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POSTED February 13, 2013 9:15 p.m.

POLICE: THIEVES TARGET OFFICERS' BRENTWOOD HOMES: BRENTWOOD  (AP) — Police in the San Francisco Bay area city of Brentwood are investigating a string of recent home burglaries in which thieves made off with jewelry and guns, some of them belonging to law enforcement officers.

The Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/12dE0om) reported Tuesday that Brentwood police think the officers' homes were targeted in the burglaries over the last few weeks, although other residents also had electronics, jewelry and firearms stolen.

No one was home when the break-ins happened. The Times says the police department is working with other agencies, but providing few details about the thefts.

2 PIT BULLS KILLED AFTER ATTACKING POLICE OFFICERS: RICHMOND . (AP) — Berkeley police officers have shot and killed two pit bulls attacking them during a special enforcement investigation.

One of the dogs bit an officer on the arm, and when the other dog tried to join in, the officers fired.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/Yqg7Tq) says the officers went to the Richmond home on Tuesday afternoon to serve a search warrant.

The officers are part of Berkeley's elite Special Enforcement Unit, which specializes in drug and vice cases.

Two people were arrested, but there are no details about those arrests.

SUSPECT IN SUISUN CITY GIRL MAKES COURT APPEARANCE: FAIRFIELD . (AP) — The man accused in the killing of a 13-year-old Suisun City girl appeared in court Wednesday, but did not enter a plea.

Prosecutors say they've filed murder charges against Anthony Lamar Jones, as well as three additional charges of kidnapping, rape and lewd acts on a child in connection with the death of Genelle Renee Conway-Allen.

The seventh-grader was reported missing Jan. 31 by her guardian at the foster home where she lived. A passer-by found Genelle's body the next morning in a nearby park.

Solano County District Attorney Donald du Bain says the additional charges filed against the 32-year-old Jones are so-called special circumstances charges, which means he could be sentenced to either life in prison or to death, if convicted.

Jones did not enter a plea during Wednesday's hearing. He was ordered to return to court on Feb. 21.

COURT SAYS CAREGIVER CAN SUE COUNTY FOR WAGES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An appeals court says a California caregiver stiffed by a disabled client can sue the county for unpaid wages and overtime.

Tthe 1st District Court of Appeal ruling on Monday could affect thousands of low-paid home care workers in California.

The San Francisco appeals court says a jury should decide if Sonoma County should be considered a co-employer responsible for unpaid wages.

A county agency had determined the disabled woman was eligible for government-funded services and authorized her to hire an in-home assistant.

Adelina Guerrero was hired in November 2008 to provide personal care, housekeeping and other in-home services to Alejandra Buenrostro.

Guerrero says she wasn't paid for 501 hours of regular employment and at least 87 hours of overtime.

 

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