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POSTED April 10, 2013 10:27 p.m.

BURBANK TEEN ARRESTED FOR TWITTER THREAT: BURBANK (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of making a threat on Twitter against a classmate at his Burbank high school.

Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn tells City News Service that the teen was taken into custody late Tuesday after authorities received several calls.

Ryburn says the threat indicated a desire to harm a fellow student at John Burroughs High, and referenced past national school shootings.

Police interviewed the intended victim and suspect, and arrested the 16-year-old boy.

Ryburn says it appears to be an isolated incident, and all involved individuals have been identified and interviewed.

LA JUDGE WON'T RELEASE MAN, 86, ACCUSED OF MURDER: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has refused to release an 86-year-old man who was charged with killing an apartment handyman four years ago.

Superior Court Judge Norman Shapiro ruled Wednesday that Nattie Kennebrew, who is blind, in a wheelchair and has dementia, should not be released to his son as a probate court had ruled.

Kennebrew was ordered to stand trial for the shooting death of handyman Gerardo Ramos, who was fixing his sink. But Kennebrew was found unfit to be tried and sent to Patton State Hospital.

Prosecutors have failed to get Kennebrew under public guardianship, which would keep him in a state facility.

Police said Kennebrew shot Ramos multiple times because he believed that Ramos had been trying to steal his benefits from the Veterans Administration.

CALIF. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE  DEFACED WITH PAINT: BLYTHE (AP) — Federal officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who spray-painted an archaeological site in the desert near California's border with Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management says someone used blue paint to deface Native American petroglyphs at the site in Riverside County.

Some of the more identifiable spray paint images include a horse or unicorn head, several smiley faces, and what appears to be a marijuana leaf. Several words and numbers were also scrawled on the rock surfaces.

Scientists at the site are studying designs and figures that were pecked or scratched into rock surfaces by prehistoric people.

The cost to the government to restore the site is expected to be several thousand dollars.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY CONSIDERS PIT BULL STERILIZATION LAW: RIVERSIDE (AP) — Riverside County authorities are considering a law requiring pit bulls to be spayed and neutered in the wake of a deadly mauling.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ordered staff to draft a sterilization ordinance for pit bulls and pit bull mixes. It will come before the board at a later date.

The move follows several attacks by escaped pit bulls, including one in February that killed a 91-year-old woman in Hemet.

Animal service officials say 20 percent of the dogs in their shelters are pit bulls and the breed is rarely adopted.

Pit bull advocates say the breed has an unfair reputation for viciousness and the law should target irresponsible owners.

PERRIS TEACHER ARRESTED FOR TEXT MESSAGES TO MINOR: PERRIS (AP) — A Riverside County teacher was arrested after school officials allegedly found inappropriate text messages he sent to a female student.

The Press-Enterprise says 41-year-old Jeffrey Alan Rightmire, a computer science teacher at Lakeside Middle School in Perris, was taken into custody Tuesday. He was booked on suspicion of sending harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor.

Val Verde Unified School District spokesman Daniel Whitfield says two students reported to school staff Monday that they suspected a classmate was involved with a teacher.

Sheriff's officials did not disclose any details about the messages, the age of the girl or whether she was one of Rightmire's students. They said the materials were sent by text and on the Internet.

A call seeking comment from Rightmire was not immediately returned.

TRAIN AVOIDS HITTING PUPPY TIED TO TRACK: INDIO . (AP) — Officials say a 78-year-old man tied a puppy to train tracks in the California desert, and an engineer had to use emergency brakes to keep from crushing it.

Riverside County animal control said in a statement Tuesday that Banjo, a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix, is fine and up for adoption.

The train was near Mecca on April 2 when the engineer saw a man walking away from the tracks and stopped.

Union Pacific Special Agent Sal Pina responded and called the scene "one of the worst things I've seen."

Pina untied Banjo and detained the man, who said his family didn't want the dog and didn't know what to do.

Pina says he couldn't pursue charges against the unidentified man because he appeared confused and didn't understand what he'd done.

ALLEGED TRUCK THIEF SAYS ZOMBIES WERE CHASING HIM: TEMECULA (AP) — Authorities say a man who allegedly stole a big-rig truck in Riverside County and hurt seven people in crashes claimed he was fleeing from zombies.

Nineteen-year-old Jerimiah Hartline of Tennessee was arrested on Saturday after the rig, loaded with strawberries, overturned on Interstate 15 in Temecula after a series of crashes. He remains jailed Wednesday.

California Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Baer tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that Hartline claimed zombies were chasing him and he had to get away.

Baer says the truck was stolen when the driver got out at some scales in Rainbow. The trucker told the CHP that Hartline is an acquaintance who stowed away in Tennessee and was allowed to remain.

BIG-RIG PLOWS INTO HOME BUT NOBODY IS HURT: SPRING VALLEY  (AP) — Authorities say a big-rig truck has plowed into a San Diego County home but nobody was hurt.

The truck went through a fence and wound up some 15 feet inside the kitchen of a Spring Valley home at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

KGTV-TV   says the truck, which belongs to an iron company, was parked on a hill across the street but only the trailer had its brakes on. There was no driver inside.

Two people were in another room in the home and escaped injury.

 

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