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POSTED March 17, 2014 7:38 p.m.

• TRANSIENT ARRESTED IN FATAL STABBING OF TEENAGER: CAMPBELL (AP) — Police say a 24-year-old homeless man is in custody on suspicion of fatally stabbing a teenage boy during a fight at a San Francisco Bay Area park.

Todd Tharp was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of murder following the stabbing on Sunday night.

Campbell police Sgt. Gary Berg says the 16-year-old San Jose boy was hanging out with some friends at the park when they apparently got into an altercation with Tharp near a baseball diamond.

The boy was stabbed and died from his injuries early Monday morning at a hospital.

Tharp also suffered injuries, but was treated and arrested.

 

• 3 KILLED IN VIOLENT 48 HOURS IN SACRAMENTO AREA: ARDEN-ARCADE (AP) — Authorities in Sacramento County say three people were killed and 12 others wounded in a spate of separate shootings over a roughly 48-hour period.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the third homicide occurred late Sunday in Arden-Arcade east of Sacramento. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

It was preceded by another fatal shooting — this one in the parking lot of a Sacramento Home Depot. Authorities say someone drove up to 46-year-old Hassan Alawsi on Sunday and fired at least one gunshot before driving away.

The first homicide occurred on Friday night, when someone fired into the garage of a Sacramento home where a family event was being celebrated. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Isac Vang.

 

• DEFENDANT IN LA ‘BLING RING’ CASE ARRESTED AGAIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who pleaded no contest to stealing from Lindsay Lohan and reality star Audrina Patridge has been arrested on suspicion of having a gun — a violation of his parole.

City News Service reports Monday that 23-year-old Nicholas Prugo was taken into custody last week in Los Angeles.

Prugo pleaded no contest in March 2012 in the “Bling Ring” burglaries case that authorities say targeted celebrities’ homes. He was sentenced to time already served in jail in exchange for his testimony against other defendants.

His attorney Markus Mueller-Dombois said after Prugo entered his plea that his client was “doing the right thing.”

Authorities say the burglaries that Prugo and five others were involved in netted more than $3 million in jewelry, clothes and art.


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