uSANTA ANA (AP) — Authorities say a 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly trying to push a high school cross-country runner off a bridge in Southern California.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says the boy’s teammates were able to fight off the woman after she assaulted two of them Friday in Ladera Ranch.
Officials say during the assault the suspect grabbed one of the boys and attempted to throw him over the railing onto a roadway below.
Stephanie Redondo is being held on $500,000 bail. Authorities described her as a transient.
uDEPUTY DIES 6 YEARS AFTER COLLAPSE IN TRAINING: SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a Southern California sheriff’s deputy who collapsed during SWAT training six years ago has died.
The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs says Carlos Cammon died Friday at a rehab facility from the injuries he suffered during the training exercise in 2013.
At the time of the incident, union officials said the collapse was due to what appeared to be “severe dehydration and cardiac issues.”
The Orange County Register says Cammon was 29 years old at the time of the collapse and he never regained consciousness.
Cammon was a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned to patrol in Stanton.
uSANTA ROS TO PAY $260,000 TO WOMAN HIT BY POLICE TRUCK: SANTA ROSA (AP) — The Santa Rosa City Council has agreed to pay a settlement to a California woman hit by a police truck.
The Press Democrat reported Friday that 29-year-old Laure Friedell filed a lawsuit in March 2018 after her right foot and left leg were run over the year before by 37-year-old police detective Michael Spediacci III while he was driving into a gas station parking spot.
The Santa Rosa City Council says it agreed last month to settle by paying Friedell $260,000 in exchange for her dropping her suit.
Authorities say Friedell was left with serious and potentially permanent leg injuries that have prevented her from working since the collision.
Officials say Spediacci was not driving negligently, and disciplinary action was not specified.
uHEMET POLICE ARRESTS 4 STUDENTS AT MIDDLE SCHOOL: RIVERSIDE (AP) — A Southern California police department says three middle school students have been arrested after attempting to free a high school student from custody.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Saturday that a 15-year-old Tahquitz High student arrived at Rancho Viejo Middle School on Friday and argued with a school employee.
Hemet police says the girl was arrested on suspicion of threatening a public employee after a campus police officer attempted to speak with her.
Authorities say three other minors attempted to stop the officer from arresting the girl by blocking the patrol car door and trying to punch the officer.
Authorities say the officer called for backup and the girl, two 13-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were arrested.
School officials say the students should expect to face disciplinary action from the district.
uCALIFORNIA AUTHORITIES USE TRANQUILIZER TO STOP ROGUE PIG: CORONA (AP) — Authorities in a California city had to use a tranquilizer dart to subdue a large pig that was menacing residents.
The Press-Enterprise reported Saturday that authorities in Corona called in a Riverside County Animal Services officer to tranquilize the 100-pound (45-kilogram) pig Friday.
Authorities say the pig was charging at people in a residential neighborhood of the city 48 miles (77 kilometers) east of Los Angeles.
Authorities were able to corral the pig in a backyard, where it was shot with the tranquilizer. Officials could not immediately say whether the animal was a loose pet or a wild boar. Authorities used a horse trailer to transport the pig to a shelter for feeding and care.
uNOBODY HURT, BRUSH FIRE SPARKED IN LA COUNTY PLANE CRASH: LANCASTER (AP) — Authorities say a pilot and a passenger were not injured when a small plane crashed and sparked a brush fire in northern Los Angeles County.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Scoda Aeronautica Super Petrel LS lost engine power and went down in a field in Lancaster late Sunday morning.
The LA County Fire Department says the blaze charred about 5 acres (2 hectares) of dry grass before crews knocked it down. Gregor says the single-engine plane sustained minor damage.
uPOLICE: NOBODY HURT IN ROBBERY ATTEMPT AT LOS ANGELES MALL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say nobody was hurt and there’s no evidence of a shooting after gunfire was reported during a possible robbery attempt at a Los Angeles mall.
Officer Rosario Cervantes says police are searching for two male suspects Sunday at Westfield Topanga and The Village in the Canoga Park area.
Cervantes says reports of a possible shooting came in around 3:10 p.m. She says subsequent reports indicate it might have been a smash-and-grab robbery attempt.
Officials say there’s no initial evidence that a shooting took place. Police are clearing the building as a precaution.
uCALIFORNIA DMV EMPLOYEE GETS PRISON FOR BRIBERY, FRAUD: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California Department of Motor Vehicles employee has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for taking money in exchange for altering DMV database records.
The Sacramento Bee reports Saturday that 51-year-old Aaron Gilliam had pleaded guilty to three conspiracy charges — to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer.
Gilliam worked at the Hollywood DMV for more than a decade. Investigators said he took money in exchange for altering DMV records to reflect that individuals received a passing score on written examinations.
A federal investigation found Gilliam responsible for dozens of fraudulent licenses and permits being issued.