Jury urges death for killer of family of 4 found in desert

U.S. 06/24/19, 18:45

A jury on Monday recommended the death penalty for a Southern California man convicted of killing a family of four with a sledgehammer and burying their bodies in shallow desert graves. Jurors in San Bernardino made the recommendation for Charles "Chase" Merritt, 62, in a case that puzzled investigators for years ...

California man guilty of killing family of 4 found in desert

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:15

A Southern California man was convicted Monday of killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert, a case that puzzled investigators for years after the family suddenly vanished from their home in 2010. After a trial that spanned more than four months and depended largely on circumstantial ...

Update: Man convicted of killing family found in desert

U.S. 06/10/19, 12:15

The Latest on the killings of a family of four found buried in the California desert (all times local):10:15 a.m.A Southern California man has been convicted of killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert.FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2013, file photo, residents of Victorville, ...

Charges against alleged white supremacists tossed by judge

U.S. 06/04/19, 20:50

Federal charges against three alleged members of a violent white supremacist group accused of inciting violence at California political rallies were dismissed by a judge who found their actions amounted to constitutionally protected free speech.Prosecutors said members of the Rise Above Movement conspired to riot by using the internet to ...

Jury weighs case of man charged with killing family of 4

U.S. 06/03/19, 12:10

Jury deliberations have resumed in the trial of a Southern California man charged with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert.Jurors last Thursday got the case brought by San Bernardino County prosecutors against 62-year-old Charles "Chase" Merritt. The jury was off Friday and deliberations started ...

Jury weighs case of man charged with killing family of 4

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:16

A jury on Thursday began deliberations in the trial of a Southern California man charged with killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the desert.Jurors are weighing the case brought by San Bernardino County prosecutors against 62-year-old Charles "Chase" Merritt for the alleged murders of his business ...

Eagle chick seen on internet cam dies after California storm

U.S. 05/28/19, 11:09

Late season rain and snow were apparently too much for a bald eagle chick in a Southern California forest nest watched by a popular internet camera .The death of the chick named Cookie was announced Monday by the environmental advocacy group Friends of Big Bear Valley and the San Bernardino ...

Gun buyer in San Bernardino attack wants to pull guilty plea

U.S. 05/22/19, 16:27

The man accused of buying the rifles a husband and wife used to kill 14 people in the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2015 will ask to withdraw his guilty plea.Enrique Marquez's lawyer submitted papers Wednesday with the federal court in Riverside saying his client will file a motion under ...

Update: 2nd eagle egg hatches in California mountains

U.S. 04/15/19, 13:29

The Latest on bald eagles in Southern California (all times local):11:25 a.m.Viewers of an online live feed witnessed the second of two bald eagle eggs hatching in Southern California mountains.The first chick poked its head out of the shell Sunday in the nest near Big Bear Lake. Its fuzzy gray ...

Animals killed in fire at California reptile museum

U.S. 03/14/19, 20:38

Authorities say small animals including turtles, snakes and parakeets are feared dead in a fire at a Southern California reptile museum.Jenny Smith with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department tells the Los Angeles Times that firefighters on Thursday were able to rescue some macaws and African grey parrots.Crews responding shortly ...

Bald eagle lays second egg in Southern California mountains

U.S. 03/11/19, 14:50

A second egg has been laid in a nest shared by two bald eagles in Southern California and nature lovers will anxiously watch for the hatchings via an online live feed .The first egg arrived March 6, followed by the second one on Saturday. The U.S. Forest Service says the ...

Bald eagle lays egg in Southern California mountains

U.S. 03/07/19, 17:08

An egg has been laid in a nest shared by two bald eagles in Southern California and nature lovers will anxiously watch for the hatching via an online live feed .U.S. Forest Service biologist Robin Eliason said Wednesday that the parents will share incubation duties for the next month or ...

Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

U.S. 02/17/19, 15:56

Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert.The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains.San Bernardino County firefighters found the large mountain lion perched on a ...

Update: Trial underway for man accused of killing 4

U.S. 01/07/19, 16:14

The Latest on the trial of a California man charged with killing a family of four (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Opening statements are underway in the trial of a Southern California man accused of beating a family of four to death with a sledgehammer and burying them in the desert. Prosecutors made ...

California man on trial for alleged murder of family of 4

U.S. 01/07/19, 00:24

For years, the disappearance of the McStay family from their San Diego County home puzzled investigators, with no signs of forced entry and the couple's credit cards untouched.After their remains were found years later in a remote desert location more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away, authorities charged a Southern ...

White supremacists indicted for brawls at California rallies

U.S. 11/01/18, 19:47

Four alleged members of a white supremacist group have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of inciting violence at California political rallies last year.The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles says Thursday that the defendants planned and carried out attacks at gatherings in Huntington Beach, Berkeley and ...

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