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Dead woman's body in flipped-over SUV found at bottom of Calabasas canyon

LA County Sheriffs Dept.

Woman’s body found in car in canyon off Mulholland Highway in Calabasas during Malibu Search and Rescue training

Members the Sheriff's Malibu Search and Rescue Team found the body of a dead woman in a turned-over sports utility vehicle Saturday in Malibu.

The team was scouting locations for upcoming training exercises on Mulholland Highway, approximately 2 miles east of Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, when they discovered the body in the vehicle. The woman appeared to be living in the vehicle, Reserve Sergeant David Katz said in a statement.

A team member saw something white at the bottom of the canyon and other members made their way down the hillside to the location where they found the SUV on its roof, according to Katz.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office and the California Highway Patrol responded to the scene. 

Anyone with information is being asked to call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website 


Shepard Fairey won't go to jail but is 'deeply ashamed and remorseful'

Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo

Shepard Fairey poses in front of the Barack Obama Hope artwork he designed in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, in this Jan. 12, 2009 file photo.

The artist who created the "HOPE" poster that came to symbolize Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was ordered to do 300 hours of community service Friday for a criminal contempt conviction but was spared jail time.

Shepard Fairey, 42, of Los Angeles nodded his head several times and said "OK" as U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas told him he must commit no crimes during two years of probation and must pay a $25,000 fine to the U.S. government.

During remarks before the sentence was announced, Fairey called his decision to fabricate evidence in a civil lawsuit he brought against The Associated Press in 2009 the "worst thing I've done in my life." He also apologized.

"I am deeply ashamed and remorseful that I didn't live up to my own standards of honesty and integrity," he said. After the sentencing, Fairey hugged his lawyers, was kissed by his wife, and shook hands with more than a dozen friends who packed into the small Manhattan courtroom.


Teenager stabbed to death, 31-year-old man on a bike arrested for murder

Garden Grove Police

Jose Gil booking photo

Police are asking for details from anyone who witnessed a scuffle Friday night that lead to the stabbing death of a 16-year old boy.

Garden Grove police said in a statement that the teenager and another friend saw 31-year-old Jose Gil riding a bicycle and got into a car to confront him over a previous dispute.

A fight broke out and the unnamed teen was stabbed. Gil and the teenagers both called police after the brawl to report the incident, Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said in the statement.

After being rushed to the hospital, the knifed teen died early Saturday morning. Gil, a Garden Grove resident, was arrested for murder.

Garden Grove Police detectives and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are working together on the case. The investigation is continuing. 

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact Investigator Reynolds at (714) 741-5800.


O.J. Simpson's lawyer tampered with 'bloody glove,' claims former prosecutor Darden

Associated Press

O.J. Simpson struggling to put on the infamous bloody glove in court.

"If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," Johnnie Cochran memorably rhymed during the closing statement of his successful defense of accused murder O.J. Simpson.

Cochran was referring to what he called "the defining moment" of the trial. That portion of the notorious trial when then-Los Angeles deputy district attorney Christopher Darden asked Simpson to put on the Aris Isotoner gloves found on the USC star's grounds the night his ex-wife was murdered along with her friend Ron Goldman.

The gloves didn't fit. Simpson was acquitted.

Now, nearly 17 years after his side lost the case, Darden is claiming that Cochran tampered with the key evidence moments before the NFL legend struggled, on live television, to slip on the gloves.

"I think Johnnie tore the lining. There were some additional tears in the lining so that O.J.'s fingers couldn't go all the way up into the glove," Darden said during a panel discussion about the trial Thursday, reports Reuters.


Video: Police arrest man with scissors hiding in Miley Cyrus's bushes

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Miley Cyrus on the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards held at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2012.

A man with scissors in his pants was arrested after he was found hiding in the bushes of Miley Cyrus's house in Studio City.

The 19-year-old "Party in the U.S.A." singer was not at her home Saturday morning, but her assistant was when a loud bang was heard at the door of the residence around 4 a.m, police said.

The noise woke the assistant, who went to the door where she was told by a man outside that he was a friend of Cyrus's. He later claimed to be the entertainer's husband, LAPD Officer Ransom told KPCC. 

The assistant told the man, whose name has yet to be released by police, that Cyrus was not home and he had to leave. The suspect, who has a criminal record in Texas, then sat cross-legged at the door and said he would leave "in just a minute" and began lighting candles around the star's door, Ransom said.