Water­spout touches down on Lake Ta­hoe

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LAKE TA­HOE (AP) — The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice says a water­spout has been ob­served over Lake Ta­hoe amid se­vere weather that led to a tor­nado warn­ing for sev­eral north­east­ern Cal­i­for­nia coun­ties and Car­son City in west­ern Ne­vada.

The Reno weather of­fice says the water­spout made con­tact with the lake at 4:27 p.m. Wed­nes­day and nu­mer­ous spot­ter pho­tos show its well-de­fined spray ring on the sur­face.

Me­te­o­rol­o­gists is­sued the tor­nado warn­ing dur­ing an­other brief round of thun­der­storms over the north­ern Sierra Ne­vada.

A fall-like cold front is ex­pected Thurs­day, bring­ing gusty winds and a chance of show­ers, fol­lowed by a stronger front early next week.



RED­DING (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia res­cued a Colorado woman and her dog who had been paddleboarding on a lake but ac­ci­den­tally ended up on the Sacra­mento River and couldn’t han­dle the cur­rent.

The Shasta County Sher­iff’s Of­fice says 58-year-old Frankie Gro­gan was on Ku­tras Lake in Red­ding on Wed­nes­day on a pad­dle­board with her dog when she un­know­ingly en­tered the river’s main chan­nel.

By the time she re­al­ized her mis­take she was al­ready strug­gling in the strong cur­rent. Gro­gan man­aged to get to an is­land in the mid­dle of the river and waved at a car on a nearby road to call for help.

Res­cuers from sev­eral agen­cies quickly found her and the dog. They weren’t hurt.

Gro­gan was cited for not wear­ing a life-vest. Her dog was wear­ing one.


SAN FRAN­CISCO (AP) — Of­fi­cials in San Fran­cisco say two 18-year-olds used a gun stolen from a po­lice of­fi­cer’s per­sonal car to kill a man last month.

Au­thor­i­ties say Erick Gar­cia Pineda and Daniel Cruz were both ar­rested this week on sus­pi­cion of killing Abel En­rique Esquivel Jr.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wed­nes­day that the two had stolen the gun three days ear­lier from the car of an of­fi­cer whose name was not re­leased.

Po­lice union President Martin Hal­lo­ran says the of­fi­cer is a dec­o­rated vet­eran who didn’t know the gun had been stolen un­til af­ter the killing, and was “dev­as­tated” to hear how it had been used.

Hand­guns stolen from law en­force­ment of­fi­cers’ cars have been used in high-pro­file Bay Area killings like the slay­ing of Kate Steinle on a San Fran­cisco pier in 2015 and the killing of 27-year-old Oak­land mu­ral­ist An­to­nio Ramos last year.


SACRA­MENTO (AP) — A plan to turn some of Cal­i­for­nia’s 100 mil­lion dead trees into fuel has got­ten a boost from the state.

The state En­ergy Com­mis­sion ap­proved a $5 mil­lion grant Wed­nes­day to help fund a biomass op­er­a­tion in Cal­i­for­nia’s Shasta County.

Cal­i­for­nia forests have lost tens of mil­lions of trees this decade, partly be­cause of drought. Au­thor­i­ties say the stands of dead trees heighten the threat from wild­fires, although some en­vi­ron­men­tal groups dis­pute that.

The Shasta County plant would be one of the state’s first to turn dead trees into com­bustible gas. Some con­ser­va­tion groups op­pose biomass plants on the grounds that they can pol­lute the air and can in­crease the re­lease of cli­mate-chang­ing green­house gases.


SANTA ANA (AP) — A South­ern Cal­i­for­nia at­tor­ney con­victed along with his then-wife of plant­ing drugs in the car of a PTA vol­un­teer has been dis­barred.

The State Bar says 43-year-old Kent Easter can no longer prac­tice in Cal­i­for­nia be­cause of his felony con­vic­tion and “moral turpi­tude.”

Kent Easter and Jill Easter — who now goes by Ava Ever­heart — were both con­victed of false im­pris­on­ment in sep­a­rate crim­i­nal tri­als.

The cou­ple planted pre­scrip­tion painkillers, mar­i­juana and a pot pipe in Kelli Peters’ car in 2011 and then called po­lice, who briefly de­tained her.

The cou­ple had an on­go­ing dis­pute with Peters over what they be­lieved was im­proper treat­ment of their son.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s mayor has an­nounced a plan to erect three com­mer­cial-grade tents to house hun­dreds of home­less peo­ple in the face of a deadly hep­ati­tis A epi­demic.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wed­nes­day that the city needs to shel­ter peo­ple liv­ing in the streets as soon as pos­si­ble so they can have clean re­strooms and wash­ing sta­tions.

The city is work­ing with three non­profit agen­cies that will open the tents start­ing as soon as De­cem­ber.

San Diego County of­fi­cials ear­lier this month de­clared a pub­lic health emer­gency be­cause of the liver dis­ease out­break that has killed 16 peo­ple and hos­pi­tal­ized 300 more since Novem­ber.

The home­less pop­u­la­tion has been hit the hardest.

The city is giv­ing free vac­ci­na­tions, in­stalling hand­wash­ing sta­tions and power-wash­ing streets. The virus lives in hu­man fe­ces.


AN­TI­OCH . (AP) — An­ti­och po­lice say an off-duty deputy shot a man who tar­geted him and his fe­male pas­sen­ger af­ter a road-rage in­ci­dent.

Sgt. John Fort­ner said the fe­male pas­sen­ger had re­ported to po­lice be­fore the Tues­day shoot­ing that a car was chas­ing them and had re­peat­edly run into their car. Ac­cord­ing to Fort­ner, the man ap­proached

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