Father arrested in 1-year-old son’s death at South L.A. motel; Mom alleges he hit him after tripping over game controller

A father was arrested in connection with his 1-year-old son’s death in South Los Angeles, police said Thursday. Shane Flowers, 23, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The boy’s mother, Ryanna Jones, identified Flowers as the father, telling KTLA he confessed to killing his son after tripping over a video game controller Tuesday at a motel in the 5600 block of Western Avenue in the Chesterfield Square neighborhood. She said Flowers punched the child, who fell to the ground, hit his head and lost consciousness. “He told me that he didn’t think he hit him that hard for him to pass away,” the mother said. “And I kept telling him stop hitting my son. And every time I told him to stop, I got the outcome. I was getting beat up.” The boy, identified as Dee’ago Alexander Jones, had been in medical distress when he was taken from the motel and was pronounced dead at the hospital, LAPD said. The mother said she turned in her son’s father over to police. “If you guys are…

Plane Crash Injures Pilot, Passenger In Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Two people have been injured after a small plane crashed in Riverside. Firefighters were on the scene of the crash at about 10:30 a.m. The crash reportedly happened on airport property. Aircraft accident update: Both the pilot and passenger have been transported to area hospitals. NTSB and FAA have been notified. pic.twitter.com/SscM9cxytn — City of Riverside Fire Department (@rivcafire) July 15, 2021 The pilot and passenger were injured in the crash and taken to area hospitals in unknown condition. Authorities say the NTSB and FAA have been notified of the crash. This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

Panga Boat Carrying At Least 17 People Washes Ashore In Rancho Palos Verdes

RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CBSLA) – Over a dozen people were detained after a Panga boat washed ashore off the coast off Rancho Palos Verdes Thursday morning. The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported that vessel was discovered before 9 a.m. at Smuggler’s Cove, off the 5300 block of Palos Verdes Drive South. 17 people were brought off the boat, one of whom sustained minor injuries. In May, three people died and 29 were rescued when an overcrowded smuggling boat overturned off the coast of San Diego. Back in April, an unoccupied Panga boat was found near Rancho Palos Verdes and 10 people were detained nearby.

LAPD Officer Among 3 Injured In Tarzana Crash

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Three people were injured, including an LAPD officer, in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Tarzana, authorities said. The crash happened in the 18500 block of West Burbank Boulevard at about 9:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. One officer and two civilians were taken in fair condition to area hospitals. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

LA County Records Sixth Straight Day With 1,000-Plus COVID Cases

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The alarming spike in COVID-19 in Los Angeles County continued Wednesday, marking the sixth straight day with more than 1,000 cases as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant. The COVID-19 vaccine is prepared for administration at a mobile clinic in an East Los Angeles neighborhood on July 9, 2021. (Getty Images) L.A. County recorded 1,315 cases Wednesday, the highest daily toll since March, while the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus countywide was at 406 as of Thursday morning. It marks a 46% increase from July 7, when there were 275 hospitalizations. On Tuesday, L.A. County Department of Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly noted that all COVID-19 patients at the four L.A. County-owned hospitals had not been fully vaccinated. RELATED: COVID Cases Increase In Orange County As Delta Variant Spreads According to the latest numbers, among L.A. County residents age 16 and older, 69% have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 61% are fully vaccinated. According to officials at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the emergency room has seen a sevenfold increase in COVID patients over the past…

Panga boat with 17 aboard stopped at Smuggler’s Cove in Palos Verdes area

A panga boat carrying 17 people was stopped at Smuggler’s Cove in the Palos Verdes area Thursday morning. Officials were alerted to the boat, which was already on shore, shortly before 9 a.m., Los Angeles County Lifeguards tweeted. Arriving law enforcement confirmed 17 people had come off the boat, with one person suffering a minor injury. No people were believed to be in the water, according to the L.A. County Lifeguards tweet. Aerial video srom Sky5 showed law enforcement detaining several people under a patch of trees near the cove. Authorities could be seen removing life jackets from the boat, which was abandoned along the shoreline. The boat will be removed and towed to San Pedro for further investigation. Smuggler’s Cove, also known as Sacred Cove, is located near the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Peppertree Drive.

Teen joining Blue Origin’s 1st passenger flight, about to become youngest person in space

An 18-year-old is about to become the youngest person in space, rocketing away with an aviation pioneer who will become the oldest at age 82. Blue Origin announced Thursday that instead of a $28 million auction winner launching with founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday, Dutch runner-up Oliver Daemen will be on board. The company said he’ll be the first paying customer, but did not disclose the price of his ticket. “I am super excited to experience zero-g and see the world from above,” Daemen said in a video posted by Dutch broadcaster RTL. Also soaring on Blue Origin’s first launch with passengers: Bezos’ brother and Wally Funk, one of 13 female pilots who went through the same studies in the early 1960s as NASA’s Mercury 7 astronauts did, but were rejected for being women. The four will blast off from West Texas atop a New Shepard rocket for a 10-minute flight. According to Blue Origin, Daemen took a year off after graduating from high school last year to obtain his private pilot’s license. He’ll attend the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in September. His…

Reconsider travel to Nevada, Florida, other states with COVID surge, L.A. County health officer says

The Los Angeles County health officer has suggested that residents reconsider travel to states with the nation’s worst rates of coronavirus transmission, including Nevada and Florida. “I do want to recommend — especially if you’re unvaccinated — reconsider traveling to places where the seven-day COVID-19 case rates are increasingly high, like Nevada, our neighbor, or Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana and others,” Dr. Muntu Davis said in his briefing to the county Board of Supervisors this week. Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Nevada and Louisiana have the nation’s highest levels of new coronavirus cases per capita, with weekly rates roughly four to seven times California’s. All five of those states are considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having “high” rates of community transmission, the worst tier of the CDC’s four-tier scale. California still is considered as having “moderate” community transmission, the second-lowest tier. In California, for every 100,000 residents, 34.9 have newly tested positive over the past week; the comparable figure for Arkansas is 227.1; for Missouri, 183.8; Florida, 168.8; Nevada, 145.8; and Louisiana, 136.1. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

More than 40 dead, dozens missing in heavy floods in Germany and Belgium

More than 40 people have died and dozens were missing Thursday in Germany and Belgium as heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents that swept away cars and caused houses to collapse. Recent storms across parts of western Europe made rivers and reservoirs burst their banks, triggering flash floods overnight after the saturated soil couldn’t absorb any more water. “I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Washington, expressing shock at the scope of the flooding. “We still don’t know the number. But it will be many.” She pledged that everything would be done to find those still missing, adding: “’Heavy rain and flooding’ doesn’t capture what happened.” Police said 18 people died in Ahrweiler county, 15 in Euskirchen, three in Rheinbach and two in Cologne. Belgian media reported four deaths in that country. Among the worst-hit German villages was Schuld, where several homes collapsed and dozens of people remained unaccounted for. Rescue operations were hampered by blocked roads and phone and internet outages across the Eifel, a volcanic region of…

No Tickets Sold With All Six SuperLotto Plus Numbers

Share this article:There were no tickets sold with all six numbers in Saturday evening’s SuperLotto Plus drawing and the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing will grow to $11 million. One ticket was sold with five winning numbers, but missing the Mega number, at a cafe in Garden Grove, and is worth $32,534, the California Lottery announced. The numbers drawn Saturday night were 1, 5, 19, 27, 40 and the Mega number was 8. The jackpot was $10 million. The drawing was the fourth since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold. The odds of matching all five numbers and the Mega number is 1 in 41,416,353, according to the California Lottery. No Tickets Sold With All Six SuperLotto Plus Numbers was last modified: July 24th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

Schiff: $950K for Glendale Armenian Museum in Proposed 2022 Federal Budget

Share this article:Rep. Adam Schiff Thursday announced that the proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2022 will include $950,000 in funding to support construction and development of the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California in downtown Glendale. “Armenian-Americans are an essential part of the very fabric of our nation — enriching our customs, traditions and communities,” said the Burbank Democrat, who is vice chair of the House Armenian Caucus. “Their story is an American story, one of hope in the face of hardship, of perseverance, and of new beginnings. The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California will ensure that story gets told for generations come.” Schiff was one of the speakers at Sunday’s groundbreaking at Glendale’s Central Park, where a two-story, 50,000-square-foot facility will take shape. “It’s an honor to work alongside my Armenian-American constituents for recognition and justice,” Schiff said Thursday in announcing the budget allocation for the museum. While the budget still needs to be passed, Schiff added, “I am thrilled that investment in this important cultural center will be included in the government funding package, and I will…

Man Arrested in Hemet in 1999 Kidnap-Rape in Escondido Due in Court

Share this article:A 64-year-old man was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old girl in Escondido over two decades ago. Mark Thompson Hunter was arrested Tuesday in Hemet on suspicion of one count of rape, one count of forcible rape, one count of forcible sodomy and three counts of forcible oral copulation stemming from the February 17, 1999, incident that began around 8:30 p.m., Escondido Lt. Bode Berreth said. Investigators determined that Hunter approached the victim at a gas station convenience store on Grand Avenue south of Rose Street and asked for directions to the Super 7 Motel in Escondido, Berreth said. The woman agreed to drive her car to show him to the motel and let him follow in his vehicle, the lieutenant said. Near Valley Parkway and Fig Street, Thompson motioned for her to pull over at a nearby parking lot. The victim got out and approached the man’s vehicle, then Hunter allegedly pulled her into his van, drove her to another location and raped her, Berreth said. Investigators were unable to identify a…

Schumer pressures lawmakers to reach agreement on infrastructure and budget bills, sets 1st vote for next week

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pressured lawmakers Thursday to reach agreement by next week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to push ahead aggressively on President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar agenda. Schumer, D-N.Y., said he was scheduling a procedural vote for next Wednesday to begin debate on a still-evolving bipartisan infrastructure bill. Senators from both parties, bargaining for weeks, have struggled to reach final agreement on a $1 trillion package of highway, water systems and other public works projects. Schumer said he also wanted Democratic senators to reach agreement among themselves by then on specific details of a separate 10-year budget blueprint that envisions $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change, education, an expansion of Medicare and more. “The time has come to make progress. And we will. We must,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. The majority leader’s plans were an attempt to push lawmakers to work out differences so Democrats can advance their plans to fortify the economy for the long term and help lower-earning and middle-class families while imposing higher taxes on wealthy people and large corporations.…

Heading into 2nd half of season, injury-plagued Dodgers keeping close in bid to repeat World Series title

The Los Angeles Dodgers waited 32 years to win the World Series again. The road to a repeat championship is never easy, and they head into the second half of the season hoping the worst of the bumps along the way are behind them. A suspended starting pitcher, injuries and offensive struggles have conspired against them. It’s the first time since 2016 the Dodgers haven’t been in first place at the All-Star break. But they’re close. At 56-35, they have the second-most wins in the majors behind the rival San Francisco Giants (57-32). LA trails the first-place Giants by two games in the NL West, a division the Dodgers have won eight consecutive years. “Considering what all we’ve been through, I’d say it’s pretty good,” All-Star first baseman Max Muncy said. “We haven’t played anywhere near the caliber that we are capable of playing.” During one stretch, the Dodgers went 5-15. Injuries have knocked out starters Clayton Kershaw and Dustin May and shortstop Corey Seager, among others. The rotation took another big hit with starter Trevor Bauer going on paid administrative leave on July 2 after allegations…

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