MONTE SERENO — A judge has ruled that the young daughters of a one-time prostitute have a valid claim to a slain Northern California millionaire's estate.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Thomas Cain ruled on Tuesday that there is clear evidence that the 9 and 7-year-old girls are Ravi Kumra's daughters. He awarded them each $1,800 a month.

Kumra was killed at his Monte Sereno mansion on Nov. 30 when authorities say gang members with ties to prostitutes Kumra knew broke in, bound and gagged him and made off with cash, jewelry and rare coins. Five people have been charged in the case.

The 66-year-old Kumra's wife, Harinder, was beaten in the attack.

According to the San Jose Mercury News (, the Kumra family contended that the girls, if anything, were the result of a "sperm donor" arrangement.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,

Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees

Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.

The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.

There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.