Earl Warren, of Fort Dodge, was shopping at the Key on Central Friday afternoon when he heard loud banging noises from across the street.,When he looked outside, he was among the first to notice a section of the building at 1031 Central Ave. leaning out.,The tilting section of the wall fell in three large chunks shortly before 2:40 p.m., raining bricks, dust, mortar and bits of wood down onto the sidewalk and into 11th Street.,Fierke said Friday afternoon that the building owner is responsible for removing any part of the building that is in imminent danger of of falling down.,As he surveyed the fallen bricks Friday afternoon, he remained grateful it wasn’t worse.

Big changes could transform the town’s critical South Churton Street corridor over the next decade, giving people more ways to get around, visit and live in Hillsborough — instead of sitting in traffic.,The town has been working with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years on a plan for improving Churton Street, which connects the town’s commercial strip and its historic downtown.,The plan would expand South Churton Street to four lanes with center turn lanes, and add bike lanes and sidewalks from Interstate 40 to Orange Grove Road.,Amtrak station

Also this month, the Hillsborough Town Board could begin the process of designing and building an $8.1 million Amtrak station at South Churton and Orange Grove streets.,The goal, Hauth said, is to get people on U.S. 70A to use the new route and reduce the number of cars waiting to turn downtown at the Churton Street stoplight. read more

SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A man who was arrested immediately after a New Year’s Day crash that killed a mother and her daughter is free Friday after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against him.,Melvin Branch, who turned 30 hours before the deadly crash, walked out of Santa Ana Jail with his shirt wrapped around his head Thursday.,Branch was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level over .08, DUI causing great bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter immediately after the four-vehicle crash on the westbound 22 Freeway at Valley View Street.,Branch was scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday, but the Orange County District Attorney’s office said there was not enough evidence to file criminal charges against Branch at this time.,The California Highway Patrol did not issue an official comment on Thursday’s development, but the investigation continues into the crash.

Days after Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander stepped down to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm, more than a dozen candidates are lining up to fill the vacant seat.As of the middle of this week, only a handful had actually filed paperwork with the city to raise money for a special election in June, with a likely runoff in August.,Look whats going on, he said.So far, potential candidates include Englanders former chief of staff, John Lee; former Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein; attorney and airport Commissioner Jeff Daar; Cal State Northridge sustainability instructor Loraine Lundquist; and U.S. Rep. Brad Shermans district director, Scott Abrams.Many who have expressed an interest are relative newcomers to politics, including Josh Yeager, a Chatsworth resident who works for a public affairs firm; Jack Kayajian, an outreach specialist with the city attorneys office; tech startup founder Brandii R. Grace; and Michael Benedetto and Carlos Amador, both Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council members.Some likely candidates have run for or served in elected office in L.A. or other cities, including Jay Beeber, who previously ran to represent a council district spanning Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile, and Frank Ferry, an attorney who served on the Santa Clarita City Council.Ben Pak, who unsuccessfully ran for the state Board of Equalization and was a field deputy for former state Sen. Kevin de Len, said he also is considering a run.,And David Balen said he plans to run again after he lost as a write-in candidate against Englander four years ago.As of midweek, only Amador, Ferry, Lundquist, Oberstein, Yeager and another candidate named Annie Cho had filed paperwork with the City Ethics Commission to raise money for the June special election an initial step that more candidates are likely to take as the race heats up.Lee, a Republican, is widely seen as the front-runner because serving as chief of staff has been a common path to the council.,Oberstein and several other competitors argue, however, that the city needs to break with that political dynasty.Its time to bring someone in who hasnt spent a decade with the business-as-usual politics of City Hall, Oberstein said.Lees history with City Hall also could spur questions over a lawsuit from a former Englander aide, who claimed Lee harassed her at work.,Lundquist said she was deeply frustrated that years later, the city did not have adequate analyses or a credible emergency plan.Sonenshein called the council one of the most desirable seats in California government, with an annual salary of over $200,000 and immense power in the sprawling city.Yet Levine said the race will likely have paltry turnout, since it is at a time of year when voters are not used to heading to the polls, and nothing else will be on the ballot.

But that’s not the only genre Media City residents and readers were interested in — below is the top Leader story of each month in terms of pageviews, and they include news about a restaurant reopening, a long-time institution closing and a film crew shutting down a major thoroughfare for a weekend.,Electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors Inc. will soon have a new facility in Burbank where customers can order and pick up new vehicles, and it will be located less than a block away from its current showroom.,Lenny Trinh of Burbank was riding his bicycle about 5 p.m. in a designated bike lane on Alameda Avenue between Mariposa Street and Griffith Park Drive when he struck an open car door and was ejected into traffic.,The restaurant group behind the Castaway restaurant in Burbank was looking to improve the dining experience it offered customers, leading to a renovation in May and then, in November, opening a secluded lounge that focuses on premium cocktails and appetizers.,Ben Barron, a federal prosecutor, said Simonyan was already under investigation for his alleged ties to a series of sham medical clinics that were issuing fraudulent drug prescriptions, prompting investigators to look into his immigration history.

Officials learned last month the bond rating service — similar to an individual’s credit score — had upgraded Butler County to the highest level, Aaa, about two years earlier than expected.,MORE: Butler County bond rating upgrade carries big benefits

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COLUMBUS — An investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by an Ohio State team doctor, the death of a 16-year-old boy while trapped in his family minivan, and a mass shooting at a Cincinnati bank are among the top stories in 2018 as selected by The Associated Press.,After an investigation was opened on April 5, scores of former athletes and other men came forward to accuse now-deceased Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss of sexual misconduct against students throughout his two decades there.,Meyer returned to coaching after the suspension and led Ohio State to an 11-1 record, then announced on Dec. 5 he would step down from coaching, citing debilitating headaches caused by a cyst on his brain.,The scourge of mass shootings across the nation hit Ohio on Sept. 6, when a 29-year-old man walked into Cincinnati’s downtown Fifth Third Bank building and opened fire .,Authorities arrested a family of four Nov. 13 in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute.

There’s no denying empty land in the Naperville area is disappearing quickly as developers see the opportunities to build more houses in the state’s fourth most populous city.,The Wagner family announced in March that its beloved farmstand would not reopen in the summer as the property off Route 59 in south Naperville would be sold after more than 50 years' use as a farm.,Redevelopment plans for 13 acres of city property anchored by the Naperville Metra station at 5th Avenue hit a few snags in 2018, including indecision over whether the DuPage Children’s Museum on Washington Street should be moved to another part of town and how much commuter parking should be created.,State Sen. Michael Connelly lost a close race to Laura Ellman, of Naperville, in District 21, appointed state Rep. David Olsen was beat by Democratic newcomer Anne Stava-Murray, of Naperville, and Jean Kaczmarek, of Glen Ellyn, defeated Paul Hinds for DuPage County clerk — the first Democrat to be elected to a countywide office since 1934.,The area of Naperville north of Interstate 88 is likely to become a recreation destination thanks to two new businesses that won city council approval this year.

As Saints coach Sean Payton rode an imaginary dirt bike around an overjoyed locker room, team executives surely toasted the gridiron accomplishments nearby.,These 36 games fully reveal glaring problems for the current state of this team and perhaps the future of the franchise.,When an injury to Payton — who was traded for a second-round pick last year and signed for just $3 million this summer — leaves a gaping, unfillable hole in the team’s rotation, it’s a sign of deeper problems.,And, every day the team fails to gain its footing, the louder the conversation gets surrounding Davis’ future.,While the Pelicans can offer Davis more money than any other suitor, the All-NBA stalwart publicly stated he’s more concerned with legacy than money, an obvious signal to the Pelicans he’s not returning unless he believes it can net him the kind of team success he needs to reach NBA legend status.

Details: Every Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. Durham Lions Club Scout Center, 1850 Hillandale Road, Durham, bit.ly/2xwzseC, [email protected], 919-451 7203.,Hillsborough Kiwanis Club

Various speakers, supporting local Terrific Kids Programs, Key Clubs, High School Scholarships and other charitable contributions.,Details: Every first and third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Bob Evans Restaurant, 5419 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham.,Details: Every second and fourth Tuesday, 1 p.m. Parizade, Erwin Square, 2200 W. Main St., Durham.,Southwest Durham Rotary Club read more