2 TEACHERS ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS OF SEX WITH STUDENTS: SANTA ANA (AP) — Authorities say two teachers have been arrested following allegations they had sex with high school students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says 38-year-old Melody Lippert and 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli were arrested Saturday after the West Covina Police Department notified them of the allegations.
Authorities say Lippert allegedly gave alcohol to male students from West Covina’s South Hills High School at San Clemente State Beach in November and had a sexual relationship with one of them.
Authorities say a few weeks later Lippert planned an overnight beach camping trip with Ghirelli and some of the students, and the women had sex with two students on the trip.
The Covina-Valley Unified School District says both women have been put on paid administrative leave.
4 ARRESTED DURING 2ND DAY OF MLK MARCHES IN OAKLAND: OAKLAND (AP) — Police say four people have been arrested during a second day of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend marches in Oakland.
Spokeswoman Johnna Watson says police facilitated a march Sunday evening from downtown to a transit station.
But she says that four people were arrested on charges that included assaulting a police officer, while another 17 received citations for a variety of violations.
Four people were also arrested on Saturday during a similar and largely peaceful demonstration.
The marches were part of a series of gathering planned throughout the San Francisco Bay area over the holiday weekend to honor the civil rights leader and to demonstrate against the shooting deaths of black men in by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri and New York.
ATTACKERS SET SLEEPING MAN ON FIRE ON VENTURA BEACH: VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a homeless is hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns after someone set him on fire while he was sleeping on a Southern California beach.
Ventura police Cmdr. Tom Higgins said Saturday night’s attack left 58-year-old John Frazier with burns to his face and upper torso.
A passerby who noticed the flames on Ventura beach used sand to extinguish the fire.
Frazier told police he was asleep in a sleeping bag and had awoken to see three men in their late teens or early 20s pouring lighter fluid on him and his backpack and setting the fire. The suspects were gone by the time the passerby went to help.
Frazier was listed in stable condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES RIVER RESTORATION MAY HAVE NEW FUNDING SOURCE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — City leaders may have found a way to finance their share of ambitious plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River.
Confined to concrete culverts for most of its 51 miles, parts of the river would be brought much closer to their natural state under a $1 billion restoration plan.
While federal and state funds would be used, Los Angeles also would have to come up with cash.
Under a new state law, local officials can direct more property taxes to public works and other revitalization projects as part of newly created “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts.”
Last week, Los Angeles officials took initial steps toward creating what the newspaper says could be the state’s first such district.
The law, which took effect Jan. 1, was passed to replace some of the billions of dollars that cities lost when state leaders eliminated hundreds of redevelopment agencies during the state’s fiscal crisis several years ago.