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tv   CBS 5 Eyewitness News at Noon  CBS  December 7, 2010 12:00pm-12:30pm PST

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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. caption colorado, l.l.c. a woman dragged to her death outside a supermarket in the east bay. right now police are questioning a person of interest as they say. anser hassan in antioch with what we have learned so far. >> reporter: allen, police here have just cleaned up this morning's homicide investigation scene. they believe they have a person of interest linked to the morning homicide where a woman was dragged to her death from this shopping lot about 50 feet into the middle of cavallo road. finding this late model nissan
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frontier may be antioch police department's biggest break in the case. >> there are some things about the truck that raise suspicion that there is a strong likelihood this might be the vehicle. >> reporter: the truck belongs to this man, a person of there, they believe he may be the man involved in the morning homicide. >> we don't think it was random. >> reporter: antioch police department got a call at 2 a.m. reports of an argument at 1700 block of cavallo road. a lieutenant says they don't have any specific details but they believe the female victim was in the car and somehow was dragged from this parking lot about 50 feet where police found her this morning. she later died in the hospital. >> my prayers go to her family and friends. i really do. that's sick. >> reporter: cavallo is a busy street but this increase in crime has many residents concerned. >> it seems like the crime rate
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got worse out here recently but they have had a rash of crime. i guess the police do the best they can. >> reporter: the victim is only described's female in her late 40s. the person of interest is in custody and being questioned by antioch police. we'll continue to bring you the very latest throughout the rest of the day. reporting live, anser hassan, cbs 5. an east oakland man is in critical but stable condition after an apparent natural gas line explosion. this happened last night at a duplex that the man was remodeling. it's at 87th avenue and dowling street. 63-year-old leon spencer has burns over 80% of his body. witnesses say the man was on fire when he came out of the building. neighbors provided first aid until the firefighters arrived. >> we actually jumped over the fence. i jumped over the fence right here. and then this girl handed me a blanket. she says he's on fire so we ran
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through the gate and he was just burning up. we put the blanket over him and started patting him out to make sure he tried to live through it. >> a neighbor says that the man had recently complained of smelling natural gas. but pg&e says the company's gas inspectors do not believe the explosion was caused by a leak in their equipment. now in san bruno, it happened there. now a peninsula lawmaker is taking steps to make sure an explosion won't happen again. jerry hill an assemblyman from san mateo, has introduced legislation to improve pipeline safety. it calls for tough new rules and more oversight. utility companies would be required to fix pipelines near fault lines first. the legislation also calls for installing valves that close automatically when a pipeline ruptures. there will be a public meeting tonight beginning at 5:00 at the san bruno senior center. some other headlines around the bay area, a man suspected of posing as a police officer to pull over drivers is out on bail this noon hour. last night police in redwood
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city arrested a 19-year-old man dressed in military clothing. they say tried to pull over several people on the peninsula yesterday with flashing lights on his pickup truck. in fact, told one woman he stopped her for speeding and then demanded money. but when she asked to see the ticket, he took off. a northern california man pleaded not guilty today to assaulting a jesuit priest. will lynch says that the priest jerold lindner molested him three decades ago in a campin trip. the priest denies it. >> the case is this trial will involve a lot more than just what happened what they allege happened that day in at the jesuit center. what's going to happen is you're going to hear evidence of mr. lindner's past which is one of the most sordid tales you can imagine. >> today lynch was arraigned on a count of assault by means of
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force meant to cause great bodily injury. the founder of wikileaks is behind bars this afternoon. julian assange turned himself in earlier today but as charlie d'agata reports, the charge he is facing has nothing to do with secret documents. >> reporter: photographers tried to get a shot of julian assange left at a british court headed for jail. the wikileaks founder says he will fight extradition to sweden. a judge refused to set bail ordering assange to be held until his next court appearance on december 14. his lawyer insists the charges are politically motivated. >> this is going to go viral. many people will come forward to stand as sureties for mr. assange. many people believe mr. assange to be innocent myself included. >> reporter: assange is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes. two wikileaks volunteers accuse assange of sexual assault while he was in sweden in august. the 39-year-old australian
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handed himself in to british police tuesday morning. he denies any wrongdoing. assange has been hiding in the uk since his website unleashed hundreds of thousands of secret u.s. diplomatic documents. u.s. authorities say their release is a threat to national security and they have launched a criminal investigation. on a visit to afghanistan, defense secretary robert gates was happy to hear assange has surfaced. >> i hadn't heard that. but that sounds like good news to me. >> reporter: before handing himself in tuesday, assange told an australian newspaper the world must not shoot the messenger. while no arrest warrant has been issued in the u.s., assange's lawyers say if sweden plans to hand him over to american authorities, they will do everything in their power to stop it. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. coming up, she paid off her parking ticket, but you won't believe the nightmare one bay area woman went through to prove that she really did.
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>> bah humbug for one bay area santa. the naughty comments that got him fired after 20 years on the job. >> and it's absolutely beautiful outside. it doesn't look or feel like december. we got loads of sunshine. but we also got something else, rain showers are moving back into the forecast. we'll take a look at your seven- day forecast in just a few moments. [ female announcer ] safeway talks hostess gifts. hey, trout, what gift did you bring? my dance moves. [ beat-boxing ] that's not a gift. [ female announcer ] it's the thought that counts. and the gift. safeway. ingredients for life.
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>> i have never liked to have anything unpaid. >> reporter: so when see got a $55 parking ticket, she sent in her check right away. and when the city of oakland told her it never received that check, she sent in a second one. but then -- >> then i realized i should check and see if the first check went through. and i called my bank, and they said, it was cashed. >> reporter: turned out her original payment had been cashed months earlier. so she sent a copy of that check back to the city of oakland and stopped payment on the second check. >> i thought, oh, there's a discrepancy here. i'll just send them a copy of the cancelled check and it will be taken care of. >> reporter: well, that never happened. rothmann got a final notice followed by a collection bill for a total of $197. nearly four times the original parking ticket. >> just keeps going up and up. i just was so surprised saying, all right, nobody's really
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hearing me. >> reporter: that's when she called 5 helps you and we called the city of oakland. after sending in a letter from her bank confirming the check had been cashed, they agreed to drop the collection notice. but it turns out rothmann isn't alone. we found plenty of similar complaints online and as it turns out, many of them can be blamed or antiquated systems. the city of oakland decline to speak on camera but a spokesman says up until this summer, a half million citations a year were handwritten and manually input to the computer leading to numerous mistakes. they say they have a new automated system now which they hope will prevent billing errors like rothmann has been dealing with for the last year and a half. >> someone should speak up for people going through this. >> reporter: now she hopes her story will help others navigate their oakland parking problems. on the consumerwatch, julie watts, cbs 5. and a reminder, if you have a consumer question or problem,
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call the cbs 5 hotline at 1-888- 5-helps-u. we have volunteers answering the phones right now. a popular bay area santa has been fired after a couple complained about him saying something naughty. john toomey worked at the macy's in san francisco's union square for 20 years. according to "chronicle" he would ask older people who sat on his lap if they were good. if they said yes, he would say that's too bad. and if they asked him why he was so jolly, he would say it's because he knows where all the naughty boys and girls live. toomey had been reportedly making the jokes for years with no problems until now. and by the way, there's going to be a rally in san francisco this afternoon to try to get santa's helper's job back. coming up one little pill a day that's shown to dramatically reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer plus evidence that chatting on a cell phone while pregnant to lead to bad behavior. ,,
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l harbor. today we're remembering a day in american history, the 69th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor. more than 2,000 american military personnel were killed when japanese planes bombed the harbor. japanese planes hit, sunk or
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severely damaged eight u.s. battleships including the uss arizona. the next day congress declared war. now, this morning about 100 survivors, the youngest of whom are in their late 80s attended the memorial ceremony there. outside, our weather improving but not going to stay that way, is it, tracy? >> i know. it's always so up and so down, the weather so noncommittal. here's a look outside. this is what we're enjoying or what they are enjoying at san jose. that's plenty of sunshine for today. this afternoon is going to be a nice day with plenty of mild temperatures. here's a look around the bay area. and more of the same. more sunshine and minimal clouds but clouds will be increasing as a chance of rainfall will be moving in late tonight. here's a look at what you can expect for that? > sun and clouds, love it. mild temperatures, really love that. temperatures along the coastline up to the lower 60s, the mid-60s around the bay and the mid- to upper 60s inland. here's a look at tonight's
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forecast. more clouds and a slight chance of showers moving in compliments of a low pressure system. temperatures in the overnight from the mid-40s to the lower 50s. clouds off to the west will be rolling in overnight. and eventually they will give way to a chance of rainfall overnight and during the day tomorrow. that low pressure system is going to give us a chance of rain, the best chance will be wednesday. leftover showers in the forecast thursday and friday. and in the meantime today high pressure system giving us plenty of sunshine and we are calling it a nice dry break. now, let's time it out. early tomorrow morning, we don't have much going on but as the overnight starts to wear on and early tomorrow morning moves in, we will have a really good chance of rainfall moving in. and that's going to be around 3:00 in the morning, 4:00 in the morning to around midday. and it could be heavy at times especially in the north bay. temperatures will be from the mid-60s in concord, lower 60s in vallejo, lower 60s in san
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francisco and the mid-60s in san jose. so here's a look at our five- day forecast. rainfall expected today, leftover showers in the forecast thursday and friday. and then saturday and sunday, plenty of sunshine expected in time for the weekend with some mild temperatures. mypix photo sunset from el cerrito by john. looks nice. thanks, john. if you have a photo would you like to shaker send it to that's a look at your weather, back to you, allen. >> thank you. from kabul to a prestigious american university it's been a long difficult path for one student rising above. wendy tokuda with how this extraordinary young man has survived the journey. >> reporter: everything is new for the student at george washington university in the capital. the first in his family to go to college. but we met him when he was still a senior at the athenian school in danville on full
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scholarship. the kids there call him moose. >> if you had told me back then i would be at athenian ready to graduate, go to george washington, i'll probably laugh at you. >> it's wonderful. it's amazing he's here to think about a child having to go through all of this stress and struggle that he went through. >> reporter: these old photos show musadiq as a baby in kabul. the taliban is not something he saw on the news. he saw their work in person when a bomb fell on his family's house killing his grandfather and injuring his dad. >> my mom had blankets against the windows so just in case a bullet was fired the glass wouldn't hurt us and i would tug on the blanket telling my mom to take it down because i wanted to see the sun. >> reporter: his father was a government worker and in danger so they escaped to a refugee camp in pakistan. musadiq was only five or six when went to work to help feed
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the family. >> i didn't go to school until middle school out here. >> your childhood is making rugs? >> yes, basically. >> reporter: this is musadiq working at the carpet factory. they were barely making enough to eat. and then came word. >> one day found out we were coming here they were just -- words can't describe that feeling. it's like you're drowning and then you finally come up for air. that's what it looks like. >> reporter: musadiq had never got to school before he arrived in america. he had to learn to speak english, read and write. but these were opportunities, unexpected and deeply appreciated. >> for me to have -- having come from a place where i have had nothing i appreciate things a lot more. >> you look at him and say, wow what can we achieve with what we're given. >> reporter: living through a war and poverty makes a child different. but musadiq embraces his
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history. he says it makes him who he is. >> it happens and i can't go back and change it so why not remember where came from and use that past as motivation to, you know, be successful in the future? >> musadiq would not be able to go to college would the help and this holiday season why don't you consider helping kids like him with a donation to students rising above. you can go tostudentsrisingabove.orgformor einformation. we'llberightback. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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well, today's tip of the day is going to be fresh cranberry beans. the minestrone soup you have to have the cranberry beans. they come around, around christmastime for four or five weeks and they're gone. you can buy them out of the bean in cans but when you can buy them fresh, let me tell you, the flavor will add to minestrone soup, you can't replace it. when you buy them, make sure look at the display here, look at these beautiful colors. that's what you want to look for. the more colors and the thicker they are, the better they will be. that means that bean inside is nice and thick and hearty. when you bring them home, look at this. aren't these pretty? look at these beans. when you bring them home, store them in the refrigerator right away. and whatever you does, don't take the beans out of the pod until after you store them when you are ready to enjoy them. a lot of people like to take them out and put them in the
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refrigerator but this protective coating keeps them fresh and they will taste better. cranberry beans in the market for the minestrone soup for christmas. i'm buying this whole tray. i'm not kidding ya. and i'm going to make these beans tonight with some minestrone soup. i'm going to saute them into our things. you know, they are coming around for christmas, tv. >> he buys that whole tray the next person is going to be upset. i hope he thinks of that. a pill a day that may play a key role in the fight against cancer. a new study shows a daily low dose of aspirin substantially reduced the death rates from several common cancers. researchers found the risk of death went down 30% for lung cancer over a 20 year period. other types of cancer such as prostate cancer also saw big drops. but experts say the results do not mean everyone should start taking aspirin. are your kids acting up? new research shows pregnant women who talk on cell phones
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are 40% more likely to have kids with behavioral problems later on in life. researchers say the study does not show a link. but they say the findings are definitely worth checking out. >> that means a lot of women have been talking on their phones. >> there's going to be a lot of trouble making kids. >> that's what i'm getting at. >> you are going to make trouble because you're doesn't that's it for us at noon. that's why she gets to go home. because she is here at 3 a.m. i'll be here throughout the afternoon. see you at 5:00 again. ,, 3qcopd makes it hard for me to breathe.
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