SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are close to surrounding two wildfires that torched several hundred acres of Southern California forest and briefly threatened dozens of homes. The U.S. Forest Service says a 200-acre blaze in the Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles is 80 percent contained last night. That fire prompted the evacuation of about 30 rural homes on Tuesday but residents went home late that night as water-dropping aircraft took the heat out of the blaze.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man holding a cellphone has been wounded by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who say they mistook it for a gun. The Sheriff's Department says the shooting happened yesterday in Los Angeles' mid-city area, where the deputies had been looking for a criminal suspect. The Sheriff's Department says the man has been hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach police have shot and killed a man during a running gun battle. The Long Beach Press-Telegram says a woman flagged down a patrol car at around 2:30 a.m. yesterday and said that a gunman had threatened to kill her and her family. Police say they later spotted the man — who may have been the woman's ex-boyfriend — at a gas station in neighboring Carson but he shot at them. He then ran to nearby park, where more shots were fired.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A Costa Mesa man has been arrested for investigation of involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 80-year-old mother, who police say he had tied to a bed and a portable toilet. Police say Robert Dickerman was arrested Tuesday in the death of his mother, Yoshiko. Police responding to a disturbance call found Yoshiko Dickerman dehydrated and lying in urine in a bathroom in her home in July 2012. She died at a hospital the next day.