MOTHER OF SLAIN TEEN FILES CLAIM: SANTA ROSA (AP) — The mother of a Northern California 13-year-old who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy last week has filed a claim against Sonoma County and the sheriff's office.
Sujey Cruz Casarez, Andy Lopez's mother, filed a claim Thursday saying her son was killed unjustifiably by Deputy Erick Gelhaus and the sheriff's office failed to develop adequate training policies for using deadly force.
Gelhaus shot Lopez in Santa Rosa on Oct. 22 within seconds after he reported seeing the teen carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47.
Gelhaus's lawyer, Terry Leoni, told KGO that once he "felt in fear of his life, for his safety, he had no other option but to use his firearm."
JUDGE DECIDES TO SEND BOY TO STATE LOCKUP: RIVERSIDE (AP) — A California judge ruled Thursday that a 13-year-old boy who was 10 when he killed his neo-Nazi father will spend at least the next seven years in a state juvenile facility.
Judge Jean R. Leonard said the maximum the boy can serve would be until he is 23. He'll be eligible for parole in seven years.
The decision came after prosecutors and defense attorneys argued for months about the best placement to assure his safety and rehabilitation.
While the judge noted that the sentence for the murder of his father would be 40 years to life if he was an adult, the prosecutor said outside court that the boy cannot serve that long because he is a juvenile.
NATION'S LARGEST LANDFILL CLOSING : INDUSTRY (AP) — The nation's largest landfill, where 130 million tons of garbage has been dumped, is closing today after more than a half-century of service.
The 630-acre landfill is about 20 miles east of Los Angeles and served as a regional waste facility.
The landfill, which opened in 1957, has accepted more than a third of Los Angeles County's trash and stands as high as a 40-story building.
At its peak some 25 years ago, the landfill accepted the maximum of 13,200 tons per day. Items taken to the site included burned-out storefronts from riots following the Rodney King verdict and buildings destroyed by a 1987 earthquake.
Garbage from the county's 88 cities eventually will be put on trains to an abandoned gold mine more than 200 miles away.