POLICE, FBI INVESTIGATE CALIF. PIPE BOMB DISCOVERY
PETALUMA (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating a Northern California man who was being held on $1 million bail after authorities say they found pipe bombs at his home.
Ismail Moylan, 30, of Sonoma County, who police said also goes by the name Ismail Aljamal, was scheduled to be in court on Wednesday. He was arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of possessing a destructive device.
Petaluma police Lt. Tim Lyons says authorities were initially called to Moylan's home on Monday by a family member who said Moylan was suicidal and could have a gun.
Lyons says police subsequently found a handgun, three explosive devices and a fourth, partially built explosive device on the property.
TRIAL FOR EX-SACRAMENTO OFFICER ACCUSED IN ASSAULT: SACRAMENTO (AP) — The case against a former Sacramento police officer accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an elderly woman while off duty is headed to trial.
The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/19eHsiy) Gary Dale Baker will be arraigned Oct. 17.
Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette ordered the trial following a preliminary hearing that took eight court days.
The 50-year-old Baker was arrested in December on suspicion of rape, forcible oral copulation and other charges in the assault of the stroke-impaired woman in her 70s.
Baker also faces burglary-related charges that could bring him a life term if he is convicted.
Detectives recognized the suspect as Baker after reviewing footage from a surveillance camera the alleged victim's family installed after she told them of the assault.
HOSPITAL ID'S DEAD WOMAN AS MISSING PATIENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A patient who disappeared from her room at San Francisco's main hospital last month was identified Wednesday as the woman found dead this week in an emergency stairwell, horrified authorities said as they continued to investigate how she got there and died.
San Francisco General Hospital Chief Medical Officer Todd May said officials were still awaiting confirmation of the woman's identity from the medical examiner's office. But he said the hospital had enough information to conclude the body discovered in the fourth-floor stairwell belonged to 57-year-old Lynne Spalding.
Sheriff's officials do not yet know how long Spalding had been in the stairwell, which is part of a rarely used fire exit that has an alarm on it, is locked from the outside and exits onto hospital grounds, Assistant Sheriff Paul Miyamoto said.