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Man fatally stabbed during altercation outside Anaheim bar

A man was stabbed to death early Friday after an altercation outside a bar in Anaheim, police said. The incident was reported around 2:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of South Euclid Avenue, the Anaheim Police Department reported. The victim, whose identity was not released, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police told KTLA a man has been detained in connection with the deadly stabbing. No other information was released.

Intruder dies after being stabbed during confrontation with homeowner, crashing car in San Dimas: LASD

A man who broke into a house died after being stabbed during a confrontation with a homeowner and then crashing his car in San Dimas as he tried to flee the scene early Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Investigators responded to the 400 block of Portola Street shortly before 4 a.m. to investigate the stabbing death, according to a sheriff’s news release. They discovered that the incident began with a report of a burglary in progress at a home. Deputies from the San Dimas station responded to the residence, but the intruder had already fled the scene, the release stated. The suspect, identified only as a man, had allegedly gained entry to the home by kicking in the front door. He was met by the homeowner, who confronted him before an altercation ensued and led to the stabbing, according to the sheriff’s release. At that point, the suspect fled the home and ended up crashing his vehicle, investigators said. He was taken to a hospital where he later died of his injuries. Authorities have not released his name. Several adults were in…

Chargers Player Trey Pipkins Tests Positive For COVID-19

COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — A second Los Angeles Chargers starting offensive lineman has tested positive for COVID-19, it was announced Friday. Trey Pipkins, 24, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after starting the past three games at right tackle. He is questionable for Sunday’s game at Denver, coach Anthony Lynn said. The athlete has played in all six games this season so far. On Thursday, Ryan Groy, the Chargers’ starting right guard the past three games, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive. The Chargers resumed practicing on Friday. Coach Lynn canceled Thursday’s practice and sent the players who were at the team’s Costa Mesa training facility home “to protect the team” following the announcement of Groy’s positive coronavirus test. “I don’t want to take any chances,” he said. “I don’t want anyone else getting infected potentially.” Lynn said he also wanted to give players “some peace of mind.” (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

‘Check Before You Burn’ Season Begins Sunday

DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA) — The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s ninth annual “Check Before You Burn” season begins Sunday. The program, which runs through Feb. 28, bans the burning of firewood in residential fireplaces, stoves or outdoor fire pits on “no burn” days when unhealthy air quality is forecast. “No-burn” day alerts do not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet in elevation, the Coachella Valley or High Desert, homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are also exempt. Residents can learn about “no burn” days by doing the following: Signing up for AQMD Air Alerts on air quality and notification when mandatory “no-burn” days are issued for particular neighborhoods at aqmd.gov; Checking the “Before You Burn Map” on the AQMD’s website here; Calling the AQMD’s toll-free number at 866-966-3293 for daily Check Before You Burn information; Visiting the AQMD’s “Check Before You Burn” webpages at aqmd.gov for more information; Downloading the AQMD’s app to check local air quality and get notifications when no-burn days are…

Hundreds Of Vote Centers Open Across Southland

Share this article:Election Day technically doesn’t arrive until Tuesday, but voting is already well underway, and casting a ballot in person became a lot easier Friday, when hundreds of additional vote centers opened across Los Angeles and Orange counties. More than 100 vote centers opened in Los Angeles County last week, but about 650 more opened Friday. Vote Center locations include major event venues, including Staples Center, SoFi Stadium, the Forum, Dodger Stadium and Banc of California Stadium. Orange County will opened more than 160 vote centers Friday, including what’s being billed as a “super” vote center at Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks. Any registered voter in the county can cast a ballot at any vote center, regardless of location and the voter’s home address. Residents can either use the voting machines at the center or drop off the mail-in ballots that were sent to every registered voter. The centers will be open every day through the Tuesday election. The vote center concept replaces the traditional precinct system, which required voters to cast ballots at designated locations on election day. Election officials hope…

Orange County Reports 229 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Death

Share this article:Orange County Friday reported seven additional COVID-19 fatalities and 276 new coronavirus cases, continuing a trend of rising case counts that may threaten its status in the red tier. The death toll stands at 1,475 and the cumulative case count at 59,718. Six of the seven reported fatalities were skilled nursing facility residents. The relatively high number of daily cases continues to jeopardize the county’s chance to move into a less restrictive tier of the state’s re-opening road map. County officials have said the daily average would have to come down to about 130 for Orange County to move from the red to the orange tier, allowing for more businesses to reopen and for some already open to increase their capacity. But if the trend continues, the county could slip back into the most restrictive purple tier. “Not this Tuesday, but I do think there is a risk two weeks from now” that the county could slip back into the purple tier, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said. It’s not unique to Orange County, Kim said. “There’s a trend of increasing cases in…

DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1995 cold case rape of 18-year-old woman in Riverside

A man has been arrested 25 years after an 18-year-old woman was attacked and raped in Riverside, police said Friday. Ralph Leslie Kroll, 49, is seen in an undated booking photo released by the Riverside Police Department on Oct. 30, 2020. In October 1995, the teenage victim was walking in the 8800 block of Indiana Avenue when a stranger attacked her, forced her into a nearby apartment complex and sexually assaulted her, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release. Investigators exhausted all leads and it remained a cold case until they found a DNA match more than two decades later, identifying 49-years-old Ralph Leslie Kroll as a suspect in the assault, police said. On Oct. 8, 2020, a police SWAT team, with help from the U.S. Marshals, found and arrested Kroll at his Eastvale home. He was booked on suspicion of rape by force, kidnapping and the use of a deadly weapon by a sex offender, police said. He is being held on $1 million bail, county inmate records show. Anyone with information on the investigation and suspect is asked to call Detective…

Authorities use chemical agents to break up brawl at Folsom State Prison

Authorities used chemical agents to stop a brawl at Folsom State Prison this week that sent five inmates to a local hospital, prison officials said Friday. About 20 inmates were involved in the fight that broke out about 9:05 a.m. Thursday in one of the prison’s five medium-security housing facilities where program activities were being held, according to a news release. “Correctional officers immediately responded to the area where the fights were occurring and gave multiple orders to stop fighting,” the news release said. “When inmates did not comply, responding officers deployed chemical agents to quell the violence.” Five inmates were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the release said. They returned to Folsom, California’s second oldest prison, on Thursday. No staff were injured, according to authorities. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

CA opens new lab in L.A. County expected to dramatically ramp up coronavirus testing capacity at lower cost

As California sees an uptick in the coronavirus positivity rate, the state on Friday opened a massive laboratory in Valencia meant to dramatically ramp up testing capacity. The $25 million lab in Los Angeles County will begin processing tests this month and eventually be able to process up to 150,000 coronavirus tests a day when it reaches full capacity by March 2021, officials said. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the ramp-up is necessary with demand for testing expected to spike statewide during the flu season as more people begin seeing the similar symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu. “A minimum estimate of 75% increase in our total testing capacity here in the state of California is happening just at the right time,” the governor said. So far, more than 18 million coronavirus tests have been conducted statewide, with around 120,700 tests reported Thursday. “We recognized a number of months ago that if we continued down the path we were on, we simply would not meet the demand,” Newsom said as he stood in the new lab. “We simply did not have the resources.” While it currently…

Halloween forecast: Will rare blue moon be visible in SoCal?

The last time there was a full moon on Halloween across all time zones in United States, the nation was still engaged in World War II. Now it looks like the stars – and the clouds – are aligning to allow most Americans to enjoy some added ambiance on October 31, even if their trick-or-treat plans have been disrupted by the pandemic. The last time a Halloween full moon occurred in all U.S. time zones was in 1944, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Some time zones saw a full moon on Oct. 31, 2001. The next one won’t happen until 2039, NASA said. Most Americans hoping to take in the celestial event are in luck. The National Weather Service suggests a low likelihood of precipitation across nearly the entire country on Saturday. NWS maps projecting cloud cover percentage indicate that clouds could obscure the full moon across the Great Lakes region. Areas in the South and Pacific Northwest will see some level of cloud cover, but likely not enough to fully block out the moon. Coastal Los Angeles County is expected to see some patchy…

Hybrid Schedules Likely To Play Role In Return To LAUSD Campuses

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – It’s been more than seven months since Los Angeles Unified students were on campus. Now district officials are starting to reveal what a return to campus will look like. Mara Maxfield listened to a webinar put on by LAUSD school board members Jackie Goldberg and Scott Schmerelson last night. For over an hour and a half, the two outlined what a return to school would look like. It likely will not start with a full-day schedule. Rather, kids will have the option for a hybrid schedule- a mix of remote and in-person learning or they can stay with all remote learning. Maxfield – a working mom of two with her oldest in kindergarten this year – says she’ll likely opt for hybrid. “You can see in the background, the chaos,” she said. “The kitchen, the living room, the dining room, the remote learning. We are all four feet from each other. It’s pretty tough.” Schmerelson says he is confident kids will be back on campus in January. But elementary and upper grade campuses will likely not follow the same schedule. “We…

‘I Hope He Never Sees The Light Of Day’: OC Man Gets Life In Prison For Abduction, Torture Of Newport Beach Man

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — A Newport Beach pot dealer who famously escaped from the Orange County Jail while awaiting trial was sentenced Friday for kidnapping and torturing a marijuana dispensary owner. Hossein Nayeri, 41, was sentenced Friday to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, along with another seven years to life. (CBSLA) Hossein Nayeri, 41, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole, along with another seven years to life, after Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregg Prickett rejected a motion for a new trial. Nayeri, who has cycled through several defense attorneys since first firing the attorney who represented him at trial, was convicted of two counts of kidnapping for ransom and one count of torture in August of last year. According to prosecutors, Nayeri and two other men broke into a Newport Beach home where a dispensary owner was renting a room on the afternoon of Oct. 2, 2012. The trio of masked assailants then kidnapped the male dispensary owner and the female homeowner. During the abduction, the male victim…

Woman Extradited From Australia Charged For Fatal 2017 Hit-And-Run That Killed Bicyclist In Whittier

BELLFLOWER (CBSLA) — A woman who authorities say fled to Hong Kong and Australia was charged Friday in the 2017 hit-and-run that killed a bicyclist in Whittier. Andrea Dorothy Chan, aka Andrea Dorothy Reyes, was charged with a felony count each of hit-and-run driving resulting in death and vehicular manslaughter. Chan was also charged with a misdemeanor count of destroying or concealing evidence and faces allegations of causing great bodily injury. Andrea Dorothy Chan, aka Andrea Dorothy Reyes (credit: Whittier Police Department) Prosecutors say Chan, 35, ran over 46-year-old Augustin Rodriguez, who was on a bicycle, and dragged him under her car for a period of time on Jan. 13, 2017. She then had her vehicle fixed and stored in Idaho before leaving the country, according to the District Attorney’s Office. The FBI located Chan in Hong Kong and issued an international warrant for her arrest. She then moved to Australia, where she was arrested in Adelaide in April of 2018. She arrived back in Southern California Thursday after a year-long extradition process. If convicted as charged, Chan faces a possible maximum sentence of more…

Walmart returns guns, ammunition to U.S. store shelves after ‘isolated’ civil unrest led to brief removal

Walmart has reversed course, announcing it is returning ammunition and firearms to their displays in its U.S. stores. On Thursday the nation’s largest retailer said it had removed the items from displays due to “civil unrest” in some areas of the country. Guns and ammunition, however, had remained for sale at the stores, just not visible to shoppers. But on Friday Walmart said the items had been restored to displays because the unrest has remained isolated. The moves come after several days of protests, vandalism, and an overnight curfew in Philadelphia after police fatally shot a Black man with a history of mental health problems. “After civil unrest earlier this week resulted in damage to several of our stores, consistent with actions we took over the summer, we asked stores to move firearms and ammunition from the sales floor to a secure location in the back of the store in an abundance of caution, “ Walmart said in a statement. “As the current incidents have remained geographically isolated, we have made the decision to begin returning these products to the sales floor today.” The retailer…

2021 Rose Parade will be replaced with 2-hour TV special on New Year’s Day

While the 132nd Rose Parade was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, residents will still get to see the floats and musical performances in a two-hour television special on New Year’s Day. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Thursday announced “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda,” which will feature live-to-tape musical and marching band performances, celebrity appearances, highlights from past Rose Bowl football games, floats from years past and a behind-the-scenes look into how the floats were made. The TV special will air on KTLA at 8 a.m. Jan. 1, 2021. The event on Colorado Boulevard draws thousands each year to the streets of Pasadena and organizers ultimately opted to scrap the parade due to COVID-19 restrictions. It’s the first time in 75 years that the beloved New Year’s Day tradition won’t be held in person. It was canceled just three times before, during World War II. “We are beyond excited about the upcoming New Year’s Day television special and the unique opportunity it gives us to not only entertain our worldwide audience in new and dynamic ways, but also honor the Rose Parade’s 130-year tradition,” Tournament of Roses CEO David Eads said. Organizers will later announce the performance lineup and celebrity appearances. The event will benefit Feeding America, a nonprofit and nationwide network…

One-time fugitive given 3 life sentences in kidnapping, torture of O.C. marijuana dispensary owner

A man who had eluded authorities after his escape from an Orange County jail has been sentenced to three life sentences in connection with the 2012 kidnapping and torture of a marijuana dispensary owner, officials announced Friday. Hossein Nayeri, 41, was convicted last summer of two counts of kidnapping for ransom and one count of torture. On Friday, Nayeri was sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of parole, and the third life sentence is with the possibility of parole, Orange County District Attorney’s Office officials explained. He is still facing trial for a “brazen” 2016 escape from the Orange County jail. After allegedly orchestrating the escape with two other inmates, Nayeri allegedly kidnapped a taxi driver and forced the victim to drive to San Francisco. Nayeri and one of his co-defendants were captured after a homeless man recognized Nayeri from news coverage and alerted authorities.  ‘Vicious attack’ At the time of the first kidnapping in 2012, victim John Doe owned a lucrative marijuana dispensary business. Sometime before October of that year, the victim treated several marijuana growers to Las Vegas for what was…

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