ROME (AP) — A jury convicted two San Francisco Bay Area friends Wednesday in the 2019 slaying of a police officer in a tragic unraveling of a small time drug deal gone bad, sentencing them to the maximum life in prison. The jury of two judges and six civilians deliberated more than 12 hours before delivering the verdicts against Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, 20, handing them Italy’s stiffest sentence. READ MORE: Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium; What Does It Mean For Bay Area Renters? Elder and Natale-Hjorth were found guilty of all charges: homicide, attempted extortion, assault, resisting a public official and carrying an attack-style knife without just cause. There was a gasp in the Rome courtroom as the presiding judge, Marina Finiti, read the verdict. Prosecutors alleged that Elder stabbed Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega 11 times with a knife that he brought with him on his trip to Europe from California and that … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Vacationing Bay Area Schoolmates Convicted In Slaying Of Italian Police Officer; Sentenced To Life In Prison
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OAKLAND (KPIX 5) — Ahead of what is expected to be a big Mother’s Day weekend for restaurants in the Bay Area, likely the biggest since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many establishments are struggling to find workers. Many are deciding to celebrate by eating out, but there’s a problem. Restaurants can’t find workers to fully staff the big day or any other day. READ MORE: Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium; What Does It Mean For Bay Area Renters? The pandemic took a toll on hospitality workers and restaurant owners say many have left the industry for other jobs, making it hard for establishments to meet the increased demand. Amy Murray, the chef and owner of Revival Bar & Kitchen in Berkeley told KPIX 5, “We can’t open five days yet.” Revival sits empty on Wednesday nights because Murray just doesn’t have the staff to open up her restaurant. “The thing about the restaurant industry is you give up a lot. You work weekends, you work … [Read more...] about COVID Recovery: Bay Area Restaurants Struggle To Hire Staff Ahead Of Likely Big Mother’s Day Weekend
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Amid an exponential rise in COVID cases in India, the so-called “double mutant” strain helping fuel India’s cases has now been found across the U.S., including in the Bay Area and in at least 18 other countries and territories. The tsunami of cases this week has overwhelmed hospitals in India and prompted the U.S. and other countries to begin sending aid. This week, the Indian army was deployed to transport oxygen and equipment to hospitals straining to provide care. Some areas have provided shocking images of bodies lined up at mass outdoor crematoriums, with workers barely able to keep up in a nonstop effort to meet the demand for funeral pyres. ALSO READ: U.S. Restricting Travel From India Amid Raging Coronavirus Outbreak It is not clear to what degree the variant, known as B.1.617, has contributed to the current surge in cases which followed eased government restrictions ahead of recent religious and political gatherings. It is one of several … [Read more...] about India ‘Double Mutant’ COVID Variant Driving Catastrophic Surge Also Found In U.S., Bay Area
RICHMOND (KPIX) — On Thursday afternoon during the NFL draft it took a little longer than he hoped but Najee Harris, the leading rusher in Bay Area preps history, finally had his NFL dreams come true. For roughly three hours on Thursday, friends and family of Harris watching television at Rob Ben’s Restaurant & Lounge in Emeryville — owned by Marshawn Lynch — waited to hear Harris’ name called. The Antioch high school star was selected 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. READ MORE: 69-Year-Old Man Punched, Knocked Out In El Cerrito Hate Crime Attack; Suspect Arrested “The wait, it was tough but I’m just glad it finally happened,” Harris said. It’s a moment that was years in the making and the journey to the NFL wasn’t an easy one. Najee, his mother and four siblings lived in a tiny room at a homeless shelter in Richmond during his childhood. “His mother was instrumental in getting him and all those children through what would normally be the most horrific … [Read more...] about Bay Area Football Phenom Najee Harris Drafted by Steelers
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – A federal judge ruled Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control have no authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium, saying the public health agency doesn’t have the constitutional right to stop evictions. In a 20-page ruling, Judge Dabney Friedrich wrote, “Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not.” READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Bay Area Restaurants Struggle To Hire Staff Ahead Of Likely Big Mother's Day Weekend The Department of Justice quickly countered with an appeal, saying in a statement: “The DOJ respectfully disagrees with today’s decision…scientific evidence shows evictions exacerbate the spread of COVID-19…the harm to the public that would result from unchecked evictions cannot be undone.” “There’s a plethora of evidence that there’s a huge health impact by eviction in normal times, let alone in a pandemic,” said Leah Simon-Weisberg, the Legal Director … [Read more...] about Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium; What Does It Mean For Bay Area Renters?