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POSTED April 27, 2015 7:39 p.m.

CRITICS TAKE AIM AT NESTLE BOTTLED WATER PLANT IN SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A plant that bottles Sacramento municipal water and sells it at a profit has been the target of criticism during the California drought.

Members of a group called Crunch Nestle held a protest last month outside the Nestle Waters North America plant.

Organizer Bob Saunders says it is “extremely egregious” for the company to bottle Sacramento’s water during a drought.

The plant has operated since 2010 and buys Sacramento water to fill bottles of its Pure Life Purified Drinking Water.

Nestle spokeswoman Jane Lazgin said the company bought about 50 million gallons from Sacramento in 2014, including some used for plant operations rather than resale.

She said it amounts to less than two-thousandths of 1 percent of the city’s annual water usage.

 

1 DEAD, 2 INJURED AFTER SUNDAY POLICE PURSUIT: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — One person is dead and two are seriously injured after a Sacramento police chase that ended with a crash.

The chase began around 6:15 Sunday evening when officers identified someone with an outstanding arrest warrant.

The suspect then drove off and eventually collided with a truck, causing the truck to veer into a front yard.

One of the truck’s occupants was pronounced dead at the scene. Another occupant had life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital.

 

SUSPECT IN WOMAN’S SHOOTING ARRESTED AFTER 5-HOUR STANDOFF: CARMICHAEL  (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and critically wounding a woman surrendered Monday after a five-hour standoff during which he fired at Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, authorities said.

The man, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was seen being taken from a duplex in handcuffs about 3 p.m. He wore a knit cap and a white mask over his mouth and nose. He didn’t appear to be injured.

Deputies were called to the duplex in the Sacramento suburb about 10 a.m., and they found a woman who had been shot in the neck. She was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

 

JUDGE WON’T DELAY ORDER ON INMATE SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to delay his order for California to provide sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar made his ruling in response to a request by state corrections officials, who also have appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will now ask the 9th Circuit for a stay, said spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman.

The state wanted Tigar to reconsider while it awaits a ruling from the appeals court in the case of Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

It’s just the second time a judge in the U.S. has directed a state prison system to provide the surgery. The previous order in a Massachusetts case was overturned and is being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

GUN DISCHARGES DURING OFFICER’S STRUGGLE WITH SUSPECT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a 31-year-old woman is jailed on suspicion of attempted murder after she tried to wrest an officer’s gun from him during an arrest and the weapon went off.

Officer Dan Lasher says nobody was hurt in the incident Sunday near a car wash in the Normal Heights area.

Lasher says the officer responded after someone reported a woman carrying an open container of alcohol was yelling at customers.

When the officer tried to place her under arrest for being drunk in public the woman refused to be handcuffed. During the struggle, she grabbed for the officer’s handgun, which discharged, striking the officer’s pant leg.

 

 

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