Exclusive: Family Of Father Fatally Stabbed By Homeless Man Inside Ventura Restaurant Speaks Out

VENTURA (CBSLA) — A senseless and heartbreaking attack left a Ventura father dead and now his family is speaking out for the first time. Anthony Mele was sitting inside of a beachfront restaurant, eating dinner with his family when he was fatally stabbed to death while holding his young daughter. “He was married with the baby, and working, was doing really good. He was just a really good guy,” Anthony’s mother Becky Mele said in an exclusive interview with CBSLA. Her 35-year-old son was killed 15 months ago in a brutal and random act of violence that shook Ventura County. “This is just unbelievable you know? You’re inside a restaurant somebody come and stab you? I mean you think someone can come up to you but with a knife to stab you,” Becky said. Anthony was finishing up dinner at Aloha Steakhouse with his wife and 5-year-old daughter when 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, reported to be homeless, walked up to his table and stabbed Anthony in the neck, investigators said. RELATED: ‘The City Lost A Good Person:’ Children Of DWP Worker Allegedly Killed By Homeless Man…

Evacuees From Murrieta Explosion Waiting To Return Home

MURRIETA (CBSLA) — Many people whose homes were damaged in Monday’s natural gas explosion that killed one and injured 15 spent the night in a Red Cross shelter, unsure of when they would be able to go home. Evacuees waited for updates on when they would be able to return home at a Red Cross Shelter at Vista Murrieta High School (CBSLA) There were more than a dozen evacuees inside the shelter at Vista Murrieta High School gym waiting for an update on when they would be able to return to their homes — some of which sustained a good amount of damage as debris from that explosion scattered throughout the area. “My garage door is pretty damaged,” Cherish Robinson, who lives near where the explosion happened, said. “There was a lot of debris and stuff. I don’t know if it was maybe from the roof or from what blew up, but it’s a lot of debris.” Her younger sister’s ears were still ringing from the blast, and Robinson said she can still see images in her head of the victims she tried to help,…

Muni Video Shows ‘Whiteout’ That Drivers Say Impairs Vision

An internal Muni video reflects driver concerns that the new fleet’s rear-view camera system can render them blind to hazards, potentially putting public safety at risk. The surveillance video of an incident in October — obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit – shows the first documented incident of a passenger getting caught in the rear door of a new train. Lucky Lottery Player in SJ Holds $1.2M Powerball Ticket While Muni has since installed more sensors to prevent more door incidents, drivers point to the October incident as proof of another risk, one they call “whiteout.” In the incident, Jeffrey Lew, 86, got his hand and his plastic bag of cookies stuck in the door as a new train was leaving the West Portal Station in bright afternoon sunlight. Driver Allegedly High on Meth Crashes Into Rohnert Park Home “I stick my hand in there to try to get in — the next thing I know is the door closed on my hand, and my box of cookies inside the train,” Lew said. Lew got one hand free and used it bang on the…

Starter Homes Still Available in High-Priced Bay Area Market

There may be hope for those still trying to break into the Bay Area’s high-priced housing market. One real estate agent says those $400,000 entry-level homes are out there if buyers know where and how to look. San Francisco is not the place where one will find a home in the $400,000 range. But if you travel across the bay to Alameda County, Nick Guzman says a dream home could be waiting. 47-Acre Brush Fire Destroys 2 Buildings in East SJ Foothills “I help the impossible become possible,” Guzman said. Guzman, with Climb Real Estate, works mostly the San Francisco and East Bay markets, and he knows numbers. Like the new property he’s listing in Oakland. SUV Hits Bicyclists in San Jose, Leaving 1 Dead, Second Hurt “It’s a two bedroom, one bath, 1,000 square feet, very nice home,” he said. “We’re gonna be coming in listing it at $450,000.” Numbers just released from real estate firm Zillow show San Francisco and San Mateo counties have none of these so-called starter homes, and Santa Clara County lists one. Meanwhile, Alameda County lists 27, and Guzman…

Sacramento Woman Celebrates 105 Birthday With Ice Cream Party

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento woman celebrated a very special milestone Monday. Mrs. Barbara Holman-Robinson turned 105 and celebrated with a birthday bash at Leatherby’s Family Creamery in Sacramento. When asked if she expected to live this long she said, “I told the lord I just wanted to be 100, that’s all, but I found myself after 100 going to 101, 102, 103, 104, and now here I am 105 years old,” Holman-Robinson said. She said the secret to living a long life is serving God.

City Considers Remodeling Sunrise Mall To Include Housing Units

CITRUS HEIGHTS (CBS13) — One city is taking on two issues with one solution: the housing crisis, and the dying retail market. Citrus Heights is working with Sunrise Mall owners on plans for a big remodel. “I surely would not want to live at the mall. That is one thing I can say for sure,” one resident said, but the idea is not that far-fetched. A mall in Rhode Island has been transformed to include micro-lofts on the second floor. Now the same could be coming to Citrus Heights. The city is moving forward with plans for a radical remodel of Sunrise Mall. READ ALSO: Elephant Bar Restaurant At Sunrise Mall Closes; Arden Location Remains Open Leaders say the mall is one of the city’s biggest economic drivers, but the profits are not what they used to be. “I remember there was so many people. I’d love going to the mall and it was always super packed but now it’s just been getting less and less,” one shopper said. City leaders say about 30% of Sunrise Mall is vacant. The latest casualty Elephant Bar is closing down…

Do You Recognize This Vest? Navy Vest Lost In Lodi

LODI (CBS13) — Do you recognize this vest? A leather vest with U.S. Navy patches was turned into the Lodi Police Department lobby Monday afternoon. READ ALSO: Sheriff’s Office Looking For Owners Of Abandoned Trailer In Stockton The department said the vest was found in the 800 block of west Lodi Avenue. If you recognize the vest or know its owner, contact the Lodi Police Department.

PSPD Warns of Robocallers Targeting Locals

The Palm Springs Police Department is warning residents of scam-callers who are trying to shake down locals for money through the phone. Sergeant Mike Casavan with the PSPD in a video uploaded to Facebook said residents received calls asking for payment to settle a legal matter posing as the department. Casavan said, “People have been receiving phone calls saying they are a representative of the Palm Springs Police Department and they are requiring a sum of money over the phone.” The phony-calls may seem legitimate as the caller I.D. may show the department’s office number and the scammer uses the names of actual employees. However, Casavan makes it clear the police department will not make phone calls demanding any sort of payment and adds those calls should be reported to them. Other types of scam-calls may pretend to be employees of the I.R.S. or act as a federal student loan facilitator. These are agencies that will not make collect calls to people either. A spokesperson with the I.R.S. Media Relations office said people should not follow any of the directions by the recording on the…

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