Amazon House of Horrors pop-up arises in West Hollywood

It’s alive! Amazon is launching a free, month-long House of Horrors pop-up shop in West Hollywood. Inspired by its “Now Screaming” Prime Video content, the shop will open Oct. 1, and continue through Nov. 1. The House of Horrors will be located near the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Westmount Drive. Visuals will include show-inspired costume displays from the streaming service’s available shows, the Orange County Register reported. Guests can also expect photo ops and a Halloween candy kiosk, according to the Register. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Power cuts in China may foreshadow Christmas shopping shortages in U.S.

Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet official energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of Liaoyang, 23 people were hospitalized with gas poisoning after ventilation in a metal casting factory was shut off following a power outage, according to state broadcaster CCTV. No deaths were reported. Factories were idled to avoid exceeding limits on energy use imposed by Beijing to promote efficiency. Economists and an environmental group say manufacturers used up this year’s quota faster than planned as export demand rebounded from the coronavirus pandemic. A components supplier for Apple Inc.’s iPhones said it suspended production at a factory west of Shanghai under orders from local authorities. The disruption to China’s vast manufacturing industries during one of their busiest seasons reflects the ruling Communist Party’s struggle to balance economic growth with efforts to rein in pollution and emissions of climate-changing gases. “Beijing’s unprecedented resolve in enforcing energy consumption limits could result in long-term benefits, but the short-term economic costs are…

Student Fights Off Suspect In Violent Overnight Attack Near Chapman University Dorm: ‘I Chased Him Back Up The Stairs, Cursing Him Out’

ORANGE (CBSLA) – Authorities are searching for a man who attacked and attempted to sexually assault a Chapman University student near her dorm in the city of Orange last week. Surveillance video of the suspect following the attack. Sept. 24, 2021. (Orange Police Department) The attack occurred at 12:40 a.m. Friday in the area of Walnut Avenue and Grand Street, according to the Orange Police Department. The suspect attacked the student while wearing a skeleton-style mask or gator and black clothing, police said. The victim was standing in a courtyard of Henley Hall making a phone call when the suspect jumped out of the bushes and attacked her, according to a bulletin that went out to the university community. The victim described the incident to CBSLA Monday. “He punches me in the face, I hit the trash can behind me, like a concrete trash can, he’s just like beating me up,” she said. “I don’t know if I hit him off, or like pushed him off, or I don’t know if he heard people coming. Sometime he got off and I chased him back up…

Greater-Alarm Fire Collapses Commercial Building In Boyle Heights

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Firefighters battled a large fire which broke out at a commercial building in Boyle Heights late Monday night and continued to burn for hours well into Tuesday morning. A commercial fire burns in Boyle Heights, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2021. (CBSLA) The greater-alarm blaze in the 1600 block of East 1st Street broke out before 11:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the one-story 50-foot by 100-foot building. Firefighters battled the fire for hours, with flames burning in deep pockets of the building that crews could not reach, LAFD reports. The blaze caused portions of the building to collapse, and due to unsafe conditions, firefighters were forced to take a more defensive position. There was no word of any injuries. The fire was still burning as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. LAFD arson investigators were on scene working to determine a cause.

Woman Shot, Critically Injured By Long Beach School Security Officer

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – A woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition Monday after she was shot by a school safety officer in Long Beach Monday afternoon. Long Beach Police Department officers responded just after 3:10 p.m. to the area of Palo Verde Avenue and East Spring Street, near Millikan High School, on reports of the shooting, according to a department spokesperson. Paramedics were called to the scene and took one shooting victim to a hospital in critical condition, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson said. Millikan High School confirmed in a statement that no students were injured in the shooting. The LBPD confirmed someone was struck in the shooting, but did not have any further details and could not confirm if the victim was struck by the school safety officer’s gunfire. #LBAlert: LBPD is at the scene of an officer involved shooting in the area of Spring and Pablo Verde assisting another agency. #LBPD was not involved in the shooting incident and our Department is assisting with the investigation. More to follow. — Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) September 28, 2021

U.S. homicides were up nearly 30% in 2020, the largest 1-year jump ever, FBI says

Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday by the agency. Homicides and non-negligent manslaughters climbed an estimated 29.4% to 21,570, an increase of 4,901 over 2019, FBI data showed. It is the highest estimated total since the early 1990s, when homicides stayed above 23,000 a year as drug wars played out in many places in the U.S. Violent crimes in 2020 went up by a more moderate 5.6% over the previous year while property crimes continued a nearly two-decade decline, falling 7.8%. Robbery and rape dropped 9.3% and 12% respectively. James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said he considered 2020 a “unique situation” and not part of any sort of long-term trend. He attributed the dramatic uptick to a confluence of factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, conflicts over politics and race and people just generally having too much free time. “I don’t want to minimize what’s happened. I just don’t want people to believe that the sky is falling and…

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is going to ‘pause’ work on kids’ Instagram

Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids’ version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what’s not yet clear is just how seriously Facebook is taking the concerns of experts and parents. Its decision to merely pause the project suggests it still plans to expose a much younger audience to Instagram, its well-documented harms and possibly the user profiling that feeds Facebook’s targeted ad machine. That ad machine, of course, has made the company one of the most profitable on the planet. WHY IS FACEBOOK DOING THIS NOW? The company’s move follows an explosive mid-September report by The Wall Street Journal that found Facebook knew from its own research that Instagram was harming some teems, especially girls, leading to mental health and body image problems and in some cases eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. In public, however, Facebook has consistently played down the app’s negative side and until now has barreled ahead with the kids’ version despite alarms from experts, lawmakers and its own research.…

Woman Attempting To Flee in Long Beach Shot by School Safety Officer

Share this article: A woman involved in an altercation was shot by a Long Beach Unified School District safety officer as she attempted to flee Monday and was hospitalized in critical condition. Long Beach Police Department officers responded at 3:12 p.m. to the area of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue near Millikan High School regarding a shooting and when they arrived they found a woman with at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso after she was shot by the school safety officer, said Long Beach Police spokesman Brandon Fahey. An initial investigation revealed the school safety officer responded to an altercation between multiple subjects and when they attempted to leave in a vehicle the school safety officer approached the vehicle and the shooting occurred, Fahey said. The wounded woman was taken to a hospital where she was said to be in critical condition. Millikan High School confirmed in a statement that no students were injured in the shooting. Fahey said the investigation is ongoing and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office will also be conducting an independent investigation of the shooting.…

Family Of Man Killed In DUI Crash Outraged Driver Spent Only One Week In Jail

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – A Riverside woman spent just seven days in jail after being sentenced for a death that happened when she was driving under the influence, and now the victim’s family said the criminal justice system failed them. Eduardo Gutierrez was riding his motorcycle on the 60 Freeway in Riverside just over a year ago when he was hit and killed by a car. The driver, Cecilia Martinez, 33, pled guilty to DUI gross vehicular manslaughter in the case. Officials said a visiting judge sentenced Martinez to a year in custody and five years probation. However, jail records indicate she was released from jail just seven days after being sentenced and is now on house arrest. “The whole point of the justice system is to show that if you commit a crime, there will be consequences,” said Jordan Figueroa, the victim’s daughter. “How is this showing that you shouldn’t drink and drive? If anything, it’s telling people it’s not that bad.” The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said they opposed the judge’s decision in the case. The Gutierrez family is now on a mission to…

Pasadena Considers Technology To Help Law Enforcement Detect Gunshots

PASADENA (CBSLA) – In response to a rise in gun violence in Pasadena, city officials are considering utilizing a technology that detects gunshots in real-time. ShotSpotter utilizes sensors placed around the area on light poles and buildings that are activated by loud sounds such as gunshots to help law enforcement get to the scene faster when guns are fired. A trained acoustics expert filters out the sounds from fireworks or car alarms and pinpoints the shooting location. “It will forward the alert to the police officers and the dispatch center in less than 60 seconds,” said Lt. Bill Grisafe with the Pasadena Police Department. If the $640,000 three-year contract is approved, the system will be set up in areas with higher gun crime. City Council is expected to vote on the system next week.

After 5 years, Obamas expected to break ground on Presidential Center at Chicago lakefront park

After five years of legal battles, gentrification concerns and a federal review, Barack and Michelle Obama were expected to attend a celebratory groundbreaking Tuesday on their legacy project in a lakefront Chicago park. Construction on the site along Lake Michigan, near the Obama family home and where the former president started his political career on Chicago’s South Side, officially began last month. Work on the Obama Presidential Center is expected to take about five years. The Obamas were scheduled to host an event, which will be streamed online to limit crowds amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. “With your help, we can make this center a catalyst for economic opportunity, a new world-class destination on the South Side and a platform for young people to drive change,” Obama said in a video announcement ahead of the groundbreaking. The presidential center, which will sit on 19 acres of the 540-acre Jackson Park, will be unique among presidential libraries. Obama’s presidential papers will be available in digital form. The sprawling campus center will include a museum, public library branch, athletic center, test…

‘Person of interest’ in 19-year-old Florida college student’s disappearance found dead

Authorities found the body Monday of a maintenance worker who was considered a person of interest in the case of a central Florida college student who has been missing since Friday. Armando Manuel Caballero, 27, was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Seminole County apartment on Monday, as detectives continued to search for Miya Marcano, a 19-year-old Valencia College student. Orange County Sheriff John Mina on Monday pleaded with the public for any information leading to Marcano. “Miya is still missing. Her disappearance is suspicious and our detectives suspect foul play,” the sheriff said. Investigators said Caballero had expressed an interest in Marcano, but she had repeatedly rebuffed him. Marcano worked and lived at the same Orlando apartment complex where Caballero was employed. The maintenance worker had a master key that could be used to enter apartments, and Caballero used it to get into Marcano’s apartment about a half hour before she finished her shift in the leasing office on Friday afternoon, the last time she was seen, Mina said.

Bailiff Accidentally Fires Gun Inside Van Nuys Courtroom

Share this article:A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bailiff accidentally fired a gun inside a packed Van Nuys courtroom and potentially injured a colleague, the department confirmed Monday. The Aug. 16 gunfire was first reported Saturday by Court Watch L.A., a volunteer court observation organization aimed at increasing transparency in the court system. The organization reported the bailiff accidentally fired the gun “in the middle of the proceedings while many people were in the courtroom.” “The bullet ricocheted off a wall and hit another… deputy, striking the radio on his hip,” Court Watch L.A. said in the statement. “The deputy was reportedly injured by shrapnel from the radio.” An sheriff’s department spokesperson confirmed to the Los Angeles Times there was an active investigation into the “unintentional discharge,” but did not offer further details and could not confirm if anyone was injured. Bailiff Accidentally Fires Gun Inside Van Nuys Courtroom was last modified: September 27th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Pasadena to consider ShotSpotter system to pinpoint location of gunshots amid rise in gun violence

Gun violence is on the rise in Pasadena and police believe turning to ShotSpotter, a system that can pinpoint where a bullet was fired, may be what the city needs to improve critical response times. Wendy Burch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Sept. 27, 2021.