(Bakersfield, CA) — More arrests are unfolding in the killing of a Newman, California police officer. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says the suspect in the shooting of Officer Ron Singh was arrested today near Bakersfield.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga was located at a home in Lamont, which Youngblood says had been under surveillance. Arriaga’s brother, Adrian Virgen, was arrested in Hanford in connection with the case. Arriaga’s co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, was arrested in Modesto.
Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh was shot and killed on Wednesday during a traffic stop. He leaves behind a wife and 5-month old baby. Both were immigrants, one legal one not.
(Cary, NC-AP) — The maker of Fortnite is ending this year with three-billion-dollars in profits. Epic Games is based in North Carolina and grew its valuation to 15-billion this year according to the website TechCrunch. The company has not released any details.
Fortnite is an addictive game that throws competitors into a battle royale where the last survivor wins. It is free to play, but the company makes money selling digital extras, such as better weapons and outfits. An estimated 125 million people are playing Fortnite.
(AP) – Rihanna is paying tribute to one of her fans who died of cancer. She shared a photo of herself and a woman named Monia on Instagram, and wrote that she passed away on Christmas. She said the photo was taken a few months ago, on the day that the woman told her that her cancer was back.
She also shared a video of the two of them hugging, and wrote that she misses her already. Monia just shared a photo of a comment Rihanna left on her Instagram pager earlier this month. In it, Rihanna said she was praying for her, and that her strength was inspiring.
(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — Los Angeles is mourning the loss of beloved KTLA News anchor Chris Burrous. LAPD Chief Michel Moore tweeted this morning that he is saddened to hear about his passing, and that he stood out for his professionalism and positive demeanor.
The station says they have also received messages of condolences from local fire and city officials as well as thousands of fans. Burrous was found unresponsive in a Glendale motel room yesterday, and his death is being investigated as a possible overdose.
He was 43-years-old and leaves behind a wife and a nine-year-old daughter.
(Newark, NJ-AP) — The New Jersey Department of Health is issuing an alert about possible measles exposure at Newark Liberty Airport. Officials say a Belgian traveler infected with the disease flew into Terminal B on Christmas Eve and may have been in other parts of the airport as well. This comes as a measles outbreak continues in Ocean and Passaic counties.
Officials say that unrelated outbreak has sickened at least 30 people in Ocean County and three in Passaic County since October 26th.
(Queens, NY-AP) — Con Edison says a rare electrical phenomenon is to blame for last night’s blue light show across New York City, and that there was no fire. People across all five boroughs, and even as far away as Nassau County and New Jersey, watched in awe as eerie blue light lit up the sky around 9:20 last night.
Apparently, a piece of equipment malfunctioned and an electric current flowed between two points, creating blue plasma. No one was hurt, but plenty were concerned, with some theorizing a nuclear blast, alien invasion, or even an elaborately planned gender-reveal party.
(Hanoi-AP) — Half a dozen men are under arrest in Vietnam after eating an endangered monkey on Facebook Live. Police say the six men in their 30s recorded themselves eating a rare langur monkey and streaming it on Facebook last month. Authorities finally identified and arrested the men on Thursday.
They’re accused of violating regulations on protecting endangered animals and have reportedly confessed. The consumption of endangered species is widespread in Vietnam as many still believe in the healing properties of the animals’ body parts.
(Teller County, CO-AP) — The parents of a missing Colorado mother will be keeping temporary custody of the woman’s one-year-old child. That was the decision of a Teller County judge yesterday.
Kelsey Berreth disappeared on Thanksgiving and is presumed dead. Fiancé Patrick Frazee, who is the father of the young child, was arrested last week on murder counts. He will be formally charged Monday, while a pre-trial conference in the custody case is set for next Thursday.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A historic NASA mission to the farthest planetary body ever explored is a go following a brief pause from the partial government shutdown. Yesterday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine confirmed on Twitter that the unmanned New Horizons spacecraft will fly by the Ultima Thule on New Year’s Day, despite the shutdown.
Bridenstine said the activities were “forward funded,” which means there will be a broadcast of the fly-by. NASA TV and NASA’s social media accounts will document the first close look at the cosmic object.
(Beckley, WV-AP) — Police are getting a visit from the two women part of the foursome rescued from a West Virginia mine. The men, Eddie Williams and Cody Beverly, were arrested on December 21st. Williams is being charged with breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and giving false information to law enforcement officers. All four face charges for breaking into the abandoned mine to try and steal copper.
Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway face charges of destruction of public property and entering without breaking. Eddie Williams told police he entered the mine to search for three friends who were trapped. A large rescue effort began on December 10th and the threesome were found three days later.