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POSTED October 12, 2014 11:08 p.m.

• 5 KILLED IN 3 SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) — Police in Stockton are seeking outside help to gather evidence after five people were killed in a series of overnight shootings that happened within four hours.

Officer Joe Silva SAID Sunday that there aren’t enough detectives and crime scene technicians to investigate the apparently unrelated shootings at once. So police officials called state Department of Justice investigators to help process the crime scene of a triple homicide.

In all, six people were shot in three shootings.

Silva said shortly before midnight, a 28-year-old man was shot to death after an alcohol-fueled family disturbance. Ten minutes later, a 26-year-old gang member was found shot to death on the street.

Around 3:30 a.m., three people were shot to death and a fourth person was wounded during a dispute.

 

• CONTAINMENT OF YOSEMITE WILDFIRE AT 95 PERCENT: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Fire crews have significantly increased their containment of a fire at the edge of Yosemite National Park where an air-tanker pilot fighting the blaze died last week.

The fire has burned 311 acres and was 95 percent contained Sunday, the National Park Service said.

The park service said State Highway 140, which leads visitors into the park’s main valley, reopened Sunday. The road was closed after an air tanker hit the canyon wall and disintegrated, with pieces landing on the highway.

Fire investigators found that the blaze broke out Tuesday after hot metal fragments from a vehicle created sparks, the park service said.

Meanwhile, a blaze along Interstate 80 in the small community of Applegate, about 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, remained at 459 acres and 67 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

 

• SWARM OF SMALL EARTHQUAKES HITS MAMMOTH LAKES AREA: MAMMOTH LAKES (AP) — A series of small earthquakes has struck near the mountain resort town of Mammoth Lakes in California’s Eastern Sierra.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-4.0 temblor occurred at 5:13 p.m. Sunday at a depth of 4.3 miles. It was centered about 16 miles southeast of the mountain resort town.

It was followed by several smaller quakes.

The area saw hundreds of small earthquakes last month that seismologists said may have been triggered by water pressure from hot springs in the area.

 

• 1 KILLED, 2 WOUNDED IN OAKLAND DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: OAKLAND (AP) — Police in Oakland say a man was killed and two of his roommates wounded when someone opened fire at them from inside a car.

Police are still trying to confirm the name of the man killed Saturday night in East Oakland.

They believe he is a construction worker from Central America.

They say the man died at the scene. The other two victims were taken to a hospital, treated and released.

Police say the three were standing outside the home where they rent rooms when a car drove up and someone inside began shooting at them.

The killing was Oakland’s 61st homicide of the year. Last year at this time there were 79 homicides in the city.

 

• AFTER-DARK CLOWN SIGHTINGS TROUBLE BAKERSFIELD: BAKERSFIELD (AP) — People dressed as clowns are causing a stir in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

The latest after-dark sighting came Saturday, when police in Bakersfield responded around 8 p.m. to a report of a clown holding a firearm.

The latest sighting came after a week during which police received numerous calls about scary or mischievous clowns.

According to the newspaper, police said they have arrested one minor who acknowledged dressing up and chasing younger juveniles.

 

• 1 DEAD, 1 HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING SWEPT TO SEA: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One man died and another was hospitalized after being swept off the rocks while fishing in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

A spokeswoman for the National Park Service says rescuers responded to a distress call around noon Sunday by boaters who saw the men swept into the water near the southern end of Rodeo Beach in Marin County.

Alexandra Picavet says crews pulled a man who was clinging to a rock offshore. They searched the choppy waters for about 40 minutes before finding the other man. They performed CPR but couldn’t resuscitate him.

The first man was taken to a hospital. Picavet said she didn’t know the extent of his injuries.

Sneaker waves, rip currents and high surf are common in the area this time of year.

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