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POSTED February 18, 2014 6:52 p.m.

uDOGS ATTACK OWNER’S DEAD BODY: CALPELLA  (AP) — Northern California authorities stopped two dogs from attacking the dead body of their owner as it lay on the ground in a clearing beside the road.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that at about 10:41 a.m. Friday a motorist reported seeing an adult male’s body lying in the 5000 block of North State Street in Calpella, Calif.

An animal control officer arrived on the scene and saw dogs — a Rottweiler and a Pitbull — standing over the body of 51-year-old Pedro Tepale and attacking it.

The Rottweiler charged at the officer, and he shot the animal, who later died. The Pitbull ran away but was later found and taken to an animal care facility.

The investigation into Tepale’s cause of death is ongoing, but authorities do not believe the animals killed him.



uPASADENA SUSPECT’S MOTHER FORCES HIS SURRENDER: PASADENA  (AP) — Pasadena police say a homicide suspect was arrested after his mother forced him to turn himself in.

A police press release says 18-year-old Jonjon Crummie was taken into custody Monday at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where he was driven by his mother, who facilitated his surrender.

Crummie was being sought for the shooting death Sunday of a 19-year-old woman on Pasadena’s north side.



uBANK EVACUATED WHEN WOMAN BECOMES UPSET: CHICO . (AP) — Authorities in Northern California evacuated a bank after a woman became upset that she had less money in her account than she was expecting.

Chico Police Sgt. Cesar Sandoval says authorities received a call from a bank employee at about 11:10 a.m. saying there was a woman inside the U.S. Bank in downtown Chico who was demanding money and refused to leave without it.

Sandoval says the 25-year-old woman, who was not identified, made no threats or demands, but because of the information provided, police treated the incident as a possible bank robbery, surrounding the bank and evacuating it.

Police called the woman, who had remained inside the bank, on her cellphone and convinced her to come outside. She was taken to the Behavioral Health facility in Chico voluntarily.



uNEW DETAILS IN SILICON VALLEY INVESTOR’S SLAYING: SAN JOSE . (AP) — Prosecutors say one of the men charged in the death of wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ravi Kumra believed Kumra had stolen $30,000 from him.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/1cVVNBv) that Santa Clara County prosecutor Kevin Smith presented the allegation during a preliminary hearing for 22-year-old DeAngelo Austin and two others charged in Kumra’s slaying. The hearing began last week and was scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

Authorities had previously said only that the 66-year-old Kumra was the victim of a home invasion robbery set up by a prostitute he had hired. Kumra was bound and gagged during the 2012 heist at his Monte Sereno mansion and died of asphyxiation.

During the hearing, Smith also detailed for the first time what was taken from the home. The loot included about $15,000 in cash and a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag.



uSUSPECTS ESCAPE OVER GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say two men suspected of involvement in a vehicle break-in on national park land outside San Francisco remain at large after leading authorities on a chase over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Park service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet says a ranger spotted one of the men breaking into a vehicle in the Marin Headlands around 8 p.m. Monday. When the ranger tried to arrest him, the man jumped into a waiting Mercedes Benz, and he and the driver took off.

Picavet says they hit two ranger vehicles before getting on the bridge. They rear-ended another vehicle near the toll plaza before abandoning the Mercedes and escaping into the Presidio.

Rangers searched the woods with help from a California Highway Patrol helicopter, but were unable to find the men.


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meat producer closed by federal inspectors

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A Central California slaughterhouse that supplies beef to the National School Lunch Program has been closed by federal inspectors after failing to meet cleanliness standards.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Tuesday that it withdrew inspectors and suspended operations at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., due to unsanitary conditions.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1fwTTb4) that the same facility was closed for a week in 2012 after animal rights group Compassion Over Killing submitted videos to the USDA showing workers torturing cows with electric prods.

In a separate incident last September, the company recalled 58,000 pounds of beef destined for school lunches after the USDA said it may have contained small pieces of plastic.

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