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Armed robbery suspect arrested, gun recovered by Long Beach police

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Armed robbery suspect arrested, gun recovered by Long Beach police

One person reportedly involved in an armed robbery Saturday night in Long Beach has been taken into custody, authorities announced.  

Officers with the Long Beach Police Department’s East Division responded to calls about the robbery near 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway.  

Details are extremely limited, but authorities said that thanks to a diligent follow-up investigation, officers were safely able to arrest one of the suspects and recover a firearm.  

No information on any additional suspects involved in the incident was provided. Police also did not release the identity of the suspect arrested.  

A gun recovered from an armed robbery suspect on Mar. 16, 2024, seen here. (LBPD)

“As part of our ongoing efforts in the greater Belmont Shore area, we had additional resources already nearby who responded quickly to the scene,” LBPD said in a post to X, formerly Twitter.

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Patrols in the popular entertainment district have been stepped up after a recent spate of fatal altercations.  

On Mar. 3, 20-year-old Adrian Hernandez was stabbed to death after reportedly intervening on behalf of some female friends who were being harassed by a group of individuals at a Dave’s Hot Chicken restaurant on the corner of 2nd Street and Covina Avenue.  

Authorities on the scene of a deadly stabbing at a Dave’s Hot Chicken restaurant in Long Beach on Mar. 3, 2024. (OC Hawk)

The suspect in that case, 29-year-old Huntington Beach resident Brandon Nguyen, was arrested the next day at Los Angeles International Airport.  

About two weeks before that, 32-year-old Johnny Santos was fatally shot outside Dogz Bar and Grill in the 5300 block of East 2nd Street, less than three blocks from where Hernandez was killed.  

“It’s been leading up to this for quite a while, the late-night after-hours partying, over-served kids, it’s just a bad element that’s come into the shore lately,” Belmont Shore resident Ben Rhodes told KTLA.  

Last night, officials at Pike Place Outlets shut the mall down early after hundreds of teens descended on the retail hot spot where a fight broke out and another person was shot.  

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Family of father of 5 devastated after he's killed in Southern California hit-and-run crash

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Family of father of 5 devastated after he's killed in Southern California hit-and-run crash

A Southern California family is searching for answers after a father of five was killed in a hit-and-run crash early Friday morning.

The victim — 44-year-old Anthony Molina — was walking home around 3:22 a.m. when he was struck by a vehicle on Marshall Boulevard near Elm Avenue in San Bernardino on April 19.

A security camera from the area picks up the audio of the crash but issues with visibility make it difficult to make out the vehicle.

Anthony’s family is heartbroken after the tragedy.

“I’m missing my son, look what you did to my son,” the victim’s mother, Sandra, said while fighting back tears to KTLA 5’s Carlos Saucedo. “No bringing him back anymore. I can’t believe this is being done to my son.”

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Anthony’s death has left his family devastated, and his loss will also impact the community. The 44-year-old coached Little League in San Bernardino for more than 20 years. Anthony lived in his home for 28 years.

Neighbors in the area say speeding is all too common on that stretch of road, and are hopeful the city will add speedbumps to slow drivers down.

Authorities have not released any information about the suspect’s vehicle that was involved in the crash.

Anthony’s sister, Darling Vanessa Molina, is pleading for the driver to come forward.

“If you’re watching, turn yourself in,” she said. “My brother deserves to get justice.”

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Family, deputies seeking public assistance to locate 14-year-old who went missing in Southern California

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Family, deputies seeking public assistance to locate 14-year-old who went missing in Southern California

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help to locate a critically missing teen.

Authorities say 14-year-old Valeria Ibanez is 5 foot tall, weighs approximately 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray shirt, with gray pants and white shoes.

Ibanez hasn’t been heard from since around 7:23 p.m. Saturday. She was last seen in the 5200 block of Elizabeth Street in Cudahy.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for public assistance to help locate missing 14-year-old Valeria Ibanez. She was last seen in Cudahy on Saturday, April 20.

Family members say Ibanez has no history of running away and they’re extremely concerned for her well-being.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s East La Station (323) 264-4151.  

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If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store, or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org 
 

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Sticker shock: Home prices doubled in under 7 years in these major U.S. cities

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Sticker shock: Home prices doubled in under 7 years in these major U.S. cities

(NEXSTAR) – Stunned by skyrocketing home prices? You’re not alone.

In 68 of the largest U.S. cities the average price has more than doubled in less than 10 years, a recent study by Point2Homes found.

“A common home appreciation theory is that residential properties tend to double in value in about 10 years,” the study notes. “But this good news for investors spells bad news for buyers, considering that most of the country’s major cities had home prices double even faster than that.”

Recent buyers in Spokane, Tampa, and Buffalo, for instance, may look back wistfully to 2017 when the average price was less than half of what it is now.

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As recently as 2019, homes in Detroit, where prices have doubled the quickest, were half what they are now, the study found.

Looking at home prices in recent years may be the most painful for new homeowners in Irvine, California, however, which was the most expensive housing market on the list, jumping from $750K to $1.5 million in seven years.

In terms of overall highest prices, eight of the top 10 most expensive U.S. cities in the fourth quarter of 2023 were in California, led by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara ($1,750,300), San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward ($1,251,000), Salinas ($993,900) and San Diego-Carlsbad ($931,600), according to National Association of Realtors data.

See the top 20 cities when it comes to home prices doubling in the shortest amount of time:

Rank City Years It Took To Double
1 Detroit, MI 4.9
2 Spokane, WA 5.9
3 Tampa, FL 6
4 Miami, FL 6
5 Baltimore, MD 6.1
6 Scottsdale, AZ 6.2
7 Buffalo, NY 6.4
8 St. Petersburg, FL 6.6
9 Jersey City, NJ 6.8
10 Phoenix, AZ 6.8
11 Gilbert, AZ 6.8
12 Mesa, AZ 6.9
13 Cleveland, OH 6.9
14 Charlotte, NC 7
15 North Las Vegas, NV 7
16 Chandler, AZ 7
17 Cincinnati, OH 7
18 Boise, ID 7.1
19 Milwaukee, WI 7.1
20 Tucson, AZ 7.1
(Credit: Point2Homes)

In February, 2024 home prices across the country were up 6.4% year-over-year, according to Redfin, with an average sale price of $411,887.

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Cleveland, Ohio led all metros in growth last year (25.5%), followed by Birmingham, Alabama (24.4%); Boca Raton, Florida (22.5%); Richmond, Virginia (19%); Fort Wayne, Indiana (18.6%); Dallas, Texas (16.9%); Miami Beach, Florida (16.7%); Cincinnati, Ohio (15.9%); Meridian, Idaho (15.6%); and Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky (15.5%).

“Homeowners have benefited from housing wealth accumulation. However, many homebuyers have been shocked at high housing costs, with a typical monthly mortgage payment rising from $1,000 three years ago to more than $2,000 last year,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Amid persistently high prices, prospective home buyers have at least one source of hope this year, thanks to a bombshell legal settlement.

In March, the National Association of Realtors announced that it had agreed to pay $418 million to settle lawsuits over commissions traditionally tacked onto the home-buying transaction.

The new rules also allow home buyers and sellers to negotiate lower agent commissions instead of the typical 5-6% of the sale that is currently split by brokers on both sides of the deal.

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Changes to the rules will take effect in mid-July.

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