MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife rescuers say three sea lions that washed ashore in Malibu earlier this month died of gunshot wounds. Jonsie Ross with the California Wildfire Center tells KCBS-TV that sea lion shootings happen every year in October when squid fishing season begins. Lights that fishermen use to attract squid also attract sea lions. Fishermen are allowed to use nonlethal means to scare away the sea lions. The California Wetfish Producers Association said fishermen who recently worked in Malibu are unaware of any shootings.
CHINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Chino say three children have shrapnel injuries after a classmate pulled the trigger of an assault rifle mounted on a police motorcycle during a school assembly. Chino police say the AR-15 was locked to the side of the motorcycle that was on display at Newman Elementary School yesterday during an anti-drug program when a student managed to fire it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck explosion that shattered windows in North Hollywood was sparked when a man huffing propane inside the cab plugged in his cellphone charger. The LA Times says the man's scalp and face were burned when he turned himself in to police yesterday. He was not arrested. The truck had its roof blown off. Some residents living within a square block of the explosion were briefly evacuated.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are looking for the driver of a 2007 Mazda SUV that flew off an off-ramp of the 110 freeway in Los Angeles and plowed through two backyards. City News Service reports a witness says the driver ran off after being confronted by a resident in the Pico-Union district last night. Police checked area hospitals for the driver after blood was found on the front seat of the abandoned vehicle.