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POSTED February 21, 2013 9:25 p.m.

4 DAYS ENOUGH FOR LEAVING OLD MAN IN HOT CAR: FRESNO  (AP) — A California caregiver who left a 101-year-old man in a hot car last summer won't be facing anymore jail time.

A Fresno County judge says four days in jail after her August arrest was enough for 46-year-old Tina Ann Johnson of Auberry.

Johnson had pleaded no contest to a count of inflicting injury on an elderly person.

During Wednesday's hearing, the judge also reduced the crime to a misdemeanor and ruled Johnson will not be placed on probation.

Raymond Messer was found inside a car in a Walmart parking lot in Clovis. Johnson was located inside the Walmart an hour after police arrived.

DEFENDANT SAYS HE KILLED CABBIE IN SELF-DEFENSE: SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California man on trial for murder has changed his story, telling jurors he killed a cabbie in self-defense.

The Sacramento Bee says 31-year-old Jermaine John Campbell testified that he thought taxi driver James Walker was fumbling for a gun so he shot him in October 2010.

Walker wasn't armed.

Campbell told jurors on Wednesday that he had lied earlier when he told detectives that 21-year-old co-defendant Jonathan Steven Hudson shot Walker during the panic of a robbery.

Campbell says he stuck with his original story in an effort to get a deal by testifying against Hudson.

MAN IN SAN DIEGO ASKS FOR WORK, THEN DEMANDS MONEY : SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego sheriff's deputies say a drive-through job seeker apparently didn't like the answer he was given, so he turned to drive-through robbery.

Deputies tell KFMB-TV the suspect went through a Rally's drive-through restaurant in Spring Valley around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

When he asked for work, employees told him to he'd have to come back the next day and he left.

Just a few minutes later, deputies say he came back with a gun and demanded money. He got away with cash but restaurant employees were unhurt.

POLL: APPROVAL FOR GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE RISES: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A new Field Poll finds that Jerry Brown is enjoying his highest job-performance ratings since returning to the governor's office two years ago.

The survey released Thursday shows that 57 percent of registered voters approve of the job the Democratic governor is doing, with 31 percent disapproving. It is the first time Brown's rating has been above 50 percent since he began his latest term in January 2011.

The Legislature also is doing relatively well, with 36 percent of voters approving of its job performance. That is the highest rating since 2008.

Voters also like the two-thirds majorities in the Assembly and Senate.

Field interviewed 834 registered voters by telephone from Feb. 5-17. The poll has a sampling margin error rate up to plus or minus 5 percentage points.

BURGLARY SUSPECTS CRASH INTO FIRE HYDRANT : MORENO VALLEY  (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a carload of burglary suspects smashed into a fire hydrant while they were trying to evade deputies.

Deputies responded to a call of a burglary in progress at about noon Thursday.

A witness told officials suspects had fled the scene in a black Honda, which officers encountered a short while later.

Following a pursuit that lasted less than half a block, the vehicle the suspects were in crashed into a fire hydrant.

Three suspects were taken into custody immediately and another was arrested minutes later after attempting to flee.

It's unclear what the suspects allegedly stole.

 

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