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POSTED January 20, 2014 9:21 p.m.


FISHERMAN DIES AFTER BEING SWEPT TO SEA IN NORCAL: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE  (AP) — A fisherman is dead after getting dragged into the ocean by large, strong surf while trying to retrieve an ice chest.

Witnesses on Monday reported seeing the man disappear into the sea at North Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Park spokesman John Dell'Osso tells the newspaper that onlookers lost sight of the fisherman just seconds after he went in.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office launched a search, found the man's body and brought it back to shore.

 

2 WOUNDED AFTER SHOOTING AT FRESNO FOOTBALL PARTY : FRESNO  (AP) — Police say two men were injured in a shooting at house party in Fresno after a San Francisco 49ers fan was taunted by fans of the Seattle Seahawks.

Two men, ages 63 and 45, received non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting during the Seahawks victory in the NFC championship game on Sunday.

Fresno County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Lolkus says 39-year-old Amado Vargas was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Lolkus says Vargas first threatened people with a knife, which was wrestled away from him.

Police say Vargas then ran into a room with a gun safe, took out a handgun and fired multiple shots.

 

BODY OF MAN FOUND IN BURNED GARAGE IN LA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 61-year-old man has been discovered by Los Angeles firefighters putting out a pre-dawn fire in a detached garage that had been converted into a home in the San Fernando Valley.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in a residential area of Winnetka.

The fire was knocked down in less than 20 minutes. After putting out the flames firefighters discovered the man's body.

Fire Battalion Chief Steve Ruda tells City News Service the victim, whose name was not released, was living amid pack-rat conditions.

Ruda says the victim was a longtime friend of the property owners.

 

1 HELD FOR OC CLUB ATTACK; VICTIM ON LIFE SUPPORT: SANTA ANA  (AP) — Police have arrested a woman for an Orange County nightclub attack that left another woman on life support.

Santa Ana police arrested a woman in her 20s Monday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Her name wasn't released.

Police say the 23-year-old victim and some friends were outside The Crosby nightclub shortly before 12:30 a.m. Saturday when they got into an argument with another group. The woman was beaten and left unconscious on the sidewalk.

In a statement, the family of Kim Pham said she's being kept on life support until she can become an organ donor.

 

CON-MAN WHO DEFRAUDED COUPLE TO BE SENTENCED: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man convicted of defrauding a Northern California couple out of $1.6 million is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

The U.S. attorney's office said that it is seeking a 37-month sentence and a restitution order for 42-year-old Blessed Marvelous Herve, who pretended to be the son of Congo's president.

Herve admitted to persuading the couple to forward him money with promises of repayment, lucrative commissions and false claims that the federal government had seized his money and imprisoned him.

The two victims, ages 69 and 70, lost their retirement savings and ended up $200,000 in debt.

Herve's lawyers say his father was a "high-level government official" in the Republic of Congo who was assassinated during political unrest.

 

WILDFIRE IN SUBURBAN LA 84 PERCENT CONTAINED: GLENDORA  (AP) — Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

The U.S. Forest Service said Monday the fire in the San Gabriel Mountains is 84 percent contained, with full containment expected Wednesday.

The roughly 3-square-mile blaze destroyed six homes and 10 outbuildings after erupting Thursday in the Angeles National Forest. Flames spread quickly when Santa Ana winds hit a campfire that authorities said was recklessly set by three men.

Some 3,700 residents of Glendora and Azusa had to evacuate at the fire's peak.

Officials caution that bone-dry winter conditions remain a threat for the region.

 

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