Monday, December 30, 2013
CAR IN HOUSE
Car plows into bedroom in Calif., killing man
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man arrested after a fatal car crash into the front of a Southern California home was convicted in 2010 of driving under the influence.
Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says authorities were called shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday after a suspected drunk driver drove a car into the front bedroom of a house in Mission Viejo.
Hallock says a man lying in bed was killed in the crash. He was not immediately identified.
Hallock says 27-year-old Kourosh Keshmiri has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.
It wasn't immediately clear how fast the car was going downhill when it jumped the curb and landed inside the house.
A message was left for Keshmiri's attorney wasn't immediately returned.
VAN CRASH-WOMAN KILLED
1 killed, 6 injured in Northern Calif. van crash
AUBURN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said a 90-year-old Northern California woman was killed and six others were injured when the van they were in struck another car, went down an embankment and caught fire.
California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Nave said people were returning from a trip to Reno on Interstate 80 Sunday when the brakes in Chevy Astro apparently gave out.
The driver turned off the highway toward a dead end street near Gold Run in Placer County, but the van struck another car at the end of the road and rolled downhill.
The Sacramento Bee reports 90-year-old Frances Sevilla was killed in the crash. Two were airlifted to the hospital, and the others in the van suffered moderate injuries.
Man who died in CA skydiving accident identified
PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A man who died in a Southern California skydiving accident has been identified as a trainer of military skydivers from Arizona.
The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office identified the victim of Friday's accident in Perris as 29-year-old Jason Granger of Yuma, Ariz.
Skydive Perris manager Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger was a highly-qualified skydiver who trained members of the military in free fall skills.
Brodsky-Chenfeld says Granger had traveled to the popular Southern California skydiving spot with his wife and family to make the jump. The manager says when Granger neared landing he made a turn too low to the ground and crashed.
Brodsky-Chenfeld says the weather was clear and his equipment was fine.
Military officials were unable to provide additional information.
NJ man sues electric motorcycle co. he co-founded
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com)
FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who co-founded a company that makes electric motorcycles is being sued by the company over stock shares.
Fort Lee resident Vincent Ip co-founded Mission Motorcycles of San Francisco. The company makes high-end, electric-powered motorcycles that Time magazine calls one of the top inventions of 2013.
Ip was terminated in November for what the company's lawsuit calls unprofessional behavior including physical threats.
The company claims a stock purchase agreement gives it the right to buy back most of Ip's 300,000 shares of stock. But the suit says Ip claims the agreement is invalid because he signed it under duress.
An attorney representing Ip tells The Record of Woodland Park (http://bit.ly/1cgDzML) that the lawsuit is a bullying tactic by the company and that Ip plans to countersue.
Frank Sinatra's former valet dies at 87
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — George Jacobs, who was Frank Sinatra's valet and confidant for 15 years, has died.
Jacobs' son, Snake Jagger, says his father died of natural causes in Palm Springs Saturday night. He was 87.
Jacobs was working for Hollywood dealmaker Irving "Swifty" Lazar in 1953 when Sinatra hired and entrusted him with his personal affairs. Jacobs' 2003 book, "Mr. S: My Life with Frank Sinatra," gives an insider's look into the crooner's life, his women and his dealings with the Kennedys, the Rat Pack and the mob.
Jacobs said he was fired after the gossip columns reported about him dancing at a nightclub with Sinatra's then-wife, Mia Farrow. Despite Ol' Blue Eyes' temper tantrums, Jacobs wrote that his boss treated him well.
Jacobs was survived by four sons and two daughters.