Menlo Park police are searching for three men in their early 20s suspected of attempting to undress and sexually assault a woman early Thursday behind a building on El Camino Real, police said.
At about 12:47 a.m. Thursday, Menlo Park officers responded to a report about an attempted sexual assault in the rear of an office building in the 100 block of El Camino Real, according to police.
A woman in her 20s told officers she was taking trash out to a commercial dumpster enclosure when three men inside it threw her to the ground and started pulling at her clothing to disrobe her, police said.
When the victim screamed the three suspects fled, after which she called police and was later transported to Stanford Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, according to officers.
Police were not able to find any of the suspects following an extensive search of the area.
The woman described the three men as Hispanic, in their early 20s, each about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, one wearing a white shirt and white tennis shoes and the other two possibly wearing dark sweaters and shoes.
From an investigation, police learned that the victim's co-worker had seen the man in the white shirt loitering in the area prior to the attempted assault and the suspect left after the co-worker confronted him, police said.
Anyone with information about the suspects or who recognizes the white-shirted suspect in the police sketch is asked to contact Menlo Park police at (650) 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at (605) 330-6395.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:23:30 -0700
A woman who was involved in a crash with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan in June has filed a lawsuit against Quan and the city seeking unspecified damages.
Lakisha Renee Lovely, a nurses' assistant in San Francisco, alleges in her suit, which was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday, that she sustained severe bodily injury because of Quan's actions in the collision in West Oakland shortly after 5:30 p.m. on June 8.
Lovely alleges that Quan is guilty of malice and her actions "show a conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others and are contemptible, vile and despicable."
Quan told reporters the day after the accident that she was driving between two community events in West Oakland when another car struck the left rear tire of her car.
Lovely alleges that Quan was on her cellphone in violation of California law at the time of the accident but Quan said in a statement Thursday, "I was unequivocally not on my phone."
Oakland police have said that investigators haven't been able to determine whether cellphones were in use at the time of the collision, either by Quan or Lovely.
Quan said in her statement, "First and foremost, I am grateful that no one was seriously hurt in the crash and am glad to be alive today.
The fact is that the back of my vehicle was struck by the other driver with such force that it spun me around."
The mayor said, "I wish the other driver well and continue to focus on the priorities of the people of Oakland: intervening in street violence, creating strong partnerships with our schools, building affordable housing, and bringing living wage jobs to our residents."
Quan is facing 14 opponents in her bid to be re-elected in the election next Tuesday.
Quan's campaign spokesman, Michael Colbruno, said, "I hope this lawsuit's timing is not politically motivated, and that this issue is not being dredged up in this moment in order to distract voters from the most critical issues that our city is facing which are at the heart of this election: violence is down, jobs are up, and our youth have more hope."
Colbruno said, "This unnecessary defamation of character is unfortunate. Mayor Quan has served Oakland for over two decades with deep humanity and concern for the well-being of all our residents."
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:56:24 -0700
The preparations began Thursday for the San Francisco Giants World Series Victory Parade and Celebration to be held Friday afternoon.
The hustle and bustle of Market Street will be transformed as over a million fans and dozens of floats will take over the street at noon. Crews spent the day working to set up a stage near the steps of City Hall, along with barricades and fencing to accommodate the large crowds expected to gather at Civic Center Plaza.
The parade will run on Market Street from Stuart to McAllister Street and over to Civic Center Plaza.
“I’m so happy,” Vicki Mack, a Giants fan, said. “Everybody is happy that they won!”
Plan to get to the parade route early for a good spot as a handful of people, like Ada Lowe and her friend did, to stake out a prime location.
“We are kind of strategically figuring out where we should situation ourselves,” Lowe said. “Some people said they are coming at 4:30 a.m.”
Officials from various agencies met in a closed door meeting to discuss the parade plans on Thursday. Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management Rob Dudgeon said people should plan to use public transit, but be patient.
“When you try to cram a million plus people to come celebrate with the Giants, it’s going to a take a while for everyone to get around,” he said.
Muni and BART may be the best options to get to the city as both agencies are running extra trains and shuttles throughout the day, as if it were “rush hour commute” situation.
Although there may be a chance for rain in the forecast, fans cannot wait to celebrate with the Giants on their third World Series Championship in the last five years.
“I’m worried about that a little bit, but it won’t dampen the spirits of fans,” Mack added.
Police Chief Greg Suhr reminded folks that the parade and celebration are family friendly events. Fans are encouraged to bring water and snacks, but alcohol and smoking is prohibited.
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Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:17:12 -0700
Online rants, including one about starting a "wife beating club," have parents in the Cupertino Union School District asking serious questions about school board candidateChris Zhang.
The controversial posts appeared on the Chinese message board "mitbbs.com" between 2008 and 2012. The author used an account linked to Zhang's campaign, but Zhang denies writing the posts.
Lily Li is among parents raising concerns. She translated the online postings for 2 Investigates.
"Men have been beating up their wives for several thousand years and we've been having a very harmonious society," explained Li while translating one post from 2008.
The post, titled as an application to start a "Family Discipline Club" went on to say, "we also want to discuss how to educate a wife's mind and how to beat up kids." Another post under the same account in 2012 bragged about an experience with road rage and a confrontation with another driver near Hayward.
"After talking (expletive) to each other, we agreed to duke it out off the highway," wrote the author.
"I thought it was a joke because I couldn't believe it," said Li. "How can you possibly run for such a position knowing you've written these posts?"
2 Investigates first called Zhang to request an interview to discuss the allegations. KTVU's Eric Rasmussen caught up with him days later when Zhang did not respond.
"That's not me. I did not do it," said Zhang when asked about the posts in 2008 and 2012. "There are a lot of lies and rumors in this campaign."
Zhang would not confirm or deny whether the online account was his or who could have written the posts. Zhang does admit to another incident in 2009.
The moderator of the same Chinese message board says Zhang sent him threatening e-mails and later physically attacked him after the moderator blocked Zhang from the website for using offensive language. A judge granted a restraining order against Zhang.
On his campaign website, chriszhang.org, Zhang includes a statement about the incident and an apology.
"I accept the legal consequences, and take full responsibility for what I did," wrote Zhang. "It was immature. It was violent. It was wrong."
Parent and education advocate, Hoi Yung Poon, isn't satisfied.
"He assaulted somebody because that person was trying to be a moderator. And so this guy has a pattern of violence and win at all cost," said Poon.
Zhang, a local attorney, is one of four candidates running for three seats on the Cupertino Union School District Board. He repeatedly denied writing the controversial Internet posts when questioned further by Rasmussen.
"All I can say is there are a lot of lies and fabrications," said Zhang.
Despite those repeated denials, some Bay Area leaders have withdrawn their support of Zhang. Cupertino's Vice Mayor, Rod Sinks, is among those now voicing their opposition.
"As elected officials, we need to be held to a higher standard, a higher bar," said Sinks.
2 Investigates also tried to contact seven supporters listed on Zhang's campaign website. One of them, Cupertino Rotary Club President Hung Wei, emailed to say while there may be some "legitimate concerns" elections bring out "the worst in people" and not all of the negative information about Zhang can be completely verified.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:07:55 -0700
Businesses in San Francisco's Mission district on Thursday were dealing with the hangover from the Giants latest World Series championship.
Workers could be seen Thursday painting over the graffiti that marred their storefronts and the city's celebration Wednesday night.
"I didn't see anything smashed in, which is great, but I think people should take into consideration other people have to clean that up," said Ali Baba employee Araceli Rodriguez. She split much of her day between the cash register and outside, pushing a paint roller over a huge "Giants" tag.
Between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday, San Francisco firefighters responded to 20 outdoor fires. Police say the problems were especially prominent in the Mission district and outside AT&T Park, where bonfires burned, fireworks were set off and nine police cars tagged and or battered.
"It was mayhem. I mean, there was a lot of burning, a lot of glasses being broken," said Mission resident Emmet Murphy. "People were jumping on top of cars."
Police made 40 arrests, 29 of which were for public drunkeness. There were six felony arrests and two non-fatal shootings and one non-fatal stabbing. Investigators say half all arrests involved non-San Franciscans.
"To the clowns that came to San Francisco to act out, I guess you don't know what it's like to have a good time without being a jerk," Police Chief Greg Suhr said Thursday morning.
Police fired beanbag shotguns to stop an onslaught of bottles hurled their way. Three officers required treatment.
"I got hit in the leg with a bottle myself. No big deal," said Suhr.
Officers also deployed fire extinguishers to help control some of the fires. Police say property damage was mostly limited to grafitti around the city. "It just makes us look bad and it's a shame," said Suhr. " We're a world class city, we're a totally world championship city, and we need to act like that."
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:40:25 -0700
A police detective shot and injured an auto burglary suspect who drove his car at the detective in a parking lot at the Pacific East Mall in Richmond Thursday afternoon, a police captain said.
The two detectives were walking through the parking lot at the mall, located at 3288 Pierce St., at about 12:10 p.m. when they spotted a 19-year-old Alameda man who allegedly broke the window of a parked car to burglarize it, police Capt. Mark Gagan said.
The detectives attempted to detain the man, but he ran back to his own car parked several aisles away and got inside.
One of the detectives went to the driver's side door, which remained open, and the other stood in front of the car, Gagan said.
The suspect accelerated toward the officer in front of the car, prompting him to fire his gun several times through the car's windshield and then through the open driver's side door as the suspect sped past him. The suspect was struck by bullets several times in the lower extremities, Gagan said.
Neither detective was injured.
The suspect escaped and drove about a mile away, but crashed into several parked cars and a fire hydrant in the 500 block of Cleveland Street in Albany.
The suspect was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He is in police custody and under guard at the hospital, Gagan said.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:35:44 -0700
All Oakland public schools have been dismissed early Thursday because of a strong odor of natural gas spreading through the city, school district officials said.
Initially the school district only evacuated five schools in the West Oakland, downtown and Lake Merritt areas, but said at about 3:30 p.m. that all schools citywide, including preschools, will be dismissed.
Parents are being asked to pick up their children as soon as possible.
School district officials said the smell appears to be a result of an incident at a PG&E facility. A fire dispatcher said the source of the smell appears to be in West Oakland.
PG&E officials said that they are investigating the source of the smell but have not determined where it's coming from.
PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said PG&E has received reports about the smell primarily in the downtown Oakland, West Oakland and Lake Merritt areas but PG&E crews are still working to determine its source.
City spokeswoman Karen Boyd said that City Hall, the Ronald Dellums Federal Building and other downtown office buildings were evacuated because of the smell as of about 1:30 p.m. but the evacuation was lifted at about 2:30 p.m.
A BART dispatcher said that BART received reports of the odor from the 12th Street, 19th Street, Lake Merritt, West Oakland and Embarcadero stations.
The smell has not caused any disruption in BART service and the fire department checked the stations and everything there is safe, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
Alameda fire officials said that the smell was also noticeable in their city.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:51:19 -0700
San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr Thursday said he encountered a lot of "jerks" Wednesday night as fans poured into the streets following the Giants' win against the Kansas City Royals in the final game of the World Series.
The rowdy celebrations resulted in 40 arrests and numerous instances of vandalism and violence in the city.
Suhr said that while he was out dispersing crowds and extinguishing fires following the Giants' 3-2 Game 7 win over the Royals, he was struck in the leg by a bottle. He said that while he was uninjured, others on the police force and members of the public were not as fortunate.
Suhr said three police officers were struck with bottles by rowdy revelers and were transported to the hospital with injuries.
One officer was struck in the hand, another was struck in the shoulder and a third was struck in the arm. All three officers were released from the hospitals and are doing OK, Suhr said.
Other officers were also struck with bottles, but were not treated at the hospital, Suhr said.
"Someone could get seriously injured or killed," he said. "These people throwing the bottles, they're not on the Giants, they don't have the best aim. So they can hit other people too."
He said the men and women of the Police Department were "off the hook" in their efforts to allow celebrations while still protecting people and property.
The police chief said the majority of celebrators behaved "spectacularly" but about 100 were "disgraceful."
He said of the 40 people arrested overnight, 29 were too drunk to care for themselves and were arrested for public drunkenness.
Suhr said two gun arrests were made and six people were arrested for felonies. Four were arrested for outstanding warrants, one for a misdemeanor and another for a battery in the Mission District.
Three people are in custody for aggravated assault on Polk Street, Suhr said.
"It makes us look bad and it's a shame," Suhr said of the violence.
There were two injury shootings reported, one on Valencia Street between 20th and 21st streets. Suhr said in that incident, two men were reportedly arguing when one took out a gun and shot at the other man, striking a passerby in the arm.
The victim is in stable condition, Suhr said.
The location of the second shooting remains under investigation, but the victim told police that he was shot at the intersection of 16th and Bryant streets.
Suhr said there was no activity on the city's ShotSpotter gunfire detection system that corroborates that account. The man was treated at San Francisco General Hospital and is in stable condition.
An argument that also occurred at 21st and Valencia streets resulted in a suspect stabbing a victim three times. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he is in serious but stable condition, Suhr said.
In addition to violence, vandalism was also an issue following the game.
Suhr said officers wore helmets and other gear on the streets to escort firefighters to bonfires that people had started on the streets.
Nine police cars were damaged during the night. Four patrol vehicles were tagged with graffiti and five sustained broken windows and windshields.
While Suhr said his department has not yet released the residency of the suspects who were arrested, he said many of the people in the crowd who caused trouble were not from San Francisco.
Marking the third World Series win for the Giants in five years, the city will host a victory parade at noon Friday and Suhr said anyone looking to make trouble during the celebration should stay home because it will not be tolerated.
Suhr said the parade will head down Market Street from the Ferry Building and end with a celebration outside City Hall.
Market Street will be closed off to all other vehicular traffic and that Mission Street will also be closed between The Embarcadero and Van Ness Avenue, with only city vehicles allowed to travel on it.
The chief urged anyone coming to the parade to take public transportation to the event, with both BART and Golden Gate Ferry running expanded service on Friday.
Golden Gate Ferry will run additional service from Larkspur throughout Friday morning, according to ferry officials.
BART trains will run rush hour service all day Friday and will run trains until 2 a.m., according to BART officials.
The parade will begin at noon and paradegoers are asked not to bring alcohol out onto the street and not to smoke marijuana in public, Suhr said.
Suhr said his department will increase staffing by about 20 percent for the event and that canine units will also be out on the streets.
Suhr said Friday will be a congested day in San Francisco. Along with the parade, Halloween festivities are planned around the city as well as the monthly Critical Mass cycling event starting at Justin Herman Plaza at 6 p.m.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:05:12 -0700
Two Winter Haven nursing assistants have been charged after accusations they abused an elderly Alzheimer's patient.
A man set up a nanny cam in his father's room at the Palm Gardens Nursing Home after noticing unexplained bruises on his dad's arms and legs. He said the video confirmed his suspicions and shows workers getting rough with his father.
Rose Blaise is supposed to care for the 76-year-old man with advanced Alzheimer's and dementia, but video shows her tossing his legs to one side while working with him at the home.
Police said the video also shows her stomping or kicking the man's feet as he lunged forward in pain.
Yashika Jones was also hired to help the man, but video shows her pretending to punch him and grabbing his wrists as they get into a struggle. The man tries to pull away, but police said Jones forced him to hit himself in the face with his own hands.
Blaise and Jones were arrested and charged with battery of an elderly person.
The victim's son said his father is so ill he can't communicate, but police said the video speaks for itself.
After grabbing the man's wrist, investigators said Jones slapped him on top of the head and then ran away as he tried to sit up.
Jones told police the victim was combative and she didn't slap him, but was only trying to reposition him.
Police didn't buy it. She and her colleague are being held on no bond.
The head of the nursing home called their behavior "sickening."
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:35:06 -0700
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A judge on Thursday approved a plan by Stockton, California, one of the largest U.S. cities to declare bankruptcy, allowing it to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching its massive pension obligations.
Marking a critical development in the city's financial recovery, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said Stockton can use the plan to exit the court's Chapter 9 protection, which it sought in 2012. Klein's ruling can be appealed.
"This plan, I'm persuaded, is the best that can be done in terms of restructuring an adjustment of the debts of the city of Stockton," he said.
The city negotiated deals with all major creditors except Franklin Templeton Investments, which argued it was being treated unfairly. The investment firm said the city isn't touching employee pensions but is asking the company to walk away from collecting nearly $32.5 million still owed.
"Obviously we are disappointed," Franklin Templeton's attorney, James Johnston, told the judge. "We will evaluate our next steps."
Klein ruled earlier this month that bankruptcy law allows the city to treat pension obligations like any other debt, meaning the city could choose to trim benefits. Since filing bankruptcy, city officials said the already reduced employee pay and benefits. Cutting pensions would cause an exodus of workers, they said.
Johnston was not available after the hearing for comment, and the firm's spokeswoman Stacey Coleman declined to elaborate in an email.
An inland port city 80 miles east of San Francisco, Stockton filed for Chapter 9 protection in 2012, making it the nation's largest bankrupt city before Detroit filed for bankruptcy last year.
Elsewhere in California, Vallejo went through bankruptcy before Stockton. San Bernardino filed shortly after Stockton and has yet to present an exit plan.
Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson said the lesson for other cities is to watch for the early signs of deep financial troubles and head them off before it's too late. He said the city can now focus on providing services to residents, rather than waging the bankruptcy fight.
"This has been a very draining and ugly process," Wilson said, adding that the city has restructured its debts to bond market investors through the year 2054.
The bankruptcy cost Stockton more than $13 million for attorneys and consultants.
Stockton's leaders say the city was victimized by an unforgiving boom-and-bust economic cycle.
Before the recession, leaders spent millions of dollars revitalizing the downtown area with a new City Hall and building a marina, sports arena and ballpark. The city issued about 3,000 permits annually to build new homes, and it paid police premium wages and health benefits.
With the recession, building dried up, and Stockton became ground zero for home foreclosures. Like many residents, City Hall couldn't pay its bills. The city slashed millions of dollars from its budget and laid off 25 percent of its police officers. Crime soared.
Franklin Templeton argued that Stockton agreed to better terms with its other creditors, and that the city's economic projections showed it could afford to eventually pay back most or all that it owed Franklin Templeton.
Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva said he was pleased with the ruling but it was not an occasion for city officials to pat themselves on the back. The bankruptcy came at a great cost to retired city employees, who lost their health care benefits, current city workers and residents who had to live with a low level of services, the mayor said.
"I advise other cities to keep a close eye on your finances," Silva said. "I wouldn't wish bankruptcy on anybody else."
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:28:11 -0700
A Brentwood man who was part of a pack of motorcyclists who were executing dangerous stunts riding on Interstate 680 in the South Bay earlier this month has been arrested, according to authorities.
At around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, CHP investigators arrested 32-year-old Girardeau Singh Khalsa at his residence in Brentwood. CHP said he was the videographer in a video that was posted online showing motorcycle riders driving recklessly and speeding with wanton disregard for public safety.
During the Oct. 11th incident, the motorcycle riders entered southbound I-680 from Montague Expressway in Milpitas and began driving at speeds of 55 to 75 mph amid the sparse traffic on the freeway, Officer Ross Lee said.
Authorities call Khalsa a semi-professional stunt rider. Khalsa has a prolific presence online, posting videos and photos of his exploits. Authorities say those things linked to the video, led police to his identity.
On YouTube, the video shows 50 stunt motorcycle riders on 680 near Milpitas. They're popping wheelies, standing on their seats and taunting a CHP officer who is trying desperately to pull them over.
"We have every belief that Mr. Khalsa is the videographer and the one taunting the officer and refusing to pull over," said California Highway Patrol Captain Les Bishop.
"Turned into kind of an electric jigsaw puzzle with in many cases, Mr. Khalsa providing us all the pieces," says CHP Captain Jim Libby.
The charges are that Khalsa was an accessory after the fact in the evasion of an officer. They say what happened on the highway that day was so dangerous that it rose to the level of a felony.
"It almost breeds a mob mentality: if enough of us are doing this act, then none of us will get caught," says Capt. Libby.
And while the motorcycle riders got away that day, CHP says their celebration was short-lived. Investigators expect more search and arrest warrants to follow.
"So for people out there who think they're going to commit these kinds of acts, endanger innocent people, think twice. It's not just that officer that you evaded, now you have to evade the highway patrol," says Capt. Bishop.
Khalsa posted bail and was released Thursday afternoon.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:25:26 -0700
A California Highway Patrol officer suffered major injuries when his motorcycle collided with a sedan as he tried to catch up with a pursuit in Oakland Thursday morning, according to the CHP.
The officer was trying to catch up with another CHP unit pursuing a speeding suspect who failed to yield, CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said.
The motorcycle officer was heading west on West MacArthur Boulevard with his lights and sirens activated and collided with a Nissan sedan making a left turn onto Martin Luther King Jr. Way from the opposite direction at 10:10 a.m., Wilkenfeld said.
The pursuit was canceled after the collision, Wilkenfeld said.
Ignacio Quezada, who owns the West Macarthur Car Wash on that corner, said the officer was thrown from the motorcycle onto the street.
"It was loud," Quezada said.
He said the officer stood up but seemed dazed and headed to the curb. CHP officers arrived shortly afterward.
The officer and the Nissan driver were both taken to the hospital, Wilkenfeld said. The officer suffered major injuries and the woman driving the Nissan suffered minor injuries.
The intersection remained closed as of 12:30 p.m. as officers investigate the crash. Wilkenfeld said it is expected to remain closed until 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:44:34 -0700
The same day that that a teen gunman shot himself and several others at Marysville Pilchuck High School, their football team was scheduled to play Oak Harbor for the Wesco 3A North title and a berth in the Wesco Championship game.
Instead, Oak Harbor players took second place, and went to a prayer vigil to support their grieving opponents.
On Wednesday, Marysville Pilchuck players traveled to Oak Harbor and surprised the Wildcats by presenting them with the league championship trophy.
“It was the least we could do with everything they have done for us,” Marysville Pilchuck head coach Brandon Carson told the Everett Herald. “You can’t put into words how incredible their act of generosity was.
"When they came to support us at our team meeting just hours after the event it was the most amazing thing I have been associated with as a football coach," he said. "Our football program really appreciated that.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also spoke of the generosity of Oak Harbor's decision, saying the Seahawks hope to host Oak Harbor next week. The team hosted Marysville-Pilchuck at their practice facility on Tuesday.
"It does speak to the power of sport,” Carroll said, “and how it is such a unifying element in our culture -- and you could just see it in this local community.”
Information from The Associated Press is also included in this report.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:13:48 -0700
A 15-year-old Cupertino boy struck and killed by a big-rig on Monday has been identified as Ethan Wong, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office.
The boy was hit while riding his bicycle heading west on McClellan Road near Bubb Road in Cupertino shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, according to the county sheriff's office.
The driver of the big-rig did not realize at first that he had hit the teen, but stopped and cooperated with the investigation, deputies said.
Ethan, a Monta Vista High School student, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:03:10 -0700
A man was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday for stabbing a 14-year-old classmate 44 times in Pleasanton in 1984, when he was 16 years old.
After deliberating for a day, a jury found Steven Carlson, 46, guilty of the April 5, 1984, murder of Tina Faelz as she walked home from school.
Faelz was found in a ditch near Interstate Highway 680 east of Foothill High School. Both attended the school and Carlson lived near the murder scene.
The case went unsolved for 27 years, but investigators connected Carlson to Faelz's murder through DNA testing of blood found on Faelz's purse.
The motive for the stabbing was unclear and investigators never found the murder weapon.
Carlson has a long criminal history, including convictions for committing lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 and assault. He was arrested and charged in August 2011 with murdering Faelz.
He faces 26 years to life in prison when sentenced on Jan. 9.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:55:19 -0700
Who doesn’t love that extra hour of sleep you get once every fall when the end of Daylight Saving Time rolls around?
Yes, this Sunday at 2 a.m. is the end of Daylight Saving TimeDA and, if you are like most Americans, you need to set your clocks back one hour.
But when we spring the clocks ahead each spring, could it cost us and the economy more than we realize?
First, a bit of history.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with first coming up with the idea to maximize daylight. He’s said to have realized he could rely less on expensive candles by rising an hour earlier. (Via Biography Channel)
But it wasn’t for another 200 years or so that Germany introduced the concept during World War I to help cut coal consumption. (Via Discovery)
Some say other countries followed suit as a way to help out farmers. Giving them more daylight to farm meant more time in the fields. Or so the story goes. (Via YouTube / Nick Welker)
Thing is, it was the sun, not the clock, that determined the farmers’ schedules. Farmers complained their milking cows didn’t easily adapt to the time change. To this day, most farmers say they see no benefit. (Via Dairy Farming Today)
Fast forward to the 1970s energy crisis when most of the country adopted the practice. Daylight saving became more popular on the idea Americans could save money by keeping the lights off for an extra hour. (Via YouTube / Ella's Archives)
But that was the 1970s. Now, with modern heating and cooling systems, research shows there’s little, if any, gain in energy savings.
We know this because up until 2006, only 15 of Indiana’s 92 counties went along with the time shift. Interestingly, there’s no federal law that makes states observe Daylight Saving Time. (Via TimeAndDate.com)
This 2008 National Bureau of Economic Research study looked at energy use in Indiana and found even when the demand for lighting dropped, the extra hour of daylight increased air conditioning use.
In other words, the time shift ended up costing homeowners more. And that’s not the only reason to question the savings associated with daylight saving.
Experts say messing with people’s sleep schedule can lower productivity and even cause workplace injuries. (Via EHS Today)
And it’s believed that changing sleep patterns can increase one’s risk of heart attacks — as much as 10 percent in the days that followed the time change, according to researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Not to mention the spikes in suicides that occur around Daylight Saving Time every year. (Via Japanese Society of Sleep Research)
Oh, and it costs the U.S. billions of dollars a year in disruptions to the airline and retail industry, TV ratings and the stock market. So is it time to re-evaluate?
Michael Downing, a Tufts University professor, sure thinks so. He told National Geographic: “The whole proposition that you can gain or lose an hour is at best theoretical. … So I think from the start people had no clear idea what we were doing or why we were doing it. It just generates confusion.”
And judging by this 2012 Rasmussen poll, the majority of Americans seem to agree. Only 37 percent said the change is worth the extra hassle.
But is there a solution? A writer for Quartz makes the case for having just two time zones, suggesting: “This year, Americans on Eastern Standard Time should set their clocks back one hour (like normal), Americans on Central and Rocky Mountain time do nothing, and Americans on Pacific time should set their clocks forward one hour. After that we won’t change our clocks again – no more daylight saving.”
Assuming Congress doesn’t take up that idea anytime soon, for those of you struggling to change the clock in your car, go ahead and just make a note — Daylight Saving Time in 2015 will land on March 8.
>> See more at: Newsy.com
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:21:33 -0700
A former state trooper faces up to nine years in prison for having sex with, groping, photographing and harassing women he stopped on Ohio roadways and then ripping up their traffic tickets or not citing them in the first place.
Bryan D. Lee, 30, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court this week to charges of cyber-stalking and violating the civil rights of four victims. Some of the sexual misconduct occurred while the women were in handcuffs or detained.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s public corruption task force.
Lee worked as a trooper from Jan. 2006 until his resignation Nov. 4, 2013. The sexual misconduct incidents occurred between November 2010 and September 2013.
A routine supervisory review of Lee’s dash-camera video in October 2013 triggered the internal investigation, said Ohio Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Craig Cvetan. Lee’s conversation with two women in a car stopped for suspected drunken driving appeared flirtatious and then Lee turned off his microphone, Cvetan said.
According to court filings, Lee put the passenger, “TF,” in his patrol car, took a photo of him touching TF’s breasts and later stalked her on Facebook.
But years before that incident, there were signs of trouble with Lee.
In February 2011, the patrol opened a criminal investigation of Lee’s sexual misconduct involving a victim identified as “NS,” who had driven her car down an embankment the night of Nov. 19, 2010. During that patrol-led inquiry, Lee lied to investigators about the incident and wrongfully blamed the victim, the federal court papers say.
The incident with NS was the first of four included in the federal case against Lee. According to the statement of facts, Lee responded to the accident scene, turned off his body microphone, groped NS’s breasts while she was handcuffed and rubbed his genitals against her. He eventually drove her home and released NS to her mother.
The statement of facts in the federal case say that Lee sometimes stalked his victims on social media, seeking naked photos and making threats. In one case, he convinced a woman he had stopped to have sex with him at an abandoned gas station and then he ripped up her traffic ticket.
Lee had been reprimanded for other misconduct as well. On June 28, 2009, he turned off his body microphone during a traffic stop of two off-duty police officers who were clocked going more than 100 miles per hour down Interstate 70, Cvetan said.
The patrol released Lee’s personnel file and official photo but declined to release dash-cam video of the four traffic stops, saying the federal criminal case is still open.
Lee was released on his own recognizance while awaiting sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson.
Nov. 19, 2010: Trooper Bryan Lee responded to a car wreck involving victim “NS,” who failed field sobriety tests. Lee turned off his body microphone, groped NS’s breasts while she was handcuffed and rubbed his genitals against her. He drove her home and released her to her mother.
Nov. 21, 2010: Lee stopped “KD” for speeding and found she was driving without a valid license and had a warrant for her arrest. He told the male passenger to walk to the nearest rest stop. Lee groped KD’s breasts and cited her for traffic offenses but did not charge her for pills and drug paraphernalia found during the stop. Lee later stalked KD on Facebook, demanding naked pictures of her.
March 22, 2012: Lee cited “JE” for speeding and then pulled her over a second time because she was upset and crying. JE sat in Lee’s patrol car and allowed him to take a cellphone photo of her topless. Lee convinced her to drive to an abandoned gas station where they had sex. Lee then tore up the speeding ticket. JE and Lee later had a consensual relationship until she discovered on Facebook that Lee was married.
Sept. 8, 2013: Lee flirted with two women on a traffic stop. He turned off his mic, allowed the driver to drive despite showing signs of impairment, and put the passenger, “TF,” in his patrol car. He took a photo of him touching TF’s breasts and later stalked her on Facebook. A month later, TF was again a passenger during a drunken driving stop by Lee. Lee ticketed the driver for misdemeanor violations and didn’t make a drunken driving arrest. TF walked home.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:19:18 -0700
A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for an hour-long bike ride.
Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on mountain bikes, followed by a state police cruiser.
It was the second time Hickox broke quarantine. She left her home Wednesday evening briefly to speak to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.
Hickox contends there's no need for quarantine because she's showing no symptoms. She's also tested negative for the deadly disease.
"I really hope that we can work things out amicably and continue to negotiate," she said Thursday morning while riding on a dirt trail.
There was no immediate comment from state health officials, who were going to court to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10
"There's a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is transmitted, and I can understand why people are frightened. But their fear is not based on medical facts," Norman Siegel, one of her attorneys, said Wednesday.
Hickox, who treated Ebola patients while volunteering in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine for people arriving at the Newark airport from three West African countries. Hickox spent the weekend in a tent in New Jersey before traveling to the home she shares with her boyfriend, a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.
Word spread quickly around the town of 4,300 residents on the Canadian border.
Fort Kent resident Priscilla Staples says some residents are "fearful" of Hickox's presence in the community, but she believes Hickhox "has done nothing wrong and she has every right in the world to go for a bike ride."
Generally, states have broad authority when it comes to such matters. But Maine health officials could have a tough time convincing a judge that Hickox poses a threat, said attorney Jackie L. Caynon III, who specializes in health law in Worcester, Massachusetts.
"If somebody isn't showing signs of the infection, then it's kind of hard to say someone should be under mandatory quarantine," he said.
Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, has killed thousands of people in Africa, but only four people have been diagnosed with it in the United States. People can't be infected just by being near someone who's sick, and people aren't contagious unless they're sick, health officials say.
Guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend daily monitoring for health care workers like Hickox who have come into contact with Ebola patients. But some states like Maine are going above and beyond those guidelines.
In the very early stages of Ebola, patients may still test negative because the virus has not yet reached detectable levels in the blood. The CDC says it may take up to three days after the onset of symptoms for the virus to reach detectable levels in some patients, prompting repeat testing in some cases.
The defense department is going even further. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered military men and women helping fight Ebola to undergo 21-day quarantines that start upon their return — instead of their last exposure to an Ebola patient.
President Barack Obama warned that overly restrictive measures imposed upon returning health care workers could discourage them from volunteering in Africa.
But Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who canceled campaign events to keep tabs on the situation, maintained that the state must be "vigilant" to protect others.
State law allows a judge to grant temporary custody of someone if health officials demonstrate "a clear and immediate public health threat."
The state's court filing was expected Thursday, officials said.
If a judge grants the state request, then Hickox will appeal the decision on constitutional grounds, necessitating a hearing, Siegel said.
Siegel said the nurse hopes her fight against the quarantine will help bring an end to misinformation about how the Ebola virus is transmitted.
"She wants to have her voice in the debate about how America handles the Ebola crisis. She has an important voice and perspective," he said.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:41:08 -0700
A 20-year-old Oakland man has been arrested in connection with the killing of a mother of four who was gunned down as she rode home with her husband from grocery shopping on Sunday night, authorities said.
Carl Stephen Dubose, 20, of Oakland was arrested in Elk Grove after a standoff with police there Wednesday afternoon, Oakland police announced in a news conference Thursday morning.
Dubose is believed to be responsible for the death of 30-year-old mother of four Perla Avina, who was shot in a possible road rage incident while riding in a black 1998 Toyota Camry in the 400 to 600 blocks of 98th Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
There was a confrontation with another driver there who fired at the car, killing Avina.
Oakland police Lt. John Lois said following media reports of her death, the department began receiving tips from the public about the case. Officers also found evidence while canvassing for video surveillance in the neighborhood.
The media was "instrumental" in helping investigators obtain leads, Lois said.
Eventually, the department identified Dubose as a suspect and tracked him to an Elk Grove residence, Lois said.
Oakland investigators contacted Elk Grove police at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday and asked for assistance capturing the suspect in the 6900 block of March Way, Elk Grove police Officer Chris Trim said.
SWAT and hostage negotiation teams from the Elk Grove department and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office surrounded the residence and ordered the suspect outside.
Shortly after 5 p.m., police moved an armored vehicle in and the suspect came out of the home and surrendered, Trim said. Oakland police took Dubose into custody.
Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said that investigators found a silver 2001 Volvo S40 registered to Dubose, believed to be the car he was driving during the shooting. They also found the gun they believe he used to shoot Avina.
Lois said Thursday that it does not appear that Dubose knew Avina prior to the shooting. Investigators believe that all involved suspects have been taken into custody, he said.
He released few details about the events leading up to the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation and saying since formal charges have not been filed, investigators "have to be cautious" releasing information.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:37:57 -0700
The celebration in San Francisco's streets over the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent in some areas with people injured by gunfire, officers hurt by bottles thrown by revelers, and police making arrests.
The partying unfolded peacefully with fans gathering in the streets and uncorking champagne, lighting bonfires, dancing in a mosh pit and hugging strangers Wednesday night as their team scored its third series win in as many championship appearances, a triumph all the more gratifying by its arrival at the end of a seventh, winner-takes-all 3-2 game.
"I knew they were going to win. It's the Giants. They do this all the time," San Francisco native Barbra Norris, 54, said of the team's odds-defying win in an away game played the night after a crushing shutout in Kansas City.
But in some areas, the atmosphere grew rowdier as the night wore on. Video footage showed fans on the roofs of buses and a police car that had been tagged and its windows smashed.
Violence left three people injured in separate incidents, two by gunshots and one in a stabbing, said Officer Gordon Shyy, a police spokesman. The gunshot victims' wounds were not life-threatening, and the stabbing victim suffered serious injuries.
Shortly after the celebrating began, Shyy said officers made "a handful of arrests" as fans filled the streets and blocked traffic around the Civic Center, in the Mission District and on Market Street within walking distance of AT&T Park. Updated arrest figures were not expected until later Thursday.
Shyy said bottles struck police in multiple areas.
"These objects were thrown at officers as they attempted to disperse crowds" and help firefighters put out bonfires, he said.
Multiple officers suffered minor injuries, Shyy said, but did not provide an exact number. He also said one was treated at a hospital for injuries.
The area around Third and King streets was especially raucous with thousands of fans spraying beer, smashing bottles, lighting fires and setting off fireworks. That prompted police in riot gear to move in and set up a perimeter.
At one point, riot police lined up three rows deep, leading people to hurl bottles, some shattering on the street and others hitting cringing officers, the newspaper reported.
The wild street scenes lasted into the early hours Thursday. Shyy said crowds were still in the streets in some areas and stoking bonfires shortly after midnight, and officers continued to try to clear the areas. But by 1:30 a.m. PDT, he said crowds had dispersed for the most part.
Earlier in the evening, across from San Francisco City Hall, where the exterior lights had been glowing orange all week, more than 9,000 people gathered in an outdoor plaza where the city had set up a Jumbotron and a vendor sold hot dogs — but no beer.
"You come out here to feel the pulse of the city. When it's the seventh game, you want to get the vibe," said Geoff Goselin, 61.
The diverse crowd sang "Let's Go, Giants" whenever their counterparts 1,800 miles away rooted for the home team and chanted a prophetic "M-V-P" whenever Giants ace Madison Bumgarner took the mound.
"Bumgarner is the beast, the man," Aden Bacus, 41, shouted after the exhausted pitcher secured a series of strikes on the heels of giving up a gasp-inducing triple. "I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't nervous there at the end."
Amid the revelry, Mayor Ed Lee said the city would host a parade and celebration for the team Friday.
San Francisco police maintained a heavy presence but kept a cool distance as marijuana smoke wafted over Civic Center Plaza and jubilant fans set off fireworks and popped open cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon someone sold out of a cooler.
One indication of the mood was that several fans said they would have been able to stomach a Royals victory with a shrug, if not a smile.
"It would have been really cool for Kansas City to win the World Series at home," said David Janmohamed, 23.
Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:33:02 -0700