<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55:00 -0700Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:55:00 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[2 Witnesses Help SFPD Arrest Attempted Kidnapping Suspect]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:48:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/sfpd.PNG

A San Francisco man was arrested early Thursday morning in connection with an attempted kidnapping in the city's West Portal neighborhood the day before.

The suspect, identified by police as 27-year-old Lee Mason Eigl, was taken into custody around 1 a.m. after investigators spotted the vehicle allegedly involved in the attack outside his home, Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin said.

Eigl was identified as a suspect with the help of two witnesses who helped pull the 13-year-old girl away from him, and provided a description and partial license plate to police, Chaplin said.

Chaplin today praised the two for their quick action, noting that while bystanders may not always be able to directly intervene, "the best help you can be is to be a good witness."

The attempted kidnapping occurred at about 5 p.m. Wednesday when the girl was walking along the first block of Forest Side Avenue. Eigl got out of hisvehicle, grabbed her and tried to pull her into his vehicle, according to police.

The girl screamed and several people came to help pull her away. Eigl drove off in his vehicle, which went south on Forest Side Avenue, according to police.

Eigl was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assault with intent to take a person under 18. He remains in custody with bail set at $400,000.

Police are investigating whether any similar incidents may have occurred in the area.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue Man Who Drove Off Hill in Marin Headlands]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:52:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0323-2017-MarinHeadlandCar.jpg

Crews rescued a man who drove off a road in the Marin Headlands Thursday afternoon.

Officials said the car at around 11:30 a.m. went 80 to 100 feet off of Conzelman Road and down a hill.

The man was airlifted to a hospital in stable condition, officials said.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Pursuit in Downtown San Jose]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:23:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breakingnews5.png

Mountain View police are investigating a reported pursuit Thursday.

According to eye witness reports, police were pursuing a car which exited U.S. Highway 101 at Bird in San Jose and headed downtown.

The vehicle is described as a charcoal gray late model Toyota Rav4 with paper plates.

Stay tuned for updates.

<![CDATA[Suspect in Sacramento Quadruple Homicides Detained in SF]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:45:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-23-2017-kcra-homicide3.jpg

A suspect was detained in San Francisco on Thursday in connection with a quadruple homicide investigation in Sacramento, police said.

Sacramento police tweeted just after 10 a.m. that four bodies had been found in a home on the 1100 block of 35th Avenue. 

Police made the gruesome discovery after a family member requested a welfare check at 7 a.m., according to NBC-affiliate KCRA. Patrol officers got no response and made entry into the house, according to police spokeswoman Linda Matthew.

"This does not appear to be a random act," Matthew said. "We believe the victims were known to the suspect."

The suspect was taken into custody near Pierce Street and Golden Gate Avenue, KCRA reported.

Police have not identified the victims or provided additional details about the ongoing investigation, including how long the victims had been left in the house before being found. 

Investigators are currently processing the scene to collect forensic evidence. Officers are also canvassing the neighborhood looking for additional witnesses, Matthew said.

A 35-year resident of the south Sacramento neighborhood told KCRA that he had never seen such a large police presence in the area. Another told the SF Gate that he did not hear any noises, and was told by police that the killings occurred around 12 a.m. Thursday. Police have yet to confirm that information.

San Francisco police could not immediately confirm the suspect's detention or identification information.

An investigation is ongoing.

Check back for updates.

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<![CDATA[Anderson Dam Seismic Vulnerability Concerns Nearby Residents]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:39:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/anderson-0322-2017.jpg

A devastating flood seems much more of a possibility in the South Bay after some neighborhoods went underwater last month. But one community faces a bigger threat than others, especially in the event of a big earthquake.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District held a public meeting Wednesday night in Morgan Hill on the seismic retrofitting needed for Anderson Dam, which experts say would flood nearby communities if it collapsed in an earthquake. The project has been pushed back after the discovery of additional seismic complications.

"The project has been extended because it's a much larger effort than we originally expected when we started the project work back in 2012," Katherine Oven, deputy operating officer for the water district, said at the meeting.

Morgan Hill residents in attendance had a slew of questions.

"Why weren't they concerned about fixing this back then?" asked Craig Martin. "Failure of that dam destroys the city, or damages it immensely. ... What else don't we know?"

When it's full, Anderson Reservoir holds about 90,000 acre feet of water, more than the other nine South Bay reservoirs combined.

Longtime Morgan Hill resident Ken Saso says he's aware of the dam's well documented structural flaws and what could happen if a major earthquake caused a collapse.

"All of us would be underwater, that's for sure," Saso said. "And probably similar to what happened in San Jose, if not worse."

The water district won't be able to provide much comfort. It has been able to temporarily solve the breach of the canal that caused a flood on Highway 101. But district officials will be telling residents what NBC Bay Area reported in December: that a combination of liquefiable materials and trace faults means the retrofit of the dam will be delayed from 2018 to 2020 and will be a much bigger project.

"We're gonna have to take down almost the entire dam," Oven said. "We're going to have to deconstruct it, rebuild the core and then rebuild the embankments on either side."

Water levels in the reservoir need to drop another 20 percent right now for it to be safe.

When asked why the water district didn't release water last December, before the storms, to keep it at a safe level, Oven said "it was very low in December. We were well below the restricted level, and we've got to balance that with water supply."

The revised timetable for the project worries Saso as well as other residents.

"You're aware of the possibility of flooding because of the weather and the amount of rain you're getting," he said. "Whereas with an earthquake, you don't get very much warning whatsoever."

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<![CDATA['Hamilton' for Teenagers: History Lesson on SF Stage]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:04:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hamilton-High-School-Photo.jpg

More than 2,000 high school students packed the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday to see a free matinee preview of "Hamilton" as part of a history education program. 

All the students had done their homework, though, as part of a curriculum designed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to provide a background on the Revolutionary War. 

Some of the teenagers had memorized the songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda's the blockbuster musical. Others were just glad to be on a field trip.

But each student worked with their history teachers to research original historical documents and write a poem, skit, rap or song about the founding fathers.

Then the students from each of the 18 schools from around the Bay Area voted for the best performance to represent their school and be presented on stage at the Orpheum.

The teens got up in front of a theater full of their peers, most of whom they didn't know, and sang, recited or rapped about early American history, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The students had researched dense letters, newspaper stories and original documents and interpreted them as original performances, incorporating their own sensibilities and contemporary references. 

Even when a few nervous teens stumbled or forgot their lines, the crowd cheered them on. 

Sierra Fisher, 16, a junior at the Conservatory of Vocal/Instrumental Arts in Oakland said she wanted to see Hamilton ever since she first heard the music.

But when she went online to look up ticket prices for the San Francisco run, "I realized I'd have to sell one of my kidneys to afford them. So this is absolutely amazing. We're so grateful to be here."

"Being here is surreal," said her friend, Andrew Sylva, who couldn't contain his excitement. "They're going to be on the stage! On the stage, right in front of us!"

A panel of actors answered the teenagers' questions about both history and careers in show business. 

Gilder Lehrmann President James Basker said the actors enjoy performing for young people because the students have studied the historical background to follow the action.

Many of the teens have little experience attending live theater performances, he added.

"With no inhibitions, they're responding directly and emotionally to everything they see on the stage, and the cast can feel that. There's no restraint in the audience. They're emoting directly into what the cast is doing on the stage and they love it," Basker said.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute plans to send more than 8,000 Bay Area high school students to see "Hamilton" during the show's run in San Francisco.

The schools at the March 22 included Arise, Castlemont, Oakland Tech, Oakland High, Richmond High, Tennyson, Ygnacio Valley, KIPP San Jose, Impact Academy, and others. 

The show has its official press opening on Thursday and runs through August 5.

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<![CDATA[Person With BB Gun Prompts Police Response in Martinez]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:34:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Crime+scene+tape+generic.jpg

A person running around with a BB gun caused heavy police activity in a Martinez neighborhood on Thursday morning, police said.

According to an email from the city's Police Department before 11:30 a.m., people were advised to shelter in place near Blum Road and Hillside Lane. They were also urged to go indoors, close all doors and windows, and stay off their phones. 

Around 11:40 a.m., however, police said that an "all-clear" had been issued for the area. People were encouraged to resume their normal activities. 

Further details were not immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[SF Sheriff's Department to Get Body Cameras For Jail Guards]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:22:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-23-2017-sf-body-cameras.jpg

San Francisco supervisors on Thursday voted in favor of a body-worn camera pilot program that they hope will improve accountability and transparency within the sheriff's department and city jails.

The board's Budget and Finance Subcommittee signed off on spending just over $41,000. With it, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department plans to purchase 40 body-worn cameras use by 30 deputies. Sheriff's officials hope to be able to expand the program to include all 850 deputies in the future. 

Full board approval is not needed since supervisors already put the money into reserves last year.

The initial focus would be on maximum-security Jail No. 4, which is on the seventh floor of the Hall of Justice where, two years ago, deputies were accused of forcing inmates to fight each other.

Problems with visibility and surveillance camera coverage also plague the San Francisco jail.

According to a draft policy, deputies will be asked to would turn on their cameras to record emergency calls within the jail, inmate fights, any criminal activity, and instances when the inmates are being non-compliant.

The pilot program, which is expected to start in the summer, will last between six months and a year. That time will help department leaders draft a final policy for camera use. One of the issues under consideration is whether to allow the deputies to view the footage before or after they file reports.

Paul Miyamoto, the deputy chief of custody at the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, plans to tell reluctant deputies that this is "something we have to accept now."

San Francisco will join the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, which approved body cameras for its jail guards in January. This, after three inmates were accused of and are currently on trial for beating a mentally ill inmate, Michael Tyree, to death.

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<![CDATA[Tow Truck Crashes Into Hwy. 101 Divider in SF, Injuring One]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:11:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+crash-0322-2017.jpg

A tow truck driver suffered major injuries Wednesday night in San Francisco after crashing into a cement center divide at a high rate of speed, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The tow truck was travelling southbound on Highway 101 near the Cesar Chavez Street offramp when the crash occurred. The truck overturned, and the driver was partially ejected, the CHP said. He was transported to a local hospital.

The crash shut down the two left lanes on either side of the freeway for about 90 minutes, as cement debris from the divider was spread across the northbound lanes and the truck was blocking the southbound lanes. Three other vehicles also were involved in the accident.

No other injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[No Injuries Reported in Two-Alarm Fire at Los Gatos Home]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LOS+GATOS+FIRE+MATT+LIVE+-+06590418.jpg

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that severely damaged a single-family home in Los Gatos early Thursday morning, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

The fire was reported around 5:50 a.m. at a two-story residence on the 100 block of Broadway, fire officials said.

The first firefighters on scene found a "significant working fire" both inside and on the outer part of the left side of the building, department officials said in a statement.

Neighbors reported that an elderly woman may be inside the home, but firefighters, after an "aggressive interior attack and search," determined that the house was empty at the time of the fire, officials said.

There are no reports of injuries, but flames quickly spread through the house and into the attic walls. The fire was tough to contain and caused significant damage before it was knocked down, fire officials said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[High School Students Attend and Perform at 'Hamilton' Preview in SF]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:06:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hamilton-High-School-Photo.jpg

More than 2,000 teenagers packed the Orpheum theater on Wednesday to see a free preview matinee of the blockbuster musical "Hamilton," as part of a history education program for high school students.

<![CDATA[High School Investigates Alleged Cyberbullying Incident]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:55:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/albany-racism-0322-2017.jpg

A case of cyberbullying at an East Bay high school was under investigation Wednesday, and parents are outraged.

The cyberbullying at Albany High School in Albany involves a hurtful and inappropriate post against African-American girls on Instagram, according to Valerie Williams, Albany Unified School District superintendent. One parent of a targeted student spoke out, asking for harsh punishment for the students involved.

Sarah Frances said she’s angry and sad by the allegedly racist posts. She’s from the Midwest and was shocked by the entire incident.

"I’m disgusted by it. I think it's completely unacceptable," said Frances, who found out on Monday that her daughter’s picture was allegedly included in the racially insensitive post on a the popular social media site. "An Instagram was made by several juniors at the school, a fake Instagram account that was targeting minority students, primarily African-American."

She said the post was degrading and offensive.

"I did hear there was a picture of a coach and a student with nooses around their neck," she said.

The students immediately reported it to the principal, and school district officials said they are taking action.

"We will not tolerate and we will not accept any kind of bullying behavior," Williams said.

Albany police are involved in the investigation, and because it involves students, Williams would not say if the group of male teenagers that are being questioned have been suspended.

"I have to commend our students," Williams said. "They know we are a district that values diversity."

Frances said she would like proof of that along with a thorough investigation.

"I want them to hold the children and the parents accountable for their behavior and to show that this is a no-tolerant zone for bad behavior," she said.

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<![CDATA[Crane Flies Breeding Due to Rainy Winter Weather]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:13:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/crane+flies.JPG

They're called Mosquito Hawks, Daddy Long Legs with Wings and even Mosquitoes on Steroids.

But their actual name are Crane Flies.

These interesting and kind of scary looking insects have been flying all over San Diego County recently.

The reason?

According to San Diego County's Supervising Vector Entomologist, Chris Conlan, it's because of the heavy rains the county had during the winter.

The moist conditions make for perfect breeding ground, he said. Once the weather starts to dry up in the spring, the Crane Flies come out an play in droves.

"They don't bite people or even animals," Conlan told NBC 7. "One of the big differences between mosquitoes and crane flies, is that mosquitoes fly around people to try and bite them. Crane Flies just mind their own business."

The insects are about the size of a dime. They're attracted to light and to moist conditions.

What they do best is breed and lay larvae.

Conlan said the flies have a very short life span. They can be flying inside a home one day, and be dead on the floor the next.

He added that a common misconception is that these flies eat mosquitoes.

<![CDATA[SFO Travelers To and From London React to Terror Attack]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sfo-london-0322-2017.jpg

People traveling to and from London at San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday were talking about the terrorist attack that killed four people and injured 40. And while no one spoke about changing their travel plans, several did say they would be more cautious.

Using a car as a weapon, a man plowed into people on a crowded sidewalk on Westminster Bridge in London before crashing. The suspect then ran through the Parliament gates and

stabbed a police officer to death before police shot and killed him.

Sean Baker was flying to SFO when the attack happened. He said his friends were checking in on Facebook, saying they were safe. For Baker, the attack hits close to home.

"It's scary," he said. "That could have been me or anyone of my friends and family on that bridge."

Stanford student Sonia Doshi said family in London called to let her know they are OK.

"It was sad to hear," she said.

On spring break, Doshi was set to take off for London on Wednesday night. She said canceling didn't cross her mind.

"It was a bit nerve-racking, I think. I feel OK, especially after being able to talk about it with my family," she said. "It is scary it's happening a bit more."

Parliament was locked down during the attack but will meet Thursday in a show of defiance against terrorism.

Meanwhile, adminstrators at SFO say they are increasing police patrols.

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<![CDATA[SFPD Investigating Attempted Kidnapping in West Portal]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:21:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/sfpd.PNG

Police are investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping in San Francisco late Wednesday.

The incident was reported just after 5 p.m. on Forest Side Avenue in the city's West Portal neighborhood, officials said. Police said a girl was walking in the area when a man got out of a vehicle, grabbed her and attempted to get her in the vehicle.

The girl started screaming and several witnesses came to her aid, police said.

The suspect, described to be in his 20s, took off southbound on Forest Side Avenue from Taraval Street.

No further information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Raiders Still an Option for Free-Agent Linebacker Zach Brown]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:49:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Zachtak.jpg

Free-agent inside linebacker Zach Brown visited the Raiders this past weekend, but left without a contract. Brown, who had a terrific season with the Buffalo Bills in 2016, had been targeted as an excellent fit for the Oakland defense.

However, his departure without a contract doesn’t mean he’s still not a possible signing by Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to several reports.

Mike Rodak of ESPN.com reported this week that Brown is continuing to “explore all options” and will make his decision on where to sign after making all his visits. After visiting with Oakland and Miami in recent days, Brown met with Bills officials Wednesday, according to Rodak. The Colts also expressed interest in him.

Brown’s agents, in fact, said Tuesday that Brown “remains in talks” with the Raiders.

So far in free agency, the Raiders have added wide receiver/kick returner Cordarelle Patterson, offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and tight end Jared Cook, but have yet to address defensive needs. Upgrading at middle or inside linebacker – the Raiders play both a 3-4 and 4-3 defense, while also sometimes showing five-man fronts – would seem to be a priority, and Brown would fit that need. In 2016, Brown earned a Pro Bowl spot while recording 149 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. The Raiders also could re-sign inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr.

Brown came into the NFL with Tennessee in 2012 as a second-round pick out of North Carolina. He played his first four NFL seasons with the Titans.

<![CDATA[March Madness: SAP Center to Host NCAA Tournament’s West Regional Semifinals]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:23:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-20-17_SAP_Center.jpg

Tickets, albeit expensive ones, are still available for people looking to watch the NCAA Tournament's West Regional Semifinals on Thursday at San Jose's SAP Center. Kris Sanchez reports.

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<![CDATA[Dozens Gather to Protest Contra Costa Sheriff on Sanctuary]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:13:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sheriff+protest-0322-2017.jpg

Dozens of protesters gathered in Martinez on Wednesday evening, and their target was a top law enforcement official who does not agree with a bill that would prevent his office from cooperating with federal immigration agents.

The protesters were criticizing Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston for his opposition to a proposed sanctuary bill. Protester Mimi Elias says lives are at stake.

"This is tearing families apart," she said. "People don’t believe that they can rely on the police or the sheriff to fix their problems."

The issue touches close to home for Elias. She said her sister Yasmin is an undocumented immigrant and an unreported victim of domestic violence.

"Unfortunately, she turned to alcohol to cope with all the pain," Elias said of her sister.

That led to an arrest on alcohol and drug-related charges. Elias said the mother of three has been detained at the West County jail in North Richmond under ICE for the past year and a half.

Elias says she now fears her sister will be deported to Mexico.

"She hasn’t been there since she was four; she doesn’t know Mexico at all," Elias said.

Elias along with dozens of other protesters crowded into elevators inside the Contra Costa County administration building and went up to the seventh floor lobby outside Livingston’s office.

Livingston opposes SB 54, a proposed state law that would prohibit state and local law enforcement from making their resources available to federal authorities to investigate and arrest suspected undocumented immigrants.

"We are here peacefully to ask the sheriff why he is in Sacramento lobbying against a statewide piece of legislation that would protect immigrants from President Trump," protester Gabriel Halland said.

The group was told the sheriff wasn’t available. But sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee says the bill goes too far.

"It could compromise public safety," he said. "Specifically, it would prohibit law enforcement from even talking to ICE or sharing information with federal law enforcement agencies."

Lee said the county has a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to house detainees at the jail in Richmond, and the county receives about $6 million a year under that contract.

The sanctuary bill could be up for a full senate vote as early as Friday.

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<![CDATA[SF Supervisors Mull Equipping Jail Deputies With Body Cameras]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:40:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N500A+SF+BODY+CAMERAS+VO+-+00001209.jpg

The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office on Thursday will ask the city’s Board of Supervisors to fund a pilot program that would equip 30 deputies with body cameras and then expand to all 850. Pete Suratos reports.

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<![CDATA[Fight Against Trump's Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:03:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tru1AP_17080015521172.jpg

Bay Area city leaders and groups are forming a united front against President Donald Trump's executive orders on sanctuary cities.

On Wednesday, Richmond formally announced it is taking the president to court over his executive order. The announcement was made at the same time groups in San Francisco and San Jose added their support to similar lawsuits.

The groups all have the same message: Trump is violating the Constitution by threatening to revoke funds from cities who refuse to report someone to the federal government, simply for being an undocumented immigrant.

In the South Bay, more than a dozen union members and community leaders joined the fight outside the San Jose Federal Courthouse on Thursday.

The groups filed what is called an amicus brief with the court in support of Santa Clara County's federal lawsuit against the Trump administration. The groups claim the president's executive order defunding so-called sanctuary cities violates protections in the US Constitution.

In San Francisco, labor groups filed briefs in support of the city's lawsuit calling for a ban on the "defunding sanctuary city" order.

But not everyone in the Bay Area is on board.

During Richmond's formal announcement, at least one resident wanted to make sure he knew the city did not speak for him. The resident at the meeting was heard yelling "immigrants don't belong here."

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Security Ramps Up Following Attacks in London]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:40:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/TLMD--londres-ataque-GettyImages-656468102.jpg

Authorities in the Bay Area on Wednesday boosted security in response to the possible "terrorist incident" in London.

Folks passing through San Francisco International Airport will notice "a heightened level of vigilance," according to airport spokesperson Doug Yakel. An increased amount of uniformed police officers will be patrolling the grounds, but normal travel procedures are not expected to change.

Commuters crossing the Golden Gate Bridge should not notice any significant changes to security.

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation district spokesperson said authorities are "always on high alert at the bridge to keep it safe from threats."

The San Francisco Police Department is monitoring the situation in London and will be ready to respond in the event that a local threat presents itself, according to police spokesperson Giselle Talkoff.

BART reported that no additional security measures have been set in place, but the agency's Critical Asset Protection team is on patrol as part of its regular schedule.

In response to the attacks, Facebook implemented its "Safety Check" feature to allow users to notifiy loved ones of their status.

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<![CDATA[Alaska Airlines Will Drop Virgin America Name]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:23:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ak-virgin-tails.jpg

Alaska Airlines on Wednesday announced it will be dropping Virgin America’s brand name in 2019. But Virgin's trademark mood lighting will stay.

Seattle based Alaska Airlines acquired Burlingame-based Virgin for $4 billion in December.

In a press release, Alaska said:

"After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019. However, the combined airline will adopt many of the brand elements that Virgin America enthusiasts love about their favorite airline, including enhanced in-flight entertainment, mood lighting, music and the relentless desire to make flying a different experience for guests. The goal is to create a warm and welcoming West Coast-inspired vibe."

"Our goal from the very beginning of this merger was to become the go-to airline for people on the West Coast, with low fares, convenient flights, a premium product and genuine, caring service," said Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group. "Three months in, we've dramatically grown our presence in California and are united behind a new purpose: Creating an airline people love.

"We spent the last 10 months conducting extensive research and listening carefully to what fliers on the West Coast want most," said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing. "While the Virgin America name is beloved to many, we concluded that to be successful on the West Coast we had to do so under one name - for consistency and efficiency, and to allow us to continue to deliver low fares."

Alaska Airlines recently announced a major expansion in the Bay Area. They will be flying a total of 125 daily nonstop flights to 42 destinations, from three major Bay Area airports.

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<![CDATA[Senior Seal Celebrates Birthday]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:36:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/222*120/ShelbySeal_Cover.jpg

Shelby the harbor seal celebrated her 21st birthday at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Seals in the wild have an average lifespan of about 15 years, so she’s a senior citizen in the seal world. Due to her age, Shelby has lost about 90 percent of her eyesight, but her incredible sense of hearing allows her to whip around her habitat with the best of them.


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<![CDATA[Richmond Sues Trump Over Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:49:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-656076428.jpg

Richmond leaders on Wednesday announced plans to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order yanking federal funding from so-called "sanctuary jurisdictions," territories that protect undocumented immigrants from some Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions. 

The lawsuit, to be filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, argues that executive order 13768 violates the fourth and 10th amendments and is vague, among other complaints. Both U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly are also named in the suit. 

During a press conference Wednesday, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt said the city is attempting to "protect public trust" by filing the suit, citing lines of communication between Richmond police and immigrant communities as being essential to overall safety. If undocumented immigrants fear deportation, they may be less likely to call police when they are witnesses or victims to crimes, he said.

"We will not allow intimidation to disrupt our commitment to our residents and their safety," Butt said, backed by Police Chief Allwyn Brown. 

Trump signed executive order 13768, titled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," on January 25, only five days into his administration. If enforced, it would have drastic consequences for cities across the Bay Area, which rely on federal grants for a number of essential programs. 

In Richmond alone, approximately $77 million in federal funding goes toward affordable housing, education, job training, childcare, policing, and transportation programs. During the news conference, attorney Joseph Cotchett said the executive order would allow Trump to effectively gut those programs without a hearing or an appeal process.

"This is an unprecedented abuse of federal power and is full of arrogance by Washington, D.C., to break up the trust of the people of Richmond and the public servants that represent them," Cotchett said. "This lawsuit was filed not just for Richmond, but on behalf of every little city not only in California, but across the nation."

More than a quarter of Richmond residents were born in another country, according to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. 

Also at issue is the poor definition of "sanctuary jurisdiction," a term frequently used to describe territories where cooperation between ICE and local police is restricted, or ICE detainer requests are not honored. Because the definition varies depending on the city, Cotchett warned that the blustery business mogul could enforce the order on a whim, depending on which city was on the receiving end of his infamous and easily-provoked ire. 

In Richmond, where sanctuary policies have been record since 1990, city staff and police are banned from working with ICE unless authorizez by the city manager or police chief. Nearby cities, El Cerrito and Martinez, passed similar resolutions earlier this month. 

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<![CDATA[Remains of Woman Who Disappeared While Shopping Identified]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:28:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/maricela-garcia-tarzana.jpg

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Wednesday that remains found in Santa Clarita are that of a woman who went missing outside a Reseda Goodwill store in January.

Skeletal human remains were found March 7 on Golden Valley Road, about one-quarter mile west of Robert C. Lee Parkway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A man discovered the remains while walking his dog.

Coroner's officials identified the remains Wednesday as 26-year-old Maricela Garcia of Tarzana.

Garcia went missing on the evening of Jan. 12 while shopping with her sister at a Goodwill store on Lindley Avenue and Sherman Way in Reseda.

She stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, but by the time her sister went outside to check on her, she was gone.

Garcia's younger sister Sarah waited by the car for 30 minutes in the rain, but she never appeared.

The young woman's mother, also named Maricela, is heartbroken and devastated that her firstborn child is now dead. 

"This is the most horrible nightmare in my life as a single parent, as a single mom. I just found out yesterday that they found the remains of my daughter. It's not even her body," she said. 

She told NBC4 she is convinced her daughter is the victim of a crime, saying her daughter was always around family and wouldn't just disappear. 

"My daughter was a beautiful girl inside and outside," she said.  

Garcia's exact cause of death has yet to be determined. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding Garcia's case is asked to call the LAPD at 213-996-1800.

NBC4's Irene Moore contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Pursuit Ends When Sheriff's Vehicles Surround Suspect's Car ]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:28:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/170322-pursuit-oc.JPG

A pursuit full of twists and turns came to an end Wednesday evening when the suspect was surrounded by law enforcement vehicles. 

Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic violence call around 6:40 p.m. on Rockview Drive in unincorporated Anaheim. 

When the deputies arrived, the suspect had already left. A deputy spotted the man's SUV a few blocks away and tried to pull him over, but the suspect did not stop, sheriff's officials said. 

The driver of the silver SUV led deputies on an hour-long pursuit along surface streets and multiple freeways and eventually back onto surface streets. 

Aerial footage from NewsChopper 4 showed the driver blowing through stop signs and red lights and doing several U-turns in traffic. 

The pursuit ended around 7:50 p.m. when officers surrounded the suspect with their vehicles at the intersection of East 60th Street and Atlantic Boulevard in Maywood. The suspect's SUV collided with a law enforcement vehicle. 

Deputies pulled the domestic violence suspect out of the SUV and took him into custody. 

The pursuit driver, who has not yet been identified, has not been booked yet, but is possibly facing evading charges and more. 

No officers were injured in the chase. 

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<![CDATA[SF Startup Offers New Hires $10K De-Location Package]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:49:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0929water1.jpg

Talk about an astonishing turn of events.

Citing the Bay Area’s astronomical rents, tech startup Zapier is paying new hires $10,000 to move away from here.

No, you didn’t read that wrong.

The company has replaced relocation packages with an experiment aimed at delocation, Zapier’s co-founder Wade Foster wrote in a blog post.

Zapier is behind a tool that enables different web apps to work together automatically, and all of its employees work remotely. Zapier's team includes an estimated 80 people, according to SF Curbed.

But people who live in the Bay Area should not be forced to pick between professional and personal development, reasoned Foster, who as a Missouri native is familiar with the challenges associated with living in what appears, at least on the surface, to be a “thriving tech scene.”

“If you work in tech in a small town, coming to the Bay Area is like coming to the big leagues,” Foster wrote. “You actually encounter people who understand what you do on a day-to-day basis.”

But look closer, and the blemishes appear.

A chronic housing shortage and steep rents are common across the Bay Area. So people, some of whom earn six-figure salaries, are unable to make it more than a pitstop.

“The housing crunch and high cost of living simply price out many families and, despite loving the area, the realities are many of us need to look elsewhere to create the life we want for our families,” Foster said.

But Zapier doesn’t want its employees to have to choose.

To that end, it will help employees looking to move out of the Bay Area with up to $10,000. The fine print of the package says that it will reimburse employees for “moving expenses you incur in the first three months while working at Zapier. We also ask you stick around Zapier for at least a year.”

Foster acknowledged that prohibitive costs of living are common in a number of other U.S. cities. Right now, though, this delocation package is available only to people seeking to leave the Bay Area.

Based on how this test goes, there is a chance the program will be expanded to help Zapier employees in other parts of the country, he said.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to Zapier, but has yet to hear back.

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<![CDATA[Tickets Still Available For NCAA Tournament Games in SJ]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:41:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ncaa-tourney.jpg

Tickets are still available for the NCAA basketball tournament games being played this week at SAP Center in San Jose.

The limited number of remaining tickets will go on sale at noon Wednesday on the NCAA website and are expected to sell quickly, according to the Pac-12 Conference, which is serving as West Regional host for the two Sweet 16 games Thursday and one Elite Eight game Saturday.

The regional semifinals Thursday will feature No. 4 seed West Virginia against top-seeded Gonzaga at 4:30 p.m. and No. 11 seed Xavier against second-seeded Arizona at 7 p.m. The winners of those two games will face off Saturday in the regional final at a time to be determined. The winner of the regional final will cut down the nets at SAP Center and advance to the Final Four in Phoenix.

The four teams will be holding open practices Wednesday at SAP Center on the following schedule: West Virginia at noon; Xavier at 1 p.m.; Gonzaga at 2 p.m.; and Arizona at 3 p.m.

Additional ticketing information is available at NCAA.com/MBBTickets.

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<![CDATA[iCloud Hacked, 200M iPhone Users' Data in Danger: Report]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:56:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

An extra ounce of digital prevention could save hundreds of millions of iPhone users a ton of worry.

Hackers, calling themselves the Turkish Crime Family, claim to have hacked into Apple’s iCloud, accessing an estimated 200 million accounts. That’s a lot of photos, music files, and other personal data potentially in the wrong hands.

The Family is demanding a ransom from the tech giant in exchange for releasing the purloined iCloud accounts. Parties claiming to be the hackers told NBC Bay Area they are demanding $700,000. (Business Insider reported earlier Wednesday that the ransom was $75,000.)

“This is a wake-up call,” says Asaf Cidon of Silicon Valley security company Barracuda Networks.

Cidon recommends two-factor authentication: Adding an extra layer of security to your password or phone code.

“Extra prevention,” he says, “helps thwart attackers when they do happen to get ahold of your password.”

Meanwhile, the Family says without the ransom, it will eliminate the data on April 7.

Cidon says don’t worry too much, just add a little extra protection to your data.

Apple late Wednesday provided the following statement:

"There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.

We're actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication."

Scott’s reports can be found on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[SF Boutique Owner Charged With Selling Illegal Animal Fur]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:16:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0322-2017-CicelyHansen.jpg

The owner of a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood accused of illegally selling items made from endangered species appeared in court Wednesday on criminal charges.

Cicely Hansen, owner of Decades of Fashion, made an initial appearance Wednesday on nine misdemeanor counts of possession of endangered species with intent to sell.

However, her arraignment was put over to April 17 after her request for representation by the public defender's office was denied.

Hansen, 68, on Wednesday said she is not a criminal, but a fashion historian. Decades of Fashion aims to preserve vintage fashion, including vintage furs, Hansen said.

"I don't have pelts and I'm hardly a poacher," Hansen said.

Hansen was arrested March 1, nearly a year after a Feb. 16, 2016, search of her store at 1653 Haight St. by state Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators.

Investigators seized 150 items from the store, which advertises items ranging from Victorian times to the 1980s. The items connected to the case include clothing and accessories containing skins and body parts from a jaguar, leopard, ocelot, snow leopard and endangered sea turtle, among others.

District Attorney George Gascon said the case stemmed from an anonymous tip made to state Fish and Wildlife authorities.

Undercover investigators were able to try on items for sale in a back room including a leopard skin coat that was listed for sale for $4,500, Gascon said.

"She had a normal operation in front selling vintage clothing," Gascon said. "This was purposely kept for a more discreet clientele."

State laws allow the possession of vintage items containing the body parts of endangered species, but prohibits their sale.

Hansen on Wednesday said she did not realize a law passed last year making it illegal to sell her clothes.

"I'm a preservationist. I'm a fashion historian. This is about preservation," Hansen said. "(I had) no intention to break the law."

The maximum Hansen could face is four years and six months in jail, and a $45,000 fine.

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<![CDATA['Impossible Burger' Heads to AT&T Park]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:28:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1013-2016-ImpossibleBurger.jpg

Silicon Valley's well-backed, plant-based burger with realistic meat taste is headed to AT&T Park and other Bay Area places thanks in part to a new production facility in Oakland.

The "Impossible Burger" has been developed over the past six years by Redwood City's Impossible Foods, a private company founded by former Stanford University biochemistry professor Patrick O. Brown. Though based in the Bay Area, the product was unveiled last summer at Momofuku Nishi, a restaurant based in New York City before it became available at Cockscomb and Jardinière in San Francisco.

The company announced Wednesday that the opening of a new large-scale production facility in Oakland would immediately allow for the three new Bay Area restaurants to offer product, and expect to handle up to 1,000 restaurants by year-end.

As of Thursday, you can try it out at Public House in AT&T Park, KronnerBurger in Oakland and Vina Enoteca in Palo Alto.

The Impossible Burger's mission is to not compromise on flavor while delivering a much more environmentally kind and efficient product. The company said it takes a quarter of the water and 5 percent of the land that it takes to make a regular beef burger, with no animals harmed or killed in the process.

The Impossible Burger patty is made from ingredients including potatoes, coconut oil and wheat. But the secret ingredient that gives it a true meat-like taste is heme, a protein found in humans and animals that imparts a juiciness that carnivores crave.

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<![CDATA[Cool Gig Alert: Danville Needs a Poet Laureate]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:15:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/174*120/50-100--etsy-journals.jpg

Are you a wordsmith currently living in Danville?

If so, you could be the next poet laureate, one of several positions currently open on the town’s Arts Commission. 

The duties are fairly straightforward: the applicant must have an appreciation for and knowledge of literary arts, and be able to serve as a liaison between the Arts Commission and local organizations. What’s more, the poet laureate is expected create and read poetry during town events.

The term length is two years, and you wouldn’t get paid, but the gig would add a fancy title to your resume. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Previous Danville poet laureates include Lea Kagel and Nancy Fraze, who wrote a welcome home poem for Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot credited with saving the lives of his passengers by landing US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009. 

Meanwhile, four-year unpaid positions on the Arts Commission are also up for grabs. Duties include informing the City Council on arts events, updating the community calendar, and recommending policies that promote artistic expression in the town, officials say.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on May 17. Commissioners and the Danville's next poet laureate will be appointed at the June 20 City Council meeting.

For more information, contact City Clerk Marie Sunseri at 925-314-3401.

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<![CDATA[Rainy Weather a Boon for Mushroom Hunters]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:56:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/coral+fungus.jpg

The series of winter deluges have swamped California — exacting havoc on drivers, triggering mud slides and other mayhem. But there's one group of outdoor folks who won’t be lodging many complaints — mushroom foragers.

After years of drought, the rain has yielded a bumper crop of wild mushrooms across fields and forests — drawing the attention of foragers like Brennan Wenck-Reilly.

“It’s been just amazing,” Wenck-Reilly said. “People have just been coming back with pounds and pounds and pounds of all sorts of fun mushrooms.”

On a recent day, Wenck-Reilly strolled quickly through a wooded San Francisco park pointing out the various mushroom species tucked beneath trees and behind thick shrubs. From the corner of his eye he somehow managed to spot even tiny mushrooms camouflaged in the carpet of pine needles and overgrown grass.

“Candy cap mushrooms,” he announced, plucking up a tiny caramel colored mushroom that has the taste of maple syrup. He said he recently made a cheesecake with candy cap mushrooms for the San Francisco Mycological Society which he is president.

“Mushrooms themselves are very mystic,” Wenck-Reilly said, navigating through a stand of Monterey Cypress. “Very cryptic.”

Wenck-Reilly said that during the height of the mushroom season which peaked around November and December, foragers would come across entire fields of fungi during outings. He said the rain yielded a foraging bounty.

“So with all the moisture we’ve had we’ve definitely had a lot more of mushroom growth,” Wenck-Reilly said, sitting on a picnic bench with an image of a mushroom done in Sharpie.

This year’s mushroom season had mostly played out by the time Wenck-Reilly recently strolled though a San Francisco forest to hunt for mushrooms — but the journey still yielded a diversity of types including turkey tail, coral fungus and rescula mushrooms. He said the rain had resulted in more variety and quantity.

During his foraging, Wenck-Reilly often leafed through a guide book for the types of mushrooms he encountered, even though he has a Master's Degree in mycology. He cautioned that some mushrooms are poisonous — and can possibly lead to severe health problems and death.

“So my rule of thumb is go hunt with somebody who knows more about mushrooms than you,” he advised.

Wenck-Reilly said the years of drought had left nature’s mushroom cupboard largely bare around the Bay Area — but the resurgence had lead to a newly charged enthusiasm for foraging.

“This year it’s about the abundance of everything,” Wenck-Reilly said, “and that’s really what has been the draw.”

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr.
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<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Student Recovers After Contracting Meningitis ]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:07:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/240*120/3-22-17_Berkeley_Meningitis.jpg

A UC Berkeley student on Wednesday is recovering from meningococcal meningitis, but that reality has not stopped health officials from issuing warnings to students, according to the university.

Vaccines will be offered to students under the age of 25 Thursday afternoon at Tang Center in hopes of preventing a potential spread of the disease, which attacks the lining of the brain and spinal cord, according to the university.

In addition to preventative vaccines, health officials are also warning students to keep an eye out for potential symptoms, which include fever, headache, rash, body aches, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion and stiff neck.

Meningitis is typically spread through close contact, such as kissing or sharing drinks or utensils. The bacteria, which cannot thrive as well when outside of the body, is much less likely to spread via casual contact.

Three vaccines are currently available to protect against meningitis. The specific case at UC Berkeley was caused by meningococcus group B, "which was not covered by the meningitis vaccine required for incoming students," according to the university.

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<![CDATA[Heavy Downpours Trigger Slick Roads, Flooding Concerns]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-22-17_Rain_Orinda.jpg

Another round of rain early Wednesday lashed portions of the Bay Area, triggering headaches on the roadways and more flooding concerns.

A fatal crash on Interstate 580 near Harrison Street in Oakland temporarily blocked all lanes of westbound traffic during the early morning commute hours, California Highway Patrol officers said on Twitter.

At least three lanes of traffic re-opened just after 5:30 a.m., according to the CHP. All lanes were opened just before 6:30 a.m.

In nearby Orinda, flash flooding near Highway 24 reignited fears for residents trying to dry out after a soaking wet winter. Sandbags were put in place near Camino Pablo and Camino Sobrante in advance of the recent storm, but fast-moving water skirted right around the barriers. As dawn approached, most of the flooding had subsided.

Crews along the Peninsula Wednesday morning were busy removing a fallen tree that crashed on top of PG&E wires in Menlo Park. The tree toppled near Marcussen Drive and Oak Grove Avenue, according to police. Authorities were forced to close the entire road while they removed it from the pavement.

Wednesday's storm, which could pack wind speeds ranging from 15 to 30 mph and isolated lightning, will not generate any major river flooding concerns. Showers are expected to taper off by the afternoon hours with clearing expected by the evening.

A stronger storm on Friday and early Saturday could douse the Bay Area with one to two inches of rainfall before clearing out by late Saturday morning.

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<![CDATA[Benicia Police Nab Thief With $25K Worth of Stolen Jewelry]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:56:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/benicia+thief-0321-2017.jpg

Benicia police nabbed a suspected thief and recovered more than $25,000 worth of stolen jewelry over the weekend, the department said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Gilberto Upton, 25, of Benicia, was arrested and booked into Solano County jail after investigators found a victim's stolen credit card and stolen jewelry in his possession, police said.

"We found a lot of bling in a car this weekend – more than $25,000 worth of bling to be exact," the post said. "The good news is a local woman was reunited with her jewelry and credit card after she reported them stolen a few days earlier. ... We are glad to bring a happy ending to this victim."

Upton also had an undisclosed amount of heroin on him, police said.

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<![CDATA[Secret Video Shows SF Teacher Admitting to Striking Students]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:58:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf+teacher-0321-2017.jpg

A teacher who is on leave to work for the labor union in San Francisco is under investigation Tuesday night after a newly released, secretly recorded video appears to show the man talking about how he has assaulted students and gotten away with it.

The video of Antonio Mankini appears to show the treasurer of the United Educators of San Francisco admitting to assaulting students.

"I clothes-lined a kid one time," the teacher says in the the video. "Kid went down."

The union official isn't working as a teacher now, but his LinkedIn page says he taught at James Lick Middle School from 2007 to 2014.

"I can see grabbing a kid; I can see throwing him up against a locker. Not that I've done that; maybe once or twice," Mankini says in the video.

A controversial group called Project Veritas posted the 2015 video, featuring James O'Keefe reporting, Tuesday night on YouTube. In it, Mankini also tells the person who is posing as a teacher how to get away with assaulting a student.

"Maybe you didn't hit him; maybe he walked into your fist," Mankini says in the video.

Project Veritas says it posted the video to try to expose wrongdoing.

San Francisco Unified School District officials said they are investigating, but otherwise declined to comment.

Union leaders said Mankini is now on leave while they also look into the video. The union released a statement Tuesday, saying, "The deceptive video clips that O’Keefe has posted are troubling, and we are committed to a swift, full and fair investigation so that all appropriate actions can be taken. UESF has taken action to investigate this matter and has placed the videotaped individual on administrative leave while that investigation is underway."

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<![CDATA[Niners' Pierre Garcon is Determined to be a Leader ]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:15:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/pregrcnnn.jpg

Pierre Garcon has had a long and productive career in the NFL, catching 564 passes over nine seasons with Indianapolis and Washington. He’s been a sure-handed target while wearing two pro uniforms.

But his best season came in 2013 in Washington, when Kyle Shanahan – the new head coach of the 49ers – was that team’s offensive coordinator. In that offense, Garcon had a league-leading 113 catches for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. So, it was hardly surprising when Garcon, an unrestricted free agent, decided to reunite with Shanahan and give his new team a true pro at wide receiver, even though it wasn’t known at the time who the team’s starting quarterback will be in 2017.

Garcon will be a foundation piece of a new-look receiving corps that also has added free-agent wideouts Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson.

But as Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com noted recently, the 49ers signed Garcon not only for his receiving skills, but his leadership abilities. Having played for Shanahan before, and knowing his offensive system – just as new quarterback Brian Hoyer and tight end Logan Paulsen do from their previous time with Shanahan – Garcon can be both a teacher and leader with his new teammates.

“I don’t mind help setting the tone,” Garcon told Wagoner. “That’s what I want to do, too. I have got a lot to prove to myself and for the team and for Kyle. I’ve got to make everybody look good for bringing me here. So I definitely want to set the tone, set the bar high and just make the plays that we’re supposed to make and win games and keep moving forward.”

At age 30, Garcon is coming off a strong season in Washington, catching 79 passes for 1,041 yards and three TDs. His yards-per-catch average of 13.2 was his highest since 2012.

Garcon never has played for a west coast team, but he said the chance to go to an organization with Shanahan that truly wanted his services makes him excited for the 2017 season.

“The West Coast is far from home, but I’m happy it happened and I’m happy I’m out here and I’m definitely happy to be somewhere I’m wanted,” he said.

The 49ers gave Garcon a five-year deal worth a potential $47.5 million.

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