SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORM
Cold storm brings snow to S. Calif. mountains
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Skies are clearing and chilly in the wake of a blustery storm that brought an early October snowfall to Southern California mountains and showers and isolated thunderstorms elsewhere.
The storm that swept through Wednesday and early Thursday brought less than a tenth of an inch of rain to most locations.
But the National Weather Service says some areas received greater amounts, including up to three-quarters of an inch in the San Gabriel Mountains.
To the east, in the Big Bear ski resort region of the San Bernardino Mountains, Caltrans says chains are required on most vehicles on a stretch of State Route 18.
Wednesday's high in downtown Los Angeles was 29 degrees below Sunday's maximum of 93. The average October high is 79 degrees.
MISSING PLANE FOUND
Missing plane found in San Diego County mountains
(Information in the following story is from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com)
JULIAN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when their small plane crashed in the mountains near Julian.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said the single-engine Piper Mooney went missing and was discovered early Thursday after a ground search.
The U-T San Diego reports the plane left Palm Springs Wednesday and was headed for Gillespie Field when it lost contact.
Weather forecasters said there were gusty winds in the area, forcing sheriff's deputies to suspend their helicopter search.
A search-and-rescue team found the wreckage shortly before 1 a.m. in the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve, north of Julian.
The victims' names were not immediately released.
Plea hearing in Oregon for ecoterrorism suspect
(Information in the following story is from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman accused of taking part in ecoterrorism firebombings is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday in federal court in Portland, Ore.
The Oregonian reports 40-year-old Rebecca Rubin is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy and arson charges.
She was a fugitive from December 2005 to last November, when her mother drove her from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the U.S. border at Blaine, Wash. She surrendered to the FBI for her role with the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front.
Investigators blame the groups for 20 fires across the West from 1996 to 2001 that did $40 million in damage. They burned a ski resort in Colorado, wild horse corrals in Oregon and Northern California, and lumber mills and Forest Service offices in Oregon.
Jury deadlocked in Fresno attempted murder case
(Information in the following story is from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of shooting and wounding her parents as they slept.
Jurors on Wednesday told Fresno County Superior Court Judge John Vogt that they were deadlocked in the trial of 25-year-old Lisa Alarcon, who faced attempted murder charges.
The Fresno Bee reports Alarcon smiled but otherwise showed little emotion.
Alarcon's parents were shot in the legs last year as they slept. They were treated their wounds at the hospital.
Prosecutors said Alarcon borrowed a gun from her boyfriend and fired shots through the window. During the trial, Alarcon testified that she didn't shoot her parents.