PG&E FINED $14M OVER INCORRECT RECORDS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been fined with $14.35 million for failing to promptly notify state officials of incorrect records related to a Northern California natural gas pipeline.
California Public Utilities Commissioner Mark J. Ferron said in a statement Thursday that the penalty is designed to serve as a deterrent to prevent similar behavior in the future. Ferron says the commission expects forthright and timely disclosure in all matters of public safety.
As of Thursday, the CPUC has authorized PG&E to restore operating pressure on the line to no higher than 330 pounds per square inch gauge.
In October, PG&E had reduced the pressure so CPUC staff could check the safety of the line after community members raised concerns.
FAMILY ASKS NOT TO REMOVE GIRL FROM LIFE SUPPOR: OAKLAND (AP) — The family lawyer of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain-dead after having surgery to remove her tonsils is asking a hospital not to take her off life support during the holidays.
Attorney Christopher Dolan said Thursday that Jahi McMath's family will meet with officials at Oakland Children's Hospital to ask they refrain from removing her from life support until after Christmas.
Dolan said if the hospital doesn't agree, the family will likely seek an injunction or court order instead.
The teenager went into cardiac arrest and died before being brought back by hospital staff last week after she had a tonsillectomy to help with her sleep apnea.
The hospital has agreed to keep her on life support after the family served it a cease-and-desist order Tuesday.
BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT MAY FACE LIFE TERM: SAN RAFAEL (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California say a suspected serial bank robber shot by a sheriff's deputy could face life in prison.
Marin County Deputy District Attorney Geoff Iida said Thursday that Christopher Wootton of Larkspur could face life in prison under the state's three strikes law because he has prior convictions including kidnapping.
The 60-year-old Wootton did not enter a plea. He was assigned a public defender.
Wootton is accused of robbing a Novato bank on Dec. 11, leading authorities on a chase. He was shot after drawing a gun at a sheriff's deputy. Authorities say Wootton could be linked to at least 10 other bank robberies.
He is being held on $2 million bail and is due back in court Dec. 27.
HUSBAND OF PATTY HEARST DIES AT 68 : SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bernard L. Shaw, a San Francisco police officer who served as Patty Hearst's body guard and later married her, has died at the age of 68.
Shaw, Hearst Corp.'s vice president for corporate security, died on Tuesday in Garrison, N.Y. His death was confirmed on Wednesday in a statement by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz.
Shaw was best known for his relationship with William Randolph Hearst's granddaughter. She made headlines in the 1970s for her kidnapping by a left-wing group and her later imprisonment for bank robbery.
The couple were married in 1979, after Patty Hearst's release from a 22-month sentence.
Shaw worked at Hearst Corp. for three decades.