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Car Linked To Monrovia Kidnapping Found In Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Toyota Prius police believe a woman from Monrovia was kidnapped was found early Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. The gray car with a license plate matching the one reported in the Monrovia kidnapping was found by LAPD officers at about 3 a.m. near Hill and Second streets. The car was surrounded by LAPD cruisers, but police have not yet said whether 27-year-old Robert Anthony Camou or his girlfriend, 31-year-old Amanda Kathleen Custer, remain in the area. Witnesses told police Custer was last seen being pushed into the hatch area of a gray Toyota Prius Monday at about 8:15 a.m. Sheriff’s investigators say they believe she was being put there against her will, although she did not appear to be struggling. Deputies say they have had to respond to calls involving the couple before, but on Monday blood was found from an apparent assault.

Woman Suspected Of DUI Crashes Into Irvine Jail Gate

IRVINE (CBSLA) — Authorities say a 19-year-old woman was driving under the influence when she crashed her SUV into the front gate of a county jail facility in Irvine. The crash happened at 3:30 a.m. at the James A. Musick facility, 13502 Musick. We are grateful no OCSD personnel were injured in this collision. While this damage can be fixed, we know that’s not always the case with DUI collisions. Losing a loved one or friend is irreparable. Please always designate a driver or coordinate a ride. — OC Sheriff, CA (@OCSheriff) July 30, 2019 The impact of the crash took out the jail’s front gate, which was left lying across the entrance road to the facility. (credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department) The bronze Range Rover also fared badly in the crash. The SUV was left straddling a low cinderblock wall with all four wheels hanging, its front bumper torn off and the engine compartment heavily damaged. No injuries were immediately reported. “We are grateful no OCSD personnel were injured in this collision,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet. “While this damage…

Gilroy Festival Shooter Bought AK-47 Style Rifle in Nevada, Brought it to California Illegally

FBI specialists and local authorities are still combing through the 50-plus acres of land that turned into a crime scene Sunday evening after a 19-year-old shooter killed three people and injured at least 12 others in Gilroy, California. Sunday was the final day of the decades-old Gilroy Garlic Festival, a family-friendly celebration that brings nearly 100,000 people each year to the small city about 30 miles south of San Jose. As the firing started, many festival-goers thought the sounds were fireworks. Then, chaos. Among the victims, 6-year-old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar and a recent college graduate, Trevor Irby. “Maybe not today, but there will be a day when we start to heal, and the reason for that is we cannot let the bastard who did this to us tear us down,” Gilroy Mayor Roland Velasco told residents Monday. The shooter, Santino William Legan, legally purchased the AK-47 style rifle he used in the attack on July 9 in Nevada, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said. The weapon can’t be legally purchased or transported into California, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “I can’t put borders up…

Detroit Debate Will Be Last Chance to Shine for Some Candidates

Democrats gathering in Detroit for a pivotal presidential debate will have to decide, once again, how to respond to President Donald Trump while presenting their own vision for the country. Candidates are sure to use the high-profile setting on Tuesday and Wednesday to blast Trump’s recent string of racist and incendiary tweets and comments, first about four congresswomen and more recently about Baltimore, a racially diverse U.S. city that, like Detroit, has faced challenges. But they’ll also be under pressure to provide specifics about how they would improve the lives of Americans by lowering the cost of health care or protecting jobs at a time when the economy is showing signs of sputtering. The second debate of the Democratic primary has higher stakes for a historically large field of more than 20 candidates, 10 of whom will face off each night. For several candidates, the debates will likely offer a last chance to be considered a serious contender for the party’s nomination. Tougher rules set by the Democratic National Committee are expected to winnow the race. To qualify for the next debates in September, candidates must raise money from more donors and…

Where To Watch: Viewing Parties Set For Democratic Debates

LOS ANGLES (CBSLA) — The second set of debates for the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, and some local spots are getting in on the action with viewing parties. The debates will begin at 5 p.m. both nights and will each feature 10 candidates. The debates will be streamed — without requiring a log-in or cable provider — on all CNN platforms, including CNN.com, CNN’s mobile apps and CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. To qualify for the debate, candidates needed to either register 1% support in three qualified polls or have 65,000 unique donors to their campaign — including a minimum of 200 donors in at least 20 states. A draw determined whether candidates would debate Tuesday or Wednesday, and the candidates’ positions on the stage at the Fox Theatre in Detroit were determined by public polling numbers, with top candidates in the center of the stage. Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper will be the moderators. Standing from left to right in Tuesday’s debates will be author Marianne Williamson; Ohio Rep.…

New Scam Targets Bank Card Holders With Fraudulent Activity Notices

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — About 24 million Americans fall victim to phone scams each year, and an elaborate new con has people believing their bank is preventing a problem when in reality it’s a criminal looking to steal money. The scam starts with a text, presumably from the victim’s bank, that asks about potential fraudulent activity. That text is then followed up by a phone call by a person who claims to be an employee of the bank. When this happened to Candace Terrell, she had no reason to doubt its validity. The phone number on her Caller ID matched the number of her bank. The person on the phone had her address and the last four digits of her bank card. “He said I have to put you over to an automated line where you will be asked to put in your pin number,” Terrell said. As soon as she did that, the scammer had full access to her account and took out $2,300. Cyber Security Expert Scott Schober said spoofing a number to match a known number is a fairly easy task —…

Personal Information Of Thousands Of LAPD Officers, Applicants Exposed By Data Breach

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — City officials say they are investigating a data breach of the personal information of thousands of Los Angeles Police Department officers. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office issued a statement Monday confirming that the breach was discovered Thursday and “involved limited information about city of Los Angeles job applicants in a database that is no longer used by the Personnel Department.” The names, birth dates, email address and account passwords of thousands of LAPD officers, along with thousands more applicants, were reportedly compromised by the breach. The LAPD says it “is working with our city partners to better understand the extent and impact of the data breach. We are also taking steps to ensure the department’s data is protected from any further intrusions. The employees and individuals who may have been affected by his incident have been notified and we will continue to update them as we progress through this investigation.” The LAPD told the affected personnel they should monitor their personal financial accounts, get copies of their credit reports and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. (© Copyright 2019 CBS…

Simi Valley Councilwoman Faces Backlash To Video Posted To Facebook

SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Emotions ran high at Monday night’s packed Simi Valley City Council meeting with many upset after a councilwoman posted a video critical of President Donald Trump’s latest sweep of undocumented immigrants to Facebook. In the video, Councilwoman Ruth Luevanos used her platform as a member of the council to talk about the border detention centers — referring to them at one point as “concentration camps” — and informed immigrants of their rights during raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Simi Valley Mayor Keith Mashburn said Luevanos has her right to free speech, but said that she shouldn’t have used her city office. “It gave the appearance that it was endorsed by the city,” Mashburn said. “It had a city logo, and she announced that she was a city council member. It made it appear that it was the stance of the council.” And even before the council meeting, lines were divided with residents on both sides of the issue prompting the presence of police officers to keep the peace. “Ms. Luevanos, you claim that immigration and customs enforcement officers are doing…

Construction Worker Responsive After Falling 15 Feet Into Open Manhole

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — A worker who was thrown down a 15-foot-deep hole Monday night was responsive, according to Anaheim Police Department officials. The construction worker was working at the intersection of Ball Road and State College Boulevard when a white vehicle crashed into a piece of construction equipment that then hit a fence that fell onto a construction worker pushing that worker into an open manhole, according to police. Police said the driver of the white vehicle attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody.

Shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival Happened Despite Multiple Safety Measures in Place

By several accounts, security was present and conspicuous at the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend. The Gilroy Police Department had a “compound” on site, the police chief said. Patrons at the family-friendly food festival reported seeing officers on horses and motorcycles. Yet, a 19-year-old, identified by police as Santino William Legan, was able to cut through a back fence and begin shooting people at random. The mayhem Sunday left three people dead and at least 12 injured. It also put a spotlight on soft targets, places like festivals, schools and churches where people often think they can let their guard down and live freely and safely. Another shooting at a festival in New York Saturday that left one dead and 11 injured also emphasized the precariousness of such spaces. Law enforcement experts say that despite heavier security at festivals, schools and churches, there’s really little that can be done to prevent attacks from happening. “No one would associate the Garlic Festival with an attractive target,” said James Gagliano, a CNN law enforcement analyst and retired FBI supervisory agent. Patrons offer different views of festival security Police…

Construction Worker Responsive After Falling 15-Feet Into Open Manhole

ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — A worker who was thrown down a 15-foot deep hole Monday night was responsive, according to Anaheim Police Department officials. The construction worker was working at the intersection of Ball Road and State College Boulevard when a white vehicle crashed into a piece of construction equipment that then hit a fence that fell onto a construction worker pushing that worker into an open manhole, according to police. Police said the driver of the white vehicle attempted to flee the scene, but was taken into custody.

Annual Paddle Raises Money In Honor Of Fallen Lifeguard Ben Carlson

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Dozens of extreme athletes took to the waters this weekend to honor fallen lifeguard Ben Carlson by paddling the 30 miles from Catalina Island to Newport Beach and raising money in the process. “That moment that you push the board off the shore, that for me was the moment of commitment,” John Moore of the Ben Carlson Foundation said. “There was no turning back. There was no getting on a boat.” Moore — a lifeguard who made the decision to paddle in honor of his friend and former colleague the day before — joined 32 other athletes in the challenge. Carefully watched by a lead boat, it took the group nearly nine hours to make it the 30 miles. And when they got there, the exhausted paddlers were met with cheers and hugs. But Moore said that 12 miles before reaching the pier, he hit a wall. “When you dig deep and you know what you’re doing it for — and you’re doing it to honor Ben and his legacy — it means we can move forward with all of the…

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