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POSTED January 7, 2013 7:18 p.m.

MOTORIST DRIVES INTO POND AND DROWNS: SAN JOSE  (AP) — An elderly Northern California motorist has drowned after missing a turn on a highway onramp, crashing through a fence and plunging into a pond.

The San Jose Mercury News says the 69-year-old woman had left a shopping center parking lot on Sunday afternoon and took the Almaden Expressway onramp to state Highway 85.

The California Highway Patrol says the ramp quickly turns left but the woman's car continued straight and wound up in a retention pond.

Santa Clara County sheriff's divers pulled the woman from the sunken vehicle and she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

SAN FRANCISCO POLICE: MAN SET FIRE TO GIRLFRIEND: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are looking for a man suspected of throwing a flammable liquid at his girlfriend and setting her on fire.

Officer Carlos Manfredi says witnesses in the city's Bayview District reported hearing the woman screaming on Sunday. She was taken to a hospital burn unit.

Investigators believe her attacker was 22-year-old Dexter Oliver.

Manfredi says Oliver had a "dating relationship" with the woman, but he did not know the circumstances that led to the attack.

The victim's sister, Precious Craig, told KGO-TV that Oliver used gasoline and lit the woman on fire during an argument at a nearby Laundromat.

Craig says most of her sister's face was burnt, but the family expects her to recover.

FRESNO MAN, 53, ARRESTED IN WOMAN'S 1985 MURDER: MOUNTAIN VIEW . (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Fresno man in the 1985 murder of a woman whose body was found in a supermarket garbage bin in Santa Clara County.

Mountain View police say 53-year-old Daniel Garcia was charged with murder Friday after investigators used DNA evidence to link the convicted offender to the killing of 21-year-old Saba Girmai.

Officials say Garcia is being held without bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Palo Alto in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The cold-case arrest comes 28 years after someone found Girmai's body in the garbage bin behind the Bailey Park Plaza shopping center in Mountain View.

Officials say Santa Clara County investigators matched Garcia's DNA profile to evidence developed two years ago from the victim's fingernails.

JUDGE: MAN IN SCHOOL SHOOTING NOT FIT FOR TRIAL: OAKLAND (AP) — A judge ruled on Monday that a man accused of killing seven people at a small Northern California Christian college is not mentally fit for trial.

A public defender representing defendant One Goh said a psychiatrist has determined that Goh suffers from paranoid schizophrenia that dates back several years.

Alameda County Assistant Public Defender David Klaus has said the condition causes Goh to distrust people, including those trying to help him.

Klaus has said he and his co-counsel have had trouble talking with Goh because of his mental state.

Goh is charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in the April 2 attack at Oikos University in Oakland. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have said Goh, a former Oikos student, planned the killing spree at the school that caters to Korean immigrants after becoming angry with school officials over a tuition dispute. He previously decided to drop out of the school's nursing program.

A judge ordered Goh to return to court Jan. 28.

 

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