Posted: March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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WESTWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a UCLA student in her apartment in Westwood.

ucla-suspect-picEvan Ryan Baldwin, 22, was arrested last Thursday and charged for assault with intent to commit rape.

The alleged attack happened around 2:20 p.m. on Thursday at the student’s apartment in the 400 block of Landfair Avenue, according to UC police.

The student screamed and the suspect ran out. No one was hurt.

The victim’s roommate called police right away, and Baldwin was arrested minutes later near the intersection of Veteran and Weyburn avenues.

It wasn’t immediately known how the suspect got into the secure-entry apartment building.

Police said it appeared he entered the victim’s apartment through the front door. There was no sign of forced entry.

It remains unclear whether the incident is related to some other recent robberies and attempted sexual assaults in Westwood.

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Posted: March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

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newport-bodyNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — A woman found dead face down in the sand in Newport Beach faced prostitution charges in three states and had given birth shortly before a stint in jail earlier this year, according to public records and interviews.

Tina Hoang, 20, had been arrested on suspicion of prostitution-related crimes in California, Nevada and Florida, court papers show.

The Bellflower resident, whose death was listed as “suspicious” by police, was arrested as recently as December on suspicion of prostitution and had at least a dozen open cases against her in Orange and Los Angeles counties, her attorney said.

“I just read the horrible news this afternoon,” Tustin lawyer David Nisson said shortly after police released two photographs of his client showing a distinctive tattoo of flowers and stars on the right side of her face.

“She was a very nice girl. I was just very shocked to…

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Posted: March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

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JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters were busy Friday trying to fully contain a brush fire that burned dangerously close to homes in Jurupa Valley.

The 311-acre blaze is now 60 percent contained.

Firefighters expect to have the fire fully contained by 8 p.m. Saturday.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted, and power has been restored to all affected Riverside residents, fire officials said.

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One structure and one out building have been damaged.

No injuries have been reported.

The fire was reported about 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Rio Road and Calle Hermosa at the south end of Rancho Jurupa Park, fire officials said.

It quickly spread along the Santa Ana River bottom, with flames up to 30 feet high consuming palm trees and thick patches of brush.

At one point, the flames came dangerously close to homes, prompting evacuations and leaving nearly 2,000 residents without power.

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Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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BUENA PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — Police in Orange County are searching for some smash-and-grab burglars responsible for a rash of recent break-ins.

smash-picThe most recent burglaries happened around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at a strip mall on Orangethorpe Avenue in Buena Park.

That’s where thieves smashed the windows of a barber shop and a dental office.

A television was taken from one of the businesses, along with various other items, according to police.

The break-ins happened just hours after three businesses were targeted at the Brickyard Shopping Center in the 1600 block of Lincoln Avenue in Orange.

Police say that two beauty supply stores, including a wig shop, and another dental office were targeted around 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Thousands of dollars worth of wigs were taken from Jin’s Wig and Salon, and computer equipment worth thousands was taken from Cosmo Prof Salon Center.

The estimated value of the items taken from…

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Posted: February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

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PERRIS, Calif. (KTLA) — A Camp Pendleton Marine who plummeted to his death Tuesday afternoon during a parachuting training exercise in Perris was identified Wednesday as Caleb Medley, 26, of Burlington, Colo., according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

Officials are still investigating why the Marine’s parachute failed to open during a training exercise, ultimately leading to his death.

skydiver-downIt all happened on Tuesday near Perris Valley Airport.

Firefighters responded to a report of a hurt skydiver near 2000 Goetz Road around 3 p.m. When they arrived, they found the man dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s officials say the victim was a Camp Pendleton Marine who was participating in a training exercise at the time of the accident.

The skydiver was among a group of Marines training at the location, but officials said no other skydiver was involved in the accident.

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Posted: February 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

WOW!

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(CNN) — “Argo,” praise yourself. That’s what Hollywood did on Sunday night, anyway.

argo-wins-pic“Argo,” which told the story of the rescue operation that saved six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis, took home three Oscars at the 85th Academy Awards, including the biggest award of the night: best picture.

It was both an expected and yet unlikely conclusion to an awards season that took off in strange directions, though it ended up pretty much where the Oscar prognosticators thought it would.

Director Ben Affleck, who co-produced the film with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, acknowledged the strangeness of the process in his acceptance speech.

Back in early January, “Argo” was considered an Oscar also-ran, if only because Affleck was overlooked in the best director category.

In the entire history of the Oscars, just three films had won best picture without a directing nomination, and just one, “Driving Miss Daisy,” in…

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LONG BEACH (KTLA) — An investigation is underway in Long Beach after police shot and killed a car theft suspect they say shot at them at the end of a pursuit.

lb-ois-picIt all began around 1 a.m., with a CHP pursuit on the southbound 405 Freeway of a BMW that had been stolen in a residential burglary in Redondo Beach.

The suspect exited the freeway at Studebaker, and officers lost the vehicle, according to Marlene Arrona, of the Long Beach Police Department.

Long Beach police then located the vehicle and the chase began again, Arrona said.

The pursuit came to an end when the driver crashed into a vacant residential home in the 6400 block of Keynote Street.

“The suspect pointed a handgun at the officers, shot at the officers, and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” Arrona said.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified.

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