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$50,000 reward offered in Stockton bank heist

Authorities in Northern California are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a fourth suspect in connection with a bank robbery that spun into a police chase and deadly shootout.

The FBI said Thursday it will be contributing $20,000 to a reward fund that also includes $20,000 from the Bank of the West and $10,000 from Stockton Crime Stoppers.

Officials say they want to find the driver who dropped off three armed robbers outside the bank last Wednesday before driving away in a black Buick.

The car was found two days later.

Two of the robbers and one hostage were killed during the shootout. The third robber who police said used the hostage as a human shield faces murder and attempted murder charges.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:03:11 -0700

Former professor accused of taping students in his apartment's bathroom

A man taught accounting at San Francisco State University from 2006 up until last Friday. Now former College of Business Associate Professor Mark Landis is facing 15 counts of misdemeanor invasion of privacy for allegedly taping former and current students in the bathroom of his San Francisco apartment.

The investigation began last November. Prosecutors said Landis would frequently host students at his home and that at one gathering, a male student discovered a surveillance camera in the bathroom, disguised as a tissue box.

"The camera was pointed in a way that when people were using the facilities, it would be pointed directly at their genitals," said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. "Very egregious contact, very disturbing because of the relationship. You have someone that obviously has the trust of the students."

Gascon said it took time to try to identify the 15 people seen in the footage. "Simply because the technology's available, readily available, doesn't mean that you get to use it in a way that you're invading other people's privacy," said Gascon. "We're charging him so far with 15 counts of invasion of privacy, but we believe that there may be other victims out there."

Landis was booked Wednesday and released on a $100,000 bond. KTVU was unable to reach him at his home or his attorney Thursday.

Landis' SF State webpage was taken down Thursday afternoon after KTVU contacted SFSU spokeswoman Ellen Griffen about the charges.

Griffen said Landis resigned last Friday and that counseling is available for students who believe they may have been victimized as well.

The allegations surprised and angered SF State students. "It's just intense that a teacher would violate all those students' privacy and to build up a sort of trust with their students is, like, a big deal," said Caitlyn Celi.

"He should be punished to the fullest extent of the law for violating students, because he's in a position of power," said SFSU student Samantha Sandoval."

A University of San Francisco spokeswoman said Landis taught as an adjunct for under two years up until the allegations surfaced late last year.

He is set to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on July 29th.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:06:51 -0700

Authorities investigate cases connected to man killed in officer involved shooting

Authorities believe Sunnyvale resident Glen Griggs killed his girlfriend sometime last year. But as authorities search for her body, they're also revisiting the deaths of three of his other girlfriends hoping to shed some light on the case.

Authorities say when they were forced to shoot Griggs during a standoff in June, their best hope of finding his most recent girlfriend, died with him.

"We don't have Molly's body. We do believe it's a homicide," said Captain Jeff Hunter of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

Molly Franquemont has been missing, presumed dead, since March of 2013. And according to court documents, she is the fourth of Grigg's girlfriends to die while dating him.

A warrant states, "Griggs has a repeated pattern of being present or associated with dead white females who have problems with alcohol."

In 2003, it was a woman named Evalene Jordan, who had alcohol in her system but appeared to have died from natural causes.

In 2005, Beverly Donaldson died of acute ethanol intoxication.

Then in 2006, Kelley Daniel's body was found at a garbage center, also with a high blood alcohol level.

And lastly the case of Molly Franquemont.

"Any reasonable person is going to look at four connected missing persons or deaths as suspicious and we do the same," said Captain Hunter.

Griggs told police Franquemont had gotten a job and moved to Lawndale, California. Although officers don't believe him, Grigg's friends do.

One friend, who asked not to be identified, said he believes Franquemont is alive. He believes Glen dated troubled women, but says he wouldn't have hurt them.

"Glen was a good person," he said, adding "He wouldn't hurt anybody."

Investigators say they haven't given up hope of finding Franquemont's body and getting closure for her family.

And they're asking for the public's help. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Sunnyvale Dept. of Public Safety.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:51:39 -0700

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