L.A. Now California: This just in
J. Paul Getty's grandson found dead; LAPD homicide investigating

Andrew Getty, an heir to the Getty oil fortune, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday. Los Angeles police are investigating.

The cause of death was undetermined at this time, LAPD Sgt. Kyle Kirkman said.

Los Angeles police robbery-homicide detectives were handling the case because of it high-profile nature, a law enforcement source.

Authorities were converging on the compound.

Andrew Getty, 47, was the grandson of oil baron J. Paul Getty and part of the Getty trust. He is one of four sons of Gordon P. Getty, one of J. Paul Getty's three sons.

In 1996, he purchased the 70-year-old Hollywood Hills villa of three-time Oscar-winning film composer Miklos Rozsa.

 

Twitter: @MattHjourno

 

 

 

Read more
Durst arrest warrant should be 'thrown out,' attorneys say

In the latest legal wrangling over Los Angeles murder suspect and New York real estate scion Robert Durst, his attorneys on Tuesday challenged his recent New Orleans arrest and underlying search warrants as unconstitutional.

Durst, a suspect in the 1982 death of his wife, Kathleen, is described in the filing as a “frail, 71-year-old man in poor health.” He is being held without bond after being arrested by FBI agents at a Canal Street hotel March 14.

He was arrested in connection with the death of Los Angeles author and friend Susan Berman 15 years ago, shortly before police were expected to question her about Kathleen Durst’s disappearance.

In Robert Durst’s room at the J.W. Marriott, investigators from the Louisiana State Police found a .38 revolver and marijuana and charged him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled substance.

“Louisiana has to prove the lawful search of that room to get the gun and marijuana in”...

Read more
Gunman, woman killed in murder-suicide in Fresno medical office

A gunman entered a pediatric medical office Tuesday in downtown Fresno and fatally shot a woman and then himself, police said.

Authorities described the murder-suicide as a domestic disturbance between the gunman, Neng Moua, and the 34-year-old woman. Moua was the woman's estranged boyfriend, and there was a history of domestic violence, police said.

------------

FOR THE RECORD

3:57 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the gunman as Moua Neng and listed the woman's age as 33. 

-----------

Moua entered the pediatric office about 10:52 a.m. and shot the woman several times with a shotgun at close range, Fresno police Deputy Chief Pat Farmer said.

There was a brief pause, then as police entered the building, they heard a single shot.

Moua, 43, of Clovis shot and killed himself, he said. Police entered the office and found the pair dead.

“This a tragedy and we are grateful no one else was hurt or killed during this incident,” Farmer said.

The woman was a mother of...

Read more
Gunman at UC Irvine located, campus alert ends

UC Irvine police said they have located a suspected gunman on campus and have lifted an alert to students.

Officials warned students to secure in place after a man alleged to be armed was seen near the campus’ main flag pole, headed toward a student housing area known as Mesa Court.

Campus officials said they found the man and that normal activities on campus resumed about 3:15 p.m.

"He had a gun, I don't know what kind," campus spokeswoman Cathy Lawhon said.

Earlier this month, a “viable threat of violence” prompted the university to cancel a student government meeting where student legislators planned to discuss whether to override the veto of a controversial measure that would have banned the American flag — and all other flags — from a small area of the campus.

Tuesday's alert from police arrived as an induction ceremony for the campus’ new chancellor, Howard Gillman, was scheduled to begin.

The program continued at the Barclay Theatre with the doors locked and nobody allowed in or...

Read more
Brush fire chars 60 acres in San Bernardino park, evacuations ordered

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in a High Desert park that has burned 60 acres, and nearby residents have been ordered to evacuate, authorities said.

A large column of smoke was reported in the Mojave Narrows Park – on the border between Apple Valley and Victorville – about 12 p.m., according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Within an hour, the 2-acre blaze grew to 60 acres, and structures around Riverside Drive and Seneca Road were threatened by the flames, officials said.

About 2:30 p.m., fire officials imposed mandatory evacuation orders for all of Riverside Drive, a nearly 2-mile road that has several dozen homes.

Fire crews were contending with heavy winds that shifted the direction of the blaze, officials said.

A shelter for evacuated Apple Valley residents was set up at Sitting Bull Middle School in the 19400 block of Sitting Bull Road, town officials announced.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

For breaking news in California,...

Read more
L.A. street vendor protest: 'We are not criminals'

Saying they are increasingly targeted by police, dozens of street vendors and their allies protested Tuesday outside the LAPD headquarters for a moratorium on ticketing or harassment of those who sell food and wares on the streets.

The protest comes amid efforts to legalize street vending in Los Angeles.

Members of the Los Angeles Street Vendor Campaign and other vendors and allies gathered in front of the Los Angeles Police Department, carrying signs that read, "We need legalization now" and "We are not criminals" while chanting "Sí, se puede," the motto of the United Farm Workers and other union and civil rights groups.

The group of about 30 also carried a list of grievances they planned to give to Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Alfonso Garcia, a street vendor in San Fernando Valley, said a month ago there were 10 officers on horseback and four patrol cars who participated in a raid at Hansen Dam in Pacoima, where he works.

"They dedicated themselves to pursuing all of us," Garcia said....

Read more
Loading