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POSTED May 12, 2014 8:15 p.m.

• SPEED A FACTOR IN OAKLAND CAR CRASH THAT KILLED 2: OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland Police say speed was a factor that killed two people when their car went through a chain link fence before smashing into trees near a small college.

Officer Frank Bonifacio on Monday says it appears the driver was speeding in the single-vehicle crash near Mills College in east Oakland early Sunday morning.

Police say it is unknown if alcohol also played a factor.

Also Monday, the Alameda County Coroner’s office identified the dead victims as 21-year-old Duwan Palmer of Emeryville and 28-year-old Kenisha Lewis. Both died at a local hospital on Sunday.

Authorities say two other passengers remain hospitalized and are listed in critical condition after crews used the Jaws of Life to pull them from the wreckage.

 

• POLICE SAY VICTIMS RETURNED FIRE IN PARK SHOOTING: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Police say a shooting at a baby’s birthday party in a Sacramento, California, park that left one person dead and six wounded involved gunfire between two groups.

Officer Michele Gigante said the attackers opened fire on specific people at the party, and people from the party shot back.

Gigante says the attackers drove off after people returned fire. It’s unclear if any of the people who fled were hit.

A 7-year-old child was among the six people who suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting Saturday at Peregrine Park in northern Sacramento.

A man in his 20s died at the scene.

The group had gathered to celebrate the birthday of a year-old child.

Police say the attack appears to be gang-related.

 

• FIRE BURNS TAN BARK AT SAN JOSE LANDFILL: SAN JOSE (AP) — Fire officials are trying to determine the cause of a blaze that tore through tan bark at a San Jose landfill, creating a plume of smoke visible for miles.

The three-alarm fire at the Zanker Road Landfill was reported around 4:30 p.m. Sunday. About 50 firefighters were called in to fight the blaze, though the San Jose Mercury News reports they were hampered by gusty winds and a fire hydrant a half mile down the road.

San Jose Fire Capt. Reggie Williams says the fire was also hard to put out because it burned in 20-to-30-foot piles of tan bark.

According to the landfill’s website, it recycles wood waste among other materials.

No one was injured in the blaze. A recycling machine was damaged.

 

• BILLIONAIRE TO TESTIFY IN CALIFORNIA BEACH DISPUTE: REDWOOD CITY (AP) — A billionaire technology mogul at the center of a lawsuit over public access to a Northern California beach is set to testify in the case.

Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla is scheduled to appear in a San Mateo County courtroom on Monday afternoon.

Khosla is accused of closing the only road that leads to Martin’s Beach in violation of the California Coastal Act. The beach is about 35 miles south of San Francisco.

Khosla purchased the adjacent property in 2008.

Under state law, the entire coast is public property, including beaches below the mean high tide. Without the road access, however, Martin’s Beach can only be reached from the ocean.

Khosla’s attorney, Jeffrey Essner, says the public was previously allowed to access the beach for a fee, so there was never a right of public access.

 

• HIGHWAY 395 POT BUST NABS 2 HEADED FROM LAKE TAHOE: BRIDGEPORT (AP) — A California couple traveling from Lake Tahoe to the Los Angeles area was arrested after deputies allegedly found 64 pounds of marijuana in their car.

Mono County sheriff’s deputies stopped the suspects on U.S. Highway 395 near Bridgeport, California south of the Nevada line.

When one deputy reported an overwhelming smell of marijuana, 55-year-old Mark Bishop of Claremont said he had a medical marijuana card but deputies determined the card was a fake. In addition to the pot they found a bag containing cocaine.

The (Gardnerville) Record-Courier reports Bishop was arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis and possession of marijuana over 28.5 grams.

Heather Davis, 25. of Alta Loma was arrested on the same charges plus possession of a narcotic substance.

 

• SEARCH RESUMES FOR MISSING BOATERS AT FOLSOM LAKE: FOLSOM (AP) — Authorities say a boat that capsized with four men on board in a lake east of Sacramento was traveling faster than 100 miles per hour.

Folsom Lake Superintendent Richard Preston tells the Sacramento Bee the boat’s high speed is one reason rescuers have not been able to find the four men, who are presumed dead.

The boat capsized on Saturday, but gusty winds and poor visibility forced dive teams to suspend their search for the men over the weekend.

California parks department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said crews were back out on the water on Monday, and the weather was being more cooperative.

Preston said Folsom Lake does not have a speed limit for boats in open water.

 

• BURBANK OFFICER SENTENCED FOR LYING TO FBI: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Burbank police officer has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for lying to the FBI during an investigation of a suspected extortion scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband.

City News Service reports Anthony Valento was also ordered Monday to serve three years of supervised release after he is freed.

He pleaded guilty in March to making false statements.

As part of a plea deal, Valento admitted telling FBI agents he wasn’t dating Gayle Bassett, who was an alleged victim of restraining order violations in which Valento was the reporting officer.

Authorities say Valento told Bassett’s husband that if he paid her more than $100,000, Valento could get pending domestic violence charges against him either reduced or dropped.

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