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POSTED December 5, 2012 9:22 p.m.

JAIL FOR STREET RACERS WHO KILLED WOMAN: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A California judge says two street racers deserve jail time for a high-speed crash that killed a woman driving home from work.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Ashley Krieger was behind the wheel of her Honda when a Mercedes-Benz slammed into her car in Santa Clara last year, killing her instantly.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, 20-year-old Vincent Mergondo, was racing a rented Corvette driver by his 25-year-old friend Chandra Purnama. They were traveling at nearly 90 mph at the time of the crash.

Mergondo and Purnama were charged with felony speeding causing injury.

A judge sentenced them on Tuesday to 364 days in jail.

CRITICISM OVER WARDENS SHOOTING OF COUGAR CUBS: HALF MOON BAY  (AP) — Wildlife advocates are criticizing a decision by California wardens to shoot a pair of mountain lion cubs in the backyard of a home near downtown Half Moon Bay.

State Department of Fish and Game wardens killed the 9-month-old cougars Saturday night, saying they didn't attempt to tranquilize the 30-pound animals because of concerns they might escape and become a threat to public safety.

But wildlife experts tell the San Jose Mercury News that they should have been notified to assess the danger before they were shot to death.

Monterey-based Wildlife Rescue founder Rebecca Dmytryk says it was a bad judgment call, adding it was a perfect situation to call in wildlife rescuers.

2 ARRESTED, 3,600 POT PLANTS SEIZED AT INDOOR FARM: WATSONVILLE  (AP) — More than 3,600 pot plants have been seized during a raid on a California indoor marijuana operation at a former mushroom farm.

Investigators say it's the largest-ever indoor marijuana bust in Santa Cruz County.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says 63-year-old Mark Boutwell and 67-year-old Cecil Doug Tanner were arrested Tuesday at the Watsonville farm.

Tanner owned the farm under the business name Ariel Mushrooms.

Investigators say the farm produced up to $1 million worth of marijuana a year.

4 WOUNDED IN OAKLAND SHOOTING: OAKLAND  (AP) — A shooting near Lake Merritt in Oakland has left four people wounded.

Officer Phong Tran tells the Oakland Tribune the incident occurred around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after a dispute between two groups of people.

Members of one of the groups returned to the area and opened fire.

Three people — a 22-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman — were hit.

A 60-year-old man walking to a store two blocks was also struck. Police say he was not connected to the other victims. All four are expected to recover.

Police are trying to confirm what sparked the dispute.

 

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