<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - North Bay]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:58 -0700Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:56:58 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Golden Gate Bridge Toll Prices Set to Increase]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:49:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543435346.jpg

Heads up, drivers. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is about to get more expensive.

FasTrak users, Pay-by-Plate payers and carpoolers will all have to fork over an extra quarter beginning July 3, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

That means FasTrak users will now have to pay $6.75, Pay-by-Plate payers will need to cough up $7.75, and carpoolers must hand over $4.75. There are also price changes coming for multi-axle vehicles.

The toll hike is part of a multi-year increase designed to help a budget deficit, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

This time next year, Golden Gate Bridge tolls will jump once again by another quarter for most vehicles.

Golden Gate Ferry rates and Golden Gate Transit Bus rates are also increasing for some routes come July 1.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest 2015 Homicide Suspect During Credit Fraud Raid]]>Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:46:30 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-generic-on-black2.jpg

San Rafael police Sunday arrested a suspect in a 2015 Hayward homicide during a credit card fraud investigation at an extended stay motel, police said.

Police arrested two people in a room at the Extended Stay Deluxe Suites at 1775 East Francisco Av. in San Rafael, Sgt. Carl Huber said. One of the occupants who was arrested gave a false name to police, and during the booking process at the Marin County Jail he was identified through a live-scan fingerprint analysis as Joseph Abraham Darling, 41, of Hayward.

Darling had a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of murder for the Dec. 7, 2015 fatal shooting of 31-year-old Anton Williams of Hayward.

Police also arrested Christine Marie Salazar, 44, of Hayward on suspicion of fraud.

The Hayward shooting occurred in the 28000 block of Biscayne Avenue near Ruus Elementary School. Williams was pronounced dead at a hospital.

<![CDATA[Start Your Engines: NASCAR Takes the Track at Sonoma]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:52:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800203344.jpg

Taking a break from a customary oval track, NASCAR drivers on Sunday will navigate the 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway.

The green starting flag for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will drop at 12 p.m. Racers will then zoom around the course 110 times in hopes of crossing the finish line first after 218.9 miles.

Points leader Kyle Larson, who won last week at Michigan, is on the pole for Sunday's race. Kyle Busch, a two-time winner at Sonoma, will start fourth. Martin Truex Jr., the 2013 victor, is in the third position just after Jamie McMurray.

Larson won't have to worry about fending fend off last year's Toyota/Save Mart winner Tony Stewart. The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has retired from the NASCAR racing scene.

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<![CDATA[Trapped Cat Rescued From Golden Gate Bridge Median Barrier]]>Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:57:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GGBTrappedCat.png

A cat trapped in the Golden Gate Bridge's movable median barrier received a helping hand Saturday from some concerned California Highway Patrol officers.

Not only did the cat survive the "unusual save," but he found a temporary owner in the form of a CHP officer, according to CHP Marin.

"We are very perplexed as to how [the cat] managed to get so far out in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge without being hit by another vehicle," CHP Marin wrote on Facebook. "Until then, this cute little guy, tentatively named Bridges, is on his way to a new home with people who will take great care of him."

The bizarre ordeal started around 2:50 p.m. when a person called authorities and said they spotted a kitten on the bridge, according to the CHP.

Officers immediately responded, but after one trip across the bridge, they didn't come across the trapped animal. They made another sweeping pass and as they neared the bridge's south tower, they "noticed a little furry head popping out from the inside of the movable median barrier," CHP Marin wrote on Facebook.

CHP officers blocked one lane of traffic, grabbed hold of the cat and transported him to safety, according to the CHP. 

Needing to find some care for the furry feline, Officer Smith with the CHP made some calls and eventually decided to bring newly-named Bridges to the VCA Madera Pet Hospital in Corte Madera, according to the CHP. Bridges was given an exam and offered a bath before being handed back over to Officer Smith with a collection of supplies including medicine and a cat carrier in hand. But a looming question remained: What now?

Bridges did not have a collar or a microchip, according to the CHP. On the spot, Officer Smith decided to foster the kitten and nurse him to full strength.

The animal hospital didn't charge Smith for the medical services and sent the new duo on their way.

"We are so grateful for such a caring group of people who truly care about the well being of an animal in need of some TLC," CHP Marin wrote. "You are absolute rock stars in our books!

Officers with CHP Marin are still looking for the cat's owner. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CHP Marin.

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<![CDATA[Dozens May Have Fallen Prey to Gas Station Card Skimmer]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:58:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Card_Skimmer_Found_on_Gas_Pump_in_Essex.jpg

Dozens of customers may have been victims of card skimming at a Sebastopol Fas Gas station pump since March, Sebastopol Police Chief Jeff Weaver said.

The Redwood Credit Union informed police that multiple account holders had fraudulent charges on their credit or debit cards since March, Weaver said. West America Bank also reported the fraud.

The skimming device that captures credit and debit card data is physically installed in pumps where motorists insert their cards.

Sebastopol police Officer Cameron Fenske met with a Redwood Credit Union representative on June 13. Police and the staff at the Fas Gas at 1080 Gravenstein Hwy. inspected the card readers three times but did not find any suspicious devices, Weaver said.

A gas pump technician conducted a deeper inspection of the pump's hardware on June 21 and two skimming devices were located and taken as evidence. Sebastopol police and other law enforcement agencies are trying to identify the suspects.

Fas Gas also is taking additional security measures to prevent future placement of skimming devices in the pumps, Weaver said.

Anyone who has purchased gas at the Fas Gas since March 1 should check their bank and credit card statements and report any fraudulent transactions to Sebastopol police at 707-829-4400.

<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Police Arrest Five Men During Sideshow]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:52:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/police+lights+siren2.jpg

Police in Santa Rosa on Friday arrested five people in connection with a sideshow that was occurring in the parking lot of a business center.

Nicholas Uribe, 23, and Mario Espinosa Jr., both of Santa Rosa, were arrested on suspicion of reckless driving in a parking lot and violation of probation, Mario Hernandez, 31, and Raymond Herrera, 18, both of Santa Rosa, were arrested on suspicion of reckless driving in a parking lot, and Uriel Cordova-Lomei, 27, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving in a parking lot and felony child endangerment, police said.

Officers with the Santa Rosa Police Department responded Friday night to 1950 Santa Rosa Avenue to reports of recent sideshows that have been occurring over the past several weeks.

Police said hundreds of people and vehicles have been gathering in the parking lots of Costco and Best Buy on Friday nights, and police had been receiving complaints of vehicles driving recklessly, putting the public at risk and disrupting businesses.

On Friday, police set up cameras to capture reckless driving and officers were deployed to the area to assist with traffic stops on vehicles that were driving recklessly.

In addition to the arrests, there were six citations issued, police said.

Police said typical sideshows include vehicles spinning doughnuts, speeding, screeching tires, racing and other various legal activities.

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<![CDATA[Huge, Homely Mastiff Named Martha Wins World's Ugliest Dog]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:37:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/AP_17175106375003.jpg

Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion.

In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest.

She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. The judges didn't even need to hear her signature snore to give her the award.

"Do you know you just won the World's Ugliest Dog Contest?" asked Kerry Sanders of NBC News, one of three judges who gave Martha the crown. Her handler Shirley Zindler answered for her: "I'd gloat, but I need a nap."

Martha lumbered away with $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about.

The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.

The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second. He had lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells at the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came all the way from Neath, United Kingdom to take third place.

The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

Many of the contestants were adopted. Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

These dogs — some with acne, others with tongues permanently sticking out — are used to getting called ugly. But for their owners, it was love at first sight.

"He's my sexy boy," Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Bowyer Hopes to Take Lightning McQueen to Victory Lane Again]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:46:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543222942.jpg

Lightning McQueen went to NASCAR's victory lane last week when Kyle Larson drove the "Cars 3" vehicle to a win.

The McQueen paint scheme has shifted to Clint Bowyer's car this week, and he's looking to keep the winning streak going.

"Hopefully, lightning strikes again." Bowyer said. "The kid (Larson) won in the Lightning McQueen scheme last week and it would be cool to take Lightning McQueen to victory lane again this week."

His odds could be decent. Bowyer won at Sonoma in 2012 and is piloting the car that Tony Stewart drove to victory — the last of Stewart's NASCAR career — last year.

So Bowyer smartly removed any additional pressure by not telling 2-year-old son Cash about the special "Cars 3" paint scheme. He estimates he's watched the franchise with Cash "no less than 300 times," and his son would have been extremely thrilled by the car.

But Cash wasn't invited to this race weekend in picturesque wine country, so Bowyer didn't mention Lightning McQueen.

"It is almost impossible to bring the kids on the road out here. The wives go out and have some fun," Bowyer said. "That is why we didn't tell him. Hopefully, he will be able to see it on the news come Sunday afternoon back home."

That would be a breakthrough for Bowyer, who is in his first season driving for Stewart-Haas Racing and has yet to win as Stewart's replacement. In fact, Bowyer hasn't won at all since the 2012 season. The move to SHR has been helpful in getting him closer to the front, and Bowyer is currently 12th in the Cup standings.

He has a pair of top-five finishes, which already have him on pace for his best season since 2015.

Now he could in theory make a push to end his losing streak with a victory at Sonoma. Bowyer has developed into a decent road racer — his average finish is 11th and he has eight career top-10s at Sonoma — and the success sometimes boggles his mind.

"I have no idea how this became one of my best tracks," he said. "The win (in 2012) was a shocker. I always have fun here. Attitude is everything and you don't want to believe that until you see it, but this has always been a fun weekend for me. The area, the event of this race track is awesome. The fan base. Everything about this place."

Of course, Bowyer will have a ton of competition on the race track, including from Larson, the current Cup points leader.

Larson's victory at Michigan last week was his second of the Cup season, but marked a roll in which Larson won four races in eight days that included his sprint car schedule.

It's given him the momentum headed into his home track. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove and attended this race as a child — and avid Jeff Gordon fan — before launching his career.

"Being the point leader coming home to California is a cool thing," he said. "To get it back before we come home is cool. And then we have been running good a lot of us young guys have been running good this year, so it's a great time for us all to kind of step up and show the sport and the fans that we can take it over."

Larson then praised the current young crop of talent that includes Chase Elliot, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Austin Dillon and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"We are all under 30. (Joey) Logano is still really young," he said. "It is a great opportunity for all of us."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[ Firefighters Quickly Control Fast-Moving Fire in Vallejo]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:27:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06-22-2017-vallejo-grass-fire.jpg

At least two structures were damaged in Vallejo Thursday afternoon due to a fast-moving 4-alarm grass fire.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Swelters Amid Dangerously High Temperatures]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:45:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-53263722.jpg

The Bay Area is in the grips of a dangerous heat wave that was expected to peak Thursday. 

A National Weather Service excessive heat warning is in effect until 9 p.m. The National Weather Service says they expect daily records for the Central Valley and the rest of the interior.

High temperatures across the Bay Area are expected to range between 90 and 105 degrees across most inland areas with locally hotter temperatures possible, forecasters said.

Caltrain posted on Twitter around 1:45 p.m. Thursday that a Level 1 heat restriction was in place on all main tracks that connect San Mateo and San Jose. That means trains will be running at slower speeds than normal. The restriction expired about 6:40 p.m.

Two people died this week due to the extreme heat wave. A 72-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman died in San Jose Monday, when temperatures reached 94 degrees. A third person died Tuesday, but the Santa Clara County coroner has yet to confirm that it was caused by the heat.

The soaring temperatures and stagnant air are also likely to create unhealthy levels of ozone, prompting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for Thursday

Another major concern during the scorching temperatures is a growing strain on the local power grid, which could prompt widespread outages. 

All week, PG&E has been ramping up for Thursday.

Crews have combed through neighborhoods on the hunt for vulnerable tree limbs, which were taken care of before they could fall and potentially take down light poles.

The utility is using smart meters to identify outages faster than relying on customers calling in. PG&E meteorologists are also using outage prediction models to pinpoint where the heat could trigger power outages before they happen so crews can preemptively get in place.

For a list of Cooling Centers and information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, visit the County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services website or call 211.

People are being urged to take every possible precaution in the heat. Here are some ways to beat the heat:

Additional tips for those who must work or exercise outdoors:

  • Ensure that cool drinking water is available.
  • Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often; do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Avoid drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid drinking extremely cold water as this is more likely to cause cramps.
  • Allow athletes or outdoor workers to take frequent rests.

Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:

  • During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as cooling centers, shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
  • Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
  • Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.

Infants and Children:

  • It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620).
  • Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink.
  • Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible.
  • Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light colored clothing.


  • Never leave a pet unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows cracked or open.
  • Outdoor animals should be given plenty of shade and clean drinking water.
  • Do not leave pets outside in the sun.
  • Pets should not be left in a garage as garages can get very hot due to lack of ventilation and insulation. 

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<![CDATA[Vallejo Grass Fire Damages Homes]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:40:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/062217-vallejo-fire-3.jpgAt least two structures were damaged in Vallejo Thursday afternoon due to a fast-moving 4-alarm grass fire. ]]><![CDATA[Heat Wave Scorches Bay Area, Strains Power Grid]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:14:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-81651821.jpg

PG&E customers across California have been asked to conserve electricity through Wednesday before the statewide heat wave peaks.

The California Independent System Operator, which oversees the operation of the state's bulk electric system, transmission lines and electricity market, on Monday issued a statewide Flex Alert, asking people to voluntarily cut down on utility consumption.

The goal is to save 500 megawatts to avoid widespread blackouts, the agency said. And that means everyone must pitch in. Electric customers are urged to conserve electricity from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We find that 500 megawatts shaved off is enough to get us over the critical time," said Anne Gonzales, a CAISO spokeswoman. "If consumers can respond, that will take a lot of the stress off of the grid."

Conservation is especially recommended during the late afternoon, when air conditioners are typically at peak use, officials said.

According to CAISO officials, electric customers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. or after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Temperatures are expected to soar Thursday, forcing the National Weather Service for the Bay Area to upgrade a heat advisory to an excessive heat warning for some of the hotter inland areas of the North Bay mountains and the East Bay valleys and hills.

The heat advisory has also been extended until Thursday evening for most inland areas and expanded to the San Francisco Bay shoreline, including Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont, Redwood City and San Mateo — but not San Francisco.

Coastal locations will be near normal, but inland weather is expected to be roughly 20 degrees hotter than usual.

Temperatures will rise an estimated two to five degrees from Tuesday to Wednesday, then another two to five degrees on Thursday — and some areas may exceed 110 degrees.

The weather will begin to cool off Friday, continuing into the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Father, Children Killed in Santa Rosa Murder-Suicide ID'd]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:13:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/225*120/06-19-2017-santa-rosa-murder-suicide.jpg

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has identified Alvaro Botelho Da Camara, 40, as the father suspected of killing his two children before hanging himself in his Santa Rosa apartment over the weekend.

The sheriff's office identified the children as Juliana Camara, 6, and her 19-month-old brother Julian Camara. Autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

Da Camara was in a custody dispute with his wife, who lives in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County, and was with his children on Father's Day Sunday, Santa Rosa police Lt. John Cregan said.

The children's mother went to pick up the children at Da Camara's apartment in the 700 block of Slater Street on Sunday evening, but it appeared he was not home, Crum said.

She called the sheriff's office, and deputies looked in windows, knocked on doors and left a business card at the door, Crum said.

Deputies and the children's mother were in phone contact overnight, and deputies returned to Da Camara's apartment around 9 a.m. Monday. The children's mother and two of her brothers also went to the apartment Monday morning, according to Crum.

A deputy climbed a ladder to enter the apartment by removing a screen on an open bathroom window. The bodies were found in a bedroom, and deputies called Santa Rosa police around 9:50 a.m., Crum said.

Da Camara's sister, Jessica Espada, told NBC Bay Area she wished her brother would have reached out for help.

"Talk to somebody. That's the thought that's been in my mind," Espada said. "We were here for you, we wanted to help you any way we could. But it was just too late. With everything that came down, custody, divorce and just him finding out things that didn't help out just all bottled up inside, and he snapped." 

Da Camara and his wife were in Sonoma County Superior Court on Friday regarding a custody issue, but they came to an agreement, Santa Rosa police Lt. Mike Lazzarini said.

On Friday night, the couple argued over the phone. Juliana was with her father, and Julian was with his mother at the time, Lazzarini said.

Prior to the tragic discovery Monday, investigators didn't "have any information he was a danger to himself or the children," Lazzarini said. "There was no domestic violence."

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Deputies Wrangle Llama on the Lam in Vacaville]]>Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:50:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/llamafb.PNG

A llama caused some drama in Vacaville on Monday.

After the animal got loose from its pasture, two deputies with the Solano County Sheriff's Office were forced to "think outside the box to coax this llama out of the roadway."

Dashcam video posted on the Solano County Sheriff's Office Facebook page using an orange rope to corral the llama back onto the field. 

"They things they don't you in the academy ... llama wrangling," deputies quipped.

Four other llamas watched the interaction in rapt attention. 

The video also shows one of the deputies escorting the llama back to the field, while the other deputy followed in a car.

The llama was reunited with the rest of its herd after "verbal counseling," deputies wrote.

Photo Credit: Solano County Sheriff's Office via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Pliny the Elder Loses Top Spot in 'Best Beers' List]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:33:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GE35RBJF.jpg

Pliny the Elder is no longer No. 1.

Zymurgy Magazine, which ranks the best beers in the nation, placed the Russian River Brewing Company's popular beer at No. 2 after holding to the top spot for eight years, according to SF Gate.

Two Hearted Ale, one of several creations by Bell’s Brewery in Michigan, is the new No. 1 in Zymurgy Magazine's 15th annual Best Beers in America survey.

View the full rankings on the American Homebrewer’s Association’s website.

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<![CDATA[Bike Sharing Program Expands in Bay Area]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:43:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bicycle+generic.jpg

A Bay Area bike share program rolled out an expansion this month, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Brooklyn-based Motivate runs the program and is operating under a 10-year contract with the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission, according to the Chronicle.

The bike share program is currently available in San Francisco and San Jose.

Motions to expand have already begun, with the company moving into three more cities with a total of 7,000 bikes. The new areas in the expansion include Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville.

With the increase of bikes and cities, here are some new paths to check out in each destination:


If looking for a scenic bike path, head to the Emeryville City Marina. This cove will give riders an opportunity to peddle a portion of the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail. The dock will provide paved roads and make for a great outing for the whole family.

Being in a marina, visitors will be able to take in the fresh Bay water as well as admire the boats inhabiting the harbor. Bikers can also pull over after their trip to shop or grab something to eat on Bay Street in Emeryville.


While the marina will provide views of the ocean, Butters Canyon will lead your through untouched greenery. As reported by the East Bay Express, this bike route will temporarily alleviate city stress and replace it with nature’s serenity. To begin, cycle over to the Oakland Hills and enter from Mountain Boulevard.


Another route praised by the East Bay Express is the Layfayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Another ride great for families, this path takes cyclists for a tour of Bay Area neighborhoods. There are side paths as well, allowing riders to spice up the route with intermediate hills. East Bay Express warns enthusiast to head there early to beat the heat.

<![CDATA[Police Activity Shuts Down NB I-680 in Milpitas for Hours]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:52:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0619-2017-I680closure.jpg

All lanes of northbound Interstate 680 were closed for nearly five hours Monday in Milpitas due to police activity.

The closure was reported at 4:42 p.m. on the highway south of state Highway 237 and West Calaveras Boulevard, according to CHP officials. All lanes were re-opened about 9:30 p.m.

The CHP did not elaborate about the police activity.

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<![CDATA[Father Kills His Young Children, Hangs Self: Police]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:42:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0619-2017-SantaRosaHomicide.jpg

A father involved in a custody dispute with his wife killed his 6-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son and then hanged himself in a central Santa Rosa residence, police said Monday.

Santa Rosa police were called to the home in the 700 block of Slater Street around 9:50 a.m. Monday by Sonoma County sheriff's deputies who had been investigating a child custody violation that originated in the sheriff's office's jurisdiction, Santa Rosa police Lt. John Cregan said.

Sheriff's deputies made multiple attempts to contact the 40-year-old Santa Rosa father and check on the children's welfare before they entered the home and found the bodies, Cregan said.

People who live at the Slater Patio apartments say the two kids used to play outside with their dad. The 6-year-old on her bicycle was well known and well liked.

"She was happy, rode her bike," neighbor Julia Poncia said. "He was good to those kids from what I could see."

Police say the man's estranged wife dropped off the kids for a court-ordered Father's Day visit Sunday. The wife called the sheriff's office that night when she couldn't find the father and kids at the scheduled 7 p.m. pick up time.

Deputies found their bodies inside the father's apartment Monday morning. The father was hanging in a bedroom and the two children were nearby. The cause of the children's deaths is pending autopsies.

Poncia is angry a mother will never see her children again.

"Now she has to feel guilty for the rest of her life because she listened to what a court order said; very upset about that," Poncia said.

The names of the father and two children had not yet been released.

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<![CDATA[Woman Dies in Mobile Home Blaze in Santa Rosa: Fire Official]]>Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:04:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/santa+rosa+fire.jpg

A woman died Sunday after a fire ripped through her mobile home in Santa Rosa, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

The blaze broke out about 1 p.m. Sunday on Bejay Avenue. Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed when they arrived at the scene.

The woman's husband and son managed to escape the flames, fire officials said. They said on average it takes just 20 minutes for a mobile home to be destroyed by fire.

No other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.

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<![CDATA[Triple-Digits Blanket Inland Locations, Set Records]]>Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:41:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-18-17_Heat_Santa_Cruz.jpg

Triple-digit temperatures once again blanketed portions of the Bay Area Sunday, provoking some to flock to pools and ice cream shops in hopes of escaping the dangerous heat.

A heat advisory, which kicked into effect Saturday morning for most of the Bay Area, has been extended to Thursday night. Temperatures away from the coast and immediate locations surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to top out anywhere from the upper-90s to mid-100s during that time period, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday, which is likely to be the hottest day during the lengthy heat wave, featured a slew of unofficial record-breaking high temperatures across the Bay Area.

Temperatures in San Francisco were forecasted to range anywhere between the high-70s to low-80s, but San Francisco by 12 p.m. reached 88 degrees, breaking a record previously set in 1993, according to the NWS. Nearby San Francisco International Airport reached 96 degrees, shattering the previous record-high of 88 degrees established in 1981.

The thermometer at the Oakland International Airport also eclipsed a new high of 96 degrees, breaking a previous high of 93 degrees set in 1962. In San Jose, the mercury rose to 100 degrees, breaking the previous high mark of 99 degrees cemented in 1945.

Other records broken Sunday were in San Rafael with a high of 105 degrees (previous record 98 in 1962); Livermore with 106 (previous record 105 in 1918); and Moffett Field with 100 (previous record 95 in 1993).

The coast, for the most part, is the spot for those looking to cool down. A light on-shore flow of air is bringing cool conditions to areas such as Half Moon Bay, which was only forecasted to reach a high of 67 degrees Sunday. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, was forecasted to top out at 88 degrees.

The sweltering heat is bringing even higher temperatures to Arizona, Nevada and California's Central Valley, which is under an excessive heat warning. Neighborhoods in and around areas such as Sacramento and Fresno are flirting with 110 degree temperatures. Death Valley on Sunday will check in just below a sizzling 120 degrees. 

High temperatures reach new records in nine Bay Area locations:

  • In San Rafael, the temperature reached 105 degrees, breaking the record of 98 degrees set in 1962.
  • At Moffett Field the temperature reached 100 degrees, which broke the record of 95 degrees set in 1993.
  • It was 106 degrees in Livermore where the previous record was 105 in 1918.
  • It was 103 degrees in Kentfield, one degree higher than the previous record set in 1945.
  • The temperature in Richmond reached 92 degrees, breaking the old record of 85 in 1957.
  • In San Francisco, the temperature rose to 88 degrees, which broke the record of 86 degrees set in 1993.
  • At San Francisco International Airport the temperature reached 97 degrees, breaking the previous record of 88 in 1981. At Oakland International Airport, the temperature also reached 97 degrees, breaking the record of 93 degrees set in 1962.
  • In San Jose, the temperature reached 103 degrees, breaking the old record of 99 in 1945.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas 
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Sweltering Heat Grips Bay Area]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:41:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Santa_Cruz_Heat.jpg

Summer has not officially arrived, but summer-like temperatures sure did blanket most Bay Area cities with uncomfortable heat Saturday.

A heat advisory, which kicked into effect Saturday morning for most of the Bay Area, has been extended to Wednesday night. Temperatures away from the coast and immediate locations surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to top out anywhere from the upper-90s to mid-100s during that time period, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday is likely to be the hottest day during the lengthy heat wave. Antioch is expected to top the charts as the hottest Bay Area spot with a high temperature of 105 degrees on tap. Tri-Valley locations will hover around the low-100s. In the South Bay, San Jose will top out at 95 degrees while Gilroy will reach 101 degrees.

Somewhat more comfortable Sunday temperatures will be found around the bay. Oakland is expected to reach 87 degrees and San Mateo will sit at 86 degrees. Along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, highs will stretch to 80 degrees while the Outer Sunset will enjoy 75 degree weather.

The coast, for the most part, will be the spot for those looking to cool down thanks to a light on-shore flow of air. Half Moon Bay will only approach a high of 67 degrees. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, will top out at 88 degrees.

Fire personnel in the East Bay stocked up on extra water in the event that they would have to help in an emergency related to the heat. PG&E crews also beefed up staffing just in case they would have to manage heat-related power outages.

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas 
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Braces For Heat Wave]]>Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:39:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-71477253.jpg

It's about to get hot, hot, hot!

A potentially record-shattering heat wave has started enveloping the Southwest United States and is threatening to bring temperatures of more than 120 degrees to parts of Arizona and California next week. Strong high pressure building over Western states is behind the onslaught.

Officials warned of excessive heat throughout the 450-mile length of California's Central Valley. Almost the entire Golden State is predicted to simmer above normal temperatures.

In the Bay Area, temperatures are expected to hover around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coast will be much cooler.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for all of Northern California. Solano County will be under a heat warning. It will be in effect from 11 a.m. Saturday through 11 p.m. Monday.

Young children, elderly people, pregnant women, people with disabilities and animals are especially vulnerable to the heat.

Forecasters say prolonged heat will make snow melt faster in the Sierra Nevada, where massive winter storms coated towering peaks after years of drought. Waterways could flood, with vacationers warned to be cautious near water and avoid camping close to streams.

Camp counselor Sabrina Chu, 17, said she and others in San Francisco were having kids drink lots of water while playing outdoors. The city was expected to have a high of 82 Sunday, well above the normal upper 60s.

"Compared to other places in California, the Bay has pretty consistent weather, so this is unusually hot for the area," Chu said.

In Pleasanton, this weekend marks the start of the Alameda County Fair, and the threat of triple-digit temperatures doesn't seem to be scaring people away.

Even so, officials are urging people to be prepared.

"Drink plenty of water," said Angel Moore with the fair. "Make sure you wear your sunscreen, wear loose fitting clothing."

Fire and medical teams will also be scattered throughout the event as well as five misting stations. 

"We're expecting a lot of heat related emergencies," said Alameda County Fire Department Division Chief Eric Moore. "We're well prepared to deal with heat-related injuries."

Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
  • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
  • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas 
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rest in shady areas

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Dance Group Debuts on 'World of Dance']]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dance+group.jpg

The Chapkis Dance Family of Suisun City made its debut on "World of Dance" Tuesday night, and wowed Jennifer Lopez and her fellow judges enough to advance to the next round. Jodi Hernandez reports.

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<![CDATA[Lockdown Lifted After No Active Shooter at Travis Air Base]]>Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:30:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0614-2017-TravisAFB.jpg

A lockdown at Travis Air Force base was lifted Wednesday afternoon after reports of an active shooter turned out to be false, law enforcement officials told NBC News.

According to sources, a call about an active shooter from the base was a false alarm. There were no injuries reported.

Travis Air Force base officials tweeted at 5:20 p.m. that "emergency personnel responded to reports of gun shots @ the Base Exchange. It was determined to be a false alarm. Lockdown is lifted."

A Facebook post around 3:30 p.m. advised people to avoid the area so emergency responders can do their jobs. People were also urged to shelter in place due to a "real world incident" and asked to lock doors and windows.

The facility's main gate was closed, Fairfield police wrote on Twitter, and social media users reported an active shooter situation.

Scenes from an NBC-affiliate chopper showed people walking around at the base, a sprawling campus located in Solano County. Some people were holding hands as they were being escorted to safety, and police cars dotted the parking lot.

A simulated security drill was scheduled to take place Wednesday and Thursday, but Travis Air Force base officials said on social media the security incident was unrelated to it.

Dozens of parents of military personnel who are based out of Travis posted on the base's Facebook page, looking for information.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[4-Alarm Brush Fire in Vallejo Contained]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:53:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0613-2017-VallejoFire.jpg

Emergency crews contained a four-alarm vegetation fire in northern Vallejo Tuesday afternoon, a fire spokesman said.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. in the vicinity of Bennington Drive in the Hiddenbrooke area.

The Vallejo Fire Department has requested mutual aid from other firefighters in the area, according to spokesman Kevin Brown.

No injuries had been reported and no structures were threatened, Brown said.

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<![CDATA[Here's Where You Can Fly Drones in the Bay Area]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NoDrones.jpg

Popular droning sites along the San Francisco Peninsula no longer allow the use of any unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following a park superintendent order.

While drones are currently allowed in California State Parks, local district superintendents are allowed to ban them at any of its local sites. Christopher Spohrer, the Santa Cruz District Superintendent joined other regional park districts in May when he signed new restrictions on drone use at its parks.

Santa Cruz District's new order is not yet online, but a notice should be posted at all parks and beaches it is being enforced.

It includes restrictions on all use of model aircraft, UAS or gliders at any the state parks and beaches in its district, which encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as the parks along the coast from Watsonville to Half Moon Bay, including Half Moon Bay State Beach, New Brighton State BeachPescadero State Beach, Pomponio State Beach and San Gregorio State Beach.

The Bay Area District previously restricted model aircraft and UAS in September, which included Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, as well as all parks in the East Bay Regional Park District.

Where to Fly Your Drones in the Bay Area:

Know Before You Fly

Between the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) easing its unmanned aircraft guidelines last year and new drone models being released each year, more drones are in the air than ever. 

According to a FAA report, sales of consumer drones were expected to spike from 2.6 million drones in 2016 to 7 million in 2020 with some of the highest concentrated users in the Silicon Valley.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you fly:

  • NO NATIONAL PARKS: Currently, the National Park Service (NPS) prohibits drones at national parks which include the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties; Rosie the Riveter grounds in East Bay, Fort Point, Presidio, Alcatraz Island and the Maritime in San Francisco as well as Point Reyes and Muir Woods in North Bay. See all national park trails and parks where drone use is currently prohibited. National Park Service rangers may issue citations of $125 and additional fees to drone users who violate its policies.
  • SOME STATE PARKS: California State Parks allow drone use, with the exception of some regional districts have posted their own local rules. In the Bay Area, the local parks are currently prohibiting drone use at the majority of state parks. View some exceptions above.
  • SOME CITY AND COUNTY PARKS: There are currently no drones allowed at many local parks such as San Mateo County and Santa Clara County parks as well as the majority of city parks in the area. The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, which maintains parks throughout Santa Clara County as well as for the cities of Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, San Jose and Morgan Hill also ban the use of drones unless granted a permit for use. The Port of San Francisco, which maintains Heron's Head Park, also bans all drones as part of its status as a wildlife protection area. Mission Bay Park, maintained by MJM Management Group, says they have added a park rule banning drone use as well. 
  • PRIVATE LAND Privately-owned fields, farms, and other spaces may be a good option with permission from the landowner. Santa Clara County Model Aircraft Skypark is a local nonprofit that allows its members to fly drones and aircraft if they follow Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) guidelines. 
    • REGISTER: Register your UAS online if it weighs more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds or file a paper request for drones more than 55 pounds. Registration costs $5 and is valid for 3 years.
    • FLY SAFE: Fly at or below 400 feet and keep it in sight. Never fly over groups of people, stadiums, sports events or near emergency response efforts such as fires. The FAA also mandates UAS users never operate under the influence. The FAA outlines several safe flying practices here. 
    • RESPECT NO FLY ZONES: Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports, and be aware of airspace requirements. In the Bay Area, this includes no flying zones surrounding three large airports (SFO, OAK and SJC) and smaller airports. You can download the FAA "Know Before You Fly" application to verify if you’re in a safe fly zone. B4UFLY is available for free download in the App Store for iOS and Google Play store for Android.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man Who Allegedly Threatened Cops With Hammer]]>Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:36:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-12-17-hammer-santa-rosa.jpg

Police arrested a man early Sunday morning in Santa Rosa after he allegedly threatened officers with a hammer, police said.

According to Santa Rosa police, at 1:47 a.m. officers responded to a home in the 2500 block of Pawnee Street to investigate a disturbance. The person who called police said a relative was out of control and was hitting walls and vehicles.

Officers arrived and were immediately confronted by the suspect, 38-year-old Juan Gabriel Rincon-Mercado of Santa Rosa. He had exited the house through the garage, was holding a hammer in the air and approached the officers, police said.

According to police, the officers drew their firearms and ordered Rincon-Mercado to drop the hammer, but he ignored them and allegedly advanced toward one officer with the hammer raised in a threatening manner.

The other officer warned Rincon-Mercado that he would be tased if he did not drop the hammer.

Rincon-Mercado did not comply and was tased. He was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital where he was treated for minor abrasions, police said.

At the hospital, Rincon-Mercado told police he threatened the officers with the hammer because he wanted them to shoot him, police said.

According to police, Rincon-Mercado allegedly used methamphetamine and was binge drinking prior to the officers arriving at the home.

Rincon-Mercado was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of threatening an officer, public intoxication, and possessing methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia.

The officers involved were not injured, police said.

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<![CDATA[One Dead in Solo Vehicle Rollover Crash in Napa County]]>Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:40:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/napa+crash-0611.jpg

An elderly man was killed in solo vehicle rollover crash on Highway 121, between the cities of Napa and Sonoma on Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The car ended up about 20 feet down an embankment off the roadway at Haire Lane about 12:30 p.m., the CHP said.

The 82-year-old driver was traveling northbound on Highway 121 at an unknown rate of speed and crossed over into the southbound lanes, off the shoulder and down the embankment, the CHP said.

CHP officials said two lanes of the highway were closed until about 4 p.m. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Arrested in Sexual Battery of Girl, 15]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:14:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stratta-0607.jpg

Mill Valley police arrested a homeless man on suspicion of the sexual battery of a 15-year-old girl in a market Tuesday night.

James Dominic Stratta, 55, allegedly accosted the girl in a Whole Foods market at 731 E. Blithedale Ave. around 8:20 p.m., police said.

Stratta confronted the girl, grabbed her arms and touched her inappropriately, causing her to become fearful, police said.

The girl pulled away from Stratta and notified her father, who confronted Stratta and with the help of a witness tried to detain him, police said.

Stratta, who has a previous address in Santa Maria, fled in a vehicle but was located and arrested by police.

The girl identified Stratta as the suspect, and he was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual battery and annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

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<![CDATA[Charges in Theft of 'Star Wars' Items From Petaluma Compound]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 06:45:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/star+wars-0605.jpg

In the first "Star Wars" film, Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "in my experience there is no such thing as luck." Steve Sansweet thinks differently.

Sansweet, the owner of the largest privately owned collection of Star Wars memorabilia in the world, said Monday he feels lucky he found out about the theft of $200,000 worth of prized vintage action figures from his California nonprofit museum before it was too late.

About 120 pieces were stolen between 2015 and 2016 by a friend who stayed at the compound four times during that period, Sansweet said.

The sprawling collections are set up on shelves and are not behind glass or under lock and key.

About 100 of the stolen items have been recovered, he said.

Police arrested Carl Edward Cunningham, 45, of Marietta, Georgia, and in March, the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office charged him with felony grand theft.

Cunningham is free on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to be in court June 27 for a preliminary hearing.

Neither Cunningham, nor his lawyer, Amy Chapman, returned calls for comment.

"It was very lucky we found out when we did — but not so lucky that he had a year to steal things," Sansweet said.

Sansweet, the founder of Rancho Obi-Wan in Petaluma, California, owns roughly 400,000 pieces of Star Wars memorabilia that are on display and shown to visitors.

That includes everything from the original banner Lucasfilm used to promote Star Wars at fan conventions in 1976, to a Darth Vader costume and all of the more than 2,500 small action figures issued over the past 40 years.

The thefts surfaced after a collector learned he had inadvertently purchased a Boba Fett action figure stolen from a Texas warehouse, Sansweet said.

Star Wars actors Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew tweeted about Sansweet's news Monday.

"Maybe publish a list of stolen items to protect potential victims from purchasing 'hot' merchandise. #TheFraudIsStrongInThisOne #SithHappens," Hamill said.

"This is despicable. Keep an eye out. Get the word out," Mayhew tweeted.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Animal Lovers Remember Dogs Killed, Dumped at Vallejo Park]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 21:05:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/6-3-17_Vallejo_Dogs.jpg

A somber crowd of animal lovers on Saturday gathered in Vallejo to remember the lives of one dozen dogs found dead at a park back in February.

The ceremony was held near Blue Rock Springs Park where a woman originally found the dogs stuffed in garbage bags. A suspected killer has yet to be identified.

“We feel that if don’t give voice to these dogs, these dogs will be forgotten and this crime will be unpunished,” Monica Stevens from Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch said.

The event started with a blessing. Then, mourners flew white kites in honor of the pups before resting those kites on the spots where the animals were discovered.

The Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch originally offered a $10,000 reward for information about a possible killer. That number was increased to $15,000 Saturday.

"We're really hoping that this person gets caught so that they don't continue their acts, but also perpetrate humans at the same time," Stevens said.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in Vallejo]]>Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:10:47 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police-GettyImages-187062332.jpg

A man was shot dead in Vallejo early Saturday morning, police said.

After responding to reports of gunfire on the 400 block of Corcoran Avenue around 12:15 a.m., officers came across the remnants of a crime scene. They also learned that a man, who had been shot, had been taken to a local hospital prior to their arrival.

The victim later died of his injuries, police said. He has not yet been identified, pending notification of his family. 

Investigators are encouraging anyone who may have witnessed the crime or has additional information about the case to contact Detective Rob Greenberg at 707-648-4280 or Detective Kevin Rose at 707-651-7146.

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<![CDATA[President of Golden Gate Bridge Board Dies Unexpectedly]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 20:05:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stroeh-0531.jpg

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board President J. Dietrich Stroeh died unexpectedly last night in his sleep, bridge district officials said Wednesday.

Stroeh, an 80-year-old Novato resident, was appointed to the board in 1997 and served on committees including the finance committee, which he chaired.

He also worked as general manager of the Marin Municipal Water District and served on the Bank of Marin Board during his career in public service.

Sabrina Hernandez, the board's first vice president, will step in as acting president.

Marin County Supervisor and bridge board member Judy Arnold said she had also worked with Stroeh on the downtown Novato Theater restoration project and on flooding issues in Novato, and was deeply saddened by hisdeath.

"His accomplishments and contributions to Marin County and Novato are stellar," Arnold said. "Diet was an irreplaceable community leader and friend and I will miss him dearly."

Bridge Board member Brian Sobel called Stroeh a "towering figure in North Bay politics," and credited him with getting a water pipeline built across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge during a drought in the 1970s.

"Diet epitomized the idea of giving back selflessly," Sobel said. "His kind of determination to do good, with excellent public discourse and debate, is an example to all of us."

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<![CDATA[Board Approves Stadium Lights Project at North Bay HS]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 00:21:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san+marin+hs-0530.jpg

After months of debate and contentious meetings, a North Bay high school finally may be getting lights for its football stadium.

The Novato Unified School District board on Tuesday approved a proposed $1.2 million stadium lights project at San Marin High School in Novato.

Students and other supporters say the Mustangs are eager to have a night home game, something most high schools have experienced for years.

But there also were many opponents of the project on hand at a special meeting of the board in the school gym. They say their fight is not over. Neighbors of the school say the 80-foot polls, bright lights, PA system and crowds that come with it all will deliver an assault of light and noise pollution.

"By approving the project, you are unavoidably violating Novato's noise ordinance," opponent Ken Levin said. "We're against the lights for environmental reasons; gonna be a lot of noise."

One neighbor, Tarry Winfrey, welcomed the change.

"We live in a beautiful community; let's light it up cheer," Winfrey said.

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<![CDATA[Mom, Boyfriend Convicted in 3-Year-Old Girl's Death in Napa]]>Wed, 31 May 2017 00:03:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kruegerandwarner.jpg

Jurors on Tuesday convicted Sarah Lynn Krueger and Ryan Scott Warner in the death of Krueger's 3-year-old daughter at the couple's Napa apartment in 2014, prosecutors said.

A Napa County Superior Court jury returned its verdict against Krueger, 27, around 10:10 a.m., and a separate jury then returned its verdict against Warner, Krueger's 29-year-old boyfriend, for the death of Kayleigh Slusher.

The juries heard evidence separately against the defendants during the same trial that began May 1.

The defendants face life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder and a special allegation that the slaying on Jan. 30, 2014, involved torture, and 25 years to life for assault on a child causing death, Assistant Napa County District Attorney Paul Gero said. They are scheduled to be sentenced on July 27.

An autopsy determined Kayleigh died of blunt force trauma. Her body had been placed in a freezer, then left in a suitcase on a bed in an apartment at the Royal Gardens Apartment. Napa police found the body on Feb. 1, 2014.

Krueger and Warner were arrested the next day at a BART station in El Cerrito.

The jury hearing the evidence against Krueger reached a verdict Thursday after a day of deliberation, but the verdict was sealed until the other jury reached a verdict against Warner on Tuesday morning.

The Napa County District Attorney's Office did not seek the death penalty against the defendants. The trial was held before Judge Francisca Tisher.

"We're pleased with the verdicts. It's what we asked for," Gero said.

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<![CDATA[Foo Fighters Unplugged and Undeterred at BottleRock]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 20:26:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/foo+fighters-0529.jpg

The Foo Fighters hardly missed a beat Sunday night after the plug was pulled on their final song at the BottleRock festival in Napa Valley.

Dave Grohl and Co. were in the middle of "Everlong" when festival organizers, adhering to a strict 10 p.m. curfew, shut off the sound and video screens.

But the band continued playing, and the enthusiastic crowd picked up the vocals. The band finished the song before bidding good night.

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<![CDATA[Flames Destroy Two-Story House in Sonoma]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 08:33:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-29-17_Sonoma_House_Fire.jpg

A Sonoma house was destroyed after a fire broke out early Monday, according to the officials.

Responding crews found the two-story home, which is located along the 400 block of Chestnut Avenue, completely engulfed in flames, according to Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority Fire Chief Steve Akre.

Three people in the home were displaced, according to Akre. Seven others living in two cottages on the property were also displaced because they lost access to electricity and water. The American Red Cross is assisting those displaced.

Two nearby residences were also evacuated because the fire destroyed a gas meter, triggering a natural gas leak, according to Akre. PG&E crews were called to the scene.

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<![CDATA[Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Police Shooting in Vacaville]]>Mon, 29 May 2017 05:23:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-29-17_Vacaville_OIS.jpg

A man has died in an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday morning in Vacaville, police said.

According to Vacaville police Lt. Mark Donaldson, at 12:38 a.m. a police officer spotted a stolen vehicle on East Monte Vista Avenue near Callen Street, followed it onto Interstate Highway 80, then called for assistance.

Additional officers arrived and a pursuit ensued.

According to Donaldson, the driver of the stolen vehicle exited the highway at Leisure Town Road, then turned onto Orange Drive.

At Nut Tree Road, just north of Orange Drive, officers performed a pit maneuver to stop the vehicle.

A short time later an officer-involved shooting occurred and one man died, Donaldson said.

One officer suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital.

Further details were not immediately available. The shooting remains under investigation, Donaldson said.

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<![CDATA[Flames Engulf Car Port in Vallejo]]>Sun, 28 May 2017 17:51:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-28-17_Fire_Vallejo.jpg

Firefighters managed to control a blaze that engulfed a detached car port in Vallejo Sunday morning, according to fire officials.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at a residence located in the 1900 block of Griffin Drive, fire officials said.

No one was injured, and firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to adjacent homes, according to fire officials.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Events Honor U.S. Military Members]]>Sun, 28 May 2017 14:58:53 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/052515+memorial+day+flags+generic.jpg

Joining the rest of the nation Monday, folks in the Bay Area will take time to pay their respects to past, present and future U.S. military service men and women at a variety of Memorial Day events.

Here is a list of just some of the local events dedicated to veterans and their families:

San Francisco

San Francisco's 149th Memorial Day Commemoration: Event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Presidio Officers' Club. A 21-gun salute and a grand march with veterans will highlight the event. Ret. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, and poet laureate Dana Gioia will also speak.

San Jose

Memorial Day Ceremony: Event begins at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Medal of Honor recipient James Livingston is slated to speak.

South San Francisco

Vietnam Veterans Procession & Memorial Day Ceremony: Event beings at 9:30 a.m. at Fire Station 61. Vietnam veterans will march from the fire station to the eternal flame sculpture at Orange Memorial Park.


Memorial Day Ceremony Aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum: Events begins at 11 a.m. at the USS Horney Museum. A wreath casting ceremony will highlight the event.

San Rafael

Memorial Day Program: Event begins at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. A keynote address by Tom Tarantino, a Balkan and Middle Eastern conflict veteran, will highlight the event.


Memorial Day Ceremony: Event begins at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Park. Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. James Taylor will deliver a keynote address.


"Wings of Freedom" Tour: Event begins at 10 a.m. at Livermore Airport. World War II aircraft will be on display.


Memorial Day Parade and Music Festival: Event begins at 10:30 a.m. at town hall. The parade will continue to Hillsborough North School.

Aside from these events, members of the military and veterans are eligible for additional discounts at stores and restaurants.

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<![CDATA[Fire Officials Urge Caution During Memorial Day Weekend]]>Sun, 28 May 2017 13:31:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-590713310_master.jpg

Cal Fire officials are urging the public to be cautious about the increased fire danger during Memorial Day weekend.

In a statement, Cal Fire officials said that while holiday weekends are a great time to gather and enjoy the outdoors, the public is asked to be aware of fire danger and risks posed in the outdoors.

"We urge safety and preparedness when in wildland areas," Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott said. "California's extremely dry conditions are primed for wildfires, and it takes diligence from everyone to avoid sparking a fire."

According to fire officials, despite heavy rainfall during the winter season, drought conditions continue across much of California and wildfires can spark easily if caution is not followed.

Anyone who is camping is asked to check local fire restrictions in their area, to clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire, and to completely extinguish it before leaving.

Campers are also reminded not to leave a barbecue grill unattended.

Anyone traveling by car is reminded to properly maintain their vehicles, make sure nothing is dragging on the ground and to never drive or pull over onto dry grass. When towing, drivers are urged to make sure trailer chains are properly secured.

According to fire officials, since Jan. 1, Cal Fire crews have responded to over 1,000 wildfires that have burned nearly 15,000 acres.

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<![CDATA[Juveniles Charged for Alleged Napa Football Team Hazing]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 20:01:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-law.jpg

Six juveniles were charged Friday for alleged criminal actions, but no charges were filed against a coach, in connection with alleged football team hazing incidents at Napa High School in the 2015-16 school year, the district attorney said.

Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said charges would not be filed against Napa High School football coach Gerald Harris in connection with the alleged incidents. Haley said six juveniles were charged in Napa County Juvenile Court today, and 11 remaining cases are under investigation.

The Napa Police Department asked the District Attorney's Office on Feb. 6 to review a possible misdemeanor charge against Harris for failing as a mandated reporter to report a possible child abuse, Haley said.

At the same time, several juvenile petitions also were referred to the District Attorney's Office for filing of charges arising out of alleged hazing incidents at Napa High School in 2015-2016, Haley said. Napa police

submitted their report on the alleged incidents to the District Attorney's Office March 9.

"After a thorough review of the evidence, our office has made a determination that we cannot charge Coach Gerald Harris with any crime," Haley said in a statement.

"In our professional judgment, the alleged violation cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law at this time and we are therefore ethically prohibited from filing any criminal charges," Haley said.

Seventeen juveniles were referred to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution, Haley said. Criminal charges against six juveniles were filed in Napa County Juvenile Court today, and the remaining 11 cases are still under investigation, Haley said.

Releasing further information about the juvenile proceedings is prohibited by court rules, Haley said.

Napa High School and the Napa Valley Unified School District also investigated the alleged hazing incidents, Haley said. However, Haley said their actions had no bearing on her decision-making and are a "separate and distinct process."

Hazing incidents allegedly took place in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 in the weeks leading up to the "Big Game" between the Napa High School Indians and Vintage High School Crushers, Napa police said in a March update issued by the department.

According to police, the department was notified on Nov. 19, 2016 of an alleged on-campus assault. The victim was a member of the football team and there was a possibility of additional victims, police said.

Police began an investigation and determined that the assault was related to hazing incidents that allegedly occurred during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, according to the police update.

The scandal has shaken the school and the community.

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<![CDATA[AAA to Offer Free Tows to Tipsy Drivers on Memorial Day]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 20:23:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Craft-Beer-Generic-Getty-1.jpg

AAA is offering free "Tipsy Tow" services to celebrants this Monday for the Memorial Day holiday.

The service will run from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and is available to anyone, not just AAA members.

"If your plans involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home," AAA Northern California spokesman Mike Blasky said in a statement. "If those plans fall through, please don't get behind the wheel. Call AAA and we'll get you home safely."

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) AAA-HELP (222-4357) and provide the driver's name, home address, phone number and their pick-up location.

AAA will send out a tow truck and give the driver, the driver's vehicle and one passenger a free 10-mile tow and ride home. For distances beyond 10 miles, a standard towing rate will apply.

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<![CDATA[79-Foot Blue Whale Killed by Boat Strike: Scientists]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 19:22:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-27-17_Blue_Whale.jpg

A dead 79-foot endagered blue whale that recently washed up on a beach in Bolinas died due of blunt force trauma suffered during a boat strike, officials said Saturday.

Following a necropsy, a team of scientists determined that the adult female whale sustained broken ribs, a fractured spine and trauma to her skull, according to the Marine Mammal Center. Those wounds are "indicative of significant blunt force trauma that is consistent with ship strikes."

"It is a tragedy that this whale’s story ended due to vessel collision,” Barbie Halaska, a research scientist at the Marine Mammal Center, said in a statement. "These types of examinations have enabled the scientific community to make recommendations for slower shipping speeds and route changes, and hopefully that will help future whales."

Ship strikes are a leading cause of whale deaths, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

This particular whale was first identified in 1999 swimming off the California coast. She spent most of her time in and around the Santa Barbara Channel area. Two to three years ago, she was spotted swimming with a calf.

Blues whales are currently listed on the Endangered Species Act, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Photo Credit: Clive Beavis/The Marine Mammal Center
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<![CDATA[Man Argues DUI Arrest, Claiming He Could Do Math, Hopscotch]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 22:06:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/18738597_1045318995598382_4629072055889391664_o.jpg

After running a red light early Saturday, a suspected drunk driver challenged a Sebastopol police officer who pulled him over, claiming that he wasn't "fall down drunk" because he could play hopscotch and do math equations.

That didn't go over so well.

In a post on Facebook, police said Officer Charles Wong saw the suspect run a light at Sebastopol and Petaluma avenues. He stopped the driver and a breathalyzer revealed that his blood alcohol content was slightly above the legally allowed 0.08, police said. 

The man contended, however, that he wasn't driving under the influence.

"While no one wants to impugn the driver's hopscotch and math skills, he was certainly impaired," police wrote on Facebook. 

The driver was arrested and police stressed that the crime is called a DUI for a reason.

"A person does not have to be a stumbling, sloppy drunk to have their driving ability negatively and detrimentally affected by onboard substances," according to police. Alcohol is the most common culprit, but marijuana, narcotics, over-the-counter and prescription medicines are equally dangerous.

"Driving is a divided attention, multitask which requires both mind and body to be sharp," Sebastopol police stressed, urging people to be mindful of their actions "before hurtling a two-ton hunk of metal down the road at high speeds."

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<![CDATA[Happy Birthday! SF's Iconic Golden Gate Bridge Turns 80]]>Sat, 27 May 2017 17:33:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543435350.jpg

Happy birthday, Golden Gate Bridge!

The iconic International Orange bridge was erected 80 years ago, spanning the narrow Golden Gate Strait – from which it took its name – between the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. 

Pedestrians first set foot on the bridge on May 27, 1937, and cars rumbled over it the next day. To that end, officials invited people to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Golden Gate Bridge at 12 p.m. Saturday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday tweeted birthday wishes to the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge was built over four years. Upon its completion, it made headlines for being the world's longest suspension bridge – at 4,200 feet, according to its website. New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge usurped that title in November 1964.

Both have since been overtaken by bridges in Japan, China, Denmark and other countries, and the Golden Gate Bridge now ranks ninth on the list of the world’s longest suspension bridges.

The Golden Gate Bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. Before it was built, the only way across the bay was by ferry.

Today the famous structure symbolizes not only the City by the Bay, but California and even the West Coast to tourists, millions of whom immortalize the bridge every year in their photographs. 

Recently, officials started the process of installing $200 million suicide-prevention nets to deter people from jumping to their deaths. Made of seven football fields worth of stainless steel, the structure will curve up slightly at its ends and be suspended 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on both sides of the bridge. 

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<![CDATA[79-Foot Endangered Blue Whale Washes Up in Bolinas]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 23:30:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/5-26-17_Whale_Carcass_Bolinas.JPG

A dead whale that washed ashore at Agate Beach in Bolinas earlier this week has been identified as an endangered blue whale, according to officials.

Scientists from the Marine Mammal Center identified the whale as a sub-adult female measuring at about 79 feet in length. The scientists on Friday collected skin and blubber samples for testing, and a full necropsy to determine the animal's cause of death is scheduled for Saturday.

This is just the ninth time in the Marine Mammal Center's 42-year history that their scientists have responded to a blue whale discovery.

"We rarely have the opportunity to examine blue whales due to their endangered status," Barbie Halaska, a research assistant at the Marine Mammal Center, said in a statement. "The opportunity to perform a necropsy on a carcass in this good of condition will help contribute to our baseline data on the species."

The deceased whale was first identified while swimming off California in 1999, according to the Marine Mammal Center. It typically spent its time near the Santa Barbara Channel area.

Roughly 2,800 blue whales currently call water off the California coast home, according to the Marine Mammal Center. The species is listed as endangered according to the Endangered Species Act.

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<![CDATA[BottleRock Organizers, Police Mindful of Security Concerns]]>Fri, 26 May 2017 18:18:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bottlerock.jpg

As hundreds of thousands of people flock to Napa this weekend for the annual BottleRock festival, law enforcement officials are keeping an extra eye on security in the wake of the Manchester concert bombing.

Routine bag checks and metal detection wands were enforced at security entrances, but police and event organizers aren't drastically ramping up security.

"We are aware of people's heightened sense, and we're just there to assure them that we can do everything we can," Lt. Chase Haag from the Napa Police Department said.

BottleRock organizers did not speak about this year's security levels, but they did offer a statement.

"BottleRock Napa Valley works in coordination with local and regional law enforcement agencies to provide the very best in safety measures for our festival guests," the statement read.

Inside the venue, police and private security officials could be spotted. Outside, California Highway Patrol officers with police dogs roamed the perimeter, keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity just days removed the Manchester bombing.

"The events that occurred in Manchester this last week, as unfortunate as it was, it's got some people on edge," Sgt. William Bradshaw from the CHP said. "Again, speaking with most people that have come into the event, they feel pretty comfortable here having the dogs here and again, it's just another level of confidence."

BottleRock attendees did not appear to be too concerned about the security presence or the threat of danger.

"We feel for what happened (in Manchester), but we can't let it affect our processes here," Wyatt Scott from Orange County said.

All tickets to the BottleRock festival happening Friday through Sunday at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa have sold out.

This year's festival includes musical performances by 85 acts, with Maroon 5 headlining Friday, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday and Foo Fighters on Sunday.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, The Roots, Mavis Staples, The Devil Makes Three, Ani DiFranco and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are also among the performers.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m., the performances start at noon and end at 10 p.m. each day. There are after-show performances by nine groups at venues in Napa, some of which have not sold out, according to the BottleRock website.

Star chefs will pair with musicians, entertainers and celebrities including Martha Stewart on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage over the weekend.

Parking passes are $35 a day. Napa Valley's Vine Transit system offers free rides and extended late-night service all weekend, including regional express service to BART.

BottleRock buses run from San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, Fairfield, Sonoma, Mill Valley, Palo Alto and Santa Rosa. Festival goers can buy bus tickets at Eventbrite.com.

People can download the BottleRock app or visit the festival's website at BottlerockNapaValley.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Family Seeks Closure, Answers in Case of Missing Teen]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 18:23:33 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0527-2016-PearlPinson.jpg

A vigil was held Thursday to remind people a Vallejo teen is still missing a year after she was kidnapped.

Pearl Pinson, who was 15 at the time, was kidnapped while walking home from school on May 25, 2016. The suspected kidnapper, Fernando Castro, was shot and killed by police the next day in the town of Solvang in Santa Barbara County. But there's been no sign of Pearl.

"I'm heartbroken. I'm sad. I'm upset," the missing teen's sister, Rose Pinson, said of what she is feeling on the one-year anniversary of Pearl's abduction. "I need to know where she's at -- where he took her."

Castro, 19, was someone she knew. A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the overpass. Responding deputies found blood on the ground, sheriff's officials said.

Pearl's family made banners for Thursday's community vigil. The family does not want people to forget about the missing teen and said their pain has not faded.

"We need closure on this," Rose Pinson said. "We just need her home. We need some peace in our minds, in our souls.

Pearl is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has brown hair dyed green and green eyes. She has a metal piercing below her lower lip.

<![CDATA[Netflix to Hold Bay Area Casting Call For '13 Reasons Why']]>Fri, 26 May 2017 08:26:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/NETFLIX4.jpg

Netflix’s controversial hit show “13 Reasons Why” is gearing up for its much-anticipated second season, and Bay Area natives are invited to take part in its production. 

An open casting call for extras will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 4 at USA World Classics Museum in Vallejo.

As eagle-eyed fans might have noticed, a good portion of the show's first season was filmed in the Bay Area. Netflix is headquartered in Los Gatos in the South Bay.

The call is open to all ages, but producers are specifically looking for people who appear high school-aged, including football players, cheerleaders, student athletes and boxers. Older participants have the opportunity to appear as teachers, parents or coffee shop patrons.

Those attending the casting call should bring a non-returnable photo or headshot and resume with them. Two photos will also be taken at the call. Be sure to leave your ball gowns and fancy tuxedos at home because the casting call recommends “casual dress.” 

All ethnicities have been invited to attend, and no SAG card is necessary. Hopefuls under the age of 18 must have a California Entertainment Work Permit. 

The teen drama focuses on 16-year-old Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind audio tapes for people who were, in some way, instrumental in her life and death. It has drawn praise from corners of the internet for tackling teenage depression, and scorn from psychologists, critics and parent councils for glorifying suicide. 

There was some debate over whether the show could — or should — have a second season, having already wrapped up the Baker storyline in the season finale. Netflix has released few precious details about the direction of the next installment, but those connected with the show did say that it would focus on Hannah's death through the perspective of other characters.

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<![CDATA[Death Linked to Botulism Reported in Napa County]]>Wed, 24 May 2017 18:02:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Death_Linked_to_Botulism_Reported_in_Napa_County.jpg

A second death from botulism in Northern California. Napa County health officials confirmed Wednesday a death tied to botulism reported in the last month. The death is not related to the botulism outbreak linked to contaminated nacho-cheese sold at a gas station in the Sacramento suburb of Walnut Grove. In that case, one person died and nine other became sick. Botulism is a rare kind of food poisoning that can lead to paralysis, breathing difficulty and sometimes death.]]>
<![CDATA[Unemployment in Bay Area Counties Below 5 Percent in April]]>Sun, 21 May 2017 10:02:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/165*120/141970054.jpg

Unemployment in all nine Bay Area counties was below five percent last month, officials with California's Employment Development Department said Friday.

Unemployment in San Mateo County was the lowest in the Bay Area at 2.5 percent. In Marin and San Francisco counties the unemployment rate was 2.7 percent.

Except for Solano County, unemployment in the other Bay Area counties was between 3.1 and 3.6 percent.

In Solano County the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.

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<![CDATA[High-Speed Chase Ends in Oakland]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 12:48:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-23-17-high-speed-chase-oakland.jpg

A suspect in a stolen pickup truck took California Highway Patrol deputies on a high-speed chase from Marin County all the way to Oakland before crashing early Tuesday. The driver was injured. It took firefighters 30 minutes to get the driver out of the car. The driver was taken into custody.

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<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Teen Steals Jeep, Leads Police on 14-Mile Chase]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 18:30:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs15.jpg

A 14-year-old Santa Rosa boy with 10 warrants out for his arrest has been arrested after stealing a Jeep and leading police on a high-speed chase.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports the 14-mile chase had come to an end early Friday after the boy drove over a median and flattened his tries.

He had been driving at about 2 a.m. without his headlights on when an officer signaled to pull over. The boy, who had 14- and 15-year-old passengers in the Jeep, continued driving recklessly, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

The boy had been arrested by Rohnert Park police on suspicion of felony evasion and possession of a stolen vehicle. The passengers had been detained but not arrested.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Spare the Air Alert Issued For Monday]]>Sun, 21 May 2017 14:02:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/12-24-2013-spare-the-air.jpg

A Spare the Air alert for smog in the San Francisco Bay Area has been issued for Monday, officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said Sunday.

Smog is expected in parts of the East Bay and the Santa Clara Valley because of light winds and a weak and delayed afternoon sea breeze, according to air district officials.

This is the second Spare the Air alert for smog in 2017.

Commuters who drive to work alone are encouraged to use other ways to get to work.

Smog is especially harmful to children, seniors and people with respiratory and heart conditions, air district officials said.

People who decide to exercise outdoors should do so in the early morning hours when smog levels are lower.

Transit will not be free on Monday and air district officials have not issued a wood-burning ban.

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<![CDATA[Vallejo Residents, Animal Activists Upset Over Dog Killings]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 23:48:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dead+dogs-0518.jpg

Someone has been killing dogs and dumping them in a North Bay city, and Thursday, a nonprofit stepped up with an increased reward for catching the person responsible.

After three bags of dead dogs were found in Vallejo earlier this year, another gruesome discovery surfaced in the same area: a mutilated goat. The animals' remains were found along Columbus Parkway, near Lake Herman Road, authorities said.

On Thursday, Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch (JARR), along with two other rescue groups, put together a $10,000 reward. That is up from an initial $4,000 reward offered.

"They’ve all been killed by seemingly a shovel, a garden implement, and a box cutter," JARR spokeswoman Julia Orr said. "Animal cruelty is a precursor to human cruelty."

The goat carcass was found Tuesday near the same area where the dogs were found in February. Orr would like the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and local police to do more to investigate the crime.

"We really feel there’s an apathy surrounding this case," she said. "Authorities may be thinking it’s not important because it’s animals."

Other animal lovers, too, think more should be done.

"We should do all we can to catch 'em. Just put this thing to rest because we have to look out for our furry friends," Vallejo resident Chris P. said.

Neighbors are so outraged about the killings, they have been packing City Council meetings, demanding the case get more attention.

The mayor says the sheriff’s department is investigating.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Novato Couple Died in Apparent Murder-Suicide]]>Thu, 18 May 2017 10:40:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-17-17-novato-homicide1.jpg

An elderly couple discovered with fatal gunshot wounds in a Novato home on Wednesday died in an apparent murder-suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to a residence on the 600 block of Bugia Lane around 8:30 a.m. after family members called 911. The bodies were found in a room in the house and a deputy confirmed that Michael Puig De Vall, 84, and Anita Puig De Vall, 79, had been shot dead.

There is no evidence that other people were involved in the married couple's death, according to the sheriff's office. 

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<![CDATA[Elderly Couple Found Dead With Gunshot Wounds in Novato Home]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 13:42:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-17-17-novato-homicide1.jpg

An elderly couple on Wednesday was found dead of gunshot wounds in a Novato home, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.

Officers responded to a residence on the 600 block of Bugia Lane around 8:30 a.m. after family members called 911.

The death of the man and woman, who are believed to be in their mid-70s, is an isolated incident, sheriff's officials say. There is no threat to the neighborhood. 

An investigation is ongoing and could last several hours. Sheriff's deputies said they are awaiting a search warrant so they can reenter the house and comb through it.

There is no confirmation yet on whether the pair's deaths were a murder-suicide.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Douse Two-Alarm Blaze at Vallejo Home]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 07:22:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/DABlNKuU0AAreI5.jpg

Firefighters responded to a fire that broke out at a home in Vallejo on Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

At about 2:20 a.m., Vallejo Fire Department officials announced on social media that firefighters were responding to a structure fire in the 600 block of Laurel Street.

At the scene, fire crews saw smoke coming from the home's garage and attacked the blaze.

At 4:18 a.m. crews were completing salvage and overhaul operations, fire officials said.

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<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Teen Carrying Loaded Replica Gun, Drugs Arrested]]>Wed, 17 May 2017 12:46:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Replica+revolver+and+drugs+%282%29.JPG

Police arrested a 16-year-old suspect Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa after he allegedly caused a disturbance and threatened to shoot someone at a shopping center.

According to police, at 4:25 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Montecito Shopping Center in the 6200 block of Montecito Boulevard on a report of a person with a gun.

The suspect was allegedly yelling and threatening to shoot a person who he said stole something from him. The suspect also allegedly had a silver handgun in his sweatshirt pocket, police said.

When officers arrived they located and attempted to detain the suspect. A struggle broke out and one officer found what appeared to be a real revolver in the suspect's pocket, police said.

Upon further inspection, officers determined that the gun was a replica firearm, and it was loaded with bullets. Officers also found Xanax, cannabis and marijuana cigarettes on the suspect.

The suspect is a 16-year-old resident of Santa Rosa whose name will not be released because of his age. He was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of numerous drug offenses, police said.

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<![CDATA[Missing 12-Year-Old North Bay Girl Found Safe]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 07:01:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

A missing 12-year-old girl who was last seen leaving her North Bay middle school Monday afternoon was found safe Tuesday, according to police.

Treasure Anderson was seen by friends on a school bus after classes, but she never returned to her grandmother's home in San Anselmo, according to police. The young girl was later found safe somewhere in San Anselmo.

Further information was not available at the time.

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<![CDATA[Peace Officers Remembered During Annual Tribute]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 07:35:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-15-17-peace-officers-memorial.jpg

President Trump on Monday will mark National Peace Officers Memorial Day with a wreath laying ceremony on the grounds of the Capitol. About 40,000 people are expected to attend the service. In the Bay Area, the Sonoma County Sheriff's office will hold its annual peace officer memorial service to honor nine deputies who have died in the line of duty.

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<![CDATA[Discover Popular Bay Area Bike Rides During Bike Month]]>Fri, 12 May 2017 14:31:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/Thumbnail46.jpg

Whether you want to discover a new part of the Bay Area or just get some exercise, these bike trails are great for beginners and experienced bikers alike. You'll even get gorgeous views along the route!

San Francisco Bay Trail: The 500-mile trail loops around the Bay Area's bayfront cities and has several route options on its website. From the six-mile Bay Farm Island Loop in Alameda to the nearly 15-mile route through Baylands Park in the South Bay, each trail is sure to provide spectacular views.

Coastal Trail: Views of the ocean are a given on this beautiful stretch of trails and you’ll have a flat path most of the way. If you feel like an extra challenge, stop at one of Pacifica’s bike paths or nearby Montara Mountain if you feel like really breaking a sweat.

Golden Gate Park: San Francisco’s Route 30, called the Wiggle, is marked with green signs labeled "SF Bicycle Route 30" and loops around downtown for a city tour before taking you straight into Golden Gate Park through Fell Street. The park boasts miles of paths through the greenery, waterfalls, and gardens around Stow Lake. If you want a slice of city riding with a view of the ocean as well as a picnic in the park, try this four-mile route from Haight-Ashbury to Ocean Beach. The last one to dip their feet in the ocean buys dinner!

The Silverado Trail: A relatively flat ride, this trail through Napa Valley isn't one to miss. The scenic trip through wine country is maintained through the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition and is great for families. 

Golden Gate Bridge: Choose a bike path with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Use Google to route yourself to Black Sands Beach, which includes a steep incline at Conzelman Road, or take your bike to Sausalito, which includes a ride on the ferry. Another popular option is riding through the Presidio’s trails and along the shoreline

Tennessee Valley: There’s plenty to do on this route in Marin County, offering a stop at Muir Beach, sightseeing and lounging on the beach at Tennessee Cove. Watch for horses as it is also a trail for horseback riders.

Angel Island: Perimeter Road, which loops around Angel Island, is an easy ride with loads of views to take in. Get to the island through the ferry service and head around the island on your bike. If you don’t have a bike to bring along, you can rent one on the island during certain seasons.

Crystal Springs and Cañada Road: Starting south of San Bruno into Woodside, the nearly 18-mile route on the Peninsula has restrooms and picnic areas at the Sawyer Camp and includes Woodside’s popular Cañada Road. Cañada Road even closes its road to traffic on Bicycle Sundays

Haul Road: This roughly 10-mile round trip takes bicyclists through picturesque redwoods in Portola Redwoods State Park until reaching Pescadero Creek. The thick forest provides a contrast to the ocean and bayfront bike trails in other Bay Area cities.

Lake Chabot: A ride along the lakeshore is perfect for families and provides great views of Lake Chabot. If you want a challenge, the area boasts some popular mountain biking routes in the East Bay. The lake is also a popular kayaking spot, so if you need to cool off, just head over to the boat rental and lounge on the water.

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<![CDATA[2 Hospitalized After Hwy. 101 Shooting Near Healdsburg]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 17:48:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0511-2017-Hwy101Shooting.jpg

Two men were hospitalized after a shooting on southbound Highway 101 near Healdsburg, California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday.

The shooting was reported just after 12 noon.

CHP spokesman Jonathan Sloat said the men were driving on the freeway in a white Honda when a suspect vehicle pulled alongside it and opened fire.

Both the driver and passenger in the Honda were struck by gunfire, Sloat said. Their conditions were not immediately known.

A full highway closure was in effect at the Dry Creek Road on-ramp to southbound Highway 101 at 12:54 p.m., according to the CHP. Lanes were expected to reopen just after 4 p.m.

No other information was immediately available.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Missing At-Risk Man Hitchhikes Back to Bolinas Home ]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 07:08:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-11-2017-missing-bolinas-man.jpg

A Bolinas man, who was reported missing late Wednesday, hitchhiked back to his home early this morning, police say.

Authorities in Marin County initially issued a Silver Alert and sought the public's help in locating Robert Edward Rich, who they described as an at-risk man because he has dementia.

According to San Rafael and Central Marin police, the 71-year-old man was last seen on foot in the 1400 block of Fifth Avenue in San Rafael, near City Hall, at 7 p.m. when he borrowed a phone from a passerby.

Rich's wife called police early Thursday and informed them that he was back safe.

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<![CDATA[2017 Mother's Day Events in the Bay Area ]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 16:10:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mothersdaygen.jpg

If you forgot to make Mother's Day plans this year, don't fret. It's not too late to plan a memorable day for the mom in your life. 

Here are some of NBC Bay Area's favorite events happening this weekend: 

Free Day at the Exploratorium:

Families are invited to celebrate Mother's Day at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for free on Sunday. Spend the morning making crafty flowers, or immerse yourself in some of the interactive activities the museum offers. The area is packed with brunch places nearby, too. Visit the Exploratorium's website for more details. Free tickets are first come, first served. 

Mother's Day at the Zoo:

Mom and her cubs might enjoy a docent-led cycling tour through the San Francisco Zoo. You have to bring your own bike, and pre-registration is required. But there's a free continental breakfast at the end of the tour, so there's no need to make additional lunch plans. Visit the San Francisco Zoo website for more details. Tickets are $35 for non-members. 

Downtown Alameda's annual Spring Festival:

One of Alameda's most popular hubs will transform into a large-scale festival, complete with live music, arts and crafts booths, bounce houses, and more. A lot of pop-up shops will be selling artisanal goods, so this activity could also double as a leisurely shopping trip. Visit the Spring Festival's website for more information: 

Stanford Powwow:

The 46th annual Mother's Day Weekend Powow will bring Native American music, dancing and cuisine to the prestigious university's scenic campus. The event runs Friday through Sunday, and families are invited to camp overnight. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Check the Powwow's website for more information. 

Urban Tilth's Festival of Flowers:

The community farm in Richmond on Saturday will host its inaugural Annual Festival of Flowers, complete with live music, a brunch buffet and a raffle. Prizes include tickets to the Oakland symphony, a professional manicure and pedicure, and gift baskets. Families will also have the opportunity to make unique flower arrangements, flower crowns and Mother's Day cards. The best part? The event is completely free! Check out the website for more information. 

Wine and painting: 

If you and mom are looking for something more low-key, consider one of the many Paint-and-Sip classes that have popped up in recent years. There are dozens of shops scattered around the Bay Area that offer attendees the chance to sip wine, listen to relaxing music and get a painting lesson straight from the professionals! Check out the Canvas and Cabernet website to see what the classes entail and find price information. 

Plan your own adventure: 

Visit one of the Bay Area's many beaches, or scour parts of your neighborhood that you've never been to before — maybe start a new tradition. Ultimately, you can't go wrong on Mother's Day so long as you and mom have quality time together. 

Is there an event missing from this list? Email Gillian.Edevane@nbcuni.com with details for possible inclusion. 

<![CDATA[Wildlife Camera Captures Images of Mountain Lion Kittens]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 22:12:39 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/1-21.jpeg

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<![CDATA[Parolee, Sex Offender Arrested at Santa Rosa Junior College]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 23:38:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/daniel+lee.jpg

A parolee and registered sex offender from Orange County was arrested Monday at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he was attending classes using a different name, the SRJC District Police Department said.

Daniel Jaebok Lee, 41, was wanted since October in Orange County for a felony violation of sex offender registration requirements. His past offenses include indecent exposure, child molestation, attempted lewd acts on a child under 14 and assault with intent to commit rape, college police said.

Campus police became aware of Lee because of reported unusual behavior in one of his classes, police said.

"There were quality of life medical issues. He was reported to be despondent in class," Lt. Robert Brownlee said.

Police conducted a routine threat assessment and learned Lee was using an alias to attend the college as a student, failed to register as a sex offender and illegally fled Orange County where he was on parole, Brownlee said.

After a week's search, Lee was arrested outside a class at Emeritus Hall around 10:50 a.m. Monday. He was booked in the Sonoma County

Jail and will be extradited to Orange County, police said.

<![CDATA[Dead Man Found Inside Car Near School in Novato]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 20:55:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police-tape-generic-jpg.jpg

A man was found dead inside a car parked near a Novato school Monday afternoon, police said.

At 1:25 p.m. officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Grant Avenue near Virginia Avenue, just outside Our Lady of Loretto School, according to police Sgt. Chris Jacob.

Responding officers located a man's body inside the vehicle. Officers determined the vehicle was not related to the school and did not pose a threat to the students or the public.

Based on an initial investigation, police said it did not appear as if a crime had occurred.

"It doesn't appear that foul play was involved," Jacob said.

The manner and cause of the death will be determined by the county's coroner's division, according to police.

<![CDATA[2 Dead After Small Plane Crashes Near Lake Berryessa]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 00:01:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-8-17-plane-crash-napa.jpg

Two men died after a small plane crashed near Lake Berryessa Monday morning, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a single-engine Icon A5 which crashed under unknown circumstances. The two who died were the only ones on board, officials said.

The Napa County Sheriff Coroner's Facility has identified the victims has Jon Murray Karkow, 55, and Cagri Sever, 41. Karkow was the pilot in commane of the plane when it crashed, officials said. Both Karkow and Sever are employees of ICON Aircraft, based in Vacaville.

"Both of these were employees and part of the family," said Steen Strand, ICON co-founder. "It's a devastating event for the company today."

ICON aircraft has strong Silicon Valley roots. Founder Kirk Hawkins is a Stanford graduate, and several valley venture capitalists are backing the company.

It's aircraft has been widely regarded as a well-designed. Tracy Vaniwarden works on Icon A5s at Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville and has flown them.

"It's extremely safe," Vaniwarden said. "Even with engine failure, you can land on the water, so there's no great risk there. So to see the photos that I saw, something catastrophic happened."

Flight instructor Max Trescott put together a map of Lake Berryessa for pilots, pointing out the safe areas and the dangerous ones.

"It's a very safe area as long as they stay in the northern two-thirds of the lake," Trescott said. "If you're down in the southern part of the lake, things are quite tight. There are a lot of wires and other obstructions."

Lake Berryessa is located less than 20 miles north of Napa.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash, and officials said a final report could be months away.

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<![CDATA[Communities Push for ‘Quiet Zones’ Along SMART Tracks]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 08:05:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BOB+LIVE+FOR+HENRY+-+11433609.jpg

As Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit service in the North Bay gears up, there is a growing push to silence blaring train horns. The Marin Independent Journal reports several communities are calling for "quiet zones." Those zones are stretches of track where trains don’t sound their horns at crossings, but added safety measures must be put in place to get approval from federal officials. San Rafael could get its approval as early as this week. Opponents argue silencing the horns could put people in danger.

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<![CDATA[Marin County Deputy Coroner Arrested For Child Molestation]]>Tue, 09 May 2017 00:05:51 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/darrell+harris.jpg

Marin County's deputy chief coroner was arrested last week on accusations of multiple counts related to child molestation, as first reported by the Marin Independent Journal and confirmed by police.

Darrell Harris, 46, of San Rafael committed offenses ranging from continued sexual abuse to lewd acts involving an underage girl in Marin over the course of several years.

"We are deeply saddened and troubled by Mr. Harris' arrest," the Marin County Sheriff's Office wrote in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the victim during this difficult time."

The deputy chief coroner faces one count of sexual abuse involving a girl under the age of 14, according to police. The alleged molestation occurred at least three times between May 2008 and May 2011, the newspaper reported. Other counts are related to lewd acts and oral sex with the girl between 2011 and 2015. A final count accuses Harris of sexual battery involving the same girl between May 2015 and March 2017.

In court Monday, defense attorney Douglas Horngrad said he is convinced after meeting with his client that Harris is innocent.

"The unanimous reaction is shock, and no one believes it to be true," Horngrad said. "Mr. Harris’ family does not believe it to be true."

Harris' wife and son were in court Monday.

Harris was arrested last Thursday in Humboldt County by Santa Rosa police after the Marin County District Attorney's Office filed the criminal complaints, according to police. Despite the crimes occurring in Marin, the criminal investigation was conducted by the Santa Rosa Police Department because of Harris' association with Marin authorities.

Harris was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Humboldt County Jail, according to police. He was arraigned in Marin County Superior Court Monday morning. His bail has been set at $750,000.

Harris has worked in Marin County since 2003. Back in 2008, he was dubbed as the investigator of the year by the California State Coroners' Association.

Editor's Note: There is only one alleged victim in this case. A previous report indicated that multiple victims may have been involved.

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<![CDATA[Woman Beaten in Santa Rosa, Suspect Charged]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 08:19:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic24.jpg

Authorities in the North Bay say a woman is in critical condition after being savagely beaten and hauled off in a car. Just before 9 p.m. Sunday night, Santa Rosa police received reports of a man at Montgomery Drive and Second Street striking a woman repeatedly with a weapon. About a mile away, police spotted a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Officers found the woman unconscious in the car. Robert Holladay, 56, now faces attempted murder and kidnapping charges.]]>
<![CDATA[Potential in Cannabis to Fight Opioid Epidemic: Researchers]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 17:24:04 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg

After watching a generation of patients fall victim to overdoses and addiction from the mass prescribing of pain pills, researchers seeking alternatives to prescription opioids are turning more frequently to a drug the federal government has long said is neither safe nor effective for the treatment of any medical condition.

A growing consensus in the scientific and medical community points to marijuana having the potential to reduce patients’ dependence on prescription painkillers and help roll back the opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the United States.

Although some government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, are slowly evolving their stance on cannabis, others like the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration aren’t convinced of its medical potential. They classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug, alongside drugs such as heroin and ecstasy, and say more clinical trials are needed to demonstrate an accepted medical use for the plant and its extracts.

Some researchers who spoke with NBC Bay Area called it a bit of a catch-22. The government wants to see more tests, but because it’s a Schedule I drug, researchers studying the therapeutic effects of marijuana are subject to tight controls and limited federal funding.

“I’m a total believer,” said Marin County pain management doctor Michael Moskowitz, who has practiced medicine for 40 years. “I’m not a believer like I believe in the religion of marijuana. I’m a believer in the science of it.”

Moskowitz has been tracking the results of 78 patients using medical cannabis in conjunction with prescription opioids. His data shows more than half of those patients were able to reduce their dependence on opioids, and five have stopped taking them altogether.

“I was listening to people say they are lowering their medicines, but when I actually looked at the data, I was blown away,” Moskowitz said.

One of those five patients is an East Bay grandmother who suffered through a decade of sometimes unbearable chronic pain after neck surgery, a car crash and breast cancer. She asked her name be kept private over concerns her career in healthcare could be impacted, despite the recent legalization of marijuana in California.

“I feel like if I pulled all of my hair out it would be better than what I was going through,” she said.

Just like tens of millions of other Americans, she relied on a bevy of prescription painkillers to get her through each day. 

According to federal data, more than one-third of people in the United States age 12 and over took prescription pain killers in 2015. Even in the Bay Area, where the epidemic is mild compared to other parts of the country, state data shows about 1,200 people have died from prescription opioid overdoses between 2011 and 2015.

The grandmother says she took the drugs responsibly and never developed any dependency issues, but remained wary after a career in healthcare exposed her to their potential harm.

When Moskowitz approached her about trying medical cannabis, she was nervous at first. She had no interest in "getting high." But faced with the alternative of chronic pain and a dependence on prescription painkillers, she decided to dip her toes in the water, and started with a strain low in THC, the principal psychoactive component of cannabis.

“I wasn’t sure if it would work or not,” she said. “I was nervous and shy about the whole process until I began to realize I was getting better.”

Moskowitz refers patients to Synergy Wellness, a medical cannabis collective in Marin County that specializes in products that heal without the high. Owner Leonard Leinow says half his members are patients seeking medical marijuana to get off their pain pills.

Although Moskowitz has seen success with his own patients and believes marijuana should have a prominent place in treating pain, he says more clinical trials are needed to sway the greater medical community.

That’s exactly what Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of hematology and oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, is working on right now.

“Most doctors have adopted the stigma that [cannabis] is a substance of abuse and has no accepted medical use,” Abrams said.

Abrams became interested in studying cannabis in the early 1990’s and has since become one of the world’s foremost experts on its therapeutic potential. In 2016, he was part of a committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that spent six months reviewing all of the published literature on the health benefits of cannabis and its compounds.

“It’s very difficult to find published studies in the literature looking for a potential benefit of cannabis,” Abrams said. “As an oncologist in San Francisco for three-plus decades, I can tell you that I’ve seen my cancer patients decrease the doses of opiates or wean totally of them altogether by using cannabis.”

Abrams said there’s a need for more randomized, placebo-controlled studies to gain a full understanding of the plant and convince the greater medical community of its potential. Now, Abrams is running just one of eight clinical human trials in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health that study the medical benefits of cannabis or one of its compounds. 

This is the kind of study officials at the FDA and DEA want to see more of before accepting cannabis as a drug with medical benefits.

“The FDA’s scientific and medical evaluation has determined that the marijuana plan continues to have high potential for abuse and does not meet the criteria outlined by the [DEA] for currently accepted medical use, requiring its continued placement in Schedule I under law,” FDA spokesperson Michael Felberbaum said in a written statement.

But some agencies within the federal government, such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which currently funds more cannabis research than any other NIH institute,, are shifting their positions on the drug. According to NIDA, its mission traditionally was to study the adverse effects of drugs and develop treatments for addiction. NIDA says it recently broadened its portfolio to include studies on the therapeutic potential of cannabis, which it says is a reflection of increased interest from the research community.

 A recently posted entry on NIDA’s website specifically discussed the potential of cannabis to reduce prescription opioid use in pain patients.

“Research into the effects of cannabis on opioid use in pain patients is limited, but data suggest that medical cannabis treatment may reduce the dose of opioids required for pain relief. In addition to its research portfolio on the roles of the cannabinoid and opioid systems in pain, NIDA is funding additional studies that will provide data relating to medical marijuana and opioids,” it says.

Another recent NIDA study looking at Medicare prescription drug data found that opioid prescriptions were significantly down in states with access to medical cannabis.

Even the DEA, which has yet to budge on its position that marijuana should remain a Schedule I drug, recently began approving more growers to meet the rising demand from researchers. As of now, the only approved source of cannabis for research purposes is a lab at the University of Mississippi.

Yet others in the federal government, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, remain unconvinced that tight controls on marijuana should be lifted.

"I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another," Sessions said at a recent conference for Virginia law enforcement officials

For researchers like Abrams, the strict controls on cannabis limit his ability to study the drug. He not only needs to get approval from a handful of government agencies, but it can also take a long time to obtain the product and there are limited strains available for testing.

“As long as we have the DOJ making decisions as opposed to scientists and physicians, something is broken,” he said.

But Abram says those hoops are worth jumping through given the potential he sees in the plant.

“It’s a lot of work and there are a lot of barriers, but I still think that they’re worth trying to overcome to answer important questions,” he said.

Angeline Bernabe also contributed to this report.

Have a story you want the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit to look into? Email theunit@nbcbayarea.com or call 888-996-TIPS. Like Liz on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[High Surf Advisory in Effect For Bay Area Beaches]]>Sun, 07 May 2017 11:29:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Waves-generic-san-diego-091715.jpg

A high-surf advisory is in effect until Sunday afternoon for all of the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Bay Area coastlines, according to National Weather Service officials.

The advisory is in effect until 2 p.m. for the coastline from northern Sonoma County to southern Monterey County and the Big Sur coast.

Forecasters are expecting a northwest swell of 15 to 18 feet with 11-second swell periods.

Large waves will be capable of sweeping people into the water, which is cold and turbulent. The high surf will also produce rip currents, weather officials said.

People are urged to avoid coastline beaches, rocks, jetties and piers until the high surf subsides.

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<![CDATA[Vallejo Man Falls to Death at Winery in St. Helena]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 20:43:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

A Vallejo man installing refrigeration piping at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena died Thursday afternoon after falling 16-feet through the roof, according to the Napa County Sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office said 56-year-old Daniel Colombo was doing repair work at 100 Main Street around 12:40 p.m., when he fell through a fiberglass light panel to his death.

According to the sheriff's office, Colombo was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident and died as a result of severe head injuries.

Both the District Attorney's Office and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health are conducting investigations.

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<![CDATA[Man Busted For Offering Housing in Exchange For Sex: Police]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 20:51:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A man posing as a landlord in San Rafael was arrested Friday for offering housing in exchange for sex, police said.

Tifano Ariel Rodas Maldonado, 38, of San Rafael used a fake name when he posted advertisements about open housing in the city's Canal neighborhood, according to police. One victim approached Maldonaldo, who police say was specifically preying on the immigrant population, about the housing offer before learning that they would have to pay in both money and sexual acts.

After being tipped off about the behavior, police and the Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California conducted an undercover sting operation. They called Maldonaldo about the housing offer. He responded by demanding $2,000 per month in rent and sex in order to live in one of his supposedly available apartments, police said.

An undercover officer scheduled a meeting to finalize the housing deal, according to police. When Maldonaldo arrived, police arrested him. He confessed to not being in the real estate business and not having any rental properties in his possession. He also admitted to posting the advertisements.

Maldonaldo was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail on felony fraud and prostitution charges.

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<![CDATA[Sonoma State Police Officer Shoots Domestic Violence Suspect]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 14:22:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0505-2017-CotatiShooting.jpg

A Sonoma State University police officer shot a 22-year-old domestic violence suspect in Cotati early Friday, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

As the bars in downtown Cotati were closing around 2 a.m., several fights broke out and Cotati police requested backup from campus police.

Four women told officers near the Plaza that, when they tried to break up a physical fight between a man and woman, the man had pointed a gun at one of their heads and threatened to kill her if they didn't leave, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

The officers then followed gunshots they heard nearby and collected four handgun casings, but did not find the victim or suspect.

Around 4:45 a.m., the Sonoma State officer was following up on a domestic incident in the 100 block of East Cotati Avenue, near the Plaza, when he saw a man walk out of a creek bed, Crum said.

The officer believed the man was the suspect from the previous domestic violence incident and tried to talk with him, but he ran away, prompting a foot chase.

The officer used his stun gun on the man and then shot him twice, Crum said. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he had surgery.

The sheriff's office is investigating the incident. Anyone with information about it has been asked to call 707-565-2185.

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<![CDATA[Four Arrested For Throwing Beer Bottles at Police Officers]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 15:12:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/police-tape-shutterstock_56280433191.jpg

Four people were arrested late Friday night in Petaluma on suspicion of battery on a police officer after police tried to detain a youth who allegedly assaulted concert security, police said.

Officers responded at 11:21 p.m. to a fight in front of the Phoenix Theater at 201 E. Washington St. and throughout the Keller Street Garage.

Earlier in the night rapper Iamsu! performed at the theater, police said.

When officers arrived, a mob was allegedly throwing beer bottles at citizens from the third floor of the parking garage. The mob also allegedly threw bottles at officers, according to police.

Security at the concert told police of a youth who allegedly assaulted them after the concert. When officers tried to detain the youth, others were allegedly combative with the officers.

Police were allegedly spit on, battered, and were concerned for their safety.

Officers arrested two youths and two adults on suspicion of battery on a police officer, public intoxication and obstruction of justice.

The adults arrested were 19-year-old Petaluma resident Frederick Genazzi and 20-year-old Petaluma resident Zachary Bowler, police said.

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<![CDATA[3 Juveniles Accused of Assault With a Deadly Weapon]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 14:08:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs14.jpg

Three youths were arrested Friday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and felony assault related to two fights last month in Petaluma that sent a fourth youth to a hospital, police said.

The three youths were arrested at their homes at about 9 a.m.

They are suspected of knocking a youth unconscious and kicking and punching the victim. The injured youth has since been released from the hospital, Lt. Brian Miller said.

One of the alleged fights occurred at around 11:30 p.m. April 28 in the Keller Street parking garage. A second allegedly occurred a little while later in the 800 block of Petaluma Boulevard North.

The next day officers went to Petaluma Valley Hospital where they found the victim.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot by Cotati Sheriff's Deputy in Critical Condition]]>Sat, 06 May 2017 13:37:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0505-2017-CotatiShooting.jpg

A 22-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot Friday morning in Cotati by a Sonoma State University police officer, sheriff's officials said on Saturday.

The shooting took place at about 4:45 a.m. in the area of the 100 block of East Cotati Avenue.

The officer saw the man walk out of a creek bed as he was following up on a domestic violence call.

The officer tried to talk to the man because the officer thought he was a suspect in a different domestic violence incident and the man ran, sheriff's officials said.

The officer used a stun gun on the man and then shot him twice.

The suspect's name is not being released, according to sheriff's officials.

The officer who shot the man has been put on paid leave.

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<![CDATA[Sonoma County Sheriff IDs Suspect in 2004 Double Homicide]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 17:41:54 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-5-17-shaun-gallon-suspect.jpg

Sonoma County sheriff's officials believe they have solved the slayings of two young Bible-camp counselors found shot to death as they slept on a Jenner beach more than a decade ago, they said Friday.

 The young couple, Lindsay Cutshall, 22, and her fiance Jason Allen, 26, was found next to each other on a driftwood-strewn beach, still zipped into their sleeping bags, on Aug. 18, 2004.

On Friday, Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas said investigators have interrogated Shaun Gallon, 38, of Forestville, who was taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of his brother in March and previously arrested for shooting another man with an arrow in 2009.

The sheriff's office received over 1,200 tips after news broke about Cutshall and Allen's deaths. One of them was about Gallon, who was identified as a person of interest early in the investigation and was never ruled out as a suspect. When he was taken into custody for the March killing of his brother, detectives took the opportunity to talk to him about the cold case. 

Gallon knew things about the killings that no one who wasn't involved could have known, the sheriff said, and authorities have also found corroborating evidence.

"We feel confident we have Jason and Lindsay's killer," Freitas said of the young couple, whose mysterious killings drew national attention.

No one has ever been charged in the killings, and no motive has ever been made public. Authorities have said neither victim was robbed or sexually assaulted. Freitas said authorities believed the killing was random, and that there was no previous connection between the two and the suspect.

Officials have not yet found the weapon.

The victims' parents wrote a letter to the sheriff's office, which Freitas read aloud during a news conference. 

"When we at times wondered if this day would ever come, the detectives in particular wouldn’t allow us to lose hope," their note said in part.

Chris Cutshall, father of Lindsay Cutshall, later said he and his family were "just really pleased that they finally captured this guy."

Lindsay Cutshall, a native of Fresno, Ohio, and Allen, from Zeeland, Michigan, were on a weekend trip. They worked at a Christian youth camp in California's Sierra Nevada foothills.

The pair was killed during a three-day sightseeing trip to Northern California. A helicopter unit heading to a rescue flew over the remote area and noticed the couple who looked like they were sleeping. When they flew back later and realized that the man and woman had not moved, it struck them as suspicious. That prompted a massive response from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office. 

Before being linked to the Jenner case, Gallon was arrested in 2009 after an arrow fired from his bow pierced the convertible top of a car and struck the hat James McNeil was wearing. McNeil at the time didn't understand why he was targeted, but the new information announced Friday regarding Gallon's history gave him some clarity.

"Apparently it wasn't an accident," he said. "It all makes sense now. I don't know why he was after me."

Gallon served two years behind bars after shooting at McNeil before being released. McNeil questions the length of that sentence.

"Two years for attempted murder; maybe they should have gave him longer," McNeil said. "More people would be alive."

After Gallon's arrest Friday, Freitas described feeling "joyful" because Gallon's actions were "traumatic" for the entire Jenner community.

A former neighbor of Gallon said the man didn't seem violent, but added that Gallon became increasingly reclusive over the years.

"It worries me," the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "Somebody that could be that normal was that unhinged."

Sheriff's officials will soon send the double homicide case to the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office. Gallon is expected to be arraigned in a few weeks.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Flaring at Valero Refinery Prompts Evacuations in Benicia]]>Fri, 05 May 2017 23:51:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/valerosocialgiphy.gif

A power outage at the Valero refinery in Benicia triggered flaring and dense black smoke, prompting a shelter-in-place and evacuations in the city for a couple of hours Friday morning.

Power has since been restored. In addition, all shelter-in-place and evacuation orders have been lifted. Environmental Protection Agency and Air Quality officials were still monitoring the incident late Friday.

A PG&E power disruption around 6:30 a.m. caused thick plumes of smoke to waft into the nearby Industrial Park, according to Valero spokeswoman Lillian Riojas.

Benicia Fire Department Chief Jim Lydon said his agency was notified at 6:45 a.m. that flaring would begin. At 7:30 a.m., the situation escalated and Valero advised the fire department to begin evacuations, Lydon said.

The flaring could be seen from miles, some Twitter users said, while others complained that they were struggling to breathe. 

Police urged people to keep the doors and windows of their homes closed and bring pets inside. A shelter-in-place order was lifted, except for Matthew Turner and Robert Semple elementary schools, police said on Twitter around 9 a.m. Evacuations for the city were lifted by 9:20 a.m.

Displaced people were able to take shelter at the Benicia Community Center at 370 E. L Street. Entrances to the park have been closed, including off-ramps from Interstate 680.

EPA officials said at a news conference that the level of hydric sulphide and sulphur dioxide — typical near a refinery — peaked at "up to 10 times normal background" on Friday morning. The city's response was appropriate, officials confirmed.

Bay Area Air Quality District inspectors were at the refinery just before 10 a.m. guiding first responders. Valero and the Petrochemical Mutual Aid Organization are also monitoring the air quality.

As a precaution, the California Highway Patrol briefly closed I-680 in Benicia. Northbound traffic was diverted to westbound Interstate 780 and southbound cars were directed to the Lake Herman exit. The freeway has since been reopened.

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<![CDATA[No Injuries After Car Smashes Into Santa Rosa Pet Store]]>Tue, 02 May 2017 07:02:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-1-17_Pet_Store_Santa_Rosa_Car.jpg

A driver suspected of being under the influence of marijuana plowed into a Santa Rosa pet store Monday night, but no humans or animals were injured, according to police.

The 26-year-old driver, who was identified as Jeffrey Dallas Pearson, told police that he was driving about 60 mph when he lost control and smashed into the Village Pets store, which is located at 4125 Montgomery Drive, just before 9:20 p.m. Witnesses told police that Pearson tried to ditch the scene just before authorities arrived.

Shattered glass and dislodged bricks littered the scene, but the car only made it a few feet into the store before coming to a stop.

A subsequent investigation revealed that Pearson was smoking marijuana before the crash and may have also consumed alcohol, according to police. Tests were conducted before Pearson was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

Firefighters stayed on scene to help install a temporary wall so that the business was secured for the night.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Vlahandreas of the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-543-3600.

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<![CDATA[Days After Crashing Into Pet Shop, Man Rams Into Parked Cars]]>Thu, 04 May 2017 08:33:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/542017-SantaRosaCrash.jpg

A man crashed a vehicle into several parked cars Wednesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, just two days after he crashed another vehicle into a pet store, police said.

At 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to the 500 block of Montecito Boulevard for a traffic collision.

According to police, witnesses reported that a 2000 GMC Yukon was traveling west on Montecito Boulevard at a high rate of speed when it collided with several parked vehicles. The vehicles involved sustained significant damage as a result.

Montecito Boulevard was closed for several hours to remove the damaged vehicles and clear trees that were also damaged, police said.

The driver of the Yukon, identified as 26-year-old Jeffrey Dallas Pearson of Santa Rosa, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision police said.

According to police, Pearson was the subject of another investigation involving a collision that occurred at 9:20 p.m. Monday.

In that incident, Pearson allegedly lost control of his 2014 Ford Focus and crashed into the Village Pets & Supply store at 4213 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa.

Pearson allegedly tried to walk away from the scene, but was detained by police. He allegedly told them that he smoked marijuana before driving, police said.

Police found evidence of possible alcohol consumption and of controlled substances in the Ford Focus, police said. Pearson was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

There were no injuries to people or pets at the pet store, police said.

Police are investigating and asking anyone with information to contact Santa Rosa police Officer Meiger at (707) 543-3600.

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<![CDATA[Fight for Rights: Thousands March in May Day Rallies]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 17:41:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-1-17_May_Day_SF.jpg

Joining hundreds of thousands around the world, droves of demonstrators on Monday are gathering across the Bay Area for May Day rallies, which are drawing special attention to immigrants' rights in the wake of the Trump administration's controversial executive orders and promises.

Traditional May Day demonstrations were originally designed to propagate workers' rights and combat exploitative working conditions. But, in recent years, the annual day of action has been highlighted by a range of social issues, particularly the need for immigration reform and a living wage.  

The jam-packed day of activity started with people blocking off an intersection near the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco. Standing in the street in front of cars, demonstrators overtook crosswalks and hoisted signs reading "Sanctuary For All" and "Resist Hate, Racism, Corporate Greed" into the air. Others grabbed chalk and paint to decorate the concrete with phrases such as "Resist" and "No Ban, No Wall" in large red and white letters.

Roughly 20 protesters stamped with white pieces of paper on their shirts reading "#ResistUniteProtect" or "#SanctuaryForAll" also linked arms, formed a human wall and planted themselves in front of the entrance and exit point for deportation buses at the ICE building. The move was designed to promote solidarity with immigrants, according to protester Dalia Yedidia.

"So we know that there are workers, immigrants, and immigrant workers, and we're here in solidarity with them denouncing the intense escalation of anti-immigrant racist policies coming out of the Trump administration," she said.

Demonstrators blocks away at Justin Herman Plaza waved politically-themed signs and shouted in support of immigrants' rights while simultaneously chastising the Trump administration's border wall proposals and commitment — despite a blocked executive order — to defund sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

"Folks are feeling a lot of fear right now in both with the executive orders and with we don't know what's going to come down the pipe," demonstrator My Trinh said. "I think they're feeling unsupported. There are folks who are being pushed into the shadows."

Across the Bay Bridge, motionless people — outlined by chalked silhouettes — rested on the ground outside the Alameda County Administration building while demonstrators stood over them chanting for an end to police violence, mass incarceration and immigration raids.

At least four people attending that rally were arrested for trespassing, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

Shops and restaurants across the Bay Area joined the movement behind the May Day rallies by closing their doors, students engineered school walkouts, and even major tech hubs like Facebook and Uber allowed their employees to participate in workers’ strikes without penalization.

Work at the Port of Oakland temporarily came to a halt, but it wasn't a walkout, a spokesman for the longshoremen's union told NBC Bay Area. He said it's a negotiated day off in the port workers' contract because typically hundreds of dock workers participate in May Day demonstrations. Only the day shift at the port was affected, he said.

Check below for a list of protests, rallies and demonstrations:

San Francisco: Rally and festival at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office at 8 a.m.; Chinatown community rally at Portsmouth Square from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Rally at Justin Herman Plaza with a march to Civic Center Plaza at 11 a.m.; Montgomery Bart Station rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain View: March at Rengstorff Park Community Center at 4 p.m. A rally will follow at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

San Jose: Rally at Mexican Heritage Plaza at 1 p.m.; March to Arena Greens at Autumn and Santa Clara Streets at 3 p.m.; May Day rally and march at Story and King Roads from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Morgan Hill: March from Galvan Park to ICE office on Vineyard Court at 4 p.m. 

Oakland: People's Climate Movement contingent march on 12th street near Citibank at 2 p.m.*; Hotel Workers contingent march at Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena at 1:30 p.m.*; May Day Restaurant Industry contingent march on 1419 34th Avenue at 2 p.m.*; Rally at Fruitvale Plaza at 3 p.m. 

*These marches will likely feed into the rally at Fruitvale Plaza. 

Berkeley: Workers’ Day Rally at UC Berkeley at noon. 

Concord: Rally at Meadow Homes Park at 4 p.m.; Rally at Todos Santos Plaza at 6 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[Cal Fire Requires Permits for Open Burning at Residences]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 12:38:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/5-1-17-cal-fire-dead+vegetation.jpg

Beginning Monday, Cal Fire requires a permit for open burning in certain areas. The agency says during times of the year with high fire danger that burning dead vegetation at homes isn't safe. The permits will be needed in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Sonoma and Napa Counties.

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<![CDATA[Woman Drowns in Sonoma County Creek]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:08:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Creek+Generic.jpg

A woman drowned Saturday afternoon in a Sonoma County creek near Cloverdale, a battalion chief with the Cloverdale Fire Protection District said Saturday.

Battalion Chief Rick Blackmon said that it appears a couple was wading in Big Sulphur Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, when they may have slipped or were just taken down stream by the current.

Rescue personnel with the fire protection district were called at 4:39 p.m. to an area of the creek near Pine Mountain and Geysers roads where the couple had been.

Both appear to have slipped into the creek or were swept downstream, Blackmon said. The man was able to get out.

The creek in the spring is pretty rough and the water moves fast.

"It's got some pretty good flow in there," Blackmon said.

No more details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Expected to Show at Bay Area May Day Rallies]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:36:58 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/may+day-0430-2017.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of protesters on Monday are expected to gather across the country for International Workers' Day, a May 1 tradition that has gained renewed momentum as strident immigration rhetoric continues to seep out of the Trump administration.

The demonstrations, which originated with the labor movement, are marked by employee strikes against exploitative working conditions. But, in recent years, the annual day of action has highlighted a range of social issues, particularly the need for immigration reform and a living wage.  

Given that President Donald Trump's campaign platform — and a slew of his executive orders — have targeted undocumented immigrants, this year's protests are expected to be yet another pointed rebuke of the business mogul's presidency.

Shops and restaurants across the Bay Area are expected to shutter on Monday. Students are planning school walkouts. Even major tech hubs like Facebook and Uber have allowed their employees to participate in workers’ strikes without penalization.

Work at the Port of Oakland will come to a halt, but it won't be a walkout, a spokesman for the longshoremen's union told NBC Bay Area. He said it's a negotiated day off in the port workers' contract because typically hundreds of dock workers participate in May Day demonstrations. Only the day shift at the port will be affected, he said.

Also in Oakland, volunteers prepared signs for Monday's march. Among them was a high school student who helped organize hundreds of fellow Oakland students joining the march along its route.

"When you really talk to the youth, they really care about it and want to know how they can help," student organizer Reyna Jauregui said.

Another high schooler helped energize a movement at St. Elizabeth Church in Oakland, where people of faith and workers' groups will also meet to join the march.

"I think it's incredible," said Jocelyn Medina of Oakland Community Organizations. "Love of everyone."

Migrant worker rights groups are among some of the most energized. Organizers estimate more than 70 groups are involved so far. Their goal on May Day is connecting with a Latino community, which they say is living in fear of the Trump administration's new immigration policies.  

In San Jose, busy Mendoza’s restaurant is one of several businesses that plan to close Monday. Workers there will instead join thousands of others in a march through downtown.

"The workers that want to participate, we made T-shirts with our logo: 'No one is illegal' or 'Black Lives Matter or 'Love is love,'" Adilene Mendoza said.

On Sunday, faith and community leaders talked about showing solidarity in a peaceful event.

"We march because we feel that we need to stand together," said the Rev. Jon Pedigo of the Diocese of San Jose. "We have been placed together in a difficult situation with undocumented persons, with Muslim persons, with LGBTQ persons. ... We are telling Trump we are here to stay, we are here to fight and be truly represented by our government."

Check below for a list of protests, rallies and demonstrations:

San Francisco: Rally and festival at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office at 8 a.m.; Chinatown community rally at Portsmouth Square from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Rally at Justin Herman Plaza with a march to Civic Center Plaza at 11 a.m.; Montgomery Bart Station rally from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mountain View: March at Rengstorff Park Community Center at 4 p.m. A rally will follow at 5:45 p.m. at City Hall.

San Jose: Rally at Mexican Heritage Plaza at 1 p.m.; March to Arena Greens at Autumn and Santa Clara Streets at 3 p.m.; May Day rally and march at Story and King Roads from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Morgan Hill: March from Galvan Park to ICE office on Vineyard Court at 4 p.m. 

Oakland: People's Climate Movement contingent march on 12th street near Citibank at 2 p.m.*; Hotel Workers contingent march at Mandela Parkway and Yerba Buena at 1:30 p.m.*; May Day Restaurant Industry contingent march on 1419 34th Avenue at 2 p.m.*; Rally at Fruitvale Plaza at 3 p.m. 

*These marches will likely feed into the rally at Fruitvale Plaza. 


Rally at Lovonya Dejean Middle School in Richmond with RYSE youth center, the Richmond progressive alliance and United Teachers of Richmond at 4 p.m. 

Berkeley: Workers’ Day Rally at UC Berkeley at noon. 

Concord: Rally at Meadow Homes Park at 4 p.m.; Rally at Todos Santos Plaza at 6 p.m. 

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<![CDATA[UC Berkeley Named 'America's Best Value College': Forbes]]>Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:09:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/UCBerkeleyGeneric.jpg

Tuition might be expensive, but attending the University of California, Berkeley provides the most bang for your buck, according to a new Forbes report.

The East Bay university topped the list of Forbes' "America's Best Value Colleges" list, which calculates what schools are worth the financial investment. Southern California's University of California, Los Angeles and the East Coast's Princeton University rounded out the top three, respectively.

UC Berkeley wasn't the only institution in the area labeled as a school worth the investment. Stanford University checked in at No. 7 on the list while University of California, Davis grabbed the No. 9 spot.

Not to be left out, Santa Clara University (No. 63), San Jose State University (No. 140), University of San Francisco (No. 176), San Francisco State University (No. 210), Saint Mary's College (No. 234), California State University, East Bay (No. 240) and Sonoma State University (No. 300) also nabbed a spot on the list.

The annual list takes into account "tuition costs, school quality, post-grad earnings, student debt and graduation success," according to Forbes.

An interesting trend noted in the report indicates that roughly 70 percent of the schools listed in the top 100 are research universities, meaning that the education is centered around science, technology and engineering. A STEM-oriented education is defined by Forbes as being increasingly valuable because that's where the jobs are in this day and age.

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<![CDATA[High School Student Arrested on Suspicion of Sexual Battery]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:11:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-generic-080615.jpg

A juvenile suspect in a sexual battery that happened Thursday on the Santa Rosa Junior College campus was arrested Friday, campus police said.

Two underage high school students, one male and one female, were on a field trip at the junior college's planetarium when the male suspect groped the girl over her clothing without her consent while he masturbated, the Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department said.

The girl notified high school officials and the officials contacted Santa Rosa Junior College District Police, officers said.

Neither of the students attend the junior college, police said.

Campus police investigated the incident along with local police, crisis counselors and high school officials. The girl was provided with victim resources and counseling by police and high school officials, and her parent was notified, police said.

The underage male was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual battery and taken to Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, and his parent was notified, police said.

The names of the two students won't be released because they are juveniles, police said.

The high school will be conducting its own investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the case should contact campus police at (707) 527-1000 and reference Case No. 17-227.

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<![CDATA[Couple Arrested on Drug Sales, Weapons Possession Charges]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:55:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/santarosa1.jpg

Santa Rosa police arrested two people Thursday on suspicion of possessing large amounts of cocaine for sale from their south Santa Rosa home.

John Conway Telesmanic, 24, and Julia Smith, 28, also were arrested for possession of illegal assault weapons at the residence, Sgt. Rich Celli said.

Narcotics detectives were investigating the sales and distribution of cocaine in Sonoma County since December, and they saw Telesmanic selling the drug to customers for several months, Celli said.

Police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents set up surveillance of Telesmanic's home in the Olive Street area of Santa Rosa Thursday, and they served a warrant to search the house where he and Smith live when Telesmanic drove away from the residence, Celli said.

Detectives found loaded handguns, short-barrel AR-15 pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle, a short-barrel, pump action 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition in two bedrooms of the home, Celli said.

Detectives also found a half-kilo of cocaine, Xanax, crack cocaine, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, scales, packaging and $17,214 in the residence, Celli said.

Telesmanic and Smith were arrested and booked in the Sonoma County Jail on charges of possession of drugs for sale and possession of illegal weapons charges.

An investigation is ongoing.

People with information about this case are asked to call the Santa Rosa Police Department (707) 543-3600.

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<![CDATA[Police Arrest Man in Connection With String of Fiery Attacks]]>Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:43:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/4-28-17-fairfield-suspect-arrested.jpg

Fairfield police on Friday morning arrested a man on suspicion of setting off four firebombs across the city, including one in front of the police station lobby.

Based on similarities between the explosive devices, police believe Matthew Scott Jones, 39, of Fairfield, is behind the rash of fiery attacks. 

The first explosion was reported just before 10 p.m. Thursday when Jones threw an incendiary device into the window of an apartment complex on the 2900 block of North Texas Street, police said. The two people inside were not hurt and firefighters responded and doused the flames. Police were called to the scene due to the nature of the fire. 

Roughly an hour later, a car on Thames Court was firebombed, said police, who noticed similarities between the first and second explosions.

Jones is then believed to have targeted the Fairfield Police Department on Webster Street by causing an explosion in front of the lobby around 1 a.m. The building itself did not catch fire, KCRA said, but the explosion left a scorch mark on the ground.

Jones' alleged actions were seen by witnesses and he was also caught on surveillance camera near the police department, police said. 

Police located the suspect's car around 1:40 a.m. Friday and detained Jones, according to police. 

However, later Friday morning, officers and a bomb squad went to the 2900 block of North Texas Street to search for any additional explosives, KCRA reported. During the investigation, people who live nearby were evacuated for their safety, and some described hearing loud pops, police said. The scene has since been declared safe by the bomb squad and people have been allowed back into their apartments. 

And again, just after 12 p.m. Friday police released a Nixle alert about the discovery of a suspicious device inside a warehouse. A bomb squad was dispatched, and police wrote that "the device is located near chemicals that, if ignited, pose a threat to people in the area."

Residences and businesses on Crocker Circle and Huntington Drive were evacuated and people were asked to avoid the area, police said.

Police noted that the device in the warehouse resembled firebombs set off late Thursday. By 1:30 p.m., however, police had declared the area safe and lifted the evacuation order.

Jones is a neighbor of two of the victims and has been accused of "acting erratically" and hurling racial epithets at them, police said in a statement.

He has been booked into Solano County Jail on a litany of charges, including attempted murder, committing a hate crime, two counts of possessing a destructive device, possessing a destructive device with the intent to injure people, exploding a destructive device with the intent to commit murder, and two counts of arson.

Police said the attacks are not acts of terrorism, but didn't reveal Jones' motive. Police are not looking for any other suspects.

People with information about the case can call 707-428-7600. You can also call our Tip Line at 707-428-7345, Solano CrimeStoppers at 707-644-7867, or Text “TIP FAIRFIELDPD” followed by your message to 888777. Callers and texters can remain anonymous.

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<![CDATA[Man Suspected of Having Sex With Teen Boy in Novato: Police]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:51:15 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jail-Generic-Photo.jpg

Novato police arrested a 52-year-old San Rafael man Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of having sex with a minor.

A police officer saw a vehicle parked in a secluded area behind a building in the area of State Access Road near Hamilton Parkway in Novato around 4:15 p.m.

Theodore Bahora, 52, of San Rafael, was in the back seat with a 16-year-old male, police said. Police learned Bahora and the teen met using an online application and arranged to meet for sex, police said.

Bahora was booked in the Marin County Jail for sexual intercourse with a minor, sodomy and oral copulation with a person under age 18, indecent exposure and arranging to meet a minor for sex, police said.

<![CDATA[Tiburon Officials, Residents Debate Removal of 42 Trees]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:52:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tiburon+trees-0425-2017.jpg

Officials and residents of Tiburon, an upscale town in Marin County, were divided Tuesday night over the future of 42 trees.

A proposal to cut down the cluster of trees that can be seen on the drive into the town had heading to town hall to weigh in.

Arborist Duffy Hurwin said she and a group of neighbors want to spend $70,000 to cut down the trees on Tiburon's south knoll. Her arborist report says the pines and eucalyptus are dangerous.

"If they fall, I'm worried someone is going to get injured or about my neighborhood catching fire," Hurwin said.

Some agree that eucalyptus trees are a fire hazard and called widowmakers for a reason.

"The widowmakers come about because we lost loved ones because they were walking or standing under the tree," said Cris Jones of Greenbrae.

Town staff recalled a large limb falling on the bike path at the knoll in 2006. No one was hurt, but the threat was readily apparent.

Not everyone agreed with the proposal or assessment Tuesday and instead thought it was more important to keep nature intact.

"Preserve as many trees as possible," resident Terry Hennessy said. "Nature and trees are more important than views."

Neighbors on both sides were digging in Tuesday night.

"We should find some solution or resolution before it divides us," Hazel Caldwell said.

The Parks, Open Space and Trails Commission decided to study the proposal further, hoping to find a compromise.

Hurwin said she hopes the decision will change the landscape.

"If they are given the chance, we'll have a hillside full of oak trees," Hurwin said.

The commission subcommittee is expected to report back in a month.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Douse Blaze at Empty House Near Vallejo]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:09:43 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-27-2017-vallejo-fire-pic.jpg

Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze that broke out at a house near Vallejo on Thursday morning, fire officials said.

At 12:42 a.m., the Vallejo Fire Department received a call about a fire at 1012 Benicia Road in unincorporated Solano County, near Vallejo.

According to a fire dispatcher, the home was vacant when crews arrived.

At 1:07 a.m., Vallejo fire officials announced on Twitter that the fire was under control.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[After School Program Director Accused of Child Endangerment]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:57:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-25-2017-boys-and-girls-club.jpg

The director of a Boys and Girls Club after-school program was arrested Monday on suspicion of posting a 6-year-old girl's photo and her personal information in an internet child pornography chat room, according to the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.

Benjamin Goerke, 22, of Rohnert Park, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and was booked into Sonoma County Jail. Goerke posted $50,000 bail early Tuesday and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety on March 29 that the girl's photo and personal information were posted on the Internet site, where images of child pornography are shared and arrangements are made to have the children available for molestation.

The girl's parents confirmed the girl's posted name, Petaluma address and phone number were correct and that her photo was taken at an afterschool program at a Boys and Girls Club in the Petaluma area, according to public safety officials.

The IP address of the user who posted the photo and information was traced to Goerke's residence on East Cotati Avenue in Rohnert Park. Goerke was program director of the after school program the girl attended and he worked at other Boys and Girls Clubs in Petaluma, public safety officials said.

Investigators got a $50,000 arrest warrant for child endangerment and arrested Goerke at the after school program on Monday. Officers searched his home and took electronics that access the Internet.

Goerke admitted taking non-pornographic photos of the girl with his cellphone and accessing her personal information remotely through the Boys and Girls Club's network, Rohnert Park Cmdr. Aaron Johnson said.

Officers are still investigating whether there are additional victims related to Goerke's activities.

The Boys and Girls Club in a statement Tuesday said Goerke was subject to multiple background checks and the organization does not tolerate any inappropriate or illegal activity on the part of any club staff.

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<![CDATA[Five Deaths in Santa Rosa May Be Linked to Heroin Overdoses]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:23:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0219-2015-SonomaSheriff.jpg

Five deaths over the last 10 days in the Santa Rosa area may be linked to heroin overdoses, officials said Tuesday.

The Sonoma County Coroner's Office said the final cause of the deaths has yet to be determined, but is warning the public of the disturbing trend.

"The Coroner's Office is concerned that the heroin being distributed in Santa Rosa right now is very volatile and potentially toxic," the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

Of those who died, the sheriff's office said a 27-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were transients. The other victims were a 52-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman. All five were found in different parts of the city, according to the sheriff's office.

It's possible that people are mixing the heroin with other things, but that will not be confirmed until toxicology reports are are available, the sheriff's office said. 

"All health, rehabilitation and treatment centers need to know that this substance is out there and any signs of overdose should be taken seriously. Anyone exhibiting signs or symptoms of an overdose should seek medical attention immediately or call 911," the sheriff's statement continued. 

No other information was immediately available.

Editor's note: The sheriff's office initially reported nine deaths and then updated that number. 

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<![CDATA[Thieves Nab $24,000 in Apple Products From North Bay Store]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:59:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-25-17-corde-madera-applestore.jpg

Five young men on Monday managed to nab roughly $24,000 in Apple products from a company store in Corte Madera, according to police.

The group of suspects ran into the store located at the Village Shopping Center around 8 p.m. and swiftly grabbed 17 iPhones, two computers and three iPads, according to Central Marin Police Authority Sgt. Grady Joseph.

A patrol officer happened to be in the area at the time the robbery call came in and responded immediately, but the suspects managed to slip out of the store's back exit, Joseph said.

The store was closed at the time of the heist, but the doors were still open because shoppers were wrapping up their purchases, Joseph said.

Police on Tuesday will comb through surveillance footage in hopes of finding any helpful information.

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<![CDATA[Six-Figure Salary in Some Bay Area Spots Dubbed Low Income]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:11:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MoneyBayAreaIncome.jpg

It's no secret. The Bay Area grows increasingly expensive by the day.

What may come as a surprise — or not really at this point anymore — is that six-figure salaries in some Bay Area locations classify families as being low income.

That's right. In Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, a family of four earning $105,350 is considered to be living at the low income limit, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That's because the median income in those regions has soared to $115,300.

A "very low" income mark in those three counties equates to a family of four earning $65,800, according to the data. "Extremely low" income means that same family is only bringing in $39,500.

Folks living in the Bay Area's six other counties aren't experiencing much of a financial break either. A family of four living in Alameda and Contra Costa counties tallying $80,400 per year is labeled as low income, according to the data. In those spots, the median income for a family of four has jumped to $97,400. A family of four in Santa Clara County is considered to be low income if they bring in $84,750. The median income in the South Bay currently sits at $113,300.

The low income line for a family of four drops slightly for those in Napa ($74,500), Solano ($64,300) and Sonoma ($70,500) counties, according to the data.

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<![CDATA[Goodbye: High Number of Residents Ditching Bay Area]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:19:23 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/1493076386-housing-afford.png

The Bay Area has higher numbers of people migrating elsewhere than any other region in the nation, according to a new study. New York finished in second place while Los Angeles settled in at No. 3 on the list. The study compared Redfin users in the nation's 75 largest metro areas.]]>
<![CDATA[Search Suspended for Santa Rosa Couple's Plane]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:25:16 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Missing+Plane+4192017.jpg

The Civil Air Patrol suspended the search Monday in the Sierra Nevada mountains for a plane with two Santa Rosa residents on board that never arrived at the Petaluma Municipal Airport a week ago.

Brenda Richard, 53, the pilot, and her husband Mark Richard, 54, left the Truckee-Tahoe Airport in Truckee in their blue and white Socata TB-20 Trinidad plane at 4 p.m. April 17. They were due to arrive that evening.

During the six-day search CAP aircrews from California and Nevada conducted visual and photographic searches for more than 60 flight hours over a heavily-wooded andsnow-covered area 18 miles northwest of Truckee.

"We are extremely disappointed in the outcome of this search," CAP Incident Commander Major Shane Terpstra said in a news release Monday morning.

"We always hope for a fast resolution with missing aircraft searches, but rapidly changing weather compounded with fresh snow worked against us this entire search. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Terpstra said.

The Richards have four daughters.

More than 117 CAP volunteers, 15 CAP aircraft and 12 CAP vehicles participated in the search.

The California Highway Patrol and California National Guard also searched under the command of the Sierra County Sheriff's Office, which suspended its search Sunday night.

Volunteers on the ground reviewed more than 8,000 high-resolution digital images of the search area. The photos were taken by wing-mounted cameras on CAP search planes.

Photo Credit: Civil Air Patrol]]>
<![CDATA['Strange' Morning: Napa Police Respond to Traffic Incidents]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:05:48 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-23-17_Napa_Car_Fire_Crash.jpg

First responders in Napa on Sunday were kept busy dealing with two "strange" traffic incidents, according to police.

Police first responded to reports of a car fire along Silverado Trail around 4:15 a.m. Turns out a man pulled over and idled his car while he took a nap, but the car was parked over a patch of dry brush, which eventually ignited.

The driver woke up to the smell of smoke billowing inside the car and managed to escape to safety, according to police. Unfortunately for the driver, the car engulfed in flames.

Less than one hour later, police were alerted to a report of a car crashing through a building located along Sierra Avenue. The driver in this case failed to properly negotiate a turn and plowed straight into a building, according to police. Shards of glass and drywall could be seen littered around the damaged vehicle and gaping hole in the building's exterior.

No one was seriously hurt in either episode, but the two scenes sure made for an interesting morning, police said.

"It was a bit of a strange early morning for us today," police wrote on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Napa Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Ignites Underneath Parked Car in Napa]]>Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-24-17-napa-car-ignites.jpg

A man taking a nap on the side of a road in Napa received a rude awakening Sunday when flames started to ignite underneath his vehicle. Firefighters said the man parked the car in dry brush, which then ignited. Fortunately for the driver, he was able to wake up in time and escape to safety.

Photo Credit: Napa Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Stealing Truck, Leading Police on Pursuit]]>Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:34:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-23-17_Solano_Co_Stolen_Truck.jpg

Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Thursday in Solano County who allegedly stole a vehicle and led deputies on a foot pursuit.

According to a post on the Solano County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, someone called sheriff's officials to report that they spotted their friend's stolen truck. The caller attempted to follow the stolen vehicle but lost sight of it.

According to sheriff's officials, deputies soon located the unoccupied truck in an orchard next to a creek just off of Rockville Road near Oliver Road in Fairfield.

Deputies searched the area and located a male suspect who had fresh dirt, mud and water on him, as if he'd just ran through a creek. As deputies contacted him, the suspect allegedly took off running.

A short foot pursuit ensued, and a deputy was able to catch the suspect before he climbed a fence.

The male suspect was later arrested on four unrelated warrants, sheriff's officials said. His name has not yet been released because the incident remains under investigation, sheriff's officials said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact sheriff's investigators at (707) 784-7050.

Photo Credit: Solano County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Men Steal Credit Cards, Tally $5,000 in Fraudulent Charges]]>Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:49:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-23-15_North_Bay_Credit_Cards_Stolen.jpg

Police in the North Bay on Sunday are searching for two men accused of stealing four credit cards last week and running up a tab of over $5,000 in fraudulent charges.

The men on Thursday snatched the credit cars from a car in Woodacre before embarking on a shopping spree at Nordstrom and Macy's in Corte Madera as well as Target in Marin City, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Chris Gullet of the Marin County Sheriff's Department at cgullett@marinsheriff.org.

Photo Credit: Marin County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Gunfire Narrowly Misses Toddler, Other Passengers in Car]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:41:06 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SuisunCityCarShot.jpg

Bullets fired at a moving car in Suisun City Saturday afternoon narrowly missed a toddler and other passengers sitting inside the vehicle, police said.

Witnesses told police that the driver of an orange Chevrolet Camaro shot at a silver sedan driving along Canvasback Drive just after 2:00 p.m., according to police.

Gunfire shattered the back window of the silver sedan, punctured the front passenger seat's headrest and stopped just before striking the back of the toddler's car seat, but no one sitting in the car was injured, according to police.

Police confirmed that the suspect vehicle was an orange Camaro.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suisun City Police Department's Investigations Unit at 707-421-7361. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Solano Crime Stoppers at 707-644-7867

Photo Credit: Suisun City Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Armed Woman Inhales Nitrous Oxide in Front of Police]]>Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:04:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-22-17_Arrest_Armed_Woman_Santa_Rosa.jpg

An armed woman sitting in a car in Santa Rosa on Saturday inhaled nitrous oxide from a whipping cream container in front of police before being arrested for having a gun and ammunition inside her vehicle, police said.

The bizarre unfolding began around 12 p.m. when police were alerted to reports of a woman sitting in her car, which was parked near the public entrance of the emergency department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, with a gun in her possession, according to police.

The first officer on scene carried on a conversation with the female and other passengers in the car until other units arrived, police said. At one point, the woman "began taking hits off a 'whip-it cracker' in an attempt to get high from the nitrous oxide," according to police.

Officers eventually pulled the woman from the car and took her into custody, police said. After combing through the vehicle, police found a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol and loaded magazine inside a purse resting on the floor of the car. That purse was located directly beneath where the woman was sitting.

Police said they do not believe the woman flashed the gun in a "threatening manner" at anyone walking outside the hospital.

The woman was arrested and charged with inhaling nitrous oxide with intent to get high and carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle, police said.

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<![CDATA[Calistoga's Historic Rails Reach End of the Line]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:57:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0421-2017-CalistogaRail.jpg

The town of Calistoga will soon remove a stretch of 170 feet of battered train tracks — over the protests of preservationists who view the rails as the significant last remnants of an electric train line that once delivered passengers to the Napa Valley town.

The history group Native Sons of the Golden West had urged the city to re-install the tracks once it completes a badly needed upcoming repaving job on Washington Street which runs past the city’s fire station. But city leaders balked at the additional $80k the rail re-installation would’ve added to the tab for the repaving work.

“I didn’t realize it would get as heated as it did for a brief period of time,” said Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning over the ensuing debate surrounding the fate of tracks.

The lingering train tracks, spanning roughly the length of a city block are the last vestiges of the The San Francisco, Napa and Calistoga Railway which carried tourists taking the ferry from San Francisco to Vallejo — into the Napa Valley. The rail line opened in 1905 with the tracks reaching Calistoga several years later.

The rail company ended service in 1937 after the demise of the Vallejo ferry. Of the 42 miles of track, only the short stretch in Calistoga remains.

“The tracks have more importance to the history of Calistoga than just pieces of steel in the street,” said Doug O’Neill who is part of the Native Sons group. “More and more people want to come up here and this is part of the story of what made Calistoga.”

Canning said the city decided to store the rails once they’re removed, and possibly reinstall them somewhere else along the original train route at a later time — if preservation groups would contribute some of the funding.

“So we’ll see how committed people are to the historical value and interest of these tracks,” Canning wisecracked.

At one point the city hired a historian to study the tracks. Canning said the historian concluded the tracks weren’t historically significant.

“Other people felt otherwise,” Canning said with a laugh.

Preservationists said they were caught off-guard by the quick process of hiring a contractor to perform the work. O’Neill said his group didn’t have enough time to raise the funds necessary to retain the tracks. He said he and his fellow history buffs were disappointed with the city’s decision.

“Some people are interested in history, some aren’t,” O’Neill said. “I think we got the short end of the stick here.”

O’Neill pointed out a plaque his group installed in 1999, commemorating the rail line and its significance. He lamented that a new generation of town residents didn’t seem to care share the same passion for the town’s history — which includes many original historic buildings.

“A lot of people aren’t the old time residents here,” O’Neill said, “and really I don’t know how much they care about the old history of Calistoga.”

Others viewed the tracks as a symbolic line between the town’s old-time charm and the modern world of shopping malls and chain stores.

“People move into an area like this and they want to change it to something else sometimes,” said Bob Havens who owns a pharmacy in town, but said he ultimately didn’t care whether or not the tracks were removed.

The road work is set to begin on April 24th, with the tracks set to come out the following week. If the city can’t work out deal to later install them, it will mark the end of the line for the historic rail line.

“This is just a tiny piece of history here,” Havens said. “You can picture this train coming up here and all the way to Vallejo.”

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Appears to be at Full Employment: Analyst]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:00:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/now+hiring1.jpg

Unemployment rates in the Bay Area were among the lowest in the state in March indicating the region is at full employment, according to a state labor market analyst and labor market data.

In San Mateo County, unemployment was at 2.7 percent, the lowest in the state, while in Marin County and in the City and County of San Francisco unemployment was at 3 percent, the second lowest level in the state.

The unemployment rate in all other counties except Solano County was below 4 percent last month.

"Many consider we are at full employment," Janice Shriver, a state labor market analyst based in the Bay Area, said.

Full employment is typically considered 4 percent unemployment, Shriver said. Four percent unemployment is considered full employment because at any time people are changing jobs while others are entering or leaving the workforce.

Full employment means that virtually everyone who is willing and able to work is working.

But Shriver cautioned that for individuals still looking for work, the numbers have less meaning. "If one person is unemployed, he's 100 percent unemployed," she said.

Employment growth in the East Bay has been particularly strong.

Last month in Alameda County unemployment was 3.9 percent while in Contra Costa County unemployment was 4.1 percent.

In March 2016, the unemployment rate in Alameda County was 4.3 percent and in Contra Costa County 4.5 percent.

The February unemployment rate in Alameda and Contra Costa counties was the same as last month.

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<![CDATA[Shooting in Fairfield Leaves One Person Hospitalized]]>Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:20:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-21-17-fairfield-shooting-investigation.jpg

Police in Fairfield on Friday are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

Police said the shooting occurred early this morning in the area of the 2400 block of Cement Hill Road.

The victim is being treated at a hospital. 

Police said there are traffic delays on Cement Hill Road between Peabody and Clay Bank roads due to the investigation.

Police have not yet shared any suspect information. 

No further details were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Armed Man Arrested After Posting Threat to Social Media]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:48:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/periscope+arrest.jpg

A 20-year-old North Bay man was arrested after posting a troubling video on social media.

Vallejo police said when they first saw the Periscope posting, they feared it could be a copycat of what happened in Cleveland earlier this week, when a man posted a murder on Facebook Live.

The Periscope video shows Christen Brown holding a handgun with a loaded magazine nearby, Vallejo police said.

During the live video while in his car, Brown posted a title: "I need 100 views so I can shoot my 40."

Then he continues to point the gun at the camera.

"Forty is the caliber of the handgun," Vallejo police Capt. John Whitney said. "That's our opinion; he was referring to the caliber."

A Vallejo resident noticed the threat and alerted police on their Facebook page.

The incident comes just days after an Easter Sunday shooting in Cleveland, where gunman Steve Stephens posted video of his fatal shooting of an innocent 74-year-old man.

"We don't want something like that in the city, and that's why we acted on it as quick as we did," Whitney said.

Brown was arrested with the gun in his possession, police said.

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<![CDATA[Man With Shotgun Arrested in Attempted Bank Robbery]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:34:34 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/logan-scott-0420-2017.jpg

Santa Rosa police arrested a man who tried to rob a Chase Bank in west Santa Rosa on Thursday morning.

Police responded around 11:20 a.m. to a report of a man with a gun demanding money in the bank at 760 Stony Point Road, police Sgt. Josh Ludtke said.

As police were responding, bank employees reported the man left to put the gun in a vehicle and returned to the bank.

Police contacted the suspect, Logan Reece Scott, 23, of Santa Rosa when he left the bank a second time, Ludtke said.

Detectives learned Scott went into the bank with a 12-gauge shotgun slung around his back and demanded money. Scott claimed he was frustrated because the bank fraudulently took money from him, and he wanted to frighten the employees with the shotgun so they would return the money to him, Ludtke said.

Scott made a mobile deposit of several checks days before and brought physical copies of them to the bank Thursday to try to receive the money twice, Ludtke said.

Police recovered the unloaded shotgun in Scott's vehicle in a parking lot near the bank, and Scott was arrested for attempted robbery and burglary and booked in the Sonoma County Jail, Ludtke said.

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa PD]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area in Top 10 for Worst Air Pollution Nationwide]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:03:44 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-19-17-state-of-the-air-report.jpg

The San Francisco Bay Area ranks among the top 10 most polluted regions in the country, according to a report issued Wednesday by the American Lung Association.

State of the Air 2017 is based on air quality monitoring from 2013 to 2015, and includes San Benito and San Joaquin counties in the greater Bay Area.

San Joaquin County has the highest level of year-round particle pollution levels in the region. The county suffered its worst period ever for pollution from diesel exhaust, wood burning devices, wildfires and other sources of soot, a situation exacerbated by climate change and recent drought conditions, according to the American Lung Association.

Overall, the Bay Area's particle pollution ranked sixth nationwide for the number of unhealthy days and fourth nationwide for year-round levels. This puts area residents at risk for health problems like asthma and lung cancer.

"I run cross-country and compete in track and field, so I always need to be aware of my surroundings," Jaxin Woodward, a 15-year-old high school athlete from Vacaville, said in a statement. "Exhaust from cars triggers asthma attacks a lot for me."

There was a reduction in the number of days with unhealthy levels of ozone. San Francisco, Marin, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties all had zero unhealthy ozone days during the period monitored.

The report also indicates that the number of unhealthy ozone days have dropped throughout the state and nationwide, which the American Lung Association attributes to the federal Clean Air Act.

Air quality laws and policies to combat climate change save lives, according to the American Lung Association, and need to be protected in Congress.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Shells Out Big Bucks to Mend Storm-Battered Roads]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:03:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/potholes8.jpg

Anyone driving around the Bay Area knows our roads have taken a beating during this winter’s heavy rain. Now the question remains: How much will it cost to fix potholes and other pockmarks?

NBC Bay Area reached out to the public works departments in five major counties and found that four have experienced significant increases in the taxpayer dollars needed for road repairs. Moreover, their expenditure does not factor in money spent by individual cities and Caltrans, officials say.

Public works officials say Alameda County was forced to spend: $143,757 during the first quarter of 2017, which is a staggering 51.5 percent increase over the $69,585 spent in the same time frame in 2016.

Meanwhile, San Francisco city and county public works officials spent the most, shelling out $759,836 to fix over 10,000 potholes. Officials say that expense is 35.5 percent more than the $490,188 spent during 2016’s first quarter.

In Contra Costa County, the Public Works Department reported spending $124,215 to fix potholes in the 2017’s first quarter. That’s a 32.6 percent jump from last year’s $83,766, according to officials.

A similar situation unfurled in Santa Clara County where $217,715 was required to fix roads in the South Bay versus $168,248 in 2016. That’s a 22.7 percent increase, officials say.

Alternately, the San Mateo County public works officials say this year’s pothole-related expenses didn’t fluctuate much from 2016. Why? Because potholes took a backseat to their problem with mudslides.

California’s lawmakers recently approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s $5-billion-a-year plan to boost gas and vehicle taxes to pay for major road repairs.

It will raise gas taxes by 12 cents a gallon — a 43 percent increase — and diesel taxes from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents. Drivers will also face a new annual fee to be paid with their vehicle registration, ranging from $25 to $175 depending on the value of their vehicle. The taxes and fees will rise each year with inflation.

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<![CDATA[Small Boat Found Capsized on Muir Beach]]>Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:39:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/211*120/0419-2017-USCoastGuard.jpg

The Marin County Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies are searching an area of Muir Beach where a small boat was found capsized Wednesday morning.

A chest containing ice and fish and other debris was found in the water after someone aboard "The Zodiac" vessel reported the capsized boat, about 14 feet long, on a marine radio channel to the Coast Guard around 11:30 a.m., Marin County Fire Battalion Chief Bret McTigue said.

"There's strong evidence someone was on board," McTigue said.

The response is still considered a rescue operation, he said.

The National Park Service, Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Muir Beach and Stinson Beach fire departments and helicopters from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco are participating in the search.

The Marin County Fire Department was able to re-right the boat, which did not have identifying markings on it, McTigue said.

The water near the shoreline where the boat was found is about 30-40 feet deep and dive teams are standing by, he said.

Three Coast Guard boats, six Jet Skis and an inflatable boat are at the scene, McTigue said.

Firefighters were attending a Jet Ski rescue training class nearby when the report about the capsized boat was received.

"We were able to put rescuers in the water in 12 minutes," McTigue said.

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<![CDATA[Crews Search For Missing Petaluma-Bound Plane]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:52:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Missing+Plane+4192017.jpg

Air rescue crews are searching Northern California mountains for a single-engine plane reported missing after it failed to land in Petaluma as scheduled.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper reported the Socata TB-20 Trinidad with two people aboard left the Truckee-Tahoe Airport near the Nevada border Monday afternoon. 

The white and blue four-seater, which features gold trim, is registered to William Sherlock of Santa Rosa, according to public documents.

Officials said passengers of the plane were reported to be pilot Brenda Richard and her husband, Mark Richard.

The plane was expected to land about 180 miles away at the Petaluma Municipal Airport north of San Francisco.

Family members reported the plane missing, and a search was started by the Civil Air Patrol, the all-volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

Mark Madigan is a neighbor of the missing couple.

"It's a shock, an absolute shock to hear something has happened to them," he said.

Neighbors say the Richards are parents of four daughters, ranging in age from late teens to late 20s. The Richards are also grandparents.

The Madigans remember them as always busy and Mark as a car fanatic.

"He used to have a sports car," Madigan said. "It was an R-8, and he'd warm it up in the morning, and you could hear throughout the neighborhood. It was a rumble, and you know he was heading out."

Officials say the aircraft is equipped with an emergency locater transmitter, but crews have not picked up any signal.

On Wednesday, crews were said to be focusing their efforts in a mountainous region 18 miles northwest from where the flight departed.

NBC Bay Area's Terry McSweeney contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

Photo Credit: Civil Air Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[Man Accosts Girl Walking to School in Rohnert Park: Police]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:56:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+car+generic_seattle.jpg

An 11-year-old girl was accosted while walking to school in Rohnert Park on Monday morning by a man who blew her a kiss and showed her a picture of a naked woman on his phone, according to the city's Department of Public Safety.

The incident began around 7:50 a.m. on Camino Colegio near Casa Way where the girl first saw the suspect's white SUV, public safety officials said.

The man pulled next to her as she was crossing Circle Drive. After he accosted the girl, she ran and hid behind a parked car and called her mother. The man drove away on Circle Drive, and the girl's mother called authorities. Officers drove the girl the rest of the way to school.

The girl said the man did not speak to her or try to get her into the vehicle, according to public safety officials.

The suspect was described as a man in his late 30s or early 40s who is bald on the top of his head with blond hair on the side. He was wearing a light gray shirt. His vehicle is possibly an early 2000s white Toyota 4Runner or other SUV similar to a Toyota 4Runner with a bike rack on top.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety at 707-584-2630 or via rpdpsinvestigations@rpcity.org.

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<![CDATA[Two Hurt in Big-Rig Crash, Diesel Leaks Into Fairfield Creek]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:28:19 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4182017-fairfield-crash.jpg

Two people suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning in a four-vehicle collision involving a big-rig that leaked 30 gallons of diesel into a nearby creek along Interstate 80 in Fairfield, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 21-year-old woman from Redding was driving a Honda Accord west on Highway 80 east of Air Base Parkway when she attempted to change lanes and sideswiped a Chevrolet Tahoe around 9:35 a.m., the CHP said.

Both vehicles spun out of control and collided with the big-rig, which was being driven by a 42-year-old man from Hayward.

The Accord struck the center divider and the Tahoe went through a guardrail, rolling over onto its roof. The big-rig then struck a Chevrolet Prism driven by a 20-year-old woman from Vacaville.

The driver of the Tahoe was trapped in her vehicle for roughly two hours and had to be extricated by firefighters. She was transported to a hospital. The driver of the Prism was also transported to a hospital.

All of the vehicles had to be towed away from the scene.

The big-rig's fuel tank was damaged and roughly 30 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into a creek near the roadway, but officers said the hazardous materials threat was mitigated by emergency personnel at the scene.

Anyone with additional information about the collision is asked to contact the CHP's non-emergency line at 800-835-5247 or the CHP's Solano Area office at 707-428-2100.

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<![CDATA[Drifters Sentenced in 2015 Double Murder]]>Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:17:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alligood-lampley.jpg

Three so-called drifters who confessed to killing two people in a brutal crime spree in 2015 were sentenced on Tuesday.

Morrison Haze Lampley, 24, of San Francisco, and Lila Scott Alligood, 19, of San Rafael, in February pleaded guilty to killing a Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park and a Marin County therapist in a park near Fairfax. 

Lampley admitted to discharging a firearm and was sentenced to 100 years to life in prison. Alligood, of San Rafael, is eligible for a youthful offender parole hearing after she has served 25 years, Deputy District Attorney Leon Kousharian said.

As part of their plea, the two defendants waived their right to appeal the convictions, according to Marin County District Attorney Edward Berberian said.

Third defendant Sean Angold, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. He testified under a grant of immunity against his two co-defendants at their preliminary hearing in September.

Berberian said the disposition of Lampley's and Alligood's cases was reached with extensive discussions with the families of the victims. Several members of Carter's family and Carey's aunt spoke at the sentencing by Marin County Superior Court Judge Kelly Simmons.

Lampley's expression never changed as he walked into court and looked down throughout the sentencing. In contrast, Alligood, his former girlfriend, cried through most of the testimony from the victim's families. 

"As far as I’m concerned, no punishment however harsh could do justice to the horrific, unforgivable crime that you three have committed — fully intentional and, as far as I’m concerned, without any remorse whatsoever," said Lokita Carter, the wife of Steve Carter.

Then it was Alligood's turn.

"I feel so much guilt and shame for the wrongdoings and the hurtful decisions that I made and I’m sorry," she said.

Angold's attorney read a statement in which his client said he will spend the rest of his days remembering the wrong he's done. He also begged the victims' families to forgive him. 

A statement read by Lampley's attorney said he wished he could go back in time and change things.

Lokita Carter said she had seen Lampley's letter before it was read aloud in court, but "it left me with nothing," she said. 

When asked if the sentencing will bring closure, the Carters' friend Christina Dejongh replied, "I don’t know if I will ever have it. My feeling is what can compensate for an act like this? I sort of even don’t relate to the punishment."

"Vengeance," Dejongh said, won't "bring him back."

Carey befriended the trio in Golden Gate Park, and Lampley shot her in some bushes where they were smoking marijuana, according to Angold's testimony at the hearing.

Angold testified he heard gunshots, and when he asked Lampley what happened, Lampley replied, "She's dead dude, don't worry about it."

The trio left with some of her belongings, Angold said.

Angold also testified that the trio wanted to steal a vehicle and head to Oregon with the intention of growing marijuana. They encountered Carter as he was hiking with his dog in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve near Fairfax.

Angold testified he heard several shots but did not see Lampley shoot Carter and his dog about 30 feet away on a trail because his back was turned.

Angold said Lampley took the keys to Carter's Volkswagen Jetta and blood-soaked money from Carter's pocket. He said Alligood drove them from the scene and he threw the gun, which had been stolen in San Francisco, out of the car's window. Carter's dog survived the shooting.

Angold also testified the trio was using methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin and LSD in the days before the murders.

The defendants were arrested in a church dining hall in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 7. They were tracked there by the Jetta's GPS.

Defense attorneys attacked Angold's credibility at the preliminary hearing and his grant of immunity to testify against his co-defendants. They also cited Angold's admission during his testimony that he has a history of blaming others for the crimes he has committed, including a residential robbery in Los Angeles and thefts from a Wal-Mart store.

The three defendants were apologetic during the two-hour sentencing in Marin County Superior Court this morning, and Alligood broke down during her brief statement, Kousharian said.

None of the defendants made any references to the facts of the case against them, Kousharian said.

<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Biting Girlfriend in Face at McDonald's]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:06:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jail-Generic-Photo.jpg

Police arrested a man Sunday for several offenses after he allegedly bit his ex-girlfriend during an altercation in Novato, police said.

According to police, officers responded to the McDonald's restaurant at 5600 Nave Drive on a report of a physical altercation between a male and a female.

By the time officers arrived, the male had fled the scene. The female victim identified the male suspect as her ex-boyfriend, 30-year-old Oscar DeLeon-Aguilar of San Rafael.

According to police, an investigation revealed that DeLeon-Aguilar became enraged at the victim and bit her face during the altercation.

The injury resulted in the loss of facial tissue above the victim's eye. She was treated and released from a local hospital, police said.

Novato police located and arrested DeLeon-Aguilar in San Rafael. He was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of several offenses, including mayhem, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Novato Police Department at (415) 897-4361.

<![CDATA[Woman Reports Rape Attempt Near Sonoma: Sheriff]]>Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:07:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0417-2017-sonoma.jpg

A 24-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted rape Sunday while she was jogging on a trail near Sonoma, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

The woman was attacked around 1:15 p.m. in the area of Norrbom Road and the Sonoma Overlook Trail, Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

The woman heard a man yell at her before she was pushed from behind and fell on the east side of Norrbom Road. The suspect fell on top of the woman, punched her several times and tried to rape her, but she fought him off, escaped and called for help, Crum said.

The woman was treated for injuries at the hospital and released.

Sheriff's deputies, a Santa Rosa police K-9 team and the sheriff's helicopter Henry 1 searched the area but did not locate the suspect, Crum said.

A homemade warning sign had been posted on the trail Monday, and the violence had people thinking twice about using the popular trail.

"It's scary because I do go up there often," one visitor said. "Now I'm like do I want to go up there by myself even with other people? You never know what you're going to find."

Norrbom Road is an extension of First Street West past Arnold Field and the Mountain Cemetery, Crum said.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 50s with a white bushy beard. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, black sweater, black beanie and dirty jeans. The woman said the man appeared to be homeless, Crum said.

Detectives were reaching out to the homeless community hoping to identify the man. Meanwhile, the sheriff's department is urging people to walk and jog in pairs while detectives conduct their search.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call 707-565-2185.

Photo Credit: Jean Elle/NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Driver Smashes into North Bay Barn, Kills Two Mini Horses]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:08:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MiniHorsesPenngroveCrash.png

Two miniature horses were killed Saturday morning when a driver lost control of their car and plowed into a barn in the North Bay, police said.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said the suspect, believed to have been driving recklessly along Minnesota Avenue in Penngrove, slammed into the horses' barn around 2 a.m. Saturday. The driver killed both horses and fled the scene.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, officials said. Investigators say preliminary accounts indicate that the suspect was driving a Honda.

The suspect is also in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP's Santa Rosa Office or Detective Fomasi at 707-565-2121.

Photo Credit: Sonoma County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[9 Teens Injured After Shooting at Vallejo House Party]]>Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:29:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-16-17_Vallejo_Shooting.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting that injured nine teens early Sunday morning at a house party in Vallejo.

According to Vallejo police Lt. Steve Cheatham, at 12:15 a.m. police received a call about a shooting at 110 Calhoun Street, near Benson Avenue.

At the scene, police learned that a large group of teenagers were gathered for a party at the address.

According to Cheatham, a group of teenagers were gathered outside the residence when someone inside a vehicle across the street opened fire at the crowd.

Four people suffered gunshot wounds and five others suffered other injuries. All nine people, all of them minors, were transported to a local hospital with minor to serious injuries, Cheatham said.

The suspect vehicle fled the scene and is described as a four-door vehicle, possibly carrying two suspects inside, Cheatham said.

The incident is currently under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Chiropractor Convicted of Sexual Battery Goes Missing]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:00:38 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Darius+Bunyad.jpg

Santa Rosa police are asking the public's help finding a chiropractor who disappeared the day before he was convicted in March of sexual misconduct with eight of his female patients.

Darius Bunyad, 36, faced eight years in prison for six felony charges of sexual battery by fraud. He also was convicted in Sonoma County Superior Court on March 9 of six misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child. The offenses occurred between 2012 and 2015.

Ten victims, some of them high school girls, testified against Bunyad during the two-week trial. Bunyad was in court when attorneys gave closing arguments, but he failed to show up on March 8 and when the jury returned verdicts the next day.

Bunyad was last seen by a family member talking to an unknown female around 3 p.m. on March 8 in the Walnut Creek area, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Terry Anderson said.

Bunyad lived in Petaluma but his Health Performance Chiropractic practice was in Santa Rosa.

Bunyad was born in Afghanistan in 1980 but has lived in the United States for many years, Anderson said.

He changed his first name from Daryoush to Darius and had a shaved head and full beard when he was booked on the charges. Bunyad, however, then grew out his hair and was clean-shaven during the trial.

Bunyad's attorney Richard Scott said today he has had no contact with Bunyad since the trial and has no idea where he is. He said Bunyad was close to his 4-year-old son and his family is distraught he is missing.

A date for sentencing Bunyad cannot be set until he is found and he will face additional prosecution as a fugitive from justice.

The Sonoma County Alliance has offered a reward up to $2,500 for information that leads to Bunyad's arrest, Anderson said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Santa Rosa police at (7070 543-4040.

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Victims in Critical Condition After Triple Shooting]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:33:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/C9XLcxfVwAIU7i7.jpg

Three people are in critical condition after being shot late Thursday in Vacaville, police say.

Several gunshots rang out just before midnight at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Aegean Way. Several 911 callers reported the incident to police.

Responding officers found that a man, a woman and someone police classified as a juvenile had sustained gunshot wounds. They were taken to area hospitals with critical injuries, according to police.

Police said around 8:30 a.m. Friday that citizens helped them hone in on at least one suspect who was described as a man in his 20s, who was wearing a black hooded sweater. Investigators are collecting information about a possible second suspect. 

People with details about the shooting are asked to call Detective Aaron Potter at 707-469-4827.

Check back for updates.

Photo Credit: Vacaville Police via Twitter
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<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Doctor a No-Show After Sexual Assault Conviction]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sr-doctor-0413-2017.jpg

A felony no-bail warrant has been issued for a Santa Rosa doctor who had just been convicted of sex crimes but failed to show for the last two days of his trial.

Dr. Darius Bunyad, a licensed chiropractor, was last seen March 8 in Walnut Creek, according to a family member.

Bunyad has a penchant for changing his appearance. The most recent 2015 booking photo shows him with a shaved head and full beard. During his two-week trial, he was clean shaven and had a full head of hair.

Bunyad was accused and convicted of sexually assaulting four females, including two underage employees, in 2015. He was convicted of 11 counts of sexual assault and one misdemeanor.

"On the day that the prosecution rested and the jury was sent to deliberate, that was his last day in court," Santa Rosa police Sgt. Terry Anderson said by phone Thursday night. "No indication at this point that he wanted to hurt himself, it’s just a matter of him not wanting to go to jail. If somebody sees him, they should call their local law enforcement agency."

Police said Bunyad was seen in Walnut Creek with an unknown female.

Photo Credit: Santa Rosa PD]]>
<![CDATA[Researchers Find 3 Mountain Lion Kittens in Sonoma County]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:57:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_Lion_Kittens_Social_Video_1200x675_719570499504.jpg

Researchers say they've discovered three adorable 10-day-old mountain lion kittens in Sonoma County.

The Audubon Canyon Ranch research teams discovered the kittens Friday near Glen Ellen and Kenwood, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

ACR Communication Manager Wendy Coy says the team had been watching the kittens' mother, P1, for six months. It is the first time the team has had one of its tracked mountain lions deliver a litter of kittens.

The team was able to take a quick peek at the kittens when they knew the mother would not be around. The team follows P1's movements through her GPS collar.

Coy says the kittens are in good health and the team is planning more visits to track their growth.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[BART Officials Explore Service Cuts, Lower Discounts]]>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:48:59 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/bart38.jpg

Faced with a dwindling ridership, BART directors on Thursday mulled service cuts, reduced discounts and other ways to make up a multi-million dollar budget deficit.

BART fares are already slated to go up 2.7 percent in January. 

However, officials rejected the idea of trimming discounted prices for seniors, children and people with disabilities from 62.5 percent to 50 percent. They also scrapped a proposal to offer service starting at 5 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.

Officials left on the table the option to enact a 50 cent surcharge on magstripe tickets, in the hope of encouraging commuters to purchase clipper cards, which generate more revenue.

The transportation agency had been enjoying six years of consecutive growth, but during the first half of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, BART reported a roughly 4 percent drop in the number of weekday riders. Weekend ridership slumped by approximately 9 percent.

That drop in ridership could mean that BART will finish this year $15 to $25 million below budget. The agency could face a $25 to $35 million shortcoming as it prepares its future budget.

To prevent the agency from hemorrhaging money, BART has asked every department to cut back on spending and officials have eliminated overtime costs. 

A final decision is expected in June.

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<![CDATA[Construction of GGB Suicide-Prevention Net to Start]]>Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:48:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5P+GGB+SUICIDE+BARRIERS+PKG+-+00003129.jpg

San Francisco officials on Thursday marked the start of the construction of the suicide-prevention net under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Officials say the net will be positioned 20 feet below the sidewalk and extend out another 20 feet. Made of seven football fields worth of stainless steel, the structure will curve up slightly at its ends and be suspended 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on both sides of the bridge — invisible to drivers.

In 2016, 39 people jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and plunged to their deaths, according to spokeswoman Priya Clemens. But bridge patrol workers were able to prevent an additional 200 people from committing suicide.

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kimberly Renee Gamboa held back tears as she remembered her son Kyle, who killed himself at the bridge in 2013.

"He was just starting his senior year in high school at Sacramento Waldorf School," an emotional Gamboa said, pausing while she gathered her breath. "It doesn't just happen to the family. It happens to every single person he knew."

Three-and-a-half years later, Gamboa joined federal and state leaders at Thursday's festivities, which also included a planting ceremony near the bridge.

"Today we are here to observe a labor of love," Pelosi said.

The California Highway Patrol has been tasked with managing traffic during construction. The agency will be paid for opening and closing designated lanes at night, when the bulk of the work is expected to occur. The construction is scheduled for nighttime when fewer cars are on the road.

First approved in 2014, the nearly $200 million project has been delayed due to years of debate and its hefty price tag. Contractor fencing to protect workers will go up in early May, and net installation is set to begin mid-2018.

The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

NBC Bay Area's Laura Malpert contributed to this report. 

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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<![CDATA[Taxi Driver Allegedly Sexually Assaults Intoxicated Woman]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:01:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/mehari+tekle.png

A 42-year-old Santa Rosa taxi driver, who California Highway Patrol officers believe sexually assaulted an intoxicated woman in December, was arrested on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Mehari Tekle, allegedly assaulted his passenger in the cab while driving her home from Graton Casino, according to officers with the CHP Golden Gate Division.

Being intoxicated, the woman could not give him consent, the CHP said.

Using interviews, DNA and video evidence, investigators honed in on Tekle and served an arrest warrant at his house at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Photo Credit: CHP Golden Gate Division via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[SF Homicide Suspect Allegedly Pulled Gun From Stroller]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:41:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gun+generic+092115.jpg

A man charged in a fatal shooting in San Francisco's Tenderloin earlier this month pulled the gun used in the shooting out of his 9-month-old daughter's stroller, a prosecutor said Tuesday in court.

Johnnie Reed, a 33-year-old Vallejo resident, was arraigned this afternoon on felony charges including murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and child endangerment in connection with the April 2 death of Antonio Stanberry.

Stanberry, a 31-year-old San Francisco resident, was shot in the first block of Jones Street shortly after 2:30 p.m. and died after being taken to San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.

Reed, who was arrested two days later in Sacramento, pleaded not guilty to all charges on Tuesday.

Tiana Jacobs, a 24-year-old Vallejo resident and the mother of Reed's child, was also arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of being an accessory after the fact and was later also charged with child endangerment. She also entered not guilty pleas on Tuesday.

Deputy Public Defender Michelle Tong said Reed, the father of four children, cares for his disabled father and works at Petaluma Poultry. She said his past criminal record consists primarily of some marijuana convictions.

"The evidence is thin in terms of making any connection between Mr. Reed and Mr. Stanberry," Tong said.

However, Assistant District Attorney Michael Swart said prosecutors had video showing Reed pulling a gun out of the stroller of his 9-month-old daughter.

He allegedly shot Stanberry nine times and then placed the gun back in the stroller before he and Jacobs fled the scene with the baby, Swart said.

He also has a protective order to stay away from Jacobs because of domestic violence allegations, Swart said.

Reed remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. Jacobs is out of custody on $15,000 bail.

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<![CDATA[Man Falls Into San Ramon Trench, Hurts Himself]]>Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:05:46 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San+Ramon+rescue.jpg

A man on Wednesday fell into an 8-foot trench in San Ramon and hurt himself, police say.

The incident was reported around 10:25 a.m. at Omega and Purdue roads, prompting crews from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District to respond.

Crews put a storm drain into the trench that spans 50 feet. They were trying to shore it up before helping him out, according to police.

The man was awake and complaining of back pain. He was not buried, police said.

Crews said they hope to have the man out of the trench by 12 p.m.

No further details were immediately available.

Photo Credit: San Ramon Police]]>
<![CDATA[Vacaville Firefighters Rescue Pup From Hole in Wall]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:35:08 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Lexstuckinahole.jpg

Whoever let the dog out didn't realize what he was going to do next. 

Lex, a 1-year-old puppy, got his head stuck in a hole in a wall and was rescued by Vacaville firefighters early Tuesday morning. 

The dog learned "about physics the hard way," department officials wrote on their Facebook page, when he "stuck his head through a dryer vent hole that was cut into the siding of a garage."

A resident and her two children were unable to free the trapped pup and called for help. 

Firefighters did not have to cut into the wall and instead helped Lex squeeze out of the hole, after which he promptly scampered off.

Photo Credit: Vacaville Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Armed Man Robs Smoke Shop]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 07:08:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-11-17-armed-robber.jpg

The hunt is on for a masked armed robber in Suisun City. Police say the suspect on Sunday entered a smoke shop on Sunset Avenue at around 8 p.m. He flashed a gun and demanded cash before fleeing with money and cigarettes.

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<![CDATA[Marin County Students Help Track Elephant Seals]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:00:12 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0407-2017-ElephantSeal.jpg

On a windswept cliff of the Point Reyes National Seashore above hundreds of reclining elephant seals — a tiny science class of two students and their teacher began its weekly tally of the bellowing creatures below.

Unlike most classrooms where smell is usually not a consideration, the wind delivered the elephant seals dramatic aroma to the group’s vantage point.

“The smell was the hardest part,” observed student scientist Luz Torres. “Just to find out that’s their regular smell.”

Torres has gotten to know the smell well — having made weekly trips to the seashore to help count the unique mammal colony which is spread between four sites near Drakes Beach. The group has braved soaking rain, daily squalls and the aforementioned stink to record the animals’ fluctuating numbers for the National Park Service.

“I like aquatic species, I had a couple fish,” Torres revealed, “but i never thought I’d be here counting elephant seals.”

Neither did Torres anticipate she’d get so up-close-and-personal with the creatures, venturing past gates and barriers with the park service’s blessing in order to get close enough to make out the tags on the animals tail with a spotting scope.

“Our key purpose to be looking for tagged animals,” said professor Doreen Gurrola. “It supports the data that the park service is doing.”

Gurrola’s class has visited the site weekly since the first of the year compiling data used by the park service which is keeping tabs on the population. The Pacific Elephant Seal was once hunted to near extinction, dropping to only about 20, but have rebounded into the thousands and continuing to grow. Point Reyes along with Año Nuevo north of Santa Cruz remain two of California’s most populated colonies.

“The populations have been growing,” Gurrola said, “so it’s important to see where that population is growing.”

Biologists with the National Park Service have tagged many of the returning population with colored tags designating where the animal is from. Point Reyes’ tags are pink. On a recent day, Gurrola and her students also recorded tags from the Año Nuevo colony as well as a white tagged female from a colony at San Simeon.

“We want to see what age classes are using which beaches and how often,” Gurrola explained.

Aside from the main colony of hundreds of elephant seals on Drakes Beach, the professor and her students roamed the three ancillary beaches where a smattering of elephant seals had hauled out and were slumbering in the sand. A count from one nearby outlook identified 12 live sea lions and four dead pups. The two students noted the macabre finding with the clinical demeanor of a doctor.

“There’s a lot of pup mortality but you can’t prevent it,” said student Sheridan Wilner. “It’s wildlife. We’re just here to observe it.”

On this day in early April, the massive and territorial male elephant seals had already moved on leaving mothers, the young and the newborns full run of the beach.

Even though technology such as transmitters and mounted cameras have taken the study of the creatures to new levels, there was still no replacement for a set of eyes to count and record behavior.

The park service will incorporating the student’s data into its own, expanding its ability to keep an accurate grasp of the population. Gurrola said the students would compile their observations and possibility present them at wildlife conferences this Spring.

Even in the normally sterile domain of science and its ubiquitous charts and numbers, the site of a particularly big-eyed newborn seemed to melt the stoic reserve of the budding researchers.

“Oh look at the tiny one there,” Torres squealed before returning to the business of counting.

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Man Nabs $7,000 Necklace from Napa Jewelry Store]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:28:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-10-17_Napa_Theft.jpg

Napa police are asking the public for help with identifying a man who stole a $7,000 necklace from a local jewelry store.

The man tried on the pricey piece of jewelry before bolting from the store with the necklace in hand, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Napa Police Department.

Photo Credit: Napa Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Police Seek Man Suspected of Stealing $7K Necklace in Napa]]>Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:54:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/napa+thief-0409-2017.jpg

Police are seeking a man who allegedly took a necklace worth several thousands dollars from a Napa jewelry store last week, police said Saturday.

On Apr. 1, a man walked into a jewelry store in town and tried on a necklace worth $7,000. The man then ran out of the store, according to police.

His image was captured on surveillance video.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact Napa police at (707) 257-9223.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Deputy Injured in Suspected DUI Collision]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 11:54:18 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

A Marin County sheriff's deputy suffered minor injuries in a head-on collision with a suspected intoxicated driver early Sunday morning in Mill Valley, California Highway Patrol officials said.

CHP officers received a call at 3:19 a.m. asking for help because a sheriff's deputy was in a traffic collision.

The collision occurred on Shoreline Highway, CHP officials said.

An investigation suggests that 34-year-old Justin Satterfield of Mill Valley was driving a 1997 Honda Civic on Shoreline Highway when he allegedly failed to negotiate a curve.

A sheriff's deputy was coming from the opposite direction when the 34-year-old's car allegedly crossed in front of the deputy's and the two vehicles collided head-on, according to CHP officials.

Satterfield was uninjured. CHP officers interviewed him and arrested him on suspicion of DUI causing injury. Satterfield was taken to the county jail.

The sheriff's deputy was treated and released from a local hospital.

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<![CDATA[Loved Ones Continue Search for Missing SJSU Student]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:21:37 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Redrico.jpg

Roughly 40 desperate searchers on Sunday once again scoured Benicia and Martinez in hopes of locating Kevin Redrico, a missing San Jose State University student who disappeared on Wednesday.

Redrico, a third-year undergraduate student studying music education, is described as Filipino with black hair and brown eyes, roughly 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 125 pounds. He also has a full mustache and goatee. He was last seen wearing black or gray clothing when he ditched his car and cellphone near the Benicia Bridge.

"I can't tell you his mental state, but it's been storming, and I'm worried about his safety," Jonathan Redrico, Kevin Redrico's brother, said.

Kevin Redrico's father, Glenn, said his son was recently taking anti-depressants to help cope with a personal relationship problem, but Glenn Redrico does not believe his son presents a danger to himself.

"I talked with him, and he said he won't do that," Glenn Redrico said. "I just hope he's wandering around because of the medication."

Aside from the bridge, Kevin Redrico's most recent locations include Madison Street in Benicia, Park Road in Benicia, Shoal Drive East in Vallejo and Hayes Street in Benicia.

Kevin Redrico most likely has a purple Pokemon keychain, Honda car keys and prescription bottles in his name on his person.

Searchers on paddleboards, boats and jet skis inspected the area beneath the bridge Sunday afternoon. They also handed out fliers to local fishermen in hopes of gathering any helpful information.

Other search parties on Sunday also combed Vallejo, Pleasant Hill, Hercules and Concord as well as handed out fliers to the general public.

A longtime family friend of Kevin Redrico even brought his dog to help in the search effort.

"He goes places and gets into nooks and crannies that I would not get into," Arsenio Roldan said.

Anyone with information about Kevin Redrico's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 707-344-7690.

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<![CDATA[Contractors Arrested for Taking Advantage of Customers]]>Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:28:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Contractors1.jpg

Three Sonoma County construction contractors were arrested on suspicion of numerous offenses after they allegedly took advantage of customers, officials with the Contractors State License Board announced Friday.

According to the officials, 44-year-old Joseph Goodwin of Forestville and 36-year-old Samuel Williams of Santa Rosa allegedly used their construction business, Goodwin Millworks, to take almost $566,000 from their customers.

The company, working with 51-year-old Santa Rosa resident Anthony Joseph Irvin of AJI Construction, allegedly performed construction work for one of the victims. According to investigators, inspectors received repeated

requests to inspect substandard construction work and concerns that multiple contractors were involved with the job.

According to investigators, Irvin abandoned the unfinished job when he was paid and the victim ended up paying twice for the same work.

In a separate incident, a nonprofit organization that buys and rehabilitates houses for disabled people paid more than $460,000 for work at two homes. The incomplete jobs were abandoned and the nonprofit had to spend an additional $685,000 to pay for a second contractor to complete the work, investigators said.

Investigators have identified at least ten victims who have suffered financial losses totaling $812,411.99. Investigators believe there may be other victims of Goodwin Millworks or AJI Construction.

Anyone who believes they may be a victim should contact CSLB Investigator Amanda Martinez at (510) 540-2024 or amanda.martinez@cslb.ca.gov.

The state Labor Commissioner's Office conducted a separate investigation based on statements from Goodwin Millworks employees who claimed they were not paid wages. The commission ordered the company to pay more than $150,000 in back pay to workers and almost $600,000 in civil penalties.

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<![CDATA[30 Athletes Treated for Hypothermia at North Bay Triathlon]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:46:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-8-17_Napa_Triathlon.jpg

A triathlete went to a hospital and about 30 others suffered symptoms of hypothermia Saturday morning during the HITS Napa Valley triathlon in Napa County, a Cal Fire spokeswoman said.

A participant got on a bike after swimming in Lake Berryessa and went down at 10:13 a.m. in the 7600 block of Berryessa Knoxville Road.

Once the bicyclist went down, someone suggested that 30 others stop to warm up.

The triathletes swam in the lake before attempting a bike ride.

The temperature at the lake was 37 degrees, according to Cal Fire.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Anderson said the winds were light Saturday morning so wind probably didn't make the air feel any colder.

The participants with symptoms of hypothermia warmed up at the Hope Valley Fire Station and at the Bureau of Reclamation Office. All who warmed up were OK afterwards, Cal Fire spokeswoman Suzie Blankenship said.

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<![CDATA[Families Unable to Return to Muddy Oakland Hills Homes]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:43:24 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+EAST+BAY+STORM+DAMAGE+PKG+-+00000704.jpg

A storm that battered Northern California, endangering homes and leaving thousands in the dark, dumped only a drizzle of rain in the south and was beginning to roll out of the state Saturday.

But first, the rain softened soil already saturated by months of previous storms, causing a landslide in the Oakland hills. Five families were displaced late Thursday and four homes had been red-tagged by Friday. Some houses were filled with nearly five feet of mud and officials said the hillside is unstable. 

Being red-tagged means no one can live in those specific homes, at least for the time being. Also, all work to clean up the fallen hillside and repair the homes has to stop until city officials gives the the go-ahead.

There were also reports of several downed trees in the area. Part of Thornhill Drive was closed through Saturday after a tree slammed into a house and blocked the road. 

Neighbor Suzanne Quick said the tree came crashing down around 3:50 a.m., and she said the damage to the home resulted in a total loss. Fortunately for the residents, they were able to walk away.

"The tree apparently fell on a stud, and that's the only thing that kept from everybody being wiped out," Quick said.

Earlier in the week, Diane Henderson recalled a wall of mud coming through her home's roof and down the hallway on Thursday. Even a tree made its way into her house.

"Hillsides are full of trees and brush and plants, and you feel they are holding the hillsides up," she said. 

But that was not the case on Thursday night.

Barbara Stone, who is now forbidden from reentering her house, was given 10 minutes to evacuate.

“I don’t know what to expect next," she said. "Two minutes from now, we may have to run, to get out." 

Buckets caught rain water, but that's about all the women could do Friday to mitigate the damage as a less-severe system passed through the Bay Area.

Homeowners are also concerned about who will pay for the repairs.

"They called me back and said that we're not covered for mudslides," Stone said about her insurance provider. 

Jonathan Aragon felt like he was living in a war zone.

“We didn’t want to go to sleep last night," he admitted. "We were afraid the other tree back there was going to fall. We kept shifting through the house and everything.” 

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and PG&E temporarily cut water and power service to 23 homes in the area. 

Homeowners on Friday night hoped that a crumbling road above their properties wouldn't slide down and bring with it a lot more mud. They wondered too if a section of a water main that crews have isolated for restoration broke beneath the road, causing a lot of the damage. District officials said the scenario is unlikely, but that the pipe will be preserved as part of an investigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Dog Found Alive Three Days After Deadly Boating Accident]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 21:03:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/safedog.jpg

A dog whose owner died after his powerboat capsized in a bay north of San Francisco has been found alive three days after the accident.

The Labrador retriever named Yoda was spotted Thursday on a rocky beach by two firefighters scouting locations for water rescue skills training.

Marin County Battalion Chief Bret McTigue says they wrapped the cold, wet dog in a lifejacket and put him near a fireplace in a fire station to warm him up.

The dog's owner was 47-year-old Brian Ho.

McTigue says Ho died Monday after his 13-foot boat capsized in Tomales Bay.

Another man and another dog survived.

Relatives at Ho's funeral announced that his dog had survived.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Fairfield Man Jailed on Suspicion of 5 Burglaries in 2 Days]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:59:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs14.jpg

Police in Fairfield have arrested a man suspected in a series of five robberies in two days.

Edwin Gaona, 31, of Fairfield, was arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbery, violation on parole and on an outstanding warrant for violation of parole, according to the Fairfield Police Department.

On Thursday, officers with the Fairfield Police Department responded to a report of a robbery in the 1800 block of North Texas Street.

Police were able to get a description of the suspect believed responsible for the robbery.

On Friday, offers received reports of three other robberies that occurred between the hours of 7:35 a.m. and 10:06 a.m. at businesses in the 2300 block of North Texas Street, the 1300 block of Gateway Boulevard and the 1900 block of West Texas Street, police said.

As officers were responding to the incident on West Texas Street, they located a man matching the description of the suspect in the previous robberies.

Officers took the suspect, identified as Gaona, into custody, and witnesses from each of the four robberies positively identified him, police said.

Police said Gaona is also a suspect in a robbery that was committed in Suisun on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested With Stolen Boys and Girls Club Vehicle]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:52:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/boys-and-girls-club.jpg

A Fresno resident was allegedly found driving a stolen Boys & Girls Club vehicle early Saturday morning in Petaluma and was arrested, police said.

An officer patrolling the area around Maria Drive at about 12:30 a.m. allegedly saw a moving vehicle without its taillights lit.

The officer checked records and found that the vehicle was registered to the Petaluma Boys & Girls Club.

The officer stopped the vehicle for the lighting violation and to see whether the vehicle was stolen.

Officials with the Boys & Girls Club said the vehicle was stolen and they didn't know the driver, Sandy Beckton, 35.

Beckton was arrested and taken to the county jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, possessing a stolen vehicle, possessing a stun gun and violating post release community supervision.

Post release community supervision is a program managed by a county agency such as a probation department to supervise people released from state prison.

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<![CDATA[Benicia High School Teacher and Student Arrested ]]>Sat, 08 Apr 2017 12:46:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/91997111-marijuana-generic.jpg

A 23-year-old Benicia High School teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing stolen property and possessing marijuana at a school, police said.

School employees called police Friday and told them that they saw a 17-year-old student leaving campus frequently during the week.

Officers interviewed the student who allegedly told them that he was walking to a teacher's car.

The teacher, Riana Lane, was allegedly giving her car keys to the student to get into her car, according to police.

When officers searched the car they allegedly found some edible marijuana and stolen goods from thefts in Benicia on March 23 and 28.

Lane allegedly admitted to officers that she had some edible marijuana in her car. The student then confessed to stealing the goods found in Lane's car, police said.

Lane was arrested, cited and released on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana on a school campus.

Police arrested the student for petty theft and released him to a parent. His name will not be released because he is a minor, police said.

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<![CDATA[Volunteers Scour Benicia, Martinez for Missing SJSU Student ]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:40:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Redrico.jpg

About 30 volunteers on Friday searched for a San Jose State University student who was last seen near the Benicia-Martinez Bridge a day prior.

Kevin Redrico, 23, left his Vallejo home around 9 p.m. Wednesday without telling anyone, according to his brother. He was last seen getting out of his red 2014 Honda Accord around 9 a.m. Thursday at 1898 Park Road in Benicia and then walking south. He was wearing black clothing.

The third-year undergraduate is studying music education, his brother Jonathan Redrico said.

He is described as Filipino with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 125 pounds.

Redrico was reported missing to Vallejo police. After his car was found, Benicia police launched a search yesterday by helicopter, boat and on foot with K-9 units, Lt. Scott Przekurat said.

Volunteers are searching parks, hiking trails, waterfronts, and downtown and industrial areas of Benicia and Martinez, Redrico's brother said.

The search is expected to restart at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information about Kevin Redrico's whereabouts has been asked to call Vallejo police at (707) 648-4321.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Napa]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:58:20 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0404-2017-NapaChopper.jpg

An armed man was fatally shot by police after they say he fired shots at officers in Napa Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting and investigation in the area of Bueno Street and Linda Vista Avenue prompted nearby West Park Elementary to be placed on lockdown at about 2 p.m. The Napa Valley Unified School District said the lockdown at the school was lifted about an hour later.

Police also shut down Linda Vista Avenue from West Park to West Pueblo avenues during the investigation.

Officers initially responded to several 911 calls reporting a man shooting a gun in the area. When officers and deputies from the Napa County Sheriff's Office arrived, the man began shooting at them as he was driving away from a home, police said.

"To protect ourselves, and the greater public, our officers fired their service weapons fatally wounding the man," police said in a release.

Photographs of the man's car, which crashed into a tree, show the vehicle riddled with bullet holes.

No other injuries were reported

An investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[4 Oakland Hills Homes Red-Tagged After Storm-Fueled Mudslide]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:07:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-7-2017-oakland-hills-damage1.jpg

Heavy rains softened already saturated grounds and caused a landslide in the Oakland hills, which left five families displaced and four homes red-tagged, while high gusts of wind Friday morning left thousands without power in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gusts up to 48 mph ripped across San Francisco and blasts of up to 62 mph hit the Oakland area, National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Schneider said.

In Oakland, residents of at least five homes were forced to evacuate Thursday night following a landslide that in some cases dumped about five feet of mud in their houses. Of those, four were red-tagged by Friday. Officials say the hillside is unstable. 

Being red-tagged means no one can live in those specific homes, at least for the time being. Also, all work to clean up the fallen hillside and repair the homes has to stop until city officials gives the the go-ahead.

Diane Henderson recalled a wall of mud coming through her home's roof and down the hallway. Even a tree made its way into her house.

"Hillsides are full of trees and brush and plants, and you feel they are holding the hillsides up," she said. 

But that was not the case on Thursday night.

Barbara Stone, who is now forbidden from reentering her house, was given 10 minutes to evacuate.

“I don’t know what to expect next," she said. "Two minutes from now, we may have to run, to get out." 

Buckets caught rain water, but that's about all the women could do Friday to mitigate the damage as a less-severe system passed through the Bay Area.

Homeowners are also concerned about who will pay for the repairs.

"They called me back and said that we're not covered for mudslides," Stone said about her insurance provider. 

There were also reports of several downed trees in the area. Jonathan Aragon felt like he was living in a war zone.

“We didn’t want to go to sleep last night," he admitted. "We were afraid the other tree back there was going to fall. We kept shifting through the house and everything.” 

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and PG&E temporarily cut water and power service to 23 homes in the area. 

Homeowners on Friday night hoped that a crumbling road above their properties wouldn't slide down and bring with it a lot more mud. They wondered too if a section of a water main that crews have isolated for restoration broke beneath the road, causing a lot of the damage. District officials said the scenario is unlikely, but that the pipe will be preserved as part of an investigation.

Meanwhile, more than 40,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in the San Francisco Bay Area were without power Friday morning because of the stormy weather that started Thursday and lasted into Friday. But late Friday, that number hovered just above 7,400.

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, residents paid close attention to erosion and downed power lines on the fire-weary Santa Cruz Mountains. Parts of the hillsides have been washed away due to the series of heavy rains this winter season.

"We did experience significantly heavy winds in the South Bay — up to 52 mph in San Jose," said Mayra Tostada with PG&E. "That’s where trees are toppling. Power lines and power poles have been coming down."

PG&E set up a base camp in Scotts Valley from where they monitored the storm and dispatched repair crews. The agency brought in additional crews from the Central Valley to help. 

“We’re prepared for this storm," Tostada said.

David Navarro said he woke up to sparking power lines after a small tree came crashing down. Now, he is worried about two nearly 150-foot trees that have roots exposed.

He complained that he’s been calling county officials for weeks, hoping someone would remove the danger above his home. PG&E restored power to Navarro’s home, but not his sense of security.

"I was scared because I have a little daughter and I’m more concerned about my family," Navarro said.

By Friday, though, it appeared that the Santa Cruz Mountains had been spared from the latest storm's wrath. Crews in fact had been sent from higher elevation areas to cities like Cupertino and Los Altos to bolster repair efforts. 

Scattered showers will continue through Saturday afternoon when things will dry out until another small storm system hits on Wednesday, Schneider said.

Forecasters warned of significant travel disruptions Friday in the Sierra Nevada passes, around the town of Mammoth Lakes and along U.S. 395.

"Avoid travel if possible, you could be stuck in your vehicle for many hours," the weather service warned.

Forecasters upgraded a winter storm watch to a warning for heavy, wet snow, effective from midnight Thursday to 5 a.m. Saturday along the eastern Sierra, west of U.S. 395.

The Mammoth Mountain ski resort in the eastern Sierra Nevada reported early Friday that up to 26 inches of snow fell overnight, with more expected over the next day or two.

That raised the season total to 562 inches or nearly 47 feet 

Advisories for small watercraft and gale warnings were in effect along about a third of the California coast.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Marin County Supervisors Battle Muir Woods Traffic Headaches]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:11:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-4-17-muir-woods.jpg

Officials will receive an update on how plans are going for improving roads and traffic issues near Muir Woods National Monument in the North Bay. With close to one million visitors every year, both the county and the National Park Service want to manage and improve all the traffic.

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<![CDATA[Abalone Season on Hold Until May]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:27:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-4-17-abalone-shortage.jpg

April is normally the start of abalone season off the Sonoma Coast. This year is different. The Department of Fish and Wildlife cut back abalone season until May because of concerns about food supply. Abalone season will also end at the end of October, which is one month earlier than usual. The allowable catch per diver is down this year from 18 to 12 in order to preserve the stock.

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<![CDATA[Hand Grenade Discovered in Unincorporated Benicia]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:08:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GrenadeBenicia.jpg

Roadside work crews in unincorporated Benicia received quite the surprise when they spotted a hand grenade near Interstate 680 over the weekend, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

Explosive ordinance specialists from Travis Air Force Base and responding sheriff's deputies on Saturday determined that the explosive, which was found near Parish Road and the freeway, was an inactive training grenade, according to sheriff's officials.

Sheriff's officials are not sure where the grenade came from or how it ended up near the freeway.

The grenade was destroyed by explosive ordinance specialists at Travis Air Force Base, according to sheriff's officials.

Officials used the discovery to remind folks to never approach or play with an old grenade. People who discover a grenade are asked to contact 911.

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<![CDATA[#EqualPayDay: Businesses Rally Behind Wage Gap Fight]]>Tue, 04 Apr 2017 06:59:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/161*120/EqualPay.jpg

Roughly two dozen businesses across the Bay Area and several more around the nation on Tuesday are fighting to close the pay gap between men and women.

Some of those establishments plan to offer a 20 percent discount to illustrate the roughly 20 percent pay difference between working men and women across the United States.

Women on average earn about 80 cents for every dollar that men tally, according to LeanIn.org. In California, women make about 86 cents for every dollar collected by men, according to an analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women and Families.

Aside from smaller local businesses around the Bay Area, Lyft and Salesforce are some of the bigger names rallying behind the wage gap effort. For example, Lyft plans to donate 20 percent of its proceeds gathered from Tuesday rides completed across 240 cities to groups that fight for women and families.

Closing the wage gap could add $513 billion to the American economy, according to research from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Individually, women could pocket $530,000 more during their careers if equal pay is achieved, according to LeanIn.org. Those funds could push 3.1 families above the poverty line and reduce hunger concerns for struggling women and their children, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

Companies Participating in #EqualPayDay in San Francisco:

California Cowboy Apparel, CookieLove, Craftsman and Wolves, Dev Bootcamp, Flora Arte, Hackbright Academy, Honeycomb Salon, Kara's Cupcakes, Margaret Elizabeth, Nick's Crispy Tacos, Terra Mia Ceramic Studio LLC, The Little Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant

Companies Participating in #EqualPayDay in Silicon Valley:

Books Inc., Boutique 4, Budget Blinds, Kepler's Books & Magazines, Life in Play Company LLC, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, Passion Fit, St. Stevens Green, The Striped Pig, Tin Pot Creamery, Title Boxing

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<![CDATA[1 Dead in Boating Incident on Tomales Bay: Coast Guard]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:25:22 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/tomales1.jpg

One person died Monday afternoon in a boating accident on Tomales Bay, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

The incident involved a 13-foot Boston Whaler pleasure craft with two people and two dogs on board. It was reported at 12:08 p.m.

A Coast Guard boat and the Sonoma County sheriff's helicopter Henry-1 responded to the incident, according to the Coast Guard.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Dies in Crash After Fleeing From Police]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:00:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/petaluma-0402-2017.jpg

A motorcyclist died in Petaluma on Sunday evening after leading police on a high-speed chase and crashing, according to the Petaluma Police Department.

At about 5:15 p.m., Petaluma police received a disturbance call regarding motorcycles speeding up and down the street in the area of Adobe Creek Drive and Ely Boulevard South, police said. When an Officer arrived to the scene and located the two motorcycles, he attempted to stop the bikers in the area of Ely Boulevard South and Frates Road. But both motorcycles fled at a high rate of speed southbound on Ely, police said.

One of the motorcyclists yielded to police about a mile from Frates, but the second motorcycle continued fleeing southbound before losing control and crashing, police said. He suffered major injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel, police said.

The second motorcyclist then rode up to the scene and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The California Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the crash, police said.

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<![CDATA[Napa Man Accused of Drugging, Kidnapping, Raping Teen]]>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:01:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/napa-rape-0402-2017.jpg

A 50-year-old Napa, California, man with a criminal past was arrested Saturday morning for allegedly drugging, raping and kidnapping a 13-year-old girl, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities made the arrest after the man, who was identified as Timothy Lee Marble, called police after the girl jumped from his moving car traveling along Highway 1 in Bodega Bay, according to authorities. When officers arrived, the girl, who was covered with road rash, jumped out of nearby bushes and claimed that Marble — a convicted drug felon without a history of sexual assault offenses — sexually assaulted her.

The ghastly string of abusive events ignited on March 30 when the girl became entangled in an argument with her mom before running away from her Napa home, according to the sheriff's department.

The teen ended up at a Shell gas station during the early hours of March 31 when she came into contact with Marble, according to the sheriff's department. Marble convinced the teen that he would give her a ride in his pickup truck.

Marble drove the teen to "an unknown location in the country," according to the sheriff's department. That's when the pair smoked marijuana together before Marble began to make sexual advances. The teen resisted, but Marble exerted his force. He tied the teen to a tree and sexually assaulted her, according to the sheriff's department.

The two hopped back into Marble's car and started driving, according to the sheriff's department. Some time later, Marble pulled out a syringe and injected the teenager with methamphetamine.

Marble also cut the girl's leg using a razor blade and a knife, according to the sheriff's department. He also etched his name into the girl's skin. That name was still on the victim's body when detectives began investigating the case.

Before his run of criminal behavior was over, Marble managed to sexually assault the girl two more times, according to the sheriff's department.

The victim escaped Marble's control when she dove from his truck Saturday morning. Marble tried to find the girl in the bushes and reportedly told her he was going to kill her after she failed to show herself, according to the sheriff's department.

Marble called 911 when the girl didn't answer his demands, according to the sheriff's department. After arriving and hearing the girl's story, sheriff's deputies arrested Marble on a number of counts related to sexual acts with a minor, child abuse and kidnapping. He was transported to the Sonoma County Jail, and he was booked without bail.

Marble is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[President Trump OKs Disaster Declaration for Calif. Counties]]>Sun, 02 Apr 2017 18:29:49 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4-1-17_Trump_Disaster_Declaration_CA.jpg

President Donald Trump on Sunday approved a disaster declaration for several California counties ransacked by powerful winter storms.

A total of eight of the Bay Area's nine counties overwhelmed by flooding and mudslides between Feb. 1 and Feb. 23 are eligible for federal funding, according to the White House. The counties listed include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Jurisdictions may also request money for hazard mitigation measures, according to the White House.

A drought-stricken Bay Area benefited from the record amounts of winter rainfall, but the much-needed water also triggered hillsides to crash into homes, roads to crumble and water to overwhelm neighborhoods. One of the hardest hit locations was neighborhoods along Coyote Creek in San Jose. Thousands of homes and cars were filled with flood waters when the swollen Coyote Creek breached its banks.

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<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Firefighters Rescue 12 Ducklings]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:08:41 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BABYDUCKS.jpg

All the ducklings are back in a row – but not without help from Santa Rosa firefighters.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department got a call around 1:30 p.m. Friday about a flock of ducklings that had fallen into a storm drain near Unocal Place and Round Barn Boulevard. Security guards at Medtronics had noticed the hatchlings plunge into the drain and were seeking help to reach them, dispatch said. 

As the mother duck paced nearby, firefighters lifted a manhole cover so they could access the dozen birds, who were trapped about seven feet below street level, according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department's Facebook page.

Firefighter Chase Richardson climbed into the drain and rescued the ducklings one at a time. Others on the ground took the baby birds and placed them near their mother.

Once reunited, the duck family waddled off toward a nearby wooded area.

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<![CDATA[Confidence in Bay Area Economy Drops: Study]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:26:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/120916+cash+money+generic.jpg

Economic confidence in the Bay Area has slipped to its lowest point in four years, according to a report published by the Bay Area Council.

Only 31 percent of people polled stated that the economy was "was doing better" compared to the last six months, according to the study. Compare that mark to the 53 percent of people who said the economy was on the upswing back in 2014.

The economic outlook for 2017 moving forward doesn't appear to be as cheery either. Just 24 percent of people polled this year believe that the economy will improve over the course of the next six months, according to the report. Roughly 50 percent of people back in 2014 thought the economy would be better in that same amount of time.

Millennials are much more pessimistic compared to older crowds when it comes to fears about the future of the economy, according to the report.

A traffic "crisis" and the high cost of the living are two of the main factors causing the economic concerns.

Overall, just 42 percent of people in the Bay Area think the region is "headed in the right direction," compared to 57 percent of folks back in 2014, according to the study.

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<![CDATA[Man Gunned Down in Vallejo]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 13:23:28 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/police_crime_tape_generic_640x4801.jpg

Police in Vallejo are investigating a shooting death that occurred Friday night.

Officers with the Vallejo Police Department responded Friday at 11:09 p.m. to a report of a shooting at the intersection of Marin and Pennsylvania streets.

There, officers located a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Police have not released the identity of the victim.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Vallejo Police Department at (707) 648-4280.

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<![CDATA[Suisun City Police Investigate Armed Robbery at Walmart]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:12:10 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Suisuin+city+armed+robbery+suspect.jpg

Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Friday evening at a Wal-Mart store in Suisun City, police said.

An image of the suspect, who was said to be carrying a gun, was captured on a surveillance camera at 6:23 p.m.

Customers and employees were evacuated and the store was locked down, according to police.

The suspect was last seen running north of the store.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Vera at (707) 421-7373. Tips can be made anonymously to Solano Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.

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<![CDATA[Volunteer-Built Ship Unveiled in Sausalito]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:06:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sausilito-ship-0329-2017.jpg

A special ship was unveiled in Sausalito on Wednesday night.

The 130-foot-long vessel, preparing to launch soon, was built entirely by local volunteers. The project took three years, but those involved feel it has been well worth the wait.

"You think about building pyramids, building cathedrals or building barns," project director Alan Olson said. "All those things bring people together. Our objective was to build a ship and a community, and I think we accomplished that."

Private donations funded the $6 million project. The ship's first voyage will be Saturday, and it will mainly be a vessel for school field trips.

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<![CDATA[Man Found Naked From Waist Down at Santa Rosa High School]]>Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:43:00 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-lights-day-shutterstock_1430470310.jpg

Officers arrested a 50-year-old man Wednesday at a Santa Rosa high school after school staff found him naked from the waist down, police said.

Employees at Santa Rosa High School, located at 1235 Mendocino Ave., told officers they found the man on the campus' north side, near the door of a basement, according to police.

The man, later identified as Santa Rosa resident William Miessner, was wearing only a T-shirt and a small plastic grocery bag covering his genitals. Additionally, Miessner's hands and genitals were painted blue, police said.

Officers learned Miessner spoke to at least one student but did not approach the student.

School employees were able to keep Miessner away from other students until police arrived.

It was not immediately clear why Miessner came to the school. His clothing and other belongings were found on campus, according to police.

Officers arrested Miessner on suspicion of possession of acontrolled substance, coming onto a school campus with intent to interfere or disrupt and providing false ID to officers. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail, police said.

<![CDATA[Man Gets 15 Months in $500K Wine Theft From French Laundry]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:33:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/frenchlaundry4.JPG

Prosecutors say a federal judge in San Jose has sentenced a man to 15 months in prison following his conviction on a conspiracy charge stemming from the theft of more than $500,000 worth of wine from a famed Napa Valley restaurant.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Abraham Simmons said a judge sentenced Davis Kiryakoz on Tuesday.

Kiryakoz pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods. Prosecutors say he acknowledged stealing 110 bottles of high-end wine from French Laundry, Chef Thomas Keller's restaurant - in December 2014 and later selling some of it to a buyer in North Carolina.

The stolen wine included a bottle that can cost up to $10,000.

Kiryakoz also acknowledged stealing another $320,000 worth of wine from a steak house and a wine store.

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<![CDATA[Student Filmmakers Get a Shot in Sonoma Int'l Film Fest]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:33:57 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0328-2017-projector.jpg

The Sonoma Valley International Film Festival will mark its 20th run on Wednesday with a slew of 130 films spanning some 27 countries. But among the 200 filmmakers expected to turn up — some will come from just down the street - and won’t be even old enough to drive themselves to the theater.

Several students from Sonoma Valley High School’s intense media arts program will showcase short films during a student segment at the festival - with a pair of the school’s budding filmmakers showing films among the regular festival fare.

“It’s cool to see it on the big screen along with the other filmmakers,” said student Owen Summers whose claymation film titled “Magic Beans” will show in the main festival. “Hopefully it shows well and people like it.”

Summers’ filmmaking is a byproduct of a class that exceeds the creative rigors of most high school media arts programs. The program launched in 2002 with teacher Peter Hansen at the helm and has launched the careers of filmmakers who’ve wound up at Pixar and in Hollywood. In addition to a high tech broadcast studio, the school supplies students with cameras, lighting and computers to make their own films.

“That’s all they do is edit and film and they love it,” Hansen said, adding that he sometimes has to shoo his over-enthusiastic students back to algebra and science classes.

Hansen said the students are from a generation weened on media — video-ready smart phones at their fingertips — constantly documenting the world around them. Hansen endeavors to shape those impulses into serious filming chops.

“They were born into a world where it’s 24-7 nonstop glowing boxes,” Hansen said. “That’s what they know.”

On a recent day inside the class’s broadcast studio, lighting was set-up with fussy precision, cameras were aimed at the on-air talent dutifully seated behind the news desk — as a director barked orders to the crews. The class broadcasts a weekly live newscast with sports and weather. Beyond the studio, students sat at computer stations making last-minute tweaks to films, promotional videos and music videos.

“I’m here on Saturdays and there’s eight to 20 kids editing filming, lighting,” Hansen said. “There’s no bells.”

Summers spent months shooting his stop-motion film, eking out motion one frame at a time with his clay characters.

“It’s very slow,” Summers said, “you’re basically watching a movie as it goes — frame by frame.”

A few monitors away, Alex Epstein edited a film starring his charismatic brother who effected a convincing British accent in a riotous slapstick-esque short film. Epstein’s film is also scheduled to show in the festival

“I’ve never had my own film, any of my movies shown to many people,” Epstein said. “We actually have a chance to make a name for ourselves in this film fest.”

Sonoma International Film Festival director Kevin McNeely said the inclusion of student films in the festival wasn’t just throwing a bone to local kids, but rather the reflection of the high degree of Hansen’s media arts program it helps support.

“These students are making important films,” McNeely said. “These short films kind of tell what’s going on in their mind.”

Hansen said the program helps students find their footing in a digital landscape that is heavy on DIY — in the process helping them veer onto their own paths as filmmakers early in life.

“My kids are mostly the art kids — they’re not the quarterback, they’re not the star athlete,” Hansen said. “But for that one day when they’re in the film festival, they are the quarterback.”

The film fest runs March 29th - April 2nd. For more information, visit SonomaFilmFest.org.

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<![CDATA[Fairfield Man Dead After Ghastly Car Crash in Vacaville]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:18:32 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-28-17-vacaville-fatal-car.jpg

A Fairfield man who died in a solo vehicle crash in north Vacaville early Tuesday morning had just competed in a billiards tournament in Las Vegas on Monday, according to his Facebook posts.

Rudy Lee Carabajal III, 39, placed third in a mini-pool tournament at the Westlake Las Vegas Resort and Casino, and he said he was looking forward to the next tournament.

Carabajal, who was also known as "Thumper," had a 10-year-old daughter. Friends on Facebook expressed concern that she would find out about his death on Facebook and not be notified in person.

Carabajal was driving a 2008 Honda Civic on southbound Interstate 505 south of Vaca Valley Parkway when the car went off the road, through a fence and struck two trees around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

He was ejected from the vehicle when the Honda split in half and was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP said the car was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Facebook friends said "the world has lost an amazing soul" and called him "a good friend and teammate."

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<![CDATA[Mobile Petting Zoo in the North Bay Sparks Violent Scuffle]]>Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:15:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-26-17_North_Bay_Mobile_Zoo.jpg

The owner of a petting zoo on wheels in the North Bay was assaulted by a woman last weekend, Sebastopol police shared on Facebook.

The bizarre turn of events unfolded when several residents flooded police with calls about a woman housing two cows, a goat and three dogs in an old school bus located on Morris Street, police said.

"The owner of the menagerie had a well-intentioned, but perhaps misguided plan to turn the ex-school bus into an educational petting zoo on wheels," police wrote on Facebook.

Police scouted the bus and determined that the woman's furry friends were "well taken care of and not in distress," but the authorities noted that a yellow school bus probably wasn't the proper home for the animals.

"It was clear the owner had bitten off more than she could chew, so to speak, in her new venture," police wrote on Facebook.

The woman eventually moved her bus to a gas station located on Highway 12 and planned her next move. A Sebastopol police officer also joined in the effort to find a forever home for the animals.

Meanwhile, another woman spotted the animals in the bus. Her frustration with mobile petting zoo triggered a physical altercation with the bus owner, police said. The owner of the bus was sent to the hospital with minor injuries, but she has since been released.

After reaching out to the local community, the Sebastopol police officer was able to find a bit more open space near Cloverdale for the animals to graze.

The unusual string of events proved to be a learning experience for those involved.

"It's unfortunate that some felt they needed to resort to violence against the owner, who was perhaps misguided, but meant the animals no harm and treated them well," police wrote on Facebook. "That person let her passion for animals get the better of her, unaware that the process was already in motion to get the animals into a better situation."

A total of two assailants were arrested following the altercation, police said.

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<![CDATA[Latest Winter Storm Soaks Bay Area]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:07:17 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Rain-Bay-Area-109249602.jpg

Forecasters say rain and cold temperatures will continue most of Friday in the San Francisco Bay Area before drying out and warming up on Saturday.

A cold front system moved south from the Gulf of Alaska early Friday with forecasters predicting up to 3 inches of rain in the coastal mountains with less rain in the lower elevations.

By early Friday, moderate to heavy rainfall had been reported in Vallejo and Sausalito in the North Bay; Lafayette, Concord and Moraga in the East Bay; and Tiburon and San Francisco, to name a few places.

Ponding was spotted on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, while slick roads made for treacherous driving conditions.

Forecasters say the storm is expected to move into the South Bay later Friday with winds picking up.

The rain is returning to the Bay Area after a wet winter season that caused damage worth millions of dollars and forced state and local leaders to declare emergencies to secure funding for storm repairs. Last month, thousands of people in San Jose were displaced from their homes after Coyote Creek overflowed. 

In the Sierra Nevada, snow levels will start out above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) on Friday, then lower to around 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) Friday night and Saturday.

Snow accumulations above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) could range up to 12 inches (30.5 centimeters), impacting travel through the mountain range.

Saturday should bring a mostly sunny respite.

The front is expected to move slowly south down the Central Coast, bringing rain late in the day and overnight to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Forecasters say there's a chance it could reach Los Angeles County, but will wash out on Saturday.

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

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

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

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

No other information was immediately available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Puppies Rescued After Being Abandoned Near Dumpster]]>Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:23:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0324-2017-RescuePuppies.jpg

Three puppies are being cared for in Vallejo after being abandoned near a dumpster.

Someone spotted the strays in a dog bed that was left out in the cold. Two of the puppies look like hounds and the third a Chihuahua.

All puppies are three months old and have been turned over to Pits R Us, a local rescue.

The puppies are receving treatment and medicine. The rescue is asking for supplies to help care for the animals. Visit PitsRUs.org for more information.

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<![CDATA[Two Injured After Car Plunges into Santa Rosa Creek]]>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:37:55 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/3-22-17_Santa_Rosa_Creek_Crash.jpg

A vehicle carrying three people plunged into Colgan Creek in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, and the driver fled the scene, police said.

At 9:17 p.m., Santa Rosa police, fire crews, and Sonoma Life Support personnel were dispatched to the area of Colgan Avenue and Santa Rosa Avenue on a report of a vehicle collision.

At the scene, officers located a vehicle that had crashed through a fence on the west sidewalk of Santa Rosa Avenue and went into the Colgan Creek flood control channel. The vehicle then traveled about 200 feet west in the creek, before coming to a stop, police said.

According to police, officers contacted two of the vehicle's occupants who were able to exit the vehicle. They suffered injuries that are not considered life threatening and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The driver fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Crews were unable to remove the vehicle from the flood control channel because of accessibility issues and damage to the vehicle. Arrangements for the vehicle's removal will be done at a later time, police said.

Officers are investigating this incident and following up on leads to determine the driver's identity. The driver is described as a black man in his early 20s, and was wearing a gray shirt and white pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Santa Rosa police Officer Noel Gaytan at (707) 543-3600 ext. 8517.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<![CDATA[Supervisors Approve Park in Memory of Teen Killed By Deputy]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:15:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_fotos_andy_lopez_portada1.jpg

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded a $3 million contract to construct a community park in the memory of 13-year-old Andy Lopez, who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy.

The board awarded the contract to the lowest of four bidders, Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa, to build the park at Moorland and West Robles avenues in unincorporated Sonoma County outside southwest Santa Rosa where Lopez was killed.

The teen was carrying an airsoft rifle designed to resemble an actual assault weapon when he was shot seven times by Deputy Erick Gelhaus on Oct. 22, 2013.

The death was followed by protests, marches, a civil rights violation lawsuit by Lopez's family and the county's intention to build "Andy's Unity Park" -- the first park in the Hispanic community south of Santa Rosa's automobile row parallel to U.S. Highway 101.

Argonaut Constructors' successful base bid was $3,029,445 plus $564,500 for 11 "additive alternates" that include a skateboarding spot, basketball court, shade structure, teen zone, community garden and off-leash dog area on two parcels totaling 4.22 acres.

Board members discussed at length Tuesday morning where the money for the half-million dollars in proposed additions would come from, and whether their absence would be construed as building a "bare bones" park.

Supervisor David Rabbitt said he wished the additive alternatives were included in Argonaut Constructors' "base" bid, and he insisted the county be able to pay for the additions.

Rabbitt said even without the additions, "It's still a beautiful park, but I want to see the money in the bank before we spend it."

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, whose district includes the park, insisted the board meet the promise it made in December to fully fund the park.

"This is a huge deal for the community. They have not had a park for 20 years. It's long overdue. I don't want half a park," Hopkins said.

The board voted unanimously to award the $3 million base contract to Argonaut Constructors and to direct Sonoma County Regional Parks staff to identify funding for the additive alternatives that could include additional grants, community fundraising or money from the 2017-2018 budget.

The board begins its 2017-2018 budget hearings in June.

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<![CDATA[Benicia Police Seize Blue Meth from San Ramon Man]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:51:42 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BlueMethBenicia.jpg

Benicia police reported over the weekend that in true "Breaking Bad" fashion, they caught a San Ramon man red-handed with blue meth, but it wasn't "Walter White."

Police in Benicia were alerted to a suspicious man scoping out cars in the 400 block of East 2nd Street, police said. Two officer stopped the man, identified as 30-year-old Joshua Scott of San Ramon, and found blue methamphetamine, which is the central drug depicted in the hit television series "Breaking Bad," in his car. Walter White is the main protagonist of the series.

Responding officers searched Scott's car after learning that he was on probation for burglary and had a $175,000 warrant out for his arrest for burglary charges, police said.

Scott was arrested and transported to Solano County jail, police said.

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<![CDATA['Day to Remember': Police Reunite Boy with Stolen Bike]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:19:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MarinCountyStolenBike.jpg

A young boy in the North Bay on Sunday was reunited with his stolen Christmas present thanks to the Marin County Sheriff's Department.

The gifted bicycle was recently stolen from a front yard in the San Geronimo Valley, police wrote on Facebook.

Days later, the victim spotted his bicycle on an online auction and notified police.

Undercover officers contacted the thief and formulated a plan to meet him in San Rafael.

The thief, who was identified as 35-year-old Saul Merino of San Rafael, showed up for the exchange with the bicycle in hand. That's when police arrested Merino and returned the bicycle to its rightful owner.

Police wrote that bringing the bicycle back to the boy was a "day to remember."

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<![CDATA[Another Round of Rain Lashes the Bay Area]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:28:05 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-21-17-los-gatos-trees2.jpg

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<![CDATA[Trees Topple as Rain Soaks Saturated Bay Area]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:48:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-21-17_Vallejo_Tree_House1.jpg

Widespread rain and gusty winds across the Bay Area on Tuesday once again triggered a slew of problems for an already saturated and battered Bay Area.

A roughly 100-year-old oak tree in Vallejo came crashing down on a home near Capitol and Glenn Streets. The tree, which fell just after 2 a.m., dented portions of the home, causing PG&E officials to red tag the residence. No one was injured, but homeowner Veronica McElroy said the ordeal was "really stressful."

"We thought we were having an earthquake," she said.

In the South Bay, crews were busy early Tuesday removing another fallen tree from Highway 17 in Los Gatos.

Winter-like conditions during the morning hours prompted San Francisco International to delay some arriving flights by nearly one hour.

As of late Tuesday morning, Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz Mountains had already accumulated 3.27 inches of rain since the recent storms arrived. Mill Valley in the North Bay topped out at 2.27 inches while San Francisco's Noe Valley reached 1.59 inches of rainfall. Oakland recorded 0.88 inches of rain while San Jose received 0.44 inches.

Scattered showers across the Bay Area will linger into the Tuesday afternoon hours with isolated thunderstorms possible. A chance of rain and thunderstorms will remain into Wednesday with a stronger storm possible for the end of the week.

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<![CDATA[The French Laundry Now Requiring Prepaid Reservations]]>Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:25:29 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/french+laundry-0320-2017.jpg

A world famous, Michelin three-star restaurant in Napa County is among the latest high-end establishments to join the trend of requiring prepaid "tickets" for reservations.

The French Laundry in Yountville, long considered one of the finest restaurants in the world, began using a service called Tock on Monday for its customers to book prepaid tables online because, it seems, even a three-star dining room isn't immune to no-shows.

The new booking system requires diners to pay for some or all of their meals when they schedule their reservations. And at the time of purchase, they also can tell the restaurant about any food allergies or make other special requests.

The French Laundry's booking options through Tock include a table in the dining room for up to seven guests, which costs $310 per person, and a table in a private dining room for eight to 12 guests, which costs $400 per diner.

Other restaurants using the Tock system include Lazy Bear in San Francisco, Staplehouse in Atlanta and Lûmé in Melbourne, Australia.

The French Laundry has received Michelin's top three-star rating for the past six years, according to the restaurant's website.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Welcomes Spring with Even More Rain]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:54:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/rain-generic-umbrella-raindrops.jpg

Spring arrives on Monday, but the Bay Area won't be soaking in sunshine and warmer temperatures. Folks will be soaking in more rain.

A string of storm systems this week will once again douse portions of the Bay Area, bringing even more precipitation to a region that has been saturated with much-needed rainfall after five years of devastating drought.

During this year's rainy season, Bay Area rainfall totals have topped out anywhere from 120 to 173 percent of average. As of Sunday, Santa Rosa had accumulated 52.71 inches of rain this winter in comparison to the average mark of 30.52 inches of precipitation.

San Francisco had received 27.75 inches of rain compared to the average standard of 19.93 inches. Oakland had welcomed 24.29 inches of rainfall, a mark that is more than seven inches above its average. Livermore's 22.10 inches of rainfall this winter is 9.06 inches above its average mark. Portions of the South Bay such as Mountain View and San Jose have only collected roughly 15 inches of rain this winter season as of Sunday, but those marks are still above the average standard by more than two inches.

Scattered showers and even periods of heavy downpours early this week could bring up to threes inches of rain to the North Bay mountains and the Santa Cruz Mountains by Tuesday afternoon. Most parts of the Bay Area will receive less than one inch of rain after the early systems pass through the area.

A chance of rain will linger into Wednesday before subsiding by Thursday, but another storm on Friday could pack even heavier pockets of moisture.

The expected spring showers could also deepen the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is already well above seasonal averages. Snow levels across the Golden State are 166 percent of average as of Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Search Teams in North Bay Scour Region for Missing People]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:12:09 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-19-17_MissingVallejoPeople.jpg

Search parties on Sunday were spread across Vallejo searching for two at-risk people. One, a 26-year-old woman, was found safe while the search continued for a 74-year-old man.

Roughly 80 volunteers scoured Solano County in hopes of finding 26-year-old Lexus Dupaty, who had disappeared Friday evening, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office. Search and rescue teams were worried after learning that Dupaty, who has a mental disability, tended to hide in parks and bushes.

Their efforts were rewarded when the Vallejo woman was spotted by a passerby on Lake Herman road about two miles from Dupaty's home.

Dupaty's family was ecstatic about locating their missing loved one.

"I just want to say, 'thank you,'" Tomoroa Hill, Dupaty's aunt, said. "Praise God that my niece has been found safely. We barely could stand. We didn't sleep. We hardly ate."

After locating Dupaty, search crews reorganized and shifted their efforts to finding 74-year-old James Christian. The Vallejo man, who suffers from dementia, left his home Saturday night and walked to a store, but he has not been seen since.

Christian was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black leather hat, blue jeans, and red, white and yellow tennis shoes, according to police.

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<![CDATA[At-Risk Missing Woman Found Safe in Solano County]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:40:11 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/LexusDupaty.jpg

An at-risk Vallejo woman missing since Friday evening was found Sunday afternoon following a search that included about 80 volunteers, a sergeant with the Solano County Sheriff's Office said.

Lexus Dupaty, 26, was found at about noon on Lake Herman Road about two miles from her home.

She was walking in an area that pedestrians don't normally use, which prompted a passing driver to check whether Dupaty was the person the driver heard was missing, Sgt. Jackson Harris said.

Dupaty appears to be in good health. She is getting checked out at a hospital with her family at her side.

Harris described the family's reaction to finding Lexus as "Overjoyed. Very relieved and very overjoyed."

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<![CDATA[Police in Sonoma County Search for Missing Elderly Man]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:57:50 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DavidElliot.jpg

Sonoma County sheriff's officials are looking for an elderly man who went missing Thursday in Sonoma County.

Around noon, David Elliot, 68, was hiking in the Sonoma Regional Park when he got separated from his caregiver. Elliot suffers from frontal temporal dementia, sheriff's officials said.

Elliot is described as a white man, 196 pounds, with gray hair. He was wearing a red-checkered flannel shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball cap with "Grand Canyon" written on it.

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<![CDATA[Three Injured in Vallejo Shooting, Suspect at Large]]>Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:54:14 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_185887181_police_lights_generic1.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting Saturday night in Vallejo that sent three people to a trauma center, police said.

At about 10 p.m., police received a report of numerous shots fired in the 100 block of Westwood Street.

According to police, a 27-year-old male and a 26-year-old female were at the residence visiting family. They were on the home's porch when a man approached them and fired multiple rounds.

The male victim suffered a grazing wound to his head and the female victim suffered a gunshot wound to her right shoulder. According to police, her brother suffered a gunshot wound to the back of his right thigh, but was able to give her first aid.

All three victims were taken to a local trauma center for treatment of injuries that are not consideredlife-threatening, police said.

The suspect is currently at large and was last seen walking east on Westwood Street. He is described as a man in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, a goatee and was wearing a white shirt.

According to police, the victims did not know the suspect and police have not yet identified a motive for the shooting. The incident is currently under investigation, police said.

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<![CDATA[Man Struck with Rock During Fight in Intensive Care]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:29:45 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Emergency-Hospital-Stock-Generic.jpg

A man is in intensive care following a fight with two other men Thursday in Suisun City, police said Saturday.

Officers were dispatched at 3 p.m. to the 700 block of Monte Carlo Drive on a report of a fight.

When officers arrived they found a 29-year-old man on the ground with injuries he received from being hit by two men and hit in the head with a rock, according to police.

The 29-year-old man was allegedly carrying a knife before he was in the fight.

The two men who hit him left the area in a black late model Volvo with two female passengers inside, police said.

Anyone with information about the fight is urged to call Officer Carson at (707) 421-7373. Tips can also be made to Solano Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867.

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<![CDATA[Emergency Funds for Rain-Ravaged San Mateo, Napa Counties]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:25:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/AP_17019735293789.jpg

San Mateo and Napa are among 15 counties statewide that are in line to receive additional federal aid to help repair damage caused by flooding, mudslides and erosion during a wet winter season. 

FEMA announced Thursday that the additional emergency funds would be available to repair damage from storms between Jan. 18 and 23.

This is in addition to relief funds approved by President Donald Trump for storm repair in 34 California counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Santa Clara counties. His assistance applies to needs that may have arisen due to heavy rain from Jan. 3 to 12.

Gov. Jerry Brown had issued emergency proclamations for 48 of California’s 56 counties on Jan. 23 to secure funding from the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program and Office of Emergency Services. His goal was to help communities rebuild wind- and rain-ravaged homes, roads and infrastructure.

Following Brown's announcement, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors announced a separate emergency proclamation following the discovery of a sewage pipe that broke in a mudslide. Early estimates of repair costs for the broken pipe alone were up to $3 million.

The storm, which filled the San Francisquito Creek to the sixth highest level since 1998, also resulted in damage to coastal properties in San Mateo County.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Shoot, Kill Stray Pit Bull During Suspect Pursuit]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:05:40 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fairfield+suspect.jpg

A traffic stop in Fairfield Friday afternoon ended with the arrest of a man who had several warrants for his arrest, as well as the fatal shooting of a stray pit bull that allegedly attacked a police dog.

The incident began at about 4:30 p.m., when officers tried to stop conduct a traffic stop near Olive Road and East Tabor Avenue, according to police.

The suspect vehicle, however, did not stop and drove south into a dead end on Olive Road. The vehicle's driver then fled on foot and began jumping the fences of homes into neighboring Suisun City.

At one point, the suspect forced his way into a home's garage, but then fled and continued jumping fences, police said. 

During the chase, officers recognized the suspect — later identified as Antoine Gordon, 44, of Solano County — as someone who had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.

Fairfield officers, along with Suisun City police and Solano County sheriff's deputies converged in the area.

Authorities eventually found Gordon hiding on the roof of a home in the 600 block of Canvasback Drive, according to police.

As officers attempted to enter the home's backyard to apprehend the suspect with a police K-9, a pit bull emerged from the yard and attacked the K-9, police said.

Officers tried to stop the pit bull but were unsuccessful and one officer was forced to shoot the pit bull to stop the attack.

Meanwhile, Gordon, who was on the home's roof, began shouting at officers, saying that he wanted them to kill him.

Officers talked with him for several minutes and eventually convinced him to surrender, according to police.

Gordon was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a reckless pursuit, resisting arrest, obstructing and delaying a police officer, as well as for the felony warrant.

The pit bull who was shot by police died, police said. Officers learned the animal was stray dog that roamed the neighborhood and the home's resident occasionally let it stay in her backyard.

Aside from the pit bull, no other injuries were reported, according to police.

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<![CDATA[Vallejo Kidnapping Suspect Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison]]>Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:45:36 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muller-mug.jpg

A disbarred Harvard-trained attorney was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday for a kidnapping so elaborate and bizarre that police in California initially dismissed it as a hoax.

It was the sentence federal prosecutors sought for Matthew Muller, who pleaded guilty in September to holding a Bay Area woman for ransom. They realized that Denise Huskins was telling the truth about her March 2015 abduction only after Muller was implicated in a different crime.

On Thursday, Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn faced Muller in the Sacramento courtroom. Huskins spoke to her abductor directly.

"I am the woman behind the mask, the woman you raped and tortured," she said, sobbing.

Quinn’s mother said the couple had hoped for a life sentence.

"Life would have been a little bit better for Denise and Aaron because they would have never had to worry about this ever again," Marianne Quinn said.

Huskins' mother also was at the sentencing. She called her daughter incredibly brave: "She is a beautiful human being."

Muller, 39, could have received life in prison by U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley, but prosecutors agreed to recommend 40 years in exchange for his guilty plea.

"Public safety requires that he be imprisoned until he is old and weak,'' wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Dean Segal, calling the crime "depraved and egregious.''

Defense attorney Thomas Johnson wanted a 30-year sentence, saying his client has been diagnosed as manic and depressive and can be rehabilitated with proper treatment for what he called "a truly debilitating mental illness.''

Muller mostly looked ahead emotionless but briefly addressed the court, saying he is "sick with shame." A Muller family spokesperson said it’s been shocking to hear what the former Marine and Harvard Law School graduate did.

"He is on his meds," Steve Reed said. "He is in a controlled environment, and to some degree, he is very happy he is in a controlled environment."

Federal prosecutors say Muller used a remote-controlled drone to spy on his victims before he broke into the Vallejo home Huskins shared with Quinn, tied up the couple and made them drink a sleep-inducing liquid. They were blindfolded while Muller played a pre-recorded message that made it seem as if there was more than one kidnapper.

He put Huskins in the trunk of his car, drove her to his home in South Lake Tahoe and held her there for two days before eventually releasing her in her hometown of Huntington Beach.

He claimed in emails to a San Francisco reporter that Huskins was abducted by a team of elite criminals who were practicing their kidnapping tactics.

After Huskins reappeared, Vallejo police called the kidnapping a hoax and erroneously likened it to the movie "Gone Girl,'' in which a woman goes missing and then lies about being kidnapped when she reappears.

Investigators dropped that theory after Muller was later arrested in an attempted robbery at another Bay Area home. Authorities said they found a cellphone that they traced to Muller, and a subsequent search of a car and home turned up evidence, including a computer Muller stole from Quinn, which linked him to the abduction.

Vallejo police have since apologized. Huskins is suing the city and two police officers, accusing them of defamation and inflicting emotional distress.

Muller, a former Marine, was admitted to practice law in California in 2011, and his state bar profile says he attended Harvard Law School. He lost his law license in 2015 in an unrelated incident.

"He will be dangerous for the rest of his life,'' Quinn wrote in advance of Muller's sentencing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Brother of Slain Penngrove Woman Seeks Answers]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:05:21 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AnnieBailly.jpg

The brother of a Penngrove woman who went missing for two years and was found dead last month says he always suspected his sister was murdered. Now that his fears have been confirmed, he wants answers about how it happened and who did it.

On Tuesday night, victim Annie Bailly's husband said the FBI and sheriff's deputies ransacked his home. On Wednesday, Kerry Bailly, who has been named a person of interest in his wife's death, would only say his attorney told him to stop talking to reporters.

Meanwhile, Annie Bailly's brother said he has suspected murder ever since he visited his sister's home in December 2014 to meet for lunch and found her car, her driver's license and her purse, but not her.

For more than two years, Annie's disappearance was treated as a missing person's case. Then, on Feb. 27, her body was found at Point Reyes National Seashore. That's when the focus of the case changed.

"It is a murder investigation," Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum said Tuesday.

Crum did not say exactly how Annie Bailly, 63, died or why her death is being investigated as a homicide. The couple was going through divorce proceedings at the time of her death.

After a thorough search of the Bailly home Tuesday, 73-year-old Kerry Bailly spoke out.

"They are not accusing me of anything; they think I murdered my wife," he said, accusing deputies and FBI agents of trashing his home during a search.

A spokesman for the sheriff's department said it was a routine search backed by a court-approved warrant.

"This is a murder investigation, a murder case, and we're only going to take what we deem is necessary evidence from the home," Crum said.

Annie Bailly's brother said by phone Wednesday that his sister was ready to move on and had planned to meet him the day she vanished. When he arrived at her home and she wasn't there, he called the sheriff's department to report her missing -- and fearing the worst.

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<![CDATA[Marin County Sustains $10M in Storm Damage]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:04:27 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Raindrops-Storm-generic.jpg

This winter's storms caused nearly $10 million damage in Marin County and its towns and cities, county officials said Tuesday.

The damage in the unincorporated area alone was $8.76 million, according to the county's Department of Public Works.

Of the county's 24 roads and properties that were significantly damaged, eight sustained damage of more than $500,000, county officials said.

The county is seeking state and federal reimbursement for storm damage repairs but that could take years. The long-term impact on the county's budget will not be known until the repairs are completed and reimbursements are made.

"It's imperative that we get all roads in a critical state done as fast as we can for safety reasons," Department of Public Works Director Raul Rojas said in a statement.

Marin County activated personnel to the Emergency Operations Center five times between December and February because of the storms that sometimes coincided with king tides.

The county experienced hundreds of cases of flooding, mudslides, toppled trees, erosion damage and power outages, county staff said in a report to the Board of Supervisors.

Marin County and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a local state of emergency on Jan. 24. President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for California on Feb. 14 that made federal funding available to Marin County for some repairs during the storms between Jan. 3-12, county officials said.

Marin County residents may be eligible for tax relief if they sustained $10,000 or more in storm damage. Application forms for tax relief are available by calling 415-473-7215 or going on the county's Assessor-Recorder-Clerk's website.

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<![CDATA[Bank Teller Arrested on Suspicion of Assisting Robber]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:53:52 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Jail-Generic-Photo.jpg

San Rafael police arrested a Petaluma man Tuesday on suspicion of participating in the robbery of a bank where he worked as a teller, police said.

Javier Corona-Leyva, 19, was arrested at his Petaluma apartment and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of felony robbery, burglary, embezzlement of more than $400, grand theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

The alleged bank robber, Cedric Ray Vincent, 21, of San Rafael, was arrested in downtown San Rafael on Saturday morning for the robbery of the Westamerica Bank at 1 Mitchell Blvd. in San Rafael around 9:40 a.m. Friday. His arraignment was scheduled for this morning.

Police were conducting an alcoholic beverage sting Saturday morning when a police decoy saw what she believed was a drug deal involving three people, one of whom resembled the photo of the male bank robber.

Vincent, who was recently released from prison and was on parole for robbery, was in possession of a large amount of currency and he agreed to be questioned at the San Rafael Police Department, police said.

During the questioning, bait money taken from the robbery was found in Vincent's pockets, according to police.

San Rafael police detectives Scott Ingels and Alex Holm searched Vincent's cellphone over the weekend and they recognized Corona-Leyva as someone police had previously contacted. The detectives wondered if it was a coincidence that Corona-Leyva was the target of the bank robbery, police said.

The detectives used contact information Corona-Leyva provided at the time of the robbery to search Vincent's phone call logs and they determined Corona-Leyva had communicated wth Vincent more than once within 48 hours of the bank robbery, police said.

One message on Friday indicated both men were communicating about the robbery that was to occur that day.

Corona-Leyva was arrested at his Petaluma apartment at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Napa Man Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Woman]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:16:25 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/handcuffs14.jpg

A man was arrested Monday evening in Napa after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in her home, police said.

At 5:49 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on Pine Street on a report of a sexual assault.

An investigation revealed that the suspect, later identified as Lester Morris Ivy, was selling magazines door-to-door. He allegedly entered the victim's home uninvited, then sexually assaulted and threatened her, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment and then later released.

Police located and interviewed Ivy. He was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of burglary, sexual battery and threatening crime with intent to terrorize.

Anyone with information about the case can contact Napa police Detective Pat Wilson at (707) 257-9388 or pwilson@cityofnapa.org.

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<![CDATA[Taco Truck Catches Fire While Driving in Vallejo]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:44:01 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/taco-truck-wall-las-vegas.jpg

A taco truck sustained extensive damage after it caught fire while it was being driven in Vallejo Tuesday evening, according to a Vallejo Fire Department spokesman.

At 6:02 p.m., fire officials received a report of a food truck that caught fire in the 700 block of Springs Road, according to fire spokesman Kevin Brown.

The road was briefly shut down as firefighters responded.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire within about 15 minutes, according to Brown.

While the food truck, which was identified as Tacos Vallejo, sustained extensive damage, the truck's driver was not injured.

The cause of the blaze was determined to be related to mechanics and not cooking, Brown said.

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<![CDATA[Sea Lion Trapped in Vacaville Canal Heads Home]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:06:02 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-15-17_Sea_Lion_Vacaville.jpg

After adventuring far from its natural habitat, a young sea lion previously trapped in a Vacaville canal appears to be headed back to the San Francisco Bay.

The marine mammal, which was originally spotted Tuesday morning in the canal by an animal services official, was discovered Wednesday morning in a stream nearly two miles downstream from the canal, according to NBC affiliate KCRA.

Vacaville police officers, fire officials and more than a dozen Marine Mammal Center responders on Tuesday tried unsuccessfully for hours to flush the animal out of a drainage pipe in the canal.

The rescue was called off for nightfall and was scheduled to resume Wednesday, according to Marine Mammal Center spokesman Giancarlo Rulli said. But when folks came out Wednesday morning to resume the search and rescue effort, the wayward animal couldn't be found in the canal.

After learning that the sea lion had been spotted Wednesday morning, the Marine Mammal Center announced that it was deploying a team to launch a new search and rescue effort.

Residents did manage to name the animal in a contest conducted on the Vacaville police Facebook page. Leisure gets his name from Leisure Town Road, where he was found.

It's unclear how the sea lion got into the canal. The closest body of water is the Sacramento River, about 50 miles north. Experts at the center believe the animal likely traveled up the river, took a wrong turn and followed a series of agricultural ditches and waterways to get to the canal.

"Although this is a rare location for a rescue call, this animal is in very good body condition and active, so we are hoping it just made a wrong turn," said Dr. Cara Field, staff veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center. "Our hope is that the animal makes his way back out of the pipe on his own so we can attempt another rescue."

Officials want to rescue the animal and take it to the center in Sausalito to be evaluated.

The mammal, believed to be a young male, is fat and looks healthy and seems to be enjoying his adventure, Rulli said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Vacaville Sued Over Contaminant in Water Supply]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:36:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/courtroom+generic+722.jpg

An environmental group has sued the city of Vacaville over the amount of a naturally occurring carcinogen in groundwater.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the federal lawsuit was filed Monday at the U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

California River Watch is demanding that the Solano County city purge its water of chromium-6, the naturally occurring carcinogen that famously sickened Southern California residents as depicted in the movie "Erin Brockovich."

The newspaper reported that the environmental advocacy group also wants Vacaville leaders to give residents more notice of potential health problems associated with the contaminant and provide bottled water or another clean source to seniors and children.

The suit comes as Vacaville is already taking steps to bring its drinking water into compliance with California health regulations by 2020.

City spokesman Mark Mazzaferro declined to comment on pending litigation.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Napa High Football Player Testifies at Expulsion Hearing]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:45:31 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/napa-hazing-0314-2017.jpg

A North Bay high school student is trying to clear his name and save himself from expulsion in a highly publicized football hazing case.

On Tuesday, the school district held a second student discipline hearing for 16-year-old Johnny Torres, a quarterback for the Napa High School football team, who is among several players suspended after an alleged hazing on Nov. 19.

The hearing was public at the request of Torres' parents, who wanted the media and public to hear their son's side of the story.

"I need to be in school," Torres said. "I don't need to retake 10th grade and possibly throw my college education down the drain."

Torres said he wasn't involved with what the Napa Valley Unified School District described as ritual hazing, an annual right of passage on Napa High's football team, where upperclassmen allegedly physically abused at least one freshman player. Those allegations included innapropriate touching.

Torres' lawyer said the whole case is a sham, and the district violated students' rights.

"Poor investigation process, trying to gather up as much evidence as they can," attorney Mandy Leigh said.

Torres was accused of abusing the alleged victim, but in his and other witnesses' testimony, it was revealed he was involved in nothing more than rough-housing with a different student altogether.

"The most I did was horseplay and nothing serious, in my mind," he said, adding that he's innocent and simply wants a chance to prove himself. "I'm a hardworking kid. Nothing was ever given to me."

The school district told NBC Bay Area in a recent statement that it would not comment further on the incident to protect student privacy and the integrity of an ongoing investigation.

The alleged victim in the case also took the stand Tuesday, but that part of the hearing was closed to the public to protect the student's identity.

Leigh said she expected the hearing to wrap up Thursday evening, and a decision could come as soon as later this week.

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<![CDATA[Santa Rosa Man Accused of Murdering Wife, Father Delays Plea]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:52:35 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/court-gavel-generic-san-die1.jpg

A Santa Rosa man delayed entering pleas Tuesday morning to charges that he murdered his estranged wife and his father at their Santa Rosa homes last month.

Dalton James Carlson, 32, allegedly killed Dale Robert Carlson, 57, and Jessica Noel Carlson, 37, on or around Feb. 24. Their bodies were found by friends or relatives less than two hours apart in east and west Santa Rosa on Feb. 25.

Dale Carson was found dead in his home in the 2600 block of Valley Center Drive at 10:53 a.m. and Jessica Carlson's body was found in the 1500 block of Glenbrook Avenue at 12:37 p.m., according to Santa Rosa police.

Carlson is charged with two counts each of murder and burglary and one count of violating a peaceful contact order regarding his wife Jessica, Deputy District Attorney Robert Maddock said.

At the time, Dalton Carlson was facing a misdemeanor charge of battery on his wife on Dec. 25 and damaging a communications device. He posted $30,000 bond on Jan. 9, according to Sonoma County Superior Court records.

The misdemeanor battery complaint was filed against him on Feb. 15 when he pleaded not guilty and the peaceful contact restraining order was filed and served against him. A settlement conference was scheduled for March 7.

Carlson was arrested Feb. 24 on suspicion of being under the influence of a drug outside his wife's house that morning and violating the peaceful contact restraining order.

The victims' bodies were found the next day. Carlson is scheduled to enter a plea April 18.

<![CDATA[Crews Suspend Sea Lion Rescue Operation in Vacaville]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:29:13 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-15-17_Sea_Lion_Vacaville.jpg

The Marine Mammal Center late Tuesday suspended its efforts to rescue a sea lion trapped in a canal.

The marine mammal was found in the afternoon stuck in a Vacaville canal, prompting rescue crews to respond to the scene located along Leisure Town Road.

Rescue operations were suspended due to fading light. Veterinarians noted the sea lion is in good condition and active, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

Crews are expected to return to the scene early Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Knife-Wielding Man Fatally Shot by Police in Napa]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 05:49:03 -0700http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/napa+ois-0313-2017.jpg

A knife-wielding man was fatally shot by Napa police near a Home Depot store on Monday, according to the Napa Police Department.

Police said Napa officers responded to multiple calls about a man with a knife outside the store at Kansas Avenue, west of Soscol Avenue, about 6:20 p.m. When the officers arrived, they found the man a short distance north of the store, and a short time later, two officers fired at the man, killing him, police said.

People were reporting "someone walking around with a knife in his hand acting 'crazy' or 'high,'" Napa police Chief Steve Potter said. "They contacted him in the lot, and multiple shots were fired after that."

Police said the man may have been entangled in an argument inside of the Home Depot before moving outside. Potter did not say how many shots were fired. Witnesses said they heard several shots fired.

Police and Napa County sheriff's officials were investigating the shooting, police said. 

Sheriff’s investigators learned later that the man was attacking people on foot and motorists with a knife. Witnesses also told investigators that the man was acting crazy and confrontational with "everyone."

Both Napa officers will be placed on paid administrative leave while the Sheriff's Department conducts its investigation. The names of the officers will be released within a few days, police said.

Anyone who witnessed the events leading up to or the event itself is asked to call the Napa County Sheriff’s Department Investigations Division at 707-253-4591.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

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