NEWMAN (CBS13) — Detectives in Stanislaus county looking are looking for clues, a motive and a suspect after 2 women were found shot to death in a remote area near Interstate 5, west of Newman. It was just before 11 PM Friday night when a call came in of a “drive-by” shooting. Stanislaus County deputies and Newman police officers raced to the scene, a remote area near I-5 and found two women inside a vehicle, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The women were unresponsive, CPR was unsuccessful and both were declared dead at the scene. Detectives are giving few details about the killings, refusing to confirm the identities or ages of the 2 female victims, or even that they died as a result of drive-by shooting. “We found two victims but what actually transpired is something our detectives will be working on over the next few days, to figure out exactly what led up to how they were shot and hopefully we have some witnesses out there as it’s a remote area of the county” Stanislaus County Sheriff’s spokesman Sergeant Anthony Bejaran said detectives are considering a number of scenarios including a possible road rage incident taken to the extreme, or that the women knew their killers and might have been lured to their death. A woman who lives a few hundred yards from the crime scene told CBS13, the area has been a late night hangout for El Norte gang members, and recently has been the scene of loud auto racing and other activity, which these tire skid marks seem to also suggest. Detectives hope to release more information on the victims sometime Monday and at this time say they have no suspects. This is the second double homicide in Stanislaus County this month. On October 12th 2 men were found shot to death, their bodies found behind a home near Oakdale…authorities say the double killings occurred at opposite ends of the county and at this point, they do not believe they are connected.
I am writing this while flying thousands of feet above the ground. As I look out the window to my left I see what appears to be a blanket of puffy clouds covering as far as I can see. Under the clouds there is nothing but flat lands in the center of the United States. The sun is still shining as we fly west back to Sacramento and it feels like we are chasing the sunshine all the way home. We will get two hours of time back as we fly westward but nobody on this plane seems to care about that. I am with the Sacramento State football team that just won at North Dakota 34-27. This may not seem like a big deal to most but it is to this crew. It has been over two years since this team has won a road game, 2014 at UC Davis to be exact. That was a bus trip across the Causeway and still a road win but this flight home is sweet. Road wins are special. We have a little over 100 people on our charter flight and to enjoy it with them is priceless. Players, coaches, staff, trainers, administrators, parents, etc., all in all this is one happy group of Hornets. This team won with their 4th string quarterback. They stayed poised, under control and did it together. Offensively a run heavy game plan turned into timely big play passes for 34 points. The defense created turnovers and got the game clinching stop. Special teams contributed too with field goals, great coverages and a blocked field goal. They did it together and now they enjoy it together. This team is now 4-3 and 3-1 in the Big Sky. This marks only the third time ever in the Big Sky that the Hornets have started 3-1. Head Coach Jody Sears, who was celebrating his birthday, has preached team play and he and the coaching staff got just that. The team could have used excuses but they didn’t. They just played and played well. Toughness, togetherness, and a team victory resulted. Together we now head home as a group. As I look around the plane, the coaches are already watching game film. The players are either sleeping, talking, or listening to music on their headphones. Meanwhile I am enjoying the beauty of the view out the window and thinking about the impressive win. I am anxious to see where this team will go as they continue to chase the sunshine. Happy Birthday coach and Go Hornets. Stingers Up.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brandon Wimbush passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, Josh Adams added three touchdown runs and No. 13 Notre Dame took advantage of three turnovers by No. 11 Southern California to win 49-14 on Saturday night. The Fighting Irish (6-1) turned all three USC turnovers into touchdowns, giving them their first victory against USC (6-2) when the Trojans were ranked since a 38-10 victory in 1995. The turnovers came on a fumble and interception by Sam Darnold and a dropped punt by Jack Jones as Notre Dame posted a surprisingly easy victory in this long and storied series that dates to 1926, opening up a 28-0 lead at the half. “The turnovers were key for us in the first half and being opportunistic, which really we’ve been all year offensively,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. Adams had an 84-yard touchdown run and finished with 191 yards on 19 carries. Wimbush ran for 106 yards on 14 carries as the Irish amassed 377 yards on the ground. It was the fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season for Adams, quickest to 2,000 rushing yards in Notre Dame history at 316 carries. It took George Gipp 323 carries to set the mark. It was the third 100-yard rushing game for Wimbush, who was coming back from missing a game with an injured right foot. Wimbush still wasn’t sharp passing, completing 9 of 19 passes for 120 yards. But he came up with key passes when needed. Linebacker Te’Von Coney, starting because Greer Martini injured his knee during the bye week, got the Irish going on a strip sack of Darnold on USC’s first play from scrimmage after Darnold bobbled the snap. Wimbush threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Equanimeous St. Brown three plays later. Darnold completed 20 of 29 passes, but could not overcome the turnovers or USC being held to 76 yards rushing, including minus-4 in the first half. He threw two touchdown passes, the first cutting Notre Dame’s lead to 28-7. “I thought Notre Dame was really well prepared. I thought they played an excellent game. We helped them by mistakes,” USC coach Clay Helton said. Kelly said beating a rival and recapturing the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy were big, but said he expects the Irish to keep playing at this level. “We want to be unique. Unique means this is not the crown jewel for us. We want more. This was a great victory, we’re excited about the win, beating a very good USC team, but our guys want to be unique. So there’s more out there for them.” THE TAKEAWAY USC: The Trojans continue to shoot themselves in the foot with turnovers, with 19 on the season. Darnold is responsible for all but three. USC can still win the Pac-12 title, but a playoff berth appears nearly impossible. “Got a sad football team in there right now. We’ll live and learn from this,” Helton said. Notre Dame: The Irish, just a season removed from an embarrassing 4-8 season, showed they deserve to be back in the national discussion and kept alive their hopes of ending a 29-year title drought. POLL IMPLICATIONS USC: A second straight loss will drop the Trojans, the question is whether the blowout loss will drop them all the way out. Notre Dame: The Irish, whose only loss was by a point to No. 3 Georgia, have a chance to move into the top 10. IRISH DEFENSE The Irish have held their opponent to 20 points or less in every game this season as USC running back Ronald Jones II’s streak of 13 straight games with a touchdown came to an end. UP NEXT USC: The Trojans play at Arizona State. Notre Dame: The Irish face another ranked opponent in No. 16 North Carolina State.
CRESTLINE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a body that was discovered buried in a Southern California cave after someone saw a hand sticking out of the ground. San Bernardino County coroner’s investigators say she’s 32-year-old Jessica Widner of Lake Arrowhead. The woman’s body was discovered Thursday night in a cave in Crestline, a community in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. A woman contacted authorities to save she had seen a human hand sticking out of the ground near a glass bottle dump. Sheriff’s deputies found a small cave dug into a hillside and the body was inside the cave. Authorities say it appears part of the cave may have collapsed and buried the woman. Her body was recovered Friday.
WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a phony bomb left outside a Los Angeles-area Planned Parenthood office shut down the center for about three hours before the hoax was discovered. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were alerted to a suspicious package in front of the building in Whittier Saturday morning. It appeared to be a length of pipe with wires sticking out. Deputies evacuated the Planned Parenthood and nearby buildings and streets. Explosives experts used a robotic device to blow up the device. It was determined to be a fake that didn’t contain any explosives. It’s unclear who may have left the device and no arrests have been made.
NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly when it renewed the popular personality’s contract in February. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed O’Reilly’s contract after he reached a $32 million settlement with the analyst. In a statement, 21st Century Fox defended its decision because it said O’Reilly had settled the matter personally. It also said O’Reilly and the woman had agreed the financial terms would be kept confidential. The company says O’Reilly’s new contract had added protections that allowed Fox to dismiss him if other allegations surfaced. O’Reilly was ousted months later when it was revealed Fox had paid five women a total of $13 million to keep quiet about harassment allegations. Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for O’Reilly, said in a statement Saturday that after 21st Century Fox fired founding CEO Roger Ailes in 2015 following harassment charges, dozens of women accused scores of male employees at Fox News Channel of harassment. The 77-year-old Ailes died in Palm Beach, Florida, last May. 21st Century Fox paid out close to $100 million dollars to settle all the cases, Fabiani said, adding that in O’Reilly’s 20 years working at the channel not one complaint was filed against him by a co-worker, even on an anonymous hotline. The news analyst’s allegations included repeated harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship and the sending of gay pornography and other sexually explicit material to the woman, according to people briefed on the matter who spoke to The New York Times. As part of the terms of their agreement, the woman signed an affidavit, dated Jan. 17 and obtained by the newspaper, stating that the two sides had resolved their dispute and that she had no claims against O’Reilly concerning any of the allegations in the draft complaint. All photos, text messages and other communications between the two would be destroyed, the newspaper reported. The settlement was by far the largest of a half dozen deals made by O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations against the host, according to the newspaper. It was reached in January. A month later, 21st Century Fox granted O’Reilly a four-year extension on a $25 million-a-year contract. In April, it fired him. Fabiani said the newspaper’s account was false and taken out of context. The New York Times said it stands by its reporting. “Mr Fabiani addresses everything but what the story actually says. This article, like our previous reporting on the subject, is accurate and deeply reported and we welcome any challenge to the facts,” the newspaper said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Saturday. Formerly the most-watched figure in cable news, O’Reilly has called his firing from the Fox News Channel a “political hit job” and that his network’s parent company made a business decision to get rid of him. O’Reilly also has said his conscience was clear in how he dealt with women. The company said it has taken numerous steps to change its workplace environment. “21st Century Fox has taken concerted action to transform Fox News, including installing new leaders, overhauling management and on-air talent, expanding training, and increasing the channels through which employees can report harassment or discrimination,” Fox said in a statement emailed to the AP. “These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job, while maintaining the company’s long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace.” O’Reilly hosts his “No Spin News” podcast on his website, http://www.billoreilly.com, contributes to Glenn Beck’s radio program on TheBlaze and continues to write books in his best-selling series of historical “Killing” books, including his newest release, “Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence.”
FOLSOM (AP/CBS13) — Guards have killed an inmate and critically wounded another at California State Prison Sacramento, also known as “New Folsom Prison.” The state corrections department says it happened Friday afternoon at the prison in the Sacramento area as guards tried to break up a fight in the recreation yard CSP Sacramento. Authorities say two inmates armed with stabbing weapons attacked a third man. Guards used pepper-spray grenades and other non-lethal weapons and fired a warning shot from a rifle. But officials say the attack continued and another inmate joined in. A guard then fired two more rifle shots, striking two inmates. Thirty-eight-year-old Jamie Mardis died. The other inmate is in critical condition. Two other inmates were treated for minor injuries. California Department Of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials say two inmate-manufactured weapons were found near the scene of the fight. Mardis was serving 11 years for robbery and another two years for carrying a deadly weapon in prison.
GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he sold heroin in the hospital maternity ward room where people were visiting his newborn daughter. Twenty-five-year-old Cody Hulse was arraigned Friday on charges including heroin delivery and endangering the welfare of children. The Tribune-Review reports he declined to comment afterward. Authorities say Hulse got busted after Greensburg police stopped a vehicle Thursday and found heroin and paraphernalia. The occupants told police they had just bought the drugs from Hulse at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. Police say they went to the maternity room and confronted Hulse, who acknowledged selling the drugs and who had heroin in his pocket. Police say Hulse’s girlfriend, the baby’s mother, told them she didn’t know about the drug deals. Online court records don’t list a defense attorney.