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    A world-renowned architect visited Seaport Village Tuesday with plans to transform San Diego's waterfront with parks, plazas, an aquarium, an urban beach, a public market and more. 

    Bjarke Ingels is the star of the Netflix documentary, Big Time. The Danish architect is known for buildings that defy convention. 

    Ingels envisions a 70-acre site encompassing 30 acres of water and 40 acres of land, which would include 14 acres of parks.

    "The aquarium will become a place where you can share knowledge and experience," said Ingels. "As well as the science of the sea with the citizens of San Diego." 

    In addition, he plans to build plazas, retail shops, and a blue tech incubator.

    "We're stretching out the ecosystem of the flow of water with a landmark tower and hotel," said Ingels. "You can reach all the way from the deep sea to the clouds." 

    There would also be a revitalized commercial fishing basion at the Tuna Harbor site. 

    The project, called Seaport San Diego, would cost $1.5 billion dollars. 

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    A man who allegedly killed a woman with a stray bullet on her way home from church was in a San Diego courtroom for the first time Tuesday.

    Dionicio Torrez is accused of shooting 55-year-old Catherine Kennedy in March of 2017 with a bullet that was meant for a rival gang member. Torrez is a documented gang member.

    He faces one count of murder, one count of attempted murder of rival gang members and two counts of shooting at an occupied vehicle.

    The shooting happened on Grand Avenue near Midway Drive.

    Torrez sat quietly next to his attorney on the first day of his trial as Kennedy’s husband and daughter looked on. They say the gang violence in Escondido is only getting worse.

    Days after Kennedy’s death, the community held a private prayer service at St. Timothy’s where she volunteered.

    Torrez’s trial could last several weeks and may include more than a dozen witnesses.

    If convicted, Torrez could face life in prison.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7
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    A 76-year-old woman was hit and killed by a car on Balour Drive in Encinitas Friday evening.

    Lubov Kozelskaya was crossing the street in front of the Encinitas Fire Station #5 around 7 p.m. when she was struck by a Prius heading northbound. A bystander performed life-saving efforts on her until paramedics arrived.

    She was taken to the hospital where she died of her injuries.

    Alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the collision, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said.

    SDSO is investigating.

    Kozelskaya lived in Encinitas. 

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    The mother of a murdered east county toddler will serve only probation for her part in the little boy’s death.

    The defendant, Renee Fournier was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor Tuesday instead of the felony she originally pleaded to.

    That’s because she gave valuable testimony against her boyfriend, Brett Brown, who was convicted last month for the murder of 20-month-old Lucas Orlando.

    Fournier also completed all court-ordered classes and community service. The prosecutor, Chantal de Mauregre, said Fournier did more class work and community service than was required by law.

    Fournier was ordered to serve four years’ probation, with no time in custody, as agreed to by the prosecutor and Fournier’s attorney.

    But Judge Jeffrey Fraser said he will end that probation term early if Fournier avoids trouble with the law.

    “Honestly, I don’t know what to tell you,” Fraser told the defendant.

    “I think you had to suffer through one of the most horrific things that any human being [Brown] can do. I think, quite frankly, you’re going to prove to be a model probationer and I don’t think we’ll ever see you back here.”

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    Hundreds of people convicted of felony murder in California could soon have another day in court and eventually walk free as a result of a change to the state’s felony murder law. In San Diego, at least 150 cases could be impacted.

    “This new law goes too far. And I am concerned about public safety,” said San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan.

    SB 1437 was signed into law last month by Governor Jerry Brown and will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Under the change, if a defendant in a crime did not kill, intend to kill, or did not act with reckless indifference to human life in the death in question, that person cannot be found liable for murder.

    “There could be a significant number of prisoners that are released instantly,” said Stephan.

    The District Attorney cited the 2016 stabbing death of Hugh Pettigrew, 33, of Fallbrook. Three alleged gang members were convicted, even though prosecutors could not prove who actually committed the murder. The new law will allow the three to petition for a new hearing. As many as 800 cases could be impacted throughout California.

    “All three were held responsible, rightfully so, because all three cooperated to murdering this innocent man for their benefit to their gang,” said Stephan.

    But under the new law, defendants who did not play a role in the actual killing would not necessarily be found guilty of murder. It will be the burden of the district attorney’s office to show every person had the intent to kill.

    “If we’re able, for example, to prove that all three knew, agreed ahead of time that someone is going to die, they’re not going to leave a witness alive, then they’re going to get to remain in custody as murderers. But that level of proof is very hard to come by,” said Stephan.

    Meanwhile, advocates for criminal justice reform are praising the new law.

    “It’s a much-needed change. It gives many who are hopeless, hope, finally. It tries to reform a very unjust law,” said Laila Aziz with the group Pillars of the Community.

    Aziz says she knows of at least seven people in prison for a murder they did not commit. She cites the case of then 18-year-old Brian Mason who was sentenced to life in prison in 2000. Mason was with several other people in a National City motel when a man was shot and killed. He did not pull the trigger.

    “A young man who never killed anyone or planned to. It's a sad situation,” said Aziz.

    While District Attorney Stephan says she's also concerned about the heartache facing families who "thought" they had received justice, Aziz is hopeful the new law will help achieve justice for those she says are wrongfully imprisoned.

    “Never ever have I wished that person who did not kill my loved one rot in prison to make me feel better. And the victims I know feel the same way, said Aziz.

    SB 1437 was co-written by Republican State Senator Joel Anderson of Alpine.

    Photo Credit: Getty

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    A San Diego Catholic priest has been suspended by the local diocese upon review of a decades-old accusation of sexual misconduct involving a teenager.

    Father Justin Langille, 65, was suspended by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego and is no longer allowed to function publicly as a priest in any diocese in the world, according to a statement released by the local diocese.

    According to the diocese, Langille hasn't had a full-time assignment since 2013 but has assisted on weekends at St. Therese in Del Cerro and Ascension Catholic Church in Tierrasanta.

    Langille was accused of sexual misconduct with a female teenager in the early-1990s, the diocese said. The report was brought to the church in the mid-1990s and examined once in 1995 and again in 2002. Both times, the diocese concluded the allegation was unsubstantiated.

    Langille passed a polygraph test in 2002 which was a major determining factor at the time, according to the diocese.

    Upon reexamination of his case by the diocese's Independent Review Board (IRB) last month, the board advised San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy that the accusation was credible, and McElroy accepted the findings.

    The IRB commissioned a professional investigator who found new information that "substantially undermined the credibility of Fr. Langille and his denials," the diocese said.

    "The Independent Review Board subsequently concluded overwhelmingly that Fr. Langille had violated the standards of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in his actions, and for this reason I removed Fr. Langille from public ministry," explained Bp. McElroy.

    Langille was then suspended from publicly functioning as a priest anywhere in the world per the church's zero-tolerance policy.

    An announcement about Langille will be made at both parishes next weekend and his name will be added to the list of credibly-accused priests maintained by the local diocese.

    The diocese says two months ago the IRB started reviewing sexual abuse allegations against current priests that were evaluated before the board was formed in 2004.

    "I felt strongly that even older, previously decided cases involving currently serving priests would benefit from being examined by the Independent Review Board," said Bp. McElroy. "The voice of the laity needs to be heard on these matters and the independent board, with members that include attorneys, criminal investigators, psychologists and a clergy abuse victim, provides the diocese with exceptionally valuable guidance and expertise."

    Victims can report abuse by clergy to the Victim Assistance Office at (858) 490-8353.

    In October, the Diocese of San Diego began hosting listening sessions at local parishes where community and clergy members could discuss the ongoing abuse problems within the church. There are three more scheduled sessions.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

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    San Diego police launched a suspicious death investigation after a man died following a physical altercation in Valencia Park.

    The man, 50, was experiencing chest pains and told a witness that he had just been involved in an altercation with another man, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    A San Diego Fire-Rescue crew responded to 5600 Imperial Avenue just after 1 p.m. and minutes later were performing life-saving measures on the man.

    He was transported to an area hospital and was pronounced dead. The man had no obvious signs of trauma to his body, SDPD said. 

    SDPD's Homicide Unit is investigating the case as a suspicious death.

    Anyone with information can call the Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    Yellow caution tape surrounds the scene of the incident.Yellow caution tape surrounds the scene of the incident.

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    Redwood trees are being cut down along the west side of Balboa Park near SR-163 because they aren’t getting enough water and are dying, the city says.

    Redwoods need plenty of rain and aren’t native to Southern California.

    “It’s a bit more aired, there are more stumps,” Betsy Wilcox, who lives in Little Italy said of the changes. “I think because of the general dryness, it's not as appealing." 

    The city says they will be replacing the trees with species more conducive to San Diego’s climate, including, Torrey pines, native oaks and native cherry trees.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    President Donald Trump joked about talk of impeaching him and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during a campaign rally on Tuesday night, NBC News reported.

    "The Democrats are even talking about doing really bad things now to Justice Kavanaugh," Trump said. "Last week, they were saying, 'We'll impeach.' ... I have to go first, right? Don't I? — Even though we've done nothing wrong other than create one of the greatest economies in the history of the world."

    The president raised impeachment as some progressive groups are pushing forward with efforts to remove Kavanaugh.

    Photo Credit: AP

    President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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    Harvard University diving coach Chris Heaton has resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a statement from the school.

    "Chris Heaton, the Class of 1989 Head Coach for Diving, has decided to step down from his role," the release reads.

    A class action complaint against USA Diving stated that Heaton is accused of soliciting nude photos from female athletes at Ripfest, a diving camp in Indiana. He also allegedly sent pictures of his genitals to young female athletes.

    The school said earlier this month that it was unaware of any allegations of misconduct when it Chris Heaton as head coach for diving in August.

    "I'm shocked that somebody of that caliber would be involved in something like this," said graduate student Mike Vea. "That's a shame."

    Heaton is not named as a defendant in the complaint, which "involves sexual abuse, exploitation, and the forced labor of USA Diving members by the Team USA coaches, entities, officials, and executives who were entrusted to protect them."

    John Wingfield, the president of Ripfest, is named as a defendant. Multiple times since 2015, female athletes complained about Heaton to Wingfield, who was allegedly dismissive of the claims.

    "To hear about something like that, where you can't even really talk to your coach or respect them, it's scary," said Lexi Milunovich of Harvard's tennis team.

    Photo Credit: Go Crimson/Harvard University Athletics

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    Oceanside community members aired their frustrations at a Tuesday night board meeting over a deportation-themed board game middle school students submitted for a project.

    Four seventh and eighth-grade students at César Chávez Middle School created "Deportation Time" for a class project that asked students to design their own game.

    The goal was to be the first player to cross the border into the United States and reach an American flag. Players could deport each other with a dice roll.

    The project "was intended to develop collaboration, decision-making and learning to divide workload," Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale said in a statement earlier this month.

    Community members, angry that the game was approved by a teacher before it was created and upset about the perceived lack of cultural sensitivity at the school, want to know what the district is going to do about it. 

    There were more angry meeting attendees than there were people allowed to speak.

    Some who did speak called for required cultural sensitivity training courses for teachers and others said the district should install an ethics committee.

    “It's not a game. It is like a life or death situation. You are risking your life to come over here and have a better life for your family,” OUSD alum Alexis Flores said.

    Dr. Vitale agreed Tuesday and said the district would "seek a plan of action to provide training district-wide that will help staff better meet the needs of our culturally diverse community.”

    Her communications director met with community members outside the meeting and assured them a meeting between their group leader and Dr. Vitale will take place.

    The district did not discuss whether the teacher who approved the project would be punished.

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    An incomplete drug tunnel was recently discovered on both sides of the United States and Mexico international border after a joint investigation involving multiple government agencies in both countries, according to the United States Customs and Border Patrol.

    Photo Credit: US Customs and Border Protection

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    A veteran who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a North County VA doctor has created a worldwide network of women who will go to doctors appointments with veterans and provide safety and support.

    United States Navy veteran Paula Kemp says she is one of five sex assault victims of Dr. Edgar Manzanera, a doctor contracted to evaluate patients for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Manzanera was arraigned in June on sex assault charges relating to five female patients, at least four of whom are veterans, between the ages of 24 and 54.

    The alleged incidents happened in 2015 and 2016, and at least one allegedly occurred at the QTC Medical Group in Oceanside.

    Manzanera faces five felony counts of sexual penetration. He's also due in Vista Superior Court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing for civil suits brought against him by his alleged victims, including Kemp.

    Kemp said she was raped in the Middle East in 2005 while serving her country, and later sexually assaulted my Manzanera in 2015. She said the alleged assault became the catalyst for her to start Veteran Sisters, a non-profit that not only connects vets with their services, but has created a network of veterans to become buffers during doctor visits.

    “We are a resource center, but we’re better than that," she said. "We’re kind of like their service dog. We go with them and give them companionship, protection."

    Though Suzanne Baeza isn't one of Manzanera's accusers, she says she’s one of five women, according to Homeless Female Veterans, who are victims of Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

    It’s just one reason why the U.S. Marine Corps veteran recently teamed up with Veteran Sisters.

    “They’re going with me next time. Someone is. Just to feel you have that support and if you do break down, you have someone you can talk to afterward," Baeza said.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in June, Manzanera was alone with one alleged victim when he asked her to strip to her underwear and put on a loose-fitting gown. The accuser's attorney said "there was no medical reason" for her to disrobe given the evaluation she was getting.

    The claim also notes the doctor told her to hold her gown higher until it was over her head and "maliciously and offensively" touched her, leaving "scratches and bruises" on her body.

    "This doctor violated the trust that these women who have ties to the military had in him," Deputy District Attorney Claudia Plascenia said. "They went to QTC to receive medical treatment and what happened to them was unacceptable. They were sexually abused by this individual who held himself out to be a physician and abused that trust."

    QTC Medical Group's parent company, Leidos, denies they allowed patient mistreatment to continue once they were aware of the allegations.

    In a written statement to NBC 7, Leidos wrote: "Allegations of this kind are an affront to all that we stand for as a company. Individuals referred to us for assessments are served with the utmost care. While we can’t comment in detail on the matter due to ongoing investigations, we can share that when questionable conduct by this subcontracted provider was brought to our attention nearly two years ago, we immediately terminated the relationship with the provider and fully cooperated with authorities."

    The Medical Board of California has suspended Manzanera's medical license during criminal court proceedings.

    Because the charges relate to veteran patients, they’re also being investigated by the VA's Office of Inspector General and the Medical Board of California.

    If convicted on all counts Manzanera could spend 14 years in prison.

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    California voters will choose the state's next governor, lieutenant governor, superintendent of public education and other statewide offices on Nov. 6.

    Photo Credit: AP/Jonathan Lloyd/Facebook

    A look at the candidates running for state office in California in 2018.A look at the candidates running for state office in California in 2018.

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    A NASA study recently revealed that a part of a known fault is related to larger faults in Mexico and Southern California.

    The study, which NASA worked on for about three years, revealed that the southern end of the Elsinore Fault is linked to the northern end of the Laguna Salada Fault system, north of the Mexican border. The segment that unites both faults is known as Ocotillo. 

    "The Ocotillo section was the site of a 5.7-magnitude aftershock that ruptured into a 5-mile-long fault buried in the California desert two months after the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake in Baja California, Mexico," according to NASA.

    The NASA study says the entire fault is about 217 miles long.

    The magnitude 7.2 earthquake caused severe damage in the Mexican city of Mexicali and was felt throughout Southern California. This quake and its aftershocks caused the movement of dozens of faults in the region, including many previously unidentified.

    Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

    A NASA study shows that a part of a known fault is related to larger faults in Mexico and southern California.A NASA study shows that a part of a known fault is related to larger faults in Mexico and southern California.

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    Occupational safety inspectors were investigating a deadly accident at an iron company in Spring Valley Wednesday. 

    An employee of West Coast Iron was struck by iron beams that fell off a truck at the yard on Jamacha Road just before 10:20 a.m., a spokesperson for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) said.

    The worker, identified as 29-year-old Gregorio Segundo, was transported to a nearby hospital but did not survive, Cal/OSHA said. His father who also works for West Coast Iron was at the scene.

    The agency is investigating the incident and did not provide any other information. 

    Alvano Ledesna worked at West Coast Iron for eight years. Now he lives across the street from the warehouse.

    "The kind of work that you do there, it is dangerous, it's destructive. Everything is heavy metal," he said. "You can be working, somebody else can be operating the crane, you don't look at him, and he'll hit you."

    A West Coast Iron spokesperson said the company had no comment on Wednesday's incident.

    According to the Department of Labor, the last accident at the business was in 2014.

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    A woman has died after being shot in the Midway District and the man suspected of shooting her has not been found, the San Diego Police Department said.

    The man and woman were in the parking lot of Baron’s Market on W. Point Loma Boulevard late Tuesday when witnesses heard yelling and one gunshot, SDPD Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

    The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found on the ground and witnesses saw a black sedan leaving eastbound on W. Point Loma Boulevard, Dupree said.

    Medics transported the woman to UC San Diego Medical Center where she was pronounced dead around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday. She has not yet been identified.

    Police are searching the Point Loma Heights area for the suspect, who is possibly in his late 30s or early 40s and working to get surveillance video from surrounding businesses. 

    "We're hoping [Domino's Pizza does] have cameras. We're waiting for a manager to come who has access to it. Hopefully, give us some additional information we can put out," Dupree said.

    The parking lot is expected to be shut down for several hours as homicide detectives investigate.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.

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    At 19 weeks pregnant, Sarah Prowell learned her unborn son had spina bifida. 

    Spina bifida is a birth defect caused when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly, in many cases leaving a portion of the spine exposed. 

    Without medical intervention, the condition causes differing levels of disability, which can include paralysis and lifelong bladder issues.

    The Terrell mom was referred to Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, director of the newly opened Fetal Care Center at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas.

    "The open fetal surgery opens up the opportunity for us to intervene at a time when things are not irreparable. We can intervene and save the baby's life or prevent unknown injury to the baby's organs," Crombleholme said.

    Prior to Crombleholme's arrival to North Texas earlier this year, families of babies diagnosed with the most common and severe form of spina bifida, called myelomeningocele, had to travel elsewhere for open fetal surgery.

    Because spinal cord damage is progressive during gestation, prenatal repair of myelomeningocele may prevent further damage.

    "A few years ago, if they came to our practice with this spina bifida problem, they would have had to travel to the east coast, Houston or the west coast to have this surgery," said Dr. Kevin Magee, maternal and fetal medicine at Medical City Children's Hospital.

    Crombleholme is one of only a handful of surgeons nationwide qualified to perform open fetal surgery and he is widely recognized for his skill and successful surgical outcomes. 

    Baby Uriah became his first North Texas patient on June 25, 2018. Now, at almost two months old, Uriah is kicking his legs, signaling early success from leading-edge surgery for spina bifida. 

    "He will have lifelong difficulties, but it's not going to slow him down," Uriah's father, Sean Kirby, said.

    "He's doing so good, better than we thought he'd be," Sarah Prowell said. "I think he'll be very determined. I think he will impress us and everyone else, like he has so far."

    You can follow his progress here.

    Fetal surgery for spina bifida is not a cure, but studies show that it repair can lead to better results than traditional repair surgery after a child is born. 

    The surgery greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a child will be able to walk independently, doctors said.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

    The first open-womb spina bifida surgery in North Texas was performed on unborn baby in Dallas. The delicate surgery repairs the most common and severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect affecting the spine.The first open-womb spina bifida surgery in North Texas was performed on unborn baby in Dallas. The delicate surgery repairs the most common and severe form of spina bifida, a birth defect affecting the spine.

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    A San Diego-area university is working on the nationwide problem of recycled materials with nowhere to go.

    San Diego historically had exported 80 percent of its curbside material, with 60 percent of it sent to China, according to the city’s Environmental Services Department.

    Recently, China stopped imports of recycled materials, making this problem worse. That's where the USD Electronics Recycling Center comes into play. 

    They opened in 2011 to the community and take in electronics of every kind to be either recycled or resold. 

    The facility accepts gizmos and gadgets like calculators, blenders, computers and video games.

    “Even the broken ones,” said Matt Dahlman with the ERC.

    The facility sells the e-waste and uses the money to fund the center and campus sustainability projects. Recently, a vintage computer was sold to a Seattle museum for $13,000.

    “We have real clever customers that want to reimagine components from a computer or microwave and build something completely unique,” Dahlman explained.

    According to USD Facilities Management, the ERC is self-funded, they use the proceeds to support the operation of the ERC such as salaries, overhead, supplies, etc., and to establish a reserve for slow revenue months and warehouse improvements or maintenance.

    “Once the reserve is reached, anything leftover would be used to support campus sustainability projects related to our CAP (Climate Action Plan) goals, and possibly for student scholarships,” said Melissa Plaskonos, USD Facilities Management Assistant Vice President.

    The center lists the items it accepts on its website. While they will dispose of most items for free, there is a charge for some items.

    The center is open Tuesday through Saturday.

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    For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus. 

    LA's mayor is now in apology mode.

    "It's disgusting and it's unacceptable," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told NBC4, after the I-Team showed him pictures of garbage piling up for months. 

    When asked why the city hasn't collected trash on a city street, Garcetti responded:

    "Well, it should have been. And we're going to get to the bottom of why it wasn't and make sure that it is."

    The LA County Public Health Department says "typhus is a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans." The fleas often live on rodents, cats, and dogs that are drawn to garbage.

    There are 57 cases of typhus reported in LA County so far this year, far higher than most years. A cluster of nine cases has been identified in what officials now call "The Typhus Zone," a section of downtown LA encompassing Skid Row and newer upscale residential housing and businesses.

    "I actually kind of wanted to die, because I couldn't figure out what I had," said Van Shemirani, who owns a clothing company in the Fashion District. He told NBC4 he suffered two months of high fever and nausea before his doctors at UCLA Medical Center diagnosed him with typhus.

    Shemirani says his warehouse was constantly overrun by rats, which he suspects were the cause of his typhus infection.

    "I definitely think I got it from the rats," Shemirani said.

    People who work in the downtown and Skid Row areas say they've complained constantly to the city's 311 number to pick up piles of trash but the calls often go unaswered.

    Records obtained by the I-Team show the Department of Sanitation received more than 2,200 calls to 311 over a two-year period to pick up trash near homeless encampments but failed to respond to more than half of those calls.

    "If someone is calling 311 and not getting through that's unacceptable," Mayor Garcetti told NBC4. "Things sometime slip through the cracks but this is unacceptable and I'm going to make sure that it doesn't happen, Garcetti added.

    After Garcetti spoke to NBC4 about the typhus outbreak and the city's failure to control trash and rats, the Mayor's Office called the I-Team. His spokesman Alex Comisar said the city is now allocating an extra $300,000 to cleaning up trash and sanitizing streets around the "Typhus Zone." The clean-up, according to Comisar, has already begun.

    There is a typhus epidemic in LA County right now with a recent outbreak of cases around downtown LA.

    Here are five things to know:

    1. Typhus is not typhoid. Typhus is a disease spread to humans by fleas from dogs, cats and rats. Typhoid is a food-borne illness transmitted through contaminated food and water.

    2. A typhus outbreak in LA includes people living on the streets and also workers and business people.

    3. Typhus symptoms include high fever, rash, abdominal and muscle pain.

    4. Typhus is rarely fatal and can be treated with antibiotics.

    5. You can prevent getting typhus by using flea products on your pets and keeping away from wild animals like feral cats and rodents.

      Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

      For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.

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