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Cyntoia Brown Released From Prison After Serving 15 Years for Killing Man Who Bought Her for Sex

Cyntoia Brown was released from prison early Wednesday morning after being granted clemency in January by then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Initially sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who bought her for sex when she was 16, Brown was released to parole supervision after spending more than a decade jailed. “I look forward to using my experiences to help other women and girls suffering abuse and exploitation,” Brown said in a statement following her release. Her case drew the attention of high-profile advocates, lawmakers and A-list celebrities and even prompted a documentary. Here is what you should know about what happened and why she is walking free. She went to prison a teen and is coming out an adult Brown has spent half of her life behind bars. In 2004, she was sentenced to life in prison in connection with the killing of a 43-year-old man. At 16-years-old, she was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder, first degree felony murder and aggravated robbery. Brown’s sentence required her to serve at least 51 years in prison before she…

Overturned Gas Tanker Shuts Down NB 5 Freeway in Atwater Village Area, Near Griffith Park

An overturned big rig that was carrying about 7,500 gallons of fuel in two tanks has shut down the northbound 5 Freeway near Griffith Park early Wednesday, officials said. The California Highway Patrol announced a full closure of the northbound lanes at Los Feliz and Glendale boulevards in the Atwater Village area at around 7:30 a.m. The lanes were expected to be blocked at least through about 9:40 a.m., and traffic is being diverted at State Route 2, CHP said. Only a small amount of gasoline has spilled, an L.A. Fire Department spokesperson told KTLA. Some 7,000 gallons of fuel have to be removed from the tanker before it can be towed from the freeway, according to the Fire Department. No injuries have been reported, the agency said. SB SR-2 connector to NB I-5 also closed. Tanker with double trailers will be off-loaded & then uprighted. Carrying approx. 7500 gallons of gasoline. Approx. 100 gals. spilled into 2 drains. Caltrans maintenance & HAZMAT team on scene. https://t.co/y2YWRQNQdC pic.twitter.com/uU17IPjSUl — Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) August 7, 2019

Tanker Truck Carrying 7,000 Gallons Of Fuel Overturns On Northbound 5 Freeway In Atwater Village

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A double fuel tanker truck overturned Wednesday on the northbound 5 Freeway at Los Feliz Boulevard, causing a significant fuel leak and shutting down all lanes. The rollover crash was first reported at about 7:10 a.m. and involved just the tanker truck, which was carrying 7,000 gallons of fuel. A large puddle of fuel spreading out from the overturned tanker appeared to span five lanes of the freeway. Los Angeles Fire officials say vehicles and equipment are being brought in to safely upright the truck and clean up the fuel spill. (credit: CBS) The clearing and clean-up effort could take several hours, and the northbound lanes will be closed until further notice. The connector from the 2 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway has also been shut down, and traffic was being directed to turn around and exit the freeway on the Glendale Avenue onramp.

Man Assaults Teen Girl During Kidnapping Attempt In Riverside

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Authorities are looking for a man suspected of assaulting a teen girl while trying to drag her into his truck in Riverside Tuesday morning. A sketch of the suspect. (Riverside PD) The victim was walking in the 6200 block of Rutland Avenue in the Arlanza neighborhood of Riverside between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when a Hispanic man approached her from a parked vehicle. Police said the suspect then tried to grab the girl and force her into his pickup truck. While doing so, he also hit her with a metal object, police said. The girl was able to fight the man off and run away. The suspect then fled in a pickup truck. The suspect was described as in his 30s, 5-foot-5 with a thin build, dark or tan skin and a round clean-shaven face. He was last seen wearing a charcoal gray shirt, black jeans and tan work boots. Photo of the vehicle police say the suspect drove off in. (Riverside PD/YouTube) Police released surveillance video of the suspect’s vehicle, described as a 2010 to 2013 white Toyota Tundra…

Overturned Big Rig Shuts Down NB 5 Freeway in Griffith Park Area

An overturned big rig has shut down the northbound 5 Freeway in the Griffith Park area early Wednesday. Officials announced a full closure of the northbound lanes at Los Feliz Boulevard at around 7:30 a.m. No injuries have been reported, according to the L.A. Fire Department. #Traffic; INC#0321; 7:10AM; Nb 5 Fy; https://t.co/kAGN4pIxwo; #GriffithPark; FULL CLOSURE of NB5 Freeway at Los Feliz Bl due to overturned tanker;No injuries reported;CHP Log 648; FS 56; Batt 5; #WestBureau; Council District 4; … https://t.co/jG51uFH0jH — LAFD (@LAFD) August 7, 2019 SIGALERT: N/B I-5 AT SR-2, ALL N/B LANES WILL BE BLOCKED FOR 2 HOURS DUE TO A TRAFFIC COLLISION (TRAFFIC IS BEING DIVERTED OFF AT N/B SR-2) — CHP PIO – LA County (@CHPsouthern) August 7, 2019 Avoid the I-5 n/b Golden State Freeway south of Glendale Blvd due to an overturned Gas Tanker. pic.twitter.com/W3RVHC4lYB — CHP Central LA (@CHPCentralLA) August 7, 2019

Sears, Kmart Are Closing 26 More Stores–Including in California

More than two dozen Sears and Kmart stores are closing, as the company continues to struggle after emerging from bankruptcy. The parent company of Sears and Kmart, called Transform Co., said Wednesday that it has “faced a number of challenges returning our stores to sustainable levels of productivity. It plans to close five Kmarts and 21 Sears stores across the United States and Puerto Rico. Liquidation sales will begin in mid-August and the stores will close in late October. The company blamed “a generally weak retail environment” for the closures. It also attributed some of the company’s problems to its ongoing court battle with Sears Holdings, the still-bankrupt remnant of the company that used to own Sears and Kmart. “These challenges have unfortunately affected our performance and limited our strategic choices,” Transform Co. added. Transform Co. warned more store closures could soon be on the horizon. “Our goal remains to return the company to profitability and preserve as many jobs as possible in the communities we serve,” it said in a statement. The company said laid-off employees will be offered the same amount of severance that Sears Holdings…

Woman Found Dead With Stab Wounds Inside Bedroom of Garden Grove Home

Authorities on Wednesday are investigating the death of a woman found with stab wounds inside a Garden Grove home. Garden Grove police responded to a call about a body in the 14000 block of Flower Street around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday. They arrived at the scene to find a dead woman stabbed inside a bedroom of a residence, according to police. As of early Wednesday, detectives said they have not identified the victim or why she was at the home. They also did not have any information about any suspects.  

Teenage Girl Fights Off Kidnapping Attempt in Riverside; Attacker Sought

Police are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a teenage girl in Riverside early Tuesday morning. Riverside police released this sketch of the attempted kidnapping suspect. The victim was walking in the 6200 block of Rutland Avenue in the Arlanza neighborhood between 8 and 8:30 a.m. when a man got out of a parked vehicle and approached her, the Riverside Police Department stated in a news release. The man grabbed the girl and attempted to force her into his vehicle. He then struck her with a metal object, but the girl managed to fight the man off and run away, the Police Department stated. The attacker then got back into his vehicle and fled the area. The man was described as a Hispanic adult in his 30s, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build, dark or tan skin, a round face and clean shaven. The man was wearing a charcoal gray T-shirt, black jeans and tan work boots. Police say he drove off in a 2010 to 2013 white Toyota Tundra 4-door pickup with dark tinted windows and unknown license…

‘You Have A Relationship With God Like You Have With Any Other Person’: Author Cara Wall On ‘The Dearly Beloved’

(CBS Local)– “The Dearly Beloved” is Cara Wall’s first book and it didn’t disappoint. The novel hits bookshelves on August 13 and chronicles the lives of two ministers named Charles and James and their wives Lily and Nan. It took Wall 15 years to write and publish the book and she was able to use some of her family’s experiences in shaping the story. “I wrote most of it in coffee shops around New York and it doesn’t feel real yet,” said Wall in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “I start writing always with characters and the characters came to me first and they came pretty fully formed. It was not a hard setting for me because I grew up in church. I grew up going to First Presbyterian Church and it was a very liberal church for the time in New York City and it was a very community based church. We did have two pastors and they were not difficult characters to place.” One of the most interesting dynamics in the book is between Charles and his wife Lilly. Charles is a…

Orange County, Longtime GOP Stronghold, Now Has More Registered Democrats Than Republicans

Orange County, long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue. The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home to 547,458 registered Democrats, compared with 547,369 Republicans, according to statistics released early Wednesday morning by the county Registrar of Voters. And the number of voters not aligned with a political party has surged in recent years, and now tops 440,770, or 27.4% of the county’s voters. Democratic leaders attributed the shift to changing demographics, aggressive recruitment efforts and President Trump. “Trump’s toxic rhetoric and exclusionary policies alienate women, millennials, suburban voters, immigrants and people of color — critical components of the electorate in Orange County,” said Katerina Ioannides, chairwoman of the Orange County Young Democrats, which conducted voter registration drives aimed at young voters, one of several groups that worked to increase party registration. “The Republican Party’s platform no longer resonates in a rapidly diversifying, increasingly college-educated Orange County.” Read the full story on LATimes.com. A chart shows the voter registration by party in Orange County between Feb. 10, 2013 and Feb. 10, 2019.(Chris Keller /…

Teenage Girl Fights of Kidnapping Attempt in Riverside; Attacker Sought

Police are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a teenage girl in Riverside early Tuesday morning. Riverside police released this sketch of the attempted kidnapping suspect. The victim was walking in the 6200 block of Rutland Avenue in the Arlanza neighborhood between 8 and 8:30 a.m. when a man got out of a parked vehicle and approached her, the Riverside Police Department stated in a news release. The man grabbed the girl and attempted to force her into his vehicle. He then struck her with a metal object, but the girl managed to fight the man off and run away, the Police Department stated. The attacker then got back into his vehicle and fled the area. The man was described as a Hispanic adult in his 30s, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build, dark or tan skin, a round face and clean shaven. The man was wearing a charcoal gray T-shirt, black jeans and tan work boots. Police say he drove off in a 2010 to 2013 white Toyota Tundra 4-door pickup with dark tinted windows and unknown license…

Boy, 15, in Grave Condition After Being Dragged 1,000 Feet by Hit-and-Run Driver in South L.A.

A 15-year-old boy is in grave condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of South Los Angeles Tuesday night. Police received a report of a pedestrian being struck on Maple Avenue near East 37th Street just before 9 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Detective Moses Castillo said. Arriving officers found the badly injured pedestrian down near the intersection of Woodlawn Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The victim, identified only as a 15-year-old boy, was dragged more than 1,000 feet before his body was dislodged from the vehicle, Castillo said. It was unclear if the boy was riding or walking his bike at the time of the crash. He has been hospitalized with “very severe” injuries, Castillo said. “We’re praying and hoping for the best, but it looks pretty grave,” he said. The vehicle that struck the victim stopped momentarily when followed by witnesses but eventually fled the scene. The car was described as a 2007 to 2008 dark blue or dark green Honda Accord with tinted windows. The vehicle likely has extensive damage to the front…

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