Transients in the Plaza of the Flags area next to the Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana were put on notice Monday they will soon have to move, while a county official warned that a feud over how to address homelessness in the county is threatening a federal court settlement.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do called a special board meeting for Monday afternoon to discuss the issue, but only he and Supervisor Shawn Nelson attended.

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GRIFFITH PARK (CNS) – A 13-year-old boy rescued about 12 hours after he fell into a sewage pipe in Griffith Park said Monday he couldn’t see anything after he dropped his cellphone during his underground ordeal.

“I was just praying to God to help me to not die,” he told NBC4.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – Former USC and NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich was behind bars Monday, serving a 90-day jail sentence for violating probation stemming from his arrest for carrying drugs while naked in the backyard of an Irvine home.

Marinovich, 48, admitted in court March 23 that he violated probation by testing positive for methamphetamine, and he received the 90-day jail sentence, according to court records. He was given credit for eight days in custody.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man was convicted Monday of killing his father, stepmother and two half-brothers in their Hyde Park home in 1999, when he was a teenager, and trying to make the shootings look like a murder-suicide.

Jurors deliberated four days before finding Saulo Cesar Alvarado, 35, guilty of four counts of first-degree murder, plus two counts of child molestation involving a then-underage family member. The panel also found true special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and lying in wait.

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HAWTHORNE (CNS) – Three days after successfully launching 10 communications satellites into orbit from the West Coast, Hawthorne-based SpaceX launched a cargo mission from the East Coast Monday en route to the International Space Station.

The CRS-14 mission launched from Cape Canaveral at about 1:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The number of vehicle thefts in Los Angeles County declined 2.6 percent in 2017, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday.

Statewide, vehicle thefts were down 6.2 percent, according to figures released by the agency.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A project to update the security checkpoint at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX with automated screening lanes is now complete, Los Angeles World Airports and the Transportation Security Administration announced Monday.

With the opening of the final two automated lanes, all 14 of the lanes at the security checkpoint have been replaced with new technology that officials said will allow up to five passengers to fill trays with personal belongings at the same time and proceed to the body scanner, allowing more passengers to be screened each hour.

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DIAMOND BAR (CNS) – A house fire in the Diamond Bar area Monday left one person injured.

Firefighters sent to the 2800 block of Shadow Canyon Drive at 11:04 a.m. extinguished the flames in 19 minutes, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The family of a man who was fatally shot in Anaheim Hills two years ago filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit Monday against the resident who opened fire after finding him in a parked car.

The family of Ryan Miller — who was 40 when he was shot on June 6, 2016, in the 100 block of South Eucalyptus Drive — sued Emil Shaheen in Orange County Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Relatives of a mentally ill man fatally shot by Long Beach police inside an arcade in 2015 settled their lawsuit against the city, court papers obtained Monday show.

Mharloun Saycon was shot inside Looff’s Lite-A-Line on Dec. 14, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which alleged officers used excessive force.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – More than two dozen felony charges were filed Monday against a 38-year-old man accused of breaking into laundry machines in more than a dozen Anaheim hotels to steal quarters.

Jesse Moreno faces 27 counts of first-degree burglary stemming from the rash of break-ins that started Jan. 15 and continued through March 28, according to court records.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Citing free-speech grounds, the owners of the National Enquirer filed court papers Monday seeking dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a former Playboy centerfold who alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago.

Karen McDougal sued American Media Inc. on March 20, contending she was misled into signing a 2016 agreement with the company, which is controlled by David Pecker, a friend and supporter of Trump. The lawsuit contends that AMI paid McDougal $150,000 for exclusive rights to her story for the purpose of keeping it out of the public eye — a practice known as “catch and kill” — to protect Trump.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Attorneys for President Donald Trump filed papers in Los Angeles Monday seeking to compel closed-door arbitration to resolve a lawsuit filed by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels over allegations he had an affair with the performer a decade ago.

According to documents filed in Los Angeles federal court, attorneys for Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, contend that since Daniels accepted a $130,000 payment and signed an October 2016 settlement agreement, she is required to enter into private arbitration to settle “any and all claims that may arise” between herself and Trump.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Mayor Eric Garcetti Monday appointed a former director at L.A. Family Housing as a senior project manager in his office’s efforts to battle homelessness in Los Angeles.

In her time at L.A. Family Housing, a low-income housing developer and service provider located in North Hollywood, Christina Miller brought to scale a community-wide housing system for people experiencing homelessness, and oversaw services that brought nearly 1,000 chronically homeless adults and veterans off the streets, according to Garcetti’s office.

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TORRANCE (CNS) – Police Monday identified a parolee who was arrested after he allegedly attacked a Torrance resident who interrupted the suspect burglarizing his home.

Joseph Valdes of Lomita, who was already on parole for an assault conviction, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday. The resident was treated by firefighters following the confrontation, which took place about three hours earlier in the 1900 block of 236th Street, near Western Avenue, according to Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police investigating a Feb. 23 hit-and-run collision that killed a pedestrian in downtown Los Angeles released video of the involved big rig Monday in the hope that someone will help them identify the driver.

Victor Leonard Hernandez-Perez, 27, of Los Angeles, died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 11:15 p.m. near the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Central Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hundreds of public basketball courts across Los Angeles will be renovated over the next three years with funds donated by the L.A. Clippers and team Chairman Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, it was announced Monday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and other leaders joined the Ballmers and Clippers guard Lou Williams for the announcement at the Jim Gilliam Recreation Center in South Los Angeles, which is one of the roughly 350 courts that will be renovated though the $10 million gift to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – A felony complaint was filed Monday against a 29-year-old security guard accused of attempting to arrange to have sex with a 4-year-old girl.

Nicolas Ryan Castillo was due in court Monday afternoon for arraignment on a charge of soliciting to commit a sexual assault on a minor.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An ex-officer with the Department of Homeland Security pleaded guilty Monday to a federal civil rights violation for kicking a handcuffed detainee in the head.

Jason Michael Rouswell, 46, of the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles, was charged last June with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law in connection with the October 2016 assault, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” dominated the competition at North American theaters, collecting $41.8 million in its opening weekend, according to final figures released Monday.

The film easily overshadowed the debut of “Tyler Perry’s Acrimony,” which earned $17.2 million between Friday and Sunday, according to box-office tracker comScore.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A San Fernando Valley man was sentenced Monday to a 40-month concurrent prison term for possessing a stash of child pornography images of youngsters under 12 while free on bail in a separate federal case.

Ivan Greenhut, 60, of Tarzana, must also pay $12,500 in penalties and serve lifetime supervised release as a registered sex offender, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder ruled.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders helped celebrate the grand opening Monday of Cielito Lindo, an affordable housing development in Boyle Heights.

The $21.2 million project was developed by the nonprofit East LA Community Corporation and has 50 units total for families who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County officials Monday urged residents to come forward and report youngsters at risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect, highlighting the issue as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey joined Sheriff Jim McDonnell and the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect in a statement announcing a social media campaign dubbed “No Hitters” that will culminate in a public service announcement to be shown at Dodger Stadium on April 23.

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SANTA CLARITA (CNS) – A man led sheriff’s deputies on a chase in an allegedly stolen box truck in Santa Clarita Monday, but was arrested when the vehicle became disabled and he made a frantic dash across the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway before surrendering.

The truck, with at least one of its tires flattened, rolled to a stop alongside the center median of the northbound 14 Freeway near Placerita Canyon Road about 12:30 p.m. The suspect jumped out of the truck, crawled over the median and ran across the southbound freeway, dodging speeding vehicles.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The first wife and two sons of a hotel industry executive credited with helping Donald Trump avoid personal bankruptcy in the 1990s are asking a Los Angeles judge to dismiss a motion brought by the businessman’s widow, who wants to transfer her late husband’s interest in two homes to his trust, of which she is one of the beneficiaries.

Barbara Bollenbach and her sons, Chris and Keat, maintain in their court papers that the petitioner, Kimberly Bollenbach, should have brought her claims involving the estate of Stephen Bollenbach in New York. He was 74 years old when he died on Oct. 8, 2016, in New York City, after a lengthy illness.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Harbor Performance Enhancement Center announced Monday that it has completed a strategic transaction with Macquarie Principal Finance to provide capital for the development of a 5.5-million-square-foot container staging hub located at Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles.

The HPEC, a $130 million public-private partnership dedicated to facilitating sustainable freight movement and supply chain efficiencies, said it will transform 110 acres that is currently fallow and use the latest technology and a unique set of operating capabilities to improve shipping. Once completed, the goal is to have 3,500 truckloads per day from nearby container terminals move to the HPEC staging area that will improve efficiency and reduce emissions at the port, according to Jonathan Rosenthal, founder/CEO of HPEC.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Three University of California medical centers, including UCLA and UC Irvine Health, were awarded $8 million for a project to develop more effective approaches in advance care planning for seriously ill patients in primary care clinics, it was announced Monday.

UCSF Health will also share in the five-year award, which is one of only seven granted nationally by the nonprofit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, according to UC officials.

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DIAMOND BAR (CNS) – A house fire in the Diamond Bar area Monday left one person injured.

Firefighters sent to the 2800 block of Shadow Canyon Drive late Monday morning extinguished the flames in about 15 minutes, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man and his daughter settled his lawsuit in which he alleged she defamed him — in a video she created in 2017 — by falsely claiming he sexually abused her throughout her childhood, court papers obtained Monday show.

Lawyers for the plaintiff filed court papers on March 22 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey stating that the case was resolved. No terms were divulged.

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PASADENA (CNS) – Authorities Monday released the name of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena.

Brian Anthony Brouwer, 47, of Rancho Cucamonga died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 7:50 p.m. Friday near Rosemead Boulevard, the coroner’s office reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A former longtime girls’ soccer coach at Long Beach Poly High School has settled her suit against the Long Beach Unified School District alleging the district stripped her of her coaching job for complaining about gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Lawyers for Teri Collins filed court papers on March 5 stating that a conditional resolution of the case was reached. No terms were divulged and it was not immediately clear if the settlement is subject to approval by the Board of Education.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Authorities Monday identified a man who was fatally shot in South Los Angeles.

The gunfire was reported at 1:33 a.m. Saturday in the 1600 block of East Florence Avenue, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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PALMDALE (CNS) – A man who was fatally shot in Palmdale was identified Monday.

The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday in the 37900 block of 47th Street East, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A $20,000 settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed against Los Angeles Unified on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who alleged a school bus driver refused to pick her up in a high-crime area in Wilmington in 2015 while she was trying to get to school and that she was later found disoriented at a park.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu dismissed the lawsuit on March 19 in light of the resolution. Judge Benny Osorio approved the settlement on Jan. 22.

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