AGENTS BUST 3 MEN FOR SELLING DRUGS AT TACO TRUCK
OLIVEHURST (AP) — Authorities say a taco truck in the northern California town of Olivehurst was offering dangerous side dishes on a secret menu: methamphetamine and pot.
Martin Horan, commander of the Yuba-Sutter NET-5 task force, told the Marysville Appeal-Democrat that more than $10,000 in drugs was seized Wednesday.
Horan said agents investigated the truck for three months after hearing about the secret menu.
After searching addresses connected to the taco truck operation, agents found nearly four ounces of meth, 160 pot plants and $8,500 cash.
Arrested were 22-year-old Juan Paez-Olague; his brother Ernesto, 25; and 40-year-old Saturnino Rodriguez.
The brothers were being held in Yuba County Jail on $50,000 bail each on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and other charges. Rodriguez was not jailed for medical reasons.
BODY OF SECOND BOY PULLED FROM RIVER IN YOSEMITE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Yosemite National Park officials say search-and-rescue crews have recovered the body of a missing 6-year-old boy who was swept away in the Merced River along with his elder brother.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman says Jacob Adams' body was found Thursday morning, wedged under a large boulder about 50 yards downriver from where he went missing.
The two boys were swept away Aug. 15 on a popular but treacherous stretch of the river on the Mist Trail. Hikers recovered the body of 10-year-old Andres "Andy" Adams that same day, about 150 yards downstream from where the family entered the water.
The Southern California family had been hiking near the Vernal Fall Footbridge with a church group, whose members were cooling off in the river when a current carried the boys away.
ABC FAMILY ORDERS JENNIFER LOPEZ-PRODUCED TV PILOT: LOS ANGELES (AP) — ABC Family says it green-lighted a series pilot from Jennifer Lopez's production company about a lesbian couple and their diverse family.
ABC Family said Thursday the comedy-drama pilot, titled "The Fosters," is about two women raising a "21st century," multi-ethnic mix of foster and biological kids.
Lopez will be an executive producer for the hour-long project. Casting was not announced.
Her company, Nuyorican, is in development on other TV series, including "Taming Ben Taylor," a romantic comedy starring the actress-singer, and "Sweet Little 15," a Mexican girl's coming-of-age story.
Lopez, who recently exited "American Idol" as a judge, also is developing films through her company.
GIRLS, AGES 12 AND 13, SUSPECTED IN BURGLARIES: VISALIA (AP) — Three Visalia girls are under arrest in connection with three residential burglaries where thieves took a laptop computer and other electronics.
The Visalia Times-Delta reports the girls — one 12 and two 13-year-olds — were held on suspicion of felony residential burglary, conspiracy and possessing stolen property.
Visalia police said one 13-year-old is being held in the Juvenile Detention Facility; the two others have been cited and released.
Resident Jack Lee said he found nobody at his front door on Tuesday when the doorbell rang. Then he heard noises coming from his bathroom.
Lee said he found a girl trying to get in his bathroom window, with two others nearby.
The girls ran away, leaving flip-flop sandals and some stolen goods behind.
Police nearby caught and detained the girls.
TIRE STORE SHOOTING LEAVES 2 DEAD, 3 ARRESTED: SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — San Bernardino police say two people were shot dead at a tire shop and three suspects are under arrest after a good Samaritan followed them.
Lt. Paul Williams says two masked suspects didn't speak before opening fire with handguns at about 10 a.m. on Thursday.
One victim was an employee of JMC tire shop, the other was a customer. The names of the victims have not been released.
The two suspects then fled to a silver compact vehicle that was followed by a good Samaritan who called police.
Williams says police pulled over the vehicle a short time later, within a mile of the crime scene. After finding evidence in the vehicle, they arrested three people.
Williams says the third suspect may have been a getaway driver.
NEW NASA VIDEO CAPTURES DRAMA OF MARS LANDING: PASADENA (AP) — Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new NASA video detailing the final moments of touchdown.
The space agency Thursday posted the video on its website embedded with audio from mission control. It starts with the heat shield falling away. The ground grows larger in view as Curiosity is lowered by cables inside an ancient Martian crater. "Touchdown confirmed" is heard followed by cheers.
Curiosity is the first spacecraft to record a landing on another planet. The six-wheel rover arrived on Aug. 5 to begin a two-year mission to examine whether the Martian environment was hospitable for microbial life.
NASA previously released a low-quality video of Curiosity's landing. The latest video is higher quality, but it's incomplete and missing several frames.
HUMBOLDT STATE TO TEST ATHLETES FOR DRUGS, ALCOHOL: ARCATA (AP) — Humboldt State University plans to start random drug and alcohol testing for all its student-athletes following an alleged hazing incident involving its men's soccer team.
The Eureka Times-Standard (http://bit.ly/NIrmrp) reports the school's new policy will be in addition to random testing for performance enhancing drugs by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Athletic Director Dan Collen says he hopes the new testing will help change the type of behavior that led to the alleged hazing incident involving more than 20 soccer players at Aug. 4 off-campus party.
School officials say they believed alcohol played a large role in alleged hazing activities "designed to humiliate and degrade players."
The incident prompted school officials to suspend the men's soccer season.
Sonoma State University instituted the similar drug and alcohol testing policy in 2009.