L.A. Sheriff's Department
Accused teacher Mark Berndt.
An arraignment is scheduled for Mark Berndt, the former Miramonte Elementary School teacher arrested for multiple counts of lewd acts with children, on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Berndt, who taught at the school for 30 years, has been accused by police of taking photos of blindfolded and gagged students with roaches on their faces or spoons of semen held to their mouths.
His arrest on Jan. 30 was the first in a series of child-abuse related arrests since then, including one of Berndt's fellow teachers, Martin Springer, who is being charged with lewd acts relating to one child.
Since then, the school's staff has been entirely replaced.
Los Angeles, City of Angel dust.
Two people were arrested and more than 130 gallons of PCP with a would-be street value of about $100 million was seized in Los Angeles by authorities on Feb. 15.
Weapons, cash, and chemicals to make a staggering 500 additional gallons were also recovered, according to a statement from Lt. Scott Fairfield of the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, known as L.A. IMPACT.
A month-long investigation based on intel from the L.A. Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly led to a local gang member who was involved in PCP (phencyclidine) manufacturing.
The investigation revealed national PCP distribution via commercial package delivery companies, and suspicious packages addressed to locations in Texas were intercepted. "Investigators detected a chemical odor emitting from these boxes, and tests later confirmed that each box contained approximately three gallons of PCP," Fairfield said.
Dave Hogan/Getty Images
Michael Jackson arrives on stage during his 'HiStory' concert tour held in New York in 1997
On Friday, the estate of Michael Jackson sued the performer's former manager, Tohme R. Tohme.
The ex-advisor, who worked with Jackson from Jan. 2008 until Mar. 2009, is accused of influencing the Grammy-winning megastar to sign "unconscionable contracts" for self-serving financial gain during the final years of the singer's life.
The contracts in question include a self-negotiated producer’s fee for a series of comeback concerts in London, and a debt-related Neverland Ranch deal.
The estate wants Jackson's missing property and financial records returned, as well as a ruling that keeps Tohme away from the estate's money.
Tohme claims he is owed a percentage of the millions collected by the estate in the time since Jackson's death. It is believed he will file his own lawsuit.
Photo by Luc De Leeuw via Flickr Creative Commons
A sleepwalking 13-year-old fell from the third-story window of a Compton townhouse early Friday morning. The teen suffered a broken arm when he hit the ground.
The incident, occurring shortly before 2:30 a.m. in the 500 block of North Willowbrook Avenue, prompted a response from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and the Compton Fire Department.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sleepwalking, though possible at any age, happens most often in children 5 to 12 years old and "appears to run in families." Notes the NLM, "the main complication is getting injured while sleepwalking."
Sleepwalking (somnambulism) most often occurs during deep, non-REM sleep (stage 3 or stage 4 sleep) early in the night. Fatigue, lack of sleep, and anxiety are all associated with sleepwalking. The cause of sleepwalking in children is usually unknown. In the elderly, sleepwalking may be a symptom of an organic brain syndrome or REM behavior disorders. In adults, sleepwalking may occur with:
- Alcohol, sedatives, or other medication
- Medical conditions, such as partial complex seizures
- Mental disorders
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been arrested for investigation of committing lewd acts on a child.
Police say Deputy Oscar Rodriguez, a 10-year department veteran, was taken into custody Thursday. He was immediately relieved of duty pending the outcome of criminal and administrative investigations.
Police say the alleged acts were committed while Rodriguez was off duty.
Rodriguez was assigned to the sheriff's Marina del Rey station.
He's being held on $100,000 bail.