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LOS ANGELES — Members of a Bay Area theft ring believed to have stolen merchandise worth millions of dollars from retailers have pleaded guilty in the case and its leader is expected to be sentenced to several years in prison, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Friday. The admissions by Danny Louis Drago, the purported head of the ring, and four others came two years after ...

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Dec. 4—San Luis Obispo County's deputy clerk-recorder is leaving for a new position in Contra Costa County — reuniting with her old boss a few months after supervisors picked another candidate to fill the office's top job. Helen Nolan celebrated her last day on Friday after a year and a half of service in the county office that's responsible for elections processing and maintaining public ...

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Dec. 4—A 47-year-old Merced man was recently arrested in connection with a double homicide that occurred in Merced in December 2020, according to police. Jeffrey Lee Crawford, 37, of Winton and Armando Partida-Sanchez, 32, of Livingston were shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire on Dec. 2, 2020, in the 1100 block of East Santa Fe Avenue. On Nov. 2, 2021, Manuel Martinez was identified ...

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Dec. 4—Hundreds of people lined the streets in downtown for the Annual Los Banos Christmas Parade on Friday night. There were people wearing Christmas tree lights wrapped around their necks, others wearing Santa hats as everyone bundled up and watched as the parade proceeded along the route. "It's fantastic coming out of that COVID lockdown," said Los Banos Mayor Tom Faria. "We're finally ...

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Dec. 4—It's hard to get a summer campsite in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park hopes to at least make the reservation process a little less intense for many by trying something new. The popular park in California announced on Friday that it will start a new reservation system, where winners of a lottery get first dibs at making summer 2022 campsite reservations at North Pines Campground. ...

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A man and woman were killed and another man was injured in a shooting in an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles late Friday night, police said. Deputies responded to Firestone Boulevard and Graham Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. for a report of a man who had been shot, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. They found a man and woman lying in the street and on ...

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As fears of another global surge of COVID-19 cases send jitters through global markets, spur a new round of travel bans and cause Americans to rethink their holiday plans, scientists studying the omicron variant are getting the first hints of what’s in store for the months to come. The new variant’s mutations suggest that it is likely to evade the protections of vaccines to at least some ...

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Dec. 4—Gary Goodman had no intention of buying a bookstore. He was 31 years old, living in St. Paul with his wife, Mary Pat, and two kids, making a minimal living working the night shift caring for mentally ill and violent adolescents who were planning to kill him by hitting him over the head with a sock filed with metal belt buckles. So when Goodman walked into a "dismal hole" of a bookstore ...

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Dec. 4—At least five people in Northern California have contracted the omicron variant of the coronavirus, and the outbreak is linked to a wedding in Wisconsin last month, public health officials said Friday. The outbreak stemming from the Nov. 27 wedding in Milwaukee County was announced just two days after the first U.S. case of the omicron variant was identified in California. No cases of ...

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Dec. 4—The lawsuit by a former announcer filed against a radio station that carries Sacramento Kings games got a new wrinkle this week. Grant Napear and his lawyers said in new court filings that Bonneville International, owners of KHTK-AM 1140, now claim they fired Napear last year because the NBA team it carried wanted to cut ties with the veteran sports announcer and broadcaster. ...