EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - A security guard at the Los Angeles Lakers' training center has been charged with stealing two NBA championship rings last week. El Segundo police say Eddie Monterroso has been charged with felony grand theft and burglary. He's accused of taking the rings and gift cards valued at nearly $20,000. Police could not say who the rings belonged to.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - A luxury used car dealer in Northern California faces prison time after pleading no contest to defrauding customers of more than $1 million in cash and cars. Santa Clara County prosecutors say Wisal Ameen, also known as Andy Paul, ran Sunnyvale Motorcars and would promise to pay sellers after he sold their cars for them. But instead he would pocket the money he received.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Fifteen California counties are in line to split $500 million in state-issued bonds to upgrade jails and build classrooms for inmate rehabilitation programs. Corrections officials said yesterday that they'll vote on allocating the money next month. For the first time, the counties had to detail how part of the money would be used for efforts to keep offenders from committing new crimes.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A female orangutan that was recently brought to the Kansas City Zoo has died unexpectedly. The Kansas City Star reports the 24-year-old ape named Intan was brought to the zoo last month from Los Angeles for breeding. Zoo officials say the animal likely died of heart failure, but tests are pending.
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