A Bay Area woman has been monitoring the Ebola outbreak closely as she is adopting a 14-year-old boy from Sierra Leone in West Africa.
Natalie Wisniewski of San Francisco is preparing for a trip that may be a threat to her health, but one that she says is worth the risk.
"Hand sanitizer...a total must," said the new mom as she packed her bags.
She says she's excited yet apprehensive.
"I'm pretty frightened because I'm going there tomorrow," said the 43-year-old.
Frightened that Ebola may cause delays in her trip.
Wisniewski is flying to Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone Tuesday afternoon to be reunited with the teenage boy she adopted a few months ago.
The biotech engineer tells KTVU during her first trip to Sierra Leone in January, she met Kai Smart, an orphan who impressed her with his intelligence and thirst for knowledge.
"Seeing the kind of person he was and the opportunity that I could provide for him," said Wisniewski.
To authenticate the adoption, U.S. embassy officials in Sierra Leone will likely need to travel to Kenema, the boy's hometown.
Wisniewski pointed to a map of the region, telling KTVU the boy's birth certificate and other documentation would come from there.
Kenema happens to also be the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.
"I fear that they would just delay it until the whole Ebola outbreak has kind of subsided," said Wisniewski.
The new mom has an appointment with embassy officials Thursday in Sierra Leone.
She hopes to convince them to expedite the process, concerned about her son's potential exposure to the deadly virus and eager to be a family here in the Bay Area.
"Anxious to get him here to start high school so he can start the process of adjusting to life here," said Wisniewski.
She says she received help from the staff of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and U.S Senator Dianne Feinstein in getting a meeting with embassy officials quickly.
Wisniewski told KTVU she bought a one way ticket because she doesn't know how long the whole process will take, given the Ebola outbreak.Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:58:15 -0700
A woman is facing four counts of reckless conduct after allegedly leaving her four kids inside a hot SUV, Atlanta police said.
According to WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, officers said Charnae Mosley, 27, left her children – ages 6, 4, 2, and 1 – inside her SUV. She was gone for at least 16 minutes while she shopped at a southwest Atlanta grocery store, police said.
Video from the scene showed Mosley in the back of a police car, wiping sweat from her forehead.
Police said someone noticed the children in the vehicle with the doors locked and the windows rolled up about 3 p.m. Monday.
Mosley came out of the store to find officers waiting for her.
The children, who were given water on the scene, were all removed from the vehicle safely, police said.
"They were checked out by EMS and are OK, thankfully," said Sgt. Gregory Lyons.
Mosley was charged with four counts of reckless conduct and booked into the Fulton County Jail. Officials with the Division of Family and Children Services were called to the scene, and the children were released to their grandmother.
Mosley's family did not want to comment, but her neighbors reacted.
"People are more concerned about other stuff, getting out of the car, doing whatever they want to do instead of taking care of the kids," said neighbor Michael Smith.
"I think there's no excuse," said Lawanda Johns. "I do think there's different degrees and different situations, but when it's hot outside, I don't think it's appropriate."Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:56:24 -0700
Two connector ramps from westbound Interstate Highway 80 near the Bay Bridge in Oakland were closed Monday night due to a car fire and police pursuit, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP responded to a report of the fire on a connector ramp from westbound I-80 to Interstate Highway 580 and issued a Sig-alert at 8:37 p.m., the CHP said.
The car fire also blocked the connector ramp from westbound I-80 to southbound Interstate Highway 880, according to the CHP.
The vehicle had led authorities on a pursuit that started in Berkeley and ended in Oakland on the ramp from westbound I-80 to southbound I-880, the CHP said.
A male suspect was arrested after he attempted to flee on foot, according to the CHP.
There were no other suspects and no injuries were reported.
There is no estimated time of when the ramps will reopen, the CHP said.Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:24:08 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories