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POSTED July 17, 2013 9:43 p.m.

RESIDENTS OF SINKING SUBDIVISION FILE CLAIM: LAKEPORT  (AP) — For months homeowners agonized as houses in their subdivision sank one-by-one into a California hilltop. It got so dangerous that the U.S. Postal Service refused to deliver mail.

Now, they say they know the reason eight homes were destroyed and 10 others are in danger, and they've taken the first step toward recouping damages by filing a claim against Lake County.

A leaking county water system that went undetected for months saturated the hillside and caused the ground to give way, said Michael Green, an attorney for the 41 homeowners in the subdivision with sweeping views of Clear Lake in Northern California.

Green is seeking $5 million for each homeowner in the claim filed last month against the county.

The county has maintained that a landscape irrigation system operated by the Lakeside Heights homeowners association could have contributed to the ground saturation.

MAN SENTENCED TO 1 YR FOR STEALING IDS TO RIG VOTE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — An Orange County man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after he admitted stealing the identities and passwords of more than 700 fellow students at a San Diego-area university so he could rig campus elections.

The Orange County Register reports that 22-year-old Matthew Weaver of Huntington Beach was sentenced Monday for wire fraud, unauthorized access of a computer and identity theft.

The newspaper reports that Weaver stole the identities in 2012 and used them to cast more than 600 votes for himself as student body president through the online voting system at California State University, San Marcos.

Officials said Weaver installed devices into campus computers to collect students' user names and passwords.

The student government president at the college receives an $8,000 salary

2 KILLED IN BAKERSFIELD MEDICAL POT SHOP SHOOTING: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — Police say two people have been shot to death at a medical marijuana dispensary in Bakersfield.

Police spokeswoman Michaela Beard says officers received a call around 10 a.m. Wednesday to report a shooting inside the First Reliable collective.

Beard says two people were found dead inside the building. A dark-colored SUV was seen speeding from the area with a man and a woman inside.

GRANDSON ACCUSED OF KILLING MISSING MURRIETA WOMAN: MURRIETA  (AP) — Prosecutors Wednesday charged a Riverside County man with the murder of his 71-year-old grandmother after she was reported missing from her home.

Kyle McLean, 21, pleaded not guilty in a brief court hearing Wednesday. Another man, Neil Erickson, 18, pleaded not guilty to being an accessory in the crime, said Riverside County district attorney's spokesman John Hall.

Catherine Sutton was reported missing Sunday night from her house in Murrieta, and Sutton's daughter told police she had not seen or spoken to her mother for several days, according to authorities.

Investigators have not found Sutton's body, but evidence suggests she was killed. Prosecutors declined to release additional details Wednesday.

YOUTH BROUGHT TO US ILLEGALLY LEAVE TO TEST LAW: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three immigrant activists who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children are planning to challenge the country's immigration laws by traveling to Mexico and then trying to get back in.

The members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance want to protest deportations carried out under the Obama administration and reaffirm their attachment to the country where they were raised.

Domenic Powell, one of the Alliance's founders, says one activist traveled to Mexico a week ago, while two others were heading there Wednesday.

JUDGE SAYS LAKE ELSINORE CROSS MONUMENT WON'T DO: LAKE ELSINORE (AP) — A federal judge says a Southern California city can't put up a veterans' memorial containing a cross at a public stadium.

The Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/15mG2AE) says the judge issued an oral ruling on Tuesday supporting a request to block the monument's installation outside Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore.

The city agreed last fall to pay for the $50,000 granite monument, which depicts a soldier kneeling before a cross-topped grave.

The American Humanist Association argued that the monument violates the constitutional separation of church and state. The city says the depiction of the grave is historical, not religious.

An attorney representing the city, Kevin Snider, says he disagrees with the ruling but the city will await a written order from the judge before deciding how to respond.

 

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