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POSTED February 9, 2015 9:06 p.m.

PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER KIDNAPPED, RAPED IN ANTIOCH: ANTIOCH (AP) — A pizza delivery woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint by a teen customer who was later arrested by Antioch police.

Antioch police Sgt. Dimitri Barakos said the woman was delivering a Domino’s pizza to a home in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb Sunday morning when she was robbed at gunpoint. Police said the teen forced her into the car and directed her to drive to an undisclosed location where she was sexually assaulted.

The teen was arrested and booked in the county jail. 

 

LA OFFICER HITS, KILLS PEDESTRIAN ON FOGGY NIGHT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer struck and killed a pedestrian as he drove his squad car home on a foggy night, officials said.

The bomb-squad officer behind the wheel, a 20-year department veteran, did not initially realize he struck a person very early Monday, Sgt. Barry Montgomery told reporters at the scene. The officer circled back twice to investigate before finding the victim and administering CPR, Montgomery said.

Fog may have been a factor in the crash that happened around 12:10 a.m. along Culver Boulevard in the Del Rey area, investigators said.

The pedestrian, whose identity was not immediately released, died at the scene. The victim was described as a man possibly in his 50s or 60s.

The officer, who was alone in the car, was heading home after a shift at Los Angeles International Airport, Montgomery said. The officer was technically still on duty because he was driving an LAPD vehicle.

 

UC DAVIS TEAMS WITH AMAZON TO DELIVER SERVICES FOR STUDENTS: DAVIS (AP) — Realizing more and more students are buying their textbooks at Amazon.com, officials at the University of California, Davis, have decided to join forces with the retail giant, rather than fight it.

UC Davis has signed an agreement with Amazon to start a cobranded website where students can purchase textbooks and other essentials. Under the deal, Amazon would pay the university up to 2.25 percent of gross sales, according to Jason Lorgan, director of UC Davis stores.

The deal also allows Amazon to set up shop on campus rent-free, installing lockers where students can retrieve packages and a retail counter for customer service.

Lorgan says the university received $250,000 during a 2013-14 trial of the program.

The agreement, inked in October, lasts for five years.

 

POLICE SERGEANT SUSPENDED AFTER PROSTITUTE STEALS GUN: KENSINGTON (AP) — A Northern California police sergeant has finally been suspended after his gun was stolen last year, reportedly by an alleged prostitute in a hotel room.

Sgt. Keith Barrow, 47, has also had “other substantial sanctions imposed upon him by the department.”

Barrow’s attorney Justin Buffington confirmed the suspension. Barrow works in Kensington, a small town next to Berkeley.

The incident began last May when Barrow, who was off duty, woke up in a Reno hotel room to find this badge, handcuffs and service pistol stolen by a prostitute who he had paid $70 for sex.

The next morning, the prostitute’s pimp shot himself in the leg during an argument at a pawnshop. It was not immediately clear why the suspension took so long. 

 

LIFEGUARDS SEARCH FOR MAN WHO WAS SWEPT INTO SURF: LAGUNA BEACH (AP) — Authorities are searching for an 18-year-old Nevada resident who was swept off rocks into the ocean at a Southern California beach.

Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority says Anthony Parnell was last seen in the water off Laguna Beach Sunday afternoon.

Friends say Parnell was on the rocks just south of Thousand Steps Beach when he was hit by high surf and washed away. Concialdi says the victim was shirtless and wearing black shorts.

Lifeguards scoured the water from boats as helicopters searched from the air for the missing man until dark on Sunday. Searchers were back on the scene at daybreak Monday.

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