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>> from the bay area's local news station. we now with breaking news. >> that breaking news tonight just in to the kron 4 news room. that arrest has been made in connection to that caldor fire that burned some 200,000 acres around south lake tahoe earlier this year. thank you for being with us tonight on kron 4 news at 5. everyone i'm grant lotus and i'm vicki liviakis. the el dorado district attorney says a father and son have been arrested they're accused of reckless arson. they have been identified as 66 year-old david smith and 32 year-old travis smith, you may recall the fire caused evacuations in south lake tahoe and burned dangerously close to ski resorts in total. the fire
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scorched nearly 222,000 acres in eldorado and amador counties started back on august 14th. we're working to get more information on the arrests and bring you any details as soon as they come in to the kron 4 news room. now to some developing news tonight. nearly 2 decades after being sentenced to death. scott peterson has been re-sentenced to life in prison for killing his wife, lacy and their unborn son, connor. the state supreme court threw out his original death penalty last today, prosecutors opted to settle for life without parole members of lacey's family spoke in court today harper's rob nesbitt has more on what was said during the emotional hearing. lacey peterson's mom, sister and brother took turns addressing scott peterson directly. >> letting him know that they don't think he deserves to be taken off death row and how much it upsets them to see a
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lack of remorse. the emotions and pain over the death of peterson and her unborn son connor are still alive. nearly 2 decades after the murder. her sister amy wrote, it was in tears when speaking directly to scott peterson saying, quote, she would have been the best mom. you have broken all of our hearts for taking lacey's and conner's life places mom sharon rocha also did not mince words when speaking to the convicted killer saying in part lacey is dead because she trusted you and believed you. i miss my daughter. you obviously don't a superior court judge re sentenced peterson to life behind bars. the death penalty was thrown out when it was ruled that a judge made an error during jury selection back in 2000, 4 peterson said in the courtroom wearing orange and shackles. his attorney pat harris as the judge would not allow peterson to speak even though request was made this concept that he did not want to have a child. >> any. want to talk a little bit about that. and the fact that he would never, ever harm lacey connor scott peterson's family attended the re
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sentencing hearing. >> his sister-in-law, janey peterson spoke to reporters afterwards about the details of the investigation that still upset her. the problem started. >> we lacey missing and the of police did not follow up and sightings or evidence that she was alive. she says police were too focused on scott because of an affair he was having. >> making the same argument, the convicted killer still holds on to today. there is no forensic evidence. there's no timeline of this crime. scott peterson is innocent. peterson will be back in court in february. that's when a judge will decide if there was juror misconduct during his 2000, 4 murder trial. and if a new trial will be granted. >> in redwood city. i'm rob nesbitt kron 4 news. >> as rob mentioned, peterson will be back in court come february. we spoke with our legal expert and criminal defense attorney paula canny about what we can expect next. >> only issue for the trial judge. his new trial judge is going to be whether or not
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juror number 7 committed misconduct and whether or not and when years of misconduct, there's a presumption of prejudice to the defendant. is there anything that the prosecution can do to rub. but that presumption of prejudice because if they can by law scott peterson gets a new trial. so my, you know. belief is they're going to focus on that there was juror misconduct. scott suffered actual prejudice and under the law he gets a new trial because of that. >> kron 4 will have continuing coverage of the scott peterson case as it develops. and if you'd like to read more about what was said in court today. we've posted all that on our website. kron 4 dot com. >> from one high-profile case to another. in san jose. the defense has rested in the criminal fraud trial of elizabeth holmes. the former
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founder and ceo of theranos has been in court since early september. she spent a total of 7 days testifying in her defense. she is charged with 2 counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and 9 counts of wire fraud which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. she has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges closing arguments are tentatively scheduled for next wednesday or thursday. the case could go to the jury by december 20th with deliberations likely to continue over the holiday break. >> some hopeful news. now as we switch gears about how one of the covid-19 vaccines does in a battle against that new omicron variant pfizer says as long as you have 2 doses and a booster lab studies show you should be protected first in kerman has been speaking to bay area doctors about this whole thing. he joins us now live from san francisco with more. dan. >> well, again, the word here
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encouraging both from bay area. doctors and from pfizer, though, they also caution are very early studies, not a full group of people in fact, the studies were done in the lab. so more needs to be done. still, they say it is encouraging. pfizer says preliminary lab studies conducted shows 3 doses of its covid-19 vaccine appear to generate enough antibodies to protect against the omicron variant. just 2 doses without a booster appear to be significantly less affective. i think major take away point. >> is that boosters help. so please get your booster if your candidate for. >> how effective remains unclear. but pfizer also says across mutations don't appear to hamper the vaccine from stimulating virus-fighting t cells in the body. if the front feel that their maybe they're not as good because of enemy looks a little bit different. >> the inside immune system the cells and t cells even with 2 doses of vaccine. well,
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probably adopt to the new enemy with more precision and be able to kick the enemy out of your home. the pfizer study has yet to be scientifically reviewed and bay area. doctors caution that while lab studies are revealing. >> real world studies can tell a different story. >> what we really need her studies of people who have gotten their boosters and how will they do if. explodes here. that's going to take some time to learn that infectious disease specialists say they'll be keeping a close watch. >> and how omicron impacts several groups. >> folks over 65 including those who have said all bush said doing so you compromise and the think group of interest. i think it's a very infant. so those who are under 5 years old. we've seen an uptick in hospitalizations in south africa. it doesn't seem that people very sick. and
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while pfizer says this is encouraging that the vaccine they believe they currently have does work against omicron. they are working >> omicron specific version of the vaccine just in case that's needed live in san francisco. dan kerman kron 4 news. thank you, dan. and we have a new update on a breakout of omicron in alameda county in 12 positive cases. the county has identified at least 5 of those individuals. they've tested positive for the omicron variant. so here's what we know so far. the cases are linked to a wedding that happened late last month in wisconsin of the 1211 of the positive individuals our residents of alameda county. one is a resident of the city of berkeley. age range from 18 to 49. some are reporting having mild symptoms, but no one has been hospitalized. all of the 12 were vaccinated and most it already received their booster shots. both berkeley and alameda county health departments are investigating
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these cases and close contacts are being notified. that news comes as new evidence is emerging that suggests the coronavirus omicron variant is widespread in california as kron four's rob fladeboe reports now signs of omicron have been found in wastewater. >> scientists testing sewage in california have found genetic markers of the new coronavirus omicron variant in wastewater samples from sacramento, amor said the discovery was made by researchers from stanford the university of michigan and emory university's marlene wolf, what we're looking for in the wastewater are genetic markers of the virus. so it's not. >> virus going to infect anybody. but we're looking for those markers that tell us that covid is present in the population is not clear where exactly the samples originated but the data suggests the amount of omicron detected so far indicates the rate of spread maybe about one to 2 cases per 100,000 people so we
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would say roughly there somewhere on the order, maybe 10 to 20 cases that are kind of a ballpark estimate of how many cases that might represent. in a statement public health said in part, quote, these findings indicate that the omicron variant is most likely president in sacramento county. please note that we have not identified any individual with this variant to date the results of the monitoring of wastewater will help officials understand the concentration and spread of the omicron mutation. >> and guide policy accordingly. the most important thing is for us to look at what our total numbers of covid cases. how much covid are we seeing in the wastewater so that we can, you know, then take appropriate action make sure that we limit. >> the pandemic, whether it's dealt out work on the khon or something else is spreading. there is so far no indication the omicron variant is widely circulating wastewater samples and several other communities, including san jose palo alto modesto in gilroy found no concentrations of virus. mutations linked to omicron.
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>> in san jose. rob fladeboe kron 4 news. >> all right. weather time now as we get a live look outside a majestic beautiful shot of the golden gate bridge could be any more beautiful chief meteorologist lawrence karnow here. >> we just cold. it's good. yeah. very cold. very wet storms headed toward the bay area tonight. not going to be as wet. we'll see some of those showers around the bay area's the clouds have been rolling in. we've had some drizzle out there light amounts for hundreds of an inch of rain in some parts of bay area. but we're going to see some changes coming our way and i think some much colder air coming behind the system. so get ready. some very chilly temperatures, a brisk and breezy around the bay area. for tomorrow. cold front. you see just to the north doppler radar having trouble picking up on some of that moisture. think a lot of that is going to come in kind of low level. but you see it right off the coastline right there. so far. just some light sprinkles popping up around the bay area's at this point. but tonight that's going to pick up a little bit as that front comes going to start to talk about some rain now in
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the high country. they're getting ready for a pretty decent snow. in we've got a winter weather advisory all the way down to 5,000 feet. so that means if you're going up on a two-year 50. you're going to be affected by that as that snow level to become a way down. that's in effect until thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock up in the mountain slopes. they could see upwards of a foot of snow. but that's just the beginning. a whole lot more snow coming their way and a lot of rain coming our way on that in a few minutes. thanks alerts. also coming up tonight police to the east bay looking for a man. >> who they say has been asking teenage girls for hugs. well, they say he was pretending to be a police officer. >> and what california women's reproductive rights advocates are preparing to do is over a dozen other states are poised to ban abortions. >> and a family demanding answers tonight after an afghan refugee was fatally shot in his car will be hearing from his brother next.
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>> francisco uber driver was shot to death during an armed robbery and police are still searching for the gunman. meantime, the brother of the victim is trying to understand how this could happen to someone who helped the u.s. military during the afghanistan war. >> our force has made you has the story. >> it was just before 05:00am back on november 28th when san francisco police found a 31 year-old man who his family identify as what you sophie.
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he was suffering from what would be a fatal gunshot wound to someone just threw them. it happened while he and a friend were part here on patrol avenue near cesar chavez street. his brother mohammad download my says i'm not in his friend were in san francisco working as uber and lyft drivers with someone shot him while stealing his wallet. they say give lot of different things. >> tried to friend is good, think they get wallet phone my brother us behind ole to try to get the wall. it this thing's for it when the 60's, but it could get the water at this thing. just they should get the out. and this could. >> to sophie was an afghanistan refugee who worked as a translator for the u.s. military before he his wife and 3 children were granted special immigration visas in 2018 for his service during the afghanistan war his brother can't believe might survive their war torn country only to be gunned down in
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america over his wallet. >> what you ever think that something like this could happen in >> the new york the night that the new is someone has come before one wallet did my brother. when they would >> friends and family. remember out about the wide use of he has a kind man who would help anyone in need, especially members of the afghan refugee community. he leaves behind a wife and 3 small children a gofundme has been set up for his family. no arrests have been made. anyone with information is asked to contact san francisco police zikmund you kron 4 news. >> in the east bay berkeley police are looking for a man who they say has been claiming to be a police officer demanding hugs from high school girls. police say the first incident was on september 29th and gilman street. this is video from that event. the suspect seen there walking side by side with the girl. police say he told her he was a police officer had a gun and then demanded a hug. the most
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recent incident happened this past monday that involved a different girl on mcgee avenue near channing way. kron 4 spoke with berkeley police about the event they're hoping to help people be able to tell who is a legitimate officer and who is not. >> the first indicator that you actually are indeed speak with an officer as a uniform. beyond that, if you have so doubts or question about whether or not the person is an officer. you can always dial 911, or the non-emergency number to confirm that. >> the suspect is believed to be driving a newer model. red ford mustang fastback with dark tinted windows. berkeley police are asking all residents to check their security cameras to see if they may have footage of this suspect. >> earlier today, family, friends and colleagues honored the life and legacy of the late alameda county supervisor wilma chan chan died last
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month when she was hit by a driver while crossing the street in alameda. the community will highlight the community initiatives and programs she championed throughout her career, the event was held at the oakland museum of california garden. happening tomorrow. the public memorial service for kevin. the shooting. the shooter was shot protecting a kron 4 journalist on assignment in oakland back on november 24th. he died a few days later, his service will take place tomorrow at the san jose civic center doors open at 11:00am. vice is set to start at noon and kron 4 will be streaming. the service for anyone who would like to watch remotely. >> and a reminder oakland. police are looking for this car believed to be involved in his murder. it's a white 2004 to 2008 acura tl with the sunroof and no license plate in the front. authorities believe that there is cell phone video out there in connection with this murder. there asking anyone with video link to the investigation to
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contact opd. the reward is now at 38,000 $500 for information leading to an arrest. all right. we're going to switch gears now and. >> go back outside. take a live look here at san francisco's embarcadero as we get a check on the forecast. chief meteorologist lawrence karnow hero. joining us with the update on all that rain that's supposed to be hitting hard. got the rain come those cold temperatures. when you thought we were going to get back into some winter weather, right. all of a sudden now we're getting out the warm weather gear and get ready to go. tonight. those clouds rolled in already had a little precipitation. most of that, just some drizzle, this rain going to be headed our way overnight tonight. this cold front going to be dropping down tonight into early tomorrow morning. it's going scoot out of town. this will not going bring in a ton of rain. just a very light showers outside. maybe if you get to 500 a be a 10th of an inch of rain. you're pretty lucky. but the one behind it. that's what we're really watching now. temperatures tonight run in the 50's outside of cool already that front's going to drop through
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overnight tonight. it will come through early in the morning. so be sleeping a little bit. you're going to miss him. but boy, is it going to be chilly outside tomorrow. the winds are going to be with them too. we start talking about that and your rain. that's coming up on the weekend. that is going to be a big storm. guys, back to you. all right. thank you. large. still ahead, californians could soon face fines if they waste water. >> how much it might cost you and when they could go into effect. and with more than 2 dozen states, abortion laws in limbo. we'll tell you how california. >> this repairing to help those seeking reproductive care.
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>> california is preparing to become a sanctuary for women seeking abortions and reproductive care. a report put out today contains a list of recommendations for the state to consider if the u.s. supreme court overturns roe v wade. the decision been keeping states from outlawing abortion for nearly 50 years now. our kron four's noelle bellow has details. more than 2 dozen states are poised right now to ban abortions. >> if the supreme court gives them the ok next year. but california lawmakers and abortion providers and advocacy groups made it clear today. california will be there for women seeking reproductive care. we predict that that, you know, we have a. >> real. >> task and important task in front of us and how we can ensure that we're taking care of people.
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>> if states are insistent on taking away an essential right to 2 essential healthcare. jodi hicks is the president and ceo of planned parenthood affiliates of california. she's among those on the california future of abortion council. a group that released a list of 45 recommendations for the state to consider if the high court overturns roe v wade we know that they go back into legislative session in january. so wanted to make sure to have those recommendations in place as people start to put together their legislative package in prior years. planned parenthood has served upwards of 7,000 out of state patients a year who come to california seeking essential health care. >> the group says it's imperative state policymakers prepared to serve potentially millions more. are you seeing what happened in texas in september, one in those immediate weeks. we had to 3 patients on average a day. they were coming from texas. >> so we know the need will be their recommendations include
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investments. the state can make to ensure barriers to abortion are removed including funding to possibly pay for travel lodging and procedures as well as recommendations for people with insurance and those paying out of pocket. >> hicks says they also want to put together a centralized information system so patients can easily navigate what's available to them. we're proud of california for. >> doing some unprecedented work in unprecedented times. right now. governor gavin newsom has already said some of the report's details will be included in his budget proposal come january and san francisco noelle bellow kron 4 news. >> next. are your kids addicted to instagram. does it make them feel really great or really lousy with the head of instagram faced angry congressional leaders today as that company make some changes. it hopes will please. parents also coming up. might be laughable for just about anybody else. but tonight sepehri is closing in on the record for most 3 pointers made in the nba in regular
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season play. really? it's 16 threes tonight to break ray allen's record. we're live at chase with all the excitement and cracking down on businesses that are not enforcing vaccine mandates in the bay area. a lot more news to go. keep it here. kron 4 news at 5. we'll be right back. >> and four's once again celebrating the remarkable women of the bay area. we need your help to share their stories. so if you know a remarkable woman making a real difference in her community. nominate her for a chance to be awarded woman of the year. you can enter your nominat ♪ i see trees of green ♪ ♪ red roses too ♪ ♪ i see them bloom for me and you ♪ (music) ♪ so i think to myself ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪
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>> welcome back our top story tonight at 5.30, restaurants violating contra, costa county covid-19 health orders are in jeopardy of being issued fines at. or having their business permits revoked. yeah. this happening after members of the board of supervisors in that county raised concerns that some violators were getting a free pass. >> forcefully to call reports at least 14 restaurants are said to be not in compliance. contra, costa county supervisor karen mitchoff once businesses. defying local covid-19 both orders. >> held accountable is not a power grab. it is about doing the job that i and my colleagues were elected to do, which be fair and equitable and be concerned about public health and safety as of november. first indoor food


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