Southern California News Roundup




LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer, who is on administrative leave following accusations of sexual misconduct in California, defended himself today after The Washington Post reported that he received a temporary order of protection last year for allegedly physically abusing an Ohio woman and making a death threat toward her.

The newspaper said it obtained sealed court records and other documentation in which the woman says Bauer punched and choked her without her consent while they were having sex. He also allegedly sent her a text message saying he doesn’t “feel like spending time in jail for killing someone.”

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – One man was stabbed today during dueling demonstrations in downtown Los Angeles over the contentious issue of mandatory vaccinations against the coronavirus, according to Los Angeles police.

The LAPD declared an unlawful assembly late this afternoon, according to media reports. ABC7 also reported that the Proud Boys group was participating in the anti-vaccine demonstration and was protesting alleged vaccination tyranny.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County reported 4,229 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 additional deaths today.

Cases have been reported at an average rate of more than 3,000 cases a day for about the past week, and a rise in case numbers can be expected in the coming weeks with increased testing, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

LONG BEACH (CNS) – An 85-year-old man who went missing Thursday in Long Beach has been found, authorities said today.

Calvin Mark Lee was found at about 12:10 a.m. Saturday, unharmed, in Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Los Angeles police asked for the public’s help today to identify a hit-and-run driver who seriously injured a man crossing a street in North Hollywood.

The hit-and-run crash happened about 7:15 a.m. on July 3 at the intersection of Laurel Canyon and Magnolia boulevards, the LAPD reported.

ALISO VIEJO (CNS) – Orange County Fire Authority firefighters successfully stopped the forward progress of a small brush fire that charred about two acres of grass today in Aliso Viejo.

The fire started near the intersection of Pacific Park Drive and Alicia Parkway, and was reported at 2:15 p.m., according to the OCFA.

WILMINGTON (CNS) – CicLAvia, the open-streets festival that clears various roadways of traffic to let residents explore on foot, bikes or skates, will return Sunday after going on a COVID-19 hiatus.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Avalon Boulevard will be closed to traffic between M and C streets. M Street will be closed east of Avalon, and C Street will be closed west of Avalon as far as Wilmington Waterfront Park. In total, about 2 1/4 miles of street will be open for people to roam.

MONTECITO HEIGHTS (CNS) – Firefighters have stopped all forward progress of a stubborn brush fire that had charred about seven acres of grass today inside Debs Park in Montecito Heights.

The blaze that ignited near 4110 N. Monterey Road was reported at 2:34 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

LA HABRA (CNS) – A 22-year-old road rage suspect who was killed outside the La Habra police station after an armed confrontation that left an officer critically wounded has been identified by the Orange County coroner’s office.

The events began at about 7:05 p.m. on Aug. 6 in the area of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and the Orange (57) Freeway, where a female motorist called 911 to report a road rage driver, according to Lt. Jose Rocha of the La Habra Police Department.

INGLEWOOD (CNS) – A 38-year-old Northern California man with an undisclosed mental health disorder, who was last seen at a concert at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, has been located, authorities said today.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not disclose where or when Miguel Jose Stanko, of Roseville, was found.

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – Police today said they have video footage of a man who missing in Beverly Hills on Wednesday exiting a Metro bus in West Los Angeles.

The footage shows James Kostrach, 67, exiting a bus at Westwood and Wilshire boulevards, the Beverly Hills Police Department reported.

INGLEWOOD (CNS) – The Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will face each other tonight to open preseason play in the first NFL game at SoFi Stadium with fans present, with both coaches expected to mainly give playing time to reserves.

“We’ll get a chance to see a lot of our depth guys, because there’s going to be probably about 35 players that are not playing in this game for us,” said Rams coach Sean McVay, who later explained that “a lot of those guys would be playing, but they’re actually injured and we’re forced to hold them out as precautionary reasons.”

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two people suffered life-threatening injuries and five others were also injured in a multi-vehicle crash today in Lake Balboa.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched at 9:48 a.m. to the 17400 block of West Roscoe Boulevard, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

INGLEWOOD (CNS) – With a large crowd expected at the approximately 70,000-seat SoFi Stadium for its first NFL game with fans, the Los Angeles Rams are advising fans to arrive at least one hour before tonight’s 7 p.m. kickoff.

Parking lots will open at 3 p.m. and stadium entrances at 5 p.m. for the preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Fans are reminded to check their mobile ticket for recommended stadium entry.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles Councilman John Lee has said he will not support an ordinance requested by the City Council to require people to show proof of at least partial vaccination against COVID-19 to enter many public indoor spaces in the city, which will delay the ordinance’s likely approval.

The motion to request the ordinance passed the City Council 13-0, with Councilmen John Lee and Joe Buscaino absent. Lee was absent during the meeting because he was exposed to COVID-19 and was experiencing symptoms, but said he tested negative for the virus. Lee’s office said Friday that the councilman continues to test negative.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – All Los Angeles Unified School District employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 15, interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly announced.

The district previously was mandating only weekly testing for all students and staffers, regardless of vaccination status. That testing requirement will remain in place.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles Lakers against the team’s insurer for refusing to pay for losses incurred by the COVID-19 shutdown and yearlong closure of Staples Center, according to court papers.

The lawsuit for breach of contract, filed in March in Los Angeles federal court, alleges that Federal Insurance Co., a unit of Chubb Ltd., “curtly dismissed” the Lakers’ claim without investigating the facts surrounding the NBA team’s request for a payout.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Citing the community spread of COVID-19, the presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s court system has announced another extension of deadlines in criminal trials and hearings to determine if there is enough evidence to require a defendant to stand trial.

In a statement, Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor said Friday, “The public health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus remains present in Los Angeles County. This order will enable the court to maintain our careful approach to scaling up court operations while continuing to closely follow emerging public health guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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