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POSTED July 15, 2013 9:40 p.m.

MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR KILLING 2 OVER DOG: FRESNO  (AP) — A Fresno man who shot and killed two people and paralyzed a third in a dispute over a lost dog has been sentenced to 82 years to life in prison, plus two life terms without the possibility of parole.

Forty-four-year-old Martin Villalobos Hernandez was sentenced on Monday. Prosecutors say Hernandez was searching for his lost Chihuahua in May 2006 when he entered a home through a back door and fatally shot 22-year-old Nicole Allen and 23-year-old James Rodriguez in front of their three children.

The victim's brother, Joseph Rodriguez, was also shot in the back and is now in a wheelchair.

DRIVER SURVIVES 700-FOOT CANYON PLUNGE:  PINE VALLEY  (AP) — A driver whose SUV plunged down a 700-foot canyon in San Diego County has survived with only minor injuries.

State fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler tells U-T San Diego that the Kia Sorrento veered off of Interstate 8 in Pine Valley Saturday morning.

The SUV plunged into Pine Valley Creek Canyon, rolling several times before it came to rest.

Schuler says the driver was hoisted out of the canyon by a helicopter and taken to a hospital after complaining of minor back pain.

MAN QUESTIONED  FOR ALLEGEDLY SHOOTING DRUNKEN FRIEND: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are questioning a man who claimed a friend accidentally shot himself at a Boyle Heights home.

It happened at about 12:15 a.m. Monday.

Police say a couple had a 38-year-old friend over to their house. The husband claimed he'd been showing a gun to his drunken friend but became concerned that the man would shoot himself and tried to take it back.

The husband said his friend wouldn't let go of the trigger and accidentally shot himself in the head during a struggle.

However, police say that story doesn't match witness reports and they're holding the husband for questioning.

VICTIM OF FATAL LA SHOOTING IDENTIFIED: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man killed in a suspected road-rage shooting in the Arleta area of Los Angeles has been identified.

A coroner's official says 22-year-old Richard Eduardo Ruiz of North Hollywood died at a hospital about two hours after the 3 p.m. Saturday shooting.

Lt. Paul Vernon tells City News Service the shooting occurred as the victim's red Kia and the suspect's gray, late model Dodge Challenger passed under Interstate 5 on Branford Avenue.

 

MAN FOUND IN CALIFORNIA MOTEL AWAKENS WITH AMNESIA

PALM SPRINGS  (AP) — Doctors in a Southern California hospital are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke with no memory of his past, speaking only Swedish.

Michael Boatwright woke up with amnesia, calling himself Johan Ek. He doesn't remember his two ex-wives, or his son.

Police transported Boatwright to the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs after he was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room in February.

The 61-year-old U.S. Navy veteran was diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia, which stops people from creating new memories. Doctors say his new identity is part of his condition. Officials say online evidence suggests he was born in Sweden, although his ID lists his birthplace as Florida.

Boatwright has no insurance or income and will be treated until doctors decide how to discharge him safely.

 

ABOUT 25 HOMES EVACUATED IN S. CALIF. WILDFIRE: HEMET  (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire in rural Riverside County has spurred the evacuation of about two dozen homes and an animal sanctuary.

State fire officials said in a statement that the fire broke out Monday shortly before 2 p.m. in the community of Mountain Center between Palm Springs and Hemet. Three hours later it had surged to more than 200 acres.

Evacuations have been ordered for about 20 homes in the community of Bonita Vista and about four homes in Fleming Ranch. An evacuation center has been set up at Hemet High School. The Living Free Animal Sanctuary, home to mostly dogs and cats, has also been evacuated.

More than 300 state and federal firefighter had the blaze 5 percent contained.

COURT: BAD MIRANDA TRANSLATION REQUIRES NEW TRIAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Criminal defendants must have their Miranda rights precisely translated into Spanish if that is their first language, a federal appeals court affirmed Monday in overturning the marijuana and weapons convictions of an Oregon man who received an incorrect rendition.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a federal trial judge improperly refused to suppress statements Jeronimo Botello-Rosales gave to Yamhill County sheriff's detectives after receiving the faulty Spanish warning and a proper Miranda reading in English.

"The Spanish-language warning administered to the defendant failed to reasonably convey his Miranda rights," a three-judge panel said in an opinion first issued in April but published for the first time Monday. "The fact that the officer had previously administered correct Miranda warnings in English does not cure the constitutional infirmity, absent government clarification as to which set of warnings was correct."

 

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