• LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Protesters are expected in downtown Los Angeles after a white former San Francisco Bay area transit officer convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man was released from jail early Monday after serving less than a year of a two-year sentence.

    Johannes Mehserle, 29, was released at 12:01 a.m.from the Los Angeles County's Twin Towers jail, according to L.A. County sheriff's officials.

    Mehserle, 29, was convicted on July 8, 2010 of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Oscar Grant, 22, on a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station platform in Oakland on New Year's Day 2009.

    He was sentenced in November to two years in prison after being convicted in a downtown L.A. courtroom. The trial was moved to the Southland from the bay area after much pre-trial publicity. The case sparked racial tensions in San Francisco.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled Friday that with time-served and good-conduct credits, Mehserle must be

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  • PLACERVILLE, Calif. (CBS13) — An envelope lost in the mail for nearly three decades was finally returned to its sender's family, giving them an unexpected treasure trove of family mementos.

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    John Mead said he's still amazed by the discovery of pictures of his family's past that were in an envelope that's been on quite a journey.

    "I was really shocked, because it's been a long time coming back," John said.

    John's mother sent the pictures and letter from her former house in Davis on August 13, 1983, according to the postmark.

    Just a few weeks ago, the envelope was given back to the Mead family with a 20-cent postage stamp and all.

    The letter was addressed to his mother's cousins in Washington State, and turned out to be a basic correspondence, but the real prize were the pictures that he's never seen. John's mother died shortly after the letter was sent off.

    The story of how the letter found it's way to the Mead household in Placerville is another strange

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  • SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — A body found at a San Mateo storage facility Tuesday afternoon is believed to be that of a middle-aged man who was stabbed to death, a San Mateo police spokesman said.

    Police Sgt. Dave Norris said the body was found at 1:30 p.m. on the property of All American Self Storage at 2000 E. Third Ave., at Detroit Drive.

    Police have released few details about the crime, but said it was not random and appears to be an isolated incident.

    Norris said more information may be released Tuesday evening.

    Investigators believe the victim was killed in a stabbing and are "treating it as a recent crime," Norris said.

    Both entrances to All American Self Storage were blocked off by yellow police tape Tuesday afternoon as police investigated the stabbing.

    The area around Detroit Drive and East Third Avenue was been shut down and police were advising residents to stay away from the area.


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