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Man with baseball bat vandalizes church, businesses in San Fernando Valley 

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Man with baseball bat vandalizes church, businesses in San Fernando Valley 

Police are investigating after a man vandalized a church and several businesses in the San Fernando Valley overnight. 

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the original call regarding a man with a baseball bat breaking windows near Sherman Way and Canoga Avenue in Canoga Park shortly after 11:45 p.m. Monday. 

Several alarms in the area were also triggered, LAPD said. 

The vandalized businesses, which were seemingly attacked at random, included a junk removal company, two heating and cooling companies and an antique store; broken glass remained scattered in front of the antique store more than five hours after the vandalism spree. 

The church, Iglesia de Dios Camino de Santidad, also sustained broken windows, video shows. 

By the time police officers responded to the area, the suspect had fled the scene.  After canvassing the area for hours, they were unable to find him, and he remains outstanding. 

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The suspect is a Black man in unknown clothing, LAPD confirmed. 

No further information was immediately released.

Nancy Fontan contributed to this report.

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Murder suspect arrested after fleeing scene of fatal parking lot stabbing  

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Murder suspect arrested after fleeing scene of fatal parking lot stabbing  

A Riverside County man is in custody after he allegedly fatally stabbed another man in a parking lot. 

According to a release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the 31000 block of Riverside Drive at 9:32 p.m. Saturday in Lake Elsinore on calls of an assault with a deadly weapon. 

Arriving deputies located a man suffering from several stab wounds, RCSO said; he was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. 

His identity is not being released pending notification of next-of-kin. 

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“Deputies developed suspect information and a direction of travel in which he fled after the stabbing,” RCSO stated.  “The suspect was soon located fleeing into an apartment complex in the 16000 block of Joy Street.” 

Deputies later took the man – identified as 50-year-old Steven Smith of Lake Elsinore – into custody without further incident inside the apartment complex, authorities said. 

No additional suspects are believed to be outstanding, law enforcement officials added.

Smith was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for murder.  Inmate records indicate that he was also charged with two misdemeanors: unlawful possession of paraphernalia and trespassing. 

His bail was set at $1 million. 

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Smith is scheduled to appear at the Murrieta Southwest Justice Center for his first court appearance on Wednesday. 

Anyone with information surrounding the deadly stabbing is asked to contact Investigator D. Robinson with the RCSO’s Central Homicide Unit by calling 951-955-2777.

Information can also be submitted to Investigator Contreras at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station by calling 951-245-3300.

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Angeles National Forest ‘Fork Fire’ at 30% containment

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Angeles National Forest ‘Fork Fire’ at 30% containment

The “Fork Fire,” which has burned more than 300 acres in Angeles National Forest since Friday, is at about 30% containment as of Saturday night, according to authorities.

The fire was first reported at 3:23 p.m. Friday. It’s since torched about 330 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The burning area on Saturday night was down from 375 acres on Friday evening.

As of Saturday, the following roads were closed:

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  • Highway 39
  • East Fork Road
  • Glendora Ridge Road
  • Glendora Mountain Road

“Today, firefighters faced steep terrain with difficult access points,” the Forest Service said. “Despite this challenge, ground crews were able to construct handline and put a hoselay at the heel of the fire bringing the fire containment to 30%.”

The Forest Service said crews would work through the night to gain containment, and helicopters were dumping water on the flames in the evening. In all, 181 fire personnel were battling the blaze.

No structures were threatened as of Saturday night. There was no word on injuries or threat to life, besides on photo shared online by officials showing a hoist operation being made. The condition of the person rescued was not immediately made available.

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Deputies shoot person in West Hollywood

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Deputies shoot person in West Hollywood

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot a person in West Hollywood on Saturday, authorities confirmed.

According to LASD Public Information Officer Veronica Fantom, the shooting happened at about 5:45 p.m. An exact location was not immediately made available.

It was not clear whether the person shot was armed or if they also fired shots toward the deputies. The person was transported to a local hospital, where their condition is unknown as of 8:55 p.m.

All deputies were accounted for, Fantom said. It was unclear whether any other injuries were sustained.

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