<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - National & International News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.com en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:36:20 -0700 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:36:20 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Calif. Bill: Dogs Can Eat Out]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:45:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/051213+Cupcake+dog.jpg

Sit. Stay. Dine.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday allowing dogs to dine with owners if seated in an outdoor section of a restaurant.

"It will soon be legal to take your beagle with you to dinner," Mariko Yamada, the assembly member who championed the bill, said in a statement. "I wish everyone ‘bone-appétit’."

But those who aren’t as dog-friendly don’t have to worry – the law doesn’t force restaurant owners to allow dogs in establishments.

Owners have discretion on whether a dog is allowed to dine alfresco, according to the bill.

"Amidst all the horrific and depressing news around us, I hope this bill helps make people a little happier, and businesses who wish to accommodate diners with dogs safe from being unnecessarily cited," Yamada wrote on her Facebook page.

The restaurant also must have an outdoor entrance that doesn’t require the pet to walk through the restaurant to get to the outdoor area.

Dogs will have to be on a leash and well behaved, and they can’t sit on chairs or benches.

The bill also says that wait staff cannot have direct contact with a dog or pet them, and if they do, they must sanitize their hands.

Pets cannot be in the same area where food is being prepared.

Though the bill applies to restaurants statewide, cities can still pass local regulations that ban pooches from restaurant patios.

"We can't wait to legally come to dinner with our human friends," a Facebook group supporting AB 1965 wrote.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

Sutter Brown, the first dog of California and Gov. Brown’s pooch, was not available for comment.

<![CDATA[Teen "Fire Challenge" Warning]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:53:41 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Fire+Challenge+NJ+Warning.jpg

Officials with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety have issued a statewide emergency bulletin about a dangerous "fire challenge" teens are taking.

They are dousing their bare skin in flammable liquids, like alcohol, and lighting it on fire.

The teens are recording the acts and posting the videos on YouTube and Facebook. But the stunt has already resulted in serious injuries across the nation.

Derrick Robinson, an 11-year-old from the Miami-area, had to be hospitalized in a regional burn center after trying the challenge. He suffered burns to his torso, chest and shoulder and has to undergo weekly hospital visits as he heals.

“Do not do the burn challenge!” Robinson told our sister station NBC6 South Florida.

In Arkansas, a 14-year-old girl suffered second degree burns to 27 percent of her body after pouring nail polish remover on her skin and igniting it.

"I saw a lot of people do it, and I never saw anyone die from it," the girl, Monica Hamilton, told the NBC affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas, as she discussed her motivation.

A mother in Charlotte, North Carolina, was arrested after police said she helped her 16-year-old son undertake the dangerous act.

While there haven't been any reported injuries to New Jersey teens, officials want everyone to be aware of how dangerous lighting yourself on fire is.

"I have seen some people who have died from burns. It's just devastating," said Frank Primavera, an official with the Hamilton Township, New Jersey, Fire Department.

Officials say that teens taking the challenge risk burns not only to their skin but also to their respiratory system, since they are inhaling the ignited vapors.

Primavera is hoping parents will talk with their kids to help put an end to the risky challenge.

"The adults need to speak with their teenagers and find out why they would even want to do something like this and explain to them how devastating burns can be. They're forever," he said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Man Beats "Possessed" Roommate]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:39:12 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/082214+joshua+diaz.jpg

A Miami man was arrested after he killed a cat and attacked his elderly roommate, police said.

Joshua Diaz, 24, is facing charges of animal cruelty, battery and battery on a person over 65 following his arrest late Thursday, Miami-Dade Police said.

Diaz was being held on $5,000 bond Friday and it was unknown if he has an attorney.

According to an arrest report, Diaz choked the victim, his roommate on Monday, causing her to lose consciousness for a couple of minutes. When the woman woke up, Diaz was on top of her trying to wake her up, the report said.

Diaz told the woman if she called police he would kill her, the report said.

Diaz later admitted to killing the cat, saying he did so because it scratched his head, the report said. The cat's body was found in a bag in a trash can, the report said.

He was also asked by officers if he had attacked his roommate.

"[Diaz] stated he did not, but believed that the victim was possessed," the report said.

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<![CDATA[Parched California Finds Clever Ways to Save Water]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:00:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/0714-2014-DroughtPond.jpg

California communities are finding some ingenious ways to cope with the state's severe drought, one of the worst on record.

Their ingenuity comes as the severe shortage, now in its third year, puts increasing pressure on residents to save water.

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency, and last month, tighter restrictions went into effect on washing cars or trucks, cleaning driveways and sidewalks or using water fountains. New swimming pools in could be next in line, as Orange County considers a plan to prevent new pools from being filled.

As the drought drags on, here are a few of the more ingenious responses.


There's a way to turn lawns green without watering them. A Los Gatos-based company called Green Canary uses a green, water-based coloring to transform brown, parched lawns.

The company had been working on foreclosed homes in California’s Central Valley, keeping lawns green to make the upkeep easier and keep criminals away from the abandoned homes, said its president Shawn Sahbari.

Now, his business is expanding to include other clients, though Sahbari said the service has not taken off, even if it is in the spotlight because of the drought.

“Obviously, this is a hot topic, because of the drought and the cost of water and people trying to conserve,” Sahbari said.

The Almaden Valley Athletic Club in San Jose is among its clients, prompted by its members' concerns about conservation.

“It provides immediate water conservation,” he said. “That's immediate savings, and that's immediate transformation.”


Cities and towns across California are offering cash for grass to encourage homeowners to replace their water-guzzling lawns. 

Long Beach calls its program Lawn-to-Garden and pays $3.50 for every square foot of turf removed.

“We don’t want people to just take out the lawn,” said Joyce Barkley, the city’s water conservation specialist. “We want them to replace it with a beautiful garden.”

Some possible replacements, she said: sage, blue fescue, rosemary, lilac, lavender and olive trees.

"We have big hurdles," she said. "A lot of people love their lawn so it's just a challenge."


Ventura is urging car owners to skip washing their cars for the month of August with its “Don’t Wash Your Car” challenge.

The city is asking residents to post photos of their filthy rides on the Ventura Water Facebook page.

Among the photos: a no longer quite white Honda that has not been washed in four months and an electric Fiat with “Save H2O” written in the dust on the rear window.

Last month, the three vehicles that earned the most "likes" won complete professional car details. Professional car washes use far less water than do-it-yourself washes at home, county officials note. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[James Foley's Dad: We Hoped to Negotiate With ISIS]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:42:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/james+foley+pic.JPG

The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they had hoped to negotiate with ISIS terrorists before their son was executed and his killing broadcast in a YouTube video.

“I didn’t realize how brutal they were and I actually hoped we would engage in negotiations with them if they were willing to send us any sort of communication because we had none prior,” John Foley said on NBC’s “Today” show Friday.

The group sent John and Diane Foley an email on Aug. 12, stating that their son would be “executed.” It was the first communication the Foleys received from the captors since December 2013. On Aug. 19, ISIS posted a video claiming responsibility for Foley's beheading.

A French journalist who was released in April and shared a cell with Foley reportedly said he was singled out for abuse because he was American. Yet Foley was said to be a source of comfort and strength for other captives.

“Jim’s courage and particularly his compassion and love in that box, which they called it, was an answer to prayer,” said Diane Foley. “We had so many people praying for Jimmy. We had begged for prayer but we didn’t need to. Everyone was so good in praying and Jim’s strength and love was the answer to prayer.”

U.S. special operations units were sent into Syria this summer to rescue Foley and other hostages, but the mission was unsuccessful because the hostages were not where they were expected to be, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

President Barack Obama denounced Foley's execution and pledged to continue to "do what is necessary" to protect Americans and support the Iraqi forces fighting back ISIS.

The Foleys said Friday they were deeply moved that Pope Francis called them after three of his relatives were killed in a car accident in Argentina.

“Pope Francis was so dear because he is grieving himself having just lost three members of his family, his nephew critically ill, so here in the midst of his tremendous grief he took the time to call and our whole family was there,” Diane Foley said.

The parents vowed to keep their son’s legacy alive and said they are praying for the release of Steven Sotloff, another American journalist held captive by ISIS, as well as other hostages.

“We pray that they are set free and Jim will live on we are going to establish a fund in his memory so that his compassion can live on,” Diane Foley said.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Pot Plants Seized]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:43:23 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/marijuana+grow+1.PNG

More than 5,500 marijuana plants were seized and 14 people were arrested in connection with an illegal pot farm, officials said.

The seizure came from busts on Wednesday and Thursday from nine residences in unincorporated areas across the San Bernardino County, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Authorities seized up to 5,557 marijuana plants, about 170 pounds of processed marijuana, four firearms and a "large quantity" of Hydrocodone pills, which comes from codeine, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

The residences searched were in Joshua Tree, Landers, Bloomington and Helendale. They all had large-scale outdoor pot farms, officials said.

Some of the people arrested used fake medical marijuana recommendations as a front for their illegal cultivations, but the operations were "strictly for-profit," the Sheriff's Department said.

<![CDATA[Dramatic Photos: Michael Brown Police Shooting Unrest]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:49:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP495086005647.jpg After 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by police Aug. 9, multiple days of rioting and protests have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri. The FBI has opened an investigation into the shooting.

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<![CDATA[Police Save Newborn Baby]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:48:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/hopatcong+baby+saved.jpg

A 5-day-old New Jersey boy is in critical but stable condition after he stopped breathing suddenly over the weekend, possibly because of a bacterial infection, his parents say.

The boy's grandmother called 911 Saturday afternoon to report the Hopatcong infant appeared jaundiced and "non-reactive," while the child's mother, Andrea Suarez, frantically tried to revive little Maddox.

Suarez said it seemed like a minute later when "Hopatcong police literally kicked my front door open and just took him."

Officer Bob Haffner, who is also an EMT, told NBC 4 New York he couldn't find a pulse. Haffner began to perform CPR and then he and his colleague, Lt. Bob Unhoch, transferred the boy to an ambulance.

Police dispatchers in Hopatcong alerted dispatchers in nearby Roxbury to the emergency, and Roxbury police stationed officers at every intersection on Route 46 on the way to St. Claire's Hospital in Dover.

Maddox's parents say his condition has improved since he was admitted to the hospital, and that doctors are investigating whether he may have a bacterial infection.

Haffner says he was glad to help.

"It's one of those things where you go home that night and you think about it, and you go, 'It worked,'" he said.

Suarez said there are no words to describe her gratitude.

<![CDATA[Perry in NH: Charges All Politics]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:39:46 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/edtAP259994489655.jpg

New Hampshire wasn't kind to Texas Governor Rick Perry back in 2012. He's hoping voters in the granite state will give him a fresh start as he considers another presidential bid in 2016.

On Friday, Governor Perry returned to New Hampshire for a series of GOP sponsored events.

He met with business leaders in Portsmouth and focused many of his remarks on border concerns and the growing threat of ISIS, even connecting the two by speculating members of ISIS could enter the U.S. through unsecured borders.

"ISIS has said we are coming to America and they are going to attack us, I take them at their word," said Gov. Rick Perry.

Governor Perry also addressed his recent indictment on coercion charges by a Texas grand jury. He called the charges politically motivated and said he will fight them with every fiber of his being.

He also acknowledged making mistakes in New Hampshire back in 2012, saying he didn't spend enough time in the state and wasn't as prepared as he would have liked.

Governor Perry will make several more stops in New Hampshire through Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Nat'l Zoo's Panda Bao Bao Turning 1]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:40:43 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/BaoBao3+Thumbnail.jpg

For giant panda cub Bao Bao's first birthday, the Smithsonian National Zoo is holding a traditional Chinese ceremony to predict her future. But one thing's for sure: Her future contains cake.

As Bao Bao approaches this milestone, enjoy a Smithsonian video above, with highlights from her first year.

Bao Bao is more than just the poster panda for all things cute. Her birthday represents another success in the conservation of the highly endangered giant panda species.

The World Wildlife Fund estimate there are only 1,000 giant pandas living in the wild. About 100 live in zoos around the world for the purposes of breeding and conservation.

In just one year of life, the roly-poly cub has become famous in the District for her adorable antics. She even has a few celebrity fans. You may well wonder how we quenched our thirst for cute before Bao Bao came to town.

Some of our favorite highlights include the time she slurped down a frozen fruitsicle, her first foray into the outside world and the YouTube video that started it all: Bao Bao loudly protesting her tail being measured by keepers.

Bao Bao will be sent to China when she is four years old, but there's still plenty of time to celebrate before then, and the zoo is holding a party in her honor Saturday.

At 9 a.m., the giant panda cub will be given a traditional Zhuazhou (pronounced dra-JO) ceremony, similar to the one that many Chinese children are given on their first birthdays.

During the ceremony, a little one is presented with three symbolic objects to choose from, and the baby's choice is supposed to indicate his or her future. Bao Bao will be presented with three painted symbols on posters for either her or her mother, Mei Xiang, to pick from.

The event is closed to the public but Cui Tiankai, ambassador to the People's Republic of China, will answer media questions afterward to explain the significance of the ceremony.

Members of the "Friends of the National Zoo" program can attend the ceremony and will recieve panda party hats, a free game download and a piece of birthday cake.

At 11 a.m., the celebrations open up to zoo visitors, with a special panda-keeper demonstration. Bao Bao and Mei Xiang will be treated to a frozen cake.

There will also be an extra talk held at 1:30 p.m. and guests will be served complimentary Dandan noodles, a dish from the Sichuan province where the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Wolong is located. Food is first-come, first-served.

The zoo are asking guests to share photos and memories of Bao Bao's birthday on social media using #BaoBaoBday.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Institution]]>
<![CDATA[Whole Foods Pulls Yogurt Over Sugar]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:14:00 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/whole+foods+yogurt+allegations.JPG

Organic supermarket giant Whole Foods has removed a version of its store-brand yogurt from shelves after lawsuits were filed in local courts over the dairy product's sugar content.

A company spokesperson tells NBC10.com Friday that the Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt is not being sold as they investigate how much sugar is in each serving.

Two class-action lawsuits were filed earlier this month on behalf of Pennsylvania and New Jersey shoppers.

The suits were brought forth after testing by Consumer Reports found yogurt samples to contain six times the sugar content that was displayed on the nutrition label. The label said 2 grams of sugar was in one container of the product, but the group's analysis found 11.4 grams per serving.

The lawsuit alleges the supermarket knew the label was wrong, but continued to sell the product.

Whole Foods has declined to comment on the specifics of the case, but the spokesperson previously said they were working to determine the discrepancy between their test results and what Consumer Reports found.

Attorneys for the lawsuits are seeking $100 per plaintiff and could represent some 35,000 people. Should they win, the supermarket chain could be forced to pay $3.5 million.

The company spokesperson said several other Greek yogurt options remain stocked for customers in the meantime.

<![CDATA[Sam's Club Caesar Salads Recalled]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:18:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sams_club1.jpg

A California firm is recalling chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Clubs nationwide for possible listeria contamination.

APPA Fine Foods is recalling more than 92,500 pounds of fully-cooked chicken Caesar salad kit products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.

The salad kits were shipped nationwide and sold at Sam's Clubs' in-store cafes according to the USDA.

The following products are subject to recall were in 11oz. clear plastic containers and 6.5-lb. boxes labeled, "APPA Fine Foods/Sam’s Club Daily Chef CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD KIT" with case codes 141851, 141922, 141951, 141991, 142021, 142201 or 142131 with use by dates of 8/14/14, 8/21/14, 8/27/14, 9/1/14, 9/3/14 or 9/17/14. The kits were produced on July 4, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2014.

The USDA's FSIS and the company said there have been no reports of illnesses, but anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The invasive infection can spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

More: California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Salad Kits For Possible Listeria Contamination

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Plane With Blown Tire Lands]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:14:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/southwest-emergency-landing-082214-7.jpg

A Southwest Airlines jet made a safe emergency landing after blowing a tire during takeoff Friday.

Emergency crews were standing by as the jet made its emergency landing at Dallas Love Field on Friday morning.

Southwest Airlines said Flight 8 was en route to Austin when the tire problem was discovered after takeoff.

The Boeing 737-700 returned to Love Field and made a fly-by so that ground crews could look for potential damage. The plane circled and returned for a final approach.

NBC 5's Chopper 5 showed the plane landing with smoke coming from the outboard left side tire as it touched down.

The plane slowed and came to a stop without incident, and emergency crews met the plane. Ground crews then changed the tires and towed the plane in from the runway.

All 125 passengers and a crew of five were put on another plane to continue their journey to Austin, according to Southwest Airlines.

Passengers said the plane had been in the air for about an hour and was nearly to Austin when it turned back to Dallas.

Some passengers described the mood on board as "jolly," saying people were joking and laughing.

Eric Maas, who got off the flight after missing a morning meeting in Austin, said he was nervous.

He texted his wife to let her know what was happening and immediately started Googling to learn of other incidents with landing gear.

"I was nervous, but I had my game plan. I was like, 'OK, if something happens what am I going to do?'" Maas said. "I was just kind of waiting to see, but I felt weird because I was like the only person I thought was panicking, and I was just quiet in my seat."

David Hannah praised the captain for keeping passengers informed the entire time and for landing the plane safely despite the damaged tire.

"We did the fly-by and then we circled back around then we landed," Hannah said. "When we landed you could definitely tell from the left side of the plane that there was a shudder or rumble on that left side, and then we were informed by the captain that our left two tires - that one was damaged and it was off the rim, and the other was shredded.”

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<![CDATA[Calif. Woman Fined for Saving Water]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:31:26 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/water-drops.P2.jpg

A San Ramon homeowner is up in arms over being punished for her efforts to conserve water during California's severe drought.

Fran Paxson recently spent thousands of dollars transforming her front lawn by replacing what used to be dead grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. She now faces fines from the homeowners association, who said the changes to her property were not approved.

Paxson said she presented her plan twice to the homeowners association and got denied.

"The only real reason they could give me for denying the ground cover against lawn was that it would look better," Paxson said, who went ahead with plan anyway because she wanted to save water.

Paxson was told she will be fined $50 a month by the homeowners association until she replaced part of her front yard with grass.

"For all practical purposes I thought they should have applauded her," said Frank Mellon, a board director for East Bay Municipal Utilities District. "Yes, she should have followed the rules. But if she had done something really ugly, I think I could understand it a little bit. But I don't understand this."

EBMUD is giving Paxson a rebate for taking out her lawn, but she said that's not the reason she made the move.

"I feel it was the right thing to do, given the fact that we're in the drought," Paxson said.

The homeowners association did not return requests to comment on the issue. Paxson said a board member told her the association will take another vote on the matter.

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<![CDATA[Experts Show Police Departments How to Diversify Ranks]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:35:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ferguson+courthouse+rogers.jpg

With the killing of an unarmed, black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, putting police departments under scrutiny, an expert on racial profiling says that the race of police officers tends not to make a difference on whether they use force.

“Blue is the most powerful color in terms of determining behavior," says Phillip Atiba Goff, a co-founder of the Center of Policing Equity at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an assistant professor of social psychology at the school.

Where race matters most is in the hierarchy of the force, among the officers who are in positions to make decisions, and to the community being policed, he said. Residents want to see themselves represented in the officers who make up their department.

The violence that erupted in Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer has drawn attention to the racial make-up of police departments versus the communities they serve and ways to change the imbalance. The police force of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, is more than 90 percent white in a community that is 67 percent black.

Goff’s group was brought in to look at racial profiling and other issues in the St. Louis County police department in the spring — one of about 20 law enforcement agencies it has worked with. Among the others are some that have had well publicized troubles, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, whose deputies have twice accidentally killed innocent men in the last four months, and the Oakland Police Department, which has been under a federal court order to make reforms.

Richard Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said Ferguson did not fit the profile of a community where tensions, particularly between young black men and the police, would boil over into violence. It has pockets of economic disadvantage but also middle- and upper-income residents, and in fact has benefited from recent growth in the northern part of St. Louis County, he said.

There are "hundreds and hundreds" of communities like Ferguson across the country, Rosenfeld said.

His recommendation for those communities: get to work diversifying the police force immediately.

“That’s not a cure-all but is certainly a necessary first step to ease some of those tensions,” he said.

Growing Poverty in Suburbs

Recent economic progress aside, Ferguson’s unemployment rate rose from less than 5 percent in 2000 to more than 13 percent by 2012. Its poor population doubled, with about one in four living below the federal poverty line, according to Elizabeth Kneebone of the Brookings Institution. More poor residents now live in suburbs like Ferguson than in big cities or rural areas, a significant shift compared to 2000 when urban poor still outnumbered suburban poor, Kneebone noted in a research brief published in July.

“Suburbs often haven't developed the same infrastructure or safety net supports that cities have built up over decades for dealing with these issues,” she said. That fragmentation means many suburbs lack the staff and resources necessary to tackle the problem.

Goff's group tells police departments they have to devote resources to creating a more representative force, a step that can be difficult in a time of shrinking budgets.

"This is not something that’s going to happen overnight and it’s not something that’s just going to happen because you want it to," he said. "You’re going to have to devote money."  

Plus, he said, it is hard for police departments to attract candidates from communities with which police have had poor relations. Even after officers have been hired, retention can be difficult and burnout rates are higher.

“If you and your community feel there’s an organization that is set up to oppress you and your community, it’s very difficult for you then to decide, 'I’m going to feel good about going to work for them,'” he said.

Departments also have to consider how they are policing communities, he said. People tend to comply with the law when they see law enforcement officers behaving fairly and when they feel safe. If a community feels that it has been occupied, not policed, its resistance intensifies, he said.

A 1999 report, "Use of Force by Police," by the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Statistics noted that the use of force appears to be unrelated to any officer's personal characteristics, such as age, gender and ethnicity. But the report cautioned that additional research was needed.

“If you’re involved in a use-of-force incident with an officer, it doesn’t make you feel any better if the person who is hitting you with a night stick is the same color as you,” Goff said.

A Problem of Trust

Victor Torres, a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer in San Diego, said he regularly gets calls from people who accuse police officers of misbehavior, from lying to physical assault.

“I think the problem is trust and when the police officers treat everyone like they’re at war with them, there’s not much trust,” said Torres, a director of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. “You have to actually speak to the people when there’s not some crisis going on. You actually have to ask people questions instead of accusing them.”

To address racial profiling, San Diego's police chief is appearing in a public service announcement to ask possible victims to report problems. Torres applauded the video, but said that many people in the community believe they are discouraged from making complaints.

“It’s great that she’s making an effort but she needs to be accountable and let us know what happens to the reports,” he said.

Goff's group has worked with police departments to determine whether they are engaging in racial profiling, improve training, help commanders identify implicit bias and address issues of race and gender.

It is also creating the first national database of police behavior, including pedestrian stops, vehicle stops and use of force.

“What we’re trying to do is create a broader, big data approach so that there’s evidence-based approaches to social justice,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Suspect Claims He's Ex-STP Singer]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:39:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/180*120/scottweiland+-+14.jpg

A shoplifting suspect who identified himself as former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland managed to mislead law enforcement for nearly four weeks and will likely face additional charges after police discovered he had lied about his identity.

Beverly Hills Police arrested a man at a Rite Aid drugstore on the 400 block of North Bedford Drive on July 26 after receiving a call about shoplifting. He identified himself as Weiland and was taken into custody on drug possession and burglary charges.

Police discovered Thursday that the man was not the former Stone Temple Pilot through an FBI fingerprint return. The man was then identified as 44-year-old Jason Michael Hurley. 

Weiland posted a video on his Facebook page Thursday in response to an article he read on TMZ that day that said he had been in jail for weeks.

"I just got done reading something interesting. A nice piece of fiction from TMZ saying I was in jail and have been. I’ve actually been touring, writing and recording my new album," Weiland said.

Weiland told his fans not to worry and that the report was a lie.

"TMZ, you’ll be hearing from my attorneys," Weiland said.

Police have requested that Hurley also be charged with furnishing false information to a peace officer.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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<![CDATA[Boy Burned After Riding Bike Onto Paving Site Filled With Hot Tar: Family]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:35:44 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/boy+burned+bike+islip.jpg

An 11-year-old Long Island boy was badly burned when he rode his bicycle into a street filled with hot tar that had no warning signs, his family alleges.

Public work crews were repaving the area at Tillie and Brooke streets in the town of Islip Wednesday afternoon, and there were no signs or barriers around the site, the boy's mother claims. 

The boy, David Jordan, said he thought the tar was dry and as he rode over it, his bicycle got stuck and he fell onto the scorching asphalt mix. 

"My bike got caught up and flipped over, and I hit my knee," he said. 

Jordan was badly burned on his hand and leg, and went to the hospital with second-degree burns. He has gauze bandages on his hand and leg and has trouble sleeping, he said. 

"Last night, the way he slept, he kept moaning in his sleep," said his mother, Nakita Jordan. "As his mother, as a mother, am I going to be able to sleep listening to my son in pain? With blisters on his leg and hand?" 

Nakita Jordan shot cellphone video after the accident purportedly showing no warning signs around the project, She said the public works crew didn't check on her son, and it was neighbors who swooped in to help, including one couple who put water over the boy's burn wounds. 

"Very kind, good people and I thank God for them," she said. 

Family attorney Kenneth Mollins said the Jordans are considering legal action against the town. 

"Putting down asphalt knowing the temperature is so high, and not cordoning off the area, forcing people away goes to a greater degree of negligence than just plain unreasonableness," said Mollins. 

In a statement, Islip Public Works Commissioner Thomas Owens said the paving work was done by a vendor who assured the town that "all of the appropriate and required safety measures were met and monitored."

Owens added that the town sent notices about the project to residents in the area, and that a town paving supervisor was also on site. 

"The town regrets the unfortunate injuries that this child sustained, and wish him a speedy recovery," said Owens, adding that the town is continuing to investigate.  

Nakita Jordan said she hopes the town will be more cautious.

"This is a neighborhood children live in," she said. 

<![CDATA[Woman Saves Dog in SoCal Traffic]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:39:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/215*120/08-21-14_Dog-Freeway-Rescue.JPG

A woman who braved getting out of her car during rush-hour traffic on Thursday rescued a pooch wandering a Southern California freeway.

Just after 6 p.m. a black dog could be seen zigging and zagging into lanes of the Long Beach (710) Freeway near Atlantic Avenue, causing motorists to slow down and try to corral the pooch.

At one point, a motorcyclist rode next to the dog, ushering it to the shoulder of the freeway.

The dog was in the far left lane of the freeway, dodging vehicles as it crossed to the shoulder.

Motorists turned on their emergency lights, working like a mobile fence, to keep the pooch corralled on the side of the freeway.

Andie Valerio pulled her car over and was able to rescue the dog, that had climbed an embankment.

"I turned my hazards on and I made sure she was kind of going towards the shoulder," Valerio said.

The female dog was scooped up by Valerio. The dog was wearing a collar, but did not have any tags.

"She's super sweet," Valerio said. "I was sitting with her the whole time and she just licked me and she was just sitting there on the floor, calm."

After Valerio coaxed the dog into her arms and got her off the freeway, she was turned over to the local animal shelter, which will assist in locating the owner or someone to adopt the dog.

<![CDATA[Death Penalty for Ex-Marine in Brutal Slayings]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pietrzaks.jpg

Jurors have ruled a former Marine in Southern California who went by the nickname “Psycho,” should get the death penalty for the execution-style murders of a fellow service member and his wife.

A Riverside County Superior Court jury deliberated for about half a day before handing down the decision Thursday against Fallbrook resident Kesaun Sykes, 27.

It was the same jury to find him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of newlyweds Marine Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, 26, who were found brutally killed in their home near Murrieta in October 2008.

Former Lance Cpl. Sykes was also found guilty of special circumstances of murder during the commission of a robbery, burglary and rape by an instrument.

His sentence is scheduled to be certified by a judge on Nov. 7.

Three other former Marines – Kevin Cox, Emrys John and Tyrone Miller – were convicted last June on the same counts in the Pietrzak slayings.

Juries ruled John and Miller should also be put to death and that Cox should get life in prison without the chance of parole.

Sgt. Pietrzak, a helicopter airframe mechanic at MCAS Miramar, once worked with Cox, John and Miller while they were stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Before the killings, the four convicted Marines went to the victims’ home to rob them, forcing their way inside, the DA says.

Pietrzak was later found bloodied and beaten to death inside his home, while his wife’s body was discovered naked. Investigators say she had been sexually assaulted before her murder.

Both victims were bound and shot in the head.

Jewelry, including the couple’s wedding rings, as well as Pietrzak's dress uniform were found at the suspects' homes, authorities said.

Sgt. Pietrzak, who was born in Poland and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., joined the Marines in 2003 and served in Iraq from July 2005 to February 2006. Relatives of the victims said Quiana was from San Bernardino and was a 2005 graduate of San Diego State University.

The couple met in San Diego through a mutual friend who also attended SDSU. Quiana was studying to become a doctor.

<![CDATA[Sacramento Patient Tests Negative for Ebola]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:04:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/tlmd_ebola.jpg

Health officials said Thursday a patient who was being tested for Ebola in Sacramento has tested negative for the virus.

There are currently no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in California.

"We are pleased with the negative outcome of the Ebola test and wish the patient a speedy recovery," Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health Director and state health officer, said in a statement. "The case in Sacramento County demonstrates that the system is working. This patient was quickly identified, appropriate infection control procedures were implemented, and public health authorities were notified."

State and federal officials earlier in the week said they will not divulge which West African country the patient traveled to or from in order to protect the individual's privacy.

Officials also said they will not be releasing the patient's identity, gender or whether the patient is an adult or minor.

On Tuesday, health officials announced that the patient who was admitted to a South Sacramento hospital may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. The Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center worked with the Sacramento County Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test blood samples from the patient.

For more information about Ebola, please visit the CDPH home page's "Other Hot Topics" and the CDC's page on information and updates.

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<![CDATA[Parents Want Apology After Selfie Connects Son With Burglary]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:02:06 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Santa+Clarita+Valley+Selfie.jpg

Upset parents want the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to clear their son's name after they said a selfie making the rounds on social media and news reports connected the innocent man with a home burglary investigation.

Larry Beltran showed up to the Santa Clarita Valley station Wednesday with his son, Larry Beltran Jr., to speak with deputies about the apparently stolen cellphone, but was told to return Thursday because the detective on the case had already gone home.

"We are here trying to do the right thing," the father said. "I'm just upset that everybody is calling me saying 'Your son is on the news, your son did this.' Here I am at the station and they're telling me they don't know anything about it."

"I would like an apology for my son," Irene Cabrera said.

While Irene Cabrera said she hopes for an apology, Larry Beltran contacted NBC4 on Thursday to stress his concern over getting his son's name cleared.

Detectives identified Beltran Jr. and his girlfriend as "people of interest" in a news release containing the image. Detectives hoped that the photo would help lead them to the burglars who ransacked a Newhall home on July 30. Detectives said the selfie was discovered after the victim logged on to her online cloud account and realized some photos were uploaded of people she did not know.

"It's embarrassing," Larry Beltran Jr. said. "I had no idea it would be all over the news or anything. That was just between me and my girlfriend."

"I come in and they gave me the runaround," Beltran Jr. said.

His aunt, who also showed up to the station to help clear him from any wrongdoing, told deputies that she bought two phones for $80 from a man at a swap meet and gave one to her nephew.

"I thought I got a good deal but I didn't know I put my nephew in a bad situation," said the aunt, Angie Cabrera.

Deputies told NBC4 on Thursday the family was cooperating with deputies at the station.

Sheriff's officials declined to comment to NBC4 on whether he was still considered a person of interest.

Christina Cocca contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the mother of Larry Beltran Jr. as Irene Beltran. Her name is Irene Cabrera.

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<![CDATA[Border Patrol Seize $780K in Meth, 2 Arrested]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:35:48 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/228*120/methlede.JPG

Border Patrol agents in Southern California seized 78 pounds of vacuum-sealed methamphetamine hidden inside the body of a car stopped at a San Clemente checkpoint Thursday morning, officials said.

The bust occurred at 2 a.m. Thursday when a police dog alerted agents to the meth in a 2008 Chrysler Sebring that authorities had flagged into the checkpoint, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said in a press release.

A 33-year-old Mexican national and his passenger were arrested, officials said.

Agents searched the vehicle and found 19 vacuum-sealed packages of methamphetamines throughout the body of the car and inside the gas tank.

Tthe drugs had a value of $780,400, officials said.

The men booked into custody on suspicion of possession of meth with intent to distribute.

"Drug smugglers are unyielding in their attempts to bring illicit drugs into our country for sale within our communities," said David BeMiller, an agent in charge of the San Clemente checkpoint.

<![CDATA[Protesters Demand "Drone-Free LAPD"]]> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:57:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/drone+free+lapd+4.JPG

Protesters gathered outside LA's city hall Thursday morning, chanting "drone-free LAPD" to demand a halt to what they called an LAPD plan to use drones to spy on citizens.

Demonstrators from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition pushed up against the City Hall entrance, trying to get a meeting with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti over two silent, camera-equipped drones the police department has recently acquired.

"What's going to happen when they have a drone that you can't ever hear is around, that can come into close radius?" protester Jamie Garcia said. "What are they going to do with this data? They haven't told us."

LAPD got the state-of-the-art Draganflyer X-6 drones for free from the Seattle Police Department in May. Civil rights activists on Thursday said Seattle residents' protests over drone testing in their city got their mayor involved to stop the drone use. They hope they can get Garcetti to do the same.

LAPD spokesman Bruce Borihahn said a federal agency is storing the drones. He said he doesn't know the drones' capabilities.

"We're not even in possession of these things," Borihahn said.

Police will not use the drones in LA before a "lengthy approval process" by the civilian police commission, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and civil rights groups, Borihahn said.

Protesters said the Draganflyer website and videos posted by other police departments using the drones around the country show the devices are small, indetectable and much less expensive than the manned helicopters currently used by the LAPD.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California applauded the department's transparency about receiving the tool, but questioned whether its use outweighs the potential for invasion of privacy, Hector Villagra, the executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement in June.

Beck has promised the public the drones would only be used in tactical situations such as manhunts and standoffs.

"The Los Angeles Police Department will never, ever give up public confidence for a piece of police equipment," he said in June.

<![CDATA[Woman, 92, Tricks Scam Suspects]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:18:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/elderly+woman+bellport+violet.jpg

A pair of alleged scam artists pretending to be chimney workers had the tables turned on them when the elderly Long Island woman they tried to burglarize figured out their scheme and had them arrested when they returned to her home, police say. 

The 92-year-old woman, who is being identified only as Violet, said the two men came to her Bellport home last Saturday claiming to be from a company called New York's Finest Home Improvements. 

They told her they'd made an appointment with her regarding chimney work, and while she was distracted outside with one of the men, the second stole prescription drugs and $165 in cash from inside the home, she said. But the alleged thieves didn't stop there: they told her they'd come back and fix her chimney for $3,000. 

Violet decided to do some investigating, and when she looked through her phone book, she could not find a listing for New York's Finest Home Improvements. She called police. 

"It's kind of funny to us. We would use Google, or we would use the Internet," said Suffolk Det. William Madigan. "A 92-year-old woman is going to use the phone book to see if she can find the company name." 

When the two suspects returned, police were waiting for them and made the arrests. The convicted felons were charged with burglary. 

Violet said she's learned her lesson and told reporters Thursday, "You folks tell your folks to be careful. They might not realize, but they could be a victim next." 

<![CDATA[Girl, 7, to Testify at Rape Trial]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:41 -0700 Christina Regusters was arrested. and charged with the abduction and rape of the 5-year-old. ]]> Christina Regusters was arrested. and charged with the abduction and rape of the 5-year-old. ]]> http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Christina_Regusters-MUG1.jpg

A 7-year-old girl will testify in court against the woman accused of abducting her from a Philadelphia school and brutally raping her last year, prosecutors say.

The trial of Christina Regusters, 21, was set to begin inside a city courtroom on Thursday, but was delayed after two jurors were dropped from the case.

In January 2013, the former daycare worker dressed in a burqa, or traditional Muslim face covering, and signed the girl, then 5 years old, out of Bryant Elementary School in the Cobbs Creek section of the city, according to police and a grand jury. Surveillance video captured the woman leaving the school.

Then, officials say Regusters took the girl to a nearby home where she blindfolded and then assaulted her. The girl was found early the next morning, in the freezing cold, on a Delaware County, Pennsylvania, playground. She had been dumped there wearing only a T-shirt.

Criminal prosecutors say they were planning to interview the victim via video, but withdrew that request on Thursday. They instead confirmed that the girl, who still must undergo reconstructive surgery because of the severity of her injuries, would come into the courtroom and testify in person. She is set to take the stand on the second or third day of trial.

During pre-trial arguments on Thursday, prosecutors fought to include evidence they allegedly found on Regusters’ bedroom computer. The district attorney said they uncovered graphic cartoons depicting sexual humiliation were often watched. But Common Pleas Judge Jeffery Minehart ruled the the drawings were inadmissible because it’s not a crime to possess such images in Pennsylvania.

However, prosecutors will be allowed to introduce other evidence that they say points to Regusters' guilt. They say Regusters' internet history showed the woman searched for Muslim clothing and how to get rid of rape DNA.

Investigators said they were able to pull DNA from the shirt the girl was wearing to link the case to Regusters.

W. Fred Harrison, Jr., the defendant's attorney, argued anyone could have used the woman's computer to watch the videos and search the internet.

Prosecutors will also highlight allegations from Regusters’ past. The woman was accused of touching the 7-year-old daughter of a cousin, prosecutors said. They say there was also another incident at a daycare, but did not expand on those allegations.

There is a gag order in effect with the case, but in the past Regusters and her attorney have denied the rape claims. She had to be moved to a Lehigh Valley prison to await trial after being assaulted in a city prison.

The case has rocked the city, resulted in criminal and civil lawsuits and inquiries about school security. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said the case gave him nightmares. The girl's family filed civil lawsuits against Regusters and the School District of Philadelphia.

There have been allegations that other people were involved in the girl's kidnapping and assault, but Regusters stands as the only one charged.

The trial is now set to begin on Monday at 9 a.m.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Mother Alleges 911 Mistake Cost Her Baby's Life]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:42:07 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/bronx+baby+dies+911+questions.jpg

A Bronx mother claims a mistake by a 911 dispatcher cost her infant daughter her life when emergency responders were sent to the wrong address while the baby was unconscious. 

Julia Knight called 911 after finding her 5-month-old daughter Isabella unresponsive while sleeping facedown in her crib. 

"When I put her on her back, she was unconscious," she said. "I started screaming and hollering. I dialed 911 and let them know my baby wasn't breathing: 'Help, help, I need the EMS.'"

"I kept telling her 450 East 169th Street. She kept telling me it's a bad address, it's a bad address. I'm like, 'No, it's not,'" said Knight. 

A spokesman for the FDNY confirmed the medic went to the wrong address before making it to the correct one. EMS treated Isabella on site and then at the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

"The doctor didn't say anything about 'She's already dead' or 'We tried to bring her back,'" said Knight. "I heard him say, 'Time of death, 8:10 a.m.,' and then he came to me and was like, 'I'm so sorry.'"

Knight said it took more than 24 minutes for medics to arrive and take Isabella to the hospital -- critical minutes, she believes, that were a matter of life or death. 

A spokesperson for the NYPD, which dispatches EMS workers in the city, said the matter is being reviewed internally and that the dispatcher who picked up Knight's call has been reassigned. 

As Knight grieves her daughter, she says she hopes dispatchers receive more training in a system that she feels has failed her. 

A report recently issued by the city's Department of Investigation found that a decade-long, $2 billion-plus project to modernize the 911 system has been plagued by poor management, shoddy oversight and a lack of planning. 

The current 911 program has suffered from disputes between involved agencies like the NYPD and FDNY being allowed to develop their own dispatch sysems instead of having a unified one, as well as lack of planning about the program's specifications and objectives. 

-- With AP reporting

<![CDATA[Viral Video Shows Heartbreaking Reality of ALS]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:14:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ALSchallenge.JPG

It starts off hilarious: A jocular guy in a bikini challenging Ellen DeGeneres and Miley Cyrus to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Then, it gets personal, real and heartbreaking.

Anthony Carbajal, a Murrieta native and owner of a Temecula wedding photography business, shares in a new YouTube video about a family history of ALS and how he was diagnosed with the debilitating disease earlier this year at age 26.

“I hate talking about it. That’s probably why no one talks it. Because it’s so challenging to watch,” Carbajal says in the video. “No one wants to talk about it. They don’t want it to ruin their day.”

His YouTube video has reached more than 4 million views in just three days and has been spotlighted by Time, BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post, among other media outlets.

The video is a challenge to naysayers of the ubiquitous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — those who express annoyance that the craze is filling up their Facebook newsfeeds.

“I promise your newsfeed will go back to cat videos and ‘Let It Go’ covers,” he says. “But now, for once, the ALS community has the main spotlight. And for once in my entire life, I’ve seen it in the forefront.”

“Eventually I won’t be able to walk, talk and breathe on my own,” he says. “And that’s the real truth of what ALS is.”

Since the Ice Bucket Challenge took over the Internet, the ALS Association has received $41.8 million in donations from July 29 to Thursday. That's compared to $2.1 million in the same time period last year.

You can watch the video here. (Warning: It contains some profanity.)

His YouTube video also drew the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who accepted his challenged and tweeted this morning:

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<![CDATA[Tsarnaev's Friend Pleads Guilty]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:14:34 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP53751794299.jpg

As the November trial of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev inches closer, many of his friends also facing federal charges are learning their fate.

Twenty-year-old Dias Kadyrbayev pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice for taking a backpack, fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev's UMass-Dartmouth dorm room after Tsarnaev was identified by the FBI as one of the marathon bombing suspects. He faces up to seven years in prison if the judge accepts his plea deal.

"Dias understands that he should not have gone to that room and should not have taken items from that room and he hopes by accepting responsibility that people here in Boston and around the world will eventually understand that he did not do so out of malice or in any way to condone what the Tsarnaevs have allegedly done," Kadyrbayev's defense attorney Robert Stahl said.

Last month, Kadyrbayev's roommate Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of similar charges and now faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 16. A third friend accused of lying to investigators, Robel Phillipos, is set to go on trial Sept. 29.

NECN Legal Editor Randy Chapman says it wouldn't be surprising to see Phillipos going after his own plea deal.

"Now that he knows he's probably not going to get any more than seven years, you would expect he might give some serious consideration to some type of a sentence," Chapman said.

Kadyrbayev's attorney would not comment Thursday if part of his client's deal was to testify against Tsarnaev, but Chapman says he thinks testimony from Kadyrbayev, Tazhayakov or Phillipos could actually be detrimental to the government's case.

"If anything they're likely to add some degree of mitigation because they can talk about his background history in a way that might humanize him a little bit, so I don't really think he's going to be helpful to the government in any respect," Chapman said.

The judge will decide whether to accept or reject Kadyrbayev's plea deal on Nov. 18.

Tsarnaev's trial is currently scheduled for Nov. 3, but his defense attorneys have said they intend to file a motion by next Friday asking to delay the trial. They have also filed a motion to move the trial to Washington, D.C.

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<![CDATA[Video Clue in Gay Activist's Death]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:19:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/08212014-castro-suspect-top.jpg

San Francisco police have released taxi dashcam video of a person of interest in the case of the gay activist who was found brutally beaten and left for dead in San Francisco’s Castro District.

Police are actively searching for the person responsible for fatally beating Bryan Higgins, whom passers-by found seriously injured around 7 a.m. on Aug. 10 at the corner of Church and Duboce streets, SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza said Thursday.

Higgins was taken to San Francisco General Hospital but was taken off life support three days later.

The video footage from a passing taxi shows a man in a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath and a baseball cap. Police also released a still photo showing the person of interest wearing a red shirt.

Police are investigating Higgins' death as a homicide and have not yet made any arrests.

Higgins, 31, also used the name "Feather Lynn" and was a member of the Radical Faeries, a movement of gay and queer-identified men searching for a spiritual dimension to their sexuality.

Police had originally not known his identity, but a photo released to the public helped to identify him.

Higgins described himself as a "starving artist" who worked at Rosenburg's Delicatessan at 276 Noe Street on his Facebook page. He is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

At a prayer circle held at Duboce Park on the day his family removed him from life support, friends described Higgins as having a big impact on the local LGBT community.

Anyone with information on the case should contact SFPD at 415-575-4444.

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