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Virginia Welch Cast as Casey Anthony in Lifetime Movie

June 7, 2012

Just one week into the filming of the Lifetime movie Imperfect Justice, the role of Casey Anthony has been recast.

Holly DeVeaux has dropped out of the project, replaced by Virginia Welch, who has starred in several independent films and commercials.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Welch will join cast members Rob Lowe, who plays prosecutor Jeff Ashton and The Office star Oscar Nunez, who plays Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez. Kevin Dunn and Marina Stephenson play Anthony’s parents.

The film will chronicle Anthony’s trial and eventual acquittal for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter.

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Casey Anthony: Rob Lowe to Star in Lifetime Movie

May 4, 2012

It appears that Rob Lowe is returning to Lifetime to play Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton in the new flick “Prosecuting Casey Anthony.”

From Entertainment Weekly:

Rob Lowe is quickly becoming Lifetime’s go-to guy for sordid crime trial docudramas. After his turn this past January as Drew Peterson in Drew Peterson: Untouchable, Lowe will next star in the network’s upcoming movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony as Jeff Ashton, the prosecutor in the Casey Anthony trial.

The film is based on a book by Ashton and according to the network “will examine what the prosecution got right, what they got wrong and why Ashton remains convinced of Casey Anthony’s guilt.”

 

State of Emergency Issued in Southern California Due to Massive Wildfire

November 14, 2008

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County as firefighters have been unable to control a wildfire that has already damaged at least 100 homes and injured as many as 13 people.

From the Associated Press:

Firefighters struggled Friday against an out-of-control wildfire that destroyed at least 100 homes in a wealthy, celebrity-studded enclave, flaring up so fast that it caught some terrified residents behind the automatic gates of their mansions.

Blistering winds gusting to 70 mph, dry brush and oil-rich eucalyptus trees helped turn an ordinary brush fire into an exploding inferno that quickly consumed rows of luxury homes and part of a Christian college campus where students spent the night in a gymnasium shelter, some praying and others sobbing.

“That whole mountain over there went up at once. Boom,” said Bob McNall, 70, who with his son and grandson saved their home by hosing it down. “The whole sky was full of embers, there was nothing that they could do. It was just too much.”

A state of emergency was declared in Santa Barbara County and about 5,400 homes were evacuated in Montecito, which has attracted celebrities such as Rob Lowe, Jeff Bridges and Oprah Winfrey, who owns a 42-acre estate.

Residents waited anxiously for word of their homes after fleeing with just a few minutes’ notice. One 91-year-old man said he left with just his glasses and his wallet.

Lowe said he fled with his children as fire engulfed the mountain and flames shot 200 feet in the air. The family stopped to check on neighbors and found them trapped behind their automatic car gate, which was stuck because the power was out. Lowe said he helped get the big gates open.

“Embers were falling. Wind was 70 miles an hour, easily, and it was just like Armageddon,” Lowe told KABC-TV. “You couldn’t hear yourself think.” Lowe said his house hadn’t burned.

More than 1,000 firefighters were trying to gain an edge on the blaze before the region’s famous “sundowner” winds — which roar down the mountains to the sea as the sun sets — picked up again, said Santa Barbara Fire Chief Ron Prince.

From ABC News:

“We’re going to have a very, very tough day today for firefighting, and when the winds kick up this afternoon we’re going to have an incredibly challenging situation,” Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Ron Prince told reporters. “Control of this fire is not even in sight.”

Flames ripped through multimillion-dollar mansions Thursday evening in the upscale Southern California community of Montecito and tore through neighboring Santa Barbara County today.

This morning, Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Wallace described the fire to ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

Wildfire Burns More Than 100 Homes Near Santa Barbara

November 14, 2008

A huge wildfire being pushed by strong winds has destroyed at least 100 multimillion-dollar homes in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles near Santa Barbara. Montecito, has long attracted celebrities such as Michael Douglas, Rob Lowe and Oprah Winfrey, who owns a 42-acre estate there.

From the Associated Press:

The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday and spread to about 2,500 acres — nearly 4 square miles — by early Friday, destroying dozens of luxury homes and parts of a college campus in the foothills of Montecito, just southeast of Santa Barbara. About 5,400 homes in the tony community of 14,000 residents were evacuated and more people could be forced to flee if the fire spreads, said Nicole Koon, a spokeswoman with the Santa Barbara County Executive Office.

“We believe 100 plus homes have been destroyed,” Koon said. “It’s our best guess at the moment because it’s dark. We’re not counting as much as trying to protect the homes.”

At Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts college nestled amid wooded rolling hills, some 1,000 students were caught off-guard by the rapidly moving flames.

“It came pretty fast,” said Tyler Rollema, a 19-year-old sophomore who was eating dinner in the cafeteria when students were told to head to the gym. “We came out and it was just blazing.”

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The fire quickly spread through more than 300 acres in the foothills 5 miles south of Santa Barbara, and several fire departments were battling the flames as thick plumes of smoke hovered overhead.

“It looked like lava coming down a volcano,” Leslie Hollis Lopez said as she gathered belongings from her house.

“It’s very tenuous. We’re hoping the winds are favorable.”

Montecito fire spokeswoman Geri Ventura said she did not know if anyone was injured or how many homes had burned, but television footage showed dozens of large houses engulfed in flames. She said that about a quarter of the community of 10,000 people was evacuated and that more could be moved out if the fire spreads.