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Third-grade Riverside teacher may have been drunk in class

The L.A. Times reports today on a teacher who was forced to leave her classroom after apparently behaving like a drunk person:

The Times reports that Riverside County prosecutors are deciding whether to file criminal child endangerment charges against an elementary school teacher who was reportedly drunk in the classroom.

The sheriff's  deputies were called to Susan La Vorgna Elementary School Thursday.

According to authorities, school officials became suspicious over a hall pass the teacher wrote out that day. The teacher was removed from her third-grade classroom on suspicion of being intoxicated.

The teacher's name was not released. The newspaper says she was released to a family member.



Police: Suspect in new OC homeless killing connected to serial slayings

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Placentia police chief Rick Hicks speaks at the podium before several police chiefs and an FBI special agent for a news conference to announce the arrest of Itzcoatl Ocampo as the serial killer of four homeless men, the latest Friday night, where Ocampo was caught in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

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This photo provided by the Anaheim Police Dept. shows Itzcoatl Ocampo. Investigators are "extremely confident" that Ocampo a man in their custody is responsible for all four recent killings of homeless men in Orange County, Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

Police say a homeless man was found stabbed to death behind a fast-food restaurant in Anaheim and police have detained a man they believe is responsible for the killing — and the killings of several other homeless men during the last few weeks.

Itzcoatl Ocampo, 23, of Yorba Linda, was arrested in connection with the slaying of a man behind a Carls Jr. in Anaheim on Saturday. He was held without bail for suspicion of murder, Santa Ana police said.

Anaheim Deputy Chief Craig Hunter said Ocampo fits the description of a man wanted for three stabbing deaths — in Anaheim, Placentia and Yorba Linda — that began Dec. 20. And the Orange County Register is reporting that police believe the suspect "is  connected to the recent slayings of three other homeless men" in the county. 

The attack behind a Carl's Jr. on East La Palma Ave. was in progress when an emergency operator got a call at 8:17 p.m. Friday, according to Anaheim police. Friday night's victim was known to locals as "John." He was believed to be a Vietnam War veteran in his mid-60s. It was unclear where his last address was. Several people told television station he was a nice guy, not an aggressive beggar.


LA nonprofit head admits to $100K theft

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Mark Scott

Jacqueline Gelfand, the ex-head of a Los Angeles nonprofit organization, has admitted to stealing over $100K.

The 61-year-old former executive director of InsideOUT, an organization that teaches writing programs to youth within the juvenile hall system, entered a plea on Friday to three felony counts — one of grand theft and two of commercial burglary.

Under a plea deal, Gelfand is expected to get a year in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service when

Gelfand is set for sentencing on Feb. 9. Under the plea deal she is expected to get one year in jail, three years of probation and 200 hours of community service. She also must pay more than $86,000 in restitution.

In 2008 and 2009 Gelfand unlawfully took money and personal property from InsideOUT Writers, Inc., the criminal complaint alleges.


Coachella 2012: Would you pay $23,810 for tickets?

Steven Tyler chats with a fan

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Aerosmith singer chats with a fan in the VIP section of Coachella in 2008.

Coachella 2012 sold out of remaining passes in three hours on Friday, setting off a frenzy of fiscally outrageous secondary market options for the music obsessed.

Ebay wins for the highest priced package: four 3-day VIP passes for $23,810.00. Stubhub has hundreds of tickets selling for thousands of dollars with a range of about $559 to $1,500 per General Admission pass. Craigslist is a sea of scams and swaps with many ads coming in a hundreds of dollars above face value. 

The official Coachella site is also a resource for post-sold out options. There you'll find everything from hysteria, to borderline prostitution, to optimists with sales data charts telling people to calm down and wait it out. 

For fans who spent hours battling the cue, never got through, and left ticketless and blue, there's no shortage of places to vent. Don't let your unrequited festival feelings go unheard. Twitter and Tumblr understand.  


Alhambra High School bomb scare ends

Today's bomb threat at Alhambra High School ended with no bomb being found.

This morning at 11:40 a.m., someone called in a bomb threat. School officials notified the school police officer, who notified the Alhambra police dispatch, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson, a spokesman with the Alhambra Police Department.

A thorough search was conducted, which included three canine teams, but they found no explosive device on campus, Johnson said.

The campus was declared safe at 2:30 p.m., Johnson said, which was close to the regular end of the school day. The students, who were waiting on the track field, were allowed to leave at that point.

It’s a crime to call in a bomb threat whether or not a bomb is actually found, so a criminal investigation is underway, Johnson said.