• TONY THE TIGER VOICE LEE MARSHALL DIES AT 64: SANTA MONICA . (AP) — Lee Marshall, one of the actors who supplied the booming voice of Tony the Tiger in commercials, has died. He was 64.
His son, Jason VanBorssum, said Marshall died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at a Santa Monica hospital.
Marshall began voicing the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot in 1999, filling in for the original actor, Thurl Ravenscroft.
Marshall got his first full-time radio job at the age of 14 in Phoenix. He had a prematurely deep voice and lied about his age. His career included radio newsman, rock ‘n’ roll disc jockey, sports broadcaster and wrestling ring interviewer.
• 2 DEAD IN SUNNYVALE MOBILE HOME FIRE: SUNNYVALE (AP) — Authorities have discovered the bodies of two people inside a San Francisco Bay Area mobile home that was destroyed by fire.
Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. Jeff Hunter said the victims of the early Thursday morning fire have not been identified, but investigators suspect they are the parents of a man who escaped.
KTVU-TV reports that firefighters were called to the scene around 2 a.m. and found the home engulfed in smoke and flames when they arrived.
Television news footage later in the morning showed firefighters going through the debris.
• MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DEER: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A motorcyclist has died after hitting a deer on a southern San Diego County road.
The 45-year-old Potrero man was wearing a helmet when he struck a deer that ran out in front of him shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday on State Route 94.
The accident near Tecate killed the deer and threw the rider from his 2007 Harley Davidson.
• SLAIN PORN MOGUL’S DAUGHTER WANTED BY AUTHORITIES: SANTA ROSA (AP) — Authorities are seeking the daughter of a slain California porn mogul after she allegedly perpetrated an identity-theft spree and rammed into an unmarked sheriff’s patrol car.
Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Raasch says Jasmine Mitchell, who is wanted on a warrant, may also face charges for assault on an officer and hit-and-run for the alleged incident in April.
Detectives were tipped that the 33-year-old Mitchell and another suspect were living at an apartment complex across from a San Pablo casino.
Raasch says as detectives attempted to arrest Mitchell, she rammed her car into the unmarked patrol car and struck another car before escaping.
Mitchell’s father is Artie Mitchell, who was fatally shot by his brother Jim Mitchell in 1991.
The brothers produced one of the first feature-length porn films and co-owned a still popular San Francisco strip club.
• ISSA SLAMS DONNELY REMARKS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Republican Congressman Darrell Issa on Thursday strongly condemned comments by GOP gubernatorial front-runner Tim Donnelly, in which the state lawmaker has tried to tie his Indian-American rival to fundamentalist Islamic law, calling his statements “hateful and ignorant garbage.”
Donnelly, a state assemblyman who is popular with the tea party, has repeatedly said this week that Neel Kashkari supported Shariah banking code when he was a senior official at the U.S. Treasury Department in 2008. On Facebook, Donnelly posted a link to a banking seminar hosted by the department during which Kashkari, a Hindu, delivered opening remarks.
“As far as I’m concerned, this type of stupidity disqualifies Tim Donnelly from being fit to hold any office, anywhere. Donnelly is no longer a viable option for California voters,” Issa, who has endorsed Kashkari, said in a statement.
Aaron McLear, a spokesman for Kashkari, declined to comment on Donnelly’s statements. He said the seminar at which Kashkari delivered remarks “was about how you can get capitalist free market principles into fundamentalist Islamic countries, not the opposite.”
• CAR SMASHES INTO GLENDORA BANK; 2 INJURED: GLENDORA (AP) — Authorities say a car has smashed into a bank in a Los Angeles suburb, slightly injuring two people.
Glendora police say a 69-year-old motorist lost control of the car shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of a US Bank branch.
Her car jumped a curb and plowed through a glass wall, winding up almost entirely inside the bank.
Police say the driver gashed her head and a bank employee was struck by a piece of furniture. Both were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.