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Prosecutors mull over Bieber felony charges

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber’s mugshot for DUI in Florida
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.

Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.

“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.

Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.

Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.

At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman

NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.

According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle  in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.

The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.

Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”

Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.

In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.

Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).

He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.

Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).

In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.

Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).

 

Justin Bieber behind bars

Justin Bieber Courtesy Miami Beach PD

Justin Bieber
Courtesy Miami Beach PD

MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.

According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.

The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.

According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.

Area of arrest Google Maps

Area of arrest
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The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.

The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.

The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”

justin-bieber-believe-album-cover-1335594464When an officer attempted to pat Bieber down , he replied “I ain’t got no f++king weapons, why do you have to search me? What the f++k is this about?”

Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.

Justin Bieber’s home searched

Patrol cars surrounding Bieber's home TMZ

Patrol cars surrounding Bieber’s home
TMZ

LOS ANGELES, CA – Justin Bieber has been served a felony search warrant at his Los Angeles home early this morning.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the warrant was served at 8 a.m. Tuesday. A number of patrol cars were seen entering Bieber’s gated community in a high-end Calabasas neighborhood.

UPDATE (11:15 a.m.) – Lil Za friends of Lil Twist and Bieber has been arrested at Bieber’s home on felony drug charges.

UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): According to sheriff’s they were not specifically looking for eggs, but anything that could link him to the crime. There are reports that deputies confiscated Bieber’s security system.

According to TMZ, the 19-year-old pop-star was being held in his garage while deputies executed the warrant, searching for evidence that may link Bieber to an egg-throwing incident with a neighbor. There are reports that deputies brought along a battering ram.

Investigators will be looking for evidence of eggs that may link to eggs discovered at the neighbor’s home. They are also looking for any video that Bieber and his crew may have recorded of the incident.

What may be more concerning for Bieber is anything deputies find that is illegal is now fair game, so the singer may be facing other charges when all is said and done.

The Sheriff’s Department will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. PST.

The Biebs is accused of pelting a neighbor’s home with eggs during an argument. The neighbor videotaped the incident and in the clip the neighbor can be heard yelling at the egg-thrower.

Bieber has had a difficult time getting along with his neighbors after throwing all night parties and racing down streets in the quiet neighborhood.

Recently Bieber announced to the world that he would be retiring so he can spend some time “figuring out myself as a man.”

David Cassidy gets his 3rd DUI

David Cassidy Credit: Rensselaer County Jail

David Cassidy – August 2013 booking photo
Credit: Rensselaer County Jail

LOS ANGELES, CA – David Cassidy was been arrested for his third DUI near the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the aging heartthrob was pulled over at around 9 p.m. Friday after making an illegal right turn. The officer smelled alcohol coming from the rental car as the officer was talking to Cassidy.

The former star of the 1970’s hit show ‘The Partridge Family,’ was arrested and some reports say he blew a .19, which is more than twice the legal limit in California.

The 63-year-old Cassidy was release at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday after posting $15,000 bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 5.
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This is the third DUI for Cassidy in as many years and his DUI’s have been in three separate states.

Cassidy is a resident of Fort Lauderdale, where he lives with his third wife Sue Shifrin.

Cassidy was busted for a DUI in Florida back in November of 2010. He told troopers that he had popped a pain killer and drank a glass of wine a few hours before the traffic stop. He went on to plead no contest and received a suspended license for six months.

READ: David Cassidy arrested for DUI

In August of last year the singer was pulled over in New York and was charged for a felony DUI. The case is still pending.

Actor Peter O’Toole dead at 81

Peter O'Toole

Peter O’Toole

LONDON – The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died after a long illness. He was 81.

The Irish born O’Toole’s was best known for his role in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ He shot to stardom in the ‘60s when he got his big break after Sir David cast him as British adventured T E Lawrence.

According to his agent O’Toole died on Saturday at London’s Wellington hospital in London after a long illness. In a statement he said O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”

He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, but initially refused to accept the award. In a letter addressed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences he told the Academy to wait until he was 80 since he was still in the game and might just win the “bugger.”

O’Toole was nominated a total of eight times in the past.

Top 5 Celebrity Poker Players

Masters of Poker: Famous Poker-Playing Personalities You Didn’t Know About

The world of poker is a diverse one and often, players of different backgrounds come to play. And so it wouldn’t be surprising if you find celebrities channeling their acting skills by wearing their poker faces and showing their bluffing skills at poker tournaments. Here are just five of these celebrities who are also experts in the tactical card game:

Gabe Kaplan

Gabe Kaplan

 

Gabe Kaplan
An actor comedian, a poker commentator, and a poker pro, the 68-year old is what you call an ace in the competitive entertainment industry. With more than $1.3 million in tournament winnings, Kaplan is widely regarded as the most successful poker playing celebrity of all time. In fact, Kaplan is considered the Phil Ivey of celebrity poker players. Today, the former Welcome Back, Kotter star remains a regular at poker tournaments.

Jennifer Tilly

Jennifer Tilly

 

Jennifer Tilly
The poker world is a male dominated sport, but that doesn’t mean women aren’t competitive enough to play. In fact, the industry is full of today’s gorgeous poker players. Take for example Poker Night Live host Kara Scott or Betfair’s lovely top 11 WSOP finisher last 2012, Elisabeth Hille. But for celebrity actresses, no other woman could match Phil Laak’s girlfriend, Jennifer Tilly. The actress boasts of a WSOP bracelet and a win at the WPT Ladies Night III.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

 

Michael Phelps
The world of sports may be full of poker loving players, but no one could measure up to Olympic legend Michael Phelps. The celebrated swimmer recently joined the WSOP this May and although he failed to bag the gold in the mind sport, Phelps says he did it for fun. Phelps was reportedly a fan of online poker.

Tobey Maquire

Tobey Maquire

 

Tobey Maguire
Talk about poker super heroes and one hero comes to mind—Spiderman. The former actor of the web-slinging protagonist, Tobey Maguire is known as a card shark at poker tournaments. Poker pro Phil Hellmuth even claims that Maguire has won more than $10 million in a celebrity invitational event. Like his big screen counterpart, Maguire does have a “spider sense”, in poker.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

 

Ben Affleck
The controversial Batman-to-be actor, Ben Affleck, is a regular at poker tournaments. He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship and remains a poker fanatic to date. Affleck is tutored by top poker pros Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi.

HGTV co-host killed in motorcycle accident

Bill Beckwith Promo photo

Bill Beckwith
Promo photo

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – HGTV home-improvement show “Curb Appeal” co-host Bill Beckwith died Monday night when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle in a San Francisco neighborhood. He was 38.

In an email HGTV said, “The HGTV family is deeply saddened by Bill’s tragic death and we mourn his loss along with his many family and friends who will miss his creativity, adventurous spirit and general love of life.”

On Tuesday the show posted on their Facebook page, “Bill was truly a beloved and respected member of our Curb Appeal family and this loss is devastating to us. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Bill’s family.”

Beckwith co-hosted “Curb Appeal” with John Gidding, Chip Wade and Kimberly Lacy.

Winter Dance Party comes to Sacramento

frontotherpagesLINCOLN, CA – For all you holiday shoppers needing a break, Thunder Valley Casino Resort has just the ticket.

On Saturday December 21, Thunder Valley Casino brings you the “Winter Dance Party”, including the official tribute show of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper.

So take off your shopping shoes and put on your dancing shoes!

The “Winter Dance Party” encompasses the energy and excitement of the ‘50s Rock and Roll era.  Spirits will rise and your feet will come alive when you hear Buddy Holly’s rockabilly treasures: “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue” and “Oh Boy!”

This tribute show is the only one endorsed by the estate of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens & The Big Bopper.

According to the LA Times, “This Musical Rocks.”

The Chicago Tribune says, “As flawless as a chord from a Fender Stratocaster…John Mueller is living proof that Buddy Holly’s legacy will live on.”

One fan who gave the show five stars said, “This is one show you shouldn’t miss! The cast that plays Buddy, Richie and Bopper are fantastic! They not only look like them, they sound like them!! They get the crown rockin and a rollin!!!”

While the three Knights of Rock and Roll fell before their time, they left an indelible impression, changing the future of music forever.

Don McLean’s “American Pie” pays homage to the threesome and reminisces on “the day the music died.”  Groups such as The Beatles were openly influenced, as were The Rolling Stones who received their first major British hit with Holly’s “Not Fade Away.”

Valen’s “La Bamba” and Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” will transport you back to a simpler time when World War 2 came to an end and the Veterans were raising the next generation. Teens and parents alike got the bug as they “Bopped” to the sounds that would define an era of pop culture.

Holly’s only Sacramento performance was October 18, 1957 at the Memorial Auditorium.  The show dubbed as “The Biggest Show of Stars” also included Fat’s Domino, The Everly Brothers and Chuck Berry just to name a few.  Believe it or not, general admission tickets were $2.50 with reserved seats going for a whopping $3.50.

This critically acclaimed concert event lands on the Holiday Pavilion stage at Thunder Valley Casino/Resort Saturday, December 21st at 8:30 p.m.  Get your tickets to the feel-good event of the season today!

Where:
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln, CA 95648

When:
Saturday, December 21, 2013 – 8:30 p.m.

Tickets:
$25, $30 and $40
You can pick up tickets at Thunder Valley’s box office, or online at TicketMaster

Paul Walker Fast and Furious actor dead

Paul Walker Facebook

Paul Walker
Facebook

 

LOS ANGELES, CA –Paul Walker, best known for his role as Brian O’Connor in the popular “Fast & Furious” movies, has died in a car accident in Southern California on Saturday. The actor was 40-years-old.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, two people were killed in an accident that took place at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Santa Clarita. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim has not been identified.

Walker was a passenger in the vehicle and had just attended a charity event for his organization, Reach Out Worldwide earlier in the day.

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