<![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 Sat, 30 May 2015 11:44:56 -0700 Sat, 30 May 2015 11:44:56 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Klay Thompson Won't Return Until "Symptom-Free"]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:08:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/klay-thompson-concussion.jpg

After undergoing tests Wednesday night through Friday morning, doctors determined Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson did sustain a concussion in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

In a statement, the Warriors said that Thompson will "not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return.”

The NBA Finals begin on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Record Rain Floods North Texas]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:58:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New+First+Alert+Radar+Image.jpg

Forecasters warned that yet another series of thunderstorms was set to pummel North and Central Texas early Saturday morning, a day after flood waters submerged Texas highways and threatened homes across the already storm-damaged state.

A squall line stalled over Dallas overnight Thursday, dropping record-setting rainfall and triggering a Flash Flood Emergency in North Texas. The most recent rain added to the damage inflicted by thunderstorms that have killed at least 23 people statewide, including two overnight in North Texas, and left 13 missing.

The rain seeped into homes and stranded hundreds of drivers across the Metroplex, many of whom lingered along Dallas' Loop 12 for six hours Friday morning after being gridlocked by high water and abandoned vehicles.

Overnight, Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to more than 270 calls that included trapped vehicles and crashes, authorities said.

The Colorado River could crest in Wharton Saturday, causing major flooding in the community 60 miles southwest of Houston, forecasters said.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration amid the severe weather, offering federal funding to affected people in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties, the White House said in a statement early Saturday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier requested a presidential disaster declaration to get federal help for affected counties.

Two Dead in Overnight Flooding

Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner said a man's body was found early Friday morning after his truck had been swept into a culvert and submerged.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the flood victim as 47-year-old John Jeffrey Usfrey.

Turner said people stranded on two cars that were also swept off the road told responders about the truck. He said the truck had been underwater for some time before they found it, and that authorities believe the man, whose name has not been released, was alone in the vehicle.

In Dallas, police said Friday afternoon the body of a man was found near California Crossing and Northwest Highway as flood waters receded. Police did not release the man's identity, but did say he was not found in a vehicle.

Recent storms are being blamed for killing seven people in Oklahoma and at least 23 in Texas, where 13 remain missing or unaccounted for.

Rainfall Sets New Record

Thursday's storm, which dropped nearly five inches of rain overnight at Dallas Love Field and more than two inches elsewhere around the Metroplex, helped set a record for the wettest May in Dallas-Fort Worth history.

The previous record for May rainfall was set in 1982 at 13.66 inches and was eclipsed at midnight when 13.87 inches had been recorded for the month. By 8 a.m., the total rose to 16.07 inches; 8.62 inches received in the last week alone.

According to The National Weather Service in Fort Worth, those 16 inches of rainfall amount to more than 35 trillion gallons of rain. 

The wettest month ever recorded in North Texas goes all the way back to April 1922 where 17.64 inches were recorded.  With more rain expected Friday night and into Saturday, shattering that record remains a possibility.

Dallas County

Flooding has blocked a busy highway west of Downtown Dallas, causing major traffic delays in both directions.

Overnight rain caused water to pool on Loop 12, under the Interstate 30 overpass Friday morning, trapping commuters for several hours. Some of the drivers said they had been there since 5 or 6 a.m.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said a crane was brought in after 11 a.m. to remove a section of median so that motorists trapped in the southbound lanes could get off the roadway. The northbound lane had already been cleared.

He said the southbound lanes were more challenging because streets where people could have exited were flooded as well. He said they think that the area where the road usually drains to flooded as well, so there was nowhere for the water to go.

At 10:20 a.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said they had received more than 270 calls for help, most of which were for cars stranded in high water.  Evans added there were about 70 crashes reported.

"Obviously 'turn around don’t drown' is the phrase of the day," Evans said in a news release. "In addition to turning around, we would encourage drivers to map out at least two alternate routes to where they’re going, that way they don’t feel pressured to put themselves at risk. Better to be late to something than to put yourself in a situation where you just don’t get there at all."

Evans also reminded drivers that if they see an emergency vehicle blocking a roadway, it's there for a reason and to not drive around it.

"While not seeing a warning sign, for high water, can be understood; what’s inexcusable is drivers who drive around emergency and service vehicles to drive into the same high waters from which we are rescuing people," Evans said.

An NBC 5 photographer captured video of a driver maneuvering around a police cruiser beneath an overpass on Northwest Highway early Friday and heading directly into high water.

Rescue crews used a raft to help that driver to safety after the SUV gave way to the water.

"We have a sincere plea with our drivers. If you see a barricade or a sign, please do not try to drive through that area," said Sana Syed, City of Dallas spokesperson.

Tarik Hawkins told NBC News he was became stranded while trying to drive to work. He said it took him two hours to drive about a mile and described the situation on the road as "very chaotic."

"Right off I-35, there has to be 50 or 60 cars stranded," he said.

Israel Ramos, a 32-year-old tower inspector, said there was three inches of water inside his home and the street outside resembled "a river." He told NBC News that his neighbor called police when he saw an SUV floating down the street with a person inside.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Tony Shotwell Life Center in Grand Prairie, according to spokeswoman Anita Foster. Supplies should arrive at the center at about 8 a.m.

Tarrant County

Arlington police said they blocked East Abram Street near Texas 360 because of major flooding over the roadway.

Authorities also received high-water calls on Interstate 30 near Oakland Boulevard and University Drive, 7200 Wichita Street and Trinity Boulevard near Precinct Line Road.

An NBC 5 viewer reported that Walnut Creek in Mansfield is swollen and pushing toward residential areas. Nearby Oliver Nature Park is also reportedly under water and closed.

Johnson County

Officials have evacuated or rescued about 19 people, according to Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore, but many more could be trapped in their homes.

"This is our fourth major flooding since April 26," he said. "We're doing rescues and having homes that are inundated with water."

About 45 roads are closed in the county due to flooding.

Parker County

Authorities said the Brazos River in Parker County is rising again due to new rain and the opening of two flood gates upstream at Possum Kingdom Lake.

County emergency management spokesman Joel Kertok said Friday that the river had risen above flood stage again after dropping below it Thursday night.

On Thursday, water was lapping at the foundations of 11 homes as the river crested at 23.58 feet before dropping to about 20 feet. The flood stage is at 21 feet. The level rose Friday to 21.4 feet and was expected to rise to nearly 27 feet Saturday.

Residents of about 250 homes near the river, most in the Horseshoe Bend community, were asked to voluntarily evacuate.

"The river is already above flood stage and will continue to rise through today and tomorrow," county emergency management coordinator George Teague said. "This situation will get worse before it gets better."

Flights Impacted

As of 10 a.m., officials reported that 44 flights into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled; 56 arrivals were delayed. Thirteen flights departing from the airport were canceled and 52 more delayed.

One of D/FW Airport's runways closed temporarily after a storm drain crews were repairing to address a nearby sinkhole collapsed. Officials said they expect the closure to have minimal impact on flights.

Nineteen flights departing from Dallas Love Field were delayed and 19 more canceled. Eighteen flights into the airport were delayed and 18 more canceled.

Dallas Love Field also experienced a power outage caused by a surge overnight, according to airport official Jose Torres. Power has since been restored.


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<![CDATA[Mores Rain Floods North Texas]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:38:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Little+Elm+Flooding.jpg

Rain moved across North Texas once again on Saturday morning flooding roads and adding to the already rising lake and creek levels.

For the second day in a row, flash flood warnings were activated for many of the bigger counties including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin.

From Dallas to Lewisville, Denton and beyond, police departments, cities and residents reported high water and road closures.

People who live along Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas are watching the weather very closely after Dallas Police officers drove through the neighborhood on Friday night urging residents to evacuate.

Some waited until Saturday morning.

"We knew it was going to flood since we stayed in front of the little river so we just left," said Juanita Hernandez.

Garland, one of the hardest hit areas, has seen 9 inches of rain fall in the last two days.

And in Dallas about 6 inches fell as of Saturday morning. The rain is not a welcomed sight for many in Dallas County after flooding blocked Loop 12 under Interstate 30 overpass on Friday. That area is expected to be closed well into next week.

In Lewisvlle John Beachman who has lived by Timber Creek since 2001 said 8 feet of his property is now under water.  

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration amid the severe weather, offering federal funding to affected people in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties, the White House said in a statement early Saturday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier requested a presidential disaster declaration to get federal help for affected counties.

Two Dead in North Texas Flooding

Two North Texas deaths have been blamed on the flooding. 

Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner said a man's body was found early Friday morning after his truck had been swept into a culvert and submerged.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the flood victim as 47-year-old John Jeffrey Usfrey.

Turner said people stranded on two cars that were also swept off the road told responders about the truck. He said the truck had been underwater for some time before they found it, and that authorities believe the man, whose name has not been released, was alone in the vehicle.

In Dallas, police said Friday afternoon the body of a man was found near California Crossing and Northwest Highway as flood waters receded. Police did not release the man's identity, but did say he was not found in a vehicle.

Recent storms are being blamed for killing seven people in Oklahoma and at least 23 in Texas, where 13 remain missing or unaccounted for. 

Dallas County

Flooding has blocked a busy highway west of Downtown Dallas, causing major traffic delays in both directions.

Overnight rain caused water to pool on Loop 12, under the Interstate 30 overpass Friday morning, trapping commuters for several hours. Some of the drivers said they had been there since 5 or 6 a.m.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said a crane was brought in after 11 a.m. to remove a section of median so that motorists trapped in the southbound lanes could get off the roadway. The northbound lane had already been cleared.

He said the southbound lanes were more challenging because streets where people could have exited were flooded as well. He said they think that the area where the road usually drains to flooded as well, so there was nowhere for the water to go.

 

On Friday an NBC 5 photographer captured video of a driver maneuvering around a police cruiser beneath an overpass on Northwest Highway early Friday and heading directly into high water.

Rescue crews used a raft to help that driver to safety after the SUV gave way to the water.

"We have a sincere plea with our drivers. If you see a barricade or a sign, please do not try to drive through that area," said Sana Syed, City of Dallas spokesperson.

Tarik Hawkins told NBC News he was became stranded while trying to drive to work. He said it took him two hours to drive about a mile and described the situation on the road as "very chaotic."

"Right off I-35, there has to be 50 or 60 cars stranded," he said.



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<![CDATA[Hastert Resigns From College Board]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:03:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wheaton-college-hastert-cen.jpg

Former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has resigned from the board of the Christian school's public policy and government center that bears his name, a Wheaton College spokesperson said.

The resignation was the latest fallout from a federal indictment accusing Hastert of violating banking laws. The indictment alleges Hastert was paying hush money to keep someone silent about "prior misconduct."

A federal law enforcement official on Friday afternoon told NBC News the misconduct involved an alleged sexual relationship between Hastert and a former male student at the school.

Wheaton College is home to the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy. The center was established in 2007, when Hastert stepped down from Congress after eight years as speaker.

A college spokewoman told the Chicago Tribune that no decisions had been made Friday about possible changes to the center's name or programming.

Hastert's name was removed Thursday from the Washington, D.C. lobbying and law firm where he worked, and a spokesperson there said Hastert had resigned.



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<![CDATA[Woman Finds Rare Apple Computer While Cleaning Garage]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:46:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2015-05-30_0-27-39.jpg

In early April, an older woman dropped off some unwanted computer junk to Clean Bay Area. It’s a company that recycles electronics. It turns out, it wasn’t junk at all.

"She dropped off a couple boxes like that,” said Clean Bay Area Vice President Victor Gichun.

Gichun says the woman cleaned out her late husband’s garage and dropped off two boxes. She didn't want a tax receipt, and didn't want to leave her contact information. Gichun didn’t know what was inside, until they dug through the boxes a few weeks later.

"We really couldn't believe our eyes. We thought it was fake,” Gichun said.

Gichun says they found an Apple One computer. About 200 were made, and they’re extremely valuable.

"It was the first computer that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created in their garage and it was sort of this breakthrough in personal computing,” said Computer Science Professor David Crandall.

The company policy is to give 50 percent of all items sold back to the original owner. For the computer, they fetched $200,000 in a private auction.

In case you’re thinking of running down there to collect a check, Gichun knows what she looks like. He just doesn’t know her name. Now he wants to find this mystery woman to thank her, and make her rich.

"I ask this lady, please come over to our warehouse in Milpitas again, and we'll give you check $100,000,” Gichun said.



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<![CDATA[Priest Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Woman]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:17:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/220*120/05.29.15_Marcelo-De-Jesumaria.JPG

A Catholic priest was found guilty Friday in federal court of sexually assaulting a woman aboard a flight from Philadelphia to LAX.

A federal jury found Father Marcelo De Jesumaria, who is based out of Arrowhead, California, guilty of abusive sexual contact on the US Airways flight to Los Angeles last August.

The FBI told the NBC4 I-Team that a female passenger, identified in legal documents only as "BD," woke up during the flight to find the priest’s "hands on her breast, groin, and buttocks."

De Jesumaria had previously served in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, but was removed from the ministry in November when the allegations against him surfaced, the diocese said in an emailed statement. He is a member of the Chicago-based Congregation of the Resurrection, which will determine his future in the priesthood, the statement said.

Last year, the NBC4 I-Team exposed the growing problem of sexual assaults reported aboard airplanes. The FBI told NBC4 that most of the assaults happen on red-eye flights when the cabin is dark and the victims are asleep or dozing off.

The FBI urges anyone who is assaulted aboard a plane to immediately report it to the flight crew while still in the air.

"Criminal activity aboard an aircraft that is reported several days or weeks after an incident occurs presents greater challenges for investigators," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

In the US Airways incident, FBI agents met De Jesumaria at the gate, when the plane landed last August. They gathered enough evidence to indict him in October.

Friday, after a three-day trial in federal court, a jury found De Jesumaria guilty of abusive sexual contact, which is defined as "the intentional touching… of the groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks of any person with the intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade and arouse."

De Jesumaria will be sentenced Aug. 24. He faces a two-year statutory maximum sentence.

NBC4 asked the Diocese of San Bernardino for comment and they emailed this statement:

"The Diocese of San Bernardino considers the actions alleged of Father De Jesumaria in the federal indictment to be sinful and unlawful. We removed him from ministry in the diocese immediately after we became aware of this allegation in November and we are deeply regretful of any harm that may have occurred as a result of his actions. He belongs to a Chicago-based religious order, the Congregation of the Resurrection, that will determine the future of his priesthood."

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<![CDATA[Stephen Curry Takes in San Francisco Giants Game]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:48:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steph_curry_giants_game.jpg

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry double dated with his parents and 40,000 San Francisco Giants fans at AT&T Park Friday night to take in a game against the Atlanta Braves.

"We're celebrating a great time in Bay Area sports, and just supporting the Giants," Curry said. "We have a little break in between series, so we kinda get out and enjoy watching them play and get ready for the Finals. So, it's a good time to be a sports fan in the Bay Area."

Decked out in Giants gear, Curry sat with team owner Larry Baer front and center with his family. When they showed the Currys on the Jumbotron, the sellout crowd started chanting "MVP."

Curry also met with Giants legend Willie Mays pregame and snapped a picture with him.

The Giants beat the Braves 4-2 Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Man Pinned by Car in Downtown San Jose: Report]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:45:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/2015-05-29_23-04-31.jpg

A man was reportedly pinned by a car in downtown San Jose, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Cellphone video of the accident, near First and Santa Clara streets, shows a driver apparently losing control of his car, leaving the road, bumping two women, and then trapping a man between the car and a shopping cart.

The man is expected to survive, and the driver is cooperating with police.  It's not clear if he will face charges or what led to the chain of events.
 



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<![CDATA[Oakland Protest Permit Policy May be Constitutional]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:51:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/oakland_city_hall.jpg

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently stoked controversy by implementing a permit requirement for protesters marching on the city’s streets at night.

The mayor’s office said in a statement that the permit is not a new law, but rather makes “better use of existing policy provisions and laws to prevent vandalism and violence.”
Critics call the move a violation of the constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, adding that it also violates the city’s crowd control policy.
But some legal experts say the policy is constitutional, as long as the permitting process is readily available and police implement it across the board, regardless of the content of the protest.
The controversy began during a demonstration in the city on the evening of Thursday, May 23 when a group of women and children gathered for a peaceful protest against violence committed by police and directed at women and transgender people. It was part of the national #SayHerName movement.
When protesters attempted to take to the streets, police quickly forced them back to the sidewalks saying they lacked the permit necessary to march in the street.
Immediately, protesters took to social media saying the action by police violated the First Amendment.
In the days that followed, protests about the policy were in full swing, giving rise to a new movement in the city: #breakthecurfew.
The permit requirement came less than a month after the city’s May Day protests, which were peaceful by day, but turned violent and destructive once sun set on the East Bay city. 
But critics say that destruction caused by a few out of control offenders does not indicate that all protests in the city will result in such violence.
“It’s not constitutional to stop people from demonstrating just because of the fact that on some past occasions, some individuals…engaged in unlawful activity,” said Rachel Lederman, a civil rights attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who helped the city draft its crowd control policy. The policy gives law enforcement a guide for policing crowds in a constitutional way.
Bradley Joondeph, a constitutional law professor at the Santa Clara Law School told NBC Bay Area that policy of this nature typically gives police a “time, place and manner” restriction, which allows government to limit protest activity without violating First Amendment rights.
“Under those circumstances, as long as the government has an important reason for doing so, and the law is tailored toward accomplishing that goal, it’s still consistent with the First Amendment,” he said.
Joondeph stressed that the city’s protest history can justify such restrictions especially when it comes to violence and public safety.
Rachel Lederman hopes that the mayor will reconsider those restrictions. 
“We’re still hoping that Mayor Schaaf will see that this wasn’t a very good idea and will back down, but we’re definitely prepared to enforce this in court,” she said.
In the meantime, protesters are planning to gather this evening for another march against the permit requirement in Oakland.



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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Workers Say Paychecks Stolen, Benefits Denied]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wage_theft_crime_scene.jpg Bay Area workers have a big complaint--they said their paychecks have been stolen and their benefits denied. It's all happening in the heart of the wealthy Silicon Valley. These cheated employees are trying to fight back. Business and Tech reporter Scott Budman examines whether or not these people have a chance at getting their money back.

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<![CDATA[Woman Accused in Fatal Road Rage]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 11:37:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ducati+motorcycle+alleged+road+rage.JPG

A woman was under arrest Friday, accused of murder for striking and running over a motorcyclist on a busy San Diego highway at rush hour.

Imperial Beach resident Darla Renee Jackson, 26, was driving a black Nissan Altima northbound on Interstate 5 near E Street in Chula Vista at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said Jackson and a man on a red Ducati motorcycle got into some type of disagreement on the roadway.

After the two drivers transitioned from I-5 to eastbound State Route 54 and passed National City Boulevard, Jackson hit the Ducati from behind and ran over the rider, CHP officers said.

The motorcyclist — identified by friends as 39-year-old Zachary Buob — died about an hour later at a hospital. A Santee resident, Buob was an active duty Chief Petty Officer in the Navy's special operations.

Jackson was arrested and now faces one count of murder in what officers are calling a road rage incident. She was booked into Las Colinas Detention and Re-entry Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The crash caused a Sig Alert for more than two-and-a-half along SR-54 in the middle of a very busy evening commute. Investigators are in the process of tracking down drivers who may have witnessed the act of road rage from start to finish.

Anyone who may have seen anything involving these two vehicles should contact the CHP investigator at (619) 220-5492.

Describing the victim, friend Kathryn Cramer said Buob served in the military for more than 20 years and completed many tours overseas.

"He was so strong but his heart was so sweet," she said in an email. "He was truly one of the 'good guys' and my heart is broken. My prayers are with his Mom and Dad and family. He loved them so much."

Another good friend, Tim James, told NBC 7 Buob worked as an elite special boat operator, but motorcycles and trucks were his passion — only overshadowed by his love for family and friends.

"Zach was energetic, intelligent and a superb leader. He would light up any room he entered with his friendliness and wittiness...a heart of gold," said James in an email.

CHP Officer Jake Sanchez warned drivers Friday to not let road rage ever escalate to such a deadly point. He warned drivers not to pick fights with others on the roadway because you don't know what that person may be going through or if that person could be capable of something like this.


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<![CDATA[Hastert Paid To Hide Sexual Relationship: Official]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 10:42:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Hastert-1981.jpg

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was making payments to a man in order to conceal a sexual relationship they had while the man was a student at Yorkville High School, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News on Friday.

Hastert was indicted Thursday with making regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals. 

The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

The indictment accused Hastert of promising a total of $3.5 million to the unnamed person.

The indictment did not specify the alleged misconduct or identify "Individual A" other than saying the person was someone from Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was employed as teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981.

District officials on Friday said they had no knowledge of any alleged misconduct.

Hastert's name was removed Thursday from the Washington, D.C. lobbying and law firm where he worked, and a spokesperson there said Hastert had resigned.

If convicted of the charges against him, Hastert faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

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<![CDATA[Flier Singles Out African-Americans]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:14:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/05-29-15_Toscana-Flier-Controversy.jpg

Controversy is shaking up a Southern California apartment complex after a flier appeared in community elevators specifically asking African-American residents to speak quietly and to turn down music levels at night.

The fliers were posted in at least two of the elevators at the Toscana Apartments, located near the campus of University of California, Irvine, and advised and reminded residents about the appropriate noise levels, citing several recent complaints.

And, at the bottom left, this:

"We would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.”

The complex is located about a mile from the UC Irvine campus, many students live at this complex.

"I definitely feel uncomfortable here, I don't feel safe here,” one resident, who did not want to be identified by name, told NBC4.

The flier ends by thanking residents for their cooperation and is signed as if it is from Toscana’s management. It includes the actual address and phone number to Equity Residential, the company which manages the complex.

"I want the lease cut off, I don't feel comfortable here, I don't want to be a part of this community and obviously the apartment complex doesn't want us to be here either," the resident NBC Los Angeles interviewed said.

The regional manager for Equity Residential, Mary Linder, categorically denied any involvement.

"The flier is a fake. No one from Equity, not any of our employees or Equity Residential had anything to do with the creation or the distribution. We're outraged with the content and we are investigating it," Linder said.

Still, some residents remain infuriated.

"This is what happens, they try to deny it and they try make it private and try to talk to us and try to deal with it, they send cops and security to intimidate and try to stifle us," a resident who asked to be identified as DD said.

Irvine police did visit the complex Friday, mostly hearing residents concerns.

"(I’m) really surprised,” resident Christine, who asked to be identified by her first name, said. “I think it's horrifying that someone would write specifically about one culture and point that out."

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<![CDATA[Boehner, Colleagues React to Hastert Allegations]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 02:46:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Dennis-Hastert-1981.jpg

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's old school employer, current House Speaker John Boehner and family member are speaking out after the federal government charged Hastert with allegedly evading banking rules and lying to the FBI.

"The Denny I served with worked hard on behalf of his constituents and the country," Boehner said in a statement. "I'm shocked and saddened to learn of these reports."

In a statement, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk said anyone who had ever worked with Hastert is "shocked and confused" by the new developments and that the former speaker "should be afforded, like any other American, his day in court to address these very serious accusations." 

Hastert supported Kirk's campaign for U.S. Senator in 2010.

Officials from the Illinois school district that used to employ Hastert as a teacher and wrestling coach said Friday they have no information regarding the alleged misconduct with which Hastert was charged.

"The District was first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released on May 28, 2015," a Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 spokesperson said in a statement to NBC Chicago.

In a Facebook interview with Charles Hastert of Joliet, nephew of Dennis Hastert, the family member said: 

"I don't believe it. Denny has always been honest and clean as they come. He is loved by his family and community."

Federal charges were handed down Thursday against Hastert, accusing him of evading banking rules and lying to the FBI when asked about them. The Department of Justice and IRS allege the 73-year-old made repeated withdrawals from his accounts and handed the cash over to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

In its statement, Hastert's former school district said it had no knowledge of the alleged misconduct, nor had anyone come forward to report misconduct.

"If requested to do so, the District plans to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's investigation into this matter," the district said. 

A federal law enforcement official on Friday afternoon told NBC News the misconduct involved an alleged sexual relationship between Hastert and a former male student at the school.

Hastert's employment with Yorkville Community Unit School District #115 began in 1965 when he was hired to teach history and coach the wrestling team. Eleven years later, Hastert was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to state wrestling championship.

He left the district in 1981, shortly after entering politics.


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<![CDATA[Citizens Install Speed Bump After Fatal Hit-and-Run]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:40:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/antioch-speed-bump.jpg

A grieving East Bay mother is on a mission: Nearly three weeks after her son was hit and killed by a pickup truck "doing doughnuts" in the street, she is taking action to make sure no one else suffers because of reckless drivers.

Linda Hudson is heartbroken and angry. The Antioch woman says she is not willing to wait on the city to make her street safer.

“I can't sleep. I'm not eating. I am torn up,” Hudson said.

Her 47-year-old son, Tim Hudson, was struck and killed in front of the family's home on May 11 as he tried to stop a teenage driver witnesses said was doing doughnuts on West 11th Street. The grieving mother says the vehicle dragged her son 45 feet and “never even slowed down.”

A 19-year-old Antioch man was eventually arrested.

Neighbors say it's what they have feared for years: They say their stretch of West 11th Street has turned into a speedway.

The Hudsons took their concerns to the city council, asking for speed bumps, but Hudson said the mayor cut her off. He directed her to the city's public works department to investigate the matter.

But that didn't cut it for Linda Hudson. She pledged to install speed bumps on her own.

Friday afternoon, the speed bumps "magically" appeared. Hudson said some concerned citizens installed them and she had indeed pitched in.

"I went out and drilled a hole," Hudson said. "I told them I wanted to drill one."

Hudson said she is certain her son is in heaven saying “Way to go, mom.”

“I love him and I'm doing it for him,” she said. “I can't bring him back, but I can do this for him and maybe save somebody else's child's life.”

Altering a street is illegal. It is unclear how the city of Antioch will respond.



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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Kicked Off Flight Over Fussy Tot]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 09:09:58 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sarah-Blackwood.jpg

A Canadian musician says she was kicked off a United Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport because of her crying son.

Sarah Blackwood was onboard a flight to Vancouver when her 2-year-old son, Giorgio, threw a screaming fit. She managed to calm him down, but not before the outburst got her booted from the plane minutes before takeoff.

Blackwood, who sings in the band Walk Off the Earth and is seven months pregnant, vented her frustration about the incident on Twitter, calling it discrimination. She says she was on the verge of tears herself when a flight attendant asked her to control her crying child as her flight was preparing for takeoff.

"Apparently my little two-year-old crying son was a big threat," Blackwood said on Twitter.

Citing safety concerns, the airline is standing by its decision. SkyWest Airlines, which operated the United flight, said the child was not seated while the plane was taxiing and says Blackwood was asked repeatedly to secure her son.

In a statement, a company spokesperson said in part, "Our crews return to the gate as a last resort and, although it regrettably inconvenienced everyone onboard, we are confident it was the appropriate decision in the interest of safety."

Blackwood is not seeking any legal action but has repeatedly called for an apology from United.

A United representative arranged for her and her son to get on a later flight, Blackwood said.


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<![CDATA["San Andreas" Opens With Earthquake Lesson]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 00:34:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sanandreas1.jpg

The disaster film "San Andreas" opens Friday, and the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland is making use of the premiere to offer a free earthquake lesson.

Before the Hollywood film begins, which tells the imaginary tale of how the San Andreas Fault triggers a magnitude 9-plus earthquake and a search from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save a couple's daughter, a public service announcement from from FEMA and the Oakland fire department will air.

In the lobby, earthquake preparedness information will also be available, according to Kelly Hudson of FEMA.

Already, the movie has one prominent critic, who live-tweeted her thoughts during the premiere there.

Lucy Jones, a respected Southern California U.S. Geological Survey seismologist, saw the movie in Los Angeles last week and pointed out many faults with the plot, noting that much of the Hollywood script stretched into "fantasy territory."

In the film, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and shakes the San Andreas fault, capable of producing significant earthquakes. Southern California is rocked by a powerful magnitude-9.1 quake followed by an even stronger magnitude-9.6 in Northern California.

The real San Andreas Fault extends about 800 miles through California and was first identified in 1895 by a UC Berkeley professor. Two high-profile quakes hit along this fault, including the 1906 San Francisco magnitude-7.8 earthquake and the 1989 magnitude-6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake.

The San Andreas fault is known for producing significant quakes, but a magnitude-9 or larger is highly unlikely, Jones said. Computer models have shown the lengthy fault -- considered a strike-slip because opposing segments of rock slide past each other horizontally -- is capable of a magnitude-8.3 quake, she noted. She also took issue with the unrealistic tsunami portrayed in the film overtaking San Francisco.

"Everything was exaggerated and over the top," Jones told NBCLA.

In summary, Jones tweeted: "Bottom line: don't learn seismology from #SanAndreas but maybe it will inspire people to take Community Emergency Response Training."

Jones did have praise for some of the film's depictions of emergency response and at least one portrayal of "drop, cover and hold on" -- a safety practice designed to protect individuals from falling or flying objects.

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<![CDATA[Mom Chases iPhone Thief After Son, 6, Punched in Face: Cops]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:44:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/laundromat+chase.jpg

A would-be thief who tried to grab a 22-year-old mother's iPhone at a Bronx laundromat punched the woman's 6-year-old son in the face when the boy stepped in his way as he tried to flee the mother's grasp, authorities said.

The man walked into the laundromat on Boone Avenue in Crotona Park East shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday and tried to sell the woman DVDs. She said she wasn't interested in buying any, and the man grabbed her iPhone, which was charging on a chair next to her, authorities said.

The suspect tried to run off with the phone but the woman grabbed him, trying to keep him there. He managed to break free with the phone and started running toward another exit when the 6-year-old boy stepped in his path.

Police say the suspect punched the young child in the face, knocking him to the ground, before running out to the parking lot. The boy's mother chased the suspect outside and wrestled her iPhone from the suspect before he managed to break free and ran off again.

Surveillance video shows the mother chasing the suspect back and forth across the laundromat (above).

The woman suffered minor injuries in the altercation and her 6-year-old son had facial swelling and lacerations. Both were treated at an area hospital.

"I really can't imagine a grown man punching a 6-year-old in the face," said Luis Rodriguez, a patron at the laundromat. "That's horrible." 



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<![CDATA[SFPD Seeks Suspect in Muni Purse Theft]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 16:36:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muni-suspect.jpg

The search is on for the man San Francisco Police say stole the purse of an elderly woman in a wheelchair.

Investigators say it happened on Muni and released photos of the suspect on Friday.

Officers think the man has targeted people in wheelchairs before.



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<![CDATA[Hastert Received Odd Phone Call During C-SPAN Show]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:30:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hastert-cspan.jpg

Video posted to a "MyC-SPAN" account on Thursday of a phone call former House Speaker Dennis Hastert received during an appearance on the network has raised questions as to whether there's any link between the call and the federal charges brought against Hastert.

The Washington Journal episode aired on a Nov. 13, 2014, one week after the midterm elections. The caller identified himself only as "Bruce" from Illinois.

"Hello, Denny," the caller said.

"Do you remember me from Yorkville?" he added, before laughing and hanging up.

"Yeah, go ahead," said Hastert.

"I think he's gone," said C-SPAN host Pedro Echevarria before moving onto the next caller. 

Hastert on Thursday was charged with making regular regular withdrawals from his bank accounts below a limit that would require reporting and then lying to federal officials when asked about those withdrawals. The Department of Justice and IRS allege Hastert, 73, withdrew $1.7 million from various banks between 2010 to 2014 and provided the funds to an unnamed person "to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct."

The indictment did not specify the alleged misconduct or identify "Individual A" other than saying the person was someone from Yorkville, Illinois, where Hastert was employed as teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981. District officials on Friday said they had no knowledge of any alleged misconduct.

A federal law enforcement official on Friday afternoon told NBC News the misconduct involved an alleged sexual relationship between Hastert and a former male student at the school.

"The Hill" newspaper noticed the video after it was posted to the C-SPAN website.


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<![CDATA[Man Shot Neighbor 19 Times]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:13:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CV-SWAT-Marjerus-Reynolds.jpg

Police released the name of the man Friday accused of shooting his neighbor 19 times before sparking a 10-hour-long standoff with law enforcement at an apartment complex in Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD), Michael Majerus, 42, shot and killed neighbor Nicholas Reynolds, 43, at the Mission Gardens apartment complex located at 160 E Street on Thursday morning. Witnesses told police the men had a long-standing dispute over neighborhood issues.

Police said Majerus shot Reynolds 19 times with an AR-15 rifle as Reynolds was getting into his car at the apartment complex.

After the deadly rounds were fired, Majerus barricaded himself inside his apartment along with his wife, Laura, and two young children, still armed with the AR-15.

Dozens of police officers and SWAT officials surrounded the apartment complex and crisis negotiators were called in as a lengthy standoff with Majerus ensued.

A number of other agencies were called in for backup, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego Police Department and National City Police Department.

Officials shut down major roads in the area and evacuated dozens of residents from the apartment complex as the standoff unfolded.

MTS assisted in transporting evacuees to the nearby Norman Park Senior Center where the residents remained for hours. The American Red Cross provided food to the evacuees and police officers throughout the very long day.

After hours of on-again off-again negotiations with the suspect and sending a direct message to Majerus via news cameras, the suspect released his wife and the children from the apartment at around 3:35 p.m. They were unharmed.

Majerus remained holed up inside the apartment.

About an hour later, three shots rang out. CVPD Lt. Fritz Reber said the first came from a police test canon shot. The second was inside the apartment and did not come from officers. The third was a flash bang grenade that shattered a window so the SWAT team could send in two robots and check on the suspect.

One robot spotted a man down in an upstairs room, and a SWAT team soon followed to confirm. They found Majerus dead inside from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police said two other handguns were found inside the apartment.

Investigators believe there was no verbal argument before Majerus shot his neighbor. According to the CVPD, officers had been called on two prior occasions to the apartment complex regarding the ongoing dispute between the neighbors.

However, in both instances, police determined there was no crime and no police report was filed. Police confirmed Majerus had no significant criminal history.

The deadly shooting remains under investigation. No other residents or law enforcement were injured in the standoff.
 



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<![CDATA[USGS Erroneously Reports 5.1-M Quake Near Redding]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 09:29:18 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/redding1.jpg

The US Geological Survey erroneously reported that an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck about 25 miles north of Redding in Northern California just after midnight on Friday.

That's because the USGS issued the alert based off a 6.7-M earthquake that struck in Alaska.

That would make sense, according to Trinity County Officer J. Morrel, who confirmed his agency got a state alert about the quake, but that no one called to report feeling it. "I believe we would have," he said.

The alert said the quake was centered near Redding in Trinity County's Lewiston, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's map.

No one felt anything in nearby Redding, either. "We didn't even feel it," said a Trinity County dispatcher.

By coincidence, the mistaken USGS report came out on the same day as the Hollywood fictional account of "San Andreas," a disaster earthquake film  premieres.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rescued Dog on Instagram]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 12:23:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Yorkie-Dog-Rescue-NY.jpg

A tiny Yorkshire terrier that was dumped down a trash chute in the Bronx in September has recovered from its injuries and has a new home -- and its very own Instagram account.

The ASPCA said that the dog, named Frankie, is thriving with a new owner, months after the pup was found at the bottom of the chute with a fractured skull and neurological trauma that left him nearly blind.

Veterinarians monitored Frankie for three months after he was rescued, and he quickly became a favorite at the ASPCA.

Frankie didn’t have to wait long to find a new home once he recovered, the ASPCA said. The rescue said an Amherst College student home on winter break visited the rescue and fell in love with the pup and eventually returned to adopt him.

The ASPCA said that after a difficult adjustment process compounded by his partial blindness, Frankie is at home with his new owner. He even has an Instagram account chronicling his adventures and collection of stylish sweaters.

“He is now well-adjusted, like any other fun-loving, cuddly Yorkie,” his owner said. “He loves his new home where he is meeting lots of new people and experiencing new things.”


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<![CDATA[Immigrant Family Histories Preserved in San Bruno]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/immigrants2.jpg

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo counties) presided over a special naturalization ceremony on Friday to honor the completion of the San Bruno Compaction Project, a collection of family history documents of particular importance to Asian American communities.

The two million files, all kept at the San Bruno Library, document the cases of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from China, Japan, the Philippines and other Asian countries who passed through the Bay Area.

“As a country of immigrants, this is a fitting way for us to celebrate the preservation of historic documents of former immigrants and at the same time create documents for brand new citizens of the United States,” Speier said. “Immigration is the foundation of the American Dream. That was true in the past and will be true in the future.”

During the ceremony, 12 people from nine countries were be sworn in as U.S. citizens at the event.



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<![CDATA[Vet Dies After Drop at SoCal Fair]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:48:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/5-29-15+Navy+Death+San+Bernardino+Fair+FreeDrop+USA.JPG

A Navy veteran died several hours after a mishap on a platform dive attraction making its debut at a Southern California fair Thursday night, authorities said.

Sabrina Gordon, 31, of Hesperia fell from the FreeDrop USA ride at the San Bernardino County Fair Thursday night at 8:14 p.m., and was airlifted to a hospital, deputies said. Less than five hours later, at 12:20 a.m. Friday, Gordon died.

Her heartbroken family remembered her as a wonderful person whose death could have been prevented.

“She was a very funny little girl… Always independent, doing her own thing,” Lyle Bell said, Gordon’s father.

She followed her father’s footsteps and joined the Navy right out of high school.

“Like I did and my dad… His father, two older brothers, one younger… we all served,” he said.

It appeared Gordon hit the air cushion and bounced onto the asphalt ground, subsequently injuring her head, according to her father.

"This was stupid, this was something for professional stunt people," Bell said.

Three platforms let participants jump 20, 28 or 36 feet onto the inflated pillow that stands 13-feet tall, according to a news release from the fair. FreeDrop USA was making its debut in California at the fair, according to the release.

A video posted to the San Bernardino County Fair's Facebook page showed the attraction in action, and its caption described the ride as "no bungee cords, no wires, no harnesses, just pure free fall."

"The ride was immediately closed and will remain so indefinitely," San Bernardino County Fair CEO/General Manager Geoff Hinds said in a statement. "The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a thorough investigation."

Gordon reportedly dove off the 28-foot platform, according to the fair’s news release.

She was working at the fair for a vendor when friends egged her into making the jump.

"There were no safety nets ... this accident could have been completely avoided," her husband said, Clifford Gordon. He was not there when she fell but said that when they saw the attraction days before, they both agreed it was too dangerous.

The company that makes FreeDrop defended its safety record in a statement, saying more than 50,000 people have made safe jumps on the ride across the country.

Fair Board of Directors President Paul Russ said in a statement: "This is a heart wrenching tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."



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<![CDATA[Worker Falls in Elevator at SFMoMA]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 12:29:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

A construction worker was in an elevator shaft when some scaffolding fell on top of him Friday morning at the Museum of Modern Art, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The worker fell from one story from the 7th floor and was taken to the hospital with critical leg injuries, according to Cal-OSHA.

The worker is employed by NorCal Scaffolding.

The call was reported at 10:10 a.m.

Originally, firefighters said the worker fell six stories.
 



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<![CDATA[OC Triplets Headed to College Together ... at MIT]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 08:21:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/goul-triplets-MIT-college-accepted.jpg

Over 18,000 applied, just 8 percent got in. But one Southern California family will be very well represented in MIT's Class of 2019.

A set of triplets from the same Orange County school was admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among the most rigorous universities in the world. Claire, Christopher and Edward Goul will attend next fall, according to a Sage Hill School spokeswoman.

Each of the students have accomplished careers at the Newport Coast school, Torrey Olins said.

Claire will be the student speaker at Sage Hill's June 5 commencement ceremony and was selected as one of 300 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists from across the nation, Olins said.

Christopher and Edward are National Merit Scholar finalists, Olins said. Edward helped found the school's Student Led Investment Club, while Christopher played in the Sage Hill varsity basketball team's playoffs this week.

"We always told them, 'You need to explore,'" their mother, Karen Thorp, told The Orange County Register.

MIT admitted 1,467 students this year, just 8 percent of the 13,306 who applied, according to a blog post on the school's Admissions website. The Cambridge, Mass. school accepted students from more than 1,000 high schools in 67 countries -- but offered no statistics on accepting siblings.



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<![CDATA[Family's Claim Against City, Cop]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/midway+district+shooting.png

The family of a man shot to death by a San Diego Police officer who did not record the incident on his body camera has filed a $20 million claim against the city and the officer, claiming he used excessive and unreasonable deadly force.

The claim centers on the death of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad, 42, outside a Midway District adult bookstore early in the morning on April 30. 

Nehad, a native of Afghanistan, struggled with PTSD and mental illness after he was drafted into the Afghan army as a teenager to fight the Mujahedeen forces during the country’s civil war, his parents said in the claim, which also detailed how he spent two months in captivity.

The SDPD said officers were called to the Highlight Bookstore on Hancock Street for a report of a man threatening people with a knife. Officer Neal Browder, a 27-year veteran of the SDPD, encountered Nehad in an alley beside the store. The claim alleges Browder did not activate his siren, turn on his police lights or use his megaphone when he confronted Nehad, who is also known as Rawshannehad or Rawshan.

Police say the officer gave Nehad verbal commands, but when he didn’t follow them and kept coming toward Browder, he was shot. However, the claim says Nehad was still 20 feet away and did nothing wrong.

“A police officer can use deadly force only if he is confronted with deadly force or if somebody’s life is in danger,” the document reads. “Nobody’s life was in danger here. Fridoon did not challenge Browder with deadly force. Fridoon did not challenge Browder at all.”

Browder is accused of purposefully not turning on his body camera, and Nehad’s family believes the SDPD tried to help him hide what really happened. Though multiple security cameras recorded the fatal encounter, the agency has not released the video to the public.

"They are covering up what happened, circling the wagons, or so it would appear, and refusing to be up front, refusing to turn the lights on, refusing to disclose it," said the family's attorney Skip Martin.

After the fatal shooting, investigators told media they did not find any knife on Nehad’s body, though they did find a “shiny object” on him. Nehad’s parents said that statement falsely suggested he had a knife and threatened the officer.

After the incident, the SDPD changed its policy on body cameras, requiring officers to turn them on when they are called to a crime in progress, not just when they interact with a suspect. The claim says the agency has a “practice of officer misconduct and deceit, and this case is part and parcel of it.”

The shooting ended Nehad’s long struggle with PTSD and mental illness, his parents said in the claim. While in the Afghan army, Nehad was captured by a Mujahedeen group and spent nearly two months in captivity, being tortured, according to the claim. He was released when his mother met face-to-face with his captors.

To prevent further injury to their son, his parents said they sent him to Germany for the next 14 years, where he lived away from his family. After the parents fled Afghanistan in favor of the U.S., Nehad joined them there in 2003.

Here in the U.S., he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disease. “Fridoon battled against his illnesses for years. He was intelligent, learning new languages (German and French) and taking classes on computer programming, linguistics and literature,” the claim reads.

But Nehad suffered manic episodes, becoming aggressive and getting him in trouble with the law. He pleaded guilty to battery in 2005, was sentenced for burglary in 2008 and was charged with petty theft in 2014.

“Fridoon was loved. His family spent years and countless hours helping him cope with his PTSD and mental illness,” the claim said.

However, during one episode, he threatened his mother and sister and said he would light the house on fire so they could all burn. Investigating police recommended the family get a restraining order to help get Nehad into a shelter in Oceanside, according to the document. His mother filed for the restraining order two days before his death.

NBC 7 has reached out to the SDPD officials for their response to this claim, but they have not yet responded. While addressing fallout from the shooting, SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said the homicide unit is conducting a thorough investigation, which will be sent to the San Diego County District Attorney's office for review. On Friday, the DA's office said they have not yet received the SDPD's findings.

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<![CDATA[New Yorkers Ready for Manhattanhenge]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:12:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/manhattanhenge+sky.jpg

Manhattanhenge, the moment when the setting sun aligns precisely with the street grid in Manhattan, can be seen this weekend. 

Half the sun aligned with the grid on Friday at 8:12 p.m; the full-sun Manhattanhenge will happen the same time on Saturday, according to the Hayden Planetarium.

The best view can be seen as far east in Manhattan as you can go without losing view of New Jersey. Good spots are cross streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.

Long Island City in Queens should also get a spectacular view -- so much so that the nonprofit Hunters Point Parks Conservancy hosted "LICHenge" Thursday night at LIC Landing in the park.

According to the group, there's a day-and-a-half window around the Manhattanhenge dates where viewing will still be optimal, DNAInfo reports.  

Manhattanhenge happens twice a year; in addition to the May dates, it will happen again July 12 and 13. 

On a clear day, the typical resulting effect of Manhattanhenge is a "radiant glow of light" across the skyscrapers and buildings, "simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough's grid," according to Hayden Planetarium. 

Show us your Manhattanhenge photos by uploading them here or uploading them on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #NBC4NY!



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<![CDATA[Advocates Concerned For McDonald's Alleged Victim]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 18:39:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MCDONALD-LEAVES-JAIL---00003003.jpg

A Bay Area domestic violence protection group is raising red flags over former San Francisco 49ers lineman Ray McDonald.

McDonald was released from jail again Wednesday night after being arrested for violating a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the alleged victim or visiting her home. That order was issued after McDonald’s Monday arrest on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and child endangerment.

NBC Bay Area legal analyst Steven Clark says protective orders, like the one against McDonald, carry the weight of the law with them.

And now some are worried the life of McDonald's alleged victim is in danger.

"There are two things that worry me,” said Kathleen Krenek, the Executive Director of Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence in San Jose. Those two things make McDonald potentially deadly, Krenek said. One is violating the order. “He broke the protective order, and when you have no boundaries, nothing can hold you."

Krenek said the second checkmark for McDonald on the so-called “lethality assessment” is that no team will likely sign him now.

“He lost his job now. So he lost his career. Lost everything he put into,” Krenek said. “So what’s left?”

McDonald’s attorney did not return repeated messages on Thursday, but Wednesday he told NBC Bay Area McDonald was never served with a protective order and only went to the apartment to meet with an investigator who works for his attorney. Santa Clara police confirm he was served.

“You are required to be personally served,” Clark said. “But once served you must follow it. And not reading it is not a defense."

McDonald is out on bail. Next Door Solutions says the judge should revoke his bail and keep McDonald locked up.

Clark said, with the alleged violation of this order, the district attorney doesn’t need cooperation of the alleged victim to prosecute.



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