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POSTED January 1, 2014 7:32 p.m.

• NAKED MAN LEADS STOCKTON POLICE ON ROOFTOP CHASE: STOCKTON (AP) — A naked man in Stockton  led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.

Officers arrived at a home on the 300 block of Edan Avenue in Stockton at about noon with an arrest warrant for 36-year-old John Redmon.

But Redmon fled through the back door, officials said. The next time officers spotted him, he was on a rooftop and wearing no clothes.

Redmon jumped onto four rooftops in the course of the chase.

When police caught him, the paper said, officers had to use a baton to subdue him.

He was booked on suspicion on stalking, drug-related violations and resisting arrested.

• BIG POTHOLE ON LA FREEWAY DAMAGES DOZENS OF CARS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have reopened a Los Angeles freeway interchange, some 7 ½ hours after a pothole filled with metal rods flattened the tires on dozens of cars.

About 30 to 40 vehicles had to pull over starting around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after running over the gaping hole in a bridge on the transition road from south Interstate 5 to east Interstate 10.

Some vehicles had flat tires while at least one had its driver’s-side air bag deployed.

The cars apparently hit metal reinforcing bars exposed when a chunk of roadway disintegrated.

The California Highway Patrol tells City News Service that the 6-foot-by-3-foot hole developed after a truck hauling a cement mixer crashed at the site Monday night.

• POLICE PROBE DEATH OF POPULAR EUREKA PRIEST: EUREKA  (AP) — Authorities say a popular Eureka priest died at the St. Bernard Church rectory, and detectives have launched a murder investigation.

The body of Rev. Eric Freed was found in the building Wednesday after he failed to show up for morning mass.

Eureka police Chief Andrew Mills says the department is conducting a murder investigation at the church, but would not confirm the identity of the victim.

Mills says the murder occurred sometime between Tuesday evening when parishioners left evening services and Wednesday morning.

Parishioner Winette Treder tells the paper that after Freed failed to show up Wednesday morning, a deacon went to look for him and found his body.

• CONSULTANT TO FIND NEW OAKLAND POLICE CHIEF QUITS: OAKLAND  (AP) — A consultant hired to find a new Oakland police chief has stepped aside citing that city officials were meddling in the selection process.

The San Francisco Chronicle  reports that Bob Murray resigned last week after city officials had informal conversations with potential candidates.

Murray would not say on Monday who had held the conversations or provide other details.

Sean Maher, a spokesman for Mayor Jean Quan’s office, confirms that staffers in her office spoke with “a couple” of possible applicants. He says the conversations were insubstantial and happened before the application process closed on Dec. 6.


• FAMILY OF 4 DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE: FONTANA  (AP) — A 16-year-old boy entered the Southern California home where his mother lives with her husband and two younger children. After being unable to reach her all day, he was worried something was wrong. He was all too right.

In a house where blood covered several rooms, he found all four family members dead from gunshot wounds, police said Tuesday.

Fontana police concluded it was most likely a murder suicide.

Ramon Miranda, 38, apparently shot and killed 34-year-old Silvia Miranda and their children, 12-year-old Ramon Jr. and 10-year-old Rayna, before turning the gun on himself, according to police and the San Bernardino County coroner’s office.

The woman and the children had been shot several times and the man was shot once in the head, police spokeswoman Martha Guzman-Hurtado said.

“Everything that has been confirmed so far indicates it could be a murder-suicide, but that has not been confirmed,” Guzman-Hurtado said. “They are questioning other people before making that conclusion.”

The family had lived in the home about three years.

The bodies were spread throughout the house, Guzman-Hurtado said.

Guzman-Hurtado said records show the last time police visited the home was in June 2010 for an unspecified code-enforcement matter.

• GIRL DIES, 2 OTHERS INJURED IN SF CAR ACCIDENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young girl died and two other people were injured in San Francisco after they were hit by a car while crossing the street on New Year’s Eve.

Officer Gordon Shyy says the three pedestrians — one woman and two children — were struck about 8 p.m. Tuesday in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

Shyy says the woman’s injuries are life-threatening and that the surviving child, a boy, is expected to survive.

Police say drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

Earlier Tuesday, an 87-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in San Francisco’s Crocker-Amazon neighborhood.

• WEST SACRAMENTO COMPANY RECALLS CASHEW CHEESE: WEST SACRAMENTO . (AP) — A California company is voluntarily recalling all flavors of its cashew cheese because it might be contaminated by salmonella.

The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento said the affected cheese includes all those with expiration dates until April 19, 2014. It was sold in 8-ounce round containers at natural food stores and farmers markets in the Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area and Reno, the company said Tuesday.

The Cultured Kitchen said the recall was initiated after it was suspected that raw materials used to make the cashew cheese could have been contaminated “with a specific strain of salmonella found almost exclusively in Southeast Asia, where the company’s cashews are sourced.”

The listed flavors are herb, smoked cheddar, pepper jack, habanero cilantro lime, pesto, basil pesto and white cheddar.

Consumers who purchased the affected products are advised to return them to their place of purchase or throw them away.

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