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Weekend Traffic Alert: ’60 Swarm’ Construction Partially Shuts Down 60/91/215 Freeway Interchange

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A heads up for drivers in the Inland Empire. The 60/91/215 interchange will be partially shut down this weekend. It’s for the “60 Swarm” re-surfacing project to improve travel between Riverside and Chino. The connector bridge between the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway and northbound Interstate 215, along with the bridge connecting the eastbound Riverside (91) Freeway and the westbound 60, will be out of service. The closures will last until Monday at 5 a.m. Detours will be in place, but drivers should be prepared for long delays.  

Corvettes Worth $1 Million Trapped Inside Buildings Destroyed by Deadly Explosion in Houston

A Houston car restorer is anxiously awaiting a chance to visit his business, parts of which were destroyed during Friday’s deadly explosion at a separate business in the city’s northwest corner. The early morning explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing damaged other buildings up to a half mile away and took the lives of two Watson employees. This corvette is one of the cars trapped inside a business destroyed by a deadly explosion in Houston, Texas on Jan. 24, 2020.(Credit: Gordon Andrus via CNN) Gordon Andrus’ restoration business, Houston Corvette Service, occupies two buildings directly across the street from Watson Grinding. After Friday’s explosion, he told CNN that his buildings have been destroyed and he doesn’t know the condition of the cars that were undergoing restoration. What he does know is that there were about 15 cars worth about $1 million collectively inside. Andrus wasn’t at his shop during the explosion but he described the blast as what he called a shaped charge, which focuses the force of an explosive. “The charge blasted across the street, right over our buildings and then on into the…

NYPD Officer, Fiancee Did Nothing as Boy Died of Hypothermia in Their Garage, Prosecutors Allege

A New York Police Department officer and his fiancee left the officer’s 8-year-old son in a garage overnight in freezing temperatures and then did nothing to help him as he died of hypothermia, prosecutors said Friday. Michael Valva and Angela Pollina appear in booking photos provided by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 25, 2020. “They evinced no regard for this child’s human life,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said after the arraignment of Michael Valva, 40, and Angela Pollina, 42, who are both charged with second-degree murder in the death of 8-year-old Thomas Valva. “They caused his death both by forcing him to sleep in frigid temperatures in the garage and then by failing to do anything to help him as he died right in front of their eyes.” Authorities say the boy died last week after being left in a garage at the couple’s home as temperatures dropped to under 20 degrees (minus 6 Celsius). Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe said during the arraignment of Valva and Pollina late Friday that audio files recovered from the home recorded the couple discussing…

On Recording, Trump Asks How Long Ukraine Can Fend Off Russia Without U.S. Assistance

President Donald Trump inquired how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression without U.S. assistance during a 2018 meeting with donors that included the indicted associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. “How long would they last in a fight with Russia?” Trump is heard asking in the audio portion of a video recording, moments before he calls for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. She was removed a year later after a campaign to discredit her by Giuliani and others, an action that is part of Democrats’ case arguing for the removal of the president in his Senate impeachment trial. A video recording of the entire 80-minute dinner at the Trump Hotel in Washington was obtained Saturday by The Associated Press. Excerpts were first published Friday by ABC News. People can be seen in only some portions of the recording. The recording contradicts the president’s statements that he did not know the Giuliani associates Lev Parnas or Igor Fruman, key figures in the investigation who were indicted last year on campaign finance charges. The recording came to light as…

Memorial Service Honors L.A. County Sheriff’s Detective Who Died Helping Pedestrian

Law enforcement agencies in the Southern California  region Saturday are mourning the loss of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective who died while helping a pedestrian in Valley Village last week. Loved ones and family members of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Amber Leist are attending the memorial service, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mosaic Church in Hollywood. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Amber Joy Leist, pictured in an undated photo provided by the sheriff’s department. Leist, 41, was a 12-year veteran of the department who worked on patrol and as a school resource officer before becoming a detective. She was off-duty when she saw two people crossing the street near Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue last Sunday. One of the individuals, a senior citizen, fell to ground. Leist decided to get out of her car and help the person safely reach the sidewalk. “While she was returning to her vehicle, she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive when the light had turned green,” L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. Leist was taken to a…

Mexican Vigilante Group Training Kids as Young as 6 to Take up Arms Against Organized Crime

In a lawless stretch of western Mexico, children as young as 6 are taking up arms against organized crime. This week, 19 children were conscripted into a vigilante group that for years has been battling drug gangs in restive Guerrero state. Images published by local journalists of the initiation ceremony — in which uniformed, rifle-wielding boys performed military-style maneuvers — drew outrage across Mexico, with human rights officials condemning the exercise as child abuse. A leader of the vigilante group said in a phone interview Thursday that an increase in violence in the region and the absence of government intervention have left the community with no choice but to arm even its children. “They must be prepared,” said Bernardino Sanchez Luna, who founded the self-defense group known as the CRAC-PF. “If they are afraid, the criminals will kill them like little chickens.” Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Killer Sought After 18-Year-Old Found Shot to Death in West Hills Hospital Parking Lot

The Los Angeles Police Department asked for the public’s help Saturday finding the man who killed an 18-year-old found shot dead in a hospital parking lot in West Hills. Joseph Waary was pronounced dead four minutes after LAPD officers responded to calls about a person shot in the abdomen and found in the 7300 block of Medical Center Drive, according to police. Officials said they responded at 11:26 a.m. Waary was in the parking lot of West Hills Hospital and Medical Center but investigators have since determined he was shot at another location before being dropped off there, according to LAPD. Police said the suspect is believed to be a 19-year-old Hispanic man who stands about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs around 180 pounds. Anyone with information can reach LAPD Homicide Detective Castro at 818-374-1925. Calls made during non-business hours or on weekends can be directed to 877-527-3247. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or visit lacrimestoppers.org.

Anaheim Resident Fatally Shoots 20-Year-Old Car Burglary Suspect, Police Say

An Anaheim resident shot and killed a 20-year-old man suspected of burglarizing a car early Saturday, officials said. A homeowner confronted the man in the 800 block of Westchester Drive, not far from Twila Reid Park, at around 2:30 a.m., according to the Anaheim Police Department. The accused burglar died at the hospital, the agency said. Police did not say where exactly the shooting took place, or who took the 20-year-old to the hospital. The resident is cooperating with the homicide detectives investigating the case, police said. Officials only identified the suspect as a 20-year-old man. They did not release any further information about the incident, including the name of the shooter.

Trump Impeachment Trial: President’s Lawyers Argue Democrats Just Want to ‘Overturn’ Last Election

President Donald Trump’s lawyers plunged into his impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to drive him from the White House. “They’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone told senators. “And we can’t allow that to happen.” The Trump legal team’s arguments in the rare Saturday session were aimed at rebutting allegations that the president abused his power when he asked Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and then obstructed Congress as it tried to investigate. The lawyers are mounting a wide-ranging, aggressive defense asserting an expansive view of presidential powers and portraying Trump as besieged by political opponents determined to ensure he won’t be reelected this November. “They’re asking you to tear up all the ballots across this country on your own initiative, take that decision away from the American people,” Cipollone said. Though Trump is the one on trial, the defense team made clear that it intends to…

18-Month-Old Boy Dies After Being Found Unresponsive Outside His Foster Home, Investigation Underway

PALMDALE (CBSLA) — LA County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of an 18-month-old Palmdale boy who was found unresponsive in a car outside his foster home. Detectives say they think the death may have been an accident, but can’t say for sure until an autopsy in conducted. Investigators have impounded the vehicle and are searching it for clues. Deputies responded to a call from someone in the home of a baby not breathing Friday night. The home is located in the 57-hundred block of Monaco Lane, near 55 Street East. The child was found unresponsive in a car in the driveway of the foster home and taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Three other small children were seen being taken from the home, apparently by L-A County Child Protective Services, which is standard procedure whenever there is a death inside a foster home.  

Riverside Checkpoint Results in 40 Arrests

Share this article: Forty people were arrested on suspicion of various offenses, including drunk driving, during a driver’s license and sobriety checkpoint in Riverside, a police sergeant said Saturday. The Riverside City Police Department conducted the checkpoint between 9 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday at La Sierra Avenue near Cochran Avenue. Of the 808 drivers screened, eight people were arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, said Sgt. Ryan Wilson. In addition, 31 people were either cited or arrested for driving unlicensed or with a suspended license and 32 citations were issued for various other vehicle code violations, he said. On person was also arrested for an outstanding felony warrant. In total, 40 people were arrested, according to Wilson. The checkpoint was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Riverside Checkpoint Results in 40 Arrests was last modified: January 25th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Fog Causes Slight Delays at LAX

Share this article:Thick morning fog caused some flight delays at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday. “We expect the FAA to have a ground delay program, in which arriving aircraft headed to LAX are held for a time at departure airports to space out flights, through about 1 p.m. Average delays are about one hour but please check your flight status w/your airline,” LAX tweeted at 8:23 a.m. Saturday. A dense fog advisory from the National Weather Service expired at 9 a.m., and LAX tweeted at 9:32 a.m. that the FAA ground delay was canceled, but some lingering delays might still be possible. Fog Causes Slight Delays at LAX was last modified: January 25th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Saturday “Gayle on the Go!” /// Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Happy Saturday! What are you up today? Well, here are some Saturday “Gayle on the Go!” list suggestions! SOME OF THESE ACTIVITIES ARE — FREE! Let me suggest you watch the report, THEN SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE OF A LONG LIST EVENTS THAT I DID HAVE TIME TO TELL YOU BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY! Enjoy! -0-0-0- Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway Long Beach http://www.queenmary.com Celebrate Chinese New Year aboard the majestic Queen Mary on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Chinese New Year: Shanghai Nights will honor the Year of the Rat with traditional Chinese cuisine and entertainment featuring Wushu Shaolin Entertainment’s dragon and lion dancing, Chinese martial arts and acrobatics, face changer, Sound of China Guzheng Ensemble, and more. Located aboard the Queen Mary in the famous Grand Salon, the limited dinner seating will be a feast for the senses surrounded by stunning decor. A buffet-style dinner featuring classic Chinese cuisine will begin at 7pm followed by live entertainment. The buffet dinner will feature a variety of traditional dishes such as honey glazed walnut shrimp, roasted duck, golden crispy…

Trump Administration Sues California Over Private Prison Ban

The Trump administration sued the state of California on Friday, asserting that a new state law that bans for-profit prison contracts unconstitutionally interferes with the federal prison and immigration detention systems. The case, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego, asks a judge to ban the enforcement of the law against the federal government. “California, of course, is free to decide that it will no longer use private detention facilities for its state prisoners and detainees,” the lawsuit said. “But it cannot dictate that choice for the federal government, especially in a manner that discriminates against the federal government and those with whom it contracts.” Assembly Bill 32, which took effect Jan. 1, prohibits new private detention contracts in California and changes to current contracts. It phases out existing facilities entirely by 2028. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Memorial Service to Honor L.A. County Sheriff’s Detective Who Died Helping Pedestrian

Law enforcement agencies in the Southern California  region Saturday are mourning the loss of a Los Angeles County sheriff’s detective who died while helping a pedestrian in Valley Village last week. Loved ones and family members of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Amber Leist are attending the memorial service, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Mosaic Church in Hollywood. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Amber Joy Leist, pictured in an undated photo provided by the sheriff’s department. Leist, 41, was a 12-year veteran of the department who worked on patrol and as a school resource officer before becoming a detective. She was off-duty when she saw two people crossing the street near Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue last Sunday. One of the individuals, a senior citizen, fell to ground. Leist decided to get out of her car and help the person safely reach the sidewalk. “While she was returning to her vehicle, she was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound on Riverside Drive when the light had turned green,” L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. Leist was taken to a…

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