HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - An Alameda County judge has sentenced a Hayward man to 15 years in prison for molesting a 16-year-old who answered his Craigslist ad for a "houseboy." The Oakland Tribune reports 59-year-old Christopher Purcell in June was found guilty of 22 counts of oral copulation and five counts of sodomy of a person under 18.
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials battling a huge blaze in a forest in far Northern California say air crews should be able to get going earlier than they have over previous days. Skies today and the following few days are expected to be clear in the Klamath National Forest. The lightning-sparked fire complex has grown dramatically over the past several days, becoming a threat to about 250 rural homes.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A Northern California man who disappeared while traveling from his summer job in Idaho to the University of Montana died in a car crash near Boise. Authorities say 21-year-old Lucius Robbi of Orleans died on Aug. 19 when his car went off a highway and down a 60-foot embankment. A private helicopter hired to join the search for Robbi spotted the tip of a kayak in the trees yesterday.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Last year's fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy carrying a replica weapon has prompted state lawmakers to approve a bill requiring bright markings on certain air guns. The Santa Rosa boy was killed when a sheriff's deputy mistook his airsoft BB gun for a real AK-47. Several Republicans say criminals could simply paint real guns to confuse police.
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