SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN CRIME
'Shrimp Boy' pleads not guilty to racketeering
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The man prosecutors say headed a crime syndicate based in San Francisco's Chinatown has pleaded not guilty to a new charge of racketeering.
Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow was in federal court Wednesday to enter the plea to a newly filed indictment that carries all the same charges as the old one, but also includes a racketeering count. The indictment says he served as gang leader of a corrupt Chinatown community organization that bribed a state senator and laundered money among other crimes.
The racketeering count alleges that Chow orchestrated a wide-range of alleged criminal activity, including the bribing of state Sen. Leland Yee.
Yee is also charged with racketeering in the new indictment in addition to bribery charges. He is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.
Crews work to keep Yosemite fire from sequoias
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Fire crews are working to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.
Park spokesman Scott Gediman said Wednesday there was no imminent threat to Merced Grove.
The fire was about 10 miles away, and crews were reinforcing old containment lines to prevent it from getting to the trees.
Merced Grove is among three stands of giant sequoias in the park. The towering trees grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada and are among the largest and oldest living things on earth.
Gediman said about 50 homes remained under evacuation orders. The fire, which began on Saturday, has burned through more than 5 square miles. It was 34 percent contained.
Agency: No water to prevent Klamath salmon kill
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A federal agency says it will release extra water into Northern California's Klamath and Trinity rivers once salmon start dying from drought-related disease, but not before.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said Wednesday the decision came after consulting with tribes, irrigators and other agencies.
Fisheries biologist Joshua Strange of Stillwater Sciences says that will be too late. Strange submitted a memo to the Klamath Fish Health Advisory Team saying low flows this year could lead to a salmon kill like one in 2002, when tens of thousands of adult salmon died.
The major threat is a parasite known as Ich (ICK), which attacks fish in stagnant water.
He says extra water makes it harder for the parasite to attack fish, making it most effective before the disease shows up.
Attorney: California prosecutor's son is innocent
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - The attorney for a California district attorney's son charged with murder says his client is innocent and authorities have arrested the wrong person.
Kirk McAllister, who is representing 18-year-old Ethan Morse, also tells the Merced Sun-Star that Merced County sheriff's officials have not been thorough or fair in their investigation. Morse, the son of Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse II, is charged in connection with an alleged gang-related shooting at a party last year that left 18-year-old Bernabed Hernandez-Canela dead.
Sheriff Tom Cavallero said he stands by his detectives' investigation.
Morse is not accused of firing any weapons, but allowing someone else to shoot from his vehicle. Prosecutors have charged another teen, 18-year-old Jacob Tellez, with the shooting.
Two other people were shot and killed at the same party, and two other teens have been charged in their deaths.
Fresno woman sentenced in shooting of parents
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The father of a Fresno woman convicted of shooting and wounding her parents says he forgives her and loves her.
A tearful Steve Alarcon spoke on Tuesday during a hearing for his daughter, 26-year-old Lisa. A judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison.
According to The Fresno Bee, Lisa Alarcon said she was sorry that she hurt her parents and also loved them.
She was accused of shooting into her parents' home while they slept in August 2012, leaving them with gunshot wounds to their legs.
Prosecutors said she was spiraling out of control from drug use.
The case ended in a mistrial, but Alarcon pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder in March as a second trial was approaching.
Raiders owner confirms talks with San Antonio
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis has confirmed he's met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
Davis says in a statement that "Former San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros is a friend, and Henry suggested I take the opportunity to meet with some city officials while I was in town."
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with Cisneros, then-mayor Julian Castro, the city manager and others to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio.
The newspaper reported that the Alamodome could serve as a temporary home until a new stadium is built.
The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland.
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