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POSTED January 13, 2014 9:46 p.m.

 

OAKLAND SETTLES WITH SUSPECT WOUNDED BY OFFICER: OAKLAND  (AP) — A man who was shot by Oakland police after authorities say he robbed another man at gunpoint is set to receive a $125,000 settlement from the city.

The Oakland City Council is expected to approve the payout to Tony Jones this month. Jones filed a $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the city after he was shot in the back by Officer Cesar Garcia in February 2012.

Police say Jones had held up a man at gunpoint outside a liquor store and was shot after running from a van police stopped and turning toward Garcia while holding a handgun.

A jury convicted Jones of robbery and a weapons charge. He continues to require medical care.

 

BIOLOGIST SENTENCED FOR FEEDING KILLER WHALES: SAN JOSE  (AP) — A prominent California marine biologist has been sentenced after pleading guilty to violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by feeding killer whales in the wild, a misdemeanor.

Nancy Black was sentenced Monday to three years of probation, $12,500 in fines and 300 hours of community service.

Black, who runs a popular whale watching tour on Monterey Bay, had pleaded guilty to one count of violating the federal act.

Federal prosecutors initially accused Black of feeding orcas in 2004 and 2005 and altering a videotape of her encounters with whales then lying about it.

Black's guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge resulted in federal prosecutors dropping all the other charges and not seeking jail time.

Black's attorney Larry Biegel said his client had collected a piece of gray whale blubber and tied it to rope in order to film the orcas eating for scientific research.

 

PASTOR ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ARSON: VACAVILLE  (AP) — A Northern California pastor has been arrested on suspicion of arson in a fire at a home that authorities say was sparked by a Molotov cocktail.

The 39-year-old Mark Lewis, pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville, was being held at the Solano County Jail on suspicion of arson on an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy and stalking. He was arrested Friday, a day after the attack.

A motive was unclear, although police say one of the occupants of the home had a restraining order against Lewis.

 

CITY TRIES NEW TACK IN FORECLOSURE PLAN: RICHMOND  (AP) — A Northern California city hit hard by the housing crisis is trying a new strategy in its plan to use its powers of eminent domain to stave off foreclosures.

Officials in Richmond who support the plan are looking to partner with other communities in a joint powers authority. The move would require only a simple majority of council votes and could broaden Richmond's initiative to other cities in California or even in other states.

Members of the Richmond City Council have been unable to muster the supermajority of votes needed to approve the eminent domain plan. The program would seize private mortgages in danger of default and then lower the amount homeowners owe.

Opponents argue the eminent domain plan would disrupt the country's mortgage industry.

 

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