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Anheuser-Busch launches 21 Southland electric trucks

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Anheuser-Busch has purchased 21 fully electric Class 8 trucks, making it the largest such truck deployment in North America.

The truck’s will be part of the beer-maker’s California fleet, which is part of a bigger project to explore sustainable warehousing and distribution transportation options.

The trucks will operate in distribution facilities in Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona, and Carson.

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Los Angeles City Councilman proposes banning e-cigarette products

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Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz proposed Tuesday banning electronic cigarette devices and products from being sold in the city until they’re approved by the federal government and deemed safe.

The move comes on the heels of the first ever vaping-associated death in Los Angeles County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been more than 1,000 reports of vaping-related illnesses throughout the country and eight deaths associated with vaping, as of Oct. 1.

“The reports of illness and death caused by unregulated vaping devices is a public health crisis,” Koretz’s motion says. “The city of Los Angeles is not content to wait and do nothing as the numbers of illnesses and even deaths associated with unregulated vaping devices increases daily.”

The deadly vaping-induced illness is being called ‘vaping-associated pulmonary injury,’ or VAPI, by experts. There have been 12 cases of VAPI thus far, nationwide.

VAPI presents with symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing, fever, and may include vomiting and diarrhea. According to the CDC, possible vaping-related illnesses have been reported in more than 25 states. The CDC has advised Americans to stop vaping until the effects are better understood. The CDC has also reported THC-containing products, or cannabis, could also play a role in the outbreak of vaping illnesses.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on the other hand, reported that some vapes contain myclobutanil, a fungicide that can transform into hydrogen cyanide when burned.

Last month, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer called for a citywide ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, calling them a serious health risk among young adults.

“Flavored tobacco plays an outsized role in the vaping epidemic confronting our youth and has long been a factor in increasing demand for traditional tobacco products,” Feuer said.

Feuer’s office sent the Los Angeles City Council a report on anti-vaping measures enacted in other major cities.

Raid on alleged illegal gambling operation in Long Beach nets eight arrests

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LONG BEACH (CNS) – Eight suspects were arrested today when police raided an alleged illegal gambling establishment being run out of a commercial property in Long Beach.

Detectives along with SWAT and K-9 officers served a search warrant at the property in the 2500 block of East Anaheim Street and confiscated two firearms, illegal gaming equipment and about $1,200 in cash, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“Detectives were first made aware of this location in late August when they began receiving numerous complaints of suspicious activity from residents in the area,” according to a police statement.

“Around that same time, gang detectives began investigating an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on Aug. 27, 2019, where a male adult victim was stabbed in the same area. Detectives believe the stabbing is related to this illegal gambling establishment, however, no motive or suspect information is known at this time.”

The following suspects were taken into custody:

  • Savantha Phon, 32, of Long Beach, who was booked on suspicion of resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of $40,000 bail;
  • Israel Solorio, 25, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail;
  • Laudy Mom, 36, of Lakewood, who was booked on an outstanding warrant and was being held without bail;
  • Raymond Spruell, 29, of Long Beach, who was booked on multiple outstanding warrants and was being held in lieu of $2,025 bail;
  • Donquay Buffin, 27, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail;
  • Dontaye Harris, 28, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding warrant and was released on $250 bond;
  • Darren Moore, 32, of Long Beach, who was booked for an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail; and
  • Brandon Arnold, 32, of Gardena, who was booked for a parole violation and was being held without bail.

“Earlier this year, homicide detectives investigated a murder that occurred at an illegal gambling establishment in the 1500 block of West Pacific Coast Highway, and while the department does not believe these establishments to be connected, we will continue to take a proactive approach to target illegal gambling activity in the city, which can often lead to other violent crimes,” police said. “We urge residents to continue reporting any suspicious activity, and with your partnership, we will take appropriate enforcement action when necessary.”

Four arrested on suspicion of burglary after allegedly being caught in the act

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MONTEREY PARK (CNS) – Three men were in custody and a fourth was free on bail today after being arrested for allegedly staging a knock-knock burglary in Monterey Park and detectives believe they may be responsible for other similar crimes.

Detectives with a sheriff’s department task force saw the four suspects, gang members with criminal histories, allegedly commit the burglary around 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“The detectives saw the suspects, who were in two vehicles — a white Mercedes-Benz SUV and a silver Chevrolet SUV — driving slowly through quiet residential streets,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

“Detectives located the Mercedes-Benz parked along Floral Drive where the driver was observed approaching the front door of the victim’s home, in an apparent ‘door knock’ tactic. He then returned to his Mercedes-Benz and remained seated. Detectives then saw the Chevrolet arrive and park nearby, and saw two additional suspects exit that Chevy SUV and walk to the rear yard of the victim’s property.

“Shortly thereafter, those two suspects are seen quickly walking out of the front door and re-entering their SUV. Both vehicles simultaneously pulled away from the victim’s residence and left the vicinity.”

Detectives confirmed a burglary had taken place, having found a rear window forced open and the inside of the home ransacked, and coordinated with police units to stop the vehicles, officials said.

The Chevrolet was pulled over and three suspects — 40-year-old William Robinson, 42-year-old Kedrick Daniels and 37-year-old Kevin Green, all of Los Angeles — were detained.

“Detectives recovered stolen jewelry, currency and a police radio scanner from within the vehicle,” according to the sheriff’s department.

The Mercedes-Benz was ultimately located in Vernon where the driver — 32-year-old Frank Tisby of Los Angeles, who investigators say had been seen knocking on the victim’s door — was detained without incident, officials said.

Green, who had been driving the Chevrolet, was booked on suspicion of residential burglary. Investigators say he “has a significant criminal history including arrests for burglary and narcotics violations” and is a convicted felon and documented criminal street gang member.

Robinson, who was out of custody on parole for a previous burglary, was booked on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of burglary tools. He, too, has a criminal history that included arrests on suspicion of residential burglary and narcotics sales.

“He has multiple felony convictions and would likely be a third strike candidate facing life in prison upon additional conviction,” according to the sheriff’s department. “He is also a documented South Los Angeles criminal street gang member.”

Daniels, described as a documented gang member, was booked on suspicion of residential burglary and has a record of prior arrests on suspicion of theft, conspiracy, narcotics and weapons violations.

Tisby, a twice-convicted residential burglar who was also described as a documented gang member, was booked on suspicion of residential burglary and is facing a third strike if charged and convicted, according to the sheriff’s department.

“This crew is suspected in burglaries throughout Southern California, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force is working closely with” police in determining if other recent residential burglaries may be associated with them, officials said.

Green was released on Saturday after posting bond, while Daniels, Robinson and Tisby were all being held in lieu of bails exceeding $1 million each, according to the sheriff’s department.

Anyone who recognizes the suspects or their vehicles, or who believes they may have been victimized by them, was urged to contact the Burglary-Robbery Task Force at 562 946-7187 or  brtf@lasd.org.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.

Man fatally wounded in shooting in Norwalk

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NORWALK (CNS) – A man was shot and killed today in Norwalk.

The shooting occurred about 4:50 p.m. in the 12500 block of Rosecrans Avenue, near the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim at the location and found a man with several wounds to his upper body, officials said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff’s department.

“ The only suspect information is a dark colored sedan,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.

Ports of Long Beach and L.A. trucking company switches to natural gas engines

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In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of natural and renewable gas trucking to help improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, one of the port’s leading providers of logistic services announced last week it was replacing its entire diesel trucking fleet with near-zero emission natural gas trucks.

Total Transportation Service Inc. made the announcement in conjunction with the non-profit Coalition for Clean Air.

The 40 new TTSI trucks will be fueled with carbon negative renewable natural gas, the company said.

In any given month, up to 14,000 trucks call at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and emit nearly 2,600 tons of smog-causing nitrogen-oxide emissions.

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Fire weather to sweep Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Critical fire weather conditions characterized by strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity will prevail in the Southland from late Wednesday night until early Friday evening, the National Weather Service said today.

The weather service issued a fire weather watch that will be in effect over most of L.A. and Ventura counties from Wednesday night to Friday evening.

It said the wind will gust at between 45 and 70 miles per hour Thursday afternoon and evening amid humidity levels of 5 to 10 percent. Given the abundance of dry vegetation, “critical fire weather conditions are likely,” the NWS said in a statement, adding that a decision on whether to convert the watch into a red flag warning will be taken today or Wednesday.

The watch will be in force in the San Gabriel Mountains in L.A and Ventura counties, the Angeles National Forest, Ventura County’s Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational area, with northeast winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour expected, along with 70 mph gusts amid humidity levels of 5 to 10 percent.

It will also be in force along the coast, in Downtown L.A. and in the San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys — areas where northeast winds of 20 to 30 mph are expected, along with 55 mph gusts and humidity levels of 5-10 percent.

At the same time, a fire weather watch will be in force in all of Orange County, with northeast winds of 20-30 miles expected, along with gusts of 50 mph, humidity levels of 5-10 percent, dipping to 5 percent on Friday, forecasters said.

“If fire ignition occurs, conditions may be favorable for extreme fire behavior, which would threaten life and property,” a statement said.

The NWS forecast sunny skies in L.A. County today and highs of 73 on Mount Wilson; 74 in Avalon; 75 at LAX; 79 in Long Beach; 81 degrees in Downtown L.A.; 83 in San Gabriel and Burbank; 85 in Pasadena; 86 in Saugus; 87 in Woodland Hills; 88 in Palmdale and 89 in Lancaster. Temperatures will fall by up to 10 degrees Wednesday, rise by a couple of degrees on Thursday and revert to today’s temperatures on Friday.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 70 on Santiago Peak; 72 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 74 in Newport Beach; 78 on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 81 in Fullerton; 83 in Yorba Linda and
Irvine; and 84 in Mission Viejo, Fremont Canyo and Trabuco Canyon. Temperatures
will fall by up to 10 degrees Wednesday, a few more degrees Thursday, then
revert to nearly today’s highs on Friday.

Fire damages portable classroom at elementary school in San Pedro

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SAN PEDRO (CNS) – A portable classroom at an elementary school in San Pedro caught fire this morning, but flames were extinguished within an hour.

Firefighters responded to Park Western Place Elementary School at 1214 Park Western Place at 3:38 a.m. and encountered flames “mainly in the sub-floor” of the classroom, some of which had spread to nearby grass, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A total of 22 firefighters were able to contain the fire and a knockdown was declared at 4:25 a.m., he said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Another horse dies at Santa Anita, after dueling demonstrations

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ARCADIA (CNS) – Horse racing continued today at Santa Anita Park, one day after dueling demonstrations for and against the sport preceded the death of a 33rd horse at the facility since December 26.

The latest casualty was a 5-year-old gelding named Ky. (Kentucky) Colonel who collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack after jogging around the Arcadia racetrack Saturday afternoon.

The gelding’s trainer, Richard Mandella, told reporters the horse had recently returned to racing after being away for a rest. Colonel had five wins in 20 career starts. He last raced in May at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California.

On Saturday morning, as they have on many previous weekends this year, members of Horseracing Wrongs and other animal-rights groups gathered outside the track to protest the deaths and call for a ban on the sport.

“Two-thousand horses are killed on racetracks every year in this country — this racetrack alone kills 50 on average,” activist Heather Wilson told KTLA5. “You can take away any factor that you want — the drugs, the track, the whips, the rain, the bottom line is the one thing that remains constant is that horses are being killed.”

Also Saturday, about 50 workers and supporters of horse racing rallied outside the track’s main entrance, holding signs expressing their love of horses and support for the jobs the industry provides in California.

“Reform is working, the other side does not want to negotiate, they do not want to understand that we’re doing everything we can to help and protect the animals,” horse racing supporter John Valenzuela said. “Our main thing is the horses. Our horses (are) our lives. Why wouldn’t we protect them?”

“From the day they’re born to the day they’re retied, they’re treated like royalty,” he said.

Santa Anita is in the middle of its 23-day autumn racing meet, which will be highlighted by the Breeders Cup World Championships on Nov. 1 and 2 — the record 10th time Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders Cup.

Despite the excitement among horse-racing enthusiasts for that event, the sport as a whole has come under increased pressure in response to the spate of deaths during Santa Anita’s most recent meet.

Racing was halted at the track for most of March while examinations were conducted on the track. Races resumed April 4 after the state horse racing board approved a series of safety measures, and Santa Anita officials announced a series of steps aimed at bolstering the safety of horses at the track, including restrictions on certain medications, requiring trainers to get permission in advance before putting a horse through a workout and investing in diagnostic equipment to aid in the early detection of pre-existing conditions.

Santa Anita and the California Horse Racing Board also created a “safety review team” that evaluates all horses at the track. The panel of veterinarians and stewards has the authority to scratch a horse from a race if even one panelist questions the animal’s fitness.

Santa Anita officials also announced a seven-member veterinary inspection team for the autumn meet. The team will “oversee every aspect of Santa Anita’s training and racing operation,” a track official said.

On Sunday afternoon, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo called on all horse-racing tracks nationwide to suspend racing.

“Ky. Colonel’s body should be taken directly to the Los Angeles district attorney’s office and laid on her doorstep. It’s been seven months since the DA acted on PETA’s request and launched an investigation. We still have no answers about the condition of the horses, the medications they were on, and the possible complicity of trainers and veterinarians in their deaths, and horses are still dropping like flies,” Guillermo said. “Horses don’t simply sustain broken bones and young horses shouldn’t be dying of heart attacks. There is plenty that’s rotten with these deaths, and the longer it takes the DA to release her findings, the more horses will perish. California, New York — where 25 horses have died at Belmont — and all racing states should suspend racing until real answers are supplied and the carnage is ended.”

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey created a task force in April of what she described as “experienced deputy district attorneys and sworn peace officers with varied expertise within my office” to “thoroughly investigate and evaluate the evidence to determine whether unlawful conduct or conditions affected the welfare and safety of horses at Santa Anita Park.”

Knife-wielding man dies in deputy-involved shooting in Whittier

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WHITTIER (CNS) – A knife-wielding man who reportedly claimed he wanted to be shot by police died in a deputy-involved shooting in unincorporated Whittier, authorities said today.

It started at 8:10 p.m. Sunday when deputies from the Pico Rivera Sheriff’s Station went to the 8000 block of Rexall Avenue in response to a call that a man was holding a machete, yelling and banging on windows, Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.

“Deputies, along with members of the Sheriff’s Department Mental Evaluation Team, contacted a male adult resident along with members of his family.  It was determined no crime had been committed and he was left in their care,” Koerner said.

At 10:33 p.m., deputies received a second call from that location. The caller claimed the man wanted to be shot by police, the deputy said.

“As deputies arrived, they found the same male that was contacted earlier standing in the driveway. The male was armed with a large knife and was holding it to a woman believed to be a family member,” Koerner said.

“Deputies ordered the male to drop the knife. Hoowever, the male refused. Instead, the male advanced toward the deputies, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene from “several gunshot wounds,” Koerner said.

No deputies were injured and a large knife was recovered, he said.