<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 29 May 2016 00:45:10 -0700Sun, 29 May 2016 00:45:10 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Search Suspended for 2 Missing East Bay Teens]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:44:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_112668584.jpg

A family getaway turned tragic Saturday as two Oakland boys went missing at the Woodward Reservoir, Stanislaus County officials said. 

The search was called off for the pair of 15-year-old boys at around 9 p.m. 

Officers had repsonded to the report at around 3:30p.m. A slew of teams were deployed to help find the boys, including dive teams and sonar equipment. 

The two boys were cousins and had decided to jump in the reservoir without life jackets. 

<![CDATA[Breaking Down Sharks-Penguins Stanley Cup Final Matchup]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:40:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-534365790.jpg


San Jose: No one has been better in the postseason than Joe Pavelski, who leads the league with 13 goals and four game-winners, and trails only Logan Couture in scoring with 22 points. Along with Couture (24 points) and Joe Thornton (18 points), the Sharks have gotten contributions from other places, too, including six goals from Joel Ward, and five each from Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi and Chris Tierney. DeBoer took a risk by keeping Patrick Marleau on the second line for the entirety of the Blues series, but San Jose’s bottom six forwards showed they could match up just fine against what was thought to be a deeper St. Louis group. 

Pittsburgh: Phil Kessel leads the Penguins with nine goals and 18 points, while star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin – and former Shark Nick Bonino – have 15 points apiece. Just like the Sharks, though, Pittsburgh has gotten contributions from up and down its lineup by remaking its offense in the second half of the year. Forwards Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary and Tom Kuhnhackl have all been key playoff contributors despite not being on the Penguins when they last met the Sharks on Dec. 1. The Kessel-Bonino-Hagelin line has been particularly outstanding.

Advantage: Pittsburgh. Yes, the Sharks answered the bell when it came to matching depth against St. Louis, but the Penguins are more skilled than the Blues. Although Tierney continues to improve as the third line center, Pittsburgh could take advantage of that matchup with one of its top three lines, all of which have been dangerous in the playoffs.


San Jose: Brent Burns continues to lead all NHL defensemen with 20 points, placing him third overall in playoff scoring, but it’s the defensive play of the Sharks against the opposing team’s best players that has really keyed their run. Marc-Edouard Vlasic leads all NHL defensemen with a plus-13 rating, while Burns’ partner, Paul Martin, is second with a plus-10. The third pair of Brenden Dillon and Roman Polak has played well enough, too, as both are averaging more than 15 minutes a night, helping keep everyone fresh from start to finish.

Pittsburgh: Kris Letang is the head of the snake on the Pens’ blue line, averaging nearly 29 minutes a night while contributing 10 points (2g, 8a) in 17 games. After Letang, though, there are some concerns for Pittsburgh with Trevor Daley out with a broken ankle. Olli Maatta returned in place of Daley midway through the Lightning series and played well after struggling early in the postseason, but can he and others like Edmonton cast-off Justin Schultz handle the Sharks’ attack? 

Advantage: San Jose. The Sharks’ advantage here could be a significant one, after the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko was the latest star to get shut down by San Jose’s blue line corps. While they will have their hands full with the Penguins’ offense, the best they have seen so far in the postseason, the Sharks offense should get plenty of chances against Pittsburgh's D throughout the series.


San Jose: In his first career playoff run as a starter, the 26-year-old Martin Jones is 12-6 with a 2.12 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He’s shown an ability to quickly bounce back from losses, too, keying the Sharks' 5-1 record in such situations, and has started all 18 playoff games while getting pulled just once.

Pittsburgh: Rookie Matt Murray, 22, has played in 15 of the Penguins’ 18 games with a 2.21 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. He took over in Game 3 of the first round and has been in net ever since, except for Game 5 against the Lightning when Marc-Andre Fleury started and struggled.

Advantage: Even. Who would have thought that Jones would be the more experienced goalie headed into the Stanley Cup Final? Still, the numbers here for both goalies are far too similar to say one team has an advantage over the other. One area Jones could improve is on the road, where he has a .902 save percentage as opposed to .936 at home.

Special teams

San Jose: The Sharks bring a 27.0 percent success rate on the power play into the series, after having the third-ranked unit in the regular season (22.6 percent). Couture leads the league with 11 power play points, while Pavelski has five power play goals. The penalty kill is at 80.4 percent in the playoffs.

Pittsburgh: The Penguins have also utilized a strong power play, checking in at 23.4 percent. They are led by Crosby’s nine power play points, and five goals from Kessel. Their penalty kill is slightly better than San Jose’s at 83.6 percent.

Advantage: Even. Again, it’s too close to say one team’s special teams game has been better. In the regular season the Sharks had the better power play, while Pittsburgh’s penalty kill was stronger than San Jose’s.

Health and energy

San Jose: Injured Sharks forward Matt Nieto said on Friday he “absolutely” expects to be able to play in the Stanley Cup Final, although it’s unclear whether Pete DeBoer would insert him in Game 1. The Sharks’ full week off between rounds one and two seemed to help them in the St. Louis series.

Pittsburgh: Daley was averaging 22 minutes and eight seconds of ice time in the playoffs before he broke his ankle, showing just how important he was to the Penguins’ blue line as arguably their best puck-moving defender. The Penguins also went the full seven games the previous round against Tampa Bay.

Advantage: San Jose. The Sharks will have had the extra day of rest headed into Game 1, but they also had to fly across the country, so that may not exactly be an advantage. Still, Nieto’s pending availability gives them essentially a full compliment of players, while Daley’s absence could really end up hurting the Penguins’ blue line.


The Sharks will win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in six games.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Defeat Thunder 108-101 in Game 6, Series Tied ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:42:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-534587392.jpg

Phase II of the Miracle Recovery is in the books, written and edited and bonded by Warriors guards Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

Do the Splash Brothers and their teammates have enough to complete Phase III?

Thompson and Curry combined for 70 points as the Warriors came back for a 108-101 victory over the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Thompson scored a career-playoff-high 41 points –- including an NBA playoff-record 11 3-pointers -– and Curry poured in 29 as the Warriors overcame a seven-point deficit over the final six minutes to even the series at 3-3 and force a Game 7.

Only nine of 223 teams have overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the playoffs, and the Warriors are trying to become the 10th. They are the 31st team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after being down three games to one.


Thompson and Curry kept the scoreboard hot and the Warriors close until turned it up completely down the stretch.

Thompson’s line: 41 points (14-of-30 from the field, 11-of-18 from 3-point distance) and four rebounds. He played 40 minutes and finished plus-16.

Curry’s line: 29 points (8-21, 6-13), 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals. He played 41 minutes and finished plus-12.


Trailing 94-87 with 5:48 remaining, the Warriors closed the with a 21-7 run, holding Oklahoma City to one field goal over the final 5:08.

Thompson and Curry accounted for 16 of the 21 points.


Warriors: F Kevon Looney (L hip surgery) was listed as out and, along with F Brandon Rush (healthy) placed on the inactive list. 

Thunder: No injuries listed. F Josh Huestis and F Mitch McGary were placed on the inactive list.


Game 7 is set for Monday evening at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PDT.

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<![CDATA[Body of Sacramento Father Found]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:44:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/missing+father.jpg

The search for a Sacramento father and his daughter has ended in tragedy. 

The body of Kyler Jackson, 23, a previously-missing father, has been found in the Georgiana Slough in Walnut Grove, according to police. Officers did not comment on the whereabouts of his 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, who was with her father when the pair went missing. They were seen last on Sunday in Antioch. 

When the pair went missing, Jackson was driving a 2002 silver Ford Taurus. 

Karla Jackson, Kyler's mother, posted on Facebook that it was "NOT HIS CHARACTER" to disappear. 

The Sacramento Police Department is working in conjunction with Antioch police on the investigation.

No further details were immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Murder of Novato Teen Prompts Saturday Search ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 21:28:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/pic36.png

While investigating the "shocking" murder of a Novato high school student, the Marin County Sheriff's department and San Rafael Police Department searched a home Saturday, possibly in an attempt to locate a third suspect. 

Police did not release additional information on Saturday's raid, but the coroner on Friday identified the shooting victim as Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra, 17, of San Rafael. Forensic tests scheduled for early next week are expected to help officials determine the cause and manner of death.

The shooting has rocked the Novato community, according to the mayor. 

"The past two days have sent shock waves throughout our town," said Mayor Pat Eklund, who described her hometown as a "peaceful" and "safe community."

"These crimes are not a normal occurrence" in Novato, Eklund stressed.

Marin County sheriff's deputies, Novato police and search-and-rescue teams raided two homes Thursday afternoon and arrested two Novato High School students, both minors.

Tactical teams first secured a residence near Rowland and Novato boulevards where they detained one homicide suspect, Marin sheriff's officials said.

The teams then moved to a second location on the 1400 block of Leafwood Drive, where a second suspect was detained.

Search teams also combed the hillside near the Marin Country Club neighborhood, where the attack occurred. The lone surviving student is said to be improving, deputies said.

Investigators have not revealed a motive, but addressed reports that an alleged sexual assault off-campus might be related.

"We’re aware of that case," said Pittman, who didn’t know of any "connection direct" to the ongoing investigation.

"It does involve minors who live in the area so the reality is we know that there are some common names," he added.

Eklund offered condolences to the victims' families and assured them that officials are doing everything they can to solve this case.

"Violence will not be tolerated in our city," she said. "Any life lost is one life too many – not in our town."

Photo Credit: Marin County Sheriff's Department ]]>
<![CDATA[Annual Cherry Festival Gets Sweet Start]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:44:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TZ+CHERRIES+-+00001502.jpg

Cherry season is in full swing in the South Bay, where the 20th annual festival dedicated to the sweet red fruit hit Sunnyvale.

A large crowd showed up for the opening day celebration on Saturday at the iconic C.J Olson fruit stand on El Camino Real.

In the week leading up to the festival, workers were busy in Santa Clara County as cherry season bloomed. At one time, the season used to involve much more work for Olson and company, but Silicon Valley’s tech boom has overwhelmed the agricultural scene in the area.

Fourth generation owner Deborah Olsen has seen a lot of changes since she’s been manning the stand, but she says that this year’s El Nino had and unexpected impact on both crops and the cherry market.

"You know you’re going to have rain during cherry season,” she said. “It’s just the amount of rain…and that’s what happened. We just had too much rain a couple weeks ago."

She continued: “The state of California was supposed to produce 8 million boxes of cherries, and we’ll be lucky if we get 4 million boxes at the end of the season.”

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<![CDATA[Search for Missing Vallejo Teen Enters Third Day]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 18:36:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/13319724_765895380214527_3896715281157815183_n.jpg

Officials from several law enforcement agencies combed through 25 square miles in Sonoma County Sunday as the search for missing Vallejo teenager Pearl Pinson entered its third day.

Efforts are focused in the area of Willow Creek, a tributary to the lower Russian River. Solano County sheriff's deputies took to Facebook to report that the California State Parks and agencies in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin have contributed to a group of more than 65 people who are searching for 15-year-old Pinson on the ground as well as from the air and in the water.

Crews were out searching Saturday near small coastal town of Jenner -- the second and last day that area will be searched -- after investigators picked up a lead that led them to the tiny Sonoma County town. 

Family and friends are not giving up hope that Pinson will be found alive. They have been searching the Vallejo area near the overpass where the girl was last seen. Her sister told NBC Bay Area that a small prayer vigil will be held sometime Sunday evening in Vallejo. 

Her father said they are not giving up. 

”We don’t know what happened, or if she’s alive or if she’s passed," Pinson's father said. "We don’t know." 

Investigators believe the teenager was kidnapped Wednesday morning as she walked to a school bus stop in Vallejo. Her suspected abductor was an acquaintance —19-year-old Fernando Castro — who was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County Thursday, authorities said.

Pinson has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

"Our number one priority is bringing Pearl home safely to her family and we do believe that is possible," said Christine Castillo, with the Solano County Sheriff's Department

The search for Pinson started Wednesday morning when the Solano County Sheriff's Office said they received reports of shots fired near the Interstate Highway 780 pedestrian over-crossing in the area of Home Acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing. The witness heard a gunshot while running for help, and responding deputies found blood on the ground, said sheriff's officials, who have not yet spoken about whether Pinson was shot or the extent of her injuries.

As of Friday evening, the overpass is the site of a growing memorial where people have placed pearls for Pearl Pinson.

Castro was spotted in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday after the California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for Pinson. CHP officers pursued him into Santa Barbara County, over 300 miles south of the scene of the suspected abduction in Vallejo.

Photo Credit: Solano County Sheriff's Office via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Mayors Descend on Clinton Phone Banks to Boost Support]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 19:34:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+CLINTON+PHONE+BANKS+VO+-+00002008.jpg

Current and former Democratic mayors from around the country were in the Bay Area Saturday, lending their support to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary run.

In San Jose, Clinton supporters were joined by Michael Nutter, a former Philadelphia mayor. He says he’s backing Clinton because of her stance on gun control.

“Hillary Clinton is really the only candidate in this race who will stand up to the gun lobby,” Nutter said. “We know that Donald Trump will not and his proposals will actually make America less safe.”

Other mayors scattered at phone banks include Mayor Christopher Jones of Harrisonburg, VA, Mayor Tony Yarber of Jackson, MS, Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, SC, and Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, MO. 

Meanwhile, Clinton’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders attended a rally in Santa Barbara. He is slated to be in the East Bay Area Monday for a public event in Oakland at 2 p.m. Both candidates have been focusing their considerable ire on Trump.

<![CDATA[Civil Rights Icon Delivers SJSU Commencement ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 20:00:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+SJSU+COMMENCEMENT+VO+-+00000012.jpg

Doctor Harry Edwards, a civil rights icon who worked for Bay Area sports teams and now teaches at UC Berkeley, delivered a commencement speech at San Jose State University Saturday, telling graduates about his activism and the difficulty involved in facing fears.

Edwards, a practicing sociologist whose work tackles racism in professional sports, told graduates that they must not become overwhelmed by a culture of fear.

“Fear leads to dislike, which leads to disrespect, and disrespect leads to disengagement and hostile relations,” he said.

He stood in front of a Black Power statue as he spoke and advised students of all color to be politically active.

Edwards graduated from San Jose State University in 1964. He has worked for the Golden State Warriors and the 49ers to increase diversity within coaching positions and off-field positions. 

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<![CDATA[10,000 Fans Pour Into Oracle Arena for Warriors Watch Party]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:42:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+WARRIORS+ORACLE+WATCH+PARTY+VO+-+00001600.jpg

About 10,000 Golden State Warriors fans piled into the Oracle Arena Saturday for a lively Watch Party, keeping their fingers crossed that the team would eke out a victory and stay on the path towards the NBA Championships. 

Fortunately, the Warriors did indeed defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder after a nail-biting game that saw the Golden State's team down for most of it. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors were able to snatch a victory with a final score of 108-101. 

For much of the game, subdued fans watched with worry as the Oklahoma City Thunder took an early lead. 

"I was nervous -- especially when they were down by five or ten points," said Warriors fan Baran Mavi, who attended the screening. 

Some were able to keep the faith. 

"This team, they never doubt themselves," said Hilary Grubb, a fan from Berkeley. "They have hearts of champions and they never give up, so they make us believe they can win." 

The Warriors had to win Saturday night's game in order to stay in the NBA Western Conference Finals. With the series tied 3-3, Warriors will face off against Thunder for a seventh game on Monday at Oracle Arena. 

Barbara Tengeri, who says she's been a fan since the 1960s, said she paid $20 for a ticket to the screening party "to be among the #DubNation folks," because it gives fellow fans an opportunity to "bond together." 

Jaden Dobbs, a Hercules resident, also showed up to support his team. He says he was going to watch it on TV, but couldn't resist the opportunity to see it at the arena. 

The stadium is stocked with full concessions and even a halftime show. Originally, it was reported that an estimated 19,000 would be attending the watch party. About 10,000 turned up. 

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<![CDATA[Inmate on the Lam After Walking Away From Minimum-Security Camp]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:15:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/inmate2.jpg

An inmate is on the loose after walking away from Ben Lomond Conservation Camp in Santa Cruz County Friday night, according to California Department of Corrections officials.

Leroy Hampton, 46, left the camp at 13575 Empire Grade Road at 10:15 p.m. Camp staff members saw Hampton leave and were unable to stop him, CDCR spokesman Jeffrey Callison said.

The roughly 110 inmates at the camp help extinguish fires.

Several law enforcement agencies are searching for Hampton who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

He was convicted of first-degree robbery and started serving his sentence June 7, 2001, Callison said. Hampton was set to be released April 27, 2019.

Hampton was last seen wearing a gray sweats and is from Fresno County, Callison said.

Anyone who sees Hampton is being asked to call 911.

Photo Credit: California Department of Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Posey Powers Giants Past Rockies with 2 Three-Run Homers]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 18:43:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-531452152.jpg

It was the Buster Posey power show Saturday in Colorado as he smacked two three-run homers and added six RBI to lead the Giants to a 10-5 win over the Rockies. 

Posey swatted his three-run first home run of the game in the first inning, giving the Giants an early cushion. Then, Posey really came up big for the Giants in the top of the eighth.

After the Rockies jumped all over the Giants' bullpen in the bottom of the seventh inning for four runs, the Giants trailed 5-4.

Posey went yard again in the top of the eighth, tying his career high of six RBI in one game. San Francisco plated six runs in the inning, taking a 10-5 lead.

Madison Bumgarner last six innings, allowing just one earned run and struck out six batters. His ERA is down to 2.12 on the season.

The Giants improved to 31-20 on the season.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested After Running Over Two Dogs]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 22:11:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SANTA+CLARA+COUNTY+DOG+HNR+STILL+-+00000921.jpg

A hit-and-run driver accused of running over two leashed Labradors, who had to be put down, was arrested Saturday, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. James Jensen did not furnish details about the arrest, and said only that the driver was taken into custody in Los Gatos. 

The collision was reported on Dagmar Drive and Holiday Court in Saratoga around 8:30 a.m. Friday, according to Sgt. James Jensen. Anne Palmer was walking her two pets, Sadie and Chudley, when a Ford truck rounded a corner and trampled both dogs. 

Although Sadie and Chudley were rushed to a veterinarian, the severity of their injuries necessitated that they be euthanized. Jensen said Palmer, who was clutching a leash, was thrown to the ground and suffered moderate injuries when her pets were hit and pulled beneath the vehicle. Palmer was treated at an area hospital.

The South Bay neighborhood where the Palmers live immediately went on high alert — posting flyers, circulating the offending truck's pictures on NextDoor, and keeping an eye out for the hit-and-run driver behind Friday's tragedy. 

Security cameras on homes along Dagmar Drive gave sheriff’s investigators several good looks at the newer-model Ford truck, which Jensen said has a long bed and camper shell as well as a crew cab and large tires.

Alison Chow, who lives nearby, said drivers often use the stretch of Dagmar Drive as a speedy detour through the area. Unfortunately, that poses a huge risk to residents because the street doesn't have sidewalks.

"Even my kids have to be really careful, looking all the time," Chow said.

Sheriff's deputies do not plan to release additional information about the case until after the Memorial Day weekend. People with information are asked to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office West Valley Patrol Division at (408) 299-2311.

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<![CDATA[Man Gets Kicked, Nose Broken While Defending Home from Invasion ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 23:38:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+crop.jpg

A Peninsula man stymied a home invasion early Saturday and restrained the suspect until police officers were able to arrest him.

Pacifica police responded to the 700 block of Arleen Way around 4:48 a.m. on reports of an ongoing home invasion involving a man with a firearm, police said.

The suspect, who has since been identified as Trevor Jodsaas, a 29-year-old transient, is accused of entering a residence by kicking down its front door. The homeowner confronted Jodsaas and the two struggled before the suspect was forcibly removed from the house and onto the front porch, according to police.

The homeowner, iBryan Mayo, suffered non-life threatening injuries during the scuffle and successfully detained Jodsaas until Pacifica police officers arrived on the scene and took him into custody, police said. The victim was treated at an area hospital.

He told NBC Bay Area about the nerve-wrecking ordeal. 

"Someone started slamming on the door. I told them 'hey, you gotta go home or I am going to call the cops," he said. "He began to knee kick the door to where he busted through two dead bolt locks." 

He says the Jodsaas didn't say anything and had an odd smile on his face as he busted in.

"I was able to forcefully remove him from the house to where he was able to kick me in the face, breaking my nose," Mayo said. "I was able to wrestle him to the ground and subdue him 'till the cops got there." 

Jodsaas too was hurt and has been booked into the San Mateo County Jail on charges, including burglary, battery with serious injury, vandalism, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Police have said that he is a local transient. 

Investigators later discovered that Jodsaas was not carrying a gun.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area/File]]>
<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man in Connection With Fatal East Bay Stabbing]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 10:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%294.jpg

A man was stabbed to death allegedly by another man Friday night in Oakland, police said.

The stabbing took place at 9:23 p.m. in the 10700 block of MacArthur Boulevard near Interstate Highway 580 and Knowland Park, Officer Cynthia Espinoza said.

Police arrested a suspect in the stabbing. Both the victim and suspect are Oakland residents. The victim died at a hospital, Espinoza said.

The coroner has not yet notified the victim's family and will not release the man's name.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area/File]]>
<![CDATA[Sinkhole Opens Up in San Francisco]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:42:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sfsinkholelakeview+-+00012710.jpg

San Francisco's sewer system continues to show its age as a sinkhole opened up on Lakeview Avenue Friday evening.

Crews placed blockades around the roughly 4-foot deep hole near Margaret Avenue, according to the city's Public Utilities Commission. 

The sinkhole was secured not long after it was reported, and crews mulled making quick repairs. A permanent fix may not be likely until after the Memorial Day holiday, officials said.

Neighbors still have access in and out of the area and no utilities were shut off so water service continued to the area's homes.

A rash of sinkholes has pockmarked San Francisco's streets in recent months.

Most recently, a sinkhole opened up on Polk Street on May 13. Three days before that, a family inside an SUV got stuck in a sinkhole in the city's South of Market District.

In April, a sewer main break caused a sinkhole on Sacramento Street. Another sinkhole appeared in Noe Valley in December.

SFPUC officials said they are working to replace the declining system.

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<![CDATA[Cain Exits Early; Giants Stifled by Chatwood, Rockies]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:35:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-534788676.jpg

DENVER -- Tyler Chatwood threw seven masterful innings, Charlie Blackmon had one of Colorado's three run-scoring doubles and the Rockies beat San Francisco 5-2 on Friday night to end the Giants' 10-game winning streak against NL West teams.

It was San Francisco's longest streak versus the division since capturing 10 straight in August 1982.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story had RBI doubles in a game that was delayed 42 minutes at the start by weather.

San Francisco starter Matt Cain left in the second inning with a strained right hamstring. He was replaced by Albert Suarez (1-1), who took a grounder off the left leg in the third but stayed in the game.

Chatwood (6-3) found success at Coors Field after being so dominant on the road. He scattered four hits, walked none and allowed one unearned run.

In doing so, he lowered his home ERA to 5.10. His road ERA is a scant 0.53, which is tops in the league among starters.

Chatwood's command was stellar in becoming the sixth Rockies pitcher to go seven or more innings, allow no earned runs and walk none at Coors Field. The last time the feat happened was by Juan Nicasio on July 15, 2011.

Story chipped in a run-scoring single as part of a two-run eighth to extend Colorado's lead to 5-1. The lead looked as if it might be necessary when reliever Miguel Castro struggled in the ninth. He gave up a two-out, run-scoring single toGregor Blanco. Closer Jake McGee got the final out for 14th save.

There was concern in the San Francisco dugout when Cain appeared to be in some discomfort after throwing his 26th pitch of the game. He was immediately taken out after going 1 2-3 innings and allowing one hit.

The right-handed Suarez gave up three runs over five innings. Two came in the inning where he was hit on the leg by a liner from Tony Wolters. The ball bounced off Suarez and into right field for a double.

Suarez picked up his first big-league RBI on a fielder's choice in the third.


Giants: OF Hunter Pence (strained hamstring) and INF Brandon Belt (sprained left ankle) could return to the lineup Saturday. ... RHP Sergio Romo (strained flexor) was scheduled to pitch Friday night with Triple-A Sacramento. He will throw Sunday and Monday before meeting the Giants in Atlanta.

Rockies: RHP Adam Ottavino (Tommy John surgery) may soon start throwing live batting practice. ... C Nick Hundley(strained oblique) took swings in the cage Thursday in Boston.


Giants manager Bruce Bochy took advantage of a day off Thursday to do some fly fishing in the mountains. He ventured up to good friend Goose Gossage's cabin, which is just outside of Leadville, Colorado.

"We had a good time," Bochy said.


The Coors Field grass is definitely greener, with Colorado re-sodding the infield while the team was on a recent road trip.

"It's more like it used to be," manager Walt Weiss said. "For whatever reason, it was a little thin and patchy the last homestand. I think the weather has been tough."


Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-2) takes one of the NL's best ERAs (2.17) into the game Saturday. He's won his last four starts against the Rockies.

Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler (2-2) will get the start, even though LHP Chris Rusin (1-2) was originally scheduled for Saturday. Rusin will throw Sunday.

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<![CDATA[First Case of Zika Virus in Solano County]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:53:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg

Solano County health and social service officials announced Friday that a resident has the county's first case of the Zika virus.

But health officials said county residents are not at any risk of contracting the virus. The officials said transmission of the virus occurs mainly through two mosquitoes, which are not native to the Bay Area and are not established in the county.

County Health Officer Dr. Bela Matyas said residents cannot contract the virus through casual contact as they might catch the flu or measles.

He said for a while the virus is in an infected person's blood, so it could be passed from one person to another through a blood transfusion or organ donation.

It's also possible mosquitoes that transmit the virus could make their home in the county, which would then put residents at risk.

The Solano County Mosquito Abatement District could not immediately be reached for comment.

Solano County's Deputy Health Officer Dr. Michael Stacey said the most effective way to prevent the spread of the virus is to avoid traveling to places where the virus is being spread, which is mainly in Central and South America.

The resident who has the virus recently traveled to Central America, according to county officials.

The virus has been linked to a disease called microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with smaller heads. It's also been linked to pregnancy loss, poorly developed brains in fetuses and newborns and impaired growth in fetuses and infants.

The virus can be transmitted sexually, so health officials are encouraging men to use condoms correctly and consistently or abstain from sex.

Matyas said so far the transmission has occurred from men to women. He said it might be possible for women to transmit the virus to men during sex, but so far no such cases have occurred.

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<![CDATA[A's Stunned by Fulmer in Loss to Tigers]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:07:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-534787408.jpg

OAKLAND — In the ever-revolving cycle of A’s shortcomings this season, the offense is currently trying to shake itself out of the doldrums.

The A’s mustered just five hits and advanced only three runners as far as third base Friday in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers to open up a three-game series at the Coliseum.

Certainly the theme of the A’s season —aside from the bombardment of injuries — has been a starting rotation that simply hasn’t eaten up enough innings to get the job done. But Oakland’s hitters, while at times showing flashes of power and productivity, are in a dry spell.

Over the past eight games, the A’s are hitting just .179 and averaging 2.88 runs per game.

On Friday, Tigers top prospect Michael Fulmer (4-1) carved through them with ease and precision. He faced just three batters over the minimum through seven innings, leaving after 7 2/3 innings and holding the A’s to three hits. He walked one and struck out three, registering 13 ground-ball outs against just one fly out.

A’s rookie Sean Manaea fared relatively well, giving up three runs over six-plus innings, but with the A’s bats in a deep freeze, he had very little margin for error.

The A’s have dropped seven of their last eight to fall a season-high nine games under .500 at 20-29.

They avoided a shutout when Jed Lowrie banged a triple off the right field wall in the ninth against Fernando Rodriguez to score Danny Valencia.

Starting pitching report

Manaea did well to strand runners in scoring position in the second and third innings. Then a two-out rally bit him in the fourth. Justin Upton lined a single, Cameron Maybin also went the opposite way with a double that landed just inside the right field foul line that scored Upton on a close play at the plate. Then James McCann blooped a single that fell in front of Chris Coghlan in right to score Maybe for a 2-0 Tigers lead.

Manaea was helped by an unusual interference call in the fifth that helped keep Detroit off the board. With one out, Victor Martinez popped out in foul territory behind first base. Ian Kinsler, running at third, bluffed tagging up and going home, prompting a throw home from Yonder Alonso. His throw hit Martinez as he was starting to walk back to the dugout, and home plate umpire Joe West immediately called Martinez out for interference. Detroit made it 3-0 when Nick Castellanos hit Manaea’s first pitch of the sixth, a changeup that caught too much plate, for a homer well into the left field seats.

You certainly couldn’t fault Manaea (1-3) on this night given how his teammates went silent with the bats. He was penalized for not shutting off the Tigers’ rally in the fourth after he retired the first two batters. But for a rotation that hasn’t been working nearly deep enough into games, credit the rookie for lasting into the seventh for the third consecutive start. He left with no outs that inning, having allowed nine hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts.

Bullpen report

Ryan Dull, Fernando Rodriguez and Andrew Triggs combined to allow one run over the final three innings.

At the plate

Fuller came in with a 5.13 ERA but he’d struck out 11 in his previous start against Tampa Bay. The A’s managed just three base runners off him through the first seven innings. They rallied in the eighth, as Coco Crisp’s ground rule double put runners on second and third with two outs and the score 3-0. Lefty Justin Wilson replaced Fulmer, and Billy Butler entered for the A’s as a pinch hitter. He chased a pitch out of the strike zone for strike three to extinguish that threat.

In the field

Neither team committed an error.


The announced crowd was 22,498.

Up next

Jesse Hahn (1-2, 4.07) gets the call for the A’s on Saturday. He’ll be opposed by lefty Matt Boyd (0-0, 0.00), who’s making his first start of the season and just his second appearance for the Tigers. First pitch is 1:05 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Two Labradors Euthanized After South Bay Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 12:35:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHUCK+11PM+PKG+-+00001310.jpg

Two leashed Labradors were put down Friday after a hit-and-run crash, which also injured their owner, in Saratoga.

The collision was reported on Dagmar Drive and Holiday Court around 8:30 a.m., according to Sgt. James Jensen. Anne Palmer was walking her two pets, Sadie and Chudley, when a Ford truck rounded a corner and ran over both dogs. 

Although Sadie and Chudley were rushed to a veterinarian, the severity of their injuries necessitated that they be euthanized. Jensen said Palmer, who was clutching a leash, was thrown to the ground and suffered moderate injuries when her pets were hit and pulled beneath the vehicle.

Palmer was transported an area hospital for treatment, according to Jensen.

The South Bay neighborhood is on high alert — posting flyers, circulating the offending truck's pictures on NextDoor, and keeping an eye out for the hit-and-run driver behind Friday's tragedy. 

"Accidents may happen," neighbor Jay Jayanth conceded, but stressed that the man "has to be held responsible."

Security cameras on homes along Dagmar Drive have given sheriff’s investigators several good looks at the vehicle believed to have been involved.  

The suspect's truck is described as a newer-model Ford with a long bed and camper shell as well as a crew cab and large tires, Jensen said.

"In this neighborhood, there’s a lot of speeding," said Alison Chow, who lives nearby. "It's our own risk here. There are no sidewalks. Even my kids have to be really careful, looking all the time."

People with information about the case are asked to call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office West Valley Patrol Division at (408) 299-2311.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Man Devours Two Giant Boxes of Cereal in 17 Minutes]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:16:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mattstonie.jpg

It wasn't your average bowl of cereal.

7,700 calories, 586 grams of sugar and 17 minutes later, Matt "Megatoad" Stonie downed two giant boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in his latest eating challenge, according to the eating champion's Facebook page.

The San Jose native is no foreigner to eating copious amounts of food in no time at all. He is famously known for dethroning eight-time defending champion Joey Chestnut at last summer's Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

This wasn't Stonie's first cereal devouring endeavor. He has completed Cap'n Crunch and Trix cereal eating challenges, according to Stonie's YouTube page.

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<![CDATA[Coroner Identifies Novato Fatal Shooting Victim]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 20:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/raidz.jpg

Sheriff’s deputies on Friday continued their hunt for a third suspect linked to a double shooting that killed one Novato High School student, identified as a 17-year-old from Marin County, and injured another.

"I’d like to say we’re really, really close, but the fact of the matter is that we’re being very cautious in what steps we take in regards to apprehending the suspect," sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Doug Pittman said.

The coroner on Friday identified the shooting victim as Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra of San Rafael. Forensic tests scheduled for early next week are expected to help officials determine the cause and manner of death.

"The past two days have sent shock waves throughout our town," said Mayor Pat Eklund, who described her hometown as a "peaceful" and "safe community."

"These crimes are not a normal occurrence" in Novato, Eklund stressed.

Marin County sheriff's deputies, Novato police and search-and-rescue teams raided two homes Thursday afternoon and arrested two Novato High School students, both minors.

Tactical teams first secured a residence near Rowland and Novato boulevards where they detained one homicide suspect, Marin sheriff's officials said.

The teams then moved to a second location on the 1400 block of Leafwood Drive, where a second suspect was detained. 

Search teams also combed the hillside near the Marin Country Club neighborhood, where the attack occurred. The lone surviving student is said to be improving, deputies said.

Investigators have not revealed a motive, but addressed reports that an alleged sexual assault off-campus might be related.

"We’re aware of that case," said Pittman, who didn’t know of any "connection direct" to the ongoing investigation.

"It does involve minors who live in the area so the reality is we know that there are some common names," he added.

On Friday, Eklund offered condolences to the victims' families and assured them that officials are doing everything they can to solve this case.

"Violence will not be tolerated in our city," she said. "Any life lost is one life too many – not in our town."

Wednesday's crime scene is about five miles south of Novato High School. Pittman said a victim called 911 around 5 p.m. He reported he had been shot and stabbed on Fairway Drive near St. Andrews Drive. He told deputies that three people were behind the attacks, but deputies couldn't find them.

The student had to walk about a third of a mile to get to a point where he had cell service to make the call, Pittman said.

During their search, sheriff's deputies found a second victim — Guerra — dead on a hillside from apparent gunshot wounds.

A candlelight vigil is being planned at 7 p.m. Sunday near the Novato High School library, according to social media.

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<![CDATA[TSA Adding 23 Screeners at SJC]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:22:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJCairportline.jpg

As the summer travel season heats up, the Transportation Security Administration is aiming to hire an additional 23 full-time screeners at Mineta San Jose International Airport in order to reduce lengthy wait times.

TSA is also planning to hire another bomb-sniffing K9 unit to actively patrol the security checkpoints, which will allow passengers to keep their shoes on.

19,000 travelers are expected to travel through SJC on Friday and TSA recommends that all travelers arrive at least two hours early.

"We expect to see every Friday going forward into the summer to be typically Thanksgiving travel period," said Rosemary Barnes, an SJC spokeswoman.

Travelers looking to save some time are encouraged to sign up for TSA Pre-Check.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Supporters File Injunction Against CA Primary]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:09:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16146743983239.jpg

Backers of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders are filing an emergency federal injunction, demanding all so-called unaffiliated voters who already voted be allowed to re-vote if they want to.

San Francisco's city attorney said he was warned by Sanders backers of the injunction, which is expected to be filed Friday and comes just weeks before California's primary election on June 7.

The injunction seeks to force counties across the state to allow voter registration up until Election Day -- a move opponents said would create chaos in the state primary process.

"It does because it means the information you have at the polling place as to who is actually supposed to be there does come into play," said Virginia Bloom, Santa Clara County's Assistant Registrar of Voters.

The injunction could also mean ballot shortages at some polling places.

Sanders supporters said the change may be painful, but is necessary.

"I know there have been some voter issues and misinformation, so it gives more people time to get involved," voter Hilda Arakelian said.

The Secretary of State's Office in Sacramento is keeping a close eye on the legal challenge.

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<![CDATA[Musician Andrea Bocelli Has Message for Sharks]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:56:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/Capture132.JPG

Acclaimed Italian musician Andrea Bocelli showed his good sportsmanship Thursday, sending out a congratulatory video to the San Jose Sharks for making it to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Bocelli had been slated to perform at the SAP center in San Jose on June 4, but had to move his concert forward to June 3 due to a scheduling conflict with the finals. 

However, it appears there were no hard feelings. 

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<![CDATA[Teen Removed From Graduation For Refusing to Remove Kente Cloth]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 07:10:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/graduation+generic.jpg

Police escorted an 18-year-old merit scholar out of his Elk Grove, California, high school graduation Tuesday for refusing to remove his Kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian silk and cotton fabric.

Nyree Holmes, now a graduate of Cosumnes Oaks High School, explained on Twitter that he was approached by Matt Mason, the school's director of student activities, just before he walked on stage, the Atlanta Black Star reported

Mason demanded that Holmes hand over his Kente cloth. When the student declined, Mason sought police assistance.

"I get to the stage and I think I’m home clear," Holmes tweeted. "I go through shaking all the hands and smiling feeling as if I won, then when I get to the stairs I see 3 sheriffs."

Holmes was escorted out of the Sleep Train Arena by three Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies before he could received his diploma.

"I wanted to wear my kente cloth as a representation of my pride in my ancestors, to display my cultural and religious heritage," Holmes told the Atlanta Black Star.

Elk Grove Unified School District officials released a statement Friday, which expressed "regret" about "how events unfolded in this instance," but also pointed out that Holmes ignored "repeated requests to remove unauthorized non-school award regalia."

The statement also countered that school officials' actions were prompted by guidelines about "appropriate graduation ceremony attire," which had been communicated to students and their families.

"It is within the District’s discretion and prerogative to impose rules for graduation ceremony dress code and attire which apply generally to all students, and which do not discriminate against any specific student viewpoint," a statement said in part.

It continued: "That rule and standard has been in place for decades."

Holmes was later able to get his diploma and take a photograph with the school's principal. 

The Atlanta Black Star reported that Holmes plans to attend California State University, Fullerton starting this fall. He will major in cinema arts so as to fulfill his "dream of becoming an impactful film director."

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<![CDATA[How to Spend Memorial Day in the Bay Area]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:44:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/800px-SS_Jeremiah_O%27Brien_stern_gun_4.JPG

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<![CDATA[Facebook Friday: Students Travel Without Leaving The Classroom]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:27:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FACETIME+FRIDAY.jpg

A first grade classroom in Los Altos travels around the world every Friday without ever leaving their classroom.

On Facetime Fridays, an international visitor speaks to 24 students at Montclaire Elementary School thanks to Skype, Google Hangout and other technology.

“We have spoken to people in almost every continent by now,” said teacher Kendall Robowski, who started the weekly event last year. Now two of her classes have spoken to people as close as Southern California and as far away as China.

“Our favorite one so far as probably been talking to someone in Ireland about their leprechauns and learning about St. Patrick’s day,” Robowski said.

Mrs. Robowski announces the guest on Monday to give students a week to research the topic and prepare questions. Sometimes parents use their network to help find visitors, and other times the teacher schedules the guests.

After the talk, students create a multimedia report about what they learned. The report is shared online with parents and fellow students.

“I want the students to understand they have access to get any answer they are searching for.”

Facetime Fridays and Mrs. Robowski were recognized in April by the Cupertino Education Endowment Foundation with a 2016 Innovative Technology Educator Award.

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<![CDATA[Now's Your Chance to Buy the 'Full House' Home]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 03:09:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-84591059.jpg

One of San Francisco’s most iconic homes hit the market this week, and it’s predictably expensive.

The Pacific Heights Victorian made famous by 1980s sitcom Full House is now available for purchase for $4.15 million. The house, located at 1708 Broderick St., is prominently featured in the family-friendly sitcom’s opening and transitional scenes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that realtors are choosing to stress the home’s Victorian design rather than its famous history. The home’s façade is currently featured on Fuller House, a spinoff of the original show that is now playing on Netflix.

Prospective homebuyers should note that the home does not come with a golden retriever or a pair of cool uncles, but there might be some familiar faces just around the bend. 

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders is Heading to Oakland This Week]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 16:45:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-533810278.jpg

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be headed back to the East Bay this week, making a stop at a church in Oakland. 

The senator, who has been canvassing the Bay Area in hopes of snagging a victory in California's June 7 primary, will be at the Allen Temple Baptist Church on International Boulevard at 2 p.m. Monday, along with actor Danny Glover. Both will honor Dr. J Alfred Smith’s 85th birthday. This event is open to the public, although space is expected to fill up quickly.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor and current University of California, Berkeley professor Robert Reich posted on Facebook that he would be introducing Sanders at an event on Tuesday, but that event has not yet been confirmed by the campaign.

Both Sanders and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton have been to the Bay Area several times in the past month, whipping up support. Clinton held several rallies throughout the Bay Area this week, while Sanders has been holding his characteristically "huge" rallies in several Bay Area locales.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Bernie Sanders would be at the Church Sunday and Monday. He will only be at the church on Monday, although Glover will be at the church both days.

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<![CDATA[Family Asks for Public's Help in Finding Missing Teen]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 23:32:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0527-2016-PearlPinson.jpg

Family and friends of 15-year-old Pearl Pinson are asking their community to keep looking for a teen missing from Northern California, a day after the man thought to have kidnapped her at gunpoint was killed.

Investigators believe the teenager was kidnapped Wednesday morning as she walked to a school bus stop in Vallejo. Her suspected abductor, a 19-year-old whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County Thursday, authorities said.

"Pearl if you're out there fight your way home, find a way. Do whatever you can to get out of wherever you are," sister Rose Pinson said in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Friday. "I love you so much Pearl, we're here praying for you."

Officials on Friday afternoon said the search for Pinson was concentrated in Sonoma County, about 1½ hours north of San Francisco. A rescue helicopter covered roughly four square miles of rough terrain outside the small coastal town of Jenner, scouring the area for Pinson. The search was suspended late Friday, but is expected to be resumed early Saturday.

Solano County and Sonoma County sheriff's deputies searched the Willow Creek Road area of Jenner. The search was prompted by new information the Solano County Sheriff's Office received during its investigation, but did not publicize.

Christine Castillo, with the Solano County Sheriff's Department, promised to answer the question of "Why Jenner?" in the "very near future."

For their part, Jenner residents were overwhelmed by the influx of law enforcement officials and search-and-rescue teams.

Robert McShea said the city is a "retirement area" that doesn't often see "this much action."

"We're used to kayaks and stuff, not choppers and news cameras," he admitted.

Although two-plus days have passed since Pinson was last seen or heard from, officials continue to deploy boats, dogs and rescue teams with the hope of finding her. 

"Our number one priority is bringing Pearl home safely to her family and we do believe that is possible," Castillo said.

Family and friends searched for Pinson in Vallejo Friday afternoon and plan to be in Jenner Saturday morning to be close to investigators. The Solano County Sheriff's Office is working with Pinson's family to determine the areas where the searches will be held.

Pinson has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

The sheriff's office set up a tip line at 707-784-1963 but anyone with urgent information is asked to call 707-421-7090.

Investigators have also spent time searching the area of Sir Frances Drake Boulevard near the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County after officials said Castro was seen on surveillance cameras in the area at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Coroner's Office identified the man killed in the police shootout as 19-year-old Fernando Castro, and authorities identified the Vallejo resident as a suspect in Pinson's disappearance. Officials also said there is no indication Pinson is in Santa Barbara County.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office and FBI are working together to examine crime scenes in the city of Solvang, where the shootout occurred following a pursuit on Thursday.

The search for Pinson started Wednesday morning when the Solano County Sheriff's Office said they received reports of shots fired near the Interstate Highway 780 pedestrian over-crossing in the area of Home Acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing. The witness heard a gunshot while running for help, and responding deputies found blood on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

"I heard screaming, panicking screaming, and then after that, I heard two gunshots and the car went off really fast," said witness Leslie Caro.

The sheriff's office has not confirmed Pinson was shot or the extent of her injuries.

As of Friday evening, the overpass is the site of a growing memorial where people have placed pearls for Pearl Pinson. 

Castro was spotted in San Luis Obispo County on Thursday after the California Highway Patrol had issued an Amber Alert for Pinson. CHP officers pursued him into Santa Barbara County, over 300 miles south of the scene of the suspected abduction in Vallejo.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Rallies in the Bay Area]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 14:21:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-534572062.jpg

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Injured in 2-Alarm Alameda Fire]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:58:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/firealameda.PNG

A firefighter was injured putting out a two-alarm house fire early Friday morning in Alameda, fire officials said.

As of 9:15 a.m. the injured firefighter had not been released from Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center in San Leandro, fire Capt. James Colburn said.

Firefighters responded at 12:25 a.m. to a two-story home in the 1500 block of Fountain Street near Lincoln Park and San Leandro Bay where a fire was consuming the home and its contents, Colburn said.

The captain could not say how much damage in dollars the fire did, but the home sustained severe damage throughout.

The cause and origin of the fire is still being investigated.

Firefighters had trouble getting into the home because flames were so strong, partly because the resident had many possessions, Colburn said.

The occupant of the home escaped before suffering any injuries and no one else was injured.

Firefighters extinguished the fire at 1:35 a.m. and contained the fire to one home.

The American Red Cross assisted the displaced person.

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<![CDATA[Napa Gears Up For Annual BottleRock Festival]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:10:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bottlerock.jpg

It's that time of year again. 

The annual BottleRock music festival is taking Napa by storm this weekend, where big names will take the stage at the Napa Expo and surrounding area. 

Compared to other music festivals that tend to cater to a millennial generation, BottleRock typically attracts a more mature audience. Celebrity chefs, wine tastings and craft beer are all on hand (or tap!). 

The legendary Stevie Wonder will kick off the festival Friday, followed by Florence + the Machine on Saturday. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will close out he show Sunday with some of fan-favorite hits. 

Lenny Kravitz, Death Cab for Cutie, The Lumineers and a slew of other musical acts are slated to appear through the weekend. 

Tickets for the event have sold out, but you can get updates on next year's shindig by following the festival on Facebook

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<![CDATA[Family of Pier 14 Shooting Victim Kate Steinle Sues SF]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 11:49:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pier-14-shooting-victim2.jpg

The family of Kate Steinle, a woman shot and killed on San Francisco's Pier 14 last July, Friday filed a federal lawsuit against city and federal officials alleging that a series of policy failures and negligent acts led to her death.

The lawsuit, which names the city of San Francisco, former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, alleges that officials allowed Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant with a history of drug offenses, to go free and obtain the gun that killed her.

"The Steinle Family hopes that their actions today will serve to highlight the lax enforcement of gun safety regulations among the law enforcement agencies involved and bureaucratic confusion so that this will not happen to others," Frank Pitre, the lawyer representing the Steinle family, said in a statement today.

Steinle, a 32-year-old Pleasanton native who had recently moved to San Francisco, was shot on July 1 while walking with family members on Pier 14. Police arrested Lopez-Sanchez, who had been deported five times and hadseven prior felony convictions, within an hour of the shooting.

The shooting set off a national furor over San Francisco's Sanctuary City policies after it was revealed that the Sheriff's Department had released Lopez-Sanchez without notifying immigration officials. Mirkarimi in March of 2015 had sent out a memo forbidding all communications with immigration officials, in a move that today's lawsuit alleges exceeded his authority and city policies.

San Francisco's Sanctuary City and Due Process for All policies, intended to encourage communication between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, forbid the use of city and county resources for assisting federal immigration authorities but allow for some communication with them under limited circumstances.

Inspired in part by the uproar over Steinle's death, the Board of Supervisors voted this week to update that policy with clarifications about when such communications are allowed.

The lawsuit also faults federal immigration officials for failing to take a more active role in detaining Lopez-Sanchez, despite knowing of San Francisco's policy.

The Bureau of Land Management is named because the gun used in the shooting was stolen from the car of a BLM agent who had left it unsecured ina backpack.

That incident and other recent law enforcement gun thefts from vehicles inspired Supervisor David Campos to introduce legislation, approved in February, requiring all guns stored in cars to be secured in lockboxes.

Lopez-Sanchez has been charged with murder in Steinle's death, but defense attorneys have indicated they are likely to argue the shooting was the result of an accidental ricochet.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Parents Brace for Possible Norovirus Outbreak ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:15:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/STOMACH+VIRUS+PKG+KNTV+-+00005308.jpg

After a Norovirus scare, parents of students at Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose have been warned: If your children are sick, keep them home.

Administrators say that between Monday and Thursday, at least 21 children reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever – all symptoms that are characteristic of Norovirus, which can cause temporary inflammation of the stomach and large intestine. It can take days to recover from the bug. A large group also reported feeling sick Friday.

Parents received emails and phone calls from the school’s administrator, advising them to keep any student who feels ill home and to take precautionary measures. Once at school, students were reminded to keep rough housing to a minimum and to frequently wash their hands.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is now monitoring similar situations at San Jose's Horace Mann and Walter L. Bachrodt elementary schools. 

"We noticed an increase here at Willow Glen Elementary of kids that had vomiting and diarrhea," said Melinda Landau, San Jose Unified School District's health support manager. "Since we've had situations over at Horace Mann and Bachrodt, we really jumped on it immediately."

Parents said they weren't too worried, citing similar outbreaks that happened when they were young.

“I think these sort of things happen once in a while,” said Kevin Smith, a parent. “When I was a kid we had lice scares and that sort of thing. I think it is something that will be around a few days and go away.”

The school has closed off access to the playground and sporting equipment. Upcoming field trips have also been axed from the calendar, as directed by school district officials.

Although the news has been disappointing to students, parents have been supportive of the school’s decision.

"The school has done a great job at communicating to all the parents to keep your kids home if they're sick and do extra hand washing, so we're feeling good about sending him today,” said Angela Ritcey, whose son attends the Willow Glen.

She continued: “In a public school, where they are all together, this is bound to happen…”

Officials say students are being taught preventative measures, including wearing gloves when needed. But whether it is norovirus or something else, the illness seems to be spreading.

"I've heard from other nurses and other districts that they are seeing it in their schools too," Landau said.

As of Friday evening, public health officials emphasized that there has not yet been a single confirmed case — mainly because the symptoms pass quickly and make it difficult to get lab samples, they said.

But the department is working closely with every district where symptoms appear, and apparently the phone keeps ringing.

Parent Julia Castro hopes that her kids are "just feeling under the weather, and a little rest and a three-day weekend should perk them up."

When asked how she reacted to news of the outbreak, Castro replied, "With caution, definitely. You hear about cruise ships with the norovirus and just how completely and quickly it spreads."

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<![CDATA[SF, Bay Area Parks Rank Among Country's Best]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:42:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DOLORES+PARK.jpg

San Francisco is home to the fifth best public parks system in the country, according to the Trust for Public Land.

Perhaps even more impressive, 99 percent of the 830,000 people living in San Francisco are within a 10-minute walk to a park.

The ranking is also a reminder of the controversies surrounding the city’s iconic parks.

Residents and some lawmakers are currently battling over legislation that would impose restrictions on the city’s dog-friendly parks and beaches. Hundreds marched with their pups in April to protest against the proposed law. 

The Recreation and Parks department is also in hot water after it rolled out a much-derided pilot program that allows people to pay to reserve premium sections of grass at Dolores Park, one of the city’s most frequented and iconic spots. After intense community backlash, however, the department announced that it would no longer continue with the program after its scheduled July end-date. 

Longtime locals said the plan disadvantages poor communities in the city. 

The Trust for Public Land also ranked Oakland (no. 14) and San Jose parks (No. 31) high on the list for its community access to kid and dog friendly parks. 

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<![CDATA[Clinton Talks at Oakland's Chicken and Waffles]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:46:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Capture131.JPG

A day after Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton held raucous rallies in San Francisco and San Jose, the former Secretary of State stopped by an Oakland-based Home of Chicken and Waffles for a quaint community meeting.

Friday’s discussion revolved around breaking barriers and increasing opportunity in Oakland. The former secretary of state, who has had a tough week following the release of a state department report on her emails, sat next to the city's mayor, Libby Schaaf, and restaurant owners for the sobering chat.

No one dined on the local spot's famous food, instead delving immediately into some key issues facing the Oakland community.

The conversation lingered on helping people of color start small businesses. Clinton also advocated for second-start programs, which help incarcerated men and women learn job-training and business skills. 

"I think we need more of these programs," she said, referencing one that she claims has been successful in Reno, Nevada. She said philanthropists, businesses owners and politicians need to work together to come up with a solution to "increasing the breadth of knowledge and understanding" about job training programs. 

Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have been barnstorming through the Bay Area ahead of California's June 7 primary, making the East Bay ground zero in their efforts to get out the vote.

Both candidates have campaign offices in Oakland, where Clinton has appeared twice this month, and Sanders has recently held his characteristically huge rallies in Vallejo and the South Bay.

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<![CDATA[Sharks vs Penguins for Stanley Cup ]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:13:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/sharks-pens.jpg

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the only ones standing between the Sharks and their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

The Penguins advanced to the NHL’s final round with a Game 7 win over the Lightning on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, 2-1.

They will have home ice advantage, beginning with Game 1 in the Steel City on Monday.

The full schedule is as follows:

GAME 1: Monday, Pittsburgh

GAME 2: Wednesday, Pittsburgh

GAME 3: June 4, San Jose

GAME 4: June 6, San Jose

GAME 5: June 9, Pittsburgh (If necessary)

GAME 6: June 12, San Jose (If necessary)

GAME 7: June 15, Pittsburgh (If necessary)

The Sharks and Penguins split their two-game season series. San Jose won in Pittsburgh on Nov. 21, 3-1, while the Penguins returned the favor at SAP Center just 10 days later on Dec. 1, 5-1.

The Sharks had won 10 straight home games over the Penguins before the most recent meeting. They own a 17-3-3 record against them in the last 23 head-to-head matchups overall.

San Jose eliminated the Kings, Predators and Blues in advancing to the first Stanley Cup Final in its 25-year history. The Penguins got past the Rangers and Capitals before beating the Lightning.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[A 2-Alarm Fire Injures Firefighter in Alameda]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:49:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000017350670_1200x675_694132291745.jpg Around 12:25am Alameda Fire crews responded to a single family home in the 1500 hundred block of Fountain Street in Alameda.Laura Malpert reports.]]> <![CDATA[Unlikely Pair Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 08:13:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/christine+and+taliha+3.jpg

Christine Boschen says she is not a religious person.

She does, however, believe in a higher power.

Which is why Boshen says she wasn't phased when, one day at her job in an Oakland office building with the State of California, she heard a small voice in her head.

"I was at work, and I got this real quiet voice inside my head that said you need to take a walk. And I was like, 'okay... right now?' Yes, you need to take a walk."

Boshen says she now knows it wasn't fresh air she was meant to get. There was a person she was meant to meet.

"I see this woman in front of me," Boshen said. "And so I turned and said hello."

From that chance encounter, an unlikely alliance was spawned. Boshen and the woman she met, Taliha Bomani, are now helping each other achieve their personal goals.

Taliha Bomani is something of a fixture on the streets of Oakland. So much so, perhaps, many professionals on their lunch breaks might look right past her.

But not Christine. And certainly not on that day.

"We are both the type of people who see people," Boshen said.

Christine recently decided her passion is to become a life coach and was actually on the lookout for someone whose dreams she could help come true.

Talia, who writes and sings her own gospel music, was looking for someone to help her bring it to a wider audience and people Talia believes need her message of faith.

"Taliha and I are very similar in the sense that we both have this thing that keeps us up at night," Boshen said, "and that is helping people."

Boshen and Bomani now meet regularly, offering prayers and songs to passers-by and support for each other.

Boshen has already spent some of her own money to help Bomani make a music video and has organized a GoFundMe campaign so she can record her very own album.

"It's really a warm feeling," Bomani said. "It makes me feel very warm to know that somebody cares this much."

It is the type of story that could only happen in a melting-pot city like Oakland: two people from very different backgrounds, yet each the answer to the other's prayers.

"It's because we see the world through our heart eyeballs," Boshen said. "When you see the world through your heart eyeballs, you don't care about the trappings, you just see the spark in somebody and we're two peas in a pod actually, we're very alike."

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<![CDATA[New Details in Killing of Scientist: Police]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:30:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0411-2016-BrianBole.jpg

New details have emerged in the mysterious shooting death of a data scientist last month near his home in Oakland.

Oakland police have been poring over surveillance video and Thursday released images of three people who may have information about the killing of 30-year-old Brian Bole in the early morning hours of April 11.

Police said the three people are possible witnesses who may have come in contact with Bole just before he was gunned down on Richmond Boulevard.

Authorities have increased the reward money in the case to $30,000.

Police also released photos of a silver Honda Accord they say was in the area at the time of the killing.

Bole was a data scientist who worked in the health services field on the Peninsula. He was walking home from a local bar when he was fatally shot just steps from his home.

A woman found Bole lying dead in the street in the area of Richmond Boulevard and Frisbie Street.

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<![CDATA[Safety Tandem Gives 49ers One Area of Strength]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 10:39:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/betheanotrade.jpg

In his first season with the 49ers, veteran safety Antoine Bethea was voted the team’s most valuable player.

After his second season, he reportedly was on the trading block.

In the NFL, after all, jobs are just temporary. Even smart, productive players such as Bethea can quickly become expendable because of injuries, the salary cap or the whims of the front office or coaching staff.

Bethea, who played just seven games in 2015 because of an injury – the first time he’d missed any games since his second NFL season in 2007 – was rumored to be on his way out in San Francisco back in early April. That’s when Peter King of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback wrote that Bethea had been deemed a potential trading chip, along with retired offensive tackle Anthony Davis (who was rumored to be coming back).

Conor orr of NFL.com noted at the time of the trade speculation that it might make sense, because Bethea was coming off a torn-pectoral injury and the Niners might be able to get additional draft picks for Bethea and Davis to re-stock the roster. But, wondered Orr, would new head coach Chip Kelly – who traded away some top talent in Philadelphia – “be vilified … if a trade goes down and they succeed elsewhere or if the team struggles at right tackle and safety?”

Now, two months later, Bethea is still with the team and participating in organized team activities (OTAs) and Davis is still retired.

And, though the starting job at right offensive tackle is still a question mark for the 49ers, Bethea combines with Eric Reid to give the 49ers a strong tandem at safety. With Bethea healthy again, in fact, safety is a rare position of strength for the 49ers.

New defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil this week said the two have been performing at a high level in OTAs and are team leaders in the transition to a new defensive system.

“Bethea and Eric Reid are very, very smart football players,” O’Neil told reporters this week. “And with this being the fourth time I’ve been part of an organization installing this system, those guys are further ahead than any other safety group that I’ve been a part of so far.”

Having Bethea back in the lineup will be a huge boost for a defense that could feature several new starters in 2016, said Reid.

“He just sees everything,” Reid told Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He sees it fast. You see a formation, he’s lined up and he’s already called stuff out. I’m looking at him like, ‘All right,’ and then they do what he says.”

It’s possible that keeping Bethea rather than trading him might prove to be one of general manager Trent Baalke’s best moves this offseason.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Survive Elimination, Defeat Thunder in Game 5]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 21:40:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-534584044_594_screen.jpg

OAKLAND - Stephen Curry suddenly doesn’t look so injured.

Facing elimination in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors in Game 5 Thursday rode Curry and a wave of emotion to a 120-111 victory over Oklahoma City that keeps alive their chances to repeat as NBA champions.

The win, before a relentless raucous sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, narrows the deficit to 3-2 OKC in the best-of-seven series.

Five Warriors scored in double figures, Curry putting in 31 points to lead the way. Klay Thompson totaled 27 points, Andrew Bogut had 15, Marreese Speights (off the bench) had 14 and Draymond Green finished with 11.

The Warriors matched the Thunder in rebounds, 45-45, outscored them 28-15 on fast-break points and clobbered them 48-30 on points in the paint. The Warriors also forced 17 OKC turnovers, off which they scored 20 points.

Curry, who is sore but continues to downplay discussion of injuries, scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant led all scorers with 40 points, while point guard Russell Westbrook finished with 31.


Contributions came from across the board, but Curry, Bogut, Iguodala and Speights led the way.

Curry’s line: 31 points (9-of-20 shooting, 3-of-8 from beyond the arc), seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-6 for the game.

Bogut’s line: 15 points (7-of-9), a game-high 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocked shots. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-2.

Iguodala’s line: 8 points (3-of-5, 1-of-2), a team-high eight assists, one steal and steady defense. He played 34 minutes and posted a plus-7.

Speights’ line: 14 points (4-of-7, 1-of-1). He was plus-7 over nine minutes.


The 13-point lead was the biggest of the night for the Warriors.

The Thunder got within five (103-98, 4:34 remaining) before the Warriors closed it out in the final minutes.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Super Sailor Heading to Rio]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:59:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+STANFORD+OLYMPIC+SAILING+PKG+-+00013202.jpg

It’s a brand new Olympic sport: women’s high-performance 49erFX skiff sailing. A Stanford graduate will be one of the first American women to take on what looks more like a high-wire performance than a sail boat race.

“It’s called trapezing,” Scutt said. “We’re about a foot off the water’s surface and only our toes are actually touching the boat.”

A harness and some wire are all that keeps Olympic sailing duo Helena Scutt, 23, and Paris Henken, 20, from hitting ocean waters.

It’s the first time women’s 49erFX will be part of the Olympic games. The men’s skiff race was added 16 years ago in Sydney.

“I think people didn’t think women were interested because it was so high performance,” Scutt guessed.

At Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center in Redwood City, where she spent her afternoons during college, Scutt tells NBC Bay Area News she dreamed of going to the Olympics since she was a girl. However, at first, for a different sport.

“I was obsessed with soccer and when I burned out of that was when my dad was like, ‘Hey you’ve been doing sailing summer camps, do you want to give racing a try?’” Scutt said, explaining she started sailing at 15.

The challenging nature of the sport, plus the fact few women were participating in 49erFX sailing at the time, was what attracted Scutt to the sport and kept her going, despite adversity.

During her senior year of college, the Seattle native was sailing at the world championships when a competitor’s boat hit her in the ribs.

“I broke my spine. I broke two ribs and I lacerated my left kidney so lots of internal bleeding. It wasn’t good,” Scutt said.

Somehow, the super sailor only needed a few months to heal – no surgery necessary. Her quick recovery and then qualifying for the Games were no surprise to her coaches.

“It seemed like the Olympics were always in her blood,” said Clinton Hayes, assistant sailing coach at Stanford.

However, there would be financial challenges in store for Scutt and Henken too.

“Olympic sailing -- it’s like a startup or a small business. You really need to get your funding off the ground. It’s an expensive sport,” Scutt said, explaining sailing’s $150,000-a-year price tag means Olympic hopefuls like her spend much of their time out of the water fundraising.

She and Henken met their goal by going to private donors and crowdsourcing, which come with added pressures. Scutt says she doesn’t want to let their supporters down.

Still, she doesn’t want to be distracted by the pressures or what’s in the water. Sailing is one sport that puts athletes close to or in the waters of Guanabara Bay, which the Brazilian government has been trying to clean up for years.

“When we’re there, we’re focused on understanding the current and the wind, the way it wraps around the hills, that we’re not really thinking about that,” Scutt said.

After all, she says, the point is to stay out of the water.

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<![CDATA[Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz Most Polluted]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:43:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bummercover.jpg

A Santa Cruz beach has once again topped a state list of most polluted beaches.

Cowell Beach, near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, received the worst score of all California public beaches on the annual Beach Report Card published by Heal the Bay, an environmental nonprofit.

It's the third year in a row Cowell has been awarded the dubious distinction with an "F' grade. About 95 percent of all beaches received "A" or "B" grades this year, according to the Heal the Bay report.

The report card bases grades on levels of weekly bacterial pollution in the beaches' water.

Other area beaches among the 10 worst are Sunnydale Cove at Candlestick Point in San Francisco at No. 8 and Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County at No. 9.

Photo Credit: Joy Aoki/Heal the Bay]]>
<![CDATA[Brent One of Several Undrafted Receivers Hoping to Make Raiders]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 09:22:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*124/BrentWake.jpg

After three seasons as a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina, K.J. Brent transferred to Wake Forest.

With the Gamecocks, Brent just wasn’t able to get much of an opportunity. He caught only 14 passes in three years. But in one season at Wake Forest, Brent caught 42 passes for 583 yards and a touchdown. He was the team’s second-leading receiver.

“I just wanted to explore my options to see if there was somewhere else I could go be a bigger part of and try to make a bigger impact,” he told The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C. “I had a great time there (at South Carolina), it just didn’t work out like I wanted it to. I made a choice to come here and it’s been a blessing. It really has. I don’t regret anything at all.”

Now Brent is taking another big leap as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is one of several undrafted free-agent receivers signed by the Raiders to compete for roster spots behind starters Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and primary backups Seth Roberts and Andre Holmes (who also came into the NFL as undrafted free agents). Aside from Brent, other undrafted wideouts signed by Oakland were Max McCaffrey, Jaydon Mickens and Johnny Holton.

Head coach Jack Del Rio said that bringing in players such as Brent and the other undrafted wideouts helps the team by adding “tough-minded people” who are “hungry” and “love football.”

Though Brent isn’t super fast or super strong, he has good height and already has shown good hands in organized team activities. He has a long battle ahead to make the roster, but he’s been one of the early undrafted free agent receivers to make a positive impression with coaches and teammates.

During OTAs this week, Brent made several fine catches in 11-on-11 drills, noted Eddie Paskal, a writer for the team’s website.

“The Wake Forest product is a willing pupil,” wrote Paskal. “Before the team hit the field Thursday, Brent spent some one-on-one time with wide receivers coach Rob Moore, working on footwork and route-running.”

Then, said Paskal, Brent used that footwork and his tall frame several times against defensive backs to haul in passes, including one in the end zone from quarterback Matt McGloin.

Wrote Paskal: “Don’t sleep on K.J. Brent. He’ll be an interesting prospect to keep an eye on as the offseason workout program progresses.”

<![CDATA[Father Charged in Fatal Vallejo House Fire]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:43:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/2016-05-23-darrylone-shuemake.jpg

A Vallejo father accused of setting a house on fire with his own son inside made his first court appearance Thursday.

Solano County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry charged Darrylone Shuemake Sr. with the murder of his son, and the attempted murder of his wife. She also charged with him with felony arson.

The charging documents also show that the father has at least 14 known spellings and aliases, including the name Darryl Barnett and Kevin Shumake.

Investigators said Shuemake Sr. poured gasoline on the mother of his 5-year-old son and set her on fire as the boy slept in bed nearby. The boy was killed as the fire quickly spread throughout the Vallejo home on Sunday.

Shuemake Sr.'s hearing was continued until next week.

Photo Credit: Vallejo Police Department]]>