ARMED WOMAN KILLED BY CALIFORNIA POLICE TRIED 3 CARJACKINGS: EMERYVILLE (AP) — A Northern California woman who was shot and killed by police had pointed a gun at store security guards and then tried to carjack at least three people at gunpoint before turning her revolver on officers.
The Oakland Tribune reports that 38-year-old Yvette Henderson of Oakland pointed a gun at Home Depot security officers in Emeryville who confronted her Tuesday about stealing knives.
Emeryville police Chief Ken James said Wednesday that the woman left the store and attempted several carjackings outside a storage facility in nearby Oakland. She encountered two officers and pointed her gun at them.
James said officers shot the woman at least seven times and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers are on paid leave as Oakland police and Alameda County prosecutors investigate
200 POUNDS OF EDIBLE MARIJUANA SEIZED AT ORANGE COUNTY HOME: WESTMINSTER (AP) — Authorities say three women and a man were arrested and more than 200 pounds of edible marijuana pastries and candies were seized at an Orange County home.
Several hundred marijuana plants and other illegal narcotics were also seized after a search warrant was served at the residence in Westminster.
Investigators say the edible marijuana products and the other drugs were being illegally sold in the city of Carson and possibly other locations in Southern California.
The newspaper says the arrests followed a lengthy investigation by authorities in Orange and Los Angeles counties.
The suspects, ranging in age from 22 to 50 years old, were held on $100,000 bail each.
LENDER CASHCALL TO PAY RESTITUTION IN CALIFORNIA SETTLEMENT: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Online lender CashCall Inc. will pay restitution to borrowers and $1 million in penalties as part of a settlement with the state of California over what officials called a predatory lending scheme.
The Department of Business Oversight said Thursday that the Anaheim-based firm will pay wronged borrowers $125 each in restitution. The final number of eligible borrowers and the ultimate restitution total will be determined by a third-party auditor.
CashCall’s preliminary review of its files indicates thousands of customers will receive restitution.
The state says the settlement resolves allegations that CashCall unlawfully deceived consumers, filed false reports and made false representations to the agency.
LOS ANGELES MAN CHARGED WITH TORTURING, KILLING HIS MOTHER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 22-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested on suspicion of torturing and killing his mother, who was visiting the U.S. from Taiwan.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Wednesday that Chen Chao Ming faces one count of capital murder with the allegation that the killing involved torture.
The body of Yi Tung Weng was found Sunday night in Ming’s apartment.
Prosecutors say the 48-year-old woman died of asphyxiation.
Ming could also face one count of animal cruelty for allegedly tossing his cat out of a window
Ming is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 25 and is being held without bail. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING THEFT OF ‘GODZILLA’ THE IGUANA: PARAMOUNT (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of an iguana named Godzilla from an outdoor area in front of a pet store in Paramount.
The Sheriff’s Department says surveillance video shows a man in baggy clothing taking the iguana from the fenced area Monday afternoon.
The theft drew television news coverage and Godzilla was recovered when the owner of another pet shop recognized the iguana as one that had been purchased from someone on Tuesday.
Detectives are using security video to try to identify the thief.
2 DIE IN CARBON MONOXIDE FILLED HOME IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA: FRESNO . (AP) — Two people died in a Central California home from lethal levels of carbon monoxide in the house.
The Fresno Bee reports that crews on Wednesday found levels that were at least 10 times higher than they would have reached had there been a working carbon monoxide detector in the home.
Authorities have not released the names of the man and the woman who were found dead in the Fresno home.
A man working on the home discovered the victims and called police. When officers arrived they smelled the gas and called the fire department to help.
Fresno Firefighter Pete Martinez says a CO detector, which is required under California law, could have alerted the residents to the amount of lethal gas in the home.
TEACHERS CHARGED WITH GIVING BOOZE TO STUDENTS ON BEACH TRIP: SANTA ANA . (AP) — Authorities say two teachers have been charged after allegedly providing alcohol to students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.
The Los Angeles Times reports 38-year-old Melody Lippert and 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli were each charged Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Orange County prosecutors also investigated allegations that the women had sex with students during the trip, but found insufficient evidence to file charges.
Authorities say Lippert and Ghirelli allegedly gave alcohol to students from West Covina’s South Hills High School at San Clemente State Beach last year.
The Covina-Valley Unified School District says both women remain on paid administrative leave.