Greater-Alarm Fire Collapses Commercial Building In Boyle Heights

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Firefighters battled a large fire which broke out at a commercial building in Boyle Heights late Monday night and continued to burn for hours well into Tuesday morning. A commercial fire burns in Boyle Heights, Calif., on Sept. 28, 2021. (CBSLA) The greater-alarm blaze in the 1600 block of East 1st Street broke out before 11:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crews arrived to find heavy flames coming from the one-story 50-foot by 100-foot building. Firefighters battled the fire for hours, with flames burning in deep pockets of the building that crews could not reach, LAFD reports. The blaze caused portions of the building to collapse, and due to unsafe conditions, firefighters were forced to take a more defensive position. There was no word of any injuries. The fire was still burning as of 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. LAFD arson investigators were on scene working to determine a cause.

Woman Shot, Critically Injured By Long Beach School Security Officer

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – A woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition Monday after she was shot by a school safety officer in Long Beach Monday afternoon. Long Beach Police Department officers responded just after 3:10 p.m. to the area of Palo Verde Avenue and East Spring Street, near Millikan High School, on reports of the shooting, according to a department spokesperson. Paramedics were called to the scene and took one shooting victim to a hospital in critical condition, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson said. Millikan High School confirmed in a statement that no students were injured in the shooting. The LBPD confirmed someone was struck in the shooting, but did not have any further details and could not confirm if the victim was struck by the school safety officer’s gunfire. #LBAlert: LBPD is at the scene of an officer involved shooting in the area of Spring and Pablo Verde assisting another agency. #LBPD was not involved in the shooting incident and our Department is assisting with the investigation. More to follow. — Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) September 28, 2021

U.S. homicides were up nearly 30% in 2020, the largest 1-year jump ever, FBI says

Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday by the agency. Homicides and non-negligent manslaughters climbed an estimated 29.4% to 21,570, an increase of 4,901 over 2019, FBI data showed. It is the highest estimated total since the early 1990s, when homicides stayed above 23,000 a year as drug wars played out in many places in the U.S. Violent crimes in 2020 went up by a more moderate 5.6% over the previous year while property crimes continued a nearly two-decade decline, falling 7.8%. Robbery and rape dropped 9.3% and 12% respectively. James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston, said he considered 2020 a “unique situation” and not part of any sort of long-term trend. He attributed the dramatic uptick to a confluence of factors, including the coronavirus pandemic, conflicts over politics and race and people just generally having too much free time. “I don’t want to minimize what’s happened. I just don’t want people to believe that the sky is falling and…

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is going to ‘pause’ work on kids’ Instagram

Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids’ version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what’s not yet clear is just how seriously Facebook is taking the concerns of experts and parents. Its decision to merely pause the project suggests it still plans to expose a much younger audience to Instagram, its well-documented harms and possibly the user profiling that feeds Facebook’s targeted ad machine. That ad machine, of course, has made the company one of the most profitable on the planet. WHY IS FACEBOOK DOING THIS NOW? The company’s move follows an explosive mid-September report by The Wall Street Journal that found Facebook knew from its own research that Instagram was harming some teems, especially girls, leading to mental health and body image problems and in some cases eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. In public, however, Facebook has consistently played down the app’s negative side and until now has barreled ahead with the kids’ version despite alarms from experts, lawmakers and its own research.…

Search team recovers body of missing Santa Cruz County teen surfer

SANTA CRUZ — A search team organized by the family and friends of a 17-year-old on Sunday located the body of the local high school student, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Cash Bradley Paul Ebright  Santa Cruz County resident Cash Bradley Paul Ebright went missing on the evening of Sept. 20, after he had been bodysurfing in the area of Laguna Creek Beach off Highway 1 several miles south of Davenport. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Daniel Robbins said Monday that the search group located Cash’s body in the surf line around 4 p.m. near Laguna Creek Beach. Related Articles Accused California theater shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to 2 murders Second graffiti vandalism hate crime reported at Palo Alto parking garage Teens arrested on suspicion of armed robbery at East Bay mall Two take plea deals in 2017 East Bay killing; victim was shot and abandoned under freeway Two killed in separate crashes in Hollister, Gilroy Ebright’s was the third ocean recovery effort along Santa Cruz County’s Highway 1 North Coast beaches this month. David Guzman, 26,…

State amps up funding commitment to rebuild Pajaro River levees

SANTA CRUZ — The State Department of Water Resources will bolster funding the long-anticipated Pajaro River levee system rebuild after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 496 on Friday — a move critical in protecting residents from frequent floods, officials say. The levees — built in 1949 — haven’t stacked up to heavy rainfall events. For Pajaro Valley residents and farmers it’s been a decades-long saga of evacuations, property damage, and safety risks. In 1995 the river flooded, killing two people, and leaving more than $95 million in damages in its wake. “Right now the Army Corps of Engineers estimates that there’s just five-year flood protection on the Pajrao River, and this project would bring 100 year flood protection, so it is major,” said Senator John Laird, who authored the bill. The Pajaro River Flood Risk Management Project aims to mitigate flood danger by rebuilding levees and in some cases, relocating them. Previously, the state would have paid for 70% of the project’s construction cost, with 30% being footed by local governments. “This bill removes that cap, so it’s a full 100% state share,” Laird…

Opinion: Olympic gymnasts illuminate ugly truth about sexual assault

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney sat at a witness table in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room. All eyes were on her, but not for the reasons we were used to. As her teammates and the FBI director looked on, she recounted how, six years earlier, she had detailed her childhood abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to the nation’s top law enforcement agency. It was the summer of 2015. On the other end of the phone was Michael Langeman, a supervisory special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Langeman not only failed to act on what he heard from Maroney for a staggering 14 months, but also fabricated the details of her disclosure — and still kept his job for another six years. Maroney paused as she remembered that day, and how as soon as she finished recounting her trauma, her lingering tears were met with silence from Langeman, until finally the agent asked: “Is that all?” Now a 25-year-old retired Olympic champion, Maroney told the committee that moment was “one of the worst moments of this entire process for me. To have…

Accused California theater shooter pleads not guilty by reason of insanity to 2 murders

The 20-year-old man accused of shooting to death two teenagers on a date at a Corona movie theater in July pleaded not guilty, and not guilty by reason of insanity, to two counts of murder on Monday, Sept. 27. Joseph Jimenez did not speak during the hearing at the Riverside Hall of Justice. His attorney, Charles Kenyon, made the pleas to Superior Court Judge Gail A. O’Rane. The two different not-guilty pleas were necessary, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, because there would be two phases if the case goes to trial: a guilt phase, and a phase to determine whether Jimenez was insane. In California, defendants found not guilty by reason of insanity still must be treated in a state mental hospital. Jimenez would have to remain there, Deputy District Attorney Kevin Beecham said, until he is judged to be sane and not a threat to the public. But unlike cases in which a defendant has been ruled incompetent to stand trial and later rehabilitated, Beecham said, Jimenez would not continue to face charges. Kenyon requested two weeks…

McManus: U.S.-China face-off is looking more like a Cold War every day

President Joe Biden hosted a summit meeting Friday that could turn out to be a watershed — but if you weren’t watching, you might have missed it. The meeting brought together the leaders of a deliberately low-key group called “the Quad”: the United States, Japan, India and Australia. U.S. officials downplayed the session, describing it as “an informal gathering of leading democracies in the Indo-Pacific.” China wasn’t fooled. Its diplomats have spent months denouncing the Quad as a Cold War-style alliance aimed at containing Beijing’s rise as the dominant power in Asia. And they’re right. Biden and his fellow Quad leaders never publicly uttered the word “China,” but the Quad is all about containment. It seeks to blunt China’s growing influence, deter it from launching military adventures and prevent it from muscling the United States and other countries out of Asia’s growing markets. The Quad isn’t a military alliance — formally, at least. A Biden aide who briefed reporters before the summit took pains to make that point three times in 20 minutes. But last month, four navies staged a massive military exercise in the…

Tuesday’s Show Info (9/28/21)

Shoes for Sac http://www.shoesforsac.com Social: @swaytime @jackiemorenomeza Saltmine Closet http://www.thesaltmine.org Nick Cannon 12 pm on CW31 The Refresh @therefresh_stacandtrac @daringdarlingbold @hartsonhatchers @hcdesigncenter Dave’s Pumpkin Patch http://www.vierrafarms.com Instagram and Facebook: @davespumpkinpatch Nixtaco 1805 Cirby Way #12 Roseville, CA 95661 http://www.nixta.co House Of Maye Soy Candles http://www.hausofmaye.com Instagram: @hausofmaye Discount Code for viewers is GOODDAY10 for 10% off order. Your Kid Does What? Dustin “Dusty” Hage (little adventurer) Matt & Agnes Hage (mom + dad) Falafel & Shwarma Planet 4220 Florin Road, Suite K Sacramento 916.272.2939FB: https://www.facebook.com/fnsplanet/

Firefighters Battling Caldor Fire Looking Forward To Wet Weather

FRESH POND (CBS13) – The Caldor Fire is nearly 80 percent contained but it’s been an uphill battle for crews facing high temperatures and strong winds over the last several weeks. However, relief is in the forecast and fire crews are taking advantage. “We’re not relaxing at all,” said Robert Szczepanek with the Ventura County Fire Department. He’s part of the Caldor Fire Incident Management Team. After a hot few weeks, rain and moisture on the horizon are welcomed weather for Caldor Fire crews. “We will take advantage of the humidity and the rain,” said Szczepanek. The forgiving conditions won’t last long. It’s a race against time to boost containment. “We’re expecting humidity tonight to move up into the 70%-90% range,” said Shawn Palmquist, a Caldor Fire meteorologist. We asked Palmquist how high humidity will help with the firefight. “It will help moderate the fire behavior so they can get out on the line…and suppress things if necessary,” he said. Palmquist explains the mixture of heat, rain, and maybe even snow isn’t uncommon for fall. “Can’t rule out a few snowflakes mixing in. Especially this…