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OFF-DUTY FACEBOOK GUARD ARRESTED FOR LAPTOP THEFTS: PALO ALTO  (AP) — An off-duty Facebook security guard and another man have been arrested for stealing 49 laptop computers at the company's former California headquarters.

Palo Alto police say 20-year-old Brandon Simon and 21-year-old Travis Calhoun were arrested early Tuesday after a private security guard spotted the men taking computers from the building.

The San Francisco Chronicle says Brandon is an off-duty security guard who patrols the Palo Alto facility.

Police officers saw the suspects driving away in two vehicles.

The cars contained a stolen license plate, burglary tools and what police describe as bins of laptop computers belonging to Facebook.

Simon and Calhoun are in jail where they were booked for commercial burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property and conspiracy. Simon was also booked for embezzlement and resisting arrest.

TRIAL ORDERED OVER ALLEGED ATTACK ON FIREFIGHTER : RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Riverside County man will stand trial for allegedly running over a firefighter's foot during a wildfire.

The North County Times says a judge ruled Tuesday that there's enough evidence to try Gregory Good for assault with a deadly weapon and interfering with a firefighter.

Prosecutors say the 59-year-old Sage resident struck a Riverside County fire captain in August during the Buck fire that destroyed four buildings and injured six people. The captain wasn't seriously hurt.

Authorities say Good was upset that firefighters hadn't protected his trailer, which burned.

Good is jailed and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

His lawyer, Mark Davis, says the fire scene was stressful and chaotic and that led to Good's actions.


SPECIAL NEEDS COLLEGE STUDENT SHOT TO DEATH: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A special needs college student has been shot to death while sitting on a bench in a South Los Angeles park.

Police say 19-year-old Patrick Caruthers, was shot several times on Tuesday afternoon at the Jackie Tatum-Harvard Recreation Center.

City News Service says a gunman ran up to him and fired before leaving the park in a compact car. Investigators say the shooting was apparently gang related.

Caruthers, who had a learning disability and a speech impediment, attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College.

He was also a volunteer in the Summer Night Lights program, an anti-gang effort to provide activities for youths during the evening.

NO CONTEST PLEAS IN LIVERMORE DRUG LAB EXPLOSION: PLEASANTON  (AP) — A Livermore couple has been convicted of lesser charges in a drug lab explosion that killed a man.

The Contra Costa Times reports () that Evan Aviles and Lexie Hutson, both 23, entered no-contest pleas on Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors. They were facing second-degree murder charges in the May 2011 death of 35-year-old Paul Lom.

Instead, Aviles pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, and Hutson pleaded no contest to being an accessory.

Authorities say Lom had offered Aviles some of the proceeds from the sale of hashish oil in exchange for using Aviles's apartment to make the drug.

The apartment exploded after a butane spill. Lom, Aviles and Hutson were critically injured. Lom later died.

Aviles is expected to receive three years in state prison. Hutson is expected to get five years of probation and one year in county jail.

FREAK ACCIDENT KILLS BOY WATCHING 'PASS OUT' VIDEO: CHULA VISTA  (AP) — Authorities say a San Diego County teenager has died in a freak accident after he made himself pass out and then fell onto glass that slashed his throat.

Chula Vista police Sgt. John Stires says the boy and two friends were in the boy's home shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, watching an Internet video about how to intentionally pass out through hyperventilation.

Stires says the boy used the technique, passed out and fell forward. He landed on a glass tumbler that broke and gashed his throat.

Stires says the boy regained consciousness but collapsed again. His family tried to help him and paramedics were called but he died at a hospital.

His name hasn't been released.

DEPUTY SNIFFS POT SCENT, FINDS PLANTATION: HEMET  (AP) — The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says a deputy with a well-honed sense of smell caught a whiff of a weedy aroma that led to a big pot bust.

Sheriff's Sgt. John Morin said in a statement Wednesday that the deputy smelled a marijuana-like odor while on patrol in Hemet.

He followed the scent to a three-acre parcel of land with a large fence, called for help, and a sheriff's helicopter flew over and confirmed what he'd smelled.

Several more deputies and a sheriff's gang task force raided the property and found 184 large marijuana plants, more than 150 pounds of dried pot and five pounds packaged and ready for sale, for an estimated street value of more than $1 million.

Five suspects between 19 and 23 years old were arrested.

ARREST MADE IN KIDNAPPING OF 10-YEAR-OLD: FRESNO  (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl while she was on her way to a Central California school.

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Kalvin Cardenas on Wednesday at his Clovis home following a standoff during which they deployed tear gas. Cardenas is suspected of kidnapping the girl the previous morning as she walked her bicycle to a Fresno's Vinland Elementary School.

Sheriff's officials say Cardenas snatched the girl off the street, drove her to a secluded area near Kerman in his truck, bound her wrists and sexually assaulted her before abandoning her.

Sheriff's officials say a tip from a caller and information provided by the victim helped detectives identify the attacker.

Cardenas is also suspected of trying to kidnap another girl in Dinuba in May.