Hiker missing in CA forest found after 5 days
ARROWHEAD SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A hiker who has been missing in the San Bernardino National Forest for five days has been rescued.
San Bernardino County Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller says 55-year-old Rodney Trumbo of Redlands was found Sunday afternoon after a helicopter crew spotted a fire that he started.
Rescuers hoisted him out of canyon near Arrowhead Springs and took him to a hospital for treatment of dehydration, and pain to the head and shoulders.
Miller said Trumbo was reported missing on Tuesday.
HALLOWEEN PARTY-7 SHOT
1 killed, 6 wounded in Sacramento Halloween party
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A drive-by shooting outside a Halloween party in Sacramento has left one person dead and six others injured.
Police spokeswoman Michele Gigante said the early Sunday attack happened at the end of the party when people were walking out of a studio that was rented out for the event.
A sedan passed by and someone in the vehicle started firing at the crowd.
A man in his late 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. Five others suffered gunshot wounds that where not life threatening and a woman was hit by shrapnel.
Gigante said detectives were trying to figure out a motive.
No suspect information was released.
14 patients left after Calif. nursing home closes
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Alameda County sheriff's detectives are conducting a criminal investigation into a nursing home that closed Thursday and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients.
Paramedics called to the Valley Manor Residential Care center in Castro Valley found a notice on the door from the state Department of Social Services ordering the site to be closed. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1dyvplR ) that paramedics also found bedridden patients attended by a handful of staff members who stayed to help them, despite not being paid.
Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said the staff members who stayed included a cook, janitor and a single caretaker who felt badly for the patients.
Nelson said investigators are trying to determine whether the state follows up after closing a facility.
The patients were transported to other homes.
Banning police officer kills man at hotel
(Information in the following story is from: The Desert Sun, http://www.mydesert.com/)
BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A Banning police officer has shot and killed a man during a confrontation at a hotel after the man allegedly brandished a handgun.
A Riverside County sheriff's sergeant said a man who was not a hotel guest and began knocking on doors at around 4 a.m. Sunday looking for a woman. The Desert Sun reports that a hotel employee called police.
Sgt. Jeff Buompensiero says the police officer and the man had a physical altercation at the hotel elevator. The officer fired his gun and the man died at the scene.
The Banning officer is an 18-year veteran of law enforcement and has been placed on administrative pending the outcome of an investigation. His name was not released.
SoCal traffic stop results in 5,000-pound pot bust
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Chula Vista police say they found about 5,000 pounds of marijuana inside a truck after the driver ran a red light.
A police officer questioned 19-year-old Christopher Velazquez during the routine traffic stop Saturday night and determined that he was unlicensed to drive. Before impounding the vehicle, police searched it and discovered the drugs.
Lt. Phil Collum said Sunday that it was unclear if the marijuana came from Mexico. Chula Vista is a San Diego suburb located near the Mexican border.
Collum says the amount of drugs suggests the driver was working with others but investigators have not reached any conclusions.
The Bonita man was arrested on suspicion of marijuana transportation and possession for sale.
VALLEJO DRIVE-BY KILLING
Vallejo drive-by shooting is city's 20th homicide
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A 19-year-old who was a passenger in a group of cars that had stopped to change a tire is Vallejo's 20th homicide of the year after being hit by bullets fired from a passing vehicle on Saturday.
Vallejo police say four other people in the group were wounded.
According to a statement released by Vallejo police on Sunday the group was in a caravan of four vehicles headed to a party from the South Bay area. They stopped on the side of the road to fix a flat at about 11 p.m. when a white SUV with tinted windows drove by and opened fire.
Police said the motive was not clear. The victim's name has not been released.
Police said it appears that there was just one gunman.
Early release draws scant interest in LA jails
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has tried to reduce jail overcrowding for years by putting low-level offenders into home detention and work-release programs, but those efforts have largely failed to make a dent.
The Los Angeles Times reports that inmates eligible for home confinement claimed they were homeless. The program was abandoned in 2010, less than two years after it started.
Home confinement is still an option for inmates who volunteer and agree to pay for monitoring devices, but their numbers have plummeted.
Inmates have also proven reluctant to volunteer to be released to a work in a supervised job.
The newspaper says the lack of interest from inmates has forced the county to consider more expensive solutions to overcrowding, like contracting with other agencies.
Divers work to clear debris off California coast
(Information in the following story is from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com)
CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands.
The Ventura County Star reports that the nonprofit group Ocean Defenders Alliance began scouring the area for abandoned ocean gear in September.
They have found everything from anchors to decayed traps. Last week, divers recovered a 200-pound net.
The Huntington Beach-based group formed more than a decade ago and has done much of its work around San Pedro. It has also worked off the coast of San Diego and Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
One volunteer says he once found an artificial reef with hundreds of toilets and tires off the Malibu coast.
CATTLE RUSTLING RISE
Cattle rustling up in Calif. as beef prices rise
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials say reports of cattle rustling are up across California as the price of beef continues to rise.
Greg Lawley, chief of the state's Bureau of Livestock Identification, said 1,317 head of cattle were stolen or reported missing last year. He told the Sacramento Bee that it's a 22 percent increase from pre-recession numbers.
The USDA reports that cattle prices hit record highs in 2011 and 2012. One steer can sell for $1,000 or more.
There are roughly 3 million head of cattle in California, most of them dairy cows. But 575,000 head roam the range, often with no more protection than a brand.
Last year the livestock identification bureau identified and returned cattle worth $1.4 million to the owners.
Officials say most thefts are inside jobs.
Water managers say conservation needed in 2014
(Information in the following story is from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State water officials are warning that low water levels in reservoirs across the state should be a warning that conservation measures might be necessary to get through next year.
With little chance for record-rain conditions to develop in the Pacific this winter, the Fresno Bee reports that the state could be headed for trouble.
Mike Cowin of the state Department of Water Resources said a drought has not been declared, but water managers will face a challenge if 2014 is dry.
Pine Flat Reservoir in the Fresno County foothills is at 16 percent capacity and most of the state's other large water-storing reservoirs are well below average. California is coming off one of the driest winters on record.
Most of the state's water comes from the Sierra snowpack.
HOCKNEY'S IPAD ART
iPad art gains recognition in new Hockney exhibit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new exhibit of British painter David Hockney's work, including about 150 iPad images, has opened in the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. It's just a short trip for Silicon Valley techies who created both the hardware and software for this 21st-century reinvention of finger-painting.
The show that opened Saturday is billed as the museum's largest ever, filling two floors with a survey of works from 1999 to present in watercolor, charcoal and even video. On a recent preview day, it was the iPad pieces, especially the 12-foot high majestic views of Yosemite National Park, that drew gasps.
Art historians say exhibiting iPad images by a prominent artist gives the medium a boost, helping digital artwork gain legitimacy in the notoriously snobby art world.
LA BREA TAR PITS
Scientists dig for fossils in LA a century later
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are still digging for Ice Age fossils in the heart of Los Angeles after a century of discoveries. So much has been uncovered from the La Brea Tar Pits that crews have a backlog of bones to clean and sort through.
Officials at the George C. Page Museum celebrate 100 years of excavation on Monday with a ceremony. Since 1913, some 5.5 million bones representing more than 600 species of animals and plants have been recovered.
Fossils finds include mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats and other creatures that lived 11,000 to 50,000 years ago.
Excavators have been more careful in recent decades to preserve not just the larger bones, but also the smaller plants, insects and rodents that provide a glimpse of the past environment.