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3 stabbed when brawl breaks out at Southern California motorcycle festival

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3 stabbed when brawl breaks out at Southern California motorcycle festival

At least three men were stabbed and hospitalized after a large brawl broke out at a motorcycle festival Sunday at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, authorities announced.  

Officers with the Ventura Police Department responded to the fairgrounds after receiving several 911 calls that a person had been stabbed during Chopperfest, an annual event for motorcycle enthusiasts.  

Police found two stabbing victims and began rendering aid until both victims were taken by ambulance to the Ventura County Medical Center.  

A third victim was able to walk himself into the same hospital, authorities added.  

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“During the investigation, it was determined that a large fight took place between several attendees of the event, which resulted in three involved parties being stabbed,” police said. 

All three of the victims, described only as men aged 33-years-old, 43-year-old and 53-year-old, were reportedly in stable condition.  

Chopperfest, according to its website, is an event “dedicated to the design, function and art of the motorcycle.”  

Police said there are currently no suspects in custody, nor was a description of any suspects provided.  

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Pat Lindsay at 805-339-4498.  

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Stolen big rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

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Stolen big rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

Authorities with the California Highway Patrol were in pursuit of a driver in a suspected stolen tractor-trailer big-rig truck out of Bakersfield Wednesday night.  

The suspect led CHP in pursuit on the southbound 5 Freeway, near the 405 Freeway interchange shortly after the pursuit was initiated. The driver later transitioned onto the eastbound 134 Freeway.  

Hitting speeds of around 70 miles per hour, the big rig was seen swerving from side to side on the freeway.  

  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California
  • Stolen big-rig burst into flames after pursuit in Southern California

The suspect later made his way to the eastbound 210 Freeway toward San Bernardino County where officers successfully deployed a spike strip in the Claremont area, blowing out the front tires on the big rig.  

In Rancho Cucamonga, the big rig caught fire. The driver exited the vehicle and fled.

He was taken into custody not long after.  

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The big rig was fully engulfed in flames as the fire department was responding and traffic on the freeway was at a complete standstill.

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Minnesota man arrested in slaying of model in DTLA

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Minnesota man arrested in slaying of model in DTLA

A Minnesota man has been arrested in the killing of a woman in downtown Los Angeles last year.

Maleesa Mooney, 31, was found dead in an apartment in the 200 block of Figueroa Street on Sept. 12, 2023, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release.

The model’s body was found in her refrigerator.

Now, almost half a year later, the LAPD believes they’ve found her killer: 41-year-old Magnus Daniel Humphrey of Hopkins, Minnesota, who was arrested on an “unrelated federal warrant” and is on federal probation for drug offenses, police said.

  • Maleesa Mooney, a 31-year-old aspiring model and real estate agent was found dead in her downtown Los Angeles apartment on Sept. 12, 2023. (Jourdin Pauline)
  • Maleesa Mooney, a 31-year-old aspiring model and real estate agent was found dead in her downtown Los Angeles apartment on Sept. 12, 2023. (Jourdin Pauline)
  • Maleesa Mooney, a 31-year-old aspiring model and real estate agent was found dead in her downtown Los Angeles apartment on Sept. 12, 2023. (Jourdin Pauline)

He will soon be brought to L.A. to face a murder charge.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case can call Detective Pierce or Detective Marcinek at 213-486-8700.

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During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go directly to lacrimestoppers.org.

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Self-driving taxis suspended in L.A., NorCal

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Self-driving taxis suspended in L.A., NorCal

Self-driving car company Waymo may no longer offer rides in its robotaxis after the California Public Utilities Commission suspended their ability to transport members of the public.

According to KTVU, the CPUC suspended Waymo for up to 120 days after the company sought to expand its services in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, prompting protests from some local officials.

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President David J. Canepa said in a statement to KTVU that Waymo has “stalled any meaningful discussions on its expansion plans,” so the company won’t be able to “test robotaxi service virtually unfettered both in San Mateo and Los Angeles counties.”

“This will provide the opportunity to fully engage the autonomous vehicle maker on our very real public safety concerns that have caused all kinds of dangerous situations for firefighters and police in neighboring San Francisco,” Canepa said.

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In a letter to CPUC President Alice Busching Reynolds, L.A. Mayor Karen Bass highlighted incidents in San Francisco such as Waymo vehicles blocking firehouse driveways and parking on top of fire hoses.

Locally, a Waymo robotaxi intially failed to stop for a traffic officer in 2023, though no injuries were reported.

The company began offering rides late last year in parts of L.A. County, including Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, Mid-City Koreatown and downtown L.A., according to the Los Angeles Times.

At that time, Bass asked the CPUC to authorize local regulation of self-driving vehicles.

“To date, local jurisdictions like Los Angeles have had little to no input in [autonomous vehicle] deployment and are already seeing significant harm and disruption,” she wrote.

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A Waymo spokesperson told the Times that before expanding its service area, the company “reached out to stakeholders including county officials, local first responders, cities, bike coalitions and others,” the newspaper reported

“Our briefings included information on Waymo’s mission, experience and how our technology works,” the spokesperson said.

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