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- 10/24/18--06:00: Meet Sherlock, LA County's New K9 With a Nose for Fighting Crime
- 10/24/18--12:29: Dodger Stadium Is All Gussied Up for the World Series
- 10/24/18--11:56: Robert Redford Lists His Napa Valley Home for $7.5M: Report
- 10/24/18--11:26: The Spooky and Scary: SoCal Homes Decorate for Halloween
- 10/24/18--16:10: A Look Inside Robert Redford's $7.5 Million Napa Valley Home
- 10/24/18--15:46: Boo!-nion Station to Deliver Two Days of Free Family Fun
- 10/24/18--17:41: Vending Machines Are Giving Out Free Dodgers Swag
- 10/24/18--16:53: Adidas is Giving Out Free Gear During World Series
- 10/24/18--17:17: LAPD Commander Alleges False Arrest in Glendale
- 10/24/18--17:34: Trump Calls for Unity, Points Finger at Media at Rally
- 10/24/18--18:25: 18 Immigrants Found in Refrigerated Semi-Trailer
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Los Angeles police announced arrests Wednesday in a string of 19 burglaries in which the suspect reaching in through windows and grabbed items.
Four people were arrest in connection with the crimes, which began in August and occurred while the victims were at home in communities bordering downtown Los Angeles. In one case, a woman woke up to see an arm reaching through her window.
Items stolen included electronics, cash and jewelry. One victims said she had just dozed off in the living room when she noticed an arm reaching through the window.
"He took the screen off, put his arm right through the window and then I woke up," said Alexandra Jonas. "I started screaming, he ran and that was it."
Detectives also seized multiple weapons when they made the arrests.
This page will be updated with details.
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Four suspects were arrested in a series of burglaries in communities around downtown Los Angeles.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government would "spare no resources or expense" in protecting "the safety of the American people" in response to reports of apparent explosive devices being mailed, delivered and addressed to various prominent Democrats at government buildings, personal residences and media outlets in New York, Washington and Florida.
"The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority," Trump said in remarks from the White House Wednesday afternoon. "We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. I just want to tell you in these times, we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America."
Trump said he had been briefed by the FBI, the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service, who are conducting a "major federal investigation" into the packages' origins.
"It’s a very bipartisan statement I can tell you from both sides," Trump said. "We both agree on that. This egregious conduct is abhorrent to everything we hold dear and sacred as Americans."
Trump has frequently used his political rallies as an opportunity to launch rhetorical attacks on his political rivals and on news media — including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and CNN, who were all targeted by the senders of the explosives. Some have called him out for using his language to incite, directly or indirectly, acts of violence by his supporters against his opposition.
CNN President Jeff Zucker released a statement accusing the White House of "a total and complete lack of understanding...about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media."
"The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have no comprehension of that," he said.
Outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona has been one of the rare GOP lawmakers to speak critically of the president. He told MSNBC Wednesday that if crowds at his rallies start in with the familiar anti-Hillary Clinton chants of "Lock her up," Trump should stop them.
If Trump "doesn’t say hey that’s inappropriate, don’t do that, or if he is talking about a journalist that's been beat up and that's okay, I mean, that's wrong," Flake said, also referencing Trump's endorsement of GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte's body-slamming of a Guardian reporter, for which the Montana congressman was charged and pleaded guilty. Flake said Trump "needs to follow up what he said with actions. And if he models that kind of behavior, it helps the rest of the politicians as well."
Flake said the president's initial statement Wednesday on the explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats and CNN was "great."
The packages that appeared to be targeting former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, CNN's New York offices, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, Eric Holder and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, were sent to various locations this week, appeared to contain live explosive devices and appear to be linked, law enforcement sources told NBC New York.
Earlier Wednesday, political figures from both major parties took to social media to condemn politically driven violence.
At a campaign rally for a congressional candidate in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Vice President Mike Pence condemned the attempted mail bombings.
“These cowardly acts are despicable and have no place in American society,” Pence said.
Trump also retweeted a tweet by Pence where the vice president thanked law enforcement members for their fast response.
"I whole heartedly agree!" Trump wrote.
“I stand with all Americans in condemning today’s attempted acts of domestic terrorism," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "As we continue to learn more, Americans are united in gratitude for the first responders — the Secret Service, the Postal Service, and other law enforcement — who protect our leaders and public figures from such unconscionable acts.”
House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also commended the "heroism of America’s first responders" and urged for unity in the face if terrorism in a Wednesday afternoon tweet.
"The goal of terrorists is to instill fear," Pelosi added in the tweet. "We will not allow them to diminish our commitment to building a brighter future for communities across America."
Packages addressed to Clinton's home in a New York City suburb and Obama's in Washington, D.C., were intercepted during mail checks. Authorities said the Clintons and Obamas were not at risk of receiving the packages.
At a campaign event in Coral Gables, Florida, Wednesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton thanked the people who stopped the packaging from reaching her Chappaqua home.
"We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home," Clinton said. "But it is a troubling time, isn’t it, and it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring out country together."
Another package sent to CNN offices at Time Warner Center in New York City was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan, who is now an analyst for MSNBC. The package got as far as the mailroom before CNN employees were evacuated.
Another package that was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder had the wrong address and was sent to the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., which was the return address listed, NBC News reported.
Later, Congressional leadership sources confirmed to NBC News that a suspicious device intercepted at a mail processing facility for the U.S. Capitol was addressed to California Rep. Maxine Waters. That device's nature, and possible connection to the others, was not immediately clear.
"I have been informed by U.S. Capitol Police that my Washington, DC office was the target of a suspicious package that has been referred to the FBI," Waters said in a statement. "I am appreciative of the law enforcement entities who intercepted the package and are investigating this matter. I unequivocally condemn any and all acts of violence and terror."
"Those behind such reprehensible acts must be brought to justice," House Speaker Paul Ryan said. "We cannot tolerate any attempt to terrorize public figures."
Ted Cruz, Texas’ U.S. Senate candidate, called the possible mail bombs “deeply, deeply disturbing.”
“Violence is never OK,” Cruz wrote. “America is better than this. Political disagreements are fine, even healthy, but we should always be civil and respect each other’s humanity.”
The comment came after Cruz joked Tuesday night during a campaign event that his political opponent running for U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke, should be in jail with Hillary Clinton.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., called the devices acts of terror.
Last June, Scalise was among four people shot at the Annual Congressional Baseball Hearing for Charity by a man who specifically targeted Republicans out of hatred for President Donald Trump.
“Those responsible for these evil acts of terror must be hunted down and brought to justice, and I have great confidence that our law enforcement officers will succeed in that mission,” Scalise tweeted. “As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal.”
First lady Melania Trump, who spoke directly before the president at the Wednesday afternoon press conference on the opioid crisis, said she "strongly condemn[s] all who choose violence."
"We cannot tolerate those cowardly attacks," Mrs. Trump said. "I'm grateful to the Secret Service as well as the local and federal law enforcement for all they do on a daily basis to keep us safe and encourage people across the country which is kindness over hatred."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said his Manhattan office received a suspicious package, though law enforcement later determined was not at all linked to the others. A senior law enforcement official told NBC New York the item was a threatening letter, not a device, that referenced the Proud Boys street brawl from earlier this month. There was no explosive, the official said.
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Officers watch over the scene outside the Time Warner Center on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in New York. Law enforcement officials say a suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of CNN's offices is believed to contain a pipe bomb.
Three members of a Southern California-based white supremacist group face federal conspiracy charges in attacks on counter-protesters at political events across the country, including the rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Robert Boman, 25, of Torrance, Tyler Laube, 22, of Redondo Beach, and Robert Paul Rundo, 28, of Huntington Beach, were arrested without incident early Wednesday in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. A fourth suspect, Aaron Eason, 38, of the Riverside County community of Anza, was being sought, officials said.
The suspects are accused of sparking violence in Berkeley, Huntington Beach, San Bernardino and Virginia in 2017, according to a federal criminal complaint.
"Every American has a right to peacefully organize, march and protest in support of their beliefs – but no one has the right to violently assault their political opponents," said U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna in a statement. "The allegations describe an orchestrated effort to squelch free speech as members of the conspiracy travelled to multiple locations to attack those who hold different views. This case demonstrates our commitment to preserve and protect the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution."
The men are accused of going online and coordinating combat training to prepare for the events, arranging travel, and celebrating their actions to recruit members for future events, court documents said.
RAM was formed in the winter of 2016-2017 by several founding members, including Rundo and Ben Daley, prosecutors said.
Rundo allegedly traveled with Daley to Germany, Ukraine, and Italy to celebrate Adolf Hitler's birthday and meet with members of European white supremacy extremist groups, court documents said.
RAM represents itself, through videos and other public online posts, as a combat-ready, militant group of a new nationalist white supremacy/identity movement, prosecutors said.
The case is connected to one earlier this month that charges four other California RAM members with violent fights at a torch-lit march at the University of Virginia and Unite the Right Rally in August 2017.
The four defendants -- Benjamin Drake Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach, Thomas Walter Gillen, 24, of Redondo Beach, Michael Paul Miselis, 29, of Lawndale, and Cole Evan White, 24, of Clayton, California -- were arrested on federal criminal complaints in the early morning hours of Oct. 2.
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In an image released by the FBI, members of Southern California-based white supremacist group RAM (Rise Above Movement) appear in skeleton masks. Robert Paul Rundo, arrested Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, is in the front row at center.
Ask your dog what he wants to be for Halloween and he might give you a resounding and enthusiastic "okay!"
And then, after you explain to him that you weren't looking for an "okay" but rather a costume suggestion, he might wag his tail and exclaim "you're the best human ever!"
And then, after more consideration, you finally realize that you're addressing a being of pure joy, who is 100% going to roll with the unicorn horn you put atop his noggin, or the Batman cape you tie to his collar, or whatever other charming choice you ultimately make.
Still, you might ask your dog if he'd like to attend the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade, the enduring and adorable Long Beach tradition that finds oodles of Fidos out and about in their costume-y best.
Humans, too, and this is the event that sees quite a few group costumes, with the pup as the star.
Cleverness and cuteness reign mightily, as do vows to go even further, on the cute-costuming scale, the following year, after you see what other creative people, and pooches, went with for their group theme.
The 2018 date trots at Marina Vista Park in Long Beach on Sunday, Oct. 28, and while entering a dog requires ten bucks, paid in advance, watching all of the woofers in their Halloween-shiny best is totally free.
Past group costumes, by the by, have paid tribute to "Moana," "The Wizard of Oz," and Harry Potter, too.
If we haven't implied it strongly enough, we shall right now: Have your camera out and well-charged, because you won't want to wait to snap some of these sassy tail-waggers out on the sassy strut.
Over 400 dogs are expected at the canine convention, which begins at 2:30 in the afternoon.
And if you don't have a pup but want to be part of the costume-based revelries? That's a-ok, too; just get the details on registering here.
It's not fearsome, scary, or skin-prickly, but it is as cute as a Chihuahua's nose or the curly tail on a Pug.
It's the Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade, one of the major dog-sweet Halloween haps in Southern California, and it keeps on snarfling, year after squeeful year.
Photo Credit: Justin Rudd
Clever canine costumes, and quite a few human ones, too, will be in the not-spooky, so-sunny spotlight at Marina Vista Park on Oct. 28, 2018.
When an investigation was launched for a conspiracy involving illegal narcotics in the Los Angeles County Jail System, the sheriff's department turned to Sherlock. He's the department's new K-9 partner, and it appears he has already worthy of his name.
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Sherlock the dog (inset) is pictured with his Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department badge and ID card.
A Game 1 loss wasn't keeping Los Angeles down.The Dodgers and Red Sox squared off in Game 1 at historic Fenway Park Tuesday night.Game 2 is slated for Wednesday night, with Hyun-Jin Ryu as the starting pitcher opposite Sox's David Price. While the boys in blue are feeling the chill in Boston, crews were keeping Dodger Stadium ship-shape.
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Dodger Stadium has a new look now that the boys in blue are going head-to-head with the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series.
Actor and director Robert Redford is listing his St. Helena home for $7.5 million, according to a report.
Redford and his wife, painter Sibylle Szaggars Redford, said they revamped the 5,255 square-foot, three-bedroom, 3½-bath home that shows the views of the Napa Valley, according to the listing by Pacific Union International.
Attracted to its European-style, the actor told the Wall Street Journal bought the 10-acre home through a trust in 2004.
“We have enjoyed both the solitude the home provides along with the close proximity to the Napa Valley and all that it has to offer,” Redford wrote in an email to the Journal.
The home also includes landscaped Oak trees, roses, and a vegetable garden surrounded by stone walls.
“As soon as we moved to the home, we planted an orchard and enhanced the landscaping, which has matured and provides us with outdoor spaces to enjoy and connect with the natural surroundings,” Redford wrote to the WSJ.
The pair decided to vacate the home “to be closer to family” in the Bay Area according to the Journal.
Some SoCal residents are giving their neighbors the creeps with their spooky and scary Halloween home decor. Send your Halloween photos and videos to email@example.com or tag them using #NBCLA.
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A 14-foot spider rests on top of this house in La Verne, complete with a giant spider web and baby spiders crawling up the white picket fence.
On a day when multiple packages, some with possible explosive devices and others with envelopes containing powder, were sent to Barack Obama and other high ranking Democrats across the country and a CNN building, the LA Times self-evacuated in an abundance of caution after four envelopes deemed suspicious were received.
The newly-minted Los Angeles Times building in El Segundo was evacuated about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when they discovered suspicious packages, that later were revealed to be envelopes.
The Times called El Segundo police. The El Segundo Fire Department also responded, along with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's HazMat team, and no explosives were found.
Five "potential explosive devices" were sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, billionaire George Soros, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and to CNN at NYC's Time Warner Center on the east coast Wesdnesday morning.
All of the packages were thought to be linked, according to law enforcement.
One other package was sent to California Rep. Maxine Waters' office in Washington, D.C.
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The new LA Times building in El Segundo in October 2018.
Actor and director Robert Redford is listing his house in Napa County for $7.5 million.
The 10-acre wine country retreat is surrounded by oak trees with views of Napa Valley, and hiking trails that lead to nearby Meadowood Resort.
The 5,225 square-foot house features European style architecture, three-bedrooms and 3.5 baths according to its listing by Pacific Union International.
The house also has a pool and hot-tub, art studio and gym.
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If you could overlay a spooky haunted house onto charming Union Station, our city's grand and historic train hub, you'd probably see that both structures have a number of notable things in common.
A clock? Union Station has a prominent one, and if a spooky mansion doesn't have a creaking grandfather clock, well, it just doesn't seem right.
A tower? Also a Union Station feature. Likewise, towers are often seen on storybook ghost houses, too.
Trains? That's very often how characters arrive at an eerie abode, in a spooky book. And, of course, Union Station sees plentiful train action, every day of the week.
So throwing a Union Station-based party called Boo!-union Station, a free family-oriented two-day to-do, feels like a frightfully good match.
And a new match, too: It's the "first-ever" festival for the station, and it is prepared to charmingly haunt the South Patio on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.
A Treats-on-Track Trail, created for younger goblins, will happen twice daily, during particular hours, while a craft zone called the Creepy Craft Camper will set young minds to creative tasks.
Venture into the Zombie Zone Hay Maze, shake your stuff at the Monster Mash Dance Party, and pay a visit to the Pumpkin Patch Picnic, where food trucks'll be haunting the scene.
Well, more like baking and cooking and selling delicious foodstuffs.
You'll want to show with money for that, but, yes, Boo!-nion Station is a free experience to enter.
So head for the tower, the big clock, and the place with all of those trains, from noon to 6 p.m. on the final Saturday and Sunday of October 2018.
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Arrive by train, or broomstick, if you like, but be sure to be at Union Station on Oct. 27 and 28, 2018 for the very first Halloween-themed family festival at the landmark.
Adidas is celebrating the World Series by offering fans in both Los Angeles and Boston with free limited edition memorabilia in vending machines. The colorful vending machines will be open to the public every game day throughout the series. Prizes will be available beginning at 10 a.m. and last through the final out of the game on game days.
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Vending machines in LA and Boston are giving out free swag during the 2018 World Series.
There's nothing quite like free stuff.
Fans in Boston and Los Angeles have reason to be excited. Not only are their baseball teams facing off the 114th edition of the Fall Classic, but they're also getting an early Halloween treat courtesy of sports apparel company, Adidas.
Adidas has announced that they have installed digital vending machines at two locations in Boston and Los Angeles where Red Sox and Dodgers fans can get free gear during the World Series.
Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill in Boston and 33 Taps in Los Angeles are the two sports bars where the digital vending machines are located, and fans at each location can receive free prizes such as t-shirts, autographs, and other gear courtesy of Adidas.
According to the company, the prizes will change throughout the game depending on how each game plays out. For example, if Adidas athlete Justin Turner hits a home run, then the vending machine will unlock autographed gear by Turner.
If Kiké Hernandez (another Adidas athlete) makes a diving catch in the outfield, then expect the vending machine to unlock a pair of autographed cleats from the super utility star.
The machines debuted last night and from the photos below, fans were loving it.
The amazing idea is meant to promote Adidas' new line of "Splash Pack" cleats that debuted on their website and in stores during the MLB postseason. The cleats are inspired by postgame celebrations like champagne showers, Gatorade baths, and more.
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A Boston Red Sox fan receives free Adidas gear at a vending machine outside of Fenway Park during Game 1 of the World Series.
A Los Angeles Police Department commander accused of being drunk in public has taken legal action against the Glendale Police Department, claiming her detention during a driving-under-the-influence investigation was improper.
Nicole Mehringer filed a governmental claim Wednesday that accuses unnamed Glendale officers and two sergeants of false arrest, false imprisonment, defamation, and other alleged harms during the incident on Brand Boulevard.
A claim has to be filed with the city before a lawsuit can be filed in state court. The Glendale Police Department said it generally does not comment on pending lawsuits or legal cases but officials there said they had not seen Mehringer's claim as of late Wednesday.
Mehringer, who's been on leave from her job at the LAPD, was sleeping in the passenger seat of an unmarked police sedan on April 27. An LAPD sergeant, James Kelly, was in the driver's seat, according to Glendale police.
Mehringer's claim said Glendale officers captured the incident with digital audio recorders, and said the officers were recorded discussing using pepper spray or other force to remove Mehringer and Kelly from the car. A bystander recorded video of the incident that showed two officers carrying Mehringer away from the car.
The same video showed Kelly undergoing a field sobriety test. Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale police spokeswoman, initially said the arrests came as part of a DUI investigation of a parked car.
Glendale police later released a statement that said, "Nicole Mehringer was detained (not arrested) for public intoxication and taken into custody. She was later released after several hours. "James Kelly was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was later released pending a court appearance," the city said.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office charged Mehringer in September with one misdemeanor count of public intoxication and Kelly with one count of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and one count of driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content, according to a criminal complaint.
Both pleaded not guilty.
An internal LAPD trial panel, called a Board of Rights, was said to be meeting this week to discuss how to resolve Mehinger's alleged violations of department rules stemming from the same incident, a law enforcement source told NBC4.
At a campaign-style rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, President Donald Trump called on the country to come together after packages containing explosive devices were sent to prominent Democrats and CNN’s NYC offices.
Border Patrol agents at the Nogales area near the border south of Tucson arrested the driver of a semi-trailer on smuggling charges after 18 undocumented immigrants were found in a refrigerated portion of the truck.
The 47-year-old driver was stopped in the inspection area when a detector dog alerted the handler.
Upon opening the cargo truck, the agents discovered two Guatemalans and 16 Mexicans, between the ages of 15 and 40 years old, inside the refrigerated cargo box that was 36 degrees.
The immigrants were arrested and prosecuted on immigration related charges. The driver faces human smuggling charges.
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Kevin Cooper has spent the last 33 years behind bars on California's death row for horrific hatchet and knife attacks that left four people dead in Chino Hills.
Now, his clemency request is being considered by Gov. Jerry Brown.
It's a case that law enforcement and prosecutors contend is overdue justice. But in a phone interview with NBC4 from San Quentin State Prison, Cooper repeated his claim that he was framed by investigators with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
"I didn't do it," Cooper said. "And yet, these people are going to murder me."
"The only evidence connecting me to those murders is what they made up."
His three-decade incarceration stemmed from the June 1983 slayings of Doug and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and 11-year-old neighbor Christopher Hughes. A hatchet, knife and possibly an ice pick were used in the attacks.
The lone survivor was 8-year-old Josh Ryen, left for dead alongside the bodies of his family members and neighbor.
"It's just a brutal murder," said retired San Bernardino County Sheriff Floyd Tidwell, who led the investigation.
The brutality of the crime is one of the few things about the case that isn't in question. Cooper's scheduled execution in 2004 was stayed when a federal appellate court asked for a review of evidence. In 2011, a judge blocked Cooper's request for more DNA testing.
Central to Cooper's clemency petition are accusations that the sheriff's department framed him by planting and destroying evidence. His attorney also points to the circumstances that led to his arrest. Cooper, a convicted burglar, had recently escaped from a nearby men's prison in Chino when he was found hiding out at a house not far from the crime scene.
"As soon as they discover that Kevin Cooper was hiding out in a house nearby, they dropped their investigation into any white men and they started making the evidence fit the crimes that occurred," said his attorney Norman Hile.
Hile said more sensitive DNA testing would help prove his client's case, but Tidwell said he's confident more tests would just lead back to Cooper.
"In my opinion it will come out just exactly like it and before," he said. "He was a cold blooded killer that killed those folks."
San Bernardino District Attorney Mike Ramos has urged Gov. Brown to deny clemency for Cooper, nothing that his conviction has been repeatedly upheld. He said Cooper has been afford extraordinary due process.
Ramos declined an interview request from NBC4.
Kevin Cooper (File photo)
New details in the case of the Newport Beach doctor and his girlfriend accused of drugging and raping multiple women emerged after a judge unsealed search warrants Tuesday. The documents revealed what was taken from the home of the Newport Beach surgeon and provided details on how the couple lured alleged victims.
The search warrant said that one woman, Jane Doe no. 5, initially met Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley at a bar in June of 2017, where she flirted with the surgeon but left with another man.
Two days later, the alleged victim met the couple at another bar and ended up at Robicheaux's Newport Beach home. She told detectives that she snorted cocaine and agreed to have sex with both of them, but then, she blacked out.
The woman claims he pair worked as a team. She told detectives when she awoke, Robicheaux was naked, and Riley was with another woman.
Attorneys for other victims had hoped to keep the details sealed.
"I think this will have a chilling effect," said Dan Gilleon, an attorney for one of the victims.
The search warrant also shows that guns, drugs, a Go Pro camera and Amazon Echo were all taken from the surgeon's home.
Police said they were called to the couple's home when neighbors heard a cry for help. One victim told police that Robicheaux admitted to video recording sex with another woman but, when confronted, refused to play the recording.
Another victim called the couple sexual predators and dubbed them "the Bonnie and Clyde of drugging girls."
According to the unsealed warrant, police found marijuana, cocaine, bags of pills and a high capacity magazine, along with firearms and Mexican currency.
Attorneys for the couples have not commented since the warrant was unsealed.
Boston has put the Dodgers on ice.
J.D. Martinez knocked in two runs and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.
Martinez drove in the go-ahead runs during a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to propel the Red Sox towards their fourth World Series title in the last 15 years.
For the second consecutive game, the American League pennant winners proved they are better when their backs are against the wall as they scored all four runs with two outs on Wednesday.
Before Martinez became the hero, Xander Bogaerts put Boston on the board in the second inning, when he doubled off the monster for the first hit of the game, and scored two batters later on a two-out, single for Ian Kinsler.
After earning his first career postseason victory in Game 5 of the ALCS, David Price did not allow a hit through the first three innings in Game 2.
David Freese broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single to start the fourth inning and Manny Machado followed with a single of his own to put two runners on base.
Yasiel Puig, who arguably could have been the MVP of the NL Championship Series, had the biggest hit of the 2018 World Series for the Dodgers so far, when he laced an RBI single into center field to give the Dodgers their first lead of the Fall Classic.
The Dodgers have struggled with runners in scoring position this postseason, going 18-for-92 in 14 playoff games, but Puig helped change all that by driving in the go-ahead run in the fourth with two outs and runners on second.
The lead would be short-lived for Los Angeles as the Red Sox continued to stay hot with runners in scoring position and two outs.
After Ryu retired the first two batters of the fifth inning, Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back singles to start the rally. Ryu walked Andrew Benintendi to load the bases and then promptly left the game for reliever Ryan Madson.
Madson walked Pearce to tie the game, and then surrendered a two-run, go-ahead single to J.D. Martinez as the Red Sox recaptured the lead, 4-2. 11 of the Red Sox 12 runs in the series have come with two outs.
After a fantastic start to the postseason, Madson has inherited five runners in the World Series and each and every one has scored against the right-hander.
Ryu (1-2) lost for the second consecutive postseason start (both on the road), as he allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 4 and 2/3 innings.
Price (2-1) has now won back-to-back postseason starts after a 10-year winless drought. The former Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six strong innings for Boston.
Red Sox relievers Joe Kelly, Nathan Eovaldi, and Craig Kimbrel pitched three scoreless innings, retiring 16 consecutive hitters to end the game.
The Dodgers now face an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-seven series for the first time this postseason.
The series shifts to the sunshine and warmth of Los Angeles for Game 3 as Walker Buehler is expected to start for the Dodgers against right-hander Rick Porcello for the Red Sox. First pitch is 5:09PM PT.
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Ryan Madson #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after allowing runs during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Two of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park on October 24, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Megyn Kelly fired her agent Wednesday after news leaked that the NBC News star might be relinquishing her daytime show, a source directly familiar with the situation told NBC News.
Kelly parted ways with her agent Matt DelPiano, of Creative Artists Agency, the executive who negotiated her stratospheric $23 million-a-year deal for three years with NBC News. A representative for Kelly, Davidson Goldin, told NBC News Wednesday night that Kelly was switching to UTA. CAA did not immediately return requests for comment. NBC News declined to comment, and Kelly was not immediately reachable.
Trade magazines The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported that Kelly was in discussions about a new role at the company and suggested her show “Megyn Kelly Today” would end after its second season.
Kelly immediately received harsh backlash after her segment Tuesday about Halloween costumes and what people find acceptable in the current cultural climate. She later apologized for the comments.
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Megyn Kelly fired her agent Wednesday, a source directly familiar with the situation told NBC.