<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:47:06 -0600 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:47:06 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Netanyahu: Iran, ISIS in a "Game of Thrones"]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:20:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000009659430_1200x675_407480899661.jpg Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during an address to Congress that Iran and ISIS are competing for "the crown of militant Islam," in what he called a "deadly game of thrones." ]]> <![CDATA[Men in Ski Masks Shoot at Police Officers in South LA]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:54:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/192*120/3-3-2015-SkiMasks2.JPG

Three men in ski masks shot at police officers in South Los Angeles early Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police department said.

At least one of the gunmen fired at the officers on West Florence Avenue in the South Los Angeles Vermont-Slauson District at 5:50 a.m. No one was struck by the gunfire and officers did not return fire, police said.

At least one of the men was armed, and a perimeter was set up between Van Ness and Normandy avenues. Three people were taken into custody, but officers have yet to recover a weapon.

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<![CDATA[NY Teen Kidnapped, Raped in Calif.]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 09:20:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Buck-Wylde-Murphy-Arrest-0303.jpg

A former son-in-law of screen legends John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands has been arrested in California, accused of kidnapping and raping a 16-year-old New York City girl, authorities say.

Buck Wylde Murphy, the 49-year-old ex-husband of actress Xan Cassavetes, was arrested in a San Bernardino trailer last week after allegedly forcing the girl to fly across the country, then keeping her captive for five days, from Feb. 22 through Feb. 26, according to a criminal complaint and the private investigator who worked on the case. 

The Staten Island girl's mother reported her missing to police last Monday and hired a private investigator, Sean Crowley, to track her daughter down, Crowley told NBC 4 New York. 

The girl had been talking online with Murphy, who Crowley said reached out to her on social media. The complaint stated that Murphy stalked her since September 2014.

"She was in the chat rooms that many kids today use, and this individual began to befriend her as a 19-year-old," said Crowley.

Murphy allegedly sent the teen romantic song lyrics in an email that contained a virus that gathered information on the victim and her family, Crowley said. 

Murphy used that information to threaten to kill the girl and her family when she initially refused to fly to California, Crowley said. The girl then secretly flew to California on Sunday using a ticket he purchased for her. 

"He gave her very specific information about her family, that he would cause harm to them and kill them if she didn't get on that plane," said Crowley. 

The victim's mother contacted Crowley when she felt police didn't take her report seriously. Crowley told NBC 4 New York he conducted an intensive investigation into the teen's phone records and tracked her to San Bernardino.

Crowley contacted authorities there, and police moved in to raid Murphy's trailer in Apple Valley and arrest him Thursday night after the girl had been captive five days. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said he'd sexually assaulted the girl over the course of several days.

The teen was rescued and flown back to New York City. She's back home with her mother on Staten Island, according to Crowley.

Murphy is being held in San Bernardino on felony charges of kidnapping, rape and other sex assault of a child over 14 years, showing child porn to a minor, criminal threats and stalking. 

Bail has been set at $1 million; it's not clear if has an attorney. Arraignment has been rescheduled from Monday to Tuesday. 

Murphy was married to Xan Cassavetes for several years in the 1990s. Her father John Cassavetes starred in "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Dirty Dozen," and her mother Gena Rowlands in "Gloria," "A Woman Under the Influence" and "The Notebook." 

-- Gus Rosendale contributed to this report 

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<![CDATA[Boy Leaves Expletive-Laden Message for Paper's Editor]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:26:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/2539517.jpg

Hell hath no fury like a child kept from his comic strips.

The editor of the Bloomington Herald Times on Monday published audio of a voice message left by a young boy who was very upset that several of his favorite comic strips had been cut from the paper.

"I want back these comics now," the boy demanded before ratting off a list of his favorites, including "Garfield," "Peanuts," and "For Better or For Worse."

"I'll give you all my money if you just give us these back," the boy continued before lobbing some colorful descriptors at those who would get his message: "idiots, jerks, [expletive]"

Editor Bob Zaltsberg told industry scribe Jim Romenesko he found the message "very funny" but said, "an eight-year-old calling me a [expletive] isn’t that pleasant."

Listen to the full audio on HeraldTimesOnline.com.



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<![CDATA[Engineer in Los Angeles Train-Truck Collision Dies]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:43:10 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/3-3-15-Glenn+Steele+Metrolink+Engineer.jpg

A train engineer who was hospitalized after a Southern California commuter train derailed when it slammed into a truck on the tracks has died in the hospital, police said Tuesday.

The death of train engineer Glenn William Steele, 62, marks the first fatality in the Feb. 24 crash in which a Metrolink train struck a Ford F-450 truck, towing a trailer, on the Ventura County Line tracks and derailed, injuring 28.

"We are deeply saddened by the news," Oxnard Police Cmdr. Marty Meyer said in a statement. "And, we are concerned for those still recovering from this collision and their families."

The Metrolink train bound for Los Angeles struck the heavy duty pickup truck and trailer as it straddled the tracks. Three of the train's five cars toppled over.

The driver who abandoned the truck before it was hit by the train, 54-year-old Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, will not face charges in the crash at this time, according to the Ventura County District Attorney's office.

His attorney said Sanchez-Ramirez accidentally drove onto the tracks and made the situation worse by continuing forward in an attempt to gather enough momentum to get the wide pickup over the rails. He also used his high-beam headlights in an effort to warn the oncoming Metrolink train.

Sanchez-Ramirez could not back up because his truck was towing a trailer, attorney Ron Bamieh said. When his efforts to move the truck failed, he ran for help, Bamieh said.

But federal investigators who arrived in Oxnard last week said the truck was not stuck on the tracks in the sense that it had bottomed out at the crossing. Investigators have not ruled out that the truck was somehow stranded and will attempt to determine why it traveled 80 feet down the tracks and remained there with its parking brake engaged.

A commuter train's onboard camera captured the fiery crash and might help investigators with effort to piece together the events that led to the derailment.

The video, taken from the outward-facing camera on the front car of the Metrolink train, was sent back to the Washington home of the National Transportation Safety Board for analysis, board member Robert Sumwalt said.

Editor's Note: Police identified the engineer as Glen Steele. The LA County Coroner's Office and DMV said the correct spelling is Glenn Steele.



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<![CDATA[Identity Thief Filled Out Tax Return Before Me, Victim Says]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:58:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/484588011.jpg

Virginia mom of three Brooke Taheri opted to spend her Valentine’s Day working on her taxes, never imagining the holiday could get any less romantic.

Then she discovered her identity had been stolen.

“You get that sinking feeling in your stomach,” said Taheri, 37, of Fairfax County, describing the moment she realized something was wrong.

Tax-related identity theft is a growing concern, according to the Internal Revenue Service, which named it as one of its “dirty dozen” tax scams of 2015.

“Preventing and detecting identity theft and refund fraud remains a top priority for the IRS," the government agency said in a statement. "We have added and strengthened protections in our systems, and we continue to make important progress in stoping identity theft and other fradulent refunds."

Last year, the IRS initiated 1,063 identity theft-related investigations and the Federal Trade Commission reported receiving 109,063 complaints about tax-related identity theft, according to the IRS website.

Taheri found out she was a victim when she tried to e-file her taxes and got a notice saying the IRS already received her forms.

“I was livid and completely frustrated,” Taheri said.

Yet submitting your tax return is the only way to uncover the distressing news before the tax season's deadline hits.

Credit card companies continually monitor customers’ behavior, making it easier for them to pick up on any unusual activity. The IRS, however, only connects with taxpayers once a year. Fraudsters typically file early, beating taxpayers to the punch and making it difficult for the IRS to detect discrepancies against employers’ information, which the government agency receives in late spring.

Since many Americans have yet to file their returns this tax season, it is too early to tell how many others are victims of tax-related identity theft although the majority should not be affected.

About 1.5 million taxpayers received Identity Protection PINs, a six-digit unique number, by the IRS last year as part of a pilot program. The agency provided them with the extra security measure to all identity theft victims, including those whose data was compromised in schemes unrelated to their taxes.

The IRS also offered the PINs to another 1.7 million taxpayers whose accounts signaled they could be victims.

Filing early is one recommendation, but that didn’t prevent Taheri from experiencing a “very labor intensive” aftermath.

“Thus far I’ve spent over four hours on music hold with different federal and local government agencies and then once I talk to people it’s been another hour and a half,” she said.

Taheri filed a police report, contacted the IRS and the FTC, and checked with the Social Security Administration and other agencies to determine if her information had been used illegally, she said. And she still had to file her taxes, but now she must submit a paper copy along with an identity theft affidavit so the IRS can conduct its investigation, she said.

Updating your passwords and usernames regularly, and monitoring your credit report are a few other steps taxpayers should take to avoid identity theft, according to resources available on the FTC and IRS websites. Another suggestion: Don’t give your personal information when it is not required of you or through unsecure channels.

Taheri, who works in finance, admonished herself for failing to set up identity theft protection earlier.  She said she has now signed up for it. Taheri is also keeping a close eye on her credit reports and planning how she’ll avoid this in the future.

“As soon as I get my W-2s and tax information, I will be filing as early as I physically can,” she said. “I will be the first to file.”

And after a headache-filled Valentine's day, Taheri — who wasn't expecting a big hoopla — was finally able to celebrate with her family.

"By the time I got off all the phone calls, I think we got carry-out."



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<![CDATA[Tsarnaev's 4th Venue Change Motion]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:13:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-tsarnaev-maraton-boston-2.JPG

The United States District Court denied the fourth change of venue motion filed Monday by lawyers for the surviving accused Boston Marathon bomber, just days before opening statements are slated to begin in the trial.

In addition, the court denied the defense motion to dismiss Tsarnaev's indictment. 

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers argue in this motion and earlier motions have argued it isn't possible for their client to receive a fair trial in Boston. In this latest filing, they say that the voir dire of prospective jurors hasn't cured any presumptive prejudice in the case.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to planting two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shooting between authorities days later in nearby Watertown.

Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. 



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<![CDATA[Texas State Rep. Cites God in Push for Marijuana Legalization]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:39:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marijuana-plants-generic.jpg

A state lawmaker from East Texas says God didn't create marijuana by mistake and is pushing to remove all offenses related to the plant from Texas statutes.

Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed a bill Monday that would repeal the state's ban on growing, possessing and selling marijuana.

"I don't believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix," Simpson wrote in an editorial on Trib Talk. "Civil government should value everything God made and leave people alone unless they meddle with their neighbor."

Under Simpson's bill, the government would not regulate the drug and all penalties currently in place would be removed beginning Sept. 1.

In addition to religion, Simpson said the "well-intended" war on drugs has only created a culture of "no-knock warrants," "stop-and-frisk" and "billionaire drug lords" and that existing drug laws are as big a failure as prohibition.

"You would think that our country's history with alcohol prohibition — an era marked by bootlegging, organized crime, government corruption and a rise in crime in general — would have prevented us from making the same mistake again," Simpson wrote. "The time has come for a thoughtful discussion on the prudence of the prohibition approach to drug abuse."

Four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington; 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing marijuana in some form, medical or otherwise.

Full House Bill No. 2165:



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<![CDATA[Not Guilty Verdict in Pot Trial]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:34:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/030215+jesse+teplicki.jpg

A South Florida man charged with growing marijuana he claims he needs for a medical condition was found not guilty Monday.

Jesse Teplicki, 50, had been charged with manufacturing cannabis and was facing up to five years behind bars.

"This case is about medical marijuana and for the hundreds of thousands of patients who can use this medicine as an alternative," Teplicki said.

It took jurors just 30 minutes to return the verdict.

"A lot of suffering. I really felt here was somebody with a lot of issues, with a lot of suffering since he was nine years old," juror Mark Munzer said. "Everything was justified."

Teplicki suffers from a severe case of anorexia which suppresses his appetite and makes him nauseous. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him last year for the cultivation and possession of 46 marijuana plants.

Prosecutors had called into question the amount of pot plants for just one person, but jurors said it was a case about compassion.

"This was a groundbreaking case and we are very pleased that the jury acquitted Mr. Teplicki on all charges," said Michael Minardi, Teplicki's attorney. "The evidence showed he was using cannabis to help him manage a serious and painful medical condition which he has endured for years."

Teplicki is the first person in Florida to have a jury of his peers decide if he’s guilty or not of using marijuana as a medicine.

"I hope this invigorates the State of Florida and all people who are being charged with cannabis to fight," Teplicki said. "That's the only way you make change."

Teplicki said he will resume life as he knows it.

"I go home this evening, I have a meal with my wife and smoke a fat one before it and that's it," he said.



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<![CDATA[Massive Blaze Rages at Pa. Plant]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:08:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/philly-fire-3.gif

Heavy flames and plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles Monday as firefighters battled a massive, explosive fire at a Montgomery County sheet metal plant.

The five-alarm fire began at Trico Metal Products, a sheet metal fabricator business on the 2300 block of Wyandotte Road in Upper Moreland around 5:20 p.m. Officials said there were reports of an explosion prior to the blaze.

A front wall and back wall of the facility collapsed as numerous explosions from overheated compressed gas cylinders inside the plant put responding firefighters at risk.

"There are no hazardous materials or anything that affected the community," said Willow Grove Fire Chief Brian Focht. "However, as a danger to firefighters there were multiple explosions and a building collapse."

The entire building as well as surrounding businesses and homes were evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were finally able to bring the flames under control around 8 p.m. The business, which stood for more than 50 years providing sheet metal to manufacturers, was gutted after the fire consumed the roof and all of the first floor. 

The plant is located next to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and caused major backup as well as delays on I-276 in all directions between Exit 339 - PA 309 and Exit 343 - PA 611.

"The Turnpike eastbound is running very slowly between Welsh Road and 611," said NBC10 Photo Journalist Jim Friedman, who was at the scene of the fire. "When I got off the 611 Interchange there were just cars everywhere. There are detours set up all over the place." 

Friedman told NBC10 one of the hydrants was frozen during the fire, making it difficult for firefighters to fight the massive flames. Friedman also took photos of two aerial nozzles, one of which was not working.

Around 900 PECO customers in the area were without power due to the fire. Power was restored to all but 42 of the customers as of 8:45 p.m.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is investigating but has not yet been able to access the building to determine a cause.

 



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<![CDATA[Hail Blankets SoCal Beach Shoreline]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:46:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/HuntingtonBeach_sm.jpg

The white stuff blanketing Southern California’s Huntington Beach on Monday was not powdery sand.

It was hail.

People of all shapes and sizes flocked to the beach to snap images of the white stuff covering the Orange County shoreline.

But Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said despite the Twitter frenzy of photos, this is not all that unusual.

“Any time a thunderstorm moves over and there’s a little bit of ice,” this phenomenon happens, he said. “For once, we’re having a normal winter precipitation.” He also insisted that it was hail dotting the beach, not snow.

Other parts of California saw weird weather over the weekend as well. In the Bay Area, it hailed in San Jose on Sunday, and even snowed a bit on the hillsides.

Boldt said that weather conditions should warm up by Tuesday.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Fla. Small Plane Crash]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:31:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/planecrashpbc.jpg

Two people were killed when their small plane crashed in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County Monday, officials said.

The single-engine plane went down just before 1 p.m. in a marsh area near Lee Road and State Road 7 in Boynton Beach, and sheriff's officials responded, fire officials said.

The plane had taken off from Palm Beach County Park/Lantana Airport with two people on board, FAA officials said.

Footage showed firefighters at the scene spraying water on the wreckage. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials were also at the scene.

Two bodies were found at the crash scene, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue later confirmed in a tweet. The victims have been identified as David Whitney, 64, of Lake Worth, and William Mahn, 66, of Jupiter.

The FAA and NTSB are continuing to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Dad Delivers Baby on Side of Road]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:57:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Eisenhower_Baby_Camila_3_2_15_B.jpg

A Chicago man rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital delivered their 8-pound, 1-ounce baby girl on the side of the road after Mom suddenly went into labor in the car en route Monday morning.

Javier Sanchez was headed to McNeil Hospital in Berwyn overnight after his wife started having contractions around 3 a.m. But on his way to the hospital, Sanchez said the family had to exit the Eisenhower Expressway at South Austin Boulevard when the contractions grew faster.

He pulled over in the 800 block of South Austin Boulevard and delivered his baby girl.

"I'm on the highway, so I come out," Sanchez said. "I tried to make it to the hospital, but I can't. The baby's come out."

An ambulance met them and took the mother and baby girl to West Suburban Medical Center.

"The call was that mom delivered in the car, she was not finished with the afterbirth process," said Donald Reese, a doctor at West Suburban Medical Center.

Reese said his biggest concern was the newborn's possible exposure to cold during the frigid March morning.

"The baby was only a little cold," he said. "Mom did a wonderful job of keeping her warm."

Camila Sanchez weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce. Officials say she and her mother are both in good condition.



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<![CDATA[Mechanic Dies in DFW Airport Mishap]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:52:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AA-OSTANG.jpg

A mechanic who had worked for American Airlines for 30 years died Monday after falling from a jet bridge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

NBC 5 has learned the mechanic was closing and locking the door on a Boeing 767 at about 10:30 a.m. when he somehow slipped and fell about 14 feet from the jet bridge to the ground below.

The plane, sources said, had just been moved from a maintenance hangar to Gate D30.

Emergency responders with the airport treated and transported the man to a hospital, airport officials said.

Transport Workers Union Local 591 identified the man as aircraft maintenance technician Dave Ostang and asked for thoughts and prayers for his family.

American Airlines has confirmed the employee's death, but did not confirm his name or specifics about the incident in a statement released to the media Monday.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to our co-worker's family and friends, and our hearts go out to our entire team of DFW airport and maintenance colleagues. Our focus is on taking care of his family and friends during this difficult time,” the airline said in a statement.

A jet bridge is the elevated gangway used by passengers to walk from the terminal to an airplane.

Ostang was remembered by friends Monday night at a Knights of Columbus meeting he likely would have attended.

“We all have this hole in our heart, this sadness of loss,” said Eric McKuzes, Grand Knight and friend.

Ostang, a father and veteran, was a member of the group for years.

“I just couldn't believe it. I didn't believe it when they told me,” said McKuzes. “As the day goes on, you find out the facts, it’s just sad he’s not here.”

The Knight of Columbus are known for supporting the church and families in need. Now, one of their own families is in need of support.

“That’s what we'll be doing, looking at ways so that we can help his family get through this,” said McKuzes.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda and Katy Blakey contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[LAPD Body Cam Shooting Video Probed]]> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:56:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150301-downtown-la-ois-skid-row.jpg

A man shot dead by Los Angeles police had "forcibly" tried to grab for one officer's holstered weapon during the fatal Skid Row struggle captured on body cam video, Los Angeles' police chief said Monday.

A screengrab from one of several witness videos shows that the man, the subject of a 911 call to report a robbery, reached for an officer's waist where his holstered weapon was located Sunday during the altercation before officers shot and killed him, Chief Charlie Beck said at a Monday morning news conference.

The slide of the officer's gun was partly engaged, and its magazine was dislodged, indicating it was part of struggle, Beck said as he displayed pictures of the weapon.

He also said an officer in the video said "He has my gun" several times before three other officers opened fire in what the chief described as a tragedy.

"He forcibly grabbed one of the officers' holstered pistols," Beck said, adding that a round had been partially ejected from the gun's chamber. "This is indicative of a struggle over the weapon.

"This is an extreme tragedy. We feel great compassion in the LAPD for people who live in conditions of homelessness and, often, mental illness with no treatment. We prepare our officers to deal as best we can with them, but the reality is this much more than a problem that police along can solve."

Mayor Eric Garcetti was expected to discuss the case at a 1 p.m. meeting with staff members.

Two Los Angeles Police Department officers involved in Sunday's altercation that led to the fatal shooting were wearing a body cameras, providing police with another video for review in the department investigation, Beck said Monday.

Video from the camera was being obtained Sunday night by the LAPD's special Force Investigative Division, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith said Monday morning.

Several witness videos also show the midday shooting that occurred after the victim of the robbery report pointed officers to the man on Skid Row. Officers responding to the robbery report encountered the man in 500 block of South San Pedro Street, outside of the Union Rescue Mission.

The man can be seen on a bystander's video recording swinging his arms as officers approach. The man repeatedly refused to comply with officers' commands and a stun gun had "little effect," Beck said.

"While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer's handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred," the LAPD said in a statement.

Officers first used a stun gun on the man, whose identity was not released early Monday. At least five rounds were fired, police said.

"They struggled with him, they tried to Tase him a couple of times," said Smith. "That was ineffective. Eventually, the struggle occurred where the officers were struggling with the individual over the officer's weapon."

The subject died at the scene. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Video from the Rescue Mission's security camera reveals the man was involved in an earlier altercation with another person some 40 minutes before police arrived.

However vagrants who live in the area believe the police are at least partially responsible for what transpired.

"You can't tell me five officers can't take down one man. What about police training?" One homeless man said,"I think they treated him like they normally treat homeless people on Skid Row, with disrespect, with harassment."

It was not immediately clear whether the body camera video would be released. In December, the city announced it would purchase 7,000 of the cameras, worn on the front of an officer's uniform. The announcement was an expansion to the existing pilot program that provided 600 body cameras through private donations.

Police also plan to interview witnesses and have asked others with video to come forward. LAPD also has contacted Union Rescue Mission to determine whether its camera system captured the shooting.

President Barack Obama announced late last year that he wants $263 million in federal funds to go toward training police officers and buying body cameras. The request came in the wake of protests over a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old black man, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Gadi Schwartz contributed to this report.
 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Truck Pursuit in SoCal]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:53:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/budget+truck+stolen.jpg

A brazen thief led police on a 60-mile, slow-speed pursuit Monday in a stolen moving truck filled with old junk to be recycled before police spike strips punctured the tires and the driver surrendered peacefully.

The pursuit began on a report of a stolen Budget truck at Sheldon Street and San Fernando Road in Sun Valley, police said. It ended on a freeway transition road near Fontana.

The truck was rented Friday from Budget rentals.

Sharon Pereida said it was filled with used furniture and an old clothes dryer she got from an abandoned storage unit.

The truck was stolen when she had gone to Sun Valley Paper Stock to recycle a load of paper. When she went inside to get her money, the thief took off with the truck. An employee of the recycling company jumped into a car, tried to chase him and reported to police the truck's location.

"I come to the door and Marco, my son, goes running and says, 'They stole our truck,'" she said. "I said, 'No! Never, ever leave your keys, even for a half minute.'

"Luckily nobody lost their life and everything was replaceable."

Pereida said her assistant left her cellphone in the truck — and the thief called her from that cellphone twice but never spoke. Finally he threw the phone out the window.

When he finally made his way onto the northbound 15 near Fontana, the CHP used a spike strip to flatten the truck's tires. He surrendered when police approached the truck with guns drawn and a police dog on a leash.

Pereida said she doesn't care about the belongings inside the truck and is mostly unhappy her assistant lost her cellphone.

The thief, who has not been identified, is behind bars facing a felony evading charge.

Asher Klein contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Teens Find Teacher Hanging]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:26:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/199*120/3-2-15-jillian+jacobson.jpg

Crisis counselors were called to an Orange County high school Monday morning after a group of students discovered their teacher hanged herself inside a locked classroom, officials said.

The students at El Dorado High School in Placentia found the photography teacher, 31-year-old Jillian Jacobson, about 8:30 a.m., Placentia police said.

The students arrived before school started to find the classroom door locked, Placentia Police Lt. Eric Point said. They got a teacher to unlock the door, when they then found the woman inside.

"She was just really involved in her students' lives," student Lacie Urquhart said. "She would ask everybody how their weekend was. If you were down, she would try to help you. She was just a very kind, loving person."

Jacobson worked at the high school since 2008, and she taught art camp during summer at Cal State Fullerton.

Parents of students at the school told NBC4 Jacobson, a wife who lived in Anaheim, had empathy for her students because her own father committed suicide.

The district sent crisis counselors to the school to comfort the students and staff and provide support, and they will remain available through the week.

Point said the students from her class were sent home for the day.



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<![CDATA["Nothing Gloomy": Sen. Barbara Mikulski in Her Own Words]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:54:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/milkulski-AP120716033168.jpg

She is known as the dean of the Senate among her women colleagues. She is often described as feisty.

And after she became the chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, The New York Times reported that although her predecessors were loved and respected, she was feared.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congress, announced that she would retire when her term ends in January 2017.

The Maryland Democrat became a senator in 1987 after 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, was the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee and was the first woman to head it.

Mikulski has long had a reputation for being blunt. Here are some of her memorable comments:

In January 2014, announcing a bipartisan appropriations bill, Mikulski said the process involved no "cute and funnies," according to U.S. News and World Report.

"This wasn’t kind of fun and Kumbaya," she said. "This was hard work."

Of women who are strong and persistent, she told the same publication: "Men fear us, but that is the way they talked about their mothers when they said 'clean up your room.' We said 'clean up your act, it is time we do something to help the American people.'"

In August 2013, The New York Times described a reporter calling out "Madame Chairwoman" as he tried to keep up with her in a hallway.

"That's right, 'Madame Chairwoman.' I like it," she said without stopping.

In July of that year, Mikulski halted a hearing when a BuzzFeed reporter, Rosie Gray, tweeted that she was trying to keep other senators from asking the director of the National Security Agency about the agency's data mining programs, The Times also reported.

"There is no attempt here to muzzle, stifle any senator from asking any line of question," she responded to the tweet.

"So, Rosie, it's an open hearing. Hi, look forward to keeping in touch."

"OMG WHAT IS GOING ON," Gray then tweeted.

"@SenatorBarb, call me!"

In 2013, Slate reported that when Republicans tried to encourage the rumor that Mikulski was gay, she denied it. She joked to Bob Shrum, who was working for her campaign: "There was no Ted Kennedy who ever asked me out."

Senate Republicans in 2013 blocked a bill she had sponsored aimed at tightening a law that made it illegal to pay women less than men for comparable jobs.

"When I hear all these phony reasons, some are mean and some are meaningless, I do get emotional," Mikulski said of arguments against the legislation. "I get angry. I get outraged. I get volcanic."

When she first ran for the U.S. Senate, she was told she did not look like a senator.

"A lot of Americans, black or white or female, are always told that they don’t look the part," she said, according to Time magazine. "It’s one of the oldest code words.”

In her comments about her retirement on Monday, she reassured listeners about her decision.

"I want the people of Maryland to know there is nothing gloomy about this announcement," she said. "There's no health problem; I'm not frustrated with the Senate. The Senate will always be what the Senate is."

Torey Van Oot contributed to this article.



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<![CDATA[Did You See an Ice Angel? More Spectacular Winter Sights]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:48:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ice+angel.JPG

Winter won't quit. We've come across more than a few dramatic visuals and oddball stories amid the extreme cold, from frozen ice runways, to slushy waves, to an oddball story about a man and his "Loo-cy" toilet plow. And did you see the ice statue that looks just heavenly? 

Planes are landing on the only approved ice runway in the lower 48 states, on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee. 

Surf's up in Nantucket, where low temperatures gave the water the consistency of a 7-11 Slurpee.

What do you see in this icicle?

NBC 4 New York shot this chopper video of ice floating on the Hudson River in New York City.

A drone over Niagara Falls captured this stunning view of the iced over landmark.

One Massachusetts town, Somerville, hired a company to shoot video from drones high above the city. The footage will be used to help clear snow from roofs that could be in danger of collapsing. 

In Rockville, Maryland, a man attached a plow to a motorized toilet to help clear snow.

One of the most dramatic visuals from the storm has been a geyser at Letchworth State Park in upstate New York that froze over. It became a five-story tall "ice volcano."

How long would you guess it took to freeze a T-shirt in freezing temperatures?

In Frederick, Maryland, Bradley Stelzer made a time-lapse video of a 12-inch-tall wine bottle getting covered by snow. He shot the video with his iPad Air between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 21.

If you don't have a sled, sometimes, a bucket will do in Texas.

Here's a look at other dramatic images of extreme weather since the year began.



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<![CDATA[Dramatic Police Shooting On Camera]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:06:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150301-downtown-la-ois-skid-row.jpg

Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on Skid Row on Sunday while he allegedly struggled with them for control of one of their guns, police say.

Dramatic cellphone video captured the violent confrontation that took place about noon on a sidewalk in the 500 block of South San Pedro Street in downtown LA.

Police were responding to a report of a robbery when they confronted the man, who was not identified.

Cellphone video taken by a witness shows several officers trying to take him into custody as bystanders look on.

The man can be seen swinging his arms as officers approach him. The man then falls to the ground and officers apparently attempt to take him into custody.

"While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer's handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred," the LAPD said in a statement.

The officers first used a stun gun on him, police said. At least five gunshots were fired shortly after.

Multiple officers could be seen with their guns drawn after shots rang out.

"There was no reason for them to do that," said witness Jerome Guillory.

No officers were struck by gunfire, officials said. Two of them suffered minor injuries.

Several witness videos showing graphic portions of the altercation were posted online. One taken from another angle shows a person nearby picking up a police baton from the floor. That person was knocked to the ground by officers and taken into custody.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said at least one of the officers was wearing a body camera.

Police did not release the man's name, and Smith said he did not know whether the man was homeless, according to The Associated Press.

Officials said "video from various sources" will be reviewed during the investigation.

Demonstrators gathered at Pershing Square on Sunday night to protest the fatal shooting.

"People here, they have mental health issues, you know what I'm saying? They're homeless. Be trained to deal with those type of people," said local resident Tonia Gibson.

NBC4's Asher Klein and Kevin LaBeach contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Yahoo! Turns 20 With a Yodel]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:29:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/163*120/AP97030303425_YahooFilo.jpg

Sunnyvale-based Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and the employees — and the Nasdaq bell in New York — are yodeling for joy.

"We're thrilled," CFO Ken Goldman said before the Nasdaq yodeled, not rang, before the opening bell, a first on the New York stock exchange floor, according to Yahoo.

He said the Silicon Valley company has come a long way since being house in a construction trailer on the campus of Stanford University, saying it's now a "global tech company" with more than 1 billion customers.

It was in 1994 that Jerry Yang and David Filo, two Stanford University electrical engineers debuted "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web," according to — where else? — but Yahoo News.

In its first iteration, the site was a directory other pages on the web, organized in a hierarchy.

The pair renamed it Yahoo, an acronym for, "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," and on March 2, 1995, it was incorporated. The search engine is no long the leader in search engine capability or email. But it does have a growing news site, and it’s now headed by CEO Marissa Mayer.

To mark the #YodelOn festivites, a customized Yahoo Y20 animation took over the Nasdaq billboard in New York Times Square, and in San Francisco, City Hall will light up in the company's favorite color: purple.

At lunchtime, Yahoo employees will link up online to try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous yodel.

Click here to see what 20 Internet words didn't exist before Yahoo launched.
 



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<![CDATA[Last-Minute Tsarnaev Hearing]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:27:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP893081903628.jpg

With jury selection in the marathon bombing trial wrapping up and opening statements scheduled for Wednesday, the judge and attorneys tried to hash out some potentially important pending motions Monday.

In one of them, prosecutors argued the defense should not be allowed to present mitigating factors during the first phase, or the guilt phase, of the trial.

"If there’s a particular piece of evidence that the judge feels doesn’t go to that aspect of duress and is simply being offered to show what a nice guy he is, or what a good kid he was before this ever happened then the judge will exercise his discretion to exclude that piece of evidence," said necn legal editor Randy Chapman.

Chapman says Judge O’Toole likely reserved judgment on this so he could rule on it in a case-by-case manner.

The judge also didn’t rule on a defense motion to prevent the prosecution from cutting panels out the boat Tsarnaev allegedly hid in during the Watertown manhunt, showing writings he made that the prosecution alleges amount to a confession.

The defense says the boat should be kept intact and the jury can view the whole boat either outside court or in a warehouse somewhere, but to cut it up would be prejudicial.

"Simply because the boat happens to be extraordinarily large doesn’t mean that 1) the jury’s not able to see it, and 2) that it can’t be broken down into a format that will allow it to be introduced at least in part as to evidence," Chapman said.

The group of 70 provisionally qualified jurors will be back at court Tuesday, when attorneys will use peremptory challenges to whittle the group down to 12 jurors and six alternates. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Pet Pit Bull Mauls Owner]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:32:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dog_attack_pinole.jpg

A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after suffering serious injuries from a dog attack Sunday morning in Pinole, California, according to fire officials.

Officials with the Pinole Fire Department said emergency medical crews responded to a report of a dog attack on Silverado Drive around 10 a.m.

Arriving crews found a 40-year-old woman with serious injuries and requested a medical helicopter, while paramedics began advanced life support treatment, officials said.

The woman suffered injuries to her face, arms and legs. She was transported to the John Muir Medical Center's trauma center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.

Pinole fire Battalion Chief Steve Akre said the woman was attacked inside her house by the family dog — a male pit bull — who lives in the home,  he said.

Akre said he didn't know whether the dog belonged to the woman or to a man who also lives in the house, but neighbors said the pit bull was owned by the woman.

A second ambulance was requested to evaluate the man, but Akre said he was not injured in the attack.

Akre said he didn't know the details of how the dog came to attack the woman.

As of around 5:30 p.m., Akre said he had not yet been updated on her condition and described her injuries as "significant."

"Any time you transport someone to a trauma center via a medical helicopter, it's a very serious incident," Akre said.

Police and animal services were called to the scene, Akre said.



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<![CDATA[7 Suspects Sought In NYC Deli Brawl]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:35:35 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bronx+deli+brawl.jpg

Police are looking for seven people they say were involved in an attack at a Bronx deli that involved several stabbings, and according to one witness, a flung spice rack..

Authorities say two women and five men attacked the three male victims following a verbal dispute at a deli on Castle Hill Avenue in Parkchester early Sunday. The confrontation was caught by surveillance cameras.

Two of the victims were stabbed and all were injured, according to police. The three were taken to a nearby hospital and will recover, authorities said.

Authorities say the suspects took $56 in cash and two cellphones.

Cesar Rosado, one of the men who was stabbed, said that he didn't know the people who stabbed him.

"It wasn't a good fight," he said, lying in a hospital bed on Monday. "They jumped us, stabbed me in the chest, and now I'm here."

A man who witnessed the brawl said it started over a woman.

"When you see two men looking at each other real hard, you know what's about to happen, especially when there's a female involved," said the man, who asked only to be identified as J. "Bim bam boom, bim bam bim boom. The first started in there and it came up to the tree in front of the grocery store, and then from the tree, it went back to the window of the deli."

Stephanie D'Amore, who lives in the neighborhood, told NBC 4 New York one of the women involved in the fight threw what appeared to be a spice rack at one of the men.

Sharifl Islam, another resident who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, said he has never seen such fighting in a store.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.  



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<![CDATA[The Big Freeze: February 2015 by the Numbers]]> Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:31:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP47401093417.jpg

February 2015 was brutal. The bone-numbing, punishing cold shattered records in the Northeast, making February the coldest month for some cities since reliable records were first kept.

Some places recorded the most days of zero or below temperatures. Adding to the misery were multiple winter storms that buried Boston under piles of snow.

While the first day of March was blustery across the Northeast, the end is in sight.

Weather Services International predicted that March, April and May should all be warmer than normal in the Northeast.

Take a look at the frigid February by the numbers:

6.2 degrees: The average temperature in Bangor, Maine, according to the National Weather Service. That's about 15 degrees below normal and easily beats the old record of 8.4 degrees, from January 1994. A February record low of 13.8 degrees was also set in Portland, Maine.

9.0 degrees: The average temperature in Syracuse, New York, which shattered by 3 degrees the old record set in February 1934. That makes February 2015 the coldest month ever for Syracuse.

10.9 degrees: The average temperature in Buffalo, New York, beating the 1934 record of 11.4, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University.

15.7 degrees: The average temperature in February in Hartford, Connecticut,  according to First Alert Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan. That's a degree below the current record of 16.5 degrees, which was set in February 1934. The month is also expected to break the 2004 record in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which stands at 21.9 degrees. The average temperature in the Bridgeport area in February was 19.7 degrees.

18.8 degrees: The average temperature in Boston, making February the second-coldest month on record. The city spent over 500 hours without breaking 32 degrees.

23.9 degrees: The average temperature in New York City, making the month the coldest February in more than 80 years and the third coldest since 1869. The coldest February ever recorded in the city was in 1934, when the average temperature in Central Park was 19.9 degrees. February of 1885 comes in second.

4 below zero: The temperature dipped down to 4 below zero at Dulles International Airport in Virginia,  on Feb. 24, shattering the previous record of 14 degrees. That record was set in 1967. The entire region ran close to 10 degrees below normal for the month.

102 inches: The amount of snow Boston received this winter, most of it in February. It’s just 5.6 inches shy of the snowiest winter on record, according to the National Weather Service.

150: The number of structures in Massachusetts where roofs have collapsed because of the snow loads this winter, according to state officials, The Associated Press reported. On Sunday, a youth hockey team escaped without injury when part of a snow-weighted roof at a Canton, Massachusetts, skating rink collapsed.
 



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