SHERIFF'S RESERVE SHOT
OC reserve sergeant found shot in head, beaten
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have taken a 17-year-old into custody after a reserve sergeant in the Orange County Sheriff's Department was found shot in the head and beaten in a Rancho Santa Margarita home.
The Orange County Register reports it's unclear what the relationship was between the teen and the 50-year-old victim, who was in critical condition Wednesday.
Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino says the reserve sergeant was in his home Wednesday morning when his mother found him injured.
The search for the teen prompted a brief lockdown of Trabuco Hills High School until he was spotted by California Highway Patrol and taken into custody.
A reserve sergeant is a volunteer peace officer who isn't sworn in.
They are often asked to help patrol events and aid in search and rescue efforts.
Deputies arrest man they say posed as a Disney
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a 51-year-old man has been arrested after claiming to be a member of the Walt Disney family and giving away invalid Disneyland passes.
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said in a statement Wednesday that the man called himself "Stephen Disney" and had a fake driver's license and tax forms that falsely claimed income from the Walt Disney Corp.
The statement says he gave Disneyland passes to a woman for a raffle. When the winner took the passes to Disneyland, she learned they hadn't been activated.
Deputies determined the man's name is Stephen David Urquidez and the passes were stolen from a store.
Urqidez was arrested on suspicion of burglary and having a driver's license with a forged state seal, a felony.
He was released after posting $20,000 bond.
LONGTIME MISSING WOMAN
Home search in case of woman missing for 35 years
GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) - Police and sheriff's detectives are searching at a home in a Los Angeles suburb in the case of a woman who disappeared in 1978.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's statement says its homicide detectives are helping police in Glendora seek clues in the disappearance of Wendy Byron, who went missing 35 years ago at age 24.
KNBC-TV reports that detectives were digging in the backyard of the home where, and that Byron once lived there.
Byron's husband Rob Byron, who now lives in a different home nearby, tells KNBC he hadn't been told about the search at his former home and didn't know why authorities were looking there.
The sheriff's statement said detectives plan to return to on Thursday morning with a special operations team from the coroner's office.
BEAR IN KITCHEN
LA County woman finds bear on kitchen counter
DUARTE, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a woman in a Los Angeles suburb found a bear cub sitting on her kitchen counter.
A Los Angeles county sheriff's statement says the department received a 911 call Wednesday from the woman, who said the bear had climbed through her window and she had locked herself in an upstairs bathroom.
On a recording of the call, the woman can be heard shouting "Oh my God, a bear is in my house!"
Deputies and an animal control officer arrived at the home near the San Gabriel mountains in Duarte and found the cub sitting on the counter eating.
They left the door open and made noises to scare the bear, who eventually ran out and into surrounding forest area. The bear was estimated to be a year old.
Azusa rock-mining company to begin disputed dig
AZUSA, Calif. (AP) - Azusa city officials say a rock-mining company will begin its dig in the foothills above the San Gabriel Valley after controversy delayed the project for three years.
Despite nearby Duarte residents' claims otherwise, the Los Angeles Times reports Azusa councilman Robert Gonzalez said Wednesday that the project will improve the view of the hills.
A rock quarry currently operated by Vulcan is at the mouth of Fish Canyon, a deep gorge in an area frequented by hikers. The company will now be allowed to move its operation west, closer to its processing facility near Duarte.
Opponents of the project said it would scar their direct views of the hillside, and filed a lawsuit in 2010 to overturn its environmental reports.
The environmental impact reports were upheld by courts.
2-day worker walkout to end at UC hospitals
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A 2-day strike held by workers at University of California hospitals over staffing and pension is coming to an end.
Union officials say the strike formally ends at 4 a.m. Thursday, after thousands of hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room assistants and other health care workers observed the 48-hour walkout.
The green-shirted picketers marched outside medical centers, prompting the postponement of dozens of surgeries. Hospital administrators say they assured good care for patients at facilities in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Sacramento.
About 450 union employees remained in critical jobs under court order and no major problems were reported.
The union says they're disputing dangerously low staffing levels.
UC officials say the real issue is the union's refusal to accept a new pension plan.
Top AEG lawyer referred to Jackson as 'freak'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Emails displayed in court show a lawyer for the parent company of AEG Live LLC referred to Michael Jackson as a "freak" on the day the singer signed a contract for his ill-fate comeback concerts.
The emails were shown by Brian Panish, an attorney for Jackson's mother. He says the messages indicate how the pop superstar was viewed by AEG executives.
The emails show Jackson was called a freak by Anschutz Entertainment Group General Counsel Ted Fikre in a message to AEG Live corporate lawyer Shawn Trell.
In his reply, Trell described an upcoming meeting with Jackson as interesting but "kind of creepy."
Panish said after court Wednesday that the emails demonstrate AEG's disdain for Jackson and its desire to use him as a moneymaker.
AEG Live attorney Jessica Stebbins Bina said displaying the messages was only meant to embarrass AEG.
Blake Shelton putting together Okla. benefit show
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Shelton and NBC are putting together a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims.
Shelton told reporters about the fundraising effort after Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice." Shelton, an Oklahoma native, paid tribute to the thousands affected by Sunday and Monday's tornadoes by performing an acoustic version of the hit "Over You" with wife Miranda Lambert.
He said the benefit would be held soon in nearby Oklahoma City.
At least 24 people, including nine schoolchildren, were killed Monday afternoon in Moore, Okla., when an F-5 tornado with 200 mph winds touched down for 40 minutes and destroyed entire neighborhoods.
Toby Keith, a native of Moore, also is planning a benefit. His sister's house was hit by the tornado.
More details about both fundraising efforts will be released later.
Nixon library hosts 40th reunion for Vietnam POWs
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) - Two hundred American former prisoners of war who were taken captive during the Vietnam War are arriving in Southern California to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their release.
The 3-day gala starts Thursday at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. It will include a military flyover, wreath-laying ceremony and tours of a special exhibit on the prisoners' return home.
The reunion runs through Saturday and marks the 40th anniversary of a special White House dinner hosted by President Nixon on May 23, 1973, to honor the 571 American captives.
Nixon resigned a year later in the face of impeachment over Watergate, but many of the former POWs regard him as a hero for securing their freedom.
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