Lassen County Residents Return To Destruction Left From Beckwourth Complex Fire

DOYLE (CBS13) – The Beckwourth Complex Fire is raging in Northern California, destroying homes and cars. The fast-moving flames quickly moved up the mountainside where the fire is still burning as of Monday evening. Bill Cuddy got stuck on his property while trying to evacuate with his horse and mule. He had no choice but to hunker down as the flames raged right over him. “I went out in the middle of an area just prayed to God and we made it,” he said. Amazingly Bill only suffered minor burns to his arms and his home was miraculously left untouched. “It left me standing out there, singed arms a horse and a mule and I went I’m still alive? I don’t believe it,” he said.   Fire crews were bracing for a challenging firefight with strong winds whipping up spot fires. It’s concerning for Bob Schoenstein who isn’t letting his guard down. “That fire could be on the other side of that mountain, and it can put embers down in the middle of this town and burn this down to the ground,” he said.

Exclusive Video: LAPD Set Up Sting Operation To Curb Illegal Street Racing

SYLMAR (CBSLA) – The Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division set up a sting with California Highway Patrol Sunday to stop street racers in their tracks. The operation included some 54 officers who gathered for a briefing before fanning out across the valley. July 11, 2021. (CBSLA) “We wanna solve the problem,” Sgt. Jodie McGee with LAPD Valley Traffic said, “and the only way to solve the problem is arresting these guys and hitting them where it counts and that’s where it cost them money.” McGee, who headed up the operation, said it’s never hard to see where the racers have been, though catching them in the act is more often the hard part. “They’ll be under-covers in the area. They keep us posted on what’s going on. If they leave, then they’ll follow them and let us know exactly where they’re going,” McGee told CBSLA’s Joy Benedict. By 8 p.m. officers were aware of social media reports mentioning a gathering of street racers in Sylmar. As police met nearby, awaiting an exact location, the group of racers got on the freeway and were…

Caught On Camera: Family Of Bears Enjoys Fourth Of July Dip

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST (CBSLA) — The Fourth of July was a scorcher across the Southland, prompting thousands to flock to area beaches and lakes, but humans weren’t the only ones looking for ways to stay cool. Robert Martinez, who runs the YouTube channel Parliament of Owls, set up a camera near a watering hole in Angeles National Forest and captured a mama bear and her two cubs taking a July 4th swim. “What a treat to see this healthy and adorable family of bears stop by my newest camera spot,” Martinez said about the video. “It’s comforting to know that there are numerous pools of water all throughout the forest, that stay full year round.” Martinez said that watering holes like this can be found throughout the Angeles National Forest deep in the canyons and creeks far from the local trails.

Max Muncy Meet… Max Muncy?!

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Homerun-hitting Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has a counterpart with the same name playing high school baseball, and to top it off, the two share the same birthday. The younger Muncy of the undefeated Thousand Oaks said he feels that the two share a connection on the field even though they’ve never met. “I think we’re both grinders,” the younger Muncy said. “He plays multiple positions, I play multiple positions. It just seems like he’s the guy who grinds it out same as myself.” The teen has watched the Dodgers player throughout his entire career and was stoked when he came to the Southland. “When he got traded to L.A., that was a big deal,” he said. He, too, puts in hard work on the field to remain competitive. “My coach Jack Wilson has really put me in a position to be where I’m at and I give it to them and my family,” he added. Thousand Oaks has had an undefeated season so far this year and are ranked nationally in the top 10. “There’s a lot ahead and this is the…

Teens Rush To Take Spots In Jobs As Pandemic Openings Linger

COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — Many teens are jumping into the workforce just as employers are searching for people to fill spots left empty by workers who quit or lost their jobs during the pandemic. Nationwide, 16- to 19-year-olds are helping businesses that are desperate for workers in lower-paying jobs. “I believe that since everyone is coming out of the pandemic, most workers were laid off due to the pandemic, so when the pandemic ended, more workers are needed so more jobs are hiring,” said 18-year-old Andy Garcia, who recently landed a job at Miguel’s Junior. At last check, there were 70 job openings at Miguels’s Junior, a family-owned chain that operates 21 locations in Southern California. Miguel’s Junior CEO and President Javier Vasquez said he knows he has to be competitive to snag good workers. “Right now, if they apply we call within 15 minutes we try to get them on the phone and we try and get them as fast as possible. They have an opportunity so we try to be the employer of choice,” Vasquez said. “And we’re also offering $100 — a…

Man Allegedly Kills Brother In Lathrop, Carjacks 2 Vehicles Before Being Arrested

LATHROP (CBS13) – A wild crime spree stretching from Lathrop to Ripon on Monday left one person dead. There is a heavy police presence on Talc Street in Lathrop where, deputies say, a person was shot and killed inside a home on Monday afternoon. The suspect and the victim were brothers, according to The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are investigating the victim’s death as a homicide. After the killing, the suspect reportedly drove off. About a mile away, the suspect hid his own vehicle and carjacked a pick-up truck, say deputies. He then drove the vehicle to Ripon where he abandoned that vehicle and carjacked another truck. Officers reportedly spotted the vehicle a short time later and initiated a stop on Highway 120 between Oakdale and Ripon. They took the man into custody. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail. No injuries were reported in connection to the carjackings. Neighbors were shocked at hearing the news of the killing. “I just found out what happened, really,” said a female who lives in the neighborhood. “Normally, this neighborhood is pretty chill; not…

Davis Police Asking For Help To Identify 2 Burglars

DAVIS (CBS13) – Police in Davis are asking for help to identify two suspects who broke into a business and stole thousands of dollars worth of sunglasses. On July 4 around 2:48 a.m., male suspects broke into Optical Phases in the 700 block 2nd Street, which was closed at the time. Police say they broke through a glass door. Once inside, the suspects stole several thousand of dollars worth of merchandise and drove away. Two angles of one suspect and a second suspect. (credit: Davis PD) The suspects’ vehicle appears to be a dark, full-sized American-made SUV with aftermarket oversized wheels and tires — possibly a 2004-2009 Dodge Durango or Chrysler Aspen, say police. Anyone who recognizes either suspect or has information about the incident is asked to call the police at (530)747-5400 and reference case# 21-2676.

Pesticide Caused Kids’ Brain Damage, California Lawsuits Say

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawsuits filed Monday in California seek potential class-action damages from Dow Chemical and its successor company over a widely used bug killer linked to brain damage in children. Chlorpyrifos is approved for use on more than 80 crops, including oranges, berries, grapes, soybeans, almonds and walnuts, though California banned sales of the pesticide last year and spraying of it this year. Some other states, including New York, have moved to ban it. Stuart Calwell, lead attorney in the lawsuits, argued that its effects linger in Central Valley agricultural communities contaminated by chlorpyrifos during decades of use, with measurable levels still found in his clients’ homes. Lawyers project that at least 100,000 homes in the nation’s largest agricultural state may need to dispose of most of their belongings because they are contaminated with the pesticide. “We have found it in the houses, we have found it in carpet, in upholstered furniture, we found it in a teddy bear, and we found it on the walls and surfaces,” Calwell said. “Then a little child picks up a teddy bear and holds on to…

Firefighters Gaining Ground On Big Fires In The West

LOS ANGELES (CBS13/AP) — Dozens of wildfires burned across the torrid U.S. West on Monday, but fire agencies reported some progress in corralling the flames and forecasters predicted a gradual decrease in extreme temperatures. The fires have forced evacuations in numerous areas with scattered homes and tiny communities where some burned houses and other structures have been observed, but total losses were still being tallied. The fires erupted as the West was in the grip of the second bout of dangerously high temperatures in just a few weeks. And a climate change-fueled megadrought is making conditions that lead to fire even more dangerous, scientists say. The National Weather Service said, however, that the heatwave appeared to have peaked in many areas, and excessive-heat warnings were largely expected to expire by Monday night or Tuesday. The two largest fires were burning forests in northeastern California and southern Oregon, sending smoke across other states. The Beckwourth Complex, two lightning-ignited blazes, covered about 140 square miles (362 square kilometers) on Northern California’s border with Nevada. Plumas National Forest officials said firefighters successfully contained almost a quarter of the…

Del Mar Racetrack welcomes 1,800 horses from around the country

DEL MAR (KUSI) – Excitement is building over at the Del Mar Racetrack as the horses, trainers, and jockeys are finally arriving for this summer’s events. While the hats and beautiful people get most of the attention on Opening Day, the horses are the real stars of the event. KUSI Dan Plante got a chance to visit the “backside” of the track, where the real action is. Categories: Entertainment, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Trending

East County Transitional Living Center providing hope for hundreds of San Diegans in need

EL CAJON (KUSI) – Construction is under way for the East County Transitional Living Center to house the homeless. With the community’s help more than 100 men, women and families will soon have a place to call home. You’ve seen the efforts and completed phases over time on KUSI News. KUSI’s Teresa Sardina was live in El Cajon with more details on the project. Categories: Good Evening San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News

Statewide Flex Alert issued due to wildfires, conserve electricity between 4-9 p.m.

EL CAJON (KUSI) – Extreme heat sweeping the west and is creating dangerous conditions for firefighters battling several large wildfires in California. One fire burning in Oregon is one of the reasons for a state-wide Flex Alert. KUSI’s Hunter Sowards was live in El Cajon talking to crews about how they’re preparing for what’s already a busy fire season. Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, Wildfires

Zahau family filing new lawsuit

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI News is the first to tell you about new developments in the case of Rebecca Zahau. Her family has always contended she was murdered and now they have filed an amendment to the lawsuit against the sheriff. This comes one day before the 10th anniversary of her death at the Spreckels Mansion in Coronado. The sheriff’s department maintains that Zahau committed suicide. However, the family believes their investigation is not complete. In fact, they filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend’s brother, Adam Shacknai, in 2018, to which the jury agreed and found Adam responsible for the death of Zahau. Read the lawsuit file here. Categories: California News, Good Evening San Diego, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending

Newsom won’t be listed as Democrat on recall ballot after missed deadline, judge rules

A judge ruled Monday that California Gov. Gavin Newsom can’t put his Democratic Party affiliation on the ballot voters see when they decide whether to remove him. Newsom’s campaign missed a deadline to submit his affiliation to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber for the Sept. 14 recall election. Newsom’s campaign said it was inadvertent and asked Weber, who was appointed by Newsom, to allow the affiliation to appear. She said the issue needed to go to a judge and so Newsom filed a lawsuit. Newsom’s Republican opponents criticized the lawsuit as an attempt to change rules everyone else must follow. Newsom’s elections attorney, Thomas Willis, and an attorney for Weber, argued during an hour-long hearing Friday that Newsom merely missed an arbitrary, harmless filing deadline and that it is in voters’ best interest to know his party preference. Adding that information now wouldn’t cause a procedural problem because elections officials still have enough time to ensure Newsom’s party preference appears on the ballot along with those seeking to replace him, Weber said in a court filing. “At base this comes down to whether the…

L.A. County reports fourth straight day of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

For the fourth straight day, Los Angeles County health officials on Monday reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 with 99% of them among people who are unvaccinated. The concerning uptick in cases comes as the highly-contagious delta variant continues to circulate locally and worldwide. “Over 99% of the COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths we are seeing are among unvaccinated individuals. Of these cases reported today, nearly 87% were under 50 years old,” Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director, said in a news release. Health officials reported 1,059 new cases of COVID-19 and one death on Monday. Over the weekend, the daily numbers were also above the 1,000 mark. On Sunday, there were 1,113 new cases reported, with 1,094 cases on Saturday and 1,107 infections on Friday. While the numbers are lower than they were at the peak of the pandemic, the climbing daily tallies are indicative of a spike in cases that has not been seen since early March. The increase is attributable to increased intermingling, the spread of more variants and summer social activities. Ferrer said there are still about 4…

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