Is a TikTok trend responsible for more car thefts?

A new trend on social media is concerning law enforcement as nationwide reports of car thefts have increased. Officers across the United States are concerned about an increase in Hyundai and Kia thefts, with some experts blaming a now-viral TikTok stunt, encouraging people to break into these particular makes of cars. The instructional video reportedly shows how to jump-start the cars with a USB cable. A woman in Long Beach was a recent victim of the trend. She shared a home security video with CBSLA of someone backing out and driving away with her 2015 Hyundai Tucson. She suspects the thief used the instructions from the trend. "It's really hard when you work to have a paid-off car," she said. "It's not as debilitating to us because at least we have another vehicle, but I know a lot of families with single incomes and one car. It's completely devastating."Both Kia and Hyundai have responded, saying the safety of customers is a top priority and that their vehicles meet or exceed federal motor vehicle safety standards. 
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Proposed gondola project connecting Union Station, Dodger Stadium meets opposition from residents

A proposed gondola ride hoping to take fans to Dodger stadium through the air has met opposition from some of the residents who live directly below its path. Since 2010 Metro has successfully operated the Dodger Stadium Express busses from Union Station but an outside group proposed to get fans to the ballpark "by air."This is arguably the most exciting project taking place in CA," said Climate Resolve Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey.The proposed 1.5-mile gondola ride would fit roughly 70 fans per cab and could take about 5,000 people in an hour according to Parfrey. "It'll take around seven minutes from Union...
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Authorities searching for 11-year-old boy missing from Compton

 Authorities Tuesday were searching for an 11-year-old boy who went missing in Compton over the weekend.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Jose Daniel Bejar was last seen at 5 p.m. on Sunday in the 1100 block of East Peck Street.He is described as a Hispanic boy who is 5-foot-1 and weighs 110 pounds. Jose has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white shirt and brown pants."His family is concerned with his well-being and asking for the public's help," the LASD said.Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Jury selection to start in Vanessa Bryant trial over Kobe Bryant crash scene photos

On Wednesday, jury selection is expected to begin for the trial of Vanessa Bryant's lawsuit over graphic photos taken by first responders at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, their teenage daughter and seven others.The trial will be held in downtown Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge John Walter consolidated the trial of Bryant's lawsuit against Los Angeles County with that of Orange County financial adviser Chris Chester's suit, which makes many of the same allegations.Both the NBA star's widow and Chester contend they suffered emotional distress when county sheriff's and fire personnel snapped...

Loved ones mourn slain Monterey Park Police officer Gardiel Solorio

Friends, family and co-workers continued to mourn the death of Monterey Park Police officer Gardiel Solorio as the manhunt for his killer continued. "Although his time with (the department) was very short, we all knew from the moment we met him that he had the heart of service and was going to be a great officer," said Chief Kelly Gordon."And I could tell that from the moment he walked in and did our first introductions in my office. The family and department are grieving right now, and this is an especially difficult tragedy. It's a senseless act of violence. He was...

Irvine doctor allegedly caught on camera poisoning her husband with Drano

An Irvine man said that he has three videos that allegedly prove that his wife has been poisoning him with Drano since at least late July. "She takes up the bottle, she pours it in, puts the cap back on and puts it back under the sink as though nothing else was happening in her day," said the husband's lawyer Steven Hittelman. Mission Viejo dermatologist Yue Yu, 45, was arrested last Thursday for poisoning her husband of 10 years.According to Irvine Police Department, Yu's husband, Dr. Jack Chen had fallen ill over the course of a month and had grown suspicious that...

Local teachers ask for school supply donations to keep classrooms running

With schools reopening across the region, Los Angeles County school teachers are asking for school supplies to keep their classrooms running so they can teach students with the best resources possible. A recent survey by the nonprofit found that teachers spent about $750 on school supplies out of their own pocket each year. In that same survey, about 30 percent of teachers were spending $1,000 or more, a 25 percent increase from last year. One teacher told CBSLA that she believes a lot of the added costs on educators are leading to a teacher shortage. "A teacher told me there was really...

Kenan Thompson to host 74th Emmy Awards

Comedian Kenan Thompson will host the 74th Emmy Awards, officials announced Tuesday."Being a part of this incredible evening where we honor the best of the television community is ridiculously exciting, and to do it on NBC -- my longtime network family -- makes it even more special," Thompson said in a statement released by the network and the Television Academy. "Like all TV fans, I can't wait to see the stars from my favorite shows."Longtime "Saturday Night Live" cast member is kicking off his 20th seasonat the show, making him the longest-running series regular. Thompson began his television career on  Nickelodeon 's "All That"then joined castmate Kel Mitchell in "Kenan and Kel."He is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.The 74th Emmy Awards will be held Sept. 12 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

UTLA files unfair labor practices complaint against LAUSD over extra "optional" instructional days

The union representing Los Angeles teachers have filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging that four "optional" instructional days were added to the academic calendar for the coming year without union negotiations.According to the United Teachers Los Angeles, the four "optional acceleration" days — Oct. 19, Dec. 7, March 15, 2023, and April 19, 2023 — were imposed without any consultation with parents, teachers, or other district employees."Educators are the ones in the classroom day to day, not Superintendent Carvalho, yet they are being left out of conversations on how to most effectively...

Body found in Griffith Park prompting LAPD investigation

Authorities were investigating Tuesday after a body was found in Griffith Park.According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, they responded to the area at 12:31 p.m. and discovered a body hanging from a tree near the Merry-Go-Round.Fire crews called in the Los Angeles Police Department to conduct a death investigation.The person's identity was not immediately known. 

Police searching for 81-year-old woman missing from Koreatown area

Authorities sought the public's help Tuesday to help locate an 81-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who was last seen in the Koreatown area. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Isabel Basulto was last seen on Aug. 4 at about 9 p.m. near the 300 block of South Catalina Street.Officers said she does not operate a vehicle and was last seen on foot.  Basulto is described as a Hispanic woman who is 5-feet-7 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. She has red hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information on her whereabouts was urged to call the LAPD Olympic Station at 213-382-9102, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

Small plane crash lands on 91 Freeway in Corona

A small plane crashed in the eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway in Corona, according to the CHP.The plane crash was reported in the eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway, just west of the 15 Freeway at about 12:30 p.m. Two people were on board the plane, and neither was injured, California Highway Patrol officials reported.It's not known where the plane was headed, or if it had just taken off.The aircraft was engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived on the scene. The plane hit at least one vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, the CHP said.At least two right lanes of the freeway have been shut down, and the Lincoln Avenue onramp to the eastbound freeway has been closed by Corona police. Caltrans cameras on the freeway showed very heavy traffic inching its way past the crash site.The FAA confirmed two people were on board the plane, and that they will lead the investigation.Around 7:05 p.m. the CHP said all lanes of the eastbound 91 Freeway were re-opened.  This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.

Anti-mosquito spraying scheduled this week in Santa Ana

A Santa Ana neighborhood will be sprayed Wednesday and Thursday to help cut down on the mosquito population, city officials said.The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District says they have found an increase in the population of the invasive Aedes mosquito in a Santa Ana neighborhood, so "residential mosquito control applications" have been scheduled for this week.The mosquito control application will take place between 2 and 5 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday in the neighborhoods west of South Greenville Street to South Bristol Street, and north of Edinger to McFadden Avenue. The mosquito spray will be distributed from backpacks,...

"I just felt really alone": Monkeypox survivor opens up on illness and recovery

When California resident Jeffrey Todd found an odd bump on his cheek, he assumed it was a pimple. But after several days, he began to notice a raised ring appearing around the bump. That sent up some red flags. "It looked very much like a picture I had seen on the CDC website," Todd told CBS News on Tuesday. That same night, Todd noticed a series of similar raised bumps going up his arm and back. To make matter worse, he began experiencing some distressing symptoms, including body aches and "severe" shooting pains down his back and into his legs. The next...

Search underway for suspect connected to armed robbery at Culver City ATM

Authorities are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery an ATM in Culver City on Monday. According to Culver City police, the robbery took place at around 1:30 a.m. at the Chase Bank on Sepulveda Boulevard, where a man had just withdrawn $400 dollars from an ATM "when he was approached by the suspect, who produced a black handgun and demanded his cash."The suspect was described as a male standing about 6 feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a surgical mask, a gray hooded-sweatshirt and dark-colored pants. After stealing the money, "the suspect ran towards Sprouts Market and out of view," police said.Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at (310) 253-6316 or (310) 253-6202.

Anaheim man sentenced to 10 years in prison for Inland Empire freeway shootings

A man who was behind a string of BB gun shootings on Southern California freeways last year struck a surprise plea deal with prosecutors and was immediately sentenced to 10 years in prison.Jesse Leal Rodriguez, 35, of Anaheim, pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and admitted to a prior strike before a judge handed down the decade-long sentence. Rodriguez had been facing attempted murder charges for the string of shootings that terrorized Southern California drivers for about a month last year. No one was seriously injured in any of the shootings, and its still unclear if...

Protestors disrupt Los Angeles City Council meeting as council members vote to ban homeless encampments near schools

For the third and final time, Los Angeles City Council voted on a measure to ban homeless encampments within 500 feet of schools and daycare centers on Tuesday. After two previous votes, both of which came out in favor of the ordinance, a procedural issue caused a rare third vote. The primary vote took place in July, where council members voted 10-1 in favor of banning the encampments, opposed only by Councilman Mike Bonin. Since the measure did not receive unanimous approval, it was forced to undergo a second vote last Tuesday, again passing, 11-3. Bonin was joined by Councilwoman Nithya...

Supervisor Janice Hahn tests positive for COVID-19

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn has tested positive for COVID-19. Hahn, 70-years-old, announced her positive test via Twitter on Tuesday, stating that she was "feeling pretty lousy."She reportedly tested positive over the weekend.As a result of her positive test for coronavirus, Hahn was forced to miss Tuesday's board meeting. Hahn has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2016 after holding a seat in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2016. Prior to time on Congress, Hahn was a member of Los Angeles City Council for 10 years. 

Former church worker from La Mirada arrested in child pornography investigation

A former church worker has been charged with felony counts of possessing child pornography, and investigators believe he may have more victims.Andrew Williams, 33, of La Mirada, was arrested last Wednesday and booked on several counts of possessing child pornography following a months-long investigation by West Covina police, the Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the U.S. Marshals Service. West Covina police say he has since been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.According to Los Angeles County sheriff's jail records, Williams is being held without bail. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Thursday.Police say Williams previously worked at a church, most recently worked in San Dimas, and has previously lived in Costa Mesa. Because of where he used to work, detectives believe there may be potential physical victims and have released a booking photo of Williams.Anyone with information about the investigation can contact West Covina police Detective Iside at (626) 939-8735.

Man throws alcohol at Westminster restaurant workers while trying to steal food

A Westminster restaurant owner pushed back when a man walked into her closed store and tried to steal food.Police are looking for the suspect, who walked into Prepped With Love in Westminster on Sunday night. Security video shows the man walking into the closed restaurant, where three women were working, and walking straight to the refrigerators, where some prepared meals were stored. The store owner's daughter first pushed a prep table at him and kept it between them. The store owner then ran up and pushed the man away from the opened refrigerator with a plastic storage container. "He was very physical with pushing the table back, not only that, but he also had an open can of alcohol which he actually threw at my face," employee Mary Dao said. "It fell all over me and all over the floor."Suspect information was not released, but video shows the man wore red shorts and a blue or gray T-shirt with writing on the back.