanced skill. 

It's called Wilderness Air Scenting, and given this sharp hound's lively personality and can-do attitude, Jasmine is sure to master that in no time.

Where to see her when visiting Snow Valley?

She'll may be working, so best give this furry do-gooder a wide berth should you be lucky enough to see her. Unless, of course, she swings by with a few kisses to give, which, as mentioned, has sweetly happened.

Watch for Jasmine around the "... ski patrol building at the top of the Snow Valley Express chairlift," which is described as her "HQ."

That is, of course, if she's not training in the woods, to serve and save humans who've wandered out of bounds. Or sliding down the snow on her back, just to enjoy blowing off a little steam, Fido-style.

Good dog, Jasmine.



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<![CDATA[Karen Pence to Teach at School That Bans LGBTQ Employees, Students]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:41:09 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669022980.jpg

Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, said Tuesday she would return to teaching art at a northern Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars its employees from engaging in or condoning “homosexual or lesbian sexual activity” and “transgender identity,” NBC News reported.

The employment application for the Immanuel Christian School, which was first reported on by HuffPost, asks applicants to initial a passage stating they will "live a personal life of moral purity." The application also defines moral misconduct as including premarital sex. 

Pence previously worked at the school for 12 years. When asked by NBC News about the northern Virginia school’s policies regarding LGBTQ people, Pence’s communications director stated, “It's absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school's religious beliefs, are under attack.”



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<![CDATA[Mapping the 1994 Northridge Earthquake: Origin, Shaking and Damage]]> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:52:03 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/northridge_1994_a.jpg

At a magnitude of 6.7, the 1994 Northridge earthquake wasn’t unusual in terms of its size.

Since 1900, an average 120 earthquakes per year worldwide are in the magnitude-6.0 to 6.9 range. In 1993, the year before the Northridge quake, shocks in that range numbered 141 worldwide.

For a visualization of just how many earthquakes rival the 1994 Northridge quake in magnitude, explore the map below. It displays all earthquakes in the magnitude-6.0 to 6.9 range since 1970. 

The list includes the magnitude-6.9 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, which caused devastation on a staggering scale -- 5,100 fatalities, 27,000 injures and 100,000 building destroyed.

So the number 6.7 only tells us part of story of Monday, Jan. 17, 1994.

In the case of the Northridge quake, its location in the vicinity of a built-up metropolis with some vulnerable structures -- including residential buildings and freeway overpasses -- made it a natural disaster of historic proportions.

The origin was near the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Arminta Street in the northwest San Fernando Valley on a previously undocumented fault. At a depth of about 10 miles, the quake caused strong ground motion across a widespread part of Southern California.

A USGS intensity map (below) shows that the strongest shaking, designated in red, was reported in areas north of Los Angeles as the rupture spread in that direction. Residents to the south, including downtown LA and densely popuated areas around it, reported less intense "strong" and "very strong" shaking, denoted by yellow and orange squares.

Most of the damage occurred in communities north of Los Angeles, but there were pockets of hard hit areas, like Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood and even Santa Monica. The seaside community is about 15 miles away from the Northridge earthquake epicenters, but soft soil, Southern California's fault system and Santa Monica's older building stock likely all contributed to significant damage.

Reports of damage and casualties developed throughout the first day. Below, this map features locations of some of the hardest hit areas and archived video of NBC4 reports.

At $20 billion in damage and $49 billion in economic loss, it was the costliest natural disaster ever at the time in the United States, but the damage could have been worse had the rupture spread south toward the more densely populated areas in and around downtown Los Angeles.

At the time, Los Angeles County's population was an estimated 9 million people. Today, it's around 10.1 million with nearly 4 million in the city of Los Angeles alone. How would the intensity of that shaking be felt across the Los Angeles of 2019? The map below illustrates the potential impact if the Northridge earthquake occurred today.



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<![CDATA[Timeline of Events: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:25:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/northridge-earthquake-1994-fire-gas.jpg

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The first shaking from the 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake began at 4:31 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 1994. From its epicenter in the west San Fernando Valley, the earthquake produced 10 to 20 seconds of shaking that rattled a widespread part of Southern California.

The devastation was due largely to its location in one of the United States' most densely built-up metropolises. Fifty-seven people died. More than 9,000 people were injured and 20,000 were displaced in a natural disaster that caused an estimated $20 billion in damage. The destruction included collapsed buildings and freeway overpasses, snapped water and gas lines, rampant fires and landslides.

The timeline above provides a glimpse of how events unfolded in the hours, days and months after the quake.

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<![CDATA[2019 Southern California Images in the News]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 06:25:10 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/AP_19014754284322.jpg Take a look at some of the top images in the news in Southern California.

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<![CDATA[Chef Dead, 2 Others Hurt in Hammer Attack at NYC Restaurant]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:40:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hammer+attack+bk+1+15.jpg

A chef at a Brooklyn restaurant died after a man with a hammer burst into the business and attacked him and two others in what police say was a random attack. 

The hammer-wielding man burst into Seaport Buffet Tuesday evening, randomly attacking the 60-year-old owner, a 34-year-old chef and a 50-year-old worker, police said. 

The suspect, identified by law enforcement sources as Arthur Martunovich, walked into the buffet near Emmons Avenue and East 19th Street in Sheepshead Bay just after 5 p.m., first attacking the owner at the front of the restaurant, then going to the back where he hit the chef and worker, according to police. 

All three victims were taken to NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn in critical condition, and it was there where the chef, later identified as Fufai Pun of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead. 

Samantha Randazzo, the owner of Randazzo's Clam Bar next door, said a worker from the buffet came running in to warn them about the tool-wielding suspect. 

"A couple of people, customers from the restaurant, came in here, and we let them in and they said a guy came in crazy with a hammer and started hammering certain people, random people," Randazzo said. 

"The guy said he was just screaming crazy words, like, 'I'm killing everybody, world is hell,'" she said. "Just screaming crazy things." 

She said workers inside the clam bar locked their doors in fear. 

"We tried helping people who were trying to come in, customers, but we were scared to even walk out," she said. "We didn't know where he was." 

Witnesses said they saw the suspect running toward a garage behind the restaurant. An officer arrested him a few blocks away. 

The motive behind the violent evening outburst was unclear. Police were interviewing the 34-year-old suspect at a local station. Charges are pending.



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<![CDATA[LA County Pilot Program Aims to Regulate Electric Scooters ]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:49:30 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Leaders_to_Vote_on_New_Electric_Scooter_Regula.jpg

Los Angeles County joined the ranks of municipalities wrangling with how to regulate electric scooters, voting Tuesday to create a pilot regulatory program.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the pilot, saying when scooters showed up in the unincorporated areas of Altadena and East Pasadena in November, residents raised concerns about public safety and nuisance issues.

"We want a collaborative plan that allows operators to provide a viable transit option for our residents while minimizing the potential for public nuisances, safety issues and lawsuits ultimately paid by taxpayers," Barger said.

Advocates say the scooters are an environmentally clean solution to gaps in available transit, while some residents complain of sidewalks crowded with equipment, riders who create dangerous conditions on sidewalks, and the risks of injuries.

Barger's original motion called for companies who supply the scooters to halt operations everywhere other than Marina del Rey until regulations were adopted, a recommendation made by Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai.

That condition was dropped in the final version of the motion. The Department of Beaches and Harbors has been working with vendors on a pilot in Marina del Rey.

In a December report to the board, Hamai said county goals to support innovative industries, address climate change and support a clean, multi-modal transportation system would inform regulations.

Electric scooters shared through a user app are so new to the market that no true best practices are available, with jurisdictional responses ranging from prohibition to proactive collaboration, Hamai's report stated.

Several local cities are using pilot programs to test outcomes.

The board directed the CEO to work with various departments and agencies to develop a pilot program in the next 45 days for dockless scooters as well as shared bikes on county roadways.

The plan, which would apply to unincorporated areas of the county, is expected to include a consumer-oriented website with safety information.

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<![CDATA[Man Caught on Camera Attacking Inland Empire Bus Driver]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:16:39 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/180115-bus-driver-attacked.JPG

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department released surveillance video Tuesday of a Dec. 2018 attack on an Inland Empire bus driver. They're hoping the video leads to the attacker's arrest. 

On Dec. 21, 2018, the suspect boarded the Victor Valley Transit Bus at Phelan Road and Buttemere Road in Phelan. The bus driver confronted him after he failed to put the necessary amount in the machine.

The passenger became "loud, vulgar and threatening," according to the sheriff's department. The bus driver refused to drive away and called his supervisor for back up. 

Surveillance video shows the suspect confront the driver and push him out of the bus door and onto the ground. The man steps out of the bus and punches the driver between six to eight times while the driver is still on the ground. 

The driver's face and head were seriously injured. 

The suspect was wearing a gray and red Chicago Bulls beanie, black and gray hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants and black tennis shoes with white soles at the time of the attack. 

He may be homeless and is possibly left handed, authorities added. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jeffrey Collins with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department 760-995-8781. 



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<![CDATA[Lakers Shuffle Starting Lineup, Snap Losing-Streak ]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:21:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Lakers+and+Bulls.png

Last night they took an L, but tonight they bounced back. 

Lonzo Ball had 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Bulls, 107-100, on Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Less than 48 hours after their worst loss of the season to the lowly Cavaliers, the new-look Lakers shuffled around their starting lineup with two compelling changes.

Seventeen-year veteran, Tyson Chandler, was inserted into the starting lineup at center, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made the start at shooting guard in place of Josh Hart.

"I thought KCP [Kentavious Caldwell-Pope] did a great job on [Zach] LaVine and Tyson Chandler set the tone with it," said Lakers head coach Luke Walton. "I loved our defense and intensity to start, I'll tell you that. I thought it carried throughout the game."

The moves undoubtedly worked, as the Lakers started strong for the first time in three games. After trailing by double-digits in the first quarter of consecutive games, Chandler and KCP helped the Lake Show build a 19-18 first quarter lead, and they never trailed by more than a basket. 

"I've seen it off the bench the last couple games we haven't started with great energy," said Caldwell-Pope about the lack of energy the Lakers have had to start games. "He [Luke Walton] wanted to start the game fast and get some energy in there. He wanted to switch it up to see what would happen."

Despite shooting just 46 percent from the field, the Lakers cruised to victory over the hapless Bulls, who shot even worse at a 40 percent clip.

Ball had a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Kuzma collected 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Ingram chipped in 16 points with nine rebounds.

"It was a must-win today and I had to pick it up wherever I could," Ball said about focusing more on the offensive end in the win. "Tonight we were missing shots early, but we stuck together. I tried to bring my energy and usually it feeds off on the team."

Against the team he began his career with, Chandler finished with eight points and three rebounds. Caldwell-Pope scored 17 in a starting role.

"Just to be back in the starting lineup felt good," said Caldwell-Pope. "We got out to a great start, had great energy, and we just carried it over throughout the entire game."

Chicago controls the worst offense in the NBA with a season average of just over 100 points per game. By comparison, the Lakers are 15th in the league with 111.4 PPG, and the league average is 112 PPG. 

Nonetheless, both offenses struggled on Tuesday. Zach Lavine was just 4-for-11 for 10 points. Chandler Hutchinson chipped in 12 points, Lauri Markkanen had 17 points, and Jabari Parker had 18 points in the loss.

"I thought Jabari played well," said Bulls head coach Jim Boylen. "I thought his pace was good, his energy was good, bue he's practiced well and he's been engaged."

The reeling Bulls have lost eight consecutive games, and the Lakers have won four straight over the Chicago dating back to November of 2016. 

"It's tough of course, mentally," said Markkanen of the Bulls recent slump. "We just try and get ready to play the next game and that's just what we have to do. Of course it's a lot more fun when you're winning, but nobody is feeling sorry for us. We just have to fix it."

We Want Tacos

The highlight of the game came late in the fourth quarter as the soldout Staples Center arena was on the edge of their seat to discover if the Lakers defense would help them earn a pair of Jack in the Box tacos. 

As part of a season-long promotion, if the Lakers hold an opponent under 100 points and earn the victory, everyone in attendance will get a coupon for two free Jack in the Box tacos. 

The Lakers led 98-85 with two minutes left in the game, but the Bulls went on 13-9 run to make it 107-98 with just seconds remaining. 

Unfortunately for the fans, Ivica Zubac fouled Shaq Harrison on a three-point shot with one-second remaining in the game, and Harrison sank two-of-three free throws as the boos rang down upon him. No Tacos for you!

Notes and Next

LeBron James (left groin) missed his 11th consecutive game. Rajon Rondo (right finger) also missed the contest. Denzel Valentine (left ankle) and Bobby Portis (right elbow) were out for Chicago. James was shooting in practice on Tuesday morning for the first time since he suffered the groin injury on Christmas Day.

The Lakers hope to get LeBron James back as they head out on a two-game road trip to Oklahoma City and Houston before returning home next Monday in a rematch with the Warriors. 



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<![CDATA[Milo Ventimiglia on the Impact Fans Have on 'This is Us' and His Character]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:50:22 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/NUP_183778_1215.JPG

"This is Us" fans can breathe a sigh of relief because their beloved show is back Tuesday night on NBC. It's been nearly two months since the intense midseason cliffhanger gave viewers more questions than answers.

We caught up with Milo Ventimiglia who plays Jack Pearson on the show at a recent press event for his movie, "Second Act." He tells us that fans are never short on opinions when it comes to his character and the storyline on "This is Us."

"I'm reminded daily, just being out in the world, because people let me know what the show does for them or how it impacts them." Ventimiglia said. "But beyond that, I just show up and I try to make Jack real."

Season 3 of "This is Us" continues Jan. 15 on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Mickey + Minnie Bash Boasts Magical Snacks, Swag]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:15:05 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GetYourEarsOn_DLR_DCA_AwardWieners_GetYourEarsOnFunnelCakeFries_113018_03996DNA.JPG Disneyland's new "Get Your Ears On" celebration will spotlight the iconic couple in a multitude of ways.

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<![CDATA[A Look in Photos: KNBC Celebrates 70 Years of News]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:13:33 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*126/KNBC_Burbank_1952_Oct3.jpg KNBC-TV marked the broadcast station's 70th anniversary at the station in Universal City on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Accused of Crossing State Lines to Have Sex With Teen]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:57:52 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carlie+joe+bentley.jpg

A 49-year-old Kentucky man was arrested in Arizona on Sunday for engaging in sexual acts with a teenage boy while in San Diego over the New Year's Eve holiday, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Carlie Joe Bentley is being charged with traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct after a 14-year-old boy told his family he was running away with the man, according to a complaint filed in San Diego. 

Bentley met the teenager through a dating app and arranged their travel to San Diego, where he rented a hotel for two days and engaged in sex acts with the child, the complaint said. 

The boy returned home and told others of their encounters, stating he and Bentley had recorded the interactions, according to the FBI agent who was investigating the case.

Two weeks later, the boy left a note to his family explaining that he was running away from home to be with a 49-year-old man, according to the complaint. 

The family immediately contacted law enforcement who traced the pair to Arizona. That's where local law enforcement pulled Bentley over in a rental car.

Local law enforcement told the FBI when Bentley exited the vehicle, his pants were unbuttoned and unzipped. 

When officers took Bentley into custody, he admitted to traveling to San Diego to meet with the 14-year-old boy at a San Diego motel, according to the complaint. 

The minor child was taken into protective custody and has since been reunited with family members, the FBI said.



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<![CDATA[Widow of Murdered Camper Takes $90 Million Legal Action]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:23:43 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tristan+Beaudette+Up+Close+Picture.jpg

The widow of a father shot to death while camping at Malibu Creek State Park has taken legal action against Los Angeles County and the state of California, alleging numerous agencies failed to warn the public about a series of mysterious shootings in and around the park in the months before her husband, Tristan Beaudette, was shot to death.

Erica Wu, who now lives in Northern California, has filed a government claim for damages on behalf of herself and her 2 and 4-year-old daughters demanding at least $90 million in compensation for Beaudette's death.

"The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, California State Park Police, Department of Parks and Recreation, and California State Parks and Recreation Commission have confirmed they were aware of at least seven unsolved shootings in Malibu Creek State Park," the claim said. "[The agencies] ... negligently failed to care and provide a safe space for Beaudette and his children, instead causing his death."

Wu could not be reached for comment. Her attorney did not immediately return messages.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement, "we reserve comment on pending litigation."

Beaudette, 35, was shot to death before dawn on June 22, 2018 while he slept alongside his daughters inside a closed tent. Beaudette's brother in law and his brother in law's two sons were in another tent nearby, according to the claim.

There had been at least seven other unsolved shooting incidents in or near the park between November 2016 and Beaudette's death, according to the complaint.

Last week prosecutors charged a parolee with murdering Beaudette and 10 attempted murders.

Anthony Rauda, 42, was also charged with burglarizing several buildings near the park. The attempted murder allegations include two counts for Beaudette's daughters, one count for another shooting four days earlier, and several counts for shootings in 2017.

Rauda made an initial appearance in court Jan. 7.

He is expected back in court Jan. 22 to enter pleas to the charges. He was being held on $1.1 million bail.

In a statement the California State Parks department said it, "does not comment on potential or pending claims."

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<![CDATA[One-Million+ Blocks: The Brick Bar to Pop Up in LA]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 13:54:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/the-brick-bar-london-1-side123.jpg

Pop-up bars and Los Angeles go together like beer and foam, and each one, no matter how long it intends to stick around, needs a bit of planning, a bit of construction, and a hefty dash of imagination.

No pop-up up is just going to show up in a totally empty room, in other words.

Wait, strike that; given the number of pop-ups we see 'round here, that one's probably in the development stage.

But the limited-time tavern ready to click with Southern California in a few months will need a substantial amount of hours to come together, thanks to the fact that it is made from over a million LEGO bricks.

It's The Brick Bar, and if you've heard of it, then you're up on your London-cool, Sydney-style scene. The colorful experience has already visited the UK and Australia, and it will lend hue-happy oomph to the Los Angeles nightlife scene in very late May and very late June.

We weren't kidding about the "verys" there: The Brick Bar will be here for just three days, so best clear your quirky calendar for May 31, plus June 1 and 2, 2019.

Surely you have a quirky calendar? To track the offbeat events that so regularly lend LA an extra layer of liveliness?

A ticket is $25, and you can sign up, at The Brick Bar site, to be in-the-know about when you can snag the earliest pre-release tickets.

And where it'll be. The final brick hasn't yet been clicked on the SoCal location.

This is not an experience from LEGO, do note.

Also good to stow in your brick-obsessed brain? If you like snapping blocky toys together and creating castles and weird worlds, all while you sip a cocktail, you will have that opportunity to do so at The Brick Bar.

For, yes, while the design of the space will be bricked-out, there shall be random rectangles and squares around for the public to play with, all while they raise a toast to imagination, whimsical drinking holes, and here-today-gone-in-two-more-days pop-up experiences.



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<![CDATA[42,000 Coast Guard Members Miss 1st Paycheck Due to Shutdown]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:06:06 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/coastAP_19009664216223.jpg

The nation's 42,000 active-duty Coast Guard members missed their scheduled paycheck Tuesday, as the only military branch to work without pay during the government shutdown, NBC News reported.

Because the Coast Guard is under the Department of Homeland Security, it is getting no funding during the shutdown. All other parts of the military are under the still-funded Department of Defense.



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