Teen Girl Fabricated Willowbrook Attempted Kidnapping, Deputies Say

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A 14-year-old girl fabricated a story about an attempted kidnapping in Willowbrook earlier this week, authorities announced Thursday. The girl in question reported that a man had attempted to pull her into an apartment building while she was walking to the train to go to school at about 6:20 a.m. near 120th Street and Wilmington Avenue. “He came out of nowhere and started walking, and that’s when he started harassing me and tried to get me to go somewhere,” she told CBS2 in an interview Tuesday night. “I told him, ‘no, no,’ and he grabbed me from the wrist right here at first and dragged me to like a little corner area, but I pushed away and ran.” The girl notified her mother, who came to the purported crime scene and snapped photos of the alleged suspect, which were later released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On Thursday, the sheriff’s department reported that it identified and detained a 31-year-old man in connection with the alleged incident. However, after interviewing both the suspect and victim, investigators found several discrepancies in…

Grief, Loss and Parallel Universes

Redwood Curtain’s Rabbit Hole and Synapsis’ Cave Rabbit Hole When we hear the phrase “going down a rabbit hole” today, we tend to think of the endless distractions dangled in front of us by the internet. But there are many other less voluntary reasons people dive down rabbit holes and the loss of a loved one is the one playwright David Lindsay-Abaire presents us with in his Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole, now playing at Redwood Curtain Theatre. It’s a poignant exploration of the very different journeys taken by four family members as they process the loss of a fifth. Each is affected not only by their own past experiences, but the internal dynamics of the family, spoken and — more often than not — unspoken. The play opens to a scene of everyday domesticity, two women sorting a pile of children’s clothes on the kitchen table, but these two are having a far-from-everyday conversation. Izzy (Natasha White) is recounting a bar fight she initiated as her sister Becca (Cassandra Hesseltine) tries to contain her middle-class sensitivities. Less than five minutes into this display of parallel…

‘Big Ball of Low Entropy’

Editor: In his Oct. 31 comment (Mailbox) on my “Mirror Universes” column (Field Notes, Oct. 24), Charles Davy writes, “… the universe is not tending toward chaos at all, but rather is highly ordered and organized.” The Second Law of Thermodynamics (about as much of an actual “law” as we’ll ever get) says otherwise; the cosmos is moving inexorably from a highly-ordered (low entropy) state to one of high entropy, what has been called “heat death” of the universe. Fortunately for us, we’re able to temporarily maintain our local order thanks to that big ball of low entropy in the sky responsible for photosynthesis. When the sun goes out, any local order goes with it. My two-part column on entropy (Sept. 20, 2018, and Sept. 27, 2018) explains this in more detail. Barry Evans, Eureka…

‘Ecologic Catastrophe’

Editor: The Oct. 24 Journal articles were a great follow up to Jennifer Savage’s exhortation to the media (‘Hey Reporters! The Environment is Everything,’ Oct. 3) to keep the environment front and center: the growing plight of wildlife and dedicated work of groups like the Marine Mammal and Wildlife Care centers; the restitution to Native peoples who lived in balance with their land and were similarly deprived of life and habitat; and the energy debate heating up in Humboldt about how to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The letters to the editor related to the wind farm proposal were a testament to the depth of knowledge and thinking of many of your readers. Perhaps with regular coverage of environmental issues, we will get the informed and effective public participation in decision-making crucial to changing the current economic paradigm and its trajectory toward ecologic catastrophe. Readers should know that hearings and decisions by the Humboldt County Planning Commission on the environmentally and culturally controversial siting of the Terra-Gen wind project will take place starting Thursday, Nov. 7, between 4 and 9 p.m., Supervisors Chambers, 825 Fifth…

‘Ludicrous’ Speed

Editor: Over a week ago I spoke before the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, expressing my concerns over the county’s “hurry up” handling of the proposed Terra-Gen wind farm project to be located on Monument and Bear River ridges, south of Scotia (Mailbox, Oct. 31). The county has allowed Terra-Gen to take several shortcuts on this proposed project, including skipping the standard two-year environmental study, to mention only one. Now the planning department has announced that the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) will be published on Nov. 4, leaving only three days for the public to read and understand this lengthy document before the public meeting slated to be on Nov. 7. This is ludicrous! This is another attempt to cut the public out of the review process. Sixty days will be needed for the average individual to read and comprehend this enormous document, much less discuss it coherently. Planning department needs to allow a 60-day review period after publication of the FEIR, with no public meetings or workshops in the interim. This ill-conceived wind farm proposal has been riddled with problems from the start.…

Questions to Ask Yourself When the Power is Out

Who am I, when it’s overwhelmingly dark? Who am I, alone in this expanding gloom? Who am I, staring at weakly flickering candles? Who am I, writing in this otherwise unlit room? Who am I, untethered from the global clatter? Who am I, in this quiet city amid stark and present stars? Who am I, sitting solely with myself? Who am I, sans my avatars? — Michael Kraft…

Recovery Efforts Continue From Devastating Woolsey Fire on 1 Year Anniversary

Friday marked the one year anniversary of the Woolsey Fire, one of the most destructive wildfires in California history, and recovery efforts are still ongoing. The wildfire erupted near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory on Nov. 8, 2018, charring more than 151 square miles in Ventura and Los Angeles counties after it jumped the 101 Freeway and spread to the coast in Malibu. Three people died and more than 400 buildings were destroyed. Christina Pascucci and Chris Wolfe report for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 8, 2019.

South Carolina Restaurant Manager Gets 10 Years in Prison for Beating, Torturing Black Employee

John Christopher Smith suffered in silence for years as his manager at a South Carolina restaurant physically abused him and forced him to work more than 100 hours a week without pay, federal officials say. Bobby Paul Edwards, 54, sentenced to 10 years in prison for beating and torturing a black employee. (Credit: J. Reuben Long Det. Cntr./AP) That manager, Bobby Paul Edwards, 54, was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week and ordered to pay him $272,952.96 in restitution, the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday. Edwards pleaded guilty in June last year to one count of forced labor for coercing Smith to work extensive hours with no pay. The white manager used violence, threats and intimidation on the African-American employee at the restaurant in Conway, according to the Justice Department. When he managed the restaurant between 2009 and 2014, Edwards hurled racial epithets at the victim, beat him with a belt, and hit him with pots and pans, federal officials said. Smith had intellectual disabilities, and was afraid of losing his job. At times, Edwards would burn his bare neck with hot tongs to…

Salute to Veterans: A Free Community Celebration

Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa with a preview of Saturday’s SALUTE TO VETERANS event at the OC Fair and Event Center. The free community celebration is in honor of Veterans Day. SALUTE TO VETERANS takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 9th at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The event includes free hot dogs for all attendees, family-friendly activities, entertainment and a Veterans Resource Fair. Opening ceremonies for the event will include a city address by Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley. Representatives of the non profit organization HELMETS TO HARD HATS are participating to help veterans with career opportunities to transition from the military to employment. (helmetstohardhats.org) Emmy-Award winning newscaster Ed Arnold will help emcee a dedication and unveiling of the A-4M Skyhawk Aircraftat Heroes Hall, which was relocated last month from the Civic Center in Santa Ana. Representatives from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and Heroes Hall Veterans Foundation will join former A-4M Skyhawk pilots in the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also, the event will feature a plaque dedication for Thomas P. Clark, Jr. in the Heroes Hall…

Live updates: Warriors vs. Thunder, Saturday night

Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors’ game in Oklahoma City on Saturday for their rematch with the Thunder, who blew out Golden State in the second game of the season. GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-7) vs. Thunder (3-5) at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS. ODDS: Thunder -12. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Thunder beat Warriors 120-92 in San Francisco on Oct. 27, 2019. WARRIORS UPDATE: D’Angelo Russell’s return from a three-game absence due to a sprained ankle was spectacular, despite an overtime loss Friday night in Minnesota. He scored a career-best 52 points. … The Warriors gave up 70 first-half points to the Thunder when the teams met in San Francisco on Oct. 27. Oklahoma City got 22 points from backup point guard Dennis Schroder on its way to a 120-92 win. It matched the Warriors’ largest margin of defeat against the Thunder since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. … Golden State will be without Draymond Green (injured finger) yet again. But, Green’s absence has allowed rookie Eric Paschall to shine. The second-rounder from Vanderbilt has…

Sharks defenseman’s availability vs. Predators in question

SAN JOSE — Sharks defenseman Mario Ferraro’s availability to play against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night at SAP Center will be decided at game time, coach Pete DeBoer said. Ferraro was injured in the second period of Thursday’s game against Minnesota after he landed awkwardly against the boards following a hit from Wild defenseman Matt Dumba. He did not play in the third period. Friday, Ferraro said he was still sore, “but recovering.” Saturday morning, Ferraro was the second Sharks player on the ice behind Brent Burns. He skated throughout team drills but left the ice shortly before the Sharks began working on special teams. If Ferraro can’t play, Tim Heed will likely step into the lineup. Dalton Prout is getting closer to a return after spending the last five-plus weeks on injured reserve. Prout suffered a concussion, his first such injury, in the Sharks’ season-opener Oct. 2 against the Vegas Golden Knights. DeBoer said Prout underwent tests Friday, and the team was supposed to learn the results of those later Saturday. Prout was on the ice throughout the Sharks’ morning skate Saturday, staying…

San Fernando Valley congressman hopes ‘ears will open’ as impeachment hearings go public

Nationwide, San Fernando Valley Rep. Brad Sherman is perhaps best known as the first congressman to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. In that filing, introduced in July of 2017, Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, charged that the president obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election. More than two years later, the House of Representatives voted Oct. 31 to make public an ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president. But instead of obstruction, the House’s probe has centered on whether the Trump administration tried to leverage the Ukrainian government to investigate his Democratic political rival Joe Biden. While Sherman’s initial impeachment effort gained little traction in Congress, he says it helped lead to this moment — just days before the process goes into a new public phase — by sparking a necessary discussion about holding Trump to account. “If he thought he was immune from impeachment, God knows what he would have done to the country,” Sherman told the Daily News in an interview. “So this isn’t…

2 women arrested at Southern California seniors home ID’d

The two women arrested after authorities said they found seven elderly people not being cared for at a home in Moreno Valley on Friday, Nov. 8, have been identified. Melissa Danielle Verduzco, 40, was arrested on suspicion of six counts of cruelty to a dependent adult at 2:30 p.m. Friday on Millsap Drive, according to the Riverside County jail log. Her bail was set at $150,000. She was still in custody Saturday. Breanna Verduzco, 20, was arrested at 1:38 p.m. on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was cited and released Saturday. The relationship between the women was not immediately clear. Just before noon Friday, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters responded to a request to check the welfare of persons at a home in the 24000 block of Millsap Drive. There, they found seven adults. All seven were hospitalized, four with undetermined injuries and three with minor injuries, Cal Fire spokesman Rob Roseen said. Deputy Robyn Flores, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, said investigators believe the home was unlicensed to care for…

Update: Police say missing Fremont girl accounted for

FREMONT — Police said Saturday that an 11-year-old girl reported missing has been accounted for. Fremont 11-year-old Serathina Woods was last seen at her home on Keystone Drive around 8 p.m. Friday. Fremont Police Serathina Woods was last seen at her home on Keystone Drive in Fremont around 8 p.m. Friday night. Around 10:30 a.m., police said in a news release that Serathina was accounted for and no longer considered missing.

Boyle Heights Teen Killed In Early Morning Shooting

BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA) – Police are searching for multiple suspects after a teenage boy was shot dead a block and a half from his Boyle Heights home. Just before midnight on Friday, a patrol officer heard gun shots and responded to the scene, in the area of Wabash and Evergreen avenues. Paramedics were called but could not revive 17-year-old Ricardo Ramirez, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Members of the community said they witnessed Ramirez on the street, eating tacos with friends not too long before shots rang out. Claudia Caballeo was next to an SUV parked on the street at the time, now riddled with multiple bullet holes. “Thank God I’m alive cause if it was not for that truck, I probably would be dead myself, too.” Investigators say they are looking for one, possibly two shooters, and are hoping witnesses will come forward with details. If you have more information, police encourage you to contact the LAPD or leave an anonymous tip at (800) 222-TIPS.

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