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Authorities In Pursuit Of DUI Suspect

CASTAIC (CBSLA) — Police are in pursuit of a DUI suspect. At last check, the driver was in the Castaic area. California Highway Patrol said there appears to only be one person in the vehicle. The chase started in the Montebello area and has maintained a speed of around 45 mph.

Inmate on Death Row for SoCal Murder, Bank Robberies Dies at Hospital

Death row inmate John Abel, 75, pictured in an undated photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A man condemned to death for a murder in Tustin, which took place amid a string of bank robberies in Orange and Los Angeles counties, died Saturday at a hospital, authorities said. John Abel, 75, died at 10:25 a.m. at a hospital,  according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “His cause of death is unknown pending the results of an autopsy; however, foul play is not suspected,” officials said in a written statement. Abel was first sent to prison in 1992 for a string of bank robberies in Los Angeles and Orange counties. While serving time for the robberies, he was identified as the gunman in the deadly Jan. 4, 1991, point-blank shooting of a man who had just withdrawn $20,000 from a bank in Tustin, according to the CDCR. He was subsequently convicted of the killing. “An Orange County jury sentenced Abel to death on Sept. 26, 1997, for first-degree murder during the commission of a robbery and lying in wait,” the…

Man Killed in Santa Clarita Shooting

A man died following gunfire in a gated community in Santa Clarita on Saturday afternoon, officials said. The fatal shooting was first reported about 5:30 p.m. in the 26000 block of Rainbow Glen Drive, according to Deputy Erin Liu of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. “The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene,” she said in a written statement. “The investigation is ongoing, and there is no additional information available at this time.” Anyone with information was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Activists Call For Hydrofluoric Acid Ban Following 2015 Refinery Fire

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — Activists and concerned residents gathered Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Exxon Mobil refinery explosion in Torrance. FILE — Refinery explosion at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Torrance, Calif., on Feb. 18, 2015. The blast occurred in a gasoline-processing unit, sending ash and smoke in to the air. (Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images) They’re calling for safety improvements at the facility following the Feb. 18, 2015 blast that threatened to release thousands of pounds of acid into nearby neighborhoods. The Torrance Refinery Action Alliance wants hydrofluoric acid, which is used to produce high octane fuel additives, to be banned. The 2015 explosion caused serious property damage and led to a hike in gas prices that experts say cost California and drivers $2 billion. Four people were injured in the blast.

Hiker Rescued At Angeles National Forest

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A hiker was rescued after falling at the Angeles National Forest on Saturday. The person’s name was not released, but authorities say they fell on the Condor Peak Trail. An L.A. County Sheriff’s helicopter sent down a medic to secure the victim. Both were safely brought back up into the chopper. The victim did not suffer any serious injuries.

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 1600, Quarantined Cruise Ship Passengers To Return To U.S.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The worldwide death toll from the Coronavirus outbreak has surpassed 1,600. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now setting up labs across the country — including Los Angeles — to test anyone who has flu-like symptoms. San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York are also involved, with more sites on the way. The World Health Organization is sending a team to China to help out at the outbreak’s hot zone. More than 1700 health care workers there have been infected. The U.S. government is also preparing to evacuate American citizens stuck on a quarantined cruise ship in japan. About 380 Americans, including a couple from Santa Clarita, have been aboard the Diamond Princess since February 5th because of the Coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. embassy in Japan says Americans will be flown back to the States February 16 on a chartered flight. They will have to undergo another two weeks of quarantine when they get back. So far, 218 people have tested positive for Coronavirus on that ship.

PCH Traffic Impacted in Malibu Due to Water Main Repair

Share this article:Southbound traffic on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu will be down to one lane Saturday and Sunday while work crews complete water main repairs, authorities said. City of Malibu Emergency Services announced Wednesday that a small leak was discovered in a 30-inch transmission main on PCH near Las Pulgas Canyon between Sunset Boulevard and Temescal Canyon Road. Emergency repairs began Friday and were expected to be complete Sunday when the hole is backfilled and paving restored, officials said. Water service to Malibu was restored at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, they said. The transmission main serves LA County Waterworks District 29, in Malibu, officials said. Malibu has experienced water main leaks and breaks in recent weeks, according to press releases from Malibu officials. A water main break February 8th caused a sinkhole that temporarily shut down northbound lanes of Malibu Canyon Road between Civic Center Way and Malibu Knolls Road, and another sinkhole was reported nearby January 24th. PCH Traffic Impacted in Malibu Due to Water Main Repair was last modified: February 15th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Man Fatally Shot outside Hotel in Riverside

Share this article:Police Saturday were looking for a suspect in a shooting that left a 57-year-old man dead outside a Marriott Hotel in Riverside. The shooting occurred in the 3400 block of Market Street near the Riverside Convention Center, between Fourth and Fifth streets, about 11 p.m. Friday, according to the Riverside Police Department. “Preliminary investigation revealed the victim was walking to his parked car after an event, when the unknown suspect fired gunshots, striking him several times,” said Officer Ryan Railsback. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition where he later died from his injuries, police said. He was identified as Grant Leggette Sr. of Rubidoux. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. A description of the suspect and a motive for the shooting were not available. Anyone with information was urged to contact Detective Adrian Tillett at 951 353-7105 or atillett@riversideca.gov, or Detective Karla Beler at 951-353-7138 or kbeler@riversideca.gov. Man Fatally Shot outside Hotel in Riverside was last modified: February 15th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

NBA to Name All-Star MVP Award After Kobe Bryant

The most valuable player of the NBA All-Star game on Sunday will receive the Kobe Bryant MVP Award, Commissioner Adam Silver announced Saturday. Bryant played in a record 18 consecutive All-Star games, winning the MVP honors in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Hall-of-Famer Bob Pettit is the only other player to be selected MVP four times. “No one embodied All-Star more than Kobe,” Silver said. Players from both All-Star teams on Sunday will honor Bryant and his daughter Gianna, with Team LeBron wearing No. 2 for her and Team Giannis wearing No. 24 for him. The end of the game has also been altered to honor Bryant. Read the full story on LATimes.com

Video Shows Hooded Men Rip Cash Register From Norwalk Gas Station Counter, Run Away

Authorities are searching for two men who ran into a Norwalk gas station, ripped the cash register from the counter and fled late Friday night. The theft was reported about 10:40 p.m. in the 10900 block of Imperial Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk Station. Surveillance footage shows two hooded men with covered faces leaping over the counter and frantically grabbing at the register before running away with it. Authorities did not provide information on how much cash was inside the register. A third suspect was waiting for them in a silver SUV outside and they were able to drive off and flee the scene, according to the Sheriff’s Department. No description of the suspects was available and authorities provided no further details

New Virus Cases in China Decline for 3rd Day; 1,665 Deaths Now Reported

China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country’s leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. There are 2,009 new cases in mainland China, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 68,500, according to the country’s National Health Commission. The fatality rate remained stable with 142 new deaths, the commission said. The death toll in mainland China from COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, now stands at 1,665. In all, 9,419 people have recovered and been discharged from hospital. The outbreak began in December in Wuhan, capital of the central Chinese province of Hubei, which has the bulk of infections. It has since spread to more than 24 countries and prompted sweeping prevention measures from the Chinese government, including a lockdown of cities with a combined population of more than 60 million. After Chinese President Xi Jinping played a muted public role in the early days of the epidemic, state media published Saturday evening a speech Xi delivered Feb.…

Boat Fire Breaks Out In Marina Del Rey

MARINA DEL REY (CBSLA) — No injuries were reported after a 20-foot boat docked at Marina del Rey caught fire Saturday evening. Firefighters were able to out the flames in about 10 minutes, according to authorities. The blaze was reported just after 5:30 p.m. in Basin G at the end of Mindanao Way, said Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores. The cause of the fire is under investigation. This is the second fire in Marina del Ray in months. In Dec. 2019, a 35-foot boat caught fire in the seaside community, and was also quickly contained.  

Man Arrested in Theft of Religious Antiques From Oxnard Church

Police arrested a burglary suspect on Feb. 15, 2020, and recovered religious antiques that had been stolen from an Oxnard church. (Credit: Oxnard Police Department) Police, aided by an observant church employee, arrested an alleged burglar Saturday and recovered valuable religiously important religious antiques that were taken from a church in Oxnard last week. Octavio Delgadillo, 36, of Oxnard, was booked on suspicion of burglary and receiving stolen property, as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, the Oxnard Police Department said in a written statement. Octavio Delgadillo, 36, of Oxnard, pictured in a photo released by the Oxnard Police Department following his arrest on Feb. 15, 2020. Police said Delgadillo has a long history with law enforcement, having been arrested “more than 20 times” last year in Moorpark before recently moving to Oxnard. His most recent arrest took place about 8:25 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Clara Church, 323 South E. Street, officials said. “An alert employee at the Santa Clara Church noticed a suspicious subject, whom she believed may have stolen some sacred goods from the church last week,…

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