SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORM SURF
Southern California beach community sees flooding
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inby a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico's Pacific coast.
Police Sgt. John Scott says several homes and garages were flooded early Wednesday. Flooding is also reported to the north in Long Beach.
Seal Beach resident Blanca Dubonbrown tells City News Service she woke up late Tuesday to find her bedroom under 3 inches of water. Several of her neighbors in ground floor apartments also experienced flooding.
Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey says crews are trying to dig a channel to allow water that had breached a beach wall to drain back into the ocean.
The National Weather Service says beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves.
Woman arrested in year-ago hit-and-run crash
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a hit-and-run crash killed a 76-year-old grandmother and injured her grandson more than a year ago.
Sheriff's officials say 46-year-old Kelly Michelle Wolfe was taken into custody Tuesday at her Dana Point home.
She is suspected of driving a white Volkswagen van that struck Marthan Demchuk and her 13-year-old grandson as they walked in San Clemente on the Fourth of July in 2013.
Demchuk was pronounced dead at the scene. Her grandson suffered minor injuries.
Officials said a witness followed the van after the crash.
An arrest warrant was issued for Wolfe this week on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including second-degree murder, hit-and-run injury and driving under the influence.
The Orange County Register reports bail was set at $1 million.
FEDERAL AGENT SHOOTING
Man shot by federal agent during Victorville raid
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a man was shot by a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent during a raid in San Bernardino County.
The Victorville Daily Press reports the operation was one of at least three joint federal and state search warrant investigations in the High Desert on Tuesday.
Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Arnulfo Hernandez of Victorville was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot. He's expected to survive.
Details surrounding the shooting and the investigations were not released.
ATF spokeswoman Meredith Davis says all three operations involved sealed search warrants.
The newspaper reports Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were also at the scene of the Victorville shooting.
TEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT-PORN SENTENCE
California inmate sentenced for porn in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A 39-year-old man already sentenced in California and Nebraska for sexual abuse of teenage girls has been given federal time for child pornography.
Prosecutors say Todd Tackwell, formerly of Lincoln, on Tuesday was sentenced to 13 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. Federal investigators first contacted Tackwell in August 2008 when he lived in Hastings. He was indicted in 2010 after investigators found pornographic videos on his computer.
In November he was given 35 to 45 years in a Nebraska prison for child sexual assault. He'd had a sexual relationship with a girl that started when she was 14. In California Tackwell was convicted on April 2012 of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl. He's in San Quentin prison serving 25 years to life.
19 indicted in Long Island drug ring sweep
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say 19 people have been indicted in a cocaine sweep that led investigators from California to New York.
Los Angeles law enforcers and Homeland Security agents seized about 44 pounds of cocaine last year. Authorities say it was prepared for delivery to a home in Amityville, New York.
All 19 of the indictments announced Wednesday are against residents of Suffolk County, New York.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH'-tuh) says six of the suspects are charged with operating as a major drug trafficker.
Spota says the defendants "hid behind" legitimate jobs, including a taxi driver, house painter, insurance agent, landscaper and a day trader. Others owned a deli and a construction business.
Investigators also seized 19 handguns, 5 shotguns and 15 rifles, including an assault rifle.
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