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now at noon-- b.a.r.t. trains coming to a hal in contra costa county as -- to a halt in contra costa county as investigators re-create the scene where the two workers were killed. a 13-year-old shot and killed by sheriff's deputies. neighbors speaking out about the item the teen was holding. and the investigation into the worker who was killed at leave vary stadium nearly -- levi stadium nearly four months
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after it happened. good afternoon. i'm tori campbell. a portion of the b.a.r.t. track is being shut down in the east bay right now. this is all because of the investigation into the death twof workers killed on the tracks over the weekend. happening now, brian flores is near where the accident happened in walnut creek and joins us live. good afternoon, brian. >> reporter: good afternoon, tori. yeah. the last thing that b.a.r.t. riders want to go through is another interruption on the system. as we look at the tracks behind me, it's been quiet for the past five, six minutes. a b.a.r.t. train moved through about five, six months ago. but this re-enactment is scheduled to take place from noon to 350-67-8930 today. it's important for -- from noon to 3:30 today. it's important for investigators to go through exactly how the workers were killed. lawrence daniels and chris shepherd were killed by an oncoming train as they were inspecting a dip on the train
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tracks last saturday. what federal investigators hope to do is gather more information and better understand the situation that led to the fatal accident. federal investigators tell b.a.r.t. officials that they need to need the tracks again from noon to 3:30. so to accommodate. the la fayette station is halted. so to accommodate riders, buses will be running for those riders. >> it will only be three for the three and a half hour period. it's essential for the ntsb to shut down the tracks to do what they need to do to complete their investigation. >> reporter: this re-enactment is scheduled to take place from now until 3:30. i just got off the phone from the ntsb who says this will entail a b.a.r.t. train going back and forth so that investigators can measure and remeasure and analyze speed so they get a better chance to understand the situation from
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last saturday. but since the accident, the ntsb has concluded quite a few things. for one, there were no mechanical malfunctions from the accident. only to say there's evidence of hard braking. we know the train operator was training at the time. as we take it back out here live, pretty silent. we're north of the b.a.r.t. station. the b.a.r.t. stations affected, pleasant hill, walnut creek and la fayette. this re-enactment scheduled from now until 3:30. if you need to take b.a.r.t., you have to take the bus through those stations until this re-enactment is over. we're live in walnut creek, brian flores, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you, brian. san alameda county judge has ordered -- an alameda county judge has ordered a 60- day cooling off period between a.c. transit and the unions. gr. brown requested -- go brown requested the cooling-off period to examine the issues
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involved. >> i find that based on the commissions that if there is a threatened or actual strike or lockout it significantly -- it will significantly disrupt service and i will be granting this. >> the unions and a.c. transit did not oppose the cooling-off period. they continue to -- to goat -- negotiate. two sonoma county sheriff deputies are on leave today after shooting and killing a young teen they say was carrying a very realistic- looking toy gun. christien kafton tells us friends are identifying the teen and then say he was no threat. >> reporter: he friends say 13- year-old andy lopez is dead after sonoma county sheriff deputies mistook a toy gun for a real assault rifle and shot the teen. at about 3:00 yesterday afternoon, two deputies on routine patrol near the
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intersection of moreland and west robles avenue saw someone with what appeared to be an assault rifle. the deputies say they repeated told him to drop the gun and when he didn't opened fire. investigators say he died on the scene. it wasn't until later, deputies discovered that the rifle was a toy, as was the plastic pistol they found tucked into his waistband. >> he was sweet. he loved everyone. he would never hurt nobody. >> reporter: this girl says several boys in the neighborhood share the toy gun he had yad and she doesn't understand how deputies could have mistaken it for a real weapon. >> it had an orange thing on it, the orange tip and it's obvious that it is fake when -- you know, if it has an orange tip, it's fake. you could notice it by looking at it. >> reporter: this individual is a friend of the family. he says they are struggling with their loss. >> really tough time. he didn't -- they didn't know until like late last night. they didn't know it was him until, like, one of our
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friends, like, told them. >> reporter: there are three investigations going on. petaluma police, santa rosa police and the sonoma county district attorney's office are all investigating this shooting. in santa rosa, christien kafton, ktvu channel 2 news. in about an hour, thomas bernowski is scheduled to be in court in connection with the death of a woman run over and killed at a park last month. prosecutors say the woman was sunbathing on the grass with her dog and 11-month-old daughter. police say he did not stop or seek help but his attorney says his actions were not criminal. >> he felt a bump. he looked back and he saw a bag scam perking away -- scampering away and thought he did not get hit. >> this driver was very reckless and we're gonna charge him accordingly. >> he's behind bars on $350,000 bail since turning himself in yesterday. he faces felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run
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charges. the woman's husband told ktvu i thinks the charges -- he thinks the charges are just but adds at this time, he's focusing on mourning the loss of his wife and raising their baby girl. the alameda county coroner says sandra coke was strangled to death. the bod did of the 50-year-old -- body of the 50-year-old oakland woman was found in a creek bed in vacaville back in august. her former boyfriend pleaded not guilty today to her murder. he claims the two had rekindled the relationship after he got out of prison last year. in developing news out of massachusetts, authorities in essex county north of boston are investigating the murder of 24-year-old high school math teacher colleen ritzer and 14- year-old student fill imchism is being -- phillip chism is being charged with her murder. her body was found behind the high school after she was reported missing about 1:20
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last night -- 11:20 last night. >> the teacher was reported missing. the police instituted a search and found what i described earlier as blood and secured the school at that time. >> police found chism after midnight walking along a highway in a nearby town. he's being held without bail and will be given a mental evaluation. classes were canceled today because of the investigation at the school. a plan to put more police officers on the streets of san jose has ignited a controversy. san jose is dealing with a dwindling number of police officers. see the city started reaching out to retired police officers. it wants to hire those retirees to conduct background checks on police applicants. a job usually done by active officers. the purpose was to allow the city to keep more active officers on the streets. but the union sent letters to retired officers asking them not to take those jobs from active officers. and san jose's mayor is
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outraged. >> that will make it more difficult for us to do backgrounds on the new recruits and may slow down the recruiting. that will undermine the department. >> police say some retirees have expressed interest but no one has been hired yet. meanwhile, chuck reed is heading east to talk about pension reform. he's due to travel to washington, d.c. tomorrow and friday. his office says he will meet with federal officials to talk about pension reform and participate in two pension summits. last week, reed and five other california mayors filed papers to get a pension reform initiative on the november 2014 state ballot. the german government says chancellor merkel called president obama after reports that u.s. intelligence agencies had monitored her cell phone. this is file video of merkel with the president during a visit to washington, d.c. a report in a german magazine outlined the monitoring. a spokesman for merkel said she asked president obama for
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clarification on the surveillance programs and the white house says the president has assured merkel the u.s. is not listening in on her phone calls. state safety officials are taking a closer look at the work-related death at the new 49ers stadium that happened over the summer. we'll tell you why it's being re-examined. another day starting out foggy and cold around the bay area. but it won't stay that way everywhere. ktvu's steve paulson will tell you where you can expect a warmup later today. plus -- a warning for pet owners as federal investigators investigate a treat that may have sickened thousands of pets.
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an amtrak train hit and killed a pedestrian in san leandro. it happened in the area of washington avenue and florist boulevard around:15 this morning -- around 9:15 this morning. no one was injured. amtrak set up a bus to take passengers around the scene. >> it looks like the male, adult male was pushing a shopping cart full of recycling and was struck by the train. >> authorities have not released the identity of the person hit and killed. there's a new development in the death of a construction worker that happened over the summer at the new 49ers
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stadium. in an unusual move, state inspectors had originally cleared the company that employed the worker of any violations. but as janine de la vega reports, that has now changed. >> reporter: as construction workers headed into levi stadium this morning, thoughts are still on the two work- related deaths that happened here in the last four months. >> everyone is on their toes. nobody wants to get hurt. nobody wants to see anybody not go home to their family. that's the gist of it. we're trying to be safe and accidents happen. >> reporter: inspectors with cal/osha have decided to take a closer look at the june death of 63-year-old elevator mechanic, donald white. state officials originally notified white's employer a week ago that it was cleared of any safety violations but that was rescinded. cal/osha wouldn't specify as to what prompted the change of heart. >> an experienced cal/osha staff questions had some -- staff person had some questions and for that reason, the notice of no violation was rescinded yesterday and that investigation that was begun on
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june 11th is ongoing. >> reporter: in its initial investigation, cal/osha determined white was killed while standing in an elevator shaft while the counter weight came down and hit him on the head. the's jency said white was -- the agency said white was in communication with the other worker and knew the elevator was coming. >> i think a longer investigation is needed because it came in so quick and said what they thought happened and a lot of people want to know if it was -- fsh it was himself -- if it was himself that did it or someone else that hurt him, someone else's equipment that hurt him. >> i think we can learn where we improve. >> reporter: cal/osha has six months from the date of the accident to determine whether or not the elevator company violated any state safety codes. reporting from santa clara, janine de la vega, ktvu channel 2 news. the recent government
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shutdown has forced the postponement of the hearing into the deadly asiana crash in san francisco. the ntsb hearing was scheduled for next month. it's been rescheduled for december. two passengers died in the july crash, a third was killed after she was run over by a fire truck. yesterday, the last crash patient at san francisco general hospital was released in good condition and transferred to a rehab facility. after flip-flopping several times, facebook has decided to pull a gruesome video of a beheading. this follows worldwide outrage over the earlier decision to lift the ban on gory images and footages. the social networking site it did not reverse or change policies as a result of the controversy but it says this particular video floor fid violence. the -- glorified violence.
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took says "if it's being shared for sadistic pleasure or to celebrate violence, facebook removes it." the fda is issuing a consumer alert to pet owners as it investigates potentially dangerous pet jerky treats made in china. so far, since 2007, more than 3600 dogs and cats have become ill since eating the treats. of those cases, 580 pets have died. the cause of the illness has not been determined but there are some common symptoms. >> the first things that you might see might be drinking more water or europeanating more frequently -- urinating more frequently. as that happens you might see weight loss and changes in appetite. >> the fda has not identified specific brands but is encouraging pet owners to report any cases of pet illness that can be linked to the treats. police in roseville arrested a firefighter with calfire on drug charges.
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battalion chief, writhe, is accused of selling or transporting methamphetamine. reportedly he was caught in a sting operation. formal charges have not been filed but he could face felony charges. he's currently on leave. don't be alarmed if you see spoke at the point reyes national seashore because a controlled burn is underway right now. it's happening on 141 acres near north ranch and drakes. the controlled burn is expected to continue until about 4:00 today. the fire is to eradicate nonnative plants like the scotch broom. a line of wildfires, nearly 1,000 miles long, is threatening new south whales in australia. right now more than 60 wildfires are waging across the state. one of the worst affected area, the blue mountains. the search for a missing be apy loney drive -- abalone diver off the coast has transitioned to a recovery
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effort. a sheriff says the unidentified diver is presumed dead. the diver disappeared at salt point state park monday afternoon. his wife was waiting onshore and reported him missing. dense fog forced crews to call off the search late yesterday. they were supposed to go back out today weather permitting. it was a hero's breakfast for an 18-year-old girl who used cpr to save her mother's life. at an event held by the american red cross, lindsey dole be recounted the -- dolan recounted the story of her mother 5e heart attack last year. she sprinted downstairs when her father screamed. because she had taken a course, she knew what to do. because of the cpr, her mother received the oxygen she needed and did not suffer brain damage. >> and when we spoke up, it was clear that i did the right thing and it worked the way i hoped it would.
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>> my lifesaver. my daughter and i love her. >> lindsey's parents say they just celebrated their 30th anniversary thanks to lindsey. well, if you had sunshine, consider yourself lucky because it's still cloudy for some and very, very cold. in fact, last check, i had cloud cover over san jose, santa clara. but there's some sun as we look out towards the east bay and temperatures in the 60s, a couple of low 70s. you have to go out to fairfield and vacaville to find them. a couple of people tweeted me and said it feels like january and they have the fireplace going. this fog bank is a big one. as good as it gets for october. sometimes in june and july, we don't see them this big. it's been a long time. it's really thick. there's no breeze except for a slight, slight onshore. cool, cold, mild to warm. the air is squash, the fog. we had dense fog advisories until 11:00. i'm sure they will be back tonight. with that, 50s, 60s at best by
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the coast, upper 70s, a low few to low -- low to mid-80s inland. it's warmer in tahoe than around here including in oakland and san francisco. 54 monterey. a lot of fog. 74 in fresno. you can see some of the gray. it's slow to head back to the coast. it's finally starting. finally beginning to thin out. it's been thick, thick. 70 in fairfield. 57 in santa rosa. last hour, they were 46. they lose the fog and warm up rapidly. oakland, 54. san francisco is 57. tomorrow temperatures -- some temperatures stuck in the 60s. there's a lot of fog out there. a little low in southern california. they have a system approaching us right now unfortunately, it looks like it will kind of meander closer towards us. it will probably ramp up the fog give us drizzle thursday night into friday. then it will slide towards southern california. at least that's what every sign points towards. one low in southern california doesn't have much to work with. other than that, we have dense morning fog, it will be back.
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it's giving way to low clouds. it's not as thick as it was, slowly clearing back to the coast. that slow kind of me anders towards us. it will stop and drive south. it may give us high clouds on the saturday. that's about it. nothing. if you are in the fog, it's cold. darned cold. sunny, not bad. mild, warm. some locations are pushing into the 80s like lake kook. saint they -- lake county. st. helena. as well. other temperatures, 60s and 70s. if you had the fog, you are hard breed to get -- hard- pressed to get above 76. san jose, that 74, i need help on that now. i think we'll get there later this afternoon. 50s on the coast. 50s, 60s parts of san francisco. no big changes. next week looks colder and winy, maybe some -- windy, maybe some snow in the sierra. no sign for it for us here. >> okay. the price of college continues to increase. but there's a bit of good news in the latest report. thousands line up for this little guy, prince george's big
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day. [son] all right,she has no idea.
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[man] no one told her,right? [son]hi! [mom screams] a mixed batch of earning reports as stock markets rally cooling a little bit. caterpillar is leading the dow jones lower because of earnings and revenue. energy stocks fell the most on the s&p 500. the index has hit record highs for the last four trading sessions. taking a live look at the big board, the dow is down 56.
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the nasdaq is down 26. the s&p is down 9. a new report shows college tuition continues to rise but not as much as in the past. the college board says the average cost of an in-state student attending a four-year school went up $247. that's under $8900 annually. the 2.9% increase is the smallest one-year bump in 30 years. britain's youngest member of the royal family was christened. prince george was christened in a private ceremony, just 223 people at st. james palace. his parents named seven godparents for the future kick, mostly close friends. $80,000 dom member rative gold coin contains two pounds of gold and was part of the service. coming up at 4:00 today, we'll have the latest on the ntsb investigation into the death of two b.a.r.t. workers. we're up in santa rosa digging into what happened
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leading up to the deadly police officer-involved shooting that killed a teenager. that's today at 4:00 because of the world series coverage. thank you for making ktvu your choice for news. we'll see you the next time news breaks. we're always here for you at and you can follow us on twitter and facebook. have a great afternoon.
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