<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usMon, 20 Aug 2018 20:05:30 -0700Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:05:30 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Crews Battle Three-Alarm House Fire Burning in East San Jose]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 20:03:23 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/breaking.png

Fire crews were battling a three-alarm fire at a home in East San Jose late Monday.

The fire was burning at 1536 Cathay Drive, near where Highway 101 and Intestate 680 intersect. The neighborhood is between Story Road and Ocala Avenue and Clyde L. Fischer Middle School.

No further details were immediately available.

<![CDATA[San Carlos Airport Begins Burning Man Flights This Week]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 19:20:07 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/03-13-2017-airport-noise.jpg

Residents of San Mateo County may notice increased activity at the San Carlos Airport as charter flights are set to begin taking off next week to the annual Burning Man festival in Nevada.

According to county officials, the series of chartered flights, also known as the "Burner Express," will start leaving from the airport next week to the Black Rock City Airport near Gerlach, Nevada.

Burning Man is set to go from Sunday, Aug. 26 through Sept. 3.

Residents are being assured that during the surge in airport activity, airport staff will be working closely with the Burner Express staff to mitigate possible noise impacts.

"We met with Burner Express staff to emphasize the importance of using the quietest arrival and departure settings possible when operating into and out of the San Carlos Airport," airport Manager Gretchen Kelly said

in a statement. "We're happy to be a small part of participants' Burning Man experience but are mindful that their fun isn't a burden to those on the ground."

Charter aircraft operators must pay a $75 landing fee at the airport.

Additionally, there is no overnight vehicle parking for charter passengers at the airport due to construction.

More information is available at https://publicworks.smcgov.org/airports.

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<![CDATA[Alarming Number of Starving Seabirds Dying on Beaches]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:30:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0820-Birds11.JPG

An alarming number of seabirds are dying on Bay Area beaches. Scientists believe the birds are starving because ocean warming has driven away their food supply.

Volunteers at the International Bird Rescue Center are trying to save dozens of Common Murres. The baby chicks look a little like penguins and roost on the Farallon Islands, and spend their lives at sea.

But this summer, emaciated Murre chicks are turning up on beaches from Marin to Monterey.

Volunteers at the wildlife rescue center said the Common Murre chicks are starving.

"Probably the fish that would normally be where they hunt with their dads are driven away by global warming the warming waters fish prefer to be in cold and so there's no food," said J.D. Bergeron with the International Bird Rescue.

Scientists in Alaska are noticing the same thing. The Marine Mammal Center in Marin County said starving seal and sea lion pups are also beaching themselves.

The fish they would normally eat are not in shallow coastal waters, so the young marine mammals like the chicks are dying from a lack of food.

The executive director of the International Bird Rescue Center in Fairfield said the fish that sea lions and seabirds feed on are becoming so scarce, the rescue center itself has struggled to find enough to feed their patients.

On Tuesday, President Donal Trump is going to unveil plans that will make it easier to put green house gasses into the atmosphere. The president is proposing that states set their own emission standards on coal-fired power plants -- a move that some said could allow 12 times more green house gasses into the atmosphere compared to the Obama-era rules.

The president's proposal will be subject to a 60-day comment period. The EPA estimates it will affect more than 300 power plants, providing companies with an incentive to keep coal plants in operation.

For more information, visit Bird-Rescue.org.

<![CDATA[San Jose State Welcomes Record 35,000 Students]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:43:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Student_Housing_Crisis_at_San_Jose_State.jpg

Classes at San Jose State University begin Tuesday, and enrollment is at an all-time high, with 35,000 students populating the downtown campus. Some students already were feeling the impact. Marianne Favro reports.

<![CDATA[New Bike Lanes On the Way to Downtown San Jose]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:27:31 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_bike_lanes_0820_3928837.JPG

Whether you drive or ride, the way you get around downtown San Jose is about to change.

New, safer bike lanes are on the way, with the city spending big to try to cut down on cycling fatalities and clean the air.

The price for drivers: It could be harder to park your vehicle.

Existing bike lanes in downtown San Jose force bicyclists to get close to both moving and parked cars. The new plan would give everyone more room.

Joseph Robinson started biking to work in San Jose five months ago, so safety is on his mind, as it is for most cyclists.

"You have to watch for speeders who will run some lights," Robinson said.

San Jose city leaders have a $1.5 million plan for new bike lanes from downtown near San Jose State extending into Japantown and toward SAP Center.

"If they feel safer, I think they'll be more encouraged to actually ride their bicycles instead of getting in a car and causing more traffic congestion," City Councilman Johnny Khamis said.

Part of the new plan has parked cars outside of bike lanes, creating a barrier between bikes and traffic.

"I would love it," one cyclist said. "The cyclists would come out more and more because they'd have their own lanes."

The city says the lanes should be ready sometime in 2019, but there is a tradeoff: There will be 80 fewer parking spaces downtown.

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<![CDATA[BART Studies Systemwide Gate Overhaul to Curb Fare Evaders]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:38:05 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart_gates_0820_3928510.JPG

A string of violent attacks and a significant drop in riders has BART speeding up its timeline for making some critical changes.

The agency is looking at overhauling its entire 600-gate entrance system, a project with a huge price tag.

While BART says there’s no easy fix for curbing all the violence, it has an idea of where to start: fare evasion. It's far too easy to get into a station; all one has to do is push in the gate and walk by. The concern is that people who are willing to break the rules at the gate could be willing to break bigger laws as well.

Fare evaders were obvious Monday at the Civic Center BART station in San Francisco, hopping, vaulting and squeezing their way through the turnstiles. Police patrols and higher barriers didn’t seem to make much of a difference.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost described a study targeting a more flexible safety platform.

"So our crews can go in and fix it and modify it, and if 10 years after we purchase it we want to change it, we can," Trost said.

The flagrant rule-breaking has BART striking a harsher tone. The prime suspect in the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson at a BART station is a known fare evader. The case has prompted a lawsuit against the transit agency and seriously shaken some nerves at local stations.

"We obviously know that there’s been a history of violence at BART," said resident Alex Wade, who lives near the MacArthur station, where the stabbing occurred. "I don’t think it’s an anomaly, no."

Rider Deniz Aytac is nervous to take BART at night.

"After a certain hour, it becomes more subject, it becomes more risky to take the BART," Aytac said.

Newly added surveillance cameras are meant to remind riders they’re always being watched. But a new gate system, which the agency is currently reviewing, will cost a pretty penny, possibly as much as $200 million.

BART plans on releasing the findings of the platform study to its board in the spring, so it’ll be several months before a project could even be approved.

As for ridership? BART says safety and ride-sharing has pushed their numbers down for the past two years on the weekends and off-peak hours.

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<![CDATA[Women Sue Massage Envy Alleging Sexual Assault]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 18:02:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/120717+Massage+Envy.png

Massage therapy chain Massage Envy was slapped with a lawsuit Monday alleging the company’s employees sexually assaulted clients.

The suit, filed in San Mateo County, claims that at least five women, and possibly dozens more, were sexually assaulted at multiple Massage Envy locations across California.

One of the alleged assaults reportedly happened at the Burlingame site.

Bobby Thompson, of Thompson Law Offices in Burlingame, said the lawsuit is being brought on behalf of women throughout California, from Orange County to Sacramento County.

A second lawsuit has been filed against Massage Envy in Pennsylvania.

"There’s no more vulnerable place than in a closed room for a woman, or a male for that matter, with their clothes off, face down, with some stranger's hands on them in intimate parts of their body," said Brian Kent, attorney with Philadelphia-based Laffey, Bucci & Kent.

Among the claims, attorneys say, is that a massage therapist named Brandon Davis inappropriately touched a woman during a massage at the Burlingame location.

A man by the same name is facing multiple criminal counts of sexual battery in San Mateo County for allegedly attacking 13 women. But court documents don’t indicate where the battery happened. A receptionist at the Burlingame Massage Envy told NBC Bay Area that Davis no longer works there.

The company released a statement Monday, saying in part: "The franchise location informed us of only one inappropriate conduct incident involving Brandon Davis, which resulted in his termination and restriction, meaning he is not eligible to work at any Massage Envy franchise locations. No other incidents involving Mr. Davis were reported to us."

The California Massage Therapy Council said its records show a Brandon Davis whose certification is suspended.

The attorneys said they will be filing more lawsuits against Massage Envy in the coming weeks.

<![CDATA[2 Arrested After Shooting at Garin Regional Park in Hayward]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:14:24 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0820GarinRegional_3927539.JPG

Garin Regional Park in Hayward was evacuated Monday while police investigated reports of someone shooting a firearm at the park.

Two people were located with firearms and arrested. No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[SJ Assault Suspect in Custody Following Standoff With Police]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:26:37 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0820SJStandoff_3926849.JPG

An assault suspect is in custody following a hours-long standoff in San Jose, police said.

The suspect, a 36-year-old man, was wanted for assaulting his mother, according to police. Officers arrived to an apartment building on Luz Avenue, just north of Alum Rock Avenue and west of Interstate 680, and saw the suspect with a weapon. 

He then went back inside an apartment in a "very agitated state," police said, adding the suspect was armed with a handgun.

Officers then set up a perimeter and blocked streets in the area while they negotiated for several hours to get the suspect to surrender.

Police said the victim, the suspect's mother, is safe. The suspect was taken into police custody shortly after 6 p.m. without incident after he surrendered to officers.

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<![CDATA[Wildlife Hospital Treats Starving Seabirds]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 14:09:49 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0820-Birds1.JPG Officials with International Bird Rescue said staff members are treating more hungry and exhausted young Common Murres at the rescue's Fairfield wildlife hospital this summer.More than 100 murres have been admitted to intensive care at the San Francisco Bay-Delta Wildlife Center in Fairfield.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Native Missing Near Yosemite Found Dead]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:13:25 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/yosemitemissingman.jpg

A San Jose native who was last seen near Yosemite National Park in late July has been found dead, according to a family member.

Scott Tenczar's body was found on Saturday, according to his brother Matt Tenczar. A Yosemite spokesperson reportedly told KSEE that Scott Tenczar's body was found in the northeast section of the park.

Specific details regarding Scott Tenczar's death were not immediately available. An investigation is ongoing.

Tenczar, 48, was an Afghanistan veteran who recently came back from Korea where he was teaching English, according to his brother. He was originally from San Jose and was last seen at the Bridgeport Ranger Station located to the northeast of the heart of Yosemite.

He planned to backpack from Robinson Creek to Crown Lake, Matterhorn Canyon, Smedberg Lake, Seavey Pass and Peeler Lake.

Matt Tenczar said that when his brother did not return on the day he was supposed to, they contacted the sheriff’s department and authorities began their investigation.

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<![CDATA[Alameda Unified School District Adjusts Dress Code Policies]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 05:38:34 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ClassroomEmpty.JPG

Alameda Unified School District is among many school districts nationwide adjusting its dress code policies so female students don't feel targeted by old policies, aren't shamed for wearing clothing that might be too revealing and aren't made to feel responsible for distracting other students.

Among other permissible clothing items, students are allowed to wear tube tops, halter tops, fitted pants such as leggings and yoga pants, ripped jeans, skirts, and midriff-baring shirts, according to the district.

Students are not allowed to wear clothing that features images or language depicting violence, drugs, alcohol, hate speech, profanity and pornography.

Alameda Unified School District told the SF Gate that the board agreed to change its dress code policies after some of the female students complained, arguing that old policies made them feel like their bodies mattered more than their education.

"It was kind of embarrassing to get sent down because you're just getting singled out," student Gwendolyn Katz said.

The new dress code is based on suggestions from the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for Women and is being implemented on a trial basis.

The district said it will collect feedback from parents, students and teacher and revisit the policy in June.

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<![CDATA[SF Students Riding Muni May Be Late Due to Operator Shortage]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:46:06 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/muni_late_0819_3914076.JPG

It’s back to school Monday for San Francisco Unified School District students, and the district is warning students and staff using Muni that they could be late due to an operator shortage.

Thousands of students may be affected by the delays as they head back to class. Muni says it has made changes to try to address the shortage and get students where they need to be on time, but it also says delays are possible.

The Flannigan family picked up back to school supplies Sunday and discussed with their children the possibility they could be delayed while riding back home on Muni this week.

"As long as they’re together is what we were concerned about," John Flannigan said.

A message about the potential Muni delays is posted on the school district website, saying students and staff could be delayed getting to and from school.

At Visitacion Valley Middle School, Principal Joe Truss was notified some may not be on time.

"That gives us a little bit of a heads up, that in case a couple kids show up late that we’re not giving them a hard time," Truss said. "We also know the first day of school families are still figuring out their day."

According to SFMTA, the reason for the possible delays is a shortage of operators, compounded by the Twin Peaks Tunnel construction that now requires operators to drive shuttle buses around the construction.

Agency spokesman Paul Rose said they’ve made new adjustments.

"We know that school is starting this week," Rose said. "We have additional operators to provide additional service. Just Friday, we transferred 72 part-time operators to full time, and that allows us to put more than 700 more daily service hours on the street. That will have an immediate and significant impact on service this week."

The Flannigans say their kids plan to ride but also have a Plan B.

"We talked about it this morning after the news," John Flannigan said. "We also talked about walking instead."

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<![CDATA[San Jose State Welcomes Record Number of Students]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 06:23:44 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJSU_Welcomes_Record_Number_of_Students.jpg

The first day of class at San Jose State University is Tuesday, but the university president on Monday will deliver her welcome address to the record 35,000 students enrolled at the college. Kris Sanchez reports.

<![CDATA[Search Continues for Mollie Tibbetts 1 Month Later]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 22:44:27 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mollie-tibbetts-0731.jpg

It has been a month since Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa woman who grew up in Oakland, went missing without a trace.

Tibbetts, 20, hasn't been seen or heard from since July 18, when she went for her usual evening run in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines.

That night, she left a house where she had been dogsitting to go jogging, and she hasn't been seen or heard from since. She was reported missing the next morning when she didn't show up at work, officials said.

A reward fund for Tibbetts' safe return had reached $385,700 as of Sunday evening. The fund is being compiled by Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa.

Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been involved in the search for Tibbetts and have received hundreds of tips, according to Crime Stoppers.

Tibbetts' father, Rob, who had been actively involved in the search, returned to the Bay Area over the weekend for "a break" at the behest of investigators, according to local media.

Mollie Tibbetts attended Corpus Christi Catholic School in Oakland for kindergarten and first grade.

<![CDATA[2 Drivers Arrested on Suspicion of Racing on I-580]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:15:54 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/richmond-recless-0819.jpg

Two drivers were arrested Sunday on suspicion of reckless driving and speeding after officers caught them racing at nearly 100 mph in and out of traffic around noon on Interstate 580 near Marina Bay Parkway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Extra CHP officers were deployed Sunday on reports that there would be increased incidents of racing on highways or sideshow activity in the Richmond and Oakland areas. A driver was arrested earlier in the morning after allegedly blocking traffic on the Bay Bridge during a sideshow.

"It's been a busy morning for the CHP with this activity," CHP Officer Herman Baza said. "It also prevents the flow of traffic."

Police believe the incident in Richmond may be connected to the other reports of reckless driving and sideshow activity Sunday, including the one on the Bay Bridge, Baza said.

One of the cars involved in the Richmond incident was an older model Chevrolet Camaro, Baza said. He did not know the make and model of the other car. Both cars will be impounded for 30 days.

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<![CDATA[One Dead, One Wounded in Antioch Shooting: Police]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 18:12:53 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policeline5.jpg

One 19-year-old man was killed and a second one seriously wounded early Sunday morning in a double shooting at an apartment complex on San Jose Drive in Antioch, police said.

Police got a call at 3:28 a.m. Sunday from a man who said he had been shot at the apartment complex in the 2200 block of San Jose Drive, according to a statement from police Sgt. John Fortner. Police found the two injured men in the complex's parking lot.

One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to a local hospital to undergo surgery. No other victims had surfaced by Sunday afternoon, Fortner said.

It appears the two men, whose names were not released, were together when they were shot by a third, unknown person. The incident remains under investigation, and no other information was available.

Anyone with information that could help with the investigation is asked to call the police at (925) 778-2441 or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and use the key word ANTIOCH.

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<![CDATA[Whalen Playing Well in Long-Shot Chance to Join Raiders]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:32:48 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Grifffffketch.jpg

The Raiders are just the latest stop for wide receiver Griff Whalen.

The former Stanford standout has played for the Colts, the Chargers and Ravens in his six-year career, but at 28 found himself without a team after Oct. 31 last season when he was released by Baltimore.

In March, the Raiders signed the free agent, but the odds have been long for him to make the opening-game roster. With Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant, Ryan Switzer, Seth Roberts, Johnny Holton and rookie draft choice Marcell Ateman to contend with, Whalen is in a battle.

Yet head coach Jon Gruden has become a fan. Whalen isn’t big (5-foot-11, 190) and doesn’t have Olympic speed, but Gruden likes his overall game. Gruden says Whalen has been “steady” throughout summer practices and has gotten more action because of a recent injury to Roberts and Bryant’s spate of headaches.

“Whalen has stepped up,” Gruden told reporters recently. “He earned the right. He’s doing some great things.”

Whalen’s probably best out of the slot, and a number of receivers are likely to see action there.

Said Gruden: “It’s a very competitive position at the slot.”

Against the Rams on Saturday, Whalen had a strong game, with a late touchdown catch.

In two games Whalen has three catches for 20 yards, has returned four punts for an average of 11.5 yards and returned two kickoffs for a 22.5-yard average. He’s shown he can contribute in a number of ways.

“They just told me coming in they were giving me an opportunity to compete, and that’s all I can ask for,” Whalen said. “And so I feel like I’ve taken advantage of every opportunity that I’ve been able to, and just try to show them what I can do.”

Whalen’s best season came in 2013 with the Colts. He played nine games, caught 24 passes for two touchdowns and averaged 10.8 yards per reception. Over his NFL career he has 51 catches for 532 yards and three TDs.

The Raiders will resume exhibition action Friday night vs. the Packers in Oakland. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Williams' Bid to Make 49ers' Backfield May Be Over]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 07:57:43 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/163*120/JoWmsz.jpg

Joe Williams went into training camp eager to show what he can do after being sidelined in 2017 by an injury.

Now the second-year running back has been hit with another injury, putting his time with the 49ers in jeopardy.

Williams suffered a fractured rib in Saturday’s exhibition game loss to the Texans in Houston and could be headed for injured reserve. He rushed for 18 yards on eight carries against the Texans and had two catches for 14 yards. He reportedly had a rough game before having to leave with the injury. He couldn’t hold on to a catchable pass late in the game that was intercepted after hitting his hands and also had trouble in pass protection.

Going into the game, Williams looked as if he’d get plenty of opportunities for action because of injuries to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida the previous game. Williams needed a big night to get back in the running for a roster berth, having been passed on the depth chart by Jeremy McNichols. Plus the team signed veteran running back Alfred Morris last week, who had two good seasons with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Washington. Raheem Mostert also appears better positioned than Williams to make the roster after two summer games.

Williams, a fourth-round pick out of Utah in 2017, did get plenty of snaps but didn’t impress. Now he’s injured, and it seems likely he could be placed on injured reserve and fade out of the 49ers’ picture for 2018.

Williams was one of a handful of 49ers backups injured vs. the Texans, including offensive lineman Erik Magnuson (hamstring, likely lost for several weeks) and quarterback C.J. Beathard (sprained foot).

Shanahan said decisions about whether to put Williams and Magnuson on injured reserve are likely to be made this week or next. He also said Beathard’s injury “looked pretty bad.”

The 49ers will play their third exhibition game this Saturday in Indianapolis vs. the Colts.

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<![CDATA[Bay Bridge Sideshow Brings Traffic to a Halt]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:14:36 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBGIFBAYBRIDGESIDESHOW_3913274.gif

Multiple drivers brought traffic on the Bay Bridge to a halt Sunday morning as they did donuts on the top deck of the bridge near Treasure Island, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One of the drivers involved in the sideshow was taken into custody, according to the CHP. A number of other vehicles believed to be involved were stopped and cited for mechanical violations when they exited the bridge.

The driver who was arrested is being booked for reckless driving and exhibition of speed, according to the CHP. His car will be impounded for 30 days.

One of the other drivers who was stopped also had their vehicle impounded because they did not have a license, according to the CHP.

The sideshow along the Bay Bridge occurred around 10:45 a.m., according to the CHP. Before it began, the CHP received reports of multiple vehicles participating in another sideshow in the Oakland area. Those vehicles were later said to be headed toward the bridge.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Ferguson Fire Near Yosemite National Park Fully Contained]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:09:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18223009800911.jpg

More than one month after igniting near Yosemite National Park, the deadly Ferguson Fire is now 100 percent contained, according to fire officials.

Ripping through bone-dry brush and timber, the blaze torched 96,901 acres, wiped out 10 structures and left two firefighters dead after starting on July 13, according to fire officials.

The flames and smoke also forced officials to close Yosemite valley for nearly three weeks during the peak of the tourism season.

At the height of the fire, more than 3,000 people from around the world were working to suppress the flames, fire officials reported.

While the blaze is fully contained, fire officials reported that some parts of the forest will continue to smolder and burn, causing some smoke to linger in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Klay Thompson Addresses Impending Free Agency]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:26:08 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-970195432.jpg

With the 2018 offseason wrapping up, the talk surrounding the Warriors will shift to next summer's free agency of All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

Thompson and his father Mychal have said several times during the last few months (see above video) that their intention is stay with the Warriors long-term. But that's not stopping speculation that the seven-year veteran may bolt the Warriors following his eighth season.

On Saturday night, Thompson reiterated his desire to remain with the Warriors in an interview with the Bay Area News Group.

"I’ve said it many times before: I would like to be a Warrior for life. Contract negotiations are way down the line. But I think we all have the same interest. I would love to be here for the rest of my career," Thompson told Mark Medina.

Pressed on the possibility of signing an extension with the Warriors before he hits the open market, Thompson left the door slightly ajar by offering this:

"It’s tough to say. I’d definitely be interested. But at the end of the day, I’m going to be a free agent in 2019. Number one on my list would obviously be to stay with the Warriors," Thompson told Medina.

Thompson is entering the final season of a four-year, $68.97 million contract. He will make $18,988 million for the 2018-19 season.

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<![CDATA[A's Fall Back to Second in AL West After Loss to Astros]]> Sun, 19 Aug 2018 16:29:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AstrosAs.PNG

Yuli Gurriel, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, Alex Bregman, and Marwin Gonzalez all homered, and the Astros salvaged the series finale against the A's with a 9-4 win. Maldonado also came a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

The A's belted three home runs of their own, two from Khris Davis and another from Matt Chapman, but that was all the offense they could muster. The loss drops Oakland to 74-50, one game behind Houston in the AL West. The A's remain 3 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second Wild Card spot, thanks to the Dodgers' win over the Mariners.

Here's what else you need to know from Sunday's defeat...

--- Davis officially owns Justin Verlander. Following his three-hit, two-home run performance Sunday, Davis is 6-for-11 with four home runs and a double in his career against the former MVP. Davis now has six multi-home run games this season and 21 in his career. He ranks third in MLB with 36 home runs and second with 98 RBI.

--- Chapman's home run was his 17th of the season. He hit it to dead center field off Verlander in the first inning. Chapman is batting .311 in August, with four homers and 10 RBI, raising his season average to .276.

--- Sean Manaea had a rough outing, lasting just four innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits. Manaea started out well, retiring seven of the first eight Astros he faced, but got knocked around his second time through the lineup. The A's left-hander falls to 11-9 on the season with a 3.70 ERA.

--- Lou Trivino had a strong bounce-back performance, pitching a perfect fifth inning. Trivino entered with runners on first and second, but induced a Gurriel double play and Carlos Correa flyout to strand the runners. After a spectacular first half of the season, Trivino had allowed four earned runs in his previous 4 2/3 innings, prompting some questions about fatigue. But his velocity has remained high, and he looked like the old Trivino Sunday.

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<![CDATA[CHP Cruiser Pushes Out-of-Gas Limo to Gas Station]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:11:30 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CHPOutofGasLimo.PNG

The California Highway Patrol isn't always out to ruin parties.

That was certainly the case recently when CHP Oakland officers used their patrol vehicle to push a limo that had run out of gas to a nearby gas station.

Officers first came across the out-of-gas Cadillac Escalade limo along westbound Interstate 580 near West Grande Avenue, according to the CHP. The officers soon found out that the people riding inside the limo were trying to make it to San Francisco for a birthday celebration.

After the driver of the limo couldn't reach his roadside assistance provider, the officers put their vehicle to work, pushing the limo to the nearest gas station, according to the CHP.

The partygoers eventually continued along on their journey but not before showering the officers with gratitude, according to the CHP.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Photos: Animals Meet Their New Families]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 19:38:32 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/THUMBNAILClearTS.jpg Cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals, young and old, were waiting to be adopted into forever homes in the Bay Area on Saturday as a part of NBC Bay Area's #ClearTheShelters adoption initiative.]]> <![CDATA[Shooting in Berkeley Leaves Three Injured]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:35:45 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/berkeley35.jpg

Two men were seriously injured and another suffered a minor injury after being shot in San Pablo Park in South Berkeley Saturday afternoon.

Officers reported to a shooting around 5:30 p.m. and upon arrival discovered three male victims suffering from gunshot wounds, two were sent to the emergency room.

Information on the suspect is unknown but officials say it was likely a passing car who fired into a group of people at the park.

"We were around the corner by the church, before we got to the corner, we heard shots. I said let that be firecrackers, they said no sounded like gunshots and people were running," said witness Tonia Mayo.

Officers are still at the scene investigating the incident.

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Smog, Smoke Prompt Spare the Air Alert for Weekend]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:36:36 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Spare_the_Air_Alert_Issued_in_Bay_Area_for_Wednesday.jpg

Continued smoke from Northern California wildfires, along with pollution from cars, has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air Alert for Sunday.

Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy around the region on Sunday and officials with the district warned that if the smell of smoke is present, Bay Area residents should stay inside if possible.

"I live in Richmond and then coming through the mountain on this side to Concord it was like the entire air changed," said Richmond resident Christina Kenney. "It was super cloudy."

The district also urged the public to stay off the roads this weekend.

"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more difficult for many," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

The alerts are issued when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. Ozone, or smog, can cause throat irritation, congestion, chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema.

"It’s a beautiful temperature but I like to be able to breathe, I have asthma so it’s a problem for me," said Concord resident Sean Sevier.

The Spare the Air alert for smog on Sunday is the eighth issued this year by the district. An alert was also issued for Saturday.

Real-time air quality readings around the Bay Area can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xUwyz.

<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters is TODAY! Help Animals Find Forever Homes]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:37:13 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters__Meet_Lucky_Lulu.jpg
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<![CDATA[More than 1,100 Bay Area Animals Find Their Forever Homes]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 23:33:47 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLDogBerkeley_3898923.JPEG

Cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals, young and old, are waiting to be adopted into forever homes in the Bay Area on Saturday as a part of NBC Bay Area's #ClearTheShelters adoption initiative.

Holly, a sweet canine who was born on the streets of Puerto Rico, was sent to Miami to be adopted but due to the devastating Hurricane Irma, she had to move again. She was flown to Berkeley where she would eventually meet a couple who took her into their home.

"If I can give a shelter animal a good home, whether they're traumatized or not, I'm doing what I should be doing," said Holly's new family, Erik Hesse, a UC Berkeley professor.

Another dog that was in Berkeley Saturday came from Redding after the area was devastated by the Carr Fire. Maya was adopted at the Berkeley Humane Society along with more than 1,100 other animals all over the Bay Area.

Clear the Shelters, the fourth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by the NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminates today with more than 1,200 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country.

Click here for information on the participating locations across the Bay Area.

Since this year’s event was launched on July 28, more than 42,000 pets have already been taken. To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees.

The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters.

So far this year, 76, 348 pets have been adopted nationwide bringing the total number of animals that have been adopted since the campaign began in 2015 to 229,982. 

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<![CDATA[New Technology Displays Digital Ads on SF Cars]]> Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:40:05 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/New_Technology_Displays_Digital_Ads_on_SF_Cars.jpg

A new form of advertising is being tested in San Francisco and it looks like it’s from the future.

Grabb-It is testing out new technology that displays ads in the form of videos and graphics on car windows and 25 San Francisco cars are currently being paid $2 an hour to test it.

"That's what our vision is, to create this display technology that can go in each and every car window," said Grabb-It CEO Gaurav Garg.

He said the videos would only play when the car is stopped. While driving, it would show a slower-paced graphic that would be connected to the car battery so that once people leave their car, the advertisement is still being displayed.

"A static slideshow," Garg said. "So every ten seconds would be one slide."

Garg says it's legal and some taxis already have digital signs. But several police officers said that if the driver can't see out of the window, it could violate a vehicle code.

"We want to make sure it's safe, at the same time helping everyone," Garg said.

Some drivers are concerned with more screens on the roadway, some stating it would result in more traffic since people would stop and look at each display.

"It’s an interesting idea to advertise on cars, but with the way people drive nowadays I think it would be even more distracting," said Santa Clara resident Michelle Methy.

<![CDATA[SFPD Officer Files Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:38:57 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SFPD_Officer_Files_Discrimination_Lawsuit.jpg

A San Francisco Police Officer filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing other officers of sexual orientation harassment, sexual orientation discrimination and retaliation.

Officer Brendan Mannix said two sergeants at San Francisco’s Central Station made repeated sexist and homophobic remarks to him and when he complained, no one stopped it.

Retired SFPD Leutenant Colleen Fatooh now teaches criminology at City College and is not familiar with the suit but said a hostile workplace doesn’t belong in law enforcement.

"There's the danger factor the people you work with they're supposed to be your back up that's impacted there's also the emotional factor," Fatooh said.

Mannix also claims that when he called for backup, it was slow to arrive. A serious allegation police records should settle.

"Those allegations I believe you should be able to substantiate you can find out how long did it take for backup," Fatooh said.

This isn’t the first time SFPD has been accused of discrimination, in 2015, homophobic and racist text messages sent and received by a group of officers rocked the department.

However, it also has a record of reaching out to the LGBT community in recruiting and in 2012 it was one of the first police forces to make an It Gets Better video, a campaign aimed at empowering LGBT youth.

"We take all allegations of discrimination and officer misconduct seriously and will thoroughly investigate all complaints," said SFPD in a statement through the city’s attorney’s office.

<![CDATA[Series of Brush Fires Along Highway 4 Under Control]]> Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:29:48 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0817-Hwy4.jpg

A series of brush fires late Friday along Highway 4 in Martinez threatened several homes before officials brought the flames under control, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The fires broke out along Hwy. 4 between Alhambra Way and McEwen Road just after 7 p.m. and it quickly prompted a three-alarm response. More than 30 acres have burned and the flames are 50 percent contained.

"I came out and I saw an orange glow in the sky and a ton of smoke," said Martinez resident Lisa Kennedy. "It was very close and very scary and a little too close to home."

Fire officials said several homes were threatened in the Martinez Hills before fire crews put out part of the blaze with the help of an aircraft from Cal Fire. 

"The fire was threatening homes for a time. We got a number of units up there to the homes we didn’t have any homes involved," said Robert Marshal from the Contra Costa County Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is still unknown though fire cews believe a car could have started the blaze.

"Our fire in Walnut Creek the car fire in Redding both both those started by vehicles so it’s important for people to look at their vehicles make sure they are in good repair," said Marshal.

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<![CDATA[ESUHSD Superintendent Sends Surprising Letter]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 19:11:23 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ESUHSD_Superintendent_Sends_Surprising_Letter.jpg

The East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) Superintendent made a bold announcement in this school year’s welcome letter with the hopes of starting a conversation and to “stop hiding from the truth.”

Chris Funk stated that racism and bias are partly to blame for the ongoing achievement gap for students in the American education system since African American, Latino and disabled students are "still facing a default future that is pre-determined."

Some students, including an African American and a Latina, are glad their superintendent finally went there.

"I’m glad he’s expressing it and not trying to hide it anymore because it is a problem," said junior Luther Dunn II.

Funk stated in the letter that Hispanic and Black students are often more punished and further behind their White and Asian counterparts.

"We have to address those issues. Not that we’re calling anyone racist. We’re not saying 'you’re a bigot.' We’re just saying that our biases, and everyone has them, impacts our policies and how we interact with each other," Funk said.

The school board just allocated more than $2 million on a professional development plan to look for solutions to the achievement gap.

"It doesn’t mean we’re going to fix it overnight," said Funk. "But if you’re not willing to put race on the table and our implicit bias on the table, we’ll never close the opportunity or the achievement gap."

There are many success stories in the ESUHSD. Annually, African American and Latino students are being accepted into Harvard, Yale, and MIT. The hope is the letter will embolden even more students to succeed.

<![CDATA[Many Prep to Tie the Knot as ‘Lucky’ Wedding Day Approaches]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:54:30 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Many_Prepare_to_Wed_as__Lucky__Wedding_Day_Approaches.jpg

If you’re getting married on Saturday, you’re doing it on a lucky day. At least that’s what it’s like for many cultures who believe the number eight brings good fortune.

Popular website The Knot, released a list of most popular dates to get married this year and Saturday, Aug. 18 is number one on the list.

"Some of my Chinese clients have shared with me eight is a very good number," said wedding planner Amy McKinney. "It’s good fortune and then when you put a one in front of it, one has the meaning of 'I want something so I want good fortune.' It’s just a good number all around."

McKinney works at 2 Friends Events and said she has clients getting married Saturday.

"It wasn't so much the typical 'I love this venue now let’s work out a date,' it’s more so 'I love this date now let’s find a venue,'" she said.

In San Mateo and Alameda County, county clerks offices are opening Saturday because so many couples wanted to marry on 8-18-18.

San Mateo typically performs about four wedding ceremonies a day but is scheduled to do at least 20 just Saturday.

"We’re actually doing about double the number of cakes that we typically do on a weekend," said Cake Expressions CEO Cero Anthony. "Typically, it’s around 9 but this weekend, we have 18."

The number 8 in Chinese culture is considered so lucky that the Beijing Olympics in 2008 began at on Aug. 8 at 8:08 p.m.

<![CDATA[Police Use of Force Under a Microscope]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:39:24 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/474088166-Police-lights.jpg

South Bay police chiefs got a chance to weigh in on a new law Friday that would change when police are allowed to use deadly force.

Assemblyman Evan Low and other state leaders joined South Bay police chiefs and Sheriff Laurie Smith in simulated scenarios when a 'deadly force' decision has to be made.

The training, normally for cadets, was in response to a proposed law that allows 'deadly force' only as a final option, when there are no alternatives.

Currently, officers can use lethal force when facing a "reasonable or imminent threat."

"Unless you’ve come in and done what these individuals are doing, it's very difficult to see it from the lens of an officer," said SJPD Police Chief Eddie Garcia.

Regardless of how the bill progresses, the legislators and police chiefs say they plan to continue reaching out to the community, including allowing some members to go through the simulations they went through Friday.

State Senator Jim Beall said that if passed, the proposed bill will mean big changes.

"An issue is the funding and consistency of all the training that would be required to change the statute," said Beall. "We’re going to have to train all the officers if we change the law in use of force."

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