tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS December 26, 2013 4:30am-5:01am PST
that will wake you up. if you had trouble getting up after a late-night christmas celebration at this hour, 30 degrees in santa rosa. freezing at the delta, 50 san francisco. 4 straight days so far of record highs here in the bay area. we'll talk about whether or not they will be the fifth. that's straight ahead. >> and you said it. a lot of people celebrating last night. so we're not expecting a big commute especially this early morning so right now that's the case toward the bay bridge toll plaza. no metering lights, not a lot of roadwork. good to go into san francisco. >> thank you. some developing news now in san francisco. two men were critically injured when their house caught fire. it was a three-alarm fire in the alamo square neighborhood on baker between mcallister and fulton streets. the fire started about 9:00 last night. there was a plume of smoke rising from the back of the house in the 600 block of baker street. a neighbor said she heard something, then saw the fire.
she told us one man appeared to be on fire when firefighters dragged him out of the house. >> we heard crackling and then a huge fame burst out of the glass. the glass shattered and flames came out of the back of the house. >> neighbors say the injured men are the owners and had been remodeling the house. there was no word on what caused the fire. newark police are trying to find the cold hearted thieves who stole gifts from two homes between christmas eve and christmas morning. as kpix 5's christin ayers reports, some young kids woke up to find almost nothing under their trees. >> rooks like it right here. reporter: a front door jimmied, a window pried open. on the night before christmas at eduardo hernandez's home -- they just opened the window? >> yes. >> reporter: -- there were creatures stirring, all right. a band of thieves went for the playstation, packed up the computer, and cleaned out the
credit cards. >> all the gifts were here for the kids. all of them were taken. >> reporter: the kids just 9 and 10 burst into tears when they discovered the burglary christmas morning. >> he comes in here and there's no bicycle. >> reporter: now christmas tree needles are the only things left where their stacks of presents were. hernandez said the only thing the burglars left behind was a doll. >> everything else, i don't mind, but christmas gifts for the kids? that's what's upsetting. >> reporter: and the break-in at the hernandez house wasn't the only one in the neighborhood christmas morning. unbelievablably, hernandez's brother who lives three blocks away also was burglarized. >> they have no heart. >> reporter: newark police are investigating whether they are connected and the police have not arrested anyone. hernandez says they still saved christmas. the officers collected $100 for the family to buy new presents and the police union matched the donations with $100 more. >> very nice. very nice police department. >> reporter: christin ayers, kpix 5. a new development in the
case of jahi mcmath. the 13-year-old oakland girl declared brain-dead after undergoing tonsil surgery, the family is thinking of moving her out of children's hospital oakland to a facility that would keep her on a ventilator. the family's attorney told the "san francisco chronicle" they have received offers but no specific facilities were named. earlier this week, a judge ordered children's hospital oakland to keep jahi mcmath on the ventilator at least through 5:00 monday afternoon. happening today, a court hearing on the future of city college of san francisco. a superior court judge will hear arguments for two separate injunctions aimed at keeping the school from losing accreditation. if the arguments fail, the accreditation will be terminated next july 31st impacting tens of thousands of students and faculty. also today a meeting in monterey county for people affected by the wildfire in the big sur area this month. the 900-acre fire destroyed 34 homes and 4 other buildings. it began december 15 in the los
padres national forest. it was fully contained earlier this week but crews remain in the area watching out for any flare-ups. the cause is not yet determined. this morning's meeting is at 10:30 at the forest's big sur station off highway 1. today you cannot burn wood in your fireplace. it is the fourth consecutive winter "spare the air" day for the bay area. and the 19th so far this year. pollutants have built up due to the warm dry air. people caught having illegal fires can be fined by air quality officials. the 19th "spare the air" day. >> yesterday i took a hike on the ridge in pleasanton so you go between pleasanton and sunol elevation 1200 feet and you can see the inversion layer where the pollution is trapped. even though we are picking up a breeze in the higher elevations, there's no breeze next to the ground level. that's what we need to blow out all the particulate matter and carbon monoxide. no breeze and therefore, look
at the very cold temperatures. currently 30 degrees in santa rosa and in napa, below freezing there. it is freezing in fairfield. 40 san jose. 40 degrees also in redwood city. now, here's what you need to know today. rough surf at the local beaches. a lot of people will be flocking there. santa cruz high today of 73 degrees. the poor air quality will continue. and sunny dry conditions the rest of 2013. today's numbers in the 60s and a few low 70s. 69 today in oakland. here's the extended forecast. we are calling for nothing but sunshine and mild temperatures through the seven-day forecast. here's elizabeth with traffic. >> there's no traffic out there. everything looks good on this day after christmas. right now the drive times are all green. if you are heading to the airport maybe dropping off some family picking anybody up, everything looks good toward 880 and the oakland airport and
everything is quiet along the peninsula. mass transit everything is on time. maybe you're shopping for some post-christmas deals. bart systemwide no delay. they have more than 20 trains all on schedule. caltrain and ace train 1 look very good right now. great start out of the central valley. and here is a live look outside in the east bay. the nimitz freeway northbound and southbound 880, taillights moving northbound towards your downtown oakland exits. and if you are continuing all the way towards the bay bridge toll plaza, cruising toward the pay gates and all across the new eastern span aunter deck getting into san francisco, we'll have another check of "kcbs traffic" coming up. back to you guys. >> elizabeth, thank you. christmas hasn't arrived yet for some families this year. some of their guaranteed deliveries didn't quite go as planned. a surge in online sales is part of the reason. they are projected to rise by 15% with a record $78 billion spent. since there was no service yesterday, the earliest packages can show up is today.
kpix 5's ryan takeo found one family that had a disappointing christmas. >> reporter: - >> santa got me a gift card. >> reporter: every year the gallaghers buy a game to establish family time and no phone zone. the w ii game mom ordered still hasn't showed up. >> i paid extra from amazon to guarantee delivery by christmas eve and it did not arrive. >> reporter: the gallaghers are not alone. upset customers complained on social media, spawning a twitter hashtag u.p.s. failed. the u.p.s. customer twitter account tried to put out as many fires as possible and u.p.s. apologized explaining there were more deliveries than expected. the weather back east did not help either. gallagher said she thought amazon and u.p.s. would honor the guarantee. she defended her sunday purchase for the tuesday deadline. it's kind of last-minute. some people would say it's your own fault.
>> i decided on sunday to order it because, you know, christmas can be costly so i just, you know, i was trying to watch my pennies and then i decided last minute oh, it's going to be worth it. we'll have a great time. >> reporter: they are lucky actually. >> i got a gift card. >> reporter: the two girls still had presents to open this morning. >> a starbucks gift card. >> reporter: more than some families can say. >> santa was way more organized this year than, you know, u.p.s. >> ryan takeo, kpix 5. >> amazon is offering $20 refunds and shipping charges on orders that were late. christmas is over. the shopping season is not. you can expect to see lots of steep discounts starting today with clothes. experts say december 31st is the ideal day to buy a car because dealers want to meet year end goals. still waiting to get a new tv? wait just a little longer. new models get announced in january and then a couple of weeks later of course is the
super bowl. the perfect time for retailers to clear out all that old stuff. >> and volunteers throughout the bay area spent part of christmas day helping the less fortunate. among them, members of the nonprofit group wednesday's gift which gave clothing, food and toiletries to the homeless in san francisco. >> it's basically kind of a black friday on christmas morning. it's like we're in a changing room sort of. people are shopping for what fits them. >> frederickson created wednesday's gift after he almost lost his own home. the group is asking for weather- related donations such as gloves, hats, blankets and sleeping bags. 4:39. hundreds of thousands of americans remain without power in the icy cold. why it could get a lot worse. >> plus, hear from the los angeles police officer who risked his life to save a driver from a raging fire. ,,
cars and s-u-vs literally sd underneath each other... iles. with respect weather caused -- winter weather caused a pile- up on christmas eve, 28 vehicles were involved. cars and vehicles slid under each other blocking the highway for miles. eight people were taken to the hospital. but there were no serious injuries. it took six hours to clear the road and highway patrol says 16 separate accidents were reported within an hour. all those accidents are blamed on the winter storm that blasted the upper midwest, northeast and parts of canada. hundreds of thousands of people were left with no power on christmas day and temperatures were far below freezing. people may be without heat until as late as sunday. so far authorities blame the storm for 25 deaths, 15 in the u.s. and 10 in canada. it's 4:42. let's get a check on our weather right here in the bay area. >> that is so amazing, though, isn't it? when you talk about the poor folks that have been without heat since last weekend and they will have to go for
several days again. the weather back east improving slightly. locally no change. out the door this morning a cool start. keep this in mind, it's the 19th "spare the air" day of this winter season. not much change with a lot of particulate matter trapped close to the surface and the carbon monoxide, cannot buy a breeze at all. this morning with no breeze, it is cold. it is 30 degrees in santa rosa and in napa. freezing in fairfield. 38 degrees in fremont. and clear skies around the peninsula. okay, my pick city today, santa cruz, check this out, yesterday christmas day, 76 degrees today, 73 degrees but it comes with the national weather service issuing a beach hazard statement for sneaker waves that could cause some potentially dangerous rip currents. by the way, water temperature 53 degrees. here's what we all need to know today at the beaches from
sonoma to monterey bay, we have a rough surf advisory in effect. that poor air quality will continue and we wrap it up with sunny skies and dry conditions through the remaining portion of 2013. high pressure is over the pacific. it remains in place and continues to cause poor air quality and dry conditions, santa ana alert across southern california today for extremely dry conditions and gusty winds. low 70s today in monterey bay. otherwise, low 60s in yosemite and meanwhile in throughout the central portion of the state of california into the mid-60s. traveling today no reports of airport delays at sfo with the clear skies at 63. meanwhile, an improving situation in houston at 60. chicago still a few snow squalls at 30 degrees. and warmer today in new york at 40 as opposed to yesterday at 22. today's highs banking anywhere from 64 at the coast to the
upper 60s bayside. nearly 70 inland. maybe a degree cooler than yesterday. but these highs are still averaging a good 13 degrees above normal for this time of the year. your extended forecast, notice each and every day all the way through new year's day, we're talking not a raindrop in sight. that's the pinpoint forecast. how are things looking on the roadway? >> we do have a problem now out in the north bay. it is counter-commute. but we're not really focusing on much of a commute today. so if you are traveling northbound 101, right there by the todd road exit, there is an overturn suv and now there's a semi back behind it blocking it from behind so just a heads up. we were seeing some delays even just a couple of minutes ago. they may have just cleared it to the right-hand shoulder because now we're seeing all green on the sensors but there may be some slight problems in that area. otherwise, mass transit, everything is good to go. golden gate ferries on a holiday schedule today. but everything else, bart, caltrain, ace, everything is
offering regular service. and there is no delay. along the peninsula, towards san bruno near sfo everything is moving at the speed limit. similar story for silicon valley drivers. this is a live look at westbound 237 leaving milpitas. no delay all the way to sunnyvale. that is your latest "kcbs traffic." back to you guys. >> elizabeth, thank you. a central valley woman spent christmas with her family for the first time in three years. she had been deported to honduras in 2010. reporter derek shore shows us the emotional reunion in turlock. >> so happy. reporter: for isabel, this christmas is different because she is actually the gift. just ask her family. >> i can see that god is going to give us that gift. >> reporter: it was three years ago the turlock mother of three was taken from her home, deported back to her native honduras only after to learn the immigration attorney she had hired to file her immigration documents never did turning out she says to not
even be an attorney. >> they just grab her and grab her and handcuff her and they put her in a van. it didn't make sense. i was confused and it was just horrible. >> reporter: her husband and her three children started a war, a battle to get her back. >> i couldn't touch her, i couldn't kiss her, couldn't hold her hands. >> i remember all the time my family crying and thinking because they were lonely. >> reporter: it would be three long years, three christmases apart, but finally a real immigration attorney would get isabel permission to return in time for this christmas. >> i could have never asked for a better present, never. i'm grateful. thankful and i'm glad she is with us. >> reporter: her family thrilled at her homecoming, their mother back doing what she does and able to put a family back together.
a christmas miracle maybe, certainly a christmas this mother will not forget. >> very happy. my heart is rejoice because a nice children, my husband, my family here together now. >> reporter: in turlock, derek shore, kpix 5. >> isabel now has probationary status and has about a year to try to gain permanent residency. a southern california driver is alive and dealing with moderate injuries after three people pulled him from his burning car. cell phone video shows the moments after the fiery crash which happened yesterday afternoon on 405 in sherman oaks. the driver was unconscious. but two civilians and an off- duty bomb squad officer went to the rescue. >> he jumped out, jumped in the car, pulled the guy out, and all of a sudden he fell on the ground because he like breathed in a bunch of that black smoke. >> there was so much fire, it
gets into your head, you feel the smoke and the heat, it's just -- it's unbelievable how much heat there is with that fire. >> that los angeles police officer was also treated for minor injuries. edward snowden put out a christmas message calling for an end to mass government spying. the former nsa contractor addressed the british people in a pretaped message from russia where he has been granted temporary asylum. >> the privacy of the average -- together, we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying. >> the government argues the surveillance programs help fight terrorism. but the public backlash has forced the obama administration to consider curbing them. the airline industry is thinking about a new customized airfare system with some quirky considerations. kpix 5's andria borba on how this would work and why some
flyers are skeptical. >> reporter: taking a flight can already inflict indignities on your wallet, high ticket price, check. fees for checked bags, check. paying for in-flight food, check. now the airlines are working on a new system, something they call resolution 787. customized pricing just for you based on your past flying history and by data mining all kinds of details. >> they want to know about your marital status. they want to know where you live. it's all about zip code. it's really -- it could be red zoning, too. >> reporter: flyers at sfo's international terminal quite used to the nickel and dime routine that's a trip to the airport in 2013 are skeptical to say the least. from the price -- >> my hunch is that the favorable price something going to be the middle seat in the back of the airplane and to get to the nice seat in the front of the airplane even in coach is going to be a lot more expensive. >> reporter: to the peek into your facebook relationship status. >> i don't think marital status has anything to do with
pricing. >> reporter: to the perhaps uncomfortable amount of information floating on the internet. >> still not comfortable with the amount of information corporations are getting from me. >> reporter: the thought that resolution 787 will be good for travelers isn't exactly cleared for take-off. 4:51. an injured skier is alive today thanks to his husky and a whole bunch of luck. why he credits his dog with saving his life. >> plus, how some pet owners are turning to alternative medicine to help their furry friends. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
it's another "spare the air" day, but when we may see some relief with the pinpoint forecast coming up. >> "spare the air" you may want to consider using mass transit instead today. bart systemwide on time, more than 20 trains in fact all reporting no delays and we just checked, ace train 1 is on time out of tracy. that is your also "kcbs traffic." back to you. it's no secret, pet care is a billion-dollar industry. on the consumerwatch, kpix 5's julie watts shows us how some pet owners are turning to alternative medicine to help their furry friends. reporter: it's not your normal housecall. >> i got the snacks. >> reporter: and she isn't the typical chiropractic patient. >> a little tight and uncomfortable. >> reporter: but dr. kelly is adjusting lucky a 12-year-old dog with back problems. >> let's take a look and see. >> reporter: as she works her way along lucky's lower back, she gently is palpatating the vertebrae and the owner herself a doctor said she knew the dog needed chiropractic care.
>> she would growl when we touched her back and she wouldn't get up and down very well. >> reporter: lydia is one of a growing number of pet owners turning to alternative medical treatments like hydrotherapy, chiropractic care and even accupuncture in animals used to treat everything from anxiety to a torn acl. >> it allows them to feel that muscle back in their legs so they can improve strength. so they can use that leg. >> reporter: alternative animal care is not new and not cheap. treatments start at 50 bucks and can run up to hundreds per session, paid out of pocket usually. >> good, lola. good charlie. >> reporter: but for those who doubt the effectiveness of treatments like acupuncture in humans, the canine version lends credibility to the treatments since critics can't claim a placebo effect in dogs and many veterinarians swear these therapies do work. the proof they say is in the pooch. >> there you go. >> reporter: as for lucky, lydia says she thinks it's clear her four-legged friend is
happy for the treats and the treatments. on the consumerwatch, julie watts, kpix 5. a colorado man says he is grateful to his siberian husky, who likely saved his life. leonard somers was on a cross- country ski run last month when he fell down a ravine and severed two vertebrae. he was stuck and couldn't move but his dog juno wouldn't leave his side until they heard people nearby. >> i look at her and i said, go get them. she actually ran off and there was -- they had a dog with them. and she somehow or another brought the dog back to me. >> one of those nearby skiers just happened to be a trauma surgeon. so it took five hours to get somers off the mountain. the whole time juno stayed with him and kept him warm. somers is still unable to walk but is determined to walk again someday. it is 4:56. thieves hit two of the two bay
area -- two bay area homes with kids and ruin their christmas. now police are looking for burglars and helping the family salvage the holiday. >> we have made it through the season of giving. now we're entering the season of returning. we're talking the day after christmas. we'll tell you why the discounts might be bigger than last year. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
i was really excited. i couldn't wait to see her face. but it didn't happen. [ crying ] so i was disappointed. >> there may have been some ious under the christmas tree. u.p.s. is backlogged meaning some holiday gifts didn't get delivered in time. >> it was the one place where i felt safe and not judged and it's like i walked in and it was okay to just be there. >> after trying everything it could to stay, a shelter for homeless youth in san francisco closes for good with a final
christmas meal. >> we're very sorry about the complications which led to the death of jahi. >> the family of an oakland team declared brain-dead after a tonsillectomy is considering moving her to a care center where she can remain on a ventilator. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado email@example.com >> your realtime captioner is mrs. linda m. macdonald. good morning, everyone. it's thursday, december 26. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm mark kelly in for frank mallicoat. time is 6:00. let's get a look at traffic and weather. here's roberta. >> it certainly is a very cold start inland. let's look at the numbers. good morning, everybody. currently, in the north bay, we do have official sun-up at 7:24 and with it, boy, we have temperatures that have been going down, in fact, san jose right now at 40 degrees. but it's in the upper 30s