37 LA-area families displaced for days by methane
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
HAWTHORNE, Calif. (AP) — Thirty-seven Los Angeles-area families have been displaced from their homes for three days because of a methane gas leak.
LA County fire Capt. Brian Jordan tells the Los Angeles Times Sunday that crews have been working since Thursday to cap the leak found when a water company was trying to cap a well on Imperial Highway in Hawthorne.
Jordan says contractors found an unexpected outflow of water, and tests showed methane gas had mixed with the water. Surrounding homes were evacuated and the residents have been staying in hotels.
Golden State Water Co. has hired a well-capping company to control the water and gas mixture that is leaking at about 3,000 gallons per minute.
Officials are unsure what caused the leak or how long it will take to control.
Power restored to all 100K in South Bay
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California utility has restored power to all of its customers who were in the dark after a broad outage in the South Bay that affected more than 100,000 customers at its peak.
Southern California Edison spokesman David Song said Sunday that customers in the cities and communities of Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Gardena, Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes and Palos Verdes Estates were all without power at some point Sunday morning.
The outage began just after 7 a.m. because of downed power lines in Torrance.
Crews worked throughout the day to isolate the cause and restore power.
Song says a full investigation into the outage will likely take several weeks.
The blackout snarled traffic and caused long waits at intersections across the South Bay.
Riverside man dies after falling from tree at home
(Information in the following story is from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a man fell to his death while trimming a tree at his Southern California home.
Riverside Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Blair tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that 46-year-old Gabriel Acosta was killed when he fell 15 to 20 feet from the tree on Saturday.
Blair says Acosta suffered two broken legs and a head injury in the fall.
Acosta was a photographer who worked for the San Bernardino County Sun and Riverside Magazine and owned his own photo business.
Perris mom arrested for kidnapping her son, 2
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — An estranged mother has been arrested after she and another woman attempted to abduct her 2-year-old son from the boy's father.
The Press-Enterprise of Riverside reports that 23-year-old Mishay Alls and her friend, 36-year-old Amber Cochran, took the boy late Saturday night.
Police say Alls used pepper spray to subdue the child's father and then fled in a truck, striking and slightly injuring a family member.
The truck also hit several other cars as it sped away.
The truck was spotted later in Hemet and the boy was safely returned to his father.
Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Sam Morovich told the paper that Alls and Cochran were booked Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping, assault and conspiracy.
LA sheriff's deputy shoots, injures suspect
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department says a suspect who jumped from a car during a late-night pursuit has been injured in a deputy-involved shooting.
The sheriff's department said its deputies were following a reckless driver late Saturday in an unincorporated area south of Los Angeles when a passenger jumped from the car and began to flee on foot. Deputies confronted the suspect and the confrontation ended in a shooting.
A loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.
No deputies were injured.
The car's driver was taken into custody a short time later.
No further details were immediately available.
DRIVER INTO DMV
Motorist drives vehicle into S. Calif. DMV
(Information in the following story is from: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, http://www.dailybulletin.com)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California Driver apparently took the name Department of Motor Vehicles a little too literally.
The California Highway Patrol says a 26-year-old Las Vegas man drove his truck into a DMV office in San Bernardino on Saturday then got stuck trying to get out.
CHP Sgt. Ed Giroux (zhuh-ROH') tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that investigators believe Emmanuel Alvidrez (al-VEE-drehz) crashed into the DMV intentionally, but he wasn't talking and they didn't have a motive.
Local police say the Toyota pickup plowed through barricades into the office lobby. The truck got wedged into the building as the driver tried to pull out, and he was still trying to leave when officers arrived.
The office was closed and no one was injured. It will be closed all week for repairs.
TV-CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS
Bob Newhart finally gets his Emmy Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Newhart is the proud owner of an Emmy Award that took five decades to come his way.
The 84-year-old actor-comedian shed tears as he accepted the Emmy, his first ever, at Sunday's creative arts Emmy awards in Los Angeles. The ceremony honors technical and other achievements in television.
Newhart was honored as best guest actor in a comedy series for his role on "The Big Bang Theory" as science teacher Professor Proton.
Newhart's long TV history includes the 1970s "The Bob Newhart Show," ''Newhart" in the 1980s and "Bob" in the '90s. His first TV series was a variety show that aired in 1961.
The creative arts Emmys traditionally are held the week before the main Emmy ceremony. Neil Patrick Harris will host next Sunday's ceremony on CBS.
'Insidious' sequel scares up box-office success
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers were in the mood for a fright this weekend, sending "Insidious: Chapter 2" to the top of the box office.
The haunted-house horror flick debuted in first place with $41 million.
Another newcomer, the Robert De Niro-Michelle Pfeiffer crime caper "The Family," opened in second place with $14.5 million. That bumped last week's champ, "Riddick," to third.
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" continued its strong performance with a fourth-place finish that saw North American ticket sales cross the $100 million mark.
The Jennifer Aniston-Jason Sudeikis road-trip comedy "We're the Millers" rounded out the top five.
PASADENA LOTTERY WINNER
Powerball ticket in South Pasadena nets $2.4M
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in South Pasadena has a whole lot to celebrate.
The California Lottery said on Sunday that a Powerball ticket matching five of the six numbers was sold at American Premium Gasoline and is worth more than $2.4 million.
The unidentified owner didn't guess the Powerball number, however, so the ticket didn't win the $317 million jackpot.
The ticket did match the first five numbers of 1, 25, 44, 17 and 37.
The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is now worth $400 million.