Waterspout touches down on Lake Tahoe
LAKE TAHOE (AP) — The National Weather Service says a waterspout has been observed over Lake Tahoe amid severe weather that led to a tornado warning for several northeastern California counties and Carson City in western Nevada.
The Reno weather office says the waterspout made contact with the lake at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday and numerous spotter photos show its well-defined spray ring on the surface.
Meteorologists issued the tornado warning during another brief round of thunderstorms over the northern Sierra Nevada.
A fall-like cold front is expected Thursday, bringing gusty winds and a chance of showers, followed by a stronger front early next week.
AND DOG RESCUE WHILE PADDLEBOARDING:
REDDING (AP) — Authorities in Northern California rescued a Colorado woman and her dog who had been paddleboarding on a lake but accidentally ended up on the Sacramento River and couldn’t handle the current.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old Frankie Grogan was on Kutras Lake in Redding on Wednesday on a paddleboard with her dog when she unknowingly entered the river’s main channel.
By the time she realized her mistake she was already struggling in the strong current. Grogan managed to get to an island in the middle of the river and waved at a car on a nearby road to call for help.
Rescuers from several agencies quickly found her and the dog. They weren’t hurt.
Grogan was cited for not wearing a life-vest. Her dog was wearing one.
►GUN STOLEN FROM POLICE OFFICER’S CAR USED IN SF KILLING:
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials in San Francisco say two 18-year-olds used a gun stolen from a police officer’s personal car to kill a man last month.
Authorities say Erick Garcia Pineda and Daniel Cruz were both arrested this week on suspicion of killing Abel Enrique Esquivel Jr.
Investigators said Wednesday that the two had stolen the gun three days earlier from the car of an officer whose name was not released.
Police union President Martin Halloran says the officer is a decorated veteran who didn’t know the gun had been stolen until after the killing, and was “devastated” to hear how it had been used.
Handguns stolen from law enforcement officers’ cars have been used in high-profile Bay Area killings like the slaying of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015 and the killing of 27-year-old Oakland muralist Antonio Ramos last year.
►CALIFORNIA COMMITS $5 MILLION TO TURN DEAD TREES TO FUEL:
SACRAMENTO (AP) — A plan to turn some of California’s 100 million dead trees into fuel has gotten a boost from the state.
The state Energy Commission approved a $5 million grant Wednesday to help fund a biomass operation in California’s Shasta County.
California forests have lost tens of millions of trees this decade, partly because of drought. Authorities say the stands of dead trees heighten the threat from wildfires, although some environmental groups dispute that.
The Shasta County plant would be one of the state’s first to turn dead trees into combustible gas. Some conservation groups oppose biomass plants on the grounds that they can pollute the air and can increase the release of climate-changing greenhouse gases.
►ATTORNEY DISBARRED AFTER DRUG-PLANTING CONVICTION:
SANTA ANA (AP) — A Southern California attorney convicted along with his then-wife of planting drugs in the car of a PTA volunteer has been disbarred.
The State Bar says 43-year-old Kent Easter can no longer practice in California because of his felony conviction and “moral turpitude.”
Kent Easter and Jill Easter — who now goes by Ava Everheart — were both convicted of false imprisonment in separate criminal trials.
The couple planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in Kelli Peters’ car in 2011 and then called police, who briefly detained her.
The couple had an ongoing dispute with Peters over what they believed was improper treatment of their son.
►SAN DIEGO PLANS TENTS FOR HOMELESS AMID HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK:
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s mayor has announced a plan to erect three commercial-grade tents to house hundreds of homeless people in the face of a deadly hepatitis A epidemic.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday that the city needs to shelter people living in the streets as soon as possible so they can have clean restrooms and washing stations.
The city is working with three nonprofit agencies that will open the tents starting as soon as December.
San Diego County officials earlier this month declared a public health emergency because of the liver disease outbreak that has killed 16 people and hospitalized 300 more since November.
The homeless population has been hit the hardest.
The city is giving free vaccinations, installing handwashing stations and power-washing streets. The virus lives in human feces.
►POLICE: OFF-DUTY DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN AFTER ROAD-RAGE INCIDENT:
ANTIOCH . (AP) — Antioch police say an off-duty deputy shot a man who targeted him and his female passenger after a road-rage incident.
Sgt. John Fortner said the female passenger had reported to police before the Tuesday shooting that a car was chasing them and had repeatedly run into their car. According to Fortner, the man approached