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    SAN ANTONIO – As Election Day nears, the candidates running in what is likely to be one of the most competitive races in Bexar County squared off in a forum hosted by KSAT 12 anchor Steve Spriester on Tuesday. Democrat Christine Hortick and Republican Trish DeBerry are vying to replace outgoing Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff, the lone Republican on the court. The North Side precinct stretches west to east from Bandera Road to Wetmore Road and from the northern perimeter of Loop 410 to the Bexar County line (see map below or find out which precinct you live in here). Hortick, a former congressional aide to the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, is running for office for her first...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Foot Locker stores aren't just a place to buy your favorite athletic wear anymore; they're now a place where you can register to vote."We need to vote and I think that's a good idea," said Marcellus Brown, Chicago resident.Starting Tuesday, anyone who wants to can register to vote or check their voter registration status though kiosks at Foot Locker's roughly 2,000 stores or a voter registration portal on the company's website.Vote by mail: How to request a ballot for mail-in voting, and moreEMBED More News Videos A step-by-step guide to requesting an Illinois mail-in ballot. The initiative, in partnership with Rock the Vote, hopes to reach the millions of young people now eligible to vote, and is...
    (CNN)Vanessa Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Alex Villanueva for a photo leak of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, their daughter Gianna, and seven others in January.The civil claim, filed Thursday in LA Superior Court, seeks undisclosed damages to remedy civil rights violations, negligence, emotional distress, and violation of privacy.The sheriff's department said it does not comment on pending litigation.The day of the crash, family members gathered at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station where the sheriff assured them the crash site was secured. However, a leak from the department, according to the lawsuit obtained by CNN, led to TMZ breaking the news and fans flocked to the site.8 deputies...
    An Oregon sheriff's office made 21 arrests for theft and trespassing over the past two weeks in evacuation zones ravaged by wildfires.  Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that between 6am on September 8 and 4pm September 21, deputies made the arrests in Level 2 and Level 3 evacuation zones as looters hoped to steal from homeowners who had abandoned their possessions amid the flames. Across the area, some residents have erected anti-looting and trespassing signs in an attempt to warn off the opportunist thieves. Some of the signs warned that looters and arsonists would be shot.  According to Fox News,  Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts last week warned against residents taking action for themselves after receiving reports that armed...
    MinnPost file photo by Jim WalshHomelessness and affordable housing have emerged as important issues in multiple Hennepin County commissioner races.This fall, four seats on the seven-member Board of Commissioners are on the ballot in Hennepin County.  The results could usher in big changes for a body that plays a big role in regional government. The board oversees a $2.5 billion budget, and commissioners oversee vital systems in the state’s largest county, including health care, housing, law enforcement, libraries, transit and infrastructure.  Here is a look at each of the races and the candidates’ top priorities for the board:  Article continues after advertisement District 1 County Commissioner Mike Opat, the longest tenured member, is retiring from the seat that represents the...
    JUNIPER HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- The raging Bobcat Fire that erupted two weeks ago in the San Gabriel Mountains is now one of the largest ever in Los Angeles County after burning 105,345 acres.By Monday morning, the blaze was holding steady at 15% containment. Fire officials warned that the flames would continue to spread from the Antelope Valley foothills into the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine. By Monday afternoon, the blaze prompted a new round of mandatory evacuation orders.Los Angeles County will host a virtual community meeting on Monday on the YouTube page it has set up specifically about the Bobcat Fire. The webcast is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.VIDEO: Bobcat Fire spawns 'smokenado' near Big Pine amid...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The survivor of one of Minneapolis’ most notorious unsolved rapes has written a book about her journey as a way to help others. The self-published book by Carrie Manke, called “Hope in the Darkness”, details the attack 15 years ago and how she moved forward. WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle spoke to her about finding her hope in the darkness. “I realized as I was speaking about this over the past few years how healing it was for others,” Manke said. That’s why she decided to write about her experience. Manke started publicly talking about her sexual assault five years ago, a decade after the brutal attack along St. Anthony Main. At the time, Manke...
    Anticipating the coronavirus pandemic that smashed into New York City would crash over his suburban New Jersey community, John Bonanni, a county administrator, believed he'd prepared for the worst. But in early spring, as infections surged and hospital bedspace and ventilators ran short, Bonanni worried the worst might have been an underestimate. Half a continent away, as Wyoming's ski season wound down, Jodie Pond's plan to fight the oncoming contagion ramped up. The health director for a county that includes Jackson Hole, an international tourist destination, Pond and her colleagues decided the area must go on lockdown, even if resort and business owners didn't like it. Meanwhile, in the Centennial State, Colorado communities were emerging as coronavirus hot...
    The share of Californians who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week dipped below 3% for the first time, a sign that the Golden State is finally starting to beat back the spread of the coronavirus, officials said Monday. Just 3.1% of Californians who were tested over the last two weeks received a positive result, and that ratio dropped to 2.8% in the last seven days, state officials said. Hospitals in California are treating the fewest patients with the virus since April, and admissions to the state’s intensive care units have been dropping steadily, too. It’s a rare piece of good news for 40 million Californians, who are contending with raging wildfires and toxic air quality on top...
    TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A quirk in the formula for distributing federal COVID-19 aid has netted one town on Long Island with a windfall, but the much larger county it’s in, Nassau, got far less money.  CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff tells us how this happened. The Town of Hempstead is the largest in America with a population of 770,000. It’s in Nassau County. A demographics lesson is apparently needed in Washington, where the smaller town within the county got more COVID relief funds. “It’s an anomaly in the federal bill. You could interpret that the county was short changed,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. Curran pointed out that it’s the county that pays for most of the first responder...
    For years, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) hasn’t given a clear answer on whether it uses facial recognition in its policing work. That changed this week. On Monday, the agency told The Los Angeles Times it has used the technology nearly 30,000 times since late 2009.  The LAPD uses the Los Angeles County Regional Identification System (LACRIS), a database of more than 9 million mugshots maintained by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At one point, more than 500 LAPD personnel had access to the system, though the department claims that the number is closer to 300 in recent months. Josh Rubenstein, a spokesperson for the LAPD, said he couldn’t be sure how many arrests LACRIS has helped the police department...
    FREDERICK, MD. (WJZ) — Frederick County is pausing on any expanded reopening this week, after new case numbers in the county “rose substantially” over the weekend. The county will not increase capacity for indoor dining, as many Maryland restaurants prepare to move from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity Monday at 5 p.m. “Given how our health metrics have suddenly changed, taking a pause is the right approach,” Executive Gardner said Monday. “We want our economy to reopen fully, and that requires everyone doing their part by wearing face coverings and staying physically distant.” The county confirmed 3,935 cases of COVID-19, with 45 cases confirmed on Saturday- the largest single-day increase in a month according to state numbers. “The County’s...
    One Loudoun could soon see a huge increase in residential development, as the property’s owner looks to add more apartments to the project in tandem with Metro’s arrival in Ashburn. The developer that controls the majority of the 360-acre property, Retail Properties of America Inc., is now asking Loudoun County for the chance to swap in multifamily uses for office for 76 acres comprising the northernmost section of the development, located closest to the intersection of state Route 7 and Loudoun County Parkway. The Illinois company, commonly known as RPAI, has yet to settle on just how much more residential to ask for, but recent changes to the county’s chief land-use document, the Comprehensive Plan, would allow a substantial...
    It wouldn’t take much for the remote Mendocino County town of Covelo to be cut off completely from the rest of the world. “There’s one paved road, one power line, one phone line and one cell tower,” said longtime resident Lew Chichester, one of the founders of the town’s all-volunteer radio station, KYBU Round Valley Radio. “There are also no fire hydrants here, because there’s no water system and everybody’s on a well.” So when the August Complex Fire (now the largest wildfire in California history) began inching closer and closer to Round Valley this month, the community understandably grew worried. And their worry turned into panic last week when the skies suddenly turned “dark as night,” prompting Chichester to...
    Kathy Schneider worked as a Dallas County election clerk in 2018, but out of concern about the coronavirus, she’s choosing not to this year. “I am 64 and really not interested in exposing myself to coronavirus any more than I need to do,” Schneider said. Instead, she’s volunteering as a poll watcher for the Democratic party, which she can do outdoors and distanced in a parking lot. Texas is preparing for a general election for which election officials are expecting unprecedented turnout — and unprecedented demand for election workers. The general election will require local election officials to hire more election clerks because of an extended early voting period, new cleaning and disinfection protocols, and expectations that more people will...
    “The Real Murders of Orange County,” a new true-crime show on Oxygen, will debut Nov. 8, the network announced on Saturday. The series will present two episodes every Sunday night that will examine “the most horrific, sinful and salacious cases that rocked Southern California’s wealthy coastal community,” according an Oxygen press release. The premiere on Sunday, Nov. 8 includes two stories that made headlines at the time of the crimes. One focuses on the murder of Jane Carver, a Fountain Valley flight attendant, who was shot and killed — apparently by mistake in a murder-for-hire gone wrong — in 1995. The second focuses on the murders of Bradford and Andra Sachs, and the wounding of their youngest son, in San...
    (CNN)The Bobcat Fire burning in Los Angeles County has scorched more than 100,000 acres as of Sunday night, making it one of the largest fires in the county's history.It is one of at least 27 wildfires currently burning in the state, where 26 people have died and 6,100 structures have been destroyed since fire activity picked up in August, the California Department of Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a news release on Sunday. Nearly 19,000 firefighters are battling the blazes.A Joshua Tree burns during the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills.Cal Fire urged residents to stay vigilant as "the most devastating wildfires" typically happen in September and October.Firefighters trying to contain hot spot flare upsThe Bobcat Fire had burned 103,135...
    Jesse Vasquez, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, hoses down hot spots from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest in the history of Los Angeles County, having burned over 91,000 acres as of Sunday morning. The fire, in the San Gabriel Mountains outside the city of Los Angeles, has doubled in size over the past week. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Bobcat wildfire is continuing to torch the San Gabriel Mountains and push further west toward more populated areas of Los Angeles County, the US Forest Service said Sunday....
    Today a deadline was set for the submission of budgets by the mayors, to determine how much and when the county will deliver the federal aid money. The political struggle between Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and some municipal mayors continues to gain ground over the management of federal funds for the coronavirus. Carlos Hernández, mayor of Hialeah, says that “hopefully this is not another game for the mayor and the commissioners because while these games are being played, businesses out there that have been in need for months.” Hernandez questioned this Wednesday the deadline established by Giménez to deliver the budget of each city and determine when it will be assigned...
    CUHSD candidate forum The League of Women Voters-Southwest Santa Clara Valley is hosting a Sept. 30 online forum for candidates for the Campbell Union High School District board. District 4 incumbent Linda Goytia is running against Basil Saleh, an alumnus of the high school district, in the Nov. 3 elections. Board president Kalen Gallagher, the district 5 representative, is running unopposed for re-election. The forum begins at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Audience members will have audio access only and will be muted during the forum, but can submit one question for the candidates when they register at https://tinyurl.com/LWVCandidateForum0930. BIPOC stories sought The Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation wants your help with an ongoing project are asking Campbell-area residents of...
    New at NUMU Face coverings are mandatory for visitors to New Museum Los Gatos, but they don’t have to be as ornate as those created by San Francisco artist Lauryl Gaumer, whose work will be featured at NUMU Sept. 25-Jan. 24. Gaumer’s “In the Artist’s Studio” exhibit will feature works from her (Un)Wearable series, which includes a face mask made of glass, brass and respirator components titled “Although the Weight Pulled at Her, the Air Was Safe Again.” The exhibit will also provide a glimpse into the artist’s workspace. NUMU is located at 106 E. Main St. Museum hours are Wednesday, 1-5 p.m., and Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6-$10. In addition to face masks, NUMU is following...
    Candidate forums The League of Women Voters-Southwest Santa Clara Valley is hosting online forums for candidates for Saratoga City Council and the Saratoga Union School District board. The council forum is set for Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Six candidates are running for two seats on the council, being vacated by Mayor Howard Miller and Vice Mayor Mary-Lynne Bernald. Candidates include Traffic Commission Chair Belal Aftab, educator Renee Paquier, public interest attorney John Fitzpatrick, health science specialist Kookie Fitzsimmons, retired business executive Doug Case and Planning Commissioner Tina Walia. Register for the forum at https://tinyurl.com/LWVCandidateForum0928. The SUSD forum is set for Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Five candidates are running for two seats on the board, being vacated by Sophia...
    Several Florida teachers reported witnessing parents' alcohol consumption or drug use during students' remote classes. Universal Images Group/Getty Images In a Palm Beach County school board meeting earlier this week, elementary school teacher Edith Pride employed parents to behave appropriately during their children's remote school days, which are filmed and recorded.  In her three-minute speech, Pride asked parents to "have on proper clothing" and avoid "appearing with big joints" in the background of their children's videoconferences during the school day.  Several other Palm Beach County school teachers reported similar incidents of alcohol consumption, partial nudity, or drug use in the background of virtual lessons. Researchers have found that parents stressed out by new circumstances and remote learning amid...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — It doesn’t get any bigger than high school football in Western Pennsylvania. We’re committed to bringing you the best team coverage in the region. After the games, you can find all the latest scores right here! SEARCH FOR YOUR TEAM’S SCORE: Academy of the New Church 14, Riverside 7 Aliquippa 44, Ambridge 0 Belle Vernon 45, West Mifflin 0 Bellwood-Antis 47, Everett 0 Bentworth 14, Monessen 6 Berwick 37, Pittston Area 14 Bishop Guilfoyle 48, Forest Hills 0 Brentwood 37, Quaker Valley 20 Cambridge Springs 13, Maplewood 0 Carmichaels 43, Mapletown 8 Central Cambria 28, Cambria Heights 0 Central Mountain 7, Selinsgrove 3 Central Valley 49, Blackhawk 6 Central York 55, Red Lion 0 Chartiers Valley 9,...
    An elected official in California has urged the salon owner at the center of the Nancy Pelosi's maskless blowout saga to reopen her business in a different county after being forced to shut down due to threats.  Erica Kious, who has lived in San Francisco for 15 years, revealed earlier this month she was closing her ESalon SF following the controversy surrounding Pelosi's visit.  Kious had said she was forced to close because she was now too afraid to do business in San Francisco after receiving death threats.  She revealed earlier this week that she didn't know when or where she would open up another salon.  Bonnie Gore, who is an elected official in Placer County, subsequently wrote to Kious saying the county...
    The Portland murder suspect who was killed in a police-involved shooting in Washington at the beginning of September had pointed his gun at law enforcement during the confrontation, officials recently announced. Michael Forest Reinoehl “pointed the handgun that he had in his possession at the officers at the time of the shooting,” the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Thursday. Washington’s Region 3 Critical Incident Investigation Team continues to investigate Reinoehl's Sept. 3 death during a shooting near Lacey, Wash. Police did not say whether Reinoehl pointed the firearm, a .380 caliber handgun, before or during the shooting. A Washington State Patrol Crime Lab worker looks at evidence markers in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 4,...
    An Ohio man wants to spread a message of support for the police and courage in the face of the pandemic by walking around his state carrying flags with him. Conrad Allen, 52, of Putnam County carries a "thin blue line" flag, a flag supporting President Donald Trump, and a United States flag 15 to 20 miles each day around the perimeter of the state. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he wants people to know "we don't have to be afraid of each other," telling WKEF-TV he hopes his actions will inspire people to be less afraid. "COVID is real, but so is being free," Allen said. Allen is the executive director of...
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    GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — The countdown is on for the new mini-casino to open in Westmoreland County. Crews have been hard at work getting the new facility ready, and KDKA’s Ross Guidotti got a behind-the-scenes look at the final touches being made before opening day. In roughly 60 days, operators say the doors of the new mini-casino inside the Westmoreland Mall will open to the public. The doors opened Thursday for a very special delivery as the first of 750 slot machines arrived. “That is one of those benchmarks that is critical in the opening process,” said casino manager Sean Sullivan. The Cordish Companies-owned Live! Casino Pittsburgh hosted a progress tour for the media. Breaking it down, the first floor...
    SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. (CBS) — We have an update to an Eyewitness News exclusive story into questionable behavior inside of a Sea Isle City bar from over the summer. A bar that is owned by the area’s mayor. It felt like we were getting the runaround until late Thursday afternoon. But the Cape May County prosecutor tells CBS3 it reviewed that case and multiple cases of businesses not following COVID-19 restrictions. ‘We All Gotta Play By The Rules’: Gov. Murphy Responds To Video Showing No Social Distancing At Bar Owned By Sea Isle City Mayor Video we obtained from late August shows crowds of people gathering in the patio area of Kix-McNutley’s. Few are wearing masks and physical distancing doesn’t...
    After being shuttered for months because of the coronavirus pandemic, music halls, theater companies and other venues in Montgomery County are being given the go-ahead to stage concerts and other live performances provided that they follow new guidelines issued by the county. Among the new ground rules: Only outdoor performances are being given the green light and all performers must get a COVID-19 test before the run of any shows. Other guidelines, issued by the county Thursday, include: The number of audience members are limited to 50 people Maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between guests who are not part of the same household. The wearing of face masks by guests and venue staff at all times Temperature...
    As summer comes to an end, both public and private health care systems are gearing up for the potential double whammy of influenza and COVID-19. To keep hospital beds free for those sickened by coronavirus, health officials say, Bay Area residents should be sure to get a flu shot — and get it early. Some counties are opening up their own free testing sites; Santa Clara County, for example, will provide free vaccinations at the County Fairgrounds starting this Saturday. All those over the age of 6 months should get a shot, particularly those at higher risk such as seniors, pregnant women and those with preexisting conditions. “What flu vaccine will do is prevent you from ending up in the...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks is bringing tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Missouri, generating worry that the state’s already fast-growing number of coronavirus cases could spike even higher. Bikefest Lake of the Ozarks drew about 125,000 people last year. The event, which began Wednesday, bills itself as the largest motorcycle rally in the Midwest. It includes five days of rides, vendor fairs, concerts and stops at area bars and restaurants, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Missouri lifted pandemic restrictions on June 16, at a time when the state had a little over 16,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In the three months since then, the total has grown to 106,587. As of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Despite a decline in coronavirus cases statewide, Sonoma County is still struggling.The county has a transmission rate of about 11% per 100,000 people.That's roughly 3% worse than anywhere else in the Bay Area.Sonoma County remains in the purple or "widespread" tier of the state's reopening plan right now. This means that nearly all businesses can not operate indoors or have to do so severely limited.See the map below to find out where your county stands and keep reading to learn what can and can't open in each color-coded category.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowA widespread county constitutes more than seven daily new cases per 100,000...
    Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee thought he was helping victims of wildfires when he handed out apples to people in 3 Washington counties, but it turns out he was bringing apples that had tested positive for maggot larvae into a pest-free zone. It’s illegal to bring fruit that is under “apple quarantine” into a pest-free zone, according to the state’s Department of Agriculture. Bridgeport, Malden, and Omak, the towns where Inslee gifted the apples, all have an abundance of orchards that are pest-free zones, Fox News reported. The apples that he had given to a retirement home in Omak tested positive for maggot larvae, and officials in Douglas County are now trying to track down the rest of the apples...
    Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had different plans for his summer. He formally announced his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This was the summer he was going prove that a 31-year-old son of Salvadoran immigrants could give Latinos a say — even in North Carolina, even in part of Donald Trump’s America. But this is a story about waiting — and the detours on the path to power. The novel coronavirus upended the Democrat’s campaign for statehouse in an exurban district. Hurtado stopped door-knocking. The closest he came to potential voters was standing 6 feet (1.8 meters)...
    SAN ANTONIO – We now know what the Bexar County ballot will look like for the 2020 General Election on Nov. 3. Any U.S. citizen who is 18 years old by Election Day and registered to vote in Texas by the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline can vote in the election, with a few exceptions prohibited by law. These are the candidates in contested races at the federal, state and Bexar County level. The candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. FEDERAL:PRESIDENT/VICE-PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump /Michael R. Pence REP Joseph R. Biden /Kamala D. Harris DEM Jo Jorgensen /Jeremy “Spike” Cohen LIB Howie Hawkins /Angela Walker GRN U. S. SENATOR John Cornyn REP Mary...
    One of the two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot in an ambush attack in Compton on Saturday, Sept. 12, was released from the hospital on Wednesday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “He has a long road ahead for recovery. But he’s not alone,” Villanueva said in a tweet of the 24-year-old male deputy. “We, as a community, are in this together.” Both deputies had been treated since the Saturday shooting at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. The male deputy had been transferred from the ICU to a normal hospital bed earlier Wednesday before his eventual release. The 31-year-old female deputy, remained in St. Francis’ ICU and both still face additional surgeries after they were both shot in the head by...
    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County is reporting its first death of the year from West Nile virus.County health officials say an elderly man from Garden Grove died of complications from a West Nile infection.The county has reported five confirmed symptomatic West Nile infections in humans this year - and four of them were hospitalized. A sixth case that was asymptomatic has also been reported.The county notes that the majority of people who are infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms and are not tested, so the number of people actually infected with the virus is likely much higher.Orange County historical data shows the region typically experiences several deaths from West Nile every year, with a total of...
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press GRAHAM, N.C (AP) — Like many Americans, Ricky Hurtado had different plans for his summer. He formally announced his first bid for public office in March and expected to spend sweltering days knocking on doors, clenching glossy campaign literature and making his case directly to voters. This was the summer he was going prove that a 31-year-old son of Salvadoran immigrants could give Latinos a say — even in North Carolina, even in part of Donald Trump’s America. But this is a story about waiting — and the detours on the path to power. The novel coronavirus upended the Democrat’s campaign for statehouse in an exurban district. Hurtado stopped door-knocking. The closest he came to...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference at noon Wednesday to give an update on the state's dual crises: the coronavirus pandemic and destructive wildfires.In both cases, things are looking up -- though far from over.When it comes to COVID-19, California saw 2,950 new cases over the past 24 hours -- a substantially lower number than we were seeing just two months ago. COVID-19 hospitalizations are down 22% over the past two weeks, the governor said.The positivity rate, or the proportion of those tested for coronavirus that test positive, is down to 3.6%."We are moving forward and we have seen a decline in the rate of spread and transmission of COVID-19," said Newsom. "We are turning the corner in suppressing...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — With the COVID-19 pandemic remaining a public health threat, Contra Costa County health officials Wednesday advised against the usual Halloween traditions — trick-or-treating, haunted houses, big parties — to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano told the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors he is recommending families forego trick-or-treating this year, as the candy given out is typically touched by at least a few people, and that even doorbells touched by multiple people could result in greater spread of the coronavirus. “COVID-19 can easily pass from person to person through close contact, and it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance on porches and doorsteps, especially in neighborhoods where...
    Over the last several weeks, I’ve spent time in schools and classrooms across our state. I’ve had the opportunity to witness both in-person and virtual instruction, from Metro Atlanta to rural Georgia. Of course, every school I visited was different. They served different communities, faced different challenges, and the resources available to them varied. One thing was common in every school I visited: they were going above and beyond to keep students safe. The teachers in front of those students – whether virtually or in-person – had their best interests at heart, without exception. Educators’ acts of care, creativity, and extra attention may not always make the news, but they...
    LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, who is the county’s fire warden, says Coloradans need to reevaluate the way we manage forests and prepare them for the threat of fires. Smith said, recently, the state has focused primarily on fire suppression, rather than also prioritizing mitigation efforts. (credit: CBS) Fires thrive, in general, on oxygen, heat and fuel. While it may be difficult to manage the weather and oxygen levels in the Rocky Mountains, Smith said humans can manage the abundance of fuels. For years now Smith, and other Colorado fire experts, have feared the potential for a devastating fire in the Larimer County mountains. Smith said the Cameron Peak Fire quickly became the blaze they...
    DENTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant Co Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Rotter told Denton Police his girlfriend shot herself in the head with his gun from work as they embraced, according to the probable cause affidavit. He said he would have “stopped it if he could have.” The victim, police note, was “paralyzed and confined to (a) wheelchair.” Rotter is now in the Denton Co Jail charged with murder. Jay Allen Rotter (credit: Denton County Jail) Denton Police believe Rotter killed his girlfriend after they argued over him firing his gun in their backyard at milk bottle. She texted a friend that Rotter, 36, a Tarrant County narcotics investigator,  was using drugs. The Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS 11’s Andrea Lucia,...
    Two undocumented immigrants suspected in the gang slaying of a 16-year-old girl in Baltimore were released because of sanctuary city policies, despite requests from federal immigration officials, officials said Tuesday. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it lodged three immigration detainers on three men charged in the May 29 death of Gabriela Ardon. Five people are charged in the killing -- three of whom were living in the United States illegally. “In this case, two of the suspects arrested had previously been encountered by ICE, but due to state and local policies that put politics above public safety, they were released to the street,” said Acting Baltimore Field Office Director Francisco Madrigal. “This is the worst-case scenario when detainers are not...
    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Tuesday, and Google is fittingly celebrating with a new Google Doodle -- of civil rights pioneer and business owner Felicitas Mendez.Mendez, born in 1916 in Puerto Rico, is most known for her role in suing the school district in the town of Westminster, California, after her children were refused enrollment at a local public school because of their skin color.Mendez married a Mexican immigrant. She and other parents came together demanding the school district allow their Mexican-American children entry into an all-White school.A federal district court in 1946 ruled that school districts were violating Mexican American citizens' rights, and ruled in favor of Mendez and the other parents.RELATED | Daughter of Felicitas Mendez, Sylvia...
    By Allen Kim | CNN Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is challenging NBA superstar LeBron James to step up and help find the gunman who ambushed and shot two deputies. Villanueva went on the radio show 790KABC on Monday night and challenged James to double the reward money being offered to find the gunman. On September 12, two L.A. County deputies were shot multiple times in the head and face by an unknown gunman near the MLK Transit Center in Compton. Both deputies survived the attack and remain in the hospital in critical but stable condition, Villanueva said on Monday. The county has pledged $100,000 in reward money to information that leads to the gunman’s arrest...
    SAN ANTONIO – In the latest KSAT Q&A, County commissioner Justin Rodriguez talked about the precautions being taken to ensure the safety of voters as the threat of COVID-19 continues to loom into election season. Vote by mail Texas is one of just six states that has not opened up mail-in voting for all voters amid the pandemic. To be eligible to vote by mail in Texas, voters must be 65 years or older. You might also qualify if you are disabled, or in jail but still eligible to vote. Anyone seeking to vote by mail has to apply. To help make the application process easier, Rodriguez says Bexar County is automatically sending the vote-by-mail application to all residents over...
    The 2020 presidential elections will be held in a few weeks. Both the process and the ballot are different in each state. Below you can get all the information on how to vote in Florida. When are the elections? The 2020 general election will be developed Tuesday, November 3. Voters will be able to vote early, by mail or in person on Election Day. In all cases, the October 5th is he last day to register in Florida. The deadline for request to vote by mail is he October 24th. The early voting period runs from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st October (although the exact dates and hours of operation may vary depending on where...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Sheriff Alex Villanueva is challenging Lakers star LeBron James to contribute to efforts to find the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County deputies at point-blank range. Villanueva made the challenge during an interview on a local radio show Monday. There are two private pledges totaling $75,000, in addition to the $100,000 from the county, but the sheriff is calling on James to kick in $175,000 or even $350,000. “I want to make a challenge…to LeBron James,” he said. “I want you to match that and double that reward because I know you care about law enforcement. “You expressed a very interesting statement on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on...
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged NBA player LeBron James, who engages in left-wing activism promoting Democrats while off the court, to step up and double the reward money being offered to find the man who is responsible for shooting two sheriff’s deputies in the head late last week. “This challenge is to Lebron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community. And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across professions, across races,...
    A thick layer of blood covered her tan shirt, part of her Los Angeles County sheriff’s uniform. She was bleeding from her face. Minutes before, she and her partner working transit security were sitting in their patrol car at the Compton Metro station when a gunman approached and opened fire. A bullet went through the 31-year-old deputy’s mouth, and she was hit in the arms. Her male partner, 24, was more badly wounded, shot in the head as well as the arm and shoulder, according to a surveillance camera video of the attack and interviews. But the deputy, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, managed to get out of the cruiser and help her partner hide behind a concrete...
    A gynecologist dubbed 'the uterus collector' performed hysterectomies on 'everybody he saw' at a Georgia immigrant detention facility, a whistleblower nurse has claimed.  The complaint to the Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog relies on accounts of Dawn Wooten, who worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center until July, when she was demoted to work as needed.  'Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy - just about everybody,' Wooten said. 'He's even taken out the wrong ovary on a young lady. 'She was supposed to get her left ovary removed because it had a cyst on the left ovary; he took out the right one. She was upset. She had to go back to take out...
    Dan Bongino, the Fox News contributor, told “Hannity” on Monday that we are watching the collapse of the greatest country in history descend into chaos, where the bad guys are considered the good guys. Bongino, a former NYPD police officer, pointed to the shocking ambush of two sheriff's deputies in Los Angeles on Saturday. DETROIT POLICE CHIEF STANDS GROUND AMID NATIONWIDE RESIGNATIONS: 'I'M NOT LEAVING' He encouraged viewers to look at the image of one of the deputies -- a mother to a six-year-old child -- bleeding from her face after being shot in the jaw, whiles he also provided aid to her partner. “You may want to tattoo that on your brain,” he said. “Our culture’s falling apart. The greatest country on...
              Delaware, Ohio City Council met Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a resolution requesting past-due information from the Ohio Department of Health. Resolution 20-53 requests the total number of tests administered in the city, as well as the total number of tests in the county to be released to the Delaware General Health District from the Ohio Department of Health. The resolution states “our community’s access to accurate data about COVID-19 is crucial to our local decision making.” “The Ohio Department of Health has failed to provide the total number of tests performed in each county during a particular reporting period making calculating the county’s positivity rate impossible.” Before the meeting,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An unprecedented number of Minnesotans are expected to vote absentee in this upcoming election. For many of them, this way of voting is new. So, where does a voter start this process? Good Question. “The first thing you should do is get an application,” says Andy Lokken, director of elections in Dakota County. The easiest way to do that is by going to the Secretary of State’s website. There, a voter can fill out an absentee application — either online or by printing if out and sending to their local county election office. Some WCCO viewers have asked about mailers they’ve received from outside groups at their home that include a ballot applications. A popular one is...
    LinkedIn/Daybreak Wooten Daybreak Wooten pictured on her LinkedIn web page. Daybreak Wooten is the Georgia nurse who’s alleging that hysterectomies, that girls didn’t consent to, had been carried out whereas the ladies had been within the custody of ICE on the Irwin County Detention Heart. The ability is privately owned by Lasalle Corrections. It’s positioned in Ocilla, Georgia, round 190 miles south of Atlanta. On September 14, Wooten, 42, filed a criticism with officers on the Division of Homeland Safety, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Irwin County Detention Heart. Within the criticism, Wooten alleges that a number of ladies had been despatched to see the identical gynecologist, who will...
    LinkedIn/Dawn Wooten Dawn Wooten pictured on her LinkedIn page. Dawn Wooten is the Georgia nurse who is alleging that hysterectomies, that women did not consent to, were performed while the women were in the custody of ICE at the Irwin County Detention Center. The facility is privately owned by Lasalle Corrections. On September 14, Wooten, 42, filed a complaint with officials at the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Irwin County Detention Center. In the complaint, Wooten alleges that multiple women were sent to see the same gynecologist, who is not named in the complaint, off-site. Wooten says that “Everbody he sees has a hysterectomy-just about everybody.” Wooten alleged that in one...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Sheriff Alex Villanueva is challenging Lakers star LeBron James to contribute to efforts to find the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County deputies at point-blank range. Villanueva made the challenge during an interview on a local radio show Monday. There are two private pledges totaling $75,000, in addition to the $100,000 from the county, but the sheriff is calling on James to kick in $175,000 or even $350,000. “I want to make a challenge…to LeBron James,” he said. “I want you to match that and double that reward because I know you care about law enforcement. “You expressed a very interesting statement on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on...
    As the Golden State faces a triple threat of respiratory risks — destructive wildfires, toxic air quality and a deadly pandemic — there is a faint glimmer of hope. Over the last seven days, just 3.5% of COVID-19 tests in California came back positive, the lowest rate since the state began reporting the data in late March. A month ago, the positive test rate was nearly twice as high. The number of new confirmed cases has fallen to the lowest level since mid-June, according to a Times analysis of state data. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have fallen to the lowest levels since the start of April, with 2,869 patients in hospital beds Saturday. These positive signs come as California...
    Black Lives Matter rioters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, smashed county vehicles with bricks and referred to police as the “real KKK” following the police-involved shooting of a man who, as bodycam footage showed, chased a police officer with a knife. Video shows demonstrators hurling bricks at a vehicle in Lancaster late Sunday night into early Monday morning. Police affirmed that demonstrators damaged a county vehicle parked in the front of the police station, as well as a county vehicle parked on W. Chestnut Street: PENNSYLVANIA: black bloc Antifa destroy the windows and body of a Lancaster detective’s car using a bricks Black lives matter protesters join in and call to light the car on fire pic.twitter.com/3tdCL5zaYi — ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) September...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 142 new Coronavirus cases out of 1,491 test results, and no additional deaths over the last 48 hours. The Health Department did not provide an update on Sunday. Of the newly reported cases, 132 are confirmed and 10 are probable. New cases range in age from 11 months to 92 years with a median age of 27 years. The date of positive tests range from Sept. 6 through Sept. 13. The total number of cases countywide now stands at 11,268 since March. The Health Department says they have now started counting all positive antigen tests as probable cases. There have been 1,057 hospitalizations in Allegheny County...
    An unidentified Clayton County sheriff’s deputy has been fired after video showed him hitting a black man that officers had pinned during an arrest in Georgia, according to the sheriff’s department. Roderick Walker, 26, was reportedly a passenger in a car that was pulled over for a broken tail light on Friday his attorney said, the New York Post reported. The deputy was fired after a bystander’s video circulated on social media, according to the county sheriff’s office. “The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force,” Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill said in a press release. “This is the administrative action. ...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an individual who was caught on video ambushing and shooting two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as they sat in a patrol car. According to Fox News, the department announced the reward late Sunday night. Individuals with information can contact the Sheriff's Department directly at (323) 890-5500 or can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).$100K REWARD OFFER in Manhunt for Suspect in Ambush Shooting of 2 LA Sheriff’s Deputies #Compton #LASD Call invest… https://t.co/a7G1f28xfP — LA County Sheriffs (@LA County Sheriffs)1600029025.0The suspect is described as a black male whose age is estimated to be between...
    Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot in a Saturday night ambush attack are expected to survive, according to reports. KTTV-TV investigative reporter Bill Melugin shared a photo of the moment following the shooting of the officers on Saturday, revealing that a female deputy — who was shot through the jaw — was able to apply a tourniquet to the male deputy's wounds and radio for help, despite being grievously injured. The female officer, according to CNN, is a 31-year-old mother. The male officer is just 24 years old. What's a brief history here?The horrific ambush of two deputies took place in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. A suspect fired on the deputies in an...
    The video showed a shooting that shocked the conscience: a cold-blooded attempt to kill two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at close range in Compton. Immediately, unequivocal condemnations flooded in from law enforcement officials, city leaders and the nation’s most prominent politicians. President Trump called for the unknown shooter to receive the death penalty. Trump’s opponent in the November presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden, called for the gunman to face “the full brunt of the law.” Najee Ali, a longtime South L.A. activist, understood the anger and joined in condemning the shooting. But he also questioned why such swift calls for justice don’t come when it is the police who cause the injuries. There were police killings of...
    MIAMI—Less than three weeks after schools reopened in central Florida’s Polk County, Mark couldn’t help but notice some students riding his bus slack off when it came to coronavirus safety precautions. “The first week was fine,” said Mark, who like other bus drivers in the Polk County school system asked to use a pseudonym for fear of professional retaliation. “They were sanitizing their hands as they got on and off the bus and wore their masks properly. Now it’s a constant battle to make them do what they are supposed to do. They are getting tired of it.”  Mark, whose route includes Lakeland Senior High, the Polk public school with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 16, said...
    A day after the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic, health officials across the Bay Area are reporting ten new COVID-19 deaths as well as 707 positive cases as the state continues to beat back the coronavirus. According to data compiled by this news organization, new deaths bring the total of fatalities from the deadly virus to 1,295 in the nine-county Bay Area plus Santa Cruz County. Just a day ago public health officials reported 34 new deaths, the most fatalities ever in the Bay Area since the pandemic began led by Alameda County with 16 fatalities and Santa Clara County with 13. On Sunday Alameda counted no new deaths while Santa Clara County reported four new deaths....
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials on Sunday confirmed 431 new positive cases of the coronavirus, after more than 8,500 tests in the last day. The cases included 90 in Burleigh County, 87 in Cass County, 42 in Morton County, 38 in Stutsman County and 35 in Stark County. The report listed one new death, a woman in her 60s from Benson County with underlying health conditions. A total of 168 people have died since the pandemic began. The active cases went up by 220, to a total of 2,754. There have been 482 cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to...
    LUCASVILLE — Lucasville Trade Days has been stirring up conflict and discussions after the popular event posted it will take place this even with the COVID-19 pandemic. After several events including, the Fourth of July, the Scioto County Fair and Labor Day festivities were all canceled due to COVID-19. Many are questioning the reasoning behind why Lucasville Trade Days is allowed to proceed this year. Recently, Lucasville Trade Days posted an announcement on their social media pages announcing that it would go on this year. “NEWS BREAK! We now have permission from the Scioto County Health Dept. Lucasville Trade Days is ON for Sept. 25, 26, and 27, 2020. Please share this news and spread the word to everyone you...
    Free wifi in library parking lot To help bridge the digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Santa Clara County Library District has added wifi to the parking lots of it branch libraries, including Cupertino. In addition, the district has installed wifi on both its bookmobiles to provide internet access to patrons. The free wifi will be available from library parking lots 24/7 for anyone to access the internet and the county library’s digital collection from the safety of their vehicles or outdoor spaces where they are able to social distance. A library card is not required to access the internet. The district has also expanded curbside service availability at each of its libraries. Hours in Cupertino are Monday-Tuesday...
    One of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputies attacked Saturday evening was shot in the head and the other was shot in the face, the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. As Breitbart News reported, two deputies were shot as they sat in their patrol car in Compton “without warning or provocation” in an attack captured on video: LASD deputies have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protests, as well as self-described anarchists and Antifa supporters, since the shooting death of a black man, Dijon Kizzee, earlier this month. Kizzee allegedly fought with police who tried to pull him over for a bicycle infraction. He allegedly had a gun at the time of the confrontation. Nightly protests, many of them...
    SIGNS warning looters they will be shot have sprung up in Oregon after thousands of people evacuated their homes. Wildfires continue to rage in the state, leaving many towns in ashes and forcing others to flee for their lives as the flames advance. 8Warnings to looters have sprung up in OregonCredit: Fox12Oregon 8The signs have a stark warning for looters Credit: Fox12Oregon 8Matt Watts standing by his property with a rifle Credit: AFP or licensors The death toll from the fires in stood at 31 and iss expected to rise sharply with most of the fatalities were in California and Oregon. Two alleged looters were arrested after they allegedly led law enforcement officials on a high-speed chase in fire-ravaged Clackamas...
    As churches and governments battle over pandemic restrictions on services, both sides are digging in their heels for a decisive victory. This week, a pastor at North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California, announced that the county had saddled him with more than $100,000 in fines for holding indoor services with singing, which are forbidden by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s July coronavirus guidelines. The pastor, Jack Trieber, demanded that the county remove the fines, saying that church funds are “God’s money.” “We are not closing down this church. I hope you get this message,” Trieber said in a Tuesday video directed at Santa Clara officials. Other churches in California have also faced fines for refusing to comply. Ventura County, a...
    From the eastern San Gabriel Valley to the western San Fernando Valley to the South Coast, an eerie blanket of smoke from the Bobcat fire caused health advisories across much of Los Angeles County on Saturday, forcing the L.A. Zoo to announce a closure and threatening the Rams’ opening day. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health warned residents to stay indoors as much as possible and limit physical exertion, indoors or out. “If you can see smoke, soot, or ash, or you can smell smoke, pay attention to your immediate environment and take precautions to safeguard your health,” said county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis. “These precautions are particularly important for children, older adults, and people with...
    ARIA DiMezzo, a “transsexual Satanist anarchist,” has nabbed the Republican nomination in the sheriff’s race of a New Hampshire county while running with the campaign slogan “F**k the Police.” DiMezzo, a Libertarian, said in a blog post that “totally oblivious” citizens “wouldn’t have voted" for her if they had researched the candidates on the ballot. 3Aria DiMezzo has won the Republican nomination for the sheriff's seat of a New Hampshire countyCredit: Facebook / Aria DiMezzo, Anarchist 3DiMezzo is a self-described 'transsexual Satanist anarchist'Credit: Facebook / Aria DiMezzo, Anarchist 3DiMezzo is the High Priestess of the Reformed Satanic ChurchCredit: Facebook / Aria DiMezzo, Anarchist “You feel betrayed. You may even be wondering how the party that you so believed in could...
    As a fall semester of virtual learning has begun amid the coronavirus pandemic, many students and parents across the D.C. region have faced the same set of challenges. But parents of special education students in Virginia’s Loudoun County said distance learning has been especially hard for their children. The Loudoun County School Board held its regular meeting Tuesday night to cap the first day of the new school year. “Students and educators missed seeing each other in person and at the same time there clearly was significant enthusiasm regarding the start of the school year,” said Loudoun County School Superintendent Eric Williams. During the public comments period, some parents spoke out about the challenges of distance learning. Parents of special...
    A NEW father was arrested Friday after an autopsy of his infant son found he died of blunt force trauma. Jamarius DeJuan Ruffin, 28, was taken into custody in Alabama on Friday morning. 1The 28-year-old faces a possible death sentenceCredit: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office He is charged with capital murder of a person under 14 years of age, according to Jefferson County Jail records and is being held without bail. The case dates back to July 29 when Jefferson County law enforcement officers came to Ruffin's residence in Forestdale, just outside of Birmingham, to respond to a report of a 2-month-old who had stopped breathing, AL.com reports. The baby, whose name was Amari, was taken to the Children's Hospital where...
    A Charlottesville, Virginia confederate statue located near the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, which resulted in the death of a counter-protester, was removed Saturday. The “At Ready” statue, erected in 1909, depicts a Confederate soldier and was positioned outside the county courthouse, according to CNN. The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted to remove the statue on Aug. 6 following a public hearing, according to a county press release. “Clear to every black defendant who must pass them on the way into court: this space is reserved for the Confederate cause,” said Charlottesville City Councilmember Kristin Szakos, NBC affiliate WVIR reported. “You will find no justice here.” Albemarle County livestreamed the removal of the statue, which began at 6:30 a.m....
    (CNN)The statue of a Confederate soldier, flanked by a cannon and ammunition, has stood at the county courthouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1909, more than 40 years after the Civil War.It was christened "At Ready," and the statue's installation during Jim Crow sent a signal to many that resounded for decades -- in a city that renewed its association with deadly racial violence in 2017.Saturday, the statue is coming down. The Charlottesville car attacker gets a life sentence: How we got hereThe Albemarle County Commission is live streaming the removal on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.Charlottesville City Council Member Kristin Szakos said the statue is a symbol of injustice, affiliate WVIR reported last month when the county commission made its decision.Read...
    Post Street in downtown San Jose is a block with a colorful and historic past. Once known as El Dorado Street, its watering holes are where the first California state legislature boozed up in 1851. It’s where downtown’s Mardi Gras celebrations started small before they got too big. And, more recently, it’s been the unofficial home for San Jose’s LGBTQ community during celebrations like Silicon Valley Pride. Consider that designation official now. The stretch of Post Street between Market and First streets was rebranded Thursday as the QMunity District, as San Jose joined the roster of big cities across the country that have an established, historic area catering to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community, like Lavender Heights...
    FOUR people have now been arrested on the West Coast for deliberately starting blazes as wildfires rage. Cops detained two men in Washington, man in Oregon and woman in California as the desperate battle to contain the fires continues. 5Michael Jarrod Bakkela is accused of starting a fire in Phoenix, OregonCredit: Jackson County Sheriff's Office 5Anita Esquivel was arrested by the Calfornia Highway Patrol on suspicion of arsonCredit: Monterey County Sheriff's Office So far 24 people have been killed though the authorities in Oregon have told residents to brace themselves for a “mass fatality incident”. Oregon Live reports Michael Jarrod Bakkela, 41, has been arrested on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless...
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              Traces of COVID-19 are present in 18 percent of samples at a sewage plant in northern Stafford County, up from 9 percent in May, according to The Free-Lance Star. “This is estimated to be about 17,800 individuals in the North Stafford sewershed that are actively infected and shedding the virus,” Deputy County Administrator Michael Smith wrote to the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. However, in an email, Smith told The Virginia Star, “The testing that is being conducted is in the experimental stage and there are no standardized and approved methods to date. This endeavor is a research project with Biobot, a firm that is working on this type of study.” “The current...
    (CNN)Two former employees of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services who oversaw the case of Andrew "AJ" Freund were arrested on Thursday, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.Carlos Acosta, 54, and Andrew Polovin, 48, were taken into custody Thursday evening, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Jail records show both men posted $20,000 bond later that night. Andrew Polovin, left, and Carlos AcostaBoth are charged with two felony counts of endangering the life of a child and one felony count of reckless conduct, according to court records. CNN affiliate WLS reported the indictments of the two men said the DCFS workers committed failures that were a "proximate cause of AJ Freund's death."The sheriff's office said...
    ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Thick layers of smoke continue to coat the Sacramento skies, leaving most people nowhere to escape. Though, some people are seeking refuge in surrounding counties now allowed to open more businesses indoors. After more than two dozen days of haze in the region, Michelle Thelen, of Nevada County, said it’s easy to choke on smoke and hard to find comfort outdoors. “Got rid of the heat – now we have gross air,” Thelen said. She spent Friday getting out of that gross air and shopped indoors with her daughter at the Roseville Galleria for the day. “With the smoke out, it’s hard to enjoy yourself,” Payton Giammona, her daughter, said. Roseville is one of the few cities...
    OROVILLE (CBS13) – The death toll is rising in the Bear Fire. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says 10 people are dead and 16 people are still unaccounted for,  as the frantic search for the missing continues in Butte County. Berry Creek, a town of just 525 people, now has almost every structure burned to the ground, and many of the missing are from that part of Butte County. On Friday, crews began to assess fire damage across the county. Jeanne Neely and Jesse Blair, both from Berry creek, called the last few days terrifying. “It’s scary trying to keep hope,” Neely said. Both are friends of 16-year-old Josiah William’s family. They said they were devastated to learn his young...
    The police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, leaving the 46-year-old unconscious, has been pictured for the first time since the May 25 killing, and was heckled outside of court. Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with murder and is currently being held in custody, while three other officers are free on bail. On Friday he was present in court for the first time, having previously appeared via videolink.  Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, face mask and handcuffs, he was led away by correction officers after the three hour hearing, as protesters near the court yelled abuse at him.  Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd's neck, was seen for the first time on...
    This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP) Associated Press A local judge overseeing the criminal case against the cops accused of killing George Floyd has disqualified the county attorney's office from working on the case, calling their work "sloppy," reporters at the hearing said.  Hennepin County Attorney Mike...
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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersLIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfiresHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Sept. 10, 202012p.m.Spare the Air Alert extended through Monday due to smoke from Bay Area and West Coast wildfires. Check out our midday forecast on air quality here.10a.m.U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services closed todayU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) San Francisco Field Office and three Application Support Centers are closed for in-person services on Friday Sept. 11. Application Support...