Thursday, March 26, 2015

Residents Witness Building Explosion, Collapse

Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 3 others arrested on drug charges

Video: Trapped bear rescued from tree in California

WWII landmark in Riverside to be converted into disabled veterans apartments

Father of fugitive ex-LAPD officer arrested for lying to FBI officials

Santa Monica Planning Discusses 'Bike to Work' Program

Watch the video that explains the ease of biking in Santa Monica!

Shared by Santa Monica Planning via FacebookWatch how the City of Santa Monica's Bike at Work program helps us reduce car trips!
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Source: The City of Santa Monica's Bike@Work program.

Get Your Tickets to the Claremont Folk Festival

Tickets for the Claremont Folk Festival are currently available. You won't want to miss out on the fun that will take place on May 30.

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Tickets are now available for the Claremont Folk Festival. Got yours? Get them here.
Source: Folk Festival - Folk Music Center

La Verne Police to Take Part in Vegas Relay Challenge Run


COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION: La Verne/Glendora Baker to Vegas Relay Team

It's that time of year again where members of the La Verne and Glendora Police Departments combined team will participate in the Law Enforcement Baker to Vegas Relay Challenge Run. This is a grueling 120 mile run from Baker California to Las Vegas Nevada.

The race will be held this weekend and we will update the teams progress throughout the weekend. Good luck to all the runners and support staff. BE SAFE - it's suppose to be a very warm weekend.

Come to the California Native Sage Festival at Claremont

California Native Sage Festival - This Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Check out sage-related vendors, try a sample of some sage-inspired culinary delights, enjoy a free workshop or wildflower walk, listen to music and get sage advice (of course!).
For more information, go here.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

                                    When: Gates open at 11 a.m. April 10-12 and 17-19.
                                      Where: Empire Polo Club, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio.

NYC building collapses after explosion, fire in East Village

Corona teenager battling cancer wants birthday cards

Victoria Smitherman is turning 14 on Monday, and her mom wants to make sure she feels loved on her big day. She's asking the public to help shower Victoria with cards and well-wishes.

"Sometimes people write nice things. They say, have a good birthday, you're beautiful, or something, so it makes me feel good," Victoria said.

The eighth-grader, who is quick to smile and excels at math and science in school, is battling brain cancer.

"She just had brain surgery so we are, right now, preparing for, again, radiation and chemotherapy," said Victoria's mom, Veronica Smitherman.

On Tuesday, Victoria will head back to the hospital to begin treatment. She'll have her team of supporters, including the Corona Fire Department, fighting with her.

"We are going to be by her side until she beats this once and for all, which we know she is going to do this time around," said Corona Fire Capt. Jim Steiner.

A family friend posted this story to the ABC7 Facebook page using the hashtag #ABC7Eyewitness in hopes that Eyewitness News viewers might consider sending Victoria a card. Eyewitness News sent Victoria a card along with a pink KABC-TV baseball cap.

Victoria says she plans to use the cards she receives from the community to decorate her hospital room.

If you'd like to send Victoria a card, the address is:

Victoria Smitherman
P.O. Box 79464
Corona CA 92877

Germanwings co-pilot wanted to 'destroy' plane: French prosecutor

Fugitive ex-LAPD officer fled to Mexico with father's help, FBI says

The father of a fugitive ex-Los Angeles police officer has been accused of lying to the FBI.

Victor Solis was arrested at his Lancaster home around 9 a.m. Thursday. FBI officials say he allegedly helped his son, Henry Solis, cross into Mexico to avoid prosecution.

Investigators believe Henry Solis got into a fistfight with 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez, Jr. that escalated into a fatal shooting in the area of Third and Main streets in Pomona on March 13. Rodriguez was found with gunshot wounds to the lower torso and later died.

Soon after the alleged murder, Solis called his father Victor Solis at his Lancaster home. Victor Solis then left home and was found the next day at a family member's home in El Paso, Texas, according to an affidavit in a federal criminal complaint.

Victor Solis told FBI agents that he dropped off his son at the bus station and does not know where he is. According to the FBI, Victor Solis knowingly and willfully made a false, fictitious and fraudulent statement when he told FBI agents that he traveled alone to Mexico on March 14. The defendant allegedly helped his son cross the U.S. Mexico border into Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico at approximately 5:40 a.m.

Family and friends told investigators that Solis said he would never see them again, according to the affidavit. Henry Solis remains on the run.

San Bernardino PD will seek charges in Sahray Barber case

Mural at AMOCA

'Downton Abbey' to end after upcoming 6th season

A grand manor will close its doors to millions of weekly guests after "Downton Abbey" concludes next year.

Producers of the popular British period drama on Thursday confirmed it will end after its sixth season, scheduled to air in the United States in early 2016. The series, which airs earlier in the U.K., will have its finale on Christmas Day, 2015.

"Our feeling is that it's good to quit while you're ahead," executive producer Gareth Neame said during a conference call. "We feel the show is in incredibly strong shape, the scripts that we're working on for the upcoming season are fantastic, and the show is so popular globally. But the danger with this sort of thing is to let it go on forever."

He said the decision to wrap was made by him and Julian Fellowes (who created the series and has written every episode) in conjunction with the cast.

Asked about a rumored "Downton Abbey" feature film, Neame said, "It would be great fun to do," but added there so far are no plans in place, nor are there plans for a series spinoff.

The acclaimed, beloved and awards-showered drama has tracked the fates of the aristocratic Crawley clan and their servants amid the social upheavals of pre-First World War U.K. into the 1920s, as the characters of both upper and lower classes cope with their rapidly changing world.

Stars include Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith.

The series premiered on the U.K.'s ITV network in 2010, and on PBS' "Masterpiece" anthology in early 2011, inspired in part by the 2001 Robert Altman film, "Gosford Park" (written by Fellowes), and presented as a variation on the British classic "Upstairs, Downstairs."

"Let's not forget," said Neame, "when we set out to do this in the first place, we thought we would have a good success in the U.K. and that very traditional outlets for British content globally would be there."

But almost instantly "Downton Abbey" took on a life of its own.

"We did not know we would be in 250 territories worldwide," Neame said. "We didn't know we would be one of the biggest shows on American television. We would have been perfectly happy for it to run for three seasons, then end it."

In the U.K., it became the highest-rating drama of the past decade, with an average of 11 million viewers over its five seasons.

Season 5, which concluded in the U.S. earlier this month, drew an average audience of 12.9 million viewers.

"Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton called the series "a gift, a gift from the television gods."

She said it coincided with the 2009 rebranding of "Masterpiece," which, among many changes, led to dropping "Theatre" from its title.

"And along came 'Sherlock' and 'Downton' in the same season, and transformed us in many ways: drawing a giant audience, a new audience; helping pull in an underwriter; solidify our position with stations and donors to the station," Eaton said in a phone interview. "Then we created the Masterpiece Trust. So, a complete game-changer."

"Downton" also benefited from the shift in how TV is consumed, including binge viewing and the growth of social media that turned watching telecasts into group experiences, she said.

She was optimistic about life after "Downton." She noted that "Poldark" and "Indian Summers," in the "Downton" mode of extended British series, are coming to "Masterpiece."

"'Indian Summers' is even sexier" than 'Downton,'" she said. "And 'Poldark' has a death and a birth and money, and all the things you would expect."

And, for one more turn, there's "Downton Abbey."

Production of the upcoming 13-hour season is well underway, Neame said, but he kept mum on any details apart from saying all the current characters would be back and be given satisfying resolutions.

"We very much have an eye to where the characters will end up," he said. "What will become of poor Edith? Will Anna and Bates ever get a break? People want to know these things!"

While Neame acknowledged the temptation to carry on such a breakout success indefinitely, the series, he said, "has always been viewed by everyone involved as a bespoke, well-crafted piece of popular television."

The decision to call it quits was reached through a process of many conversations. But having now made the decision official, Neame said, meant "a very emotional day for all of the people involved in the show."

Explosion, collapse reported at apartment building in East Village

There has been an explosion and partial collapse at an apartment building in Manhattan Thursday.

The blast happened on Second Avenue at East 7th Street in the East Village around 3:15 p.m.

The FDNY was on the scene pouring water on a raging fire that ensued, shooting flames high into the sky and spreading to the neighboring building.

Charred rubble littered the sidewalk, and at least one person was seen being removed from the scene on a stretch.

The severity of the damage is unknown, but it appeared the building would be a total loss.

It is unclear how many people were hurt and the extent of the injuries.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Murdered Long Beach baby kidnapped for woman's fake pregnancy