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POSTED October 30, 2012 9:18 p.m.

DRIVER WHO LEFT FREEWAY FOUND DEAD 29 HOURS LATER: DEL MAR  (AP) — A motorist who plunged off a San Diego County freeway has been found dead 29 hours after the crash.

The California Highway Patrol says the Honda Civic ran off Interstate 5 in Del Mar at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and apparently plunged 200 feet down an embankment, rolling over several times.

Authorities answering a report of the accident couldn't find the car. A CHP officer only discovered the wreck Monday morning.

A 35-year-old Oceanside man was pronounced dead at the scene.

KARATE STUDENT DECKS MAN IN APARTMENT: FRESNO (AP) — A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.

Jannine Ramirez had just won a karate competition when she arrived at her Fresno apartment early Sunday and heard someone in the bathroom. Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder through a shower door.

She continued with an onslaught of kicks and punches until Wilberto Zapata, 18, was outside her apartment.

"We didn't recognize him," Ramirez said. "Me and my mom live in the apartment, so no guy whatsoever should be in there."

Zapata recently moved into the apartment complex and mistakenly went into the wrong apartment unit, police told the Fresno Bee .

Ramirez has a yellow belt — a step above beginner — and expects to be promoted to orange belt next month at during a competition in Fresno

She has been a karate and Muay Thai kick-boxing student for a year. Saturday was her first competition.

COLLEGE BOARD PREZ SAYS SEX-DOLL CLAIM INFLATED: SAN MARCOS  (AP) — A candidate for a San Diego County college board says his link to a sex-doll business has been blown out of proportion.

In a campaign mailer, the teacher's union claims that Palomar College board President Darrell McMullen co-founded a sex doll company with his son.

McMullen is seeking his fourth term on the board of the San Marcos college. He's one of six candidates for three seats.

McMullen tells the North County Times (http://bit.ly/SWQDvP) that he just helped with paperwork when his son launched Abyss Creations in 1998. He says he has no role in the company and he's never used the product — life-sized, anatomically correct silicone dolls.

McMullen, a 71-year-old grandfather of 11, calls the flier dirty politics and says he's proud of his son's success.

SAN BERNARDINO FORCED TO SKIP CALPERS PAYMENT: SAN BERNARDINO  (AP) — San Bernardino has been forced to skip its portion of CalPERS payments while the Southern California city makes its way through bankruptcy proceedings.

Interim City Manager Andrea Travis-Miller says in a news release that the financial crisis has made it necessary to defer the public employee retirement benefit payments so the city can provide basic and critical services.

San Bernardino first deferred its CalPERS payment on July 31.

The city continues to make the payment for the employee portion and only the employer portion was deferred.

Travis-Miller says the city has discussed its deficit cash flow problem with CalPERS representatives and no formal action has been taken to terminate the city's contract.

San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy protection in August after learning that it faced a $46 million budget shortfall.

USFS PRESCRIBED BURNS THIS WEEK AT LAKE TAHOE: SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) — Residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe's west shore should expect to see smoke this week from a series of prescribed burns the U.S. Forest Service is conducting.

Agency officials say they plan to burn about three acres over several days in the Timberland area south of Tahoe City, Calif. They advise smoke-sensitive residents stay indoors and keep doors, windows and outside vents closed.

The intentionally set fires are intended to help thin overstocked forest conditions and reduce the threat of catastrophic fire.

CORONER: MISSING. CAMPER DIED OF EXPOSURE: SAN ANDREAS (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy whose body was found after he went missing during a hunting trip in California's northern Sierra Nevada froze to death.

Those those are the initial results of an autopsy on Taylor Dustin released on Monday by the Calaveras County Coroner.

Search crews discovered Dustin's body on Oct. 23 in a wilderness area bordering the Eldorado and Stanislaus National Forests.

He and his uncle, 40-year-old Devin Smith, were apparently on a hunting trip about 22 miles south of Lake Tahoe when they got lost and the weather turned inclement.

The area received about 18 inches of snow over two days.

Smith survived, and was found hours before Dustin suffering from severe hypothermia.

AIRCRAFT REPAIR COMPANY EXEC PLEADS GUILTY: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — An executive at a California airplane repair company has pleaded guilty to endangering aircraft by cutting corners with replacement parts not certified by regulators.

The U.S. attorney in Sacramento said Tuesday that Jerry Edward Kuwata, of Granite Bay, admitted to using uncertified parts and falsely certifying that the Federal Aviation Administration approved their use in aircraft repair.

Kuwata was the operations manager at Lincoln-based WECO Aerospace Systems Inc.

Six other company executives and supervisors also have been indicted. Michael Maupin and Anthony Zito each pleaded guilty to similar charges. Four others have pleaded not guilty.

Kuwata faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he's sentenced. A sentencing date hasn't been scheduled.

Investigators say they found no evidence of any accident caused by the allegedly fraudulent repairs.

 

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