California

California Fugitive Caught in Sioux Falls Receives Sentence

California Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier sentenced a Ventura, California, man convicted of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender on June 4, 2018. Tom Steven Blanco, age 34, was sentenced to 30 months in federal custody, followed by supervised release for the remainder of life, and ordered to pay $100 to the…

More Evacuations As Fire Churns Along California Coast

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – Residents are being ordered to evacuate a tiny beachfront community northwest of Los Angeles where a huge wildfire is churning down hillsides toward seaside homes. A California Highway Patrol officer drove through Faria Beach Thursday announcing the evacuations through a loudspeaker as surging winds roiled smoke through the streets. Residents used garden hoses to spray palm trees…

California Bans State-Funded Travel To South Dakota

California is now banning state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Dakota because of what officials there call a discriminatory law. Back in March, South Dakota passed a law aimed at protecting faith-based organizations that refuse to place children with gay couples.  The City of San Francisco banned travel to South Dakota later that month.  Governor Dennis Daugaard said back in…

Authorities: Tennessee Student, Teacher Found In California

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher last month has been found safe in California and the teacher has been arrested. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later. Elizabeth Thomas…

Three Dead In Murder-Suicide At San Bernardino School

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say a man was estranged from his wife before he shot and killed her in a special-needs classroom in San Bernardino in a murder-suicide that also left a student dead. Authorities say 53-year-old Cedric Anderson told the school he’d come by to drop something off for his teacher-wife before the incident. Police Chief Jarrod…

Oroville Dam Causes Mass Evacuation in Northern California

DAMAGED SPILLWAY RISKS UNCONTROLLED FLOODING

Over 188,000 people in Northern California were ordered on Sunday night to evacuate to higher ground as the emergency spillway on the Oroville Dam is in danger of collapsing and unleashing uncontrolled flooding on surrounding towns. The dam is one of the largest in the nation, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco. California’s National Guard plans to provide eight helicopters to…

USD Student Practicing Her Wave, Will Appear On Float At Rose Parade

A University of South Dakota student was chosen to ride on one of 40 floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade. She will be representing the Occupational Therapy profession in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. For months, even years, organizations across the nation raise money and create floats for the Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. “I think it’s going…

California Bus Rider Injured After E-Cig Bursts Into Flames

FRESNO, C.A. – Authorities say a man was taken to a California hospital Wednesday afternoon after an e-cigarette exploded in his pocket while he was riding a bus. The Fresno Bee reports that witnesses on the bus say the man was trying use the device when the driver told him to stop. Authorities say the man then put the device…