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GUN RANGE MANAGER HELD FOR BEING FELON WITH GUN: CORONA  (AP) — The manager of a Southern California shooting range is fighting arrest for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun — in fact, lots of them.

Patrick Raahauge, 46, was arrested on Friday after state investigators acting on a tip allegedly saw him handling weapons and ammunition at the range in the Riverside County community of Corona, the Orange County Register ( reported. "He was clearly working there, in and around all the firearms," state Department of Justice spokeswoman Michelle Gregory said. "He shouldn't be there at all."

Raahauge was convicted of stealing a car in 1999 and of illegally possessing a gun and ammunition in 2003. He filed a petition seeking a pardon from the governor in July but it had not been considered at the time of his arrest.

The range, which rents pistols, assault rifles and shotguns, includes nearly 700 acres of constructed wetlands and is popular with duck and pheasant hunters. It was founded in 1971 by Raahauge's grandfather, Linc Raahauge, and his father, Mike, took over when Linc died in 1989.

After his father's death in May, the lease was transferred to Raahauge's mother, Elaine, but he remained as manager.

SOCIAL MEDIA EVENT DRAWS 3,500 TO BURBANK: BURBANK  (AP) — Police say a massive flash mob crowded downtown Burbank, Calif., to scope out some greased lightning.

Police tell City News Service that as many as 3,500 people and 1,100 cars crowded around the Krispy Kreme store in Burbank's Empire Center on Tuesday. Despite the throngs of custom car lovers, there were no arrests.

The event was promoted through social media. It was expected to begin at 9 p.m. but police say cars started coming around 3:30 p.m., prompting police to close streets and freeway off-ramps.

More than 100 citations were issued for vehicle code and moving violations but the crowd was peaceful and broke up around 10:30 p.m.

NEWPORT BEACH BANS PROTESTS NEAR INDIVIDUAL HOMES: NEWPORT BEACH  (AP) — Newport Beach has become the latest city to ban picketing at homes.

The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that says picketers must stay at least 300 feet away from individual homes.

The ban was prompted, in part, by a June protest outside the home of a local doctor who supports abortion rights.

Council members said they were concerned about the impact of protests on neighborhoods and said there are other ways to engage in free speech.