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Thousands Of Bikers Take Part In Thunder Bike Run In Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) – More than 7,000 bikers took part in the West Coast Thunder Memorial Day Bike Run in Riverside Monday morning. The event, which raises money for veterans and the Riverside National Cemetery, started at the Harley-Davidson dealership at 7688 Indiana Ave. at 9 a.m. The bikers made their way to the Riverside National Cemetery, where they placed flags at all the veterans’ graves. They then continued their journey, ending at the Soboba Casino near San Jacinto. An outdoor concert with the Eli Young Band was scheduled to start at noon. Read More »

Police: Off-Duty LAPD Officer Fires Gun After Witnessing Shooting In Glassell Park

GLASSELL PARK (CBSLA.com) — One man was shot in the leg and an off-duty LAPD officer discharged a weapon in Glassell Park early Monday morning, said Sgt. Roberto Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Department. The officer was at a family party at 1:50 a.m. when he heard shots fired on the street outside the residence on West Avenue 33rd at Cazador Street. He walked outside and witnessed a shooting in progress. The officer discharged his weapon and thought he struck one of the suspects, Alaniz said. Ultimately, one man was struck in the leg, Alaniz said. He is in stable condition. Police are investigating and no further information is available at this time. (©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.) Read More »

Statue Honoring Pasadena’s 11 War Dead Unveiled Monday

PASADENA (CBSLA.com)   —    It’s taken three years, and more than $450,000 in fundraising efforts, but a statue honoring the 11 men and women from Pasadena killed in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be unveiled Monday. “It’s very rewarding. right now, it’s like yes, yes we did it,” says Rogelio Ramirez. The statue will live in Defenders Park in Pasadena. KCAL 9’s Cristy Fajardo spoke to Ramirez, the father of one soldier who is grateful his son is not forgotten. For 10 years, Ramirez has never forgotten his fallen hero — his namesake, Marine Lance Corporal Rogelio Ramirez Jr. And this Memorial Day. Ramirez and 10 other Gold Star families have proof Pasadena hasn’t forgotten the troops either. “It’s not just about the barbecue, on this holiday. But it’s about feeling for those who gave their lives.,” Ramirez says. Those who gave their lives are now memorialized on banners.  And the new, highly-anticipated statue. It was commissioned by the Enduring Heroes Committee who felt Pasadena should have a monument for the 11  heroes — 10 men, 1 woman —  from the area who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year, Fajardo watched the statue being made as a work in progress.  Janie Studemund is on the committee. Her son, Scott, is one of the fallen.  His heroism in Afghanistan was inspiration for the project. “Before he died, before he ran up the ridge,” sais Studemund, “he saved his medic’s life.” The 8-and-one-half foot high statue contains a trait from each of the fallen and the flag contains a personal note from each of their families, as well. Ramirez senior says his note reads, “Un muchacho muy valiente,” which means “A very brave young man.” When the tarp comes off, the 11 Gold Star families will be there joined by those who served with the fallen. Ramirez hopes his grandson — who never got to meet his own father — will finally meet the man his father saved in combat just hours before he was killed. “He’s alive because Rogelio saved his life. That really touches me deeply,” said Ramirez. The ceremony is set to begin at 3 p.m. and is open to the public. Read More »

Another Shark Sighting Forces Advisories For O.C. Beaches

SAN CLEMENTE  (CBSLA.com)  — Enter at your own risk. That’s what lifeguards are telling beach goers in Orange County after another shark sighting near the San Clemente Pier Sunday morning. “It was a little scary you know seeing that because we aren’t used to seeing that in the Bay Area.” a man visiting from the Bay Area with his family said. Video of the most recent shark was taken Sunday morning near Capistrano Beach. Lifeguards say a sheriff deputy patrolling the area also spotted a shark which caused the water to be closed for several hours Sunday afternoon. There’s also an advisory at nearby beaches. “I’ve lived here my entire life and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s gnarly. There are so many sharks around. So many sightings.” And it seems daily now there is a shark sighting along our beaches. Many surfers who have braved the ocean say because of the shark sightings they get the water to themselves. However, one beachgoer says for now, he won’t be letting his daughter go in any time soon. “There’s big sharks out there. Not little ones. These are like 10, 12-footers out there,” he said. “To me if you’re ignoring that with your child you’re not being responsible as a parent.” Read More »

Mississippi Man Goes On Shooting Rampage Killing 8 Including Deputy, Estranged Wife’s Mom

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man who got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over his children was arrested Sunday in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s deputy. “I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” a handcuffed Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, told The Clarion-Ledger. The gunfire erupted Saturday night at Godbolt’s in-laws’ home in Bogue Chitto after the deputy arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call, and spread to two houses in nearby Brookhaven, about 70 miles south of Jackson. The dead included two boys, investigators said. Godbolt was hospitalized in good condition with a gunshot wound, though it wasn’t clear who shot him. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said that prosecutors planned to charge Godbolt with murder but that it was too soon to say what the motive was. Authorities gave no details on his relationship to the victims. However, a witness and Godbolt himself shed some light on what happened, with Godbolt giving an interview to the newspaper as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road. Godbolt said he was talking with his wife and in-laws when somebody called authorities. “I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” he said. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.” “They cost him his life,” he said, apparently referring to the deputy. “I’m sorry.” The stepfather-in-law, Vincent Mitchell, told The Associated Press that Godbolt’s wife and their two children had been staying at his Bogue Chitto home for about three weeks after she left her husband because of domestic violence. When the sheriff’s deputy arrived at the house, Godbolt looked as if he were about to leave, then reached into his back pocket, pulled a gun and opened fire, Mitchell said. Mitchell said he escaped along with Godbolt’s wife. But he said three family members were killed in his home: his wife, her sister and one of the wife’s daughters. “I’m devastated. It don’t seem like it’s real,” Mitchell said outside his yellow frame house, in a community of modest houses, trailer homes and small churches set among thick woods. After fleeing his in-laws’ house, Godbolt killed four more people at two other homes, authorities said. At least seven hours elapsed between the first shootings and Godbolt’s arrest near the final crime scene in a subdivision of ranch houses in Brookhaven, a few miles from Bogue Chitto. “It breaks everybody’s heart,” said Garrett Smith, a 19-year-old college student who went to high school with one of the victims. “Everybody knows everybody for the most part.” The slain deputy, William Durr, 36, had served two years in the sheriff’s department and previously worked as a Brookhaven police officer. Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said Durr was married and had an 11-year-old son. Off duty, he was a ventriloquist who took his puppets to schools and churches and performed for children. “He had a heart of gold,” Rushing told The Daily Leader “He loved doing anything with kids. He would go out of his way to help anybody.” Godbolt said he did not intend for police to capture him alive. “My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention.” (@Copyright 2017. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may bot be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Parachutist Plunges Into Water, Dies During Fleet Week Demonstration Near Liberty State Park

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A parachutist has died after plunging into the water during a naval Fleet Week demonstration near Liberty State Park in New Jersey Sunday afternoon. According to officials, the parachutist from the U.S. Navy’s parachute team plunged into the water after an apparent malfunction near Liberty Landing in Jersey City. A member of the U.S Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs” during Sunday’s show near Liberty State Park. (credit: Nicholas Isabella) Members of the Coast Guard went into the water to retrieve the parachutist, who was then rushed to a nearby hospital. He was later pronounced dead. “Our hearts and our prayers go out to all of his family, and we ask for all of your prayers for the Navy Seal community, who lost a true patriot today,” said Beth Baker, director of public affairs for the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region. “The cause of the mishap is under investigation, and his next of kin are being notified at this time.” Sunday’s show featured the U.S. Navy Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs.” Naval officials are currently investigating what caused the parachutist’s gear to malfunction. Read More »

100-Plus Firefighters Respond To Growing Brush Fire In Brentwood

BRENTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A brush fire has erupted in the Brentwood area, authorities said. The fire broke out just after 12:45 p.m. Sunday in the 2900 block of N. Mandeville Canyon Road in Brentwood. The fire was moving at a moderate speed uphill, firefighters said. It was estimated at 30 acres. A large plume of smoke was visible. No further information was available. For up-to-the-minute live traffic updates, tune-in to KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO and visit cbsLA.com/traffic . Read More »

Firefighters Respond To Brush Fire In Sylmar Area

SYLMAR (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Sunday were responding to a small brush fire in the Sylmar area. The fire erupted just after 11:30 a.m. in the 11200 block of Dominca Avenue, and was burning into the Angeles National Forest. Firefighters report that the blaze was burning in approximately 15-18 acres of light to medium brush with the potential of burning 30 acres. The fire was heading uphill with winds at 9 miles per hour. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Fire Department were responding to the blaze. At least one water-dropping helicopter has been deployed to the scene. No injuries have been reported. Read More »

Firefighters Respond To Brush Fire In Sylmar Area

SYLMAR (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Sunday were responding to a small brush fire in the Sylmar area. The fire erupted just after 11:30 a.m. in the 11200 block of Dominca Avenue, and was burning into the Angeles National Forest. Firefighters report that the blaze was burning in approximately 15-18 acres of light to medium brush with the potential of burning 30 acres. The fire was heading uphill with winds at 9 miles per hour. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles City Fire Department were responding to the blaze. At least one water-dropping helicopter has been deployed to the scene. No injuries have been reported. Read More »

Pelicans Sick, Dying Along The Ventura, Santa Barbara Coast

VENTURA (AP) — A local rescue group has found dozens of sick and dying pelicans along the Ventura and Santa Barbara coasts. The Ventura County Star reported Saturday that one cause of the condition of the pelicans is likely domoic acid poisoning. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin in algae. Animal Care Director for the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network Julia Parker says fish eat the algae but generally not enough to harm them. Sea lions and birds, however, eat so many of the fish that they are digesting a level that is toxic to them. Parker said the group’s volunteers rescued 17 pelicans from January through March. Then in April, the group took in 15, and then 39 in May. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Woman In Her 50s Killed In Head-On Crash In Saugus

SAUGUS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a woman in her 50s was killed in a traffic collision in Saugus this weekend. The head-on crash unfolded sometime after 6 p.m. on Friday at Haskell Canyon Road and Bristol Way.’ Authorities said the driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver and passenger of the other car sustained minor injuries. They were described as a father and his two sons. Anyone with more information about the crash was asked to call Traffic Investigator Cramer at (661) 255-1121 ext. 5111. Read More »

Woman In Her 50s Killed In Head-On Crash In Saugus

SAUGUS (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say a woman in her 50s was killed in a traffic collision in Saugus this weekend. The head-on crash unfolded sometime after 6 p.m. on Friday at Haskell Canyon Road and Bristol Way.’ Authorities said the driver of one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the hospital. The driver and passenger of the other car sustained minor injuries. They were described as a father and his two sons. Anyone with more information about the crash was asked to call Traffic Investigator Cramer at (661) 255-1121 ext. 5111. Read More »

Officials: Sheriff’s Deputy Among Eight Dead In Shooting Rampage In Rural Mississippi

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who apparently got into a dispute with his wife and in-laws was arrested in a house-to-house shooting rampage in rural Mississippi that left eight people dead, including a sheriff’s deputy. “I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done,” a handcuffed Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, told The Clarion-Ledger . The shootings took place at three homes Saturday night — two in Brookhaven and one in Bogue Chitto — about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson, Mississippi, Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said. More From CBS News Strain said charges had yet to be filed and it was too soon to say what the motive was. Authorities gave no details on the relationship between Godbolt and the victims. However, Godbolt himself shed some light on what happened in a video interview with the newspaper as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road. Godbolt said he was talking with his wife and members of her family when somebody called authorities. “I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” he said. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.” “They cost him his life,” he said, apparently referring to the slain deputy. “I’m sorry.” The slain deputy was identified as William Durr, 36. The identities of the other victims were not immediately released. Lt. Governor Tate Reeves issued a statement on Twitter, offering his condolences to victims. Our prayers are with the relatives of the victims and Deputy Durr. And thank you to those who wear the badge and face danger each day. https://t.co/ftmZARcAdC — Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) May 28, 2017 “Our prayers are with the relatives of the victims and Deputy Durr,” he wrote. “And thank you to those who wear the badge and face danger each day.” Godbolt said he did not intend for police to capture him alive. “My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets,” he said. “Suicide by cop was my intention.” (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Jet Owned By Elvis Auctioned After Sitting 35 Years

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said. The buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm’s website, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse said she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane. The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit. The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, Liveauctioneers.com says. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico. Photos of the plane show the exterior in need of restoration and seats of the cockpit torn. A previous owner disputed the auction house’s claim the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velvet interior. Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque he designed the interior himself. McKay said that when he purchased the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and “kind of looked like a casket.” But then-GWS spokesman Carl Carter told The Associated Press the auction house is confident Elvis designed the interior, which photos show has red velvet seats and red shag carpet. Federal Aviation Administration records show no interior changes were ever made to the jet, Carter said. Presley was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935, and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”) and Arthur Crudup (“That’s All Right”). His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognizable icons. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation. Elvis was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

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