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*Jan 17, San Jose Police Identify Man Involved In Gas Station Standoff Curtis Burleson

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*Jan 17, San Francisco Man Given Prison Time For Molesting Girls At Their Soccer Practice
*Jan 17, Salinas Police Arrest Suspect In One Of Monday’s Three Murders

Jan 17, 2009 SAN JOSE POLICE IDENTIFY MAN INVOLVED IN GAS STATION STANDOFF

San Jose police today identified the man who apparently shot himself inside a city gas station Friday after exchanging gunfire with officers.Curtis Burleson, 23, of Washington state, died inside a USA Gasoline station at the northwest corner of McLaughlin Avenue and Capitol Expressway, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Officers first encountered Burleson during a routine vehicle check Friday morning that showed the 2006 Ford Taurus was confirmed stolen out of Washington state. When an officer approached the vehicle at Tuers Road and Capitol Expressway, Burleson exited the car and attacked the officer, police said. Burleson took the officer’s gun and fired shots, police said. Burleson then returned to his vehicle and drove down the street to the gas station, colliding with a vehicle on Capitol Express way on the way, according to police reports. He exchanged gunfire with two officers in the parking lot, before entering the gas station’s store. Police evacuated nearby businesses and homes and a SWAT Team and special operations team arrived to assist.The special operations officers broke windows and used concussion grenades, designed to disorient targets with loud noise and bright flashes. Roughly six hours later, according to the police report, officers entered the gas station and found Burleson dead in a back bathroom, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The officer’s stolen gun was also located on the premises.Police said they found a ballistic helmet, bulletproof vest and several high-capacity bullet magazines in the trunk of Burleson’s stolen car.

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Jan 17, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO MAN GIVEN PRISON TIME FOR MOLESTING GIRLS AT THEIR SOCCER PRACTICE

A 23-year-old man was sentenced Friday to four years in prison for molesting and exposing himself to eight teenage girls at their soccer practice in 2007, according to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris.John Graves, a San Francisco resident, was convicted Sept. 25, 2008, after a two-week trial of 17 misdemeanor counts related to the molestation and sexual battery of the 14- and 15-year-old girls, Harris said.The charges stemmed from the girls’ soccer practice Nov. 26, 2007. Graves, an old friend of the girls’ coach, showed up at the stadium that day and made inappropriate sexual contact with eight members of the team, according to Harris.Court documents reported that Graves exposed himself to several of the girls, and touched and grabbed others, Harris said.The victims eventually told their coach, and the incident was reported to police, according to Harris.Graves was actually sentenced to spend four years in county jail, but will serve his sentence in state prison because the conviction is a violation of Graves’ probation for a 2007 conviction of selling a controlled substance, Harris said.

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Jan 17, 2009 SALINAS: POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN ONE OF MONDAY’S THREE MURDERS

Salinas police on Friday arrested a suspect in the Monday afternoon fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man, one of the numerous gang-related homicides in the city in the past week.The suspect was arrested while riding away from his home on a bicycle after witnesses provided the police with information about the suspect, police said.Investigators believe the suspect killed James Lopez, who was shot around 2 p.m. while driving on John Street near McGowan Drive, according to police. Lopez’s death was the second of three fatal shootings in Salinas on Monday, and among six within the past week, police said.

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