Thursday, December 26, 2013
TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL
Family of brain-dead Calif. girl weighs aid offers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a 13-year-old Northern California girl who was declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy are debating whether to accept offers from nursing homes and other groups that have proposed moving the child so she can be kept on life support.
The lawyer for Jahi McMath's family, Christopher Dolan, told the Oakland Tribune on Thursday that a religious group with a facility in New York is among the organizations that have offered to care for the girl.
Dolan says the family is also discussing if it should accept the opinions of doctors who say Jahi has no chance of recovering, or if it should appeal a judge's decision that will allow Children's Hospital Oakland to remove her from the ventilator that is keeping her body functioning.
Suspect in LA airport shooting pleads not guilty
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — The man authorities say killed a TSA screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at LAX last month has pleaded not guilty to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.
Paul Ciancia (see-AHN'-see-uh), who was wounded before his arrest, occasionally touched a bandage on his neck and spoke in a hoarse voice during a three-minute arraignment on Thursday. He went before a federal magistrate at the West Valley Detention Center east of Los Angeles where there is a medical facility.
The diminutive defendant acknowledged his name in a near-whisper and that he had read his 11-count indictment.
Trial was set for Feb. 11 in a downtown Los Angeles federal court.
Authorities say the unemployed motorcycle mechanic arrived at the airport's Terminal 3 on Nov. 1 with the intention of killing TSA workers.
BIZARRE CHRISTMAS EVE ATTACK
Calif. man arrested in bizarre Xmas Eve attack
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of attacking his roommate on Christmas Eve and threatening to eat her before killing her dog.
The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that deputies were dispatched to a Santa Rosa home at about 6:30 on Dec. 24 to investigate a report of a disturbance. When they arrived, the victim said her roommate, 35-year-old Alan Evans, had grabbed her head, pulled her hair and slapped her before threatening to kill and "eat her." She then ran to a neighbor's house where she called authorities.
Deputies found the victim's dog — stabbed to death — under Evans's vehicle.
Evans was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, battery, terrorist threats and cruelty to an animal. His bail has been set at $250,000.
Man fatally shot by police on Calif. school campus
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Police have fatally shot a 19-year-old man after he allegedly set fire to his ex-girlfriend's Los Angeles-area apartment with their 2-year-old son inside and made threats to kill officers.
Torrance police Sgt. Robert Watt says Asa Dolak was killed Thursday after police found him in the girls' bathroom at Madrona Middle School armed with a knife. School was not in session. He fled and was shot in the school yard.
Police allege that Dolak set his ex-girlfriend's place on fire at 12:15 a.m. after a Christmas argument spiraled out of control. Firefighters rescued their son, who was taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Dolak then allegedly drove to his mother's house four miles away and set it on fire. She wasn't home.
The shooting is under investigation.
CHILD ORGAN DONOR
Girl who died on Christmas Eve becomes organ donor
(Information in the following story is from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com)
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Amid the unspeakable grief of losing a child on Christmas Eve, a Central California couple has made the decision to donate their daughter's organs so other parents can avoid the kind of pain they are experiencing.
Manteca resident Tony Izzo tells The Modesto Bee that doctors at UC Davis Medical Center on Thursday were harvesting the heart and other organs from the body of his 9-year-old daughter, Mariah.
The girl suffered catastrophic brain injuries on Monday while riding in a small SUV being driven by her aunt. A larger SUV slammed into the vehicle while it was stopped at a red light.
Mariah was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Her father says her organs will go to at least five other people. He says Mariah is his little hero.
'Booty Call,' 'Above the Rim' director dies at 54
HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A producer of TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and writer-director of "Above the Rim" has died.
Police say Jeffrey Ian Pollack was found collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Pollack was 54.
Authorities said Thursday they do not suspect foul play. Pollack was wearing jogging clothes and carrying an iPod when a passer-by discovered him and contacted police.
Pollack produced several seasons of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," as well as a Jennifer Lopez concert documentary. Besides "Above the Rim," Pollack directed the films "Booty Call" and "Lost & Found."