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Police officers and city officials swept into six Los Angeles animal shelters on Thursday, confiscating guns and ammunition as part of an expanding internal investigation into the animal services agency.

Plainclothes officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and managers with the animal services agency took an estimated 120 weapons, including shotguns, rifles and .38-caliber handguns. City animal control officers are issued firearms.

Brenda Barnette, general manager of the animal services department, said investigators are trying determine what guns the agency has and how they are being used.

“We suspect there are some missing guns,” said Barnette, adding she does not necessarily suspect the weapons were stolen. Maggie Whelan, general manager of the Personnel Department, which is assisting in the probe, said she believed no more than three guns are actually missing. “I can’t say for sure because we’re not certain,” she said.

The sweep came two months after Barnette revealed the department was looking into allegations that shelter workers stole animals and sold them for a profit. And it occurred less than a month after city officials confirmed that there is an investigation into time card fraud by department employees. Five employees are currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation.

At least eight personnel investigators are looking at the shelter agency. Meanwhile, City Controller Wendy Greuel is working on a wide-ranging audit, saying the department is “out of control at a number of levels, from time card issues to having a handle on resources they have — including how many guns they have and how they’re being used.”

Animal services officials “did not have an appropriate inventory of all the guns that they had in their possession,” Greuel said. “They felt it was such an urgent issue that they called the LAPD.”

Lt. Troy Boswell, who works in the city’s East Valley shelter, said police handed shelter workers a note from Barnette and then took .38-caliber handguns from the premises. “We were given no explanation,” he said.

Barnette said she is also looking into reports from her shelter managers that department employees used guns to euthanize small animals that were injured or ill, including turtles, squirrels and birds. She said such a practice is dangerous because bullets could ricochet off pavement or another surface.

She said weapons should only be used to euthanize large animals that cannot be treated medically, such as a deer caught in a fence. “If you’ve got something as small as a turtle or a squirrel or something like that, it just seems to us that the correct procedure would be bring it back to the shelter, so it can be taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center or it can be euthanized,” she said.

LAPD officers have been providing expertise and assistance to animal services personnel during their audit. The department will safeguard the weapons that were seized, said LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith.

“We are going to hold on to them until the audit is done and they want them back,” Smith said.

He noted that no warrants were executed during the operation.

LAPD officers confiscated this AK-47 and pistols during the Reseda operation

Los Angeles police seized 9 kilos of cocaine, 300 marijuana plants, several weapons and arrested six people as part of an investigation of an interstate drug-trafficking operation allegedly run out of a Reseda medical marijuana dispensary, authorities said Thursday.

The arrests and seizures were made Wednesday as officers prepared to serve a search at the White Oak Healing Center, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The probe was launched last year after a fatal shooting at the center that had the “appearances of an organized-crime-style hit,” the LAPD said in a statement. 300 pot plants were seized in Reseda by the LAPD

That investigation led to information allegedly implicating the center’s owner, Raymond George, 60, in the transportation and sale of marijuana and cocaine between Los Angeles and Cleveland, according to the LAPD.

George was among the six people arrested by officers, who also seized 120 oxycodone pills, a loaded AK-47 assault rifle, two handguns and more that $6,600 in cash, police said. The pot plants were inside the dispensary, which housed a sophisticated growing system.

Police identified the others who were arrested as Haiz Carrera, 51, Reginald Beijer, 59, Francisco Franco, 41, Francisco Vallejo, 30, and Alfredo Gonzalez, 51.

Kate Hudson is a mom for the second time! The actress gave birth to a baby boy Saturday night, Us Weekly confirms. The “health baby boy,” whose name has not yet been released, was born in Los Angeles to Hudson and Muse rocker Matthew Bellamy. The new addition joins big brother, Ryder, 7, whose dad is Hudson’s ex-husband Chris Robinson. Hudson, who announced her engagement to Bellamy in …

There’s a new Baby Spice in the world! David Beckham and wife Victoria welcomed a baby girl to their brood Sunday morning, PEOPLE reports. The baby girl, whose name has not been revealed, was born at 7:55 a.m. this morning at Cedars-Sinai, weighing in at 7 lbs., 10 oz. No other details have been released, but one thing’s for sure: this little girl has some excited big brothers. …


6) Swedish business consultant Ulf af Trolle labored 13 years on a book
about Swedish economic solutions. He took the 250-page manuscript to be
copied, only to have it reduced to 50,000 strips of paper in seconds when a
worker confused the copier with the shredder.
7) A convict broke out of jail in Washington D.C., then a few days later
accompanied his girlfriend to her trial for robbery. At lunch, he went out
for a sandwich. She needed to see him, and thus had him paged. Police
officers recognized his name and arrested him as he returned to the
courthouse in a car he had stolen over the lunch hour.
8) Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal
colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine.
The message “He’s lying” was placed in the copier, and police pressed the
copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn’t telling the truth.
Believing the “lie detector” was working, the suspect confessed.
9) When two service station attendants in Ionia, Michigan, refused to hand
over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the
police. They still refused, so the robber called the police and was
10) A Los Angeles man who later said he was “tired of walking,” stole a
steamroller and led police on a 5 mph chase until an officer stepped aboard
and brought the vehicle to a stop.

Selena Gomez Hospitalized

Selena Gomez has been admitted to a hospital following an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

A spokeswoman for the “Wizards of Waverly Place” star says Gomez “wasn’t feeling well and was taken to the hospital” and is undergoing “routine tests.” She did not specify Gomez’s condition.


Selena Gomez: The Billboard Cover Story


The 18-year-old singer-actress was promoting the upcoming film “Monte Carlo” on the talk show.

Gomez’s appearance to promote the film at a Santa Monica, Calif., mall on Friday was canceled.

The hospitalization was first reported by TMZ, which said Gomez suffered from nausea and a headache before going to a Los Angeles-area hospital.


Lil Wayne Won’t Work With Justin Bieber
In his July/August XXL cover story, Lil Wayne said that despite persistent requests from Bieber, he won’t work with him on a song. “That’s my n-gga, but I can’t do it,” said Wayne. “Like I said, I don’t want to f-k his shi-t up.” It’s certainly a bummer — especially when you consider Bieber’s close ties with artists on Weezy’s Young Money label — but Weezy seems to have the teen sensation’s best interests at heart. (XXL)

Rihanna Chained In Another ‘S&M’ Lawsuit
Five months and 28 million YouTube views later, Rihanna is being sued over her “S&M” video — for the second time. 19-year-old Phillip Paulus accused Ri-Ri of using staging and sets from his August 2010 Paperworld spread in her video. Imagery of Rihanna, dressed in a floor-length gown and restrained by a plastic sheet against a teal wall, mimics his fashion shoot, according to Paulus. “Why a worldwide celebrity is not able to afford a creative director, who creates individual concepts and stagings, is incomprehensible to me,” said Paulus to Radar. And he’s not the only one who feels ripped-off. In February, David LaChapelle sued Rihanna over another scene from the “S&M” video. (E! Online)

Brian Wilson Biopic In The Works
One of the most important, and also peculiar, music figures of the past 70 years, Brian Wilson, is finally getting the biopic treatment. The movie is currently being developed by producers Bill Pohlad (“The Tree Of Life”) and John Wells (“ER,” “The West Wing”). Oren Moverman, who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for the Bob Dylan film, “I’m Not There,” is slated to write the script. (LA Times)

Big Boi Challenges Fans To A Game of Words With Friends
OutKast rapper Big Boi is a master of the spoken word, so he decided to take his talents to the online game Words With Friends. Tweeting his Words With Friends handle (Bitchkilla2) yesterday, Big Boi threw down the gauntlet and told fans to “come get sum.” And, of course, he’s been talking/tweeting plenty of smack: “I’m playing 30 motherfuckaz at the same time, be patient, I got an ass whoopin for each and every 1 of u !” (Rolling Stone)

Neko Case and Nick Cave Cover The Zombies for ‘True Blood’
Gary Calamar is both a DJ at KCRW in Santa Monica and the music supervisor for HBO’s vampire hit, “True Blood.” The latter means he gets to do cool things like ask Nick Cave and Neko Case to record a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” for the show’s fourth season premiere.Listen over at the KCRW site.

Peter Frampton Files For Divorce
Peter Frampton filed for divorce on Tuesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The 61-year-old rocker and wife Tina Elfers were married for fifteen years before separating on New Year’s Eve. Frampton is requesting joint legal custody and visitation rights for their 15-year-old daughter, actress Mia Frampton. This is the musician’s third divorce. (USA Today)

A car stolen at knife-point hits a fire hydrant spraying water 100 feet into the air in a suburb of Los Angeles, California

Two homes in the El Sereno area of Los Angeles had to be evacuated after the black sedan hit a white truck and spun into the hydrant, shearing off the top.

Other residents found themselves trapped in their homes by the river of water which cascaded from the broken hydrant, flooding the surrounding streets.

Fire crews alongside officials from the Department of Food and Power had to battle for two hours to bring the geyser under control.

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