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POSTED July 17, 2012 7:23 p.m.

Man built makeshift home in wildlife sanctuary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deputies have arrested a man for building a makeshift house and growing marijuana in a Southern California wildlife area.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators say the crude structure in a remote section of the Tujunga Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary includes bunk beds and a rock patio, barbecue and tables. Eight pot plants were growing nearby.

Deputies on Monday arrested 51-year-old Robert Downs, who says he began building the structure eight months ago.

He is in jail where he was booked for investigation of marijuana cultivation and removing plants and trees from a county park. Bail is set at $30,000.

The structure will be torn down in the next two weeks.

Four dogs killed in Carmichael hit-and-run

CARMICHAEL  (AP) — The California Highway Patrol is looking for a sedan involved in a hit-and-run crash in Sacramento County that left four dogs dead and severed a man's leg.

The crash occurred around 10 p.m. Monday in Carmichael. The 21-year-old man, Harrison Long-Randall of Grass Valley, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Gemily West, were walking their dogs in a crosswalk when the vehicle approached at a high speed.

It knocked down a stop sign before continuing through the intersection and striking the couple and their dogs.

The dogs died, and Long-Randall had his leg severed. West suffered a broken left leg.

The CHP is looking for a 1986 or 1987 Nissan Maxima or Stanza that they believe is metallic light brown in color. It will be missing the driver's side side-view mirror and have broken running lights.

6-year-old girl abducted, sexually assaulted

SANTA ANA  (AP) — Police are looking for a man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 6-year-old Southern California girl before releasing her hours later.

Santa Ana police have released a composite drawing of the suspect, described as a heavyset Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/Q3mlue ) says the girl was playing outside a Santa Ana apartment complex Sunday evening when the man approached and told her he had something for her mother.

Investigators say he then picked the girl up, carried her to his car and drove off. It's believed the girl was sexually attacked in a nearby parking lot.

The girl was dropped off about two hours later.

Corporal charged with not reporting teen assault

CORONA  (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a police corporal with failing to report suspected child abuse in the case of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly pinched with pliers, beaten with a shovel, forced to dig a grave and threatened with death by a pastor and two followers.

The Riverside County District Attorney's office says Corona police Corporal Margaret Bell was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse.

Bell pleaded not guilty. She returns to court Aug. 7.

Prosecutors say Bell learned of the suspected abuse from at least one church member but did not tell police.

Prosecutors say Lonny Remmers and two followers assaulted a boy whose mother brought him to a group home run by the Heart of Worship Community Church to seek help with discipline.

 

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