Pasadena police release body-cam footage of school custodian temporarily detained

Newly released body-cam footage showed the moments Pasadena Police officers entered San Rafael Elementary Sunday, confronted the school’s custodian and temporarily detained him. Body-worn camera footage showing officers with the Pasadena Police Department temporarily detaining a custodian at San Rafael Elementary Sunday, after receiving a 911 call that someone had scaled a fence at the school. Both police and officials with the city conducted an internal review and concluded that officers acted appropriately and that the custodian was cooperative. Meanwhile, some parents think the incident was somewhat excessive. It was a call to 911 that set the incident in motion. “I just saw somebody scaling a fence of the San Rafael school. They were carrying a backpack and a bag,” the caller can be heard saying. While no one has been able to verify if he hopped a fence or not, the school’s custodian of 14 years was fully uniformed and, according to one teacher, had his keys on him. Police handcuffed him while they made sure no one else was in the school. The custodian was there at the request of the school’s principal, who wanted the campus cleaned before the

Memorabilia of legendary L.A. athletes included in massive auction

A 100-year-old bat once used by Babe Ruth is headed for auction and could fetch one of the largest returns for a piece of sports memorabilia in recent history. The bat was used by baseball’s biggest name some time between 1918 and 1922. He hit a handful of homeruns with the bat, signed it, and then gave it to John “Homerun” Baker, a fellow major-leaguer at the time. Despite the nickname, Baker only managed to hit 12 dingers in his career — as compared to 714 for the Babe. It remained with the Baker family until it was consigned to Heritage Auctions, which is handling the sale of the “perfect 10” graded piece of American sports history. The bat is expected to fetch a whopping $2 million as part of the auction. As of Tuesday night, the current leading bid is more than $700,000. The “Homerun” bat isn’t the only big ticket item that sports fans can bid on. As part of Heritage Auction’s 2022 Summer Platinum Night Sports Auction, customers can bid on hundreds of items, including some legendary pieces of L.A. sports history.

Flex Alert issued for Wednesday due to excessive heat

A statewide Flex Alert will be in effect from Wednesday amid high temperatures, the California Independent System Operator,  announced Tuesday.The California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid, said the Flex Alert will be issued from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The @California_ISO has issued a statewide #FlexAlert for Wednesday, August 17, from 4-9 p.m. due to excessive heat and high energy demand. Consumers are urged to reduce energy use to protect grid reliability. Read the news release:— Flex Alert (@flexalert) August 16, 2022 During the Flex Alert, residents are urged to voluntarily reduce energy use to avoid strain on California’s electrical grid.Consumers are asked to set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, if health permits, and take other voluntary measures, including avoiding the use of major appliances and unnecessary lights. 

Safe recovered from hillside near Mulholland

Officers worked to recover a safe on a Studio City hillside on Tuesday. The safe was reported to the Los Angeles Police Department at about 5:25 p.m. Officers arrived at Wrightwood and Mulholland drives and blocked all lanes of traffic to recover the safe, which was loaded onto a truck for transport. No information has been released as to the safe’s contents, but it is being held for evidence, according to LAPD Officer Cervantes. The investigation into the safe’s owner and how it ended up on a hillside is ongoing.

Couple arrested for having sex on Ferris wheel at Ohio theme park

A couple was arrested and charged with public indecency after police say they engaged in sexual intercourse on the Giant Wheel ride at Cedar Point. According to Sandusky police reports, witnesses told police they saw the two 32-year-olds engaging in a sexual act around 7:15 p.m. Sunday on the ride. “We go on, and it was going well until we stopped at the top,” one witness told police. “My friend saw the couple in front of us having sexual intercourse and pointed it out to the rest of us.” The four witnesses, two adult females and two juvenile females said they tried to alert staff while the ride was still going but workers were unable to hear them. When the ride stopped, the witnesses reported the incident to security officers and police. Long Beach couple contracts Legionnaires’ after staying at Bay Area hotel “I was able to have a perfect view of their cart,” another witness told officers. “They were going back and forth and laughing at us being visibly upset.” Another witness, a juvenile, told officers she was very shaken up about what she witnessed.

Long Beach couple contracts Legionnaires’ after staying at Bay Area hotel

In late June, Rita and Dan Miles were at a hotel pool and spa, visiting family in San Jose from Long Beach. The next week, the fatigue started, followed by fever, stomach problems, and difficulty breathing. “We just basically slept from Tuesday evening to Saturday when I finally called the paramedics,” said Rita Miles. Before they knew it, they were being hospitalized for Legionnaires’ disease. “Legionnaires’ disease is pneumonia caused by a particular group of bacteria called Legionella,” said Arthur Reingold, UC Berkeley professor of epidemiology. The Legionella bacteria often finds its way into fresh water in improperly maintained cooling towers, pools or spas. “You get it by inhaling contaminated aerosols of water than contain the Legionella bacteria,” said Reingold. Dan was on a ventilator, and while things were touch-and-go for a few days, both he and his wife recovered. Dan is currently working on getting his energy and lung capacity back. “This came out of the blue and it really reinforces the idea of taking care of yourself on a daily basis, so you are in a better position to handle these things,” said

Parentless Florida teen not ‘mature’ enough to seek abortion, court rules

A pregnant 16-year-old in Florida was denied an abortion for a second time this week, after a state court of appeals said she didn’t present evidence she was “mature” enough to make the decision. Now, the teen, who is parentless and says she isn’t ready to have a child, may be forced to become a mother. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe 22-B, who was 10 weeks pregnant as of August 10, appealed a previous court decision made by Judge Jennifer J. Frydrychowicz. That ruling blocked her from getting an abortion without parental consent, despite the teen being parentless. In her petition, a “judicial bypass” that would grant her the ability to act without parental requirements, the girl said her appointed guardian “is fine with what she wants to do.” In that case, all the guardian would have needed to do is submit a written waiver allowing Jane to have the pregnancy terminated. In a handwritten petition to the court, the girl explained she doesn’t have a job, is still in school and that the father can’t help with child care. She added that

Residents of 10th District still without voting member on LA City Council

The fight over Los Angeles City Council District 10 returns to the courtroom Wednesday, as a judge is expected to decide whether Herb Wesson, the currently appointed council member is allowed to vote on behalf of the district. Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas (source: CBS).While who will or won’t represent these communities remains in limbo, there are hundreds of thousands of people dependent on that vote who are not currently being served. From Leimert Park to Koreatown, the people of district 10 are the heart of Los Angeles, but the more than quarter-million residents who live in the district have been caught in a political battle. Zen Brown manages Hot & Cool Cafe in Leimert Park. He didn’t realize his community had no one representing them on LA City Council. “We need a lot of representation now with everything that’s going on, you know, we just got the Metro that’s about to open up. So, it’s a lot of things that’s blossoming,” Brown said. Kevin Wharton Price, though, hasn’t forgotten that the district has no representation. “CD 10 is going to suffer as a result of the lack of leadership right now,” he

Motorcyclist Killed in Fullerton Collision

A 46-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Fullerton Tuesday.Fullerton Police Department officers were called about 11:40 a.m. to the 2200 block of East Orangethorpe Avenue, near the Orange (57) Freeway, on reports of the collision and found the man lying in the street with “significant, life-threatening injuries,” according to Capt. Jon Radus, the department’s public information officer.The man was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. The driver of the second vehicle — a 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck — that was involved in the collision was located in a nearby parking lot and cooperated with the investigation into the collision.Police determined the motorcyclist was riding his 2004 Honda motorcycle southbound on East Orangethorpe Avenue “at a high rate of speed” when he struck the rear passenger side of the Maverick as the truck was turning into the parking lot. It was not immediately known if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the collision.Anyone with information on the crash was asked to call Fullerton Police Department accident

Woman Killed, Two Others Injured in Wilmington Shooting

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in Wilmington Tuesday.The shooting was reported around 2 p.m. in the 800 block of North Lagoon Avenue, about a mile from Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im told City News Service. Paramedics were called to the scene and took at least three victims to a hospital, including a woman in her 20s who died of her wounds, police said. The two other victims were reported to be in stable condition. LAPD detectives were investigating events leading up to the shooting. Authorities were also seeking two male suspects in the shooting, but no suspect description was available.

How can you say no to this face?: L.A. Animal Services seeks new homes for pets as lack of dog kennel space hits ‘extreme level’

If you’re looking to adopt a dog in Southern California, this weekend may be the time for you. Los Angeles Animal Services announced Tuesday that their shelters, like many across the country, are seeing more animals coming in than are being adopted or fostered each day. In short, they’re “running out of available kennels for our canine companions,” LAAS said in a news release. “This summer has been an extremely busy time at our shelters,” said Annette Ramirez, interim general manager for LAAS. “We continue to see more pets being surrendered to our Centers than pets being adopted or fostered.” To help illustrate their dire need, LAAS created a color-coded meter measuring shelter capacity level, and as of Tuesday, they’re at the red “Extreme Level.” “We are pleading to animal-loving Angelenos to help us find homes for the pets in our shelters by fostering or adopting,” the release said. To further encourage potential pet parents, Animal Services is offering reduced adoption fees for dogs and puppies on Saturday and Sunday (not including a license, which costs $20), while cat and kitten adoption fees will be

GM recalls 484K SUVs over a problem with seat belts

General Motors is recalling more than 484,000 large SUVs in the U.S. to fix a problem that can cause the third-row seat belts to malfunction. The recall covers Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, Cadillac Escalades and GMC Yukons from the 2021 and 2022 model years. The automaker says in documents posted Tuesday by U.S. safety regulators that rivets that hold the buckle to the mounting bracket on the left- and right side third-row seats may have been formed improperly. Recalled Capri Sun may contain cleaning solution The belts may not properly restrain a passenger in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The company says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Dealers will inspect the rivet heads and replace buckle assemblies if needed. Owners will be notified starting Sept. 26.