Friday, January 10
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — A gang member convicted of killing a popular Santa Monica High School student taunted the victim's mother before being sentenced to life in prison. The LA Times reports a judge admonished Jose Zapien after he smirked and chuckled during a tearful courtroom statement yesterday by Armita Lopez, the mother of 15-year-old Eduardo Lopez. Minutes later the judge sentenced the 25-year-old with tattoos on his head to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 95 years.
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — The northbound and southbound lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County have been closed by a rockslide. Deputies say a large boulder and other debris fell into lanes at 4 a.m. near Dana Point Harbor Drive. A 13 mile stretch of PCH is closed from Dana Point Harbor Drive north to El Camino Real.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles airport policeman who sexually assaulted a woman waiting to board a flight has been sentenced to four years in state prison. The LA County district attorney's office says 56-year-old Michael Staunton was sentenced yesterday and ordered to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors say he was on duty at LAX in 2011 when he took a 25-year-old woman into a secured storage area and sexually assaulted her.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres say a public memorial service for Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman will be held Jan. 18 at Petco Park. Coleman died Sunday at 89. He spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster, and managed the team in 1980. He won four World Series titles as a player with the New York Yankees and interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea.