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Gunfire erupts at Airbnb party in Hollywood Hills area; 2 struck

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Gunfire erupts at Airbnb party in Hollywood Hills area; 2 struck

Two men were struck by gunfire when an altercation at an Airbnb house party in the Hollywood Hills area turned violent overnight.

Video showed Los Angeles Police Department officers running toward a home in the 1600 block of North Crescent Heights Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood just after 12:15 a.m. Monday after receiving numerous reports of shots fired.

First responders arrive at the scene of a shooting in the Hollywood Hills area on Feb. 12, 2024. (KeyNews.TV)

Investigators determined that a party was being held Sunday night at the Airbnb location when two groups of men got into some type of altercation.

Gunfire erupted as one of those groups was trying to leave the party, according to witnesses.

Police told KTLA that two men struck and wounded by the gunfire were expected to survive.

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It was unclear what prompted the argument between the two groups.

Guests were seen running from the home following the shooting but most have not been cooperating with the investigation, police said.

Weapons were said to have been found at or near the home.

Two people were detained following the shooting but no arrests were immediately reported.

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Shohei Ohtani gets married. What we know (and don't) about his bride

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Shohei Ohtani gets married. What we know (and don't) about his bride

TOKYO (AP) — Baseball star Shohei Ohtani has stunningly revealed he’s married.

Ohtani wrote on Thursday on Instagram in Japanese: “The season is approaching but I would like to announce to everyone that I have gotten married.”

He said his new wife was a “Japanese woman” without identifying her. He said he would reveal more in an interview; presumably at the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training venue.

The 29-year-old Ohtani is Japan’s biggest celebrity, and there has always been curiosity around his personal life, which he has always kept very private. His focus, and his image, has always been 100%-baseball focused — free of scandals or tabloid news.

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Ohtani moved from the Los Angeles Angels to the Dodgers in December on a record-breaking contract worth $700 million over 10 years.

“I began a new chapter in my career with the Dodgers, but I also have started a new life with someone from my native country of Japan who is very special to me,” he wrote.

He asked the media refrain from “conducting unauthorized interviews.”

The post on Instagram included a photo of his dog “Dekopin,” which is also called “Decoy.”

He wrote: “We hope the two of us — and one animal — will work together.”

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The news broke in the middle of the night in North America, and late afternoon in Japan where it was immediately the top news item on local television.

Local television reports daily on his training in the United States and, because of his unprecedented success in North America, he has become the pride of Japan, and the Dodgers have become Japan’s de facto team.

Ohtani is training in Arizona for the Major League Baseball season, preparing for the Dodgers to open in Seoul, South Korea, on March 20-21 in a two-game series against the San Diego Padres.

Ohtani just underwent surgery on his right elbow and will not pitch this season. He will be used as a designated hitter, and the possibility exists he could play in the field.

In his spring training debut this week, he hit a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox.

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Ohtani has hit 171 home runs — 44 last season — and has a career batting average of .274. His record as a pitcher is 38-19 in five seasons. He missed the 2019 season due to elbow surgery and has a career ERA of 3.01.

He was the American League rookie of the year in 2018, and the American League MVP in 2021 and 2023, and has often been compared to Babe Ruth for his skill as a two-way player.

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Man fights off armed thieves targeting Rolex watch in West Hollywood

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Man fights off armed thieves targeting Rolex watch in West Hollywood

Surveillance video captured the moment three gunmen attacked a man who was wearing a Rolex watch while walking his dog in West Hollywood.

The victim, Rocco DiStefano, 29, who owns The Lab Athletic Club on Sunset Boulevard, said the incident happened on Tuesday in broad daylight at around 2 p.m. 

He was walking his dog on a sidewalk outside the gym when the armed suspects spotted him.

Video shows the gunmen pulling over in a black Cadillac sedan, quickly jumping out of the car and sprinting toward DiStefano. 

“When I turned around, it was three masked men running up to me,” he recalled. “One had a gun.”

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DiStefano is seen trying to run away from the trio but is quickly cornered near an elevator. The attackers kept shouting at him, “Take it off! We’re going to shoot you!”

  • Rocco DiStefano, 29, and his 4-year-old dog, Hercules in West Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2024. (KTLA)
  • Surveillance image of the suspects' black Cadillac sedan. (@thelabsunset)
  • The Rolex watch three armed men attempted to steal from Rocco DiStefano in West Hollywood on Feb. 27, 2024. (KTLA)
  • Three gunmen cornering the victim outside his West Hollywood gym on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • Three gunmen cornering and beating the victim outside his West Hollywood gym on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • The suspects running back to their getaway car on Feb. 27, 2024. (@thelabsunset)
  • Rocco DiStefano, 29, and his 4-year-old dog, Hercules in West Hollywood on Feb. 28, 2024. (KTLA)

DiStefano refused to lose his watch, clutching it tightly in his fist as the assailants knocked him down and began beating him.

“The adrenaline hit and they were on top of me, kicking me, punching me, pistol-whipping me,” DiStefano said. “I’ve never had a gun pointed to my forehead so the only thing I was thinking of was, ‘This is it.’”

DiStefano, who is also an amateur boxer, was able to put his skills to use as he began fighting back against the assailants. He eventually freed himself and ran to safety inside a nearby business. 

Empty-handed, the thieves were seen running back to their getaway car before speeding away.

The violent altercation left DiStefano with cuts and bruises on his head, but he said he escaped mostly uninjured. 

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“I don’t want to stop living my life because of these things but I’ll definitely be more cognizant of where I wear jewelry,” he said. “They’ll have to do a lot more than kick me and hit me to take me down.”

The victim’s 4-year-old dog, who was uninjured, was rescued by a passerby who witnessed the mugging take place. Reunited with his beloved dog, DiStefano said he is glad they are both unharmed. 

Authorities are investigating the assault and said a Metro bus that pulled up behind the suspects’ sedan may have captured the vehicle’s license plate and closer footage of the thieves. 

The three gunmen and the getaway driver all remain at large. Anyone with information on the assault can call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 310-855-8850.

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'Farm Watch' used to bust agricultural theft crew in Southern California

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'Farm Watch' used to bust agricultural theft crew in Southern California

Two Tulare County men are facing charges of conspiracy and grand theft after investigators in Ventura County arrested them for several agricultural thefts in the area, authorities announced Wednesday.  

The first incident unfolded on Feb. 24 when Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1400 block of San Cayetano Street in Fillmore on reports of an audible alarm coming from a residence.  

At the scene, authorities discovered that an estimated $3,500 worth of agricultural equipment, specifically smudge pots or orchard heaters – used to keep frost off vegetation – had been stolen.  

During that investigation, deputies located footage from surveillance cameras that showed two unidentified suspects on the property at the time of the theft, a news release from VCSO stated.

Just a day later, deputies responded to the same residence after a report that the alarm was going off once again.

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“Utilizing remote access to surveillance cameras on the property, the ranch manager advised Sheriff’s Dispatch there was an unknown subject actively stealing agricultural equipment,” the release noted.  

Deputies were able to locate and arrest 28-year-old Juan Carlos Leon, a resident of Lindsay, who was in possession of an estimated $1,000 worth of smudge pot agricultural equipment.

Authorities say the 28-year-old also admitted to being responsible for the burglary that occurred the night before.  

Stolen smudge pots or orchard heaters recovered by investigators in Ventura County. (VCSO)

Detectives at VCSO’s Fillmore Investigations Bureau were also able to identify Leon’s co-conspirator as 29-year-old Juan Manuel Diaz, also from Lindsay. Diaz was taken into custody on Feb. 27.  

Authorities were able to recover some of the stolen agricultural equipment and return the property to the victim.  

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Both men were booked into the Ventura County Main Jail on charges of conspiracy and grand theft.  

“The Fillmore Patrol Station encourages the agricultural community to utilize ‘Farm Watch,’ a partnership between the farming community and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office,” authorities said. “Farm Watch is a county-wide electronic neighborhood watch program that is distributed to more than several hundred farms, ranches, nurseries, and supply houses.” 

The program also gives ranchers the latest in agricultural crime trends and how to respond to issues in a way that preserves evidence for immediate processing by investigators.  

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