LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada tightened their grip on Tuesday on a fierce blaze that has destroyed a dozen homes and threatened thousands more as it raged for an 11th day through drought-parched timber west of Lake Tahoe.
The so-called King Fire, which authorities say was deliberately set on Sept. 13, has charred more than 89,500 acres in two national forests, but officials said crews had managed to carve containment lines around 35 percent of its perimeter as of midday Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday
to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy
12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber
and brush west of Lake Tahoe.
More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained
displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles attorney may have her law license suspended after a state bar investigation found that she had superimposed images of herself into numerous celebrity photographs posted on her website’s “publicity” page.
In an 18-page decision, a state bar court judge recommended Svitlana Sangary be suspended for six months and remain on probation for another 2-1/2 years for deceptive advertising and misconduct stemming from an investigation of the photos.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe.
The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was found guilty on Tuesday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for his role in trying to thwart a federal probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the United States’ largest jail system.
A U.S. District Court jury convicted James Sexton of charges he helped hide an inmate informant from federal investigators after the inmate’s cover was blown, altering computer records to make it appear the informant had been released, then re-booking him under false names.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two hand-me-down miniature helicopter drones given away for free by Seattle after a political uproar there are now under lock and key in Los Angeles, where a police commission vows to keep the aircraft grounded until it approves rules for their limited use.
The LAPD says the newly acquired Draganflyer X6 pilotless choppers, equipped to carry video cameras and night-vision lenses, are intended for SWAT-team use against armed suspects who may be barricaded alone or with hostages.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Police and federal agents
on Wednesday raided dozens of Los Angeles Fashion District
businesses suspected of operating as part of a major
money-laundering hub for narcotics traffickers in Mexico, law
enforcement officials said.
Nine people were arrested on charges of taking part in the
money laundering through a “black market peso exchange” scheme,
in which bulk amounts of ill-gotten U.S. cash are converted to
Mexican currency, they said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game wardens and search hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California’s Silicon Valley on Tuesday, looking for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said.
The boy was out hiking a trail with family and friends in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when a mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag him away, his parents told officials.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An outbreak of the West Nile virus in California’s Orange County has infected more than 90 people so far this year, seven times as many as were diagnosed in all of 2013, and public health experts say the region’s prolonged drought may be a factor.
Not only has the number of human infections reported in the Southern California county since January dwarfed the 12 cases documented for all of 2013, but the prevalence of West Nile in birds, which harbor the virus, and in the mosquitoes transmitting it has also spiked.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mountain lion attacked and injured a 6-year-old boy hiking with family and friends on Sunday along a wooded trail in California’s Silicon Valley before two adults managed to frighten the cat away, a state wildlife official said.
The attack occurred at about 1 p.m. local time in an open-space preserve adjacent to the historic Picchetti Ranch Winery just west of the town of Cupertino, said Lieutenant Patrick Foy of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.