<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 22:19:43 -0700Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:19:43 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[How You Can Help With North Bay Fire Relief Efforts]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:05:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/182*120/AP_17282563913318.jpg

Donations and volunteers are needed in Northern California as local fire crews battle multiple blazes that have wiped out entire neighborhoods and killed dozens of people.

The fires have ravaged Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, Yuba and Lake counties, destroying at least 5,700 homes and businesses. At one point, 100,000 people had to evacuate. Officials have confirmed at least 42 fatalities. Many of those forced to evacuate will return to their homes only to find ash and charred wreckage.

Below is information on how you can help recovery efforts. Some information is for people who live in the area, but there are also national campaigns dedicated to fire relief. For tips on how to avoid charity scams, visit here

This page will be updated. You can also stay current as needs change by visiting the social media pages of affected counties.

Donate or volunteer at an evacuation center:
Petaluma officials have shared a Google doc with information on volunteer opportunities and other ways you can help. As of Oct. 10, Petaluma's shelters were no longer accepting donations of goods. 

The city of Sonoma said Sunday, Oct. 14, that its evacuation center at Sonoma High will close Monday at 6 p.m. All school-based centers are also closing and evacuees are being transfered to Red Cross-operated shelters. For opportunities to volunteer in Sonoma County, email info@volunteernow.org or call (707) 573-3399. 

The city of Santa Rosa said Monday, Oct. 16, that people can still make unprepared food donations to homeless shelters. Visit St. Vincent de Paul at 610 Wilson Street, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the Redwood Empire Food Bank at 3990 Brickway Blvd. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No more donations of food or goods are needed at local evacuation shelters or fire and police departments. Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa is also accepting food donations and you can call 707-528-8712 for information. The Salvation Army is accepting clothes and supplies at 93 Stony Point Circle. For more information, call (707)542-0981. The city of Santa Rosa has also urged people to donate to the United Way of Wine Country's Relief Fund or a North Bay Fire Relief campaign organized by Redwood Credit Union

The Ukiah Daily Journal has posted resources for donating or volunteering in Mendocino County. The North Coast Opportunities Volunteer Network can be reached at 707-462-1959. The Savings Bank of Mendocino is accepting donations in response to the fires in Mendocino County and Lake County. You can mail them to P.O. Box 3600, Ukiah, CA 95482 or pay online here

The city of Napa said Tuesday that no volunteers or in-kind donations were needed - that means no clothes, no toiletries, and no prepared food. Instead, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Belia Ramos is asking people to donate money directly to the Napa Valley Community Foundation. Those who want to volunteer should sign up and update a volunteer profile here with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.  

Yuba County is accepting donations for evacuees in front of Franklin Hall at the Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. As of Wednesday, they were in need of socks, hair brushes, shampoo, conditioner, Kleenex, diapers and other toiletries.

The Solano County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that no goods are needed at their shelter. Cash donations can be given in person at the Suisun City KROC Center - 586 E Wigeon Way, Suisun City. Cash donations for animal supplies can be given over the phone through Western Ranch Supply at (707) 439-7880 or in person at 103 Aegean Way, Vacaville. A large animal evacuation center at the Solano County Fairgrounds, as of Friday, Oct. 13, was accepting livestock, construction and operation supplies. For a detailed list of their needs and information on volunteer opportunities, visit here.

Donate or sign-up to volunteer with the Red Cross:
The Red Cross released a statement on Monday afternoon saying that it had met its immediate need for volunteers, but the organization asked interested parties to sign up online for updates, as more people may be needed in the coming days.

“As the disaster continues to evolve, the Red Cross will assess how community volunteers can best support the operation,” the non-profit said in a statement Monday. “Those interested in volunteering to support Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino wildfire relief efforts, can sign up online."

People can also donate directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief at any time by dialing 1-800 RED CROSS. To make a quick, one-time donation of $10, text CAWILDFIRES to 90999. The donation is used to "prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

"This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses, technology and people that make that help possible," the Red Cross said Thursday.

Donate to the Napa Valley Community Foundation:
The foundation started its Disaster Relief Fund in 2014 after an earthquake flattened areas of South Napa. Now, it'll be mobilizing the same network for fire victims. 

In addition to distributing immediate grants to smaller, local nonprofits, the foundation says it will work with government agencies to identify recovery areas that need the most assistance. You can donate online and by snail mail. Click here for more information. 

Donate to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund:
The Community Foundation of Sonoma County launched a Resilience Fund to help with the mid- to long-term needs of Sonoma recovery. Facebook, which announced on Tuesday a $1 million pledge to fire relief efforts, has donated $250,000 to the fund. You can donate or find out more here.

The Rotary of Sonoma Valley will match the first $10,000 of donations on its YouCaring page.

Donate to the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation:
The Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation has partnered with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau in establishing a fund to help ag workers and their families who lost homes in the fires.

Donate to a Crowdfunding site:
GoFundMe has verified this donation page, created by winery owner Jake Kloberdanz, for general fire relief. There are also dozens of donation pages set up for individual people and families affected by the fire. All donations under the "California Fire Relief" section are backed by GoFundMe's guarantee policy

The City of Santa Rosa also set up a YouCaring page to assist Tubbs Fire Victims. A slew of Bay Area sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Golden State Warriors, pledged $450,000 on a YouCaring page and have invited fans to contribute. 

Meanwhile, cannabis enthusiasts have started a donation page for marijuana growers who lost their farms in the blaze. 

Note: GoFundMe collects 5 percent of the total amount raised and there is a transaction charge for each donation. YouCaring charges a transaction fee but does not collect a percentage of the total donation. 

Open your home to evacuees:
Airbnb has activated its Open Homes program for the North Bay. The program, established in 2012, allows hosts to open up their homes for free to people needing shelter. The company released a statement saying it was in need of more hosts to volunteer. Find out more here.

Tech workers in San Francisco also started a Google Doc to connect evacuees with housing assistance. If you have space in your home and would welcome evacuees, you're invited to add your name to the list. 

SHARE Sonoma County is arranging emergency home shares for displaced homeowners or renters in Sonoma County. Those willing to host a person or family for anywhere from days to months should contact PPSC SHARE Sonoma County at SHAREfire@petalumapeople.org. Volunteers to help with phones can visit the Petaluma People Services Center at 1500 Petaluma Blvd., South, Petaluma.

Help look after displaced pets and animals:
Milo Foundation, a long-running animal rescue group with headquarters in Point Richmond, was forced to evacuate about 200 animals from its sanctuary in Willits. Shelter staff are asking people who live in safe locations to open their homes to shelter dogs and cats as a result.

Sonoma County Animal Services, as of Oct. 14, was no longer in need of food or other supplies for animals. They have set up a 24/7 phone line for information and donations at 707-565-4648. You can also donate here. Those interested in fostering animals can visit here

The SPCA of Solano County, as of Wednesday, was in need of cat food, kitty litter, blankets, towels, beds, leashes and cleaning supplies. You can also donate here.  

Donate at any Peet's Coffee & Tea shop:
Peet's customers can make digital or cash donations for its North Bay Fire Relief Campaign through Oct. 22 at any of its coffee bars around the country. The Bay Area-based company will match funds of up to $10,000 to be distributed to: Community Foundation of Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Mendocino County, and other non-profits and food banks.

Donate to a food bank:
The Redwood Empire Food Bank said it delivered the equivalent of 110,000 meals to Sonoma County evacuation centers, as of Tuesday evening. You can make a financial donation here.

Schedule a donation for later: 
Give Lively's wildfire relief page, which offers ways to donate to several community organizations, lets you send money now or schedule the gift for later.

Other places outside the North Bay accepting donations:
Love on Haight, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco, posted on Facebook that it was accepting clothing donations and had a limited number of available shelters for evacuees. The clothing store has also set up a donation table outside for people to drop off clothing donations.

“We have boxes of free clothes at Love on Haight for you,” a post on the clothing store’s Facebook page said. “We have some spots to stay in the city and can help get supplies that you may need. If you make it to the city please feel free to use us as a home base. You are not alone in this...” 

Tutto Capelli Salon in San Carlos is opening a donation drive. Owner Gina Hawk said she is collecting pet supplies, phone chargers, baby supplies, feminine products, and other toiletries to bring to shelters. 

Salute E Vita Restaurante in RichmondThe staff at the Marina Bay restaurant will be driving up and donating goods twice a day. Organizer Jamie Dooley is encouraging people to bring non-perishable goods, socks, blankets and pillows along with other essentials.

"As a Santa Rosa native whose family has been evacuated, it breaks my heart to see my hometown reduced to ashes," Dooley said. "We’re doing everything possible to support our friends and family."

Martinez Mobilizes for Santa Rosa: This Sunday, the popular Del Cielo Brewing Co. in Martinez will be hosting an all-day donation drop-off event. You can find out more information about needed donations at the event Facebook page. 

Seaport Storage Center and Collection 55 Cellars in Redwood City is accepting donations for fire victims. Donations of tents, sleeping bags, pillows, water, personal hygiene products, diapers, can openers, and phone chargers can be made until 4 p.m. daily. The center has large trucks available to drop off goods. Call Justin Wethington at 650-218-6360 if interested. 

Jewish Community Center in Berkeley (Walnut Street location): The community center will be accepting donations for a massive Thursday drop off. Staff are asking for clothing and toiletries.  Please bring donations by 4 p.m. 

Oakland 1-2-3-4 Go! Records: The long-running record store in Oakland has posted a list of needed items on its Facebook page (no clothing needed.) Donations will be dropped off in Santa Rosa throughout the week. 

This post will be updated. Have something to add? Email Gillian.Edevane@NBCuni.com. Check out full coverage of the fires here.



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<![CDATA[North Bay Inferno: Images From Wine Country’s Deadly Fires]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:23:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Wednesday_Fire2.jpg Multiple fires that erupted late Sunday night across the North Bay, swept through the wine country, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses and leaving dozens of people dead.

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<![CDATA[Audit Finds PG&E Repair Job Backlog in Sonoma, Santa Rosa]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:31:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PGE-EMAIL-MON-ok---00000000.jpg

The state’s last regulatory audit of the PG&E division ravaged by the North Bay firestorm warned the utility that it was late in fixing more than 3,500 known electrical problems in Santa Rosa and Sonoma alone, records reviewed by NBC Bay Area show.

The findings of the California Public Utilities Commission’s PG&E Sonoma Division audit -- performed in September 2015 – point to concerns about PG&E maintenance practices well before the fires that destroyed nearly 5,000 homes and claimed 42 lives. PG&E has filed eight separate regulatory notices of electrical equipment failures in the fires.

In a December 31, 2015 audit letter to the utility, Fayi Daye, a supervising electric safety regulator with the state’s Public Utilities Commission, outlined the violations found in the review of records between 2010 and 2015 and a spot check of the division’s electrical distribution equipment.

Daye noted that the auditors’ review of repair records for the areas that would become hardest hit by the fires -- Santa Rosa and Sonoma -- showed the company was behind schedule on a total of 3,527 separate repair orders.

“Late work orders included overhead and underground facilities,” Daye noted.

The audit also checked PG&E’s maps of electrical distribution lines and found more than 50 pieces of overhead equipment – including pole mounted transformers and lines themselves-- had not been inspected yearly as required under state rules.

Spot checks showed that for one power pole in Santa Rosa, a supporting cable was not properly connected to assure the pole could remain standing. Inspectors also found that communications gear had been spliced onto the line and was dangling 10 feet from the ground.

“PG&E did not notify the communications company of this safety hazard when it last inspected the pole,” Daye’s report noted. In another location in Somona, inspectors found “noticeable slack” on a support strut between poles.

The PUC didn’t issue any fines in the audit. Critics were dismayed by the findings.

“This is particularly alarming because these citations are where the fires happened," said Britt Strottman, and attorney for the counties ravaged by the San Bruno pipeline fire and the massive Butte fire in 2015. She says the audit reflects a troubling pattern. "PG&E has a history of neglecting its infrastructure and this is more evidence of that."

State Sen. Jerry Hill was also troubled by the findings and wants to make sure regulators do a better job of monitoring the utility's repair efforts.

“It was very shocking,” Hill said.

“Thirty five hundred jobs not completed really was a surprise because they are getting the money for these, they are getting the funds to do the work in a timely manner.”

PG&E did not respond to requests for comment or provide its official reply to the audit findings.



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<![CDATA[Small Plane Crash at San Carlos Airport]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:01:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMoBhgvVAAAbL_e.jpg

No injuries are reported after a small plane crashed late Friday at the San Carlos airport.

A San Mateo County Sheriff's Deputy on scene said the single-engine plane overshot the runway at the airport.

Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration said preliminary information shows the plane, a Cirrus SR-22, ran off the end of the runway while attempting to depart.

"The aircraft went through a fence and came to rest in the street," Kenitzer said.

Authorities said two people were onboard and were not injured in the accident.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Authorities Continue to Investigate Cause of North Bay Fires]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:45:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Authorities_Continue_to_Investigate_Cause_of_North_Bay_Fires.jpg

Investigators continue to examine what sparked the deadly North Bay wildfires. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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<![CDATA[‘Random’ Items Santa Rosa Evacuees Grabbed While Escaping ]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:10:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Cover-photo-santa-rosa.JPG

“What is the Most Random Thing You Grabbed When You Evacuated?” Santa Rosa resident Shana Berger Van Cleave asked on Facebook on Oct. 17 at 10:52 a.m.

Three days later, the list is still going strong.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the post had more than two thousand comments ranging from everything to every day household items, personal treasures and as the question suggests, just random stuff Santa Rosa residents remembered to take with them as they escaped from the fire which blazed through Sonoma County.

NBC Bay Area compiled some of the responses, which includes everything from Kleenex to family Bibles.

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“My four year old took his t-ball trophy <3” — Briana Woods

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“As I unpack, flashing rings, lavender oil, chapstick, mints, this under the bills .. random and I do not remember, as it was 3am Sunday night Monday morning and people we know we're already running for their lives. With a heavy heart, and hopefully a little giggle, I share this. Trying to keep the mood light, and apparently, flashy…” — Gay Bianco-Batte

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“I grabbed a game of Farkle and butt wipes, you guys. What the heck.” — Sari Meline

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“My drinking buddy was the only thing that got saved!!" - Poppy Keller Gillaspy

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“A mixed case of my favorite 2000 bottles.” — Matthew Alain Paille

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“Long story.” — Gina Ehren Swenson

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“A book that my great grandfather wrote. I didn't even sense the irony then. We were never actually evacuated though... but I never really added anything to my initial bags that I packed. It put a lot of things into perspective.” — Heather Evenson

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“My brother saved his entire hat collection.” — Brittney Campos

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“I grabbed a Christmas card I received from Barack Obama - odd, huh?”  — Patty Cory

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“Holy water and rose water (perfume) – blessed and smelling my best!”

For the complete list, click here.


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<![CDATA[ Woman Finds Mickey Treasures in Remains of Coffey Park Home]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Mickey-mouse.jpg

In ordinary times, the sight of Mickey Mouse would not evoke an emotional response, but these are not ordinary times. Especially for Kelly Schulken, who found Mickey to be a serious morale booster after losing her home in Coffey Park to the treacherous wildfires.

“It warms my heart,” said Schulken. “I love Mickey Mouse; he’s been my hero since I was eight years old.”

Schulken and her husband were in Arizona at the time of the fire, receiving updates from their home alarm system. By 7 a.m. they realized their house had been lost to fire.

Now, as they search through the remains of where their home once stood, finding pieces of their beloved Mickey Mouse is a reminder of the treasures in their life.

“So I’m 58 now, and any part of that collection I can still have I want,” said Schulken. “They found a few pieces that I’ll be able to salvage.”



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<![CDATA[Minor Critically Injured in Oakland Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:19:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10202017OakHitRun_497725.JPEG

A minor is in critical condition following a hit-and-run collision in Oakland, police said.

The incident was reported just before 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of E. 15th Street. When officers arrived on scene they located the victim, who was suffering from major injuries.

The victim was transported to a hospital.

Police said another crash was reported around the same time in the 400 block of Foothill Boulevard. The incident appeared to be related to the hit-and-run incident involving the suspect vehicle, according to police.

Information from a preliminary investigation led officer to locate and arrest a woman in connection to the hit-and-run crash.

Police said it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. Police added speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Exotic Animals Rescued, 16 Charged in SoCal Trafficking Bust]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:50:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/231*120/10-12-17-Rescue+Tiger+Cub.JPG

Federal authorities revealed new details Friday about the rescue of a Bengal tiger cub in San Diego: he was recovered in one of the largest wildlife trafficking sweeps across Southern California. 

Monitor lizards, several coral species, king cobras, Asian "lucky" fish and exotic songbirds were among the exotic animals rescued, and sixteen suspects were charged in "Operation Jungle Book." That included the adorable cub that has already captured the hearts of San Diegans.

“We are combatting an ever-growing black market for exotic animals. An insatiable desire to own examples – both living and dead – of these vulnerable creatures is fueling this black market,” said Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown, in a statement.

In the past several months, prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office have filed a series of cases that show the scope of the underground market for exotic wildlife. This black market threatens to decimate vulnerable species, said prosecutors.

Luis Eudoro Valencia, 18, has pleaded not guilty to smuggling the tiger cub into the U.S. after border officials found the tiger lying on the passenger-side floor of his car in August. He claimed he bought the cub on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico for $300. If convicted, Valencia faces up to 20 years in prison.

“This is a truly international problem that threatens the survival of iconic species and vulnerable animal populations," added Brown.

A second man, Eriberto Paniagua, 21, is accused of conspiring with Valencia and others to knowingly import the tiger cub into the U.S. He faces similar charges.

Since the tiger was rescued from an alleged smuggling attempt on Aug. 24, he has settled snugly into his new home at the San Diego Zoo.

The cub is now living with a Sumatran tiger cub rejected by his mother, flown in from the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Authorities hope the pair will bond and socialize together so both cubs can grow up to be healthy tigers.

In the San Diego Zoo's most recent tweet, the now 21-pound tiger can be seen sucking at a bottle of milk. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will hold a conference to demonstrate the broad range of species that are being smuggled into the country. They will also recognize the work of law enforcement and community partners in the fight to stop wildlife trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“Wildlife trafficking does not stop at international borders, and it is our duty to protect imperiled species both at home and abroad,” said Ed Grace, USFWS Acting Chief of Law Enforcement, in a statement.

Prosecutors said some of the rescued animals are now receiving care at the Los Angeles Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Global, the Turtle Conservancy and the STAR Eco Station.

"Together, we are saving imperiled animals while bringing to justice those who attempt to profit from the illegal wildlife trade," added Grace.



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<![CDATA[Thursday Night Beast Mode: Lynch Ejected, Hangs with Fans]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:02:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/marshawn-dance-ap.jpg

Marshawn Lynch had himself quite a Thursday night.

After the so-called Beast Mode running back for the Oakland Raiders was ejected from the team's game against the Kansas City Chiefs for pushing an official, reports surfaced Lynch joined Raider Nation in the coliseum stands to watch the rest of the Thursday Night Football thriller.

After the Raiders win, Lynch was seen on a packed BART train teaching an apparent German tourist the art of poppin' his collar.

Marshawn just being Marshawn.

The Raiders' next game is on Oct. 29 against the Buffalo Bills.

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<![CDATA[2 Hayward Students Expelled For Racist Slurs]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:58:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Bedford+High+School+Generic+School+Hallway.JPG

Two Hayward students have been expelled after one created a list of racist slurs that the other then read out in class, a school spokesperson said.

A statement issued on behalf of Moreau Catholic High School, said in part: "The harm caused by the actions of these two students is immeasurable."

A Facebook post by the Samuel Merritt University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion included a photograph of a sheet of lined paper, titled "The ABCs of Slurs." Below it is a list of slurs — one for each letter in the alphabet.

A parent's comment said that a group of minority students who overheard the list being read aloud felt "abandoned" and "silenced" by not only their peer's actions, but also school administrators' response.

The school community is still reeling from the students' offensive actions, which occurred earlier in the week, according to spokeswoman Donna Cumming.

Cumming also acknowledged that a "delay in the decision-making process" caused "hurt, anxiety, and stress," and apologized for the pain inflicted on students, faculity members and families. 

"Our administration recognizes that this process could have and should have been conducted in a more timely manner, and with better communication to our students and parents," Cumming continued. "There is nothing more important than all of our students feeling heard, valued, and above all, safe, every day they walk through the doors of our school."

On Friday, classes were replaced by opportunities for students to process and communicate their feelings and hear from others. 

Cumming assured the Moreau Catholic High School community that this is only a first step in an ongoing conversation and effort to "continue to build a positive school climate and culture."



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<![CDATA[Construction Sets off Alarm, Prompting Evacuations at SJC]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:20:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1-7-17_SJC_Power.jpg

Construction at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport set off a fire alarm Friday, prompting evacuations in Terminal B.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and silenced the alarm by 8:05 p.m., according to spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes. The work was caused by activity at the airport's new gates, 29 and 30.

Passengers were screened again, airport officials tweeted, apologizing for the inconvenience.

Check back for updates.



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<![CDATA[Stockton Airport May Include 'San Francisco' in Name Change]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:05:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/107846315-airplane-generic.jpg

San Joaquin County officials are reportedly looking into a name change for Stockton Metropolitan Airport.

The Modesto Bee reports the county-owned airport would be renamed "San Francisco Stockton Regional Airport."

Marketing consultants helped come up with the idea, saying it is common for airports to incorportate a big city name to help with promotions.

County supervisors will consider the proposed name change at a meeting Tuesday.

For more information, visit the Modesto Bee.




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<![CDATA[Rain Aids in Fight Against Bear Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:13:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BearFire.JPG

Overnight rain and cool weather conditions helped firefighters battling the 320-acre Bear Fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The flames, which sparked late Monday in the area of Bear Canyon Road and Deer Creek Road, are 40 percent contained as of Friday, Cal Fire said. Heavy timber and steep, inaccessible terrain remain the biggest challenges.

At least four unknown structures have been destroyed by the flames, and 300 are being threatened, according to Cal Fire

Some evacuation orders were lifted Thursday as fire crews steadily gained control of the fire. 

Evacuation orders for the Las Cumbres community, Skyline Boulevard community and areas south of Bear Creek Road were lifted Thursday morning, according to officials. Those living along Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road and tributary streets are still under evacuation orders. 

Yelena Malysheva was one of the lucky evacuees who was able to return home Thursday after anxiously waiting to see if her home would be spared by the flames.

"I haven't slept pretty much in the four days," she said. "I'm totally exhausted. My kids are at school. They're very tired, too."


Though fire officials were generally upbeat about their progress in containing the blaze, there were some setbacks Wednesday. A drone grounded the much needed air attack for about an hour.

Before the temporary stoppage, Cal Fire officials said the air support was critical in the steep terrain.

"The bucket drops are helping; they're a ton of help," said Steve Chapman, a Strike Force member. "And we're trying to get hose lines up here."

As of Thursday evening, 905 fire personnel, 72 engines, nine helicopters and three dozers were still battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

Five firefighters, including an inmate firefighter, all suffered minor injuries  while working the fire lines on Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Two more firefighters on Wednesday were transported to hospitals, one after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and the other also suffering from unspecified burn injuries, fire officials said. 

One of those hurt was Andy Goodson from the Santa Clara unit. He fell 50 feet while on the front lines of the fire. As of Friday, he is hospitalized but expected to be OK, according to Cal Fire. 

A Cal Fire official noted that the steep and rugged terrain has played a role in the injuries.

Officials are still trying to determine what exactly caused the blaze to ignite. Towering flames could be seen ripping through dense vegetation and devouring trees right after the fire started before they were eventually suppressed by fire crews on the ground and in the air.


The Zayante Fire Station, which is located at 7700 E. Zayante St. in Felton, has been designated as an evacuation center for those impacted by the fire. Another evacuation center has opened at Lakeside Elementary School — 19620 Black Road — in Los Gatos.

Those with horses and goats can seek shelter at the Graham Hill Showgrounds located at 1145 Graham Hill Rd. in Santa Cruz. Folks with smaller animals can go to Santa Cruz County Animal Services, which is located at 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz.

One person has been arrested on suspicion of looting one of the homes that was in the evacuation area, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.



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<![CDATA[Nonprofit Event Honors Robin Williams, Billy Crystal]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:36:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/crystal1019_492164.JPG

The stars were out in San Francisco on Thursday night.

Wayne Brady, Idina Menzel and Glenn Close were on hand at Bimbo's 365 Club for the fifth annual fundraiser for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit with the mission of ending the stigma of mental illness.

Comedian Billy Crystal received the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award during Thursday's event. Crystal and Williams were close friends.

Another longtime friend, Whoopi Goldberg, made an appearance via video.

Williams' children, Zak and Zelda, presented the award to Crystal.

Willams, who was a longtime Bay Area resident, took his own life on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but an autopsy report later revealed he suffered from a severe case of Lewy body dementia.

Close founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister, Jessie Close, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her nephew, Calen Pick, with schizo-affective disorder, according to the organization's website.



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<![CDATA[Man Dies in East Bay After Carjacking Suspect Runs Him Over]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:02:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/slcarjack1019_492034.JPG

A 46-year-old father of two died Thursday evening after a suspect carjacked his pickup truck and used it to run him over in San Lorenzo, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said that at about 5:30 a.m., the victim, identified as James Figueroa of San Lorenzo, started his pickup in the 15000 block of Via Del Sol but briefly left the truck unattended while it was still running.

When Figueroa returned to his pickup, the suspect had gotten into the driver's seat, and the victim tried to stop the suspect, Kelly said.

Figueroa was thrown to the ground, and the suspect allegedly ran him over with the pickup and drove away, Kelly said.

Figueroa was taken to a local trauma center, where he later died, Kelly said.

Authorities don't have information about the suspect and did not release a description of Figueroa's truck.

Figueroa's family is "devastated," Kelly said.

"This is a disturbing case," he said.

Late Thursday night, police arrested two suspects they believe may be connected.  

Detectives continued to investigate late Thursday night and asked residents in the neighborhood to check their surveillance videos.

During their follow-up investigation, they saw a vehicle of interest and two suspects in the vehicle, police said. The suspects fled, and a pursuit began. The suspects eventually crashed and were taken into custody.

The suspects were arrested in connection with the pursuit, police said. Investigators were looking into the possibility that the car they were in was connected to the earlier crime scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (510) 667-7721. Callers have the option of remaining anonymous.

NBC Bay Area's Sergio Quintana contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[SFPD IDs Decorated Officer Critically Wounded in Hit-and-Run]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:55:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Ofc.+Lewin-Tankel11.jpg

San Francisco police on Thursday identified the decorated officer who is undergoing intensive care after being mowed down a day prior by a suspected hit-and-run driver, who has since been arrested.

Elia Lewin-Tankel, 32, has been a police officer since 2012 and was assigned to the Tenderloin station in March last year. He was critically wounded in the line of duty Wednesday, police said.

The police department issued a statement Thursday, commending Lewin-Tankel's decision to join "one of the busiest, most demanding districts" in the city. They said his move reflects his "dedication to serving the residents of San Francisco."

During his tenure as a police officer, Lewin-Tankel has received multiple awards. He was recognized with the San Francisco Police Department's Purple Heart award in 2015 after being injured "as a direct result of actions he took to prevent serious injury or loss of life to members of the community," police said.

The suspect, Maurquise Johnson, 50, has been faced with multiple charges including, attempted murder, use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, inflicting great bodily injury, battery with serious bodily injury, resisting arrest causing great bodily injury, possession of a stolen item, felony possession of stolen property, reckless driving causing injury, unlicensed driver and resisting a police officer.

The incident began around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday when officers from the Tenderloin station observed a suspect who they believed was carrying a firearm, according to police Chief Bill Scott.

"It appears that the suspect became aware of the officers' presence" and took off, hitting Lewin-Tankel who was on the bicycle beat, according to Scott.

Johnson was tracked down and taken into custody in the 500 block of Ellis Street about 3:30 p.m., officials said. The vehicle involved in the hit and run was located earlier, but unoccupied.

Lewin-Tankel suffered "significant" leg injuries in the crash on Turk Avenue between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street. He was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and underwent surgery, Scott said.

San Francisco police officers gathered at the hospital, and Lewin-Tankel's family was expected to arrive late Wednesday from out of state. 

Police described the man as a popular, highly-respected officer who recently began attending law school, teaches Jiu Jitsu to colleagues and the community, and frequently volunteers at events in the Tenderloin district.

On behalf of Lewin-Tankel's family, police asked people to "send good energy and prayers for his recovery, which we know will happen, because Elia is a survivor.”

The investigation is ongoing, and although an arrest has been made in the incident, SFPD investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message. Tips may remain anonymous.




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<![CDATA[Raiders Snap Losing Streak With Last-Second Win Over Chiefs]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/raiders-1019.jpg

OAKLAND – The Raiders were desperate for a win and played like it.

The offense woke from the dead. The defense showed energy and life.

Had they played like this recently, they would’ve been far better than 2-4. But they got what they earned, as head coach Jack Del Rio likes to say, and faced a virtual must win against the AFC’s finest.

It would take a Herculean effort from quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders got that. He was nothing short of awesome.

The Chiefs don’t roll over for anyone. Some 2016 magic was required.

They got some, and plenty of it.

The Raiders beat Kansas City 31-30. Carr to Crabtree on an untimed down. And it kept their season alive.

They were so close to 2-5. They walked off the field 3-4, re-energized and in far better shape to face the rest of their season.

That result was earned with an excellent two-minute drill that featured some big moments, including a 39-yard catch and run by Amari Cooper. That was topped a short while later by a 13-yard pass to Jared Cook on 4th-and-11.

The Raiders worked it down to the 1-yard line on a 29-yard strike to Jared Cook. It was called a touchdown on the field, but ruled short of the goal line. That caused a 10-second runoff – Cook was in bounds -- that left eight seconds on the clock. Then Michael Crabtree pushed off. They the Chiefs were called for defensive holding, resulting in one untimed down. Holding gave the Raiders another.

That’s when Carr found Michael Crabtree for a game-tying touchdown. Girgio Tavecchio’s extra point won it.

The Raiders were down nine points to start the fourth quarter, but Tavecchio’s 26-yard field goal a few minutes in made it a one-score game.

The defense got a stop with six minutes left, and gave the offense a chance to win it.

The Raiders went three and out.

So did the Chiefs, courtesy of solid run defense and a Denico Autry/Khalil Mack sack.

The Silver and Black regained possession with 2:25 left and a timeout remaining.

You already know what happened next.

The Raiders offense came back to life Thursday night. Quarterback Derek Carr paced a frenzied attack, as you’d expect, sparked by deep plays missing in recent weeks.

Carr’s rare combination of zip and touch was back on display. He was nothing short of awesome, completing 29-of-52 passes for 417 yards and three touchdowns, in his best game of the season.

Previously slumping receiver Amari Cooper was active early, with touchdown catches on his team’s first two drives.

The home team’s total was hindered by a pair of missed field goals, though yards came in bunches all night.

Even so, it proved tough to compete with Kansas City’s high-powered offense. The Raiders defense created pressure and did some nice things, but gave up too many explosive plays on the night.

Smith hit speedster Tyreek Hill on a 64-yard catch and run for touchdown to cap a three-play, 99-yard drive. Albert Wilson scored from 63 yards out, thanks to a ball tipped back by Keith McGill – it should’ve been intercepted – that went right to Wilson for an easy score.

Welcome back, Amari: Top Raiders receiver Amari Cooper broke out of a prolonged slump with a dynamite performance. He had two huge catches early in the game, and finished with 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also drew a pass interference inside the Kansas City 5-yard line that set up another score.

Report: Penn and Crabtree argue on sideline: Raiders left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Michael Crabtree got into a shoving match on the sideline, according to CBS on-field reporter Tracy Wolfson.

Wolfson said offensive line coach Mike Tice had to break up the exchange. It’s uncertain why the incident began.

Marshawn gets ejected: Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch got ejected for making contact with an official in the second quarter. He came in from the sideline to protect Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters, who was being confronted for a late hit on quarterback Derek Carr.

Lynch tried to get in the middle of teammates and his good friend and Oakland native, and ended up pushing an official. He will get fined and possibly suspended for the act.



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<![CDATA[Montana: Clark Appreciates Support From Ex-49ers Teammates]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:50:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dwightjoe-ap_1.jpg

More than 35 players from the 49ers’ first Super Bowl champion will be in attendance on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium to show support for Dwight Clark, who revealed in March he was diagnosed with ALS.

Clark, 60, will have ample opportunity to reconnect with some of his old friends on Saturday evening and again on Sunday. At halftime, Joe Montana, surrounded by most of the 49ers' 1981 team, will introduce Clark before a video tribute.

Clark is also expected to make some remarks while situated in a suite for the 49ers’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Montana and his wife, Jennifer, have remained in close contact with Clark and his wife, Kelly. The Clarks recently watched the Blue Angels in San Francisco with the Montanas during Fleet Week.

“He’s getting pretty inundated with everyone staying in touch with him at this point,” Montana said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“It’s fun for him. At one point, he was telling his wife, Kelly, ‘This is what it’s all about. This is what I want and what I miss, seeing the guys.’ So any of the guys reaching out to him, he surely appreciates it.”

Montana said Clark has not lost his positive outlook or his sense of humor, as evidenced by some not-fit-for-print words he recently had about his wheelchair. Montana said there are always some good laughs and stories any time Clark gets together with his friends.

“That’s the fun part," Montana said. “You just try to get him to forget what’s there, and that you’re there for him whenever. I think the support is the biggest thing right now. In that stage of ALS, it's got to be getting tough, where all of a sudden, things are becoming more and more difficult.”



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<![CDATA[Sex Workers' Group Challenges California Prostitution Law]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:51:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_court_gavel_generic_law.jpg

A lawyer for a sex workers' advocacy group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco Thursday to overturn a 145-year-old California law that criminalizes prostitution.

"I believe people in this country have the right to act this way and to make a living this way," attorney Louis Sirkin told a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sirkin, a First Amendment free-speech attorney from Cincinnati, represents the San Francisco-based Erotic Service Provider Legal, Educational and Research Project in a federal lawsuit filed in 2015 to challenge the law.

The plaintiffs also include three unidentified former prostitutes and a disabled man who says he wants to be a respectful client of erotic services.

They claim the law, first enacted in 1872 and amended since then, violates their constitutional due process right to liberty and their right to free speech.

They are appealing a ruling in which U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White of Oakland dismissed the case last year.

The appeals panel took the case under submission after hearing about 30 minutes of arguments. It has no deadline for issuing a ruling.

Circuit Judge Carlos Bea closely questioned both sides.

"Why is it illegal to sell something that it's legal to give away?" he asked Deputy California Attorney General Sharon O'Grady.

O'Grady, defending the law, argued that the Legislature had a rational basis for criminalizing commercial sex to deter violence against women, sex trafficking, drug use and transmission of sexual diseases.

Bea also questioned Sirkin when he sought to cite a landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay-rights ruling, Lawrence v. Texas of 2003, as support for the appeal.

In the Lawrence case, the court by a 6-3 vote struck down a Texas sodomy law, saying that consensual sexual conduct was part of the "personal and private life of the individual" protected by the due process liberty right.

Bea asked, "What is the interest protected by due process? The conduct or the relationship?"

"I believe it is the conduct. We have voluntary individuals who want to engage in sexual activity," Sirkin answered.

Judge Jane Restani, a visiting U.S. Court of International Trade judge temporarily assigned to the appeals court, suggested that the Lawrence decision concerned "how to conduct private lives" rather than brief sexual encounters.

O'Grady said, "The state is not telling anyone who they can sleep with," but argued that banning commercial sex is "an easy place to draw the line" to protect against violence, drug use and trafficking.

The state attorney noted that prostitution is illegal in all states, except some Nevada counties, and said it is up to the Legislature to make any changes in the law.

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<![CDATA[Summer Boating Safety Tips From the US Coast Guard]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:26:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/COASTGUARD-1.JPG
It’s summer – which means it's boating season. Boating, kayaking and canoeing in the San Francisco Bay can be a lot of fun, but with it comes some basic boating safety principles.

The U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco wants us to keep these safety tips in mind before we head out into the pristine blue waters of the Bay.


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<![CDATA[Small Communities Need Help Solving Toxic Water Problems]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:43:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/unitwater1019_492147.JPG

Five years ago California became the first state in the nation to recognize access to safe, clean drinking water as a human right. Five years later, the reality for hundreds of communities throughout the state is they have tap water that’s too contaminated to drink and no money to clean it up.

According to data from the state’s Water Resources Control Board, 700,000 Californians living in nearly 300 mostly rural and economically disadvantaged communities throughout the state have water that doesn’t meet safe drinking water standards. Some have dangerous levels of naturally occurring arsenic or uranium. Others are tainted with nitrates from fertilizer and dairy farm waste runoff. 

Many of these communities have known about their contaminated water for decades, but an NBC Bay Area investigation found significant barriers preventing them from cleaning it up.

For the most part, it comes down to money. Water is controlled locally in California, and hundreds of small water agencies can’t afford to treat contaminants that larger agencies can take care of with relative ease. The state Water Board can provide grant funding to build treatment systems in such communities, but the trouble is many can’t afford to even run such a plant once it’s built.

“What we found is that we have a variety of small systems throughout the state, primarily in rural areas in the Central Coast as well as in the Central Valley, who just don’t have the economy of scale to pay for even the operation and maintenance of a modern treatment system,” Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board said in an interview earlier this year.

The scope of the crisis gets even larger when factoring in communities with chromium-6 in their water or the nearly 2 million people who draw their water from private wells. Recent testing shows many of those wells are likely contaminated as well. The numbers get even worse when including the 94 public water systems serving 1 million people, that according to state data, have high levels of a newly-regulated chemical known as 1,2,3-TCP, which scientists say can cause cancer and other health problems in humans. 


Marcus said it simply won’t be possible for many of these communities to treat their drinking water without ongoing funding from the state, a solution that would have to come from the legislature.

“If the legislature can come up with a way to deal with that, then we’ll be off to the races,” Marcus said.

Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), along with an unusual coalition of environmentalists and farmers, says the solution to this problem is Senate Bill 623, which would establish a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund subsidizing the operation and maintenance costs of cleanup efforts in small communities. He introduced the bill earlier this year, but it’s sitting in the House Rules Committee until the legislature is back in session next year.

“Unfortunately, it’s a well-kept secret that over a million Californians don’t have access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water,” Monning said.

“I think [SB 623] underscores the shared recognition that the problem is unsustainable. It’s a human rights issue and by coming together we have a solution.”

The burden of paying for such a fund would be shared by water customers, farmers and dairy operators. Most water customers would see a $1 dollar fee tacked onto their water bill each month. Farmers and dairies would also pay a small fee each time they purchased fertilizer to help offset the damage to water systems caused by those products.

“We have bipartisan support for this bill,” Monning said. “It’s not unanimous, but we have Republicans and Democrats coming together just like we have agriculture and environmental justice groups coming together.”

Nowhere, activists say, is the need for such a fund more apparent than the unincorporated community of Lanare, a rural town of about 600 people in East Fresno County.

An outsider would pass the barbwire fence and the unremarkable cluster of tanks and pipes at the center of town without much thought. But to the town’s residents, the small water treatment plant is a stinging reminder they’ve been left behind.

The plant, completed about a decade ago with $1.3 million of grant funding obtained by the community, was supposed to clean the town’s water, which has some of the highest levels of arsenic in the state. Just six months later, though, it became apparent the community couldn’t afford to operate it. The town was going into debt and the plant was forced to shut down. It sits idle to this day and residents continue to rely on state-funded bottled water that’s trucked in once a month.

“Every time you come here there’s a symbolic reminder that $1.3 million is sitting there that could clean your water, that would allow you to open your tap and get a glass of water and drink it without being afraid of getting sick,” said activist Veronica Garibay.

Garibay is the co-founder and co-director of Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, a non-profit advocating for equal justice on behalf of rural, low-income communities in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valleys.

“So many people have failed Lanare,” Garibay said. "The county failed. The state failed. The engineering company that did the analysis failed.”

Garibay’s organization, along with other environmental groups such as Community Water Center and Clean Water Action, is backing SB 623 in hopes it bill will bring relief to communities like Lanare, where residents feel their calls for help fall on deaf ears.

“Even if the community wanted to, we can’t afford to treat the water,” said Isabel Solorio, a Lanare resident who helped create a community group to advocate on the town’s behalf.

“We’re forgotten. We have to keep knocking on doors so that we’re heard.”

Meanwhile, the community has moved on from the idea of getting the treatment plant up and running again. The Water Resources Control Board is funding the construction of a new well it hopes will provide clean water to the community by next year.


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<![CDATA[Replay: Watch and Relive the Warriors Parade]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:48:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-696389546_594_screen.jpg

If you missed out on the Warriors Championship Parade or want to relive the celebration, we got you covered. Watch highlights of players celebrating with Dub Nation and the team's rally in Oakland below:

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<![CDATA[Tech Giant vs. Startup in Legal Battle Over Former Employees]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:33:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/egnyte_487846.JPG

A tech giant and a scrappy startup are locking horns over hiring away employees, and the workers are caught in the middle.

Citrix systems, based in Santa Clara, is taking on Mountain View-based Egnyte over seven employees and the knowledge and skills they left with when the smaller company hired them away.

Lawsuits have been filed by both companies. Citrix is claiming the former employees took sensitive information with them when they went to Egnyte.

Egnyte co-founder Rajesh Ram insists his company is not trying to steal a competitor's intellectual property. It's just hiring salespeople.

"They have their customers; we respect that," Ram said of the $12.5 billion software giant.

Among the workers who left Citrix is Jessica Bell. She has been with the smaller company for a month and is now part of the lawsuit filed by her former employer.

"It was very surprising to have someone pound on your door and serve papers," Bell said. "I essentially feel threatened."

Legal action in the tech industry is nothing new, whether it's hardware or software competitors. And intellectual property usually is the issue.

"There is precedent for this sort of thing happening, absolutely," Ram said. "But, to be honest, we're happy to sit down with Citrix and say let's ensure that you're comfortable that we have no desires on any of the stuff you're concerned about, and we would welcome a dialogue."

Neither company is backing down.

Bell said she wants to keep her new job.

"As a single mom to a kid just starting college, it was important to me that I provide for her and pay her tuition," she said.

Citrix said it does not comment on litigation.



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<![CDATA[Sonoma Co. Toxic Clean Up May Not Finish Until Early 2018]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:24:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Searching+for+remains.jpg

FEMA announced Thursday the North Bay fires rank 4th on their list of disasters in terms of the amount of destruction and the number of lives taken in a single incident. The urban wildfires have killed at least 42 people and more than 50 remain on the Sonoma County Sheriff’s missing persons list.

As containment of the fires tops 85 percent, the attention now turns to the clean up and recovery for thousands of families, beginning with the removal of thousands of tons of toxic debris.

Santa Rosa city council member Chris Rogers wrote in a Facebook post, “Clean up should begin within the next few weeks with a goal of being done by early 2018.” He added that homeowners will need to a sign a “’right of entry form’ that will allow the clean up” of their properties. The city has entered into agreements that will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to handle the first wave of toxic testing and cleanup, and then CalRecycle will take over the secondary wave of clean up to get up to California’s standards. Rogers said, “They will properly document the home for insurance/FEMA purposes, and the cleanup will be 100 percent reimbursed.”

He said homeowners “retain the right to clean up their own property through private, certified contractors” but then they will bear the liability and “FEMA is unlikely to reimburse them for the entire cost of the cleanup.” 

Yvette Escutia and her 2-year-old son Juan Carlos were among seven family members living on Dennis Lane who fled with nothing as flames raced through their home in Coffey Park. Three generations in one home, now hoping to return and salvage anything they can.

“It's just memories that we would like to get. My wedding ring is still there, my charm bracelet that my husband gave me when my son was born. Little things like that. We know we're not going to be able to repair anything that was burned or anything but I wish that, I hope that my ring is still there,” Escutia said.

But many of the homes in Coffey Park are now red-tagged, warning people to keep out because the buildings are uninhabitable. Some signs also instruct people to keep several feet away from structures like chimneys or unstable walls. 

Still, Sean Smith with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services understands many residents will want to comb through the remains of their homesites. He instructs them to be aware of hazards, such as holes they may step into under the rubble.

“When people get back they have to be careful about what they touch and expose people to, the ash and chemicals that get on them,” Smith said. “Don’t take kids or animals they’re smaller, closer to the ashes they’re more vulnerable.”

He advises people to wear boots, gloves, and masks, and then bag those items before getting back in the car.

Smith could not offer an exact timeline for the toxic cleanup but says the state is waiting for contractors to arrive. He said cleanup efforts will be prioritized based on location.

“We’re gonna look at waterways, the environment, other facilities, [is it a] daycare center, hospital, school, elderly folks home? We want to clean around those properties first.”

Escutia, who has asthma, worries about the longterm health of her family. More than 6,500 structures burned in Sonoma County, leaving behind an unknown toxic cocktail of lead, asbestos, plastics and chemicals.

“It will all have to go to a toxic dump somewhere. We just don’t know what’s in there,” John Buchanan said. The retired fire chief with 50 years of service now works with Statewide, a contractor specializing in decontamination and fire damage reconstruction.

He said it’s critical to get the cleanup done efficiently and thoroughly, especially with the impending rainy season.

“Rain’s coming. It’s gonna push that stuff farther down and percolate in the soil we’re concerned about that.”

Buchanan said he’s impressed with Santa Rosa’s efforts to fast track construction by streamlining the permitting process for rebuilding. He said homeowners should feel confident the cleanup will be managed properly but that people who are concerned about potential toxins left behind can expect to pay $300 to $1,000 for further environmental testing by private companies.

Now staying with friends in Petaluma, Yvette Escutia said she hopes the recovery efforts will go smoothly, and quickly. “I would like to stay here because I’ve been here my whole life.” 



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<![CDATA[Raiders Rally to Win on Game's Final Play]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 21:47:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/TDwynnyr.jpg

Finally, in a must-win game, the Raiders played like the Raiders.

After losing four straight games and falling into the basement of the AFC West, Oakland rallied from nine points down in the fourth quarter to beat the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night, 31-30.

The tying touchdown came on the last play of the game, with time already wiped off the clock because of a defensive penalty. Derek Carr’s 2-yard pass to Michael Crabtree tied the game at 30-all, then Giorgio Tavecchio kicked the extra point for the win.

It was a wild finish, with the Raiders appearing to get the tying touchdown twice before Crabtree’s actual score. First, Jared Cook pulled down a long throw and rolled into the end zone, which was signaled as a TD – but was waved off after replays should he landed at the half-yard line. Then, Carr’s apparent scoring pass to Crabtree was negated by an offensive pass-interference call against Crabtree. Then the Chiefs were flagged twice for defensive holding, keeping the game alive.

Finally, the Raiders were able to pull out the win.

The Raiders now are 3-4, while the Chiefs fall to 5-2. A loss by Oakland Thursday night could have killed the team’s hopes for a second straight trip to the playoffs.

The Raiders offense, dormant during the four-game losing streak – in which it scored an average of just over 13 points – came alive Thursday night. Carr completed 29-of-52 throws for 417 yards and three touchdowns, without an interception. His favorite target was wideout Amari Cooper, who had pretty much been absent from the offense all season. But on Thursday, Cooper had 11 catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns, from 38 and 45 yards.

The Raiders’ No. 1 running back, Marshawn Lynch, was ejected early for unsportsmanlike conduct, leaving the running game to DeAndre Washington (who rushed for one TD) and Jalen Richard.

Now, with a long-sought victory, the Raiders will go on the road next Sunday, Oct. 29, to Buffalo to try to keep the momentum rolling vs. the Bills.




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<![CDATA[Bay Area Ranks High Among Hardest-Working Cities in US]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:02:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Computer+generic+responde.jpg

One Bay Area city cracked the top 10 list of 2017's hardest-working places in the United States: San Francisco.

In a recent study, WalletHub's analysts compared a number of metrics, including average weekly work hours, labor-force participation rate, average commute time and average leisure time per day, from across the nation's 116 largest cities. 

With a total score of 90.76, Anchorage, Alaska reigned supreme. It was followed by Plano, Texas with 81.49 points, Cheyenne, Wyo. with 81.17, Virgina Beach, Va. with 79.91 and Irving, Texas with 79.71.

San Francisco came in seventh place with a score of 77.82.

The rest of the Bay Area also fared well.

Fremont — ranked 52nd — is the next Bay Area city that hard workers call home, WalletHub found. San Jose is 61st and Oakland is 85th. 

Here are 2017's top 10 hardest-working cities:

  1. Anchorage, Alaska
  2. Plano, Texas
  3. Cheyenne, Wyoming
  4. Virginia Beach, Virgina
  5. Irving, Texas
  6. Scottsdale, Arizona
  7. San Francisco, California
  8. Corpus Christi, Texas
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Sioux Falls, South Dakota



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<![CDATA[Northern California Fire Victims]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:16:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Untitled-1274.jpg

At least 42 people were killed after a spate of wildfires ignited on Oct. 8 and ripped through a number of wine country communities.

The wind-whipped fires spread swiftly, leaving people with just minutes to flee for their lives. Most of the people who were killed were elderly.

The oldest victim — 100-year-old World War II veteran Charles Rippey, who used a walker — is believed to have been trying to make it to his 98-year-old wife, Sara, who had limited mobility after a stroke. Their caretaker barely escaped alive before the roof collapsed and the blaze engulfed the house.

An 80-year-old man never made it past his driveway after getting his 80-year-old wife into the car to escape. The two were born four days apart and died together.

Some simply clung to each other until the end.

Another 86-year-old woman, Margaret Stephenson, appeared to be trying to get out through her garage but was overtaken by the flames.

The heavy toll on older people has raised questions about whether more could have been done to alert the most vulnerable in time to escape.

Among the victims were those who had survived strokes, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. They could not move fast enough to escape the speeding flames. Others likely never heard the frantic calls of friends or honking of neighbors’ cars — possibly the only warning that they were in danger.

It’s only been since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that cities began drawing up emergency preparedness plans that specifically take the elderly into account, Cicero said.

Some cities, such as Culver City in suburban Los Angeles, now allow people to put their names on a list that notifies officials they need priority because they are hearing impaired or have other issues that may limit their ability to evacuate quickly.

But Cicero said she is not sure what could have been done in places like Santa Rosa, where a wildfire sprung up quickly and overtook homes in suburban neighborhoods and remote woods at night, giving people only minutes or, in some cases, seconds to escape.

George Powell, 74, said he does not know what woke him early Monday. He looked out the window to flames and immediately woke his 72-year-old wife, Lynne Anderson Powell. She grabbed a laptop, her border collie and was driving down their mountain road within minutes.

He went for his three border collies and fled 15 minutes behind her in his own vehicle.

There was a huge wall of fire along the road. Powell said he realized later that he had driven past his wife’s Prius, which had gone off the road and plunged into a ravine in the thick smoke. Lynne’s burned body was found steps from her car; the dog was found burned to death inside.

The couple had been married 33 years and lived in the woods in the Santa Rosa area. She had recently overcome cancer.

“If I had known, I would have gone down there with her, even if it meant I would have died with her,” Powell said. “I don’t know how I’m going to cope. She was my life.

“She was my life,” he repeated.

Armando Berriz, 76, held his wife of 55 years, Carmen Caldentey Berriz, afloat in a swimming pool as walls of fire burned around them. He let go only after Carmen stopped breathing and the flames had burned out, laying her on the steps of the pool with her arms crossed over her chest. He then walked 2 miles to find help.

“This situation has been so tragic on so many levels,” said Caroline Cicero, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. “Couples who have been living together for 30, 40, 50 years, especially in their 80s and 90s, definitely might have just realized this is the end. ‘There is nothing we can do, so we’ll go out together,’ which is a beautiful thing. But it’s tragic for those left behind.”

If a spouse survived, it will be an extremely painful road to recovery, especially for older people who may never heal, said Cicero, who has worked as a geriatric social worker.

Authorities identified more victims Thursday.

Jane Gardiner, 83, was with her caregiver, 64-year-old Elizabeth Charlene Foster, when she called her stepson early Oct. 9 to tell him her home in Mendocino County was surrounded by fire and they were waiting to be evacuated by the fire department. Both were found in the charred remains of the residence, authorities said.

North Bay Fires Victims:

Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa

Sharon Rae Robinson, 79, Santa Rosa

Daniel Martin Southard, 71, Santa Rosa

Lee Chadwick Roger, 72, Glen Ellen

Carmen Colleen McReynolds, 82, Santa Rosa

Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa

Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa

Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa

Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa

Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield (Santa Rosa) 

Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield (Santa Rosa) 

Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, Santa Rosa

Michael John Dornbach, 57, Calistoga

Charles Rippey, 100, Napa (NBC Bay Area story)

Sarah Rippey, 98, Napa (NBC Bay Area story)

Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa

Carmen Berriz, 75 (NBC Bay Area story)

Linda Tunis, 69, Santa Rosa

Kai Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley




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<![CDATA[2 Male Juveniles Arrested in East Bay Sex Assault Case]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:11:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-dallas.jpg

Two male juveniles have been arrested in connection to a sexual assault investigation involving a female juvenile victim, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

The victim of the alleged sexual assault is a student at the all-girls Carondelet High School in Concord. One of the juveniles accused of attacking her is a student at the all-boys De La Salle High School across the street.

Detectives were notified about the alleged sexual assault earlier this week. The reported incident occurred late September in unincorporated Walnut Creek, authorities said.

Sheriff's Office officials said detectives launched an investigation and confirmed the allegations. The two male juvenile suspects were arrested late Wednesday and booked into Juvenile Hall in Martinez.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the suspects or victim. No further information was immediately available.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Sexual Assault Unit of the Investigation Division at 925-313-2625. You can also e-mail tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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<![CDATA[10 Best and Worst Halloween Candies]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:56:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/halloween+candy+pumpkin.jpg Thousands of candy consumers were surveyed by candystore.com to derive a ranking of the best and worst Halloween candies.

"It's been written about and voted on, but never to this level," the website writes. "Here are THE worst Halloween candies. ...and the best ones too."

The site looked at 12 lists of the best and worst candies, then surveyed more than 40,000 of their own customers and applied a points system to determine the best of the best and the best of the worst.

"When you’re rummaging through your kids’ candy on Halloween night, you probably won’t be fishing for these nuggets." Do you agree?]]>
<![CDATA[How You Can Help Mendocino, Lake County Fire Recovery]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:20:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/couple20.jpg

Mendocino and Lake Counties are struggling to recover from the spate of wildfires that wreaked havoc on Northern California, scorching more than 250,000 acres and leaving thousands displaced. 

Below is some information on how you can help families and organizations in Mendocino and Lake counties who were affected by the blaze. For a list of fire relief resources for other counties, click here. 

MENDOCINO COUNTY:

Disaster Fund for Mendocino County: This nonprofit will help with the short-term repercussions of the Redwood and Potter

Mendocino Coast Children’s Fund: This nonprofit is staffed by volunteers and will be working to help meet the immediate needs of the families who have been evacuated. Some of their youngest volunteers are children, who have started lemonade stands to help donate to fire relief funds. 

Donate to the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department: This volunteer organization helps fire crews battle flames and provides extra assistance in emergency situations. Find out more information here

Community Center of Mendocino: A staffer at the community center lost everything in the Redwood Valley Fire, including tools needed to sustain a carpentry business and clothing belonging to a 13-year-old girl. The organization posted an open call for donations on its Facebook page, asking people to bring tools or clothing to the Mendo Video in Mendocino. 

Disaster release for Vinters: In some cases, wine merchants lost not only their home but also their business. To sign up to provide short-term help, fill out this form: Information will be shared with members of the Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino wine growing and vintner associations. 

Mendocino County Animal Shelter: Shelters across Northern California are boarding dogs that may have run off or gotten separated from their family when the fires erupted. The Mendocino County animal shelter is posting photos of the dogs in their center. You can share the posts, and the shelter also accepts donations.

LAKE COUNTY: 

United Way of the Wine Country: The nonprofit is helping Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties with recovery efforts. Find out more here.

North Coast Opportunities: North Coast Opportunities has two donation pages; one is exclusively for Lake County relief efforts, while the other is for victims of the Mendocino Complex Fire. Find out more here.

Lake County Animal Shelter: The Shelter has unclaimed animals that may have been displaced by the Sulpher Fire. You can share the posts to help spread the word, and the shelter also accepts donations.  

Have something to add? Email Gillian.Edevane@NBCuni.com. If suggesting donation sites and fundraising sites, please be sure to include the name of the beneficiary county or organization.



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<![CDATA[Top Picks From the 'Fixer Upper' Stars' New Target Line]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:38:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fixer+upper+target+1+thumb.jpg With just weeks until the new decor line from Chip and Joanna Gaines hits Target shelves, the retail giant has already put out a first look at what fans can expect.

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<![CDATA[Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stealing From Fire Evacuees]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:47:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10192017-katie-lehnhard.jpg

A Petaluma woman who was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing items from North Bay fire victims and then later released, was arrested again Wednesday after police identified additional victims.

On Monday a mail theft victim reported fraudulent charges to her bank account. She also informed police of a canceled check made out to the Mary Isaak Center, police said.

Based on the canceled check, police identified 31-year-old Katie Lehnhard as a possible suspect. Officers contacted Lehnhard and learned she had an arrest warrant and was on active probation.

A probation search recovered personal identifications, credit cards and checkbooks belonging to the victim, other Petaluma residents and fire evacuees from Santa Rosa who were staying in Petaluma evacuation centers, police said.

Police said they believe the stolen property was related to thefts from vehicles that had been left behind in burned-out neighborhoods.

Lehnhard was arrested on suspicion of mail theft, forgery and fraud and was booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

Following her arrest and subsequent release from jail, police continued to investigate and identified two more victims in Santa Rosa and three in Petaluma.

On Wednesday, police located Lehnhard in Petaluma and arrested her again on suspicion of misappropriation of property, credit card theft and burglary. She was booked into the Sonoma County Jail and is being held on $100,000 bail.



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<![CDATA[MAP: Structures Damaged, Destroyed by North Bay Fires]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:18:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CalFireMap1.JPG

A wind-whipped firestorm that ignited in the North Bay on Oct. 8 has left at least 42 people dead and destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, including row after row of homes and businesses.

Neighborhoods, such as Coffey Park and Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa, were leveled and left in heaping piles of smoldering rubble.

An interactive map put together by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection illustrates just how devastating and widespread the destruction is.

People can use the map to figure out if a structure in Napa and Sonoma counties was either completely lost (red label) or if it was damaged (yellow label) by the flames.



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<![CDATA[Crews Hope Rain Will Further Help Tamp Wildfires]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:53:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/NorthBayFiresThursday.JPG

Authorities say cooler temperatures and light rainfall expected Thursday will be a "welcome sight" for firefighters battling the blazes burning across the North Bay. Meanwhile, evacuees returning to little or nothing are seeking help.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant says fire crews should fully contain by Friday the wildfire that devastated Sonoma County and Santa Rosa.

Other large fires will take longer.

The wind-whipped fires that started Oct. 8 swept through parts of seven counties, becoming the deadliest and most destructive series of blazes in California history. At least 42 people were killed and nearly 7,000 homes and structures were destroyed.

Cal Fire announced it had stopped the forward progress of those fires on Wednesday as tens of thousands of evacuees were let back into their neighborhoods. More than 15,000 people remained evacuated on Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, the Atlas Fire has burned 51,624 acres in Napa and Solano counties and is 85 percent contained; the Tubbs Fire has scorched 36,432 acres in Napa County and is 92 percent contained; the Nuns Fire, which includes the Partrick, Adobe, Norbbom, Pressley and Oakmont fires, has burned 54,423 acres in Sonoma and Napa counties and is 82 percent contained; and the Pocket Fire has burned 16,552 acres in Sonoma County and is 73 percent contained.

Farther north, the Sulphur Fire in Lake County has torched 2,207 acres and is 96 percent contained, and the Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County has charred 36,523 acres and is 85 percent contained.

Meanwhile, firefighters continue to battle a blaze further south in the Santa Cruz mountains that started Monday night.

As people return to their homes, officials are warning them of the presence of hazardous materials. Sonoma County hosting meetings to discuss these and other issues.

The meeting addressed finding housing, financial relief and preparation for people trying to return to their homes.

And a timeline.

When can evacuees get back into their homes? That was a common question, as was, When will the money come in from FEMA?

"Registering for FEMA was a surreal experience for us," Glen Ellen resident Bonnie Barnes said. "But I felt a sense of compassion today. I feel like they are doing everything they can, but they just can’t do it as fast as we all wish."

FEMA assistance will pour in soon for affected homeowners, in about 5-7 days they were told. Anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of dollars, depending on one's property.

But re-entry for many is not imminent, as there are many agency boxes to check off, officials said.

"Everyone from the law enforcement to the fire to the telephone companies, power, road crews. Every agency that it takes to make an area safe," said Jonathan Cox, of Cal Fire.

Those parties are producing hourly plans, though Cal Fire calls the task monumental.

Meanwhile, air quality improved enough Thursday for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to lift a health advisory and Spare the Air alert that was issued earlier this week.

However, officials warn unhealthy air quality will still be present in the immediate areas of actively burning fires.

NBC Bay Area's Sam Brock contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Cal Police Investigate Alleged Sexual Assault in Dorm Room]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uc+berkeley1.jpg

Police at the University of California, Berkeley are investigating a sexual assault that occurred over the weekend, police said Wednesday.

At 2:07 a.m. Monday, a female victim reported to campus police that she was sexually assaulted on Saturday in a dorm room in Unit 1, police said.

According to police, the victim met the male suspect at a fraternity party.

Further details were not immediately available and the case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about the case or any recent and similar crimes can contact UC Berkeley police at 510-642-0472 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 510-642-6760 at all other times.



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<![CDATA[320-Acre Bear Fire Now 35 Percent Contained]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:06:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BearFire.JPG

Some evacuation orders were lifted Thursday as fire crews steadily gained control of a 320-acre blaze burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Cool, moist weather conditions have assisted firefighters in their containment efforts, Cal Fire said. Heavy timber and steep inaccessible terrain remain the biggest challenges.

Overnight temperatures were expected to dip to between 46-52 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of rain throughout the fire area.

The Bear Fire, which started late Monday in the area of Bear Canyon Road and Deer Creek Road, is 35 percent contained, Cal Fire said late Thursday.

Evacuation orders for the Las Cumbres community, Skyline Boulevard community and areas south of Bear Creek Road were lifted Thursday morning, according to officials. Those living along Bear Creek Canyon Road, Deer Creek Road, Rons Road, Dons Road and tributary streets are still under evacuation orders. 

Yelena Malysheva was one of the lucky evacuees who was able to return home Thursday after anxiously waiting to see if her home would be spared by the flames.

"I haven't slept pretty much in the four days," she said. "I'm totally exhausted. My kids are at school. They're very tired, too."


Though fire officials were generally upbeat about their progress in containing the blaze, there were some setbacks Wednesday. A drone grounded the much needed air attack for about an hour.

Before the temporary stoppage, Cal Fire officials said the air support was critical in the steep terrain.

"The bucket drops are helping; they're a ton of help," said Steve Chapman, a Strike Force member. "And we're trying to get hose lines up here."

As of Thursday evening, 905 fire personnel, 72 engines, nine helicopters and three dozers were still battling the blaze, according to Cal Fire. 

At least four unknown structures have been destroyed by the flames, according to Cal Fire, and 300 remain threatened as of Thursday morning.

Five firefighters, including an inmate firefighter, all suffered minor injuries  while working the fire lines on Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. Two more firefighters on Wednesday were transported to hospitals, one after suffering second-degree burns to his hands and the other also suffering from unspecified burn injuries, fire officials said. 

A Cal Fire official noted that the steep and rugged terrain has played a role in the injuries.

Officials are still trying to determine what exactly caused the blaze to ignite. Towering flames could be seen ripping through dense vegetation and devouring trees right after the fire started before they were eventually suppressed by fire crews on the ground and in the air.


The Zayante Fire Station, which is located at 7700 E. Zayante St. in Felton, has been designated as an evacuation center for those impacted by the fire. Another evacuation center has opened at Lakeside Elementary School — 19620 Black Road — in Los Gatos.

Those with horses and goats can seek shelter at the Graham Hill Showgrounds located at 1145 Graham Hill Rd. in Santa Cruz. Folks with smaller animals can go to Santa Cruz County Animal Services, which is located at 2200 7th Ave. in Santa Cruz.

One person has been arrested on suspicion of looting one of the homes that was in the evacuation area, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.



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<![CDATA[Wine Country Businesses Need Customers, Not Donations]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:16:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NapaBusinesses.JPG

Businesses affected by the massive wildfires that swept through wine country over the past week are reopening, or will soon, and they aren't looking for donations. They have started a campaign dubbed Spend It, Don't Send It. Conan Nolan reports.



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