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i had to chip the ice off the window before going to work. i live near the coastline. temperatures cold likely to drop over the next couple of hours. 30s and 40s now although i have seen some 20s in some of the valleys. we'll talk about that coming up. >> no big accidents out there now but we have a lot of overnight roadwork. there were more than a dozen construction projects overnight. a lot of it is wrapped up but there's still some lanes blocked northbound 880 from 16th to broadway. so we'll break down -- what's today? >> wednesday. >> -- your wednesday morning commute, coming up. "hump day"! a bay area man claims an off-duty cop took him down and broke his arm. kpix 5 reporter joe vazquez with more on this unusual road rage story that will probably end up in court. >> reporter: the two men pulled over the side of the highway to exchange insurance information. that's when, according to the federal lawsuit filed today, one of the men an off-duty concord police officer named kevin mansourian charged at the
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other man 63-year-old walter weiland of oakland. weiland's lawyer says the cop started screaming profanities at her client. >> essentially asking her what the f are you doing, and then identify himself as an off-duty police officer. when our client asked him to produce his badge he said he didn't have it on him. >> reporter: then according to the lawsuit he threw him to the ground and sat on him. >> the client's face was cut and hearing aid dislodged and broken bones. >> reporter: the officer said it wasn't road rage. he thought weiland might have been drunk but investigators on the scene found no such evidence. weiland is suing mansourian and the city of concord for wrongful arrest and excessive
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force federal civil rights violations. concord city attorney says he doesn't comment on pending litigation but that the city will defend the lawsuit. joe vazquez, kpix 5. judy rogers the chef and co- ownerrer of sunni cafe died from cancer on monday night. the market street restaurant was packed last night as you can see. rogers worked at zuni for more than 25 years. she wontons of awards. but she was most famous -- she won tons of award but she was most famous for her roast chicken. >> i'll miss her. she had a big heart. she was compassionate, kind and strong. >> employees put up pictures and cards thanking rogers for being a good friend and mentor. she was 57. a new clue in the search for a missing san jose pilot
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and his family. betty yu reports. >> reporter: the smiths are a tight-knit mormon family. after spending thanksgiving weekend in oregon, silicon valley executive dale smith left for montana. his son daniel and his son's wife, his daughter amber and her fiance were in his beech bonanza similar to this one. it ran into engine trouble over central idaho sunday. smith intended to land at the remote johnson creek airstrip seen in this youtube video. but they never made it. >> the temperature dropped. that's probably the biggest concern. they have their winter parkas and clothes along so they could layer up and stuff but, you know, this is the third night out. >> reporter: his founding business partner knows the wilderness is unforgiving but knows smith to be cautious. >> he is so intelligent that i figure if anybody can get out of this situation he's in he would be one. >> reporter: idaho search teams detected a faint signal from the plane's emergency beacon
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but haven't been able to pinpoint it in the rugged mountainous terrain. his partner says smith also used the missing plane to help others. >> he flies doctors and dentists to mexico to do services down there regularly. >> reporter: back at the office where they started a company, his employees are anxious. >> come back, dale. we have some work for you to do. we're not done yet. >> reporter: in san jose, betty yu kpix 5. >> search teams are hopeful that the weather conditions will improve today. they are also going to add more resources bringing the total number of searchers to 50 and planes to 5. time now 4:34. happening today, the man accused of going on a deadly rampage at l.a.x. will make his first court appearance. paul seeinvestigators say he targeted tsa officers when he pulled a semi-automatic rifle from a bag and opened fire
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inside terminal three on november 1. one tsa agent was killed. >> time for a closer look at weather. chilly. >> yes, very cold around parts of the bay area. feels nice, like the season finally looks like that cold air is sitting overhead now we'll see colder temperatures to come. out the door we go, temperatures chilly in spots. winds beginning to subside in some of the spots so the temperatures now getting colder. 31 in concord. 38 san jose. 30 san rafael and 30 in santa rosa. freeze warnings up for almost the entire bay area. expect lows to be dropping off in the 20s and 30s in many spots inland even 30s inside the bay. then looks like by the afternoon we'll keep you cool too highs only expected in the 50s maybe some 40s across some of the mountaintops.
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a little cooler tomorrow. then maybe some rain and maybe some snow on our mountains on friday. we'll have more on that in a moment. right now let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. and outside we go here's a live look at east and westbound highway 4. but it's eastbound where we have the overnight roadwork still in lanes right now between bailey and bay point. they have two right lanes closed until about 5:00 this morning. westbound starting to see a few delays out of antioch towards "a" street. nimitz freeway also in the east bay, northbound traffic those are the taillights. it looks good now but again they have lanes blocked between 16th and broadway as you head towards downtown oakland. no weather-related wind advisories or anything like that this morning on bridges like yesterday. here's a live look at the san mateo bridge. the right side of your screen, those taillights westbound 92 traffic looks good heading out of hayward about 13 minutes between 880 and 101. and for silicon valley commuters 880 and 237 looks
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good even past zanker road towards sunnyvale. we just checked in with bart. all trains more than 20 in fact all running on time. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. we have new details about this weekend's deadly derailment in new york. the train's engineer told federal investigators he was in a daze and nodded off at the controls before he realized something was wrong. his union leader was with engineer william rockefeller during his testimony yesterday. >> there was a lapse and that was a nod or however they want to couch it, however it will be explained today and it was a mistake that any of us could make and he caught that mistake too late. >> his lawyer tells the "new york times" rockefeller is extremely remorseful. he is expected to face more questioning tomorrow. investigators say they found no problems with the train's brakes or with track signals. and two skydivers are dead after a midair collision over the arizona desert. cbs news correspondent marlie
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hall reports it happened during a group jump. >> reporter: first responders rushed to the scene where two skydivers collided midair and died tuesday. >> both of the canopies were open. they were 200 to 300 feet up in the air when they collided. both their canopies collapsed and they both fell to the ground. >> reporter: it happened here at skydive arizona, a training facility in eloy about 60 miles south of phoenix. police say one of the skydivers died at the scene. the other was pronounced dead at a local hospital. >> these people have all done a lot of jumps, nobody with less than 1,000 jumps, so experienced. >> reporter: hundreds of skydivers around the world are in town attempting to set new world records. saturday a group of 63 women shattered the record for the largest all female formation while jumping head down. but something went terribly wrong during tuesday's jump and investigators are trying to
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determine what caused the accident. marlie hall for cbs news. >> according to its website, skydive arizona is the largest drop zone in the world for skydivers of all skill levels. other bay area headlines, a woman claims a 15-year-old girl attack her in the bather center parking lot in san leandro. the victim says the teenager stole her purse and took off in a car. a witness saw it and called police. a bicyclist is the 40th person killed in traffic in san jose this year. an suv hit the bike rider near the corner of vista park drive and branham lane just before 7:00 last night. he died at the hospital. the driver is cooperating. a popular cable tv host bill beckwith was killed in a motorcycle crash in san francisco. beckwith cohosts curb appeal on hgtv. a car hit and killed him monday night as he road through the lower haight near oak and styner streets. it wasn't clear who was at
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fault. police say the driver of the car is cooperating. beckwith was 38. new this morning a site with the web address similar to the california health exchange is linked to state republicans. this is what covering healthcare looks like. its url is closed to the original it's a resource guide on the affordable care act act. critics say it's deceptive saying the look-alike site discourages people from enrolling. today president obama is renewing his focus on the income gap between rich and poor. he will give a speech saying that inequality and wage stagnation are threatening americans' upward mobility and retirement. mr. obama plans to promote a hike in the minimum wage and promote the economic benefits of the affordable care act.
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80,000 californians have signed up for obamacare. kpix 5 is gathering experts for a hotline. representatives will be here at kpix 5 all day today to answer your questions. simply call between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the number is 1-888-5-helps- u. all right. 4:41 now. and unbelievable rescue caught on tape. how the man survived under water for days after his boat sank in the atlantic. >> and a mystery tipper is spreading the wealth at bay area restaurants. the message that he leaves behind along with thousands of dollars. we'll be right back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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underwater for almost 3 day. after his tugboa check this amazing video of an underwater rescue that man trapped under water for almost three days after his tugboat sank in may.
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he was trapped in a four-foot square air pocket. he was then rescued and spent two days in a decompression chamber and returned home in good shape. a big tipper is visiting bay area residents. who is this? kpix 5 reporter christin ayers reports. >> reporter: it began with two men having a steak dinner here at san francisco's harris' restaurant two weeks ago and ended with a massive tip. >> at the end of the meal, they gave a very extravagant tip to one of our waiters. >> reporter: a tip like general manager michael has never seen. >> not uncommon for people to leave 20, 30%. >> reporter: this was a 300% tip. $1,500 on a $500 meal. the patron paid with his american express black card and mysteriously on the receipt left this note, "tips for jesus." the message seems to be blessed are the wait staff.
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>> i'm not sure what the organization's goal is but everybody wins. >> reporter: turns out the blessings are pouring out all over the country. google "tips for jesus" and this instagram page pops up. someone or a group of someones are leaving restaurant workers big money from utah to illinois. the grabbed total so far more than $50,000 in tips. >> almost like something out of a movie. >> awesome. waitresses are underappreciated. so it's nice people are looking out for us. >> reporter: hillary jacobs and her friends had dinner at the spot where the most recent mystery tipper appeared in the marina where a server named julianna got a $1,000 tip. jacobs hopes the mystery tipler spread the wealth at her own restaurant across the country. >> please, come to apartment 13 in new york city. avenue c in the east village. aask for me, please. [ laughter ] >> the waiter at harris has worked there for 20 years as a buser, bartender and waiter and
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is about to get married. >> just in time. we have a cold snap to talk about. >> we have a turtleneck on. >> you know it's going to be cold. very chilly around the bay area to start out the day. look doleddest weather of the season so far -- coldest weather of the season so far with cold air diving in from the gulf of alaska. temperatures will plummet over the next couple of hours. look at the direction of the air that's coming from the north and spreading back toward the coastline and offshore. so you're getting dry air. when the winds calm down we are seeing colder temperatures. right now we have 31 degrees concord, 38 san jose. reports of frost around the bay area even along the bay and toward the coastline. some of these temperatures down into the 20s. throughout the day today that cold air going to give way to some chilly temperatures still by day well below average. you will see plenty of sunshine but highs topping out only in
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the 40s and the 50s. and then tonight, it's going to be colder. i think it will be the coldest night into tomorrow morning. a lot of temperatures down into the 20s in some of the north and east bay valleys so that cold air continuing to work into the gulf of alaska. it's going to be hanging around today and tomorrow and probably into the weekend, as well. so we are going to see that cold air and the chilly temperatures right on through the weekend and beginning of next week. temperatures around the state 50s into the central valley, high country 29 degrees and lake tahoe 49 for a high in eureka for today. skies clear all day and into tomorrow so we'll see cold temperatures again as we head in toward early tomorrow morning. so with that in mind, as we look toward the afternoon today, yeah, it's going to be chilly bundle up. 48 los gatos. 50 san jose. east bay temperatures in the 40s and 50s. chilly day. then inside the bay 51 in oakland and about 50 degrees in san francisco. next couple of days even colder. a chance of showers and some
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snowflakes over our mountaintops on friday. then a return to some dry chilly temperatures over the weekend. let's check your "kcbs traffic" with elizabeth. >> thanks, lawrence. you know something is going on weather-wise when lawrence pulls out the mock turtleneck. westbound 237 in silicon valley, looks okay right now. we don't have any major incidents going on out there. so that's the good news if you are about to start off on your morning drive got to get to work on time and bart if you want to consider that, they still have all trains running and they should have more than 25 close to 30 now and they are all on schedule including all those stops heading towards downtown san francisco. here's a live look at our sensors. all green through the altamont pass even from 205 out of tracy no major brake lights yet. give this another half hour or so but for right now through the livermore valley, towards the dublin interchange, between 15 and 20 minutes now closer to 15. that's a live look near the
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dublin interchange headlights moving westbound and it still moves at the speed limit towards the castro valley y. down the eastshore freeway these are live traffic sensors, 61 miles per hour right there by ashby avenue. looks like that from the carquinez bridge to the maze. other bridges at the limit. 13 minutes out of hayward. just a quick note if you are doing any sierra travel, i just noticed there are chain requirements on highway 50. none on 80 just yet. if you have any questions about your morning drive once you hit the roads, tune to kcbs radio 740-am and 106.9-fm. that is your "kcbs traffic"." back to you. happening today results from actor paul walker's autopsy are expected to be released. walker and his friend were killed in a fiery crash on saturday. autopsies were done on both bodies. walker's publicist has said that the actor was a passenger in the single vehicle crash. autopsy results are expected to show who exactly was behind the wheel. and for the first time, we're hearing from the military
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couple who once received a generous gift from actor paul walker. they shared their story with reporter tom waite. >> reporter: it was an unexpected gift as eternal as love itself. the glittering symbol of christian and kyle's marriage was an anonymous present from paul walker himself. >> when i tell the story to people they kind of just brush me off like, yeah, okay. >> reporter: it was back in 2004. kyle was in the army and set for deployment in iraq. before he left, the couple from victorville got married. when kyle returned a few months later, he wanted a new ring for his bride. they made a trip to a high-end jewelry store here in santa barbara where they would meet a celeb bring whose heart was as big as his wallet. in the store kyle struck up a conversation with walker and figured out who he was. >> and when he found out, kyle just came back from iraq, i remember seeing the look on his face. he kind of -- it kind of transformed. >> reporter: kyle and christian
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ultimately left the store without a ring. a salesman called them and said, come back. someone spent $9,000 to get christian the ring she wanted. >> i think after a couple of minutes of shellshock i said how? who bought it and she just smiled at me and said it was better not to say. >> reporter: the up hams saved the gift receipt and suspected walker was behind the incredible gift then they saw our story yesterday where one of the jewelry store salesmen had come forward to tell the story. their suspicions were confirmed. in victorville, i'm tom wait. >> and universal pictures will donate a percentage of the earnings from walker's upcoming "fast & furious" sequel. the money will go towards the late actor's nonprofit. walker helped establish reach out worldwide after the haiti earthquake in 2010. the organization provides field resources in the aftermath of disasters. 4:51 now. coming up at 5:00 a san jose family is still missing after a
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small plane crash in idaho. this morning, the first sign of progress in the effort to bring them home. >> but first a local man's extravagant christmas display puts him into a documentary. we'll introduce you to mr. christmas when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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on christmas eve: a couple military fighter jets. the north american santa will have extra security as he flies through the sky on christmas eve a couple of military fighter jets. the north american aerospace defense command added the twist to this year's animated tracking of santa's flight from the north pole. but some child advocates claim military jets have no place in the childhood fantasy. norad says adding the jets is part of an effort to give the program a more operational feel. a man hoping to light up
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christmas is getting extra attention. his festive displays in concord are now featured in a new documentary. andria borba introduces us to mr. christmas. >> reporter: magic doesn't happen on olive drive until the lights go down and this guy's lights go up. >> mr. christmas. ♪[ music ] >> reporter: for 35 years, retired air force lieutenant and electrician bruce mertz has been lighting up concord with his christmas display. the cheerful front yard decor began small. >> i found the sequencer at a junk shop for 2 bucks and broke them up into groups of eight and they chase each other around the house. >> reporter: and grew into this twinkling twirling christmas display. >> i'm bruce. the people around here call me mr. christmas. >> reporter: now this documentary mr. christmas
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that's garnering acclaim at film festivities in palm springs and aspen thanks to concord kid turned filmmaker nick palmer. >> santa claus and reindeer my favorite. spent eight months building that. >> reporter: the release cost around $200 a year -- the lights cost about $200 a year to run and three months to go up but for you christmas procrastinatessers remember this. >> i have to take it down every year. >> reporter: even with an award winning documentary about it bruce doesn't think he is a star and says he goes through all this work for two reasons. a -- >> i don't know where to go hide if i don't do it. [ laughter ] >> you know what i mean? they are going to be knocking on my door. >> reporter: and b. >> mostly, it's seeing people with smiles on their faces. >> reporter: in case you were wondering, this will be bruce's 84th christmas. his birthday is in fact this month. if you would like to see the mr. christmas documentary, go to the website or facebook
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page. in concord, andria borba, kpix 5. >> the neighbors don't complain and lights go out at 10 p.m. you know the signs on muni buses showing team spirit. don't expect to see them anymore. why they have to go. 4:56. >> into the deep freeze this morning. the coldest temperatures of the season so far. we'll talk about that coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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makovec. i'm bundling up and getting close to my hubby to keep warm. >> temperatures took a nosedive across california sparking the latest fashion trend, hats, scarves and grooves. >> a freeze warning is in effect in the bay area until thursday night. >> we are going to see widespread frost around the bay area. >> so intelligent that i figure if anybody could get out of the situation, he can. he's the one. >> hope is high as the search
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for a missing san jose pilot and his family kicks off again this morning. 50 searchers and five planes will join the team today. >> devastated. comes in waves. >> we should learn the results of actor paul walker's autopsy. walker and a friend were killed in a fiery crash on saturday. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, it's wednesday, december 4. i'm anne makovec. >> i'm juliette goodrich. frank and michelle have the morning off. >> let's check in with lawrence because it is going to be a cold one out there. just the beginning of the cold snap, lawrence. >> yeah. really is. i think we have some colder weather ahead today. a chilly start widespread frost even at the coastline coastline. that cold air really coming in from the gulf of alaska and diving right into the bay area. so these temperatures taking a nosedive this morning. it is now 29


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