By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the “Hollywood Madam” in the 1990s after she was accused of running a high-priced Southern California call-girl ring, may face charges after 392 pot plants were found at her Nevada desert home, a county sheriff said on Tuesday.
Deputies who went to Fleiss’ home in Pahrump, some 45 miles west of Las Vegas, last week searching for a wanted female found the marijuana plants, Nye County Sheriff Tony De Meo said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of residents of three small communities in the high desert east of Los Angeles were evacuated on Wednesday as an out-of-control wildfire headed toward them.
The fire broke out shortly after 2 p.m. on Wednesday near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County.
LOS ANGELES, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A Colorado man accused of
plowing his car through crowds at the Venice Beach boardwalk in
Los Angeles, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and
injuring 16 others, was charged on Tuesday with murder and
multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was also charged with 17 counts
of hit-and-run, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s
Office said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The seaside community of Venice Beach was still reeling on Monday after a man plowed a car through a crowd at the boardwalk, killing an Italian woman on her honeymoon and injuring 11 others, and police identified the driver as a transient with no strong ties to Southern California.
Nathan Campbell, 38, was arrested late on Saturday. Police said he abandoned the car blocks from the scene of the carnage and walked to a police station in the adjacent community of Santa Monica. He was booked on suspicion of murder and could face formal charges as early as Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities have evacuated and shut down a section of a national forest outside Los Angeles for at least a week after a ground squirrel was found there infected with the plague, county public health officials said on Thursday.
The squirrel tested positive for plague after it was trapped in the Angeles National Forest during “routine surveillance activities,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a written health advisory.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – Liz Cheney, the eldest daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, announced on Tuesday that she will challenge three-term incumbent and fellow Republican Mike Enzi for Wyoming’s U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Cheney, 46, launched herself into the race with a nearly six-minute Web video in which she laid out a conservative agenda, calling the federal government too large and wasteful of taxpayer dollars, and sharply criticized Democratic President Barack Obama.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Remains fitting the description of a missing autistic boy were found buried in a shallow grave near his California home on Wednesday, police said, and a 16-year-old family member was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Captain John Hill, acting police chief of Menifee, California, said the remains had not yet been formally identified as the missing 11-year-old, Terry Smith, but appeared to belong to a male juvenile.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Investigators found remains on Wednesday at the home of an autistic 11-year-old California boy who became the subject of an intense manhunt this week after he was reported missing, and were trying to determine if they were human, police said.
Terry Smith was reported missing from his home in Menifee, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, by his mother on Sunday morning, prompting a search by authorities using helicopters and bloodhounds and assisted by volunteers from the community.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police on Saturday were investigating what prompted a man dressed in black to embark on a string of shootings in the beach community of Santa Monica, killing four people before police gunned him down in a community college library.
Five other people were wounded in the shooting rampage, which unfolded just a few miles from where President Barack Obama was speaking at a political fundraiser elsewhere in Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Manson Family killer Leslie Van Houten on Wednesday was denied parole for the 20th time since she was sentenced to life in prison for her role in sensational cult murders nearly 44 years ago.
California prison officials declined to release Van Houten, 63, following a parole board hearing at the California Institution for Women in Chino, east of Los Angeles, where she is an inmate.