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POSTED August 10, 2012 8:52 p.m.

GRAND JURY SAYS RIDERS DUMPED BEFORE DESTINATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco grand jury says Bay Area train and bus riders are too often dumped before reaching their destinations.

The civil grand jury report says the Municipal Transportation Agency shows a callous disregard for commuters when it uses the so-called switchbacks.

The practice involves unexpectedly unloading passengers before destinations are reached so trains and buses can turn around.

Muni officials said that the grand jury based its conclusions on flawed assumptions.

Grand jury committee chair Sharon Gadberry says she stands by the panel's report.

Transit chief John Haley says Muni uses switchbacks when normal runs are thrown off schedule for such problems as accidents, operator shortages, equipment malfunctions and blocked tracks.

VACAVILLE POLICE FATALLY SHOOT SUSPECT: VACAVILLE . (AP) — Vacaville police say an officer shot and killed a man who came at him with a knife outside the police department.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police say the suspect — identified only as a man in his 50s — had gone to the police station's lobby claiming his friend was in danger and asking to see an officer.

A clerk concerned about the man's behavior contacted dispatch, and the officer went out to a parking lot near the station to speak to the man.

Police said that's when the suspect advanced on the officer with a knife, allegedly refusing repeated orders to drop the weapon. The officer, who has not been identified, shot him twice in the chest.

Police Chief Richard Word said the man had prior contact with police, including for a mental health issue.

DEATH BENEFITS CHIEF ARRESTED FOR EMBEZZLING $200K: SAN JOSE,   (AP) — A Northern California death benefits chief has been charged with embezzling $200,000 and leaving about 300 survivors in the lurch.

The 52-year-old Concerned Members Committee president Davie Ba Ngo and 31-year-old co-worker Stephanie Tuyet Le were arrested Wednesday.

The Concerned Members Committee collected an average $35 a month with a promise of up to a $14,000 payout to survivors when there was a death, a benefit similar to life insurance,

Santa Clara County prosecutors charged Ngo and Le with embezzlement. Ngo is also charged with theft by false pretenses, sale of an unqualified security, running a fraudulent securities scheme, money laundering and bouncing checks.

The suspects remain in jail with bail set at $500,000 each pending an Aug. 17 court appearance.

 

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