This Week In The News (03/04-03/08)

5 Rescued After Vehicle Crashes in Angeles National Forest

Monday, March 4 (U.S. News & World Report) – Five men were rescued by Los Angeles County Firefighters after an accident was discovered in the Angeles National Forest. According to a KABC-TV report, the vehicle was found above La Canada Flintridge. One victim sustained serious injuries and was transported by air to a local hospital.

Marine Jets Collide Midair But Land Safely at SoCal Base

Tuesday, March 4 (NBC Los Angeles) – Following a midair collision on February 28, the pilots of two Marine fighter jets landed safely at a Southern California training base without injury. The F/A-18 Hornets, from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, collided over Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. They were conducting close-air support training at the time, according to a military safety brief the Marine Corps Times later obtained.

Homeless man, 61, ID’d as Victim of Fatal Crash

Monday, March 4 (The Signal) – A pedestrian, struck and killed by a vehicle on Railroad Avenue at Lyons Avenue, was identified as 61-year-old Cecilio Vasquez. The accident, involving a Kia, occurred after 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Coroner’s department investigators determined the cause of death was accidental blunt force trauma. The crash occured two days after a bicyclist was struck on Railroad Avenue near 15th Street, by a vehicle with a driver and three teenage passengers.

‘Most Spectacular’ and Rare Lightning Display Electrifies Southern California

Wednesday, March 6 (The Washington Post) – Thunderstorms that struck Southern California Tuesday night triggered a rare lightning display. In a two-hour timeframe (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), the National Weather Service (NWS) in Los Angeles detected over 2,000 cloud flashes and 1,000 cloud-to-ground strikes on land and just offshore. Power was briefly lost at three terminals at Los Angeles International Airport while tree fires were reported by the Santa Barbara News-Press. Caused by a line of tropical moisture extending to Hawaii, the event also brought heavy rain causing flooding and mud and rock slides, according to the NWS.

Body of Young Girl Found Near Hiking Trail in Los Angeles Area

Wednesday, March 6 (NBC News) – On Tuesday morning, maintenance workers discovered the body of a girl on a Hacienda Heights equestrian walking trail. Investigators believe she is between 8 and 13 years old. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies said the girl was stuffed in a black duffel bag. At 4-feet 5-inches tall, and weighing 55 pounds, she was wearing gray pants with pandas and a pink long-sleeved shirt with the phrase “future princess hero”. Investigators have ruled the death suspicious and an autopsy is planned.

Motorcyclist Killed in La Jolla Crash

Tuesday, March 5 (NBC 7 San Diego) – A motorcyclist died after suffering severe injuries in a collision with a car on Gilman Drive in La Jolla. The collision occurred just after 7:50 a.m., according to a San Diego Police Department sergeant. No other injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred a half-mile south of the University of California San Diego.

Car Crashes Into Big Rig On 405 Freeway, Catches Fire

Tuesday, March 5 ( – A Nissan sedan collided with a big rig Monday night on the 405 Freeway near Artesia Boulevard in Torrance. Although briefly trapped, a man managed to escape the wrecked car. The California Highway Patrol received a call about the collision at 10:37 p.m., while the man was reported exiting the burning vehicle at 10:40 p.m. All northbound lanes of the freeway were closed until 12:30 a.m.

Qualcomm v. Apple Patent Suit Trial Kicks Off in San Diego Ahead of Next Month’s Big One

Monday, March 4 (TechCrunch) – Qualcomm kicked off an eight-day trial this week in a San Diego federal court, just weeks before a $1 billion royalties suit with Apple is set to begin. The present trial is addressing Apple’s alleged use of Qualcomm modem technology and the power consumption and boot-up speeds of iPhones sold from mid-2017 to late-2018. Qualcomm’s efforts have previously led to iPhone sales bans in China and Germany.