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July 2011 Archives

'Spider-Man' Villain Rhys Ifans Cited for Battery at Comic-Con


When it comes to method acting, actor Rhys Ifans may have taken his role as a villain in the upcoming movie "The Amazing Spider-Man" a little too far. At the recent geek-fest Comic-Con in San Diego, Ifans was placed under citizen's arrest by a security guard he allegedly shoved and was later cited for misdemeanor battery on Friday, reports KTLA News.

Ifans was running late to a panel featuring the actors, producers and director of the film when he was stopped by a female security guard because a member of his entourage didn't have credentials.

UCLA Basketball's Jerime Anderson Receives Grand Theft Charge

UCLA basketball’s Jerime Anderson has allegedly gone from stealing balls on the court to stealing laptops off it, reports the Los Angeles Times.

According to UCLA Campus police, Grimes was arrested Tuesday for suspicion of grand theft. He was later released on $20,000 bail for the grand theft charge.

Police were able to hunt down a stolen MacBook Pro to the athlete’s possession using a tracking device installed in the laptop.

Step Up Community Service Lindsay Lohan, or Probation is Revoked

A Los Angeles judge won't take multi-million dollar movie deals as an excuse - either she steps it up with her community service hours or Lindsay Lohan may have her probation revoked, reports the Los Angeles Times.

L.A. Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner isn't giving the movie and pop princess any leeway in her probation terms and found Lohan's progress to date unacceptable. Since her sentencing in May for misdemeanor theft after she pleaded no contest to stealing a $2,500 necklace, Lohan has only completed 33 of the 480 hours of community service she must finish. This includes serving four days out of 45 at a skid row women's center and 15 at the county coroner's office.

Three New Suspects in Bryan Stow Beating; Giovanni Ramirez Exonerated

Embattled Los Angeles police arrested three new suspects - Louie Sanchez, Dorene Sanchez and Marvin Norwood - in connection with the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow after exonerating previously-suspected Giovanni Ramirez, reported the Los Angeles Times.

The two men were each charged with three felonies - mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury. Sanchez was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery for a previous altercation that occurred the same day. Dorene Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact to a felony, according to the Times' examination of police records.

Financial Crimes by L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Increase; Economy Blamed

Living within one’s means is a good lesson for anyone to learn; however, for the men and women who are sworn to uphold the law, it has become even more necessary to emphasize.

A recently-released report from the County of Los Angeles’ Office of Independent Review, a civilian oversight group monitoring L.A.’s Sheriff’s Department, has revealed an increase in serious, financial crime allegations against deputies last year and says it may be linked to overtime cuts, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Conrad Murray's Lawyers Request Jury be Sequestered

The defense lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray must think Nancy Grace is the legal version of Oprah.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan requested that the Los Angeles Superior Court have the jury sequestered in Murray's trial for the death of music icon Michael Jackson because of the "overwhelming likelihood of contamination of the court's control of evidence" by legal commentary shows like Grace's, reports KTLA News.

Grace is a former prosecutor who currently hosts a daily show on the HLN network.

L.A. Violent Crime Declines, Assaults on Police Officers Increase

Los Angeles residents may be taking the lyrics of an infamous N.W.A. song about the police, once dubbed a "sonic Molotov cocktail," a little too seriously. Although violent crime in Los Angeles continues to follow a decade-long decline, assaults on police officers by suspects using deadly weapons rose more than 50% in the past half-year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Nearly every type of criminal offense, from robberies and rapes to burglaries and thefts, has experienced a decline. Only the percentage of assaults on police officers rose, with 104 incidents occurring in the first half of the current year alone. Last year, there were only 68 attacks total.

Catherine Kieu Becker in Custody for Penis Sliced Husband

When John Wayne Bobbitt had his penis sliced off by his wife, she at least did it in such a way that he was able to reattach it. The estranged husband of Garden Grove resident Catherine Kieu Becker wasn't as lucky Monday night.

Instead, after Becker allegedly drugged him through the guise of a family dinner, her husband told police that he awoke tied to the bed and watched her slice off his penis with a knife, according to the Los Angeles Times. She then allegedly made sure he got what he "deserved" by promptly dropping his manhood down an active garbage disposal.

Michael Jason Wilson Gets Jail Time For Facebook Stabbing

Seventeen-year-old Michael Jason Wilson will be spending the next year in jail for aggravated assault after tensions over the Internet between him and a classmate spilled into reality, resulting in his "Facebook stabbing" of the victim in Laguna Beach, in March.

Wilson, whose name was released because he was charged as an adult, was accused of stabbing his victim, identified as Julian C., in the stomach with a 12-inch carving knife and injuring two others on March 11, 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Brandon McInerney Trial for Murder of Lawrence King Begins

In the trial for the killing of gay teen Lawrence King, 15, by classmate now 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, prosecutors are telling the jury the shooting was carefully planned. King was bullied by McInerney and others, and had on-going hostilities with the defendant that ended when McInerney allegedly pulled a gun from his backpack and shot King in the head in 2008.

Brandon McInerney is being tried as an adult for the killing.