<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usMon, 27 Mar 2017 11:40:02 -0700Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:40:02 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NFL Owners Approve Raiders' Relocation Proposal]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:38:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/las-vegas-raiders.jpg

NFL owners on Monday gave the Oakland Raiders the green light to move from their current home in the East Bay to Las Vegas.

The relocation move, which was approved by 31 of the league's 32 owners during meetings in Phoenix, does not come as a surprise.

"My father used to say that 'the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,' and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is one opportunity that will give us the ability to achieve that greatness," Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, said.

The Raiders' proposal to the NFL included a $1.7 billion stadium plan in "Sin City." A total of $750 million in public funds via a Las Vegas hotel tax along with $500 million from the team and the NFL will be used to fund the construction of the domed arena. Bank of America, the Raiders' new chief financial backer, will also contribute funds.

The fact that no physical stadium location had been officially determined and no stadium lease had been put into writing could have derailed the relocation proposal, but owners did not appear to find any issue with those potential roadblocks.

In the days leading up to Monday's vote, Oakland went "all in" in hopes of enticing the franchise to stick with its original home.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf over the weekend backed a plan to construct a new $1.3 billion home for the Raiders on 55 acres of immediately available land just south of the Coliseum.

The East Bay city would chip in $200 million to build the public infrastructure and pay for the preparation of the stadium site, according to Schaaf. Oakland's general fund would not be tappen into to pay for the build. Rather, construction will be paid off using revenue generated at the venue. Schaaf reiterated that $600 million in private funds will come from the Fortress Investment Group and NFL Hallf of Hamer and 49ers legend Ronnie Lott.

The last-minute proposal was submitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week, but it appears that the effort was not enough to turn heads.

Goodell wrote a letter, which was obtained by Bay Area News Group, to Schaaf indicating that proposal "does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies."

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<![CDATA[Horses Cause Delay on I-680 in Walnut Creek]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:59:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/horse1.PNG

Horses galloping down northbound I-680 in Contra Costa County snarled traffic during the Monday morning rush.

Interstate 680 was briefly shut down due to the horses which were reportedly spotted around 7:35 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP tweeted out around 10:28 that the agency helped capture the horses: "CHP helps wrangle up horses on 680 ...and violating the carpool lane!"

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<![CDATA[Nunes Met Source for Trump Monitoring Claim at WH Grounds]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:42:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

Before Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Trump Tower may have been caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period, the House Intelligence Committee chairman was on White House grounds meeting with a source, Nunes' spokesman confirmed in a statement to NBC News. 

The California Republican hasn't revealed who his source was for the explosive claim, made Wednesday, that private communications of President Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies. Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declared Wednesday he has "profound doubt" about the integrity and independence of the committee's probe, and has pushed for an independent commission to look into alleged ties between Trump's team and Russia, which is suspected of interfering with the election.

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition, later apologized to members of the committee for briefing the president first. He also clarified that he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance.

Schiff has not immediately responded to the new revelation, first reported by CNN, that Nunes met his source on White House grounds. 

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," a spokesman said in a statement. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped."

Classified information must be viewed in secure enclosures called sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs.

After the statement was released Monday, Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer, whom he met on White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with "networked access" to the reports he viewed.

He also revealed that the reports were sent to executive branch agencies including the Obama White House, Lake reported.

Nunes' committee is looking into a claim made without evidence by the president that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Nunes and other officials, including FBI Director James Comey, have said there is no evidence the administration did so, but Trump said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by the briefing Nunes gave him. 

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<![CDATA[Sessions: 'Sanctuary Cities' Won't Get Certain Federal Funds]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:32:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Sessions_Immig_Sanc.png

American municipalities that refuse to help with federal immigration enforcement, known as "sanctuary cities," are at risk of losing some funding from the Justice Department, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said told reporters Monday.

Many cities across the United States, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other major population centers, consider themselves sanctuary cities.

"Public safety as well as national security are at stake and put them at risk of losing federal dollars," Sessions said, in a surprise appearance at Monday's White House briefing.

Sessions said that some states and cities have "adopted policies designed to frustrate" the enforcement of immigration laws by refusing requests to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests for undocumented immigrants charged or convicted of serious crimes.  

"Such policies cannot continue," Session said. "They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the streets."

Sessions said that the Department of Justice would require cities or states that apply for Office of Justice Programs grants to certify compliance with the section of U.S. code that calls for cooperation between government agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 

The Obama administration had a similar policy in place.

President Trump had said during the campaign that he would "defund" sanctuary cities by taking away their federal funding. But legal precedent suggests that would have been difficult to do.

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 7 Rescued After Four-Alarm Fire in Oakland]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:37:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-27-17_Oakland_Fire.jpg

One person is dead and seven people were rescued after a massive blaze ignited inside an apartment building in Oakland Monday morning.

Three people suffered injuries as a result of smoke inhalation, fire officials said. 

"I just heard screaming and breaking glass, sounds of wood breaking and explosions," resident Kirstin Evans said. "I looked at my window and it was all orange and yellow. I ran out of my apartment and it was all smoky and debris was all over the place."

The four-alarm blaze, which was reported around 6 a.m. at 2551 San Pablo Ave., triggered "multiple rescues," fire officials said. Heavy flames and smoke could be seen spewing from the building.

Evans told NBC Bay Area that the fire may have been caused by a burning candle resting in a residence on the second floor of the building.

A total of seven people were pulled from the burning building, which is believed to house roughly 50 to 60 people, according to Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Eric Logan. 

Bobby Earl Bishop, Jr. was sleeping on the first floor when he heard one his neighbors yell, "Fire!" He initially thought it was a joke until he recognized the smell of smoke. Bishop and his wife managed to escape the inferno with just minutes to spare.

"I'm doing OK," Bishop said. "I'm mad I just lost my place. Me and my wife just lost everything. We only had a little bit of stuff and we lost everything."

During their initial search and rescue efforts, firefighters reported seeing a person on the third floor of the building, but they were unable to reach the person due to heavy flames and smoke, Logan said. Fire officials later confirmed that one body was located.

Firefighters were quickly pulled from the structure for safety concerns, forcing them to battle the flames from the ground and via extended ladders, according to fire officials.

Roughly one hour after the blaze ignited, crews appeared to be gain an upper hand in the fight. Large clusters of flames were replaced by billowing plumes of white smoke. Firefighters also managed to contain the flames to the structure involved.

After fleeing the fire and receiving services from the Red Cross, several residents voiced their frustrations with their burned home. Irene Randall said the apartment building was "unlivable."

"This building has not been right for a long time," she said. "This definitely could have been prevented."

She claimed the building was infested with bed bugs, rats and cockroaches. Fellow resident Darlene Jones added that the building only had one way in and one way out — a staircase in the front of the building with a metal gate.

Randall and Jones, along with resident Justin Wash, also claimed that the fire sprinklers in the building did not go off during the fire.

"I don't how this building came up to code," Wash said.

Monday's blaze comes roughly four months after the devasting Oakland warehouse fire that claimed the lives of 36 people.

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<![CDATA[Fallen Power Lines Block BART Service to San Francisco]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:37:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-27-17-bart-+train+stop.jpg

BART service was restored Monday morning after fallen power lines temporarily halted trains between San Francisco and the East Bay, according to the transportation agency.

The power lines fell in the area of the West Oakland Station, forcing BART to stop service and close the station around 8:20 a.m., according to BART. Service through the transbay tube was subsequently halted.

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Regular service resumed just after 9:30 a.m., according to BART. BART warned commuters to expect major residual delays systemwide.

While service was stopped, a bus bridge was set up to help commuters travel between San Francisco and the East Bay.

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<![CDATA[Shanahan Excited to See Saleh's New 49ers Defense]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:34:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/kyshanne.jpg

When the 2017 NFL season begins, the 49ers should give their fans a completely different look.

While longtime favorites such as tackle Joe Staley and linebacker NaVorro Bowman will still be around, the coaching staff, the offensive and defensive schemes and many of the key players will be new.

The defense, certainly, will look much different than it did in 2016, 2015 or 2014 under previous head coaches Chip Kelly, Jim Tomsula and Jim Harbaugh. Recently hired head coach Kyle Shanahan has said defensive coordinator Robert Saleh – who most recently coached under Pete Carroll of the Seahawks and Carroll-disciple Gus Bradley in Jacksonville – will run a “true Seattle-Atlanta-Jacksonville system” that essentially is a base 4-3 scheme that is constantly shifting and giving new looks to opposing offenses.

The scheme, says Shanahan, will feature very physical players he calls “violent people.”

“You want to run and hit people, make the field smaller for everybody, especially the receivers, and that starts with the safeties and corners, being able to hit,” said Shanahan in a recent interview on KNBR. “And, it’s not just about hitting. You’ve got to be able to cover.”

Already, the 49ers have added defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, linebacker Malcolm Smith and safety Don Jones and more impact players will come via free agency and the draft. Players who fit that Seattle style will be plugged in, he says. And that new style of defense is grounded in its aggressive style and strength against the run – a trait not demonstrated by the 49ers in 2016. This past season the Niners were last in the NFL in rushing defense (by a wide margin), allowing 165.9 yards per game.

Said Shanahan, of the Seahawks-style defense he hopes to feature in 2017 under Saleh: “It’s always an eight-man front. It’s very tough to run the ball against. And they’re very sound in their coverages. You can get some completions and things like that, but they make you work all the way down the field. And when someone makes you work all the way down the field, no matter how talented they are, you have to be on as an offense to score points. Because you can get to the red zone, you can get yards, but in order to get touchdowns you have to execute. It’s a defense that makes you execute.”

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<![CDATA[Kushner to Appear Before Senate Intel Committee on Russia]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:25:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/633191576-Jared-Kushner-advisor-Donald-Trump.jpg

The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to question Jared Kushner, a key adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, two sources confirmed to NBC News Monday.

Kushner will be interviewed as part of an ongoing Senate inquiry into possible ties between associates of Trump and Russian operatives.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told NBC that Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka, volunteered to talk to the Senate committee.

"He doesn't have anything to hide," she said.

During the presidential transition, Kushner acted as a liaison between foreign governments and Trump officials. It is not unusual for presidential transitions to meet with foreign officials.

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<![CDATA[Dow Takes Dip as Optimism on Trump Agenda Diminishes]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:12:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wallstreetGettyImages-521353416.jpg

United States markets opened down sharply on Monday, as enthusiasm about President Donald Trump's agenda dwindled, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 150 points at the open; Goldman Sachs contributed the most losses. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq each fell about 1 percent.

Monday brought the first opening bell since the Trump administration suffered a body-blow in the form of a dropped House bill to replace the Affordable Care Act that did not have enough support to pass. It was seen as crucial for a deregulating White House agenda that had stocks rallying significantly since the election.

"I am really disappointed that the ACA is not going to change for the better (for now) and am really [mad] that tax reform now may get all chopped up with potentially only modest changes," said Peter Boockvar, chief market analyst at The Lindsey Group, in a note.

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<![CDATA[Despite Distraction, Del Rio Hopes to Keep Raiders Focused]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:39:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/davisndrio.jpg

As soon as Monday, NFL owners are expected to vote to allow the Raiders to move from Oakland to Las Vegas.

But, even should that vote occur, the Raiders still plan to play in Oakland in 2017 and 2018 at least, says owner Mark Davis, while an NFL stadium is constructed in Las Vegas.

The goal for Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, meanwhile, is to keep his players focused on the field, not what’s going on off it. He wants to minimize what could be an enormous distraction. With additions in free agency already, and more new players to come in the NFL draft that begins April 27, there are high hopes the Raiders can improve on their breakthrough season of 2016 when they finished 12-4 and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.

“My job is to make sure that everybody understands their defined role and that they’re all doing everything they can to execute that role,” Del Rio said Sunday on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show. “Right now, that’s the here and now, playing really good football in Oakland. We’ll need to worry about it and we’ll need to address it but we know we have a season in Oakland for sure, maybe more. So for me, as the head coach, my job, it really won’t change a whole lot.”

With the growth of young quarterback Derek Carr and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack, the Raiders have a foundation of talent that could produce a Super Bowl team if all the elements fall together. That could make it possible for the Raiders to win an AFC title – or more – before they leave the Bay Area.

Estimates are the stadium in Las Vegas won’t be ready until 2020. The team could move before that to play at a temporary venue, however.

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<![CDATA[Skirmish Breaks Out Near Avaya Stadium Before Soccer Match]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:04:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-26-17_Avaya_Stadium_Police_Activity.jpg

San Jose police were tasked with defusing tense altercations Sunday afternoon near Avaya Stadium just before a friendly soccer match between two clubs from Mexico.

Opposing fans representing Liga MX's Club America and Monarcas Morelia threw rocks, bottles and other objects at each other, and a fence was torn down during the skirmish, police said. Officers responded quickly and were able to de-escalate the situation.

Dozens of police cruisers and police in riot gear were spotted congregating around the stadium just before the start of the match.

Some people suffered minor injuries, but no major injuries were reported and no arrests were made, police said. Police personnel remained at the scene to monitor the situation throughout the evening.

Police added that the violence was not directed at officers.

"It just got rowdy," said a fan named Dave, whose head was wrapped in a bandage after he'd been hit by a rock. "The two squads don't get along, you know, it's been a rivalry for years; it comes from Mexico City."

The soccer match, which featured the two sides from Mexico's premier soccer division, kicked off at 4 p.m. Club America hails from Mexico City while Monarcas Morelia is based out of Morelia, which is situated roughly 135 miles from the capital city.

About 18,000 attended the sold-out game. Stadium managers shut down beer sales at halftime and worked with police on crowd control.

After the game, the police presence was high. There was one small scuffle, but officers intervened immediately.

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<![CDATA[Man Shot Three Times Along San Francisco Freeway]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:25:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-26-17_SF_Freeway_Shooting.jpg

A man was shot three times along a freeway in San Francisco early Sunday, police said.

The shooting, which happened on southbound Interstate 280 near the 18th and Mariposa Streets off-ramp, was reported around 3:55 a.m., police said.

Police found the male victim on the side of the roadway, according to police. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries, and he was transported to a local hospital.

No suspects have been identified or apprehended at this time, but police said they are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Further information was unavailable at the time.

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<![CDATA[Rogue East Cleveland Cops Framed Dozens of Drug Suspects]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:44:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/170327-east-cleveland-cr-0502-new_56331a14ff2820e78090270bd8aba5ba.nbcnews-fp-1200-800.jpg

Three police officers are in prison after robbing and framing drug suspects in East Cleveland, Ohio, but authorities are still unwinding the damage this rogue street-crimes unit brought, NBC News reported.

They were busted after raiding the home of a Cleveland drug dealer and saying in a search warrant that an informant had recently bought crack cocaine there. But the man had surveillance cameras that proved the officers were lying, which the FBI used to uncover a scandal that has led to 22 drug cases being dismissed — so far.

"I always took it on the chin when I got arrested for something I know I did. But when a cop lies to get you in prison, that's a different story," said Kenneth Blackshaw, one of the people who had a conviction overturned.

The Cleveland-area victims are among thousands of people cleared in group exonerations involving police graft in the last three decades nationwide, from California to Texas to New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Gator Gobbles Down Golf Ball at Florida Golf Course]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WTVJ_000000028701463_1200x675_906896963966.jpg

Watch out for the gator hazard on the third hole. A golfer at Long Marsh golf course on Florida's west coast near Port Charlotte hit a ball toward a lake where an alligator was waiting on March 25. The ball struck the gator and the reptile retaliated, NBC affiliate WPTV reported.  

<![CDATA[Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Annoying Minor: Police]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:51:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/moises+martin-0326-2017.jpg

A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of sending harmful matter to a minor and annoying a minor, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety officials said Sunday.

Officers arrested Moises Martin Jr. of Sunnyvale following a report by a 13-year-old girl to school officials who then got in touch with public safety officers.

Martin was the victim's coach at an after-school volleyball program.

The victim offered evidence that Martin made inappropriate statements to her on social media.

Officers identified another girl who is an alleged victim.

Martin was booked into the county jail.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is urged to call the public safety department's investigations unit at 408-730-7297.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Son-in-Law to Lead New Office for Federal Overhaul]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:30:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

President Donald Trump plans to debut a new office Monday to streamline and overhaul the federal government, and he intends to name his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as its head, the White House told NBC News Sunday night.

"All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays," Trump said in a statement.

"I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my 'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government," he said.

The office was announced a day before a Kushner representative confirmed he volunteered to be interviewed by a Senate inquiry into possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia.

Plans for the office, to be named the White House Office of American Innovation, were first reported Sunday by the Washington Post.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Tame Grizzlies Behind Strong Second Half]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:06:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/warriors-ir-ap.jpg

OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.


As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.


After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain and bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.


The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Re-Issue Ticket Fraud Warning, Treat Some Victims]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:06:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/warriors+arena-0326-2017.jpg

Imagine the sinking feeling: You've paid hundreds of dollars for tickets to a Golden State Warriors game and then you're turned away at the gate because your tickets are counterfeit.

That scenario has played out for more than a thousand fans this season, Warriors officials said. As recent as Sunday night, 20 people who showed up for a game against the Memphis Grizzlies got the awful news that their tickets were no good, the team said.

So the Warriors took the opportunity to remind people once again about the dangers of buying tickets from second and third parties. They also gave some of the unsuspecting fans a treat Sunday, randomly selecting some of the victims of those ticket scams and seats inside one of two VIP suites for the game against Memphis.

Some of those fans were among 58 who were sent home with bad tickets on March 8 when the Boston Celtics were in town. That night was one of the worst on record for ticket fraud, the Warriors said.

The team also flew in a little boy and his mother from Atlanta for Sunday's game. The two Warriors fans enjoyed first-class accomodations and courtside seats, compliments of the team, after they got burned in a ticket scam earlier this season.

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<![CDATA[Video Reveals Voice of Girl Allegedly Kidnapped by Teacher]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:44:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/elizabeth-thomas-tad-cummins.jpg

Video of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who authorities believe was kidnapped by a former teacher was published Sunday in a new effort to help find the Tennessee girl.

The roughly one-minute video, which was posted by Wayne County Now, includes the first published recording of Elizabeth's voice since she vanished on March 13 with her former forensics teacher, Tad Cummins, 50.

"Please share this video in hopes that someone recognizes her voice," said a statement included with the video, which was provided by Elizabeth's family. "Appearances can be altered but voices are indistinguishable."

A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the search for Elizabeth, told NBC News that it appeared that Cummins was grooming Elizabeth before the abduction.

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<![CDATA[Hundreds March For Women's Equal Rights in Palo Alto]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:48:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/era+march-0326-2017.jpg

Hundreds of people marched in Palo Alto on Sunday to highlight equal rights for women.

The group called Feminist Majority organized the rally, which included speeches from Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Controller Betty Yee, and Feminist Majority Executive Director Kathy Spillar.

Feminist Majority is a national organization whose mission is to empower feminists and win equality for women.

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<![CDATA[Albany Families Join in Solidarity After Racist Incident]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:34:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/albany+hs2-0326-2017.jpg

Families came together at Albany High School for a rally Sunday after racially offensive images, some directed at students, were posted on Instagram last week.

The message: Bigotry and bullying won't be tolerated.

Families joined hands in a show of solidarity and listened as some of the parents of those targeted spoke, calling for support in making sure such an incident doesn't happen again.

On the steps of the high school, the growing crowd listened as some parents shared stories related to the incident. Alexandra Campbell Jones said her daughter's picture was used in the posts to an Instagram account.

"They were horribly, horribly graphic pictures of racism," she said. "Not just racially charged but shocking, shocking, shocking."

Albany Unified School District Superintendent Val Williams called the incident horrifying, the images disgusting. She said students are being investigated.

"Some students have been disciplined based on their level of involvement, others because the investigation is still going on," Williams said. "We will have to determine what the discipline is going to be for them."

Williams talked about students learning lessons of inclusiveness and steps being taken to ensure a tolerant and supportive environment. Still, one student said he wanted more openness and clarity.

"Albany has been touted as a safe place, and we’ve been told there is no tolerance for this, and we don’t feel the administration is projecting that," one the student said.

Some also expressed concerns over reports of an anti-Semitic incident.

"I had no idea this kind of racist and hateful stuff was going on here, I really didn’t," a parent said. "It's taken me aback. It's also given me an opportunity to talk to my kids."

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<![CDATA[All In: Mayor Schaaf Pleads for Raiders to Stay in Oakland]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:07:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-25-17_Stay_Oakland_Crowd.jpg

Standing in front of impassioned fans of the "Silver and Black", Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Saturday made a last-ditch effort to convince the Raiders and the NFL that the East Bay city is the football franchise's rightful home as opposed to Las Vegas.

Schaaf, who was born and raised in Oakland, said the city presented the NFL with a stadium plan that would lead to the construction of a new $1.3 billion home for the Raiders in the East Bay using private funds. The last-minute proposal was submitted to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week.

"What I ask the Raiders and the NFL to focus on is what we have on the table right now," Schaaf said.

Drawing cheers, chants and standing ovations from Raider fans in the crowd, Schaaf presented a slew of reasons as to why Oakland can provide what the Raiders need.

She pointed out that the city has a public-private finance package in place to fund the construction of a new stadium. Oakland will chip in $200 million to build the public infrastructure and pay for the preparation of the site, Schaaf said. The city's general fund will never be touched to fund the build. Rather, construction will be paid off using revenue generated at the stadium. Schaaf reiterated that $600 million in private funds will come from the Fortress Investment Group and NFL Hallf of Hamer and 49ers legend Ronnie Lott.

"You get a smart, responsible financial package that does not saddle the Raiders with an unmanageable debt load or expose them to the uncertainties of starting from scratch in a completely untested market," Schaaf said.

The proposed stadium would be built on 55 acres south of the Coliseum. The land is available immediately, according to Schaaf.

Schaaf also highlighted the fact that the Raiders will not have to share a site that currently houses the Oakland Athletics and Golden State Warriors. The Warriors will be playing in San Francisco by 2019 and the Athletics' new ownership group is talking about new stadium plans as well.

"But even in the event that (the Athletics) stay at the current site, there is enough room for everyone," Schaaf said.

While promoting the stadium plan in place, Schaaf made sure to thwart any myths about the city not doing enough earlier to prevent a potential exodus.

"There is a story out that that we are here to dispell and it goes something like this," she said. "People are saying that Oakland's efforts to build a new stadium have been stalled for years. Nothing has changed and therefore the Raiders have no choice but to leave. We are calling bull---t on that."

The fate of the Raiders will be decided on Monday when NFL owners vote on a possible relocation.

Raiders owner Mark Davis needs 24 of the 32 NFL owners to sanction the team's third move in 35 years. If he gets approval, it is ultimately his decision as to whether or not the Raiders will jump ship and head to Las Vegas.

In the meantime, Schaaf on Saturday sent a message to the Raiders and Davis.

"Forget the temptations of 'Sin City,'" she said. "This is your home."

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<![CDATA[Internet Erupts After Airline Boots Girls Wearing Leggings]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+avion.jpg

United Airlines is facing backlash from customers after two girls wearing leggings were denied entry onto a flight because a gate agent deemed their attire improper, NBC News reported.

Shannon Watts said she was waiting to board a plane to Mexico for vacation when she overheard a female gate agent deny entry to a young girl wearing gray leggings and saying, "I don't make the rules, I just enforce them."

The girl, who Watts said was about 10 or 11 years old, had a dress in her backpack to put over leggings and was eventually allowed onto the flight. Two other female passengers who did not have a change of clothes were also denied entry, she said.

Defending the decision on Twitter, United Airlines initially cited a rule in the company's contract of carriage, which states the company can refuse transport to "passengers who are barefoot or not properly clothed," adding that the girls were flying as "pass travelers," meaning they were relatives or friends of an United Airlines employee.

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<![CDATA[Police Stop Man from Raping Girl a 3rd Time: Officials]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:06:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police+lights+%282%295.jpg

A New York City man is in custody after Pennsylvania state police thwarted his plan to meet and rape an 11-year-old girl for the third time in Lehigh Valley, according to investigators.

Sandro Zhinin was arrested in Hanover Township Saturday. Police say they received a tip that the 33-year-old was traveling to Pennsylvania Saturday to meet the child before taking her to a hotel. Investigators then set up surveillance at the playground and Zhinin was taken into custody once he arrived, police said.

According to police, Zhinin had executed this plan twice before.

Police say that after Zhinin connected with the girl online, he met her at a playground on March 4, drove her to a hotel and sexually assaulted her. He then sexually assaulted her again one week later on March 11, police said.

Zhinin is being held on $500,000 bond. He will be charged with rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, and criminal use of a cellphone, according to state police.

<![CDATA[Stolen Minivan Pulled from Water Surrounding East Bay Marina]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:05:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-26-17_Stolen_Car_Water.jpg

A stolen car from Livermore on Sunday was plucked from the water surrounding a marina near Antioch and Oakley, fire officials said.

A full water response crew was initially dispatched to the area along the water near Bridgehead Road with fears that a person may be trapped in the Honda Odyssey, but a search found that no one was inside, according to Contra Costa County Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Huntze.

"The car was submerged all the way under the water," he said. "(Two rescue swimmers) swam out there, broke the windows out, quickly searched with pike poles and found no victims inside the vehicle."

The rescue team proceeded to wrap a chain around the van to help a tow truck pull the car from the water, Huntze said.

California Highway Patrol officials confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen, Huntze said.

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<![CDATA[Mobile Petting Zoo in the North Bay Sparks Violent Scuffle]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:15:11 -0700 http://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[San Jose Police Investigate Suspicious Death at School]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:49:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-25-17_SJ_Suspicious_Death.jpg

San Jose police on Saturday are investigating a suspicious death after finding a man suffering from serious injuries at an elementary school, police said.

Police were notified just after 10:15 a.m. that a man with "visible injuries" was down on the ground at Toyon Elementary School, which is located along the 900 block of Bard St. The man, who police say is between 25 and 30 years old, was not breathing, according to police.

Responding officers found the man to be suffering from "serious injuries," police said. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide investigators were dispatched to the scene, according to police.

"(The investigators) are looking into it," Lt. Mike Sullivan with the San Jose Police Department said. "They're going to do all the things they do and they're going to try and figure this thing out."

The news shocked some residents who say their neighborhood is typically friendly and safe.

"To hear a body was found here, that's very surprising," John Barreras said. "It's a little unnerving at this time right now."

No suspects have been identified or apprehended at this time, police said. A motive is also not yet known at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867.

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<![CDATA[Tech-Heavy Food Chain Eatsa Slapped with Federal Lawsuit]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/EatsaLawsuit.jpg

A San Francisco-based food company proud of its tech-savvy features was recently slapped with a federal class action lawsuit for failing to provide adequate services to customers with visual impairments, according to a report.

Eatsa, which features an automated, human-free system that allows customers to select their quinoa dish of choice on their smartphones or in-store iPads before delivering the plate through a cubbyhole, violated a civil rights law with its inaccessible ordering function and serving feature, according to Recode.

The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, indicated that Eatsa did not adequately use technology features already available, such as dictating technology, to assist customers with vision problems, Recode reported. Eatsa also does not allow customers to insert headphones into the audio jack of the iPads it uses as ordering kiosks or utilize any audible features for the food delivery process, the lawsuit claimed.

Eatsa locations do staff actual humans in the event that a customer requires assistance, but the lawsuit aruged that one of the ways in which a customer can request assistance comes with a feature only available on the ordering platform. That feature is inaccessible to customers with visual issues, the lawsuit stated.

Eatsa responded to the lawsuit and said that it was "surprised," according to Recode.

"We are surprised by this action by DRA," Eatsa said in a statement. "We are strong supporters of the rights of the visually impaired and have served many visually impaired customers since we opened our first Eatsa in 2015. In fact, every Eatsa location is staffed with Hosts that provide personalized ordering and pickup assistance to visually impaired customers, should they desire additional assistance, and all of our technology is designed to be compatible with the appropriate assistance features. We regret that the DRA did not spend time with Eatsa's staff before taking legal action and hope to bring them satisfaction through a more detailed demonstration and understanding of our service. We truly think there is some error in their understanding of the Eatsa technology and service and look forward to working through this amicably so we can continue providing a great service to all of our customers."

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<![CDATA[SF's Professional Soccer Team Kicks Off Inaugural Campaign]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:41:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/3-35-17_Deltas_Indy.jpg

The Bay Area on Saturday officially welcomed its newest member to the professional sports community.

The San Francisco Deltas from the North American Soccer League kicked off their inaugural season with a 1-1 draw against the Indy Eleven during the first regular season match of 2017.

San Francisco's only current professional soccer club calls Kezar Stadium, which is the former home of the San Francisco 49ers, its home pitch.

A total of 4,133 fans on Sunday turned out for the historic opening match, according to the team.

Investors with ties to Bay Area companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple helped fund the club during its inception. Tapping into the technology of Silicon Valley, the Deltas broadcast all of their home matches live on Twitter.

While Major League Soccer acts as the nation's premier soccer league, the NASL is a second-tier division. The NASL features eight squads including FC Edmonton, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Miami FC, New York Cosmos, North Carolina FC and Puerto Rico FC.

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