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San Jose woman arrested after allegedly running 2 people over during protest

SAN JOSE — A 26-year-old woman has been arrested after allegedly hitting two people with an SUV Friday night during a San Jose protest, fleeing the scene after a sheriff’s deputy fired once at the vehicle. Just after 9 p.m. and hours into a tense demonstration against the death of Minnesota man George Floyd, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies and protesters alike watched on as a Dodge Durango entered the blocked-off intersection at Sixth and Santa Clara streets. The car first drove toward a group of protesters and then attempted to make a U-turn — running over two men in reverse, video of the incident shows. Believing that the hit was intentional, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy fired at the fleeing SUV, according to San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten. Bianca Orozco, 26, of San Jose, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for attempted murder after trying to drive a grey Dodge Durango into protesters and deputies at 6th Street and Santa Clara Street in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020. (San Jose Police Department)  As it drove away, a…

What is and isn’t essential should be left up to individuals, not government: Soledad Ursúa

California’s “stay-at-home” orders have revealed a rather snobbish demarcation of businesses:  those that are essential, and those that, well, just are not. The demarcation is arbitrary, and increasingly, this condescension of who matters and who doesn’t is being resisted by everyday people in red and blue states. State leaders should rethink their classifications of what is essential and understand that ALL businesses are essential. Why? Simply put, they are essential to those who patronize them, otherwise, they would not be in business. As someone who grew up as a diehard Democrat, now Libertarian, I find myself increasingly disappointed, particularly, by the political leadership in Blue States, especially my own home state of California. It is run by out of touch elites, “woke” and overpaid “public servants” who want to decide our entire lives. Many of these elected officials have spent their entire lives working for the government, living large off “non-essential” taxpayers, and have little understanding of  small business finance and the needs of everyday people. It makes no sense to proclaim that marijuana dispensaries are essential, but churches are not. Like many Americans abiding…

The Latest: Colombia to shut down Bogota neighborhood

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Colombia to shut down Bogota neighborhood amid rising virus cases — Greece won’t limit tourists but will do testing. — Alaska to require COVID-19 testing for air travelers coming into the state. — New York governor signs bill granting death benefits to families of health workers and other public servants who have died from COVID-19. — Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar gets a cleaning as country prepares to lift restrictions. ___ BOGOTA, Colombia — The mayor of Colombia’s capital is planning to shut down one of the city’s largest neighborhoods as cases there continue to rise. Mayor Claudia Lopez said Saturday that starting June 1st the working-class Kennedy area – home to nearly 1.5 million people – will be under a strict quarantine. Police and military will enforce the lockdown and no one will be allowed out, except to seek food or…

Tear gas, grief, shooting and smashed windows: Bay Area convulses as George Floyd protests sweep nation

A week of rising unrest across the country burned through Oakland and San Jose on Friday night as thousands of demonstrators rallied against police brutality in heated demonstrations that began peacefully, then spiraled into chaos, with crowds setting fires, smashing windows and looting stores, and heavily armed law enforcement confronting protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades. In Friday’s most severe violence, a gunman opened fire on two federally contracted security officers in downtown Oakland, killing one and critically wounding the other in an act federal authorities described as “domestic terrorism.” But while the federal complex was one of dozens of buildings damaged during the protest, it remained unclear Saturday whether the shooting had any link to the demonstration that was raging just steps away over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. And in San Jose, two people were injured when an SUV plowed into a group of protesters outside city hall. A Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy fired at the SUV as it fled, police said, and authorities arrested the suspected driver on attempted murder charges Saturday. Riot gear-clad law enforcement in both cities…

Officials: Outsiders fueling rioting, looting, violence in Twin Cities; Walz fully mobilizing National Guard

A number of outsiders are fueling the destruction and rioting that has built each night this week across the Twin Cities since the death of George Floyd, according to state officials who spoke during a Saturday morning press conference. Gov. Tim Walz said officials estimate that about 80 percent of the rioters Friday night were from outside Minnesota while 20 percent were Minnesotans. As officials make arrests, they are investigating who those individuals are and whether they are associated with any groups, said Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. “We have seen things like white supremacist organizers posting on platforms about coming to Minnesota,” Harrington said. He added that officials are also looking into connections with organized crime. However, a review of arrest records in Minneapolis and St. Paul show the majority of those cited to be from the Twin Cities. Officials had said Saturday morning they would share evidence of outsiders instigating violence in the Twin Cities but as of Saturday evening had not provided any despite requests from the Pioneer Press. ‘TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PAIN’ A law enforcement force of more than…

L.A. mayor announces 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew as 4th straight day of protests turns violent

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the city on Saturday, May 30, as police cruisers burned in the Fairfax area during the fourth straight day of protests in the city. We will always protect free speech and Angelenos’ right to live without fear of violence or vandalism. To increase safety for demonstrators, law enforcement and all citizens of Los Angeles, we are putting a curfew in place from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. https://t.co/vy3XM760qb — MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) May 30, 2020 The Los Angeles Police Department declared the Fairfax Avenue protest an unlawful assembly as some of the thousands of protesters there set cruisers on fire after smashing windows in other police vehicles. Officers sprayed tear gas and shot beanbags into the crowd after threatening to arrest the thousands of demonstrators who had gathered to demand justice for George Floyd, an African-American man who died after a white officer kneeled on his neck in Minnesota. The protesters shut down traffic at the intersection; they were met with a couple dozen Los Angeles Police Officers blocking further access on…

Coronavirus: Monterey County restaurants, other services get the all clear

MONTEREY — With some modifications, dine-in restaurants, hair salons and barbershops, as well as schools, can now open in Monterey County, the county Health Department announced Saturday afternoon. The state Department of Public Health has approved the Monterey County COVID-19 County Variance Attestation Form, the county Health Department reported,  allowing the county to advance into expanded Stage 2 reopening, which includes restaurants and hair salons. “This is very exciting news,” said local restaurateur Chris Shake, noting that his family had been preparing to open three of their restaurants on Saturday, but were awaiting the state approval. “We’re regrouping now and trying to get re-opened (Sunday) or Monday,” Shake said of the Old Fisherman’s Grotto and Scales on Fisherman’s Wharf and The Fish Hopper in Monterey. A new shelter-in-place order had been released Friday in anticipation of the state approval that outlines some of the changes businesses must make to reopen. Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors had unanimously agreed to send a variance attestation report to the state Department of Public Health outlining the county’s readiness to allow additional business re-openings under the state’s expanded Stage 2…

Sharks captain expresses support for Evander Kane, calls for change

Sharks captain Logan Couture expressed his support for teammate Evander Kane on Saturday, saying the sport of hockey and society at large needs to do much more to combat racism. “First of all, I applaud Evander for speaking the truth,” Couture wrote in a message posted to his Twitter account. “Racism exists in society, it also exists in hockey, That’s a fact. “Growing up in this game is a privilege. At times I think most of us have turned a blind eye when it comes to racism. It cannot continue.” Appearing on ESPN on Friday, Kane expressed his horror at the way George Floyd was killed earlier this week in Minneapolis, dying after he was pinned to the ground by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who had his knee on Floyd’s neck. Kane called on more high profile white athletes to speak out about the incident and about racism in society, saying in part that they need to have, “the same amount of outrage that I have inside, and using that to voice their opinion, to voice their frustration. Because that’s the only way…

US Open plan in works, including group flights, COVID tests

By HOWARD FENDRICH Charter flights to ferry U.S. Open tennis players and limited entourages from Europe, South America and the Middle East to New York. Negative COVID-19 tests before traveling. Centralized housing. Daily temperature checks. No spectators. Fewer on-court officials. No locker-room access on practice days. All are among the scenarios being considered for the 2020 U.S. Open — if it is held at all amid the coronavirus pandemic — and described to The Associated Press by a high-ranking official at the Grand Slam tournament. “All of this is still fluid,” Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Association’s chief executive for professional tennis, said in a telephone interview Saturday. “We have made no decisions at all.” With that caveat, Allaster added that if the USTA board does decide to go forward with the Open, she expects it to be held at its usual site and in its usual spot on the calendar. The main draw is scheduled to start Aug. 31. “We continue to be, I would say, 150% focused on staging a safe environment for conducting a U.S. Open at the Billie Jean King National…

Man’s death at East Oakland home being investigated as homicide, roommate arrested

OAKLAND  — The death of a 53-year-old man Saturday morning at an East Oakland home is being investigated as a homicide and his roommate has been arrested in the killing, autorities said. The name of the man killed has not been released, nor has the suspect’s who authorities said is a 51-year-old man The victim was found dead about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at a home in  the 9900 block of C Street. Police said there was trauma to the man’s body but an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.  The case is being investigated as a homicide, police said. The suspect was arrested at the scene. It was not immediately known how long the men had lived at the home. Police are trying to determine a motive fot the killing. Check back for updates.

The Latest: Greece not limiting tourists, will do testing

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Greece won’t limit tourists but will do testing. — Alaska to require COVID-19 testing for air travelers coming into the state. — New York governor signs bill granting death benefits to families of health workers and other public servants who have died from COVID-19. — Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar gets a cleaning as country prepares to lift restrictions. ___ ATHENS — Greek officials said Saturday said that the country will not limit incoming tourists to those from a list of 29 nations, but travelers from countries not on the list will be subject to mandatory testing on arrival and a period of quarantine depending on test results. The policy will only be applied during the final two weeks of June, although Greek authorities left open the prospect of additional restrictions after that date. The list announced Friday includes Albania, Australia, Austria,…

Whicker: As good as the games are, they can’t heal what ails us now

At times like this we hear about the “healing power of sports.” They do not bring a cure. They bring a tourniquet. They can relieve pain. They do not mend fractures that stretch 3,000 miles and damage every star and stripe. When George W. Bush brazenly walked into Yankee Stadium and threw the first pitch of World Series Game 3 in 2001, a month and a half after the planes hit, he made people jump and cheer and cry. But all he could do was inspire. After the balls and bats were put away, New York went back to burying its cops and firemen. When Cathy Freeman made the final turn at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, her fans found an eerie new octave. Their noise sounded like souls that had been freed from bodies, a strange new language of sound. Freeman won the gold medal in the 400 as an indigenous Aussie. Whatever hope she sowed is a wilted memory. Her people live 10 fewer years than the average Australian, and only 48 percent of those of working age have jobs. As 2020 plunges…

Police: Couple arrested after woman shoots at boyfriend in domestic-violence clash

SAN JOSE — A woman was arrested after allegedly shooting at her boyfriend during a fight in their Willow Glen home early Saturday in what police described as a domestic-violence incident. But the arrest was anything but immediate, as she refused to leave the home for nearly eight hours before she surrendered and was taken into custody. The man she was fighting with was also arrested, according to San Jose police. Officers were called around 2:45 a.m. Saturday to a home in the 1000 block of Meridian Avenue, after someone called 911 to report that they heard a gunshot. Responding officers found a man, uninjured, outside the home. He “stated he was in an argument with his girlfriend when she fired one shot at him,” police said in a statement. Police surrounded the home and worked for several hours to get the woman to leave. She surrendered around 10:10 a.m. and was expected to be booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and other crimes. Related Articles As police decry George Floyd killing, new force report signals encouraging direction…

Vallejo rejects claim filed in response to Eric Reason shooting

The city of Vallejo rejected a legal claim filed by the family of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Richmond cop outside of a local restaurant last year. The move by the city clears the way for a lawsuit over the incident, though one has not yet been filed. Eric Reason, 38, of Vallejo, was shot and killed by off-duty Richmond police Sgt. Virgil Thomas after the two began arguing over a parking space outside JJ’s Fish and Chicken, near Fairgrounds and Sereno drives, on Nov. 10, 2019. Reason’s family retained prominent civil rights attorney John Burris following the shooting, which was captured on surveillance footage. The claim, filed through Burrs’ firm, questioned why Thomas wasn’t sequestered immediately following the shooting. “Yet-to-be-identified Vallejo Police Department Officers responded to the scene and initiated their officer-involved shooting protocol. However, Vallejo Police Officers failed to sequester or remove Sergeant Thomas from the crime scene as required by policy, even after securing crime scene tape around three adjacent streets,” the claim states. “In addition, Vallejo Police Officers permitted Sergeant Thomas to stand inside of the…

The Latest: Alaska to require virus tests for air travelers

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Alaska to require COVID-19 testing for air travelers coming into the state. — New York governor signs bill granting death benefits to families of health workers and other public servants who have died from COVID-19. — Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar gets a cleaning as country prepares to lift restrictions. — Italy on track to relax travel restrictions next week. ___ ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy says travelers to Alaska will have to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a plane to the state, or submit to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Out-of-state travelers will need to show proof of testing within 72 hours of boarding and fill out paperwork. If either test results or paperwork are lost, travelers will be subjected to another test at the airport or quarantine for two weeks. Dunleavy also extended the state’s 14-day quarantine…

Fremont: Body found in marshlands at Coyote Hills Park

Bay City News Service FREMONT — A body that was recovered from marshlands near Coyote Hills Regional Park on Friday afternoon was severely decomposed, Fremont authorities said Saturday. Fremont police and fire officials were alerted Thursday night, when the body was first spotted, by East Bay Regional Parks police. Because of the location, crews had to wait until the tide came in enough to retrieve the body, which was turned over to the Alameda County coroner. Because of decomposition, it was impossible to determine any injuries, identity, or other information, according to Fremont police. Related Articles Woman shot near Oakland’s Lake Merritt Police release video of shooting in Hayward, say man held knife Catholic priest sexual abuse survivor suing Oakland Diocese and East Bay churches One wounded in West Oakland shooting Fleeing suspect tosses submachine gun during Pittsburg chase, police say Detectives will follow up on the case on Monday with the coroner, police said.

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