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POSTED August 27, 2013 9:53 p.m.

EX-SCHOOL EXEC PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX WITH TEENS: HEMET  (AP) — A former assistant principal at a Hemet high school has pleaded guilty to having sex with three teenage students.

Erin Henton entered pleas Monday to three felony counts and was sentenced to a year in jail. She also must attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Sex Addicts Anonymous.

Under a plea deal, other charges were dropped and Henton avoids a potential 10-year sentence.

Henton worked at Tahquitz High School. Prosecutors say the 45-year-old Hemet woman had sex with 16- and 17-year-old boys. Police found naked photos and videos on their cellphones.

EX-OC TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO MOLESTING STUDENTS: SAN CLEMENTE  (AP) — A former San Clemente schoolteacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three students.

Richard Rack, 51,  entered pleas Monday before his trial could go to the jury.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Rack abused three 13- and 14-year-old girls who were students at Shorecliffs Middle School.

LA MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF DOG IN VAN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man has pleaded not guilty to an animal cruelty charge after he's accused of leaving a dog to die inside an abandoned stolen van.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Danny Fis was charged Tuesday with one count each of cruelty to an animal and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle. Bail was set at $45,000 and Fis is scheduled to return to court Sept. 10.

The van and dog were stolen Aug. 17 outside a clothing store. The owner left the motor running and the air conditioning on while he went inside to get his family. When he returned, the dog and van were gone.

The van was found two days later in a parking lot with all the windows up. Investigators say the dog died of heat exhaustion.

SEAL BEACH PUTS MORATORIUM ON NEW E-CIG STORES: SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County city wants to take a deep breath to consider e-cigarettes.

The Seal Beach City Council on Monday approved a 45-day moratorium on issuing permits for new e-cigarette stores.

Some nine stores in town already sell the electronic nicotine vaporizers and officials say the devices are growing in popularity but the trend is so new that regulations are murky.

The city wants more time to look into the matter, including the impact of a proposed state measure that would extend tobacco smoking regulations to e-cigarettes.

A POT BURGLARY SUSPECT FOUND TRAPPED IN BUILDING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say a man arrested for allegedly trying to burglarize a medical marijuana dispensary had his plans go up in smoke when he crashed through the roof and became trapped inside.

Jared Escando was booked Tuesday for investigation of commercial burglary. Bail was set at $20,000.

Police arrived at the Compassionate Caregivers dispensary in San Pedro before dawn Tuesday after a 911-caller reported hearing a man inside calling for help.

Officers say they found Escando, 26, trapped in the facility's security zone.

Police Lt. John Pasquariello says it appears the suspect "miscalculated the drop zone" when he came through the roof. That put him in a part of the building with no way out.

BIOLOGISTS POISONING CREEK TO SAVE FISH : SOUTH LAKE TAHOE.(AP) — After fighting off legal challenges for a decade, California wildlife officials are ready to try to save a threatened fish in the high Sierra the only way they know how — by poisoning its creek.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists plan to begin dumping poison in an 11-mile stretch of the Silver King Creek south of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday as part of a long-term plan to rebuild populations of the native Paiute cutthroat trout.

The agency says it can't begin to restore the native fish protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1967 until they kill off invasive trout that are eating its young in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Carson Iceberg Wilderness. The creek would eventually be restocked with Paiute cutthroat trout.

"We're very excited," said Ted Koch, Nevada supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"It's not often we are able to put ourselves in a position of being within arm's reach of recovering and delisting a species, but that's where we are today," he told the Reno Gazette Journal (http://tinyurl.com/l746f8b). "We have every confidence this will go well."

The action comes after a federal judge last May cleared the way for the government to proceed, closing the chapter on the last of three legal challenges filed by the project's critics over the years. In 2005, biologists were already hiking into the wilderness to conduct poisoning operation when a judge ordered them to turn around.

 

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