March 23, 2012 |
As Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was charged Friday with the murder of 17 Afghan civilians, one of the key questions in the case will be whether Bales - as reported by a U.S. official familiar with the case - was drinking before the middle-of-the-night rampage. Scrutiny is also likely to be focused on Bales' past brushes with the law, which show that he more than once had been drinking when ran into trouble with the police. Court records show a citation in Florida for having alcohol on a beach in 1998, a charge involving a drunken assault at a casino in 2002, a reported drunk driving arrest in 2005, an alcohol-infused brawl outside a bowling alley in 2008 and another case that same year - not specifically charged as drunk driving -- in which Bales rolled his car and was seen fleeing into the woods.
January 9, 2012 |
Nowhere is the Internet's democratic nature clearer than in the user-generated reviews on such websites as Yelp and TripAdvisor. All it takes to weigh in on a restaurant, hotel, spa, bar, bowling alley - anything, really - is a user name and password. Although they're a boon for consumers sharing unfiltered ideas and opinions, there are obvious hazards: What can be trusted? How do you know a hotel owner hasn't put family members or friends up to clogging sites with positive reviews of his property and negative reviews of his competition?
December 15, 2011
SERIES Pricing the Priceless: Engineer Kevin Cook looks at a new way of finding out just how much some of the world's most amazing buildings and ancient monuments are worth starting with three hourlong programs airing on National Geographic. Eiffel Tower, at 5 and 8 p.m., followed by Egypt's Great Pyramid at 6 and 9 and Grand Central Terminal at 7 and 10. Prime Suspect: The murder of a diamond dealer has Jane (Maria Bello) seeking clues from his wife, while a lead sends Jane and Blando (Tim Griffin)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2011 |
A high school football star, whose talents on the playing field once seemed certain to carry him out of South Los Angeles, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering the mother of a girl who was set to testify against him in a robbery case. The sentencing of Tyquan Knox, 23, came nearly five years after the January 2007 shooting, in which he was found to have strode up to Pamela Lark, 49, outside her home and shot her multiple times at close range as her grandchildren looked on. In that time, prosecutors tried three times to convict Knox, once a standout wide receiver at Crenshaw High School who had attracted the attention of college recruiters from several top-tier schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2011 |
A 25-year-old Latino gang member convicted in the racially motivated gang murder of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Martin Sotelo, a member of the Canoga Park Alabama gang, was sentenced Thursday for the fatal drive-by shooting of James Shamp. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Martin Herscovitz also ordered Sotelo to pay $15,916 in restitution for the burial of his victim and mental health costs of the victim's family. A jury in April found Sotelo guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations, murder because of the victim's race and murder in a drive-by shooting.
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April 15, 2011 |
A jury in Van Nuys finds Martin Sotelo, a Latino, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting — in the slaying of a black bowling alley worker. A 26-year-old Latino was convicted Thursday in the racially motivated killing of a black Canoga Park bowling alley employee in 2008. A jury in Van Nuys deliberated less than three hours before finding Martin Sotelo, the last of four defendants to face charges in the case, guilty of first-degree murder with two special circumstance allegations — murder due to the victim's race, and murder in a drive-by shooting.