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POSTED March 12, 2013 9:17 p.m.

POLICE: SLEEPING PILLS PUT IN KID CUPS AT DAYCARE : MORGAN HILL  (AP) — Morgan Hill police have arrested a daycare worker for allegedly putting sleeping pills into toddlers' drinks before a scheduled nap time.

Officials say 59-year-old Deborah Gratz of Hollister arrested at her home on felony child endangerment charges Monday.

Police say Gratz was fired from the Kiddie Academy childcare facility in Morgan Hill on Friday after a witness reported seeing her put something into the cups of several children.

Police say when administrators confronted Gratz, she admitted putting an over-the-counter sleeping aid "Sominex" into the kids' drinks. None of the children drank from the cups the day the incident was reported.

Officials say Gratz had worked at the childcare center for the past five years, mainly taking care of 1- and 2-year-old kids.

 MAN SENTENCED IN BAPTISM PARTY BRAWL: REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — A California man was sentenced to nearly a year in jail for stabbing a partygoer who tried to dance with his wife at a baptism celebration.

Yasmani Ramirez, 28, of Redwood City pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay about $1,000 in restitution, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Ramirez was at a baptism party in November when another man touched Ramirez's wife on her back and asked her to dance. Ramirez argued with the man and several others, which escalated into a fight.

Ramirez pulled out a knife and stabbed the man once in the stomach and cut him several times on his arms when the victim tried to shield his face, authorities said.

"These are relatively young people — testosterone is still running rampant in them," said San Mateo County prosecutor Steve Wagstaffe. "It turned into a couple of wild male elk in mating season locking horns — except for one party, the horns were a knife."

Authorities have placed a hold on Ramirez, an illegal immigrant, and they could start deportation proceedings when he is released.

 CONGRESSWOMAN CALLS FOR PROBE INTO COP KILLER: SANTA CRUZ  (AP) — A California congresswoman is calling for an investigation into the Army's dropped rape charges against a man who shot and killed two Santa Cruz police officers.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, said she wants a hearing about why two Army court martials brought against Jeremy Goulet were dropped in exchange for a less than honorable discharge.

Goulet shot and killed two officers when they came to his house Feb. 26 while investigating a misdemeanor sexual assault case. Goulet was killed in a subsequent chase and shootout.

Goulet was accused of rape in 2006 shortly after arriving in Hawaii. Goulet was confined to base, where several months later he allegedly raped a second female officer.

Goulet was discharged in early 2007.

SOLANO CO. PASTOR GETS 18 YEARS FOR CHILD ABUSE: VACAVILLE  (AP) — A former Eastern Orthodox pastor has been sentenced to 18 years in a California prison for molesting five children from his Fairfield parish.

The Reporter of Vacaville said in a story published Tuesday that a Solano County judge also ordered the Rev. Robert "Silas" Ruark of St. Timothy's Orthodox Church to pay $10,000 in restitution and to register as a sex offender.

Ruark, who is 65 years old, was arrested in June and pleaded guilty in January to 19 counts of committing lewd acts on children. He apologized for his actions at his sentencing, saying he had betrayed his parish's trust.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian archdiocese that St. Timothy's belongs to notified police after several of the people whom he molested as children reported the abuse, which The Record says dates as far back as 1994.

PLEA REACHED IN BAY AREA POSTAL CARRIER THEFTS: REDWOOD CITY  (AP) — A 41-year-old San Francisco Bay area man faces more than three years in jail for using credit cards and gift cards that a friend who worked as a postal carrier stole from residential mailboxes.

The sentence was part of a plea deal with prosecutors under which Marlo Lacsamana of Pacifica pleaded no contest to felony commercial burglary, identity theft and credit card fraud.

Lacsamana and two other men were charged with using stolen credit and gift cards at a local Target store. San Mateo County prosecutors say the cards were supplied by postal worker Romeo Natan after he took them from homes on his route in San Carlos.

Natan pleaded no contest to the same charges in January and could be sentenced to more than four years in jail.

SAN FRANCISCO CLEARS CITY'S LARGEST HOMELESS CAMP:  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have cleared the city's largest homeless camp and sent its residents to a triage center where they can stay while counselors arrange housing, drug treatment and other services.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports police officers, cleanup crews and counselors swept through the encampment under an Interstate 280 on-ramp Monday.

After previous raids, homeless occupants had returned to the campsite near the Caltrain station by the end of the day.

This time, the city is sending them to a three-day triage center at a local church where they can access a range of services.

San Francisco's head of homeless initiatives Bevan Dufty says he hopes the new approach will lead to a long-term improvement in people's lives.

 

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