In the predawn hours of Thanksgiving Day, a group of men was carrying three tons of marijuana off a boat along the Central California coast.
Once the cargo was loaded into vans -- authorities estimated the marijuana arrived in 180 bales weighing up to 6,000 pounds -- it headed off to its destinations.
Only the shipments never made it.
About 3:30 a.m., a San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a white panel van on Highway 1 and found about 90 bales of marijuana in the back, officials said. The deputy called in drug detectives, who searched the coast and found five men and a 35-foot panga boat on the beach at the Monterey County line.
The panga boat had 300 gallons of spare gasoline on board.
Investigators alerted deputies in neighboring Santa Barbara and Monterey counties to be on the lookout for drug traffickers, and a second white panel van was found on the highway south of Carmel. That van had between 60 and 90 bales of marijuana in it, San Luis Obispo county officials...Read more
The owner of a Burger King in San Jose made a whopper of a discovery Wednesday when he found a backpack stuffed with $100,000 inside his restaurant.
A restaurant employee first spotted the backpack while cleaning a booth inside the restaurant in the 1300 block of North Bascom Avenue, owner Altaf Chaus said.
Hours later, the backpack remained untouched and no one had come into the restaurant to claim it.
The employee notified Chaus, who then took a peek inside the backpack in the hopes of finding its owner.
"I opened the bag and was like, 'Whoa, that was a lot of money,'" he said.
Stacks of cash held together by rubber bands filled the backpack.
Chaus said he didn't think twice about picking up the phone and calling police to report the cash-laden backpack. The bag's owner, he reasoned, likely worked hard to earn it.
"That was very big experience for me," he said. "It was shocking."
He added: "I have never seen that much money."
As to why the backpack had so much cash in it -- that...Read more
Recent rain and winter weather have eased the wildfire dangers enough that state officials will declare the end of the fire season Monday for three Northern California counties.
No such luck for Southern California, however.
Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties have a reduced risk of suffering a fast-moving wildfire and will exit the fire season along with Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Lassen and Modoc counties, which exited their fire seasons this week, said CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant.
“Because of the rain, fires are unlikely to become gigantic, huge wildfires,” Berlant said.
The designation changes little for CalFire or residents as a whole, Berlant said. Instead, the change influences mandatory precautions that agencies, like a utility company, have to take when working in or around vegetation, Berlant said.
Though the weather has provided some level of relief for Northern California, the bottom half of the state hasn’t been as fortunate.
“The fire season in Southern California...Read more
Train service was restored hours after protesters demonstrating against the Ferguson, Mo. grand jury decision shut down Bay Area Rapid Transit system Friday by chaining themselves to trains in Oakland.
The protest started about 10:30 a.m. when 15 to 25 protesters walked onto the platforms at the West Oakland station and chained themselves together, and then to the east- and westbound trains, said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
The action led to major delays, she said.
Other demonstrators led chants at the station’s entrance. The group appeared to be part of a nationwide movement under the social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter that has grown in visibility since the Ferguson decision.
A protest in St. Louis clogged a mall during the Black Friday morning shopping rush, and earlier this week another group clogged the 101 Freeway near downtown L.A. during peak pre-Thanksgiving travel time.
It took BART police about 90 minutes Friday to begin making arrests. Authorities had to remove a...Read more
Actor Shia LaBeouf's bizarre stunts and behavior have gained him publicity and landed him in jail in the past year.
Now the "Transformers" star is making news again, alleging a woman raped him in February during an #IAMSORRY performance art show in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. During the five-day event, LaBeouf -- clad in a tuxedo and wearing a paper bag over his head -- sat alone and met one-on-one with visitors.
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An earlier version of this story misstated the location of the art show. It was in the Fairfax district, not downtown Los Angeles.
The 28-year-old actor told Dazed Digital that the woman "whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me" while her boyfriend stood outside.
"There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with disheveled hair and smudged lipstick," LaBeouf said. "It was no good, not just for me but her man as well."
His girlfriend was also waiting in line to meet...Read more
Apparently Ken isn’t the only person who loves Barbie.
In just one holiday shopping scrum, shoppers apparently fought Thursday night over a Barbie doll at a Wal-Mart in Norwalk, CBS Los Angeles reported. A witness said one of the shoppers even threw a punch to get her hands on Barbie.
That fight didn’t result in any arrests, though Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded.
But at least three other people were arrested and a woman was hospitalized overnight Friday in Tustin after a fight over deals.
Two women and a teenage girl were arrested on suspicion of assault about 1:05 a.m. after a brawl with two other women inside of Kohl's in the 18100 block of Irvine Boulevard, Lt. Richard Wright said.
One of the two women suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, he said.
The long lines and crowds of people -- all competing for the same deals -- are "not a good combination," Wright said.
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