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Man Sleeps with Girlfriend’s Corpse; Beach Radiation is Not From Japan; Target Worker Saves Kidnapped Kid

Plus, partying teens trash family house and more.

Accused murderer John Clauer with attorneys Zach Schwarzbach and Mandy Tovar
Accused murderer John Clauer with attorneys Zach Schwarzbach and Mandy Tovar

Welcome to the first version of Northern California’s daily roundup!

The story raising eyebrows today around the greater Bay Area comes from Santa Cruz, where a 63-year-old man is on trial for murdering his 30-year-old girlfriend and sleeping next to her corpse for two weeks.

From Santa Cruz Patch:

“John Clauer not only brutally murdered his 30-year-old alcoholic girlfriend in the bed they shared near the Beach Boardwalk, but he slept with her decomposing dead body in the studio apartment for two and a half weeks, a prosecutor said Tuesday.”

“In his opening statement, prosecutor Jeff Rosell said Clauer, 63, told police that the bad smell coming from his apartment was rotting garbage, but it was actually the body of Heather Stearns, who had been killed in the bed and was still there.”

Elsewhere around the Bay, headlines include partying teens, suspect radiation and the death of a beloved high school basketball scorekeeper. Read on.


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