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San Jose: Coroner identifies woman found dead near Guadalupe River

SAN JOSE – A woman found dead under suspicious circumstances near the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose last week has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office as 44-year-old San Jose resident Maria Gordon. Patrol officers discovered Gordon’s body in the area of the Guadalupe River Trail near West Julian and North Autumn streets about 10:25 a.m. Thursday, according to police. Police said the coroner “believed there were suspicious circumstances that required further investigation.” Additional details about the case were not available Monday. A non-fatal stabbing was reported near the scene on July 12. Officers found a man suffering from at least one stab wound on Santa Clara Street under the Highway 87 overpass. Police have not said whether they believe the cases are connected in any way. Anyone with information related to the death can contact Detective Sgt. Isidro Bagon or Detective Ramon Sanchez of the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 408-277-5283. Those wishing to remain anonymous can leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867) or svcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash…

Police activity, Sig-alert closes I-880 lanes in Oakland

OAKLAND — Police officers are at the scene of an incident that led the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig-alert, closing Interstate 880 lanes Monday night, authorities said. A CHP officer would not say which law enforcement agencies were involved with the incident, and no confirmation was available about any connection with an incident just before 6:30 p.m. involving a black Toyota sedan in the highway’s center divide. The CHP issued the alert at 6:42 p.m. blocking all northbound I-880 lanes south of the 98th Avenue exit, with traffic diverting off at 98th Avenue. Big-rig trucks were being allowed to use Interstate 580 while the alert is in effect. There was no estimated time of reopening and drivers are advised to avoid the area for at least the next two hours, the officer said. Check back for updates. **Traffic Alert** All lanes at I-880 northbound, south of 98th shut down due to police activity. Unknown ETA at this time. Please seek alternative routes. Additionally, Big Rigs may use I-580 for the time being. — CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) July 23, 2019 All lanes closed-police activity…

Ramon Laureano honored as AL Player of the Week

In the hours following the announcement of Ramon Laureano’s American League Player of the Week honor, Laureano took a light snooze in the A’s clubhouse at Minute Maid Park. A major series against Oakland’s toughest division foe was afoot, and no award would interrupt his unorthodox intense zen. “It’s cool,” Laureano said a while later of the award. “I enjoyed it for one minute because Bob told me to, but got to keep moving on. Today’s a new series, very important.” That’s typical Laureano: humble, competitive. But, could he take a detour away from the competitive tunnel vision? “No, I tried to get him to enjoy it and smile just for a second, and he said ‘No, it’s all about today,’” manager Bob Melvin laughed. “He’s really humble in the way he goes about it and I said, ‘It’s alright, we’re not playing a game right now you can smile, you can feel good about it.’ So he kind of relented for a second. I did get a smile out of it.” So, the manager and center fielder negotiated a forced smile. Both sides had…

5 arrested, 4 deputies injured and 1 horse punched at fair

TURLOCK (AP) — Authorities say four Northern California deputies were injured, a horse was punched and five people were arrested in a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair. The Modesto Bee says sheriff’s deputies watching a line at a beer booth Sunday noticed a man wearing gang clothing who appeared to be drunk and trying to start fights. Authorities say the fair doesn’t allow gang symbols or clothing. Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton says while deputies talked to that man, another man began throwing punches, hitting two deputies, and other crowd members got involved. Authorities say a man punched a Sheriff’s Department horse that had knocked him down, spilling his beer. Those arrested could be charged with assault on a peace officer. The department says the deputies — and the horse — are fine.

Ivanka Trump visits Lockheed Martin plant as part of workforce development tour

Senior White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump visited Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado Monday as part of a nationwide tour promoting workforce development. Trump is the face of her father’s “Pledge to America’s Workers” initiative, which calls on states to work with private industries and invest in workforce training through apprenticeship programs and partnerships with local colleges and universities. “The government cannot do this…,” Trump said. “Private industry is much more responsive to the skills in demand in local communities.” Trump met with graduates from Lockheed’s advanced manufacturing technician apprentice program as well as from Metropolitan State University’s aerospace program. The nine-week apprenticeship program is designed for people who don’t pursue a traditional college degree in STEM, said Sarah Turner, who runs the program for Lockheed. Her company anticipates needing more than 50,000 skilled workers in the next decade and many of those positions could be filled through programs like the one she manages. Trump appeared particularly interested in how graduates of the apprenticeship program learned about it and said she sees these types of training programs as a way to expand the…

Fremont police get 11.5 percent pay raise over two years

Fremont police officers and their bosses will get an 11.5 percent pay raise over this year and next. The City Council approved the salary increases for 187 officers and sergeants represented by the Fremont Police Association as well as for the police department’s top brass at its July 16 meeting. As a result, salaries for this fiscal year went up 7.5 percent beginning July 1 and will climb an additional 4 percent on July 1, 2020. A police officer fresh out of the academy now makes a minimum base salary of $106,581 with step increases up to $129,580. The base salary will climb 4 percent on July 1, 2020 to $110,845 with step increases up to $134,763. Sergeants in Fremont, who are also represented by the association, get the same bump, to a minimum of $128,118 this fiscal year up to $155,725 with step increases, and from $133,242 to $161,954 starting on July 1, 2020. City staff reports justified the raises by saying police positions are “difficult to recruit for.” The city also agreed to give the same 11.5 percent salary increase over this year…

San Jose: Drive-by shooting wounds man in Little Saigon

SAN JOSE — A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the Little Saigon neighborhood Monday afternoon, according to San Jose police. Officers were called about 1:55 p.m. to the 1000 block of Story Road for a report of a shooting, Officer Gina Tepoorten said. They arrived to find a man suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The man was rushed to the hospital with injuries police described as not life-threatening, Tepoorten said. An initial investigation found that the victim was standing in front of a business when a white vehicle pulled up, followed soon after by an occupant shooting at and injuring the man. The vehicle then fled the area, Tepoorten said, and was gone by the time police arrived. Information about any suspects or a motive for the shooting was not available Monday afternoon. Anyone with information about the case can contact Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP or at svcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward.

Chelsea Clinton denies she was ever close friends with Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged ‘madam’

Since Jeffrey Epstein’s latest arrest on sex trafficking charges, a who’s who of the rich and powerful — notably Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton — have rushed to downplay their associations with the financier who is accused of abusing underaged girls. Jeffrey Epstein in 2013. (Photo by Florida Department of Law Enforcement via Getty Images)  Now Chelsea Clinton has joined her ex-president father on this who’s who list. Her representative issued a statement to Politico over the weekend denying reports that the former First Daughter was close friends with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and the alleged “madam” who has been accused of helping him procure underaged girls for sex Politico’s report on Maxwell, 57, focuses on how the daughter of the late British publishing mogul Robert Maxwell helped Epstein, the Brooklyn-born son of a New York City parks groundskeeper, gain access to social circles that allowed him to become friendly with two U.S. presidents, billionaire business moguls, America’s media elite and at least one member of the British royal family. Maxwell has not been criminally charged, but has settled two lawsuits filed by…

Stephen Curry among the many, many people reacting to Tom Brady’s daredevil stunt with 6-year-old

Tom Brady — fun dad or irresponsible father? The New England Patriots quarterback sparked an online debate over the weekend after posting an Instagram video of himself pulling off a daring stunt with his 6-year-old daughter in tow. Literally. In the video, Brady and daughter Vivian are seen jumping off a cliff and landing awkwardly in the water below. As of Monday afternoon, the video had been viewed nearly three million times, and many commenters were questioning Brady’s parenting skills following a feat they believed put Vivian at risk. View this post on Instagram If Vivi is going to be an Olympic champion one day, it probably won’t be in synchronized diving. Daddy always gives her a 10 though! A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on Jul 19, 2019 at 1:26pm PDT “Absolutely the most stupid and dangerous thing for a 6 yr. old child to do. You should be ASHAMED,” one commenter wrote. The video begins with the San Mateo native and his young daughter standing on a cliff by a waterfall. Brady points to the spot below to show Vivian where he…

Four arrested in thefts from Hayward sporting goods store

HAYWARD — Three juveniles and an adult suspected of stealing items from a sporting goods store were arrested after the vehicle they fled in was stopped on Interstate 880 in Oakland, police said. The ages of the suspects were not immediately available. Police said two were females and the others were boys, but did not say where they live. They are suspected of stealing numerous items of clothing from Dick’s Sporting Goods at Southland Mall, about 9:35 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Zack Hoyer said. A dollar figure for the loss was not immediately available. They were stopped by police a short time later in a vehicle on northbound I-880 just north of Hegenberger Road. They were arrested on theft-related charges and the stolen items were recovered, Hoyer said. Freeway traffic was briefly shut down while they were being taken into custody, authorities said.

Brush Fire in Napa County Prompts Evacuations

Firefighters were battling a brush fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa County that prompted evacuations Monday afternoon, officials said. The so-called Canyon Fire had burned about 45 acres east of St. Helena, Cal Fire said. Car Catches Fire Inside MacArthur Tunnel in San Francisco The blaze prompted evacuations on the south side of Highway 128 in the 6500-7000 block of Wragg Canyon Road, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said.  Highway 128 is closed from Markley Cove to Wragg Canyon Road, the California Highway Patrol said. No Injuries After Gas Leak, Possible Explosion in SJ: FD Photo Credit: PG&E

Republicans, Democrats Reach Deal on Budget, Debt Ceiling

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have struck a budget deal that would suspend the debt limit until mid-2021, President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders announced Monday. The emerging two-year agreement would suspend the debt limit until July 31, 2021, and put an end to automatic spending cuts that would have kicked in without a deal.  Bay Area Revelations: Exploring Space President Donald Trump spoke optimistically earlier in the day about the prospects for a deal and touted that it would boost military spending. Photo Credit: Getty Images

As ‘Avatar’ loses box office record, James Cameron tweets at new champ

Neytiri, voiced by Zoe Saldana, and Jake, voiced by Sam Worthington, are shown in a scene from “Avatar.” (AP Photo/20th Century Fox) LOS ANGELES, July 22 (Reuters) – Director James Cameron on Monday handed over the baton for the biggest box-office movie of all time to the makers of “Avengers: Endgame” after it ended the 10-year record of “Avatar.” The Marvel Studios superhero movie “Avengers: Endgame” over the weekend overtook the $2.789 billion record set by Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi film “Avatar,” according to box-office data. “I see you, Marvel,” Cameron tweeted, using a greeting in the Na’vi language featured in “Avatar” over a graphic of Iron Man surrounded by Pandoran woodsprites. “Congratulations to Avengers: Endgame on becoming the new box-office king,” the director added. “Endgame,” released in theaters worldwide in April and featuring more than 20 superheroes, is the culmination of a story told in 22 Marvel films that have drawn crowds to cinemas for a decade. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo on Monday returned the compliment to Cameron. “You’re a monumental reason why we fell in love with film in the first place. Thank you…

Watch: 49ers’ George Kittle displays incredible show of strength

Coming off a record-breaking season, there’s understandably a lot of weight on 49ers tight end George Kittle’s shoulders. But as anyone who’s seen the latest viral video of Kittle realizes, it’s nothing he can’t handle. While working out with Alpha 1 Training in Nashville, Tenn, the Pro Bowler appears ready to build upon last year when he set the NFL record for tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards. Kittle, who was training with teammates Trent Taylor and C.J. Beathard as well as some other NFL players, bench-pressed 365 pounds five times and was quite thrilled about it. George Kittle is ready for whoever lines up in front of him. 365 pounds on the bench (via ekittle/IG) pic.twitter.com/OvcZIs3N1u — B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 19, 2019 There was little rest for Kittle or any of the other players, who worked out hard at Alpha 1 Training with four days of weight training, four days of running, three days of yoga (led by Kittle’s sister Emma) and one day to recover by focusing on mobility. NFL linebackers/safeties beware: Here’s the guy you’re going to be chasing again this…

Clown-masked man with chainsaw leads CHP on bizarre chase

By BRIAN DAY Los Angeles, CA (KTLA) — A man in a clown mask sat on the roof of a car and brandished a prop chainsaw while leading CHP officers on a 40-mile pursuit through Los Angeles County. Damik A. Disdier of Santa Ana was booked on suspicion of felony evading of police, according to the California Highway Patrol. The agency described him as 40 years old; county booking records listed his age as 36. The peculiar pursuit began shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, after witnesses began calling 911 to report  a black BMW sedan driving at 2 to 3 mph in the fast lane of northbound Interstate 405 in Westminster, the CHP said in a written statement. “(Disdier) was reportedly sitting on top of the vehicle holding a chainsaw,” according to the statement. Video footage showed the man was wearing a clown mask and green wig, sitting on the edge of the open sunroof. Officers quickly caught up with the BMW and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled, officials said. The driver led officers on a chase at speeds of more…

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