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Teens, man called heroes after pulling pair from burning car

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POSTED November 5, 2017 7:06 p.m.

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA (AP) — Two quick-acting teens and a third good Samaritan are being hailed as heroes for rushing to save a man and woman trapped in a burning car that crashed in Southern California.

Alex Schrier and Jeffrey Bounds, both 16 and teammates on their high school baseball team, spotted the vehicle on its side and in flames late Friday along a road in Orange County.

Schrier dialed 911 while Bounds rushed to the car along with an unidentified man who also stopped to help.

“As I got closer I could see the flames getting closer and closer to the main part of the car, and I heard someone screaming,” Bounds told the Orange County Register .

The man used a large rock to break through the glass sunroof, and they pulled the trapped passengers — a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s — out of the burning vehicle.

“We got them out and then it just started to just blow up,” Bounds said of the fast-moving flames. “Honestly, I’ve never been more scared.”

The woman sustained head and shoulder injuries, county fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said. The male passenger had minor injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Concialdi commended the rescuers’ actions.

“All three of them played a role to save those people,” he said. “Alex had to call 911 to get our resources there so the fire doesn’t spread and become a bigger problem. And the other two, they did what they should do.”

Santa Margarita Catholic High School plans to honor Schrier and Bounds in the coming weeks.

The teens brushed aside any notions of heroism — saying they acted out of a sense of duty.

“If there’s a flipped car on fire, my first instinct is ‘They’re going to die if we don’t do something,’ “ Schrier said.


California TV reporter is subject of story after robbery

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A local TV news reporter became the subject of a crime story when her purse was stolen in a brazen robbery at a Northern California store.

KTVU ‘s Claudine Wong says she was pushing a shopping cart through the parking lot after shopping at a Costco on Friday when a car pulled up beside her.

Suddenly someone leaned out of the passenger seat and grabbed her purse from atop the cart. The car, a dark colored Honda sedan with paper dealer plates, then sped away.

Wong writes on Facebook that her purse contained her wallet and cell phone.

Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Concord are looking at surveillance video, which recorded images of the suspect car driving off.

Wong says she wasn’t hurt.


Navy sailor hit by plane being towed on aircraft carrier

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Military officials say a sailor aboard the USS Carl Vinson was seriously injured when he was struck by a plane as it was being towed on the flight deck.

Navy spokesman Steve Fiebing says the accident occurred Friday evening aboard the San Diego-based aircraft carrier, which was off the coast for training exercises.

The Los Angeles Times reports the sailor was flown by helicopter to a hospital with a serious but non-life-threatening injury.

Fiebing did not immediately have additional details. He says the incident is under investigation.

Fiebing says all flight operations were suspended Friday night. Training exercises were scheduled to resume Saturday.


Police probe anti-Semitic posters at California synagogue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after members of a Northern California synagogue found anti-Semitic signs posted on the property.

Rabbi Alan Rabishaw says up to 15 posters with hateful slogans were found at Temple Or Rishon near Sacramento early Saturday.

Rabishaw tells the Sacramento Bee the messages were pasted on windows and doors across the campus.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. The FBI has been notified.

The rabbi says he hopes the temple’s surveillance cameras will aid in the investigation.

Rabishaw says since word has spread about the incident he has received offers of support from local Muslim leaders and other community members.

The synagogue serves about 275 families in the Orangevale area.


Man accused in hit-and-run attack on California officer

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California authorities have arrested 20-year-old man on suspicion of hitting a police officer with his car and then fleeing the scene.

The injured San Jose police officer was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries after being struck during a traffic stop Oct. 29.

Investigators say after being pulled over for reckless driving, the suspect sped away, striking the officer. He evaded capture during a chase through the city but officers managed to get a partial license plate number.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Arturo Huerta-Cabrera was tracked down and arrested Friday. 


California party bus shooting leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for gunmen who shot up a party bus in Santa Monica, killing a woman passenger.

Police say two unrelated party buses were parked near the Santa Monica Pier at around 1 a.m. Saturday when a group from one bus got into an argument with a group from the other bus.

Police say two or three men opened fire on the other bus, hitting several people inside, then ran off.

The driver drove the bus to the police station.

One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries and three others were taken to a hospital, where a woman in her 30s died and the other two victims are in stable condition.

No arrests have been made but police say four guns were found.



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