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POSTED September 18, 2012 8:00 p.m.

DEPIUTY SPRAYED IN FACE WITH BEAR REPELLENT: VICTORVILLE  (AP) — An Arizona man is in jail for spraying a sheriff's deputy in the face with bear repellent during a Southern California desert traffic stop.

San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators say the repellent incapacitated the deputy and 23-year-old Michael Nolan of Scottsdale drove away.

Deputies found Nolan hiding in a trailer in a remote Mojave Desert area on Sunday night. There was a brief standoff before Nolan was arrested.

Nolan has been charged with assault to a caustic chemical, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and resisting arrest. He remains jailed with bail set at $100,000.

Investigators say Nolan sprayed the deputy as he approached the driver's side of the car during a Victorville traffic stop on Friday.

FRESNO SCHOOLS TRUSTEE RESIGNS OVER RESIDENCY FLAP: FRESNO  (AP) — A Fresno Unified School District trustee has resigned over a flap involving his residency.

The Fresno Bee (bit.ly/S25Dpy) says trustee Tony Vang announced his resignation on Monday.

Vang has faced months of public scrutiny because of allegations that he doesn't live in the district.

He owns a house, voted and sent his daughter to school in Clovis.

The Secretary of State's Election Fraud Investigation Unit said in June that it was examining the residency complaints.

Vang has insisted he lives in the Fresno district he represents.

HUNTER SLIPS, ACCIDENTALLY KILLS COMPANION: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — Kern County Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a hunting accident that killed a Central California man who was hunting squirrels and other vermin.

On Saturday 27-year-old Ker Her of Clovis was killed near Lake Isabella when his hunting companion slipped and fell. The man's finger was on the trigger, and when he hit the ground the rifle fired.

The California Department of Fish and Game reports there were two fatal hunting accidents in 2010, the last year that statistics are available. One case was the fault of the shooter, and in the other the victim moved into the line of fire.

DISABLED MOM BEAT BY 11-YEAR-OLD SON DIES : ELK GROVE . (AP) — A 51-year-old disabled woman severely beaten by her 11-year-old son with an extension cord has died.

The death Tuesday in a Sacramento hospital wasn't caused by the beating. She suffered from a pre-existing condition.

Sacramento County prosecutors have charged the Elk Grove boy with assault with a deadly weapon and elder abuse.

The boy, who was his mother's primary caregiver, prepared meals and did laundry in the home they shared. He was arrested on Sept. 10.

Juvenile Court Referee Natalie Lindsey on Monday released the boy to his father.

The prosecutor wanted the boy's older sister in Southern California to get custody, saying the father knew about the mother's medical condition and the boy's predicament.

DRIVER SAYS SHE WAS ASSAULTED BY OFFICER: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — The Kern County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating allegations that a California Highway Patrol officer sexually assaulted a female driver stopped for driving under the influence.

Sheriff's officials said Monday that the victim told detectives she had been sexually assaulted by the officer in her bedroom.

The victim said she was stopped by a sheriff's deputy while driving at about 2 a.m. on Friday. The deputy requested that CHP officers respond to the scene to conduct a DUI investigation.

CALTRANS SEEKS NEARLY $75K IN HIGHWAY SAFETY SUIT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — California's Department of Transportation is seeking nearly $75,000 from a family of a woman killed in a crash three years ago who sued the agency over what they claim was unsafe highway conditions.

Caltrans wants $73,802 to cover its legal bills in defending a lawsuit filed by the family of Alexandria Drake. The 25-year-old woman was killed in 2009 when a speeding car crossed over the center line of Route 67 and slammed into her vehicle.

Her family sued Caltrans, arguing the agency knew the highway was dangerous and hadn't done enough to make it safer for motorists.

A jury in June found in favor of Caltrans. The family pledged to drop any appeal if Caltrans didn't seek the money, but the offer was rejected.

 

The victim alleges that instead of arresting her, two CHP officers followed her to her residence and one of them sexually assaulted her in her bedroom.

BIOTECH FIRM TARGET OF USDA ANIMAL WELFARE PROBE: SANTA CRUZ  (AP) — A Santa Cruz-based biotechnology company has been cited by federal regulators for a long list of violations related to the proper care of animals.

The United States Department of Agriculture on Monday announced that it had filed a complaint against Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., a biochemical research company that makes animal health care products.

The complaint lists more than 20 animal welfare violations stemming back to 2007, alleging the company failed to properly house, feed, handle and provide veterinary care for animals.

A call to the company seeking comment was not immediately returned.

While the complaint does not list specifics about the animals at risk from the violations, the company's website said it makes products for horses, livestock and companion animals.

APPEALS COURT SAYS JOINT STATION FIRE LAWSUIT OK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeals court says 34 people can jointly sue a California insurer that denied or underpaid damage claims sought after the 250-square-mile wildfire north of Los Angeles.

The plaintiffs filed suit in 2010 against the California FAIR Plan Association, a last-resort insurer for people who can't get private coverage, for breach of contract, unfair business practices and other violations.

The association argued that trying the claims together could bias jurors.

A Superior Court judge agreed.

But a three-judge appeals panel on Monday overturned the ruling, saying the complaints were derived from the same natural disaster and similar allegations against the insurer.

Two firefighters were killed and 209 structures were destroyed in the 2009 arson-caused Station Fire that started in the Angeles National Forest.

 

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