Monday Midday News Roundup
Berkeley Tuolumne Family Camp Burned In Rim Fire
Berkeley's Tuolumne Family Camp, a city-owned camp that has operated since 1922, burned in the Rim Fire on Sunday, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said.
The wildfire, which has grown to nearly 150,000 acres and is still only 15 percent contained, has burned through the camp, located at 31585 Harden Flat Road near Groveland, forest service spokesman Dick Fleishman said.
However, firefighters have not had a chance to go in and assess the damage, so it is unknown if any structures survived, Fleishman said.
Many former campers took to social media Sunday night and this morning to share memories of the camp and summers spent in the forest.
On the Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp Facebook page, Jess Kletz posted, "My family was just there 2 weeks ago and my 70-year-old father made an awesome tie-died towel at arts and crafts under the dinning hall. So sad... So very sad."
Others offered help to rebuild the camp area, and Hollis Ashby wrote this morning, "Like a phoenix, she will rise again." Jane Rhodes wrote that she was heartbroken to hear about the loss. "Camp has been a part of my life since I was 3. I met and married the Camp Manager's kid...took my kids every summer...and was able to introduce my grandchildren (now 6 & 4) to the best summer vacations ever. There is a huge hole in my heart and I will cherish my memories."
Another Berkeley camp, U.C. Berkeley's Lair of the Bear, was not in the line of the fire as of Sunday, despite rumors that it had burned down, Fleishman said.
Tuolumne Family Camp was evacuated Tuesday along with other camps in the area including San Francisco Recreation and Parks' Camp Mather.
The fire spread to the very edges of Camp Mather, located at 35250 Mather Road near Groveland, this weekend and some minor damage was reported, according to Phil Ginsburg, the city's director of recreation and parks.
However, no additional damage had been seen as of Sunday afternoon, and all structures remained intact, Ginsburg said in a statement released Sunday evening.
Two firefighting strike teams and a hand team are deployed at Camp Mather for structural defense, Ginsburg said.
Also evacuated earlier this week were the San Francisco-based Jewish summer camp Camp Tawonga, also located near Groveland, and the San Jose Family Camp in the Groveland area.
San Jose officials said on Saturday that fire crews were still defending structures within the city camp, which was only around 7 miles away from where the fire started.
As of Thursday, the fire had destroyed several tents on the camp's grounds, according to San Jose city officials.
Stinson Beach Reopens After Shark Sighting Causes 5-Day Closure
Stinson Beach reopened to swimmers, surfers and boogie boarders on Sunday after a five-day closure prompted by a great white shark sighting.
There have been no sightings since the shark was spotted last Monday afternoon, National Park Service spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said this morning.
The shark, estimated to be between 10 and 15 feet long, was seen multiple times in the water near the northern part of the beach, Picavet said.
The first sighting was at about 1:30 p.m. that day, and the shark was seen again along the surf line about an hour and a half later.
Picavet said it is possible the shark was attracted to the waters near Stinson Beach by a baby fin whale that was found on the beach Monday morning.
The whale later died and was buried away from the water line.
Picavet said, however, "It's not uncommon to have sharks in that area."
Bay Area Bike Share Starts Thursday With 700 Bikes For Rent In 5 Cities
Thursday marks the start of the Bay Area Bike Share program, in which about 700 bicycles will be available for rent 24 hours a day at kiosks in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
The bikes will be stationed near transit hubs and popular destinations, and will be available mostly for short trips of 30 minutes or less, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
The $11.2 million program will offer rows of Canadian-made, seven-speed bikes at a cost of $9 for a daily pass, $22 for three days of rides and $88 for a full year, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
In Santa Clara County, some 280 bikes will be parked at 28 kiosks, including at the San Jose Diridon, San Antonio, Mountain View and Palo Alto Caltrain stations, VTA spokeswoman Brandi Childress said.
Bikes also will be available in parts of San Jose's downtown area including at San Jose City Hall, San Jose State University, San Pedro Square, Japantown, the Adobe building and the San Jose Convention Center, Childress said.
Other kiosks in the county will be located at the San Antonio Shopping Center in Mountain View, Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto.
One aim of the program is to allow commuters to take public transit to work and use the bikes for the short trips from transit stops to the workplace.
In the spring, 300 additional bikes and 30 new kiosks will be added in the five cities. Alta Bike Share, based in Portland, was awarded the contract to oversee the program, brought to the region through a partnership between the VTA, the air district, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Transit District.
Alta Bike Share has similar programs operating in New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C. More information about the program is available at www.bayareabikeshare.com.
Antioch Man To Receive Medal Of Honor For Bravery In 2009 Afghanistan Battle
An Antioch soldier was set to receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at the White House today for his bravery in a deadly 2009 battle in Afghanistan that killed several of his fellow servicemen.
Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter will be awarded the military's highest honor for his courageous actions during what is described as one of the deadliest, most complex attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began, according to Army and White House statements.
An attack at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan's Nuristan Province early the morning of Oct. 3, 2009, evolved into a daylong firefight in which U.S. and allied Afghan forces endured a constant hail of gunfire and bombs, according to the Army.
Carter risked his own life during the battle to kill some of the estimated 300 enemy combatants; provide fellow troop members with ammunition; and give first aid to an injured soldier in the 4th Infantry Division.
The assault left eight American soldiers dead and more than 20 wounded, according to the Army.
Army officials said Carter and other soldiers' actions during the battle bought them enough time to bring reinforcements to the outpost and, days later, to kill one a top Taliban-affiliated commander in the region.
"Carter's remarkable acts of heroism and skill, which were vital to the defense of COP Keating, exemplify what it means to be an American hero," the official Army narrative of the battle reads.
Now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside of Tacoma, Wash., Carter is dealing with the after-effects of that experience, including struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to Army and White House statements.
Carter, who grew up in Spokane, Wash., claims Antioch as his home of record and is married with three children, according to the White House. He enlisted in the Army in January 2008 as a cavalry scout.
He deployed to Afghanistan from May 2009 to May 2010 and completed a second deployment in Afghanistan in October 2012.
Antioch Police Locate Teen Suspected Of Stabbing Pregnant Girlfriend
A teenager suspected of stabbing his pregnant 16-year-old girlfriend in Antioch last week has been taken into custody, Antioch police said this morning.
Johnny Madden, 18, was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Friday after a brief foot chase in the 2900 block of Delta Fair Boulevard, in the area of the Delta Fair Shopping Center, according to police.
He has been booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.
Madden is suspected of attacking his girlfriend in the 2200 block of Hamlin Drive at about 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday, police said.
The girlfriend called police to report that her boyfriend had stabbed her.
She suffered cuts to her left leg and abdomen and was treated at a hospital, police said.
Madden fled before officers arrived and remained at large until his arrest on Friday.
Initial reports indicated that the victim is pregnant with twins and that Madden attacked her with a kitchen knife, according to police.
New Zealand Earns Berth In America's Cup With Louis Vuitton Cup Win
Emirates Team New Zealand sealed its spot as the challenger to Oracle Team USA in the 34th America's Cup after winning its series in the Louis Vuitton Cup on Sunday.
New Zealand won the series over Italy's Luna Rossa 7-1.
The deciding race was won by a margin of three minutes and 20 seconds.
Previously, New Zealand and Italy met in the Louis Vuitton Cup final in 2007, a match-up won by New Zealand.
The America's Cup between Emirates and Oracle Team USA is scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 7.
Key Testimony Expected Today In Contra Costa County 'Dirty DUI' Trial
Former private investigator Christopher Butler, of Concord, who was a key figure in a Contra Costa County law enforcement scandal, is testifying in federal court in San Francisco today in the trial of former sheriff's Deputy Stephen Tanabe.
Tanabe is accused of conspiracy, wire fraud and extortion for allegedly aiding Butler in arranging three drunken driving stings in Danville in 2010 and 2011.
The men arrested in the so-called "dirty DUI" stings were husbands or ex-husbands of Butler's female clients, who were involved in divorce or child custody proceedings and were looking to gain an advantage in those cases.
Butler is taking the stand today in the court of U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue.
Butler pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
As part of his plea bargain, he agreed to testify against Tanabe.
He was called to the stand following testimony by a Sprint official regarding text messages allegedly exchanged between Butler and Tanabe.
33-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot In Visitacion Valley Friday
A man was fatally shot while sitting in a parked car in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Friday night, police said today.
The shooting was reported at 7:01 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Blythedale Avenue.
The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as Shawnte Otis, 33, of San Francisco, was sitting in the car when two suspects approached and opened fire, police said.
Otis was hit by the gunfire and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died, according to police.
The suspects fled and had not been found as of this morning, police said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Police Department's homicide detail at (415) 553-1145 or the department's anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444, or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" in the message.
Motorcyclist Killed In Golden Gate Park Crash Early Sunday
A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park early Sunday morning, police said today.
The victim, identified by the medical examiner's office as 30-year-old Kareem Rafeh, crashed his motorcycle at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near Lincoln Way and Kezar Drive, police said.
Rafeh was riding down the street when he struck a median and was thrown off his bike and hit a tree, according to police.
The crash remains under investigation.
Three Hospitalized After Head-On Crash
Three people were hospitalized after a head-on crash near the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts this morning, fire officials said.
The crash was reported at about 8:20 a.m. near Portola and Glenview drives. None of the victims' injuries are considered life-threatening, fire officials said.
Point Reyes Woman Killed In Crash Sunday Night In Sonoma County
A 21-year-old Point Reyes woman was killed in a crash near Sebastopol late Sunday night, a California Highway Patrol officer said this morning.
The woman was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that struck a tree on Bloomfield Road just west of Burnside Road, CHP Officer Kerri Post said.
The crash was reported at 11:40 p.m. Bloomfield Road was closed for nearly two hours afterward.
Mountain Lion Spotted In Emerald Hills In San Mateo County
A mountain lion was spotted Sunday night in unincorporated San Mateo County, county emergency officials said.
The animal was seen at about 8 p.m. in the 900 block of Far Creek Way in Emerald Hills.
Residents are advised not to approach mountain lions, especially ones that are feeding or with offspring.
Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face it, make loud noises and try to appear large and threatening while throwing rocks or other objects at the cat, emergency officials said.
More information about mountain lions can be found online at www.keepmewild.org.
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