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POSTED April 26, 2015 9:02 p.m.

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.

Golden Gate Transportation District General manager Denis Mulligan said the unmanned aerial devices pose safety and security threats to the bridge, which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated as a potential terrorist target after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Mulligan says drones have been flying past security fences and sensors into areas where photography is prohibited. And he says one of the machines recently crash-landed on the bridge’s roadway.

The bridge district is asking Feinstein and the Federal Aviation Administration for regulations that would allow the agency to cite drone operators for trespassing.

 

FIRE DESTROYS VACANT HOME WHERE WALNUT CREEK TEENS PARTIED: WALNUT CREEK (AP) — Fire officials say they are investigating whether teenagers who held a party at a vacant suburban San Francisco home sparked a fire that has destroyed the dwelling.

Contra Costa County firefighters were summoned to the burning home early Saturday about two hours after sheriff’s deputies dispersed the more than 100 teens partying there.

The blaze caused about $750,000 damage to the house, which has been vacant for about six months and is located on a narrow road that slowed the work of firefighters.

Fire Captain George Liang told the television station that the house has been the scene of several parties over the last few months. 

TEEN, MISSING FOR 4 DAYS, LIVED OFF SCHOOL’S FRUIT TREES: CUPERTINO (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy who went missing for nearly four days before he returned to his Northern California home told his family he hid on his high school campus, surviving on fruit from trees and drinking from the water fountain.

The boy went to his first-period class Monday morning and missed his remaining classes. His disappearance led law enforcement officers to search his school, shopping centers and local parks. They also contacted hospitals in the area.

The teen’s parents said in a statement that their son came home during dinnertime Thursday. 

 

SAN JOSE OFFICER CHARGED WITH STASHING POT IN STORAGE LOCKER: SAN JOSE (AP) — A San Jose police officer with 21 years on the force has been charged with marijuana possession nearly a year after fellow officers found more than 12 pounds of pot inside of a storage locker rented in his name.

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Vanier said 44-year-old Son Vu was booked on felony charges of possession with intent to sell and maintaining an illegal stash location, charges that carry a maximum prison term of three years and eight months, if the officer is convicted.

Vanier says Vu has been on paid administrative leave since last June, when the storage center’s owner had the locks on the locker cut because the rent had not been paid, saw the marijuana and summoned police.

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