Palo Alto woman robbed of jewelry, arrests made

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KRON) – Two men were arrested Sunday following an incident where one of the men robbed a woman of her necklace and phone, according to Palo Alto Police. Walter Randall Stokes, 28, of Oakland and Melvin Caldwell King, 24, of Antioch were arrested.

The woman was walking in the 300 block of Manzanita Avenue when Stokes approached her, ripped her necklace off, and pushed her to the ground after she said hello to him. The woman took out her phone to take a picture of the suspect as he was walking away, police said.

Stokes walked back towards her, which prompted the woman to throw her phone into a yard away from her. He grabbed the phone from the ground and fled the scene, according to police.

Officers arrived shortly after the woman returned to her home and reported the incident. An officer was able to locate a parked vehicle with two men inside and one of them matched the description of the robbery suspect.

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Stokes fled on foot while the King walked away. Police officers chased and arrested Stokes. King walked back to the vehicle and was arrested without incident, police said.

It was later determined that the car the two men were in was a stolen car that had been reported the day before in Berkeley. Police were able to locate the victim’s phone, according to police.

Stokes was booked into jail for robbery, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. King was arrested for possession of stolen property and accessory to a felony.

The stolen necklace, which was costume jewelry, was not able to be located. Police said it was worth less than $50. The woman sustained minor injuries to her ankle and shin.

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Sisters call for community’s help to save church

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) – In the South Bay, two sisters who are co-pastors are calling on the community to help save their church. They have been struggling since the pandemic to keep up with payments as membership dropped and have since filed for bankruptcy.

The ‘Light of the World’ church in southeastern San Jose was founded in 1964 by their father. Since he died in 2009, the sisters have been leading the congregation and want to keep the legacy going strong.

Co-pastor Theodoris Young said while some of her parishioners still rely on joining sermons online, she has about 100 members, 40 of whom consistently attend service in-person on Tuesdays and Sundays. The church hosts bible studies on-site on Quimby Road at the edge of Mount Hamilton Road.

They have groups for adults and kids who are also served breakfast on Sunday twice a month. They’ve been hosting community projects in the Evergreen area to get the word out while helping out, giving away home goods despite their own struggles. Pastor Young describes her church as diverse and energetic.

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Young told KRON4 the goal is to raise at least $100,000 by October to get past the Chapter 11 bankruptcy and keep their doors open. To donate, click HERE.

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Raiders set to play remaining preseason games on KRON4

LAS VEGAS (KRON) — Before starting their quest to return to the NFL postseason for a second-straight year, the Las Vegas Raiders have three preseason games remaining. Each will be shown exclusively on KRON4, with a half-hour pre-game show before kickoff and a post-game show after the game ends.

Star wide receiver Davante Adams could make his debut in the silver and black in one of those games. Adams was traded to the Raiders after eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, where he helped quarterback Aaron Rodgers win the NFL’s MVP award in back-to-back season.

Adams will join a Raiders squad that earned a playoff spot last season for the first time since 2016. Their road to return projects to be challenging, as they will have to go through star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson in the AFC West.

The Raiders have already played one preseason game, opening the NFL preseason against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Hall of Fame game. Here is the schedule for their remaining games, shown exclusively on KRON4.

August 14 vs. Vikings, 1:25 p.m.

The Raiders will take on the Minnesota Vikings in their first year under new Head Coach Kevin O’Connell on Sunday, August 14 at 1:25 p.m. KRON4’s pre-game show with Jason Dumas and Kylen Mills will start at 12:30 p.m.

August 20 vs. Dolphins, 4:00 p.m.

Two of the biggest names to change teams in the offseason when Adams and the Raiders travel to South Beach for a bout with Tyreek Hill and the Dolphins. Jason Dumas and Kate Rooney will host the pre-game show starting at 3:30 p.m.

August 26 vs. Patriots, 5:15 p.m.

The Raiders’ final tune-up game will be against the New England Patriots. KRON4 will have an hour-long pre-game show beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Kate Rooney and Kylen Mills.

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Sonoma teens save friend’s life after he collapses on basketball court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Three Sonoma teens were honored at the Capitol by state Senator Bill Dodd on Monday for heroic actions that saved the life of their friend, and the family who donated the life-saving device was there to celebrate.

On June 15 Toby Ford-Monroe, Mason Matulaitis, and Nate Jordan were playing basketball with their friend Mikey Serbicki at the Sonoma Valley High School. Serbicki collapsed on the court, and the three teens immediately began providing CPR before deploying an automated external defibrillator (AED) to restart his heart. Paramedics arrived and were able to transport Serbicki to a local hospital; he has now made a full recovery.

“If it wasn’t for them, the situation might not have turned out the way it did. Their actions saved a life and inspired an entire community. I am proud to recognize these heroes at the Capitol today.” said Sen. Dodd.

This is an image of the AED donated by the Just1Mike Foundation.
The AED donated to Sonoma Valley High by Just1Mike (photo courtesy of Just1Mike Foundation)
Mike Brindley, courtesy of Brindley family

Mikey Serbicki has another Mike to thank for the device that saved his life, Mike Brindley. Brindley was an avid sports fan and a huge fan of basketball. He dreamt of being a sports broadcaster one day, and he even authored a detailed sports blog called Just1Mike. Mike died in June 2016 at age 16 when he collapsed playing basketball with friends and his heart stopped. There was no AED nearby.

When Kristy and Bob Brindley lost their son, they knew they couldn’t let another parent go through that same pain. They started a foundation called, and began funding heart screenings at local schools. When the pandemic hit, screenings had to take a pause for safety, but that didn’t stop the Brindleys.

The Brindleys pivoted the Just1Mike model and began donating AEDs. After the Brindleys made Sonoma their home two years ago, they donated an AED to the Sonoma Valley High’s athletic complex. It was that very AED that saved Mikey Serbicki’s life.

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“It’s been overwhelming honestly, and we’re so thankful that the boys knew what to do,” Brindley told KRON4. The bigger issue that the Brindleys want to highlight is the risk that children face with congenital heart conditions, “From what we understand, one in every 300 kids has a chance of having a congenital heart condition that goes undetected,” Brindley says.

Simple EKG screenings for all children could save lives. A bill authored this year by California State Senator Brian Jones, SB 1135, would provide funding to support heart screenings for children in grades 5-12.

On Monday the Brindleys met 16-year-old Mikey Serbicki and his family for the first time at the state Capitol. Kristy Brindley says the meeting was meaningful, “with our boys having the same names and having the same age…it was emotional. But my husband and I had always said that our goal is to keep another community from suffering this tragedy.” The community of Sonoma has one more child tonight thanks to the efforts of the Brindleys and the swift actions of Serbicki’s friends.

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High school water polo team swimming from Alcatraz to SF

DANVILLE, Calif. (KRON) — For teenagers thinking about joining one Bay Area high school’s boys water polo team, trying out year is not for the faint of heart.

Young athletes who make it past tryouts at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville will be swimming from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco as their first team challenge.

On August 13, the water polo players will join Team Hydro and charge into Alcatraz’s icy-cold waters as part of the 18th-annaul Alcatraz Swim for Hydrocephalus Research.

“My brother and I both played water polo at San Ramon in the 90s and early 00’s. So to see the team rally around the cause like this really means a lot,” said Peter Finlayson, Team Hydro co-founder. “Our sister, Kate, loved swimming, but unfortunately her life was cut short by hydrocephalus. To see these young men willing to look beyond themselves and support the cause like this is inspiring.”

Swimming from “The Rock” requires a swimmer to navigate rough, choppy, and cold waters with strong currents for two miles.

San Ramon Valley High School hopes to contend for East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section titles again this season. Their coach, Jeff Mayers, said he wanted to challenge the team early in the season while also making a positive difference.

“As soon as I heard about Team Hydro and the amazing research they are funding, I knew that it was something we’d love to be a part of,” Mayers said. “Our team is hoping to be able to raise at least $7,500 towards the overall event goal of $75,000. We have over a dozen Wolves signed-up so far, and I’ve decided to take the plunge myself as well.”

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Highway collision leaves two drivers injured

PETALUMA, Calif. (BCN) — A collision on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma Monday morning left both drivers unconscious, police said.

Just before 6 a.m., a 35-year-old man in a white Chevrolet Spark was driving east on the highway between Frates Road and Browns Lane. Police said that he attempted to unlawfully overtake the vehicle in front of him.

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Upon crossing the double yellow lines, the driver collided with a car traveling in the opposite direction on the highway. The car was a white Toyota Rav 4 being driven by a 50-year-old woman.

Petaluma police and firefighters responded to the collision and asked motorists to avoid the area. They found both drivers unconscious and trapped in their vehicles.

Both drivers suffered moderate to severe injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Both drivers are expected to survive.

The vehicles were removed from the highway and the road reopened before 9 a.m.

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Two victims shot after an attempted robbery in Richmond

RICHMOND, Calif. (KRON) – Two people were shot in Richmond after an attempted robbery on Friday, according to Richmond Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene after receiving multiple ShotSpotter activations in the 200 block of Curry Street. Police located an AR-15 rifle in the victim’s vehicle.

The two victims were admitted to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. According to police, the two victims initially met with the two suspects to complete a purchase.

The suspects attempted to rob the victims of their cash during the transaction. That resulted in the suspect firing multiple rounds of the AR-15 into the victim’s vehicle after fighting over control of the rifle police said.

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The second suspect then fired off rounds from a handgun into the victim’s vehicle. The victim was able to gain control to the AR-15 before both suspects fled the scene, according to Richmond Police.

Police were able to find multiple expended rifle casings that were recovered at the scene. The investigation is currently ongoing.

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Kiely Rodni: What we know so far about the teen’s disappearance after a party in Truckee

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — A search is underway for 16-year-old Kiely Rodni, who was last seen Saturday at a party in Truckee. 

As search parties are conducted to find the missing teen, here is what we know so far about Rodni’s disappearance. 

Rodni’s last whereabouts

According to authorities, Rodni’s last known whereabouts were near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. She had attended a party where more than 100 minors and young adults were in attendance.

The sheriff’s office told FOX40 on Sunday that they’re treating her disappearance as a possible abduction, since her car, a 2013 silver Honda CRV, is also missing. Authorities said Rodni’s phone has been out of service since the party. 

The sheriff’s office described Rodni’s appearance as a casucian female who has blonde hair and hazel eyes and is approximately 5’7” and 115 pounds. 

She was last seen wearing a black tank top with green Dickies pants. Authorities say she has numerous piercings and jewelry, including a nose ring. 

On Monday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said detectives are continuing their search including the Prosser Lake area and are coordinating with the California Highway Patrol, Truckee Police, and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office to find Rodni. 

Authorities from Placer County said its air operations crew will be flying over the Interstate 80 corridor between Donner Summit and the Nevada state line. The sheriff’s office said numerous resources have already been utilized. 

Reward is offered as community comes together for search

A $50,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to finding Rodni, according to a website created to help find the missing teen. 

The reward money is coming from family, friends, local businesses and a GoFundMe account where people can donate to increase the size of the reward.  

The website,, was created by the family and includes information about Rodni’s disappearance. 

Tons of people gathered at the Truckee Recreation Center on Monday morning for search parties.

In an interview with FOX40, Sami Smith, one of Rodni’s close friends, said she last heard from the missing teen was on a phone call around 12:36 a.m. on Saturday. Since she last spoke with Rodni, no one has had contact or any sighting of her, Smith said. 

“We’re trying to look at all areas around here, even going down to San Francisco if anybody is willing to go down there,” Smith said. “She could be anywhere in the country at this point. We’re just trying to cover everywhere.” 

Rodni’s mother, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, shared an emotional plea to the community Sunday night, asking for help to find her daughter. 

“We just want her home and we’re so scared,” Rodni-Nieman said in a video posted by Placer County Sheriff’s Office. “We miss her so much and we love her so much. Kiely, we love you and if you see this, please just come home.” 

Who to contact if you have any information

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office established a tip line dedicated to the search for Rodni: 530-581-6320 option 7. Callers can remain anonymous. 

According to the website, info can be emailed at

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Oakland police search for missing, at-risk woman

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — The Oakland Police Department is looking for a woman who went missing on Monday morning. Linda ZeaZeas, 70, is considered at risk because she has Alzheimer’s.

ZeaZeas was last seen around 10:00 a.m. Monday in the 7100 block of Weld Street. She was wearing a pink jacket and black pants, OPD reports.

ZeaZeas is 5-foot-4, 115 pounds with gray hair and hazel eyes. Anyone who sees her is asked to call OPD’s missing person’s unit at (510) 238-3641.

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Dine & Dish: Teleferic Barcelona

(KRON) — Looking for Spanish food but can’t catch a flight to Barcelona? Check out Teleferic Barcelona in the South Bay, which gives patrons the whole Spanish experience.

Diners can eat flaming tabletop barbecue while listening to Spanish guitar and watching Spanish dancers. For more, watch Dine & Dish using the video player above.

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