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POSTED March 9, 2012 9:06 p.m.




'SPEED FREAK KILLER' SENDS NEW LETTER TO STATION: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — Sacramento television station CBS-13 has received a second letter from serial killer Wesley Shermantine, with this letter claiming that he knows of more than 70 murder victims.

Shermantine wrote reporter Koula Gianulias saying that his accomplice, Loren Herzog, and a third man killed 72 people. The station did not identify the third man.

Shermantine, one of the so-called "Speed Freak Killers," is on San Quentin's State Prison's death row for killing four people from 1984 to 1999.

Herzog was convicted of three murders, but authorities suspect he and Shermantine killed more.

The letter, received Wednesday, comes after Shermantine wrote the station in February, claiming that he knew where additional victims had been dumped.

San Joaquin County officials, who had been searching a farm in Linden based on information provided earlier from Shermantine, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the latest letter.

CHP OFFICER CHARGED FOR ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION PAD: FULLERTON  (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer has been charged with illegally possessing a medical prescription pad used to write phony doctor's notes to get paid time off.

Orange County prosecutors say 46-year-old Deborah Therese Sparso of Anaheim Hills will be arraigned in Fullerton Friday on a charge of manufacturing, copying or reproducing false prescription blank forms. The misdemeanor could get her six months in jail.

A district attorney's statement says Sparso, a CHP officer in Westminster, used the notes to get more than $11,000 in paid time off.

Prosecutors didn't say how Sparso may have gotten the forms, but they say the doctor they came from did not authorize anyone to write the notes.

It's not clear whether Sparso has hired an attorney, and she could not be reached for comment.

RAPPER COOLIO ARRESTED IN UNPAID VEGAS TICKET CASE: LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rapper Coolio was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

Coolio, 48, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, Officer Laura Meltzer said.

No one else in the car was arrested.

It was not immediately clear if Ivey had a lawyer. His manager Susan Haber said she had not heard about the incident and had no comment.

Ivey was sought on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on an illegal stop and driving without a license summons issued in June 2010.

He was freed later in the day. A court date wasn't immediately known.

Coolio is a musician, actor and record producer best known for the song "Gangsta's Paradise."

MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED BABYSITTER RAPE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Norwalk man has been arrested after authorities say he drugged and raped a babysitter who was watching his children.

Fifty-three-year-old Kevin Cady was arrested late last month. He was released Thursday after posting a bond and could not immediately be reached for comment.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say Cady is suspected of attacking a 22-year-old woman he hired through an online babysitting service in January.

Cady allegedly returned home early from work and offered the woman a drink. Authorities say she immediately became sleepy and woke later to find Cady sexually assaulting her.

Investigators say Cady was arrested after test results showed the woman had ingested a drug that can cause drowsiness and is normally used in hospitals before surgery.

DICK VAN DYKE MARRIES MAKEUP ARTIST AT AGE 86: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Van Dyke is a very happy newlywed at age 86, his spokesman said Friday.

Van Dyke and makeup artist Arlene Silver, 40, were married last week in a small Leap Day ceremony at a Malibu chapel near the actor's home, publicist Bob Palmer said.

"I've never seen him happier. She adds a lot to his life," he said, adding that the couple has much in common, including a love of singing.

Members of Silver's family and some of Van Dyke's close friends were on hand for the intimate wedding. Van Dyke suggested the couple may hold a bigger ceremony in the future, Palmer said.

Silver and the stage, film and TV star became friends about five years ago after meeting at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Palmer said Friday.

Michelle Triola Marvin, Van Dyke's partner of 30 years, died in October 2009 at age 76.

Van Dyke gained fame in the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," for which he won a Tony Award in 1961, and starred in the 1963 film based on the play. His other movie credits include "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

The 1961-66 "The Dick Van Dyke Show" made him a TV star, and he's proved an enduring one: His other series include "Diagnosis Murder" (1993-2002) and made-for-TV movies such as 2008's "Murder 101: New Age."

EX-CHP OFFICER SENTENCED IN HUSBAND'S MURDER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced Friday to 50 years to life in prison for murdering her husband.

Tomiekia Johnson, 32, slumped over and put her face down toward the defense table as the punishment was announced.

In January, she dramatically collapsed to the courtroom floor when the jury convicted her of the first-degree murder of 31-year-old Marcus Lemons, who was shot in the head while seated on the passenger side of Johnson's car near a freeway off-ramp on Feb. 21, 2009.

Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry denied a defense motion for a new trial.

SOUTH SF MAN CHARGED IN LOAN THEFT: SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO  (AP) — A South San Francisco man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole as much as $900,000 from low-interest loan seekers.

San Mateo County prosecutors say 67-year-old Floro Lorenzo Cruz entered the plea to six felony counts of embezzlement on Wednesday.

Cruz is accused of victimizing six people, telling them he needed a 10 percent down payment in order to secure them a loan and then taking the money and spending it on himself.

CALIF. PROF GETS PRISON TERM FOR CHILD ABUSE : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former assistant professor of justice studies at California State University has been sentenced to 37 and 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing an infant.

Kenneth Martin Kyle entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday to molesting a 5-month old infant in St. Louis, Mo. over several months. He was then sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $50,000 to the victim.

Kyle resigned his position at California State University East Bay after his arrest in March 2010.

Authorities say Kyle acknowledged traveling to St. Louis in 2009 to abuse the infant. He came to authorities' attention after he was allegedly discovered sharing child pornography over a so-called peer-to-peer network.

The infant's mother has pleaded guilty to state molestation charges in St. Louis and still faces federal child pornography charges.


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