‘People Are Living Desperately’: Vacaville Robbery, Stabbing Suspect Arrested 200 Miles Away

VACAVILLE (CBS13) — The suspect in a violent Vacaville jewelry heist was tracked down hundreds of miles away from the crime scene. The Vacaville Police Department said Jason Greenwald tried to hide out at a Nevada Indian reservation with $300,000 worth of jewelry from the Kay Jewelers in the Vacaville outlets – and that’s just the latest twist in this bizarre crime. People that work at the outlets said they were relieved this suspect was caught. When he walked into the Kay Jewelers in the middle of the day, police said Greenwald apologized to an employee before stabbing her with a knife. He then robbed the store and took off on a mountain bike. “It just puts you in the mind of the times and the days we’re living in. People are living desperately,” said Curtis Webster, a shopper. Greenwald got away with more valuables than the police initially thought. Thankfully, the jewelry store employee is expected to recover. Police said her injuries were severe but non-life-threatening. “In his mind, maybe that was his last resort and maybe he thought he wasn’t leaving a witness…

Woman Killed In Hit-And-Run Near Antelope, CHP Says

ANTELOPE (CBS13) – Authorities are searching for the driver that killed a woman in a hit-and-run near Antelope, the California Highway Patrol said on Friday. At around 7 p.m., a car driving northbound on Watt Avenue at Elverta Road hit and killed a woman who was not in a crosswalk, investigators said. The woman’s identity has not yet been released but the CHP said she was in her 40s. The driver drove away from the scene and a description of the vehicle was not yet available. CBS13 will bring you more updates on this story as they become available.

$166M In Fines Recommended For PG&E Over Public Safety Power Shutoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — California regulators are being asked to fine Pacific Gas & Electric nearly $166 million for failing to properly inform customers before it cut power to millions of people last year. The sweeping Public Safety Power Shutoffs without proper notifications were “a major public safety failure” that disrupted lives and posed a risk to medically vulnerable people who use electrical equipment such as wheelchairs, iron lungs and dialysis machines, according to a brief submitted Friday to the state Public Utilities Commission by the Public Advocates Office. The office is an independent organization within the PUC that is charged with representing utility taxpayers’ interests before the agency. Two blackouts in October 2019 lasted several days and affected dozens of Northern California counties. The resulting chaos — phones and gas pumps, elevators, traffic lights and even water pumps stopped working — created furious criticism. The PUC last November declared that PG&E — the nation’s largest utility — had created risks to public safety by failing to properly communicate with customers and work with local governments before enacting sweeping Public Safety Power Shutoff blackouts from…

Tyler Roach named NFHS CA Coach of the Year finalist

This week NFHS released their list of finalists for California Coach of the Year and on that list was La Jolla’s Tyler Roach. Coach Roach led his team all the way to state in the 2019 season and now will help his team navigate the D2 waters in the upcoming season.     Categories: Bacon Bits Tags: La Jolla HS

Week 8 Student Athlete Spotlight: Abdi Ali Jr., Crawford

Abdi Ali Jr. is a force to be reckoned with on and off the field. He has the skills on the field while also keeping himself disciplined in the classroom. He is hoping his diligence in practicing and networking will help him get to play at the next level. Categories: Student Athlete Spotlight Tags: Crawford HS

AP plans to explain how it calls winners and losers on election night

The Associated Press, one of several news organizations whose declarations of winners drive election coverage, is pulling back the curtain this year to explain how it is reaching those conclusions. The AP plans to write stories explaining how its experts make decisions or why, in tight contests, they are holding back. If necessary, top news executives will speak publicly in interviews about the process, said Sally Buzbee, senior vice president and executive editor. Given high interest in the presidential race, the complicating factor of strong early voting and President Donald Trump’s warnings about potential fraud, television executives are making similar promises of transparency. “The general public has a more intense desire to understand it at a nitty-gritty level,” Buzbee said. “We don’t want to be a dark, mysterious black box of ‘We’re going to declare a winner, and we’re not going to tell you how we do it.’ I don’t think that benefits us, and I don’t think it benefits democracy.” The AP’s decision desk expects to call some 7,000 races next week, from the presidency to state ballot initiatives and legislative races. For each…

$166 million in fines recommended for PG&E over Northern California outages

California regulators are being asked to fine Pacific Gas & Electric nearly $166 million for failing to properly inform customers before it cut power to millions of people last year. The sweeping outages without proper notification were “a major public safety failure” that disrupted lives and posed a risk to medically vulnerable people who use electrical equipment such as wheelchairs, iron lungs and dialysis machines, according to a brief submitted Friday to the state Public Utilities Commission by the Public Advocates Office. The office is an independent organization within the PUC that is charged with representing utility taxpayers’ interests before the agency. Two blackouts in October 2019 lasted several days and affected dozens of Northern California counties. The resulting chaos — phones and gas pumps, elevators, traffic lights and even water pumps stopped working — created furious criticism. The PUC last November declared that PG&E — the nation’s largest utility — had created risks to public safety by failing to properly communicate with customers and work with local governments before enacting sweeping Public Safety Power Shutoff blackouts from Oct. 9-12 and again from Oct. 23…

Crews extinguish large fire that burned for hours at downtown L.A. building

Firefighters put out a blaze that burned for more than two hours as it engulfed a one-story building in downtown Los Angeles Friday night. Crews responded to the structure on the at 917 S. San Julian St. shortly after 8 p.m., as heavy smoke was pouring from the roof, according to an alert from the L.A. Fire Department. The incident was initially reported as a rubbish fire, but it was upgraded to a structure fire while crews were en route, LAFD Assistant Chief Dean Zipperman. “It appears that there was a large amount of rubbish in the rear of the occupancy,” Zipperman said. “It ended up extending inside of the occupancy.” Sky5 arrived above the scene at about 8:30 p.m., as large columns of smoke were pouring from the roof and front entrance. A short time later, heavy flames started emerging from the roof. Zipperman said the building holds a lot of fabric — “a large fire load” that was quick to burn heavily. Just shy of 100 firefighters were assigned to the blaze. While crews were initially sent inside the building attack the flames, they…

One dead, one injured in separate East Oakland shootings

OAKLAND — Police were investigating separate shootings in East Oakland neighborhoods that killed one man and injured another Friday night, authorities said. Just after 8:30 p.m., police responded to reports of ShotSpotter activity near 89rd Avenue and International Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found a man who had been sitting in a vehicle in the 1400 block of 89th when he was struck by at least one gunshot to his torso, and began working to provide life-saving care. Despite first responders’ efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Other officers arrived and found additional evidence of a shooting, including multiple casings on the ground. Officers worked to control traffic control by blocking off 89th Avenue between International Boulevard and Holly Street and westbound International traffic at 90th Avenue. Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money in the homicide. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572. Just after 9:40 p.m., police responded to reports of ShotSpotter activity near 72nd Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found no injured victims but…

Beverly Hills Prepares For Very Different Halloween Due To Pandemic

BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) — Like everything else, 2020’s version of Halloween is just a touch spookier — but for all the wrong reasons. For the first time in decades, one of the most popular spots in the city will be dark this year as Beverly Hills bans trick-or-treating and closes five blocks around the Witch’s House. (CBSLA) The city of Beverly Hills has banned trick-or-treating and is closing off five streets that traditionally attract thousands in an effort to keep people safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. And, for the first time in decades, one of the most popular spots in the city will be dark. “It was a mixture of disappointment and elation that the city took some action to be protective of the community,” Michael Libow, owner of The Witch’s House, said. Libow has owned the famed Witch’s House for more than 20 years. He said Halloween is usually so busy that he has to hire security guards. “We generally get between 4,000-5,000 people every Halloween in four hours,” he said. “They line up from where I’m standing all the way around the block,…

‘He Was My Hero’: Families Mourn 2 Men Killed During Dodgers’ Celebration In Sylmar

SYLMAR (CBSLA) — Gunfire brought a Dodgers World Series win celebration to a tragic end in Sylmar Tuesday. The family of 22-year-old Juan Carlos Guillen said he had just announced he had enrolled in college. (CBSLA) The families of 22-year-old Juan Carlos Guillen and 30-year-old Marco Antonio Vazquez said they were fatally shot while trying to stop people who were smashing car windows with baseball bats. “And to see that he was just trying to do the right thing got him in trouble,” Lorena Guillen Garcia, Guillen’s sister, said. “I didn’t expect anything less from him.” Guillen Garcia said she expected excellence from her little brother, because she knew that was exactly what he was capable of achieving. “I pushed him to make sure he stayed in school, ’cause the rest of us didn’t,” she said. “The school was very proud of him, because he just kept on,” Tony Alvarado, Guillen’s mentor, said. “He didn’t give up.” The family of 30-year-old Marco Antonio Vazquez said he was a devoted father to six young children. (Family photo) Alvarado said he encouraged Guillen to go back and…

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