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Man arrested on suspicion of setting fire to Princeton hillside

PRINCETON – A 58-year-old Moss Beach man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a hillside overlooking Pillar Point Harbor in Princeton earlier this week, authorities said. The two-acre blaze was reported near the end of the Mavericks Beach access trail about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday. Authorities arrived to find the man lying on the ground near the fire. The sheriff’s office said the man had been seen earlier in the day constructing a large peace sign out of pampas grass on the hillside. The man admitted to starting the blaze, the sheriff’s office said. Multiple witnesses also reported seeing him start the fire. The man was arrested and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City on a charge of reckless burning, the sheriff’s office said. He is being held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 5, according to jail records. Related Articles Trio arrested in connection with 95 Bay Area burglaries Millbrae: Suspect arrested in $60,000 wine caper San Bruno police searching for suspects in…

Bethel Island man charged with killing woman in 2019 crash; police say he knew the victim

MARTINEZ — Contra Costa prosecutors have charged a Bethel Island man in connection with a December 2019 car crash that killed a Discovery Bay woman, in a case where authorities say the suspected driver and the victim knew one another. Michael Allen Stuart, 56, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and hit and run, both felonies. Police say the victim, 42-year-old Danielle Keller, was a walking on Gateway Road, just west of Piper Road, when Stuart’s 1994 Honda Accord struck her. The collision occurred a little after 6 p.m. Stuart pleaded not guilty to both counts at his arraignment hearing Oct. 23. His preliminary hearing — where a judge will review evidence and determine if there is enough to order Stuart to stand trial — has been set for Nov. 3, prosecutors said. The driver didn’t stick around at the scene of the crash, but four hours later, Stuart called police and reported that he might have struck someone, police said. Authorities later determined that Stuart and Keller knew one another and that she’d stayed at his residence before, according to court records. Stuart allegedly told…

Appeals court rejects Minnesota ballot counting extension

By Katelyn Polantz | CNN The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that mailed-in ballots in Minnesota must be received by elections officials no later than Election Day. The 2-1 ruling — a win for the Republican challengers to the state’s plans — cuts off a weeklong window after Election Day where state officials had planned to receive ballots that had lingered in the mail. The court found the Minnesota secretary of state’s accommodation went against a state law that said ballots delivered by mail to elections officials after 8 p.m. on Election Day should be marked late. “The Secretary’s instructions to count mail-in ballots received up to seven days after Election Day stand in direct contradiction to Minnesota election law governing presidential elections,” the ruling stated. The decision tackles absentee ballot deadlines in a battleground state a day after the US Supreme Court declined to wade into plans in Pennsylvania and North Carolina to continue to accept ballots after Election Day. The Trump campaign had sided with cutting off the receipt of ballots by Election Day. The decision on Thursday night potentially…

Why you shouldn’t brake when a deer collision is inevitable: Roadshow

Q: Decades ago, when I took a defensive driving course at San Jose State, the instructor said if hitting a deer or other animal is inevitable, don’t brake at the last moment. If the car is in a nose-down position from braking, the animal will likely come through the windshield. If the nose is up, there is a chance the car will go over the beast. Has that changed? RG Smalley, San Jose  Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: No, it has not changed. Most folks recommend not hitting the brake if a collision is likely. They also recommend not swerving and — when driving in areas of dense deer population — having your brights on and slowing down. Q: While living in the northern woods of New York where you see deer on or near the road all the time, my neighbor proffered this advice: brake hard just before you reach the deer, then release the brake an instant before impact. The front end will pop up on impact and a deer…

San Jose: Fire closes Tully Road onramp to Highway 101

SAN JOSE – Firefighters were battling a blaze along northbound Highway 101 near Tully Road in San Jose on Thursday evening, authorities said. The fire was reported just after 5 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol dispatch logs. In a series of tweets, the San Jose Fire Department said the blaze was in a utility vault, and Caltrans and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. had been contacted for assistance. Multiple units are on scene of a vault fire alongside northbound Highway 101 at Tully Rd. The westbound Tully Rd on-ramp to north 101 is closed until further notice. pic.twitter.com/TibCyWrstS — San Jose Fire Dept. (@SJFD) October 30, 2020 The westbound Tully Road onramp to northbound Highway 101 has been closed, the fire department said. Check back for updates. Related Articles California wildfires’ death toll rises to 32 9-year-old SF Giants fanatic loses baseball cards in Creek Fire; San Jose man gives her 25,000-card collection Agency says Big Bear Hotshots crew boss fighting El Dorado fire died when flames burned over him As winds weaken and flames from 2 large wildfires subside, thousands of Southern California…

Wallace family: Police who shot him were improperly trained

By Maryclaire Dale | Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The footage from body-worn cameras that was taken as police responded to a call about Walter Wallace Jr. shows him emerging from a house with a knife as relatives shout at officers about his mental health condition, a lawyer for the man’s family said Thursday. The video also shows Wallace became incapacitated after the first shot of 14 that two officers fired at him, said lawyer Shaka Johnson, describing footage he said police showed him and other members of Wallace’s family before a plan to release it and 911 calls publicly. “I understand he had a knife, but that does not give you carte blanche to execute a man, quite frankly,” Johnson told reporters at a news conference outside Philadelphia City Hall. “What other than death did you intend when you shoot a man — each officer — seven times apiece?” The family does not want the officers, who have not yet been publicly identified, to be charged with murder, Johnson said, because they were improperly trained and didn’t have the right equipment to do their job.…

Coronavirus: Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tests positive for COVID-19

By RALPH D. RUSSO / AP College Football Writer Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19, putting into doubt whether the face of college football will be available to play the top-ranked Tigers’ biggest game of the season. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement released by the school Thursday night that Lawrence is in isolation with mild symptoms. Swinney said Lawrence would miss Clemson’s game Saturday against Boston College. The Tigers are scheduled to play No. 4 Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Nov. 7. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for a minimum of 10 days. Lawrence said in a statement on Twitter that his symptoms have been “relatively mild” and he was following protocol from Clemson and the ACC about the virus. “The only thing that hurts is missing an opportunity to be with my teammates this weekend and play the game I love,” he said. Lawrence said he’d be watching and cheering for the Tigers from isolation. The junior from Georgia is a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy and potentially the top overall pick…

Thankful for the fear during COVID-19 Halloween season

CLICK HERE if you can’t view the gallery in a mobile device. Life during the coronavirus pandemic gets pretty boring for the Klamm sisters — 14-year-old Kyli and 11-year-old Khloe — of Morgan Hill. Thus, it sounded like a spooky good idea to go to the Dead Time Dreams haunted attraction in San Jose during Halloween week with their father Ken. “There’s nothing really else to do,” says Kyli, who is a freshman at Live Oak High School. “We thought it would be fun to do a haunted house.” And they certainly weren’t the only ones with that idea. Well before this open-air fright walk had opened its doors for business on Wednesday night, the parking lot outside was jammed with cars and there was a sizable amount of people already lined up to buy tickets. It just goes to show that even during a plague people love surrounding themselves with scenes of death and carnage — the ickier the better. Whether it addresses an existential angst or, more likely, boredom, the public’s desire for a ghoulish good time is as strong or stronger during…

Inside the Raiders: Sorry Raider Nation, firing Paul Guenther isn’t a solution

The Raiders are not a good defensive team through six games. That’s being nice, considering they’re giving up 32.8 points per game. That puts the Raiders ahead of the Dallas Cowboys (34.7) and no one else. The only time in franchise history they were worse was 1961, when the Raiders lost the first two games by a combined score of 99-0 and were giving up 38.0 points per game through the first six. Whether it’s a weekly mailbag or the “off with his head” cyberspace environment of social media, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is in the crosshairs. The Raiders being bad on defense is nothing new and predates Guenther, but this is Year 3 in his system and more is expected. Guenther expects it. His players expect it. The advent of social media, availability of all-22 game tape and the Madden video game has spawned a Raider Nation of experts who from the comfort of their own home who are certain they can fix what Guenther cannot. But Guenther will be running the Raiders defense Sunday on the road against the Cleveland Browns, as well…

49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo on Tony La Russa hiring: ‘It’s exciting. White Sox all day, baby’

SANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo grew up a Chicago White Sox fan in the northwest suburb of Arlington Heights. So what was his reaction to Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, 76, getting introduced Thursday as the new White Sox skipper? “I actually just saw that,” Garoppolo said after Thursday’s practice. “My brothers, we’re all in group text, so they shot that out. I’m happy about it. It’s exciting. “I really didn’t get to keep up with them much this year, with the crazy season and everything. “But, yeah, White Sox all day, baby.” Not much better than a Sox game with the fam #SouthSide — Jimmy Garoppolo (@JimmyG_10) July 6, 2016 Garoppolo has led the 49ers (4-3) to back-to-back wins since being benched at halftime of an Oct. 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins, having struggled to play through an ankle injury that sidelined him the previous 2 1/2 games. This Sunday in Seattle, Garoppolo will try improving to 5-0 all-time on the road as a 49er against NFC West opponents.  

San Jose’s Tabard Theatre revisits a classic Halloween scare

Could anything sound more 2020 than a thriller about strange invaders creating fear in an economically ravaged America with invisible microbes figuring into the climax? Maybe not, but Tabard Theatre’s production of “The War of the Worlds” — based on Orson Welles’ famous radio play of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic — is a trip back in time. Tabard Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Rhys Williams said the parallels between Depression-era America and today’s troubles were in his mind when Tabard decided to present The Mercury Theatre’s adaptation, which scared the hell out of people when it was first broadcast as a Halloween show on Oct. 30, 1938. “At one point, we considered creating a new adaptation and setting it in a modern San Francisco Bay Area but the more we pursued the idea the more we realized that the better choice was to present the 1938 radio play and allow the audience to draw their own connections,” Williams said. “The existential threat of a deadly unknown invader, the hysteria of fantastical news bulletins ‘too numerous to read’ and the fascinating reverse parallel of the Martians being…

Union City Mayor faces two challengers critical of her leadership amid fiscal woes

UNION CITY — In her bid to secure a third term leading Union City, Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci is facing two challengers this November, including a current councilman, both of whom have criticized her leadership as the city grapples with a structural deficit that has become since the coronavirus pandemic struck. Dutra-Vernaci, 66, a tax professional, faces challengers in current first-term Councilman Jaime Patiño, 49, a financial manager for Kaiser and former human relations commissioner, and current New Haven Unified School District board member Sarabjit Kaur Cheema, 60, a retired transportation engineer. And in the city’s first district election since making the switch from at-large elections last year, current Councilman Gary Singh, 62, who runs an auto repair business, is facing off with challenger Sandra Holder-Grayson, 63, a former human relations commissioner who runs a collectible doll shop, both aiming for the District 1 seat, representing much of the city’s center. ALAMEDA, CA – OCTOBER 8: Sarabjit Kaur Cheema, candidate for Union City Mayor, poses for a photo in Alameda, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)ALAMEDA, CA – OCTOBER 8: Union…

Equip Your Kitchen ― Part 3: The Care and Cleaning of Cookware

Based on my reader mail, my cookware columns are stirring up controversy in the kitchen. Here I thought last year’s mattress series crossed the threshold, but how folks feel about their slumber surfaces pales next to the practically umbilical attachment they have to their pans. Home chefs have come out swinging skillets, defending them to their copper cores. I now know that if some of you had to choose between your eight-inch Teflon omelet pan and your mate, well, you don’t have to, thank goodness. And while I do not want to come between you and that 20-piece set of nonstick cookware you bought in 1972 during a K-Mart blue-light special, I would like you all to please simmer down. We can get through this as friends. In case you missed the frying pan fracas, two weeks ago I covered the pros and cons of common pan materials: aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, carbon steel, copper and combinations. Last week, I shared the four essential pans every kitchen should have. I got the scoop straight from Lisa McManus, executive editor for America’s Test Kitchen reviews,…

East Bay traffic stop yields drugs, cash, handgun

BERKELEY – A 26-year-old Oakland man was arrested after a traffic stop at Seventh and Potter streets turned up a large amount of medication, cash and a loaded handgun. The unidentified driver, who police said a suspended license, was found with several bottles of the the prescription medication promethazine hydrochloride, digital scales, more than $1,000 in cash and the handgun. Related Articles Prescription drugs reported in children’s Halloween candy after California event OxyContin maker Purdue to plead guilty to criminal charges East Bay man gets federal prison for having 11 ounces of fentanyl Former Angels employee Eric Kay indicted in connection with death of Tyler Skaggs California methamphetamine bust is largest ever by DEA in U.S. He was was arrested on suspicion of being a felon with a loaded firearm, possession of drugs for sale, driving with a suspended license as well as several other offenses, police said. Copyright � 2020 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Death toll from typhoon in Vietnam climbs to 35

By Hau Dinh | Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam — A typhoon that officials said was the most powerful to hit Vietnam in 20 years blew away from the country on Thursday after setting off landslides, sinking boats and knocking out power to at least 1.7 million people. At least 35 people were killed and more than 50 were missing, state media said. The immediate focus for rescuers was on three villages in the country’s central region where landslides killed at least 19 people and are suspected of burying more than 40 others in thick mud and debris. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung traveled to the site of one landslide where soldiers were working to clear debris with bulldozers and he ordered officers to urgently send more troops to help with the efforts. “We must reach the landslide site the fastest way. First, send in more soldiers before we can get the big machine there. We have to reach the area by all means, including by using helicopters,” he said. Also among the dead were 12 fishermen whose boats sank Wednesday as Typhoon Molave approached…

Chicago White Sox reunite with Tony La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

By ANDREW SELIGMAN / AP Sports Writer CHICAGO — Tony La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old La Russa rejoins the franchise where his managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split. “We are extremely excited about the future of this team,” general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday. “As we showed in 2020, this is a young, talented club that we expect to only grow better and better in the coming years. Adding in a Hall of Fame manager who is recognized as being one of the best in the history of the game, we are a step closer to our goal of bringing White Sox fans another championship.” La Russa inherits a team loaded with young stars and productive veterans that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to sputter down…

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