A boy in the Central Valley who was the subject of an overnight amber alert has been found safe.
Just before 11 p.m. Saturday night, Hanford police activated the alert looking for 10-month-old Rudy Zamora Castro.
Investigators said Rudy's father took him from his mother who had custody of the boy.
Police said 25-year-old suspect Rudy Castro has a criminal record and was on parole for stalking.
They believed that he fled with his 26-year-old girlfriend Vilma Garcia.
Television station KMPH reported that investigators found the boy safe with Garcia in the city of Visalia.
However police are still looking for the boy's father. A warrant has now been issued for his arrest.
Rudy Zamora is believed to be driving a maroon Chevy Tahoe with California license plate 7FAS143.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:42:03 -0700
A police investigation is underway Sunday morning in Concord after a late night stabbing at a party in a residential area, according to police dispatch.
Concord police were called to a home on Virginia Street and Monument Boulevard shortly after midnight Sunday after a report that someone had been stabbed in the chest.
Footage shot at the scene showed of people standing around the home where a party was happening.
There was no word on the condition of the stabbing victim, reportedly a man in his 20s.
Shortly after the police responded to the call, a vehicle that reportedly matched the description of a car that had left the scene of the party was stopped on an on-ramp to Hwy 242. Video captured two young women being taken into custody after their car was stopped.
Authorities have not confirmed if the women were taken into custody in connection with the incident.
Police detectives Sunday morning were still interviewing some of the people involved as part of this investigation. At around 7:15 a.m., KTVU cameras saw some people walking out of the police station with their faces covered.
KTVU spoke briefly off-camera with the parent of a young woman who apparently saw what happened.
He said that according to his daughter, the incident started as fight between two groups of people outside a house party. The man's daughter said that the stabbing was in self defense.
KTVU is at Concord police headquarters awaiting additional information from authorities about the incident.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:30:59 -0700
A wrestling coach at a San Ramon high school arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of child molestation is now facing 20 felony charges, police said.
Kevin Lopez, 27, is facing 13 counts of lewd acts on a child 14 to 15 years old, two counts of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in certain lewd and lascivious behavior, one count of using a minor for noncommercial sex acts, two counts of distributing lewd matter to a minor, one count of contacting a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of a lewd act on a child under 14 years old, according to the San Ramon Police Department.
Police said the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed the charges against Lopez on Sept. 12. He was arrested on Sept. 9.
Lopez is a San Ramon resident and a wrestling coach at California High School.
Police said a search warrant was served at his home after they were notified of a possible "inappropriate relationship" Lopez allegedly had with a child more than 10 years younger than him.
Police said Lopez is also a youth group leader at San Ramon's New Life Church.
Lopez was hired as an assistant wrestling coach at the high school in 2005 and was promoted to head wrestling coach in 2012, according to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
Lopez remained in custody Friday on $2.125 million bail.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:09:58 -0700
The NFL is in crisis mode. Commissioner Roger Goodell took a pounding from the media Friday during and following a press conference in which he announced league-wide changes to handle domestic violence incidents involving NFL players.
But some feel U.S. Soccer should share a bit of the NFL's scrutiny. While football stars like Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson have been punished for violent off-the-field incidents, perhaps the biggest star in women's soccer — Hope Solo — continues to prosper despite being arrested for domestic assault earlier this year.
Solo extended her career shutout record to 73 — surpassing the previous record — during a U.S. Women's National Team win against Mexico Thursday. That's an impressive feat, but many writers say Solo doesn't deserve to be on the pitch at all.
Cindy Boren at The Washington Post called Solo's domestic violence case the one that "no one is talking about" and asked, "While U.S. Soccer doesn’t have the same high profile as the NFL, how do the cases differ? Aren't women's soccer players just as much role models as male football players?"
So why is Solo being allowed to play? Of course, the words double standard comes to mind. Solo is a woman and an overwhelming majority of domestic violence incidents reported are perpetrated by men.
Solo's case is more rare — she's accused of assaulting her 17-year-old nephew and half sister.
A New York Times writer says, "Maybe everyone is just too busy calling out the NFL for its ineptitude, but a light needs to shine on Solo's legal problems, too. It shows that domestic violence isn't committed only by men."
ESPN W's Kate Fagan takes it a step further and says nobody's been talking about Solo because nobody pays attention to women's athletics: "Female athletes mostly fly below the radar — for better and for worse."
Neil Buethe, U.S. Soccer spokesman, probably stoked the fire even more when he told USA Today he knows Solo has some legal issues but that we should also remember she had a chance to set a career shutouts record.
The NFL's domestic violence woes are putting the spotlight on Solo. And if the NFL's situation is any gauge, it's unlikely U.S. Soccer officials and Solo's sponsors will be able to stay quiet on this issue. In the time between Goodell's Sept. 9 interview and Friday's press conference, people began calling for him to come out of hiding and say something.
Solo has pleaded not guilty against those domestic assault charges. Her trial is set for November.
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Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:49:18 -0700
Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens and Gabrielle Union are among the latest victims of a celebrity nude photo hack, entertainment news site TMZ reported Saturday.
The images, which reportedly were posted to Reddit and 4chan late Friday, have been removed.
Union and her husband, Dwayne Wade, spoke out against the leak Saturday in a statement to TMZ.
"It has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures," Union said. "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide."
Union added that she has contacted the FBI.
Additionally, the Huffington Post reported that more photos were posted of "Hunger Games" actress Jennifer Lawrence and "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, who were victims of another nude photo leak last month when the stars' iCloud accounts were hacked.
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:54:06 -0700
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher had a surprise waiting for him when he walked onto the field Saturday for warmups.
Throwing the football and in full uniform was suspended quarterback Jameis Winston. Fisher, looking not too pleased, said something to Winston who then headed for the locker room, reappearing later in black sweat pants and his game jersey.
Winston then spent the game talking with his replacement, Sean Maguire, who made his first collegiate start, and getting involved in the offensive huddle on the sidelines.
And just like it had for Winston during his 2013 Heisman Trophy winning season and against The Citadel in the first home game of this season, the fans in the sold-out stadium got behind Maguire. The third-year sophomore from Sparta, N.J., received the loudest cheer during the pregame introductions.
Florida State overcame a shaky first half to defeat Clemson, 23-17, in overtime. Maguire finished 21-of-39 for 305 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked five times.
Winston, who is expected to return next week at N.C. State, originally was suspended for the first half of top-ranked Florida State’s game with No. 22 Clemson for standing on a table and shouting a profane, sexually-explicit phrase Tuesday on campus near the student union.
The penalty, announced Wednesday in a statement from FSU interim president Garnett Stokes and Athletic Director Stan Wilcox, was lengthened late Friday after FSU administrators determined Winston was not totally forthcoming about the incident. Winston reportedly told administrators he was not standing on a table when he shouted. Witnesses confirmed otherwise.
Winston, a third-year sophomore, arrived on the team bus wearing gold headphones and a BCS Championship game backpack. After one fan shouted, “here he comes,” Winston stared straight ahead, ignoring the cameras.
Winston appears to have run out of chances with alumni, boosters and former players. Already weary of his litany of missteps that included being investigated but not charged in a sexual assault accusation of an FSU student and being cited by police for shoplifting more than $32 worth of crab legs, the latest hit to the program’s – and university’s – reputation has been met with criticism from Florida State supporters across the board.
Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst who played for FSU in the mid ’50s, said on the GameDay set Saturday that “as a former player at Florida State, I am embarrassed.”
Deion Sanders said on SiriusXM radio he is among several former Seminoles, including Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn and Corey Fuller, who have attempted to reach out to Winston.
“All of us have spoken (to) him and tried to lead him in the right direction,” Sanders said. “But he’s a grown man. You can’t make a grown man do what he don’t want to do. He’s already walking around campus with a Heisman Trophy. Why do you need more attention?”
Published: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 00:19:26 -0700
Anu Solomon hit Austin Hill on a 47-yard Hail Mary on the game's final play and Arizona scored 36 points in the fourth quarter to pull off an improbable 49-45 win over California Saturday night.
Cal (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) threatened to turn Arizona's whiteout into a blowout, deflating the Wildcats and their white-shirt-wearing fans with two quick scores and a 22-point halftime lead.
Arizona (4-0, 1-0) charged back behind Solomon, who threw for 520 yards and had four of his five touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats recovered an onside kick after Cal was called for a batting penalty and pulled within 2 after Solomon hit Cayleb Jones on a 15-yard scoring pass.
Arizona got the ball back with less than a minute left and pulled off the miracle when Hill brought the ball down between five Cal defenders.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:26:06 -0700
Mountain View Police were busy Saturday night, monitoring a sold-out rave at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
By dusk, the "Beyond Wonderland" festival had already resulted in about thirty arrests. By night's end, forty people had been taken into custody for using or providing drugs such as ecstasy, LSD, or the depressant GHB.
The electronic music event invites fans to "embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest," but photos released by the police department show it was a quick trip for some.
Taken in the command post inside concert grounds, one picture shows people handcuffed and awaiting transport to the San Mateo County Jail. Another shows confiscated narcotics in a Ziplock bag.
"We had over 100 arrests last year," police spokesperson Shino Tanaka told KTVU," and we want to get the message out, have a good time but leave the other stuff at home."
The show promoter, Insomniac Productions, echoed that zero tolerance message. Amnesty bins are positioned at each entrance, offering a last chance to dump drugs -no questions asked- rather than risk seizure.
"We cannot control what they do prior to entering the event. We do what we can," Insomniac spokeswoman Jennifer Forkish told KTVU. "We have the highest standards in the industry as far as security goes, but folks will get creative."
Police and sheriff undercovers also mixed into the crowd. Amid a sea of mad hatter and white rabbit costumes, there was no telling who might actually wear a blue uniform. The surrounding parking lots were getting a lot of attention from officers too, on patrol to discourage the pre-show partying.
"Some people are kind of crazy," admitted 22-year-old fan Caitlin Connor of San Jose, "but the music, the people, the community, it's all really nice and friendly."
Connor attended last year's show as well, and said she expects to see fans under the influence.
"They're not angry or trying to fight anyone or anything," she observed, "they're just doing their own thing."
At her side was date Nick Lore of San Diego, dressed as Tweedle Dum to Connor's Tweedle Dee. "I'm not too sure what to expect because I've never been to a rave," said 20-year-old Lore, "so I'm just looking for experience, listening to some great music with Caitlin."
Responding to noise complaints from last year, Insomniac repositioned stages and speakers, and lowered the volume on the bass.
In surrounding neighborhoods, the music seemed more muted, and police said they had only received a few complaints so far.
To accommodate nearby residents, the concert will close Sunday night at 10 p.m., an hour earlier than last year.
About 50,000 people are expected to attend over the two day festival.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:18:46 -0700
As users update their iPhone software to iOS 8 or update their hardware to the latest iPhone, they'll find a few more prompts and notifications in reference to privacy and security.
And that's because Apple is doubling down on efforts to make its devices and services all the more focused on protecting your information. Updating to iOS 8 brings a new level of encryption for user data; Apple says it "has no way to decrypt iMessage and FaceTime data when it’s in transit between devices," and "wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if [it] wanted to." (Video via Apple)
But while the efforts are certainly there, one security analysts suggests Apple's built-in protection might not be as secure as you're thinking.
One analyst details the process by which law enforcement could access your iOS 8 device in this blog post.
"I dumped all of my third party application data, as well as my camera reel and other media … all within a few minutes and from my locked iPhone running iOS 8 GM." GM, by the way, stands for Golden Master, a developer version of software identical to the version later released to the public.
Turns out, when you sync your phone with a computer, Apple makes it possible to access data without having to unlock the phone — that's where the vulnerability lies. Using specialized software, the researcher was able to access data on the phone by pulling information from the computer called "pairing records," which store keys to access your phone.
So despite Apple's efforts to lock down the device, it's still possible to get at media files like photos, videos, books, podcasts, etc., as well as third-party app data.
But before we can get up-in-arms, a writer for Wired points out you've really got to look closely at Apple's language in announcing the new encryption practices. "Apple didn't claimed [sic] in its new privacy statement that its phone was impervious to law enforcement data extraction—only that the company wouldn't unlock iPhones and iPads on the government’s behalf."
And there are ways to protect yourself from even this vulnerability. The researcher says powering down your phone and computer when not in use and encrypting data on your computer's hard drive will keep you protected.
That's because "pairing records" can't be used to access your phone until you've typed in your passcode at least once since it's been powered down.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:03:08 -0700
A formal memorial is being planned for a 78-year-old grandmother who was hit and killed by a car in San Francisco's Chinatown Saturday morning.
The family of Pei Fong Yim prayed and held a burning ceremony Saturday night at the crash site on Stockton and Sacramento streets near the Stockton Tunnel.
They said Yim was in the crosswalk yesterday morning, likely heading to the senior center when she was struck and killed.
San Francisco police identified the driver as 40-year-old Calixto Dilinila, who was arrested for misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
Yim's daughter-in-law Susan Lee told KTVU she worried about the dangerous streets. Every time Lee heard a news report about a pedestrian death in the city she would call Yim.
"Remember to watch the car when you cross the street," a tearful Lee recalled.
The owner of a photography business at the corner of Sacramento and Stockton told KTVU he has regularly seen fatal accidents at the dangerous intersection.
"I've had my business here for 33 years," said the business owner, who only gave his name as Raymond. "I've seen six to eight people get killed on the same spot! I told the city so many times they have to do something about it."
The city is aware of the danger.
Stockton Street is one of eight corridors in San Francisco with the highest rates of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. There is a multi-agency plan to reduce danger to pedestrians called Vision Zero.
The plan's goal is to get the number of pedestrian deaths to zero by the year 2024.
Knowing streets may be safer in the future is small comfort to Yim's large family, which includes eight grandchildren.
Susan Lee tells KTVU there will be a formal ceremony to honor Yim when all of her sons are able to attend.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:51:52 -0700
A man was killed in a shooting in Oakland Saturday evening, police said.
Officers responded to reports of gunshots fired and people screaming in the 8700 block of Hillside Street near 88th Avenue around 7:05 p.m., Officer J. Moore said.
Officers went to the scene where they learned the victim transported himself to a hospital, Moore said.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later, he said.
No arrests were made and no suspect information was immediately available.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:48:50 -0700
It looks like a regular cell tower but 2 Investigates uncovers how Bay Area Police are using a program to access cell phone data that was part of a secret program... until now. Learn about the upgrade that could make this technology even more powerful Monday on KTVU Channel 2 News at 5.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:19:38 -0700
One doesn't need to look far to see backlash against The New York Times over a profile published Wednesday of writer and producer Shonda Rhimes. There were plenty of critical headlines.
The article itself, penned by TV critic Alessandra Stanley, praises Rhimes’ work on “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away with Murder." But that's been largely overlooked, mainly because Stanley led the piece by suggesting Rhimes call her autobiography “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”
Rhimes herself took issue with the article's description of her as "angry" and a romance writer. On Twitter, she seemed, well, pretty annoyed with it.
And Vulture’s Margaret Lyons calls the Times story “inaccurate, tone-deaf, muddled and racist,” then tears into Stanley's article paragraph by paragraph.
A key argument for many of the articles written in response to Stanley’s piece is that Rhimes' characters, “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope, “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Dr. Bailey and “Murder’s” Annalise Keating aren’t all just angry black women. While they get angry at some points, just as any television character does, that's not the emotion that defines them.
Slate describes Pope as “conflicted, tortured, in a self-destructive relationship — but she is never anything but ultra-competent.” Grey’s Anatomy’s Dr. Bailey is described as having “a kind of faux-anger, behaving like a grump and a curmudgeon to cover up her huge heart.”
The Washington Post says, by defining all of Rhimes’ characters as “angry black women,” Stanley is doing them a disservice: “There is something dangerous and political about defining down ‘angry’ in this way. When a person is characterized as ‘angry,’ we weigh their arguments and behavior differently than we would if we see them as generally calm and measured.”
Stanley has responded to the backlash to her article, telling TheWrap, “The whole point of the piece — once you read past the first 140 characters — is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype.”
As for general advice on how The New York Times can avoid stirring up such a ruckus in the future, The Huffington Post had this suggestion:
"From now on, when trying to take down a beloved and powerful producer, it may be best to not totally associate the creator — or executive producer — with their shows' characters, or more specifically, with characters of one race."
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Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:14:23 -0700
Prominent Bay Area civil rights attorney John Burris plans to sue the City of Richmond and Police Officer Wallace Jensen on behalf of the family of a 24-year-old man shot and killed by police in front of a liquor store last Sunday.
Burris spoke publicly about the wrongful death lawsuit at a memorial event for Richard “Pedie” Perez on Saturday at Nicholls Park in Richmond.
The announcement came hours after police publicly identified Jensen as the officer who fatally shot Richard "Pedie" Perez after a struggle with the Richmond man just outside of Uncle Sam's Liquor Store around 12:15 a.m. Sunday. Police have said Jensen shot Perez after he held the officer down and tried to grab his gun.
“That is a bold faced lie,” Burris said.
Burris, who was retained by Perez' family a day after the deadly shooting, said his own probe into the shooting reveals information contradicting police's version of events. He said several witnesses have claimed Perez, who was unarmed, did not attempt to take the officer’s gun.
“Everyone has said consistently said that he did not reach for the officer’s gun and the officer stepped back five feet away and emptied five shots into his young body,” Burris added.
Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus attended a morning funeral for Perez after receiving an invitation from the family, but was absent at the public memorial. He has extended his condolences to Perez’s family on behalf of the police department.
In a statement released to KTVU Magnus said the department is committed to assisting with “a fair and thorough investigation of the incident.” Part of the statement reads:
“Police officers sometimes have to make extremely difficult decision in a matter of seconds that can have life or death consequences. We believe our officers to a very good job with this kind of decision-making, but we understand that it is almost inevitable others will have conflicting perspectives, opinions, and beliefs depending on the circumstances.”
Meanwhile, Jensen remains on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation by the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, which is standard protocol following an officer-involved shooting.
Jensen is a six-year veteran of the department and a trained crisis negotiator, the police captain said.
“That negotiation training that the officer has was clearly not put to use,” Rick Perez Jr., Perez’s father, said.
On Friday, Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan said autopsy results show that Perez was facing Jensen when the officer shot him three times in the upper torso.
Gagan declined to comment further on the investigation into the shooting but said police plan to update the public on their findings in the coming weeks and that the department "want(s) to have transparency, regardless of what the information reveals."
Police said Perez was intoxicated and belligerent when Jensen encountered him while patrolling the area near Uncle Sam's Liquor Store at 3322 Cutting Blvd. a short time after midnight Sunday.
According to police, the officer asked Perez to sit down for a records check in front of the store but instead of complying, Perez attacked him.
At one point, Chief Magnus said in a statement, Perez "grabbed and held on to one of the officer's hands, while using his other hand to simultaneously go for the officer's gun."
Magnus said at least one independent witness verified that description of what happened.
"The physically exhausted officer, fearing the suspect would overpower him and get his gun, fired three shots at the suspect, striking him in the chest," Magnus said.
The family vehemently disputes the incidents according to police and said being intoxicated does not justify the use of deadly force.
“I wish that police would respect their own rules and I wish my son was here,” Perez added.
In addition to filing a wrongful death lawsuit, Burris said he plans to write a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office recommending an investigation to prosecute Officer Jensen.
Perez was originally from San Pablo before he moved with his family as a child to Pinole. He attended Pinole Valley High School and most recently lived in Fairfield.
Rhonda Reeder Perez, his aunt, described her nephew as a kind, generous man who always helped others. She and numerous others shared stories of Pedie leaving Fairfield to return to Richmond in an effort to care for the homeless.
“Pedie was a great kid and it’s my calling now to make sure that the whole nation will know who he is and what he stood for,” she said. “He fed the homeless, he took care of the needy… The people that God loved, Pedie loved too.”
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:29:37 -0700
The search continues for a missing Santa Rosa teenager.
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Weaver was last seen at her house around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Her family says they are concerned for her health because she requires a daily medication.
Rebecca is described as 5'8" with long brown hair and hazel eyes. She also has numerous piercings.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:38:24 -0700
Two people were killed and another person was injured in Vacaville early Saturday morning when they were in a car that crashed into a tree.
Officers responded to reports of a vehicle crash in the area of Nut Tree Road and Yellowstone Drive shortly before 1 a.m., police said.
Arriving officers and emergency crews went to the scene where found a car had struck a tree, according to police.
Despite emergency crews' rescue efforts, two people succumbed to their injuries from the crash, police said.
A third person in the car was transported to a hospital for treatment, police said. An update on the victim's condition was not immediately available.
A preliminary investigation indicated that the car was traveling south at high speeds on Nut Tree Road prior to the crash, police said.
The Solano County coroner's office was called to the scene.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Vacaville police at (707) 449-5200.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:32:34 -0700
Caltrans has reopened state Highway 37 in Solano and Sonoma counties after crews completed roadwork days ahead of schedule.
Since Friday night, major maintenance and paving projects closed Highway 37 between state Highway 29 in Solano County and state Highway 121 in Sonoma County, Caltrans spokesman Vince Jacala said.
The projects were expected to continue until 5 a.m. on Monday, but all lanes reopened Saturday as of 8 p.m., Jacala said.
Jacala said significant traffic was reported in American Canyon Saturday morning, which cuts through the city, as a result of the detour.
The highway will close again at 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 until 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, according to Caltrans.
Additionally, five weeknight closures will occur from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night between Monday, Sept. 29 and Friday, Oct. 3, Caltrans officials said.
Jacala said motorists should follow detour signs and expect delays.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:54:53 -0700
Two men were killed in a shooting in Richmond Saturday evening, a police lieutenant said.
Officers responded to a Shotspotter alert activated at Fourth Street and Bissell Avenue around 5:30 p.m., Lt. Andre Hill said.
Arriving officers found one of the men injured from gunfire and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Hill said.
As officers were tending to the first victim, another man suffering from gunshot wounds showed up at a hospital where he was soon after pronounced dead, according to Hill.
Both men suffered gunshot wounds to their upper torsos and are believed to be have been shot at the same place, Hill said.
Neighbors say Friday night someone shot at the apartment building where Saturday's shooting occurred. Residents in the area comforted each other and their children and said the violence has to stop.
One resident told KTVU there's been an increase in what appears to be gang related crime in the area in recent months.
No arrests were made and no suspect information was immediately available.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:46:25 -0700
It looks like Cabo San Lucas has been spared from most of the destructive forces of Tropical Storm Polo, as it passed to the west. That's good because it's doubtful the area could have taken much more after this week's devastation left by Hurricane Odile.
The recovery process is just beginning. In the Bay Area, many people have nightmare stories about being stuck in the storm, and about getting out of the area and back home.
But few people have a story like Don and Jennifer Amundson of Walnut Creek. "That weight off yours shoulders that you're home was the biggest thing ever," said Don Amundson minutes after getting to his house.
They arrived home Saturday afternoon after being stuck inside a restaurant at their resort in Cabo for 13 hours during Hurricane Odile on Sunday. He said it was the scariest thing they'd ever experienced. "Absolutely. Life-altering," said Don, since Jennifer Amundson was too exhausted to talk.
Shockingly, they were left largely on their own during the storm. "Our management of our resort bailed as soon as the hurricane hit."
Fortunately, by Wednesday, the government stepped in to evacuate the tourists. But it wasn't to the Cabo airport. It was to La Paz, two hours north, supposedly to a working airport. But, like in Cabo, the La Paz airport was out of commission, and the Amundsons were just dumped there. "At that point, that's when I started to break down."
They were lucky enough to find a hotel. "Hundred dollars if you want a room. No electricity, no running water. Hundred dollars cash. Cash."
A night in La Paz, then a long, long ride to the U.S. border... on a bus. "And it's going to be $200 each. Cash."
The 20 hour bus ride turned into 32 hours. "The entire peninsula was hit by the hurricane. So most of the roadway, parts of it were washed out."
Finally, mercifully, they got to San Diego on Friday, after walking across the border. They stayed a night there, then flew home Saturday morning.
As if the hurricane and the horrible journey back to the states weren't bad enough, when they got to Walnut Creek, they realized they could get in the garage, but they were locked out of their house, and had to wait for a friend to come let them in.
One amazing moment of humanity came during the hurricane when the restaurant staff realized it was Jennifer's birthday.
They gave her a dessert decorated with 'Happy birthday, Jenny'. "And put tea lights on it and sang happy birthday to her during the hurricane to make her feel a little more at ease."
Jennifer was appreciative - but she says no more tropical vacations.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:35:02 -0700
A mountain lion was spotted in Millbrae Saturday afternoon, according to San Mateo County emergency officials.
Around 2:20 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a report of a mountain lion spotted at the end of Larkspur Drive by Interstate Highway 280, San Mateo County emergency officials said.
Anyone who sees a mountain lion, particularly ones feeding or with their offspring, is advised to not approach it, emergency officials said.
Those who encounter a mountain lion should not run but rather face the animal, make noise, throw rocks and wave their arms in the air to appear larger than the animal.
Published: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:21:45 -0700