- - Monday, September 3, 2012

GLENDORA — A wildfire in the Angeles National Forest that forced the evacuation of thousands of visitors has grown another 500 acres and additional firefighting resources have been requested.

The fire, which broke out near a campground Sunday afternoon, grew overnight to about 4,100 acres, or roughly 6 square miles, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Angie Lavell.

For the Angeles National Forest fire, containment stands at about 5 percent. Officials set up an incident management team early Monday morning to map out a long-term strategy to battle the blaze, Ms. Lavell said.

The flames continue to burn deeper into a wilderness area away from any structures, she said.

Campgrounds that typically attract up to 12,000 visitors on the holiday weekend, as well as rehabilitation centers and the private community of Camp Williams Resort, were evacuated on Sunday.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Glendora High School.

The forest is heavily used by Southern California residents because it is close to populated areas.

Small quake shakes Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Geological Survey reported that an earthquake occurred early Monday in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The magnitude-3.3 quake was centered in Beverly Hills at 3:26 a.m. There are no reports of damage.

Beverly Hills police watch commander Sgt. Michael Publicker said his station has been getting many calls from anxious citizens. He said, “Every alarm in the city is going off.” But he added that his patrol officers had seen no signs of structural damage.

An officer at the nearby West Los Angeles police precinct said there had been no calls about the quake.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says its survey found no significant damage, injury or any loss of life in the city.


Man arrested in attack on sleeping children

TRENTON — A man high on PCP-laced marijuana stabbed two neighborhood children in their home while they slept, killing a 6-year-old boy and critically wounding his 12-year-old sister, authorities said.

Osvaldo Rivera was found hiding between a mattress and a bedroom wall Sunday afternoon inside a Camden apartment and was charged Monday with murder and attempted murder, said Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office.

The attack was the second recent one in Camden, an impoverished city across the river from Philadelphia, involving a child and a suspect said to be high on PCP and marijuana.

Mr. Rivera, 31, was being held in jail awaiting arraignment, which Mr. Laughlin said will likely be held Tuesday.

Police found blood-stained sneakers inside the apartment where Mr. Rivera was arrested that matched bloody footprints in the home where Dominick Andujor was stabbed to death, Mr. Laughlin said. The boy’s 12-year-old sister had her throat slit while she slept in another room. She remained hospitalized Monday at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.


Police: Man grew pot on church property

GROVE CITY — Police say a western Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana on a church’s property.

State police arrested Jason Como, 28, on Saturday after the Beloved Disciples Church reported that two suspected marijuana plants were growing on their property in Grove City.

Authorities found a small path that led from the plants to the backyard of a nearby home. They contacted Mr. Como and say he confessed to growing the plants.

Mr. Como was charged with manufacturing and cultivating a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Marvel’s Venom pulls up NYC stake for Philly steak

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is getting a new fan in the pages of Marvel Comics, but whether the City of Brotherly Love takes to anti-hero Venom remains to be seen.

Marvel Entertainment LLC says that Venom — a brute with big teeth and an elongated tongue who’s made a habit of sparring with Spider-Man — is leaving New York City to start fresh, and maybe learn to be a hero on the streets of Philadelphia.

Writer Cullen Bunn and editor Tom Brennan, an alum of Philadelphia’s Drexel University, say it’s time the city had a hero of its own, putting it in the same league as Los Angeles, New York and other real-life cities that populate Marvel’s fictional world.

Is Venom the hero that Philly wants? The story begins Dec. 19 in “Venom” No. 28.


Parents worry strike will hurt children

CHICAGO — Most Chicago students return to school Tuesday, but they could find themselves out of the classroom again in less than a week.

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools are in a standoff over contract talks, and union President Karen Lewis says more than 26,000 teachers and support staff in the nation’s third-largest school district are prepared to strike Sept. 10.

It would be the first big-city strike in the U.S. since Detroit teachers walked off the job for 16 days in 2006. The last Chicago teachers strike was in 1987 and lasted 19 days.

Parents say they’re worried about their children falling behind academically. They’re also worried about who will watch their children in neighborhoods beset by gangs and struggling with a spike in shootings and homicides.


Cattle bandits swipe 49 cows from farm

DARTMOUTH — Police say most of the 49 cows stolen from a Dartmouth farm have turned up at a cattle auction site in Pennsylvania.

Dartmouth police Sgt. Allen Shaw said Monday that 39 of the animals have been found in New Holland, Pa.

Police are still investigating, and Sgt. Shaw had no additional details about the alleged theft or location of the other cows.

Police say the bandits struck the communal farm on Old Fall River Road late Saturday. The cows are worth an estimated $50,000.

The farm on Old Fall River Road is reached by a winding dirt road and has been owned by Mary Robinson since 2001, although the cows don’t belong to her. One man told the Standard-Times that the owner rents out portions of the farm to tenants.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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