Friday, December 27, 2013
SONORA, Calif. (AP) — A new report estimates that the damage to the ecosystem caused by this year's Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park may have cost the local economy $800 million. The report by Earth Economics says trees provide a useful function by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, and the blaze has reduced that oxygen output. The value of carbon storage lost in the fire is between $102 and $797 million.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of attacking his roommate on Christmas Eve and threatening to eat her before killing her dog. Sonoma County deputies were sent to a Santa Rosa home where the victim said her roommate Alan Evans had grabbed her head, pulled her hair and slapped her before threatening to kill and "eat her." Deputies found the victim's dog stabbed to death.
BANNING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate was declared dead after being found with a serious cut Christmas morning in his cell at a Riverside County jail, but it was later found he had suffered a medical problem and cut himself as he collapsed. Deputies and medics found the man unresponsive with a major cut, and he was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was declared dead.
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A Central California couple has made the decision to donate their daughter's organs so other parents can avoid the kind of pain they are experiencing. Manteca resident Tony Izzo tells The Modesto Bee that doctors at UC Davis Medical Center are harvesting the heart and other organs from the body of his 9-year-old daughter, Mariah, who died on Christmas Eve after a car crash.