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Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility.

Lawyer Douglas Straus said yesterday that Children's Hospital Oakland would not permit the procedures on its premises because Jahi McMath is legally dead in the view of the doctors who have examined her.

But Straus reiterated in a letter to the lawyer representing McMath's mother that the hospital would release the girl's body as soon as her family provided a detailed plan about accomplishing the move.

Meanwhile, a state appeals court judge yesterday refused to order the hospital to insert the tubes, saying the issue has to go first to a lower court judge.


Girl dies, 2 others injured in SF car accident

(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle,

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young girl died and two other people were injured in San Francisco after they were hit by a car while crossing the street on New Year's Eve.

Officer Gordon Shyy says the three pedestrians — one woman and two children — were struck about 8 last night in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Shyy says the woman's injuries are life-threatening and that the surviving child, a boy, is expected to survive.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that police say drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

Earlier yesterday, an 87-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in San Francisco's Crocker-Amazon neighborhood, the paper reports.


Naked man leads Calif. police on rooftop chase

(Information in the following story is from: The Record,

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A naked man in Northern California led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.

Officers arrived at a home on the 300 block of Edan Avenue in Stockton at about noon with an arrest warrant for 36-year-old John Redmon.

But Redmon fled through the back door, officials said. The next time officers spotted him, he was on a rooftop and wearing no clothes.

The Stockton Record reports that Redmon jumped onto four rooftops in the course of the chase.

When police caught him, the paper said, officers had to use a baton to subdue him.

He was booked on suspicion on stalking, drug-related violations and resisting arrested.


OC DA: Colleague who strangled sushi chef flees US

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Southern California sushi chef accused in the strangling death of a sushi chef has likely fled to Nicaragua.

The Orange County district attorney's office says that a $1 million warrant has been issued for Henry Nunez-Godinez (NOON'-yez go-DEEN-ez), who has been charged Murdering killing Chang-Ho Jung on Dec. 11.

Prosecutors say Nunez-Godinez, who worked with Jung at a restaurant in Lake Forest, strangled him with a cord on Dec. 11 in the Laguna Hills apartment they shared.

The owners of the sushi restaurant found Jung's body at the apartment after he failed to show up for work.

Sheriff's officials say Nunez-Godinez fled the U.S., drove the length of Mexico in his black 2005 Volkswagen Jetta and has reached Nicaragua.

He could get 25 years-to-life in prison.