Police search for South L.A. homicide suspect who allegedly carjacked another person in Bell

Authorities are looking for a man who allegedly fatally shot a 61-year old man in South Los Angeles and carjacked another person in Bell over the weekend. The incident began about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the Los Angeles Police Department received a call about a shooting in the 400 block of East 92nd Street in the Green Meadows neighborhood. Police said the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jesse Medrano, was involved in a dispute with family members when he allegedly fatally shot Ruben Marrufo and critically injured two other family members. Medrano drove off in a vehicle that was later abandoned in Bell. He then allegedly carjacked a person and has not been apprehended, police said. No further details about the homicide or carjacking have been released. A vehicle Jesse Medrano was last seen in is shown in a photo released by the LAPD on Oct. 4, 2021. Medrano is about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. He is bald, has brown eyes and a photo released by LAPD shows he has a tattoo on his neck and several on his face.…

All L.A. County beaches closed as rain, lightning hit SoCal

All Los Angeles County beaches were closed to the public Monday afternoon as rain and lightning struck the area for the first time in months. Beaches from the San Pedro area to Malibu, including Avalon and Catalina Island, are closed, the L.A. County Fire Department Lifeguard Division announced in a tweet. Lifeguards were clearing the water of all swimmers and advising patrons on the beach to seek shelter immediately. For mariners out on the water, the department advised returning to harbor immediately. As showers and storms speckled the metro area, residents across the area were advised to seek shelter and stay out and away from the water, the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office said. Even Monday night’s NFL game at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders was delayed nearly an hour due to the lightning. The L.A. team The NWS had predicted earlier in the day that a low pressure system to the southwest of the state would lift into the region Monday, bringing moisture and instability, with a chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms over Ventura…

Southwest Airlines says all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8

Southwest Airlines on Monday became the latest U.S. airline to require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Dallas-based company said its workers must be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 in order to remain at the airline. Employees can seek approval to skip the shots due to medical or religious reasons. Southwest said it has to mandate vaccines because of new rules from the Biden administration requiring companies with federal contracts to have vaccinated staffs. Southwest’s work for the government includes flying the military in emergencies and carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service. Last week, rivals American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue told their staff they needed to be vaccinated. United Airlines in August was the first major airline to do so and has since said that more than 97% of its workers have been vaccinated. United also said it would put staff who couldn’t get the shots due to medical or religious reasons on unpaid leave until COVID-19 rates go down. Southwest has 54,000 employees.

LA’s ‘Cool Streets’ Program Aims To Add 60 Miles Of Cool Pavement & 2,000 Trees

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The second phase of the “Cool Streets L.A.” program kicked off Monday, aiming to confront climate change at the neighborhood level. “Here in Los Angeles, we’re not waiting for others to figure it out, we lead solutions,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Whether it’s in this pandemic, or weather it’s here dealing with this public health emergency of climate change. We don’t wait for others to figure it out, we get our hands dirty, literally We try to figure it out and be the first to lead the world.” Garcetti and other city leaders were in North Hollywood Monday to announce the phase. The new phase, called “Cool Neighborhoods,” will add 60 miles of cool pavement and nearly 2,000 trees to Pico-Union, Westlake South, North Hollywood, Canoga Park, Sylmar, Vermont Square, South Central and Boyle Heights. North Hollywood received 13.4 lane miles of cool pavement Monday. The program started in 2019 and has currently covered about 50 blocks in five different neighborhoods. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Chargers-Raiders Monday Night Football Preview

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – UPDATE: Game is currently in lightning delay. Scheduled kickoff moved to 5:50 p.m. Football fans across the country are excited for Monday’s highly anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers (2-1) and the Las Vegas Raiders (3-0). However, this Monday Night Football showdown means even more to fans in Southern California. The Raiders, who played in Los Angeles from 1982-1994, still have arguably the largest fan base in the city. Meanwhile, the Chargers, who moved up the coast from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2017, look to seize an opportunity to increase their support in the city. The Chargers share Inglewood’s brand new SoFi Stadium, which will host the 2022 Super Bowl, with the Los Angeles Rams, further complicating their ability to establish themselves in a city with multiple teams in each of the four major North American sports leagues. In previous Chargers home games against the Raiders, fans of the Black and Silver have taken over the Dignity Health Sports Park, where the Chargers played while waiting for SoFi Stadium to open. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr doesn’t…

L.A. Men Plead Guilty To Federal Charges In Anti-Turk Restaurant Attack

Share this article:Two Los Angeles men pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges for attacking diners at a family-owned Turkish restaurant while shouting anti-Turkish slurs, hurling chairs at the victims and threatening to kill them. William Stepanyan and Harutyun Chalikyan both entered their pleas to conspiracy and a hate crime count. The two felony offenses together carry a sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson set sentencing in Los Angeles federal court for Feb. 7. Turkey and Armenia have a long history of conflict, part of which has stemmed from Turkey’s support of Azerbaijan in its border conflict with Armenia. When a new war broke out between Armenian and Azeri military forces in September 2020, tensions in Turkish and Armenian communities escalated worldwide, including in the United States. Numerous protests and counter protests, pitting individuals of Armenian and Turkish descent against one another, took place in Los Angeles County. On Nov. 4 last year, Stepanyan, 23, who is Armenian-American and lives in Glendale, sent a text message saying that he planned…

Police Seek Suspect Who Allegedly Shot Men, Killing One In Los Angeles

Share this article:Police in Los Angeles Monday were searching for a suspect who allegedly shot three people, killing a 61-year-old man. Los Angeles Police Department officers responded at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday to the 400 block of East 92nd Street, in the Green Meadows neighborhood, on reports of the shooting. They found three victims, including Ruben Marrufo, suffering from gunshot wounds. The two unidentified victims were taken to a hospital in unknown condition, while Marrufo died of his injuries at the scene, according to the LAPD. Investigators determined that the suspect, 35-year-old Jesse Medrano was involved in a dispute with the three victims before he allegedly shot them, according to the LAPD. Medrano the allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle, which was found abandoned in Bell, officials said. After abandoning the first vehicle, Medrano allegedly carjacked a 1999 Toyota Sienna with the California license plate number 8WBJ565, police said. That vehicle has yet to be located. Medrano is Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds, with brown eyes, a bald head and tattoos on his face. He is considered armed…

N.Y. mother, son arrested in theft of Pelosi’s laptop that was stolen during Capitol riot

A New York mother and son have been charged with theft in aiding the disappearance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Jan. 6 insurrection after the FBI initially raided a home 4,500 miles away in Alaska, looking for the computer. The FBI on Friday arrested Maryann Mooney-Rondon, 55, and her son, Rafael Rondon, 23, of Watertown, New York, in connection with the stolen laptop, according to court documents. Both also face other charges related to the riot at the Capitol. Rafael Rondon also faces possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun charge Both appeared in federal court Friday in Syracuse, New York, and released pending further proceedings, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. A message left at a listing for Mooney-Condon in Watertown was not immediately returned Monday. Attempts to locate Rafael Rondon were not immediately successful. The Capitol riot was well documented by those who took part. Law enforcement used photos from the social media accounts of those who took part to search for the suspects. A tip to the FBI led them…

LA County Lifeguards Close Beaches Due To Lightning Strikes

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County lifeguards were clearing beaches Monday afternoon due to lightning strikes. All L.A. County beaches were closed from San Pedro to Malibu, including Avalon and Catalina Island. {BEACH LIGHTNING} All Los Angeles County Beaches San Pedro – Malibu including Avalon & Catalina Island are CLOSED. Lifeguards will clear the water of all persons and advise patrons on the beach to seek shelter immediately! pic.twitter.com/FK4I4b8NoV — LACoLifeguards (@LACoLifeguards) October 4, 2021 Lifeguards were clearing the water of all people and advised beachgoers to seek shelter immediately. Meanwhile, all beaches in Long Beach and Carlsbad were also being closed due to lightning in the area, city officials said. The coastline was expected to remain off-limits until the storm passes. Lightning had also been detected near Del Mar in San Diego County. The system moved north into Orange County and is expected to move to the Inland Empire. So cool seeing these micro bursts over coastal OC (before we had to leave because of ) ! Wish they were all on shore though @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/3Y9G5qWd4F — Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) October 4, 2021…

Huntington Beach Oil Spill: The Worst Oil Spills In Modern California History

HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – A 127,000-gallon oil spill most likely caused by a leak from an offshore rig over the weekend has shut down Orange County’s coastline between Huntington and Laguna beaches and created one of the worst ecological disasters in modern Southern California history. Here is a rundown of some of the worst oil spills in state history as compiled by the California Coastal Commission: In 1969, a blowout at an offshore rig operated by Union Oil off the Santa Barbara County coastline created a 4.2-million gallon oil spill. “This disaster is considered to have been a catalyst for the modern environmental movement,” the CCC writes. In 1971, a bunker spill sent 800,000 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay with a “devastating impact on local species.” In 1990, an oil tanker operated by American Trader spilled 416,000 gallons of oil off Huntington Beach. An estimated 3,400 birds were killed. In 2007, in what is known as the Cosco Busan incident, a container ship struck the Bay Bridge and spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into San Francisco Bay. In May of 2015, a…

California is only state with ‘moderate’ COVID-19 transmission after case rate falls again

California continues to boast the lowest coronavirus rate in the U.S., with the latest data from the CDC showing that the state’s transmission level has decreased yet again. Two weeks ago, California was the lone state where COVID-19 infection rates were considered “substantial,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s four-tiered system measuring community transmission. As of Monday, the nation’s most-populous state is now the only one that falls under the “moderate” transmission category, which is the second-lowest level, behind only the “low” tier. California achieved the lower category thanks to a seven-day case rate that dropped dramatically in two weeks, from 95.3 per 100,000 to its current 41.3 per 100,000. The state’s seven-day testing positivity rate, meanwhile, dropped to 2.6%, a nearly half-percent drop from Sept. 20, according to the California Department of Public Health. Nearly every other state remains at the highest level of community transmission, save for Connecticut, where the transmission level is “substantial,” CDC figures show. North Dakota has the highest case rate of any state in the nation at 566 per 100,000, with a testing positivity rate of…

Service restored for some users after hourslong global outages for Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

A massive global outage plunged Facebook, its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms and many people who rely heavily on these services — including Facebook’s own workforce — into chaos Monday. The company did not say what might be causing the outage, which began around 11:40 a.m. ET and was still unfixed more than six hours later, although scattered users have reported partial restoration of one service or another. Websites and apps often suffer outages of varying size and duration, but hours-long global disruptions are rare. “This is epic,” said Doug Madory, director of internet analysis for Kentik Inc, a network monitoring and intelligence company. The last major internet outage, which knocked many of the world’s top websites offline in June, lasted less than an hour. The stricken content-delivery company in that case, Fastly, blamed it on a software bug triggered by a customer who changed a setting. For hours, Facebook’s only public comment was a tweet in which it acknowledged that “some people are having trouble accessing (the) Facebook app” and that it was working on restoring access. Regarding the internal failures, Instagram head Adam Mosseri tweeted…

Gray Wolf Spotted 3 Times In Ventura County Believed To Have Traveled From Oregon

VENTURA (CBSLA) — A male gray wolf believed to have been born in Oregon may have made it all the way to Ventura County, according to California Fish & Wildlife officials. (credit: California Department Of Fish & Wildlife) Between Sept. 20 and 26, three sightings of a gray wolf with a purple collar in northern Ventura County have been reported to Fish & Wildlife, whose staff confirmed recent wolf tracks in the vicinity. Gray wolves are listed as endangered in California, so the wolf in question is believed to be OR-93, who was born in 2019 fitted with a purple tracking collar by Oregon’s Fish & Wildlife officials in June 2020. OR-93’s collar stopped transmitting in April of this year, but while it was working, authorities tracked him entering Modoc County, at the northern border of California, and making his way into Fresno County by late March. His last collar transmission was from San Luis Obispo County on April 5. The collar transmission indicates that OR-93 traveled at least 935 air miles in California, a minimum average of 16 air miles per day, according to…

Southern California Temperatures Cool, With 2 Chances For Rain This Week

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Fall weather is making a comeback with not one, but two chances for rain this week. Southern California sweltered under dry, windy weather with temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s most of the weekend into Monday. But those summery conditions will take a turn, with lower temperatures and a good chance of showers overnight for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Lightning has already been detected near Del Mar in San Diego County Monday afternoon. That same system is expected to move north this evening into Orange County and the Inland Empire, where some areas have a 20% to 30% chance of rain. 2:20PM radar update: Lightning has been detected in a cell near Del Mar. That cell will continue moving north into Solana Beach and Encinitas. If you’re at those beaches, be sure to get indoors until it passes! #cawx pic.twitter.com/5AQBdlXas6 — NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) October 4, 2021 Rain could arrive in Los Angeles and Ventura counties late Monday afternoon and last throughout the night, according to the National Weather Service. But even with cooler temps and…

Newsom signs ‘Momnibus’ bill that aims to reduce deaths among Black mothers

Black women in California are more likely to die within a year of pregnancy than women of other races, prompting a wave of policy changes this year in the nation’s most populous state that culminated on Monday with Gov. Gavin Newsom signing a new law aimed at reducing the disparity. The law, among other things, creates a new committee within the Department of Public Health to review maternal deaths throughout the state by interviewing family members and doctors while exploring records and other reports. The law is the the last piece of what’s been nicknamed the “Momnibus” bill — a reference to the legislative term “omnibus” that generally means one bill that combines multiple pieces of legislation on a number of topics. Most of the “Momnibus” changes this year happened in the state budget, which Newsom signed into law over the summer. California now will give lower-income women health insurance for up to one year after pregnancy instead of for two months. The state’s Medicaid program, a government-funded health insurance plan for the poor, will also now pay for doulas — trained professionals who support…

Ship’s anchor hitting pipeline among possible causes of massive O.C. oil spill

Officials investigating one of California’s largest oil spills are looking into whether a ship’s anchor may have struck a pipeline on the ocean floor, causing a major leak of crude, authorities said Tuesday. The head of the company that operates the pipeline said that divers have examined more than 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) of pipe and are focusing on “one area of significant interest.” An anchor striking the pipeline is “one of the distinct possibilities” behind the leak, Amplify Energy CEO Martyn Willsher told a news conference. Coast Guard officials said cargo ships entering the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach routinely pass through the area. “We’re looking into if it could have been an anchor from a ship, but that’s in the assessment phase right now,” said Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jeannie Shaye. Houston-based Amplify Energy has been cited 72 times for safety and environmental violations that were severe enough that drilling had to be curtailed or stopped to fix the problem, regulatory records show. In all, the Amplify subsidiary known as Beta Operating Co. has been cited 125 times since 1980,…