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POSTED February 19, 2013 7:51 p.m.

BART TO TRY BIKE EXPERIMENT AGAIN: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency plans to again experiment with allowing bikes aboard all trains during peak commuting hours.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that BART will lift its current restriction on the practice for the second time from March 18 through March 22.

The ban varies by line, but generally restricts bikes from trains in commute directions from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., when they are particularly crowded.

BART previously experimented with lifting the ban over the summer, when it allowed bike access to all trains during commute hours on five Fridays.

WOMAN IN SEX CASE JAILED AGAIN: LIVERMORE  (AP) — A California mother sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with two underage boys is back behind bars after being arrested on an alleged parole violation.

The Oakland Tribune reports 44-year-old Christine Hubbs was arrested late Friday and remains in jail on a no-bail hold. It wasn't immediately known what circumstances led to her arrest.

Hubbs pleaded no contest to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 and three counts of lewd acts on a child.

Investigators say she had a sexual relationship with one of the boys starting in December 2008 when he was 14. The other relationship was with another 14-year-old boy and occurred for several months.

WOMAN, 5 CATS DIE AFTER HAYWARD HOUSE FIRE: HAYWARD  (AP) — A fire official says "excess hoarding" hampered efforts to rescue a 77-year-old woman from a deadly house fire in Hayward.

The Alameda County Coroner's office said Lorraine Carvalho died Sunday afternoon after suffering second-degree burns.

Hayward assistant fire marshal Thor Poulsen said a man who spotted smoke coming from Carvalho's house tried to kick the front door to get to her, but he couldn't get through because of newspapers and other debris piled behind the door.

Firefighters had to remove the front door to get inside.

Carvalho was found face down in a pile of newspapers, animal feces and rubble. She suffered burns to her legs and arms.

Five cats died in the fire, and five more were found alive outside the house.

SURROGATE PARENTING AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The owner of a Central California-based surrogate parenting agency has pleaded guilty to federal charges that she stole about $2 million from prospective parents who had set aside the money to cover the medical expenses of surrogate mothers and egg donors.

Tonya Collins entered the pleas on Tuesday, 10 months after a grand jury indicated her on charges of mail, wire and bank fraud and money laundering in connection with her Modesto-based Surrogenesis agency.

According to a plea agreement filed by the U.S. attorney in Sacramento, Collins embezzled money from an escrow account she had told clients was independent and insured, but that she controlled with no safeguards.

She then spent the money on real estate, jewelry, cars, vacations and other personal expenses.

She faces a maximum prison sentence of 80 years.

MAN ARRESTED IN SANTA ROSA TRIPLE SLAYING: SANTA ROSA . (AP) — A man has been arrested in Alabama in connection with the slayings of three men during a botched marijuana deal earlier this month in Northern California.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports 46-year-old Mark Cappello of Central City, Colo., was being held without bail Monday on a fugitive from justice warrant.

Cappello is suspected of killing three men on Feb. 5 inside a home near Forestville. The victims were 26-year-old Raleigh Butler, 46-year-old Richard Lewin and 42-year-old Todd Klarkowski.

Authorities say the three men had arranged to buy a large amount of marijuana at the home where Butler's mother lived.

 

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