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*Feb 9, 2009 SAN JOSE POLICE IDENTIFY MAN KILLED IN SHOOTING EARLY SUNDAY

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*Feb 9, 2009 VALLEJO: POLICE FATALLY SHOOT ARMED MAN
*Feb 9, GILROY: TWO EMPLOYEES AND TWO CUSTOMERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT AT RESTAURANT
*Feb 9, 2009 CONCORD: SIX ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
*Feb 9, COURT TENTATIVELY ORDERS PRISONER RELEASE, BROWN SAYS STATE WILL APPEAL
*Feb 9, 2009 GILROY: BEAUTY STORE ROBBED FOR THIRD TIME IN TWO MONTHS

Feb 9, 2009 SAN JOSE POLICE IDENTIFY MAN KILLED IN SHOOTING EARLY SUNDAY

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A man found fatally shot at a San Jose home early Sunday morning has been identified by San Jose police as 29-year-old Kimo Joshua Fernandez.At about 1:45 a.m., police received reports of a person shot at a home in the 2500 block of Roslyn Court. Fernandez, a San Jose resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.Police have released few details on the shooting but department spokesman Officer Jermaine Thomas said this morning there was a party at the home when the shooting occurred. He said he does not believe the victim lived there. No suspects have been arrested but police have interviewed multiple witnesses who were at the party, Thomas said. The motive remains under investigation.

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Feb 9, 2009 VALLEJO: POLICE FATALLY SHOOT ARMED MAN

Vallejo police fatally shot a 46-year-old man at his Dawson Place home Sunday evening after he allegedly pointed a rifle at officers, Lt. Abel Tenorio said.Tenorio identified the man as Eric Walters. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Vallejo police received a California Highway Patrol 911 transfer call at 6:03 p.m. regarding a man who was depressed, heavily armed and wanting to commit suicide, Tenorio said in a news release.Walters had several rifles and fired off a single round in his home at 141 Dawson Place before police arrived, Tenorio said. The gunshot was reported by a neighbor and heard by officers several blocks away.Police spoke to Walters by phone in an attempt to have him surrender peacefully but Walters armed himself with a rifle, exited his garage and confronted the officers, Tenorio said.Police asked Walters to put the rifle down but instead he raised it and pointed it at the officers, Tenorio said. The officers then shot Walters.The incident remains under investigation.

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Feb 9, 2009 GILROY: TWO EMPLOYEES AND TWO CUSTOMERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT AT RESTAURANT

Gilroy police are searching for three men in their mid to late 20s who robbed a Tacos El Grullense Jal restaurant in the city at gunpoint Saturday evening.The robbery was reported at around 9:15 p.m. at the restaurant at 353 E. 10th St., according to police.Officers responded to the incident involving three men robbing two employees and two customers at gunpoint.The suspects did not cause any injuries, and fled the restaurant with an undisclosed amount of money, according to police.The suspects fled in a dark-green sedan, possibly a 1995 Toyota Camry or similar vehicle, according to police.One of the men wore a white hooded sweatshirt with silver color designs on the front and both sleeves, were armed with a rifle or shotgun and spoke Spanish. The other two men were described as wearing black ski masks covering their faces and black or gray sweatshirts, according to police.

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Feb 9 2009 CONCORD: SIX ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Concord police arrested six people, including three parolees, Saturday in connection with a residential burglary and vehicle theft, Cpl. Kerry Cerletti said today.Shortly before 4:30 p.m. police received a report that a house in the 3800 block of Larkspur Drive had been broken into.Residents told police that their 2001 Honda had been stolen along with computers, a television, cameras and other items, Cerletti said.Later that afternoon, police spotted the victims’ car parked in the 1800 block of Elkwood Drive.Investigators allegedly found fingerprints inside the car that matched those of Daniel Ortiz, a 28-year-old Concord resident and parolee who was living on that street, Cerletti said.As officers were watching the house and waiting for a judge to approve a search warrant, they saw Ortiz and a second man leave the home and get into a car. Police stopped them, searched them and arrested Ortiz and Pleasant Hill resident Roderick Braz, 30, Cerletti said.Police then searched the home, where they found four more people and most of the victims’ stolen property. Police said they also found narcotics and drug paraphernalia, Cerletti said.The four people inside the house were arrested. Police identified them as Yamileh Serrano, a 26-year-old Antioch resident, and Concord residents Sandra Glick, 39, Mark Molina, 24, and Thomas Scogland, 33. The six suspects were booked into county jail on suspicion of residential burglary, vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance and using anther person’s identity, Cerletti said.Ortiz, Scogland and Molina were also each booked on suspicion of violating their parole.

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Feb 9, 2009 COURT TENTATIVELY ORDERS PRISONER RELEASE, BROWN SAYS STATE WILL APPEAL

A three-judge federal panel tentatively ruled today that the population of California’s severely overcrowded prisons must be reduced by approximately 34,000 to 55,000 inmates to correct constitutionally inadequate health care.The panel said there is “overwhelming evidence that crowding is the primary cause” of deficient medical and mental health care that falls below constitutional standards.It also said the evidence from a trial last year is “compelling that there is no relief other than a prisoner release order that will remedy the unconstitutional prison conditions.” The state’s 33 adult prisons are currently filled to close to 200 percent of capacity, housing about 156,000 inmates in facilities originally built for 84,000.The three judges said that capping the population at 120 to 145 percent of capacity within two or three years appeared necessary to provide minimally adequate health care.The panel said there appear to be several ways the population could be reduced without endangering public safety. These include parole reforms, diverting low-risk prisoners with short sentences into other programs, giving prisoners credit for good behavior and constructing new prisons, the court said.The panel of U.S. District Judges Thelton Henderson of San Francisco and Lawrence Karlton of Sacramento and 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt was convened to consider claims by inmates in two long-running civil rights lawsuits that a release of prisoners was the only way to bring about adequate health care.Under a federal law governing prison litigation, an order for release of prisoners can be made only by a three-judge panel and not by a federal trial judge alone. The tentative ruling is the first time a three-judge panel acting under the Prison Litigation Reform Act has held a trial and issued a prisoner release order. Other cases have ended in settlements before trial.The judges said they were issuing the 10-page tentative ruling to allow the parties in the case, including state prison officials, “to plan accordingly.”  They asked state officials to advise the court how they plan to reduce the population within two or three years. An additional hearing may be held before the court issues its final order, the panel said. Donald Specter, a lawyer for inmates, said, “We’re thrilled.  We think the court made the right decision under the law.”Specter said, “The state has known for many years that crowding is out of control and is crippling the prison system.”California Attorney General Jerry Brown said the state will appeal the decision. Brown said, “The court’s tentative ruling is not constitutionally justified. Therefore, the state will appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court when the final order is issued.” The attorney general said there is “no doubt there is room for improvement” in the state’s prisons, but said “significant progress has been made and is continuing to be made at a cost of billions.” Matthew Cate, secretary of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said, “We are reviewing the tentative ruling by a panel of federal judges.
“Obviously, the governor and I strongly disagree with the panel’s conclusions and our response will be based on how best to protect the public from a court-ordered release of prisoners,” Cate said.

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Feb 9, 2009 GILROY: BEAUTY STORE ROBBED FOR THIRD TIME IN TWO MONTHS

A Gilroy beauty supply store was robbed Monday morning, marking the third robbery of the business within the last two months, police said.The suspect entered Sally’s Beauty Supply at 6815 Camino Arroyo, approached an employee and simulated a handgun as he demanded money, according to police.He took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before fleeing west through the parking lot.The suspect was described as about 50 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 200 pounds with a goatee, Sgt. Robert Locke-Paddon said. Police said similar armed robberies happened at the business Dec. 19 and Dec. 23.In the Dec. 19 robbery,the suspect was described as a Hispanic male between 35 and 45 years old, standing 5 feet 3 inches and weighing about 200 pounds with a moustache.The suspect in the Dec. 23 robbery was described as a Hispanic man in his late 40s to early 50s, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 160 pounds with a moustache.Locke-Paddon said police are investigating whether the same suspect is responsible for all three robberies.

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