Los Angeles, California - The FBI and law enforcement partners continue to seek the public’s assistance in learning the identity of a suspect who robbed a Beverly Hills bank on November 28, now nicknamed the “Patient” Bandit,” based on the surgical-type mask he wears around his mouth and nose. An unidentified male who matches the description of the suspect in the November 28 robbery was seen in bank surveillance photographs taken on December 5 at a Citibank located at 3rd and Fairfax. Witnesses described the man’s activity on December 5 as suspicious while he stood in the customer service line at the bank.

Sacramento, California - The California Energy Commission approved its first $10 million to fund Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) research and development (R&D) projects during its monthly business meeting today. The Commission also approved grants for the operation of a hydrogen fueling station, biofuel production, geothermal exploration and rooftop solar for schools.

Sequoia National Park, California - The National Park Service is initiating public scoping on a proposal to evaluate a full range of ecological restoration options to address a large erosion gully in Cahoon Meadow, located within the John Krebs Wilderness of Sequoia National Park. The purpose of this project is to protect and restore wetlands in Cahoon Meadow.

Sacramento, California - CDFA Secretary Karen Ross signed a cooperative agreement today with officials from the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) in Mexico City. This agreement is a follow-up to the Governor’s Trade Mission that occurred earlier this year.

Burbank, California - eSolar®, a leading developer of modular, scalable concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, has been contracted by Aalborg CSP A/S (Aalborg, Denmark) to provide a solar collector system (SCS) product in support of a recently announced commercial expansion of Sundrop Farms’ greenhouse facility in Port Augusta, South Australia. Construction of the expansion facility begins this month and is due for completion in 2016.

Los Angeles, California - A Los Angeles-area physician whose referrals led to more than $1.7 million in fraudulent Medicare billings was sentenced this afternoon to 24 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare related to medically unnecessary power wheelchairs and other durable medical equipment.