Suspicious Package Causes Scare At Granada Hills Mosque

GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA) – A suspicious package that was later determined to be a pressure cooker prompted a bomb squad callout to a mosque in Granada Hills Sunday night. (CBS2) At around 8 p.m., a package was spotted near the Islamic Center of Northridge in the 11400 block of Encino Avenue. A Los Angeles police bomb squad was called to the scene and surrounding streets were blocked off. Officers could be seen going door-to-door trying to find out who the device belonged to. The bomb squad eventually determined that the package was in fact an empty pressure cooker and posed no threat. Police are still unsure how it got there or who left it.

No Arrests During State Fair Opening Weekend

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As 100,000 visitors flocked to the California State Fair over the weekend, one thing stood out: things were calm from a law enforcement standpoint. In fact, there were no arrests over the fair’s opening weekend — something that hasn’t happened since 2009. ALSO: Could This Be The Safest California State Fair So Far? Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO, credits law enforcement for keeping the peace. “We’re very excited that the opening weekend was so well received by Fairgoers, who helped celebrate California with an exciting, successful, and safe start,” said Rick Pickering, Cal Expo General Manager and CEO. “I want to thank all of our law enforcement officers, who are doing a tremendous job helping to keep the peace and keep everyone safe and secure.” Additional officers are on patrol this year. There are also metal detectors at every entrance and more than 200 surveillance cameras through the 800-acre Fairgrounds, which are being constantly monitored.

Beede’s Pitching, Hitting Lead Giants Past Brewers 8-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After having 11 days off between starts, Tyler Beede had to shake off some rust in the first inning before he quickly took control on the mound. He looked sharp at the plate, too, in leading the San Francisco Giants to an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Beede pitched effectively into the seventh inning, had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run as San Francisco took two out of three in the series. “Hitting, bunting, holding runners, fielding your position. Those kinds of things allow a starting pitcher to go deeper into a ball game in the National League,” Beede said. Beede faced seven batters in the first but held the Brewers to one run. He retired nine of the 10 batters he faced over the next three innings before surrendering a home run to Christian Yelich leading off the sixth. “He clutched up in a huge way,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “You look at the bullpen usage. We had some guys who needed a break. He was going to be out there, even if things weren’t…

A’s Turn 9th-inning Throwing Error Into 3-2 Win Over Chisox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chad Pinder liked his chances of getting to second base when a grounder by Ramón Laureano in the ninth inning took White Sox shortstop Jose Rondón deep in the hole. Once Rondón’s throw sailed wide for an error, Pinder popped up and kept running. Pinder scored all the way from first base on Rondón’s throwing error trying to start a double play, and Oakland beat Chicago 3-2 on Sunday. “Anytime there’s a backhand like that in the hole, there’s a chance you can get in at second base,” Pinder said. “As I’m sliding I kind of saw the second baseman lunge a little bit and saw the ball roll over. Anytime that happens, you’re thinking extra bases, not just one.” Pinder singled as a pinch-hitter off Jace Fry (1-4) to begin the ninth. Laureano, who homered in the eighth to tie it at 2, followed with a sharp grounder to the left side of the infield. Rondón made a backhanded stop, hurried and threw on the run. But the ball sailed past second baseman Yolmer Sánchez and rolled into the large…

Riverside mayor’s lawsuit against city — meant to save taxpayers money — already has cost $254,000

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey’s lawsuit against the city he represents, which started as a crusade against a city manager contract Bailey said was too costly to taxpayers, has cost taxpayers nearly $254,000 so far — and the price tag could rise much higher. That’s the amount the city says it has paid outside law firm Colantuono Highsmith & Whatley as of June 30 to defend against Bailey’s suit. That doesn’t count another $106,000 the city has spent fighting a separate lawsuit by resident Ben Clymer, which similarly argues that Bailey had the authority to veto former City Manager John Russo’s contract — a claim the City Council disputes. Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey’s suit against the city over the ex-city manager’s contract has cost taxpayers about $254,000 so far. (File photo) Nor does the figure count fees for the mayor’s attorneys. Bailey estimates that’s over $100,000 already — and he thinks the city should pick up the tab. “They’re representing me in my official role,” he said. “The city could have prevented this and they can still end it any time they want. ‘We recognize the mayor…

4 Children, Ages 10 to 14, Lead Police on Brief Chase While Driving 600 Miles Down Australian Coast

Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent’s SUV, left a farewell note then drove more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day after two fuel thefts and one aborted pursuit, officers said on Monday. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton in New South Wales state at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, they locked the doors and refused to get out, Acting Police Inspector Darren Williams said. A police officer used a baton to break a window of the 2004 Nissan Patrol, which had been reported stolen by worried parents, Williams said. Police were not sure which child or children drove or why they left Rockhampton in Queensland state on Saturday. The children are a 14-year-old boy, two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old girl. Williams said they possibly shared the driving. “It’s a long way, in excess of 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from Rockhampton down to Grafton. I couldn’t imagine one person actually driving all that way in two days,” Williams told reporters. The children are suspected of…

Speeding Big-Rig Driver in Indiana Arrested in Crash That Killed Woman, Her 18-Month-Old Twin Daughters: Police

Authorities say a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters died in a fiery, seven-vehicle crash on an Indianapolis freeway. Bruce Pollard appears in a booking photo released in July 2019. (Credit: Indiana State Police via WXIN) Indiana State Police say the crash happened about midday Sunday on eastbound Interstate 465. A preliminary police investigation has revealed that a semi tractor-trailer hit the back of a line of vehicles backed-up in traffic due to construction. The first car struck caught fire. Police said in a statement that 29-year-old Alanna Norman Koons and her daughters, June and Ruby Koons, of Indianapolis died in that vehicle. The aftermath of a deadly crash in Indiana is seen in photos released by Indiana State Police in July 2019. Police say the semi driver, 57-year-old Bruce Pollard of Sturgeon, Missouri, was speeding. He was arrested on preliminary charges including reckless homicide. Court records Monday don’t list a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. Police say seven others were hospitalized in the crash.

Report: Boxing Legend Pernell ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Virginia Beach

Norfolk native and boxing legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, 55, died Sunday evening after being hit by a vehicle in Virginia Beach, KTLA sister station WTKR reports. A family member confirmed to the Virginia television station that the Olympic gold medal winner and four-weight world champion was killed in the 10 p.m., crash. Police said the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck Whitaker stayed at the scene and is cooperating with officers. Whittaker graduated from Booker T. Washington high school before excelling globally as an amateur and professional boxer. Whitaker would find a name for himself, along with international boxing recognition, by winning an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and winning gold at the 1983 Pan American Games. His time as a professional would see him fight and become a champion in four different WBC weight classes including, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight and Light middleweight. Professional bouts for Whitaker would include matches against the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Haugen, Jose Luis Ramirez and Julio Casar Chavez. By the time he retired in 2001, Whitaker would post a professional…

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