CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
It started with a noise, a mysterious thump in the middle of the night that sent my dogs bounding down the stairs, barking furiously. I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, hoping it was nothing more than a raccoon-in-the-garden thing. But the barking didn't stop. And I thought I heard a door downstairs clank shut, though it might have been the pounding of my own racing heart. I was home alone and knew I should go down and check things out. I scanned my bedroom in the dark for something to arm myself with: A shoe, a book, a blow dryer?
May 6, 2013 |
TUCSON - The harsh Sonoran Desert claims the lives of hundreds of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border each year. Many of the dead - about 1 in 3 - go unidentified. Now there may be an easier way to put a name to some of the suspected border crossers who died north of the international boundary. On Monday, the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and the human rights organization Humane Borders Inc. started an online system that will allow the public to identify the deceased found in southern Arizona - more than 2,000 deaths over 13 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 |
A man was critically wounded Saturday in a shooting on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles that halted southbound traffic for more than two hours. The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. The unidentified victim was shot twice and may have been thrown from a car, authorities said. Los Angeles police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound lanes might be closed for up to eight hours while investigators searched for clues, two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and vehicles were again traveling southbound by 8 p.m. Authorities were investigating whether the shooting might have been gang-related and whether multiple suspects were involved, said Los Angeles police Sgt. John Kirkpatrick.
June 11, 2012 |
- The first witness in Jerry Sandusky's trial testified Monday that the former Penn State University assistant football coach sexually abused him as a young teenager on campus and in hotels and later sent him "creepy love letters. " Identified in court papers as Victim 4, the witness said "soap battles" in the shower escalated into inappropriate touching and oral sex. Under cross-examination, he said he felt responsible for what happened to other boys because he didn't come forward earlier.
March 21, 2012 |
A day after human remains were found in a West Texas pasture, investigators had yet to identify them, but people couldn't help wondering whether they belonged to a missing cheerleader. Hailey Dunn, 13, disappeared more than a year ago from her Colorado City home about 100 miles southeast of Lubbock. It was still unclear late Wednesday whether the remains found Tuesday near a city-owned airport in Big Spring, about 40 miles west of Colorado City, could be Hailey's. The mother of a person of interest in the case lives in Big Spring. At a Wednesday news conference broadcast from an airport hangar by KOSA , Big Spring Police Sgt. Tony Everett described the remains as "partially mummified and skeletal," saying it was impossible to speculate about the person's identity or sex. “An anthropologist is going to have to make that determination,” he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2010 |
Ryan Bonaminio walked into Ramona High School as a shy, greenhorn freshman and left as a Marine Corps ROTC platoon leader, charging head-on into the U.S. Army and two tours in Iraq before returning to his hometown and his dream job. But his career as a Riverside police officer was cut short. Bonaminio, who would have celebrated his 28th birthday Thanksgiving Day, was shot and killed Sunday night next to a dark roadside by an unidentified suspect who remains at large. "He was a good kid. It's a big loss to this community, especially when you're talking about someone who went into harm's way in a combat zone, then came home to protect your city and gets killed in his own backyard," said Sgt. Maj. Henry David Jr., his ROTC instructor.