<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:52:56 -0800 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:52:56 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Child Porn Statute Conflicts Leave Authorities Breaking Law]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:43:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/unit-child-porn.jpg

Every time law enforcement makes a copy of child pornography to give to defense attorneys in preparation of a criminal case in California they’re breaking federal law. 

That’s because of a conflict in a U.S. regulation called the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which strictly forbids the copying of child porn for any reason, even if it’s for defense counsel preparing for a trial. But California law allows for court-ordered reproduction of child porn evidence given to defense teams. 

The tension between federal and state rules has created ethical and legal problems for law enforcement trying to stamp out child porn in the Bay Area. 

And in San Francisco, this conflict recently came to a head when the District Attorney’s Office opposed a public defender’s motion to receive copies of child porn evidence in advance of a criminal trial.  

When state courts order district attorneys to provide copies of child pornography to defense counsels they must obtain copies from Regional Computer Forensic Labs—federally funded centers that provide computer forensic support for state cases. 

According to federal and local law enforcement officials who work in the Silicon Valley forensic computer lab in Menlo Park, the conflict in the two regulations means they must break federal law to comply with state court orders. They say this conflict also leaves law enforcement officers participating in what they consider to be the continued exploitation of young victims. 

"Every time that we release a hard drive with these horrific images you’re victimizing each of those children," said special agent Brenda Atkinson, chief division counsel in the FBI’s San Francisco Division. 

Atkinson and many of her colleagues at the Silicon Valley lab fear losing control of evidence when they turn over hard drives full of disturbing photos and graphic images. 

"It’s just like in drug cases," Atkinson said. "We don’t say to a man who has been charged with possessing a kilo of cocaine ‘Here’s half of the key. Go ahead and do what you like with it.’ Right?" 

Heather Young, an FBI supervisory agent, calls the evidence contraband. 

"It puts the district attorneys’ offices in a position of having to provide a duplicate and thereby create child pornography, which is contraband," Young said. 

Other states and some other counties in California get around this by allowing defense teams and their experts to view the material in a private room inside the forensics labs without interference from prosecutors or law enforcement. Atkinson says local defense attorneys and their forensic experts can review child pornography evidence in a room inside the Silicon Valley lab. 

That option is not acceptable to some defense attorneys in the Bay Area.  

"We are trusted officers of the court to handle that evidence," said Sandy Feinland, a deputy public defender in San Francisco. "There is absolutely no reason not to trust that I would be careful with this evidence and not distribute it to anyone beyond the limits of the protective order." 

Feinland says state law clearly provides for full disclosure of evidence being used against the accused on trial.  

"I think that a vigorous defense, which everyone’s got the constitutional right to, requires that defense council in any type of case have control of the evidence and can review it confidentially and meaningfully with their experts and with their clients," he said. 

California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals apparently agreed. In its 2002 ruling, "Westerfield v Superior Court of San Diego" the court ruled that prosecutors must turn over all evidence including copies of child pornography to the defense team. 

San Francisco police officers who investigate Internet crimes against children note the growing proliferation of child pornography. They say the conflict between federal and state law will become stickier as law enforcement make more arrests and district attorneys bring more cases against suspected child pornographers. 

"We are put in a position to create and duplicate child porn evidence that we don’t want to do," said San Francisco Police Sergeant Brian Rodriguez. 

That leaves law enforcement with a difficult choice. They either have to turn over hard drives full of illicit material or refuse to do so, which could jeopardize a solid case. 

"We can’t win," Atkinson said. 

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit found the quandary has played out in court in San Francisco, most recently in a case against a man named Adric "David" Petrucelli, who is awaiting trial on one count of distribution of child pornography. 

Petrucelli’s public defender cited the Westerfield decision and asked for copies of the video evidence against his client. Judge Brendan Conroy followed state law and ordered the discovery of the evidence. 

According to court records, San Francisco assistant district attorney Alexis Feigen Fasteau balked at making copies. She cited the federal Adam Walsh Act, which forbids the copying of material that constitutes child porn, and argued that the defense team and its experts would have access to the private viewing room at the forensics crime lab.  

"The defense may argue that possessing a copy is more practical for their expert," Fasteau wrote in court papers. "However, the compelling need to protect the actual children depicted in these photos from being re-victimized, as they are with every duplication, should be balanced against mere convenience." 

Ultimately, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and federal authorities backed down and made copies of the child pornography. None of the parties involved in the case would comment for this story. 

Atkinson says this scenario is happening more frequently. 

"If we continue to withhold the hard drives with the actual images," Atkinson said, "we risk the assistant district attorneys being held in criminal contempt or civil contempt and we risk the state court judge during our case dismissing the indictment." 

Some legal experts say the conflict has been overstated. Franklin Zimring, a UC Berkeley law professor who specializes in state and federal law, says the hype is nothing more than an academic exercise because there is no way a prosecutor would ever be held in contempt. 

"This is one of the clever legal arguments that is a hypothetical problem but not a real one," Zimring said. 

He also says he doesn’t buy the argument that law enforcement and prosecutors lose control over contraband by handing it over to defense teams.

"That’s an argument I really don’t understand unless federal law enforcement is telling you that they don’t trust local judges in local criminal courts," Zimring said. "There is no sense in which any materials which are delivered under the orders we are talking about go out of control of judicial officers. They are under the control of the same criminal courts that are administering the rest of the local prosecution." 

San Mateo County deputy district attorney Sean Gallagher sees few problems in his county. He says state law, and specifically the Westerfield decision, sets the legal precedence state prosecutors must follow. Gallagher says any change in approach would require action from lawmakers in Sacramento to overturn the current reading of the law.   

"I think all prosecutors and law enforcement would like to see a legislative fix," Gallagher said. 

Several lawmakers contacted by NBC Bay Area seemed lukewarm to the idea of legislative action. The State Attorney General’s office says there is already a clear process to navigate the conflict between state and federal law. 

But for those trying to eliminate child porn and prosecute the people who commit heinous acts against young victims, the status quo is intolerable. 

"We’re weighing two really horrible outcomes," Atkinson said. "Re-victimizing children or potentially letting a child pornographer or sex offender walk out of the courtroom." 

If you have a tip for the Investigate Unit email theunit@nbcbayarea.com or call 888-996-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Family IDs Peninsula Stabbing Victim; Suspect Still at Large]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:56:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Colleen+Straw.jpg

Family members have identified the woman who was fatally stabbed by her still-at-large boyfriend Saturday afternoon in San Mateo. 

The victim — 34-year-old Colleen Straw — was brutally attacked by Anthony Kirincic, 22, according to police who have yet to confirm the woman's identity. 

Officers initially responded to a call for a domestic disturbance around 12 p.m. Saturday on the 1500 block of B Street.

Straw was found critically injured with visible stab wounds, police said, adding that she later died at the scene.

Kirincic, who has been identified as the suspect, fled the scene prior to officers arriving, police said.

The search for Kirincic Saturday afternoon extended into San Carlos after his vehicle was found in a parking garage near Holly Street and Industrial Avenue. Police closed off nearby streets during the search and investigation.

San Mateo police and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are actively working to locate the suspect. As of Sunday evening, no arrest had been made.

Police also notified law enforcement authorities at San Francisco International Airport and BART stations in Daly City and Colma to be on the lookout for the suspect.

Kirincic is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information Kirincic's whereabouts is asked to get in touch with San Mateo police Sgt. Teixeira at (650) 522-7700.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Accused Planned Parenthood Gunman Could Face Death]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:55:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dear-AP_615109635980.png

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday, where he was told that he could face the death penalty, NBC News reported.

If convicted of first degree murder in the shooting, which left three dead and nine wounded, Robert Lewis Dear would face a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of death, the judge said.

Dear, 57, allegedly held the Colorado Springs clinic under siege for five hours before surrendering Friday afternoon.

He said little as he spoke to the judge via closed circuit TV, answering the judge's yes-or-no questions in a raspy voice with his public defender at his side. Dear is due back in court Dec. 9.

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<![CDATA[U.S.: Russian Jet Entered Turkish Airspace]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:24:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Russian-Plane-Body-AP_794858269462.jpg

The United States has independently confirmed Turkey's assertion that the Russian warplane it shot down last week violated Turkish airspace, a State Department official said Monday, NBC News reported.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau would not describe how the United States confirmed the Russian craft's flight path. Instead, she said that diplomatic efforts should focus on easing tensions between Russia and Turkey.

Turkish forces shot down the plane on Nov. 24, saying it entered its airspace from Syria, where Russia is conducting airstrikes in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad. One of the plane's pilots was killed, as well as a Russian Marine on the rescue team.

Russia has said it was flying over Syria airspace and was struck unprovoked.

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<![CDATA[Jury Selection in 1st Gray Case]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:12:06 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/william+porter.jpg

As many as 80 potential jurors filed into a Baltimore courtroom Monday morning as the first trial in the death of Freddie Gray got underway.

Jury selection for Officer William Porter's trial began Monday. When asked by Judge Barry Williams, every juror called said they knew about the Freddie Gray case, were aware of the curfew imposed following the protests and knew about the $6.4 million settlement between the city and Gray's family. 

Gray, 25, suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a police transport van and died April 19, inspiring thousands to take to the streets to protest what they believed was the mistreatment by police of another young black man. On Monday, a handful of protesters could be heard chanting from inside the court building. 

In the weeks following the unrest, six police officers were indicted in Gray's death. Porter is the first to go on trial. 

The group of potential jurors was asked a number of questions to gauge their ability to be impartial. 

A dozen potential jurors said they were employed by a law enforcement agency while 26 said they had "strong feelings" about manslaughter or other misconduct by police. Almost 40 potential jurors said they or a family member had been either a victim of a crime or been investigated, arrested, charged or convicted of a crime.

Two dozen potential jurors said they could not serve for reasons including a planned trip or or a medical condition preventing them from sitting for more than an hour.

The judge then began meeting privately with 66 members of the pool, which was likely to continue through the afternoon.

A verdict will likely set the tone for the city: If Porter is acquitted there could be protests and possibly more unrest. A conviction could send shockwaves through the city's troubled police department.

"Everything is at stake. The future of the city is at stake,'' Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Porter faces charges of assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is accused of checking on Gray during several stops the van made during its 45-minute trip from the Gilmor Homes in Sandtown-Winchester, where Gray was arrested, to the Western District station house, where officers found Gray unresponsive and he was taken to a hospital. He died a week later.

Gray was initially handcuffed. Later during his van ride, his legs were shackled and he was placed back in the van without a seatbelt, a violation of department policy, prosecutors have said.

The judge said a jury will be seated in the next day or two. 

More than 150 people are listed as witnesses for the trial, including dozens of police officers and other personnel.

The trial is expected to be complete by Dec. 17.

<![CDATA[Pope Calls for Tolerance, Loving Gestures, in Final Mass]]> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 15:05:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490326864.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in the heart of Philadelphia to watch as Pope Francis culminates his historic visit to the United States by celebrating Mass and talking once again about the importance of the family — the theme of the World Meeting of Families event that brought him to the country for the first time.

Francis used the Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia to stress tolerance, patience and the acceptance of others.

"To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not 'part of our group,' who are not 'like us,' is a dangerous temptation," he said in a homily. "Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith."

According to an "unofficial estimate" by people working the event, a crowd of 860,000 started making its way to security lines early in the day for a chance to get to see His Holiness up close. Even more watched on about 40 large TV screens that were set up in the city. Most of those screens were located about 25 blocks away from the Mass location.

Francis told the pilgrims that "our common house can no longer tolerate sterile divisions."

On family, he said love is shown by small daily signs which make people feel at home, and that faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love.

"That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches," he said. "They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith."

He added: "Anyone who wants to bring into this world a family which teaches children to be excited by every gesture aimed at overcoming evil -- a family which shows that the Spirit is alive and at work -- will encounter our gratitude and our appreciation. Whatever the family, people, region, or religion to which they belong."

Toward the end of his homily, he asked the audience a simple question.

"In my own home, do we shout? Or do we speak to each other in love and tenderness? That is a good way of measuring our love."

At the end of the Mass, Francis had one final message to those in attendance.

"Thank you very much for your participation and your love for the family," he said in English. "And I ask you to pray for me. Don't forget."

The Mass ends Francis' whirlwind six-day U.S. trip in which he has visited the White House, addressed a joint session of Congress, participated in a multi-religious service at Ground Zero, addressed world leaders at the United Nation's General Assembly and met privately with victims of clergy sex abuse at a seminary just outside of Philadelphia. The pontiff, who is known as the people's pope for his outward display of humility, also met with the homeless at a shelter and inmates at a jail.

The City of Brotherly Love opened its doors this weekend not only for Francis (Archbishop Charles Chaput even joked about renaming the city "Francisville"), but to the thousands of people who arrived in the city to catch a glimpse of him at one of his many city-wide events.

Among those in attendance at the final Mass was 61-year-old Junior Isaac, who arrived in Philadelphia without tickets.

"I wanted to be part of history," said Isaac, who was wearing a U.S. Army hat. "I came all the way from Rhode Island without tickets. Within two hours I had four. I think God is a miracle and a feast.”

Latonya Williams, a childcare provider from Philadelphia, attended the event with her three children.

“I think he’s the best," Williams said of Francis. "I love his humble spirit. I wasn’t that interested in the other popes, and I’m not Catholic."

A Grand Arrival

The "Popemobile," a white Jeep Wrangler, began carrying Francis toward the alter at about 3:15 p.m. to the roars of scores of people lining the streets of Philly. His motorcade stopped briefly to view the "Knotted Grotto," a public art installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.

The Grotto is a place anyone can go, write their intentions down, and tie them onto one side of the courtyard fence to be "undone" by another person. People leaving intentions tie their own and then untie someone else's to move it to the other side in homage to Francis' favorite image of the Blessed Mother as Mary Undoer of Knots.

Some 500 students from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, boarded buses Saturday night for their pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families event.

The students, part of the university's campus ministry group, arrived in Philadelphia around 7 a.m.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Nicole Steiner, 19, a sophomore originally from Massachusetts. "It's cool we're able to see him in our own country. He's an inspiring figure."

The students will board buses back to Notre Dame Sunday night.

Courtney Morin, 19, also a sophomore, said she's excited to be part of something so big.

"He's such a huge figure in the world," said Morin, who is from Indiana. "For me, it's being part of a moment when so many things can happen."

The two young woman and several other students from Notre Dame stopped to pose for a photo at Philly's iconic LOVE sculpture before heading to the Parkway to find a spot to watch the Mass. They have tickets to get into the closer areas, they said.

Students from Notre Dame have been following the pope's movement throughout his historic visit to the United States.

"We had papal pancakes Thursday to watch his address to Congress," Morin said.

A flock of Father Thien Nguyen's pilgrims donned bright yellow shirts and waited eagerly in front of a Jumbotron outside Philadelphia's City Hall on Sunday morning.

Nguyen said the group of about 150 people from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada traveled to Philly for Francis' public Mass. Nguyen heard confession from a woman as many of his older pilgrims hunked down by the bigscreen to watch the Mass.

"This group decided to stay here near the screen, food and bathrooms because they're older," Nguyen explained. "One group had tickets and went all the way up (the Parkway)."

Nguyen said the Vietnamese faithful love the pope because of his care for the poor and the way he "represents Christ in the world."

The group celebrated a Vietnamese Mass Sunday morning before the papal service later, he said.

"We pray the pope will continue to be a great leader," Nguyen said. "We love the pope."

Up Next

After the Mass the Pope will travel back to Rome. His exit also means the World Meeting of Families ends. It was announced at the Mass that the next chapter in the religious event will take place in Dublin, Ireland, in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Has Hernia Procedure]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:40:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/184*120/TLMD-14-bernie-sanders-democrata-socialista.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is undergoing an elective outpatient hernia repair procedure on Monday, according to his U.S. Senate office.

The Vermont Senator is having the procedure done at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

He will resume his Senate duties on Tuesday, his office said.

Sanders is currently running second in most national polls, behind front-runner Hillary Clinton. He spoke at a New Hampshire Democratic Party event on Sunday in Manchester.

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl 50: Coldplay Mentioned as Possible Halftime Act]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:16:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/coldplay-generic.jpg

A British tabloid is speculating that Coldplay is in the running to be named a halftime headliner at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

The Sun reported that the band is in talks to lead the musical portion of the festivities at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016.

E! Online mused in October that Maroon 5 was a frontrunner to play, followed by Coldplay and 2014 halftime performer Bruno Mars.

An announcement on NFL.com has confirmed that one headlining act will be revealed on Thursday Night Football during the game between Green Bay and Detroit.

A separate blog post on the site from writer Dan Hanzus, who claims not to know any of the official details, speculated that more headliners will emerge later.

"We can expect multiple performers — and I doubt they mean it in a Katy-Perry-with-cameos-from-Lenny-Kravitz-and-Missy-Elliott kind of way," he wrote. "Our guess is there will be multiple standalone A-list acts, covering different generations to honor the Super Bowl's golden anniversary."

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<![CDATA[$1.5M Bail for Officer Charged With Murdering Chicago Teen]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:48:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/e1dfaaf2-3b56-419d-b852-0aa4db8a66fb-large16x9_KillingsbyPoliceCh_DiMa.jpg

Bail was set at $1.5 million Monday for a Chicago police officer charged with murder after dash-cam video caught him fatally shooting a black Chicago teenager 16 times.

A Cook County judge ordered the bail after reviewing video footage of the fatal shooting and showing it to Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney. 

Prosecutors asked for no bail during the hearing, but Van Dyke's attorney argued that the officer is not a flight risk. The judge said after the ruling that he was not there to determine guilt or innocence. Just before 5 p.m., officials confirmed Van Dyke had posted bond and was expected to be released. 

The Monday hearing for Van Dyke comes after days of protests in Chicago over the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

A judge had ordered 37-year-old Van Dyke held without bail Tuesday following charges of first-degree murder. Judge Donald Panarese said he wanted to see the video before deciding the issue of bond and scheduled another hearing for Monday. 

The video shows McDonald apparently walking away from police with a small knife in his hand during an October 2014 incident when he was fatally shot 16 times by Van Dyke. 

Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that the shooting happened within 15 seconds, but for 13 of those seconds McDonald was on the ground. They added the video "clearly does not show McDonald advancing toward [Van Dyke]." Police said the shooting was in self-defense and that McDonald lunged at the officer with a knife while authorities were investigating car break-ins in a trucking yard.

An autopsy confirmed McDonald was shot a total of 16 times and had PCP in his system.

Attorney Dan Herbert has argued the video alone is not enough to determine if Van Dyke "acted inappropriately" when he fatally shot McDonald, though he has described the footage as "graphic and violent" and "difficult to watch." He said outside the courtroom Tuesday that the case needs to be tried in a courtroom, "not in the streets or in the media."

A GoFundMe page asking for donations for Van Dyke's bond last week was removed from the fundraising website after raising more than $10,000. Shortly after, a local branch of the Fraternal Order of Police created an account to raise bond money for Van Dyke.

It is reportedly the first time a Chicago officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty shooting in nearly 35 years.

<![CDATA[Dwyane Wade Pays Tribute to Laquan McDonald on Shoes]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:21:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dwyane+Wade.png

Laquan McDonald’s death has shaken the nation, and as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Chicago Friday to rally in his name NBA star Dwyane Wade paid tribute in a different way.

The Miami Heat guard posted a photo of his shoes on Instagram ahead of the team's game against the New York Knicks Friday night and showed he was standing with in solidarity with protestors, having written “#LaquanMcDonald,” “#Chicago” and “#Justice” on the pair.

Wade grew up in Chicago’s South Side and went to high school at Harold L. Richards in Oak Lawn, just miles where the 17-year-old was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Off-Duty 'Hot Cop of Castro' Arrested for Felony Hit-and-Run]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:51:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steven+weller.jpg

The San Francisco police officer who social media dubbed the "Hot Cop of Castro" last summer was arrested Sunday for a hit-and-run that seriously injured two men whom a family friend said had just left a musical performance.

According to a San Francisco Police Department news release, officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, rammed his Dodge Charger into two men who were crossing near Broadway and Montgomery streets in the city's North Beach neighborhood. Kohrs was off duty at the time on medical leave, police said.

Authorities say Kohrs ditched the car and fled from the scene after the crash, which was reported at 2:20 a.m. Police, however, were able to identify Kohrs as the driver and later arranged for the officer to turn himself in. He was arrested on two counts of felony hit-and-run. On Monday, he had been released from San Francisco County Jail. Efforts to immediately reach him were unsuccessful. NBC Bay Area left a voicemail at the San Francisco Police Officers Association seeking a comment early Monday morning.

Trey Bellomy saw some of the aftermath: "I looked out my window and there was a black and orange Dodge Charger right there. It looked like someone had pulled up and parked it. I didn't see anybody get out."

Surveillance video obtained by NBC Bay Area on Monday shows one person running away from the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and. The identity of that person isn’t clear.

The two victims -- both men in their 40s -- were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive, according to police. On Monday, one of the victims was upgraded to "fair condition," according to the hospital.

Kevin Cochran, who works at a nearby club, saw the men hurt in the street and called 911.

"I heard the impact," he said. "From what I understand, they were crossing the crosswalk, and they ended up 20 yards away."

Americo Diaz, who said he is friends with one of the victims, said one of the men has a broken leg and jaw, and is suffering from severe bruising to his body and head.

"We all ask everyone to keep him in their prayers," he said.

The pair of men had just seen a musical performance, Diaz added.

Kohrs has been a popular officer whose "appreciation page" on Facebook had 52,371 likes as of Monday morning. His superiors said he has never even worked in the Castro, a traditionally gay neighborhood, but has always been assigned to the park district.

He became a local celebrity after amateur photographer Mark Abrabson snapped photos of him in the Castro neighborhood in July 2014, which later got posted them on social media, usually with the hashtag #HotCopofCastro.

Kohrs has since modeled in calendars and also performed the Ice Bucket Challenge shirtless for an Officer Down Memorial Fund.

NBC Bay Area's Stephanie Chuang and Nanette Miranda contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Steven Kyle Weller via Facebook
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<![CDATA[Opening of Sunnyvale Shelter Delayed]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:37:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1127-2015-Shelter.jpg

South Bay shelters are accepting more occupants this week following the delay of a Sunnyvale shelter opening amid freezing temperatures.

The North County Shelter at 1100 Innovation Way in Sunnyvale was expected to open Nov. 30 but has been delayed to Dec. 6.

"Utility hookups and piping caused delays,” said Claire Wagner, Director of Communications for HomeFirst.

In response, Santa Clara county has increased shelter capacity from 250 to 350 in San Jose, and up to 130 in Gilroy.

Transportation can be arranged for people who need help escaping the cold by contacting HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County. Some shelters are also open during the day instead of exclusively in the evening.

A list of open shelters nearby can be found below:

Gilroy Shelter Outreach Center
National Guard Armory
8940 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 848-8023
The Gilroy Shelter will serve adults and families, with beds for up to 130 people. The shelter will provide a warm bed, two nutritious meals, and a hot shower. A variety of supportive services will also be offered, including counseling to help set short-term goals, employment resources, medical care, and referrals to other services. Volunteers often provide haircuts, and donated toiletries and clothing are often available to those who need them.

Boccardo Reception Center
2011 Little Orchard
San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 510-7502
The shelter serves adults only. All beds that are not in use by regular programs will be made available up to the shelter’s capacity. Meals are served daily.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Climate Talks an 'Act of Defiance' After Paris Attacks]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:49:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_476960059291.jpg

About 150 world leaders joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday to kick off a two-week climate summit near Paris.

Each leader will speak about what their country is doing to reduce emissions and slow climate change, according to NBC News.

President Barack Obama on Monday called the global talks an "act of defiance" against terrorism, saluting the people of Paris for "insisting this crucial conference go on" just two weeks after attacks that killed 130.

He urged leaders to "rise to this moment" and fight the enemy of cynicism — "the notion we can't do anything" about the warming of the planet."  

All members of the G-20 submitted their own plans for addressing global warming. Activists expect the plan that emerges from the Paris summit will address a decrease in fossil fuel emissions.

Efforts to agree on a climate deal have been delayed by a disagreement on whether developing nations share the same burden as industrialized nations that have polluted a lot more. The U.S. and other nations have said hat all countries chip in under the new agreement.

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<![CDATA[Yacht Named 'Gotcha' Stuck on Estuary Breakwall]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:46:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+YACHT+RUN+AGROUND+-+19503114.jpg

Passengers aboard a yacht named "Gotcha" got stuck on Sunday when their vessel got stuck on a breakwall within the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A spokeswoman said two people on board were taken safely to Jack London Square at about 12:30 p.m.

Another two passengers decided to wait for the boat towing company to show up. That happened Monday morning as the Coast Guard helped manage the boat's removal from the breakwall.

Authorities said it's possible the boat was too close to the breakwall when the tide changed.

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<![CDATA[IMF Adds China's Yuan to Basket of Top Currencies ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:43:26 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_449848205882.jpg

The International Monetary Fund says the Chinese yuan will join a basket of the world's leading currencies.

The IMF announced that the yuan "met all existing criteria" to be included with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and the British pound as one of the currencies used for the global organization's Special Drawing Rights, which is used as the standard for dealing with its 188 member governments.

China is the world's second largest economy. Currency traders and economists say the move should encourage the government in Beijing to deliver on promises to make the yuan "freely tradable" and to open up its financial system.

The IMF's decision is set to take effect in October 2016. 

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<![CDATA[China Chokes on Smog as World Leaders Talk Climate Change]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:13:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_484690709547.jpg

As world leaders discussed climate change at the U.N. conference in Paris on Monday, millions in China were choking on the most severe air pollution of the year, NBC News reported. 

The air-quality index exceeded 700 — well above the hazardous level — in Baoding, which as classified as China's most polluted, with residents struggling to see through the thick haze of smog on Monday.

Poor conditions were also reported in other parts of northern China, including the capital.

China is the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollutants. According to World Bank, China's emissions amounted to 11 billion tons in 2013, nearly twice as much as America's 5.8 billion tons. The two countries account for almost 40 percent of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions.

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<![CDATA[Banner Urgers 49ers, York to Part Ways]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:39:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/n8p+banner+vo++-+00000515.jpg

SANTA CLARA – The protests of some 49ers fans directed at CEO Jed York were seen high above the team’s home stadium on Sunday.

A plane circled Levi’s Stadium on Sunday before the 49ers’ game against the Arizona Cardinals that towed a banner that read: "Jed & 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways.”

The banner was the idea of self-described long-time 49ers fan Conor McGuire, according to NinerFans.com. McGuire opened a Go Fund Me campaign that raised $1,059 for the demonstration. The cost for six to eight laps around the stadium was $549, according to the page.

Just moments after the 49ers’ final game of last season — a victory over the Cardinals — the 49ers announced that the team and then-coach Jim Harbaugh had agreed to mutually part ways following an 8-8 season. Harbaugh’s team advanced to the NFC Championship game, with one Super Bowl appearance, in his three previous seasons.

For more, go to CSNBayArea.com

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<![CDATA[U.S. Embassy in Kabul Warns Americans of 'Imminent Attack']]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:57:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_392624796254.jpg

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned Americans in Afghanistan on Monday about "credible reports of an imminent attack" on the country's capital in the next 48 hours and urged that they "exercise extreme caution if moving around the city," NBC News reported. 

The embassy said in a statement entitled, "Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens," that it had "received credible reports of an imminent attack" but added there were "no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method."

However, a security source within the embassy said the attack "may involve multiple assailants and car bombs" and was "classified as credible."

The warning came two days after a suicide bomber unsuccessfully targeted a senior member of Afghanistan's election commission during the morning rush hour in Kabul, Reuters reported.

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<![CDATA[Dog on Plane Goes Missing in Texas, Turns Up in Hawaii ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:56:11 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bethany-thumb.jpg

A dog that went missing in North Texas during a trip from Seattle to Mississippi will be reunited with her owner after airline officials said they found her in Hawaii.

The dog, named Bethany, was headed back to D/FW International Airport on Monday and will be reunited with her owner on Tuesday, said American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

"We want her to be well-rested," Huguely said.

Bethany disappeared Saturday on her way from Seattle to Jackson, Mississippi. But her owner, Paul Chen, said she never made it to Mississippi.

Chen reported the Pembroke Welsh Corgi missing Sunday afternoon.

Airline officials quickly found her -- in Hawaii.

"She took a little bit of a vacation to Honolulu," Hugely joked. "She has been well taken care of the entire time."

Bethany has been under the care of a veterinarian, she said.

Chen said airline officials told him they found Bethany in Honolulu late Sunday.

"Don't know how or why she got there, but I am glad she is safe and sound," he said in an email.

Huguely said the airline will look into what happened with "the misconnect" but has been focused on returning Bethany to her owner.

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<![CDATA[Target Website Temporarily Crashes for Many on Cyber Monday]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:51:01 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/Screen+Shot+2015-11-30+at+10.28.47+AM.png

Cyber Monday's digital door-busting sales broke more than purchasing forecasts, causing at least one of the country's biggest retailer's website to crash for many users.

Target's website went down at 10:00 a.m. ET on Monday, according to Catchpoint Systems, a web performance monitoring company. Around 10:40 a.m. ET the website began to come back "intermittently," but customers continued to encounter a "problem" message, Catchpoint spokesman Frank Cioff said, adding that "technically" the site was back up, but content wasn't available.

"Please hold tight. So Sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically and get things going ASAP (sic)," the message read on Target.com. A corporate spokeswoman said customers were put in a "queue" and asked to check back later. 

Many expressed their frustration on social media, chiding the company for not being better prepared to handle the traffic surge that was expected to come on one of the largest online shopping events of the year.


In a statement, Senior Group Manager for Target communications Molly Snyder said, "We are seeing a tremendous response to today’s 15 percent off sitewide offer. The volume is already twice as high as our busiest day ever. We continue to receive and process thousands of orders from guests who are shopping the entire site and taking advantage of the discount coupled with free shipping. As we experience spikes in traffic, our systems place guests in a queue and prompt them to access the site later. We apologize to guests who experience any delays, we appreciate their patience, and encourage them to try again in a few minutes by refreshing their browser."

The company kicked off its "Cyber Week" of sales Monday, calling it Target's "biggest and boldest yet."

"Target.com's site-wide 15 percent discount is pretty aggressive and likely the best offer we've seen," Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insight at Profitero, an e-commerce analytics firm, told NBC News

In addition to the site wide savings of 15 percent off, a first for the company, clothing is discounted at 30 percent, home goods at 40 percent, 30 percent off hundreds of toys. Target is also offering gift cards with certain big-ticket purchases and gave early-bird consumers nearly 75 percent off "e-door-buster" deals. 

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<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood Victim Tried to Save Others]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:02:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/StewartArmy-IMG_0259.jpg

The 29-year old Iraq War veteran killed in the Planned Parenthood attack ran back inside after being shot to warn others to take cover, his brother told NBC News.

Ke’Arre Stewart was hit after stepping outside the Colorado Springs clinic because he didn’t have cellphone service, brother Leyonte Chandler said.

Chandler said his brother tried to run back into the building and tell the others to take cover. Asked whether Stewart, a father of two, was a hero, Chandler said: “Definitely, definitely.”

Stewart was one of three people fatally shot by Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly opened fire at the clinic Friday.

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<![CDATA[Japan's Whaling Fleet Set to Embark on Hunt for 333 Minke Whales]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:17:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Whaling-AP_110324054359.jpg

Japan is sending a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday for a three-month hunt, according to the country’s government.

Under its proposal, Japan plans on catching up to 333 minke whales each year for the next 12 years, according to a government statement.

The hunt will be the first since the hunts were deemed not truly scientific, forcing Tokyo to revise its whaling plans, according to The Associated Press.

The International Whaling Commission has banned whaling since 1986, but Japan can continue killing whales under an exemption for research.

<![CDATA[Calif. Film Students Arrested ]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:02:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/studentoverpass-112915.jpg

Film students caused a panic on a California freeway Sunday after at least 10 drivers reported two men standing on a pedestrian overpass carrying assault-type rifles, which turned out to be props, authorities said.

The two students were arrested on suspicion of displaying replica firearms and causing a false emergency.

Around 5 p.m., drivers on the 101 Freeway began calling in to report that two men dressed in military fatigues were carrying rifles on the Chesebro Road pedestrian overpass.

At least 10 of the drivers called 911, saying they felt threatened that the pair were going to cause harm.

California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Station, including a helicopter, immediately responded to the 101 Freeway and found the two.

CHP shut down the freeway.

Over the loud speaker, officers instructed the pair to walk with their hands up toward the officers.

The two had a replica assault rifle, replica handgun, military uniforms, cameras and a gas mask.

The pair explained they were filming for a school project.

"While the intentions of these two individuals might have been harmless, the fact that anyone would appear in a public place displaying a replica firearm is troubling," Capt. Patrick S. Davoren of the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, said in a statement. "These two men put themselves and our community at risk. This does reflect the fast actions of our community in notifying law enforcement and reminds everyone that if they see something, they should say something."

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<![CDATA[1 Foot of Snow Forecast for Midwest]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:27:21 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/AP_487424761544.jpg

Another storm could mean more snow for areas recovering from a Thanksgiving weekend storm that’s blamed for 14 deaths so far.

The new storm began sweeping east Sunday out of the Rocky Mountains, heading for Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, with areas forecasted to get up to at least a foot of snow through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

"It's going to be coming down at a pretty good clip," said Domenica Davis, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "This could definitely cause some school closures or even shut down some businesses here."

A state of emergency has been called in Oklahoma, where more than 100,000 customers lost power. More floods are expected in hard-hit areas of Texas and Arkansas.

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<![CDATA[Tx. Crews Respond to Water Rescues]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:13:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Water_rescues_112915.jpg

Authorities in North Texas responded to dozens of high-water rescues as bands of torrential rain swept across the region through Thanksgiving weekend.

Between midnight Nov. 26 through 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, Dallas Fire-Rescue teams were dispatched to 38 water rescue calls.

One of the calls was considered a swift water rescue, and four others called for firefighters to deploy a boat.

Dallas firefighters were called to check on vehicles stuck in high water a total of 27 times over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

In total, Dallas first responders were called to 446 motor vehicle crashes in the same four-day period.

Four people in North Texas have died as a result of high water on the roads.

In Tarrant County, a sheriff's deputy was swept away by high water while trying to rescue a stranded driver early Friday morning. After about two hours, deputy Krystal Salazar was found clinging to a tree limb. She was later taken to a hospital for evaluation.

On Sunday, recovery teams were again forced to postpone efforts to recover the body of the woman inside the car. She was identified as Burleson resident Zenola Jenkins, 76.

West of Fort Worth, crews found the body of 33-year-old Sandra Jones Friday morning. Investigators believed her car was washed off the road in waters flowing 10 to 12 feet above the banks of Rock Creek.

Two people were pulled from a submerged car in Johnson County Friday. A third person in the car, 48-year-old Jose Vargas, was found dead near Mansfield.

Firefighters in Garland recovered the body of 29-year-old Benjamin Floyd of Wylie found inside a submerged Hyundai Elantra.

A total 55.23 inches of rain has been recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport this year, topping the annual rainfall record of 53.54 inches set in 1991.

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<![CDATA[First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Gets Underway]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:27:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WilliamPorter-AP_329640594936.jpg

The first of six trials of Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray begins on Monday.

The trial for William Porter, who is charged with manslaughter and misconduct, could serve as a bellwether for the other officers’ cases. Porter has pleaded not guilty, according to NBC News.

Porter was involved in Gray’s arrest after he was transported to a police station in a police van. Prosecutors say Gray asked Porter for a medic, but one was never called.

Gray, 25, died of apparent spinal injuries a week after an arrest by Baltimore police officers. His death sparked outcry against police brutality, and was a motivating factor for the Baltimore riots.

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<![CDATA[Free Passes 'Sell Out' at 49 California State Parks]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 18:14:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/waterfall01.jpg

While economists predicted a strong Black Friday shopping day, it’s likely the malls were a little less crowded in California, thanks to the unprecedented move by a San Francisco nonprofit agency dedicated to protecting redwood trees.

The Save the Redwoods League offered free passes to 49 state parks in California for the first time this year.  And by Friday, all the parks had run out of the freebies, after 5,100 people downloaded the passes, which were first announced on Nov. 18, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Benito.

“We were completely overwhelmed,” Benito said, who forgot to download a pass herself, but was happy to pay a park entrance fee as she too, planned to go hiking with her family. “We’re excited about the enthusiasm.”

There was no way to immediately know how many visitors showed up at all the state parks on Friday, including those who paid the entrance fees.Those numbers will likely be tallied early next week.

Still, there was a buzz surrounding the #OptOutside movement.

Diana Kotake of Newark and a friend were out in Henry Cowell Redwood State Park in Felton, spending the day getting fresh air and taking selfies and nature photos. "My hike was so perfect today," she said.

Mike Kahn, a spokesman for the Sempervirens Fund in Los Altos, which focuses on protecting land in the Santa Cruz Mountains, also was at the same park. He was proud to be out “supporting the movement and opportunity to connect with nature and family and friends."

He asked: "What better way to walk off holiday meal?”

Nick Hansen, 31, of Walnut Creek decided to take a 12-mile bike ride to Mt. Diablo State Park. "I saw the traffic at Sun Valley Mall and thought, 'No way,' " he said. "There's nothing we want to buy anyway."

Save the Redwoods had long wanted to offer such a deal, but was motivated to put it into action after REI announced in October the company would pay employees across the United States to take the day off and go outdoors on what is billed as one of the biggest shopping days of the year. An anonymous donation of $50,000 enabled the nonprofit to pay for the free passes, so that the state park system didn't suffer any financial losses, Benito said.

Missouri, Minnesota and the East Bay Regional Park District in Alameda and Contra Costa counties also sponsored free Friday passes, as well.

Benito and her family had plans to head out to Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz or Portola State Park in La Honda to scope out sites to possibly dedicate to her husband’s grandparents.

Benito has never been a Black Friday shopper and shopping has never been a post-Thanksgiving tradition for her.

“We go outside every year,” she said. “I just can’t do it Those lines. That’s not how I want to spend my time.”

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<![CDATA[Bus Transporting Va. Students Overturns, 35 Injured]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:56:25 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CVBr4PPWsAEauo4.jpg.jpg

A bus full of college students overturned Sunday night in Virginia, injuring 35 people, one of them critically, authorities said.

The nature of the critically wounded patient's injuries wasn't disclosed.

None of the 34 other injuries was believed to be life-threatening — mainly bumps, bruises and other injuries "that would be consistent with a vehicle accident" — Lt. Jason Elmore, a spokesman for Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Services, told reporters Sunday night.

The bus was carrying 50 passengers — many of them students from Virginia Tech and Radford universities and the University of Virginia — when it flipped on Powhite Parkway near the city of Chesterfield, said Sgt. Steve Vick, a spokesman for the Virginia State Police.

The driver, Thomas B. Chidester, 58, was charged with reckless driving, Virginia State Police said.

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<![CDATA[SF Teacher Chooses Cultural Sensitivity Over Big Pay Day]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:08:27 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mission+House+Zillow.jpg

A San Francisco woman fed up with the Mission District’s rapid gentrification sold her home for hundreds of thousands of dollars under market value – but with a caveat.

Prospective buyers went through an application process designed to weed out people who didn’t respect the neighborhood or its diverse culture.

Catherine Lee sold her two-bedroom, Edwardian condo with garage parking and a marble fireplace on 23rd and Alabama streets for a non-negotiable $650,000. That's a steal when you consider that a veritable shack sold for $408,000 in the Mission District just a month ago.

Comparable houses in the same area have sold for more than $1 million, according to real estate website Zillow. 

Lee, who is a filmmaking teacher living on a modest income, told San Francisco Magazine that she was flooded with potential buyers. None of them, however, seemed to understand that she was serious about the culture-centric application.

"I had a couple of real estate agents come by — you know, long, clicky nails and stiletto heels – who told me they had clients who would go way over asking price," she told the magazine. "I said, ‘OK, so what’s their cultural contribution?’ I never heard back."

That contribution, referred to as a "10-year cultural promissory note," asked prospective buyers to write about their ties to the city and enter a binding, decade-long commitment to provide something of cultural value to the community or to Lee herself.

The new owners also had to promise that they would abstain from griping about the the Mission District's Dia de los Muertos festival, the "Day of the Dead" holiday with roots in Mexico that celebrates the lives of friends and family members who have died. Out-of-area transplants had recently criticized the longstanding neighborhood event, much to Lee's dismay.

"The people showing up were maybe more professional," Lee told the magazine about her preference for the future owners. "I was really thinking, like, the doorman at Slim’s (music club)."

Still, solid offers poured in.

Applicants promised to create a local choir, donate to various foundations and give free legal help to immigrants.

One prospective buyer even met the cultural demands and offered an additional $100,000 on top of the asking price.

But no application seemed to beat that of writer Malena Watrous and her husband, composer Matt Shumaker, who eventually won the moneyless bidding war.

The couple offered free writing conferences, tickets to cultural events for Lee, and a generous donation to the Mission-based nonprofit La Cocina, among other culturally-sound gifts. It also didn’t hurt that the couple had strong ties to the neighborhood – both have lived in the city for a long time, and their son went to a nearby daycare.

"I knew then that they were a family who really lived in the Mission," Lee told the magazine.

Though her story has a happy ending, Lee admits that not everyone can afford to sell their house under market value. She told the magazine that the opportunity she had was one that ultimately worked well for her, and the unique goals she had for her former home.

As for the Shumaker-Wastrous clan, it appears the deal worked for them, too.

"That fear that we would be pushed out of the city was getting to us, even if we didn’t admit it," Wastrous told to the magazine. "Now we can’t wait to get home — and stay home."

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<![CDATA[Man Hid Roommate's Body in Suitcase]]> Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:57:57 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/midlothian+suitcase.jpg

A man faces criminal charges after police were tipped off to a "foul odor" coming from the basement of an apartment building in Midlothian, Illinois, only to discover his roommate's body hidden in storage, according to police. 

On Friday night, Midlothian police were flagged down by a resident of an apartment building in the 14500 block of Keystone Ave. The resident reported a foul odor from the storage area and escorted police downstairs. 

There, the police found a suitcase inside a storage unit that contained the decomposing body, later identified as Kimberly Putterlik. Her official cause of death is pending the results of a toxicology report, but when officers interviewed her roommate, 23-year-old Alexander Acevedo, he stated that Putterlik died of an overdose on or around Nov. 13. 

Acevedo said he was afraid of calling the police and being kicked out of the apartment, so the following day he placed Putterlik in the suitcase downstairs where authorities found her. 

Acevedo has been charged with concealment of death and obstructing justice.

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