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POSTED April 21, 2014 9:41 p.m.

• BAY AREA MAN RESCUES BOY FROM MARINA WATERS: SAN LEANDRO AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a boy from the waters of a marina.

Forty-four-year-old Jose Tamayo said he was walking along the San Leandro waterfront on Sunday afternoon when he heard cries for help. He rescued a girl before going back to help a boy he saw flailing in the water.

The Oakland resident says the boy was limp and turning blue, so he began CPR. Within minutes, the boy was breathing.

The 7-year-old boy was listed in fair condition on Monday at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Hospital officials said the boy was conscious and talking.

San Leandro Police Sgt. Mark Clifford said without Tamayo’s help, he would not have survived.

 

• CHILDREN SAFE AFTER CAR IS STOLEN: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say 3 children are safe after being taken on a wild ride by a suspected car thief who led authorities on a chase before being arrested.

U-T San Diego reports (http://bit.ly/1juAHhm) a woman told police Sunday that someone drove off in her gray Dodge Charger while the children — ages 1, 3, and 7 — were inside.

The stolen vehicle was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer on state Route 94 about an hour later.

After a chase the Charger exited the freeway and was stopped.

Police say a 15-year-old girl is being held on numerous charges related to the theft.

The suspect’s identity was not released. It was not clear if she knew the children were inside the car when she allegedly stole it.

 

• SUSPECT FOUND DEAD AFTER 6-HOUR HOTEL STANDOFF: LA MESA  (AP) — A five-hour standoff at a Southern California hotel has ended with a woman in custody and a man dead.

Police say U.S. marshals went to the Rodeway Inn in La Mesa on Monday morning to arrest 40-year-old Robert DeLeon for violating probation in a drug distribution case.

La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass says as marshals approached a room, they heard a gunshot.

 Negotiators determined the man was with a woman and say he refused to surrender. At about 2 p.m., tear gas was sent into the hotel room. The woman came out and was handcuffed.

DeLeon was found dead of a head wound in the room at 3 p.m. Police believe he committed suicide.

 

• LA’S $430 MILLION TRASH TRAIN ON HOLD: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $430 million railway system intended to haul garbage to a desert landfill is at a standstill because Los Angeles County sanitation officials say it’s cheaper to use local dumps.

The LA County Sanitation Districts will pay $15 million each year to dump 648,000 tons of trash into Orange County landfills under a two-year contract that began last month.

Charles Boehmke, head of solid waste management for the districts, says LA County’s disposal needs dropped dramatically starting in 2005 as the economic downturn began.

Officials decided the trash train would not be economical.

 

• TRAILER PARK OWNER VOWS TO APPEAL $111M VERDICT: SAN JOSE  (AP) — The owners of a San Jose trailer park are vowing to appeal a $111 million jury verdict in favor of park residents who sued arguing the facility was allowed to fall into disrepair.

The jury sided with 61 residents of California Hawaiian Mobile Estates, who said their complaints were ignored about sewer backups, electrical blackouts and other major problems.

Park owner Equity Lifestyle Properties is the largest mobile home park in the nation, with more than 140,000 home sites in 32 states and Canada.

 

• NOT GUILTY PLEA IN GIANTS PARK FIREWORK INCIDENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man accused of throwing a firework into a crowd during a Dodgers-Giants game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park has pleaded not guilty.

The San Francisco district attorney’s office says 21-year-old Paola Pavone is due back in court Friday after entering the plea last week. Pavone is charged with felony possession of a destructive device in a public place, felony possession of combustible material and misdemeanor discharging dangerous fireworks.

  Police say several people suffered minor injuries when Pavone threw the firework into a group of people near a concession stand during the game on Wednesday.

The injuries included dizziness and temporary loss of hearing.

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