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Kaepernic’s Whereabouts Unsure When Miami Police Answered 911 Call

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — There is a new twist in the investigation against 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Miami police now say they don’t think Kaepernick was present when police answered two 911 calls about a naked woman refusing to leave a room at the Viceroy Hotel.

Investigators are waiting for additional surveillance video before they can say for sure.

The woman filed a complaint earlier this month naming Kaepernick, 49ers wideout Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette.

The woman reported she passed out after doing shots and bong hits with the men at the hotel on the night of April 1. She told police that before she passed out, she and Kaepernick were kissing in the bedroom. She denies having sex with him, and said he left the room.

The woman told police the other NFL players peeked into the room and she yelled at them to get out. She said she doesn’t remember anything else that happened until waking up at a hospital several hours later.

Police still have not confirmed exactly what is being investigated.

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Stults, Padres Hand Giants Third Straight Loss, 3-1

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:31

SAN DIEGO (CBS/AP) — Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the San Diego Padres to a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

The Giants lost their third straight game and have scored only three runs in their last 28 innings. It was the first time in nine games the Giants weren’t involved in a one-run decision.

San Diego has won seven of 10.

Stults (1-2) kept the already struggling Giants off balance and largely off the base paths, allowing one run and three hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and no walks.

Tim Hudson (2-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none.

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A’s Score 3 In 9th, Rally Past Astros 4-3

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:18

OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — Josh Reddick isn’t ready to declare himself out of an early season batting slump, not after the miserable start he got off to.

A pair of solid games at the plate sure has the Oakland outfielder feeling a lot better about things, however.

Reddick had hits in his last three at-bats, including an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Athletics over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Saturday.

“It feels good again after the first week of going up there thinking, `How am I even going to touch this baseball?”‘ Reddick said. “It’s a great turnaround, a great feeling to be back in the box with some confidence.”

Reddick’s single off Houston reliever Chad Qualls was the fourth game-ending hit of his career and continued a recent offensive surge for Oakland’s bearded outfielder. Reddick also had three hits and a home run in Friday’s 11-3 win after starting the season in a 4-for-41 rut.

“Sometimes it only takes one game where you get a couple of hits or a couple of balls up (and) you start to feel a lot better about yourself,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I think it was just a matter of being more confident.”

Jed Lowrie started the A’s comeback with a leadoff home run against Qualls (0-1).

Josh Donaldson walked and Yoenis Cespedes then singled. After Qualls struck out pinch-hitter John Jaso, Alberto Callaspo hit a tying single and Reddick followed with a one-out liner to right-center.

Dan Otero (3-0) pitched the ninth for the win after starter Scott Kazmir had gone eight strong innings.

Jonathan Villar homered and scored twice for Houston. The Astros lost their sixth in a row.

“We didn’t finish it out,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “Our bullpen has been taxed and he was the most rested. We had the right guys out there. We just didn’t get it done.”

A day after scoring seven runs in the first inning and hitting four home runs overall, the A’s were kept mostly quiet until their outburst in the ninth.

Oakland had stranded 12 runners through the first eight innings and left the bases loaded in the sixth. They also left the potential tying runs on base in the fifth and eighth.

“That’s one of the best characteristics of this team,” Lowrie said. “We had that last year and we’re off to a good start this year of really grinding out those last inning at-bats and making it tough on the other guys, never making it easy on them.”

The Athletics’ rally in the ninth spoiled a solid effort from Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer, who allowed one run and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings but remains winless in four starts.

Oberholtzer pitched with runners on in each of the first five innings but limited the damage each time. He got Derek Norris to fly out with runners on the corners in the third, then speared Norris’ comebacker and threw to first to get out of another two-out, two-on jam in the fifth.

Kazmir allowed two earned runs and six hits. He struck out five and walked none.

The Astros got to Kazmir early when Villar homered on an 0-2 pitch in the third. Villar also doubled off the wall in left-center in the fifth and scored on a throwing error by Norris, the catcher.

Oakland tied it at 1 when Craig Gentry, who crashed into the fence while backpedaling chasing after Villar’s home run, hit an RBI double that scored Daric Barton.

Former A’s first baseman Chris Carter doubled and scored on Matt Dominguez’s RBI single in the fourth to put the Astros back in front.

The game was halted briefly with two outs in the top of the eighth when umpires lost track of the pitch count. A meeting was held near the mound before crew chief Mike Winters went to replay for clarification.

NOTES: Cespedes reached on an infield single in the fifth to extend his hitting streak against Houston to 14 games. … Astros rookie outfielder George Springer doubled in the ninth and has a hit in all four games since being called up from the minors on Wednesday. … A’s reliever Eric O’Flaherty, on the disabled list since undergoing Tommy John surgery in the offseason, threw another bullpen session and could be ready to face hitters by the time Oakland returns from its next road trip in early May. … RHP Jesse Chavez, winless in three starts despite a 1.35 ERA, pitches the series finale for Oakland. RHP Brad Peacock (0-1) makes his first start for Houston after opening the season in the bullpen.

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Flight Bound For SFO Diverted Due To Cracked Windshield

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 19:32

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS) — A United Airlines flight from New York to San Francisco was diverted Saturday due to a broken windshield.

The Boeing 757 took off from JFK Airport in New York Saturday morning bound for San Francisco with 138 passengers and 8 crew members on board.

While in the air, pilots noticed a crack in the cockpit window.

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They had to make an emergency landing in a hurry. The closest airport that could handle a huge jet was Indianapolis, Indiana.

The airline issued a statement:

“The flight was diverted to Indianapolis International Airport where it landed routinely. Maintenance crews are examining the aircraft and we will accommodate customers on another airplane to San Francisco.”

The arrival sign at SFO showed United Airlines Flight 766 arriving ‘on time’ at 3:18 p.m., but the flight delay was expected to actually be by about 4 hours.

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100s Line Up At San Francisco’s Niketown For Latest Kanye West Sneaker

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:11

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The hype over Nike’s newest release of basketball shoes led hundreds of people to line up in San Francisco with hopes of nabbing a pair.

The shoes that debuted Saturday were named after hip hop star Kanye West.

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Kanye’s nickname is Yeezy and Nike’s new ‘Yeezy Foams’ were released Saturday with a price tag of $250.

Niketown worker Nick Monroe said there was so much anticipation because of “the name, the color…people buy them and resell them for more money.

True.

On EBAY Saturday, the same exact shoe was selling for two, three, five times the original price.

The line started forming outside Niketown in Union Square on Wednesday. Only 200 pairs were sold.

Jesus Campos bought a pair off someone coming out of the store.

“I paid $350,” said Campos,”but I’ve seen others paying up to $600.”

One retail expert told KCBS that Nikes are the new baseball cards for the new generation, except they are much more expensive. She said by limiting the number of shoes sold, Nike creates artificial demand to be the one lucky, smart or rich enough to nab a pair.

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One Dead, 1 Injured In Brentwood Boat Crash

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:51

BRENTWOOD (KCBS) — Contra Costa County Sheriff officials said the body of the missing boater in Brentwood has been recovered.

The man has been missing since a boat crashed into a bridge at about 11 a.m. Saturday morning near the Cruiser Haven Marina. Another occupant of the boat was injured and has been taken to the hospital.

Authorities have not yet provided identification of the body.

The cause of the crash and the number of people on board is still unknown.

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Warriors Beat The Clippers In Playoff Opener 109-105

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:44

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Klay Thompson scored 22 points, David Lee added 20 and the Golden State Warriors got Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-105 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

Stephen Curry added 14 points for the Warriors, who trailed by 11 points to start the game before rallying in the third when Griffin and Paul were on the bench together.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points, and J.J. Redick added 22 points in 30 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points, fouling out with 48 seconds left and the game tied at 105. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

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Manhunt For Robbery Suspects Who Attacked Elderly Woman In Santa Cruz

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:18

SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — Police in Santa Cruz are asking for the public’s help in locating two teenagers who attacked and badly injured an 86-year-old woman and tried to snatch her purse.

The robbery happened around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Center and Church streets in the downtown area, according to police.

Police said the woman was walking home from a restaurant with her husband when two male suspects ran at the victim, knocked her to the ground and attempted to grab her purse.

Unable to take the purse from the victim, the two suspects ran from the scene and headed north on Center Street.

The elderly woman suffered a fractured pelvis and other serious injuries and has been undergoing treatment at Dominican Hospital.

Detectives searched for video surveillance from businesses and homes in the area and were able to find footage of the suspects at the Santa Cruz City Hall complex.

Police said the suspects are described as white or Hispanic males in their mid to late teens with dark hair.

Both were wearing shorts, and one had a white T-shirt with a small logo on the left chest and a larger logo on the back. The second suspect is believed to have been wearing a blue and white checkered shirt which he appears to have removed after the attack.

Detectives are working with the victim to provide an artist’s rendering of the suspects.

Surveillance video of the suspects can be found on the Santa Cruz Police Department’s YouTube channel under “Santa Cruz Police Media” or on the department blog at http://santacruzpolice.blogspot.com.

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Bay Area Climber Survives Deadly Everest Avalanche

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:41

SANTA ROSA (CBS/AP) — A Bay Area man says he feels lucky that he survived an avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Mount Everest.

Kenwood contractor Jon Reiter and his Australian climbing partner were climbing above 20,000 feet on the world’s tallest mountain Friday when the avalanche swept down the climbing route.

The 49-year-old Reiter told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that his Sherpa guide pushed him behind some ice blocks and out of harm’s way. He returned to base camp in Nepal and wrote a blog entry to let family and friends know he was OK.

Mount Everest is the last challenge in Reiter’s goal of climbing the highest peak on each continent.

He says he will likely wait a few days before continuing the ascent up the 29,035-foot mountain.

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SFPD Officer Hurt After Police Chase Ends In Crash By Golden Gate Park

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:57

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A police officer is in the hospital after being injured in a crash in near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park involving a car driven by armed robbery suspects, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers responded around 6:45 a.m. Saturday to a report of a robbery in the 3400 block of Balboa Street in which a suspect apparently fired a gunshot, San Francisco police Officer Danielle Newman said.

An officer in a patrol car spotted the suspects’ car at the intersection of Cabrillo Street and 28th Avenue about 10 minutes later and gave chase.

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The pursuit ended a short time later when the two cars collided at Lincoln Way and 20th Avenue, Newman said.

Both occupants in the suspect vehicle were arrested.

The officer involved suffered injuries that are not considered life-threatening and was taken to a hospital, the spokeswoman said.

At least one of the suspects was also expected to be transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, she said.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the crash was an assault on the officer.

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CHP Officer Recovering After Friday Night Hit-And-Run In San Jose

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 11:55

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A California Highway Patrol officer is recovering after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose on Friday night.

Two officers were issuing a traffic ticket along on Highway 101 north of Alum Rock Avenue around 10:40 p.m. when the driver of a silver sedan sideswiped the officers’ patrol vehicle and hit one of the officers, according to the CHP.

The force of the collision knocked one officer into the other.

Meanwhile, the driver of the sedan fled the scene and remains at large, according to the CHP.

The officer hit, a 25-year-old man from San Jose, was taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, the CHP is reporting.

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone with information about this collision or the driver’s whereabouts is asked to call CHP Officer Aguilar at (408) 467-5400.

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Off Papua New Guinea, Tsunami Warning Issued

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:45

SYDNEY — A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning was in effect.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck late Saturday was located 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck at a depth of 31 kilometers (19 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but said it was not known whether a tsunami had been generated.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

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Rohnert Park Woman Arrested In Death Of Her Baby In Montana

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:29

ROHNERT PARK (CBS SF) — A Rohnert Park woman was arrested after she turned herself in to Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office officials Friday in connection with the 2012 death of her infant child in Billings, Mont.

Amanda Rose Steffan, 23, turned herself in shortly before 11 a.m. Friday and was arrested around 5 p.m. on suspicion of homicide, according to Sgt. Shannon McAlvain.

Police officials in Billings, Montana say an autopsy of Gilbert’s daughter revealed the child had injuries consistent with “some sort of foul play,” but the cause of death was inconclusive. The mother and father were suspects in the case.

Gilbert has been booked without bail due to a pending out-of-state arrest warrant, McAlvain said.

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Marin County Girl’s Pet Chickens Running A-Fowl Of Kentfield Neighbors

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 00:01

KENTFIELD (KPIX 5) — A Marin County family is being sued by their homeowners’ association over the chickens living in their backyard. Meanwhile the 9-year-old girl who owns them is not giving them up without a fight.

Raine Mathes has four chickens, Izzy, Collette, Phillipa and Bardrock. She has been told to get rid of her birds, saying they are against neighborhood rules.

“I love my chickens. They just seem to really listen to you, and treat you like you really matter to them,” Matthes told KPIX 5.

But there is no room for sentiment. The Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association is taking the family to court.

“We don’t allow for farm animals to be in Kent Woodlands,” said Barry Evergettis of the association.

Raine’s dad said the rules are vague and ambiguous. “It says only usual and common pets, such as caged birds. And we believe this is a cage, and these are birds,” he said.

What upsets the family even more is that they believe they followed all the rules. Their chicken coop is less than 100 square feet and there’s no electricity or water, so it’s no different than any other structure like a shed on private property.

Raine’s biggest supporter is the Nancy Danielson, the great-granddaughter of William Kent. The town of Kentfield is named after the family.

“And I remember chickens, I remember bulls, I remember a whole barn full of milk cows,” Danielson said.

“It’s not a matter of us dealing with a little girl and her chickens. Naturally, it’d be nice if she can have her chickens. But the fact is, that we don’t allow them here,” Evergettis said.

And it breaks Raine’s heart that the chickens may have to go.

“I’ll be really sad,” she said. “Because these are my pets, and I really love them.”

Neighbors are voting for or against the chickens, with the ballots being counted next week. If they lose, the family said they will take their chances in court.

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Brentwood Armed Robbers Strike 5 Times In Less Than 90 Minutes

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 23:58

BRENTWOOD (KPIX 5) — Police in Brentwood said they are searching for a group of young men who are suspected of committing five armed robberies in a span of less than an hour-and-a-half Thursday night.

According to police, the suspects are in their teens or early twenties and wore dark hooded sweatshirts. All of the victims were robbed at gunpoint.

The five robberies took place on the south side of Brentwood around 8:18 p.m. and 9:35 p.m., police said.

A neighbor told KPIX 5 that two of the victims were 13-year-old boys who were walking home from the McDonald’s on Balfour Road.

The boys said the attackers sprang out of the bushes and chased both of them down the sidewalk. One of the victims was attacked with pepper spray to the face, while the other boy’s cellphone was stolen.

Most of the attacks were on residential streets, in a community where violent crime is extremely rare.

The suspects were armed with a semiautomatic handgun. They robbed the victims of cell phones and other personal items. One victim hurt his knee, but otherwise, nobody else was hurt.

“You’re just in awe because it doesn’t usually happen. It’s scary out there anymore. You have to be aware of your surroundings,” said Donnie Herbert, a Brentwood resident.

Police said the suspects may have drove away in a sedan, possibly a Mazda or a Dodge Charger, with LED taillights.

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Cal Scientists Go Underground To Monitor Hayward Fault Heartbeat

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 23:30

BERKELEY (KPIX) — Cutting a direct path through the East Bay hills, the Hayward Fault is the San Andreas Fault’s less-celebrated sibling. Yet it’s a seismic threat the U.S. Geological Survey has described as ‘a tectonic time bomb’ — ready to rupture — bringing devastation to the Bay Area.

Now, scientists at UC Berkeley hope to get a jump on the fault’s next big move.

The last major quake on the Hayward Fault was in the mid-1800s, before the region became packed with properties worth an estimated $1.5 trillion.

The fault has been pretty quiet since that 6.8 magnitude event but, today, a shaker that strong could buckle Interstate 80, I-880 and partially collapse the Caldecott Tunnel — even damaging the supposedly quake-resilient new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

Look close and you can see signs of the slow creep of the Hayward Fault all around the East Bay.

But Cal geophysicist Peggy Hellwig wants to hear it as well.

“We like to put our seismic equipment in very quiet places because that means we’re measuring the earth’s noise and not the noise that people make,” she says.

The Hayward Fault runs directly across the UC Berkeley campus allowing scientists to put a seismometer right next to it, in an old mining tunnel under the school known as the Lawson Adit. With such devices in such proximity to the action, they hope can get a picture of how the earth is moving on both sides of the fault.

As Hellwig explains, “the Lawson Adit, the old mine, is actually fairly secluded and, hopefully, a very quiet place for our equipment. So, hopefully, when the Hayward Fault starts moving — or maybe before — we can hear it doing something, getting ready.”

The rest of the campus is also wired with sensors. There’s one 600 feet deep at the north end of Memorial Stadium, more at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, another at Haviland Hall and at the Botanical Gardens.

Hellwig says to think of it like bending a pencil. You can hear the wood straining before the crack appears.

“We can hear the small details, the fine crackling of the earth, before the earthquake happens and still measure the big earthquake at the same time,” she told us.

The sensors in the Lawson Adit will be just feet from the fault trace and, while it may not provide much early-warning of a Hayward Fault quake to Bay Area residents, it will be linked to an early-warning system that’s taking shape around California.

“Unfortunately, for a Hayward fault earthquake, we won’t get 30 seconds of warning. The people nearby will probably know as soon as the equipment knows. The more distant people will get a couple of seconds to tens of seconds of warning at the most,” Hellwig said.

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San Jose State Task Force Issues Recommendations Over Alleged Hate Crimes In Dorm

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 23:10

SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — A committee formed at San Jose State University after a black student said his white roommates racially harassed and tortured him has issued a set of recommendations to the school on how it can improve safety and diversity on campus.

Some of the recommendations made by the Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination in its final report issued Friday are that the university should: provide diversity training for all students living in the dorms; create web links that allow people to anonymously report race-bias incidents; ensure that staff members make frequent visits to observe activities in dorms; conduct a campus climate survey every other year; and create an Office of Diversity Engagement and Inclusive Excellence.

“The task force has offered more than 50 suggestions,” said San Jose State President Mohammad Qayoumi in a statement. “In the aggregate, they reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives on this committee, as well as input offered by others.”

But, he added, “There are no easy or quick fixes.”

In March, the black student, Donald Williams, filed a $5 million claim against the university over the incident.

Williams’s four white suitemates — Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren, both 18, Joseph Bomgardner, 19, and an unidentified juvenile — are accused of putting a bike lock on his neck last fall, taunting him with racial slurs, barricading him in his room and putting up a Confederate flag.

They have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hate crime charges.

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A’s Come Out Swinging To Beat Astros 11-3

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 22:57
Alberto Callaspo hit a 3-run homer and the Oakland A's went deep 4 times to back Sonny Gray's strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros.
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Padres Beat Cain And Giants 2-1

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 22:07
Tyson Ross held the Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss.
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San Bruno Man Pleads Not Guilty To Throwing Fireworks During Giants Game

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 21:47

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Bruno resident who allegedly threw fireworks from the bleachers at a San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park Wednesday night pleaded not guilty Friday to felony charges, according to prosecutors.

Paola Alessio Pavone, 21, was arraigned Friday in San Francisco Superior Court today on one charge of felony possession of a destructive device in a public place, one charge of felony possession of combustible material and one misdemeanor charge of discharging dangerous fireworks, according to Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to return to court on April 25 to set a preliminary hearing date.

Pavone was arrested Wednesday after fireworks were thrown into the Coors Light bar area behind the bleacher around 9:30 p.m., during a period between innings, according to police.

Officers at the game heard a loud explosion and saw smoke coming from the area, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Multiple people reported pain, dizziness and temporary loss of hearing, but no one was seriously injured in the explosion, Shyy said. All of the victims were treated at the stadium.

Pavone was arrested after police learned a suspect was seen standing up in Section 142 of the bleachers and throwing something back toward the bar area, Shyy said.

The incident did not delay the game, and the Giants went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.

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