DNA Clears Accused Golden State Killer Of 1975 Murder

TULARE (AP) — The man accused of being California’s Golden State Killer has been cleared of involvement in the 1975 murder of a 14-year-old girl in the Central Valley, prosecutors said Tuesday. DNA testing excluded Joseph DeAngelo as a suspect in the murder of Donna Jo Richmond and — along with other evidence — indicates that another man was rightfully convicted of the slaying, according to a conviction review. The girl vanished on Dec. 26, 1975 while bicycling from a friend’s house to her home near Exeter. Her body was later found in an orange grove. She had been strangled, beaten and stabbed 17 times. A convicted sex offender, Oscar Clifton, was convicted of kidnapping, attempted rape and murder. He was sentenced to life in prison and died there in 2013. DeAngelo has been charged with 26 counts of murder and kidnapping. Prosecutors believe that he killed 13 people and raped dozens of others in six California counties in the 1970s and 1980s. The rape cases happened too long ago to be prosecuted, so prosecutors brought 13 related kidnapping counts. He is on trial in Sacramento County but hasn’t entered a plea.
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Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected “Golden State Killer”, appears in court for his arraignment on April 27, 2018 in Sacramento. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Among other killings, DeAngelo is charged with the murder of a college professor who was shot in 1975 at his Visalia home by an intruder who tried to kidnap his teenage daughter. Visalia is only about a dozen miles from Exeter. DeAngelo also had been a police officer in Exeter in the 1970s. His arrest last year prompted prosecutors to review the Clinton conviction. “I am again confident, just as this office was the previous times we reviewed the case, that the countless hours of report analysis, evidence evaluation, court transcripts, and DNA evaluation solidifies that Oscar Clifton tragically and violently ended the life of Donna Jo Richmond in an orange grove the day after Christmas in 1975,” District Attorney Tim Ward said in a statement. The conviction review said a partial DNA profile, developed from semen on the teenager’s body, was consistent with Clifton’s profile but not that of DeAngelo. The review also noted that Clinton’s invoice book was found near the girl’s abandoned bicycle and that items of the girl’s clothing were found along the road leading to his home and on a side road. The review also mentioned trial testimony that shortly before the killing, Clinton had made crude sexual remarks to another 14-year-old girl and had exposed himself to a woman. He was convicted of child molestation and indecent exposure for those crimes.   © Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Medical Experts: Odds Are You Will Get The Flu If You Haven’t Yet

DENVER (CBS4) – By now, you or someone you know has likely come down with a case of the flu. Sadly, the virus has already landed hundreds of Coloradans in the hospital.

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“Almost 600 cases in Colorado this year, so we know it’s serious, and it’s still very important for people to be getting their flu shots,” Anne Hart, a nurse and Wellness Supervisor at the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, said.

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Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but can last well into the spring. It’s a big reason why health officials and nurses like Hart say it is not too late to get the flu shot.

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“If somebody hasn’t already contracted the flu, they still can and might,” she told CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann. “The odds are, in fact, that they will.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared Colorado among the highest at risk for the virus this flu season. A bit of good news, however, Hart says the flu shot this year is highly effective.

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“The flu that is happening in Colorado right now is H1N1 and H2N3, and we do vaccinate against both of those,” Hart explained. “So it’s not a question of will your shot cover the viruses at hand. Yes, it will.”

For those concerned the shot will make them sick, Hart said the vaccine cannot give someone the flu.

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“The fact is the flu shot is a dead virus,” she said. “There’s no way you’re going to get the flu from the flu shot.”

Getting the shot isn’t just about protecting yourself from the flu, Hart explained. She said avoiding it puts others at risk of a potentially deadly illness.

“You may also be exposing a child, an older person or somebody who is immune compromised,” Hart said. “[The flu] can be life or death for them.”

Find a flu vaccine provider near you: www.vaccinefinder.org.

LINK: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

DNA Clears Accused East Area Rapist Of 1975 Murder

TULARE, Calif. (AP) – Authorities have cleared a man accused of being California’s Golden State Killer (East Area Rapist) of involvement in the 1975 murder of a 14-year-old girl in the Central Valley.

The Tulare County district attorney’s office on Tuesday released a review that said DNA testing concluded that Joseph DeAngelo didn’t kill Donna Jo Richmond.

The girl vanished while biking to her home near Exeter. Her body was later found in an orange orchard. She had been strangled and stabbed.

RELATED: East Area Rapist Suspect Appears In Court Looking Gaunt, Will Keep Public Defender

A convicted sex offender, Oscar Clifton, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2013.

However, Clifton and his supporters maintained his innocence.

DeAngelo is charged with killing 13 people around the state in the 1970s and 1980s. His arrest last year prompted prosecutors to review the Clinton conviction.

 

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Warriors Blow Out Knicks 122-95 Behind Thompson’s 43 Pts

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — Klay Thompson’s hot night–42 points with 7 threes–helped propel the Warriors to a blowout win over the New York Knicks at home on Tuesday evening. The game ended 122-95.

Steph Curry chimed in with a season-best 14 assists on the way to his first double-double of the season.

Kevin Durant added 24 points, six rebounds and six assists while Draymond Green had 11 rebounds and 10 of his team’s 36 assists as the Warriors pulled away late in the first half to get back on a winning track at Oracle Arena.

Thompson hit 5 of his first 7 shots and had 12 points by the end of the first, finishing 18 of 29 from the floor — 7 for 16 from long range — and notching his second game with at least 40 points after going off for 52 at Chicago on Oct. 29.

The Warriors ended the first half on a 13-0 run over the final 2:47 of the first half to turn a 49-48 deficit into a 61-49 lead at the break.

The skid at home matched the longest at Oracle Arena during Steve Kerr’s five seasons as coach.

“I think all great teams have a really good record at home, just kind of the way it is, so we need to re-establish ourselves this week at Oracle,” Kerr said.

Golden State won its 10th straight against New York and fifth in a row at home, and this marked the Knicks’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the two-time defending champion Warriors move across the bay to new arena Chase Center starting next season.

Curry began 3 for 10 and finished just 5 of 19, 3 for 12 from deep, while Durant started 3 of 9 and missed his initial five 3-point tries.

Curry hit 10 3-pointers on the way to 42 points in Saturday’s 127-123 win at Sacramento, moving him into fourth place on the all-time 3-point list. He had three more Tuesday to reach 2,280, two shy of matching Jason Terry (2,282) for third all-time.

COUSINS’ PROGRESS

All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins’ progress working back from left Achilles tendon surgery has been encouraging in recent scrimmages enough so that Kerr expects him back soon — and it’s looking like sometime this month.

“All I can tell you is it’s closer now, because the last week his scrimmaging looks a lot better,” Kerr said. “We have a decent idea how we’d like to use DeMarcus and in what rotations. … It might not be as simple as ‘This looks good on paper.’”

Thompson had his 12th career 40-point game. Durant’s two blocks gave him 900 for his career. He also scored 20 or more points in his 14th straight game.

Golden State won 128-100 at New York on Oct. 26 and swept the two regular-season games with the Knicks for a fifth straight season. During that span starting in 2014-15, Golden State also is unbeaten against two other Eastern Conference opponents: Orlando (9-0) and Philadelphia (8-0).

© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Marin County Parks Takes On Bear Valley Restroom Duties During Federal Shutdown

POINT REYES (KPIX) — Even with the partial shutdown, there are many, many people still coming out to the Point Reyes National Seashore, where they are, of course, finding the restrooms locked. Now, Marin County says, they can fix that.

In what may be a first of its kind in the state, the Marin County Park System has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park System, Point Reyes. They will assume janitorial duties for the Bear Valley restrooms.

That means, partial shutdown or not, the restrooms will soon reopen.

“Near Bear Valley, we have a lot of parks that are adjacent to that facility. We’re already maintaining a lot of restrooms in the area,” says Director of Marin County Parks, Max Korten.

It will take a day or two for the two agencies to get organized but visitors, especially those with small children, are delighted.

Sierra Swenson is at the Park with a two year old.

“That’s really cool!” said Swenson. “Yeah, we’ll be able to use the bathroom ‘cause he just got potty-trained so we need the bathroom.”

Beverly Durham agrees.

“That’s wonderful… My people out here taking care of it… Marin County people!” she said.

Chief Marin County Parks Ranger Jason Olivotti will directly supervise the crews. For him, it’s personal.

“I grew up out here, spent a lot of time out here,” said Olivotti.

Max Korten says it’s a duty.

“If we can help protect natural resources in the community in the short term, then it’s part of our role to do so,” he said.

Marin County officials said the don’t expect any additional cost. The agreement covers the next 14 days.

Colorado DMV: Glitch Means Some Drivers Will Get Money Back

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles says upwards of 100,000 people have been overcharged for registration renewals.

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“So the people affected are those whose registrations expired at the end of December 2018, and those who have vehicle in model years 2014 through 2018 and 2010,” said Sarah Werner, Communications Specialist for the Division of Motor Vehicles.

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Werner says depending on the make and model of vehicles, the amount the DMV owes individuals varies.

“Anywhere from about $50 to $120 is probably the average, but again there are outliers on either side of that,” said Werner.

The error, caused by a computer glitch, was initially noticed by a county employee.

“Because the vehicles expired in December of 2018, their registration year doesn’t start until 2019, so essentially the system just sort of forgot to increase the model year by one year.”

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Werner says the DMV is still trying to determine the scope of the problem, but has found a solution which it is currently testing.

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“We are absolutely committed to making it right for these people, we just haven’t determined the way in which that is going to occur yet. So if you were overcharged you do not need to take any action at this time, we will contact you letting you know what the next steps will be.”

Werner says those impacted will eventually be notified, likely via a letter.