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windy conditions to ring in the new year as skies remain sunny and dry. temperatures will again be quite chilly dropping into the low 30's at times during evenings and early mornings and into the low to mid 50's during the afternoon. into the latter part of the week chances of showers will rise. ( darya ) lets get a quick
... p-g-&-e has today to respond to a brief by the attorney generals office ... that says the utility could face murder or manslaughter charges for the recent deadly wildfires. attorney general xavier becerra's office did ánot say it áwould charge the utility company with those crimes ... only that the options are on the table. the announcement comes from a report for a federal judge ... who is overseeing pg&es probation case regarding the 2010 san bruno gas line explosion. reporter doug johnson spoke has the details.
with their lives.jamie ramey, camp fire survivor: "the morning of the fire we were concerned but we've seen fire in that area all the time. nothing really triggered me myself to panic. my dad basically saved our lives."for the 86 other people who were not so lucky... california's top prosecutor says pacific gas and electric ácould... in theory, be charged with their deaths.mike danko, attorney at law: "the district attorney or the attorney general generally does not charge a company. the reason is because you cant put the company in jail."attorney mike dankos firm represents around 900 clients who lost their homes to the camp fire in and around paradise.he is suing pg&e.he explains attorney general xavier bacerras announcement came from a recently submitted brief... which details multiple possible consequences pg&e ácould face under state law.that document was requested by a federal judge overseeing pg&es probation in a criminal case regarding the 2010 san bruno gas line explosion.mike danko, attorney at law: "the judge asked the attorney general to explain to the court what the law is as far as criminal liability."as part of this probation hearing, pg&e must also submit what role it played, if any, in starting the camp fire... a request the judge has given the company to do by this monday... new years eve.mike danko, attorney at law: "they really have to own up to them or else its going to be big trouble for pg&e.that document is one danko says could expedite his lawsuits.mike danko, attorney at law: "if we
asked pg&e tell us what your role was,"(but with)"it would take months and months to get to the bottom of it." meanwhile... ramey tells us she's unsure if pg&e should be charged with anything.jamie ramey, camp fire survivor: "honestly i hadn't heard anything about that until right now, im kind of still processing that, i don't know. there were a lot of lives lost."> ( darya ) pg&e released a statement regarding its probation.which reads in part quote:"pg&es most important responsibility is public and workforce safety. our focus
continues to be on assessing our infrastructure to further enhance safety and helping our customers continue to recover and rebuild." ( darya ) to the peninsula now ... where police say a brother and sister forced minors into sexual service. the two siblings are now in custody. kron 4's gayle ong has the latest. a brother and sister team, operated out of a two bedroom of a two operated out sister team, a brother and a brother and sister team, operated out of a two bedroom apartment on the 1900 block of latham (lay- thumb) street.authorities say carlos garza and evelia (eve- el-ia) galvez worked together to traffic individuals and families from guatamalea to the united states.once the siblings allegedly brought them to mountain view, police say garza created a culture of fear..taking advantage of vulnerable immigrants.some cases, violent.
but that essentially he was bringing other men in to sleep with her and in turn they would pay him.">in the same neighborhood, residents stunned but say they are not surprised, when police responded to the home in october, they found a total of twelve people living in close quarters - multiple families not related to one another,garza was arrested on december 20th on suspicion of multiple counts of human traffickinghis sister
was arrested later that evening on suspicion of accessory to a crime and intimidation of a victim. ( darya ) new this new this morning...police in richmond need your help finding a missing 73-year-old man. juan espinoza suffers from alzheimers. he was last seen on san pablo avenue wearing a "49ers" hat, with a gray sweatshirt on and dark pants. if you see this man, call police. ( darya ) several newspapers across the u-s may have been victims of a foreign cyber attack. several papers - including the los angeles times and the san diego union-tribune - suffered printing and distribution delays. tribune publishing
said malware was detected on its servers friday. it is belived to have come from outside the u-s.. but that could not be confirmed. and in an internal memo, the tribune ceo said workers were forced to create workarounds to get saturday editions printed. it went on to say that no customer credit card or personal information had been compromised. websites of the affected papers were never impacted. ( darya ) we're in week two of the partial government shutdown means thousands of federal workers are left to wonder when they'll get paid again-- and how to get by until they do. as c-n-n's kaylee hartung reports, the effects of this shutdown are being felt across the country. there's no end in sight to the government shut down, forcing thousands of federal workers and their families to make tough sacrificesangela kabana: "it's pretty scary not knowing when you are going to be paid." angela kabana's husband is an
air traffic controller for the federal aviation administration.angela kabana: "he's considered an essential employee so he has to go to work and i can't go to work because i've just had a baby." with no income, they're slashing expenses. focusing on the mortgage and feeding their family. 420,000 federal workers, like angela's husband, are entering a second week of work without pay. another 380,000 federal employees are on furlough, effectively put on a leave of absence without pay. that's why the trash is piling up at some national parks around the country, where they're unstaffed, with no one to supervise the land and facilities. at joshua tree national park volunteers from the local community, like these rock climbing guides, are stepping in to do the dirty work during the park's busiest days of the year.seth zaharias/rock climbing guide: "i'm guiding every day and then in my free hour or 2 in the evening i'm running to the park to clean toilets, not to mention we're about $400 out on cash buying toilet paper." the impact of the partial government shutdown spans the country. americans are talking about the tough financial challenges they face on twitter, using the hastag "shutdown stories."in wyoming ernie johnson says thankfully his auto loan deferred his truck payment in january, but
if he doesn't receive backpay he'll likely be evicted february 1.lauren in pennsylvania tweets that she depends on child support from a federal corrections officer paycheck... without without it she says she won't have the funds for after school care of school lunch.and sarah watterson, who describes herself as a marine corps veteran on twitter, puts her family's struggle into perspective sayingmy children don't care about walls. they do care about having a warm house to live in, a car to ride in, clothes to wear, and food in their bellies - none of which is possible if their mom can't go to work.candid thoughts from americans about the toll of policy makers' bickering. and the longer the shutdown drags on, the more widely the effects will be felt. kaylee hartung, cnn. the house and senate have plans to reconvene today. which means the shutdown will likely last through the new year. ( darya ) the city of san francisco is gearing up for all the new year's eve celebrations. safety is a top priority as people across the bay area plan to ring in the new year in a traditional spot along the embarcadero. here's kron 4's dan thorn
( darya ) that was dan thorn reporting. emergency officials say months of planning goes into keeping everyone safe on new year's eve. and they'll have more information about safety procedures today.. ( darya ) don't forget to tune into kron 4 as we ring in the new year. grant lodes and justine waldman will count us down to 2019... capped off with a huge fireworks show over the bay bridge. it is the only live fireworks show in the bay area. new years at 11:30 tonight only on kron 4...we'll be right back.
this morning....the c-d-c says flu cases are on the rise... they say the number of states with high flu activity is up compared to last week. karin caifa looks at the flu map, and what you need to know, to start the new year healthy. just in time for a busy holiday travel weekend --and massive new year's eve
celebrations, where millions will ring in 20-19 in tight quarters --the flu, is on the rise.the c-d-c friday reported a jump in the number of states with high flu activity, over the previous week surveyed. colorado and georgia -- now joined by alabama, kentucky, louisiana, maryland, new jersey, new mexico and south carolina. nine states with elevated flu numbers.also with high flu activity -- new york city, where holiday tourism is in full swing, and two million people are expected to pack times square on new year's eve. the c-d-c also reported four more flu-related deaths in children, bringing the total to 11 for the current season. the best flu prevention -- the c-d-c says, vaccine, for those six months and older. and as long as the flu is still circulating in your area --
it's not too late to get one. it won't stop all flu, but it'll lessen the severity of symptoms.one of those people packed into crowded spaces this weekend, wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, the c-d-c says, to help prevent picking up the flu.i'm karin caifa. ( darya ) the california minimum wage is going up with the new year. businesses with more than 25 employees will now pay 12-dollars-an from the current 11-dollars an hour. businesses with 25 or fewer employees will pay 11-dollars an hour.that is up by fifty cents from the current $10.50. most bay area cities already have higher minimum wages. on jan. 1, san jose, san on jan. 1, san jose, san mateo, and several other cities will boost their minimum to 15- dollars ... and in mountain view it will increase to $15.65. ( darya ) a north bay family recieved a special delivery after a fire destroyed their apartment the day after christmas. as kron four's philippe djegal reports-- some of the first responders who helped put the fire out are making sure they start the new year with a smile. (philippe) a few blocks away from these burned down apartments in san rafael's canal neighborhood... a timely -- generous surprise for at least four families who, up until this week, called the camelot apartments
their home.dan hanlon/santa cop- "two families upstairs got completely burned out, everybody on the bottom suffered significant smoke and water damage." with spirts down -- first responders again coming to the rescue. this time showering fire victims with gifts and not water to put out flames.dan hanlon/santa cop- "we had a little guy literally jumping for joy down there." outside of san rafael fire station 54 saturday morning... fire fighters and police officers who make up the san rafael santa cop program passed out toys to the children who lost everything in wednesday morning's fire. retired police officer dan hanlon founded the toy drive back in 2000. typically, it collects gifts for underprivleged kids to be distributed during the winter holiday season.dan hanlon/santa cop- "all four families involved with the burn, that lost everything, that benefited today through the program, were not part of our program for this christmas as far a receiving anything. so, it feels really good being able to bring some kind of closure to a dramatic experience the kids went through." in november, hanlon says the community stepped up with increased donations after learning the program had only received about half of the donations it typically gets heading into christmas. fortunately,
there were enough toys to go around to help these families too.dan hanlon/santa cop- "this year, we had 75 collection barrels out throughout the central marin area." a mother did sustain second degree burns on both her arms while saving her kids from the fire. but everyone survived. investigators say it's possible an unattended barbeque on the front deck across from one of the burned apartments caused the fire. in san rafael, philippe djegal, kron four news. ( darya ) coming up on the kron 4 morning news ...c-h-p's initiative to stop drunk drivers tonight on new years. ( darya ) and here's a live look outside... san mateo bridge. windy conditions to ring in
times during evenings and early mornings and into the low to mid 50's during the afternoon. into the latter part of the week chances of showers will rise. ( darya ) organiers of oakland's first friday celebration are hoping more people show up in the new year following last months low turnout. this is video from a previous first friday event posted to their facebook page. a shooting injured five people after the october first friday event. then, november's event was canceled. organizers brought the street festival back in december... but attendance was way down. leaders have met with the community looking for ways to improve safety. the next first friday event is on january 4th. ( darya ) as we head to break, here's a live look outside... richmond bridge (ácommercialá)
other lanes of the freeway on new years day.live in oakland, gayle ong kron 4 news.> ( darya ) ( darya ) if you get busted for a dui in 20-19 -- a new state law will require you to have an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. here's how it works -- if the device detects alcohol on the breath of the driver, the engine won't start.
s-f-p-d unveiled the new dui prevention law going into affect on january 1st 20-19. the technology was tested in 4-california-counties, over an 8-year period and has prevented hundreds-of- thousands of drunk drivers from getting on the road. ( darya ) the device costs between 60-dollars and 80-dollars per month. there is also an installation charge that could run as high as 150- dollars. the new law does have a payment sliding scale for low income dui offenders. ( darya ) the c-h-p is stepping up patrols. it has activated its new year's holiday "maximum enforcement period" which will run through tomorrow night. kron 4's gabe slate spoke with the c-h-p about the dangers of drinking and driving.
christmas holiday earlier this week they ma 1,100 arrests statewide for drinking and driving, or drug related offences.chp says 47 people died in the that 4 day period from traffic collisions some from dui's, some from speeding or distracted driving incidents. sound from custodio lopez - "47 is to many people to die" chp officer custodio lopez says after the high number dui arrests and fatalities over christmas they are stepping up patrols with a new maximum enforcement period running now through new years day hoping to catch drunk drivers before they crash and kill.sound from custodio lopez - "with all the parties people get drunk and party too much and hit the road and it's not safe"officer custodio wants to remind people that drinking and driving is a choice and it helps to be proactive to avoid making the wrong onesound from custodio lopez - "have your designated driver ready, have your uber and lyft numbers ready, it's not worth the dui charge that cost up to $18,000"in san bruno gabe slate kron 4 news.>
home.. (rivkah sass, library director)there were items packed floor to ceiling in many rooms.items- sacramento library director - rivkah sass - says were stolen from this fair oaks library.we noticed some items kept showing up missing.sass says over the past year -- staff at the library had noticed some of their inventory was disappearing they began noticing patterns of usage and that many items were missing on a certain day of the week. when staff members spotted a man appearing to steal books back on december 18th - they called sacramento county deputies. investigators went to the home of 46-year old shahin sadighian with a search warrant. where they discovered close to three-thousand stolen library books and up to four- thousand dvds - totaling more than 100-thousand dollars in stolen items. (hampton, sac sheriff)it has some very odd characteristics, they werent motivated for the most part, and most of them still had their identifying markings. sass says nearly half of the recovered items - were taken within the last year. (sass) its a real cost because those items cost money that we use to purchase items that people share.now - shes grateful deputies along with her staff helped to locate the stolen inventory - its not like the old seinfeld show where the old library police come, this is a big deal.>
( darya ) that was charmaine nero reporting. the suspect has been released on bail but is facing grand theft and felony shoplifting charges. ( darya ) coming up on the last kron 4 morning buzz of the year.. it's also the last kron4 newscast in the career of a man who's worked for kron longer than anybody else.. get ready to go behind the scenes to meet him. ( darya ) a lucky winner
could kick off the new year with a bang - by putting millions of dollars in his or her pocket. no one won the jackpot in a mega millions lottery drawing friday night, so the big prize for the next drawing - on new year's day - has soared to 415-million dollars. a cash option stands at about 249-million bucks. the lottery hasn't had a big winner winner since its one-and-a-half billion dollar jackpot in october. the odds of hitting the jackpot are less than one in 300-million... but the lottery says it has already happened on new year's day once - january first, 2008.
( darya ) don't forget to tune into kron 4 as we ring in the new year. grant lodes and justine waldman will count us down to 2019... capped off with a huge fireworks show over the bay bridge. it is the only live fireworks show in the bay area. new years live kicks off at 11:30 tonight only on kron 4... ( darya ) as we head to break, here's a live look outside... san mateo bridge.
dropping into the low 30's at times during evenings and early mornings and into the low to mid 50's during the afternoon. into the latter part of the week chances of showers will rise. the buzz this morning is "behind the scenes".. so that's where i'm taking you so you can meet the man with the longest running tv career in the bay area.. he's paul harmon.. and you're thinkin.. if he's been in tv so long, how come i don't know him? that's because paul is behind the camera.. and he's worked for kron-tv for 49 years and this is not only our last show of 2018.. it's also the last show of paul's career..paul you're retiring today so i'm going to ask you to come join me in front of the camera so i can say thank you.. and folks can get to know you just a little bit.
( darya )(á2 shotá) it's was a busy post-christmas weekend at movie theaters. ( will ) was "aquaman" able to maintain his rule as king of the box office? rick damigella has the countdown. "don't follow in my footsteps and do what i did. put work in front of family. family is the most important thing.""the mule" was one of three movies to enjoy a holiday bump at the box office. the clint eastwood
drama stayed in fifth place this week, but ended the weekend with 11-point-eight million dollars, up 24-percent over last weekend."for the last two years, i've been the one and only spider-gwen." "spider-man: into the spider- verse" enjoyed a ten percent increase, with a fourth place finish of 18-point-three million. this brings the animated wall crawler's domestic total to almost 104 million dollars."the only person you can show yourself around is me. okay?"(nat nods) "bumblebee" kept buzzing in third place, on ticket sales of twenty-point-five million. "some people like to splash and sing. can you imagine that?""mary poppins returns" sat politely in second, with 28-million, up 19-percent over the previous weekend, bringing the practically perfect in every way nanny just shy of the 100-million dollar mark. "permission to come aboard?" permission to stay in first place, granted. "aquaman" easily fended off challengers to his box office throne this weekend, swimming off with 51-point-six million dollars. jason momoa's aquatic adventure is now the third highest grossing movie of the d-c-e-u, with just nearly 749 million dollars in global ticket sales. in hollywood, i'm rick damigella.
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