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POSTED October 17, 2012 9:10 p.m.

BAY AREA GAY BOY SCOUT TO DELIVER PROTEST PETITIONS: PLEASANT HILL  (AP) — A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout after he came out as gay plans to present a petition to his troop's regional council demanding his reinstatement.

Change.org says 18-year-old Ryan Andresen is scheduled to deliver the petition with nearly 409,000 names to the Boy Scouts' Mt. Diablo Silverado Council in Pleasant Hill on Thursday afternoon.

The leader of Andresen's Moraga-based troop refused to sign the paperwork the teenager needed to earn the Eagle rank after Andresen wrote a letter in July informing the troop of his sexual orientation. He also was kicked out of the troop.

The Boy Scouts of America has a policy prohibiting gay members or troop leaders.

SAN JOSE MAN ARRESTED IN GIRLFRIEND'S DEATH: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A San Jose man police say claimed his girlfriend had committed suicide is facing homicide charges in connection with her death.

A San Jose police spokesman says 25-year-old Anthony Lorenzo Almaguer was arrested Tuesday for the death last month of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Andrea Theis.

Police say Almaguer called 911 dispatchers on Sept. 14 and told them that Theis had committed suicide.

Authorities haven't released details on the case, but homicide detectives investigated because the death of Theis was considered suspicious.

Almaguer was being held without bail at Santa Clara County Jail. He is due to appear in court Thursday.

1 KILLED, 4 WOUNDED IN MONTEREY COUNTY SHOOTING: GREENFIELD  (AP) — One person is dead and four others wounded in a shooting in Monterey County.

Witnesses and authorities say the five males were in the driveway of a home in Greenfield around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday when they were struck by gunfire from at least one assailant. Greenfield is about 30 miles southeast of Salinas.

The unidentified suspect apparently opened fire from an adjacent yard before getting into a sedan and leaving the scene.

One of the victims, 26-year-old Cesar Pantoja, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the other victims — who range in age from 14 to 19 — were in stable condition. The condition of the fourth person was not known.

Police say they have located a possible suspect vehicle and detained two people for questioning.

MOTHER IN CHILD SHOPLIFTING CASE APPEARS IN COURT: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A Morgan Hill mother accused of using her 10-year-old daughter to shoplift groceries and then abandoning the child when store employees intervened appeared in court Tuesday, but did not enter a plea.

During the brief hearing, Marcy Keelin was ordered to return to court on Nov. 13.

The 38-year-old Keelin is charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and a felony charge of commercial burglary. If convicted, she could face up to three years behind bars.

Authorities say during a shopping trip to a Safeway store last month Keelin had her daughter push a shopping cart with about $150 worth of groceries out of the store. When the daughter was stopped by employees, police say Keelin drove off.

Keelin is free on $50,000 bail. She is forbidden from seeing her children, who are staying with her mother.

EX-NOVATO DETECTIVE SUSPECTED OF STEALING DRUGS: NOVATO  (AP) — Prosecutors say a former Novato detective who worked for the Marin County drug squad is suspected of stealing narcotics that were supposed to be destroyed.

District Attorney Ed Berberian confirmed his office is conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of Jehan "J.J." Amdjadi, an eight-year member of the Novato Police Department.

The Marin Independent Journal (http://bit.ly/Woik5J ) reports the 35-year-old Amdjadi is suspected of using the stolen drugs or supplying them to other people.

The allegations were revealed Tuesday during a court hearing in a murder case in which Amdjadi was the lead detective. Attorneys for four convicted men are seeking information to impeach Amdjadi's credibility and possibly demand a new trial.

Amdjadi attorney Alison Berry Wilkinson says she can't comment on the allegations because the matter is under seal.

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