'Shield' cop reportedly shot wife, called 9-1-1 AND father-in-law

Posted: June 06, 2014

M ICHAEL JACE, who played a police officer on "The Shield" and was later arrested by police officers and charged in his wife's slaying, called and told his father-in-law about the shooting and asked him to come for the couple's two young children soon after it happened, according to a 9-1-1 call released yesterday.

How creepy is that?

In the three-minute call, the father of April Jace told a dispatcher that his son-in-law had called and texted him about the shooting.

"My son-in-law called me, and [texted] me, and said come get the kids because he shot April, our daughter," the caller told a fire department dispatcher.

Michael Jace was arrested on May 19, and police have said he also called 9-1-1 directly to report that he had shot his wife.

Jace has been charged with murder but has not yet entered a plea.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting but previously said that they were investigating whether it was prompted by financial difficulties or other marital problems. Michael Jace had filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and had fallen behind on payments to creditors as recently as December.

The family of April Jace released a statement last week calling her death "a senseless act of domestic violence." The family said it was rallying around her three sons, who range in ages from 5 to 18 (the oldest son is from a previous marriage).

Disney loves to recycle

You have to hand it to Disney. When they find something that works, they hoover every last nickel out of that project, put it on the shelf and then a few years later start all over again.

According to Variety, the Mouse House is working on a live-action movie version of "Beauty and the Beast," not to be confused with their live stage version, which was based on their animated movie version.

Following in the footsteps of new live-action versions of "Alice and Wonderland" and a tweaking of "The Wizard of Oz" (making Oz all great and powerful), Disney is also developing a live-action version of "The Jungle Book" and a new "Cinderella."

In a related story, the company has renamed it's "Imagineering" division the "Re-Imagineering" division.

* The popularity of Disney's "Frozen" (a derivative but original idea) has not only led to a $1 billion box office, sold-out merchandise and long lines to meet "Frozen" characters in Disney parks, it's also motivating fans to visit Norway to see the landscape that inspired the animated movie setting.

Harald Hansen, U.S. spokesman for Visit Norway, said that the number of U.S. tourists to Norway increased markedly since the film's release in November.

Hansen said that the increase in traffic is most noticeable in the Fjord region, but that there is also more interest in Oslo and northern Norway, where visitors can see the northern lights - a phenomenon shown in the movie.

The Disney tour company Adventures by Disney is taking fans on a series of eight-day trips to Norway, priced at more than $5,000 a person, including a visit to Geirangerfjord, which inspired the film's fantasy kingdom of Arendelle. And Disney Cruise Line plans a Norway itinerary for 2015.

See, when Idina Menzel sings "Let it Go," she's subliminally singing it to parents about their money.

But it is brilliant synergy. Can we set a Disney animated movie here in Philadelphia to boost tourism? Maybe about a group of princesses who work at a scrappy tabloid.

Out and about

This Sunday is the fourth annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Xfinity Live!

Fifty burger meisters from the area's top restaurants will be on hand to raise funds (and cholesterol) for Philadelphia-area schools.

Tickets are $35 and available online at phillyburgerbrawl.com. No tickets will be sold at the door.

* Philly comic-book shop Fat Jack's (2006 Sansom St.) is celebrating its 38th anniversary this month with both a progressive sale on back issues and a visit by wrestling duo Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian.

This duo has wrestled for WCW, WWE, TNA, ECW and Ring of Honor over their long careers, but recently they took on the Aw Yeah Comics! characters by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani.

In honor of the anniversary and the release of the comic co-written by the wrestlers, Daniels and Kazarian will be at Fat Jack's for a signing from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow. There will also be a free kids' comic for all children younger than 10.

As for the sale, each week the discount on back issues goes up. Any back issue stickered 2012 or older is 38 percent off until tomorrow. Then it bumps to 50 percent Sunday through June 14, 65 percent June 15 to 21 and finishes out the month at 76 percent off. Tattle Comics Guy Jerome Maida says that that last week is an insane deal.

The sale is also at Fat Jack's Oaklyn, N.J., location, but the signing is only at the Philly store.


* British prosecutors say they are charging former pop star Gary Glitter with eight sex offenses involving teenage girls.

The charges against Glitter (a/k/a Paul Gadd), are related to two women who were ages 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offenses, between 1977 and 1980.

Glitter, 70, who had previously been convicted of child-abuse charges in Vietnam, was arrested in October 2012. He is due in court on June 19.

Leroy Barnes, who played a dancing hamster in Kia car commercials, has been charged with California disability fraud.

The California Department of Insurance says Barnes collected $51,000 in workers' compensation benefits in 2010 and 2011. Barnes claimed he was disabled when a piece of ceiling fell on him.

But you can't escape the hamster wheel of justice.

- Daily News wire services

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