California fires burn cabin, threaten homes
HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California wildfire has been contained after destroying a forest cabin, damaging five other homes and forcing about 50 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a second blaze threatens hundreds of homes.
Authorities say the blaze erupted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday along the Russian River near Forestville in Sonoma County. Three people were treated for burns or smoke inhalation.
The San Francisco Chronicle says residents of Summerhome Park were evacuated for several hours until the fire was contained. It burned about 1 acre.
Meanwhile, crews are battling a fire that has burned 100 square miles of the Klamath National Forest near Happy Camp.
That fire that began Aug. 11 is 15 percent contained. It threatens nearly 700 homes, and 250 remain under evacuation orders.
Police zap girl with Taser at Monterey County Fair
MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) - Police say they used a Taser on a 14-year-old girl after she attacked an officer at the Monterey County Fair.
Lt. Leslie Sonne tells the Monterey Herald that officers were questioning two teenage girls Saturday night after receiving reports that they had been involved in a fight.
Sonne says the 16-year-old became combative and an officer tackled her, then the 14-year-old jumped on the officer's back and another officer shot her with his stun gun.
Both girls were taken to juvenile detention on allegations of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest before they were released to their families.
Sonne says there will be an investigation into the use of force.
Woman caught in California rip current dies
WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A woman has died after getting caught in a rip current during a Labor Day visit to a Northern California beach.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel says the woman, who was in her late 30s, was at the south end of Sunset State Beach near Watsonville around 10 a.m. Monday when she was seen struggling in the current.
State Parks Supervising Lifeguard Dan Perry says witnesses saw the woman go face down in the water. She was pulled to shore and given medical aid but died at a hospital.
The cause of her death hasn't been determined.
BAY BRIDGE DEMOLITION-BIRDS
Birds on old Bay Bridge pose challenge
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews demolishing the old eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have run into an unusual challenge: birds that won't leave.
The California Department of Transportation says cormorants that call the defunct bridge home have not gone away despite encouragement from workers. So the agency is switching to a new tactic that attempts to attract the dark-colored birds to other areas.
Caltrans spokeswoman Leah Robinson-Leach tells KCBS the attraction strategy is part of a contract that is currently out for bid.
The birds have not delayed the demolition so far, but Robinson-Leach says that will change if they are not gone by the end of the year. The work is expected to be completed in 2018.
URBAN AGRICULTURE-PROPERTY TAXES
San Francisco set to test urban farming law
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Owners who turn empty lots in San Francisco into farms could soon begin getting a break on their taxes.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city is set to become the first in California to enact a state law intended to encourage lot owners to turn their parcels into gardens.
The measure lets municipalities lower the assessed value - and therefore the property taxes - if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least five years. Among its aims is reducing urban blight.
San Francisco will be the first to enact it beginning Sept. 8 because the Board of Supervisors already approved the necessary local ordinance. The Chronicle reports that other cities, including Fresno and Sacramento, are watching San Francisco.
HOUSE PARTY SHOOTING
5 wounded in shooting at California house party
LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) - A suspect is in custody in connection with a shooting at a house party in the San Francisco Bay Area that left five people wounded.
Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Jesus Torres was being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail on Monday, a day after he was arrested during a traffic stop.
Livermore police say Torres is suspected of opening fire at a home early Sunday where about 20 people had gathered for a party.
Before the shooting, three men got into an argument and were asked to leave. About 30 minutes later, a sedan pulled up and gunfire broke out.
Lt. John Hurd says the victims, who range in age from their late teens to early 20s, are expected to survive. He did not know whether Torres had an attorney, and said police were not releasing additional information.
Minor quake hits Northern California
GILROY, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey has registered a minor earthquake in Northern California.
The magnitude-3.5 quake struck around 9:10 a.m. Monday about six miles southeast of Gilroy. Gilroy is about 30 miles south of San Jose.
A Gilroy police dispatcher says she felt a jolt from the quake, but had not received any reports of damage or injuries.
Thieves use backhoe in Fresno ATM heist attempt
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno ATM machine is out of service after thieves tried to break it open using a stolen backhoe.
Fresno police Lt. Joe Gomez says the suspect or suspects stole the mini backhoe from a construction site early Sunday morning, drove it through a canal and tried to tear open the ATM at a Fresno County Federal Credit Union. When that failed, they used the backhoe to go through the credit union's wall and then tried to pry open the vault.
Gomez tells the Fresno Bee that, too, failed.
He estimated the damage to the building and backhoe at about $120,000.
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