70-year-old security guard dies after assault at Modesto parking garage
MODESTO (AP) — Police in Modesto say a 70-yearold security guard was killed after trying to intervene in a fight in a parking garage.
Modesto Police Department spokeswoman Heather Graves says Karl Whitehead died of his injuries in a hospital on Sunday.
The Modesto Bee reports the assault happened Friday night in a downtown Modesto parking garage.
The department says 33-year-old Don Lacey was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges that include assault with great bodily injury.
Graves says Lacey allegedly struck Whitehead after the guard tried to intervene in an argument between the suspect and a female parking attendant.
She says a witness followed Lacey as he left the garage. The witness helped officers find Lacey, who was taken into custody.
▶NO PROBLEMS AS MAGNITUDE 4.7 EARTHQUAKE
SHAKES NEAR SAN JOSE: SAN JOSE (AP) — A light earthquake has struck in Northern California and been felt by some people in the surrounding area, but there are no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
The quake with a preliminary 4.7 magnitude struck Monday at 11:30 a.m. near the small town of Gonzales, about 75 miles south of San Jose, in an area appears to be almost entirely wilderness or agricultural fields.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was about 4 miles deep.
The National Weather Service office in Monterey tweeted the quake was felt in their office, 25 miles southeast of the epicenter.
Police and fire officials in and around the area reported no immediate damages, injuries or other problems.
▶FRESNO EX-DEPUTY CHIEF SENTENCED TO 4
YEARS IN PRISON: FRESNO (AP) — The former deputy police chief of the Fresno Police Department has been sentenced to four years in prison for peddling drugs while holding one of the department’s top positions.
The Fresno Bee reports Keith Foster was sentenced Monday by Judge Anthony Ishii in U.S. District Court. He must surrender to authorities by Jan. 13.
Foster was convicted of distributing oxycodone, heroin and marijuana.
The case began with a federal investigation of Foster’s nephew Dennis Foster, who was suspected of dealing drugs. The focus of the investigation shifted when investigators listened to the deputy chief call his nephew and discuss drugs.
The former police officer said he was trying to recruit his nephew as an informant.
Dennis Foster was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana with his uncle.
▶1 KILLED, 2 HURT IN CAR PLUNGE OFF LA
COUNTY MOUNTAINSIDE: MOUNT BALDY VILLAGE (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities found an 18-year-old man dead and two other people injured in a car that plunged more than 500 feet down a mountainside during the weekend.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports the victims may have been undiscovered for nearly a day after plummeting off Glendora Ridge Road near Mount Baldy in the Angeles National Forest.
California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Nicholson says the crash was discovered at 10 a.m. Sunday.
But one of the victims, an 18-year-old Los Angeles woman, was last heard from at 11 a.m. Saturday. She was hospitalized with a compound leg fracture.
The driver, an 18-year-old Montebello man, suffered major injuries.
The dead man also was from Montebello.
▶MOTORCYCLIST RESCUED AFTER PLUNGING
100 FEET DOWN MOUNTAIN: BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — A motorcyclist was rescued after plunging 100 feet below a roadway in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says the 48-year-old rider was thrown from the motorcycle in a single-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on State Route 38.
The San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team climbed down to the victim and found he had major injuries, but the steepness of the terrain prevented them from carrying out.
A sheriff’s rescue helicopter was called in and the victim was hoisted aboard and flown to a hospital.