Authorities are asking members of the public to step forward with information after a string of 19 arsons in West Hollywood and Hollywood damaged buildings and cars throughout the area.
Police are canvassing the neighborhoods and issued a citywide tactical alert at 12:45 a.m. The Los Angeles Fire Department also doubled the number of arson teams on call to four, after firefighters scrambled overnight to put out the fires.
Authorities said the fires could have led to loss of life or injury.
In total, four suspected arson fires occurred in West Hollywood and 15 in Hollywood, including a blaze at the former home of Jim Morrison.
Police said calls started coming in shortly after midnight with reports of car fires in West Hollywood. Flames consumed three vehicles near Sunset and Carson, and several apartment buildings were damaged as flames spread from the burning cars to the structures.
At 2:39 a.m., as many as four vehicles were set on fire near a two-story apartment building in Hollywood, police said. In another blaze at 4:03 a.m., a vehicle fire threatened a residential complex at 1439 N. Poinsettia Place.
The latest fires come a day after police arrested Samuel Arrington, 22, of Sunland in connection with three arsons that occurred on a five-block stretch of Sunset Boulevard on Thursday morning. Police are not sure if the 19 arsons are the work of a copycat or if they arrested the wrong person.
It is also not clear whether authorities are looking for one or multiple suspects.
Van Halen will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a band with a major 2012 tour featuring David Lee Roth.
After months of speculation, the rockers finally announced the news on Van-Halen.com through a series of video clips. Specific tour dates will be unveiled soon, with tickets starting to go on sale Jan. 10.
The 2012 tour is expected to feature Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Alex Van Halen. Roth parted ways from the group in 1985.
In the years since, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone took turns as frontman. Roth joined Van Halen at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996 before returning for a tour the following year.
Original bassist Mike Anthony is not expected to perform with the reunited 2012 line-up, as he’s busy playing with Hagar in the supergroup Chickenfoot.
In November, Van Halen signed a new deal with Interscope Records, and with that, the group has been working on its first full-length studio album with Roth on vocals since 1984. It will also mark Van Halen’s first new studio release since 1998′s “Van Halen III.”
A South Carolina man’s brother died after police said he was forced to eat cocaine hidden in his brother’s butt.
Both brothers were taken into custody on allegations they had drugs in their car.
But police told Charleston, S.C., TV station WCIV there were additional drugs hidden in 23-year-old Deangelo Mitchell’s backside.
Officers said Deangelo Mitchell convinced his brother, 20-year-old Wayne Mitchell, to swallow the ounce of cocaine to hide the evidence. He died soon afterward.
“It’s sickening,” North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt told WCIV. “I got upset when I saw the thing. I was pretty shocked on it.”
Deangelo Mitchell already bonded out of jail on the drug charge, but now police are looking for him again on charges of involuntary manslaughter.
A thief apparently looking to steal copper from equipment on the roof of a Miami-Dade school fell more than two stories, a debilitating plunge that left him unable to walk, apparently with a broken hip or leg.
The hapless Spiderman was captured by security cameras at Charles Wyche Elementary School in Miami Gardens. He arrives, wearing a ski mask, and begins to arrange ropes he’s carrying for a climb up the outside wall of the school to the roof, more than two stories above. Moments later a second camera angle shows the man falling to the ground – a drop of more than 25 feet.