Public’s help sought to ID driver in fatal hit-and-run of 72-year-old Long Beach man

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the driver of a fatal crash in Long Beach that claimed the life of a 72-year-old man. The crash happened at the intersection of East Artesia Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue on Nov. 12, the Long Beach Police Department said in a news release. The victim was identified as David Bermudez. Police said the driver was behind the wheel of an early to mid-2000s Toyota Camry. The car was described as being dark-colored, with tinted windows and a missing hub cap on the front driver’s side tire. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Detective Joseph Johnson of the Long Beach Police Department Collision Investigation Detail at 562-570-7355.

Amazon delivery driver carjacked in San Pedro: Police

Police are searching for a suspect who carjacked an Amazon delivery driver, taking the vehicle and its contents, in San Pedro on Monday. Around 6 p.m., the Amazon driver stopped in the 800 block of West 12th Street to make deliveries, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A man — identified only as having dreadlocks — approached him and gestured in a way indicating he had a gun, the delivery driver told police. Feeling threatened, the driver backed off and the robber took off with the van and its contents. About an hour later, police found the van abandoned in an alley near 12th Street and Cabrillo Avenue, about a half mile from where the driver was carjacked. The vehicle was empty. The LAPD told KTLA that there have been at least two similar incidents in the area in the past year. Package thefts are also a growing problem in many cities, with about 210 million packages stolen from U.S. households this year, according to Andrew Hull of SafeWise. That’s up 36% over the last year, he added. 

Caught on camera: Mom followed, robbed after returning home from walk with baby in Hancock Park

A mother was robbed just moments after returning to her Hancock Park home from a walk with her infant in a caught-on-camera incident over the weekend. The incident occurred about 5:10 p.m. Nov. 28 after the victim returned from the walk while pushing a stroller. Video shared by the Los Angeles Police Department Tuesday shows the woman entering her front driveway after a gate opens. Meanwhile, the video also shows two men getting out of a car that had just parked across the street from the home. As she is walking up her front steps, the men walk past the front gate before turning and entering the driveway. The men confront the woman and demand that she hand over her property, police said. The victim hands one of them her diaper bags and bottle cooler, one of which is tossed between the men, the video shows. The men eventually run away and get back into the silver sedan with tinted windows and drive north, police said. The woman then gets the baby out of the stroller, looks back to the fleeing men and heads to…

At Least One Dead Following Chatsworth Fire

CHATSWORTH (CBSLA) – Fire crews responded to the scene of a structure fire in Chatsworth on Tuesday evening on West Lassen Street. Screen-grab from Sky9 Chopper. (Photo Credit: KCAL9) The structure fire, which consumed a mobile home, did not reach any other structures. Initial reports from the Los Angeles Fire Department had indicated that no one was injured during the fire. However, the ongoing search revealed at least one body, that of a woman, underneath nearly four feet of debris. LAFD reported that two occupants may have left the scene prior to the arrival of authorities. No other structures were damaged at the time, and and investigation is ongoing to determine cause. LAFD Arson and Counter-Terrorism Section is on the scene, as is protocol in the case of a fatality. (© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

Authorities Searching For Missing Teen Jasyre “Eli” Robinson, Last Seen November 23

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities are searching for a missing 17-year-old who was last seen Nov. 23 at a family Thanksgiving gathering. Jasyre “Eli” Robinson, last seen in the 2400 block of E. 126th Street in Compton, used a rideshare service that was supposed to arrive in Carson, but dropped him off near the Manhattan Beach Pier. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, social media hints suggest that Robinson might still be in the Manhattan Beach area. The 17-year-old is described as a Black male, 6 foot 6 inches tall, 185 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt saying, “Don’t Boss Up, Moss Up,” gray sweats and light blue Crocs. Police are encouraging anyone with information about his whereabouts or anyone who might’ve seen Robinson to call the Sheriff’s Missing Person’s Unit at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made through Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or online at LACrimestoppers.org

Exclusive: Local Family Discovers Home Listed On Airbnb After Strangers Arrive, Saying They Rented It

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A local family was shocked when strangers showed up on their doorstep claiming that they had rented their home on Airbnb even though the homeowner had never listed it. The listing called the home a “modern masterpiece,” and the entire villa was up for rent for just $450 a night on Airbnb’s website. Jeff Branch owns the house, which is nestled up against the Santa Monica Mountains. He, his wife and children moved in four months ago. Earlier this month, the family went out of town, though they left a pet sitter to watch the house. “…and she text us and said, ‘Did you rent the house out for the weekend?’ And we said no. And she said, ‘Someone is here who rented the house through Airbnb,” Branch said. The homeowner went online and found the listing for his home, a listing he did not make that was using photos taken when the house was up for sale. “I was a bit surprised, but not surprised. It got me to really realize just how easy it is for people to do…

Colton Lion’s Club hosts annual toy drive for local youth Dec. 11

The Colton Lion’s Club will be hosting its second annual toy drive at the Stater Bros. parking lot on Valley Blvd. Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8 am – 3 pm. For those who are able to, please make a donation that will brighten the holidays for Colton youth. Donations will be distributed to families in the south side of the city through the nonprofit organization Faith, Hope & Change. According to Lion’s Club president Erik Morden, last year’s drive amassed over 200 new toys, and the club is hoping for the same turnout this year. “If there are toys left over we will give it either Santa Claus Inc. or where we feel there is a need,” Morden remarked. “The toys will stay in the local area.” The club was rechartered in 2019, but with the pandemic that shut down the world, the Lion’s didn’t officially become a recognized club until May 1 of this year. Despite the setback, members had been engaging in community service to the city over the past year in the form of vision screenings, community clean-ups, creating care packages for the homeless,…

Feds seeking volunteers to host America’s nuclear waste

The Holtec Hi-Storm Umax dry storage system for spent fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. (Courtesy of Southern California Edison) Nuclear energy is “absolutely critical” to addressing climate change, but the United States can no longer ignore the conundrum at the back end of the fuel cycle — how to dispose of highly radioactive waste, federal officials acknowledged Tuesday, Nov. 30. Kathryn Huff, principal deputy assistant secretary for nuclear energy with the U.S. Department of Energy, announced the restart of an Obama-era push for “consent-based siting.” The idea is to create centralized, community-embraced but temporary storage sites for millions of pounds of spent fuel that’s piled up at reactors nationwide, even while the prickly issue of permanent storage is parsed. “Management of the fuel is the responsibility of the DOE,” Huff said. “We cannot continue to defer this challenge for future generations to figure out. … Communities did not agree to host this waste in the very long term.” That’s exactly what critics demanding the removal of 3.6 million pounds of “stranded waste” at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station have been saying…

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna will challenge Villanueva in LA County Sheriff race

Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna will run for Los Angeles County Sheriff next year against incumbent Alex Villanueva and a growing field of challengers, the 37-year law enforcement official confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 30. Luna, the top cop for LA County’s second-largest city, will formally announce his candidacy on Wednesday. “I’m running for LA County Sheriff because we can do better,” Luna said in an email. “The current Sheriff doesn’t listen to his community or work with others, which is putting our public safety at risk.” Luna, 55, will retire in December after 37 years with the Long Beach Police Department, the last seven as chief. He was appointed chief after his predecessor, Jim McDonnell, was elected sheriff in 2014. Villanueva defeated McDonnell in 2018. Since his election, Villanueva has butted heads with the LA County Board of Supervisors, the county’s Civilian Oversight Commission and other county agencies. Most recently, the sheriff has fought COVID-19 vaccine mandates for his department. The Sheriff’s Department, which contracts with cities across the county — from three of the four towns on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Duarte and…

Corning’s annual Christmas parade set for Saturday

CORNING — The Corning Christmas Parade is coming Saturday and promises to fill all with holiday joy. The parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Houghton Avenue by the Veterans Memorial Hall, then head east on Solano Street towards City Hall. So far, there are 25 entries into the parade. Corning Chamber of Commerce Executive Manager Christina Hale said this is around the typical number of entries given the pandemic and other circumstances. “We appreciate everybody that comes out and either marches or just a float or anything else like that because it takes a lot of work to be able to entertain the community like this,” Hale said. The theme of this year’s parade is “Light the way Home,” which was workshop-together by the chamber and Veterans Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano St. After the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will help light the downtown Christmas tree. The Corning Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a spaghetti diner 4:30-7:30 p.m. for $8 at 814 Fifth St. and at 6:45 p.m. New Life Assembly of God will host a drive-in screening of “The Grinch Who…

O Christmas tree shortage

Over the past few weeks, media outlets have reported that holiday consumers should expect a shortage of Christmas trees this year due to the supply-chain crisis, climate change and the trees themselves refusing to re-enter the workforce after becoming addicted to Netflix and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I believe the reports (along with everything else I read on Facebook), I haven’t felt the impact of the shortage myself. In fact, I just recently upgraded to a 9 ft. artificial Christmas tree from Hobby Lobby for 50% off­­ – and I only ruptured two major organs (and an air bag) cramming it into my wife’s compact vehicle because she drove our SUV to work that day. My family has always decorated with artificial Christmas trees. In fact, we’ve been displaying the same artificial pencil-style Christmas trees in our home for the past decade or so because we’re all about sustainability – and, according to Facebook, buyers in past years have brought home real trees that are accidentally accessorized with live woodland animals like hawks, owls, snakes and raccoons. A family in Australia…

Just say no to unaffordable spending

I wish I had a change of heart, but I still can’t support it. Back in 2009, long before I got my beloved 11-month-old puppy, Thurber, I was critical of a proposed federal bill that sought tax deductions for pet owners. According to the Washington Times, Robert Davi, a tough-guy Hollywood actor, and then Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., attempted something back then that tough guys and conservative Republicans don’t often do. They collaborated to get a bill — the Humanity And Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act — to the floor of the U.S. House that sought a $3,500 annual tax deduction for pet expenses. To be sure, pet care has gotten expensive. People magazine reports that the average pet owner spends $4,500 per year just to meet their pet’s basic needs. That doesn’t cover many unexpected costs, such as the two pairs of prescription glasses, two pairs of leather shoes and two very nice wool rugs Thurber chewed up (he exploded the blue ink in a pen on one rug and just ate a hole in the other). He’s gotten much better behaved as the…

Locals call it Carrie’s Tree

It is Thanksgiving morning. I am suffering through watching the Macy’s Parade prior to making the 12-mile, 18-minute drive to daughter Cori’s home where we will celebrate all that is good about our family. Because I can muster little enthusiasm for watching a 50-foot balloon of the Jolly Green Giant being dragged through the streets of New York I am churning out next week’s column so that I can put that obligation behind me and concentrate on enjoying whatever it is that makes me happy. With that in mind I am cheating this week and will run a column that first ran in 2017. Let me tell you about “Carrie’s Tree.” …. For 54 years, travelers along Interstate 5 north of Red Bluff have seen a tree decked out for the holidays. Locals call it Carrie’s Tree. It’s not an especially pretty tree. In fact, some would say it is a downright wicked-looking tree. Its smooth, chocolate-colored branches are covered with two-inch long spiked thorns. Its wide, domed spray of limbs and branches are gnarled and twisted. It does not even remotely resemble a traditional…

Registration open for Red Bluff Little League

Online registration is open for Red Bluff Little League and a one-day in-person registration event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. To register online prior to Jan. 1 and qualify for a discount, visit RedBluffLittleLeague.com. In-person sign-ups are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. Bring your child’s birth certificate and proof of residency or school enrollment. Red Bluff Little League is open to boys and girls ages 4-16 and offers softball, baseball and T-ball. Opening ceremonies for the spring season are scheduled for March 4. For more information, call Danielle Ramey at 200-6384 or Brian Quigley at 828-3335.

School Shooting In Michigan Leaves 3 Dead and 8 Injured

(CNN) — A 15-year-old boy is in custody after three students died and eight were injured in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, authorities said. The Oxford High School students killed were a 16-year-old boy, a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael G. McCabe said at a news conference. Eight others were shot, one of whom is believed to be a teacher, McCabe said. Of the eight injured, two are currently in surgery and the other six are in stable condition with various gunshot wounds, McCabe said. LIVE UPDATES ON THE SHOOTING “I think this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who added that shootings at schools are “a uniquely American problem that we need to address.” “My heart goes out to the families, this is an unimaginable tragedy. I hope we can all rise to the occasion and wrap our arms around the families, the affected children and school personnel and this community,” Whitmer said. The suspect, a sophomore at the school, was taken into custody without incident five minutes after authorities responded to…