CALIFORNIA CITY (CBSLA) — A relative of two missing toddlers from Kern County spoke out this week about the ongoing search for 4-year-old Orrin and 3-year-old Orson West. (credit: CBS) The two young brothers disappeared from the backyard of their adoptive parents’ home in California City on Dec. 21. There have been multiple searches in Bakersfield , where the boys lived with their adoptive parents, before moving to California City in September. Rosanna Willis, a biological relative of one of the boys, spoke to the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce about the search . She said her gut feeling was that foul play is involved in the boys’ disappearance. “Two kids don’t just come up missing, especially in Cal City,” Willis said. “if you go out there and you look at the area, the neighbors, they see everything. Some of the neighbors there said they ain’t never seen kids.” Police say the boys’ adoptive parents are cooperating with the investigation. Since the boys went missing, money raised by several YouTubers have funded digital billboards offering a $122,000 reward for information leading to the boys.
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BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — A woman was shot Thursday afternoon during an armed robbery attempt at an upscale restaurant in Beverly Hills. March 4, 2021. (RMG News) The shooting was reported just after 2 p.m. at the Il Pastaio restaurant at Brighton Way and North Canon Drive. CBSLA learned the robbery target was the co-owner of jewelry store TZURI. Two shots were fired, one of which struck a nearby woman in the leg. “All I heard was them getting loud,” said Drew Hancock, the shooting victim’s boyfriend. “I looked up and saw the fight when they pushed the guy into the barrier.” He tried to shield his girlfriend while rushing inside. “As we were going through there were three more shots,” said Hancock. “On the way inside, my girlfriend was hit by a ricochet in the calf.” (RMG News) According to Beverly Hills police, three male suspects in masks demanded property from a 40-year-old man sitting on the patio. Police believe the robbers wanted his Richard Mille watch, worth an estimated $500,000. “Three of them jumped on him,” said a witness. “One grabbed his watch, the other one put the gun on his head.” However, the man — a former Israeli soldier — fought back. During the scuffle, one of the suspects’ guns went off. A woman who was lunching at a nearby table was struck in the leg. All three suspects then ran away, hurting a second woman in the process. “People scattering, all the while screaming and yelling in terror, and everyone just completely flooded the street and ran away,” said one man. March 4, 2021. (CBSLA) The gunshot victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries. She is recovering at home, CBSLA confirmed. The second woman was treated at the scene for unspecified injuries. The owner of the restaurant said in 26 years he has never seen violence like this. “It’s upsetting. It’s discouraging. It’s like, what’s next?” said Celestino Drago, owner of Il Pastaio, The three men were in their 20s and wearing masks, police said. Investigators are searching security cameras in the area, hoping for more details. It’s unclear if they made off with the watch. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Police Department investigators are looking into a similar crime which occurred on the patio of Toca Madera restaurant, located in the 8400 block of West 3rd Street in Beverly Grove. Some personal items were stolen from that victim as well. The exact details of that incident were not confirmed. Beverly Hills police said its still unclear if the two crimes are connected.
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Woman Shot During Brazen Daylight Robbery At Beverly Hills Restaurant
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – One driver was killed and a second critically injured in a collision in South Los Angeles early Friday morning. March 5, 2021. (CBSLA) The crash occurred in the 200 block of 43rd Street near Broadway at around 12:30 a.m. According to Los Angeles police, a car was traveling north on Broadway when in slammed into a car that was stopped at a traffic light. The impact sent the second car careening into several parked vehicles, police said. The driver of that car, described as a woman in her 40s, died at the scene. She was not identified. The driver that caused the crash was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. Investigators are unsure if speed or street racing contributed to the crash.
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Woman Killed In Collision At South LA Intersection
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – A COVID-19 exposure among air traffic control staff at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana is forcing the airport to operate at a reduced capacity for the next several days. The air traffic control tower at John Wayne Airport. Undated photo. (CBSLA) Air traffic control staff were exposed to a person with coronavirus, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CBSLA Tuesday. That will force John Wayne to close its control tower early for the next several days and reduce the airport’s maximum hourly arrival rate through Sunday. However, the FAA told CBSLA it does not expect John Wayne to see significant flight delays because there are already fewer flights running due to the pandemic. “Due to a COVID case and possible COVID exposure among its air traffic control workforce, the control tower at John Wayne…will be operating on a limited basis and closing early through approximately Nov. 29,” the FAA wrote in a statement. “Every air traffic control facility in the country has a contingency plan to keep air traffic moving safely when events impede normal operations, and the FAA remains positioned to quickly address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.” The FAA added that Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control (SoCal TRACON), located in San Diego, will assist with arrivals and departures when John Wayne’s control tower is closed.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – At least one person was killed in a hit-and-run crash in the West Adams neighborhood early Tuesday morning. Nov. 24, 2020. (CBSLA) The collision occurred at about 4 a.m. in the 4000 block of West Exposition Boulevard. According to Los Angeles police, a Dodge Challenger slammed into a pole and and another car, causing the car to roll over. Police arrived to find one person dead at the scene. The victim was not identified. It’s also unclear if anyone else was hurt. The male driver of the Challenger ran away, police said. He was last seen running south on Buckingham Road. The exact circumstances of the crash and the number of people riding in each vehicle were unconfirmed.
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One Person Killed In West Adams Rollover Wreck, Driver Flees Scene
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A 76-year-old woman has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street in the Westlake area early Monday morning. The 76-year-old great grandmother was crossing Miramar Street, near Union Avenue, just before 6 a.m. Monday when she was hit by a Toyota sedan, according to Los Angeles police. The woman somehow got wedged in the car and dragged about 15 feet before freeing herself, police said. The driver sped away, leaving the woman lying in the street. She was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, where she passed away Monday night, police confirmed to CBSLA. She was identified as Kuen Ham. The suspect vehicle was described as a four-door tan-colored 2000 to 2010 Toyota Corolla. Surveillance video of the car has been released. There was no immediate description of the driver.
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Great Grandmother Dies After Being Struck, Dragged By Westlake Hit-And-Run Driver
VALENCIA (CBSLA) — Bugs Bunny, Sylvester and even Old Saint Nick himself welcomed families Monday to Six Flags Magic Mountain for the annual Holiday in the Park — with a twist. Those who attend this year’s Holiday in the Park drive-thru event will see light shows choreographed to festive music and a variety of different holiday scenes. (CBSLA) “Oh it’s awesome,” Maricela Robles-Bray, a guest, said. “They did a beautiful job.” Robles-Bray’s family, like millions across the state, are limited in how they can celebrate the holidays due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic . And while guests are still not allowed to walk through the theme park, they can drive through and marvel at the lights and decorations. “It was nice to be able to get out and do something different,” Robles-Bray said. It’s the first time in the park’s history that people can drive through the sidewalks usually filled with, and reserved for, pedestrian traffic. “We’re glad to be able to offer that so that people can be safe,” Jerry Certonio, the park’s marketing manger, said. He said that as soon as Six Flags found out they were not going to be able to get the rollercoasters back up and running in time, team members from all different departments got together and completely reimagined the Holiday in the Park event — connecting eight distinct areas with millions of lights. “As you look around or whatever, you don’t realize it, but there’s millions and millions of lights,” Certonio said. Those who attend will see light shows choreographed to festive music, positioning characters who talk with kids in passing cars and displaying West Coast Customs show cars. “The team members were really excited to be able to come together and do this for everybody,” Certonio said.
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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Even If Not Quite The Same
BUENA PARK (CBSLA) — An Anaheim police officer shot a person described as a suspect Friday evening in Buena Park. An Anaheim police officer shot a person described as a suspect Friday evening in Buena Park. (CBSLA) According to police, the shooting happened in the 7900 block of Adams Way, just south of Knott’s Berry Farm, at about 5:40 p.m. It was not immediately known what led up to the shooting. The person shot was said to be in stable condition and no officers were injured.
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – California health officials – in conjunction with their West Coast counterparts in Oregon and Washington state — have issued a travel advisory requesting that visitors to the state quarantine for two weeks. Pedestrians wear face masks in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, 2020. (Getty Images) Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the advisory Friday morning requesting anyone who arrives in California from another state or country voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days. On Thursday, California became only the second state in the nation to reach 1 million coronavirus cases after Texas also did so earlier in the week. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians,” Newsom said in a statement. “Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.” Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services Secretary, said that cases are rising in the state 20% faster than they were toward the beginning of the pandemic. Less than two weeks out from Thanksgiving, the advisory urges Californians to avoid non-essential travel. It also recommends people “limit their interactions to their immediate household.” “With the self quarantine for 14 days, it should really be limited to interactions with their immediate household and not mixing with households that they’ve come to California to visit,” Ghaly said. Some travelers at Hollywood Burbank Airport who spoke with KCAL9/CBS2 said that they think the suggestion is a good one, but they are not sure if people will follow it. “I don’t think a lot of people will listen to it, but I do think it’s logical just to have that out there for the people who need to travel,” said Janine Aspey. Some said they’ll be staying at home for the holidays celebrating within their own households, which state officials are encouraging. “We had a trip planned for Hawaii in January but I’m thinking about cancelling that trip, it’s just too risky,” said Juan Apolinar. :So it’s probably better just to stay home.” Grocery stores, meanwhile, have been urging shoppers to plan ahead and avoid crowded lines on Thanksgiving and Christmas, which could create superspreader situations. California has recorded at least 1,005,832 cases of COVID-19 and 18,137 deaths from the disease. Los Angeles County alone has accounted for about one-third of those cases , with 330,514 recorded through Thursday. L.A. County health officials said that they could be forced to tighten restrictions if the case count continues its current trend. “If collectively we fail to stop the acceleration of new cases, we will have no choice but to look at additional actions,” L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told reporters Thursday afternoon. “All around the country, elected officials and public health leaders are introducing new requirements to protect health care systems from becoming overwhelmed.”
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Calif. Issues Travel Advisory Asking Visitors To Quarantine For 2 Weeks
INDIO (CBSLA) — A not-so-little potbellied pig named Charlotte who was found wandering the streets of Indio was reunited with her family Friday. The 200-pound hoofed mammal was picked up Thursday morning near the area of Arabia Street and Avenue 44. She was taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, operated by the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Officers with the Indio Police Department and animal services officials then put out the word for the animal’s owners to come pick up the wily pig with a taste for adventure. The 3-year-old pig, nicknamed Carnitas by Indio PD, was returned to her owners Friday. “We’re so happy to report that the pig’s owners – Celso Bravo Rodriguez and his wife, Marisa Bravo – came to the shelter today to reunite with Charlotte (her real name; an apt name for a piggy for those fans of “Charlotte’s Web”),” animal services said in a Facebook post . “The young woman in the photos and video clips is Marisa Bravo. (She can be seen feeding Charlotte some treats (orange slices; Charlotte also LOVES tomatoes; Marisa told our team members that Charlotte is 3 years old and that they have raised her since she was a baby; Charlotte used to sleep in her bed!).” (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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Not-So-Little Pig Finds Her Way Home, With Help From Indio PD
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Stephanie Levinson’s students have faced many obstacles — even before the coronavirus pandemic forced them out of their schools. LAUSD teachers, noticing their students were in need of winter clothing and supplies, have created Amazon wishlists in hopes of helping those most in need. (CBSLA) All of her TK and kindergarten students qualify for free meals, and some are homeless. “Even the majority of them, they might be in one little room, or in a mobile home or in a hotel room, but they’re all still showing up,” Levinson said. But when her students showed up for class last week, the veteran teacher noticed something she did not anticipate. “We noticed that they are shivering while they’re on Zoom,” she said. “They either have their blankets around them, they’re wearing multiple layers of clothing, their fingers are cold. They’re not used to the cold weather because in our classrooms we have heat.” Levinson put together an Amazon wishlist for her 35 students, asking for things like blankets, hats and socks. “I wouldn’t have thought of this a month ago,” she said. “It was 105 degrees and the kids were sweating and wearing tank tops.” And the issue is not unique to Levinson’s class. Stacy Stewart, a kindergarten teacher at a Title I school in Pacoima, said her students have been struggling, too. “They can’t focus if they’re cold,” she said. “They can’t focus if they’re not comfortable.” So she started an Amazon wishlist , too. “It truly hits you in the heart very, very deeply, because you would do anything for these students and their families,” she said. Many of the families have also been hard-hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic. “There is so much more than the internet we have to worry about for these kids,” Stewart said. “They need to feel secure, they need to feel safe, and I know that the families are doing their absolute best, but with the pandemic, financial struggles can make it really difficult.” Priscilla Solis, who teaches special education, also made an Amazon wishlist to support her students. “Now it’s just, we can see everything,” she said. “Seeing that they don’t have the luxury of a heater and have to be bundled up is very hard.” And people are already coming through, purchasing items from the lists. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude that there are so many people with kind hearts in this world that will do anything to help these kids,” Stewart said. Along with items to keep the kids comfortable as temperatures drop, they have also added school supplies and gifts for stocking stuffers. Links for lists are included below: Stephanie Levinson: Making Distance Learning Work Stacy Stewart: Stacy Stewart’s 2020 Kinder Class Frances Corral: Kinder Cuties Judith Barnett: Mrs. Barnett’s Second Grade In Reseda Kristen Beaton: Glenwood 3rd Grade — Room 31 Jennifer Sperber: Classroom Needs Abigail Massey: Mrs. Massey’s Classroom Wish List Mrs. Krueger’s Kindergarten Class Glenwood 4/5th Grade — Room 32
LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA) — A 2-year-old sea lion has been released back into the wild after having two dozen rocks removed from her stomach. The sea lion nicknamed Chompers is finally back on her own after healing from an infection caused by a fishing line hook in her neck and ingesting rocks because she was unable to catch fish. (credit: Pacific Marine Mammal Center) Chompers had been rescued off a buoy in Newport Beach with a fishing line with a hook embedded around her neck. She weighed just 70 pounds when she arrived at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s animal hospital on July 10, according to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. But even after the fishing line entanglement was removed, her wound was cleaned, and she was put on pain medication and antibiotics, Chompers still refused to eat fish. X-rays of her stomach revealed rocks, which some sea lions have been known to eat to feel full, but can result in severe weight loss if they are not eventually vomited up. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center said they believed the infection from the wound caused by the fishing line entanglement affected her ability to catch fish, so she may have eaten the rocks out of hunger. Chompers was given nutrition via tube feedings and given medication to stimulate her appetite for a month, but when she still refused to eat fish, a surgical procedure was deemed necessary to remove the rocks from her stomach. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center did not want to subject Chompers to invasive abdominal surgery due to the risk of the incision site opening up or getting infected since sea lions drag their abdomens on the ground as they move about. So the Pacific Marine Mammal Center contacted the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for help in obtaining an endoscope. Two veterinarians from the Aquarium helped remove 12 large rocks from Chomper’s stomach while she was under general anesthesia on July 28. The removal apparently gave Chompers room to vomit up 12 more rocks, which were found wrapped in her blankets overnight, according to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Chompers lost nearly 20 pounds in her more than three weeks of not eating at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, but finally ate fish on her own on Aug. 3. She gained another 45 pounds before she was released back into the wild on Nov. 6. Chompers’ predicament also demonstrated the need for an endoscope, so the city of Laguna Beach donated the funds for a refurbished endoscopy unit, which the Pacific Marine Mammal Center says has already been put to use on a very young sea lion pup that had more than 40 rocks in his stomach.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A parked van fell into a sinkhole in a South Los Angeles neighborhood early Tuesday morning which was created by a water main break. Nov. 10, 2020. (CBSLA) The sinkhole formed in the 3600 block of South Buckingham Road, sending a van tilting into it. The van, which belongs to a family who reside on the street, was parked at the time and no one was inside. According to the L.A. Department of Water and Power, an eight-inch cast iron main broke, creating the sinkhole. Amber Anderson, who owns the 1993 Dodge Explorer, told CBSLA she slept through the water main break, but was only awoken up by her barking dog. “Came out my front door and realized, wow, my van behind me is inside of a hole,” Anderson said. A neighbor’s security camera captured live footage of the sinkhole opening up and the van falling in. Anderson said this is the second time a sinkhole has opened up on the block. “Three houses down, we had like a smaller sinkhole, where a water line broke again and it made a hole into the ground,” she said. 20 customers were without water service while LADWP crews repaired the main break and sinkhole. It was expected to take at least 12 to 14 hours to conduct repairs, LADWP said. Buckingham Road was closed between Obama and Exposition boulevards. The cause of the water main break was not known. It’s unclear if the van sustained any major damage from the incident.
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Sinkhole Swallows Up Van In South LA
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Firefighters Tuesday morning found a body in the debris of a century-old hillside home in Eagle Rock which was destroyed in a blaze Monday night. Nov. 10, 2020. (CBSLA) Los Angeles Fire Department crews and Urban Search & Rescue experts returned to the home, located in the 1100 block of West Oak Grove Drive, to search for a man who neighbors and relatives said sometimes lives at the home, but not immediately located after the fire was extinguished. LAFD confirmed Tuesday that searchers found a body inside the destroyed home. The identity of the victim was not confirmed. The fire sparked at around 5:45 p.m. Monday at the 110-year-old, 1,648 square-foot home, before spreading into nearby vegetation, LAFD reports. The fire also spread to the vegetation around the home. The house collapsed during the firefight. It took about two hours for crews to bring the blaze under control. No firefighters were hurt. Crews remained on scene through the night. Neighbors and relatives had told firefighters that an older man sometimes lives at the home and he could not initially be located, LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey said Monday night. The cause of the fire was under investigation. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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Fire Destroys 110-Year-Old Hillside Home In Eagle Rock; Person Found Dead
ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – One man was shot by Anaheim police early Monday morning and several more people were arrested during a possible human trafficking investigation. The shooting occurred just before 6 a.m. in the 100 block of North Syracuse Street, according Anaheim police spokesperson Shane Carringer. Nov 9, 2020. (CBSLA) A man in his 30s was rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Carringer said. No officers were hurt. At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to an apartment building on Syracuse Street about a scheme in which suspects helped smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S. and then held them for ransom, Carringer said. They were called by a relative of one of the victims. Police put the apartment building under surveillance, and while officers were eyeing the location, they were approached by a man and a confrontation ensued, resulting in the shooting. Police have not yet determined if the man shot had anything to do with the smuggling scheme, he said. Police located the victim who drew them to the location, as well as 10 other individuals who were in the apartment, Carringer said. It was not yet clear if they were all being held against their will, he added. Several suspects have been taken into custody, Carringer said, including the alleged ringleader. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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Man Shot By Anaheim Police During Human Trafficking Investigation