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Khris Davis hits first home run of the month, A.J. Puk debuts in Athletics win over Yankees

Click here if you have trouble viewing the gallery in your mobile device. OAKLAND — The A’s took game two and a series win from the Yankees, 6-4, on Wednesday night. Most notably, top A’s prospect A.J. Puk made his Major League debut in the eighth inning with the A’s ahead by two runs. A little off on his control, Puk was clearly little hopped up on debut adrenaline. His fastball topped out at 100 mph, but he walked the first batter he faced, Mike Tauchman. Jurickson Profar’s spectacular catch of Cameron Maybin’s fly out saved a hit, but Mike Ford hit a 110 mph single off Puk’s 99 mph fastball to put runners on the corners. Liam Hendriks relieved him, and kept Puk’s 0.00 ERA intact by striking out DJ LeMahiue and Aaron Judge to end the threat and preserve the lead. Khris Davis snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a go-ahead two-run home run, going opposite way on a 3-2 fastball off J.A. Happ. It was Davis’ first home run since July 30, his second since June 18. Related Articles Q&A: GM David Forst…

Berkeley police seek suspect in auto burglaries

Berkeley police released this image Wednesday, August 21, 2019 of a suspect sought in connection with at least two auto burglaries August 12 near Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way. (Courtesy Berkeley Police Department)  BERKELEY — Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man sought in connection with at least two auto burglaries last week, authorities said Wednesday. In a statement, Berkeley police said the burglaries happened near Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way between noon and 1:08 p.m. August 12. The suspect, who was captured in images shared in alerts Wednesday, took laptops and computer equipment left in vehicles and was last seen driving westbound on Bancroft in a white Toyota Solara with dealer license places. Anyone with information should call Berkeley police’s property-crimes unit at 510-981-5737 and reference cases Nos. 2019-00044484 and 2019-00044498. Do you know who this suspect is?https://t.co/P5M5FWYHnv — Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) August 21, 2019 Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

Shooter at large after LA deputy shot at sheriff’s station

By Christopher Weber | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Investigators believe a gunshot that wounded a deputy outside a Los Angeles County sheriff’s station on Wednesday was fired from a nearby building complex that provides housing to people with mental health issues, authorities said. Deputy Angel Reinosa, 21, was hit while heading to his car in the employee parking lot of the Lancaster station shortly before 3 p.m., Capt. Todd Weber said. “He is doing great, thankfully,” Weber said. “The wound was minor and he’s been treated and he’s doing well, in high spirits.” No surgery was needed, he added. Mayor R. Rex Parris said the deputy was wearing a ballistic vest that deflected the bullet into his shoulder. Deputies searched for the sniper inside the block-long, four-story structure with many windows that overlook the sheriff’s facility in downtown Lancaster, a desert city of about 160,000 people north of Los Angeles. Tactical teams were working their way through the building Wednesday night, evacuating some people and having others shelter in place, Weber said. They had no description of the shooter but believed they could…

Giants homer four times, overcome two deficits, end up on wrong side of seesaw slugfest

CHICAGO — No pitcher is invincible, no fence is too far and no lead is safe. Throw out any preconceived notion that the San Francisco Giants can’t slug it with the rest of the league, too. Hitting the ball out of the park, however, doesn’t guarantee their desired result. For the second time on their road trip, the Giants rode the home run seesaw in the type of high-scoring affair that used to be exclusive to Coors Field. Instead of playing 5,000 feet above sea level, the Giants and Cubs found a similar result 500 feet up in a 12-11 Giants (63-64) defeat on Wednesday that would have been considered an instant classic in the first 104 years of Wrigley Field. These days, it’s par for the course in a game where every hitter can drive the green. “You get that many runs, that kind of production, those are games we’ve been winning,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “This one got away from us.” Four Giants hit home runs and six pitchers took the mound in a game that showcased how the sport has fundamentally changed…

Caltrain hits unoccupied vehicle in Burlingame

BURLINGAME – Caltrain service was delayed Wednesday night after a northbound train collided with an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Burlingame, authorities said. The collision occurred at the Broadway grade crossing, just north of the Broadway station, about 7:30 p.m., according to Caltrain spokesman Alex Eisenhart. No injuries were reported. Trains were held in the area until about 8:10 p.m. and are currently running about 45 minutes behind schedule. Check back for updates.

Giants Unable to Keep Up With Slugging Cubs

You’re forgiven if you lost track of everything that happened at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night for the Giants. A 12-11 loss to the Cubs was one of the wildest games of the year, one in which both starters got rocked, both bullpens buckled, and seven balls left the yard. It was the first time since 2002 that these two teams faced off and each scored double-digit runs. 1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Shooting in San Jose: Police The final blow, a two-run shot by Kris Bryant off Reyes Moronta, decided the game and put the Giants in a difficult spot. Here are three takeaways from the second night at Coors Field By The Lake: A Tough Spot: It’s pretty amazing that the Giants played well enough for a stretch to get into the Wild Card discussion, but the climb is once again really, really steep. Warning Signs Missed? Mom, 23, Dies After ‘Amazing’ Trip Even before this game, FanGraphs gave the Giants just a 1.4 percent chance of grabbing a wild-card spot, and they’re further back after dropping the first two against one of…

San Mateo PD Adding Overnight Accommodations For Officers

In the fierce battle among Bay Area Cities to recruit and retain police officers, the city of San Mateo is putting its money where its mouth is. City leaders are betting that half a million dollars worth of overnight accommodations will give them a leg up on the competition. 1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Shooting in San Jose: Police The city is putting in a police substation and adding more to it. Around the back of the substation, they’ll have 12 beds and showers so San Mateo officers, most of whom don’t live in the county, can get some rest when they have a short turnaround. Warning Signs Missed? Mom, 23, Dies After ‘Amazing’ Trip The $500,000 project would be a welcome sight for weary San Mateo officers, who work four days on then four days off. Those workdays are at least 11 1/2 hours. “It will certainly make it easier for the officers and make it easier for us to recruit and to retain officers after a 12-15 hour shift to stay here,” San Mateo Mayor Diane Papan said. Woman Fights Off Attacker at…

Pilot: Plane Crash in Ocean Off Half Moon Bay Not a Stunt

A day after a small plane crashed in the ocean off the coast of Half Moon Bay, the pilot found himself explaining what he believed happened and why it was not a stunt. Emergency crews Tuesday evening responded to the crash in the water about 4 miles off Half Moon Bay at about 6:15 p.m., rescuing two people from the water, the U.S Coast Guard said.  1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Shooting in San Jose: Police On Wednesday, pilot David Lesh of Denver said he just purchased the plane for about $200,000 and spent another $40,000 on restoring it. He dismissed any notions that the entire incident was a premeditated stunt. “Consider the fact I spent a quarter-million dollars on that plane and then took two months to upgrade it,” he said. “That’s my baby. I had no interest in ruining my new airplane and putting it in the ocean.” Warning Signs Missed? Mom, 23, Dies After ‘Amazing’ Trip Lesh said the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza lost power over the water, and he couldn’t get the motor restarted. He said he had about 20-30 seconds to…

Cal Fire Contains Blaze on Patterson Pass Road Near Tracy

Firefighters on Wednesday evening contained a brush fire on Patterson Pass Road, just east of Livermore and near Tracy. Cal Fire said the blaze charred at least 100 acres. Over 112K Sign Petition for Joe Rogan to Host 2020 Debate No other information was immediately available. Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

Menlo Park man arrested on new child sexual assault charges

MENLO PARK – San Mateo County authorities on Wednesday arrested a former youth swim team photographer on additional charges he sexually assaulted six boys at his home in unincorporated Menlo Park. Randolph Haldeman  Randolph Haldeman was first arrested on July 25. At the time, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said the 57-year-old had sexually assaulted at least three young boys in crimes that date back to 1987. Half a dozen more victims came forward after his arrest. Some of the alleged assaults occurred at the Ladera Recreation Center in Portola Valley, where Haldeman worked as a photographer. Others, including those involving the additional victims, occurred at Haldeman’s residence, according to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office said the ages of the victims at the time of the alleged assaults ranged from 6 to 16. Detectives secured a $5 million warrant for Haldeman’s arrest and took him into custody at his home. San Mateo County authorities first learned of the alleged assaults after one of the victims, now an adult, told another person who then contacted the sheriff’s office in January. The sheriff’s office said…

Firefighters contain Patterson Fire in eastern Alameda County

ALAMEDA COUNTY — Fire crews are at the scene of a fully contained vegetation fire east of Livermore and west of Tracy that burned about 140 acres, authorities said Wednesday. Shortly before 5:15 p.m., Alameda County Fire Department resources responded to reports of a small wind-driven grass fire with no structures threatened near Patterson Pass and Midway Roads. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection resources also quickly headed to the scene, where they found warm, dry conditions helping the fire grow quickly. Forward progress was stopped at around 100 acres by 6:20 p.m., with full containment reached about 10 to 15 minutes later. Mop-up efforts are expected to continue into Wednesday night. No word was immediately available on any injuries or a possible cause. Check back for updates. Satellite picking up new fire east of Livermore and West of Tracy. #FireWeather #CAwx #580commute pic.twitter.com/9VKzJB85mt — NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) August 22, 2019 Firefighters are battling a 5 acre fire on Patterson Pass Road near Tracy in (Alameda County). #PattersonFire pic.twitter.com/UPbtVFibF1 — CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) August 22, 2019 Hot, dry and breezy near the…

Jet catches fire in Northern California; 10 aboard unhurt

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — All 10 people aboard a small jet escaped injury Wednesday after the aircraft aborted its takeoff at a small Northern California airport, went off the runway and burst into flames, officials said. The pilot of the twin-engine Cessna Citation jet aborted its takeoff at Oroville Municipal Airport for unknown reasons shortly before noon, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The plane was carrying two pilots and eight passengers, and “all were accounted for, no injuries,” said Joe Deal, Oroville’s fire and police chief. The jet had complications during takeoff that resulted in its catching fire, he said. It slid off the end of the runway, sparking a fire in dry grass. Photos and video from witnesses shows the jet’s door open and its landing gear apparently retracted. Officials briefly closed nearby Highway 162 before controlling the grass fire at less than two acres. “They were out of the plane quickly,” said Rick Carhart, a spokesman the CalFire/Butte County Fire Department that assisted at the scene. By the time the first fire engine arrived, “the people had already gotten off and…

Gov. Inslee says he is dropping his presidential bid

By Rachel La Corte | Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Inslee announced his decision on MSNBC, saying it’s become clear that he won’t win. He has kept the option of running for a third term as governor open throughout his presidential campaign but didn’t immediately say what his political plans were. Inslee, 68, became the third Democrat to end his presidential bid after U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California pulled out of the primary last month followed by former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper last week. While Inslee had qualified for the first two presidential debates this summer, he struggled to gain traction in the crowded Democratic field and was falling short of the requirements needed to appear on two high-profile stages next month: the third DNC debate in Houston and a CNN town hall focused on climate change, Inslee’s key issue. He had recently hit one of the markers — 130,000 unique donors. But he…

No offices at Vallco site if development plan goes down, Cupertino decides

CUPERTINO — If a current plan for redeveloping Vallco Shopping Mall gets tossed, whatever project eventually replaces it won’ feature any office space, the Cupertino City Council decided this week. The council approved a general plan amendment Tuesday that eliminates a 2-million-square-foot allocation for office space and imposes a 60-foot height limit on buildings at the vacant shopping mall. Council members and residents who support the move say the 1.8 million square feet of office space that Sand Hill Property Co. plans to build at Vallco will only exacerbate the region’s housing crisis by bringing in new workers without the homes to accommodate them. “What is being done with the general plan — complete maximum housing, complete maximum office space, and sacrifice the retail — the developer wins, community loses,” Councilman Jon Willey said. “That’s why we need to rush to make sure we have not been derelict in our duty to protect the community.” Sand Hill Property Co., the owner and developer of Vallco, has the right under state legislation to build 2,402 apartment units, — half of them below market rate — 1.8…

March for Our Lives Unveils New Proposal for Gun Control Legislation

Student activists from the March for Our Lives movement took a tangible stand against gun violence on Wednesday by unveiling a bold new plan they say will cut gun-related deaths by half over the next decade, NBC News reported. The six-point comprehensive proposal called the “Peace Plan for America,” aims to tackle not only the regulatory aspects of gun ownership but seeks to empower young people within the political arena, said the organization, which was started by the survivors of the 2018 deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The attack took the lives of 17 people. Over 112K Sign Petition for Joe Rogan to Host 2020 Debate The plan comes in the wake of the nation’s most recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, as well Chicago’s most violent weekend earlier this month. “It is an appropriate and bold response to the massive amount of gun deaths we have every single year in the United States right now,” said David Hogg, a Parkland survivor and one of the co-founders of March for Our Lives to NBC…

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