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POSTED July 15, 2014 12:56 a.m.

• PARENTS SAY TEEN’S SUICIDE CAUSED BY VIDEO: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego couple is blaming a school district for their son’s death, claiming the 14-year-old killed himself after an embarrassing video went viral.

Parents of Matthew Burdette say in a claim that he was “mercilessly bullied, harassed and teased” after a video of him apparently masturbating in a school bathroom was taken by a classmate and posted online.

Matthew killed himself last November.

The parents filed a $1 million claim against San Diego Unified School District. Timothy and Barbara Burdette contend at least one district employee knew about the bullying but did nothing to stop it.

 

• 3 CHARGED IN DISABLED PARKING PERMIT CRACKDOWN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors have charged three people with applying for disabled placards permits they did not need, and a spokeswoman for the California Department of Motor Vehicles says more arrests are expected.

District Attorney George Gascon said Monday that a 50-year-old woman and her 29-year-old son allegedly forged the signature of a doctor who had never treated them on their applications for the permits that allow motorists to use the blue parking spaces reserved for the disabled and to park at meters for free.

Gascon says a 35-year-old woman who allegedly submitted seven applications over four years also was arrested.

DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez says the arrests are the first from an ongoing investigation that has identified at least 29 suspected cases of placard fraud since February.

 

• LA COUNTY DEPUTY WAS TEXTING BEFORE FATAL CRASH: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court documents say a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was texting shortly before his patrol car struck and killed a bicyclist.

Cellphone records indicate Deputy Andrew Wood sent six text messages from his personal phone before his car struck Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas on Dec. 8.

The 65-year-old Olin — a lawyer and the former CEO of Napster — died at the scene.

Olin’s family has filed a negligent and reckless driving claim against the county. The family could sue if the claim is rejected.

 

• MAN WITH MACHETE KILLED AFTER ATTACKING POLICE DOG: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police have shot and killed a man they say threatened his family, struck a police dog with a machete and swung the blade at an officer.

Thg 21-year-old died at the scene Sunday night. His name hasn’t been released.

Lt. Mike Hastings says officers called to a home around 10:30 p.m. tried to subdue the man with stun guns and dogs.

He says the man was shot after he struck a police dog on the back with the machete and then swung at an officer.

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