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Southern California man reported missing found dead

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Southern California man reported missing found dead

A 32-year-old Ventura County man who had been reported missing earlier this week has died, authorities announced Sunday.  

Niko Nakamura was last seen on Feb. 8 in the Midtown area of Ventura, according to the Ventura Police Department.  

The 32-year-old, who was described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing around 185 pounds, had last been seen wearing a black hoodie, sweatpants and checkered Vans shoes.  

At 7 a.m. on Sunday, crews with the Ventura Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a person not breathing.  

Niko Nakamura, 32, a resident of Ventura seen in this undated photo. (Ventura PD)

“Firefighters arrived within 6 minutes of dispatch and quickly realized this was an ocean rescue with a confirmed victim under water and ordered a regional ocean rescue response,” police said.  

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In a multiagency operation, nine rescue swimmers performed a grid search where the victim was thought to be.  

The victim, later identified as Nakamura, was found just an hour after the search was launched.  

Paramedics began advance life support measures and rushed the 32-year-old to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  

The circumstances leading up to Nakamura’s disappearance and how he ended up in the ocean are unknown. Officials did not provide any additional details.  

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This California city will issue fines for off-leash dogs

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This California city will issue fines for off-leash dogs

Pasadena residents who let their dogs roam free without a leash could be fined up to $500 beginning Thursday, city officials announced Wednesday.

It’s prohibited for dogs to be off-leashed, except for at Alice’s Dog Park in Viña Vieja Park and Playhouse Village Dog Park, which are designated off-leash areas.

“To ensure the safety of all park visitors, the City of Pasadena will begin issuing citations to dog owners with dogs off-leash starting Thursday, Feb. 22. Pasadena Humane will enforce leash requirements and continue to provide the community with education on dog-leashing,” a news release said.

Officials also stated that dogs on leashes “reduce the risk for dog attacks on other dogs and humans and lower the risk of other accidents, such as dogs being hit by passing cars.”

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Anyone who sees an unleashed dog outside designated areas is encouraged to contact Pasadena Humane at (626) 792-7151, ext. 102.

More information about the policy can be viewed here.

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San Diego Zoo prepares for return of giant pandas

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San Diego Zoo prepares for return of giant pandas

The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the potential return of giant pandas after an agreement was signed with a wildlife association in China.

“We are humbled by the potential opportunity of continuing our collaborative conservation efforts to secure the future for giant pandas,” Dr. Megan Owen said in a news release Thursday from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.
  • The San Diego Zoo is preparing for the possible return of giant pandas.

The collaboration between SDZWA and Chinese research partners plays a role in efforts to bring the giant panda back from the brink of extinction, contributing directly to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List downgrading the giant panda from endangered to vulnerable in 2021, the news release stated.

“Our partnership over the decades has served as a powerful example of how—when we work together—we can achieve what was once thought to be impossible,” Owen said.

SDZWA also filed a permit application with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and shared conservation plans to “ensure alignment for the greater benefit of giant pandas,” Owen said.

Zoo officials say that if all permits and other requirements are approved, they could receive male and female pandas as early as the end of summer.

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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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