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POSTED March 18, 2012 5:12 p.m.

FIRE CAPTAIN CONVICTED OF DUI MADE ALCOHOL IN JAIL: LONG BEACH  (AP) — A former Long Beach fire captain convicted of drunk driving has been sentenced to four years in state prison for violating his probation terms by making alcohol in jail.

John Hines filtered hand sanitizer at the Huntington Beach jail and drank the ethanol it produced.

Police Capt. Russel Reinhart told the newspaper Hines used salt to filter toxins out of the cleaning solution before drinking it.

Hines was convicted last year to driving drunk when he hit a bicyclist and left the man critically injured.

EX-CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL PASTOR LAUNCHES NEW CHURCH: ORANGE  (AP) — A Crystal Cathedral splinter church launched Sunday in a rented movie theater in Orange County, with the breakaway pastor urging the congregation not to speak ill of its former house of worship.

Sheila Schuller Coleman, who abruptly announced she was forming the Hope Center of Christ at a worship service last Sunday, told the roughly 100 congregants "not to have harsh words for any other church...there are some people who would try to pit one church against one another, but we are not going to do that. Here at Hope Center, we cheer every other church.”

AUTHORITIES SEEK HELP IN FINDING MORGAN HILL TEEN: MORGAN HILL  (AP) — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl who disappeared on her way to school Friday.

Sierra Lamar was reported missing by her family, who said they last saw her around 6 a.m. when she headed off to Ann Sobrato High School, Santa Clara County sheriff's officials said Sunday. Morgan Hill is a suburban community about 20 miles south of San Jose. Sierra never made it to the school. \

Investigators haven't found any evidence that the girl had a troubled home life, or had planned to run away

Sierra is described as 5-foot-2, with a thin build, olive complexion and long dark hair.

 

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