100-YEAR-OLD MAN SKYDIVES ON BIRTHDAY: PERRIS (AP) — When Vernon Maynard's friends asked him what he wished he had done in his 100 years of life, the Southern California man said he had always wanted to jump from a plane with a parachute.
On Monday, the retired car dealer got the chance to mark his centenarian birthday doing just that.
Jean Walcher of the U.S. Parachute Association says Maynard and his two great nephews made their first skydive along with trained instructors from 13,000 feet southeast of Los Angeles.
Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Maynard obtained a doctor's note before making the jump.
Maynard's daughter Linda Hironimus says her father's friends made arrangements for him to skydive after he said he always wanted to try it.
Maynard, who originally hails from Nebraska, lives in Palm Desert.
AX-WIELDING WOMAN CHASES THIEF FROM HOME: HEMET (AP) — Police say a Southern California woman can throw a mean ax — and she used one to chase a burglar from her house.
Hemet police say the woman called 911 on Saturday morning and said she'd been awakened by a man trying to remove her watch from her wrist.
The woman told police she's a tomahawk-throwing champion, and she quickly grabbed a throwing ax and chased the man out of the apartment.
Police searched the area and found a man hiding behind some nearby bushes, along with property belonging to the woman.
Twenty-two-year-old Nicholas Ulloa was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He remains jailed Monday, and police say they don't know whether he has an attorney.
MAN FATALLY BEATEN, WIFE INJURED IN ATTACK: RANCHO CORDOVA, (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say one arrest has made following an attack that left an elderly man dead and his wife in critical condition.
Sacramento County Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman says 36-year-old Shauna Burton of Sacramento was arrested early Monday in connection with Sunday's attack inside a mobile home in Rancho Cordova.
Bowman says in addition to possible murder charges, Burton is also being held for allegedly stealing a car and robbing a pharmacy early Sunday morning.
Authorities were called out to the mobile home community shortly before noon Sunday after a neighbor found the elderly couple hurt inside their home.
The names of the couple, who are both 78-years-old, have not officially been released.
Bowman says Burton was an acquaintance of the couple as investigators are still working to determine a motive.
MOTORCYCLE RECOVERED IN CALIF 46 YEARS AFTER THEFT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska man is getting his motorcycle back — 46 years after it was stolen from his backyard.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday the black and blue 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 was recovered last week at the Port of Los Angeles. It was on its way to Japan, with its value listed as $9,000.
The bike was reported stolen in February 1967. It was worth $300 then and wasn't insured.
The California Highway Patrol will return the bike to its original owner, who is now in his 70s and still lives in Omaha, Neb.
COURT TO CONSIDER JOURNALIST'S ATTORNEY BID: SAN JOSE (AP) — The California Supreme Court is set to consider whether to grant a law license to a man who left the journalism profession after he was caught fabricating magazine articles.
The court will take up Stephen Glass' bid for admission to the state bar on Wednesday. Glass passed the California bar exam back in 2009.
Glass' ethical lapses at The New Republic in the late 1990s were the subject of a Hollywood movie, "Shattered Glass."
In court papers, he and his attorneys say he is reformed and deserves a second chance.
State bar lawyers, however, disagree. They say Glass does not meet the character requirements needed for admission to the bar.
MARINE RESERVISTS CHARGED IN TRAVEL SCAM: LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen Marine Corps reservists stationed in Southern California have been charged in connection with a scheme of submitting fake travel vouchers that totaled more than $870,000, authorities said Monday.
Seven reservists assigned to the 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company at Terminal Island in Los Angeles County were indicted in September on charges of conspiring to defraud the government, the Internal Revenue Service said in a statement. Each faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities said the scam's main facilitator was military administrative officer Bladimir Flores, who they said prepared and submitted phony travel vouchers for those who were on active duty. The expense forms were sent to the government for travel not actually taken or for which the reservists weren't qualified.
Flores often submitted fake hotel receipts and listed bogus home addresses to make it look like the reservists lived beyond a reasonable commuting distance from Terminal Island, about 26 miles south of Los Angeles, so they would be eligible for mileage reimbursement, investigators said.