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Man accidentally shoots self to death at gun range

NOVATO  (AP) — The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department says a 55-year-old man accidentally shot himself to death while removing a gun from the back of his pickup truck at a Sonoma range where he was skeet shooting.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat  reports that a worker at the Black Point Sports Club in Petaluma found Jay Sitton, of Novato, on the ground next to his truck with a wound in his chest Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Bret Sackett says deputies found the door open and a shotgun with its muzzle facing outward inside the vehicle.

Sackett says Sitton had been at the range for about two hours and was the only customer there when his body was discovered.


White powder found in letters sent to police

HAYWARD  (AP) — Four police agencies in the San Francisco Bay area are investigating envelopes they received filled with an unknown white powder.

Authorities determined the powder sent to the Hayward, San Leandro and Berkeley police departments is not hazardous. The Bay Area News Group reports ( testing is ongoing at the Union City station.

Hayward Fire Capt. Thor Poulsen says a records clerk sorting through the station's mail first discovered white powder leaking from an envelope around 10 a.m. Friday. Employees on the first floor evacuated until the Alameda County hazardous materials team determined the substance was nonlethal.

Then the other three police departments found similar envelopes. In the case of San Leandro, authorities later determined it was baking flour.


Man suspected in killing family due in court

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four years after a San Francisco drive-by shooting left a father and his two sons dead, a second suspect will finally appear in court next week.

A spokeswoman for District Attorney George Gascon says 31-year-old Wilfredo Reyes faces murder charges for his role in the shooting. Reyes, a suspected MS-13 gang member, was arrested earlier this month in Salisbury, N.C.

Prosecutors say Reyes was in a car with a shooter who opened fire on a car carrying 48-year-old Anthony Bologna and his three sons, after mistaking one as a rival gang member. Bologna and his sons, 20-year-old Michael and 16-year-old Matthew, died in the shooting. A third son Andrew survived.

Shooter Edwin Ramos was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in June.

Reyes is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday.

Judge lifts stay SF Sheriff's away order

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco judge has lifted a stay-away order that now allows suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to reunite with his wife.

Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong on Friday ended the protective order and signed off on a no-harassment order which allows Mirkarimi to have contact with his wife, Eliana Lopez.

The order was issued in January shortly after Mirkarimi was arrested on three domestic violence related charges stemming from an argument with Lopez on New Year's Eve that left her with a bruise on her right arm.

Mayor Ed Lee suspended Mirkarimi after the sheriff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in March.

Lopez completed her testimony on Thursday before the city's Ethics Commission which will decide next month on whether to recommend removing Mirkarimi from his job.