<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:35:19 -0700 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:35:19 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Sits in Redwood City Oak Tree]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:21:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/RWC+TREE+SITTER+RAW+ROJAS+1515+PDT+-+23411625.jpg

Save the tree or… else! That’s what one woman on the Peninsula told crews who arrived to cut down an old oak Friday morning.

For the last century, the tree has been growing on the corner of Goodwin and Alameda de Las Pulgas in Redwood City, which is named for the soaring trees that line neighborhood streets. The city says this particular tree is diseased and needs to come down, but Gwen Minor is determined to save the oak – and others.

“I cried when I heard this tree was coming down,” Minor said.

Neighbors told NBC Bay Area the tree is a landmark that lets them know they’re home.

“It’s beauty, longevity – and an understanding that we’re flashes in the pan and things keep going after us,” Minor said.

But the 100-plus-year-old valley oak is sick, according to city arborists, diseased with a root fungus. “It’s not like we are going to lose a forest,” assistant city manager Bill Ekern said. “We just need this tree taken down for safety.”

Ekern said crews were supposed to cut the oak down Friday morning, but stopped when they found a visitor in the branches.

How’d she get up there? Minor said she climbed a ladder.

Why’d she go up there? “These things need special care and they can’t speak for themselves,” she said.

Minor said she wants the city to discuss ways to protect aging trees before it’s too late. “We didn’t get enough time to really unite as a community to try to save this tree,” Minor said. “This tree to me is a symbol for what we need to be planting for future generations.”

So, before crews eventually return with saws, the neighborhood gets to say goodbye to the old oak tree. Neighbor Brooke Wagner even picked up a handful of acorns so her kids will be able to someday enjoy a big oak on the corner.

“It’s a great feeling,” Wagner said, standing in the shadow of the tree. “I love to see all the people coming around.”

Redwood City leaders said the tree is dangerous and will have to come down, but they promise to plant another tree in its place.

As for Minor, she planned to climb down from the tree sometime before sunset Friday.



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<![CDATA[Will GGB Suicide Barrier Reduce Bay Area Jumping Suicides?]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:41:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ggb-suicide.jpg

A suicide barrier will be built at the Golden Gate Bridge, after years of debate, and research shows that the barrier won't only reduce the number of suicides at the bridge, it will likely result in an overall drop in the number of jumping suicides throughout the Bay Area.

“We’ve learned two really important things about suicide prevention in the last 30 years," explained Keith Humphreys, a Stanford Professor of Psychiatry and mental health expert. "The first one is that some people have very particular ways that they wish to take their lives. It’s not that they want to end their lives in general, they want to end it at the Golden Gate Bridge. If that option is not available, they will not take their own life.”

Humphreys explained the other big finding from suicide prevention research is that the act of suicide is often “impulsive.” So, if the urge can't be satisfied at a particular site, the desire may go away.

Humphreys’ theory is supported by an analysis of all of the research done on suicide barriers around the world. A study by a University of Melbourne, Australia professor found that after barriers were installed, there was an 86 percent decrease in the number of suicides at the barrier site. And, overall, there was a net decrease in the number of jumping suicides in surrounding areas.

This is welcome news for supporters of the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier, the installation of which has been delayed by political debate for years. Barrier advocates argued that it was necessary because of the alarming number of people who were taking their lives by leaping off of the bridge, while opponents maintained a barrier would disrupt the historic nature and aesthetic aspects of the landmark.

This past summer, the Golden Gate Bridge officials finally approved the designs and funding to build a $76 million suicide barrier. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

SUICIDE PREVENTION: If you know someone who needs help, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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<![CDATA["All Clear" Given Following Bomb Threat at San Jose School]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:23:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/HIGH-SCHOOL-BOMB-THREAT-RAW-EDWIN-1500-PDT---17304423.jpg

Andrew Hill High School in East San Jose was evacuated and students were escorted to another school as police investigated a bomb threat made by a man seeking ransom, a school district administrator said Friday.

Investigators eventually determined the threat to be unfounded.

Police spoke on the phone to "a strange man" who told them he placed a bomb on the school campus and asked for a "ransom," East Side Union High School District superintendent Chris Funk said.

The approximately 2,000 students enrolled at Andrew Hill were being evacuated and escorted on foot a few blocks south to Sylvandale Middle School at 653 Sylvandale Ave., Funk said.

Police gave the "all clear" at about 4:30 p.m. But, before that happened, police also shut down the neighborhood around the high school, at 3200 Senter by East Capitol Expressway, as a precaution, Funk said.

The school district notified parents by phone that they could pick up up their children at Sylvandale, Funk said.

At about 1:28 p.m., a police dispatcher received a call that a bomb might be on the high school campus, according to police Officer Albert Morales.

Police had students, teachers and staff locked into the buildings and the bomb squad was called in to investigate, Morales said. 

No suspects have been identified and the investigation is continuing, police said.

Friday night’s football game pitting Andrew Hill vs. Leigh High School was postponed until a later date due to the threat.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Doctors Medical Center Could Be Bought By Casino]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:04:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_casino36.jpg

A San Pablo hospital is for sale, and the most likely buyer is the casino next door, according to reports.

The Contra Costa Timesreports that Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo is getting ready to close or at least cut down service significantly, and in so doing, it's putting its hospital property up for sale.

The Lytton Tribe's San Pablo Casino just rented the hospital's back parking lot for $4.6 million and is always looking to expand. And the casino is interested in banking on the hospital building, the newspaper reported.

The tribe might not host gambling if it does buy the property, according to the newspaper, which notes that it also owns office buildings.

The hospital stopped taking emergency room patients via ambulance visits in August and now there's no more than 30 patients being served at any one time, according to officials.

The county is being asked to help save the building as a hospital but there are no solutions yet.

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<![CDATA[Politicians Demand Probe Into CPUC]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:52:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/jerry-hill.jpg

There is no mincing words in the matter: California State Senator Jerry Hill is demanding the state’s top law enforcement official open a criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission.

Sen. Hill said Friday it’s time Attorney General Kamala Harris put the state regulatory agency under the same scrutiny as PG&E in the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion after emails released by the utility this week revealed questionable correspondence between its own employees and CPUC liaisons.

“The evidence is very clear this week that communication between PG&E executives and high-level executives, as well as commissioners of the PUC, show what we believe is criminal behavior,” Hill said.

On Friday morning, inside a room in the state building, Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane signed a letter asking for Harris to start an investigation into the CPUC.

“There’s $50 billion of ratepayer money annually that filters through the CPUC to the utilities in California,” Hill said. “There’s telecommunications, other gas and electrics. We’ve just seen what happened with PG&E. My feeling is this has probably happened with every utility. That’s what needs to be investigated.”

“We didn’t wait for someone else to take action,” PG&E spokesperson Keith Stephens said in a statement. “We took responsibility by self-reporting this violation, we held individuals accountable, and we took swift and immediate actions to ensure this conduct will never happen again.”

The call for action comes in the wake of PG&E firing three employees earlier this week for email conversations with CPUC officials that discussed assigning administrative law judges to rate-setting cases who would be more sympathetic to PG&E's case.

CPUC President Michael Peevey's chief of staff, Carol Brown, resigned for her part in the email exchanges, though CPUC Commissioner Mike Florio, who communicated with PG&E over judge assignment, remains in his post.

In July, the city of San Bruno obtained emails between the CPUC and PG&E through legal action in which CPUC officials advised PG&E on how to handle legal issues and potential fines stemming from the gas pipeline explosion.

"If this isn't collusion, I don't know what is," Mullin said. "The CPUC has been in dereliction of its most essential duty: to protect the public."

"The emails show a blatant disregard for the law by PUC commissioners and management," Hill said.

The PG&E pipeline explosion in San Bruno was in the worst utilities accident in California in decades. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation faulted what it said was negligence by PG&E and lax oversight by the utilities commission.

Bay City News contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[King Fire Arson Suspect "Respected Nature More Than People"]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:04:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Wayne-Allen-Huntsman.jpg

The sister and girlfriend of a construction worker arrested on suspicion of intentionally setting a wildfire in Northern California are adamantly standing behind him, saying there's no way, despite his past criminal background, that he could have set the King Fire near Pollack Pines.

As Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, who friends call "Chris," heads to court Friday to face an arson charge, his supporters insist he'd never have harmed the forest. He was always the one to pick up campers' litter, his sister and ex-girlfriend said, and he took care of the trees when he worked on the Cal Fire lines during one of his several prison stints.

"Even if he was angry with the world," his ex-girlfriend, Jessica, told NBC affiliate KSBW, "this would be the last thing he would do to retaliate."

She added: "He respected nature more than he respected people."

His sister, Tami Criswell of Salinas, also told the TV station that she was "devastated" and "shocked" at the serious charge against her brother, who is in custody on $10 million bail for starting a blaze that by Friday had scorched about 76,000 acres and was 10 percent contained. The fire, named for the road it starte on, was reported on Saturday.

Huntsman was arrested on Wednesday, but prosecutors have yet to reveal what evidence they have that allegedly links him to the wildfire.

Dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt to cover her face for the camera, she told KSBW: "He's always loved the forest, loved the wilderness and he's always been the one to watch the fires in the campgrounds."

According to family, Huntsman grew up in Big Sur, and then moved to several places including Salinas, Aptos and Santa Cruz. Criswell said her brother moved to Pollock Pines about a year and a half ago, and his criminal past stems from when he was much youner.

Court records show Huntsman has three criminal convictions in Santa Cruz County dating back to 1997, which include grand theft and assault with a deadly weapon. In 2003, he was convicted in Plumas County of receiving stolen property.

KSBW reported he had an arrest in Iowa in 2005 for posessing marijuana.

And most recently, in February 2013, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies were called to a resort in Aptos because of complaints about Huntsman's alleged drunken behavior, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported. After his release from jail, Huntsman missed four subsequent court hearings, and a warrant was issued in January, according to court records.

He has no previous criminal conviction related to arson.

KSBW reporter Brittany Neilsen contributed to this report.
 



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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Juvenile Hall Guards to Get Pepper Spray]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:36:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Generic+Jail.jpg

Wards of Juvenile Hall in Santa Clara County must be on their best behavior in order to avoid a new weapon guards will be granted: pepper spray.

The addition of pepper spray to the arsenal of guards at juvie is not sitting well with child welfare advocates,  according to the San Jose Mercury News. It wasn't announced publicly or debated at meetings, instead included in the new contract for the guards' union in January, the newspaper reported.

Union leaders said that pepper spray is exactly the kind of weapon needed against "much more violent" offenders that they have to somehow control, according to the newspaper. What's more, most other "youth holding facilities" in California have pepper spray, according to union president Mark Murray, so why not here?

Pepper spray will allow wards at juvenile hall to break up fights of "six to eight kids fighting at once" with smaller risk of injury, according to the newspaper.

Under the new rules, pepper spray wouldn't be carried around at all times by wards, but would be locked up and used only in the case of an emergency.

Nonetheless, advocates are furious, saying that giving wards the option to spray down unruly kids goes against the rehabilitation mission of Juvenile Hall. And they also say that giving guards pepper spray without public input was a sneaky move.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Tim Cook Greets iPhone Fans in Palo Alto]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:34:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/iphone16.jpg

If you didn't know any better, you may think that San Francisco's homeless population had skyrocketed on Friday morning, with all the people camping out on the sidewalks.

But no, the bleary eyed consumers were there to actually plunk down about $200 to $300 for the latest and greatest Apple product - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, released to the public for the first time on Friday.

People admitted to living out on the streets outside Apple stores for days, across the globe.

Thalya Fernandez, a California State University East Bay student, joined her friends outside the Apple store in Palo Alto who had been camped out since Tuesday. School doesn't start until next week, so she said she had nothing else to do, other than wait for the newest high-tech gadget. She was prepared to spend "a grand."

As for what she wanted and liked in the new phone? "Everything," she said.

Maybe no one was happier than one customer from Europe who said he "traveled all the way from Norway for this."  Willy Wonka style, he clutched his newly bought iPhone, showing reporters his golden ticket. "I"m so stoked for my brother."

Slightly before doors opened at 8 a.m., Apple CEO Tim Cook arrived in jeans and a blue T-shirt, waving to adoring customers, trying to gauge fan reaction to the new phone. Customer sales told the story: The iPhone 6 Plus sold out at the Palo Alto store by 11 a.m.

And it wasn't just in Silicon Valley that drew out the Apple lovers in droves. In Pasadena, lines wrapped around the block too. Same in New York, South Florida and Boston. Same in Japan. The phone has already seen a record number of orders.

Fanatics of iPhones from far and wide, some bearing Apple-themed cupcakes for sustenance,  flocked to the Pasadena store, and others around the country, to be the first to buy Apple’s newest release.

"We have, um, peanut butter chocolate sprinkled sandwiches," said Brenn Corcoran, 11. "I wanted to stay the whole time from Tuesday, but my mom wouldn't let me do that."

NBC LA's Ted Chen and Katherine Hafner contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Rice: 49ers Should Bench McDonald]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:14:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/267576.jpg

If Jim Harbaugh won't listen to the court of public opinion, to elected officials and to fans, will he listen to Jerry Rice?

Rice has joined the chorus of voices saying that the 49ers should bench Ray McDonald, the defensive lineman who is being investigated for domestic violence, according to ESPN.

In the light of other ugly domestic violence incidents in the NFL such as the Ray Rice scandal, the 49ers have dug in and "decided to let him play, and that's unfortunate," Rice told ESPN on Thursday.

"I would have totally just taken him off the field until it was resolved," the legend said.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have both said that McDonald, who has yet to be charged with a crime, ought to sit out while the investigation is pending.

Meanwhile, 49ers head coach Harbaugh has declined to bench McDonald.

Thursday night, McDonald had no comment when NBC Bay Area asked for a reaction to a new report released by San Jose police about another incident involving the 49ers defensive tackle, a "female subject," and a registered firearm.



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<![CDATA[Exiled from SF, MonkeyParking App Appears in LA]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:10:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-10-2014-monkey-parking-app.jpg

What better place to buy and sell parking spaces than Los Angeles? After its hasty exit from San Francisco, it is perhaps only natural than MonkeyParking would appear in Los Angeles.

The company that was so roughly removed from San Francisco, where the city attorney declared that buying and selling parking spaces was not something that could be done, is now trying to get a fresh start in Santa Monica, according to LA Weekly.

Though this may be tougher than trying to get to the 101 from the 10 on a Friday afternoon.

MonkeyParking is trying to set up in Santa Monica, but is already running afoul of city leaders like the parking administrator, who is saying that allowing parkers to auction off a space in the public right of way is not only illegal, but "immoral," the newspaper reported.

Spots are sold from anywhere from $5 to $7, the newspaper reported, of which MonkeyParking takes 20 percent.

Can what failed in SF fly in LA? So far, it's not seeming likely.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Plumber Killed Bally's Member with Gym Equipment: PD ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:32:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/osaka-front.jpg

A 46-year-old plumber was arrested on homicide charges after police say he picked up a steel gym bar at a Bally's Total Fitness and attacked another club member, striking him on the head "several times" before dropping the piece of equipment and leaving the scene.

South San Francisco Sgt. Tom Neary told NBC Bay Area that Kenneth Osako picked up a steel bar, similar to one from a lat pull-down machine, and struck the other gym member with a fatal blow at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

The San Mateo County Coroner identified the gym member as Diego Galindo, 43, of San Bruno.

Galindo was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died on Thursday from his injuries, police said. Also on Thursday, a team of officers arrested Osako at a plumbing job site in San Francisco on Kansas Street, after he agreed to surrender, Neary said.

It was unclear if Osako was represented by an attorney. A legal representative for Bally's did not return a phone call on Friday. Osako declined a request for a jail-house interview.

Osako, whose mug shot shows an eye piercing of a barbell, was booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of murder. He was not allowed bail.

San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Karen Guidotti said on Friday morning that her office did not yet have the police report, and the earliest Osako would be in court would be on Monday.

Neary said investigators were interviewing people to figure out a motive and whether Osako and Galindo knew each other. There were several witnesses in the gym who saw parts of the attack, police said.

A co-worker of Galindo's at Carneceria Pepa said Galindo and Osako knew each other only in passing, and he described Galindo as a friendly guy, who liked cars and motorcycles.

Early Friday morning, it appeared to be business as usual at the gym at 180 El Camino Real. Some members didn't even know about the brutal attack less than 48 hours before hand.

"My trainer acted like nothing had happened," Carlos Sosa Jr. told NBC Bay Area.

 NBC Bay Area originally incorrectly identified the weapon as a barbell. Neary said Friday that the piece of gym equipment was "a weapon of opportunity."



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<![CDATA[Sacramento River Cats Ink Deal for Giants' Minor League Team]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/455345110.jpg

Going down to the minors now means a trip to Sacramento for San Francisco Giants players.

The Sacramento River Cats, long the Triple-A affiliate for the Oakland Athletics, dismissed the A's and inked a deal to become the AAA squad for the Giants on Thursday, according to reports.

The Sacramento Bee noted that the Giants are just more popular than the A's in Sacramento and the surrounding environs. A "wealth of fan feedback" precipitated River Cats management to pursue the change.

And with the Giants' old farm team in faraway Fresno, the decision may have been easy.

Most things for the River Cats will remain the same from an outsider's perspective: same team name, logo, uniforms and same Raley Field in downtown.

The Giants had sent top prospects and struggling starters alike down to Fresno for 17 years, the newspaper noted.

Meanwhile, the A's will now have a farm team in Nashville, the newspaper reported.



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<![CDATA[Doctors Say Not to Worry After Enterovirus Confirmed in California]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:34:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_enterovirus_3.JPG A rare virus that has sickened dozens of children across the country has been reported in San Diego, health officials confirmed Thursday. Ian Cull reports.

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<![CDATA[Police Called to McDonald's House After Female Held Gun]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:57:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP13080214223.jpg

San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Thursday night provided no comment when NBC Bay Area asked for a reaction to a new report released by San Jose police.

McDonald was arrested on Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence. A report released by police on Thursday shows that was not the only time officers were called to his home after a dispute involving McDonald and his fiancee.

“An engaged couple (a male and female subject) were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side,” according to the report.

The woman fled when the man threatened to call 911, police said. Officers did not make any arrests that night.

"This 911 tape evidence that the police submitted today is going to be a bombshell potentially for the Ray McDonald case," said Steven Clark, a legal analyst.

The incident described in the police report came before McDonald's high-profile arrest last month after a party at his home. Police report that his fiancee had visible injuries.

"If Mr. McDonald can show that on a past occasion he was the one that felt threatened because his fiancee picked up a gun that could explain his conduct in August," Clark said. "It gives credibility to a potential self-defense case."

The McDonald case comes as the National Football League, along with its commissioner, are under heavy scrutiny on how it is handling a number of domestic violence cases involving players.

In addition, Bay Area Congresswoman Jackie Speier spoke out against McDonald on the house floor this week and questioned why the player has not been benched.

"What we have here is merely an accusation and I think the 49ers are being very careful in making sure they don’t rush to judgment," Clark said.



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<![CDATA[Bar Patrons Keep Tabs on Scotland Vote]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:29:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/455653722.jpg

Sports and music were replaced Thursday night with news feeds on the big screens at Edinburgh Castle Scottish Pub in San Francisco.

Alan Black, who was born in Scotland, came to the United States in 1989. He was one of many who people who gathered at the pub to get the latest on the vote, which ultimately showed Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom.

"It's probably something 20 years ago I would of thought impossible to happen," Black said.

Christopher Everett, who is in the Bay Area visiting from Scotland, also stopped by the pub.

"I'm sad not to be in Glasgow enjoying the moment with my friends and family," he said. "But you know it is what it is."

Everett said he would have voted in favor of removing Scotland from the United Kingdom.

"To be run by your own country, by your own people seems like the logical way to combat the problems that we have in our own country," he said.

Many others at the pub enjoyed seeing the process of the vote -- one that didn't resort to angry mobs.

"I mean it's actually very beautiful that this can come down to a peaceful vote," said Buck Defore.



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<![CDATA[Long, Slow Chase Helps SCUBA Club Members Catch Monterey Bay Fish Poachers]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:34:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pacific+grove+poachers+7.jpg

Call them Good Samaritans in SCUBA gear.

Or, perhaps, wet-suited crime fighters.

Either way, members of a Scotts Valley SCUBA club, lead by a San Jose diver, helped the California Department of Fish and Wildlife catch a pair of fish poachers in Pacific Grove last month thanks, in part, to a mile-and-a-half, slow-speed, wet-suited, chase.

"It must have looked ridiculous," says Bill Shephard, the lead chaser.

The story begins at Lover's Point in Pacific Grove the afternoon of August 24th. Shephard, along with a dozen-or-so members of the SCUBA Squad, a club made of up divers associated with the Pro Scuba Dive Center, were just finishing up their second of two dives in a protected area of Monterrey Bay.

Club member Teagan Trautwein, whose job it was that day to stay on shore and look after fellow divers, was the first to notice something amiss.

"There were all these dead fish attached to a float," Teagan recalls. She then noticed two men emerging from the water carrying spearguns. She immediately signaled Bill, who had just surfaced himself, to investigate.

Bill approached the two men, letting them know they had been catching fish in a protected area where spearfishing was prohibited. "Their attitude seemed to be 'whatever'," Bill says.

"There are big signs all around that say that," Teagan says, "it's not like you can miss (it)."

Bill suggested to Teagan that she begin taking pictures with her phone while he called the DFW to report the poachers.

"By that time they knew we were on to them," Teagan says, "so they started packing up and walking toward the parking lot."

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Bill followed the two men, hoping to get a look at their license plate, but the pair didn't stop in the lot. "They continued walking up 16th Avenue." Bill decided the best course of action was to follow them at a safe distance.

What ensued was a half-an-hour, slow-speed chase through the streets of downtown Pacific Grove. Two men carrying spearguns and a bag of dead fish in front, Bill in the rear. All wearing wetsuits.

"It would have given you pause to go, 'What?!'" Bill laughs.

Apparently trying to throw Bill off their trail, the pair of poachers split up at one point, but he stuck with one of them.

Perhaps sensing the inevitability of his capture, that diver ended up heading back to Lover's Point, his truck, and a warden waiting to write him a citation.

"He thanked us," Bill says, "and said they fine for poaching was $500 per fish. They had ten fish. That's $5,000."

Both Bill and Teagan say it is their love of Monterrey Bay and the aquatic diversity under its waters that moved them to act. "We are supposed to be stewards of what we have," Bill says. "Protect it."

They are also proud of how all the members of the SCUBA Squad performed that day. Both in, and out of the water.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Fire Station Damaged in BB Gun Vandalism]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:23:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0918-2014-SJFD-window.jpg

A pair of garage windows at a San Jose fire station were apparently shot at on Thursday by someone with a BB gun, officials said.

Investigators are calling the incident a random act of vandalism and do not believe it was a targeted attack on firefighters.

The shooting happened between 3 and 6 a.m. at Fire Station 35, located on Poughkeepsie Road in south San Jose.



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<![CDATA[Richmond Restaurant Encouraging Bad Reviews On Yelp]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:12:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Yelp-Reviews-0520.jpg

Botto Bistro would like you to hate it on Yelp.

The Richmond pizza specialists are upset with the online-ratings service, so much so that in exchange for a one-star Yelp review, diners will receive a 25-percent discount on orders, according to reports.

Yelp has fallen out of favor with many restaurant and service industry professionals, who see amateur diners' poor reviews costing jobs and putting some fine eateries out of business.

Botto is hoping its poor reviews will come heavy on the snark and sarcasm, TIME.com reported.

Co-owner Davide Cerretini thinks that the push to become the Bay Area's worst restaurant is a fine business idea, he told reporters.



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<![CDATA[Mosquito Fogging in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:35:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/2014-09-18_18-24-26.jpg

Workers in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County will be out late Thursday night spraying for mosquitoes.

Late last week the vector control district found several mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus in the San Jose and Cupertino areas.

Insects on the Peninsula also tested positive for the virus. Those mosquitoes were found in Foster City, Belmont, Redwood City, Redwood Shores and San Mateo.

Crews will begin fogging on the Peninsula at 9 p.m. and in the South Bay at 11 p.m., weather permitting.

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<![CDATA[California's Richest Man Stepping Down as Oracle CEO]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/larry-ellison.jpg

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a Silicon Valley icon, is stepping down, effective immediately, the Redwood Shores company announced on Thursday.

Ellison will become executive chairman and continue to work as the company's chief technology officer, but he will be formally replaced by Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Oracle's Board of Directors announced in a statement it had elected Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer.

"Larry has made it very clear that he wants to keep working full time and focus his energy on product engineering, technology development and strategy," Dr. Michael Boskin, the current director of Oracle's board, said in the statement.

"Safra and Mark are exceptional executives who have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to lead, manage and grow the company. The directors are thrilled that the best senior executive team in the industry will continue to move the company forward into a bright future," Boskin said.

Before being promoted, Catz and Hurd were Oracle's co-presidents. Ellison founded Oracle Corp. in 1977. In 2014, Forbes listed him as the third-wealthiest man in America and the fifth-wealthiest person in world, with a net worth of $51.3 billion. When he's out of the boardroom, Ellison is known for his love of yachting. He brought the America's Cup race to San Francisco.

"The three of us have been working well together for the last several years, and we plan to continue working together for the foreseeable future. Keeping this management team in place has always been a top priority of mine," Ellison said in the statement.

Tech industry experts said Thursday that Ellison stepping aside, even a little bit, could have serious implications for Silicon Valley.

“There’s an old joke in Silicon Valley -- What’s the difference between God and Larry Ellison? God doesn’t think he’s Larry Ellison," said Rich Jaroslovsky, chief journalist for SmartNews.

Jaroslovsky then quipped: "But God doesn't retire."

That joke has even become the title of a book, where reporter Mike Wilson described Ellison as the tech world’s Warren Beatty: “racing yachts, buying jets, and romancing beautiful women.”

Ellison, the wealthiest man in California, according to Forbes, is among the “last generation of swashbucklers,” and his departure from Oracle is sure to have “repercussions,” Jaroslovsky said.

Jaroslovsky did not know why he was stepping down, but he did say the 70-year-old Ellison’s intentions might be “admirable.”

“Perhaps he’s one of those founders who wants to exit gracefully,” Jaroslovsky said. “Bill Gates did it. But the list of those greats who leave by their own choice is a list that’s not very long.” 

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<![CDATA[SF Supe Tells World He Takes Anti-HIV Drug]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:58:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/scottwiener.jpg

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener made an unusually personal announcement for a politician this week, telling the world that "each morning, I take a pill called Truvada to protect me from becoming infected with HIV."

Wiener, who is gay, could be among the first public U.S. figures in recent history to make such a disclosure. He said he hopes the attention his case generates helps put an end to the negative stigma the drug carries for some critics who believe its use signals and promotes promiscuity.

The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), often referred to by its brand name Truvada, is the first drug approved by the FDA for preventing the spread of HIV.

Medical professionals and supporters of free access to preventative HIV/AIDS drugs expressed their desire at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee hearing today to see such drugs made available regardless of income.

Following a rally by supporters outside City Hall this morning, Supervisor David Campos held a hearing of the board's Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee to learn how San Francisco could become the first city to provide the preventative drugs to HIV-negative residents who otherwise can't afford them.

Wiener's online essay, "Coming Out of the PrEP Closet" appeared Wednesday evening in the Huffington Post. In it, he explains that taking these pills is a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, that some researchers believe it may reduce the risk of infection by 99 percent if patients take their medication daily as prescribed.

"As an elected official, disclosing this personal health decision was a hard but necessary choice," he wrote. "After all these years, we still see enormous stigma, shame, and judgment around HIV, and around sexuality in general. That is precisely why I decided to be public about my choice: to contribute to a larger dialogue about our community's health."

The announcement comes as Campos, who is also gay and running for state Assemblyman Tom Amiano's seat, announced on Thursday that he wants to provide making PrEP, more commonly known by its drug name of Truvada, "available to all regardless of income. Campos said such a move "could set the tone for the rest of the country in how to effectively eradicate a disease that claimed the lives of so many of our loved ones."

Campos held a rally on Thursday outside San Francisco City Hall, which Wiener attended, along with supporters who held Harvey Milk posters, paying homage to the city's late gay supervisor. Campos said this preventive care will save the city "millions of dollars, not to the mention all the lives that will be spared." His proposal, which he plans to formally introduce at next week's board of supervisors' meeting, would appropriate $807,000 to pay for "health navigators" to educate patients about the drug, and provide subsidies for those San Franciscans who can't pay for it.

A Campos spokeswoman said the one-time budget supplemental will augment someone's private insurance, HealthySF or Medi-Cal and any payment assistance offered by the drug manufacturer.

According to the Foster City-based Gilead, which makes Truvada, the drug can cost an average of $1,300 a month without insurance.

The rally comes hours after Weiner shared his medical course of action for a drug and a disease that still carry great stigmas. In fact, Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation told The Associated Press in April that the drug, while being hailed as a lifesaver, is "a party drug." There's even a "Truvada Whore" T-shirt and @TruvadaWhore Twitter handle.

Still, NBC Bay Area political consultant Larry Gerston said Thursday that the time is right. San Francisco, the hub of gay rights, is the place to drop that news, he said, especially "in an era of transparency," when "same-sex marriage is moving forward at lightning speed."

"Wiener is just getting ahead of the curve," Gerston said. "It's hardly a dangerous move."

The closest comparison Gerston could make to Wiener's announcement when when then First Lady Betty Ford admitted in the 1970s that she was an alcoholic and was getting help. That admission was a "monumental moment," Gerston said, sparking countless people to go into treatment themselves.

Wiener is telling other gay men that they should also seek help for their medical needs, and his story is now circulating widely, even grabbing a headline in the New York Times.

"I recently decided to be public about my use of PrEP in order to raise awareness about this relatively new tool for preventing HIV," wrote Wiener, who represents the Castro District in San Francisco where the majority of gay men live in the city. "It's important to encourage people at risk for HIV to talk to their medical providers about all the tools and methods available for preventing infection, including PrEP, and to choose the methods that are best for them."

The Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada (tenofovir plus emtricitabine) for PrEP in July 2012.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people at substantial risk should consider PrEP to prevent HIV infection. The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended its use by those at risk for HIV, including gay men. The state of New York and the San Francisco Department of Public Health have adopted PrEP as a core prevention strategy.

Wiener said he wanted to use his position of power to effect some change, no matter the negative reputation of the drug.

MORE INFORMATION: The Truvada® for PrEP Medication Assistance Program assists eligible HIV-negative adults in the United States who do not have insurance obtain access to Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate) for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). To find out if you are eligible for this medication assistance program, call 1-855-330-5479.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Wiener's name in some instances. NBC Bay Area regrets the error.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Showers, Rain Sparks Power Outages in 7 Cities]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:38:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11A-BAY-AREA-RAIN-PKG---00003927.jpg

The light rain that scattered across the Bay Area Thursday morning - a much welcome sign from the skies during the state's drought - is also suspected to be behind a power outage that struck about 12,000 East Bay customers at its peak.

A PG&E spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that power has been restored to most customers. About 980 customers in Richmond, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, San Pablo and El Sobrante were still affected by dozens of separate outages as of 12:45 p.m.

PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said the outages in seven cities, which began just before 12:30 a.m., occurred because of the rain affecting power poles. NBC Bay Area cameras captured images of sparks shooting out of utlity poles in San Pablo.

The Edison Electric Institute shows that 70 percent of the power outages in the United States are weather related, when such things as lightning, rain, snow, ice, wind and even dust can lead to short circuits and power failure.

The majority of the affected customers are in Richmond, where more than 400 homes and businesses remained without power this afternoon.

"We've had all hands on deck, with crews from around the Bay Area working through the night and will continue to do so until these outages are restored," PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

She said all customers should see their power back on by this afternoon.

"After a dry season, dust and dirt can accumulate on power lines and when the first light rain comes through, it can turn that dirt into mud, which conducts electricity," Sarkissian said.

PG&E is investigating the total extent of damage done to equipment during the outages.

The utility is reminding the public to stay away from any downed power lines and to call 911 to report them.

The California Highway Patrol also warned motorists to drive safely during the season's first light drizzle, when oil becomes slick on the roads.

Still, the wet weather is much needed as California in one of the most severe droughts on record.

"Any rain is a welcome sight," NBC Bay Area meteorologist Christina Loren said.

 Bay City News and NBC Bay Area's Ingrid Almaz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Doorstep Package Thefts Put SJ Neighborhood on Alert]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:56:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/0917-2014-SJPackageSuspect.jpg

A San Jose neighborhood is on alert after neighbors reported packages left on doorsteps have been stolen -- sometimes minutes after being delivered.

Neighbors suspect the thief may be following delivery trucks and snatching up items once they have been delivered.

"It's very quick," said Dirk Wierema, who lives in the Rose Garden neighborhood. "A neighbor yesterday had a package delivered at 1 o'clock by UPS and he came home at 2, and it was gone."

Neighbors have been alerting each other through an online group. It turns out one of the residents saw the thief.

Surveillance video from a neighbor shows a man strolling up to the porch and stealing the package. Sally Guan posted the video on the neighborhood group after hearing her neighbors were hit by the theft.

On Tuesday, neighbor Al Shultz had his UPS package stolen, which has him thinking twice about ordering anything online.

"I'm not sure what I'd order online now," he said. "I mean, cameras and stuff are expensive -- and who's to say if I'd even get it?"

Guan said her family has every right to order items and expect them to be there when they return home.

"They're doing something wrong -- they shouldn't do it," Guan said. "They're doing something wrong. There should be no place for them in society."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Man Charged with Arson in King Fire: Sheriff]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Wayne-Allen-Huntsman.jpg

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on an arson charge and is being held on $10 million bail stemming from the King Fire burning in the Sierra foothills, one of the largest wildfires currently burning in California, Cal Fire announced.

At a news conference Thursday, Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said Wayne Allen Huntsman was taken into custody at the Placerville jail on Wednesday. He was formally arrested on one count of arson on forest land where prosecutors accuse him of "willfully and maliciously" setting fire to land around Pollock Pines. Huntsman was also charged with a special aggravating circumstance of injuring a firefighter.

Huntsman's last known address was listed in Aptos, about nine miles from Santa Cruz, but when a reporter went there, neighbors said Huntsman hadn't lived there for more than a decade. It was not immediately clear whether Huntsman was being represented by an attorney. No one answered the phone number associated with his last known address.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said Huntsman is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 19. The complaint shows that Huntsman had been previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft and unlawfully taking or driving a vehicle, stemming back to 1997 in Santa Cruz.

Authorities said Huntsman had "no known" arson conviction in his past.

Officials, however, would not comment on what evidence led them to suspect Huntsman. But Pierson did say the "ongoing" investigation "started within minutes" after the fire was reported on Saturday. But he wouldn't say more.

"I don't mean to be difficult," Pierson told the crowd of reporters. "I don't want to be difficult, but I don't want to comment specifically on anything that's not in the complaint."

Huntsman’s sister told the Associated Press she strongly doubts her brother is responsible for starting the blaze. Tami Criswell of Salinas said Thursday that her brother loves the forest and always has been very cautious with campfires.

Criswell said her brother works odd jobs in construction and security. She said, if he was involved in the fire, it wasn't intentional.

As of the Thursday, King Fire had more than doubled in size overnight, reaching more than 71,000 acres, according to Cal Fire, and was only 5 percent contained. Pollock Pines is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is about 15 miles east of Placerville and 60 miles east of Sacramento. Officials said it was costing $5 million to battle the fire. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for El Dorado County.

Slightly more than 2,000 homes, and more than 1,500 other structures were in the dangerous line of fire near Pollock Pines in Northern California, according to the daily Cal Fire update. On Wednesday, 500 homes were threatened.

Despite that, no structures have actually burned, unlike in the town of Weed in Siskiyou county, where more than 150 structures, mostly homes and two churches, suffered damage from the Boles Fire there. On Thursday, the fire in Weed, which had burned 375 acres, was 65 percent contained, and Highway 97 had been reopened.

The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, and so far, has caused two injuries. While the largest fire currently blazing in California, it is more than three times smaller than the Rim Fire near Yosemite, which burned about 250,000 acres last August, becoming California's third largest wildfire in history.

As a result of the King Fire, a portion of Highway 50 was closed, and many evacuations were in place. A King Fire Facebook page was set up by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to keep the community alerted with up-to-date information.

The page was full of community members offering consolation and help. Yvette Cadeaux offered to take in "goats, dogs or a horse or two down here in Grass Valley for anyone who needs to place their critters."

Laura Owens, who wrote in that her husband works for animal control, thanked all the "staff and teams on the fire lines and behind the scenes coordinating the efforts. We appreciate all of you!"

As of Thursday, more than 3,600 firefighters were fighting the King Fire.

NBC Bay Area's Tim Bollinger and Gonzalo Rojas and NBC affliate KSBW contributed to this report.
 



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<![CDATA[King Fire in Pollock Pines More Than Doubles to 70,000 Acres]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:59:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/king5.jpg

When residents of El Dorado County, 60 miles from Sacramento, went to sleep Wednesday night, the King Fire threatening their homes was nearly 30,000 acres.

When they woke up Thursday morning, the blaze had more than doubled to more than 70,000 acres, according to Cal Fire, and was only 5 percent contained.

Slightly more than 2,000 homes, and more than 1,500 other structures were in the dangerous line of fire near Pollock Pines in Northern California, according to the the daily Cal Fire update. On Wednesday, 500 homes were threatened.

Despite that, no structures have actually burned, unlike in the town of Weed in Siskiyou county, where more than 1,000 structures, mostly homes and two churches, suffered damage from the Boles Fire there. On Thursday, the fire in Weed, which had burned 375 acres, was 65 percent contained, and Highway 97 had been reopened.

The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, and so far, has caused two injuries. While the largest fire currently blazing in California, it is more than three times smaller than the Rim Fire near Yosemite, which burned about 250,000 acres last August, becoming California's third largest wildfire in history.

As a result of the King Fire, a portion of Highway 50 was closed, and many evacuations were in place. A King Fire Facebook page was set up by Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service to keep the community alerted with up-to-date information.

The page was full of community members offering consolation and help. Yvette Cadeaux offered to take in "goats, dogs or a horse or two down here in Grass Valley for anyone who needs to place their critters."

Laura Owens, who wrote in that her husband works for animal control, thanked all the "staff and teams on the fire lines and behind the scenes coordinating the efforts. We appreciate all of you!"

As of Thursday, more than 3,600 firefighters were fighting the King Fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
 



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<![CDATA[Experts Discuss Need for Travel Insurance]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:39:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/0917-2014-TravelInsurance.jpg In the wake of Hurricane Odile, NBC Bay Area's Nannette Miranda talks with experts to see when vacationers should be signing up for travel insurance.]]> <![CDATA[Sports Programs Turning to Crowdfunding After Budget Cuts]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:59:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0917-2014-crowdfunding.jpg

Cuts to sports programs in schools have forced some teams to get creative while fundraising. New numbers show more teams are turning to crowdfunding.

The girls volleyball coach at El Cerrito High School is using gofundme.com to raise money for his team.

"So we're trying to be as efficient as we can,” coach Scott Bishop said.

Bishop has coached other teams to state titles before, but this is his first year coaching the Gauchos. He says funding is needed for new balls, nets, and tournament fees. They also need money to hire a Freshman volleyball coach.

“We need quality equipment to be able to train. I'm used to running a successful and competitive program and those are kind of the building blocks to doing that,” Bishop said.

"In the past years we tried to do all the fundraising stuff, it didn't really amount to much,” said senior co-captain Melany Puente.

Instead of selling candy bars to raise money, the team is turning to crowdfunding. New data shows many other teams are doing it too.

According to fundraising website gofundme.com, nearly $10,000 was raised for teams in 2010. It’s increased every year since, and this year more than $9 million has been donated to teams.

The lady Gauchos are trying to raise $6,000.

"We've got a lot of good momentum going so far,” Bishop said.

They’ve raised $450 so far.

Bishop says if the goal is met, the team will give back by teaching younger kids in the community how to play volleyball.

"Good people make good volleyball players. So the more I can work on both ends of that the better."

The lady Gauchos page can be found here.



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<![CDATA[Police Say Girl, Mother Surviving Hit-and-Run Crash a "Miracle" ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:07:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/freeway-generic-101-traffic.jpg

Police are calling it a miracle.

A 24-year-old woman and her daughter were struck by a hit-and-run driver after they tried to run across a major highway that runs through Orinda. Police said they suspect the mother was drunk.

Shuaniya Rogers on Monday was traveling eastbound on Highway 24 near the St. Stephens Drive exit when she crashed her minivan in the center divider. Police said the mother suspected of driving under the influence made another bad decision after the collision.

"She decided she was going to leave that scene and walk across all the lanes of Highway 24, where she was ultimately struck by a Mercedes Benz," CHP Officer Johnn Fransen said. "There's no doubt in my mind this is nothing but a miracle the child survived and that the mother survived."

The vehicle that struck Rogers and her child kept going, police said.

When police arrived on scene they found an empty car, but one officer heard a baby cry.

"He heard some noise that ultimately drew him over to the right shoulder," Fransen said. "That's when he noticed the small child. Once they went over there they saw the mother."

One of the officers noticed the toddler's badly injured foot and provided aid.

"So right now there will probably be a complaint to be filed for both driving while intoxicated as well as child endangerment," Fransen said.

Rogers and her daughter are in the hospital recovering from what police said could have been a fatal crash. Police are still looking for the driver of the Mercedes Benz involved in the hit-and-run.



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<![CDATA[Surfer Who Said Shark Broke His Board Alters Story]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:14:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SANTA-CRUZ-SHARK-ATTACK-VO---00000414.jpg

Beau Browning claims to be a survivor of a great white shark attack while he was surfing off of Manresa State Beach, according to reports. Or he says he was hit with a whale's tail -- he's not exactly sure.

Local news affiliate KSBW recently reported the tale from the account given by Browning, who says a shark shot him "probably 10, 15 feet" in the air after delivering him a direct blow while out surfing.

He says he was out on Saturday near dusk when a shark "rammed his surfboard," according to the report. After he was thrown from the board, the shark then "landed on his board and split it," he claimed.

The shark let go after allegedly biting the board and taking it deep underwater with Browning still tethered by his ankle leash.

Browning says his friend briefly listed the damaged board on Craigslist on Monday, offering it for $1,000 or for a trade. The post was eventually deleted.

Browning also alters his story a bit from Sunday to Monday, the TV station reported. At first, he claims that his friends saw the attack. Later, he says they were too far away to see the incident.

Also on Monday, he noted that he may have been "smacked by a whale's tail," according to the report.



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<![CDATA[Body Recovered in San Francisco Bay]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:28:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/emergency-lights-generic.jpg

A male body was found Wednesday afternoon in the San Francisco Bay near the border of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, officials said.

San Mateo County sheriff's officials said police and firefighters at around 2:30 p.m. were working to recover a body floating face down just over a mile east of Oyster Point. The person was wearing a black T-shirt and black jeans.

A marine unit was called to the scene and transported the body to Coyote Point. The body was then picked up by the coroner. Officials said a medical examiner will need to run tests to determine age and identification.



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