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POSTED October 29, 2012 9:04 p.m.

BOY SAYS HE WAS MAD AT HIS DOG SO HE KILLED IT: SALINAS,   (AP) — A 12-year-old California boy says he killed his dog because he wanted to see the terrier mix die.

The Salinas Californian reports  police officers found the 12-pound dog hanging by its collar on a bedroom door handle.

Investigators say the boy told officers he was mad at the dog and he wanted to see it die.

Dispatchers got a 911 emergency call Friday afternoon from a female caller saying the boy was hurting the dog. People in the boy's apartment refused to open the door when Salinas police arrived, so officers obtained a pass key.

The boy was arrested and taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall for investigation of felony animal cruelty.

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR GOES ON PUBLIC DISPLAY: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The final home of space shuttle Endeavour is opening its doors to the public.

Astronauts and schoolkids will be on hand Tuesday at the California Science Center in Los Angeles at the grand opening of its new shuttle display.

Visitors to the free display can't go inside Endeavour but they can use virtual exhibits, including touch-screen computer displays with information about the shuttle's flight deck. Also on display is Endeavour's zero-gravity toilet.

Thousands of people watched as the giant spacecraft made its final journey through the streets of Los Angeles and Inglewood two weeks ago.

The shuttle will be on display in a special 18,000-square-foot building until the downtown museum builds a new air and space wing that should open in about five years.

300K WORTH OF WALNUTS STOLEN: LOS MOLINOS  (AP) — Authorities are investigating the theft of more than 80,000 pounds of walnuts from Northern California valued at about $300,000.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office received a call from a freight brokerage firm on Friday reporting that a truckload of walnuts never arrived in Miami as they were supposed to.

Authorities believe the culprit is the same person who also picked up another load of walnuts days earlier from Los Molinos. Those walnuts were intended for Texas, but also disappeared.

Deputies tell the Record Searchlight of Redding the man who picked those walnuts up was not the person hired for the job. They have not identified the suspect although they do have a suspect description.

WOMAN CONVICTED OF NURSING STUDENT'S MURDER:  OAKLAND  (AP) — A Northern California jury on Monday convicted a woman of first-degree murder in the gruesome death of her former friend, San Francisco Bay area nursing student Michelle Le, prosecutors said.

An Alameda County jury returned the verdict against Giselle Esteban, 28, who attended high school with Le in San Diego.

Le, 26, went missing from a Hayward hospital parking lot in May 2011. Police and volunteer searchers discovered her badly decomposed remains in a canyon east of San Francisco Bay after she had been missing for months.

"I hope today's verdict will help the family and friends of Ms. Le to continue the long process towards healing following this tragic and senseless crime," District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Esteban, of Union City, stalked Le and attacked her in the parking garage of the hospital where she was doing a clinical rotation. According to grand jury testimony, Esteban had grown increasingly enraged at a friendship between Le and Scott Marasigan, who has a young daughter with Esteban.

LA BAND THAT CAUSED TRAFFIC JAM GET PROBATION : LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say members of a rock band who blocked traffic for four hours as they played a gig on a Los Angeles freeway as a publicity stunt have been sentenced to probation.

Deputy District Attorney Ryan Dibble says the trio pleaded no contest Monday to a felony count of conspiracy and three misdemeanors for public nuisance and other offenses.

For four hours on Oct. 12, 2010, the band blocked all but one lane of southbound U.S. 101 near Sunset Blvd as they played a concert on top of a truck as their own cameras recorded the stunt.

Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Roy Wright, 32-year-old David Paul Hale and 33-year-old Keith R. Yackey were sentenced to three years probation and 35 days of community service.

CANDIDATES' WIFE SUES AFTER PERSONAL ID REVEALED: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — In an election year marked by waves of political attacks, one state legislative candidate is standing out for a tactic that targets his opponent's wife.

A Democratic state Assembly candidate in the San Gabriel Valley is drawing criticism for publicizing a court document containing the name and Social Security number of Joy Lin, who is married to Republican candidate Matthew Lin.

Democrat Ed Chau used the document in several mailers and an Internet video, distributing both to voters in the 49th Assembly District, which is an open seat this year.

Campaign experts called the move unethical, although it might not be illegal. Joy Lin sued, claiming her privacy was violated.

Chau's spokesman, Pat Dennis, says the campaign used publicly available documents. He blamed county officials for not redacting the information.

POLICE ARREST MAN IN FRIEND'S GUN DEATH: REDDING  (AP) — Police say they've arrested the 28-year-old driver of a van in the death of his friend, a passenger who was shot by another person in Northern California.

The Redding Record-Searchlight reports that William Roy Thietje was taken into custody Sunday for investigation of involuntary manslaughter and felony assault.

Shasta County sheriff's officials say the incident began when Thietje rammed his van into another parked car in a fit of rage while looking for an ex-girlfriend at Shasta Lake.

Officials say a neighbor then shot at the van to stop it from running over a pedestrian. The bullet struck and killed Thietje's friend.

Sheriff's officials say they believe Thietje's actions caused the death, and the homeowner saved the pedestrian's life.

 

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