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POSTED October 16, 2012 7:20 p.m.

Authorities say day laborer kidnapped in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, (AP) — Authorities say a Walnut Creek man has been arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and kidnapping a day laborer he hired to do work at a Lafayette home.

Contra Costa County Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee says 51-year-old Tod Morton hired the man outside a Concord home improvement store Sunday on the pretense of working at a home where he was a caretaker. Lee says Morton then told the man he was a police officer and handcuffed him.

Lafayette  police were summoned to a nearby home on reports that the handcuffed 42-year-old man escaped and ran into an open garage.

Morton was booked into jail on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, impersonating a police officer and other charges.

Hollister police release autopsy in death of woman

HOLLISTER . (AP) — Authorities have released the results of an autopsy report after a woman was found dead when a standoff in Hollister came to an end over the weekend.

Hollister police say the preliminary report shows that Heather Alaina Carroll died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.

Police say they found the body of the 25-year-old Carroll in the home of Jose Quiroz after he ended the standoff Saturday morning and directed officers to her body.

Investigators say Quiroz told them that Carroll had died Wednesday morning after he and the woman were involved in an argument. Carroll was last seen when she dropped her 5-year-old son off at a school earlier that morning.

After the discovery of Caroll's body, Quiroz was booked into the San Benito County Jail on suspicion of murder.

Missing plane found hear Bay Area airport

HALF MOON BAY  (AP) — The wreckage of a single-engine plane reported missing on a flight from Northern California to Arizona has been found.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor tells The Associated Press that the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported finding the plane around 12 p.m. Tuesday about 400 yards west of the airport in Half Moon Bay that it left from. The wreckage was discovered by search crews on the ground.

The pilot's condition was not immediately clear.

The Aeropro two-seat aircraft lifted off from Half Moon Bay before dawn on Monday.

The pilot's wife reported him missing after the plane failed to arrive at Marana Regional Airport in Tucson.

Monitor: Oakland police regressing on reforms

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal court monitor says the Oakland police department's nearly decade-old reform effort is regressing.

Robert Warshaw said in a report released Monday that the department has a "stubborn resistance to compliance," and has failed to provide oversight on key issues, including investigating misconduct and documenting of the use of force by officers.

Warshaw has been monitoring the reforms as part of a settlement stemming from a police brutality lawsuit in 2003.

The latest report comes almost two weeks after Warshaw criticized the department's handling of officer-involved shooting investigations and the Occupy Oakland protests.

 

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