<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2014 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, 01 Sep 2014 20:05:06 -0700 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:05:06 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Domestic Violence Advocates Monitor Arrest of 49er]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:31:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

Domestic violence advocates said they plan to closely watch how San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald's case plays out in court, and how the National Football League will respond if the player is found guilty to a charge of felony domestic violence.

McDonald, 29, was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, according to San Jose police. He faces a felony charge of domestic violence.

"I'm very disappointed, especially after two or three days ago the announcement from the NFL that this would not be tolerated," said Kathleen Krenek, a domestic violence advocate.

Krenek is the executive director of Next Door Solutions for Domestic Violence and has worked with victims of domestic violence for 30 years. She was shocked it took only three days for a player to be arrested on charges of domestic violence after the NFL rolled out stiffer punishments for the crime.

The change comes after outrage over the light punishment given to Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape beating his then-fiance. Rice received a two-game suspension from the league.

"They came out with a strong message a little bit late," Krenek said of the NFL. "But they did come out with a strong message. Now they need to follow it up."

NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

"This is your opportunity to say this is not acceptable, we don't accept it, we don't condone it, and we are asking all men to think differently if they are hurting their partner," Krenek said.

Meanwhile, McDonald is out of custody after posting $25,000 bail.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," McDonald said Sunday as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

McDonald is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15.

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<![CDATA[NB I-280 in SF to Reopen Ahead of Schedule]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:03:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DetourGenericGetty_1121.jpg

Northbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco will reopen ahead of schedule and should be open to motorists before midnight, Caltrans said.

The freeway was closed over the Labor Day weekend as replacement hinges were installed along the highway to strengthen the overpass in the event of more seismic activity, officials said.

The stretch of northbound I-280, from the U.S. Highway 101/I-280 interchange to San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood closed at 2 p.m. on Thursday and was scheduled to remain closed until 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Detour information can be found by visiting the Caltrans website.

 



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<![CDATA[Apple "Actively Investigating" Celebrity Hack: Reports]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:46:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_a_mal_vestidos_jennifer_lawrence_portada.jpg

Apple said it was “actively investigating” the violation of several of its iCloud accounts, in which revealing photos and videos of prominent Hollywood actresses were taken and posted all over the Web.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris told Recode. A similar statement was given to Mashable and NBC News. An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment to NBC Bay Area on Monday, either by phone or email.

The FBI also told NBC News that the agency was "aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter."

On Sunday night, images of many high profile stars, some real, some said to be fakes, are said to have been taken from the iCloud accounts of several celebrities, such as actress Jennifer Lawrence and about a dozen others.

Someone then posted them to the Web image-sharing community 4Chan and have since spread across the Web, showing up on social media sites like Twitter, Reddit and elsewhere. The Independent reported that anonymous users on 4Chan claimed to have taken them from iCloud, which automatically stores photos, emails and contacts, allowing users to sync this data between devices.

Nickelodian star Victoria Justice, who was another victim of the online hacking, tweeted that her nude photo was not real.

"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people," she tweeted. "Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"

Apple has not revealed how the accounts were hacked into.

Some experts, such as Mandiant, who spoke to Recode said according to what they've seen, it appears to have been was a fairly straightforward attack. The Independent noted that while Apple’s encryption on the data itself is considered robust, access could have been gained by guessing users' passwords or simply resetting their accounts by finding their email address and then answering traditional ‘security questions’.

And while there’s no direct evidence tying the program to the attack, Recode notes the timing of the hacking coincides with a talk given by security researchers on the subject of security on iCloud. A program called iBrute was created by security researchers in Russia as a proof of concept and demonstrated as part of a talk a security conference in St. Petersburg earlier this month.

In 2005, Paris Hilton was the target of a hacking attack in which pictures and text messages from her Sidekick smart phone were pilfered from a cloud storage account. A group of young men were prosecuted over that incident and another attack against the database giant LexisNexis, and most of them served time in federal prison or juvenile detention.
 

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<![CDATA[SF 1st in California to Offer Breaks for Urban Farmers]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:36:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/Gardener.jpg

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Owners who turn empty lots in San Francisco into farms could soon begin getting a break on their taxes.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city is set to become the first in California to enact a state law intended to encourage lot owners to turn their parcels into gardens.

The measure lets municipalities lower the assessed value - and therefore the property taxes - if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least five years. Among its aims is reducing urban blight.

San Francisco will be the first to enact it beginning Sept. 8 because the Board of Supervisors already approved the necessary local ordinance. The Chronicle reports that other cities, including Fresno and Sacramento, are watching San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Rash of "Smash-and-Grab" Burglaries Hit SF Parking Garage]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:44:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/0901-2014-SF-parking-garage.jpg

Thieves love the Sutter-Stockton garage as much as commuters and shoppers -- 80 of whom have had their cars broken into at the popular San Francisco parking garage.

The San Francisco Examiner reported that at least 80 cars have been broken into at the parking garage at the corner of Stockton and Sutter streets near Union Square and Chinatown.

That's one-third of all car break-ins in the northeast part of town, which has led police to make patrolling the area a top priority.

"I assumed this place was relatively secure, but I don't really have that confidence anymore," said Jeffrey Keyes, a Catholic priest who has used the garage. "Generally for many years it's been fine, but a couple months ago my car was stolen on the 10th floor."

The number of car break-ins was news to some of the people parking there this week.

"Now I don't want to park here," Alameda-resident Tristan Flores told NBC Bay Area.

The garage is receiving now "most" of the attention from police as well as transit officials. Police said most of the burglaries have been the "smash-and-grab" type. Officers in the meantime are warning shoppers to be more aware.

Police said people parking in the garage should not leave valuables in the vehicle and anything in sight.

The garage is city-owned, and at 1,865 spaces over six floors, it's one of the city's largest parking garages.



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<![CDATA[SF Mourns Passing of Famous Drag Performer]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:24:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/230*120/arturo_galster.jpg

A popular San Francisco drag performer with a penchant for channeling Patsy Cline has died.

Arturo Galster, 55, died last week in a San Francisco hospital of unknown causes following an "incident" at Dolores Park that resulted in a head injury, according to The Advocate.

Details are scant, but no hate crime is suspected, according to the news source. His family described his death only as an "incident," and will hold a private memorial service in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Galster was hailed as a "drag pioneer" by the San Francisco Chronicle for his appearances as the country superstar, recorded on film as well as on the stage in clubs in Japan and in London.

Galster's renditions of Cline's work was captured in the 1999 film "Virtue," and took the act on the road with an outfit called the Memphis G-Spots, the newspaper reported.

The life of Arturo Galster will be celebrated Sept. 22 at the Castro Theatre.



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<![CDATA[Drone Captures Apple's "Spaceship" Under Construction]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:47:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple8.jpg

It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle.

Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube.

As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like this will all the homes in close proximity gives a perfect idea of just how massive the construction site is."

The campus, which has been nicknamed a "spaceship" because of its modern, circular shape is being built on a 175-acre site about one mile east of the company’s current headquarters.

A YouTube user "jmcminn" posted that he shot the footage on Aug. 24 with a GoPro-equipped DJI Phantom 2 drone, and he captured clear images of the circular site in Cupertino, revealing the silver tops of roofs and dry, tan dirt.

He also wrote the remotely controlled quadcopter remained under 400 feet, per Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and did not enter any airport no-fly zones. Although the site is private property, airspace above 83 feet is not, according to a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, NBC News noted. The FAA allows for hobbyists to fly drones no higher than 400 feet.

Other equipment  listed for the video include Cal Zeiss Cinemizer video goggles, a DJI ALV 5.8 Ghz video transmitter and a DJI iOSD Mini, to give a "heads up display" of altitude, distance and other aircraft characteristics.

NBC Bay Area reached out to jmcminn on Monday, but did not get a reply back for comment. In April, he posted aerial images of Oracle's headquarters in Redwood City, which only yielded about 1,000 views.

Since the Campus 2 construction site in Cupertino, one mile from the official Apple headquarters, is fenced off, it’s hard for anyone to get a ground-level peek of construction.

Still, images have been taken.

NBC Bay Area's chopper flew over the Spaceship in May, and another set of aerial photos were posted in July. But this could be possibly be the first time such a view has been provided by drone video.

Apple, which had no immediate comment on the drone video, has said construction is expected to be completed in 2016.

Campus 2 will be home to more than 12,000 employees and an environmentally friendly complex with 7,000 trees, drought tolerant plants and about 80 percent of open space.



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<![CDATA[Diner Arrested for Allegedly Punching Restaurant Owner: Report]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:53:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/money_handcuffs_generic_nbc.jpg

Instead of dessert, one upset Sausalito diner opted for a course of police cars and incarceration.

Adam Culbreth, 37, was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail after allegedly punching the manager of Salito's restaurant over a $64 tab, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

Police visited the eatery last Wednesday after receiving a call that a "highly intoxicated" man was causing a ruckus, the newspaper reported.

On the scene, they discovered Culbreth, who had allegedly slugged the restaurant manager and was attempting to depart the scene without paying his bill, the newspaper reported.

He was arrested in the parking lot, the newspaper reported, and is out on bail pending charges from the district attorney.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Enjoys Burning Man Break]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:01:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BURNING-MAN-VO---00000618.jpg

Something funny happened in the Mission District last week.

Tables could be had at restaurants without an hour wait, drinks could be ordered at bars without a five-person-deep wait, and reservations at yoga studios were few and far between, according to the New York Times.

It's the Burning Man exodus, and it ended Monday.

With the completion of the annual party on the playa in the Black Rock Desert, so too ends the annual time of year when, somehow, parking can be had on Valencia Street, the newspaper noted.

While hard science to support the long-held "pop wisdom" that a festival for 70,000 people somehow eases congestion in a tourist mecca of 837,000-plus has yet to be found, there's certainly something afoot.

Tech-types who favor the Mission District, with its hipness and many tech buses shuttling people to and from good jobs in Silicon Valley, told the newspaper that their neighborhood was a virtual ghost town.

Somehow, popular eatery Monk's Kettle had no people in it at 12:45 a.m. on a recent weekend, the newspaper reported.



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<![CDATA[Harbaugh's Goodwill Trip Featured in Documentary]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:02:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/176*120/harrrkoch.jpg

"Who's got it better than us?" Jim Harbaugh asks. Fairly typical, aside from the setting: the 49ers coach is speaking to a group of schoolchildren in Peru.

That scene and other displays of the fiery coach's "strange, restless energy" fill the documentary "Peruball: Jim Harbaugh in South America," which records the goodwill trip the passionate man in khaki pants made recently.

Harbaugh went to Peru for five straight years for a week-long trip from 2009 to 2013. There, he taught "poor children about their Catholic faith and American football," according to the Catholic News Agency.

He made trips to the impoverished area of Piura, where the coach felt "God's presence," he told CNA in 2013, and had some of "the best experiences of my life."

A film crew tagged along for at least one of the trips, and the result airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

While in Peru, Harbaugh has built houses as well as created a new game, called Peruball -- a sort of American football where soccer goals replace the end zones, Yahoo Sports reported.

He also displays a side of his character rarely-seen on TV.

The passionate, barely-hinged coach turns into a "surprisingly tender" man who relishes in the ability to "help people from the time you wake up here to the time you go to bed," the newspaper reported.



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<![CDATA[Near-Miss Between Pedestrian, Driver Sparks Shooting: SFPD]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:55:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pedestrian_shot_golden_gate_Sf.jpg

A man is in critical condition Sunday night after a shooting in San Francisco involving a pedestrian getting into an argument with a driver, police said.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Broderick. Police said a near-miss between the pedestrian and motorist sparked an argument that resulted in the motorist shooting the pedestrian.

The two involved parties did not know each other, police said.

The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with critical injuries.

The suspect drove away from the scene.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[49er McDonald Arrested for Domestic Violence: SJPD]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:24:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/221*120/MCDONALD_leaves_jail.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence overnight, San Jose police confirmed.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol said the 29-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday after officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a home in an upscale neighborhood at the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, SJPD said in a release.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges, according to the release. He has posted $25,000 bail and has been released from jail, police said.

So far, McDonald is not saying much about the incident.

"It's a crazy situation," said McDonald, as he walked out of the jail less than 10 hours after his arrest.

McDonald's alleged victim may have been pregnant, sources told NBC Bay Area's Damian Trujillo.

He was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her arms and neck, according to the Sacramento Bee. 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also reportedly present, the Bee reported.

But McDonald maintained his innocence.

"The truth will come out," he said. "Everybody knows what kind of person I am."

The 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday that the organization is "aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald, who has been playing for the 49ers since 2007, was arrested on the same street where 49ers' outside linebacker Aldon Smith was busted for a DUI last September, sources told NBC Bay Area.

The NFL has suspended Smith on Friday for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

McDonald's arrest comes after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a tougher domestic abuse policy on Thursday. NFL players will be subject to a six-week game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second, according to the new rules.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area



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<![CDATA[Cousin Charged in Death of Girl, 5]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:46:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Angel-Lizandro-Sanches-Zenteno.jpg

Dallas police have arrested and charged a family member with capital murder in the killing of a young girl found dead inside a vacant apartment Sunday afternoon.

The body of 5-year-old Kathrine Alejandra Gonzalez was discovered inside an empty, ground-floor apartment at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Sontera Palms Apartments in northeast Dallas, police said.

On Monday, police said Gonzalez's cousin, 17-year-old Angel Lizandro Sanches-Zenteno, has been arrested and charged with capital murder in connection with the girl's death.

Gonzalez had been playing outside of her aunt and uncles apartment with her sisters when she disappeared. She, along with her brothers and sisters, were being watched by their aunt and uncle while her parents were at work.

Police said as soon as neighbors in the community realized the girl was missing, many of them were quick to assist in the search for the missing girl — even before police were called at about 11:30 a.m.  After officers arrived, many of the residents allowed officers to search their homes and cars for the missing child.

When police arrived, maintenance workers informed them there were a large number of vacant apartments at Sontera Palms. After obtaining a key, officers began what they described as a systematic search of all vacant units.  Officers eventually discovered the girl’s body inside a unit at the back of the complex, next door to Sanches-Zenteno's apartment.

Police said Monday that the Dallas County medical examiner said preliminary results of the autopsy indicate the girl's cause of death was strangulation.

A witness told police that he saw the girl walking with a person at about noon and that he had seen them together before the girl disappeared. That person in question, along with a number of other people, were taken to Dallas Police Headquarters for questioning.

The investigation into the girl's death is ongoing. The Dallas Police Department asked for anyone with information on this offense to contact detectives at 214-275-1300.

Sanches-Zenteno is being held in the Dallas jail with no bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Gunmen Force Workers Into Fridge]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:49:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/red+lobster+kendall.jpg

A pair of masked gunmen stormed a Red Lobster in Kendall, Florida, and closed several employees in a restaurant refrigerator before taking off with $500 cash.

Workers at the Red Lobster at 11550 Kendall Drive were closing up the restaurant around just before midnight on Sunday when police say two armed men, their faces covered with either shirts or skullies, walked through the front door.

The men ordered the employees to surrender their cell phones, then pistol-whipped shift manager Edith Olivares, 52, and demanded she open the restaurant's safe, according to police.

The masked men also kicked 24-year-old bartender Leron Reid several times, then forced the employees into the store's refrigerator and made off with the cash, police said.

Once the coast was clear, employees were able to open the refrigerator door and call police.

While Olivares sustained several lacerations to the head, she will recover.

Red Lobster's general manager Neil Anderson said he and his employees are grateful no one was killed in the robbery and called the robbers "cowards."

"They're cowards. It's really cowardly to hit a 52-year-old lady with a pistol," he said. "She's a valued employee. A fantastic employee."

“Our thoughts are with the employees who were impacted by this terrible crime. Their recovery, the safety of our Kendall team and local guests is our No. 1 priority," a Red Lobster spokeswoman said in a statement. "We have taken steps to increase security presence at this location and we are actively partnering with the police on their investigation."

In the meantime, the Kendall Red Lobster is back open for business.

Now police need the public's help in identifying the armed robbers. They are described as one man with a thin build and another with a heavy build, both in their 30s, between 5 feet 8 inches and and 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS(8477).



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<![CDATA[Hiker Killed by Boulder in Md.]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:46:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/210*120/2014-09-01_1140.png

A hiker on Hermit Island in the Potomac River died Sunday after he was pinned under a large boulder, emergency officials said.

Rian Avarham Khalder, 25, had been hiking with his 14-year-old brother along the Potomac on the island near the Angler Inn boat ramp when he began to climb an area of rocks.

Some of the rocks gave way, Khalder fell and a large boulder came down on him, police said.

Montgomery County emergency services mounted a "technical rescue," including swift water boat teams. The rescue was made even more difficult as a line of severe storms moved through the area, forcing rescuers to shelter in place and wait for the storms to pass.

Khalder of Silver Spring, Maryland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington for more on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabbed Mom to Death in NJ: PD]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:51:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ho+ho+kus+murder.jpg

A 24-year-old man is in police custody after authorities say he stabbed his mother to death in New Jersey.

According to the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, Nicholas Piotti beat and stabbed his 63-year-old mother, Karen Piotti, killing her inside her home in Ho-Ho-Kus early Monday morning.

Piotti, who lived with his mother, was taken into police custody and was being evaluated at Bergen County Medical Center.

He is expected to be arraigned Monday, prosecutors said.

Neighbors said the news has devastated those who knew the family. 

"I only heard nice things about Nicholas," said Donna Cioffi. "I used to see him skateboarding up and down Powderhorn Road, like any other teenager would do. I never had any issues with him." 

"It's just devastating to a hear a 24-year-old can take his mother's life," she said. "No matter what the situation or circumstance is, you have to believe there's something very wrong behind that. It's very, very unnerving." 

Gerry Pearce said the alleged killing was incomprehensible.

"This neighborhood is unbelievably nice, quiet," he said. "You never hear anything like this happen here." 

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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Small Plane Crash in NH]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:55:34 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/North+Hampton+Crash+4.jpg

Correction: In an earlier report, NECN stated that the FAA had confirmed the plane's tail number. This information actually came from NTSB.

A plane has crashed in North Hampton, New Hampshire, killing the pilot and his passenger. Officials say the plane stopped only to refuel. It had taken off originally from a private airstrip in Kingston, New Hampshire.

Police in Kingston confirm that David Ingalls, a resident of that town, was operating the plane when it crashed at Hampton Airfield around 10:50 a.m. Ingalls was an Air Force Veteran and retired TWA pilot who for 30 years was on the town of Kingston Conservation Commission.

The Cessna 180 is registered to Ingalls, according to the Federal Aviation Administration's online database.

"When I flew with Dave, he checked that little Cessna over as though it were a 747. He checked every screw on that plane before it went up and I felt very comfortable with him," said Evelyn Nathan, chair of the Kingston Conservation Commission.

Witnesses told officials that the plane was trying to take off. It appeared to be moving normally until the nose of the plane pitched upward. They say the aircraft lost speed and dropped from the sky.

"This was just a transient pilot that came in got gas came back out and had a really, really unfortunate accident. And everyone here is in an absolute state of shock and mourning," said witness and pilot Dana Thurston.

New Hampshire State Police responded to the crash.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board is working to determine the cause of the crash. The name of the passenger has not been released.

NECN will have more as this story develops.



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<![CDATA[Magnitude 3.5 Quake Tips Pictures in Gilroy]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:35:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GONZALES1.JPG

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake hit Monday morning about six miles of Gilroy, the US Geological Survey reported, causing a few pictures to tip, but no major damage.

The earthquake was reported at 9:10 a.m.

Gena Gonzales was enjoying a lazy Labor Day and was just still in bed when the quake hit, tipping the family pictures on her wall.

At first, she thought it was the typical construction going on at the subdivision behind her Gilroy home. Then she realized the sounds and the rumblings were different.

"This was big, it was significant," she said in an interview. "I was almost about to go into the doorway and get the boys. But the kids were on the bottom floor and it didn't even phase them."

Gonzales said that the "several rolls" didn't last very long, and "the big shake never came." Nearby, her mother felt the rolling, too, but her dad, who was exercising on a machine didn't even realize an earthquake had moved through the south of Santa Clara County. A few others said on Facebook that they felt a "quick jolt" in the nearby Morgan Hill area.

This earthquake, about six miles from Gilroy, was much smaller and less damaging than the 6.0 magnitude quake that hit near Napa on Aug. 24, damaging at least 500 buildings and initially sending 209 people to the hospital. Gilroy sit along the Calaveras Fault and is about 112 miles south of Napa.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup reported no damage as a result of the Monday morning quake.

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<![CDATA[Market Basket CEO Visits Workers]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:21:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Arthur+T+Demoulas.jpg

Market Basket's newly reinstated CEO Arthur T. Demoulas told workers at a Chelsea, Massachusetts, supermarket that he is "forever grateful" Monday, days after he returned to helm the grocery chain following months of worker protests and boycotts triggered by his June ouster.

The man better known to supporters as Artie T. gave workers in Chelsea a lift as they restocked the store. He said the priority now, days after his $1.5 billion deal to buy the company, is to restore stores to customers' expectations, after months hampered by walkouts and empty shelves.

Demoulas reiterated his gratitude to the workers whose pressure helped return him to the helm, and said he is able to connect with his staff of 25,000 through hands-on experience and working together.

"We try to be good to one another and help each other out," Demoulas told workers. "We certainly saw that in the past six or seven weeks.

"I'll be forever grateful," he added.

Demoulas said his first order of business would be to say "thank you, millions of times over."

The turmoil that has roiled Market Basket all summer culminated late last week in Demoulas' deal to buy a majority stake in the company and in his return as CEO, to roars of support from the workers whose intense pressure, protests and walkouts had helped ensure it.

"I love you all," the told them Friday, just after the board controlled by a rival cousin accepted his $1.5 billion bid for a majority stake Thursday night.

Arthur T. had been ousted as CEO back in June by allies of his rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, sparking the two-month dispute, in which employee protests and customer boycotts left many stores and shelves empty.

When news broke that he had regained control of the company, hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at company headquarters in Tewksbury, where he spoke to them.

"I've always believed that we are born into this world at a certain time and a certain place to be with certain people for a reason and a purpose," he told the crowd there. "Everyone has a destiny, and because of you, I stand here with a renewed vigor and a sense of purpose."

The restoration of some Market Basket stores could take several weeks, Arthur T. told reporters Friday, but employees have been working around the clock since his reinstatement to restock empty shelves and reestablish ties with vendors.

Customers were found last week ready to shop once again.

“People are bringing in champagne bottles. Customers are bringing in balloons and donuts and food. It’s great. It's a great feeling,” Tewksbury store manager Mike Riley said.

"It's just a good feeling," said customer Cindy Stamp, whose son works in a Market Basket warehouse. "It's about food, but it's really not. It's about what he does for all our children and people that need jobs. I mean, that to me is the biggest. My son makes a living. Do you believe that? A living off of working in a warehouse. Who can say that?"



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<![CDATA[SoCal High School Retires Controversial Arab Mascot]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:50:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/arab-mascot-update.jpg

A Southern California high school has retired a controversial Arab mascot that prompted objections from an anti-discrimination group last year.

Coachella Valley High School's mascot, which appears as a sneering man with a scraggly beard, hooked nose and a headscarf, has been retired, the Desert Sun reported. School officials said the old mascot will be replaced by a stoic, neatly groomed man

A belly-dancing genie that often appears with the mascot during football games was also retired, according to the report.

The controversy began last November when a community member of Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, Calif., located just east of Palm Springs, brought the mascot to the attention of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

After gathering opinions from the Arab-American community, many felt the mascot was demeaning and the group decided to act, said Abed A. Ayoub, the group's director of legal and policy affairs.

Ayoub wrote a letter to the district on Nov. 1 saying that cartoons, mugs and T-shirts of the mascot around the campus were examples of stereotyping, and should not be tolerated.

The committee said it approves of the new design, the Desert Sun reported.

A final resolution is expected to be announced publicly in the near future.

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<![CDATA[Car Plows Into Subway Sandwich Shop]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:03:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/car+into+subway+1.jpg

A car plowed through a sandwich shop early Sunday morning, critically injuring the driver and causing major damage to the building.

A driver ran a red light and crashed into Subway in the 1700 block of Euclid Avenue around 1:10 a.m., according to officials.

Police and paramedics found a red Honda Civic completely inside the restaurant. The wall was blown out, and shattered glass covered the sidewalk.

An ambulance rushed the driver to Scripps Mercy Hospital. At last update, he was in critical condition. The restaurant was empty at the time of the accident, and no one else was injured.

Officials tell NBC 7 alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

There is no word on how much the damage will cost to repair.
 

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<![CDATA[2 Teens Hurt in Carnival Ride Fall]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:53:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/elpas-ride-michaela-roman.jpg

Two teens were sent to a hospital after falling off a carnival ride at a church festival in El Paso Sunday night.

The two teens fell more than 12 feet from the ride at the Bazaar at Saint Anthony's Seminary after it became stuck, officials said.

Responders had to rescue another person from the ride.

Check back here for updates.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 9 Injured in SoCal Crash ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:47:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*128/LAgenerics+CHP+California+Highway+Patrol.jpg

A woman was killed and nine other people were injured a crash involving an overturned truck on the 5 Freeway in Castaic on Sunday.

The crash on the northbound 5 Freeway near Lake Hughes Road was reported around 2 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

All northbound lanes were reopened after the crash shut down two lanes for hours.

Details of the crash were not being released.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

An overturned truck blocked lanes after the collision involving three other vehicles.

A SigAlert was issued and the two right lanes of the freeway were expected to be closed for at least three hours for the crash investigation.

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<![CDATA[Man Stabs, Kills Roommate: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:47:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/samuel+dulavoix.jpg

A Pompano Beach man has been charged with second-degree murder after stabbing his roommate to death Saturday night, authorities said.

Samuel Dulavoix, 22, was covered in blood when he answered the door to Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a disturbance call at 3208 Marine Drive just after 9 p.m., authorities said.

Officers spotted a pile of bloody blankets on top of a body, identified as that of Rahmil Alexander, 39, according to the BSO. The Broward County Medical Examiner ruled the case a homicide at the scene and said Alexander died of multiple stab wounds.

Dulavoix told homicide investigators that he and Alexander had been living together for about a year. He said they argued over money when Dulavoix stabbed the victim more than 25 times, police said. He later tried to clean up the scene and hide the body.

Dulavoix was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment to superficial cuts on his hands before being released to authorities. He is being held without bond and faces a charge of second-degree murder. It is unknown if Dulavoix has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[3 Hurt by Lightning at NYC Beach]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:45:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lightning+strike+orchard+beach+clothing+shredded.jpg

Three people are hospitalized in New York City with injuries from a lightning strike as heavy thunderstorms swept the tri-state, authorities say. 

The men were hurt at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx at about 5 p.m., and were being treated at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the FDNY. They did not appear to be seriously injured or physically burned. 

Telemundo identifies two of the victims as a father and son, 49 and 19 years old, who sought shelter under a tree during the storm. A friend of the family told the news station that the lightning hit the tree, then sent the men flying at least 10 feet. 

The friend showed the station photos of the victims' clothing that appeared to be shredded in parts from the lightning strike.

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Visitors at Orchard Beach said they weren't seriously concerned about the rain until they heard the thunder. 

"That crack of thunder and lightning came, and that's when everybody started to run away," said Cheryl Greenidge. 

Edgar Ayalla said he saw lightning hit either the beach or the water "like an explosion," and that debris was sent flying from that lightning strike. 

Elsewhere in the city, torrential rain, thunder and lightning interrupted Labor Day weekend celebrations, halted play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens and forced the early end to the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island. 

Traffic crawled on the Garden State Parkway in East Orange, where roads were flooded and emergency responders had to attend to a stranded driver, a traffic camera showed. 

Flooding on the Cross Bronx Expressway also caused long delays onto the George Washington Bridge. 

Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports all reported long delays as a result of the storm.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected in the area by Monday. Labor Day will be otherwise hot and humid. 

The last area thunderstorm broke records on Long Island, where the town of Islip saw more than 13 inches of rain fall in a matter of hours on Aug. 14. 

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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Beaten to Death]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:16:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_tape_lights_generic_thumbnail.jpg

A homeless man in Chicago was beaten to death on the city’s Northwest Side Saturday night, police said.

The man was in an alley in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood when two men exited a vehicle and began beating him, police said.

The men beat the victim’s head and body with their hands and feet, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the man as 57-year-old Ernesto Garcia.

Police said the man appeared to be homeless.

"Regardless of whether he was homeless or not he's still human," said community activist Andrew Holmes. "A lot of these assaults that been taking place beating the homeless go unreported and the reason they go unreported is because they figure nobody cares, but we care, I care and we're just trying to find the individuals that beat this guy to death."

Holmes was patrolling the area Sunday afternoon hoping to find witnesses or see if surveillance cameras may have captured footage of the suspects.

"Each and every day someone is always picking on the homeless," Holmes said. "If they try to defend themselves they get jumped on, they get beat, they get assaulted... it shouldn't have gone this far."

Area residents say the attack was surprising for the community.

"It was so close to home," said Enrique Ruiz. "I thought nothing like this would happen around here."

Many in the area said Garcia frequently slept in the alley and was friendly those who lived nearby.

"People around here liked him," said resident George Bermudez. "He was really nice. I was shocked. I just said hi to him in the a.m., I didn't know someone I knew was going to die."

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<![CDATA[49ers' Aldon Smith Suspended for 9 Games]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:24:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/aldon-smith-preason-2014.jpg

The San Francisco 49ers will play more than half the season without the team’s best defensive player.

The NFL has suspended outside linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.

Smith's suspension is without pay, the league announced Friday.

Smith will be eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster on Monday, Nov. 10, following the team’s Nov. 9 game against the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced. He'll likely be back on the field when the Niners play the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 16.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team," San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement following the league's announcement. "Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

Smith will not be able to appeal the suspension as the appeals process has already run its course, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported.

The 24-year-old Smith, one of the NFL's top pass rushers, missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20.

Just before training camp began last month, the 24-year-old Smith was sentenced to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges.

He has repeatedly said he has been sober since his DUI arrest last September. Smith played in a 27-7 home loss to the Colts on Sept. 22, two days after he was arrested and jailed on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. After the game, he publicly apologized for his behavior and later announced he would leave for treatment.

While the Niners went on a five-game winning streak without him, Smith's menacing presence was sorely missed. The team still picked up his 2015 contract option this spring.

In his latest run-in with the law, Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb. No charges were filed.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators said several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered, illegal weapons in Smith's house.

Last season, Smith finished with 8 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games with eight starts. He was initially worked back in slowly, but demonstrated he had stayed in shape while away.

Selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, Smith had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks during the 2012 season for the 49ers, who lost to Baltimore in the Super Bowl after that season.

Read more from CSN Bay Area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Stanley Cup Comes to Napa Hotel For Public Viewing]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:38:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/napaquakestanelycup.jpg

Nearly one week since a 6.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Napa, the city is back up and running.

Wineries and businesses are hoping tourists continue to show up this Labor Day weekend, and one popular hotel is enlisting help from Southern California.

A chance to snap a picture with the Stanley Cup brought hockey fans out to the Westin Verasa hotel.

"It's just exciting for it to be hockey, and that's my the sport I love and being able to help Napa and my fellow citizens," Napa resident Evan Darlington said.

The hotel was yellow tagged after the quake but is now back open with a limited inventory of rooms.

The former San Jose Sharks general manager and current Los Angeles Kings GM owns a ranch in Sonoma.

He donated time with the cup as part of an earthquake relief effort.

"Since the earthquake, we turned it now into a little bit of a fundraiser," Westin Verasa Napa General Manager Don Shindle said. "So, we're asking people who are to take their picture with the cup to donate $5 at a minimum into the cup, and the actual LA Kings will match all of the donations and all of the money will go to the Napa earthquake relief fund."

Napa officials estimate that 95 percent of the restaurants are back open.



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<![CDATA[Aftershocks Strike Near Napa 1 Week After 6.0 Quake]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:47:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/richter1.jpg

A week after California's Napa Valley was struck by a magnitude-6.0 earthquake, the area was rattled by two aftershocks early on Sunday.

A magnitude-3.2 tremor struck four miles from Napa at 1:56 a.m. at a depth of 6.2 miles. It was followed by a 2.5 earthquake a few hours later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"There are reports that the quake was felt but not of any damage," USGS's Geophysicist Jessica Turner told NBC News. "We'll probably not see any damage with this small a magnitude."

The 3.2 quake was initially listed as a 3.4 magnitude.

Napa's Sheriff's Office dispatch said there were no reports of damage or injuries from the temblor.

The USGS reported a second minor earthquake later in the morning near Napa. The magnitude-2.5 earthquake was recorded in Green Valley, about seven miles east southeast of Napa at 6:37 a.m.

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake was the largest quake to shake the Bay Area since the magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta quake in 1989. It caused $362 million in damage, The Associated Press reported. 



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<![CDATA[Family of 4 Shot Dead in Home: Cops]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/elmhurst+2.jpg

An elderly couple and their two adult children were found shot to death Saturday in a home in west suburban Elmhurst, police said.

Joan Stack and Francis Stack, both 82, as well as Francis Stack Jr., 48, and Mary Stack, 57, were killed, officials said. A longtime neighbor described the children as disabled and their mother as ailing.

All four were shot in the head, the DuPage County Coroner's office said Sunday, citing preliminary information. Officials said Francis Stack had committed suicide and the other three were killed, and a death investigation is ongoing.

All four victims had visible gunshot wounds, and a weapon was recovered from the scene, police said.

Few details were released surrounding the deaths, but police at a news conference Saturday said officers were conducting a well-being check at a home in the 600 block of Chatam just before 7 p.m. when they discovered the victims dead inside the home. 

Longtime neighbor Pete Sterchele described the victims were an elderly couple and their two disabled children.

"[Frank] was in a very difficult situation," said Sterchele. "Two severely handicapped children, his wife with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. She was bed-ridden, the children had to be looked over 24 hours a day and Frank was losing mobility."

Police do not believe there is any immediate threat to the community, according to Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth.

Neighbors told NBC Chicago they saw armed police officers approaching the home Saturday evening.

Many in the community were shocked by the incident.

"They were great people," said neighbor Al Watson. "I mean, if you had a problem, you come over ,talk to [Frank], he could help you with about anything."

The Detective Section of the Elmhurst Police Department is investigating the incident, police said.

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<![CDATA[1 Man Robs 2 Banks Back-to-Back]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:27:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dual-Bank-Robbery.jpg

A lone suspect may have been responsible for two back-to-back robberies at two different banks in the same Mira Mesa shopping center Saturday, officials said.

According to San Diego police, the robberies happened within minutes of each other, just before 12:30 p.m. One was at a North Island Credit Union at 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd., while the other was at a U.S. Bank at 9400 Mira Mesa Blvd. The banks are in the same shopping center, separated only by a small parking lot.

Police said an unknown man entered the North Island Credit Union first, approached a teller and verbally demanded cash. After receiving some money, he left the bank and popped into the U.S. Bank across the way, using the same strategy.

The man then fled the area on foot and was last seen heading westbound on Mira Mesa Blvd., police said.

No demand note or weapon was used in the robberies. Officer did not immediately locate the suspect. For now, the man is only described as 5-foot-6 with a heavy build. He wore a light grey hoodie, black hat and white gloves.

Though the robberies are under investigation, police are fairly certain the same suspect is responsible for both.
 

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<![CDATA[Drunk Federal Agent Arrested]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:15:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_police_generic_police_tape_police_lights_fishtown_722x406_2202385257.jpg

A drunken federal agent was arrested in Burbank after allegedly pulling out a handgun and telling someone to follow him early Wednesday.

Officers responded to a report of a person brandishing a gun around 12:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Santa Anita Avenue, according to a news release from the Burbank Police Department.

The victim told police that they were ordered by a “very” intoxicated man armed with a gun to follow him. After following the man for a short period, the victim ran away and was able to escape, officials said.

Police searched the area and found Andrew Leconte around 1 a.m. near San Fernando Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue, less than one mile away.

Investigators later learned that Leconte is an agent with the United States Marshals Service.

Leconte was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and brandishing a firearm, police said. Burbank police were investigating the incident.

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<![CDATA[75-Millionth Customer Expected at Great America]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:40:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/great_america_75mil_customer.jpg

One visitor to Santa Clara's Great America has a shot at theme park history.

Starting Saturday, anyone who passes through the park's gates may be the 75-millionth visitor to Great America.

That special visitor will be given VIP treatment and a key to the entire park.

In honor of the milestone, Great America is expected to have fireworks and lots of free prizes the entire weekend, as people hit the rides and take in the last days of summer.



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