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POLICE SHOOT PIT BULLS THAT BIT 2 IN KERN COUNTY: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — Police have shot a pack of pit bulls that mauled two people in the backyard of a Kern County home.

The attacks occurred Thursday after a man looking for his son entered the fenced property in the Bakersfield suburb of Oildale and was confronted by three pit bulls. A neighbor heard the man scream, grabbed a shovel and rushed to the house.

The Bakersfield Californian reports the woman was bit on the arms, legs and upper body. The man had less severe injuries. Both were expected to survive.

When deputies arrived, they found the victims on the ground. They fired six shots, killing two pit bulls. The third was euthanized.

Neighbors tell the newspaper they never had a problem before with the dogs.


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for a driver who ran a stop sign in Orange County and slammed into another vehicle, killing two people before fleeing the scene.

Police say the collision occurred about 11:30 a.m. Friday in Santa Ana when a speeding Audi blew through a stop sign and broadsided a Nissan Sentra.

Fifty-three-year-old Alejandro Bravo died at the scene and his 50-year-old passenger Juan Luna Castro died at a hospital a short time later.

Police are looking for the Audi driver, 21-year-old Jorge Ocampo, a gang member who is currently on probation.

They added there were no skid marks to indicate Ocampo tried to slow down.

POACHERS SENTENCED FOR TAKING HUNDREDS OF FISH: RIVERSIDE . (AP) — Poachers who were caught red-handed while taking hundreds of fish from a Southern California lake have pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says four Los Angeles County residents entered pleas to the misdemeanor earlier this month. They were sentenced to probation, fines and 30 days in a labor program.

State fish and game officials acting on a tip arrested the men in June after they'd illegally used gill nets to pull 238 carp, bass and sunfish from Canyon Lake in Riverside County. Many of the fish were undersized.

BODY FOUND IN SHALLOW BACKYARD GRAVE IN FRESNO: FRESNO  (AP) — Authorities say a body has been found in a shallow backyard grave at a Fresno home where a woman claims she was held captive for seven days, tortured and raped.

The Fresno Bee says police found the body Thursday. They arrested a man and woman on suspicion of murder.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer says a 35-year-old woman told police she'd gone to the downtown home a week ago to look for her stolen bicycle but was held, stabbed, burned with a chemical and raped before escaping Wednesday.

Police returned and found the body of a man in his 20s who'd been stabbed.

A man who claims to be the woman's fiancee told the Bee that someone else in the home killed the man because he'd raped her.