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POSTED October 18, 2012 9:44 p.m.

SO. CAL KAYAKER FINDS NEW ZEALAND BOTTLE MESSAGE: OCEANSIDE  (AP) — A San Diego County kayaker has found a message in a bottle that floated all the way from New Zealand.

The North County Times says 77-year-old Sonja van Hall kayaks nearly every day out of Oceanside Harbor and has spent a decade picking up sea trash.

Last Friday, she retrieved two floating bottles.

Back on shore, she discovered that the bottles had floated thousands of miles from Katikati, a town about two hours from Auckland. A group of schoolchildren wrote messages and tossed the bottles out to sea in May as a class project.

Van Hall says she's eager to talk to the teacher there and set up a pen-pal program. Van Hall says she has a 9-year-old grandson who's about the same age as the message-writers.

TORTURED DOG IN SAN DIEGO NEEDS A GOOD HOME: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marissa is a 7-pound miniature pinscher that was beaten, strangled, crated and dumped in a parking lot near San Diego. The injuries cost her one hind leg, some sight and over a month in rehab.

She was found in Oceanside on Sept. 12. Dr. Gary Weitzman and the staff at the San Diego Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals cared for her.

Now she needs a home. She'll be available Friday on a first come, first serve basis.

Crime Stoppers has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who hurt Marissa. Weitzman says her injuries were horrific.

BOMB PLOT LEADS TO SAN DIEGO CHILD PORN PROBE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A law enforcement official says a New York bomb plot investigation led to the arrest of a San Diego man on child porn charges.

Howard Willie Carter II was arraigned Thursday in federal court in San Diego on three counts of child pornography. He pleaded not guilty.

The law enforcement official says investigators discovered child porn on Carter's computer after he communicated online with the Bangladeshi student accused of trying to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York City.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Carter wasn't charged in the bomb plot, but he's listed as an unnamed co-conspirator in the federal complaint against Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis.

OC HOMELESS MAN HAD 92 POLICE RUN-INS BEFORE DEATH: FULLERTON  (AP) — A mentally ill and homeless man who died after a confrontation with Fullerton police had nearly 100 run-ins with officers in the years before his death.

Kelly Thomas was the subject of 92 police reports between 1990 and his death last summer.

According to a criminal history compiled by the Orange County district attorney's office, Thomas was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon, after he attacked his grandfather with a fireplace poker.

He was arrested a total of 27 times, most often for low-level crimes like trespassing.

Attorneys defending three Fullerton officers charged in connection with his death say he is a troublemaker who refused police orders.

Prosecutors say Thomas was an unassuming victim of police brutality.

DEPUTY SHOOTS SUSPECT IN HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM: INGLEWOOD  (AP) — A jail inmate suspected of drug use was shot and killed Thursday by a Los Angeles County deputy after the man grabbed a gun from another deputy in a hospital emergency room, authorities said.

The 27-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at Centinela Hospital Medical Center. No one else was hurt.

The man had one wrist handcuffed to a gurney in a private triage room with two deputies when he suddenly grabbed the gun from one officer's belt and "tried to gain possession of it," sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco said. The other deputy fired the shot that killed the inmate, she said.

The man had been arrested Wednesday for investigation of possessing a controlled substance. While jailed at the South Los Angeles station, the man complained of feeling ill and responding firefighters took him to the hospital.

It was unclear if the man was under the influence at the time of the shooting.

Ken Cobb, who was in a wheelchair, said he heard one of the deputies tell the man he was going take off the handcuff to sign some paperwork.

"It happened so fast it was like a quick flash reaction," Cobb said.

JUDGE STOPS LAPD WARRANT FOR MANSON FOLLOWER TAPES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked an attempt by the Los Angeles Police Department to use a search warrant to obtain decades-old tapes of conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney that police believe could help clear up more than a dozen unsolved murders.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell's ruling stopped authorities from executing a search warrant earlier this month for the office of the bankruptcy trustee who has eight cassette tapes containing hours of conversations between Charles "Tex" Watson and attorney Bill Boyd.

Schell criticized the LAPD for what the judge called an apparent attempt to circumvent a court order making the tapes off limits until Watson's appeal of a previous ruling in bankruptcy court can be heard.

PARENTS VOTE FOR CHARTER AT MOJAVE DESERT SCHOOL: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mojave Desert parents are casting votes to select a charter operator to take over their children's failing elementary school in the nation's first successful application of a law empowering parents to lead school reform.

Parents at the Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto are choosing Thursday between two non-profits that have applied to take over the low-performing school next fall.

The vote is the culmination of a parent group's 18-month-long battle against the teachers union and Adelanto Elementary School District to reform the school under California's landmark "parent trigger" law that allows parents to force radical change through a petition.

Parents are placing their paper ballots into a locked, transparent plastic box under a small marquee in a park across from the school.


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