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Sleeping with Corpse; Teen Party Trashes Home; Girl Rescued After Target Worker's Tip

Top Northern California Patch stories Wednesday also included officials saying local beach radiation is not from Japan and a man arrested in a bank robbery attempt with an illegible note.

John Clauer, 63, of Santa Cruz, shown with his attorneys Zach Schwarzbach and Mandy Tovar, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. The prosecutor said Clauer slept with the woman's corpse for more than two weeks.
John Clauer, 63, of Santa Cruz, shown with his attorneys Zach Schwarzbach and Mandy Tovar, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend. The prosecutor said Clauer slept with the woman's corpse for more than two weeks.
By Genevieve Bookwalter

Welcome to the first version of daily roundup of top Patch stories in the Bay Area on Wednesday.

The article raising eyebrows around the greater Bay Area comes from Santa Cruz, where a 63-year old man is on trial for allegedly 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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