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Police Seek Person Who Slashed Tires of More Than 30 Vehicles in Rancho Cucamonga Apartment Complex

Authorities are looking for a person who slashed the tires of more than 30 vehicles in a Rancho Cucamonga apartment complex over the weekend. The vandalism was discovered about 5:10 a.m. at the apartment complex along the 8200 block of Vineyard Avenue. Rancho Cucamonga police suspect the vandalism occurred sometime in the early morning hours. The person is believed to have gone through the complex and slashed the tires. Some of the vehicles had all four tires slashed, police said in a news release. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the incident, or anyone with personal video surveillance that might have captured the vandal, to come forward. They can call the police department, and those wishing to remain anonymous can call 1-800-78-CRIME.

Man Accused of Groping Girl at Redlands Target Also Allegedly Exposed Himself to Middle School Students

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts after being accused of groping an 8-year-old girl at a Target in Redlands, police said Monday. The incident happened at the Target at 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. about 7:25 p.m. Friday. The suspect, identified as Alex Francisco Chavez, went into the store and headed directly to the toy section, where he contacted the young victim, according to a Redlands Police Department statement. After “briefly” speaking to the girl, he allegedly walked behind her and grabbed the child’s chest area, the statement read. The mother then confronted the individual, who denied touching her inappropriately and left, according to police. He was in the store for approximately 7 minutes before driving away. Surveillance images released on social media helped detectives identify Chavez as the suspect, police said. They got in touch with Chavez, who agreed to meet detectives at the department, according to the statement. He was interviewed and arrested. During the investigation, police discovered that Chavez had already been charged with seven counts in another case where he is accused of exposing himself to teenage…

Federal Investigators in Santa Barbara Trying to Determine if Deadly Boat Fire Was a Crime

On Monday, about 15 federal agents were examining the Truth, a vessel similar to the Conception, at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Both the Conception, where 34 died in a fire a week ago, and the Truth are owned by the same company, Truth Aquatics, which has come under growing scrutiny. Agents were on all levels. Several were looking at the ladder going from the galley deck to the wheelhouse. Others were lifting up compartment covers and taking notes. Law enforcement sources say the federal investigation — which includes the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Coast Guard — is trying to determine whether any crime occurred in the worst maritime disaster in modern California history. Read the full story on LATimes.com.  Law enforcement agents still going over the Truth, a similar vessel to the Conception. @LANow pic.twitter.com/9Zbh6g8RL2 — Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) September 9, 2019

Man Killed, 2 Women Hurt After Gunfire Erupts Outside Hacienda Heights House Party

HACIENDA HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — A man was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting early Monday outside a house party in Hacienda Heights. The gunfire in the area of Manzanita and Vallecito drives broke out at about 1:30 a.m. Authorities say because the shootings happened in two locations outside a house party, there are more than 30 witnesses. A 33-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say two women in their 20s were also hurt — one hit by the gunfire in the upper torso, the second with a minor injury related to the shooting, but not a gunshot wound. The woman who was shot was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Neighbor Philip Trujillo says he was about to take his sick wife to the hospital when he heard more than 20 shots ring out. “It was just, it was unbelievable. It scared the hell out of me,” he said. “I look across the street when everybody’s gone, I can see a guy on the ground, so I go over there. He’s hit in the heart.” The shooting happened…

Possibly Armed Man Locks Down Sunland-Tujunga School

SUNLAND-TUJUNGA (CBSLA) – A possibly armed man barricaded in a nearby home forced the lockdown of an elementary school in Sunland-Tujunga Monday morning. Sept. 9, 2019. (CBS2) Los Angeles Unified School police told CBS2 that Apperson Street Elementary School was forced on lockdown at around 9:47 a.m. after officers responded to a report of a possibly suicidal man in a home in the 7900 block of Day Street, about a block away. The man may have access to weapons, police said. A Los Angeles police tactical unit and hostage negotiators were on scene.

After Losses and Decline in Voter Registration, California’s Republican Party Hopes for Comeback in Blue State

After crushing losses and a steep slide in voter registration, California Republicans gathered this weekend in the desert, hoping to plot a path back to relevancy in a state where shifting demographics and President Trump’s low approval numbers are continual challenges. Delegate Lisa Moreno at a training session called Engaging Hispanic Communities during the California GOP convention in September 2019.(Credit: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times) The convention, held at a Coachella Valley resort, featured a schedule that seemed to take a page from the Democrats’ 2018 playbook, with training sessions on registering voters, collecting ballots and engaging Latinos, blacks and millennials — all groups with whom Trump is unpopular. Behind the programming was Jessica Patterson, the first woman to chair the party, a Latina and millennial who promised to make the organization more inclusive and broaden its membership. But Patterson’s goals could be a tall order for a party whose activist ranks have moved further right in recent years, and predominantly comprise those loyal to the president and his policies. At a session billed as a training on how to engage “black and urban” voters, panelist…

Police Seek to ID Man Suspected of Groping 8-Year-Old Girl in Toy Aisle of Redlands Target

Police on Sunday released surveillance images in an effort to identify the man who they say groped an 8-year-old girl at a Target in Redlands two days earlier. About 7:25 p.m. Friday, the man walked into the store at 27320 W. Lugonia Ave. and headed directly to the toy section, where he contacted the young victim, according to a Redlands Police Department statement. After “briefly” speaking to the girl, he walked behind her and grabbed the child’s chest area, the statement read. The mother then confronted the individual, who denied touching her inappropriately and left, according to police. He was in the store for approximately 7 minutes before driving away. His vehicle is described as a 2003-2007 Honda Accord with an unknown license.   Authorities released several images of the man captured on a surveillance camera as they sought to the public’s help to identify him. Anyone with information about the investigation, or who would like to report a similar incident, is asked call police at 909.798.7681 ext. 1 or email Officer Moitoso at dmoitoso@redlandspolice.org.

San Francisco Offers $2.5B for PG&E’s Power Grid in the City

San Francisco officials are offering to buy Pacific Gas & Electric’s power lines and other infrastructure in the city for $2.5 billion. Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera presented the offer in a letter sent to the utility Friday. London said in a statement Sunday the offer was “competitive, fair and equitable” and will offer financial stability to PG&E. It doesn’t include PG&E’s natural gas system in the city. The utility is set to submit Monday its plan for getting out of bankruptcy. The company is expected to outline Monday how it plans to repay billions in liabilities from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. PG&E said in a statement selling assets to San Francisco wasn’t in the best interest of its customers and stakeholders.

Delays Expected at LAX Due to Construction Work

Expect some renovation-related delays at the Los Angeles International Airport this week. The LAX planned to close sections of Terminal 2 and 3 from Sept. 9 to 13 as crews worked on widening the center island curb. It’s among a number of projects the hub is undertaking this year. “Curb space remains tight in the area and motorists are encouraged to consider parking in a structure when picking up passengers,” airport officials said in a statement. The airport also began closures of rideshare drop-off spots so crews could start demolition work between Terminals 5 and 6. Ride App Pickup Stop E was set to remain closed through 5 a.m. Tuesday, and signs will redirect drivers to nearby stops D and F. LAX has an interactive map of current construction projects and how they could affect travelers. Megan Telles reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sept. 9, 2019.

CBSLA The Rundown: 9/9 8am

Make CBSLA: The Rundown your Alexa Flash Briefing and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher Here is a look at the top local stories for Monday, 9/9 at 8 a.m. Metro Gold Line Service Suspended In Pasadena Due To Power Issue A power issue shut down Metro Gold Line service in Pasadena Monday morning. 3 Firefighters Hurt Battling Major Fire At Downtown LA Fabric Warehouse Three firefighters were hurt early Monday battling a major fire that engulfed a fabric warehouse in downtown Los Angeles. Search Warrants Issued In Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire Tragedy Authorities served search warrants Sunday at the Santa Barbara company that owned the diving boat that caught fire and killed 34 people last week off Santa Cruz Island. Local Weather A low pressure system sitting to our north is the reason for the cooler conditions across the Southland. A high of 86 for the beaches and 87 for the Inland Empire.

Southern California Ocean Temperature Breaks 103-Year Record For September

LA JOLLA (CBSLA) — Southern California waters, famous for being much cooler than Atlantic Ocean waters, are warming up. Scientists recorded a temperature of 78.3 degrees Thursday in the water off Scripps Pier in La Jolla – the warmest September temperature recorded since 1916. “So we’re right now having some of the warmest temperatures that we’ve ever seen in September for 103 years,” said Melissa Carter of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Just last year, the waters off Scripps Pier reached the highest-ever recorded temperature – 79.5 degrees. The warmer Southern California waters are a boon for beachgoers. “The water is exceptionally warm right now. It’s nice, you don’t have to get in and out,” one woman said at Scripps Beach. But the warmer water will have a major effect on kelp and marine life, Carter warned. “With this warming happening so quickly, it doesn’t allow organisms in the ocean to adapt fast enough,” she said.

Search Warrants Issued In Santa Cruz Island Boat Fire Tragedy

SANTA BARBARA (CBS/AP) — Authorities served search warrants Sunday at the Santa Barbara company that owned the diving boat that caught fire and killed 34 people last week off Santa Cruz Island. Agents with the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies searched Truth Aquatics’ offices in Santa Barbara and the company’s two remaining boats, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s Lt. Erik Raney said. The warrants served shortly after 9 a.m. are “a pretty standard” part of the ongoing investigation into the tragedy to determine whether any crimes were committed, he said. The office was ringed in red “crime scene” tape as more than a dozen agents took photos and carried out boxes. Thirty-four people died when the Conception burned and sank before dawn on Sept. 2. They were sleeping in a cramped bunkroom below the main deck and their escape routes were blocked by fire. The bodies of all but one victim have been recovered. The search for the final body was suspended this weekend because of strong winds and rough seas, Raney said. “The dive teams are going to…

Avg. GoFundMe Campaign for Cancer Care Asks for $20K, but Only Gets About $5K: Study

The cost of cancer treatment has gotten so high that patients and their families are turning to crowdfunding websites, like GoFundMe. But a new study found that cancer patients raising money on GoFundMe are only reaching about a quarter of their goal on average. A new research letter in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine identified the 20 most prevalent cancers in the United States and studied more than 1,000 GoFundMe pages last October. The paper says that medical bills such as co-pays or out-of-pocket drug costs, and medical travel expenses were cited among the most pressing financial needs. On average, the campaigns studied set a goal of about $20,000 and took home about $5,000. Researchers looked at both insured and uninsured patients. Those affected the most by these costs are patients and families without insurance, the study said. Underinsured or uninsured patients sought higher donation amounts, and received only about 19% of their goal on average. “Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the uninsured rate, cost containment measures have not been realized by all patients,” the study noted. Medical fundraisers make up 1 in 3 of…

Detectives Investigating After Missing 9-Year-Old Boy With Autism Found Dead in Inglewood Park Pool

Police on Monday said they are seeking information in the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy with autism whose body was found in park swimming pool in Inglewood hours after he was reported missing. Zavire Dion Portis, 9, of Inglewood, pictured in a photo released by the Inglewood Police Department on Sept. 8, 2019. Zavire Dion Portis was last seen alive around shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, when he walked away from his mother’s car, which was parked at Edward Vincent Park at 700 E. Warren Ln., according to an Inglewood Police Department statement. “We got a call about 4 p.m. from a frantic mother that she had lost her child over here at Edward Vincent Park,” Lt. Neal Cochran said. The woman told police she was with her three children and had stopped the car to get a drink from a water fountain. “When she went back to the car, the other siblings told her that the child had wandered off,” Cochran said. Zavire Dion Portis, 9, of Inglewood, pictured in a photo released by the Inglewood Police Department on Sept. 8, 2019. A search…

Judge in CA Reinstates Nationwide Block on Asylum Restrictions Aimed at Central Americans

A federal judge in California restored his decision to block a Trump administration rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum, after the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed the injunction last month. The rule, from the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, would prohibit migrants who have resided in or traveled through third countries from seeking asylum in the US, therefore barring migrants traveling through Mexico from being able to claim asylum. The new rule would severely limit who’s eligible for asylum. In his order Monday, US District Judge Jon Tigar said, “The primary reason a nationwide injunction is appropriate is that it is the only means of affording complete relief.” In July, Tigar halted the Trump administration’s rule. Nearly a month later, the 9th Circuit dialed back the injunction, saying it can apply only to migrants claiming asylum in California and Arizona, states that fall under the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction. Last week, Tigar defended his initial nationwide injunction in a hearing. Over the course of an hour, Tigar walked through what he believed the 9th Circuit’s ruling to mean, saying there…

Boy Bullied for His Homemade University of Tennessee T-Shirt; School Makes It Official Design

A Florida student obsessed with the University of Tennessee wanted to represent the Volunteers during his elementary school’s “College Colors Day,” but didn’t own any of their apparel — so he took the matter into his own hands. Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, says he drew a “U.T.”, the university’s logo, on paper and pinned it to an orange t-shirt. “When the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt,” Snyder wrote Wednesday on Facebook. “I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label.” But by lunch time, the spirited Vols fan was in tears. “Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED,” said Snyder. In hopes of raising his spirits, Snyder said she planned on buying him an official University of Tennessee T-shirt, and asked friends if they had contacts with the school who could “make it a little extra special for him.”…

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