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McGeorge students make law – and history

McGeorge students make law – and history

Revenge porn victims can get offensive material taken off the Internet using a pseudonym. Child care centers can consider job applicants' arrest warrants in hiring decisions. Prisoners can seek a new trial if the scientific evidence that convicted them is later discredited. And police will get training to recognize signs of elder abuse.

Californians won these new rights and protections thanks to four bills developed by students at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and signed into law by Gov. Brown.  

"It is rewarding to have our students not only studying the law on the books in the nation's most important state capital, but also helping to put those laws on the books," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean and professor of law at McGeorge.  

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Mail thefts rising in Ripon

Mail thefts rising in Ripon

Ripon, CA –The Ripon Police Department has recently received a number of mail theft reports regarding theft from mailboxes both in and around the city. 

Thieves are breaking into community mailboxes during the night. 

Citizens are being asked to collect mail from community mailboxes on a daily basis. Mail from singular mailboxes should also be collected on a daily basis. 

Outgoing mail that contains checks, currency, or other valuables should be taken directly to the post office for delivery. Citizens are being asked to immediately report suspicious activity near community mailboxes.

Source: Ripon Police Department

Witness discredited in 8-year-old girl's murder case

VALLEY SPRINGS, CA - The second witness in the investigation into the murder of an 8-year-old girl was deemed not credible by Calaveras County sheriff's detectives.

Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her family's Rippon Road home by her 12-year-old brother Saturday afternoon. The brother told deputies he called his parents after someone broke into the home. His parents called 911. The boy said after he called his parents he ran into another room where he found his sister Leila with severe injuries.

Leila was taken to a nearby hospital where she later died, the sheriff's department said. Her brother was not injured.

The boy vaguely described the intruder as white or Hispanic and said that he may have long, gray hair and a large frame. A second witness came forward and collaborated the brother's description on two separate occasions.

2 sought in Tracy McDonald's robbery

TRACY, Calif. - Police are looking for two people suspected of robbing a McDonald's restaurant at gunpoint early Monday morning.

According to a Tracy police sergeant, the two individuals robbed the McDonalds' on Clover Rd. in Tracy, and then fled on foot.

Officers are reviewing surveillance footage to obtain further evidence.

Reward offered in Tracy cemetery vandalism

Reward offered in Tracy cemetery vandalism

TRACY, CA - It's been nearly three months and Tracy police still don't know who vandalized the Tracy Cemetery, causing damage and grief for families.

Police do know someone or more than one person went to the cemetery at 501 E. Schulte Road early the morning of Jan. 16 (a Wednesday) and knocked over a headstone and broke off more than two dozen marble vases permanently mounted on settings, according to Det. Steve Flores. He said at least 23 families are facing the cost of repairing or replacing the vases at a cost of $150 to $300 apiece.

The Tracy Police Department is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandal or vandals. Tips can be made anonymously by phone (209) 831-4847 anytime (se habla espanol); text: TIPTPD plus your message to 274637 or on the Tracy Crime Stoppers website.

Tracy's Kimball High evacuated due to bomb threat

TRACY, Calif. - Kimball High School in Tracy was evacuated at 8:55 a.m. on Monday due to a bomb threat.

According to Tracy Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Cordoza, the bomb threat was discovered on the wall of the boys locker room. Students were quickly evacuated from classrooms to the stadium following the discovery.

Tracy police were notified and responded to investigate and provide traffic control in the area.

Students whose parents showed up to pick them up were allowed to leave. All other students were being held at the stadium until the end of the school day, said Cordoza.

It was frustrating for parents. Some questioned the evacuation procedure and the time it took to get their kids.

"If there's a threat in this school ... see how many people are in the radius of the threat?" said parent Jim Vierra. "No planning whatsoever."