LA-area coach gets over 130 years for molestations
LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) - A former Southern California youth soccer coach has been sentenced to over 130 years in prison for molesting 15 children.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say 54-year-old Renoir Vincent Valenti was sentenced Friday to 130 years, 8 months to life and ordered to pay $450,000 in victim restitution and register as a sex offender for life. He had faced a maximum sentence of 154 years to life.
He was found guilty in February of 20 counts involving 15 victims aged 8 to 12 years old.
Valenti was a coach in Lancaster with the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Prosecutors said that from 1995 to 2012, Valenti - who used several aliases - molested a girl and 14 boys, including six soccer players he coached.
RODENT REPTILE NEGLECT
Restitution ordered over dead, dying reptiles
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution.
55-year-old Mitchell Steven Behm, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service at a hearing Wednesday.
He owned Global Captive Breeders in Lake Elsinore, 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which sold exotic snakes and reptiles, along with rats for reptile food.
Behm and business manager David Delgado were arrested and initially charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty. Behm negotiated a deal, pleading to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Under its terms, Behm won't be able to own any animals or operate any animal-related businesses.
30-year-old Delgado, of Rialto, has pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts and faces more than five years in prison. His sentencing hearing is in May.
Man pleads not guilty to teen's kidnap-rape
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he kidnapped a 16-year-old Los Angeles girl as she walked home from school, raped her, then doused her with gas and tried to set her on fire.
Robert Ransom Jr. entered pleas last week to nine felony counts.
Prosecutors say Ransom forced the girl into a van at knifepoint on March 20, drove her to another location where she was raped and then drove her to an alley where she managed to run away.
City News Service says a witness reported seeing the teenager running naked down the alley with her mouth taped shut, her hands bound and her body dripping with gasoline.
SHOPPING CENTER SHOOTING
Man who opened fire outside OC mall sentenced
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A man who fired shots outside an Orange County shopping mall the day after a deadly school shooting in Connecticut has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Mark Gurrola of Garden Grove was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to assault and shooting at an occupied building.
Gurrola drove to the Fashion Island parking lot in Newport Beach on Dec. 15, 2012. Authorities say he got out and fired 54 rounds from a Glock .40 handgun toward a building.
The gunfire didn't hit anything but it sent panicked shoppers running. A mother and 4-year-old daughter were knocked down and injured.
Gurrola surrendered to arriving police.
COACHELLA FESTIVAL DEATH
Coachella Festival concertgoer collapses, dies
INDIO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are trying to determine whether drugs or alcohol caused the death of a woman who collapsed last weekend at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.
The Riverside County coroner's office says 24-year-old Kimchi Truong of Oakland was at the festival in Indio on Saturday when she collapsed. She died at a hospital on Thursday.
The cause of death wasn't clear pending an autopsy and toxicology tests.
However, coroner's Sgt. Curt James tells the Desert Sun of Palm Springs that investigators haven't ruled out a drug overdose.
Angels call up Wall, send Alvarez down
DETROIT (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels have recalled right-hander Josh Wall from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned left-hander Jose Alvarez to Salt Lake.
The Angels made the moves before Friday night's game at Detroit, meaning Alvarez would not have a chance to pitch against his former team. The Tigers traded Alvarez to the Angels before the season for shortstop Andrew Romine.
Romine is in the starting lineup for Detroit on Friday.
Angels infielder David Freese is not starting because of tightness in his right quad.
LA Kings stay calm after opening defensive debacle
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Kings and star goalie Jonathan Quick calmly went back to work at home Friday after they were blitzed 6-3 by the San Jose Sharks in their playoff opener.
That doesn't mean the defense-oriented Kings aren't a bit embarrassed after allowing six goals in a game for the first time all season.
After a brief practice at the Kings' training complex, Quick gave credit to the Sharks for their scoring bonanza. He also made it clear San Jose got a few lucky breaks, particularly while scoring twice late in the first period.
With the imposing Quick playing behind a full roster of skaters dedicated to defense, the Kings won their first Jennings Trophy last week for allowing just 174 goals, the NHL's fewest.
Quick gets the trophy, but team defense is responsible for it - and that defense seemingly made a normal week's worth of mistakes in the first two periods of Game 1.
With two days off between games at the Shark Tank, the Kings have returned to El Segundo for two practices. Coach Darryl Sutter says the Kings will "start over" this weekend.
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