Tuesday, June 3, 2008



* SAN DIEGO - With all the votes not counted yet, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (pictured) garnered 52 percent of the vote in his race against businessman Steve Francis for mayor. If Sanders holds onto his current lead, he will avoid a November runoff election against Francis. Francis, who spent more than $4 million campaigning, is trying to oust Sanders from office, in an election that has gotten ugly at times.

* SAN FRANCISCO - According to the San Francisco Medical Examiner, a teen killed last December by an escaped tiger at the San Francisco Zoo had both marijuana and alcohol in his system at the time of his death. A just released toxicology report says Carlos Sousa Jr. had both drugs in his body when killed. Two of Sousa's friends were injured by the tiger, who was killed by police. The zoo has come under fire because it was discovered that the enclosure surrounding the tiger was lower than what industry standards recommend.

* RANCHO CUCAMONGA - A Rancho Cucamonga transient is behind bars, accused of torturing cats. Officials allege that Timothy Kooyman, 24, abused two cats who were found with broken bones and had their tails removed. He is also linked to an arson in which a cat had been covered with gasoline and set on fire. He is charged with six counts of felony animal cruelty and one count of recklessly causing a fire. He was reportedly on probation from abusing cats previously at the time of his arrest.

VENTURA COUNTY - Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten announced that Alexandra Eisele (DOB 10/28/65) of Port Hueneme was found guilty of five felony counts of workers' compensation fraud following a two-week jury trial. On Dec. 8, 2003, Eisele filed a workers' comp claim alleging a work injury from typing and cradling her phone between her head and neck. Eisele's primary treating physician kept her off work based on her complaints that she was in so much pain that she could not work. She then began receiving workers' comp benefits in the form of tax free bi-weekly checks for $820. While Eisele was receiving benefits, her workers' comp insurance carrier learned she had reportedly opened a clothing boutique store and was working. Video surveillance reportedly showed her working at her boutique store for up to seven hours a day.


* The Los Angeles Lakers enter as slight underdogs (+2.5) in Thursday night's opening game of the NBA Finals at Boston. The rivals have not met in the finals in 21 years.

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