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POSTED January 12, 2012 7:25 p.m.


Stockton teen wanted in kidnapping of girlfriend
SAN JOSE. (AP) — Police are looking for a San Jose teenager whom they say is possibly being held against her will by her boyfriend.
Police issued a kidnapping alert Wednesday night for 15-year-old Raquel Manchaca. She was last seen a week ago near Oak Grove High School with 19-year-old Leonel Vargas of Stockton.
During a confrontation with Raquel's father, Vargas allegedly ran over the man's foot as he drove off with the girl in a gold, two-door Toyota Solara.
Investigators believe the pair may be in the Stockton area or Ukiah, where they have friends.

Oakland to lay about 200 city workers
OAKLAND  (AP) — Oakland officials say about 200 workers could be losing their jobs as the city moves to cut costs to try to make up for the loss of redevelopment money.
The city announced Thursday that with the state cutting redevelopment funds across California, the money to pay for 159 jobs will dry up.
The city says the loss of the redevelopment funds creates a potential annual budget gap ranging from $25 to $30 million, although the exact size of the deficit has not yet been fully determined.
Mom jailed for witness threats
FRESNO (AP) — A mother suspected as an accessory to the shooting of a 91-year-old woman for hiding her suspect son is now facing allegations she tried to intimidate witnesses.
Eugenia Valdez, 35, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of intimidating witnesses in the case.
Her son, 17-year-old Oscar Soto, is being held on attempted murder and other charges for allegedly shooting Marcela Miller after breaking into her San Joaquin home early Thanksgiving morning.
Miller survived the attack, but authorities say she has a bullet lodged in her spine.

 

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