<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usSun, 27 May 2018 22:32:41 -0700Sun, 27 May 2018 22:32:41 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Giants Unable to Hold Lead, Drop Series to Cubs]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 21:14:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giantsrecap1.jpg

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and the Chicago Cubs overcame another wild outing from Tyler Chatwood to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Sunday night.

Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and Chicago's bullpen was stellar as the Cubs took two of three in the weekend series.

Chatwood walked five and allowed three runs in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander leads the NL with 45 walks, including six in his previous start against Cleveland, when he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Chatwood is 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA in the first season of a $38 million, three-year contract he signed in December.

Left-hander Randy Rosario (1-0) replaced Chatwood and escaped a bases-loaded jam. The rookie - promoted from the minors Saturday - allowed one hit in 2 1/3 innings for his first major league win.

San Francisco starter Ty Blach (3-5) also struggled, allowing five runs on seven hits in three-plus innings. He walked four and struck out three.

After San Francisco took a 1-0 lead on two walks and two infield hits, Mac Williamson hit a two-out, two-run single to right to make it 3-0 in the first.

The Cubs quickly tied it with three runs in the bottom half.

Kris Bryant delivered a one-out run-scoring double. Anthony Rizzo followed with a liner up the middle. The ball hit off Blach's glove and struck second base umpire Cory Blaser before rolling slowing towards first base as Bryant scored all the way from second.

After Kyle Schwarber singled to right to put runners on the corners, Addison Russell hit a grounder up the middle. Again, Blach got a glove on it but couldn't make the play, giving Russell a tying hit.

Baez gave the Cubs a 6-3 lead with his three-run blast to right in the fourth off reliever Pierce Johnson. Chicago added two more in the fifth on an RBI pinch-hit single by Tommy La Stella and an RBI double by Almora.

TRAINER'S ROOM: Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (broken left pinky) tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings Saturday night in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. He threw 47 pitches and had eight strikeouts. ... C Buster Posey (sore right hip) missed his second straight game. Manager Bruce Bochy said Posey may play Monday.

Cubs: OF Ian Happ was held out of the lineup because of a sore shoulder. Manager Joe Maddon said Happ should be able to start Monday. ... RHP Yu Darvish, placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday with triceps tendinitis, will have a precautionary MRI on Tuesday.

UP NEXT: Giants: LHP Andrew Suarez (1-4, 5.68 ERA) looks to snap a three-start losing streak in the opener of a three-game series Monday night at Colorado. RHP Chad Bettis(4-1, 3.30) pitches for the Rockies.

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (0-1, 5.33 ERA) makes his first start of the season as Chicago has a quick turnaround for a matinee at Pittsburgh. RHP Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.20) goes for the Pirates.



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<![CDATA[Firefighters Contain Brush Fire Near Homes in South San Jose]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 21:23:12 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/st+fire+pics+1.jpg

Firefighters contained a three-alarm vegetation fire near a residential neighborhood Sunday evening in South San Jose.

The 16-acre fire, which was reported just after 5 p.m., burned near Keeler Court and Avenida Espana, off Santa Teresa Boulevard, Cal Fire officials said. Santa Teresa County Park and Santa Teresa Golf Course are nearby.

At about 9:10 p.m., the blaze was contained to 16 acres, Cal Fire said.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[German Shepherd Pups Found Mutilated, But Alive, in Oakland]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 20:05:10 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/puppies_rescued_0527_2912763.JPG

Two German shepherd puppies were found mutilated but alive in Oakland, and now there’s a desperate attempt to save them and find them a home.

Rocket Dog Rescue in the Oakland area recovered the two puppies, one with a broken jaw and another with a missing paw, after people in a homeless camp at 89th and G streets found them buried in the garbage.

"We deal with a lot of hard cases, and I’m a pretty tough person when it comes to dealing with hardship, but it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before," said Pali Boucher of Rocket Dog Rescue.

The dog with the missing hind paw was taken to a Pet Food Express in Alameda to get cleaned up, but the dog with the broken jaw was still in emergency care and may not survive, officials said.

A local veterinarian has volunteered to do the surgery on the shattered jaw, but officials were not certain if the dog could be saved.



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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Bay Area Events Guide]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 20:34:18 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/052515+memorial+day+flags+generic.jpg

Here's a look at some of the events planned in the Bay Area during the Memorial Day holiday:

Presidio Memorial Day Commemoration

This is the official San Francisco City and County Memorial Day Observance. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the annual ceremony. Festivities start at 9:30 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a Grand March and 21-gun salute.

For more information, visit Presidio.gov.

USS Hornet Annual Memorial Day Observation

A ceremony will be held on the Hangar Deck of the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda starting at 11 am.

For more information, visit USS-Hornet.org.

Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade

The Mill Valley Memorial Day parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in downtown.

Visit EnjoyMillValley.com for more information.

21st Annual Memorial Day Service at Colma Cemetery

All families and friends of veterans and the general public are invited to the Colma Cemetery to attend a moving service of America’s fallen heroes, it starts at 1 p.m.

For more information, click here.

The 40th Annual Carnaval San Francisco

The 40th Annual Carnaval is happening all weekend in San Francisco’s Mission District with the Grand Parade on Sunday.

The two-day festival celebrates global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts.

Visit CarnavalSanFrancisco.org for more information. 



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<![CDATA[2 Dead After Small Plane Crashes in Petaluma]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 22:23:34 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/plane_crash_0527_2912950.JPG

Two people died Sunday after a small plane crashed on a road in Petaluma, according to the Petaluma Fire Department.

The single-engine plane, which went down about 4:05 p.m. on East Washington Street near Old Adobe Road, was trying to land at Petaluma Municipal Airport but came up short, according to an official with the Federal Aviation Administration.

Police said the plane had taken off from the airport moments earlier and was attempting to return.

The two people who died were the only occupants on the plane, and no one on the ground was injured, officials said.

The plane was registered to a Richard Bristow of Carmichael, California, near Sacramento. Bristow’s brother told NBC Bay Area it was Bristow flying the plane, and his wife was the passenger. But the two victims have not been officially identified by authorities.

Witnesses said they heard a popping sound, and then the engine sputtered before the plane went down.

Dominic Borgo and Micah Combs work at the golf course across the street from the airport. They said the plane was making strange noises right after takeoff.

"It was almost like it was choppy, like the motor was choppy and not fully running," Borgo said.

"We saw it as it was going up in the air, and we noticed that it was sputtering quite a bit," Combs added. "And then we saw it was quickly falling."

The crash occurred about a half-mile from the airport runway. 

The crash is under investigation.



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<![CDATA[Several DUI Arrests as Bay Area Officers Step Up Enforcement]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 18:24:36 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseFieryCrash.PNG

Several people across the Bay Area have been arrested for driving under the influence this Memorial Day weekend as law enforcement personnel step up patrols during a maximum enforcement period.

An 18-year-old driver was taken into custody for driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs after the SUV he was driving overturned along southbound Highway 101 just south of the Robin Williams Tunnel in Marin County Saturday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The driver, who has been identified as Angel Negronclay, and five passengers, including one who was sitting on another passenger's lap, reportedly crawled out of the SUV after the wreck, according to the CHP. Negronclay fled from the scene on foot but was later found. In addition to being arrested for driving under the influence, he was arrested for felony hit-and-run causing injury and driving without a license.

The five passengers, ranging in age from 16 to 21, were treated at the scene and released, according to the CHP.

While officers worked at the scene of the south Marin County crash and arrest, another CHP officer spotted a driver weaving in and out of their lane along southbound Highway 101 through Novato and later chucking beer bottles out of their vehicle, according to the CHP.

The driver was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence and possessing open containers of alcohol in their vehicle, according to the CHP.

Later that night, CHP officers in Novato arrested another driver for driving under the influence after they found an open container of alcohol in the driver's vehicle, according to the CHP.

Before the arrest, officers were checking on what they thought was a disabled vehicle along northbound Highway 101 at Delong Avenue when they discovered the driver and the open container in the vehicle.

In the South Bay, a driver suspected of driving under the influence crashed early Sunday along northbound Interstate 880 near Bascom Avenue, sparking a blaze that engulfed the vehicle and nearby brush, according to the CHP.

The driver suffered minor injuries, the CHP indicated.



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<![CDATA[2 Men Injured on Ship at San Francisco's Pier 80: FD]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 15:22:38 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Pier80SFRescue.PNG

Two men on a ship at San Francisco's Pier 80 suffered non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon, according to fire officials.

It is not clear how the men were injured or what types of injuries they sustained.

Both victims have been removed from the ship and transported to a trauma center, according to the fire department.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[Happy Birthday! Iconic Golden Gate Bridge Turns 81]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 15:15:07 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GGBThumb.PNG

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<![CDATA[Chapman Lifts A's Over Diamondbacks 2-1]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 20:07:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Lucroy.PNG

Matt Chapman hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Zack Greinke with two out in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday.

Jonathan Lucroy homered for the first time this season and rookie Frankie Montas pitched three-hit ball over six innings in his first start with Oakland.

The A's went ahead to stay by taking advantage of some control problems for Greinke after he struck out the first two batters in the sixth. Matt Olson and Chad Pinder walked before Chapman sent a sharp liner into left field.

Greinke (3-4) had yielded only seven walks all season. The right-hander allowed six hits over six innings with five strikeouts.

Jake Lamb drove in Arizona's only run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.

The A's have won nine of 13.

Montas (1-0) was mostly dominant in his first start since Sept. 25, 2017. He retired his first 10 batters, took a no-hitter into the sixth and matched his career high with seven strikeouts.

The right-hander started two games previously while with the Chicago White Sox in 2015. He spent last year working out of Oakland's bullpen where he earned his only other career win.

Yusmeiro Petit and Lou Trivino retired three batters apiece. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Lucroy's homer off Greinke leading off the third was his first since Sept. 25, 2017, with Colorado.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller will make his first rehab start for Class A Visalia on Tuesday. Miller is attempting a comeback from Tommy John surgery last May.

Athletics: DH Khris Davis (strained right groin) took batting practice before the game. ... RHP Paul Blackburn (strained right forearm) is scheduled to make his first rehab start next week with Single-A Stockton, although manager Bob Melvin was unsure what day.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Matt Koch (2-3, 3.77 ERA) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Koch has allowed 12 earned runs over his previous 17 2/3 innings.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.75 ERA) faces Tampa Bay on Monday in the opener of a four-game series. Cahill is winless in two starts since coming off the disabled list.



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<![CDATA[Draymond Green, Charles Barkley Squash Their Beef]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 12:50:27 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BarkleyDraymond.PNG

The beef between Warriors forward Draymond Green and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley appears to be over. At least for now.

After the Warriors' 115-86 win over the Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Green joined the set of TNT's Inside the NBA to talk to the crew, including Barkley. Many expected fireworks after Barkley said earlier in the postseason that he wanted to punch Green in the face.

Instead, it was of show of respect from two fierce competitors.

"I apologize for saying I wanted to hit you in the mouth," Barkley said on Saturday. "I was wrong for saying that."

Barkley further explained his stance, showing admiration for Green.

"He know I think he a hell of a player, I've told him that," Barkley said. "I've never said anything bad about him. ...I've had people who have said to me, 'When you and Draymond see each other...' and I said, 'Dude, No. 1 we've bumped into each other a few times but we say hello and we move on.'"

Kenny Smith then asked Barkley why Green annoys him at times.

"No. 1, he's never committed a foul," Barkley said, which Green laughed at. "That's pretty much it. ...I have no problem with the way he plays. I just said, sometimes when he starts yelling an screaming, or he doesn't admit he committed a foul, it drives me nuts. And I've said, he'd be a perfect player to play with, but annoying to play against."

In response, Green showed humor and class.

"To be honest with y'all, I don't think anyone of use in the NBA has committed a foul," Green said, getting a laugh back from Barkley. "No one likes when the referees call a foul on them, but I can get bad with that at times. And my mom always reminds me of it, my grandma always reminds me of it. my unlces is really hard on me about it -- so, I can understand that.

"Nonetheless, it's much respect from my end."

To keep the Warriors' season alive in Game 6, Green scored four points to go with 10 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks, and four steals.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Power Past Rockets 115-86, Force Game 7]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 20:40:18 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-962856256.jpg

Game 7 it is, and the Warriors can thank the Splash Brothers for getting them there.

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 64 points, as the Warriors overcame an early 17-point deficit to pull off a 115-86 victory over the Rockets Saturday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

Kevin Durant added 23 points, while Draymond Green totaled 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors pulled the sellout crowd at Oracle Arena out of its early anxiety and into delirium.

Falling behind by 17 (39-22) after one quarter, the Warriors outscored Houston 93-46 over the final three quarters.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

This was a Thompson/Curry production, with Thompson expending tremendous energy on defense while scorching the nets at the other end, and Curry playing an effective all-around game.

Thompson’s line: 35 points (13-of-23 shooting from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc), six rebounds, four steals and two assists. He played 40 minutes and finished plus-32.

Curry’s line: 29 points (12-of-21, including 5-of-14 from deep), six assists, five rebounds and three blocks. He played 39 minutes and finished plus-33.

TURNING POINT

Trailing by 10 (61-51) at the half, the Warriors got back into the game by opening the second half with an 11-0 run, taking a 62-61 lead on a 3-pointer by Curry with 9:24 left in the third quarter.

When Houston fought back, taking a 74-70 lead with 5:57 left in the quarter, the Warriors responded with a 12-0 run to go up 82-74 on a Curry triple with 2:20 left in the quarter.

The Warriors took an 84-77 lead into the fourth quarter, with the Rockets getting no closer over the final 12 minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff.

Rockets: G Chris Paul (R hamstring strain) was listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

Game 7 is scheduled for Monday in Houston. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 p.m., with tipoff at Toyota Center set for 6.



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<![CDATA[Boy Scouts Honor Fallen Soldiers in San Francisco]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 22:45:21 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/CRX07905.JPG Boy Scouts from San Francisco planted American flags at the historic Presidio National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers ahead of Memorial Day.

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<![CDATA[Oakland Man Who Built Bikes for Kids with Good Grades Dies]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 20:48:27 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tall+paul.jpg

The Oakland man known for building snazzy bikes out of scrap parts, died Saturday at 62 after a bout with lung cancer.

Paul Brown was known simply as "Tall Paul" around West Oakland where he lived out of an RV laden with bicycle parts. Brown would build his bike creations and give them to kids who could produce good report cards. 

"They meant so much,” Tyrone Stevenson Jr. said of his uncle’s love of bikes. "That was his pride and joy. He took so much pride in everything he did.” 

His nephew said even in the hospital last week, his uncle talked about his dream of staging a parade of pimped-out tall bikes in Oakland. He also talked about opening a school for neighborhood kids. 

“He said he wanted to teach kids how to pimp out their bikes,” Stevenson said.

Brown used to beam as he throttled a tall orange bike — its pedals, rims and even chain pimped-out in gold.

“Man that’s my favorite color… gold,” Brown once said. “I love gold, I don’t know why. I used to have some gold teeth.”

In NBC Bay Area's 2015 interview with Brown, his voice boomed as he recalled his first bike. His mother had saved for a year to buy bikes for Brown and his three brothers for Christmas. Christmas morning, Brown hauled his down to the basement and took it clean apart. He got a whooping.

Six decades later, Brown was still taking bikes apart —  fashioning strange and funky new models from their parts.

“I just love bikes, Brown said. “Just working on them — being creative with them.”

There was a time in his life when Brown did the regular old job thing. He drove a Greyhound bus and then big rigs over two decades. Finally one day on his way home from New York, he decided he’d had enough. His bikes were calling. He lived in an archaic RV, eeks out his living by recycling — and builds his bicycles. People donated items for him to recycle, which he hauled to nearby salvage yards. The theme of his existence hankered back to a dream he harbored as a kid growing-up, not far from where his RV parked.

“I always said to myself I want to have the baddest bike in the world,” Brown laughed.

Brown built bikes for his own satisfaction. A chopper bike with forks extended like the tusks of a walrus was for trick-riding. He started building the double-stack bikes after spotting a guy riding through the neighborhood on one. He had even built a bike for then-president Barack Obama, although he has yet to claim it.

“I made that bike for President Obama,” Brown said pointing to a double stack blue bike. “I want to see the president ride that bike.”

But Brown was just as excited to see neighborhood kids ride his bikes, or at least bikes he’s tweaked with his personal pimped-out style. He gave a pair of his bikes away to a couple neighborhood kids who displayed report cards boasting three A’s apiece. It set off a gold-colored spark in Brown’s head. He decided to launch his own one-man program to try and inspire other kids

“Any little kid — boy or girl, black, white, Spanish, Chinese,” Brown said, “If the kid got more than three A’s on their report card I’ll pimp their bike for free.”

Brown said he had hope to deliver some of his bikes to nearby schools — possibly even making an inspirational pitch to the kids during an assembly. He said he was trying to build the perfect bike for the occasion, where the school could raffle it off to dutiful students.

“The excitement on the kids’ face when I pimp their bikes out… wow,” Brown said, his voice choking up.

Neighbors and workers around the industrial West Oakland neighborhood all knew Tall Paul’s bikes. They dropped off loads of steel to recycle. Sometimes they brought him food. People often stopped to photograph the bikes or to ask Paul how he gets off and on the tall bikes without breaking his neck. He showed his secret feature — a golden peg which he uses to climb on and off. They’ve witnessed the irony of a man with little, building things for others.

“Some families might not have the money to buy a new bike,” said neighbor Paul Victor. “But who needs a new bike when Paul can pimp-out a bike and make it better than a new bike. It’s custom, one of a kind.”

Although Brown scraped by, he doesn’t lament his situation in the life. He did what he always dreamed of — the bar he set for himself decades back — building the baddest bikes in the world.

“You would think I don’t have too much,” Brown said, leaning on his tall bike. “But man, I got everything I need. I got happiness. I got that.”

"People would donate bikes to him," Stevenson said. "And he turned trash into treasure."

Services for Tall Paul are pending. 

CORRECTION (May 26, 2018, 3:09 p.m. PT): This story has been corrected to show the correct date Brown died.



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<![CDATA[A's Recants Post-Game Fireworks 'Relate' to Oakland Fire]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 17:43:46 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/May25ColiseumFire.jpg

A fire that left some commuters stranded near the Oakland Coliseum Friday night, unable to leave through BART after the Oakland A's game and Paul Simon concert, may have been caused by the A's post-game fireworks show, an Oakland fire official said. 

A spokesperson for the Athletics said Saturday morning that the fire was related to the fireworks.

The A's Communications Director Catherine Aker later recanted the statement in the afternoon and now says "we cannot be sure" if the fire at ABC Roofing near Hegenberger Rd. and San Leandro St. was connected to the post-game "Star Wars" themed fireworks show on the outfield grass.

Fire Battalion Chief James Bowron said Friday afternoon that the fire seemed to be accidental, but it's possible the fireworks could have caused the ignition.

Bowron said there has never been any issues with the fireworks shows at Coliseum over the years.

"Their track record is excellent. They take it very seriously. They have pyrotechnics people that are on scene there. They’re always 100 percent professional, and it's just a freak accident," Bowron told NBC Bay Area.

The fire was reported at 10:41 p.m. inside of a secure area where roofing materials, insulation and foam panels burned, according to Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Dino Torres. 

There were no injuries, the fire officials said.

A witness and Oakland A's fan, Jessica Pegan whose parents live in Hayward, said the fireworks sometimes shoot "kind of low" and she had always been afraid something like this would happen.

"As we pulled up we saw big plumes of smoke," Pegan said. "The fire had started and the fire trucks were starting to block off this area so we got out as quickly as we could."

The pedestrian bridge leading to BART was temporarily closed and crowds leaving the game and the fireworks show, as well as concert-goers, were left waiting until officials cleared the scene.

No other details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[50-Year-Old Man Stabbed in the Chest Outside Concord CVS]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 17:35:52 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/concord.png

A 50-year-old man was stabbed in his upper chest Friday night outside a CVS store in Concord.

Concord Police and Contra Costa Sheriffs responded to a reported stabbing outside a CVS store on Treat Boulevard and Clayton Road, police said. 

The victim was confronted by an unknown male suspect outside of the store and an altercation occurred, according to Concord police. The suspect stabbed the victim once in the chest and fled through the parking lot on foot, police said.

The motive for the attack is unknown, according to police.

"We don't know the guy, we were just about to leave the parking lot," said witness Randy Snider. He said his boss was stabbed after another man approached their vehicle.

"My boss is a good guy, he helps out a lot of people, as much as he can, he helps people out, he's a really good guy and for this to happen to him," Snider said.

The male victim is in critical condition, police said.



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<![CDATA[2-Year Search Continues for Kidnapped Vallejo Teen]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 15:37:30 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/kidnap8.JPG

The family of Pearl Pinson from Vallejo held a vigil Friday, on the second anniversary of her disappearance.

Pinson disappeared at 15 years old when she was kidnapped on her way to school. Authorities say they know who did it, but they don’t know why and are determined to find her.

"We expected to have her back home the day she was taken and coming to two years, it’s heartbreaking," said the victim's sister Rose Pinson.

The vigil was held at the same Vallejo overpass where she was last seen dragged away, bleeding and screaming. Fernando Castro, 19, is believed to have kidnapped her though there is no evidence the two knew each other.

"He was so young, I feel like he couldn’t have done this on his own," Rose said. "If he did do it on his own he told somebody."

Castro was killed in a shootout with police on the Central Coast a day after Pinson was taken. Her blood was found in his car.

Off and on for two years, Solano County Sheriff’s deputies have been searching Coastal Sonoma County, Castro’s last known location, hoping the dive team could come up with something.

"I’m happy with the effort we put in, it didn’t lead us to finding her," said detective Sean Mattson. "Rose has called and text more times than I can count and James has called me I feel a connection to them and responsibility to do the best I can."

There’s a tip line on Solano County’s Facebook page. There’s also a $10 thousand reward for information leading to pearl’s whereabouts.

"I know she’ll be found even if it’s two years from now, I know she’ll be found one way or another," Rose said.



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<![CDATA[PG&E Legal Claims Cast Fire Blame on North Bay Counties]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 15:37:11 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/north-bay-fire-000001.jpg

Pacific Gas and Electric is firing back in the legal war over the North Bay firestorm, filing legal claims blaming Sonoma County, Santa Rosa and at least three other North Bay agencies for “actions and inactions” in responding to the disaster.

Cal Fire officials are due to release findings later this month about the cause of the most devastating firestorm in state history, which claimed 44 lives. Meanwhile, PG&E is already being sued by the Wine Country counties which claim its equipment sparked the blazes.

In a claim filed last month against Sonoma County, PG&E cites “actions and inactions both before and during the Sonoma fires’’ by county officials as evidence of the “inadequacy” of their fire response effort. The claim points to possible breakdowns in everything from urban planning to water supply infrastructure to vegetation clearance enforcement – allegations one lawyer suing the utility considered insulting.

“It’s shocking to me that PG&E would try to blame the tax payers and the local governments for the fire that they caused’,” said John Fisk, the attorney representing the targeted counties.

“They are trying to put the blame on the governmental entities, the tax payers, and the brave men and women who are doing their very best and who did their very best to react to one of the most devastating wildfires that struck in the middle of the night.”

In its April claim against Sonoma County, PG&E says even though the Cal Fire probe is ongoing, it had to outline a case against relevant government agencies so as to “preserve our (its) rights” under state law.

PG&E recently got a boost in making the case against Sonoma based on a governor’s Office of Emergency Services report that found major gaps in the county’s alert system.

Overlapping systems led to “duplication, inconsistency and some confusion in messages transmitted to the public,” the report said.

“It did show flaws in the system, and we have to own that,” said James Gore, chairman of Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. He said the claim is not surprising, given the findings of the report the county had asked for.

“When we did that independent report, I did think that by doing it, it might open us to litigation,” Gore said. “But as a responsible public servant, I want to know what’s real and not hide from anything.”

Still, Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner says the allegations in the claim do sting.

“I don’t have a good answer for why PG&E would do that. That’s a question for PG&E,” he said. “But clearly,” he said, “we don’t like it. But it’s going to go where it’s going to go and it’ll play out the way it plays out.”

Fiske, the attorney for the agencies in the claims, which include Mendocino County and the area’s Potter Valley Irrigation District, sees the actions as part of a larger campaign by the utility to limit its potential multibillion dollar fire liability, including a push for relief from the state legislature.

In a statement, the utility said the claims speak for themselves. In the claims, PG&E stresses the urgency of working together with local and state agencies to respond to the unprecedented challenge of global warming as the “new normal” in California.



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<![CDATA[SJFD Accused of Not Hiring Enough Bilingual Firefighters]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:21:46 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02-19-2014-sjfd-fire-truck.jpg

Not enough diversity on the fire line. That's the complaint being leveled against the San Jose Fire Department. Critics say the department isn't hiring enough bilingual firefighters for a city where 33 percent of the people they serve speak Spanish. The San Jose police chief says both the police and fire departments are still feeling the effects of Measure B and it might take some city departments longer than others to recover. Damian Trujillo reports.



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<![CDATA[First New Home in Santa Rosa's Coffey Park]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 17:50:22 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/coffeypark.JPG

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood Friday to commemorate the first certified home ready to be occupied since the community was hit by North Bay wildfires, the first physical sign of progress.

"I mean it’s officially that I am back in my home," said Santa Rosa resident Dan Bradford, "I’m living here, I am back where I was. I’m going to be walking my dogs in this neighborhood."

A year and a half ago, Bradford, along with the rest of the Coffey Park community, waded through a sea of their lives’ possessions as flames destroyed the entire neighborhood. In about six months, workers were able to build Bradford’s new home from the ground up.

Along with Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey, Bradford toured his new home on Kerry Lane.

"Our residents, like Dan, have persevered," Coursey said. "It makes me really proud to be a part of this community."

Bradford’s home stood 1,235 square feet before the fires and 1,235 after. His hope and persistence prompted many to fight back tears.

"It’s very emotional because I know of so many people who lost so much," said neighbor Linda Hamick. "And so to see friends that are getting their homes rebuilt, and our friends, and our kids, parents, friends, it means a lot."

Several homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood continue to be rebuilt, some expected to open as soon as June 6 and June 9.

"It’s a symbol of hope," Bradford said. "I mean the people that I’ve talked to, they’re so positive, too, because they know that theirs too will be rebuilt shortly."




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<![CDATA['Ugly Chinese': Fremont Driver’s Rant Against Vet Goes Viral]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 13:13:48 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/241*120/Fremont_racist_speech.JPG

A viral video of a driver in Fremont, California, who was caught yelling racially-charged comments and making derogatory gestures against Asians has sparked outrage and debate over whether it crossed a legal line into hate speech.

The driver the tirade was directed at – a Korean-American Air Force veteran – thinks it’s a hate crime, but Fremont police say it’s a case of two drivers behaving badly and no laws were broken.

Fremont resident James Ahn posted the video on his Facebook page on May 21, where it has since received tens of thousands of views.

“I was driving in Fremont last week and this lady started the racial harassment while threatening me on the road only because I wasn’t driving fast enough for her,” he wrote.

Ahn told NBC Bay Area he was simply driving when she started yelling … and he thinks she was upset because he was driving too slow.

“I got scared and I told my passenger to start recording because it looked like she was going to crash me at some point,” he said.

“As I changed the lane, she kept driving towards my car gesturing to crush me and cutting in front of me to slam on the break,” Ahn wrote. “I later realized that this was more like a hate crime than a road rage.”

At one point, the woman asks Ahn to go back to his country.

“This is not your f_____ country,” the woman said. “This is my country.”

In the nine-second clip, you can hear the woman making fun of Ahn’s appearance:

“Oh my God, Chinese ugly, ugly Chinese,” according to the nine-second clip, which has now been viewed tens of thousands of time.

Ahn complained to Fremont police and turned the video over to them.

The police department says the woman accused of making the hateful comments in the video now says she’s being harassed and threatened in person and online. She also claims she’s not the only one who said something racist that day.

The department says they met with her and she took full responsibility for the behavior, but she claims that Ahn made racist comments to her “first” as she tried to pass his car on the road, and that’s why she responded:

In a statement posted to Twitter, Fremont police said:

“We investigated, took statements from both parties, but could not establish a crime. Sadly, hate speech in and of itself is not a crime.”

But the Fremont Police Department is responding to hundreds of comments on Twitter from locals asking why the police took no action.

We’ve received a lot of feedback regarding this post and agree that we could have done better,” they tweeted.

The department also said the woman in this video has offered to formally apologize to Ahn, but he refused the meeting and apology.

“Hopefully, she gets fined or potentially go to jail,” he said.

The video also caught the attention of Congressman Eric Swalwell who tweeted that the woman does not represent the city of Fremont.

“I proudly represent #Fremont in Congress. This woman does not represent Fremont, which is a diverse, inclusive community. But she’s a reminder of the hate that still exists in America and the work we all have ahead. Thank you, James Ahn, for your service to America,” Swalwell said.

Anousha Rasta contributed reporting.



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<![CDATA[Travis AFB Psychologist Pleads Not Guilty to Rape]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 13:14:37 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/JacobSommerMugShot.jpg

A former psychologist at Travis Air Force Base pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual battery charges Friday in what Solano County prosecutors call one of the most egregious cases their courts have ever seen.

Heath Sommer is accused of raping and sexually assaulting at least three patients, including Air Force veterans suffering from PTSD and who had already survived sexual assaults.

"This man is a monster," Iraq War veteran Kelly Shufeldt-Rodriguez said about Sommer.

"These are women who sacrificed their whole well being for their county who served on deployment and were assaulted, and had terrible things happen to them and were seeking help," Shufeldt-Rodriguez said.

Shufeldt-Rodriguez, who is a sexual assault survivor, said she went to see the Travis Air Force Base doctor for a PTSD panic attack in 2015, but instead of addressing her anxiety she said Sommer had something else on his mind.

"He just wanted to talk about sex," she said. "He wanted me to talk about my personal sexual experiences and he tried to make me feel ashamed when I had a negative reaction to that."

Shufeldt-Rodriguez said she ran out of Sommer's office, but prosecutors said three other patients endured so much more.

Court documents said Sommer made them engage in "exposure therapy," insisting they "re-enact the victims sexual trauma" with him. The alleged victims eventually came forward to police.

"Had they not come forward, who knows who the next victim would have been," Prosecutor Sharon Henry said.

Schufeldt-Rodriguez is grateful things did not go any further in her case. She said she is proud of the women who found the courage to tell their stories and hold Sommer accountable.

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<![CDATA[Replay: Watch and Relive the Warriors Parade]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:48:20 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-696389546_594_screen.jpg

If you missed out on the Warriors Championship Parade or want to relive the celebration, we got you covered. Watch highlights of players celebrating with Dub Nation and the team's rally in Oakland below:




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<![CDATA[How to Update Privacy Settings Across Social Media]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 23:58:11 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/social-mediaGettyImages-957668860.jpg

With strict new European privacy regulation taking effect on Friday, several social media companies are reaching out to users with updated privacy policies, NBC News reported

Customers will have control of their data under the new regulations and companies will be held liable for misuse of data. 

Facebook's "Basic Privacy Setting & Tools" page tells users how to manage all of their privacy settings on the social networking site. On Twitter, users can delete location tags from their Tweets and decide whether to share their data with the company's business partners. 

Meanwhile Instagram has an explainer for users to learn how to set their accounts to private, and to opt out of being suggested to other users. And Google has a portal that gives users a look at how to control which data the company collects from them. 



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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Ramming Police Cars Captured in South Bay]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 08:17:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policecarrammingarrest.jpg

Santa Clara police have captured a man wanted for ramming a police car while fleeing a traffic stop last week.

Officers spotted the vehicle of Marcus Dean Diaz of Sunnyvalle, 47, Friday afternoon at the Garden City parking lot. When officers approached, police said Diaz rammed the patrol cars again and took off.

After a pursuit, police were able to stop him in the area of Stevens Creek and Saratoga after he hit a series of parked cars.

Diaz was pulled over by police for a traffic stop last week, according to Capt. Dan Moreno. He said Diaz hit the police car several times and escaped, but police were able to identify the vehicle leading to his arrest.

No officers were injured in the incident, police said.

Diaz was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, hit and run and resisting arrest.

No other information was available.



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<![CDATA['Hissing' Doctor Sells Controversial Medical Remedy]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 13:14:15 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/05252018LosGatosDr_2896879.JPG

A South Bay doctor promoting a controversial medical remedy for numerous ailments is getting nothing but ill will from the California Medical Board.

That remedy is a "hissing" sound, which the doctor says is designed to utilize a body's own energy to heal itself.

The doctor in Los Gatos on Friday was still seeing patients. But the new invention that involves the different hissing sounds can be purchased online, and that's what started his legal problems.

The sound of a homeopathic remedy longtime Los Gatos doctor Bill Gray makes a hissing sound. Gray sells the remedy on his website for $5, which he has done for years.

Gray, a Stanford medical school graduate, said that mobile access has made his method a worldwide remedy.

But the remedy is causing legal pain.

The California Medical Board, in conjunction with the state attorney general, filed a compliment of "gross negligence" saying the method has no scientific basis and criticized Gray for not performing actual exams.

The board is considering suspending or revoking his license.



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<![CDATA[Viral Video Shows Ayesha Curry Taunted By Rockets Fan]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 16:15:29 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ayesha-steph-espys.jpg

Ayesha Curry took to Twitter to defend herself after viral video circulated on social media following the Golden State Warriors Game 5 loss in Houston against the Rockets.

The video shows Curry getting heckled by a fan and comes after the man "bumped me in my 8 month pregnant belly asking and I quote 'doesn't losing feel like getting punched in the gut?' And continued to follow me and taunt me with his camera is beyond me...," Curry wrote on Twitter in response to the video.

In a follow-up tweet, Curry wrote:

"I thought it was an accident at first because it was crowded and then he made that gut comment and continued to follow me."

But Curry was also quick to say it was just a few fans that acted inappropriately, and that "fans were wonderful in the arena actually."

Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals is scheduled for Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Shooting in San Francisco]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 14:16:23 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/204*120/0525-2018-SFPD.jpg

Police are investigating a shooting Friday afternoon in San Francisco.

The shooting was reported at 1:36 p.m. on the 2600 block of California Street. Police said the victim was transported to a hospital and their injuries are unknown at this time.

A suspect is still outstanding, police said.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[SFO Denies Human Rights Activist's Torture Claims]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:03:02 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Customs+and+Border+Protection.jpg

San Francisco International Airport’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection offered a glimpse into their daily operations after a passenger claimed he was tortured by officials in April, which the department denied.

Director of Field Operations, Brian Humphrey, explained the process for international travelers, refuting claims of a human rights advocate from the Philippines Jerome Aba.

"When those accusations include false information involving an individual, we will respond to correct the record," Humphrey said.

In April, Aba said he underwent a secondary screening at SFO, an ordeal he said lasted 25 hours, and included him having to strip down in front of a cold fan and being left in a room with a gun and grenade.

Humphrey said interview video suggests otherwise: "If we were issued this equipment we would never lock a passenger in a room with a device that could be used to harm our own officers or other passengers in that area."

Officials said Aba was deemed inadmissible, denied entry and spent part of his time in a waiting lounge with food, water and blankets. Humphrey added Aba was not even subjected to a pat-down search and returned home.

"It's clear they're trying to cover their tracks and we don't believe what they're saying," said Terrence Valen from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns. He claims he waited for Aba at the airport for hours and described him as "highly credible."

"We want to make sure this never happens again and expose if these kinds of things are happening in back rooms," Valen said. He believes the airport’s actions were politically motivated.



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<![CDATA[Police Block Off Pleasant Hill Area After Shooting Reports]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 13:08:10 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4706717961.jpg

Concord police are investigating a shooting near a shopping center in Pleasant Hill that occurred before noon Friday.

Police have blocked off the area near Santa Monica Dr. near Sunvalley Blvd. just after 11:30 a.m. after a man was reportedly shot in the area.

A witness told police she heard gunshots, saw a man fall to the ground and saw a black sedan leaving the scene, Concord police said.

The extent of the man's injury is unknown.

No other information was immediately available.

Refresh this page for more on this breaking news story.



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<![CDATA[A Leg Up? Gruden May Already Be Leaning Toward Pineiro]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 08:15:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/209*120/eddyguyy.jpg

Weeks before training camp begins, Raiders fans know there will be a duel between kickers Giorgio Tavecchio and Eddy Pineiro.

Tavecchio is the holdover and the man to beat. Pineiro is the undrafted rookie free agent from Florida.

Yet it already sounds as if head coach Jon Gruden has a favorite in the battle: Pineiro.

In a conference call with season ticket holders this week, Gruden and general manager Reggie McKenzie took questions and talked about the team and players.

Gruden, who’s been coaching the Raiders through organized team activities (OTAs) this week, sounded excited about Pineiro, who’ll join his former Florida teammate, punter Johnny Townsend, who was a Raiders’ fifth-round draft pick this spring (and will replace Marquette King).

Pineiro was the most accurate field-goal kicker in Florida history, making 88.4 percent of his attempts. This past season he was 17-of-18 (94.4 percent). He’s also got a strong leg, going 5-for-5 on kicks of 50 or more yards and in practice has reportedly made kicks from 80 yards.

Gruden loves what he’s seen and is already talking as if the newcomer is the favorite over Tavecchio.

“When you talk about Eddy Pineiro, he hasn’t missed a field goal,” Gruden told the ticket holders, according to Raiders.com. “We watched him kick today and he made every one. The holder is Johnny Townsend, by the way, who was also a Florida Gator punter who held for him in college.

“We felt Eddy was so good we were going to draft him in the seventh round, that’s how much we thought of this kid, and we paid him a lot of money to make sure we were going to get him as an undrafted free agent. He and Tavecchio are going to have a great battle in training camp, but when you go back to the holder, the cool thing is we do have Johnny Townsend who’s an experienced holder and has a lot of experience holding for Pineiro, which I think is going to help him tremendously.”

Tavecchio, in his first season with the Raiders in 2017, was 16-of-21, making 3-of-4 from 50 yards or more. He also was 33-of-34 on extra points.




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<![CDATA[New East Contra Costa BART Extension Opens]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 15:30:05 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLBART_2887548.JPEG

To delight of commuters, the new Bay Area Rapid Transit extension in East Contra Costa County officially opened Friday.

The new extension provides a 10-mile service between Pittsburgh Bay Point to Antioch. Members of the public were able to ride from the brand new Antioch "EBART" stop Saturday. 

The extension is a part of the Highway 4 widening project that plans to expand the highway between Pitssburgh and Brentwood. The new station will be able to carry an estimated of 2,400 commuters in each direction per hour, according to the transit agency.

"It might be a benefit depending on the fare and the time frame and connection. But the thing here is the availibility of the seats," said one commuter, Vincent Newman-Brooks.

Chris Marquez of Antioch said the extension will benefit him greatly because he doesn't have to take the freeway anymore.

The new trains run on renewable diesel fuel, hench the "E" in EBART, and they include digital signs, automated audio announcements and climate control systems.

Overall cost of the extension was $525 million, according to BART.



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<![CDATA[Los Gatos Will Not Shut Down Ramps Off Hwy 17 for Summer]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 06:25:22 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Los_Gatos_Will_Not_Shut_Down_Ramps_Off_Hwy_17_for_Summer.jpg

Kris Sanchez reports.

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<![CDATA[All EB I-80 Lanes Near Carquinez Bridge Opened After Crashes]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:33:51 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLBigRigCrashI80_2887120.JPEG

A big rig crash on eastbound I-80 Highway near Carquinez Bridge closed all but one lane early Friday morning and another crash in the traffic back-up at Pomona left at least one person injured and another dead. All lanes have since been reopened.

A big rig that was carrying pineapples turned over after 1 a.m. and the driver was rescued by a passerby from the vehicle before it caught on fire, according to California Highway Patrol.

CHP said good Samaritans pulled the big rig driver from the burning wreckage and the driver only sustained minor injuries. The incident closed all but one lanes on the highway and the traffic that followed caused another incident on the highway.

In a separate following accident around 3:54 a.m., a vehicle rear-ended another big rig in the traffic and the driver sustained major injuries, CHP said.

The driver, identified as a 67-year-old man from Fairfield, was transported to Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo where he was pronounced dead, according to Contra Costa CHP.

CHP officials performed CPR on the man but he eventually succumed to his injuries.

The second crash closed all lanes on the eastbound I-80 but one has been reopened since. CHP said the lanes were cleared by 10 a.m.

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<![CDATA[SJ Police Conducting DUI Saturation Over Holiday Weekend]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:14:53 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+homicide-0709.jpg

San Jose police will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment.

The bolstered patrols will take place in areas with a history of DUI crashes and arrests, police said.

SJPD wanted to remind drivers that DUI doesn’t just mean alcohol. Prescription drug and marijuana use also can impair one's ability to operate a vehicle safely and can result in a DUI.

In addition to stopping and arresting impaired drivers, officers will watch for aggressive drivers, those who speed, tailgate, fail to obey traffic signs and signals, and those driving distracted. All such drivers will be cited, police said.

Police also urged drivers and passengers to use seatbelts as California’s Click It Or Ticket campaign is underway.

To report drunk or impaired drivers, call 911.



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<![CDATA[Engineering, Design Flaws Caused Boy to Fly Off Dublin Waterslide]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/waterslide-pic.JPG

It’s been one year since a young boy Was hurled off a waterslide in Dublin, suffering severe abrasions and bruises. In Cal/OSHA's final report, it found engineering, design and testing flaws. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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<![CDATA[Driverless Car Experts at Stanford: Give It 10 Years]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 23:50:39 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/driverless_panel_0524_2884877.JPG

Some of the brightest minds in the autonomous vehicle industry were in the Bay Area on Thursday night, talking technology, timing, practicality and safety.

During a panel session at Stanford University, experts predicted driverless cars will be a reality within 10 years but with some caveats.

The panel members, who are involved in creating and financing self-driving vehicle technologies, say passengers will soon be able to get into a car and tell it where to take them.

"High complexity, low speeds, 20 mph downtown, well-mapped areas; we’ll see it pretty quickly," said Alexei Andreev of Autotech Ventures.

The technology may soon be here but industry experts admit the public still has a way to go before feeling comfortable with the idea of driverless cars.

"Some companies are architecting and have very safe vehicles, but someone else that hasn’t done the relative due diligence goes in, does something bad, and that affects the entire industry," said Ivan Mihov of Zoox.

Federal investigators on Thursday released their initial findings in a deadly crash involving an Uber driverless test vehicle and a pedestrian in Arizona in March. The onboard computers detected the person, who was pushing, a bike six seconds before the collision. But the system didn’t try to make an emergency stop.

It’s still unknown how much the public will tolerate this type of accident or any others.

"Clearly, if you have a massive accident with a lot of people dying in one particular event, it will likely have negative impact," Andreev said. "But on the other hand, you have school shootings, and nothing happens."

The aim for the industry, leaders say, is to advance the technology so much that people will feel as safe getting into a driverless car as they do getting into an elevator. One expert says he believes driverless semi trucks might actually be adopted first because there is such a need for drivers.



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<![CDATA[Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Act With Girl, 9]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:24:56 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Eduard+Frerking-0524.jpg

A San Jose elementary school teacher has been arrested for allegedly engaging a minor in a lewd act before school started one morning earlier this month, police said.

Sunnyvale resident and Dahl Elementary School teacher Eduard Frerking, 61, was arrested after police were informed of the alleged offense against a 9-year-old student.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said Friday it was not filing charges against Frerking due to a lack of evidence.

On Wednesday, police learned that Frerking had allegedly requested the minor assist him in preparing his kindergarten classroom for the day. During that time, Frerking allegedly inappropriately touched her.

Detectives responded to the school, took Frerking into custody and booked him into the Santa Clara County Jail, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the act or any similar incidents are asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Spears or Detective Frank Montoya at (408) 537-1397.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (408) 947-STOP or click the "Submit a Tip" tab at the bottom of the San Jose Police Department website.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Drop Game 5 to Rockets, Trail in Conference Finals]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:22:23 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/warriors-curry-0524.jpg

HOUSTON -- If the Warriors are going to make a fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, they’ll have to do it by recovering from back-to-back losses to win consecutive games against the Rockets.

A 98-94 loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday gives Houston a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Four Warriors scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant totaling a team-high 29 points. Klay Thompson put in 23, Stephen Curry 22 and Draymond Green added 12.

The Warriors played generally solid defense, but once again hurt their cause with turnovers. They committed 18, leading to 18 Houston points.


STANDOUT PERFORMER: He didn’t shoot great, didn’t rebound much and had zero assists. Yet Durant was forcing the action on offense and finding buckets at times no other Warrior could.

Durant’s line: 29 points (8-of-22 shooting from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, 10-of-10 from the line), four rebounds and one block. He played 39 minutes and was plus-5.

Side note: Durant is 37-of-37 from the line in the series.

TURNING POINT: This one was tight, with no lead greater than six after the first quarter. Not until the Warriors committed their 18th turnover, Green losing his dribble in the final seconds leading to a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon with 2.4 seconds remaining was this one decided.

Tied 45-45 at the half, the teams remained within three points throughout the third quarter.

INJURY UPDATE: Warriors: G Klay Thompson (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) was listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.

WHAT’S NEXT: Game 6 is scheduled for Saturday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. Pacific. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with postgame coverage immediately after the final horn.



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<![CDATA[SJC Warns Travelers of Increased Traffic for Memorial Day]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 19:38:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0328-2018-SJC.jpg

San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta International Airport is giving travelers a heads up, warning them about a possible increase in traffic, and advising them to plan accordingly.

Memorial Day weekend marks the first of many celebrations that can cause traffic congestion in and around the airport. Graduations, weddings, showers and Father’s Day, among other festivities, are believed to cause additional traffic as well as new airlines and nonstop destinations.

"Now more than ever, trip planning is essential for passengers to ensure a stress-free airport travel experience," said Assistant Director of Aviation Judy Ross. "Once beyond security screening, travelers can choose between SJC’s many food, beverage and shopping concessions."

The San Jose airport has launched two additional airlines, 17 new nonstop destinations and many more routes and flight frequencies contributing to 1.8 million more travelers, Ross said.

Here are some helpful tips courtesy of the Norman Y. Mineta International Airport: before packing your bags, review the TSA’s 5 essential summer travel tips; arrive to the airport early, two hours prior to departure is ideal; have a parking plan and lastly, pack your patience.





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<![CDATA[Suspect Who Injured Elderly Woman in Concord 'Very Sorry']]> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:18:27 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/concord-arrest-0523.jpg

The man suspected of knocking down a 93-year-old woman and breaking her hip while stealing her purse in Concord expressed remorse for his behavior Thursday during a jailhouse interview with NBC Bay Area.

Otto Halafihi of Oakland, 29, turned himself in to police in Patterson just after 9 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested by Concord police on charges of robbery and elder abuse, police said. He is in custody at Contra Costa County jail in Martinez.

When asked why he committed the purse snatching, initially, Halafihi says he was hungry and thirsty and needed gas.

"I'm very sorry; I wish I could rewind back the days," Halafihi said from jail. "I don't know why I did it, I just wasn't in my right mind state."

Ann Pederson was hospitalized with a broken hip after Halafihi knocked her to the ground on May 18 while stealing her purse outside a Bank of America near Sunvalley mall in Concord, according to police.

Halafihi was also found to be linked to a May 9 armed robbery at Lowe's Home Improvement store at Pacific Commons Boulevard in Fremont, police said.

Police said the robbery suspect threatened to shoot store employees with a black semi-automatic handgun before picking up items he had been carrying and exiting the store. 


Halafihi denied that he was armed in that incident. But he later admitted to stealing a purse from a woman in San Jose.

When asked whether he's willing to pay the price for his crimes, he said, "Yes."

The May 18 pursde snatching occurred in broad daylight as Pedersen was being escorted by a 63-year-old friend towards the bank.


Pederson's son Greg reacted Thursday to the interview with Halafihi.

“I hope they throw the book at him. Confessions and apologies, those are just words," he said, adding that it's not forgivable behavior. "The actions speak volumes. His actions were to rob a frail and elderly woman in broad daylight. Words are just words. I don’t buy it. What he did has lasting effects. He’s only saying this because he got caught.”

Police said Halafihi made the mistake of going inside the bank, where there are several surveillance cameras.

Pedersen is a 45-year resident of Concord, according to her son. She remained hospitalized after surgery for her broken hip. Her escort was uninjured.




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<![CDATA[Barack Obama Visits Airbnb Office in San Francisco]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 15:52:41 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BarackObama_MainAdobe.jpg

While the rest of the country was busing talking about North Korea, the NFL and the Warriors on Thursday, Barack Obama was spotted hanging out in San Francisco.

Obama was visiting the offices of Airbnb to meet with the company's CEO Brian Chesky, whom he had named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015.

Airbnb confirmed the visit in a statement:

"Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky invited President Obama to participate in a discussion at Airbnb headquarters earlier today. President Obama and Brian have a relationship going back to 2015, when Brian was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship."

At first there were reports of the former president — who just signed a deal with Los Gatos-based Netflix along with former first lady Michelle Obama to produce shows — coming out of the Adobe office in the SoMa, but it turns out he was actually at Airbnb.

Adobe employees tweeted that they saw him at the Airbnb building across the street.

Tamara Aparton, spokesperson for the San Francisco Public Defender's office, posted a photo of him. Obama apparently even said something on the lines of: "get back to work."

Obama apparently also played a round of golf while he was in the city. According to Sacramento Kings senior director of media relations John Jacobs, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive played golf Friday with Obama at the San Francisco Golf Club. Here's a photo Ranadive tweeted Friday morning.


Anybody else catch a glimpse of him? Tweet us at @nbcbayarea and let us know.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a comment from Airbnb.



Photo Credit: Tamara Aparton]]>