ATM SKIMMING SCAM
Feds charge 12 people in ATM card skimming scam
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 12 people with allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars by placing card skimming devices on ATMs.
The FBI said Thursday that the defendants obtained or manufactured devices to be placed over ATM card readers in order to obtain information on customers' debit cards.
The scheme also allegedly involved using mini video cameras to capture customer ATM personal identification numbers.
After obtaining this information, the defendants allegedly made cash withdrawals from machines in Southern California as well as San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Nine people were arrested after agents served search warrants on Wednesday. Three of those charged are still being sought.
The defendants could each face 13 years in federal prison if convicted.
2 killed, dog injured, by alleged drunken driver
(Information in the following story is from: Palo Alto Daily News, http://www.paloaltodailynews.com)
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man and woman were killed and their dog was injured when they were struck during an evening walk by an alleged drunken driver in Menlo Park.
Police Commander Dave Bertini tells the Palo Alto Daily News the couple, both in their 50s, were likely killed instantly in the crash Thursday evening.
After hitting them, the car jumped the landscaped center divide, clipped a car traveling the other direction and came to a rest against a tree.
Police arrested 54-year-old Marjorie Reitzell, who was still in her car when officers arrived. Bertini says the Redwood City resident appeared to be intoxicated and complained of minor injuries.
The dog's condition was unknown. Bertini says the Peninsula Humane Society arrived at the scene quickly and took the animal to a vet for treatment.
DEADLY CAR CRASH
Consulate bringing injured boy's relatives to US
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Mexican Consulate officials in Sacramento are working to bring relatives from Guerrero, Mexico, to the bedside of the 9-year-old boy severely injured in a Lodi traffic collision that killed his pregnant mother, father and three siblings.
Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, the Mexican consul general, tells the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/16zfegz ) that officials are expediting US travel permissions to allow two sets of grandparents from Mexico to visit Eden Miranda.
The newspaper says the third-grader from Lodi remained in critical condition Thursday.
The rest of his family died when a speeding SUV barreled into the family pickup on a residential street Tuesday. A total of six cars were involved and 12 people were injured.
Investigators are looking into reports that the driver of the SUV was speeding and on his cellphone moments earlier.
LIMO FIRE-FAMILY LAWSUIT
Family members sue over fatal Bay Area limo fire
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Family members of the victims of a fatal Bay Area limousine fire have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against six different companies.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the lawsuit claims the companies were responsible for the vehicle malfunction that caused the May 4 fire that trapped nine women, killing five of them, as they drove over the San Mateo Bridge.
Investigators say a failure of the air suspension system caused the fire.
Limo Stop Inc., Ford Motor Co., Bay Area Limousine Repair Inc., Accubuilt Inc., Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings Inc., and DaBryan Coach Builders Inc. are named in the suit. Each is responsible for manufacturing or modifying the limousine. No criminal charges were filed.
The Chronicle says company representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
Man who tried to sell pot online won't get it back
(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com)
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A judge has refused to return a pound of marijuana to a Northern California man accused of trying to sell it on the internet, even after two juries deadlocked and criminal charges were dismissed.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat says the judge ruled that Krish Singh was attempting to make a profit, and failed to show that it was for his personal use, as required by the state law that legalizes marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The 44-year-old Rohnert Park man tried to sell the pound of pot for $2,700 on Craigslist.
Singh, who represented himself, pointed out that prosecutors later dropped the single felony count of possession for sale. But the judge responded it was Singh's burden to prove the marijuana was something he was entitled to.
Agency recommends national park for Cesar Chavez
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former Phoenix church hall where farm workers started using the now famous rallying cry, "Si se puede," is being considered for inclusion in the national parks system.
The Santa Rita Center in downtown Phoenix is one of five sites that the National Park Service recommended this week to Congress as part of a historical park honoring Cesar Chavez and the U.S. farm labor movement. The others in California include a national monument named last year for Chavez.
The Park Service says Chavez's fast at the Santa Rita Center in 1972 helped reshaped Arizona's political landscape.
Thousands of farm workers and supporters such as Coretta Scott King participated in rallies and Masses, giving voice to the United Farm Workers of America slogan.
RINGO STARR-PHOTO MYSTERY
Man claims NJ kids in Ringo Starr photo
(Information in the following story is from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com)
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — Ringo Starr's search for six teenagers who he photographed during the Beatles first trip to America in 1964 may be over.
A California man says they're six students from Fair Lawn High School in New Jersey.
Starr had guessed he snapped the photo, which appears in his new book "Photograph," in Miami.
But Charlie Schwartz of Sonoma tells The Record newspaper he and five classmates were turned away after going to Kennedy Airport to see the Fab Four. Schwartz says they were returning home on a New York highway when they say a limousine next to them and the Beatles inside.
Schwartz says Ringo rolled down the window and started snapping pictures.
The retired bartender says the whole thing seems surreal.