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LA And Orange Counties Report New COVID Numbers

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L.A. County public health officials on Sunday confirmed 816 new cases of the coronavirus and 11 new deaths attributed to the disease. Those numbers bring the total in the region to 253,985 positive cases and 6,208 deaths.

Of the nine deaths reported Sunday:

  • Four people were over the age of 80
  • Four were between the ages of 65 and 79
  • One was between the ages of 50 and 64
  • One was between the ages of 30 and 49 years old

Nine people who died had underlying health conditions, including all victims in the two upper age ranges, and one person between the ages of 50 and 64 years old.

Among all reported COVID-19-related fatalities in L.A. County, 92% had underlying health conditions. Information about race and ethnicity is available for 99% of people who have died:

  • 10% African American [9% of county residents]
  • 15% Asian [15.4% of county residents]
  • 51% Latino / Latina [48.6% of county residents]
  • 23% White [26.1% of county residents]
  • 1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander [0.4% of county residents]
  • 1% identified as belonging to a different race or ethnicity

The number of daily hospitalizations is on the decline, and has dropped from 1,000 a few weeks ago to 793, which is similar to numbers seen in April.

In Orange County, 170 new cases were reported on Sunday. The county had no new deaths. That brings the number of total cases there to 50,930, and the number of deaths to 1,093.

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LAist Reporter Josie Huang Arrested While Covering Protest

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KPCC/LAist correspondent Josie Huang being detained while reporting by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel on September 12, 2020. ABC7 via Twitter user @TheChalkOutline

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested KPCC/LAist Correspondent Josie Huang late Saturday while she was covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton.

Even as she was being thrown to the ground, Huang — who was wearing a lanyard with her press credential hanging from her neck — was recording the encounter. In video that continued to film after her phone was knocked from her hand, Huang can be heard repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter and shouting “KPCC” several times. You also can hear Huang yelling "you're hurting me" and crying out in pain.

The incident occurred outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the two deputies were being treated for gunshot wounds. Huang had just finished covering a 10 p.m. news conference by Sheriff Alex Villanueva and other department officials.

Sheriff’s officials allege that Huang, an award-winning journalist, obstructed justice. The department initially refused to provide details of what happened, but later, Deputy Juanita Navarro of the Sheriff's Information Bureau confirmed that deputies took Huang into custody on suspicion of obstruction of justice by "interfering with a lawful arrest." Huang said she was trying to document the arrest of a protester, an account in line with her video from the scene.

Navarro also said Huang "didn't have proper credentials," but she was clearly wearing press credentials around her neck. A tweet from the Sheriff’s Department at 2:19 a.m. Sunday includes a false claim that Huang did not identify herself as a journalist. Huang told deputies at least five separate times that she was a reporter and KPCC staffer in less than a minute, according to the recording.

Video from ABC7 shows at least five deputies pinning Huang to the pavement, handcuffing her, and placing her in a patrol car. Huang’s phone fell to the ground as she was being arrested, and deputies appear to have stepped on it multiple times as it continued to record.

READ REPORTER JOSIE HUANG'S ACCOUNT OF HER ARREST

In a series of tweets posted Sunday, Huang wrote "I was filming an arrest when suddenly deputies shout 'back up.' Within seconds, I was getting shoved around. There was nowhere to back up ... You see my phone clatter to the ground and I start shouting 'I’m a reporter ... I’m with KPCC.' I scream for help from the TV reporters I know are around the corner doing their 11 p.m. live hits." You can watch the videos here.

Huang was taken to the women’s jail at the Century Regional Detention Center. She was released at about 4 a.m. without bail, but was cited for an obstruction charge. A KPCC newsroom executive said Huang had visible bruises and scrapes, a sore shoulder and a blackened eye. LAist and KPCC called for an apology from the department. Undersheriff Tim Murakami said he would look into the incident.

One protester was arrested on the same obstruction charge as Huang.

KPCC issued this official statement:

"We offer condolences to the two sheriff deputies who were shot Saturday evening.

"These are challenging and stressful times for everyone, but Josie Huang was arrested while doing her job. The charges should be dropped.

"Her arrest is the latest in a series of troubling interactions between our reporters and some local law enforcement officers. Journalists provide an essential service, providing fair, accurate and timely journalism and without them, our democracy is at risk."

L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman told KPCC's Frank Stoltze that he is opening an investigation into Huang’s arrest. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents Lynwood, called for an investigation by Huntsman and added that “The Citizens Oversight Commission must convene a special meeting on this matter.”

The incident sparked outrage among fellow journalists, who called her arrest a violation of the First Amendment.

The arrest comes amid rising tensions between law enforcement and journalists in Los Angeles – especially during protests. In May, Long Beach Police fired a rubber bullet that hit LAist and KPCC Correspondent Adolfo Guzman Lopez in the neck. Journalists have been injured across the country covering protests this summer.

A statement from the Society of Professional Journalists strongly condemned the arrest and called for the charges to be dropped. The statement noted “this is at least the second time that a journalist of color from this news organization was mistreated and injured while reporting on civil protests.”

Huang, who has covered beats from emerging communities to housing, is one of KPCC’s most identifiable voices. In 2019, Huang wrote an acclaimed story documenting the fight over homeless housing in Koreatown.

She wrote at 4:50 a.m. Sunday she was on her way home and would share more about her experiences.

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Bobcat Fire Tops 30,000 Acres; Evacuation Ordered For Parts Of Arcadia

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Firefighters work to cut line in the Angeles Forest just north of Arcadia as the Bobcat fire burns. (Brian Feinzimer) Brian Feinzimer/Brian Feinzimer

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5:30 p.m. UPDATE: The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest remains at 33,312 acres burned and 6% containment.

3 p.m. UPDATE: The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest remains at 31,991 acres burned and 6% containment.

A small portion of Sierra Madre including 32 homes is also under an evacuation order. The area is east of Santa Anita Ave. and north of Elkins Avenue.

10:20 A.M. UPDATE: An evacuation order has been issued in the city of Arcadia. Affected areas are north of Elkins Ave. and east of Santa Anita Ave. to evacuate due to dangerous wildfire conditions. Residents in the area are advised to use Santa Anita Ave. to leave the area. Residents shall evacuate immediately.

A Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established at Santa Anita Race Track.

The Cobras Hotshots from Fulton / Sequoia National Forest rest after cutting fire line around a home in Arcadia to protect from the approaching Bobcat fire. (Brian Feinzimer) (Brian Feinzimer/Brian Feinzimer)
Firefighters working structure protection on Highland Vista in Arcadia observe the Bobcat fire as it burns down the hill south towards the community. (Brian Feinzimer) (Brian Feinzimer/Brian Feinzimer)
Mel Cohen removes family photos from his home on Highland Vista during evacuations as the Bobcat fire approaches the foothill community of Arcadia. (Brian Feinzimer) (Brian Feinzimer/Brian Feinzimer)
The Bobcat fire flares up near homes in the foothill community of Arcadia. (Brian Feinzimer) (Brian Feinzimer/Brian Feinzimer)

Freelance photojournalist Brian Feinzimer shot this video from Monte Place in Arcadia around 12:15 p.m.:

8 a.m. UPDATE: The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest continues to grow. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the fire has now burned 31,991 acres and is only at 6% containment.

The fire is burning above the foothill communities of Azusa and Monrovia.

Sunday morning's update from the Angeles National Forest said:

"The fire continues to actively grow to the north and south, with keeping it out of the foothills communities as the top priority. Crews are constructing handline and dozerline where possible to stop the downhill progression. Indirect lines are being used where direct attack is not possible. As air conditions allow, helicopters are being used to support the ground forces. Elsewhere on the fire the focus will be on keeping it south of Highway 2 and west of Highway 39. Indirect dozerline continues to be constructed to keep the fire away from Mount Wilson and to herd it into the Station Fire scar, where there will be significantly reduced fire behavior. This fire has mainly been driven by steep terrain and dry fuels, some of which have not seen fire activity in at least 60 years. Tonight, smoke and flame will remain visible to surrounding communities as fire activity remains in the south."

The Bobcat Fire has been burning in the Angeles National Forest now for more a week. Crews are hoping to take advantage of low winds forecasted for the next few days to draw some containment around the flames and protect nearby foothill communities under evacuation warnings.

Officials are particularly concerned about the community of Monrovia, where the city is asking residents to help firefighting efforts by conserving water. At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the fire reached the Trask Boy Scout camp and Canyon Park. The fire also spread into Big Santa Anita canyon near Chantry Flat.

El Dorado Fire: Burns Into 9th Day

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    It's day nine of the El Dorado fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, near Yucaipa.

    Late Saturday, firefighters said they were continuing to create fire breaks and needed continued help from water-dropping helicopters due to the rugged terrain where the fire is burning.

    Earlier, Dan Munsey, who is leading planning operations for fire fighting said:

    "Our crews have been doing great work on this fire. We're reaching some major milestones. Over the next few days, it's going to be really critical for us to tie in some very important pieces, but as we do that, we're starting to allow the community come in and repopulate where it makes sense."

    Authorities in Big Bear are still asking visitors to stay out for the time being, in case more evacuation orders are necessary.

    Here's what we know about the fire so far today.

    THE BASICS

    • Acreage: 14,283 acres
    • Containment: 41%
    • Structures destroyed: four homes, six other structures
    • Structures damaged: two homes, four other structures
    • Structures threatened: 8,000
    • Resources deployed: 1,468 firefighters, including 22 hand crews, 17 dozers, 20 water tenders, nine helicopters
    The El Dorado Fire continued to burn near the Forest Falls area on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, with occasional flare-ups. (Courtesy of El Dorado Fire Unified Command via Inciweb)

    The El Dorado Fire began on Saturday, September 5, with a bang — literally — when a firework from a gender reveal party in Yucaipa ignited a blaze that has threatened thousands of homes and caused the mandatory evacuation of tens of thousands of residents.

    Smoke advisories are in place through Sunday.

    EVACUATIONS

    San Bernardino County

    An interactive map of current evacation zones is available here.

    Mandatory

    • All residents located east of the intersection of Hwy 38 and Bryant St. to Onyx Summit, including Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks

    Warning (voluntary, but be prepared to leave)

    • North of Carter Street, west of Bryant Street, south of Highway 38, east of Garnet Street. Officials advised those who may need extra time to mobilize, along with those with pets and livestock, to evacuate now.
    • Additionally, a travel warning remains in place advising visitors to postpone any trips to the Boig Bear area.

    EVACUATION CENTER

    • Cafeteria of the Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 E. Colton Ave. Redlands

    ROAD CLOSURES (as of 10 a.m. Friday)

    • Highway 38 is closed between Bryant St. to the south and Lake Williams Dr. to the north
    • Topaz St. is closed at Bryant St. to eastbound traffic
    • Juniper Ave. is closed at Bryant St.
    • Ivy is closed between Bryant St. and Jefferson St.
    • Fremont St is closed at north of Carter St.
    • Carter St. is closed between Bryant St. and Jefferson St.
    • Oak Glen Rd. access to residents, businesses and business support services only between lower Potato Cyn Rd. and Pine Bench Rd.

    CAUSE

    The family behind the party where authorities say a pyrotechnic device was set off tried to put out the fire and called 911, but it was too late. They have cooperated with authorities, but Cal Fire spokesperson Captain Bennett Malloy says it's possible they could face misdemeanor charges:

    "Some of the laws they could have broken: a public resource code where you cause a fire on somebody else's land, or, in California under a penal code, there's provisions for what's called recklessly causing a fire. And that may be the case with this fire, but that would be up to the district attorney to determine."

    Prosecutors could pursue felony charges if someone is hurt or killed, or if homes are damaged by the fire. Though no charges had been filed yet.

    HOW WE’RE REPORTING ON THIS

    This is a developing story. We fact check everything and rely only on information from credible sources (think fire, police, government officials and reporters on the ground). Sometimes, however, we make mistakes and/or initial reports turn out to be wrong. In all cases, we strive to bring you the most accurate information in real time and will update this story as new information becomes available.

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