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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan pleads not guilty to theft charge

Lohan pleads not guilty to theft charge

LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan pleaded not guilty to felony grand theft of a $2,500 necklace — a case that could return the troubled starlet to jail rather than the big screen.

She entered the plea Wednesday through her attorney.

Prosecutors claim the 24-year-old starlet took the necklace in January while on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case. If convicted of the theft charge, Lohan could face up to three years in state prison.

Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson divorcing in LA

LOS ANGELES — Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz are falling out of marriage.

Simpson filed for divorce from the Fall Out Boy bassist on Wednesday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences, court records show. The singer and actress is seeking physical custody of their 2-year-old son.

‘‘After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to file for divorce,’’ the former couple said in a joint statement. ‘‘We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our No. 1 priority.’’

Simpson married Wentz in May 2008.

‘Redwall’ author Brian Jacques dies at 71

n LONDON — Brian Jacques, author of the best-selling ‘‘Redwall’’ adventures for children, has died. He was 71.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper said Tuesday that Jacques died Saturday in a hospital where he was being treated for an aneurism on his aorta.

Jacques was a milk delivery man when he wrote the first Redwall story for children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, one of the stops on his route. The book’s hero was a timid mouse named Matthias who found the courage to protect his home, Redwall Abbey.

‘‘I wanted to write something visual that I could read to the children,’’ Jacques said in an interview published on the website of publisher Random House.

‘‘This was when I created the idea of Redwall Abbey in my imagination. As I wrote, the idea grew, and the manuscript along with it.’’