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Covina police searching for man they say sexually assaulted 7-year-old

Covina Police Department

Police circulated this drawing of the suspect. He is described as a white man between 18- and 40-years-old and between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

A man sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl outside her home over the weekend, police told ABC7, and Covina police are still searching for the man. At about 6:45 p.m. Saturday, the suspect walked up to the victim and covered her mouth with his hand before carrying her to the side of the house, the L.A. Times reports. He proceeded to assault the girl until she was able to bite his hand and break free. The girl was being chased to the front of the house when an adult neighbor saw the incident and screamed. He escaped in a 2005 or newer burgundy Nissan Altima with paper plates that said "Wondries" in black and neon green letters.


Woolly Mammoth may return to Earth after 10,000-year-extinction

Mammoth scene at La Brea Tar Pits

Photo by Travis S. via Flickr Creative Commons

Woolly mammoths are coming back to life if a new stem cell project is successful. La Brea Tar Pits, lock the gates.

Last week, a mad scientist from Russia signed a deal with a mad scientist from South Korea on a joint research project intended to bring about the return of the 10,000-year-extinct woolly mammoth. 

Looking to make the most of global warming, researchers turned their attention to the Siberian tundra where thawed permafrost uncovered the remains of the massive land mammal.

The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev of the North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and infamous cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

Hwang, barred from human embryonic stem-cell research after claims of the world's first cloned human embryos turned out to be false, his research in animal cloning continued and was verified in the creation of the world's first dog clone, Snuppy.


Woman shot, two kids missing after early morning incident at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City

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Photos of missing children believed to have been abducted by their father after a shooting at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City early Monday morning.

Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting a woman at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City early Monday morning and fleeing the scene with their two young children.

Initial reports suggested the children were accounted for, however officials now say Michael Lajun Green is believed to have Maaliyah Green, 1.5-years-old, and Zyler Green, 6-months-old. Their photos were released by Los Angeles police to aid in the search.

The woman, who was reportedly shot in the head, called 911 and was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition.  

Green, who has a prior domestic violence conviction, is considered armed and dangerous, said NBC LA.

"Unfortunately some of the information she gave out this morning ... was erroneous," said LAPD Lt. Alan Hamilton during a press conference outside the hotel. "Whether it was intentional or not, we have not verified."


Guido's restaurant employee death is a Malibu mystery

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Photo by Robert Garcia via Flickr Creative Commons

Nearly every detail in the unusual case of a man who died outside of Guido's restaurant in Malibu on Sunday night is unconfirmed.

KPCC spoke to LA Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore who said authorities are investigating all possibilities, but that he could not confirm any of the specifics of the case. 

Initially, the death was believed to be a shooting, according to the L.A. Times. Later, it was widely reported as a brutal beating at the hands of multiple assailants.

Now, ABC 7 is saying natural causes may be to blame for the death of the man believed to be a mid-20s dishwasher named "Carlos." A lot of blood was reported at the scene, but the man showed no signs of physical trauma, according to authorities, they say.

An official cause of death has not been determined, however, and the case is still being investigated as a homicide.


Ed Hardy swimsuit model Simone Farrow arrested, accused of running international drug ring from Hollywood

After skipping bail about a month ago, Simone Farrow, a former Ed Hardy swimsuit model accused of heading an international drug ring from an apartment in Hollywood, has been arrested in Australia, ABC News reports.

The the 37-year-old is accused of trafficking high-grade crystal meth around the world from 19 different aliases via FedEx and the postal service, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and Australian authorities. She allegedly hid the methamphetamine in shipments of bath salts.

Farrow, who denied the charges, was arrested in Queensland and extradited to Sydney last week, saying she was on the run from people who were trying to kill her.

The only reason I've done this is because someone was trying to murder me," Farrow told Australia's Sunday Telegraph. "I've been in ... relationships with numerous underworld figures or whatever you want to call them and I feel that maybe they feel threatened by my situation."