WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — A man who got into a business dispute at the Mondrian Los Angeles hotel in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood is suspected of going outside the property, firing shots in the air and then fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The LAPD confirms that the suspect was angry that the hotel staff discarded his marijuana stash. No one was injured and deputies are investigating, according to the watch commander at the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station. Check back for updates on this developing story. (©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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.)
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – Authorities released new details Tuesday regarding 13 siblings ages two to 29 who were discovered by deputies being held captive by their biological parents at a home in Perris this week. David Allen Turpin (left) and his wife Louise Anna Turpin. (RCSD) The children were found after one of them escaped at around 6 a.m. Sunday and called 911 from a deactivated phone, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Greg Fellows told reporters at a news conference Tuesday morning. “I appreciate the courage that this juvenile had to escape that house and get out and report that to law enforcement,” Fellows said. The 17-year-old girl fled through a window and met with deputies. She was so emaciated that they initially believed she was about 10-years-old. “If you can imagine being 17-years-old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and injuries associated with that, I would call that torture,” Fellows said. Based on photos and information from the girl, deputies conducted a welfare check at the home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road, where they found her parents and 12 siblings — six of whom are under the age of 18 — living in dirty, deplorable conditions. The siblings were so malnourished many of them appeared younger than their actual ages. At least three of the children were shackled to furniture inside the home, Fellows said. An undated photograph of the Turpin family. The parents, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested on torture and child endangerment charges with a bail set at $9 million each. “It seemed the mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” Fellows said. The six children were then transported to the Riverside University Hospital System and admitted for treatment, whereas the seven adult children were taken to Corona Regional Medical Center. “Well you can imagine the post-traumatic stress disorder if you’ve been deprived of nutrition for a long period of time,” said Sophia Grant, medical director of the child abuse and neglect unit for Riverside University Health Systems. I don’t know anything about the history. But if you’ve been deprived of normal childhood activity, normal interactions, and the people who should have been providing for you have failed to do so, that is going to cause some psychological damage.” All 13 siblings are believed to be the Turpin’s biological children. “It’s hard to think of them as adults when you first see them because they’re small, and it’s very clear that they’re malnutritioned,” Corona Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Uffer said. “They’re stable, they’re being fed… they’re comfortable and they’re in a very safe and secure environment,” Uffer added. Fellows emphasized that law enforcement had never received any calls about the home prior to Sunday’s welfare check. “We had no prior contacts at that residence regarding any allegations of child abuse and neglect,” Fellows said. The family has resided in Perris since 2014. Previously, they are believed to have lived in Murrieta, Calif., and then in Texas. The children were all home-schooled. According to the California Department of Education, the home was registered as a private school called Sandcastle Day School. David Turpin was listed as the principal. Susan Von Zabern, director of the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, said that the agency’s practice is to first try and place the children with other family members. However, none have come forward. It’s unclear how many months or years the abuse may have gone on for, Zabern said. At this time there is no immediate indication of sexual abuse and it is unclear whether any religious association to the abuse, Fellows said, and no indication of mental illness among the parents. According to legal documents obtained by CBS2, the couple declared bankruptcy while living in Murrieta. The bankruptcy filing indicates David Turpin worked as an engineer for Northrop Grumman in San Diego.
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DEVORE (CBSLA) – A suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of 11 brush fires that broke out in the rural San Bernardino County community of Devore Monday morning. According to Cal Fire, the so-called Helen Fires were reported sometime before 8:30 a.m. along a three-mile stretch in the area of the 15 and 210 freeways, near Santa Fe Avenue and Devore Road. The fires were knocked down. There were no injuries or damage to any structures. A transient, identified as 29-year-old Ricky Whipple, was arrested in the fires, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirms. The charges he faces were not immediately confirmed. The circumstances of the fire remain under investigation. Devore- #helenfires increased in number, #calfirebdu Helicopter 305 performed reconnaissance over the area new fire total: 11 spanning multi jurisdictions across a 3 mile stretch @sbcountysheriff has made an arrest in connection with these fires. @SBCOUNTYFIRE @SanBernardinoNF pic.twitter.com/fXaWo1Emtr — CAL FIRE BDU (@CALFIREBDU) January 15, 2018
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Thousands of people are expected to line the route of Monday’s 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles, billed by organizers as the nation’s biggest celebration of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue, head west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Crenshaw Boulevard, then proceed south, concluding at Vernon Avenue. A festival at Leimert Park will follow the parade. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, will serve as grand marshal of the parade, whose theme, “When They Go Low, We Go High,” was inspired by a comment by former First Lady Michelle Obama during a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention about what she told her daughters about how to deal with “someone who is cruel or acts like a bully.” Harris was also delivering remarks at the Kingdom Day Parade Breakfast at the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Mall, which precedes the parade. Nearly 200 community leaders, politicians and city officials attended the breakfast. There will be more than 150 units in the parade — floats, bands, equestrian units and dance and martial arts groups — involving more than 3,000 people, according to Adrian Dove, the parade’s president and CEO. The parade will include entries marking last month’s 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom Bradley, Los Angeles’ lone black mayor; the upcoming science fantasy adventure film “A Wrinkle in Time”; the Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico Dance Group; and the Korea Eung HWA Dance Company from Seoul, South Korea. Volunteers with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation will march to promote the message that “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” because of the disproportionate amount of black people with HIV or AIDS. Players and coaches from the Los Angeles Dodgers Reviving Baseball In Inner Cities baseball and softball youth development program will ride on the team’s float, along with former Dodger infielder-outfielder Derrel Thomas and Dennis Powell, who pitched for the Dodgers in 1985 and 1986. World Boxing Council super middleweight champion David Benavidez will be joined by former champions Timothy Bradley Jr. and Mike Weaver and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Henry Tillman on a boxing-themed float. Elected officials set to participate include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, the 2017 grand marshal, Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles City Councilmen Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price. Harris was chosen as grand marshal “because she very quickly in her capacity as a senator has become the embodiment of America’s struggle to regain our sense of constructive compassion and the pursuit of what Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. called the spirit of our better angels,” Dove said. Harris said she was “very honored” to have been chosen as grand marshal. “I think this is pivotal time in our country’s history, and to be able to celebrate the beauty, the diversity of who Los Angeles is in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King at this moment in time is a huge honor,” Harris told City News Service. “I have spent time in the neighborhoods where the parade will take place, with the families that live there, and the businesses that are thriving there. Los Angeles is a great symbol of Dr. King’s dream of who we can be as a country.” Harris said she felt “strongly that the spirit of the parade, the spirit of Dr. King’s leadership and legacy is about remembering that we are all in it together, diverse though we may be, we have so much more in common than what separates us. So this is a moment to remember that, to fight for that, to celebrate that, and march on.” (©2018 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.)
MONTECITO (AP) — The death toll from the mudslides in a California coastal town rose to 19 on Saturday but a man who had also been on the list of missing persons was located alive, authorities said. The body of Morgan Christine Corey, 25, was found in mud and debris in Montecito, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said. Her 12-year-old sister, Sawyer, had been found dead earlier. “We ask that you keep this devastated family in your thoughts and prayers,” Brown said. Another person who had been on the list of missing, 62-year-old Delbert Weltzin, was found alive and well, Brown said without elaborating on the circumstances. The two developments reduced the number of missing from seven to five. “While every hour it remains less likely that we will find anyone alive, there is always hope,” the sheriff said. The army of searchers and recovery workers in Montecito swelled to more than 2,000 five days after a powerful storm swept in from the Pacific and dumped a deluge on mountain slopes above the coastal enclave that were burned bare by a huge wildfire in December. A vehicle drives across a flooded US 101 freeway near the San Ysidro exit in Montecito on Jan. 9. (credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) The backbreaking work went on in the summerlike weather that has made the stretch of Santa Barbara County coast about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles a haven for the wealthy, celebrities and tourists. “We have to do whatever it takes,” said Capt. Tom Henzgen, leader of a team from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Long-range forecasts gave the crews about a week before the next chance of rain — and potential new mudslides — although the precipitation was expected to be disorganized and light. Another system was possible two days later. Crews worked throughout the day Saturday to clear debris basins and officials said there was still a lot more work to be done. But Tom Fayram, the deputy director of the county’s flood control district, said the crews were making great progress and he was confident that at least a base level of water would be able to pass through the creek channels. Much of the community of about 9,000 remained under mandatory evacuation orders, even unscathed areas, as crews both removed debris and worked to restore water, sanitation, power and gas. All warnings and orders for neighboring Summerland and Carpinteria were lifted. Brown urged anyone in mandatory evacuation areas to leave immediately. “It is not a safe or convenient place to be right now,” he said. Tanker trucks sucked muddy water from flooded sections of U.S. 101, the only direct major artery between Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara region. The California Department of Transportation abandoned an estimate of reopening the highway on Monday and said it was not known when the closure would be lifted. Amtrak, which began restoring rail service two days after the flood, was adding cars to trains because of heavy demand. Two boat companies that normally take tourists out to Channel Islands National Park and on whale-watching excursions were ferrying people between the Ventura and Santa Barbara harbors. Santa Barbara County said authorities were testing the ocean waters. Down the coast in Ventura County, environmental health officials warned that storm runoff can carry disease-causing bacteria and warned the public to avoid contact with ocean water until tests are reviewed next week. In the disaster zone, searchers used chain saws and rakes to remove logs and sift through the remnants of what was left of multimillion-dollar homes. Crews with backhoes and jackhammers pulverized enormous boulders that were left when the torrents stopped. Orange markings left on doors indicated which homes had already been searched. In one of the hardest hit areas, a silver Mercedes-Benz, its front and rear fenders completely destroyed, sat atop a tree stump, the only thing left where a home once sat. Rescuers said they would search every piece of debris and pile of dirt to look for the missing. Henzgen, the Los Angeles Fire Department captain, pointed to a nearly empty lot. “This house is across the street now so we have to search these piles where people could’ve potentially floated into,” he said. Each member of his team is given a section and must reduce any piles to ground level. “We’re going to tear them apart piece by piece and search each pile thoroughly and make sure there’s nobody in there,” Henzgen said. At a destroyed residence where mud-caked 14-year-old Lauren Cantin was rescued Tuesday hours after the early morning disaster hit, fire crews moved pieces of the roof, wood and concrete by hand as they looked for any sign of her missing 17-year-old brother. The so-called Thomas fire, which led to the floods, was declared fully contained Friday. It erupted Dec. 4 in Ventura County and destroyed more than 1,000 structures as it swept through the city of Ventura and then threatened Carpinteria, Summerland and Santa Barbara. At 440 square miles, it became the largest wildfire in California records. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
MONTECITO, Calif. (CBSLA/AP) — Frustrations and dark discoveries mounted for the Santa Barbara County town of Montecito, which has been ravaged by a destructive mudslide that has killed at least 18 people and left another seven missing. A search and rescue team make their way up a mud covered hillside in Montecito on Jan. 12, 2018. (Getty Images) Most of the people of Montecito, a town usually known for its serenity and luxury, were under orders to stay out of town as gas and power were expected to be shut off Saturday for repairs. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown on Thursday expanded what was known as the public safety exclusion zone to incorporate most of the town. That meant even those who had stayed behind would have to leave and those who entered the zone would be subject to arrest. “It is a little frustrating,” said Sarah Ettman, whose home was undamaged and whose section of town still had gas and electricity. “It’s martial law here, basically.” The Latest Coverage On The Montecito Mudslides However, with most utilities about to be cut off and sewage running into the nearby creek, she decided to heed the order to leave. “I mean you’re losing all your basic health and sanitation services,” she said. “When those go down, you have to leave.” More than 1,200 workers taking part in the search and cleanup effort flooded into the town with a population of about 9,000. Rescuers were busy probing thick muck, swollen creeks and tangled trees with poles in search of the seven missing people while dogs sniffed for bodies. Search and rescue team workers walk past a demolished property in Montecito on Jan. 12, 2018. (Getty Images) A crew found the body of the 18th victim, Joseph Bleckel, 87, before noon Friday in his home near Romero Canyon, Brown said. It was the first death discovered since Wednesday. The cause of Bleckel’s death wasn’t announced, but all other victims died from multiple traumatic injuries due to a flash flood and mudslides. The seven missing people included Fabiola Benitez, the mother of Jonathan Benitez, a 10-year-old killed in the flooding. Fabiola lived with her sister-in-law, Marilyn Ramos, 27, who was asleep with her daughter, Kaelly, 3, when mud crashed through their Montecito rental home, carrying both to their deaths. “My sister was such a good person, she only thought of others to the point that she would cry with you when you were hurt or sick,” said Ramos’ sister, Jennifer Ramos, pausing to sob for several seconds. The husbands of both women and the 2-year-old son of Fabiola Benitez, were hospitalized with injuries, Ramos said. A backhoe scooped up mud and rocks around buckled and flattened homes, while bulldozers cleared roads of tangled trees, muck and boulders. Tanker trucks were being used to haul off floodwaters sucked up from U.S. Highway 101, the crippled coastal route connecting Santa Barbara to Ventura. The 101 Freeway has been closed since Tuesday. The freeway was closed between State Route 150 in Carpinteria north to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara. There was no estimate on when it would reopen due to the large amounts of mud and debris damage. #MontecitoFlood Update: #Hwy101 thru Santa Barbara area will NOT reopen on Monday, Jan 15 and there is no estimate due to ongoing rescue/recovery & extensive clean-up/repairs. Continue using #Hwy5 to #Hwy46 or #Hwy166 back to #Hwy101 to/from central coast & So Cal, safe travels. pic.twitter.com/DqNjYMvxGj — Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 12, 2018 Brown said the recovery effort has been hindered by residents who had stayed behind or tried to check on damage in neighborhoods where homes were leveled and car-size boulders blocked roads and littered properties. The mudslide was another difficult turn for those living in the town that has been subject to repeated evacuation orders in recent weeks, first because of the monster Thomas Fire last month, then because of downpours and mudslides. The 281,893-acre Thomas Fire, which broke out Dec. 4 in Santa Paula, was brought to 100 percent containment Friday, the U.S. Forest Service said. The largest in California state history, the blaze forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed a staggering 1,063 structures — including more than 750 homes. Drenching rains that unleashed the deadly torrents managed to finally contain the Thomas Fire, which burned above Montecito and stripped the steep hills of vegetation, making it prone to mudslides. While Montecito is best known as a getaway for the rich and famous — the median home price among current listings is more than $4 million — there are also working families living in modest houses and apartments. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
NEAR VICTORVILLE (CBSLA) – Investigators are searching for suspects in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man at a crowded house party last week in the Oak Hills community near Victorville. Kyle McConnell of Victorville was shot at around 12:34 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, after a fight broke out at a house party attended by more than 100 people in the 7700 block of Foley Road Oak Dale, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. “I heard a gunshot, and I came outside and saw the guy (McConnell) run and drop,” said Rubel Real, who hosted the party and said he was inside when the fight broke out. McConnell was rushed to a hospital, where he died. A second 19-year-old Victorville man was also found severely beaten and robbed. He was hospitalized for head and neck injuries and has since been released. His name was not disclosed. Real admitted to CBS2 that most of the people who attended were strangers. “Once it hit social media, everybody came,” Real said. When responded deputies arrived on scene, several people were still in the home, the sheriff’s department said Thursday. However, potential witnesses fled following the shooting. “Scrambling, leaving, there were cars going every which way,” Neighbor Dennis Powell said. “They were running over the fence, they were running through the trees.” Investigators have no suspects or motive. McConnell’s cousin, Jessica Murillo, told CBS2 that McConnell was expecting his first child with his girlfriend. Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 909-387-3589.
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MONTECITO (CBSLA) — The mandatory evacuation zone in Montecito has expanded three days after the devastating mud slide that killed at least 17 people. The search amid the mud-covered wreckage of cars and homes is in its third day Friday, and crews want people out of the area in order to bring in more dump trucks and heavy equipment to move more of the boulders and debris out of the area. “The unstable environment remains a critical threat to civilians and responders. The large amounts of mud and debris are making access and progress challenging,” Friday’s Santa Barbara County Fire incident update said. To view this morning's incident update as of 7:00 a.m., see https://t.co/RBqAbRuqEh #CAstorm pic.twitter.com/gS0od6eLTE — Santa Barbara County (@countyofsb) January 12, 2018 What was previously designated a public safety exclusion zone — an area west of Sheffield Drive/East Valley Road/Ladera Lane, east of Olive Mill/Hot Springs Road, north of the ocean, and south of the U.S. Forest Service boundary — is now part of the mandatory evacuation order area. The number of people missing continues to fluctuate, and now stands at five, but authorities say that number could change again as the sheriff’s department continues to receive reports of missing persons. With some homes still buried up to their roofs, and the remains of large trees and giant boulders throughout the 30 square miles of Montecito affected by the mud slide, it could be weeks before people are allowed back into the area. #CAstorm – Destroyed homes dot the landscape along San Ysidro Creek near East Valley Road in Montecito. Runoff from heavy rain early Tuesday brought boulders, mudflow, and debris. pic.twitter.com/Xqkof9N9wp — SBCFireInfo (@EliasonMike) January 10, 2018 Cleanup also continued throughout the night on Highway 101, which was turned into a river of mud by Tuesday’s torrent of rain and subsequent slide. Caltrans has said the highway will reopen by Monday, but mud, debris and abandoned cars continue to sit on both sides of the roadway.
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NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Investigators said Thursday that the friend who said he dropped off murdered UPenn student Blaze Bernstein at a park has been interviewed several times. As the investigation into who killed the 19-year-old Foothill Ranch teen continues, the friend who sheriff’s deputies say was last with Bernstein at Borrego Park is not being called a suspect or person of interest. But in an affidavit obtained by the Orange County Register — before search warrants were sealed — that friend’s actions were highlighted. According to the affidavit, “on their way out of Sheriff’s Headquarters investigators noticed every door the friend had to touch on the way out of the building he pulled his jacket over his hand to prevent his hand and fingers from touching any part of the doors he touched.” Authorities will not release the name of the friend and say no one is in custody. On Wednesday, CBS2’s Michele Gile asked Foothill Ranch Police Lt. Brad Valentine why a person of interest has not been named? “That is part of the active investigation and we don’t want to compromise the integrity of the investigation at this time,” Valentine said. RELATED LINK: Body Of Missing OC Teen Found, Death Considered A Homicide Tthere were other curious things that detectives reportedly noticed. according to the affidavit about Bernstein’s high school friend. They said: He appeared nervous the during an interview. He was breathing heavily and was visibly shaking. It was also revealed in the document that deputies observed cuts on the friend’s hands and dirt under his fingernails — he explained this happened when he fell into a puddle. He also allegedly told detectives he was in a fight club explaining the scratches. The friend also claimed he went to his girlfriend’s house after he left Bernstein at the park — when deputies asked about her he allegedly couldn’t remember her last name or where she lived. Sheriff’s Deputies acknowledged that a pre-dawn search warrant was served at a home in Newport Beach but would provide no further details.
CBS Local — On Dec. 15 a Florida man was caught red-handed with a full rack of ribs in an unlikely and pretty conspicuous location. According to the Martin County Sheriff’s office in Florida, Maeli Alvarez-Aguilar, 26, was booked on a petty merchant theft charge after he was caught walking out of a local grocery store in Indiantown, Florida. A report from TCPalm indicates that ribs weren’t the only item police found in the man’s pants. The man was also apprehended with two packs of hamburger buns, nine pieces of fried chicken and some mashed potatoes. The combined value of the items pilfered totaled $32.49 The report added that Aguilar-Alvarez was intoxicated and smelled of alcohol when he was arrested.
1010 WINS- Police officers were patrolling a local Florida neighborhood when they noticed something truly unexpected! A dog was spotted skateboarding outside his home in Jacksonville and his pretty good. Related: Squirrel Charges At Police Officer After Getting Caught Eating Cookies The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office employees couldn’t contain their laughter and excitement watching the pooch practice his tricks, presumably to show off to his owner. We guess an old dog can teach himself a few new tricks! -Kayla Jardine
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COVINA (CBSLA) — Authorities say they are searching for the person responsible for shooting a 15-year-old girl in Covina this weekend. The shooting unfolded just before 9:45 p.m. Saturday in the 4500 block Heathdale Avenue. That’s when investigators say they received a call of shots being fired. When deputies responded to the location, they discovered the victim with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was taken to the hospital where authorities report that she was listed in grave condition. A motive for the shooting remains unknown, and authorities have not released any information relating to possible suspects. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
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FOOTHILL RANCH (CBSLA) — Police and parents of a missing 19-year-old college student not seen since Tuesday are looking for any sign of the teen. Blaze Bernstein returned home to Foothill Ranch from the University of Pennsylvania for winter break. His parents say a friend picked him up after 11 p.m. and they drove to nearby Borrego Park. CBS2/KCAL9’s Laurie Perez reports his friend said he stayed in the park while Bernstein went into the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Area. Bernstein’s parents say the friend told them he didn’t know why Bernstein wanted to go there. They didn’t even know he had gone out until the next day when they couldn’t find him. “And the fact that he didn’t tell us he was going out tells us he wasn’t planning to be gone very long,” Bernstein’s mother said. “And he left behind his wallet, ID, money, glasses and medications he takes every day.” For the second time this week, volunteers with the Sheriff’s Reserve Bureau headed out to search wilderness park. Two aerial searches using thermal imaging found nothing. Bernstein’s parents and detectives say they have searched the teen’s social media accounts but have not been able to get full access to his accounts because he is 19 years old. The teen was scheduled to fly out Sunday morning to return to classes at the University of Pennsylvania.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –A man was killed, and then his body was stuffed into the trunk of a car and burned it on an Angeles National Forest road. The grisly discovery was made at 5:45 a.m. Friday , on Big Tujunga Canyon Road at mile marker 4.88, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies from the sheriff’s Crescenta Valley Station responded to a reported car fire at the location and found a late-model Chevrolet fully engulfed in flames. County firefighters put out the fire and the man’s body, burned beyond recognition, was found inside the trunk, sheriff’s Detective Ray Lugo said. The man’s identity and apparent cause of death have not been released. “Based on physical evidence found at the location, homicide detectives believe the victim was murdered,” said Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Anyone with information that could assist investigators was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS. (©2018 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.)
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LAKE FOREST (CBSLA) — A 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who went to meet with a friend at a Lake Forest Park has gone missing, and his family is asking for the public’s help to find him. Blaze Bernstein was visiting his family in Lake Forest while on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania. He was last seen Tuesday entering Borrego Park in Foothill Park, Orange County sheriff’s officials said. Before going to the park, Bernstein had texted a high school friend at 9:30 p.m. to pick him up and take him to the park to meet a third person, according to Annee Della Donna, an attorney and friend of the family. The park is five minutes away, and the pair got there at about 10:30 p.m., she said. Bernstein went into the park alone while his friend waited back in the care, the attorney said. The friend eventually began texting Bernstein when he didn’t return, then left, but returned at about 4 a.m. to look for him again. “He didn’t have anything with him,” she said. “He didn’t have his glasses or his medication. He didn’t bring his wallet or a phone charger. I don’t think he planned on this being a long trip and he just disappeared.” Bernstein has blue eyes, brown hair, 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket, dark gray long-sleeved zip-up and white Adidas shoes. Witnesses say they saw someone matching his description walking along the southbound lanes of the 241 toll road in the disabled car lane at about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Della Donna said. He has not been seen or heard from since Tuesday night. Della Donna says there was no evidence Bernstein was despondent in anyway, and was excited about going back to college and moving into a new apartment. “He was on the Internet that night buying things,” the attorney said. “It all points to a kid who was not depressed, who was happy and wanted to go back to school.” Anyone with information about Bernstein’s whereabouts can call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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University Of Pennsylvania Student Goes Missing While Home In Lake Forest