September 6, 2006 |
Victor Willis, the original policeman in '70s disco band the Village People, was sentenced to three years' probation Tuesday on drug possession charges after he agreed to enter a treatment program. Willis, 54, was arrested in South San Francisco in March after police stopped his car and found cocaine and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded no contest in July after failing to appear at several court hearings. Willis co-wrote hits such as "YMCA" and "In the Navy." He left the Village People in 1980.
August 15, 2006 |
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela is hospitalized in Pasadena and will not be allowed to ride again until the California Horse Racing Board is satisfied that he is drug-free and has not violated the terms of his provisional license. Long one of the nation's leading riders, Valenzuela, 43, admitted himself on July 22 to Las Encinas Hospital, a facility that cares for those with mental health and substance abuse problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2006 |
A Northern California judge on Thursday blocked, at least temporarily, sweeping changes to the state's landmark treatment program for drug offenders signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week. The new law, SB 1137, adds tough provisions to Proposition 36, which gives tens of thousands of drug offenders the option of entering treatment facilities instead of going to jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2006 |
The state's 6-year-old program that mandates treatment instead of prison sentences for drug offenders is dramatically decreasing California's jail population and saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a study released Wednesday. The study, prepared by the left-leaning Justice Policy Institute in Washington, echoes another report released by UCLA earlier this month that also touted huge taxpayer savings through doing away with prison sentences in favor of treatment.
March 9, 2006 |
Boy George, in a plea bargain deal, agreed to enter drug rehabilitation and perform community service to resolve his arrest on a cocaine charge. The former pop star, whose real name is George O'Dowd, entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Manhattan Criminal Court to third-degree false reporting of an incident. To avoid jail time, he also will pay a $1,000 fine. He was arrested Oct. 7 after he called 911 to report an alleged burglary in his Manhattan apartment.
February 24, 2006 |
Saying he has found sobriety after a month-plus stay in the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral program, Sandis Ozolinsh was back in a Mighty Duck uniform Thursday as the team resumed practice after a 10-day break for the Winter Olympics. Although unwilling to divulge specifics about the nature of his problem or his time in the program -- run jointly by the NHL and the players' union -- Ozolinsh said he was glad to be back.
February 4, 2006 |
Former teen idol Leif Garrett has voluntarily checked into a strict live-in drug rehabilitation program to "make sure he doesn't fall off the wagon," his attorney said. Garrett, 44, told a Superior Court commissioner in Los Angeles this week that he needed more help than what he was getting at an outpatient treatment program. The decision came after the actor-singer failed a recent drug test, attorney Andrew Flier said.
December 14, 2005 |
Colin Farrell is being treated for exhaustion and dependency on prescription medication, his publicist said. The statement, from publicist Danica Smith, said Farrell had checked himself into a treatment center, which wasn't identified. The medication was prescribed to the actor after a back injury. Farrell, 29, stars in the upcoming adventure-drama "The New World." His screen credits also include roles in last year's "Alexander" and the 2002 thriller "Phone Booth."
December 9, 2005 |
Three months ago, a cocaine scandal threatened to end Kate Moss' career. Now, her scandalous image is helping to fuel a remarkable comeback. In September, a storm erupted around the 31-year-old supermodel after she was pictured in a tabloid newspaper snorting what appeared to be cocaine. Burberry and other top fashion brands dropped her and there was much speculation that her red-hot career might have been irretrievably cooled. Forget about that.
September 30, 2005 |
Two British newspapers have reported that Kate Moss has checked into a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona. Friends of the 31-year-old supermodel, who was photographed apparently snorting cocaine, told the Times of London that Moss flew to the Meadows clinic, where she will spend a month in "medical treatment and therapy." A nurse on duty at the Wickenburg, Ariz., facility said she couldn't confirm or deny a patient's presence. Moss' agent wasn't immediately available for comment Thursday.