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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Los Angeles.

Monday
Sep222014

Intruder Shot by Van Nuys Resident Charged with Assault

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man who was shot after allegedly breaking into a Van Nuys home was charged with assault Friday.

Grachia Nalbandyan, of Glendale, is accused of forcing his way into a guest house on Sept. 15 and threatening to kill a resident, according to officials. During the altercation, the 25-year-old hit the victim with a glass measuring cup.

The resident left toward the main house to retrieve a shotgun, then followed Nalbandyan and reportedly told him to leave while he fired warning shots into the ground.

Officials said the victim shot Nalbandyan once on the hip, and he tried to escape by stealing a car.

Nalbandyan faces one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and attempted grand theft auto. He faces a maximum sentence of more than seven years in prison if convicted of all charges.


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Monday
Sep222014

Man Pleads Guilty to Fleeing Police, Striking Dog in Chase 

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man who led officials on a televised police chase pleaded guilty Friday to fleeing law enforcement and hit-and-run driving.

Yovani Rodriguez, 21, stole a vehicle on Sept. 17 and drove away from police, running red lights, navigating on the opposite side of traffic, and striking a dog in the process, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Rodriguez took the vehicle from an area near Manchester and Central Avenues. Police nabbed him an hour later after a chase.

Rodriguez was charged and convicted of one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer's motor vehicle while driving recklessly, and driving or taking a vehicle without consent, along with a misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.

Rodriguez is scheduled for another hearing on Oct. 20.


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Monday
Sep222014

Man Shot and Killed in Koreatown

(LOS ANGELES) -- At least two men are being sought in a fatal shooting in Koreatown on Sunday.

According to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department, a man was at a bus bench in the area of Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue, when he was approached by two other men, who shot the victim and then fled the scene in a black pickup truck.

The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Friday
Sep192014

Enterovirus D68 Has Hit Southern California

(LOS ANGELES) -- The respiratory illness Enterovirus D68, spreading to children across the country, has arrived in Southern California.

Dr. Gil Chavez, Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health, says four cases have been confirmed in children -- three in San Diego County and one in Ventura County.

The children range in age from two to 13 years old.

All of the patients are now recovering.


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Friday
Sep192014

JetBlue Plane Evacuated After Emergency Landing in Long Beach

(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday in Long Beach because of an engine problem, the airline said.

Flight 1416 was bound for Austin, Texas, Thursday morning when it "declared an emergency" and returned to Long Beach Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"The airplane landed safely, and all customers and crew have evacuated via slides with no reported injuries at this time," JetBlue said in a statement, noting the runway at Long Beach was temporarily closed.

The airline said there was an "issue with the number two engine."

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Austin Thursday afternoon.


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