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April 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
When two hunters found Amber Gail Creek's body, a plastic bag had been wrapped around her head and the word "Hi" written on one of her hands. It was a bitter-cold day in February 1997, and the 14-year-old runaway's partially naked body had been dumped steps from a parking lot in the Karcher Wildlife Area in Racine County, Wis. Amber had been sexually assaulted, beaten and suffocated, and a $5 price tag had been stuck to one of her arms. The gruesome discovery launched a criminal investigation that spanned almost two decades -- and has now put a suspect in police custody thanks to the help of a crime lab in Oklahoma, two Wisconsin investigators stalking the streets of Chicago, and one half-smoked cigarette.
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April 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A wild celebration for the University of Connecticut's fourth men's NCAA basketball championship in the last 16 seasons has led to the arrests of at least 35 people, police said. Most of the arrests were alcohol-related, although a few were for scuffling with officers, police said, adding that no one was seriously injured. UConn Police Chief Barbara O'Connor told reporters that she was pleased by how most students handled themselves. The flagship campus in the small town of Storrs has about 16,000 undergraduates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men accused of trying to smuggle roughly two tons of marijuana onto the beaches of Malibu in a panga-style boat were charged Tuesday in federal court. Carlos Millan-Rogel, Jesus Aaron Guevara-Moreno and Victor Ayala-Marin face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office. A 20-page affidavit filed with the complaint says the three men were caught by authorities Monday morning on the sand at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu where the boat was found washed up on the sand, leaking gas and smelling strongly of marijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Emerging from a 90-day house arrest, ex-Mayor Bob Filner on Sunday said that he wants "a chance to earn your forgiveness over time based on my actions. " Filner's sentence for his guilty plea to harassing women ended Sunday. He no longer will be confined to his home in a downtown high-rise. In a statement to KNSD-NBC7, Filner predicted that he will "emerge from this dark and difficult period in my life as a better human being. " Filner, 71, a 10-term member of Congress who was elected in 2012 as San Diego's first Democratic mayor in two decades, resigned in August amid allegations that he had harassed more than 20 women.
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April 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men are in custody on suspicion of attempting to smuggle drugs into the country after authorities found their panga-style boat washed ashore Monday in Malibu and loaded with as much as a ton of marijuana, authorities said . The men, whose identities haven't been released, could make their first court appearances Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lori Haley wrote in an email Monday. Leo Carrillo State Park rangers found the 30-foot boat about 8 a.m. on a portion of the shore in unincorporated Malibu.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
A homeless man jailed last week for trespassing on Selena Gomez's property late in March was arrested again Friday on suspicion of doing essentially the same thing just hours after he was released from jail.  Che Thomas Cruz, 20, was charged Monday with one felony count of stalking and one misdemeanor count of violation of a court protection order, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.  Cruz entered a no contest plea...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral Friday. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh, and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident “utterly alarming” and  acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.  In a statement released hours after the fight, she called the teacher's use of physical restraint “unacceptable" and she pledged that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would offer support to the student's family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The cellphone video from inside a classroom at Santa Monica High School went viral late last week. It showed Mark Black, a longtime teacher and wrestling coach, swatting at a student with his arms, grabbing the teenager by the thigh and then crashing into desks and the classroom wall as he tried to execute a takedown. Moments later, Black had the young man pinned to the ground. District Superintendent Sandra Lyon called the incident "utterly alarming" and acted swiftly, placing the teacher on leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
There could be more arrests in the wake of a riot that broke out over the weekend in a party town next to UC Santa Barbara thanks to newly installed surveillance cameras, officials said. In an interview with NewsChannel 3 , Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said his department plans to prosecute those involved in the Saturday night riot that injured several officers and dozens of others and hopes the cameras can turn up more evidence against those involved. The cameras have been a point of tension with Isla Vista residents, reported the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's student paper.
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April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
At least 100 people were arrested and dozens hurt when a spring-break party dubbed Deltopia got out of hand Saturday night in Isla Vista in Santa Barbara County, authorities said. The unrest lasted for several hours as partygoers and police clashed. According to Channel 3 in Santa Barbara, authorities used tear gas, pepper spray, flash-bang grenades and foam projectiles to control the crowd. The problems were captured in photos on social media: [<a href="//storify.com/shelbygrad/violence-at-santa-barbara-s-deltopia" target="_blank">View the story "Violence at Santa Barbara's Deltopia" on Storify</a>]
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