More than 36,000 PG&E customers were without power in San Francisco early Wednesday morning, according to PG&E officials. The outage, impacting 36,895 PG&E customers began late Tuesday night, according to PG&E officials.
"I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness we feel this evening," Santa Cruz Mayor Hillary Bryant said. "Two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and this has rocked the community to our absolute foundation."
The two slain officers are identified as Detective Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and 10-year veteran Detective Elizabeth Butler. Police Chief Kevin Vogel describes Baker as a longtime friend and mentor. Detective Baker leaves behind a wife, two daughters, and a son who works as a Community Services Officer for Santa Cruz police. Detective Butler is survived by her partner and two young sons, Vogel says.
"It was with deep, deep sadness that I stand before you this evening to talk about the death of my two officers today," Chief Vogel said. "We at the Santa Cruz police department are like family. I've known both of these officers for a long, long time and there just aren't words to describe how I feel personally about this and about how my department is reacting to this horrific, horrific tragedy."
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak's department will lead the investigation. He says it appears the two plain clothes detectives went to Goulet's home on Banciforte as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Based on physical evidence and witness accounts, Wowak says Goulet opened fire on the detectives. The two officers and witnesses called for help.
When authorities arrived on the scene they say they found the two detectives dead outside the home and Goulet missing. A multi-agency team then locked down the neighborhood which includes three schools and a busy Whole Foods supermarket.
Within minutes of setting up the search, Sheriff Wowak says officers encountered Goulet. A short chase ensued and then gunfire was exchanged, he says. Goulet was shot and killed at the scene.
Even after Goulet's death, officers continued a house by house, "closet-by-closet" search of the neighborhood to determine if there were additional suspects. Sheriff Wowak says it is his belief the public is now out of harm's way.
Students at the three schools were taken by bus to the nearby Government Center where they were re-united with their families.
Authorities are praising nearby law agencies including deputies from San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey County sheriffs departments and police officers from Scott's Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville who just showed up on the scene to offer their help.
Wowak says the California Department of Justice, the FBI, and the regional law agencies will all assist in the investigation. He says it could be weeks before we know all of the details of what happened and why.
Stay tuned to KRON 4 and KRON4.com for comprehensive coverage of the investigation into the shootings and the community's mourning of the two slain officers.
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Crews are working hard to get Levi’s Stadium ready for the first big event, a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game, Saturday night.
While it won’t be the 49ers breaking in the field first, officials say they’re planning a party they believe will appeal to fans of both football and soccer.
Tickets are sold out and fans can't wait for the doors to open.
"It's pretty cool. It's not every day you get to see a new stadium," says Landon Calannio of Santa Clara.
Friday afternoon workers tested the sound system, the power and workers walked the entire stadium making sure the wi-fi was working from every seat.
And while some put in new plants and polished the railings.
Others were tasked with stocking the stores with merchandise and the concession stands with cold beer.
Contractors came in to meet last minute deadlines.
"That's what we do. We're always about last minute craziness," says TIme Prater of Splash Events.
The San Jose Earthquakes got in one final practice before the big game.
The team president says fans at this inaugural event are in for a treat.
"We're going to have a lot of pomp and circumstance both at pregame and at halftime. And of course all the action on the pitch," says Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes.
The halftime show, a tribute to championships, will have appearances by former champions both from the Earthquakes and the 49ers.
And there are keepsakes. Banners will be a free giveaway at the door and scarfs will be on sale for $25, so fans can remember the day.
"We have a lot of things that are one offs that we did for this game cause it's so special," says Kaval.
Now the time for practicing is finally over. Saturday's game will fill the stands to about two-thirds their capacity.
Still it will be a real test for everything from security to parking.
Officials say all the planning and hard work is about to pay off.
"Now we're here to enjoy that and I think people are ready for a party," says Kaval.
After Saturday’s soccer game there will be some time to evaluate what worked well at the stadium and what needs tweaking. The 49ers take the field for their first preseason game August 17th.
For the second time in as many months the Bay Area-based worldwide social media site Facebook crashed, leaving untold millions of users without access to their accounts. Though it was a short outage it had worldwide reverberations.
It made headlines worldwide and was the talk of Twitter and all other social media.
Los Angeles police even took to twitter to plead with residents to stop asking them when Facebook would be back up.
Facebook has become something of a utility that’s expected to work all the time.
"Consumers just expect it to be there when they need it. Its part of their life and when it's not there it's terrifically upsetting," says Kit Yarrow, Professor of Consumer Psychology at Golden Gate University. Doctor Abby Metcalf, a Psychologist specializing in addictions says, Facebook and other social media stimulate the same brain pleasure centers that drugs and other addictive do.
"There are treatment centers across the United States. There's only a few open. There's three or four that I know of who are specifically treating social media addiction," says Dr. Metcalf.
One man we met in Berkeley says many of his friends sure seem addicted.
"People, that's their whole lives, so it's like, you know what I mean, they can't go without it, you know, Now that it's here it's here to stay," says J.R. Williams.
Other folks we met in Berkeley, fully aware of alternatives, told us that they're not so concerned about a Facebook outage.
"If I was on it during an outage, I don't think I would care that much though. I'd just go on another website maybe," says Jocelyn Wu, a young Facebook user.
"It's not like a life or death moment like you have to be, get a connection on the Facebook and it's gonna hinder you in some way," says Jacob Johnson another frequent Facebook user.
However, one man told us that many companies use Facebook for marketing, ordering and customer service.
"I'm sure it is a big part of some peoples' businesses. They're probably using it all the time and being down, it's like anything else being down," says Andrew Hoffman.
Facebook ultimately did put up an explanation of what happened, but I think you'd have to have a software engineering degree to understand it. But, make no mistake Facebook is important. If Facebook's users were a nation, its population would be third only to China and India.
Arsonists appear to have been behind a fire that destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a residential building along the Delta de Anza Regional Trail in Pittsburg Friday afternoon, a fire marshal said.
The one-alarm fire was reported at 3:13 p.m. near the intersection of the trail and Railroad Avenue, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials.
The fire burned about an eighth of an acre of vegetation in addition to burning the two structures along the trail between Railroad Avenue and Crestview Drive, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.
Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, he said.
No injuries were reported.
The fire marshal said witnesses reported seeing someone start the fire a short time before it was reported. Fire district and East Bay Regional Parks District investigators are working to identify and locate at least one suspect.
Marshall said the fire caused about $25,000 in damage to the residential structure, but it is unclear whether anyone is currently living there.
An elderly black Labrador retriever who once walked 30 miles to return to a home that did not want her has now been rescued by an heiress with a soft spot for animals.
Lady was adopted by a family in Sedan, Kansas, after her owner died in 2012. But she did not get along with smaller dogs that the family adopted, so she was taken to a shelter.
The mellow Lab was again adopted, this time by a woman who lived 30 miles from the previous family with the small dogs. She grabbed headlines when she walked all 30 miles to get back to that family -- a family that did not want to take her back.
At this point, the story becomes a fairy tale.
Helen Rich, the Wrigley chewing gum heiress, recently lost her own senior black Labrador. She saw a Facebook post about Lady and decided to adopt her.
Rich sent her personal assistants Chet Ragsdale and Barbara DeCiocco on a private jet to Kansas to pick Lady up.
And where is Lady now? Sharing space at an 11,000-square foot home in Odessa, Fla., with five other dogs and several cats. With a spot right next to Rich.
“The dog will be right there where she is,” DiCioccio said. “We already have a bed for her.” (tbo.com)
Rich founded On the Wings of Angels Rescue and shelters scores of rescued animals on a large tract of land in Odessa.
An otter attacked a boy and his grandmother in a popular park Thursday, leading park officialsto warn others to stay away.
Two members of the Moser family left their favorite fishing spot on the Pilchuck River with wounds all over their heads and bodies.
"It was facing us and it came right up over his head,” Tabitha Moser said. She watched as her 8-year-old son Bryce was brutally attacked by an animal they couldn't even identify at first. She said Bryce was standing in the water that runs along Lake Connor Park when the animal wrapped its body around the little boy's.
"My mom is there like lightning-- she ripped it off. She kind of ripped it off and it immediately attached on to her,” Moser said.
They later learned it was an otter that nearly ripped her mother's eye out; she needed surgeries and more than 100 stitches.
"Her whole eye was kind of taken apart,” says Moser of her mother’s injuries.
Friday, the Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the beach and officers went searching for the otter.
"Most likely the animal will be euthanized,” Sgt. Jennifer Maurstad said. But only if it’s found.
While a neighbor said us she's surprised to hear about the attack, she said it has happened before, relatively recently.
"On July 12th or 13th there were some people up river and there were some guys who came up and walked back and said there had been an otter attack up there,” said Sharon McDowell, who lives along the river.
Lake Connor Park security officials said they heard about a third incident. None was as brutal as the one that happened to the Mosers, though. Tabitha said if it wasn’t for her mother, her son may not have survived.
“If she did not get in there like she did, if he took on the wounds that she did, I don't know if he would have made it without drowning because it was taking him under water," she said.
A 53-year-old man who in May pleaded no contest to the sexual assault and murder of two women 22 years ago in the Oakland hills was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in state prison for the crimes.
Monte Crawford pleaded no contest to first and second-degree murder charges in the 1992 deaths of Shirley Wynn and Tredis Penny.
Penny's naked body was found near Skyline Road in the Oakland hills on Feb. 24, 1992. Wynn's body was discovered five days later on March 1, 1992 about a half-mile away near Golf Links Road.
The murders went unsolved for 16 years until evidence linked Crawford to their deaths in 2008, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said the DNA matches occurred shortly before Crawford finished serving a term in prison in Washington state for a sexual offense he committed there.
Crawford was found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial shortly after the murder charges were filed against him in 2008, but he was found to be mentally competent in 2009.
Several members of the victims' families attended Friday's sentencing, and prosecutors read a letter to the court from Wynn's daughter describing her pain at the loss and what the loss meant to other members of Wynn's family.
Penny's son Jaron Penny, who was 12 years old at the time of his mother's murder, also addressed the court and had just one question for Crawford: "Why?"
"I'm glad they put him away," Penny said after the sentencing. "I don't know why he did that to my mom, but I'm glad he was sentenced for it. I'm glad he's in prison."
Penny struggled to fight back tears outside the courtroom as he was comforted by loved ones.
He said seeing the man responsible for his mother's murder sentenced has brought him a sense of closure, but he said he still struggles with the loss.
"I don't want him put to death like he did to my mom, but it has been hard for me, very hard," he said.