2 men arrested for alleged kidnapping and sexual assault in Huntington Beach

Two men were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and sexual assaulting a woman in Huntington Beach, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Sunday when the woman was in downtown Huntington Beach and was forcibly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the two men, according to Huntington Beach police.  She was let go on Pacific Coast Highway south of Warner Avenue when a motorist who was passing by saw her and contacted police, a statement from the Police Department said.  The woman suffered numerous injuries and was transported to a local hospital. She has since been released, officials said. Detectives launched an investigation and were able to locate and arrest two suspects in Long Beach. Those in custody were identified as 47-year-old Florentino Bacilio and 30-year-old Angel Evaristo.  Police found no relation between the suspects and the victim. The case will be sent to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for review.  Detectives are asking for anyone who may have information relating to the crime to call the Huntington Beach Police Department hotline at 714-375-5066.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the WeTip Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline…

12 arrested in crackdown of Inland Empire meth ring

A dozen people were arrested Wednesday in a crackdown on a Southern California ring that smuggled large quantities of methamphetamine from Mexico, authorities said. The 12 were among 21 people named in federal grand jury indictments charging them with drug-related crimes, including conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute. Several already were in custody and others remain fugitives, the Daily Bulletin of Ontario reported. The drugs were typically smuggled across the border inside secret compartments in vehicles, sold by street gangs and the profits intended for the Mexican Mafia, Andrew Sharp, special supervising agent of the FBI’s Riverside office, said at a news conference. Authorities said around 150 pounds of methamphetamine were seized. Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez blamed drug-related crime in part for a surge in violence in inland communities east of Los Angeles. Drugs are often found during routine traffic stops, he said. “It’s important for me that our residents are able to enjoy our community without the fear of violence, but also without the fear that they become prey to addiction or even death,” he said. The operation also included members of…

Ex-Hollywood exec sentenced for stealing $22M from firm representing influencers, using to pay gambling debt

A former executive who embezzled more than $22 million from a Los Angeles-based digital marketing company was sentenced Wednesday to more than 6 1/2 years in federal prison. Dennis Blieden, 31, of Cincinnati also was ordered pay nearly $22.7 million in restitution. From 2015 to 2019, the former Santa Monica resident was controller and vice president of accounting and finance for StyleHaul Inc., which represents influencers on Instagram and YouTube, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement. Blieden, who had entered and won professional poker tournaments, was accused of wiring company money to his personal bank account and using it to pay for expenses that included a gambling debt and to buy cryptocurrency, authorities said. He pleaded guilty in 2019 to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Worker charged with grand theft for stealing 528 blank COVID vaccine cards from Pomona Fairplex site: DA

A man was charged Wednesday with allegedly stealing hundreds of blank COVID-19 vaccine cards from the Pomona Fairplex mass inoculation site where he worked. Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, 45, was charged with one felony count of grand theft, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Ahmed, a non-clinical contract worker from Las Vegas, is accused of stealing the cards on April 27 from the Pomona site. “Detectives responded and determined that the suspect had stolen blank COVID-19 vaccine cards and put them in his car,” La Verne police said in a news release Tuesday announcing his arrest. “While conducting follow-up, detectives located more blank COVID-19 vaccine cards in the suspect’s hotel room.” Ahmed allegedly took 528 cards in total. “Selling fraudulent and stolen vaccine cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of exposure to a deadly virus,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a written statement. When sold illegally, each COVID-19 vaccine card has a value of at least $15, prosecutors noted. California’s Attorney General Rob Bonta had warned residents last month not to print fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards at…

What we learned in the ‘Battlefield 2042’ reveal trailer

After weeks of leaks and rumors, Electronic Arts finally unveiled “Battlefield 2042,” the next entry in its military shooter series. Unlike previous chapters, this game is set in the near future and takes players to a world reeling from the impact of climate change. It presents players with a dire vision, in which environmental catastrophes have led to the greatest refugee crisis in human history. Nations have collapsed and it creates a new demographic called the Non-Patriated. These No-Pats as they call themselves don’t have allegiance to any state because they were abandoned. If this were the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these would be comparable to the Flag Smashers. Both the No-Pats and the Flag Smashers emerge from global crises, and deal with people displaced because of catastrophes. The “Battlefield 2042” situation is one that hits close to home while the MCU one is about Thanos blipping out half of existence for five years and the problem the world faces when those people are brought back. It creates refugees who are distrustful about governments after being dislodged from their lives. The No-Pats also gives DICE an…

CCS basketball: Mitty topples Priory to reach another girls Open Division final

SAN JOSE — At this time of year, Sue Phillips is usually in full summer mode. The longtime Archbishop Mitty High coach would be getting ready for basketball camps and well into the AAU season. But as with everything else amid the pandemic, this year is different. Wednesday, Phillips guided her team to its sixth consecutive trip to the Central Coast Section Open Division championship game. Behind a steady stream of pressure defense, Mitty, playing at home in San Jose, rolled to a 68-26 victory over Priory. The final four minutes were played with a running clock. Mitty will play host to Pinewood or St. Ignatius in the final Friday. The Monarchs have won each of the last five Open Division titles and will be seeking their 30th section title overall. Their opponent Wednesday had never been invited to the CCS’s top division until this tournament. Priory had only seven players on its roster and one didn’t play against Mitty because of injury. Mitty limited Priory to six points in each of the first three quarters while building a 32-point cushion. Phillips was proud of…

Draymond Green falls short in Defensive Player of the Year voting

Utah’s Rudy Gobert won his third Defensive Player of the Year award Wednesday after helping the Utah Jazz to the best record in the NBA. A night after a game-sealing blocked shot in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, Gobert received 84 first-place votes and 464 points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons was second with 15 first-place votes and 287 votes, while the Warriors’ Draymond Green was third with 76 points. Gobert had the most total blocked shots and defensive rebounds in the league this season and became the fourth player to win the award at least three times. Gobert was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace each won it four times and Dwight Howard three. Green won Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season, and he’s been named to the All-Defensive first team three times while being named to the second team three times as well.  

Meat supplier says it paid $11M in ransom after hack

By Brian Fung | CNN The meat supplier JBS USA paid an $11 million ransom in response to a cyberattack that led to the shutdown of its entire US beef processing operation last week, the company said in a statement Wednesday evening. The ransom was paid after most of the company’s facilities had come back online, JBS said. “This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally,” said Andre Nogueira, CEO of JBS USA, in the statement. “However, we felt this decision had to be made to prevent any potential risk for our customers.” JBS’s payment was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The cyberattack affected servers supporting JBS’s IT systems in North America and Australia. The US government has attributed the ransomware attack to REvil, a criminal gang believed to be based in Russia or Eastern Europe. “Preliminary investigation results confirm that no company, customer or employee data was compromised,” JBS said in Wednesday’s statement. JBS USA is part of JBS Foods, which it says is one of the world’s largest food companies. It has operations in…

After HOA banned their Pride flag, couple got creative

By Caroline Reinwald | WISN via CNN WIND POINT, Wisconsin – A Wind Point couple got creative with their Pride decorations after their neighborhood association told them they had to take down their Pride flag. Memo Fachino and Lance Mier live at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Wind Point. They asked WISN 12 not to share the exact neighborhood they live in for their privacy. Fachino said they put the Pride flag up in March, but recently, someone reported it to the neighborhood association. The rules in their neighborhood changed within the last month. Now, the only flag that’s allowed to be flown on a pole outside a single-family home is the American flag. Fachnio knows the rules well. He sits on the neighborhood association board. “The political environment was a little bit more charged and there were some flags that were being flown that were opposite in terms of neighbors,” Fachino said. “There were some discussions on frictions between them.” Fachino said while he did not agree with the flag rule, he understood why it was instituted. When a neighbor reported their…

Monterey Park PD Seeks Public Assistance In Identifying Alleged Indecent Exposure Suspect

MONTEREY PARK (CBSLA) – Officials at the Monterey Police Department are seeking public assistance in locating a male suspect wanted for alleged indecent exposure. According to a bulletin released by the department, there have been two incidents, one on June 1 at approximately  3:25 p.m. and another on June 31 around 4:46 p.m., both in the area of Kempton Avenue and Mancha Way, north of the Edison Trail. Police say the male suspect appears to between 40 or 50-years-old, have a thin build and drive a dark gray or black Dodge Ram pickup truck. The suspect is said to approach females on foot and make conversation or ask for direction before exposing himself. Officials are urging people who frequent the area to take precaution, carry cellphones and do not approach the vehicle of strangers.

Only On CBS2: Lyft Driver Attacked By Passenger Picked Up From Whittier Hospital

LA PUENTE (CBSLA) — A Lyft driver Wednesday credited employees at a La Puente gas station for saving him from a passenger after a ride turned violent. A Lyft driver took shelter in a La Puente gas station after he said a passenger got violent during the ride. (Cell phone video) “He hit about probably a total of 10 times during this ride,” Tom Lansford, the driver, said. He said he got the assignment Monday night on the Lyft app to pick up someone named Raul from Whittier Hospital “There were two orderlies with him,” Lansford said. “It was one of those rides where they say, ‘Only take the person to where we tell you to go, don’t alter from that.’” But Lansford said the passenger started demanding he be taken to a different location as soon as he got into the car. “He goes, ‘I’m your worst nightmare, and you’re going to take me where I want to go,’” he said. When Lansford tried to explain that he couldn’t because the ride was being paid for by someone else, he said things got violent.…

L.A. Councilman Joe Buscaino Seeks To Resume Ban On Sidewalk Encampments During Daytime

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino Wednesday requested the city resume its ban on sidewalk encampments. Buscaino requested the City Council amend the mayor’s Declaration of Local Emergency and resume enforcement of Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 56.11, which regulates the storage of personal property in public areas. It prohibits people from configuring a tent in any public area from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., except when raining or if the temperature dips below 50 degrees. The mayoral candidate’s request came as the City Council was scheduled to vote on a routine extension of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Declaration of Local Emergency that was put in place on March 4, 2020, and has been extended month-to-month since. The declaration includes a suspension of enforcing the ordinance. “I’d like all of us to reconsider the suspension of banning encampments on our sidewalks. COVID is essentially over, we’re getting ready to reopen our economy, people are actually going to Dodger games nowadays,” Buscaino said, noting that he recognizes the city needs to extend the Declaration of Local Emergency for federal funding purposes. “We are…

Palmetto Championship Preview: Can Dustin Johnson Get On Track At Congaree?

(CBS Miami) — With COVID still causing border issues between the United States and Canada, the RBC Canadian Open is once again a scheduling casualty. The Palmetto Championship takes its spot on the PGA Tour calendar as this year’s lead-in to the U.S. Open. The one-time event will also introduce the Tour to the interesting course at Congaree Golf Club. Players return to South Carolina for the third time this season. Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka headline a field that includes five of the world’s top-25 players. Johnson, the world’s top-ranked player returns to his home state in a bid put his season back on track. He missed the cut at both the PGA Championship and the Masters and hasn’t finished in the top 10 since the Genesis Invitational in February. More poor performances, particularly in the year’s third major, could cost him his number-one ranking. “Great players get inspired when they’re on a mission,” according to CBS Sports lead golf analyst Nick Faldo. “So I should think he would love to have a great week this week. And he’s had a little bit of…

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