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Woman Chomps Down On Robber’s Hand During Attack At San Carlos Hotel

2 hours 49 min ago

SAN CARLOS (CBS SF) — A woman bit a man who was trying to rob her at a hotel in San Carlos Saturday afternoon, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a report of a strong-arm robbery at 3:50 p.m. Saturday at the Extended Stay America Hotel on Circle Star Way.

After returning from a walk, the victim was pushed to the ground by a man who demanded money, according to deputies.

She said that she had no money, so the suspect tried to check her pockets. She then bit the suspect on the right hand and he fled across Industrial Road onto G Street, deputies said.

No weapons were observed during the course of the attempted robbery and the victim did not report any injury, according to deputies.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man around 20 years old, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and white shoes with a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head.


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Impressive Lava-Spewing Images From Chile’s Villarica Volcano Eruption

2 hours 55 min ago

SANTIAGO, Chile (CBS/AP) — One of South America’s most active volcanos erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

The Villarica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top, glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava.

Por erupción de volcán Villarica en Chile, evacuan a más de 3 mil personas

— 24 HORAS (@diario24horas) March 3, 2015

The 9,000 foot  volcano in Chile’s central valley, 400 miles south of Santiago, sits above the small city of Pucon, which has a population of about 22,000 people.

Tourists flock there for outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and hiking around the volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1984. Dozens of tourists were among those evacuated.

President Michelle Bachelet announced that she will travel to the volcano-hit area and asked residents to remain calm.

Raw Video Of Eruption From News Channel 24 In Chile:

Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated so far, including tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.

Penailillo warned that the eruption had caused numerous rivers in the area to rise as snow along the sides of the volcano began melting.

The Villarica has a crater of about 200 meters  in diameter and a lake of lava about 150 meters deep. It has periodic eruptions every 10 or 15 years.

Chile has more than 2,000 volcanoes in the Andes cordillera and about 90 of them remain active.

#Villarica #volcano erupted in southern #Chile – more photos:

— Joel Gomes (@magicogre) March 3, 2015

@facugambande saludos y energia a villarica en chile porfa te agraceria

— francesca tiznado (@francesca_kuki) March 3, 2015

Buena foto del volcan Villarica en el sur de Chile haciendo erupción

— MIGUEL D (@MIKE_DV) March 3, 2015

terrible lo de #Villarica #Chile pero no se puede negar que es un espectáculo magnifico, precioso aunque peligroso.

— Lenys J (@Lenytar) March 3, 2015

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Evacuations Ordered At San Francisco Hall Of Justice After Suspicious Packages Discovered

3 hours 2 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — People were being let back into San Francisco’s Hall of Justice this morning after suspicious packages in the building’s mailroom prompted evacuations, police said.

The packages were found shortly after 10 a.m. in the mailroom at 850 Bryant St., prompting the evacuation of the wing of the building closest to Seventh Street, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

Deputy Chief Lyn Tomioka said the evacuation was lifted as of about 11:20 a.m. after the packages were deemed harmless.

Tomioka said she saw the packages, describing them as three or four brown paper packages addressed to the Police Department but no one in particular.

She said the packages, the largest of which is about the size of a football, appear to have come from Southern California but had no return address.

The Hall of Justice contains the headquarters of the Police Department, the district attorney’s office and the medical examiner’s office, as well as criminal courtrooms, two county jails and other offices.

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The Pac-12’s Overall Weakness Hurts Bay Area Basketball Teams

3 hours 11 min ago

By Sam McPherson

The Pac-12 Conference may be the Conference of Champions, but the 2014-15 men’s basketball season hasn’t been kind to the league on the West Coast. Sure, the Arizona Wildcats are in the Top 10, but there isn’t much quality depth for the conference this year, and that will hurt the league come Selection Sunday.

Currently, for example, sports guru Jeff Sagarin has the Pac-12 ranked sixth amongst basketball conferences: the lowest of the Big Five and behind the basketball-only Big East, as well. This means the conference’s relative strength-of-schedule marks for league games actually is going to hurt bubble teams like UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and California. 

The conference is somewhat top-heavy this season with Arizona, Utah and Oregon all sporting at least 22 wins currently. No other team in the league has more than 18 victories right now, and only five of the conference’s 12 teams are above .500 in league play as the last week of the regular season looms.

The trio at the top of the league are probably locks for the NCAA Tournament right now, regardless of how they finish the last week and how they fare in the conference tournament March 11-14. According to the 2015 Bracket Matrix, the Wildcats are a No. 2 seed, while the Utes are a No. 4 seed. The Ducks are projected as a No. 11 seed, despite their 22-8 record—because of the conference’s weak overall perception.

To wit, a team like Michigan State is projected as a No. 7 seed with its 19-10 record, because the Big Ten is ranked No. 3 by Sagarin in total conference strength. A 10-6 record in Big Ten conference play carries more weight than Oregon’s 12-5 mark in Pac-12 league games.

What if the Ducks lose their final regular season game against the Beavers on Wednesday night, though? And then Oregon loses its first game in the Pac-12 tourney? Then the team from Eugene could find itself at 22-10 and out of the tournament—all because the Pac-12 just isn’t that good this year.

Fair or not, that’s the way it goes when it comes to March Madness, so the aforementioned four, second-tier teams in the Pac-12 have some work left to do if they want to make the Big Dance. The Cardinal and the Bruins are both projected right now in the first group of six just outside the tournament, for example. Oregon State and Cal have a lot more work to do to just even be in the same conversation with Stanford and UCLA.

In the end, the only way to truly secure your bid to the NCAA Tournament every March is to win your conference tournament. And the bubble shrinks come Selection Sunday, because there always are upsets in conference tournaments—and a Cinderella team makes a run to claim its league automatic bid.

And that means one less team on the bubble every time it happens. Stanford and UCLA don’t want those teams claiming their spots, and Oregon State and Cal want to be those teams making the miracle runs to a league championship.

It all makes for an interesting final month every year in college basketball. They don’t call it March Madness for nothing, and that term doesn’t apply to only the tournament: The whole 31 days is mayhem, every year, and that’s why we love the college game.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering all things Oakland A’s. His work can be found on

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Residents Ordered To Evacuate Hercules Neighborhood After Construction Crew Hits 4-Inch Gas Line

4 hours 18 min ago

HERCULES (CBS SF)– A Hercules neighborhood was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a gas leak, but crews were able to cap the leak, according to Contra Costa County emergency officials.

An evacuation was ordered at 9:51 a.m. between North and South Front streets. The gas leak was in the area of San Pablo and Sycamore avenues, county officials said.

Evacuees were sent to Duck Pond Park on Sycamore Avenue. An automated warning phone call was issued that said anyone evacuating should not use their car to avoid ignition sources.

KCBS reporter Dave Padilla went to the scene and was told a third-party construction crew, where row-houses are being built, hit a four-inch gas line around 8:30 a.m.

PG&E remained at the scene after the leak was capped at about 10:45.

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$7,000 Prosthetic Leg Found Leaning Against Tree In San Francisco

4 hours 33 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police are trying to find the rightful owner of a right prosthetic leg that was found leaning against a tree last week.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the leg, which has a brown lace-up shoe on its’ foot, is worth about $7,000.

Police say the leg is in fine shape.

An officer found the limb at Eighth and Market streets, and picked it up for safekeeping. The officer checked with a one-legged panhandler who begs in front of a San Francisco mall. He sometimes removes his leg to attract more sympathy and money.

But when police went by, the man was there begging. His leg was hooked to the back of his wheelchair.

Police say people occasionally remove their prosthetic limb to bathe or swim. The owner of the leg should contact San Francisco police.

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Top 5 Sports Callers Of The Week: February 23-February 27

4 hours 49 min ago

The Top 5 Sports Callers of the week is a weekly installment from CBS Local Sports that will bring you the wildest callers from across the nation.

Number 5: In this week’s episode we start with Joe from New York who says Tiger’s current struggles have illustrated to him that he can’t handle pressure anymore. Mike Francesa isn’t buying what he’s selling.

Number 4: Checking in at four is King from Turlock who joined Grant Napear on KHTK to give his thoughts on court storming and what the potential issues are in the wake of Kansas State’s student section getting a little bit too overzealous in their storming of the court after a win over Kansas.

Number 3: The number three caller this week was Trent from Chicago joining Boers and Bernstein with some thoughts on court storming also. But his main issue is with the punishment that the guys’ had proposed on the show.

Number 2: The two spot goes to Howard from Farmingville NY who called in to Boomer and Carton with an interesting theory on what Babe Ruth used as performance enhancing drugs back in the day. He takes the cake as the weirdest caller this week.

Number 1: Finally, the top spot spot is Lynn from Maine who joined Felger and Massarotti to give his views on the new pace of play rules in the MLB as a lifetime baseball fan. The guys had a little fun with him because of how old he sounded.

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Google To Offer Wireless Data Plans In Hopes Of Getting More People Using All Of Their Products

4 hours 59 min ago

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS/AP) – Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?

Google wants more people to get online so they can search around and click on its ads. And it’s shaking up the telecom world to do it. The company said Monday at the wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, that it will soon sell data plans for smartphones and tablets in the U.S. The announcement confirmed leaks and media reports in late January that Google planned to enter the telecom market.

More information will be released “in the coming months,” Sundar Pichai, Google Inc.’s senior vice president of products, said during his presentation.

The move into the wireless market mirrors what Google has been trying to do for hard-wired Internet access at home. The Mountain View company currently sells an ultra-fast fiber-optic Internet service in a handful of markets scattered across the U.S. in an attempt to pressure long-established broadband providers to improve their prices and cut their prices.

Google conceivably do something similar for wireless by offering discounted data plans that would pressure major carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications to offer better deals and services or risk losing customers to a powerful rival.

READ ALSO: 16 crazy Google products you had no idea they were working on

“Any time there is a new entrant with the resources and imagination of Google, it most definitely could shake up the market,” said Gartner analyst Bill Menezes.
Pichai downplayed the competitive threat that Google might pose.

“We don’t intend to be a network operator at scale,” he said. “Our goal here is to drive a set of innovations which we think the ecosystem should evolve and hopefully will get traction.”

Pichai compared Google’s latest move to its decision to launch its own line of Nexus smartphones, which he said Google uses not to compete with other smartphone makers, but to introduce innovations in mobile hardware.

Finding a way to provide a “seamless” Internet connection when a device moves from Wi-Fi to cellular coverage as one example of goals Google would like to target, Pichai said. He also noted that Google is also working on “Android Pay,” a mobile payment system similar to “Apple Pay,” that will work across all Android-powered devices.

Google plans to be a “mobile virtual network operator,” which means it will lease space on an existing system. Pichai didn’t name Google’s wireless partners, but previous media reports have identified Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. Neither of those carriers has confirmed those plans yet.

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Selling Google access to their wireless networks would help Sprint and T-Mobile recoup some of their extensive investments. If Google’s entry into the wireless market is successful, the company may even try to take over Sprint or T-Mobile, Menezes said. “This could end up being a ‘try it and then buy it’ strategy,” he said.

T-Mobile already has been lowering its prices and rolling out other wireless plans that have undercut the status quo. Some of those changes have prodded AT&T and Verizon to take steps that have helped their existing customers save money.

Google is constantly looking for ways to get more people online in an effort to drive more traffic to its Internet-leading search engine, Gmail and YouTube video site. All those services display the ads that generate most of Google’s revenue. Google also collects commissions on millions of ads distributed to other sites.

The company is using solar-powered drones and a fleet of high-altitude balloons to beam Internet service in some parts of the world.

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Silicon Valley Startup Could Redefine Dental Care With New Toothpaste

5 hours 16 min ago

LOS GATOS (CBS SF) — A Silicon Valley startup wants you to think differently about the way you care for your mouth.

In the shadows of Google and Facebook, Livionex founder and CEO Amit Goswamy has spent five years developing a toothpaste — a seemingly low-tech product consumers spend $1.8 billion on each year. Even still, 90 percent of adults have gingivitis, and 57 percent have gum disease.

Claiming to be more than twice as effective than traditional toothpaste, Goswamy isn’t calling his new product toothpaste, but rather a dental gel.

Conventional toothpaste uses detergents and abrasives to remove plaque, but Livionex claims to be the first to attack bacteria at the molecular level, making it harder for the it to stick to our teeth in the first place.

After a three-week study comparing Livionex to top-rated Colgate Total, subjects who used Livionex had 2.5 times less plaque, and their gums were more than twice as healthy.

The American Dental Association calls the product promising, but a spokesperson told “CBS This Morning,” “Livionex research appears to be in the early stages, and claims of effectiveness against plaque and gingivitis are premature.”

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Despite ‘Face Of Baseball’ Label, Posey Remains Humble, Hungry For Success With Giants

5 hours 18 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – When the Giants take the field for their first spring training game Tuesday, they’ll be led by the new face of Major League Baseball.

Last week catcher Buster Posey won that distinction in a fan vote, adding to an epic list of  baseball accomplishments. His half-decade for the ages includes Rookie of the Year, Batting Champion, Most Valuable Player and three World Series Championships, leading some to proclaim him the successor to Yankees captain Derek Jeter as the game’s top star.

Unlike Jeter, who’s a bachelor and supernatural social star, Posey is a homebody. The father of 3-year-old twins, his life seems paparazzi-proof. CBS’s Jeff Glor visited Georgia to see where the latest Giants superstar goes to get away from the spotlight.

The Poseys live near San Francisco during the season, but once baseball is over, they make the 2,500-mile journey east to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia, a town of fewer than 3,000 people. That’s where Posey makes his home with high school sweetheart, Kristen, who he married in 2009. They met studying for the SATs.

“It was really romantic. I did better than she did. Just thought that would be an interesting side note,” Posey said.

He is competitive at all times, and Kristen said he still corrects her grammar.

“He always corrects it. But if he ever messes up, I’m sure to correct him,” she said

Posey grew up an Atlanta Braves fan. The oldest of four children, he was raised in a house complete with its own turkey barn.

The Little League field in Leesburg now bears his name.

In hiss full report, Glor gets a better look at who Buster Posey is when he steps away from baseball, and what could still be ahead for the 27 year old:

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Have You Ever Been Hit By Hail? Are You Sure It Wasn’t Just Graupel?

6 hours 22 min ago

KPIX 5 Morning Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales answers the questions you never get to ask on-air.

Q: Roberta, What is the difference between hail, and“grauple?” Rich Meyers; Belmont

A: GREAT question!

If you look at the video below, many people in Southern California wondered out loud, “is it hailing or is this sleet or graupel.”

Let’s begin with:

Hail: It falls from the sky as pellets of ice. The size can range from “pea-sized” to what I have seen in Chicago, “baseball or grapefruit sized” hail. Hail can cause huge damage to crops.

Sleet: It falls from the sky as rain, but freezes before it hits the ground. It can be a combination of rain and snow mix! Sleet causes muddy messes.

Graupel: Also referred to as soft hail, snow pellets or ice balls. In a nutshell, it is a snowflake which has been coated by ice crystals. That process is called: rime coating. Because of the texture of the ice crystals, you can touch a graupel pellet and it will fall apart. If you touch hail, it is very hard. Graupel can range in size from “pea sized” to the “size of a quarter.”

Look at the video and tell me what you see. Is it hail, sleet or graupel on the shores of Huntington Beach?

No matter what it is, it sure is cool.

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Can Chasson Randle, Stanford Cardinal Make Some Noise?

6 hours 24 min ago

By Dave Thomas

Name: Chasson Randle
University: Stanford
Year: Senior
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 185
Hometown: Rock Island, IL
Position: Guard

If the Stanford Cardinal are to make any noise in the upcoming Pac-12 tourney and hopefully beyond that, they will need a major effort each night from senior guard Chasson Randle.

In his final season with the Cardinal, Randle is the utensil which stirs the pot for Stanford, which headed into play this week with an overall mark of 18-10 (lost to Oregon 73-70) and 9-7 in league play.

Despite scoring 17 points to lead the Cardinal, Randle and Co. were unable to knock off the Ducks in Northern California on March 1. As a result, Stanford fell into a fourth-place tie with UCLA in the conference standings (Bruins own the tiebreaker), with dates at Arizona State (March 5) and Arizona (March 7), respectively to finish out regular-season Pac-12 play.

Experience Key To Randle’s Game

As the Randle and the Cardinal look for some post-season magic, it will likely be incumbent upon the Illinois native to lead the way.

Heading into play this week, Randle leads Stanford with 19.4 points per game and 3.0 assists a contest. 

Among his highlights to date this season:

  • Three 30-point or better performances
  • A 33-point, nine-rebound performance in an 89-88 loss at Washington State
  • A 23-point performance in a 72-59 victory in January over defending national champion UConn

For Randle, the talent has been there since the high school level, coming out of Illinois in 2011. Randle and current UConn senior Ryan Boatright finished as co-winners of the Mr. Basketball of Illinois Award that year.

In his first season at Stanford, Randle averaged 13.8 points per game in 37 games, dropping slightly to 13.6 in his sophomore campaign (34 games).

The following season (junior year), Randle upped that average to 18.8 points per game in 36 contests, as Stanford finished its season 23-13 (10-8 in Pac-12 play). The Cardinal won its first two games of the Pac-12 tourney (defeating Washington State and Arizona State) before being eliminated by UCLA.

In the NCAA Tournament, Stanford knocked off New Mexico and perennial power Kansas before being sent home by Dayton.

Cardinal Looks To Make Run 

So, can the Cardinal make a run in the Pac-12 tourney, then get an invite to either the NCAA Tournament or NIT Tournament, allowing Randle and his mates to end the season on a high note?

One of the biggest challenges to date this season for the Cardinal has been consistency.

After winning five-of-six to start 2015, Stanford then went on a run of 11 games where it was only 5-6, culminating in the tough loss at home to Oregon this past Sunday on Senior Day.

With this being Randle’s last shot at a conference tourney title and NCAA crown, the Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate (Stanford’s first Academic All-American in nearly a decade) will likely leave it all on the court as he and his teammates make a push to end the season with several big victories.

If the Cardinal does make a run, it will likely be stirred from the hands and feet of one Chasson Randle.

Dave Thomas has been covering the sports world since his first job as a sports editor for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania back in 1989. He has covered a Super Bowl, college bowl games, MLB, NBA and more. His work can be found on

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DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive Or Invasive Species

6 hours 39 min ago

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — When salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals poop or shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.

It’s this evidence that Kit Paulsen is seeking as she wades into an urban creek east of Seattle and fills a 4-liter jug with water. In a few minutes, she has a sample that will reveal whether a tiny destructive New Zealand mudsnail is present in the salmon-bearing stream.

At one-eighth of an inch, the snails are incredibly hard to find. That’s why scientists are turning to environmental DNA, or eDNA, an emerging surveillance tool that detects the presence of an organism by analyzing cellular material such as urine, hair, feathers or skin cells that are left behind in the environment.

Whether it’s Asian carp in Chicago-area waters, salamanders in Kentucky or great crested newts in the United Kingdom, biologists are using the tool to help look for reclusive or rare imperiled species, monitor unwanted creatures or gauge the overall biodiversity of a lake or stream.

“We’re starting to realize its potential,” said Caren Goldberg, an assistant professor at Washington State University who is managing editor of a special issue on environmental DNA in the journal Biological Conservation. Her lab in Pullman, Washington, will analyze samples that Paulsen and her team collects.

Paulsen, the city of Bellevue’s watershed planning supervisor, consulted with Goldberg after hearing about the method, and this spring, the city plans to test samples from 22 urban streams and eight beaches.

Bellevue has invested so much time and millions in salmon habitat and restoration that it can’t afford to let the invasive snails take hold, Paulsen said. The snails multiply rapidly, compete with native fish for food and can’t be eliminated once they infest a stream.

Using eDNA is cheaper and quicker than visual surveys, Paulsen said, though it’s not meant to replace it. At about $50 a test, including equipment and lab costs, the total cost of $12,500 is less than what it would take if employees walked those streams turning over rocks, she said.

Environmental DNA has been used for about a decade to detect microorganisms in soils and sediments. More recently, it’s been used to monitor endangered Chinook salmon in Washington state, secretive amphibians in Idaho, and protected eastern hellbenders in Ohio and Kentucky.

In one study, scientists found that eDNA was more effective than traditional methods, such as visual searches for eggs, in detecting imperiled great crested newts in the United Kingdom. They concluded it could be used effectively for a national citizen-monitoring program.

Environmental DNA, however, won’t tell scientists exactly how many animals are there, only that they’re present, or whether the animal is alive or dead. Material also typically breaks down in the environment in a week or two. And like any test, there’s a possibility for false positives if certain collection or other protocols aren’t followed.

Still, many supporters say it holds huge potential for conservation biology.

In northeastern Washington, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation had been looking for affordable ways to monitor efforts to reintroduce spring Chinook in the Upper Columbia River.

Spring is a difficult time to detect the fish because of high runoff, and it’s also hard to get out into backcountry areas, said Matthew Laramie, a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist in Boise, Idaho.

He and others tested whether eDNA could be a good tool. They confirmed Chinook salmon in sites where they were known to be, and also picked up evidence of the fish in areas where they had not been seen before but could actually swim to. Separate tests did not pick up signs of the fish in areas where they could not swim to.

Laramie said it likely won’t replace fish counts, “but it’s a way to weed through a large system and prioritize resources.”

Back in Bellevue, Paulsen and another worker collected water samples and brought them back to a lab where they poured them through a filter. Any genetic material is captured on the filter, which is then shipped to Goldberg’s lab.

Based on the results, city officials will decide how aggressive it needs to be in requiring people to decontaminate boots and other gear at construction projects near streams this summer.

“The more tools we have, the better,” Paulsen said. “They’re so small I’m not sure I can detect them at low levels.”

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Jahi McMath’s Family Sues Oakland Hospital Over Surgery That Left Her Brain-Dead

7 hours 16 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The family of an Oakland teenager who was declared brain-dead plans to file a lawsuit Tuesday against UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland with new details about the allegedly botched surgery.

The Oakland Tribune reports the 12-page complaint, which seeks unspecified damages, documents the family’s hours following 13-year-old Jahi McMath’s surgery. It details the loss of at least 2 pints of blood, her heart attack, a doctor arriving hours later and the hospital’s plans to shut off the machines to harvest her organs.

“If you read the medical records, it’s just a pretty cavalier approach to the whole thing,” the family’s attorney, Bruce Brusavich, a Southern California medical malpractice attorney told the Oakland Tribune.

For the first time, the lawsuit provides the family’s account of what happened after Jahi underwent a tonsillectomy and tissue removal at Children’s Hospital in Oakland in December 2013 to treat sleep apnea.

The girl suffered massive bleeding, had a heart attack and was declared brain-dead Dec. 12.

Her family battled to keep her on a ventilator and to have breathing and feeding tubes surgically inserted. Under a court agreement, the family and the hospital agreed that Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, could remove her from the hospital if she took responsibility for the girl’s care.

Over year later, Jahi remains on a ventilator and hooked to feeding tubes at a New Jersey apartment, and her case has ignited a debate over the definition of brain death.

Officials from the hospital, aside from earlier court declarations, have not commented because the family would not release them from federal patient confidentiality laws.

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Strong Quake Strikes Off West Indonesia

7 hours 52 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CBS/AP) — A strong earthquake struck off western Indonesia on Tuesday, causing some residents to panic, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and struck 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Sikabaluan, off the coast of Sumatra island. It had a depth of 38 kilometers (24 miles).

The earthquake caused some panic among residents in Pariaman, the closest town to the epicenter, but no injuries or damage was immediately reported, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a massive magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

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Firefighters Disciplined Over Sexual Behavior Involving Escorts, Adult Websites

8 hours 10 min ago

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — An assistant state fire chief was demoted for using a state cellphone and vehicle to arrange sex with escorts, and a firefighter was fired for sexually harassing a civilian at a graduation celebration near the state’s fire academy, according to documents made public Monday.

The documents released to The Associated Press under a Public Records Act request are the latest disciplinary reports to be made public because the firefighters appealed their discipline to the State Personnel Board.

Assistant Chief Scott Henry was demoted to battalion chief for using his state cellphone to make appointments with escorts for sex on three occasions in 2013, and for viewing adult websites. He also used his state vehicle as many as a dozen times to drive to a hotel to meet escorts, the department said.

His off-duty behavior was offset by his history with the department and honesty during the investigation, according to the public records. The documents show Henry filed his appeal Feb. 18 but withdrew it Feb. 23.

Separately, firefighter Timothy Edgmon was fired after he made sexual advances to a woman at a bar that included trying to grind his hips into her and exposing himself, all after identifying himself as a firefighter. He followed her outside and only stopped after the woman’s friend yelled at him, according to the disciplinary report.

Edgmon also drank on duty and lied to investigators about the April 2014 incident near the academy in Ione, 40 miles southeast of Sacramento, according to the public records.

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Capt. Cole Periera was demoted to the rank of engineer for 12 months for drinking on duty at three firefighter graduation ceremonies in 2013 and 2014, and for failing to report academy cadets drinking on duty.

Terry McHale, a spokesman for the union representing department employees, said he couldn’t comment because he hadn’t seen the documents.

“As they come in we will turn them over to legal and let them go through the process,” he said.

Four other Department of Forestry and Fire Protection complaints became public last month in the aftermath of a $2 million investigation into firefighters’ behavior at the academy.

“Our actions show we took this seriously,” said department spokeswoman Janet Upton.

The investigation began in May after former battalion chief and academy instructor Orville Fleming was arrested in the death of a former escort who became his girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the slaying of Sarah June Douglas, 26.

The reports last month said firefighters drank on duty at the academy and displayed sexually explicit photographs on state cellphones, among other misbehavior that resulted in disciplinary action against 16 employees. One other employee, Assistant Chief Mike Ramirez, was fired in January over allegations including that he failed to act when Fleming slapped a female cadet on the buttocks.

Another employee resigned, while the rest face suspensions, demotions or reductions in pay.

Fire officials asked the California Highway Patrol to investigate after Fleming’s estranged wife told SacramentoCounty sheriff’s investigators and reporters that she had viewed a video showing Douglas having sex with her husband and other firefighters on fire trucks. No such tape was ever found and investigators discounted the report, but the public records say Fleming displayed a partially nude photo of the victim to Ramirez.

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Central Valley Wine Bottle Maker Sued Over Putting Arsenic, Other Toxic Materials Into Glass

14 hours 32 min ago

MODESTO (KPIX 5) – A company in Modesto that makes wine bottles is being sued by the state over claims of putting toxic materials into its glass.

The state claims Gallo Glass company put recycled lead, arsenic and selenium in their bottles, which are all byproducts of making glass.

While the Department of Toxic Substances Control said there is no evidence drinking from those bottles poses a health risk, they said Gallo was not recycling the dust properly.

“We believe when the facts of the case are presented, that it will be very clear that the position we’ve taken and our use of material has been very appropriate and compliance with state law,” said Chris Savage of Gallo Glass.

The plant said they pride themselves of using environmentally-friendly practices.

Both sides said settling the case out of court is a possibility.

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Meeting Over Fatal SFPD Shooting In Mission District Turns Tense Amid Claims Of Excessive Force

15 hours 48 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A town hall meeting hosted by San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr Monday evening to give residents an opportunity to discuss the fatal shooting of a Guatemalan man by police officers in the city’s Mission District on Thursday night turned tense as community members repeatedly accused police of using excessive force while patrolling the neighborhood.

Dozens of Mission District residents gathered for the town hall meeting at Cesar Chavez Elementary School Monday evening, located just a block and a half away from the scene of the fatal officer-involved shooting on Thursday night.

According to police, the incident began around 9:45 p.m. Thursday when police responded to the area of 24th and Folsom streets after receiving a 911 call reporting a Hispanic man armed with a knife.

The 911 call came in at 9:44 p.m. and the reporting party told a 911 dispatcher that a male was running with a knife, heading down Folsom Street toward 25th Street. The witness told the dispatcher that the person was chasing after another male, police said.

Police said two plainclothes officers arrived on scene at 9:46 p.m. at which point they allegedly saw the suspect with a knife. The two officers drew their firearms and ordered the suspect to drop the knife. The officers, who police said had their department issued stars visible on their clothes, fired at the suspect.

At 9:47 p.m. the reporting party told the dispatcher that consecutive shots were heard at the scene.

Suhr said the officers fired at the man a total of six times and then requested an ambulance at 9:48 p.m., however the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the two officers are being placed on paid administrative leave as the incident is investigated by the San Francisco Police Department’s homicide detail, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and San Francisco Police Department Internal Affairs.

Chris Wirowek, acting medical examiner administrator at the San Francisco medical examiner’s office said Monday that because the deceased man’s family is located outside the United States, attempts to notify the family have so far been unsuccessful. He said until the family is notified, he could not confirm the identity of the deceased.

However, community members at the town hall meeting Monday night, including the decedent’s employer, identified him as Amilcar Perez-Lopez.

While police said the decedent was a 20-year-old San Francisco resident, community members said Perez-Lopez may have been 21 or 22 years old.

Community members at the town hall meeting disagreed with Suhr’s account of what happened the night Perez-Lopez was killed. While Suhr referred to the decedent as the suspect, community members referred to him as the victim.

Police allege that Perez-Lopez was attempting to rob a man of his bicycle when the officers intervened, but Perez-Lopez’ former employer described him as someone with money in the bank, who would never have been out trying to steal someone’s bicycle.

“I don’t think you have all the facts,” Perez-Lopez’ former employer said to police Monday night, urging them to conduct a more thorough investigation.

Community members also asked the chief for more information about the person who claimed Perez-Lopez was trying to steal his bike. Neighbors said they saw that man handcuffed at the scene and that police were not explaining why they handcuffed an alleged victim.

While the alleged victim was uninjured during the alleged robbery attempt, community members questioned his innocence and his involvement in the incident.

Suhr said both men spoke Spanish and that the police officers who arrived were not fluent in Spanish.

Some community members urged Suhr to place Spanish-speaking officers in the Mission District, while others asked him why his officers were unable to disarm the man.

Many of the individuals present at the town hall meeting, including two young boys, criticized Suhr’s leadership, telling him that he and his officers need to stop terrorizing the community and covering up the facts. Many urged the chief to teach his officers how to de-escalate violent situations instead of using deadly force.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, whose district includes the Mission, attended the town hall meeting as well and called for an independent investigation into what occurred the night of the shooting.

“We have a community that has a different sense of what happened,” Campos explained to Suhr.

Campos said Perez-Lopez appears to have been born into an indigenous family in Guatemala and that his family does not speak Spanish, but instead speak a language indigenous to Guatemala. He said he was not sure how much Spanish Perez-Lopez actually knew.

Other community members used the town hall meeting as a platform to discuss controversial issues such as whether police should be issued Tasers, whether all cops are inherently bad, whether plainclothes officers are too difficult to recognize as police officers, and whether police patrolling in the Mission are quicker to use deadly force than in wealthier neighborhoods.

At times, the auditorium where the town hall was being held burst into chants reminiscent of the rallies that ignited in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Jorge Cal, a resident of the Mission District, who said the shooting occurred right outside his building, asked the chief why he hasn’t trained his officers to be able to disarm a person with a knife.

“You have to tell your officers they need to act like human beings,” Cal said. “You have to reeducate your officers.”

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Pair Of Women Arrested For Stealing Dozens Of Cars In Hayward

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 22:59

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Two women are in custody accused of stealing more than two dozen cars in Hayward.

33-year-old Erin Ellis and 25-year-old Jessica Adkins were arrested last week in connection with the thefts.

Police were alerted about the pair from witnesses who saw suspicious activity in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box on Mission Boulevard in Hayward. An officer reportedly saw the suspects taking property out of one stolen vehicle and putting it into another.

“Jumped in one of the vehicles and fled, leaving behind one of the other stolen vehicles,” Sgt. Tasha DeCosta of the Hayward Police Department told KPIX 5.

The next day, at the same Jack in the Box, police said that the pair were observed moving items from one stolen vehicle to another. “It’s unusual that we would find them in the same place, doing the same thing day after day,” DeCosta said.

Officers traced the license plates to a home in Hayward where the two women were arrested.

Police say Adkins was so combative they had to put her in restraints during her arrest.

“It was a whole drama. We thought it was a movie,” said Anu Peshawria, a neighbor.

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