LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A brush fire burning in a mountain pass outside Los Angeles on Friday forced authorities to evacuate residents from two communities and shut down a major interstate linking Southern California and Las Vegas.
The blaze broke out in a median strip of Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass and quickly spread to scrub brush on both sides of the highway, threatening homes in the community of Oak Hills, authorities said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Arraignment was postponed for a second time on Monday for a California mom accused of dropping her 7-month-old baby to his death from a hospital parking structure.
An Orange County Superior Court judge postponed the arraignment for Sonia Hermosillo, 31, until September 30 at the request her court-appointed public defender, Charles Hasse.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California mom accused of dropping her 7-month-old baby to his death from a hospital parking structure was due in court on Monday for her arraignment on murder charges.
The arraignment for Sonia Hermosillo, 31, was postponed last Thursday by an Orange County Superior Court judge after a doctor who evaluated her in jail found her mentally unfit to go to court.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 95-year-old California man who was stung more than 400 times by a massive swarm of bees was recovering at a local hospital on Thursday, police said.
The attack came as the man was walking past an apartment building in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach on Wednesday where an exterminator was pumping poison into a giant hive of bees, Redondo Beach Police Sgt. Phil Keenan said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 7-month-old baby boy who authorities say was pushed from the fourth story of a Southern California hospital parking structure by his mother died of his injuries on Wednesday.
Noe Medina Jr. died on the same day that his mother, Sonia Hermosillo, made an initial court appearance on charges of murder and assault on a child likely to cause great bodily injury or death.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A convicted murderer who escaped from a California prison camp over three decades ago has been recaptured thanks to a clue gleaned from his dying mother, authorities said on Monday.
William Walter Asher III, 66, was taken into custody without incident at a home in the Northern California town of Salida on Friday, FBI spokesman Steve Dupre said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill U.S. Representative Jim McDermott of Washington state was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday by a federal judge.
Charles Turner Habermann, 33, was also fined more than $54,000 and ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his incarceration.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two men charged in the Opening Day beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, an attack that outraged the city, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
Louie Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, who were arrested in July, four months after the March 31 attack on Bryan Stow, entered their pleas during a hearing in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Customs agents have seized three gallons of a chemical used to make the date rape drug GHB at Los Angeles International Airport amid a surge in illegal shipments of the intoxicant, authorities said on Wednesday.
Customs and Border Protection officers discovered the three, one-gallon plastic jugs of Gamma-Butyrolactone, or GBL, in a late July shipment from China, labeled as “Propylene Glycol,” a spokesman for the agency said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The remarkably well-preserved body of a scuba diver who vanished in Lake Tahoe 17 years ago has been found on a ledge deep in the mountain lake on California’s border with Nevada, authorities said on Tuesday.
The body of Donald Christopher Widecker, 44, was pulled from the lake on July 27, four days after divers stumbled across it while exploring a granite cliff 270 feet (82 metres) below the surface.