LA POLICE SHOOTING
LAPD releases names of officers in deadly shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police have released the names of two officers who shot and killed a black man two weeks ago.
The LAPD on Thursday identified them as veteran gang officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas.
Authorities say they wanted to make sure there were no threats to the officers' safety before identifying them.
Police say the officers killed 25-year-old Ezell Ford Aug. 11 in South Los Angeles. Police say Ford was not carrying a weapon, but had tackled one officer and tried to grab his gun.
The shooting prompted protests and calls for action from black community leaders in Southern California.
A family member has said that Ford had schizophrenia and other disorders.
Ford's autopsy results have been withheld at the LAPD's request. The department says it doesn't want potential shooting witnesses to read or hear about the details until investigators have interviewed them.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORM SURF
Southern California gets more big surf
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Big waves generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific continue to roll onto Southern California beaches but the National Weather Service says the surf has peaked.
Breakers chewed away at beaches again Thursday and provided thrills for surfers and shoreline crowds, but meteorologists say high surf advisories should expire by Friday evening. They continue to warn of potential danger, however.
The National Hurricane Center says the source of the swells, Tropical Storm Marie, is expected to be further downgraded Thursday night as it moves northwestward, some 800 miles off Mexico's coast.
San Diego man accused of intentional spread of HIV
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city attorney's office of San Diego has filed a complaint against a man accusing him of intentionally infecting at least one person with HIV.
Spokesman Michael Giorgino said the city's attorney's office presented the court a complaint Thursday alleging Thomas Miguel Guerra intentionally infected a man with the virus that can cause AIDS.
Guerra has pleaded not guilty to a previous count of violating the city's Health and Safety code.
Attorney James M. V. Fitzpatrick said his client maintains his innocence and will enter a not guilty plea again when he is arraigned Sept. 2 for the amended complaint that specifies HIV.
Fitzpatrick said the allegations were made by a boyfriend from a bad break-up and are baseless.
The misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail.
HIV case spurs call for porn production moratorium
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called for an industrywide production moratorium after a performer tested positive for HIV.
The Free Speech Coalition called for the moratorium Thursday.
The group's CEO, Diane Duke, says the performer is undergoing additional tests to confirm the diagnosis, but the coalition is calling for the production halt in an abundance of caution. Such moratoriums aren't binding but generally bring compliance within the industry.
The group didn't release the name or any details about the performer.
This is the industry's first reported case of HIV in 2014 after three in 2013.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which successfully fought to require condoms for porn actors in Los Angeles city and county, calls it "tragic" repeat of last year's cases and says it underscores the need for statewide action.
VICE PRINCIPAL-GUN ARREST
Police release Bakersfield vice principal with gun
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Bakersfield police say they arrested a vice principal for taking a gun on to the campus of his junior high school, but later released him after determining he broke no laws.
Sgt. Joe Grubbs says 51-year-old Kent Williams was released Thursday afternoon when police learned his concealed weapons permit allowed him to carry the gun on campus.
Grubbs says the district had contacted police, and when an officer approached Williams at Tevis Junior High he said the gun was in his backpack and was cooperative when he was booked.
Williams was placed on administrative leave by the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.
Assistant Superintendent Gerrie Kincaid tells the Bakersfield Californian Williams still violated district policy by not getting permission to carry a concealed weapon on campus.
Williams could not immediately be reached for comment.
Woman charged in Los Angeles suburb church arsons
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - A woman has been charged with setting seven fires - including two at churches - in a Los Angeles suburb.
Sixty-three-year-old Barbara Nania was charged Thursday with seven counts of arson and one count of terrorism. She's jailed and it wasn't immediately known whether she had a lawyer.
Prosecutors say Nania set the fires in El Segundo, where she lives.
The fires were set in or near stores and at least two churches. Authorities say in one case, Nania started a fire in the lobby of an Episcopal church during a service but parishioners put it out.
The fires didn't cause much damage and authorities haven't said what prompted the attacks.
If convicted, Nania faces up to 13 years and four months in state prison.
Los Angeles utility worker shocked by power line
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee is in critical condition after he was shocked by a 4,800-volt power line.
The agency says the employee was working on overhead electrical lines in Encino when he touched a wire shortly before 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
The agency says the man was rescued by co-workers and paramedics.
City News Service says he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
About 460 customers were briefly left without power after the accident.
Movie academy to honor Belafonte, O'Hara
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Harry Belafonte and Maureen O'Hara are among those who will be honored by the motion picture academy's board of governors.
The academy said Thursday that Belafonte will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the academy's sixth annual Governors Awards on Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.
Actor-singer Belafonte, 87, is being recognized for his dedication to shedding light on racism and inequality worldwide, the academy said.
Actress O'Hara, 94, whose films include "The Quiet Man," will join artist and animated filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere in receiving honorary Academy Award statuettes for lifetime achievement.
Miyazaki is the Oscar-winning creator of "Spirited Away." Carriere's four Oscar nominations include one for "That Obscure Object of Desire," and he won for a live action short, "Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)."
Plane stowaway arrested in Phoenix says she's ill
PHOENIX (AP) - A woman accused of trying to sneak aboard multiple flights without a ticket and arrested at a Phoenix airport this week says she suffers from an unrecognized mental illness.
Marilyn Jean Hartman gave teary, often rambling explanations for her behavior Thursday at a Phoenix jail.
The 62-year-old Hartman says she's homeless, suffers from "whistleblower trauma syndrome" and has been medically diagnosed with major depression.
She was arrested Tuesday near baggage claim at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on suspicion of criminal trespass.
Hartman says her last psychological evaluation occurred about a year ago. Phoenix police are requesting a mental-health evaluation for her.
Hartman recently was sentenced to 117 days in jail for violating probation by returning to Los Angeles International Airport, but she was released Aug. 16 because of overcrowding.
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