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POSTED January 29, 2013 8:36 p.m.

STOCKTON WOMAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING, RESELLING CLOTHES: FRESNO  (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Stockton woman has been sentenced to prison for shoplifting more than $1 million worth of designer clothes and selling the clothes online.

Prosecutors say Thuy Vi Thi Wagner was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Fresno to four years and three months in prison for mail fraud and filing a false tax return.

The sentencing of the 34-year-old Wagner comes after she pleaded guilty in October to charges that between 2002 and September 2010 she shoplifted the clothes from department stores, then collected more than $400,000 by selling the merchandise to people in California and other states on eBay.

Wagner was also convicted on the tax charges for not reporting some of the income on her income tax returns.

SURVEY: SIERRA SNOWFALL SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California snow surveyors have confirmed what many feared after a relatively dry January — the water content of snow that has accumulated in the Sierra is slightly below average for this time of year.

Measurements show the water content at 93 percent of normal.

Early storms in November and December dumped snow ranging from 32 ½ to 44 inches around Echo Summit off of Highway 50. Very little has fallen since.

California water agencies depend on a melting snowpack to replenish the state's reservoirs throughout the summer. About a third of the state's water comes from snowmelt.

BIKER PROPOSAL SHUTS DOWN INTERSTATE 10 EAST OF LA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Highway Patrol officials say a stunt where bikers blocked traffic on Interstate 10 east of Los Angeles for a marriage proposal may result in serious charges, and numerous traffic citations have already been issued.

Officer Vince Ramirez said Tuesday that investigators will now determine if the proposal resulted in violations worthy of felonies, such as accidents that may have caused injuries.

In videos posted to YouTube, hundreds of motorcyclists block four lanes of traffic and an off-ramp Sunday afternoon while the would-be groom burns out a "smoke bomb" tire that lets off a huge plume of pink smoke.

A man wearing a leather vests with the Subliminal 710 Bikerz insignia then got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend before the bikers rode away.

 

 

SF HOME SEARCHED IN 1984 DISAPPEARANCE OF BOY: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have searched a home in San Francisco in connection with the disappearance of a 10-year-old boy nearly 30 years ago.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that investigators were digging in the backyard and the basement of the home near the city's Haight-Ashbury district Tuesday. They were looking for evidence in the 1984 disappearance of Kevin Collins.

The official spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the search warrant in the case was sealed.

The official says the home was the home of a person who was once a "person of interest" in the case.

Collins was last seen leaving basketball practice at St. Agnes School.

ADVOCATES: CPUC MUST REHEAR SAN BRUNO DECISION : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Consumer advocates and city officials are asking California regulators to reconsider a decision to approve a $299 million Pacific Gas & Electric Co. rate increase to help pay for pipeline inspections and upgrade costs following a 2010 fatal pipeline explosion.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved the company's two-year plan in late December, allowing the utility to charge ratepayers for 55 percent of the safety upgrades' long-term costs, overall.

Tuesday, officials from the cities of San Bruno and San Francisco as well as the commission's own consumer advocacy branch, known as the Division of Ratepayer Advocates, asked the commission to rehear the decision.

The nonprofit Utility Reform Network made a similar request Monday for the commission to reconsider the ruling.

The Sept. 9, 2010, blast killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

GLENDALE MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXTEXTING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a Glendale man for allegedly hacking into hundreds of social media and email accounts to coerce more than 350 women into showing him their naked bodies.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy L. Wilkison says 27-year-old Karen "Gary" Kazaryan was arrested Tuesday after being named in a 30-count indictment returned Friday.

Kazaryan allegedly hacked into victims' accounts and searched Facebook messages, emails and other files for nude pictures of the victims.

He then posed as a friend, persuading them to strip while he watched and photographed.

When victims discovered Kazaryan was posing as a friend, he often extorted them again by using photos he had fraudulently obtained to coerce victims into stripping, sometimes posting the photos to their Facebook pages.

He faces up to 105 years in prison.

CHP: MAN ACCIDENTALLY RUNS OVER GIRLFRIEND: REDDING  (AP) — A 50-year-old Northern California woman is in critical condition after authorities say her boyfriend accidentally ran over her with a truck.

The Record Searchlight of Redding reports  that Gregory Gross of Yuba City stopped to let his girlfriend, Deronda Gail Harris, use the restroom at a gas station on Sunday afternoon.

California Highway Patrol officer Matt Clark tells the newspaper that Gross thought Harris had gone inside when he moved the 3-axle freightliner forward to make a U-turn.

Instead, he found her lying injured on the road. Clark says she had been run over by the right side tires of his truck.

The 58-year-old Gross has not been cited or arrested. Clark says drugs nor alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Harris is hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

POLICE: WOMAN POSED AS DOCTOR, STOLE CREDIT CARDS: FAIRFIELD  (AP) — A woman is under arrest on suspicion of posing a doctor and stealing the credit cards from hospitals throughout Northern California.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that Fairfield police arrested 49-year-old Yolanda Smith on Monday after the woman was recognized by a hospital security guard.

Police say Smith donned a white lab coat and pretended to be a doctor at hospitals in Daly City, Tracy, Gilroy, Santa Cruz and other communities.

Authorities say Smith on Jan. 2 stole nurses' credit cards after walking into a neonatal care unit of Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.

The nurses noticed the missing cards after police say Smith charged more than $4,000 in purchases.

Smith faces possible charges of identity theft, burglary, fraudulent use of a credit card and other charges.

 

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