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Glendale Officers, ‘Real Heroes,’ Recount Rescue of 78-Year-Old Woman From Balcony of Burning Home

The house was fully engulfed.”
Mercado climbed up the side of the building and was hanging from the balcony when he grabbed the fire-heated railing. A Glendale home was destroyed in a fire on Dec. (Credit: KTLA)
“This could have been a completely different story today. 19, 2016. “It’s surprising how loud a fire actually is.”
Chobanyan was brought to safety and taken to a hospital, where she was treated for smoke inhalation, her son-in-law Robert Karayan said. Glendale Fire Department Chief Greg Fish praised the officers, calling them “real heroes.”
“They don’t train with personal protective equipment, with ladders, with fire, so this is a foreign environment for them,” Fish said. Glendale Officer Jimmy Mercado describes a harrowing rescue at a news conference on Dec. Sgt. Two other officers — Christopher Clay and Matthew Stafford — worked on the ground to set up a neighbor’s ladder. “They are truly professionals and heroes in our hearts.”
Vago Chobanyan said his mother wants to make dinner for the officers. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

The family of a 78-year-old woman who was rescued from the balcony of her burning Glendale home on Tuesday got a chance to meet and thank the police officers who saved her life. … The whole time we were there, you could hear glass windows exploding out,” Clay said. (Credit: KTLA)
The Glendale Police Department officers were first on the scene early Monday as flames engulfed the woman’s home in the 2000 block of Dublin Drive. 19, 2016. The family’s dog Hans died in the fire. The house was gutted. “She was petrified,” Officer Jimmy Mercado said. The victim’s son, Vago Chobanyan, was out of town and watched the massive fire on television, horrified. … That’s how we treat people in the city of Glendale.”
Had the victim been on the balcony even a minute longer, she would have died, Fish said. With fire and smoke pouring out of windows and doors, the three officers saw the woman trapped on a balcony, they explained. (Credit: KTLA)
Up on the balcony, he handed the woman over the railing to Clay, who carried her down the ladder. “I jumped and somehow I reached the railing and it was hot, but I was really determined,” Mercado said, adding that other Glendale officers would have done the same thing. We’d like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” Karayan said. Clay said he didn’t remember exactly how he managed it, just that he went down one step at a time with the victim on one arm and his other hand on the rungs. 20, 2016. “Yet, they came with everything. The victim, Mrs. Ben Bateman arrived and encouraged the woman to jump from the balcony. “I cannot believe that my mom was able to get out safely with the help and heroic efforts of the officers,” he said at a news conference. “She didn’t want to move,” said Mercado, who gestured with a hand bandaged due to second-degree burns. “There was fire behind her. Chobanyan, whose first name her family didn’t want to give out, was too afraid to come over the rail to safety. “It was a lot of smoke and really hot. Stafford picked up the victim, running with her in front of the burning home and across the street to get away from the fire. A Glendale home was destroyed in a fire in which police officers rescued the lone occupant on Dec. 34.178419

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Black Men Nearly 3 Times as Likely to Die From Police Use of Force, Study Says

“It affirms that this disparity exists,” said Dr. Demonstrators protest in front of the police station on March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri. Additionally, Buehler found that American Indians or Alaska Natives accounted for fewer than 2 percent of legal intervention deaths but had a rate similar to that of blacks. Those are just a few of the names of black men who were killed in high-profile police shootings in 2016. He found that, although white men accounted for the largest number of deaths, the number of deaths per million in each demographic population were 2.8 times higher among black men and 1.7 times higher among Hispanic men, respectively. “My study is a reminder that there are, indeed, substantial disparities in the rates of legal intervention deaths, and that ongoing attention to the underlying reasons for this disparity is warranted,” he said. “Also, my study had a national focus; the NBER study examined the use of lethal force in one city: Houston,” he said. “As a former public health official who has worked at federal, state and local levels, I am well aware of the fact that poverty is associated with an increased risk for multiple health problems, including injuries related to violence.”
A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that legal intervention death rates for black men, on average, were 4.7 times higher than those of white men from 1979 to 1988, and 3.2 times higher from 1988 to 1997. The data showed 2,285 legal intervention deaths for that time period. However, “my study extends previous analyses by examining rates of legal intervention deaths among people who are Hispanic and American Indian (or) Alaska Native,” Buehler said. People, including police officers, hold strong implicit associations between blacks, and probably Hispanics, and weapons, crime and aggression,” he said, adding that this association is “supported by scores of studies.”
For instance, scientific evidence that people are more likely to shoot at a black target than at a white target was reviewed in a 2015 meta-analysis study, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Roland Fryer, a professor of economics at Harvard University who authored the NBER paper, was unavailable to comment on Buehler’s study. Disparity disclosed in death certificates
Buehler analyzed national vital statistics and census data on legal intervention-related deaths, from 2010 to 2014, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiological Research (WONDER) database system, which includes county-level death certificates. Buehler said that he felt motivated to conduct his study after a working paper, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that same month, found no racial differences in the use of lethal force by police during very high-risk situations, such as aggravated assault. “Because these associations reside outside of conscious awareness and control, even well-meaning, consciously egalitarian officers are vulnerable to use more force on minority civilians,” Glaser said. “There’s not a right way or a wrong way to approach the study of legal intervention deaths or the use of lethal force by police, but the two approaches address different questions and it’s critically important to understand that distinction.”

-95.712891 In that study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analyzed 42 studies and found that, compared to white targets, people are quicker to shoot armed black targets, slower to not shoot unarmed black targets, and more likely to have a liberal shooting threshold for black targets overall. A 2015 data analysis conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. “Racial and ethnic disparities for legal intervention deaths reflect disparities in levels of poverty,” he said. “The psychological science on this is very clear. Alton Sterling. Terence Crutcher. Chan School of Public Health found that between 1960 and 2010, black men were always more than 2.5 times as likely to die due to legal intervention than white men. Hispanic men are nearly twice as likely, the study suggests. Philando Castile. A study of traffic enforcement stops in San Diego, conducted by researchers at San Diego State University and published last month, found that, in 2014, when driver race/ethnicity was visible, black drivers were nearly 20 percent more likely to be the subject of a discretionary traffic stop than were white drivers (PDF). (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images)
Now, as the year comes to an end, a new study reveals disturbing data on how much of a racial disparity there may be in police use of force, or as researchers call it, “legal intervention.”
Black men are nearly three times as likely to be killed by legal intervention than white men, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health on Tuesday. In other words, black and Hispanic men were 2.8 and 1.7 times more likely to be killed by police use of force than white men. However, Buehler said that the difference between his study and the paper published in the NBER is that he measured death rates per total population size and the NBER report examined rates of the use of lethal force per numbers of high-risk encounters. While the data did not provide details on the circumstances surrounding the legal intervention deaths, Buehler said that they allowed for him to take a close look at how many deaths involved black, Hispanic and white males, 10 years or older. James Buehler, clinical professor of health management and policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, who authored the study. In general, the rate in which police use force on blacks is 3.6 times as high as among whites, according to a separate think tank study released by the Center for Policing Equity in July (PDF). White men accounted for more deaths only because they were of a larger population. Separate research, published in the journal Injury Prevention in July, suggested that, while racial minorities were more likely to be stopped by police, there were no racial differences in cases of injury or deaths due to use of force. ‘The psychological science on this is very clear’
The new study findings are a useful contribution to a growing body of research on racial disparities in lethal use of force by police, said Jack Glaser, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book “Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling.”
“It is very difficult, if at all possible, to generate an explanation for this pattern of results that does not include an influence of racial bias,” said Glaser, who was not involved in the new study. “Police officers are only human, and in use-of-force situations they experience the kinds of normal emotions — fear, anger, anxiety — that set the stage for more spontaneous mental processes to be influential.”
While Glaser and other experts point to implicit racial bias as playing a role in this disparity, Buehler said that his findings also might be linked to poverty. Gregory Gunn.

Huntington Beach Planning Official Resigns Over Comments About Islam

Click here to read the full story on A Huntington Beach planning commissioner resigned this week after a backlash over comments he made online denigrating Islam. In the video, Hoskinson said: “I think Islam is definitely a threat. Michael Hoskinson, who works as a real estate broker, stepped down in the wake of public criticism after a video of him giving a lecture on political correctness was posted on YouTube. It is customary for each council member to choose a commissioner. 33.660297
-117.999227 I don’t call it a religion at all.” He also criticized a group of Jewish intellectuals from the 1920s and railed against “leftists.”
Hoskinson was appointed to the commission by Councilman Erik Peterson in 2014. Michael Hoskinson, rear right, poses with the Huntington Beach Planning Commission in a photo on the city’s website.

Flight Controller Unintentionally Sent Passenger Jet on Flight Path Toward Mount Wilson

Click here to read the full story on 16, 2016. Wilson before turning around, according to publicly available flight data. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident in which a passenger aircraft was given wrong directions by traffic controllers and guided toward the San Gabriel Mountains, where it flew just hundreds of feet higher than the peak of Mt. A map shows the flight path of a passenger jet that flew from LAX over the San Gabriel Mountains on Dec. (Credit: Los Angeles Times Graphics)

-118.408530 Bound for Taiwan, the EVA Air Boeing 777 took off to the east early Friday from Los Angeles International Airport’s south runway complex, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. “The air traffic controller at the approach control who was handling EVA instructed the pilot to make a left turn to a 180-degree heading,” he said. After takeoff, the air crew switched from the LAX control tower to the approach control operations in San Diego, which Gregor said was common practice. “She meant to tell the pilot to make a right turn to a 180-degree heading.”
Following the controller’s instructions, the pilot turned to the left.

Marine Killed While Trying to Assist Suspected DUI Driver Involved in Rollover Crash on I-10 in Loma Linda: CHP

The family had been planning to fly to Texas to visit Rojo’s family for the holidays, according to KHOU in Houston. Michelle Medina, left, and Enrico Rojo are shown in an undated family photo. Petricevic immediately stopped and called emergency personnel, who soon arrived on scene and determined the man had died after sustaining fatal injuries, according to CHP. Enrico Rojo is shown in an undated family photo. The couple was heading to Los Angeles International Airport with Medina’s sister and dad at the time of the incident, she said. Police have not yet released the identity of the victim, but his fiancé, Michelle Medina, has identified him as Enrico Antonio Rojo, a 29-year-old Marine who lived in Ontario. 34.066334
-117.243665 A Marine was struck dead after exiting his car to offer assistance at the scene of a crash on Interstate 10 early Monday morning in Loma Linda, authorities said. The collision remains under investigation. Martinez was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, officers said. A good Samaritan stopped and got out of his vehicle to help Martinez, but was struck by another driver, Alexander Petricevic, who was approaching the crash site and only saw the Toyota directly ahead of him and veered to avoid hitting it, authorities said. Loma Linda resident Crystal Adrianna Martinez, 22, was heading westbound on the freeway just east of Mountain View Avenue around 1:30 a.m. when she made a lane change and ran into a big rig, causing her black Toyota Matrix to roll over and block traffic, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol.

50-Acre Brush Fire Burns Near Homes in Simi Valley

to the area of Sage Street and Laurel Ridge Drive, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. @VCAirUnit @LACoFireAirOps en route. About 50 acres had burned, and structure protection was in place, the department’s spokesman said on Twitter. Android users, if the above player does not work, please click here. A brush fire is burning near homes in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley on Tuesday afternoon. Estimated location of #brushfire #SAGEINC in WoodRanch area. Check back for updates on this developing story. The address given by the Fire Department is on the edge of the gated Long Canyon community. Crews in place for structure protection
— Ventura County Fire (@VCFD) December 20, 2016 Firefighters were called just after 2:30 p.m. The blaze is burning in an “isolated area” but some homes are threatened, the department’s fire chief said.

Police Search for Gunman in South-Central L.A. Following Officer-Involved Shooting

-118.260998 Officers set up a perimeter in South-Central L.A. He pulled out a gun, and in response police drew their weapons and opened fire, Montgomery said. Check back for updates on this developing story. At least two possible suspects have been detained Tuesday as police search for a reported gunman in South-Central Los Angeles. Two people were seen being detained, but it is unclear whether they are persons of interest or tied to the crime. LAPD has closed off four square blocks in the neighborhood and set up a mobile command center as SWAT teams go house to house in search of the gunman. Boulevard and McKinley Avenue in South L.A., according to LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery. (Credit: KTLA)
Early Tuesday morning at least one person flagged down a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car and said they saw two people on bicycles with a gun in the area of East Martin Luther King Jr. After searching the area, officers found a man matching the suspect description near South Avalon Boulevard and East 40th Place, according to information from Montgomery and LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar. 20, 2016. A possible suspect is detained in South-Central Los Angeles on Dec. No officers were injured, he added. on Dec. (Credit: KTLA)
The suspect immediately fled on foot and it was unclear whether he was hurt, Montgomery said. 20, 2016.

Obama ‘Indefinitely’ Bans Drilling in Parts of Arctic, Atlantic Oceans

Obama’s environmental legacy faces an uncertain future under Trump, who has dismissed climate change as a hoax and vowed to remove the US from the international Paris climate accord. His successor, Donald Trump, who has promised a policy allowing more US energy production, would face legal challenges if he attempted to reverse Obama’s order. But the moves on Tuesday will move substantially beyond those restrictions, preventing any future president from taking swift action to reopen oil exploration in restricted areas. But he’s also been open to greener perspectives, meeting with former Vice President Al Gore and tapping daughter Ivanka Trump to lead his climate agenda. Environmental groups have lobbied Obama to take decisive action that would prevent further oil drilling in the Arctic, arguing the risks of spills and leaks are too high. His administration decided last month against allowing new leases for certain areas in the Arctic for the next five years. It’s been used by past administrations to restrict oil exploration on the West and East coasts, though each time the ban on leases was given an expiration date. The law, the 1953 Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, allows presidents to withdraw lands from future leasing. Looking to cement his environmental record, President Barack Obama took new action Tuesday barring offshore drilling in areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans indefinitely. Trump has nominated strong conservatives to head key environmental agencies, including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt — a climate change denier — as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The US is also declaring 31 canyons off the Atlantic coast off-limits for drilling, citing “critical and irreplaceable ecological value.”
In his time in office, Obama has used executive actions to put restrictions on new leases in the waters surrounding the United States, including in the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Canada also announced Tuesday that it will freeze its offshore oil and gas exploration in its Arctic waters. Oil companies, meanwhile, insist the estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas underneath the surface there could provide a boon to US energy production. 69.471316

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Obama Grants Clemency to 231 People in Largest Batch of Pardons in One Day During His Presidency There is no authority for a future president to withdraw it,” the official said. The moves announced Tuesday, however, will be more difficult to reverse since they would be implemented using a law and not executive action. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Obama relied on a 63-year-old law to make his moves, which will prevent future leasing of certain offshore areas for oil rights. “We believe there is a strong legal basis for these withdrawals,” said one senior administration official, predicting the moves would “go forward and will stand the test of time.”
“This action has the force of law. Obama’s previous moves barring new leases in the Arctic and Atlantic could be reversed when Trump takes office and his new administration issues new plans for drilling. The White House said Obama was declaring the entire US portion of the Chukchi Sea and the vast majority of the Beaufort Sea “indefinitely off limits for future oil and gas leasing,” citing critical protection for the marine mammals, ecological resources and native populations. Rusting barrels sit on the beach along the Chukchi Sea on July 7, 2015, in Shishmaref, Alaska.

At Least 60 Injured After Explosion at Large Fireworks Market Near Mexico City

The explosion took place in Tultepec — about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Mexico City — where pyrotechnics are a major industry. Check back for updates on this developing story. Emergency responders are at the scene and assessing the damage, Puente said. An explosion Tuesday at a large fireworks market near Mexico City injured at least 60 people, Luis Felipe Puente, coordinator of Mexico’s national civil protection agency, told CNN affiliate FOROtv. WATCH: Video shows moment a massive fireworks explosion hits a market near Mexico City
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Person of Interest Detained in Disappearance of Ex-Bridal Reality TV Show Contestant: LAPD

18, 2016. television’s “Bridalplasty” in 2010, a reality show that documented a group of women who competed for a dream wedding and plastic surgery. Lisa Marie Naegle, a former reality show contestant, has been missing since Dec. 33.736062

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Former Bridal Reality Show Contestant Reported Missing After Attending Birthday Party in Torrance (Credit: Derek Harryman)
“There’s video footage that was just discovered from Alpine Village within the last hour showing my wife getting into a black SUV,”  Harryman said. Naegle competed on E! Lisa Marie Neagle, seen in a family photo, was last heard from on Dec. Sunday following a birthday party at the Alpine Village Restaurant in Torrance. “I even said to her, ‘You sound like you’ve been drinking a lot, are you OK? Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A person of interest in the disappearance of a former bridal reality show contestant who was reported missing after attending a birthday party in Torrance was detained Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. The person, whose name has not yet been released, was detained in the morning for questioning amid the ongoing search for 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle. The missing woman’s family told KTLA they called police Monday night after speaking to one of her nursing students who said he attended the party, but then changed his story. 17, 2016. Naegle hasn’t been seen or heard from since she called her husband around 2:30 a.m. It was not known if the student was the person of interest. Police did not immediately provide information about the person of interest, including his or her relationship to the missing woman. Naegle told her husband, Derek Harryman, that she was going to stop to head for food before heading back to her San Pedro home. And she said, like, ‘I’m going to get food, and then I’ll be home,” Naegle told KTLA. She never returned to the home and failed to show up for her nursing job in the morning. KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

5 Teens Among 9 People Facing Charges After 3-Year-Old Indiana Girl Found Locked inside Box


-86.775850 Nine people, including five teenagers, in North Judson, Indiana are facing charges after deputies discovered a 3-year-old girl locked inside a wooden box, according to a report. Patricia Meeks, 18, Donna Short, 42 and Christopher Short, 25, were charged with child neglect. After obtaining a search warrant, officers check out the property, they found the girl inside a locked plywood box in the living room, according to the television station. It was unclear if she was injured, or what her condition was when she was found. Officers from the Pulaski Sheriff’s Department responded to a home in North Judson last Wednesday to investigate reports of child abuse, according to television station WSBT in South Bend. Six other people were charged with failure to report child abuse. Multiple adults who were found in the residence, a camper outside the home and a vehicle on the property were taken to jail, the station reported. The 3-year-old girl, as well as five other juveniles, were released to the custody of the Pulaski County Indiana Department of Child Services. They have been identified as: Derrick Butala, 36; Shawn Griffin, 18; Michael Meeks, 19; Thelma Meeks, 38; Anna Senesac, 19; and Timothy Senesac, 18. The girl was apparently kept in it for extended periods of time, authorities said. A total of nine people face charges in connection with the incident.

Mother of Bride Was Killed When Tree Fell on Wedding Party in Whittier Park, Family Confirms

We are all still trying to understand how this could have happened,” the family said in the statement. What started as a happy day for our family ended in terrible sadness. Whittier’s city manager said Monday that the city was investigating, and he noted that the tree fell after heavy rain on Thursday night into Friday. 18, 2016. The family said it was grateful for community support it was getting, but asked for privacy. People are seen at Penn Park in Whittier after a tree fell on a wedding party on Dec. A statement from law firm Andrade Gonzalez, based in downtown Los Angeles, said Tuesday that Mojarro was the mother of the bride, who was not identified. 17, 2016. A woman who was killed when a eucalyptus tree fell on a wedding party at a Whittier park was the bride’s mother, a law firm for the family confirmed Tuesday. (Credit: OnScene.TV)
Margarita Mojarro, 61, was at Penn Park on Saturday, Dec. Six people were hurt when the 80-foot tree fell that afternoon, including a 4-year-old girl who was critically injured with head trauma. The 6-acre park remains closed. Authorities work at Penn Park in Whittier after a tree fell on a wedding party on Dec. “Our hearts are broken. Mojarro’s identity was first released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Monday. 17, posing for photographs after he daughter’s wedding, when she was killed. (Credit: OnScene.TV)


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