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POSTED August 2, 2012 8:17 p.m.

TEEN SURRENDERS AFTER DAD SPOTS HIM IN PHOTO: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A teenager wanted for stealing nine cash registers from Southern California businesses has surrendered after his father recognized him in a newspaper photograph of the suspect.

The father of 18-year-old Matthew Barcinas saw the surveillance video photo in the Torrance Daily Breeze.

Los Angeles police say Barcinas told detectives on Tuesday that he stole the cash registers from businesses in San Pedro and Rancho Palos Verdes during an 11-hour crime spree starting on July 11.

Investigators say Barcinas smashed windows, grabbed cash registers and loaded them into his father's car. They were pried open at another location.

Defense attorney Henry Salcido says the teen's father confronted his son after spotting the photo in Sunday's newspaper.

Barcinas was booked for investigation of burglary and he was released on $20,000 bail.

LA DOCTOR ACCUSED OF VIDEOTAPING NAKED PATIENTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — State medical board officials say a Los Angeles plastic surgeon has been charged with secretly videotaping two of his patients after they had undressed for their examinations.

Medical Board of California spokeswoman Jennifer Simoes says Dr. Lance Wyatt was arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful filming of another and unlawful viewing of another, among other crimes.

Simoes says the alleged crimes were discovered after the board received a complaint that Wyatt had videotaped a naked patient during an examination without her consent or knowledge.

Following a joint investigation with law enforcement, an additional victim was discovered. Authorities are concerned there may still be more victims.

Wyatt has also been charged with sexual assault and assault against the two victims, for his violation of their privacy.

SO. CAL MARINE BASE WANTS TO CLAIM OFF-ROAD VALLEY: TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — A plan to expand a Mojave Desert Marine base would engulf a beloved off-road recreation area.

The Navy issued an environmental impact statement last week that recommends adding some 146,000 acres of Johnson Valley to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms.

That's about two-thirds of the valley, which currently is the largest off-road vehicle recreation area in the nation.

The Marine Corps says it needs to expand to permit live-fire maneuvers to train larger forces.

Off-road enthusiasts say it would reduce access to an area that draws about 200,000 visitors a year and hosts the popular King of the Hammers race.

The California Off-Road Vehicle Association plans to protest the proposal. Congress will make the ultimate decision.

PLAN TO TAP MOJAVE DESERT WATER GAINS GROUND: CADIZ, Calif. (AP) — A plan to draw massive amounts of underground water from the Mojave Desert has taken a step forward.

The project's environmental impact report was approved Tuesday by the Santa Margarita Water District. The Orange County district also agreed to buy some water.

A private company, Cadiz Inc., wants to tap a huge aquifer 200 miles east of Los Angeles and sell enough water annually for 100,000 Southern California customers.

Opponents say drawing down the aquifer could harm the threatened desert tortoise, bighorn sheep and Mojave National Preserve, which contains some of the world's oldest Joshua trees.

The project still has a ways to go. In addition to environmental challenges, it must raise more than $200 million in financing and may need federal approval.

1 DEAD IN TRUCKEE AIRPORT PLANE CRASH: TRUCKEE (AP) — Authorities say they're trying to contain a hazardous fuel spill after a plane crash at the Truckee-Tahoe Airport that killed the pilot.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot was the only person aboard when the Piper Comanche crashed into a hangar about 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

Gregor says the plane is registered to a northern California man.

Paul Spencer of the Truckee Fire Protection District says there was no fire and there were no planes in the hangar at the time the single-engine aircraft went down.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.

104 YEARS IN PRISON FOR MOLESTER OF 6 BOYS: VENTURA (AP) — A Southern California man who molested six boys, including some younger than 14 years old, has been sentenced to 104 years in prison.

Victims testified that 29-year-old Joe Maldonado got them to perform sexual acts, including sodomy and oral copulation, in exchange for cash, athletic shoes and rides to a girlfriend's house.

A Ventura County jury convicted the Oxnard man on 43 counts of sexual abuse. He was sentenced on Wednesday.

While he was in jail, the Maldonado tried to get a friend to destroy evidence on his computer.

Maldonado had a website and pretended to be a 15-year-old girl named Christina to chat with male minors, soliciting them to submit photographs of themselves naked or partially clothed.

2 INMATES ESCAPE FROM SONOMA COUNTY JAIL: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — Authorities in Sonoma County are searching for two inmates who they say escaped from a minimum security detention center in Santa Rosa.

Forty-two-year-old Serefino Uriel Gonzalez-Reyes and 22-year-old Rene Solorio Leon were serving sentences for alleged drug and alcohol violations when sheriff's officials say they cleared a fence at the North County Detention Facility around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and escaped.

A third, unidentified man was caught.

The  men were last seen wearing jail-issued denim-style button-down shirts and blue jeans with jail marking.

MOM CHARGED WITH ABUSE FOR LEAVING BABY IN CAR: CHULA VISTA  (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty to child abuse for leaving her 4-month-old baby in a hot car while she shopped for clothes in San Diego County.

U-T San Diego says 25-year-old Starley Geart entered the plea Wednesday to felony charges. She faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

She was arrested on July 24 in National City after someone noticed her infant daughter in the back of a car with rolled-up windows.

Prosecutors say the child was unconscious and soaked in sweat when she was rescued but she was later revived.

Geart told police she'd only left the child for a minute but police say a surveillance tape showed the baby was in the car for about 10 minutes before they arrived.

 

GIRL WANTS MURDEROUS FATHER TO LIVE: RIVERSIDE  (AP) — A 13-year-old Riverside County girl has testified that she doesn't want her father to die for murdering her mother and younger sister.

Tarah Barbar took the stand Monday in the penalty phase of trial for Perris resident Michael Barbar.

The defense told jurors that Tarah sent her father letters in jail saying she still loved him.

During cross-examination, the girl was asked how she'd feel if Barbar were executed.

Tarah asked: "What does that mean?"

Told it meant her father would die, she replied that she would feel horrible and would want him to live.

Barbar was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his wife and her 6-year-old daughter in 2009 after a paternity test revealed that the child was not his.

 

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