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POSTED November 18, 2014 1:03 a.m.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN STOCKTON POLICE CHASE: STOCKTON  (AP) — Stockton police say a man was arrested after he rammed several cars, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle and then led police on a 10-mile chase.

Officers were dispatched Saturday night on a report of a woman following the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect had allegedly rammed her, blown her a kiss and then driven off.

Police say he then deliberately hit a pedestrian, knocking her onto the hood. He struck her again when she fell off and then went into a parking lot, where he struck several parked cars.

The suspect — identified as 30-year-old Farren Deshawn Green — was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and driving under the influence at the end of an ensuing chase.

 

B EAR WANDERS INTO HEART OF REDDING: REDDING  (AP) — Authorities in the Northern California city of Redding are puzzled by a bear spotted wandering near city hall.

The Redding Record Searchlight reports the bear was seen near Redding’s city hall Sunday morning. Redding police Sgt. Ron Icely tells the newspaper that the bear also was seen near a local Safeway store, and on someone’s roof (http://bit.ly/1xIp5zz).

Icely says state wildlife officials tranquilized the bear after it climbed a tree. Icely says the bear is unharmed and will be returned to the wild.

Icely says authorities have seen unusual numbers of bears wandering into the heart of the city recently. State wildlife officials say they don’t know why that is happening, although some believe California’s drought is forcing animals to look for food and water in places they normally wouldn’t.

 

GUN IN DEADLY CONFRONTATION WITH DEPUTIES WAS FAKE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a gun seen during a confrontation with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies that left two people dead was a fake.

Sheriff’s Deputy Lillian Peck tells City News Service that a man who appeared to be aiming at deputies was holding a replica of a .45-caliber handgun.

Deputies tried to stop a car around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after a report that someone in it had pointed a gun at a man walking to his car in East Los Angeles.

Peck says two men got out of the car and the younger one pointed the gun at deputies, who opened fire.

Fifty-seven-year-old Ricardo Avelar-Lara and 26-year-old Eduardo Bermudez died at the scene.

Authorities say Bermudez had a previous conviction for brandishing a firearm.

 

BODY FOUND IN CREEK IDENTIFIED AS KERN COUNTY TEEN: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say human remains discovered earlier this month at a creek bed in the Sequoia National Forest are those of a 17-year-old Kern County girl who ran away from home.

KERO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1t1wBR7) Yoselin Calderon of Wasco was reported missing in June.

Her badly decomposed remains were found November 5 near Poso Creek by two employees of the North Kern Water Storage District.

The coroner’s office was able make the identification using dental records.

 

MAN ARRESTED IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA HIT-AND-RUN 

DUBLIN  (AP) — Authorities say a 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that killed a teenage boy in Northern California last week.

 Sonny Anderson of San Lorenzo is being held at Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder, felony hit and run, and evading police.

Anderson was allegedly the driver of a car that struck 14-year-old Ivan Cruz last Tuesday as he rode his scooter in Alameda County.

Officials say Anderson struck the boy as he fled Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who had begun pursuing him only minutes before for a traffic violation.

Sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson says Anderson was arrested last Wednesday but not immediately named as a suspect in the death because investigators wanted to be sure they had the right person.

 

CALIFORNIA MAN USED DEAD CHILDREN’S IDS FOR SCAM: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California man who opened financial accounts in the names of dead children for a tax fraud scheme has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.

Seventy-one-year-old Lloyd Taylor was sentenced Monday in San Diego on 19 felony charges, including identity theft and tax evasion.

Taylor is a former certified public accountant and tax attorney who once ran unsuccessfully for county supervisor in San Francisco. He was arrested last year in San Diego.

Prosecutors say Taylor stole the identities of at least six children who died in the Bay Area in the 1950s, used the information to obtain passports, then opened financial accounts in their names and for more than a dozen tax-exempt, non-existent churches.

Prosecutors say Taylor used the accounts to conceal some $5 million in income.

 

DAUGHTER SOUGHT IN SHOOTING OF SHASTA MAN: SHASTA LAKE  (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are searching for a 19-year-old woman suspected of shooting her father in the chest and then driving off.

Police say Brittany Weatherbee should be considered armed and dangerous.

Weatherbee is wanted on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of 35-year-old Michael Mattson.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/11dhKg1) that Mattson was listed in stable condition Sunday. The Shasta Lake resident was found on the ground late Saturday with a single gunshot to his chest.

Investigators say Weatherbee fled in a blue Ford Explorer with California license number 4WTE325.

 

CAR CRASHES IN CALIFORNIA PARKING GARAGE, 1 DEAD: SAN JOSE  (AP) — Authorities say a person died following a fiery car crash in a Northern California parking garage.

The name, age and city of residence of the person who died Monday morning were not immediately released by police.

San Jose police are investigating the crash at 9:17 a.m. Monday on the second floor of a parking garage across the street from the county’s main jail and courthouse.

Authorities believe the car crashed into a parking barrier and another vehicle, which caused the fire.

Fire Capt. Reggie Williams said crews discovered the body in the remnants of the car fire.

 

WOMAN FOUND ON RURAL CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY: CALISTOGA  (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a woman who was found lying in a lane of a rural Northern California highway may have been the victim of a homicide.

Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike says initial reports just before 5 a.m. Sunday indicated the woman had likely been struck by a hit-and-run driver on Highway 29 near Calistoga. But Pike tells the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa investigators found no signs of a crash at the scene.

The woman, who was in her 50s, suffered major head injuries and died on the way to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Her name has not been released.

Pike says investigators are trying to determine what happened and how long she was on the road.

 

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