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i'm happy that she will be home to say goodbye to her mom. >> the love of a mother that knows no bounds. tonight we're hearing from the shopper whose gut instinct wouldn't let her walk away. how she ended a little girl's nightmare. good evening. i'm tom sinkovitz. jessica aguirre has the night off. the two sat outside a popular grocery store. they never said a word, but the mother said she heard the little
girl's cry for help loud and clear. nbc bay area's jean is hearing firsthand how it all came to be. incredible story, jean. >> she works as a nurse inside the county jail. she uses her intuition to stay safe at work and that experience paid off when she looked in brittany smith's eyes. >> tears come to your eyes because that could have been your child, you know? it was very good. >> she may have saved 12-year-old brittany smith's life. police across the country had been searching for brittany and her kidnapper, jeff easley, since december 3rd. the two had been seen on surveillance video after easley killed her mom and kidnapped the
girl. >> normally i go to the one over here on noriega. and for some reason i went there. >> walking into the store with her little girl, she saw two people pan handling. >> i looked at him for a second but mainly her. the hair on my arms stood up. we never took our eyes off each other. normally she would look away or i would look away, and i just couldn't. i knew she was young. >> she went inside but she and her daughter knew something was wrong. >> my daughter even said, she's awfully young to be outside, mommy, because it was a really wet evening. my daughter even noticed something wasn't quite right. >> shanley asked a clerk to call police. t >> the situation didn't look right, and it may be the girl from virginia. >> shanley was right. by the time she bought the dog food, easley was in a police car. shanley is grateful she listened
to her intuition and brittany will be home for christmas. but she knows she has a lot of pain to face. >> i'm happy she will be home to say goodbye to her mom. >> now, jeff easley is expected here in court tomorrow morning. it's the beginning of the legal process to send him back to virginia to face serious charges. reporting live in san francisco, jean elle, bay nar news. for the first time, brittany's father spoke. surrounded by family members, he says he's never been more thankful. >> i thought the happiest day of my life was when my daughter was born. tonight has taken the number one spot. >> smith's daughter brittany should arrive tonight. her father says the family needs emotional help, and his immediate plans include lots of quiet time together.
well, tonight a good samaritan is being credited with preventing a suspected child molester from fleeing a walmart store in san leandro. 29-year-old carlisle viazon is accused of sexually molesting a little girl friday night. the 8-year-old child was shopping with her family and wandered into the toy section where the attack happened. in an act of heroism, malcolm mason tackled the suspect and vianetti kept him there until the police arrived. >> if i hadn't been there, she would have been gone. walmart is very busy. you have a lot of people going about their business, and things happen like that, and you just have to be prepared. >> investigators say the attack took only a few seconds. viason is not a registered sex offender but he does have prior arrests for parking tickets and making a terrorist threat.
better grab an umbrella before you leave in the morning. more rain is on the way, and if you don't get wet on the way to work, you will on the way home. >> that's right, tom. right w we are tracking some rain moving in on the radar throughout northern california. not too heavy at this point. about a tenth of an inch per hour just north of ghukaya. however, this rn will continue to move to the south overnight and that will bring us rainfall for tuesday. ngin fact, periods of rain that could produce 10-3/4" of rain. breezy a 10 miles per hour, and it looks wet as we head into our tuesday. we will detail a much larger storm in our seven-day forecast coming up and possibly some flooding concerns. tom? >> all right, jeff. we'll see you then. new at 11:00, details are surfacing tonight about yahoo layoffs tomorrow. 600 to 700 employees will be
told by yahoo their jobs are gone. most of the cuts will be in the product area which includes engineers and project managers. most of these jobs are concentrated in the united states. this will be the fourth mass layoff at the sunnyvale company in the past three years. san jose businesses could soon charge shoppers for paper bags if they are banned from providing plastic bags. and that ban is looming. it could be a first of a kind in the nation. nbc bay area's elise chirkirchns in san jose tonight to tell us what to expect. >> if they're told to ban plastic bags, shoppers will be asked to bring their own, and this they don't, they will be charged 10 cents per bag. trying to cut down on the waste, he already brings his own bag. but soon, all san jose shoppers may be forced to be less trashy.
>> i think it's kind of heavy handed, but i think everyone should just do it on their own. >> they introduced the ban two years ago and research shows most people won't do it on their own. >> we'll still see a very, very low recycle rate on plastic bags. >> what is the rate, do you know? >> it's less than 8%. >> in california, there are 19 billion plastic bags like this a year. and on average we use them for just ten minutes and toss them. then it takes 1,000 years to break down. >> the people who are using them are just courting them. i don't know what they do with them. >> though many retailers argue the ban will only increase cost to shoppers. this man supports the ban which would force shoppers to pay 10 cents for each bag. >> if everybody had to stop, then they have to shop somewhere, and i think they'll find a way. if you have to get your
groceries. >> i think the city council has better things to be doing. >> and city officials tell me it's likely the vote will pass, that the measure will pass, there will likely be enough votes for it to pass, and if it does, we'll be the largest district in the nation to pass it. >> thank you, elise. a vote tomorrow by san francisco supervisors could be the first sho shot fired in a border war with san mateo county and drivers would be the ones caught in the crossfire. supervisors will decide if they should keep studying a plan to charge a toll for $6 for people coming in the border. san mateo says if that happens, they may charge their own fee to offset any losses. they hope their threats will force san francisco leaders to
scrap the idea. low to mid 50s across the board, and as we head to our late hours, we'll start with showers inhe south bay. starting off in the 40s, we'll track that system and keep track of the rain for you, coming up. real fur, fake fur? can you spot the difference? you might pay for the fake but get the real deal instead. our hidden camera investigation gets the truth about faux fur and how you can spot the difference. san jose takes a stand over a controversial plan to ban nearly 100 pot clubs. why it might not be the final word on medical marijuana. there is a grinch running around in the east bay, and for some reason, he has a problem with lights.ry tl heard live i'm cheryl heard live in alameda. alex wayne coming up. ♪
guess we shouldn't be surprised by these kinds of stories anymo anymore, cheryl. >> reporter: we shouldn't be surprised, but it's a shame, tom. we are live in the 1700 block of thompson avenue better known as christmas tree lane. someone is trying to take the spirit out of a very old tradition. >> alameda in the street has been doing this for decades. you know, it's just another thing that kind of put it in the ground. >> reporter: chris olson has lived on thompson avenue in alameda for most of his life. lighting up his home is a family tradition. >> we do this for the community, and to have someone come and take it from us, it's kind of a shame. >> reporter: a shame that thieves ripped off dozens of items from four homes between late friday night and early saturday morning. one victim was hit twice. olson's home was vandalized last year and this year. >> it's tough times for everyone, a recession, the unemployment rate, and, you know, i'm sure our lights maybe went to help feed someone's
family. ♪ deck the halls with boughs of holly ♪ >> there have been displays on thompson avenue for over 60 years. they've been doing it for over a decade. >> it's so sad, spend all that money and someone comes and ruins it. >> i think it's sad and kind of pathetic in this day and age when people are trying to do right for their kids to enjoy santa and christmas, that people steal the lights off their front yard. >> homeowners pay for the electricity and other costs. police don't have a clue who did it. residents are hoping it was a kid prank. olson says he's more sad than angry. >> especially during a season when sharing and not doing things like this, not stealing from people. >> reporter: now, the street is really spectacular when it's all lit up. if you have any information that can help, please contact the alameda police department.
reporting live in alameda, i'm cheryl heard, nbc bay area news. >> all right, cheryl. a pot club vote by the city council will bring more green into the city. instead of approving a ban on the 100 cannabis clubs and starting over with new regulations, they decided to go ahead with a 20% tax voted by councilmembers. san jose mayor chuck reed supports the new tax. is that really faux fur you're wearing? what if you learned the fake fur is actually the real thing? when the humane society of the united states investigated, they found that real fur often comes from what are called raccoon dogs. we took hidden cameras into some of the bay area's most popular stores. as vicki nguyen reports, people
buy real fur without knowing it. >> store after store of san francisco's union square. >> get a lot of people buying these? >> reporter: it wasn't easy to find out if they were real or fake. even when signs were posted saying faux fur and even when we asked the salespeople. >> so that means it's not real? >> but an investigator with the humane society of the united states said they were wrong every time. we bought furs from loehmann's, burlington coat company. everyone told us they were real. >> pierre gragowsky said fake
fur would be stitched into a backing. he said this is rabbit and this is raccoon dog, a member of the dog family raised for its beautiful and cheap fur. >> raccoon dog fur is the commonly most misrepresented st type fur on the market. the reason people wanted to know what raccoon dogs are, we've seen footage of raccoon dogs literally being skinned alive. >> whether people are anti-fur or not, they should know what they're getting. the problem is, federal law only requires these items to be labeled if they agree to have 150 or more. she is introducing a bill to close the $150 billion loophole, and require all garments.
>> whether they want to buy real rabbit fur or real fish. >> it could be raccoon, it could be dog, it could be raccoon dog. >> do you know if that's fake? >> with these tubs, that's a characterist characteristic. >> i honestly didn't realize. >> thakt could be raccoon dog. >> did you know you were wearing dog? >> you know, i don't. i know price is a dead giveaway. it's a myth that real fur is as little as $1 apiece.
in the meantime, consumers can check before they buy. first look at the tips of the hairs. if they taper to a point like the human ash light. it can be found with our hidden cameras and you can't be sure otherwise. >> congress just passed the truth in labor act. if the stores featured in our story for their -- they want them to know the importance of the items they're offering for their customers. they said they didn
. >> now we know. jeff, a lot of rain coming this way. >> yeah, certainly. we're even going to watch for possible flooding concerns in our seven-day forecast. you can see temperatures here today in the mid to upper 50s. it was damp, was overcast and you probably want some sunshine. we have that coming for you in a little bit of a break this week, but it's going to be quite active as we head into our seven-day forecast. what we are tracking is some rainfall now returning, just to the north of the north bay as their system will continue to push to the south in the overnight hours. dry right now from the north bay to the south bay. once again this is going to be transitioning down as we head to the coldest spot. temperatures in the upper 40s to near 50 around the peninsula. this morning we'll start with
40s. so the. right across northern california, it's u.s. slow to -- with several. however, for tuesday, it's just one storm. not a strong storm, at least by our standards. 6:00 a.m. we're looking at scattered showers from the through the afternoon hours. four tends to -- right around a quarter of the inch what you'll find once again is that tenth to an inch of a kurt as we
transition into tonight, temperatures will be in the 40s here to start off with. and we're alsoly looking to peninsula as well. as we earned heaviest, more measurable. and out our peninsula and into the inward locations, like fairfield, concord, and napa, on cable. now, then -- we get a break in the pattern as we head into wednesday. saturday, sunday, monday, we could have flooding concerns by the time we hit railroad comfort. just. up next, rock with me one
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good evening. here's what the jets might be saying. we paid 450 mil for this? the warriors' new owners getting a heavy dose of reality. this team has now lost 12 of its last 13 games. you can see the frustration on the floor. tonight on the floor, monte ellis. ellis looking decent here to durrell going up and above. the warriors had a half time lead and were close going into the fourth quarter. but in the final ten minutes, all that jazz. utah wins it 108-95. the warriors back in oakland tomorrow night hosting the
t-wolves. it's always fun when the dallas stars come to town. you know why? just bad, bad blood. it's like a bunch of high-priced anchors in the newsroom, just pawing at each other. here's the rookie, derrick jocelyn, his first ever goal. tied 2-2. this game ended in a shootout. in the shootout, here comes brad richards. oh, actually, this is the game tieing goal. i'm getting ahead of myself here. now it's 2-2. we go to overtime and here's the shootout. ryan clough had a perfect night but couldn't participate in the shootout. baseball news late tonight -- and this is big -- bad for the giants and good for
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