HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A San Leandro High School teacher accused of showing a nude photo of himself to students and who was later caught with child porn will stand trial. A judge yesterday ordered 46-year-old Richard Styner to be tried on charges of possession of child pornography and burglary. The Oakland Tribune reports police reported finding child porn on Styner's classroom and home computers. The burglary charge stems from an incident where Styner allegedly entered the home of a fellow teacher and took photos of her underwear.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police are questioning the mother of a 4-year-old girl who died after being found in the trunk of a parked car in a quiet neighborhood. The Sacramento Bee reports the girl was discovered, near death, by officers conducting a welfare check requested by family members yesterday. Police said the girl's mother was detained as a possible suspect.
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A dog that bit a Petaluma fire captain has been granted a reprieve by animal control officers. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 5-year-old pit bull mix named Indi was scheduled to be euthanized. But after spending time with Indi during a 10-day rabies quarantine, shelter officials determined that the dog is a good candidate for rehabilitation. The captain was bitten while he was treating its owner's father for a medical problem.
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Scientists studying the aftermath of California's destructive Rim Fire see the need for improved forest management. Some of the areas of the Stanislaus National Forest most heavily denuded by the fire were in stands of conifers replanted after fires decades ago, then left untended. The fire slowed when it moved into neighboring Yosemite National Park, where rangers have conducted prescribed burns to mimic natural fire cycles.