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POSTED June 22, 2012 9:52 p.m.

BOY COULD FACE BATTERY CHARGE FOR SPITTING: CHULA VISTA  (AP) — A 12-year-old Chula Vista boy who spit out of a school bus window faces a misdemeanor battery charge because the spit went through the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle and landed on a man and his daughter.

Michael Crowe tells KGTV in San Diego that he was spitting out a wad of gum because it didn't taste good. Crowe was suspended from Eastlake Middle School for five days after the January incident. He was later transferred to another school.

Police tell the station their investigation shows Crowe was intentionally spitting at cars.

Michael's mother, Lisa, is appealing the charge, saying there is no proof her son was deliberately aiming at anyone or anything.

Chula Vista is about 10 miles south of San Diego.

TAHOE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SIGNS ON 5 OLYMPIANS: OLYMPIC VALLEY (AP) — The committee trying to lure the Winter Games back to the Lake Tahoe area in 2022 is getting help from some prominent U.S. Olympians.

The Lake Tahoe Winter Games Exploratory Committee announced on Friday that five Olympians have signed on to help develop an Olympic bid for the Tahoe region. They are: speed skater Andy Gabel; ice hockey player Bret Hedican; freestyle skier Jonny Moseley; downhill skier Tamara McKinney; and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.

Lake Tahoe is ringed by ski resorts on or near its shores, but it would likely face competition from other U.S. cities, including possibly Denver. Squaw Valley, a resort on the California side of Lake Tahoe, hosted the Winter Games in 1960.

The U.S. Olympic Committee, however, has to first determine whether to submit a formal bid for the Winter Games. It has until 2013 to make that decision.

DA CHARGES SACRAMENTO-AREA OFFICER WITH ASSAULT: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Sacramento-area school district police officer is facing charges that he choked two suspects and kicked another person in the head while they were handcuffed and threatened still another person with a stun gun.

The Sacramento County District Attorney's office charged 37-year-old Twin Rivers Unified School District Officer Branche Smith on Thursday with four misdemeanor counts of assault while on duty.

Smith faces up to four years in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted. He has been with the department since 2002. It was not immediately clear whether he had retained an attorney.

A grand jury is expected to release a report soon about the school district and its police force. Among other allegations, school officials are accused of ordering school police to conduct illegal background checks on students.

ATTORNEYS SEEK MISTRIAL OVER PRIEST'S TESTIMONY: SAN JOSE  (AP) — Attorneys representing a man accused of assaulting a priest he claims raped him decades ago are seeking a mistrial.

The attorneys claimed Friday that prosecutors committed misconduct in their handling of the priest's testimony.

Father Jerold Lindner denied on Wednesday that he molested William Lynch during a 1975 camping trip. Lynch has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Lindner in 2010 and his trial started Wednesday.

During her opening statements, Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Vicki Gemetti told the jury that Lindner did molest Lynch. Gemetti predicted Lindner would deny the molestation, but urged the jury to convict Lynch anyway.

Judge David Cena will consider the request Monday morning. If he declines to declare a mistrial, the priest is expected to resume testifying.

WOMAN JAILED FOR SEX ASSAULT OF SON: NAPA (AP) — A 32-year-old California woman has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison for engaging in incest with her teenage son.

Ukiah police interviewed the boy's relatives after his grandmother reported she had sexual contact with the 16-year-old.

Authorities arrested her in April in a motel room in Mendocino County with the boy. The Associated Press is not identifying the mother to protect the victim's identity.

The Napa Valley Register reports the woman pleaded no contest to incest, oral copulation, lewd contact with a minor and distribution of lewd material to a minor in May.

Before she was sentenced Thursday, she pleaded for leniency in a letter to the Napa County Superior Court claiming genetic attraction "is a very powerful (phenomenon) that happens to 50 (percent) of people becoming reunited with a long-lost relative."

SAN DIEGO WOMAN ARRESTED FOR $5.74M EMBEZZLEMENT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego sheriff's officials say a woman wanted on an arrest warrant for embezzlement of more than $5 million has been arrested in New Mexico.

Sgt. Mark Varnau says 44-year-old Elizabeth Ann Masters was arrested Friday in Albuquerque on allegations that the former financial controller wrote hundreds of checks to herself amounting to $5.74 million.

Masters is accused of writing 719 checks to herself over nine years of employment at a San Marcos clothing business.

DAUGHTER'S CONFESSION CONVICTS MAN OF KILLING WIFE: SUNNYVALE  (AP) — A Northern California man has been convicted of killing his wife in a case that authorities say was solved when the man's daughter came forward to say he forced her to help him bury the body.

A Santa Clara County jury found 51-year-old Gary Swierski of Sunnyvale guilty on Wednesday of first-degree murder in the 2005 death of his wife, 36-year-old Reina Swierski. He is facing 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 27.

Reina Swierski was missing for three years until her skull was found in a state park in 2008. Authorities say they cracked the case when her stepdaughter, 26-year-old Eva Swierski, told police last year her father strangled her stepmother and forced her to help bury the body. The daughter testified against her father at trial.

Prosecutors say she will not be prosecuted.

RV DRIVER DIES AFTER SMASHING INTO RESTAURANT: LAKE ELSINORE  (AP) — Riverside County authorities say a driver has died after intentionally smashing his RV into a restaurant in an apparent suicide.

Fifty-year-old David Dobbs of Lake Elsinore was pronounced dead after he was cut from the wreckage Thursday morning.

No one else was hurt.

Witnesses reported seeing a recreational vehicle being driven aggressively before it made a sharp turn, ran up a driveway and smashed into Lazey J's Roadhouse in Lake Elsinore.

A coroner's statement says the crash appears to have been an intentional "suicidal gesture."

The roadhouse owner, Jerry McKeehan, says it will be two weeks before he reopens.

DOG WITH ARROW THROUGH STOMACH FOUND IN CORONADO: CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A public works crew in Coronado has found a dead dog in a storm drain with an arrow through its stomach.

The dog's decomposing body was found Wednesday by a crew cleaning storm drains on Alameda Boulevard.

Police are investigating the incident as animal cruelty.

Officers say the dog is small, the size of a terrier, and appears to have been dead for some time. They say a sporting arrow went through the middle of its body.

Coronado is located across San Diego Bay about 5 miles west of San Diego.

 

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