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    A man and woman were arrested in the stabbing death of a man in a Rose Bowl parking lot.

    Miguel Castaneda, 23, was charged with murder and held on $2 million bond. Valentina Rosales, 23, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and held on $1 million bond. 

    Arraignment is scheduled for Friday. 

    The victim, identified as Demetrio Tapia II, 22, was found dead late Monday in Parking Lot K along the loop around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, police said. Witnesses reported what sounded like a fight between at least two men before the stabbing. 

    Castaneda and Tapia apparently had a dispute on social media days before the confrontation, police said. They met in the parking lot to settle the argument and began fighting. 

    Details about the dispute were not immediately available.

    Tapia died at the scene due to stab wounds. 

    The loop around the historic football stadium is popular among runners and walkers, some of whom exercise late at night. Details about what led up to the confrontation were not available early Tuesday.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    A stabbing victim was found dead late Monday Oct. 1, 2018 near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.A stabbing victim was found dead late Monday Oct. 1, 2018 near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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    Chilly: Something that's on the cooler or brisk side.

    Chilling: Something that's spooky or prone to making the spine tingle.

    Salt & Straw's October Spooktacular series: A luscious line-up of ice cream flavors that can be described as both chilly, as ice cream is wont to be, and chilling, thanks to some of the offbeat ingredients and the treats' haunting names.

    Are you up for a dessert that has a dash of the dastard?

    Can you do a scoop of ice cream that, yes, has a touch of porcine blood in it?

    And how do you feel about real mealworms and crickets adding crunch to each soft spoonful you eat?

    These are the haunting questions you'll want to ponder as you head to your local Salt & Straw, starting on Friday, Oct. 5.

    For in addition to the started-in-Portland, now-all-over-(ish)-LA ice-creamery's classic roster of flavors, there are five frightful picks to order, if you dare.

    Essence of Ghost is making its return, and if you missed the "ghoulish grey sherbet combined with black cocoa ice cream for a bitter, sweet and slightly smoky finish," wail not; the wraith-themed dessert is back.

    Other tempting and lightly terrifying choices include Mummy's Pumpkin Spiced Potion, The Great Candycopia, Dracula's Blood Pudding (Yes, this is based on a "classic Italian-inspired blood pudding"), and Creepy Crawly Critters.

    That last flavor's name is not simply for show, nope. If you pick this flavor, you'll be enjoying "... matcha ice cream spiked with zesty orange + dark chocolate-covered crickets and coconut toffee brittle mealworms from Don Bugito," an edible insect outfit from Oakland.

    These weird scoops o' spooky sweetness won't haunt the scoop shops forever, so best float by a Salt & Straw, in Venice, the Arts District, or another local location, before October screams away.



    Photo Credit: Micah Fischer/Salt & Straw

    Creepy Crawly Critters, a seasonal ice cream flavor at Salt & Straw ice cream shops, really does, in reality, include critters that are sometimes described as both Creepy Crawly Critters, a seasonal ice cream flavor at Salt & Straw ice cream shops, really does, in reality, include critters that are sometimes described as both "creepy" and "crawly."

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    A Facebook vice president's public support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has set off an internal revolt in the company, sources told NBC News.

    Hundreds of employees have complained on message boards and in company emails about Joel Kaplan, vice president for global public policy, making a surprise appearance at Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. The two are longtime friends since they both served in President George W. Bush's White House.

    Some employees said it gave the impression Facebook backed Kavanaugh, and it prompted a company town hall to be scheduled for Friday.

    It's the latest controversy for the tech giant, which recently revealed the biggest data breach in its history and had the founders of Instagram leave the company amid frustrations with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.



    Photo Credit: Chesnot/Getty Images, File

    This May 23, 2018, file photo, Facebook Vice President of global public policy Joel Kaplan and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leave the French presidential palace in Paris after a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.This May 23, 2018, file photo, Facebook Vice President of global public policy Joel Kaplan and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leave the French presidential palace in Paris after a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.

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    When you think of castles in Southern California, you might think of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, or Hearst Castle in San Simeon, or perhaps the Magic Castle in Hollywood. But there are castle style buildings all around us in LA.

    They come in all sizes, from large hotels and apartment buildings to small cottages. They’re known as French Normandy Revival Architecture and their popularity here in LA was influenced by World War I, silent movies, and technological advances in construction.

    It started back east in the late 19th century. Americans (especially those coming into money for the first time) looked to Europe for guidance in taste. Castles that were hundreds of years old and still being used as residences were incredibly impressive. It wasn’t long before that look started showing up on our side of the Atlantic. One of the first examples in Los Angeles is still standing: the Frederick Hastings Rindge House in the West Adams neighborhood of LA.

    Over the years examples of these castle style mansions would be built around LA, but it wasn’t until the 1920’s that the style really took off. By then the movie industry had established itself in Southern California. The city was growing and new housing was needed. New building techniques allowed developers to add a thin veneer of stone or brick to the exterior of a wood framed building. This allowed fast, mass construction of homes and multi-dwelling apartments (perfect for creative young, single, men and women coming here to break into the movie industry).

    French Normandy was especially popular with people who had traveled to Europe (like veterans of the 1st World War). But other revival styles like Spanish, Mediterranean and English Tudor were also being built. Walking through a new neighbourhood might have felt like walking through a studio backlot as you passed French castles, English cottages, and Spanish haciendas.

    Eventually, the panache of the castle style started to fade. By the late 1920’s, architects stopped using French Normandy Revival as Mediterranean and Spanish Revival styles looked more at home on palm tree lined streets. But many of these beautiful classic buildings still survive and their popularity helped create one of the most popular landmarks in LA.

    So join our host, Bailey O’Carroll as we examine LA’s Love of Castles.

    Our great thanks to Crosby Doe of Crosby Doe Associates and architectureforsale.com for his help in telling this story.



    Photo Credit: Patrick Campbell

    The Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is an example of French Normandy Revival Architecture in Los Angeles.The Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is an example of French Normandy Revival Architecture in Los Angeles.

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    A craft show, the kind of event rife with handmade wooden boxes and gorgeous quilts and quirky toys, may occur on any date of the year.

    But autumn?

    It's a season that's pretty much Craft Show Time Central, and no other time of the year can hold a claim on that particular crown.

    Call it the nostalgic factor of fall, or the approaching holidays, or pin it on the cool-down weather: Craft shows turn up with all the regularity of leaves dropping from trees.

    Of course, leaves aren't quite dropping from trees just yet, around Southern California, but we can find a huge dose of fall-a-tude at the Ventura County Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7.

    That's when the Harvest Festival sets up sizable shop, and if you've been attending this traveling crafts-and-more extravaganza every year it has been around, then you've been going for an impressive 46 years, all told. 

    True, it has been visiting Ventura for 29 years, but it can trace its roots even further back.

    It's a biggie, and venerable, and oodled-out with stuff to see and purchase, thanks to the dozens upon dozens of booths selling pumpkin-y goodies, and stand-out photographs, and quirky necklaces, and all sorts of artisanal items, both for keeping for one's self and gifting at the holidays.

    There's food to nosh upon, too, to keep your craft-browsing energy up, and some autumn-sweet sights, like stilt-walkers or other entertainers.

    General admission? It's nine bucks.

    If you can't make Ventura over the first weekend in October, stay happy, craft fair fans: Del Mar and Pomona are both on the Harvest Festival's 2018 itinerary, with dates still to come.

    Plus? It's headed for NorCal, too. Get the details.



    Photo Credit: Harvest Festival

    The mondo craft festival arrives in Ventura over the first weekend of October. There are more California dates to come, too. Admission? It's $9.The mondo craft festival arrives in Ventura over the first weekend of October. There are more California dates to come, too. Admission? It's $9.

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    NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with complete coverage beginning right here.

    A jury has reached a verdict in the trial for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. 

    The verdict, which was reached nearly 24 hours after jurors began deliberating, is expected to be read at 1:45 p.m. CT.

    The long-awaited verdict comes nearly four years to the date after dashcam video showing the shooting shook the city and the nation, sparking massive protests and calls for justice. 

    Schools and businesses in the area began preparations, with some letting kids out of school and other enforcing security preparedness plans as they brace for the results. 

    September would have marked McDonald's 21st birthday. 

      Van Dyke was charged with six counts of first-degree murder more than a year after he shot the 17-year-old 16 times on the city's Southwest Side on Oct. 20, 2014. He entered a plea of not guilty. 

      Heading into his trial, four of the murder counts were dropped against Van Dyke, leaving him with two first-degree murder charges, 16 aggravated battery counts and one count of official misconduct. 

      In an unexpected announcement, prosecutors revealed in their closing statement to the jury Thursday that a lesser charge of second-degree murder could also be considered. 

        Van Dyke's attorneys maintain the Chicago officer was wrongly charged, saying he was acting within the law when he shot the teen, who at the time was an armed felon fleeing a crime scene. 

        In nearly three weeks of trial, the defense called 20 witnesses, including Van Dyke himself, to make their case that McDonald, a black teenager armed with a knife, posed a threat when Van Dyke, a white officer, opened fire on him.

        Prosecutors tried to highlight inconsistencies in Van Dyke's testimony, particularly in comparison with dashcam video of the shooting released in 2015, which was shown to the jury. 

        During the days-long trial, jurors also saw graphic autopsy images of the more than a dozen gunshot wounds on McDonald's body, video animation of the shooting from Van Dyke's point of view and video showing 16 gunshots in 14 seconds. 

        They heard testimony from several Chicago police officers who responded to the scene that night, witnesses who saw the shooting, experts on use of force and those who knew McDonald in his younger years. 

          Van Dyke has claimed he opened fire that night to protect himself and other officers. 

          The shooting and subsequent release of the video prompted massive protests across the city and catapulted Chicago into the national spotlight. In the aftermath, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent and voters ousted the Cook County state's attorney in the following primary election.

          The case also sparked an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice that found the Chicago Police Department engaged in systemic violation of civil rights for years. A new consent decree was put into place in September that promised reforms.

          Now, Van Dyke's fate rests in the hands of the eight women and four men on the jury. 

          RECAP OF THE TRIAL



                  Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune

                  Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the stand and testifies during his murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Antonio Perez/pool/Chicago Tribune)Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the stand and testifies during his murder trial at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (Antonio Perez/pool/Chicago Tribune)

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                  A homeless man and woman were attacked late Sunday with battery acid while sleeping at Devonwood Park in Mission Hills. 

                  According to LAPD, officers found the 35-year-old man with burns to his skin and the 42-year-old woman with chemical burns on her face and arms.

                  "The male stated he woke up to his female companion screaming in pain and running from where they were sleeping," Officer Tony Im told the Daily News.

                  The victims shared with police that this is not the first time they’ve been targeted.  During the past three weeks both have encountered two other attacks while sleeping at the same park, where they were drenched in gasoline and bleach.

                  Detective Donald Guzman told the Daily News that both victims were transferred to a hospital. The man was treated and released but the woman’s face will need surgery.

                  Police are in search of their attackers, if anyone has any information on the incident contact LAPD detectives at 818-838-9800.



                  Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

                  Devonwood Park in Mission Hills is pictured Friday Oct. 5, 2018.Devonwood Park in Mission Hills is pictured Friday Oct. 5, 2018.

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                  Get your phones ready! Be prepared to snap some spooky photo-worthy food, frights, monsters and mazes throughout Knott's Scary Farm.

                  Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

                  Get your phone's ready! Be prepared to snap some spooky photo-worthy food, frights, monsters and mazes throughout Knott's Scary Farm 2018.Get your phone's ready! Be prepared to snap some spooky photo-worthy food, frights, monsters and mazes throughout Knott's Scary Farm 2018.

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                  Magic, is well... magic.

                  Which means that when a wizard suddenly vanishes in a movie, or a cat flies in a fairy tale, we don't have to dig too deeply or diligently for the whys and wherefores, understanding, as we do, that we're enjoying something fanciful and fictional.

                  But on this mortal plane, in this prism of existence, there are way-cool happenings of the slightly eerie kind that happen to rock the scientific backing.

                  And introducing our young'uns to these sorts of mind-broadening, science-solid adventures can be as exciting as, well, a cat sprouting wings.

                  Where, though, to find neato, child-approved activities that are both Halloween-y and backed by provable ideas and techniques?

                  Why at the Discovery Cube OC, of course, which takes on a bit of a ghoulish vibe each October, thanks to "Spooky Science Presents: Monster Academy."

                  The overarching outlook? As kids "(b)ecome immersed" in the world of celebrated monsters, they'll journey through several experiments involving "reflection and fading, mixing potions, and getting creative in the light and electricity DIY Lab."

                  The names of some of the activity-packed areas intrigue: The BeWitchery and Bolton's Shock Lab are two spots your family will visit, but there are others. 

                  For example, can you assist a student vampire in finding his reflection in not just any mirror but an infinity mirror?

                  Neato stuff for the kid who digs education with an eerie-weird vibe. 

                  How to find all of this frightfully fun learning? At the Discovery Cube OC, in Santa Ana, from Oct. 6 through Oct. 31. 

                  How to nab a ticket? Your admission to the brain-building institution is all that's required for Monstery Academy entry.



                  Photo Credit: Discovery Cube OC

                  Spooky Science Presents: Monster Academy at the Discovery Cube OC from Oct. 6 through 31, 2018.Spooky Science Presents: Monster Academy at the Discovery Cube OC from Oct. 6 through 31, 2018.

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                  Twenty Pasadena residents have been confirmed to have typhus fever in 2018, a significant increase over past years, according to the city's health department.

                  Confirmed cases of the disease, spread to humans by infected fleas, normally number about one to five per year, the agency said Friday. The announcement comes a day after the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said it is investigating an outbreak of flea-borne typhus among downtown Los Angeles' homeless population. 

                  Fleas infected with typhus primarily come from feral cats, rats and opossums. Infected people can experience high fever, chills, headaches and rash.

                  Animals do not get sick from typhus.

                  "Typhus fever is a disease that can cause serious complications requiring lengthy hospitalization, and rarely, death," said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Pasadena Health Officer. "All residents should to take steps to prevent fleas in and around the home."

                  Preventing Typhus

                   

                  • Practice safe flea control by using control products on your pets.
                  • When outside, wear pants tucked into socks or boots. Spray insect repellent with DEET on socks and pant cuffs.
                  • Don't touch wild animals, especially opossums, rats, and stray or feral cats.
                  • Store your trash in cans with secure lids to avoid attracting animals.
                  • Get rid of places where rats and stray animals sleep, hide, or find food, like crawl spaces, attics, or under decks. Protect yourself by wearing gloves and a mask when cleaning these areas. Wash your hands when done.

                   

                  Click here for more about typhus.



                  Photo Credit: San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

                  This graphic from the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District shows the transmission cycle of typhus.This graphic from the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District shows the transmission cycle of typhus.

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                  Obviously, you wouldn't dare arrive at Halloween Horror Nights in a fully monstrous outfit.

                  Because other visitors at the annual Universal Studios Hollywood scare-tacular would surely expect that you might be one of the resident ghoulies, and you're not there to frighten people all night long.

                  Rather, you're there to enjoy the frights yourself. Truth? Yes. Also? Costumes aren't permitted, so that's that.

                  And yet?

                  The notion of sauntering into the Universal City-based theme park looking just a touch strange, and perhaps a bit vampiric, does appeal. You want to have an aura, and enjoy the atmosphere of the eek-filled night, and some cosmetics might up the creepy factor.

                  Best book an appointment at Sephora, on Universal CityWalk, then, for your complimentary "Ghoulish Glam" makeover.

                  These 15-minute touch-ups are only a tad terrifying, and they come in two versions: "Vampire's Kiss" and "Sinfully Smokey."

                  Indeed, the "Vampire's Kiss" has something of a vampy lip look, while "Sinfully Smokey" highlights the eyes, and one eye in particular, making it eerily offbeat.

                  As mentioned, these are complimentary during the run of Halloween Horror Nights, which is happening just a short stroll from the CityWalk Sephora. With that in mind, you'll want to book your appointment ahead of time, as people will snap these "spooky-me-up" slots up, for sure.

                  Halloween Horror Nights has over a month to go still for 2018, over select nights through Nov. 3, so nab your ticket to the mondo monster maze experience.

                  And best book your Sephora sit-down via the cosmetic company's site, faster than you can say the word "vampire."

                  Universal Studios and NBC-owned TV stations operate under the same parent company NBC Universal.



                  Photo Credit: Shutterstock

                  Heading for Halloween Horror Nights? Sit down at the CityWalk Sephora for a 15-minute makeover that's a touch spooky.Heading for Halloween Horror Nights? Sit down at the CityWalk Sephora for a 15-minute makeover that's a touch spooky.

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                  Corona police were seeking the public's help to two men who assaulted a woman in her home before making off with jewelry, officials said. The incident happened Thursday when a man knocked on the front door of a home in the 1400 block of J.T. Eisley in Corona, officials said in a news release. The homeowner didn't recognize the man so she did not answer the door. Within minutes she heard noises in her kitchen. The men took off in a silver Mercedes.


                  Two men are being sought in a robbery in Corona on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.Two men are being sought in a robbery in Corona on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

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                  Ace in the hole. 

                  Clayton Kershaw threw eight shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NLDS series on Friday night.

                  Kershaw allowed a leadoff double to Ronald Acuña Jr, but worked his way out of the inning to keep the Braves off the board in the first. 

                  After Acuña Jr.'s double, Kershaw retired the next 14 consecutive batters he faced, surrendering just two hits without a walk and three strikeouts through seven innings scoreless innings.

                  After being named the Game 1 starter for the last five years, Kershaw took the mound with something to prove after the team opted to start Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game One on Thursday.

                  Regardless of how you felt about the decision to start Ryu over Kershaw, the results speak for themselves as both pitchers dominated the Braves lineup with back-to-back shutouts in Games 1 and 2.

                  According to Stats LLC., the only other team to get shutout in their first two postseason games of a series was the 1921 New York Giants against the New York Yankees in the World Series. The Giants went on to win that series in seven games.

                  Manny Machado put the Dodgers on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. 

                  The two-run blast was Machado's first as a Dodger in the postseason and just the second of his career (2012 against the New York Yankees).

                  Yasmani Grandal extended the lead with a solo shot off Braves starter Anibal Sanchez in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. 

                  Sanchez was no match for Kershaw as the 34-year-old allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts in four and 2/3 innings.

                  The Dodgers will look to sweep the series on Sunday in Atlanta. 

                  Up Next:

                  Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler will start in Game 3 on Sunday opposite right-hander Kevin Gausman at 5:07PM PT at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. 

                  Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions… 

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                  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after retiring the side during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after retiring the side during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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                  Heralding something as "very good"? 

                  Chances are you truly enjoyed whatever you're talking about, be it a meal, a trip, a movie, or an event.

                  Calling something "very gourd"?

                  Chances are you're talking about something squashy, a seed-filled festivity, the sort of orange 'n globular happening that rolls our way in the fall.

                  You are, in short, discussing pumpkins, and the October-wondrous pumpkin festivals that pop up across our region.

                  And among the "very gourd" gatherings is the one in Pomona each year. It's the Pumpkin Festival at AGRIscapes, at Cal Poly Pomona, and while the big weekend-long lark does include several festival-style touchstones, the pumpkin patch will continue to stay open for a few weeks after the fest ends.

                  That's very gourd, indeed.

                  The festival dates?

                  Be there on Saturday, Oct. 6 and Sunday, Oct. 7 for a host of jack o'lovely to-dos, from the petting farm, to the insect fair, to the entertainment, to the hay rides, to the chance to snag any pumpkin in the patch for five bucks.

                  That's a very gourd deal, no doubt about it.

                  Also terrific? The cost to enter is five bucks at the gate, for an adult, and four dollars for a child. And keeping the gourd vibes flowing is the fact that the patch will remain open, Oct. 9 through 31, if you can't make it out to festival.

                  Well, it is closed on Mondays, so do keep that in mind. Also nice to keep in mind? There's no admission required from Oct. 9-31, though some activities may cost.

                  The family favorite has been around for just over a quarter century now, and "thousands of pumpkins" have gone home with happy visitors.

                  Interesting tidbit? Some 40,000 pumpkins "are grown for the event" by the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture.

                  We'll call that very gourd, too.

                  Find out more about this agra-amazing must-do, a Pomona party with a distinctly autumnal atmosphere, and oodles of country fair air.

                  Details and times and other stuff and all the very gourd goings-on? 

                  Right here, Pomona-loving pumpkin people who enjoy a gourd time out in a long-running patch.



                  Photo Credit: Pumpkin patch

                  Cal Poly's Pumpkin Festival delivers the squashy sights on Oct. 6 and 7. Then the pumpkin patch continues to hold Halloween-y court from Oct. 9 through 31 (closed Mondays).Cal Poly's Pumpkin Festival delivers the squashy sights on Oct. 6 and 7. Then the pumpkin patch continues to hold Halloween-y court from Oct. 9 through 31 (closed Mondays).

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                  Police were pursuing a vehicle in the San Gabriel Valley area Friday night. 

                  Eliana Moreno and Newschopper Alpha were overhead when the chase began at around 10:40 p.m. as an Audi was moving south bound on the 605 freeway in Asuza.

                  Police said the vehicle was going 100 mph and the suspect is possibly armed and dangerous. 

                  The chase ended at around 11:12 p.m. on the 900 block of Alameda Avenue when the suspect and passenger seemed to surrended to officers. 

                  Upon arresting the suspects, police found two children in the back of the car.

                  Refresh this page for updates.


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                  A pumpkin? Spoiler alert: It's generally on the large-ish size, as fruits go.

                  A kernel of corn? We can call that notably smaller than a pumpkin, given that the wee yellow orbs are able to easily sit upon the palm of one's hand.

                  A lemon or an orange? Both are somewhere between the two aforementioned favorites, as far as girth and weight go.

                  And while you might associate Santa Paula's historic Limoneira Ranch with the citrus fruits, it does have a way of going in a different direction each fall, when pumpkins and kernels of corn outnumber the sunshine fruits of summertime.

                  That's when the annual Pumpkin Patch opens at the sizable spread, delivering fall-fun family pleasures via a host of activities.

                  The principal pursuit, for many visitors? Picking out a pumpkin, of course, or snapping those all-important baby photographs in the pretty patch.

                  But there will be other activities at the 2018 Limoneira Ranch Pumpkin Patch, including the five-acre Corn Maize.

                  That's ten bucks to enter, do note, so you'll want to have some extra cash if you feel like wending your way through some tall stalks.

                  It's practically a rite of fall, really.

                  Be sure to also make time for face painting, climbing the hay barrel pyramid, visiting with animals, and, yes, standing in amazement before the gourd-hurtling Pumpkin Chucker.

                  Some to-dos do cost, so check the web site before toodling for the agra-lovely Santa Paula ranch.

                  The dates for all of this a-maze-ing autumn splendor? Every weekend in October, so make plans for a Saturday or Sunday adventure, starting on Oct. 6.

                  It's true that Limoneira Ranch is very much about citrus, typically, but we're now in the zone when bigger goodies (pumpkins) and smaller kernels (corn) hold celebratory sway on the property.



                  Photo Credit: Getty Images

                  Enjoy wandering about the five-acre Corn Maize at this Santa Paula destination. It opens for the season on Saturday, Oct. 6. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)Enjoy wandering about the five-acre Corn Maize at this Santa Paula destination. It opens for the season on Saturday, Oct. 6. (Photo by Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

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                  A Long Beach neighborhood woke up on high alert on Saturday because of high tides that were expected to potentially threaten homes. Crews worked through the night building sand berms along the coast to protect the beachfront houses. Tides that were expected to peak at around 8 a.m.

                  Tides breached the berms on Friday, coming within feet of homes that line the beach. Long Beach city crews used bulldozers to prevent the breached water from reaching the homes.


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                  Major Douglass Rauschelbach of the US Marine Corps surprised his wife and kids with a special message at the Kings' home opener before giving them an even bigger surprise: He was home from his deployment in the Middle East. 


                  Major Douglass Rauschelbach of the US Marine Corps surprised his wife and kids at the LA Kings home opener on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.Major Douglass Rauschelbach of the US Marine Corps surprised his wife and kids at the LA Kings home opener on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

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                  Wristbands that will grant residents access to an upcoming free medical clinic will be distributed by Care Harbor on Saturday and Sunday.

                  The wristbands are available to everyone and will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. On Saturday, the wristbands can be picked up at Ted Watkins Park Fieldhouse. Distribution on Sunday will take place at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. The event starts at 10 a.m. on both days.

                  People who receive a wristband have the right to attend the free clinic, which will offer free medical, dental, vision and preventative care. The clinic will be held from Oct. 13-15 at The Reef Exposition Hall.

                  Wristbands will only be given to patients who will attend the clinic. They can't be transferred. Caregivers for the elderly, or parents who wish to bring their children may collect a wristband on their behalf, but must accompany them to the clinic the following weekend.


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                  The question of "where do you want to meet?," when deciding to cycle or stroll with a pal, can be a tricky one, involving the time of day, potential places for snacks or beverages, and the general vibe of the path you want to take.

                  But it is a question that gets rather easier when there's an open streets event ahead, and it happens to be one that's but a block or two from the beach, and it happens to be one that is going to occur on a not-hot, not-cold fall Sunday.

                  The Sunday we speak of is Oct. 7, 2018, and the beach-close blocks stretch out along sizable portions of Ocean Avenue, Colorado Boulevard, and Main Street in Santa Monica.

                  It's the COAST Open Streets Event presented by Metro, and it is celebrating "Art, Sustainability + Mobility" as well as that authentic community spirit that arises from such happenings.

                  Price? Prepare to feel a grateful zing: It's free, in the tradition of open-streets-y celebrations.

                  The hours? Ten o'clock is the start time, 4 p.m. is when it all bye-byes, and you're welcome to show up at any point of that six-hour run, at any point of the route, to savor being in a totally car-less street.

                  Cycling, skating, and sauntering are encouraged, but if you want to cartwheel for awhile, why not?

                  You do you.

                  Do pause, though, now and then, to admire the "large-scale art installations and activities," and if you spy a food truck, or a local restaurant you love, stop in, order, pay, and nosh, all to keep your forward-movement on the go, go, go.

                  Interactive percussion, The One Hundred Foot Table (a spot to "make connections" with artists), and other whimsical sights will festoon the breezy, come-one, come-all bash.

                  Winter will be here soon, and while we're a drift-less metropolis, and generally light on the snow scene, major outdoor events like this one tend to press the pause button for a few months.

                  So soak in the last of summer now, on a cool autumn day, along a trio of great Santa Monica byways.



                  Photo Credit: Kristina Sado

                  Stroll or cycle along two miles of vehicle-free streets on Sunday, Oct. 7.Stroll or cycle along two miles of vehicle-free streets on Sunday, Oct. 7.

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