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    IE School District Agrees To Pay $11M To Family Of Teen Who Drowned In Pool

    IE School District Agrees To Pay $11M To Family Of Teen Who Drowned In Pool


    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A Riverside County school district has agreed to pay $11 million to the family of boy who died after being submerged in one of its pools more than two years ago. The settlement between the family of 13-year-old Alex Pierce and...

    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A Riverside County school district has agreed to pay $11 million to the family of boy who died after being submerged in one of its pools more than two years ago.

    The settlement between the family of 13-year-old Alex Pierce and the Murrieta Valley Unified High School District was announced Tuesday, which would have been the boy’s birthday.

    “Today is Alex’s 16th birthday,” Alex’s mother Sabrina Pierce told reporters as she fought back tears. “And it’s ironic that we’re here doing a press conference for him.[…] No amount of money can replace the life of a child.”

    Alex died after being underwater for over two minutes at a pool party at Vista Murrieta High School in June 2016. Alex was pulled out out of the water, but student lifeguards failed to give him CPR. He fell into a coma and was taken off life support a month later.

    The district released the following statement:

    “We recognize that no amount of money will compensate the Pierce family for the loss of their son. In the aftermath of Alex’s death, our district continues to examine our policies, procedures and protocols regarding school safety and civic use of our facilities to make sure we have the most effective practices and systems in place.”

    The agency did not admit any wrongdoing but agreed to update its safety measures and train all faculty in CPR.

    (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

    Report: More Than 1,000 Children Abused By Catholic Priests, Including Clergyman Relocated To Los Angeles, San Diego

    Report: More Than 1,000 Children Abused By Catholic Priests, Including Clergyman Relocated To Los Angeles, San Diego


    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBSLA/CBS News) — More than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a...

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBSLA/CBS News) — More than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday.

    The grand jury said it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the two-year probe found a systematic cover-up by senior church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican.

    “The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation,” he said at a news conference in Harrisburg.

    Significantly, the report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Wuerl defended himself, releasing a statement Tuesday that said he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse.”

    The grand jury scrutinized abuse allegations in dioceses that minister to more than half the state’s 3.2 million Catholics. Its report echoed the findings of many earlier church investigations around the country in its description of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and church officials’ concealment of it.

    As CBS Pittsburgh reports, the report begins with the following statement: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.”

    The report cites 99 priests in Pittsburgh’s diocese alone, and of those 99 a group of four groomed and violently sexually assaulted young boys, Shapiro said.

    “One boy was forced to stand on a bed in a rectory, strip naked and pose as Christ on the cross for the priests. They took photos of their victim, adding them to a collection of child pornography which they produced and shared on church grounds,” Shapiro said.

    Shapiro said the priests would mark their victims by giving them gifts.

    “To make it easier to target their victims, the priests gave their favored boys’ gifts — gold crosses to wear as necklaces. The crosses were markings of which boys had been groomed for abuse,” Shapiro said.

    Because of an ongoing legal battle, more than a dozen names and identifying information have been redacted. But the report shows a consistent pattern of bishops having prior knowledge of the actions of predatory priests, reassigning them and not alerting law enforcement.

    Shapiro said his office is not satisfied with the release of the redacted report. He said each one of the redactions represents a story of abuse that deserves to be told. He went on to say that he will fight to reveal the names currently redacted in the report.

    The document comes at a time of renewed scrutiny and fresh scandal at the highest levels of the U.S. Catholic Church. Pope Francis stripped 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of his title and ordered him to a lifetime of prayer and penance amid allegations that McCarrick had for years sexually abused boys and had sexual misconduct with adult seminarians.

    Wuerl has come under harsh criticism over his response to the McCarrick scandal, with some commentators questioning his claims of surprise and ignorance over allegations that McCarrick molested and harassed young seminarians.

    Wuerl replaced McCarrick as Washington’s archbishop after McCarrick retired in 2006.

    The Pennsylvania grand jury, convened by the state attorney general’s office in 2016, heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal documents from the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses.

    One of the alleged cover-ups involved former Pittsburgh priest Rev. Ernest Paone, “a priest who was caught molesting young boys and using guns with even younger children.” Paone avoided arrest with the help of another priest. The local district attorney halted his investigations into the alleged abuse in 1964 “in order to prevent unfavorable publicity,” admitting he did so because “he was desirous of support from the Diocese for his political career.”

    Paone was subsequently relocated to the Los Angeles Archdiocese, where he served at one point in a parish in Diamond Bar. After that, he was sent to San Diego and Reno, having also taught at schools at during his time on the West Coast.

    Some current and former clergy named in the report went to court to prevent its release, arguing it violated their constitutional rights to reputation and due process of law. The state Supreme Court said the public had a right to see it, but ruled the names of priests and others who objected to the findings would be blacked out pending a September hearing on their claims.

    The identities of those clergy members remain under court seal.

    A couple of dioceses decided to strip the accused of their anonymity ahead of the report and released the names of clergy members who were accused of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the bishop of Pittsburgh’s diocese said a few priests named in the report are still in ministry because the diocese determined allegations against them were unsubstantiated.

    The full report, including a list of all the predator priests, can be read here.

    (© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

    Block Party Doubling As Child’s First Birthday Party Draws Ire in Lakeview

    Block Party Doubling As Child’s First Birthday Party Draws Ire in Lakeview


    Chicago (CBS) — A block party in Lakeview on Saturday was abruptly cut short after some residents complained to Alderman Thomas Tunney’s office that the event was actually a child’s first birthday party and not fully open to the public. Lakeview...

    Chicago (CBS) — A block party in Lakeview on Saturday was abruptly cut short after some residents complained to Alderman Thomas Tunney’s office that the event was actually a child’s first birthday party and not fully open to the public.

    Lakeview resident Brittany Robinson, mother to a boy who recently turned one, told CBS 2 that she coordinated with Alderman Tunney’s office to secure a permit to host a block party on North Pine Grove Avenue. The party included a bouncy castle, which took up a significant portion of the street.

    Midday, after Robinson was informed she needed to end the block party, she moved the festivities to her backyard.

    (Source: Samantha Anne)

    “I was told, ‘This is a pilot block party. We’re going to see how it goes with your side of the block. If you get any complaints, we won’t have it next year’,” Robinson told CBS 2.

    Suzanne Silvers, a resident of west Lakeview, expressed frustration that a permit had been issued for an event on a busy weekend that included a Chicago Cubs game and Market Days.

    “I can’t fathom why you think it’s OK to close a city street in a densely populated area for your son’s first birthday party,” Silvers told CBS 2.

    This is not the first block party in Tunney’s ward that left some residents feeling unwelcome. In September of 2017, Friends of Blaine Elementary School secured a permit for a block party. However, the event was part of a fundraiser and, while neighbors were technically allowed to attend, guests at the party had made a donation.

    Asked via email about the Friends of Blaine block party, Chris Jessup, spokesperson for Ald. Tunney replied: “We learned about the Blaine event and its effort and similarly let the hosts know that block parties are to be open to the public and not private. That event will also not continue or be supported in that way going forward.”

    Robinson said she thought she had followed the rules when she secured a permit for Saturday’s event. “I spoke to Tunney’s office about what I wanted to do,” she said.

    According to Robinson, the instructions she received from Dan Manoli, a member of Tunney’s staff, were to secure the proper permits, alert residents of her building, speak to the manager in the building across the street, and contact the resident across the alleyway that would be blocked off during the party.

    Jessup told CBS 2 that constituents must submit a petition with a minimum of 25 supporters for block parties. He said in this case, signatures of support were never returned to his office.

    Robinson said Tunney’s staff did not alert her to the petition requirement, despite it being listed on his office’s website. A page on the site reads, in part: “If this is your first time applying for a Block Party or you have not held one in the past two years, I ask that you circulate a petition among your neighbors demonstrating support for the event.”

    Ald. Tunney’s office issued a statement about Robinson’s block party, saying, in part, “This permit was issued in error and once we were notified on Saturday, we moved quickly to cancel the permit with the Police and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), which issues block party permits.”

    “This was not me being sneaky. This was all spoken about. People were welcome. I just feel that this has gotten blown out of proportion,” Robinson told CBS 2. Asked about inviting other members of the community, she said, “I wasn’t told I needed to do that.”

    One private message that Robinson received said, “You[‘re] so so incredibly inconsiderate and deceiving. Telling people it’s a block party but in reality it is a private birthday party for your kid?” The message follows with a pornographic reference to sexual favors and concludes by saying, “I’m thinking of a late night all boys dance party! Sorry your invite got lost in the mail.”

    Robinson said she has offered to meet with community members to discuss what went wrong. So far no one has taken her up on her offer.

    LAPD Looking Into Video Of Man Who Spanked Hippo At LA Zoo

    LAPD Looking Into Video Of Man Who Spanked Hippo At LA Zoo


    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — He might have done it for Instragram or YouTube fame, but now a man who crossed a barricade guarding a hippopotamus enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo is looking at potential trespassing charges after he was filmed spanking one...

    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — He might have done it for Instragram or YouTube fame, but now a man who crossed a barricade guarding a hippopotamus enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo is looking at potential trespassing charges after he was filmed spanking one of the animals.

    Video shows the man climbing the fence outside the hippo enclosure at the LA Zoo and sneaking up on two hippos, named Rosie and Mara. The man’s approach is very cautious, and then when finally close enough, he slaps one of the hippos on the rear before rushing back over the fence and taking a moment to celebrate his feat.

    The LAPD confirms they received a report of trespassing at the zoo and are investigating.

    In the video, Rosie, the hippo that was slapped, does not show much of a reaction, but her mother appears startled and looks up as the guy is still in the enclosure. It’s not clear if the man knows he’s being recorded, but clearly he’s showing off. The video started making the rounds on social media last week.

    Could you ever be this bold to slap a #hippo butt? #STLA#whodidthat #ikyfl #couldyou #daredevil #zoomchallenge pic.twitter.com/AC934unLax

    — SomethingToLaughAt (@SomeToLaughAt) August 7, 2018

    While hippos at the zoo do have human interaction, this kind of treatment can create an unpredictable situation.

    The zoo released statement Monday reading, in part:

    “The Zoo would like to remind everyone that it is never acceptable for a guest to enter the habitat of any animal at the Zoo, excluding our staff-supervised animal encounters. It is a privilege to observe these rare and endangered species, but they are still wild animals and their space must be respected at all times. Our first priority is always to keep our guests, staff, and animals safe.”

    Zoo officials have since put “No Trespassing” signs up around the zoo while police continue to look into the matter.

    According to California law, it is prohibited to enter zoo enclosures, and doing so may lead to a misdemeanor charge or infraction, L.A. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock told the Los Angeles Times.

    Zoo visitors are allowed to pet the hippos from behind a barricade for $20 as part of its Hippo Encounter promotion. When the zoo unveiled the plan in 2016, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals decried the practice. saying it violated the Animal Welfare Act, the only federal law setting standards for how animals are treated “in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers.”

    PETA called for an investigation into the exhibit, pointing out that hippos kill more people than any other mammal on the continent of Africa.

    Rosie and Mara were actually featured in the zoo’s video promoting the Hippo Encounter in 2016.

    Rosie arrived to much fanfare on Halloween 2014, the first hippo to have been born at the zoo in 26 years.

    VIDEO: Teens Steal $8K Worth Of Merchandise From T-Mobile Store; Second Robbery In As Many Weeks In Garden Grove

    VIDEO: Teens Steal $8K Worth Of Merchandise From T-Mobile Store; Second Robbery In As Many Weeks In Garden Grove


    GARDEN GROVE — Police are looking for a trio of burglars who were recorded robbing a T-Mobile store in Orange County. Cell phone video shows what appear to be two teens and an adult pulling phones and other items from the displays at the store located...

    GARDEN GROVE — Police are looking for a trio of burglars who were recorded robbing a T-Mobile store in Orange County.

    Cell phone video shows what appear to be two teens and an adult pulling phones and other items from the displays at the store located on the 12000 block of Brookhurst Street just before 3 p.m. Monday. Police said the three suspects, described as Latino males, ages 14 to 20, took about $8,000-worth of phones and Apple Watches.

    This is the second robbery of a T-Mobile store in the area in as many weeks. On August 3, a couple hit the store located just two miles south of the one burglarized Monday. That was the second robbery there in within two months.

    Video of three men, possibly two teens and an adult, robbing a T-Mobile store in Garden Grove, Aug. 13, 2018 (SOURCE: Garden Grove Police Dept.)

    Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to call Garden Grove Police at (714)741-5704.

    Former LA Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty To Planning To Transport Cocaine, Meth For $250K

    Former LA Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty To Planning To Transport Cocaine, Meth For $250K


    STUDIO CTY (CBSLA) — A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to charges of planning to transport and deliver drugs for a quarter-million-dollar fee. Kenneth Collins, 50, of Chino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute...

    STUDIO CTY (CBSLA) — A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to charges of planning to transport and deliver drugs for a quarter-million-dollar fee.

    Kenneth Collins, 50, of Chino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs following a undercover sting operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last year. Collins and three other men were arrested in January.

    Collins and the men stood accused of agreeing to transport 58 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine in exchange for up to $250,000. The team had earlier transported six kilograms of methamphetamine, marijuana and counterfeit cigarettes from L.A. to Las Vegas for $25,000. The Nov. haul was also part of the undercover investigation.

    According to an affidavit, Collins told an undercover agent he was in law enforcement, claiming he could “fix problems” using a team of police officers. Collins justified his $250,000 fee, telling agents “all of our transports make it through.”

    Collins faces up to 10 years to life in prison.

    (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

    ‘I Would Like To Apologize’: Sea-Tac Employee Who Stole, Crashed Plane Confessed To Air Traffic Controllers

    ‘I Would Like To Apologize’: Sea-Tac Employee Who Stole, Crashed Plane Confessed To Air Traffic Controllers


    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A Seattle-area airport employee who stole a plane and subsequently crashed it confessed to air traffic controllers why he did what he did Friday evening. The 29-year-old seems to joke with the dispatchers, asking if Alaska...

    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A Seattle-area airport employee who stole a plane and subsequently crashed it confessed to air traffic controllers why he did what he did Friday evening.

    The 29-year-old seems to joke with the dispatchers, asking if Alaska Airlines would give him a job were he to land the plane.

    “I’ve got a lot of people that care about me. It’s going to disappoint them to hear that I did this,” the man identified as “Rich” in the transmission continues. “I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose I guess. Never really knew it, until now.”

    “Rich” later joked he did not need help landing the plane, since he’d “played some video games before.” He also realizes he is running out of fuel at one point.

    I'm listening through the archive of the radio chatter on the #seatac hijacking. Below are some of the clips. pic.twitter.com/ziBAYv7cgn

    — Jimmy Thomson (@jwsthomson) August 11, 2018

    Here he is realizing how quickly he is burning through fuel. pic.twitter.com/ftnpowm9D4

    — Jimmy Thomson (@jwsthomson) August 11, 2018

    The Horizon Air plane eventually crashed.

    Sea-Tac confirmed the incident on Twitter.

    An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without passengers at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed.

    — Sea-Tac Airport (@SeaTacAirport) August 11, 2018

    The Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. tweeted the plane was stolen subsequently chased by an F-15 fighter jet. It crashed on Ketron Island, about 30 miles southwest of Seattle. The incident is not being considered an act of terrorism.

    The sheriff’s dept. said it appeared the man, a mechanic, was either doing “stunts” or flying at his low level of proficiency, ostensibly due to the plane’s movement. Amateur video shows the aircraft flying upside-down at one point.

    Follow this thread for official info. This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info .. this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved.

    — Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) August 11, 2018

    Alaska Airlines, which operates Horizon out of Sea-Tac, said it is believes there were no passengers on board the Bombadier-made Q400 airliner at the time of the incident.

    Reporter Gary Horcher earlier tweeted a photo passengers stuck on the runway when the incident was first announced. Airport operations resumed shortly thereafter.

    Major security incident at SeaTac Airport. All planes are grounded—captain telling passengers a Horizon airliner was taken without authorization, and military jets are scrambling to intercept it. We’re working to confirm information now pic.twitter.com/AQJVzCcxum

    — Gary Horcher (@GaryKIRO7) August 11, 2018

    It was later confirmed two Oregon National Guard F-15s deployed from Portland to intercept the plane. They were given clearance to fire flares, not missiles, at the plane. It is not yet clear if flares were used.

    A Twitter user posted a video claiming the plane was flying overhead. Shortly after the plane passes, a jet is seen in the distance.

    #BREAKING: Video of reported plane stolen from #Seattle’s #SeaTac airport just minutes before crashing. https://t.co/EwxQ8wOOsB

    — Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) August 11, 2018

    Another person posted a video showing a small plume of smoke where the plane crashed.

    WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE

    #BREAKING: Video taken just seconds after a stolen Horizon jet crashed outside of Seattle. Plane was reportedly stolen from #SeaTac airport. https://t.co/WvyEldX099

    — Tim Williams (@realtimwilliams) August 11, 2018

    This story is developing.

    Suspect Shot After Allegedly Punching Jail Employee, Taking Her Into Cell At Lakewood Sheriff’s Station

    Suspect Shot After Allegedly Punching Jail Employee, Taking Her Into Cell At Lakewood Sheriff’s Station


    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — Homicide investigators were dispatched to the Lakewood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. where a shooting occurred Friday. The deputy-involved shooting happened around 12:50 p.m. at the station located at 5130...

    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — Homicide investigators were dispatched to the Lakewood station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. where a shooting occurred Friday.

    The deputy-involved shooting happened around 12:50 p.m. at the station located at 5130 Clark Ave.

    According to the LASD, a female jailer was fingerprinting a suspect suspected of stealing a car, when he punched her and took her stun gun. He then took her into a jail cell and locked himself inside with her. She managed to activate a panic button alerting deputies.

    The man was subsequently shot in the chest and arm. The deputy suffered a broken nose. Both were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.

    (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

    Prosecutors Decline To File Sex Assault Charges Against Marilyn Manson And Writer For HBO Show ‘Girls’

    Prosecutors Decline To File Sex Assault Charges Against Marilyn Manson And Writer For HBO Show ‘Girls’


    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney has declined to file charges of sexual assault against rocker Marilyn Manson, as well as a writer on the hit HBO show “Girls” in an unrelated case. The D.A. said Friday their task force...

    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County District Attorney has declined to file charges of sexual assault against rocker Marilyn Manson, as well as a writer on the hit HBO show “Girls” in an unrelated case.

    The D.A. said Friday their task force on high-profile sexual assault allegations had reviewed a complaint against the metal singer, born Brian Warner, and determined the statute of limitations had expired. The office added there was an “absence of corroboration.” The alleged assault is said to have taken place in 2011.

    An attorney for Manson told The Wrap the singer “categorically denied” the allegations.

    Television writer Murray Miller was accused of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred also in 2011. The statute of limitations had not expired for Murray’s alleged offense, but the D.A. said there were”inconsistencies which cannot be overcome.”

    The office also declined to file charges against rapper ASAP Bari, born Jabari Shelton, and celebrity fitness trainer Michael Torchia, City News Service reported.

    (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

    ‘It Is Cruel’: Boulders Replace Homeless Encampment In Angelino Heights Cul-De-Sac

    ‘It Is Cruel’: Boulders Replace Homeless Encampment In Angelino Heights Cul-De-Sac


    ANGELINO HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — A method of deterring homeless people from sleeping in a part of Los Angeles dealing with the crisis is drawing mixed reactions from neighbors. A homeless encampment once stood on a section of Custer Avenue in Angelino...

    ANGELINO HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — A method of deterring homeless people from sleeping in a part of Los Angeles dealing with the crisis is drawing mixed reactions from neighbors.

    A homeless encampment once stood on a section of Custer Avenue in Angelino Heights near where the 101 and 110 freeways connect. The cul-de-sac right off Sunset Boulevard now has several large boulders strewn about the sidewalks and patches of dirt, ostensibly to prevent people from sleeping there.

    Joe Illeng used to be homeless and now has a home and a family. However, he told CBS2 News this in no way to deal with the issue.

    “If that was my brother or my stepdad or let’s say whoever — or somebody I loved and they were down and out — is this how I would want them to be treated? No,” said Illeng. “It is cruel.”

    There are no homes along the short street, but neighbors from nearby businesses told CBS2 off-camera said they understand why this last-ditch effort was used.

    L.A. is not the first city to see this type of deterrent. San Francisco’s public works agency placed large rocks in section of the city where encampments were a common sight.

    Despite the disagreement, neighbors seem to think this is not a permanent solution.

    “I think it’s a bigger issue and a problem for the City of Los Angeles,” said resident Courtney Aldridge, who was shopping at the adjacent CVS. “The problems are much deeper, deeply rooted than that.”

    L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo represents the area. A spokesman told CBS2 News they were made aware of the boulders Monday and that the sanitation department would be removing them soon.