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Dump truck driver uninjured in Lafayette rollover crash that caused fire

The driver of a dump truck walked away unscathed after the truck overturned and caught fire on a Lafayette hillside Tuesday morning, according to a fire spokesman.

The truck rolled down a hillside off of Camellia Lane around 11 a.m., according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Inspector Steve Aubert.

The driver was able to exit the truck before it caught fire and no injuries were reported, Aubert said.

Firefighters put out the blaze before it could spread to any surrounding vegetation.

Lafayette police said Camellia Lane will be blocked for several hours today while crews remove the truck and related debris.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:29:27 -0700

Search continues for man missing after swim at Drakes Estero

Authorities resumed the search Tuesday morning for a swimmer who disappeared while crossing the mouth of Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday afternoon.

Three individuals successfully crossed the Drakes Estero while the tide was out around 2 p.m. Monday, Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell'Osso said.

The missing man, who is in his early 20s, was lost while swimming against the tide on the return trip. The group was part of a family outing, Dell'Osso said.

Crews from the National Park Service, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, the Marin County Fire Department, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for the swimmer after sunset Monday.

Two dive teams using jet skis resumed the search Tuesday morning and the Coast Guard will search by air when the fog lifts, Dell'Osso said.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:06:21 -0700

PG&E fined $1.4B for deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline blast

California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against PG&E for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a San Bruno neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines.

The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would be the largest safety related penalty it had ever imposed. PG&E can appeal the fine.

An email to a company representative for comment was not immediately returned. But PG&E said in a statement it fully accepts that a penalty is appropriate.

"We have respectfully asked that the commission ensure that the penalty is reasonable and proportionate and takes into consideration the company's investments and actions to promote safety," PG&E said.

The commission previously ordered PG&E to pay $635 million for pipeline modernization in the wake of the Sept. 9, 2010, blast in the suburban San Francisco community of San Bruno. It destroyed more than three dozen homes and was California's deadliest utility disaster in decades.

The $1.4 billion penalty includes a $950 million fine that PG&E must pay into the state's general fund, $400 million for pipeline improvements, and about $50 million to enhance pipeline safety. PG&E cannot recover any of the money from customers, including the earlier $635 million penalty.

The administrative law judges found that PG&E committed nearly 3,800 violations of state and federal laws, rules, standards or regulations in the operation of its gas transmission system.

The blast occurred when a 30-inch natural-gas transmission line installed in 1956 ruptured. At the time, survivors described the heat of the blast burning the back of their necks like a blowtorch as they ran away.

San Bruno city officials were just beginning to study Tuesday's decision, but it appeared the penalty fell short of what was needed to ensure PG&E upgraded pipeline safety as much as necessary, city manager Connie Jackson said.

"Based on what we're seeing, it does not appear that this penalty amount goes far enough," Jackson said.

A 2011 investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the rupture occurred in a weak weld in a pipeline that PG&E records had shown as being smooth and unwelded. PG&E neglected to shut off natural gas feeding the fire until 95 minutes after the blast, the federal investigators said.

The 2011 probe found PG&E's safety management of its pipelines overall deficient and ineffective. At the same time, the federal board also faulted what it called the ineffectiveness of California's Public Utilities Commission in regulating the power utility, whose service area covers all but the southern one-third of California.

This year, federal prosecutors separately indicted PG&E on 27 counts alleging the utility violated pipeline safety requirements. Another federal count alleges PG&E lied to the National Transportation Safety Board in that agency's investigation of the San Bruno blast.

PG&E faces additional fines of more than $1 billion if convicted of the federal charges, which are separate from the financial penalties that the California state administrative judges weighed.

PG&E pleaded not guilty to the federal counts earlier in August.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:51:42 -0700

7-year-old Bay Area boy injured while target shooting in El Dorado County

A 7-year-old Bay Area boy was accidentally shot in the chest Saturday while shooting target practice at his family's property in El Dorado County, according to the county's sheriff's office.

The family owns property in Georgetown and was shooting target practice at a 40-yard range they had built there.

Two people were shooting at the time of the accident, including the boy, who was using a .22-caliber rifle with the help of his father, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.

Others were watching the boy and another man shoot and didn't notice any ricochets, but the boy suddenly clutched his chest and said it hurt, sheriff's officials said.

The boy's father checked the boy's chest and found a small hole in his T-shirt and that he was bleeding.

The father took the boy to the Georgetown fire station and he was taken by helicopter to a Sacramento hospital for treatment. Sheriff's officials did not have an update on his condition Tuesday morning.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:41:51 -0700

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal plane crash near Novato

A pilot who died when his plane crashed eight miles west of Novato last month reported partial restoration of the plane's engine before air traffic controllers lost contact with him, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Robert John Madge, 51, of Redwood City, left Brookings, Oregon, around 7:20 p.m. on Aug. 18 in a Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine aircraft bound for the San Carlos airport, NTSB officials said.

Madge told the Northern California Terminal Radar Approach Control facility he was having engine problems and was unable to maintain altitude in the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Madge received vectors to Gnoss Field in Novato 14 miles to the east and while en route, he reported partial engine power was restored, according to the NTSB.

Madge then reported he was losing engine power again and was in the clouds at 1,000 feet. Air traffic controllers lost radar and radio contact when the plane was eight miles west of Novato, NTSB officials said.

The plane crashed in west Marin County north of Hicks Valley around 9:30 p.m. and started a 32-acre brush fire.

A witness about a mile southwest of the accident site reported hearing a plane with a loud engine flying low over his house. Another witness two miles southwest of the accident site also reported a low flying plane at the time of the accident, according to the NTSB.

The plane was found near the location of the last radar contact, NTSB officials said.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:03:51 -0700

Police report: Girl said Uzi was too much for her

A 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an instructor with an Uzi at an Arizona shooting range said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released Tuesday.

Her family members were focused on the girl because they thought she was injured by the gun's recoil and didn't immediately realize instructor Charles Vacca had been shot until one of his colleagues ran over to him.

The family, whose hometown hasn't been revealed by investigators, had taken a shuttle on Aug. 25 from Las Vegas about 60 miles south to the Last Stop range in White Hills, Arizona.

The report did not say why the family had gone to the range or why they let the girl handle the Uzi.

After arriving, the girl, her parents, sister and brother took a monster truck ride before heading out to the shooting range.

The girl's father was the first one in the party to handle a weapon. After he fired shots, Vacca instructed the girl on how to shoot the gun, showed her a shooting stance, and helped her fire a few rounds.

Then, he stepped back and let her hold the Uzi by herself. She fired the gun, and its recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, killing Vacca with a shot to the head, according to the report.

The girl dropped the Uzi, and Vacca fell to the ground. The girl ran toward her family, who huddled around her as she held her shoulder. Another instructor rushed over to help to Vacca. The other children were then taken away from the range, according to the report.

The report describes the family as shaken by the accident.

Prosecutors are not filing charges in the case. Arizona's workplace safety agency is investigating the shooting-range death.

County prosecutors say the instructor was probably the most criminally negligent person involved in the accident for having allowed the child to hold the gun without enough training. They also said the parents and child weren't criminally culpable.

The girl's mother had video-recorded the accident on her phone.

"All right, go ahead and give me one shot," Vacca tells the girl in the video. He then cheers when she fires one round at the target.

"All right full auto," Vacca says. The video, which does not show the actual incident, ends with a series of shots being heard.

The shooting set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

Sam Scarmardo, the range's operator, has said the parents had signed waivers saying they understood the rules and were standing nearby when the accident occurred. He also had said he never had a safety problem before at the range and said his policy of allowing children 8 and older to fire guns under adult supervision and an instructor's watchful eye is standard industry practice, though he noted his policies are under review.

Vacca's ex-wife and children said last week that they harbored no ill feelings toward the girl or her family. Instead, they feel sorry for the child and want to comfort her.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:58:31 -0700

CEO for Centerplate resigns in wake of dog-kicking video

The embattled CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company that provides catering services at several Bay Area sports venues has resigned after the fallout from a hotel surveillance video surfaced showing him kicking a friend’s dog.

Centerplate's board of directors announced in a press release Tuesday morning that Desmond Hague had resigned from the company and that the decision came as a result of his personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.

Centerplate's board of directors said that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer effective immediately.

"We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals," said Centerplate board of directors chairman Joe O’Donnell in a statement. "Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances."

Hague came under fire after video from a security camera in the elevator of a Vancouver hotel showed him kicking a friend's one-year-old Doberman Pinscher several times.

Hague offered a public apology saying he was ashamed and embarrassed by his actions. He said he let his frustrations with the dog get the best of him.

Both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers issued statements last week  critical of Hague. Centerplate has contracts with the teams at AT&T Park and Levi’s Stadium.

"The San Francisco Giants do not condone any abuse of animals and we were deeply disturbed by the recent news regarding Centerplate CEO Des Hague," the team statement read. "Centerplate management continues to investigate the incident and has taken some immediate steps in response to his actions -- including contributing a portion of its sales to a foundation dedicated to the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver, where the incident occurred."

"While we deplore Mr. Hague’s personal actions, it should in no way reflect upon the hundreds of dedicated Centerplate employees who admirably serve our fans at AT&T Park each and every day," the statement continued. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation and any further actions taken by Centerplate and the authorities in Vancouver."

The 49ers also condemned Hague but defended the company’s rank-and-file.

"The organization condemns the abuse of animals and was disturbed to learn of the recent news regarding Des Hague," the team said in a prepared statement. "We believe his actions are not reflective of the efforts and service provided by the hundreds of Centerplate employees working to present our fans with a tremendous experience at Levi’s Stadium."

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:38:33 -0700

Embattled CEO resigns in wake of dog-kicking video

The CEO of a multibillion-dollar company that provides catering services at several Bay Area sports venues has resigned after the fallout from a hotel surveillance video surfaced showing him kicking a friend’s dog.

Centerplate's board of directors announced in a press release Tuesday morning that Desmond Hague had resigned from the company and that the decision came as a result of his personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care.

Centerplate's board of directors said that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer effective immediately.

"We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals," said Centerplate board of directors chairman Joe O’Donnell in a statement. "Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this situation has caused to so many; but also thank our employees, clients and guests who expressed their feelings about this incident. Their voices helped us to frame our deliberations during this very unusual and unfortunate set of circumstances."

Hague came under fire after video from a security camera in the elevator of a Vancouver hotel showed him kicking a friend's 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher several times.

Hague offered a public apology saying he was ashamed and embarrassed by his actions. He said he let his frustrations with the dog get the best of him.

Both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers issued statements last week critical of Hague. Centerplate has contracts with the teams at AT&T Park and Levi’s Stadium.

"The San Francisco Giants do not condone any abuse of animals and we were deeply disturbed by the recent news regarding Centerplate CEO Des Hague," the team statement read. "Centerplate management continues to investigate the incident and has taken some immediate steps in response to his actions -- including contributing a portion of its sales to a foundation dedicated to the protection and safety of animals in the city of Vancouver, where the incident occurred."

"While we deplore Mr. Hague’s personal actions, it should in no way reflect upon the hundreds of dedicated Centerplate employees who admirably serve our fans at AT&T Park each and every day. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and any further actions taken by Centerplate and the authorities in Vancouver."

The 49ers also condemned Hague but defended the company’s rank-and-file.

"The organization condemns the abuse of animals and was disturbed to learn of the recent news regarding Des Hague," the team said in a prepared statement. "We believe his actions are not reflective of the efforts and service provided by the hundreds of Centerplate employees working to present our fans with a tremendous experience at Levi’s Stadium."

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:38:33 -0700

Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued US airstrikes in Iraq.

Sotloff, 31, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit against the backdrop of an arid Syrian landscape, Sotloff was threatened in that video with death unless the U.S. stopped airstrikes on the group in Iraq.

In the video distributed Tuesday and entitled "A Second Message to America," Sotloff appears in a similar jumpsuit before he was purportedly beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

The Associated Press could not immediately verify the video's authenticity. The SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S. terrorism watchdog, first reported about the video's existence.

The fighter who beheads Sotloff in the video called it retribution for Obama's continued airstrikes against the group in Iraq.

"I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State ... despite our serious warnings," the fighter said.

At the end of the video, he threatened to kill a third captive, a Briton, David Cathorne Haines.

Sotloff's mother had pleaded for his release last week in a video directed at the Islamic State group.

Addressing the leader of the Islamic State group by name, Shirley Sotloff said in a video her son was "an innocent journalist" who shouldn't pay for U.S. government actions in the Middle East over which he has no control.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he wasn't immediately aware of the purported Sotloff video and wasn't in a position to confirm its authenticity.

"This is something that the administration has obviously been watching very carefully," Earnest said. "Our thoughts and prayers first and foremost are with Mr. Sotloff and Mr. Sotloff's family and those who worked with him."

A man who answered a phone listed in the name of Sotloff's sister hung up when called by the AP.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:30:35 -0700

Harbaugh: No tolerance for domestic violence

During a weekly radio appearance Tuesday morning, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that -- while he couldn't comment specifically about the weekend arrest of defensive end Ray McDonald on felony charges -- he and the team would "not tolerate domestic violence."

McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald's arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.

"There are going to be two principles at play here," Harbaugh said on the KNBR Morning Show early Tuesday. "And one is, I'll speak for myself, I'll speak for the 49ers: We'll not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we're firm believers in is due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles."

The comments on the radio show were the first remarks Harbaugh has made on the Sunday arrest of McDonald.

"I'll be very clear," Harbaugh additionally said on KNBR. "You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there's no understanding. There's no tolerance for that."

McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.

He wouldn't discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.

"I can't say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am," McDonald said. "I'm a good-hearted person."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:49:58 -0700

Firefighter suffers sprained ankle while battling Tenderloin blaze

A firefighter suffered a sprained ankle while battling a blaze in the basement of a building in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood Tuesday morning, a fire dispatcher said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 6:38 a.m. at 407 Ellis St., a four-story building, the dispatcher said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze nearly an hour later at 7:34 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the dispatcher said.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:17:11 -0700

Caught on video: Thief drags man while stealing car

Surveillance video caught a brazen thief not only stealing a car from a Pittsburg business, but also dragging a man who tried to stop him.

An auto shop manager is in the hospital Tuesday after the owner said he attempted to stop the thief from taking the car from their lot.

Investigators said the car was parked at Ultimate Auto Body Inc. on South 18th Street on Saturday morning when the thief backed the car up and took the manager with him.

Surveillance video shows the manager hanging on to the 2013 Subaru, while the driver backs up and eventually crashes into a tow truck.

“Mike went flying, and after Mike flew that’s when he broke his leg and everything,” said business owner Joe Sokolowski.

Sokolowski said his manager is now in the hospital awaiting surgery. He said the manager has worked for him for 30 years. 

After the thief drove away out of the camera’s view, Sokolowski said the driver continued through the South Side neighborhood.

“Ended up going to Josephine Street and hit a bunch of cars there. Then on South 28th Street, he rolled the customer’s car on the roof,” said Sokolowski.

Police said the driver then ran away and still remains on the loose.

“Just turn yourself in. You hurt someone pretty bad. You did a lot of damage. Turn yourself in. It’s the right thing to do,” Sokolowski said. 

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:48:26 -0700

South Carolina man arrested for breaking window at Indonesian Consulate

A 26-year-old South Carolina man was arrested on suspicion of vandalizing the Indonesian Consulate in San Francisco early Tuesday morning, police and consulate officials said.

An alarm sounded around 2 a.m. at the consulate, located at 1111 Columbus Ave., according to Bernard Loesi, a spokesman for the Indonesian Consulate.

The consulate's private security guards and San Francisco police officers responded to the scene shortly after the alarm sounded.

Officers located a suspect, identified as Tobias Spencer, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, inside the consulate's gates and placed him under arrest, police said.

Surveillance video footage from the consulate showed the suspect hopping the fence and breaking a window. Nothing appeared to be stolen and no one was injured, Loesi said.

Loesi said the suspect was likely under the influence of drugs and may have been searching for a warm place to spend the night.

Spencer was booked into jail on suspicion of vandalism and trespassing, police said.

The motive for the vandalism remains under investigation.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:34:54 -0700

BART experiencing ten to fifteen minute delays in East Bay direction

BART experienced delays Tuesday morning due to an equipment issue in San Francisco and reports of a possibly intoxitcated person at East Bay stations Tuesday morning, officials said.

The delay at 24th Street Mission in the East Bay direction came in the wake of an earlier problem described as an equipment issue on a train, according to BART officials.

Trains also were held at BART's Lafayette and Rockridge stations Tuesday morning as police looked for a possibly intoxicated person on a train, BART officials said.

Officers responded to reports of a possibly intoxicated person aboard a San Francisco-bound train this morning, BART police said.

The train was held at Lafayette for about eight minutes and at Rockridge for another eight minutes while police searched for the person, a BART dispatcher said.

Officers could not find the person and the trains were allowed to proceed at 8:33 a.m. but there are residual delays from the incident, BART officials said.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:36 -0700

Did Brad and Angelina sell their wedding photos for charity?

​Magazine cover for charity, round three? It was revealed Monday night that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have given photos of their wedding to People and Hello! magazines.

People snagged the front of Jolie’s dress and a pic with the kids, while Hello! has a shot showing off the children’s artwork sewn into that dress, and a snapshot of the power couple powerfully kissing.​ 

The most famous couple in movies managed to pull off a completely secret, surprise wedding on Aug. 23rd. So, seems odd they’d then share the pics, right?

We never saw photos, for example, of Jay Z and Beyonce’s 2008 wedding, though they did reveal a snippet of video during a concert this year. Vids have since been removed from YouTube.

But the choices of People and Hello! are familiar.

The first pics of the pair’s first biological child, Shiloh, went to those mags in 2006.

According to Forbes, People paid $4.1 million for them, Hello! $3.5, and all the proceeds went to charities for African children.

In 2008, twins Knox and Vivienne arrived, marking the most money ever spent on celebrity photos.

Again, the pics were sold to People and Hello!, reportedly for about $15 million total.

In 2011 Pitt touched on the subject with NPR, calling certain photogs "stalkerazzi":  “We figured ... instead of that money going to people I do not respect, we would make some good out of it."

Still, while paparazzi certainly could get the first photos of a baby out in the world, the wedding seems to have been a pretty closed-door affair. So, were these photos sold for charity? No word from Pitt or Jolie. Or...is Jolie now Pitt?

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:36:17 -0700

Bear's head freed from bucket; daring rescue caught on video

A video on a Facebook page shows the daring rescue of a bear in Pennsylvania.

It appears the small black bear’s head was trapped inside of a plastic bucket and according to a Facebook page called “Save the Bucket Bear” set up on Sunday, the bear had been spotted with the bucket on head for more than a month.

Pictures of the “Bucket Bear” and pleas for the game commission in the Perry Township area to take humane action to help the bear were posted to the Facebook page.

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Online reports say the men in the video are volunteers who went on a mission to help the bear after authorities did not respond immediately.

The video is pretty unbelievable and we do not suggest anyone attempting rescues like this—but it is nice to see a happy ending for the curious bear.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:41:31 -0700

Woman impaled in buttocks while texting and driving

A Colorado woman was in a rush to drop off her daughter’s saxophone at school, which had been left at home.

Christina Jahnz says she was running late for a business meeting, so she used the voice-to-text feature to send a message, but when she looked down to proofread it, she hit a pole.

“The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed." Jahnz told Denver TV station KUSA.

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The guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her thigh, out her buttocks and through the seat. Firefighters in the Colorado town had to cut both ends of the pole to free her from the truck.

Jahnz spent four days in the hospital and is now getting around with the help of a walker. Doctors say she should make a full recovery, but she wants everyone to hear her message.

"It's devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don't text and drive," Jahnz said.

More here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yoNxmyesx4

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:31:28 -0700

Two-alarm fire damages gym at Healdsburg High School

Fire crews were mopping up Tuesday morning after responding to a two-alarm fire at Healdsburg High School that damaged the roof of the school’s gym, according to fire officials.

A fire official told KTVU that crews responded to a smoke detector that went off inside the Healdsburg High School gym at about 3 a.m.

Upon arriving, firefighters found the fire burning on roof and were able to isolate it to northeastern corner of the building.

Firefighters cut holes in ceiling to get to the fire. It appears the cause of the fire was electrical. Officials said the fire started slowly and may have burned for an hour or two before triggering fire alarm.

Some ceiling tiles were in danger of falling and will need to be to be removed, according to officials.

Despite the damage to the gym, the school will be open Tuesday morning. Part of gym will be closed as repairs are made.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:11:15 -0700

Car crash into Danville home breaks gas line

An 18-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Tuesday morning after he plowed his car into a Danville home, breaking a gas line and forcing the evacuation of the neighborhood, according to authorities.

The driver of the car lost control and crashed into the home on Midland Way at around 1 a.m. While the driver was not injured, the impact severed the one-inch gas line connected to the gas meter at the residence.

Natural gas was flowing freely from the break, forcing authorities to evacuate six nearby homes as PG&E crews rushed to cap the leak.

The leak was capped after about three hours once crews were able to dig up the line and stop the flow of natural gas and 15 evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes at about 4 a.m.

Authorities said the driver was an 18-year-old male resident of Danville. The teen failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to police.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:52:58 -0700

Brush fire closes one lane on northbound Hwy 87 in San Jose

The roadway has reopened after a roadside fire closed a northbound lane on state Highway 87 in San Jose Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The brush fire was called in at 4:46 a.m. and was located in between Alma Avenue and Almaden Expressway, the CHP said.

The road was reopened around 6:20 a.m., according to the CHP.

No information as to how the fire began was available.

Published: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:46:53 -0700