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Rain expected this week may hamper Montecito and 101 cleanup efforts

Rain expected later this week could hamper the cleanup process for crews trying to remove tons of debris and mud from Montecito and surrounding areas, after mud flows killed 20 people and destroyed more than 100 homes last week. The area is far from recovered from last week’s deluge. Officials...

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  • Glendale vehicle pursuit that ended in L.A. nets two arrests

    Glendale vehicle pursuit that ended in L.A. nets two arrests

    Two men who allegedly took Glendale police on a vehicle chase that ended in downtown Los Angeles over the holiday weekend are currently out on bail, authorities say. Officers with the Glendale Police Department responded to a possible residential burglary at around 8 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block...

  • Fountain Valley Councilman McCurdy resigns; steps on replacement undecided

    Fountain Valley Councilman McCurdy resigns; steps on replacement undecided

    Fountain Valley City Councilman Mark McCurdy has resigned, the city said. McCurdy informed City Manager Rob Houston of his resignation in an email, according to a statement posted Monday on the city’s website. “At this time, I find it necessary to secure employment outside the area, and having...

  • Man sought in 7-Eleven robbery in Costa Mesa

    Man sought in 7-Eleven robbery in Costa Mesa

    Police are searching for a man suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven in Costa Mesa early Monday. A man with a black bandanna covering his face entered the store at 2683 Harbor Blvd. at about 2 a.m., said police Sgt. Mike Manson. The man told the clerk he had a weapon and demanded cash. He fled on foot...

  • Ontario youth pastor arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

    Ontario youth pastor arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

    Police are searching for more victims who they say may have been sexually abused by Gerardo Custodio Jr, a 30-year-old youth pastor in Ontario who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors. Two women reported that the youth pastor of their church, Iglesia La Familia De Dios, sexually...

  • On the Town: Many local residents celebrate Armenian Christmas

    While the past two weeks are a time for most people to decompress, take down and pack away decorations, and get back on track with their lives and diets following the holiday celebrations, those in the local Armenian community are still in the full throes of Christmas celebrations. Although most...

  • 101 Freeway is expected to reopen in a week as search for mudslide victims continues

    101 Freeway is expected to reopen in a week as search for mudslide victims continues

    As the search continued for more victims of the Montecito mudslides, officials said they hoped to have the 101 Freeway opened by next Monday. The freeway, a key north-south route in California, was transformed into a muddy, debris-filled river by the deadly mudslides. Officials have spent the last...

  • Hundreds gather at Orange County synagogue to mourn slain college student Blaze Bernstein

    Hundreds gather at Orange County synagogue to mourn slain college student Blaze Bernstein

    Blaze Bernstein was on winter break and visiting his parents in Lake Forest when they proudly explained that his namesake was Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century child prodigy who went on to become a mathematician, inventor and master of prose. The 19-year-old pre-med student at the University of Pennsylvania...

  • Inmate missing from Chino prison

    Inmate missing from Chino prison

    Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a Southern California prison. State prison officials say Michael Garrett was unaccounted for during a Sunday night count at the California Institution for Men in Chino, east of Los Angeles. An emergency search was conducted of the facility,...

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  • Sheriff's detectives investigating triple homicide in Palmdale

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating a triple homicide in Palmdale, authorities said Sunday. Deputies discovered three bodies while conducting a welfare check at a home in the 11 block of Avenue N-12 about 4 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department....

  • High School Roundup: Edison’s Palacio, Williams place at Battle for the Belt

    High School Roundup: Edison’s Palacio, Williams place at Battle for the Belt

    Edison High senior wrestlers Elijah Palacio and Jared Williams medaled on Saturday in the Battle for the Belt at Temecula Valley High. Palacio took fourth at 132 pounds after recording two pins and two major decisions to advance to the championship semifinals. The Calvary Chapel transfer was dropped...

  • Trio of locals medal in Five Counties Tournament

    Trio of locals medal in Five Counties Tournament

    A changing of the guard has taken place at Fountain Valley High. As host of the prestigious Five Counties wrestling tournament, the Barons feel obligated to put on a show when many of the sports’ elites turn up on campus. Fountain Valley supplied two of the three locals that placed in the tournament,...

  • Community donation efforts begin to help Montecito mudslide victims

    Community donation efforts begin to help Montecito mudslide victims

    Days after post-fire mudslides killed 19 people in Montecito, organizations have begun to raise money to help those most affected by the disaster. Real estate tycoon Rick Caruso, who is building a beach-side hotel in the area, has partnered with the American Red Cross, donating $250,000. Caruso...

  • Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Morrell creating more goals for Edison

    Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Morrell creating more goals for Edison

    Jack Morrell’s harshest critics used to be his parents, which in and of itself is not unusual. The difference is that, in terms of soccer, the Edison High senior knew that his mother Rachel and father Brandon knew what they were talking about. Both played collegiate soccer at California Lutheran...

  • Towgood happy to take over at Marina

    Towgood happy to take over at Marina

    Tamara Towgood had no doubt she’d return to Southern California after graduating from the University of Hawaii in 2013. “I’m a Southern California girl,” said Towgood, who graduated from Edison High in 2009. “I love the sunshine.” Towgood actually came all the way back to Huntington Beach, where...

  • ‘Light Beam’ shines on Laguna Beach City Hall

    ‘Light Beam’ shines on Laguna Beach City Hall

    Crews on Saturday put the finishing touches on a colorful sculpture that will greet visitors to Laguna Beach City Hall for the next few months. On Friday, workers placed 12-foot-tall aluminum circles, partially wrapped in fabric of varying colors, on the facility’s front lawn at 505 Forest Ave....

  • Newport Beach’s Gunter finishes an equal-13th at World Junior Championship

    Newport Beach’s Gunter finishes an equal-13th at World Junior Championship

    You could see the disappointment on Tyler Gunter’s face, all the way on the other side of the world. Gunter, from Newport Beach, has been in Australia for the Jeep World Junior Championship, which is the world championship for 18-and-under surfers. Only 36 surfers qualify for the contest after...

  • Arson suspects sought in Pasadena church fire

    Arson suspects sought in Pasadena church fire

    Authorities are searching for those responsible for vandalizing a 129-year-old Pasadena church early Saturday and setting it on fire. The fire was reported at about 2:20 a.m. at the Church of the Angels at 1100 N. Avenue 64, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman with the Pasadena Fire Department....

  • Essential California: Remembering the victims of Montecito's mudslides

    Essential California: Remembering the victims of Montecito's mudslides

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Jan. 13. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Their stories: The 17 victims identified in the Montecito mudslides were children and retirees, immigrants and longtime residents, united by the...

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  • Sports Roundup: Glendale girls’ basketball edges Pasadena for key win

    GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Glendale 49, Pasadena 45: Jillian Yanai finished with 13 points, six rebounds and four assists Friday to lift the host Nitros to a Pacific League win. Glendale (12-7, 4-1 in league) received 15 points from Meri Chebishian and 12 from Mark Markaryan. Flintridge Prep 57, Rio Hondo...

  • Crescenta Valley girls' basketball outlasts Burroughs in OT

    Crescenta Valley girls' basketball outlasts Burroughs in OT

    BURBANK — With two key players missing because of illness and three players fouled out, the Crescenta Valley High girls’ basketball team was looking for a spark. It found that in Georgina Kregorian. Playing against Burroughs on Friday in Pacific League action, the Falcons squandered an 11-point...

  • Sage Hill girls’ soccer blanked by rival St. Margaret’s

    Sage Hill girls’ soccer blanked by rival St. Margaret’s

    St. Margaret’s girls’ soccer coach Johnny Marmelstein fancies the Tartans as a second-half team this season, but it has little to do with the effort of his players. Rather, it’s the amount of pressure that St. Margaret’s puts on opponents, who may be able to hold that pressure off for a half before...

  • Bench makes mark for Sage Hill in rout of St. Margaret’s

    Bench makes mark for Sage Hill in rout of St. Margaret’s

    In close, meaningful games, coaches often choose to shorten their bench. It is nice to know, however, that one has the option to go to others when needed. Sage Hill School’s girls’ basketball team was in control from the start, and the second unit got extended run in the Lightning’s 53-25 victory...

  • Crescenta Valley boys' soccer wins big in physical match against Burroughs

    Crescenta Valley boys' soccer wins big in physical match against Burroughs

    LA CRESCENTA — The play was physical, the match was contentious and tempers flared time and time again. Friday afternoon’s Pacific League boys’ soccer contest pitting host Crescenta Valley and Burroughs high’s featured physical play that resulted in three red cards and five yellow cards. Things...

  • Newport Harbor boys’ soccer pulls off Sunset League upset at Edison

    Newport Harbor High romped through the first half of the Sunset League boys’ soccer season last year with five road wins, and then “the bottom dropped out,” as head coach Ali Khosroshahin puts it, with five straight losses knocking the Sailors down to third place. They're adamant that won't happen...

  • Burbank shifts into cleanup mode for hillside community hit by heavy rainstorm

    Burbank shifts into cleanup mode for hillside community hit by heavy rainstorm

    As soon as the deluge of water and mud had subsided enough on Country Club Drive, city and county crews got to work Tuesday on cleaning and repairing the battered Burbank neighborhood. The area had become inundated with water and mud over the course of the storm that hit the Southland Monday. The...

  • Costa Mesa wrestling wins tightly-contest Battle for the Bell at Estancia

    Jimi Welsher (132 pounds), Edward Ramirez (145) and Bengie Mendez (170) had pins, and visiting Costa Mesa High defeated Estancia 36-32 in the Battle for the Bell wrestling rivalry on Thursday night. In addition to the in-city rivalry, Laguna Beach joined the festivities to make it an Orange Coast...

  • Mesa Verde Classic to raise money for Costa Mesa youth athletics

    In an effort to raise money for Costa Mesa United, the 14th annual Mesa Verde Classic golf tournament will take place on Monday at Mesa Verde Country Club. The 18-hole charity event will have a Margaritaville theme, with local businesses, restaurants and bars in attendance. There will also be live...

  • Crossings development is back on the Fountain Valley council agenda

    Crossings development is back on the Fountain Valley council agenda

    The Fountain Valley Crossings rezoning plan is coming back before the City Council. The council will discuss the plan during its Tuesday afternoon study session. The council last considered the plan in June 2017, when it postponed a vote on the Crossings environmental report to allow more public...

  • Newport-Mesa teachers union reflects on 50 years of solidarity

    Newport-Mesa teachers union reflects on 50 years of solidarity

    The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers is marking its 50th anniversary this school year. The teachers union plans to host a celebration dinner in late spring. Members will also recognize the milestone by attending the California Federation of Teachers convention at the Hilton Orange County in...

  • Empowerment panel spotlights leadership barriers, successes for women

    Four local women who’ve experienced success in a variety of male-dominated professions took part in a discussion Wednesday as part of the inaugural “EmpowHER” panel for women’s leadership and networking at the Brand Library and Art Center. The panelists were Clare Ceplecha, senior fiduciary adviser...

  • L.A. 'swatting' suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting

    L.A. 'swatting' suspect charged with manslaughter in Kansas over hoax call that led to fatal police shooting

    The Los Angeles man at the center of what is believed to be the first fatal “swatting” incident in the U.S. has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a hoax phone call that led to a deadly shooting in Kansas, records show. Tyler Rai Barriss, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter...

  • Around Town: OC fairgrounds wins 19 Western Fairs Assn. awards

    Around Town: OC fairgrounds wins 19 Western Fairs Assn. awards

    The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa recently won 19 industry awards from the Western Fairs Assn. Five were first-place recognitions in fields such as photography, technology innovation and volunteer programs. Most prizes were specific to the 2017 OC Fair. “It is very special to be honored...

  • Youths get to enjoy an evening of dancing, fun at Renal Teen Prom

    Youths get to enjoy an evening of dancing, fun at Renal Teen Prom

    Hundreds of teens battling kidney disease will gather Sunday at the Glendale Hilton for an annual prom created to give them an opportunity to make merry and potentially offer support and guidance to one another. Organizer Lori Hartwell missed her own senior prom at Herbert Hoover High School because...

  • Burbank seeks to write joint letter with airport authority regarding NextGen

    After receiving several complaints from residents, the Burbank City Council is looking to send a joint letter with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to voice concerns about the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest transportation system, which some residents say is increasing noise...

  • Huntington Beach council looks to create airport issues group

    Huntington Beach council looks to create airport issues group

    The Huntington Beach City Council will consider creating a special task force Tuesday to look into airplane- and airport-related issues. Goals include establishing a dialogue with local airport and federal officials, enlisting community involvement and providing the city with ongoing updates. The...

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