CA Woman Killed In Vehicle Monday In Tustin By Fallen Tree Identified

TUSTIN, CA. (THECOUNT) — Dennet O. Bermas, of Tustin, CA, has been identified as the victim killed in a vehicle after a eucalyptus tree fell on her sedan amid gusty Santa Ana winds Monday.

Bermas, 34, was killed Monday when part of a skyhigh eucalyptus tree fell onto her vehicle as she was pulling out of a carport in Tustin.

Firefighters were called at 9:15 a.m. to an apartment complex at 14421 Red Hill Ave., said an Orange County Fire Authority offical.

Dennet O. Bermas, 34, of Tustin was pronounced dead at the scene, marking the first casualty resulting from the high winds buffeting the Southern California region. The victim lived at the apartment complex where the accident happened, said Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

CA Female Skydiver Killed Sunday Identified As 62-Year-Old Nena Lowry

ACAMPO, CA. (THECOUNT) — The veteran skydiver who died after her parachute failed to deploy at the Lodi Parachute Center has been identified as 62-year-old Nena Lowry.

(ORIGINAL STORY:) Folks are sounding off on social media after a veteran female skydiver plunged to her death at the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center, in Acampo, CA on Sunday.

Soon after the sad news broke that an independant skydiver had died Sunday afternoon after her chute failed to deploy, Facebook comments started snowballing, a vast majority asking, “why is this place still open?”

Since opening in the early 1980s, 19 deaths have been tied to the Skydive Lodi Parachute Center. Six of those deaths, including Sunday’s fatality, occurred between 2016 and 2018.

The FAA determined the unidentified skydiver was killed when her parachute failed to properly deploy. At the time she was using her own parachuting equipment which means she would have been responsible for packing her own chute.

Fellow jumpers say the woman killed this afternoon at the Lodi parachute center had decades of experience in the sky.

Early in 2018, the Department of Transportation and the FBI served a warrant at the Lodi Parachute Center. Manager Bill Dause said at the time that agents had taken hours of skydiving video, as well as credit card transaction data.

Los Angeles 405 Freeway Bus Crash Injures 13 In North Hills 4 Serious Condition

LOS ANGELES, CA (THECOUNT) — First responders say 13 people are being treated after a multi-vehicle crash involving a bus on the 405 Freeway in North Hills on Sunday.

Fire officials said a bus crashed on the southbound side of the freeway causing more collisions on both sides of the freeway divider.

All southbound lanes are shut down at Nordhoff Street due to the collision, which happened about 1 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

A total of 13 patients are being evaluated, with four in serious condition, according to preliminary information from fire officials. Continue reading

REPORT: NBA Star Richard Jefferson Dad Murdered In Compton Drive-By Shooting

COMPTON, CA. (THECOUNT) — Richard Jefferson Sr. was named as the Compton man killed in a drive-by shooting in Compton, CA, Wednesday evening, TMZ is reporting.

65-year-old Richard Jefferson Sr., was said to be visiting a liquor store in a primarily residential area of Compton around 6:52 PM, when a vehicle approached with at least one occupant opening fire.

Jefferson Sr. was struck multiple times in the torso.

He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead of gunshot wounds suffered in the shooting.

Sources say Jefferson Sr. was with 2 other men at the time of the shooting. It’s unclear if Jefferson Sr. was the target. Continue reading

10 People Injured In San Bernardino Apartment Complex Mass Shooting “Extremely Critical”

SAN BERNARDINO, CA. (THECOUNT) — A group of people visiting a San Bernardino apartment complex were shot Sunday evening, police said Monday.

Ten people were shot and three of those victims are in an “extremely critical” condition, San Bernardino Police spokesman Captain Richard Lawhead said.

Lawhead said officers got a call reporting shots fired at 1277 East Lynwood Drive on Sunday at 10:45 PT. Officers arrived to find “at least 10 victims down,” Lawhead said.

He said the shooting took place in a common area of the complex and all the victims are believed to be adults.

There is no suspect in custody at this time.

“We believe that there was an exchange of gunfire,” he told reporters at the scene. Continue reading

WATCH: CA HS Senior Arrested After Twice Removing Student’s MAGA Hat, Striking Teacher

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — The father of an El Dorado County, Ca., high school senior, who was arrested on a pair of battery charges, one for striking her teacher, is speaking out to local news outlets in an effort to explain his daughter’s actions.

A video of the father, referenced above, can be viewed at the end of the post. But first, here’s a little backstory.

Jo-Ann Butler, a student at Union Mine High School, located on Koki Lane in El Dorado, CA, was arrested on campus following an incident where she can be seen on video, continually knocking a “Make America Great Again” hat off of a fellow student’s head.

Butler, 18, is now facing battery charges for the removal of the student’s Trump swag and for striking her teacher, who was intervening.

Butler can be seen on video getting into a verbal altercation with another student who was donning a red hat with the words “Make America Great Again” on it.

In one section of the video, filmed by a fellow student, Butler can be seen grabbing the hat and throwing it to the ground, an action which prompted the teacher to step in and remove her from the classroom.

After being allowed to return to class, Butler again approached the student and forcefully removed his hat, at which time the teacher can be seen trying to come between the two students.

During the second altercation, the teacher held out his arm to intervene and the student slapped it. That prompted a call to the school resource officer and the student was taken to juvenile hall. source

Following the incident, a defiant Butler appeared on the local news with her father:

“Maybe just wake people up in some type of way, because it’s not cool the environment our classroom is in,” the student said.

The school policy noted that they do allow political expression.

Butler is suspended for a week and faces battery charges.

CA IN-N-OUT Shooting Victim Identified As Trever Seabourne, Were Playing “Assassins” In Lodi Parking Lot

LODI, CA. (THECOUNT) — A witness to the fatal shooting at a Lodi, Ca, In-N-Out Burger, has identified the victim as Trever Seabourne.

Seabourne, 19, was named as the victim shot and killed outside the Kettleman Lane fast food eatery Saturday night. Two men were taken in custody a short time later.

Kayla Appling, the woman with Seabourne at the time of the deadly shooting, says her and her friends were playing a game called “Assassins,” in the parking lot of the In-N-Out around 11:45 Saturday night when shots rang out.

“We had gone inside and all you hear is gunshots and everyone starts running inside and everyone is screaming and yelling, and I go outside to look for my sisters because both my sisters were there, and you just see him on the ground,” said Appling. Continue reading

CA Public Official ID’d As Victim In Fatal Lafayette Pedestrian-Vs-Semi Truck Collision

LAFAYETTE, CA. (THECOUNT) Pleasant Hill, Ca., public information officer, Martin Nelis, has been identified as the victim struck and killed by a big rig truck on Thursday in Lafayette.

Nelis, whose name was not provided, was confirmed dead by friends speaking to members of the media saying he died after a semi-truck hit him in the 1800 block of Reliez Valley Road, around 12:30 p.m.

Nelis’ death also was mentioned on his Facebook page. Continue reading

Fontana CA Man Shoots BFF Dead During Argument Over Who Called “Shotgun” First

FONTANA, CA. (THECOUNT) — Fontana man, Sergio Orozco, has been arrested after police said he shot and killed his friend over an argument about who would get “shotgun,” slang for a person calling first to be seated in the front seat of a vehicle.

Fontana police responded to a call of shots fired in the 15100 block of Coleen Street shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, officers found Jalen Wilson suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators identified Orozco, 19, as the prime suspect.

He was located Orozco in San Clemente on Monday where he was taken in custody.

Authorities learned that Orozco and Wilson were close friends. The two were with a third friend leaving a nearby party. When the driver got into his seat, Orozco and Wilson got into an argument over who would sit in the front passenger seat. That’s when Orozco pulled out a handgun and shot Wilson in the chest, police said. Continue reading