CHP escorting traffic through I-5, Grapevine due to snow

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — California Highway Patrol officers are escorting traffic through Interstate 5 along the Grapevine Tuesday evening due to reports of snow, Caltrans said. Possible funnel cloud visible as thunderstorm rolls through Bakersfield Caltrans said snow is starting to stick in the roadway. Snow is reported falling between Highway 138 and the Lebec area. The snow and turned into a light rain, CHP reported at around 6:19 p.m. Interstate 5 remained open and motorists are urged to drive with caution. Check back for updates.

LA County’s COVID Hospitalizations Continue to Decline

Los Angeles County’s coronavirus metrics continue to trend in a mostly positive direction, with the number of COVID-positive patients in county hospitals down to 441, six fewer than Monday’s total, according to the latest state figures released Tuesday.Of those patients, 44 were being treated in intensive care, down from 48 the previous day.The statewide total of COVID-positive hospital patients was 1,938, up from 1,931 the previous day, after falling below 2,000 at the end of last week for the first time since November. Some patients were admitted for other reasons and learned they had COVID after a mandated test. Also Tuesday, local health officials reported 644 new infections and another 12 deaths linked to the virus, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 3,721,219 cases and 35,937 fatalities since the pandemic began.A majority of people who die with COVID-19 are elderly or have an underlying health condition such as diabetes, heart disease or hypertension, health officials have said. Overall case reports from the county are considered to be undercounts of actual virus activity, due to the number of people who use at-home tests and don’t report

Man Charged with Killing Ex-Girlfriend in Anaheim

A 36-year-old man who was free on bail on domestic violence charges was charged Tuesday with killing a former girlfriend in Anaheim.Aaron Stevan Romo of Anaheim was charged with murder, with a sentencing enhancement for committing an offense while out of custody on a separate case. Romo, who is being held without bail, made his first appearance in court Tuesday when his arraignment was rescheduled for Thursday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. Police were called at 2:24 p.m. Friday to an apartment in the 1900 block of South Union Street, one block south of Katella Avenue, Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jon McClintock said. When officers arrived they found the body of 24-year-old Mirelle Mateus of La Palma in the apartment, McClintock said. Romo was arrested later Friday in Riverside County and booked on suspicion of murder. Romo and Mateus had previously dated, McClintock said, although no further details were offered.Romo was out on bail in connection with a domestic violence case dating back to Dec. 5. He posted $100,000 bail and was released Dec. 13. He is charged in that case with corporal

Man arrested in connection with violent robbery in San Fernando

Police have arrested a San Fernando man accused of attacking an elderly man during a violent robbery on Friday. The man, identified by the San Fernando Police Department as Edgar Flores, 31, was captured on security camera as he attacked an elderly man on the 900 block of North Maclay Avenue around 10:20 a.m., police said. Video showed Flores approaching the 69-year-old victim and then forcefully trying to remove a bag from his hand. The victim resisted, police said, and the suspect responded by violently attacking him until he became unconscious. Edgar Flores, 31, of San Fernando shown in this undated mugshot image provided by the San Fernando Police Department. Days later, on Monday around 4:10 p.m., police received a tip that Flores was at a nearby liquor store on the 900 block of Truman Street. Officers responded to the area and took Flores into custody. He was booked into jail to await charges for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse and resisting arrest, as well as violating his parole. The case has been forwarded to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

Magnitude 4.6 earthquake hits Northern California

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck near Ferndale, California on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey.  The USGS reported the quake hit at 4:18 p.m. with a depth of about 10 miles.  The quake was centered about 4 miles west-southwest of Ferndale and 20 miles south and west of Eureka. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. California Earthquake Map California experiences dozens of earthquakes each week, most of which are minor. Earlier in the day Tuesday, a swarm of minor quakes shook the ground just north of Calistoga. The strongest was 2.7 magnitude.