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Police officer shot in attempted Chino robbery; prompts lockdown of nearby schools

via NBC LA

Money scattered on the ground outside a Chino bank.

Inland Empire authorities are searching for a man who shot and wounded a Chino police officer during an apparent bank heist just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say the robber, clad in a ski mask and full body armor, tried to rob a branch of California Bank and Trust. The gunman fired on officers and struck a Chino policeman in the leg.

The officer was apparently able to drive himself to a nearby hospital. A witness told KABC that the suspect fired about half a dozen rounds.

Authorities say the gunman is a white male, about 30 years old. He may have fled in a gray Nissan Altima with Arizona plates. The FBI is assisting Chino police with their investigation.

NBC Los Angeles describes the scene, noting scattered bills on the ground after the suspect fled.

Several schools were placed on lockdown following the robbery, according to KABC.

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Davy Jones, Monkees singer, dead at 66

2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 4

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Davy Jones speaks during the '60's Pop Rock: My Music' panel during the PBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in 2011.

Davy Jones of The Monkees has died from an apparent heart attack. He was 66 years old.

Forty-six years ago, The Monkees' bass and keyboard player Peter Tork met Jones (vocals and tambourine) in Los Angeles. They and about 400 other guys had responded to a casting call for a TV comedy about a band modeled on the most successful band of the British Invasion, The Beatles. 

The band, assembled by two sitcom producers, got acquainted on the job. Tork recalls that the newly-formed crew all stopped at a diner and ordered their food at the same time. He and drummer Mickey Dolenz got their salads first.

"When my salad came I just stuck my fork in the bowl and put it in my mouth and Jonesy, he said, 'You pigs! Anybody would think youse guys were raised in a barn, the way youse was eatin’.'"

When Davy Jones’ salad came, Tork remembers that he cut the lettuce into one-inch strips and then cut those strips neatly into one inch squares. He slowly poured blue cheese dressing on it "mixed it carefully ‘til every one inch square was covered in it, and then reached into the bowl with his hand and then smashed it into his face."  

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David Dreier will not run for re-election

Dreier

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A file photo of Rep. David Dreier, a Republican from San Gabriel Valley, taking part in a hearing on Capitol Hill. A congressman since 1980, he will not seek another term.

Longtime San Gabriel Valley Rep. David Dreier, a Republican, has made the anticipated announcement that he will not seek another term in Congress. Dreier, who has been in Congress for decades, chairs the Rules Committee, but redistricting has tilted registration in his district toward Democrats.

In his announcement on the House floor, he called himself a "proud institutionalist" and said Congress is as great as it has ever been. Politico says his retirement will "will trigger a scramble in GOP leadership circles" because Dreier's position at the Rules Committee will be open.

Claremont McKenna College politics professor Jack Pitney told KPCC's Madeleine Brand that Dreier’s move comes as no surprise.

Redistricting in California has made races tough for several incumbents. Three other longtime Republicans — Jerry Lewis, Wally Herger and Elton Gallegly — have announced plans to retire.

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Jonathan Chacon, suspected of killing girlfriend and her mother in Redondo Beach, arrested in Baja

Police say a man suspected of killing two women in a Redondo Beach apartment has been captured in Mexico.

Police Lt. Joe Hoffman says 23-year-old Jonathan Chacon was detained by Mexican police at a hotel in Rosarito Beach and returned to Southern California at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Chacon, who is from Redondo Beach, who has the word "death" tattooed on his arm, and is suspected of killing his 19-year-old girlfriend and her mother, whose bodies were found Tuesday morning inside an apartment. 

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Reason #11 not to leave a briefcase of cash in your Bentley

Piles of cash

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Despite this story's screaming Lebowski plot ("The million bucks was never in the briefcase! The Big Lebowski gave me an empty briefcase, so take it up with him, man!"), below are the details as reported by the Glendale News- Press.

police perimeter was set up and K-9 officers were deployed to sniff out burglary suspects who kicked through a window and stole a briefcase of cash from a parked Bentley behind a business in Glendale, according to police. 

Witnesses reported a possible fight on the 400 block of West Colorado Street around noon, after seeing a man break a window of the parked car.

The suspect, and possibly two other men, ran from the scene and began removing items of clothing "to conceal their appearance," said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

All of the possible suspects were described by witnesses as men in their 30s to 40s. One was seen wearing a black hooded-sweatshirt and blue jeans, the second wore a white hooded-sweatshirt and had a beard, and the third wore a gray shirt and had a shaved head.

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