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POSTED January 10, 2014 9:24 p.m.

 

CHICKEN PLANT TO REOPEN AFTER CLEANUP: LIVINGSTON  (AP) — Work at a California chicken plant is to resume Saturday, ending a temporary shutdown ordered by federal inspectors who found cockroaches.

Foster Farms says it met demands by the U.S. Department of Agriculture by performing a thorough cleanup and treatment of its plant in Livingston, Calif., about 25 miles southeast of Modesto. The company says employees will be called back to work Saturday.

The plant closed Jan. 8 when inspectors found the cockroaches on five separate occasions in various parts of the plant over four months. The closure came three months after inspectors threatened a shutdown because of salmonella problems at the Livingston plant and two Foster Farms sites in Fresno.

SAN JOSE OFFICIALS SAY ARSON MAY BE CAUSE OF FIRES: SAN JOSE  (AP) — San Jose fire officials are looking into whether an arsonist is behind a string of suspicious fires across the city.

Capt. Mike Van Elgort says three small fires broke out near downtown early Friday morning as a fourth fire was set but failed to ignite. Those fires were located about a mile from a massive 5-alarm blaze at a large vacant warehouse near U.S. Highway 101 on Thursday.

So far, crews have responded to at least seven blazes within a five-mile radius in the city since Wednesday. Most of the fires have been set outside and close to a home or structure.

Van Elgort says arson investigators are scouring the area collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses and working with police to determine whether the fires may been intentionally set.

 

DA ASKED TO DROP CHARGE FACED BY TRANSGENDER TEEN: MARTINEZ  (AP) — A transgender teenager who was charged with battery after she got into a fight with three other girls at her Northern California high school is receiving encouragement from supporters who want prosecutors to drop the misdemeanor charge.

The New York-based Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network on Friday joined 16-year-old Jewelyes Gutierrez' public defender and the president of the West Contra Costa Unified school board in questioning why Gutierrez is the only student facing criminal penalties from the Nov. 15 brawl at Hercules High School.

No one was seriously injured in the fight, but it was caught on a cell phone video.

Jewelyes tells the Contra Costa Times she has been repeatedly harassed at school for being transgender.

 

SAN DIEGO POLICE SHOOT DRIVER IN POLICE PURSUIT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say officers shot a driver after he aimed a pistol at them through his car windows.

The U-T San Diego newspaper  reported Friday that officers fired their guns at the driver at 9:30 a.m. Thursday after an hour-long pursuit with him.

Police say the man is a suspect in a double shooting that occurred Monday and he fled after an officer tried to pull him over for talking on a cellphone while driving. He was listed in critical condition.

Lt. Mike Hastings told the newspaper that a gun was seized at the scene.

 

LANES REOPEN AFTER ROCKSLIDE CLOSES PCH: DANA POINT  (AP) — All lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County that were closed by a rockslide have been reopened.

Sheriff's officials say two large boulders and other debris fell into lanes just before 4 a.m. near the intersection of Dana Point Harbor Drive.

A one mile stretch of both the northbound and southbound lanes was closed for about six hours.

Deputies estimate one of the rocks was about 10 feet by 20 feet.

 

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