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    Have you commented lately, oh, right around 6 o'clock, about how nighttime-ish it now seems in the early evening, all of the sudden?

    That's a frequently experienced version of October-itis 'round Southern California, a place that can, from time to time, take all of its copious sunshinery for granted.

    Two things to note: It's about to get even nighttime-ier, around 6 o'clock, and even 5 p.m., thanks to the mandatory "fall back" of Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 4.

    And also? Our nighttimes are about to get even nicer, as beautiful sights will be shimmering, glowing, and pleasing people who visit The Arborteum, in Arcadia, beginning on Friday, Oct. 26.

    That's when Moonlight Forest comes to full flower, and the seasonal attraction will stay at pretty peak all the way through to Jan. 6, 2019.

    This isn't a forest of chlorophyll-filled leaves and pine cone-packed branches, however; you'll come across a bevy of large-scale lantern displays around the vast garden, displays that summon the spirit of mythical creatures, real-world animals, cultural traditions from around the globe, and delightful scenes aplenty.

    Think of it as a post-sundown stroll with added visual pleasure. Pleasure, and a wider world view. "Created by skilled artisans from China's Sichuan province, The Arboretum has partnered with Tianyu Arts & Culture Inc. to celebrate the time-honored tradition of lantern art," reads a bit of background on the ticket page.

    So very lovely. And mind-growing. And soul-emboldening. And all good things.

    Will there be places to grab a quick bite, or a slower bite, since this all revs up, each evening, right around the dinner hour? Oh yes.

    Will your ticket be timed, so you know just when to arrive at the historic spread? You bet.

    Should you glow for a ticket now? You should, especially if you plan on visiting the Moonlight Forest close to the holidays. Follow the shimmer to your entry now, and be grateful that, yes, night is arriving rather early these days.



    Photo Credit: The Arboretum

    Whimsical lantern-lovely presentations that pay homage to nature, art, and the imagination? Find such fantastical sights at the Arcadia-based garden through Jan. 6, 2019.Whimsical lantern-lovely presentations that pay homage to nature, art, and the imagination? Find such fantastical sights at the Arcadia-based garden through Jan. 6, 2019.

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    Law enforcement agencies in California descended on the state capital Sacramento and the city of Burlingame just south of San Francisco on Friday to investigate two suspicious packages sent to Sen. Kamala Harris and billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer.

    The FBI said both packages are linked to accused mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc of Florida, who was arrested earlier in the day. Sayoc is accused of sending at least 12 other suspicious devices to CNN, Barack Obama, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other key Democrats earlier this week, sending local law enforcement and citizens into a state of panic.

    On Friday morning, authorities intercepted a suspicious package that contained a "legitimate explosive device" at a Sacramento postal facility which was addressed to Harris.

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    “Earlier today, Senator Harris’ office was informed that a suspicious package, similar to those that have been sent to other elected officials, was sent to our Sacramento district office," Harris' office said in a statement. "Our understanding is that a trained postal employee identified the package at a Sacramento mail facility and reported it to the authorities. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Senator Harris is enormously grateful to law enforcement officials across the country who have worked so hard over the past week to keep our fellow citizens safe.

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    At this moment, it is incumbent upon leaders across the political spectrum to take seriously the power they hold. It is the responsibility of our leaders to use their role as public figures to elevate our discourse and bring people together.”

    Authorities on Friday were also investigating a suspicious package addressed to Steyer, a California billionaire, philanthropist and liberal activist. The package was found at a Burlingame postal sorting facility.

    During the investigation, FBI and other agencies swarmed the Burlingame location, and cordoned off the area to allow the bomb squad access to the device.

    FBI officials at around noon said there is no threat to the Burlingame postal sorting facility and the suspicious device had been removed. Video from NBC Bay Area's SkyRanger shows an ATF motorcade taking the package to the north end of San Francisco International Airport.

    The device has been shipped to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia for further investigation.

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    NextGen American and Need to Impeach, Steyer's organizations, confirmed to NBC Bay Area that a suspicious package was sent to an old office address. The package was not sent to the NextGen America San Francisco office.

    In a statement Steyer confirmed the investigation, adding: "We're thankful that everyone we work with at NextGen America and Need to Impeach is safe — that's always our first priority, and will continue to be our first priority."

    Steyer also added: "We are seeing a systematic attack on our democracy and our rule of law that extends much further than just one isolated terrorist in Florida. Whether it's voter suppression, voter intimidation, attacks on our free press, gerrymandering, or attempted violence — the trust and norms that are the actual basis for our civil society and political system are being eroded. It's time for the Republican Party to denounce any attacks on the rights and dignity of any American and begin to work on building the broadest and most comprehensive democracy possible for each and every American."

    Department of Justice officials on Friday said mail bombing suspect Sayoc, a man formerly from Brooklyn who lived in Florida, had been arrested. He has past arrests, including for battery, theft and other offenses. Officials say DNA evidence played a role in the arrest.

    A registered Republican, his social media accounts identify him as an ardent supporter of President Trump who attended many rallies — and who continued tweeting about some of his targets even after the bombs started arriving. When he was arrested, authorities seized a van festooned with stickers of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as anti-Democrat and anti-media stickers (some overlaid with crosshairs).

    Read more about Cesar Sayoc here.

    NBC News contributed to this report.



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    Florida resident Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested Friday in connection with mail bombs sent to several prominent Democrats and others who have been critical of President Donald Trump.


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    A mom and her baby girl were reunited in La Mirada early Friday afternoon after the toddler was found wandering alone along the boulevard.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department launched a search in the area after a neighbor found the girl, estimated to be 2 years old, wandering in the 12900 block of La Mirada Blvd. at about 10:16 a.m.

    The girl's aunt was babysitting and fell asleep. The toddler opened the door and got out, LASD told NBC4.

    Deputies tweeted a photo not showing the child's face amid the search.

    Updates to come on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m.



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    A mother was reunited with a toddler after the girl was found wandering alone in La Mirada Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.A mother was reunited with a toddler after the girl was found wandering alone in La Mirada Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

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    How long does it take a carved pumpkin to slowly cave? That depends, but you can count on seeing nature take its creepy and fascinating course after a few days.

    How long does it take a candy corn to harden? Probably a substantial amount of time, given the confection's ability to stay soft 'n sweet through thick 'n thin.

    How long does a long-running, longtime community party last? If you're Anaheim, the answer is "long." For further evidence you only need ask the Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade that question, because it is an expert on the topic.

    For in five short years, the autumn-sweet spectacular will turn 100, making it, for sure and without argument, one of California's oldest celebrations of the autumn season.

    Or any season, really.

    And it is about to add another year to its calendar, on Saturday, Oct. 27, when the festival makes merry at Center Street Promenade from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. and the parade wends through Downtown Anaheim beginning at 6 in the evening.

    Costumes? They're as plentiful as candy corns in an XL bag, so do wear your fun get-up.

    And for sure the young'uns should dress up for the Kiddie Costume Contest. Keep in mind that the competition can hold up to 300 entries, so arrive well before 11 a.m. to sign your 12-and-under tot up.

    Adorable dogs? You'll see bunches of 'em at the Howl-o-ween Pooch Pawrade. Registration opens at 2 p.m. for the 2:45 pup procession.

    Other fun fall-y doings? They're hallmarks of this happening, so stop by to soak up seasonal sweetnesses that are nostalgic, a touch vintage, and neighborhood-y at heart. 

    It's pure "homespun goodness" with an unabashedly "old-timey" vibe, so get out in your get-up and get into this long-runner of an autumnal shebang.

    Happy 95th, Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade. We're positively in the pink, or make that the pumpkin-orange, about your centennial year, in 2023, which isn't far-off at all.



    Photo Credit: Anaheim Fall Festival

    The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade is just five years shy of its centennial. Turn out on Saturday, Oct. 27 for this very venerable OC celebration of Halloween, autumn, and community togetherness.The Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade is just five years shy of its centennial. Turn out on Saturday, Oct. 27 for this very venerable OC celebration of Halloween, autumn, and community togetherness.

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    A Florida man was arrested Friday in connection with more than a dozen crude pipe bombs that were mailed to prominent Democrats, including the Clintons, the Obamas and former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as other figures who have criticized President Donald Trump. The bombs didn't detonate or cause any injuries, but FBI Director Christopher Wray said, "These are not hoax devices." The dayslong manhunt caught the nation's attention. Read about other package bombers in recent American history.

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    These photos provided by law enforcement agencies show packages sent in the series of pipe bomb mailings across the country the week of Oct. 22, 2018. Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested in Florida on Friday, Oct. 26, in connection with the mailings.These photos provided by law enforcement agencies show packages sent in the series of pipe bomb mailings across the country the week of Oct. 22, 2018. Cesar Sayoc Jr. was arrested in Florida on Friday, Oct. 26, in connection with the mailings.

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    Several special food items at Dodger Stadium for the World Series will offer a nod to Boston with lobster pizza, esquite lobster fries and a clam chowder bowl.

    Photo Credit: Whitney A. Irick

    A look at some of the special food items available during the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium.A look at some of the special food items available during the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium.

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    See some of the images in the news around Southern California.

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    Some Dodgers fans have blue hats, shirts and jackets, but street artist Hector Some Dodgers fans have blue hats, shirts and jackets, but street artist Hector "Tetris" Arias turned a two-story house at 1626 S. La Brea Ave. into a Dodger blue dream home.

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    We don't even have to ask you whether or not your Spidey senses grow keener when the Green Goblin is in your neighborhood, or Molten Man has oozed into your zip code, or if Mindworm has slithered into your general vicinity.

    Please.

    We know that your talent for staying tapped into the world around you is amazingly acute.

    Or do we mean Amazingly, since we are talking Spider-Man here? Yes. We mean that.

    Which means you're probably already hopping from building-to-building, courtesy of your wrist webs, on your way to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

    That's where LA Comic Con is setting up shop over the final weekend in October, and that's where bevies of decked-out, suited-up cosplayers will be out in fantastical force. 

    Some in their Spidey finery, yes, but count on seeing loads of tributes to other superheroes, supervillains, anime icons, and dashing adventurers from both the small and silver screens.

    The dates are Friday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Oct. 28, and while there are various ticket options to ponder, ponder this: A Friday pass is $25, a Saturday pass is $35, and thirty bucks gains you entry on Sunday.

    What will you find there, once your webs swing you to DTLA?

    More merch than you can stuff into The Goblin's Lair, more artists and writers than you can find at The Daily Planet, and so many activities and events, you'd think you were visiting Gotham during its busiest time of year.

    Panels include "How to Think Like a Cartoon Character," "Kickstarting Your Comic," "Superman's 80th Anniversary," and "Wonder Women Filmmakers: Insight from Women in the World of Filmmaking." 

    Indoor Trick-or-Treat, a Kid's Halloween Costume Contest, and Le Geek So Chic Fashion Show are all on the packed-to-the-rafters schedule, too.

    Or do we mean packed-to-the-sunstone, the famous material that fills the Fortress of Solitude?

    It just felt weird to wrap this up without one more Superman shout-out, seeing as how Spidey got some much-deserved love.

    Get your ticket info, your panel times, and all of the extra info your Spidey senses require, right here, superheroes of Southern California.



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    To Spider-Man or not to Spider-Man? That's just one of many tantalizing questions, where costuming-up for LA Comic Con is concerned. Swing for the mega pop culture convention from Oct. 26-28, at LACC.To Spider-Man or not to Spider-Man? That's just one of many tantalizing questions, where costuming-up for LA Comic Con is concerned. Swing for the mega pop culture convention from Oct. 26-28, at LACC.

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    A Florida man with an extensive criminal background and a fervent admiration for President Trump is in custody in connection with the pipe bombs mailed nationwide this week.

    Read the complaint against him below.

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    The renovation is complete on the tallest border fence in the southwestern region of the U.S. and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary called on Congress to move forward with funding of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

    Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke Friday in Calexico, California along the repaired fence near the El Centro Port of Entry.

    “Walls work,” she said. “We’ve seen the success of walls in El Paso, in Yuma, in San Diego and in the past, right here in the El Centro sector.”

    She also addressed the heightened security around the U.S. due to a series of mail bombs and her department's request for military troops along the border. 

    The repairs to an old, dilapidated fence made of landing mats were funded by 2018 appropriations. The construction began in February and ended on Oct. 4.

    "Currently, this 30-foot wall is the tallest border wall deployed along the southwest border," said El Centro Sector Border Patrol Chief Gloria Chavez.

    A steel bollard wall has been built in the area considered to be the most active in illegal crossings and attacks on federal agents, Chavez said. 

    Early next year, DHS will begin construction on 11 more miles of 30-foot fence. Three more miles of fence will extend to the east and eight more miles of fence will be built to the west. 

    The fenced area toured Friday is not part of the prototypes built last year near the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

    The eight prototypes that stand about 30 feet tall and 25 feet wide are made from a variety of materials.

    In a report released in September, some of those prototypes were breached when they underwent testing by tactical teams, including experts from CBP, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

    Nielsen called on Congress to approve funding for the proposed border wall. There are two bills in Congress that would offer amounts varying from $1.6 billion to $5 billion for funding a border wall, according to NBC News.

    NBC News reported in August that White House officials have suggested the entire wall project could cost $8 billion to $12 billion and internal DHS assessments suggest that the cost could be even higher - as much as $21 billion.

    While in El Centro, Secretary Nielsen addressed the current investigation into mail bombs intercepted in several states as well as the news this week that the Department of Defense has approved deploying troops along the U.S.-Mexico in support of President Trump.

    The department has heightened the security posture at federal facilities around the nation in response to the devices targeting a number of high-profile politicians, Nielsen said.

    “If you notice a strange package or if you see something that appears out of the ordinary, do not remain silent,” she said. “If you see something, say something.”

    Nielsen also addressed a question regarding the military deployment of troops to the border.

    “We have asked for engineering support, logistics support, “ Nielsen said. “I don’t have any information with respect to particular troop numbers, that’s up to DOD to meet our request.”



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    Fans can bid on 30+ "stage-worn dresses" as well as hats and accessories worn by the icon.

    Photo Credit: Julien's Auctions

    "Icons & Idols: ROCK-N-ROLL Property from the Career of Aretha Franklin" auction is set for Nov. 10, 2018 at Hard Rock Cafe Times Square in New York City.

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    While departing the White House Friday for a rally in North Carolina, President Trump said that he knows suspected mail bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr. was a supporter of his but that he bears "no blame" for the suspect's actions.


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    From spectator to starter, Walker Buehler has gone from irrelevant to important.

    A year ago, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was watching the first two games of the World Series at Dodger Stadium with his sister.

    He sat in the loge section at Dodger Stadium behind home plate as the Dodgers took Game 1 against the Astros, only to lose Game 2 in disastrous fashion after the Astros came-from-behind in the top of the ninth off closer Kenley Jansen. 

    On Friday night in front of a frantic and anxious sellout crowd, the 24-year-old rookie will take the ball and toe the rubber with the Dodgers hopes of a World Series title hanging steadily on his shoulders.

    Buehler was in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park for the first game of the World Series, but he was on a flight home during the second game in order to rest and prepare for his crucial start in Game 3.

    Buehler has been through it all during the arduous course of his rookie campaign. He started the season in the minor leagues, he broke a rib, he went back to the bullpen, only to return as starter and set the world on fire down the stretch.

    His astounding month of September led to the Dodgers pulling him from his scheduled start on the final game of the season so that he could pitch in a winner-take-all Game 163 for the National League West Division.

    He was sensational in that start, but struggled in his first two appearances of the postseason: losses in Game 3 of both the NLDS and the NLCS against the Braves and Brewers.

    Despite his struggles in those games, Buehler was handed the ball again in a must-win Game 7 in Milwaukee. After a first inning homer to future MVP Christian Yelich, Buehler settled in, and dominated the Brewers lineup over the next four innings.

    "Any time you're in situations like that," said Buehler, "The more you can get there and live it yourself, it does nothing but help you."

    Buehler will look to turn his Game 3 troubles around on Friday as he pitches for the first time in the World Series. The team has dug themselves an 0-2 hole, and now call upon their young ace to get them back into the Fall Classic.

    "I don't think anybody wants to be there," Buehler said of being down two games. "But I think of the 30 teams that could be in a situation like this, we probably know how to handle it in that top echelon. It is what it is, and now it's time to get back to where we need to be."

    The Red Sox will have counter with a Cy Young Award winner in right-hander Rick Porcello, their second consecutive Cy Young Award winner in a row, and potentially the third if Chris Sale wins the award this season.

    Porcello appears on eight days rest, and gives the Dodgers an opportunity to stack their lineup with left-handed power hitters Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Cody Bellinger. 

    Yasmani Grandal, the much maligned catcher that lost his starting spot during the NLCS because of some defensive mishaps, will return to the starting lineup for Game 3 with the possibility of taking Porcello deep, and a stronger arm to throw out the speedy Red Sox runners.

    When Buehler takes the mound on Friday, he will be the youngest pitcher to start a World Series game since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. Ironically, the Dodgers lost the first two games of that series in New York to the Yankees, and then won Game 3 at home in Los Angeles with Valenzuela on the mound.

    They would go on to win the next three games after that, and defeat the Yankees in six games, the last time the Dodgers dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole to win the World Series. 

    Once again, here's hoping history repeats itself. 

    Game Three of the World Series starts at 5:09PM PT from Dodger Stadium and can be seen on FOX.



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    Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout after being relieved against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks back to the dugout after being relieved against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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    We say "Halloween food" and you say "little candy bars." 

    We again say "Halloween food" and you call out "bigger candy bars."

    We speak the words "Halloween food" again and you sing about lollipops, and taffy, and gummy bears, and candy corn, and dozens of other sugary delectables.

    And we don't blame you one bit. For few holidays are as braided with a specific type of foodstuff as the one that haunts the end of October. Yep, it's all about the confections that so easily fit inside, and fill, a plastic pumpkin.

    But places like The District at Tustin Legacy may help to change Halloween's rep as a candy-centric occasion. Look to the Creepy Crawl, an afternoon stroll that is about, yes, trying dessert bites, but also the savory tastes available at the shopping center, too.

    The delish date is Saturday, Oct. 27, and the daylight, before-dark hours mean that you can make the pre-Halloween party at your friend's place on Saturday night. (Or, indeed, get back to your own pajamas, and TV screen, for a horror flick.)

    The Creepy Crawl crawls from 2 to 5 p.m., a ticket is $30, and lots of area eateries are participating, including Ben & Jerry's, Mobtown Pizza, and The Auld Dubliner.

    In addition to tastes and sips at various restaurants, look for live entertainment, "Halloween games and unique in-store activities," and "ghoulish guests" available for frightful photo opps.

    You might think of it sort of like trick-or-treating, but for grown-ups, in the afternoon, four days ahead of Halloween, at a restaurant-filled shopping destination.

    Toodling by Tustin? Costume up, you like, on the 27th, then spend three hours tasting around The District.

    And no hard feelings, candy. You still rule Halloween, and we'll always be suckers for your chewy, gooey charms.



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    Head for The District in Tustin on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a line-up of flavorful snacks and Halloween-fun to-dos. A ticket is $30. (Photo by Brian Feinzimer/Capture Images)Head for The District in Tustin on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a line-up of flavorful snacks and Halloween-fun to-dos. A ticket is $30. (Photo by Brian Feinzimer/Capture Images)

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    President Donald Trump traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday for a campaign-style rally and slammed the media for "unfair coverage." The crowd at the rally chanted "CNN sucks."


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    Law enforcement officials arrested the husband of a Vista woman who was reported missing a year ago under "suspicious" circumstances and charged him with first-degree murder.

    Maria Elena Guzman-Cordova, 38, was last seen leaving her home on North Santa Fe Avenue on Oct. 13, 2017. Her family reported her missing the following day.

    Guzman's husband, Hector Martinez, told police that Guzman left their Vista apartment that night to go for a walk after the two had had an argument. Martinez reported that Guzman didn't take anything with her.

    Her family told investigators that she suffered from depression and didn't have her medication.

    After nearly a year with and no leads, Guzman's family and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) held a news conference in late September to call for a renewal in the search.

    "It’s odd that someone would go missing under these circumstances, without taking a phone without taking their personal belongings, we’re definitely concerned, Maria’s family is concerned," SDSO Lt. Rich Williams said.

    Martinez told a Telemundo 20 reporter that it was possible his wife could have run away. When asked if he had a message for his wife who could see the news, Martinez promised her a better life if she returned.

    San Diego County Crime Stoppers and homicide detectives with the SDSO offered up to $1,000 for any information that led to an arrest in the case.

    On Thursday, more than a year after he told deputies his wife had gone for a walk, Martinez, 39, was arrested by deputies at his home in Vista.

    The department said Guzman's remains had recently been found near Palomar Mountain and said that evidence gathered over the course of their investigation linked Martinez to her death.

    Investigators believe Martinez transported Guzman's body to the Palomar Mountain area the day she was reported missing or the day before in a four-door white sedan or burgundy SUV.

    Martinez is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail in the San Diego Central Jail.

    Deputies are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the department at (858) 285-6330, or at (858) 565-5200 after hours. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477, or online at crimestoppers.org. The case number is 17153719.


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    A judge will decide Friday if the "Bolder Than Most" rapist, a sexually violent predator a little more than halfway through a 50-year sentence handed down to him in the 80s, will be released into a remote east county community.

    Alvin Quarles was granted release from a state hospital by Judge David Gill on Oct. 12 into a supervised conditional release program.

    Judge Gill ordered Quarles’ release to a Jacumba Hot Springs residence at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Road be completed by Nov. 30, but East County residents upset by the placement, and victims of Quarles upset that he’s being released at all, rallied Thursday to try and stop it.

    Victims and their family and friends demonstrated in Downtown street with hopes of sending a message to the judge they want Quarles to stay in a state hospital for his entire 50-year sentence.

    "It has hit me very hard and I see it in every aspect of my life,” victim Mary Taylor said. She has been outspoken in protesting Quarles release since it was announced.

    Quarles had 14 victims, four of whom were raped at knifepoint. His brutal attacks earned him the "Bolder Than Most" rapist moniker before his sentencing in 1989.

    "Once I knew he was gone for 50 years I worked on my own healing and I did a good job,” Taylor said. Since he was granted release, Taylor has started a petition to keep him in a state hospital. The District Attorney’s office has also filed a motion to stop his release.

    Taylor hopes the judge changes his mind and puts an end to her reoccurring nightmare.

    "I also stand here with every sexual assault survivor out there and say ‘You know what? We gotta change the laws."

    The sexual assault survivors will not have the chance to speak at Friday’s hearing but they will be allowed in the courtroom. Quarles will not be at the hearing.



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    A file image of Alvin Quarles (L) and a recent image provided by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.A file image of Alvin Quarles (L) and a recent image provided by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

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    After San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies lured a sauntering sow back home with a trail of Doritos, the chip company took notice.

    Two deputies from the Highland station responded to a call of a pig "the size of a mini horse" wandering the streets Oct. 14. They decided the path of least resistance was to sacrifice a bit of their lunch to create a trail of chips to entice the pig back home.

    He followed them and was secured inside of his gate. The deputies even knew where to take him because they had encountered him on previous calls.

    The giant chip company noticed the giant pig post, and decided to provide the department with an extra crunch to their lunch. 

    Doritos said as long the deputies continue to protect, Doritos will serve (chips). 



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    After San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies lured a sauntering sow back home with a trail of Doritos, the chip company took notice Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.After San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies lured a sauntering sow back home with a trail of Doritos, the chip company took notice Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.

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    An 8th child has died at a medical center hit by a viral outbreak, the New Jersey Department of Health says.

    Seven other children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Passaic County have died recently after being exposed to an adenovirus outbreak at the center, however, the virus was not yet confirmed in the eighth child on Friday evening.

    The news comes after four additional cases of adenovirus at the pediatric long-term care medical facility in Passaic County was confirmed, bringing the total number of young patients infected to 23, health officials revealed Friday.

    The New Jersey Department of Health said additional laboratory tests confirmed the additional cases. The medical institution houses the Pediatric Center; the eight deaths have taken place up to date, with the latest being announced Wednesday.

    The medical center has been grappling with a “severe outbreak” of adenovirus, a family of viruses that can otherwise cause mild illness, according to the state's Department of Health.

    The facility has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance.

    On Thursday, the Wanaque Center established a 24/7 hotline for families impacted by the outbreak, which has already claimed the lives of seven children.

    “This is an active investigation of an outbreak of adenovirus so it is possible that lab tests will confirm additional cases. A Department of Health Communicable Disease Service staff member is on site at the facility and monitoring the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assisting with lab testing and expertise,” the state’s Department of Health says.

    Adenoviruses are common viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The viruses cause cold-like symptoms, sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia, diarrhea, and pink eye. Adenoviruses can pose serious complications to certain people, particularly those with weakened immune systems, respiratory issues and cardiac disease.

    That is the case at the Wanaque Center, health officials said.

    "Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems," the New Jersey Department of Health in a statement Tuesday. "This strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living facilities."

    According to the CDC, adenoviruses are typically spread from an infected person to others through close personal contact such touching or shaking hands; through the air by coughing and sneezing; or by touching an object or surface with adenoviruses on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands.

    The state’s Department of Health said they were informed of the outbreak on Oct. 9. On Sunday, state health officials found handwashing discrepancies.

    The I-Team has uncovered inspection reports for the center dating back to 2015. During that time the facility was cited for 14 violations, including infection control.

    The state Department of Health is monitoring the situation “very closely” and has been in contact with the staff at the center “providing guidance on infection control and cleaning procedures.”

    The Wanaque Center is a for-profit facility that, according to its website, works with "with medically fragile children" from newborn to 22 years of age. The center also serves as an adult nursing home and rehabilitation center for short- and long-term care.


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