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POSTED April 26, 2012 8:26 p.m.

TITLEHOLDER OF LONGEST WITH BULLET IN HEAD DIES: TURLOCK (AP) — The man who holds the Guinness World Record for living the longest with a bullet in his head has died in Central California at age 103.

William Lawlis Pace died in his sleep at a Turlock nursing home Monday — 94 years and six months after his older brother accidentally shot him with their father's .22-caliber rifle in 1917.

Pace learned in 2006 that he had been crowned the world record-holder in the category of unwanted cranial ammunition acquisition.

His son told a newspaper during a birthday party for his father last year that doctors in Pace's native Texas left the bullet in place because they worried that surgery might cause brain damage.

The injury damaged one of his eyes and facial nerves but didn't prevent Pace from working as a cemetery custodian.

BODY RECOVERED FROM SEA NEAR BODEGA HEAD: SONOMA COAST STATE PARK (AP) — Officials say it is too early to know if a body recovered from the sea near a popular Northern California hiking area is one of the missing crewmates from a yacht that capsized near the Farallon Islands during a race.

The Sonoma County coroner said that an autopsy is scheduled Friday.

Tourists hiking in the Bodega Head area saw the remains on Tuesday, and a sheriff's helicopter recovered the body Wednesday.

The 38-foot sailboat Low Speed Chase was hit by a large wave during a race on April 14. Three crew members survived, but one was found dead.

Three men and one woman remain missing at sea.

GUNFIRE EXCHANGE ON LA FREEWAY: CARSON (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says a man has been hospitalized after being shot in the head on a Los Angeles freeway.

CHP officer Tatiana Sauquillo says the man was heading north on Interstate 110 near Torrance Boulevard at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday when the driver's side window shattered and he felt an impact.

The man, said to be in his 20s, pulled onto the shoulder and called 911.

Sauquillo says he was taken to a hospital with a moderate head wound. He's listed in stable condition.

Sauquillo says it appears the gunfire came from another vehicle but there is no suspect description.

MARIJUANA FOUND AT MENDOCINO PROSECUTOR'S HOME: UKIAH  (AP) — A Mendocino County prosecutor has been put on administrative leave while sheriff's deputies investigate his possible connection to a pot garden found at his home.

A search warrant was served Monday at the Ukiah-area home that Deputy District Attorney Sergio Fuentes shares with his mother.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Capt. Kurt Smallcomb says about 150 marijuana plants were found growing inside the home. He added that the case is under investigation and no arrests have been made

The Associated Press could not immediately reach Fuentes for comment Thursday. Fuentes works in the DA's criminal division, and has been licensed to practice law since 2009.

WOMAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING THOUSANDS OF BOOKS: VISTA  (AP) — A woman who stole thousands of books from San Diego County libraries to sell on Amazon.com has avoided jail.

Maria Nater of Vista was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days of community service. She must pay the libraries $7,600 for the lost books. She's also forbidden to visit certain libraries and to sell or shop online.

Police investigating thefts from the Carlsbad library found about 2,000 stolen books in her home in February.

The 45-year-old woman pleaded guilty to felony burglary.

Prosecutors say the thefts were especially egregious because budget cuts mean libraries are struggling to remain open.

GROUP SAYS MAGIC MOUNTAIN POLLUTING RIVER: SANTA CLARITA (AP) — Environmental groups say Southern California's Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park is polluting the Santa Clara River with contaminated water and trash that flows to the ocean.

Santa Monica Baykeeper, Wishtoyo Foundation and Friends of the Santa Clara River sent a letter to the Santa Clarita Valley area theme park saying wildlife and swimmers are at risk.

Magic Mountain officials say in a statement that it wants to improve the storm water process.

The environmentalists say a lawsuit will be filed within 60 days if Magic Mountain doesn't significantly reduce pollution entering the Santa Clara River, which flows 45 miles downstream from the park before reaching the sea in Ventura County.

BROWN HEADED TO DC FOR MEETINGS, ANNUAL DINNER: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Washington, D.C., for meetings and a little fun.

Brown will attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday, then appear on "Face the Nation" Sunday morning. He leaves for Washington Thursday.

Brown's office says the Democratic governor also will hold meetings Friday with federal officials on issues that include funding for the California National Guard and health care policy.

TV personality Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the annual correspondents' dinner, where he will roast President Barack Obama.

Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, will sit at a table hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Viola Davis, CIA Director David Petraeus and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also are guests of Newsweek.

MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST TO KILLING HIS ROTTWEILER: RANCHO CUCAMONGA  (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded no contest to animal abuse for beating his dog to death.

Witnesses told investigators that 27-year-old Christopher Munoz severely beat the Rottweiler and dragged the leashed, unconscious animal behind his bicycle before the dog died earlier this month.

The Rancho Cucamonga man was arrested after a San Bernardino County sheriff's standoff at his apartment.

Munoz entered the no contest plea to an animal cruelty count and he will be sentenced on May 2 to a year in jail.

He will also be ordered to participate in a drug program while in custody and he cannot own an animal for 10 years.

Two felony animal cruelty counts will be dismissed as part of the plea deal.

TAGGED WHITE SHARK KILLED BY MEXICAN FISHERMEN: SANTA CRUZ  (AP) — A white shark tagged by researchers off the Northern California coast in the late 1990s was killed after getting caught in a fishing net in the Sea of Cortez.

Two fishermen in the Mexican state of Sonora said they accidentally caught the shark in a net cast from a small fishing boat.

Sean Van Sommeran, executive director of the Pelagic Shark Research Foundation, said he was contacted by the wife of one of the fishermen, who spotted a white tag that had been attached to the creature's dorsal fin with the researcher's contact information.

Van Sommeran estimated the shark was about 20 feet long and 4,000 pounds.

He said the female shark could have been in the Sea of Cortez to give birth.

 

 

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