Video Shows Man Setting Fire To Hawthorne Patrol Cruiser Outside Hawthorne Police HQ

HAWTHORNE (CBSLA) – A man is under arrest for setting a Hawthorne police SUV ablaze directly in front of the department’s headquarters early Thursday morning. The patrol SUV after being destroyed in the fire. Dec. 5, 2019. (Hawthorne PD) Elmer Maldonado, 24, was arrested on arson charges. According to Hawthorne police, at around 12:15 a.m. Thursday, officers looking at security video monitors discovered the suspect loitering in front of the department headquarters in the 12500 block of Hawthorne Boulevard. Elmer Maldonado. (Hawthorne PD) The officers then noticed an empty patrol SUV parked on Hawthorne Boulevard, a Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, on fire. Surveillance video showed the suspect dousing the vehicle with an unknown liquid, setting it on fire, watching as flames erupted and then casually jogging away. Maldonado was arrested at the scene and Los Angeles County Fire Department crews were called to extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed. There was no word on a motive.  

Will wildfires, PG&E outages land California students in ‘disaster relief’ summer school?

Reeling from a fire-ravaged autumn in which “disaster days” have already cost some 800,000 students days and even weeks of instruction, California educators are asking the state to address one of the most sweeping consequences of climate-fueled wildfire: the now-annual mass emergency closures of schools.In Sonoma County, where some schools have lost nearly 40 instructional days in two years to wildfires, floods and power shutoffs, one superintendent is leading a lobbying campaign for “summer disaster relief” school funding to underwrite summer school in fire country. In Butte County, another has told lawmakers that pre-emptive blackouts forced him to choose between educating kids in the dark or risking $107,000 per day in attendance-based state money. The pleas for more state involvement are a departure in a state where local control has been the K-12 mantra. The difference, schools say, is the onset of climate-driven disasters. On the rural North Coast, a state senator and former school board member says he’s planning to push for school-based microgrids in 2020 so classrooms have backup the next time utilities cut the power to avoid sparking another inferno. Meanwhile, in…

Battle lines are drawn over oil drilling in California

Two announcements with implications for California’s oil industry whizzed past each other in recent weeks, revealing starkly conflicting visions for energy development. After a five-year hiatus on auctions for oil-drilling rights on federal land, Washington finalized a plan to allow them on more than 700,000 acres in 11 Central California counties. A more significant proposal to include parcels on more than 1 million acres in the Bakersfield area is due in the next few months. Meanwhile, California’s oil and gas regulator announced a range of measures including a moratorium on certain types of well injections, more oversight of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — and an independent audit of the state’s process for granting drilling permits. After a flurry of activity at the beginning of the year, the state has not approved any fracking permits since June. The policy divergence underscores the difference between state and federal views on the future of fossil fuels in California: The state is moving to ramp down oil production while Washington is expediting it. State officials are taking a closer look at the environmental and health threats — especially land,…

New Kincade Fire report details how one firefighter saved two civilians — and himself — from fast-moving flames

SONOMA COUNTY — A recently released CalFire report reveals how one fire captain narrowly escaped death and banded together with two civilians to save themselves by using a fire shelter — a last resort meant to protect from a blaze burning all around — during the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. Around 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 25, the report said, a captain assigned as a division supervisor during the Kincade Fire was near Pine Flat Road near Geyserville, where he had gone to check on firefighters after hearing reports that some were not wearing protective wildland gear. The Kincade Fire, which eventually burned more than 77,000 acres, had already been burning for nearly two days. Before the incident, there had been a “significant” wind shift from the west to the north, according to CalFire. After reaching a cabin on a nearby road, Circle 8 Lane, the firefighter noticed a spot fire burning. He started to head back down when he was cut off by fire burning down the hill and across the road. Backing up, he realized fire had burned across the road behind him,…

Like Kevin Durant before him, Madison Bumgarner’s future is the subject of white-hot rumors

We don’t know for sure if Madison Bumgarner ever wished he was Kevin Durant for a day. But he’s living the dream as we speak. Durant, you’ll recall, was the pick of the NBA free agent litter last summer. Even as he was endeavoring to push-pull the Warriors to a fourth NBA title in five years, insiders, psychics, soothsayers and Ouija-ologists attached Durant, by fevered rumor, to 37 teams. Which is something when you consider the NBA has only 30 franchises. The “Where’s Bum?” parlor game isn’t quite as crazy as the Durant Sweepstakes. But given that Bumgarner is one of three top-of-the-rotation pitchers left on the free agent board (along with Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg), his future is of interest. Especially among fans of the Giants, for whom Bumgarner has toiled for all 11 years of his major league career. One difference between Durant and Bumgarner — the Warriors would have gladly re-signed K.D. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has reported that while Bumgarner would like to stay in San Francisco, the Giants’ interest is lukewarm. Wherever the author of 119 regular-season wins and…

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Saints: 5 questions for opposing beat reporter

NEW ORLEANS — Here is how long-time Saints reporter Mike Triplett of ESPN sees the 49ers’ visit Sunday to the New Orleans Saints: 1. How well has Drew Brees looked and has that thumb surgery hindered him? Triplett: The thumb doesn’t seem to have had any impact on him, to be honest. The Saints’ offense overall hasn’t really been lighting it up like years past, and they’ve been struggling to create big plays. But a lot of that has to do with their lack of wide receiver depth. Brees at age 40 is playing a lot like he has over the past two years for a more balanced Saints team that no longer requires him to throw for 5,000-plus yards per season. While his yards and TDs keep going down, his efficiency numbers keep going up. He has only turned the ball over four times this season, and he could potentially break his own NFL record for completion percentage for the third year in a row. 2. The Saints may have allowed no sacks despite backups on the left side of their line last game…

Assemblymember Ramos and Governor Newsom Kick-off Statewide Announcement of $650 Million in Emergency Homelessness Aide

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) welcomed Governor Gavin Newsom to the Loma Linda Veterans Village where they announced $650 million in emergency homelessness aide. Monies can be used with local discretion as needed for projects such as the Loma Linda Veterans Village The post Assemblymember Ramos and Governor Newsom Kick-off Statewide Announcement of $650 Million in Emergency Homelessness Aide appeared first on InlandEmpire.us. For the full article and photos, go to InlandEmpire.us

School District Employee Suspected of Sexual Relationship with Student

A Coachella Valley Unified School District employee was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student at Coachella Valley High School in Coachella. District officials informed Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigators of the alleged relationship and an investigation determined the employee had used various social media apps to carry out the alleged sexual relationship with the student, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy White. Deputies located the employee, identified as Edward Noel Alvarado Valedez, 25, of Coachella, at another school within the district and took him into custody. He was later booked at the county jail in Indio on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor, White said.

3 dead and several injured in shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola

[Breaking news update at 11:02 a.m. ET] Three people were killed in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, according to the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. The shooter was also killed, Sheriff David Morgan told reporters in a news conference, after two deputies engaged the shooter in a classroom building on the base. Both deputies were shot — one in the arm and one in the knee. Both are expected to survive. Eight people are receiving treatment at Baptist Health Care, Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said. [Previous story, published at 10:26 a.m. ET] For the second time in two days, a deadly shooting unfolded at a US Navy base when a gunman opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, killing at least two people and injuring several others. The shooting is over, the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office said, and the shooter is dead. The base remains on lockdown, a Navy spokeswoman told CNN. “Multiple injured personnel have been transported to local hospitals. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies,” Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac said in a…

Hair Dyes, Chemical Straighteners Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Permanent hair dye and chemical hair straightener use was linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in a new study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The risk is more than six times higher for black women. The study, published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer, followed 46,709 women, all part of the Sister Study, a National Institute of Environmental Health cohort of women whose sisters had been diagnosed with breast cancer. (Family history of breast cancer is considered a risk for developing breast cancer.) It found that, overall, women who said they used permanent hair dye in the year before enrolling in the study were 9% more likely to develop breast cancer when compared with women who did not. The risk was substantially higher among black women. Black women were less likely to use permanent hair dye but significantly more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer after using it. Permanent hair dye was associated with a 45% higher risk of breast cancer in black women and 7% higher in white women. Frequency was key, too. Black women who dyed…

Christmas Sweaters May Be Adding to Plastic Pollution in Oceans, Environmental Charity Warns

Most Christmas sweaters are made of plastic and are likely to contribute to plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, an environmental charity has warned. Hubbub, a UK charity, found that 95% of the 108 sweaters it analyzed — taken from 11 high-street and online retailers — were fully or partially made from plastic materials. Acrylic was the most common plastic fiber found in these festive sweaters — with 44% made entirely from the material and three-quarters containing acrylic to some degree. A 2016 study by Plymouth University in the UK revealed that acrylic releases almost 730,000 microfibers in every wash, far more than polyester or polyester-cotton blends. Given the high use of acrylic, Hubbub warns that an average Christmas sweater is “likely to add to the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.” The charity estimates that customers in the UK will buy 12 million Christmas sweaters this festive season — despite already owning 65 million — and that two in five of these garments will be worn just once over the holiday period. Sarah Divall, project co-ordinator at Hubbub, said: “Fast fashion is a…

Sailor Who Fatally Shot 2, Killed Himself at Pearl Harbor Was Unhappy With Commanders: Military Official

The Navy Sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a U.S. military official said Friday The official also said that G. Romero was facing non judicial punishment, a lower-level administrative process for minor misconduct. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters not made public. Romero also wounded another person in Wednesday’s attack at a naval shipyard before turning the gun on himself at the storied military base. Security will be beefed up Saturday for ceremony to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 78 years ago, with service members and dignitaries confronting the fresh tragedy. The National Park Service, which hosts the event with the Navy, declined to provide specifics on the heightened security measures, many of which aren’t readily apparent, Pearl Harbor National Memorial spokesman Jay Blount said. Increased security for the event is typical. The commemoration of the anniversary of the Japanese bombing that propelled the United States into World War II will go on as planned Saturday, Blount said. It’s expected to…

Driver Accused of Fatally Hitting 15-Year-Old Girl Had Whiskey, 92 Minibottles of Liquor in Car: Police

A woman accused of driving off the road and killing a teenager in Maryland had two bottles of whiskey and 92 minibottles of liquor in the car, police said. Jennifer Jean Jones is seen in a booking photo released by the Baltimore County Police Department on Dec. 5, 2019. Jennifer Jean Jones, 30, has been charged with negligent manslaughter by vehicle, Baltimore County police said Thursday. Charging documents say Jones crossed the double lines of a Dundalk road Tuesday, hitting Trinity Lynn Brooks, 15, and then kept going: hitting a tree, driving through a fence and into three backyards before coming to a stop. Police say two bottles of whiskey and 92 minibottles of liquor were found on the front passenger side floorboard. Jones was found unconscious in the wrecked car, the documents state. First responders administered Narcan because they believed she was under the influence of opioids. The documents say she told police she had her last drink five minutes before the crash. Police say she admitted to drinking heavily every day and had been a heroin user. Brooks was a freshman at Dundalk High School,…

Former California Assembly leader leaves Republican party

DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — A former Republican leader in California’s state Assembly is dropping his party affiliation, saying Thursday that he’s tired of the political bickering. Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, east of Los Angeles, said he switched to no party preference on Monday and pulled papers Thursday to run for re-election as an independent next year. He’s termed out of office in 2026 from the 42nd Assembly District, which is evenly split between Republican and Democratic voters in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He has represented the once-safe Republican district since 2014. But he gave up his leadership post after he angered Republicans by working with Democratic lawmakers to extend California’s limits on greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Mayes then founded a group called New Way California last year to back conservatives who no longer feel at home in the GOP. The group last year sponsored a forum that included Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former California governor, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, another moderate Republican and 2016 rival of President Donald Trump. Mayes said he decided to make a statement by…

Man dies after being hit by Amtrak train in Port Costa area

PORT COSTA — A man who died Thursday night from injuries suffered when he was hit by an Amtrak train was identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office Friday as John Schmidt, 52, of Alameda. Officials said the Schmidt was on the railroad tracks in the Port Costa area at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday when he was hit by Amtrak Capitol Corridor Train 548 that was headed to Sacramento. An exact location in Port Costa where Schmidt was struck was not released. The tracks run near the Carquinez Strait shoreline. Authorities said Schmidt died at the scene. It was not immediately known why he was in Port Costa. The train was delayed for more than three hours while police investigated and the tracks were cleared. No one onboard the train was injured. No other information was released. Check back for updates.  

4 dead, including shooter, in gunfire at Florida naval base

By BILL KACZOR PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A shooter opened fire in a classroom building at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola on Friday morning in an attack that left four people dead, including the assailant, and multiple people wounded. The shooting — the second at a U.S. Navy base this week — prompted a massive law enforcement response and a lockdown at the base. Eleven people were shot all together, including two sheriff’s deputies who were the first to respond, one of whom killed the shooter, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said. One of the deputies was shot in the arm and the other in the knee, and both were expected to recover, he said. Commanding base officer Capt. Timothy Kinsella Jr. would not say if the shooter belonged to the military and said he did not want to speculate on whether the shooting was terrorism-related. The base remained closed until further notice and those still on base would remain there until it was safe to evacuate, Kinsella said. NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to its website.…

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