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A California woman who pretended to have a firefighter husband battling the Holy Hell wildfire in order to collect money has been sentenced to nearly six months in jail.

Ashley Bemis, 28, was arrested in December 2018 after police said she posted on Facebook that her partner, Shane Goodman, was battling the blaze to dupe people into sending cash.

Police were able to confirm that the wedding planner from San Clemente, who is also said to have faked at least three pregnancies, was not married to a firefighter and Goodman didn’t even exist.

On Monday, Bemis was sentenced to 177 days in county jail.

This is the shocking moment a California woman nearly four-times over the drink-driving limit crashes into a restaurant.

During the busy lunchtime hours at Amerci Pizza and Pasta in Santa Clarita on Friday, Yvonne Tejada, 40, lost control of her vehicle and plowed through the shop’s front window.

Diners jolted up from their seats as the bonnet of the Tejada’s sedan piled into tables.

One 69-year-old man was hit by the car and rushed to hospital with moderate, but non-life threatening injuries, police say.

Police bodycam footage was released on Thursday showing the moment two officers shot dead a woman while she was repeatedly stabbing her therapist in May last year. Katherine Brazeau, 46, violated a restraining order filed by her therapist Jacki Stevens when she went to her office in Los Angeles armed with a hunting knife. Moments later the therapist frantically called 911 and screamed that she had been stabbed. The bodycam footage from the two Fullerton police officers shows them kicking in the therapist’s door to find Brazeau standing over the therapist who was screaming for help from her chair. The officers opened fire when Brazeau swung the knife in a stabbing motion towards the therapist’s chest.

The parents of a missing Culver City baby were doing drugs when they found their son had died and put his body in a suitcase before discarding it in a trash bin, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Adam Manson and Kiana Williams have each been charged with child abuse resulting in the death of their nearly 6-month-old boy, Jacsun. The boy’s remains have not been found, and authorities continue searching a Corona landfill where they believe he ended up.

The pair were staying at a South Los Angeles motel room with the boy on Dec. 31 and were allegedly doing drugs. They later found the boy had died, though his cause of death remains unclear. They are believed to have discarded the suitcase with the body in a Dumpster near the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.

A witness reported seeing baby Jacsun on New Year’s Eve inside a blue 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser in South L.A.’s Hyde Park neighborhood. During that time, the child’s parents were apparently trying to break into cars nearby. Detectives believe the Chrysler was stolen, and they later found the vehicle on Feb. 8.

Manson’s sister said she was estranged from her brother “because of his lifestyle,” but in recent communication, she had with him he had spoken of his son as if he were dead.

If convicted, Manson and Williams face a possible maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison. They are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

A California college student has been indicted for allegedly creating a phone app through which he sold drugs, officials said. Collin Howard, 18, was arrested on federal drug charges Friday after a grand jury indicted him on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said in a news release.

A freshman at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Howard allegedly created an app called “Banana Plug,” which was available on the Apple App Store alongside the motto, “We Have What You Want.”

Through the app, the student offered to sell cocaine, “Molly” and “Shrooms,” and also offered customers special requests, prosecutors said.