Prosecutors: money not motive in parents killing
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say money was not a motive for a 19-year-old man charged with shooting his parents to death and trying to kill two of his siblings inside their luxury Orange County home.
Ashton Sachs, wearing an orange jumpsuit, appeared via video for his first court appearance Monday. He barely spoke, except to tell the judge he could not afford a lawyer.
Deputy District Attorney Ebrahim Baytieh said Sachs was not motivated by money and the crime did not happen in the spur of the moment.
Prosecutors said Sachs made a trip home from Seattle planning to kill his family.
Bradford Sachs and Andra Sachs were found shot to death in February inside their nearly 9,000-square-foot San Juan Capistrano house. Their 8-year-old son was also shot but survived. Two daughters survived.
GUN AT SCHOOL BUS STOP
Boy injured when gun goes off at school bus stop
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say a Central California boy is ok after a gun he and other students discovered at a school bus stop discharged.
The 8-year-old boy and three other students were waiting for a bus in Bakersfield on Tuesday morning when they found a handgun discarded nearby.
Kern County Sheriff's officials say the boy was holding the gun near his face, pointed away from his body when it went off.
The handle struck him in the forehead, leaving him with a minor laceration. He did not need medical treatment.
Sheriff's officials say the bus pulled up just as the gun discharged, but no one else was injured.
Investigators are trying to determine how the gun got there.
LA County task force to recommend Exide closure
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County is creating a task force to recommend ways of closing a battery recycling plant after elevated lead levels were found in the soil at 39 surrounding homes and a school.
The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create the strike team, which will report back in 90 days. The team also will try to identify other facilities that are emitting toxic pollutants.
Supervisor Gloria Molina says state regulators haven't been doing enough to close the Exide plant in Vernon, which was ordered to conduct further testing after the elevated lead levels were found.
Exide plant manager John Hogarth told supervisors that Exide has spent $20 million on upgrades to reduce pollution and considers the health of residents a "top priority."
Feds accused of letting Stanford harm fish
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two environmental groups have sued the National Marine Fisheries Service over two water systems operated by Stanford University that they claim are harming threatened fish.
Our Children's Earth and Ecological Rights Foundation filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, claiming the service is not properly protecting steelhead trout in San Francisquito creek.
With the state in an historic drought, plaintiffs' attorney Christopher Sproul said the government should not allow Stanford to take water out of the creek, which the school uses to irrigate a golf course and campus landscaping.
Sproul says the school's water diversions have reduced stream flows, harming fish by blocking upstream migration and warming the creek's waters.
NMFS spokesman Jim Milbury said the service does not comment on pending litigation.
Malibu officials say feds caused Netanyahu jam
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a federal switcheroo is to blame for last week's 5-mile-long traffic jam during a Malibu visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
City News Service says Malibu officials on Tuesday blamed federal security authorities who diverted from a previously approved traffic plan, resulting in a backup on Pacific Coast Highway.
Motorists had 90-minute delays after two lanes of southbound traffic were shut down and large vans, trucks and buses were searched last Wednesday.
Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen says the original plan would have blocked traffic for only a few minutes while Netanyahu arrived at a Carbon Beach home for an event.
Man who fled Fontana police station recaptured
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - A man who escaped from a Fontana police station interview room has been recaptured.
Police say 39-year-old Ramon Torres was found at a motel room Monday night, five hours after he fled. He surrendered peacefully and remains jailed without bail on Tuesday.
Police say Torres was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun Sunday afternoon during an argument and threatened to kill people in a Fontana home for failing to pay the rent.
Authorities say he was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.
Police say Torres somehow managed to walk out of the interview room and the police station.
PRISON GUARD KILLED
Inmate pleads guilty in prison guard's stabbing
ATWATER, Calif. (AP) - An inmate has pleaded guilty to murder in the stabbing death of a guard at a federal prison in Central California.
The U.S Attorney's Office says 48-year-old James Ninete Leon Guerrero, of Guam, entered the plea on Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Guerrero held Officer Jose Rivera down at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater in 2008 as another inmate, Jose Cabrera Sablan, stabbed him more than 20 times with an eight-inch shank. The 22-year-old Rivera - a U.S. Navy veteran - was doing a daily headcount when he was attacked.
Guerrero was serving a life prison sentence at the time in connection with an armed bank robbery. Prosecutors say under a plea agreement, he will receive another life term. Sablan is scheduled to go on trial in April.
FIREFIGHTERS' FUNDRAISING FLAP
Firefighters' shirt called 'ethnically insulting'
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County Fire Authority officials have yanked fundraising T-shirts that featured caricatures of firefighters in baggy gangster-style clothing and a chicken atop a fire engine outfitted with low-rider rims.
The Orange County Register reports firefighters at Rancho Santa Margarita's Station 45 produced the shirts to raise money for the family of a deceased colleague.
The design also pictured a vendor with a fire helmet and a droopy mustache hawking tamales, while a pit bull stares menacingly.
The shirt reads: "There goes the neighborhood."
Santa Ana Councilwoman Michelle Martinez complained and Fire Chief Keith Richter called the shirts "ethnically insulting."
The station no longer sells the shirts and firefighters there said they meant no offense.
HOUSE FIRE-2 DEAD
2 women in burning California home shot to death
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Sheriff's officials say two women whose bodies were found in a burning Northern California home died of gunshot wounds.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office has identified the women as 62-year-old Carol Hague and 58-year-old Crystal Ann Ward. They were found in the Placerville home on Friday morning after crews responded to a report of a fire.
Sheriff's officials said on Monday the cause of the women's deaths was determined to be gunshot wounds. But what led to the shootings remained under investigation.
Fire officials have said the single-story home was engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene. Firefighters found the two women in a back bedroom.
MISSING HIKER FOUND
Missing hiker found in Los Angeles County canyon
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - A hiker who spent a chilly night huddled under chaparral in a Los Angeles County wilderness area has been airlifted to safety.
Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Brian Napoli was found Tuesday morning in a hilly area of Towsley Canyon near Santa Clarita.
Napoli called friends Monday evening to say he was lost in the canyon, which has a 5.3-mile hiking trail.
Searchers combed the area until after 1 a.m. and then resumed at daybreak.
A sheriff's helicopter crew brought Napoli out of the canyon to a command post, where his family was waiting.
He told reporters when night fell he stayed put and tried to stay warm by huddling under dry brush.
Napoli said he was fine, just very thirsty. He was taken to a hospital for a medical exam.
Disney TV exec Sweeney leaving to direct TV shows
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anne Sweeney, one of Disney's top television executives who helped bring TV shows to Apple's iTunes digital store, is leaving the company at the end of the year.
Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement that she will pursue becoming a director of TV shows.
The Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said in a statement he applauded Sweeney for knowing what she wants out of life and for having the courage to follow her dream.
An 18-year veteran of the company, Sweeney was repeatedly named the "most powerful woman in entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter. She was also considered a possible successor to Iger, who is set to step down as CEO in June 2016.
Doris Day plans animal-friendly birthday bash
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Screen legend Doris Day is celebrating a landmark birthday with an auction to benefit her favorite cause: animals.
A spokesman for Day said Tuesday the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation will mark her 90th birthday in April with a bash in Carmel, Calif.
A sold-out fundraising celebration at Day's Cypress Inn will include a doggie fashion show, adoption event and an April 4 tribute dinner for fans and friends.
Items autographed by Day and celebrity pals including Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett will be auctioned off online and at the dinner. Online bidding ends April 1.
In a statement, Day said she doesn't care much for celebrating birthdays with cards or gifts, inviting fans to help animals instead. As Day put it: "I'm all about the four-leggers."
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