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Sex Offender Who Cut Off GPS Monitor Captured by Police 

Los Angeles Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A 43-year-old man authorities described as a “violent registered sex offender” has been captured by police after cutting off his GPS monitoring device.

Joseph Serapiglia was taken into custody on Wednesday by deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in the Antelope Valley.

Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department said on Tuesday that Serapiglia allegedly cut off his court-ordered GPS monitor device and escaped.

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Corona Girl's Stolen Wheelchair Replaced in Time for Christmas

KABC-TV(CORONA, Calif.) -- Santa was extra nice to a 4-year-old girl with Down syndrome this year, giving her a new wheelchair after her old one was stolen from her front porch earlier this month.

Of course, Santa had some special helpers at the San Diego Down Syndrome Society, which replaced the chair just in time for Christmas.

Jocelyn Flores was born with Down syndrome and can't walk on her own, so her family was grateful "beyond words" for the new chair, her adult sister Alex Flores told ABC News affilaite KABC-TV.

The chair cost $2,500 and the family had been scrambling to find a replacement when neighbors and strangers pitched in to help.

"It's overwhelming to be honest," Alex told KABC-TV, smiling.

The stolen pink wheelchair was only meant for a 1- or 2-year-old, so Jocelyn had already outgrown it, Lt. Mark Johnson of the Corona Police Department told ABC News. Since she needed it to go to preschool, she wasn't able to attend in the days after the theft, he said.

The new wheelchair donated by the San Diego Down Syndrome Society is purple and will grow with Jocelyn until she's about 12, he said.

The stolen wheelchair was found the same day Jocelyn received the new one, but police didn't know who stole it.

Still, police were floored by the public's willingness to help the little girl.

"We were just amazed, and it just reminds us of what a great community we live in and we serve," Corona Police officer Jesse Cervantes, said told a crowd as Jocelyn was presented with her new chair.

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Six Injured in Westlake Motel Fire

(LOS ANGELES) -- A fire at a Los Angeles motel on Christmas evening has left six people injured.

The blaze was reported around 6 p.m. at the three-story residential motel, located at 1906 West 3rd Street in the Westlake area.

"First arriving firefighters were immediately met by multiple challenges as they saw residents trying to escape from smoke filled second-floor windows by climbing down bed sheets tied together or on human ladders of people standing on each other's shoulders," LAFD Public Service Officer, Erik Scott, said in a statement.

Approximately 100 firefighters worked to fully extinguish the flames in just over 20 minutes, according to officials.

Six people sustained injuries in the fire, with five of them having to be hospitalized.

"The fire originated in the kitchen of one second floor unit and is centered around the stove area," Senior Arson Investigator David Liske said. "While the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, the investigation will continue."

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Tuesday Car Crash in Pacoima Under Investigation

(LOS ANGELES) -- Authorities are investigating a Tuesday afternoon car accident in Pacoima.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reports says the crash took place at 12800 Van Nuys Boulevard.

One person was hospitalized. Everyone else was treated at the scene and released.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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LAX Ranks as One of the Top Airports with Healthy Food 

(LOS ANGELES) -- It turns out that the majority of U.S. airports actually offer some semblance of healthy eats.

According to new research from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Los Angeles International Airport ranks as the third top airport with healthy food.

The group's December 2014 report -- its 14th annual -- found that 75 percent of restaurants at 23 of the busiest U.S. airports offer at least one "healthful plant-based entrée."

From October to November 2014, Physicians Committee dietitians reviewed restaurant menus at 23 of the 30 busiest U.S. airports. "Each airport’s score is determined by dividing the number of restaurants offering at least one healthful plant-based entrée by the total number of restaurants in the airport," the report's methodology states.

The entire report, complete with specific restaurant and meal recommendations for your holiday travels, can be read here.

Below are the top 10 airports for healthiest eats:

  • 1. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (92 percent)
  • 2. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (90 percent)
  • 3. Los Angeles International Airport (88 percent)
  • 4. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (87 percent)
  • 5. Newark Liberty International Airport (86 percent)
  • 6. (tie) LaGuardia Airport (84 percent)
  • 6. (tie) Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (84 percent)
  • 8. Denver International Airport (83 percent)
  • 9. San Francisco International Airport (82 percent)
  • 10. Washington Dulles International Airport (80 percent)

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