<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Local News - South Bay]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/localen-usThu, 19 Jul 2018 10:51:10 -0700Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:51:10 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[San Jose Group Joins Trump Protests Across the Nation]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:54:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/San_Jose_Group_Joins_Trump_Protests_Across_the_Nation.jpg

About 100 people were at San Jose City Hall on Wednesday evening to protest President Donald Trump's comments at the Helsinki summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The message was clear: They’re fed up. Ian Cull reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New RV Pilot Program to Combat East Palo Alto Homelessness]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:50:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/RV%27s.JPG

Starting in November, at least 20 RVs will be allowed to park in an East Palo Alto-owned parking lot with access to portable showers and bathrooms as part of a new program designed to reduce the city’s homelessness crisis.

"You can't afford rent here with a regular job, you have to have two jobs," said Vicente Moreno who has lived in a motorhome for the past nine months.

East Palo Alto City Council approved the new RV pilot program Tuesday with the idea to allow at least 20 families to park in RV’s overnight and connect them with services as dozens of motorhomes are parked on the streets.

"This is a program that will get some RVs off the streets and provide them access to wrap-around services so they can eventually find housing," said Lisa Gauthier from East Palo Alto City Council.

However, those living in the RV’s, like Moreno, said that they rather stay put rather than being required to move their RV every morning.

"I think it would be good if they let us live there and not kick us out in the morning," he said.

There’s also some pushback from some neighbors who claim they fear an increase in loitering and trash. Councilwoman Guathier said faced with the housing crisis, neighbors need to pull together.

The program will prioritize families, the elderly and veterans. To qualify, people have to have a registered RV and must agree to participate in a case management program.

<![CDATA[Naked Man Rides Bike on Highway 101 in San Jose]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:40:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/naked+man1.JPG

Not your average Bay Area commute.

A naked man was spotted riding a bike on Highway 101 near Alum Rock in San Jose Wednesday morning, prompting several 911 calls from drivers around 9:30 a.m.

Callers said the bike rider was "all over the freeway," said the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP officer responded to the scene but was unable to locate the rider.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in San Jose Shooting]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:21:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd-generic-2015-2.jpg

A woman who was shot at least once in San Jose on Tuesday night was taken to a hospital with injuries considered life-threatening, according to police.

The shooting was reported at 10:17 p.m. in the area of East San Antonio Street and Scharff Avenue. Officers found the woman upon arriving on the scene.

Police said the shooting is under investigation and there is no suspect information available.

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<![CDATA[Townhomes to Replace Sunnyvale Mobile Home Park: Report]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:23:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Townhomes_to_Replace_Sunnyvale_Mobile_Home_Park__Report.jpg

A plan to replace a mobile home park in Sunnyvale with new townhomes has received approval from city leaders, leaving some to wonder where they're going to live next, according to a report. Kris Sanchez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Home Court: New App Helps Hoopers Improve Basketball Skills]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:48:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07172018HomeCourtApp_3525834.JPG

A Bay Area company and some big name NBA investors are hoping artificial intelligence can improve your basketball game.

The technology is being used in a new mobile app, Home Court, that is backed by investors like NBA player Jeremy Lin and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Two-time NBA champion Beno Udrih recently was seen using the app, which tracked his every move. The app used artificial intelligence to figure out what he is doing well and what he needs to work on.

The 'Home Court' app comes from a San Jose company called NEX Team. The app lets you take 300 shots a month for free -- then it costs $7.99. It is available on the Apple app store now and an Android version is coming soon.

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<![CDATA[Undocumented Family Awaits Immigration Trial in South Bay]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:38:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fam6.JPG

A family from Honduras said they feel like “criminals in the land of the free” after being separated and arrested while trying to cross the border into the United States.

The family was finally reunited this weekend in the South Bay where they beg for asylum, await trail and face a very uncertain future.

"She grabbed my pant leg and didn’t want to let go," said father Wilson, describing the way his daughter, 5-year-old Giselle, was taken from her father’s arms.

The undocumented family, who chose not to disclose their last name, said they were running from violence in Honduras rode to America hoping to find a safe life when they were caught and separated near the border.

Mother Jojany and their son were sent to Los Angeles to await a ruling on their asylum application but Wilson and Giselle were separated.

"I suffered," said Jojany, wondering where her child was and if she was being treated okay.

After weeks of separation and a federal court order, the family was reunited this past weekend.

They are now staying with a host family in the South Bay, waiting for their case to be heard in San Francisco Federal Court.

"I feel like a criminal," said Jojany, as her and her husband wear ankle bracelets that monitor their every move.

"I see them with that on their legs, I feel really, really embarrassed of this country," said family member Guadalupe Gonzalez.

Their family’s sponsors in the South Bay say they’re upset, wondering why the land of the free is treating these people as felons, instead of refugees fleeing violence.

"Well, we have to get used to it," said Wilson.

Despite it all, Wilson said they would do it all over again to get away from the violence that awaits his family back home.

The federal government says the law is clear, and the family broke it by crossing the border illegally.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns in Between San Jose, Morgan Hill: Cal Fire]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:07:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SouthSanJoseFire2.JPG

Firefighters on Tuesday are battling a brush fire burning in between San Jose and Morgan Hill, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze is burning in the area of 600 Metcalf Road near South San Jose, Cal Fire reported.

At least 22 acres have burned, according to Cal Fire. The blaze is 50 percent contained.

No structures have been damaged at this point.

Further information was not available.

Photo Credit: Kris Sanchez/NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Michelin-Rated Manresa Restaurant Suffers Minor Fire Damage]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:14:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ManresaFire.JPG

A fire broke out at a Michelin-rated restaurant in Los Gatos Monday night, causing minor damage to the inside of the establishment, according to fire officials.

The fire at Manresa restaurant marks at least the second time since 2014 that flames burned at the eatery. Monday night's blaze was not as destructive as the one that burned years ago.

Fire crews on Monday arrived around 9 p.m. and found an exterior wall of the restaurant and an adjoining fence on fire, according to fire officials. Firefighters controlled the flames in about 15 minutes.

"When they got here, they found extensive fire in the wall and the fence on fire," said Bill Murphy from the Santa Clara County Fire Department.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, and no one was inside, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

The blaze appeared to start next to the kitchen door located in the rear portion of the building, according to the fire department. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof to make sure the fire didn't spread into the attic.

"He [owner David Kinch] just texted me this morning and said there was another fire," said chef Kerry Bowden. "I asked if it was arson, and he said he doesn't think so."

It is not clear at this time what sparked the blaze and when the restaurant will reopen. Manresa is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

"Life has a lot of twists and turns of fate, but we will open back up; this will not hold us back," Kinch said. "We are going to try to open as soon as possible."

Back in 2014, Manresa was forced to close for six months after a fire damaged the building.

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<![CDATA[Dog Owners Accuse Groomer of Animal Cruelty: Sheriff]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:25:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pepper-0716.jpg

A Mountain View couple is accusing a mobile dog groomer of brutalizing their dog, taping its mouth shut while performing grooming services.

Now Santa Clara County sheriff's investigators are trying to figure out whether the groomer's actions constitute animal cruelty or merely protection against a dog bite.

Pepper, a 5-pound male Chihuahua rescue, was left with bloody toes and was traumatized, according to his owners, Eric Stanton and Gabriela Toro. They said Alpha Mobile Grooming Service of Burlingame was hired to trim Pepper's toenails and instead cut them off all the way to the skin.

"I was completely disgusted," Stanton said.

They also accuse Alpha of taping the dog's mouth shut. The groomer told Stanton Pepper bit him, but Stanton believes Pepper reacted to being hurt.

"I finally got the tape off his mouth when I realized he was bleeding all over my counter, my kitchen counter," Stanton said. "If you look, the tape extends past his nostrils, so I can only imagine he was not only struggling and anxious and in pain, but also struggling to breathe."

Toro said she thought pepper might suffocate.

"We trusted them," she said. "We hired them because they come to your door. And you can see what they’re doing."

Alpha owner Carlos Chaves said the groomer took necessary safety precautions and had to be treated for the bite. He said he reported Pepper to Animal Control and may take legal action against the owners.

The sheriff’s office says it’s the dog’s injuries that elevate the case.

"Dog bites are generally referred to Animal Control," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Richard Glennon said. "This is a criminal matter potentially of animal cruelty, so it’s something we’re looking into."

Animal Control ordered Pepper be quarantined at home for 10 days as officials check into potential health concerns and possible criminal charges.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eric Stanton]]>
<![CDATA[Some Bay Area DMV Offices Open Early to Reduce Wait Times]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:23:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMVFile.JPG

Some California Department of Motor Vehicle offices in the Bay Area are now opening earlier in hopes of alleviating wait times driven up by folks getting in line to get their hands on a new form of identification.

Beginning on Monday, both the San Jose Driver License Processing Center at 2222 Senter Rd. in San Jose and the Oakland office located at 5300 Claremont Ave. will open at 7 a.m. four days a week with the exception of Wednesdays when doors will open at 9 a.m. 

On top of the two offices opening early, 14 Bay Area DMV offices in cities such as San Francisco, El Cerrito and Concord will offer Saturday service — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — starting on Aug. 4.

The DMV plans to hire 400 new employees statewide in order to handle the change in office operating times. At least 166 people have already been hired this month.

Folks headed to the DMV are encouraged to make an appointment and to have all of their necessary documents ready when they arrive in order to speed up their visit.

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<![CDATA[Double Stabbing Investigation in San Jose]]>Fri, 13 Jul 2018 21:24:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Police+Lights+Generic+NBC4_5.jpg

Police are investigating a double stabbing in San Jose Friday afternoon.

The incident was reported on the 200 block of Pamela Avenue, just west of Interstate 680 and near the Regional Medical Center.

Police said the stabbing was reported at 2:39 p.m. When officers arrived they found a man and woman each suffering from at least one stab wound.

Both were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

No suspects have been detained, police said.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[SJ Officers Union Criticizes Police Auditor After Threat]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:55:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sjpd_threats_0712_3465330.JPG

The San Jose police officers union is openly criticizing the head of the civilian police watchdog after police commanders were not informed of what the union called a credible threat to the safety of its members.

It started with a phone call from 48-year-old county jail inmate Steven Garrison, who dialed up the Independent Police Auditor from the jail on Monday to complain, saying he is frequently and unfairly stopped by white police officers. In the profanity laced call, police said he made a credible threat, saying, "I’m tired of this (expletive). Next time, I’m going to shoot them in their (expletive) face."

According to the San Jose Police Officers Association, it was Internal Affairs detectives who discovered the call by sheer luck when they were reviewing calls into the IPA. They immediately got the green light from commanders to put out a "Be on the look out" bulletin to the department for a man who’s currently in the county jail.

"The prudent thing for the IPA’s office to have done would have been to immediately inform the police department of this very specific threat, and they didn’t do it," said Tom Saggau of the SJPOA.

Saggau said the Internal Affairs detectives who learned about the call immediately told their superiors.

Independent Police Auditor Aaron Zisser agreed with what the detectives did.

"The nature of the threat, the specifics of the threat, absolutely should be brought to the attention of officers, and I’m glad that the specific threat was brought to the attention of officers," Zisser said.

But in a phone interview, Zisser said he doesn't agree that confidential details of the call should have been released. And because the call is now being reviewed, he declined to talk about the case.

Still, he is troubled by the way this call was handled.

"If a threat is not reported to Internal Affairs, I take that very seriously, and that is something that I would like to understand why that would have occurred," Zisser said.

It's not the first time Zisser has angered the police department. Just last month, the police officers union circulated a petition for his removal because his annual report left out information about racial disparities in the department’s use of force.

Zisser has since agreed to amend his annual report.

According to the police bulletin, Garrison is in custody and scheduled to be in court Friday.

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<![CDATA[Garlic Tariff Impacts Gilroy, 'Garlic Capital of the World']]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 18:42:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/garlicgetty210392342343.jpg

The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China has many industries very worried on how the tariffs will impact sales of their products and consumers are concerned about picking up the extra cost.

One huge industry that isn’t worried about tariffs is the garlic industry, which could boost business by hurting illegal Chinese exports.

Gilroy, the self-proclaimed ‘garlic capital of the world’ is home to Christopher Ranch, one of the biggest garlic companies in the world and while business is booming, tariffs could actually make it better.

The iconic garlic company employs a thousand workers nationwide and about 800 in the South Bay and while the company keeps busy providing garlic around the country, and overseas, it’s also focused on the upcoming Gilroy Garlic Festival.

"We’re going to be donating about two tons of garlic over the 3-day weekend and we’re expecting 100 thousand people, actually doubling the size, the population of Gilroy over three days," said Ken Christopher, Executive Vice President of Christopher Ranch.

Two tons is not a lot when you consider the company now processes 100 million pounds of garlic a year. Ironically, it first hit that mark 20 years ago, when cheaper, illegal Chinese garlic hit the U.S. and took over in many restaurants and households.

"It changed everything," said Christopher. "There used to be 12 major garlic growers here in America, now we’re down to three and it’s only the three largest that were able to survive the onslaught of Chinese dumping."

In a strange twist, while President Trump’s tariffs on China may hurt many industries, it would force Chinese importers to pay a 10 percent tariff before reaching the U.S.

"Now they’re going to have to pay everything up front, which should help stem the tide of cheap imports coming in," Christopher said.

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<![CDATA[Neighbors Vow to Fight Access to Gated Santa Cruz Beach]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:54:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Private-Beach-gov.jpg

A neighborhood group rejected a plan by California regulators seeking to open up access to a gated beach south of San Jose that is popular with surfers, saying it is willing to take the fight to court.

The dispute over a gate in Opal Cliffs Park near Santa Cruz that leads to a sandy cove is one of many waged in California over the public's right to access the coastline, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

County officials allowed the Opal Cliffs Recreation District to manage the beach 69 years ago, and it put up a fence and began charging an entrance fee by 1963. Elected volunteers who run the group have since installed a 9-foot iron fence, hired guards and charge $100 a year to enter the beach near a winding road dotted with multimillion-dollar homes.

California Coastal Commission proposed changes in line with a new state law that asks it to consider not only environmental effects but also the impact of its decisions on underrepresented communities.

The neighborhood group on Wednesday withdrew an application with the commission to approve the gate and fee, saying it didn't agree with commission staffers' recommendations for free year-round access from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset and replacing the gate with a fence no taller than 6 feet.

Mark Massara, a lawyer for the neighborhood group, said it became clear that the application process was an effort to eliminate all of the park's existing permits.

"What coastal staff is proposing is entirely unreasonable, it's irrational," Massara told the Los Angeles Times. "We're confident that we're acting legally and look forward to future discussions with the commission."

Regulators can try to force Opal Cliffs to take down the gate and eliminate the fees that it says restrict the public from the famous seacoast. Residents say the fee pays for beach cleanup and maintaining a wooden staircase.

"This is the only public beach in California we know of that requires such a fee, which mostly benefits those who live in the immediate area and disproportionately impacts those least able to afford it," Noaki Schwartz, a Coastal Commission spokeswoman, told the newspaper. "We intend to explore all possible options going forward, including seeking enforcement remedies."

The brewing legal fight comes as high-powered interests across the state are fighting to keep beaches to themselves.

Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla wants to restrict people from using a road through his property to get to Martins Beach, near Half Moon Bay. Massara, who's a surfer, is part of the legal fight against Khosla.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Morgan Hill Family Mourns Loss of Horses Killed in Fire]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:19:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/horse32.JPG

The Gonzales family is mourning the loss of their four horses that died in a brush fire that burned in Morgan Hill Tuesday afternoon.

The fire, which scorched roughly 50 acres, threatened about 20 structures along Hale Road, near Live Oak Avenue and Monterey Road, and burned three outbuildings before being fully contained, a Cal Fire official said early Wednesday.

"It's sad, you know, that they lost their horses,” said neighbor Octavio Nuñez.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday and prompted eleven engines to the scene and about 75 firefighters battled the flames that quickly spread, Cal Fire officials said.

"We're dealing with extremely hot temperatures and low humidity," said Pam Temmermand from Cal Fire, before crews gained control of the flames.

Though no injuries were reported and the flames did not prompt evacuations, the Gonzales' only silver lining was that two of their other horses were able to escape.

"You know, it happens really fast and really quick," said Nuñez. "The only thing you think is about yourself, your belongings, your family."

Chaparro, one of the family horses was able to run out of the burning barn and was rescued by a family member.

Sources say Cal Fire investigators are focusing around Miramonte Avenue as the possible origin of the fire, which is still under investigation.

"The majority of fires in California are human-caused," said Cal Fire Battalion Cgief Jonathan Cox. "Be super vigilant out there."

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Website Boasts Solution to Long DMV Lines, Sparks Probe]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:48:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMV_LINE_0709_3424876.JPG

As hundreds of people brave long lines and waits at DMV offices this year, some people are turning to an independent Oakland-based website that says it can solve the DMV experience.

YoGov.org says it will save people from waiting in "those dreadful lines" by booking an appointment for them in seconds -- for a fee. While the DMV's appointment backlog is about nine weeks out, YoGov.org says it can book an appointment within two weeks "guaranteed" at a cost of about $20.

The DMV confirmed YoGov.org is using the agency's website to book appointments and issued this statement: "We continue to investigate this operation and remind DMV customers that we do not charge to schedule an appointment to visit a DMV field office."

Officials with the DMV say their employees are spending excessive amounts of time explaining the new federal Real ID, and the delays in helping people get their new driver's licenses is impacting everyone visiting the agency, even those seeking a simple vehicle registration renewal.

DMV offices in Santa Clara and South San Jose this week had lines wrapped around the building. Some people complained of waiting as long as six hours, and most said their experience was two to three hours long.

Parkash Daryani of Milpitas had to miss an entire day of work.

"I came here and thought it would take three hours. So I took off a half day off work," Daryani said. "But now it looks like it's a full day affair."

It took 18-year-old Michaiyha Johnson nearly five hours to get her driver's license Monday.

"It's pretty frustrating, and it's really hot," Johnson said.

After steering away from long DMV lines in Los Gatos and Gilroy, Gary Swanson chose the Santa Teresa office. He said he's glad he brought his chair because the line there wasn't any shorter than the previous two.

"So far, it's not working out at all," Swanson said. "Every line in the South Bay is long. It's terrible, the wait times."

The problem was not exclusive to the South Bay as customers at DMV offices across the Bay Area reported 2-3-hour wait times. One woman waited nearly two hours even with an appointment.

"I had to miss a day of work," San Jose resident Amir Jaston said.

The DMV blamed the long lines and long waits on their offices implementing the new federal Real ID program, an effort to standardize driver's licenses across all 50 states.

Starting in October 2020, U.S. residents need a Real ID or passport to fly.

DMV officials say the agency is working on speeding up the process.

"The DMV has hired nearly 400 new employees statewide and 166 people this month," spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez said. "And if you are in the office by 5, a lot of these people will help you until 7 p.m."

Many people hope the agency will do a better job of posting accurate wait times online. One San Francisco woman drove down to San Jose to avoid the long lines only to find more.

"It's frustrating because you look online and have an expectation of one time, and then it ends up being double or triple that," Jasmine S. said.

The DMV suggests customers go online and look up the exact documents they need for their transaction, and the department posted checklists to help out. Appointments are also recommended, but there's also a lengthy backlog there.

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<![CDATA[Homes Damaged in 3-Alarm Fire in San Jose]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:54:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07112018SJFire_3451327.JPG

A fire jumped from one house to another in San Jose Wednesday afternoon and forced two families out of their homes.

The three-alarm blaze broke out around 1:30 p.m. on the 4900 block of Berkeland Court, just east of Highway 101 and near Coyote Creek. It was fueled by a a gas line in between the two houses.

A neighbor noticed the flames and quicly ran to one of the homes where a mother was trying to get out with her daughter.

The mom, Judy Campbell, said everyone is safe, but they will not be able to move back in for a while.

"This is just devastating," she said. "We've been here 19 years. I know it's just a house, but it's our home."

The other home damaged in the blaze was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Cuts Coming to Early BART Service for Retrofitting: Report]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:22:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bart-riders-generic.jpg

Early morning BART riders will face major service cuts in about seven months, according to a report.

That's because starting in February of 2019, BART trains will start running an hour later than usual to give workers more time to retrofit the Transbay Tube that runs beneath the San Francisco Bay, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The tube itself is considered to be seismically sound, but BART is worried than an outer shell and concrete liner would crack in a major earthquake, according to the report.

The transit agency estimates that the extra time for workers will shave four months off the three-and-a-half year project and save approximately $15 million, the report indicated.

While the retrofitting is in the works, BART plans to replace the early morning train service with new bus routes from the Dublin/Pleasanton station and other stations across the East Bay where most early commuters start their days, according to the report.

The question is whether the expanded bus service should include express service into San Francisco. BART's board of directors on Thursday will discuss the two proposals, according to the report. A vote is expected later this year.

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<![CDATA[Massive Office Building in San Jose Receives City's Approval]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:42:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/googleplex_sj_0710_3442218.JPG

San Jose city leaders gave final approval to a massive downtown office complex that will bring with it both upgrades and concerns about housing.

Construction of the 1 million-square-foot complex will begin soon on the block between Autumn Parkway and West Julian Street. The new development is expected to house an estimated 5,000 workers.

"It's gonna bring a variety of upgrades and improvements to the surrounding open spaces," said Peter Leroe-Munoz of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Spaces certainly seem to be opening up in the area as nearby businesses already are moving away, prompting questions about whether the addition of Google's massive downtown village makes the area too tech-friendly.

"I think it's gonna be great for the downtown area, for Google coming in, but I do know people are gonna suffer for housing, because everything's gonna be super expensive," resident Heidi Kern said.

That was the theme of a protest outside Google's marketing conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Demonstrators in tents and with signs stood outside, asking the tech giant for housing help.

"If they wanna be a good neighbor and move into San Jose, they gotta address its impacts," said Jeffrey Buchanan of Silicon Valley Rising, a coalition of labor, faith leaders, community-based organizations and workers. "In a project like this, not only do you have high-priced engineers and programmers, but you have cafeteria workers, shuttle drivers, people who work in security that are being paid poverty wages. They can't afford the housing prices here in San Jose."

Some said one of the advantages of the new site is accessibility to public transit, with Caltrain and VTA light rail trains stopping at nearby Diridon Station and when BART eventually extends into downtown San Jose.

CORRECTION: (Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Google was involved with the approved office complex. 

<![CDATA[Former Apple Employee Charged With Stealing Trade Secrets]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:43:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

A former Apple employee was charged Monday with stealing trade secrets after being arrested at Mineta San Jose International Airport two days earlier.

Xiaolang Zhang was a hardware engineer on Apple's autonomous vehicle development team from December 2015 until May 5, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in San Jose.

Due to his role on the team, prosecutors said Zhang had access to confidential databases, trade secrets and intellectual property.

Authorities said Zhang went to China while taking paternity leave from April 1 to April 28, then returned to the company on April 30 to tell his employer he would be resigning to take care of his mother in China.

Zhang also disclosed that he would be taking a position at Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese startup company that focuses on electric cars and autonomous vehicle technology.

During his resignation, he turned over two iPhones, a MacBook and complied to Apple's intellectual property policy, according to the complaint.

On May 1, Apple investigators began reviewing Zhang's user activity on the company's databases.

Investigators found that Zhang's network activity increased "exponentially" in the days leading up to April 30, shortly before he resigned.

According to the complaint, that activity was mainly bulk searches and targeted downloads of "copious" pages of information, which contained trade secrets and intellectual property.

Investigators also found video surveillance that showed Zhang at the Apple campus on April 28 during his paternity leave, but he allegedly denied he did so during a follow-up interview.

According to the complaint, Zhang then recanted his statement and said he had been on the campus to retrieve some computer cables, a keyboard and a server. He also admitted to "air-dropping" information onto his wife's computer, saying he needed it for a future position at Apple that he was considering before he announced his resignation.

A later search by Apple investigators found that 60 percent of the information on his wife's computer was "highly problematic," according to the complaint.

Zhang was "voluntarily terminated" from Apple on May 5, though his data privileges were revoked on April 30. Zhang told his employer that he and his family would soon move to Guangzhou, China.

The FBI searched Zhang's home on June 22, and FBI agents arrested Zhang at Terminal B of Mineta San Jose International Airport on Saturday.

According to the complaint, Zhang had booked a last-minute, round-trip flight alone to Beijing and Hangzhou, China, on Hainan Airlines. Zhang claimed to work in a Mountain View office of Xiaopeng Motors before his arrest.

If convicted, Zhang faces a sentence of 10 years in jail and $250,000 in fines. Assistant Federal Defender Tamara Crepet, listed in court records as Zhang's attorney, declined to comment on the case.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Near Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 07:22:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07102018SJFire2_3440358.JPG

A brush fire that spread rapidly in South San Jose prompted evacuations Tuesday at a school and an IBM research facility, fire officials said.

The blaze was first reported at 3 p.m. near Santa Teresa County Park. The campus that was placed under an evacuation order, Muriel Wright School, is located nearby at 298 Bernal Road.

Cal Fire officials said the fire burned at least 100 acres and was 90 percent contained Wednesday morning.

No injuries are reported in the fire and authorities said an investigation into the cause is ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

The San Jose fire is at least the second brush fire that erupted in the South Bay Tuesday afternoon. Earlier in the afternoon, firefighters responded to a brush fire that burned at least 40 acres and threatened structures in Morgan Hill.

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<![CDATA[Burning Man Art Gets Extended Stay in Downtown San Jose]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:56:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20180326-DTSJ-Sculpture-Figure-16.jpg

Haven't been able to catch a glimpse of the 15-foot-tall metal sculpture in Downtown San Jose? Well, you're in luck! 

The Burning Man art piece, "Tara Mechani," is getting an extended stay until August 13. 

The sculpture "Tara Mechani" is an art piece loosely based off of the female Buddha Tara intertwined with the aesthetics of a female robot. The piece is the third art installation from the cities Playa to the Paseo partnership with the Burning Man Foundation.

“We have such a fascination with technology and instead of having it at war with the past, the idea, for me, was to fuse these worlds and not lose sight of all this past ancient wisdom and beauty and intermingle them into the future,” said San Francisco based sculptor, Dana Albany.

The piece stands tall at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, a public place where Albany believes her art can spread many different messages. 

“In every park, in every plaza, in every town hall, traditionally you see these bronze sculptures of war heroes,” said Albany. “Instead of constantly having a historical reference to war, why not have a historical reference to peace, philosophy and wisdom? I think she’s very prevalent for this day and time.” 

The piece took Albany and a group of volunteers about six months to build. At least 80 percent of the material used on "Tara Mechani" is salvage material except for her armature and copper spine. 

Albany hopes the messages of her art can help others embrace the female figure and find inspiration to promote peace and compassion. 

If you’re hoping to see "Tara Mechani" in all its metal glory, it’ll be on display at Plaza de Cesar Chavez from now until August 13.

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<![CDATA[Morgan Hill Brush Fire That Killed 4 Horses Fully Contained]]>Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:09:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/MorganHillFire_3439423.JPEG

Four horses died in a brush fire that burned in Morgan Hill Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The fire, which scorched roughly 50 acres, threatened about 20 structures near Live Oak Avenue and Monterey Road, and burned three outbuildings, is fully contained, a Cal Fire official said early Wednesday.

The fire was first reported at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Eleven engines were at the scene and about 75 firefighters battled the flames that quickly spread, Cal Fire officials said.

"We're dealing with extremely hot temperatures and low humidity," said Pam Temmermand from Cal Fire, before crews gained control of the flames.

No injuries were reported and there were no evacuations in place. 

"The majority of fires in California are human-caused," said Cal Fire Battalion Cgief Jonathan Cox. "Be super vigilant out there."

No additional information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Protesters Call Google to Address Housing Crisis in San Jose]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:26:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBStillWelcometoGoogleville_3432302.JPEG

Protesters erected tents outside San Jose McEnery Convention Center Tuesday morning to voice their concerns about how the proposed "Google village" near downtown could contribute to the housing crisis.

Some signs on the tents read "Hey Google, affordable housing now," and "Are your Google ad dollars leading to homelessness?"

Demonstrators gathered outside the convention center where Google was hosting its marketing conference, Google Marketing Live, to urge to company to "help solve the housing crisis that the expansion of google and other companies like it has pushed in San Jose," said one protester Jeffrey Buchanan.

Buchanan said it has been a year since Google announced its eight million square feet of office space project around San Jose's Diridon Station, but the Mountain View-based tech giant has yet to make a single commitment to invest in the community's affording housing.

On Monday, San Jose officials approved the construction of an office complex that would house 5,000 employees near downtown, Mercury News reported.

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<![CDATA[Large Bay Area Cities Among Worst in US to Drive in: Report]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:38:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GGBTraffic.JPG

This may not come as a surprise to Bay Area drivers contantly sitting in traffic, fighting the pain at the pump or trying to deter thieves from breaking into their cars.

The region's three largest cities — San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose — are among the worst large cities in the nation to drive in this year, according to a WalletHub report released Tuesday.

Compared to the 100 most populous cities in the country, the city by the bay was dubbed as the second worst large city to drive in, according to the report. Oakland wasn't much better as the third worst city to get behind the wheel. San Jose settled as the 13th worst city.

On the positive side of the spectrum, Raleigh, North Carolina, grabbed the top spot as the best place to drive, followed by Corpus Christi, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, respectively, according to the report.

When crafting its rankings report, WalletHub took a look at a host of factors related to driving, such as the amount of time spent on congested roadways, car theft rates, average gasoline prices, auto maintenance costs, parking fees and crash likelihood.

Among those specific factors, San Francisco was found to be the home of the highest average gas prices, according to the report. Oakland tied with two other cities for having the highest car theft rate.

Best Large U.S. Cities for Driving:

1. Raleigh, North Carolina

2. Corpus Christi, Texas

3. Orlando, Florida

4. Greensboro, North Carolina

5. Plano, Texas

6. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

7. Durham, North Carolina

8. El Paso, Texas

9. Jacksonville, Florida

10. Tampa, Florida

Worst Large U.S. Cities for Driving:

91. Chicago, Illinois

92. Los Angeles, California

93. Newark, New Jersey

94. New York, New York

95. Boston, Massachusetts

96. Seattle, Washington

97. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

98. Oakland, California

99. San Francisco, California

100. Detroit, Michigan

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<![CDATA[SJC Now Offering Nonstop Flights to New York's JFK]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:04:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AlaskaAirlinesPlane.JPG

Alaska Airlines' inaugural daily non-stop flight between Mineta San Jose International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport departed the Silicon Valley on Monday morning, the airport announced in a statement.

The airline will operate one flight in each direction daily, first departing San Jose at 7 a.m. Pacific Time, landing at JFK at 3:43 p.m. Eastern Time, and then returning at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and landing in the Bay Area just after 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

"I'm grateful to CEO Brad Tilden and his entire Alaska team for their continued investment in destinations that are a high priority for Silicon Valley's business and leisure travelers," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Dive Team Monitors Thailand Cave Rescue]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:43:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Parents_React_to_Thailand_Cave_Rescues.jpg

Divers in Thailand have successfully rescued eight of the 12 kids who have been trapped in a flooding cave. The operation resumed shortly to save the last four members of the youth soccer team and their coach. The Santa Clara County Shierff's Office dive team has been closely monitoring the developments. Damian Trujillo reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Long Lines and Waits at Bay Area DMVs Due to New ID Rules]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:50:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DMV_LINE_0709_3424876.JPG

Hundreds of people braved seemingly endless lines Monday at DMV offices across the Bay Area over new ID rules.

Officials with the DMV say their employees are spending excessive amounts of time explaining the new federal Real ID, and the delays in helping people get their new driver's licenses is impacting everyone visiting the agency, even those seeking a simple vehicle registration renewal.

The DMV office in South San Jose had a line wrapped around the building. It took 18-year-old Michaiyha Johnson nearly five hours to get her driver's license.

"It's pretty frustrating, and it's really hot," Johnson said.

After steering away from long DMV lines in Los Gatos and Gilroy, Gary Swanson chose the Santa Teresa office. He said he's glad he brought his chair because the line there wasn't any shorter than the previous two.

"So far, it's not working out at all," Swanson said. "Every line in the South Bay is long. It's terrible, the wait times."

The problem was not exclusive to the South Bay as customers at DMV offices across the Bay Area reported 2-3-hour wait times. One woman waited nearly two hours even with an appointment.

"I had to miss a day of work," San Jose resident Amir Jaston said.

The DMV blamed the long lines and long waits on their offices implementing the new federal Real ID program, an effort to standardize driver's licenses across all 50 states.

Starting in October 2020, U.S. residents need a Real ID or passport to fly.

DMV officials say the agency is working on speeding up the process.

"The DMV has hired nearly 400 new employees statewide and 166 people this month," spokeswoman Jennifer Gonzalez said. "And if you are in the office by 5, a lot of these people will help you until 7 p.m."

Many people hope the agency will do a better job of posting accurate wait times online. One San Francisco woman drove down to San Jose to avoid the long lines only to find more.

"It's frustrating because you look online and have an expectation of one time, and then it ends up being double or triple that," Jasmine S. said.

The DMV suggests customers go online and look up the exact documents they need for their transaction, and the department posted checklists to help out. Appointments are also recommended, but there's also a lengthy backlog there.

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<![CDATA[12-Year-Old Boy From SJ Touching Hearts Through Paintings]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:52:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/20180626-Tyler-Gordon-Artist-11.jpg

The likes of comedian Kevin Hart and NBA star Kevin Durant have a painting from the same artist hanging inside their home.

The pieces were painted by Tyler Gordon, a 12-year-old boy from San Jose who uses his art to connect with people and express his creativity. His skills even landed him a spot on Steve Harvey's NBC show, "Little Big Shots", that showcase the world's young talents.

Tyler's mom, Nicole Kindle, said he never showed interest in art but she noticed that Tyler would sneak up at night, after all the kids were put to sleep, to watch her mom paint.

"I knew he was there but I never said anything to him. He'd just watch for hours. One day, he came to me and said 'Mom, I'm gonna paint for the school Art Fair,'" Kindle told NBC Bay Area.

Kindle is a stay-at-home mother of five and says she had been painting since she was 6 years old. She says Tyler's skill shocked her in the very beginning.

Kindle says she got Tyler some paint supplies and he started painting the principal of Fischer Middle School, where he attended 6th grade, within 20 minutes.

"I'm honestly fascinated. I'd just sit on the counter and watch how effortlessly he does it. I'm so proud of him. I didn't know he had it in him," Kindle said.

Tyler says he loves painting because he makes him feel calm and happy.

"I'm very inspired by my mom because she's an artist too. 

"I'm very inspired by my mom because she's an artist too," Tyler said with a little bit of a stutter because he's deaf in one ear and has limited hearing in the other. Being only 12 years old, Tyler has faced a lot of hardship in life.

He and his twin brother, Taylor, were born prematurely at seven months, according this Kindle. She said she was told that the twins weren't going to make it.

And in January, Tyler was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency after his femurs broke while he was walking, resulting in an emergency surgery on his hips. He spent a month in a wheelchair, but he still painted.

Like any young boy, Tyler wanted to play outside and be with his twin brother and his friends. "I was crying," Tyler says, when the doctors told him he couldn't play basketball or football anymore. 

Tyler's love for basketball runs deep, with Kevin Durant being one of his favorite players. One day, Durant's mother contacted him about a painting of Durant he had posted on Facebook and offered to buy it for $100.

It was the beginning of Tyler's road to making others happy with his talent. Durant's mother still keeps in contact with Tyler, according to his mother.

The calls kept coming in.

Tyler was asked to audition for "Little Big Shots" on NBC, filmed for the show in October and it was aired earlier this month. He even dressed up as Harvey for Halloween.

"I went to the mall. I asked people questions like Steve Harvey," Tyler recalled. He says he wants to be on TV like Harvey one day.

He was also contacted by Kevin Hart's friend and comedian Spank Horton to come to Hart's show "The Irresponsible Tour" at Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheater last week, and sold his portrait to Hart for $1,000.

"Best day EVER!!!!! MY DREAM CAME TRUE!!!! Mr. @KevinHart4real bought my PAINTING!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you Mr. @SpankHorton. You made my life!!!," Tyler tweeted.

Tyler says he loved Hart's performance in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and thinks that he's a really funny.

The young 7th grader is also an active member in his community. "We get to help people who don't have enough food," Tyler said Friday, after he just got home from church.

Tyler says has been volunteering at the True Vine Baptist Church for two years, feeding the less fortunate.

"He’s a miracle and there’s so much more to come for him," Kindle said. "My hope for him is that he can grow with the talent and be one of the best there ever was. Have his name somewhere with Van Gogh and Picasso, I just want him to take it as far as he can."

CORRECTION (June 26, 2018, 5:29 pm.): The previous version of this article misspelled Nicole Kindle's last name.

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<![CDATA[Rising Temps a Concern for Firefighters Battling Wildfires]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:32:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18188448969600.jpg

An unbearable heat wave across California is creating dangerous conditions for crews battling a number of wildfires in the state. Climate change may also be adding another hurdle for firefighters.

The rising temps makes matters worse. Typically, fires burn with less intensity at night, but that is not always happening now. Firefighters are struggling to control the fires as temperatures get hotter and the pressure mounts.

"As it gets hotter, firefighters are going to be facing more physical stress while they're working," San Jose Fire Department Capt. Robert Herrera said. "There will be a demand for shorter work cycles, more rest cycles put in there."

In Yolo County, the County Fire is as big as the City of Atlanta.

Firefighters are making progress with some of these wildfires, but still having a tough time with others.

Tim Brown with the Western Regional Climate Center said crews are not really getting a break at night when, historically, the weather would usually turn cooler.

"We see increases in daytime temperatures, but we're seeing more increase in the nighttime temperature," Brown said.

In California, firefighters are bracing for the worst.

"Incident commanders may call for additional resources," Herrera said. "The gear can be very heavy, cumbersome and warm. And as the temperatures go up that becomes more of an issue."

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<![CDATA[Big-Rig Fire Shuts Down Highway 101 in Gilroy]]>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:31:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gilroy-fire-0708.jpg

A big-rig fire on Highway 101 in Gilroy sparked a small grass fire Sunday and prompted a Sig-alert as all lanes of the freeway were shut down, officials said.

The fire was reported about 3:35 p.m. in the southbound direction, south of Highway 25, according to the California Highway Patrol. Initially both southbound lanes were closed, but the CHP said all lanes had been shut down as of 5 p.m.

Traffic was being diverted to Highway 25, the CHP said.

Both directions of 101 reopened just after 7 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[2 Dead After VTA Train, Car Collide in San Jose]]>Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:26:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJVTACarCrash.PNG

Two people in a car died Sunday afternoon after the vehicle they were riding in collided with a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail train in San Jose, according to VTA.

About 20 passengers were on the train when the collision occurred at 12:34 p.m. in the area of Lincoln and Auzerais avenues, but they managed to escape unscathed, according to VTA. The train operator was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Surveillance video from a nearby establishment captured the vicious impact and the train dragging the crumpled car about 100 yards down the track.

The car was left in a mangled heap on the tracks, and the train, which was also damaged in the collision, derailed onto a bed of rocks separating a pair of tracks.

Witnesses reported seeing the car trying to get around the train at a crossing.

"People were screaming," Jose Zarate said. "I heard a crash, and I see the train actually crunching in on us like a tin can."

An overhead pole and wires that power the train were also damaged in the collision, according to VTA.

The transit agency launched a bus bridge between the Convention Center and Fruitdale stations while crews worked to clear the crash scene and make repairs.

Crews working overnight were able to repair the tracks and overhead wires in time for the peak of the Monday morning commute, according to VTA.

All bus bridges in the area have since been canceled and normal service has resumed, but VTA warned commuters of possible scheduling delays because trains will roll through the area of the crash scene at 5 mph.

No other injuries were reported in the crash, and the victims' identities were not released Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Fire Destroys Former Italian Eatery in Santa Clara]]>Sat, 07 Jul 2018 15:35:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ByThBucketStill_3396202.JPEG

A fire engulfed a closed down Italian restaurant in Santa Clara early Saturday morning.

Crews responded to the building that used to be By Th' Bucket Bar and Grill restaurant on Stevens Creek Blvd. which closed its doors in September after nearly six decades.

The location was vacant when the fire started, according to fire officials.

Investigators are on the scene to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.

No other information was immediately availabe.

<![CDATA[Police to Test Drones for Security at Shoreline Amphitheatre]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:19:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone-generic-carlsbad-0926.jpg

Mountain View police will experiment with drones to help with security at an upcoming concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Police officials said the drones will not fly over the crowd or nearby houses and businesses.

NBC Bay Area's Business and Tech reporter Scott Budman has more on the new police strategy and privacy concerns in the video report above.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Forces Homeless Encampment Evacuations in SJ]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:50:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0706-2018-SJFire.jpg

A small brush fire forced firefighters to evacuate homeless encampments Friday afternoon in San Jose.

The blaze burned about 2 acres of grass and brush down in a creek bed near Yerba Buena High School.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Wake Up, Smell the Coffee: Dunkin' Donuts Opens in San Jose]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 07:27:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLDD_3384143.JPEG

Dunkin' Donuts is in the South Bay.

The East Coast doughnut and coffee chain has opened a new location near the corner of Snell Avenue and Blossom Hill Road in San Jose.

Customers were greeted with the smell of coffee and high-fives as they walked into the store Friday morning. A line was already formed when they store officially opened at 6 a.m. 

One customer, Margo Tracy, moved to the Bay Area from the East Coast and said she's bringing some doughnuts to her co-workers because they've never had it before.

"It's really awesome to have a good coffee shop in the area where we can walk to and hang out on Saturday and Sunday," Tracy said.

Dunkin' Donuts has other Bay Area locations in Fremont, South San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Petaluma, American Canyon and Half Moon Bay.

<![CDATA[Coyotes Attacking Residential Cats in Mountain View: Reports]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:42:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mv_coyotes_0705_3380887.JPG

Some residents in Mountain View are keeping close tabs on their small pets, especially at night, after reports of cats being mauled by coyotes.

According to officials at Santa Clara County Vector Control, the coyotes may be taking advantage of Stevens Creek, which runs through residential neighborhoods in Mountain View. The agency says it has received about eight calls regarding coyotes over the past few weeks, and that’s unusually high.

Wesley Brandemuehl said his cat Mario was the Alpha cat of the block. Mario was the first pet to come into contact with a coyote.

"I can’t count the number of times, late at night, we would hear him yowling at some cat or another around our house," Brandemuehl said. "We think he probably tried to scare off the coyote, to be honest."

The next door neighbor actually saw a coyote attack Mario.

"She looked outside from her window and saw the coyote on her front lawn eating a cat," Mariel Van Dalsum said.

The neighbor said her sister ran down from her room and scared off the coyote, but Mario didn’t survive.

A couple days later, another dead cat turned up on the lawn.

"She just walked out in the morning and saw a little cat head and four paws; that was all that was left of of the cat," Van Dalsum said.

Vector Control officials said the coyotes are likely using the Stevens Creek Wildlife Corridor to search for food.

"This is typical," Vector Control spokesman Russ Parmin said. "This time of year they’re raising new pups, and some of the older pups, now they’re starting to disperse and go out into other territory."

Coyotes are not considered a threat to people, so there are no plans to trap or kill them. But because they're clearly a threat to pets, officials are advising residents to not let their animals out at night.

Parmin said the coyotes eventually will move on if they have no prey and people don’t leave food out at night.

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<![CDATA[Sex Offender Arrested on New Sex Charges in Morgan Hill]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:53:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/christian+rowen-0705.jpg

A registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday in Morgan Hill after he was seen following and recording a woman walking home from the downtown area, according to Morgan Hill police.

Christian Rowen, 45, of Gilroy was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of violating his sex registration requirements, drug possession and assault with intent to commit a sexual assault, police said.

At about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Rowen was seen driving a silver SUV and following a 20-year-old woman as she walked home in the area of Dunne and Del Monte avenues, police said. As the woman continued walking, the vehicle appeared to pass by, park and wait for her to catch up. The driver appeared to be recording her walking past his vehicle before repeating that cycle, police said.

When the woman arrived home, she saw Rowen in his vehicle, waiting outside her house. Police responded and determined Rowen was out of compliance with the sex offender registration requirements, police said. During a search of his vehicle, police located a mechanical sexual device and narcotics.

Anyone with additional information related to Tuesday's incident or other incidents involving Rowen should contact Detective Chris Woodrow (669) 253-4914 or the anonymous tip line at 4080947-STOP (7867).

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<![CDATA[Scam: Letters to Homeowners Offering Property Info For $89]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:10:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scc_scam_0705_3377500.JPG

In what a Santa Clara County official is calling a scam, a company is trying to get South Bay residents to pay for information about their property that they can get for free from county records.

The scam is in the disguise of a legitimate-looking letter that is being mailed to property owners. The letter offers homeowners information about their property value and a property deed for $89.

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone reviewed the letter and said it's definitely a scam.

"They're really attempting to deceive the public," Stone said. "It's going out to millions of homeowners who can get a deed for $6 and the property information for free.

"So they mail to these folks, offering to provide them with information that's available for free 24/7 on the assessor's website or here in our office," he added.

The timing is bad too. Nearly half a million South Bay property owners are receiving legitimate letters this week from the county about their home's assessed value. The fake letters come from a company calling itself Local Property Office.

The return address is from Southern California, and Stone says it looks like a government document.

Stone advises people to look closely at these types of letters that look like official government documents. Letters from the Assessor's Office have the official government seal, and they don't demand payment.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Murder-Suicides on the Rise: Santa Clara County DA]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:35:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/murder_suicide_0705_3377670.JPG

An alarming trend in the elderly community has Santa Clara County issuing a warning and asking for help.

The county District Attorney's Office says the number of murder-suicides among elderly couples is on the rise. The office has notified at least 10 major elder care groups in the Bay Area about the findings so elder care professionals can keep an eye on patients who may be prone to violence.

Last July, at a home in Saratoga, an 81-year-old former Seagate executive reportedly shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself. It's the type of incident county officials say is becoming more common.

"It’s the fourth year in a row that we had an elder murder-suicide involving an elderly couple," said Cindy Hendrickson, assistant district attorney. "Even though it’s a small number statistically, it’s a huge number in terms of the human cost."

There have been two such murder-suicides so far this year.

It has the DA’s office so concerned that it has sent letters to several local health care organizations, including the Alzheimer’s Association. That organization told NBC Bay Area there are some red flags to watch for.

"Withdrawing from who they are, change in mood, change in behavior or personality, someone who has always been easy going easily getting frustrated," said Claire Day of the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada. "When you see those signs, you should talk about them."

According to the county, there’s also a similar pattern of behavior in most of the cases they’ve seen.

"Most of the perpetrators left notes, and in those notes, they evidenced feelings of despair," Hendrickson said.

Another disturbing finding from the county report: This year’s death toll for murder-suicides is more than the average in Santa Clara County over the past 22 years.

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<![CDATA[Illegal Fireworks Concerns in SJ Extend Past the Holiday]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 19:03:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBGIFILLEGALFIREWORKS_3372857.gif

The Fourth of July holiday has come and gone, but the concern about illegal fireworks lighting up the South Bay sky won't likely fade away quickly.

Despite the fact that all fireworks are illegal in San Jose, aerial footage from the night of Independence Day captured a number of people in the South Bay city firing off their own fireworks into the air for hours on end. Those bright bursts and loud bangs in residential neighborhoods could continue Thursday night and into the weekend.

Helicopter footage from Wednesday night also captured a small brush fire burning near the intersection of N. 1st Street and Highway 237 in the South Bay. It's not clear if illegal fireworks played a role in the blaze.

Residents in San Jose who witness illegal fireworks activity can report it to the city using an online platform.

Fines for first-time fireworks violators in the South Bay city start at $500, according to the city.

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<![CDATA[Burglar Caught on Camera Breaking Into San Jose Businesses]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 23:45:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_burglar_0704_3369784.JPG

A business owner in San Jose says her security cameras captured a burglar breaking into her office and neighboring businesses while they were closed for the Fourth of July holiday.

The video from Aline Lee's surveillance cameras shows a man spending hours ransacking her office after using power tools to smash through a wall. The footage shows the man rifling through a cabinet in the office before realizing he’s on camera.

When Lee decided to check in on her office, she was surprised by what she found.

"I found a whole big mess of my paperwork, everything," she said, adding that it has happened before.

Lee and her fellow business owners had security gates installed about two months ago to prevent future break-ins, but in this latest incident, the burglar seemed went right through the wall at one of the units in the building that did not have security gates or bars.

Then, using power tools he found inside, the man sawed through walls to get into different businesses, and he seemingly came prepared to be there for a while.

"So they actually brought in food and everything too," Lee said. "They used the restroom too while they were in here."

San Jose police were at the scene Wednesday interviewing all the businesses owners.

"Hopefully they’re going to try to find a solution or at least try to be in this area a little more because it’s an ongoing situation," business owner Olga Carrillo said.

<![CDATA[Hot Dog Champ Chestnut Breaks Record Amid Miscount Drama]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:13:47 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17185631784212.jpg

The 2018 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog competition ended in drama, and a world record. The original count for the men's competition had world champion Joey Chestnut as the winner, but found he'd fallen short of his record of 72 by at least 5 dogs. Turns out the initial count was wrong. ESPN is now reporting that Chestnut has in fact beaten his record, gobbling down 74 dogs. Second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti ate 64.

"Electronic counters need to be brought into competitive eating. I love the sport, but today was a massive black eye," ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted about the mistake. 

Longtime announcer George Shea tells The Associated Press he noticed in real time that jurists measuring Chestnut’s and Cincotti’s intake weren’t counting from two plates stacked with franks that the eaters were drawing from. The under-counted tally was then displayed on live TV.

Shea says both Chestnut and Cincotti were adamant about their scores, which were certified by Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. He says new judges will be used next year.

Meanwhile, Miki Sudo downed 37 franks to win her fifth straight title in the women’s competition of the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The Las Vegas competitor fell short of the 41 hot dogs she consumed last year but still beat out second-place finisher Michelle Lesco, of Tucson, Arizona. Lesco chowed down 28 wieners and buns.

“I just left room for improvement next year," she said.

Sudo was a fan favorite, drawing big cheers from the crowd during her performance, which was slightly delayed after she requested new water to soak her buns.

The live blog has now ended. Recap on the action below. 

1:10 p.m. Wow, the drama has not ended: an ESPN reporter has just tweeted that the counter missed a plate. Apparently 74 is the official count for Chestnut, which is the all-time record! 

1:04 p.m. Well, he didn't beat his world record of 72 dogs and buns, but he still won. Joey Chestnut is officially the 11-time winner of the Mustard Belt, coming back to destroy the competition after lagging in the first three minutes. The official count hasn't been done, but it looks like he did 64 dogs.  What a show. 

12:59 p.m. Chestnut has won the contest, yet again! 64 dogs! "We are witnessing athletic mastery...the esophagus of a champion," the commentators crow.

12:57 p.m. "He will sleep the sleep of 1000 martyrs if he can take the comp, yet again." This is sports commentating of the highest quality, thanks ESPN. Chestnut is still ahead. 56 dogs so far.

12:55 p.m. Two dogs, then two buns. Repeat. That seems to be Chestnut's secret here. He's behind his record-setting pace, but he's still well ahead of the pack. 48 dogs so far. Can he still beat his 72 dog record?

12:54 p.m. And Chestnut is back in the lead. What a comeback! He's picked up the pace to overtake Stonie 40 dogs to Stonie's 28. I'm on the edge of my seat.

12:52 p.m. Matthew "Megatoad" Kai Stonie is from California. He shot to YouTube fame when he uploaded a video in 2012 in which he drinks a gallon of Gatorade in 37 seconds. He's now ahead by 4 dogs.

12:50 p.m. Matt Stonie is going dog-to-dog with reigning champ Joey Chestnut. In fact, he's pulled ahead by one dog. Could this be an upset? 

12:49 p.m. And we're away! Chestnut is ahead by a dog.

12:45 p.m. Just announced, Carmen Cincotti of New Jersey. He was second to Joey Chestnut last year and today is his birthday, so he's coming for his present. "Bitter rage has driven him for 364 days," the announcer says. 

12:42 p.m. Woah, New York rapper and competitive eater Eric Booker aka Badlands just dropped a rhyme on his way to the stage! Plus he's the pea-eating champion of the world! These competitors are extremely multi-talented.

12:39 p.m. There are a surprising number of I.T. professionals in this competition, we're learning from the introductions. Just introduced: Gideon Oji,the kale-eating champion of the world, and also the world's tallest competitive eater, so they say. 

12:35 p.m. "The difficulty in his marriage began when he named his children Mild, Medium and Hot..." The competitors are being announced onto the stage in dramatic fashion. Apparently the watermelon-eating champion of the world also holds the pork rind title. Who knew?

12:30 p.m. It's about to begin. The moment we've all been waiting for. Side note: an employee at "The New York Times" named Carmen Cincotti, from New Jersey, is competing. He's a software engineer by day, competitive eater in his spare time.

12:19 p.m. The ten-minute countdown clock will start at 12:30 p.m! In the meantime -- did you know that Joey Chestnut grew up in a family of six kids? He broke onto the scene of competitive eating in 2005, winning a deep-fried asparagus competition.   

12:08 a.m. Speaking in a pre-contest interview Joey Chestnut acknowledges it's hot out there, but at least it'll keep the dogs warm. “I can’t be lazy, I’m just going to have fun," he says. He's going for his 11th Mustard Belt.

12:04 a.m. We're waiting for the men's contest to kick off in about 20 minutes. Will Joey “Jaws” Chestnut be able to keep up with his own world record of 72 dogs and buns in 10 minutes?

11:33 a.m. Sudo downed 41 dogs last year, and just 37 this year, but she said she still felt good. She was watching her competitors and could see she had a comfortable lead: “I just left room for improvement next year," she said.

11:31 a.m. Sudo has won $10,000 for her efforts. She was a whopping nine dogs ahead of the competition, and scoffed 37 franks and buns in total. It's not as much as she's done before, but it was enough to take her fifth title. In second place, with 28 dogs and buns was the oyster eating champion of Ireland Michelle Lesko. World record-holder Sonya Thomas took third at 26.

11:21 a.m. Miki Sudo is the runaway winner! She's secured her place as a five time champion at Nathan's. "Absolutely a comfortable win," commentators say. 

11:17 a.m. The women's competition is underway with Miki Sudo in first place so far, about 7 dogs ahead of the pack. Sudo is the reigning champ, but does not hold the world record.

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<![CDATA[Rip Currents, Large Waves Expected to Batter Bay Area Coast]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 19:11:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SantaCruzWaves.JPG

Keep an eye out, Bay Area beachgoers.

Officials have issued a beach hazards statement warning about sneaker waves, rip currents and large swells that could wreak havoc along the coast between early Thursday and late Saturday.

The hazards are primarily expected to impact beaches that face to the south between Sonoma and Monterey counties, according to officials.

Beachgoers are encouraged to stay away from jetties, keep an eye on their pets and never turn their back on the water.

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<![CDATA[Fireworks Shows Celebrate Fourth of July in the Bay Area]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 23:50:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GGBFireworks.JPG

Nothing like midweek parades, delicious food and fireworks.

Scores of people across the Bay Area once again repped the red, white and blue as they celebrated the Fourth of July Wednesday with both legal and illegal pyrotechnics.

FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS GUIDE: Parades, Celebrations and Fireworks Around the Bay Area

Folks in San Francisco celebrated Independence Day amid a heavy police presence along the waterfront as thousands flocked to the area to catch the annual fireworks show.

The festive display featured about 5,000 explosions set to music. 

In San Jose, fireworks lit up the night sky above Discovery Meadow in the downtown area. And there were plenty of additional fireworks of the illegal kind across the South Bay, as seen on aerial footage from NBC Bay Area's chopper. 

The city still allows residents to report illegal fireworks activity online, but after last year's hiccups involving innocent people being fined, the city says it has updated its reporting website.

In the East Bay city of Pittsburg, authorities were chasing down dozens of reports of illegal fireworks, and some desribed it sounding like a war zone.

A Contra Costa County fireworks task force dispatches emergency crews to the scenes of fires and injuries caused by fireworks.

It varies from year to year, but between dusk and dawn they will log hundreds of complaints.

"Our resources get spread so thin that sometimes we’ll even go to a manual mode of dispatching," Contra Costa Fire District Chief Chief Jeff Carman said.

All fireworks are illegal in the county, a move to avoid fires and injuries and to protect pets and avoid alarming people who cope with PTSD.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an estimated 18,500 fires every year, and hospital emergency rooms admitted nearly 13,000 people with injuries from fireworks in 2017.

"We have had people who have lost appendages, fingers – that sort of thing," ConFire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Fourth of July Events Guide]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 19:11:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4th-of-july-bay-area-thumbnail-2016.jpg

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<![CDATA[San Jose Couple Remodeling Bathroom Uncovers Hidden Message]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:40:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0704-2018-BathroomRemodel.jpg

Are there messages just waiting to be uncovered in my home?

That's what many are wondering after coming across a tweet that went viral this week posted by San Jose resident Alex Monney. The tweet, which has since been deleted, garnered more than 21,000 retweets and hundreds of comments.

Alex and Jess Monney are remodeling their bathroom this month and discovered a message left from the home's previous owners:

"We remodeled this bathroom summer 1995. If you're reading this, that means you're remodeling the bathroom again. What's wrong with the way we did it?!?!?"

The message is also accompanied with a photo of the previous owners. Check out the message below:

The previous homeowners shared a picture of their pet rabbit, Cassie, too. 

"Thank you for the note. It gave us a lot of smiles," homeowner Alex Monney told NBC Bay Area. "It brought a lot of laughter to our life. Your bathroom was great. Sorry, for messing with it."

Here is how the bathroom looked before the remodel in this tweet from Jess below:

The viral bathroom remake continues to be the talk on social media thanks to the likes of comedian and actress Sarah Silverman sharing the story.

The Monneys said they plan to carry on the tradition and write their own message in the walls. 

Meanwhile, we'll be figuring out if any portions of our home are in need of a remodel. Who knows? There could be a hidden message from '95 patiently waiting to be seen.

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<![CDATA[Hot Dog King! SJ's Joey Chestnut Set to Defend Title in NY]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:17:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/joeychestnut_3360210.JPG

San Jose's own Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will try to keep the Mustard Belt in Silicon Valley as he competes once again in the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York, on Wednesday.

The reigning hot dog champ downed a record 72 franks last year to win his 10th Nathan's title, beating Carmen Cincotti (62) and another San Jose native Matt "Megatoad" Stonie (45), who won the title in 2015.

The men's contest goes off at 9 a.m. PDT and is televised on ESPN2.  The women's competition starts at 7:50 a.m. PDT.

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<![CDATA[SJFD Investigate 'Suspicious' Grass Fires Off Hwy. 87]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 16:34:00 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/193*120/0703-2018-SJ-Fire.jpg

Fire investigators are treating a pair of small grass fires near San Jose International Airport as suspicious, officials said.

Both fires started around the same time late Tuesday afternoon just off Highway 87 and near Skyport Drive, according to the San Jose Fire Department.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Parades Celebrate 4th of July]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 14:44:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/0704-MorganHill3.jpgParades were held across the Bay Area on Wednesday to celebrate the 4th of July.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Pot Dispensary Booming Ahead of Likely Shortage]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:28:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_pot_dispensary_0703_3352999.JPG

Weed watchers say Northern California could be seeing a marijuana shortage in the next few weeks due to new regulations that create new challenges and a run on the current crop.

One San Jose dispensary had a very busy day Tuesday as customers tried to get ahead of the expected shortage. The afternoon crowd inside Caliva marijuana dispensary was growing while dispensary employees prepared the product along what's quickly becoming one of the state's more lucrative assembly lines.

But despite the demand, it's a nervous time for both dispensaries and customers because a shortage is likely on the way.

"For many dispensaries, it's gonna be tough to get compliant product," said Vince Bjurman of San Martin. "They're saying I have to wait it out. They don't know when the product will be available for them to purchase it for me."

New regulations that kicked in July 1 have left some dispensaries holding the bag and trying to play catch up.

"Every cannabis flower needs to be tested and approved by the state," Caliva CEO Dennis O'Malley said. "Has to all be in child proof packaging. The labeling has to be correct."

Caliva is ahead of the game for now, largely because of new hardware and software and lots of lab work. Each packet has to be ordered eight weeks in advance from China then the labeling goes on.

"It takes time. It takes investment," O'Malley said.

Some of the larger dispensaries like Caliva are able to sell product to the smaller ones, but nobody knows just how deep the shortage will be as dispensaries try to get approved product out.

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<![CDATA[49ers Linebacker Reuben Foster Fined, Suspended for 2 Games]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:06:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Foster7.JPG

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been fined and suspended without pay for the first two games of the upcoming regular season for violating the NFL's Conduct and Substances of Abuse policies, according to the league.

The violations are connected to a weapons offense and a misdemeanor drug offense that have since been resolved, according to the NFL.

Despite the regular season suspension, Foster will be allowed to participate in practices and games during the preseason, according to the league.

Foster released a statement regarding his suspension, expressing remorse for his actions, saying "that my mistakes have hurt my team."

"I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future," the rest of Foster's statement read. "The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted."

General Manager John Lynch also released a statement, noting that the 49ers organization "understands" and "supports" the NFL's decision to fine and suspend the linebacker, who is entering his second year with the team. 

"Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions," Lynch's statement read. "We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well."

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<![CDATA[Driver Suffering From Gunshot Wound Found on Hwy. 101 in SJ]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 05:08:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SJ101Blocked.JPG

At least one person was taken to a hospital after they were discovered in a vehicle on northbound U.S. Highway 101 on Monday night unresponsive and suffering from at least one gunshot wound, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A vehicle was reported blocking at least one lane of the freeway just south of Tully Road around 9:06 p.m. Monday, according to CHP Sgt. Robert Nacke. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the driver of a vehicle unresponsive, having appeared to have been in a fight and having been shot at some point, Nacke said.

It appeared the driver wasn't shot on the freeway, Nacke said, but was possibly shot at another location and attempted to drive to a hospital before becoming unresponsive while driving.

The driver was transported to a hospital, according to Nacke, but an update on their condition and the severity of their injuries was not available as of 4:45 a.m.

The CHP blocked multiple lanes of the freeway for around six hours as they investigated.

No further information is immediately available.

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<![CDATA[South Bay Neighborhood Crack Down on Illegal Fireworks]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 16:39:54 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/7-5-2013-san-jose-fireworks.jpg

South Bay fire agencies and neighborhood groups are both vowing a crackdown on illegal fireworks during the Fourth of July.

In one of San Jose's designated "hot spots" for illegal fireworks, Bonita Avenue, a growing concern prompted neighbors to take action.

"It's still disruptive when you have military-style, military-grade explosives blowing up in the air and shaking your house," said Jeff Levine with the Roosevelt Association.

The neighborhood group near downtown San Jose has had good success chronicling the fireworks. Members said they have high hopes for an online tool promoted by South Bay fire agencies, which allows people to upload pictures of illegal activity. The information uploaded onto the website allow investigators to fine and fine violators.

An updated version of that app was rolled out on the San Jose City website several weeks ago and people are responding.

San Jose Fire Department Capt. Mitch Matlow said around 660 people are using the online tool, with about 120 of those reports giving crews enough information to take action.

Meanwhile, police and city code enforcement will be focusing on hot spots and reports from the online tool. In San Jose, the fine for an illegal fireworks display is $500.

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<![CDATA[Wal-Mart, Other Big Retailers Extorting Shoplifters: Lawsuit]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:46:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/walGettyImages-484406184.jpg

Some of the largest retail chains in the country are extorting money from potential customers, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed Monday in San Jose.

The suit alleges stores such as Wal-Mart, Bloomingdales and Krogers are accusing people of shoplifting then charging those customers money in exchange for not calling police.

Wal-Mart stores like an anchor store at a Milpitas shopping center admit shoplifting is an issue they face every day. But some are now being accused of bullying certain customers into paying for an online class and collecting a cut of the fee.

Suspected shoplifters are being told that instead of facing police and prosecution, they can pay $400 to attend an online class provided by a Utah company called the Corrective Education Company, the lawsuit says. The suit says the stores, including Wal-Mart, are getting a cut of the money being paid to the Corrective Education Company.

"I think it's preying on people's fear of the criminal justice system, preying on people who don't have access to legal counsel," said attorney Joel Fleming, a partner with Block & Leviton, LLP. "It's insidious and wrong."

The lawsuit calls it extortion.

"Anytime you have the prospect of money not going to law enforcement, you run into issues involving extortion," Fleming said. "So, many people may be paying these fees, even if they did nothing wrong."

The plaintiffs are being kept anonymous, but the law firm filing the suit says thousands of people in California have been asked to make the choice between paying for a class or being charged with a crime.

With money to be made, the suit claims some innocent people are being bullied into it.

"Having this company sidestep law enforcement and go directly to the customer and receive payment without going and getting law enforcement involved I think is very concerning," legal analyst Steven Clark said.

Wal-Mart says it has dropped the program offering the online class and denies any wrongdoing, saying it plans a vigorous defense.

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<![CDATA[Superintendent Sends Letter to Trump Over Immigration Stance]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 18:50:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0702MaryAnnDewan_3340737.JPG

The Santa Clara County Office of Education Superintendent sent a letter Monday to the White House saying President Donald Trump's actions on immigration are hurting millions of children, including many who are in this country legally.

County Superintendent Dr. Mary Ann Dewan said all children are suffering trauma because of what they are seeing on television. Dewan said the mental trauma children are suffering from seeing images of families being separated at the border are immeasurable, even if they themselves are not personally impacted.

"It's very unfortunate," student Miles Gill said. "Hopefully it doesn't happen to anyone I know."

The superintendent sent the letter to Trump to try and explain the suffering. The letter also urges the president to reunite separated families immediately, which the Justice Department is now under court order to do so.

"Children in our community are impacted by what's happening in our national news," Dewan said.

Teachers also said they are seeing the impact in the classroom.

"It's really hard to deal with," said Teresa Zasati a youth instructor in the South Bay. "It's difficult working with kids knowing that is going on and you don't know how to comfort them."

Many educators now fear some students may not return to school next fall -- fearing a run in with ICE.

"We're also concerned about decreased enrollment in our country where families don't feel safe and are considering other places to live," Dewan said.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Smoke Advisory Remains in Effect Due to Wildfire]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:19:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18183098354520.jpg

A smoke advisory issued for the Bay Area on Sunday because of smoke coming from the County Fire in Yolo and Napa counties remains in effect Monday, regional air quality officials said.

Winds coming from the north have sent smoke and ash into the Bay Area, and residents in impacted areas are encouraged to take caution to avoid the smoky air, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The County Fire has burned about 44,500 acres near Lake Berryessa as of this morning and is only 3 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

People in areas with heavy smoke are encouraged to seek shelter in buildings with filtered air or to move outside the impacted area until smoke levels go down, air district officials said.

Conditions could improve Tuesday and Wednesday as winds are forecast to shift from a northerly to westerly direction that would push the smoke out of the Bay Area, according to the air district.

People can check real-time air quality readings online.

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<![CDATA[Fans Pack Avaya Stadium for Mexico-Brazil Watch Party ]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 07:21:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/BRAMEXAvayaWatchParty.JPG

Some left elated. Others left deflated.

Of the scores of fans who packed Avaya Stadium in San Jose Monday morning to catch Mexico and Brazil square off in a round of 16 World Cup match, it was the supporters of Brazil who were all smiles after they saw their team on the stadium's video board score a 2-0 victory over El Tri.

Those fans who woke up early to catch the 7 a.m. kickoff were able to catch the action from either a grassy area next to the stadium's video board or from a portion of the stadium's seats that were opened up for viewing. The South Bay stadium is playing host to free watch parties throughout the international soccer tournament.

After a scoreless first half, Neymar tapped in a ball in front of the net to put Brazil on top in the 51st minute. Nearly 40 minutes later, Neymar poked a ball to Roberto Firmino who slotted it into the back of the net to give Brazil a 2-0 lead in the waning moments of the match.

With the win, the Brazilians advanced to the quarterfinals where they will face the winner of Belgium-Japan round of 16 match.

Mexico's loss marks the seventh World Cup in a row that the team has been bounced from the tournament in the round of 16.

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<![CDATA[8 People Sickened by Odor at Home Depot Store in Morgan Hill]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 23:43:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hazmat-mh-0701.jpg

Police and Cal Fire crews responded to a hazmat incident Sunday at a Home Depot in Morgan Hill, according to Cal Fire officials.

The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. at the Home Depot on East Dunne Avenue, which was evacuated and shut down for nearly three hours. Several people inside the store complained of an odor that was making them sick, officials with Cal Fire-Morgan Hill said.

Eight people were treated at the scene, and four of those were taken to the hospital for further treatment. They are expected to be OK, Cal Fire said.

The odor was in a certain section of the store and was described as a pepper spray kind of odor. Firefighters couldn’t determine the source of the odor, Cal Fire said.

People were allowed back into the store at about 5:45 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Two Fishermen Rescued After Boat Sinks North of Santa Cruz]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 20:40:59 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/US-Coast-Guard-Generic.jpg

Two fishermen were rescued early Sunday morning after their 27-foot fishing boat sank off the Pacific coast north of Santa Cruz, Coast Guard officials said.

A jogger on the beach near Wilder Ranch State Park told the Coast Guard about 6:30 a.m. Sunday that two men were stranded on a rock off the coast there, and that the two men called out to that jogger for help.

The fishermen had gone out on their 27-foot fishing boat earlier in the morning, and the boat had struck an object in the water not far from the rocks onto which they reached by swimming, according to Coast Guard Cmdr. Tim List, a Sector San Francisco search and rescue mission coordinator.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco and a Coast Guard Station Santa Cruz 47-foot Motor Lifeboat went to the scene; the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Santa Cruz Harbor Patrol also responded, the Coast Guard said.

The helicopter crew arrived to find the stranded fishermen, and hoisted both men into the helicopter and transferred them to shore, where emergency medical personnel were waiting. There was no update tonight on their condition.

"Life jackets played a pivotal role in the success of this rescue," List said. "Life jackets allowed these fishermen to stay afloat so they could make their way to the rocks and call out for help."

<![CDATA[Flights to Go Dark at SJC During Fourth of July Fireworks]]>Wed, 04 Jul 2018 18:41:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0328-2018-SJC.jpg

The airport in San Jose is going dark Wednesday night so the city can light up the sky for the Fourth of July.

Mineta San Jose International Airport says it has suspended all arrivals and departures between 9:30 and 10 p.m. to allow for the Rotary Fireworks show at Discovery Meadow Park, near the Children's Discovery Museum, in downtown San Jose.

Airport spokewoman Rosemary Barnes said the airport has always been involved with coordinating with the fireworks show, but it will be the first time SJC shuts down the runways for the celebration.

Rotary Club member Carlos Leet said he doesn't believe it's a huge inconvenience for a once-a-year event.

"We’re trying to make a safe space for everybody to enjoy fireworks on the 4th of July," he said. "Trying to get the kids to come to the show instead of setting off their own at home."

Leet said the FAA wanted the city to move the fireworks show to another location because the pyrotechnics pose a safety issue to aircraft, as they explode directly in the flight path.

Mayor Sam Liccardo, along with airport officials and fireworks organizers have been working together for the past two months on a coordinated plan that would best suit both flight safety and Fourth of July revelers, Barnes said. It was decided flights would be halted for 30 minutes to allow the fireworks show to happen.

The airport notified all airlines and private pilots six weeks ago so they would be able to plan accordingly with flight times, Barnes said, adding that the city and airport wanted to do so for the safety of flights and for people to enjoy the fireworks in celebration of the nation’s 242nd birthday.

The city and the airport will not lose any money during the stoppage, Barnes said.

Individual airlines will make adjustments in their schedules to accommodate the change, and travelers should check with airlines to get accurate flight times.

Barnes was not certain if any other airports around the country are making similar plans, but it appears the temporary shutdown for fireworks is unprecedented.

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Police and San Jose Police Involved in Collision]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 17:13:39 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBCopCrash_3317215.JPEG

A Santa Clara Police Department vehicle and a San Jose Police Department vehicle were involved in a collision while they were both on unrelated pursuits in San Jose early Saturday morning.

At about 1:50 a.m., a San Jose police officer, who was responding with lights and siren to a call about a fight, informed the department that he was involved in a traffic collision with a Santa Clara police officer on West Montague Expressway and North First Street in San Jose.

The Santa Clara police officer was in pursuit of a stolen black Honda Civic in the area of West Montague Expressway and Lick Mill Avenue in Santa Clara.

The stolen vehicle was not involved in the collision and fled the scene. The suspect has not been identified and the stolen vehicle has not been located, police said.

Both officers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[Mylar Blankets, Cages: San Jose Immigration Rally in Photos]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 15:20:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/THUMB20180630-FamiliesBelongTogether-SanJose-3.jpg

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<![CDATA[Unsolved Murders Fit Profile of Stanford Cold Case Suspect]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:25:58 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/arlis-perry-0629.jpg

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith says her department will look into additional cold-case murders following the arrest of Stephen Crawford, including a group of potentially unsolved South Bay homicides identified by the Investigative Unit that share similarities to the 1974 murder of Arlis Perry at Stanford University. Crawford died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday as sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at his home in San Jose. 

In an effort to find similar cold cases in FBI crime data, NBC Bay Area compiled a list of cases that were originally reported unsolved, in which a woman was killed by either stabbing, strangulation, or asphyixiation in Santa Clara County.  The data is maintained by the nonprofit Murder Accountability Project. Since 1976, NBC Bay Area found such 50 cases. Some have been solved over the years, many have not.

The chart below shows those crimes. Data for unsolved crimes was not available prior to 1976. Some crimes listed as unsolved in the FBI data were never changed to solved when an arrest was made years later. NBC Bay Area has found 16 such cases so far.

In the 16 years between 1976 and 1991, there were 41 cases in Santa Clara County that were originally reported as unsolved, where a woman was strangled, stabbed, or asphyxiated. So far, NBC Bay Area has confirmed at least 13 of those murders were later solved, mostly by DNA evidence or a later confession.

But during the 25 years between 1992 to 2016, there were just nine such cases. NBC Bay Area confirmed at least three of those cases were later solved.

These types of up-close killings of women are far rarer now than they used to be in Santa Clara County. In the ten years between 1976 and 1985, 73 women were killed by stabbing, strangling, or asphyxiation. There's been a steady decline since, with just 36 such killings between 2007 and 2016.

There is no confirmed link between Crawford to any of these potentially unsolved murders. NBC Bay Area will continue to update this story as it reviews these cases.


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<![CDATA[Scorching Temps Inland; Red Flag Warning for North Bay]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:53:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0629-2018-RedFlagWarning.jpg

San Francisco Bay Area residents face increased danger from wildfires and heat-related illnesses Friday and Saturday as the weather gets hot and windier, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning starting 11 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Saturday for the hills of Napa County and far eastern Sonoma County.

Temperatures, especially in interior locations, will begin to rise Friday and soar to near 100 degrees, rising even more Saturday with some inland locations possibly reach 105.

Coastal temperatures will be lower, and weather officials expect residents to flock to the beaches to stay cool. Water temperatures will be in the 50s.

Conditions ripe for wildfires will arise Friday afternoon and last until Saturday afternoon for the East Bay hills and North Bay mountains. Weather officials said any fires that spark have the potential to spread.

Cooler temperatures are expected for Sunday and Monday.

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<![CDATA[TSA Expecting Record Number of Travelers for July 4th]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 05:36:28 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0328-2018-SJC.jpg

Long lines were already formed early Friday morning at San Jose’s Norman Y. Mineta International Airport ahead of the Independence Day on Wednesday.

The Transportation Security Administration says it's expecting to screen 2.6 million passengers at U.S. airports Friday, more than the usual average 2.2 million travelers.

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Gabbi Taylor arrived at SJC before 4 a.m., when the terminals opened, for the first 6 a.m. flight to go to a family reunion, she told NBC Bay Area.

Another traveler, Jeffrey Taylor, says "TSA usually gets pretty backed up so you gotta get here early. You have a lot of first time travelers with kids who just don't know the rule."

The TSA recommends people to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes before their flight.

Officials at San Francisco International Airport said they expect around 100,000 passengers to depart SFO on Friday, making it the busiest day of the year for the airport. 

"Airlines, TSA, and SFO are planning additional staffing to match the activity," an airport spokesperson said.

Passengers should also be aware of the new TSA rules on powder limitations for international flights. Passengers carrying powders in containers larger than a soda can will be checked for its content.

The rule is already in effect for domestic flights.

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<![CDATA[Bill Clinton, James Patterson Make Book Tour Stop in SJ]]>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:36:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/20180628-Bill-Clinton-James-Paterson-7.jpg

Former President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson made a stop at SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday night to discuss their novel "The President is Missing."

The event, which drew a crowd of about 2,000, was part of a tour in connection with the publication of the book released June 4. Clinton and Patterson are making stops across North America to discuss their unique collaboration, offering candid insights into their process and research, as well the timely and alarming issues the novel raises about the world.

Clinton and Patterson said the novel shows the importance of building cyber-security infrastructure and added that their fictional protagonist president and the surrounding plot can teach a thing or two to Americans.

"The President is Missing" marks the first time a U.S. president has collaborated with a bestselling novelist on a work of fiction.

Find more information about the book here

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<![CDATA[2 Children Die in Separate Drownings in May, June]]>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:48:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/060118+pompano+beach+girl+pulled+from+pool.jpg

One child died, one is in critical condition and one has been discharged after Santa Clara Valley Medical Center received three separate possible drowning cases on Saturday, county health officials said.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office identified the child who died as 2-year-old Audrey Sorrentino of Morgan Hill.

Another child died at the hospital on May 17, identified as Dominic Corpuz of Milpitas.

County health officials said he was one of five children brought to the hospital between May 10 and June 9 due to possible drowning incidents and so far this year, there have been more drownings and near-drownings among children in Santa Clara County than all of last year.

At least 163 children younger than 15 died last year in the U.S. after drowning in swimming pools or spas, according to the USA Swimming Foundation.

County health officials say children between the age of 1 and 4 have the highest drowning rates, and the deaths most often happen in home swimming pools.

To prevent such accidents, health officials recommend fencing off pools and spas, designating "water watchers" when children are swimming, and learning how to perform CPR.

In San Jose, parents take their children to Waterworks Aquatics Swim School, not just for fun.

"Knowing that she can learn how to swim, I feel so confident," said parents Norlyn Walth.

According to the National Institute of Health, the risk of a child drowning is much lower when they’ve taken swim lessons.

"The earlier you start, the better because that means they’re going to have the confidence, the skills, and the awareness of what to do in a pool," said Michelle Craft from Waterworks Aquatics.

Doctor Nicole Baier says most of the children in the drowning cases they’ve had this year did not know how to swim and asks supervisors to be more attentive.

"It’s alarming to me because we are barely at the beginning of summer and we’ve already had a large number of children that have been involved in drowning incidents," she said. "Supervision could have been better from the adults that were with the children."

Baier says something called ‘secondary drowning’ can happen to kids if they’ve inhaled a lot of water or gone too long without oxygen.

She insists that even if the child makes it out of the water, secondary drowning can happen up to 24 hours later, so it’s important to take your child to the hospital right away if they had a near-drowning experien

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<![CDATA[Bay Area 'Families Belong Together' Rally Locations]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 23:26:09 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/181*120/tlmd-ninos-inmigrantes-3-14325402w.jpg

Thousands of people all over the country plan on protesting the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities on June 30 in hopes of sending one message to the Trump Administration, "Families Belong Together."

This comes after the president’s “zero tolerance” policy separated more than 2,300 children from their families at the U.S. - Mexico border in recent weeks.

Though the biggest rally is planned to be held in Washington D.C., more than 20 rallies are planned all over the Bay Area.

Plan on attending? Here is a list of participating cities:

North Bay and San Francisco


10am – Sebastopol Plaza, Weeks Way, Sebastopol, CA

Santa Rosa

10am – Courthouse Square, Downtown Santa Rosa


10am – Petaluma Mail Depot, parking lot (4th & C streets)


10am – Sonoma Plaza, 453 1st St E, Sonoma, CA


10am – Vacaville Town Square, 1 Town Square, Vacaville, CA


11am – Unity Plaza, Downtown Vallejo, CA

  • Meet at the corner of Georgia and Santa Clara Streets by the MLK Library


12pm – Corner or Healdsburg Ave. & Matheson St., Healdsburg

San Francisco

10am – Dolores Park & Civic Center Plaza

  • 10:00 AM: Meet at Mission Dolores Park
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM: March to San Francisco City Hall
  • 11 AM: Rally at San Francisco City Hall


Redwood City

10am – Redwood City Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Palo Alto

12pm – El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA

Mountain View

7pm – Gateway Park on Corner of El Camino & Castro

  • 7:00PM Intersection Protest at El Camino and Castro (bring your signs!)
  • 7:45PM March to Civic Center Plaza
  • 8:00-9:00 PM Candlelight Rally for Immigrant Families.

East Bay

San Leandro

9am – San Leandro City Hall, 835 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA


10am – Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord


10am – Veterans Park at Fremont Superior Court House


  • 10:30am - Lakeside Park, near play structure near Staten & Bellevue, Oakland
  • 11am - Montclair Park, 6226 Moraga Ave, Oakland
  • 4:30pm - Grand Avenue and Harrison St., Oakland, CA


11am – ICE/West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond


11am – John Buckley Square, 525 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, CA


11am – Dublin Ca. City Hall Amphitheater, 100 Civic Plaza, Dublin

  • The Amphitheater is at the entrance to Dublin City hall. When entering look for the fountain to the right. That is the area.


12pm – Old City Hall Steps, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Berkeley


12pm – Intersection of Park St. & Santa Clara Ave., Alameda


1pm – Lion Wayside Park, 4401 First St, Pleasanton, CA


2pm – Flag Pole in Downtown Livermore - 1932 First St, Livermore, CA

South Bay

Morgan Hill

9am – Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill

San Jose

11am – San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose

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<![CDATA[Suspect in 1974 Cold Case Allegedly Shoots, Kills Self in SJ]]>Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:55:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseSearchWarrant.JPG

A man believed to be connected by DNA to the 1974 cold case of a woman slain inside a chuch on the campus of Stanford University allegedly shot and killed himself at a San Jose apartment complex Thursday as authorities arrived to serve a warrant, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said. 

At around 9:05 a.m., deputies made verbal contact at a closed front door with an occupant in the apartment near Merrill Drive and Camden Avenue. As deputies made entry, they observed a man with a handgun, and the deputies immediately backed away, according to San Jose police.

A short time later, a gunshot was heard. Deputies eventually re-entered the residence and discovered a man, later identified as Steve Crawford, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Sheriff's detectives believe Crawford was connected to the slaying of Arlis Perry, 19, who was found dead and naked from the waist down at Stanford Memorial Church on Oct. 13, 1974. 

"It was an extremely brutal homicide in a church at Stanford," Smith said.

Crawford was the security guard who found Perry with an ice pick in the back of her head, several candles near and on her body. Police collected DNA samples from semen found at the scene, the Stanford Daily reported.

Smith said the department's homicide unit has been working the case "actively" since it occurred.

At the time of her death, Perry had just moved from North Dakota to the Bay Area to be with her husband, Bruce Perry, who was attending Stanford, according to a book “The Ultimate Evil“ by journalist Maury Terry. 

Detectives were able to get DNA evidence retested, and authorities received more information, which led them to Crawford at the San Jose apartment complex, Smith said.

No officers were involved in the shooting Thursday, Smith said.

Stanford University released a statement later Thursday.

"We extend our gratitude to local law enforcement for their efforts over decades to try to resolve this disturbing case. It remains a heart-wrenching memory at the university. Stanford has been cooperating with investigators over many years, and we know they’ve been working tirelessly to try to bring this case to a conclusion."

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and the San Jose Police Department's Homicide Unit are conducting a joint criminal investigation, police said.

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<![CDATA[Injuries Reported, Vehicles Damaged in SJ Hit-and-Run Crash]]>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:05:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SJHitRun1.JPG

Multiple vehicles were damaged and at least three people were reportedly injured following a hit-and-run crash just south of downtown San Jose early Thursday, according to police.

The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. along the 900 block of Vine Street, according to police.

The suspect driver struck another vehicle, went off the roadway, struck at least two parked cars in a driveway and ended up on the front lawn of a property, according to police.

First responders had to cut apart the vehicle that was initially struck in order to free the victim, according to police. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Their condition was not immediately known.

Three people in the suspect vehicle took off from the scene on foot, police stated. The driver and one of the passengers were found a short distance away. They were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The third person from that vehicle has yet to be located.

The driver has since been booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for felony hit and run, according to police.

At this time, it does not appear that alcohol or drugs played a role in the wreck, police said.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Family Seeks Help in Finding Hit-and-Run Driver]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 23:50:31 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_hitrun_0627_3287577.JPG

A San Jose family is asking for help in tracking down a driver who repeatedly struck the family's car with his vehicle then fled.

Cellphone video shows the driver hitting the car at least four times.

The father, who asked to be called "Juan," says his insurance will take care of the damaged car, but that’s beside the point. He says he and his family should feel safe in their own neighborhood when they go out for dinner.

The cellphone footage shows Juan and his family being attacked, their car hit several times, before the driver flees the scene.

"He is backing up. See that," says Juan as he replays the video. "He hit my car again. He pulled forward to the front a little bit and came back and hit me harder. So, at that moment, I got out of the car, and I told him, ‘Hey, stop! Stop!’ But he didn’t stop, just just keep punching it until he went all the way to the front."

Juan says he was leaving dinner with his girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter at a local restaurant in East San Jose. just before they were hit.

"It’s not like it was an accident," he said. "He did it on purpose."

Surveillance footage obtained by San Jose police shows a man driving a silver Toyota Camry and ramming into Juan’s car at least four times. Two other people appear to be in the car with him, but they are covering their faces.

Juan says he doesn’t know the driver, and that the situation was unprovoked. He is thankful, however, his girlfriend and child are safe. His girlfriend asked him not to pursue the issue, but he said he won’t live in fear.

"I don’t care about the car. The insurance will pay for it, sooner or later," he said. "But these people, they need to take responsibility."

The vehicle in the video has paper license plates, and the dealership said they haven't reported any stolen cars matching the description of the suspect vehicle, nor have they received any complaints.

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<![CDATA[Group Promoting White Nationalists Recruiting in Bay Area]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:57:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06272018IdentityEvropa_3286674.JPG

A group known to appeal to white nationalists may be recruiting in the Bay Area.

Fliers have been found over the last week or so in several Bay Area cities promoting white nationalists and a group called "Identity Evropa."

Fliers from the group also went up in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Campbell.

City leaders in Campbell said they took the fliers down because posting on public property violates the city's municipal code.

In San Jose, at least one flier was spotted in the downtown area.

San Jose city leaders, who were unaware of the fliers until they were notified by NBC Bay Area, declined to comment.

Identity Evropa tells NBC Bay Area it is trying to reach people all over the country with fliers and social media.

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<![CDATA[Street Racing Rattles San Jose's Willow Glen Neighborhood]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:54:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wg_skidmarks_0627_3286446.JPG

Residents of a typically peaceful San Jose neighborhood have been rattled this week by cars peeling out, tires screeching and engines revving as street racers have seemingly turned their roadways into racetracks.

People living in the Willow Glen area, south of downtown San Jose, say they've been hearing the street racers for the past four nights in a row this week. While some residents are coping with the noise and intrusion, others are confronting those responsible.

Some have complained about speeding and sideshows all along Pine Avenue, including the intersections around Bird Avenue and Coastland Avenue, near River Glen Park. Residents say things have gotten out of hand.

Pine Avenue is riddled with skid marks and tire tracks from vehicles racing and doing donuts. The screeching and squealing tires woke up Casey Winsatt.

"You hear, basically, people racing by at high speed," he said. "I’d come down and take a look, and I actually saw some kids doing donuts right out there; you can see the donut marks out front."

Winstatt took cellphone video of one vehicle that was speeding off until the guys inside saw him recording.

"A couple of them get out of the car, and they're sort of dancing around me and threatening me to get the phone," Winstatt said. "And they did threaten to come after me."

Winsatt said he ran away.

Other residents also took pictures of vehicles, but police told the Neighborhood Watch group so far the only detectable license plate was from a stolen car.

Willow Glen activist Jennifer Jane Huber said the activity is getting more intense.

"It just wakes you up because they’re speeding down here and then just flipping around," she said. "This is where they turn around, and it’s all hours. It can happen in the day, it can happen at night."

Huber said her biggest fear is "someone getting killed."

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battle Multiple Grass Fires in South San Jose]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 21:23:50 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_grass_fire_0627_3285400.JPG

Firefighters battled multiple grass fires near a homeless camp in South San Jose on Wednesday, and officials suspect the blazes may involve arson.

The fires, which sparked about 3:15 p.m., were burning along Capitol Expressway at Tuers Avenue, just south of Los Lagos Golf Course. The flames later spread across Capitol Expressway.

Fire crews said they had stopped forward progress at about 4:45 p.m., but later reported multiple fires burning. It was not clear whether the original blaze had jumped the expressway or if it was a separate fire.

A fire captain said the fires may have been deliberately set, and San Jose police responded to the scene.

Firefighters had the blazes under control between 6 and 6:30 p.m. but would remain at the scene late into the night to watch for flare-ups, officials said.

No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fires is under investigation by the San Jose Fire Department and San Jose Police Department.

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<![CDATA[Pure Jubilation: El Tri Fans Celebrate Mexico Advancing]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:59:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AvayaWatchPartyMEXSWE.JPG

Mexico lost in its final group stage match at the World Cup. They got blanked 3-0.

What sounds like a demoralizing blow for El Tri was anything but. Mexico still advanced to the Round of 16 thanks to South Korea's 2-0 upset victory over defending champion Germany in a simultaneous contest.

The results triggered pure pandemonium to break out at Avaya Stadium in San Jose Wednesday morning where fans enjoyed a free watch party. Supporters of El Tri — clad in green, red and white — jumped into the air, pumped their fists above their heads, sang and chanted.

"I was really glad to be able to watch it here, see the stadium erupt with such emotion," Mexico fan Arturo Flores said. "Every single goal, every single play, people just get crazy here. I love it."

Heading into Wednesday's Group F matches, Mexico sat atop the group table with six points. Germany and Sweden were tied with three points. South Korea sat at the bottom with zero points. The two teams with the most points after the day's matches would move on to the next round.

Mexico simply needed to win or tie to secure its place in the Round of 16. But even if they lost and South Korea won, they were still guaranteed to advance. That's exactly what El Tri got.

South Korea, despite taking 15 less shots and mustering only 30 percent of the possession, managed to score two late goals to sink Germany's hopes of making it out of the group.

Sweden's victory over Mexico propelled them to the top of group while El Tri settled for second place based on goal differential. South Korea jumped to third with three points. Germany also ended up with three points, but fell to the bottom of the table based on goal differential.

Avaya Stadium — home to the San Jose Earthquakes — is playing host to free watch parties throughout the international soccer tournament.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Fishermen Feed Their Catch to Bald Eagles in Canada]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 21:45:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/196*120/eagle-0626.JPG

Feeding bald eagles in the wild is no ordinary, everyday occurrence.

The Franich family of Scotts Valley, who took their annual fishing trip to the Dolphins North Fishing Lodge, near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, make it look easy.

The group was kind enough to share video of their own bald eagle feeding, which basically consisted of them tossing fish up in the air as the majestic birds fly by and the eagles catching the meal without a hitch.

The likes of Tom Brady and Joe Montana might even be impressed by those pass completions.

The Franiches have been taking the Canadian fishing trip, just south of the Alaska border, for the past three years and always try to pass along the catch of the day to the host bald eagles flying overhead.

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<![CDATA[Mountain View Considers Taxing Businesses on a Sliding Scale]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:59:33 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06262018MountainView_3273413.JPG

Mountain View on Tuesday night is set to vote on one of the most controversial taxes the city has ever considered. The measure would tax businesses based on their total number of employees.

Critics call it a tax on jobs. Supporters call it the key to smart growth.

NBC Bay Area's Mark Matthews reports more in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Construction Boom Equals Labor Shortage in South Bay]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:35:01 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_construction_0626_3272372.JPG

A construction boom in the South Bay may mean growth for the region as a whole, but for some residents, it could mean growing pains.

Those who live in the South Bay and were thinking about doing some home renovations likely will be forced to wait longer and pay a higher price for their projects.

And with Google coming to San Jose, the problem is expected to get worse.

Construction cranes are becoming a common sight in downtown San Jose as more high-rise housing is going up. In fact, there's so much building happening in the area that some workers are being brought in from as far away as Texas, lured by big jobs and bigger paychecks.

Josue Garcia monitors the trends as head of the local Building and Trades Council, and he knows it’s not just the big projects that are becoming more common. In San Jose alone, the city says building permit requests for remodels and home additions have jumped from almost 3,600 in 2015 to more than 4,000 last year.

"Things are getting better and better every year," Garcia said.

The permits division is where Chris Coan of A-1 Construction spends a lot of his time. His company is applying for permits to rebuild a carport. But finding the right workers to do the job has been challenge with all the other projects around the city.

"It’s a lack of good manpower," he said. "There’d a lot of people out there that are laborers and say they know what they’re doing. But all the good manpower is taken."

There’s seemingly no end in sight to the building bonanza in the South Bay, especially after Google announced plans for a new campus near downtown.

Garcia says workers will be needed for both the campus itself and all the housing and hotels expected to follow.

All that means homeowners will likely have to wait a lot longer for smaller projects like home remodels as workers opt for the bigger, higher paying jobs.

"You may have to wait a few months because of the labor shortage," Garcia said. "Qualified labor shortage. There’s plenty of people who want to work with no experience."

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<![CDATA[Tichelman Discusses Google Exec's Death, Faces New Charges]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:21:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TICHELMAN-IN-COURT-VO---00003028.jpg

A new interview given by the woman once called the "Call Girl Killer" is leading to new charges.

High-end escort Alix Tichelman served three years in jail after pleading guilty to injecting a lethal dose of heroin into a Google executive in Santa Cruz. The 51-year-old Forrest Timothy Hayes died after they both did heroin on his yach in the Santa Cruz Harbor.

NBC-affiliate KSBW last week interviewed Tichelman about that death and the deadly overdose of her former boyfriend in Georgia one year before.

Tichelman in the interview stated she had nothing to do with his death. But on Monday, prosecutors in Georgia announced charges. Tichelman now lives in Canada.

Authorities hope to arrest her and extradite her back to the United States.

When Tichelman found out about Hayes' death, she said in the KSBW interview it was one of the worst moments of her life. The case made national headlines.

Tichelman also said that instead of coldy sipping wine while Hayes was unconscious, she was in a panic and agonizing over calling 911.

"It just looked like he had passed out," Tichelman said. "I know I've done drugs and passed out, and not woken up until 24 hours later. I figured it was something like that, which was wishful thinking."

Tichelman was deported to Canada upon her release and said she is now leading a clean and sober life there.

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<![CDATA[Two Bay Area Chefs to Compete in Garlic Festival Cook-Off]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:40:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/garlicgetty210392342343.jpg

Eight finalists from across the county will compete for a chance to win $5,000 and the coveted garlic crown by preparing their own recipes on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage July 28.

The annual cook-off which has been tradition since 1979, will feature three finalists from California, two who are from the Bay Area.

Gilroy’s own Todd Antepenko will be preparing Gilroy Garlic Asian Inspired Baby Back Ribs while Betty Haas from Cupertino will make Cookies & Cocktails: Garlic Shortbread and “McGilroy.” Lidia Haddadian from Pasadena will serve Roasted Garlic and Potato Pierogis with Garlic Shallot Bacon Jam.

Other contestants represent the East Coast including New York and Florida.

The recipes submitted for the contest must contain at least six cloves of garlic, dishes must be prepared in front of the judges and will be judged on flavor, texture, appearance, creativity and of course, use of garlic.

The second place winner will receive $2,500, the third place winner will receive $1,000 and the remaining five finalists will receive $100.

The 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival will run from July 27 to July 29 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy.

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<![CDATA[Employee RVs Camping in VTA Lot in San Jose to Be Phased Out]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 23:42:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06252018VTARVLot_3261224.JPG

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus operators for the past 20 years have been able to park and sleep in their recreational vehicles on the company parking lot in San Jose.

But VTA officials said the program that allowed employees to camp out in the lot will soon phase out because existing permits will not be renewed when they expire.

"The regulation required for this type of accomodation puts a strain on crucial VTA resources (security, facilities, managing and maintaining the permits) and is therefore not sustainable for us to continue," VTA said in a statement.

Several bus operators who camp out in the company lot live in the Sacramento suburbs, where housing is more affordable when compared to high cost of living in the Bay Area.

The union representing the bus operators said it is concerned about the drivers who will have to go back to driving an additional four hours on top of driving a bus for eight hours.

As of late Monday, 28 RVs remained on the VTA lot, which is down from 44.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Charities Helping Unaccompanied Children]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:11:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06252018Children_3259820.JPG

As the crisis at America's southern border continues to escalate, one of the most stunning facts is the number of migrant children crossing the border alone.

The developing situation is also looping in the Bay Area. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is part of a program that houses so-called unaccompanied children who wait and hope for long-term foster homes through the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Many of the children now being detained were separated from families long before they got to the border. A recently placed foster child named 'Cruz" said the waiting is torturous.

"It feels really bad because nobody knows how we feel there," Cruz said. "We are not animals like President Trump says."

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Director Angela Albright says the number of unaccompanied children at the border is already overwhelming. Agencies are now struggling to house those children separated from their parents.

"And when you have this influx of 2,000 youth coming into the program -- or they're not even sure what program they're going to go into -- it's caused a lot of chaos in the planning," Albright said.

For now, Catholic Charities is working around the clock to find and train foster parents. One foster parent who spoke with NBC Bay Area is raising a young girl rescued at the Mexican border as a "human trafficking" victim.

The parent organization of Catholic Charities is meeting with federal officials on Tuesday to discuss what more can be done for children at the border, and how agencies can assist the growing list.

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<![CDATA[Petition Aimed at Getting Independent SJPD Auditor Fired]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:23:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06252018AaronZissler_3259877.JPG

The San Jose Police Officers Association President turned in a petition Monday with more than 500 signatures to the Mayor's Office to demand an independent police auditor be fired for misconduct.

The union said Aaron Zisser's annual report excluded important data and misled the public about racial disparities in the department's use of force.

"He violated the code of ethics, city charter and municipal code," SJPOA President Paul Kelly said. "If a police officer did that he'd be placed on paid administrative leave until it was sorted out."

Zisser said "it seems like an awful lot over something I readily admitted could have been presented better." He added that he worked with everyone to remedy the situation.

LaDoris Cordell, who served as San Jose police auditor from 2010 to 2015, said the union should back off.

"I don't believe this is misconduct," Cordell said. "It may be an error in judgment on his part, but if you read the whole report its objective and accurate."

In a rare move, the San Jose City Council rejected Zisser's original report in May. Zisser has now revised the report to address the council's concerns. Mayor Sam Liccardo says he appreciates that and says the council will review the POA's report and decide whether additional action on Zisser's job is warranted.

The city council will decide Tuesday whether to accept Zisser's amended report.

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<![CDATA[Car Crashes Into SJ Home, Driver Seemed Intoxicated: Witness]]>Sat, 23 Jun 2018 17:39:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBStillCarIntoHouseSJ_3236096.JPEG

A woman and her roommate had to leave their home in San Jose after a car crashed into the front of their house early Saturday morning. A witness said the driver appeared to be drunk.

Cassandra Chatman said she was sleeping and woke up to a BMW convertible crashing underneath her room. The whole front of the house was damaged when the car crashed passed the fence and into the vehicle of Chatman's roommate.

"I'm very shaken," Chatman said. 

Red Cross was working to find alternate housing for Chatman and her roommate.

Chatman's neighbor, Brian Mollick, said "I heard a loud boom. It woke me up, jumped right out of bed. I'm right across the street. I saw the cops pull someone from the bushes into handcuffs."

Mollick said the driver appeared to be visibly drunk, and had vomit on his pants. He said his surveillance video captured the incident. The video showed the car going about 70-80 miles per hour, jumped the curb and hit another vehicle, according to Mollick.

There were four people in the vehicle, according to police. Two of them were taken to the hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries.

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<![CDATA[All Lanes Blocked on Southbound Highway 101]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:40:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TRAFFIC-ALERT%5B1%5D1.png

All southbound lanes on Highway 101 in Gilroy are blocked after multiple car accidents were reported.  

Officials reports a 7-mile backup. 

No additional information was immediately available. 

<![CDATA[Fire at Previously Burned, Abandoned Building in San Jose]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:27:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLSJFire_3219182.JPEG

Bright orange flames were shooting out of the roof of an abandoned building in San Jose early Friday morning.

San Jose firefighters were called to an uninhabited building in the 700 block of W. San Carlos Street in downtown San Jose around 2:23 a.m. Officials said there were transients inside the building when the fire started but no one was injured.

Firefighters tried to keep the flames from spreading to a nearby townhouse development. They eventually put out the flames a few hours later. The building appeared to be a total loss, according to fire officials.

Battalion Chief Dave Ennes said at least two fires previously occurred at the location.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.

Fiona Cantando works across the street from the abandoned building at One Republic Fitness. She said she hopes officials tear down the building because of the drug activity she says occur inside.

"Pretty much any business owner around here just want the place torn down. It's been a problem. We have all these people walking by all day long," Cantando told NBC Bay Area.

Cantando said she was there when another fire broke out at the same location around six months ago. 

"It's not fun to be here late at night and having these people yelling at your door, screaming at me and making me uncomfortable," she said.

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<![CDATA[Father of Three Fatally Shot in South San Jose Home]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 23:45:15 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_homicide_0621_3216830.JPG

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in his 50s Thursday afternoon in South San Jose, and the suspect is still on the loose.

The shooting in the 3600 block of Misty Glen Court, near Highway 101, marks the city's 13th homicide of the year, police said.

Officers responded to the shooting at 1:26 p.m. and found a man inside a home suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Family members from Sacramento confirmed with NBC Bay Area later Thursday the victim was Khanh Kieu, a Vietnamese man in his mid-50s and a father of three. They say he was a doctor who emigrated from Vietnam five years ago but was not working in the U.S.

Neighbors said they heard two or three quick pops then police swarmed the scene. They were shocked to hear what happened.

"Quiet neighborhood, just real quiet," neighbor Kevin Asencio said. "That's about it. Never no problems around here."

"I don't know how he got shot, who shot him. It's so sad," said Nary Krom.

An investigation is ongoing and no other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Accepts Electric Scooters, Adds Regulations]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:34:43 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBscooter_3213811.JPEG

Electric scooters might have been banned from San Francisco, but in San Jose, city leaders are accepting the new form of high-tech transportation, but with regulations.

City leaders invited the public to San Jose City Hall where people were encouraged to ask questions and take a test drive Thursday.

"I think it's a really convenient way to get around," said Rich Greenwood from San Jose.

Scooter companies like Bird and Lime are sporting billion dollar company valuations and quickly becoming the ride of choice for people in the South Bay.

"There are places that are five to six blocks away that might take a while to walk to," said Greenwood. "Doesn't make sense to drive, doesn't make sense to call a cab or Uber but makes perfect sense to ride a scooter."

However, not everyone is sold just yet. Critics say they’re dangerous, especially racing on sidewalks, and they get dropped off, all over the place, cluttering already busy walkways.

"It definitely helps students be a lot more mobile around the city, but it can be disruptive, much like bikes, where they get in the way of traffic, and that's a safety concern," said Christin Roberson from San Jose.

San Jose shares the same concerns, but the city continues to work to figure out how to best regulate the scooters and their users.

"We know we need to address parking issues, to address concerns of pedestrians in the sidewalk," said Colin Heyne from the San Jose Department of Transportation. “We also want to make sure it's affordable for low income residents."

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<![CDATA[Intel CEO Out After Consensual Relationship With Employee]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:36:38 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/IntelCEOFile.JPG

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned after the company learned of what it called his consensual relationship with an employee.

Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. The company did not give more details on what happened and a representative did not immediately return a message for comment on Thursday.

Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan will take over as interim CEO immediately. A search for a new CEO is underway.

In this #MeToo era, corporate America is under intense pressure to enforce workplace policies on gender equality and sexual harassment. Even relationships that appear consensual are closely scrutinized — and often prohibited by companies — if they involve a power imbalance such as the one between a manager and an employee.

Earlier this month, Guess Inc. co-founder Paul Marciano stepped down following a company investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

John Lasseter, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney's animation chief, also recently said he was resigning over what he called "missteps" with employees.

Years before (hash)MeToo, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co., Mark Hurd, was ousted following accusations of sexual harassment by a female contract worker. Hurd settled with the woman in 2010.

The male-dominated tech industry has also been a hotbed for allegations of harassment and discrimination, and in some ways foreshadowed (hash)MeToo as female employees began speaking out. In February 2017, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote an explosive, detailed blog post about the culture of systemic harassment and abuse that she experienced at the ride-hailing company. It wasn't until the fall that (hash)MeToo began taking off.

Krzanich joined Intel Corp. in 1982 as an engineer and rose through the ranks until he became CEO in 2013. During his tenure, Intel worked to push into growing businesses such as internet-based computing, high-speed memory chips and smart, connected objects that make up what's known as the "Internet of Things," or IoT — along with fields such as artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.

He had also been a champion of workplace diversity. In 2015 at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, Krzanich challenged the tech industry to increase the hiring of women and minorities, and he set a goal of full representation in his company's workforce by 2020. Intel said it was investing $300 million to improve diversity at the company

His abrupt departure overshadowed otherwise positive news for the giant chip maker.

Intel said Thursday that it expects to post a per-share profit of 99 cents in the second quarter, 13 cents better than Wall Street was expecting, and revenue of $16.9 billion, which is also better than had been projected by industry analysts.

Shares of Intel Corp., based in Santa Clara, California, slid 2 percent in morning trading.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (High Heels) in SJ]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:48:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Hundreds_of_Men_Walk_a_Mile_in_Her_Shoes_%28High_Heels%29_in_SJ.jpg

Hundreds of men strolled through Santana Row in high heels Wednesday in the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. They raised more than $180,000 for YWCA of Silicon Valley.]]>
<![CDATA[San Jose Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Thursday Night]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:07:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+checkpoint.jpg

San Jose police will be conducting a DUI-driver's license checkpoint Thursday night at an undisclosed location, the department said in a release this week.

The checkpoint is scheduled between 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

SJPD said the checkpoint is part of its effort in conjunction with the Office of Traffic Safety to educate all drivers that "DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze." Prescription drugs and marijuana also can impair one's ability to drive and can result in a DUI, police said.

DUI checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, police said, and locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

At the checkpoint, officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, police said. Specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.

Police encouraged drivers to download the Designated Driver VIP, or DDVIP, free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more, police said.

Those caught driving impaired can expect jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000, police said.

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<![CDATA[Weekend Warmup Triggers Possible Heat Risks, Fire Danger]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:30:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Sun_Heat_Generic_Hot_car.jpg

The National Weather Service is warning Bay Area residents about potential heat risks and fire danger as a brief period of scorching weather makes its way toward the region this weekend.

Temperatures in the inland valleys could creep close to 100 degrees Friday and exceed the triple-digit threshold Saturday, prompting weather officials to issue a heat advisory on Saturday for most of the Bay Area. The advisory is slated to remain in effect from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m.

The combination of sizzling temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity has weather and fire officials on high alert.

The NWS indicated that "critical fire weather conditions" for the North Bay mountains and East Bay hills will likely kick into gear late Saturday morning and continue through Sunday evening. Blazes that ignite could spread swiftly, according to the NWS.

Folks across the Bay Area dealing with the sweltering conditions are advised to drink plenty of water, wear lightly-colored clothing and hats, reduce the amount of time they spend outside during the hottest times of the day, and take advantage of air-conditioned areas.

People are also asked to keep an eye out for the elderly, children and pets to make sure they are finding ways to stay cool.

Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose are reminding everyone about the dangers of fireworks this time of year and some neighborhoods are already reporting illegal fireworks going off.

"Is is more critical this weekend, when we’re going into 'red flag warnings' and we’re getting high temperatures, low humidities and high winds? Absolutely," said San Jose Fire Department spokesperson Capt. Mitch Matlow. "Because one little firework that last weekend might not have started at fire, this weekend could start a major fire."

San Jose rolled out a billboard campaign as well as mailed flyers home about its online app that allows people to upload video and photos of illegal fireworks as evidence to support any citations.

"They said they’re going to be watching critical hot spot areas, hopefully it will make a difference this time around," said Neighborhood Associate Member Jeff Levine.

So far this year, the fire department says it has already issued about $5,000 in citations for illegal fireworks.

Saturday is slated to be the hottest day of the week, according to weather officials. Temperatures are expected to cool down Sunday and continue dropping off into the workweek.

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<![CDATA[Beat the Summer Heat: 5 Public Pools to Check Out]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:58:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/pools1.jpg

Summer is not complete without a trip to the pool, but such an amenity is rarely found in Bay Area backyards. Do not be saddened though if soaring temperatures are leaving you overheated and restless. Instead, head to one of the Bay Area’s public pools. Contrary to beliefs about this type of shared space, many cities in the area hold water wonders to cool down at. Here is a list of five swimming spots for kids and adults alike.

East Oakland Sports Center Pool

The East Oakland Sports Center was redesigned in 2011 and updates were nothing short of spectacular. The space is now a total of 25,000 square feet and includes a fitness area, dance studio and pool. The swimming sector reaped many benefits from the renovation. The center holds both a leisure and lap pool. Within the leisure area, children can enjoy a water slide and lazy river. The entire swimming area is also encompassed by windows, allowing for natural light to shine through on a sunny day.

Robert Livermore Aquatic Center

If looking to escape the shelter of your home, one outdoor pool palace is the Robert Livermore Aquatic Center. Like all the best outdoor pool areas, this facility is equipped with both a lap and children’s pool. The crowning glory of the wading pool is the play structure. This area includes a water slide as well as interactive water sprayers.

Waterworks Aquatics San Jose

This business extended into San Jose after their success in Southern California. Although the Bay Area lacks the consistent heatwave found towards Los Angeles, Silicon Valley locals seemed to respond positively. According to the company’s website, the Waterworks Aquatics was marked as a family favorite in 2016 by Bay Area Parent. Those within San Jose can venture to the pool playground and enjoy the two heated indoor pools. There is also a swim shop, snack bar and swim lessons for children available. Those looking to do a few laps can also enjoy the seven lane swimming pool.

Rankin Aquatic Center

Another outdoor swimming area is Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez. As with many of these facilities, Rankin Aquatic Center is equipped with a lap pool and a wading area for children. Younger kids can also slip down slides in the mini water playground. Summer passes are available for frequent visitors.

Sava Pool

This San Francisco public pool was given a $17 million renovation in 2009. With glass lining the wall, Sava Pool's revamp allowed visitors to swim amongst the scenery of Stern Grove. The area is equipped with eight lanes for laps and also acts as a multipurpose pool. The public pool is located on 19th avenue in San Francisco and offers multiple swim packages for both adults and seniors. Children under 17 pay an entrance fee of one dollar.

If interested in pricing and schedules, head to each of the facility’s websites for more information.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Man Steals Puppy From San Jose Business]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:42:05 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/PuppyStealerSJ.jpg

A man was caught on camera walking into a San Jose business and then stealing a puppy on Monday.

Luis Gutierrez had only had Nyla, a 6-week old husky-retriever mix, for eight days before he discovered that someone came into his business at the 2000 block of Bering Drive in San Jose and took her.

The suspect who appeared to be wearing a t-shirt, black shorts and sneakers walked into the warehouse, looked around and spotted Nyla laying under a desk.

The surveillance video showed the man crouching down, calling on the puppy and she got up to be petted. The man then scooped her up in his arm and walked towards the exit. He appeared to hesitate, looked around and eventually got into a black SUV Mercedes with yellow windshield wipers.

Gutierrez created a Facebook page after alerting police, and posted the video in hope to find the missing dog. He said he brought Nyla to work because he didn't want her to be alone at the house.

"It hurts to see that video but I'm so glad we installed the security cameras so we could see his face perfectly, and his car," Gutierrez told NBC Bay Area.

Nyla was described as having grey fur with a white tail. She had a pink collar with "Nyla" engraved on it, according to police. Anyone with information is asked to contact San Jose police.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Approves New Rules on 'Granny Units']]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:49:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_granny_units_0619_3194885.JPG

San Jose leaders Tuesday night approved new rules to allow for more so-called granny units to help ease the housing crunch.

For some homeowners, that means their backyard just became a gold mine.

Mayor Sam Liccardo is hoping the less restrictive rules will result in 3,500 new housing units per year built in the backyards of existing homes. For homeowners, it means far more possibilities for their property.

Resident Brian Thorn, who owns a home in the Naglee Park neighborhood of San Jose, said "it feels in a way like winning the lottery."

"I think we’re going to have a one bedroom and have a kitchen and a bath and a washer and dryer," he said.

The City Council's decision could open up a whole new rental market that would represent a windfall for property owners who would be allowed to rent out converted garages and backyard spaces.

And for San Jose, it means a bit of a dent in the housing crisis.

"If we can just get out of the way with the red tape and regulations; we’re waving a lot of requirements around setbacks and parking and height requirements," Liccardo said.

With the new rules, lot sizes can be smaller, and backyard homes can be larger. The city’s hoping for several hundred new units each year.

The mayor said the little homes can be built pretty quickly, and most homeowners are likely to be a little less demanding on rent.

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<![CDATA[Baby Bald Eagle on Road to Recovery After Falling From Nest]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:33:45 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06192018LuckyEagle_3193866.JPG

A juvenile bald eagle that fell from its Milpitas nest is on the road to recovery thanks to an East Bay wildlife hospital.

The bird, nicknamed Lucky, was transported to the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek.

Video shows the baby eagle in its Milpitas nest just last week testing out its wings as it prepared to fly. But the baby is believed to have fallen from the tree on Sunday.

Officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife tried placing it back on a branch Monday, but the bird took another tumble. Officer then brought the 3-month-old bird to the wildlife hospital to get checked out.

Besides some bruising on its wing, some dehydration and being a bit on the thin side, doctors said the bird is in good condition.

Vets hope to reunite the baby eagle with its parents so they can help it as it learns to fly and hunt.

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<![CDATA[Hello Kitty Mini Cafe Opens in SJ After Pop-Up Success]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:47:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Hello-Kitty-Cafe-Eater.jpg

Hello Kitty is here to stay in the Bay Area.

After successful runs at the Instagram-famous Hello Kitty pop-up trucks, Hello Kitty Mini Cafe permanently opened at San Jose's Santana Row mall on Friday.

The Hello Kitty Mini Cafe will have everything the pink Mercedes had: Hello Kitty gear and sweet treats ranging from pies, tarts, cookies, pastries and cakes.

"We are expanding the Cafe concept further with additional locations and formats to bring the experience to our Bay Area fans. Santana Row is the perfect location to debut our newest Cafe extension to offer super cute and delicious treats to Northern California," said David Marchi, Vice President of Brand Management and Marketing at Sanrio.

Grand opening festivities started Friday will continue through Sunday, June 24. It will include daily giveaways including complimentary beverages and a small gift with purchase for the first 50 customers, according to Sanrio.

Wherever it goes, a bounty of Instagram posts are sure to follow. Since making its debut at the annual Hello Kitty Con, a (surprisingly real) convention devoted to all things Hello Kitty, the truck and its retail items have attracted a rabid following on social media. 

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<![CDATA[South Bay Leaders Tackle Citizenship Question on 2020 Census]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:38:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CensusFile.JPG

Leaders in Santa Clara County on Tuesday are slated to announce their response to a controversial question on the 2020 census asking people about their citizenship.

The concern among those frustrated with the question is that it could lead to fewer people being counted. California's attorney general has already sued the federal government, arguing that undercounting could shift federal funding and congressional seats out of the Golden State.

One South Bay supervisor wants to counter the citizenship question by making sure anyone who can vote does. The voter outreach and census question push-back effort comes as part of an outreach program marking the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote.

The United States Department of Justice wants to include the citizenship question to enforce minority protections under the Voting Rights Act. The 1950 census was the last one that included the citizenship question.

If people do not answer the citizenship question, the United States Census Bureau may fill in the missing data using other government records.

The announcement from South Bay leaders is expected to take place at 9 a.m. at the Santa Clara County Building.

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<![CDATA[Police Searching for Suspect in Armed Robbery of SJ Business]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:25:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_robbery_0618_3180861.JPG

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a Public Storage in San Jose.

Surveillance video captured the robbery on May 1, showing a man in the black beanie walking into the Public Storage business office on Aborn Road in East San Jose with a gun and demanding money from an employee.

The man waved the handgun in the employee's face, took cash and then hopped into a silver Chevy Blazer and sped off, police said.

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<![CDATA[Controlled Burns Planned in Some Bay Area Counties]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 05:51:51 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/197*120/FireTraining1.JPG

Folks across the East Bay and South Bay may spot smoke rising into the air Monday.

That's because fire crews are conducting controlled burns and training exercises in order to prep for the potential of wildfires popping up as fire season kicks into high gear, according to fire officials.

The live fire fire training in Contra Costa County will take place near Bear Creek Road north of downtown Orinda beginning around 10 a.m. and wrapping up around 5 p.m., according to fire officials. Firefighters will torch small plots of brush under moderate burning conditions and then turn to firefighting techniques to control the flames.

The training exercises will utilize pre-existing fire control lines, according to fire officials. Extra fire engines will be at the scene as backup.

South in Santa Clara County, a controlled burn is also slated to take place Monday at Joseph D. Grant County Park.

Monday's exercises come after a series of suspicious grass fires ignited over the weekend in Santa Rosa. Firefighters said up to seven brush fires broke out along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail and railroad tracks near Fulton Road and North Dutton Avenue.

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<![CDATA[Great White Shark Carcass Washes Up on Aptos Beach]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:02:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/dead-shark-0617.jpg

The carcass of a great white shark washed ashore in Aptos on Sunday morning.

The shark was found about 7 a.m. on Beer Can Beach, near Seascape Resort, marine officials said.

Officials initially told KSBW the shark was an adult male, but marine biologist Giancarlo Thomae later said it was a juvenile. The shark measured 8 feet, nine inches long, weighed about 500 pounds and was estimated to be 5 years old.

"I have been kayaking with these sharks for the past three years and documenting their sizes, numbers, genders and behaviors from a kayak while getting drone and GoPro footage," Thomae said.

The shark had fresh puncture wounds and scars from feeding on sea lions and had sea lion fur in its jaws, Thomae said.

The carcass was removed about 2:30 p.m. and transported to a veterinary pathologist to determine the cause of death.

Thomae suspects the shark died from the same fungal infection that killed a great white last year that washed up in Capitola.

California Fish and Wildlife officials will perform a necropsy Tuesday.

Photo Credit: Danielle Kile via KSBW]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Pack Avaya Stadium to Watch Mexico Stun Germany]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:32:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/AvayaGermanyMexico.PNG

More than 3,000 soccer fans flocked to Avaya Stadium in San Jose Sunday morning to catch Mexico and Germany square off in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, according to the San Jose Earthquakes.

Exhilarated Mexico fans burst into cheers and threw their hands into the air after the final whistle, celebrating their squad's stunning 1-0 upset over Germany, the defending World Cup champions.

Due to the fact that the competition is being played across the world in Russia, fans on Sunday had to wake up a bit early in order to stake out a spot at the stadium and settle in for the 8 a.m. match start time.

Mexico supporters were given the first reason to celebrate when Hirving Lozano lined up a shot from inside the 18-yard box and rocketed it past German keeper Manuel Neuer.

Germany would end up tallying 25 shot attempts with nine of those being on target compared to Mexico's 12 total shots and four on goal, but El Tri found a way to hang on to secure an early advantage in Group F play.

Sunday morning's match marked the first game for both teams during the tournament.

Germany earned the world champion title four years ago at the last World cup after topping Argentina in the final. Mexico was bounced from the tournament in the Round of 16 after suffering a late 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.

Avaya Stadium is playing host to free World Cup watch parties throughout this year's tournament. 

Fans can also catch all the action on Telemundo 48.

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<![CDATA[First-Ever Tiny House Festival in San Jose]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 23:36:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBtinyhomes_3157789.JPEG

Thousands of people gathered at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds Saturday to check out tiny homes at the first-ever Tiny House Festival in San Jose.

Most of the homes at the event were less than 300 square feet but the people who live in them said the small spaces offer big rewards.

"I think this is the future of living in the Bay Area especially where the price of living is so expensive," said Analuz Acevedo from San Francisco. "This is great for people who can't afford a million dollar home but want the life experience of owning something"

One of the concerns about purchasing a tiny home is where they can be put. Some counties, including Alameda and Contra Costa, allow tiny homes in backyards to house caregivers, but the American Tiny House Association is working to allow tiny homes in back yards that are offered to anyone.

"Therefore they can be securely housed instead of on the verge of homelessness," said Executive Director of the American Tiny House Association, Kevin Polk.

Hilarie Kazihtoe built her own tiny living space for $20,000, and while her bathroom, living room and kitchen are all a step or two from each other, she says she wouldn’t trade her 120-square-foot for anything.

"It's my dream home, I have enough, it's easier to cook I just turn around and grab something," Kazihtoe said.

By the end of summer, the San Jose City Council will decide on final plans to use tiny homes to provide temporary housing for the homeless.

The Tiny House Festival will re-open Sunday at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

<![CDATA[Lanes Closed After Fatal Motorcycle Crash on Lawrence Expy]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:51:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policeline5.jpg

All northbound lanes on Lawrence Expressway in Santa Clara are closed due to a fatal motorcycle crash Saturday.

The Santa Clara Police Department are on the scene between Stevens Creek Boulevard and Pruneridge Avenue and ask the public to avoid the area until approximately 10 p.m.

The incident occured around 5:30 p.m. when a male victim hit a light pole on the side of the road. 

No additional information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Five-Acre Fire in Morgan Hill Leaves No Structural Damage]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:33:21 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLMorganHillFire_3150215.JPEG

Officials battled a five-acre wildfire Saturday afternoon in Morgan Hill.

The fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. in the area of 16695 Dewitt Ave. 

Thanks to the quick respondes of several fire agencies, it was out in about half an hour.

The flames bruned fences right next to homes but no stuctures were threatened. 

"It started moving pretty good," said witness Sal Alesse. "You could hear crackling and there were big flames for a while. And then it started going up, there is a real nice house up the mountain there, got real close to the back door.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Passengers Delayed for Hours at San Jose Airport Customs]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 23:56:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBian_3149314.JPEG

A series of planes arriving at the same time, combined with a shortage of staff at Customs and Border Patrol caused a backup for Bay Area travelers at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Friday night.

Travelers waited two to four hours in the customs and border patrol checkpoints for flights arriving at SJC causing passengers to get angry.

"They should hire more people and be prepared for this," said Lisat Hernandez from Richmond.

Several passengers missed their domestic connections by two hours all because of the backup.

"Two and a half hour flight to stand in line for three hours," said Steve Heredia from San Jose.

What happened Friday is a “perfect storm,” SJC spokesperson Lauren Young said.

"They have had some limited staffing at SJC and some of the other Bay Area airports," Young said. "We're doing the best we can to help make sure they have the resources from the airport."

NBC Bay Area reached out to Customs and Border Patrol about the staff shortage but they did not get back.

"Craziness, it was inexcusable," said Don Bullard.

<![CDATA[Fire Near Highway 87 in San Jose Knocked Down]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:31:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06152018sjfIRE_3147382.JPG

A fire that broke out at a homeless encampment near Highway 87 late Friday in San Jose has been knocked down, fire officials said.

The blaze burned a half-acre in the area near Curtner Avenue and the highway.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Controversy Surrounds Doctor's Handling of ER Patient]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:22:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06152018ERDoctor_3147693.JPG

An emergency room doctor has been cut from her shifts at a South Bay hospital because of her treatment of a patient.

The patient said the doctor was physically and verbally abusive after he was brought in by ambulance. The video shows her grabbing his arm, mocking him, and cursing at him.

The patient, Samuel Bardwell, said his arm is still in pain after Dr. Beth Keegstra yanked him. Bardwell said he left El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos early just to avoid another confrontation.

Bardwell's father recorded the incident at the hospital as Dr. Keegstra administered care to his son. The 20-year-old Bardwell collapsed after basketball practice Monday night and was rushed to El Camino Hospital. He said he waited three hours to see a doctor, and when she finally came was accompanied by a security guard.

"I knew exactly from when she brought the security guard that it was going to be hostile," Bardwell said.

Bardwell is a sophomore at West Lake College, where he plays on the school's basketball team. The 7'1" power forward suffers from debilitating anxiety attacks. He said this incident left him unconscious and numb from head to toe.

"It's very fatal because my eyes were rolled to the back of my head," he said. "I could not see. I could not talk. My breathing was getting lower and lower."

But once at the hospital, Bardwell said the doctor was dismissive of his symptoms -- mocking and cursing at him.

Bardwell said he still does not understand what triggered the doctor to become so abusive. He said he left the hospital without being fully treated to avoid further injury.

"I wanted to get out of there because I didn't know if it was going to escalate to the point where she was going to do something worse than she already did," Bardwell said.

El Camino Hospital said it has been in contact with Bardwell and has offered an apology. The hospital said the doctor, a contractor, has been removed from its ER schedule.

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<![CDATA['Best Friends' Arrested for Having Sex With Minors: Sheriff]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:20:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BestFriendsSexualDeviants.jpg

Two women who police described as "best friends" were arrested Thursday for allegedly having sex with under-aged boys, Santa Clara Sheriff's Office announced Friday.

Law enforcement officials started an investigation into Talia Sisco of Saratoga and Tina Pourani of San Jose on April 7, over the suspicion of alleged sexual relationships between the two and several boys attending a local high school.

The suspects were both 23 years old at the time investigators determined they had sexual encounters with 15- and 16-year-old boys. 

"Investigators interviewed multiple parties during the course of the investigation and also collected extensive evidence of a graphic sexual nature," the sheriff's office statement read.

Sisco was a student-teacher at Bernal Middle School at the time, according to the sheriff. Oak Grove School District ended her access to the school upon notification of the alleged crime, officials said.

Investigators do not believe there are any victims at Bernal Middle School.

Pourani was arrested at her home in San Jose but has since been released on bail. The Sheriff's Office did not go into details on the relationship between the two women but described them as "best friends" who bragged about being "sexual deviant."

"The protection of our children is always a top priority for our agency. I am grateful these predators were brought to justice. If there are other victims still out there, please come forward,” said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. "It's absolutely outrageous that they think this is 'funny' — this is a crime, and they are predators."

Both women were booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail on several criminal charges. Sisco faces multiple counts of oral copulation of a minor, multiple counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and arranging a meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense.

Pournari is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a minor.

Both are scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Robert Handa contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Juneteenth Fest Celebrating Slavery Abolition Hits San Jose]]>Sat, 16 Jun 2018 17:51:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLJuneteenth_3156046.JPEG

Reggae, Jazz, Hip-hop and R&B can be heard throughout Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park on Saturday afternoon at the annual Juneteenth celebration in San Jose.

That's where the 37th annual Juneteenth celebration, sponsored by the African American Community Service Agency, is takin place. The event is to commemorate African American freedom and the abolition of slavery.

One attendee, Pamela Lewis, dances to "Could You Be Love" by Bob Marley as she spoke to NBC Bay Area. Lewis says she's at the festival to represent black America.

The festival is named after June 19, the historic day in 1865 in which the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas. It has become the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

NBC Bay Area's anchor Marcus Washington is emcee-ing at the event. The headliner musician is R&B singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Brandy.

A variety of food, artwork, retailers, community services and local business are also presented at the festival.

The event is free from noon to 1 p.m. and for kids under the age of 12. There will be a $10 charge for adults from 1-7 p.m.

Organizers warned attendees that pets, coolers, large umbrellas, skateboards, bikes, outside food and/or drinks, bottles, loitering, cans, weapons, and smoking of any kind are not permitted. 

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<![CDATA[Google Barely Moves Needle on Gender, Diversity in Workforce]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 01:29:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/googleload.jpg

Google barely raised the number of women and under-represented minorities among its ranks, while it got less white and more Asian over the past year, according to the search giant's fifth annual diversity report.

The report released Thursday comes a week after shareholders voted down proposals to study linking executive pay to diversity goals and as it grapples with ongoing lawsuits over gender discrimination

Google bumped the percentage of its female employees up by a tenth of a percentage point to 30.9 percent.

Despite falling more than 2 percent, white workers remained the majority at 53.1 percent, while Asians grew more than a percentage point to 36.3 percent. Black and Latino workers grew a tenth of a percent to 2.5 and 3.6 percent.

Google says it needs to do more on diversity, and added new data on hiring, attrition and gender by ethnicity. The new data showed black workers left the company at far higher rates than other groups. The report said its efforts at improving diversity must include "creating an inclusive culture" and not just boosted hiring.

Google is part of Alphabet Inc., which is based in Mountain View, California, and employs about 85,000 people.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Dead Cows Found on Property Amid Cattle Dispute]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:21:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cattle_dead_0614_3134097.JPG

Long before Silicon Valley came along, cattle rustling was a major crime in the dusty days of Santa Clara County, and on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators were at the scene of what appears to be an old style range war.

Investigators were digging up huge makeshift graves for at least nine cows apparently killed and buried near Henry Coe State Park, where some sort of dispute over the cattle started.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office says a dispute between cattle owners and a landowner may be connected to the dead cows. The two parties got into a bitter argument last week, and when the cattle owners wanted to take back their 60 head of cattle, the property owner refused to unlock his gate, sheriff's officials said.

"Santa Clara County in the past was much more rural than it is now," Sheriff Laurie Smith said. "It’s something that happens in this county. It doesn’t happen often, but this is cattle grazers versus landowners."

When the cattle were released, the cattle owners say about 26 cows were missing. Investigators say a hoof was spotted sticking up out of the ground, the sheriff’s special rural unit, armed with a search warrant, began finding and digging up makeshift graves on the property owner’s land.

"What we’re looking at is number one, how did the cows die? Was it a firearm? If it’s a firearm, we’ll have to look to see what that is," Smith said. "I don’t think we have the rationale of why yet."

Sheriff’s officials say it’s still early in the investigation, and there are no official suspects yet.

The cattle owners and landowner could not be reached for comment.

Sheriff's officers were still searching the grounds Thursday to see if they can find any of other missing cows.

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<![CDATA[Decomposed Body Found in Milpitas Homeless Camp]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:11:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/policeline5.jpg

A man's decomposed body was found in a homeless encampment off westbound state Highway 237 in Milpitas Thursday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The discovery was reported at about 12:20 p.m. on westbound Highway 237 at the McCarthy Boulevard off-ramp, CHP officials said.

CHP spokesman Officer Ross Lee said no foul play is suspected.

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<![CDATA[35 Patients Treated in Hazmat Incident in San Jose]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 23:49:23 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/0614-2018-SJHazmat.jpg

At least 35 people were treated after a maintenance worker accidentally created a gas that caused peoples lungs to fill with fluid at the Shadow Brook Elementary Swim Club in San Jose Thursday.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene at 1079 Shadow Brook Drive and began decontaminating multiple people, mostly children ages 10 to late teens, who were then transferred to the hospital as a precaution, officials confirmed.

"Very scary," said parent Sayed Haq. "I didn’t know it was going to be a big deal until I got here. Apparently it was pretty serious."

Witnesses say swimmers began saying they were feeling nauseated and some were coughing just before noon. 

The maintenance worker reportedly mixed chlorine and muriadic acid by mistake, creating the gas.

"Chlorine gas can produce some serious symptoms if you inhale it," said Captain of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, Bill Murphy.

Patients were transferred to Valley Medical Center, Kaiser Medical Center and Stanford Medical Center.

"Its pretty scary," said Sayed. "Especially when kids are involved. All parents would be concerned."

No additional information was immediately released. 

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<![CDATA[RailBlazer: New Coaster at California's Great America]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:05:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/RailBlazer.JPG

There's a new roller coaster at California's Great America in Santa Clara. It's called RailBlazer. Bob Redell took it for a spin.

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<![CDATA[At Least 1 Dead After Motorcycle Crash on Northbound I-880]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 05:13:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/880MotorcycleCrash.JPG

All lanes of northbound Interstate Highway 880 just north of Coleman Avenue in San Jose have been reopened after a fatal motorcycle crash closed all lanes of the freeway earlier Thursday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At least one person has died after the crash that was first reported around 1:05 a.m. and involved at least a motorcycle. All lanes were reopened at 3:18 a.m.

The CHP couldn't confirm that another vehicle had been involved as of 5 a.m.

No further information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Watsonville Man Arrested in Child Molestation at Day Care]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:41:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/watsonville-molest-0613.jpg

A 50-year-old Watsonville man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly molesting a child at a day care center four years ago.

Watsonville police said the victim was 6 years old when the alleged crime occurred. The victim, who is now 10 years old, allegedly told police that a day care worker inappropriately touched them at the facility.

The offense was reported within the last two months, according to police.

Arturo Garcia-Gahona was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail on bail of $250,000.

Police notified the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division and the agency is conducting an independent investigation.

Police are not releasing the name of the daycare at this time. The facility previously existed in the 700 block of Hill Avenue, but police Sgt. Mish Radich said it does not exist there anymore.

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<![CDATA[San Jose to Protect Wildlife from 'Roadkill Road']]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:44:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/drive.PNG

San Jose is taking the first in a series of steps to protect wild animals on a stretch of Monterey Road known as the roadkill hot spot.

Collisions with vehicles in the area between Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue have recently killed several mountain lions, a problem environmentalists and animal protection groups have wanted addressed for last the couple of years.

"We found that there’s twice as many animals hit on Monterey Road compared to Highway 101," said Tanya Diamond, founder of Pathways for Wildlife. "We have found, unfortunately, three of our bobcats were hit by vehicles while they were efforting to cross Monterey Road."

In the first of many steps, the city of San Jose, led by Councilman Sergio Jimenez and Mayor Sam Liccardo will put up large signs on that stretch of Monterey Road. Something some residents are skeptical of.

"That's fine, but I think they ought to be more concerned with the racing going on, speeding traffic," said Saso Family Farm owner, Ken Saso.

In fact, Pathways for Wildlife agrees and says it is working with numerous agencies to revamp the culvert at Monterey Road to hopefully give animals a way to avoid the traffic.

"We are kind of rural, a lot of people do speed up and down Monterey," said Denise Bradford, Coyote Bait & Tackle owner.

Pathways for Wildlife says its studies show the warning signs do make an impact. They’ll see if that works for that area sometime after July 1.

<![CDATA[19-Year-Old Woman Injured by SUV in San Jose Hit-and-Run]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:49:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJPD_Civilian_Oversight.jpg

A 19-year-old woman was struck and injured by an SUV in a hit-and-run collision early Wednesday morning in San Jose, according to police.

The woman was near the intersection of North Capitol Avenue and McKee Road when she was struck by a 1990s-era, light-colored SUV, believed to be a Chevrolet Suburban, according to San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia. The collision was reported at 2:18 a.m.

The woman was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition, Garcia said. The vehicle, driven by a man, fled the scene. The motorist hasn't been identified.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Jose police at (408) 277-8900.

<![CDATA[12-Year-Old Male Jaguar is Newest Addition at San Jose Zoo]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:25:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kianto-sjzoo-0613.jpg

A 12-year-old male jaguar from Chicago is the newest member of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, joining 14-year-old Sophia, a cat that has been at the zoo since 2005.

Kianto's move from Lincoln Park Zoo is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums species survival plan. Jaguars are the largest cat species native to the Americas, according to the zoo.

Male jaguars are larger than females, and Kianto weighs 130 pounds while Sophia weighs about 90. Zoo officials said the two are not a genetic match for breeding and jaguars are solitary animals so they will live in separate enclosures.

Kianto will take his time to adjust to his new surroundings, zoo officials said. Guests may not see him while he settles into his habitat.

Jaguars typically live 11 to 12 years in the wild, but some have lived more than 20 years in captivity, according to the nonprofit Big Cat Rescue.

Zoo officials want to remind visitors to be respectful of all the animals and to enjoy calm, quiet observation and daily animal meet-and-greets.

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<![CDATA[SJ Airport Receives $10.3M Grant to Improve Infrastructure]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:05:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/0328-2018-SJC.jpg

Mineta San Jose International Airport will receive a $10.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to improve its infrastructure, FAA officials announced Wednesday.

The grant is part of the FAA's $3.2 billion nationwide airport improvement program.

The San Jose airport will use the grant to reconstruct its apron, the area next to the runway where airplanes offload passengers and prepare for flights.

Airports in the areas of Napa, Fresno, San Diego and Santa Maria will also receive FAA grants in California. Napa County Airport will use a $15.7 million grant to repair and improve its runway.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Wildfire Reveals Remains of Historic Building]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:32:49 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/kindon.jpg

When the Lariat Fire burned through several homes last July as well as chewing away the brush and foliage at the edge of San Jose’s Alum Rock Park, it uncovered something unusual.

On a routine trail walk in an area where the flames had cleared away ten-foot tall thistle and poison oak, Park Ranger Huy Mac spotted bricks and what appeared to be the remains of a stone fireplace.

“That was one of my first indicators,” Mac recalled, “ok, this might be a house or a lodge.”

Mac realized the fire had peeled back not only layers of brush — but also time — to reveal the remains of some sort of historic structure. Just what it was, and just how old it was, was a mystery.

“If you look over here there’s some roof tiles,” Mac said poking around the small field of debris, marked with a grid of string for archaeologists. “There’s a bathtub and then a stone fireplace.”

It was easy to see why countless people over many decades hiked by the remains without a hint of their existence. The small patch of land, containing things like vintage bricks, bottles and a rusted bed spring, was encased in thickets of brush.

The building didn’t show up on old maps since the land wasn’t yet part of the park, which was established in 1872 and is considered California’s oldest municipal park. An early 1900s atlas shows the plot of land where the building’s remains lie was owned by a Davis Lundy.

Mac doesn’t know who Lundy is, but he does have a theory of what the building was.

“From the records and everything else, and from what other rangers have passed down to me, I think it’s a hunting lodge,” Mac said. “From around the 1900s or so — early 1900s.”

But to get a scientific opinion on that theory, Mac enlisted archaeology professor Andrew Kindon from West Valley College in nearby Saratoga to dig in a bit deeper. Kindon’s students made multiple trips to the site to excavate the remains, spiriting away things like a salt shaker, a rusted oil can and cast iron window weights. While all the items helped to pinpoint the era of the building, it was fire bricks stamped with the name Pluto from the manufacturer that yielded the biggest clue.

“The company that made these Pluto bricks, they started making that brick in 1905,” Kindon said, noting that another brick found at the site came from another company that ceased operations in 1927. “That gives us a really nice window of time where we know that this building was almost certainly built between 1905 and 1927.”

But what was the building? Kindon held up a crystal door knob and an antique bead collected at the site. They were among the evidence that lead him to believe the structure was a domestic house, whose memory was swallowed by the tall weeds.

“This was kind of what we think of in archaeology as kind of a happy accident finding the site,” Kindon said, “and it was because of that wildlife.”

On a recent day as Mac explored the remains of the building — eleven months after the fire — the towering weeds had made significant inroads toward reclaiming their secret. Poison oak was scattered among the fortress-like thistle and Mac warned of rattlesnakes in the area.

He said the park planned to create an exhibit in its museum with items from the excavation. He hoped descendants of Davis Lundy, or anyone else with knowledge of the building might come forward to help fill in its history. And he marveled that after many years working in the park, the land which had served as a vacation getaway since 1872 could still yield surprises.

“I’m always learning new things,” Mac said. “Every day there’s always something new about the park.”

<![CDATA[Levi's Stadium Could Be Selected as 2026 World Cup Venue]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:09:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/LevisStadiumSoccer.JPG

The World Cup is officially coming to North America in 2026, and Bay Area soccer fans could have the opportunity to see the world-famous sporting event right in their backyard.

Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is listed as one of the 23 potential venues in North America — three in Mexico, three in Canada and 17 in the United States — that could play host to matches during the tournament. That list of 23 hosting sites will eventually be whittled down to 16 in 2020 or 2021, according to U.S. Soccer.

FIFA voted Wednesday to play the 2026 World Cup in North America, with the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada beating out Morocco's bid, 134 votes to 65 votes.

The 2026 competition will be the largest World Cup in history with 48 teams vying for the trophy. The United States in total will play host to 60 matches, including the final, which is proposed to take place at MetLife Stadium near New York City. Mexico and Canada will each host 10 matches during the competition.

A World Cup host nation's team automatically qualifies to compete in the competition, but with three countries slated to host in eight years, the automatic qualifying process becomes complicated. South Korea and Japan, the only other nations to host jointly, both qualified automatically in 2002, but the FIFA Council will decide if all three North American countries will automatically feature in the 2026 tournament.

The United States hosted the World Cup back in 1994. Mexico has twice hosted the competition, in 1970 and 1986.

While Levi's Stadium primarily serves as the home to the San Francisco 49ers, it is no stranger to hosting meaningful soccer tilts. The venue previously played host to Copa América Centenario and Gold Cup matches.

Wednesday's vote comes one day before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Non-Profit Program Aims to Help Those Living in Cars, RVs]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:38:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mv_rvs_0612_3113142.JPG

Miguel Contreras refurbishes apartments for a living, but opts to pay $800 a month to rent a camper on the street near a park in Mountain View. It’s not permanent he says, because there's no running water.

“I was looking around in a lot of places but they were just too expensive,” Contreras said.

In Mountain View, and some other cities, people like him can be told to move from their spot after 72 hours.

“I just want to save money, maybe by 25 I [can] already own my own house,” he said.

Pastor Brian Leong and four other faith leaders are now working to secure safe parking spots at churches for a program they call Lots of Love. It’s modeled after a similar program in Santa Barbara.

The goal is to give those living in cars or RVs an overnight spot to park, along with access to the church’s bathrooms.

“There are 300 vehicles being lived in here in the city,” said Leong, co-founder of Move Mountain View. “It's a huge problem.

“It's not like what you might think of typically as homeless. It's really middle income people with jobs. I think 70 percent of people surveyed were employed,” he said.

Lots of Love is a two-year pilot program set to begin on July 2. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian helped launch it. Last week, the supervisors approved $287,000 to pay for it through 2020.

People will have to apply to be placed in a church parking lot space.

“Just 40 parking spaces means there are a hundred people who aren't out there on the street. Safer for them. Puts them in touch with the help they need,” Simitian said. “Frankly, I think it's going to be well received by the neighborhoods who are growing a little tired of folks being parked out in front of their homes and businesses."

"St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Mountain View has already signed on to take four families living out of their cars. 
The project organizers are looking for two more churches to join in."

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Mountain View has already signed on to take four families living out of their cars. The project organizers are looking for two more churches to join in.

“We don't have showers here, so that would be a good opportunity for us," Contreras said.

Santa Clara County is also funding a project in San Jose through Amigos de Guadalupe. The hope is San Jose and Mountain View will each have 40 available spots by 2020.

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<![CDATA[Woman Escapes Attacker Near Gilroy; Suspect Arrested]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 23:56:40 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hipolito-martinez-0612.jpg

A woman twice fought off an attacker at her home in unincorporated Gilroy on Sunday, and deputies later tracked down the suspect and made an arrest, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Hipolito Martinez, 35, of Gilroy was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on various felony charges after he attacked the woman and tried to rip off her clothing, sheriff's officials said.

The attack was reported about 2:40 p.m. Sunday in the 11500 block of Columbet Avenue, where Martinez unlawfully entered his neighbor's home and attacked her, sheriff's officials said. The woman told investigators she defended herself and managed to escape from her own home before Martinez chased her outside and tried to drag her back indoors.

The woman was able to escape a second time and flee for help, officials said.

Deputies arrived at the scene minutes later and saw Martinez running on the property. They found him hiding in a culvert and took him into custody, sheriff's officials said.

"The fight and determination exhibited by this woman through multiple attacks was nothing short of heroic," Sheriff Laurie Smith said. in a statement. "Her ability to fight off her attacker and call for help led to this quick apprehension and likely saved future women from being victimized by this individual."

Martinez faces felony charges of kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment and assault with intent to commit a felony.

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 408-808-4500.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area to Receive New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:48:32 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/car+charger.jpg

Several Bay Area locations will install more than 2,000 electric vehicle chargers after the Bay Area Air Quality Management District approved more than $6 million in funding for the project.

The 2,059 stations will pop up in 134 locations, including workplaces, schools, transportation hubs and apartment complexes. They will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, according to the district.

The Los Altos School District, East Side Union High School District, San Francisco International Airport and Old Redwood Commons Association received grant funding to install the new chargers.

GRID Alternatives also received $56,000 to fund the project in low-income communities, district officials said.

"More charging stations in key locations will make buying an electric vehicle a smart option for more Bay Area residents," district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

District officials said funding for the project comes from a $4 car registration fee surcharge instituted in the Bay Area in 1991. The charge supports clean air vehicles, ride-sharing, shuttles and bike facilities.

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<![CDATA[Fortnite Battle Posting Prompts School Lockdown in SJ]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:58:55 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Fortnite_Problems.jpg

An elementary school in San Jose was placed on precautionary lockdown Tuesday morning while police investigated an online posting referencing the school.

Sartorette Elementary School officials said the school district received a message from a parent reporting a threat posted inside the popular online video game Fortnite Battle that referenced the school site.

The game is one of many that allow players to talk to each other and write messages.

"It was kind of disturbing because it kind of immediately associated with the shootings that have happened," parent Maksim Shmukler said of the lockdown and threat.

Several parents said they learned about the lockdown through an automated robocall from the school district.

An all-clear was given on campus by police before 10:30 a.m.

Police later said the incident was a prank made by an 11-year-old student to a friend. Officials also said no police action was taken.

<![CDATA[Mountain View Considers Removing Heritage Trees]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 06:30:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Mountain_View_Considers_Removing_Heritage_Trees.jpg

Mountain View leaders are mulling the fate of heritage trees across the city. Thom Jensen reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Unhappy With Lisa Lampanelli Meltdown at San Jose Show]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:17:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/lampanelli_0611_3095142.JPG

Lisa Lampanelli is known as one of the hardest-hitting comics in the business, but a heckler got under her skin during a set in San Jose on Sunday night.

The comic had what many are calling an on-stage meltdown, and on Monday, fans were demanding an apology and their money back.

It all started with a heckler at the City National Civic in San Jose, where Lampanelli first confronted the man then began screaming at the entire audience, fans said. 

As seen in cellphone video from the audience, the stand-up comedian show quickly turned serious after Lampanelli took exception to the heckler's remarks. The man at one point appeared to hand Lampanelli $100 to "shut the (expletive) up," TMZ reported

Lampanelli confronted him then turned on the rest of the crowd, some of whom were supporting her, fans said.

"One more sentiment of (expletive) from anyone that’s not me or the person I’m talking to, you can get the (expletive) out," she said.

She even included the venue and San Jose in her insults.

"I’m 56 years old. I’ve been doing this for 30 years," she said. "I don’t need this (expletive)."

Lampanelli has been known for decades for delivering deliberately politically incorrect humor and direct insults.

While spokeswoman for Lampanelli declined a request for comment to NBC, she told TMZ that the heckler had "totally interrupted the flow" with someone else she was talking to. 

"I hit menopause and also I hit 56 years old and I said, 'really I gotta put up with some guy yelling at me," she said, adding that, "nowadays more and more people are telling women to shut up. So guess who has to be a bigger mouth than ever?"

Fans were more focused on the insults they felt were aimed at them.

"It was crazy," Zane Taylor said. "She flipped off everybody, and she said 'San Jose.' It not just us, the audience and all her fan base. It was all of San Jose. It’s like, really?"

Many fans felt the bottom line isn’t even what she said but that they paid $125 a ticket, and she walked off early. They said they deserve a refund.

"It was uncalled for," fan Danielle Pirslin said. "You don’t pay to get treated that way. ... Bad publicity could be good publicity. I don’t know what her ploy is, but that doesn’t give her any excuse to have a meltdown like that and attack her fans."

Lampanelli told TMZ, though, that her shtick is being an insult comic and "everyone was having fun." 

She figured she would "cut out the cancer and unfortunately the cancer kept growing in the form of this large man who nobody kicked out," she said. "I liked that video, though, because I looked really skinny." 

A spokeswoman for the event's promoter, the Nederlander Organization, seemed to indicate refunds would not be issued.

"Lisa Lampanelli performed a one-hour set on June 10 in San Jose, with comedian Frank De Caro opening the show," spokeswoman Vanessa Kromer said. "Although the show was interrupted by a guest that was heckling her, she did complete her full set."

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<![CDATA[Sunnyvale Police Officers Sound Off on Radio Dispatch Glitch]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:59:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06112018Scanner_3095220.JPG

Sunnyvale police officers said for several days last week they were unable to communicate with their dispatch operators.

NBC Bay Area was told the system is now back up and running, but frustrated officers with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety on Monday sounded the alarm.

"I personally experienced having my radio sign called out by dispatch," said David Meinhardt with the Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association. "We did not hear them, and finally on the fifth time it did go through."

Police said the problem was intermittent over a 48-hour period -- beat cops could not hear dispatch and dispatchers could not hear officers.

"Imagine even at a school if there had been an active shooter and we can't communicate with one another to help mitigate that problem," Meinhardt said.

For safety, the department assigned two officers per patrol car to make sure each officer had instant backup. But it also delayed response times because fewer cruisers were on the street.

"It's always frustrating when something doesn't go the way you're expecting to go or the way you're trained to use a piece of equipment," Sunnyvale DPS Capt. Jeff Hunter said. "We take that very seriously."

The glitch also affected the fire department.

After troubleshooting, administrators discovered the outage was likely caused by an off-site human error at the agency that runs the communications system.

Employees were testing new equipment meant to allow different police departments to communicate each other. But after the testing, an employee forgot to reset the system to the original settings.

Officer said they want assurances this will not happen again.

"Not having radio communication is of paramount importance," Meinhardt said. "Our safety and the safety of the public of Sunnyvale and those who visit this city is what we're here to do for those folks. It should be scary for everyone."

The police chief told NBC Bay Area he is waiting for a final report on the error from a local joint power authority, which operates the communication system.

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<![CDATA[Airbags 'Randomly' Deploy on SJ Officer Driving in Squad Car]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:34:53 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJPDAirbags.JPG

A San Jose police officer on Monday was taken to a hospital and later released after side airbags in her patrol car "randomly" deployed while she was driving in a parking structure, according to police.

The incident occurred around 2:53 a.m. at a parking garage located near N. 10th and E. San Fernando streets, police said.

The patrol car was not involved in a crash when the airbags deployed, according to police.

Police initially stated that the officer was doing paperwork in the patrol car when the airbags deployed.

It is not clear what caused the airbags to deploy, according to police. An investigation is ongoing.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Icon of San Jose's Japanese Community Remembered, Honored]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 17:44:19 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/217*120/japanese+service.JPG

About 1,000 people gathered in San Jose on Sunday to remember a man many called an icon of the Japanese community. Jimi Yamaichi died last month at 95 and was remembered for his service to San Jose's Japantown. Marianne Favro reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Boy, 14, Missing Since Last Week is Found Safe: Police]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 20:31:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mv-missing-0610.jpg

Police in Mountain View said a 14-year-old boy who has been missing since June 3 was found safe Sunday, according to the police department.

Brandon Rivera, who was last seen in Palo Alto on June 3 was found and is back with his family, police said.

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<![CDATA[Committing to Transportation: Voters OK Bridge Toll Hikes]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:46:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TollPlaza2.JPG

Voters in the June primary election said "yes" to raising tolls on most Bay Area bridges. NBC Bay Area political analyst Larry Gerston breaks down what this decision says about the Bay Area's commitment to transportation policy.

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<![CDATA[Katie Ledecky Swims Fastest 200 Free of Year in California]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:28:29 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-960257208.jpg

Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at an outdoor meet in Northern California on Saturday with the world's fastest time this year.

The five-time Olympic champion touched first in 1 minute, 54.56 seconds in the TYR Pro Swim Series, beating her closest rival by nearly 3 seconds at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Ledecky is competing in her second meet since turning pro. Last month, she lowered her own world record by 5 seconds in the 1,500 free in Indianapolis.

She attends nearby Stanford University.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[One Dead, Two Injured in San Jose Stabbing]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 10:38:02 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJfatal_3070700.JPEG

A man died and two others were injured after being stabbed in San Jose early Saturday morning, officers confirm.

San Jose police officers responded to multiple calls of a stabbing in the area of San Tomas Aquino Road and Payne Avenue around 4:15 a.m. and found a man suffering from at least one stab wound.

The victim was transferred to a local hospital where he died moments later.

Two additional men arrived at the hospital also suffering from at least one stab wound each, however, their wounds were non-life threatening.

A man was detained in connection to the incident but the motive and circumstances remain unknown.

No additional information was immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jesus Mendoza and Detective Todd Jennings of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (408) 277-5283.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Police Officer Prepares for a Life-Saving Donation]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:38:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/officer1.PNG

San Jose Police Officer Jesse Villaescusa knows there is always a chance the next call will send him rushing to save someone’s life. One of those calls came recently, but not when he was in uniform, and not the way he expected.

He is now preparing to donate his bone marrow in hopes of saving the life of a former United States Marine.

"I had been selected as a possible match for a patient," said Villaescusa.

After the call, the police officer suddenly found himself on a different mission, one that doesn’t require a badge and a gun, but rather bone marrow, and a heart. Villaescusa just happens to have all four.

"I could have been anything," he said. "I could have been homeless and if they would have called, I would have still been happy to do it."

The officer doesn’t know who the patient is, only that she’s a minor, and he’ll have to travel out of state for the procedure in the next couple weeks.

"It’s just another example of these officers stepping up and doing what they need to do for our community," said San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia. "Whether public safety or an issue like this."

A cop who’s used to chasing bad guys is now temporarily trading his uniform for a hospital gown, and a badge of courage.

"I wouldn’t look at it as a super power," said Villaescusa. "I was just born with the right blood, born lucky. But I’m happy to do it and glad I’m given the opportunity to help somebody out in that way."

Officer Villaescusa hopes to draw attention to bone marrow donation, and he hopes more people sign up for the registry.

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<![CDATA[Dog Hit and Run Investigation in San Jose]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:38:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/dog15.PNG

A San Jose neighborhood is angry following the death of a puppy involved in a hit and run Thursday.

Brownie, a Chihuahua mix, was hit by a driver in a silver Ford Mustang Fastback as he ran on to the street near Downtown.

The neighborhood association has complained to the city about speeding traffic in the area, and they say it was a contribution to Brownie’s death.

"Actually walking up to him to grab him., that’s when it hit me," said Monica Vega, Brownie’s owner. "It was like 'oh my god, it’s my dog, he’s dead.'"

Brownie was in the Vega family for seven years.

"It’s obvious from the videos that they knew they'd run over something with both the front and rear tires," said neighbor Jeff Levine. "So it’s nothing they can say 'oh I didn’t realize I'd hit anything.' It’s cowardly. It’s disgusting."

More than one million dogs are reportedly killed nationally every year, but many people, including Brownie’s family, aren’t aware of the law of pet hit and run.

In California, a pet dog is a living piece of "property," so a driver is legally responsible to try to find the owner, or leave a note.

A misdemeanor conviction could mean a $1 thousand fine and up to six months in jail.

Brownie’s family plans to pursue the driver.

"We’re going to try to do it, but for now we’re focused on trying to call places to cremate him and basically put him down, make sure he’s happy," said owner Jose Garcia.

<![CDATA[San Jose's Japantown Restaurant Mourns Bourdain's Death]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 09:49:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/WEBSTILLMinato_3064547.JPEG

"We didn’t know what to expect but he turns out to be a real good guy. Exactly how he is on TV."

That's how Gene Yoneda, the owner of the oldest restaurant in San Jose's Japantown, described Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain visited Minato two years ago and ordered Japanese curry, sashimi and tempura, Yoneda recalled. "He could eat anywhere in the world and chooses 20 or 30 restaurants a year so it’s quite an honor," he said.

Bourdain was found dead in France, where he was filming a new episode for his hit CNN show "Parts Unknown", in an apparent suicide. Wherever he went, he touched people with his kindness and empathy, including here in the Bay Area.

"His social conscience, the way he writes stories and gets into the culture, besides the food, politics even," said Yoneda on why millions of people watched Bourdain travel the world.

People even came to the restaurant Friday after they heard about Bourdain's death, according to Yoneda.

"He was 61, which is pretty young but you never know what’s going on inside someone’s head."

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<![CDATA[Armed School Vandal From San Jose Arrested Again]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:38:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/budman.PNG

A Bay Area man who was out on bail after being accused of shooting at security cameras in San Jose last year, was arrested again for trying to buy and build a gun in Utah.

Nicholas O’Connor, 21, was accused of shooting at security cameras on the campuses of Willow Glen High School and Booksin Elementary last year. After being arrested and while on bail, he attended classes at Utah State University where officers say some of O’Connor’s fellow students were asked to help him make a gun.

"They were approached and asked to have gun parts sent to their addresses after Mister O’Connor bought them anonymously," Mike Kuehn from the Utah State Police Department said. "They came forward and said, 'we befriended this individual and he approached us with a strange request,' he wanted them to buy gun parts, and pay them for that."

Since making a gun was a violation of his parole, O’Connor was brought back to the South Bay, and sent to county jail with no bail.

"It was important, especially given what's going on on campuses nationwide, it's important to be vigilant when it comes to gun crimes and gun violence," said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Brian King.

O’Connor has a court date on the original charges from last year in a couple of weeks.

<![CDATA[San Jose PAL Program Mismanaged, Needs Changes: Audit]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:59:16 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pal_audit_0607_3051324.JPG

San Jose's city auditor released a scathing new report about the Police Activities League, saying the program is being mismanaged and needs immediate changes.

PAL has been run by San Jose police for decades, but the city auditor is now recommending the department hires a professional to run the books and the programs.

PAL serves as an escape for youth in San Jose, a chance for them to stay off the streets and test their athletic skills.

"PAL was the way to go," program alum Luciano Zamora said. "Now you have YMCA and boys club, but for us, it was always PAL."

Zamora and his children all played sports in the PAL program. He said he's saddened to see that the program is in trouble.

In the blistering report, the city auditor listed 23 recommendations and urges the city of San Jose to hire a specially trained executive director, instead of having cops run the program. The report also accuses PAL of failing to complete it’s financial requirements with the city and the IRS.

Police Chief Eddie Garcia said the changes require more funding and more partnerships with corporate and community groups. But he vowed police officers will always be a part of the model.

"I think there’s a lot of support for PAL, so I’m hopeful we can move forward with as many of the recommendations as soon as possible," Garcia said. "Even with the massive cuts to our police department over the last decade, we kept PAL programs going because its more than sports. It's life skills, relationship-building with our community that lasts a lifetime."

One other option that could bring in more funds is selling the naming rights to PAL Stadium.

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<![CDATA[NorCal Home to 7 of State's Top 10 Most Polluted Beaches]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:44:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BeachFile.JPG

Northern California is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Golden State, but not all of them are exactly the healthiest.

According to a nonprofit group's annual report released Thursday, seven of the 10 most polluted beaches in California are located in the northern half of the state with five of those seven situated in the greater Bay Area.

Nonprofit group Heal the Bay ranked the most polluted beaches across the state by examining the levels of harmful bacteria found in the water.

Lakeshore Park at Marina Lagoon in San Mateo County was dubbed as the most polluted beach in Northern California and second-most polluted beach in the entire state, according to the report. Linda Mar Beach — also in San Mateo County but on the west side of the peninsula — checked in right behind as the second-most polluted beach in Northern California and third-most polluted beach in California.

Roosevelt Beach in San Mateo County (No. 5), Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz County (No. 8) and Surfer's Beach in San Mateo County (No. 10) were the other three Bay Area beaches to appear on most polluted beaches in Northern California list, according to the report.

According to Heal the Bay, about 88 percent of the 96 beaches across Northern California that were tested earned A or B water quality grades for the summer season this past year, but that number represented a 3 percent drop compared to the summer season average recorded over the past five years. During the winter season, only 68 percent of Northern California beaches were healthy enough to receive A or B grades. That's a 16 percent drop compared to the five-year winter season average.

On a positive note, not all is bad with the water along California's coastline. Of the 15 beaches examined in San Francisco County, every single one received an A or B grade during the summer, according to the report. Seven out of the eight beaches analyzed in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties also earned A's or B's during the summer months.

Beaches in Sonoma County "boasted stellar water quality," according to the report. Seven beaches in the county scored A grades in both summer and winter. Marin County beaches also checked in on the healthy side. All of the 23 beaches tested grabbed A or B grades.

South in Santa Cruz County, 13 beaches in the area grabbed grades that were considered to be "well above average," according to the report. In a county continuously packed with beachgoers, 92 percent of beaches received A or B grades during the summer while 88 percent scored A's or B's during the winter.

Heal the Bay put together its 2017-18 beach report utilizing bacterial pollution data measured by various counties up and down the coast. The nonprofit's Northern California report included beaches located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.

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<![CDATA[High School Teacher in San Jose Accused of Wearing Noose]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:36:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sths_noose_0606_3041086.JPG

Allegations of racist threats surfaced this week at a high school in South San Jose after a family claimed a white teacher placed a noose around his neck while addressing a black student.

The incident occurred April 30 during a weightlifting class at Santa Teresa High school, and community activists believe it’s a hate crime. The teacher is on paid administrative leave.

Officials with the East Side Union High School District confirmed they have credible evidence the incident happened, and the District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case.

"The teacher made a noose-like structure and placed it around his own neck, and said, 'Stay away from me, blank. The student's name in the blank," community activist Tiye Garrett said.

Activists in the African-American community are calling it a racial threat.

"This is unacceptable," said Walter Wilson of the NAACP. "Our goal with the district is to file a civil rights lawsuit against this district."

San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia said his department investigated the case after being tipped off by the community. He’s concerned the district didn't report it to police.

"I would have like to have heard from the institution itself," Garcia said.

The chief also said the incident, if it proves true, highlights a troubling trend.

"We have seen an increase in hate crimes and hate incidents in the community in 2017, but we are proud to investigate this crime," he said.

Investigators handed the case over to the DA's office.

District Superintendent Chris Funk issued a statement saying in part, "I am deeply disturbed and troubled by the allegations and the investigation findings. The district is committed to ensuring and maintaining a discrimination-free, harassment-free and bullying-free educational environment for its students."

Community leaders say the district needs to do more.

NAACP leaders said they've written a letter asking the district attorney to classify the incident as a hate crime.

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Surgeon Facing Sex Charges Loses Medical License]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:53:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/santa+cruz+doctor.jpg

A Northern California surgeon facing charges that he sexually abused children has lost his medical license.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on Tuesday that the state medical board revoked 58-year-old James Kohut's license effective June 1. Kohut's bail terms had already barred him from practicing medicine.

Kohut and two women were arrested last year on suspicion of running a child-sex ring after investigators say they found video images implicating all three. Kohut is facing 48 felony charges.

He has pleaded not guilty. 

Several women who had relationships with Kohut said he wanted to have children with them to create "taboo families where the parents raise their children sexually," Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said in court documents.

Moore said women identified in the documents only by their initials said Kohut "has a specific desire to have sex with a mother and a daughter." Moore also wrote that Kohut pressured the women to find children for him to abuse.

Several women who had relationships with Kohut said he wanted to have children with them to create "taboo families where the parents raise their children sexually," Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said in court documents.

Moore said women identified in the documents only by their initials said Kohut "has a specific desire to have sex with a mother and a daughter." Moore also wrote that Kohut pressured the women to find children for him to abuse.

A judge set bail for Kohut last summer at $6.45 million, and he remains at Santa Cruz County Jail.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Co. Sheriff Race Appears to Be Headed to Runoff]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:38:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/laurie-smith.jpg

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith appears headed to a runoff election in November after not receiving a majority of the vote to secure her sixth term in office.

Smith had 45 percent of the vote with 61 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning. Her opponent and former Undersheriff John Hirokawa had 30 percent of the vote.

Smith's tenure has been marred by multiple controversies, including the death of inmate Michael Tyree in August 2016. Three jail guards were convicted of murder in Tyree's death.

In April, inmates at Santa Clara County jails went on a hunger strike that lasted nearly two weeks after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were "mistakenly admitted" into the county's Main Jail in San Jose.

All four candidates running against Smith -- Hirokawa, Joe La Jeunesse, Martin Monica and Jose Salcido -- have mentioned jail reform in their platforms.

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<![CDATA[Car Narrowly Misses Firefighter, Slams Into Fire Truck in SJ]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:30:37 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/FiretruckSanJoseCrash.JPG

A driver behind the wheel of a sedan slammed into the back of a fire truck in San Jose early Wednesday morning, narrowly missing a firefighter who was working outside of the rig, according to the city's fire department.

Despite being temporarily trapped in the vehicle, the driver of the sedan was eventually extricated and taken to a local trauma center following the wreck, which happened around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Capitol Expressway and Tuers Road, San Jose Fire Department Deputy Chief Reggie Williams said. The firefighter who was almost struck managed to dive out of the way before the car whizzed by.

Fire crews working at the scene of a vegetation fire parked the fire truck in the far right lane of the roadway, Williams said. The firefighter who was nearly hit was resetting cones that had been knocked over by other drivers when they spotted the car driving at them. The firefighter leaped to safety as the sedan whizzed by and crashed into the truck.

The fire truck's lights were on at the time of the crash, Williams said.

The driver's condition was not immediately known, Williams said. The firefighters at the scene escaped physical harm, but Williams said they were "a bit shaken up."

Officials are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Wednesday's wreck marks the second time in roughly a month that a passing vehicle crashed into a San Jose fire rig, according to Williams.

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<![CDATA[Judge Aaron Persky Recalled for Sexual Assault Sentence]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:39:07 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Judge_Aaron_Persky_Breaks_Silence_on_Recall_Effort.jpg

The beginning of the end for the first California judge recalled since 1932 began almost exactly two years ago, when Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced a former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault to six months in jail instead of a long prison term.

A statement from the victim captured the national spotlight, recounting the ordeal of the investigation and trial, where she was cross-examined about her drinking habits and sexual experience.

"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today," she said in a statement read in court before the June 2016 sentencing of Brock Turner.

Within days, a politically connected Stanford law professor who was friends with the victim launched a campaign to recall the judge.

On Tuesday, Santa Clara County voters agreed and recalled the judge from office after his nearly 15-year career on the bench.

"The broader message of this victory is that violence against women is now a voting issue," said Michele Dauber, an outspoken women's rights campus activist who launched the recall effort. She said the local vote will resonate nationally and underscores the staying power of the #MeToo movement.

"This is a historical moment in time. Women are standing up for their rights and there is a national reckoning."

Persky, who declined to comment Tuesday, said repeatedly that he couldn't discuss the case that spurred the recall because Turner has appealed his conviction. But in a lengthy interview with The Associated Press last month, he said he didn't regret the decision and was taken aback by the reaction.

"I expected some negative reaction," Persky said. "But not this."

Persky said he was adopting the probation department's recommendation to spare Turner prison for several reasons, including Turner's age, clean criminal record and the fact that both Turner and the victim were intoxicated.

"The problem with this recall is it will pressure judges to follow the rule of public opinion as opposed to the rule of law."

The California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled that he handled the case legally. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen didn't appeal the sentence.

The case sparked a national debate over the criminal justice system's treatment of sexual assault victims and racial inequities in court.

Persky is white and holds undergraduate degrees from Stanford and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Many complained Persky showed too much deference to Turner, a white Stanford scholarship athlete whose parents could afford a private attorney. Activists pointed to numerous other cases in which minorities faced much harsher sentences for less egregious crimes.

The victim, who came to be known as Emily Doe, testified she was passed out behind a trash can when two men saw Turner on top of her. The two men, Swedish graduate students, yelled at Turner to stop and then chased him and held him down for police when tried to flee.

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual assault victims.

Persky said he took the victim's experience into account when sentencing Turner.

But the judge said the publicity of Turner's arrest and trial and the young man's loss of a swimming scholarship also factored into his sentence. Turner is also required to register for life as a sex offender. Persky cited numerous letters of support friends, former teachers and employers wrote on behalf of Turner.

"I think you have to take the whole picture in terms of what impact imprisonment has on a specific individual's life," Persky said during the sentencing hearing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Bay Area

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<![CDATA[Evacuation Order Lifted at San Jose City Hall]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:09:57 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/san-jose-city-hall.jpg

People returned to San Jose City Hall Tuesday morning after the smell of natural gas prompted a temporary evacuation, according to the city's fire department.

The evacuation was triggered when people inside and outside of the building smelled gas, according to the fire department.

The building was evacuated for a short time while firefighters inspected every floor with gas detection devices, according to the fire department. 

PG&E shut off the gas to the building and was testing gas lines as of around 10:30 a.m., according to the fire department.

Further information was not available.

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<![CDATA[Service Area of Santa Clara Car Dealership Catches Fire]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:29:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AcuraFire.JPG

A fire ignited at a car dealership in Santa Clara Tuesday morning, engulfing a portion of the dealership's service area and pumping thick, black smoke above the South Bay city.

No injuries were reported, Santa Clara Fire Chief Bill Kelly said, but at least two vehicles in the service area at the AutoNation Acura of Stevens Creek car dealership were destroyed by the blaze, which also wiped out a portion of the structure's roof.

The fire at 4747 Stevens Creek Blvd. was reported around 6:20 a.m., Kelly said. Arriving firefighters encountered heavy smoke and initially went inside to fight the flames, but they later retreated to a defensive position to douse the flames from the ground and from extended ladders.

It is not yet clear exactly how many cars were inside the service area at the time of the fire. 

Thanks to "aggressive firefighting" and a wall running through the middle of the structure that caught fire, crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to other service areas and the dealership's sales area, Kelly said.

Firefighters do not know at this time what sparked the blaze. An investigation is ongoing.

Further information was not available. 

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara Co. Leaders Mull More Affordable Housing]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 06:47:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Santa_Clara_Co._Leaders_Mull_More_Affordable_Housing.jpg

Santa Clara County leaders on Tuesday will consider giving more than $66 million toward new housing developments. Kris Sanchez reports.]]>
<![CDATA['Google Headcount Tax' Could Head to November Ballot]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 05:52:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GoogleSign1.JPG

Mountain View city council members on Tuesday are slated to make a final decision on the so-called "Google headcount tax," which would establish a tax based on the number of workers a company employs within city limits.

The South Bay city indicated that it needs the extra funds to construct more affordable housing for people priced out of the area and to help alleviate traffic woes created by the business boom in Silicon Valley.

Specifically, Mountain View is proposing to restructure its current business license tax. If approved by voters, the plan would tax businesses with up to 50 employees anywhere from $100 to $400 a year. For businesses with more than 50 employees, a tax would exist per employee. The tax amount would range anywhere from $50 to $300 per worker.

If such a tax passes in Mountain View, Google, for example, would fork over approximately $5.4 million to the city the first year.

The South Bay city estimates the tax would generate around $10 million a year.

The president of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group told the Mercury News he believes the proposed tax hike would discourage job growth.

In addition to Mountain View, Cupertino, which is home to Apple, is also looking at a similar measure that could appear on the November ballot.

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<![CDATA[Hit-and-Run in San Jose Leaves Woman Critically Injured]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:00:35 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseHitRun.JPG

A woman who was struck in a hit-and-run collision in San Jose early Monday morning was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The collision was reported at 2:58 a.m. in the area of South First Street and Monterey Road, police said.

A black SUV traveling north on Monterey Road struck the woman near Alma Avenue and then left the scene, according to police.

No further information on the suspect or vehicle was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz County Deputies Seek Attempted Kidnapping Suspect]]>Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:04:20 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/scruz_kidnap_0603.jpg

An unknown suspect attempted to kidnap a 27-year-old woman Saturday afternoon at Pinto Lake County Park, Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies reported.

The woman was attending a family party at the lake at 4 p.m. when the man grabbed her and pulled her away from her car at 757 Green Valley Road.

The victim struggled to get away and screamed for help, according to deputies, and was able to break away and flee the area.

The suspect ran to a vehicle parked nearby and the victim's family called 911, police said. The man is described as a Hispanic man in his late 30s to early 40s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build and a medium to dark complexion.

He was last seen wearing a black short-sleeved shirt with red and white lettering and black shorts, deputies said.

The car he jumped into is a mid-90s light blue two-door Honda Accord with sun damage on the paint, according to deputies.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Battling Blaze at Landfill in South San Jose]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:30:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SanJoseTrashFire.PNG

Firefighters responded to a brush fire Sunday at a landfill near Almaden Quicksilver Park and neighboring homes in South San Jose.

A little after 4 p.m., the San Jose Fire Department responded to the blaze, which had burned some vegetation in the area of Hicks Road, fire officials said.

The fire, which was contained, ignited at the Waste Management Rubbish Disposal facility at 15999 Guadalupe Mines Road, officials said.

Santa Clara County firefighters also responded to the scene with two water tenders, at the request of SJFD crews.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

No further details were available.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected from the original version.

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<![CDATA[Affordable Housing Being Considered for College Lands]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 22:10:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/house-generic-neighborhood.jpg

Santa Clara County community college trustees, presidents and students joined Supervisor Cindy Chavez at Mission College Friday to discuss proposed affordable housing that would be placed on community college campuses for students and extremely-low income locals alike.

Chavez said that she met with presidents and chancellors of every community college district in the county recently about their biggest obstacles and the resounding issue was affordable housing.

As housing prices in the area continue to rise, Chavez is proposing a partnership between the county and interested districts to put reasonably-priced units on the colleges' land.

Chavez got the idea from noticing that some community colleges she visits for addresses and news conferences have parking areas that always seem to be vacant, while some are always full.

The supervisor took this into account and was convinced the underutilized lots could be changed for the greater good.

"I cannot think of more deserving people than those who are working for both their humanity and their education," Chavez said after discussing how some students live out of their cars and shower at their community college facilities in order to keep earning their degree.

Representatives from the Foothill-De Anza and San Jose Evergreen community college districts, San Jose City College and Mission College listened on as Chavez explained the project, which will appear as a motion in front of the Board of Supervisors at their June 5 meeting.

Chavez is asking the board to approve entering into a six-month memorandum of understanding with districts who would like to participate in finding a way to use remaining Measure A funding, passed in Santa Clara County in 2016, to house those who need it.

Chavez said she was originally going to propose year-long memorandums but wanted to expedite the process because she saw heavy demand for the housing now.

The supervisor believes that part of the $950 million affordable housing bond could be used to house not only struggling faculty, staff and students in these complexes, but also who the bond was designed for: homeless, individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse, foster youth and victims of domestic violence and more.

In the area of the housing units that the county would pay for, those demographics would be offered refuge. In areas funded by the community college districts, their students and staff would have a place to live, Chavez explained.

Some of Mission College's at-risk youth, or "opportunity youth," attended the conference in support. First-year student Maria Vans said that this initiative could benefit students like her who always worry their temporary housing could fall through.

Vans utilizes Mission College's Extended Opportunity Program and Services, through which she gets financial aid, textbook vouchers and student health and academic counseling. She says without this aid, she would have dropped out of the college by now.

Vans has seven units left before she can transfer with a major in sociology, political science and administrative justice. She hopes to maintain a 4.0 and go to a private university so that she can become a lawyer, inspired by an aspiration to help people with backgrounds like her own.

Several representatives of the school districts spoke, and each of their remarks echoed that while their college campuses had systems in place to help hungry or homeless students and staff, they are always open to providing more resources.

"We know that the cost of living is a real concern to our students," Mission College president Daniel Peck said. "We have partnered locally with Panera Bread and Second Harvest and invest in services directly on campus to make an impact. But we can always look to do more."

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<![CDATA[Housing Prices Lead to Silicon Valley Exodus]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:20:42 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/Home-For-Sale-Generic.jpg

Silicon Valley tops another list, but this one is not something to brag about. Record-high housing prices are leading to an exodus and nowhere in California had more people move out than the South Bay. Business and tech reporter Scott Budman reports from San Jose, where they say the problem is only getting worse.

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<![CDATA[Immigration Advocates Denounce Family Separations at Border]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:50:06 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/family-separation.jpg

Immigration rights advocates, faith leaders and elected officials came together in San Jose Friday morning to denounce the conditions of the detention centers at the Mexican border and encourage Congress to open an investigation into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Community members rallied at the Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network headquarters to ask for direct action to discuss the treatment of undocumented people and the action separating parents from their children when they are detained.

Many families in Santa Clara County are more worried than ever following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement that children whose parents are taken into custody by border patrol would be removed from their parent's care, SIREN representatives said.

SIREN Executive Director Maricela Gutierrez said that immigrants who are just trying to seek refuge by crossing into the United States are facing serious atrocities.

Gutierrez mentioned the death of Claudia Gonzalez, a young Guatemalan woman who was coming to the U.S. after earning an accounting degree in hopes of increased opportunities. The SIREN leader said that a Texas border patrol agent shot and killed her last week.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, a long-time advocate for immigrants in the United States, spoke on the "egregious situation" of removing children from their parents at the border.

Lofgren stated that the activity goes against international law and puts this country in the same category as other regimes with similar policies. She specifically named Germany's Third Reich as an example.

Lofgren, a former immigration lawyer, emphasized her distress that those seeking political asylum are not being granted that opportunity when they report to a Port of Entry.

When immigrants try to go between ports to find a border patrol agent to turn themselves in, they're arrested, Lofgren said.

Children as young as two or three years old are taken away and housed "who knows where," Lofgren said, and some of them may have been lost track of.

Lofgren believes the separation tactic is not only inhumane but is counterproductive, as she thinks parents will continue to come back into the country to try to find their child.

California Sen. Kevin de Leon was also in attendance and spoke about a news conference that took place Thursday in Sacramento to condemn the administration's actions in this regard and the "cowardly members of the Congress on the Republican side who have not raised their voice in opposition."

The senator stated that even during the Bush and Reagan administrations, the nation never saw policies that allowed what de Leon called kidnapping to take place.

"We believe that no federal government should ever separate mothers from their children," de Leon said. "This is a time that we need to come together and be there for each other."

The gathering concluded with a call to action by one of SIREN's youth advocates, Amairani Oronia.

Oronia gave a comprehensive background of what children who are taken from their parents could face, such as waiting in shelters alone for their case to be called. This process can take years, she said.

The young woman urged people to speak out against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by calling members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and urging them to demand the Trump administration end family separation and detention.

Voters can speak up by exercising their right and show up to polls for representatives who stand for the immigrant community, Oronia said.

"Immigrant rights are human rights," the advocate said. "We must ensure that these people are being treated and looked after to the best of our abilities."

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<![CDATA[Girl Nearly Drowns at Raging Waters in San Jose]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:42:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/water47.JPG

A 12-year-old girl was pulled from the water after nearly drowning at Raging Waters in San Jose Friday morning.

At around 11 a.m., a lifeguard on duty pulled a girl from the wave pool and initiated CPR and achieved a return of spontaneous circulation with spontaneous respirations.

The San Jose Fire and County Ambulance arrived shortly after and continued advanced life support.

The child was taken to a local hospital and is under care of medical staff.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Mass Shooting Threat at San Jose Middle School]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:32:17 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/06012018CarolineDavis_2977935.JPG

San Jose police and private security guards were more visible at a South Bay middle school after threats of a mass shooting on campus.

Police said the threat was not credible, but still appeared at Caroline Davis Intermediate School in force.

"We do have officers on campus before, during and after school," San Jose Police Officer Gina Tepoorten said. "We want to ensure that each student going to school today feels safe, as well as staff. And we want parents to have confidence."

The security spike came after a fight last week where one student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to campus on Friday.

"The rumor was that something was going to happen Friday," student Anthony Flores said.

Eva Flores is one of several parents who told NBC Bay Area they felt were left in the dark by the school and not knowing what the exact threat was, and how it was being handled.

The district said it followed all protocols and relied on police for guidance. The district even posted a message on the school website to inform its community.

School threats and rumors have been keeping San Jose police very busy. Tepoorten said police have seen an increase in kids talking about school shootings.

Rumor or not, police said they take every threat seriously.

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<![CDATA[San Jose House Fire Displaces 2, Causes $200K in Damage]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 23:30:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj_house_fire_0531_2966524.JPG

A fire caused at least $200,000 in damage to a single-story, single-family home Thursday in San Jose, fire officials said.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 5:37 p.m. in the 2600 block of Loomis Drive, fire Capt. Josh Staley said. It drew a heavy response of 14 units and about 30-45 firefighters because of high winds, fire officials said.

The occupants of the home got out before firefighters arrived, and all the firefighters escaped injury, but the occupants will have to find another place to live, at least temporarily, Staley said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Dog Training Facility Defends Against Cruelty Accusations]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 06:21:27 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/dog_training3_2965928.JPG

Complaints of animal abuse bombarded a dog training facility in the South Bay after someone posted an accusation on social media.

Local Animal Control investigators are looking into complaints aimed at Primal Canine in Morgan Hill, which was forced to defend itself after what it called a misunderstanding.

Primal Canine trains dogs in personal protection, including for law enforcement, the military and general dog owners. And at first glance, the training might shock and scare some people. But perhaps not as much if one thinks of the man in the padded suit as a potential robber or worse.

Recently someone driving by the facility saw an outdoor training session and posted on social media the dog was being abused, in that particular case slammed against a vehicle.

Primal Canine owner Mike Jones was stunned by the feedback.

"People saying never take your dogs to our facility. That we should go to jail," Jones said. "someone said we should be shot for abusing dogs."

Morgan Hill police acknowledge it has received calls .mainly concerned about the dogs’ safety and whether they’re being trained to fight other dogs. But police emphasize its own Animal Control officers have investigated and say Jones is doing everything he should to protect the dogs and make them behave around people and other dogs.

"It’s all about relationship building," Jones said. "So we want to create that positive relationship between the owner and the handler."

Animal training experts from various agencies examined the training video. They point out the dog’s head never hits the vehicle and that the trainer controls the dog’s body at all times.

Customers we talked to also say Primal Canine helps rescue aggressive dogs.

"I think that they’re really helping a lot of animals that would probably end up in a bad place," dog owner Jessica Siegert said.

Primal Canine says it hopes it can educate the public, starting with an open house at its facility this Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Milpitas Library Safety Concern]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 19:03:22 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/library18.JPG

The Santa Clara County library system has been dealing with people watching porn on library computers, police say, an issue that has been seen nationwide.

A Milpitas library visitor snapped a picture claiming a man was masturbating in between book racks last month, prompting the involvement of law enforcement.

"It’s very troubling," said Lt. Raj Majaraj from the Milpitas Police Department. "It’s four o’clock in the afternoon. A lot of kids go to the library and are studying and reading, trying to educate themselves. And to stumble across this. It should be very disturbing to everybody."

Though the library system in Milpitas says it hasn’t received any complaints, the porn issue has become a thorny one for libraries nationwide.

"It’s pretty surprising. I wouldn’t expect it," said Library Visitor Tarynn Warren. "I come here all the time and everyone is really nice, really polite. So it’s kind of shocking if they are."

To the surprise of many, watching adult porn at the local library isn’t necessarily illegal, but there are some rules.

"When you sign onto our computer or internet networks, you agree to certain terms," County Librarian Nancy Howe said.

At the Milpitas library, for instance, unaccompanied adults in the children’s section may be asked to leave, and if a visitor witnesses another person watching something they deem inappropriate on the computers, they’re encouraged to complain.

"If someone gives us a complaint, if there’s something that makes a person feel uncomfortable because of the behavior of someone else in the library, we’ll try to intervene," said Howe.

Many in Milpitas fear that with BART arriving in the city, there will be potential for crime increase. Sources say more safeguards need to be in place to prevent any porn watching or perhaps something worse.

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<![CDATA[California Teachers Association Building in SJ Catches Fire]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 05:31:52 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/SJCTABuildingFire.JPG

Firefighters on Thursday managed to control a blaze that broke out at a California Teachers Association building in San Jose, according to the city's fire department.

The fire, which was reported just after 2 a.m., ignited at the single-story commercial office building located at 888 S. Capitol Ave., Capt. Jesse Allread said.

It took firefighters roughly 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control, Allread said. No injuries were reported.

It is not yet clear where exactly the fire sparked and what caused it to ignite, according to Allread.

An investigation is underway.

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<![CDATA[Giants Ace Madison Bumgarner to Make Rehab Start in SJ ]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 20:17:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/giants-bumgarner-0522.jpg

Madison Bumgarner is returning to the mound Thursday night. But that mound is in San Jose.

The San Francisco Giants ace will take the hill for a rehab start at Municipal Stadium as the Class A Giants take on the Visalia Rawhide at 6:30 p.m.

The big lefthander is working his way back from a broken pinkie on his pitching hand.

Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger for the big Giants, last pitched in San Jose in 2017 while rehabbing a shoulder injury he suffered during a dirt biking accident. In two games, he pitched 10 innings, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits.

The homegrown Giant in his 10th big-league season made five starts with the San Jose Giants in 2009, finishing 3-1 with a 1.48 ERA. He would make his major league debut later that season on Sept. 8, 2009.

Bumgarner, the 2014 World Series MVP, is slated to make his return to the San Francisco Giants next Tuesday.

On Wednesday night, San Francisco second baseman Joe Panik and infielder Alen Hanson also were scheduled to make rehab assignments in San Jose. Panik is recovering from a sprained left thumb, and Hanson is nursing a hamstring injury.

For ticket information, go to the San Jose Giants website.

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<![CDATA[Groups For, Against Persky's Recall Hold Dueling Rallies]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 18:44:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AaronPersky.jpg

Campaigns for and against the recall of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky held dueling rallies in San Jose Wednesday in the wake of recent controversial comments by Persky's campaign lawyer and spokesman about the victim in the case that brought the judge national notoriety.

Wednesday morning, Recall Persky chair Michele Dauber and fellow campaign supporters gathered outside the McManis Faulkner law office to call on the judge to condemn comments by lawyer Jim McManis that ran in an article by a national outlet last week about the victim in the case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner.

In the article, McManis said Emily Doe was not attacked, despite Turner's conviction for sexual assault of the woman after a party in 2015. Persky handed down a six-month jail sentence to Turner, a term that many people thought was too light.

McManis also said that Doe had been drinking before she arrived at the party and that the impact statement read in court, which became a national viral sensation, was not in fact written by her, according to the article.

Recall campaign supporters feel as though McManis' statements were an attempt to again silence the victim and called on Persky Wednesday to repudiate the comments.

Two police officers responded to the rally after a man came over with a sign and repeatedly approached the protesters in front of McManis' law firm and attempted to talk over them to news cameras.

San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco was speaking when the man, who later identified himself as Steve White, approached her and tried to use the microphone to describe his belief that Dauber has lied about several points of the Doe case.

"As a mother of four, three girls and one young man, I am doing everything that I can to make sure that they are not committing crimes and that we are taking people out of elected office that do not stand on the right side of history," Carrasco said.

White later said that his issue with the recall campaign does not have to do with sexual violence, but with restraining orders, which he believes are "given out like water."

White called himself a "victim" of what he claims was a fraudulent restraining order in the past when someone stated that he had threatened to harass them and "make their lives hell."

Wednesday afternoon, Persky and opponents of the recall held a news conference outside of at the County Government Center in San Jose. The group discussed the campaign's main point: a recall may cause judges in the future to consider public opinion over the law.

Both Santa Clara County's District Attorney Jeff Rosen and Public Defender Molly O'Neal spoke on Persky's behalf about how he followed the law implemented in the county at the time of Turner's sentencing and how changes have been made to ensure those convicted with charges like Turner's will now be sent to prison.

“What needed to happen was to change the law so the next Brock Turner would go to prison, and that law was changed,” said Rosen.

Persky did not discuss any of McManis' comments but said he was surprised how much fallout came from the Turner decision.

He said judges should accept criticism but should focus "laser-like" on the law and tune out the negativity.

Persky said if people did their research and spoke to attorneys that appeared in his courtroom or those in family law courts, where he presided for two years, he would be open to hearing their take on his decision-making.

He said he hopes voters do their research and read the ballot before accepting the "Twitter version" of the Turner case and others he has been questioned about.

"Someday you may be on the right side of the law, but the wrong side of public opinion," Persky said. "And when you step into a courtroom, before a judge, you will expect, you will request, you will demand, a judge who will follow the rule of law.”

When asked about why Persky has strived to keep his seat through all the criticism from the recall campaign, he said most of the motivation came from trying to do right by his two sons.

"I don't think that I could look them in the eyes and explain giving up," he said.

Robert Handa contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Southwest Jet Out of SFO Makes Emergency Landing in San Jose]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 06:46:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/southwest_jet_sjc_0530_2954616.JPG

A Southwest Airlines jet that took off from San Francisco International Airport made an emergency landing in San Jose on Wednesday after a passenger was caught smoking in the plane's restroom, officials said.

Southwest Flight 1250 was on its way to Los Angeles when it made a safe emergency landing at Mineta San Jose International Airport a little after 4 p.m., according to airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

The flight left SFO at 3:21 p.m., 51 minutes after its scheduled departure, according to Southwest's online flight tracker.

A passenger on the plane told NBC Bay Area a man was smoking in the plane's restroom, which triggered an alarm and caused the plane to divert to San Jose. Southwest later confirmed "a customer was allegedly smoking in the aft lavatory."

Passenger Edmund Lo said the man had boarded the jet in a wheelchair, but then got up and walked around. When the plane reached cruising altitude, the man went to the restroom, and moments later, the alarm sounded, Lo said.

When the man returned to his seat, he smelled like marijuana, Lo said.

Southwest Airlines released a statement Wednesdsay:

"Southwest Airlines Flight 1250 with scheduled service from San Francisco to Los Angeles landed safely after diverting to San Jose following indications a customer was allegedly smoking in the aft lavatory. The flight landed without incident where it was met by local law enforcement, and the customer in question was turned over to local authorities. Our employees in San Jose are working to accommodate the remaining 32 customers on other aircraft to continue their journeys."

No further details were available.

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<![CDATA[Levi's Stadium to Host Playmakers Job Fair]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 16:11:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP171154529439.jpg

Levi's Stadium will be hosting a job fair Sunday with more than 1,000 jobs available including cooks, cashiers and ushers looking for full and part-time positions.

The fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature hiring companies that partner with the stadium like Impark, Landmark, ABM, Levy and Fanatics along with Levi’s Stadium Guest Services and Levi’s Stadium Logistics Team.

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<![CDATA[Alum Rock Schools Chief Keeps Job After Funds Controversy]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 11:41:30 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alum_rock_sd_0529_2940630.JPG

Alum Rock Unified School District's superintendent will keep her seat and some contracts with Del Terra Real Estate have been terminated as a result of Tuesday night's school board meeting, according to the Community for Better Alum Rock Schools coalition.

The special meeting, which was held after a news conference held at the district offices in support of Superintendent Hilaria Bauer earlier in the day, was scheduled to discuss a possible dismissal of Bauer and was called for by board trustee Khanh Tran.

The board did not take disciplinary action during their closed session meeting and did not disclose to the community whether a vote was taken or if the matter had been tabled, the Community for Better Alum Rock Schools said.

At the news conference, elected leaders and community members alleged that the potential ousting of Bauer at this time was suspicious and could serve as "a smoke-screen to the Del Terra controversy."

Del Terra Real Estate was the company selected to be in charge of program and construction management for bond measures through the school district in 2013, the coalition said.

An initial audit done by the Santa Clara County Office of Education after an anonymous tip that the district may have been fraudulently billed revealed evidence of fraud and misappropriation of funds, the County of Superintendent of Schools at the time, Jon Gundry, confirmed in his summary.

That audit also found that no citizens' oversight committee was overseeing the projects or expenditures because no reporting was done and that board members were personally involved with the bidding and contract management, Gundry said.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra and state Sen. Jim Beall requested another audit of the district's funds last Thursday.

The board voted to terminate the program management contracts with Del Terra Real Estate for bond measures I and J, but the controversial Southern California-based company still retains the construction management contracts for the two bond measure projects.

The option to terminate the contracts was placed on the agenda at the request of board trustee Andres Quintero.

The termination of the program management contracts means that Del Terra can no longer manage their own work, the coalition of parents, teachers and community members said.

Board members Quintero, Tran and Karen Martinez voted for terminating the contracts while Esau Herrera voted against doing so. Trustee Dolores Marquez had a "family matter" and left the meeting prior to the vote.

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<![CDATA[Gonorrhea, Syphilis Cases on the Rise in Santa Clara County]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 06:32:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Thumbnail_STD1.jpg

Some sexually transmitted infections are on the upswing in Santa Clara County, according to the county.

While the rates of new HIV cases have leveled out across the South Bay county, rates of gonorrhea and syphilis have nearly quadrupled since 2010, according to the county.

County data revealed that gonorrhea and syphilis are more common among males. Chlamydia, on the other hand, is more common among females.

All three diseases were found to disproportionately affect people of color and LGBTQ populations, according to the county. Chlamydia and gonorrhea were found to particularly impact people between the ages of 15 and 25.

The county cited app-based and online dating, a decrease in access to STD clinics, substance abuse, and "survival sex" — exchanging sex for shelter, food and drugs — for triggering the spread of certain infections.

While people with sexually transmitted infections may not experience symptoms, they can still pass them along to sexual partners, resulting in complications such as infertility, chronic pain, blindness, deafness and death.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department indicated that is working with jails and emergency rooms to improve testing at those locations. The department is also working with primary physicians to make sure they're screening for STIs.

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<![CDATA[#MeToo Founder Discusses Persky Recall at Stanford Event]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 06:41:26 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/stanford_burke_0529_2942678.JPG

The founder of the #MeToo movement weighed in on the effort to recall Judge Aaron Persky Tuesday night during a speech at Stanford University.

Tarana Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement in 2006, said survivors of sexual assault and those who advocate for them can make their loudest arguments at the ballot box.

Next week, voters in Santa Clara County consider whether to recall Persky, who angered many in the community by sentencing former Cardinal swimmer Brock Turner to six months in prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a party on campus. Turner served about three months.

Burke's comments to a packed theater at Cubberley Auditorium come as Persky is defending himself for the sentence, arguing in an interview that public opinion should not sway the court.

Students in the audience, many of whom are preparing to vote, said the Persky recall issue is a key topic on campus this week.

"That was something very disappointing to me, as someone coming to Stanford," freshman Valexa Orelien said about the Turner sentencing. "And kind of scary."

Burke addressed the recall vote generally, saying she believes survivors are a constituency that can vote to ensure communities are less vulnerable to sexual violence.

With one week to go until voters head to the polls, Persky defended his sentence on CBS News.

"I accept responsibility for every decision I've made as judge," he said. "But what I can’t accept are the downstream consequences, the collateral damage to the next case, to the next judge’s decision."

Next Tuesday, Santa Clara County voters will decide if he should keep his job.

"If I could have a say in it, I would want the judge to be recalled," Orelien said.

Stanford senior Miles Brinkley said judges should be held accountable to the people: "The decision to recall the judge isn't about vindictiveness, it isn't about revenge. It's about accountability and holding someone to the standard they were elected by their constituency to represent."

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<![CDATA[Juvenile Crime on the Rise in the Bay Area]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 18:23:41 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/201*120/Capture398.JPG

A group of teenagers crashed a stolen vehicle while on the run from police in San Jose Monday night. The incident comes in the midst of growing concern over a spike in juvenile crime in the Bay Area.

A 13-year-old was behind the wheel of the stolen car which came to a stop in front of the Bridges Academy Charter School, along with three passengers all 16 years old or younger.

"I'd like to say 'yeah it’s shocking,' but right now it’s becoming more and more prevalent," said San Jose Police Officer Christan Camarillo, who recognizes the criminal justice system is too lenient on kids.

Last year, police arrested an 11-year-old believed to be the getaway driver of a stolen car in a burglary and robbery spree.

The District Attorney says juvenile crime increased countywide last year, especially residential burglaries, carjackings and auto thefts.

"All our kids need options to prevent them from making bad mistakes," said Mario Maciel, director of San Jose Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.

The Task Force knows it’s going to have its hands full this summer, with kids looking for things to do. The city is once again hosting a summer jobs program to supplement its summer camp programs in the hopes of keeping kids from ending up in handcuffs.

"It’s giving kids in our most marginalized communities the ability to stay busy this summer, building a resume, and not a rap sheet," Maciel said.

More than half the youth arrested for a violent crime last year, had previously been arrested for other crimes, but serve little-to-no time for those crimes.

<![CDATA[Rally Supports San Jose's Alum Rock Schools Chief]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 18:28:03 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/alum_rock_sd_0529_2940630.JPG

Parents, students, advocates, educators and local elected officials gathered Tuesday in front of the Alum Rock Unified School District offices in San Jose to support the superintendent whose job status was to be reviewed at a school board meeting Tuesday evening.

According to the school board's closed session agenda, an item is listed to consider the possible dismissal of Superintendent Hilaria Bauer.

The agenda item was submitted by school board trustee Khanh Tran, publicly called by City Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco one of the "corrupt three" among the board's five members.

The Community for Better Alum Rock Schools coalition alleges that the board majority will not "be held responsible" and named board trustees Tran, Esau Herrera and Dolores Marquez as those who have tried to "dismiss Dr. Bauer as a smoke-screen to the Del Terra controversy."

Del Terra Real Estate was the Southern California-based real estate company selected to be in charge of program and construction management for bond measures through the school district in 2013, according to the Community for Better Alum Rock Schools coalition.

An initial audit done by the Santa Clara County Office of Education showed evidence of fraud and misappropriation of funds, and the alleged "legally questionable" management of the district bond program is back in the limelight after Assemblymember Ash Kalra and state Sen. Jim Beall requested another audit of the district's funds.

The county's November 2016 audit was conducted after an anonymous tip that the district may have been fraudulently billed for construction and program management services.

The County Superintendent of Schools at the time, Jon Gundry, submitted a summary of the audit, which found that no citizens' oversight committee was overseeing the projects or expenditures because no reporting of them was done and that board members were personally involved with the bidding and contract management.

"The report is very clear that the responsibility for the lack of accountability for Del Terra lies with the governing board," Gundry said.

Leaders like Mayor Sam Liccardo feel that Bauer has served as a voice of leadership who sought to distance the school district from the contracts. Liccardo called Del Terra Real Estate a parasite on the school district.

Carrasco said community members and leaders will continue to show up to demand accountability and transparency from board trustees so that focus can be brought back to bettering schools.

"When we are facing one of the most vicious agendas of the national administration, when we are seeing some of the worst crimes ever perpetrated on our communities, when our families are in fear of being separated ... we are being distracted by these three [board trustees] and talking about whether we will again gather to save the job of Dr. Hilaria Bauer," Carrasco said.

The coalition brought a criminal complaint to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office and the Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento the same day Kalra and Beall announced their audit request, they said in their statement.

They allege that numerous violations by the board, Del Terra Real Estate and a former Del Terra employee outline clear conflicts of interest in the contracts.

The board has a chance to eliminate the contracts for good in the open session of the meeting due to the request of member Andres Quintero.

Herrera was present at the news conference Tuesday and would not comment on his thoughts about Bauer's review. He did state that this is not the first time the item has been on a board agenda and it has failed in the past.

"This board member has requested this item time and time again and has not succeeded," Herrera said. "I doubt he will succeed tonight."

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<![CDATA[Masked Suspects Attack Teenagers With Hammer in Aptos]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 11:34:44 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/PoliceFile2.JPG

Several suspects wearing masks attacked three teenage boys with a hammer inside a garage in Aptos early Monday morning, leaving all three victims injured, including one who was listed in critical condition, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

The suspects also swiped "several" items from the scene along the 100 block of Monte Vista Drive before hopping in a vehicle and fleeing the area, the sheriff's department stated.

All three victims, ages 16, 16 and 17, suffered head injuries, according to the sheriff's office. Two of them were sleeping when the attack occurred.

The two 16-year-old victims were treated and have since been released from the hospital, the sheriff's office indicated. The 17-year-old victim sustained a "significant head injury" and was said to be in critical condition.

The suspects were described as men between the ages of 18 and 20, according to the sheriff's office. It is not clear what prompted them to attack the victims.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 831-454-7635.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Whiz Kids to Compete in 2018 National Spelling Bee]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 17:26:46 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/spellingbee-bayarea-kids-01.pngThe National Spelling Bee is here and 16 Bay Area whiz kids are heading to Washington D.C. Tuesday in hopes of becoming the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.]]><![CDATA[Los Altos Recycling Project: Cigarette Butts to Park Benches]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 10:14:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CigaretteBenchButt.jpg

As the old adage goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure. But in this case, its the waste from countless smokers that one South Bay city considers to be valuable.

Los Altos is partnering with a New Jersey-based company to transform the waste that comes along with used cigarettes into park benches, plastic chairs and other useful products.

Here's how the recycling project works: Los Altos is first encouraging smokers to toss their cigarettes into any of the 12 receptacles that were recently installed in 10 city-owned parking lots throughout downtown. Once those receptacles are full, the cigarette butts will be shipped to TerraCycle. The company will then separate the filters from the paper and tobacco. 

The paper and tobacco will be composted. The filters, which contain a synthetic fiber, will be converted into plastic pellets, which can then be used to create plastic lumber for park benches and seats, shipping pallets, ashtrays, and other industrial products.

Los Altos officials hope the project will encourage smokers to ditch their cigarettes appropriately instead of simply flicking them to the pavement.

Sarah Henricks with the city of Los Altos said that 1.69 billion pounds of cigarette butts end up as litter across the globe each year.

"It could be on the ground," she said. "It could be in your bushes as you're walking by. You know, people may just flick a butt somewhere. So we're really just trying to make a difference."

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<![CDATA[13-Year-Old Driver Arrested, Teen Passengers Hurt in Crash]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 23:44:11 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SanJoseTeenCrash.JPG

A 13-year-old driver behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle was arrested and a passenger of the same age was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the vehicle they were riding in crashed in San Jose Monday night, according to police.

Two other teenage passengers tried to flee the scene of the crash, which occurred in the area of McLaughlin Avenue and Bacchus Drive, but they were later apprehended, police said.

Just before the wreck, San Jose police officers attempted to the stop the stolen blue 1995 Honda Accord near McLaughlin Avenue and Tully Road, police said. The vehicle, which did not have its lights on, took off along northbound McLaughlin Avenue.

Officers did not chase the driver, police said. They did alert fellow law enforcement officials about the vehicle's whereabouts and the direction it was headed.

The stolen car later smashed into another vehicle in the area of McLaughlin Avenue and Bacchus Drive, drove onto a sidewalk, hit a traffic pole and finally skidded to a stop, police said.

A 14-year-old female and 16-year-old male tried to run away from the car, but they were later captured, police said. Officers also arrested the 13-year-old driver who became stuck in the vehicle after the crash.

A 13-year-old male passenger who suffered life-threatening injuries was transported to the hospital, police said. The other people in the car were said to have suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck by the stolen car suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Further information was not immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Rattles Just East of San Jose]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 17:35:08 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/198*120/sj-quake-0528.JPG

A preliminary magnitude 3.0 earthquake struck near San Jose on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake hit at about 5:15 p.m. and was centered about 10 miles east of San Jose's Alum Rock neighborhood, the USGS reported.

No damage of injuries were immediately reported.

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<![CDATA[Single-Family Home in Sunnyvale Fetches Record $3.1 Million]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 12:11:04 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sunnyvale_home_0528_2926033.JPG

Records continue to fall in the Bay Area housing market as a single family home in an unassuming Sunnyvale neighborhood just sold for $3.1 million.

The five-bedroom, four-bath house is at the end of a cul-de-sac near Los Altos and Cupertino, but it's not what one would expect for the price tag. The 2,900 square-foot dwelling is now the city's most expensive single-family home.

Realtor Anne Moran said it was perfect for her buyers.

"They were looking for a specific floor plan," she said. "They wanted this part of Sunnyvale because it's Cupertino schools."

The $3.1 million selling price was about 25 percent above the home's asking price.

"It's worth $3.1 million if someone is paying $3.1 million," Moran said.

Multiple people submitted bids on the house, which sold in just eight days, Moran said. But it took more than money: The seller finally bit when the buyer offered to meet her.

"She said no other realtor that was writing offers on the house made that sort of personal or human factor to it," Moran said. "She told me later it made a big difference."

A man next door who didn't want to be identified said the price is too much.

"I think it's overpriced," he said."It really doesn't matter; it's only a place to live."

He says it's only a matter of time for the bubble to burst: "Something's gotta give. It's in a bubble. There's not much question about it in my mind."

Moran said home prices in the area have gone up 37 percent in the past two years, and she expects that trend to continue.

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<![CDATA[Youth Crime on the Rise in Santa Clara County: Report]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 05:50:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs17.JPG

Crimes committed by juveniles across Santa Clara County continued to rise in 2017, according to a new report.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office noted that crime rates are generally low given the size of the county, but there has been an uptick in violent crime, partly due to juveniles. More than half of busted juveniles are repeat offenders, according to the district attorney's office.

When examining crimes committed by juveniles this past year compared to the year before, the district attorney's office found that robberies rose 21 percent, car burglaries increased 51 percent, assaults jumped 59 percent, home burglaries surged 128 percent and carjackings soared 250 percent.

The Mercury News reported that one reason why juvenile crime surged was due to a group of youths called the "Lash Money Gang," which has been behind a number of robberies. San Jose police recently cracked down on the group with two rounds of arrests earlier this year.

While the San Jose Police Department has started to hire more officers, the district attorney's office reported that the department is still lean. The South Bay city has just nine officers per 10,000 people. For the sake of comparison, Oakland has 17 officers per 10,000 people. San Francisco boasts almost 26 officers per 10,000 residents. New York City has 41 officers per that same population amount.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Contain Brush Fire Near Homes in South San Jose]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 23:37:19 -0700https://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[Several DUI Arrests as Bay Area Officers Step Up Enforcement]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 18:24:36 -0700https://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[Suspect Pins 2 People Under Car in Mountain View]]>Sun, 27 May 2018 20:03:14 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mountain4.JPG

A man violently hit two people with his car after a bar fight early Saturday morning, Mountain View police reported.

Police responded to the 1000 block of Plymouth Street at 2 a.m. to reports of a traffic collision at Sports Page Bar.

Officers arrived and learned that a man and a woman had gotten into an argument with another man at the bar. When the two people attempted to leave, the suspect got in his car and drove at them, police said.

The man and the woman became pinned under the suspect's vehicle as he attempted to drive away, police said.

Bystanders then approached the suspect's vehicle, pulled him out of the driver's seat and attacked him, police said. Other bystanders freed the man and woman by flipping the car over.

The man, the woman and the suspect suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Police are still investigating the case and have not released the extent of the victim's injuries or the names of the people who were involved.

Police are asking the bystanders who left the area before the police arrived to come forward. Anyone with information can contact Detective Dan Garcia at (650) 903-6624.

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<![CDATA[Former Presentation High School Principal Retiring]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 16:15:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Lawyers_Allege_Presentation_High__Illegally__Paid_to_Si.jpg

A former principal of Presentation High School in San Jose will retire as president of the school's board of directors at the end of the month, a spokesman for the school said Friday, in the wake of allegations by critics that she knew about sexual abuse at the school and failed to report it.

Marian Stuckey, who was the principal of Presentation High School from 1970 to 1977 and then again from 1984 to 1993 announced Friday that she is retiring from the board when her term comes to an end, spokesman Sam Singer said.

A group of Presentation High School alumnae, also known as Make Pres Safe, has alleged that sexual abuse and misconduct has spanned decades. That abuse seems to have begun in 1980, Make Pres Safe says on their "Timeline of Allegations" tab on the group's website.

Stuckey is named specifically in a case against former teacher John Fernandez from which a minor was allegedly repeatedly subjected to sexual misconduct for two years beginning in 1984.

Make Pres Safe alleges Stuckey knew about the abuse, which included inappropriate attention, touching, kissing and gifts, because of a letter to the administration. That letter was allegedly never responded to, and the case was never investigated, the alumnae group said.

A 15-year-old girl quit the junior varsity soccer team because of Fernandez's alleged misconduct, the group said, and Stuckey received a letter from her in 1991 that outlined the alleged abuse that took place during 1987 and 1988. That letter was allegedly not addressed either.

In 1990, a 16-year-old was allegedly sexually assaulted by Fernandez and told another student who notified a teacher. That teacher notified Stuckey, at which time Stuckey questioned the girl and suggested maybe she dreamt the assault, Make Pres Safe alleges.

The allegations against Stuckey by Make Pres Safe also include a case of a 17-year-old who said she was inappropriately touched and shown pornography by Fernandez. The abuse allegedly received no response, and in fact just two years later, Fernandez was awarded the title of "Teacher of the Year."

Stuckey said in a statement that she is honored she "helped so many generations of young girls become leaders in our society."

The former principal said that she hopes the school will continue improvements and in response to criticism, to improve education and training.

The statement gave a synopsis of efforts the school has made to ensure students are "safe in a superb educational institution."

Recently, Presentation High School instituted initiatives like a new Office of Prevention of Student Bullying, Harassment and Abuse, an independent committee to develop recommendations for practices on harassment and updates on training on mandatory reporting practices and procedures, Singer said.

Previously, Singer and current school principal Mary Miller, who also allegedly failed to report alleged harassment, used the words "deceptive" "fraudulent" and "damaging" to describe the Make Pres Safe allegations.

Make Pres Safe organizers said in a statement, "We are pleased the Sisters of the Presentation and the board of directors are finally taking meaningful action to ensure child safety is the top priority at Presentation High School.

"Marian Stuckey will go down in history as one of the worst enablers of sexual predators in Northern California. We hope she finds it in her heart to pray for and apologize to the decades of victims she hurt."

Make Pres Safe organizers said, "We look forward to additional resignations and/or retirements from school leadership."

<![CDATA[SJFD Accused of Not Hiring Enough Bilingual Firefighters]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 18:21:46 -0700https://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[Man Wanted for Ramming Police Cars Captured in South Bay]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 08:17:41 -0700https://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 -0700https://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[SJ Police Conducting DUI Saturation Over Holiday Weekend]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 00:14:53 -0700https://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[Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Lewd Act With Girl, 9]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 00:24:56 -0700https://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[SJC Warns Travelers of Increased Traffic for Memorial Day]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 19:38:58 -0700https://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[Ex-Student Sues SJ's East Side Union High School District]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 19:03:12 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/esuhsd_suit_0524_2883136.JPG

A former student is suing San Jose’s East Side Union High School District and her school, claiming they turned a blind eye to heinous behavior.

The suit comes as the victim graduated Thursday from an independent study program at Piedmont Hills High School.

The former student, Haley Yates, claims she was abused by her boyfriend, Toure Oliver, a football player. Sometimes the abuse occurred on campus, and school administrators did nothing about it, the suit claims.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, also claims Oliver raped Yates multiple times off campus.

Oliver said he is on criminal probation for some of the allegations in the lawsuit.

The suit says school leaders not only ignored the abuse but also supported Oliver in those court proceedings.

"Physical and sexual abuse is a serious matter, and every day, parents rely on their school’s officials to keep their children safe," Yates' attorney said in a statement. "Through this lawsuit, we hope to ensure that the school district will take future cases more seriously so that this will never happen again to any other child."

East Side Union Superintendent Chris Funk said he was unaware of the lawsuit, and thus could not comment.

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<![CDATA[String of Small Fires Break Out in Downtown San Jose]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 11:37:36 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/05242018SJFire_2883229.JPG

Authorities are investigating a string of at least nine fires that burned less than a mile apart and in less than an hour in downtown San Jose early Thursday.

Most of the fires burned dumpsters and trash cans. Flames also scorched the side of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house near San Jose State University, tearing some power lines apart and knocking the power out for those who live nearby.

There was also a dumpster fire at the Delta Gamma Sorority house. The San Jose Fire Department said all of the fires happened between 5:20 and 6:20 a.m. Fire officials are not calling the fires suspicious, but is definitely investigating because of when and where they happened.

Below is a list of locations and times for the small fires:

  • 628 S. 10th St; 5:36 a.m.
  • 536 S. 8th St.; 5:41 a.m.
  • S. 7th Street and E. William Street; 5:51 a.m.
  • 360 E. Reed St.; 5:51 a.m.
  • S. 7th Street and E. San Salvador Street; 5:53 a.m.
  • 780 S. 10th St.; 6:01 a.m.
  • 522 S. 7th St.; 6:06 a.m.
  • S. 7th Street and E. San Salvador Street; 6:09 a.m.
  • 400 S. 7th St.; 6:20 a.m.

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<![CDATA[I-280, Hwy. 87 Connector in SJ Reopens After Another Flood]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 17:23:10 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/28087Flooding2.JPG

For the second time in about one week, a makeshift lake formed on southbound Interstate 280 and the Highway 87 connector in San Jose led to multiple lane closures and a traffic headache for morning commuters.

During the height of the flooding around 6:15 a.m. Thursday, three right lanes of southbound Interstate 280 and the connector to Highway 87 were completely blocked by the accumulating groundwater, but has since been reopened.

A pump designed to clear groundwater from the impacted area blew a fuse, triggering the early morning flooding, according to a spokeperson for Santa Clara County. 

Caltrans maintenance crews and contractors were on the scene repairing the pump. The agency says it had been working on the broken one and a back up pipe since the initial accident until it broke again Thursday.

"This Is going to keep happening sporadically and it’s been happening for years," said Guadalupe River Conservation group volunteer Roger Castillo.

The California Highway Patrol reported at 8:27 a.m. that all lanes of the freeway and the connector reopened after crews were able to drain the water and remove the soggy debris that piled up on the pavement.

Last Wednesday, a similar large body of water accumulated in the same area on the freeway, also leading to the closure of three lanes of southbound Interstate 280 and the connector to Highway 87 at one point.

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<![CDATA[Santa Cruz Family's Hawaii Dream Home Turned to Ashes]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 23:48:56 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/hawaii_dream_home_0523_2874202.JPG

The oozing lava in Hawaii has turned the dream of a California family into ashes.

The Parr family of Santa Cruz lost their Hawaiian dream home after it was swallowed up by the lava flowing from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island.

While the Parrs are grateful to be safe, they're still stunned by the reality that they have lost everything.

"Since the first time I went there, I knew I wanted to end up there," Zusje Parr said. "We put a lot of heart into it; a lot of our heart still there."

Jon and Zusje Parr sold everything they owned in Santa Cruz and sank their savings into their Hawaiian dream home. They spent two weeks working in their new home and buying fruit trees for their farm.

Then Kilauea erupted.

They evacuated and waited. On Saturday, lava from fissure 20 destroyed their house.

"Ours wasn't where it should be; a big swath of lava in the picture," Jon Parr said.

He said insurance that would cover the damage is purchased but pending. Family members set up a GoFundMe campaign to help them get back on their feet.

"That's almost more emotional than losing the house, having the love of friends and family," Zusje Parr said. "It's been very, very touching for us."

The Parrs, staying in Monterey, said they are worried for the families on the Big Island who are still waiting and wondering if they will have homes to return to.

As a family, they're facing a new reality, but they are holding on to that dream.

"We were living the dream for two weeks," Jon said. "We'll get back there; we had a taste."

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the Parr family.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Voters Accidentally Unregistered]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 23:36:25 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620878106.jpg

Some Bay Area residents are finding out that they are no longer registered to vote.

The surprise comes just a few weeks from the next California election.

Anyone who has not received any voting materials yet should call their local registrar to check if they are still registered.

San Jose-resident Nancy Kops is one of the people surprised to find out they are no longer registered. Kops got suspicious when her voting materials did not arrive. She decided to call the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, who admits there is an issue with a recent $98 million state plan to better organize California's voter records.

The process may list some people as registered in a county where they used to live.

NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman has more in the video report above.

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<![CDATA[Stray Dog 'Struggling to Survive' Saved, Ready for Adoption]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 13:12:24 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BUDDY2.jpg

Buddy the dog was found in the foothills of South San Jose undernourished with tangled fur and a body littered with ticks.

Despite teetering on the brink of death, Buddy has since been scooped up, cleaned up and is now up for adoption, according to the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA.

Buddy, believed to be Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and about two years old, was first discovered "struggling to survive" in the Silver Creek Valley neighborhood of San Jose, according to the PHS/SPCA. Concerned for the pup's well-being, a resident left food out and tried for roughly two weeks to catch him.

"The dog was extremely frightened and had been living an almost feral existence in the foothills of [the resident's] neighborhood," PHS/SPCA's Communications Manager Buffy Martin Tarbox said in a statement.

Thanks to the resident and the PHS/SPCA, Buddy was eventually corralled on March 30.

"Without the kind-heartedness of the resident to help him, it is doubtful he would have survived much longer," Tarbox stated.

Buddy, who received his name courtesy of the worried resident, was not microchipped when he was captured, and no one claimed him, according to the PHS/SPCA.

Buddy spent four days at the San Jose Animal Care and Control shelter just in case someone came forward to pick him up and return him to his home, but no one ever came looking for him, according to PHS/SPCA. He was eventually handed over to the folks at PHS/SPCA.

Staff members were able to shave away his matted fur and get rid of the ticks. He continued to receive further medical and behavior treatment for the next several weeks until he was determined fit enough to be placed on the adoption list.

"Buddy is a true survivor," Tarbox's statement indicated.

Buddy, who is neutered, vaccinated and now microchipped, is available to be adopted at the PHS/SPCA adoption center located in Burlingame.

His adoption fee is listed at $120, according to the PHS/SPCA. Those interested in adopting Buddy can not have any other animals or small children.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Officers Shoot at Charging Dogs, Striking 1 in Paw]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 19:06:48 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/SJPoliceActivity.JPG

San Jose police officers responding to a disturbance call Wednesday morning shot at three charging dogs, striking one of them in the paw, according to officials.

The Rottweiler that was hit by gunfire was taken to a veterinarian but is expected to be OK. The officers did not suffer any injuries, police said.

As responding officers approached a residence along the 3000 block of Florence Avenue around 5:45 a.m., three dogs charged at them, police said. Two officers opened fire at the dogs, prompting the animals to run back to the backyard of the residence and hide under a vehicle.

An animal control official eventually arrived to check on the dogs. The owner of the Rottweiler later took the dog to a veterinarian himself.

Further information was not available. 

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<![CDATA[Santa Clara City Council to Appoint Councilman's Replacement]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 05:39:18 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/caserta_0509_2705612.JPG

The Santa Clara City Council will appoint a replacement for former city councilman Dominic Caserta rather than allow the public to vote for someone to fill his position, according to the Mercury News.

Caserta resigned from his city council post last week amid sexual harassment allegations. Caserta, a Santa Clara High School social studies teacher, was also placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of alleged sexual harassment.

Residents in Santa Clara will now have the chance to apply to be appointed to Caserta's old seat and then submit to public interviews, according to the Mercury News. 

The move to appoint a replacement on city council did not come without opposition, the newspaper reported. Two council members wanted to leave the seat open until voters could make a decision at the polls in November.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Demonstration at Presentation High For Sexual Assault Victim]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 23:47:13 -0700https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Demonstration_at_Presentation_High_For_Sexual_Assault_Victim.jpg

Keeping the pressure on, Presentation High School parents and graduates held signs Tuesday pointing out the multiple sexual assault allegations made by former students against former teachers.]]>