Ex-FBI agent aided pro golfer

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prosecutors allege that an ex-FBI agent who pleaded guilty to illegally accessing an FBI computer also misused his authority to help professional golfer Greg Norman. Sentencing papers filed Friday in federal court say that Peter Norell Jr. improperly used his position to stop Norman’s former business partner Earl Takefman from interfering in the golfer’s divorce proceedings.

Norell was the head of the FBI’s white-collar crime unit in Santa Ana.

The document says that Norell used an FBI phone in 2006 to tell Takefman to ``keep (his) mouth shut.’’

Norman did not immediately respond to an e-mail sent through his website. Norell was sentenced Monday for a separate crime in which he threatened to launch a probe to help a friend collect an unpaid debt.


Deadline arrives for pot shops

LOS ANGELES (AP) – City officials are waiting to see whether hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles will comply with orders to shut down.

Monday is the city attorney’s office’s deadline for more than 430 pot collectives to close, or face possible civil fines or criminal charges.

Last week, a judge dismissed last-minute legal challenges from pot shop owners and patients seeking temporary restraining orders to keep those shops open.

That decision paved the way for officials to enforce a long-awaited law that will slash the number of dispensaries to somewhere between 70 and 130.

Dispensaries that registered before a 2007 moratorium can stay open if they adhere to new guidelines, which include being 1,000 feet from schools, parks and other public gathering sites.


43 collared for drug deals

SAN DIEGO (AP) – San Diego police have arrested 43 individuals accused of dealing drugs in downtown neighborhoods.

The individuals are charged with felonies for selling rock cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in following a two-month sweep.

Police said some of the suspects are affiliated with street gangs, 14 are on active parole and 10 are on probation.


Man nabbed for guns, drugs, alligators

REDWOOD CITY (AP) – Guns, drugs and alligators means jail time for a South San Francisco man.

As part of plea deal with prosecutors, Lazaro Leon Jr. was sentenced to 10 1/2 months in jail Friday after pleading no contest in April to possessing an assault rifle and marijuana with intent to sell, as well as additional charges.

Prosecutors say during a raid on Leon’s home in January, police found nearly two dozen guns, 13 marijuana plants, a pound of processed pot and three baby alligators.

The attorney representing the 39-year-old Leon says even with the sentence, he’s due to be released on June 25.

Leon has been in custody since his arrest, and he’ll receive credit for time served.

As for the alligators taken when police raided his home, they were turned over to the Peninsula Humane Society.