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POSTED June 27, 2012 8:59 p.m.

SANTA CLARA OFFICIALS OK TALKS WITH JOE MONTANA: SANTA CLARA  (AP) — Santa Clara officials have given the go-ahead for the city to begin negotiations with legendary quarterback Joe Montana for a hotel and entertainment complex across from the 49ers new stadium.

The City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday in favor of negotiating exclusively with Montana's group.

The project would go up on two city-owned lots, totaling 8 acres. Montana has said he has money for a four-star hotel, a sports bar, an upscale restaurant and additional entertainment uses.

They would open with the new 49ers stadium before the 2014 NFL season.

The two council members who voted against the idea — Jamie McLeod and Will Kennedy — said the city should open the land to all potential developers instead of working only with Montana.

DEPUTY ACCUSED OF SHARING DATA: PLEASANTON  (AP) — An Alameda County sheriff's deputy and a lawyer are facing charges for illegally accessing and sharing confidential information from a county database system.

Prosecutors filed charges earlier this month against Deputy Ryan Silcocks and San Ramon family attorney Lesley Regina,

Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson says Silcocks has been charged with three misdemeanors for allegedly entering a county building twice after hours to access a database. Regina has been charged with one count of knowingly receiving records that she was not authorized to possess.

Prosecutors say Silcocks sent the information to Regina. They are scheduled to be arraigned July 9.

The newspaper says the information was used against a Pleasanton man involved in a custody case with his ex-wife.

SF BAY SEARCH FOR MISSING BASEBALL FAN CALLED OFF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Bay search for a missing baseball fan has been called off.

A friend last saw the 27-year-old Woodland man at the end of the parking lot on Piers 30-32 after attending Monday night's Giants-Dodgers game at nearby AT&T Park.

Investigators say the man's friend looked down to write a text message and, when the friend looked back up, the man was gone.

The friend believes he fell into the water.

San Francisco police and the Coast Guard searched bay waters and under the pier, but the search was called off at about noon on Tuesday.

ORINDA  MAN KILLS HIS LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND: ORINDA  (AP) — Police say a 62-year-old man with a history of domestic violence apparently killed his longtime girlfriend in Orinda, the city's first homicide in a decade.

Police Chief Jeff Jennings said James Colin was arrested Tuesday outside his neighbor's house shortly after officers found his 51-year-old girlfriend dead inside the couple's home.

Police said Colin apparently dropped an unidentified weapon after the killing and then ran to his neighbor's house telling him to call the police. Dispatchers apparently heard Colin's voice in the background providing details.

Police said the couple lived together for 10 years and had been called to their house before.

 

FAIRFIELD MOM RULE SANE IN DAUGHTERS' SLAYINGS: FAIRFIELD . (AP) — A Fairfield mom convicted of murdering her twin toddler daughters has now been ruled sane at the time of the girls' deaths.

A Solano County jury issued its ruling in the sanity phase of 29-year-old Monica McCarrick's trial on Tuesday. McCarrick is due back in court in August for sentencing.

The same jury earlier this month convicted her of first-degree murder in the 2010 slayings of her daughters, Tori and Lily Ball, both 3 years old.

Authorities say McCarrick stabbed the girls with a samurai sword before attempting to take her own life and set fire to her apartment.

McCarrick's attorney said her client was suffering paranoid delusions and believed her children were going to be enslaved and raped.

But prosecutors told jurors McCarrick's use of methamphetamine was to blame.

 

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