LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal judge has ordered taped conversations between Manson Family killer Charles “Tex” Watson and his now-deceased defense lawyer turned over to Los Angeles police, who are investigating the cult’s possible involvement in old, unsolved murders.
The written order by District Judge Richard Schell in Texas, which was made public on Tuesday, upholds a ruling last year by a federal bankruptcy judge that was appealed by Watson, 67, who is serving a life prison term in California.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Joe Weider, the fitness and bodybuilding guru who built a magazine empire that included such publications as Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Men’s Fitness, died on Saturday at the age of 93, his publicist said.
Weider, also known for creating the Mr Olympia bodybuilding contest and mentoring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, died of heart failure, publicist Charlotte Parker said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A popular 13-year-old honor student found dead in her bedroom earlier this week was apparently killed after inhaling a can of computer cleaner to get high, school officials said on Thursday, in a rare “huffing” death that stunned her affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.
Aria Doherty, a popular student at Alfred B. Nobel Middle School in the upscale Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, was pronounced dead in her home on Monday evening after she was found unresponsive by her older sister.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives have uncovered evidence that a Hollywood studio executive who mysteriously vanished 10 months ago was murdered, even though they have yet to find his body, law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
Gavin Smith, a 57-year-old film distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, driving in his black Mercedes Benz away from a friend’s house in Oak Park, northwest of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Detectives are investigating the disappearance of a Hollywood studio executive as a homicide 10 months after he vanished under suspicious circumstances, and are seeking the public’s help in solving the high-profile case, authorities said on Thursday.
Gavin Smith, a 57-year-old film distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, was last seen on the night of May 1, 2012, driving in his black Mercedes Benz away from a friend’s house in the community of Oak Park, northwest of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Unified School District has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement with 58 current and former students at a school where an ex-teacher was accused of taking bondage-style photos of pupils, a lawyer for the district said on Tuesday.
The settlement would resolve nearly half of the 129 claims filed by former students of Miramonte Elementary School, attorney David Holmquist said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors in California charged three former members of a now-closed Fresno State fraternity on Tuesday with misdemeanor hazing in connection with the death last year of a pledge who died of alcohol intoxication during initiation.
Leonard Louis Serrato, 28, Aaron Joseph Raymo, 24, and Daniel Woodard Baker, 22, were charged with one count each of hazing and providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21. They face a possible sentence of six months to a year in jail and $5,000 fine if convicted at trial.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown denied parole on Friday for a member of the Manson Family cult who was sentenced to life in prison for two murders in the 1970s, saying that he remained a danger to the public.
In rejecting parole for Bruce Davis, who is now 70, Brown reversed the decision of a state parole board that had found him eligible for release after his 27th parole hearing last October.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of gunning down an aspiring rapper as he drove on the Las Vegas Strip last week, touching off a fiery car crash that also killed two other people, was arrested in Los Angeles on Thursday after an exhaustive multi-state manhunt.
Ammar Harris, 26, surrendered at an apartment in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles after it was surrounded by members of a joint Los Angeles police and FBI task force, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lieutenant Ray Steiber said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of gunning down an aspiring rapper killed as he drove his Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip last week has been arrested in Southern California, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said on Thursday.
Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., 27, was fatally wounded in the shooting, and his silver Maserati veered into a taxicab, killing the driver and his passenger when it exploded into flames. Cherry performed under the name “Kenny Clutch.”