Pop singer Justin Bieber went on an expletive-filled egg-throwing attack on his neighbors' house, causing $20,000 in damage last Thursday. Detectives with the L.A. County Sheriff's office believe the singer is likely to be slapped with a felony charge.
Entertainment website TMZ.com highlights video in a report showing the ugly confrontation between the singer and his neighbors as he was caught hurling eggs at their property.
"In California, if the damage is greater than $400 it becomes FELONY vandalism. We're told the homeowner's damage could be in the 10s of thousands of dollars because the very expensive Venetian plaster on the outside of the house has to be redone, and very expensive doors and other items were either damaged or ruined," explained TMZ in a report on Saturday. more >>
A 27-year-old pharmacist who reportedly lost all her teeth after tumbling out of a moving LAPD squad car last year has alleged in a lawsuit that the incident happened because she was being sexually assaulted while she was in handcuffs by her arresting officer.
"He was grabbing my left inner thigh. Trying to, I'm assuming, opening my legs, touching my chest. Grabbing at it. Pulling my ear to face me toward him," said Kim Nguyen, the alleged victim in a deposition taped last December. In addition to losing all her teeth after the sexual attack, Nguyen had to spend two weeks in the hospital and had to have her jaw wired shut, according to a CBS report.
A lawsuit filed against the LAPD by Nguyen's attorney, Arnoldo Cassillas, alleges that the video of the incident shows the pharmacist bleeding on the ground with her dress removed from the waist down. It also claims that the officer's negligence during the sexual assault on March 17, 2013, caused Nguyen to fall from the police vehicle. more >>
A California pastor has denied allegations that he and three other adults teamed up together to throw a Molotov cocktail into the minister's ex-girlfriend's home.
The woman, two other adults and three children were sleeping in the house when the bomb was thrown. The attack and the fire it started were reported to authorities at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 9, though its inhabitants were able to extinguish the flames without emergency help.
Mark Lewis, 39, who pastors Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville, Calif., was arrested along with Anthony Newbolt, 33, Richerd Wright, 28, and Kristen Broyles, 30, after police stopped their car shortly after the incident was reported. According to investigators, Lewis' accomplices were homeless and at least two were living out of the church. more >>
The generous bunch behind "Tips for Jesus" made a Los Angeles cocktail waitress's night last week when they left her a $5,000 tip that she now plans to use to pay for her law school applications.
Leigh Dallard, 27, who serves at Acabar in West Hollywood, said the patrons who left her the tip were a group of young, well dressed guys who also sent bottles of wine and champagne to different tables throughout the restaurant, in addition to paying for an elderly couple's tab.
"They immediately ordered a magnum [bottle] of Veuve for a nearby group of ladies, before even ordering their beers," said Dallard, reports LAist.com. "Right away I had a feeling they would be a fun group to serve…they had beers and some dessert but not much else for themselves." more >>
A same-sex couple in California is claiming a local catering company refused to service their upcoming wedding ceremony due to their sexuality.
Kama Kaina and Mathew Rivera, a same-sex couple of four years, reportedly contacted Janet Zimmerman Catering back in November to request her services at their upcoming gay marriage ceremony in Big Bear, Calif. in June 2014. The couple received a response email from Zimmerman saying she could not provide catering for their wedding because her Christian beliefs prohibited her from supporting them celebrate their lifestyle.
"Thank you for contacting me in regards to your upcoming wedding," Zimmerman reportedly responded in an email to Kaina, according to The Advocate, an LGBT publication. "I really appreciate that you were honest with me and gave me a heads up that this would be a same sex marriage. I hope that you will also appreciate when I am honest with you when I say that catering your wedding would comprise [sic] my Christian beliefs and I will be unable to accept this job. I am sure that you will be able to find someone who will better suit your needs." more >>
Atheists have rallied together to offer support for a former pastor embarking on a "year without God" after he lost the jobs he held at Christian institutions.
Ryan Bell, a former Seventh Day Adventist pastor, announced via the Huffington Post on New Year's Day that he would spend 2014 "[trying] on atheism," meaning he would "live as if there is no God."
"I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances," Bell wrote. more >>