SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — It is the last week for San Jose city officials to clear its largest homeless encampment.
The Federal Aviation Administration gave the city until September 30 to empty out the area near San Jose International Airport, but now there is a new problem. There are no baseball games going on at Columbus Park.
Instead of a pitcher on the mound, the field is filled with cars, RVs and tents with people living on the dirt. “Kids can’t use it, it’s unhealthily for kids to use it, needles other stuff out there,” said a San Jose resident.
The San Jose resident said kids need the field to play and grow. Instead, it is serving as home for residents of the encampment.
”I had a tent over there (by the airport), what happened? They told us to move,” said a resident of the homeless encampment.
The City of San Jose told KRON4:
“We are still assessing the Columbus Park situation, as our current priorities are finding resources for the individuals currently living in the FAA land area and clearing the open space as required by September 30.”
So far the city has housed 174 people from that area, but 100 more are still in limbo. “I want to know where can I live,” said a resident of the encampment.
Some parents just want a place for their kids to play. “What are we going to do? it’s kind of a tough situation,” one told KRON4.
(KRON) — An armed robber led police on a chase early Sunday morning, according to a statement from the City of Oakley.
At 3:16 a.m. on Sunday, OPD officers were called to the AMPM station at 2160 Laurel Road due to a report of an armed robbery. Officers who arrived on scene moments later determined that the store clerk had been robbed at gunpoint.
Officers obtained security video evidence from the incident, and they noticed that all cash from the register as well as multiple packs of cigarettes were stolen during the robbery. Police say the suspect then fled the area in a black Honda. The license plate of the vehicle was visible in the security footage.
Dispatchers broadcasted the license plate details to local authorities, and officers with Antioch Police Department spotted the car on Hwy 4. According to police, officers pursued the vehicle before the driver lost control and crashed.
The driver was later identified as Johnathan Bordelon, 26, of Concord. He was arrested at the scene, and the stolen property was recovered along with a firearm. The store clerk at the AMPM station identified Bordelon as the robber.
During the investigation, police learned the suspect’s vehicle had been stolen during a carjacking that occurred in Antioch the day before. The vehicle was returned to the owner. Bordelon was brought to the hospital for medical clearance before he was booked into jail.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) — The Oakland Fire Department responded to a likely car fire that spread to vegetation and grew to a four-alarm fire Monday evening, it said on Twitter. OFD has contained the fire and crews remained in the area extinguishing hot spots.
The fire is on the westbound side of Interstate-580, near the Edwards exit, OFD said. The fire has slowed down traffic on westbound I-580.
OFD said that while the fire is active, no structures have been threatened and no injuries have been reported. It was first reported at 6:47 p.m. and was contained by 7:30 p.m.
You can watch video of the fire above.
Several other fires burned along I-580 in Oakland in the past few weeks. One fire burned four buildings west of 35th Avenue on Sept. 16. OFD suspected arson when three other fires burned near the highway on Sept. 20.
This is a developing story. Stick with us for updates.
(KRON) — The Centers for Disease Control has released new data showing COVID-19 boosters provide significant protection against hospitalization and death, especially compared to those who are unvaccinated.
“I think the case to get boosted particularly if you haven’t had a booster in more than four or five months, I think is ironclad. I just don’t see any reasonable evidence-based argument against it,” said Dr. Bob Wachter, Chair UCSF Department of Medicine.
However, the more boosters that come, the fewer Americans get them. So far only 4.4 million Americans, which amounts to less than 2% of those eligible, have received that updated BA.5 specific booster.
“It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve seen lower uptake of every booster. Each one has seen a little bit drop off with each new booster,” added Dr. Wachter.
According to Dr. Wachter, those waiting to get the booster should not wait too long.
“Clearly if you’ve had COVID or gotten your last booster in the last three months, I think it’s perfectly fine for you to wait. If you’ve gotten COVID or you had your last booster more than six months ago, particularly if you’re at higher risk. I don’t think you should wait,” said Wachter.
Wachter said the risk of long COVID is reason enough to avoid getting COVID-19, but so is the fact that getting COVID increases your risk for a variety of other illnesses.
“A new study just came out looking at the risk of clot a year from now higher, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cognitive decline all higher. To me, it’s a pretty powerful argument to try to avoid getting COVID if you can,” said Wachter.
Wachter said there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the lull we are having now but do not expect it to last indefinitely. In fact, the United Kingdom was enjoying a similar lull and yet in the last week hospitalizations there have jumped 17 percent.
“If everybody is quote ‘over it,’ lets their guard down to spending more time inside. I think it is likely that we’ll see an uptick in cases. Whether we see a major surge in hospitalizations, a lot of that is unpredictable. Some of it depends on whether people get boosted and I think with that we are gonna have to see,” said Wachter.
ANTIOCH, Calif. (KRON) — A small dog was walking on a leash with its owner in an East Bay park when a pack of coyotes attacked on Monday, park officials said.
The pooch “was attacked by coyotes and dragged away from the owner. The owner chased after and recovered her injured dog from the coyotes,” the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department wrote.
The coyotes ran off into the hills of Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch before officers arrived.
The dog is expected to survive its injuries.
“We share our open spaces with many animals, including some which can harm pets. Experts recommend shouting / throwing objects at coyotes if you are confronted — running away can be seen as weakness,” park police wrote.
Police said if you see a coyote exhibiting aggressive behavior, call EBRPD’s Dispatch at 510-881-1833.
An Amber Alert was issued after a man wanted on suspicion of killing his wife in a domestic violence shooting allegedly abducted their 15-year-old daughter.
The shooting was reported around 7:35 a.m. near the intersection of Mallory Street and Cypress Avenue.
The scene is near Cypress Elementary School, which was temporarily locked down amid the investigation. Truman Middle School is also not far from the where the shooting occurred.
The woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital where she later died, Fontana police said. She has not been identified at this time, but police have confirmed that she is the wife of the suspect.
Another victim was shot at but was not hit.
Police are looking for 45-year-old Anthony John Graziano in connection with the shooting. He is considered armed and dangerous and is believed to be with his 15-year-old daughter, Savanna Graziano.
They were last seen at Sierra Avenue and Valley Boulevard in Fontana.
Graziano is believed to be driving a white 2017 Nissan Frontier with California license plate number 44305G2. The vehicle has an overlanding rack over the bed of the truck as well as a distinct “Pro-4X” “animal” sticker on the rear quarter panel, police said.
The California license plate on the suspect’s truck is expired, but he has an active one out of Arizona, police added.
Anthony Graziano is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
His daughter is 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighs about 110 pounds and also has brown hair and eyes.
Authorities ask anyone who sees the vehicle or the suspect to call 911.
The Amber Alert was issued for San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern and Los Angeles counties.
Few details about what led up to the shooting have been released, but witnesses described the chaos that unfolded as parents were dropping off their children at school.
A neighbor told KTLA she saw the suspect running away and continuing to fire shots.
“He was shooting while he was going,” Dorothy Carreon said. “People were running all over with their kids in every which direction.”
One parent was dropping off his son at school when he heard 10 shots. He said the victim was in a van that eventually crashed.
“I realized something was not right,” the parent, who did not want to be identified, said. He added that the woman eventually got out of the van and ran before falling on the ground. But what stuck with him the most was “the fear in her face.”
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KRON) — A small business owner in the heart of San Jose is picking up the pieces after a break-in on Monday left a trail of broken glass behind.
A security video caught view of a person loitering around the front of a business called Re-Mobilizers on early Monday morning. Not long after, the suspect used a window-breaking tool to shatter the front door of the business.
Next the person headed inside the business, and out of frame, before they came back into view with an electric wheelchair. The person wheeled the wheelchair over to the car and jammed it into the back seat before appearing to be spooked by a nearby bystander. The suspect then hopped into their car and sped off.
Brian O’Donnell, the owner of Re-Mobilizers, has been serving people with mobility issues in the Bay Area for decades. O’Donnell’s mother had polio and needed a wheelchair, so his father learned how to fix them. Then in 1991, their family business was born.
O’Donnell says he had no idea the break-in even happened until speaking to his manager Monday morning.
“I got a phone call from my office manager asking what happened because the building was boarded up,” he tells KRON4. It wasn’t until O’Donnell went back and reviewed footage from his security camera that he learned what occurred.
Police couldn’t get ahold of O’Donnell on Sunday, so the City of San Jose contacted a construction company to come out, board up the windows, and lock up the building. O’Donnell says he still hasn’t gotten ahold of police to learn what his next steps are. He hopes that by providing them with the video it can shed more light on their investigation.
All said, O’Donnell is thankful the thief did not get away with more items from his store, “He didn’t get too much, but that chair retails from $2,500-$3,000,” O’Donnell said. O’Donnell was able to get the scooter registered with its manufacturer on Monday to ensure that the stolen chair won’t be eligible for repairs.
The biggest concern for O’Donnell? The clients he will have to reschedule this week due to the incident. “I had to reschedule with a veteran who needed repairs on his lift. He’s completely stuck in his house right now,” O’Donnell said.
O’Donnell is now looking into upgrading his security system, but he worries that wouldn’t have helped much in this case. “I understand why we have needed masks, and I support that, but it’s frustrating when people can wear masks and a hoodie and you can’t tell who they are,” O’Donnell told KRON4.
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A fire engine went for a free ride on Friday morning, and it took out a few cars along the way, according to a statement from San Francisco Fire Department.
On Friday morning at 10:25 a.m., the team on Engine 24 was doing morning checks when the air break became dislodged. Engine 24 rolled half a block and caused damage to six cars along the way, according to SFFD.
No injuries were reported in the incident. SFFD states that the city has insurance and those who were affected by the incident will have assistance.
SFFD crew members spoke with the San Francisco Police Department as well as multiple property owners when the incident occurred. According to SFFD, the police who investigate the collision will contact all impacted property owners and clean up debris.
FREMONT, Calif. (BCN) — One person is dead following a collision involving a big-rig early Monday morning in Fremont, police said.
Officers were sent at 4:15 a.m. to Stewart Avenue and Boyce Road for a collision. A passenger vehicle was traveling west on Stewart Avenue and as it entered the intersection it collided with a big-rig, according to police. The big-rig was traveling north on Boyce Road, police said.
One of the three occupants in the passenger vehicle died, according to police. The driver of the big-rig escaped injury and cooperated with officers at the scene, police said.
Boyce Road between Stewart Avenue and Weber Road was closed for an investigation, but has reopened, police said. Anyone who saw the collision or has information about it can call police at (510) 790-6800 or email Officer Vincent Montojo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Officer Lan Tran at email@example.com.