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Caitlyn Jenner

Cops Surprised

D.A. Gives Car Crash Special Attention

6/22/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Caitlyn Jenner is under criminal investigation for her fatal car crash in February, and we've learned prosecutors are putting Jenner under a special microscope ... a microscope normally reserved for murderers, kidnappers and extortionists.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. is a couple of weeks away from completing its investigation. The Sheriff would then normally send the case to the D.A.'s closest satellite, which in this case is Van Nuys.

But law enforcement tells us the D.A. has quietly told the Sheriff that the case will be sent to the big guns at the main office in Downtown L.A. ... in the Major Crimes Unit.  

The Major Crimes Unit deals almost exclusively with extremely serious felonies. Think of the way the Navy SEALs are to the Navy. But Major Crimes will be reviewing Jenner's case, and one law enforcement source connected with the case calls it "surprising."

Law enforcement sources familiar with the case feel Jenner should not be charged with a crime at all ... Jenner wasn't texting or on the phone ... it was momentary inattentiveness that ended badly. But the sources say even if Jenner gets charged, it would certainly be a misdemeanor, not a felony.

Although the D.A. wants Major Crimes to make the final decision, it will never be filed as a felony. In the greater scheme, it's a petty case.  

Fact is ... a lot of cases involving celebs end up in major crimes because they're high profile.  

Sometimes it helps to be a celeb ... sometimes not. 

'Star Wars' Anakin Skywalker

Arrested After Crazy Car Chase

6/21/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jake Lloyd, the actor who played the young Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace," was arrested, TMZ has learned, after an insane car chase that ended when Jake plowed into some trees.

Cops say Lloyd was driving in Charleston, South Carolina, when Sheriff's deputies began pursuing him.  The chase was underway and it went on for miles, into another county.  

Deputies say Jake began passing cars on the double yellow line and began driving recklessly, at high speeds.

Cops say eventually Jake lost control of his car, which ran off the road, through a fence and into a wooded area where it struck several trees.

The 26-year-old who also starred in "Jingle All the Way" was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

He's currently in custody.

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Warren Sapp

Suspect In Domestic Violence Investigation

6/20/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0619-warren-sapp-tmz-01More trouble for Warren Sapp ... the NFL Hall of Famer has been named a suspect in a domestic violence investigation in Las Vegas ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Law enforcement sources tell us ... a report has been filed against Sapp in which the 42-year-old is accused of getting into a physical altercation with a woman in a casino on April 28th. 

We're told cops met with the alleged victim at a different location after the incident and took a report ... though Sapp was not present at that time. Law enforcement sources tell us the woman appeared to have suffered minor injuries. 

Our sources tell us Sapp has NOT been arrested or charged with a crime at this point ... though cops are still investigating. 

It's just the latest legal problem for Sapp ... who was arrested for soliciting and assaulting two prostitutes in Arizona back in February. 

We reached out to Sapp for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Escaped New York Murderers

Headed to Hollywood

6/19/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0618-escaped-convicts-movie-poster-FUN-ART-03Richard Matt and David Sweat, the two killers who escaped from a New York prison, are about to get the chance of a Lifetime ... on TV.

Johnson Production Group -- an entertainment company deep into the world of 'Ripped from the Headlines' TV -- is going to film a show chronicling the escape, the manhunt and hopefully the capture from the vantage point of Joyce Mitchell, the woman who allegedly helped them bust out.

JPG honchos tell us, there’s a market for female crime thrillers and they reckon viewers are probably even more fascinated by Joyce than the killers themselves.

The production company is confident the show can make air within 5 months, and they can easily pivot as events warrant.

As for where it lands, JPG says they have a good relationship with Lifetime as well as online streaming networks like Hulu.

JPG has produced a slew of TV movies, including "Double Daddy" and "Teenage Bank Heist."

Journey

Drummer Booted Off Tour

Following Arrest

6/18/2015 4:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Journey's got a new beat for the rest of its tour -- the band kicked drummer Dean Castronovo to the curb after his arrest over the weekend ... but the guy filling in has a serious resume.

TMZ broke the story ... Castronovo was busted last weekend for an alleged domestic violence incident at his home in Oregon. It was his 2nd such arrest, and Journey -- currently in the middle of a tour -- decided to pull the rip chord.

The band announced veteran skins man Omar Hakim would take Castronovo's place immediately, starting with their Hollywood Bowl show on Saturday. It's unclear if Castronovo is out of the band permanently. 

0618_neal-schon_NEW-DRUMMER_facebook_3Hakim's drummed with Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, Dire Straits and Sting -- but he better start practicing ... "Don't Stop Believing."

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Justin Bieber

Former Bodyguard Will Chill

Behind Bars

6/18/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The bodyguard who got Justin Bieber in all kinds of trouble will have more than a month to think about his missteps ... in the slammer.

Hugo Hesny copped a plea in his robbery case and got a 45 day jail sentence. He was charged with robbery after allegedly stealing a paparazzo's camera in Atlanta last year.  

Hesny was with Bieber a lot during the time the singer went off the rails. Hesny was named in a police report in June 2013 for allegedly attacking a pap in Miami and arrested in December 2013 for allegedly attacking a Florida cop

Bieber has since cut him loose.

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Journey Drummer

Arrested for Assault

2nd Domestic Incident

6/16/2015 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Deen Castronovo -- the current drumer for Journey -- was arrested for assault after an early morning domestic dispute ... TMZ has learned. 

Salem Oregon PD tells us they got called to a home ... which they believe was Castronovo's ... around 9 AM Sunday. Police entered the home and arrested him without incident. It's still unclear who else was involved in the incident.

Castronovo was booked for assault, coercion, and menacing. He's been released on bail. 

Castronovo was also arrested in Oregon in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Journey is currently on tour and their next date is Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. As for whether Castronovo will be playing drums -- no comment from the band's rep.

Ex-NFL Cheerleader

Guilty of Raping 15-Year-Old Boy

6/16/2015 11:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An ex-NFL cheerleader has just pled guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy she spotted on Instagram ... and now could face up to 15 years in prison.  

As we previously reported, 48-year-old  Molly Shattuck -- who cheered for the Baltimore Ravens in '05 -- was indicted back in November for 2 counts of 3rd degree rape for incidents that took place in September '14. 

Officials say Shattuck began seducing the boy back in May after she saw his picture on Instagram -- and first got physical with him in the back seat of her car in a middle school parking lot ... with kissing and touching.

But investigators say things escalated during Labor Day weekend ... when Molly seduced the boy at a rented beach house she was staying at with her own kids -- performing oral sex on him at least 2 times. 

Now, we've learned Shattuck struck a plea deal with prosecutors in which she agreed to plead guilty to one count of rape in the 4th degree ... and could face up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in August. 

Story developing ... 

Xzibit

I Do ...

Plead Guilty to Wedding Day DUI

6/16/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-xzibit-tmz-01It's til death do they part for Xzibit and his wife, but it's only three years probation for the rap star ... after he pled guilty to driving under the influence ... the night of his wedding reception.

The November 2014 arrest really was something ... cops pulled over the rap star for speeding, but found he reeked of booze and blew a .14 ... nearly twice the legal limit.

X and his wife, Krista Joiner, had their wedding reception in Laguna Beach just before his arrest.

In addition to probation, X has to attend an alcohol ed program.

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Ex-Boxing Champ Arrested

Allegedly Tried to Join ISIS

6/15/2015 12:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-anthony-small-GETTY-01Former British boxing champ Anthony Small -- who was 23-2 as a pro -- is on trial in England for allegedly trying to sneak off to Syria to join ISIS ... this according to the BBC

The 33-year-old boxer was arrested in England along with two other men after authorities say they were trying to forge documents to illegally enter Syria. 

Small and the two men have all been charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts -- though Small DENIES the allegation. 

Small most famously fought in "The Contender Challenge: U.K. vs. USA" in 2007 -- when fighters from the U.S. reality show "The Contender" flew to England to fight up-and-coming boxers, including Small. 

Small defeated Walter Wright, who competed in Season 2 of the boxing reality show. 

Small converted to Islam at the age of 24 -- and in 2012, he made a YouTube video in which he said he quit boxing because the sport took place in venues that Muslims are forbidden to enter because of gambling, alcohol and half-naked ring girls. 

[H/T Vice Sports

'Married at First Sight' Couple

Till Death Threats Do Us Part

6/15/2015 11:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-married-at-first-sight-AE-01Love at first sight doesn't always work out, especially when the guy allegedly threatens to kill his spouse.

Jessica Castro just got a restraining order against Ryan De Nino, the husband she met on the show "Married at First Sight," claiming he had been threatening and menacing, but the last straw was when he told her, "I plan on killing you and your family."

The couple married in December, not having known each other even for a day. Producers of the A&E reality show paired them after psychological testing for compatibility.

The show chronicled the marriage for 6 weeks, and they've been living privately ever since, but not without drama. They reportedly had blow out fights and alleged substance abuse.

The restraining order was granted last Friday and requires Ryan to stay clear of Jessica and her family. 

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Wiz Khalifa

Gets Off Easy

in Infamous Jail Selfie Case

6/15/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0615-wiz-khalifa-tmz-01The Wiz Khalifa arrest that became more famous for what happened in jail -- rather than what landed him there -- is finally over ... and he only had to pay a small fine to make it go away for good. 

Wiz pled guilty in El Paso to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and agreed to pay a $500 fine. The rapper was arrested in May 2014 for trying to get half a gram of weed past TSA officials. 

Of course, the arrest blew up on social media when Wiz took a selfie while behind bars ... which led to an internal investigation. Inmates on Instagram is still frowned upon there.

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Saved by the Bell's Lark Voorhies

Family Begs Her ...

Leave Your Husband NOW

6/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0612-main-lark-husband-tmz-01Lark Voorhies is putting her life in danger every day she sticks with her new husband ... this according to family and friends who are urging her to pull the plug on the marriage, STAT.

TMZ broke the story ... Lisa Turtle from "Saved by the Bell" bolted to Vegas and married Jimmy Green -- who is wanted in Arizona for allegedly threatening to kill a man.   

Several members of Lark's inner circle tell us they're concerned she's at risk. They've told her to seek an annulment ... but Lark's not having it. 

Our sources say Lark claims Green told her all about his criminal past, and she believes he's changed. She claims Jimmy's trying to be a better man now, and she doesn't intend to leave him.

Paging Tammy Wynette.

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