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POSTED October 24, 2012 8:59 p.m.

SUSPECT IN BURGLARY SUES HOMEOWNER WHO SHOT HIM: GREENBRAE  (AP) — A homeowner who police say survived being shot in the jaw during a burglary has received startling news: The burglary suspect sued him for returning fire.

The Marin Independent Journal reported Wednesday that Samuel Cutrufelli filed the suit claiming 90-year-old Jay Leone negligently shot him.

Cutrufelli is charged with two counts of attempted murder after Leone was shot in the face on Jan. 3. Police say Cutrufelli was wounded when Leone returned fire.

Leone has vowed to countersue, saying Cutrufelli was the one who busted in his door and shot him before tying his hands with a belt and going through his valuables.

Leoni says he was able to get free and grab a handgun stashed in his bathroom.

SAN MATEO COUNTY TO BAG PLASTIC SACKS NEXT YEAR: REDWOOD CITY (AP) — San Mateo County has taken a big step toward putting plastic carryout bags on the trash heap of history.

The San Mateo Daily News reports that county supervisors unanimously approved a law Tuesday that prohibits retailers in unincorporated parts of San Mateo from bagging customers' purchases in plastic. The plastic bag ban goes into effect next April.

Two dozen cities within county limits have agreed to consider similar bans. Nearly four dozen others throughout California already have adopted them.

Under San Mateo County's version, grocery stores, drug stores and all other shops will be allowed to charge customers without reusable bags a dime for each paper bag they use. The charge will go up to 25-cents in 2015.

Merchants who are caught doling out plastic sacks could be fined $100 for the first offense.

WORKER DIES IN CRANE ACCIDENT AT PORT OF OAKLAND: OAKLAND  (AP) — Authorities say a worker was killed at the Port of Oakland after he was crushed while inspecting a crane.

Police say the man was with another worker inspecting a crane Wednesday morning when he was hit by a moving portion of the machine at Berth 37.

Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton says the worker suffered serious head and chest injuries. He was taken to Summit Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Port spokeswoman Marilyn Sandifur says the worker is a crane mechanic affiliated with the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers.

His name has not been released. His co-worker was not injured.

The incident is under investigation.

COUPLE CHARGED IN KILLING OF RETIRED TEACHER: HERCULES  (AP) — Authorities say a husband and wife accused of the killing of a retired Northern California school teacher and wanted for a Southern California crime spree are a step closer to being returned to California to face charges.

Hercules police spokeswoman Connie Van Putten says warrants were filed Wednesday in Contra Costa County Superior Court charging 24-year-old Darnell Washington and his wife, 25-year-old Tanya Washington, with the murder of Suzie Ko.

Several other charges were also filed against the couple including robbery, carjacking and burglary. Darnell Washington was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The Washingtons are being held in King County, Wash. after being arrested outside of Seattle less than a week after the 55-year-old Ko was found dead on the floor of her home on Oct. 5.

An extradition warrant was also filed Wednesday seeking to have the couple returned to California.

 

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