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.
One of San Diego's most decorated war heroes has died at the age of 98. In Tuesday's Zevely Zone, Jeff is in Poway to say farewell to a legend.
The amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland will arrive Monday to make Naval Base San Diego its new home port.
A man who fell off Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach and was never seen resurfacing remained missing Monday morning after a nightlong search by U.S. Coast Guard personnel, authorities said.
Hundreds of Helix High School students staged a walk- out Monday morning to protest police brutality after video emerged over the weekend on social media showing a La Mesa police officer on campus slamming a teenage girl to the ground.
Following rain and snow Friday evening and a weekend of cooler weather across San Diego County, a slight warming trend is expected to begin Monday and continue through at least the middle of the week.
A local war hero is about to be laid to rest. Retired Navy Captain James "Duffy" Hutton spent years of his service as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before he settled down here in San Diego.
Sunday marked day two of the government shutdown - and with the work week beginning Monday - thousands of employees may not go back to work.
A motorcyclist was suspected of drunken driving after causing a late-night car crash in Pacific Beach, police said Sunday, and hours later, a second crash occurred in the intersection while police were still investigating.