Lancaster man fatally shoots next-door neighbor
Single father of two
LANCASTER, Caif.—A man suspected of fatally shooting his next-door neighbor at the victim's house in Lancaster was in sheriff's custody today, authorities said.
The violence flared in the 38600 block of 159th Street East around 7:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, said Deputy Peter Gomez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.
Michael Norton, 58, was booked on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail, the sheriff's department reported.
The suspect, who lives next door to the victim, was taken from the scene in handcuffs, a news photographer reported from the scene.
The victim was a single father who lived at the house with his two daughters, said a sheriff's homicide detective at the scene. At least one of the daughters, a 14-year-old, was at the home at the time of the shooting, the detective said.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Authorities today identified a man who was fatally shot by Inglewood police after he allegedly smashed the windows of eight squad cars with a sword in a police station parking lot.
The shooting occurred Saturday night, after the man damaged the vehicles using a sword that was thicker and heavier than a machete, police said. The dead man was identified as Charles Curl, 46, of Los Angeles, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.
LANCASTER, Calif. — A registered sex offender accused of using a cellphone camera to capture video up hundreds of women’s skirts in Lancaster and elsewhere in Los Angeles County was in custody and facing prosecution, authorities said.
Students to senior citizens are eligible to be volunteer docents at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.
Docent opportunities include staffing the visitor center and gift shop, walking the trails, leading tours, and other activities from March through May.
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an “elevated fire danger” falling short of red flag conditions.
“A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday,” noted an NWS advisory.
Lancaster’s Human Relations Tapestry Commission, in collaboration with the BLVD Association, celebrated Cinco de Mayo with special festivities at the BLVD Farmers’ Market Thursday. At that time, the Farmers’ Market also switched to its summer schedule, 4-9 p.m.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is observed as a celebration of Latino heritage and pride. The Farmers’ Market featured live entertainment on the Bex Stage, including Latin music.