Former LAPD officer pleads not guilty to sex with girl, 15
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles police officer has pleaded not guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old girl who was in the LAPD’s cadet program.
City News Service says Robert Cain entered pleas Tuesday to unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation involving a person under 16 and committing lewd acts on a child.
Prosecutors say Cain, a 10-year veteran, had a relationship with the girl last June.
Cain’s arrest resulted after police uncovered a scandal in which cadets were joyriding in police cars, using stun guns and other equipment and impersonating officers.
If convicted, Cain could face up to seven years and eight months in state prison.
He’s already been sentenced to two years in county jail on weapons violations stemming from a search of his home.
►3 SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING GUNS FROM
NEVADA TO CALIFORNIA: OAKLAND (AP) — Federal officials say three people have been sentenced for illegally buying firearms in Nevada and selling them in Northern California.
The U.S. Department of Justice says 27-year-old Richard Straight, of Oakland, California, 26-year-old Jenna Allec, of Oakland, and 32-year-old Kenneth Lee Kemp, of Elko, Nevada, pleaded guilty in September in exchange for shorter sentences.
Prosecutors say Straight admitted acting as the middleman in the sale of at least 39 firearms in Nevada. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison.
Kemp was sentenced to 14 months in prison after pleading guilty to buying about 21 firearms in the Reno area and selling them in Oakland.
Officials say Allec was sentenced to four years’ probation after admitting to illegally selling 18 firearms purchased in Nevada.
►WALGREENS TO PAY $2M TO SETTLE SUIT OVER
EXPIRED BABY FOOD: SAN JOSE (AP) — Authorities say Walgreens has agreed to pay more than $2 million to three Northern California counties to settle a lawsuit alleging the Illinois-based company was selling expired baby food, infant formula and over-the counter drugs.
The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday Walgreens will pay $2,250,000 in costs and penalties to Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties as part of the settlement. The company, which did not admit liability, also agreed to have employees remove expired items from the shelves and post signs asking customers to check expirations dates.
Investigators also found the chain with more than 600 stores in California charged customers more than the posted price for items.
The company says in a statement it will continue working with California authorities.
►SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVER PINS BABY IN
STROLLER AGAINST WALL: GLENDALE (AP) — Southern California authorities say a suspected drunken driver was arrested after his car jumped a sidewalk and pinned a stroller carrying an 11-month-old baby against a building.
Police say the child was not hurt in the Saturday evening crash in Glendale. An adult and a 7-year-old suffered minor injuries when they jumped out of the way as the Camaro careened toward them.
Sgt. Dan Suttles said the Camaro was involved in a hit-and-run incident earlier in the evening when it crashed into a vehicle nearby.
The newspaper reports Monday that the driver could face charges including DUI and hit-and-run.
►MAN SHOT AFTER CHASING CAR BURGLARY
SUSPECT NEAR LA: ORANGE (AP) — Police say a man was shot and wounded by someone he found burglarizing his car outside his Southern California home.
Investigators in the city of Orange say the resident chased the thief for two blocks before dawn Monday when the suspect opened fire. The man was shot once and hospitalized in stable condition.
KABC-TV reports surveillance footage from the area shows the suspect walking from car to car, appearing to case the neighborhood looking for something to steal.
► COURT UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF RANGER’S
CLAIM FOR DORNER REWARD: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state appellate court has upheld a judge’s dismissal of claims against Los Angeles and other cities by a camp ranger who felt he deserved reward money for helping locate fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
City News Service reports the 2nd District Court of Appeal found Monday that the judge was right to decide that Richard Heltebrake’s claims were without merit. Heltebrake said he alerted authorities when he was carjacked by the ex-Los Angeles police officer.
Authorities say Dorner killed four people and engaged in a standoff with police before killing himself in a burning cabin in the San Bernardino mountains five years ago.
►POLICE: CELLPHONE STORE ROBBER MAY HAVE
ROBBED 40 STORES: FONTANA (AP) — Authorities say a man they suspect robbed two Southern California cellphone stores this month may be responsible for more than 40 robberies throughout San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties in the past eight months.
The Press-Enterprise reports the Fontana Police Department released several images Monday afternoon from surveillance footage showing the suspect, including a few close-up shots of his clothing.
Police believe the man robbed two Fontana Metro PCS store locations Saturday and Monday. Authorities say he was armed with a handgun during one of the robberies.
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