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POSTED July 8, 2014 8:18 p.m.

• EX-LIFER ARRESTED FOR SEX ASSAULT: FONTANA (AP) — A Southern California man who was freed from a life sentence last year is back in jail.

 Raymond Ramirez was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly knocked down an 18-year-old woman who was walking home from a party. Police say he sexually assaulted the woman and fled with her cellphone when she screamed.

Police say the phone was found at his home and he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and armed robbery. He remained jailed Tuesday.

The 53-year-old Fontana man was sent to prison for life in 1997 under the state’s three-strikes law for committing a third felony but he was released in 2013 after voters changed the law to require that the third strike be serious or violent.

 

• FISHERMEN WHO HOOKED SHARK WON’T BE CITED: MANHATTAN BEACH (AP) — California officials say they won’t cite the fishermen who hooked a great white shark that bit a swimmer near the Manhattan Beach pier.

Authorities say the 7-foot shark was thrashing to get free from the line for more than 40 minutes Saturday before it bit a swimmer who was treated at a hospital.

It’s illegal to fish for great whites in California.

The fishermen said they accidentally hooked the shark and didn’t immediately cut the line because they hoped to guide it away from people in the water.

Capt. Rebecca Hartman of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said there’s no reason to believe they were targeting sharks.

Meanwhile, city officials have banned pier fishing until September while they consider new regulations.

 

• MAN, 56, SENTENCED IN DOG MAULING OF TODDLER: MARTINEZ (AP) — A Northern California man has been sentenced to a year in county jail and three years’ probation for the 2010 fatal mauling of his 2-year-old stepgrandson by three pit bulls.

Steven Hayashi, 56, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in April, could have been sent to prison for 10 years.

Contra Costa Superior Court Judge John Kennedy noted that Hayashi had never been arrested before July 2010, when three of his five pit bulls attacked Jacob Bisbee.

The toddler was killed by the dogs after being left unsupervised and walking into an unlocked garage where the animals were kept.

Prosecutors say the boy had more than 100 bite marks.

Jacob’s mother pleaded for lenience for Hayashi, calling the death an accident. She said Hayashi cared for her son.

 

• PATROL HEAD SAYS HE’S SHOCKED BY BEATING VIDEO: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The commissioner of the California Highway Patrol says he was shocked and concerned by video of one of his officers repeatedly punching a woman he had pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow says the now-viral video has wounded his department, and he vowed to complete an investigation in weeks instead of the usual months.

Farrow spoke at a news conference Tuesday after a two-hour meeting with community and civil rights leaders.

Farrow said the Peace Officer Bill of Rights prevented him from revealing the name of the officer, who has been with the department for a year and a half.

The video shot by a passing freeway driver shows 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock being punched as she lay on the shoulder of Interstate 10.

 

• SCHOOL DISTRICT ADOPTS ETHNIC-STUDIES CURRICULUM: PICO RIVERA (AP) — A Southern California school district will require ethnic-studies classes — ahead of a similar curriculum that legislators hope to someday implement statewide.

The El Rancho Board of Education has agreed that all students, beginning with the class of 2016, must pass an ethnic-studies course before graduating.

The district near Los Angeles is thought to be the first in California with such a requirement,.

Latino students make up 98 percent of the approximately 9,400 students in the district.

“When students learn about themselves, their history, it gives them self-worth and self-esteem and they do better in school,” said Jose Lara, vice president of the El Rancho Board of Education, who co-sponsored the proposal.

Lara said there might be a variety of classes offered, such as an art class that focuses on Mexican-American work or an English class that includes African-American literature.

 

• WOMAN ACCUSED OF SETTING BOYFRIEND ON FIRE: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Police in San Bernardino have arrested a woman suspected of setting her boyfriend on fire after an argument.

Sgt. Gary Robertson says the couple retired to different rooms following the fight Saturday night.

The 43-year-old man says he fell asleep in the living room and awoke at about 7 a.m. with flames on his legs and chest.

His girlfriend was gone but officers arrested her about 12 hours later. Stacy Mahle, 52, faces charges including attempted arson, attempted murder and domestic violence.

Robertson says the man, whose identity is being withheld, was treated at a hospital for third-degree burns.

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