<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:38:41 -0700 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:38:41 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Vegetation Fire Burns off Highway 24]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STRINGER+LAFAYETTE+FIRE+-+00022522.jpg

A grass fire broke out early Wednesday along Highway 24 in Lafayette, just before the morning commute.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  said the fire was reported about 4:30 a.m. near 1200 Pleasant Hill Road near Acalanes High School. Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said he was not sure how the fire started.

By 5:30 a.m., the fire had spread to 10 acres and was threatening one structure. And just before 6 a.m., Lafayette police said the fire was under control. But they urged people to stay away from Deer Hill Road, because it was closed between Brown Avenue and Pleasant Hill Road.

Temperatures on Wednesday were expected to be hot for a second day in a row. A Spare the Air alert was issued again because of the heat and unhealthy smog likely to be created.

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<![CDATA[Friends, Family Mourn Loss of San Jose Hockey Player]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:35:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0728-2015-Kiehl.jpg

Family and friends are mourning the death of a 19-year-old hockey player who was gunned down near his San Jose home.

Nearly 300 people attended a vigil Tuesday night at Shark's Ice in Fremont to remember Chris Keil.

"His heart was bigger than him," said Sandy Furtado, a family friend. "He just wanted everyone to get along. This is a tremendous loss to all of us. Chris didn't deserve this."

Keil was shot and killed late Saturday night while standing in front of a neighbor's home on Sunbeam Circle in San Jose. Police said two people drove up in a car, with one person getting out of the vehicle and shot Keil before the suspect sped off.

Keil wore No. 90 for the Santa Clara Black Hawks and many friends wore the team jersey at Tuesday's vigil. Keil's father also serves as the vice president of the Northern California Hockey Association.

"Any of you who read my Facebook post know that Christopher will be in our hearts and heads for the rest of our lives," father Mark Keil said. "That's who Christopher was and is."

Keil's teammates and friends can't believe his life was cut short.

"He was a great guy, knew everybody," neighbor Linnie McIntyre said. "If he had any fault it's that he respected everybody in life."

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<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Girl Killed in Santa Cruz]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:39:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0728-2015-MaddyVigil.jpg

Several hundred people came together late Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to remember an 8-year-old girl killed in Santa Cruz.

The body of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton was discovered late Monday inside a recycle bin in a first-floor garage near her apartment complex. Shortly after her body was found, police arrested Maddy's 15-year-old neighbor.

"A lot of people in town have been walking around numb," Scotts Valley-resident Robert Aldana said. "That's how I feel like. I've been walking around numb."

Police believe the suspect killed Maddy before they received the initial call that the girl was missing on Sunday. Authorities also said the teen was likely someone Maddy trusted.

Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the teen brought the girl to his apartment, where she went “willingly," before he "murdered her inside his apartment and carried her downstairs to the recycle bin." The teen was spotted very close to the dumpster bin when the body was found, Vogel added, and the girl's body was "concealed in a way that wasn't obvious or readily apparent." A police statement said the teen had gone to "great lengths" to hide and disguise the body.

The district attorney is deciding on whether to charge the teen as an adult in the killing. The district attorney also is expected to announce his plans for the case on Wednesday during a press conference.

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<![CDATA[Swimmers Attempt SF-To-Farallon Islands Swims]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:38:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/farallon+swim+2.jpg

The crossing of the English Channel is, without question, the most famous long-distance swim in the world.

But is it the hardest?

To date, there have been close to 3,000 successful crossings of the Channel. In contrast, the epic swims Simon Dominguez and Kim Chambers have planned, will be the very firsts of their kind.

Australia native and Bay Area resident Dominguez is planning an attempt, likely to start Tuesday evening around midnight, at being the first person ever to complete the roughly 30 mile swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands on his own.

Only four solo swimmers have previously completed the feat of swimming from the Farallons, a cluster of islands 30 miles west of the coast, to the Golden Gate. But if successful, Dominguez will be the first to do the swim in the other direction, starting his swim at the bridge.

Chambers, a native of New Zealand who has lived in the Bay Area for 20 years, is planning to attempt her swim sometime between August 8-10. If successful, she would be the first woman to ever complete the swim in either direction.

“I’m drawn to adventure. I’m drawn to the unknown and that’s tremendously alluring and thrilling for me,” Chambers says.

“I just see this as something out there that needs to be done,” Dominguez adds.

“We might shiver a lot, might have to drink a lot of beer when we get out of the water, but it's just things you have to do,” he says.

Dominguez fell into the sport somewhat by chance back in 2010 while back home in Australia. Having been a competitive swimmer growing up, he thought that three weeks of training would be enough to successfully complete his first seven mile marathon swim. It turned out to be much more difficult than he ever imagined.

“I was in a lot of pain,” he said. “I couldn’t move but I was totally hooked.”

Also getting into the sport somewhat unexpectedly was his training partner, Chambers.

Growing up, Chambers was a competitive ballerina. In 2007 a horrific leg accident almost lead to her leg being amputated. She entered the pool as part of her rehabilitation and only took a dip in the chilly waters of the San Francisco Bay on a dare from friends.

She, too, was hooked.

“I got in and I was like, ‘I can’t believe I’m out here. I can’t believe I’m doing this.’”

Chambers has since gone on to be one of the most accomplished marathon swimmers in the world. She has completed the “Oceans Seven,” the most challenging long distance swims in the world, akin to mountaineering’s “Seven Summits.”

With a successful swim to the Farallons, they might have to change the name to the “Oceans Eight.”

“I’m just, I guess a little bit addicted to see how far I can go,” Chambers said.

Dominguez and Chamers say there is a natural rivalry between them as a result of their Aussie and Kiwi roots, but once in the water, they are all business.

“It’s a partnership. We’re not competing with each other, we’re just really competing with ourselves,” Chambers said.

Noting that for him, the long swims are 80 percent physical and 15 to 20 percent mental, Simon said that some days require a little bit of extra motivation. As members of the Night Train Swimmers, they have had the opportunity to do swims that benefit various charities.

These swims are no exception.

“We’re doing it to make a difference and the fact that we can do something that we love and at the same time inspire people to contribute to these charities is very special.”

To follow Dominguez’s swim, you track his escort boat’s GPS here.

<![CDATA[Conference Talks Drone Safety, Privacy Risks]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:40:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone-generic-carlsbad-0926.jpg

A conference on how to manage drones was held Tuesday at the NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Hundreds attended the conference, which aimed at discussing ways to use drones without putting your safety or privacy at risk.

While the unmanned aircraft may not be able to soar higher than a few hundred feet, there are many who said the uses for drones are limitless.

"You're going to see drones reshaping a lot of dangerous jobs like inspecting power lines and cell towers, and flying over farm fields," said Jesse Kallman of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Drones, however, have become an issue on the fire lines.

The most extreme example came just weeks ago when a drone risk grounded air tankers trying to battle a fire on Interstate 15. The blaze swept over the highway, engulfing 20 cars.

Tuesday's conference also discussed who should be allowed to fly drones and where drone flying should be permitted.

Experts said drones are not always a safety threat and can also be used as a safety tool.

"The San Francisco Fire Department can use a drone to see how bad the fire is before they get there or bring in medical supplies to someone you can't reach because of traffic," Kallman said.

Drone research may also lead to improvements in other industries.

"It won't be long before this technology can be used on general aviation air crafts," said Guy Kemmerly of the NASA Langley Research Center.

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<![CDATA[Police Find Dead Man at the Base of a 30-Foot Cliff]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:58:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SOUTH+SF+FATAL+RAW+RWE+1550+PDT+-+02311927.jpg

South San Francisco police located a dead man at the base of a 30-foot cliff on Tuesday.

The city's police department learned at 10:35 a.m. that San Francisco police found a vehicle near Geneva Boulevard and Brookdale Avenue. Investigators believed — and later confirmed — that the car had been occupied by suspects during an alleged Monday night shooting in South San Francisco.

Police towed the car as evidence and arrested a person of interest.

At about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the South San Francisco Communications Center received a report of a body turning up along the water's edge near the end of Point San Bruno Boulevard. Responding officers located a deceased man who was identified by family members as one of the victims who was allegedly chased and shot at by suspects overnight Monday.

Police said that the shooting occurred on the 300 block of Point San Bruno Boulevard, in South San Francisco’s industrial area, at about 10:15 p.m.

An investigation showed that three San Francisco residents were in a car in their hometown when another car, with two or three occupants, chased them to South San Francisco.

The pursuit ended when the pair of vehicles arrived at a “dead-end,” police said. The victims disembarked and tried to run away but a man climbed out of the suspect vehicle – a newer model, silver SUV – and shot at them. He then returned to the car and fled, police said.

The suspect allegedly fired several rounds of ammunition at the victims, but police initially said that there was no evidence of anyone getting hurt.

Police did not provide details about how the man was killed or how he ended up at the foot of a cliff.

However, they confirmed that the suspects and victims – all African-American men ranging from 21 to 28 years old – reside in San Francisco. Police believe that the people involved in the incident are not connected to the South San Francisco area where the shooting occurred.

An investigation is ongoing.

People with information about the case are requested to contact the South San Francisco Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 650-877-8910, use the anonymous tip line at 650-952-2244 or send an email to tips@ssf.net.

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<![CDATA[Test Drive Ends With Crash, Criminal Charges]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:13:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/test-drive-concord.jpg

A routine test-drive from a Concord car dealership ended with a crash and criminal charges.

The Lehmer's Concord Buick GMC salesman tells police the customer announced he was stealing the $70,000 van during the test drive.

The salesman bailed out when the van slowed down.

Police caught the driver after he crashed into a sound wall.

The dealership says everything seemed normal as the man gave them a copy of his driver’s license before the test drive.

The suspect, who was not named by police, was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, resisting arrest and stealing a car.

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<![CDATA[Artist Builds Macabre Chapel in Petaluma Warehouse]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:11:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0728-2015-PetalumaChapel.jpg

Michael Garlington gave the pair of opulent doors covered in macabre faces and skulls a firm tug, setting off a deep groan as the doors surrendered, revealing a towering golden hill of statuettes.

“Welcome to the Totem of Confessions,” he said grinning.

Garlington stepped inside the tower, covered every inch in images and paper cutouts. For the past few months, Garlington has been constructing his version of a chapel inside a Petaluma warehouse. The project is destined for the Burning Man Arts festival in Nevada next month. But unlike most church builders who built their edifices to serve a higher power, Garlington built his to serve his photographs.

The chapel, built from paper and wood, occupied the majority of the warehouse. The exterior was covered in Garlington’s stark and moody black and white images — animals with halos, and eerie portraits. Its main portal was a pair of doors inspired by the sculptor Rodin’s famous Gates of Hell, opening to an inner chamber.

“I want people to come in and see that detail and look into it and wonder,” Garlinton said.

An interior “confessional” featured tiny rooms where visitors could unload their mental burdens. An altar featured a picture of Timothy Leary, whose ashes are set to be interned in the building.

“I really do it with humor,” Garlington said. “If it’s a little dark I find people find it interesting.”

Garlington started taking photographs as a kid — his parents owned a black and white photo printing studio in San Francisco. Two decades ago his mother bought him a 4 x 5 Graflex camera for Christmas. It’s been his main instrument ever since, capturing his meticulously staged dark and haunting images.

Eventually, Garlington started building elaborate frames to house his photos. The frame holding a picture he called the “procession of tea party,” was outlined in china dishes and even a tea pot. Another frame was draped in an American flag with religious statues flanking its image.

But Garlington’s visions outgrew his frames - so he decided to build what will eventually be a five-story chapel to hold the images. He sees the structure as a really big picture frame.

“So this is here to me just a really large portal into these visions,” he said, taking-in the chapel’s image-laden facade.

Garlington and his partner Natalia Bertotti spend their days filling every square inch of the chapel with decorations. Garlington collected hundreds of small chotskies including religious statues at garbage dumps and yard sales. He made rubber molds and cast hundreds more of them in plaster, forming a chaotic golden mound with them inside the chapel.

“People are just amazed by the amount of detail there is,” said Bertotti.

Bertotti and Garlington found inspiration for the project while touring churches in Europe. They were moved by the soaring ceilings and religious imagery of saints and sinners. They infused the chapel with religious iconography.

“So just the amount of time that would’ve taken for someone to do it just blows my mind,” Bertotti said. “Because now I know how long those things take.”

But like a photograph, Garlington’s creation will only occupy a small sliver of time. At Burning Man, the 50 foot piece will be viewed by tens of thousands of revelers before it’s burned, along with the ashes of Timothy Leary, which were in the care of a friend. Garlington has wrestled with the reality of destroying something he’s put so much love into.

“As I do this I ask myself that question constantly; how can i spend hours and hours and just let it go?” Garlington asked. “But one of these days the Mona Lisa will go. Everything will go.”

Until it’s demise, Garlington is working feverishly to finish the bottom floor of the chapel before it’s shipped off to the desert to be assembled. Before returning to his day’s work, he paused to look over the chapel’s imposing doors and its photograph-covered walls.

“Nobody owns art — you play with it and you walk with it a while,” he said. “But to pass it on is my absolute dream in life.”

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<![CDATA[Oakland Animal Services At 200% Capacity]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:52:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/VolVasili_sm.jpg

Now is a particularly good time to foster or adopt a dog and help Oakland Animal Services, which is twice over capacity.

According to East Bay Express, the organization needs help fostering large dogs. Board member Nicole Perelman told the publication that the large number of dogs needing homes could correlate with rising rents and evictions. The shelter is presently at 200 percent of what it can normally handle, leading to space problems.

Oakland Animal Services director Rebecca Katz said on the organization website that she'd particularly like to find foster homes for dogs who have been there more than two months.

“Fostering is a great way to help an animal on a temporary basis, for a month or longer,” she said. “We like to think of it like a ‘lending library’ where people can check out a dog and always bring it back if it is not the right fit.”

NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo have organized a Clear The Shelters animal adoption event on August 15 to help thousands of organizations clear the shelters nationwide.

Even if you can't adopt a pet, you can still help a shelter by volunteering or donating.

Kitten-palooza! On Saturday, August 1, we're featuring kittens! Come down to the shelter and check out all our adorable,...

Posted by Oakland Animal Services on Sunday, July 26, 2015


Gaston has gone to a foster home! This lovable 1-year-old boy is still up for adoption, but he'll be waiting in style, on a cushy bed. Please contact OAS if you would like to meet him.

Posted by Oakland Animal Services on Saturday, July 25, 2015

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Near Dublin Army Base]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:44:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanramon3.jpg

Firefighters battled a 250-acre brush fire Tuesday on the Camp Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin near the Santa Rita Jail, not far from the Interstate 580-680 interchange.

Cal Fire was assisting U.S. military firefighters to get the fire out. Alameda County, Camp Parks Fire and San Ramon Valley Fire were also on scene, fire officials said.

The NBC Bay Area chopper showed crews setting a fire line along the dry grasses along Dougherty Road just north of the Camp Parks Army base and the Santa Rita jail.

The fire, reported around 11:30 a.m., was only affecting vegetation, a Cal spokesperson said. Crews contained the fire by about 3 p.m.

The city of Dublin tweeted 2 p.m. that Tassajara Road was closed between Quarry Lane and Fallon Road because of the fire. They also tweeted that no homes or schools are being evacuated at this time.

A drone was spotted over the area of the fire, according to Alameda County Fire.

Temperatures were hot on Tuesday, reaching 96 degrees by 1:30 p.m. prompting the first Spare the Air alert of the summer.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Lowell Fire Chars 2,2K Acres, 30% Contained]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:18:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/06-12-2015-wildfire-fire-controlled-burn-brush-%288%29.jpg

The Lowell Fire charred 2,200 acres by Tuesday, Cal Fire reported, which was 30 percent contained.

Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said crews hoped to fully contain the blaze by Aug. 1.

In addition, 1,800 structures in both counties remained under threat, and there were several mandatory evacuations still in place, Cal Fire said on its website.

Investigators have net yet determined the cause of the blaze, which was first reported Saturday about 2:30 p.m. in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta.

Four firefighters were injured in the blaze. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said the federal agency still has one remaining firefighter in the burn unit at the University of California at Davis hospital. But he said two Cal Fire firefighters and one Forest Service firefighter had been released after battling a blaze racing through Nevada and Placer counties.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Unattended Bag at SFO International Terminal]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02-28-2014-sfo.jpg

An unattended bag was found on the curbside in front of San Francisco International Airport's international terminal, officials said Tuesday.

Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said the bag's discovery at 11:30 a.m. prompted the closure of six ticket counters. The upper-level roadway for the international terminal was also shut down at 12:30 p.m., he said. [[318994471, C]]

San Francisco police offciers were on-scene investigating the bag, but all closures were lifted before 1:30 p.m., according to officials. [[318994861, C]]

The BART station at SFO was temporarily closed due to police activity, officials said. [[318995421, C]]

Photo Credit: Christie Smith
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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Girl's Body Found in Dumpster, Teen Arrested]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/maddy-resize.jpg

A 15-year-old boy lured 8-year-old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton inside his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the Santa Cruz housing complex for artists where they lived, the city’s chief of police said Tuesday.

Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the teen brought the girl to his apartment, where she went “willingly," before he "murdered her inside his apartment and carried her downstairs to the recycle bin." The teen was spotted very close to the dumpster bin when the body was found, Vogel added, and the girl's body was "concealed in a way that wasn't obvious or readily apparent." A police statement said the teen had gone to "great lengths" to hide and disguise the body.

It took detectives a second sweep of the complex to find the body, Vogel said, because they were in "search" mode at first, before switching to "recovery" mode.

The teen, who was arrested Monday about 8 p.m., was an "acquaintance" of Maddy's, as they lived in the same Tannery Arts Center apartment complex, a haven for artists and performers.

Vogel said there was evidence to lead police to suspect the boy of the "horrific crime," but he did not offer a motive for the killing. Some of that evidence, police said, included Maddy's "belongings, witness statements and video evidence." 

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Vogel added that he was so "hopeful" that his detectives would have been able to find her alive, a sentiment that was echoed by Mayor Don Lane, who expressed his "deepest sympathies" to Maddy's family.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning, Santa Cruz District Attorney Jeffrey Rosell said his office is strongly considering charging the teen as an adult. And police will have to wait for an autopsy to see if the little girl was sexually assaulted.

The news conference came after police and authorities from the Department of Justice searched the third floor of an apartment building where the boy lives with his mother. One neighbor described the teen as a "straight shooter" and an overall good kid who comes from a loving family. Even Kirby Scudder, who dates Maddy's mom, called the teen a "great kid." 

The girl, who was last seen riding her Razor scooter on Sunday afternoon at the complex, was officially reported missing at 6:08 p.m. that evening. Video surveillance showed her riding about at 5:05 p.m. Vogel said, "It is my belief that she was killed before we even got the phone call that night."

A 2006 FBI study revealed that about 76 percent of abducted children who are killed are dead within three hours of the abduction.

On Tuesday, a growing memorial of candles, flowers and stuffed animals marked the site where she was last playing. Artists, friends and neighbors walked arm in arm, heads down, showing their grief.

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Her mother, Laura Jordan, did not speak publicly after the body was found. But earlier in the day, while crews and volunteers were searching for Maddy, she told NBC affiliate KSBW that her daughter knew not to stray or go with strangers.

"She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be," Jordan said. "I already fell apart. Now, I'm just in survival mode. I can't explain how difficult this is."

Witnesses said the 15-year-old boy was calm and was cooperating with police when he was seen walking in handcuffs to a patrol car Monday evening.

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Terrence Keller, a neighbor, described the teen as a good person: "I've known him a long time. He's a nice, well-spoken kid. It's very unfortunate to say the least."

Keller said he's known the teen since he moved into the arts complex about six years ago. He said he thought so highly of the teen that he once considered inviting him to his gym to work out.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified said that the teen never showed signs of being a sociopath, and was not involved with drugs or gangs that he knew of. “I actually saw him turn down alcohol,” the neighbor said. “He was a straight shooter.”

He said the teen has an adult brother and the most “amazing mother,” the “most welcoming person at the Tannery. If there was a social function, you’d go to her house for food. There was an abundance of love for him.”

The neighbor said that he had never seen the teen hanging out specifically with Maddy or other young children at the complex.

A woman who appeared to be the boy's mother screamed in hysterics as her son was taken away by police.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the murder of an abducted child is rare – about 100 cases each year. That's out of a total of about 467,000 child abductions in 2014, according to the FBI's National Crime Information Center. But in most of the child abduction murder cases, the FBI notes, the victims are slightly older than 11 and the killers are about 27 years old.

NBC Bay Area's Kristofer Noceda contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Chuang and Santa Cruz police
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<![CDATA[Report: Teachers Can't Afford Bay Area]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:01:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/For+Sale+Sign+generic.jpg

Rising housing costs in California have made it unaffordable for teachers to buy homes, especially in the Bay Area, a new report concludes.

According to real estate tracker Redfin, 83 percent of homes in the state are out of an affordable price range for teachers.

More shocking is the firm's claim that research was unable to turn up a single home for sale in San Francisco that a teacher could afford.

The problem is particularly pronounced in Silicon Valley, where the teacher-retention rate is falling, as educators have to move to more affordable areas.

“Housing is one of the biggest reasons we lose teachers from one year to the next,” Cupertino's teachers' union president Dave Villafana, told The Atlantic. “They can’t afford a house, and rent is prohibitive as well.”

<![CDATA[Body Found Believed to Be of Missing Girl]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:22:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/madysoncrop.jpg

Santa Cruz police late Monday said they found a young girl's body believed to be that of Madyson "Maddy" Middleton, an 8-year-old girl who went missing Sunday.

The body was found in a dumpster just before 8 p.m. inside an enclosed area in the apartment complex where the girl lived, police said.

Police also said they have arrested a 15-year-old boy who lives in the complex on suspicion of homicide.

Speaking at a press conference late Monday, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said the discovery of the body was "extraordinarily heartbreaking news." Though the coroner hadn't positively identified her, in a statement police said they believed the body belong to Maddy.

Maddy was last seen about 6 p.m. Sunday riding a scooter outside her apartment complex, the Tannery Arts Center on River Street.

Witnesses said the arrested teen, who also lives at the apartment complex, was calm and was cooperating with police when he was detained just before 8 p.m. Monday.

Police did not identify the teen, as he is a minor. But Terrence Keller, a neighbor, said of the boy: "I've known him a long time. He's a nice, well-spoken kid. It's very unfortunate to say the least." A woman who appeared to be the boy's mother screamed in hysterics as her son was taken away by police.

Earlier in the day, the FBI joined the search for the missing girl. Search crews and special K-9 teams spent the day scouring the complex, a nearby levee and the beach along the Pacific Ocean.

Maddy was  riding her white Razor scooter, wearing a purple knee-high dress with black leggings, helmet and long dark hair pulled to the side in a braid. The girl, standing at 4 feet tall and weighing 48 pounds, was captured on video surveillance, which Santa Cruz police shared with the public.

"She was in the courtyard where she was supposed to be," her mother, Laura Jordan told NBC affiliate KSBW. "I already fell apart. Now, I'm just in survival mode. I can't explain how difficult this is."

Jordan added that her daughter has never run away, and that she's checked with all her friends, and assisted police in knocking on every door in the area.

Police said they will hold a press conference Tuesday to release further details.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez and Stephanie Chuang contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz police via Middleton school photo. Photographer unknown.]]>
<![CDATA[Balcony Collapse Survivors Treated in San Jose]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:21:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP543125309084.jpg

Some of the injured survivors of last month's balcony collapse in Berkeley are getting treatment in the South Bay.

Six Irish students were killed when the balcony tore away from the apartment building. Of the seven survivors, four are now patients at the brain injury and spinal cord injury unit at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

In a statement released Monday, the families of Aoife Beary, Clodagh Cogley, Hannah Waters and Niall Murray praised the staff, but say their children's victories are tiny ones, such as sitting up or breathing on their own.

The family members said, "We obviously share everyone's wish for speedy recoveries but we have found that every new week brings more complexity and that the road to recovery is far from straight, even in the very best of clinical environments."

Of the six people killed, five were Irish nationals -- Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh. The sixth victim was 22-year-old Rohnert Park resident Ashley Donohoe.

The statement continued, "As traumatic and difficult as the past five weeks have been for Aoife, Clodagh, Hannah and Niall, our constant thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families and friends of Eimear Walsh, Ashley Donohue, Olivia Burke, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eoghan Culligan. May they rest in peace.

"We are also very mindful of the many friends who were there in Berkeley that terrible night, some of whom were also seriously injured and others who responded so tenderly to the needs of our children at the scene and in the immediate horrific aftermath. They could never have imagined such a tragic end to their J1 (summer program) experience."

In addition, the family members thanked Berkeley police and fire department staff, ambulance paramedics, the people of Berkeley and surrounding areas, Philip Grant and his staff at the Irish Consulate in San Francisco and the Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco.

The family members additionally thanked the Bay Area hospitals where the surviving victims have been treated: Highland Hospital in Oakland, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, California Pacific Medical Center and UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco and Stanford Hospital.

They said Beary, Cogley, Waters and Murray "are now continuing their long treatment and recovery under the care of the superb doctors, nurses, therapists and other staff and management at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center."

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said last month that her office is conducting a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Busy Weekend For San Jose Police]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:45:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-crime-scene.jpg

San Jose beat cops are describing this past weekend as out of control: The city saw a murder, two attempted murders and rapes.

The command staff is praising the work of the short-handed officers, but some officers tell NBC Bay Area they felt overwhelmed. It started on Friday, with a late afternoon homicide, and it was non-stop from there.

Detectives are still looking for the killers who took the life of a 55-year-old man near Capitol Expressway and King Road on Friday afternoon.

That was followed by another homicide the next day, in another mobile home park. In fact, all weekend long, police say it was major call after major call. But, even undermanned and taxed, Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia says officers answered the call – over and over.

“We had over 24 contacts, made nine arrests, recovered one gun, two knives. Most of those were gang-related incidents,” Garcia said.

Sources say three separate women reported being sexually assaulted at knifepoint, all near Monterey and Alma streets early Saturday morning. Police managed to arrest a suspect.

They also caught a man who sources say is suspected of a carjacking at Evergreen’s Fowler Creek Park.

The command staff says crime usually peaks during summer months.

Beat cops say criminals are also feeling emboldened by the city’s low staffing levels, something the command staff says it continues to work on.

“We just keep fighting for them,” Garcia said. “We got some things done with Measure B. Now we gotta work on wages and get things set. And we’re going to become the premier department we once were.”

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<![CDATA[Leah Still Challenges Fellow Charmer Riley Curry to Dance-Off]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:52:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dance-off-2015.jpg

The battle of the cuties is on.

Leah Still, the 5-year-old daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, has challenged fellow Internet sensation Riley Curry to a dance-off.

On Riley’s third birthday, Ayesha Curry, who is married to Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, posted an Instagram video of the charming tot dancing to Silentó's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." 

But Leah, who was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014 and received the Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at the 2015 ESPYS, was confident she could do it better.

Devon Still took to Instagram on Sunday, saying: “I showed Leah the video of Riley doing the whip and all she kept sayin was daddy she can't do it better then me...” 

Still continued: “So I said if that's how you feel then challenge her to a dance off ... so @stephencurry30 the challenge has been sent #RileyKilledTheWhip #ButLeahPracticeThisDanceSoMuchSheBeFeelingHerself #SheLoveSeeingRileyOnTv.” 

Before treating viewers to an adorable performance, Leah says, "Riley, I saw your video. You think you can Whip better than me? I challenge you to do the Whip!"

Stephen and Ayesha Curry, who earlier this month welcomed their second baby girl, Ryan, have yet to respond.

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<![CDATA[Redheads Spotlighted at 'Ginger Pride Festival']]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:21:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/234*120/myginga.jpg

Redheads will celebrate their hair color with their own Ginger Pride Festival on Thursday in San Francisco's recently renovated Dolores Park.

Organizer Mike Witherspoon confirmed to NBC Bay Area that the celebration is real and posted an event schedule on the Facebook event page that includes a photobooth (with red wigs for the "ginger challenged") and a red velvet birthday cake for redheads celebrating a July birth. A "silent disco" with music that can only be heard in headphones is to be confirmed.

An afterparty at nightclub Monarch will feature drink discounts for redheads as well as Jameson and ginger ale on special.

Last year, a similar Dolores Park gathering yielded a song and video called "My Ginga," a parody of YG's rap song "My Hitta" created by Calvin Michael West, who sells redhead-positive "Double Recessive" T-shirts on his website.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Sign Petition to Demand Justice For #CecilTheLion]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:26:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/235*120/lion2.PNG

A petition demanding justice for Cecil the lion is gaining a lot of traction online.

When Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, shot and killed Cecil — one of the most beloved animals in Zimbabwe — on July 1, the entire Internet was outraged. In particular, Ruth McD, who began a petition on The Petition Site asking Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.

Palmer told NBC News he worked with local guides and believed the hunt was completely legal.

Ruth wrote on the petition that about three and a half years ago, Cecil teamed up with another male lion, Jericho, after being kicked out of their individual “social groups” otherwise known as their “pride.” Together, the two of them took control of the area's two prides, which also consisted of cubs. Ruth adds that Cecil’s death will likely end Jericho’s reign as well, and possibly the loss of the cubs.

The petition already has over 140,000 signatures.

In addition to the petition, many have taken to Twitter to share their feelings about Cecil.

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<![CDATA[More Than Half of Bay Area Carpool Lanes Run Slow: Study]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:48:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/New+Jwersey+GSP+Garden+State+Parkway+Traffic+Generic+Traffic.JPG

Not so fast. That's what a federal study found about more than half of the Bay Area's carpool lanes.

The federal study shows of the 400 miles os so-called fast lanes, more than half are not meeting requirements for keeping traffic moving. Traffic flow should be 45 mph for 90 percent of the time -- rules Caltrans officials said are not realistic in the Bay Area, especially once accidents are added in.

Caltrans Deputy District Director of Traffic Operations Sean Nozzari said there are five to 10 incidens reported a day.

The heavy traffic is being blamed on a booming economy. Critics of the Bay Area's carpool system said there are too many inconsistencies with how the lanes operate.

While carpool times may be the same, some countries have express lanes where solo drivers can pay to use the lanes.

The Bay Bridge requires three occupants for the carpool lane, but in other areas it only takes two occupants.

Authorities said there are possible solutions being looked at to help ease congestion, but will not be implemented any time soon.

One place where drivers will see some changes is along Interstate 580 near the Interstate 680 interchange in Pleasanton and Livermore. Eastbound traffic will have an express lane and a carpool lane, while westbound traffic will get a carpool lane. The changes are expected to be implemented this fall.

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<![CDATA[Cal Water: E. Coli Found in Los Altos Water]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:24:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_agua3.jpg

Cal Water has found traces of contaminants in the water of the South El Monte area of Los Altos.

The contaminant is confirmed as E. coli. Cal Water said the water from the South El Monte area has not spread to other areas nearby.

In a boil water advisory on Sunday, Cal Water officials recommend that residents in the South El Monte area boil their water for one minute before consumption. Customers should also dispose of any ice made with tap water or by their refrigerator. 

If customers use bottled water, Cal Water will reimburse customers who provide a receipt, Kingman said.

Several residents on Monday said the warning should had come in a more organized manner.

Eve Farrington-Yen said the warning from water officials came too late for her 8-year-old son, Tyler.

"I was concerned because my son was sick the night prior to the warning," she said. "He threw up and I think it's because of the E. coli. He was very sick."

The water is still safe for showering, bathing and other uses in the home. Cal Water officials said customers should check with their veterinarian if they are unsure whether to give the home's water to their pet. 

Cal Water said tests indicate that water in the affected area has E. coli and total coliform, bacteria that can make people sick. People with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk, as are infants, young children and the elderly.

Spokeswoman Yvonne Kingman said 853 customers have been affected and phone notifications have gone out to nearly 600. Cal Water workers are also notifying all customers by going door to door.

Cal Water will be notifying residents when the water becomes free of contaminants. 

NBC Bay Area's Marianne Favro contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rare Willie Mays Card Stolen From Rob Schneider's Home]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:04:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/schneider-mays+%282%29.jpg

A rare Willie Mays baseball card worth an estimated $175,000 was stolen from actor Rob Schneider's Encino home Friday night, TMZ reported.

Thieves burglarized the house while the Saturday Night Live veteran and "Deuce Bigalow" star was away at the Comedy Film Festival in Montreal.

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Schneider's wife and kids were out having dinner in Los Angeles. Thieves also took his wife's diamond engagement ring, a Cartier watch and other expensive items, according to TMZ.

The card, a 1951 Bowman Willie Mays rookie card, was reportedly in mint condition and is valued at $175,000.

Schneider is a big baseball card collector and San Francisco Giants fan.

The thieves also took off with a 1953 and 1971 Mays Topps card, TMZ reported, but the thieves apparently did not take anything from Schneider's "main card collection."

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<![CDATA[Missing Teacher's Family Determined to "Find Ed Today"]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cav1.JPG

As a massive search for a missing San Francisco teacher heads into its third day, his family remains unflaggingly hopeful.

Trickling in from New York, Colorado, Chicago, Oregon and elsewhere, they have even created slogans, including #FindEdToday and #BringEdHome.

Ed Cavanaugh, 45, is believed to have gone missing July 17. A friend accompanied Cavanaugh to Georgetown, but he took off on his own after lunch, his sister Debbie Cavanaugh Schultz said.

The popular Downtown Continuation High School teacher rents a cabin near the Eldorado National Forest. Surveillance footage shows Cavanaugh riding a blue Yamaha YZ 250 motorcycle along the Rock Creek trail area around 11 a.m. July 17. He was clad in Fox brand dirt biking clothing and a black helmet.

However, Schultz said there's no sign of him returning and he hasn’t been seen or heard from ever since.

"It's as if he vanished into thin air," Schultz told Dateline NBC. "I thank each and every person who comes out to help and they just say, 'No, Ed would have been first in line if it were me.'"

According to NBC News, the outdoor experience teacher has led multiple backpacking trips and excursions with students, making his disappearance an even greater mystery. 

Cavanaugh is also diabetic and reliant on daily insulin doses, Schultz said, adding that she is worried about him running out of medication, water and food.

Search-and-rescue teams from El Dorado, Yolo and Stanislaus counties have brought their expertise to the hunt. Teams have combed the sometimes treacherous landscape on motorcycles, quads, and on foot.

But Cavanaugh’s friends, colleagues and students have also contributed to the effort.

“My family and I have always known how special and extraordinary Ed is,” Schultz said. But she described the outpouring of support – even from strangers – as “extraordinary” and “tremendous.”

On Monday, Schultz said, “On our end, we have over 40 people hitting the forest today, searching on foot and by bike.”

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office also is “continuing its effort and has canine dogs out today,” she said, adding that a National Guard helicopter is also expected to assist.

But Schultz said that the area’s terrain and her brother’s medical condition are of concern to the Cavanaugh family as is officials being able to sustain the importance they have given the search.

“The sheriff’s department has been phenomenal and we are hopeful that they can continue the level of attention that they have given this mission,” she said.

Schultz also pleaded with locals who live in the forest to "share any information on Ed.”

Cavanaugh is described as 5'11", weighing 160 lbs with a bald head and a mustache. Anyone who sees him or has knowledge about his whereabouts is requested to call the Georgetown Ranger Station at (530) 333-4312 or the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office at (530) 621-5655.  [[318704201, C]]

Photo Credit: Debbie Cavanaugh Schultz via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Report: Amazon Drive-Thru Grocer Coming to Bay Area]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/amazon-facility.jpg

Amazon might be planning to build a drive-thru grocery store in Sunnyvale, according to a new report.

Silicon Valley Business Journal noted that a real estate developer has submitted plans to the city of Sunnyvale to build an 11,600-square-foot building with grocery pickup area at 777 Sunnyvale Saratoga Road.

While multiple sources told the publication Amazon is mostly likely the company behind this new project, neither Amazon nor Sunnyvale representatives have commented publicly.

Amazon already delivers grocery items to select Bay Area cities via its AmazonFresh service, but there is speculation that customers might one day be able to order groceries online and pick them up at facilities such as the one rumored to be en route to the South Bay.

<![CDATA[Lowell Fire Burns 1,700 Acres, 3 Firefighters Released]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:10:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/06-12-2015-wildfire-fire-controlled-burn-brush-%288%29.jpg

Three of four firefighters who were injured in a wildfire blaze raging in Northern California were released from the hospital, a fire spokesman said Monday, after the Lowell Fire had burned about 1,700 acres.

U.S. Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said the federal agency still has one remaining firefighter in the burn unit at the University of California at Davis hospital. But he said two Cal Fire firefighters and one Forest Service firefighter had been released overnight after battling a blaze racing through Nevada and Placer counties.

By Monday morning, firefighters had 20 percent of the fire contained. They hope to fully contain the blaze by Aug. 1, according to Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant. Cal Fire officials said the winds and the lower temperatures might help crews on Monday, even though "access to the fire is very challenging."

As of Monday, 1,800 structures in both counties remained under threat, and there were several mandatory evacuations still in place, Cal Fire said on its website.

Investigators have net yet determined the cause of the blaze, which was first reported Saturday about 2:30 p.m. in the Steep Hollow drainage west of Alta.

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<![CDATA[East Bay Police Crack Down on Curfew Violators]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:31:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black.jpg

The Antioch Police Department conducted an operation Sunday night that swept the city for children out late past the city’s curfew.

The department described the event in a Facebook post early Sunday morning. During the sweep, 14 minors were found in violation of the law, issued citations and returned to their parent or guardian.

Seven days a week between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. anyone in Antioch age 17 and under is required to stay off the streets. The curfew was established in 2007 in hopes of keeping the youth of Antioch safe and out of trouble that can take place after hours, such as gang participation.

There are exceptions to the law, such as when children are standing in front of their homes, accompanied by a parent or guardian, coming to or from work, in transit to school or other such locations and if they are on an errand for a family member with written verification.

<![CDATA[Richmond to Enact Rent Control Ordinance]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:53:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+RICHMOND+RENT+CONTROL+VO+-+00005207.jpg

Richmond will be the first city in Contra Costa County to get rent control when a new ordinance is enacted in December.

State law exempts condos, buildings erected after 1995, single-family homes, Section 8 housing and Richmond Housing Authority properties from rent control, but it will affect nearly 10,000 other units which are available for rent control.

Despite the city council's 4-1 vote to enact the ordinance, there has been some significant opposition. KQED reported that opponents are concerned with the cost to the city.

According to Contra Costa Times, Richmond Mayor Tom Butt disapproved of the ordinance and walked out of the July 21 city council meeting that decided on it.

"I vote no, and I'm also leaving," he reportedly said at the meeting. "I can't deal with this."

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<![CDATA[Corpse Flower "Trudy" Blooms in Berkeley]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:56:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*213/corpseflower2.jpg Trudy the "corpse flower" is in full bloom — and stench — at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden.

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<![CDATA[SF Sued Over Soda Warning Legislation]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:59:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fountain_soda.jpg

San Francisco's new legislation requiring soda ads to carry health warning labels is being challenged in court by the American Beverage Association.

The ABA, joined by the California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association, filed a lawsuit against the city on Friday, arguing that the legislation, which also would ban sugary-drink ads on city property, is a First Amendment violation, reported SFGate.

According to Convenience Store and Fuel News, the lawsuit in part alleges that the ban, "discriminates against speech based on the identity of the speaker, in violation of the First Amendment, by expressly prohibiting speech that includes the name of any sugar-sweetened beverage producer."

The legislation was passed in June.

(Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported where the warning labels would be posted. The labels are to be placed on advertisements for certain sugary drinks, not on the beverages.)

<![CDATA[Wragg Fire About 70% Contained]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:43:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0723-2015-WraggFire3.jpg

Fire crews made headway on a brush fire that started in the Lake Berryessa area of Napa County, containing 70 percent of the blaze by Monday morning, Cal Fire said.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Suzanne Blanketship also downgraded the acres of charred wildland from 6,900 to 6,591 by Monday morning. One home, a walnut orchard, a water supply well head and a handful of outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed by the "Wragg Fire," burning in  Napa and Solano counties, she said. The fire was first reported Wednesday at 2:24 p.m. at 7700 state Highway 128 near Wragg Canyon Road.

The cause of the fire was originally described as a car accident, but Cal Fire said the cause is still under investigation.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

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<![CDATA[Lowell Fire Injures 4 Firefighters]]> Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:51:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/06-12-2015-wildfire-fire-controlled-burn-brush-%288%29.jpg

A fast-moving fire that prompted evacuations near Tahoe was downgraded Sunday to about 1,500 acres.

Authorities reported four injuries on Sunday. Two Cal Fire and two U.S. Forest Service firefighters suffered burn injuries. All are being treated at UC Davis Burn Center in Sacramento.

Both Cal Fire personnel and one USFS firefighters are expected to be released from the hospital Sunday night. The remaining USFS firefighter is being treated for serious burn injuries.

Cal Fire said 1,800 structures are threatened in Placer and Nevada counties due to the fire.

On Saturday, Cal Fire officials said that the Lowell fire scorched roughly 4,000 acres in the Steep Hollow drainage area west of Alta near Placer County in northeast California. But the acreage was reduced due to "more accurate mapping," officials said in a tweet, adding that the blaze is 15 percent contained.

The Lowell fire was the second multi-thousand-acre brushfire burning in Northern California this weekend, following the 6,900-acre Wragg Fire smoldering between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Access to the fire, which sparked at 2:37 p.m. Saturday, is very challenging, a Cal Fire representative said, adding that 1,111 fire personnel are battling the blaze.

The Placer and Nevada County Sheriff’s offices are asking the public for help in identifying a vehicle of interest that may have caused the fire, Cal Fire said. The 4 x 4 white jeep Wrangler was found in the area without a top, no front doors and a black roll bar around 2:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about the vehicle is encouraged to call the Placer or Nevada County Sheriff’s department.

Officials evacuated several communities by Saturday evening. Mandatory evacuations were underway for Red Dog, Chaulk Bluff and You Bet areas in Nevada County. Advisory evacuation was in place for the northeastern portion of Cascade Shores.
Chicago Park at Powerhouse Road, Diggins at Alta and Mando Road between Pasquale and Banner are closed, according to Cal Fire.

An evacuation center was opened at the Nevada Union High School on 11671 Ridge Road in Grass Valley, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire has activated one of its Serious Accident Review Teams to assess the incident.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Teacher Missing For Over 1 Week]]> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:32:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/USEED.jpg

Search-and-rescue crews from three counties are combing through the Eldorado National Forest for a missing Bay Area teacher.

Ed Cavanaugh, a teacher at San Francisco's Downtown Continuation High School, disappeared on July 17, his sister Debbie Cavanaugh Schultz told NBC Bay Area. He is about 45 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 160 lbs and sports a bald head with a moustache.

Cavanaugh and a friend reportedly left for a dirt bike ride near Georgetown. But the teacher took off on his own after lunch and hasn't been seen or heard from since, Schultz said.

The teacher rents a cabin in the area and a surveillance camera shows Cavanaugh leaving the property at 11 a.m. But there's no sign of him returning, his sister added. 

As of Saturday morning, over 60 friends and family members had joined search teams from Stanislaus, Yolo and El Dorado counties in a bid to find Cavanaugh. 

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Jeff Leikauf, a spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, said that they are being assisted by a group of motorcyclists and El Dorado County Off-Highway Vehicle teams. They plan to ramp up their efforts, he said Saturday.

Schultz  said her brother is an avid outdoorsman with plenty of experience exploring the back country. However, she deemed it unusual for him to not check in with family or friends for over a week. She is also worried because her brother is diabetic and may run out of insulin.

The search-and-rescue teams have set up a command post at the Georgetown Fire Station on Wentworth Spring Road.

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