SACRAMENTO

Gun lawmaker had at airport not registered

A police report says the handgun that California assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly attempted to take through airport security two years ago was not registered to him.

The Los Angeles Times cited the report that says Donnelly told officers who questioned him that he had bought the gun five years before and never registered it in his name.

The Republican from Twin Peaks pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges after security screeners found the loaded Colt .45 in his carry-on bag at Ontario International Airport. He was fined $2,125 and placed on three years' probation.

He was never charged with failing to purchase the gun through a licensed dealer, a requirement for most firearm purchases in California.

Donnelly did not return calls seeking comment.

FRESNO

Crash victims' funeral service draws hundreds

Funeral services for a mother and her four young children killed in a fiery crash in Central California drew hundreds of family, friends and even strangers to a Central California church.

The California Highway Patrol said 29-year-old Esmeralda Tafoya-Saucedo and her four children were killed on Feb. 15 in Fresno County when another driver ran a stop sign and hit their SUV. Tafoya-Saucedo's husband, Joe Saucedo, was following the family in another vehicle, but was unable to pull them out of the burning SUV.


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The Fresno Bee reported that Saucedo left Tuesday's service at a church in Riverdale in tears accompanied by his mother and mother-in-law.

The other driver, 41-year-old Juana Bejarano, was hospitalized after the crash. The CHP has not announced an arrest.

OCEANO

Divers locate small plane wreck off coast

Wreckage believed to be from a small airplane that crashed off the Central California coast has been found.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department said that on Sunday a dive team located a debris field including a wing and fuselage.

No human remains were found.

Authorities have said they believe the pilot was 63-year-old David Brian Casey of Friday Harbor, Wash., and he was accompanied by a passenger, 52-year-old Alan George Gaynor of Los Angeles.

The aircraft was reported down off Oceano on Jan. 14.

The Sheriff's Department said it was finally located after all information was gathered from witnesses, radar, sonar and depth finders.

Recovery of the wreckage will be coordinated with the National Transportation Safety Board.

LONG BEACH

Man sought in assault of impaired woman

Long Beach police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a suspect who kidnapped a 53-year-old mentally impaired woman from a parking lot and sexually assaulted her.

The Los Angeles Times reported investigators have released surveillance video from a Greyhound bus station where the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 14.

The recording shows a man in dark pants and a light-colored hooded sweater guiding the woman to his car. Authorities said the woman was dropped off nearby about 45 minutes later. She reported the assault to police.

The suspect was described as a 30-year-old black male or Latino, 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 11, and about 200 pounds.

Police described the vehicle as a dark-colored, mid-sized four-door sedan, possibly a mid-to-late 1990s Nissan Maxima.

-- Associated Press

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