A California pastor has been accused of keeping two teenage runaways in his San Ramon church and having an unlawful sexual relationship with one of them.
Hyo Bin Im, 33, who is listed as the English ministry pastor at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church on the church's website, was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse and child concealment.
Authorities claim that Im kept two teenage females in his church and home in San Ramon and that he met at least one of them through the Salvation Army Korean Corps in San Francisco. According to San Ramon Police Lt. Tom LaRocque, the two girls had been missing from San Mateo County since the beginning of January. more >>
A Chula Vista, Calif., firefighter got himself arrested Tuesday night because he refused an order from a California Highway Patrol officer to stop administering aid to a crash victim on a local freeway to move a fire engine strategically parked in the fast lane to protect the scene.
A video of the incident made public by CBS News 8 has prompted public outcry with some calling for the unidentified officer to be fired, while fire and police officials are working to tamp down heightened emotions over what they say is an "isolated incident."
They maintain that is does not reflect the usual complementary working relationship that exists between the lifesaving agencies. The video shows the unidentified CHP officer handcuffing firefighter Jacob Gregoire, 36, at the scene of the accident while other fire crews and officers continue helping the victims of the rollover accident involving a white Honda Civic. more >>
A federal appeals court has allowed to let stand an earlier decision upholding the legality of a recently passed California law banning conversion therapy for LGBT youth.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that California's Senate Bill 1172 does not infringe on the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs.
The en banc Ninth Circuit denied the rehearing, arguing that SB 1172 "does not violate the free speech rights of practitioners or minor patients, is neither vague nor overbroad, and does not violate parents' fundamental rights." more >>
Pastor Bayless Conley is resting well and in improved condition after being listed as critical from a boating accident off the coast of Southern California at Catalina Island on Monday, according to officials at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, Calif.
"On Monday night, pastor Bayless underwent surgery because of soft tissue injuries sustained to his neck and throat area," stated the church on its website. "After surgery his doctors reported that all of his vital organs and his spinal cord are fully intact and without injury."
Conley, Jeff Perry, who is the senior pastor of St. Louis Family Church in St. Louis, Mo., and Cottonwood member Keith Johnson were injured when the 22-foot Glacier Bay catamaran boat they were in slammed head-on into the sheer cliffs that are common on Catalina Island's north side near Isthmus Cove, according to local emergency service officials. The church, which released the other names, described the boat as a fishing boat. more >>
Southern California pastor and global evangelist Bayless Conley underwent successful surgery, according to doctors, after a dramatic boating accident on Catalina Island Monday evening left him and one of two others in critical condition. Injuries to the third person were reportedly minor.
Local emergency officials reported that three people were injured when their 22-foot power boat crashed at full speed into the Isthmus near Two Harbors on Catalina Island, which is located off the coast of California.
"Please join us as we pray and trust God for a full and speedy recovery for pastor Bayless and his friends, and to comfort them and their families during this time," Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, the congregation Bayless leads, posted on its Facebook page Tuesday. "Jeremiah 30:17 says, 'For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord.'" more >>
Rapper Jay Z thanked God, as well as "all [of] the universe" while accepting the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his song "Holy Grail" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
The well-known artist sat comfortably with his wife of six years, Beyonce, in the first few rows of the Staples Center in Los Angeles while actor and singer Jamie Foxx introduced the nominees for the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award. Jay Z and Beyonce smiled and looked on as Foxx complimented the rapper on the attractiveness of his wife, especially since she recently gave birth to the couple's first child, Blue Ivy.
When Foxx announced Jay Z as the winner of the award, the rapper took the stage and jokingly threw a few fake punches at the presenter, assumingly for the over-the-top flattery he showered on Beyonce moments earlier. Jay Z then proceeded to thank God and "all the universe," both for his award and for the "beautiful light" that is his wife, Beyonce. more >>