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POSTED July 6, 2012 9:37 p.m.

DA: EVIDENCE SHOWS SUSPECTED PIMP SHOT IN REVENGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — District Attorney George Gascon says new evidence shows the parents and two men charged for killing a girl's suspected pimp acted more out of revenge than protection.

The district attorney announced Friday that phone records show 38-year-old Barry Gilton and 37-year-old Lupe Mercado knew their daughter was in San Francisco with her accused pimp, Calvin Sneed, but chose not to call authorities.

Gascon alleges Gilton fatally shot Sneed on June 4 with the aid of his cousin 26-year-old Antonio Gilton and 35-year-old Alfonso Williams, who plead not guilty to charges related to the shooting yesterday. The district attorney said Mercado helped the men locate Sneed.

The parents' attorneys say their clients did not kill Sneed and did everything legal to bring their daughter home.


LONG BEACH  (AP) — A victim in one road rage confrontation has pleaded not guilty to charges that he was the attacker in a similar case.

Forty-nine-year-old Jerry Patterson pleaded not guilty in Long Beach Friday to driving under the influence, hit-and-run and battery.

Patterson is accused of driving recklessly and fleeing a crash in Long Beach on May 25 and assaulting a man who followed him and reported him to police. He failed to show for a court hearing so a warrant was issued.

He was arrested on that warrant when the witness to the crash saw him giving television interviews about a videotaped June 12 freeway beating in which he appeared to be kicked in the head.

Two men were arrested in that case after video of the beating was posted online.

SHERIFF: SACRAMENTO CO. BOY'S DEATH GANG-RELATED: FLORIN  (AP) — Investigators think a 3-year-old Sacramento County boy was killed by a barrage of gunfire meant for his father on Independence Day.

County sheriff's detectives suspect 22-year-old Jorge Azios Jr. was the target of a gang-related shooting when the car he was driving on Wednesday night was hit by more than a dozen bullets.

Azios was not injured. Instead, the shots claimed the life of his son, also named Jorge, who was riding in the back without a car seat in an area called Florin.

Several residents said they did not hear gunfire, possibly due to fireworks masking the sound.

STANISLAUS DEPUTY FATALLY SHOT MAN IN STANDOFF: TURLOCK  (AP) — The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has determined that the suspect in a shootout with authorities was struck and killed by gunfire from a deputy and did not die of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff's officials had speculated that 43-year-old William Nazar had taken his own life after allegedly opening fire at deputies on Wednesday outside a house near Turlock. The deputies were responding to a call about an armed and suicidal person.

Sheriff's officials say Deputy Steve Gerhardt returned fire, striking Nazar.

SWAT teams later discovered Nazar dead.

US TO BEGIN NEW PHASE OF HYPERSONIC FLIGHT PROGRAM: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Defense Department's research arm will seek proposals next month for solutions to technology hurdles in super high-speed flight with a goal of testing a full-scale hypersonic X-plane in four years.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said Friday it will host a so-called Proposers' Day on Aug. 14 to lay out technical areas for which proposals are being sought.

DARPA has tested highly experimental versions of a rocket-launched unmanned glider designed to fly at speeds 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20. The goal is to give the U.S. a defense capability of reaching any spot on Earth in an hour.

But such aircraft have to endure blast-furnace heat and require extraordinary controls.

The last test launch from California ended with the glider's skin peeling away.

NO CHARGES FOR PALM SPRINGS MAN IN WIFE'S DEATH: PALM SPRINGS  (AP) — Prosecutors say an 87-year-old Palm Springs man will not be charged with murder in the death of his 77-year-old, terminally ill wife.

Friends and relatives were outraged that police kept William Bentinck in jail for three days and set bail at $1 million before the Riverside County district attorney's office rejected the case for lack of evidence.

Relatives told The Desert Sun (the couple had been married for 25 years and when she fell ill, Bentinck dedicated his life to her care.

Bentinck was jailed Monday after the county coroner was called to the Palm Springs home he shared with his wife Lynda. She was dead inside.

SAN DIEGO DISPUTE OVER LAWYER INSIDE LAUNCH ZONE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say an environmental attorney entered a restricted launch zone to take photos at a San Diego County fireworks show, endangering her life and the lives of others.

La Jolla Community Fireworks Foundation attorney Robert Howard tells U-T San Diego ( that Livia Borak of Coast Law Group was removed from the danger zone minutes before a mortar tube burst five feet from her hiding spot.

Borak says Howard is blowing the incident out of proportion to make her and the Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation look bad.

She says she needed to get close to take photos and she didn't feel she was at risk.

Joseph Bartolotta of Fireworks America says lives were put at risk and that is unacceptable.


CAMP PENDLETON  (AP) — A Camp Pendleton-based military dog that served three tours and lost her leg to combat is headed to Finland to be reunited with her original handler.

The 8-year-old Belgian Malinois named Lucca was trained to detect explosives and warn handlers about them.

Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva tells U-T San Diego ( she made more than 40 confirmed finds and saved a lot of lives during more than 400 patrols in two years.

She served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, where she was injured in a blast and had her left front leg amputated. She did her rehab at Camp Pendleton and on Thursday left on a flight to be reunited with Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Willingham who is serving at the U.S. Embassy in Finland.


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