SoCal news minute
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say killed a TSA agent and wounded three other people during a rampage through LAX last month is scheduled to be arraigned on murder and other charges today. The case could lead to the death penalty for Paul Anthony Ciancia. He’s expected to be asked to enter a plea to 11 felony charges, including one of murder and three of attempted murder. A trial date could also be set.
— A 23-year-old Los Angeles man accused of fatally stabbing his stepfather in the back on Christmas Day is jailed on suspicion of murder. Police said 54-year-old Nery Ambrosio was stabbed once with some type of power tool in a bedroom of the family’s home in Watts. Sgt. Shannon Hale said the stepson woke up and got into a “strange argument” with his mother, and used a power tool to stab Ambrosio when the older man intervened.
— An LAPD bomb squad officer rescued a man from his burning station wagon after a fiery freeway crash on Christmas Day. Officer Don Thompson was treated for serious injuries after pulling a man in his 60s from his burning vehicle on Interstate 405. Thompson stopped his bomb squad truck, jumped over the divider, cut the unconscious man from his seatbelt, and pulled him out.
— Southern California temperatures hit near-record highs on Christmas, and in at least one case broke a previous record. The National Weather Service says the high of 83 degrees at Long Beach Airport broke the old record of 81 degrees in 1972. A high of 82 degrees in downtown LA tied for the second warmest Christmas Day. A red flag warning and a wind advisory are posted for Los Angeles and Ventura counties today.
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