Goldman, Dominant Defense Leads Bears Over Rams 15-6

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday night.

The Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 09: Bradley Sowell #79 of the Chicago Bears reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at Soldier Field on December 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter.

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Escaped 19-Year-Old Back In Custody

Chicago (CBS) — A woman who escaped police custody on Friday is back behind bars. Alicia Gines somehow slipped out of her handcuffs at the Cook County Courthouse. Surveillance cameras captured the 19-year-old after her escape.

RELATED 19-Year-Old Alicia Gines Escapes Police Custody

Cops caught up with her Sunday night at Harlem and Archer. This is not the first time Gines has eluded authorities. She was placed on electronic monitoring after a 2017 robbery charge but failed to show up for a court appearance.

CA Congressman: ‘Real Prospect Of Jail Time’ For Pres. Trump

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Adam Schiff (D-CA), a former federal prosecutor, said recent court filings in the case against Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen implicate the President in at least two violations of campaign finance laws.

“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff told CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, December 9.

The crimes relate to payments to two women who each claim they had an affair with the President – Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels. Cohen arranged $280,000 in payments to the women to keep their stories out of the news in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

The President has denied knowledge of the payments, but a sentencing memo written by the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York says otherwise.

The memo, filed on Friday, states, “Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.”

And “Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.” (Individual-1 is President Trump.)

“That he may be the first President in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” said Schiff. “To have the Justice Department basically say that the President of the United States not only coordinated but directed an illegal campaign scheme that may have had an election-altering impact is pretty breathtaking.”

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says people should not be jailed for campaign finance violations, telling Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, “…if we’re gonna prosecute people and put them in jail for campaign finance violations, we’re gonna become a banana republic like where every president gets prosecuted and everybody gets thrown in jail when they’re done with office.”

Most violations of federal campaign finance laws are punishable with a civil penalties like fines. But a violation can also be a crime if the amount at issue is more than $2,000 and the person committing the offense knew it was unlawful. 52 U.S.C. 30109. The penalty is five years per violation. (52 U.S.C. 30109)

According to the memo, the President knew about the payments. Assuming that’s true, more is required to show a civil or criminal act.

Federal elections law requires candidate committees to report campaign contributions and expenditures, defined as, “…anything of value made by any person for the purpose of influencing any election for Federal office…” (52 U.S.C. 30101)

If government can prove the President knew the payments to McDougal and Daniels were meant to influence the election, failure to report them could result in a civil fine. If the President also knew the whole scheme was illegal, it could be a crime punishable by five years in prison.

The failure to report may not be the only legal trouble for the President and his team.

Federal law also prohibits corporations from making contributions to federal candidates. (52 U.S.C. 30118)

According to the memo, Cohen paid $130,000 to Daniels out of a personal line of credit and was then reimbursed by the Trump Organization.

If the President knew his campaign was receiving something of value from a corporation (like the Trump Organization) though a conduit (like Cohen) and that it was unlawful, criminal penalties could attach.

Such “conduit” crimes can also be prosecuted for conspiracy and making false statements to the federal government. (18. U.S.C. 371, 18. U.S.C. 1001)

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles, 2019 Release

Netflix dropped a new teaser for the upcoming third season of “Stranger Things” Sunday, confirming that it will land on the streamer in 2019. The teaser also revealed the episode titles for the third season, which are as follows: “Suzie, Do You Copy?,” “The Mall Rats,” “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard,” “The Sauna Test,” […]

Millions Of Americans Report Holiday-Related Catastrophes

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — From holiday-related house fires to decorating-related injuries, millions of Americans are reporting holiday-related catastrophes.

“Every day 200 people, as they were decorating and preparing for the holidays, visited the emergency room,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to data from the CPSC, more than 18,000 emergency room visits were attributed to holiday decorating injuries from November 2016 through January 2017. Most were related to falls (38%), lacerations (14%) and strains or sprains from heavy lifting (18%).

But regulators warn that one of the biggest holiday hazards is a dry Christmas tree

“If they‘re not watered regularly, they can literally go up in flames in seconds,” warned Buerkle.

In a recent side-by-side demonstration by the CPSC, a properly watered Christmas tree was set on fire. It actually extinguished itself.

By comparison, a dry tree was also ignited and it became a raging inferno in just seconds.

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Side-by-side demonstration of a watered tree vs. a dry tree on fire, (CPSC)

The CPSC reports there are about 100 Christmas tree fires, which end up killing at least 10 people a year.

Insurancequotes.com reports more than 26 million Americans say they have experienced a holiday-related house fire. They report that holiday candles (6.5 million) are responsible for twice as many fires as trees (3.3 million).

The experts stress that people should keep candles and menorahs on a stable heat-resistant surface, away from kids and pets. Keep trees well-watered, inspect every light strand for damage and avoid hanging lights or using ladder’s alone.

They also urge people to practice proper heavy lifting form when carrying trees or heavy boxes by lifting with their legs and not with their back.

To avoid fire danger, people should check and replace their home’s smoke alarm batteries.

Cameras On License Plate Readers Raise Privacy Concerns

RICHMOND (KPIX 5) — A neighborhood in Richmond has installed technology that just ten years ago might have been considered troubling.

Country Club Vista, a development in North Richmond, takes its security and the threat of crime seriously.

About six months ago, when sideshows began happening at the entrance to the neighborhood, the Homeowners’ Association installed its own automated license plate readers, or ALPRs, at the streets leading into the development.

“Right outside of the community here, the cars were doing doughnuts, like in the middle of the night,” said Leon Navarro, Country Club Vista homeowner.

Navarro seems to think the ALPRs made the drivers think twice.

“Once they realize that there’s license plate readers, I think people think twice before they break the law,” said Navarro.

The cameras automatically record the plate numbers and store them with time and date in a database.

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One of the ALPR cameras at Country Club Vista. (CBS)

It’s not uncommon for cities and police agencies to install ALPR systems, but now companies are offering them to private property owners.

This prompted the Electronic Frontier Foundation to send a letter in January to the lawmakers warning:

“Currently, nothing prohibits ALPR companies from making this data more widely available on the open market. One security breach could result in sensitive location data on millions of people being leaked online.”

The fear is that ALPR companies could share, for a fee, innocent people’s movement data with private companies that deal in things like banking, insurance and debt collection.

Tony Anderson lives right across the street from the ALPRs of Country Club Vista and never realized what they did. But he doesn’t seem overly concerned about the risk.

“If I did have some indication that it was being misused or abused, that would raise some concern. But for the benefit of safety and feeling secure in the neighborhood, I think that would override that,” said Anderson.

“Like, there’s cameras everywhere, there’s cameras in schools. So, like, being recorded is just like a normal day thing,” said Durell Willis, a 16-year old resident.

It seems these cameras are not only keeping an eye out for crime, but they’re also giving us a high-definition glimpse of the future.

The cameras at Country Club Vista send their video to a cloud server that can be accessed with a password. But the company says it only keeps data for 30 days and reportedly allows residents to “opt out” of being automatically recorded.

49ers Win, Broncos’ 3-Game Winning Streak Snapped

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan pulled aside his star tight end and apologized to George Kittle for not getting him more opportunities in the second half to set an NFL record.

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SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is pressured by Cassius Marsh #54 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

The coach even said sorry a second time.

Quarterback Nick Mullens placed the blame on himself after Kittle fell 4 yards short of Shannon Sharpe’s NFL record by a tight end of 214 yards receiving.

Kittle still had a brilliant Sunday afternoon, making an 85-yard touchdown reception on the way to 210 yards receiving and becoming the 49ers’ first tight end to reach the 1,000-yard milestone to lead San Francisco past the sluggish, injury-plagued Denver Broncos 20-14.

“Four yards, ahhh, it’s all right,” Kittle shrugged nonchalantly, unfazed by a near miss. “Next time. Just talk to Nick and Coach Shanahan, they’ll figure it out.”

Kittle’s long TD reception on a pass from Mullens early in the second quarter put the Niners up 13-0 — “George flashed in my eyes,” his QB said — and Denver (6-7) never found a groove in seeing its three-game winning streak snapped.

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Kendrick Bourne #84 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Justin Simmons #31 of the Denver Broncos during the game at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Kittle had all of his yards and seven receptions in the first half and was targeted just once after halftime. Again, no big deal.

“We won. That’s about all that matters,” Kittle said.

Broncos quarterback Case Keenum struggled to find any rhythm after the Broncos lost top wideout Emmanuel Sanders to a torn Achilles tendon in practice during the week.

Dante Pettis added a 1-yard touchdown reception just before halftime for the Niners (3-10).

But this was Kittle’s sparkling afternoon from the very start. He has provided a major lift for an offense that dealt with the blow of losing starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 3 at Kansas City.

“We had one blown coverage, and a couple where we just didn’t cover him,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.

Mullens connected on eight of his first 12 throws for 124 yards and wound up 20 of 33 for 332 yards and a 102.1 rating.

“George had one heck of a day, 4 yards short of the record. You can blame that on me, I guess,” Mullens said.

PHOTO GALLERY: 49ers 20, Broncos 14

Denver (6-7), which sought its first four-game winning streak since starting the 2016 season 4-0, fell behind 20-0 at halftime then managed two second-half touchdowns to make things interesting.

Phillip Lindsay ran for a 3-yard score in the third then Case Keenum hit DaeSean Hamilton on a 1-yard TD toss with 3:53 remaining. Keenum went 24 of 42 for 186 yards.

San Francisco ended a three-game skid. The 49ers had lost their previous two games by 18 and 27 points, including a 43-16 defeat at rival Seattle last week.

SACK TIME

Denver’s Von Miller sacked Mullens for a 9-yard loss late in the second quarter. Including the postseason, Miller’s 103½ sacks matched the franchise record held by Simon Fletcher.

Meanwhile, linebacker Bradley Chubb had two more sacks for 12 on the season to break Miller’s franchise rookie record of 11½ set in 2011.

KITTLE’S CATCHES

The previous time any 49ers player had 1,000 yards was in 2014, when Anquan Boldin had 1,062 yards receiving and Frank Gore 1,106 yards rushing.

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SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch against the Denver Broncos during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

In addition, Kittle’s 52-yard catch and run to end the first quarter moved him past Vernon Davis for the 49ers franchise record for yards receiving by a tight end in a season.

Kittle came in needing 73 yards to top Davis’ mark of 965 yards set in 2009.

On San Francisco’s nine-play opening scoring drive — capped by Robbie Gould’s 40-yard field goal — Kittle made receptions of 31 and 5 yards.

Gould made a 29-yarder early in the second.

ANOTHER KEY RECEPTION

Niners left tackle Joe Staley celebrated a rare catch, third of his 12-year career, late in the first half when he got his hands on a tipped pass by a defender.

INJURIES

Broncos: Cornerback Isaac Yiadom suffered a shoulder injury. Wideout Courtland Sutton nursed a thigh injury.

49ers: Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon landed hard on his left leg late in the game when he went down defending a pass on the sideline.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host Cleveland on Saturday.

49ers: Host Seattle on Sunday.

By JANIE McCAULEY

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Body Found In Palatine Apartment After Officer-Involved Shooting

Chicago (CBS) — A chilling 911 call was eventually followed by the sounds of gunfire from police.

RELATED BREAKING: Officer-Involved Shooting, Body Found in Palatine

Officers said someone reported a killing around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police showed up and began talking with a neighbor when a car in the parking lot sped towards them. It hit a neighbor and one of the officers.

That officer managed to fire back, hitting and killing the driver.

Gene Meyer’s wife heard the deadly confrontation. He said his daughter used to live in the apartment complex now tangled in police tape and hosting visits from detectives.

“It happened so close to us,” Meyer said. “It’s awful.”

But the discovery police made later would prove even more awful.

Officers said they found the body of a woman inside one of the apartments. It appears she is related to the driver police shot and killed after receiving the initial call.

Police are emphasizing there are no threats to the community following the incidents. One neighbor and the officer struck by the vehicle were transported to an area hospital. Their condition is unknown Sunday night.

Investigators have not released the names of those who died.

VFW Charity Airlift Helps Veterans & Families: ‘Couldn’t Be More Proud’

By Michael Abeyta

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Pilot Bill Jones prepared for takeoff at the Centennial Airport on Sunday. His cargo: food and toys. His destination: Pueblo.

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“We’re bringing things that they might not be able to get themselves. Things that make their lives a lot easier.”

Jones is the Metro State University Denver Precision Flight Team captain. They joined forces with the Colorado Aviation Business Association for the 8th annual VFW charity airlift.

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Jones says it’s a great way to spend a Sunday in December.

“It’s a total blast. You’re flying around with people, you know, and meeting up beforehand. Just having a common interest like this is really a neat way to spend time with some friends” he said.

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Their mission is to provide toys and non-perishable food items to veterans and their families in rural communities throughout the state. The VFW collects the donations, CABA coordinates airlift logistics from Centennial Airport, and MSU Denver Flight Team pilots fly those supplies to their final destinations.

Justin Darnall, is the MSU Denver student government president and a Marine Corps veteran. He knows how much of a difference these provisions will make in the lives of the veterans that need them.

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“It’s an incredible impact. I know the VFWs of some of the remote locations without this they wouldn’t be able to provide as much as they do to their veteran community,” Darnall said.

It’s a big undertaking, but it’s worth it for all these people donating their time and resources because it helps those who have served their country have a happy holiday season.

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“As a veteran I couldn’t be more thankful for what they are doing, and as the student president of MSU as a whole, we couldn’t be more proud that they were willing to volunteer their time on a Sunday to give back to the community of Colorado,” Darnall said.

It’s something Jones and his fellow pilot love to do every year.

“It’s nice to be able to serve them because they served us.”

Michael Abeyta is a 4th generation Coloradan and a Multimedia Journalist for CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 5 & 6. He is on Twitter! Follow him @AbeytaCBS4.

Students Display Innovation, Creativity In Regional Robotics Competition

By Joel Hillan

DENVER (CBS4) – This weekend 450 middle and high school students from four states came to Metropolitan State University of Denver for the a regional robotics competition.

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“It’s really nice to see hard work that you are putting into something come true and become a reality,” said STRIVE Prep — Excel Junior Dalila Rodriguez.

Along with her classmates, Dalila has been participating in a 6-week afterschool program through BEST Robotics.

“I just love that we got so many people of different backgrounds that didn’t even want to be an engineer to come here and be involved in a team and have fun about it,” she said.

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Their goal at the Denver BEST Regional Championship was to simulate removing plastics from the ocean without disturbing the environment.

“The students are learning problem solving, they’re being innovative, and they’re being creative. Really, no matter what field you are going into that kind of critical thinking is what we need in our future workforce and that’s what employers are looking for,” said BEST Robotics Executive Director Rosemary Mendel.

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“We did have problems with the arm and the connection with the arm, being able to extend fully,” said junior Sherel Gonzales.

Sherel and Dalila are the team’s co-leaders. Together they led the team to solve the problem.

This is the first year STRIVE Prep Excel has had a BEST Robotics team and they made it to regionals, and Sherel is already looking forward to next year.

“Be able to build our robotics team at our school and get more people involved and just spread the love of STEM and mathematics at school,” he said.

Joel Hillan anchors CBS4 This Morning on weekends as well as reports stories for CBS4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Follow Joel on Twitter @joelhillan.