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    Evacuations were again ordered Friday in the 2,500-acre brush fire burning in steep, rugged terrain of San Francisquito Canyon, north of Los Angeles.

    Flare-ups, meanwhile, tested homeowners' nerves as they watched firefighters and water-dropping aircraft battle the blaze during a second day of hot and dry conditions.

    The fire was 15 percent contained as of Friday night.

    A probation camp called Camp Mendenhall was being evacuated at about 2:30 p.m., as were areas north of South Portal Road and West of San Francisquito Canyon. The fire was moving north toward Lake Hughes Road.

    A Red Cross evacuation center is set up at the Marie Kerr Park, located at 39700 30th St. West Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Large animals can be taken to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds' Gate 3 at 2551 West Ave. H in Lancaster.

    Containment of the Powerhouse fire, reported Thursday afternoon, was estimated at 15 percent Friday as crews fought the fire during another warm day in the Santa Clarita Valley, about 50 miles north of LA.

    Flare-ups and spot fires were reported early Friday -- prompting the morning evacuation order -- and temperatures in the 90s are likely during the afternoon and weekend.

    Evacuations had been ordered Thursday and then lifted.

    Resident Frank Disesso watched with relief as water-dropping aircraft attacked the fire Friday morning.

    "The embers were coming down, and they were so big they were burning my arms," said Disesso. "You could hear them hit all the oak leaves in the yard."

    Homeowner Arlene Summers said her family used a fire hose to spray water on their house, yard and trees Thursday evening.

    "No garden hose is going to get this under control," said resident Arlene Summers. "It's nerve-racking."

    About 600 personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department are battling the fire, which burned power transmission lines and forced road closures Thursday as it burned uphill in steep terrain and heavy brush north of Santa Clarita. The department of water and power shut down larger transmission lines in the area.

    The fire is burning away from Green Valley, a community within Angeles National Forest.

    "We want to hit this as hard as we can with air resources and boots on the ground," said Nathan Judy, spokesman for Angeles National Forest. "We just want to make sure this fire doesn't switch and start heading back toward this way."

    The fire was first spotted Thursday by a power plant station operator burning north of Power Plant 1 near San Francisquito Canyon Road.

    There were no problems reported with SoCal Edision power lines Friday, according to utility spokesman Paul Klein. The fire appeared to be moving away from the lines, but crews continued to monitor the fire's direction.

    A firefighter injured when a rock fell on his leg was treated and released. No other injuries have been reported.

    Viewer Photos: Send Images to isee@nbcla.com or click here.

    Evacuation orders for about 200 homes south of San Francisquito Canyon and Spunky Canyon were lifted at 10 p.m., according to a U.S. Forest Service official. Mandatory evacuations ordered Friday morning for the Green Valley area have been lifted.

    The fire prompted a weekend air quality advisory for residents in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Valley mountain areas.

    "In all areas of visible smoke or where there is an odor of smoke, all individuals are urged to be cautious and to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities," said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County.

    Firefighters have responded to several wildfires during a hot, dry and windy May in Southern California.

    The nearly 2,000-acre White fire in Los Padres National Forest, which started Monday, was 100 percent contained Friday north of Santa Barbara.

    On Tuesday, the Magic fire burned about 150 acres near Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia.

    The Grand fire started May 15 near Frazier Park. Crews continue to monitor the area after the fire burned more than 4,000 acres, but little to no fire activity has been observed, according to the U.S. Forest Service web site. 

    NBC4's Melissa Pamer contributed to this article.


    The Powerhouse fire burns north of Santa Clarita Thursday May 30, 2013.The Powerhouse fire burns north of Santa Clarita Thursday May 30, 2013.

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    "Mayday, mayday — engine out," said the pilot, in a controlled voice, to air controllers as his small plane struggled to stay aloft early Friday morning.

    In audio files obtained by News4 Washington, the pilot who identified himself as "D.C. Photo" is heard describing his predicament to air traffic controllers, who clear other planes out of the way and try to get the Cessna 177B to Dulles International Airport.

    They could not.

    "Okay, I think we’re, um, we’re not going to make the airport," the pilot says. "We’re heading for a road just before the Dulles Toll Road."

    The small plane crashed into the living room of a Herndon, Va., apartment Friday morning. Three people suffered minor injuries.

    David Ventura was still in shock hours after he awoke to the plane inside his Dulles Greene apartment on Astoria Circle.

    "You are shocked; you don't know what's going on," Ventura said.

    Two people were aboard the aircraft when it began experiencing electrical problems while low on fuel around 12:30 a.m. and crashed into the home where four adults and two children were sleeping.

    Ventura said all he heard was an explosion. He told News4 Washington's Megan McGrath when he opened his bedroom door, two people and a plane were in his living room. He recalled one of the men saying, "Is everyone OK here?"

    Both people on the Cessna and one person in the apartment were injured, but all are expected to recover, said Captain Willie Bailey with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.

    One resident — a 33-year-old woman — and the pilot of the plane, William Larson, 61, of Vienna, were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital. Larson's injuries were described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

    His passenger, Tache Alejandro of Orlando, Fla., was treated at the scene.

    The two work for the Vienna-based Aerial Photographers, LLC. The Cessna is registered to the company, according the FAA.

    Larson and Alejandro had left from Northeast Philadelphia Airport and were taking infrared photographs from the air when their plane began experiencing electrical problems, according to Virginia State Police.

    Because the plane was also running low on fuel, Larson contacted air traffic controllers and asked to land at Dulles International Airport instead of Manassas Regional Airport before they crashed.

    "It could have been a whole lot worse," said Bailey. "It's a blessing that no one got killed or any major injuries."

    The plane was removed from the building around 7 a.m. There is significant damage to the exterior of the building. Inspectors will be on scene to check the infrastructure.

    Bailey said the plane's lack of fuel may have prevented a fire from starting.

    "Good thing it didn't have any [fuel] when it crashed into the living room, because we'd probably have a totally different scenario right now," he said. 

    The Red Cross is assisting nine adults, seven children and three dogs evacuated from the apartment building.

    The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.

    News4 has obtained the Cessna's records, which are clean and up to date. The plane was last inspected May 1.

    Inset photos courtesy of Virginia State Police.

    Vine video below via @MeganMcGrath4.

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    Two people were aboard the Cessna 177B when it crashed into a building at Dulles Greene Apartments, located in the 2200 block of Astoria Circle.Two people were aboard the Cessna 177B when it crashed into a building at Dulles Greene Apartments, located in the 2200 block of Astoria Circle.

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    Minimum-wage workers in California could see their first raises in six years if a bill that passed the state Assembly this week continues to make its way through Sacramento.

    The state’s minimum hourly wage would increase from $8 to $8.25 next year under the bill. It would rise to $9.25 by 2016 and adjusted for inflation in following years.

    That would make it the highest minimum wage in the country, if other states' wages stay the same as they are now. Washington currently has the highest minimum wage at $9.19.

    AB10 passed the Assembly Thursday on a 42-24 vote. It now heads to the Senate.

    Democratic supporters of the measure contend the minimum wage has not kept pace with the rising costs of food, gasoline and other necessities.

    “The last time the minimum wage was increased in California, gas was at $3.25 a gallon in this state,” said Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, who is spearheading the change.

    “I don't know about you, but I haven't seen gas prices at that level for a very long time.”

    Seven states have set their minimum wages higher than California, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Minimum wage is $9.19 in Washington; $8.95 in Oregon; $8.60 in Vermont; and $8.25 in Nevada, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and Illinois.

    Massachusetts is the only other U.S. state with an $8 per hour minimum wage.

    Opponents argue that minimum-wage jobs are often held by teenagers or workers who soon move on to higher-paid positions. Alejo said his mother-in-law has earned the minimum wage at one of her jobs for 20 years.

    Business leaders oppose the bill, which they say would burden employers and force them to cut jobs. A study by the National Federation of Independent Business said more than 68,000 jobs could be lost during the next decade as a result.

    “Small-business owners at a minimum get a double whammy on Jan. 1” when various taxes and fees from the federal health care law also will go into effect, said John Kabateck, executive director for the state's NFIB chapter.

    An assemblyman from Chino Hills argued that because different regions of the state face different economic challenges, it could be harmful to increase the minimum wage in areas with a lower cost of living.

    “If we do a blanket change like this, it puts us out of competition with other states,” said Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills.

    Federal law sets a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have set their minimum wage levels higher than the federal standard.

    Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina have no minimum wage law.


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    A suburban Chicago high school senior was struck and killed by lightning during Thursday's storm, officials said.

    Jennie Dizon, 17, of Downers Grove, was found unconscious and not breathing in O'Brien Park, at 68th Street and Dunham Road, shortly after 5 p.m., officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the DuPage County Coroner's report said the death is "consistent with a lightning strike."

    Her death was just days before her graduation at Benet Academy, scheduled for Sunday.

    "It was God's will," her father, Eric Dizon, said Friday.

    The senior was on the color guard and was planning a trip to Europe. Her post-graduation plans were to study theater at the University of Cincinnati.

    The family said Dizon had dropped off her younger brother and sister, who also attend Benet Academy, at a dentist's office. The teen journaled often, and the family said they believe Dizon went to the park to write.

    Younger sister Emmeline Dizon said she kept calling her sister's cell phone for a pickup from the dentist's office but didn't get an answer. Walking home, she said she saw the ambulances at the park but didn't know anything was wrong with her sister until police came to the door.

    Police said it was a witness who saw lightning and saw Dizon on the ground. The witness went to help but Dizon was unresponsive, an officer said.

    “Benet Academy is mourning the loss of senior Jennie Dizon, who passed into eternal life last evening, apparently having been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm," school officials said in a statement posted online. "Throughout the day today, Benet's chaplain, campus minister, counselors, administrators, and teachers have been available in the chapel, in their offices, in classrooms, and throughout the school building to offer assistance, comfort, and consolation to our students and members of the school community. Please join the entire Benet Family in remembering Jennie and the Dizon family in prayer.”

    A Mokena man died last weekend after being struck by lightning while fishing with friends in central Illinois.

    Lighting kills as many as 70 people in the United States each year and injures more than 500, according to estimates from the National Weather Service.


    Jennie DizonJennie Dizon

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    A hepatitis A outbreak in California and four other Western states may be linked to a brand of berries sold at Costco stores, officials said Friday.

    At least six of 30 cases of the liver disease were in California — one each in Orange, Riverside, San Diego and Humboldt counties, and two in San Bernardino County.

    The virus was believed to be linked to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend. Costco has removed the product from its shelves, according to the California Department of Public Health.

    Attorney Bill Gaar, representing Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., told the Associated Press that investigators appeared to be focusing on imported pomegranate seeds in the product.

    The department has recommended anyone with the product at their home should throw it away. Anyone who has consumed the fruit mix in the last 14 days should contact their doctor, said the agency's director, Dr. Ron Chapman.

    Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain and jaundice. Symptoms develop two to six weeks after consuming contaminated food or drink, according to the California Department of Public Health.

    The potentially severe illness can last up to several months and can require hospitalization.


    Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend may be linked to a hepatitis A outbreak, officials said Friday, May 31, 2013.Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend may be linked to a hepatitis A outbreak, officials said Friday, May 31, 2013.

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    A taxi driver traveled all the way to Essex Fells, N.J., to return a purse to a customer who left it in his cab in Manhattan.

    Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York

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    Chicago’s murder mayhem is declining, police said.

    Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins.

    Overall shootings for May saw a 31 percent decrease, marking 68 fewer shootings than last year, Collins said.

    Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy attributes the decline to a comprehensive policing strategy that includes a return to community policing, gang violence reduction, narctotics targeting and a close partnership with the Chicago Police Department and the community.

    As Chicago’s violence skyrocketed into the spotlight, the city’s overall violence rates are down this year when compared to last year’s murder rates.

    To date, there have been fewer murders in 2013 than in 2012 and 2011, marking a 34 percent dip since last year.

    Overall crime is also down 13 percent since last year and has dropped 22 percent over the past two years, Collins said.

    "The significant drop in murders, shootings and overall crime throughout Chicago is real progress, but it’s not victory,” McCarthy said in a statement. “We will have good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks, and we will continue our efforts to ensure everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety.”

    The city’s violence received national attention with its continued gun violence debate and the deaths of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton and 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins.

    The Illinois Legislature approved a gun measure Friday that would end the statewide ban on the concealed possession of a firearm in public, the last state ban in the nation.

    But opposers of the legislation fear that concealed carry will further the city's violence.

    Illinois' compromise measure reflected the division between gun rights advocates across the state and gun control supporters in Chicago, which continue to battle in the wake of gang violence and murders.

    Marking the end of May, the city’s violence claimed an 18-year-old man and wounded nine others overnight.
     

     



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    Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins.Chicago ended the month of May down four murders from May 2012, an eight percent decrease, according to Director of News Affairs Adam Collins.

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    A Crystal Lake, Ill., church is reportedly refusing to sponsor a local Boy Scout troop after the Scouts’ lifted their ban on openly gay boys.

    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, believed to be the first church in the Chicago area to ban scouts due to their new policy, notified local Scout officials by mail last week that the Cub Scout pack and Boy Scout troop it charted will need to find a new meeting place because they are “condoning” homosexuality, which the church opposes, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The Boy Scouts of America on May 23 voted to allow gay Scouts, but not gay Scout leaders, in a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.

    "Within our movement, everyone agrees on one thing, no matter how you feel about this issue, kids are better off in scouting. Our vision is to serve every kid. We want every kid to have a place where they can grow," said Wayne Perry, BSA National President.

    Some churches that sponsor Scout units wanted to continue excluding gay youths, in some cases threatening to defect if the ban were lifted.

    "We are deeply saddened," said Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee after learning of the result. "Homosexual behavior is incompatible with the principles enshrined in the Scout oath and Scout law."

    The Assemblies of God, another conservative denomination, said the policy change "will lead to a mass exodus from the Boy Scout program."

    Troop 550 Scoutmaster Charlie Payseur told the Tribune he and his assistant leaders were “livid” about the church’s move and said the scouts donated about $200 of raised funds to the church last year, and did gardening on the grounds.

    The two local Scout groups reportedly have 10 members each and used the church for meetings and annual banquets three times each month.

    Of the more than 100,000 Scouting units in the U.S., 70 percent are chartered by religious institutions.

    Those include liberal churches opposed to any ban on gays, but some of the largest sponsors are relatively conservative denominations that have previously supported the broad ban -- notably the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Southern Baptist churches.

     



    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

    A Crystal Lake church is reportedly refusing to sponsor a local Boy Scout troop after the Scouts’ lifted their ban on openly gay boys.A Crystal Lake church is reportedly refusing to sponsor a local Boy Scout troop after the Scouts’ lifted their ban on openly gay boys.

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    A couple is accused of keeping two young girls – ages 5 and 10 – locked up inside an Anaheim mobile home, with broken toilets and piles of trash strewn about the trailer.

    “Neither child has ever attended school,” Deputy District Attorney Lori Smith said. “The 10-year-old has never been registered or attended school, nor has the 5-year old.”

    The girls had teeth damaged beyond repair and lived in what prosecutors called "filthy" conditions. It was not clear how the girls are related to the couple, but officials said they are relatives.

    Petra Huffmire, 41, pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of felony child abuse.

    Her husband Lester Huffmire faces the same charges, including false imprisonment and causing great bodily injury.

    Prosecutors said the couple did not work, but rather spent their days playing computer games.

    Neighbors said Petra Huffmire claimed to be from Germany and said she wasn’t allowed to leave the country.

    Authorities said the girls were never allowed to leave the home, and neighbors said they suspected something was wrong.

    “We’d see a corner of the drape lift up and there was a kid peeking out then it would drop real quick,” neighbor Grace McGee told NBC4.

    McGee said instinct told her something may be suspicious about the couple living in the mobile home two doors away and that it went on for years.

    McGee told NBC4 she tried to file a report with a child abuse hotline more than once. She finally convinced police to do a welfare check at the home.

    Inside the home, police found piles of trash, appliances covered in mold, toilets that do not work and condoms piled next to a teddy bear, according to prosecutors.

    McGee said she saw the children being taken into protective custody.

    “They looked frightened; their hair was all matted,” she said. “They didn’t look good.”

    Both Lester and Petra Huffmire are being held on $100,000 bail.


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    The Powerhouse Fire grew to 19,500 acres in northern Los Angeles County after a hot and windy Saturday, burning structures and prompting evacuations in rugged areas between the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

    At least five homes have burned in the blaze, said Los Angeles County Fire spokesman Keith Mora.

    About 1,000 structures were threatened in the burn area, he said.

    Three firefighters have been injured, and 960 firefighters, assisted by planes and helicopters, were expected to keep up the aerial and ground assault against flames on Saturday. The blaze was 20 percent contained, said John Wagner of the U.S. Forest Service.

    The USFS told NBC News the fire had burned 19,500 acres as of 2:15 a.m. PT Sunday. That was up from 5,561 acres as of 1:40 a.m PT.

    Temperatures reached the triple digits in some areas, including near the fire.

    Also on Saturday, officials ordered evacuations for Elizabeth Lake Road and areas south of Lake Hughes, and upheld existing evacuations in the San Francisquito Canyon area.

    Road closures were also ordered as far south as Castaic at Lake Hughes Road. 

    The fire broke out Thursday near a hydroelectric plant known as Powerhouse No. 1 in San Francisquito Canyon, north of Santa Clarita.

    Health officials urged people to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities as air quality in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Gabriel Mountains was expected to be unhealthy throughout the weekend due to the fire.

    Evacuation orders were expected to remain in effect at least through Saturday night for the following areas: the Forest Service's Cottonwood Campground, L.A. County's Camp Mendenhall juvenile detention center and areas along Lake Hughes Road, Judy said. Other evacuations remained for areas north of South Portal Road and west of San Francisquito Canyon Road.

    Power lines were reported threatened at one point Thursday, but there were no reports of service disruptions, Judy said.

    The cause of the fire was under investigation.

    A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at the Marie Kerr Park's recreation center at 2723-A Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale. An evacuation center for large animals has been set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.



    Photo Credit: David Jackson/NBCLA.com

    A large plume of smoke could be seen in Santa Clarita for miles as the Powerhouse Fire grew to more than 3,660 acres on Saturday, June 1, 2013.A large plume of smoke could be seen in Santa Clarita for miles as the Powerhouse Fire grew to more than 3,660 acres on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

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    A 50-year-old man was charged with having sex with a pit bull while on a tour of the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility, prosecutors said Saturday.

    Gerardo Perez, of the 2500 block of West 38th Street was charged with felony having sexual conduct with an animal, and burglary, after he was found having sexual relations with a pit bull at the city pound, according to police.

    Perez was found in a cage with a white and grey pit bull by an employee after he entered a restricted area while on a tour of the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility at 2741 S. Western Ave. on May 29, prosecutors said.

    He was allegedly on his hands and knees on the side of the dog, appearing to have had just had sex with the animal, prosecutors said.

    Perez then made "inculpatory statements" regarding the sexual conduct with the dog to other employees on the scene.

    He was arrested at his home on Friday. Bail was reportedly set at $80,000 Saturday.

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    Gerardo Perez, of the 2500 block of West 38th Street was charged with felony having sexual conduct with an animal, and burglary, after he was found having sexual relations with a pit bull at the city pound, according to police.Gerardo Perez, of the 2500 block of West 38th Street was charged with felony having sexual conduct with an animal, and burglary, after he was found having sexual relations with a pit bull at the city pound, according to police.

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  • 06/03/13--12:50: Days-Old Baby Seal Rescued
  • In this photo provided by Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a female Harbor seal pup rests on a mat in the Riverhead Foundation facility at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhead Foundation biologists responding to multiple calls of a distressed seal, found her struggling against the surf and was transported her back to the Foundation�s marine mammal hospital. (AP Photo/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

    In this photo provided by Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a female Harbor seal pup rests on a mat in the Riverhead Foundation facility at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhead Foundation biologists responding to multiple calls of a distressed seal, found her struggling against the surf and was transported her back to the Foundation�s marine mammal hospital. (AP Photo/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)In this photo provided by Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a female Harbor seal pup rests on a mat in the Riverhead Foundation facility at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, N.Y. Riverhead Foundation biologists responding to multiple calls of a distressed seal, found her struggling against the surf and was transported her back to the Foundation�s marine mammal hospital. (AP Photo/Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation)

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    Leon County deputies were on the lookout for an unusual fugitive this weekend: a llama on the loose in Tallahassee.

    Scooter the llama had escaped from his owners and was roaming the Killearn Lakes area of northern Tallahassee, leading deputies from the Leon County Sheriff's Office on a chase that began late Friday night and continued into Saturday morning.

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    "I've been doing this twenty years and this was the first llama I've ever had to chase," said Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki, with the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

    Drzewiecki said the calls reporting a llama sighting began to come in at 11 p.m. Friday. Deputies weren't able to get their hands on him that night, but he was seen again on Bannerman Road at about 8 a.m. the following morning.

    "Our main concern was that he was going to get hit by a car and either get hurt or injure someone else," Drzewiecki said.

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    That's when deputies were forced to use a Taser on the giant creature to subdue him. They were able to secure him with a rope and get him on a trailer to take back to his owners.

    Drzewiecki said Scooter was unharmed by the Taser and was back to normal soon after being apprehended.

    "He was eating his favorite snacks, Triscuits, shortly thereafter," Drzewiecki said.

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    Photo Credit: Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki

    Deputies captured a llama that was on the loose in Tallahassee Saturday morning.Deputies captured a llama that was on the loose in Tallahassee Saturday morning.

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    Some 1,000 homes were threatened on Sunday as the 22,242-acre Powerhouse Fire approached the northern Los Angeles County high-desert city of Lancaster, authorities said.

    Updated Article: Monday's Weather Key to Fire Fight

    The fire destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lee Bentley said.

    The fire was 20 percent contained and burning to the northeast, fire officials said. The blaze was burning dense brush on rugged terrain that hasn't burned for more than 80 years.

    Officials ramped up their staffing to more than 2,000 firefighters on Sunday to try and get a handle on it. The cost of fighting the fire was estimated at about $3 million.

    Firefighters were hopeful that a slight drop in temperatures and more humid conditions would work in their favor on Sunday. Temperatures reach about 90 degrees in areas including where the fire was burning, officials said.

    Firefighters were taking no chances.

    “It’s got its own mind,” Bentley said. “Unstable air … no set pattern. We want to get a handle on this thing as quickly as we can.”

    Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze. One was injured by a falling rock, another suffered from heat stress and a third was injured by contact with poisonous oak.

    The fire broke out Thursday near a hydroelectric plant known as Powerhouse No. 1 in San Francisquito Canyon, north of Santa Clarita.

    The community of Lake Hughes was under a mandatory evacuation order and Elizabeth Lake was under a voluntary evacuation order.

    Evacuations remained in place along Lake Hughes Road, including two youth probation camps and the Forest Service's Cottonwood Campground.

    Lake Hughes and San Francisquito Canyon roads were closed. Bouquet Canyon and Elizabeth Lake roads were open to residents only.

    A Red Cross evacuation center is located at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W. Palmdale, 93551.

    The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds are serving as a shelter for large animals.



    Photo Credit: Mike Tauber/NBCLA.com

    The Powerhouse Fire was approaching Lancaster on Sunday, June 2, 2013.The Powerhouse Fire was approaching Lancaster on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

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  • 06/03/13--12:40: Famous Mug Shots: Pia Zadora
  • Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home. The 61-year-old Zadora was booked Saturday, June 1, 2013 into a detention center and released after posting $4,000 bail.

    Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home. The 61-year-old Zadora was booked Saturday, June 1, 2013 into a detention center and released after posting $4,000 bail.Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home. The 61-year-old Zadora was booked Saturday, June 1, 2013 into a detention center and released after posting $4,000 bail.

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    A man sexually assaulted a woman in an emergency room in Harlem after she fell asleep, then urinated on her when she was startled awake, police said. 

    The 45-year-old woman fell asleep after being treated in the Harlem Hospital emergency room for an injured foot Friday afternoon, according to the NYPD. She awoke to find a man allegedly assaulting her. 

    He then began to urinate on her, police said.

    Hospital police were called and they arrested the assailant, 49-year-old Tyrone Brown, who was being treated for an unknown injury, according to the NYPD. He faces a charge of criminal sex act, a felony. 

    Attorney information for Brown wasn't immediately available. 

    A message was left with the hospital.

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    A long-awaited ruling on the legality of California's Prop 8 might be handed down this month in what would be the U.S. Supreme Court's first decision on the issue of same-sex marriage.

    Full Coverage: California's Prop 8 | How the Supreme Court Might Rule | Timeline of Key Events

    The Justices considered arguments from attorneys representing Prop 8 supporters and opponents in March. The hearing came after the Supreme Court granted in December the review of Prop 8 — approved by California voters in November 2008 — and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, also argued before the court in March.

    The Court has several options regarding Prop 8, including a decision to issue no ruling at all. Decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA are expected later this month after the Court did not issue a ruling during its Monday session.

    The ban could be upheld or struck down in a ruling that applies to California or a broader decision that applies to all states. The court also could determine that state ballot sponsors had no legal right or standing to defend Prop 8 in federal court.

    How that decision would impact the status of same-sex marriages in California is unclear. After the hearings in March, several Justrices expressed doubt that the case should be before the court and suggested the case could be dismissed with no ruling, according to the Associated Press.

    Nine states — Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington — and Washington D.C. allow same-sex marriages.

    Minnesota, Rhode Island and Delaware have approved same-sex marriage legislation, but laws in those states have yet to go into effect. 

    The Justices considered arguments regarding a ruling by a San Francisco-based appeals court that struck down the voter-approved ban. The court ruled the state could not take away the same-sex marriage right granted by the state Supreme Court before the 2008 election.

    But the debate stretches back years through court cases and elections, including the March 2000 approval of Prop 22, which defined marriage in California as between a man and a woman. That law was ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court in May 2008, and an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples were married during a brief window before Prop 8's approval in the November election that year.

    California's same-sex marriage ban was left in effect during the lengthy appeals process that followed. The legal battle included a landmark 2010 same-sex marriage trial in which Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled the ban unconstitutional. Walker said the law "both unconstitutionally burdens the exercise of the fundamental right to marry and creates an irrational classification on the basis of sexual orientation."

    After appeals by Prop 8 supporters who said voters should not be invalidated "based on just one judge's opinion," a San Francisco court ruled in a 2-1 decision in November 2012 that the Walker's ruling properly interpreted the U.S. Constitution. The court ruled that the ban's "only effect was to take away that important and legally significant designation."

    As attorneys argued over the issue in court, public attitudes toward same-sex marriage shifted. In 2001, 57 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. In a poll conducted in March 2013, 49 percent of Americans said they support same-sex marriage.

    A second case before the high court challenges the Defense of Marriage Act — also known as DOMA. The act blocks federal recognition of same-sex couples in states where they are allowed to marry.

    President Barack Obama called the law enacted in 1996 unconstitutional. Arguments in the DOMA case are scheduled for Wednesday.


     



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    Eric Breese (L) of Rochester, New York, joins fellow George Washington University students and hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 27, 2013.Eric Breese (L) of Rochester, New York, joins fellow George Washington University students and hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) March 27, 2013.

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    Some residents forced from their homes during a wildfire that surged to about 50 square miles in northern Los Angeles County were permitted to return to their properties Monday afternoon as firefighters continued to battle the Powerhouse fire.

    The fire has burned five to six homes and damaged 15 structures, fire officials said Monday.

    Firefighters appeared to have made major progress Monday night - the 32,000-acre blaze was 60 percent contained. However, the fire still threatened 275 structures and continued to burn into the night, with full containment not expected until next week.

    Firefighters said cool overnight conditions on Sunday helped them gain ground as the Powerhouse fire moved into a flat area with less brush, but winds occasionally picked up Monday as crews protect homes near the high-desert city of Lancaster. A higher level of humidity was helping, fire officials said.

    The cost of firefighting efforts was estimated at about $8 million as of Monday night.

    The vast majority of the 2,500 residents who were under evacuation orders were allowed to return home. Some, however, were not and remained at an evacuation center overnight.

    "You start getting a little tired and weary not being in your own home," said Lake Hughes resident Diane Reeves.

    "So far, things look much better than they did yesterday," said U.S. Forest Service Cmdr. Norm Walker said at a 4 p.m. news conference.

    He expressed "guarded optimism." Full containment was not expected until June 10.

    The fire -- which produced smoke that can be seen as far away as Las Vegas, according to the National Weather Service -- grew in rugged terrain that hasn't burned for more than 80 years near Santa Clarita and spread into the Antelope Valley during the weekend.

    Lake Hughes resident Dennis Immel, wearing fire gear he bought as a precaution a few years ago, fought off the fire with two hoses.

    "My lungs were on fire," Immel said. "There were those ten minutes there where I really got nervous."

    Greg Johnson, his neighbor across the street, wasn't as lucky.

    "You see something that was once was beautiful, more or less kind of returned back to the elements," Johnson said.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dave Coleman said evacuation orders had been lifted for the communities of Lake Hughes at Lake Elizabeth, where about 1,500 people were affected in total.

    The community of about 500 people in Antelope Acres, west of the poppy preserve, remained under a mandatory evacuation order.

    Evacuation orders could be reinstituted if winds and fire conditions shift, officials cautioned.

    A county public health official recommended those who own private wells in affected areas boil their water or drink bottled water as a precautionary measure. The fire could have damaged well or storage tanks, or a power outage could have allowed lines to be de-pressurized and thus decontaminated.

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    Wind speeds are expected to gust Monday at 20 to 25 mph -- not as powerful as during the weekend, but enough to warrant a wind advisory for the area north of Santa Clarita.

    "Things are looking better," said Matt Corelli, of the U.S. Forest Service. "Last night was our best opportunity to make some headway on the fire. A cool mass of air came in, that gave us an upper-hand. The fuel the fire is burning into now is a lot less dense than it was up on the hill."

    Temperatures in the high 80s are expected Monday.

    The fire broke out Thursday near a hydroelectric plant known as Powerhouse No. 1 in San Francisquito Canyon, north of Santa Clarita in the Angeles National Forest. Flames exploded over the weekend amid 90-degree temperatures and shifting wind gusts, pushing the fire northeast.

    "The wind is dropping, and it allows us to get in and do some damage and go direct on the fire," said Sean Collins, of the Kern County Fire Department.

    Three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze. One was injured by a falling rock, another suffered from heat stress and a third was injured by contact with poisonous oak.

    A Red Cross evacuation center is located at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W. Palmdale, 93551. About 140 people were at the site, Coleman said on Monday afternoon.

    The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds are serving as a shelter for large animals.



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    A firefighting aircraft drops retardant on a fire burning north of Los Angeles Monday June 3, 2013.A firefighting aircraft drops retardant on a fire burning north of Los Angeles Monday June 3, 2013.

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    Dressed in a Nazi uniform, Heath Campbell marched into a New Jersey courthouse to petition a family court judge to allow him to see his youngest son.

    "I'm going to tell the judge, I love my children. I wanna be a father, let me be it," Campbell told NBC10 Monday before court proceedings. "Let me prove to the world that I am a good father."

    The closed-door hearing at Hunterdon County Family Court in Flemington, N.J., was being held to determine whether the 40-year-old father of four, who gave his children Nazi-inspired names, could visit with his 2-year-old son Heinrich Hons Campbell.

    The boy was 16 hours old in November 2011 when he was taken from Heath Campbell and his now estranged wife Deborah Campbell at the Hunterdon Medical Center, according to the father.

    The New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (NJ DYFS) said they took the boy because of previous violence in the home. An anonymous abuse claim was also made to local police.

    The couple said they never abused their children and argued they were being targeted for the names they chose for their kids. Officials have denied that to be the case.

    NJ DYFS officials had already placed Heinrich Hons Campbell's older siblings – Adolf Hitler Campbell, 7, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 6, and 5-year-old Honzlynn Jeannie Campbell – in foster care because of the alleged violence in the family's Holland Township, N.J. home.

    The Campbells gained national attention in December 2008 after a Greenwich Township, N.J. ShopRite supermarket refused to write Adolf Hitler Campbell’s name on a cake for his third birthday. The couple complained the refusal constituted discrimination.

    A second store eventually honored their request, but the flap led NJ DYFS to start an investigation into the family.

    The agency's investigation prompted a judge to remove the kids from the couple’s care.

    "I've never abused my children, I only name my children and I don't think it's right anymore," Heath Campbell said. He said he hasn't seen any of his children in two years and that the three oldest children have been adopted by another family.

    "Basically, what they're saying is because of my beliefs and I'm a Nazi, that us people don't have any constitutional rights to fight for our children," he said.

    Asked whether he felt wearing the Nazi uniform, complete with a swastika patch on the arm and leather boots, into court would help or hurt his case, the father said it depended on the judge.

    "If they're good judges and they're good people, they'll look within, not what's on the outside," he said.

    Heath Campbell started wearing the uniform in June 2012 after forming "Hitler's Order,” a pro-Nazi organization. He was accompanied to the hearing by a member of that organization, Bethanie White.

    White also wore Third Reich garb -- with swastika patches -- to the proceedings.

    The father, who has Nazi symbols tattooed on his arm and neck and had Nazi memorabilia in his home, had previously said he was not a fan of Hitler's atrocities.

    Heath Campbell says he and his wife have separated and that she has given up her rights to the children.

    In June 2012, a New Jersey Superior Court denied the couple’s appeal to return the children home.

    As is policy with family court proceedings in New Jersey, NBC10 was not allowed into the courtroom. The case court record is also sealed and a court official said any rulings in the hearing would never be released to the public.

    Representatives from both the court and NJ DYFS also offered no comment on the case.

    Heath Campbell says he plans to be back in court later in June for another hearing regarding Heinrich Hons Campbell's guardianship.

    "I'm gonna keep fightin'," he said. "I don't care if it kills me. I love 'em."


    Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.



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    Heath Campbell, 40, walks out of Hunterdon County Family Court wearing a Nazi uniform after petitioning a judge to allow him to see his youngest son Hons. The 2-year-old and his siblings were removed from the father's care after allegations of abuse and a violent home surfaced. The father denies those claims.Heath Campbell, 40, walks out of Hunterdon County Family Court wearing a Nazi uniform after petitioning a judge to allow him to see his youngest son Hons. The 2-year-old and his siblings were removed from the father's care after allegations of abuse and a violent home surfaced. The father denies those claims.

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    A suburban Chicago park district is asking parents to keep themselves in check during their children’s sporting events.

    The Buffalo Grove Park District installed a half-dozen metal “adult behavior” signs offering perspective for parents getting a little too into the event.

    The signs, posted at Emmerich Park, read:

    “Of the hundreds of thousands of children who have ever played youth sports in Buffalo Grove, very few have gone on to play professionally. It is highly unlikely that any college recruiters or professional scouts are watching these games; so, let’s keep it all about having fun and being pressure-free.”

    The signs were posted as a "self-check" for overbearing or hot-headed parents and are intended to curb inappropriate behavior, the park district said.

    “We thought that if we put it in a way that people could relate to, as well as infuse a little humor, that the message would resonate and people might be more likely to comply," said Mike Terson, park district public relations and marketing manager, "and hopefully for some, change how they look at youth sports altogether."

    Terson said the issue came to his attention while he was attending his son's soccer games and became more prevalent when he began coaching.

    The signs also ask that parents respect the game’s officials.

    “Referees umpires and officials are human and make mistakes, just like players, coaches and you. No one shouts at you in front of other people when you make a mistake, so please don’t yell at them. We do not have video replay; so, we will go with their calls,” the sign reads.

    But the main goal of the signs is to allow children to enjoy their sport and have fun.

    "Sometimes, we, the adults, need to be reminded as to what truly is important, and that it is just a game," Ryan Rinsinger, director of recreation and facilities, said in a statement.  

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    A Buffalo Grove park is asking parents to keep themselves in check during their children’s sporting events.A Buffalo Grove park is asking parents to keep themselves in check during their children’s sporting events.

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