California man dies during charity bike run
A 51-year-old man has died while taking part in a charity bicycle ride in the Reno area.
Storey County sheriff’s deputies say Ricardo Ramirez of Tahoe City, Calif., went down Saturday during the portion of the 2008 ALS Sierra Challenge in their county southeast of Reno.
They say the cause of death is unknown and an autopsy will be performed to pinpoint it.
The Sierra challenge raises money to support research on Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
The event takes bicyclists mostly around Reno but one stretch takes riders up Geiger Grade into Storey County.
Deputies say a fellow rider who’s a doctor tried to revive Ramirez, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Los Angeles mayor fills millionth city pothole
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins the Million Pothole Club today when he takes shovel to asphalt on a San Fernando Valley street.
Villaraigosa’s office says the mayor will help repair a pothole in Toluca Lake, in the city’s San Fernando Valley, during a news conference this morning.
According to the city, it will be the one-millionth pothole repaired in Los Angeles over the past three years.
The Department of Street Services says it costs $5 to $21 to plug a pothole with asphalt.
In March, a group funded by the construction industry said Los Angeles has the bumpiest roads in the state.
Masked men steal medical marijuana
Placer County, Calif., sheriff’s investigators are searching for six men they say posed as federal agents and invaded a Loomis home to steal medical marijuana.
According to the sheriff’s department, the men entered the unlocked home Saturday night and ordered the occupants to lie on the floor.
The department said in a release that at least one of the men had a gun.
Authorities said the robbers bound the occupants with duct tape and stole between 10 and 20 pounds of marijuana before fleeing in a vehicle.
Investigators had no leads on the identities of the men, who were wearing bandannas as masks during the robbery.
Search ended for missing fishermen
The Coast Guard has stopped searching for two remaining crew members missing after the sinking of a fishing boat off Alaska.
The Coast Guard said Sunday it was suspending the search after combing nearly 5,000 square miles of ocean around the Aleutian Islands.
Thirty-year-old Carlos Zabala and 49-year-old Robert Davis were among 11 crew members aboard the fishing boat as it sank early Tuesday.
Four survivors were rescued from a life raft. Five were found dead in the water.