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now at eight ... we're talking about a turning pointthe family of an oakland woman stabbed to death files a massive lawsuit against bart whooshthe man accused of murdering nia wilson had been riding bart for free... and theratening other women.we ask bart officials what they are doing about fare evaders.whoosh police say they've tracked down the gang that has been stealing hundreds of scratcher tickets before they went on salewhooshlaugh collagemore that three decades of sharing his love of the game ... stay with us for gary radnich's final sportcast, < bart states on their website. our main promise to our passengers is their safety...have they fulfilled that promise... no>(ken) the family of nia wilson
still grieving after losing the 18 year old when she was stabbed to death on bart last month... and now-- her family is taking legal action. (ken) thank you for joining us... i'm ken wayne. (pam) and i'm pam moore nia wilson's family says, bart has failed to ensure their riders are safe. our grant lodes is here to tell us about the changes the family is now demanding. (grant) they blame fare evasion, in part, for violence on bart...the suspect had been dentified previsuly as someone who rode trains and didn't pay. the family believes if bart had a better system in place c evaders, then nia would still be alive. in filing this lawsuit, the family does want money...but their attorney's say the family is also hoping the this will increase safety for all passengers. wilson was killed at the macarthur bart station. she was on the platform with her two other sisters, when police say, transient john cowell approached the three
and fatally stabbed nia in the neck. one of her sisters was also stabbed but survived. attorney robert arns also dropped this bombshell, that cowell had threated others on bart property. robert arns: "a 72 year old woman was threatened." other person cowell threatened was at macarthur bart. he says that woman saw cowell pull a knife and both women reported the incidents. since wilson's death, bart has increased police patrols on trains and the chief says he'll present a comprehensive
crime fighting plan to the board next month. (ken) breaking news out of the east bay tonight. there is a vegetation fire burning in martinez right now. it's happening in the area of alhambra road on highway 4. firefighters are battling a 30 acre fire. it has been raised to three alarms. right now highway 4 is closed in the area as this fire burns,area as this fire burns, again....a three alarm again....a three alarm fire is burning near highway 4 in martinez. we have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you updates throughout the night. (pam) new at 8, in march ... bart started a 'fare evasion' proof of payment
enforcement program. it is made up of a team of 6 inspectors who walk around trains asking riders to see their tickets. (ken) kron 4's gabe slate joins us live from the bart station in san brno. gabe you followed up with bart about this program to see where it is at, how it's doing, and if it's working to keep fare evaders off the system? sound from - debora allen - bart director district 1it's really like a needle in a haystack, they're looking for people who are evading bart when they could just stand in front of the gates. debora allen sits on the bart board of directors. she says what they have learned so far from this pilot enforcement program is that the problem is worse than they thought. sound from - debora allen - bart director district 1the problem is worse than we thought, a lot of evaders. in just two months 15% of those riders asked had not paid their bart ride. fare evasion is the gateway crime, it's very unlikely that a person who commits a crime in
september bart police will be presenting the bart board of directors an official update on this pilot program and provide numbers showing it's success or failure so it's early to judge it. but debora allen says the money could be better spent. sound from - debora allen - bart director district 1why not have those officers at the gates of the stations getting people, or invest in making the gates and entry points more secure, people ride the elevators up and skip the gates, we have emergency exits left open people can walk through all day long" ( ken ) all day long"can walk through all day long"all day long"can walk through left open people emergency exits gates, we have emergency exits left open people can walk through all day long"
bottom line">those are the options now on the table in the people versus derick almena and max harris at the alameda superior court house in oakland. the two defendants are allegedly responsible for the lives of 36-people who died in a fire while attending an music event at the ghost ship back in 2016. last week judge james kramer rejected the packaged plea deal for the two men negotiated by the d.a.'s office and the defense attorneys. almena's legal counsel tony serra explains why he is aiming to take adavantage of the opportunity to defend his client in front of a jurysot
max harris: "well the county's is going to pay for it">due to the complicated nature of the case judge kramer previously appointed private defense attorney curtis briggs as max harris' counsel at the expense of alameda countysotboth sides will return to court on september 9th to schedule a trial date. that will be followed by a november 2nd hearing of motion to change venues...in oakland haaziq madyun kron4news (pam) there was a
memorial service in vacaville today .... for thec-h-p officer killed august 10th during a traffic stop... hundreds gathered to remember officer kirk griss ... including fellow c-h-p officers from all over the state. griss was a 19-year veteran, who was killed by a passing driver who has been accused of being distracted... that suspect - sean walker, of rocklin - has been arrestedand faces two- counts of vehicular manslaughter. officer griss is being remembered as a quote - "cop's cop"...and a wonderful father and husband. officer griss and jaime officer this earth> officer griss and jaime manuel
of vallejo were both killed august 10th. griss had pulled over manuel's s-u-v on westbound 80 in fairfield. the suspect in the case posted bail. (ken) san jose police arrested a conductor at the california youth symphony....for allegedly having inappropriate sexual conversations with a minor.. christopher florio was working as a music teacher at harker upper school in san jose at the time.. florio had been under investigation since june. we haven't heard from harker upper school but it's typicalin cases like this to put teachers on paid administrative leave during investigations.. there's no response yet from the california youth symphony. (ken) new at 8. police in belmont say they have captured a group of thieves responsible for stealing lottery tickets.(pam) the suspects are beleived to have taken hunderds of scratch lottery tickets from more than a dozen stores between san francisco and san jose. they would then turn in winning tickets and walked away with cash.
kron 4's charles clifford is live for us tonight in redwood city with details. charles. . well, police say they first received report of thieves taking tickets back in june. now four san jose residents are in custody and more arrests could be coming. the belmont police department says that 4 people have been arrested for allegedly stealing lottery tickets from multiple convenience stores and liquor stores along the peninsula.22 year old shawn ray, 21 year old michael walker, 22 year old alexander castillo and 21 year old jose sotomayer are believed to have committed more than a dozen burglaries at stores between san francisco and san jose. 3 burglaries occurred in belmont, this am/pm station along ralston was robbed twice. the owner tells kron 4, that in the middle of the night the thieves smashed the front door of the store and grabbed lottery tickets and cigarettes from behind the counter. captain patrick halleran with the belmont police department says that ticket t scratching
off the numbers and set the winners aside and then they would go to gas stations or convenience stores in san francisco or san jose and redeem the tickets for money. investigators believe the thieves probably made thousands of dollars turning in winning tickets but they are now facing criminal charges for burglary, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property.police also say they are looking for additional suspects.sotwe have additonal leads we are following up on. this is an ongoing investigation. in san mateo county, charles clifford kron 4 news. at eight.. the new scam targeting bay area restaurants. plus. people in a small colorado town shocked to find out one of their neighbors is accused of killing his pregnant wife and young daughters. and.
breaking news out of the east bay tonight. there is a fire burning in martinez right now.(pam) we want to give you a look at where this is happening. the fire is in the area of alhambra road on highway- 4. it is west of alhambra road. firefighters are battling what is now a 30- acre fire. it has been raised to three- alarms.(ken) right now structures are being threatened. we do no know how many exactly. and highway many exactly. and highway
4 is closed in the area as this fire burns, again.... a three alarm fire is burning near highway 4 in martinez. we have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you updates throughout the night. (pam) let's check in with chief meteorologist lawrence karnow...(ken) lawrence are the weather conditions fueling this fire tonight? lawrence karnow: it was a bright and sunny day for most of the bay area. highs soared inland with mid 90s but cool 60s with patchy fog at the coast. it will be a beautiful evening with a light breeze and mild to warm temperatures. it much quieter on the doppler radar with only a few showers over the sierra. on the satellite you can see how high pressure is building over the west coast. it will be another
facing a new challenge in the bay area: blackmail. in the last week - nearly a dozen restaurants have received letters... threatening their reputation - unless the restaurants pay up. this week -- scam artists threatened san francisco's waterbar.. in an attempt to extort money. the email that waterbar and several other restaurants received said - restaurants received said - "i was hired by your competitor to write (a) negative press release about your restaurant .... using awful photos of the food containing hair and insects." pete sittnick from waterbar says, he knew it was scam, but contacted e restaurants which have received similar emails. new ahead at 8 a student forced to go hungry at school....why she was denied lunch. and why her mother is infuriated plus. you might want to check your tax witholding... the landmine that could leave you paying the i-r-s at the end of the year.
(pam) if you are accustomed to getting a tax refund... you will want to listen up. the i-r-s is asking taxpayers to double check their weekly withholdings... thanks to the new tax law.(ken) kron4's washingtoncorrespondent refund...next year. nat: ""what you don't want is a surprise next year"i-r-s spokesperson matt leas says taxpayers hoping for a refund check ...had better do some homework.because of the new tax law...some of us may not have enough money withheld from our paychecks...and could face a nasty surprise at tax time..."if you check your withholding now, you can figure out if you're going to have a bigger return or maybe
sason..."a new government report estimates 30 million people are "under" paying their taxes and will owe the i-r-s money next year.that's about 3-million more than before the tax cuts were signed into law and the irs issued new tax withholding rules...but the i-r-s says there's still time to make changes.the i-r-s is encouraging taxpayers to head to its website.....and use this withholding calculator...to see..based on your current withholding...if you'll owe money or get a refund.oregon senator ron wyden accuses the trump administration of purposely misleading americans about the tax cuts..."be very careful, making more money now, you're going to have under withholding."the i-r-s says it's wants to work with taxpayers to clear up any confusion.and the tax man is encouraging you to call or write or log-in to the irs if you have any questions.in washington, i'm mark meredith. and we are following breaking news tonight. a live interview on a fire burning in martinez in next.
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it's the only way to know for sure. (ken) we are tracking breaking news of the hour. right now structures are being threatened by a fire burning in martinez.(pam) we are joined now by contra costa fire protection district public information officer steve albert.... steve?steve? (pam) (pam) (pam) (pam) let's check in with
firefighters up against tonight? lawrence karnow: it was a bright and sunny day for most of the bay area. highs soared inland with mid 90s but cool 60s with patchy fog at the coast. it will be a beautiful evening with a light breeze and mild to warm temperatures. it much quieter on the doppler radar with only a few showers over the sierra. on the satellite you can see how high pressure is building over the west coast. it will be another hot weekend inland with highs soaring near 100 degrees inland. it will be warm around the bay in the 70s and the 80s and 60s with patchy fog and sun at the coast. temperatures will begin to cool on sunday and be much cooler by monday. temperatures will be near normal for most of next week.
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is demanding answers ... after she says, a high school cafeteria refused to give her daughter lunch on the first day of school. the woman says, the controversy is over 15- cents. erik kimberly aiken:"to think that this can happen to anybody's child kind of ... kind of infuriates me."kimberly aiken says this happened on her daughter's first day of school at university high school in orange city.kimberly aiken: "she puts her food on the tray, gets to the front, gives her number to the cashier and she says, well, you owe 15 cents. and she said she didn't have any money. so the cashier took her food."and aiken says her daughter went the school day without eating.kimberly aiken:"that's the big thing is eat breakfast and eat lunch so they can make sure that they're doing good on their work. but then you starve my child."aiken says she signed up for the free and reduced
cost lunch program and it's not kicked in yet, and the 15- cent deficit in her account must have been carried over from the last school year.news six contacted volusia county schools to ask them if refusing lunches over 15 cents would be standard practice. spokesman roger edgcomb says ...graphic:"the school is always willing to work with students and families as needed. the school will be contacting the family directly to help resolve this issue." kimberly aiken:"you want to make sure that yo kds are coming to school and they're being taken care of. we already have alle one thing you don't want them to worry about is are they going to be able to eat when they to lunch." (pam) aiken's daughter says, she brought a quarter to the cafeteria the next day.. to make up for the shortage.(pam) aiken's daughter says, she brought a quarter to the cafeteria the next day.. to make up for the shortage. (ken) replica weapons caused a flurry of police activity at a los angeles international airport checkpoint friday. authorities stopped a man in a truck... believing he had a
firearm. police searched the truck after they say the man made suspicious statements. the bomb squad was even called in to assist and traffic was rerouted. what appeared to be multiple weapons could be seen in the street. it turns out the items were not real guns -- but replicas. officials later determined the man is a world war two enthusiast. he was not arrested. (pam) a final farewell to one of kron four's and the bay areas most memorable anchors. (ken) we look back at the career of gary radnich ... coming up
i have spent half of my l station has helped put my older 3 children through college and given us a nice head start with our younger 3. this station has made it possible for us to walk the streets anywhere in this region and usually be greeted by smiling faces. meeting famous coaches and players was never high on my excitement list... but to be able to earn a living covering quote "games" has always been appreciated. i've done only two things in my life...play basketball and talk on tv and radio.
early on... i honestly didn't know what i wanted to do. my two goals were find something where you don't punch a clock and aren't forced to go out to lunch and watch a supervisor drink while telling old stories. at kron i found both. most of my first 17 years, general manager amy mccombs always told executives, "don't mess with gary, he knows what he's doing." i would run through a wall for that lady and worked 6 days a week during her tenure. when we lost nbc in the early 2000s we then began a run of owners specializing in small markets. pam moore and i kept alive a certain amount of respect for the station through our community involvement. the good people i've met here are countless. you have to love your profession to survive in the rough and tumble news game. stanley roberts, catherine heenan, vicki liviakis, grant lodes, mike poe are pals. ken wayne i have great respect for, lawrence karnow is as
warm a person as you will find and pam has always had my back. and of course i love kevin the bodyguard. the time is right. doing more special shows on saturday and sunday would mean nothing to me...been there done that. it's time to slow down a little not add on. but if you lead with your heart and aren't afraid to challenge the status quo you can have meaningfful career... trust me after my morning radio after my me after my morning radio after my me going to do now?
next at nine we are staying on top of breaking newsa large vegetation fire closes a portion of highway four in martinez.this is new video just into our newsroomat one point the flames were threatening homes, but firefighters managed to get it under control.but winds could still pose a problem.we're live at the scene coming up in just minutes.plus new tonight at nine...a south bay man is behind bars tonight facing murder charges after his wife dies days after a brutal attack.the disturbing details..next in a live report. ((grant))plus...the family of nia wilson sues bart.why her lawyershould have stopped her alleged killer...days before she was killed.keep it here...kron 4 news at nine starts right after the break.
ken wayne in for vicki livakis... here's a look at just where this is happening.... the fire is in the area of alhambra road on highway- 4. it is west of alhambra road.... it has been contained but fire crews are still mopping up.... and some of the lanes on highway four are still blocked..(grant) we have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you updates throughout the night. (ken) we first told you about the 30-acre fire burning in the 30-acre told you about the 30-acre fire burning in martinez... with a breaking news push alert... we sent it out push alert... breaking news with a martinez... fire burning in the 30-acre told you about we first (ken)