<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:42:17 -0700 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:42:17 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Morrissey Says He Was Groped at SFO]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:52:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/455184451.jpg

British pop singer Morrissey said he was groped at San Francisco International Airport this week on his way to London, and now he's making waves by blogging about what he's calling a "sexual assault."

On his True to You "Morrissey Zine" blog, the former Smiths singer wrote that prior to taking off from SFO on July 27, he was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped him, "crouched" before him, and "groped" his private areas, moving away quickly when another officer passed by.

Morrissey said two members of the British Airways Special Services were "horrified at the sexual attack," and at their urging, he lodged a complaint. Those agents were not identified and NBC Bay Area was not able to independently verify this part of the story.

Morrissey relayed his version of what transpired on his blog between what seems to be a British Airways employee and the officer:

Morrissey:You have just sexually groped this man.
Officer:
That's just your opinion.
Morrissey: What you have done is illegal.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
Morrissey: You have no right to do what you have just done.
Officer: That's just your opinion.

SFO Doug Yakel deferred all comment to the TSA. According to a TSA spokesman, the alleged groper does not officially work for the federal government, but is a private contractor with Covenant Aviation Security that provides service at SFO.

A TSA spokesperson responded to NBC Bay Area's request for comment, saying in part, "TSA works with numerous groups to continuously refine and enhance our procedures to improve the passenger experience while also ensuring the safety of the traveling public."

It's unclear whether any action will be taken against the officer based on Morrissey's accusations. Morrissey didn't state on his blog whether he was pursuing any criminal action.



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<![CDATA[Shower Curtain Lets Bathers Know It's Time to Get Out]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:40:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/h20-curtain-2.jpg

A London-based artist may have the solution for those who enjoy long showers even in the midst of a drought.

Elisabeth Buecher designed a shower curtain that encourages people to stop wasting water after four minutes. The project, which features a water tap sensor that triggers the inflation of spikes, is part of an installation series called “My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior.”

Bucher said in an email that people sometimes need a little prodding to be mindful of saving water.

“I see my curtains like alarm clocks,” Buecher said. “You don’t want to get up in the morning but you have to and the alarm clock helps you to do it”.

Although the plastic spikes are harmless, Buecher found inspiration in the medieval torture devices seen in Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow.”

Buecher uses her textile installations to raise awareness about social and environmental issues.

The shower curtain is currently a prototype, which the artist and educator uses for educational purposes. However, Buecher would love to see her products on store shelves.

She has also created a shower curtain that slowly inflates around a person and only allows for a four-minute shower before it traps them.

“People get very excited about it for lots of different reasons,” Buecher said. “The curtains do create a lot of interesting discussions across generations and fields.” 



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<![CDATA[Sanders' Candidacy Inspires Merch]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:15:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-07-21-19h30m41s117.png

As the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attracts more and more interest from around the country, it’s also inspiring a surge of support in surprising ways. Those include pro-Sanders displays on the bottoms of beer cans and on the sides of purses.

At the Burlington Beer Company in Williston, Vermont, brew master Joe Lemnah recently printed a message saying #FeelTheBern, a reference to Sanders, on the bottoms of cans of his Light in the Window IPA.

“It’s kind of like a little Easter egg, if you will,” Lemnah said, describing how a beer drinker may discover the slogan on the bottom of a can. “Politics and religion were always the things you don’t do with business, but I feel like those days are changing a little bit; where it’s safer to show how you actually feel.”

The support from the craft beer producer, who said he admires how Sanders has long championed agricultural concerns, comes as the candidate is drawing huge crowds at rallies nationwide. In those appearances, Sanders often decries what he calls the outrage of income inequality, and pushes for a political revolution to strengthen the working class.

The enthusiasm level and size of the crowds at Sanders events has led some political observers to describe his candidacy as one that challenges the sense it’s inevitable that Hillary Clinton will walk away with the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Along with that surge of interest from rally attendees, Flashbags, an accessories line, has seen a surge in business. The company, as did Sanders’ political career, launched in Burlington.

“I just sent some out to Wyoming,” said Erin Cain of Flashbags, showing necn several designs of Sanders purses, which she said are hot sellers with liberal customers. “I can’t actually seem to make them fast enough right now.”

Burlington graphic designer Dave Barron, who has a side business called The Bernie Shirt said he has shipped hundreds of the garments to nearly all 50 states. “Bernie brings an electricity to the race you don’t often see,” Barron said.

Barron told necn he is donating a tenth of his sales to Bernie 2016, noting that buyers seem energized by how the sometimes wild-haired senator focuses on the little guy. “Bernie fights for everybody, which you don’t see in every candidate.”

Barron also noted the shirts are printed by New Duds in Winooski, another small Vermont business.

In response to an inquiry from necn regarding the support from the Burlington Beer Company, Flashbags, The Bernie Shirt, and other independent businesses around Vermont, the Sanders campaign issued the following statement:

“These are all examples of the many ways that Bernie's message is resonating. This is part of the grassroots movement that is growing in Vermont and all over the country. People in different, creative ways are sending a message to the billionaire class that they can't have it all.”

Joe Lemnah said he did receive a complaint about his beer cans, from someone backing Hillary Clinton. But Lemnah said that will not stop him from “feeling the Bern.” 



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<![CDATA[Tooth-Shaped Balloon Mascot Gets Loose, Flies Away]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:13:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mickey+balloon+2.JPG

A Chicago-area dental practice is asking for help finding a loose tooth. 

“Mickey the Molar,” a 10-foot by 10-foot balloon, has disappeared up into the sky.

The balloon, which has been a staple at Algonquin’s Founders’ Day Parade for 17 years, is the mascot for Dr. Timothy Stirneman’s All Smiles Dental practice.

A spokesperson for the practice said the flying tooth seems to have just “flown away on its own.” With the Founders’ Day Parade beginning on Sunday, the practice said they’re desperate to get the balloon back.

Anyone who spots the “loose tooth” can call All Smiles Dental at (847) 854-7645. 



Photo Credit: All Smiles Dental
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<![CDATA[Alligator Taken Into Police Custody on NYC Street Dies]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:11:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alligator+manhattan.jpg

A 3-foot alligator NYPD officers took into custody after they spotted it walking across a Manhattan street has died, authorities say.

The reptilian scofflaw startled residents near Ninth Avenue and 205th Street in Inwood Thursday afternoon and was picked up by the NYPD's emergency services team, authorities said.

The reptile, which the NYPD's 34th precinct joked was having trouble hailing a trip out of town, was taken to Animal Care Centers of NYC, where workers removed the duct tape police had put on its snout and put it in an aquarium-type setting that had heat and a shallow pool of water.

The alligator died Friday morning, Animal Care Centers of NYC said. The group said it had named it CockadoodleQ.

"We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death," Animal Care Centers of NYC said in a statement.

Exotic animals are illegal to have as pets in New York City. It's not clear how the gator made it onto the street, nor was it known if police were looking for an owner.



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<![CDATA[Flying Bugs Appear as Storm on TX Weather Radar]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:00:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/bug+radar+tx.JPG

Rangers at a state park near the Texas panhandle say flying insects caused a weather radar to light up as if there was a large storm there Wednesday.

The interesting radar image came from the area near Copper Breaks State Park, west of Wichita Falls.

National Weather Service officials say people shouldn't be alarmed by the size of the blob, which spanned for several miles. It wasn't a swarm, they said, rather there were just enough bugs flying around to be seen on the radar.



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<![CDATA[SF Implements Pee-Repellant Paint Program]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:28:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/th-HD-PEE-PAINT-TZ---01243503.jpg

A splashy new idea for getting people to stop using San Francisco alleys and walls as toilets is being implemented in several of the city’s neighborhoods. The Department of Public Works is testing out a new paint that repels urine to discourage peeing on the sidewalk.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru said crews have installed a liquid-repellant paint in about 10 locations.

“When people urinate on the wall, the pee bounces back and hits your pants or gets you wet,” Nuru said. “So we are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing on many of our hot spots.”

Around parts of San Francisco, the stink is obvious, and architect John Jackson says he’s had enough.

“Public peeing is an issue in the city,” Jackson said. “When I come to work that’s all I smell walking down the street.”

Cities in Germany have reportedly seen a lot of success with the pee-repellant paint. In San Francisco, the paint is paired with signs instructing people to “Hold It!” and to seek relief in an appropriate place. However, the signs don’t warn about possible consequences for those who don’t “hold it."

Overall steam-cleaning requests are down about 17 percent, a trend the city's public works department believes is partially due to its Pit Stop staffed bathroom program.

While some want the city to pursue alternatives, like more public bathrooms, Jackson thinks the paint is worth trying. But he also cautioned that old habits die hard.

“If [the paint] deterred them,” Jackson said, “they would just move to the next wall.”


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<![CDATA[Wiccan Witches, Mystics Provide Tech Support]]> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:17:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/224*120/joeytalley.jpg

Psychics, mystics and witches are providing Silicon Valley with a supernatural form of tech support.

"Most people want me to protect their computers from viruses and hacks," Reverend Joey Talley, a Wiccan witch based in Marin, told SF Weekly, "so I'll make charms for them. I like to use flora."

But Talley also works with companies to alleviate issues ranging from haunted offices to bugged computer networks.

According to her website, "Issues too unusual or dangerous to take to the straight world of Western helpers are comfortably resolved with Reverend Joey's personalized Wicca help. No problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Resistant conditions and bizarre symptoms are welcome."

Private appointments are $200 per hour and apprenticeships are available.



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<![CDATA['Drunk' Squirrel Damages English Club]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:30:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469038412SQUIRREL72315.jpg

A “drunk” squirrel caused hundreds of dollars of damage at a private members’ club located in England, BBC reported.

The secretary of the Honeybourne Railway Club told BBC that he originally thought that someone had broken into the building, located near Evesham in Worcestershire.

He was mostly right -- except the invader was not a man but a squirrel that was “staggering around” after coming out from behind a box of chips, according to BBC.

"There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around, and he had obviously run across the bar's pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey's [Irish Ale] tap,” Sam Boulter said. "He must have flung himself on the handle and drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly.”

Boutler said he lost £300, or about $465, in the incident. He was able to grab the rowdy rodent in a waste bin and released it out of a window.

"I've never seen a drunk squirrel before,” Boutler said.



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<![CDATA[Bombshell Discovery: Bazooka Shell Found in Storm Drain]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:16:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/072115+bazooka+shell+found+in+Fairfax+County.jpg

A Fairfax County, Virginia, worker inspecting a drain made an unusual discovery in a residential neighborhood Tuesday morning -- a round of bazooka ammunition possibly dating back to the Korean War era.

The bazooka shell was found in a drain on the 9300 block of Glenbrook Road in the Mantua neighborhood, Fairfax County Police said. Officers responded about 10:45 a.m. and kept neighbors away as they investigated.

The device was determined to be an inert, "blank" round likely used in training, police said. It wasn't immediately clear how long the shell had been there.

Police and fire officials stayed on the scene near the Mantua Hills Swim Club for almost four hours, leaving about 2:30 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Chipotle Anti-Fast Lasts 153 Days and Counting]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 05:50:04 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/536073195.jpg

Two men who have never met appear to have in common a similar zest for fast Mexican food. Both men started eating Chipotle every day for the last 100-plus days and have taken to social media to write about their experience on the diet. 

Los Angeles animator Andrew Hawryluk, 23, is documenting his Mexican food habit on his Chipoltlife blog, calling it a "culinary endurance art piece." Hawryluk says he's eaten Chipotle at least once a day for the past 153 days, spending $1,567 and consuming 110,890 calories.

On his blog, he says he typically orders a burrito bowl consisting of white rice, chicken, guacamole, and lettuce with Tabasco chipotle sauce on top. He prefers a bowl so he doesn't have to eat with his hands.

Hawryluk's food project started on Feb. 18, the first day of Lent, as an anti-fast. He's taken a photo of each of his receipts to prove his purchases at the "best restaurant," as he calls it. 

This feat is not so unique, though.

Mark Rantal of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is also chronicling his Chipotle addiction. On July 14, Rantal celebrated his 100th lunch at Chipotle and posted a photo of himself to his Facebook page holding a plate of food with candles outside the restaurant to celebrate the milestone. 

"We are fortunate to have such fiercely loyal and enthusiastic customers. While these guys are taking that farther than most, we have a lot of people who are very loyal and regular customers," said Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill. 

Neither Hawryluk nor Rantal is a paid spokesperson, according to the food chain. 



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<![CDATA[Foal Born with Patch That Looks Like Its Own Shadow]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:03:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Horse+11+AP774176329487_14.jpg

A chestnut foal born in May in England has been gaining a lot of attention around the Internet for his peculiar, self referential birthmark.

The young horse, named Da Vinci or "Vinny" for short, appears to host his own silhouette on his back and shoulder that mingles with his mane. 

Owner Wendy Bulmer told the Daily Mail that she named the horse Da Vinci because of the work of art that adorns his coat.

This horse, she said, is full of surprises. 

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"I bought his mother at a sale and didn't know she was in foal [pregnant] so that was a bit of a surprise," the riding school owner Wendy Bulmer told the Daily Mail in an interview.

While many chestnut horses have patches, most are unrecognizable, Bulmer said, but this one is a work of art. 

Not only does the horse have something of a self portrait on his coat, he's also got a little heart near his hind quarters. 

Maybe that heart is why all the children Bulmer's riding school, Fyling Hall riding school at Robin's Hood Bay love 'Vinny' so much. Or maybe it's because he's such a friendly foal, like Bulmer said. 


 



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<![CDATA[Naked Protestors Take Aim at FEMA ]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:21:36 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/eucalyptus+generic.jpg

Protesters shed their clothing in a eucalyptus grove on the UC Berkeley campus over the weekend to protest FEMA plans to cut trees in the East Bay hills.

FEMA announced the controversial tree thinning plan in March. A grant of $5.7 million is earmarked to reduce the hazard of wildfires in the East Bay Hills by removing non-native plants.

According to Berkeleyside, about 50-75 people took part in Saturday's demonstration. The event was organized by the TreeSpirit Project to protest a plan to clear 450,000 trees in the Oakland and Berkeley hills. 

But protesters say the plan to leave dead wood on site will actually increase the potential for fires in an already volatile area.


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<![CDATA[Wedding Whopper: Joel Burger, Ashley King Tie the Knot]]> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 01:54:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/071915-burger-king-wedding-illinois.jpg

Couples will tell you that every wedding is special in its own way — and that's certainly true for Joel Burger and Ashley King, who married Friday afternoon in Illinois for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, with French fries or with onion rings.

Burger and King have been friends since grade school, Burger told NBC's John Yang for TODAY. Their evening wedding featured gifts from Burger King, which paid for the wedding after their story grabbed international headlines, including the fast-food chain's crowns and custom mason jars (and the groomsmen posed with Burger King shirts under their suits).



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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient Treated with 'Baggie of Dirt': Authorities]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:11:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N11P+FAKE+CANCER+DOCTOR+VO+-+00000411.jpg

A northern California man was arrested on suspicion of practicing medicine unlawfully after authorities say he treated a woman in late stage cancer with a “baggie of dirt.”

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vincent Gammill, 69, of El Cerrito, on July 9 at his office in Richmond on charges of practicing medicine without a license, dependent adult abuse and furnishing dangerous drugs without a license. 

Detectives said they found 25,000 prescription pills including morphine, Ambien, steroids, along with Mexican and Russian drugs at both his office and home. Gammill told detectives he offered alternative options to the traditional treatment of cancer. He also initially said he had no formal education beyond high school, but then “remembered” he had obtained a doctor of science degree sometime in the 1990s, according to Ventury County Detective Robert Davidson.

Davidson also told NBC Bay Area that Gammill's bail was set at $10,000 and he was later booked in Contra Costa County jail, but as of Friday, he was out of custody.

When reached by phone on Friday, Gammill denied to NBC Bay Area that he prescribed his patient dirt and denied that any dirt was used at all.

He also said he doesn't "treat" patients. Rather his Natural Oncology Institute is an "instructional program," which patients can choose to follow or not. He used these therapies for his own cancer, he said.

The woman involved, Gammill said, is an actress. "I think she just wants to be in the limelight."

He said he is being represented by a Santa Barbara attorney, who was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

In June, a 49-year-old Thousand Oaks woman reported that she sought Gammill’s treatment after finding his website in 2009. His site touts “alternative and complementary care” for people with cancer. The website also offers a five-day "Mango Retreat Program," in Del Mar, in "walking distance" to the Pacific Ocean. Gammill wrote on his company website that he was diagnosed with cancer, as well, in 2009 and chose both conventional and alternative cancer strategies to help. He saw his last formal oncologist in 2010.

Davidson said that agents started investigating the case after the woman told the Thousand Oaks East County Sheriff’s Office that she had been scammed out of $2,000 and harmed by Gammill’s practices.

Gammill reportedly treated the woman with baggies filled with dirt, powders, liquids and other commercial medicines that were past their expiration dates, authorities said.

During one of her visits to his office, Gammill instructed the woman on how to mix the ingredients into capsules before taking them, the pharmaceutical investigators said. At one point in the visit, authorities said Gammill brought out a large frying pan and told her that one of the compounds could burn a hole through the table. After the woman felt a burning sensation in her stomach, Gammill reportedly told her this was a good because it meant the ingredients were still active.

The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials team was called to Gammill’s office to “render it safe” after investigators reportedly found bottles labeled “corrosive” and “poison” in his laboratory, agents said. Investigators did not find any record of Gammill having any medical training upon his arrest.

In 1989, Drug and Enforcement Agents found more than 1,000 types of dangerous chemicals at a lab that Gammill owned. In court papers, Gammill argued that he ran a legitimate lab, and the chemicals the agents found were used to make fuel additive, naval jelly and dextran sulfate, which was a common underground AIDS treatment.

But DEA agents said that the lab was actually an "operational methamphetamine lab."

Gammill was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, but he moved to dismiss the indictment, arguing in California's appeals court that the government violated his "due process rights by its bad faith destruction of potentially exculpatory evidence."

Eventually, in 1992, a judge overturned Gammill's conviction.

Gammill is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Aug. 31.

NBC Bay Area's Lisa Fernandez contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[San Jose Parade Honors World's No. 1 Eater]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:48:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nathans-parade-winner.jpg

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs on July 4 earning him the ranking of No. 1 competitive eater in the world. And for this, he deserves to “RELISH” in glory with a downtown San Jose parade on Friday to celebrate his gobbling of franks, the parade's hosts posted on Facebook.

LIVE 105 KITS San Francisco radio organizers are hosting the parade at 2 p.m. at the corner of San Pedro and St. John streets in San Pedro Square.

The 23-year-old Stonie, who likes to be called “The Megatoad,” beat reigning champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, who also is from San Jose, during the annual July 4 international hot dog eating contest held at Coney Island. Major League Eaters now has Stonie ranked as the No. 1 competitive eater in the world, and Chestnut as No. 2.

Chestnut had won this annual – and bizarre – contest for the last eight years. Afterward, Chestnut smiled in defeat and told the media that he had been "looking for competition" and "I finally have it."

“It’s really unexpected, this last-minute parade,” Stonie told NBC Bay Area on Friday before the parade.

As for how Stonie embarked on what he calls a career: “It’s one of those freak things that happened,” he said.

He started as an junior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, when he signed up for a 5-pound burrito-eating contest at Iguana’s “Home of the BurritoZilla” near his grandparents’ house. He won and pocketed $1,000.

And he’s been speed-eating ever since, from slug burgers to pumpkin pie, pepperoni rolls to birthday cake, and from bacon to hot dogs. In fact, he’s been doing so well, financially speaking, too, that he is taking a break from studying biochemistry at Mission College in Santa Clara.

At first, he said, his parents were skeptical of him downing 20,000 calories at a time. But now, he said, they see that he’s making money and being flown across the world – including for a TV stint in Korea. “Sometimes now, they help me cook up hot dogs,” he said.

Competitive eating isn’t for everyone, and it’s not easy, Stonie added.

“The first few years were miserable,” he said. “I was bloated, had fatigue.”

But he added that he’s figured out how to “fine tune my regimen” by balancing exercise, fasting and taking lots of vitamins and minerals.

As for him and Chestnut, Stonie said they are far from best friends but they do hang out occasionally. That the No. 1 and No. 2 competitors in the world both hail from San Jose, might not be so unusual, he said. 

“Living in California, people think a little differently,” he said. “We go for what’s outside the box.”
 



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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Japanese Hotel Replaces Staff With Robots]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:51:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/robot-GettyImages-480744956_master.jpg The Henna Hotel, scheduled to open on July 17, features multi-lingual humanoid robots that greet visitors while other robots serve coffee and do the cleaning, as well as room doors that are opened by face-recognition technology.

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<![CDATA[Man, Nephew Win Meth Lab in Auction ]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:20:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-12+at+10.20.27+AM.png

A man and his nephew in California got a little more than they expected when they won an auction for an abandoned storage unit.

At Cubesmart in Rancho Cordova, units are auctioned when renters default on them for longer than 45 days, according to NBC affiliate KCRA. Some people buy these units and resell them for a profit.

The two men won one of the units with an $80 bid, according to the station. However, it contained a box full of hazardous, old-fashioned equipment used to make meth.

Narcotics officers told the station that the material was so toxic, hazmat specialists had to be called out.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department detectives are not sure if the lab was operated on site, but they are now looking for the original owners of the unit, according to KCRA.

A message for comment left with Cubesmart was not immediately returned. 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Curry Wins Best NBA Player, Best Male Athlete at ESPY Awards]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:24:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/steph11.jpg

Warriors star Stephen Curry won this year's Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete at Wednesday's 2015 ESPY Awards, adding to his already long list of honors.

Curry beat other big names in the business, including LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Curry thanked his family, including wife Ayesha — who gave birth to the couple's second daughter Friday — as well as his team while accepting the award.

"You know, I never imagined myself standing on this stage holding this award," he said, humble as always. "I'm 6-foot-3, 180 pounds soaking wet. It's really nice to be called an athlete once in a while. Thank you very much."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr won Best Coach at the ESPY Awards, making it an extra special night for the team.



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<![CDATA[Doctor Removes More Than 70 Non-Food Items From Dog's Stomach]]> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:15:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dog+stomach+contents.jpg

Something tells us one lucky dog is about to go on a diet.

Tiki, an 8-year-old black Labrador, visited the Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital this week in Mars, Pennsylvania, a small town about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Hisham Ibrahim, known as ‘Doctor I” examined Tiki’s stomach and made a remarkable discovery: a mass in her stomach.

When Ibrahim operated, he quickly found the mass was comprised of 62 hair bands, eight pairs of underwear and a bandage. It took two hours of surgery to remove all the items, USA Today reported.

"'Doctor I' started pulling handfuls of different items out," Emily Cottle, his head technician, told WTAE's reporter on Wednesday. "It was quite an experience to see."

Ibrahim told NBC Washington that he has found some unusual items in his 12 years working in Pittsburgh, but Tiki wins the award for the strangest taste buds.

"It was just amazing, and it's not easy," Ibrahim, said while doing a follow-up. "But, thank God, we were able to pull through, and Tiki has recovered very well.” 



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<![CDATA[Man Finds This Object in His Skin]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 05:42:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/fish+fin+leg+skier.jpg

Pat Schottler didn’t think much about a large bruise on his leg and five puncture wounds after a day of water skiing, but during a visit to the doctor a few days later, things took an unusual turn.

Schottler, 35, said he assumed he hit a stick while skiing on Medicine Lake in Minnesota, NBC affiliate KARE 11 reports.

It wasn’t until his wife encouraged him to visit an emergency room that he found out what the bruise actually was.

Doctors ordered an X-Ray of his leg, which they thought would show a broken fibula, but instead showed a “foreign object embedded in his leg,” Schottler’s wife Julie Schottler told KARE.

That foreign object was something the couple never expected—fish fin.

Schottler told the station doctors removed four pieces of fish from his leg, the longest one being nearly three-fourths of an inch. He said the fin likely came from a bluegill. 



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<![CDATA[WATCH: U.S. Robot Company to Japan Company: Let's Duel]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2015 07:34:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2015-07-08-at-9.46.41-PM.jpg

A U.S.-based robotics company has thrown down the metallic gauntlet and goaded a Japanese competitor into a heavy metal battle of mechanical proportions. 

"Suidobashi, we have a giant robot, you have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen," said co-founder of MegaBots, Inc Matt Oehrlein—along with his partner Gui Cavalcanti both draped in an American flag—in a YouTube video challenging Suidobashi Heavy Industries' Kuratas. 

Megabot, the U.S.-based company, is confident in its Mark 2 model: a towering 6-ton metal beast. 

"We just finished tightening the last bolts on the Mark 2—America's first fully functional giant piloted robot," Oehrlein says in the video to the Japenese robotics company.

The massive robot is operated by a team of two people and can shoot three pounds paint balls at from its cannon at 100 miles per hour, according to Oehrlein.

"And because we're American, we added really big guns," co-founder Cavalcanti added with dramatic pause. 

Suidobashi's CEO responded to MegaBots' gentlemen's duel in his own video: "Come on guys, make it cooler," Kogoro Kurata said, with shots of him wrapping the Japanese flag around his shoulders.

"Just building something huge and sticking guns on it," Kurata continued. "It's super American."

Suidobashi launched The Kurata, named after the CEO and designer, in 2012. At 4.5 tons, it was a little less than Mark 2, a full heads-up display (HUD), and guns controlled by an advanced targeting system. 

No venue or date for the battle of the death metals, but the challenge has been accepted. 


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<![CDATA[WATCH: 4-Foot Alligator Caught in New Jersey River]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:46:37 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Gator-Caught-NJ-0708.jpg

Authorities captured an alligator in a New Jersey river after a fisherman and police both spotted one of the reptiles floating in the Passaic River on Wednesday.

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Elmwood Park Police Chief Mike Foligno said officers saw a 4-foot-long alligator in the water off of River Drive after being called to the scene by a fisherman. After the sighting, they called state wildlife officials to hunt down the creature.

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Authorities tracked the reptile for nearly two hours before corralling it. Chopper 4 footage from the scene showed one searcher stirred a rod in the water before another can be seeing pulling the gator out with a catch pole. 

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“I think it was probably someone’s pet that got too big so they released it into the wild,” Foligno said.

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The fisherman who spotted the gator, Luis Acosta, said that at first he thought it was a snapping turtle. But, he said, he saw a long tail and called police.

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He said he was shocked to see the gator in the chilly northern waters of New Jersey.

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“It was cool to watch, ya know, but it don’t belong around here,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Feral Cat Attacks NY Town Residents]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 09:18:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/feral+cat+orangetown.jpg

A sickly feral cat has been terrorizing a suburban New York town, attacking unsuspecting residents and small pets, authorities and neighbors say.

Police in Orangetown say a black cat has been on the attack since the weekend and are asking residents to be on the lookout. 

Chris McKiernan was one of the cat's victims. He told NBC 4 New York Monday he and his family had just returned home from watching the Fourth of July fireworks in town when "out of nowhere, out of the darkness, came this black cat that just jumped and attached itself to me."

"I looked down and it was all over me," he said. "It was a little surreal." 

The cat started scratching and biting him, and when McKiernan manged to pry the ferocious feline off him, the cat simply sat there and looked at him, growling and hissing. 

"It was wobbling around and it was looking at me and had blood in his mouth. It wasn't a pretty scene," he said 

The cat then "jumped back on me, tried to climb up me. And then I finally ripped it off again, and I was able to get the garbage can over it, and it was making all sorts of strange noises," he said. 

McKiernan said he tried to keep the garbage can lid over the cat to hold it for rabies testing, but the lid kept moving with the cat inside it. When he lifted the lid for a brief moment, the cat shot out and beelined straight for the woods. 

McKiernan received a series of rabies shots after the encounter. 

The same night, the cat attacked resident Joe Soldano.

"All of a sudden, I turned and he was right in front of me," he told NBC 4 New York. 

"He leaped at me, and I kicked him. And he came again, I couldn't believe it. I kicked him again, like 10 feet," he said. "Then again he came. I kicked him across the patio three times." 

Soldano snapped a photo of the cat sitting on the welcome mat at his door once he was safely inside his home. He said the cat waited there for 10 minutes. 

On Sunday morning, neighbor Patricia McGowan's family was on the deck for breakfast when they heard "this commotion of cats screaming at each other."

McGowan saw the feral cat attacking her own pet cat. 

"We started yelling for it to stop, and our cat ran under the deck and the other cat just followed her," she said. 

McGowan said her daughter had seen the feral cat in the driveway and it appeared very thin and was wobbling. 

McGown took her cat to the vet, and it appeared to be fine but was administered extra medication as a precaution. 

Incidents have been reported in the areas of Edsall Terrace, Lark Street, Bocket Road and Hawk Street in Pearl River.

Animal control and local police are searching the area for the animal. Officials say residents should avoid the animal if they see it and contact Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700.



Photo Credit: Joe Soldano]]>
<![CDATA[LAX X-Ray Machine Reveals Cat]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:41:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tsa-01.jpg

Transportation Security Administration officers made a furry find at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon when an X-ray machine revealed a passenger’s pet cat inside his checked bag.

The discovery was made after a JetBlue passenger placed his bag, which was not a pet carrier, through an X-ray machine in Terminal 3, according to LAX Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles.

TSA officers removed the cat from the bag and determined that it had not been harmed by the machine.

The passenger told a TSA supervisor that he did not know animals were not supposed to be placed through the X-ray machines, Nettles said.

The cat's discovery gained social media attention after several passengers in the terminal tweeted about the event.

Officers determined that the incident was accidental and both the man and the cat were allowed to board their New York-bound flight.

According to Twitter, a similar incident also occurred at LAX Tuesday.



Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Move Over Vanilla, Burger Chain Adds Bug-Flavored Shake]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:12:07 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/shakes1.jpg

What began as a burger chain's April Fools Day trick might soon be a mainstay on the menu. Cricket milkshake, anyone?

Beginning July 1, Wayback Burgers will unveil an Oreo Mud Pie milkshake with Peruvian chocolate-flavored cricket powder.

Oddly enough, the bug-flavored shake had some customers chirping when Wayback Burgers tested it out at a Long Island, New York, chain for a limited time in April.

"We had it for two hours. There were people lined up to try it," Wayback Burgers President John Eucalitto told CNBC News about the shake's test run.

Insect consumption, or entomophagy, is know to be a high-protein and highly sustainable alternative to traditional animal protein sources. A 2013 report by the UN noted that 2 billion humans worldwide consume insects. Still, bugs on the menu might be a tough sell to consumers.

"People think maybe we're grinding up crickets in the back room," said Eucalitto. In fact, he said, the insects are farm raised domestically.

Along with the cricket shake, the fast casual chain is also unveiling a jerky-flavored milkshake complete with Slim Jim garnish. The Cheshire, Connecticut-based company has over 95 Wayback Burger locations worldwide.

The Oreo Mud Pie Cricket Protein Milkshake will be available until to the end of September, but could become a permanent menu item, the company said. 

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<![CDATA[Man Wins $500K After Phone Records Doctors Mocking Him]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:30:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-117009763.jpg

A Vienna, Virginia, man was awarded $500,000 after he unintentionally recorded his doctors mocking and insulting him while he was under anesthesia.

The plaintiff, who chose to remain anonymous, sued anesthesiologist Dr. Tiffany Ingham and three other medical professionals, who were released from the case. Ingham, 42, and her practice were ordered by a Reston, Virginia, jury to pay the plaintiff, The Washington Post reported.

The plaintiff used his phone to record post-procedure advice and aftercare instructions from his doctors during the April 2013 colonoscopy procedure.

While checking his phone on his way home, the plaintiff found he had recorded the entire examination and heard his doctors insulting him when he was under anesthesia.

Ingham was recorded mocking the amount of medicine needed to anesthetize the plaintiff.

"After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit," Ingham is heard saying.

Ingham and others mocked the plaintiff for taking many medications. One of the plaintiff’s medications, Gabapentin, was prescribed to treat an irritation in his genital area. A medical assistant touched the man's genitals and commented she might have contracted a sexually transmitted infection.

Ingham is recorded saying the medical assistant might get "some syphilis on your arm or something," then added, "It's probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right."

The genital area is typically not involved in a colonoscopy.

Ingham signed a post-operative note indicating the plaintiff had hemorrhoids. According to the lawsuit, Ingham stated she planned to note hemorrhoids even though she found none.

The plaintiff claimed he experienced mental anguish, lack of focus and anxiety after the incident. He said has had to see other healthcare professionals and be placed on anti-anxiety medications.

The plaintiff sued for defamation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, violation of Virginia health codes and medical malpractice. The Washington Post reported the jury awarded the man $100,000 for defamation and $200,000 for medical malpractice, as well as the $200,000 in punitive damages.

Ingham had worked out of the Aisthesis anesthesia practice. An Aisthesis employee told The Associated Press Ingham no longer works there.



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<![CDATA[Man Sues, Says His Beer Had a Dead Rat Inside]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:32:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/steel-reserve-beer.jpg

A North Texas man filed a lawsuit against MillerCoors and 7-Eleven Monday, saying he drank a beer that had "a dead rat marinating in it" two years ago.

According to the lawsuit, in August 2013 Marco Antonio Navarro bought a 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer from a 7-Eleven store along Highway 356 in Irving.

When he got home, Navarro said he cracked open one of the cans and began drinking the beer. He reported he soon felt a "tingle on his lips and noticed the liquid was not flowing out properly," according to the lawsuit.

Navarro's sister said she used her camera phone to take a picture inside the can and realized there was a "dead rat marinating in it."

The lawsuit filed on Navarro's behalf said he "immediately vomited, then continued to suffer from abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, and back pain, amongst other pain and injuries."

Navarro received medical treatment totaling more than $49,000, according to the lawsuit, and sought the counsel of a therapist after reporting having trouble eating, drinking and maintaining personal relationships.

Now, nearly two years later, he is suing to recover the cost of his medical treatment and for damages due to past and future pain, mental anguish and loss of earning capacity up to but not more than $300,000.

In a statement to NBC 5 Wednesday, MillerCoors addressed the lawsuit and said the following:

"Our brands are produced under incredibly strict standards, and there is nothing more important than the quality of our products and safety of our legal drinking-age consumers.  While we take all customer claims seriously, we do not believe there is any merit to the lawsuit."

NBC 5 as also reached out to 7-Eleven for comment, but as of this writing there has been no response.

Navarro is represented by Garcia, Dubove & Trujillo.

CLICK HERE to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



Photo Credit: Steel Brewing Co.
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<![CDATA[DUI Suspect Offers Cop Lotto Number]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:19:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/middletown+police+cruiser.jpg

A man arrested on drunken driving charges in Middletown told police he was a state lottery employee and offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to drop the charges, police said.

Police approached Robert K. Eldridge Jr. 41, of Cromwell, on Union Street, near DeKoven Drive, just after 3 p.m. on June 14 when he was stopped at a green light and appeared to be passed out behind the steering wheel.

When Eldridge came to, he attempted to start the car but then noticed the officers, police said. According to the araingment report, Eldrige's eye's were bloodshoot and gloosy and his speech was slurred, prompting the officer to ask how much he'd had to drink. 

He responded that he’d had “a couple drinks,” beers,” and a couple shots of “fireball.”

At the scene, he kept telling officers he was going to lose his job at the lottery, according to police.

After a failed field sobriety test, Eldridge was handcuffed and transported to the police station for testing.

While at the police station, Eldridge kept asking if there was any way to work things out and whether he could just call someone for a ride, police said. Then he offered the police officer winning lottery numbers to resolve the charges, according to the arraignment report.

Breath tests revealed Eldridge’s blood alcohol level was .1638, then .1642, according to police.
He was charged with operating under the influence and possession of narcotics. Police released him on $5,000 bond. He is due in court on June 29. 

Officials from Connecticut Lottery said Eldridge is not a lottery employee and has never been.

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Zoo Adapts Dog Toy for Feeding Rhinos]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:20:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/FOOBLER.PNG

A circular dog puzzle feeding toy called Foobler is being built in a large scale format to feed rhinos at the San Francisco Zoo.

Experts at the Zoo are wondering whether such a toy would encourage their rhinos to exhibit more natural foraging behaviors.

An Asian rhino named Gahati and a black rhino named Boone enjoy playing with large balls so a rhino-sized Foobler would probably be received really well by the pair, noted Jason Watters, vice president of wellness and animal behavior at the Zoo.

"If we can combine their desire to play basically soccer with a foraging goal, we can see if we can drive their interest in their environment a bit more," he said in a fundraising video.

The Zoo was able to raise $15,000 in order for Foobler to construct the rhino-size version, according to Newsweek. Watch the fundraising video below:

Using high-tech toys to improve foraging in captive rhinos from Experiment on Vimeo.



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<![CDATA[Surfboard Breaks World Record]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:41:05 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Huntington-Beach-Biggest-Surfboard-Record-.jpg

Surf City USA laid claim to another bit of surfing legend Saturday as a group of surfers banded together to break a world record.

With hundreds looking on, 66 surfers, including surf champions, celebrities and local heroes, rode a custom 42-foot-long surfboard off the shore in Huntington Beach Saturday, breaking the Guinness World Record for "Most People Riding a Surfboard at Once."

"It was crowded, it was scary, but we had to focus," said Tim Stamps, a participant. "We were all happy, everyone was screaming and yelling. It was a good time."

The record hadn't been broken in over a decade, since 47 people clambered onto a board on March 5, 2005, according to the city of Huntington Beach. To break the record, the surfers had to successfully surf unassisted for 10 seconds.

The surfers in Huntington Beach were also hoping to claim the title of riding the "World's Largest Surfboard," but that record attempt remained unconfirmed Saturday morning.

The official record-holding surfboard is 39-feet and 4-inches, Huntington Beach said.

The record-breaking event was part of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Newport Beach and Long Beach's celebration of International Surfing Day festivities.

"Nobody fell off and it was the most thrilling ride," said another participant, Debbie Beacham.
"Just the whole camaraderie of it, it was an exciting moment."



Photo Credit: Larry Tenney (Instagram: @ltenney1)]]>
<![CDATA[Battery-Powered Surfboard Loaded With Meth Found at Tijuana Beach]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:37:23 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Surfboard+drugs.jpg

A battery-powered surfboard loaded with 20 pounds of crystal methamphetamine was spotted along a Tijuana beach on Tuesday night, Tijuana police said.

 

The surfboard was spotted by beachgoers in the area of Playas de Tijuana at about 7:30 p.m. People noticed the surfboard had strange plastic wrapped around it and notified authorities.

Responding investigators examined the board and dismantled it to find a double bottom, with 22 clear plastic containers filled with drugs secured with tape.

The board also had a metal pipe and a small propeller connected to a turbine powered by eight batteries.

Investigators believe water entered the compartment and caused the power to go off, and the surfboard eventually washed up on shore.

There was no word Wednesday afternoon from Tijuana police about arrests.

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<![CDATA[Cicadas Swarm Reporter Standing on Top of Tank]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 06:40:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CIcada_KSNT.jpg A Kansas reporter tries to report on top of a tank when swarming cicadas interrupt her.]]> <![CDATA[Cute New Octopus Species Turns Up in Monterey]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:13:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*129/20150618_111418_SJM-OCTOPUS-0619-01_300.jpg

A researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is deciding what to name a tiny octopus she has found and been unable to identify.

"I thought that since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis," Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I'm supposed to be this really serious stoic scientist, but I'm still human. It's just so cute."

Bush also discovered that one such octopus laid eggs last year that have yet to hatch.

The octopus is very similar to — and in the same genus as — the flapjack octopus that's been on display at the aquarium for months.



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<![CDATA[Peeping Tom Dressed as Woman]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:55:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/060915_walmart.jpg

Police say a man dressed in women's clothing is accused of using a mirror to try to see into a women's restroom stall inside a Wal-Mart store in Woodbridge, Va.

The 53-year-old victim told police the man entered the restroom in the 14000 Worth Ave. store about 10:30 p.m. May 15, stood in front of the stall and tried to use a mirror to see into the stall she was using.

When the victim confronted the man, he immediately fled the store. 

The Prince William County Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700. You can call anonymously and receive a reward up to $1,000 if your tip leads to a conviction.

The victim described the suspect as a white male between 44 and 55 years old who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a pink top and carrying a large red-and-black handbag.



Photo Credit: Prince William County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Del Taco Customer Pepper Sprays Employees]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:24:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/150608-del-taco-pepper-spray-attack.jpg

A woman pepper sprayed a Del Taco restaurant manager and other customers over a dispute about a burrito, witnesses and employees at the Ontario restaurant said.

The incident took place Monday afternoon at Mountain Avenue and G Street.

Witnesses say the woman was cursing and acting aggressively when she complained to staff about her order. She then allegedly picked up a bowl filled with business cards and threw it at workers before heading to the parking lot.

The manager said she followed the woman outside to jot down her license plate. That's when witnesses say the woman began pepper spraying the manager.

The woman then chased the manager inside the restaurant and sprayed others, including customers.

"I just happened to look at her and she sprayed me and the employee in the face," said customer Rose Keith, who was holding napkins to her eyes following the attack. "I didn't know what to think, I've never had pepper spray in my face. It was terrible, it's awful."

About eight patrons and six employees were inside at the time.

"I couldn't believe it, it was surreal. All because of a burrito," said an employee, who did not want to be identified.

None of the victims had to be taken to the hospital. Some were treated by firefighters in the parking lot.

Witnesses say the attack happened so fast that they only have a vague description of the woman: she was wearing medical scrubs. Ontario police said she was last seen driving a silver-colored Acura MDX, a compact SUV.

In a statement to NBC4, Del Taco said in part, "Immediately following today’s incident, the authorities were contacted and all parties involved received onsite medical attention and were released. A police report was filed and Del Taco is in full cooperation with the authorities to help identify the perpetrator."



Photo Credit: KNBC]]>