45-Year-Old Tracy Bicyclist Killed In Crash On Mac Arthur Drive

TRACY (CBS13) — A Tracy bicyclist died after a crash involving a vehicle last week. The Tracy Police Department says the collision happened around 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. Officers found the male bicyclist, 45-year-old Mark Madamba, down on the side of the road near Mac Arthur Drive and Eastlake Drive. He was taken to San Joaquin County Hosptial where he later died. Police say the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash stayed at the scene and was cooperating with officers. The department is asking any witnesses to contact Officer Jared Trine at 209-831-6545. Get our news app: Download the updated CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android

Sacramento Zoo Welcomes Newborn Giraffe With Auction To Pick Name

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The Sacramento Zoo family is getting bigger with the addition of a baby giraffe. Shani the giraffe with her newborn calf. (credit: Sacramento Zoo) Shani, a 10-year-old Masai giraffe, gave birth to the female calf on Sunday evening, and zoo officials are asking for the community’s help to name it. The birth coincides with the launch of the zoo’s online auction that runs through Sept. 29. Zoo supporters are able to bid on an opportunity to name the zoo’s new baby giraffe or have the chance to be one of the first to meet her in person. Other auction items include original art made by orangutans and a private holiday party at the zoo. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit zoo and its animals. Learn more about the auction on the zoo’s website.

Modesto Man Facing Murder Charges After 25-Year-Old Leonard Zuniga Was Shot and Killed

MODESTO (CBS13) — A Modesto man was charged with murder after investigators say he shot and killed a 25-year-old man. Police say Bryant White Sr. opened fire on Hammond Ave., killing Leonard Zuniga last Thursday. White was arrested on Sept. 17 by officers and a police K9. After he was medically cleared for minor injuries during the arrest, he was booked in the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center. White faced a judge for the first time Tuesday and was arraigned on murder charges. Get our news app: Download the updated CBS Sacramento News app for iOS and Android  

Tuolumne County Husband Defends Wife Arrested In Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plot

SONORA (CBS13) — The husband of a Tuolumne County nurse accused of trying to hire someone to kill him is coming to her defense. Heidi Butler, 38, entered a not guilty plea in the alleged murder plot. Officials say an FBI tip led to her arrest earlier this month. The Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office said the intended target in Butler’s alleged solicitation for murder was her husband, Jeremie Butler. But her husband says she’s a good person. In a text statement to CBS13, Jeremie Butler says he believed the COVID crisis caused her to have a mental breakdown. MORE: Sonora Woman Suspected Of Murder-For-Hire, Plotting To Kill Husband Makes First Court Appearance “I believe this took a toll on my wife. I sincerely feel that she should spend time in a mental rehab facility where someone can finally take care of her. Jail is not the answer in this particular case,” the statement said. He went on to say, “My wife is a good person. She has spent her entire career serving and taking care of others but failed to ever take care of…

Nearly 500 pilot whales found stranded on Australian coast

More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, raising the estimated total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. Authorities had already been working to rescue survivors among an estimated 270 whales found Monday on a beach and two sand bars near the remote west coast town of Strahan on the island state of Tasmania. Another 200 stranded whales were spotted from the air on Wednesday less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) to the south, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka said. “From the air, they didn’t look to be in a condition that would warrant rescue,” Deka said. “Most of them appeared to be dead.” Further assessment of their condition would be made by boat and crews would be sent if the whales could be saved, he said. About 30 whales in the original stranding were moved from the sandbars to open ocean but several got stranded again, Deka said. About a third of the first group had died by Monday evening, and an update on the death toll and condition of survivors…

If you have a privacy problem with FasTrak, you’re ignoring a bigger issue: Roadshow

Q: I was reading about the benefits of FasTrak and it made me wonder why people have a problem with getting a transponder. We got FasTrak in 2002 when my son attended college in San Mateo and he needed to drive over the San Mateo Bridge. My mother, now 96, had it before we did, as she was in SoCal and traveled on toll roads to visit friends. We got the switchable version of FasTrak a couple of years ago in order to periodically take advantage of toll lanes (we don’t use them often, but when needed, they come in handy). I have it tied to my credit card, so I get a statement each month with details about the charges. It auto-renews, so the account always has a balance of about $20, no matter how much or how little we have used it that month. It is very convenient. Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. So, why do people have a problem with it? If it’s because it tracks which bridges and toll…

San Jose begins cleaning up massive piles of illegal dumping on Monterey Road

San Jose joined forces with Union Pacific Railroad earlier this week to begin a massive undertaking to clean up a large homeless encampment and illegal dump site along Monterey Road near the southern end of the city. The coordinated clean-up effort came after residents sent hundreds of calls and emails to city leaders and created an online petition, which now has more than 3.600 signatures, to urge city officials to clean up long stretches of Monterey Road along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks where the dumping has grown out of control in recent months. The site has been littered with all kinds of trash and discarded materials — from furniture and appliances to abandoned vehicles and tires to bags of trash and debris. Multiple fires have also broken out at the encampment, destroying tents of unhoused individuals living there and causing officials to close down nearby roadways to get the blazes under control. Hoping to get a handle on an exponential increase in illegal dumping that has occurred since the start of the pandemic, San Jose is finally pumping up its efforts to clean up…

State fines Bay Area nursing homes, hospitals for COVID-19 workplace violations

Nursing homes in the South Bay and East Bay — along with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center — were issued fines on Tuesday for failing to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure, said the state agency which oversees workplace safety. Cal/OSHA issued the largest penalty against the Santa Rosa Police Department, where a 43-year-old detective died of the virus in late March. State inspectors found that Gateway Care & Rehabilitation Center, where 31 employees contracted COVID-19, exposed nurses and housekeeping workers to the virus and did not provide necessary personal protective equipment. The Hayward nursing home was fined $23,430. Nineteen residents there have died, the most of any Alameda County nursing home. In San Jose, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was fined $7,910 total for violations at two of its facilities. The center on South Bascom Avenue did not provide effective training on COVID-19 for its hospital workers, according to Cal/OSHA. The North Jackson Avenue facility’s administration did not properly warn workers sent to two nursing homes of the risk of exposure to the virus, the state agency said. Hospital workers were exposed to suspected and…

Contra Costa extends ban on rent increases, evictions

Renters in Contra Costa County will be protected for at least a  few more months from certain evictions and rent increases during the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to extend through Jan. 31 a temporary ordinance that prohibits landlords from raising residential rents or evicting tenants with few exceptions and unless they breach the terms of their contract. The ordinance allows evictions only to protect the landlord or other tenants’ health and safety, if the landlord or immediate family members intend to live in the rental property or if the landlord is removing the rental unit from the market under terms of the Ellis Act. The emergency ordinance also bars landlords from kicking out tenants for allowing an “unauthorized” family member such as a child, spouse, domestic partner, grandchild, parent or grandparent from living there because of COVID-19. The ordinance doesn’t apply to single-family homes, individually owned condominiums and townhouses. Meanwhile, the continued protections will not extend to small businesses. Although the county previously suspended evictions of small businesses that could not pay rent because of stay-home orders, it won’t be…

Cindy McCain endorses Biden for president in snub to Trump

By Jonathan J. Cooper | Associated Press PHOENIX — Cindy McCain endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president Tuesday in a rebuke of President Donald Trump by the widow of the GOP’s 2008 nominee. Trump has had a fraught relationship with members of John McCain’s family since he disparaged the Arizona senator during his 2016 campaign. But the McCains have until now stopped short of endorsing Trump’s rivals. Cindy McCain cited the decadeslong friendship between her family and Biden’s and their bond as the parents of children serving in the military. My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden. — Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020 “He supports the troops and knows what it means for someone who has served,” McCain said in a phone interview. “Not only to love someone who has served, but understands what it means to send a child into combat. We’ve been great friends for many years, but we have a common thread…

Elon Musk: New battery tech will make Teslas more affordable, able to make longer trips

Tesla is working on new battery technology that CEO Elon Musk says will enable the company within the next three years to make sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically longer distances on a single charge. But the battery breakthroughs that Musk unveiled Tuesday at a highly anticipated event didn’t impress investors. They were hoping Tesla’s technology would mark an even bigger leap forward and propel the company’s soaring stock to even greater heights. Tesla’s shares shed more than 6% in extended trading after Musk’s presentation. That deepened a downturn that began during Tuesday’s regular trading session as investors began to brace for a potential letdown. Musk raised those worries with a series of tweets Monday warning that Tesla’s new battery technology might not be ready for high-volume production until 2022. Musk reiterated that timetable during Tuesday’s showcase and then added it might take up to three years before the battery technology translates into a new Tesla model selling for $25,000. That would be a dramatic markdown from Tesla’s cheapest car now, the Model 3, a sedan that starts at $35,000 but usually ends up…

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