SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two Las Vegas men convicted of misdemeanors in San Diego 11 years ago for orchestrating fistfights among transients and filming the violence for home-video sales are being sought for allegedly trying to smuggle stolen body parts out of Thailand, according to a Thai media report.
Ryan Edward McPherson, 31, and Daniel Tanner, 33, were detained last week by Thai officials in connection with the human remains, which the pair allegedly had tried to ship home to Nevada in boxes labeled "toys," the Bangkok Post reported.
After questioning and releasing McPherson and Tanner, investigators determined that the formaldehyde-preserved body parts -- the head of an infant, a baby's foot, a heart and two pieces of tattooed skin -- had been stolen from a hospital museum in Bangkok, according to the newspaper. By then, the two Americans had left the country, reportedly en route to Cambodia.
In 2003, McPherson, Tanner and several other young men pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of promoting illegal fights while producing a commercial video titled "Bumfights."
The DVD -- more than 300,000 copies were reportedly sold at $20 apiece -- featured disheveled homeless men who were paid to attack each other and perform dangerous stunts.
Three of the brawlers later sued the makers on grounds of physical and emotional cruelty, ultimately reaching confidential monetary settlements that also required the producers to stop selling copies of the video.
Hundreds of statewide faith leaders will march Saturday afternoon to the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where they will protest immigration policies that separated more than 2,300 children from their parents.
A 325-acre blaze burning at Camp Pendleton Saturday was described as a ``training fire'' by a base official.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped today for the 16th consecutive day, decreasing nine-tenths of a cent to $3.697.
A crash on an Oceanside freeway Saturday morning left two cars on their roofs and sent one person to a hospital, a fire official
Cooler weekend for the County due to a low pressure trough moving through the Great Basin. Weak and shallow marine layer may still be slow to clear.
A stretch of road in National City was shut down briefly after a large crowd took to the streets to celebrate the Mexico national soccer team's 2-1 victory over South Korea today in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The San Diego Humane Society today urged residents to volunteer their homes as foster spaces for the influx of animals typically lost after Fourth of July.
A man was critically injured Friday night when he chased a ball into the street and was hit by a car.
Clayton Richard pitched three-hit ball over six innings for his fourth consecutive win and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Friday night.
A powerful show of support for migrants being held in detention facilities has hundreds of interfaith leaders gathered Friday night for a vigil and demonstration at the border.