tv Mornings on 2 FOX December 8, 2010 7:00am-9:00am PST
good morning. welcome to "mornings on 2." i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. let's go straight to sal. >> the delay at the toll plaza is beginning to resemble a normal morning commute. but you should leave the house early because a lot of commutes are extra slow. we've had a lot of collisions out there. more on the weather, let's go to steve. >> all right, sal. everybody under the umbrella of the rain. it looks like it's actually starting to drop more on top of us. we'll have cloudy skies, steady rain. it's kind of mild. we have temperatures in the
50s. sore picking up -- santa rosa picking unrain. out to -- up some rain. out to tracy. finally, the peninsula, a pretty good band coming in right off the shore from the pacifica and daly city. 7:02. topping our other top story -- some developing news, police are investigating a violent takeover robbery in berkeley. officers were called to a mcdonald's on san pablo avenue about an hour and a half ago. kraig debro joins us live from the scene with the latest on the search for suspects. >> reporter: still no word from berkeley police. a lot of the cars have left the
scene. if you look inside the restaurant, you can see there's one or are or two officers inside. this is the 1100 block of san pack pre-- san pablo. this all began around 5:30 this morning. take a look at this. this is how we knew it was a violent robbery. the paramedics are checking o ut -- checking out a guy an employee. apparently he was hit during the course of the robbery or bumped his head during the course of the robbery. we saw him later with the ice pack on the head. he's now left the scene and appears to be okay. if you look at the employees, a lot of worried looks on their face -- on their faces. must have been a very f rightening deal. we're not sure. we've not confirmed if there were any more injuries. whoever did this made a hasty retreat and we can tell by what we saw in the back of the restaurant. there there is a trail of money behind the restaurant at 5:45 this morning. it's uncovered. police have put their evidence markers next to the money. it's only about $20 to $30.
but i think it indicates whoever left this, left fast. we've tried to talk to the employees but as tight-lipped as the police have been, the employees have even been more tight-lipped. i haven't been able to get any word out of them. i'm gonna continue to try to confirm some of the information we have and then try to talk to some of the employees in our next report. back to you. >> thank you. 7:04. this morning, berkeley police are searching for suspects in a series of robberies. the two most recent incident -- incidents happened near the b.a.r.t. station. last month police say there were six other armed robberies and that the victims were often distracted by cell phones and
ipods. this morning we talked to one woman who says she always takes precautions heading to or from her car. i'm extremely cautious. i'm here at a particular time. my door is always locked. i don't put my club on -- so that i can take off at any moment if anyone approached. a community meeting on the robberies will be held tonight at 7:30 for details go to our channel 2 website. 7:05. it was a meeting that started with tension and it ended with anger. last night the head of the public utilities commission met with dozens of -- dozens of victims of the pipeline disaster in san bruno. the director outraged a lot of people when he -- when he d efend -- when he defended the $ 500 million received for customers. that money was initially planned to repair the pipeline that runs right near the san
bruno disaster zone. pg&e says an explosion that destroyed a house in oakland is not their fault. this was not caused by a leak from any pg&e pipelines. oakland firefighters believe a natural gas explosion caused that crash. it was apparently triggered when the man living in the home f lipped the light switch. he has burns over 80% of his body. a cost-saving measure by the school district apparently b ackfired and now students are left without any heated classrooms. jade hernandez is live with the latest. good morning, jade. >> reporter: good morning, dave. we have some new information for you from an employee who just arrived. she told me that there is still no heat in the main part of the building. i'm gonna step out of the way. the main part of the building has no heat but i've been told the portables on the side do
have heat. the principal is expected to get here at 8:30. school starts at 4:00. these elementary school students around 8:45. all school officials can do is tell their officials to bundle up. nineteen schools were affected. we're live at one of the schools in kaiser. there's 265 students here, have been without heat for more than a week. kaiser had an -- kaiser is an elementary school school from students -- with students f rom -- with students from the fifth and sixth grade. last year, they say the heating problem in the schools, i ncluding this video shot last week at frick middle school, had to do with the cost- -cutting measure of turning of the heat during the holiday break. when the heat was turned back o n, some of it would not operate clearly. last year, the district d ownsized technicians by 50%. the districts have since
apologized. and some schools like frick middle have had heat restored. right now the district is trying to -- trying to remedy the problem. kaiser elementary still is without heat. it does have heat in the p ortables but we should hear from the principal a as soon as the principal arrives -- principal as soon as the principal arrives. back to you. >> thank you. this morning, governor- elect jerry brown will hold a budget forum in sacramento. brown has said he recognizes the budget challenges facing him when he takes office in january and he told lawmakers to get out of their comfort zone in regard to tackling the deficit. >> sal is sackle -- tackling our commute. we have wet roads. whenever it does rain, there is a correlation with more collisions on the roads.
this morning has been that way. westbound bay bridge, we had a six-car collision on the upper deck of the bay bridge. it's backed up at the toll plaza for at least a 20-minute delay. we keep saying this lasted about 10, 15 m inutes. every minute that the lane is blocked, we get more and more people stuck in traffic. let's take a look at san francisco. some wet weather here you can tell our camera is getting wet as well. northbound 101 on the left approaching the 80 split. it's moderately heavy. this morning in the south bay, we've had some slow traffic as you drive on 101, that's the slowest. also 280 is slow downtown. no major issues reported in the santa cruz mountains in case you are coming in over the hill. 7:09. let's go to steve. the next couple of days look to be cloudy with light
rain, maybe all the way into friday morning, not much in the way of sunshine. farther north, farther south but in the middle over us, look at this. it just keeps marching right along and steady rain. it's just cloudy, light rain, light rain. santarosa, towards livermore seems to be the heaviest right now. right now. but just -- it's going to be this way and also tomorrow. a series of impulses is coming through. if you go to the satellite, you can get a good look at them. what's going on this is being funneled by a system from the north. over us, up -- over us, other observer peggy sue. .50. st.helena, .25. petaluma and napa both .12. mill valley, point 05. not much in the way of any
break until this whole system slides doubt but then it's going to lift north. so we'll be in line for this thursday night into friday. cloudy, upper 50s, low 60s. sausalito forecast looking for 56 on the high and cloudy rainy. same for san francisco, a steady light rain. another forecast high of 56. 50 to 52. coast, bay, inland, everybody is in there. 46 tahoe. south wind so they've warmed up. so the snow level has gone way up. the weather advisories are up lassen county north. 40s, 50s top to bottom, big low spinning moving toward vancouver. that will be a big cold system. for us it's coating to send in a pipeline. heaviest to the north, a little breezy at times. mainly coast and higher elevations. gusts to 30s. right above the caldecott. a lot of clouds, mostly cloudy, cloudy all the way into early friday morning and then the jet
stream lifts north. saturday clearing out and fog inland but by the coast should be nice, sunny, warm by sunday. >> it is 7:11. the tax cut debate is really heating um in washington, d.c. between the president and list own party. we'll also hear from local residents. also why former president dick cheney is facing very serious charges in another country. and who donated the giant tree put up in san francisco?
hour. the crash has been cleared but the damage is done. everybody is reporting light rain or rain. near calistoga, saint helena, that looks moderate. you can see why the yellow and red there, that can be moderate but a very steady, cloudy, rainy day today. there is a new video released by the taliban. it contains previously unscene video of a u.s -- unseen video of a u.s. soldier being held captive in afghanistan. there's bowe bergdahl captured in 2009. some of the analysts believe this footage of bergdahlwas shot shortly after he was captured. the berkeley city council is considering an ordinance that would call u.s. soldier bradley manning, who is accused
of l eaking sensitive information to wickileaks, a hero. he's accused of giving wickileaks a video showing an army attack where 11 civilians were killed in baghdad. he is in prison. he faces 52 years in prison if convicted. the council is expected to vote on the meeting next tuesday on whether to declare support for manning. there is no word from former vice president dick cheney regarding the new bribery c harges against him. nigerian investigators say they filed the charges against cheney and nine other people connected to halliburton. arcticking them of -- accusing them of bribes. the bribes allegedly mounted to $180 million between 1994 and 2004. thenny's lawyer has said in the past there is no reason to suspect his client is guilty. in just about one hour, the
santa cruz county jail escapee accused of assaulting a s heriff's deputy is expected to appear in court. 29 criminal charges have been filed against maurice ainsworth. he was the target of a massive five-hour manhunt. police say he faked a shoulder injury and then overpowered a female deputy at the jail. he faces attempted murder, false imprisonment and assault. 7:17. in washington, d.c., some congressional democrats are fighting mad at president obama. ktvu's alison burns joining us live now and tells us that some of them are using some pretty harsh language as they react to that tax cut deal worked out with the republicans. >> good morning, allison. >> reporter: good morning to y ou, dave. that's right. one democrat called it a bad deal that was not skillfully negotiated. but new this morning, one of president obama's top aide is
sounding very optimistic that congress will eventually okay the deal with republicans on tax cuts. house speaker nancy pelosi is not so sure. she came out of a meeting with democrats last night and said they don't want to support continued tax cuts for the wellny. >> i think it's fair to say there is a certain amount of u nease with the proposal that was put forth by the president. he made tax cuts to those m aking -- the upper 2% of our -- of our country does not create jobs. it simply adds to the deficit. the president and vice president are working to a deal that will extend bush-era tax cuts for everyone for two years and e xlend long-term unemployment benefits. reporting live from washington, d.c., alison burns, ktvu channel 2 news. >> okay. thank you. we talked with some bay area residents asking them how they feel about the president's
compromise with the republicans that would extend the tax cuts that were due to expire at the end of next year. >> i'm feeling so happy and i say thank you, president obama, because i need extra money. >> now, this single mother of three children said she was really worried about her taxes possibly going up because she says her money is so tight she didn't know how she was going to make ends meet. 7:18. this morning, the obama administration and congressional democrats held a news conference to push for passage of the dream act. the law would allow immigrant children brought here illegally to earn legal statusby attending college or enlisting in the u.s. military. it's expected to come up for a vote in the house of representatives as early as today. last night supporters gathered for vigils in cities across the country including san jose. opponents of the dream act call it amnesty for lawbreakers. oakland school district says it will look for ways to reduce the dropout rate after getting
bad news. a new report fr the state department of education estimates that four out of every ten students drop out of oakland high school. the information is based on data collected between 2008 and 2009. according to the report, o akland's 40% dropout rate is the highest in alameda county, followed by berkeley at 27%, emeryville at 25%, and hayward at 21%. time now, 7:20. well, he wasn't out of a job for long. santaclaus has a new big this morning -- gig this morning. john toomey made international news when he got fired from his 20-year job as the department store santa claus in in macy's union square. now, this comes after an older couple complained about a joke he has been telling for years. he already has a new job. it's up the street at lefty o'doul's. and he can tell as many jokes
as he wants. and it's twice the pay as santa. this tree was lit up yesterday at the annual event hosted by governor schwarzenegger. it's a 55-foot tall tree donated by the u.s. fire service decorated with about 9,000 energy saving lights. david archie let tau helped -- archuleta helped kick off the celebration. a revealing interview with john john lennon has jut been releasedden on this day, the navy of -- released on this day, the anniversary of the day, he was gunned down. and cash you are carrying right now may be hazardous to your health. good morning. we're getting word of a crash clocking -- blocking several lanes in the east bay.
it was 30 years ago today that john lennon was gunned down in front of his apartment b uilding. today "rolling stone" magazine is releasing his final i nterview. they talked to him just three days before his death. now, in that interview, lennon slammed all of his critics s aying they want dead heroes and said he had no interest in being one. john lennon also talked about trying to be a good father to sean lennon and added there was plenty of time to explore his wife's plans. a new study suggests the cash you are carrying in your wallet may be contaminated. researchers from two nonprofit environmental groups say the chemical bisphenol-a rubs off cash register receipts and gets
on your person. it has been linked to cancer, diabetes and infertility. it's believed, though, the levels found on receipts and cash are safe. the latest report on airline and airport delays is bad news for the biggest bay area a irport. sanfrancisco internional ranked 27th out of the top 29 airports in october. less than 78% of lights to and from sfo arrived and departed on time. houston was first with 91% of o ntime flights. >> interesting. 7:25. your commute is gonna be a effected by rain this morning and wet roads -- gonna be a effected by rain this morning and wet roads. how is it looking now? >> we have a big accident. southbound 880 at the from m ontboulevard -- fremont boulevard exit. the traffic is backing up quickly. you can tell all of the road
sensors are turning red. it's a minor injury crash. we heard of an accident just before port chicago highway, for the people coming in from bay point. let's move along to 880 north and southbound here in front of the coliseum. it's not all that bad. we had an earlier crash. it's not as bad as it could be but at least a 25-minute delay if you are at the very end of the line because of the earlier crash. let's go to steve. thank you. cloudy skies, light rain, occasionally steady rain could add up to .50. kind of -- also a foggy day. we're getting reports of fog and light rain. temperatures are mild. they are in the 50s. the pattern has completely changed from november. this whole swath of clouds are coming straight across the pacific. nothing is dropping down from the north. steady as she goes. there will be a few breaks. cloudy, then rain, then cloudy,
of fog inland. >> reporter: we're looking at the steady rain. we're here in the north bay where things are slowing down on the highway. we'll have a live report for you coming up. antioch police say he intentionally hit a homeless woman with his truck, then d ragged her beneath it. the key piece of evidence as prosecutors build a murder case. there was not a squirrel, not a ara raccoon -- there was not a squirrel, there was not a raccoon. there was nothing. >> a hiker talks about her people spent in the santa cruz mountains.
cloudy, rainy. stretching over to danville, bethel island, highway 4 and then over towards the altamont pass. right now, traffic is busy all over the place. this is a live look at interstate 280 in downtown san jose. it's raining there. the rain is finally reaching the south bay. the traffic is slowing down all over the place. another traffic update is straight ahead. we have wet weather in the north bay. claudine wong is in novato now with more on that.
claudine? >> reporter: well, it's a steady rain here in novato. we knew the north bay was gonna get the brunt of this this -- brunt of this this morning. it's been a steady rain. we've seen reports, kind of throughout the marin area just some spinouts, some fall trees. little things that could affect your commute. certainly this is gonna affect everyone. if you are reasoning yourself, give yourself that extra time just in case there's problems on the road or as they get wet, you certainly want to take your t ime. live here in novato, claudine wong, ktvu channel 2 news.
there was a take-over robbery at a mcdonald's and kraig debro is there with more. >> reporter: we're not sure if the employee was hit by the assailant or robber. behind me, the crime scene van just arrived here. inside the restaurant, a s prink -- the store is closed. it was supposed to open at 6:00. and this happened at 5:30. we saw one of the of the -- we saw one of the employees inside. paramedics are looking at the scalp to see if you can get a close look at what happened to the head. it didn't appear to have any stitches but later on we saw him with an ice pack on his head. then about a half hour ago, we took some pictures inside the store. some of the employees looked very worried and concerned and perhaps still frightened over what happened this morning.
gave a call to berkeley police, we were supposed to hear back from a lieutenant down there. we are anticipating it will before the morning is out. whoever did this made a hasty retreat from the scene. evidence of that is this trail of money that we spotted behind the restaurant around 5:45 this morning. a couple of ones, ten and twenty out they're that we saw. didn't appear to be a lot of money but we can't tell how much more money the thief got away with. we could only assume that it is right now. behind the restaurant right now, as i said, crime scene unit is on scene. they've marked the spot where the money has been dropped. but right now they are not doing too much back there. it's a little wet outside. it might have something to do with it. we know one person was hurt. there was a rob i to confirm that. we're trying to get ahold of berkeley pd for more details. reporting live from berkeley, kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 n
ews. a store security camera may provide some very critical clues in the dragging death of an antioch woman. the 51-year-old woman is behind bars in the contra costa county jail. investigators say he's con physicalled to the gruesome k illing of shelley baker -- shelley baker early yesterday morning. they say he intentionally d ragged the homeless woman to her death after a heated argument inside his pickup t ruck. >> she exits the vehicle. you can see the dispute h appening. it looks like some of her property is being either pulled or thrown out of the vehicle. police say store surveillance video clearly shows that h orrifying scene as it happened but authorities are not release the video because of concerns that could affect the trial. this very same man -- and later on, antioch's m ayor plans to meet with police and community leaders to talk about a disturbing rise in
violent crime. yesterday's dragging death was one of two homicides in two days in antioch. along with a pair of shootings that injured two men. these latest crimes at -- these latest crimes come at the end of a very violent year. list in rohnert park plan to check the cell phone records of a driver that hit and killed ad to her in a crosswalk. 2-year-old callie murrey died ap her mother was severely injured when a car hit them last wednesday. police believe the 18-year-old driver was using her phone at the time of the crash. officers were unable to find a headset in the driver's car that would have allowed her to drive hands free. a 62-year-old woman is facing dui charges after a wild ride in downtown menlo park. it all began in a wall green's parking lot on santa cruz a venue. police say while backing out, margaret brill hit a parked car
land will become part of san jose. sal says they are not having fun around the bay bridge this morning. >> it seems to be getting a little bit better. the bridge traffic itself is okay. let's move along and take a look at the commute here on 880 northbound and southbound. that traffic is moving along okay here in oakland but in hayward and union city. we have slow traffic on the nimitz. southbound 808 at fremont they are still clearing that a ccident. contra costa county it should -- if you are driving from antioch and driving to concord, most of it is all slow. sometimes these commutes are only slow in antioch or
pittsburg but this time the entire line from brentwood all the way out to concord is stop and go. when you get to 680 that's slow. we don't have a good contra costa commute going right now. 7:38. let's go to steve. and cloudy skies, light rain, tom of -- some of it seems to be tapering off. some of this is sliding south. it took a while to get to the south bay. but it's now starting to move south. live stormtracker2 the, some of the tweets coming in. reanna says steve, don't forget the almaden valley. the last few frames that really slides back. so this system is sliding south. everybody reporting either cloudy light rain or rain. there are occasionally bursts of moderate rain.
now, it won't be continue use but some of the tote at -- totals coming in, .50. saint helena, .25. petaluma, .02. palo alto, .04. dublin,.point 02. it's getting there. a lot of motorcycle. a lot of cloud cover. it doesn't look like it's moving too much. it will be a cloudy, rainy day. we have a very mild pattern
over us. 40s there. that low, which is spinning right where it says "cloudy" heading towards vancouver, it's just like a had highway where it funnels in the moisture. there there is a couple of systems embedded within the system that have to move through and they may have to clear -- they may not clear the area before the morning. we're hearing now from a hiker who survived six nights in the santa cruz mountains. ken bra collins was released from the hospital. the fenton woman said she ended up in a ravine after losing her footing on aun unmarked trail on november 28th.
she talked about what she will do differently the next time she goes for a hike. >> definitely, the thing to do is to leave a note or let someone know if you are going to a really isolated area. >> collins was found on saturday by a neighborhood an his young son. the sheriff's department said it should have launched a search for her earlier. why came's two senators are being called highly dance and how certain giant fans can get their picture taken with 24 -- the world series trophy. there are serb rules -- certain rules in order to make it h appen. the final days for elizabeth edwards who lost her battle with breast cancer and the plans for her funeral.
taking a live look at the big board on wall street, the stocks are micked -- are mixed. investors weak the tax cut proposal by president obama and republicans, obviously good for consumers and more money 234 their -- in their paychecks. it's also adding to the deficit. right now, the dow is down 23. nasdaq, down 4. s&p, down 3.5. a private funeral is planned this weekend for elizabeth edwards. she lost her long battle with breast cancer yesterday. samantha hayes joins us from north carolina now and a look at her political life in the spotlight. >> reporter: chapel hill has been nome for the edwards' family for quite sometime here. they are well known.
elizabeth and john met while they were in law school at chapel hill many years ago. this furniture shop was opened up by elizabeth edwards not that long ago. this is the area that friends and family are gathering. surrounded by her family, 61- year-old elizabeth edwards died tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. in one of her last interviews, edwards' spoke to cnn's larry king in june about her struggle with the disease. >> sometimes the treatment gets you down but the disease is not getting me down. >> reporter: she was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 after her husband john edwards lost his bid for the vice presidency. it would not be the last time personal sufferinger enter t wined. the disease returned several years later in 2007, just as the couple began gearing up for another run at the white house. friends who knew her marveled
at her resilience. >> she is a woman who had multiple setbacks with so much grace, starting with the death of her son, her 16-year-old son, in a car accident, going on to the -- to the progression of the disease and finally john e dwards' very public affair which produced a child. >> reporter: a a statement released by the family on m onday, said cancer treatments were no longer effective for edwards and she was surrounded by her family, including husband john, the two legally separated in january. >> how good that he was at her bedside because that showed -- because they shared 33 years of marriage and they shared so m uch. >> the funeral is expected to be this weekend. more details are forthcoming from the family. i'm samantha hayes, dave, back to you. >> thank you. 7:47. well, according to a new w
ebsite, california's two senators are among the group of "hooligan politicians" who have requested earmarks. the website is called e ndingspending.com. it lists all projects requested by members of congress for 2011. it calls 27 senators who pledged not to ask for earmarks heroes. dianne feinstein and barbara boxer are listed among the 63 s o-called hooligan senators who have made requests. some of the bay area earmarks include a request for $ 38.6 million to tear down the federal courthouse in downtown san jose and built a new one. $1.5million to upgrade m ilpitas, police and public works buildings with energy efficient windows and 4.2 million to clean up asbestos residue on the former air force station in santa clara county. today, comcast sportsnet
officially launches its drop the dish campaign. the san francisco business times reports there is a cable battle affecting the sharks' fans. viewers can get $150 gift card who make the switch. this is the latest attempt from them and comcast california. many have not been able to watch shark games since thanksgiving week. a judge in is delaying the trial for roger clemens until july. the delay gives defense moneys more time to review what's described as a large amount of evidence against the former pitching star. clement was originally said to go on trial for taking the performance-enhancement drugs and he is adamant he did not
take those drugs. season ticketholders of the giants have a chance to see the 24-pound tiffany-made -- t iffany-made trophy. a couple of rules, you are not allowed to touch if. if you are shot a season ticketholder, you too, will get your chance. >> we plan to announce in the next week or so, a public tour of the trophy to be able to -- to be able to take the trophy out of the ballpark and tike it out throughout northern california and share it with our fans. >> that's a really good-looking trophy. >> yes. getting a cheap high from a common spice. the troubling trend that's already caused a couple of d eaths. also, this pit bull right there that saved his family from the fire. now strangers are coming to his
a court hear something set for this morning for a parolee accused of killing a san francisco woman inside her russian hill apartment. investigators say gary scott holland posed as a utility worker to get access to the woman's apartment back on october 29th. he's pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted rape, robbery and burglary. today's hearing is on the status of evidence to be released to the defense. a $50,000 reward is being offered by governor short is to help solve -- governor schwarzenegger is to help solve the murder of a woman who was sexually assaulted 2004 years ago. she left behind an 8-year-old daughter. it is 7:53. in about an hour, mayor gavin
newsom will be in san francisco for his final project homeless connect event. he started the project to help people get food, housing assistance, all under one roof. the new program will start in february. the medical bills for a hero dog in hero -- in hayward have all been paid thanks for donations from the community. diamond the pit bull suffered severe burns from an apartment fire. diamond woke the family up by barking and is credited with saving interest lives. the donations poured in to cover diamonds's treatment which was supposed to be over $6800. doctors are noticing a troubling trend. they are seeing kids who are starting or smoking nutmeg.
it contains an organic and if used in high doses can give you a buzz. doctors say it can last up to 48-hours -- 48 hours. a doctor in florida says at least two deaths in florida have been blamed on net mug o verdecember. we want to check in with s al. there are quite a few problems out there. i sit -- >> i sit here. the computer is over there. every time i look over there, there is a new problem popping up. 280 northbound as you drive up to highway 17. the traffic is because of the wet weather partly and also because we've had a couple of incidents, 85 northbound just south of almaden expressway. there there is a collision there. let's take a look at the nimitz freeway. that really is a horrible commute. southbound 880 also near known
as alvarado there. the traffic is really slow. pretty much from the san leandro area. it stays slow all way down from san jose. highway 4 not to be outdone. highway 4 is a mess from brentwood all the way up to concord, 680 is slow from concord to wall knit creek. concord, especially eastern contra costa, not doing well at all. westbound bay bridge. still backed up to a 20-minute delay at the toll plaza. >> that's a big backup. cloudy skies. cloudy, light rain. that is go nab the trend. nothing too heavy yet. things to look to be quieting down there. you can see the break over the peninsula and the north bay. there is another band right o
ffshore that looks like it's heading right towards san francisco. don't expect much in the way of sunshine. it's not that cold, though. it's mild. .61. .21 pet due ma -- petaluma. nobody has checked in what -- come on. you can e-mail me or tweet me. sausalito looking for a high of 56 with clouds and rain. so far, 50s on the t emperatures. they will stay in the 50s for many. big low finally moving towards vancouver. it's just funneling in a steady stream of clouds. heaviest rain to the north. i think about 1 to 2 inches could fall between now and
tomorrow. everybody else from.to 1 inch -- from .10 to 1 inch. back to you. >> thank you. hundreds of oakland students are sitting in the cold in their own classrooms. >> this has been going on since the cold snap. >> we have new reaction from angry teachers after a c ost- saving move backfired. police are investigated a violent takeover robbery. we're learning the flip of a switch played role in the p owerful explosion that leveled an oakland home.
welcome back. i'm tori campbell. >> i'm dave clark. it's wednesday, december 8th. i know you brought your u mbrella. >> i did, actually. there's some moderate rainfall this morning. made a mess of the commute. how long will the rain last? here is a check of weather and traffic. >> rain could last all the way into friday morning, not steady but it looks like it's in the forecast for a while. we're kind of in between here. there's still some rain off to the east bay but to the north bay things have comed down. same for the peninsula but there is another band right offshore. we have a had some okay rain.
investigators are busy now searching for clues at a mcdonald's restaurant that was the scene of a violent takeover robbery this morning. it happened on san pablo avenue in berkeley shortly before 5:30. kraigdebro-- kraig debro is there now. i know there are new developments. just got off the phone with
police. there was one minor injury and we saw the paramedics treating employ es. later on in the morning when w e -- we looked in the window, we could see the employees l ooked worried or terrified. police say around 5:30 this morning a man with a gun walked into the mcdonald's. at gunpoint, he told those people to go inside a freezer or refrigerator. he said do not come out. so he got the crash and -- cash and he left the store and the employees came out afterward. he had a hasty exit. this is what we saw at the back of the restaurant. we walked around back, see a
trail of money leading from that restaurant out into the street. a couple of ones, a ten, a twenty back there. not a lot of money. police are not able to tell me how much money the robber got away with. the police -- the thief was w earing a ski mask during the commission of this robbery. they also could not say which direction the thief went. so recapping, one injury, a robbery, a suspect with a gun tells the employees to get in the freezer -- freezer and not to leave until he does. that's when they all came out. police are still in the restaurant. crime scene unit is on the scene right now, around back trying to pick up some of the money that was left out there and maybe get a fingerprint or two off of it. kraig debro, ktvu channel 2 n ews. >> thank you. this morning, berkeley police are searching for s uspects in the series of street robberies. the two most recent ones h
appened near the b.a.r.t. station. police say the victims were robbed at gunpoint while getting into their cars. now, last month, police say there were six other armed robberies. the victims were often d istracted by cell phones or ipads. this morning we talked to one woman who said she always takes precautions heading to and from her car. >> i'm extremely cautious. i'm here a particular time. my door is always locked. i don't put my club on -- so that i can take off at any moment if anyone approached. >> a community meeting about all of these robberies will be held tonight at 7:30 to find out all of the details, go toure channel 2 website, ktvu.com. look for the web links. cold classrooms, equals frustrated teachers parents and students this morning. a soft-saving measure backfired. now students and teachers are left in the cold. jade hernandez talked to one
teacher at kaiser elementary school. he's not happy about the situation, is he? >> reporter: no. kaiser is still without heat. we followed that fifth grade teacher at thstart of his day. tori, you're right. he's still very frustrated this morning because teachers don't know when the heat will be f ixed. at last check, 19 schools within the oakland unified school district were without heat like kaiser elementary. the district says the loss of heat is tried to a problem which needs parts to fix. the district says when they t ried turning back on the heat when students came back to school, some of the older equipment would not work. to make matters worse, the district only had five heating technicians after they let go after the -- half of the technicians. some of the teachers are hoping this issue pushes parents to hold the school district
accountable. >> as long as a parent drives up and the grass is green and the flag is waving, people don't get active enough to save things. but the heat this year is motivating parents. it's angering teachers and parents. that's why it's getting c overage. that's why hopefully something will get done. >> reporter: you are looking at video shot at frick middle school last week because -- because of the generator p roblem. the problem was fixed late last week. back out here drive in oakland. you can see some parents d ropping off their elementary tri students this morning. school starts in about 45 m inutes. the principal is expected to arrive in about a half an hour. reporting live from oakland, jade hernandez, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, jade. it's seven minutes after 8:00. it was a meeting that started with tension and ended in anger. last night, the head of the public utilities commission met
dozens of victims of september's pipeline disaster in san bruno. the director outraged many when he defended pg&e's decision back in 2008 to reprioritize $ 5 million received from customers. that money was initially slated to repair part of the pipeline that runs near the san bruno disaster zone. in the meantime, pg&e says the explosion that has killed -- destroyed a house and nearly killed a man, they say it's not pg&e's fault. oakland police officers believe a natural gas explosion t riggered the blast. the man who was living in the home flipped on the light switch and triggered this. he's in critical condition with 80 -- with burns over 80% of his
body. now, jerry brown says he lek nices the budget problems facing him. he told lawmakers to be ready to get out of their comfort zone and tackle the ongoing budget deficit. he was unemployed but not for long. santa clause has a new gig. john toomey made international news when he got sacked from his job in union square. the firing came after an older couple complained about a joke he has been telling for years. he's already landed a new job at lucky o duel's. it pays twice as much as macy's and he can tell as many jokes as he wishes. sal's not saying ho ho ho about our commute this morning.
kind of rough. there is a -- dash a woman's car flipped over in the ditch. her car is upside down in the ditch. she got out without any i njuries. this is what happens on days when it's raining a lot of road sensor the turning dark red. in marin county, it's a little bit slow in novato but after that, it's not all that bad in san rafael. bay bridge still at least a 2 0- minute delay at the toll plaza because of earlier problems. this morning's commute is going to be busy in oakland on 880 north. southbound 808 at 23rd, there is a crash there. at 8:10. let's go to steve.
you could get some steady rain. a little break in the north b ay -- hold on a minute. fremont. i only linked there about eight years. i should know how to say it. fremont. there's rain there. milpitas as well. next band -- right there. that's going to be the pattern. a lot of clouds. nothing too heavy yet. but one to two inches north bay already looking promising. they are usually the leader of the pack. they haven't had their bulk of the rain yet.
clouds, rain will don't. we'll finally lift this out of here on friday. inland, there will be a lot of fog to deal with it -- to deal with. the berkeley city council causing controversy again. the move by the council i nvolving this u.s. soldier suspected of collaborating with wickileaks. also why former vice president dick cheney is facing very serious charges this morning in another country.
good morning. stop-and-go traffic, that's not all that good getting up to a crowded bay bridge. a new taliban video contains previously unseen footage of an american soldier being held captive in afghanistan. it's bowe bergdahl captured in june 2009, last seen in a hostage video released by the taliban in april. some analysts believe the footage of him in this latest video was shot shortly avenue was captured. private manning is suspected of providing wickileaks with video showing ap american helicopter attack in baghdad. that's where 11 civilians were killed. manning is in a military prison and could get a 52-year sentence
is folked. this just in, senate democrats are demanding a bill that would let the gays serve openly in the military. this. would be a strong i ndependentcation about whether the republicans have dropped their objections on this. no official reaction from former vice president dick cheney regarding new bribery charges. nigerian investigator the say -- nigerian investigators have f iled charges against cheney and nine other people connected to halliburton.
one of proem's top aide is gee fending a proposed deal with the republicans over tax cuts. alison burns joining us live now fromway and says president obama is also dealing with a revolt from the democrats. >> reporter: republicans are sending a message -- don't count on us to support your deal with the taxes. earlier this morning, one of the president's top advisers went on tv and answered the criticism that president obama is caving to the gop to save his own political hide. this is not the product of political situation. this is the product of an economic calculation and what this would mean for the american people and our
economy. >> reporter: democrats who will meet about it again today with joe biden are furious that the proposed agreement extends the tax breaks to the wealthiest americans but president obama is insisting that he's getting some concessions here like an extension of long-term u nemployment benefits and other tax breaks for the middle class. president obama and d emocrats may be disagreeing on the tax cuts. they held a news conference it today to push for the passage of the dream act. the law would allow immigrant children brought here illegally to earn legal status by a ttending college or enlisting in the u.s. military. >> they came as children.
the son should never be responsible for at actions of the father. >> this is expected to come up for a vote in the house of representatives as early as today. opponents of the dream act call it backdoor amnesty for lawmakers. oakland school officials will look for ways to reduce the dropout rate after getting bad news. a new report estimates four out of every ten students drop out of school. the information is based on data collected according to the report, oakland's dropout wait is the highest in alameda county followed by berkeley, and hayward at 21%. well, you may not even want to touch those dollar bills in your wallet. why that cash may be hazardous
environmental groups say it's because of a chemical called bisphenol-a rubs off on cash register receipts and gets on your skin and paper money. bpa, as it's called, is widely used in plastic and cash register paper. it's been linked to cancer, diabetes and infertility. it's believed the level is found on -- the level found on r eceipts and cash are, for the most part, safe. some bad news in the bay area on the new report on airlines and airport delays. sanfrancisco international ranked 27th out of the top 29 airports in the month of o ctober. less than 78% of flights to and from sfo arrived and took off on time. houston is number one -- houston is number one with 91% of o n-time flights sweat flights -- on-time flights. southwest dropped from the top three of the on-time
airlines too number eight this is expanded to la guardia in new york. copper thieves have d isrupted traffic area. caltrans says somebody stole the wire out of two different meter lights on very busy onramps on interstate 80 and highway 50. to make matters worse, two other meters were recently damaged by car crashes. the highway patrol is warning drivers just be real careful because the normal lights could be working even worse. 8:25. there's been a lot of problems on the road. a lot of red on the maps there, sal. >> that's right. a lot of red and fender- benders. too many for me to pen hundred -- to mention. generally, you should give yourself extra time for the commute. this is a look at 28 -- a look at 280. pretty slow getting up to
highway 17. it's slow in santa cruz county, santa clara county, alameda, contra costa, you name it. marin, sonoma. let's move along and take a look at 880 northbound. that's very slow. i just want to mention one of our viewers tweeted me saying highway 4 is an absolutely mess this morning, trying to get into concord. if you drive highway 4, you know it's a mess. today it's worse. westbound bay bridge is backed up for at least a 20-minute delay. let's go to steve. cloudy, foggy, light rain, occasionally moderate rain. heaviest amounts have been up in the north bay, thanks to all of the tweeters there. the tweeter nation, light rain, san jose, fremont milpitas. can i -- we're getting a little bit of a break but a heavier band is beginning to move o nshore at about day ga bay, bay bridge -- about day ga bay, --
bodega bay, the bay bridge. it will an cloudy pattern for the next couple of days. there's not much of a break in there. even if the rain lets up, you won't be seeing much in the way of rain. so far heaviest amounts, are the russian river,. not a lot, lesser amount, a couple .10 down the peninsula. palo alto, .04. kind of light and misty. there's plenty of clouds out there. there's just not a lot of rain with this unless you are in favorable locations. that would be the russian river. 50s, low 50s. 50, 51, 52. hold on. cloudy. heaviest to the north.
50s, upper 50s or very low 60s. one forecast model keeps rain going until friday. another one kicks it out by thursday afternoon. there is a lot of moisture here. rain continues to fall in the north bay. we'll show you a look at the conditions on the roads when we come back. and antioch police say he intentionally hit a homeless woman with his truck. the key piece of evidence as prosecutors build a murder case. i was so shocked that he knew my name. it was like -- i'm bound. a hiker -- i'm found. >> a hiker talks about being stranded six days and nights in the santa cruz mountains.
it's very slow on highway 4. it's been wet weather there. the traffic is much slower than normal. it has been that way because of a couple of crashes. working on getting rid of them but it's still very bad news for you driving west. 8:31. let's go to ktvu reporter claudine wong who is in the north bay where it's been raining steady.
>> reporter: good morning. this has been the scene, wet roads and slow traffic. you've been in this kind of traffic before and you know it does this and it kind of moves along at a rety decent clip and then someone slows down and someone stops. it becomes kind of a parking lot out here. that's what causes these fender- benders out here. you look away for a second and then you see red lights in front of you. so serb -- so certainly at this point, things are moving along. this slows down pretty quickly. it can be dangerous out here. if you are headed out here, the situation is gonna be the same across the bay area. just remember to give yourself a little extra time so you don't run into trouble on the roadway. we've certainly seen slides and minor accidents that will mess up your commute. a little extra time today and you will get to work just fine. claudine wong, ktvu channel 2
news. >> okay. thank you. 8:32. the store security camera may provide some very critical clues about the dragging death of an antioch woman. the 51-year-old is in jail in the contra costa county jail. investigators say he confessed to the gruesome killing of shelley baker early yesterday morning. they say he intentionally d ragged the homeless woman to her death after a heated argument inside of his pickup truck. >> she exits the vehicle. the-- you can see the dispute happening. it looks like some of her propty is being either pulled or thrown out of the vehicle. >> now, police are saying a store surveillance video clearly shows that horrifying scene. but authorities are not r eleasing the video because of concerns that may affect an u pcoming trial. the same man spent six months in jail after an assault with a deadly weapon conviction in 1994 -- in 1994. the mayor of antioch later on today plant to meet with police and community leaders to
talk about a disturbing rise in violent crime there. yesterday adragging death case was one of two -- yesterday's dragging death case was one of two homicides in antioch along with a pair of shootings that injured two men. these latest crimes come at the end of a very violent year. antioch has had ten homicides this year. there were five in 2009. police in rohnert park plan to check the cell phone records of a drive irwho chit and killed a driver in a crosswalk. the girl died and her mother was severely injured when the car hit them last wednesday. police believe the 18-year-old driver was using her phone at the time of the crash. now, the driver could face charges if police determine she was on her cell phone during that time. a 62-year-old atherton woman is facing dui charges after a wild ride if -- wild ride in d
owntown. police say while backing out, margaret brill hit a parked car sending it into another parked car. a man was pinned between the two cars but he's expected to be okay. brill allegedly sped off in her mercedes and hit two more cars before slamming into a tree. she was taken to jail. 8:34. the registered sex offender who is accused of sexually a ssaulting a 2-year-old girl inside of a store heads back to court this morning. eugene ramos is expected to enter a plea when he appears before a judge at 9:00 a.m. ramos is accused of assaulting that girl at a union city dollar tree store one week ago today. investigators say the attack happened while her grandmother and her aunt were shopping in the very next aisle. and pleasant hill police are looking for information and possibly other victims of an accused child molester. they started a tipline on thomas jewel. the 53-year-old former juvenile hall counselor has been charged
with 46 points of child pornography and molestation. if you have any formation about this case, contact this number, 925-676-1273. you can also find that number at our channel 2 website, ktvu.com. look under the headlines. san jose has voted to annex the cam brieian 36 neighborhood to the disappointment of many residents. they say they would rather be a part of campbell. the annexation will not be registered for the two cities to negotiate on the neighborhood. many homeowners and residents have waged a four-year plight about becoming against san jose. they say they are concerned about budget issues and a decrease in services. we think when you have sources and you are creating a bigger, bigger population, it's i mpossible to spread your r
esources thinner and provide services. >> if no deal is reached in six months, the land will become part of san jose. if san francisco hosts the america's cup, the main facilities for it might move north. a meeting between the mayor and race organizers continues this morning with plans to move the facilities from south of the bay bridge to the north between p iers 19 and 29. the options have been gaining popularity. this comes ahead of today's board of supervisors budget m eeting on the fiscal feasibility of the city's bid. because we have wet weather, we're really talking about traffic and your commute. what's happening now, sal? >> it's been a rough one, dave and tori, as you might imagine, when it does get wet, a lot of people get into accidents, most of them are stopping distances are misjudged by drivers. it has been drying off here on
highway 24. you see the -- you see the tree kind of getting a little bit of air time there. westbound 24. moderately heavy but highway 4 is very, very heavy. i think a lot of people are still stuck on highway 4 and they haven't made it this car -- made it this far. it's improving a little bit westbound, the only thing going for the bay bridge commute. we did have an earlier accident. a lot of people are stuck elsewhere. they are stuck upstream. you might want to get out there as soon as you can. the morning commute this morning is going to be slow in novato. it's improving. this is highway 101 in novato as you drive down almeda del prado and things are beginning to pick up. there's only slowing from about the roland boulevard exit to about marinwood and it gets much better as we plan our -- pan our camera to the right. 8:38. let's go back to steve.
>> all right, sal. thank you. cloudy, fog, mild, cool conditions. occasionally light rain. heaviest amounts will be in the north bay. oakland 52. foggy conditions. it looks like today and tomorrow a lot of clouds and occasionally some rain had one band go through. rain is down all the way to the santa clara valley. there will be a series of these systems coming over the next 36 hours until it all lifts north as we get into saturday. with so much moisture in place, i think fog will be a big travel issue on the weekend. we could soon knee -- we could be near 70. today, cloudy, steady stream of clouds continues to million in. russian river, i've seen reports about .50.
cazadero, 1.25. cloudy with rape, heaviest amounts will be in the north b ay. 50s, upper 50, low 60s. 50, 51, 52. these temperatures have been stuck all morning long due to the cloud cover. a much milder warmer pattern than we had in november. it was cold. this is coming out of the southwest set -- out of the west-southwest. so temperatures in the mountains have gone up. even southern california that had record lows, now looking at very mild witness. you can see why. that low guy vancouver funneling in a lot of the moisture for the next day or two. cloudy, rain, windy at times. higher elevations. mostly sunny. warm on the coast.
north bay and east bay really thick fog. a hiker who survived six nights in the santa cruz mountains says she held on to hope she would be found. >> debra collins was released from the hospital just last night. the woman from fenton says she ended up in a ravine after hughes her footing and falling on an un-- losing her footing and falling on an unmarked t rail. she talked about what she will do different next time she goes hiking. >> definitely the thing to do is to leave notes or just let someone know if you are going to a really isolated area. miss collins was found on saturday between a neighbor and his young son. the santa cruz sheriff's department says it should have launched a search for her earlier. it's 19 minutes before 9:00. wikileak supporters go on the attack this morning. who they are targeting -- who they are targeting now to show
let's bring you up to date on some of the top stories we're following for you right now. berkeley police are searching for a gunman who robbed a mcdonald's restaurant. investigators say the masked suspect went into the restaurant ordered employees into a f reezer. the gunman then stole cash from the register before escaping. one employee you see him right there, suffered an apparent head injury. this morning governor-elect jerry brown is holding a budget forum in sacramento. he's invited lawmakers and other government officials to get -- to hit him get a jump start on the budget crisis ahead of takes office -- taking office in january. the private funeral is scheduled this weekend for elizabeth edwards. the 61-year-old died yesterday after a six-year battle with
breast cancer. people are gathering in new york central park this morning, specifically in the area known as strawberry fields. it's to commemorate the 30th anniversary of john lennon a's tragic death -- john lennon's damage eighth death. richard roth is live with more. >> reporter: tori this is the scene where john lennon was 30 years ago. another spirited sing along of a beatles song, john lennon and the beatles and a solo -- and a solo career afterward. it's more of a celebration and a memory of john lennon, the m an -- he would have been 70 this year. this group here has laid flowers and put gifts, guitars on the square. newyorkers have gone to work and dropped a flower and then
just gone off. a lot of europeans, international tour its here at strawberry fields. there's a moment of silence and people are crying and now they are asking the amateur guitarist hear to perform a beatles song in honor of john lennon. this is richard roth in central park. back to you. >> thank you. a bay area disk jockey was with john lennon that horrible day. dave, the duke, interviewed john and yoko ono and we spoke to dave a short time ago. >> we spent approximately t ree -- three and a half half thundershowers with -- three and a half hours with john and yoko in an incredible interview and came back to san francisco the same night and landed and found out that he was shot and killed. and that was about the same t
ime -- time flame. about five hours after we left him. >> he says when he first arrived back in san francisco he could not understand why the radio stations were playing non- stop beatle music and then he heard the horrible news. 8:47. new this morning, supporters of wickileaks have hacked their way into websites that they consider hostile to the owner, jilllyian assange. they are claiming responsibility for problems at master card. we just checked and master card, the website a still down northerning. assange-- this morning. assange remains in a british jail. 8:48. a marin county lawmaker is proposing a law that could make smart meter opponents a little happier. pg&e has installed 7 million of the wireless meters despite o ngoing questions about their
safety and accuracy. now, san rafael assemblyman jerry huffman has introduced a bill that would allow customers to ask for a meter that t ransmits information through a wired connection. it would also require utilities to release information about the timing, duration and strength of signal from wireless meters. today, comcast sportsnet officially launches its drop the dish campaign. the san francisco business times report says this is affecting -- has been affecting san francisco shark fans. users who switch from another cable provider can get $150 gift card. this is the latest move in comcast sportsnet california. many have not been able to watch sharks' games since thanksgiving week. a judge in washington, d.c. is delaying the start of the trial for roger clemens until july.
this will give defense attorneys more time to go over thousands of documents. roger clemens was originally scheduled to go back on -- scheduled to go back on s chedule. thousands of giants' fans are getting a chance too get close, real close, to the world series trophy. season ticket holders have the opportunity to see 244-pound tiffany-made trophy and take a picture with it. there are a couple of rules. you cannot touch a and a teen photographer will be the one shooting the pictures. if you are a not a season ticket holder, don't worry, you will get your chance. >> we plan to announce a public tour of the trophy, to be able to take the trophy out of the ballpark, out of san francisco, and take it throughout northern california and share it with our fans. >> sal's a season ticket
holier. he's going. >> uh-huh. a group called digdeepsf is making sure there is a free underneath the tree -- making sure there is a gift underneath the tree for every child this year. this morning a group of elves helped pick out -- good looking elf there -- yes, that's fabio. >> it's such a great cause, the salvation army and this year because of the bad economy, they've been having trouble to raise money to buy toys for k ids. >> toys will be handed over to the salvation army tonight at 7:00 in san francisco. well, a 4-year-old girl could soon be the new face of the gap. morgan grove from concord -- look at that face -- beautiful. she's been collected as a -- selected as a finalist in a
modeling contest sponsored by the clothing company. more than a million children submitted photos for the c ontest. only 20 were pictured to be the a finalist. only four will lin -- only four will win. you can vote until the end of the month online. >> i don't think her eyes could be any bluer. and the spice that's already caused a couple of -- a couple of deaths.
san francisco mayor gavin newsom will kick off his final project homeless connect event in san francisco. he started the project to help the homeless get food, housing, legal assistance as well as medical attention under one r oof. he plans to start a similar program that will offer daily services to the homeless. that new program begins in february. the community really came together to help a dog who saved a family from a fire in hayward. darryl stein's pit bull named diamond suffered severe burns back in october in an apartment fire. it was diamond that woke up the family by parking and is c redited for saving their lives. well, the dog recovered but whether stein, the owner, was faced with more than -- m r.
stein, the owner, was faced with more than $5600 in medical medical bills. the bills have been paid off with donations from members of the community. doctors say kids are smoking or snorting a common spice to get a cheap high. nutmeg contains an organic compound that if used used in high doses can give you a buzz. a florida doctor says at least two deaths have been attributed to overdose. in august, more than 5 00 million eggs were recalled by two iowa farms due to the salmonella. although the drop in sales was short-lived, some producers say it's convinced them to change their approach to food safety
overall. 8:5. the oakland raiders color scheme is very popular among car lovers all over the world. a new report shows silver is the most popular color for cars. black is a close second. only one half of all cars f ocused all over the world are those two colors. in north america, white is the most popular color. red is the most fifth most popular color. all right. let's see what is happenings on the roads. sal? >> it's kind of rainy. that's due to the greatness of the raiders! let's take a lack look at what we have right now -- take a look at what we have right now. the oakland coliseum, it's terrible. it's stopped. westbound bay bridge, at least a 20-minute delay getting into the bridge and san francisco wet and rainy commute. let's go to steve. we've had light rain but moderate to heavy rain
returning to the north bay with the light ray returning. nothing too bad but but .10 but you start to go to the north b ay. things are really lighting um. right around where claudine wong is, stretching from point reyes to -- it looks like petaluma. clouds will be with us through friday and then the coast during the week, might be near 70 but a lot of fog. >> a lot of fog. thank you for joining us, everyone. >> bye now.