Paparazzo shot with BB while tracking Britney

MALIBU, Calif. – A sheriff’s detective will be assigned to investigate the BB gun shooting of a photographer who was staking out Britney Spears over the weekend.

Such incidents usually draw little attention from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, but authorities say they were swamped with phone calls.

“Because of the media attention, we’ll probably put this on the front burner to settle the whole thing,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Knudson.

A detective was to be assigned to the case Monday, authorities said.

The photographer, Brad Diaz, was shot in the leg while standing in the street 150 feet to 200 feet from a home where Spears was believed to be attending a baby shower in her honor, authorities said.

Diaz claimed the BB came from the direction of the home, Knudson said. Spears’ bodyguards told authorities they weren’t involved in the incident.

‘Walking in Memphis’ singer shot after show

Marc Cohn, who had a hit with the song “Walking in Memphis” and won the Grammy for best new artist in 1992, was treated at a Denver hospital and released Monday after being shot in the head during an attempted carjacking following a performance at Botanic Gardens.

Cohn was struck in the temple Sunday night when a man fired into his band’s van in a parking garage. No arrests were made.

Michael Jackson’s attorney indicts media

Subject: the Michael Jackson trial. From: Tom Mesereau, defense attorney. Conclusions: The media did a lousy job and the jury did a good job.

That’s how Michael Jackson’s lawyer sees things now that nearly two months have passed since the pop star was acquitted of child molestation charges.

“I truly believe the media thought they could spin their way to a verdict,” Mesereau told more than 350 people Saturday at Hilton Head Island, S.C., at the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association’s annual conference.

Richard Pryor’s MS is blessing in disguise

Instead of packed arenas, comedian Richard Pryor now tours medical clinics. Instead of applause, he gets eight checkups a month in what his wife jokingly calls “the round-robin of doctors.”

Still, Jennifer Lee Pryor says her husband’s crippling multiple sclerosis is a blessing that stripped away his taste for the drugs and alcohol she was convinced would have left him dead. Today, he’s just months shy of his 65th birthday.

Nearly two decades with the disease has left Pryor in a wheelchair and out of the public eye, long after his expletive-laced standup act spawned dozens of movies and made the Peoria, Ill., native box-office magic through much of the late 1970s and early ’80s.

Entertainers from Bob Newhart to Chris Rock cite Pryor as one of the most influential comedians ever.

“As productive and brilliant as he was, he was also self-destructive,” Jennifer Pryor said. “He said God gave him MS to slow him down. This disease saved his life.”

From Herald news services

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mt. Baker visible from the summit of Mt. Dickerman on a late summer day in 2017. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Hornets pester hikers on popular Mountain Loop trails

“You cannot out run the stings,” one hiker wrote in a trip report. The Forest Service has posted alerts at two trailheads.

A view of a 6 parcel, 4.4 acre piece of land in Edmonds, south of Edmonds-Woodway High School on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Housing authority seeks more property in Edmonds

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County doesn’t have specific plans for land near 80th Avenue West, if its offer is accepted.

Nursing Administration Supervisor Susan Williams points at a list of current COVID patients at Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dozens of Providence patients in medical limbo for months, even years

About 100 people are stuck in Everett hospital beds without an urgent medical reason. New laws aim for a solution.

Emergency responders surround an ultralight airplane that crashed Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington, resulting in the pilot's death. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pilot dead in ultralight plane crash at Arlington Municipal Airport

There were no other injuries or fatalities reported, a city spokesperson said.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
County Council delays vote on requiring businesses to take cash

Concerns over information and enforcement postponed the council’s scheduled vote on the ordinance Wednesday in Snohomish County.

A girl walks her dog along a path lined with dandelions at Willis D. Tucker Community Park on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Spraying in Willis Tucker Park resurfaces debate over herbicides

Park staff treated about 11,000 square feet with glyphosate and 2,4-D. When applied correctly, staff said they aren’t harmful.

One of Snohomish County PUD’s new smart readers is installed at a single family home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
PUD program seeks to make energy grid smarter for 380K customers

The public utility’s ConnectUp program will update 380,000 electric meters and 23,000 water meters in the next few years.

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

Most Read