Tuesday, January 14, 2014
FBI to review after officers acquitted in killing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After two Orange County police officers were acquitted of killing a homeless man, the FBI says it will look at the evidence for possible further investigation.
The FBI's spokeswoman in Los Angeles Laura Eimiller said in a statement last night that shortly after Kelly Thomas died in 2011, the FBI opened an investigation to see if his civil rights were violated.
Eimiller said now that the state trial has ended, federal investigators will examine the evidence and testimony to decide on further action.
Earlier yesterday, former Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
Thomas's father Ron Thomas said after the verdict he hoped the Department of Justice would intervene.
POLICE-HOMELESS DEATH-CHARGES DROPPED
Charges to be dropped against officer in death
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A prosecutor says charges will be dropped against a third officer involved in a struggle that led to the death of a homeless man during an arrest in California.
The decision came yesterday after two Fullerton police officers were acquitted of killing Kelly Thomas.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (ruh-KOW-kuhs) said former Fullerton officer Joseph Wolfe would no longer face charges of involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli (chih-chih-NELL'-ee) was acquitted of those same two counts. Former Officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.
Wolfe had been awaiting a separate trial. Three other officers involved in the July 2011 confrontation with Thomas were not charged.
LA International Airport to get $118M in upgrades
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport is getting a $118 million makeover.
Airport commissioners yesterday awarded a contract to spruce up the Central Terminal Area.
Plans include roadway improvements, custom-made light poles with LED lighting, metallic silver canopies for Terminals 3 and 4, and a programmable light band to provide passengers with light shows and video graphics.
Officials want to improve traffic flow and develop an architectural theme for one of the world's busiest airports.
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey says right now, LAX is nine unrelated terminals "connected by a traffic jam."
Construction begins this spring.
It's part of a multibillion-dollar improvement program for LAX that included renovating the Tom Bradley International Terminal. It reopened last year with new restaurants and boutiques.
Grad student dies in fall from San Diego cliffs
(Information in the following story is from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say a tourist who fell to her death while posing for a photo on a San Diego beachside cliff was a graduate student in Chicago.
University of Illinois, Chicago spokesman Sam Hostettler tells the U-T San Diego newspaper yesterday that 25-year-old Anna Bachman had been studying for a master's degree in urban planning and policy.
Bachman was visiting her sister in San Diego and posing for a picture with her at Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach when she fell.
Several bystanders tried to revive Bachman, but she was declared dead when paramedics arrived.
Bachman was from Santa Rosa, Calif. and went to the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate.
Man dies hours after stabbing on LA subway train
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man has died hours after he was stabbed during a dispute on a Los Angeles subway train.
Sheriff's Department Transit Detective Keith Schumaker told the Los Angeles Times there was a brief verbal exchange captured by a security camera on the Metro Red Line train near Hollywood yesterday morning, then the suspect pulled a weapon and lunged at the victim.
Sheriff's officials say the train stopped at the Vermont/Santa Monica Station and the victim was taken to LA County USC Medical Center, where he died about nine hours later.
The name of the victim, described as a man in his 30s, was not immediately released.
Authorities are looking for the suspect, who is described as 18 to 24 years old.