<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:26 -0800Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:49:26 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[101 Freeway Closed for Another Week Following Storm]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:09:43 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/101+freeway+rene+1.jpg

Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials said Monday the key coastal highway would remain closed for another week after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people.

Much of the water on the highway near the devastated town of Montecito had receded, allowing workers to use bulldozers and other heavy equipment to push away solid debris that was still several feet deep.

"It is not until you can see the damage with your own eyes that you can come to understand the magnitude of the incident, the response that is necessary, but most importantly the impact to the citizens and families of Santa Barbara County," said Jim Shivers, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation.

The number of people missing in the mudslides was cut to three Monday after a 53-year-old man was found safe. John "Jack" Keating was located in Ventura with his dog Tiny, Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

Keating, a transient, was not in the flood zone during the storm, as was feared, she said.

Those still missing are Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28; John "Jack" Cantin, 17; and 2-year-old Lydia Sutthithepa.

Officials were aiming to reopen U.S. 101 on Jan. 22, nearly two weeks after it was shut down when lanes became a river of muck, Shivers said.

The mudslides were triggered Jan. 9 by a powerful storm that swept in from the Pacific and dumped a deluge on mountain slopes that had been burned bare by a huge wildfire in December.

Search and rescue operations ended over the weekend, and authorities transitioned to recovery. The move allows officials to release resources that were no longer needed and slow the search to a safer pace, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

At least 65 homes were destroyed and more than 460 others were damaged. The name of each victim was read aloud during a vigil Sunday night attended by thousands of people.

"We all know someone who has been affected by this," said Bethany Harris, who brought her two young sons to mourn. "We will heal together."

Crews have made it a priority to clear debris basins and creek canals before another rainstorm hits the area.

Long-range forecasts gave the crews less than a week before the next chance of rain -- and potential new mudslides -- although the precipitation was expected to be light. Another storm system could move in a few days later.

With U.S. 101 shut down, Amtrak added additional cars to its route between Santa Barbara and points east as travelers increasingly relied on rail service to get around the closure.

With many surface streets also impassable, the only other ground route into the Los Angeles area -- located 90 miles (145 kilometers) down the coast -- was a series of smaller mountain highways that add more than three hours to the trip.



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<![CDATA[3 Shot Along Southbound Interstate 280 in San Francisco: CHP]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 05:22:04 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/280ShootingSF.JPG

A freeway shooting shut down southbound Interstate 280 in San Francisco for just under four hours Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the shooting, which occurred around 3 a.m. near the Alemany Boulevard exit, according to the CHP. Authorities do not have any suspect information at this time.

Shots were fired into what was described as a black Cadillac Escalade carrying five people, according to the CHP. Three people inside the vehicle were hit by gunfire. Either one of the victims or someone else in the car drove the victims to a local hospital.


It is also not clear if the shooting was random or targeted. 

CHP officials reported that the victims did not provide them with extensive information, but based on the investigation, it appears as though the shots were fired at the Escalade from another vehicle.

All southbound lanes of the freeway reopened just before 7 a.m. after officers wrapped up their investigation.

Further information was not available.



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<![CDATA[SJ City Council to Mull Increased Civilian Oversight for PD]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:14:58 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sj+homicide-0709.jpg

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday will meet to discuss possibly expanding civilian oversight for the city's police department.

The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) currently monitors the department, but some have complained that the IPA can only make suggestions about change but not demand it. The city council will consider expanding the IPA's oversight power, giving it the ability to hold the department accountable, according to a report from the Mercury News.

The department and police union are expected to push back against those increased oversight powers that community groups want to see implemented, according to the newspaper.

City officials will also ponder giving the IPA the power to review complaints filed by officers and staff, according to the newspaper. The IPA currently reviews issues that stem from civilian complaints. It does not review those complaints that come internally. 

Talks are also expected to focus on giving the IPA the ability to review use-of-force cases and body camera footage, according to the newspaper.

The discussion is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday. at San Jose City Hall.



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<![CDATA[Dow Rockets Above 26,000 for the First Time]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:51:51 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wall-street-bull1.jpg

The Dow Jones industrial average surged 220 points at the open raising the index above 26,000 for the first time, CNBC reported.

The 30-stock index was boosted by gains in UnitedHealth and Merck.

Stocks have been on a tear amid optimism in the economy and as corporate earnings outperform estimates.

The Dow first traded above 25,000 on Jan. 4.



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<![CDATA[NJ Man Left Girlfriend to Die in Icy River After Crash: Prosecutor]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:10:27 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Delaware-River-Crash-New-Lead.jpg

A New Jersey man whose car plunged into the icy Delaware River Sunday is accused of leaving his girlfriend to die after he escaped from the submerged vehicle and fled the scene, authorities said.

Police say Jacob Garrett, 24, of Burlington City, was driving "at a high rate of speed" with Stephanie White, 23, also of Burlington City, in the passenger seat shortly before 1 p.m. along Riverbank Road when his car struck a parked minivan. The impact caused the car to vault over the river wall and fall into the ice-covered water below.

As the vehicle became submerged in water, Garrett got out of the car while White remained trapped in the passenger seat, the Burlington County Prosecutor's office said in a statement. He then asked witnesses to "help my girlfriend" before fleeing the scene, the prosecutor's office said.

White was still wearing her seatbelt when responding firefighters pulled her out of the submerged vehicle. She was taken to Lourdes Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead.

A Burlington City police K-9 tracked Garrett to a nearby River Line light rail station. Authorities stopped the train at the Beverly/Edgewater Park station and arrested Garrett, the prosecutor's office said.

He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, causing death while driving with a suspended license and endangering an injured victim. He was being held Monday in the Burlington County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Mount Holly, New Jersey.



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<![CDATA[East Bay Wrestler Paralyzed From the Neck Down After Match]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:55:54 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CollegeParkHighSchool.JPG

A wrestler from College Park High School in Pleasant Hill is currently paralyzed from the neck down after he suffered an injury while competing in a match last week, according to the school and a GoFundMe campaign.

Ryan Joseph, a 16-year-old sophomore at the East Bay school, was wrestling in a junior varsity match on Wednesday when he suffered a spinal cord injury, leaving him paralyzed and unable to breathe on his own, according to the school and a GoFundMe account set up in his name.

"Ryan is well known by friends, teachers and coaches for his charm, exceptional wit and humor," a statement on the GoFundMe page reads.

Joseph is currently receiving treatment at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to the GoFundMe. Visitors are unable to see Joseph as this time, but they are invited to send cards.

As of Tuesday morning, 331 people have contributed $20,485 to the GoFundMe campaign. The goal is $500,000.



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<![CDATA[4 Officers Shot Following a Domestic Violence Call in SC]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:36:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/474088166-Police-lights.jpg

Three deputies and one officer were shot while responding to a domestic violence call in York, South Carolina, Monday night, authorities said.

The suspect, 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall, fled following a domestic dispute and K-9 units were released to track him. Around 10:00 p.m., shots were fired at the K-9 officer and he was taken to the hospital in a patrol car for treatment, the York County Sheriff's office said. 

Three more officers were shot after they continued the search for McCall. 

Two officers were then flown to a local hospital.

Officials did not immediately release the names of the officers or the extent of their injuries. 

McCall is believed to have assaulted a woman. He also sustained gunshot wounds and is now in custody. 

Trent Farris, public information officer for the York County Sheriff's office, said the office is doing "as good as can be," but their main concern is for the four officers in the hospital. 



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<![CDATA[Japan Public TV Sends Mistaken North Korean Missile Alert]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:44:49 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NHKGettyImages-650991080.jpg

Japan's public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after a similar error in Hawaii.

NHK television issued the message on its internet and mobile news sites as well as on Twitter, saying North Korea appeared to have fired a missile at Japan. It said the government was telling people to evacuate and take shelter.

"North Korea appears to have fired a missile," NHK said, adding that a government warning had been issued. "The government: Seek shelter inside buildings and basements."

The false alarm came just days after Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent a mistaken warning of a North Korean missile attack to mobile phones across the state, triggering panic.

NHK deleted the tweet and text warning after several minutes, issued a correction and apologized several times on air and on other formats. It said a mistake in using the alert system caused the error.

"The flash was a mistake," NHK said. "We are very sorry."

Tension has grown in Japan over North Korean missile tests as they have flown closer to Japanese coasts. NHK and other Japanese media generally alert each missile test, and the government has issued emergency notices when the missiles flew over Japan.

Japan is also stepping up its missile intercepting capabilities and conducting missile drills across the country in which residents, including schoolchildren and elderly people, rush to community centers, cover their heads and duck down to the floor. A major drill is planned in downtown Tokyo next week.

Unlike the mistaken Hawaii warning, the NHK alert did not contain the statement, "This is not a drill." NHK was able to correct its error in a few minutes, far faster than the nearly 40 minutes that lapsed before the Hawaii alert was withdrawn.

The Hawaii agency has now changed its protocols to require that two people send an alert and made it easier to cancel a false alarm.



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<![CDATA[Pair of Bald Eagles Return to Nest at Milpitas School]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:39:34 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bald_eagles_0115_1419081.JPG

A South Bay school's two resident bald eagles have returned to their nest.

The pair has nestled in one of the redwood trees in front of Curtner Elementary School in Milpitas. They moved to the neighborhood last spring.

Wildlife experts say bald eagles often will return to nest in the same place year after year.

The school is near a wastewater treatment facility that is home to hundreds of species of native and migrating birds, making it the perfect feeding ground for the eagles, experts say.

The two eagles could be seen Monday collecting branches for their nest, perhaps preparing for an addition to the family. 



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<![CDATA[Fire Crews Help Rescue Calf That Fell Into Well]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:46:13 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/calf_rescue_0115_1418762.JPG

Fire crews helped rescue a calf Monday after it fell into a well in rural Sonoma County, according to officials.

The approximately 6-month-old calf fell into the 16-foot-deep well at about 4 p.m. on a property on Fallon Road, just west of Petaluma. The owners said the well had been boarded up but the animal crashed through the rotting wood. They estimate the calf had been stuck in about 3-4 feet of water for about 4 1/2 hours.

Fire crews helped fixed a harness to the baby cow and hoisted to freedom as its mother watched nearby.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Turn It On In Second Half, Run Past Cavaliers]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:41:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/warriors-cavs-0115.jpg

For the second time in three seasons, the Golden State Warriors have swept the two-game series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Getting a big boost from their second unit in the fourth quarter Monday night, the Warriors came away with a 118-108 win over the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena.

Kevin Durant scored a team-high 32 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry put in 23 points and Klay Thompson added 17. Draymond Green totaled 11 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors extended their road win streak to 13.

The Warriors (36-9) have beaten Cleveland seven of the last eight times they have played -- including the postseason -- since Christmas Day 2016.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Multiple Warriors played exceedingly well, particularly late, but nobody was better than Durant, whose work at both ends was crucial to the victory.

Durant’s line: 32 points (9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from deep, 10-of-10 from the line), eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block. He played 35 minutes and finished plus-9

Durant also was the primary defender on LeBron James, who finished with 32 points but was minus-14 in 36 minutes.

TURNING POINT: After Isaiah Thomas drained a jumper to tie the game at 93-93 with 11:46 remaining, the Warriors responded with a 12-2 run punctuated by a Draymond Green layup that gave them a 105-95 lead with 5:44 left to play.

The Cavaliers got no closer than eight after that.

Cleveland shot 52.1 percent shooting from the field through the first three quarters before the Warriors locked down in the fourth, holding the Cavaliers to 26.1 percent.

INJURY UPDATE: Warriors: F Omri Casspi (low back soreness), F Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) and G Shaun Livingston (L shin contusion) were upgraded to available prior to tipoff.

Cavaliers: G Derrick Rose (L ankle sprain) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee surgery rehab) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Warriors return to the court on Wednesday in Chicago, where they face the Bulls at United Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:05.



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<![CDATA[Man Arrested on Attempted Murder After Assaulting His Mother]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:07:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/brian-bertoli-0115.jpg

A 26-year-old Livermore man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly punched his mother Monday morning in a hospital parking lot in Pleasanton, leaving her with major injuries to her head, police said.

Officers were dispatched at 6:44 a.m. to a parking lot at Stanford ValleyCare Medical Center on West Las Positas Boulevard where the alleged assault occurred.

Police said before officers arrived, the suspect, identified as Brian Bertoli, ran toward Old Santa Rita Road. Officers arrived and started searching the area when an officer saw Bertoli in front of 3657 Old Santa Rita Road.

Police said Bertoli was agitated, covered in blood and refused to obey an officer's commands.

Bertoli allegedly struggled with officers as they tried to detain him, and officers shot Bertoli with a stun gun and were able to take him into custody.

Police said officers found the victim, Bertoli's mother, at Stanford ValleyCare Medical Center being treated for major head injuries, including a large cut over her left eye that appeared to have been made with a sharp weapon. She also had cuts to her hands and swelling to her eyes and nose.

She was then taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley for possible head trauma, according to police.

Officers arrested Bertoli on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit mayhem and resisting arrest.

Anyone with more information about the alleged assault is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.



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<![CDATA[CHP Motorcycle Cop Hurt, Driver Arrested After Hwy. 4 Wreck]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:49:58 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0118-2018-CHP.jpg

A female driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night after she hit a truck that partially landed on top of a California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer assisting with another wreck along Highway 4 in Concord, according to the CHP.

The officer was hospitalized with major injuries, but those injuries are not considered life-threatening, the CHP said.

The crash was reported at 6:15 p.m. on eastbound Highway 4, between Highway 242 and Port Chicago Highway. CHP also issued a Sig Alert due to the crash and investigation, which shut down the No. 1 and 2 lanes of the highway.

Police said the officer was taking a report on the freeway for a two-car accident when a Chevrolet TrailBlazer came along and crashed into the officer's motorcycle and then a pickup truck, launching the vehicle and causing it to land on the officer. 

Witnesses said the CHP officer is lucky to be alive.

Art Romay was one of the drivers involved in the massive wreck. He and others helped rescue the CHP officer.

"I lifted the car off the ground, but in this gravel, it made my feet slip," Romay said. "So it kinda fell back on him. But thankfully a couple of other guys came by, and we were able to get the car off the officer."

The CHP said the officer may have suffered a broken leg among other injuries, but he was expected to survive.

A shaken up Edgar Martinez was in the parked SUV that was hit from behind and landed on the CHP officer.

"I don’t know what happened," he said. "The next minute, I see the officer under my truck. ... He was conscious, but it was bad."

The driver of the TrailBlazer, who was identified as Tammy Peggy Louise Walker of Pittsburg, was taken to a local hospital, treated and released before being booked into the the Martinez Detention Facility, according to the CHP.

Her charges include two counts of felony DUI causing great bodily injury to another person while driving under the influence, vehicular reckless driving causing bodily injury, assault on a peace officer causing great bodily injury, and driving on a suspended driver license for a prior DUI conviction and causing great bodily injury to another person, according to the CHP.

The collision also pushed the officer's parked motorcycle into traffic lanes, causing two other cars to collide with each other.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP at 925-646-4980.



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<![CDATA[Fans, Surfers Flock to Half Moon Bay to Catch Big Waves]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:10:53 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/01152018HalfMoonBayWaves_1417831.JPG

Fans and big wave surfers have flocked to Half Moon Bay this week despite the annual Mavericks Surf Competition being postponed.

On Monday there was still no word on when the popular competition would start. But the day proved to a chance for recreational big wave surfers and fans to get out to Pillar Point.

Bob Sievers, who flew up from Los Angeles and knew the contest was postponed, was thrilled to have a chance to surf.

Organizers are looking for just the right weather conditions and swell patterns to hold the one-day invitation only contest featuring some of the best surfers on the planet.

And while the surfers wait, so the area restaurants and businesses.

Mavericks was sidelines last year because of money woes.

Restaurant owner Albert Dunne said it is good news that the event is back and has staff on call.

"I almost feel like we're grouped in with the surfers," Dunne said.



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<![CDATA[Bruised Teen, Family Recount Brawl at Newark Pizza Place]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:50:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/newark_brawl_0115_1416962.JPG

A teen was bruised and shaken Monday, two days after being in the middle of a brawl over a lost cellphone at a Newark pizza place.

Amin Robinson, 17, took a beating at what’s supposed to be a family friendly restaurant Saturday night after his family returned to John’s Incredible Pizza at the Newpark Mall to find his sister's cellphone.

"There were so many people kicking me and punching me," Amin recalled. "And I can’t see where the hits were coming from. I could feel them all over my body."

The family had been there moments earlier for his little brother's first birthday celebration, and when Amin's sister realized her cellphone was missing, the Find My iPhone app led them back inside.

When they asked a group of people there about the phone, the group became hostile, the family said.

"They basically, they were like, 'We don’t have your f-ing phone.' They started swinging at them," said Niesha Robinson, Amin’s mother. "They basically started fighting these people off of them."

Amin said when he walked back in, he saw a full-out fight taking place. Someone had even deployed pepper spray, he said.

"I see my sister on the floor, I see an older woman on top of her punching her, and I see a 6-year-old kid kicking her," Amin said.

Amin tried to pull his sister out, but the crowd turned on him too. The honor student who had never been in a fight before suddenly was under attack.

"I feel really bad," he said. "I keep thinking about the people who attacked me. That’s why I haven’t been able to go to sleep; I’ve been trying to get that out of my mind of what happened to me because it’s been hard."

Niesha Robinson said it appeared the group was merely looking for a fight.

"They wanted to fight somebody," she said. "They didn’t care who it was, they didn’t care about no cellphone. These people wanted to fight."



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<![CDATA[Boat Stuck in Shallow Water Near San Mateo Bridge: CHP]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:49:29 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/01152018SanMateoBridge_1417060.JPG

Emergency crews late Monday are working to get a small boat stuck in shallow water near the San Mateo Bridge.

California Highway Patrol officials said the boat has not capsized and no injuries have been reported.

The incident appears to be near the toll plaze at the Hayward side of the bridge.

Hayward firefighters are also monitoring the situation.

No other information was immediately available.



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<![CDATA[San Jose Woman Dies Two Days After Being Diagnosed With Flu]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:09:01 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1152018-sj-woman-flu-dead.jpg

Jim Collins will never again take the flu lightly.

This flu season is turning out to be among the deadliest in California. One of the 40 lives it has claimed was that of Collins’ girlfriend, Katie Oxley Thomas.

“She was full of life,” said the Bay Area man, choking back tears.

Thomas, a 40-year-old mother of three, was active and enjoyed yoga, pilates, hiking and wake-boarding.

“She had a spirit that wanted to lift everybody around her up,” Collins said.

Thomas, of San Jose, began feeling sick on New Year’s Day. She went to an urgent care facility on Jan. 2.

“They sent her home,” Collins recalled. “They said, ‘You have the flu. You just have to ride it out.’"

Collins said Thomas’ condition deteriorated further by the next night. So he took her back to a hospital where a doctor ordered an X-ray that revealed a chest infection.

“He says, ‘I think she has pneumonia,’” Collins recounted.

But Thomas kept getting worse.

“From the time I took her to the hospital to the time she passed was about 18 hours,” Collins said. “It's scary how fast it happens and it doesn't matter how old you are. She was very healthy."

Health officials say the flu season started in October and has since threatened not only people who are considered high-risk.

This year's flu vaccine is only 10 to 30 percent effective, according to health care providers. But people are still advised to get it because it reduces the severity and length of the flu.

Ruth Rivera with Action Urgent Care says her clinic has been inundated with patients showing flu-like symptoms.

“People are getting sick and it's spreading so easily,” Rivera said. “It's especially dangerous.”

Collins said Thomas’ official cause of death was sepsis, and he questioned whether a previous injury last summer put her at higher risk for an infection from the flu.

“I don't know,” he admitted. “I'd like to blame someone, but I don't know."



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<![CDATA[Light Rain Returns to Bay Area With First of Three Systems]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:44:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rain-stock-breaking-148110839.jpg

Rain is on its way back to the Bay Area this week in the form of three systems.

Light rain from a weakening storm is expected to start falling in the northern half of the Bay Area late Monday and into Tuesday morning, according to weather forecasters.

Conditions then dry out late Tuesday and into Wednesday before another weak system brings additional rain to much of the region Thursday, and lingering showers are likely on Friday, the National Weather Service said.

A drying trend and cooler temperatures are forecast for the weekend before a third, possibly stronger, system arrives Sunday, forecasters said.



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<![CDATA[Florida Boy, 6, Dies After Battling Rabies From Bat Scratch]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:49:47 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/011518+Ryker+Roque.jpg

A 6-year-old Florida boy who was undergoing experimental treatment after being diagnosed with rabies has died.

Ryker Roque passed away in an Orlando hospital, his father said Sunday.

Roque had been undergoing the treatment, called the Milwaukee protocol, after he was scratched by a bat. His father, Henry Roque, had found the sick bat and put it in a bucket, telling his son not to touch it.

"So, apparently he put his hand in there and touched it and he said it only scratched him, so I frantically googled it real quick and it says to wash his hands with soap, hot water for five minutes," Henry Roque, told NBC News.

When Ryker complained of numb fingers and a headache a week later, he was rushed to the hospital. Ryker was put into a medically induced coma, forcing his body to create its own specialized antibodies to fight off the illness.

The treatment has only worked twice in the U.S. and 18 times around the world.



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<![CDATA[Sharks Seal Season Series With Victory Over Kings]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:15:59 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sharks-win-ap.jpg

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Tierney had a goal and an assist, and Martin Jones made 35 saves in the San Jose Sharks' third straight victory over the rival Los Angeles Kings, 4-1 Monday.

Barclay Goodrow and Mikkel Boedker ended lengthy goal droughts for the Sharks, who built a three-goal lead during another strong game by Jones against his former Los Angeles teammates.

Dylan DeMelo returned from a three-game injury absence with two assists for his second career multipoint game. Joonas Donskoi also had two assists, and Joe Thornton added an empty-net goal.

Trevor Lewis ended Jones' shutout bid with 7:18 to play, but the Kings lost their fourth straight.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots in his first start since Dec. 16 for the Kings, who have slumped into third place after leading the Pacific Division for a good chunk of the season. With a 5-7-3 record in division play, LA is just one point ahead of the Sharks, who have two games in hand.

Jones followed up his 2-0 win at the Shark Tank on Dec. 23 with another near-shutout of the Kings. Jones, who won a Stanley Cup ring as Jonathan Quick's backup, improved to 9-3-2 in 14 career appearances against Los Angeles.

The Sharks went ahead just 4:38 in when the Kings lapsed on defense, allowing Donskoi to make a pass across the crease to an unchecked Tierney for his 11th goal.

Goodrow added his third goal of the season midway through the second period, converting DeMelo's rebound in the slot. The goal was his first since Dec. 7.

San Jose had an extra step on the Kings throughout the first two periods and nearly added to its lead in the closing seconds, but Los Angeles defenseman Christian Folinstopped a shot with his skate on the goal line.

Boedker added his first goal since Nov. 24 in the third period, ending a 12-game drought.

Lewis got help from Marian Gaborik in scoring his 11th goal. The grinding forward scored a career-high 12 goals last season while playing in all 82 games.

NOTES: Quick got the day off for the Kings after nine consecutive starts. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner gave up three goals in LA's loss to Anaheim last Saturday. ... Sharks D Tim Heed was scratched in DeMelo's place. ... DeMelo also had two assists against Detroit on Jan. 7, 2017. ... Kings F Jonny Brodzinski was scratched in his first game back from the AHL's Ontario Reign.





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<![CDATA[13 Children Hospitalized, Parents Jailed on Torture Charges]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:56:49 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/parentstortureCA.jpg

A Perris, California, mother and father are behind bars Monday after one of their children escaped their home and reported to sheriff's deputies that 12 of her siblings were still being held captive at their home, some of them shackled with chains and padlocks to their beds.

All of the children appeared malnourished when they were found Sunday, some so severely that deputies initially believed the adult children to be kids, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been booked on charges of torture and child endangerment. They are each being held in lieu of $9 million bail.

According to the sheriff's department, a 17-year-old girl fled the house in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road early Sunday morning and was able to call 911 using a cellphone she had taken from the home.

Despite her age, deputies at first believed her to be around 10 years old because she was emaciated and malnourished.

At the home, deputies found children shackled to beds in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings."

"Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that 7 of them were actually adults, ranging in age from 18 to 29," police said in the statement. "The victims appeared to be malnourished and very dirty."

NBC Los Angeles has reached out to the Turpins' attorney for comment.

Neighbors say that the family kept to themselves, and when the children did come out, they did not look healthy.

"They looked very unnutrioned [sic], very white, like they never got sun at all," Wendy Martinez said. "I mean, they would never come out and when they did, the lady would stand there watching them."

Real estate records also reveal that Sandcastle Day School - a private school owned by David Turpin - is located at the couple's home.

The wedding officiant who served the couple as they renewed their vows said nothing seemed out of the ordinary in the family, other than its large size.

"Nothing seemed to be unusual, except the fact that there was a lot of them - a lot of kids," Kent Ripley said.

Ripley said the children appeared happy and well-behaved.

The couple's victims range in age from 2 to 29 years old. All of them have been hospitalized.

All six children were taken to the Riverside University Hospital System for treatment while the seven adults were transported to Corona Regional Medical Center, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

The couple are each facing a bond set a $9 million.



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<![CDATA[Suspect at Large After Stealing, Crashing Truck: CHP]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:36:19 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11152018boxtruck_1417202.JPEG

A man is at large Monday after allegedly stealing a box truck from San Francisco, which he then crashed in Sunnyvale — while fleeing from police — and fled on foot, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Officers from Redwood City and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety were in pursuit of the truck near Maude and Mathilda avenues around 1:30 p.m. They initially reported that they were on the look out for three suspects, but amended that information. 

The driver stole the truck from Post Street, the CHP said. The truck’s owner, Jaime Pacheco, learned of the theft when his workers, who were at the scene, called to report the crime.

Pacheco, was in South San Francisco, climbed into his car and began driving northbound on Highway 101, looking for his truck. He noticed it heading southbound and started following it, and then dialed 911 to report it had been stolen, according to the CHP. His friend in the passenger seat recorded video of the chase on his cell phone. 

Instead of yielding when officers caught up to him in the South Bay, the suspect drove on the wrong side of State Route 237 and crashed into the shoulder. He then ran away, the CHP added.

The man has since not been found and the CHP has called off its search. The suspect is believed to be 5 feet 8 inches tall and dressed in blue jeans and a dark sweatshirt.

Pacheco said he uses the truck to deliver appliances for Lowe’s and estimates there was about $10,000 worth of appliances in the vehicle when it was stolen.

Twitter user Brandon Read captured a video of the incident. It showed a couple of officers running with their guns drawn, while two police cars followed closely. 

Read said the incident was unfolding near the Sunnyvale Golf Course. 

NBC Bay Area's Anoushah Rasta contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Simone Biles: I Was Sexually Abused by Gymnastics Doctor]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:44:23 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16273701850851.jpg

Simone Biles, the golden girl of the 2016 Olympics, added her name Monday to the list of gymnasts who say they were molested by team doctor Larry Nassar, NBC News reported.

The revelation came on her social media accounts — one day before a weeklong sentencing hearing where Nassar will hear from nearly 100 victims.

"I am not afraid to tell my story anymore. I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," she continued.

Biles' statement follows similar disclosures from three members of the 2012 "Fierce Five" team — McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. They are not expected to be at Nassar's sentencing, but 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher will testify at the marathon hearing.



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<![CDATA[Bay Area Marches, Rallies Honor Martin Luther King Jr.]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:51:46 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-121727138.jpg

A number of rallies and marches on Monday honored the legacy and teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

The popular Caltrain NorCalMLK Celebration Train, which celebrates the life and work of the late civil rights leader through songs and lessons, left Diridon Station in San Jose at 9:45 a.m., made two stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo, and eventually arrived in San Francisco around 11 a.m. Once in the city by the bay, passengers attended a march and parade.

Some passengers indicated that this year's ride carried extra signifigance given the current state of race relations in the United States, especially in the wake of President Donald Trump's reportedly vulgar comments about Haiti and African nations.

"Right now, it's like it's going backwards with Trump in office," passenger Belinda Ahmed said. "We're taking a step backwards instead of a step forward."


San Francisco firefighter Andre O'Neil attended with his wife and two small children.

"We have a climate where our president has all these negative things going on and we want to kind of bring fresh air to our community," O'Neil said.

About 1,200 people signed up for this year's Celebration Train ride. That's about 250 more people than last year.

"I think there's a spike because of all the stuff that's going on in the country right now," Tasha Bartholomew from Caltrain said. "I think now more than ever people are starting to realize the true legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, his fight for racial equality and social justice. And I think the things he fought for in the 50s and 60s are things that we're still fighting for today."

Echoing some of the teachings and beliefs of the iconic civil rights leader, Celebration Train rider Lawan Ahmed called for change.

"We don't understand each other," he said. "We don't know how to talk to each other. Something has to get done because we gotta respect one another regardless of who we are and what we do and all that."

San Francisco Acting Mayor London Breed helped lead the march to the Yerba Buena gathering.

"It's a whole different day and it's more important now than ever before to be active to be engaged to be involved to do better," Breed.

Aside from the annual train ride along the Peninsula, nonprofits, religious groups and service organizations honored King with a day of action and compassion at St. John's Parish Hall in Napa. 

Over in the East Bay, a rally was held at Pittsburg City Hall. A cultural celebration followed at the Pittsburg High School Creative Arts Building.



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<![CDATA[Haitians Protest Trump Over 'S--thole' Remark in Florida]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:02:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905297350.jpg

Dozens of South Florida Haitians gathered to protest President Donald Trump in West Palm Beach on Monday in response to the president reportedly calling Haitians and African nations "s--thole countries" during a White House meeting.

"What do we want? An apology!" the protesters chanted as they marched and waved Haitian flags with Trump not far away in Palm Beach County.

The White House has not denied that Trump said the word "s--thole," though Trump did push back on some depictions of the meeting.

"I don't want my kids to grow up thinking their parents are from a sh--hole country," protester James Leger said. "We're asking you to apologize to the Haitians."

A pro-Trump group across the street waved American flags.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies and West Palm Beach Police officers were at the protest scene to make sure everyone stayed safe.

The president left Palm Beach County Monday afternoon.



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<![CDATA[New Ford Mustang Bullitt Pays Tribute to Classic SF Movie]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:18:45 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_18015007751744.jpg

Ford Motor Co. debuted a new Mustang Bullitt in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Steve McQueen film of the same name Sunday at the Detroit auto show.

The limited-edition Mustang Bullitt features a 5.0-liter V8 engine that packs at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque and tops out at 163 mph.

The new car pays tribute to the car in the classic movie set in San Francisco with cool exteriors as well as interiors: Dark Highland Green exterior paint and subtle chrome accents; interior highlights include 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument cluster and black leather-trimmed seats with unique green accent stitching.

“This new Bullitt is, as Steve McQueen was, effortlessly cool,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “As a designer, it’s my favorite Mustang — devoid of stripes, spoilers and badges. It doesn’t need to scream about anything — it’s just cool.”

Molly McQueen, granddaughter of "Bullitt" star Steve McQueen, starred in a special movie to introduce the new car at the North American International Auto Show, in which she raced a new Mustang Bullitt through a parking structure battling a Dodge Charger for the final free space.



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<![CDATA[Giants Trade for Pirates Outfielder Andrew McCutchen: Report]]> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:33:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/McCutchen.JPG

The Giants took a franchise player from the Rays to fill their third base spot. On Monday, they took the face of the Pirates to fill a gaping hole in the outfield.

The Giants agreed to a deal to acquire Pirates star Andrew McCutchen, according to multiple reports, including Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The immediate details of the deal were not known, as it was pending a physical.

But the Giants have been chasing McCutchen for months in a bid to improve the worst outfield in the majors. The 31-year-old is a former National League MVP and five-time All-Star. He hit 28 homers last season and posted an OPS+ of 121 that was 21 points above league average.

The Giants had been planning to play McCutchen in a corner outfield spot, although things could change depending on the remainder of the offseason. Unless they go over the luxury tax, they are just about out of room to spend. McCutchen is owed $14.75 million in the final year of his deal, and per a source, that would put the Giants just below the $197 million limit.



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<![CDATA[CVS to End Beauty Image Edits]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:58:24 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/cvs-photos-altered_720.jpg

Pharmacy giant CVS announced Monday that it would ban touchups of images for beauty products from its stores, websites, social media and marketing materials, a move advocates say is pivotal in the battle for beauty image transparency.

"We all want to be reflected in a true fashion, we want to look at photographs that feel real and authentic," Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy, said in a video statement.

CVS Health, based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, said it would begin making changes to its own products in store this April. It will also require all products sold by CVS to comply by 2020, or they will be marked with a "CVS Beauty Mark" warning label.

"Twenty million women will experience some sort of eating disorder in their lifetime. Ten million men will do so, as well," said Mia Holland, a Bridgewater State University psychology professor. "There's a reason, there's something out there that's precipitating this and that's the unrealistic images."

Holland applauds CVS' efforts, but says others need to step up for this to have a wide-reaching effect.

"It needs to start with models, it needs to start actresses, it needs to start with the people who are promoting the images in the first place," said Holland.

Shoppers told NBC10 Boston they were pleased with the change.

"When you grow up seeing all these unrealistic beauty standards, you know you kind of feel – it definitely takes an effect on your self-image," said CVS shopper Sabrina Belozerova.

"I think it's great, anything making it more real for people actually know what people look like is always a good thing," added Claire Marvin.

CVS has previously made changes in its stores to support broader health issues. It stopped selling tobacco products in 2014, and last year it announced it would remove certain chemicals from about 600 beauty and personal-care products by the end of 2019.

CVS runs more than 9,700 retail locations.



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