tv KPIX 5 News Early Edition CBS February 23, 2018 4:30am-5:01am PST
it's friday, we made it, yay! i'm michelle griego. >> i'm anne makovec in for kenny choi who is on paternity leave. it is 4:30 on a friday. we're all feeling that vibe. >> kenny is awake right now because he is writing on instagram and all that stuff. >> he has a newborn so he will be awake for the next five years. >> i'm proud of him though for that. he is actually, you know, getting up. >> yeah. >> that's our kenny. >> good morning, kenny and to everyone watching right now. we are going to talk about some clear skies out there and it's cold. oh, it's going to be chilly today. clear skies are allowing the cold air to stay here and we don't have wind allowing for warming until later on when the sun comes up but we'll see the sun later. so near freezing conditions this morning and slightly warmer weekend in store for us. good morning. happy friday. we are tracking slowdowns,
pretty usual along westbound 580 heading through the altamont pass. 205 to 680 about 22 minutes. we're also tracking an accident along 84 right near little valley road. the eastbound direction currently blocked. this is involving a big rig that hit a pole there. so it looks like they are waiting for crews to come and remove that pole and it's pretty badly damaged. so it could be a while before they clear it. that big rig is on its side. this next story might make you think about bringing your computer to a store. laptop thefts are skyrocketing in berkeley. the bad guys are getting bolder. joe vazquez reports. >> reporter: peets coffee on shattuck avenue last friday. three people walked in and lurched toward two different customers stealing two laptops simultaneously and running out. >> you probably saw the one in
the foreground the guy in the black hoodie easily gets the laptop and runs out. >> reporter: here's the other one. watch the guy in the pink hoodie. that's the laptop on the counter, boom, he grabs it and sprints away. >> we noticed this to be an increasing phenomenon. >> reporter: detective sergeant frank says this video is an example of how fast it can happen. he says small groups of robbers have been targeting berkeley in recent months. >> if you were to sit at a table with a pile of clash in a clear plastic bag that someone could see, you would probably be more cognizant of who is around you before you let that go. it's not just the pile of cash. it's someone's college papers, dissertation, family photos. >> reporter: police say there were a total of 57 laptop thefts in berkeley all of last year. this year, there have been 21. 16 in january, 5 in february so far. four of those thefts happened at cafe strad da across the street from uc-berkeley where at least one student told me she is trying to be more careful.
>> i make sure that i'm looking around and making sure that i'm safe. >> reporter: police say some victims have gotten hurt chasing after the robbers. remember this guy from peets? the victim chased behind and ended up catching the getaway car. but watch what happens. he ends up hanging on and then getting dragged down the street. the victim had minor injuries. another victim was shot in the leg by robbers in december. joe vazquez, kpix 5. yesterday, something we haven't seen in a while, rain. not much, but it finally broke the february dry spell. hail piled up on cars in vallejo and on the ground. and lots of snow in the sierra. overnight levels as low as 1500 feet. >> it's scary. >> makes you want to take a vacation. >> it snowed all night. they had thundersnow yesterday so it was an action packed day and they saw snow levels in
placerville so in the foothills. it was cool to see. also for our area, i'm sure people got hit by scattered showers in the afternoon. i was going on a jog at the embarcadero and yes, they arrived. just as we forecast, i should have known. but, you know, it happened. first february rainfall for san francisco. .01. that's all we got. last measurable rain was january 25th. that brings february to of the lowest months on record. here's the other rain totals from the storms. so they were scattered throughout the area. as soon as they arrived they left. short-lived cells. santa rosa .01", napa .03", concord .50." very small. let's talk about the temperatures. it's going to feel very cold. livermore below freezing at 30 already. temperatures expected to drop
another couple of degrees before sunrise. 38 in concord. oakland 40. and, in fact, across the north bay, temperatures are in the 30s but there's a wind that's about 10 to 15 miles per hour so that's going to make it feel colder. jaclyn. >> definitely feels very cold out there. okay. right now, we are tracking a couple of hot spots. we'll take it over to the may see. this is the connector ramp from 580 to 80. look at that camera shaking around out there. it is windy. you can see those two cars over on the shoulder of that may see and chp heading to the scene. it looks like they got into an accident there. so we'll keep an eye on that. no impact on drivers still at the limit as you approach the maze. at the bay bridge toll plaza a backup beyond the west grand overcrossing. 10 minutes for folks in the fastrak lanes into san francisco. we have some wind advisories in place for some of our bridges.
the bay bridge also the san mateo bridge. 13 minutes on the westbound direction which is on the right side of your screen and also the benicia bridge has a wind advisory. so both hands on the wheel. when the florida shooter opened fire last week, the school resource officer had a gun but he never went in the building. that resource officer scott peterson has resigned. the sheriff says he was sickened to see surveillance video that shows peterson stayed outside while students were being gunned down inside marjory stoneman douglas high school. >> what i saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of the building 12, take up a position and he never went in. >> so what should he have done? >> went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer. >> 19-year-old nikolas cruz is accused of opening fire on the
school campus february 14th. he is charged with 17 counts of murder for the deaths of these 14 students and three staff members. two other sheriff's deputies have been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates nearly 2 dozen encounters with the suspected shooter. president trump is proposing bonuses for teachers who carry guns in schools. >> these would be people that actually would want them and it would be a small percentage but it would be a lot of people. and once you do this, you will have a situation where all of a sudden, this horrible plague will stop. >> the national education association responded with this statement: arming teachers does nothing to prevent that." at least 4 states are now considering legislation to allow educators to carry concealed firearms in schools. 8 states already do. one california lawmaker has introduced a bill to require school districts to have at least one armed security guard. >> they are considering legislation to allow legislators allow teachers to carry firearms in schools. eight states already do. >> one requires school districts to have one armed
security guard. >> our students are sitting ducks. there's no one stopping the shooter as he walked on to an elementary school campus. >> opponents say more guns are not the answer. they say the key is watching for warning signs to prevent a shooting in the first place. california is facing a new threat from president trump! this time he may remove i.c.e. agents from the state. kpix 5's christin ayers has the response from leaders across california. >> just more ugly myths from the mouth of the bully in chief. >> reporter: oakland mayor libby schaaf lark out at president trump after he ramped up his rhetoric over california's sanctuary status threatening to pull federal agents from the state. >> all i'd have to do is say, i.c.e. and border patrol, let california alone. you would be inundated -- would you see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. in two months they would be begging for us to come back. they would be begging. and you know what? i'm thinking about doing it. >> reporter: immigrant rights
groups also outraged over trump's latest threat. john rodney from the california immigrant policy center had two words for it. >> political oppression. >> reporter: he says the threats have become a pattern. >> the federal government cannot force local governments to do its dirty work. >> reporter: last month, the justice department threatened to subpoena sanctuary cities and states and president trump has warned of increased i.c.e. raids and even proposed pulling federal funding from california. >> trump's level of vindictiveness knows no bounds. he is threatening to pull law enforcement out of california. a couple of weeks ago he threatened to arrestee elected officials like myself just for being the head of sanctuary cities. >> reporter: governor brown said: . christin ayers, kpix 5. now, the president's comments don't jibe with i.c.e.
i.c.e.'s plans to increase immigration enforcement in california but i.c.e.'s san francisco office had no comment. time now is 4:39. investigators believe a potent drug is responsible for the deaths of three men found on a bay area sidewalk. >> plus, a california state senator resigning amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.
we are getting a look at a thief. it happened last month at sfo and surveillance video shows a man loading a black suitcase on a luggage cart then wheeling it out of the terminal. other cameras outside captured him hurrying away down the sidewalk and so far, he has not been caught. the 7-foot unicycle inside the bag is worth about $25,000. the red panda has been using a backup ever since. the warriors have promised to buy her a replacement. three men found dead on a san francisco sidewalk may have been poisoned by a dangerous drug. here's kpix 5's betty yu with a warning from health experts. >> reporter: a san francisco public health officer says that in more than 20 years, he has not seen this instance of three people dying at the same time in this fashion and although the exact cause of death isn't yet known, health officials suspect fentanyl is to blame.
three men died on the sidewalk outside haight-ashbury's urban school. officials say the deaths are not related to the school or the cold weather and no foul play is suspected. but fentanyl poisoning is on the rise in san francisco. >> it's very easy to overdose with fentanyl. it's more than 100 times more potent than morphine. and so you can literally die within minutes. that's how powerful it is. >> reporter: health officials say investigators found drug paraphernalia at the scene suggesting that the men were using methamphetamine or crack cocaine. fentanyl is an opioid. it's often intentionally laced with other drugs to make counterfeit products or accidentally mixed in with other drugs because fentanyl is made in a lab. it can be found in many forms and expert say there's no way to tell its presence just by looking at the drug. >> the bottom line is that it's dangerous. if you buy something on the street, you have no idea what you're consuming. >> reporter: the health department says the best safety
measures are for drug users to always carry narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse overdoses. try a test dose first. don't do drugs alone and test for fentanyl with test strips like this one available at the city's syringe access sites. >> i see people freaking out quite a bit. i work downtown and i'll see people shooting up heroin on a regular basis. >> reporter: this person moved to san francisco a few months ago from new york city. >> it's disheartening but not surprising especially with the opiate crisis going on. just in general in the united states nowadays, it's -- people don't know what they are getting. >> reporter: the city has seen a number of fentanyl overdose deaths double in two years. there were 22 deaths in 2016 up from 11 a year before. health officials stress that narcan really is the best way to save lives. it's covered by most health plans and available at pharmacies and in some cases,
without a prescription. in san francisco, betty yu, kpix 5. a california lawmaker facing expulsion amid allegations of sexual misconduct has resigned. state senator tony mendoza a democrat from artesia resigned yesterday before his colleagues could decide his fate. mendoza accused of making unwanted advances toward six women including some subordinates. >> if we're serious about change the culture and holding our people accountable for their conduct, we must start here and now. >> in an angry farewell letter, mendoza wrote, it is clear that senate president pro tem kevin de leon will not rest until he has my head on a platter to convince the "#metoo" movement of his, quote, sincerity in supporting the "#metoo" cause. his picture is already off the wall at the state capital in sacramento. he is suing the state for its handling of this investigation and says he does intend to run for office again.
tech billionaire vinod khosla wants the supreme court to look at his lawsuit. he owns property near martins beach including the only access road to the public beach. vinod khosla bought the property in 2008 and contends he shouldn't be forced to allow public access to the road. a federal appeals court ruled against him last august. he says the california coastal commission is violating his property rights. the nation's highest court is expected to decide in the next few months if it will take the case. not exactly beach weather around here these days. >> no. >> cold temperatures continue. >> too cold for that. but wet suits if you go to the beaches, yes. this weekend will be sunny so at least we have that. it's going to slightly warm up for the weekend. so here's a look the ayour headlines for this -- here's a look at your headlines for this friday. clear sky, no more rain and snowfall. the party is over. yeah, all the action was yesterday. we have near freezing temperatures this morning. it feels colder because of the wind chills. so yes, the winds are still
strong right now. slight warming for saturday and sunday as our temperatures especially inland will rise a little bit for those afternoon highs bringing us close to normal. right now, 38 in concord. oakland now 40 degrees. livermore you're still at 30 degrees and expect another one or two degree drop before sunrise and our winds for the south bay most of the east bay barely calm except in oakland, north-northwest winds continue at 8 and downtown san francisco 8-mile-per-hour winds and across the north bay it's still coming in strong. we have the really strong gusty conditions throughout the day yesterday. gusty winds in the area. this morning we'll continue to see that strong wind especially for the coast and the north bay and it's going to continue probably for the next couple of hours and then things should calm down especially along the east bay. the south bay staying calm as well throughout the day. then tomorrow, sunday, it's looking like a mostly sunny pretty calm kind of weekend. so satellite-radar showing we had some cloud coverage coming in and all of that is breaking apart and moving on and, yes,
no more trickles of rain out of that system. it's all now moved towards nevada. that's where the system is that brought us scattered showers yesterday and the sierra snowfall. it's over. it's heading to nevada and utah. what we are going to see today, cold clear skies out there. then another system up to the north. so the one in british columbia will impact us on monday. we'll get another chance of rain next week and that one could bring a little bit more moisture with it. we could see a little decent amount of rainfall by the end of next week. our futurecast showing no clouds today. a few areas of cloud coverage tomorrow morning. we may wake up to some gray skies. but it's not going to dampen our weekend, right? high temperatures today warmer than yesterday, upper 50s closer to the average and then lake tahoe got fresh powder about 10 inches to a foot for some locations. so fresh powder for today and enjoy that. calm winds up there. tomorrow it could be a little gusty. and on sunday, they are in the teens by the way, night.
so sunday mostly sunny skies. a good weekend to enjoy it. monday rain and then another system bringing us a decent amount of measurable precipitation. so you can see it here in your seven-day forecast. is about to shut its doors after more than a half-century in this is a great opportunity for you to make sure your wipers are working and everything on your car is winter-ready with the rains coming. okay. let's take it to 580. this is 580 as you make your way towards 680 headlights moving westbound. we are still in the green as far as our travel times go. but we are starting to get a little crowded along that stretch. we are seeing about a five- minute delay so 24 minutes from 205 over to 680. we are tracking an accident. it happened a little after midnight. and it's still out there. this is involving a big rig that's on its side after it hit a pole. pg&e crews are out on the scene. they are working on clearing
that scene but it's going to be a while. the eastbound lanes currently blocked. traffic is able to get by using the left-hand turn lane so you will be able to get through that stretch. it's going to be slow through the area. westbound direction not seeing impact. overnight roadwork will have all that wrapped up in the next 15 minutes along highway 13 between moraga and broadway terrace a detour set up for you and it's not causing any slowdowns at this point. eastshore freeway toward the bay bridge toll plaza, we have a full house already developing in those cash lanes. give yourself some extra time. time now 4:50. a popular bay area watering hole is about to shut its doors after more than a half century in business. >> and why a northern california
911 center is being inundated with nonemergency calls. fire fighting is a very dangerous profession. we have one to two fires a day and when you respond together and you put your lives on the line, you do have to surround yourself with experts. and for us the expert in gas and electric is pg&e. we run about 2,500/2,800 fire calls a year and on almost every one of those calls pg&e is responding to that call as well. and so when we show up to a fire and pg&e shows up with us it makes a tremendous team during a moment of crisis.
i rely on them, the firefighters in this department rely on them, and so we have to practice safety everyday. utilizing pg&e's talent and expertise in that area trains our firefighters on the gas or electric aspect of a fire and when we have an emergency situation we are going to be much more skilled and prepared to mitigate that emergency for all concerned. the things we do every single day that puts ourselves in harm's way, and to have a partner that is so skilled at what they do is indispensable, and i couldn't ask for a better partner.
mid- to upper 50s for the south bay along the beaches temperatures in the low 50s. over in the east bay walnut creek 55 for your afternoon high. 57 in dublin and pleasanton. and oakland also 57 degrees. temperatures around the bay in the mid-50s. daly city low 50s. then further up north it's a bit cooler in the low 50s for clearlake and lakeport. st. helena almost getting closer and closer to 60 degrees. jaclyn? >> and we are taking a live look along 101 in millbrae. you can see sfo on the back right side of your screen there and so those headlights southbound you've clear shot along 101 right now in both directions. speeds moving right at the limit so if you are heading to sfo for your friday getaway, you're good to go as far as the freeway goes. back over to you, anne. inspectors today are expected to revisit marin county's civic center where the cafe has been closed because of vermin. droppings and other evidence of rodents were discovered at the
civic center cafe in san rafael during a routine inspection february ninth. the eatery opened a few days later but there was more evidence every rats leading to another closure. >> we want to do a thorough cleaning and make sure this place is spotless for the future. but also, how they got in initially and to make it so that that won't happen again. >> rats can actually fit through openings the size of a quarter. that means all kitchen appliances and fixtures had to be pulled out of the walls so even the smallest holes could be sealed. after 60 years in business, it is last call for a popular pub in menlo park but it's not for lack of customers. andria borba tells us the brisk sales of burgers and beer just can't keep up with the skyrocketing rent. remembers at the oasis beer garden, the draw isn't just the suds but the ambience, history carved into and hanging on the famous walls but the final
countdown is on for the menlo park institution. on march 7th they close. >> there's a lot of memories here. >> reporter: in a post on facebook and a sign here on the front door of the el camino real restaurant, the ownership group says it's over a fight with the landlord and the failure to reach a reasonable lease. >> i can understand that the owners of the property can get a lot more revenue by changing this institution to something else. but it's going to break a lot of hearts including ours. >> reporter: regulars at the oasis say packed tables are a testament to the menlo park restaurant's hold on people's nostalgia. >> they are here because they want to get the last burger that they are ever going to have. we are going to have to find somewhere else to hang out. we come here many times during the week and we know all the people here, the cooks and the
managers and the bartenders. and it's like losing a family. >> reporter: in menlo park, andria borba, kpix 5. a northern california 911 center is being flooded with false alarms from apple devices. >> 911, what's your emergency? hello, caller, are you there? >> dispatchers in elk grove say it started in october. it traces back to a local apple repair and furbishing center likely triggered by the product's sos feature. on average they have gotten about 20 calls a day and roughly 1600 since october. sacramento county sheriff's dispatch center is also getting the calls. but both departments say they are working with apple to resolve it. it's 4:57. president trump says he is considering pulling i.c.e. agents out of our state since he thinks we're no help in fighting against the violent gang ms-13. that has local politicians livid this morning!
michelle griego. and i'm anne makovec. let's start with a live look outs good morning, everyone. it's friday, we made it. it's february 23rd. i'm michelle griego. >> i'm anne makovec. let's start with a live look outside this morning. on the left-hand side of your screen, a gorgeous shot of the bay bridge from the transamerica pyramid and on the right 580 in dublin where traffic is starting to stack up. >> yeah. >> no "friday light" there. >> maybe people are just going on vacation. >> friday getaway? >> i'm jealous. >> there's something about waking going out at 4:30 in the morning if