tv KRON 4 News at 430am KRON December 21, 2018 4:30am-5:01am PST
there are just a few days to go before christmas. which means a lot of people are scrambling to get where they need to be before santa arrives. a record number of people are expected to travel during this christmas season. so, you can expect traffic jams on the roads ... and delayed flights and cancellations. kron4's gayle ong has more from s-f-o. on the thursday before christmas, we spotted this east bay family of four scrambling at the drop off.. a shuttle ride later thanks to a friend, they were
on their destination like thousands of other travelers at s-f-o-public information officer doug yakel advises travelers to pack extra patience,simple advice that's given every holiday travel season..some seem to know the drill from previous experience. arriving visitors thankful they planned their holiday getaway ahead of time. about one hundred eighty- thousand (180) people are expected to come through s-f-o friday..
business travel but this time of year its large groups of people... families traveling together for long-awaited holiday get togethers. lets check in with john now to see how the weather will be for all those travelers? after showers to kick off this busy start to the weekend for travelers roadways will dry with improved conditions into the afternoon. high temperatures will peak in the upper 50's and low 60's with partly to mostly cloudy skies taking us through the day. no major hot spots. bay bridge
( robin ) another big shakeup in president trump's cabinet. defense secretary james mattis is resigning ..and made it clear why. in a public letter of resignation, mattis told the president he has the right to a defense secretary, whose quote,"views are better aligned with yours". mattis also wrote that the u-s cannot protect its interests without respecting allies and maintaining strong alliances. the announcement comes a day after the president surprised u-s allies and congress by revealing plans to withdraw u-s troops from syria. mattis was opposed to that decision, and has reportedly had failing relations with trump in recent ( robin )at the same time... there are just a few hours left for the president to sign a bill to keep the government funded over the christmas holiday.house minority leader nancy pelosi is not sure what the president hopes to
accomplish with a shutdown. ( robin ) we have been through shutdowns before... but this one will look a little different because congress has already funded about 75-percent of the federal government. kron 4's justine waldman tells us what will be open.. and what will be closed... ... during a partial federal government shutdown... mail delivery will go on, and post offices stay open. also, operating.. social security: checks for existing benefits will go out, but processing new applications may be delayed. veterans
hospitals stay open. the military is exempt from a shutdown... but service members do notget paid until congress provides funding. air traffic controllers, luggage screeners and customs agents remain on the job,,, -- what could close in a shutdown.. the irs.. which indicated it could furlough some workers. also, the state department .. so passport processing is suspended. the envirnomental protection agency and the food and drug administration... both would be forced to reduce inspections. in the bay area.... a big impact will be felt if national parks shut down. this includes places like crissy field, muir woods and tours to alcatraz. which would scale back operations...sot antonette sespene / alcatraz director of marketing"if there is indeed another shutdown we hope to be able to continue operating the day programs it is just the night tour and the behind the scenes that would be impacted as of now, tours are still on track for this weekend. visitors will get alerted if the shutdown cancels their trip, and will get a refund. people here are glad their
tour went on as planned, and will wait and see what happens next.sot as long as i get back before the shutdown i think we are okay ( robin ) a homicide investigation with a sinister twist. a man and woman charged in a murder for hire plot... in the shooting death of a popular bay area chef. as kron-4's charles clifford tells us .... over the past year, fremont investigators have uncovered details in the alleged scheme to kill .. and then collect on a life insurance policy. well, back on october 7th. fremont resident dominic sarkar was found murder in his home. the suspect in the killing had apparently entered the house, shot sarkar, and then left quickly. the fremont police department launched an investigation and they have now arrested two people they say were invovled in a murder for hire plot. the alameda county district attorney has charged 50 year-old maria moore of sunnyvale and 46-year old marvel salvant of citrus heights with murder in connection to the killing of fremont resident dominic sarkar. the fremont police
department believes moore and salvant conspired to kill sarkar in order to collect $800,000 in life insurance payouts.following sarkar's murder, fremont police would eventually discover that moore and sarkar were engaged in a sexual relationship and that in 2016 and 2017, sarkar changed life insurance policies on himself to list moore as the beneficiary. investigators also learned that moore and salvant, who has a criminal history, had been communicating through calls, texts, and private messages in the weeks prior to the murder. according to police, moore had payed salvant a 500 dollar advance to murder sarkar.following her lover's death, moore attempted to file a claim for the insurance money and police believe she had promised salvant a share of the payout. although, police do not have any direct proof that salvant murdered dominic sarkar they believe the overwhelming evidence they do have was enough to press charges.sotin a lot of cases your able to get a finger print or dna or a witnesses but in this case it was just the enormity of the evidence where we could move
it to the place where we could charge it.finally, investigators say they may still need to do some follow up work on the case but at this pointthe do not beleive anyone else was involved in the murder for hire plot.in fremont, charles clifford, kron 4 news. (robin) coming up next on the kron 4 morning news ... paradise is back open to residents and the people are doing what they can to make it feel like home again before the holidays. ♪ this little home of mine,
♪ i'm gonna let it shine. ♪ it's energy saving time, ♪ i'm gonna reduce mine. ♪ californians all align ♪ to let our great state shine. ♪ let it shine, ♪ the power's ours to let it shine! ♪ unplug chargers - go, ♪ devices go off-line. turn thermostats down low, ♪ led's shine mighty fine. ♪ small actions quickly grow, ♪ to let our great state shine. energy upgrade california, will let us shine. ♪ (robin) welcome back.
checking in on your morning forecast. after showers to kick off this busy start to the weekend for travelers roadways will dry with improved conditions into the afternoon. high temperatures will peak in the upper 50's and low 60's with partly to mostly cloudy skies taking us through the day. no major hot spots. bay bridge wb 80 is less then 30 min from the maze to sf. san mateo bridge less then 30 min from
( robin ) the entire town of paradise is now back open to its residents and the public. kron 4's ashley za-val-a shows us how the town is recovering .... more than a month- and -a- half since the camp fire exploded. just before the entrance of paradise..86 wooden crosses line the roadway .."it's heartbreaking, very sad" survivors scan each cross honoring those lost in the camp fire.. some left unmarked for the unidentified victims. ((((joe bykonen & family)) we drove by and saw them on the side of the road and came back... it's pretty insane." inside city limits.. the power is back on and some places are open for business.. including the post office. fire survivors picking up mail here for the first time in weeks ((sarah mcdowell)) it's nerve racking, you still smell the smoke, you don't want to
believe the town you live in or grew up in has fallen apart." downtown.. parks and rec crews work to prepare for the opening of the ice rink... just in time for christmas... ((dan efseaff- paradise parks & rec)) "they can't return to their homes but they can return to some sense of their community... it gives us just a little bit of hope to returning to some sense of normal meanwhile..many residents have returned to their properties. some decorating their destroyed homes for the holidays...small signs this town is healing ( robin ) u-c berkeley police have collected thousands of toys to deliver to california wildfire victims. captian alex yao decided to start the toy drive . he said he did it because he is a father.. and felt the need to help the carr and camp fire victims. it started as a campus drive..... but it quickly spread
throughout the bay area allowing the police to collect 45-hundred toys. ( robin )and donate> ( robin ) the u-c berkeley police delivered the toys to the c- s-u- chico police department.... now, they will meet with paradise school district.. which will give out the toys to children in the fire zone. ( robin ) in the east bay... there are parking problems at the walnut creek bart station. construction is underway on a new parking garage for bart's new transit village development ... but as kron four's philippe djegal tells us... just days after permits went on sale to park in the new garage -- they sold out.
as the year comes to a close... construction crews are getting closer to finishing the new south garage at the walnut creek bart station. the old south parking lot was shutdown to make way for the project... and, when it's all said and done -- the new garage will feature at least 900 parking stalls. that's about 100 spaces more than are available at the station now.gwen johnson/parker- "this is a very busy station, and so this will probably just alleviate a little bit of the pressure but it wont solve the problem." problem is -- the new privately-owned and operated garage requires a monthly parking permit that costs 120- dollars a month, if you want to use the garage before 10 o'clock in the morning. after that hour -- a limited amount of daily passes would be available. the permits went on sale december third -- first made available to people who were already on the waitlist for the existing garage owned by bart, then to the public. the passes sold out in three days.greg weiss/parker- "i'm very stressed out about the whole thing." greg weiss has been parking at this station
for nearly 20-years... and, couldn't secure a spot before all of the permits were taken.greg weiss/parker- "i'm on a waiting list. (philippe) do you think you'll get on the main list? (greg) i have no idea." ellie mcintyre got lucky and successfully signed up for the new permit. once the garage opens, two other parking lots at the station will be closed to start making way for other phases of the new transit village development, including apartments, shops and restaurants.ellie mcintyre/parker- "sorry to hear its soldout. (philippe) are you surprised to hear it sold out so quickly? (ellie) no, because the waitlist was at about 25-hundred people for the garage." construction on the new garage is expected to wrap up in the coming months... and, it is expected to open to the public sometime next year. (robin) live look outside... at the san francisco international airport.
(ácommercialá)(áábreakáá) ( robin ) santa made an early stop this year in california. this santa claus is 95. he visited william penn elementary school in bakersfield .... to read to kids. the man inside the santa suit is jack hood. and he first stepped foot inside this school 90 -years ago in 1928 ... when he was just five- years old. now, he is spreading christmas joy to other students there.
( robin ) hood attended william penn elementary until sixth grade. ( robin ) sheriff's deputies in oregon are spreading some holiday cheer too. clackamas county deputies were on a secret santa mission. the deputies would pull people over. but instead of citations ... the driver would get a hundred dollar bill. it is the fourth year the sheriff's office has handed out money. it is all made possible by anonymous donations from community members this year... the deputies plan to hand out about 9-thousand - 5-hundred dollars! ( robin ) and thursday depties with the santa clara county sheriff's office dressed up in festive costumes to surprise children at valley
medical center's pediatric unit. the deputies spent time with the kids and also gave out presents. ( robin ) still to come on the kron4 morning news... it's one of the busiest travel days of the year. and we're out at s-f-o keeping an eye on things. ( robin ) and then.. there are less than 12 hours to go before part of the government runs out of money.
( darya ) good morning and thanks for joining us... i'm darya folsom.( will ) and i'm will tran in for james fletcher. our top story this morning... the countdown to a partial government shutdown.( darya ) in less than 15 hours a large portion of the government will run out of money. earlier this week... the senate passed a spending bill that would have funded the government through the ( will )