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  Last updated on Thu, 17 Apr 2014

Vigil held for Dorsey High student killed in bus crash
Los Angeles Times - California, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Her sisters remember Jennifer Bonilla, 17, as a hopeful leader, while students, friends and family gather to honor the Dorsey High senior. Wildflowers bloomed in a tiny garden — some red, purple and pink. Together, Jennifer Bonilla and Hailey Ordonez tended the patch in South Los Angeles, where the high schooler and the preschooler kept the flowers alive.
Man arrested in connection with attempted firebombing
Bakersfield Californian - Latest News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A Bakersfield man was arrested on six counts of attempted murder early Thursday in the throwing of a Molotov cocktail through the front window of a southwest home occupied by two adults and four children. Bakersfield police arrested Marco Gutierrez, 24, in connection with the 11:51 p.m. Wednesday incident, in which someone threw the incendiary device into a residence in the 6200 block of Landfair Drive.
Highway stretch will be dedicated to fallen deputy
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A stretch of Southern California mountain road will be named in honor of a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy who died in a shootout with cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner.
Police: Girl reports she was sexually assaulted, robbed and kidnapped
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
San Francisco police are investigating a report that a teen girl was possibly sexually assaulted, robbed, and kidnapped and then left in Berkeley early Wednesday, police said.
Police say Utah mom gave birth at home before killing infants, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
By Derek Jensen SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them, police said on Wednesday. Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered held in lieu of $6 million bail on Monday on suspicion of murdering six newborn babies whose tiny bodies were found rolled up in shirts, towels and plastic bags and stashed inside separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home. Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of Pleasant Grove, Utah, say Huntsman has admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the six babies just after they were born in a rare case of serial infanticide that ran from 1996 to 2006.
Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.
Detroit pension deal approved by one retirement system, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The board of Detroit's General Retirement System on Wednesday approved economic terms of a settlement with the city that include cuts to pension benefits, putting in place another key component of Detroit's effort to exit bankruptcy by October. The city also has reached a tentative pact with the city's other pension fund, the Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System, whose board is expected to vote later this week. Together, the two pension funds represent some 23,000 active members and retirees. The settlements were incorporated into a new draft of the city's bankruptcy plan, filed with the federal bankruptcy court late Wednesday, hours before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes was scheduled to hear objections to the proposed restructuring.
Alameda police notice spike in vehicle break-ins
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Officers say they have noticed an increase in auto burglaries, especially in the Walgreens parking lot on Webster Street and in the parking lot of the Bridgeside Shopping Center on Blanding Avenue.
Troopers issue report on fatal Fla. day care crash, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children — killing one of them and seriously injuring two others — and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday.
New mall in neglected East Oakland 'changing the community'
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Once the site of vacant, run-down storefronts, Uzi robberies and poorly lit parking lots, the Foothill Square shopping center in deep East Oakland - next to Interstate 580 at 106th Avenue - is now clean, bright and busy. In the past month, the rebuilt and remodeled strip mall has welcomed new tenants: a 75,000-square-foot Foods Co. supermarket, a Ross department store, Anna's Linens and a Wells Fargo branch, the area's first full-service bank branch since 1968. "What Foothill Square could be for people is: 'I am a little iffy about the area, but I am shopping around here and, oh, I would like a coffee shop,' and then a coffee shop opens," Hutson said. Security is tight at the shopping center, where guards in black uniforms patrol the parking lot and stores, and Oakland police officers roll through to keep watch on things. Real groceries"A lot of residents were relying on those liquor stores for food, and those kids weren't getting a lot of produce," she said as she picked out tomatoes and onions in the supermarket produce section. Maggie Parker, 67, a resident of East Oakland for 40 years, said she used to have to ride the bus to San Leandro to buy groceries and then take another trip to get new clothes. Mayor Jean Quan, who said she tries to visit the shopping mall every time she's in that part of town, said she hopes the new shopping center will "start a little virus of optimism."
A look inside reimagined BART cars
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
BART riders are getting one final chance to weigh in on the design details of the transit cars that will be carrying passengers around the Bay Area as soon as 2017. A line of interested people snaked through a half-length model of one of the reimagined cars Wednesday at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, testing out the colorful seats, the real-time electronic system map and other innovations, such as dedicated space for bikes. People using wheelchairs also found that their hands could be squeezed when they rolled too close to the widened part of the new multipronged pole near the doors, designed to make traveling easier for standing riders. Marie Marchese, who often rides BART to and from her home in Daly City, was worried that the straps for standing riders were set too high. Marchese, who works with the disabled, also suggested that the size of the signage be increased to make traveling easier for the visually impaired. Map ravesThe new electronic route maps drew raves from many of the hundreds of people who tromped through the car. The signs, which replace the maps on the walls of the current train cars, not only provide a multicolored digital look at the entire BART system, but they include a real-time, "you are here" look at where the train is and what stops are coming up. While the redesign will allow a 10 percent boost in the number of people who can stand during busy commutes, it comes at a cost. The new seats are thinner, covered in a vinyl material that's lime green and teal.
Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.
State Senate leader seeks review of GPS tracking
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The leader of the state Senate is seeking an independent review of how parole officers tracked a sex offender charged with four Southern California slayings, a spokesman said Wednesday.
Fired Yahoo exec gets $58 million for 15 months of work
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.
7 Hurt When Fire Truck Crashes Into Restaurant, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
More than a dozen people, including some firefighters, were hurt Wednesday after a fire engine crashed into a Monterey Park building.
Antioch business owner accused of trying to hire an "enforcer" ordered to trial
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Preliminary hearing features audio recording of Joseph Mosis asking undercover police officer to cut off ex-employee's penis and tongue "to teach him a lesson"
GM faced a Cadillac ignition switch issue in 2006, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
By Paul Lienert and Eric Beech DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors engineers reported accidentally turning off ignition switches in a Cadillac SRX with their knees more than eight years ago, and they ordered a similar fix to a similar problem in smaller, cheaper cars linked to 13 deaths, according to documents from parts maker Delphi Automotive. The documents, provided to U.S. safety regulators, show GM used the same part, from the Cadillac Catera sedan, to make ignition switches more difficult to turn off on the 2007 Cadillac SRX crossover and the 2007 Saturn Ion and Chevrolet Cobalt sedans. The documents are the first indication that GM's luxury Cadillac brand experienced ignition-switch problems similar to those that triggered the recall earlier this year of 2.6 million GM compacts, including the Cobalt and Ion. GM did not immediately respond to requests for clarification.
S.F. officials try to snuff out '420' madness
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
At a press conference led by Supervisor London Breed, whose district includes the Haight and Golden Gate Park - where most of last year's revelry occurred around Hippie Hill at Sharon Meadow - city officials stressed that they weren't trying to kill the fun, just ensure everyone stays safe. Illegal parking, camping, drug sales, open alcohol containers and underage drinking were among the "code violations" that Suhr, Breed, and Recreation and Park head Phil Ginsberg said would be enforced with vigor. "Underage drinking, drug sales and the use of marijuana by young people is something we have concerns about," said Nance, who plans to station juvenile probation officers alongside police and park patrol officers in the park Sunday. Breed, who last year threatened to shut down the impromptu celebration, said her main goal is to make sure everyone stays safe and respectful - "not to be a buzz kill or judge anybody's recreational activity."
Teen Girl Attacked, Robbed of $1 in New York Subway Stairwell, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The 15-year-old girl was entering the subway station at about 10 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Police Officials Say Patient Privacy Law Pulls Shroud Over Drug OD Data, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A lack of recent data on drug deaths -- especially heroin overdoses -- is hampering the ability of law enforcement to combat the growing drug-abuse crisis that has been soaring for more than a decade, police officials said Wednesday at a national summit on drug abuse.
Fire truck rams California eatery; several injured, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Police say two fire trucks have collided in a Los Angeles suburb, slamming one engine into a restaurant and causing several injuries, some of them critical.
Utah Mom Who Admitted Killing Babies Gave Birth at Home: Police, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Authorities said Wednesday that the Utah woman accused of strangling or suffocating her seven newborns gave birth in her home each time, The Associated Press reported.
Police: Nearly 100 burglaries tied to theft ring
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Authorities have uncovered a theft ring that they say might be responsible for nearly 100 burglaries in Southern California.
Pleasant Hill: Armed robbery suspect escapes after brief chase
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A man who robbed an electronics store Tuesday night remained on the loose after he fled officers in a brief vehicle pursuit, police said. According to Pleasant Hill police, officers were called to Parrot Wireless at 1300 Contra Costa Blvd. around 9 p.m.
Richmond: Teenager wounded in Target parking lot shooting expected to survive
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A teenage boy who was one of two shooting victims outside a Target store in Richmond on Tuesday was in stable condition early Wednesday morning and expected to survive his injuries, police said.
Bicycle theft suspect caught on camera stealing at Newark high school
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Police need the public's help in identifying a man who stole bikes from Newark Memorial High School on April 10.
Sheriff seeks photos, video from Isla Vista bash
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Authorities are seeking photos and video of a melee that erupted during an annual street party in the Isla Vista area near Santa Barbara earlier this month.
Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
BOSTON (AP) — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week.
Teen killed in all-terrain vehicle crash identified
Stockton Record, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – The San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the teenage boy who died Monday in an apparent all-terrain vehicle crash.
Sheriff identifies Nevada City homicide victim
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A homicide victim whose body was discovered at his Nevada City residence Monday night has been identified as Brian Spalding.
San Jose: Registered sex offender arrested on a high school campus
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A 48-year-old registered sex offender was arrested last week on suspicion of walking around the campus of Del Mar High School, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff s Office. Students were on spring break at the time.
San Jose: County offering sheriff's deputies to bolster city police force
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
In the interest of forming a partnership to help alleviate the symptoms of an understaffed police department, Santa Clara County will make an overture to San Jose to see if the city is interested in hiring sheriff's deputies to help patrol city streets.
Police Blotter: Breast pump stolen overnight from a Toyota Highlander
San Jose Mercury News - Police Blotter, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
PACIFICA1450 Terra Nova Blvd., 4:43 p.m. Saturday Officers stopped a vehicle believed occupied by a person who’d brandished a gun at the conclusion of a minor league football game at Terra Nova High School and arrested the occupants — two players from the visiting team.
Calaveras Consolidated Firefighters’ Association endorses Pat Garrahan
Stockton Record, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
VALLEY SPRINGS — The Calaveras Consolidated Firefighters’ Association has endorsed Pat Garrahan for Calaveras County sheriff.
Family is key to understanding accused Boston bomber: attorney, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The accused Boston Marathon bomber's relationship with family, and particularly with his slain older brother who prosecutors contend helped plan the attack, is key to understanding his case, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued in federal court that the defendant should be able to meet with his sisters without being monitored by an FBI agent cooperating with prosecutors, and needs access to more information investigators have gathered on his dead brother to mount a full defense to charges that carry the threat of execution. Tsarnaev is accused of planting two homemade bombs with his brother at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264 and, three days later, in the shooting death of a university police officer. "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the youngest of three children.
Arrest in California case of body in freezer
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Police in Northern California have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop.
Sacramento prosecutor pleads no contest to driving under the influence
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A Sacramento County deputy district attorney who was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Dec. 19 has pleaded no contest. See more police-related stories at our Sacto 911 crime blog.
Man dies during passing maneuver on Sacramento river road
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
A man who passed a car on Highway 160 outside of Courtland died Tuesday night when his vehicle collided with an oncoming car, according to the California Highway Patrol. See more police-related stories at our Sacto 911 crime blog.
Boston bomb hoax suspect due in court, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
On the anniversary of the Boston attacks, police arrest a man carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line.
Redwood City police investigating death of man found in park
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Police in Redwood City are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at a park Monday morning.
Online marijuana "ad" sets up robbery
Stockton Record, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – An online posting for a marijuana exchange resulted in a 41-year-old woman coming to Stockton and getting robbed of her stash Tuesday evening, police reported.
Police, K9 combine to catch fugitive
Stockton Record, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – Police officers working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service stopped a vehicle driven by a wanted fugitive in central Stockton on Tuesday afternoon and arrested the driver after deploying a police dog to assist in taking the man into...
Group robs man working on his car
Stockton Record, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
STOCKTON – Five or six men intent on robbery approached a 24-year-old man working on his vehicle in front of his home on North Stanislaus Street between East Fremont and East Oak streets around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Stockton police reported.
Women escape injury when shots hit car at Elk Grove park
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Shots were fired at two women sitting in a car near Elk Grove’s Lewis Park early Wednesday morning, according to police. Approximate location of where the shots were fired.
Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near Syria, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Jordan's air force on Wednesday attacked cars at the kingdom's border with Syria, army officials said.
Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line, Wed, 16 Apr 2014
BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.
After hometown career, Fairfield police lieutenant is retiring
The Reporter (Vacaville), Tue, 15 Apr 2014
After nearly 30 years of law enforcement adventures, Fairfield police Lt. Al Bagos is counting the days until he embarks on a new adventure -- retirement.
Suisun victim identified
The Reporter (Vacaville), Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Suisun City police have identified 33-year-old Salathiel Maynard, of Suisun, as the victim of a Saturday night gunshot slaying.
Suisun police I.D. homicide victim
Times-Herald (Vacaville), Tue, 15 Apr 2014
SUISUN CITY -- Police have identified a man gunned down late Saturday as Salathiel Maynard, 33, of Suisun City.
Fremont police looking for men who robbed retired Marine at ATM
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Police in Fremont say a U.S. Marine was robbed of his wallet early April 9 before the man's credit cards were used at a 7-Eleven an hour later.
Would-be Oakland bank robbers thwarted by employee who locked door
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Police said two masked would-be bank robbers were thwarted when an employee inside the Oakland First Federal Savings & Loan locked the front door before they could enter.
Police: Man gunned down outside West Oakland store
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
A 20-year-old man was killed during a Wednesday morning shooting outside West Oakland store on Willow Street.
Metro drops entrance on proposed downtown subway station
Los Angeles Times - California, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Transportation officials shelve plan for a second entrance to regional connector subway station on Tribune property near LAPD headquarters and City Hall. Transportation officials have shelved plans for a second entrance to a downtown subway station across from L.A. police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times because the newspaper's parent company says it may develop the site, according to Metro documents published Tuesday.
One O.C. serial murder suspect had been discharged from state parole
Los Angeles Times - California, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The two are believed to have been wearing GPS monitoring devices during the time some of the women they're suspected of killing vanished. Tethered to GPS devices and required to check in monthly with police, two convicted sex offenders so easily sidestepped efforts to monitor them that one was deemed safe enough to be formally released from state parole in the midst of what prosecutors now say was a months-long string of murders.
LAPD apologizes to commission for not alerting it to tampering
Los Angeles Times - California, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Chief Beck and three top aides promise to more closely monitor the problem of officers disabling recording equipment in patrol cars. Top Los Angeles police officials Tuesday publicly apologized to their civilian bosses for not promptly alerting them that officers had tampered with recording equipment in patrol cars to avoid being monitored.
S.F. Sunday parking meter charge voted down
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
After being bombarded for hours from all sides, the city's Municipal Transportation Agency board voted to give up $11 million in annual revenue and go along with Mayor Ed Lee's plan to stop charging for parking in metered spaces on Sundays. The members also voted to prioritize expanded service to low-income seniors and youths, banking on some of a $15 million surplus the agency has, and delayed some planned fare increases. Before the MTA board vote Tuesday, the mayor had reiterated that continuing to charge for Sunday parking sends the wrong message to the public as key votes loom in the November election on a $500 million bond measure to finance transportation infrastructure and on a separate vehicle license fee hike. Pedestrians, bicyclistsBut members of Muni riders' groups and pedestrian and bicycle safety groups stepped up and urged the board not to reverse the Sunday policy, citing the millions of dollars in revenue it produced as helping to finance reduced-fare programs and other needed improvements while cutting traffic and emissions. Nicole Schneider of Walk San Francisco said the parking revenue could be targeted to cut the number of pedestrian deaths to zero as the city faces a recent string of traffic deaths and accidents, many involving seniors.
A's making a pitch to remain in Oakland
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
After years of futile attempts to relocate to the South Bay, the Oakland A's appear resigned to staying put at the Coliseum and are in negotiations for a 10-year lease extension. The mayor declined to comment Tuesday, and when asked recently about the Raiders deal, her spokesman Sean Maher steered clear of any specifics - including how much taxpayer money, if any, would be pledged toward a new football stadium. Coliseum Authority member Chris Dobbins said the board is expected to take up the issue of the A's lease - and its effect on the Raiders - at a meeting Friday. Lewis Clinton Jr., the AC Transit chief financial officer who was just charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from the Allen Temple Baptist Church, has been put on indefinite leave from the transit agency - and will continue collecting his $225,000 annual salary. "None of the charges concern his work at AC Transit, and while he has been charged, there is also a presumption of innocence," said AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson. Just how long Clinton's paid leave will last is an open question that will be answered by AC General Manager David Armijo. Prosecutors say Clinton siphoned more than $500,000 from the church and spent it on everything from his own business to house payments, golfing and a luxury car.
Teen Charged with Assaulting Officer During Deltopia Pleads Not Guilty
Santa Barbara Independent - News Briefs, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Lawyer calls Desmond Louis Edwards a “good kid with a good heart.”
Overturned beer truck causes closures on Highway 41 in Fresno
Fresno Bee - Local News, Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The westbound Jensen Avenue on-ramp to southbound Highway 41 remains closed Tuesday morning after a big rig transporting beer overturned at the bottom of the on-ramp, California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger said. Read comments
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