Newsom: California Employees, Healthcare Workers Must Show Proof Of COVID-19 Or Test Weekly

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — All state employees and workers at hospitals and health care facilities across the state will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and those who are unable or refuse to receive the vaccine will be required to be tested weekly. NEW: CA will have the strongest state vaccine verification system in the US and will require state employees & healthcare workers to provide proof of vaccination—or get tested regularly. We’re experiencing a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Everyone that can get vaccinated—should. — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 26, 2021 Vaccine-verification for state employees is expected to start as early as next week, and the system will be implemented over the coming weeks. Compliance for all health-care settings, both public and private, will be expected by Aug. 23 across the state. The policy falls short of a vaccine mandate, but instead offers employees the option of undergoing regular COVID testing instead of requiring proof of vaccination. This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Campas Killed, Another Wounded In Wasco Standoff

WASCO (CBSLA) — A Kern County sheriff’s deputy was killed and another wounded in a shootout in Wasco, north of Bakersfield. A total of five people are believed to have died, according to KGET. The confrontation between the deputies and the suspect began when they responded to a home Sunday afternoon on the report of shots fired. End of Watch 7/25/21. Thank you for your service to Kern! #KCSO #RIP — Mayor Alex Garcia (@MayorAlexGarcia) July 26, 2021 According to reports, the suspect barricaded himself inside the home and exchanged gunfire with deputies for hours. The Peace Officers Research Association of California identified the officer who died as Deputy Phillip Campas, a Marine Corps veteran. He was part of the SWAT team that approached the house when he was fatally shot. A second unidentified deputy was also struck but is expected to survive. Our deepest condolences to family, friends & fellow deputies of the KC Deputy Sheriff who was killed in the line of duty today. We also pray for a speedy recovery for the second deputy wounded. A tremendous tragedy & loss for…

Suspect Shot, Killed By Officers In West LA

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A suspect was shot and killed by Los Angeles police in the Sawtelle neighborhood of West L.A. Monday morning. July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) The shooting occurred in the 3700 block of Barry Avenue sometime before 8:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles police. The male suspect died. No officers were hurt. The suspect’s identity and the circumstances leading up to the shooting were unknown. There was no word regarding whether he was armed. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Search Suspended For Woman Possibly Missing In Ocean Near Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – A search was suspended Monday morning for a woman who may have gone missing in the ocean waters near the Santa Monica Pier. July 25, 2021. (CBSLA) The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a woman was seen at clinging to the pilings underneath the pier at around 9 p.m. Sunday, prompting a search and rescue effort. The Coast Guard actively searched the waters Sunday night with rescue divers, two boats and a helicopter with assistance from several other agencies, including the Santa Monica fire  and police departments and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) The search temporarily resumed Monday morning. However, at around 10 a.m., the L.A. County Fire Department Lifeguard Division tweeted that the search had again been suspended “pending more information.” The missing woman’s identity was not known. Santa Monica police have not yet received any reports of a missing person which may have matched her description. #PierIC *Update* The search has been suspended pending further information. Land based Lifeguard Units and Lifeguard Rescue Boats will continue periodic patrols. — LACoFD Lifeguards (@LACoLifeguards) July 26,…

Coast Guard suspends search for female last seen clinging to pilings under Santa Monica Pier

The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a person who was last seen clinging to pilings under the Santa Monica Pier. The incident was reported about 9 p.m. Sunday, when an unidentified female was spotted under the pier, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard. It was unclear how the person ended up in the water. Multiple rescue agencies were involved in the search, which covered more than 93 square nautical miles, according to a tweet from the Coast Guard. So far, no family or friends have come forward looking for a missing female, the spokesperson said. UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends the search for the missing unidentified female who was last seen underneath the Santa Monica Newcomb Pier. The #USCG and partner agencies searched more than 93 square nautical miles with multiple surface and air assets.— USCG Los Angeles (@USCGLosAngeles) July 26, 2021

South Carolina student’s body had little blood left after she was stabbed 120 times in mistaken Uber ride killing: Pathologist

There were more than 100 stab wounds on a South Carolina university student killed by a man who attacked her after she mistakenly thought his car was her Uber ride, a pathologist testified Monday. There was also so little blood left in 21-year-old Samantha Josephson’s body — 20 milliliters (1.3 tablespoons) when a body typically has at least 4 liters (1 gallon) — that workers at her autopsy struggled to get enough blood for routine testing, said Dr. Thomas Beaver, who conducted the examination of the woman after her death. The murder and kidnapping trial of Nathaniel Rowland entered its second week Monday as Beaver spent an hour methodically detailing the roughly 120 separate stab wounds on Josephson’s body. He said he didn’t have en exact number because there were so many. “It gets to a point where it really doesn’t add much to the report,” said Beaver, a pathologist at the Medical University of South Carolina. Beaver said almost all the stab wounds were to Josephson’s head, arms, chest and back and several of the wounds would have penetrated into her brain or neck…

Jury Selection Set For Trial of Felon Accused of Killing Thermal Woman

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday for the murder trial of a Thermal man accused of using a knife and screwdriver to fatally stab a woman more than 120 times nearly nine years ago. Raul Alcantar Sanchez Jr., 41, is suspected of killing 34-year-old Thermal resident Carolina Vargas at her home in the 85000 block of Middleton Street in November 2012. According to Deputy District Attorney Anne-Marie Lofthouse, Sanchez allegedly stabbed the victim 125 times — including 65 times in the face. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, triggering a two- phase trial expected to span multiple weeks at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Anthony Villalobos ordered multiple panels of prospective jurors to begin reporting to the courthouse on Tuesday. Opening statements could be made as early as Aug. 5, according to prosecutors. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said the defendant and victim were acquaintances, but did not reveal a motive or additional details about the slaying. Deputies found the victim dead inside her home, and arrested Sanchez near the crime scene. Sanchez was previously…

As Covid-19 Cases Increase, Riverside County Public Health Officer Explains Next Steps

As Covid-19 case numbers continue to climb across the country and in Coachella Valley, neighboring counties have reinforced mask mandates, so what is next for Riverside County. NBC Palm Springs spoke to Public Health Information Officer Dr. Leung and brings us an update of what we can expect in the coming weeks. “It’s in our unvaccinated individuals and communities that continue to be at risk for outbreaks or even continued mutation,” said Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside County Public Health Officer. “We have the tool to do this, this is an unnecessary predicament we are putting ourselves in,” explained Dr. Anthon Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci speaking on Sunday morning talking about Covid-19 case numbers, saying based on what we’ve seen in the past we could be headed for another surge. “If you look historically at the modeling that has been done over the last 18 months, for the most part, it’s been pretty accurate. So I’m not so sure it would be the worst-case scenario, but it’s not going to be good. we’re going in the wrong…

Search Continues for Woman in Water Near Santa Monica Pier

Share this article:The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies continued a search Monday in the water near the Santa Monica Pier for a woman originally reported clinging to pilings. A passerby informed lifeguards about 8:45 p.m. Sunday about a woman in the water, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman told City News Service. As of about 11:30 p.m., divers from the Los Angeles County Lifeguards and Harbor Patrol and a helicopter were called off the search and the Coast Guard took over with its own helicopter, the 87-foot patrol boat Halibut and a 25-foot boat, said Petty Officer Richard Brahm. After daybreak Monday, divers resumed the search efforts, according to the county fire department. Also involved in the search were personnel from Baywatch Del Rey, the Santa Monica Police Department Harbor Patrol and the USCG. The Coast Guard asked that anyone with information call 310-521-3815. Search Continues for Woman in Water Near Santa Monica Pier was last modified: July 26th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Man Killed In Shooting Involving Police In West Los Angeles Area

Share this article:A shooting involving Los Angeles police Monday in the Sawtelle area near West Los Angeles left a man dead. The shooting was reported shortly before 6 a.m. in the 3700 block of Barry Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Information was not immediately available on the identity of the fatally wounded man. No officers were injured. The circumstances of the shooting were under investigation. Man Killed In Shooting Involving Police In West Los Angeles Area was last modified: July 26th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Snow Leopard At San Diego Zoo Tests Positive For COVID-19, In Quarantine With 3 Other Leopards

SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) — A male snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo is under observation Monday after being tested for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Wildlife care specialists at the zoo noticed the snow leopard had a cough and nasal discharge Thursday, officials said. Fecal samples from the snow leopard tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, and were confirmed by the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System. The positive tests have been since sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, where the results are still pending, zoo officials said. A male snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo is suspected to be positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the zoo, the snow leopard appears to be doing well and is not showing other symptoms. But he does share his habitat with a female snow leopard and two Amur leopards. Veterinarians assume the other leopards have been exposed, and they are being quarantined in their habitat, which will be closed to zoo visitors until further notice. “While we await the results of tests to determine if the snow leopard…

Masks Now Required Inside OC Courthouse As COVID Cases Rise

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Anyone visiting Orange County Superior Court’s Central Justice Center in Santa Ana will be required to wear a mask beginning Monday. The decision to mandate masks came after two people in the building tested positive for the coronavirus. It also comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking due to the highly contagious Delta variant. The administrative order will be in place for at least two weeks, the county said. The O.C. Health Care Agency reported 431 new cases Friday. It’s seven-day average case count between July 15 and July 21 increased from 2.95 to 6.1 cases per 100,000 people. The testing positivity rate nearly doubled from 2.2 to 4 percent during that time. There were 156 hospitalized with the coronavirus in O.C. as of Friday. Los Angeles County earlier this month issued an indoor mask mandate, requiring everyone to wear masks in indoor public spaces. O.C. has yet to follow suit.

Search Continues For Woman Possibly Missing In Water Near Santa Monica Pier

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – The search was continuing Monday morning for a woman who purportedly went missing in the ocean waters near the Santa Monica Pier. July 25, 2021. (CBSLA) The U.S. Coast Guard reports that the woman was last seen at clinging to the pilings underneath the pier at around 9 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard was actively searching the waters with rescue divers, two boats and a helicopter, along with assistance from several other agencies, including the Santa Monica Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department. July 26, 2021. (CBSLA) The missing woman’s identity was not known. Santa Monica police have not yet received any reports of a missing person which may have matched her description.

Rain brings on outages across Coachella Valley

Southern California Edison’s (SCE) website is showing outages across Coachella Valley. A majority of them are in the Palm Springs area. The website currently shows outages in the Palm Springs area as of 10 a.m. near : W. Vista Chino due to storm conditions. 1406 people impacted. The estimated restoration is 3:30 PM. N. Cauhuilla Road. Cause beimg determined. 754 people impacted. No time frame on restoration. S. Grenfall Road. The cause is still being determined. 261 people are impacted. No time frame on restoration. You can view a map of more outages on the Edison website. A transformer explosion in Cathedral City has also closed down a neighborhood street as firefighters wait for repairs. There is a road closure on Baristo Road and Avenida el Pueblo where the transformer exploded. News Channel 3 arrived at the scene this morning where Cathedral City firefighters had closed the road down. Southern California Edison, to who the powerlines belong to was not at the scene yet. Bernardo Diaz, a local resident told News Channel 3 firefighters told him they couldn’t do anything until Edison showed up. Diaz…

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