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Ex-San Diego mayor to be sentenced for harassment

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be sentenced Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges.

He pleaded guilty in October to charges related to placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third.

In a plea agreement, prosecutors say they will recommend that he get three months of home confinement and three years of probation.

The 71-year-old Democrat left office Aug. 30, amid widespread allegations that he sexually harassed women.


California deputy in teen shooting to resume duty

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat,

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy is returning to duty.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Deputy Erick Gelhaus will be on a desk assignment while the Sonoma County district attorney reviews an investigative report and determines whether he committed criminal wrongdoing.

Gelhaus has been off patrol since shooting Andy Lopez seven times on Oct. 22 after mistaking a BB gun the boy was carrying for an assault rifle.

Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas said Friday that Gelhaus underwent mental health screening and was cleared to come back to duty this week.

The shooting has led to numerous protests, and Duenas says Gelhaus has received threats.

Lopez's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages.


High winds move into frigid Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California residents enduring near-freezing temperatures can now expect an onslaught of strong winds.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning through 4 a.m. Tuesday for the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Recreational Area and the Santa Clarita Valley. Some areas could see gusts topping out between 60 and 65 mph.

Forecasters say strong northeast winds will also be felt Monday and Tuesday in most of metropolitan Los Angeles, including the San Fernando Valley, along the coast and downtown.

The LA County valleys will see gusts between 40 and 50 mph.

After dipping into the 30s and even the 20s overnight, daytime temperatures aren't expected out of the low 60s for much of the region Monday.

A warming trend is expected to start Tuesday.


Body found on Orange County freeway transition

(Information in the following story is from: The Orange County Register,

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are examining whether a 51-year-old woman found dead on an Orange County freeway transition road may have been pushed or jumped out of a vehicle.

The Orange County Register reports the body of Martha Rodezno was discovered shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday on the transition from northbound Interstate 5 to the westbound 22 Freeway in Santa Ana.

Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says the Los Angeles woman had attended a family function in Mission Viejo, but got upset and left on foot. She was last seen near I-5 and Avery Parkway around midnight.

Bertagna says police are requesting the public's help in piecing together a timeline of events.

Detectives are investigating whether Rodezno may have called someone for a ride from Mission Viejo or hitchhiked.


Cyclist fatally struck by sheriff's car is ID'd

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a bicyclist who was fatally struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol car on Mulholland Highway.

Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale says 65-year-old Milton Everett Olin, Jr. of Woodland Hills died Sunday afternoon.

The sheriff's department said the deputy in the patrol car and Olin were traveling in the same direction in Calabasas when the collision occurred.

KCAL-TV reports the cyclist was in the bicycle lane when he was struck. He landed on the windshield, shattering the glass before rolling off the patrol car and landing on the street.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

City News Service reports Olin practiced internet, intellectual property and entertainment law and was former chief operating officer of Napster.


Thousands to join LA county social workers' strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strike by Los Angeles County children's social workers is expanding as thousands more county workers join the picket line.

A spokesman with the Service Employees International Union Local 721 said up to 10,000 Department of Public Social Services workers will join the strike Monday morning.

Some 3,600 Department of Children and Family Services workers began striking Thursday after contract talks broke down over the timing of a pay raise and the number of caseloads the workers must handle.

Union spokesman Ian Thompson said the social service workers provide support for working-class families transitioning from welfare to work.