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POSTED January 24, 2013 9:15 p.m.

CA APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CASINO TIP-SHARING RULE: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A state appeals court says a San Jose casino can force its cardroom dealers to share tips with other employees.

The Contra Costa Times says the 6th District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that state law permits Bay 101 and other casinos to enforce tip-pooling.

The dealers, who earn up to $1,500 a week in tips, sued the casino in 2006. They argued that Bay 101 was illegally seizing their tips by forcing them to share some of their tips with hundreds of other employees, including food and hair salon workers.

A judge dismissed the suit in 2011 and the appeals court agreed.

SUSPECT HELD IN SAN FRANCISCO BROTHEL KILLING: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are holding a man for a 2010 killing at a suspected brothel.

says Las Vegas police stopped and arrested 29-year-old Andre Bueno on a murder warrant last month. He was extradited to San Francisco last week and remains jailed.

Investigators believe Bueno was one of two men who staged a home invasion robbery at a suspected brothel in the Sunset District two years ago.

A 44-year-old man was shot in the chest and eight other people were tied up.

METAL FRAGMENTS PROMPT FROZEN PIZZA RECALL: BERKELEY  (AP) — A Berkeley-based company is recalling frozen pizzas that may contain metal fragments.

The Oakland Tribune says a voluntary recall was issued Tuesday for all varieties of Annie's Homegrown Rising Crust pizza. The recall covers boxes with "best by" dates of Jan. 9, 2013 to Sept. 14 of this year.

Annie's says a faulty screen at a flour mill left metal mesh fragments in flour and pizza dough.

However, no metal has been found in the finished product and there have been no reports of injuries.

EX-CONTRA COSTA FIRE CAPTAIN ARRESTED FOR THEFT: MARTINEZ  (AP) — A recently retired Northern California fire captain is under arrest after authorities say he stole uniforms, expensive tools and other items from local firehouses.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office says former fire district Capt. Jon Wilmot was arrested in December on suspicion of grand theft and burglary, and released on $30,000 bail.

The 51-year-old Wilmot retired just before his arrest.

A search warrant executed on Wilmot's cars and properties returned 268 items including supplies, tools and fire gear.

The fire district has also filed a restraining order against Wilmot, accusing him of keeping a "large cache of illegal weapons" and threatening employees.

Sheriff's deputies seized 53 guns and ammunition from Wilmot, which has sparked a federal investigation, according to NBC Bay Area.

PIZZA MANAGER ACCUSED OF HIDING CAMERA IN BATHROOM: MARTINEZ  (AP) — The manager of a Northern California pizzeria is under arrest after police say he used a hidden video camera to record his co-workers in the restroom.

Martinez Police arrested 31-year-old Jason Lassor, a manager at Papa Murphy's Pizza, on Jan. 18 after a female employee discovered the camera in the employee bathroom.

Detective Sgt. Glenn Walkup said Thursday that Lassor was taken into custody after admitting he hid the camera during his shifts and removed it when he left.

Police confiscated the camera and Lassor's computer equipment and booked him in the Contra Costa County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct.

 

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