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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

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Cougars on the prowl in Southern California neighborhood

Residents in a region of San Bernardino County are on high alert after home surveillance cameras have spotted several mountain lions roaming neighborhoods.  

One Redlands resident, identified only as Virginia, spotted a lone prowler on her property on Drake Ridge Crest, the big cat strolling across the porch in the evening hours.  

“It was obvious it was a mountain lion just the way it walked, like it was king of the roost,” she told KTLA’s Shelby Nelson.  

Virginia, who frequently checks her camera footage for a stray cat that she’s been feeding, said the cougar was on her property last Thursday and it was definitely a different cat that she expected to see.  

“It kind of made my jaw drop because I’ve never seen a mountain lion before,” she added.  

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California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA that it has received several reports of mountain lions in the area, with many residents posting videos to social media.  

Near Hillside Memorial Park, less than three miles from Redlands, one person’s security cameras captured a mountain lion in their backyard.  

“Specifically where these reports came from, on the edge of Redlands, adjacent to the San Timoteo Canyon, [this is] where lions – all wildlife really – use that canyon as a migration corridor,” CDFW representative Kevin Howells explained.  

  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood
  • Mountain lions caught prowling SoCal neighborhood

These areas, according to Howells, are mountain lion territory and sightings are to be expected, particularly since more people now have cameras.  

“People are detecting what has been walking around the entire time,” he explained.  

Additionally, Howells said it’s the end of kitten season and mature female cougars have likely already given birth and are stashing their offspring while they go out and hunt for food.  

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Earlier this month, in Thousand Oaks, a baby mountain lion was captured on home surveillance cameras stalking a house cat.

However, the number one food source for mountain lions are deer, so Howells recommends people deer proof their homes.  

“Trim back any excess cover, any vegetation that these animals may use,” he advised.  

As for Redlands resident Robert Zielinski, who owns a dog that seems like it might stand a chance with a mountain lion, he says he’s staying prepared.  

“We usually lower [our] guard. I don’t panic, but after watching that video, I double check that all the gates are locked, closed, that the doors are closed and windows,” he said.

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Wildlife officials couldn’t confirm if all the sightings involve the same cougar, but did warn residents who may come upon a stash of kittens to not approach it because the mother may be nearby and will be returning.

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Illinois authorities identify Orange County girl killed in jet ski crash

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Illinois authorities identify Orange County girl killed in jet ski crash

Authorities in Illinois have identified the two girls killed in jet ski crash earlier this week, including a 16-year-old from Orange County.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two girls as 16-year-old Sarina Vootkur of Lake Forest and 13-year-old Elle Kim of Long Grove, Illinois.

Results of autopsies conducted Thursday determined that the two girls died from “blunt force injuries” suffered in the crash.

According to Sheriff’s officials, on Tuesday, the two girls were riding a Yamaha WaveRunner on Lake Marie near Antioch Township, a town located in Illinois, about 70 miles north of Chicago.

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Vootkur was driving the vehicle with Kim riding on the back. Witnesses said the girls were traveling at a high rate of speed directly in the path of a speed boat driven by a 55-year-old Illinois man.

The two vehicles collided and both girls were thrown into the water and knocked unconscious. They were both wearing life vests which allowed for the occupants of the boat to pull them from the water and provide first aid until they were able to take them to shore, officials said.

The girls were taken to a nearby hospital and were pronounced deceased after they arrived, Sheriff’s officials said. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the local Sheriff’s Office and Illinois Conservation Police.

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Police shuts down area outside Glendale apartment complex due to barricaded suspect

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Police shuts down area outside Glendale apartment complex due to barricaded suspect

A barricaded suspect in a Glendale apartment building prompted a large police response early Thursday morning, according to authorities.

Law enforcement officers were posted outside the area of the 1800 block of Vassar Street at an apartment complex, Glendale police confirmed at 8:24 a.m.

Police responded to a disturbance on Thursday morning, resulting in a barricaded suspect at a Glendale apartment building. (KTLA)

The extent of the situation was not immediately clear, but SWAT and fire personnel were still outside the building as of 8:30 a.m. There was no word on whether it was a hostage situation or whether a potential suspect inside the building was armed.

Police asked the public to avoid the area around 8:30 a.m., but said the situation was clear by 9:15 a.m. No additional details were immediately made available.

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Los Feliz pharmacy targeted by burglary crew using electric saw

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Los Feliz pharmacy targeted by burglary crew using electric saw

Surveillance video captured a burglary crew brazenly using an electric saw while attempting to smash their way into a pharmacy in Los Feliz.

Early Wednesday morning, three suspects approached R&D Pharmacy located on Franklin Avenue at around 4 a.m.

They were seen using an electric saw and a crowbar to shatter the store’s glass entrance before sawing into the metal gate behind it.

The pharmacy’s owner, Roselyn Roque, said this was the second time her pharmacy had been targeted in just three weeks. 

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Despite diligently locking up her store every night and protecting it with steel gates, an alarm system, motion detectors, chains and padlocks, she said the suspects don’t appear to be deterred from returning.

As a pharmacist, Roque said she unfortunately also knows what the thieves are after.

“Opiates and stimulants,” she said.”They have really high value on the streets.”

Her pharmacy has been targeted a total of three times over the past two years. Roque believes the suspects are the same people who have attempted to burglarize the shop in the past. 

During Wednesday’s incident, the suspects’ getaway car was captured clearly on security cameras.

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“There’s three of them again, but they’re using two different cars,” Roque said. “We were able to identify the plate. They’re backing up with the plates on camera. Maybe they don’t care about [being caught] anymore.”

In all three attempted burglaries, however, the suspects were scared away by blaring security alarms and fled before stealing anything inside.

Roque is very worried about her safety while operating the store.

“I’m scared that they might come back and I’m here,” she said.

Despite no merchandise being lost, Roque said the burglary crew still managed to leave a trail of destruction behind including breaking her security gate and front windows, which will be expensive to replace.

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“I’m kind of on my own,” she said. “I’ll have to do the best I can.”

Roque said she remains concerned because the suspects are still at large. She said Los Angeles police asked whether she would be pressing charges if the suspects were caught.

“I said, ‘Of course,’” Roque recalled. “If I can help another small business like mine to not go through something like this, then I’m going to do my part and keep [the suspects] off the streets.”

Anyone with information on the attempted burglary can call the LAPD at 1-877-527-3247.

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