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May 10, 2013 | By Tony Perry
VISTA -- Heavy metal singer Tim Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his immediate family if released from jail after pleading not guilty to soliciting the murder of his estranged wife. Lambesis, lead singer of the Christian-themed band As I Lay Dying, entered his plea Thursday. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Martin Staven set bail at $3 million. If he is released from jail, he must wear the monitor and follow the stay-away order, Staven said. The 32-year-old singer is charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, who filed for divorce in September.
April 30, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A pared-down bill that would send sex offenders who repeatedly remove their GPS tracking devices back to state prison cleared its first legislative committee Tuesday, making progress where broader measures failed. In a deal struck with Democratic leaders who seek to protect Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan, Sen. Ted Lieu amended his GPS-tampering bill to make first offenses punishable by a mandatory 180 days in county jail, the maximum penalty currently on the books. Second offenses would require a year in county jail, and on the third offense, the parolee would be required to be returned to prison.
April 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A sex offender parolee who cut off his ankle GPS device was found after he randomly walked into a man's house and made himself at home, police said Friday. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department took Gary Bakken's claim with a grain of salt last week, when he told authorities he thought the home he'd set up in belonged to a relative. Police say Bakken, 52, walked into an unlocked home in Highland about 6:45 a.m. Saturday and began settling in for an extended stay. Sheriff's department officials say Bakken arranged his personal belongings in a bedroom and even took a shower.
April 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A Davis man lost for a week in the Lake County wilderness after a car accident apparently survived by eating pine nuts, according to reports. Daniel Brian Thompson, 25, had set out on a solo camping trip when he lost control of his rented Zipcar in a rural area of the Northern California county, his father told the Davis Enterprise . The car skidded off the gravel road and went down an embankment, his father said, and Thompson didn't have cellphone...
April 18, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The first buyers of Google Glass are starting to get the smartglasses in the mail, letting them shoot hands-free video, pull up GPS directions in the corner of their eye and even hold video chats with their friends while they walk. But they won't be allowed to let anyone else enjoy the device and its features. In its terms of service for the early "Explorer Edition" of the device, Google says it has the right to deactivate any device if it has been sold or lent to someone else.
April 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google this week began shipping its Glass smart eyewear to app developers. The company also revealed that the widely anticipated device will not be fully functional when paired with an iPhone. The smartglasses, which some buyers have already received, connects to Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to access the Internet. This allows Glass wearers to make calls, do Google searches or even hold video chats with friends using Google+. The device can also let users send their friends text messages and retrieve directions using GPS. But a sentence at the bottom of the webpage describing the specs for the glasses says the device, or at least the early "Explorer Edition" being shipped to developers, must be connected to an Android phone running the MyGlass app to send text messages and use GPS. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google?
April 10, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
The increase in fugitive sex offenders in California since the state changed key prison policies is more than double that previously believed, according to data released Wednesday by corrections officials. The data show a 65% rise from October 2011 to Jan. 1 of this year in warrants issued for paroled sex offenders who were tracked by GPS units and went missing. Previous state reports showed about a 30% climb for that period. Almost 5,000 warrants were issued during that time, according to the new figures, far more than the 3,251 the department reported in March.
April 7, 2013 | By Susan Spano
Forget about learning the state capitals, at least, as the sum total of your knowledge of geography. "Geography is about meaning, not knowing place names and memorizing lists - that was school geography," said Daniel Edelson, vice president for education programs at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. Say hello to the new geography. It runs your GPS unit, takes you on mobile-device-guided tours, helps you find and see hotel rooms before you book them. Want to calculate your estimated time of arrival, locate a nearby gluten-free restaurant, or find out whether it's raining in Río?
April 1, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A California teenager accused of being drunk when his SUV crashed into a van, killing five members of one family, is being held with bail set at $3.5 million. He remained in a Las Vegas detention center. Authorities said beer bottles were found inside the vehicle of Jean Soriano, 18, who Sunday was charged with several counts including DUI. The accident occurred on Interstate 15 in southeastern Nevada early Saturday morning when Soriano's Dodge Durango crashed into the back of a Chevy Astro van. There were seven people in the van, which spun around and overturned.
April 1, 2013 | By Paige St. John
When California corrections officials found what they described as alarming defects in half of the GPS monitors worn by sex offenders and other parolees statewide, they moved immediately to break the contract with the company that supplied them.  A Sacramento judge said their concerns justified refusing to give the company more work, but he also ruled the state should not have given its existing work to a firm without competitive bidding....
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