OC MAN PLEADS TO SELLING COUNTERFEIT COUPONS: SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to selling tens of thousands of counterfeit department store discount coupons on eBay.
Prosecutors say Boi Quoc Vo of Anaheim entered a plea Thursday to a federal charge of trafficking in counterfeit documentation. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In a plea agreement, Vo said he obtained electronic discount coupons issued by the Kohl's store chain, then made tens of thousands of copies and sold them on eBay. The scheme earned Vo around $93,000 — and a possible prison sentence.
BABY'S BODY FOUND AT S. CAL RECYCLING PLANT: VICTORVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a worker sorting trash at a Southern California recycling plant found a dead baby on the conveyor belt.
The child's body was discovered Thursday morning at a Victorville plant.
There's no immediate word on the child's age or gender, and it's unclear whether the baby was killed or was stillborn.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating.
SAN DIEGO MAN DIES AFTER BEING STUNG BY BEES: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 58-year-old man died after being stung several times by bees near his vacation home in the mountains of San Diego County.
Scott McDonald had gone to his house near Julian after a renter complained about bees swarming nearby.
Medical Examiner Investigator Michael Ellano says McDonald, who was allergic to bee stings, apparently disturbed a hive Sunday morning.
The San Diego resident went into shock when stung and was found unresponsive and on the ground by a neighbor. He died at a hospital.
His brother-in-law, Richard Rogalski, tells the newspaper McDonald worked for a contractor and was the lead foreman on many construction projects around San Diego.
BIKE BAN LIFTED ON BAY AREA COMMUTER TRAINS: OAKLAND (AP) — Bicyclists are finally being allowed to bring their bikes on Bay Area commuter trains.
Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Luna Salaver says that on Dec. 1, bikes will be allowed, with a few safety restrictions.
Bikes won't be permitted in the first car at any time, or in the first three cars during peak commuting times of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The first three car rule provides an option for passengers who want to avoid bikes.
They also won't be allowed on crowded trains or allowed to block doorways or aisles.
Starting in 2012, BART conducted two five-day bike pilot tests, as well as an extended trial. The agency found that with each pilot, acceptance of bikes increased among passengers.
DRIVER FLEES AFTER SUV FLIES OFF LA FREEWAY RAMP: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are looking for the driver of an SUV that flew off an off-ramp of the 110 freeway in Los Angeles and crashed through two backyards.
City News Service says after landing in one yard, the 2007 Mazda drove through a fence into an adjoining property and crashed into the back of an unoccupied house.
A witness says the driver ran off after being confronted by a resident in the Pico-Union district Wednesday night.
The California Highway Patrol says the driver was a man wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
Police are checking with area hospitals for the driver after blood was found on the front seat of the abandoned vehicle.
2ND MAN ARRESTED IN LOS ANGELES TRANSGENDER ATTACK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have arrested a second person in connection with the violent attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood earlier this year.
KNBC-TV reports the arrest on Wednesday was of a man police had been keeping an eye on throughout the investigation. The suspect's name was not released.
In June, 21-year-old Nicol Shakhnazaryan pleaded not guilty to battery and other charges. He was arrested shortly after the May 31 assault, which was caught on surveillance video.
Prosecutors say he was allegedly among a group of men who attacked the 22-year-old victim near a Hollywood Boulevard Metro stop.
The victim, known as Vivian, was punched and kicked and knocked to the concrete, suffered broken bones and internal injuries and was hospitalized for a week.