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Jul 212013
 

KABC(SANTA ANA, Calif.) — A 10-year-old Santa Ana, Calif., boy is in protective custody after his mother allegedly shackled chains around his ankles as a way to keep him inside the house and out of trouble, police said.

Irma Navarro, 37, was arrested and faces charges of child abuse after neighbors found her son lying on the ground next to a tree outside the family’s apartment with a chain wrapped around his legs.

Two women walking by the apartment complex saw the boy crying on the ground with a chain around his ankles and both of his legs crammed into one leg of a pair of shorts Thursday morning, Santa Ana Police Department spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told ABCNews.com.

When he told them his mother had shackled his legs, they called the police.

Bertagna said the boy was able to free himself from the apartment and had hopped out to the front courtyard of the complex to get help.

“He was on the ground and could definitely see a lot of fear in him, and he was crying,” neighbor Jose Salinas told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV. “He had the chains around his ankles. I even noticed his pants when they were on, it looked like one pant leg.”

Bertagna said Navarro was concerned her son was getting involved with gangs in the neighborhood. She left the 10-year-old in the apartment with food and a game to play at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, he said.

“She was having a problem with her 10-year-old, who takes off and doesn’t come back until 9 or 10 at night. She’s afraid he’s getting tied up into gangs,” he said. “It was a matter of frustration on her part, but it doesn’t justify committing a crime. That doesn’t justify shackling your kid.

“My understanding is that she bought the chains about a week ago,” Bertagna said. “A couple of days before, she tried it around his wrists but it didn’t work, so she tried it around his ankles.”

Bertagna said Navarro is a single mother of three. Her older child was in school, while her younger child was with a babysitter at the time of the incident, he said.

Navarro, who works as a house cleaner, told police she couldn’t afford to get a babysitter for two kids, Bertagna said.

Navarro was booked into custody at the Santa Ana Jail on a charge of willful cruelty to a child. Her bail was set at $100,000, Bertagna said. She is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.

All three children were taken by child protective services to the Orangewood Children’s Home in Orange, Calif., Bertagna said.

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Jul 042013
 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Lawmakers in California have approved a bill that would let transgender students choose which restroom they use.
 
If signed by Governor Jerry Brown it would mark the first time a state has mandated that K-12 schools let transgender students choose, on their own, which restrooms they use — and which sports teams – male or female they join. The bill allows the choice to be made based on gender identity instead of chromosomes.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the proposal aims to diminish bullying of transgender students.

Opponents of the bill say that California is going too far with the proposed legislation. State Sen. Jim Nielsen said that he believes that the regulation would make some students who don’t want to share a restroom with members of the opposite sex uncomfortable.

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Jun 082013
 

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department(LANCASTER, Calif.) — A startled woman in Lancaster, Calif., called 911 Tuesday morning after seeing an alligator on the side of the road.

“I just saw a couple of girls carrying an alligator!” the woman told a 911 dispatcher.

The alligator was being transported in a van when it went to the bathroom in its cage. In order to clean out the cage, two females removed the alligator from the van.

“Could it have been a lizard?” a 911 dispatcher asked the woman.

“No it was like 4 feet long!” the woman said.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement, “The caller feared that the female was about to abandon the beast in the desert.”

LASD deputies stopped the van to learn that the females were part of the “Zoo to You” program in Paso Robles, Calif. Deputies also found a baby kangaroo in the same van. The women planned to show the animals to the students of Quartz Hill Elementary School.

But on Tuesday morning, the alligator and baby kangaroo were stars in Lancaster as deputies took pictures of the animals before sending them on their way.

The deputies parted ways after saying “see you later alligator,” according to an L.A. County Sheriff’s statement.

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Jun 022013
 

Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register/Zuma/Newscom(SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.) — As Marion Shurtleff was on her way out a bookstore in San Clemente, Calif., she remembered that she had meant to buy a few extra Bibles for her Bible study group.

Shurtleff, 75, asked an employee if the store had used Bibles and he pointed her in the right direction. There were four or five versions, so she quickly picked two, paid and left.

She noticed later on that one of the Bibles had some folded yellow papers inside but thought nothing of them until about two months later when she found herself with some free time and decided to take a look at the papers.

What she found floored her.

“I opened it up and on the inside facing page…I started shaking,” Shurtleff told ABC News. “There was my name and my telephone number and I recognized my handwriting.”

There were three pages of thin yellow paper with a Girl Scout essay written in pencil. Shurtleff wrote it 65 years ago when was 10 years old.

“When you’re a Girl Scout and you apply for a badge, you use your Girl Scout handbook and write a report on the requirements,” she said. “This was for the Foot Traveler’s Badge.”

The paper described a day-long adventure in which Shurtleff and a few other girls had chronicled walking “a lot of different places” and how long it took them to get from place to place in her then home of Covington, Ky., which she left in 1963.

Covington is more than 2,000 miles away from San Clemente.

She wrote about the items she carried and different rules like, “Don’t walk on the grass” and “Don’t harm the bark of a tree.”

At the end of the day she had taken the street car home, she wrote.

“I was amazed,” Shurtleff said of finding and reading the pages. “I was stunned. I shook. I cried. I had goosebumps.”

She now calls the event her “OMG story,” since she said all of her friends have reacted to the story by exclaiming, “Oh my God!”

She didn’t recognize the Bible and saw that it had been printed in 1986, long after she wrote the essay.

“The Bible wasn’t mine and the Bible was printed in 1986 so it’s not that old,” she said. “Where the document was from the time I wrote it until 1986, I still have no idea.”

Shurtleff wanted to solve the mystery of who had saved her Girl Scouts paper. She went back to the bookstore and asked if they could tell her who donated the Bible.

They said privacy rules prevented them from giving her the person’s name or contact information but if she wanted to write a letter, they would pass it along.

With the help of some local media, Shurtleff eventually connected with the woman who had donated the Bible.

“When I contacted the lady who had donated and she remembered the Bible and she remembered turning it in, but she and her husband had talked about it and didn’t remember anything in the Bible,” Shurtleff said.

When asked about the possibility that maybe she had the papers all along and they had found their way into the Bible, Shurtleff said she had ruled that out.

She said she has moved around the country many times throughout her life and kept her possessions to a bare minimum.

“I didn’t keep anything sentimental and the number of times I moved…I have been down to almost not taking anything with me so I would have known if I had that in my possession,” she said.

Shurtleff said that she believes her former Scout leader in Kentucky has since passed away so her only clue is the name “Bonnie Gene Edwards,” who signed the end of the paper and wrote “okay.” She doesn’t know if Edwards is someone from her school, a fellow Scout or another Scout leader.

Shurtleff has been in touch with the coordinator of her class reunions who is sending her the classbook to see if she might recognize anyone else in it who might have an idea.

In the meantime, Shurtleff said she’s taking the wandering papers as a sign from God.

“I guess God wanted me to have this and maybe it was supposed to remind me of an earlier time in my life or just let us know that strange things happen and we should believe,” she said.

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May 282013
 

Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images(OCEANSIDE, Calif.) — As I Lay Dying lead singer Tim Lambesis is set to appear in court on Tuesday, weeks after his lawyer linked the rocker’s steroid use to his alleged attempt to arrange the murder of his estranged wife.

Lambesis, 32, was arrested May 7 in Oceanside, Calif., and charged with soliciting the murder of his wife Meggan Lambesis, who resides in Encinitas, Calif. Tim Lambesis remains behind bars on $2 million bail and has pleaded not guilty.

Thomas Warwick, the rocker’s lawyer, blamed steroids, saying Lambesis was mentally unstable when he asked an undercover detective to kill his wife. He said Lambesis’ thoughts were “devastatingly affected” by the drugs.

“His thought process was dramatically impacted by the steroid use,” Warwick said in a Vista, Calif., courtroom on May 17 during a bail hearing.

Once Lambesis began working out, the steroid use began and the singer known for his head-banging music with a Christian twist lost his faith in God, Warwick said.

Prosecutors don’t buy the “roid rage” defense and say the singer knew exactly what he was doing and his estranged wife now lives in fear.

“She is living petrified, not knowing, ‘Can I come out, who else is out there?’” Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso said.

A 2008 video of Lambesis on the television show L.A. Ink shows a much skinnier body compared with a 2013 video of the rocker working out in the gym on his personal YouTube page.

“Anabolic steroids lead to an increase of testosterone hormone in blood, but it is very complex and it is not a direct cause-and-effect scenario,” ABC News senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton said.

Authorities began investigating Lambesis about a week prior to his arrest after they said they got word he was allegedly trying to find someone to kill his wife at a local gym. Grasso said Lambesis later met with the undercover agent posing as a hit man and gave him $1,000 and instructions on how best to kill his wife.

Meggan Lambesis served her rocker husband with divorce papers in September 2012, according to court records. The couple has three adopted children from Ethiopia.

Tim Lambesis is a founding member of the metalcore band that formed in 2000 in San Diego. As I Lay Dying’s 2007 album An Ocean Between Us hit number 8 on the Billboard 200, and no. 1 on the Top Rock chart. The group was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award for the song “Nothing Left” from the album. The band has released six albums.

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