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NEWS FROM ACROSS CALIFORNIA
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• San Francisco police find dismembered body inside suitcase : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police found a dismembered body when they opened a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street and then made another gruesome discovery when they uncovered more body parts nearby.

Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan said Thursday that it’s unclear if all the remains belong to one person. She says investigators have a rough description of a suspect but aren’t releasing additional details because the investigation is ongoing.

Gatpandan says officers responding to a call about a suspicious package Wednesday afternoon opened the suitcase to find either human or animal remains. A medical examiner confirmed the body parts were human.

Identifiers such as gender and race weren’t immediately known, and police did not release any more details about the additional remains, including where they were found. 

 

• MEN WHO BEAT GIANTS FAN AT DODGER PARK GUILTY OF GUN CRIME: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The two men who savagely beat a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium face up to 10 years in federal prison on firearms convictions.

City News Service said Louie Sanchez pleaded guilty Thursday in Los Angeles federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms.

Sanchez’s partner in crime, Marvin Norwood, pleaded guilty to an identical charge a week ago.  

The duo was previously sentenced to state prison for the 2011 opening day attack that left Bryan Stow with permanent brain damage.

Police investigating the beating found semi-automatic rifles, other weapons and ammunition during a search of Norwood’s home. Sanchez, 32, and Norwood, 34, had prior felony convictions in San Bernardino County. Both men are in federal custody.

 

• MAN GUILTY OF RAISING POT FARM ON NATIONAL FOREST: QUINCY (AP) — A California man who authorities say may be in the country illegally has pleaded guilty to growing more than 3,700 marijuana plants on a national forest northwest of Lake Tahoe.

Federal prosecutors say 22-year-old Alejandro Soto-Silva changed his earlier not guilty plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine and possible deportation to Mexico at his sentencing April 15.

Soto-Silva was arrested in July after Plumas County deputies and federal agents discovered the pot farm near the Soda Creek drainage on the Plumas National Forest.

Soto-Silva also faces up to an additional 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for causing nearly $10,000 damage to natural resources.

 

• CAL STATE TRUSTEES APPROVE NEW FEE FOR STUDENT GROUPS: LONG BEACH  (AP) — The California State University board of trustees has approved a new, voluntary charge to support operations of the statewide student association.

The student involvement and representation fee that was passed Wednesday would charge $2 per student, per semester.

However, students will be able to opt out of paying it before they register.