COVID Surge: LA County residents again ordered to wear masks indoors

LOS ANGELES (KUSI) – In the face of steadily increasing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County residents will again be required to wear masks in indoor public settings beginning Saturday night, health officials announced Thursday. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said the county is “not where we need to be” in terms of vaccinations against the virus, as evidenced by seven straight days of new cases numbers that topped 1,000. On Thursday, the county reported 1,537 new infections, the highest number since early March. Davis said the rate of virus spread in the county has officially risen from moderate to substantial, with infections five times more likely to occur among unvaccinated residents. As a result, Davis said a revised county Health Officer Order will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, requiring all residents to wear masks in indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status. The county previously only recommended such mask-wearing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus and protect unvaccinated residents. There are still nearly 4 million county residents who are unvaccinated. Davis said that given the rising spread…

Wife not charged in husband’s shooting death in Lemon Grove home

LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – Charges will not be filed “at this time” against a woman arrested for allegedly fatally shooting her husband earlier this week in Lemon Grove, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Gabriela Rose Shepherd, 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with Monday’s fatal shooting of her husband, 29-year-old Noah David Shepherd, a local pastor. The shooting was reported about 6 p.m. at a home in the 2500 block of Camino de las Palmas, where Noah Shepherd was found in the residence’s backyard suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Seiver said. Medics took the victim to a hospital, where was pronounced dead. Gabriela Shepherd was originally slated to be arraigned in an El Cajon courtroom Thursday afternoon, but DA’s spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said in a statement that “charges are not being filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing and we will review the case as we get more information.” Shepherd was held in custody without bail in connection with her husband’s death, but was expected to be released. Noah Shepherd was…

Fire reported on 50-foot vessel 3 miles off coast of Carlsbad

CARLSBAD (KUSI) – Crews were responding to a fire Thursday on a 50-foot vessel about three miles off the coast of Carlsbad. A good Samaritan called the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs office shortly before 9:45 a.m. to notify them of a fire on a vessel off the coast of Carlsbad, Coast Guard spokesman Adam Stanton said. The 50-foot vessel had left from Oceanside, but it was not immediately clear when it caught fire or how it started, Stanton said. A Coast Guard helicopter responded to the scene along with Encinitas lifeguards and USCG cutters Monroe and Benjamin Bottoms. No further information was immediately available. Categories: Local San Diego News

Police seek tips on armed robber who shot man in leg in Hillcrest Area

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities reached out Thursday for help in identifying a man suspected of shooting a 31-year-old man in the leg during a robbery in the Hillcrest neighborhood nearly three weeks ago. The robbery happened about 12:25 a.m. on June 25 in the 3700 block of Sixth Avenue, according to San Diego police. While the victim was talking on his cell phone, a man came up from behind him and demanded a small fanny pack he was carrying, police said. The victim refused and the suspect shot him in the leg, took the fanny pack and ran northbound on Sixth. The thief may have also fled in a dark-colored vehicle similar to a Toyota Corolla. The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt with a logo on the front, gray sweatpants, white socks and dark sandals. Anyone with information on the robbery or the identity of the suspect was urged to call SDPD at 619-692-4834 or Crime Stoppers…

Money in the bank: Child tax credit dollars head to parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is starting to deposit child tax credit money into the accounts of more than 35 million families. President Joe Biden has expanded the credit for one year as part of coronavirus relief. The result is that most families will now qualify for monthly payments of as much as $300 per child beginning Thursday. Biden is seeking to extend the payments and make them permanent. He says that would cut child poverty in half and help economic growth. Advocates say the monthly payments can help smooth out an impoverished family’s income, making it easier for them to budget and less dependent on high-interest lenders. The payments begin to phase out at incomes of $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for heads of household and $150,000 for married couples. But higher-income families with incomes of $200,000 for individuals and $400,000 for married couples can still receive the previous $2,000 credit. Some Republican lawmakers say the payments will make parents less likely to work. Categories: National & International News

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