<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:21:41 -0700 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:21:41 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mark Zuckerberg Wax Figure on Display at New Madame Tussauds]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:29:58 -0700 More pictures below.]]> More pictures below.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-23-2014-zuck-wax.jpg

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio headlined an event at San Francisco’s Fisherman's Wharf on Wednesday without saying a word.

The silent leading men and pop star Rihanna were part of a sneak preview for the new Madame Tussauds wax attraction in San Francisco.

The attraction is taking over the former San Francisco Wax Museum building on Jefferson Street. The museum had been entertaining tourists since 1963. It closed its doors last August.

“What really makes this a unique Madame Tussauds: 35 percent of the figures are from the San Francisco Bay Area or people, like Mark Zuckerberg, who have moved to Bay Area to make their mark on the world,” Madame Tussauds’ Lauren Fahrer said.

Madame Tussauds is yet to announce which Bay Area celebrities will be included in its "Spirit of San Francisco" room. On its website, Madame Tussauds only hints at which SF stars might be enshrined in wax:

"After a very special welcome for a local icon you will marvel at grafitti from a local artist as well as become a participant in a triumphant campaign for equal rights.

"As you follow the winding path of Lombard Street you end up outside the Sentinel Building home to a certain director's movie production company. The man himself is waiting for you outside with his latest film script in hand; perhaps he has you in mind for the leading role!

"A short distance away you can hear the faint sounds of music and smell burning campfires. As you investigate closer you step into a living breathing festival. Jump on the main stage and jam with a music legend."

Madame Tussauds opens its San Francisco location to the public on June 26.

BELOW: Images from Wednesday's preview event at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Men Keep Underwear for 7 Years on Average: Study]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:03:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/underpants-on-clothesline.jpg

Men, how often do you replace your underwear? Probably not that often, a British survey and an  NBC affiliate in Phoenix suggest.

A study in the United Kingdom found that men hold onto their undies for an average of seven years, and 22 percent of men admitted to wearing the same pair multiple days in a row, NBC station KPNX reported.

The study was of British men, but some underwear shoppers told a Phoenix, Ariz. NBC affiliate they thought the findings rang true for Americans, too.

"I think it's more of a pain to shop for them, unless they are shopped for us. So that's why I think we tend to hold on to them longer," a man told KPNX.

A woman shopper said she thinks men are indifferent about their underwear and its appearance. And a  Target employee told KPNX that male shoppers in her store can often look a little lost when browsing for underpants.

"We see people come in here looking for underwear, and they have no idea where to look. Clearly, they have not bought underwear in years," she said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Cam: Leopard on the Loose ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:49:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Leopard-Loose-India-Video.jpg

A leopard was caught on camera running through a village in western India.

Reuters reports the large cat wandered into Ballarpur in India's Maharashtra on Monday.

No one was injured, according to the wire service.

Officials eventually captured the animal and released it into the wild.


<![CDATA[Woman Drives Camry Into Swimming Pool]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:14:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-21-2014-car-pool.jpg

Investigators are saying it's fortunate no one was hurt when an elderly woman drove her car into a Campbell swimming pool over the weekend.

Capt. Charlie Adams added that it was likely scary for the Camry's driver. But, thankfully, neither she nor anyone else at the Casa de Rosa apartments on South Bascom sustained injury when she hit the gas instead of the brakes on Sunday, he said.

Witnesses said the woman drove straight into the pool and even left the engine running, but she managed to get out and run into her daughter's apartment.

Since no one was injured, Adams said police didn't even file a report.

 Photos: Car Goes Into Campbell Swimming Pool

(Editor's note: The above photos were submitted via email by NBC Bay Area viewer "Christian." Send us your breaking news pictures and video: isee@nbcbayarea.com)

Photo Credit: "Christian" / NBC Bay Area viewer-submitted photo]]>
<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into See's Candies Shop]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:37:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sees-tghumg.jpg

Two days before Easter, customers even couldn’t get through the door at one Bay Area candy shop.

But not because the line was too long.

A car crashed into the See’s Candies store on Contra Costa Boulevard near Taylor Boulevard in Pleasant Hill Friday afternoon.

Around 3:15 p.m., two cars at the intersection of Contra Costa and Alan Drive collided, sending one car up the walkway and into the front of the store, Sgt. Scott Vermillion said.

Approximately 30 customers and workers inside the store were unharmed except for a few complaints of pain, the sergeant said.

Vermillion said it was "very lucky" that no one was injured inside the store crowded with shoppers stocking up for the Easter holiday.

He said he did not know when the store would reopen since it sustained major damage to its front entryway.

A preliminary investigation showed that neither drugs, alcohol or speed appear to have been factors in the crash, the sergeant said.

Easter weekend is usually a busy time for See’s stores.


Bay City News contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Pit Bull Stabbed to Death in San Francisco Street Fight]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:03:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/knife3.jpg

A man walking his dog in San Francisco’s Mission district early Friday morning was threatened by two men with a knife who police said ended up stabbing his pet to death. 

The attack has outraged dog owners in San Francisco. Police are urging dog owners to be on guard.

"I always feel safe walking around with my dog," said San Francisco resident Lily Eggers. "It's very upsetting that I may not be as safe as I feel."

According to the San Francisco police, one of the suspects grabbed the dog, a pit bull, sparking a street fight between the three men at the intersection of 22nd and Bartlett streets about 3 a.m.

After the two suspects, both in their 20s, ran away, the owner realized his dog had been stabbed. The dog later died of its injuries at a nearby animal hospital.

"We don't have any indication that the suspects were after his property, it appears they were after his dog," said Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police Department. "It's definitely a serious case - the animal cruelty charge is a felony which has serious consequences."

Pet lovers said they hope the attackers are caught and punished.

"Injuring an animal like that should almost be comparable to injuring a human," said dog owner Patrick Uhm.

“I hope they throw the book at them,” dog owner Alicia Wang said. “To try to hurt a defenseless animal is outrageous. It's as outrageous as if someone tried to stab a child.”

<![CDATA[Prepare: Cat Video Festival Comes To Oakland]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/d88099a6e85811e282d422000a9e516a7.jpg

It's the festival to end all festivals.

The cavalcade of cuteness cannot be conquered.

It's the cat video festival. And it's coming to Oakland.

And these cat videos are coming to a giant, 10,000-square foot movie screen.

The collection of cat videos on the Internet is vast. To cull them and pick the best of the best is a test of mettle and will, of discretion and skill.

But collected they have been, and they'll be on display fro 3 p.m. to 10 p.m on May 10 at the Great Wall of Oakland, at West Grand Avenue between Telegraph and Broadway.

The best cat videos have been spliced together to form an hourlong highlight reel, the Oakland Tribune  reported. Obviously, cats are the theme -- and cats can be adopted.

Tickets run from $5 for mere entry to $75 for a VIP seat. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

Visit www.oaklandcatvidfest.com for the full litter... we mean litany... of facts.

Photo Credit: illusionydream/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[St. Regis Unveils $125 Martini ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:47:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/martini+generic.jpg

The World's Best Martini has arrived in San Francisco.

And it's yours for a mere $125.

Bring the company credit card to that three-martini lunch.

SFist reports that the Ame Restaurant bar at the St. Regis hotel and residences in San Francisco's South of Market has crafted "the World's Greatest Martini."

The drink, "San Francisco's most luxurious cocktail," is for a "spirits aficionado" who "has tried everything," according to to PR person pushing the drink.

What could possibly be worth $125? Well -- it's made from NOLET's Reserve Dry gin, which fetches $700 a bottle, for one. That's pricey enough to be the "world's most expensive gin," SFist found.

But what kind of person swigs a $125 drink? One way to find out. Ask someone richer than you, or look on Twitter to see who's boasting of their beverage conquests.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Scott Gries]]>
<![CDATA[Yawning Suspect to Judge: "I Don't Care, Man"]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:36:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/041614+joseph+butler+judge+john+hurley.jpg

A yawning suspect earned a stern rebuke and a trip to jail after he told a South Florida judge, "I don't care, man."

Joseph Butler was facing grand theft and resisting arrest charges when he appeared before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley Tuesday in the incident captured on court video.

Butler, arms crossed, stood as the prosecutor read from his lengthy criminal past then yawned loudly, drawing the ire of Hurley.

"Oh don't worry, sir. Sir, I heard you yawn, but don't worry. You won't yawn in just a minute. Trust me on that one," Hurley said.

"I don't care, man. I really don't care," Butler said.

"I know this is boring to you and you'd rather be out doing something else, but I can guarantee you won't be stealing anymore after this conversation," Hurley replied.

Hurley then set Butler's bond at $104,000, but ordered him held without bond on three previous grand theft arrests.

"So he's gonna be staying in jail for awhile," Hurley said after dismissing Butler. "Good, maybe he can yawn all he wants while he's over there."

<![CDATA[SFO Super Shuttle Hijacking "Totally Bizarre"]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:07:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-15-2014-super-shuttle.jpg

Police are looking for a man suspected of hijacking a San Francisco International Airport Super Shuttle van full of passengers in what a spokesperson for the bus service is calling a "totally bizarre" incident.

The Super Shuttle van was out picking up passengers in downtown San Francisco around 3:56 a.m. Sunday, when it picked up the suspect from a sidewalk, San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Albie Esparza said.

The suspect provided a different name than what was in the reservation, making the excuse that his girlfriend had made a mistake when she booked the van for him.

The driver allowed the suspect to board the shuttle. When the shuttle operator pulled over on O’Farrell Street near Powell Street to help load a passenger’s luggage, the suspect jumped into the driver’s seat and started the van.

The shuttle driver was able to jump back on the van and hung from the side door as the suspect drove away at a low speed.

The shuttle driver kept hanging for about a block before jumping off and calling 911.

The passengers in the van got into a physical struggle with the suspect on New Montgomery Street, managing to jump out of the van, retrieve their luggage and share a cab to the airport.

The suspect drove off by himself in the van, which  was later located in Alameda County near the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Esparza said.

Super Shuttle spokesperson Margaret Nathan described the incident as “totally bizarre.”

“The company is 30 years old and this is the first time something like this has ever happened,” she said. “We are wondering, why would anybody choose to commit a crime with a very branded van? We are very grateful that the passengers overwhelmed him and were able to get away in a taxi.”

Nathan said that Super Shuttle has not yet heard any concerns from passengers about the incident.

“In fact, people have been tweeting really positive things about us,” she said.

Esparza described the suspect as a 30-year-old mixed-race male, 160 pounds, 5’5” tall, brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing a green t-shirt.

Investigators are talking to the driver and the passenger of the hijacked van to find out more information about the hijacking.

Photo Credit: Supershuttle.com: PRNewsFoto/SuperShuttle International]]>
<![CDATA[Knife Found in Enchiladas at Sonoma Airport]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:33:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/enchilada-knife-2.jpg

Transportation Security Administration agents found a knife stuffed inside a woman's carry-on tray of enchiladas at a Northern California airport, but she was still allowed to fly.

The TSA says security at Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa noticed something suspicious in the woman’s carry-on luggage Monday morning. They opened it up and found a knife in the middle of a tray of enchiladas.

“Looks like homemade enchiladas,” TSA’s public affairs spokesperson tweeted.

The passenger reportedly told agents she has no idea how the 8 ½-inch knife got there.

The agents took the knife and the Alaska Airlines passenger was allowed through security and onto her plane.

TSA’s public affairs office tweeted out pictures of the hidden knife. (Editor’s note: The office’s initial tweets erroneously state the knife was found at Oakland International Airport).  


Photo Credit: TSA]]>
<![CDATA[What If Moses Had Facebook? Google Exodus on Social Media]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:37:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/196*120/aish.jpg

What if Moses had Facebook?

That's the question a Jewish group in Israel began formally asking in 2011. And by Monday - on the eve of Passover - more than 2.5 million people had clicked in to watch a YouTube video trying to answer that question, all with a jazzy version of the Passover classic, "Dayenu," set in the background.

When Aish.com first publicized the "Google Exodus - Passover Movie," just 50,000 people had seen the clever 2:17-minute clip.

Silicon Valley plays a prominent role - albeit silent one - in the humorous video, with Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, Twitter and Craigslist all acting as the key forms of communication between God, Moses, Pharaoh and the other key Passover players. Of course, Moses emails Pharaoh from his gmail account to the leader's dot.gov account.

The clip begins with a search for "Basket Baby." Someone searches Yahoo for "Why is the bush burning but not being consumed?" Pharaoh's Palace is searched for on Google Maps. And Moses posts a status update on Facebook saying that "My staff just turned into a snake. Cool."

While the video is still certainly funny, after three years, it's starting to show its age. There are no Red Sea photos posted Instagram. And if Ramses needed a girlfriend for his harem, Tinder wasn't around to have helped him find a nice Eygptian girl.

Maybe that's why this year, Aish.com - a Jerusalem-based Jewish content website - decided to be topical, and create a new Passover video based on the hit Disney film "Frozen."

This year's video is called "Let it Go: Passover Edition." As of Monday morning, it had nearly 80,000 views.

Photo Credit: YouTube screengrab from Aish.com]]>
<![CDATA[Polish Artist's Missing Paintings Found in Santa Rosa]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:13:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-11-2014-polish-paintingd.jpg

By all accounts, Hanna “Kali” Weynerowska led a colorful life – the sort of colorful life she might depict in one of her many paintings.

As an up-and-coming painter in her native Poland, she was building something of a name for herself before World War II broke out. Then she was captured by Nazis, escaped from a concentration camp, became a freedom fighter, and eventually made her way to San Francisco, where she continued to paint.

“Her paintings were very well done, with oil and gold trimmings,” friend Angeline Friedman said. “She was a perfectionist in a sense.”

Before Kali died in 1998, at the age of 100, she left instructions that 86 of her paintings should be sent to the Polish Museum in Rapperswil, Switzerland.

“To my knowledge that was always her desire,” Friedman said of the paintings. “It was always supposed to go to Poland.”

But the paintings instead ended up with family members who never sent them to their intended destination.

“For a period of time it was unsure exactly where they were,” said FBI Agent David Johnson. “People were looking for them, without answers.”

Eventually the Polish government enlisted the FBI to try and track down the paintings. Agents visited a family member in Santa Rosa, who led them to dozens of paintings tucked away inside a storage facility.

“After a conversation with us, it was agreed we would take them in and get them back to Switzerland where they belong,” Johnson said.

The paintings arrived in Switzerland on Thursday to the delight of the Polish government.

“I think, for Poles, it’s such an emotional thing,” said Caria Tomczykowska, President of the Polish Arts and Culture Foundation in San Francisco, “because Poland lost so much during the war.”

FBI agents from the San Francisco Field Office returned 75 lost paintings that are considered cultural artifacts and national treasures to Poland’s Ministry of Culture. (Photo: FBI)

Tomczykowska said she knew Kali and her husband during the woman’s time in San Francisco, and she treasured her visits to her eclectic “bohemian” home on San Francisco’s Mount Davidson.

“It’s just a remarkable collection,” Tomczykowska said, “and a testament of her creativity and of her excellence as a painter.”

Tomczykowska said 80,000 pieces of art stolen by Nazis and the Russians from Poland during WWII remain missing.

The FBI has a special unit specifically tasked with tracking down stolen art listed in a large database. But Kali’s paintings weren’t included in the database, since their disappearance was more likely related to a domestic squabble than international espionage.

Though Tomczykowska was happy to see the paintings finally going to a Polish cultural institution, she still held out hope they would eventually end up in Poland. That was what Kali wanted.

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr.]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Couple's Epic "Save-The-Date" Video Goes Viral]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:49:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-11-2014-save-the-date.jpg

There's only one word to describe San Francisco lawyers Janice Jentz and Bambo Obaro's insanely over-the-top "Save-The-Date" video: Epic.

The couple's 109-second "Great Gatsby"-themed trailer is a departure from conventional save-the-date cards, instead opting for fast cars, helicopters and steamy nightclub action, with Jay-Z and Kanye West blaring in the background.

The video, produced by Major Diamond Productions, starts off by showing Jentz getting into a pink corset dress and glittery heels, her dog by her side. Obaro, dressed in a tux and dark shades, then flies over San Francisco to propose to Jentz, diamond engagement ring in tow.

Post engagement, the couple dances with friends to Kanye, Jay-Z and some Bollywood music.

It ends with the couple walking along the tree-lined grounds of San Francisco City Hall.

"You're invited. Boss wedding. San Francisco, July 12, 2014 -- See it in real 3D," the credits state.

Above the Law blog, which was the first to write about the video, described it as rivaling "the epic display of elegance and class that is the upcoming Kimye wedding."

The video -- which has since been picked up by Jezebel, E! and The Today Show -- has been viewed more than 824,000 times this week on Vimeo.

Today's Hoda Kotb called the Hollywood-style video a "turn-off," saying that it "flaunts wealth."

"It seems like a lot of coin to drop on a video ... I don't like the close-up of the diamond, I don't like it," she said.

Jentz and Obaro obviously dropped big bucks on the production. Both are University of San Francisco law school graduates. Obaro is a litigation associate at Weil Gotshal and was named to Lawyers of Color's Inaugural Hot List. Jentz practices family law at a small law firm and was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in 2012 and 2013.

According to Major Diamond Productions, the couple wanted their save the date to "be different than every other save the date," and were inspired by Jay-Z, the trailer for Great Gatsby and their love for big parties.

The keyword for this project? "Epic," obviously.

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<![CDATA[Croc Caught at Suburban Shopping Mall]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:11:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/abandoned-croc.jpg

It's not every day that a Nile Crocodile is found wandering around a TJ Maxx shopping center in the middle of suburbia.

But that's what happened on Wednesday about 9 a.m. when an abandoned four-foot croc was crawling around a Roseville shopping center near Sacramento.

Police Sgt. Kelby Newton told NBC Bay Area that it looks like the amphibian's guardian was trying to dump his pet at The Serpentarium on Douglas Boulevard, which has a sanctuary for certain type of reptiles.

Owning such an alligator is illegal. Nile Crocs are native to Sub-Saharan Africa, are aggressive predators and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds.

Shoppers at the TJ Maxx Plaza discovered this Nile Croc all by itself, with duct tape wrapped around its mouth. Newton said a Rubbermaid box, the kind you store Christmas ornaments in, was found nearby - and the duct tape on the container was broken.

"The croc must have popped the lid off," he said.

Roseville Animal Control Officer John Bennett ended up lassoeing "the critter," which was not happy about getting into a cage.

"That thing was real quick and agile," Bennett said.

And now, the croc is in the hands of the California State Fish and Wildlife wardens, who will likely donate it the animal to a wildlife or educational organization.

This was the first time a crocodile was seen wandering about Roseville, and the first time one needed to be lassoed off the streets.

"Totally the first time," Kelby said.

But he added that despite the initial scare for TJ Maxx shoppers, the situation was quickly and safely remedied.

"A lot of people were relieved," he said, "when they saw the duct tape on its mouth."

Photo Credit: Roseville Police]]>
<![CDATA[Unbelievable Animal Stories: Bullet-Riddled Orangutan Rescued]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:40:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/485247939.jpg Check out some of the craziest animals and the stories behind them.

Photo Credit: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Gets B-Day Card in Mail 45 Years Late]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:14:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1969+mail1.JPG

A birthday card that was intended to reach a young Brooklyn woman on her 19th birthday has finally reached its destination, 45 years after it was first mailed.  

It's not the only piece of mail from 1969 that recently found its way to Susan Heifetz, now living in Floral Park. She says a man living in her childhood apartment building in Marine Park contacted her, saying he had mail addressed to her and postmarked 1969.

Heifetz knew right away the first piece of mail was from her late mother when she saw the lipstick print on the envelope.

"That was mother's thing, to put sealed with a kiss, and the tradition has continued," she said. 

Inside was the birthday card that cost just 6 cents to mail at the time. 

"I've been crying probably since Wednesday when I got this," she said. 

Two days later, another letter with the same Brooklyn address turned up, also written in 1969, from a soldier in Vietnam she had once dated.

"He said in the letter that he tried to call several times before he was shipped overseas, but of course in 1969, we didn't have answering machines," she said.

And then over the weekend, Heifetz got a 1969 birthday card from her brother, postmarked a day before her mother's card.

The Postal Service says it has processed and delivered more than 7 trillion pieces of mail since 1969 and that it's unlikely the three pieces of mail addressed to Heifetz were lost in the system. But it can't explain where they may have been for 45 years. 

Heifetz says the unexpected deliveries bring her a sense of closure as she packs up to retire to Nevada, where her brother and his family live. 


<![CDATA[Car Tipping - Not Cow Tipping - in San Francisco]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:37:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/smartcar21.jpg

Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city's streets.

NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. Two were found in the Bernal Heights neighborhood on Anderson Street, and another was found a bit south on Sweeny and Bowdoin streets, closer to the Portola district. They were either sitting on their headlights, rear bumpers high in the air, or vice versa.

A fourth Smart car -- a small white one with a faded "Obama-Biden" bumper sticker -- was discovered Monday about 9 a.m. at Coso and Prospect avenues between the Mission District and Bernal Heights. Shelley Gallivan was babysitting her friend's Smart car after it was left to her by her late father, and was shocked to find it flipped on its right side.

"Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger," Gallivan said.

San Francisco Police Officer Gordon Shyy said the suspects are still at large and will face felony vandalism charges if they are caught. Police do have an eye witness account to work from.

Brandon Michael was out having a cigarette about 1 a.m. Monday when he spotted about six to eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts flip over the cars.

"They looked like they were up to no good," Michael said. "And sure enough, they huddled around it and lifted it up."

And the vandalized cars? Michael said they reminded him of little dogs: "They look like they are dachshunds sitting up on their hind legs."

Smart car representatives did not respond immediately for comment.

Neighbors were puzzled at the odd sight. Smart cars are a mainstay for many in San Francisco, where parking is tight and drivers search for eco-friendly ways to get around.

"I think it's a bunch of pranks," Dan Gomez said. "I don't know, it sounds kind of weird. I don't know why you would want to do that."

Smart Automobile is headquartered in Boblingen, Germany, and has its primary assembly plant in Hambach, France.  The idea for the car was hatched in early 1990s when Nicholas Hayek, the inventor of the Swatch watch, approached Mercedes-Benz to realize his vision of an "ultra-urban" car, according to the company website. The first Smart car came to the United States - specifically Manhattan -  in 2008.

The cars start at about $13,000 and the company brands its cars with a lower case "s."

Tipping over large, heavy objects just for kicks is nothing new. High schoolers, football teams and fraternities have supposedly been tipping cows in pastures for years, and picking up VW bugs and moving them elsewhere was a minor fad back in the 1960s and 1970s.

The exact motives behind the vandalism are unclear. The diminutive cars are smaller and lighter than most vehicles. A Smart car weighs about 1,500 pounds; a Ford Focus S Sedan weighs close to 3,000 pounds, and a Hummer clocks in at 8,600 pounds -- definitely a heft that would pose a flipping challenge.

The VoiceofVancouver showed a video of people flipping over a Smart car in 2011 during a citywide riot, as did another YouTube user who showed people smashing the high-tech mini-car. In 2009, the Toronto Star wrote a piece, "Tipping Smart cars the latest prank trend," comparing the act of tipping over the pint-size vehicles as the modern-day equivalent of tipping over cows.

The Smart car website has a forum with frustrated car owners discussing the pricey prank.

And a parody Facebook page was set up called "Smart Car Tipping" by a creator who does not "practice, promote or condone Smart Car Tipping."

One website, however, seemed to be cheering on the tipping. TotalFratMove.com called the Smart car tippers "heroes" and described the cars as "teensy little wheeled boxes."

A Smart car flipped over on Anderson Street in San Francisco. April, 7, 2014.

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Bryan Carmody]]>
<![CDATA[Student's April Fool's Joke on Teacher Goes Viral]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:05:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mich+class+prank.jpg

Extra credit belongs to this student who stayed in character throughout a caught-on-camera April Fool's prank that has since gone viral.

The student pranked her macroeconomics teacher, Professor Stephen Barrows, last week at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. At the center of the joke was the teacher's in-class policy: If a student's phone rings, the call must be answered on speakerphone.

Per the policy (and the joke), when the female student's phone rang, she answered. Here's what the class heard:

"Hi, this is Kevin from the Pregnancy Resource Center. Per your request, I am calling to inform you that the test results have come back positive. Congratulations."

A clip of the prank shows the teacher clearly looking concerned at this point. He can be heard telling the student she can turn off the phone.

"There is no need to worry," the caller says. "I know you told us the father is no longer in the picture, but we will be in contact with you throughout this whole process, so don't worry about anything. We provide counseling and other maternity services at no charge."

As the teacher moves to publicly apologize to the student, she plays it cool.

"That's okay," she says. "I've been expecting this, and I already know what I'm going to name the baby. Her first name will be April, and her middle name will be Fools."

The class erupts into laughter, right along with the professor. The prank had since garnered more than 4 million YouTube views by Monday afternoon.

<![CDATA[Smart Cars Flipped Over in San Francisco]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:43:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-07-2014-smart-10.jpg Someone's been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their heads and rear ends in the streets of San Francisco.]]> <![CDATA[Toilet Paper Wedding Contest on a Roll]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:13:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TP-Wedding-Dress.jpg

With 10 years running, you could say that a quirky competition known as the “Toilet Paper Wedding Contest” is truly on a roll.

The annual nationwide contest, created by the website Cheap-Chic-Weddings and sponsored by Charmin, is exactly what it sounds like: a battle of the best, most elaborate wedding gowns made entirely out of toilet paper.

That’s a whole lot of white, plushy two-ply.

Besides Charmin Toilet Paper, other materials designers are allowed to use include tape, glue, a needle and thread. That's it. Entries must also include a toilet paper headpiece.

The contest began two weeks ago and participants have until May 13 to submit their masterpieces by sending photos of their design on a model or mannequin to the Cheap-Chic-Weddings website.

From there, contest co-creator Susan Bain said the top 10 wedding dress entries will be chosen and online voting will open to the public. The contest will culminate on Jun. 12 at The Sanctuary Hotel on The Haven Rooftop in New York City where the top 10 designs will be showcased.

There, a winner will be chosen and the victor, quite fittingly, will receive a nice stack of paper – a $10,000 grand prize. Second place will walk away with $5,000 and third place will receive a $2,500 prize for their toilet paper creation.

The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, which includes “Project Runway” contestant Kate Pankoke.

But to take top honors in this year’s contest, designers will need to bring forth their TP A-game.

Bain told NBC 7 that contestants must step it up every year and with the 10th anniversary of the contest, this is especially true this time around.

Bain said details and extra accessories on the dresses get more intricate each year. Also, much like a wedding, competitors tend to use themes.

“Contestants use themes and name their dresses. Last year we had a dress that converted from long to short, a Japanese wedding kimono and a steam punk-inspired dress. The winner used glitter glue to form realistic calla lilies!” said Bain. “Above all of that, the workmanship has gotten better.”

Bain said the gowns are examined carefully by judges who always take into consideration how much the entry looks like a real wedding gown.

“To win this year it will take great photos [of the dress] at the start of the contest, excellent structure to the dress and details we haven't seen before,” she added.

Last year’s winner was an entry dubbed “Beautiful Swan,” pictured above.

For more information on the Toilet Paper Wedding Contest, click here.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com]]>
<![CDATA[Jogger Gets Apology From Driver "Wracked With Guilt"]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:55:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-04-2014-sunnyvale-note.jpg

Julie Colwell was out jogging Thursday morning, as she does every morning, when she was cut off in the crosswalk by a passing car.

“I was like, ‘You jerk! Pay attention!'” Colwell recalled. “I yelled, ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ I was fuming.”

But the 42-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif., mother of three had a sudden change of heart Friday morning.

She said she found an apology note taped to the crosswalk pole near Cherry Chase Elementary School, the exact spot where she had nearly been hit the day before.

The note was written in red marker, and left unsigned.

“To the woman I cut off yesterday, I am incredibly sorry for doing so,” the note read. “I am wracked with guilt over the thought I could have injured you. Thank you for the wake up call to give driving my full attention. Sorry!”

Colwell said that as soon as she saw the note, she knew it was intended for her.

She said she dropped any lingering anger she had for the mystery motorist, whom she described as a man who looked like he was driving his kid to school.

“Of course I forgive you,” Colwell told NBC Bay Area, as if she were speaking to the driver. “Thanks so much for owning it. We need more of that."

Photo Credit: Julie Colwell]]>
<![CDATA[NorCal Men Sold Black Rhino Horns: Feds]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:14:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*145/AP95083002055.jpg

A grand jury has indicted two Bay Area men with illegally selling endangered black rhinoceros horns that used to belong to an elderly man who wanted to get rid of them before moving to Thailand.

Court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada name Edward N. Levine, 63, of Mill Valley, Calif., and Lumsden W. Quan, 46, of San Francisco, as the two alleged black market dealers in the Las Vegas case dubbed “Operation Crash” by U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

A “crash” is a herd of rhinos.

A complaint was first filed on March 20 and the grand jury in Las Vegas indicted them on Tuesday.

Levine’s attorney, Lawrence Semenza, told NBC Bay Area by phone on Thursday that he had no comment. Quan’s attorney, Christopher Oram, wasn’t immediately available for comment. Quan, whose email is listed in the court documents, did not return an electronic request seeking comment.

Both he and Levine are out of custody on bond. Neither have yet to enter a plea. If convicted of all counts, they face a maximum of five years in prison. They were ordered back to court on April 10.

The two are formally charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, which bars the sale of wildlife that was transported, and the Endangered Species Act, which bars the interstate transportation of endangered species for a commercial purpose. All are felonies.

The alleged acts occurred between Jan. 20 and March 19. And the federal complaint alleges the transaction was caught on four video cameras. Neither the U.S. Attorneys Office nor the U.S. Fish and Wildlife would release those images.

The two, who are mentioned once in the documents as “partners,” are not charged with flying to Africa and whacking off the head of a rhino to take its valuable horns for sale.

Rather, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Vance Jurgens wrote in the federal complaint (PDF) that they allegedly conspired to sell two antique horns for $55,000 being sold by an elderly man who wanted to shed some of his belongings before moving to Thailand. The horns average $25,000 a pound, he wrote.

Jurgens was able to make the arrest at the Southpoint Hotel in Las Vegas on March 19, because he had set up a plan with a confidential informant has been helping the government after he was arrested on his own felony wildlife smuggling charges.

Through email and phone conversations Quan and Levine planned to meet with the source to trade the two horns. A date was set to meet in Las Vegas. And then at the hotel, the source paid the two men with cash and transferred from a brown sack to a silver suitcase, documents state. The transaction was caught on video and audio recorders, according to the complaint.

Selling rhino horn has been illegal since 1976. 

The rhino population has decreased by 90 percent since 1970 due to poaching. In South Africa, for example, U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents said that 13 rhinos were poached in 2007, and more than 1,000 rhinos were poached there last year. There are just an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 black rhinos left in the world.

In many Asian cultures, especially in China and Vietnam, rhino horns are thought to have major health benefits, including being able to cure cancer and bring good luck.

Photo Credit: Associated Press]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Burglar in the Buff]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:58:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/burglar2.jpg Police say a man was arrested after breaking into a home while wearing nothing but a cowboy hat in Johns Creek, Georgia on Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Woman Hit By Lightning Left With "Metallic Taste"]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:05:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-02-2014-lightning-strike-fix.jpg

A California woman who was struck by lightning during Monday's storm that dumped down on the Bay Area says she's doing fine.

Emily Davis said she has a lingering metallic taste in her mouth and that her teeth hurt a bit after the bizarre event. She got checked out by a healthcare provider on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old woman says she was struck by lightning on Monday afternoon as she was crossing Adeline Street in Berkeley.

Davis was holding an umbrella in one hand and a coffee in the other when she heard a nearby clap of thunder.

"I started to have that metallic taste in my mouth and after that it looked like someone took a picture with the flash, and a bolt of light went down my umbrella hand," Davis said. "My hands started shaking. I couldn't control it for five minutes."

Davis said she threw her coffee on the ground because she could no longer hold it while her hands shook uncontrollably.

According to the National Weather Service, the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are 1 in 500,000. About 60 people each year are killed by lightning in the United States, and several hundred are injured.

Lightning and electricity are no strangers to Davis' family.

Her father is an electrician. Davis' grandfather also served as an electrician, she said.

And to top it off Davis said her great-great-great-grandfather was struck by lightning and killed while sitting on a horse in Missouri.

Davis plans to have an EKG done on Wednesday to make sure her heart is strong.

Representatives from the Katie Couric show have also reached out to Davis for a possible appearance on the show.


Chris Roberts contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Terry McSweeney]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: "Quite Alarming" Video Shows Woman Feeding Alligator]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/feeding-gator.JPG

A woman was caught on camera feeding an alligator at a Port St. Lucie senior living complex.

The video that was recently released is about a year old, neighbors in the Florida community told WPTV.

In the video, the woman is seen sitting on the ground as the gator approaches her from a small body of water. The woman even kicks at the gator when it appears to get too close.

"It was quite alarming to see this woman just sitting by the water with this alligator just feet, in some cases inches from her," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Johnson said.

Neighbors say the gator was so used to getting fed, it would chase people with steaks.

The gator was removed and the FWC is investigating the incident. It is illegal to feed alligators in Florida.

<![CDATA[Sauerkraut, Sausage, and Les Claypool's Fine Wine]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:25:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CC+Sauerkraut+Party+2014-067.JPG Claypool Cellars, now CC Pachyderm, hosted their 3rd Annual Sauerkraut Party in Sebastopol, which was bigger and better than ever.

Photo Credit: Josh Keppel]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco Celebrates St. Stupid’s Day]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:44:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-01-2014-st-stupids-day.jpg

One of the Bay Area’s more colorful parades filed through San Francisco Tuesday, marking April Fool’s Day.

More than 100 costumed revelers marched down Market Street as part of the annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade, organized by Bishop Joey and the First Church of the Last Laugh.

The parade doesn’t have much of a point, which, ultimately, is the point.

Bishop Joey says, despite the City's affordability crisis, it shows silliness still thrives.

“There’s a progressive and experimental and curious spirit in this town,” he said, “and I think it still carries over regardless of the different waves of economics that cross back and forth across the bar. And we’ll be going to a bar after this.”

The group stopped during its march to protest at the Federal Reserve and the former "sock" exchange.

This is the 36th straight year of the parade.

Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Craziest Food Heists]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:55:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg Honey, nuts and cheese top the list of the most expensive — and delicious — food heists.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Unfortunate Truck Spills]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 05:49:28 -0700 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fwpd-287-cattle-wreck1.jpg The fear of overloaded trucks crashing on the highway and spilling their contents might not be so irrational at all. Click here to see some unfortunate truck spills around the nation.]]> <![CDATA[Pot Bundles Wash Up on La Jolla Beaches]]> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:28:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/la+jolla+childrens+pool+0224.PNG

Two bundles of marijuana washed up on beaches in San Diego’s La Jolla area Sunday morning, San Diego Police confirmed.

The first was discovered near the La Jolla Children’s Pool around 9:30 a.m., and beachgoers found the second at Black’s Beach at 11:15 a.m., according to SDPD Watch Commander Dan Lasher.

San Diego lifeguards say the bundle found at Black’s Beach weighed about 25 pounds.

While they didn’t mention the pot found at the Children’s Pool, lifeguards say a third 25-pound bundle had washed up Thursday at Black’s Beach.

They believe it came from the same boat because it had the same wrappings as the one discovered Sunday.

<![CDATA[Danville Teacher Invites Will Ferrell to High School Prom (Again)]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:28:31 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/will10.JPG

San Ramon Valley High School teacher Chad Cochran doesn’t want to give up.

Cochran, who embarked on a mission in early March to get Will Ferrell to attend his school’s senior prom as a co-chaperone, went on YouTube once again to woo the actor.

Although Cochran’s first YouTube video generated a lot of buzz online, it didn’t get the response he was looking for – a response from Ferrell.

Promises of chocolate fountains, photo booths and a boutonniere from a chain grocery store filled Cochran’s first YouTube video. This time, he got his students to back him.

“Dear Mr. Ferrell, my name is Chad Cochran. You might remember me from such Internet videos as when I asked you to chaperone the ball with me,” Cochran says in the opening scene. “Since I haven’t gotten a response I thought I’d take you around campus and show you how much support there is.”

Cochran then goes around the campus asking students what they thought about the idea.

“Yeah, I guess that would be pretty cool," a student says. "I don't know if he'd be that good at twerking, though."

Cochran even gets the school choir to sing a little something to get Ferrell to come to the prom: “Say you’ll go …. Say you’ll go, so he (Cochran) will stop bothering us.”

Cochran clarified in his first video that he is happily married with two children and two dogs, but his wife won’t be able to attend his prom. So he wants Ferrell to keep him company.

"If you ever feel uncomfortable on the dance floor you can just say 'spumoni,'" Cochran said in the video.

His deadline to Ferrell for a response – May 10, the day of the prom.

Danville teacher invites Will Ferrell to high school prom for the second time.

Photo Credit: Via YouTube: Cwickus]]>
<![CDATA[USC Students Attempt to Break Sandwich-Making Record ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:09:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sandwich_making_722x406.jpg

USC’s Zeta Phi Rho fraternity and the university’s Special Events Committee are hoping to go down in history Friday. The two groups, along with other participants, are aiming to break the world record for most sandwiches made in one hour.

The sandwiches -- the multi-cultural frat hopes to make 20,000 ham and cheese sandwiches -- will be donated to the homeless on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.

Friday’s event, dubbed the 12th annual Zeta Phi "Skid" Rho, is the fraternity’s keystone philanthropy event at the USC, Gamma Chapter. Local organizations tackling homelessness such as Union Rescue Mission and the Midnight Mission will distribute the sandwiches, according to USC Zeta Phi Rho President Vincent Ong.

The current Guinness World Record stands at 5,721 sandwiches.

Over the years, the event has evolved from a few brothers making a handful of sandwiches to hundreds of students making thousands of sandwiches per year, according to a Zeta Phi Rho press release.

This year’s event had more than 450 sign-ups, but per Guinness World Record guidelines and limited space, participation was capped at approximately 350. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-ups were open to USC students and the public.

The committee came up with the concept of breaking a world record, and the fraternity envisioned the experience of the event, according to Ong.

Kim Chu, the Director of USC’s Special Events Committee, said the two groups decided to work in conjunction when they realized they were both holding sandwich-making events. The fraternity and the committee decided to "combine forces and make it a collaborative event."

While one goal of the event is to break the world record, the other is to make a difference in the community.

"We want to raise awareness for the poverty problem in LA and mobilize the student body," Ong said.

Beverage companies Starbucks, Monster and Diabolo are sponsoring the event to ensure participants have ample energy to produce so many sandwiches.

Photo Credit: USC Zeta Phi Rho fraternity]]>
<![CDATA[Pig Surrenders Peacefully After Foot Chase]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:52:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/police-chase-pig-sm+copy.jpg

After a brief foot chase in a residential Santa Monica neighborhood, authorities had Sophie surrounded.

To clarify: Sophie is a pet pig.

In a call that officers don’t see every day, the loose pig was reported roaming around by residents on Wednesday. When park rangers and officers arrived on scene, they found Sophie and a foot pursuit ensued. And if the photo above is any indication, there may have been a brief standoff as well.

Officers said on Facebook that they were able to take Sophie into custody without incident, and she was safely transported to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter.

Sophie was later reunited with her Los Angeles owner who was visiting a friend in the area when the pig escaped.  

Photo Credit: Santa Monica Police Department/Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Exploding Propane Tank Destroys Car]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:33:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/car66.jpg

A San Francisco man who was resting in the driver's seat of his Honda Civic managed to escape to safety after an exploding propane tank landed in his car.

Joe Castillo, by all accounts, is lucky to be alive after the exploding missile flew from across the street on Friday morning and destroyed his car, which he had just bought two days earlier.

Castillo had been reclining in his seat, waiting for his shift to begin at BayFab Metals in San Leandro. He escaped with only a minor shoulder injury.

The Alameda County Fire Department said the explosion was reported in the 800 block of Doolittle Drive about 7 a.m.

The propane tank from Alaco Iron and Metal Co. flew across the street flew 100 yards into the back of Castillo's Honda. Workers were recycling the gas tank and didn't realize it wasn't empty, fire officials said.

The back of Castillo's car was blown up and melted. The scene left Castillo's manager, Paul Tavares, feeling grateful that his employee survived.

"We should let him go buy the Lotto ticket," he said. 




Photo Credit: Bob Redell]]>
<![CDATA[Breast Milk Donor to Break Record]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:57:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/denton_mom_breast_milk.jpg

When Alyse Ogletree first started donating breast milk, she just wanted to do something good. The North Texas woman never expected it would lead her to likely become a world record holder.

"At that time I had no idea there was even a record out there,” said the Denton mother of two.

However, she’s now just a few steps away from that title.

Ogletree has donated 53,081 ounces of breast milk and is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to officially be named the record holder.

The current holder, Amelia Boomker of Illinois, made the record book by donating 16,321 ounces to an Indiana donation center.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas, which receives Ogletree's donations, said she should easily triple that number with her donations to them; a total of more than 414 gallons of breast milk.

"I was over-producing,” Ogletree explained.

She first made the realization about four years ago when her son Kyle was born. Ogletree said while she was in the hospital, her son wasn’t taking breast milk. But she was still producing way too much; filling the hospital’s reserves, she said.

"One of the male nurses asked me if I'd ever considered donating and I was like, 'What is that?'" she said.

That’s when she found the Fort Worth clinic, which was more than happy to take her extra milk.

After the birth of Kyle Ogletree, she donated 1,880 ounces.

When she became pregnant with her second baby, Kage, Ogletree said donating again was a no brainer; though she had no idea how much she’d produce.

"I ended up producing on average about 130 (ounces) per day," she said.

Producing the milk almost became a full time job in itself for the mom, who said it was taxing on her.

Ogletree’s husband Lance said there’d be times she’d be in and out of bed all night having to pump.

"Sometimes we wouldn't be able to send it off quick enough, so we'd have our deep freeze in the garage with probably an entire shelf full,” he said.

Alyse Ogletree said she enjoys being able to produce the milk for a good cause. Between drinking a lot of water and pumping regularly she believes her body just became willing to produce so much.

Simone Summerlin of the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas said Ogletree donated more than 51,000 ounces after giving birth to Kage, up to when she stopped producing in recent weeks.

At this point Ogletree is still in the application process. She said Guinness will have to approve all of her records with the donation clinic in order for the record to be officially named to her.

As a competitive person, Alyse said she’s excited to shatter the record and hopefully be given the title. But she said the real pleasure is the good that comes from the cause.

The Office of Women's Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services encourages breastfeeding for health benefits for mothers and babies, cost saving, and other benefits.

Donated breast milk is often used for mothers that cannot produce enough milk for their children. Additionally, for very young children, breast milk has medically proven benefits over a variety of suppliments.

The Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas, where Ogletree donates, said donated milk is processed and screened for bacteria, then frozen until it is ordered by a physician.

"It takes a lot to raise a family and there are women out there that are not able to produce milk,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree said she encourages more moms to try their hand at the record and help raise more donations and awareness around the cause.

“It's wonderful to be a part of something as special as helping out little babies,” she said.

Before Boomker, the previous record holders were Karen Merheb of Dallas with more than 14,200 ounces, preceded by Alicia Richman, also a North Texan from Granbury, who donated 11,115 ounces.

Ogletree said it will be nice to bring the record back to North Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Map Test]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:16:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/money17.jpg

Minimum Wage Map Test

<![CDATA[Police: Puppies Stolen, Put For Sale on Craigslist]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:52:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-27-2014-puppies.jpg

A San Leandro man has been arrested on charges that he stole two German Shepherd puppies and put them up for sale on Craigslist.

San Leandro Police Lt. Mike Sobek said on Wednesday that Richard Coleman, 30, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and extortion.

A woman told officers that her two puppies were stolen from her Livermore home last week, and when she checked Craigslist, she found that they had been put up for sale.

She contacted the seller set up a time to meet him, police said. She confronted him and he ran away, police said.

But officers were able to ruse Coleman to another location where he was arrested with one of the puppies, police said. Coleman led officers to the second puppy, according to police.

Both puppies were unharmed and returned to the woman.

In a statement, Sobek said: "This crime struck a nerve with one of our officers and he went that extra step to help recover those puppies and return them to a grateful owner."

Coleman was due in court on Thursday.


Bay City News contributed to this report.


Photo Credit: San Leandro Police Department]]>