Actor Michael Jace, known for playing a Christian police officer on the popular television series "The Shield," was booked for the alleged murder of his wife, a Biola University employee, who was shot multiple times in their Los Angeles home Monday night, possibly in front of the couple's young children.
April Jace's dead body was found by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who were responding to phone calls from neighbors who reported hearing gun shots. A local news station reports that neighbors said they heard arguing coming from the couple's home before hearing gun shots.
Michael Jace, 51, initially was taken to a police station for questioning, but later booked for murder, which police believe may have been triggered by domestic violence. Jace was being held Tuesday on $1 million bail. more >>
A Los Angeles church known as a home to transformed gang members and drug addicts in the early 1990's is set for a facelift. While a majority of its original members have left, a new pastor has been named, and a building renovation is in the works.
The new look includes a name change, from Boyle Heights Christian Center to Cityscape: Church of Los Angeles, once their run-down building is renovated. Pastor Joey Oquendo hopes the move marks the beginning of a new community church for its gang-ridden neighborhood.
"There are members who have been here forever, but in essence, a new church is starting," Oquendo said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Gang members want better things too. But because of who I am, and because of who my members are, we're going to get more of the post-gang era." more >>
Christian pop singer Rebecca St. James is praising God that wildfires "miraculously" stopped just feet from her home in Southern California, but she is concerned about some of her neighbors who have lost their homes.
"It's a total miracle 'cause the wind changed right when the fires were about to take over our house," St. James writes on her Facebook page.
A picture posted along with the testimony shows trees razed to the ground just feet from her patio. more >>
As people in Southern California continue evacuating from wildfire-scorched areas, authorities have said there are suspensions over how the fires got started. A badly burned body, the first reported casualty, was also found late Thursday in a San Diego suburb.
"We all have suspicions like the public does when we have nine fires that started all over the county," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said, according to ABC News. "We are actively investigating the start of those fires."
While dry conditions and high temperatures are said to have left the area prone to such natural disasters, officials will be looking into the possibility that some of the fires could have been started intentionally. more >>
"Dancing With the Stars" finalist Candace Cameron Bure spoke out about her faith recently while addressing her view on morality.
"I think that faith is the basis of morality. We could set our own standard but then who's to say your standard is right and that's why it always comes back to the foundation," Bure said during a Take Part Live interview. "For me that's the Word of God. Because it's God. It's not Candace's opinion, it's not your opinion and what you think is best. It's what God says. I think faith has everything to do with morality."
During her interview hosted by Megan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain, and co-hosts Jacob Soboroff and Eddie Huang, Bure agreed with Huang that people can have morals despite not having faith. more >>
Thousands of people are fleeing their homes in Southern California on Thursday as numerous wildfires have broken out.
"This is May, this is unbelievable. This is something we should see in October," said Carlsbad fire chief Michael Davies according to BBC News.
While there have been no fatalities reported yet, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency in the County of San Diego on Wednesday. more >>