LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of killing eight people during a shooting spree at a Southern California hair salon in October pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to murder and attempted murder charges.
Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, entered his plea during a brief appearance in Orange County Superior Court at which a judge also set a preliminary hearing for April in the high-profile case.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Homicide detectives who have reopened an investigation into the death of Natalie Wood after three decades said on Friday that the film star’s husband, actor Robert Wagner, was not considered a suspect.
The new inquiry into Wood’s mysterious drowning off the California coast in 1981 comes amid new attention to the case on its 30th anniversary. The captain of the yacht she was on before her death now says that he lied to police at the time and holds Wagner responsible for her death.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Homicide detectives who
have reopened an inquiry into the death of Natalie Wood said on
Friday the film star’s husband, actor Robert Wagner, was not
considered a suspect in the case.
The new investigation was opened into Wood’s 1981 drowning
off the California coast after a yacht captain said he lied
about the incident three decades ago and now holds Wagner
responsible for her death.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Homicide investigators will reopen an investigation into the drowning death three decades ago of screen icon Natalie Wood, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Thursday.
The body of Wood, 43, was found floating in a Catalina Island cove in 1981, and her death was ruled an accidental drowning by the Los Angeles County Coroner.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tensions were rising at anti-Wall Street protests in three western U.S. cities on Friday as demonstrators in Portland, Salt Lake City and Oakland defied orders by police to dismantle their camps.
In Portland, police said they had received reports that protesters were digging a reinforced hole and fashioning make-shift weapons out of wood and nails after Mayor Sam Adams gave them until midnight on Saturday to clear out of two downtown parks.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters hoping to commandeer a worldwide television audience to air their grievances said on Thursday they would peacefully “occupy” this year’s Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Calling on Occupy demonstrators from across the country to join them, organizers said they would set up encampments along the parade route and unfurl a 250-foot banner demanding an end to corporate influence on politics.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Workers were evacuated from a unit at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in California on Tuesday after an ammonia leak, but the incident posed no threat to the public, officials said.
Liquid ammonia began leaking from a storage tank at about 3 p.m. local time, prompting an alert, Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Kansas City from Los Angeles made an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday after a passenger became unruly, authorities and the airline said.
The passenger, 29-year-old Ali Reza Shahsavari, was removed from the plane at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and taken into custody by the FBI, Patrick Rhodes, the airport’s director of aviation, told Reuters.
LONG BEACH, Calif (Reuters) – The lone survivor of a shooting spree at a Southern California hair salon that killed eight people last week was released from a local hospital on Monday, a spokeswoman said.
Harriet Stretz, 73, left Long Beach Memorial Medical Center five days after the rampage at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach that left her in critical condition, hospital spokeswoman Wendy Dow said. Stretz’s condition was upgraded to good on Sunday.
SEAL BEACH, California (Reuters) – Mourners laid flowers at a hair salon in Seal Beach on Thursday, one day after a gunman, identified as the ex-husband of a stylist there, killed eight people in a shooting rampage.
Police named the suspect as 42-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai of nearby Huntington Beach, who was expected to face multiple counts of murder in a shooting rampage that has been called the worst in Orange County history.