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POSTED March 4, 2013 8:08 p.m.

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SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies are looking for a teenage boy who stole money that a Girl Scout troop had earned selling cookies.

Cpl. Randy Naquin says the Girls Scouts reported that the youth grabbed a bag of money from their table outside a Stater Bros. supermarket Sunday evening.

The victims were packing up their supplies to go home just before 7 p.m. at the Phelan-area store when the thief took the bag and ran.

One Girl Scout chased him, but fell, causing minor scrapes and scratches.

Naquin says there is surveillance video of the teen entering the store.

The amount of money taken was not disclosed.

Authorities find father

and son drowning victims

RED BLUFF  (AP) — Authorities in Northern California say they have recovered the bodies of a 27-year-old man and his 5-year-old son who apparently drowned in their family-owned pond.

Tehama County Sheriff's Lt. Dave Greer says James Patrick Van Sickle and his son, James Arthur Van Sickle, were found Monday, two days after they went missing.

Greer say deputies were called Saturday afternoon after James Patrick Van Sickle dove into Murphy's Pond in Red Bluff to rescue his son who had fallen in the water from a boat while they were fishing.

Neither father nor son were not wearing life vests and could not immediately be found.

Greer says Van Sickle's young daughter was also in the boat at the time but was rescued.

LA mayoral candidates

campaign ahead of primary

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candidates for Los Angeles mayor are making a final sprint for votes ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

Polls show a tight contest in the race to replace term-limited Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, both Democrats.

Garcetti is riding LA Metro trains Monday, hopping off to chat with commuters and visit businesses.

Greuel is visiting restaurants, coffee shops and an old age home.

An expected low turnout makes surprises more likely, elevating the roles of Democratic Councilwoman Jan Perry and Republican Kevin James, a former prosecutor and radio talk show host.

Former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez is also on the ballot.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two finishers advance to a runoff in May.

Schwarzenegger to be

exec editor of magazines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He was the Terminator, then a governor, and now Arnold Schwarzenegger is an editor.

Schwarzenegger has been named executive editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines.

It's a position that the former Mr. Olympia held briefly 10 years ago, after winning California's gubernatorial recall election. After being criticized for potential conflict of interest, he quit the job.

The Times says Schwarzenegger, who has appeared on the magazines' covers more than 60 times, will contribute columns and other input.

In a statement Schwarzenegger says it was publications like Muscle & Fitness and Flex that inspired him to start lifting weights.

The magazines are owned by American Media Inc.

Simi Valley may ban

certain donation bins

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The Simi Valley City Council is considering a ban on donation bins popping up on street corners and in parking lots around the city.

The Ventura County Star says the ordinance to be debated Monday night would allow donation bins in nonprofits' facilities or outside them.

Unattended for-profit bins would be banned, but unattended bins for recyclable items would be permitted.

In a memo to the council, Environmental Services Director Peter Lyons said the bins often become overflowing eyesores.

If introduced, the ordinance likely would be adopted at the council's March 18 meeting and take effect 31 days later.

The council asked that it be drafted at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Sheriff to shut illegal

Palm Springs gun range

RIVERSIDE  (AP) — After years of tolerating shooting at an illegal firing range near Palm Springs, authorities have started to crack down.

Riverside County sheriff's deputies began posting "No Shooting" signs at the site in December, but that didn't stop gun enthusiasts from showing up for target practice.

Now the department has begun research on an education campaign that will make it absolutely clear shooting will no longer be allowed at the Windy Point property.

Sheriff's Cpl. Angel Ramos says the department has received calls from citizens concerned about gunfire at the rocky spot on the north slope of Mount San Jacinto.

Ramos tells the newspaper officials hope to find a new site the public can use for shooting.

Man dies after being

found on boogie board

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found unconscious on a boogie board off of San Diego.

The county medical examiner's office says a surfer spotted the man in the water Sunday evening and pulled him to shore.

Bystanders and then lifeguards and paramedics tried to revive the man but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

His name hasn't been released and the cause of death is under investigation.

High court: 'Marsy's

Law' applies to all 'lifers'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state's high court has ruled that a 2008 ballot measure increasing the time period between parole hearings for inmates serving life sentences applies to all so-called "lifers," not just those sentenced after the law passed.

The unanimous seven-member court said Monday that "Marsy's Law" wasn't intended to prolong punishment or change any inmate's sentence.

"Marsy's Law" expanded the legal rights of crime victims, including notifying them of all court proceedings and parole hearings. The law also imposed minimum lengths of 7, 10 and even 15 years between parole hearings for certain prisoners serving life sentences with the chance of parole.

Before Marsy's law, the maximum length between parole hearings was five years for murder and two years for all other convictions.

 

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