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POSTED August 13, 2013 9:30 p.m.

BODY ID'D AS MISSING FEDERAL INVESTIGATOR: OAKLAND  (AP) — A woman's body found near a Northern California park last week is that of a missing federal investigator, authorities said Tuesday.

The Alameda County Coroner's office has identified the body as 50-year-old Sandra Coke of Oakland, who had been missing since Aug. 4, Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said during a brief news conference with reporters.

Watson would not discuss Coke's cause of death.

Coke worked as a capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento since 2009. She was assigned to probe capital cases that were appealed to federal court to ensure death sentences were fair.

In a statement Tuesday, Coke's family described her as a "shining light" and "big-hearted person" whose generous hugs will be missed.

Coke's federal court colleagues also praised her. Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said in a statement Tuesday that Coke was an admired and respected professional working in a highly challenging area of the law who performed her duties with fairness and integrity.

Coke's former boyfriend Randy Alana of Oakland remains a person of interest in her disappearance, Watson said Tuesday. Alana, 56, and Coke were seen together on the day she disappeared, police said.

Alana, a registered sex offender, was arrested Aug. 6 on an unspecified parole violation.

SF POLICE NAB $1.5M WORTH OF ECSTASY IN BIG BUST: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Police say they have made one of the biggest drug busts in the department's history after discovering a huge amount of ecstasy.

Chief Greg Suhr said Tuesday that officers seized more than 23 kilograms of MDMA powder and more than 30,000 pills Sunday with an estimated street value of about $1.5 million.

Two men, Benjamin Hagerl and Steven Terrell, both of San Francisco, were taken into custody after officers responding to a burglary call spotted a trail of blood that led them to an apartment where they found the drugs and $30,000 in cash.

Police say one of the men cut his hands breaking a window to enter the building.


TRACTOR KILLS WOMAN SAN JOSE CAMPUS:  SAN JOSE (AP) — Officials say a woman was hit by a tractor and killed at a construction site on the campus of San Jose City College.

School officials say the woman was hit when the backhoe tractor backed into a walkway at about 11:15 a.m. Tuesday between the college's fine arts and vocational arts buildings. The woman was declared dead at a hospital.

San Jose Evergreen Community College Chancellor Rita Cepeda expressed sympathies to the victim's family at a news conference, but officials would not say whether the woman was a student, visitor or employee of the school or construction company.

Classes are not in session at the school, which is between its summer and fall semesters.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health — or Cal-OSHA — is handling the investigation.

 

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