Director Frank Capra was recovering Tuesday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., from a series of slight strokes suffered last weekend, his son said. The 88-year-old director apparently suffered no brain damage from the strokes, according to Eisenhower Medical Center spokesman Mike McFadden . . .
Movie producer Jon Peters has been sued for $22 million by two landscapers who say Peters pointed a .45-caliber handgun at them and pulled the trigger four times. The Pitkin County, Colo., sheriff's office said Monday that the alleged incident, which the suit said took place at Peters' vacation home south of Aspen July 30, was under investigation and no charges had been filed. The suit was filed last week by James Bates, 19, and Thomas Aley, 25, who had done some landscape work at Peters' property. The lawyer for the two men, Walter Gerash, said they had gone to Peters' home to collect $110 for the landscape work . . .
Cult deprogrammer Ted Patrick was ordered Monday to spend three years in state prison because he violated his parole by conspiring to kidnap a Texas woman. Patrick, 54, of Chula Vista, was returned to jail a month before he was scheduled to get off probation for the 1980 kidnaping of Roberta McElfish, Tucson, Ariz., whose parents believed she belonged to a religious cult. Superior Court Judge Norbert Ehrenfreud, who removed Patrick from parole, had sentenced Patrick to a year in San Diego County jail in 1981. He also ordered him not to take part in deprogramming ventures for five years. Patrick was arrested earlier this year for allegedly taking money from Dolly Edwards, a Lubbock, Tex., woman who wanted her daughter Kelli Reinhardt, 22, removed from an organization the mother thought was a cult.