California killer faces additional death sentences
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A former pizza delivery man on death row as one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history faces additional death sentences.
Chester D. Turner is set to be sentenced Friday for his role in what were known as the "Southside Slayer" killings. The deaths during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s were once thought to be the work of one man.
The 47-year-old Turner is one of three men now blamed for the murders of women who typically were raped and strangled. Many were prostitutes.
Turner is already on death row for 10 murders. He was convicted in June of four additional slayings between 1987 and 1997. Jurors decided he should get the death penalty, but it's up to a judge to impose it.
Repairing burst Los Angeles main could take days
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Crews have begun removing cars trapped by flooding from a broken water line on the University of California, Los Angeles campus.
Repair crews are shoring up a giant hole in the middle of Sunset Boulevard caused by a ruptured pipe, as officials at UCLA continue to assess damage from the 20 million gallons that inthe campus.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers are reinforcing the excavated 56-by-41-foot crater and making the site safe for crews.
UCLA officials said six facilities were damaged in Tuesday's flooding.
About 960 vehicles were trapped in garages, with many below water left behind by the roiling flood. On Thursday night removal began of about 270 cars that were on upper levels and not damaged by water.
FATAL BOAT CRASH
1 dead in San Diego County lake boat crash
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed, another is believed missing, and two others were injured when two boats collided on San Diego County's El Capitan Reservoir.
U-T San Diego reports all occupants of both boats were knocked into the water in the crash Thursday evening.
Lifeguard Capt. Nick Lerma says a 16-to 20-foot Ranger bass fishing boat was reportedly moving at a high speed when it hit a smaller, stationary vessel.
Lerma says one person from the Ranger died and a second persona believed to have been on board was missing.
The two male occupants of the smaller boat suffered minor injuries and were taken by paramedics to a San Diego trauma center.
A helicopter search for the missing person was suspended at dark but was expected to resume Friday morning.
FRESNO POLICE CAMERAS
Fresno buying 100 on-body cameras for officers
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno officials have approved the purchase of 100 on-body cameras for police officers.
The Fresno Bee reports the City Council voted Thursday to buy the Axon Flex cameras.
The total cost of nearly $160,000 - with $70,000 from a state grant and the rest from the city - includes video storage.
Chief Jerry Dyer says the cameras, which will arrive in a month, will record officers' interaction with citizens.
He says such a record will improve the public's trust in police performance.
Dyer says his goal is to eventually have all 715 officers wearing cameras.
LOST LAPD SHOTGUN
LAPD searching for gun that fell off police cycle
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles police are searching for a shotgun that fell off an officer's motorcycle.
Officials say the gun's locking mechanism broke and the gun fell off Thursday near South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Several blocks of the South LA neighborhood were briefly shut down as officers searched for the shotgun.
It is unclear if the gun was loaded.
Police say as of Friday morning the gun has not been located.
Suspect in grandmother's death to be tried
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno man who told detectives he strangled his 78-year-old grandmother will be tried on a murder charge.
The Fresno Bee reports that a Superior Court judge ordered 24-year-old Travis Fendley to stand trial after a police detective testified that the suspect confessed to the strangling.
Defense lawyer Jane Boulger said her client never intended to kill his grandmother because he suffers from several mental disorders, including schizophrenia, and hears voices.
Police say after allegedly killing 78-year-old Joyce Frazier in December 2012, Fendley walked to his mother's home and stole her car. He was found in Merced County later that day after he crashed the vehicle.
Because of his mental condition, Fendley has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
If convicted, he faces a minimum of 15 years to life in prison.
Michigan man to have surgery for rare condition
BURLINGTON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man is scheduled for surgery later this month in California on his abnormally large scrotum, the result of a rare condition.
Dan Maurer's scrotum has grown to a size that makes it impossible for him to work or walk more than 40 feet at a time. It is agonizing for him to drive.
Though variously estimated at 50 to 75 pounds, the Burlington resident says he doesn't know how big his scrotum is anymore.
He tells the Battle Creek Enquirer "it's depressing enough without weighing it."
Maurer's surgery is set for Aug. 28, a date set by Dr. Joel Gelman of the University of California-Irvine, who has experience performing an operation to treat the condition, called scrotal lymphedema.
The procedure could take up to 12 hours.
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