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APPEAL DEMOCRAT: WRONGFUL DEATH CASE TO SETTLE FOR 1.35 MILLION
The family of a Colusa man who died from injuries when a building he was helping demolish fell on him will receive $1.35 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to Colusa County Superior Court records. Because the settlement involves at least one minor child, it has to be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for May 7, one day after the third anniversary of Daniel Kesterson's death. Kesterson, 57, was helping take down the abandoned warehouse at 15 Fifth St., owned by Hoblit Rental Partners. A related company, Hoblit Motors Inc., also is a defendant. "My client is happy to have resolved the case without putting her children through a trial," said Matt Smith, a Sacramento lawyer who represents Kesterson's widow, Amber, and her five special needs children.
SAC BEE: THREE MEN ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT IN FRAUD RING
TARGETING 7-ELEVEN STORES
Three people have been arrested and two others are sought in connection with a fraud ring following an investigation by 7-Eleven stores and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.
Marcell Horton, 30, Fremon Reaves, 29, and Jacques Houston, 20, were arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of identity theft. Each is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The three are suspected of being part of a counterfeit credit card ring believed responsible for more the $230,000 of fraud at local 7-Eleven stores over the past several months, according to a task force news release.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article2610305.html#storylink=cpy
NEW YORK TIMES: 8 KILLED IN CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH*
Eight people were killed and 35 injured Sunday evening when a charter bus bound for a casino flipped over and rolled into a ditch off the side of a two-lane highway north of Sacramento.
Among the injured was the bus driver, Quintin Watts, 52, of Stockton, Calif., who, hospitalized in critical condition, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Robert Kays, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said in a telephone interview that given the severity of the crash, “and from observations of erratic driving prior to the collision from a witness who was an off-duty officer, we felt we had probable cause” to arrest Mr. Watts. (Website editor's note, Matt Smith was lead investigator on this case)
ABC NEWS: HUSBAND OF SLAIN WOMAN HELD TO ANSWER ON CHARGES OF ANIMAL CRUELITY
ORLAND, Calif. - The husband of a woman whose body was found along the Sacramento River in Butte County was in court Wednesday, but not for the death of his wife.
Zir Weems was arrested for animal cruelty when one of his Rottweiler's was found strangled to death in his grandmother's backyard in Willows.
The judge said he will answer to that charge.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office is investigating Angelica Weems death as a homicide. Weems is a person of interest in her death but not the official suspect.
Weems was in a Glenn County courtroom for his preliminary hearing on animal cruelty. Weem's father testified the dogs were his and not Zir's.
Weem's attorney, Matthew Smith claims that the dog strangled itself by twisting the collar around its neck while it was chained up to a tree in the backyard.
However the judge believes Weems should answer to whether he's responsible for the dog's death.
"I will say that the DA's [district attorney's] office I believe has vested interest seeing their client in custody," said Smith. "I can't really read the judge's mind but I know the DA's office has really invested of having him in custody."
We called the Glenn County District Attorney's Office for a comment, but they did not return our phone calls.
Smith said Weems will be back in court to set his trial date later this month.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office said there is no new information they can release.
COLUSA SUN HERALD: VERDICT IN: MENDOZA NOT GUILTY OF MURDER*
A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30.
After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.
Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing.
Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.
“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict.
Acting on her attorney’s advice, Mendoza declined to comment.
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