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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

KTVU's Top Stories - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:08

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76.

He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, told The Canadian Press that Carter died in his sleep.

Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.

Carter was freed in November 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan's 1975 song "Hurricane," several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington, who received an Academy Award nomination for playing the boxer turned prisoner.

Carter's murder convictions abruptly ended the boxing career of a former petty criminal who became an undersized middleweight contender largely on ferocity and punching power.

Although never a world champion, Carter went 27-12-1 with 19 knockouts, memorably stopping two-division champ Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He also fought for a middleweight title in 1964, losing a unanimous decision to Joey Giardello.

In June 1966, three white people were shot by two black men at the Lafayette Bar and Grill in Paterson. Carter and Artis were convicted by an all-white jury largely on the testimony of two thieves who later recanted their stories.

Carter was granted a new trial and briefly freed in 1976, but sent back for nine more years after being convicted in a second trial.

Thom Kidrin, who became friends with Carter after visiting him several times in prison, told The Associated Press the boxer "didn't have any bitterness or anger — he kind of got above it all. That was his great strength."

"I wouldn't give up," Carter said in an interview on PBS in 2011. "No matter that they sentenced me to three life terms in prison. I wouldn't give up. Just because a jury of 12 misinformed people ... found me guilty did not make me guilty. And because I was not guilty, I refused to act like a guilty person."

Dylan became aware of Carter's plight after reading the boxer's autobiography. He met Carter and co-wrote "Hurricane," which he performed on his Rolling Thunder Revue tour in 1975. The song concludes: "That's the story of the Hurricane/But it won't be over till they clear his name/And give him back the time he's done/Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been/The champion of the world."

Muhammad Ali spoke out on Carter's behalf. Advertising art director George Lois and other celebrities also worked toward Carter's release.

With a network of friends and volunteers also advocating for him, Carter eventually won his release from U.S. District Judge H. Lee Sarokin, who wrote that Carter's prosecution had been "predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason, and concealment rather than disclosure."

Born on May 6, 1937, into a family of seven children, Carter struggled with a hereditary speech impediment and was sent to a juvenile reform center at 12 after an assault. He escaped and joined the Army in 1954, experiencing racial segregation and learning to box while in West Germany.

Carter then committed a series of muggings after returning home, spending four years in various state prisons. He began his pro boxing career in 1961 after his release, winning 20 of his first 24 fights mostly by stoppage.

Carter was fairly short for a middleweight at 5-foot-8, but he was aggressive and threw a lot of punches. His shaved head and menacing glower gave him an imposing ring presence, but also contributed to a menacing aura outside the ring. He was quoted as joking about killing police officers in a 1964 story in the Saturday Evening Post, which was later cited by Carter as a cause of his troubles with police.

Carter boxed regularly on television at Madison Square Garden and overseas in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Although his career appeared to be on a downswing before he was implicated in the murders, Carter was hoping for a second middleweight title shot.

Carter and Artis were questioned after being spotted in the area of the murders in Carter's white car, which vaguely matched witnesses' descriptions.

Both cited alibis and were released, but were arrested months later. A case relying largely on the testimony of thieves Alfred Bello and Arthur Bradley resulted in a conviction in June 1967.

Carter defied his prison guards from the first day of his incarceration, spending time in solitary confinement because of it.

"When I walked into prison, I refused to wear their stripes," Carter said. "I refused to eat their food. I refused to work their jobs, and I would have refused to breathe the prison's air if I could have done so."

Carter eventually wrote and spoke eloquently about his plight, publishing his autobiography, "The Sixteenth Round," in 1974. Benefit concerts were held for his legal defense.

After his release, Carter moved to Toronto, where he served as the executive director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted from 1993 to 2005. He received two honorary doctorates for his work.

Carter's papers will be sent to the Rubin Carter/John Artiz Innocence International Project at Tufts University in Boston, Kidrin said.

Director Norman Jewison made Carter's story into a well-reviewed biographical film, with Washington working closely alongside Carter to capture the boxer's transformation and redemption. Washington won a Golden Globe for the role.

"This man right here is love," Washington said while onstage with Carter at the Golden Globes ceremony in early 2000. "He's all love. He lost about 7,300 days of his life, and he's love. He's all love."

But the makers of "The Hurricane" were widely criticized for factual inaccuracies and glossing over other parts of Carter's story, including his criminal past and a reputation for a violent temper. Giardello sued the film's producers for its depiction of a racist fix in his victory over Carter, who acknowledged Giardello deserved the win.

Carter's weight and activity dwindled during his final months, but he still advocated for prisoners he believed to be wrongfully convicted.

Carter wrote an opinion essay for the New York Daily News in February, arguing vehemently for the release of David McCallum, convicted of a kidnapping and murder in 1985.

Kidrin said Carter would be cremated, with some of the ashes given to his family. Two sisters are among Carter's survivors, though Kidrin said Carter was alienated from many relatives.

Kidrin planned to sprinkle Carter's remains in the ocean off Cape Cod, where they spent the last three summers together. Artis planned to bring some of the ashes to a horse farm in Kentucky the boxer loved.

Kidrin spoke with Carter on Wednesday.

"He said, 'You know, look, death's coming. I'm ready for it. But it's really going to have to take me because I'm positive to the end.'"

Bay Area runners ready for memorable day in Boston

KTVU's Top Stories - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:30

On the eve of the 2014 Boston Marathon, a group of Bay Area runners milled about the city’s Boylston Street Sunday near the site of last year’s fatal bombing attack.

Among the local runners were Matt Laye and Julia Stamps-Mallon, both of Sausalito. They joined one of the largest groups to ever register for the race as a sign of solidary and remembrance for the three who were killed and 254 who were injured last year.

“It is to make a statement,” said Laye of why he chose to run his first Boston Marathon this year. “An event like that (the bombing) can’t influence the way we live our daily lives. For me, running epitomizes my daily life. So to come and run the race is making a statement for me. “

Stamps-Mallon agreed.

“It’s why everyone is out here,” she told KTVU’s Claudine Wong. “It’s to pay tribute to what happened last year. The excitement, the emotion – everyone is just so excited to get out there tomorrow to race and be part of the day.”

Generally, Stamps-Mallon said when she runs; she is concerned about her time and what place she finishes in. But not tomorrow.

“Tomorrow I want to be able to run well, but at the same time – for the first time – it’s not about me tomorrow,” she said. “It’s not about how fast I run or how I do. It’s about joining with everyone who is out there on the starting line and supporting what we are really here for.”

When asked about security, she quickly answered that she had no concerns.

“I have no fear at all,” she said. “I think if anything, you’re more looking at the excited faces and everyone is absolutely proud to be here.”

Nearby stood veteran Bay Area marathoner Dean Karnazes soaking up the buzz of the street scene.

“I’ve run in hundreds of marathons all over the world,” he told KTVU. “I’ve never seen anything like this. The show of support from both the runners and the fans is nothing like I’ve ever experience. It has exceeded my expectations.”

Kathy Johnson from Marin was about a ½ mile from the finish line last year when the explosions went off. She never got to finish the race.

“It means a lot to come back this year and actually cross the finish line,” she told KTVU. “Every time I walk by the finish line I get butterflies in my stomach. I can only imagine what I’ll feel like tomorrow.”

For the Hern family of Martinez, the return to Boston has even more meaning.

Aaron Hern was standing near the finish line, waiting for his mother to cross when the two blasts went off. He was knocked to the ground and hit by shrapnel, causing severe injuries to his left leg and rupturing his eardrums.

This year, Aaron will be at the finish line waiting for his mother and father to finish the race again.

“I’ve gone back to the site,” Aaron told KTVU. “And I didn’t feel as emotional as I thought I would. I thought it was bad to not feel emotions, but my mom said ‘You’ve gotten stronger.’”

Four stabbed in San Jose bar altercation

KTVU's Top Stories - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:55

A heated verbal altercation inside a San Jose bar early Sunday ended in a knife attack that left four young men with stab wounds, authorities said.

The incident took place at the SP2 Communal Bar and Restaurant located on North Almaden Ave. around midnight.

Arriving officers found four men in the 20s suffering from stab wounds. All four were transported to the hospital for treatment. Two with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. The condition of the other two was not immediately available.

No arrests had been made as of Sunday morning.

Iran slams seizure of NYC skyscraper to compensate victims of terrorism

KTVU's Top Stories - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:29

​It’s a Fifth Avenue skyscraper that houses Godiva and Juicy Couture, but the U.S. government says those tenants work inside a building with links to terrorism. 

Iran is condemning a U.S. court order requiring the owners of a 36-story New York City skyscraper to compensate victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism. (Via PressTV)   

It was built in the 1970s by a nonprofit with ties to the Shah of Iran. Prosecutors said the building’s owners violated U.S. sanctions by funneling millions in rental income to Iran’s state-owned bank. (ViaWYNW)

​In September, a U.S. district judge ordered the building be confiscated in what would mark the U.S. government's largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture. This week, a U.S. court ruled proceeds of that sale will go to families affected by Iran-sponsored terrorism.

That includes those killed in the 1983 bombings of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. (Via U.S. Marine Corps)

And the Khobar Towers U.S. Air Force bombing in 1996. WPIX spoke with one of the attorneys representing the families of terrorist attacks victims. (Via U.S. Department of Defense)

“What this shows is that an aggressive litigation strategy where lawyers go and pursue assets and find those assets. That can work, and it’s worked here,” attorney Jamie Bernard said.

​But Iran says the case is based on trumped up charges. It maintains the building promotes the Persian language and Islamic culture, and its seizure would violate the owner's right to religious freedom.

The BBC quotes a spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry who described the seizure of the building as politically motivated and said it “raises doubt about the credibility of U.S. justice."

The news comes at a tense time for the U.S. and Iran. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a law barring an Iranian diplomat from entering the country. This, over the man's alleged links to the Iranian hostage crisis. (Via Jewish News One)

Proceeds of the sale are expected to be divided among the families within the next year. The Alavi Foundation is expected to appeal the verdict.

'Johns' publicly shamed in tactic to curb prostitution

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 23:19

“Name 'em and shame 'em” might well be the motto of Richmond's strategy against prostitution. The Police Department is actively publicizing the names and faces of the "johns" they arrest.

"They were ashamed," said Officer Yesenia Rogers, as she showed KTVU three mug shots from the latest sting a few weeks ago.

The trio included a drug counselor, a personal injury attorney, and a father of five from a suburb twenty minutes away.

"They're just men looking for women," shrugged Officer Rogers, noting that sex trade customers come from all walks of life but frequently have the same story when they are caught welcoming a prostitute into their car.

"They'll say 'I was just driving by, I've never done this before, this was my first time ever, this is not me,'" recounted Rogers. "But we know that's not usually true."

Along Ohio Street and a long stretch of 23rd Avenue, women loiter and try to be inconspicuous as Rogers patrols with her partner, Officer Jennifer Cortez.

One of Richmond's street surveillance cameras provides them a description: white woman, black hair, leggings, maroon jacket.

Cruising past a low-rent hotel, the officers spot her, and pull-over to talk to her, but she is immediately defiant.

"I don't got a dollar to my name, so how was I soliciting?" she demands to know.

They search her, and find condoms in her pocket. 

"I don't carry condoms with me," chides Officer Rogers.

"Well, maybe you don't have to," the woman retorts.

She's handcuffed, while she's checked for outstanding warrants, but she's not the prime target for police. They know the sex workers are often desperate and addicted. They're after the pimps who exploit them, but it's difficult to convince the women to turn on them. 

"They think he's their boyfriend and they're in love, but he really is pimping them out," said Rogers.

In eight years of patrol in Richmond, and encounters with hundreds of women, she's found the vast majority don't like what they're doing.

"Two of them, when I asked, told me they enjoy what they do," Rogers recalled, "the others, no. It's just easy money."

And many prostitutes admit they have children who they no longer have custody of.

"Some of them, it's sad, because you can see it's not who they really are," observed Rogers.

Questioning a suspected streetwalker on 23rd Avenue, the officers pulled vials of pills from her purse, plus a syringe and small vials of liquid.

"That's for my infected finger," she declared, claiming to be drug-free. 

How to explain the meth pipe found in her purse?

"I don't have the slightest idea, I didn't put it in there," she said, as the officers listened knowingly.

She was transported to jail on outstanding warrants.

Later at the hotel, where the suspected prostitute was initially so belligerent, officers managed to calm her down and get an honest admission. 

"I hate prostituting; selling myself" she said grimly, "I've been dealing with it for many, many years. Too many!"

She received a warning and was let go.

By outing customers, police hope to curb demand. They want men who come to Richmond to buy sex to be aware that their identities will show up on Facebook, Twitter, and the evening news.

1 suspect killed, 3 arrested after residential burglary

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 23:01

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a shooting on Friday in Richmond that left a 28-year-old man dead and injured a 71-year-old man, police said Saturday.

At about 1 a.m. on Friday police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 1300 block of Coalinga Avenue where a 71-year-old resident had also reported a burglary, according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.

Officers arrived to find the 71-year-old resident suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg outside a building used as a home and a plumbing business, Abetkov said.

The man was airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was listed in stable condition on Friday, according to Abetkov.

A short time later, three men in a vehicle transported a gunshot victim to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, located about a mile from the site of the shooting on Coalinga Avenue.

That victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. He has been identified as Pierre Andre Reddrick Jr., 28, of Richmond, a Contra Costa County coroner's deputy said.

Police detained the three men in the vehicle for questioning at the hospital, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.

Richmond residents Terrell Franklin, 27, and Devonte Lewis, 21, and Hercules resident Michael Pitre, 28, were arrested for homicide,

attempted homicide and burglary, Hill said. Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and talking with witnesses.

Bay Area mariners, beachgoers, surfers advised to be aware of high surf this weekend

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:33

Mariners, surfers and beachgoers in the Bay Area are advised by the U.S. Coast Guard to use caution as high surf is expected to pass through Northern California Saturday and Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high-surf warning for the California coastline today from Sonoma County in the north to Monterey County in the south.

The high-surf warning also means that there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves on west and northwest facing beaches, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mariners are advised to stay informed and abreast of changing weather conditions by monitoring storms through local radio, television and via the Internet, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mariners should remember to always wear life jackets while on the water and have a working VHF marine radio aboard their vessel.

The U.S. Coast Guard is reminding mariners to file a float plan with friends, family members and local marinas before heading out on the water. The list should include the number of passengers aboard the vessel, the vessel's destination, a description of the vessel, and an expected time of return.

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging all mariners to ensure that their vessels have marine flares onboard and to check that bilge pumps are operational and that vessels are secure enough to endure heavy winds and rain.

Mariners are encouraged to check NOAA's website at www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/ for both current and predicted weather and water conditions. Additional boating safety information is available to the public at www.uscgboating.org.

Officer released from hospital following crash with fleeing robbery suspects

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:31

A police officer has been released from the hospital after suffering injuries in a crash with a vehicle driven by armed robbery suspects in San Francisco's Richmond district Saturday, a police spokeswoman said.

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

An officer in a patrol car spotted the suspects' vehicle at the intersection of Cabrillo Street and 28th Avenue about 10 minutes later and pursued the suspects.

The chase ended a short time later when the suspect vehicle and the officer's car collided at Lincoln Way and 20th Avenue, Newman said.

Both occupants of the suspect vehicle were arrested.

The officer involved in the crash was taken to a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening and released later Saturday, the spokeswoman said.

The passenger and the driver of the suspect vehicle were transported to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening and were both later released from the hospital and taken into custody, Newman said.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle has been identified as Kenneth Perry, 48, and the passenger has been identified as Joseph Depaoli, 37, both of San Francisco, according to Newman.

Perry was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, two counts of aggravated assault, felony evading and reckless driving, resisting arrest and for probation violation, Newman said. 

Depaoli was arrested for being a felon in possession of ammunition and for probation violation.

The robbery and crash remains under investigation, Newman said.

Powdered alcohol gets thumbs-up from U.S. regulators

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 22:28

The same government that won't let us have commercial drones or home DNA testing kits has made yet another brilliant regulatory decision. The U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has just approved — wait for it — powdered alcohol.

A Bevlaw blogger first spotted the application, which approves seven different varieties of powdered alcohol. The blogger writes, "I am not astonished that this is a real product — but I am absolutely astonished that this is approved. ... The person that pushed this through must be very patient or lucky." (Via Lehrman Beverage Law)

Powdered alcohol isn't a totally novel concept — in 2007, food technology students in the Netherlands came up with Booz2Go, a just-add-water powder which could turn any drink into an alcohol. (Via YouTube / Diagonal Line)

The alcohol powder that will be coming to the States includes vodka and rum powders, along with powdered cocktails like Lemon Drop, Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Margarita. They're all going to be marketed under the brand ... *deep sigh* ... "Palcohol."

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In what appears to be one of its rare moments of maturity, the Internet has greeted Palcohol with skepticism. Gawker calls Palcohol "a product that, in the wrong hands, could make the darkest days of the Four Loko era look tame."

And The Braiser rants, "An alcoholic product that could easily be confused for a Crystal Lite package CLEARLY WON’T CAUSE ANY TROUBLE, RIGHT GUYS? *facepalm*"

Meanwhile, under the lede "Well, this sure is a terrible idea," Refinery29 notes most Palcohol products are advertised as containing about 55 percent to 65 percent alcohol by volume. "We can practically hear the chorus of stomach pumps now."

And if you're wondering where all this animosity toward Palcohol is coming from, just check out the company's sales pitch.

This cached version of the Palcohol website — pre-federal approval, of course — features a list of "possibilities" for the product. The list includes dodging expensive booze prices at clubs and concert, smuggling alcohol into the big game, and mixing powdered vodka into your next omelet.

And then there's this paragraph, reprinted in full. "Let's talk about the elephant in the room ... snorting Palcohol. Yes, you can snort it. And you'll get drunk almost instantly because the alcohol will be absorbed so quickly in your nose. Good idea? No. It will mess you up. Use Palcohol responsibly." Thanks for the tip, Palcohol.

It's hard to imagine how lines like that made it past regulators. Did Palcohol's application come with free samples?

In all fairness, the company's cleaned up their act after getting federal approval, which apparently caught them off-guard. Palcohol's new toned-down site reads, "The verbiage that was copied was still in draft mode. ... Please disregard what is being printed as a result of information taken from the earlier version of this site."

Palcohol is expected to hit the shelves this fall. As with all alcohol products, use Palcohol responsibly and safely. And please don't snort and drive.

Sighting of missing man renews hope to find him

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 21:17

A sighting of a man who went missing in San Francisco last year has prompted a renewed search for him on Saturday.

Crishtian Hughes of San Diego disappeared in February 2013 while visiting a friend on Capitol Avenue in the city. It has been 14 months of absolute silence for his family until now.

Hughes’ aunt, Chelsea Denton, said a credible tip came in on his whereabouts two days ago.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him,” Denton said. “It’s good. I hope we find him.”

Denton said a woman reported seeing a man resembling Hughes wearing pajamas and black shoes in the Haight District on Thursday. Family friends and strangers gathered at the corner of Haight Street and Shrader Street on Saturday to pass out flyers.

Dan Crites wasted no time spreading the word about the potential sighting.

“I knew Crishtian when he was a baby so I’m just doing what I can as a friend and a local,” Crites said.

The flyers were posted in windows of businesses and handed out to people. One flyer contained photographs ofHughes, while another showcased the photo of him and four other men who went missing over the past three years. The group of missing men has come to be known as the “California 5.”

“If we’re having people look, we might as well look for everyone,” Denton said.

Denton said her family would never give up searching for Hughes until he is found.

“You’re always going to hope and pray that he’s alive and for my family he is alive,” she added. “He’s not dead. He’s alive. He’s out there.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the family’s tip line at (858) 212-7503 or contact the family through the Help Find Crishtian Hughes Facebook Page.

Multiple suspects sought in string of robberies

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:38

Police are attempting to locate multiple suspects in connection with a string of armed robberies in Brentwood on Thursday night, a police sergeant said.

Five armed robberies were reported across Brentwood during a roughly one-hour period between 8:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., according to Brentwood police Sgt. Walter O'Grodnick.

The first robbery occurred around 8:20 p.m. in a parking lot outside of the Streets of Brentwood shopping center, followed by a second robbery reported around 9:15 p.m. near the intersection of Presidio and

Roundhill drives, according to police.

Three additional armed robberies were reported over the following 15 minutes in the area of Balfour Road and West Country Club Drive, in the 300 block of Essex Drive and about half a mile away in the 800 block of Minnesota Avenue, police said.

In each of the incidents, at least two suspects robbed the victims at gunpoint and made off with their cellphones and other personal items, according to police.

Police said the suspects used pepper spray on the victims during two of the robberies, and that one victim suffered an abrasion to the knee after falling while trying get away from the suspects. None of the victims required hospitalization.

Investigators believe at least two and as many as four suspects were involved in the robberies, according to police Lt. Joe Silva.Police said suspect descriptions varied, but that suspects in each of the robberies were described as black males in their teens to early 20s wearing dark clothing and dark hooded sweatshirts at the time of the robberies.

Victims in two of the robberies described the suspect vehicle as a black sedan, possibly a Mazda or Dodge Charger, with LED tail lights, according to police.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Brentwood police Detective George Aguirre at (925) 809-7726 during regular business hours or (925) 778-2441 after 5 p.m.

Police search for teens who attacked, robbed elderly woman

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:37

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.

2 men injured in separate East Oakland shootings

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:13

Two men were injured in separate shootings in East Oakland Saturday morning, according to police.

The first shooting was reported around 9:30 a.m. in the area of 98th Avenue and Plymouth Street, police said.

The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Police said a second shooting was reported around 10:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of 92nd Avenue.

Officers found a gunshot victim at the scene. He was transported to a hospital where he was last listed in stable condition.

No suspect information was available in connection with either shooting, and investigations into both incidents are ongoing. 

Former Marina couple arrested in death of toddler son

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 15:13

Two former Marina residents were arrested in Tacoma, Wash., this week in connection with the death of their 19-month-old son, who died around six months ago, Marina police said.

Brandon Kenney, 33, and his wife Christina Kenney, 31, were arrested Tuesday at their home in Tacoma after what police called an extensive investigation.

The couple moved to Tacoma shortly after their son's death.

Brandon and Christina await extradition proceedings and are expected to stand trial on a charge of felony child abuse. Other charges could be filed after a review by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Pizza chain hopes to add a ‘pizza cake’ to its menu

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:51

Pizza lovers, get ready: pizza cakes may become a new food trend.

According to this Daily Mail report, a Canadian pizza chain named Boston Pizza is polling its customers about what new items they want to see on the restaurant’s summer menu. Customer support is overwhelmingly in favor of the “pizza cake,” a multiple-layered creation featuring a pizza dough crust that wraps around the cake, and divides the layers of cheese and meat included inside the gut-busting culinary creation.

The restaurant chain has not released any information about how much a pizza cake would cost if becomes a menu item.

The pizza cake isn’t the first novelty offering the pizza chain has created. As part of its Pizza Game Changers promotion, the restaurant chain offers pizza sliders and pizza tacos.

If the pizza cake becomes a reality, American pizza fans can enjoy a slice as well, because Boston Pizza has dozens of U.S. locations.

Fruit punch is the newest wacky Oreo flavor

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:44

Fans of Oreos, the iconic sandwich cookie, can enjoy a new limited-time flavor: fruit punch. But the new flavor won’t be available at all retail outlets, according to this Huffington Post report.

The fruit punch flavor will feature golden cookie wafers with a pink filling. According to the Huffington Post taste testers, the flavor of the filling was most reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch. Many found the cookie to be overwhelmingly sweet. Dunkers beware, as the Huffington Post tested the fruit punch cookies in a glass of milk and found the flavor to be “gag-inducing.”

This isn’t the first unusual Oreo flavor to debut on a limited-time basis. Past special edition flavors include watermelon, banana split and birthday cake.

The fruit punch flavor will go on sale April 28, only at Walmart stores. If you can’t wait, a few rogue packs have been spotted for sale on eBay.


Father convicted of murder in death of son in crash

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:28

A Seaside resident was convicted Friday of second-degree murder in the death of his 8-year-old son, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo.

Zabdiel Solis Arciga, 36, drove away from his girlfriend's house with his son in the front passenger seat of his car around 1 a.m.on July 27, 2010 after an argument, according to prosecutors.

Arciga had been drinking and smoking marijuana, and a police officer saw him make an illegal lane change within minutes of his departure, prosecutors said.

When the officer moved to make a traffic stop, however, Arciga sped away and led police on a five-mile chase at speeds of up to 120 mph on state Highway 1 before losing control and crashing at the Fremont Street exit in Seaside, prosecutors said.

Arciga's blood alcohol level was between .12 and .16, and both marijuana and methamphetamines were found in his system, prosecutors said. He had one previous DUI conviction from 2005.

Arciga will be sentenced on May 21, and is expected to receive a sentence of 15 years to life, prosecutors said.

Police pull body of missing fisherman from Delta

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 13:09

The search is over for a man from the Central Valley after the fishing boat he was riding on crashed in Eastern Contra Costa County Saturday.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the accident.

It was a gorgeous day on the Delta near Brentwood, a perfect day to go fishing, which is what two men were doing when their boat crashed near the Orwood Railroad Bridge.

"When I was out there, they had divers in the water right underneath the bridge," said Torild Ofstad, a local boater who assisted in the search.

Investigators say the men were entered in a bass fishing tournament that launched from Bethel Island. As the boat approached the bridge around 11:15 am, it hit a submerged object hard enough that it ripped off the outboard motor, and tossed the men into the water.

"One of them, he was in the water for a while, 15-20 minutes, before somebody pulled him out. Like I said, he didn't have a scratch on him. He was very lucky," added Ofstad. "I gave him a hug. And you know, he was shaking. He doesn't... he remembers hearing... a thump on the boat, and that's about it.”

The other man's body was pulled out of the water late Saturday afternoon.

The Coast Guard and Sheriff's Offices from Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties searched most of the day, with assistance from helicopters above.

"I can tell you that alcohol was not a factor in this accident. Outside of that, I don't know the actual cause of the accident. It's still under investigation," said Lt. Scott Haggard of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

Officer injured in crash with robbery suspect

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:52

A police officer is in the hospital after being injured in a crash in San Francisco's Richmond district involving a car driven by armed robbery suspects, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers responded around 6:45 a.m. 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.

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.

San Jose restaurant closed for illegal nudity, lap-dances

KTVU's Top Stories - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:38

A San Jose restaurant is closed for one month after state investigators went undercover and say they found violations including nudity and lap-dancing. It's one of two San Jose restaurants who have had their licenses temporarily suspended for serving up illegal services.

Along a San Jose strip mall on North Capitol Avenue, people say Bboss Restaurant has been a busy spot since it opened in December.

Friday night, a notice of suspension was posted on the door and a handwritten note to customers said the business will be closed until May 17th.

Photos posted online claim to show the scene inside with laser lights and dancing.

KTVU spoke with California Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman John Carr. He said investigators found illegal activity inside Bboss during a three month investigation. The violations included employees giving lap dances, partial nudity, allowing minors to consume alcohol, and storing liquor for designated patrons.

"Undercover ABC agents were working with San Jose Police on this after receiving complaints about potential illegal activity," Carr told KTVU Friday.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control has about 130 inspectors for the entire state of California.

As part of their undercover investigations, the ABC issued a suspension for another San Jose business last month. The Sapphire Restaurant on Berryessa Road reopened for the first time Friday since the state suspended its license for 20 days for illegal alcohol sales.

Neighbors near the Sapphire Restaurant say they noticed security guards, loud music, and crowds, but weren't sure what happened inside.

"Police are there patrolling because there have been fights. You know, what club or lounge doesn't have that," said Ebony Thomas a neighbor.

KTVU received a call from Luong Pham who says he's the Bboss owner. He says the lap dancing was by a customer, not an employee. He also says anyone underage must have had a fake ID, because his staff checks ID's at the door.

The business will be on probation for one year after it reopens in May.