uSACRAMENTO (AP) — Sacramento State University has accidently accepted 3,500 waitlisted students for fall admission.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the students were mistakenly invited to Admitted Students Day after an email was sent in March welcoming them to the event.
Officials say the school never rescinded the invitation, which implied the students were accepted.
University officials say the error resulted in an additional 500 students who began classes this semester.
Officials say there would be space to admit them, because the school initially admitted a conservative number of students and it noted a record number of graduates last year.
Officials say they don’t believe that the additional students would have an effect on students’ ability to take classes in their department. University officials estimate a 1% enrollment increase.
uCALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTURES FLIGHTLESS FUGITIVE EMU: FRESNO (AP) — California authorities have captured an emu after the flightless fugitive led officers down a highway.
The Fresno Bee reported Friday that the bird was apprehended following a brief pursuit by California Highway Patrol officers.
Authorities say officers responded to a report that an ostrich was wandering along the right-hand shoulder of U.S. Highway 99 northwest of Fresno.
Authorities say Madera County Animal Services took the bird into custody uninjured.
Officers say they do not know whether the emu escaped a nearby farm or a moving vehicle.
Animal experts say the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 mph (48 kph) and trot quickly for longer distances. Emus are the second-largest birds in the world behind the ostrich.
uACQUITTED NAVY SEAL SUES EX-LAWYERS, LEGAL NONPROFIT: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL acquitted in a war crimes trial has sued two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says the lawsuit filed Friday in Texas by Petty Officer 1st Class Edward Gallagher claims his case was not defended properly. The filing says attorneys Colby Vokey and Phillip Stackhouse, along with United American Patriots, attempted to delay the case in an effort to maximize fundraising for the nonprofit.
A military jury in July cleared Gallagher of murder. He was convicted of a single charge of posing for photos with a 17-year-old militant’s corpse.
uFAMILY FILES CLAIM AFTER STUDENT DIES IN SCHOOL CART CRASH: ORANGE (AP) — The family of an autistic boy who died in a golf cart crash at a Southern California high school has filed a claim against the district.
Authorities say 15-year-old Emanuel Perez suffered major injuries in the crash Monday at El Modena High School in Orange. He died at a hospital.
The Orange County Register reported Friday that the claim by the teen’s family says the Orange Unified School District was negligent and caused his death. The district responded that it has video of the scene leading up to the crash showing he was never left unattended.
The district says Perez was under supervision by an aide at the time of the incident, and that others tried to stop him when he got on the cart, which was reserved for staff.
uSAN DIEGO AUDIT FINDS HUGE CITY CONTRACT IMPROPERLY AWARDED: SAN DIEGO (AP) — An audit concludes San Diego employees improperly awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a vendor that provided information technology services to the city.
The Union-Tribune reported Friday that San Diego’s auditor found officials violated procurement rules and bypassed the city council while issuing the no-bid contract.
The investigation was sparked by a complaint to a fraud and whistleblower hotline. It found city staff ignored inquiries from rival providers and allowed the vendor to help define the scope of its contract.
The public version of the report does not identify the officials or the dollar amount of the contract.
uUBER STOPS SERVICE AT ONTARIO AIRPORT AFTER FEE INCREASE: ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Uber has stopped its service at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport because of fee increases.
The ride-hailing company ceased operations at Ontario at one minute after midnight Friday.
The San Bernardino Sun says the airport east of Los Angeles recently began charging Uber and its app-based competitors $4 for a pickup and $4 for a drop-off.
Uber called the charges unfair because taxi cabs and limousines are assessed a single $3 fee.
Ontario said in a statement last month that Lyft, Uber’s main competitor, will continue to operate at the airport.
uCALIFORNIA POLICE REQUEST ABUSE CHARGE FOR ASSISTANT CHIEF: BAKERSFIELD (AP) — A California police department has requested a domestic abuse charge be filed against one of its assistant chiefs.
The Bakersfield Police Department says the case against Assistant Chief Evan Demestihas has been submitted to the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Demestihas was arrested Sept. 4 after police were called to a lounge to check on a woman. Investigators determined the woman was the victim of a domestic violence incident and identified Demestihas as a suspect.
Police say the assistant chief will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative investigations.
1 DEAD, 1 WOUNDED IN SHOOTING OUTSIDE PASADENA’S ROSE BOWL: PASADENA (AP) — Police said an 18-year-old man was shot and another man was wounded when a fight escalated into a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Lt. Jesse Carrillo said the shooting happened late Saturday and does not appear to be random.
Carrillo said two men were involved in a fight that escalated into a shooting. They were both taken to a hospital, where 18-ear-old Kamryn Stone of Los Angeles died. The second person, a 51-year-old man from Los Angeles, was treated for a gunshot wound.
The shooting happened when the stadium was cleared of college football fans who watched a game between the University of Oklahoma and UCLA three hours earlier.