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OAKLAND HOMICIDE VICTIM DONATES ORGANS: OAKLAND  (AP) — An Oakland homicide victim is giving people in dire need of organ transplants new leases on life this holiday season.
Charles Butler Jr., who was shot last week in Oakland, has so far donated his liver, pancreas and a kidney to gravely ill people.
Antioch resident Daniel Murphy is recovering at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center after receiving Butler's liver. Butler's family knows Murphy from their church, and intervened on his behalf to get him the badly needed transplant.
Luke Barnes, a patient at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has received Butler's pancreas and kidney.
The transplants happened Christmas Day.
Police on Tuesday told KGO-TV that a suspect in Butler's killing had been identified and an arrest was imminent. KGO says two others had also received organ transplants from Butler.
Butler's sister, Valerie, tells the Oakland Tribune ( knowing that her brother is helping others live makes it a little easier to deal with his death.

JAIL GUARD CHARGED WITH ACCEPTING IPAD BRIBE: WESTMINSTER  (AP) — A Seal Beach city jail guard has pleaded not guilty to accepting an iPad and other items from inmates in exchange for favors.
Orange County prosecutors say 32-year-old Jose Alday entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to felony charges of receiving bribes and possession for sale of a controlled substance. He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Alday allegedly took bribes from one inmate on multiple occasions between July 1 and Dec. 25.
Prosecutors say the bribes also included leather jackets and a cell phone.
In return, he's accused of allowing unsearched visitors to enter the jail for unauthorized contact with the inmate.
If convicted, Alday faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.
He is being held on $100,000 bail.
SECURITY BEEFED UP FOR ROSE PARADE: PASADENA  (AP) — Security is being beefed up for Pasadena's Tournament of Roses next week despite promises of a peaceful protest by Occupy activists.
The anti-Wall Street protesters say there is too much corporate money involved in the Jan. 2 parade.
Occupy the Rose Parade spokesman Pete Thottam says activists have spent more than 20 hours meeting with the Pasadena Police Department and Rose Parade staff.
The group plans a series of "floats" at the end of the parade, including a giant octopus made of recycled bags and a blow up of the Constitution.
The Los Angeles Times says there will be more local, state and federal law enforcement officers on hand Monday.
Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle says wouldn't say how many law enforcement officers will be along the five-mile parade route.
WOMAN BREAKS INTO LA ZOO ELEPHANT PEN:  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Zoo says there are no plans to increase security at the elephant exhibit after a woman climbed over multiple obstacles to get inside the pen and pet the pachyderms.
The Los Angeles Times ( says the woman scaled a public barrier, walked through tall bushes and climbed another fence to get face-to-face with the elephants on Tuesday.
Zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs says three elephants live in the exhibit, but only two females were in the space when the woman entered the pen.
Jacobs called it an "isolated incident" and said most of the zoo's 1.5 million annual guests follow the rules.
PAROLEE SENTENCED TO 8 YEARS FOR SAN DIEGO CRASH: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A parolee has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison in San Diego for crashing a car while on drugs and ditching three family members who were trapped in the vehicle.
The San Diego Union-Tribune ( says 28-year-old Kenneth Biggs was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty last month to felony DUI causing injury and an allegation that multiple victims were hurt in the Sept. 5 crash.
He also pleaded guilty to felony hit and run and a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
Authorities say Biggs crashed into a parked van then fled. Firefighters used rescue equipment to free the three trapped family members, including a 9-month-old infant.
Police say all three were hospitalized but the baby, who was strapped into a car seat, was not seriously hurt.
DAMAGED SOUTHWEST JET TOWED FROM RUNWAY: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The Southwest Airlines flight that suffered two blown tires at Sacramento International Airport has been towed from the runway.
The Sacramento Bee reports ( that all runways at the airport were again open on Wednesday morning, a day after the tires blew and forced one of the runways to close.
Sacramento County airport officials say crews have since conducted inspections of the runways, but have not found any debris that could have been responsible for the ruptures.
The Seattle-bound flight with 130 passengers on board was cancelled. The passengers were booked onto other flights.
Another Southwest flight was canceled on Wednesday as a precaution after striking a bird and returning to the runway. The plane suffered minor damage, and the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.