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    When I was 16, I had saved enough money to buy my first car. One day as I waited to pick up a friend from work, I heard a tap on my window. I looked to my left and saw the barrel of a gun. The man opened my door and tried to force me into the passenger seat, but in the struggle that followed I broke free and escaped. I was fortunate that the violence of that event didn’t shape me. Instead it was the police officers who rushed to the scene who forever altered the trajectory of my life. They showed me the power of kindness, and they made a terrified girl feel safe. Above all, they showed me the power law enforcement has to positively impact the lives of those we encounter and set me down the path to where I am today. On Jan. 2 I was sworn in as San Mateo County Sheriff. I am the first woman to hold the office, and I and Alameda County’s Yesenia Sanchez are the first two Latina sheriffs...
    The US power grid was physically attacked 107 times in the first eight months of 2022, more than in any other year in the last decade. The damage, caused mainly by gunfire, triggered power outages affecting tens of thousands of Americans. Now, security experts are warning that the likelihood of a more significant attack is higher than ever - one that could see domestic terrorists cause a blackout spanning weeks and affecting entire swathes of the country. Security experts are warning that the likelihood of a more significant attack is higher than ever - one that could see domestic terrorists cause a blackout spanning weeks and affecting entire swathes of the country 'If you have a physical attack that damages equipment, it can take weeks, months or years to replace that equipment,' says Michael Mabee, a former U.S. Army command sergeant major and an expert in power infrastructure vulnerabilities, told Newseek.  'If enough of these transformers were destroyed in a physical attack, we would have a long-term, wide-scale blackout, and the deaths would be in the tens of thousands, hundreds...
    Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed newly elected Maury County Commissioner Aaron Miller in studio to discuss why he decided to run for county commission and his battle against grooming with the Maury County Library. Leahy: In studio, Maury County Commissioner Aaron Miller. Aaron, so tell us a little bit about your decision to run for county commission after having lived in Maury County for two years. Miller: I knew that was something that I wanted to do coming out of the military. As I said before, in the military, because of the Hatch Act and several other things, you’re not allowed to be political in a lot of ways, and you’re especially not allowed to run for office. I knew that’s something that I wanted to do upfront. And then moving to Maury County, moving to Columbia, seeing the community, and all of the values that we hold down there, I knew that I...
    At least 27 people have died in Erie County, New York, as a result of a massive winter storm which blasted much of the United States in recent days, county officials said Monday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 49. The updated number of deaths in Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo, comes as parts of western New York remain buried by up to 43 inches of snow, leaving vehicles stuck and power out for thousands over the Christmas holiday, just one month after the region was slammed with a historic snowstorm. “This is a horrible situation,” Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz said in a news conference, noting officials expect between 8 and 12 more inches of snow to fall between Monday morning and 1 p.m. Tuesday. “This is not helpful as we’re trying to recover and clear off streets and get into areas that still have not” been plowed, he said. Poloncarz tweeted Monday afternoon:” Very sadly, the (county Health Department) Medical Examiner has confirmed another 2 deaths from the Blizzard. Total deaths are now 27. Of...
    By Nouran Salahieh, John Miller and Holly Yan | CNN A growing number of reported threats to power infrastructure are under investigation following attacks on substations in the South and on the West Coast as electricity becomes a more critical need in winter. Even before the gun assaults Saturday in Moore County, North Carolina, wiped out power for days to thousands, at least five electricity substations in Oregon and Washington had been attacked in November, according to energy companies. While no motive or suspect behind the North Carolina attacks has been identified, investigators are zeroing in on two possible threads centered on extremist behavior: writings by extremists on online forums encouraging attacks on critical infrastructure and a series of recent disruptions of LGBTQ+ events across the nation by domestic extremists, law enforcement sources told CNN. Though investigators have no evidence connecting the Moore County outage to a drag event that began there around when the lights went out, the timing and context of armed confrontations around similar LBGTQ+ events across the country are being considered, the sources told CNN. The...
    The FBI and sheriff's deputies now have 'active warrants' out over a power station gun attack that left 45,000 without power. Moore County Sheriff's Office are looking to find a suspect or suspects in connection to Saturday's attack - which left 45,000 people in North Carolina without power. The FBI has secured an order to obtain cell phone records in a bid to identify people who were near the two substations which were attacked, reports WRAL.  Both the bureau and sheriff's office said: 'This is an absolute, complete joint investigation.'  Power stations in a number of US states have been threatened or targeted for attacks in recent weeks, prompting American law enforcement to warn citizens about a need to secure the power grid Duke Energy workers repair a crippled electrical substation that they said was hit by gunfire after the Moore County Sheriff said that vandalism caused a mass power outage A Duke Energy employee works to repair the damage at the Moore County substation in North Carolina  No identities for possible suspects have been given, and no motives have...
    Compared to the marbled splendor of Los Angeles City Hall, the building that houses the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor isn’t much to look at — drab, utilitarian and hunched on a gritty sun-blasted corner a few blocks south of MacArthur Park. But inside that building, the federation’s then-president, Ron Herrera, recently talked about the emotion he wanted elected officials and candidates for office to feel when they glimpsed the street the unassuming structure stands on. “That should [bring] fear in people,” Herrera said in a private conversation that was recorded and leaked to the public. “If you f— us, we’ll campaign against you.” “Political power,” he added. “That’s what this is all about.” Former L.A. County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera is shown in September 2021.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) Over the last three decades, “the Fed,” as the L.A. County Federation of Labor is known, has marshaled the dues and precinct-walking and phone-banking strength of more than 300 unions and labor organizations now representing an estimated 800,000 workers to become among the most important...
    Los Angeles County voters will decide in November whether to give the Board of Supervisors the power to remove an elected sheriff from office. The proposal, which stems from supervisors’ long-running feud with Sheriff Alex Villanueva, would severely undercut the autonomy sheriffs in L.A. County have always been granted and hand an extraordinary level of authority to the already powerful supervisors. The five-person board, which is also elected, voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to place a measure on the ballot that, if approved by a majority voters, would amend the county charter to allow a sitting sheriff to be jettisoned. To kick out a sheriff, at least four supervisors would need to agree that he or she is not fit for office. In the Nov. 8 election, voters also will decide whether to reelect Villanueva, a controversial, pugnacious leader who has repeatedly clashed with the board throughout his first term in office. Villanueva is facing a tough runoff against retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna. “The voters deserve an opportunity to decide whether this is the right...
    Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – guest host Gulbransen welcomed Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs to the newsmaker line to discuss the Bill of Rights, 2nd Amendment, and the security of public schools. Gulbransen: We have on our newsmaker line who I call Tennessee’s favorite mayor, Glenn Jacobs of Knox County. How are you doing this morning, sir? Jacobs: Good morning, Aaron. How are you? Gulbransen: Thank you for getting up. I appreciate it. Although you’re probably up way early earlier than this, working for the people in Knox County usually. So I appreciate your time. Jacobs: I’m also in Eastern Time, so I gained an hour. Gulbransen: Yes, that’s right. I always forget that it’s such a weird line in Tennessee where it’s like you drive two hours and then all of a sudden you gain an hour of sleep. How are things going in Knox County? Obviously, there’s a lot of discussion on how...
    SCARSDALE, Westchester County (WABC) -- Storms battered Westchester County Sunday, downing trees and power lines and leaving hundreds in the dark.In Scarsdale, the Department of Public Works reported several roadway closures due to fallen trees and wires.The following streets were closed as of late Monday morning:--Post Road between Farley and Kingston (both directions)--Lenox Place at Mamaroneck Road--Heathcote Road between Morris and Sherbrooke-Palmer between Secor and Bansom--Carthage Road at Heathcote Road--Brookby RoadVillage and ConEd crews are working to clear the trees and wires.Drivers are encouraged to avoid these areas.At the peak of the outages, nearly 1,200 were without power in Westchester County.Residents are urged to stay clear of any downed trees or wires and please report any power outages to ConEd at 1-800-752-6633.----------* More Northern Suburbs news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    Originally published on May 9 CENTER CITY, Minn. (WCCO) — Storms pulled through Minnesota in two rounds Monday, bringing with them large hail and strong wind gusts. READ MORE: Fatal Crash Along Highway 75 In Norman CountyThe southern end of Chisago County was hit the hardest, with downed power lines, uprooted trees and ripped-up sheds left in the storm’s wake. Straight-line winds came through the northeastern lake towns of Center City, Shafer and Lindstrom at about 10:30 a.m., uprooting giant trees across the area. When the storm came through, the winds came right over South Center Lake. A giant, red Adirondack chair — a photo op spot for people who drive through town – wound up on the other side of the lake, right up to Steve Nelson’s shoreline. The winds also took down one of his big trees. Nelson says he was outside when the storm suddenly picked up, and he got inside just in time. “I was down here raking this morning before the storm came, and all of a sudden the storm was here and I just...
    Walt Disney statue in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney theme parks, studios, and hotels in Florida have been an unbelievable tax generator for the state and an incredible employer. Hiring more than 77,000 employees and home to one of the largest attractions in the world for tourism, Disney’s home in Orlando has brought people from around the world to Florida. With Disney saying they will support overturning Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Gov. Ron DeSantis and legislators have looked at ways to punish the Mouse House. If they think punishing Disney will work out for them, they may need to rethink what it means to catch Tigger by the tail. xYesterday was the 2nd meeting in a week w/fellow legislators to discuss a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney to act as its own government. If Disney wants to embrace woke ideology, it seems fitting that they should be regulated by Orange County. pic.twitter.com/6sj29Gj6Wz— SpencerRoach (@SpencerRoachFL) March 30, 2022 In 1967, the Reedy Creek Improvement Act allowed Walt Disney to act as its own government of sorts, responsible for...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lost power Saturday as a nor’easter brought snow and wind across Massachusetts. A blizzard warning was issued for the eastern part of the state. According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, over 101,000 customers were without electricity as of 9:10 a.m. The number of outages had been rising all morning and then jumped from 40,000 to 84,000 in a matter of minutes around 9 a.m. Wind gusts as strong as 60-75 mph are forecasted for along the immediate coastline. Over 18″ of snow is predicted to fall in bands over in Bristol and Plymouth counties, up through Boston and Cape Ann, and western Middlesex County and Worcester County.
    PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — Hundreds of Pacific Gas and Electric customers were still without power across three counties within the utility’s Sierra Division, while one county has seen power fully restored. Utility crews were able to restore power to many over the past few days, with hundreds of crews working on fixing the issue. According to PG&E, as of 6 p.m. Monday, El Dorado County has been fully restored. Progress was made in Nevada, Placer and Sierra counties but there is still work to be done to turn the lights back on for all. Below are the current statistics for powerless customers in those counties. Nevada: 682 customers Placer: 37 customers READ MORE: State Releases Guidance On Medical Workers' Return To Work After Positive COVID TestSierra: 143 customers To support their customers on these cold days without heat, they have opened resource centers in each region in order to assist people in staying warm and safe. They are listed below. READ MORE: Yolo County Hands Out More Home COVID Tests To Those Who Tested PositiveEl Dorado County: Garden...
    (CNN)Nicole Love Hendrickson made Georgia history last year, becoming the first Black woman elected chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.But under a bill that a Republican legislator has pledged to advance in the Georgia General Assembly early next year, Hendrickson would be stripped of most of her voting powers and the board reconfigured after Democrats of color occupied all five seats this year in a county that had once been a Republican stronghold."The optics are just very obvious," Hendrickson told CNN. "It's a perception that there's a loss of control for Republicans, and we have people of color who are assuming leadership roles and now you are trying to take that power away."The expected legislative battle over the future of Gwinnett's county board is just one of the fights flaring up at the local level as officials redraw electoral maps and work at cementing political power, following the 2020 Census. Voting rights activists are sounding alarms about what they say is a broad effort to dilute the voting strength of people of color and sideline the Black elected...
    After a day of heavy rain and gusty winds, nearly 148,000 Pacific Gas & Electric customers in the Bay Area were without power late Sunday afternoon, the utility provider said. Broken down by region, 47,000 customers were on the Peninsula, 29,000 in the South Bay, 21,700 in the East Bay and 42,000 in Marin and Sonoma counties, it said. One of the largest outages covered most of Foster City. Clicking on an icon for a particular outage on the map above will give specifics of the status and, if determined, the estimated time of power restoration. Zooming in on the map will show approximate boundaries for the larger outages. To report a PG&E outage, call 800-743-5002. Related Articles Map: Mandatory evacuations in San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County Photos: First significant storm of the year hits Bay Area hard with atmospheric river and ‘bomb cyclone’ Santa Clara County: Where can you get sandbags to prevent flooding? San Mateo, Santa Cruz county evacuations ordered as heavy winds, rain pummel the Bay Area...
    SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Approximately 25,000 PG&E customers are scheduled to lose power Monday morning.Solano County is the second county on PG&E's list with the largest number of customers who will be impacted by the latest PSPS event.RELATED: PG&E warns of possible power shutoff for 22 counties, 25K customers in California starting MondayCharlie Beck is getting work done with the last hours of electricity before he wakes up to a dark house."It's unfortunate that we are in a total underground area and there are no overhead lines in this area at all, and yet we are going to lose power," said Beck.The longest PG&E shutoff he has experienced lasted 90 hours. This time he is ready. A month ago, he bought a generator."I just bought the gasoline and put in the oil in it and fired it up this afternoon. It's all ready to go if the power goes off. It's supposed to go off at six in the morning and maybe until tomorrow evening," said Beck.PG&E Power Outages: How to prepare for shut off EMBED More News Videos...
    Share this: The Kings County Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Brooklyn Democratic Party that attempted to unjustly unseat thousands of County Committee members and recall five amendments to the Party Rules that allowed for greater democratic participation. The ruling came down late last week. In Judge Edgar J. Walker’s ruling, in response to seven dismissed causes of action by the plaintiffs, the justice said, “the 13 officers elected at the December 23, 2020 organizational meeting would be inequitably affected were the court to invalidate the meeting and direct that a new meeting take place.” Furthermore, “plaintiffs have failed to name necessary parties to this action and timely joinder of these individuals is not possible given the expiration of the statute of limitations.” “Our goal is to ensure that everyone has a voice and that our diverse County Committee members and Party Officers are elected in a fair, expedient and transparent process. We are pleased that the court agrees with us,”  said Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn. “A handful of geographically homogenous reformers who did not reflect the...
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Thousands of Marin County residents awoke Wednesday morning in the dark after a power outage spread across parts of San Rafael, San Anselmo, Ross, Fairfax and Kentfield. Utility PIO Karly Hernandez said the outage began around 6:35 a.m. and was impacting 6,249 customers. READ MORE: Deadly Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision Shuts Down I-680 Northbound Lanes In San JosePG&E crews were on the scene, investigating the cause of the outage. READ MORE: Prime Suspect In 1994 Cold Case Murder Of Jenny Lin Dies In Oregon Prison“Crews are working safely and as quickly as possible to identify the cause of the outage, make any necessary repairs if needed and restore customers safely,” Hernandez said in an email. Local police were warning residents to be aware that traffic signs may not be working. If you come to an intersection and the light is out, officials said, treat it like a four-way stop. MORE NEWS: Health Experts Advise Caution As More Bay Area Counties Consider Lifting Mask MandateThere was no ETA as to when power out be restored.
    In the opinion of Amanda Skorr, an attorney and former public defender, Outagamie County, Wisconsin Circuit Judge Vincent Biskupic acts as both judge and probation officer because he "wants to see people grow and change." But according to state law, that isn't really a judge's job. The practice, which some local lawyers refer to as "probation to the court," consists of defendants being called to "review hearings" where judges personally question and evaluate the ongoing behavior of a person they sentenced, much like a probation officer usually does. It is authorized nowhere in Wisconsin statutes, which are available online. Legal opinions from both the Wisconsin Attorney General's office and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals also say it's illegal. Harvard law professor Nancy Gertner recently recounted this norm of judge detachment. It was not until after she retired that she met with someone she had sentenced as a federal judge, with eyes on writing a book. Thus, when Judge Biskupic met Christopher Kartsounes—a man with a few minor convictions related to substance use who just pled guilty to bail jumping—he threw...
    Always look before you leap. An apparent skydiver ended up getting caught in a dangerous situation when their parachute became caught in the power lines of a California neighborhood. While the individual reportedly suffered minor injuries, rescue workers were able to safely remove them from the lines without further incident. The parachute became tangled in the lines around 11 in the morning on Tuesday in Riverside County. (Riverside County Fire Department) The parachute became tangled in the lines around 11 in the morning on Tuesday in Riverside County, KTLA 5 reports. While it's unclear where the individual’s flight originated from, the news outlet notes that there is a skydiving center near the area where the incident occurred. MISSING OREGON FISHERMAN LOCATED AFTER 17 DAYS LOST IN FOREST Rescue crews from the Riverside County Fire Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and Southern California Edison responded to the scene. The fire department posted about the incident on Twitter, where it wrote the individual had been left dangling 30 feet off the ground. Workers for the power company cut the power to...
    PLACERVILLE (CBS13) – Mask-mandate anger is boiling over in El Dorado County as health officials say they’ve been bombarded with protests. Monday, adults and children flooded the county health office demanding a change to mask requirements. The protest, led by the parent-led group, Unmask Our Kids El Dorado County, is just one of several from different groups throughout the last year. READ MORE: River Cats Drew Robinson, Suicide Survivor, Talks Mental Health At First Home Game “We don’t have the power to make the decisions,” said county spokesperson Carla Hass. “The county is just an arm of the state. Everything we have done in terms of the COVID response has mirrored the state.” Different groups have targeted the county’s public health building during the pandemic with demonstrators demanding looser restrictions. Hass explained the reason their requests are going unanswered is that the county is required to follow the states’ pandemic plans. “Really, this is an effort to educate the public that if they want to see change, they need to go to where the decisions are being made, and that...
    A Florida county commissioner is facing growing calls to resign over her 'disgusting abuse of power' after she created a 'VIP list' of vaccine recipients from two wealthy zip codes - and also added herself to the exclusive list. Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh worked with the state to open the exclusive three-day pop-up vaccination site at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch for residents living in the 34202 and 34211 zip codes. Baugh admitted she directed staff to give the 3,000 per day vaccine doses only to residents aged 65 and over in the two affluent zip codes, which cover some of the richest neighborhoods in Florida. She also bumped herself, Lakewood Ranch developer Rex Jensen, Jensen's father and two of her former neighbors who didn't live in the zip codes onto the VIP list. The scandal comes as the remaining roughly 110,000 Manatee County residents aged 65 and over must wait on standby to be randomly selected for the vaccine under the county's lottery system.   But, despite the growing outrage on the violation of the county's vaccine allocation...
    By JUSTIN VICORY, Mississippi Clarion Ledger JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Matt Williamson’s job is to alert the public to hurricanes, tornadoes and severe storm systems in the southwest portion of the state. As the managing editor of the Enterprise-Journal newspaper in McComb, he is usually prepared when the lights go out for extended periods of time. But the late winter storm system that descended on the state late on Feb. 14 was something uniquely dangerous, the Summit resident said. “It’s a totally different weather event,” Williamson said. “When you lose your power in a hurricane it’s miserable because there’s no (air conditioning). When you lose it during an ice storm, you really wonder is it safe? You could freeze to death, ya know, in an ice storm so the situation is a lot more perilous.” The storm dumped sleet, snow and freezing rain on much of the South, causing widespread power outages and dangerous driving conditions. By Thursday morning, the total power outage count across the state had skyrocketed to nearly 200,000 customers from just over 15,000 Wednesday morning. A...
    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said on Tuesday that the Houston area is seeing “the winter version of Hurricane Harvey” with a severe winter storm piling up snow and knocking out power in the state.  Hidalgo told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that her county is experiencing a “incredibly tragic” and “nightmare situation” with millions of people spending another night without power in freezing temperatures.  “We’re seeing, basically, the winter version of Hurricane Harvey,” she said. “It’s obviously not the same thing but when you look at the scale you can have relatively similar scope.” “People are dying,” she continued. "People are dying from carbon monoxide poisoning, from exposure to the elements. We have a lot of accidents.” The county judge called it “unbelievable” that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) “was so unprepared for what we’re” seeing. The grid operator for majority of the state ordered utility companies to rotate power, starting on Monday, in order to meet the high demand for electricity during the storm and low temperatures.  More than 4 million Texans had been without power on Tuesday, and...
    VIDEO3:3403:34A lot of this is a man-made disaster, says Texas county judgeThe News with Shepard Smith Millions of people are without power as Texas faces one of the worst storms in its history, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith." "We're seeing, basically, the winter version of Hurricane Harvey," Hidalgo said. "It's an incredibly tragic situation" More than a dozen people in Texas have died due to exposure to elements and several have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning, Hidalgo said. She said that due to power outages, people have tried to run heat from their cars in their garages, which she said has contributed to the more than 300 calls about carbon monoxide poisoning the county received. More than four million Texas residents don't have power after a historic snowfall and single-digit temperatures, according to reports. The freezing temperatures created increased demand for electricity that, along with temperatures, collapsed the state's power grid and caused widespread blackouts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has already called for an investigation of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates...
    Hundreds of Long Islanders remain without power the morning after an ice storm rolled through the region. PSEG Long Island was still working on 18 active outages that were impacting 561 of the company’s 1,168,920 customers as of around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, after snow and rain was dumped in Nassau and Suffolk counties. According to the company, 484 Suffolk County customers and 77 Nassau County customers were still in the dark the morning after the storm. The most customers impacted were in Southampton (322), followed by Riverhead (72), Huntington (47), Brookhaven (31), and Smithtown (nine). There were less than five outages reported in Babylon and Islip. In Nassau, there were 66 outages reported in Hempstead, 10 in Oyster Bay, and less than five in North Hempstead. Complete restoration in both counties is expected no later than 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Related story: First Snowfall Projections Released For New Storm Taking Aim On Region
    (CBSDFW/AP) – At least three people were killed after a tornado tore through a seaside town in southeast North Carolina as millions of people in Texas remained in the dark early Tuesday amid subfreezing temperatures. The deadly tornado, which authorities said left at least 10 people injured, hit just after midnight Tuesday in southeastern Brunswick County near Grissettown in the Ocean Ridge Plantation Community. The tornado destroyed homes, downing powerlines that left thousands without electricity and snapping trees in half, news outlets reported. RELATED: Dallas And Fort Worth ISDs Cancel Classes Next 2 Days Due Widespread Power Outages, Winter Weather The county’s sheriff’s office called damage to many homes “devastating,” especially in the Ocean Ridge Plantation area. Authorities said at least 50 homes were affected. “It’s something like I have never seen before. A lot of destruction. It’s going to be a long recovery process,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at a press conference early Tuesday. Brunswick County Emergency Management said people were trapped in homes. Ingram said searches for missing people were underway and will increase during the day. He’s...
    HARRIMAN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Orange County faces an ice storm warning, bringing worries about ice taking down power lines. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday, the winter has delivered more than its share of cold and ice, with still more on the way, threatening power outages. RELATED: Ice Storm May Bring Treacherous Conditions, Especially For Drivers: Its Not Like A Snowstorm When You See The Snow “I just hope I don’t lose everything in the freezer,” said Monroe resident Joan Nugent. “Charge your phone in the car,” said Jerry Smith. “I got everything set up. Gas, the generator, we’re all hooked up,” said Collin Papish. LINKS: Check The Latest Forecast | Winter Storm Survival Guide The staff at the Orange County Emergency Services Center is nervously watching the forecast, and waiting for the inevitable problems. “This really taxes our emergency services and the utilities to come out and fix these things, because we have multiple incidents at once usually during the typical ice storm,” said Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus. RELATED: Teen Plunges Through Thin Ice At Central Park Pond Orange County’s three major...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility crews in Maine spent Saturday morning attending to power outages caused by a Christmas storm that didn't cause as much disruption as had been feared. In New Hampshire, the largest utility was responding to outages affecting fewer than 60 homes and businesses as of Saturday morning Forecasts called for heavy wind and rained, which arrived on Friday. However, the storm failed to match the havoc caused by previous storms this year that knocked power out for tens of thousands of people. Central Maine Power, Maine's largest power company, said Saturday that less than a thousand people remained without power. Most of those were in Waldo County. Cumberland County, the largest in the state, had less than 100 outages. Forecasts called for calmer weather on Saturday and Sunday in Maine and coastal New Hampshire. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Maine, New Hampshire, weather
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s new district attorney is coming under attack for the policy changes he announced his first day in office. Just after being sworn into office Dec. 7, George Gascón announced that he was eliminating cash bail on non-violent offenses as well as enhanced prison sentences. He also said that his office would not longer seek the death penalty and would take a less aggressive approach on lower-level offenders. Attorney Brian Claypool — who represents several child victims of suspects who have been charged or sentenced under special crime enhancements — announced Wednesday that he was heading a campaign to recall Gascón, claiming that the changes being made are illegal and pose a danger to society. “This is an abuse of power at the most catastrophic level,” Claypool said. “This newly elected district attorney has created a public safety risk in this community.” RELATED: LA DA George Gascon Says He’s Ready To Take Office In New Direction Claypool alleged that Gascón has yet to sit down with families of murder victims or the prosecutors who...
    Civilian watchdog agencies marked an early effort at police reform, with decidedly mixed results. While such oversight efforts have provided an outside check on policing, they have faced criticism for not having enough power to force real changes in a state where the laws offer an array of protections for officers. But in the wake of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a growing number of California cities are turning to civilian review as the public demands action. This fall voters across the state, from Sonoma County to San Diego, overwhelmingly granted more authority to these overseers, often called civilian oversight commissions, giving some the power to investigate police shootings or to subpoena key documents and testimony. California has already emerged as a laboratory for criminal justice reform, from reducing tough sentencing laws to the recent election of George Gascón as Los Angeles County district attorney. And the strengthening of civilian oversight will test whether it can bring results. Los Angeles County has become a flashpoint, with the Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission taking the...
    A 13-year-old girl who was leaning out the window of a car her older sister was driving died when the vehicle left the roadway and she struck a utility pole, Indiana police said.  Kelly Hume of Crown Point was pronounced dead after Saturday night's single-car accident in the Lake County city, according to The Northwest Indiana Times. The accident occurred around 8pm in the 4500 block of West 113th Avenue, authorities said.  Kelly Hume, 13, who was leaning out the window of a car her older sister was driving, died when the vehicle left the road and she struck a utility pole. Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff's Department (file image) said Hume was dragged and thrown from the car Investigators with the Lake County Sheriff's Department Traffic Unit said Hume was leaning out the window of a car driven by her 18-year-old sister when the vehicle left the road on a steep incline.  Hume struck a utility pole and was dragged and thrown from the car. Authorities are investigating if cellphone use may have been a factor in the accident. ...
    An abrupt change from cool fall weather to extreme dry winds over the next couple of days has Los Angeles County emergency management officials sounding the alarm about potential wildfires and power outages. “We have had a week of pretty cool weather,” said Kevin McGowan, director of L.A. County’s Office of Emergency Management. “Starting at midnight tonight that’s going to flip 180 degrees. … We want people to be prepared.” The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon. “It’s going to be a pretty good Santa Ana event,” said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Winds gusts in the mountains could reach 70 mph to 80 mph, “but it’s going to be windy down in the valleys as well,” Wofford said. Humidity will drop into the single digits. “We have 70%, 80%, 90%, 100% humidity now,” Wooford said. “Starting tomorrow, it will be just the opposite.” That combination sets the stage for dangerous fire conditions, he added. “Use common sense. It’s going to be really dry,” Wooford...
    Pacific Gas and Electric will cut power to nearly 1 million people in Northern and Central California on Sunday amid conditions forecasters are describing as the most dangerous fire weather of the season. The utility institutes the so-called public safety power shutoffs ahead of certain weather conditions out of concern that a gust of wind could snap off a tree branch or damage a piece of equipment, creating a spark that could ignite dry brush and spread into a wildfire. A weather system is expected to impart strong and dry north-northeast winds through the mountain passes up and down California, referred to as Diablo winds in Northern California and Santa Ana winds in the southern part of the state. Winds had already started to pick up in some northern areas Sunday afternoon. They were expected to become most widespread and intense Sunday evening and overnight into Monday, though critical conditions were expected to last well into Tuesday. “It’s definitely the strongest wind event of this fire season and probably the lowest humidity as well,” said Duane Dykema, a meteorologist with...
    Pacific Gas and Electric may cut power to more than 1 million people in Northern and Central California on Sunday amid extreme fire weather that’s expected to bring the strongest winds and driest conditions of the year. The utility undertakes the preemptive blackouts, which it calls public safety power shutoffs, to avoid a situation in which wind gusts could snap off tree branches or damage a piece of equipment, creating a spark that could ignite dry brush and lead to the next wildfire disaster. Powerful and dry Diablo winds are forecast to sweep through the area starting Sunday, with sustained speeds of 25-35 mph and gusts of up to 70 mph in higher elevation areas, according to the National Weather Service. “Initial forecasts indicate this could be our largest PSPS event this year so far,” Michael Lewis, PG&E’s interim president, said in a statement. “Our highest priority is to keep customers and communities safe and execute this event according to our plan and to then quickly restore power to all affected customers when it’s safe to do so.” An estimated...
    The weather in the Bay Area is expected to be cool and pleasant on Saturday, but experts warn this is the calm before the storm with strong, dry winds expected to arrive Sunday morning, potentially bringing the worst fire weather of the year and leading to power shutoffs for 466,000 PG&E customers. Starting Sunday morning, off-shore winds — known as Diablo winds after the eponymous mountain range — are expected to bring dry, dangerous fire conditions starting at higher elevations, said David King, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The service is issuing a red flag warning for those areas, with wind gusts expected to reach up to 70 miles per hour at about 1,000 feet of elevation. By Sunday night the red flag warning will spread throughout the Bay Area, with wind gusts in about 40 to 45 miles per hour. Strong wind and dry conditions will slowly subside throughout Monday and into Tuesday. King suggested people prepare by locking down or storing any outside furniture and make sure they have sufficient batteries in case of an outage....
    The county of Los Angeles has a distinct legacy of setting precedent. Whether in the cultural sphere or in the political, the influence and impact of Los Angeles is undeniable. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutorial office in the United States. Unlike any other country in the world, the United States is the only nation that elects rather than appoints district attorneys, giving the public a unique opportunity to elect someone who truly understands the needs of the governed and aligns with our values. Admittedly, many of us do not understand the power of the district attorney (DA), but with voting already underway and Election Day nearing, we should be paying more attention to who will serve as the next chief prosecutor. Who is in the Los Angeles district attorney 2020 race? The Los Angeles district attorney race is between incumbent DA Jackie Lacey and challenger George Gascón. This race is hotly contested because of the complicated and rich histories of the candidates' rise to prominence. Lacey is a career prosecutor who ran on...
    WALNUT CREEK (KGO) -- PG&E is in the process of restoring power to tens of thousands of customers who had their electricity cut off two days ago as part of a PSPS event designed to prevent fires from igniting in high winds.While the Red Flag Warning has been extended to Saturday morning, PG&E says that has not changed their plans to restore power to all of their customers by 10 p.m. Friday night.As of 3 p.m. Friday, 12,000 PG&E customers were still in the dark because of this round of power shutoffs.RELATED: MAP: PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoffs impact thousands in 24 Calf. countiesOne-hundred percent of customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties have been restored, while Santa Clara County is at 99 percent, Solano County is at 94 percent, San Mateo County is at 71 percent, Sonoma County is at 60 percent and Napa County is at 32 percent.MORE: Find out if you'll be impacted by PSPS herePower for all customers in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties has been restored as wellThe Rubenstein family bought a small generator last...
    SANTA ROSA (KPIX) – Across Northern California’s picturesque Wine Country, a patchwork of neighborhoods began Tuesday without electric lights, air conditioning and with refrigerators filled with thawing food as their power had been cut-off in a planned Pacific Gas & Electric outage. The region was under a Red Flag Fire warning with hot dry gusting winds — a weather pattern that triggered a Public Safety Power Shutoff from the region’s largest utility as a precaution against wildfires. PG&E said the outages impacted 5,656 customers in Napa County, including 186 medical baseline customers in Calistoga, Saint Helena and unincorporated areas. In neighboring Sonoma County, at least 210 customers lost of power including 5 medical baseline customers in Cloverdale, Rohnert Park and unincorporated areas. In downtown Calistoga, PG&E crews had stacked large portable generators to keep lights on in local businesses if the utility was forced to expand the outage and turn off the power there. Utility officials said if you had power after 6 a.m., you likely will not have it turned off. If your power is out, it could remain...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Air quality in the Bay Area, particularly along the Peninsula, is the worst in the world Wednesday, as smoke from wildfires blows over the region.The PurpleAir map below shows real-time air quality readings around the Bay Area. You can see the thick band of purple AQI readings along San Mateo County, from Millbrae and San Mateo, down into western Santa Clara County.AQI (or Air Quality Index) readings from 101 to 150 are considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. Readings between 151 and 200 are considered unhealthy for everyone, and anything above 200 is very unhealthy or hazardous.ABC7 LIVE SMOKE TRACKER: Track San Francisco Bay Area air quality levels impacted by smoke from several wildfiresThe smoke is particularly bad in San Mateo County as the August Complex Fire continues to grow and blow off smoke toward the southeast. But the rest of the Bay Area is also starting to see unhealthy air quality levels, says ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco.The South Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains and inland East Bay will be next to see heavy smoke, says Nicco....
    Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents were still without power five days after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the region. Many of the 40,000 residents in the dark were not expected to have power restored until Tuesday night -- right in the middle of a three-day heatwave. Scroll down for a list of outages per county, according to utility company outage maps at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. ATLANTIC COUNTY: 163 BERGEN: 7,015 BURLINGTON: 581 CAMDEN: 27 CAPE MAY: 73 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: 18 ESSEX: 4,967 GLOUCESTER: 60 HUDSON: 234 HUNTERDON: 960 MERCER: 124 MIDDLESEX: 524 MONMOUTH: 4,130 MORRIS: 9,160 OCEAN: 486 PASSAIC: 3,373 SALEM COUNTY: 20 SOMERSET: 3,980 SUSSEX: 3,982 UNION: 805 WARREN: 98 New Jersey officials were continuing to "press all major utilities to restore power as quickly and safely as possible," Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday morning. As crews work 24/7 restoring power to those affected by #Isaias, they're also restoring power from new damage caused by this week's t-storms. Pls note, https://t.co/ZxO5f3jkCr reflects all customers w/out service, including those related to Isaias, the later storms+other causes. pic.twitter.com/7DTeN1KI23 — PSE&G (@PSEGdelivers) August...
    Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents were still without power five days after Tropical Storm Isaias hit the region. Many of the 40,000 residents in the dark were not expected to have power restored until Tuesday night -- right in the middle of a three-day heatwave. Scroll down for a list of outages per county, according to utility company outage maps at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. ATLANTIC COUNTY: 163 BERGEN: 7,015 BURLINGTON: 581 CAMDEN: 27 CAPE MAY: 73 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: 18 ESSEX: 4,967 GLOUCESTER: 60 HUDSON: 234 HUNTERDON: 960 MERCER: 124 MIDDLESEX: 524 MONMOUTH: 4,130 MORRIS: 9,160 OCEAN: 486 PASSAIC: 3,373 SALEM COUNTY: 20 SOMERSET: 3,980 SUSSEX: 3,982 UNION: 805 WARREN: 98 New Jersey officials were continuing to "press all major utilities to restore power as quickly and safely as possible," Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday morning. As crews work 24/7 restoring power to those affected by #Isaias, they're also restoring power from new damage caused by this week's t-storms. Pls note, https://t.co/ZxO5f3jkCr reflects all customers w/out service, including those related to Isaias, the later storms+other causes. pic.twitter.com/7DTeN1KI23 — PSE&G (@PSEGdelivers) August...
    (CNN)The body of 5-year-old Eliza Talal was found Wednesday after she went missing from her Pennsylvania home at the height of the storm a day earlier, Towamencin Township Police Chief Tim Dickinson said.Towamencin Township, in the southeastern part of the state, felt the powerful effects of Isaias as the storm barreled through the East Coast earlier this week. In its wake, the storm left heavy flooding, damage and widespread power outages, prompting at least two governors to declare states of emergency. On Thursday morning, nearly two million people were still without power across the Northeast, according to poweroutage.us.Eliza, who the chief said had autism and was reportedly nonverbal, was last seen around noon on Tuesday before she walked away from her home, which backs into a creek, the chief said. Eliza Talal"We believe based on the circumstances, that she left the house and somehow went into the water," Dickinson said. Authorities and volunteers conducted an extensive search.Read More"I can tell you that these police officers here, and first responders, and community members, searched tirelessly," the chief, who was visibly...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Jail lost power in multiple divisions late Wednesday. The Cook County Sheriff’s office said it was using backup generators and was able to provide lights, power, and technology. All inmates and staff were secure and accounted for, the Sheriff’s office said. The facilities management team at the jail was working on restoring power. It was unclear early Wednesday evening what caused the power outage.
    With California heading toward peak fire season, Marin County is attempting to strengthen its emergency backup power system before Pacific Gas and Electric Co. implements power shutoffs. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized spending $1.35 million to purchase two diesel generators and install transfer switches at two more county buildings so generators can quickly be hooked into their electrical systems. The action follows a $740,000 allocation on the initiative in January. Supervisors Kate Sears and Damon Connolly said they were disappointed with the Department of Public Works’ judgment that it would be impractical to use battery storage at county buildings at 120 N. Redwood Drive and Kerner Boulevard in San Rafael — where solar photovoltaic arrays have already been installed. But Supervisor Judy Arnold told the public works staff, “I think you’ve done an excellent job and made some wise decisions, because we’re in the middle of fire season and we’ve got to get this done. We should go ahead with it right away.” Last year, the Marin Center, which includes the Exhibit Hall and the Marin Veterans’ Memorial...
    Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted this picture of a rollover crash that involved a vehicle caught in power lines on Friday, May 29, 2020. Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Around 2 p.m., Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Pete Piringer tweeted pictures and video from the scene, showing a car dangling from some power and communication lines. Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue It happened in the 10700 block of Columbia Pike. Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Piringer said there were no injuries resulting from the crash, and it did not start a fire. Courtesy Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Rt29 Columbia Pike A/F Trader Joe’s & Shoppes of Burnt Mills, a car crashed thru a fence & over a wall, nose first & got hung up by power & communication lines, no injuries (driver refused), no fire, power controlled by Pepco , police directing, some lanes blocked pic.twitter.com/UrC1jUfYVd— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) May 29, 2020 (1/5) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. A car...
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