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One dead, others injured in San Francisco pedestrian accidents

A man in his 70s was killed and three others were injured over the last 24 hours in accidents involving pedestrians on San Francisco streets, authorities said.

San Francisco police said the fatality occurred at 44th Ave and Sloat Blvd at around 7 a.m.

A man who lived in the neighborhood was crossing Sloat near the San Francisco Zoo when he was struck and declared dead at the scene.

Investigators said the man was not in a crosswalk at the time and that the driver was cooperating with police.

Less than an hour earlier, a 66-year-old man was hospitalized after being struck by a car in the Richmond District.

At around 6:05 a.m., officers responded to the collision reported at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and 10th Avenue. The pedestrian was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, according to police.

The woman driver remained at the scene and was ultimately cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian, police said.

Meanwhile, two people were injured in a hit-and-run collision in downtown San Francisco on Sunday evening.

Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at Mason and Turk streets, north of Market Street, around 6:30 p.m.

A 50-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man, were struck by a light-colored BMW that fled the scene, police said.

Both people were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:38 -0700

Register to vote and read your ballot

Monday is the final day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election. You can register at the California Online Voter Registration page here.

If you want to find out what's on your ballot, find the answers you're looking for with these county specific links to voter information.

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

Marin County

Santa Clara County

San Francisco County

San Mateo County

Solano County

Sonoma County

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:39:20 -0700

Deadline to register to vote in Nov. 4 election arrives

Monday is the last day for Bay Area residents to register to vote in the statewide general election being held on November 4.

Voters can register online with a California driver's license or identification card, according to the Secretary of State's Office. Voters can also mail a registration card postmarked by today to their county elections office as long as it is received before Election Day.

"Registering to vote is one of our most fundamental rights as a citizen," said San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Mark Church.

As of Sept. 5, more than 17 million California voters had registered to vote out of more than 24 million eligible, or 73 percent of the voting population, according to the secretary of state's office.

That number is marginally higher than the percentage of voters registered in the November 2010 election and nearly 4 percentage points higher than those registered to vote in the 2006 general election.

Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 2-to-1 in this election, according to the secretary of state's office, with Democratic voters representing 43 percent of the voting population, compared to 28 percent for Republicans.

The number of voters preferring not to state their political preference has increased in recent years. Twenty-three percent of voters declined to state a political preference in this election, compared to 20 percent in 2010, 19 percent in 2006, and 15 percent in 2002.

The statewide election includes contests for the U.S. House of Representatives, eight executive positions -- including governor, attorney general and secretary of state -- the state Senate and Assembly and eight statewide ballot measures.

In order to qualify, voters must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident of California and 18 years of age or older on Election Day. People in prison, on parole, or serving a state prison sentence in county jail, along with those found by a court to be mentally incompetent, are not eligible to vote.

People can find out if they are already registered to vote by visiting http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status and can register online at http://registertovote.ca.gov.

If enrolled in California's confidential address program, Safe at Home, people should not apply to register to vote online. Instead, they should contact the Safe at Home program toll-free at (877) 322-5227.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:19:14 -0700

About 50 detained after man shot twice outside South Bay strip club

A man was shot twice in the leg early Sunday outside a strip club near San Jose in a "chaotic scene" where about 50 people were detained for questioning, a Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman said Monday.

At about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, sheriff's deputies were driving to an unrelated call by the Pink Poodle club at 328 S. Bascom Ave. when they saw the muzzle flash of a gunshot in the club's side parking lot, sheriff's Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup said.

A man was struck two times in the leg by bullets and was later transported to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, Stenderup said.

Deputies detained about 50 people near the club to query them about the shooting and recovered a handgun at the scene, according to Stenderup.

"It was a very chaotic scene that took a while for us to control," he said.

Some of the people detained were customers of the club, Stenderup said.

The suspect in the shooting has not been identified and no one was arrested, deputies said.

The sheriff's office will attempt to extract DNA evidence from the gun for testing in an effort to identify a suspect, according to Stenderup.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:11:33 -0700

$40M in meth seized, 22 arrested in massive Contra Costa County drug bust

State and local law enforcement officials Monday announced the successful takedown of a transnational drug trafficking organization based in Contra Costa County that led to almost two dozen arrests.

During "Operation Road Trip," the culmination of several related investigations into Mexico's Sinaloa Federation drug cartel, law enforcement agents over the past year seized more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $700,000 and made 22 arrests in Contra Costa County alone, according to state Attorney General Kamala Harris's office.

The operation is a merger of two investigations by the West Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Team, or West-NET, the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT) and additional local, state and federal agencies.

The investigation revealed that Mexican methamphetamine was being delivered to the "Nitro" gang in Southern California, which then took "road trips" to Contra Costa County to distribute the meth to other drug trafficking gangs, according to Harris's office.

In 2011, a two-year operation led by West-NET shut down a network of local and transnational gangs that included a Norteno gang in western Contra Costa County, according to the attorney general's office.

That operation, named "Operation Red Reach," led to the seizure of 135 pounds of meth, 26 illegal guns and about $150,000 as well as federal and state convictions of 26 suspects.

Information gathered during Operation Red Reach led law enforcement to identify the involvement of the Northern California "Urtiz" gang in the transnational drug trafficking. A subsequent operation revealed that the Urtiz gang's meth was being supplied by the "Nitro" gang, which was under separate investigation by LA IMPACT.

The three operations have resulted in the seizure of more than 1,100 pounds of meth with a street value of $40.2 million, according to Harris's office. In addition, the operation turned up a total of $1.82 million in cash, 48 guns and 10 vehicles and resulted in the arrests of 67 people for drug and weapons violations.

According to the state attorney general's office, transnational criminal organizations have made California the single biggest entry point for meth in the U.S.

Following the release of a report in March that outlined the growing threat of meth trafficking in California, Harris led a delegation of state attorneys general to meet with Mexican attorneys general and federal officials to discuss drug, human and gun trafficking as well as money laundering and high-tech crime.

Harris announced earlier this month that the California Department of Justice plans to create a new anti-methamphetamine task force dedicated to investigating meth manufacturing and distribution.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:00:45 -0700

How Nigeria beat its Ebola outbreak

After six weeks without any new cases, Nigeria is now free of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization. Here's how it beat the outbreak. 

The initial response was critical. The disease was introduced back in July when a man displaying Ebola symptoms traveled from Liberia to an airport in Lagos. It could have been a disaster scenario. (Video viaENCA

After all, at 21 million people, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa. But a bit of luck kept the virus from spreading.

A lecturer at the University of Pretoria tells Scientific American it's a good thing the patient's symptoms were spotted at an airport before he had the chance to travel elsewhere. 

The same day he was diagnosed, the Nigerian government came up with an incident management center and shortly after declared an Ebola emergency. Granted, that diagnosis came three days after the patient arrived in Lagos. 

He was first treated for malaria and during that time infected 11 health workers in Lagos. One of them then spread the infection to the city of Port Harcourt. 

In all, eight people died out of a total of 20 cases — a pretty remarkable figure compared to the thousands of infections reported in other countries.

To keep those 20 cases from spreading to Nigeria's slums, health officials used a method called "contact tracing," which essentially means tracking down everyone who came in direct contact with an Ebola patient.

In Nigeria, the 20 Ebola patients had contact with a total of 898 people.

"You need to wash your hands."

A public awareness campaign also played a part. Officials went door to door and explained the disease to the 26,000 families who lived within 2 km of those 20 patients. (Video via PBS

And unlike some of the poorer, harder-hit countries, Nigeria — Africa's wealthiest nation — had at its disposal some key resources, including multiple labs able to test for the virus.

Senegal is also free of Ebola, but Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have not been able to stop its spread. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there could be as many as 1.4 million cases worldwide by January.

This video includes images from Getty Images,  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Google

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:21:12 -0700

It's dog vs. weatherman in hilarious video

Dogs are great for running, cuddling and just generally being adorable — but apparently they're not so great at reading the weather. 

Weatherman Mike Sobel of Global News in Edmonton, Alberta, brought Ripple, a shepherd-mastiff mix, onto the set to help with the weather. But things got a little ... unruly.

Ripple even managed to chew through his leash!

Although the video has gone viral on sites like BuzzFeedDaily Mail and The Huffington Post, this segment wasn't just for fun.

The 18-month-old pup is up for adoption at the Edmonton Humane Society. And he's pretty upfront about his rambunctious ways, noting, "I would even make a fantastic running partner!" and "I can be quite energetic." Yeah, no kidding.

Now, this wasn't Sobel's first go-around with a rowdy pup — he apparently promotes the Humane Society during the forecast every week.

And he's gotten into some hijinx with the dogs before — one little guy managed to get all tangled up in Sobel's legs.

Ripple reportedly now has multiple suitors for his adoption thanks to his viral Internet fame. You can learn more about him and a host of other animals at edmontonhumanesociety.com.

 

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:15:27 -0700

Your birth season might determine your temperament

According to a new study, temperatures affect temperament: The season you're born in can determine what kind of general mood you have. But you might be a little surprised by which season indicates which mood. 

We think summer lovin' ... well, that's only sort of true, according to this. The study says people born in spring and summer do tend to be more positive but that people born in summer are much moodier than others, often swinging "between cheerful and sad." (Video via Paramount Pictures / "Grease")

And those born in the icy cold of winter are actually more even-tempered folks, the research shows.

The study comes from researchers in Hungary and was just presented in Berlin. 

It looked at 400 people, matching their general moods with when they were born. The researchers say they found seasons influence certain neurotransmitters, the chemicals that transmit signals between the neurons in your brain. The ones they influence — dopamine and serotonin — control your mood.

Now, the scientists still need to look into how exactly this effect happens. 

"We can't yet say anything about the mechanisms involved. What we are now looking at is to see if there are genetic markers which are related to season of birth and mood disorder."

But they say this could provide a more scientific explanation for something that's long been a bit of folklore.

Ever check your horoscope, for example? What's your sign?

And of course, we've long known seasons can affect our current moods — if you have seasonal affective disorder, you likely get depressed in fall and winter. 

But what's new about this study is it's claiming when you're born can affect your mood for the rest of your life. Future parents, something to think about. 

This video includes images from Getty Images, Chiara Vitellozzi Fotografie / CC BY NC ND 2.0and Riccardo Cuppini / CC BY NC ND 2.0 and music from Podington Bear / CC BY NC 3.0.

 

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:15:27 -0700

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said Monday it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that the suspect is 43-year-old Darren Vann of nearby Gary, Indiana, who pleaded guilty to a Texas sexual assault in 2009 and was released from prison in July, 2013. His confession to the slaying of a woman in Hammond led police to the grisly discovery of six other bodies in Gary, including three on the same block, authorities said.

Doughty said the Gary slayings appeared to have happened recently, though Vann indicated there could be earlier victims. He said police are not actively looking for more bodies and have no indication that any slayings have occurred in another state. He said Vann is cooperating with investigators in the hope of making a deal with prosecutors.

"It could go back as far as 20 years based on some statements we have, but that has yet to be corroborated," Doughty said.

Vann is registered as a sex offender in Texas, where the Department of Public Safety listed his risk level as "low." He did not register in Illinois.

Court records in Travis County, Texas, show that Vann served a five-year prison sentence, with credit for the 15 months he was in jail awaiting trial, after pleading guilty in 2009 to sexually assaulting a woman at an Austin apartment two years earlier.

The woman told police that she went to Vann's apartment, where he asked if she was a police officer. After she told him no, he knocked her down and began to strangle and beat her, hitting her several times in the face and telling the woman he could kill her. He then raped her.

Vann allowed the woman to leave and she called police the next day.

Charges were expected to be filed in Indiana later Monday in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, whose body was found about late Friday at a Motel 6 in Hammond, Doughty said. The Lake County coroner's office said she was strangled.

Doughty said she was involved in prostitution and had arranged to meet Vann at the motel through a Chicago-area website. Police were called by someone who attempted to reach Hardy and "was provided suspicious text responses that she believed to be from the suspect while he was still inside the motel room."

Police said they took Vann into custody Saturday afternoon after obtaining a search warrant for a home and vehicle in Gary.

Vann allegedly confessed to killing Hardy, then told investigators where more bodies could be found in abandoned homes in Gary, a deteriorating former steel town about 30 miles southeast of Chicago, police said.

Police found the body of 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville, Indiana, on Saturday night in an abandoned home. She had been missing since Oct. 8.

Five more bodies were found on Sunday in other homes, said Doughty, who identified two of the women as Gary residents Teaira Batey, 28, and Christine Williams, 36. Police have not determined the identities of the other three women, including two whose bodies were found on the same block where Jones' body was found on Saturday.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said only Jones was reported missing, perhaps indicating that Vann "preyed on individuals that might be less likely to be reported missing."

Hardy's mother, Lori Townsend, said police told her that Vann asked that she perform a certain sex act, and "when she said 'no' and put up a fight, he snapped and strangled her."

"This man is sick," Townsend said from her home in Colorado.

Hardy graduated from high school in late 2013 and planned to go on to college to study music, Townsend said.

"She was full of life. She lit up a room with her smile and her beauty," she said. "And she had a voice like a songbird."

Gary, once a thriving steel town of 178,000 where thousands worked in the mills, has been struggling for decades. Its population has shrunk to just over 78,000 and its poverty rate hovers around 40 percent. Thousands of homes are abandoned, many with weeds choking broken sidewalks — often on the same streets where other homes are tidy and well-kept.

On Monday, people in Gary tried to make sense of the tragedy.

"That's devastating," said Jay Jackson, 25, a health care worker visiting a woman a few houses from where one of the bodies was found. "All we can do is pray for the city and hope for recovery."

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:07:30 -0700

Tiny injured puppy found in pocket during drug bust

Police searching the pockets of a suspected drug dealer in Lawrence, Mass., got an unusual surprise.

An officer pulled out a tiny three-week-old pit bull puppy.

The puppy, now named Pocket, was in an intensive care unit and being treated by doctors at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Waltham, Mass.

After police seized Pocket, she had been staying with PittieLove Rescue, a local rescue group. The puppy was brought to the veterinary specialty hospital Wednesday night because she repeatedly vomited and had diarrhea, potentially life-threatening conditions for the tiny pup, separated from her mother too soon.

Initially, the puppy's prognosis was grim, but after a day of supportive care, things were looking more hopeful. Doctors expect Pocket to make a full recovery and expected to discharge her on Friday.

Once Pocket is old enough, micro-chipped, spayed and medically fit, she will be adopted out to a responsible owner. Members of the public interested in donating to the care for Pocket and other dogs like her should visit pittieloverescue.org.

Like most states, in Massachusetts, it is against the law to sell a dog or cat that is under eight weeks of age.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:55:59 -0700

Mom says 10-year-old bullied after cutting hair short to donate to charity

An Ohio mother is speaking out after she says her 10-year-old daughter was bullied at school because she cut her hair short to donate it to charity.

Fox 45 reported Tuesday that Jetta Fosburg decided on her own to cut 14 inches off of her long blonde hair and donate it to Wigs for Kids, a charity that helps children with cancer and other hair loss issues.

“I have some family members who have cancer so I thought it was the right thing to do,” Jetta told Fox 45.

However, her mother Heidi Fosburg told the station that ever since Jetta cut her hair, “things have not been good.” Fosburg pulled her daughter out of her school, Pathway School of Discovery in Dayton, after she said Jetta was bullied about her short hair.

“They said things like she wants to be a boy, she's ugly now, a lot of hurtful things,” Fosburg told Fox 45.

Fosburg said she took her concerns to her daughter’s teacher, and filled out a bullying report. Although the school promised to address the issue, she said the bullying continued. She also contacted the principal, who she said told her to “tough it out,” according to Fox 45.

"And (he) told me that he didn't know of any child that had ever died from words. And that we needed to toughen up and deal with it, and he would deal with it how he saw appropriate, which was obviously not the response we were looking for," Fosburg told WHIO.

National Heritage Academies, which runs Pathway School of Discovery, told WHIO in a statement that they are investigating the case after a complaint was filed.

Meanwhile, support has poured in for Jetta. Her mother has set up a Facebook page to encourage her, and Fox 45 reported Thursday that supporters gathered outside her school to stand against the bullies.

“This is about building Jetta up and sharing this message so other kids that are bullied can know we’re behind them,” school show choir director Sara Reynolds told Fox 45.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:47:49 -0700

Defense attorney: Google exec’s death a tragic ‘accident’

A Google executive died aboard a luxury yacht last July in a tragic ‘accident’ and not at the hands of a prostitute and former San Francisco stripper who is accused of injecting him with a lethal dose of heroin and then callously stepping over his body as she exited the boat, her attorneys claimed Monday.

Alix Tichelman, 26, was in court Monday as a Santa Cruz County judge set the date for her preliminary hearing in the death of 51-year-old Forrest Hayes for Dec. 5th.

Tichelman is charged with four felonies: manslaughter, administering heroin causing great bodily harm as an enhancement, transporting heroin from one county to another, and possessing heroin for personal use.

She also faces misdemeanor charges of prostitution and destroying evidence.

 

Hayes’ body was found November 23, 2013 on his yacht in Santa Cruz. Police say he died from a heroin overdose. Investigators said surveillance video from the yacht's on-board cameras shows that Hayes was not alone that night.

Investigators said the video clearly shows a woman with tattoos meeting Hayes, injecting him with heroin  and watching him fall to the floor. Police say the woman did not help him or call 911, but appears to gather the heroin, needles and her belongings.

"In fact at one point, she even stepped over the body and finished a glass of wine that was on the table there," Santa Cruz Police Deputy Chief Steve Clark has said of the case.

However, her attorney – Larry Biggam – said the evidence will show Hayes' death was a tragic accident, not a malicious act.

 

“There are not heroes here and no demons,” he told reporters outside the courthouse Monday. “It’s a sad case that deeply affected two families but it was an accident.”

Co-counsel Jerry Christensen was highly critical of the Santa Cruz police department and its portrayal of Tichelman as a cool-blooded killer.

“The Santa Cruz Police Department has been quick to talk a great deal about Alix Tichelman – her lifestyle, her habits, her addictions and especially in regards to this incident,” Christensen said. “But they omit anything that would be contrary to their position in regards to this case.”

Christensen said Tichelman was not a “callous, purposeful killer” but her actions were the results of an accidental death and panic on the part of his client.

Prosecutors did not talk with reporters following the hearing. Meanwhile, Tichelman is being held on $1.5 million bail in the Santa Cruz County jail.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:45:40 -0700

Santa Rosa man arrested on suspicion of killing father with sledgehammer

Police have arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of killing his father with a sledgehammer at their east Santa Rosa home late Sunday night.

Police were not immediately releasing the name of the victim, who is in his 60s, or the suspect, Santa Rosa police Sgt. David Linscomb said.

Officers responded to the slaying when the victim's nephew called around 11:20 p.m., Linscomb said.

The father's body was found in an upstairs bedroom and the suspect was found hiding in the backyard of the residence in the 600 block of Wright Street, Linscomb said.

The suspect recently was allowed to move back to the residence and was staying in an apartment attached to the main house on the property, according to Linscomb.

The suspect broke out the glass front door of the residence and entered the main house with the sledgehammer, Linscomb said.

After a short argument, the suspect strangled his father and bludgeoned him with the hammer, Linscomb said.

The suspect, who was angry with his father over an earlier argument, was booked into Sonoma County Jail, according to Linscomb.

The man who reported the incident was not injured.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:23:12 -0700

Report: China accused of attacking Apple's iCloud

Apple users in China may have had personal information exposed after the government laid a trap for iCloud users, according to TechCrunch.

Reports have circulated that a 'man in the middle' attack was set up, allowing the government to access username and passwords -- and thus everything stored on a given account.

While some web browsers would show a warning before visiting the compromised iCloud.com, others did not, TechCrunch reports.

This isn't the first hack on an American tech giant in China -- a similar hack against Google was reported last month. And earlier this month, TechCrunch reports, unlocked iPhones were found with dangerous malware in Hong Kong.

Great Fire, the website that first reported the hacks (note: greatfire.org appears to be down, possibly due to high traffic), speculates that the hacks are tied to the release of the iPhone 6, which went on sale in China last week.

Read TechCrunch's full story.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:43:55 -0700

Another study suggests Viagra is good for the heart

That little blue pill known for helping guys out in the bedroom could help their hearts, too.

In a study published Oct. 20 in BioMed Central, researchers worked with 1,622 subjects and gave some PDE5i, an ingredient in erectile-dysfunction medications like Viagra. Overall, researchers saw improved heart performance in patients who took it. 

And since the pill is on the market and, as The Telegraph points out, known to be safe, researchers say there's no reason heart disease treatments with Viagra couldn't become a practice, say ... now.

"The analysis shows that PDE5i prevented the heart increasing in size and changing shape in patients suffering from left ventricular hypertrophy, a condition which causes thickening of the muscles in the left ventricle."

Viagra helps increase blood flow to the penis.

But News 12 Long Island points out Viagra's history, which we're guessing most people don't know.

"The sexual performance booster was originally tested as an aide to the heart," the station says.

The headlines for this were pretty fun, too, saying Viagra doesn't just perform in bed; it's time to "forget sex"; and hey — get a heart on with Viagra.

ABC: "A Viagra a day -- not an apple -- a Viagra a day may keep heart problems away."

The study also showed patients had few side effects like drops or rises in blood pressure or photosensitivity.

However, this isn't exactly a breakthrough. In 2007, a different study was conducted that also proved Viagra helped improved heart function. 

So, why, seven years later, are we still trying to figure out if Viagra should be used to treat heart disease?

NBC spoke to a specialist who says different studies are giving us different info. "As interesting as this paper is, there have been conflicting results. ... If there is a silver bullet, it remains to be seen."

Several researchers point to a need to experiment on the benefits with different racial groups and men vs. women. Researchers say for this most recent study, larger clinical trials would help build on the findings. 

This video includes images from Tim Reckmann / CC BY NC SA 2.0.

Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:56:49 -0700

Police arrest man after carjacking at gunpoint in Berkeley

Berkeley police arrested 26-year-old Benny Williams of Oakland after investigators say he was connected to not one, but two stolen vehicles, and a carjacking at gunpoint Sunday evening.

Officers caught the suspected carjacker after he slammed a stolen Prius into an overpass while speeding eastbound on Ashby Avenue. “Officers estimated approximately 65-70 miles per hour,” said Lt. Dave Frankel of the speeds at the time of the collision.

Officers arrested Williams after they say he ran from the wreckage.

“He tried to run from the officers, but he was apprehended moments later,” said Lt. Frankel.

The chase started before five in the evening when investigators say Williams ditched a stolen Audi then held up a woman at the Sea Breeze Market along West Frontage Road and University Avenue.

“I don’t know why he chose to leave it and go for a Prius,” said Lt. Frankel, who added that the Audi was registered in Piedmont and reported stolen in Oakland.

The victim, while physically unharmed during the theft, was clearly emotional after being held-up at gunpoint.

“We did recover a loaded firearm in the vehicle,” confirmed Lt. Frankel.

Williams was booked into the Berkeley Jail for charges related to the carjacking, evading police, and the firearm.

Berkeley investigators say they are coordinating their investigation with Oakland Police because the first vehicle was stolen in that city. 

 

 

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:51:41 -0700

Oakland police investigate 2 Sunday night homicides

Police in Oakland are investigating two homicides that happened Sunday evening within hours of each other.

The first happened at 46th and Market streets around 7:20 p.m.

Police say a man, who was shot multiple times, was found on the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the shooter is thought to be male, but they are not releasing additional details and no arrests have been made.

The second homicide happened inside a home on Chestnut Street near 14th Street. Police say they found a man stabbed to death inside a home.

A person called police after entering the home and finding the victim's body.

At this point, additional details have not been released.

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:31:51 -0700

Caltrans removes steel plates on Bay Bridge after commute chaos

Caltrans has removed the giant steel plates that caused major traffic backups going across the Bay Bridge Friday.

Caltrans is looking for a new way to repair the expansion joints on the Bay Bridge after the work caused major traffic delays Friday.

Caltrans spokesman, Bob Haus, said crews had discovered cracks near the bridge's expansion joints. The joints act as a way to accommodate normal expansion and contraction due to weather conditions.

The repair usually means bolting down large steel plates on the road to hold the bridge together while crews work on the joints. Crews installed several steel plates Wednesday and Thursday nights, and by Friday morning the commute melted down. The traffic jam stretched all the way back to the maze, and drivers said crossing the bridge took them an hour.

"The traffic backups really were horrendous," said Haus. "We wanted to see if we could find some way to do this without causing such terrible backups."

Over the weekend crews removed the steel plates, and Caltrans will now take Monday to consider its next move. Caltrans says it doesn't want to disrupt the commute, but it still needs to work on the expansion joints.

"It's still an issue, yeah. We still have the cracking in the deck section, right next to the expansion joints," said Haus. "So, that's what we have to look at tomorrow."

Some commuters like Jamil West from Oakland watched the traffic jam unfold, and took an alternate route to work. "The commute, it was messed up," said West. "You know, I come back and forth from Oakland, from time to time, and when I heard about the commute I actually took the San Mateo bridge."

Caltrans said by Saturday morning the plates had been removed, and West, like many commuters is hoping for a smooth trip into San Francisco. "Yeah, I'm happy to hear about that. Actually I went over the bridge today," said West. "I didn't really feel the bumps, so I think they're up now."

At this point there's no word on when Caltrans will resume the repair work.

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:57:45 -0700

3 Ohio residents now quarantined after Ebola nurse visit

Two more people have been quarantined in northeast Ohio following the visit by a Dallas nurse who tested positive for Ebola, raising the total here to three following the issuance of new monitoring guidelines by the state.

None of the three quarantined in Ohio have exhibited any Ebola-like symptoms, a Summit County health department representative said Sunday.

Previously, only Amber Joy Vinson's stepfather had been quarantined in his home in suburban Akron. One of the newly quarantined individuals is in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, the other is in Summit County.

No details were released on the possible contact the two new additions to the quarantine list had with Vinson.

Gov. John Kasich ordered the new guidelines, which include travel restrictions, on Saturday. A state health official said the guidelines are meant to remove any chance of Ebola spreading.

The 29-year-old Vinson was diagnosed last week with Ebola after caring for a man at a Dallas hospital who died from the disease. Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 to prepare for her wedding and flew back Oct. 13.

Ebola is spread through bodily fluids. Someone who is infected does not become contagious until they show symptoms of the disease. Health officials have said Vinson exhibited some symptoms while in Ohio.

There are now 153 people being monitored in Ohio because of contact or potential contact with Vinson. They include people with whom Vinson had direct contact, those who visited the same Akron bridal shop where her bridesmaids tried on dresses on Oct. 11 and those who were passengers on the same flights.

Vinson is being cared for at a specialized unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

A state health report issued Sunday showed there were 22 people in Ohio whose temperature is being taken twice a day by health professionals and have restrictions that include no commercial travel. Forty-eight people are reporting their temperatures twice daily and have international travel restrictions. Fifty-two people are supposed to monitor their temperatures twice a day but don't have to report unless there is a change. The remaining 28 are listed as "pending."

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:35:10 -0700

2 injured in hit-and-run at downtown SF intersection

Two people were injured in a hit-and-run collision in downtown San Francisco Sunday evening, police said.

Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision at Mason and Turk streets, north of Market Street, around 6:30 p.m.

A 50-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man, were hit by a light-colored BMW that left the scene.

Both people were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.

The driver fled west on Mason Street and remains at large, police said.

Published: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:56:52 -0700