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POSTED October 31, 2012 8:21 p.m.

WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMS FILED IN DEPUTY SHOOTING: MODESTO (AP) — Some $61 million in wrongful death claims have been filed by the family of a man shot to death in April by a Stanislaus County sheriff's deputy.

The deputy was responding to a 911 family dispute call at a Keyes home when he was confronted by 32-year-old George Ramirez. The deputy tried to subdue him with a Taser stun gun before shooting Ramirez.

Claimed filed on Oct. 11 say Deputy Art Parra Jr. used unreasonable deadly force on a man with mental problems. Such claims are usually precursors to lawsuits.

A San Francisco legal firm filed a $15 million claim on behalf of Ramirez. Other claims filed on behalf of his parents, teenage brother and another family member each seek $10 million to $12 million.

MERCED DENTIST ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING PATIENT: MERCED  (AP) — Merced police have arrested a dentist on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient who was under sedation.

The Merced Sun-Star reports that Sang Hyuk Park was arrested around 10 a.m. Tuesday after the patient told police about being assaulted while getting dental work under a local anesthetic.

Police have not released the alleged victim's gender or age.

Police searched Park's office in Merced after the arrest.

The dentist was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of sexual assault before being released on bail.

Park's dental office did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

 

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