LODI, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a multicar crash in Northern California has left five people dead, including a child and a pregnant woman. Police say the crash took place at a busy intersection late yesterday afternoon in Lodi, 35 miles south of Sacramento. Police said up to a dozen people were injured, in addition to the five dead. Police are still investigating how the collision occurred.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former assistant city manager of the corruption-plagued city of Bell is headed to trial in California. Opening statements in Angela Spaccia's trial are set to begin today. Spaccia is accused of setting exorbitantly high salaries for city employees and devising a paper trail to hide them. Her annual salary was $375,000.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new social media network designed exclusively for law enforcement is up and running. Created by former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being touted as a site where officers can share their expertise and information securely through video, instant messaging and videoconferencing. More than 1,000 chiefs and commanding officers in cities including Los Angeles, Boston and Houston have already joined.
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a sixth grader collapsed on the playground of a Riverside County school and later died. Sheriff's and school officials said the 12-year-old boy collapsed while playing during a lunch break yesterday at Vista Heights Middle School in Moreno Valley. Police arrived to find school staffers performing CPR on the boy, who was taken to a hospital where he died.