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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during test flight

Virgin Galactic has reported that its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket has crashed during a test flight due to an unspecified problem.

The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly."

Later tweets reported that the "serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo." Virgin Galactic also tweeted that the condition of the two pilots is currently unkown.

Kern County Fire Department reports it is heading to a location in the Mojave Desert. California Highway Patrol Officer Darlena Dotson says the agency is responding to a report of a crash in the Cantil area.

SpaceShipTwo has been under development at Mojave Air and Spaceport in the desert northeast of Los Angeles.

SpaceShipTwo is carried aloft by a specially designed jet and then released before igniting its rocket for suborbital thrill ride into space and then a return to Earth as a glider.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:42:43 -0700

At least 2 injured in explosion, fire at Walnut Creek apartment

Contra Costa County firefighters are responding to a two-alarm explosion and structure fire at an apartment complex in a residential area of Walnut Creek Friday morning.

Police said the fire broke out in the 1500 block of Sunnyvale Avenue. The fire was reported at about 10 a.m.

Fire officials said the explosion and fire has caused multiple injuries.

The explosion blew the roof off the apartment complex.

Fire officials said six ambulances and one medical helicopter initially responded to the scene.

One person was transported to the hospital by ground, one was transported by helicopter and one person is still unaccounted for.

The buildings around the explosion are being searched for victims.

Firefighters haven't been able to search the unit where the explosion occurred due to the structural instability of the building.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:33:01 -0700

Brittany Maynard may not end her life Saturday

Brittany Maynard has posted another video to her website through Compassion and Choices.

In this video she reveals that she may not end her life this Saturday, November 1st.

She says in the video that she still feels good enough and has a good enough time with her family and friends, that it doesn't feel like it's time.

Despite the time she's had recently she says she can still feel her health getting worse as she gets sicker.

Photo courtesy of Compassion and Choices.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:17:19 -0700

Court order temporarily restricts nurse's movement

Maine health officials obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Kaci Hickox's movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state's quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

A judge granted the order Thursday limiting Hickox's travel, requiring a three-foot buffer if she encounters people, and banning her from public places until there's a further decision Friday.

The state went to court Thursday, following through with a threat to try to impose restrictions on her until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10. In court documents, the judge indicated further action was anticipated Friday.

Police were under orders to monitor the movements of the nurse who twice left home, once to talk to reporters Wednesday and again for a bike ride with her boyfriend on Thursday.

A state police cruiser remained outside her home Friday. Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier went inside the home briefly Friday morning and said afterward, "We just had a good conversation." He said he was not there to arrest or detain her.

The legal action is shaping up as the nation's biggest test case yet in the struggle to balance public health and fear of Ebola against personal freedom.

In a court filing, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention backed away from the state's original request for an in-home quarantine and called for restrictions that fall in line with federal guidelines.

Hickox remains at risk of being infected with Ebola until the end of a 21-day incubation period, Dr. Sheila Pinette.

"It is my opinion that the respondent should be subjected to an appropriate public health order for mandatory direct active monitoring and restrictions on movement as soon as possible and until the end of the incubation period ... to protect the public health and safety," she wrote.

Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, says confinement violates her rights. She says that she has no symptoms and poses no risk to the public.

Hickox, 33, stepped into the media glare when she returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone to become subject to a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey. After being released from a hospital there, she returned to this small town, where she was placed under what Maine authorities called a voluntary quarantine.

She said she is following the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation of daily monitoring for fever and other signs of the disease.

"I'm not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it's not science-based," she said Wednesday evening.

Some states like Maine are going above and beyond the CDC guidelines to require quarantines. So is the U.S military.

President Barack Obama, the nation's top infectious-disease expert and humanitarian groups have warned that overly restrictive measures could cripple the fight against the disease at its source by discouraging volunteers like Hickox from going to West Africa, where the outbreak has sickened more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000 of them.

"These kinds of restrictions could dissuade hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled volunteers from helping stop Ebola's spread, which is in the national interest of every one of our countries," Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Thursday in Brussels.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:57:27 -0700

Colossal crowds expected for Giants parade

Police say at least one million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Fans in Giants gear were already grabbing prime viewing spots behind barriers along Market Street by 6:30 a.m. Friday, 5 ½ hours before the parade's scheduled start.

Rain will likely pelt the parade, which begins at Market and Steuart streets at noon and then heads to San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Mayor Ed Lee will honor the team with a giant onstage ceremony.

The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years. Players, including the series' Most Valuable Player, 25-year-old pitcher Madison Bumgarner, will ride on double-decker buses. The streets are expected to be awash in orange and black.

Parade efforts were long underway before third-baseman Pablo Sandoval snagged the final fly ball and dropped on his back on the field in victory. One of the floats fans will see is a panda in honor of Sandoval, whom teammates have nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda."

"Unlike most parades where we have weeks and months to plan, this all kind of came down the pipes over the course of days. So we're doing about a month's work in about a week," The Parade Guys' Stephanie Mufson told ABC7 News. The San Francisco company started building the floats earlier this week, because waiting for the final out would have cut it too close.

The parade is free and open to the public.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets Friday will be at least 20 percent higher, with police dogs helping with security.

"We will prepare for any inevitability, but we are hoping for the best," Suhr said Thursday, adding that crowds are expected to be massive. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 million people in San Francisco (for the event) Friday."

Suhr said he hopes the parade will bring out the best in fans.

Following the win Wednesday, fans initially gathered in the streets, uncorking champagne, dancing and hugging strangers. But the celebration quickly turned raucous and violent, as about 100 revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.

Forty people were arrested for public drunkenness, assaults and outstanding warrants. Nine police cars were damaged, and three officers went to the hospital with injuries, Suhr said. Two people were shot and two people were stabbed in separate incidents. All of the victims are expected to live.

Transit and Street Closure Information:

  • Streets will be closed on parade route, on Mission Street between Van Ness Avenue, The Embarcadero closed beginning at 9 a.m.
  • BART to run rush-hour service, on all trains until 2 a.m. Saturday
  • Caltrain to provide extra northbound capacity on normal morning schedule. All trains leaving San Francisco after parade will stop at every station on way to San Jose Diridon station – a shuttle will take rider to Tamien station. All trains traveling to stations along Gilroy line will be delayed one hour.
  • Muni metro trains will stop at Civic Center, Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations, and six additional Metro shuttles will be added.
  • Larkspur Ferry will add morning service between 7 and 11:30 a.m. The Sausalito Ferry schedule remains unchanged.
  • SF Bay Ferry will expand service from the Vallejo, Alameda Main Street and Oakland Jack London Square ferry terminals for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series parade.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:46:24 -0700

Pedestrian fatally hit by vehicle in San Jose

Officers are investigating a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision that took place in San Jose Friday morning, a police spokesman said.

Police responded to the area of McKee Road and Challenger Avenue at 12:33 a.m. on a report of a vehicle that struck a woman, according to San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales.

The woman was found in the street suffering from serious injuries, and was pronounced dead a short time after officers arrived on scene, Morales said.

Investigations revealed that the vehicle was driving westbound on McKee when it hit the woman who was walking eastbound in the westbound lane of traffic.

The driver of the vehicle stopped and is cooperating with the investigation.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Morales.

This is San Jose's 36th traffic fatality of 2014.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:29:28 -0700

Police search for suspect in deadly San Jose shooting

Police are searching for a gunman after a deadly shooting in downtown San Jose.

The shooting happened just before midnight. A group of young men were walking in Fountain Alley, which is a pedestrian thoroughfare between First and Second streets when an argument broke out among them. One man took out a gun and started shooting.

The victim was hit about four times. Police say the victim returned fire at least once. The suspect ran away southbound on Second Street.

The man hit walked away injured with two other men and collapsed on Second Street. He was rushed to Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses back at the police department so they can get a good suspect description. At this point, police do not know what the argument was about or if the shooting was gang related.

Police have taken the victim's mother to the police station so that she can answer questions that may help in the investigation.

Relatives at the scene identified the victim as Tyrone. They say he grew up in East Palo Alto but was living with his girlfriend in Hayward.

At this point there are no arrests in this case.

The investigation is impacting roads in the area. Santa Clara Street is closed from Third to Second streets. VTA is not running the light rail on Second Street and two buses are being rerouted.


Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:58:12 -0700

3 injured, 1 arrested in stabbing in San Jose neighborhood

Three people were injured in a triple stabbing in San Jose's Evergreen neighborhood earlier Thursday evening, according to police.

Officers were called to the 3800 block of Whinney Place Way around 5 p.m. on a report of a stabbing, according to police.

They found three people there with stab wounds, none of them life threatening.

An adult male suspect was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

The stabbing remains under investigation and the motive and circumstances remain unknown at this time, police said.

Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:40:37 -0700

Woman killed after falling from cliff at Land's End

A woman was killed Thursday afternoon after falling from a cliff at Land's End in San Francisco. Her companion was rescued by fire crews, and escaped with minor cuts and scrapes.

"We had one person that was in serious distress, over the side of the cliff, maybe150, 200 feet down," San Francisco Fire Battalion Chief Zach Pumphrey told KTVU, "and there was also a woman who was down further at the water line."

The woman, 300 feet down, was unresponsive when rescue swimmers got to her. National Parks Police Sgt. Larry Morales told KTVU she was 24-years-old, and a resident of San Francisco, but may not have lived in the area long, as her identification is from out-of-state.

"People have walked along those routes and fallen to their death," Fire Captain and Paramedic Sebastian Wong told KTVU, noting the couple had to cross a fence and ignore bold signs, warning of the extreme danger on the steep cliffs of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The vistas from Lands' End, just north of the Cliff House, are spectacular.

Sometimes, though, hikers seek a better view, or they're driven by curiosity, or a sense of adventure, to venture out of bounds.

"You don't have to enter these hazardous domains to get a better view," emphasized Captain Wong, "all you’re risking is your life and possibly the lives of other people."

The man who survived is 27-years-old and from the area, he was seen afterwards, subdued and shivering, as firefighters worked to unlock his car so he could leave.

Hoisting him from the sheer cliff face was anything but routine.

"We have to bring a rescuer down there, and put a harness on him to make sure he comes up safely," explained Captain Wong, "if there are any mistakes, he could fall again, even further."

A few hours after the rescue, another 911 call, brought the same SFFD cliff rescue crew back to the oceanfront. This time, a man in his 30s needed a rope tossed down to him because he was stuck on a bluff.

"He was holding his clothes, holding them, and he dropped them," described Battalion Chief Pumphrey.

The man had been at the beach, and tried to climb his way up, wearing only shorts, but found scaling the cliff trickier than he expected.

"He somehow lost his pants with his keys, and his phone and his wallet," added Pumphrey, "and he wanted to go back and retrieve them but became unsure of his footing."

Fire rescuers have seen overconfident climbers before.

"They start off thinking they can take this, and then realize 'uh oh I'm stuck,'" observed Wong, "What do I do? I'm halfway up this bluff, I can't go down, I can't go up, because there's a cliff overhead I can't get over."

The name of the woman killed in Thursday's fall is being withheld by the coroner until her next-of-kin are notified.



Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:42:20 -0700

'CastroWeen' expected to draw big crowds, bring business back to area

Friday will be a busy day for San Francisco celebration. In addition to the Giants' Parade, the Castro District expects to draw its usual Halloween crowd.

While that crowd has been smaller in recent years, the neighborhood is still a huge attraction. And this year there is a new and improved Castro for revelers.

On Thursday night, there was a party in the Castro to celebrate the improvements made to Castro Street just in time for Halloween.

Merchants say the construction caused them headaches, but supporters say the changes were needed as part of the area's evolution.

The Castro displayed its penchant for flamboyance and street theater as supporters celebrated the enhancements including wider sidewalks, new rainbow lights and crosswalks along with plaques honoring well known figures of the LGBT community.

"Look at this. You walk around and it's just so beautiful and safe," said Chuck Seeley, who has lived in the Castro for 20 years.

But that beauty came with a steep price-tag to the tune of $4.5 million.

And merchants say they paid a price too, saying the seven month long construction project kept customers away. \

Cliff's Variety owner Terry Bennett estimates that she's lost about $100,000 in the past year.

"People came back when the streets opened up, So we're really keeping our fingers crossed with everything opening back up, the locals will come back," said Bennett.

Luckily October is typically a busy month for area merchants, and Halloween means big business. Business owners say they’re hoping that boom will help turn around a miserable year.

At Gyro Express, the owner stocked up on extra food and more employees will be working this weekend.

He anticipates double the business through the Halloween weekend.

"I think it's going to get crowded and busy. Hopefully, we'll make good money and we'll be happy," said Volkan Hewal, co-owner of Gyro Express.

Castro Street was blocked off between Market and 18th for Thursday night’s street party. But they won't be closed for Halloween on Friday or the weekend.

"There will be a significant police presence to make sure there is no street party and that the streets stay open," said Police Chief Greg Suhr.

The improvements are designed to get people to, as one supporter put it, come to the Castro “to eat, drink, buy and be happy.”

Merchants and neighbors say they expect large crowds starting Friday for Halloween. In addition, Saturday is known as "Gay Halloween,” which is when many locals dress up and patronize the area's bars and restaurants.

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:19:44 -0700

Caretaker, 2 others stabbed at 'Board and Care' home

A caretaker and two others were stabbed at a Board and Care home in San Jose Thursday night by one of the home’s clients.

The home on Whinney Place Way houses clients that are mentally disturbed and/or challenged. San Jose police just after 5 p.m. Thursday the caretaker called 911 saying he had been stabbed in the chest. As officers responded to the scene, the suspect allegedly stabbed two clients who lived at the home in the neck.

When police arrived to the scene they found the three victims in multiple locations throughout the house. All three had been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and officials say they are expected to survive.

Michael Hanpton rents out the home’s garage and told KTVU when he walked outside of his home he saw the victims stabbed and bloodied.

San Jose Police Sergeant Greg Barth said San Jose Board and Care homes, particular in the Evergreen Neighborhood, represent a large number of calls received by SJPD.

In part, the reason why that is could be because its unclear who, if anyone, regulates these types of homes.

“I don’t believe these are regulated by the state, city or anyone. It’s a Board and Care home, I think they call them independent living homes,” Barth said.

Neighbors told KTVU police have visited this particular home several times for parties, fights and most recently the stabbing.

“We are crying for help because we are trying to get guidance on what to do with this house. It’s gone too far,” said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

Investigators say the suspect may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the stabbing. The suspect was arrested and will be booked at the Santa Clara County Jail. He faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.  

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:04:18 -0700

3 suspects sought in attempted sexual assault

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

Woman sues Mayor Quan for June accident

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

Giants Victory Parade preps underway

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.

Transit and Street Closure Information:

  • Streets will be closed on parade route, on Mission Street between Van Ness Avenue, The Embarcadero closed beginning at 9 a.m.
  • BART to run rush-hour service, on all trains until 2 a.m. Saturday
  • Caltrain to provide extra northbound capacity on normal morning schedule. All trains leaving San Francisco after parade will stop at every station on way to San Jose Diridon station – a shuttle will take rider to Tamien station. All trains traveling to stations along Gilroy line will be delayed one hour.
  • Muni metro trains will stop at Civic Center, Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations, and six additional Metro shuttles will be added.
  • Larkspur Ferry will add morning service between 7 and 11:30 a.m. The Sausalito Ferry schedule remains unchanged.
  • SF Bay Ferry will expand service from the Vallejo, Alameda Main Street and Oakland Jack London Square ferry terminals for the San Francisco Giants’ World Series parade.

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:17:12 -0700

2 Investigates: South Bay school board candidate faces questions about web postings, violent encounter

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 "" 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,, 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

Mission businesses clean up after World Series mayhem

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

Detective shoots auto burglary suspect in Richmond mall parking lot

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 dismissed because of gas odor

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

Suhr says 'jerks' caused trouble during Giants celebrations

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

2 Investigates: CHP response to deadly crash and fire questioned by witness

The California Highway Patrol is responding to criticism that two of its officers did not check out a fatal crash and fire, reported by a witness, just a few hundred yards away from their location.  The CHP says the officers had just pulled over a drunk driver and alerted dispatch about the crash, but at least one witness isn't satisfied.

Plea for help

Dr. Ron Wyatt says he was driving home after a late night at the office when he spotted a car that appeared to have just crashed along the side of Stone Valley Road in Alamo.  He says he noticed a small fire near the back of the car.  Wyatt remembered he had just passed a CHP unit a few hundred yards before encountering the wreck.

"Went racing back down there and told the officer, ‘Hey a car has gone off the road and there appears to be a fire.’  And the police officer said, we'll come when we're finished here," said Wyatt.

Wyatt says he then rushed back to the scene of the crash while calling 911.  2 Investigates obtained a recording of the call.

"There's a police car just down the street," Wyatt told the 911 operator.  "I went and talked to him, but he wouldn't... he's giving a ticket."

The CHP later confirmed its officers had pulled over a suspected drunk driver.  The CHP says its officers contacted dispatch when the witness alerted them to the crash and fire down the road.


LISTEN: 911 Call and Dispatch Audio Recordings


Records show it was 12:33am when the officers called in Wyatt's report of the crash and fire. Wyatt's call to 911 came in at 12:35 am.

Once he had returned to the scene of the crash, Wyatt says he noticed movement in the car.

"I turned around and looked and there was somebody in the car kind of waving a hand," said Wyatt.

Before he could get any closer to the car, Wyatt says there was an explosion.

"Hey, there's a person in there and they're burning to death man!" Wyatt can be heard saying to a 911 operator in a recording.

Records show it was 12:40am when the first unit, a fire engine, arrived at the scene of the crash.  Firefighters reported the car was "fully engulfed." While other units, including CHP, also responded, the highway patrol confirms its officers involved in the traffic stop down the road did not.

"They could've made it here in one minute," said Wyatt, referring to the officers he first contacted on Stone Valley Rd.

The victim in the car was later identified as Michael Sevenau, 60, of Alamo.  The father and husband died less than two miles from his home.

CHP response

Despite the outcome, the California Highway Patrol says its officers acted responsibly.

"We don't take a situation like this lightly," said Officer John Fransen. Fransen says the officers made the right decision to contact dispatch about the crash and fire.  At the time, he says the officers didn't know someone was trapped inside the vehicle.

"We have a lot of car fires.  Sometimes they're occupied, sometimes they're not.  That would've been a great piece of information for those officers to have," said Fransen.

KTVU's Eric Rasmussen asked whether the officers could have determined that information by checking out the crash for themselves.

"Unfortunately, they were in the middle of an active investigation," replied Fransen.  "The reality is we're all fighting like crazy to try to get out there, get the resources we need out there because we understand that's a life out there that we could potentially save."

The CHP has since determined alcohol was the primary cause of the crash that killed Sevenau. Wyatt, a surgeon, still believes the officers should have acted differently.

"If I have a person bleeding or in some kind of distress and I've got somebody who I'm doing a routine (procedure)... I'm saying, oh, I have to hold off on the routine and take care of this person in distress," said Wyatt.  "To me, if you have a policy that says we have to take care of this routine administrative work, but we can't go help somebody in distress, I'm thinking that's crazy."

2 Investigates shared the details of the crash and response with Sevenau's family.  They have since hired an attorney and declined to comment.

Published: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:35:52 -0700