HUNTERS ASKED TO HELP MANAGE DEER POPULATION: SONOMA (AP) — Bow hunters are being asked to take aim to help control the deer population in a 5,000-acre wildlife preserve near Lake Sonoma in Northern California.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the Army Corps of Engineers and the nonprofit Friends of Lake Sonoma have launched a program that allows a handful of hunters to target deer in the forests on the northeastern side of the lake.
Hunters are restricted to bows, and they have to be escorted in and out.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says hunters can take a total of six bucks from the preserve this season.
A $500 fee is charged for the privilege of hunting in the rugged land.
The fee will be donated to the Friends of Lake Sonoma.
CONTAINMENT OF NORTHERN CALIF. WILDFIRE INCREASES: REDDING (AP) — Fire crews have increased containment of a wildfire that destroyed nearly 70 homes in rural Northern California.
Officials say the Clover Fire in Shasta County was 80 percent contained Friday morning. There was no change in the tally of homes destroyed.
That number nearly doubled Thursday to 68, as crews got a better assessment of damaged areas.
One person has been found dead in the fire's perimeter.
Road closures that were preventing some residents from returning home were lifted Thursday. Other evacuations remain in place.
The fire has burned 12 ½ square miles. Full containment is expected by Sunday.
SF BAY AREA MAN CHARGED IN WARNING SHOT KILLING: SAN JOSE (AP) — A 62-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after authorities say he fired a warning shot that killed a fleeing car thief suspect.
Craig Yuhara of Los Gatos did not enter a plea during his arraignment in San Jose on Thursday in the death of 47-year-old Daniel Winslow.
Authorities say Yuhara got into an argument on Sunday with Winslow and another man after spotting them filling up a stolen van with gas. The van was parked in front of Yuhara's house.
Yuhara allegedly opened fire as Winslow and the man were leaving in another vehicle. The bullet entered the back of the vehicle and hit Winslow. He was later found dead near San Jose State University.