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Car with dog inside stolen in Pinole; owner searching for dog

PINOLE, Calif. (KRON) – A woman left her dog inside her car in the parking lot of Lucky’s grocery store for 30 minutes. She came back and the dog was still there, and she dropped the grocery bags inside. When she realized she forgot something inside, she came back just five minutes later, and the dog and car were both gone.

“I looked in that row thinking ‘No, wait a minute, I was just here five minutes ago and it’s really gone…It’s really, really gone,’” Renee Renteria told KRON4. 

Renteria was in a state of shock when she realized that within minutes, someone broke into her locked car, got it running and then drove away with her dog Toffee inside. This happened at the Pinole Vista Shopping Center, 1440 Fitzgerald Drive, Saturday night at around 6:00 p.m. 

Pinole police took the report and began looking for her stolen Honda CR-V. It was found the next day in Oakland.

“They found my car in Oakland… 38th and International. They found it, but no dog,” Renteria said. 

As the hours turned into days, Renteria now wonders if she’ll ever see her 2-year-old Jack Russell again.

“I can’t sleep, I can barely eat. It’s like my child… I just want to find her,” she said. 

She has been trying to get the word out — posting photos and info about her stolen dog on several sites online. Renteria says she has received a few tips, but none have led her to Toffee.

“They ask me ‘Is this your dog?’ So no luck there. I looked in the shelters,” she said.

Tearing up, Renteria described her dog to KRON4.

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“She’s got a lot of energy. I’ll take her to the dog park, thinking she will be tired and she’s still got energy. Yeah, she’s a good dog. I love her,” she said. 

Renteria desperately wants Toffee to be returned, no questions asked.

“Give me back my dog. It’s like my child. I’m not even upset about the car. I just want my dog back. I can’t live without her,” she said.

Toffee could be anywhere in the Bay Area, maybe even in Oakland where the car was found. If you see her, call Pinole police. 

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/car-with-dog-inside-stolen-in-pinole-owner-searching-for-dog/

SJPD working to recruit more officers

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – San Jose’s newly elected mayor Matt Mahan spoke at the city’s Tuesday news conference with SJPD Chief Anthony Mata. The mayor said that Friday’s incident involving a man on a “quest to kill” police officers spotlights the urgent need for more officers.

“Accelerate the rate at which we are hiring. We have a severely understaffed department,” he said.

Back in August, San Jose city councilmember David Cohen said the average response time for a burglary or assault is roughly 22 minutes in San Jose. Six months later, Mahan says he wants to change that. 

Mahan has a new slogan for the city: “Getting back to the basics.” It simply means cleaning up San Jose, focusing on homelessness, and hiring more officers for public safety.

Mahan says San Jose is a bigger city than San Francisco, but San Francisco has twice as many officers. There are “historical reasons” for the discrepancy, according to Mahan. 

Previously, city officials said the San Jose Police Department has been under-invested since 2000. Now the department is paying thousands of dollars in overtime to officers. Mahan says hiring officers is key to moving the city forward.

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“Community policing, foot patrols, commercial districts, things we know our community wants to see, more traffic enforcement, the list goes on,” he said. “We need the highly trained officers”

Mayor Mahan has made it clear that the city needs to recruit more officers, but he didn’t speak about any incentives or what he plans to do to actually recruit more officers.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/sjpd-working-to-recruit-more-officers/

San Francisco supervisors condemn blockade in Nagorno-Karabakh

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is condemning an ongoing blockade that’s cut off power and food supply to hundreds of thousands of Armenians. The only road leading into Nagorno-Karabagh, also known as Artsakh, has been shut down by Azerbaijan.

More than 120,000 Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabagh have been cut off from the world by a blockade now going into its second month. People living in the region have been rationing what little food is left, with the exception of a few Red Cross visits.

Back here in the Bay Area, the Armenian community has been struggling with the news, and local lawmakers are calling for sanctions on Azerbaijan, which is behind the humanitarian crisis. San Francisco schoolteacher Sevana Panosian paid a visit to city hall to share her worries in a board supervisors meeting on Tuesday.  

“I’m absolutely disturbed about the humanitarian blockade that is going on and am in constant contact with some of the teachers who are working with children under extremely dire circumstances,” she said.

Shortly after the public comments, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the blockade in Artsakh. Supervisor Myrna Melgar represents District Seven, where attacks on Armenians have happened here at home, including an arson at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Church and a shooting at the Armenian KZV School.

“I know that the Armenian community is very anxious and worried about what is happening in Artsakh, and I want to make sure that we support them and we support human rights in Armenia in Artsakh and make sure that we lend our voice to support those who are fighting aggression,” she said.

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The Armenian National Committee of America expressed gratitude for the recognition of the struggle in Artsakh by the City of San Francisco.

“San Francisco making a move like this is important on its own,” said Aram Hamparian with the Armenian National Committee of America. “I think it’s important for the Armenians who live there and our allies but I think the true value is the aggregate. When you add the work being done in the Bay Area, the Central Valley, Southern California, Orange County, throughout the golden state and also across the country. So our cause has always been a bottom-up cause.”

Supervisor Melgar plans a visit to the KZV School Thursday where the students will be fundraising to help people in Artsakh.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/san-francisco-supervisors-condemn-blockade-in-nagorno-karabakh/

Santa Rosa costume store closing after 43 years

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KRON) – Disguise the Limit Costumes and Rentals has been a popular and well-loved one-stop shop for costumes for 43 years. But the owner says times have changed. 

Fancy the Victorian era? There is a section for that. What about an outfit from the 80s with cool shoulder pads? You name it, Disguise the Limit in Santa Rosa has it… and so much more.  

“It was a sinking ship to begin with. However, I had high hopes for it. I hoped that it would keep going, and every time that I would beg and borrow and keep it going in every way that I could possibly keep it going, we would get hit with something,” owner Jenny DeYoung said.  

DeYoung bought the place seven years ago, but it first welcomed customers 43 years ago. Yet now, it is all coming to a close for a variety of reasons.

“I tried to keep it up running, but first there were the fires, then the pandemic, online business. It has become too much,” DeYoung said. 

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DeYoung says despite her sadness about the end, she continues to enjoy listening to people shopping for a gem they simply must have. Customers on Tuesday shared how disappointed they were about the doors shutting.

DeYoung says she has an online store and hopes to keep that running, also as an artist and designer she wants to expand her own line.  There is no set date for the closure. DeYoung says for now, it is just one day at a time.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/santa-rosa-costume-store-closing-after-43-years/

LeBron James becomes NBA’s all-time leading scorer

The NBA’s career scoring record now belongs to a kid from Akron.

Lakers star LeBron James has surpassed the record set by fellow Laker legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar more than thirty years ago.

The record-breaking feat came during the waning moments of the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home in the Crypto.com Arena.

It was a routine one-footed fadeaway at the elbow that James had hit hundreds of times before. But this one rewrote the history books.

An unremarkable play for a remarkable competitor.

Born in 1984 in Akron, Ohio, LeBron James, the only child of Gloria James, excelled as a multisport athlete at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School.

Highlight reels and magazine covers made him the most-watched NBA prospect since Abdul-Jabbar himself and turned into a household name before ever stepping onto an NBA court.

Like many of his contemporaries at the time, James forwent the college experience and instead decided to jump head first into the pros. He exceeded all expectations along the way.

Career Points: 0

Drafted No. 1 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft to his hometown-adjacent Cleveland Cavaliers, even NBA analysts were shocked at how quickly James assimilated himself into the league. He was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 2004 and then would rattle off a string of All-Star and All-NBA appearances for the Cavaliers.

His likeness graced video game covers, magazines, billboards and grocery store products. His very existence gave an economic boost to an entire region; LeBron was bigger than basketball.

In his first seven seasons as a member of the Cavaliers, James earned two MVP Awards, six All-Star selections, a Rookie of the Year trophy and an NBA Finals appearance in 2007.

But the greatest success continued to elude him in Ohio.

Career Points: 15,251

Despite nearly a decade of excellence, James was unable to get over the proverbial hump and make it to the top of the mountain as an NBA champion. A failure which critics happily and readily deployed at a moment’s notice and was a large contributing factor that led to the next chapter of his evolution as one of the sport’s greatest.

His career took an unexpected and controversial turn with “The Decision,” a primetime television special in which he announced his intentions to take his “talents to South Beach,” and join the Miami Heat. It was there where LeBron won his first of four NBA titles, sharing the court with his longtime friends Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

LeBron, widely regarded as a villain for the first time in his career, struggled in his first Finals appearance with the Heat — a matchup with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. Nowitzki, who himself suffered years of ridicule for his inability to win on the largest stage, finally broke through and led the on-paper underdog Mavericks to a title and a Larry O’Brien trophy, denying James his first taste of the league’s top prize.

But the disappointment would end for the King just the following year. In his second season with Miami, LeBron received his third MVP award and silenced all doubters as the league’s best player. He captured his first NBA Finals MVP after dispatching the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder in five games — a team comprised of three future MVPs in James Harden, eventual teammate, Russell Westbrook, and one of his greatest contemporaries and rivals: Kevin Durant.

James followed that season up with another NBA MVP and another Larry O’Brien in the first of two Finals matchups with the San Antonio Spurs. Despite his heroic play, that series will forever be remembered for a play in game that involved two of LeBron’s teammates. Late in Game 6 with the Heat trailing by 3, James missed a game-tying shot, Bosh grabbed the rebound off the miss and kicked it out to Ray Allen who tied the game with one of the league’s most iconic shots. The Heat would go on to win that game in overtime and then close out the series at home, securing LeBron James his second NBA championship.

But the sound of unfinished business eventually became too loud to ignore for James. After four years in South Beach, an experience he likened to four years in college, he published an article in Sports Illustrated in which he announced his plans to return to Cleveland in hopes of finally making good on his promise to win one for his hometown.

“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have,” James wrote. “I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

Career Points: 23,170

This time around, however, his old franchise had a full deck of talented young players and draft assets — highlighted by a 22-year-old Kyrie Irving, a 23-year-old Tristan Thompson and two No. 1 draft picks that the team would send off to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love.

LeBron James had a squad and he brought his winning ways with him from Miami.

The three-headed monster of James, Irving and Love eventually found its footing and developed into one of the league’s most prolific offenses.

In his first year back in a Cavaliers jersey, James helped lead the team back to the NBA Finals. The only thing standing in their way: the soon-to-be greatest dynasty in a generation.

Making his fifth straight NBA Finals appearance, LeBron and co. went head-to-head with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

New head coach Steve Kerr, who left the broadcast booth to return to the hardcourt, unlocked a level of play that few in the Bay Area even dreamed possible. Alongside Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and the emerging Draymond Green, Curry was awarded his first MVP award after being the engine of a team that won the most games in the league.

In their first of four NBA Finals matchups, the Warriors made relatively quick work of the upstart Cavs, dispatching them in six games. Kevin Love was lost in the first round of the playoffs; Irving was injured in Game 1 of the Finals. Despite stellar play from James, who put the injured team on his proverbial back, it was Curry who held up the Larry O’Brien trophy in Quicken Loans Arena. Iguodala was chosen as the series MVP, despite some clamoring for James to be bestowed the honor, even in a loss.

Despite the disappointment, James managed to succeed where he faltered in his previous stint with the Cavaliers. His team managed to actually win a game in the NBA Finals.

LeBron would have to stew over the loss for an entire summer, before coming back the following season arguably more focused than ever.

Head coach David Blatt was fired mid-season and replaced by Ty Lue as the team’s new coach. Lue was a favorite assistant of LeBron’s and an NBA journeyman who played more than a decade in the league.

Again, the Cavaliers’ offense hummed to one of the top marks in the league. Again, the Warriors were along the way. Curry led Golden State to an NBA record 73 wins; James and the Cavaliers led the Eastern Conference with 57.

That led to the seemingly inevitable happening: an NBA Finals rematch between the Cavaliers and Warriors. This time, however, LeBron would get the last laugh.

A 3-1 start for the Warriors was derailed after Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 due to a string of kicking incidents throughout the season. The Cavaliers went on to even the series 3-3 before a final showdown in Oakland.

LeBron’s career-defining play came on the defensive end of that game — a tie-preserving chase down block of Iguodala with less than two minutes left in the game. The play will forever be known in the annals of NBA history as “The Block,” it even has its own Wikipedia page. Seconds later, Irving would hit a go-ahead three-pointer that is equally regarded as one of the greatest plays in NBA history.

LeBron would make a free throw with about ten seconds left on the clock that put the game out of reach for Golden State.

As the confetti dropped, the championship hats were getting ready to be dispersed and cameras flooded the court, LeBron was mobbed by his teammates. As he spoke to ESPN’s Doris Burke, he paused mid-sentence to declare: “Cleveland, this is for you.”

Career Points: 26,833

After that loss at the hands of LeBron and the Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors would reload their roster with the biggest free agent signing in history. Kevin Durant would join a team that won the most games in NBA history, and he and Curry would combine for the most deadly two-man combination in the league, with continued All Star play by Thompson and Green and a full cast of high level role players.

Durant would win his first title the following season, defeating James and the Cavaliers 4-1 and keeping them from a repeat performance at the game’s biggest stage.

For LeBron, the homecoming would eventually come to a logical conclusion as Cleveland’s roster began to show cracks and the team’s big three became a big two. Irving would demand a trade and be dealt to the Boston Celtics.

The trade haul for the multitime All Star did not meet the value of Irving’s contributions. But, thanks to a few deadline-day trades that brought some spark of life, the Cavaliers would be swept in four games in their fourth and final matchup against the Warriors in the Finals.

Perhaps the lasting memory of that disappointing series was LeBron’s shocked expression when teammate J.R. Smith forgot the score in Game 1, setting a tone for the remainder of the series and putting a spotlight on the talent disparity between LeBron’s Cavaliers and the greatest team ever assembled.

Career Points: 31,038

Always one for the spotlight, LeBron traded in Cleveland winters for the palm trees of Los Angeles.

The move gave James the chance to join another up-and-coming team with plenty of young talent and assets, and allowed him to pursue his business and entrepreneurial interests while continuing his playing career.

His time in Los Angeles has been… mixed.

In his first season with the Lakers, LeBron was joined by a ragtag group of 20-somethings with little-to-no track record of professional success. A team that looked to him for guidance, but a team that was ultimately not ready for the spotlight.

As the grizzled veteran on a team co-headlined by Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, LeBron would be at home watching the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.

The season was a low point in his career, but a pathway to success was clear.

The following season, the Lakers would consolidate their talent and draft equity to acquire arguably the best teammate LeBron had ever played with: Anthony Davis.

Davis had earned multiple All Star and All NBA appearances as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, but the Brown began to sour on his time in the big easy.

His career as a Pelican ended with a whimper as he sat out the remainder of the team’s games while not-so secretly lobbying for a change of scenery.

He would get that change in the summer when the Lakers offered essentially all of their picks and young players (sans Kuzma) to form the league’s most talented pick-and-roll duos.

LeBron, playing primarily point guard, would help lead the Lakers to the best record in the Western Conference before the unthinkable happened in the middle of the NBA season on a seemingly normal day in March.

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert would test positive for the coronavirus and the league, and the world, would come to a screeching halt.

For weeks, the sport’s leaders and biggest names debated how to proceed with the season, if they decided to play at all.

LeBron advocated for the continuation of the season, knowing that what was brewing on the Lakers was something special. He was right.

In a season that was shortened due to an unprecedented event, LeBron, Davis and a cast of high-level role players would travel to Orlando to finish the season in the strangest and most peculiar circumstances in league history: a bubble environment on Walt Disney World property.

Davis would hit his stride as a shooter, LeBron would up his game as a playmaker and the two would lock in as defenders during the most crucial moments. The Lakers would not lose more than one game per series on their way to the Finals — a matchup with LeBron’s former team, the Miami Heat.

It took six games and LeBron would average just shy of 30 points, 12 rebound and 8.5 assists per game en route to his fourth title. He was 35 years old.

In the years since, LeBron has missed the playoffs again as a Laker, and his current team is several games below .500. But on this day, no one seems to mind.

Not even the most dedicated of LeBron’s legion of haters and detractors can deny his place in history. The NBA scoring record is his.

Career points: 38,388 (and counting)

It was a record that stood for decades and took one of the game’s finest players playing well into his 40s to be set.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who blazed a trail as an outspoken civil rights advocate and an off-court enigma, laid down a blueprint that James followed. Work hard, work long and don’t take a day for granted.

His friends, adversaries and colleagues have spent the last several days reflecting on the accomplishment.

Durant, one of only a handful of players who can say they’ve gone toe to toe with the King and won, heaped praise on LeBron for adapting his game as his physical attributes began to change and continuing to push his body to play as often as he could.

Speaking on his podcast, Durant said of LeBron: “He’s 38 years old, he goes through so much off the floor as a man in general. His family, he’s got so many responsibilities. He still loves the game, he’s still getting up, playing back-to-backs … Man, salute to that.”

Stephen Curry, whose story cannot be told without mention of his many duels with James, released a pre-taped video statement to congratulate LeBron on ascending to the top of the league’s scoring list.

“Your sustained level of play for 20 years, pushing the envelope, reaching this pinnacle of scoring the basketball, it is unbelievable,” Curry said.

Curry, who amazingly enough was born in the same hospital as LeBron only a few short years later, reflected on what it meant to watch someone from his generation break the league’s long standing scoring record.

“It’s special,” Curry said. “The amount of battles we’ve had back and forth, me looking up to him before I even got to the league, it all makes the accomplishment special for this generation of players.”

Many of his peers and former teammates were in the building when LeBron eclipsed Kareem. Kareem was there, too.

Close family and childhood friends made the trip from Northeast Ohio to congratulate James in person. Hundreds of video camera, thousands of cell phone cameras and millions of fans watched with anticipation from the comfort of their homes.

For every failure and every success, LeBron James never shrunk under the weight of the massive expectations set out for him as a young kid from Akron. If there was ever any doubt that James would one day write his name in the history books, those thoughts should be cast aside.

LeBron James is the NBA scoring King, and long may he reign.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/lebron-james-becomes-nbas-all-time-leading-scorer/

Fentanyl-plagued San Francisco bracing for new street drugs

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — As San Francisco public health officials struggle to stem the tide of fentanyl, a new wave of deadly synthetic opioids is flooding into street drug scenes on the East Coast and Midwest.

New street drugs, including Tranq and ISO, are infiltrating illegal drug markets. San Francisco leaders say it’s likely only a matter of time before these drugs reach the Bay Area, and a tragic new chapter of the city’s overdose crisis will begin.

Supervisor Matt Dorsey sent a letter to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday seeking to ensure public health officers are prepared to monitor and track newly emerging drugs.

Dealers mix ISO, Tranq, and fentanyl into a wide range of street drugs. “With all the synthetic drugs out there, and the way they’re being mixed together, you never know what you’re actually buying,” warned DEA Intelligence Analyst Maura Gaffney.

Isotonitazene, also called nitazene, or ISO, is as dangerous as fentanyl, according to the DEA. 

“A drug that was never approved for medical use, nitazines are being sourced from China and being mixed into other drugs,” the DEA wrote. “In powder form, ISO can appear yellow, brown, or off-white in color. DEA regional forensic laboratories have seen this drug mixed into heroin and/or fentanyl, and marketed as common street drugs, with deadly consequences. However, in other parts of the country, ISO has already been seen pressed into counterfeit pills and falsely marketed as pharmaceutical medication.”

Tranq, also known as Xylazine, is an animal tranquilizer used for large livestock. “Xylazine is a non-opiate sedative, analgesic, and muscle relaxant only authorized in the United States for veterinary use according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” DEA officials wrote.

In a December 2022 report, the DEA reported that Tranq has been detected in a growing number of overdose deaths.

“If you have an opioid and a sedative, those two things are going to have stronger effects together,” Chelsea Shover, an epidemiologist at UCLA, told KHN. Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal medication, would not be able to save someone who overdosed with Tranq, experts say.

Supervisor Dorsey said the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office serves an essential role saving lives of San Franciscans struggling with substance use disorders. The supervisor described the city’s opioid epidemic as “a public health calamity that far surpasses COVID-19 and is historically unprecedented since the deadliest days of the AIDS crisis.”

Dorsey said rapid and reliable testing and reporting of new drugs emerging in the city is critical.

Overdoses are currently the leading cause of preventable death among people ages 18 to 45 in America, outpacing deaths from car crashes and suicides, according to the CDC.

In San Francisco last year, 620 people died from drug overdose deaths, with 72 percent attributed to fentanyl, according to city data.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/fentanyl-crisis/fentanyl-plagued-san-francisco-bracing-for-new-street-drugs/

Biden talks Paul Pelosi attack at State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON) — In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Joe Biden spoke about the attack on Paul Pelosi in San Francisco in October. Pelosi was attacked by a man holding a hammer in an incident that was captured on camera.

“Here tonight in this chamber is the man who bears the scars of that brutal attack, but is as tough and strong and as resilient as they get,” Biden said. “My friend, Paul Pelosi.”

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He went on to speak out against political violence in America and promote the importance of democracy.

“My fellow Americans, we meet tonight at an inflection point. One of those moments that only a few generations ever face, where the decisions we make now will decide the course of this nation and of the world for decades to come,” he said.

Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked on Oct. 28, 2022. David DePape is accused of breaking into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home and attacking Mr. Pelosi with a hammer.

Video footage of the attack shows DePape declining police officers’ commands to drop the hammer before swinging it at Mr. Pelosi. Prosecutors wrote that Mr. Pelosi was unresponsive for about three minutes after the assault.

DePape was interrogated by San Francisco Police Department Lt. Carla Hurley and admitted to committing the attack. He said he was targeting Nancy Pelosi and would’ve broken her kneecaps “if she told a lie.” Nancy Pelosi was not home at the time of the break-in.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/biden-talks-paul-pelosi-attack-at-state-of-the-union-address/

Capitola business owner attends State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KRON) – Each member of Congress gets a “plus one,” for Tuesday night’s State of The Union Address. Rep. Jimmy Panetta of California’s 19th Congressional District chose a business owner from Capitola who is still rebuilding after the intense storms of the new year.

KRON4 first met Chuck Hammers during President Biden’s visit to Capitola on Jan. 19 and talked with him Tuesday about what he was looking forward to from the speech.

Hammers has watched every State of The Union Address since he can remember, but Tuesday was his first time seeing it in person. It is a chance to be a part of history and represent an entire community still rebuilding. Since President Biden toured Downtown Capitola last month, the cost of damages has kept climbing for Hammers at Pizza My Heart.

“The more we dig into that building the more we find, so we’ve had to replace all the plumbing underneath the building. It just all got wiped out,” Hammers said. 

He says it will take about half a million dollars to get him and the other three restaurants in his building back open. He gave KRON4 an update Tuesday in front of Capital Hill where he’ll be Panetta’s guest for the president’s State of The Union Address. Hammers met the Congressman less than 24 hours after his business was flooded.

“He was the first federal person to be on-site. He was on-site the next day, and we all really appreciated that, and he’s been back to visit. He came in last weekend and checked on the whole thing,” Hammers said.

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When the president walked through Pizza My Heart, he promised federal relief and as of Friday, residents and business owners can now apply for FEMA assistance.

“They got more rain in a single day than they get in an entire year in parts of the state. Drenching rain, powerful winds, floods, landslides, but you don’t feel it until you walk the streets,” Biden said,

Hammers says Pizza My Heart doesn’t face the ocean, so he’ll be able to re-open in about a week. Other businesses beside him in Capitola will take more time, with the goal of re-opening by spring break. 

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/capitola-business-owner-attends-state-of-the-union-address/

Oakland police chief sends letter demanding to be reinstated

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong sent a letter Tuesday to the city’s mayor and police commission demanding he be reinstated after being placed in administrative leave last month. Oakland’s new mayor, Sheng Thao placed Armstrong on paid leave back on Jan. 19, citing his handling of officer misconduct investigations.

While Armstrong maintains he has done nothing wrong, the mayor wants the city’s independent oversight bodies to review the matter before she makes any final decision on the chief’s future. 

The letter sent to the mayor is confidential, but in a statement Chief Armstrong said:

“The letter is a detailed, comprehensive analysis of the flaws in the report’s conclusions about me by a law firm working for the federal monitor. The facts demonstrate that I acted properly, following all policies and procedures. I did nothing wrong.” 

Armstrong went on to say, “I deserve to be reinstated to protect the public and to protect my well-earned reputation.”

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The mayor’s decision to bench Chief Armstrong has been met with anger from a wide cross-section of Oakland’s community. There have been numerous rallies calling for the chief’s immediate reinstatement. On Tuesday, there was one outside Oakland police headquarters.  Families of murder victims were among those who spoke out in favor of the chief’s reinstatement.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/oakland-police-chief-sends-letter-demanding-to-be-reinstated/

Arrests made in triple Santa Rosa stabbing and shooting

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KRON) — Three people were arrested in connection to a stabbing and shooting in Santa Rosa that left one man dead.

The homicide victim was identified by police as Asante VanDyke, 27, of Santa Rosa. Two more victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

The violence broke out at 1:50 a.m. on February 2 at the intersection of Mendocino Avenue and Carrillo Street.

According to Santa Rosa Police Department Violent Crime Team detectives, “It appears the victims were in an argument with an unknown number of suspects. The argument escalated to violence when the suspects began stabbing and shooting the victims.”

“Witnesses and evidence on the scene helped identify three possible suspects,” police wrote.

Hours later, a SWAT team found and arrested Richard Fabian Ponce, 25, of Windsor. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for homicide and attempted homicide.

The following day, 35-year-old Evelina Trujillo was arrested at her home on Martina Avenue in Santa Rosa. She is accused of accessory after the fact to homicide.

On Monday night, police nabbed a third suspect, Trujillo’s boyfriend. Police arrested Braulio Garcia III, 36, of Santa Rosa, on suspicion of homicide and attempted homicide.

“Garcia and Trujillo are boyfriend and girlfriend,” police said.

Detectives are still looking for a fourth suspect, 39-year-old Louis Campos of Santa Rosa, who remains at-large.

Anyone with information about Campos’ whereabouts is encouraged to call SRPD at 707-528-5222.

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Police are still searching for 39-year-old Louis Campos of Santa Rosa. (SRPD mugshot)

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Sonoma County Alliance Community Engagement and Safety Rewards Fund for information leading to Campos’ arrest.

VanDyke’s family described his death as senseless violence.

“Our niece Kelli … lost her young son Asante to a senseless, violent homicide. Asante was stabbed and succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, leaving Kelli and his grandmother in complete horror and disbelief,” VanDyke’s family wrote on GoFundMe. “Asante was well liked in his community, loved photography and was exceptionally close to his mother and grandmother. He was a sweet soul.”

A second victim is still recovering in a hospital, and the third victim was released from the hospital, according to police.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/arrests-made-in-triple-santa-rosa-stabbing-and-shooting/