SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are close to surrounding two wildfires that torched several hundred acres of Southern California forest and briefly threatened dozens of homes. The U.S. Forest Service says a 200-acre blaze in the Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles is 80 percent contained last night. That fire prompted the evacuation of about 30 rural homes on Tuesday but residents went home late that night as water-dropping aircraft took the heat out of the blaze.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man holding a cellphone has been wounded by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who say they mistook it for a gun. The Sheriff's Department says the shooting happened yesterday in Los Angeles' mid-city area, where the deputies had been looking for a criminal suspect. The Sheriff's Department says the man has been hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy is being charged as an adult in connection with the daylight armed robbery of nine people in Oakland waiting for carpool rides to San Francisco. Alameda County prosecutors charged a 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old Delante Johnson, both of Oakland, with 10 counts of second-degree robbery, two counts of attempted second-degree robbery and several weapons enhancements for the robbery. Johnson was also accused of carrying a loaded firearm.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The city of Fresno has agreed to pay $1.35 million to the mother of a motorist who was killed in a collision with a police car. The Fresno Bee reported yesterday that the city has reached a settlement with Pamela Matthews who had filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the city of negligence in March 2012. Twenty-eight-year-old Matthew White was killed after his white Mazda 626 was struck by a police car heading toward a call of an armed burglary in progress in northwest Fresno.