Sunny Hills High School officials failed to notify police for more than nine months after they first learned of sexual-misconduct allegations against teacher George Fairchild, police and court records show.
It had “student prank” written all over it, but the booby-trapping of toilet seats that disrupted finals for 4,000 California State University, Fullerton, students was the work of a chemistry professor.
Campus police said Tuesday that Assistant Professor Wayne Taylor, 44, was responsible for the May 28 prank, which led to small explosions in two campus restrooms.
A wrong-way driver and another motorist were killed when their vehicles collided head-on Saturday on Sand Canyon Avenue.
The accident occurred when the driver of a GMC pickup crossed the center divider and hit a Volvo station wagon as it traveled south. The driver of the pickup, identified as John Paul Renzi, 42, of Trabuco Canyon, and the driver of the Volvo, a woman, were killed.
The woman’s three children were hospitalized after the crash at 12:40 p.m.
Closing arguments got under way Wednesday in a Los Angeles County courtroom, with both sides haggling over details surrounding the June 1990 slaying of Fullerton narcotics Detective Tommy De La Rosa during a drug sting gone awry.
De La Rosa, at the conclusion of several days of wheeling and dealing, traveled to a Downey home to make a $4 million cocaine sale. About 40 seconds after entering the home on June 21, 1990, De La Rosa fell dead in the driveway. He was shot five times, but killed a suspect in the gunbattle.
Gregory Kissel straps himself into the back seat of a Beechcraft Bonanza and flashes an excited smile — just one of many seen on this day. As the left engine on the twin prop roars to life, he wraps his arm around Walker Horton and smiles again.
Slowly, the six-seat plane taxis to the runway, following a line of others. Pilot Richard Nesbit guns the engines, goes through the final checks and gets an OK from the tower. In the blink of an eye, the plane is hurtling down Fullerton Municipal Airport’s runway.
The craft stretches skyward and soon Kissel, 21, and Horton, 27, are looking down at Knott’s Berry Farm.