A person parked about a block from the White House was arrested early Tuesday morning after officers discovered a loaded gun inside their vehicle, the Secret Service said.

Authorities were alerted to a “suspicious vehicle” parked “in the vicinity of the White House complex” around 2:30 a.m., according to a statement.

Secret Service Uniformed Division officers and Explosive Ordnance Disposal personnel with the D.C. police responded to the scene, where they discovered the occupant of the vehicle was in possession of a loaded firearm.

The driver was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm as well as possession of unregistered ammunition and was taken to the Metropolitan Police Department for processing.

—New York Daily News


California ‘church’ was really an illegal marijuana dispensary, police allege

LOS ANGELES — Laguna Beach, Calif., police this month shut down what they allege was a marijuana dispensary posing as a church, the department said Monday.

Officers seized more than 20 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000 in cash, according to police Sgt. Jim Cota.

Officers responded to Divine Church of Gardens at 910 Glenneyre St. at about 4:40 p.m. Jan. 12 after a passerby reported a potent marijuana smell emanating from the property and people leaving with white bags, Cota said.

A man at the location told officers he was a volunteer at the church, which sold marijuana for religious sacraments, Cota said.

Marijuana and smoking accessories were displayed in glass cases, according to police.

“As a result of the investigation, Laguna Beach Police Department officers seized enough marijuana to cover a Cypress Hill concert, as well as cash proceedings from the sale of their ‘religious sacraments,’” the department wrote in a Facebook post.

It is not clear how long the location was operating.

Lucas Dichiara, 31, of Irvine, the man who said he was a church volunteer, was arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of marijuana, according to Cota.

Laguna Beach does not allow commercial cultivation, distribution and sale of recreational cannabis, which California legalized with the passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act allows cities to ban marijuana businesses, which Laguna Beach city leaders voted to do in April last year.

—Los Angeles Times


Four pit bulls get loose and kill at least 5 Chihuahuas in San Diego, authorities say

SAN DIEGO — Four pit bulls escaped their yard in eastern San Diego and killed at least five Chihuahuas in a neighbor’s backyard Saturday, authorities said.

The owner of the pit bulls turned them over to San Diego County Animal Services and the four animals were euthanized. One of them had been impounded in 2013 after an attack on a sheriff’s deputy, an official said.

Authorities had a second complaint in 2013 that two pit bulls from the same house were running loose in the neighborhood, but officers couldn’t find the dogs or verify the report.

The attack on Saturday was reported about 10:30 a.m. in the Lomita neighborhood. County officers took away the bodies of five Chihuahuas. Two others were not immediately accounted for, said Dan DeSousa, Department of Animal Services director.

DeSousa said his agency and San Diego police went to the homes of both dog owners.

Juan Jimenez, 37, turned over his three male pit bulls, Patron, age 2, Crunch, 4, and Travieso, 11 months, and a 6-year-old female named Toast.

They were taken to the county shelter in Bonita and immediately euthanized, DeSousa said.

—The San Diego Union-Tribune


27 killed in dual car bombings in Benghazi

TRIPOLI, Libya — Two car bombings in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday killed 27 people and injured 42 others, local hospital officials have said.

Two bombs exploded close to a mosque in the al-Salmani region of the coastal city. Eyewitnesses said that the first bomb exploded as worshippers were leaving the mosque.

A number of the injured were in a critical condition, hospital sources said, while a local militia leader was also believed to be among the victims.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

A 2011 uprising against former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began in Benghazi. As a result of the ensuing civil war, the city descended into chaos and was at times controlled by an alliance of Islamist militants.

Last year, troops of eastern Libyan military leader Marshal Khalifa Haftar took over control over the port city.



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