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the finger at chevron. tonight, at a packed public meeting in richmond, they accuse chevron of knowingly endangering their health. now, federal officials have opened a criminal investigation on a whole, new matter. monty francis joins us in richmond this evening with the details. >> reporter: this criminal investigation has to do with the release of potentially dangerous gases that went unmonitored at the refinery for four years. neighbors say it's another thing that makes it harder to trust what chevron is saying. >> i'm asking you what do you say? >> reporter: several times, angry neighbors interrupted a public meeting tonight, shouting down a chevron official and a panel of experts, who came to give an update to residents on the fire from the refinery. >> i'm bad from what not being able to breathe. i wake up every morning feeling the effects of chevron.
>> we are fed up. we are angry. and i'm just trying to be calm here. >> reporter: earlier in the day, chevron officials announced that corrosion in 200 feet of pipe is likely what caused the fire that sent a large flume of lingering smoke into the air last month. the environmental protection agency has opened a criminal investigation into unmonitored releases of gas, called flare-ups, between 2005 and 2009. he says the pipe was in place as part of a safety system to control pressure buildup. >> this amount is so small, that the cause on a port, would not be required by the bay area. and it presented no public health risks. >> reporter: because the flare-ups weren't monitored, air officials say there's no way to know how much gas was released into the air. and two years ago, the bay area quality management district fined chevron $170,000, after
they bypassed monitors 27 times. those prompted the epa to open up a criminal investigation, the central question, whether chevron tried to deceive epa officials. tonight, the epa is looking into the risk management procedure, but would not offer comments about a separate criminal investigation. >> we appreciate there's a lot of anger among the community. we understand that. i would ask people to be patient and allow us to do the work that we're doing. >> reporter: residents were very frustrated here tonight. they asked for another meeting to be held so they can air out all of their concerns. another feeting so far has not been scheduled. >> thank you. devoted and well-liked by day. but a police say a south bay principal had another side to hill. one that handed him in jail.
eric lewis, a principal at montague elementary school, landed in court today. he's charged with five felonies. specifically, he was trying to sell methamphetamine, ghb and ecsta ecstasy. he allegedly met arrangement for a drug deal. >> that was about a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine, seven pills of what is affected to be ecstasy. and three or four vials of ghb. >> investigators say they found a number of surveillance cameras and hidden cameras inside lewis' apartment, including one hidden in a teddy bear. they're going through several hard drives and computers seized from his office at the school. a san jose man will go to court tomorrow. he is accused of slowly poisoning his girlfriend.
police say 67-year-old robert lockbridge was bringing her bottled water, containing chlorine. he told her it was a vitamin drink. nurses became suspicious and tested the water themselves before calling police. parents in san mateo are feeling anxious and relief tonight, after police arrested a man who tried to abduct a little girl from her elementary school. moms and dads facing the reality that even schools can be a dangerous place. george kiriyama with more. >> reporter: parents received a letter outlining what happened last friday. and some parents are still late shaken up. >> this is a child from my daughter's class. and that hits even closer to home. >> reporter: many parents with children at parkside elementary are having difficult questions with them. >> i started asking her what she knew. i didn't want to scare her. >> reporter: san mateo place,
says bradley mrozek, abducted a girl, assaulted her and took her to a nearby location. that's when the fourth grader escaped by kicking mrozek and running back to school. >> she did what she had to do. >> reporter: this woman is using this as a teaching moment for her 7-year-old son, who goes to parkside. >> yell fire. run back and run. it's sad. >> reporter: police arrested mrozek late thursday night when learning he was a suspect at other schools. they believe he tried giving alcohol to students at bayside academy and was escorted off campus at horral academy. in the back of many parents' mind -- >> it could have been my child. that's the scariest. no reason why it couldn't have been her.
>> reporter: now, the only prior bradley mrozek has is a dui conviction in san mateo county in 2010. as far as parkside elementary goes, the teachers spent part of the day to teach the students stranger danger awareness. >> kids have to know those things. but they do. well, she used to testify in court for prosecutors. tonight, a former san francisco crime lab technician accused of stealing drugs is facing down prosecutors. deborah madden's on trial for skimming cocaine from the city police department back in 2009. jury selection began today in a federal trial. if convicted, she could face up to four years in prison. the allegations led to the closure of the crime lab and for prosecutors to dismiss hundreds of cases that depended on evidence from that facility.
the fox con factory has reopened. a riot broke out yesterday and continued today. 40 people were injured. but workers did walk through the gates at the start of tuesday's work day in china. the factory is still surrounded by police. in some gates are flat on the ground and windows are smashed. a big announcement from tesla tonight. the electric car company unveiled its solar charging station. it will make refueling electric vehicles about as fast as stopping for a bathroom break at a gas station. they're located in gilroy, folsom, barstow and harris ranch. the new stations will change the way people view electric cars. >> people have an idea if you have an electric car, you're sort of -- there's no freedom.
you're stuck. they have this idea that you can't go anywhere. what we're showing here today is, in fact, you have more freedom than with anything. >> tesla plans to have more stations running through california, nevada and oregon by the end of this year. and the entire nation by the end of 2014. president obama will address the u.n. tomorrow. he's expected to talk to the giants about the recent attacks that took the life of u.s. ambassador christopher stevens. the president expected to deliver a new warning to iran to suspend its suspected nuclear program. a breast cancer breakthrough. see what researchers discover that could lead to a revolutionary treatment. dozens of cadets join san jose police. but the department says it's not nearly enough. find out how many officers it needs. and colin powell honors a san francisco boy. we'll tell you about the long fight this boy has endured in his short life. good evening.
run them over with his car. that's when the police shot and killed him. none of the officers were injured. another person shot at the bar is expected to be okay. violence sparked by an officer-involved shooting is at the center of a town hall meeting. an officer shot and injured a man who allegedly aimed a gun at an officer last thursday. several officers were hurt and several buildings were vandalized. >> our officers didn't sign up to take bottles and hammers from people while they try to keep the piece. especially, by cowards that would mask themselves up. >> the officers have made arrests when they've been able to make them. and they will continue to do so going forward. the city's beleaguered police department is holding its first academy in three years. officers welcomed 45 new cadets, a morale boost for the
understaffed agency. the men and women beat out roughly 200 other applicants. it's not recruitment that's the problem. it's retention, amidst pay and benefit cuts and low morale. >> you spend a couple of years here, and you're not making what you can make elsewhere, you're going to get snapped up. >> it's no secret that we're poorly staffed right now. we desperately need more people on our police department. we're excited to have these new people starting that process. >> the chief says the department needs 200 more officers. new at 11:00 tonight, several flights are delayed after washington dulles national, after a bomb threat there. police are searching parking garages. but they've cleared the terminal so far. in the wake of privacy and health concerns, the tsa is working to reinvent its controversial full-body scanner. california watch investigative
reporting group says the agency is looking for faster machines with better detection capabilities. the newly purchased machines will rely on a generic outline of the traveller. some are calling it a road map for how doctors might treat breast cancer in the future. researchers identified four genetically succinct types of breast cancer. this information could mean more specialized treatment. >> we may be looking at, can we do less surgery. can we offer women more targeted therapy, that may require less additional chemotherapy. i think that's going to change in the next five years, based on some of this information, based on some new research. >> the new findings may open the door to new treatments. the research is already offering
hints. one type of breast cancer might be vulnerable to drugs that already work against ovarian cancer. at the tender age of 13, a san francisco boy got an honor presented to him that most people would never experience. a medal of courage, accorded by none other than general colin powell. given to him for his ability to beat the odds. and serving as an example for not just his peers but everyone, including the fire chief of san francisco, who happens to be his mom. >> reporter: former u.s. secretary of state and four-star general colin powell was in san francisco for a medal of courage. but he wasn't here to receive it. powell was here to present the award, to sean white. why? for that, we go back 13 years when sean was born. >> big boy. he was my smallest. and he was nearly ten pounds. >> reporter: his mother, joanne
hayes-white is fire chief of san francisco. >> he was struggling with his breathing. >> reporter: at first, doctors say it was nothing. but she persisted and got the news she wasn't ready to hear. >> he was hours away from heart failure. whatever we need to do, we need to do. >> reporter: doctors diagnosed sean with a rare heart disease, that makes it difficult for blood to circulate in and out of the left side of his heart. the pediatric heart center sees only a few cases a year. >> it started backing up in his lungs. so, he would have -- he's breathing hard and has very poor pulse in his body. >> reporter: as a newborn, sean underwent one surgery, before the doctor informed the family he would have to undergo two more. this time, open-heart operations. one at 7 months and then again
at age 2. >> the mom part of me was very worried. the worst thing in the world to have an injured or sick child. >> reporter: after his last surgery, sean was expected to stay in the hospital and recover for at least a week. but he bounced back and was up and kicking in just a couple of days. >> giving the thumbs-up. i love that picture. >> reporter: until a couple years ago, the seventh grader was having major problems with breathing. forced to stay in the hospital, once a year for at least a week each time. >> i never really -- i didn't want to be in the hospital. and i never really knew when i was going to get to come back home. >> reporter: he's still living within limitations. his second-favorite sport is basketball. >> the doctor said that i can't really play that in high school because of my heart. >> reporter: but just like his lightning fast recovery when he was 2 -- >> i play baseball, basketball and soccer. >> reporter: sean isn't letting his heart stop him.
>> he literally lives life to the fullest. >> reporter: his dream is to join his favorite sports team, the giants. >> i like buster posey. >> reporter: but right now, to touch other kids, especially those struggling. and so, it was sean's story of survival that led to this moment. but even before, sean had his biggest fan right next to him at home. >> each day, he inspires me for his zest for life. i couldn't be prouded of him. >> a nice story. >> yes, very good. i'm glad to see he's doing well. let's turn things over to jeff. it's going to be a warm one coming up. >> yeah. the next couple of days, some warmer weather coming our way. right now, it's mild in the east bay. 675 in livermore. and some cooler air in the north bay with potentially 40s for tonight. let's take you outside of that
live h.d. sky camera network. we are fogged in downtown. not going to be foggy for everyone here. let's get you back to the weather boards for the next 48 hours. we find this high pressure building offshore. at the core of the high pressure, we have hot air out in the pacific. it doesn't stay too far out there to bring us hot air for the next few days. we go with a warmer trend, as we head throughout tuesday and wednesday. that will bring us typical weather at the coastline. that's going to mean 50s and 60s. and we'll find from 70s to the 80s to the east and the south bay. but here's the thing we pay attention to. as we head into wednesday, warmer weather will be coming our way. if you suffer from allergies, here's some good news. we are expecting everything to go to the low category, from mold to ragweed. great news for allergy sufferers. as we head throughout the afternoon, we'll get a lot of sunshine from the north bay to
the south bay. you find the fog lingering at the immediate coastline throughout most of tuesday. we'll start out with upper 40s in santa rosa. 53 in fremont. and 51 in san jose. daytime highs on tuesday should top out close to what we had for today, with 80 in san jose. 83 in los gatos. 72 in santa cruz. 85, morgan hill. for the trivalley, 83 in danville, 86 in pleasanton. you go right over the east bay hills, closer to the bay. and temperatures will be cooler here in alameda, with 70, 75 in hayward. and 77 in the castro valley. 82 in sonoma. and for most of the coastline, we'll find a round of 60s from bodega bay to pacifica. then, it gets hotter. we're going to turn up the heat by saturday and sunday. low 90s coming our way. maybe the first week of fall.
but temperatures, well, they're not going to get entirely cool for us. again, we're looking at pretty sunny and warmer weather. if you're looking for any kind of rainfall in the next 14 days, we have to look out that far, we may see a few rain drops come down the pipeline. that's what we have to look forward to. >> it's coming. >> eventually for all of you at home, yes. >> thanks, jeff. just ahead, one of twitter's co-founders is making a movie. and he's reaching into the twittersphere for help. this is a lot of food for 4 bucks.
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film under the direction of ron howard, someone who he says has inspired him. >> when we were starting twitter and we got attention really early, it's like twitter is like a child actor that got all this attention really early. and has every chance to be a troubled adult. we want to be ron howard. we want to be a child actor that grows up to be a successful, stable film director. >> the deadline to submit a photo for project imagination was 9:00 tonight. three-time gold medalist and south bay native kerry walsh says she was moody during the london olympics but didn't know why. turns out the olympic superstar was already five weeks pregnant when she was diving all over the sand out in london. she and her husband announced they are expecting their third child on the "today" show with matt lauer. the couple has two boys. they have a feeling that baby three will be a girl.
kerry walsh is due next april. >> pregnant with those abs. >> with those abs. and with the three medals. >> yeah. okay. we have dave feldman tonight? >> i don't know. i'm going to focus on her abs. that's all i want to talk about. >> dave, be careful. take it away. >> jessica, i have that same type of wash board stomach. i'm not going to show you right now. it was a crazy weekend in the nfl. monday night football was no exception. an ending you have to see to believe. and the a's started their biggest series of the season. down in the lone star state monday. could they creep closer to the rangers? good morning! wow.
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top three, a's lead, 2-1. cespedes, good-bye. it's 3-1, oakland on top. bottom seventh. a's up by two. adrian beltre at the dish. a two-run home run. the lead is gone. and we're tied at 4-4. bottom nine, still tied. bases loaded for beltre. he singles up the middle. the rangers win it 5-4. the magic number to clinch the american league west is five games. it is official now. the replacement officials have decided the outcome of an nfl game. seattle's russell wilson, threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to golden tate, as time expired to give the seahawks a win over the packers. the replay showed convincingly that the packers jennings intercepted the ball and tate pushed off to get open.
blown call on top of blown call. reaction from the errors in the emerald city. >> there's a wine line to walk. >> don't ask me a question about the officials. we'll just cut to the chase right there. >> look at the replay. and then, the fact that it was reviewed, is awful. that's all i'm going to say about it. >> you know it's bad if aaron rogers is upset. he's a good guy. 49ers are coming off their first loss of the season. a setback at the minnesota vikings. jim harbaugh today at his weekly press conference. >> i sense this from people who live in a mythical, magical, fantasy world. just expected that game, that we would win. it just doesn't work that way. raiders receiver darius hayward bay was released this morning from eden medical center. he's resting at home with
concussion and neck strain and is expected to make a full recovery. he was injured on a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit by ryan monday. early in the fourth quarter sunday and was carted off the field on a stretcher. good news is, he's going to be good. i'm dave feldman. jessi jessica and raj back with more after this. [ female announcer ] this is the story of eves.
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