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Man taken into custody after scaling Santa Ana water tower and refusing to come down

A man was taken into custody Tuesday after he scaled the historic 153-foot Santa Ana water tower and refused to come down for several hours, officials said.

Police and fire crews responded about 11:45 a.m. to the tower in the 1500 block of Penn Way after someone reported seeing the man climb a fence surrounding the property, Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

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Emaciated gray whale spotted swimming feet from Seal Beach coastline

An emaciated gray whale believed to be separated from its mother has been spotted off the Southern California coast in the last week, with the most recent sighting occurring Tuesday in Seal Beach, marine safety officials said.

The 18-foot whale was spotted four to five off the beach south of Seal Beach pier between 8 and 9 a.m., said Nick Bolin of the Seal Beach Marine Safety Office.

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'We are absolutely puzzled': Reward offered in case of missing woman

For Susan Park, the last six months have been torture.

Her daughter Elaine, 20, has been missing since Jan. 28, when she was last seen leaving her ex-boyfriend’s house in Calabasas.

On Feb. 2, her charcoal-gray 2015 Honda Civic was found in Malibu unlocked with the keys in the ignition and her belongings inside.

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L.A. looks to join fight against Trump administration over threats to withhold anti-crime funds for 'sanctuary' cities

The city of Los Angeles sought Tuesday to join a legal battle against President Trump’s Department of Justice over conditions requiring police to cooperate with immigration enforcement officials in order to qualify for anti-crime funding.

City Atty. Mike Feuer filed papers in U.S.

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Father of 2 dies from punch after he tried to stop a street brawl

When a fight erupted in downtown Riverside recently, Adam Valles “tried to play peacemaker” and got involved, police said.

Instead, the 28-year-old Bloomington resident soon found himself fighting for his life in a hospital, according to Officer Ryan Railsback, spokesman for Riverside Police Department.

Valles was punched in the head during the Aug.

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Plumas County resident accused of setting fire that threatened Gold Rush town

Authorities in Plumas County have arrested a 36-year-old Quincy resident on suspicion of starting several fires in the surrounding forest, including one blaze that threatened homes, officials said.

Jeffery Cameron Schmidt was taken into custody Sunday on suspicion of setting the Minerva fire on July 29 about three miles southwest of Quincy, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office said.

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