January 26, 2021

Los Angeles

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Ex-LA Councilman Englander sentenced to 14 months in prison
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LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander was sentenced Monday to a year and two months in federal prison for trying to obstruct an investigation into bribery allegations in City Hall politics. The ex-councilman was also ordered to serve three years under supervised release following his prison term and pay a $15,000 fine. Englander -- who represented Council District 12 in the San Fernando Valley from July 2011 until he abruptly resigned three years ago after investigators began asking questions about his activities -- was told to surrender June 1 to begin serving his sentence. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter said "greed and arrogance" appeared to be the motivation for lying to the FBI repeatedly on three separate occasions and that Englander, 50, had damaged "the public's trust in government."
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LASD breaks up superspreader event thrown by AirBnb guest
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Another weekend, another large underground party broken up by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's superspreader task force.FOX 11 was once again there as LASD deputies raided the event Saturday night. The crackdown happened as the stunned homeowners showed up to find out their Airbnb guests had thrown the party behind their backs in Ladera Heights."This is the LA County Sheriff's Department. You need to come out of the front door with your hands up," a deputy on scene said over an intercom.
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LeBron James Scores 46 in Cleveland Homecoming, Lakers Beat Cavs to Stay Perfect on Road
Los Angeles

LeBron James went on tear in the fourth quarter on his former home court, scoring 23 of his 46 points to keep the Los Angeles Lakers unbeaten on the road with a 115-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.Anthony Davis added 17 points as the defending NBA champions improved to 10-0 away from home. The win for Los Angeles came on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant's tragic death in a helicopter crash.
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Lake Elsinore artist honors Kobe Bryant's legacy with mural
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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is being celebrated in art in Lake Elsinore. Two artists transformed the wall of a liquor mart with a painting of the Los Angeles Lakers legend in hopes of uplifting the community.Graffiti artist Drewone lives in Lake Elsinore. Sergio Doc-43 Rueda has in-laws in the Riverside County community, as his wife grew up there. Both are Kobe fans and took to the wall of Del Lago Money Mart Liquor shortly after Kobe, his daughter Gianna, six friends and the pilot died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
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CA paid out $11B in fake jobless claims last year, official says
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The state of California paid out $11 billion in fake jobless claims and billions more in payments are being investigated as possible fraud, according to the state Labor Secretary Julie Su. Out of the $114 billion paid in unemployment claims, nearly 10% have been confirmed as fraudulent, said Su. Another 17%, or nearly $20 billion is under investigation. "There is no sugarcoating the reality," Su said. "California did not have sufficient security measures in place to prevent this level of fraud, and criminals took advantage of the situation." Nearly all of the fraudulent claims were made through the federally supported Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. In Orange County, District Attorney Todd Spitzer announced the prosecution of two men, Huy Duc Nguyen, 32, of Garden Grove, and Mai Dacsom Nguyen, 40, of Garden Grove.
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State Establishes COVID-19 Vaccine Notification Website In LA, SD Counties
Los Angeles

Hoping to answer the most pressing question residents have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine -- when can they get it --  the state Monday rolled out a pilot website on which people can sign up to receive alerts on when they're eligible and then schedule an appointment.The MyTurn system is operating on a trial basis for residents in Los Angeles and San Diego counties, with Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the system will hopefully be available statewide by early February.
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25-Year Veteran LAPD Officer Dies of COVID-19 Complications
Los Angeles

A 25-year veteran officer with the Los Angeles Police Department died Monday of complications from COVID-19.Officer Philip Sudario, who was assigned to the Southeast Community Police Station in South Los Angeles, is the fourth LAPD officer and sixth department employee to die from the disease."Tonight, the LAPD family is mourning," the department tweeted. "Our thoughts & prayers are with his friends and loved ones."
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LAPD, LASD report additional deaths from COVID-19
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles police and sheriff's departments are both announcing deaths from COVID-19. LAPD Officer Philip Sudario with the Southeast division was the department's sixth employee to die from the virus. Sudario is survived by his wife, two adult sons and a daughter who turns 16 next week. Chief Michel Moore announced his death on Monday. "We mourn his loss as well as those of the others and I'm grateful for their service and sacrifice to this city," Moore said. Moore says since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 2,500 LAPD employees - including sworn officers and civilians - have come down with the coronavirus and 700 are still recovering. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is also mourning a loss from the virus. Deputy Santiago Carrillo, a 14-year veteran assigned to Twin Towers Correctional Facility, died from COVID-19 recently, the department said.
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Snowfall in Pasadena
Los Angeles

A viewer in Pasadena shared a video of rare snow in SoCal.
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Light snowfall in Arcadia
Los Angeles

Light snowfall spotted in Arcadia. Video taken by Sarah Pineda.
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LA saw 36% increase in homicides in 2020; overall crime dropped
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- In a year unlike any other, which makes it difficult to know whether 2020 crime statistics are trends or anomalies, the city of Los Angeles saw an overall reduction in crime by 9%, but a 36% jump in homicides and 41% jump in victims shot. "The isolation, sense of hopelessness and the inability to quell disputes and ready access to firearms, along with a justice system that has been severely impacted has removed many levers that over the last decade has been effective in the reduction of homicides and shooting violence," said LAPD Chief Michael Moore. The increase in homicides is similar to what other U.S. cities have experienced during the pandemic including, Chicago which saw a 50% increase and New York City which saw a 40% increase. Chief Moore says gangs and a rise in gun sales are to blame.
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OC Business Owners Cautiously Optimistic As State Lifts Regional Stay-At-Home Order
Los Angeles

Although the state order was lifted, individual counties are still able to impose stricter restrictions than the state, though Orange County CEO Frank Kim said that it is unlikely the county will adopt any more restrictive terms.
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Man Accused of Killing Mother, Step-Father With Baseball Bat in Hacienda Heights Arrested in San Diego County
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A suspect accused of killing his 73-year-old stepfather and 65-year-old mother with a baseball bat inside a Hacienda Heights home was arrested, authorities said Monday.Nelson Fermin Garibay, 44, was taken into custody Thursday in the San Diego County community of Otay Mesa, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.Garibay was charged on Monday by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, accused of also injuring his 37-year-old brother in the attack, authorities said.
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14-Year Veteran LA County Sheriff's Deputy Dies of COVID-19
Los Angeles

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who worked at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility died of complications from COVID-19, the department announced Monday.Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he was "heartbroken" over the death of Deputy Santiago Carrillo, a 14-year veteran of the department.The department tweeted that it was "grateful for his service to LA County," and asked the public to "[p]lease keep his family and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."
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Restauranteurs from SoCal counties react to stay-at-home order being lifted
Los Angeles

As she shows off the outdoor area of the Backyard Restaurant, manager Laura Rubio says she was glad to hear Governor Gavin Newsom say restaurants can start serving outdoors again.And, in the counties outside of LA County, we found restaurant owners equally as happy.In Riverside County, Rubio says, "We actually closed in March...closed for 10 weeks. And it affected us big time."Next door In San Bernardino County, Joey Madeirosm who owns Nunos’ Bistro Bar and Grill in Upland, says just because the Governor gave the OK to reopen outdoor dining, it doesn’t mean everything is perfect.
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Winter Weather: Snow Shuts Down Grapevine
Los Angeles

Unstable weather brought snow, drenching rain and biting cold to the Southland Monday, creating hazardous driving conditions for drivers. Brittney Hopper reports.
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Winter Storm System Brings Light Snow To Foothills
Los Angeles

As one storm came to an end Saturday night and an even stronger is expected to come, families in foothill communities across Southern California were happy to get a quick dusting of snow. Nicole Comstock reports.
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