• CAR CRASH KILLS TODDLER, INJURES 4 INCLUDING CHEF: NAPA (AP) — A car crash on a busy highway in Northern California on Sunday killed a 4-year-old boy and injured four people, including a well-known chef.
California Highway Patrol Officer Jaret Paulson said the collision occurred west of Napa on State Highway 21.
The 4-year-old boy was a passenger in a Chevrolet that collided with a Lexus. The two other people in the Chevrolet sustained significant injuries, Paulson said.
Authorities said the driver of the Lexus and his passenger, identified as 58-year-old Cindy Pawlcyn — a well-known wine country chef and restaurateur who owns Mustard’s Grill and other restaurants — sustained minor injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
• LOS ANGELES POLICE ARREST 2 AT VENICE DRUM CIRCLE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two people were arrested when bottles flew as police tried to enforce a nightly noise curfew during a Venice Beach drum circle.
Los Angeles police Sgt. Laura Curtin says several bottles were thrown as officers sought to silence the musical gathering shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.
Curtin says two men were taken into custody for interfering with police. They face misdemeanor charges.
City News Service says the event was organized over social media, with organizers calling for several hundred people to stage a peaceful “Solidarity With The Drum Circle” gathering at the beach.
A similar demonstration on March 16 drew up to 500 people, and was shut down by police walking in a flank up the beach, as an LAPD airship circled overhead.
• BOAT WITH TON OF MARIJUANA FOUND ON LA BEACH: MALIBU (AP) — Authorities say a small boat with more than a ton of marijuana aboard has been found on a Malibu-area beach.
The 30-foot-long panga, a type of fishing boat with an outboard motor, washed ashore at around 8 a.m. Monday at Leo Carrillo State Beach just south of the Ventura County line. Authorities say it was piled with bundles of pot.
City News Service reports one person was detained and two others were later taken into custody.