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POSTED July 10, 2013 9:30 p.m.

POSSIBLE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT MISSING BOY’S HOME: MENIFEE (AP) — Authorities say they've found possible human remains at the Southern California home of an 11-year-old autistic boy who vanished over the weekend. Riverside County sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez says investigators served a search warrant before dawn Wednesday at the Menifee home of Terry Dewayne Smith Jr. He says investigators dug up some remains but they haven't determined whether they're human. Martinez also says investigators never ruled out foul play in the boy's disappearance.

EX-TEACHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO STUDENT SEX: REDLANDS (AP) — A former Southern California teacher who allegedly gave birth to her student's baby has pleaded not guilty to having sex with three underage boys. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 28-year-old Laura Whitehurst entered the pleas Tuesday to 41 felony counts. She remains jailed and could face up to 29 years in prison if convicted. Whitehurst is a former teacher at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands. Prosecutors contend that she began a sexual affair with a student last summer when he was 16. She gave birth last month. She's also accused of having sex several years ago with two students, who are now adults.

SON IN DEADLY GARAGE FIRE ALSO DIES: RICHMOND (AP) — A man burned in a Richmond garage fire that killed his parents has also died. The Contra Costa Times reports that 28-year-old Chandee Viengvilai died late Friday. Fire crews responded to a blaze at the garage early that morning and found Viengvilai on fire and running through the yard. His parents, 56-year-old Mearn Lee Pon and 50-year-old Bounkeo Viengvilai, were found dead inside the garage, which had been converted into living space. The cause of the fire is not known, but investigators said cigarette butts, alcohol and fireworks were found outside the garage.

MAN FATALLY STABBED AT HOMELESS SHELTER: SAN JOSE (AP) — Police in San Jose are investigating the fatal stabbing of a man at a homeless shelter. Sgt. Jason Dwyer says police responded to the Julian Street Inn homeless shelter after receiving a 911 call about a stabbing shortly after midnight Wednesday. Officers found a man who stayed at the shelter with stab wounds. He was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later. His name has not been released. Police say they have taken another man into custody in the death. The man has not been identified, and police have not named him as a suspect. The killing is San Jose's 26th homicide of the year.

MOTHER NATURE HELPING COOL WILDFIRE: JULIAN (AP) — Cooler temperatures and calm winds have helped fire crews battling a wildfire in San Diego County that destroyed at least 100 buildings at a mountain camp, authorities said Wednesday. The blaze was 40 percent contained after barely moving overnight, state fire spokesman Mike Mohler said. In addition, a chance of thunderstorms later in the day could wet down hotspots, he said. The fire near Julian has burned 11 square miles of brush since the weekend. Evacuation orders remained in effect for 120 structures, mostly empty vacation cabins. Campgrounds in Cleveland National Forest also remained closed.

LUGGAGE CART HITS DELTA PLANE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Delta Airlines says a Cincinnati, Ohio-bound flight at San Francisco International Airport had to be deplaned after a baggage tug hit the aircraft. The flight was scheduled to leave at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said the plane was at the gate when the tug accidentally hit the nose gear. There was no evidence of damage, but Durrant said Delta put the 138 passengers on another aircraft out of an abundance of caution. The next flight left at 1:59 a.m. and arrived in Cincinnati at 6 a.m. Durrant said no one was hurt.

 

POLICE SEARCH FOR WHO POISON MEATBALL COOK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police are asking for the public's help in tracking down who left hundreds of meatballs laced with rat poison in areas where dogs could find them. The meatballs were found scattered in the city's Twin Peaks and Diamond Heights neighborhoods last week and at least one dog was sickened. The Oakland Tribune reports most of the meatballs were collected and disposed of by residents. Police confirmed Tuesday that the meatballs were cooked with rat poison. On Friday police spokesman Albie Esparza said one dog got sick and was taken to a veterinarian.

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