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May 30, 2013

California man charged with murder in fatal dog mauling

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The owner of four pit bulls that attacked and killed a woman in Southern California has been charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Los Angeles prosecutors said Thursday.

Alex Donald Jackson, 29, was taken into custody after the May 9 attack in the community of Littlerock when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies searching for the dogs said they had found a marijuana “grow operation” at his home.

May 30, 2013

Disneyland employee charged with having destructive device

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Disneyland employee was charged on Thursday with possessing a destructive device, two days after a small explosion prompted evacuation of the Mickey’s Toontown section of the California theme park, prosecutors said.

Disneyland vendor Christian Barnes is accused of being in possession of two water bottles filled with dry ice, which both exploded in the park on Tuesday, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

May 29, 2013

Disneyland employee arrested in suspected dry ice explosion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Disneyland employee has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a destructive device following a small explosion in a trash can at the California theme park on Tuesday that prompted the evacuation of Mickey’s Toontown, police said on Wednesday.

Christian Barnes, identified as a 22-year-old outdoor vending cast member at Walt Disney Co’s Disneyland, was being held on $1 million bail, Sergeant Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department said in a statement.

May 23, 2013

Utah boy, 15, arrested on suspicion of killing younger brothers

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A 15-year-old Utah boy was arrested on Thursday on suspicion he stabbed to death his two younger brothers, ages 10 and four, at the family home while their mother was out running errands, law enforcement officials said.

The boy, from the community of West Point, was taken into custody a day after the bodies of his brothers were found dead with what appeared to be “penetrating knife wounds,” said Sergeant Susan Poulsen of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.

May 21, 2013

Appeals court strikes down Arizona ban on abortions at 20 weeks

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court struck down an Arizona law on Tuesday that bans abortions from 20 weeks gestation, saying it violated “unalterably clear” U.S. Supreme Court rulings that women have a right to terminate pregnancies until a fetus is viable.

The decision by a three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals in San Francisco, which overturned the ruling of a federal district court judge, was hailed by abortion rights groups as a “huge victory” in a state they say has taken one of the nation’s toughest stances on the issue.

May 10, 2013

Police say they have “person of interest” in fatal California dog attack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man arrested on suspicion of growing pot at the home where he lived was a “person of interest” in the brutal fatal mauling of a Southern California woman by a pack of pit bulls, police said on Friday.

Alex Jackson, 29, was arrested after authorities found what is being described as a marijuana “grow” operation at his home, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. Authorities also seized eight dogs at the property, police said

May 10, 2013

Police seize eight dogs after fatal mauling of California woman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after a Southern California woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls, police were trying to determine on Friday whether any of the eight dogs they seized from a nearby home were involved in the attack, law enforcement officials said.

Homicide detectives serving a search warrant at a home in the unincorporated community of Littlerock, in the high desert about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, took eight dogs from the property, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said.

May 10, 2013

Southern California woman fatally mauled by pit bulls

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 63-year-old woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home in Southern California on Thursday and police were searching for the four dogs, law enforcement officials said.

A driver called police Thursday morning to report that four dogs were mauling the woman by the side of a road in a remote high desert area near Palmdale, California, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said.

May 8, 2013

Three to split $1 million reward for fugitive LA ex-policeman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three people who helped authorities find a fugitive former Los Angeles police officer after he eluded them following a grudge-driven killing spree should split a $1 million reward in the case, a panel of retired judges ruled on Tuesday.

The three-judge panel found that a married couple who were tied up by the fugitive, Christopher Dorner, in their mountain cabin in February, only to break free and call police, should receive 80 percent of the reward.

Apr 26, 2013

UCLA professor to stand trial in fire that killed lab assistant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Friday ordered a UCLA chemistry professor to stand trial on charges stemming from a 2008 fire in his university lab that fatally burned a 23-year-old research assistant, rejecting a defense request to dismiss the case.

Patrick Harran faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted of all three counts of violating occupational health and safety standards in his organic chemistry laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.