HOMEOWNER KILLS ROBBERY SUSPECT WITH SWORD: FIREBAUGH (AP) — Authorities say a central California homeowner killed a robbery suspect with a samurai sword during a home invasion.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office says two suspects armed with a handgun and an axe invaded a house in Firebaugh near Fresno in the middle of the night Saturday intending to rob the home.
The suspects, 34-year-old Aaron Baeza and 30-year-old Christopher Rupe, tied up the homeowner and his girlfriend and demanded money. They later freed the man to allow him to look for the cash.
The homeowner then stabbed and killed Baeza with his samurai sword.
Rupe escaped, remains at large, and is considered armed and dangerous. Investigators say he may be traveling with an unidentified Caucasian woman in a dark green Ford F-150 pickup, with a California license plate of 6T04402.
3 SMALL EXPLOSIONS CAUSE LOCKDOWN AT BAKERSFIELD HIGH: BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Authorities say they've put a Central California high school on lockdown and cancelled classes after three chemical explosions on the school's campus.
Bakersfield police say officers have detained one student and are looking for a second student, after what police described as "small" explosions at Bakersfield High School Monday morning.
There were no injuries in the blasts, and no structures were damaged.
Bakersfield police spokeswoman Michaela Beard says the first blast, near the school's science building, was reported around 11 a.m. Monday. The second explosion went off minutes later inside a boy's bathroom in another building, and a third outside the industrial arts building.
WINERY FIRE PROMPTS SCHOOL EVACUATION: REEDLEY (AP) — Fire officials in the Central Valley farming community of Reedley evacuated an elementary school after a winery next door to the school caught on fire.
Fresno County Cal Fire Spokesman Captain John Dominguez says students at Riverview School, a kindergarten through eighth grade school about 25 miles southeast of Fresno, were evacuated after a fire broke out at the O'Neil Vintners and Distillery around 1:50 p.m. Monday.
Dominguez says the fire was confined to one large storage tank at the winery and the tank was filled with alcohol. He says the winery stores some chemicals which are highly flammable.
2-YEAR-OLD SAN DIEGO BOY STRUCK IN DRIVEWAY BY CAR: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is recovering at a children's hospital after his mother accidentally hit him with her car in Escondido.
The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday when the woman was backing out of her driveway. Police say the woman didn't see her son when she struck him.
The boy had head injuries and was flown to Rady Children's Hospital. His condition was not immediately known.